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.)
I put the final piece in a shadow box, measuring 8 inches square. Very sweet. I am well-pleased with the final result.
Here is the artwork with the shadow box. It appears white in the photo.
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.
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.
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.
On top of the box lid, I added 3 little blocks. I also created this pattern myself. It is a simple cube.
The sky is the limit for your embellishing. It is so rewarding to take time to add these little touches of love.
When the box is opened, two of the sweetest baby shoes are revealed. I used a pattern from Tara's Craft Studio.
Isn't this all just divine? I had so much fun making this keepsake. Here are additional photos.
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.
So, how is summer going for you? I have been so busy chasing after kiddos. I am ready for a vacation from summer vacation! It has also been extra warm and humid in MN. A little unusual for MN. I have been dreaming of cooler days . . . and Christmas?
Given that, not much crafting has been happening here. However, we are thinking about Christmas at The Cutting Cafe Blog. This week we bring you Christmas in August! We didn't want to bring it in July like all the stores!
I am using Regina's Christmas Ornament Treat Cup for my project. I decided to Super Size my project again this time around! I am going to lead you to the same weblink for a video tutorial on how to assemble the treat cup. Regina does an excellent "How To" for assembling this file. The video is at the very bottom of that post.
I will walk you through the steps for super sizing the pattern. I am using Pazzles' InVue software. You will find that the pieces for the treat cup are in two files. Open them up and copy all the pieces in to one work space/window.
The first step is to blow up all the pieces. You want all the pieces to be to the same size. Select ALL the pieces. I recommend using the Group command to lock everything together before moving forward.
Next, turn the whole selection so the the back piece of the ornament is at a diagonal on the mat. This piece is your "anchor piece" as it is the largest piece of the file. While you still have all pieces selected, increase the size of the back piece until it reaches the borders of the mat. You may have to move the whole selection around as you increase.
When you zoom out, you see that all the pieces have been enlarged equally.
Now you can un-group all the pieces in order to work with each piece individually. You will have to re-position most of the pieces to cut them.
You are ready to assemble your Super Sized Treat Cup! I actually found it easier to work with this large size for the treat cup versus it's original size!!
Upon working with the Treat Cup Wrap, you may wonder if one strip will still fit the circumference of the treat cup? It does not. I simply cut the wrap 3 times and pieced it together as needed. I found that I needed just a little more than 2 wraps to fit the larger size.
Here you see the wrap applied. The circumference is just short of 2 wraps.
Here is the finished treat cup! The base is 10 inches across.
The last (and best) step is to embellish your craft. I chose some digi stamps from The Cutting Cafe. I'll list those links at the very end of my post.
I present, Christmas in August!! My Ornament will look great on the front door! I love it!
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!
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.
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!
I am so excited to share!! My current project for The Cutting Cafe turned out so well! I am really pleased. I might enter this in the Minnesota State Fair!
On to it . . .
Our assignment this week is a word album. This link will take you to projects created by the other Design Team members. The Cutting Cafe has many word albums at this link to choose from. (Don't let the first image at the link distract you. It is a Christmas Tree. Scroll down the page for word albums.)
I chose to use the BABY word album. So adorable!!
This is only my second word album ever. I cut my first word album by hand (back in 2011). Today's album was cut with my Pazzles Inspiration Vue. This is was my first time to cut chipboard on my Pazzles. It was so easy and slick!! I may have to make more! My "chipboard" came from packaging for crafts. It was only 1 mm thick. (I think most chipboard is 2 mm.) Still it took 2 and 3 passes to cut. Here is a great video tutorial for cutting chipboard on the Pazzles.
Here are pics of the cut process:
Look closely in front of the blue housing blade . . . you can make out the letter A. Try squinting or click on the picture for a larger view.
The pattern comes with the letters B A B Y. I added a back cover (that is not shown here).
Use the same pattern, of course, to cut the cardstock/paper that will cover each page. To cut the "back side" of each letter, I cut the reverse side of the patterned cardstock. My mat was not brand new, so I new the card stock would not stick. However, if your mat is fairly new, simply mirror your image in your cutting software and cut that on the "good side" of the cardstock/paper.
I used a glue stick to adhere my cardstock/paper to the chipboard. It takes a steady hand. I inked all the edges. This helped to hide any imperfections in alignment between the chipboard and cardstock.
Now the really fun part!! Embellishing. First I printed some digi stamps. The ones on the left were created by me. The stamps on the right were created by Regina at The Cutting Cafe. I added color to Regina's digi stamps.
Then I added photo mats and all the yummies.
A couple close ups . . .
My favorite artist comes through again! Today I am playing with Regina at The Cutting Cafe. Regina's cut files are fun and always easy to use. She has designed an adorable treat cup for Valentine's Day. The cut file includes a few digi stamps to dress up your creation. At the link Regina also has a video to walk you through assembling the treat cup.
The heart treat cup measures approximately 4 square inches. It is 1 inch deep so you can fill it with a variety of goodies! I chose to make my treat cup into a sucker.
The back is made with a handy slider to allow access to the candy.
This cut file includes an arrow to place on the top of your heart. You can see that at The Cutting Cafe website. Using the welding function in my Pazzles software, I combined the Tail of the Arrow with the piece for the Slider.
For this treat cup, you pull on the arrow's tail to remove the slider and access the candy.
Here is how it looks from the front.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
I have one m ore post for the graduates. I made a banner using my Pazzles Invue Software and personal cutter. Being this a banner, it was fun to make large letters. This allow to use a bit more intricate font. Each flag is approximately 6 inches tall. I personalized the banner with "icons" that represent the student's interests and with his school colors.