Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Claw-some Day!

Remember when I said in my previous post that I have been decluttering and that I had found a lot of unused stamps? I probably should stop buying new crafty toys until I finish reorganizing my craft room but I can't seem to do it. How can I stop when stamp companies like Lawn Fawn keeps coming up with the cutest stamps?

Just look at their newest release. A stamp set featuring a claw machine? Are you kidding me? It is so cute! How not to buy?

After posting my piggy shaker card on Instagram, a couple of you suggested that I get the Fuse Tool to help simplify the shaker-card-making process. And so I did.

I got my new toy last Saturday and I couldn't wait to try it out! The new "Claw-Some" Lawn Fawn stamp set was perfect for a shaker card.

Isn't this card the cutest? I *heart* it! The shaker portion was made using the Fuse tool and I must say, the Fuse is so easy to use! Even though I don't make shaker cards very often, I kinda wished I had bought the Fuse tool sooner. Who knows, perhaps I would have made even more shaker cards if I had it before.

I had set my Silhouette Cameo aside, thinking that I would spend some time cleaning up my craft room. Well, it looks like the clean up has to wait. I have more shaker cards to make. ;)


Friday, May 19, 2017

Hog Heaven

I've been on a huge de-cluttering kick lately and while reorganizing my crafty goodies, I was embarrassed to find so many stamps and metal dies that I never used. In an attempt to change that bad habit, I'm going to start using all the stamps that I buy. I think it'll also help me remember what I already own so that I don't accidentally buy them again in the future (True story, I've bought duplicates before. Yikes!).

The Hog Heaven stamp set is one of many that I have bought from My Favorite Things. It is so cute! Even though I own (and love) my Brother Scan-and-Cut machine that I use primarily to scan and cut out stamped images (see my post about the cutter HERE), I couldn't resist buying the metal dies that coordinate with the Hog Heaven stamps too.

I have a good size collection of Copic markers but I realize that I don't have the colors that I wanted to use for these piggies. I ended up using the ShinHan TOUCH markers that I bought while I was visiting Taipei last Summer. The colors were exactly what I needed. Yay!

I might have gotten a little carried away but I ended up with quite a lot of colored piggies. Here are a couple of cards that I made with them. All the stamps and metal dies are by My Favorite Things.

Hope you like them!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sorry I'm a little latte...

So, due to some unforeseen forces of the universe, (IOW, I spaced out), we didn't get to hand a gift to the 5th Grade teacher last week during Teachers' Appreciation. I had already bought a gift card for him and my 5th Grader was supposed to make him a card. Since we were late, I decided to give the kiddo a little help in the re-design of her card.

Using Silhouette Studio (DE), this is what I came up with:

The turtle SVG originally came with a party hat and a present on its back. Since I was gifting a Starbucks giftcard, I replaced the present with a coffee cup and I also removed the party hat. The greeting was my 8th grader's idea. I had written "Sorry I'm a little late..." but she suggested that I replace "late" with "latte". I love it! What a fun word play!

I cut out all the layers twice and further simplified the card by not including the shadow layers. I wanted my kid to make the card herself and so I assembled one card and had her use it as a sample to make her own.

She did a GREAT job in putting together her card! She was excited to go to school this morning to give it to Mr. H.

I hope he likes his card and treat. Even though it's a little "latte"...

Files used:
Love You a Latte cut set (SVG included)
Nancy's Party cut set (SVG included)

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Tutti Frutti Goodies

I was super amused when LD released their Tutti Frutti collection two weeks ago. Those fruit babies are too cute! I wanted to cut out all the images in the cut set right away but I decided to do a print-and-cut simply because it was faster.

See what I mean? This set is seriously too kawaii! I can't get over how adorable the fruit babies are! As much as I enjoyed making these stickers, I really wanted to try out the cutting files. The pineapple caught my eye when I first saw the collection and so I easily decided that it would be the first SVG that I cut from that set.

The cuts may look rather complicated but they were actually quite easy to put together. I was pleased that it didn't take long at all to assemble and adhere all the layers together.

I had initially planned to make a card with a punny greeting ("I pine for you"? lol. ) but I ended up leaving out the sentiment. I think it looks better this way. By the way, in case you are wondering, the white stitched scalloped frame on the card front was cut out using two metal dies and my Sizzix Big Shot. I liked that it made the card look more interesting.

I also made a quick print-and-cut card with the Tutti Frutti Cut Set. Even though I had originally planned on printing out the background, I ended up using pre-bought patterned cardstock. I printed the greeting and print-and-cut the fruit babies.

I'm enjoying this cut set so much I intend to make some mini notecards (like the ones in THIS POST) and perhaps even a stationery set with them. With a collection of images that are so adorable, I bet that anything that is made with them will be just as cute if not cuter.

Files used:
Tutti Frutti Cuties Cut Set (SVG included)
Dear Diary Paper Pack
ZP Snookiebug font

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Belle, Reboot

When LD first introduced us to their Disney-inspired princesses a few years ago, Belle, for some reasons (perhaps accidentally?) was left out of the collection. When asked, LD suggested that we can make the cutting file for Belle by combining the SVGs for Jasmine and Tiana. I tried doing just that and even wrote a tutorial for it. You can find the post by clicking HERE. LD did include a cutting file for Belle in a later collection but I never got around to making it.

With the recent release of the non-animated Beauty and the Beast movie, I was reminded of that Belle SVG. I finally sat down to cut and assemble the layers. The cutting file worked perfectly but I went ahead and made a few adjustments for my personal preference. This is what I ended up with:

Isn't she pretty? I love her! The Jasmine-Tiana hybrid worked fine but I really like the new version! For the sake of comparison, this was the hybrid that I made back in 2012:

Since Belle looked kinda lonely, I went ahead and cut out and assembled the Beast too.

Look out, Belle! There's a Beast behind you!

I have been looking forward to watching the new movie with the kids but we were so busy this past weekend, we didn't managed to get anywhere close to the theater. All the reviews that I've read so far were very positive- everyone who has watched it seem to have enjoyed it very much. Hopefully, we'll get to watch it too soon.

Files used:
More Happily Every After Cut Set (SVG included)
Villains and Sidekicks Cut Set (SVG included)
for all LD Disney-inspired princesses, click HERE.

Monday, March 13, 2017

1 Greeting, 3 Cards

Recently, my stash of birthday cards have been depleting very quickly. My kids seem to be celebrating a friend's birthday every other week! They try to make cards themselves but more often than not they look to me for one, and lately, they have been turning to me A LOT.

Luckily, with the use of graphics, making birthday cards can be very quick and easy. In today's post, I'm going to show you how you can use a single graphic to make 3 different cards.

For the first card, I printed the image to fit on an A2-size card front. Next, I cut it with my Sizzix Big Shot and a rectangle metal die. I layered that cutout onto an A2-size patterned paper and adhered the whole thing onto the card base. Some bling is added to make the card sparkle. So easy!

Since you can print up to 4 images on a letter size page, you can easily make 4 cards in one go! How's that for speed-crafting? *wink*

For a different look, I also cut out the printed graphic in the shape of a fishtail banner. In this case, I used a banner metal die but if you are using an electronic cutting machine like the Silhouette Cameo, you can definitely use print-and-cut to cut the shape out.

By printing and cutting the same graphic to fit on a small tag, I came up with the 3rd card design. I had initially planned on cutting the tags out using the LD Layered Tags Cut Set but I ended up cutting with a metal die instead as I like the look of the stitched lines. If you do not have a tag-shaped metal die, you can cut using the Layered Tag Cut Set and draw in the stitched lines with a gel pen.

These 3 card ideas are just a few examples of what you can do with this graphic. I think that it'll be really cute as a shaker card too!

Have you used this graphic to make cards? If so, do share your idea! I would love to know what else I can make with it.


UPDATE (3/13 1pm PST): I posted the link to the incorrect graphic set earlier. I have edited the post to reflect the correct link.

File used:
Just Smile-Expressions- GS (graphic set)

Other Supplies:
Sizzix Big Shot
Rectangle metal die
Banner metal die
Tag metal die
Scallop rectangle metal die