Sunday, July 15, 2018

Three Babies in Two Months, and a Very Happy Grandma & Poppa

I had the pleasure to go to two babies showers recently for two lovely ladies who are sisters-in-law. Their husbands are brothers, and their mother-in-law is a dear friend.

The first baby, a girl, is about 10 days old now. She is beautiful, like her mama. I made this onesie box for her little baby. I know I've posted many of these over the years, but I love the family and story for this one, so here I go again!
I neglected to get photos of this one with the contents and ribbon, but from previous postings I'm sure you get the idea. Here are the onesies I made for this one. Each cupcake hole in the box gets a onesie with socks rolled inside to make it look like a cherry on a cupcake. In this case, I also put in a couple of headbands, which I have not done before.

The next grandbaby to be born is not going to be a grandbaby, but grandbabies! Twin boys are on the way. So, my friend will go from 0 to 3 grandbabies within about two months. Here's the onesie box for this one.
I revised the insert in this box two have only two cupcake holes, and put a pair of onesies in each. I would normally put "a name and name production," but since there are two this time I added "double feature" to it.
This second set is really special. The guitar I put on is the photo of Tom Petty's guitar. The entire family are Tom Petty fans, even to the extent that they were all in England for his concert last year. Needless to say, it meant a little bit more to them to carry on this memory. The grandparents have been fans since they were teenagers (RIP Tom).
I put a gift card at one of the corners where there is no hole, with an envelope slid inside a little pocket. And, in the other, I put a box that contains clothing rod dividers that I designed and made. They have laminate over them so they can wipe clean if need be.
I made the little box/bag to hold them, and made a traditional string-wrap closure.

Lastly I added a little enclosure card that had a little monogram (with two babies) on it, which I used in a couple of spots in the project. The enclosure card is small, about 3-1/4" or so square.
And, that's it! Congrats to this lucky family. You can imagine they are beyond thrilled.
Blessings to the growing families! Love you all!

Three Little Blessings from Up Above

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th 2018!

This week I made a couple of 4th of July projects. It's possible they are the first ones I've ever made. Both cut files are from SVG Cuts' Happy 4th SVG Kit

I always wanted to make this vintage marquee flag, but just never got around to it. A crafty friend posted one recently, and it brought it to my attention, so I jumped in and made it. I can't believe how easy it was, and relatively quick as well.
This uses a light set with 18 lights. I only had a 24 set, but it turns out I needed it because a couple of the hole spans are further apart than the lights cords would accommodate. I was glad I had a couple of extra lights so I could skip one. This happened at the bottom and top edges.

Not sure I'm crazy about the panels I used on the outside edges. I may re-cover them with a distressed wood grain. But, for now they'll do.

The second project from the same kit is this Happy 4th box card. I made it with lots of glitter card stock. Oh, and that glitter card stock is really, really thick, so I used a double-cut with my cutting machine and it worked great. 
For those of you who don't know, box cards fold flat so they can be put into an envelope. Most of the time they required large custom envelopes, so most of the patterns you find will give you the cut file for the appropriate size. Also, you will need to take it to the post office to have it posted, as there will be extra postage required since they are pretty thick and won't go into the postage machine. Most of the time I will put it in the envelope, and then into a padded mailer and mail it that way.


Vintage Tuscan Box Card

This may just be my favorite box card yet. I made it for my Italian Auntie, who is special to me not only because she is just lovely, but also because we share the same birthday.

The pattern for this card is from SVG Cuts Wildflower Saloon SVG Kit.  I made a lot of changes to give it the Tuscan feel I was going for.

I restructured the entire top in order to have the dimension to hang the little sign from the top edge.
I think one of my favorite parts is the panel I put at the top. The digital paper I used to make the box card is from Captured & Created Designs' Tuscan Sunset. I altered the art from one of the pages, and elongated it to fit into this spot. 
The cute little sign and grapes came from cut files from the Fruity Fiesta SVG Kit by  SVG Cuts.
Behind the sign is a vintage map of Italy.

I designed the sunflowers myself in my ECAL2 software (for the Sizzix Eclips electronic cutting machine).

Since the height of the back was increased, I needed to fill in the space at the top.

I filled it in adding some more of the grapes, and using a vine from SVG Cuts' Celeste's Cutesy Corner Elements SVG Collection.

And, lastly, the corner hinges were finished in a copper metallic finish (Color Bursts) to give it an old rusty look.

It took a long time to make this, a large reason being how long it took me to find the digi paper I wanted to use. Do you ever have those projects that you carry in your brain, mulling it over and altering it in your thoughts to try to come up with a way to make your vision a reality? This was one of those for me. My auntie loved the card, so it was so worth the effort. It's definitely one of my fave projects ever.

Thanks for taking a look!

Dreaming of the Warm Tuscan Sun

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Deb's Rotating Wheel Card

This is a card that I designed myself after seeing other similar types of rotating wheel cards that are mostly made using dies. I love making interactive cards for my grandson, and he loves receiving them in the mail. Space is one of his favorite things, so I used digital paper to design this fun rotating wheel card. This was cut using svg files that I designed on my Sizzix Eclips electronic cutting machine.

After seeing numerous tutorials of card makers crafting these cards, I came up with a digital method that cuts out many of the steps. I made three different window versions for these cards, and each has its own template.  The one I'm using in this post is the trapezoid.

The first template is the front of the card. I like a bit larger card than the A2 (4.24" x 5.5"), preferring the A6 or A7. For this card I made an A6 card (4.5" x 6.14"), just enough larger to give a bit more space for creating.

The second template is the corresponding wheel. I laminated some cardstock before cutting out the template so it would last longer and it would be easier to remove the tape. All four windows are cut from the template. When you're ready to put your images on the wheel, you tape the template onto the wheel you'll be using in the card. At this point, you can stamp or draw anything that you want into the windows, and they will all be placed perfectly on the rotating wheel. Then just remove the template and use again on the next card.
The rest of the assembly will be as you see in the numerous tutorials on Youtube. This template systems eliminates having to place the wheel behind the front piece, draw an outline of window, mark four sides of the wheel, turning the wheel to align each window, doing your stamping, and then erasing all of the lines you drew to outline each window. I used Photoshop and ECAL2  to design the images and make the cut files.

The paper and images used on this project are from Carta Bella's Space Academy. I purchased the digital paper and elements, and sized/altered the images as needed. For example, I superimposed my grandson's face into the astronaut's helmet, and put the "E" on the rocket ship with red/blue stripes/stars. I also used lots of Wink of Stella, which doesn't show up well in the photos, but all of the stars and the planets sparkle.

Thanks for taking a look. In the future, I'm hoping to make tutorials for some of my projects.

A Wheel within a Wheel...
Whirling Silently in Space

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!