Sunday, September 23, 2018

Panda Spinner Square Pop Up

I am in awe of Karen Burniston and her talent of always coming up with new cutting dies that make the funnest interactive pop up cards! I recently purchased her Spinner Square Pop Up die and couldn't wait to try it out on this birthday card for a special friend. Since I wanted to gift her a Starbucks giftcard, I chose a cute panda in a mug image and created a paper piecing cut file for it using Make the Cut design program.

As the card is opened, the panel with the panda and doughnut you saw from the window on the front of the card pops forward and *surprise!* another panda appears from behind, bearing a gift card!

So fun, right? The most amazing thing is that the actual pivot style mechanism which creates all this fun pop up and spinning action is a just small strip of cardstock with scorelines cut from Karen Burniston's magical die. Probably the hardest part is remembering where to fold and where to apply glue. I had to watch Karen's assembly tutorial video several times to make sure I got it right. Just need to play around with it  a few more times and I think I'll have it down. Looking forward to trying the almost endless possibilities for making different kinds of pop ups with this fun pivot mechanism!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Taiko Drum Master Birthday

One of my dearest friends is a "taiko mom". Both her daughter and son in law are avid taiko drummers, so when I recently came across some cute images of characters in a taiko video game called "Taiko Drum Master", I decided to create some cutfiles to use on a birthday card for her. Thought this would be a good chance to play around with my revised Hexagonal Base Pop Up base as well. As mentioned a couple weeks back, this card type was inspired by a combination of Mitosu Crafts' Hexagonal Base Pop Up card as well as Hallmark Cards Wonderfold card.

I never knew about this drumming video game until I came across the cute drum character images on the internet purely by chance. Here are the main game characters twin brother taiko drums, Don and Katsu Wada.

And behind them are Tetsuo Wada and his neighbor, Hana.

Here's the backside of the card where I added a the birthday sentiment and two more characters, Alumi and Donko.

Side view of the card where you can see the struts (blue) that are threaded through the floor panel to hold the paper pieced characters in place.

And here's how the card looks when flattened. One of the nicest things about this card is that it's super easy for the recipient to figure out how to "open", so no instructions required.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Beary Special Friends Treat Caddy

Got together with some very special friends this past week and needed to put together a few treat boxes to fill with goodies to share.

Inspired by some of the cute decorated treat holders seen on Pinterest, I tried to recreate something similar in Make the Cut design program by welding a bracket label shape together with rectangle and oval shapes.

Next time I make this, I will probably want to increase the depth of these holders. I made these with an 1-1/2 inch gusset but these turned out to be just a teensy bit too snug for the snacks I wanted to put inside.

Used a paper pieced sitting teddy from Cuddly Cute Designs' Winter Bears set to decorate the front of the treat holders. "Beary Special" and "Friends" banner was created with Expose and Ballerina true type fonts and the shadow function in Make the Cut.
I like that these treat holders were easy to put together and decorate, and will most likely be using this again soon.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hexagonal Base Pop Up Card, Revised!

Here's a birthday card I created for my dear friend Patti which is sort of a revised version of the Hexagonal Pop Up Card like the one in my previous post. I came up with this revised card when I recently noticed that the Hallmark Wonderfolds cards I love so much are actually very similar in construction to Mitosu Crafts'  Hexagonal Pop Up Cards.

The main difference in the two cards is that the Wonderfolds have a elevated floor panel inside the hexagonal box with slits cut into it. The design elements of the card (bridge, tree, girl) are attached to tabs which are threaded through these slits and anchored inside to the bottom of the box. After a little bit of fiddling and playing around, I added an extra panel to the original Hexagonal Pop Up Card template and to come up with this card.

I embellished the card in Patti's favorite color (red) and favorite Asian theme. The cute paper pieced China girl cutting file is SVG Cutting File's Chibi Chinese New Year Girl and the tree is a cutting file from Cricut's Pagoda cartridge. Metal die from Lala Land was used to cut the bridge and the Chinese Landscape background die is from Amy Design.

I've been leaving the backside on the Hexagon Pop Up cards I've made in the past rather plain, only adding my greeting or sentiment to the center panel, but this time I felt compelled to decorate the backside as well. I added a paper pieced bamboo and panda to try to give the card a 360 degree view, just like the Hallmark Wonderfold cards.

Ahhh! And for me the coolest thing about this card is how it easily folds flat when the two side corners of the box are gently squeezed. Yay! New fun card style to play with!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Simple Hexagonal Base Pop Up and Panda Thank You

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to get together with crafty friends to play and share ideas. For my share, I chose to do a Make and Take of the fun Hexagonal Base Pop Up card that I learned from Jay Soriano of Mitosu Crafts via his You Tube tutorial. Jay uses Stampin' Up's Sizzix Window Box Thinlits die to create the base of his card. For my version, I started with Jay's template here and used Make the Cut to create one similar, but with the front panel slightly shorter than the rest.

With unicorns becoming so wildly popular lately, I decided to go with this cute Unicorn freebie image found at Free Pretty Things For You. The rainbow and clouds image I used for the background was also part of this freebie set. Both were created into elements for my card using the print and cut function in Make the Cut design program.

Here's the view from the top of the card where you can see how the card is constructed on the inside with a main center panel. For my center panel I used a piece of glitter cardstock with the top cut to look like a puffy cloud. The unicorn was then adhered to a pop up style box which was glued to both the center panel and the floor of the the hexagon. I used foam tape to adhere the rainbow to the center cloud panel. Tiny glittery pink stars were also added with some foam tape.

Pushing down on the main center panel collapses the card and allows it to flatten so it can be slipped into an envelope. Definitely one of my new favorite cards to make!

Also want to share this super cute thank you card I received from my dear friend Dale. Awwww... isn't panda just too adorable? I think panda was paper pieced from a Frantic Stamper die and pretty bamboo background from a Cheery Lynn die. I love just about anything panda... gonna have to add this one to my collection too!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Aloha and Welcome to Hawaii!

Decorated a dozen french fry boxes and filled them with cookies for a family luncheon we held while our granddaughter and her parents were here this summer. Since everything was unplanned and decided just in the spur of the moment, these cookie holders had to be super quick to put together.

The cutting file template for the fry boxes came from SVG Cutting Files. I wanted to do a Hawaiian theme so I chose a coloring book image of  Hello Kitty doing the hula to render into a cut file to decorate the boxes.  Hello Kitty is always cute and yet so easy to paper piece so she was a perfect choice.  The flowers for her lei were cut using a Punch Bunch mini flower punch. I  really had fun putting this together and am totally looking forward to crafting lots more fun cutesy things for our granddaughter as she grows up!

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Baby Explosion Box

Seems I've recently become fascinated with Explosion Box type cards that have 3 dimensional surprises tucked inside. The truth is these Explosion Boxes have always caught my eye... and happily now that I'm retired I have the extra time to spend needed to put these things together! Decided I would try and put one together for a nephew who was recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy.

The original idea for this baby Converse sneaker Explosion Box came from a German craft blog, Basteltante Doreen. I was pleasantly surprised to find quite a few templates for baby shoes and sneakers like on the internet; I used this one found on Pinterest and had Make the Cut render it into a cutting file. I did struggle a bit with gluing all the pieces together but after adding the eyelets and ribbon I thought it looked pretty much like a shoe should.

Had fun piecing together all the cute baby things to embellish the inside panels and cover of the box. Teddy bear comes from the Lori Whitlock store and his bow was cut from a Mama Elephant die; onsie was a freebie cutting file from the Quilling Patch; and the bib, bottle and sailboat are from Cricut's Baby Steps cartridge. I added a pocket to one of the panels to hold a gift card.
Here it is with the side panels all up and the cover fitted on top. Guess the one disadvantage about these Explosion Boxes is that they don't fold flat to fit into an envelope for mailing!