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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

You Color My World

Hi Everyone,

Welcome back to my blog. I am really excited, as for this month, I am a guest designer for The Cutting Cafe.  If you aren't familiar with this site, I would suggest checking it out. It has a lot, and I do mean a lot of cutting files, as well as clear stamp and crafting supplies.

There will be 2 posts this month as the guest designer. This post, which the challenge was to create something from the You Color My World Digital Stamp Set, and then another post on July 21st. So please make sure you come back to see the second post!

This is an awesome set. I chose to use the "Large Colored No Red" file that came in the set. The set comes with about 10 digital stamps, both colored and in black and white, as well as sentiments. I decided I wanted to make a card.  I started with a basic card I had in my Silhouette Studio and thought a paint brush and pallet would fit right in with this design. I found a paint brush and pallet cutting file from My Graphic Fairy, and it's a free file!  I also wanted to do something else with the original design, so I traced several of the swirls from the design, and had my Silhouette Cameo cut them out. I only ended up using 3 as you will see in the final card.

For all of the cardstock I used AC Cardstock. For the card base, the swirls and the paint spatters, I used the Pastels Pack, and for the black and tan pieces I used the Variety Pack

When I assembled the card I used foam squares to give the swirls some dimension, as well as the paint brush and pallet.  I went over the swirls and the paint splatters with a Wink of Stella, Clear Glitter Brush. You can barely see it shine in the photo, but in person it really glitters!

I finished the front of the card with a few buttons from my stash and some silver cording I tied to one of the buttons. For the inside of the card, I wanted to keep it simple. Like I said, in the set there are sentiments. I used the You Color My World sentiment. I thought it would look cute inside a paint splatter. So I went online and found a free image and used Silhouette Studio to trace the image. I printed the sentiment onto my cardstock and then had my machine cut it out. 

Well my friends, that is my project for today. Again, please stop by The Cutting Cafe and tell them Mike sent you! And please be sure to come back for my next project on July 21st!

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

June Blog Hop- Featuring Dreaming Tree: Winners

Hi Everyone,

Thank you for participating in the June Blog Hop Featuring Dreaming Tree! What a great blog hop that was! And I want to thank each and every one of you for all of your comments, Facebook visits, and subscriptions to email. It is with great pleasure I am announcing the winner from my blog as well as the grand prize winner.

From DezinesbyEM; Winner of the $10 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate is: M'Liss T.
(Winner has already been contacted by email.)

And the Grand Prize $20 Dreaming Tree Gift Certificate is:
Heidi who is comment number 37 from Sweet Love Canada Blog
Please contact Mike or Vicki to claim your prize
Mike: dezinesbyem@gmail.com
Vicki: occasionbag@gmail.com 

Here is a photo of all of the projects that were on this hop.

Just because the contest has ended, doesn't mean you cannot check out all the great projects. Please follow the links below to visit these sites:

5.  Izbzee
9.  Scrappy Coyote
10.  2 Debs Crafting

Please make sure you stop by Dreaming Tree. They have amazing 3D SVG's, a great selection of FREE files, and are releasing new files all the time! 

Thanks for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz