Thursday, January 19, 2017

Design Team Post for The Cutting Cafe

Welcome back friends!

Here we are mid January. It's cold and rainy here in CA, and I wouldn't have it any other way. People look at me funny when I tell them I love the rain and it doesn't bother me to drive in it. Now don't get me wrong, I do not like to get soaking wet, but I don't mind getting a little wet to and from the car.

Now onto the Design Team project for The Cutting Cafe. For this assignment we were to focus on Valentine's Day. There are so many fun and great cutting files over at the Cafe that it was kind of hard to choose which one I wanted to make. After a long hard decision I decided on making the Mailbox Template.  Who doesn't like receiving HAPPY MAIL? :)


For the mailbox post I used some craft colored AC Cardstock, and then layered it with some stripped black paper. I glued and pop dotted some hearts to the post, looking at the photo now, I could have used one more heart on the left side. 

For the mailbox itself I used the AC Cardstock in a pink color. And then I layered some pink stripped paper onto that which I had in my stash. I did not have any Valentine themed paper and realized I don't have many red or pink patterned paper. But I really like the way this came out, as the stripes are on a diagonal to the mailbox. 

Not growing up or living in an area that had mailboxes with the flags attached (and really do not know what they are for) I put the flag on backward. I did not realize it until after I took photos. I decided to google mailboxes and discovered the flag direction faces the other way. Oh well, I didn't have the 'heart' to remove it especially since it had all those cool gems on it. 


Well friends, I hope enjoyed this project. Please let your friends know about this post, and visit me on my other social media platforms.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Thursday, January 5, 2017

January 7th Design Team Post

Well Happy New Year Friends!!

For my January 7th Design Team Post for The Cutting Cafe', the team was to use the Everyday Greetings Set. We were also supposed to keep it clean and simple. I tried, but ended up using some bling and more.


I used a heart card that I had from the Silhouette Store that I edited a bit. And the actual greeting I ended up using print and cut and made the design using ellipses and circles.

There were some challenges I faced. First my Versamark pen seemed really dry. It isn't that old either. I used that on the edges on the card part and then used Red ZING embossing powder. I have used Ranger, Hero Arts and WOW and have great success. But the ZING just didn't cut it for me. Not sure if it was the dry pen or the powder. It just didn't pop and shine like I wanted. Then I moved on to stamp the clear ink on the card to give it an embossed look. But the Versamark pad was dry. I had a refill bottle and I added the ink and it was juicy. Well I guess too juicy as it was blobby. Oh well, I guess that's were the sequins came in lol. They hid some of the globby mess :)

Overall I think it came out ok. Definitely not clean and simple, but I like it non the less.
Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at this short post. I hope it inspired you to use different supplies.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Happy New Year

Hi Everyone,

Wow, while I write this post I still cannot believe that we are only a few days away from the holidays and about a week from 2017! Where did the time fly?

I want to show you my cute, really easy to make and assemble cards I made. I used the 2017 shaped card from The Cutting Cafe'.




This was such an easy card to cut out. I was able to get 2 card bases to easily fit on a 12x12 piece of gray AC Cardstock by American Crafts. For this post I used 2 different patterned paper pieces that I had in my stash. I decided I wanted a little shine so I added just a few gems I had, and then on the 1, I decided to try out some stitched lines using my white Gelly Role pen. Overall I think they came out pretty nice. You know with this time of year being so busy, it was nice to be able to put together this card really quickly, and I know my recipients will love it!

As this will be my last post of the year, I wanted to thank you so much for visiting my site. May your holidays and 2017 be the happiest and most prosperous of all.

Thanks!

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM





Saturday, November 19, 2016

Christmas Treat Card

Hello Everyone and welcome back to my blog.

For today's project I am using the Card Ornament card from The Cutting Cafe's Christmas Treat Cup Cards set. This is a great set as it comes with templates to make treat cups in the shapes of ornaments, Christmas tree's, snow globes and several others. There are a total of 7 different files that you can purchase as a set or separately.

If you haven't seen the treat cup's before, they are really fun! Basically they are a way to give a small treat while also giving a card or other project you choose. You simply fill the candy from the back and the recipient can easily retrieve the treat without destroying the card.


I used some left over holiday paper I have had in my stash for the patterned paper, and I used AC Cardstock for the card base, as AC is a great weight paper. I used to have trouble in the past with acetate, but I ordered some plastic window sheets from Amazon that seemed to work great along with Zig 2 way glue pen.

To finish off the card I stamped Versamark ink with a snowflake stamp and used red glitter embossing powder to add some random red to the green patterned paper. For the candy I used some red Tic Tac's I picked up at Target.

Please let me know what you think of this card, and I love to hear all your feedback and comments. Happy Holidays to you and your family.


Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Friday, November 4, 2016

Jack and Sally Gable Box

Hi Everyone and welcome back.

For this month's design challenge for The Cutting Cafe' we are using the Gable Box. I thought about what I would do to decorate this and I finally came to the conclusion that I had to make it Jack and Sally themed, since The Nightmare Before Christmas is my favorite movie.




Now I also wanted to do something different. And I have seen lot's of Youtube videos about using sequins on your projects. Naturally I had to try that. I am not sure how I like it. It's different, but I wanted to get out of my comfort zone and do something I don't normally use. I think I could have made this a little more Christmas-y, but I am not ready to go full force into holiday mode, just yet.

The Gable Box from The Cutting Cafe' is great. It comes with all the panels as well as your choice of plain or scalloped handle. It also comes with different panels for the window. I chose to focus on Jack and Sally, which I put on the back.

I hope you enjoy this project. I would love to hear your thoughts.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

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. 
Please check out The Cutting Cafe for more great files!


Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

















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
DezinesbyEM