Sunday, September 25, 2016

Tsum Tsum First Aid Kits

For my craft club share this year I decided to keep it simple by decorating some first aid kits with Tsum Tsum characters. I made twelve different ones using cutfiles I created in Make the Cut using images found on the web.

These mini first aid kits are J & J First Aid To Go kits which are quite inexpensive and can be found in almost any drugstore. The boxes are about 3 x 4" in size and are filled with bandaids. gauze and cleansing wipes. The nice thing about these little boxes is that you could remove the first aid stuff and fill them candies or even use them as a cute gift card holder.

I used colorful washi tapes to cover the lids on these boxes, then mounted each of the paper pieced Tsum Tsums onto the lids with foam tape.

Once I got started, it didn't take too long to put these together. Cut all the pieces out on white cardstock and colored everything with Copic pens while they were still on the cutting mat. A lot quicker than having to hunt for all the different colored papers and cutting individually. Finished two dozen of these; one set for sharing with the ladies in my craft club and the second to donate to my mom's senior citizen club for their annual fund raising craft fair.
Whew! So glad to have this finished...because now, it's officially CRUNCH TIME! All the holidays are just around the corner and way too many birthdays coming up in the next 3 months...YIKES!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Teddy Bear Gift Card Holder

I needed to make a quickie birthday gift card holder for a very special friend so I decided to use the same cutfile I created recently for the panda gift card holder here. But this time I switched out the panda head with a teddy bear head from Cuddly Cute Designs' Bear With Roses cutting file.

I also changed the heart that panda was holding to a take out coffee cup, from Marjorie Ann Design's Morning Coffee cutting file. The cup sleeve was created by using the print and cut function in the Make the Cut program.

The base card (teddy's body) was created by welding together oval and rectangle shapes in Make the Cut. I used a double layer of thin strips of foam tape to mount the cup onto the teddy allowing just enough space to tuck his hands underneath to keep the card closed.

Untucking teddy's arms from under the cup and the top of the card from under his chin opens the card with a place to add a sentiment and a pocket for the gift card. Here I used Elizabeth Craft Design's Birthday die and added a tag cut using a Sizzix framlits set by Stephanie Barnard.


Love that this comes together so quick and easy. Looking forward to playing around with this a few more times by switching out the heads again...hmmm...maybe next time I'll try Hello Kitty!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A Birthday Shaker Card for Mom

Decided to try another floating shaker card, this time for my mother in law's birthday which we celebrated this weekend. I used my Silhouette to cut an octagonal window and frame for my shaker this time.

I added Marci with Lantern digital stamp from Lala Land Crafts to the front of the shaker window; colored her with Copics and paper pieced her outfit with washi paper. Inside the shaker I added red and gold sequins, beads and glitter.

The Asian style corners and holder for the Happy Birthday sentiment are cutfiles I created a while back by welding together squares in Make the Cut program.

The plum blossom background with the pagoda and bridge scene that shows through shaker window on the front of the card are actually on the inside of the card.

I then adhered the scene to an octagon shaped card...

So I'd have a place to add our birthday sentiment on the inside.
Really starting to enjoy making shaker cards and looking forward to making more. But first I'll definitely need to work on collecting some pretty colored sequins and beads to add to them...any suggestions on where I should start?

Sunday, September 4, 2016

My First Shaker Card

Sharing today my very first attempt at making a Shaker card. Shaker cards have always intrigued me, but I've always shied away from making them...mostly because I thought they were too much work. Recently though, I came across Nikki Foraker's "Floating Shaker Card" on Pinterest and thought it looked so neat that I had to try one too.Thought it might be perfect for a wedding card I wanted to make for the son of a very special friend.

I started by decorating the window to my shaker card using the "Romantic Window" cutting file designed and shared by Heather on her blog Images By Heather M. Then I added a silhouette of everyone's favorite couple, Cinderella and Prince Charming cut from Cricut Happily Ever After cartridge. For instructions on the construction of the "floating shaker" I watched a You Tube video tutorial by lostinpaper for her "Double Window Shaker Card". Iridescent sequins, beads and glitter were added inside the shaker for sparkly fun.

Then for a personalized touch, I used Pharmacy font and Make the Cut to create a cutting file of the bride and groom's names to add to the front of the card. Fancy flourish corners were cut from Lala Land's Filigree Corner die.

Here's the inside of the card. The part I like best about the "floating window shaker" is how the shaker is completely clear and that the background image seen through the shaker is actually on the inside of the card.

The cutting file for this background castle was created in Make the Cut using a coloring book image found on the internet and the label is another free cutting file from Heather of Images By Heather M.
I liked how my very first shaker card turned out, but I have to admit it was a bit of a challenge for me to put together. LOL...keeping things straight to align windows is one of my biggest downfalls! But I'm hoping this will get easier if I keep working at it!