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

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