Folded fish bowl cards from my own printed papers and cheese packages

While I mostly used white card stock for the basic folded greeting cards yet I just found out how great it is to use my own printed papers, because they are white inside and beautifully patterned outside.
I use light card stock to print the letter size sheets. Then I fold them and run them doubled through my Big Shot die cutting machine. I once invested in a set of simple rectangle dies with a small embossed edge and I use them all the time.
You can align the folded card stock just before the die cut line. This is how you don’t cut the edge.

Then I used some clean plastic cheese packages to make “glass” layers for the fish bowls with different Tim Holtz dies.
The fishes are from my fishes collage sheets cut with the Silhouette Cameo. The bird is one of Stamper Anonymous Bird Crazy stamp.

Have fun!

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My five favorite tools

I recently have been asked which are my favorite tools. This made me think of what I really don’t want to miss anymore.
Some are very new and some are very old, one is not even mine. Two I had no clue they even exist, but got them from friends.

So here is my list. Have fun!

I start with the oldest, more than 30 years old: my punch I got when I studied fashion design to make holes in leather. Its big advantage is that there is a much higher distance to the edge of an item than with the handy and pretty new little punches and the different sized holes in one tool.

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This unspectacular handle is just a heavy weight. It comes from the textile industry to help the pattern stay in place while cutting garments. It is VERY heavy and now I use it for all and everything that may not slip while I work on it. It is on my work table all the time for more than 20 years thanks to a friend. I got it as a gift, because she thought I need this, very thoughtful and so right! We are still close friends, thank you!

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This is not mine, but borrowed for good from my partner, who bought this digital gage at the hardware store and never used it. It wandered on my desk and I use it all the time. Mostly I measure my finished product samples for the item descriptions. With one touch you can switch from inch to centimeter, very handy.

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This pointy tool is not very old, but you can see already how often I use it. It is hanging on the wall always in place, because I get crazy when I need it and it is covered by stuff. The Craft Pick by Tim Holtz for Tonic Studios. You can get it at the crafts store. I use it for removing little bits from die cuts, pulling thread through tiny holes, making little holes  and maybe some more works I just can’t think of now. Highly recommended.

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And this is my number one: the edge blending tool also from Tim Holtz, from Ranger. Last week I got the two little round ones even if the vendor on the crafts show said I don’t need them when I have the big one. This was not true and I am glad I bought them anyway (from an other shop). Now I tried them first time and I LOVE them to color the edges of my die cuts and elements from the electronic cutter. It makes paper crafts look so much better and this is a work I really can relax with. Thank you, Tim!

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Falling Leaves

You just cannot ignore it anymore even if we had a wonderful sunny and warm weekend.
But it is fall. And I don’t like fall. I am a spring girl, I also love snow and I love warmth, but I don’t like the plants in my garden and everywhere around me dying, not at all…

However, moaning doesn’t help, so I kept myself busy and created a set of fall leaves from paper to make some warm rich overwhelming beautiful fall tags using my new leaves dies from Taylored Expressions (ordered from USA and every Cent for petrol to get them from far away out of the customs office was worth it! ). The tree I’ve cut with my Silhouette Cameo from a cutting file I made myself a while ago. And for the photo background I found a gelli print in matching fall colors.

I hope you love fall more and enjoy the rich season!

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Spirograph doilies circles flowers or however these little beauties are to be called…

So what am I going to do now with my little line art beauties?

First I scanned them, something you could not imagine 50 years ago when the spirograph was invented as a toy.
It is impossible to extract them from the white background so I had limited possibilities to add an other background in Photoshop.
Anyway with the blending mode to be found in the layer palette there were some choices. With “subtract”, “difference” and “exclusion” on a beige grungy texture I got very surprising dark effects. The colors of the line graphics changed, almost looked like neons. Perfect!
I played with the outlines/shapes to get different edges.

The prints were a bit pale, because I did not use glossy photo paper, but simple offwhite thick card stock. But I still loved them.
I cut them with my Silhouette Cameo.
Then I colored (as always) the white cutting edges with the edge blending tool which made them look much more interesting.
On some doilies I painted glossy dots with “Glossy Accents”.

And now comes the fun!

Of course you can use them as they are as gift tags. But I just love to make special gift tags and I always need many of them. So I played with the colors, mixed and matched, gave them wings and pearls, brads, gears, ribbon, a raven and a fish.

Have fun and I hope you’ll get some inspiration!

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Soft sweet pastel birthday cards with paper lace

Maybe they are a little bit very sweet and soft, but it is ice cream weather here, yeah…

The tea cups I made myself from scratch with the Silhouette Cameo. The top cup is loose from the back ground so it bends easily and I fixed it with a little thread to work like a pop up card.

The paper doilies are cutting files I bought from the silhouette online shop.
The embossing folder is from Sizzix. I LOVE the ornamental pattern with border.

And I know my girl friends will love those cards.

Have a great and sunny day!

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Hats hats hats…

Going on making little hats…this is so much fun. I was totally lost in hatmania.
I also made some displays and hat boxes. The little hats just fit in. I think I am going to sell these cutting files soon, not yet sure where, but I am going to announce this here and I am also preparing tutorials, especially for the hat box, which is quite a bit complicated.

edited 07/31/2014:
at last available in my Etsy shop:

www.etsy.com/shop/FredaFprintables

 

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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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