Ha! That's our theme this March for made with love (and paper). Rachelle invited us to search the internet inserting the word mint in the search engine and use whatever comes up as our inspiration! Follow the link to see the creations of the other team members.

I came across that plate above and was mintspired!

Now, when one begins to look through her paper stash for just the right color of mint, it doesn't take long before all shades of green begin to look the same! And, who knows what colors will appear between your monitor and mine. But let's move forward.

The zig zags on the plate brought an image of an umbrella to my mind. I'm also very hopeful that spring is indeed, just around the corner! I had previously created an umbrella cut file with my Pazzles software. I decided to change it up just a bit. I wanted the umbrella to pop -- or be 3D. I added tabs to the top of the umbrella, making the top edge a perforation so that I can fold the umbrella. All this with the amazing software of Paz! I made a smaller, second layer of the umbrella with the outline/inline feature, making it just a hair smaller. This piece is placed "inside" the umbrella on top of the tabs.

Pattern

Cut Pieces for Umbrella

The next step is to place the "popped up" umbrella on the card front, carefully aligning it with the inside umbrella piece so that the two line up.

"Popping" the Umbrella

Inside of Umbrella Inserted

I carried the green color palette through with the background and digi stamp (that I created in Adboe Illustrator). A little embellishing here, a few rain drops there . . . And soon the April Showers will bring May Flowers! My finished card is a 6 inch square. I am really stoked with how this one turned out.

Darling

No Bunny LOVES you like JESUS!

Easter Blessings to you and yours. My favorite time of the year! A time to remember the greatest gift of love. A sacrifice of a father and a son for their people. Praise & Glory to God!!

I am presenting a photo blog of Easter treasures. Enjoy.

Religious Card


Sparkly Bunnies Card


Card


Chick Sucker Treat


Rabbit & Chick Sucker Treat


Bunny Box


side view

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!

Time again to play with made with love (and paper). Our February theme is True Love. We are challenged to create our project in monochrome (different shades of one color). Please follow the link to see other creations by the team.

True love does not have to be romantic love. What greater bond is there between a mother and her baby? A popular poem is circulating the internet that speaks to this. It is by Kristen Proby from one of her novels. I have chosen to use it in my creation this month.

I am using the monochrome color palette of pink. I cut my pieces from a floral pattern piece of cardstock, so the pieces are multi colored within the range of the palette. My base paper, with the poem, is cream.

I used Adobe Illustrator to set the poem to text. AI is an easy program to learn and is helpful for those of us who can't write fancifully. (Is that a word?) That was the piece of my creation that took the longest. I'm a perfectionist. I used my Pazzles to cut out the butterflies. This butterfly is one that I created a long time ago using my Pazzles' software. You can see that I cut the butterfly in two sizes. I cut twice as many butterflies as I needed so that I could make a dimensional, contrasting color to the edge of the wings. (I only wanted the edges and that is why I did not cut butterflies slightly bigger.)

Metamorphosis

I put the final piece in a shadow box, measuring 8 inches square. Very sweet. I am well-pleased with the final result.

Precious

Side View

Here is the artwork with the shadow box. It appears white in the photo.

Artwork withOUT Shadow Box

Time again to play with made with love (and paper). Our January theme is Winter Wonderland and the requirements are texture and sparkle. Follow the link to see other creations by the team.

The January Theme is perfect timing for us MinneSNOWtans. We just had quite the dumping of snow! More then we have had all winter combined so far. We received 8 inches (or more) in the Minneapple. However, after you shovel it can be 3 feet or more in places. We are running out of room to pile the stuff!! With the snow comes the perfect setting for a Winter Wonderland.

My background paper is a digital scrapbook paper called Snowflaked by SaviByDesign. I love it!! This Snowflaked paper is perfect. I could not find a paper in a brick and mortar store. I downloaded the jpg files and opened them in Photoshop. I recolored the digital image to match my vision. The artist gives permission to do so. This is the first time I have used digital scrapbook paper. I want you to note, with SaviByDesign, the original image does measure 12 x 12 inches. However, my printer does not print edge to edge. You will see a white border around each page. I think that is fine.

I am using the challenge, and a hint from our Minnesota weather, to create a scrapbook page. I used my Pazzles' software to create my two-page spread.

The titles were cut in both white and silver cardstock. I used a strip of the silver behind picture mats on both pages. I used a Core'dinations' white Gemstones cardstock for the mats, as well as the snowflakes. The gemstones stock is shimmering, giving it a natural sparkle.

I added more sparkle to the project dabbing glitter glue on the snowflakes and some flower petals. The texture piece of the challenge comes in to play on the snowflakes, as the Core' Gemstones paper mimics a textured linen. See the pretty silver flowers? They are a sticker collection that I had in my stash. They add a nice sparkle and dimension (or texture) as well. Do note the various layers & lifts created with the snowflakes and other embellishments.

Lastly, I give out a shout to my Minnesota friends who ventured out after the snowstorm to capture the wonder of it all in some beautiful photos. With permission, I lifted the photos from their facebook pages. Thank you Ela, KC, Steve, and Sherri. I printed these photos on white cardstock, so they didn't come out the best. But the photos are on the scrapbook layout to give you an idea of the completed page. On that note, I do have the page available for sale (with out the pictures). Contact me if you are interested in purchasing it.

I hope that where ever you are, you are blessed by the beauty that comes through a Winter Wonderland.

Full Spread

Left Page

Right Page

With Photos

Explosion Boxes are so fun and can be so beautiful. I made this one as a Prayer Box for a baby shower. The inside of each flap is made without patterned paper so that guests may write a prayer for the new baby and family.

I went with a 5 layered box of hexagonal shape. I designed the box pattern myself using Pazzles' software. The outer layer is purple in a dark pastel of cardstock. I chose a number of baby themed papers for the outside of each flap on all 5 of the layers.

5 Descending Layers

Now is when you can start to get creative! Each flap can be decorated. I chose to stick with scrapbook paper only and save the goodies for the outside of the box.

Outer Sides of the Flaps

Bottom of Most Inside Layer

On top of the box lid, I added 3 little blocks. I also created this pattern myself. It is a simple cube.

Baby Blocks

The sky is the limit for your embellishing. It is so rewarding to take time to add these little touches of love.

"Front"

"Back"

Side

Side

When the box is opened, two of the sweetest baby shoes are revealed. I used a pattern from Tara's Craft Studio.

Aw!

Precious!

Isn't this all just divine? I had so much fun making this keepsake. Here are additional photos.

Surprise!


So Very Cute!


Top View


Shoes Before Embellishing

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

Remember the design team made with love (and paper) ? We are back! Hooray. We look forward to inspiring your crafting mojo!

We start this new journey with the new season by saying "Hello Fall 2017." Even tho we have had a 2+ year respite, this is our 34th project as a design team!! Our challenge theme is "Hello Fall." So we were supposed to use plaid, swirls, and a natural element (ex: twigs, leaves, hemp). The twigs were so stuck in my mind and totally forgot the other pieces. But that's ok. We are here to create and enjoy the process.

Here are some of the elements I chose to use:

Let's Play

I had the little boxes on hand. The pattern is found within the files of the Pazzles software. The box measures 2.75 inches wide, 1.25 in deep and 2.75 tall without the handle. In the end, I cut the handle off.

Little Boxes

I drew and cut my candy corn and acorn patterns by hand.

Candy Corn

Acorn

It's coming together.

Fun Colors and Patterns

Of course the best part of the process is decorating your project.

Acorn


Candy Corn Box No 1


Candy Corn Box No 2

Here are a couple side views. The box is sandwiched between the decorative front and a plain back.

Add some treats.

Add more treats.

A lovely harvest trio. You can add treats to the boxes or simply fill them with decorative rocks of other material to weight them down. Enjoy fall.

Gorgeous!

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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?!