Biking on a sunny afternoon…lalala….

This is the last round of my recent tags mini production. Some are already gone making friends happy. People indeed see them as little gifts. Maybe I ashould make a collage sheet from some of the Lola figures.

For these I used my new bicycle die from die-versions. They make beautiful designs and I love the quality of the american made steel dies.

Have fun with these fresh green summer tags!

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Burlesque Gift Tags

Yesterday I made a series of embellishments from my little digital doll “Lola”. I have created / illustrated the little figure in various situations and styles years ago.
Printed on glossy photo paper with a white edge the intricate parts were able to be cut even in a small size, which is the most cute.

I started to use them for gift hangers. As backgrounds I used my own printed gelli prints and solid color embossed tags, paper lace and a piece of antique lace.

These funny gift tags are perfect for delicate gifts like lingerie, vintage lace or chocolate packed in a classical chocolate box. I can’t wait to find the perfect recipiants to give them away.

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Paper lace doilies on elegant black and white gift tags with flowers

I love lace of all kind.
Now I tried the first time to cut paper lace doilies on my Silhouette Cameo. I recently bought many designs from the Silhouette online store, because I find them soooo complicated to make, that I do not have to do this myself.
I even had a bit of a hard time to cut the finished designs. I had to try many different settings and paper qualities. The intricate designs will not work with cheap paper, that tears easily.
You have to use new sharp blades and a slow speed.

I put different designs and sizes on letter size format and came up with a stack of beautiful lace doilies. Now I have to think what to do with them and just started with some tags I decorated with flower embellishments from my own black and white flower collage sheets.

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DIY spring pop up booklet

Last week I needed a special “get well” card for an ill friend. I thought it must be more than just a card and it has to be spring themed. I still had some unused cutting files from the Silhouette online store in my library and I had a brand new Epson A3 photo printer (my early birthday gift, such a cool machine…) here, not yet tested.
So I started with a 3D star booklet and cut the parts on my Silhouette Cameo in heavy white paper and grey card stock.

Then I printed some big sheets with fresh stripes and recut the middle parts.
For cover and backside I used  test prints from one of my gelli prints.

It was quite a bit fiddling to get all the parts assembled and I found help on the designer, Jamie Lane’s blog, from whom I had the cutting file:  http://jamielanedesigns.blogspot.de/2013/11/star-mini-albums.html

Then I filled one of the finished booklets with embellishments, scraps and some hand written text. The other I kept blanc for later use. Now my spring booklet is almost a pop up album and the gift was a big success.

And this is it:

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snow flake stamps – book marks give-aways

For next week I need a number of little inexpensive give-aways. Ok, everybody is reading a book once in a while so I made book marks trying out the new Silhouette stamp material I just got.
I cut little snow flakes and christmas tree stamps.
Then I cut 4 different book mark shapes from black heavy card stock.
With a white pigment ink pad you can make beautiful stamps white on black.
I used some of my snow flakes die cuts and colorful protection rings to decorate the top.
Then I added a ribbon each with a knot in front and one in the back and done!

Here you can download the book mark cut file, just click the link below:
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Have a great Sunday!

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Fall wedding cake DIY printable gift box craft project – step by step tutorial

Today I released part 2 of my fall wedding cake paper gift box DIY printable craft project with autumn leaves, chestnuts and a bridal pair dancing on a pumpkin.

Pheeewww….this was my attempt for google search optimization….lol…having all important keywords in the title AND in the top of the description, sorry to the readers.

So this is the step by step tutorial for this advanced but fun little project, that hopefully will bring you a couple of relaxing hours incl. the walk for some natural decoration and a lot of ah’s and oh’s when given away (guarantied!).

The printable files you’ll get here from my Etsy shop:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/160216656/fall-wedding-cake-favor-box-diy

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1. Print all 3 sheets, No. 1 has to be printed twice, so you got 4 pages
First cut the straight side wall parts of the box except the zigzag lines.

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2. Crease the lines between the zigzag lines and the visible side walls with a ruler and a pointy tool and fold them.
It is urgent, that you do this before cutting the zigzags. Later it is much more difficult to fold them properly.

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2. Cut or punch the circles. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Sizzix framelits here.

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3. Now cut the zigzag lines. I used my die cutting machine here, too with the Tapered Fringe die by Tim Holtz. This works great and is a big time safer.

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4. Fix double sided tape to close the side walls. You can do this with liquid glue, too.

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5. Now close the side walls. The biggest ring for the bottom is made from 2 parts!
Before you close the inside walls check the size, that they fit into the bigger outside easily. The white little ring on the pic below is orange for you! I changed this afterwards, much better now…

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6. Add liquid glue on two of the little circles, the printed top and the one with the rings.
Fix the little top ring inside and outside with the two circles. The inside circle gives the ring its precise shape.

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7. Add glue on the third little circle and on the printed middle top inside the thin line.
Then add the little ring on the middle part and slide the little white circle inside the ring and press until it is well fixed.

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8. Build the bottom box and the bottom lid in the same way with the biggest parts.

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9. Now add glue to the middle sized circles and fix the top box part onto the middle ring with sliding a white circle inside to strengthen the shape.

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10. Add glue to the fringes of the middle box part and press it carefully onto the bottom box.
Make sure all is well fixed and dry when you release it. You can put something round and not too heavy on top for a while to press the whole construction together. I put a little tin under the lid for drying, so there is not too much pressure on the side walls and a little tin on the top.

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11. Now cut the embellishments

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12. For the bridal pair you first fold the black block behind the silhouette, glue it, have it dried and then cut it.
There are two little “feet” on the bottom. You can make a slit into the tope of the box and slide them in, so the figures are standing upright.

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At last you fix all the embellishment to your liking.
I used a black and an orange brown felt marker and drew around the edges where they did not look clean or too white from the paper.
But I have made some little changes on the product, too while working, so your result should be better than mine 🙂

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 I hope you had fun and maybe a beautiful gift box now and that you will come back soon!

Cooking your own marmalade and labeling

This is the time of the year when you get all those delicious fruit for little money or even as gifts from friends gardens or from your own. I know many women making their own marmelade. There are fantastic recipes around on internet, not to talk about the mouth watering photos.

So I come up with some printable labels, very handy and beautiful if you want to give away some off your home made treasures.

You can either print them on strong paper and fix them with double sided tape or you print them on adhesive paper directly, then cut the shapes (by hand or with a die cutting machine like the Big Shot). At last you can take a pretty ribbon and fix a gift tag with your personal greetings.

Have fun!

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