Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Rocket Birthday Box Card

I just love this bright and fun space box card! Like most box cards, it's pretty easy to put together.  Many of the smaller elements were cut from the front piece, and the background card stock shows thought. Here's a link to the pattern at Dreaming Tree. Make it with any colors you want; maybe even try some themed pattern paper!.
The lettering for MICHAEL was cut with my Sizzix Eclips2 out of a light-weight gold glitter paper. I made the Happy Birthday banner in Photoshop and fussy cut it out.

Happy Travels to Outer Space!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Geometric Heart

Just a short posting to share this darling hanging geometric heart. I added the overlays myself, which I made in ECAL2 (software for my Sizzix Eclips cutting machine) by tracing each facet from the pattern just inside the lines. I left the cut facets on the cutting mat after cutting, inking each one and putting it back so that when I put them on the background I would know where they went. I added all of the overlays prior to assembling the heart, which is cut in only three pieces! 
I used some seam binding for the handle, and added dried flowers for this sweet hanging heart.

The basic pattern for this geometric heart came from SVG Cuts' All My Love SVG Kit. It's so easy to make. It measures approximately 4.5" tall and 5.5" wide.
SVG Cuts' Geometric Heart 
This is really fun to put together. I'm not one for many of the Valentine's Day pink/red items, but, as you can see, changing up the paper can give it a new fun look.

Love is in the Air!

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Heirloom Quilt Box

This beautiful quilt box is from the Wildflower Saloon SVG Kit (SVG Cuts). The top is not just flat, but has a pillow effect, and is quite striking.

This is the first one I made. 

Most are digital papers, and there are a couple of Graphic 45 papers in there as well.
The bands around the side were blotted with some metallic silver and green Color Bursts paints. It has a really nice shimmer.
The size of this large box is 11.5" square, and 4" tall.
I made a second one with some cute paper from Samatha Walker, called Kokeshi. I also decreased this one to 60% of the original.
This cute mini red rik-rak trim on the sides was some that was my grandma's. So, it must be around 70 years old. She was a real seamstress, and I have an entire box of old trims, seam bindings and rik-raks that were about 10 cents a package at the time. It makes this one pretty special to me.
The following photo shows you the comparison of the two sizes of the quilt box. The dimensions of the small quilt box are just shy of 7" square by 2-3/8" tall.
This particular cut file is a bit harder to make to a smaller size, so I probably wouldn't to it again. But, it is a cute size.

Time to snuggle up with a quilt!

Vintage TV Box Card

Can't tell you how much I love this darling cut file from the All My Love SVG Kit from SVG Cuts. I've made at least five, and have requests from friends for their birthdays later this year.
If you aren't familiar, box cards appear 3D, but they fold flat for mailing. There is no solid bottom.

The sentiment is printed on the back.
 The little antenna is made from silver metallic card stock.
And, here's an alternate card made for Valentine's Day with red cardstock, both matte and metallic; again with the silver antenna.

Nothing like an old photo inserted to bring up the nostalgia.

Enjoying the Oldies!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Monograph Box

I just looked on my blog for this monograph box, and realized I had never posted it! That was a surprise. It's possible I was thinking I would wait until I had made the individual monographs (photo booklets) were made to go inside. Nevertheless, I'm going to post it now.

This box is amazing and strong. The pattern is from Paper Phenomenon. It's likened to a train case. The completed size is almost 8" tall, 12" across and just over 8" deep.
 It's made out of heavy chipboard, and covered with cardstock. I used Lineco Neutral Ph Adhesive to glue it together. It's a book binding glue, and very strong. It dries clear, with no shiny smearing.
It's made out of heavy chipboard, and covered with cardstock. The bottom is double-walled, and has two inner dividers to make three compartments.
All edges/folds are covered with cardstock.
The handle on the top is cover with black Tyvek, which feels almost like leather, and is extremely strong.
The front nameplate is also covered in Tyvek, and has an opening in the top so that you could slip in personalized cardstock with whatever information you chose.
There are rivets all around the borders, which are really just decorative. They are brads that have the prongs cut off and are glued to the edges. Then there are latches on both sides so that the top comes completely off.
 There are corner reinforcements as well, but they were just glued on the corners with a glue gun. The metal corners came with screws (rivets), but I didn't use them. I just note that here because someone was asking if the corners came with screws. They did in this case, but others said they did not.
And, here are a few more views of the finished box. I'm amazed at how sturdy it is.
 Once I've made the mongraphs, I will add onto this posting to include them.

Document Each Moment!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas Cards 2017

I didn't have time to do too many Christmas cards this year as I took a spur of the moment trip to visit my daughter, son-in-law and grandson in the midwest for a week...my prime producing week. But, I had made just one of a few of these cards, which I really enjoyed.

This vintage Santa in the chimney box card was given to my daughter's family. I used digital paper to print the brick paper for the chimney, which turned out just as I'd hoped. The pattern for  this card is from SVG Cuts Christmas Box Cards SVG Kit. I made a couple of revisions (I tend to do that a lot, even though they are usually subtle changes). I wanted to be able to see the darling gift box behind Santa, so I cut it off of the box, and reattached it at an angle, so that it showed up a bit more.
These box cards fold flat to fit in an envelope. The designer always makes envelopes that are custom sized for her cards and box cards.

This beautiful amaryllis box card is another SVG Cuts project, from the Yuletide Box Cards SVG Kit. This one is stunning in person. I couldn't get a photo that matched how beautiful it looks for real. I made seven of these. I added the little flower on the back by shrinking the flower on the front of the card and taking parts of the stems and reducing the size of them as well. They were really easy to make, and were visually so pretty.
This is another one of SVG Cuts box cards. It's so adorable. I used some clear Glossy Accents on the headlights to give it dimension. This little truck is in the Christmas Eve SVG Kit. It so cute. The little driver's side door actually opens. Again, it folds flat like the previous ones I've posted here so that it can be put into an envelope for mailing.
This adorable trailer card is made by Bird's Cards/Bird's Designs. She offered this cut file for free here: Bird's Caravan Card. I used digital paper from Cosmo Cricut called Dear Mr. Claus. Digital paper is awesome because you can shrink the pattern down to any size you want so that it better fits your project. I also opened the flag banner in Photoshop, and put ornament elements on each flag, then did a cut-2-print. The width of this trailer is 5".  I shrunk it down from it's original width of 7".
This sweet little card is a Sizzix die designed by Lindsey Serata. It's the Tri-Fold Card, Ice Skater. I put lots of glitter on it, but had a hard time photographing it so you could see it.
Lastly is an "Eclipes" card, named for the shadow behind the wording. The words are cut out of the background, and added back in the same spot but popped up. It's a fun effect, and I'm looking forward to trying it again.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas holiday with family and friends surrounding you.

Merry Christmas!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Vintage Heirloom Christmas Tree: Take 2 (white)

Here's my second Vintage Heirloom Christmas Tree. I was getting ready to cut it out in solid white when I saw a new paper design by Adrienne Looman called Mistletoe Kisses. I liked it so much that I decided to see how a print would look on the project. I buy digital paper, mainly from Snap Click Supply (and usually on One Buck Wednesday!). Tree pattern is from SVG Cuts.

I love the way it turned out. So different than the green one, which I love too!
The photo of the tree with the lights on shows a pink tint to it, but you can see from the photo above that there is no pink in the project (or in the light bulb). I was told it was probably the white balance, but I'm not sure that's something you can change with an iPhone photo.
And, when it got even darker, the tree got even pinker! It didn't look pink at all in reality, but it's sort of cool. I'm thinking a pink tree could be awesome.
This has turned into one of my favorite projects. I'm sure I'll be making more of them. The completed tree stands 17"-18" tall.

Merry Christmas Tree!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Heirloom Christmas Tree

I think I have found my new favorite project. The Heirloom Christmas Tree is designed by Mary at SVG Cuts. I can't fathom her brilliance in designing this pattern so well.  She definitely has an engineer's mind. This is a take on the ceramic Christmas Trees from the 50's. My husband remembers having one in his home.
 It's amazing how it all goes together. The instructions give you a visual as to mountain and valley folds which make the pieces almost fall into their peaks. There are eight sections of two pieces each, so when broken down and assembled it's very logical. The tree sits atop the base, so if you need to change the light bulb it's easily accessible. It has an electric candle light inside that illuminates the little bulbs and the holes in the tree.
Here's a view of the bottom, showing the hole where the candle light goes.
The base of the lamp is fairly straight forward. The very bottom has three layers of cardstock, so it feels sufficiently sturdy. Mary suggested getting an LED bulb which has low wattage, but is much brighter. I think I'll invest in one of those.
Here are a couple more views!
As an afterthought, I decided to replace the glitter paper star at the top of the tree for one that is used for the actual ceramic trees (like the bulbs). I noticed that before when I lit it up and it was dark, the star was just lost as there was nothing illuminating it. This star doesn't light up a lot, but it does light up a little bit, and in certain light it's quite bright. It seems that the LED bulb illiminates outward very well, but not so much upward. The star is really quite pretty. It is made by the same company that makes the bulbs (Darice). It took a little maneuvering and thought to get a little insert piece I made  into the top of the tree, since the bottom of the tree had already been closed up. But, with some trial and error I was able to make a tool out of a dowel and a piece of chipboard, and insert the little piece into the top so that the star could be inserted into it.
Hope you enjoyed this Heirloom Christmas Tree. You can  get the pattern to make one yourself by clicking the links at the top of this posting.

Enjoy decorating and planning for Christmas! I sure am!

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Give Thanks - Cornucopia

Thanksgiving is at our house this year, so when a new challenge came up on the Sizzix Eclips FB page that mentioned home decor as one of the options, I immediately thought of making a centerpiece for the table. All of the cut files used are from SVG Cuts (svgcuts.com).

I've always wanted to make or even just have a cornucopia, so here is my version.
The cornucopia is in the Happy Thanks SVG Kit. I needed it a bit larger, so I scaled it to 150% of the original. I cut a separate set of the panels and put then on the inside as well. It's about 9" at its full length.
The pumpkin comes from the Bedtime Stories SVG Kit. This one I made a bit smaller, at 85% of the original. The top comes off of the pumpkin, but I chose to glue it shut.
The acorns are really my favorite part of this project. They come from the Acorn Autumn SVG Kit. I had made a couple of them in 2012 or 2013, and loved them. For this project I needed a smaller acorn, so I made two of them at 50% of the original.  Some files just don't work well if you shrink them that much, but this one worked great. And, as you can see, they are little boxes. How cute are they? Here they are with their "mommy." I just want to pinch their cheeks, or their caps or whatever!
The leaves were made with various SVG Cuts collections/kits, as well as some from the ECAL shape library. I designed the paper and printed it myself, and then did some extra inking on them as well. And, the little banner was made in Photoshop.

I'm so grateful to be able to create these fun projects. And I'm thankful for friends and family who are so supportive of my crafting.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, October 30, 2017

Magic Card

This is truly a magic card; well, at least to me. I had a hard time mailing this birthday card off to my grandson because I was having so much fun playing with it. It looks so complicated, but I couldn't believe how easy it was to make. Another thing I liked about it is that it feels substantial and the panels lay flat so nicely.

The base will take you less than 5 minutes to make. However, depending upon what you do for the panels you'll be adding quite some time to that.

Here's a quick video of this interactive card.
And, here are some stills of each panel. This panel opens like a gatefold card, vertically.
To reveal the third panel, open this one horizontally, like a sideways gatefold.
This third page opens vertically once again. The upper and lower center rectangles on this third panel will show on the fourth panel as well.
And then this fourth panel will open horizontally yet again, to reveal the front of the card.
The paper I used for the panels is digi paper by Carte Bella called Space Academy. My grandboy loves planets and space, so I carried the theme throughout. As fast as the base was to make, the panels were intensive mainly because I altered them a bit to fit the designated spots and personalized some of them as well. For example, on the third page I put said grandson's photo in the spaceman suit in the upper right small square.

The base of the card is made with four 3"x6" pieces of cardstock.  For this card, I used 6 of the large squares. Normally there would be eight, but I wanted to do the wording on pages 3 and 4 to be separate from the center photo. If  you use 8, you'd need to realize that the top and bottom half of the page 3 squares will also show 4th page. Then, there are 24 of the very small ones. Again, there are places where these small ones could be replaced with the rectangular pieces. You'll be able to decide that as you start adding your panels.

And, finally, I made an envelope that I customized from the digi paper. The pattern for the envelope is from SVG Cuts, and I cut it using my Sizzix Eclips 2 electronic cutting machine.
And, here's my grandboy in his birthday gift (he's way into dress-up). After he opened his card, and before he opened his spacesuit, he said, "Maybe I will be an astronaut for Halloween next year." His mom and I agreed that it could be a possibility. Needless to say, he loves it.
Hope you enjoyed my card. You can find patterns with sizing on youtube. I've seen it called the Never Ending Card as well, so you may find something by searching that. Happy crafting!

To Infinity and Beyond!