Saturday, August 16, 2014

3D box cards

I bought a Silhouette Cameo earlier this year, and although in the beginning I was a little disappointed, I am now in love with it.

I have had a Cricut die cutting machine for many years, graduating from a tiny one to the larger one. My son bought me the Sure Cuts A Lot program that I could use with my Cricut to cut almost any thing I liked, only to have Provo Craft, who make the Cricut machines, sue SCAL. I could not use the program on the new bigger machine that I got, and was limited to my mini.

So when I discovered that I could cut out anything on the Silhouette, I saved up and got one from Amazon.  As I mentioned before, I was a little disappointed, as I discovered, there were some cutting files that I couldn't use without making a further purchase of Studio Designer add on.  Once again my son came to my rescue and got me Sure Cuts A Lot3 , that works a treat.

I have just started buying files from SVG Cuts, and I am in heaven making some fantastic card boxes.

Here are some that I have made so far.
I've made 2 of these for friends
This one is being sent to my great niece Talia in England

I think I will be keeping this one for me. I made a few adjustments as it originally came with the American flag

My sister Lorna asked for this one as it is her anniversary later this month
That is 6 cards. I bought 3 sets and I think they each have 5 cards in them, so I am going to be very busy in the last few weeks before I have to go back to school in September.

Sunday, July 06, 2014


My father died just over a week ago. It takes a while in England to get a funeral organised. His funeral is on July 18th, so I am leaving for England to attend that.

I thought I would make some sympathy cards for his grand children and this is how they turned out.
I made some extras, for my sisters and brother.

I also made a memorial card for my dad for guests at the funeral.
I actually made a couple of small changes, taking out the word 'here' on the quote at the bottom, and changing 'thoughtful' to 'cherished' for father-in-law. I didn't have a photo of that.

For the top card, I used an idea from Freshly Made Sketches
Rest in Peace Dad

Friday, May 30, 2014

Sabrina's Wedding Gift.

I wanted to make a gift for Sabrina's wedding as well as the cards for her shower. I had so many ideas and ended up making an ABC album. I like this format, and the albums can be fun. Another idea I had was a Wedding Album, that I still may make for a future gift.

Anyway here are the pages of the album I put together.

And here is the cover. I haven't decided if I will add anything to the back of the album yet. I may add a private note to Sabrina about the book, but a sentiment about sharing her life with her new husband will also be in there.

Shower Thank Yous

I have been seeing my physiotherapist Sabrina, on and off for many years now, and recently she told me she is getting married to her long time boyfriend Janssen.

I wanted to make her thank you cards for her wedding, but when I found out she was having over 200 guests, I reconsidered and offered her Thank You cards for her Bridal shower instead.

I made these cards for her to choose from:

The final one is the one she chose, so I made 60 cards and presented them to her for her shower gift.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Gardening Celebration Space

I wanted to do a Mother's Day celebration space, but it was only for a day. The work to shop my home, design the space with what I have found, and make it aesthetically pleasing is too much for just a day display. 

In the end I decided to put together a gardening theme. My mother was an avid gardener and had a beautiful flower garden in the back of her house. So this was my tribute to my mum, who passed away in 2004, ten years ago.

I didn't think I had a lot for this space, but as it turned out I did. I made a trip to Dollarama and found a wire fence, and fake grass, as well as some silk flowers and windmills. I had the flower pots, the watering can, the trowel and gloves, and I had that adorable bird, that I have used countless times, that was a Christmas gift from one of my kids at school.

I'm really happy with the way it turned out and I think my mum would enjoy it, too.
Scrapbook layout of Mum's flowers