Monday, May 25, 2020


Our granddaughter is at that age now where she's finally starting to understand what birthdays are all about. Earlier this year she began asking when hers was and promptly proceeded to inform her mommy and daddy that she wanted a dinosaur cake for her birthday. Based on her request, they began planning a "3-Rex" (T-Rex) themed party to celebrate her 3rd birthday and so of course gramma had to comply with a dinosaur themed birthday card as well.

Wiper style cards are a fun interactive card for toddlers because of its element of surprise. When the right and left sides of the card are pulled simultaneously, a pink Pterodactyl flies up from behind the hillside.

The pink Pterodactyl was attached to a strip of clear acetate which I glued onto the wiper arm mechanism cut from Mama Elephant's Wiper Surprise die. Cloud background and green grassy hills were inked with Tim Holtz distress oxide inks applied with foundation brushes.

The cute and colorful paper pieced dinosaurs were created from SVG files I purchased on Etsy from seller Jojo and Bella. Oh, and since this was for a "3-Rex" party, I made sure  T-Rex was holding the number 3! Palm tree was cut from Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and cutting file for volcano was created in Make the Cut design program from a coloring book image. All paper piecings were cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.

The dinosaur clipart bundle from Jojo and Bella also included jpeg, png, pdf, and eps format files too, making it easy to create and print a fun dinosaur scene on the back of the card where I added our birthday sentiment. Although we had hoped to celebrate our granddaughter's 3rd birthday in person, we ended up cancelling our flight due to Covid 19, and the "3-Rex" party turned into a drive-by parade party instead. That's okay, we don't regret our decision to stay safe ...we still had fun watching our granddaughter open her gifts via video chat; and her drive-by party parade is something she and her parents will likely remember and talk about for years to come.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sharing Smiles

Today I'm sharing some of the fun and crafty projects that I've recently received from my sweet, thoughtful and talented friends.

My dear friend Bev surprised me on Mothers Day with this beautiful U-fold or Bridgefold style card. View from the top shows how she adhered the jar filled with layered paper pieced flowers and foilage onto the center strut inside to give the appearance of a shadowbox. Love, love the bright and cheery colors she pretty!

This amazing Mothers Day surprise is from my multi talented friend, Lorna. Really love the sparkly  daisy dish scrubby she crocheted...almost too pretty to use! Lorna packaged her lovely scrubby together with a sweet treat in a cello bag sealed with some polka dot washi tape and a cute layered tag to match the scrubby.

Awww! Lorna also created this super kawaii Boys Day Totoro treat holder. I especially liked the intricate cuts on Totoro's brightly colored koinobori or flying carp...very festive!

Now this treat holder from Lorna is truly a sign of the times, right? She decorated this sleeve style treat holder with the most adorable peeking bunny wearing a face mask and filled it with a package of mini oreos; cuter than cute!

Here's a fun card that's a little unconventional, but sure to bring a smile from my sweet crafting buddy, Kris. For one thing, this definitely has to be the first toilet bowl card I've ever received!

Pulling down on the toilet paper of this Waterfall style card makes the toilet bowl lid flip open to show a mouse inside your toilet with a request... and pulling the toilet paper down further flips the toilet seat up! Hubby and I both got a good laugh from this fun card.
Special thanks to my thoughtful and caring friends who shared their crafty talents to lift my spirits and bring a little cheer during these unprecedented times of uncertainty. The good news is that we have significantly "flattened the curve" in our state and stay at home restrictions are slowly being eased. Please continue to stay safe, everyone!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Flowers for Mom

I was excited to finally use the Karen Burniston Flower Pot Pop Up die set that I purchased a while ago with the express intent of making our Mothers Day cards this year.

I had watched Karen Burniston's assembly tutorial video for this die more than half a dozen times so I felt pretty confident the pop up mechanism would come together fairly quickly. But as it turns out, I ended up spending way too much time going back and forth on the design elements of the card... what colors to use?...which patterned papers?...which flowers and leaves?....etc, etc... that I barely finished the cards in time.

I finally settled on my favorite pinks and decided to make cutting files to create my own version of a layered flower instead of using the daisy style layered flower dies that came included in the die set. Layered butterfly was cut from Cheery Lyn Designs Small Exotic Butterfly dies; and I used C.C. Designs Olive Branch, Stampin' Up Little Leaves Sizzlets, as well as the leaf branch included in the pop up die set to cut the leaves.

Here's the fun pop up flower pot inside the card.

 Difficult to see from the photos, but I layered a combination of glitter and pearlescent cardstocks on the flowers and butterfly for a touch of bling. Flatback pearls were used for the flower centers.

Although I suspect this pop up die mechanism was designed to be used in cards with a portrait orientation, I decided to change mine into a landscape oriented card at the last minute. I first assembled the flower pot and attached it to a doily I had cut on my Silhouette. I then made the mistake of  filling the pot with flowers and leaves before attaching the flower pot to the card base. Didn't realize until I finally secured the doily and pot to the card base that all my flowers were facing to the right of the card! So rather than removing the stems and recutting all the branches to rearrange the flowers, I decided to rotate the card to a landscape orientation.

 I tried to balance to awkward placement of flower pot by placing the sentiment boxes to the upper left and bottom right of the finished card.   

Here's a shot of the flower pot pop up from the top which show how the struts in the flower pot run perpendicular to each other. The funny thing is, although it was this feature that really attracted me into purchasing this pop up die, as you can see in the final card, I ended up using the only the struts that were parallel anyway. That's okay, I'm looking forward to spending more time playing with this die set and learning how to better use it to it to its full creative capacity.

Sunday, May 3, 2020

Shiba Inu Meme Birthday Card

I put together this "Doge Meme" themed pop up birthday card for my niece who owns a Shiba Inu. Paper pieced Shiba Inu pups were created from cutting files created in Make the Cut design program. The double tiered birthday cake which peeks out the front window was cut from now retired Cottage Cutz Celebration Cake die.
As this card is opened, the panel with the birthday cake  pops forward and rocks to the right...

... to reveal another Shiba Inu pup underneath!

Love the fun pop up and rocking motion of this card created with Karen Burniston's Rockin' Rectangle Pop Up die! Assembling the mechanism for this interactive card was actually pretty simple, and the nice thing is that it's a generic mechanism that can be customized to each persons's creative imagination!

I'm not much into meme humor but I tried to use some of the same silly captions I saw on many of the Doge memes I came across online and printed them in pastel colors to give my card a kind of  whimsical, humorous and cutesy feel. Hoping this card brought a little smile to our sweet niece who had to spend her birthday sheltering in place far away from home.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Double Wiper Kokeshi Doll Card

Here's a fun interactive card I put together in celebration of my dear friend Lorna's birthday. I had just received my new i-Crafter Wiper insert die in the mail and was excited to give it a try. I knew I wanted to do a kokeshi doll themed card so I decided on using some of the cute coloring book images found on Pinterest to create paper piecing files.

I used washi paper to paper piece the kimonos for the kokeshi dolls.  Cherry blossom branch was created using Cottagekutz Winter Branch and Frantic Stamper Petite Sakura dies, and a mini sakura punch from Punch Bunch. Recently while cleaning out my craftroom, I found some pretty origami papers from Yasutomo in my stash, which happily turned out to be a perfect fit for the background inserts for this card.

It's hard to describe the action of this fun interactive card in words so here's a short video to show the  movement of this double wiper card insert.

As the card is opened, two wiper arms swipe up from behind a pop up panel to meet in the center. This i-Crafter die set comes with dies to cut "THA" and "NKS" that can be attached to the wiper arms so they would meet in the center to spell the word "THANKS". But since I was making a birthday card, I instead cut a pair of fan shapes on the Silhouette and adhered the words "Happy Birthday" cut using an Elizabeth Crafts word die to attach onto the wiper arms.

The i-Crafter die set also includes a die to cut a gift card insert to place onto the  pop up panel to make this card a gift cardholder as well.

I wanted to add another kokeshi to the inside of my card so I put the gift card into a mini cellophane envelope before sliding it thru the gift card holder. The paper pieced kokeshi and lantern were then adhered to the cello envelope with double sided tape. The lantern was cut from Elizabeth Crafts Asian Accessories die.

If you happened to notice, or wondered why... yes, my sentiment on this card is in the past tense because I was shamefully a month late with this birthday card. Lol, hopefully Lorna liked her card enough to forgive my delinquency!

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Sakura Treat Boxes

Just a few days prior to the shut down of all restaurants, and work at home and shelter in place proclamations took effect in our area last month, we had lunch with some of our dear friends who had just found out their spring cruise to Japan had been cancelled due to the outbreak of Covid 19.They chose to get together at a Japanese restaurant to "make up for all the delicious Japanese food we'll be missing"; so I decided to make these sakura treat boxes in hopes of helping to ease some of the disappointment from their missed vacation.

I used the same box template I had used earlier in March for my Hinamatsuri (Girls Day) treat boxes, but this time used a solid color for the box which seemed to give this set of boxes a very different look and feel. I used the same pearlescent pink and gold papers for the sakura flower closure but this time selected a muted green for the box instead of the printed kokeshi paper I had used for my Girls Day treat boxes.

The original template for this box is Pebbles In My Pocket's Slide Box with Snowflake cutting file purchased from the Lori Whitlock Shop. I used Make the Cut design program to render a cherry blossom image into a cut file then swapped it out with the snowflake closure that came with the original box file.

Boxes were filled with homemade chichi dango mochi which were packed first into mini plastic bento boxes. Definitely can't compare with all the yummies they would've had while on their cruise, but hopefully it brought at least a little smile to their tummies!

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Surprise Bunny Pop Up Easter Card

With stay at home orders spanning the globe, I guess Easter will be celebrated much differently in every family this year. With social distancing in place, I knew we wouldn't be getting together with dear friends and family at Easter as we normally do, so I decided to forgo making Easter treat boxes of chocolates and pizzelle cookies this year. I only made this one Easter card to send to our sweet granddaughter.

Earlier this year I picked up Karen Burniston's Parcel Pop Up die and have been "saving it" with the intention of making a very special Easter card for our granddaughter. I created a weaved basket to cover the pop up mechanism on the inside of the card, and used clear acetate for the front panel of this bottom fold card so the basket would show through with the card in its closed position.

As the card is opened, *Surprise!* a little bunny pops up inside the basket!

Had so much fun putting this together, and so happy that it turned out just as I had it imagined in my head.
Cute little bunny was a recent freebie cutting file from My Scrap Chick called "Bunny Sweet Treat Belly". Weaved basket and bow were created in Make the Cut Design program using various sizes of ovals and rectangles. Eggs were cut from DCWV glitter cardstock using another cutting file from My Scrap Chick called "Easter Chicks Set".

Cloud background panel was created by using Lawn Fawn's Puffy Cloud Border die to cut a stencil template and lightly applying Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink (Broken China) with a foundation brush. MFT Stamps Die-Namics Grassy Border die was used to cut the grass from white cardstock and inked with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink.
 I used Cheery Lynn Baby's Breath Flower Kit dies for the tiny blossoms and butterfly comes from Cottage Cutz Mouse with Sunflower die. Happy Easter greeting was done as a print and cut using Doctor Soos true type font.

I repeated the cloud background and grassy border on the backside of the card so I'd have a place to add our sentiment. Tiny rabbit was cut from Impression Obsession's Rabbit Die Set. Hoping our granddaughter will have as much fun seeing bunny pop up from the basket as I did making this card for her.

Thank you for dropping by today. Please enjoy Easter the best you are able, but please continue to keep safe and healthy.

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Recipe Page Group Project

 For our group project last year, our craft club decided to do a recipe page swap. It was basically an "Anything Goes" project,  the only restriction being that it had to be on an 8x8 page. We made enough pages for each member in our group, plus one for ourselves so that by the end of the swap we each owned a wonderful keepsake compilation of recipes.

For my page, I decided I would share my recipe for a long time favorite in our family, Mexicali Chicken.

The cutting file for the double shadowed title was created in Make the Cut design program together with Di and Tristan true type fonts.

For my cutie chicken, I used two cutting files from Cudddly Cute Designs. The little chicken comes from "Chicken and Rooster Cutiekins" and her colorful paper pieced sombrero is from the "Pepper Cutie" file.
Thanks for stopping by today. Please be well and stay safe as we all continue to hunker down and shelter in place.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Beary Special Birthday Wishes

I made yet another birthday card using the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop Up die. This die is fast becoming a favorite of mine as it can make the simplest of card ideas into fun, interactive cards. What's even nicer is that it's probably the easiest of all Karen Burniston's pop up mechanisms to put together.

So honestly for me, the most difficult thing about making this card was matching the colors. Purple... it's my sweet friend's favorite color. I often try to make cards in the recipient's favorite colors but I usually shy away from purple because I always have such a hard time matching tones of purple. Decided to stick to Easter/Spring colors to stay safe... hope I did okay!

Here's the inside of the card. As the card is opened, the label with the sentiment pops forward and up, giving the appearance the the balloons attached to the label are floating!

Paper pieced teddy bears, cake and gifts are from Marjorie Ann Designs. I used elements from three cutting files, "Take Time To Smell the Flowers", "Birthday Girl" and "Betsy Loves Baking" to put this card together. Stitched balloons were cut using Craft Emporium's Balloons Galore die set, and sprinkles and candles were cut from "Sprinkles Confetti" and "Cake & Stand" dies from Taylored Expressions' Little Bits collection.