Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Recycled Cat Food Can

I've often been inspired by our neighborhood cats, so I was excited to be able to help out my neighbors this week by feeding their sweet felines. The first time I fed them I knew I just had to alter one of the cute little cans!

I used cat food packaging for this entire project, from the can & lid for the box, to the outer cardboard for the book pages. Everything is covered with paper or ribbon, except for the outer parts of the can lid (because any embellishment on those parts impedes the opening of this fun box, which I know from experience.)

My husband figured out how to flatten the can's interior edge, using a spoon & a can opener. I covered the inside with a burlap ribbon that I bought at a rummage sale at the church across the street.

I made the paw-print pattern using the Catty font by Anke-Art. I converted two of the letters into cut files in SCAL and made the round frame for the front. It was cut from the same woodgrain-patterned paper I used throughout this project. I printed the "2015" in brown on a textured yellow paper using the same font. I think it look a bit like a flower! To finish the cap, I simply wrapped the top side with a green ribbon.

The cat cut file is from the My Family set by Bird. The cats are cut from textured papers to represent the colors of the featured felines.

The pages are bound with an orange ribbon. I wrapped more ribbon around the book, adhering it only to the front so that it easily unwraps. To secure it, I used a tiny key charm from Cousin/Designs By Me.

I had so much fun making this, and I got the best hugs from my neighbor when I gifted this to her!

2 Creative Chicks Challenge #25: "Anything Goes" (No Cards)
All Crafts Challenge: Anything But a Card
Open-Minded Challenge #34: Recycle (2nd entry)
Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent April Challenge: Recycle
That Craft Place: Alter Something

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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Non-traditional Baby Card with the UnstampaBelles

This April, the UnstampaBelles are challenging you to make a Non-traditional Baby project. You can link up your projects until the end of the month, but remember that you can't use ANY STAMPS (digi or otherwise).

I made a vintage-style card to celebrate a new "fur baby" ...  adopting a pet can be a real life-changing experience, as I well know. 

The inside of the card was inspired by the Flag Book technique. I winged it, but it came out great. It's a bit difficult to see in this photo, but each gray piece is folded in half and cut down to create the flag. I placed the gray pieces slightly away from the center fold of the card so that the flags pop out.

Obviously, I was inspired by the fun "Cats & Dogs" paper collection by Graphic 45. I used it for my base card, as well as for all of the images. I made the "Welcome Home" sentiment in SCAL and cut it from black paper & silver vinyl on my Silhouette Cameo.

The background frame on the front is packaging from a bag of dog food. We buy our dry dog food is large bags, and my husband got a smile from seeing the top edge of the nag being cut off ... he knew it was for crafting purposes! The charm is from Maya Road.

Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper: Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Dream it Up: Showers of Showers
Open-Minded Challenge #34: Recycle (dog food bag)
Simon Says Stamp: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers
Sisterhood of Crafters: April Showers

Just for fun, here are photos of our dogs way back when... they are known around the neighborhood as "the children" as they are enthusiastic barkers but everyone knows they are sweeties too!
Walt, 2006

Allen, 2007

Be sure to check out the fabulous projects by my teamies and hope you'll join us this month at UnstampaBelles!

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Pilin' on the Beautiful Borders

The theme this week at Pile It On is Beautiful Borders/Fancy Frames. My project has a bit of both.

The lovely flower frame is from our sponsor, Pickled Potpourri. I colored it with Copics and fussy-cut it to create a shaker card. I used a scrap piece of plastic packing to cover the aperture and filled it with sequins. The top piece is adhered to the card base with foam tape. I notched the base card's corners with my favorite Marvy punch. The sentiment (by HOTP) is heat-embossed in gold onto a shiny white paper. I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut the Swirly Borders by Bird from the same shiny paper.

4 Crafty Chicks #241: Die Cuts
Crafty Calendar April Challenge: Add a sentiment
Everybody-Art Challenge #319: Sequins
Fan-Tastic Tuesday #80: Anything Goes with a twist: Use a Die or a Punch
MarkerPOP Challenge:: Anything Goes + Copics
Mojo Monday #392: Sketch
Red Rubber Inspirational #215: Spring Flowers

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Crafter's Cafe - Shaped Cards

This is my first official project for The Crafter's Cafe Challenge Design Team! We're a weekly challenge with two teams, so every two weeks starting today I'll be sharing my projects inspired by their themes & sponsors.

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge this week is Shaped Cards, and we have two great sponsors: A & T Digital Designs and Creative Bug Digis. I used Isla by A & T/Emerald Faeries.

This is my first time making a Pyramid Card, and it was so fun. I cut the "dandelions" on my silhouette, covered some of the pieces with yellow flocking.

Craft and Smash: Fluorescent
Graph'It Colour Challenge: Springtime + Coloring
QKR Stampede: April Showers Bring May Flowers
Naughty or Nice Challenges: In bloom

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Simply Majestic

I'm lucky to have a very active imagination, but sometimes it leads to my ideas being way too out of the box. So I've always enjoyed working with sketches and creative themes to help me focus. One of my favorite resources for creative inspiration is my fabulous husband. I asked him for some ideas to work with and he challenged me with: Plains, Wheat, Yellow. I played with some ideas & added some more inspiration from challenges, and ended up with this rainbow-inspired Gap Card:

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I cut the wheat shapes from scrap paper using TH's Fall Garland die. I used an Imaginisce embossing tool to widen the lines within the shapes; time-consuming but worth it.

Many thanks to Beccy's Place for the Gap Card tutorial. This was my first time trying this technique; I certainly set myself up for failure, as I'm not always so great at precision techniques, but it really worked out! I used a letterpress paper card base, and stamped the sentiment (stamps from Crafty Secrets & my stash) directly onto it with 2 purple inks. I went one step further and inked/stenciled directly onto the inside. I edged the waves & stenciled the clouds with a white Wink of Stella pen.

I added color to the sentiment with Copic markers. The little ladybug is a sticker by Susan Winget/K&Company. The butterfly was cut/embossed with a Sizzix/SU! Embosslits die from an orange, patterned tinfoil from a can of San Pellegrino soda.

I've been so lucky to be able to travel the roads of many countries, including my own, thanks to my parents. We shared many wonderful travels, and now I get to travel with my wonderful husband. Although we don't do a lot of traveling now, I'm extra lucky to have them to support my creative travels!

Red Carpet Studio #97: Field of Dreams / make your own background
ShowCASe Your Style: Sketch + CAS

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