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