Last month I made a card out of a panda I modified. At work, we had a secret cupid and I knew I wanted to do something with that panda again. So I sized it up and made a panda shape card.
The person I was secretly giving gifts for figured out it was me.
She said that she heard I was the one who “made cute cards.” So I guess I outed myself.
I stamped some envelopes to match.
It was a lot of fun and even though she figured out it was me, it was worth it.
Machine Used: Zing
Materials: Michaels Recollection paper.
Hallmark has wonderful cards, but they don’t personalize the cards the way we can. A friend of ours had a massive stroke right after Christmas. He loves to golf and ride motorcycle, things that are encouraging him to work very hard at his rehab. Shortly after his stroke he celebrated a birthday and a card popped into my head. Dick has a good sense of humor but I decided to “run the card past my husband” before sending it to make sure he thought it would be okay.
15″ KNK Maxx
red capped blade
It was as simple as cutting the vinyl and applying it to cardstock. Dick loved the card, when he moved from the hospital to a rehab center he took it with him and has it on display.
The font is King Basil
The golfer was a file from My Vinyl Designer
At the school I work at, one of our sayings, since the Panda is our mascot, is that we are pandas with heart. I found a cute stamp set at the swap meet and had been wanting to make a Panda-piecing card for awhile. A few months back, I did a print and cut, but I wanted to do paper-pieced one.
I found this cute little dude at this site
And I found this bamboo at this site
But I didn’t want the hat. It was cute… but I wanted him to be plain, so I imported into Inkscape
I deleted the hat (even though it was cute), but I was left with a squashed face, so I easily stretched the head until I had this:
I pieced it all together and ended up with this:
On the inside, I stamped the saying from my new stamp set:
Zing (red blade, 10/10,)
Cardstock (colormates) and Michael’s Recollection
At the shop we are getting ready for people to make their Christmas projects. In fact we have sold out of several bolts of Christmas themed fabrics already. To help people make some projects and to give them the tools to work with we are having an event next week where they will be making several items. As a thank you for participating in the event, the coordinator asked me to make something in which she could put some small gifts for each person. I remembered a Christmas tree shaped box that would be perfect for this purpose.
Cardstock – Green and Dark Brown
Double Sided Scrapbooking Tape 1/8″ wide
Clear plastic sheets
Machine used: KNK Force, Red cap standard material blade, 2 passes, Starting Depth – 35, Ending Depth – 45, Cutting Speed – 40, Blade offset – Red Blade, Blade Tension – 1.75
When I made the sample box, I was not happy with how the trunk of the tree turned out. The tree and trunk were joined together and the trunk just was too cumbersome and wouldn’t cooperate and stay together. Since the opening flap of the box is the bottom of the tree it was going to cause problems when people were opening and closing the box. I decided to make the trunk a separate piece and to glue it to the bottom flap. That also gave me an opportunity to make the trunk a different color which I think looks better than having the whole box one color.
Here is a picture of the unassembled parts:
No, those are not chocolates on the right side of the picture. They are the little boxes which are the trunks of the trees. There is an unassembled one at the top right. When the box is assembled, the flaps are at the top (open edge) of the box and are inserted into a slot in the fold on each side of the bottom flap. The flaps are then attached to the adjacent box parts with double sided tape. The small round holes near the peak of the box are for attaching a ribbon for decoration. The triangular pieces at the bottom right are the plastic which is the ‘window’ in the box.
Each side of the box measures about 5 1/2″ so it is big enough for a few sewing related goodies. It could also hold an assortment of other types of treasures. Maybe even chocolates.
I have a dear friend who recently lost the majority of the contents of her apartment due to water and smoke damage when the apartment above hers burned. She will be moving to another apartment in the complex in a few days. When she does I am going to send her a card I made using a file from My Scrap Chick. They have some wonderful files and I can often find one that fits the occasion I am wanting to make a card or box or something else for.
This is the card I made for my friend – card front
Vinyl – Oracal 631 type
Uni-ball Signo white ink pen
Machine & Blade used: KNK Force & red capped (standard Material) Blade
Cardstocks: Blade Tension 2, Passes 1 or 2, Cutting Depth 60 – 75, Cutting Speed 25
Vinyls: Blade Tension 1, Passes 1, Cutting Depth 20, Cutting Speed 20
The words were handwritten with the Uni-ball Signo white ink pen. The Firefly’s eyes, antennae, the bulb screw base and filament were cut from vinyl. The remainder of the pieces were cut from cardstock.