Sunday, September 11, 2016

3-D Halloween Pop Up Box Card

Bwahahaha - I love making 3-D cards - I recently purchased a Pop Up Box Card cut file from the SIL store designed by Lori Whitlock for a Birthday card I needed to make.  After making that card I decided I wanted to use the base and make a Halloween card.  The background of the card is cut out of black card stock, the panels are from some green in my stash......The tree is a stamp I used my Pix Scan mat on to print and cut to size..  My front panel contains a fabulous 3-D Haunted House from my stash of stickers, this one from Recollections.  I then used my SIL to cut the tombstones.  The fence and grass are die cuts (the fence is greatly modified to look old)

I got this all assembled and realized I needed a sentiment - with the layers and everything together it was going to be VERY tricky to stamp anything so I once again went to my SIL and cut out the words Happy Halloween in vinyl and stuck them on. This card folds flat for sending.   I almost got carried away thinking I would add some bats on acetate to look like they were flying around but nixed that idea as the card is thick enough with the embellishment on the front.

I'm now working on a Nativity scene idea for this template as well - stay tuned I may have time to get it done this week.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, card stock, Recollections sticker, Computer, chalk ink, vinyl, die cuts

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Floral Folding Card

I needed a card for a very good friend recently - she loves flowers so it was a no brainer to put this 3D Flower Box that folds flat together to give her when we went out to lunch.  

I actually dug out my stamps to do this one.  The box was a rectangle I designed and cut on my Silhouette Cameo.....the edges are part of the rectangle and I cut a separate long rectangle to go over them on the outside for reinforcement. The paper used was kraft card stock -  I stamped each portion with an Our Daily Bread Designs wood stamp.  The blue flowers are stamped with an obscure stamp I found in my drawer in Stampin Ups Bliss Blue (its from way back) on some Bliss Blue paper I still had in my stash.  I fussy cut around them as I was too lazy to play with my Pix Scan mat on my SIL. The yellow flowers and leaves are a simple cut file from Lori Whitlock.  

I had a lot to live up to on her card this year as last year for her 60th Birthday I made the one below - She has several bird feeders in her back yard and enjoys feeding them and watching them from her kitchen.  It is great fun making cards for her as she truly appreciates them. 

There are a few more projects in the works and hopefully they will be posted soon.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

A 3-D Goodbye

My daughter recently asked me to create a card for her manager who was leaving and moving back to England.  Her original request was for one of my Exploding Box cards, but with this gentleman moving I suggest she let me create something else.  After perusing the Silhouette store I found a Lori Whitlock file (the Hidden Binding Suitcase Mini Album) I liked and purchased it.  I just love the instant gratification of being able to purchase from the Silhouette Store any time of day.  
This particular cut file was intended for use as a photo album - but I knew it would work perfect for what I needed to do.  I changed the file to have more of a traveling suitcase look since this gentleman was moving, by adding straps with holders to go around the suitcase along with some stickers that depicted traveling. For the wrap around I  simply adapted the top piece from the handle and added some long strips that I ran through the additional handle piece.  Her manager oversaw several departments and I liked the idea of using the picture holders within the suitcase as signature cards for each department.  
I placed clip art photo of Atlanta on the main page, then used the front of the first holder for the sentiment.  Each card that pulled out had a different department on it.  The back page had some clip art depicting the London skyline.  
Each department was able to pull their card out and write various messages and sign their names.  
This card turned out just great and I am sure I will be creating some more for future use. I have no doubt it would be great used for pictures like it was created for.  I have a few more creations to post but I need to get the pictures loaded into my computer. I have added this to the Silhouette Challenge 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

New Year and New Posts

It's a New Year and I have challenged myself to post more on my blog about the time I spend in my little craft corner creating.  The holidays found me busy using my Silhouette Cameo for ornaments and personalized coffee cups. Below is a saying I used on several for gifts - today I finally got one made for myself. You never know what you may find in my to go 'coffee' cup.......
While my cup is plain I also worked on several personalized Starbucks cups for friends - the names in these are in gold glitter vinyl.  
Today I finished an order for a 60th Birthday Exploding Box card - I always enjoy making these - each is so individual depending on the request of the purchaser. 
My Silhouette Cameo continues to fascinate me with what it can do - As much as I use it I have come to realize how much more it can do - can't wait for more play time in my studio - hopefully next week!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Easter Fun!!

     When you are a card maker/crafter the holidays seem to run together.  For several weeks my craft room has looked like Easter.  If you know me, you know I LOVE making these Exploding Box cards. Several of my friends have told me I should re-name them "Sherry Bombs" I make so many.  This little Easter basket was quite fun.  The bunny is a floral pick from Michael's - the little basket he sits in was made by me (using my Silhouette Cameo).  After cutting the basket out I took a small chalk ink pad and rubbed the edges to give the sides some depth when they were glued together.  After adding some green cellophane grass and little eggs he is ready to go in the mail for Easter.

     Since this little basket was such fun to make that I decided to cut several - the one below has two adorable little furry bunnies peeking out.....they are just too cute!!! 

     The one below is still my favorite - it captures the essence of Easter celebrating the resurrected Christ - the Easter lilies are a Flourishes stamp that I stamped several times, colored with copic markers and cut out. Then I layered them over a chipboard cross and created a background with vellum and silver mirror paper - all of this was mounted on some moss with small flowers punched from a Martha Stewart punch.  I love the layers and 3-D look that was created doing this. 

     Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Masculine Exploding Box Card

     It is always a challenge making cards for the guys - there have been a few ideas floating around in my head and I finally got one created!!!  There are very few stores I go to that as I peruse the aisles I am not thinking of how something can be used in an exploding box card.  This mini ATV was a find at the local Dollar store....costing so little I decided to make the $1.00 investment and bring it home to play with.......I dug out my air dry crayola clay and made a base that I dabbed with some paints. When that was dry I used some of my collal glue to attach the ATV....then it was time to design the Exploding Box and sentiment.  I had several sentiments in mind but decided on "You're never too old to play in the dirt" -  I could have taken it in a few different directions, but this will work for a Birthday.  All in all I think its rather cute and certainly will work for a guy......but I'm not averse to changing the Box to red and making it for a girl.....I think there are plenty of young ladies who like to play in the dirt as well.

Materials:  Heavy weight card stock, Silhouette Cameo, Toy mini ATV, Crayola clay, acrylic paints, computer

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ladybug Exploding Box Card in process

     Today I was working on a special order for someone who needs a Ladybug themed exploding box card.  Its always such fun designing and playing with new requests like this one.  I had some ladybug paper for the outside in my stash and then purchased a ladybug file from the Silhouette store. Below is my 'high tech' way of keeping things in place when I glue them - this is the top layer of the two tier cake that will go inside this exploding box card.  It contains the name of the young lady the card is going to as well as the number one for her age.

     This is the base layer, not all glued down yet.....the larger ladybugs have been mounted on action wobbles so they shake when you touch them - these always get the attention of younger children.  There are still a few more details needed on the cake when the two layer attached and I have to add a personalized message to the top panel with the customers well wishes and name.....Just too much fun making these exploding box cards.

          Thanks for looking - I will probably add o ladybug style exploding box to my Etsy shop its been so much fun doing this one.

Supplies:  Silhouette Cameo, SIL Ladybug File, Card Stock, Cover stock, action wobbles, designer paper

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In this mess a lot of creating is going on....

     Yes, I confess it takes my studio desk getting this messy for me to finally stop, clean and start messing it up all over again.  It really isn't my the middle of finishing up some orders I got the bug to play with some vinyl that has been in the closet for a year.  One thing led to another and this is the mess that was left at the end of the day.  It will be cleaned up tomorrow after art class so I can finish the last of my ornament order - I can only work in that kind of mess for a while.   Besides I can't continue with the vinyl until my order arrives....I just had to have some gold and silver, black was fine, but I need some color.
     Below is an Exploding Box card I worked on before the mess ensued  ...I have confessed on this one to getting carried away with the bling and glitter, but I love it.  There are a few more sheets of this delish striped foil paper left in my stash and I think I am going to have to make another of these lovelies.  

     Most of this was created on my Silhouette Cameo - Joy is a die cut and the snowflakes are some embellishments in my large stash of Christmas stuff.  The foil paper looked great on the outside but I felt that it needed some protection so I embossed some acetate with my snowflake EF and layered in over the striped paper - I was very pleased with the effect.  The red glittery paper is light and beautiful and I am kicking myself for not buying a second pad of it when it was on sale and available last season, oh well......It is lovely.  


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Bwahahah on your Birthdeay

     Yes, another Exploding Box card - I love making these!!!  Some people walk through the craft store looking for paper - I walk through the craft stores and my head explodes with ideas for these boxes.
     I know some people born on Halloween and thought this would be a fun card idea.  The skull is actually sitting on a spring type topper - LOL - I got the spring  from a Christmas decoration I picked up for another exploding box card that I took apart to use the pieces and the spring was left over - can we say re-purpose!!! Waste not want not.
     The headstone and coffin are digital stamps from Tiddly Inks - she has the most adorable images. These were intended to be used with her cute little witch, but they worked perfectly here.
     I couldn't help myself with the lid - the hand looking like bones was the perfect topper.  This one is going in my Etsy Shop - already working on a Christmas one, then I need to stock a few more cakes - it is such fun to be busy creating.
    The sentiment in the card reads (starting on the top panel) "It would be a grave mistake - not not wish you Happy Birthday"
     Thanks for stopping by to look.  Of course it goes without saying that I used my Silhouette Cameo to produce many of the pieces for this, including the sentiments with the digital stamps on them.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, card stock, embellishments from Michaels, Googly eyes, Tiddly Ink Digital Stamps, Copic Markers, Recollections embellishments. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Exploding Box for a Boy

     It is pretty obvious from many of my posts that I like doing Exploding Box cards - I especially enjoy trying different themes, and styles.  For some time now I have toyed with the idea of making one that could be used for a guy.  Last year when I gave my hairdresser a set of note cards she was thrilled that she asked if I could do more work for her and we would barter.  Her son's 13th Birthday is at the end of the month and she wanted an Exploding Box card for him, just my opportunity to play.  He enjoys sports AND his family collects antiques of all sorts.  When I saw this Graphic 45 'Good Ol Sport' 6 x 6 paper at Impressive Ideas (my fave stamp and paper shop in Roswell, GA) I just had to have it. 

     My usual cake is a round cake that I designed with dripping frosting down the side.  I didn't think that was manly looking so I created a square cake.  So many square cakes you see have ribbon around the outside - those were my inspiration, I just took it a little further and designed a two layer cake with designs from two of his favorite sports.  Again, I didn't want to get toooo many details since this is a guy card, so I kept the lines simple.
     As usual I used my handy dandy Silhouette Cameo to create and cut the entire card and panels. This means I have saved the files and can make another of these whenever I want, and I want to do that soon.

     I get my hair done tomorrow and will be delivering this with some other things she requested, and a small surprise.  Most of the other items were done using my Silhouette as well - best money I ever spent on a machine.  

Materials:  Card stock, Silhouette, Free Clip Art, Graphis 45 Paper, Ribbon, Zip Dry Glue, 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

3-D paper crafting

     Recently made my boss an Anniversary card for her was such fun making it that I thought I would add one to my Etsy shop.  This particular one is for a 25th Anniversary - I love that I can personalize this style any way that someone may want.  I loved using my Silhouette Cameo to make this, literally everything except the flowers was print/cut with my Cameo - its a great machine that I am pretty sure can do even more if I could find a way to spend more time working with it.  Maybe now that I am partially retired I will get to play more.
     The outside of this box used an embossing folder - the lid of the box for my boss had her initials on it, all fancy schmancy looking!  We also used a picture on each side of hers - the left side had her wedding photo, and the right side had a recent photo of she and her husband, it turned out very nice.  Having used their personal photos on it I don't feel comfortable posting it to the blog, just trust me that it was lovely :)
     I will probably make some more of these for Valentines day.......already have one started for Halloween, its going to be spooktacular, bwahahahaha!
    Thanks for stopping by.

Materials:  Silhouette Cameo, Celebrate It Ribbon, Metallic card stock, cardstock, Martha Stewart punch,

Friday, June 20, 2014

Age is just a number.....

      Had lunch with a friend yesterday and we stopped by my fave stamp store afterwards Impressive Ideas in Roswell Georgia. They were unpacking a new shipment of pull out pop up stationary and I just had to have some.  Ideas for this card are just exploding in my head right now so it was difficult to sit and decide just exactly what I wanted to do first.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the border and then grabbed a Mo Manning image I had laying in my work area - I didn't want to over think the card so I went with what was within reach.  After coloring this sweet old couple with my Copic markers (you can see just a few of the markers laying next to the card that went into coloring this image).  I used my Silhouette to create a sentiment.  The overall look of this card is pretty clean an simple, at least for me,  You will certainly see more being created in the near future.

Materials:  Pre cut pull out card, Copic markers, Silhouette Cameo, Mo's Digital Pencil image, Designer Paper, Embellishments

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Bring on the GLASSES!!

    Needed a card for my shop and a friends birthday - once I started coloring and cutting it only made sense to make two cards.  Once again I have used Celeste from Art Impression and some clip art to embellish around her.  This is a pop up card, the inner layer for the pop up was created on my Silhouette Cameo. Using the Cameo allowed me to put the black border around the inside layer as well as be sure my cuts were straight.  I also chose to type out the sentiment from AI to be able to size it to my liking.

     Celeste was fussy cut by me after I colored her with my Copic markers.  I had originally thought I would make her hot pink, but thought red suited the card more.  Once again I added not only wine glasses but frames for eye glasses.  My girlfriend is always digging for hers when we go to lunch and this will be perfect for her.

       The front is fairly simple allowing the inside to be the surprise.  While my friend loves my Explosion Box cards she is a year shy of a milestone birthday next year so I am waiting to make her one for that birthday.

Materials:  Art Impression Stamp, Copic Markers, Silhouette Cameo, clip art 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

How Much is That Doggie in the Window....

     I was out to lunch with a friend recently and we ended up being walking distance from my favorite stamp store in Roswell Georgia Impressive Ideas.  I couldn't be that close and not run in to look/shop.  These Puppies by Paper Smooches caught my eye immediately!  Not only are they adorable, but three short weeks ago we brought home a new little furry addition to our family and I have to admit to having had 'puppy on my mind' when I saw these.  Those big ole eyes were just calling to me - and how could I resist the perfectly matching paper by Bo Bunny in the Happy Tails Collection.  These were meant to be together. 

    With my newest assistant Riley at my feet I took advantage of his napping and inked up this new set.    

     This little fella below just calls out "Thinking of You" with those big old eyes and his sweet markings. 

      This paper was perfect, the sentiment is the top half of another sheet that I cut out and popped up to lay across the sheet....and that sweet little wiener dog looks ready to go home with someone.  This is a sentiment I can really relate to as I must have asked my husband this question at least a 1,000 times before he gave in. 

    I loved the bright prints of this 6 x 6 sheet - I added a few piercing details to the frame paper and the yellow piece across the middle. 

     The inside sentiment of two of the cards sums up true doggie love - I haven't even made a dent in the 6 x 6 pack of paper......and there are a few more stamps that need inking up..... but hey tomorrow is another day.  

Materials:  Card Stock, Computer, Paper Smooches stamps and die, Spellbinders, Copics, Bo Bunny DP

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