I know that Valentine's Day is past, but I want to share the card that I made for my sweetheart!

I chose this darling image of a couple in a "romantic" gesture. It came from Apex Cuttable Designs. First I cut out the image from red card stock. I knew that I wanted to use just the outline of the image. However, this could prove confusing for the finished piece. Thus I used my Pazzles software to erase all the cut line of the image except for the "holes" between the two figures.

The Spaces Between Figures


I cut the black cardstock that "housed" the spaces to be just smaller than the finished card size. When I cut the image from red card stock I cut that slightly bigger than the black piece.

K-I-S-S-I-N-G


Next I added foam to the reverse of the red cut to raise the entire image.

Dimensional Foam


I carefully aligned the two pieces together. Adding the card front to a white base was the final pop it needed. I added a 3-dimensional umbrella. I designed this in Pazzles. It turned out perfectly!

True Love

And in case you were wondering . . . Here's a peak underneath the umbrella!

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!

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.

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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

Happy Valentine's Day!
This is a quick post to show you what I made for my kiddos. I made some adorable "vending machines." This creative pattern comes from my all time fav designer, Regina Easter who owns The Cutting Cafe. Regina has a wonderful video on how to assemble this cutie pie. Some of the accent pieces/digi stamps are also from Regina.

I did cut this project with my Pazzles InVue personal cutter. I even cut the clear boxes with my InVue! I had to play with the settings to cut the clear plastic (acetate). Regina has a link for clear cardstock. You can use transparencies. I found a large piece of acetate in the art section of a craft/hobby store. My piece measured 20 X 25 inches.

We eat very little candy at our house. I filled my boys' candy machines with a puzzle. Still bright and colorful. I am not sure what to give to my daughter and god- daughter, so I stuffed their machines with tissue paper.

These Valentine vending machines measure approximately 7 inches tall by 3.5 inches square. There are several topper options for the machine. I chose to go without a top.

For the Boys

For the Boys


For the Girls

For the Girls

Here is a look at some of the steps.

Little Boxes

Little Boxes


Main Pieces

Main Pieces


Things are stacking up!

Things are stacking up!


The Mechanicals

The Mechanicals


Pretty Details

Pretty Details

A recent trend in the paper crafting world is using mason jars. I want to share a number of different styles I have been playing with.

Here is my basic jar. I designed this with my Pazzles software. I designed the lid so be as true to real as possible.

plain and simple

plain and simple

I dressed the jars up with a layer of vellum to add the "glass" affect. These are a Valentine theme. The digi stamp tags are designed by Regina at The Cutting Cafe.

vellum layer

vellum layer

Here you can see how the vellum layer works.

"inside the glass"

"inside the glass"

I made some really cute jars. These are embellished to add a little joy.

so darling

so darling

And these are from a design from The Cutting Cafe. Again, I added a vellum layer.

The Cutting Cafe design

The Cutting Cafe design


vellum layer

vellum layer

Thank you for stopping in to The Paper Cafe.

Happy Valentine's Day. May you know the joy and love of friends. May you know the love, joy and peace of God. God gave us the best Valentine Gift ever in sacrificing his son Jesus Christ.

I love how this project turned out! I am so excited to share with you! This is 3D, old fashioned, paper candy jar. The design is created by Lauren at My Time Made Easy. The cut file includes a plain jar, as well as pieces to make a cat and a dog. Just adorable! I did make a cat and dog. But I also made two decorative jars. I am going to make chocolate truffles to put inside. These are a surprise for my kiddos and my god daughter!

I will sow you the completed jars first and then a dew pictures of the pieces broken down.
 

cat & dog candy jars

cat & dog candy jars

decorative candy jars

decorative candy jars

I assembled the dog's jar first. You will probably see a few mistakes. Practice makes perfect and now I am a pro at assembling these cuties. It is my opinion that parts of that pattern are a bit off. I was (of course) in a hurry to get these done (the night before Vday), so I just went with it and worked in adjustments as I assembled the jars. Now that the pressure is off, I will try to tweak the pattern. I do recommend checking into Lauren's creations tho. The tag on the dog is a digital stamp from my all-time favorite designer Regina at The Cutting Cafe. I use her creations over and over.

Side View of Candy Jars

side view

side view

side view

side view

Open Jar

open jar

open jar

open jar

open jar

Lid Assembly -- I love the glitter paper for the plain jars!

lid

lid

lid

lid

I am going to make this a quick post to share ideas for Valentine's Day. It will be picture heavy, but I hope to inspire you.
I always appreciate your comments. If you have questions on technique, do leave a comment.
For all of my cards, the digital stamps are from one of my favorite resources, The Cutting Cafe.

One-sided card fronts using embossing folders. These cards do not open.

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Card fronts for the boys.
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Embossed hearts and Inchies

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Bookmarks (I love these)
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Fancy Cards (I love these too!)

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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

Happy Valentine's Day again from Krista's Paper Cafe. I came up with this one more idea and want to share it with you. I think these would be fun for your kids to give to classmates. You could assemble the critters and they could design the pockets!!

I designed the pocket cut file myself. Easy enough--you can do it too. Adding faux stitching with a gel pen helps get the point across that this is a pocket. The Bee is a cut file from KaDoodle Bug Designs and the other animals are from Treasure Box Designs.

Do you like the sayings? I know you have heard them before. But kids will laugh!

The critters are removable. They could be used as book marks or add a magnet to the back.

For more Valentine Ideas see my previous post here.

I do appreciate your comment and I read every one of them! Thank you.

KaDoodle Bug Design

KaDoodle Bug Design

Bee Mine!

Bee Mine!

Treasure Box Designs

Treasure Box Designs

I'm Not  Lion. You're Grrr-eat!

I'm Not Lion. You're Grrr-eat!

Treasure Box Designs

Treasure Box Designs

Valentine, You're Purr-fect!

Valentine, You're Purr-fect!

Treasure Box Designs

Treasure Box Designs

Stop Monkeying Around!

Stop Monkeying Around!