Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cupcake Shaped Card

My 5-year old is such a sweet boy and he wanted to make something special for his friend in class who celebrated his birthday last Thursday. He would like to give him a cupcake, not the real one, since birthday treats are not allowed in their school anymore. To make him involved, we looked through the images I have access to in Cricut Design Space. This is the cupcake he chose and it is now up to me to make it into a card.

This is a layered cut. I duplicated the base layer, flipped one of the base cupcake cuts vertically, and welded the two base cupcakes to create a card. I started cutting the next layers using cardstock. The cupcake wrapper is in the same cut as the heart topper. Using the icing layer as a guide, I cut off the wrapper portion. I ran this through a Fiskar Paper Crimper tool. I adhered all layers on top of each other. I added Stickles to the chocolate sponge cake part of the cupcake. I applied clear Wink of Stella to the heart topping. I applied Ranger Glossy Accents to the heart. I set this aside to dry.

I stamped a happy birthday sentiment to the inside of the card finishing off this cupcake shaped card.

Thank you for visiting my blog! Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Shaker Tag

We have a new challenge at Incy Wincy Designs. Our challenge theme is Tag. I am using an image from one of our sponsors for this challenge. Scrap N' Dipity. As soon as I saw these critter images, I fell in love with it. Aren't they cute?!

I sized the images so it will fit inside the window of the fold out tag. I printed the image on Canson watercolor paper. I colored the images using Zig Clean Color markers. I fuzzy cut the image. I ran a black marker around the cut images. I applied a dot of black Ranger Enamel Accents to the eyes. Once this had dried, I added a small dot of white Ranger Enamel Accents over the dried black enamel  dot.

I am using the Mama Elephant Union Square for the tag. The set includes the window die with the fold-up cover, and the solid tag die. Before I snipped these two dies apart, I cut 3 different colored cardstocks using these dies. Having these two dies attached cut out the window die into the solid tag. If you had these dies already snipped apart, just tape both dies together to re-create the cut.

I then snipped off these two dies apart. Using the solid tag die, I die cut color coordinating patterned papers and a white cardstock. I adhered the white tag die cut to the back of the patterned paper tag die cut to make the tag more sturdy. I misted this patterned paper with diluted Pearl Perfect Pearl for a shimmer effect.

Now, back to working on the window die cut. I embossed a star image to the front of fold-up cover. The star is from the Hero Arts Written In The Stars stamp set. I used Wow! White Pearl embossing powder for a subtle look. I embossed the sentiment on top of the embossed star image. The sentiment if from an old Hampton Art/Doodlebug stamp set. I stamped this using different pigment inks, matching the ink colors with the cardstock colors. I embossed this sentiment using clear embossing powder.

I adhered an acetate to the inner side of the window tag using a double adhesive tape. I then applied Darice Adhesive Strips around the window to form a well. I rubbed an anti-static tool to the inner edge of the foam strips. I poured a mix of sequins to the center of the window. I used the Misti Stamping Tool to line up the corners of the window tag and the patterned paper. Yes! The Misti is not only for precision stamping but also for precision alignment. Now the shaker tag is done.

To further embellish the tag, I adhered the fuzzy cut critter to the acetate window. I adhered a triple bowed twine to the top of the tag. These tags are now ready to be attached to a gift or even adhered to a card front as an interactive embellishment.

While working with the Scrap N' Dipity images, another idea that came into my mind is coloring a couple of the same image, fuzzy cut it, and layer it for a dimensional image. Just thinking about it, these images will look cute using this technique. What do you think?

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Crown and Card Gift Pair


I created this for a co-worker of mine who is celebrating her birthday. I came up with the crown theme after I complemented her hairstyle is lacking a crown to make her a true queen. This inspired and challenged me to create her a crown. And, what is a gift without a matching card, right?

I used the Cricut Design Space to search for a crown image. I filtered the search to images that I own. This crown is from the Life Is A Party Cartridge. This crown cut file comes in layers and cuts the embellishments. It also cuts tick marks as a guide in adhering the small die cuts. Using the contour function, I removed the tick marks because I am not planning to use the small die cut pieces due to time constraint. I welded the detailed and base layer to save time. I cut this on gold glitter paper. The reverse side of the glitter paper is white in color. To cover it up, I mirror cut the crown on gold cardstock and adhered it to the reverse side of the glitter cardstock.

I die cut hexagons using the Avery Elle Custom Panels to create a more detailed crown since I decided not to add the hexagon embellishments included in this cut file. Do you remember the Epiphany Crafts Studio Tool to create bottle cap embellishments? I created the center gem of the crown using this tool.

For the card, I wanted it to match the crown. The Cricut Cartridge I used is all about planning a party. I die cut the detailed crown that is included in the card file version of the crown. I cut this using the glitter paper and cut it four more times using the gold cardstock. I stacked them to create a dimensional embellishment.

For the front card panel, I embossed a red cardstock using the Li'l Inker Designs Quilted Stitched Pattern die. The size of this red panel is 5 1/2"x4 1/4". I sprayed this panel with diluted Perfect Pearl in water. I die cut a red frame using Simon Says Stitched Rectangle die. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant Make A Wish stamp set. I heat embossed this on a red cardstock strip uisng Wow! Rich Pale Gold embossing powder.

To put the card together, I am using a 100lb. Neenah Desert Storm Cardstock for the card base. I adhered the red embossed panel to this. I adhered the sentiment strip to the back of the frame, then adhered this to the red embossed cardstock. I then adhered the crown to the center of the card. I die cut a hexagon using the Avery Elle die on a red mirror paper and adhered this to the center of the crown just like the 3D paper crown. I stamped a Happy Birthday sentiment inside the card. This card and crown are ready to be given.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Paper Photo Wallet

I created a birthday card for my father which I was planning to send with his package through my uncle. The problem is the card is bigger than the box so I had to come up with an instant replacement.

I started by stamping a Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with Simon Says Basic Stripes stamp set to create the background. I used the Misti Stamping Tool to re-stamp the stripe stamp repeatedly for a bold impression. I used different shades of brown for a gradient look. This panel is sized at 5 1/2"x4". I scored this panel at 1 7/8" and 2 1/8".

I am using the Lawn Fawn Selfie Frames die set to create the flip photo frames for my sons' photos. I die cut a white cardstock and traced the phone die cut onto a white cardstock for the backing of the flip photo frame. 

To connect the phone photo frames, I cut a 1/2" acetate strip and scored it on the middle. I used a strong adhesive to adhere this to the the solid white cardstock backing of the photo panel. I adhered the photos to the back of the phone die cuts, centering the photos to the opening. I adhered this to the back panels. To adhere this connected photo frames to the scored kraft cardstock, I used a scrap piece of kraft cardstock and scored it at the middle. I adhered a piece to the back of the first and last photo frame. I adhered the other end of the scored scrap to the inner side of the paper wallet except for the back side since I have to create the closure strap. I created a closure tab for the wallet by adhering two kraft strips, about 1/4" to make it thick. I created two scores on this strip, about 1/8" apart. I just eyeballed the score making sure I have enough strip to wrap around the opening of the wallet. I rounded one end of the strip. I adhered the other end to the inner back side of the paper wallet. This is the time I adhered the last photo frame tab to the inner back of the paper wallet.

I cut a hole on the front using a kraft knife. The hole should be long and wide enough to accommodate the closure tab. The photo wallet is pretty much done. Now, it is time to embellish it.

I just re-created the design of the birthday card I made for him. I stamped a smaller star stamp from Altenew Halftone Stars using varied dye inks. I used the Misti Tool so I can stamp the star multiple times with the last ink using Versamark so I can emboss it with Judikins Sparkle embossing powder. I die cut the star using the coordinating metal die. I die cut a fun foam using the next smaller star die. I adhered a bunched up DMC gold floss to the front of the wallet and secured this with the dimensional star. 

For the sentiment, I am using Altenew Label Love. I embossed this with white embossing powder on a brown cardstock. I traced the letters with a brown marker to make the letters more solid. 

To make this more personalized, I had my sons write their names on a cardstock strip. Ryan wanted to write on pink cardstock strip using a rainbow pattern. A potential crafter, what do you think?

Thank for you for taking time to visit my blog. Have a blessed & brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Mass Produced Digital Image Angel Give-away

The first time I created this project for our DT post, I knew right away that it is something I would want to create to give-away to my Kindergartner's class on their Christmas party. I've started really early coloring the images so I was left with the cutting and detailing during the last weeks before the party. The sad thing is my grade school sons got hit by illness during their last two days of school, making them miss school including their Christmas party.

The details on how to create this ornament are in a previous post as linked here, Digital Image Christmas Ornament. This is easy to re-create with a digital image because you can resize and mirror print the image. Some stamp sets come with mirror images, making this project easy to re-create, or you can do mirror stamping technique.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I wish you all a blessed and brilliant Christmas!

Maria Giselle B.

Paper Rolled Beads Rosary

I made this a while back for my sons who had Living Rosaries as part of their 5th Grade. I made a rosary for each of my son who are now in 6th & 7th grades. They gave their rosaries to their grandparents. Back then, I was using whatever supply I have on hand, without thinking that these rosaries will be given to my parents. The string of my father's rosary broke. I was going to fix it when I visited them last year but I couldn't find an equivalent supply so I brought the beads with me.

I call these beads but it is actually made of paper. When I created this, I chose paper since I am a papercrafter. I searched the net and found templates on how to cut the beads. I created a template using a cardboard and traced this on a patterned paper. After cutting the patterned paper, I rolled the beads using a quilling tool. As I roll the paper, I applied Ranger Multi Matte Medium to the inner side of the patterned paper. I allowed this to dry by sticking a toothpick through the paper bead hole, with the other end stucked to a scrap of styrofoam.

After the paper has dried and shaped into a bead, I applied several coatings of Ranger Multi Medium Gloss to the beads and allowed it to dry in between coating. I thread the beads with a bendable wire until I completed the rosary. Now, it is ready to be returned to my father. Well, I hope the wire I used for this one will last longer since  I heard, my mom's rosary broke, too.

Thank you for visiting my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.

Felt Flower Corsage

I am behind in posting my finished projects. With the amount of posts I am doing right now, you would figure out how busy I was this past month.

I always try to create something new for my 11 y/o's band teacher for concerts. This is the first felt flower I have created for her.

I tried cutting the felt using the Cricut Explore but I failed again. On this occasion, I ironed a freezer paper to the back of the felt. I positioned this freezer backed felt to the Cricut mat. Despite using the purple mat (Strong Grip Adhesive Mat), the felt moved. I really wanted to use felt so I cut the flower image on freezer paper. I ironed this on the felt and used this as a template to cut the flower. The cut is really simple so I probably didn't need a template.

I poked a hole on the center to thread through a floral wire. Making sure the glue gun is ready, I rolled the flower and squirted the hot glue to the base of the flower. I sprayed glimmer mist to the felt flower and set it aside to dry.

For the leaves, I used the Ellen Hutson Bold Blossom Stand-Alone die. I adhered this to the base of the flower using glue gun. I covered the wire with floral tape.

I also created my personalized gift box for the flower corsage. I used the Martha Stewart Scoring Board to create the cardstock base and the acetate lid. Before I scored the acetate, I stamped the My Favorite Things Sheet Music Background Cling stamp using an Opaque White Stazon Opaque ink.

Thank you for viewing my blog. Have a blessed and brilliant day!

Maria Giselle B.