Saturday, March 17, 2018

For A Deer Friend

One of my "deer-est" friends celebrates her birthday early January. I'm usually going crazy working on New Years projects around that time, so up till now I've been writing "Happy Birthday" in her Christmas terrible is that, right? Well now that I'm retired, I figured I should have more time, so no more excuses!  But as fate would have it, I fell behind and barely had time to make a decent card for my dear friend. Luckily, I came across the "Bridge Fold" or "U-Fold" Card.... and learned a super quick and easy card to put together!

I used Cricut Create A Critter cartridge for the cute deer and butterflies, and the tree is a svg cutfile from Doodlebug's Kitten Smitten.

With this view from the top you can see that this is very simply a gatefold card with a long strip adhered to the "gates". A strut is added inside where I glued the deer and a clear acetate strip for the flying butterfly. I kept my card super simple because I was in such a hurry to get it done, but there are some very beautiful, elegant and intricate Bridge Fold cards created by many talented crafters posted on the internet.

On the backside, I added my sentiment to a pocket so I'd have a place to slide in a gift card.

Here's the card flattened, ready to slide into an A6 size envelope. The beauty of this card is that it's super easy to alter the size of the card by changing the height of the card and the depth of the side folds to fit any size envelope you might have on hand.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Great Gramma's Birthday

My mom celebrated her first birthday as a Great Gramma last year, so I thought she might enjoy an  Instacube card where I could showcase photos of her new great granddaughter.

Little Evie and her mom and dad had just come for a visit a couple months before my mom's birthday so the timing was just right to get photos for her card.

Used a photo of Evie on the top of the cube and photos of her with her great gramma, gramma & grampa, and her mom & dad on three sides of the cube. Our birthday sentiment went on the fourth side of the cube.

As with all  Instacube cards, this rubber band activated card folds flat to slip into a sleeve. I decorated the sleeve for mom's card very simply by using a print and cut image from Miss Kate's Cuttables and adhering it to the front with foam adhesive. Honestly, mom didn't seem too surprised or impressed about the pop-open action of her Instacube birthday card, but she definitely seemed pleased about the photos...that's good enough for me!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Happy Hinamatsuri!

Yesterday (March 3rd) was Hinamatsuri, or Girls Day when we celebrate the girls in our families and send wishes for their good health and well being. This is the Girls Day card I made to send to our granddaughter this year for her first Hinamatsuri.

Paper pieced Hinamatsuri prince and princess dolls, lanterns and screen were created in Make the Cut design program from coloring book images found on Pinterest. I wanted to keep the card style simple so I chose to make a Joy Fold type card. I used washi paper for the base card panel and embossed the left front panel using Darice Cherry Blossom embossing folder. Sakura punches from Carl and Punch Bunch were used for the blossoms on the inside flap.

The older girls in our lives got these Cherry Blossom boxes filled with homemade mochi.

I used Currency Gold cardstock to make lidded boxes, then made sleeves with light pink cardstock with a cherry blossom center to slide them into. Darice Cherry Blossom embossing folder was used to add texture and stickles for a little bit of sparkle.

To create the sleeves, I used an image of a cherry blossom, adding a curved cutting line to the center of the blossom. The flower was then welded onto a half circle shape in Make the Cut design program and I did a print and cut onto pink cardstock. Two were cut for each sleeve and adhered onto the ends of a retangular piece of cardstock to complete the sleeve.
See how the flowers on each side slip into each other to close the sleeve? Honestly, I thought this would be such a neat box but...BLEEEEP!!!  Design FAIL!!!  Problem was with the box in place, the ends of the sleeve barely reached to be able to slide into each other. I tried to remedy it by increasing the length on both slides but that caused it to be too loose. I ended up having to assemble the sleeve first, then slide the box into it. Looks the same, but still not the same, if you know what I mean!

I put my mochi into small plastic bento containers wrapped in Japanese textured paper and put them into the gold boxes. Sigh... still disappointed that the boxes didn't turn out quite like I had imagined. Lol, a paper engineer I am not!

Okay, in contrast to my poorly engineered box, now feast your eyes on this AHH...MAZING Girls Day treat box put together by my dear friend, Lorna! So super kawaii, right? Lorna created this adorable stand up kokeshi...with pink hair...just like those wildly popular Kimi Kokeshis...and placed her on a cherry blossom. Then she adhered this to a plastic flower shaped treat container...just so clever beyond words! Definitely gonna have to CASE this one!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Crafty Love

I received many wonderful crafty goodies recently and am so excited to share them! This first set of "oh, so kawaii" treats were all created by my super creative friend Lorna.

Lorna decorated this gift bag with an awesome paper pieced Chinese lion from SVG Cutting Files...don't you just love all the shades of red and glitter and gems she used on this! And how clever is that double heart tag tie she created to keep the bag closed?

Lookie at all the fun treats inside the bag! Adorable China girl (SVG Cutting Files) and puppy treat holder for Chinese New Year, and kawaii Daruma Puppy for Shogatsu (Japanese New Year)...

...and of course Asian themed Valentines Day treats too! Lorna used washi papers to wrap around her adorable One Kiss it! Tutorial for these paper heart Hershey Kiss wrappers by Brenda Quintana here.

This adorable Valentine treat set was created by my crafting buddy Kris.

Totally love this amazing "Kissing Slider Card" she put together! Pull the pink tab on the right and both Pochacco and his sweet girlfriend slide to the center for a kiss! CUTE!

And how about this very cool sliding drawer treat box? Kris is the absolute best at creating interactive cards and boxes! Pull out the drawer for Valentine treats and adorable Hello Kitty pops up! Cutting file and instructions for this super neat interactive treat box can be found over at the Lori Whitlock Shop.

Here's a super neat thank you card I received from my blogging pal Karen of Have A Scrap Happy Day  blog.  Hard to see in the photo but Karen embossed the base card with an Asian clouds design folder, then added the fancy frame, die cut sushi, lasercut "arigato"and decorated chopsticks.

One more thank you card, this one from my sweet friend Dale. So darned cute how she added one of those green plastic stoppers to her take out coffee cup! It's so funny because I actually collect those little stoppers and carry them around with me in my purse...they're hard to come by and they never have them when you need them the most!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Kung Hay Fat Choy, Year of the Dog!

Kung Hay Fat Choy! Xian Nian Kuai Le! Happy Chinese New Year! I made a dozen of these petal style boxes to hold the almond cookies I baked this year for giving to friends and family.

I've made petal style envelopes before and these boxes are really just the same but with a larger depth. I wanted my boxes to be large enough to hold half a dozen cookies so I created them to be 5 inches square with a depth of 1-7/8 inches. I used the tutorial by Amber on the Damask Love website as a springboard to design my template.

Text weight Stardream paper was used to cut the silhouette of the dog, gold Stardream cardstock to cut the Chinese medallion, and textured gold foil board for the backing. I used digitized washi paper for the box top flaps.

And though we won't be able to spend Chinese New Years with our granddaughter this year, I put together this simple little card to send along with the cookies and some fun goodies. 

The paper pieced furry puppy is an old cutting file from Treasure Box Designs. To suit the occasion, I dressed her in a Mandarin skull cap, created in Make the Cut design program using basic shapes; and made a mini lai see envelope for her to hold. Varied sizes of cherry blossoms were cut from washi paper and gold cardstock, using punches (Carl, Punch Bunch) and dies (the Frantic Stamper).

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Kiss Kiss, I Love You!

What can I say...after posting my Valentine projects yesterday, I was feeling so guilty for not having made a Valentine for my real Valentine. So I got my act together and came up with this card for my dear hubby just in time!

Knew I didn't have much time and wanted to keep things simple so I naturally reached for my favorite Mama Elephant Pandamonium stamp set.  I cut a scalloped heart shape to place my pandas on and ran the heart thru the Paper Studio's "Love Love Love" embossing folder.  The Happy Valentines Day sentiment was cut using a Mama Elephant die. My first thought was to do some sort of shaker card so I cut a scalloped heart shape from the front of the card, adding a layer a acetate for a window.

Then I thought, "hey! I should try one of those COOL pop up cards my crafting buddy Kris made for my birthday!" Did some web searching, and learned that Kris' card is a Katherine Label Pop Up card, designed by Karen Burniston. After taking a close look at the pop up mechanism and watching Karen's video tutorial,  I figured it would probably work with any shape, including this heart shape.

The neatest thing about this pop up is that the image that shows through on the front of the card rises above the window and pops up as you open the card. I'm pretty certain hubby will get a kick out of this one!

Before I go, I also want to share this beautiful and elegant Valentine created by my sweet sister in law. She used Cuttlebug's "Birds and Swirls" embossing folder to add texture to the front panel and the very intricate die cut heart was cut using Stampin Up's" Bloomin' Heart" Thinlits die. Love the dotted swiss texture she added to the heart die cut as well. I'm just a little jealous because this Valentine was actually given from my sil's doggie to our doggie! LOL, I'm sure my doggie won't mind if I put it away for safe keeping!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Beary Special Valentines

I decided to make heart shaped faceted boxes for my valentines this year. 

These multi-sided, self closing faceted boxes have always intrigued me. I was happy to find a freebie template created by Petrina Burman and shared on her blog, The Walking Mombie. The original template for this box fits on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of cardstock, but since I wanted my box to be larger (to fit more candies!)  I enlarged it to fit onto a 12 x 12 sheet of cardstock.

The cute paper pieced valentine panda is from Marjorie Ann Designs' "Panda Love" . The really nice thing about the paper piecings from Marjorie Ann Designs is that she includes a blackout silhouette piece with her files which makes it so much easier when it comes to assembling all the tiny pieces together. Also included are clipart, making it possible to do an even easier print and  cut. For my pandas, I decided I didn't want to have to struggle with cutting and piecing panda's mouth together so I printed his mouth and had the Silhouette simply cut his muzzle. I used digital paper from Jazzy Pattern's "Romantic Adventure" to fill the faceted panel pieces and cut them on the Silhouette. Put together a dozen of these panda valentines and filled them with chocolates for sharing with special friends.

Only had time to make one Valentines Card this year...and guess who it was for! Been seeing a lot of Bridge Fold or U - Fold cards on the web recently so I decided to give one a try for our granddaughter's First Valentines Day card.

I love that this just may be the easiest pop up type card I've ever made. It's sort of like a simple gatefold card with a strip of cardstock running from one end to the other and with a strut (similar to those pop up box cards) running behind it. There are also many fancier versions that have an extra flap to create a countertop in the center, but I wanted to keep this card as simple as possible.

Cupid Bear and X-O-X-O border paper piecing file comes from Cuddly Cute Designs, "Cupid Bears".

Here's a shot from the top where you can see the strut on the inside to which cupid bear was attached with a strip of clear acetate, so it would look like he was flying.

I added our sentiment to the backside, and this card easily folds down to the left or right side to slide into an A6 size envelope.
Wishing everyone a wonderful Valentines Day... don't forget to tell those who are close to your heart how special they are!