Thursday, October 20, 2016

Think Pink

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. For my The Cutting Cafe Design Team post for October 21st, I am using the Think Pink Breast Cancer Set.

I took the pink ribbon and cut out several, then glued 6 of them together to make a really thick ribbon. I used Ranger Distress Glitter, Spun Sugar on top. Basically you just put glue all over the ribbon and then sprinkle on the glitter. Once dried I followed up with some Glossy Accents to seal it and make it even more shiny. 

I thought it would be cool to have the inside of the card somehow tie into the front of the card. So I decided to make a donut card (circle with the middle cut out). That way I could glue the ribbon on the inside of the card, but it would also be the focal point on the outside. 

The outside of the card was a print and cut. I glued that onto the card base I made. 

When you open the card it reveals the Breast Cancer Awareness text with the ribbon perfectly in the center. Again I did a print and cut that I layered onto the card base. 
From the picture below you can see the dimension of the ribbon. It really looks amazing in person. 

This was a really quick card to assemble. And I think looks even better in person. 
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Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Halloween Treats

It is getting close to that time of year when the ghost's and goblins will be coming around, ringing your doorbell, and saying "Trick or Treat". Now for the kids that are neighbors you really want to give them a little extra something. At least I do, so when I saw these from The Cutting Cafe I knew I had to make these for this months The Cutting Cafe Design Team Halloween project.

So what we have here is the Halloween-Fall Milk Carton. This is so cute. It is big enough to hold many fun size candies. The original file does not come with panels, but it only rook me a few minutes to make a few rectangles that I used to make panels. I have so much Halloween paper from past years I needed a way to use some of it, but the paper was thin, so I couldn't use it to create the carton as it wouldn't hold up. I used my standard American Crafts Cardstock, which is my favorite for the way it cuts and the weight. It makes my projects look great!

For the second treat holder I used the Sucker Treat Cup Set as well as the Halloween Sucker Treat Cup Phrase set. This is pretty neat because it's a small treat in a lollipop. So basically on the back there is an opening and a slider. You slide it open to fill and retrieve your treats and slide it back to close. This would be really cute for a any type of party and you could get really creative and change up the theme to match any holiday or celebration. Can you imagine your guests seeing your display of these?! That is a wow factor. The set also comes with a box so that you can give this as a gift.

I used a lollipop stick I had left over from my cake pop making days. I used a Sharpie and colored it black. At first I was hesitant using a Sharpie because in my mind this is a treat card. But the stick does not come into contact with any treat. It's secured to the back away from the treats. I can't wait to pass these out to friends.

I want to thank you for stopping by today and checking out my projects. Again if you are interested in any of these, you can get them over at The Cutting Cafe. Not only does The Cutting Cafe have lots and lots of project files, but they also sell craft supplies. Check them out!

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Let's write a letter.

Hello Friends!

This week's post is inspired by The Cutting Cafe's, Letter Writing Set. With everyone sending letter's electronically and pushing buttons, and us crafty people love sending handmade cards, why not send hand written letters?!

This set has 17 printable stationary sheets that are sized 5x7.5, 2 different boxes to hold the stationary, 8 printable sentiments and an envelope template. The great thing about The Cutting Cafe is that no matter the electronic machine you have, or even if you don't have one, you can still use the files as they come in many different formats.

Since the majority of this project is writing a letter, I opted to keep the project really and I mean really simple. I created the box that holds the stationary and chose to use the 'snail mail colored printable' stationary.

Like I said, I kept this really simple. Which means this will be a simple blog post, so I can go finish writing my letter and send it to my friend! Now go and write a hand written letter and show a friend or loved one how much you care.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fall is almost here..

Welcome friends.
For my September 7th project for The Cutting Cafe, we were given the file Autumn Sentiments Card Frames Printable Set. This file is a print and cut, as it prints your frame, and then cuts your card.

I decided I wanted a colorful fall background, so I found a nice blue with fall leaves digital paper and sized it to fit just inside the Autumn Blessings frame. I also notched out the bottom right hand corner so that the sentiment was not covered or hard to read.

For the card base I used AC cardstock in a craft color.

I found a free SVG pumpkin online and used just a few pieces of scrap paper, I used foam squares to give it some dimension and it floats on the frame. To give it extra fall flair, I had a ribbon that I wrapped around the font, but behind the pumpkin. For some shine I added 5 gemstones in an amber color.

Overall, I was very excited how this project came out and super excited to share it with you. Please tell me in the comments below what fall projects you are working on. Don't forget to sign up for my newsletter to be updated when there is exciting information. You can also visit me on Facebook.

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gift Box

Hi Friends,

This week I wanted to show you my latest creation. A really good friend of the family was having a birthday, and I knew exactly what I was going to give her. 

This is such a fun file to make. I wanted this to be extra special so I spent a long time at the craft store picking out the perfect set of paper. It only took a few hours to cut out all the pieces and about an hour to assemble it. I enjoyed adding the sparkly embellishments and shiny gems. The fun part is that you can put a small gift or gift card in the party hat that is in the center of this box. And when it's all sealed up, it looks like a regular gift with a super bow on top. You can also use the elements separately. Why not use the party hat on it's one for a gift box or together with another project. And the balloons would be great to pair with any other party themed project. 

When this box is closed, it looks like a regular gift and when the recipient opens it, all the sides open up like an explosion (thus the name) to reveal another layer of surprise. 

If you are looking for a wow factor gift or decoration, check out Dreaming Tree. You are guaranteed to find some "wow worthy" kits for any occasion. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Friday, August 19, 2016

It's back to school!

Welcome back Friends!

Sorry it's been a month since I have posted. With Summer and vacations and life, I haven't had time to sit and craft anything. But that is changing.....

A couple month's ago I applied to be a guest designer for The Cutting Cafe. Although at the time I did not get a permanent spot, I was offered a guest designer spot for the month of July. A few weeks ago, Regina from The Cutting Cafe contacted me and asked if I would like to be a permanent designer. Of course I said YES!! So that brings me to this post. The post for today is based on Back to School, so I chose to use the Pencil and Apple shaped cards.

For the apple, I used AC Cardstock for the base. For the apple patterned paper I went over to Joann's and got some loose paper. I have been playing with creating my own digital paper, and actually designed one I was going to use. But I have issues with finding the right weight of paper that prints well, and also cuts well. So I opted for store bought. I may make these digital papers available sometime soon. I finished off the design with some buttons and I wrapped some twine around the stem. 

For the pencil shaped card, I again used AC Cardstock for the base. I purchased the yellow polka dot paper at Joann's. I really liked this paper. It is so vibrant in person. And it cut like 'buttah'. For the rest of the pieces I used scraps from my scrap stash. I never throw out any paper. You never know when you are going to need the smallest piece for a project. I finished this pencil off with some bakers twine, yellow buttons and 3 black gems. 

Well I think that about wraps 'sums it up' (sorry got school on my mind) it up for August. I do have another project already completed for my September 7th post. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Butterfly Boxes

Welcome back Friends!

This is my contribution as a Guest Designer over at The Cutting Cafe. The challenge was:


I chose the Butterfly Treat Box's from The Cutting Cafe. I thought it would be fun to keep one part of the kit small while supersizing another object. So I kept the Butterfly Trio at the original size and enlarged the Single Butterfly 200%. In the above photo you can see the Single Butterfly is HUGE compared to the 2 Butterfly Trio boxes in front.  

For the large butterfly box I knew I had to use my pack of Natural Luxury 12x12 stack by Craft Smith.  I really like how the paper has shiny golden pieces within the matte black cardstock. I thought this would be perfect for the larger box. For the body of the butterfly I used a 6x6 Recollections pack I had for Halloween. It had the perfect gold paper. I finished the body off with some rhinestones I had in my stash. The original butterfly had the antenna separate, but I went in and welded the 2. Thought it would be easier, as I know I would have lost the small piece. (*Tip: when I normally have tiny pieces, I usually cut several. They usually fit on the paper as they are small and don't take any more time to cut out. And if I lose 1, there are a few extra's!)

For the Butterfly Trio. I used the same paper collection, Natural Luxury by Craft Smith. That paper pack comes with some really awesome nature pages. For the body of the butterfly I used the same Recollections pack as it had a gold glitter that worked perfectly. Again I welded the antenna with the body. After I glued them together, I bent the wings forward to give them more depth and dimension.

The normal sized box would be great to put treats or a few cookies in it. The larger one can actually hold a small but light weight gift. The kit also comes with handles if you wanted to make them into a basket, but for this project I did not use the handles. 

Well, I really hope you enjoyed seeing these projects. I also had a great month as a Guest Designer for Regina at The Cutting Cafe. Please leave me some comments and feedback as I love hearing from you, and try to respond to all comments left. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz