Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Jin's Easy Die-Cut Cards { Jin's 15mins cards}


After reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo, I was inspired to do some cleaning up of my own. My success in decluttering my wardrobe gave me the confidence to go on and organize the other parts of my house. When I finished tidying up my collection of purses and realized that I could Goodwill several of them without shedding a tear, I decided that it was time to declutter the craft room. Dun Dun Dun!


It started off well - I finished sorting my cardstock and paper scraps quickly. I even managed to give away the lot of patterned papers and miscellaneous embellishments that did not "spark joy", and I would never use. I was pleased that the craft room re-organizing exercise was going along pretty well.

And then I found my Sizzix Big Shot.

I *heart* my Big Shot! It's Hello Kitty pink! How not to love?! Once I took it out of the dark corner, I knew it would be futile to resist it. I. Must. Turn. That. Roller.

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Well, that was a few weeks ago. To cut a long story short, let's just say that since then, I had turned that handle quite a few times. It is so fun to get reacquainted with my Hello Kitty Big Shot! For some reason, my craft room looks even more cluttered now but hey, I have a new stack of handmade cards to add to my stash so I'd say, the re-org exercise is a success. Sort of.

Heh.

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Here are the cards that I recently made with my Hello Kitty Big Shot. Each took about 15 minutes or less to make. I will not go into the details since these are so easy to make but I have listed the source of the supplies under each photo. You can also use the card ideas with SVGs. There are similar shapes in the LD store. For example, you can find SVGs for speech bubbles HERE.

If you have any questions, just post it as a comment below.

P.S.
I am not affiliated with Kodomo no Kao, Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn, or My Favorite Things.
I started collecting the Kodomo no Kao stamps several years ago. Most were bought from Kinokuniya- Seattle, or Japan Town, San Francisco. One of the panda stamps in my collection was given to me by my friend, Ivy. You can also find Kodomo no Kao stamps on Etsy.


This card was made with a image that I had previously colored and cut out. Both the speech bubble metal die and the "Hello" stamp are by Mama Elephant.


The stitched rectangle die and the panda stamp are by Mama Elephant.


Panda: Kodomo no Kao
Boutique Window metal die: My Favorite Things


Penguin: Kodomo no Kao
Balloon metal die: My Favorite Things


The birthday greeting was hand typed on my manual typewriter


Penguin: Kodomo no Kao
"hello": Lawn Fawn

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you liked them! They were fun and easy to make. :)

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  2. Aww so cute!! And who doesn't love a quick-to-make card?

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    1. Thank you! I love quick-to-make cards - I get my papercraft fix and I don't feel so bad if the recipient tosses it since I didn't spend *that* much time on it. lol.

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  3. I always LOL when I read your stories Jin! The 5 minutes we saw Marie Kondo on the news changed our lives too! Our organized joy has now spread to the kitchen pantry and my hubby's office space - Dun Dun Dun is right! Love they way you always spread your crafting joy with us all :D

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    1. My kids get nervous whenever I tell them I'm "doing the Kon-Marie.". Because of that book, I'm throwing away EVERYTHING! lol!

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  4. The penguin holding the balloons is TOO cute! I really like that speech bubble metal die. Thank you for the inspiration!

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    1. Thank you! I find that speech bubble metal die very useful. I can use any sentiment with it- Thank You, Hello, Congratulations, etc.

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  5. What a cute batch of cards! I need to get organized in every room of my house!! LOL! Thanks for sharing these. Maybe I will check out that book..........

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    1. Thank you! That book is very inspiring but be warned, after you have read it you may go on a frenzy and start throwing everything you own away. ;)

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  6. I read your blog during lunch time when I need a good pick me up or a dose of creative inspiration from my day job of software testing. Thank you for always delivering. :) I credit you with being the biggest influence in my getting a Cameo (and later Curio), and later the Minc. Your creativity lifts me up!

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    1. Thank you, Veronica! Your kind words have put a big grin on my face! :D

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  7. Love all the cards! Which die did you use for the rounded stitched rectangles on the balloon cards?

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    1. That die is also by My Favorite Things and it comes with the balloon die in the set called Blueprints 26.

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  8. When i try to re-organize and clean up my craft room i always make more of a mess. I also find things that i forgot that i had and i start playing rather than cleaning. Have fun!!

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    1. I know right? I do that all the time! My craft room always ends up more messy than before I start to "organize" it. lol.

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  9. Manual typewriter *big grin* Had not thought about those in a bunch of years!!

    Those cards are absolutely adorable! Thanks for sharing!

    P.S. I LOVE my Big Shot, too! ;-)

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    1. Thank you, Mandy! I have 4 manual typewriters and I love them all. They are so pretty to look at but I really should use them more often.

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  10. I had to click through from the email to tell you how cute these cards are! You make my world kawaii!

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    1. Thank you, Martha! I *heart* all things kawaii! :D

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  11. Love your cards. Where can I buy those beautiful stamps and the Blueprints 26 dies?
    Thanks

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