December 18, 2013

Joy to the World! My singing Angels - Free Tutorial

That's exactly what I start singing when I see my little angels... thank you for your patience while you waited for my tutorial... the video was too long, so here it is in pics.... Totally Free!  this and more is what you can expect to get from my tutorials that I charge for... for those of you who are skeptical... skewing my eyes... LOL.. but really... I don't think that a couple of bucks for all this work is too much to ask... my time is valuable to me and this is my business, so I hope you don't mind when I do charge...

Any how.. here it is.. hope you enjoy and are inspired to Sing Your Heart Out as I do...


Singing Angels




My Singing Angels:

Supplies used are all Stampin’Up! Unless stated

Punches: See first photo for reference…
  • Lg Oval #119855 $15.95
  • Word Window # 119857 $15.95
  • 1 inch circle #119868 $12.95
  •  ¾ inch circle #119873 $12.95
  •  Itty bitty trio (only the flower one..ignore the small circle showed below) #118309 $16.95
  • Small Oval #120908 $12.95

Other:
  • Circle Collection Framelits #130911 $26.95
  •       Scissors #103579 $9.95 (Paper Snips)
  •           Pencil (your choice)
  •          Glue dots #103683 $4.95(pack of 300)
  •          Snail adhesive or your choice
  •          Bone folder #102300 $6.95
  •          Embossing Stylus # 125624 $4.50
  •          Ruler (any of your choice)
  •          Stampin Paper Trimmer #126889 $29.95
  •          Big shot or die cutting machine #113439 $99.95
  •          Embossing folders (your pick… I used the petals-a-plenty 116824 $7.95
  •          Stampin’ Write Marker  basic Black #100082 $3.50 (for face)
  •          Post it note… small square is fine
  •       Grid Paper (any kind will do, but SU's rocks!) #130148 $10.95 (100 sheets of 11x17"

Cardstock:

  • Brushed Gold #102935 $7.95 ( 10 pack 8.5x11”) for body/arms and wings
  •          Vellum cardstock #101856 $6.50 (pack of 20 in 8.5x11”) for white robe
  •          Blushing Bride #131198 $6.95 (pack o 24 sheets) for face and hands
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Photo of all punches and most supplies used
 
 Step1:         I used the scalloped die from the collection and the second smallest for the head.  You cut out one in Gold (pink in the pic because it shows better) and one in the vellum...
 

Step2:          Take the Gold circle and score in half (I like to use the area in between the scallop  as a guide... this will aide in the wings too....


Step3:            You can use the grid paper to line up your middle point vertically on the ruler... so the score mark is horizontal... make a small mark in the middle just above the score mark... this is where the face will go... just make a small mark with the pencil...


Step4: On your bigshot (or die cut machine)... set up the circle as shown... put the scallop circle at the score mark on the cutting platform, so the other half is bent down off the platform (you will not want to cut through this side at all)... let it hang off... put the little circle die... just a bit off the score mark so it is also hanging over the edge.. this will create the attached head and neck... see the mark in the circle?  That is the middle of the head and neck... use a post it to hold the die in place if using a magnetic plate.. the die tends to wander... :)  Run through your machine and see next pic...

Step 5:  The body is now on the right... see how the circle only gets partially cut?  That is the head... Cut the Vellum in half.. same as the body .. cut in between the scallops so the two pieces match..

Step 6:  Cut with paper snips or paper trimmer over the score line... the vellum in half (you'll only need one half) and the body only on each side of the head...  Don't throw away the top part of the body... these are the wings...

 
Step 7:   For the wings... fold the half circle in half again so the flat side meets and score along top of circle cut out in middle... see pic...  Then, with snips (scissors) cut the score mark.... now lay these two pieces on top of each other, so they are perfectly matched...

 
Step 8:  On the edge where you cut the score mark and with both pieces together... take the large oval punch and slide the wing through as shown... you'll want a little on the left side (where head got cut out) and about 1/2 of the first full scallop) to be punched out... this will create the wing top part that curves later.... punch!


This is what it'll look like.... 

 
Step 9:

Step 9:   So, the part you just punched out is the top of the wings... when you assemble this way.. the flat score part will be where you join the wings... create a nice smooth c shape for neck ... adhere ONLY AFTER YOU'VE CURVED YOUR WINGS... SEE pic A and B below this pic...  with glue dot or strong adhesive...

 
NOTE: You will want to use your bone folder to give the wings some curve...You'll want to curl (as you would a ribbon) over your finger and the bone folder in one direction from the straight edge of the wing... then flip the wing over and only do the same on the tip of the wing in the opposite direction on the first couple of scallops... see pic A... I hope this makes sense...
 See pic b here for final look on wings....
 
PIC A
PIC B Wings curved and attached...
 

See here for a visual of what you are doing...  The wings will be attached to the back of the angel later...

 
Step 10: Set wings aside and let's make the body... again.. you will take the body piece and carefully with the bone folder... give the skirt some curvature... See pic A below ...  you'll want to hold the body and start from the head towards the sides to curve the skirt section to the back... then the opposite for the other side... see here..BE VERY CAREFUL THAT YOU ARE APPLYING GENTLE PRESSURE when doing the curvature... the head sometimes wants to get pulled off... OH MY!  LOL!!  gentle pressure multiple times will work just fine and this will allow the skirt to easily fold back without creating any wrinkles in the front of the body and neck...

 
PIC A: giving curve to body...
 
 
Step 11.. getting there...  now you can fold both sides to back and attach with a glue dot or strong adhesive... on the bottom where the ends meet...

 
This is what your Angel looks like now.. So cute!! Standing straight!!

 
Another visual...



Step 12: If you are not creating the white robe skip to step 16 and continue... Otherwise... take your vellum half circle and bring straight edges together and give a little pinch to folded center...
 
 
Step 13:  At the pinch mark you just made in center... take the 3/4" circle punch (seen here upside down so you can see your mark) and slide it about 1/2 way up and punch out a half circle.. this will be neck on the robe...

 
Step 14: At this point you can choose to give your robe a texture... I used the Petals a Plenty embossing folder from Stampin'Up! to add the flowers to the robe... you don't need a deep impression because the vellum will rip when there is too much detail.. you can choose to leave it as is also... so, you'll want to give this some curvature as in step 10 with the bone folder.. just a little is good... and you will want to do this after embossing if you choose to emboss...

 
Step 15:  This is how I like my robe... above the gold so it looks like an apron if you will... so my neck line on the white will go all the way up to the head as shown here...

 
Glue from behind as shown here... with glue dot or adhesive...



Step 16: Arms assembly:  Taking the 5th circle die from the smallest... you will cut out two circles (one in vellum (if making robe) and one in Gold (here in pink for sample)..

 
Step 17: holding both circles together.. on top of eachother... slide In the 1" circle punch... you'll want the punch to be close to the edge.. see here.. if using the punch pictured.. it was easy.. I slid down and centered using the top edge of the punch as a guide... the circle is just beneath the corners of the punch and this worked out fine... otherwise.. make a small tic mark with your pencil at 1/4" from center bottom .. and align your circle punch so you can see your tic mark just at the bottom of your punch... Punch so it looks like PIC B...
 
PIC A
 
PIC B
 
Step 18: This is how you want the arms to rest... the narrow part of the circle above,  will rest on the neck. .. these are the shoulders... and the wide part will be the long sleeves... so, fold the circle in half so the halves are mostly equal... you will want to emboss the sleeves now if you are doing so....then, cut the flat score you just made for the sleeves... see pic B.. leave the shoulders attached...
 
PIC A:
Sleeves cut open on both vellum and Gold... shoulders still attached behind head
 
PIC B:
Sleeves cut out. and shaped for some curvature... shape up and out for sleeves... . Do the same for vellum sleeves...
 
Step 19: Creating praying hands... you will punch out  slit with word window punch and feed each end into the flower punch as shown here... punch out the little flower to make fingers... ... you will then cut this piece with hands on either end in half... you have two hands now..

 
Step 20: Glue hands under the sleeves so they are equal and then glue the hands together at the wrists so they are in a praying position...

 
Step 21: Slide the Arms over the head and secure arms to body from from under each sleeve with a glue dot... Note: you are looking a the finished Angel here as a reference only... almost done...
 
 
Step 21: Face assembly:  Using the small oval, punch out a face as shown... leaving the edge of the cardstock just a little bit inside the punched area... so it is flat to match the neck line...

 
Step22: With your marker... make your singing angel... and attaché to the head with adhesive of choice... NOTE: you can do this after step 10 before gluing the body... Also NOTE: The gold in the background circle serves as the Angel's Halo... I LOVE IT!!!

 
Step 23: Bring those wings out... and attach to the back of the body with Glue dots as shown in PIC B...  I stood my angel up on the table and glued the wings on so I could see how they were being attached .. it just made it easier... The curved tips of wings should be bent toward the front o the Angel as in PIC C... You are done!!!
 
PIC A:  Wings

PIC B:  Wings attached from behind... 
 
PIC C: Completed Angel... Halo and all!

 
NOTE: You can make several of these and join them together to form a Choir.  Have fun and show me what you come up with..  :)
 
Merry Christmas and I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial... leave me some comments below and let me know if you'd be interested in future Tutorials from me... I do enjoy doing these...
 
Stay tuned... I have more coming...
 
Sandra
 

December 03, 2013

Turkey Treat holder and Place card Tutorial

I've been busy preparing for a vendor sale this coming weekend so I have hardly had time for anything else...  I did post this cute Turkey on my Stampin' Connection and got many responses from interested parties in a tutorial... So, here it is... it is a Word Doc that I can email to you when you purchase the Tutorial.  It is only $1.99 US.  It is detailed with product information, full color photos and descriptive instructions... if I left anything off, you can always email me and I'll help out.

I hope you enjoy the tutorial and enjoy these cute little turkeys as much as my guests did at Thanksgiving.

 
$1.99 US Turkey Treat Holder & Place card Tutorial
 
 


November 10, 2013

Washi Wow's! Quick Tips - video

Hi Everyone... wanted to jump on the video wave finally... I have made several... just never posted any because of technical difficulties (rolling my eyes in exasperation) LOL.. anyway... Last night as I was measuring out a treat box that I'll share later... I was struggling with my paper trimmer ruler... the one on the bar?  You know.. on the clear bar you run the blade along to cut?  Well, I use that one a lot with my horizontal ruler.  Whenever I use dark color cardstock... it's impossible to see the measurements... so, check out what I did!!

 
 
My first production and it's hilarious... I'm sure I'll get better at it.
 
Let me know what you all think?
 
Until Next time....
Sandra

October 21, 2013

New! Christmas Photopolymer stamp set...


I am loving the photopolymer stamp sets that Stampin'Up! has introduced... they are fun and very easy to use, stamp great and best of all... you need very little storage space to keep them!!  At an affordable price... who would not want some?

Below you'll see the newest addition to the pool of stamps... Endless Wishes... a Winter/ Holiday/Christmas stamp set... mine arrives today and I can't wait to use this with the Snowy Day Snow man from the Holiday Mini....

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Join my team and you will be making some fun cards with this set.... today is the last day for the $25.00 opportunity... Check it out on my previous post.

Photopolymer Stamps


We've searched long and hard for just the right material to be able to introduce completely clear stamping. And we've found it. We're excited to announce that we now have wood-mount, clear-mount AND photopolymer stamps! The new photopolymer will be an addition to our stamp line and will appeal to all types of stampers. Our top-quality photopolymer has just enough give to create a perfectly stamped image every time and with the introduction of our firm-foam pads, let's just say they're meant for each other! Photopolymer stamps will also be unique, fun designs that will inspire you and provide more versatile options you may not see in our traditional wood- and clear-mount stamp options. 
What makes them so great?
  • They're entirely transparent for perfect placement every time! 
  • They are durable. The photopolymer material is designed to last. 
  • Can you say sticky? (Don't worry; in a good way.) These stamps stick amazingly well to our clear blocks.
  • They're age tested. They won't yellow or cloud up over time. 
  • We could go on, but we'll let you try them for yourself.
They are clearly a great choice.