Monday, May 21, 2018

The Cutting Cafe Inspiration - Old School Inspiration!



Welcome to some Cutting Cafe Inspiration!  Today Regina has challenged us to use some of the PDF versions of her files along with fabric and not use our various cutting machines!  This was a definite challenge for me, but as I was looking through her (millions of) files on the website, I landed on the Round Basket file that I thought would be cute made out of felt!


When you purchase a cutting file from The Cutting Cafe, you will normally receive it in four different formats: PDF, SVG, MTC and WPC.   Normally I go right for the SVG to pull into my Cricut.  The MTC and WPC... I think one of them is for a Silhouette and since I don't own one of those, I really don't know...lol!  But the idea this time around was to print the PDF version, cut it out and use it as a pattern to cut some fabric.  I started off taking this pic so I could do a short photo tutorial, however, I was so engrossed in what I was doing... this is all you get...lol!  But pretty much for all of my pieces, including the flower and butterfly (these come with the file as well) I printed the pattern, pinned it to my felt or fabric and cut around them.


  You could sew your pieces on, however, I couldn't find one needle in my house, so I glued everything together... I used red line tape to put together the basket and secured my seams with more red line tape and ribbon.  some of the other pieces I just used some glue.  Everything seems to be holding up just fine... although I wouldn't try to put an eight ball in it or rocks...lol!


Mine will hold a little crafty gift... some embellishments for a friend's birthday perhaps.

Hope you enjoyed your stop!  Be sure to head over to the Cutting Cafe Blog to see what everyone else has created for today.  I'm pretty excited to see myself!  And while you're there, comment for a chance to win three files!

Friday, May 18, 2018

More Stamplorations Things With Wings!


Just love Winged Things and love that Stamplorations is celebrating Things With Wings this month!  I'm playing along again with this card a friend asked me to make for her... it's a Graduation Card..lol!  My grad cards are never your typical and asked her if that was ok and she just gave me a general idea of what the recipient might like and gave me the freedom to create what I wanted... 

I've been wanting to do an ink blended rainbow background for a while and this was the perfect opportunity!  I started by choosing the Distress Oxide colors I thought would make a beautiful rainbow and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!


When I was done blending, I used some translucent texture paste and the Old Rose stencil from Stamplorations to add a pretty textured/embossed look to it.  And finally when that was dry, some splatters of Gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine.


I just got this Congrats die from MFT at my local scrapbook store, Paper Collage.  I really didn't have anything much for grad cards and I thought this might come in handy... love the font!  I cut it four times and stacked them together for a dimensional look.  I like to use Range Multi Medium Matte for this and thanks to my friend Jean, I discovered adding it with a small paint brush works best.


Love these two floral sets from Stamplorations, Heartfelt Rose and In Bloom: Floral Bliss Trio and stamped them on watercolor paper with Versamark and embossed in gold.  Then, because I wanted the colors to go along with the background, I used the same distress inks I used for my background to watercolor them in by smooshing some ink on a piece of plastic and applying it with my waterbrush.


And these beautiful butterfly dies from Stamplorations...Flutter Zen 2... love how intricate they are!  When I cut them from something thick like this foil cardstock (this one I use tends to have kind of a rubbery/plastic-y backing), I do use my metal shim to get a nice clean cut.


I had an idea in my head and although it changed a little it's pretty much what I planned... I wasn't planning on having the floral go off the edge of my card like this and I'm not sure what envelope it's going to fit in...lol!  But, I sent a pic and it received much approval, so I'll figure that all out this weekend!

I am playing along with a few challenges over at Stamplorations!  It's all about Things with Wings this month and the challenges all have that theme.  I'm entering this card into the Monthly Theme and Sketch Challenge for May (no sketch this month, just the theme of Things With Wings), the Cutplorations May Challenge AND the Never Ending Anything Goes Challenge!  There are a couple more challenges over there that I'm going to try to play along with this month and you should check those out too!



And don't forget!  This starts next Friday!  Are you ready??


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Little Acres Creations Monthly Challenge for May!



I have a super quick post for you to let you know that Little Acres Creations is hosting a monthly challenge starting this month!  Details are in the LAC Blog Post here and you can enter by posting your photo in the May Challenge Album in the LAC Facebook Group here!

My card was made using the new Stinkin' Cute stamp set from Little Acres Creations and the most awesome Lawn Fawn Spring Perfectly Plaid paper pad!

Hope to see you there!

Paper Sweeties May 2018 Release Rewind



Welcome to the Release Rewind for the Paper Sweeties May 2018 Release!  Today I'm using both the new Hey Y'all Sentiment Stamp Set and the Treat Box Dies to create a couple Peachy projects for you!

This Treat Box Sweet Cuts set is pretty awesome!  Not only do you get the actual Treat Box, but quite a few very cute little word dies and a heart and arrow shape.  The picture above gives a little insight as to the size of this cutie... the card is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4" notecard sized card.

This die is so easy to use, but when you first get it, if you've never used a die like this, you may say, huh?  So, I've created a quick photo tutorial for you with some tips that helped me.  I put this box together (including photos) in about 15 minutes!


You will need to start by cutting two of the treat box dies.  I prefer to use a cardstock for my actual box to make it sturdier.. the heavier the better.. but you can just make it out of design paper if you are adding lightweight items to it.  I used regular old scrapbooking cardstock from CTMH for this one.  Once I had both cut, I folded at the scored lines that the die leaves and then I added adhesive to the bottom of one side and attached the two pieces leaving them flat for layering.


I also love to add layers to my treat box then of whatever design paper I want to use.  The measurements above will cut the rectangles for the two sides and the "roof" if you will and leave a 1/8" border of the base cardstock.  Then I cut an extra end piece with the die out of some kraft cardstock and cut that part out, trimming off the flaps as well.  I measured in 1/8" from all sides leaving a dot (you can still see some little black marks where my dots were).  I trimmed around it and this will be a pattern for me to cut my layers for the ends of the box.  I wrote my other measurements right on it because I'll keep this piece with my die set so I an re-use it and it will be that much easier the next time!


Then while it was flat, I added all of my layers onto the box.  I wanted the box to be able to be opened without tearing it apart, so I added adhesive to all of the flaps except the two indicated and assembled the rest of the box.


And Voila!  The top can be opened and for gifting you can close it shut by tying some ribbon through the handle like I did here or use a clip of some sort which can hold both a tag or other items and keep the box shut but still allow easy opening! (although you may want to tell the person ahead of time so they don't just rip it open to get whatever is inside, out!...lol)


And here it is finished... don't you just love those sweet little word dies???


Not to mention the fun Southern flavored sentiments from the new Hey Y'all stamp set... 

Thanks for stopping again!  Be sure to check out what everyone else has for you today and come back soon!


Here are the Paper Sweeties products I used today:


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Paper Sweeties May 2018 Release Party!


Today is the day you can get the new release over at the Paper Sweeties Shop!  Today I'm sharing a couple projects including a treat box with the new Treat Box Sweet Cuts as well as a coordinating card!


This little treat box is such a cute size!  It comes with the Box Die (You cut two, fold at the scores and glue the two sides together.  I left one side of the top of the box unglued and just tied it close with a ribbon so it can easily be opened without ruining the box!  The heart and cute little words are also from the set and I LOVE that they rest on those thin lines so that you don't have to worry about handling (and losing) the little letters or lining them up!

I measured and cut my layers for the outside and for the sides, I cut an extra box side, cut out the end, measured in 1/8" on each side and cut it down to keep as a template.  I wrote all of my measurements on that template and keep it right with my die so I have it when I need it!


For my card, I used the heart die to cut a window in the wood grain for a shaker.  I doubled up my foam tape so that I'd have room for the beautiful, but dimensional Paper Sweeties sequins.  I created the outline by using the piece of floral wood grain that I'd cut my heart that is on the box (all I had left...lol) and then cut around the outside of that window to create a frame for my shaker.  I love that I was able to add a little of that design paper from the treat box even though I'd already used most of it up.  I used the sweet flowers from the Hello Spring Stamp Set and Sweet Cuts.  I chose yellow because there is a little of that yellow in the papers I used and love the contrast with all of that pink.

I'm playing along with the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge #CIC446!  All that pink and a little bit of blue too... just a sweet sweet color pallet!


So happy you stopped by today!  Be sure to check out what everyone has created for you today!  And come back tomorrow for the Release Rewind... I'll have a quick photo tutorial for you of how to put this treat box together... it's easy peasy!

Michelle Bala
Nancy Salkeld


Here are links to the products I used today:

Treat Box Sweet Cuts



Monday, May 14, 2018

Paper Sweeties May 2018 Release Sneak Peeks


Welcome to the Paper Sweeties May 2018 Release Sneak Peeks!  Today I'm sharing with you a card I made using the new sentiment set available tomorrow, Hey Y'all!

I was so excited when I remembered I still had this old stash of paper with lemons on it that I knew would go perfectly with this sentiment!


I was wishing I had some paper with iced tea on it when I came across my dies from the Coffee, Yes Please Sweet Cuts set!  I cut two of them out of acetate and colored them with a brown Copic marker.  The bottom side I colored a little darker and the top with just one layer.  To avoid lines, I kind of smooshed the marker tip along on the "glass" which created what I think is an effect that almost looks like the tea is being swirled.   I cut some lemon halves from another sheet of this fruity paper, some small squares out of vellum for ice cubes and a strip of the paper for my straw.   When all of my pieces were cut, I added some liquid glass to the entire first cup over the marker and then placed all of my pieces where I wanted them and then placed the second cup marker side down onto the top of it all and pressed it together.  Then I popped it up on the paper using some clear foam tape and I had a nice glass of iced tea!


Love the sweet southern sentiments on this set!  All I needed to finish was some Bakers' Twine, a few pre-made paper flowers and some yellow sequins!

Thanks for stopping and hope you'll come back tomorrow for a Release Party!  For now, be sure to check out what everyone has created for you today!


Here are the Paper Sweeties products I used today:





Saturday, May 12, 2018

Happy Mother's Day! With Little Acres


DON'T LOOK MOM AND STAY OFF THE INTERWEB!  Had to pop in a day early to post this because I wanted to tell you about a sale going on over at Little Acres for Mother's Day Weekend!


Right??  Get yourself a Mother's Day Gift!  You know what you want!..lol!

So here's what I made using the latest coffee house mouse set, Cafe Dreamers:


I just LOVE this adorable set... those adorable mice with their coffee (or tea) cups... the sugar cubes, and that little teabag!  I created a table setting... this adorable little boy is sitting with his mom in the early morning while she has some tea and tells him stories.   And it's hard to see... maybe you didn't notice that pretty Sunflower picture on the wall...


... Has an eclipse!  I love these subtle surprises in a card... it's much easier to see in person than to photograph...lol!  But hopefully you can see it pretty good here... I stamped the sunflower from the Summer Blessings set onto the diecut frame and stitched rectangle (from PTI); colored it in, and then I diecut MOM out of the center of it using some MFT Alpha Dies.  I cut them three or four more times in white and stacked them all together.  I added some CTMH Liquid Glass again to make it stand out a bit more.. makes it harder to photograph, but it looks nice in person.



And look at this sweet boy listening intently.. he just loves his mom!  


And her in her crown... 'cause she's the Queen... at least for today.... she has her most important make adoring her. (love how the CTMH Liquid Glass makes that tea look real!)

So that's how I'll feel when my boys call me ... they are far away, but I know I'll hear from both of them.  And I hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day too... whether you're a people mom, or a dog mom, or a cat mom, or a lizard mom (I have a lizard grandson and I love him too).  His name is Optimus.  But I digress...lol!  Have a wonderful day everyone!  Hope to see you again soon!  And don't forget to get shopping!