Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pumpkin Carriage

I wanted to share a recent project I completed. 

I made this file many years ago and wanted to create another one. This is the Pumpkin Carriage from SVGCuts Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit. 

The first photo is the one I created first and was one of my first 3D projects ever I assembled. The second photo was the one I created August 2017. The photos are deceiving as this project stands about 10 inches tall. You can definitely change this up for many different occasions. 

Well I just wanted to drop a quick post because I really like how this came out. The gold design on the paper is actually glitter so shines in real life, but was having a hard time capturing that on camera. Please stop by SVGCuts to check out the rest of the kit. Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit. 

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Friday, August 18, 2017

Simply Crafty SVG's Guest Designer Project.

Hi Friends,

I know it has been a while since I have posted. I have been making projects, I just have not been posting to the blog. But I couldn't pass up this chance as a Guest Designer for Simply Crafty SVG'shttps://www.simplycraftysvgs.com/

Since Fall is getting pretty close and one of my favorite holidays is of course Halloween, I decided to make the Spider and Skulls Halloween Lantern. What's great about this lantern is it is actually a working lantern. The top comes off and you can put in an electronic battery powered tea light.

The kit comes with the different pieces so you can make one lantern with the spider panel or one with the skulls or mix and match! I opted to use the skulls pieces but I also wanted a witch. Using Silhouette Studio I removed one of the panels that had a skull and welded in the witch. (There is a link below for a tutorial on how I did that.)

I went through all of my Halloween paper and could not find anything I liked. So I decided to create my own patterned paper. I found a great pattern I liked and brought it into Silhouette and ended up doing a print and cut.

I also wanted my vellum to have an orange glow, so I brought the file into Adobe Illustrator and created a nice yellow orange gradient, in which I printed onto printable vellum that I purchased on Amazon here.  I ended up not using the smaller pieces I created.

Assembly was very easy. I put together the entire project in under 30 minutes while taking my time. Once completed I decided I wanted some more of my patterns that I had on the bottom, to carry to the top, so created additional top panels to tie into the bottom. 
I intended to add some bling and additional things, I even purchased a few but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it the way it was. 

So here is a photo with the lights on, and then the lights off with the electronic tea light on. 

 Editing SVG files in Silhouette Studio

If you are interested in learning how I changed the panel from the skull and cross bones to the Witch, using Silhouette Studio, I created a YouTube tutorial. Click here to watch the video, a new window will open. 

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making the project. Please visit Sandy over at Simply Crafty SVG's.  https://www.simplycraftysvgs.com There are a lot of amazing files there, including a free section.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Party Box Card

Hi Friends, and thanks for visiting.

I wanted to share a fun colorful box card that I made for a dear friend's birthday.

I used the Party Box Card from the Summer Box Cards SVG Kit from SVGCuts. I used
AC Cardstock for all of the solid colored paper, and dove into my scrap bins for all the patterned paper.

For the sides I embossed them using my Intricate Swirl Embossing Folder. For the 3 tiered cake I used some glue and sprinkled on some pink glitter.

I stamped the Let's Celebrate greeting on the panel which is from Lawn Fawn's Holiday Party Animal.

I hope you enjoyed this card. It was a lot of fun to put together and the recipient really loved it.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tootsie Pop Holder

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to share a fun, quick project I did the other day. I downloaded this FREE file from Dreaming Tree. Each holder uses only 3 elements. The base, the heart and the cupid. It really is a quick file that you can mass produce and would be great for your kid's school. You can fit 5 bases on a 12x12 sheet of paper, you can fit 16 hearts on a 12x12 and you can get 16 cupids on another. So for 5 sheets of paper you can make 15 Tootsie Pop Holders. (5 bases on 3 sheets=15)

I inked the edges up a bit on the base using a pink ink pad. For the heart on the left I used a brownish orange ink (sorry can't remember the name).  The red heart was plain red cardstock that I ran through the Cuttlebug embossing machine and then used the pink ink pad to give the raised portion as well as the edges some color. 

For the bow. That was the hardest part for me. I don't do well with bows. I had a bunch of $1 ribbon I picked up at Target in the dollar spot. The length was perfect for each bow. I went on Youtube and found out how to make bows using your fingers. It only took a couple tries and then had a few bows I found acceptable. 

I put the lollipops inside and then used pop-dots to secure the bows. Overall I think they came out pretty nice. Best part was again, the file was free and I had all the supplies on hand, even the pops, to make a few of these. 

Please make sure you check out Dreaming Tree. They have many free files, and even more amazing 3D masterpieces. The customer service is above and beyond and the tutorials they supply for each project is priceless. 

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Design Team Post for The Cutting Cafe

Welcome back friends!

Here we are mid January. It's cold and rainy here in CA, and I wouldn't have it any other way. People look at me funny when I tell them I love the rain and it doesn't bother me to drive in it. Now don't get me wrong, I do not like to get soaking wet, but I don't mind getting a little wet to and from the car.

Now onto the Design Team project for The Cutting Cafe. For this assignment we were to focus on Valentine's Day. There are so many fun and great cutting files over at the Cafe that it was kind of hard to choose which one I wanted to make. After a long hard decision I decided on making the Mailbox Template.  Who doesn't like receiving HAPPY MAIL? :)

For the mailbox post I used some craft colored AC Cardstock, and then layered it with some stripped black paper. I glued and pop dotted some hearts to the post, looking at the photo now, I could have used one more heart on the left side. 

For the mailbox itself I used the AC Cardstock in a pink color. And then I layered some pink stripped paper onto that which I had in my stash. I did not have any Valentine themed paper and realized I don't have many red or pink patterned paper. But I really like the way this came out, as the stripes are on a diagonal to the mailbox. 

Not growing up or living in an area that had mailboxes with the flags attached (and really do not know what they are for) I put the flag on backward. I did not realize it until after I took photos. I decided to google mailboxes and discovered the flag direction faces the other way. Oh well, I didn't have the 'heart' to remove it especially since it had all those cool gems on it. 

Well friends, I hope enjoyed this project. Please let your friends know about this post, and visit me on my other social media platforms.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 7th Design Team Post

Well Happy New Year Friends!!

For my January 7th Design Team Post for The Cutting Cafe', the team was to use the Everyday Greetings Set. We were also supposed to keep it clean and simple. I tried, but ended up using some bling and more.

I used a heart card that I had from the Silhouette Store that I edited a bit. And the actual greeting I ended up using print and cut and made the design using ellipses and circles.

There were some challenges I faced. First my Versamark pen seemed really dry. It isn't that old either. I used that on the edges on the card part and then used Red ZING embossing powder. I have used Ranger, Hero Arts and WOW and have great success. But the ZING just didn't cut it for me. Not sure if it was the dry pen or the powder. It just didn't pop and shine like I wanted. Then I moved on to stamp the clear ink on the card to give it an embossed look. But the Versamark pad was dry. I had a refill bottle and I added the ink and it was juicy. Well I guess too juicy as it was blobby. Oh well, I guess that's were the sequins came in lol. They hid some of the globby mess :)

Overall I think it came out ok. Definitely not clean and simple, but I like it non the less.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at this short post. I hope it inspired you to use different supplies.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz