Thursday, March 16, 2017

St. Paddy Day Slider Card

I must say it is really fun having a grandboy to make really silly cards and treats for, and who thinks it's funny, not just dumb. You can't really get away with things like this for adults. But, I had so much fun designing this for him.

I made the cut file for this slider card, which is used for the cover of the book/card, in Photoshop, then turned into a svg file for cutting with my Sizzix Eclips.  I snatched some leprechaun images from google, and removed all of the faces and replaced them with said grandboy (2 years old). All of the clover and gold coins were covered with Wink of Stella to give it a shimmer.

 I designed the pages in Photoshop with the silliest of poems, and printed them booklet style, two sided. Then I used the Mini Album dies from Sizzix, by Lynda Kanase for the pages. I used only two die cuts, which made three inside spreads.

The binding was tied with some thin craft twine.

If you're interested in making a spinner card, there are lots of instructional videos you can watch on youtube. Also, you can find dies for your die-cutting machines (like the Big Shot) that will perfectly cut you slider tracks. I just happened to make mine from scratch.

Little Emmett's parents sent me a video of him opening the card, making the little leprechaun spin down the track, and reading through it. It was the sweetest! He just chuckled through the whole thing, and each time it was over he would say, "More!"

Thanks, little guy. EB's enjoyment watching to with your little book was at least equal to the enjoyment you displayed reading it. Love you tutto il mondo!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Showering Some Love on a Mommy-To-Be

I was honored to be able to organize a baby shower for one of my dearest friends today (with her own mom at my side). I have known this young lady since she was born, and she is my own daughter's most cherished friend. And, like my own daughter who now has a 2-year-old son, this friend is going to be following suit with a son of her own. We could not be more excited.

I designed and printed her invitations myself, and carried the theme to the envelopes as well. (Pertinent information has been changed.)

I had so much fun making decor for the shower. The first thing I'll share is this block tower. I had trouble finding perfectly square boxes, so finally ended up gluing two 10x10x5" cake boxes together. I then covered them with white paper (I got a roll of 18" wide kids easel paper). I decorated them with some silver decorative tape, and I cut out the letters, stars and circles out of silver metallic card stock on my Sizzix Eclips. I know it may look gold, but that's just the reflection of those tones in the room.

This little stork diaper bundle was pretty easy and so fun to make. Used some Honest diapers, so she can give them a try. I hear that diapers fit all kids differently, and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. So, this will give her a chance to try at this type.
Made this centerpiece or fireplace mantel  decor using some mason jars painted with acrylic paint. I added jute string and some silver starfish charms, Then, made a mini-banner put onto some painted dowels with Marley's name on the flags. Set it off on the side with photos of the new mommy and daddy when they were little, and both on merry-go-rounds.
I made some onesies to hang on a clothesline off of the fireplace. The mommy-to-be specifically requested the designs.
I made this cupcake box that I used to box four of the onesies. I customized the top with the baby's name. Also, inserted a sock in each "cupcake" to represent a cherry on top. The basic cupcake box came from SVG Cuts' 3D Numbers Party SVG Kit.
And, a 3D M from SVG Cuts' 3D Letters SVG Kit. These letters are about 6.5" tall. I added some rocks inside to weigh it down.

These little gift card boxes were made from SVG Cuts' My Day With Dad SVG Kit. Acetate was used for the clear window. Easy, fun little box to make. The main box is one piece, and then there's an insert inside to hold a gift card.
I think my favorite piece for the shower decor is this rustic wall hanging. I got the branch from our front yard (we're not great gardeners, but when we need something like this it rocks!). I tied the jute twine along the top, and attached the dried flowers where I felt they worked. I draped open some of the center tendrils so that I could put the frame on the wall.
The party favor design came from Simply Simple Stamping's blog, where she called it Be Mine Hershey kisses Window Box. So easy. I took the manual cut and score info and made a svg file, so I can cut the entire thing with scoring in one fell swoop, four at a time. I'm way too lazy to cut and score each one by hand. I initially made these as Valentines treats for my bunco group. They were so cute I redesigned them and made them for this shower.

Here's the entrance table. We had the party favors, then a sweet children's book that was given to the Mommy-to-be, and was used as a guest "book." Also, the mom of the mommy-to-be got some blank note cards, and each person addressed an envelope to themselves to make it easier for her to send out thank you cards.
And, now just a bit of the food table. Here's the cake. Isn't it adorable?! It turned out just as we had hoped. That little surfboard is a real handcrafted custom surfboard made by baby-to-be's uncle. It's a beautiful board.
I made sugar cookies and tried my hand at decorating for the very first time. It's pretty obvious that I could use A LOT of practice. My sis-in-law came and spent the day with me decorating too. It was pretty comical. We had no idea what we were doing. I was almost going to toss them all and forget about it, but after walking away from them for a while and then coming back, I decided they weren't too horrible, just pretty amateur. Not sure I'm up to trying it again, but I know I'd do better next time.
Here are a couple more photos of the food table. Love the flower arrangement that another friend brought for the table. It was glorious. 
Well, there you have it. The shower was such fun. Two more showers the next two Saturdays, but I get to just be a guest! Now, that will be nice too!

Spreading Baby Love!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sew Happy to Say Happy Birthday!

This birthday card was made for my sis-in-law, a quilter. The cut files is from SVG Cuts' Sew Crafty SVG Kit. This pin cushion iris fold card was very fun and easy to make. The paper comes from Jenni Bowlin Studios, and is the Homespun Collection. I purchased the digital paper files from Snap Click Supply, and printed all the cardstock myself.
I really need to get my sis-in-law to make a blog to post photos of her quilts. She has the most exquisite taste in fabric choices and she does an impeccable job on every single one.

Happy Birthday, Joycie!

Faux leather gift card holder

Here's a little gift card holder which was made for a FB challenge on the Sizzix Elips and ECAL Facebook. It's made entirely with paper. The cut file is a free file from Simply Crafty SVGs. The embossing was done with a Fiskars texture plate. I added a few extra overlays to give it an overall leather feel.
 The little tab at the tip of the flap slides sideways under the button. I reinforced the tab with a small piece of laminate.

It's a really quick and fun little card holder!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Snake Venom, Cobweb Oil and Vampire Blood!

This will be a quick post to get into the swing of Halloween. I absolutely love these apothecary jars from SVG Cuts' Toil and Trouble SVG Kit. They are such great cut files. The two on the right are the exact same pattern, the smaller one being scaled down. You just can't beat Mary's files for any season or theme imaginable. They work great with my Sizzix Eclips electronic cutting machine.
I used embossing folders for the great textures on the side panels, the web on the top of one, and the spider on the top of the other. I used silver, then copper inking to give it a metallic look.

Happy Halloween!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Sizzix Eclips Blog Hop!

CONGRATS TO LINDA! You're the winner of  Deb's Crafty Side's blog hop! You'll be getting an email regarding your win!
Thanks for joining us in the #sizzixeclips Blog Hop (Aug. 2016). I hope you'll take a moment to browse my first blog hop ever, with projects made with my favorite electronic cutter, the Sizzix Eclips.

I have chosen Paris as my blog theme. My first item is this amazing Eiffel Tower from SVG Cuts' Travel the World SVG Kit. I visited this tower with two girlfriends some 44 years ago! It was quite an adventure traveling to Paris on Bastille weekend, when we had no idea what that occasion meant. We could only walk up to the first level since it wasn't in our budget to pay to go higher. (Europe on $10 a day back then)
This cut file is quite intricate. Even with this fast-cutting machine, each page took a bit of time to cut because they were so chuck-full of cuts. But, the Eclips performed every single cut beautifully.  And, I was so surprised to find out how easy this tower was to make. It took only four sheets of grey 12x12 card stock for the base and three sheets for the pink overlays. It looks almost daunting on sight, but with Mary's great tutorial, it went together perfectly. After cutting this out, I know that there is nothing this cutter can't handle. I stayed with a light pink and grey card stock (Bazzill) cut at Cardstock M (medium weight) setting. (click on photo to see close-up of cuts)
I next made this little octagonal box, from SVG Cuts' Maison de Madeline SVG Kit. It's adorable. I love the little knob on the top. This one is fast to make, and very easy as well. The digital paper is from Carta Bella Paris Girl (Paper Pack 1 and 2) and Echo Park's Be Mine Paper Pack. 

I glued some panels to the inside of the box to make it a bit stronger. I purchase most of my paper digitally; it saves so much room on card stock storage and you print only what you need at any particular time!
Lastly, I designed this Paris Marquee sign myself. I used the same card stock as the octagonal box, along with the pink Bazzill solid. The back is open so that I could insert the marquee lights and battery pack. I'm pretty excited about how it turned out, as I'm new at designing 3D projects. Believe me though, it is not without imperfections.
 The "shine" around the Paris wording is a light-weight glitter paper that I purchased at the dollar store. I mounted it on black card stock. Also used it around the inner edge overhang.
Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my projects. I would love for you to follow my blog!

For your chance to receive a free gift certificate, you must leave a comment.

Here's a list of the Sizzix Eclips Hop Bloggers. Take a look and comment on all five!  The more blogs you visit and comment on, the more chances you have to win!

Jan - Izbzee
Deb - You Are Here!
Camille - Short On Ideas
Lynda - Lynda Creates
Maria - craftnkc

Our blog hop ran from 8/19/2016 12:00 am ET thru 8/21/2016 11:59 pm ET.
The blog hop is now over, but please feel free to comment! For all winners, visit Jan's blog:

L'amour est dans l'air

Friday, May 20, 2016

Philaterium Box

As I'm gearing up to make a larger chip board project, I found a tutorial for this little trunk box on youtube made by Alexandra M. I thought it would be good practice leading to the larger project. So, here is my Philaterium Box. I don't have any idea what philaterium means or relates to, but here's the darling trunk I made.
The hardware used is a mixture of Tim Holtz Idea-ology, The Paper Studio Spare Parts and cup drawer pulls from Amazon.
The inside top of the upper chamber has a pocket where I added some ephemera.
The paper used is My Mind's Eye, Lost & Found Union Square.
There are two upper sections, and a drawer at the bottom.
I haven't quite figured out if I want to put something on the inside top of the center section, and if I do, I'm not sure exactly what. I'll have to think about that! Sometimes one needs to just step away and let new thoughts arrive!
It's a lovely little box, and I really enjoyed making it. Alexandra M. has some other free tutorials, including a vintage suitcase, that you could all try! She explains things really well, and is quick and concise. 
Hope you enjoyed my little box tour!

Make a special place to save some sweet memories!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

By the Sea

I found this card on Pinterest, and saved it in my folder: "Others projects that I like." This was one I adored. I finally had the chance to make it for a crafty friend I met online, Jeannie, who has come to visit me twice now. The last time was almost two years ago. I showed her all over San Diego. This is a photo of her at the ocean. It was actually taken mid day, so for this card I did some Photoshop fun and changed it to a sunset.
The card was originally designed by Karen Shady, an excellent layout designer who, I believe, used to be on the DT for Graphic 45. Thank you Karen! I know that I pretty much copied your card verbatim, but I really loved it, and I hope that was OK! You can see Karen's card on G-45s website, on her blog and on Pinterest.
The paper came from Graphic 45's By the Sea Collection.
Life is Beautiful...By the Sea!

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Mermaid Photoshop Fun

A friend asked if I could help her out with a photo that she took of her daughter. She wanted to know if I could make it look like her daughter was a mermaid. I love a Photoshop challenge, so I was up for it. Here's the photo she sent to me.
I then had some fun and turned her into this!
Then mama took it a step further and added some bling to the fin and framed it. She surprised her sweet girl with it. It really turned out great, and I think it has been a hit!

Wish I Could Be Part of That World

Color Fun!

I made this card as a housewarming card for a dear friend. So happy with how it turned out! I finally used a product for the first time that I bought a while back, and it is quite fun!
The product is a crystal pigment colors by Color Bursts. Brusho also makes the same product and it works the same. You can check it out on youtube. I have no connection with either one, but just want to share for those who might enjoy trying it. The windows, flowers and vase were cut files from SVG Cuts Townhouse Windows and Moonlight Garden Party, cut with my Sizzix Eclips. I altered the window a bit to give it more dimension.This is actually one of my favorite cards I've ever made.  I don't consider myself an artist/painter of any sort, so it was a bit of a stretch for me. But I'm definitely going to make more using this technique!

Another housewarming, well boatwarming, card using the same pigment paints and dies made by Simply Defined. This was made for friends who sold their home and most of the worldly goods and moved to a boat (well, a small yacht!). And this is what they get to see every single evening!
Not to bad, huh? Just a little visit feels like a vacation.

May You Find Happiness In Your New Home!