Sunday, January 19, 2020

2020 New Years Cards



In celebration of the Year of the Rat, I put together a dozen of these New Years cards which also doubled as my holiday thank you cards.

Inspiration for my card comes from a Japanese website, Illust Box which offers its users lots of  freebie templates and ideas for printing "nengajo" or Japanese New Years postcards. I designed a cut file using Pharmacy true type font (for the numbers) together with a silhouette image of a Japanese ceramic mouse shaped bell from Illust Box to create a stencil-like cut out front for my card.

The text, "Year of the Rat"was printed onto plain white cardstock and I used the print and cut function in Make the Cut design program to cut out the 2020/Rat design. Below the stencil cut year, I added a strip of washi paper backed with gold foil cardstock as an accent.

I used red pearlized cardstock for the inner card and added my greeting together with another freebie printed image, also from the Illust Box website. Gosh, I barely got these in the mail last week and already Chinese New Years is less than 7 days away! See you next week...

Friday, January 17, 2020

2020 Calendar Magnets

I made refrigerator calendar magnets again this year to share with friends and family. Being that 2020 is the Year of the Rat, I searched the internet and found lots of kawaii inspiration on Japanese websites that offered freebie images to be used on New Years cards known as "nengajo".

One image with little mice running through the zeros in 2020 caught my eye, and I decided I would try a paper pieced rendition of it on my calendars.
I started by creating cut files and shadow layers for the mice, flowers, matsu (pine), and the year. Arial font was used for the year. I backed the calendars with gold foil and washi paper, then welded its shadow layer to the shadow layers of the numbers. After gluing everything in place, I added two more layers using gold stardream and gold foil cardstocks. Lots of layers! Lastly, magnet strips were adhered to the back of each calendar with adhesive foam.
Finished 4 dozen of these right before the New Year and have been passing them out to friends and family.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Scurrying In With the Year of the Rat


Happy, Happy New Year! I'm finally back after taking some time off during the holidays. We're celebrating the Year of the Rat on the lunar calendar in 2020, so these are the tags I made to dress up the boxes of snack mix I passed out to our guests at our annual New Years family reunion.

I put together my paper pieced rat by creating a cutting file for it using a coloring book image, and added a shadow layer cut from gold metallic foil board. Tag shape was die cut using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Circle Tags die from Stardream gold cardstock. I used a Spellbinders Nested Circle die for the back panel and ran it through Cuttlebug's Plum Blossom embossing folder from their Asian Bundle to add some texture. I also added the kanji character for "ko" or "child" cut on the Silhouette, which signifies the Year of the Rat as the first animal of the 12 year lunar cycle.

On the backside of the tag, I used the print and cut feature in Make the Cut design program to add our New Years greeting.
Stay tuned for more Year of the Rat projects that I'm still hurrying to get done! Chinese New Years is early this year so bear with me as I may be a little delinquent with my blog posts. Best wishes to all for a wonderful brand New Year!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

2019 Family Christmas Card

Merry Christmas! Sharing our family Christmas card for my last post of the decade. This year I decided I would finally make the accordion style Christmas card I had been wanting to do ever since the Karen Burniston/Elizabeth Craft Designs die for this card was released back in 2013. Back then I was still sending out 90 Christmas cards every year, and just the thought of making 90 four panel cards made me feel exhausted!

But since then, we've cut our holiday card list down considerably. Nowadays we send less than 60 cards out at Christmas so I finally felt motivated enough to give the accordion style card a try this year.

Die cutting all 240 panels needed for my 60 cards wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. I definitely think that die cutting the panels using the Sizzix Big Shot was much quicker than if I had tried to cut them on the Silhouette using a cutting file. The best part is that die cutting was a step easy enough to be commissioned out to hubby while I worked on other steps needed to finish the cards. He also helped with die cutting the 8 sets of holly and berries needed for each card. Hurray for teamwork!

Since I didn't have a metal die for it, the patterned paper inserts for three of the panels on each card were cut using a cutting file I created and the the Silhouette machine. The round insert with our greeting as well as the printed folded banner on the front of the card were also cut using the Silhouette using the print and cut function. Photos were cut using one of the dies from a Spellbinders Nested Circle set.

Gluing the panels together to create the accordion card was a little tricky at first, but I eventually got the hang of it and happily we were able to get our cards out in time. Happy Holidays!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Holiday Belly Boxes

I had fun putting together lots of  belly boxes to "wrap" the gift cards we gave out for Christmas this year. The cutting files for the adorable penguin, snowman and chimney Santa boxes were all purchased from My Scrap Chick.


Santa Claus in the chimney box is part of a 5 piece set from My Scrap Chick which also includes matching cards and tags. I made the chimney box, using glitter cardstock for the snow and pearlized papers for Santa's beard and suit. Santa was glued inside the center of the box instead of flush to the back of the chimney so I could add candies to the back and a velveteen pouch with the giftcard inside to the front.

The snowman and penguin belly boxes are from My Scrap Chick's Christmas Belly Boxes Set, which also includes an adorable gingerbread belly box. I loved that these were super quick to cut and very easy to piece together. I inked all the edges with dye and distress inks for dimension and added rosy cheeks with pink chalk.

Put together a dozen of these cuties and filled them with gift cards and candy.

The base for the gift card holders are also from My Scrap Chick. I ran the front panel through Cuttlebug's Divine Swirls embossing folder, Merry Christmas was cut using Elizabeth Craft Designs die and holly cut from Cottage Cutz Peeking Santa Bear die.
These belly boxes turned out so cute that no one could complain about getting "just a gift card" for Christmas, right?

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Tags, tags, tags!

 One of my favorite crafty things to create during the holidays is to make Christmas tags. I think it's because they're usually quick and easy to make and yet seem to add a personalized touch to our wrapped gifts. This year I made these fun polar bear tags to dress up the boxes of Chex snack mix we gave out to friends and family.

I used Elizabeth Craft's Polar Bear die together with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Tag and Reverse Scallop Circle Windows dies to cut all the pieces needed for this tag. Since I used a lot of white on white  I decided to run the reverse scallop circle thru Paper Studio's A2 Stripes embossing folder for some texture. Polar Bear was cut from Bazzill Bling cardstock, which has a slight shimmery texture so he wouldn't  completely disappear into the background. Hard to tell from the photos but I cut the tag base from red glitter cardstock to give the tags just a little bit of glitz.

The rest of our gifts got either a Santa or a reindeer tag.  Santa was paper pieced and die cut from Elizabeth Craft's Santa Claus die. Guess I went a little overboard with the bling on these tags! I used Bazzill Bling cardstock to die cut Santa's outfit and beard and placed him onto a red glitter background, which looks like it was just too much shimmer for my camera.

My reindeer tags were put together using a Naifumodo Craft stamped image, colored in with Copics and die cut with a coordinating die set. Just for fun I added Nuvo Crystal Drops to his eyes and nose.
I used the smaller sized Lawn Fawn tag and reverse scallop window dies for these tags and of course, blue glitter cardstock. Next up, the gift card holders...

Sunday, December 15, 2019

'Paw'sitively the best!

Here's a quickie card I recently put together for our furbaby's sitter to thank them for all the wonderful care and love they give to our Latte whenever we are away on vacation. The stencil paw print border was cut onto the top panel using the Silhouette, then adhered to a red card base. An Elizabeth Craft Design die was used to cut the "Thank You".

On the inside... another pop up dog card! I got the original template cutting file  for this card from the Lori Whitlock store, and have had so much fun using it to make a pig, a  Halloween cat, a Shiba inu, and this time our Maltese furbaby.

For the Maltese head, I used the "Dog Collection 2" cutting file from Treasure Box Designs. I believe that file has been discontinued, but there are several other very cute doggie cutting files there. I used the paw print embossing folder from Sizzix' Build A Bear set and lightly inked it a brown VersaMagic ink pad  to add some color to the paw impressions on the inside panels of the card.
I continue to love the versatility of this fun pop up card, you could easily transform it into any four pawed creature... lions, bears, and tigers, oh my!