Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Treasury Tuesday

I'm  back enjoying creating Etsy treasuries again!
This year I'm making time to do a few each week, and will post ones I've created and been featured in every Tuesday.

Here are two I made in the last week for the Australian Wandarrah team

Darkness awaits
Australian Wandarrah Team colour challenge - Black
Modern Contemporary Abstract Art Black White Grey Brushstrokes 7x5 Archival Giclee Inkjet Print Small Wall Art Reproduction Painting 147.3
Original charcoal drawing Moon and Possum black white
Tree Photo, Black and White Photo Fine Art Print, Foggy Morning, 8x10, Nature Photography, Monochromatic
Small Abstract Paper Art, Original Modern Painting, Black Mono Print, Square, Flowers, Stripes, Elizabeth Ellenor
Simplicity- Onyx clover short black silk necklace
OOAK Secret Garden CHARM BRACELET, in Antique Gold, with Swarovski Crystal Beads in Black & Crystal, Lucite Flowers, Antique Gold Charms
Long black and white unicorn wooden laser cut necklace
Black Pendant, Resin Pendant, Statement Pendant, Handmade
bat digital illustration black print instant download
Fine Art Photo Greeting Card, Black and White Feathers, Abstract Print
Home decor pillow cushion White Mountain. Calico unbleached and 100% black and white fabric. For bedroom nursery lounge theatre  Room.
Halloween Bat shapes, cut-outs. 3D Bat die cuts with fold-up wings. Halloween decor, party decorations. Black Halloween bats. Range of sizes
Paper napkin for decoupage x 1. Black Glamour . No 1273
Circle Pendant, Acrylic Pendant, Geometric Pendant, Round Pendant, Black Acrylic, Bubbles, Laser Cut
Tree Necklace, Gunmetal Black, Fine Art Print, Photo Jewelry, Sunset
Vintage Indian kashmir hand painted deer paper mache laquerware coaster set.

All Around
Celebrating circles! Team treasury for www.etsy.com/au/shop/BlueSkyMoment
Fabric Flower Pin Romantic Style Yellow Brooch Hand Stitched Applique Garden Wedding Jewelry Broach Spring Summer Accessories, 105.2.3
Ball Necklace in teals, gold and red
Button stack brooch - upcycled vintage buttons - blue, green and grey brooch- 28mm diameter - 'Blue-green sea'
Limes pattern wall clock, wall decor, kitchen home decor, green white wall art, lime art decorative clock
Cherry Snow Tea 100g
Fabric Covered Buttons Flowers in Squares Handmade Buttons Purple Blue Yellow Pink Orange on Black Pack of 5
Ceramic blue and green  fruit bowl with small holes to allow air circulation for freshness
Kingman Turquoise Ring. Round turquoise cabochon ring. Sterling Silver.Stamped Serling silver ring - US Size 7.75
Black and Natural Numbered Wall Clock - Wooden Clock - 10 inch Clock - Custom Clock - Small Clock - Unique Wall Clock
W.K. Polymer clay Stud Earrings in Light blue, Yellow and Brown colours
Vintage Kantha Covered Round Trays
Vintage Hanstan Small Plate, Orange and Brown, Retro Homewares, Vintage Home Decor, 1960's, Lava Glaze, Australian Pottery
LIMITED EDITION Circle Photo, Sunset Photography, Landscape Photography, Ocean Photography, Sea, Grass, Open Edition 8 x 8 Square Photo
Dinted Orb Pendant light
Circular shadow box to display your vintage mid-century home wares! wall hanging plywood shelf furniture wood round wall art modern chic
Bamboo & Musk Soy Candle - Travel Tin Soy Candle - Man Candle - Man Gift - 20 Hours Burn Time - Hand-Poured - Handmade in Sydney, Australia

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Barbie sized bunting - ScanNCut tutorial

This tutorial does use the ScanNCut machine (as that is what I have), but you can also use any other digital paper cutter, or, of course, take a bit longer and do it all by hand with a scalpel.

The other week I made some Barbie sized bunting to display in the background of a photoshoot I did for the There’s Always Another Doll blog. The photoshoot displayed ‘Happy New Year’, and I also made up a few others that will be used later in the year for other celebrations.
A few people had commented to me about the bunting so I thought I’d make up a quick tutorial on how I made it.

At the end of the tutorial there’s also a link to my Etsy shop where you can buy the ScanNCut files (.fcm files) if you can’t make them yourself, or don’t wish to (there’s 3 different bunting styles and 14 different sayings, plus alphabet so you can make your own words)

What you need:
  • Coloured card, two or more colours
  • Double sided tape (optional)
  • Craft glue
  • 3mm (1/8”) wide ribbon
  • ScanNCut machine
  • ScanNCut bunting files

Making the ScanNCut files:

The Bunting shape: To make the bunting design for the ScanNCut I used Adobe Illustrator. 
Making a triangle that is 22mm (7/8”) wide and 20mm (6/8”) tall. 
Then above the triangle add a rectangle that is the width of the triangle (22mm-7/8”) and the height is the height of your ribbon.
I then drew an outline around the triangle/rectangle so it is one shape rather than two (if the ScanNCut sees the file as two shapes it will cut the shapes separately leaving you with a separated triangle and rectangle).
Example of the bunting shape (with measurement detail) below:-

The Letters: When you’re choosing the letters you are using on the bunting, I’ve found it’s better to choose fairly bold letters. The letters you cut will be quite small and sometimes the ScanNCut machine has trouble with thinner flowing letters.
Make sure when placing your letters you keep the each letter inside the triangle area. If you place your letters too high you risk having them covered by the ribbon. As you can see in my first attempt I accidentally placed the heart too high in the triangle and almost cut off the top.

Make sure all your letters fit; with this font I chose an A and a W as they were the widest letters at the top and the bottom (respectively). I had to test different sizes to make sure they both fit in the triangle without being too close to the edges.
Once you’ve chosen the size of your letters, type out the word you want to have your bunting to say and ‘Convert to Outlines’ (if you’re using Illustrator).
Place each letter inside its own triangle. Make sure the top of each letter is the same distance from the top, and centred within the triangle.

You could cut out the letters individually (rather than within the bunting) and stick them on to each blank piece of bunting, but I’ve created it this way for two reasons:
1. It makes them a lot easier to stick on, as you have a bit more space to use your tape or glue.
2. All your letters will be in the same placement on each piece of bunting, so you don’t need to worry about making sure you’ve lined the top of each letter up properly.

Also create a blank bunting shape (with no letter or shapes in the centre), as well as the bunting with letters.

Then save your file as a .svg, import it into the ScanNCut Canvas website and save it as an .fcm onto your USB. Then import it onto your ScanNCut machine.

Cutting the bunting:
First decide what colours you want to use:

I chose a light cream colour and contrasting bright colours to make my buntings, and experimented with how I used the colours.
Here’s the outcome for each one to give you an idea what each style looks like.

Cream bunting with multicoloured text (my favourite)

Cream bunting with each word in a specific colour (I don’t think the yellow letters were enough contrast for a whole word)

Coloured bunting with cream text (which looks very cute and stands out more).

Once you’ve imported the files onto your ScanNCut machine you can cut out what you need from your coloured card.

Open the file up with your saying (I'm using Happy Valentines Day for this example) and cut out the letters from the pink card.
Then open up your blank triangle shape, highlight the piece and choose the ‘edit piece’ button. Change the number to 20 (this will create 20 triangle backings, one for each letter and both the hearts), and cut from the light cream card.

The bunting letters will be the colour of the blank bunting pieces and the bunting colour will be the colour of the bunting that has the letters cut out (as that will go over the top of the blank bunting piece, making the letter show the colour underneath).

Once you have all your bunting pieces cut out, stick some double sided tape (or craft glue) on the back of each bunting piece that has the letters cut out.

Then stick them onto the blank bunting shape, lining up the edges.

I have chosen to use double sided sticky tape here as I work with it a lot and find it quicker to cut/stick and don’t have to wait for it to dry.
Now you can stick the ribbon to the top which will complete your bunting.

I originally used double sided sticky tape at the top of each bunting piece and stuck it to the ribbon, but possibly because the ribbon I used was metallic; it stuck for a little while but didn’t like being moved around a lot. After a while I swapped to craft glue, which worked a lot better and hasn’t come apart yet.

I’ve left a small gap between each bunting letter piece in each word, and a slightly larger gap between each word. I didn’t measure this, just went with what looked visually pleasing while I was making it.

I also left a length of blank ribbon at each end so it can either be stuck with blutac (like in the photos) or tied around something to hang it up.

If you don’t want to make the ScanNCut files I have a digital download for sale in my Etsy shop.
The download includes the triangle bunting from this tutorial, as well as two different flag shaped buntings and wording for:
Happy Birthday
Happy New Year
Happy Valentines Day
Merry Christmas
Happy Australia Day
Happy 4th July
Party Time!
Happy Halloween
Happy St Patricks Day
Happy Easter
Happy Thanksgiving
Its a Girl!
Its a Boy!
as well as blank bunting pieces, the alphabet, numbers and a few extra shapes (!,?, heart, star and Christmas tree)
And of course, even though they are initially barbie sized, you can enlarge them once they are on your ScanNCut and use them for larger dolls.
I haven’t done it myself, but you can probably also reduce the size for smaller dolls. Physically you can reduce the size in the ScanNCut machine; I’m just not sure how well it would cut all the letters at a much smaller size.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dolls New Year

Over the weekend I had the pleasure of taking photos for the There's Always Another Doll blog. We set up a miniature set on my desk, using wood palings for the walls and a couple of pieces of floating floorboards for the ground, which were turned upside down for the lighter colour.
The furniture is the Huset doll furniture set from Ikea and food is made by Nommy. The Barbie sized 'Happy New Year' bunting and paper flower was made by myself for the photoshoot.

Enjoy the photos :)