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

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

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

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