Wednesday, April 26, 2017

More Mama Elephant Pandamonium

Had to make a couple quickie cards, so of course I turned to my favorite Mama Elephant Pandamonium stamps. Love these pandas because they're so cute and most of all because I  never have to color them in!
I made this first card  to send  some long overdue recipes I had promised to send my cousin. It's sort of a tri-window card; I simply aligned three rounded squares and added the text in Make the Cut then had the Silhouette cut it as a Print and Cut. Placed the pandas behind the windows and used foam tape to adhere the front panel onto the card.

On the inside,   I made a pocket to hold the recipe cards.

Also needed a gift card holder to send along with the anniversary card I sent to my daughter and son in law, so I decided to do a tag holder type card.

When the tag is pulled out of its pocket, the sentiment shows thru the window. Added little hearts cut from a Carl Craft heart punch purchased in Japan.

Used a gift card holder die from Jaded Blossom to cut the tabs to hold the gift card in place. Quick and simple, but still's all good!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Bunnies Galore!

Happy Hoppy Easter! Here are the shadowbox style gable cookie boxes I put together for Easter treats this year. The original idea for these came from an adorable shadowbox gift card holder created by the multi talented Brigit Mann. on her blog "Brigit's Scraps". Brigit used a cutting file from the Lori Whitlock Shop for her shadowbox gift card holder. If you like CUTE, you definitely need to check out both'll fall in love with everything!

For the shadowbox element on my cookie boxes, I purchased the SVG cutting file for the shadowbox giftcard bag from the Lori Whitlock Shop. Then, instead of putting the shadowbox in a bag as in the original cutting file, I placed it into a gable box. Gable box is an old cutting file I created in Make the Cut a few years back, just tweaked it a bit so everything would fit and come together nicely.

Paper pieced bunnies, grass and carrot are images found online which were rendered into cutting files using Make the Cut design program. Pretty patterned paper background is a retired digital file called "Happy Spring" designed by Nancy Kubo which I purchased a few years ago. Put together a dozen of these bunny girl boxes and filled them with homemade pizzelle cookies.

Of course, I had to make at least one little boy bunny box for my dear son in law! I  had so much fun putting these boxes together...I'm finding that shadowbox projects have piqued my interest lately, especially after seeing many of them at the Lori Whitlock Shop. I'm hoping to start experimenting and playing with a few more shadowbox projects in the future!

Now for the best part...check out these fabulous Easter bunny treats I received from two super talented and creative friends!

This lovable little bunny put together by my dear crafting buddy Kris is really a box! I fell in love with this amazing bunny box the first time I saw him over at  the SVGCuts Shop. Of course I bought the cutting file for it too, but still haven't had the chance to make him yet... and now that I see how super CUTE he really is irl, I'm even more inspired and excited to try making him too...maybe for next Easter?

Leave it to my AWE-mazing friend Lorna to come up with yet another crazy cute, outside-the-box creative treat holder! Aren't these darling Easter bunny slippers just the most adorable thing you've ever seen? Can't tell from the photos but Lorna strapped Easter candies underneath the rug the slippers are sitting on.

And for those of you who enjoy crafts with a little Asian flavor, these Daruma Easter bunnies Lorna created for her Bon Dance Club will surely tickle your fancy! Lorna decorated red plastic eggs for her Daruma treat holders, adding bunny ears, nose, and whiskers. Super kawaii, right? Honestly, this girl and her creativity are above and beyond!

My last Easter bunny to share today is our furbaby Latte, bringing Happy Easter wishes to all. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful time celebrating today!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Love Birds 5th Anniversary

Keeping in theme with the love birds theme of their wedding 5 years ago, this is the card in a box style card I  recently made to send to my daughter and son in law for their wedding anniversary.

Instead of the usual square shaped box, I opted to try a rectangular shaped one like some of the ones I've seen pinned on Pinterest.

The best thing about the rectangular shaped card in a box card is that front of the card is wider, allowing me to put larger paper piecings inside without significantly increasing the overall size of the folded card.

I used the Lovebirds cutting file from Country Life Graphics for the bird couple and placed them on a nest created from the Nest on Branch cutting file from Miss Kate's Cuttables. And since the happy couple is expecting the birth of their first child very soon, I added a little egg with a pink bow (yes, it's a girl!) created using the Dainty Bow die from Mama Elephant. Sentiments on the flaps of the box were created in Make the Cut design program using Lettering Delights Charming font.

Our sentiments and best wishes were added to the back of the card.

Then as final throwback to their happy wedding day, I placed the card in a petal closure style envelope with a belly band and the same personalized seal  we used on their wedding invitations five years ago. So many warm, happy memories emerged as I was making this wonder they always say crafting is so therapeutic!