Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Christmas Shaker Tags

I was very late putting these Christmas treat boxes together this year, but here they are, twenty of them ready to be delivered to hubby's workplace, 5 days before Christmas.

 Made two batches of Chex mix bagged, sealed, and boxed them into take out boxes tied with a bow. That was the easy part...

And then there were these shaker tags! What on earth made me think they'd be quick and easy? Teddy bear is Cottage Cutz Mr. Snuggles die and the bow is a die from Mama Elephant. All other cuts were created in Make the Cut Design program and cut on the Silhouette. I'm still a newbie when it comes to making shaker projects, so I struggled a bit assembling these tags, but after making twenty, I think I'm starting to get the hang of it!

Also bottled some of that Chex mix for sharing with the special people at the pet clinic we take our doggie to.
Didn't have time enough to make a cutesy label for the bottle so I ended up using a recent photo I had taken of our doggie right after I discovered she had devoured a whole sleeve of Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies. Had to rush her to the pet clinic...I was so frightened and worried at that time, but everyone at the clinic was so kind and helpful. giving our little Latte the best of care. Now everyone at the clinic knows her as the dog who ate the Thin Mints..."Naughty or Nice?"

Sunday, December 24, 2017

2017 Holiday Cards

It's Christmas Eve and I'm happy to say I made it through another holiday season. This is the family Christmas card we sent out to friends and family this year. Since we had plans to be out of town during the first week of December, I forced myself to get started extra early this year, and amazingly finished 80 of these before, that's gotta be a first for me!

I used metal cutting dies to create the Santa sleigh scene for the front of my card. Santa and reindeer die is from Impression Obsesssion, Winter Neighborhood border die from Cheery Lynn, and Hillside border die from Lawn Fawn. Sentiment label and frame were cut on the Silhouette and adhered to the card together with the Winter Neighborhood border using foam tape for three layers of dimension. Creating the snowy background was the funnest and easiest step;  just went crazy making random dots on the red cardstock with a bamboo skewer and some white acrylic paint!

And here's the inside of the card, inspired by a  recent Make and Take project shared by dear friend Kelli at our craft club meeting. I thought the Pop Up Book style card would be a fun way to showcase our photo this year.  I used the  6 x 6 inch Pop Up Book template and tutorial shared by Norma from From My Craft Room  as a guide for my insert. I adjusted the size of the pop up book to be a little larger to accommodate our photo, compensating by decreasing the depth of the book a little. I also decreased the overall size of the card to 5-1/2 inches square so it could be easily cut on the Silhouette. Sizzix Snowglobe embossing folder was used to emboss  the frame panels. Cutting, embossing and adhering those TEN individual panels was definitely the most time consuming and tedious step of creating this card!

I made just one other Christmas card this year, for our granddaughter to celebrate her First Christmas.

I used a cutting file from Cuddly Cute Designs for the reindeer...isn't she adorable?...and put her on a round shaped easel card.

Couldn't resist putting her head on a wobbler for some fun!

And here's our sentiment on the's really hard having to spend the holidays miles apart from family! Really glad that hubby and I had the chance to spend at some time with our granddaughter early in December. Hope you all are having wonderful Christmas! 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Onsie Easel Card

I have yet another baby onsie project to share today. I purchased several of the onsie cutting files from My Scrapchick earlier this year and I'm happy that I've been making good use of them. So far I've made the onsie lidded box and an onsie treat holder; this time around I made the onsie easel card for a baby boy.

I thought the little boy onsies with the tie and vest were so adorable. Baby boys have the cutest little dress up clothes too! The best thing about this card is that there are only a few pieces to cut and it came together so quickly!

I used a large ball embossing tool, (the kind used for shaping paper flowers) to give the knot on the tie some dimension and added real buttons to the vest instead of cutting the paper buttons that came with the cutting file.
Goodness, can you believe how quickly the time flies by this time of the year? Just two more weeks before Christmas! Although I'm still posting projects from 2 months ago on my blog, in real life I'm going a little crazy trying to finish all my holiday crafting. Wonder if I'll be done in time?

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Super Sonic Birthday

Ready for another fun Triple Slider card? This one was made for my son in law who enjoys playing video games. I don't know much about video gaming other than Super Mario and Angry Birds, but I thought Sonic the Hedgehog was kinda cute so I decided to use him on my son in law's birthday card this year.

I used a coloring book image of Sonic running to create a cutting file in Make the Cut design program. For the background, I did a Google search for Sonic game backgrounds and printed one I liked to fit my card. Arial Black font and the headline function in Print Shop were used to try to make a Happy Birthday sentiment that looked similar to Sonic's title logo, then I used the print and cut function to cut it out.

Pulling on the ribbon on the right side of the card makes panels slide out from both ends of the card, and at makes Sonic run across the front of the card at the same time. In case you're wondering, the panel on the left was left blank because I still didn't have the gift card I intended to put on it! I was really hoping to purchase a Sonic Drive In gift card to put on that left panel... now wouldn't that have been so cool? Unfortunately I couldn't find anywhere that sells them. We don't have a Sonic Drive In here where I live; I tried calling them but they wouldn't take a phone order for a gift card. So my son in law had to settle for an Amazon gift card instead. Lol, I'm sure he preferred that anyway.