Sunday, October 20, 2019

To My Significant "Otter"

Here's the card I put together for hubby to celebrate our wedding anniversary this month. I thought this little paper pieced otter from Doodlebug's So Much Pun collection was so cute! She reminded me of the fun time we had watching the adorable otters at the Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park while we were in Canada recently. I had the little otter hold a heart with the number "39"... yup, 39 years already!

On the inside, I added two more paper pieced otters and used the Trifold Slider Die-namics die by MFT Stamps to make a fun interactive trifolold slider card. The cutting file for the Doodlebug Otter was purchased from the Lori Whitlock Shop. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks applied with a cosmetic brush and splattered with water to create the ocean backgrounds for the front and inside of this card.

As the trifold card is opened, the two otters slide to meet together in the center! Since still photos don't do justice to these interactive cards I decided to post a short video so you can watch the sliders in action.

Although I have to admit this Trifold Slider mechanism took a little time to get working just right, I found Jennifer McGuire's video tutorial on this die especially helpful. I think this mechanism would make fun and adorable love themed cards for weddings, anniversaries and Valentines Day.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Birthday Cheers and Beers!

For a change, I opted not to make hubby a golf themed card for his birthday this year. When I first saw the "Six Pack Bottle Box Card" cutting file over at the Lori Whitlock shop, I  thought it was so neat and knew it would make a perfect card  for hubby.

The original cutting file is for a generic six pack of bottles so I had fun personalizing the card by dressing the carton and bottles to look like hubby's favorite brand of beer. I imported the brand logo images into Make the Cut design program to create the carton, bottle and bottle neck labels and used the Print and Cut function to cut them out.

This view from the top: bottles are attached to struts inside the carton.

I added my sentiment to the backside of the carton. I forgot to get a photo of the flattened card, but as with all the of the Card in a Box style cards, this one also folds flat and easily slides into an envelope. Not sure if hubby liked his card or not... I only heard him mumble something under his breath about "fake beer"....!

Monday, October 7, 2019

For Our Favorite Baker

Falling behind on my blog posts due to an unhappy computer and a seriously outdated photo editing program not getting along. Finally had to buy an updated photo editor so please bear with me as I struggle to figure out how it works!
Today I'm sharing another baking themed birthday card. This one was made for a sweet friend who keeps our tummies happy all year long with her amazing scones, cookies, macarons and cupcakes.

I used the paper pieced bears from Marjorie Ann Designs' "Betsy Loves Baking" file again, this time putting them onto a Lever style card. Front square panel in the window was run through  Cuttlebug's "Modern Wallpaper" embossing folder for texture.

The paper pieced electric mixer and bowl are from Marjorie Ann Designs' "Sweets for Santa" cutting file; and the remaining baking tools were cut using Creative Expressions "Necessities" die. Birthday candles and cake stand were cut from Taylored Expressions mini "Cake and Stand" die.

Here's the view from the top which shows how the Lever type card is constructed. I like how it opens up to become a four panel card on the inside; but I think like it even more because it's so easy to put together.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Pet Sitter Thank You

 Here's a super quick and easy window card I recently put together to thank our dog sitter for caring for our furbaby while hubby and I were away on vacation.

All layers for this oval window card were cut on the Silhouette Cameo. I used Lala Land's Filigree Corner die for the fancy corners, and cutting file for the little paper pieced puppy, crown and pillow were created in Make the Cut Design Program. Sentiments were added to panels using Scrap Casual font and print and cut function.

On the inside I added a castle in the background... so fitting for a spoiled doggie, wouldn't you say? And so true that, because her sitters always give her so much lovin' and care that we sometimes worry that she might not want to come home!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Long Life Lever Birthday Card

I finally pulled out my stash of Graphic 45's retired Bird Song Collection papers that I had been hoarding and decided to use it to make my mother in law's birthday card this year.  I chose to use the auspicious dragon laden "Joy Luck" cardstock for the front of the card.

Inspired by the many beautiful Lever style cards created and shared by Karen Aicken of Painted Mountain Cards blog, I decided to try making my very first Lever Card. This style of card has been around for quite awhile, and honestly, I don't know why I never attempted to make one before. I decided to make one with a circular window so I could use the Spellbinders Chinese Coin Window die cut in metallic gold cardstock. In the window I added the Chinese character "shou"  for "long life". Make the Cut Design program was used to render an image of the Chinese character into a cutting file, which was also cut in metallic gold cardstock.

The Lever Card opens up to be a four panel card. I used "Longevity" and "Endless Spring" cardstocks for the inner panels and embellished with paper pieced images of a pair of  peaches and a crane, both of which are also associated with longevity and good fortune in Chinese culture.

Here's a view from the top to show how the Lever Card is constructed. It reminds me a lot of the Swing Cards I've made in the past, but maybe a little fancier?  Divinity Designs has a die which cuts all the pieces needed make a square window Lever Card, complete with all the panel insert layers. Norma from From My Craft Room blog shares a template for one with a square window posted here.  For my card, I used Norma's template and swapped out the square window with a circular shape in Make the Cut.

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Baker's Birthday

I wanted to create a baking themed birthday card for my very dear friend who works at a bakery and often shares her delicious specialty breads and cookies with us at our monthly crafting club meetings.

Found several very cute baking/cooking themed digital cutting files over at Marjorie Ann Designsand couldn't resist picking up a few! For this card I took elements from three different Marjorie Ann Designs cutting files: "Betsy Loves Baking", "Payton Pumpkin Spice", and "Baking Boys".

I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop Up Die for the fun but simple pop up mechanism on this card. Hard to tell from this photo, but as the card is opened, the panel with the baker bear on it pops forward and rises.

I especially enjoyed putting together this fun border of paper pieced breads cut using the Marjorie Ann Designs"Baking Boys" file. All the pieces were cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics. Doesn't it look yummy?

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.