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

Recently, I used treat cups from Stampin' Up to make bunny bottoms for an order.
(If you know of another sources, please share in the comments.)

Supplies

Supplies


Bunnies Everywhere

Bunnies Everywhere

side view

side view


presentation

presentation

I also made these adorable bonnets with the treat cups.
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But then I had many bunny bottoms floating around . . . . Oh how those rabbits multiply!!
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Here are some other ideas to use the pom poms.

Bunny Tags Measure 2" High

Bunny Tags
Measure 2" High

Sneaking Bunny Flower Pot

Sneaking Bunny Flower Pot


top view

top view

Lollipop Favor, Pattern By MyScrapChick

Lollipop Favor, Pattern By MyScrapChick


Pattern By MyScrapChick

Pattern By MyScrapChick

I have an exciting creation to share with you for this month's Made With Love (and Paper) design team project. I am tickled over the results that I achieved. It is exactly as I pictured in my mind. Don't you love when that happens? So, put on your rain coat and join me as I walk you through this adventure!

As we are posting during the month of May, our very appropriate theme is "April Showers Bring May Flowers." We used flowers, texture, and layering. Let's begin our walk in the rain.

Oh look! Flowers. Let's take a moment to stop and smell them. There are plenty of May Flowers--thanks to those April Showers! I interpreted both texturing and layering by using 3D rolled flowers. I used flower patterns from the Pazzles Craft Room. Pazzles calls them Twirled Flowers. I love all paper flowers no matter what you call them. The teal and peach flowers are actually the same pattern. Notice how I added texture to the teal flowers. Using Core'dinations cardstock, I cut the flowers with a shallow blade. This allowed the "petals" to tear as I removed them from the sheet of cardstock--adding to the natural look of the flower.

Step 1--Rolling Flowers

Step 1--Rolling Flowers

Step 2--Secured to Liking with Hot Glue

Step 2--Secured to Liking with Hot Glue

We need something to carry all our flowers. How about an umbrella? Michelle at Pazzles just released these wonderful 3D umbrella favors. I was glad. I was trying to create one myself and kept getting stuck. (I am finding the Pazzles Craft Room to be very handy.) I had to enlarge Michelle's Umbrella Favors to fit the scale of my project. Thus, I had to cut the pattern in half, but it all came together just perfectly! Darling? Yes!

Cut & Assemble Umbrella Pattern

Cut & Assemble Umbrella Pattern

A Fun Pattern

A Fun Pattern

Inside the Umbrella

Inside the Umbrella

Not only do showers produce flowers, they make puddles. I also have layers in my puddle. I pictured this in my head and it came out beautifully. I had to resist jumping in it!

Too Fun!

Too Fun!

Puddles are also great for splashing! Today we are wearing Orange Puddle Jumpers. You can even say the these boots are layered. I used a box that is found in the Pazzles built-in software and I drew up the boots myself. Of course I had to fiddle with the height and width of the box to hide it inside my boots.

Lusicious Orange

Lusicious Orange

A final touch of layering is the rain drops. You can see them clearly on the boots, not so much on the flowers. I used Glossy Accents to make the drops. In the final pictures you can see the rain drops on the boots. Not so much on the flowers. (My first time using Glossy Accents. I cannot wait to try other ideas with it.)

Tiny Rain Drops

Tiny Rain Drops

Now, I will take this all home and arrange a centerpiece on my dinner table. Promise me that the next time it rains, you will don your puddle jumpers, grab your kids or a friend, and find big puddles for splashing. And stop and smell the flowers along the way! Cheers.

Too Cute!

Too Cute!


Top View

Top View

More flower pics just because they are so delightful!

Happy Flowers

Happy Flowers

More Happy Flowers

More Happy Flowers

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!

It is a new month. First off, Happy May Day. I do not have a project this year for May Day. Although, the kids and I made simple baskets with pre-made silk flowers to secretly drop at our friend's and neighbor's doors. Still loving May Day but had to take the easy route this year.

With the start of a new month, comes the reveal of a new creation for the "made with love (and paper)" Design Team. We have been having a lot of fun on this DT! Rachelle comes up with great parameters for us to work with. made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. Please stop by and join us!! You are always welcome to submit your creations to the challenges.

Rachelle dropped a doosie on us this time! She has really challenged us. Rachelle said create a project with the following guidelines:
theme: "new beginnings"
requirements: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

Wow! I cannot wait to see Rachelle's creation. I wonder if she had something in mind when she picked the challenge? The "something borrowed" is going to be the trickiest. "Excuse, may I please borrow your XXX for a craft project that I am going to glue up and possibly make permanent?" So, as always, I gave it some thought.

You are going to love this!! But, first, a story. You know I like telling stories.

Something Old
I was determined on the project that came to my mind. I was not open to changing. This, of course, brought me to the last minute. The first thing I needed was an old, hand held mirror. You would think such an item would be over flowing the shelves of the thrift stores. Nope. Then last week (cutting it close), I found an amazing old mirror . . . without a mirror. Look at the gorgeous detail on the back side of the mirror.

glass side--no mirror

decorative side

detail of decorative side

I had been to so many places for this project as well as running errands. I did not want to run anymore. I told a woman in the store my plan. Not five minutes later, she rounds the corner and hands me a decorative mirror. I could easily disassemble this mirror and use the "glass" for my old mirror. It was almost perfect. However, the glass was a tad small. No problem, I knew my plan would succeed!

cheap plastic mirror

back

easy enough to disassemble

I cut a green circle to back the small glass that will replace the missing glass. The "glass" is really cheap--it's plastic and scratched, but I had to use it. Doesn't look too bad.

easy access

a new beginning

Something Blue
As I was planning to surround the glass with paper flowers, the gap between the glass & mirror edge was fine. This is where the paper crafting comes in. Core'dnatiosn cardstock is the best for making this type of spiral paper flower. The tearing and the colored core of the paper give a natural look to the flowers. As I mentioned, I was done running around town. So I had to work with the paper that I had on hand. I did not have two pieces of paper of any one blue. Anyway, I think the flowers will look nicer with a mix. I chose my colors. I was hoping to use just two blues, but had to bring in a third as there were not enough flowers to go around the mirror. I pulled out a spray of the very first spiral flowers I had ever made for inspiration and guidance (reds).

Then, I got busy making flowers and adhering them to the mirror. I used hot glue.

Something New
The easy part of this project was the decorative ribbons. I carried through on the blue. But I also added the green and the white to compliment those same colors that I added to the flowers around the mirror.

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I am really happy with the way the mirror turned out.

front

back


Something Borrowed
Oh wait! I almost forgot the borrowed piece! That is where YOU come in to this creation. I am going to borrow your reflection. Only for a brief moment--for you are forever changing. And is rightly so.
One of my favorite Bible verses is this promise from God:
"Therefore if anyone is in Christ, she is a new creature; The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
Through Christ we are given new life. Again and Again. God doesn't care how many times you have to start over.
My hope is that, when feeling beaten down, unsure of oneself, the beholder of this story book mirror, will gaze upon herself, surrounded by beauty, and truly know that she herself is a beautiful creation and is welcome to start anew.

These are for a cut swap I am participating in this month. They are done via paper piecing. I was blessed to have a wonderful pattern to work with as well as fun papers! Pattern by Cheryl at Creative Kuts. Aren't they the most fun?! I have not paper pieced in a while, so it was refreshing. I enjoy it. I want to make more of these two cuties. I need to get more of those jewels that simulate rain drops.




Have you seen these?! They are pretty cute.

These funny, flower faced bunnies are easily made with a punched or cut out flower. I used 4 flowers of two sizes about a half inch in difference. Stack the flowers and be sure to stagger the petals. You can choose to crease each petal or leave them flat. Next, simply adhere the face. Maybe put it on a stick or magnet! Ca-ute!!

I am offering you this cut file for free. The original idea is not mine.
If you follow me, you know that I have a Pazzles Personal Paper Cutter. So I did create the cut file with Pazzles software. That means I can only offer the file in the following formats. Just click your format to download. You may have to right click, save as.
Bunny Flower Face PDF
Bunny Flower Face WPC
Bunny Flower Face SVG
(I am pretty sure SVG format will work. If not, let me know. I am knew to converting.)

Purple Flower Face Bunny


Gray Funny Bunny w Eyebrows

April's theme for made with love (and paper) is reuse and recycle. Isn't that cool?!

I knew exactly what I wanted to do!!

Seems that one of the recent fads is to make cards (and other) with small display globes. In other words, a Shaker Card. You know when you buy crafty items in plastic packaging that is raised? I save those all the time because I think to myself, self, you can use that to make a shaker card. But I never have! Thanks to my design team challenge, I finally did it!! Usually the packaging is square. I think that boring. But I had one (just one) that was round!! You are gonna die when you see this!!

The theme being recycle/reuse, the requirements are to reuse items that you would normally throw away as crafting supplies or as the basis of your project.

I used the plastic circle to make a Baby Rattle. (As a party favor--not to give to a real baby.) I think the project is self explanatory via the photos!! I did use my Pazzles to cut the circles. This was great because I could easily adjust the size of the circles to get just the right proportions. If I had more of the polka dot paper, I would have cut a matching back. Bonus is that the feet and rattles inside the shaker are leftovers from a project over two years ago!! (I can't throw things away.)

The inside of the bubble is 2.5 inches and the full length of the rattle is 7.5 inches!

Now I need more of these bubbles!!

plastic wrapping

Did you see these sweet bunny bottom tags on my Facebook Page? A few people asked for a tutorial. I hope I gave you enough time to make them yourself, if you choose.

If you follow me, you know that I have a Pazzles Personal Paper Cutter. So I did create the cut file with Pazzles software. That means I can only offer the file in the following formats. Just click your format to download. You may have to right click, save as.
PDF
WPC
SVG (I am pretty sure SVG format will work. If not, let me know. I am knew to converting.)

We are making this sweet Easter tag. Video Tutorial will follow picture.

Here is the tutorial in video format.

I am linking this up at Patches of Pink for their Spring Theme. Join us.


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March marks the one year anniversary of the "made with love (and paper)" Design Team. Happy Anniversary gals!! We started one year ago, with a St Pat's challenge. made with love consists of a group of gals that love paper-crafting! Each month we challenge ourselves to complete projects with specific requirements. Please stop by and join us!! You are always welcome to submit your creations to the challenges.

With this anniversary challenge to made with love, Rachelle encouraged us to create a project with the following guidelines:
theme: "oh, lucky day!"
requirements: 3 color minimum, embossing or debossing, accordion flower (rosette)

Rachelle, said it did not have to be a St Pat's Day creation, but I am thinking most will. Projects are just now being posted at the design team site, so hop over there. Yes, I myself, went with the St P Day theme!

I have made rosettes before. One here and there. They are so fun! I really wanted to make a wreath at Halloween. The Halloween colors of orange, black and purple look great in rosettes. But, I ran out of time. So here was my chance! I am so happy that my Pazzles can "score" fold lines. (It actually perforates them, but it's slick.) No messing with a score board. But if that is what you have, that is the way to go. You would not want to make all those folds by hand!

All of the colors played in nicely with this project: greens, purples, gold and even blues. I used some wonderful paper that I have seen around and have had since last year. The brands of the green prints are Little Yellow Bicycle and Deja Views. You can see them close up on my facebook fan page.

First I made the rosettes and punched some circles. I laid them all together with some shamrock stickers and started to go for a design that looked balanced.

Then I attached the "decorations" to the rosettes and made the round wreath. I had just the right amount of rosettes.


I made this beautiful sentiment and sweet bow.

I applied the requirement for embossing to the bow. Here is a closeup:


Next I played around with the placement of the sentiment and the bow.

I did not like the bow anywhere. But, I left it on for the final assignment, as it was my embossed piece.

I gave this wreath to a friend. This is what she received.