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Archive for November, 2011

Well Hello There!

I have been MIA for a week or so due to what my fella calls ‘plague’, basically flu. Its nearly gone now so I’m keen to get back to it as Ive got a lot of catching up to do like family Christmas cards, this years advent calendar and a boat load of gift tags. I’ve also given myself a bit of a challenge with creating part of this years pressies for a couple of my family members too so if everything goes well I’ll be able to share those after the big day.

I have a cute little gift box for you today, I took a while to get it just right so it should be a perfect fit when you put it together. There is a printable (template) version and for those of you with digital cutting machines there is a cut file too.

I cut the box  about 10.5 inches long, just short of a full sheet of A4 (letter sized) and this gave me a 2.5 inch cubed box which is a great size for small gifts like jewellery but also small enough to hang on a Christmas tree. To make it easier for myself, I decorated the lid of my box before I assembled it starting with an eyelet in the back corner which I thread some seam binding through to hang it with. I tied a bow in some more seam binding and stuck it down with a glue dot just in front of the eyelet, added some gems in front of it then made up a paper poinsettia from this cut file and nestled it into my bow with another glue dot. All you need do to put the box together is fold the score lines, add some strong tape on the side tab, fold the bottom flaps together and you’re done.

box 1

Here is your Template:

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Box 1 Template by Bird

Here is your cut file – formats included are ai, dxf, GSD, pdf, studio & svg:

(click on the link below the image to download)

Box 1 by Bird

Box 1 Digital Cutting File by Bird

Hope this comes in handy for you this Christmas :)

 

Good Afternoon!

The weather has taken a bit of a Wintry turn here and I’ve caught the dreaded lurgy that’s going around so I’m staying in and keeping warm til it passes. I’m planning to start filming some of my card making again, I was doing it before by moving my craft table to the correct place each time but I’ve ordered a new table and I’ll have a go at setting it all up again later tonight. I love to watch video tutorials myself and find it so much easier to pick up ideas or learn new techniques that way so I’m looking forward to being able to do that again :)

Ok, so what do I have for today? New Snowflake sets!! I made 2 of these last year and I bet I’ll keep adding to them year on year as I love snowflake shapes. This year I have a set which I gave an ice crystal feel and 2 of the sets I designed to be embellished with gems so they have lots of circles within them. My fella said that they look a bit like molecular structures and I have to agree but they look much more like snowflakes once the gems have been added, honest ;)

I chose to try a suspension card today and took the colour inspiration from The Shabby Tea Room‘s Pastel Christmas challenge. I cut my card base to 5 inch square so I cut one of the scallop loop circles to 4 inches to give a reasonable border around it then I picked a nestabilities circle to match the inside of the scallop loop circle and made a circle in the center of the card base and my patterned paper. I attached the scallop loop circle to my patterned paper and stitched around the edges then stretched some clear invisible thread (any clear, white thread or fishing line etc would be great too) across the circle opening and stuck down with some strong tape. I added some seam binding to my patterned paper layer and stuck down to the card base to ‘sandwich’ the thread between the layer and card base. I cut 2 snowflakes of the same size from snowflake set 5 and glued either side of the thread, again ‘sandwiching’ the thread between the 2 of them. Once it was dry, I attached self adhesive gems to all of the circles on both sides of the snowflake. The combination of having very fine thread and the added weight of the gems makes the snowflake spin when you blow it, I just know the children in my family would love these, looks like I’m going to have to make quiet a few :)

suspension snowflake card

Can you spot the thread?

suspension snowflake card close up

Here are your cut files, formats included are ai, dxf, GSD, pdf, studio & svg:

(click on the links below the images to download)

snowflake set 3

Snowflake Set 3 Digital Cutting File by Bird

snowflake set 4

Snowflake Set 4 Digital Cutting File by Bird

snowflake set 5

Snowflake Set 5 Digital Cutting File by Bird

I hope you like these, bye for now :)

Hiyah!

I have a window card cut file for you today and as I think it would be fairly easy to cut out the windows with a ruler and a craft knife I have included a template for those of you without a digital cutting machine.

When I sat down to make my card I realised I had to decide whether I was looking in through the window or if I was inside looking out, well it would be a good way of getting 2 more Christmas cards under my belt so I did one of each. I used the Christmas Tree cut file from the last post for both cards, if you don’t have a digital cutting machine the Christmas Tree Digital Stamp would work equally as well.

Inside looking out – I wanted this card to look as though you are looking out onto a winter snow scene. I layered my card by attaching the front layers to the rear of the window panel starting with the the first snow drift then the first tree etc ensuring they are face down. I added my ribbon then covered the entire area with my backing paper in this case the 3rd darkest paper from Bird’s Snowflakes. I added some gems and a little tag to the ribbon bow to finish.

window card looking out

Outside looking in – The same method applies to this card, I attached the layers to the rear of the window panel from the front layer to the back layer face down. I wanted this card to look like you were peering into someones living room so my first layer was the curtains, then the tree, I then added the ribbon and covered over the entire panel with some wallpaper type patterned paper. Again it’s finished off with gems, a tag and some jingle bells.

window card looking in

Here is your cut file – formats included are ai, dxf, GSD, pdf, studio & svg:

(click on the link below the image to download)

window card

Window Card Digital Cutting File by Bird

Here is your template:

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Window Card Template by Bird

I really had fun making these cards and hope you will too :)