One of my BFF's has her birthday at the end of December. She celebrates 50 years of a life well-live. She is a grand friend. She is a music lover and a wonderful pianist. So this year I made her a 3-D card. I am sure that you have seen this design elsewhere in the craft world. I created my own version using my Pazzles' software to create the pattern. My piano's footprint is 4.5 inches by almost 6 inches. It opens to a height of approximately 3 inches. Enjoy.

Lovely Music

Music Notes Coming from Inside

Another View

Open Card, Write Sentiment on the White Side

Yep, today is my birthday! May 22. I am celebrating 48 years. I consider it a joy, a good thing to celebrate birthdays. God has given me many wonderful journeys--some low, some high. I will celebrate later today with old friends and a number of favorite goodies. And while I will not be eating the cakes pictured below, I will indeed have cheesecake. That's a must!

We have been decorating cakes all week at The Cutting Cafe. Please hop over to that blog post to see all the beauty!

I made this cake first. I made one alteration. I cut a whole in the top for a tea light candle (battery operated). I had to fashion a little stand to raise the tea light high enough to poke through the top cake layer. All the layers follow the original pattern in that each layer is a box that can be oped.

Such Happy Colors!

Such Happy Colors!

Did see the butterfly?

Did see the butterfly?

Top View

Top View

My next cake took quite a bit more tweaking. I wanted the whole cake to be lighted. I used flowers from one of The Cutting Cafe border files to make little "windows." I lined the inside of each cake layer with a printed velum. Remember to add the vellum to each layer while they are still flat (not after rolling layers in to a circle).

Because I wanted the light to shine top to bottom, I cut holes in each layer. This presented a glitch with stacking the layers. Thus I added the tabs to both sides of the top two layers. This worked well to stack the layers. Only the bottom later of this cake opens to allow access to the tea light. In order for the tea light to remain stationary, I simply shrank the pattern of one layer to fit the size of the tea light. The fun is always in the decorating!

Altered layers to allow stacking.

Altered layers to allow stacking.


Assemble each layer.

Assemble each layer.


Shrink layer to hold tea light.

Shrink layer to hold tea light.

Stack the layers.

Stack the layers.


Dceorate

Dceorate


Decorate

Decorate


Light it Up

Light it Up

This week the team at The Cutting Cafe is making cards and boxes using Clear Cardstock.

The first card uses Birthday Number Candles. I opted to cut trough the top layer of cardstock, but without the flames attached. Additionally, I cut the numbers out on a scallop card.

Selecting Colors

Selecting Colors

The next step is to attach the clear cardstock to act as a window pane so the "sprinkles" do not fall out!

Measuring the Clear Cardstock

Measuring the Clear Cardstock

Next, I added the dimensional foam tape. This allows room for the sprinkles to "shake." I like to put foam tape all around the window so that the sprinkles stay in that spot and not get lost in the rest of the card. However, you need the foam tape all around the card so that the height of the top layer is consistent.

Dimensional Foam

Dimensional Foam

I have to share this as a side note. I am a very thrifty shopper. I found this bag of "sprinkles" at the thrift store. I don't know their original use, but in "thinking outside the box" I figured they would be great for shaker cards! Fun? Yes!

"Sprinkles"

"Sprinkles"

Back to crafting! Now comes the tricky part: Adding the sprinkles and attaching the top and bottom of the card together. I add the sprinkles to the card piece with the window. Then I hold both the top and bottom of the card above my head and line them up as well as I can. I don't know how it works for you, but for me, it's usually a catastrophe! Here's a trick I use. Laying the bottom piece of the card (the piece without the window cut) on my work surface, I pile up the sprinkles where they will peek through. Then I can better line up the top piece.

"Sprinkles"

"Sprinkles"

Here is the finished card! Remember that I cut out the candle numbers without the flames? Instead, I cut the flames separately and I added foam tape to the flames to pop them out.

Finished

Finished

Nice Layers

Nice Layers

The Cutting Cafe has many card front options for playing with clear cardstock. For these cards I used Window Card Templates. I also used sentiments from this wonderful collection of digi sentiments. The procedure is basically the same. For the butterfly card, I laid out all the pieces in my Pazzles InVue software. I first printed on the card stock right from the InVue software!! Next I positioned the cardstock on my cutting mat to match what I see on my computer screen and cut! Easy!

Printed Sentiment on Cut Mat

Printed Sentiment on Cut Mat


Cut "Window"

Cut "Window"


Voilà !

Voilà !

And the finished card! I think this is my favorite!!

Beautiful

Beautiful

One more card to show you. Again, same procedure.

Pretty

Pretty

I am continuing my play with digital stamps. This time I have a twist for you . . .

Oh. My. Goodness. I made a digital stamp! I did draw this fish by hand first. My darling techie hubby was going to help me fix it up in Photo Shop. But I was too impatient for an opening in his schedule. I know only a teeny bit about using PS. Here is my drawing.

Original Drawing

Original Drawing

Then I remembered using Pazzles' InVue Software to create shadows/outlines for my cuts. I said to myself, why not use that basic technique to make a digital stamp?!
Remember in grade school (or not) how you were taught to draw with the basic shapes that anyone can draw? That is how I started. Can you believe it? It's amazing and for me, it's even easier then hand drawing. Pazzles allows me to "draw" by melding shapes together. The official Pazzles term is Welding.

Forming a Fish

Forming a Fish

Once I had my digi stamp, it was time to assemble the card. First step was to select colors. Both for the digi and for the card as a whole. This time I tried using "photo pens." They are like water color paints. (I like the water color pencils better. See previous post.)

Choosing Colors for the Digi

Choosing Colors for the Digi

Choosing Paper Colors

Choosing Paper Colors

Being a craft hoarder isn't always bad. I wanted to give my card more life. Within my collection of "stuff" I had a few pieces of string that seemed to be coated with wax. It's slight stiffness loaned itself for the fish line. I also had an off-white piece of straw or cane. I used some ink to dye it brown. This made the perfect fish pole!

Just the right number of layers for the digi and the papers, along with a few ephemeral joys make a well-balanced card.

Layering the Digi

Layering the Digi

Showing Texture

Showing Texture

Finished Card

Finished Card

I am giving another try to the digi stamp and coloring. I asked my artsy daughter to assist me with blending. She kindly pointed out that her bowl of colored pencils is more than colored pencils. Some of them are "water color" pencils. She taught me how to add water either to the pencil tip itself or on the paper either before or after coloring. I love it! It blends so nicely. I was really excited! New toys are always fun--especially when you find that you have the skill to make them work.

My customer wanted a card for her adult daughter's birthday. She told me that her daughter likes silver and turquoise. She also has two cats which she is very fond. I know the daughter. I find her to be refined and elegant. I chose A Day For Daisies image titled Vintage Water Lily Dress.

The first step is to choose the look.

Choosing the Look

Choosing the Look

I printed several copies of the image so that I could play with layers. The cats are not part of the original image. I cut them with my Pazzles, adding some color to the black kitty to reflect the actual cat. Enjoy my card.

I am sharing this card at A Day for Daisies' blog in Challenge #135, Add Watercolor. Will you join us?

My Final Design

My Final Design

Side View

Side View

Close Up of Layers

Close Up of Layers

The Other Side

The Other Side

Pre Cut Sentiment from Hunky dory

Pre Cut Sentiment from Hunky dory

Have you delved in to the adult coloring book phenomenon? It's not for me. I cannot sit still. I am (and have been for a long time) fascinated by the crafters who color digital stamps. Digi Stamps (for short) are just that. Instead of an inked imaged, they image (or stamp) is printed via computer and printed. Then the crafter colors it with choice of medium--paint, pencils, crayons, markers. I have tried a few. Again, i don't like to sit and work on one project too long. I have been using my children's colored pencils. (You can invest a lot of money in pencils and markers just for this craft.)

A customer recently requested a birthday card for her sister. I chose to go the Digi Stamp route. Here I used an image from A Day For Daisies. It is titled Sent of a Vintage Rose. I can no longer find it in their shop, but there are so many wonderful images to play with.

My first step was to choose a color scheme and color the stamp.

Digi Stamp

Digi Stamp

I am playing along with A Day for Daisies (ADFD) Challenge #134 - Add Texture. I chose to add texture by adding layers to the digi itself. By printing out multiple copies of the digi I can select pieces of the image to add depth. Many of ADFD images beg for layering and are easy to manipulate. I use adhesive foam between each layer. You will note that some pieces have two layers and some have three layers. I think varying the heights add to the overall beauty.

Layering

Layering

Here is a close up of the rose.

Rose with Layers

Rose with Layers

Another option for adding texture to your greeting cards is to layer the background. Here you see the various paper patterns and the background layout.

Ovals and Square are Delightful Together

Ovals and Square are Delightful Together

I added even more texture with coordinating paper flowers.

Completed Card

Completed Card

Side View

Side View


Coordinated Inside

Coordinated Inside

Today I am sharing a number of cards that I have made for my own personal use as of late. May is a busy month of gifting for me personalizing. This post has a lot of pictures. I hope you find one card that you like and perhaps I will inspire you.

Lately, I have been using a technique that I call "cluster cards." I group a number of embellishments in the center of the card. Sometimes I place the cluster off to the side or in a lower corner. This technique allows for me to be free with my design, as well as to personalize it for the recipient. I try to use only what I have on hand. These are fun and easy to make. Give it a try.

This birthday card is a "spinner card." The car moves up and down the length of the card. I'm not so sure that we want the car to spin--although that may be a reflection of real life!!

Birthday

Birthday

This moving card uses a truck is a digital stamp created by Carmen at Beyond the Fringe Crafts.

Moving

Moving

BIRTHDAYS

Masculine Birthday

Masculine Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

Birthday

ANNIVERSARY

Anniversary

Anniversary

Anniversary

Anniversary

FRIENDSHIP

Friendship

Friendship

SYMPATHY

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Sympathy

Here is a fun, new design that is circulating the internet craft community. It is called a "Pop-Up Card Box." When the card lies closed (flat) it measures 6.5 inches square. Not sure how I would mail this card tho. Maybe in a bubble mailer.

Splitcoast Stampers has a tutorial here and a video tut here. Thus, I am not going to give you the instructions. The instructions are clearly presented. However, if you have a Pazzles, I can give you a WPC cut file so you can whip it out on your machine.

I have two WPC versions of the Cut File.
Pop Up Box Card KISS Cut Version
This File has the red lines to be cut as Kiss Cut lines (perforated) for making the folds.
Pop Up Box Card EMBOSS Version
This File has the red lines for making the folds. These lines are made using your embossing tool. I find it slick to use the embossing tool for scoring. You do not need to use the embossing mat. Place your cardstock on the cut mat. First emboss the red lines, then cut the black lines.

Another piece of advice I have, is that you might try decorating the inside "layers" before attaching them to the box. I have not tried that, but decorating the layers already attached was a challenge.

Enjoy the pictures and have fun making your Pop-Up Card Box.

BIRTHDAY

front, open

front, open

back

back

flat

flat

back side

back side

top view

top view

VALENTINE

front

front

back can be left blank for writing greeting

back can be left blank for writing greeting

closed flat

closed flat

Tip: if you use stickers, you can hide the stick by making a  back to the sticker

Tip: if you use stickers, you can hide the stick by making a back to the sticker

top view

top view

I gave another go at digital stamps. I just used colored pencils. Nothing fancy. I found wonderful stamps at Beyond the Fringe Crafts. Carmen has great designs and she is really nice. I printed each stamp twice and layered various parts of each stamp.

I really like this moving truck. I cut some of the furniture and boxes for a second layer. Isn't the rocking chair on top of the roof a cute idea?


Carmen calls this sheep a 'primitive sheep.' He comes with a bird on his head, but I decided to replace it with a party hat. On this one I made the second layer just of the heart.


Today I am playing along with Jalisa at Patches of Pink. For this week's Link-Up Party, Jalisa has invite us to link up anything you have been working on recently or that you create specifically for this post, but it must represent something that makes you HAPPY!!

My immediate family makes me Happy. My Groom and my yougnest Son both celebrate their birthdays this week. (My older son's birthday is Sept 8, but I am not ready for that.)

Daddy's birthday was Monday. I used a cut created by Stephanie at Digital Designs. This couple is so versatile. I have made a few anniversary cards and felt it was fitting for my hubby's birthday.

My son's 5th birthday is this Friday. He has been such a goof lately. He does indeed like all things "boy." He has been acting like a Ninja as of late. This is the part that really makes me happy--it's a great story.
Imagine if you can:He takes the pose, arms raised to head level, and calmly and confidently states, "I. AM. Ninja."
And then he proceeds to knock HIMSELF in the face!!
He has played this out over and over. I tell him that this Ninja needs more practice!
I knew exactly what I had to do for his birthday card! I carried the Ninja "lingo" through to the inside. I can't wait to give it to my 5 year old!!

inside of card


Footnote: Tonight I am happy about one other guy in my life: My friend Peter. He happens to live next door. He saved me with his camera. My hubby left and I forgot to tell him that to leave our camera at home. Peter took time out from his busy evening to get shots of the cards at crunch time. I am thankful for his friendship always! I'll have to make Peter and appropriate thank you card! Thanks Peter!!
(And then of course our internet went down due to a storm. But it was up in the nick of time.)