Thursday, May 16, 2019

Mothers Day Surprises

Want to share some of the sweet and thoughtful handmade surprises I received for Mothers Day this year from two crafty friends.

This beautiful Mothers Day "card in a box" card filled with delicate and intricately cut flowers was created by my dear friend Bev, who always tells me she's "not crafty" and "doesn't like to craft much". Wow, pretty amazing for someone who thinks they're not crafty, right? Love the soft colors and the flatback pearl centers... so pretty!

This pair of adorable house shaped treat holders was created by my super talented friend, Lorna. You may have noticed the one on the top is the westernized house, and the one underneath is a Japanese style house with the shoji doors and little kimono clad girl. No matter where in the world you may reside, its still the same... "Home is where your Mom is..." , so true, right?
Thank you Bev and Lorna for the special surprises, and for making me feel so special!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mothers Day Wiper Cards

I had grand plans to present our moms with fancy flowers in a pot pop up cards for Mothers Day this year but somewhere along the line I got frustrated with the mechanism of the card not working as smoothly as I had hoped and opted to just go with a simpler wiper style card this year instead.

Found some very cute Doodlebug flower and butterfly cutting files from the Simply Spring Collection over at the Lori Whitlock store that I thought would work well with my card. To save some time, I had my Silhouette cut all the pieces for the flowers and butterflies from plain white cardstock and used my Copic pens to color all the pieces while they were still on the mat. I added stickles and gemstone accents to the centers of the flowers for some fun sparkle. The banner on the front of the card was created using  a banner cut file and the print and cut feature in Make the Cut.

As the card is pulled open, a little butterfly flies up from behind the flowers. For the wiper mechanism, I used one of the wipers from Mama Elephant's "Wiper Surprise" die. But since I ended up making my cards wider than the original die card size, I had to extend the length of the die cut wiper arm by adding a strip of clear acetate to get the butterfly to pop up where I wanted it to.

You can see the acetate strip extension  onto which the butterfuly is attached in this photo taken from the top of the card. I've come to realize that although assembling the base of this card is very easy, sometimes it can get tricky when trying to get the wiper element to hide and pop up right where you want it to. Lots of experimenting, trial and error, but once you got it to work, its so cool!                                                             
Lots of room on the backside of the card to add our loving sentiments to our dear sweet moms.

And since I thought our mom's might not know how to "open" their cards, I printed these instructions to include with their cards! Lol! Happy Mothers Day!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Celebrating Boys Day with Kintaro

May 5th is Tango no Sekku and Kodomo No Hi or Children's Day in Japan. Originally celebrated as Boys Day, many families display doll, sword and helmet collections in their home and fly Koinobori or carp windsocks outside. And every year, my sweet and talented crafty friend Lorna puts together an amazing Asian inspired treat box to celebrate the day. This year she featured an adorable paper pieced "Kintaro" with his ax, together with cute little flying carp!

"Kintaro"  or "Golden Boy" is well known in Japanese children folklore as a little boy with super human strength. He is often portrayed in ceramic or porcelain as a doll or figurine displayed during Boys Day.

I haven't made anything for Boys Day for quite a while, but I thought this might be a good time to share these Pochacco popcorn boxes I put together recently. Earlier this year I had to come up with a quick and simple box to hold some Cheetos/Bugles/Fritos snack mix I wanted to share with some friends. I decided to try a popcorn box that looked like Pochacco...LOL, when I finished the first one I thought it looked so strange, but when hubby saw it, he immediately recognized it as Pochacco... "Hey, that's Pochacco!" So I decided to go with it.

Anyways, the main thing was that it was really quick to put together and large enough to hold the snack mix!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Spring Time Treats

So excited to share some of the sweet treats I received this Easter from crafty friends Lorna and Kris. This adorable chubbie chickie box filled with goodies was created by my dear friend Lorna.

And this treat box is yet another example of Lorna and her always amazing "outside the box" creative brain. Here she paper pieced a Japanese Hanafuda playing card and added little bunnies and colorful Easter eggs, bringing to mind popular Asian folklore about a rabbit in the moon.

This huge bunny basket filled with yummies was put together by sweet Kris. This bunny has super long ears that make him look so adorable, and which are cleverly attached to his head with a pair of brads. Cutting file for this cute Big Bunny Basket can be found over at My Scrap Chick.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Easter Treats

Happy Easter! I hope everyone is enjoying Easter Sunday with dear friends and family. I always have fun putting together little treats for sharing with friends during Easter.

This year my favorite Lindt Gold Bunnies, Chicks and Lambs were rather scarce at the stores in my area.  Luckily I bought a few packs early in March when I first saw them at the store. But by the time I finally got around to creating the cutting file for these "sugar egg" displays in April, these little Gold Bunnies were nowhere to be found. I did make 15 of these but really would have liked to make more.

I also put together  several of these fun bunny candy dispenser boxes. 

I used the cutting file for the Monster Treat Dispenser box from My Scrap Chick to create an Easter bunny version of the candy dispenser box. After experimenting with a few other templates for similar dispenser type boxes, I found that the mechanics and engineering of the box design from My Scrap Chick (in terms of ease of opening the flap and sturdiness) was the best. Cute bunny face and feet cutting files are from the Lori Whitlock Store.

My third Easter treat box was made to hold my mini Pizzelle cookies. Would you believe these bunny boxes were originally intended to be lollipop holders? I used My Scrap Chick's Bunny Lollipop holder cutting file and enlarged it to be large enough so my Pizzelles could peek through bunny's tummy where the lollipop normally would. I then added a 2-1/2 inch gusset to each side so the box would be wide enough to hold half a dozen cookies. I had just enough time to make two batches of cookies and 15 bunny boxes to share with friends and family.

For our Easter card for our Granddaughter, I just couldn't resist using Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop Up die yet again.

As the card is opened, the panel with the paper pieced bunny pops forward and another little bunny peeks out from behind to add a colorful Easter egg to the basket.

So how FUN is that! At first I was feeling a little guilty because I had used the same spinner square pop up die to make her Girls Day card last month... but then again, I figured our little granddaughter probably wouldn't mind too much... LOL! Happy Easter, everyone!

Monday, April 1, 2019

"Totoro-ly" Adorable

I got so excited when we were invited to a baby shower for a close family friend... and I got even more excited when I saw the Totoro themed shower invitation! Although I admit I haven't even seen the movie yet or gotten much into Totoro fandom, he is quite a cute furry character and I was happy to have a chance to craft with him.

Found quite a lot of cute Totoro images online so I rendered a few of them into cutting files in Make the Cut Design program. Decided to use Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop Up die again to make a fun interactive card.

As the card is opened, the panel with Totoro pops forward and Chuu and Chibi Totoro appear from behind with the sentiment. Still having so much fun with this little pop up spinning mechanism! Takes a little effort to get everything sized and placed in the right position in the card, but so worth the effort!

For our gifts, I found this adorable crocheted cap made by AmiAmigos on Etsy and made a matching Totoro gift card holder which was inspired by a Totoro handmade card I spied on Pinterest... and...

Lookie at this totally kawaii amigurumi stuffed Totoro! He was created by my crafty friend Lorna's daughter... creativity definitely runs in their family! He is so very huggable and even has a little bell inside his tail so he jingles everytime you pick him up!  Little baby to be is gonna look so adorable with her Totoro cap and toy.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Girls Night Out

Earlier this month, a group of us who were best friends during our teenage years in middle/high school got together for a Girls Night Out. Some of us hadn't seen each other for thirty years or more so it was an evening of reminiscing and fun.

I filled half a dozen take out boxes with some homemade Crispix party mix and dressed them up with a frou frou tulle bow and fun shaker tag to share with the girls.

I chose to use a digital stamp, "Back To School Party" from the Tiddly Inks collection... appropriately named, don't you think? Colored the image with Copics and fussy cut it to fit onto the 3 inch round tag. A little hard to see in the photos but the sentiment inside the tag reads "Friends since Hanabata Days"... (a  little Hawaiian Pidgin English slang referring to being friends from when we were very young). This was the first time I used adhesive backed craft foam sheets run through my Big Shot with Spellbinders Round Nestabilities dies to create shaker tags. Found this to be much easier than trying to piece together strips of foam tape!