Wednesday, May 30, 2018

White Roses Wedding Explosion Box

I've had this decorative paper for about a month now and have finally had enough of a break to complete a new explosion box with it. It takes me a while to design and new box and not all embellishments I try make it into these that go on my Etsy site. Out of three Cricut designs I tried as embellishments, I ended up using only one mini envelope with coordinating heart card. I duplicated it a few times and used four on the backs of the waterfall layer for two reasons - this left space on the metallic single-sided layers for photos and also they hid the backs of the brads used in the waterfall layer which can damage a metallic finish on the next layer.
I find that the boxes with just a few added embellishments give the customers some help with decorations while leaving them room to add their own touches. There are so many possibilities. I'm hoping to do a video to show the different layers for this box in the next few days. In the meantime, I'll share some pictures with you.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Cricut Free Cut Friday: April Showers

Cricut has the cartridge, April Showers, free today as their free cut. One of today's projects is a very sweet Smile on a Rainy Day Card. It cut easily on my Cricut except the writing, but just because my mat is a little curled on the edges, I thought. I tried a couple of mats with the same result - part of the saying missing. I then decided to try another pen and Voila! It was the pen!
So, here's the card I made. I went back and made the flowers a little darker and put a bling center. I managed to use up a few scraps, so all in all, a great project. What can you make with this freebie?

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Small Business Saturday, Coupons, Cyber Monday, Stampin' Up! Sale

Don't forget when you're cyber shopping this weekend or brick and mortar store shopping, that it's Small Business Saturday today. Please support your local businesses in your area.

We have new coupon codes today and will have another for Cyber Monday. Today's is SBSaturday2016 and will earn you 25% off your entire order before shipping on both etsy shops, Tangled Moons and The Irresistible Ewe. Please read the shop info for Holiday Shipping times.

I have recently begun working with the company Stampin' Up, which features wonderful stamps, thinklets, paper and punches, etc. You can win free merchandise credits for all purchases over $150.00. For purchases of $50.00 or under, use the hostess code: 9RT4MVGY. Added bonus through Christmas: $10.00 coupon for etsy shop Tangled Moons for all purchases of $50.00 or more. Check out our sales going on through Monday!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

New Horizons!

I have fallen in love with being my own boss, filling orders from my etsy shops and being creative full time. My time off from substitute teaching has been well-used and I have decided (once again) that this is my goal - doing crafts full time as a business. I'm still subbing, but being more selective in the jobs I take.
I have recently become infatuated with the Stampin' Up company. I really feel they are a good mesh with my Tangled Moons business on etsy. I've had an increase in requests for additional embellishments, such as inside boxes, waterfall slides, tags or other personalizations. Stampin' Up has such unique stamps that are perfect for this. I still use the Cricut for tags, but the write setting always gives me hollow letters which I need to fill in myself. Sometimes this is good if I want a little glitz, but sometimes, I just want a solid word. Stamps are better for this.
Today, I attended a Stampin' Up event at the home of Pam Staples, now my up line in the Stampin' Up company. I am now an official Stampin' Up demonstrator! I can't wait to get my first package of supplies. Stay tuned for my first video coming soon. I will let you know when I set up my official business website.And, watch for this newest Thanksgiving explosion box which should be added later to Tangled Moons on Etsy.
I am also rearranging and thinning out my craft room to make room for my own Stampin' Up events. An ordeal, but it can be done! I have a Zentangle class coming up November 7, so that is my goal date right now.
In the meantime, I had fun trying out Pam's stamps and her tag punch today to make tags to go with some of my explosion boxes. I used the chocolate stamp pad and the Vintage Leaves and the Paisleys & Posies stamp sets. I colored one tag so far with Prismacolor Pencils and inked the edges to give it a more aged look. I will finish more of these this weekend during the ball games. What a fun weekend so far! My alma mater, ECU, even won today. Go Pirates!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Cricut 3D Paper Pumpkins

I've been playing with the Cricut files on Design Space, 3D Chevron Pumpkin and 3D Polka Dot Pumpkin and the Make it Now file that makes both in several sizes. Their directions call for five sheets of the outer paper and five sheets of the inner layer for each pumpkin, using hot glue to arrange them into a circle.

I found this rather bulky and awkward to assemble. I did do the math and figured out that for five sides to make a circle, I needed 72° degree angles between each section, This went okay until the last one. I didn't take into account the thickness of the sandwiched pieces.

My whole idea of paper crafting is that it shouldn't be difficult. I had made their 3D cactus which uses only four sections to make the base. I decided to modify the pumpkin pieces to assemble them more in this mode. Enjoy the video and send feedback if you've tried to make these as well.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Inkle Loom

I am using Jane Patrick's DVD, Inkle Weaving A to Z, to learn to use my inkle loom. This has been a summer bucket list item and I'm happy to say I'm making some progress. As a weaver, I get a certain excitement when I see my weaving moving past the prep stage into actual fabric, or in this case, a strap. I see so many possibilities with this loom and with this DVD. Jane Patrick is wonderful in her explanations and demonstrations in this. I'm going to make this into a dog leash when I learn how to assemble it. So far, I have about 49 inches woven. So much fun! I'll post more pictures later when finished.
I'm using 8/2 for the white and yellow unmercerized cotton and 10/2/2 unmercerized cotton purple.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

New Video Class Live Online! Make Your Own Explosion Box!

 I had submitted this tutorial for Skill Share. For various reasons, I've withdrawn my membership for this site and will now post this on YouTube for all to see. It is still available to members on Skillshare.
Teachers, why not try a new hands-on approach for your students' projects next year? Instead of the same old shadow boxes, why not try making some book reports presented with explosion boxes? Or maybe a science report? Combine math skills to resize for smaller boxes.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Expanding My Cricut Skills

I've been trying to get full use of my Cricut Explore lately. It is a very complex machine with loads of uses. I've been learning to splice, not fully happy with my cutting board project, but at least I did manage to splice a figure and insert text. I ruined it when transferring, but at least saved my file to replace it.

I've also been intrigued by the pictures of cacti in the Make it Now Section of Design Space. I cut out the file for the paper terrarium and have assembled one cactus and three succulents so far. It should have cut out more pieces for the barrel cactus, but for some reason, I was left with only part of a barrel cactus. I also noticed on the video, that the one they are showing is much larger than the direct file to Cricut cut. Bigger would be better and would give a cleaner cut for the details.

I wish Cricut would finish making a video for the rest of the cacti in this group. The succulents shown on the You Tube videos I've seen are different from the ones that I downloaded from DS. I asked for advice from one of the Facebook pages, but got no hits, so I plowed ahead and threw the pieces together. I was pleased, I must say, on how they turned out.

I still need to finish the other cactus pieces littering my worktable, but got sidetracked with the 3D Dinosaur head. This is the second one of these types I've tried. I tangled an elephant a few years ago. These are very fun to cut and assemble. They're also numbered, so it helps to transfer the numbers to the back of the pieces with a pencil before assembly. They go together in numerical order, which helps.

Henry loved the dinosaur. I'm afraid this one may be destined for his office in the fall. I'll have to order more green paper. When I figure out how to pack these, I'll post them on my etsy shop, Tangled Moons.

So back to the paper flowers. My goal before the week is out is to try a rose with the pearl paper from Cricut and the hydrangea. I'll post results later.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

New Explosion Boxes, But Oh What a Fall!

Two Sundays ago, I was on the phone and my husband's computer trying to restore our Internet link. When I stood up to check our land line, my foot caught in the bedspread end hanging on the floor next to his computer desk. I found myself flying toward the floor with a painful oomph. Hours later at the emergency clinic, I was told my right arm wasn't broken, but I needed to use a sling for several days because of the trauma to my arm and wrist. Of course, this is my dominant hand and arm. I put my etsy shop, Tangled Moons, on vacation for a week, estimating that I would be fine in a week.
Well, I am better - I can type a little and write/draw a little. I still can't pick up anything heavy or turn a doorknob with any resistance. Fortunately, Henry is a wonderful husband who has waited on me when needed and also is off work for the summer.
I have  opened the etsy shop again, but the listings are not offering variations at this time. What is listed is for sale as is. I have managed to get a few new photos of some boxes that were already made, so I have a few more listings to add. I'm not someone who is happy to sit back and do nothing, so I am exercising the arm as much as I can.
I'll have to set a new goal (2 more weeks) and I plan to be back on target. Not the summer I had planned, but I'm trying to make lemonade. I'm refocusing on creating a small book on Tangling with Die Cuts and may even start an Explosion Box book. Stay tuned.