Thursday, May 28, 2015

Showering you with Love

Welcome to my Outside the Box blog post for the CardMaker Magazine Blog DT.  We were tasked with picking a card from an older issue of CardMaker and recreating it with newer products.  I chose a card called Showering you with Love by Aixa Mercado that was in the Spring 2013 issue of CardMaker Magazine.  She made a lovely baby card and I used mine for a bridal shower for my daughter-in-law to be.
I bought a Silhouette cut file called Here Comes The Bride and it had the heart and rings as part of the file.  I resized them until they were the perfect size for me.
I added a little extra bling with a few sequins which are so trendy right now.  How often do you go through your old magazines and think about recreating a card?  I'm going to be doing it more often as it was so easy and fun.
Supplies Used:  Crate Paper Kiss Kiss, Here Comes the Bride, Silhouette Cut File #43536 by Megan Hardy Designs, Pretty Pink Posh Sequins, Sewing Machine, Silhouette Cameo, Laser Printer

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Home and Heart Digiplayground

So my son whom I am very close to just graduated from college and took a job in Ohio.  We live in MA 11 hours away.  He and his fiance are moving this weekend so I made them this wall art frame for their new home.  I am excited to see where his story will go to from here.
I  used this lovely cut file called Home Quote by Jennifer Wambach.  You can see the file below and links to the store as well as that cut file.
Home Quote

I bought adhesive denim on a roll from Michaels.  The cut is a little bit rough but given that it is for a guy I like how it came out. I had to take it out of the frame to get a good photo.
Be sure to check out the Digiplayground Store for this and more awesome cut files.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Thank you on Memorial Day

Anita here saying hello on this Memorial Day.  I know that Memorial Day typically makes me think of summer, and after this winter I am so ready for summer.  But the meaning behind Memorial Day is to remember those soldiers who gave their lives so that we could enjoy our freedom and this upcoming summer.  So I wanted to make a combat boot thank you card to thank all of those who gave their lives for us.  I hope that you had a great weekend and a take a moment to remember those soldiers.
I used a Silhouette cut file to create the boot and used Cappuccino and Solid Cappuccino to create the boot laces and a bow at the top.  One of the things I love about The Twinery twine is the availability of so many colors to match the project you are working on.  
That's it for me today.  I hope that you all have a great long weekend and a wonderful start to your summer.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Pretty Pink Posh Blog Hop

Welcome to my blog and the Pretty Pink Posh and CardMaker Magazine blog hop.  You should have arrived here from Sarah Ashley's blog.  The link is below.  If you didn't come that way, you should start at the beginning because there is a lot of great crafty projects along the way and a prize to be won.

Blog Hop List
CardMaker: < - - - - - - - the hop beginning
Anita Mulcahey:  <  - - - - - - - - - - You are here
Lois Bak: < - - - - - - - - - You are going here next

 My son just graduated from Northeastern University in Boston and his school colors are red, white and black.  I used my Silhouette to create the card front with the words cut out.  I adore shaker cards and thought this would be something different for him.  I used the Sparkling Clear sequins and Silver Confetti along with a touch of glitter from Melissa Frances.  I finished off my card with some twine from The Twinery and some enamel dots from Doodlebug.

Here is a bright and cheery card that I made using Pretty Pink Posh's Stitched Banner Duo and Stitched Labels 1.  I love how bright and fun these Doodlebug papers are and they are perfect with these fabulous dies.  I also used three different colors/types of sequins on my card.  Sequins make me happy.

This is my final project for today's hop and I created a gift box and made a shaker out of a lei cut file from Silhouette,  The springtime mix of sequins has a lovely white flower in it which gave me the idea to make a flower shaped shaker.  Shakers are not just for cards and you can use them on so many things.
Thanks for looking at my projects and be sure to hop along and comment at Pretty Pink Posh for a chance to win some goodies.
Pretty Pink Posh will be hosting a giveaway on their blog on Monday, 5/18/15. The list of what is included in the giveaway is listed below. Here is a link to the blog:

Description of giveaway
Stitched Borders 1 die cuts
Stitched Banner Duo 2 die cuts
6mm Sparkling Clear sequins
6mm Marigold sequins
6mm Espresso sequins
6mm Mossy Green sequins
6mm Pink Peonies sequins
Silver Confetti
Silver Star Confetti

Project Materials:
Pretty Pink Posh Items:
Watermelon Sequins 4mm
Lilac Garden Flowers Sequins
Springtime Mix Sequins 6mm
Sparkling Clear Sequins 6mm
Silver Confetti 6mm
Stiched Banner Duo 
Stitched Labels 1

Doodlebug Hello Sunshine Paper Pack
Doodlebug Enamel Dots
Sizzix Big Kick
Silhouette Cameo
Bazzill Cardstock
Grosgrain Ribbon from stash

Silhouette Cut Files:
#60294 Congrats Grad Phrase by Kolette Hall
#12700 Flower Lei by Jamie Koay
#27691 3d Scalloped Circle Gift Box by Samantha Walker
#25278 Thank You Phrase by Kristen Magee

Thursday, May 7, 2015

So Lucky to be Their Mom

Hey fellow lovers of all things The Twinery:
Anita here with a post today for Mother’s Day featuring three lovely twine colors that I used to make a woven flower to jazz up my layout and give it more dimension.  I love being a Mom and my son is about to move to Ohio, we live in MA and I am so happy for him but sad that I will miss him.  I am going to put this layout above my desk so I can see his smiling face whenever I am missing him.
I used Solid Maraschino and Midnight Blue and Marigold and my Clover Flower Loom to make the flower.  Thanks for looking and have a great day.

The Twinery Shop

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Graduation Banner Tutorial

Hi Everyone:
Happy Saturday.  I am here with a tutorial on how to make the most of your cutting mats when you are making a lot of cuts for one design.  I created this graduation banner for my son who is graduating from Northeastern University on 5/7/15.  We are so proud of how hard he has worked to be a mechanical engineer.
This Spring Banner pattern by Doohikey Designs comes with wonderful, easy to follow directions and allows you to either cut the paper to use as a template and/or use fabric to be cut in your machine.  I decided to cut out a full sheet of templates and then traced that shape onto the back of my fabric.  I then cut the banner pieces out with pinking shears.
I knew that I wanted to make several different sizes of the graduation caps and the stars that are part of Jamie Cripps' 3D Grad Envelope Bag and I wanted to fill my cutting mat so as to not waste paper.  The original cut file is below.  I ungrouped them and got rid of the envelope and band.  I copied the star and grad cap and pasted them onto my mat. 

  I then resized one set of them and grouped all four together.

Next I copied the grouped set and pasted it on my mat until I filled it up.
I wanted to plenty of black and red stars and grad caps to choose from to embellish my project.  There are so many things that you can do with your cutting system and these very versatile cut files from DigiPlayground
I mixed paper and fabric with my banner because it only needs to look nice for his party.  I fell in love with this font set called Squeeze Me from Rivka Wilkins.  You can find the link for it below. 
I laid everything out first to see how it would look and then used foam tape and fabric glue to adhere the parts of my banner.

This was a fun and easy project and I know my son will love the personalized grad banner.
Project Cut Files:
Spring Banner
Spring Banner by Shari for Doohikey Designs
3d graduation envelope bag
3 D Grad Envelope Bag by Jamie Cripps
Squeeze Me Font OTF

Squeeze Me by Rivka Wilkins