Saturday, December 9, 2017

Teacher's Gift plus GIVEAWAY

Hi Friends,

Today I wanted to share a Teacher's Gift I recently made. I really think it can be used for any time of the year. It is quick and very inexpensive but looks CUTE!





There is a YouTube video I created showing how it was made. Please visit my YouTube page for details as well as I am also doing a giveaway for the SVG design that I created on this project.

All the details will be on the YouTube video.

Thanks for stopping by!

Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

K Cup Holder

I thought I would post this really fun and quick project I did today.


This is the Single K Cup Holder SVG file from Simply Crafty SVGs.  What is fun about this file, is that it is quick to cut out, extremely easy to assemble, fun to decorate and most of all......FREE!

I cut out the base of the holder using red AC Cardstock, and I used some scrap green patterned paper for the upper and lower pieces. For the stocking I also used a red AC Cardstock and a scrap piece of white. For the holly and berries it was 2 tiny pieces of green and 3 red sequins. For the sentiment, I used a green piece again of my favorite, AC Cardstock and inked the edges.

The sentiment I used was from Lawn Fawn Home for the Holidays stamp and die set.

This would make a great gift to give someone when you want to give them something but you want to give them something small. I believe you could get about 3 of these cut from 1 piece of 12 x 12 card stock so you can make many quickly.


Thanks for stopping by!

Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Hanukkah Star of David Card


Hello and thanks for checking out my blog. Today I am bringing you a card I recently created. It is the Hanukkah Star of David Card. 






This comes in an SVG file that you can use with your electronic cutting machine. The card measure about 5x7 so fits perfectly into a 5x7 envelope. 



If you are interested in purchasing this file please visit my Etsy Shop. I also created a YouTube video on assembly, please check that out on my YouTube Channel. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winter Cheer, with a spin!

If you know me, I like to challenge myself with taking a file and changing it up. Whether it's making it for a different holiday it was intended for or changing it in other fun ways using the design elements. So that is what I did with the Smiley Christmas Treat Box from Simply Crafty SVGs.


Smiley Reindeer



I took the head of the reindeer and turned him into a top folding card. If you are interested in learning how I did this please leave comments below and I can do a blog post about that. 


Because the front of the card has a lot going on, I decided to keep the inside really simple.

Smiley Elf



For the Smiley Elf, I was inspired by my friend Lee who made a really awesome spider spinner card at Halloween. (Go check out her spinner here: A Thing for Paper) When I saw her card, I knew I wanted to make a spinner card. When I was looking for my next project over at Simply Crafty SVGs and I saw him, I knew he would be my spinner, he is so cute and perfect for this type of card. 

I made a duplicate of the elf and mirrored it. And sandwiched some really, and I mean really invisible string inside. That was the hard part as I could not see the string. I used my machine to create a 5x7 card and cut out a window for him to spin inside. Finished him off with some sequins, gems and lots of glitter and here he is!

Spin Elf, Spin!



Those are my projects for this months Design Team post for Simply Crafty SVGs. Go check them out, I am sure you will find something that you will fall in love with!


Thanks for stopping by!

Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Turtley Best Ever Hanukkah Card!

Hi Friends,

As you know most of my cards and projects are made primarily made with my Silhouette Cutting Machine. Today I am bringing you a card that was primarily made with stamps, Lawn Fawn stamps to be exact.

I really enjoy watching YouTube videos with all the stamping and coloring and have wanted to start trying this on my own. I did use my machine to cut out the stamped images but the main focus of this card was the stamping.


I used several different Lawn Fan stamp sets to create the sentiments as well as the cute turtle, yarmulke (pronounced Yamakah) and dreidel. It may be hard to see but the yarmulke is on top of the turtles shell. I am learning to use the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen and it made the Star of David on the yarmulke a little hard to see.




The sentiments were stamped from Lawn Fawns: Love you a Latke and Best Pun Ever.

The Turtle was stamped using Lawn Fawn-Year Two.

And last but not least the yarmulke and dreidel were stamped using Lawn Fawn's Holiday Party Animal.  I had some Hanukkah washi tape that I used to put on the right hand edge of the card.

I used my Silhouette machine as well as the Pixscan mat to cut out the images I had stamped.

Well that is my first stamped project. Hope you enjoyed and were inspired to try your hand at stamping. I really enjoyed making this project and will definitly be stamping more.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Pumpkin Cottage

Hello, I just wanted to make a quick post as I realized I had shared this on social media but did not yet post this to my blog. 

This is the Pumpkin Cottage file from SVGCUTS. It was really easy to assemble and my Silhouette cut out all the pieces so it was easy as well. The hardest part was picking out which papers I wanted to use. I really think depending on what patterned paper and colors you chose you can adapt this file to many different seasons or holidays. 

Well that is it - short, sweet and to the point! :)



Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Baseball Cap Birthday Card

Hello,

Today I wanted to share a new card I designed. I thought it would be great to have a card with a baseball cap as the focal point.



This card is really quick and easy to assemble. The cap only uses 3 small pieces. I added the stitching by using a white pen and made little dashes. The Happy Birthday sentiment is made up of 3 layers so that you do not need to line up the text, it is done for you!

Check out my YouTube Tutorial: Tutorial

If you are interested in creating this card for yourself, I have uploaded an SVG to Etsy. Link to Etsy


Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Friday, October 27, 2017

Happy Birthday Dude

Hi Everyone,

So the other day we were headed to a birthday party for a young man. Out of the 100's of cards I have on hand, none of them were a good fit for this 'dude'. I decided I needed to create a card and this is the end result. Hope you enjoy and let me know your feedback.




If you are interested in creating this card for yourself, I have uploaded an SVG to Etsy. Link to Etsy

I also created a YouTube tutorial. Link to Youtube video.

Lastly, I have entered this card into a contest over at: http://www.josscrapshack.com/

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Simply Crafty SVGs Design Team Post - October

Hi Friends,

I cannot believe that October is almost over. Since my last post I have some news to share, I have gained a spot on the Simply Crafty SVGs Design Team. I am so happy and honored to be apart of that great team. My post is to go live October 25, well since that is MY birthday I wanted to make something that I love and that is CAKE and PIE!

I used the file from Simply Crafty SVGs Cake Slice Box. Now people who really know me, know I just love rainbow sprinkles and put tons of those in frozen yogurt and love them on donuts. My favorite donuts are the ones with pink icing with the rainbow sprinkles. Like these:


Also, a few weeks ago I picked up a new paper pad that is all food related and what sold me what the paper with the pink icing and rainbow sprinkles. So I knew I had to combine the 2. The paper pack I found at Joann's is called Good Eats. I found a link to it on Amazon  http://amzn.to/2xxbhwp

This us what it looked like all cut out. 


And the finished cake looks good to eat!




Since it's my day, I also love COLD cherry pie. Right out of the fridge. So I also thought about changing the file up to be a cherry pie. The way I did this was actually easy. The first thing I did was size the file to 65%. The next thing I did was take a photo of a cherry pie I had and then crop it to the design piece. 



I made the sure pie photo was on the bottom layer, the design piece on the top, 
selected both and hit crop. 


TADA!



I did a print and cut and as you can see from the photo below my printer had issues. I actually also found a picture of an apple pie and was going to also make an apple pie but the apple pie came out red instead of golden yellow. The cherry pie came out dark, but thought it was still ok to use. I used the same color paper for both projects and for the pie I made sure to rub it with brown ink to give it that baked pie look. For the top I used a cherry preserve embossing folder to give it some texture and then used sparkly embossing glitter on top of that to give it that sugary top look (which you cannot see in the pic)



And here are the 2 finished projects together. 








I hope you enjoyed my project. Be sure to check out Simply Crafty SVGs for amazing files!



Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Fall Box Card

Hi Friends,

Today I am sharing a project I did as a thank you card. The other day I had a dentist appointment and from the moment I walked in, to the time I left, everyone in the office stopped to say hello and to ask about me and my family. I have been going to this same office for years and they have always been nice, but this time I felt like I wanted to return the kindness so decided this would be the perfect card to send.

When I saw the SVG files for this, from Lori Whitlock a few weeks I knew I just had to have it. 




Almost all of the elements on this project are meant to be print and cut. That makes this project even easier. I have always envied cards like this that are stamped and hand colored, but I only own a few stamps and really do not know how to color like that. So on this project the fox, flowers, acorn, trees and thank you banner are all meant to print. 

I also decided to use some digital paper I had for the patterned paper portion. If you are not familiar with digital paper, it is basically a picture file that allows you to print out the paper on your own. The reason I really like that is because partnered with Silhouette Studio, the software I use for the files, I can import the images and then also scale the patterns to fit the project. I can also tell the software to only fill in the pattern within the design, this also ensures I am only printing the pattern onto the cut portion of the file, and do not have to print a whole page out, only to use a small section. So for this file, everything was printed and cut, except for the base of the box. For the base of the box I used a solid orange color from AC Cardstock.

On the back, I cut out a white blank sheet and then hand wrote my message to the dental office. This project then folds flat to fit into an envelope. I sure hope they enjoy receiving it. I normally only give out cards for special occasion's such as birthdays, but really think I will be starting to send out more thank you cards and possibly thinking of you, just because etc. Because who doesn't like to receive something handmade in the mail, especially with all the crazy news worthy events we have going on in this day and age. 

I really appreciate you taking a look. I hope that I inspired you to be creative.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Mason Jar of Sunflowers gift card holder.


Hello,

I am still continuing with the gift card series. Today I bring you a Mason Jar filled with Sunflowers. This file is a Lori Whitlock file and purchased from Silhouette Design Store. You can also purchase this file direct from Lori Whitlock shop where you can get this as an SVG file to use in other machines.



For the jar base and flowers I used AC Card Stock. For the jar lid, I also used AC Card Stock but also used my pen tool and used a black fine tip Sharpie to make the lid markings. For the leaves of the flowers I used some scrap pieces of patterned paper from my massive amounts of saved scraps lol.


Of course this is the gift card series so I added a pocket to the back of the jar so this makes this a gift card holder/box card. For details on how I created the pocket please visit my YouTube tutorial




And here is a photo of the font as well as the back, side by side. These would really be great as a thank you for just about any occasion or to give to a teach or friend for a birthday.


I really appreciate you taking a look. I hope that I inspired you to be creative.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Beer Glass Gift Card Holder

Ok this is part 3 of the gift card series.

Today I am showing you a project I created using the Beer Glass SVG file from Simply Crafty SVG's.

Part 1 was coffee gift cards holders. Part 2 was fast food gift card holders. And now part 3 is for the adult beverage Beer Glass Holder!




What makes this a perfect gift card holder is that the foam, or lid, comes off and makes this a box so you can put a gift card inside!

So for this gift card holder, I wanted the color to represent the beer that I like. A slightly darker beer. So I used AC cardstock in the darker yellow color. For the foam I used the off white AC cardstock color.

Usually the beer I get comes with a slice of orange so I wanted to represent that on the panels. For the panels I embossed them using the embossing folder Preserves, by Provo Craft. And for the foam I used one of my favorite embossing folders that just seems to work with everything, D'vine Swirls by Cuttlebug. (When I looked to provide a link, all the sources where out of stock.) If you see one grab it!

I really appreciate you taking a look. I hope that I inspired you to be creative.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM




Saturday, August 26, 2017

French Fry Gift Card Holders

Hello,

Here is the second part to the gift card holders I am making. Today I made the Side of Fries box card from SVGCuts. The card was designed as a regular box card, but thought it would be perfect to give food related gift cards as gifts.

To do so I needed a way to be able to secure a gift card to the back of the box. I created this little pocket in Silhouette Studio. This is very basic and could be designed in various other similar design programs.

I secured that onto the back and bingo, the perfect gift card holder!



I hope you enjoyed this project. Don't forget to head on over to SVGCuts to see the entire collection, and please come back to see more of these as I finish them up! If you are interested in learning how I created the pocket, I created a YouTube video here: https://youtu.be/8RByodh5Cf8

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Coffee Gift Card Holder

When I saw this Pit Stop Box Cards SVG Kit from SVGCuts I knew exactly what I was going to use them for. They make the perfect gift card holders.

Today I am going to show you how I created the coffee box card and in later posts I will show you some more. The kit comes with the coffee box card perfect for gifting coffee gift cards, the french fry box as well as the food truck and pizza in a box, perfect for food related gift cards and an old fashion gas pump, perfect for giving gas gift cards.

For this to work I had to create a little pocket on the back to be able to hold the card. It was really simple to create. I use some digital paper I purchased to get the perfect Hanukkah papers. (It is nearly impossible to find actual Hanukkah scrapbooking paper.

I hope you enjoy this project. Don't forget to head on over to SVGCuts to see the entire collection, and please come back to see more of these as I finish them up!

Front



Back

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Pumpkin Carriage


I wanted to share a recent project I completed. 

I made this file many years ago and wanted to create another one. This is the Pumpkin Carriage from SVGCuts Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit. 


The first photo is the one I created first and was one of my first 3D projects ever I assembled. The second photo was the one I created August 2017. The photos are deceiving as this project stands about 10 inches tall. You can definitely change this up for many different occasions. 





Well I just wanted to drop a quick post because I really like how this came out. The gold design on the paper is actually glitter so shines in real life, but was having a hard time capturing that on camera. Please stop by SVGCuts to check out the rest of the kit. Enchanted Autumn SVG Kit. 

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Friday, August 18, 2017

Simply Crafty SVG's Guest Designer Project.

Hi Friends,

I know it has been a while since I have posted. I have been making projects, I just have not been posting to the blog. But I couldn't pass up this chance as a Guest Designer for Simply Crafty SVG'shttps://www.simplycraftysvgs.com/

Since Fall is getting pretty close and one of my favorite holidays is of course Halloween, I decided to make the Spider and Skulls Halloween Lantern. What's great about this lantern is it is actually a working lantern. The top comes off and you can put in an electronic battery powered tea light.



The kit comes with the different pieces so you can make one lantern with the spider panel or one with the skulls or mix and match! I opted to use the skulls pieces but I also wanted a witch. Using Silhouette Studio I removed one of the panels that had a skull and welded in the witch. (There is a link below for a tutorial on how I did that.)

I went through all of my Halloween paper and could not find anything I liked. So I decided to create my own patterned paper. I found a great pattern I liked and brought it into Silhouette and ended up doing a print and cut.

I also wanted my vellum to have an orange glow, so I brought the file into Adobe Illustrator and created a nice yellow orange gradient, in which I printed onto printable vellum that I purchased on Amazon here.  I ended up not using the smaller pieces I created.


Assembly was very easy. I put together the entire project in under 30 minutes while taking my time. Once completed I decided I wanted some more of my patterns that I had on the bottom, to carry to the top, so created additional top panels to tie into the bottom. 
I intended to add some bling and additional things, I even purchased a few but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it the way it was. 

So here is a photo with the lights on, and then the lights off with the electronic tea light on. 

 Editing SVG files in Silhouette Studio


If you are interested in learning how I changed the panel from the skull and cross bones to the Witch, using Silhouette Studio, I created a YouTube tutorial. Click here to watch the video, a new window will open. 

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did making the project. Please visit Sandy over at Simply Crafty SVG's.  https://www.simplycraftysvgs.com There are a lot of amazing files there, including a free section.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Party Box Card

Hi Friends, and thanks for visiting.

I wanted to share a fun colorful box card that I made for a dear friend's birthday.


I used the Party Box Card from the Summer Box Cards SVG Kit from SVGCuts. I used
AC Cardstock for all of the solid colored paper, and dove into my scrap bins for all the patterned paper.

For the sides I embossed them using my Intricate Swirl Embossing Folder. For the 3 tiered cake I used some glue and sprinkled on some pink glitter.

I stamped the Let's Celebrate greeting on the panel which is from Lawn Fawn's Holiday Party Animal.

I hope you enjoyed this card. It was a lot of fun to put together and the recipient really loved it.

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Tootsie Pop Holder

Hi Everyone,

Today I wanted to share a fun, quick project I did the other day. I downloaded this FREE file from Dreaming Tree. Each holder uses only 3 elements. The base, the heart and the cupid. It really is a quick file that you can mass produce and would be great for your kid's school. You can fit 5 bases on a 12x12 sheet of paper, you can fit 16 hearts on a 12x12 and you can get 16 cupids on another. So for 5 sheets of paper you can make 15 Tootsie Pop Holders. (5 bases on 3 sheets=15)



I inked the edges up a bit on the base using a pink ink pad. For the heart on the left I used a brownish orange ink (sorry can't remember the name).  The red heart was plain red cardstock that I ran through the Cuttlebug embossing machine and then used the pink ink pad to give the raised portion as well as the edges some color. 

For the bow. That was the hardest part for me. I don't do well with bows. I had a bunch of $1 ribbon I picked up at Target in the dollar spot. The length was perfect for each bow. I went on Youtube and found out how to make bows using your fingers. It only took a couple tries and then had a few bows I found acceptable. 

I put the lollipops inside and then used pop-dots to secure the bows. Overall I think they came out pretty nice. Best part was again, the file was free and I had all the supplies on hand, even the pops, to make a few of these. 

Please make sure you check out Dreaming Tree. They have many free files, and even more amazing 3D masterpieces. The customer service is above and beyond and the tutorials they supply for each project is priceless. 

Thanks again for stopping by!
Mike Fernholz
DezinesbyEM

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