Sunday, May 13, 2018

Plum and Cherry Blossoms for Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day!  These are the cards I put together for the two very special ladies in our lives we call "mom" whom we love dearly.

This was my second take at the fun Hexagonal Pop Up Card devised by the creative mind of Jay Soriano from Mitosu Crafts. The first time I tried this, I added a handle to it to make an Easter Basket card for my granddaughter. This time I decided to stay with the original idea of using this as a kind of vase to hold the branches of plum and cherry blossoms. Jay's You Tube video tutorial for this  amazing pop up card created with Stampin' Up's Sizzix Window Box Thinlits die can be found here. For my version, I cut away about 3/4 inch off the top of the front panel of the hexagon box so I could add the "Happy Mothers Day" oval label without obstructing the view of the blossoms.

For the fan, I used the cut file from Cricut's Pagoda cartridge and ran the top gold layer through the Cuttlebug Plum Blossom embossing folder. I also added a flower shaped medallion with the kanji character for "love" to the front of the fan. Branches are from Cricut's Home Decor and Gypsy Wanderings cartridges, and both the plum and layered cherry blossoms were cut using Carl punches. The gold flower centers were cut with Punch Bunch mini punches.

I used washi paper backed with black cardstock to decorate the six panels on the box and added our Mothers Day sentiment to the backside of the fan.

Here's a view from the top which shows how the fan and flower branches are adhered inside the box. If you look inside, you'll see I also added an extra pop up box and attached it to the center panel to create a second layer of dimension. The plum blossom branches were glued on to this so they would sit in front of the fan.

And finally, here's the same card folded flat, ready to be slid into an envelope. The base for this pop up card is really easy to assemble. It can be decorated to be clean and simple or as elaborate as you choose...either way it's a "wowza" card...guaranteed to get lots of "wows" from the recipient!   We're planning to take our special moms to lunch this week and give them their cards and gifts at that time, so hopefully there won't be any issues with "how do I open this card"?

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Time to PAW-ty!

I decided to go with another fun doggie themed card for my niece's birthday again this year.

I decorated the front of the card with three paper pieced puppies.  Aren't they adorable? Cutting files for these cuties are from Treasure Box Designs  now retired Dog Collection Sets 1 and 2. Print and Cut function in Make the Cut design program was used to add the sentiment and cut the bone.


And on the inside....SURPRISE! A pop up "PAW-TY Dog!"  The SVG cutting file for this super fun Pop Up Dog card comes from the Lori Whitlock Shop. I totally love that this was such a simple and easy card to put together and yet so darned CUTE! Lori even has a kitty cat version in the shop if you're more of a cat person.

Since my niece owns a Shiba Inu, I swapped the doggie head and tail that came with the cutting file with the Shiba Inu head and tail I had created earlier this year for my Year of the Dog calendars. And finally, of course I had to give my "paw-ty animal" a festive hat so she could "PAW-TY ON"!

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sakura Paper Cut Boxes

These are the gable boxes I put together for my dad's one year memorial luncheon hosted by my mom last weekend. The boxes were filled with mochi and shared with family.

The framed sakura paper cut was designed in Make the Cut and cut from plain white cardstock using the Silhouette. This was adhered to clear acetate,  then attached to textured gold foil board with foam tape before being glued onto the front of each box.

For the gable box, I used the Jack o Lantern Gable Box template from the Lori Whitlock SVG Shop, enlarging it to create a box that would be large enough to hold a dozen pieces of chichi dango mochi; about 7 inches high, 5 inches wide and 2 inches in depth.

A dozen boxes were surprisingly quick to cut and assemble and we tied on gold bows for the finishing touch.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Retro Rose Heart Card

I had been so preoccupied with everything Easter for the past month that I nearly let a very important wedding date slip my mind. I wanted to put together a special one of a kind wedding card for the newlyweds, but was short on time and ideas. All I can say is, "Thank goodness for Birds Cards!"

I think I've been following Birds Cards blog and collecting her beautiful svg cutting files for just about as long as I've been crafting with electronic cutters! I especially love her very intricate designs, many of which she has generously shared over the years on her blog. For this wedding card, I chose to use her Retro Rose Heart Card cutting file, which Bird originally designed to be a Valentines Day Card.

I cut everything in the wedding theme colors lavender and cream, and replaced the "Be Mine" tag that came with the cutting file with another, personalizing with the newlywed's names and wedding date. Fancy corners were die cut using Cuttlebug's Vintage corners die, and I added flatback adhesive pearls as a final touch. Happily, thanks to Birds Cards I was able to quickly create a one of a kind keepsake card without too much stress!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Kokeshi Bridge Fold Card

This is the Bridge Fold card I put together for my very, very special friend Lorna who celebrated her birthday earlier this year.

Knowing that Lorna likes kokeshis, I wanted to do an Asian themed card with a paper pieced kokeshi doll. I found a kawaii kokeshi clipart set by Doodles First on Etsy and used Make the Cut design program to render the clipart into a cutting file.

Lala Land die was used to cut the bridge, and background scenic border was cut using Signature Dies' Kyoto Skyscape. Cherry Blossom printed cardstock is from Michaels' Recollections line called "Cherry Blossoms".

View from the top shows how the kokeshi was attached to a strut running inside the "box" of this bridge card.

I added a pocket on the back of the card so I could slip in a gift card and attached my sentiment panel to it. These Bridge Fold cards are so simple to put together and are the perfect choice when you want to create a special card but don't have a lot of time.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Fun Springtime Treats

Want to share some of the amazing (and yummy!) surprises I received from some sweet crafty friends last week. My dear friend Lorna wowed me again with her creative acuity...aren't these little carrot treat boxes the cutest thing ever? I totally love that she put mini chocolate Lindt Gold Bunnies and Lambies in them, making them even cuter still!

And how about these Japanese Lantern (or Chochin) Easter baskets?!! Lorna created this very clever Asian take on Easter baskets to share with her lucky Bon Dance Club pals. She attached a layered and shaped sakura blossom to her lantern baskets, dry embossed each of the panels on the lanterns, and even used matching colored wires for the handles.

This stunning treat bag filled with plum flavored snacks was created by my sweet and always thoughtful friend, Claire.  Claire has some mad skills when it comes to doing details and intiricate work. This multi-layered flower embellishment she created is made up of many, many layers of  intricately shaped and die cut elements... so beautifully put together!

Dear friend Dale shared this adorable little carrot shaped box filled with Easter treats. Cute little Taj Bunny stamped image adorns the front and I really like the pretty organza ribbon as the box closure and leaves. Decadent fudgy macadamia nut brownies drizzled with chocolate and topped with marshmallows and candy eggs were baked by sweet friend Dawn. Sinfully yummy and  plenty enough to share with friends and family!

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Nodding Easter Bunnies and A Pop Up Easter Basket Card

 Happy Easter! Had so much fun this year making Easter goodies for sharing. These floppy eared bunny boxes held the pizzelle cookies I made for friends and family.


 For the base box or bunny body, I started with the Bunny Feet Box cutting file from My Scrap Chick. Aren't those bunny feet with the carrot foot pads just too, too cute? The adorable floppy eared bunny head and front paws are the Lucky Bunny cutting file from Cuddly Cute Designs.

 Here's a view from the top to show how I attached the bunny's head to the box with a  2 x 6" strip of cardstock scored at 1-3/4" and 2-1/4". Bunny head was glued onto the 1-3/4" tab and the longer end of the strip was glued inside the box. My initial intent in doing this was to create a 3-D effect  without having to use a whole lot of foam tape, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that this also allowed bunny's head to bobble or nod...so CUTE!

I made a litter of a dozen of these fun bunny boxes filled with pizzelles and  dressed them up in cellophane and lavender bows all ready for Easter.

...And of course this being our granddaughters' first Easter, I had to send her a special card, right?
Although I keep telling myself that I should keep my cards to our granddaughter as simple as possible, I just couldn't resist making this pop up basket card for her first Easter card. I first saw this super neat pop up card, called the Hexagonal Base Pop Up Card created by Bronwyn Eastley on her blog addINKtive Designs. Bronwyn's card is created using Stampin' Up's Window Box Thinlits die, and is absolutely stunning! She also posted a link to a video tutorial by Mitosu Crafts  which shows how to convert the hexagonal box into a pop up card. While watching the video, I thought it might be fun to convert the hexagonal box into a little Easter basket by adding a handle.

Of course I had to add a bunny to my basket, and this paper pieced bunny is Lucky Bunny from Cuddly Cute Designs. I also added some grass and an Easter Egg from the Easter Bunnies cutting file from My Scrap Chick. Banners were done as a Print and Cut in Make the Cut design program.


Here are a couple views from the top which show how the bunny, grass, and basket handle were attached to struts inside the box.

I added our sentiments underneath...

...and here's the card folded flat, ready to be slipped into an envelope!
Totally enjoyed putting this fun new pop up card together, and am so impressed with Mitosu Crafts for coming up with this. Really looking forward to playing with this new card style and trying different versions of this!