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