Here are some cards that I made recently.

First I will share a few Valentine's Cards that I made.

This is my favorite! The pears are made from a Spellbinders' metal die. I made it as a shaker card and the seeds shake around! I love it! It turned out great and it was hard to give away!

A Perfect Pear

Inside

This idea came from Desert Diva. It's a shaker card. The blender is from Apex Cuttable Design.

Shaker Blender

Side View

Another shaker card using a camera. I designed the cut file myself using my Pazzles' software.

Smile

Inside

Now let's switch ideas. I saw this on the web and replicated the idea by using the Pazzles. These are so stinkin' cute. Next time, I will make the chicks a bit smaller.

Here A Chick

There A Chick

Everywhere

A Chick Chick!

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

This month's assignment at made with love (and paper) is timely for Minnesota. It is so cold here, especially this week as I finally get my creation posted.
Our theme for December is Quilted Christmas. Will you play along with us? Our quilted creation is to use contrasting colors, metal/metallic, and a bow or knot.

I am not a quilter. Thank goodness. I found a popular quilted Christmas Tree on the internet. And while it was easy enough to create my pattern using my Pazzles software, it was not so easy for me to assemble for real.

I made the Wonky Christmas Tree by creating trapezoids. Then I drew in the gold trim.

Wonky Pattern

To help layout the tree, I copied and then I welded the trim (image on right). It was still a challenge for me. I think my brain was frozen from our Zero degree high temp today.

I even viewed my pattern in the Wire Frame. At least the final assembly is forgiving enough that I could play with it. I have included it in this post in case you need a little extra help with your assembly process. And I think it's just fine to admit our struggles.

Wire Frame

Here are shots of my assembly process:

My Guide for Layering

A Quick Trial of the Layers

I used this Wonky Tree to make a card. Finishing it with a little faux stitching on the corners. Happy Christmas.

Wonky Christmas Tree

I'm down to two kiddos of school age. My boys are now in 8th and 6th grade. Both are in middle school this year. But that does not excuse them from receiving a card from mom! You might recall that I work at a school. My boss asked me to make "welcome" cards for our new staff.

Most of the digi stamps I used are from the set titled All About School at The Cutting Cafe. I created the "Write Stuff" digi sentiment and the pencils. Do you like my file folder cards?!

I finally found a little time to craft and was blessed with a bit of creativity to match. Most of today's cards use a digital stamp with an image and/or sentiment. I use Adobe Illustrator to manipulate the files. It is an easy program with which to create. (I have even created some sentiments myself.) I hand colored the images with colored pencils. (Remember, I do very little coloring of digis.)

These first cards use a digi stamp created by the lovely Melinda Beltran. The original flower digi comes with the sentiment "Wonderful Beautiful You." In some cases I replaced the sentiment.

Lovely


showing layers

For this card I replaced the sentiment with one created by Regina Easter at The Cutting Cafe. Isn't it cute?

Alternate Sentiment by Regina Easter


showing layers

And here I totally cut out the whole flower.

Delicate

The next couple cards have sentiments created by Donna Ellis for Fred She Said. Visit Donna's blog to see how she used her own sentiments. However, the sentiments are available at the Fred She Said site.

Darling


Butterfly & Blossoms


Delicate Butterfly

This happy birthday card uses a sentiment created by Hannelie at Desert Diva. I love how this card turned out. It is so happy!!

Birthday Fun!

Regina created the sympathy sentiment and the "birthday treats" for the next two cards. My last card does not have a sentiment.

This is my favorite!


Striking


Elegant

A picture blog for Valentine's Day.

The Best valentine of All-Time


A SON-shine Valentine


God's Valentine


For My Honey! Get it? "Honey"


For My Daughter


Simple and Sweet

Some elements are from The Cutting Cafe and Bird's Cards.

After being a stay at home mom for the past 18 years, I was blessed this past fall. I was hired by my son;s school as the Volunteer Coordinator. It is very part time and fits my schedule and personal needs perfectly. This work is half of what I did b.k. or before kids. In those 18 years I have been on the other the other side as a volunteer myself. You would be amazed how much "stuff" gets done by volunteers. I had some parents come in to school and create a scene for our staff lounge door. I wanted to play "craft" with them! So I when I was home I crafted up thank you cards for those volunteers.

I have used two images/digi stamps from A Day for Daisies. There are many adorable images to select and I love the collection of Fairies. I'm playing along with the monthly challenge of which the theme is layers. I printed multiple copies of the images and cut pieces to layer with foam. This adds dimension. I am not a digi stamp "artist" so I do not have a collection of fancy pens nor a favorite medium for coloring. Some of the colors on my images are made with a "paint marker" and some with gel pens.

Many Thanks


Precious Wings


Bee Thankful


Detail

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I am using The Pocket Shaped Card set to make a card. It includes cut files and digital stamp files.

I did print some of the digital images to use in and on my pocket.

Cuts and Digital Stamps


I fussy cut the pile of hearts. I did machine cut individual hearts to layer on the pile. I used foam tape to raise some of those hearts for extra dimension.

A Whole Lot of Love!


I used the layers of the pocket to make an actual pocket for adding a note, gift card or a small treat.

Gift Card Inserted

Showing Pocket with Gift Card

I want to be able to write a message inside the card. I used my Pazzles cutter to make an "inline" (or smaller cut) of the bottom half of the card folder.

A Place to Write a Love Note?

A Whole Lot of Love. Happy Valentine's Day.

A Pocket Full of Love


Side View

Simple, clean, everyday cards. I have made gift enclosure cards. My cards are 3 x 3 inch square. This fits nicely to maximize my 12 x 12 paper. I printed my card stock using Everyday Greetings from The Cutting Cafe stock of printable stamps. It's fun to play around with colors and I do this in Adobe Illustrator.

Making use of the Gift Enclosure Card Box, I adapted it and the accompanying envelope, shrinking them both to my needed size. You can fit 6 or more cards with envelopes in the box.

Use these with a gift or as a pick me up. Put them in your kid's lunch, secretly leave on a co-workers desk, or add to a coffee gift card for a friend. There are many more sentiment to choose from over what I have shown. These are fun and quick to make.

Files Used:
Gift Enclosure Card Box
Everyday Greetings Set 1
Everyday Greetings Set 2
Animal and Bug Mini Colored Circle Set
Fun With Owls

The "Owl" Set


Ah, Cute!


Coordinating Boxes


Craft Paper Set


White Card Stock/Pink Box

It seems that writing and sending a letter on real paper is a thing of the past. It's even rare to receive a greeting card in the mail. We have all turned to using the internet.

This week at The Cutting Cafe we are hoping to encourage you to pull out pen and paper and send a smile in the mail. To inspire you, we are working with a file that Regina created called "Let's Write a Letter." She has included a number of stationary options and two ways to package your stationary. I have chosen to use the flower stationary. I coordinated my paper selection to reflect the fun flower and I added note cards to this set. The cards are made using Everyday Shapes Window Card Tops.

Folder to Hold Stationary

Folder to Hold Stationary

A Place for Everything!

A Place for Everything!

Here are the individual pieces that are included in this set: Multiple Stationary Options including Lined and Blank Pages, An Idea Sheet, Tabbed Dividers and Tabs.

If You Are Stuck on What to Say

If You Are Stuck on What to Say

Flower Stationary

Flower Stationary

Lined Paper

Lined Paper

Blank Paper

Blank Paper

Regina also includes a cut file for envelopes. I was short on time so I used envelopes that I had on hand. The words items are jpg files. This lets me open them in Adobe Illustrator. In AI I copied some of the "sentiments" and used the same font to make a tab that reads envelopes and one that reads cards (these are not included in the set). I used my Pazzles to cut the Tab Dividers and shortened them to use with my cards and envelopes.

Note Cards

Note Cards

Envelopes

Envelopes

A lovely collection to inspire you to write a note to a friend. Now off to the Post Office!

A Lovely Collection

A Lovely Collection