Sunday, August 25, 2019

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Card

Do you remember the Nickelodeon interactive children's anime series, "Ni Hao Kai-Lan"? Although it only aired for two seasons, I thought it had a cute way of introducing Chinese culture to American preschoolers and was disappointed when it was cancelled. Anyways, I decided to bring little Kai-Lan and a few of her friends back in the form of a paper piecing on a birthday card for a very special friend.

Downloading coloring book images found on the web, I used Make the Cut design program to render Kai-Lan and Rin Too the tiger into paper piecing cutting files. I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut all the pieces from black and white cardstock and colored the pieces with Copic pens while they were still on the mat.

Decided to do another Wiper Surprise card. Pulling on the right and left sides of the card at the same time engages the wiper mechanism, and Ho-Ho the monkey holding a birthday message appears from behind the hills.

Played with cosmetic foundation brushes and Tim Holtz distress oxide inks again, this time to create the fun cloud and hills backgrounds. Lawn Fawn's Puffy Cloud and Hillside Border dies were used to cut temporary stencils for the inking and then the Hillside Border die was used again to cut the front panel to the card. A border of grass cut from Dienamics Grassy Border die was added to the bottom and embellished with tiny blossoms punched from Punch Bunch Mini Punches.
Ho-Ho the monkey and little Kai-Lan's iconic Good Morning Sun were also paper pieced from cutting files created from the coloring book images.

And lastly, I added a piece of blank cardstock bordered with patterned paper on the back of the card so I'd have a place to add a personal handwritten note.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Another Baby Shark Card

After creating the cutting files for the "Baby Shark" first birthday card I put together a couple weeks ago, I felt the need to make another Baby Shark themed card... for our granddaughter... just because!

This time I created one additional cutting file, for the character, "Pinkfong" and added her to the front of the card together together with a school of tiny fish from Cricut Create A Critter cartridge.

Inspired by Francis Byrne's fun ocean shadowbox card I decided to add a shadowbox in my card too, where I placed Baby, Mommy, and Daddy Shark and friends. Seaweed and coral are from Cricut Life's A Beach cartridge.

 Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside border die was used for the sand and attached to the center strut in the shadowbox together with Baby Shark and a funny crab friend.

I had fun playing with toothbrush style foundation brushes again to apply Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks (Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio) onto white cardstock for the blended ink deep sea ocean background. After applying the inks, I randomly splashed droplets of water onto the cardstock for the neat splotchy design.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Totoro Baby Blocks Card

When our dear friend who had a Totoro themed baby shower a few months ago gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, I just couldn't resist following up with another Totoro card.

I used the same Totoro cutting files I created earlier for her shower card, but changed the orientation and colors (pink!) and placed the paper pieced Totoros onto a Block style card.

Times New Roman font was used to spell "B-A-B-Y" on the front and baby's name, "A-R-I-A-N-A" on the back of the card. Panels for the blocks were cut from white card stock and run through a Cuttlebug heart embossing folder for texture. Tiny flowers to embellish the alphas were cut using a Punch Bunch mini flower punch and I used Ivory Seashell Nuvo Crystal drops for the flower centers.

To the tops of the blocks, I added a few paper pieced icons related to the Totoro story (yes, I finally got to watch the movie!), a leaf, acorns and a dust ball.

The Blocks card easily fold flat for mailing and I added a sentiment to the bottom panel. There are several tutorials on this type of card online, I really liked this one by the Janie, the Craft Princess from Crafter's Castle blog because she explains the "mathematical formula" for the card template so you can enlarge or shrink the card size to your own personal preference.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Baby Shark 1st Birthday Card

I'm sure by now everyone who has a toddler in their life is familiar with the Baby Shark song gone viral by South Korean children's educational entertainment company, Pink Fong. Thought it would be a cute choice for making a birthday card for a special little boy in our family who recently celebrated his first birthday.

I picked up clip art images of Baby Shark with his family and ocean friends from Digital Custom Chris at Etsy and created paper piecing cut files for each using Make the Cut design program.

Decided to use a Bridge Fold or U-fold card style to create an ocean scene for Baby Shark and company.

View from the top shows the strut inside onto which Baby Shark is attached with a piece of clear acetate. I got the chance to play and practice ink blending with Tim Holtz distress inks and makeup foundation brushes again to create the ocean background. Adding random splashes of water droplets onto the cardstock after blending the inks resulted in the fun splotchy water marks.

Added our birthday wish for little Elijah on the backside of the Bridge Fold card.

And finally, here's the card folded flat to fit into an envelope. Had lots of fun putting this card together, while humming the Baby Shark song the whole time of course!

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Beach Fun Wiper Card

I put together another wiper style birthday card  featuring Sanrio characters, this time using a fun beach theme.

Pulling on the right and left sides of the card simultaneously engages the wiper mechanism and Hello Kitty riding her dolphin jumps from the water!

Paper pieced Hello Kitty and her pals were put together from cutting files rendered from coloring book images using Make the Cut design program. All pieces were cut from black and white cardstock on the Silhouette Cameo, then colored using Copic markers.

I was excited to finally have the chance to play with toothbrush style foundation brushes and Tim Holtz distress inks to create the blended ocean backgrounds for this card. After seeing all the excitement online on various cardmaking sites about these foundation brushes, I purchased an inexpensive set from Amazon to give them a try. In the past I struggled with and was not pleased a with the results I got from using the foam blending tool to apply distress inks but I'm happy to say the foundation brushes worked like a charm! Looking forward to practicing more and learning to use different color combos to create blended backgrounds!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Thanks for Being PAW-some

Here's a quickie thank you card I put together for our furbaby's sitter just before we went on our vacation last month.

Paper piecing cut file for my puppy is from Treasure Box Designs' Dog Collection 2, which unfortunately, has long been retired, but continues to be a favorite of mine. There's still a large collection of newer puppy cut files to be found on the site, so be sure to check it out.

Once I had the puppy assembled, I mounted her onto a piece of cardstock that had been run through a Sizzix Pawprint embossing folder from their "Build A Bear" set to add texture. Sentiment inside the card is computer generated using LD Charming Light and CK Journaling fonts and pawprint clipart.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Fourth of July Fry Boxes

Happy Independence Day! I put together these fry boxes and filled them with chocolate chip cookies to share with friends we had lunch with yesterday.

Fry boxes are just the perfect size for holding half a dozen cookies and quick and easy to put together. I used a fry box template purchased from SVG Cutting Files and had fun decorating them with stars and stripes and a paper pieced Hello Kitty.

I used Cricut Hello Kitty Greetings cartridge for Hello Kitty; and the paper pieced flag she's holding was created from a clip art image found online. Vagabond font together with star shapes and shadows were used for the greeting on the back. Added some Stickles' glittery bling to Hello Kitty's bow and outfit then wrapped everything in a cellophane bag tied with a festive bow.