Sausalito, California

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Graduation Theme Projects

My sisters and I are going to start making items for a spring craft fair in June that we are going to participate.  We came up with a name for our "little business" called Sisters' Designs.  Because the fair is at the beginning of June, we thought graduation projects would be good to have available to purchase like cards and gift cards/boxes.  Here are a few items that I have been working on for the craft fair.  
Graduation box/lantern
Sentiment on the back
Side view
This was a fun project to make.  It makes a great centerpiece for a graduation party with a tea light inside the box.  It measures about 4 1/2 inches by 7 inches.  I have already made one for a friend's birthday (see previous post) but I think I will make a birthday one also for the fair.  It doesn't take long to make them at all.                                                                                                                    

Pop up gift box
Panda Bear
This is a gift box for a gift card or a small gift like earrings or a necklace.  The instructions for this little box are very easy to follow just click here.  Melissa does a great show showing you how to make this cute pop up gift box. I used Marianne Creatable's panda bear holding a banner that says "You did it!

Petite Card in a Box

Card closed

Sentiment on the back
My last project that I made last week for Graduation theme is a Petite Card in a box with a hot air balloon die that I have and used the Stampin Up DSP that  coordinates great with hot air balloons.  My hot air balloon is from Memory box and it is just one die.  The cloud die is from Sizzix.  

Heading back to my craftroom to start making some more Graduation themed cards and Wedding cards especially since June is a big month for Weddings!

Monday, April 9, 2018

She's a Lady!

So my sister's birthday is next week and I decided to use Graphic 45's Couture collection to make her card.  The sticker in the front from the collection says, "A girl should be two things classy and fabulous," Coco Chanel - and she is both!!  This is a box card and it folds flat for mailing.  I love how the front (scallop front design) just pops out when it is standing. Here is the tutorial for this type of card.       

View from the top
Back of the card

All that is left is to put it in the mail. I love the high heel die from Marianne Creatables.  It was perfect for finishing off this card. This is definitely a girly girl card!! Happy Birthday Phillis!!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Birthday Balloons!

Let's celebrate & Party On!
How cute is this??  I watched Frenchie's tutorial on this box and decided to make one for a friend's with a birthday next week.  I changed a few things like only using the balloon dies from SU's Balloon Adventure on three of the 4 sides so I had a panel for the sentiment (shown below).  The top comes off so you an fill it with candy or use a tea light for the inside after the candy is gone!  The panels have vellum on the 3 sides.  France Martin (Frenchie)  also does a triangle which is cool too!  I'll have to try that too! The size of this box is a very good size,  6 inches by 4 inches.  A lot of the boxes I have made lately have been small so this was fun to make a bigger project.  It is hard to see in the picture but the base of this box is sage green and you want to use a good weight for your cardstock because 3 of the sides have the balloon die and a lot of the paper is cut out.  Just love how this came out!  I am definitely making some more!!

4th side with sentiment

The best is yet to come

Sunday, March 25, 2018

March Birthdays!

For Debbie

For Julie
I have been working on a couple of birthday cards for friends who have birthdays this month.  The first one is with a SU stamp set called Party Pandas, pictured on the left.  This is  a 4-panel twisted pop up card with these cute pandas.  I also had the panda from Marianne Designs and used it inside the card. I got the idea from Pinterest where I saw a similar card--just adorable!  The card on the right is a Card in a box card with Graphic 45 French Country paper collection.  It is so beautiful!! The flowers are from Die-namics.  Pictures below show the card closed up and ready for mailing. Happy Birthday Debbie & Julie!!


Other side

Front of card closed

I am happy to report that I am back in my craftroom and using my right arm more and more.  It has been 5 weeks since my shoulder surgery and I finally get my sling off  this Friday!! Yay!  Now just have to do my PT exercises and I'll be good as new!  Thank you to friends and family, especially my husband who has been doing the housework and cooking, for your support and well wishes.   

Saturday, March 17, 2018

All About Green!

I made these with Stampin Up's Curvy Keepsake Dies for St Patrick's Day dinner tonight with friends.  Even though, I am mostly English but do have some Irish (who doesn't today) my husband and I are hosting a St Patrick's Day celebration with Irish friends, Halliseys and Gearys tonight.  These are so cute and loved making them.  I also made the tablecloth with material from Joann's. Check out the banner I made with Stampin up banner dies, "LUCKY".  All this was made with one hand since I have had shoulder surgery about a month ago but I am able to use my right hand a little, really just holding stuff.  Got out my fine china because it went well with the gold and green tablecloth. Now just need the boiled dinner-yummy!!

The table is set
Lucky in Gold
Centerpiece of shamrocks

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Birthday Card/Gift Boxes

I found this card/gift box, all in one tutorial on Pinterest and wanted to make a few.  A friend of mine is having a birthday this week and I have a pair of seaglass earrings for her which are perfect for this box.  Check out this tutorial on Pinterest by Linda Parker.  The size of the box is 4x4.  The only difference with my card/box project is that I made it so you open the front of the card and the tutorial shows that it opens from the back of the box. Either way works out great. I also used a magnet to close the front on two of the card/boxes but you could always use a belly band for closure.  I used Graphic 45 papers to decorate the project and SU flower dies to finish it off.  Check out below more pictures of the inside of the boxes.

Closer look

The paper makes this card/gift box. Inside, there is plenty of room for a sentiment for whatever occasion you choose.  These were so fun to make and doesn't take any time to do it!  You will love the finished project!!

This flower was made with Tim Holtz die

Love this Graphic 45 paper

Friday, February 23, 2018

Birthday Brew!

Sandy's Birthday Card
This was a fun punch art card to make for my brother-in-law's birthday!  He just opened a Growler Store in Washington state and he is really a beer connoisseur so I thought this card was perfect for him!  For the foam I used a sizzix cloud die and circle punches from SU. The handle is just nestabilities oval dies.
Inside sentiment!

I have made a card like this before but this one has more foam!  Who doesn't love foam!Good Luck Sandy on your new adventure and Happy Birthday Sandy!