Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Rice Filled Heating Pads for the Kiddos

Merry Christmas everyone!  It's Christmas eve as I type this and wanted to share some last minute sewing projects I made for our great-nieces and nephews tomorrow. I saw these rice-filled "Heating Pads" on Pinterest last week and thought they'd be perfect for the young kids.  They can be thrown into the microwave (they use 100% cotton materials, so they won't melt in microwave) and kids love them to keep em warm on a cold winter night, or they can comfort a tummy ache or achy muscles.  You can also add lavendar which can help them sleep better.  I chose not to just because I don't know if any of them have allergies.


I bought the owl pattern and instructions found in this post.  I made a couple of the owls, and then I altered the pattern to make 2 kitties, tractors and a butterfly!   I used cute patterned flannel (doubled up) and then felt for the eyes, beaks and tires.  I strongly suggest if you do this to use the infusable fleece to give more structure and stability behind the flannel.  

I wish you all a very blessed Christmas tomorrow!  Thanks for stopping by *Ü*

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2-Hour Rosette Tree Project

Hey all... Kris here with a 2nd crafty project in a week, *high fives* LoL.  I found Karon's Krafty Korner from a comment she left me and found some fabby tutorials!  I just had to try her fun (rosette) Christmas tree since my daughter had just bought a big 12x12 pack of Christmas papers at Joann's last weekend.  This is so easy to make, and took me about 2 hours to complete.  If you have a Score-Pal (which I don't) it might even go quicker!  You can find her chart for the rosette sizes HERE.  Took this to work today and put on my desk - very festive & has already gotten compliments :) 

*Note to self for next time I make one:  1)  add a small heavy rock in the base of my tube for sturdiness, 2) add a dimensional between the small rosettes near the top that were 1/8" pleated so they are evenly spaced with the rest of the tree. 

 
Look at all the fun Christmasy papers!! 
 
*TIP:  be very careful not to score too hard - the papers are thin and will cut all the way through.  If this happens, add a li'l hot glue, push the cut closed and position that part in the back so nobody's sees it, LOL. 
 
 
I used a toilet paper roll, cut down about an inch or so, and wrapped in paper and ribbon.  I didn't want glue showing on the outside, so I dripped tons of hot glue down inside the tube so it attached the base to the roll.  :)  Be ye careful!!  Hot glue HURTS!  And that's how my mom lost her finger prints - too much hot glue ouies over the years.  ;)


The green felt doily worked nicely as a "tree skirt" sorta thingy.  I bought a package of them at the dollar store.  :)  Happy Crafting!!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lantern Gift Box

Carly and I got crafty last weekend - we needed some gift boxes/gifts.  She still has a couple things to finish up her box - it's not a lantern like mine, so I'll show hers a li'l later.  I made a couple of these last year, so this popped in my head, makes for nice gift-giving.  For this lantern I used Jenn's Lantern with this tutorial.  Hope you're all enjoying the holidays :) 
 
 This is a flameless, battery-operated candle. 
((Do not use a flame candle in this paper box or you'll likely have a fire on your hands!!))
 
OR... you can fill it with wrapped candies
or other little gifts.


 
The Lamp Post, Holly, Poinsettia & open leaf dies that I used on this are from La-La Land Crafts.  (all their dies cut beautifully the first time with no extra shims, unlike some other companies' dies.  Love them!) 

Monday, December 16, 2013

R.I.P. Raja, 1996-2013

Some sad news today... our cat Raja passed away yesterday at 17 1/2 years old. We got him as a little kitten, along with his sister, Squirrel who passed a year ago Mother's Day.  He had a long happy life with us and we enjoyed them very much.  He now rests with Squirrel under the big tree. 

Here's a pic taken at my daughter's bunny's birthday party (yes, the bunny's birthday! Lol)  She made the cats some party hats and put them on their tails.  lol.  Our furry friends do put up with a lot, but as long as he's getting his head scratched, he could care less.  They got lots of lovin' :)

And here's a sweet pic of Raja looking over Squirrel.  They were 2 peas in a pod, loved to cuddle together and kept each other clean.  Very sweet.  Missing them very much. 
 
 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving Friends!

Hello my crafty friends!!  I wish you all a wonderful & blessed Thanksgiving Day today!  I hope you're surrounded by the love of your family, scrumptious food and great memories!!  My daughter Maddy (13), an aspiring chef, is cooking her first Thanksgiving Dinner for us and her grandparents.  Turkey's in... pumpkin pie is made.... the rest to come.... YUM!  I'll share some pics soon.

Also... if you haven't signed up for my store newsletter, I announced a Black Friday SALE starting now through Saturday, 30th!!!  All Christmas digi sets are discounted at a great price.  You can see them all at our sale section HERE. 

Here are some previews of our Christmas sets available....













HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEKEND!!!!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Tutorials & New Release!

Hi everyone!  Sorry I've been MIA for quite some time... but I've been a busy bee with designing Christmas sets and making tutorials... and posting at my store blog.   Anyhow,  I wanted to share with you my latest Christmas set ... Elegant Ornaments  and a tutorial with you on how you can recolor this set and even paper piece digi papers to them to bring out their beauty even more!

In the store I offer a black set and a colored set which I applied glitter styles to in PS.  However, if you don't have Photoshop, you can download Paint.Net absolutely FREE and with my tutorial, you'll be a pro in no time!  *Ü*

First, we'll start with the easiest one first...

RECOLOR SOLID DIGIS USING PAINT.NET


1.        Open your PNG digi in Paint.Net – (You SHOULD see a grey/white checkered background.  That’s the program canvas and not part of your digi.  It shows your digi is transparent.) 



2.  If you don't see these 3 "windows" (above) then go up to "WINDOW" at the very top and select  "Tools", "Layers" and "Colors" 



        3. Click on the PAINT BUCKET tool



        4. Make sure the FLOOD MODE  is selected to GLOBAL 
                                          


5.  On the COLORS window, click on the color you want your digi to be

    
6.  Click your digi on a solid part and it should change to the color specified!


                                               That's IT!!  Your digi changed colors :)

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Now let's paper piece them with digi paper!



**Tip**  Clicking the pictures to open them full size helps


1.  With your digi open in Paint.Net, click on FILE and click OPEN.  Find your digi paper that you want to piece your digi with and open it.


2.  Optional:  You might want to resize your paper so the pattern will fit nice onto your digi.  I know that my digi is 1600 pixels tall, so I resized my digi paper to 1600 pixels  (go up to IMAGE and click RESIZE)

3.  With the MOVE tool selected, click on the paper (it will put a running box around the page to let you know it's selected)

4.  Click the COPY icon 

5.  On your LAYERS window, click on the layer that contains your digi

6.  Make a new layer by clicking on the "New Layer" icon (bottom left) of the layers window OR you can go up to LAYERS up at the very top and select ADD NEW LAYER

7.  Click PASTE  and KEEP CANVAS SIZE

8.  On your LAYERS window, click the down arrow to move the paper layer DOWN

9.  Click DESELECT icon 

10.  Click on the DIGI LAYER on your layers window, and with the MAGIC WAND tool selected, ***MAKE SURE THE FLOOD MODE IS SET TO GLOBAL*** then click on a solid part of your digi  (you should see the black digi highlighted with running dashes to show it's selected)

11.  Now click on the PAPER LAYER in your LAYERS window

12.  Go up to the top and click on IMAGE and then click CROP TO SELECTION

13.  Now UNCHECK the top black digi layer in your layers window and WHA-LA!  You have a nice paper-pieced digi.  :)


There's lots more you can do in Photoshop with styles --- adding glitter overlays and shadows etc. that you can't really do in Paint.Net.  But this program does make it easy to recolor and do some fun things... and it's FREE!!

 "Deck the Halls" paper pack shown above will be available tonight in my store!

and here's a sample of my glitter-overlayed ornaments which you can absolutely do in Paint.Net is you use a glitter digi paper!



Happy Creating!!  

~Kris

Saturday, October 19, 2013

A Blinged-Up Crochet Dog Sweater

Happy Saturday!  *Ü*

So my friend Sue McMahon recently asked me if I would crochet a sweater for her daughter's dog, Lizzie.  She said she loves pink and bling!

Here's the before bling and after....


and here's some snapshots Sue shared of Lizzie in her sweater...
isn't she cute?!!  


Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll be back soon with some Christmas cards I made while my sister was visiting last weekend.  Have a good one!!   *Ü*

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Christmas Angel

Hey there!  I know... long time no see right?  Well as most of you know, I've been busy illustrating and releasing new digi sets for you all over at my store, Imagine That! Digis by Kris™!!!  I did make a card last night though... it felt really good to get "inky" again.  

I just released 2 new digi paper packs.... Rose Duo #1 and Rose Duo #2, plus this cute Christmas Angel, which comes with a couple of sentiments (Links below).  I colored her with Copics and added dazzling diamonds (glitter) to her wings, and colored glitter to all the ornaments.  Then I popped her up on the embossed red oval and then onto the Spellbinders frame.  I also added pearls to the poinsettia center.  The Poinsettia, leaves, and Holly dies are all from La-La Land Crafts.  I ♥ their dies... they always cut out very well, I never have to add a shim, they are beautiful and easy!!  (and no I didn't get paid to say that, lol!!)  

And here are the links so you can snatch up these gorgeous papers and digi for yourself!!  

   

Christmas Angel


Thanks for stopping by!!

I'll be back very soon with a fun and super cute crocheted project I made for a friend's daughter, so stay tuned in the next couple of days for that!!  *Ü*
Happy Crafting!! xxKris

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Whoo's Grateful?

Recently a friend sent me the cutest li'l owl dish in the mail - just a li'l something she picked up and thought of me when she saw it.... how SWEET!!!  So I made her this interactive card to say "thank you"....

sorry my coloring in these photos don't look too lovely. 
The papers I used are shimmery IRL. 

For my template, I printed out this li'l girl owl (in the middle, minus her bow)  from the Owl Always Love You digi set and then I did cut her wings in wider so they'd cover up her belly/sentiment.  There's lots you can do with DIGIS!!  *Ü*  Come check out what's NEW at my store!!