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3D Matchbox Birthday Card

I made this lovely birthday card for my Mother using a 3D matchbox card technique with inspiration from Youtube, Pinterest and my own wonderful creative imagination. I spent over 2 days creating it. 

Everything was cut with my Silhouette Cameo machine; with the exception of the butterflies which were made using a Marta Stewart punch (Garden_Butterfly_Layering_Punch), the box bottom, which I used the Envelope Punch Board to create it with, and the intricate green glitter flourish on the box cover, which is an Anna Griffin Cuttlebug metal die "Flourish Emblem", cut out using my Cuttlebug machine. 


First I punch out some Martha Stewart butterflies and cut out some flowers and leaves.
I ran the flower petals through the Cuttlebug using an embossing folder for more texture.
I later added holographic glitter to the butterflies and the inside the center of the flower petals.

I made the box bottom starting with a 9" x 9" square piece of cardstock.
The first punch and score is set at the 3 ½" mark, and the second
punch and score is at the 4 ½" mark. Next you rotate your paper 90º (degrees)
to opposite side and repeat the first and second punch and score as noted above.
You can now complete the two remaining sides following your score lines.
Once you fold it and glue the flaps down, it will look like a tray. I used another
piece of cardstock to line the bottom cut at 4¼" wide by 5 5/8" long.

This is the video I watched to learn how to make the box bottom.





I cut a piece of gold polka-dotted glitter cardstock 11" long x 4 ¼" wide 
which will create by cover. I scored the cover with my Martha Stewart 
scoreboard using centimeters for a more accurate measurement.


Here you can see the score line measurements in centimeters.
From left to right; first score is at 11 cm; second is at 13 cm; 
third is at 24 cm; and last score (on the right) is at 26 cm.


Once you have burnished your folds, you can seal your cover with adhesive, 
then, you can audition the box bottom by sliding it inside to make sure the fit is not too tight.

Here, I'm auditioning 3 small panels (inside the box bottom) 
which I cut at 4 3/8" long x 1 5/8" wide, and folded in half  which 
will serve to hold the fence, flowers and butterflies I have cut out.


I cut out 2 fences (from my Silhouette cut files) and adhered 
them to the back of the panel inserts. I attached the vine 
(from another Silhouette cut file) to the front.


Here is a view of one of the fences with vines, a flower and butterfly. 
I went back and added glitter to the butterflies and flowers before adding them on.
I later decorated the other fence with flowers, vines and butterflies.

This is an Action Wobble which is used to make your die cut
jiggle from side to side. I attached it to the third panel insert
only exposing half of the bottom part; leaving the protective paper
covering on the top half. I used this for the birthday phrase I cut out. 

I attached two thin acrylic strips to the back of Action Wobble only
using a thin margin of the outer two sides. I used an exacto knife
to only cut off a thin strip of the protective paper liner to expose
enough to attach my acrylic strips.


This is the two-part phrase I cut using another Silhouette cut file.

I adhered this part to the center of my box bottom in between
the other two panels.

I only used part of the the Anna Griffin Cuttlebug die cut "Flourish Emblem" to fit
which I adhered to the cover of my box cut out from green glitter paper from Colorbök.

I cut out two butterflies for the cover; one on green glitter cardstock
for the bottom, and the other for the top using a metallic sheen vellum
I decorated the vellum butterfly with blue and green gemstones 
and put pearls on the body and mini pearls on the tails.
  
I stamped the back of the box, as there is a space left.
This space is usually used for a gift card. 

I chose to insert a small mini journal book in the back that I found at the craft store.

I stamped some cardstock with a Hero Arts "Coupon" stamp 
and backed it with some blue and green cardstock then slipped it 
into the journal. The corners where punched with a 
some dimensional foam squares in between the blue and the green.

Here is the finished card box. I later added a flourish cut out of vellum 
and placed it under the butterfly. On the right is the completed box bottom with all the inserts.

Here is a quick video I made of how it works...

I hope my instructions weren't too complicated. It was for me at first, 
but once I got going, the creative juices were flowing! 

Thank you for visiting my blog 
and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.




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Martha Stewart Deep Edge Punch

I'm experimenting with some Martha Stewart Deep Edge punches. 

Here is what I'm working on at the moment. 

I took a piece of blue cardstock from the Recollections Cape Cod pack, cutting it 11" long x 5 ½" wide 
and scored it down the center.




I used the MS Garden Gate deep edge punch to punch the sides of the card.

I used another MS punch for the butterflies using white glitter card stock.


The center was then embossed with a Sizzix Textured Impressions folder Moroccan set.


I haven't yet decided if I will embellish it any further, or leave as-is. 
I guess you could say "it's a work in progress."



Thank you for visiting my blog 
and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.




Penny Slider Birthday Card

Here is my version of a penny slider birthday card.



I took a piece of green textured card stock, folded in half, and I cut the slit using my Silhouette Cameo.

I used to use a Popsicle stick as my guide, which has the perfect dimensions for this, but I learned to draw one using my Silhouette. I then cut out a cake file and adhered it to the penny.

I printed the inside of the card using a sentiment from the Silhouette online store, with a black gel pen in my Cameo machine.

I then filled in some of the words with a gold gel pen.

I added some candles (also from the Silhouette online store).

I added a phrase (also cut out with my Cameo), and some rhinestones. This is the finished card.

Here is a great video that can help you get started with your own slider cards.

Thank you for visiting my blog 
and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.





Get Well Box

I used a Silhouette file and my Cameo machine to make this box with inserts.

This is what the box with inserts look like after it's cut and assembled.



I then filled the completed box with some goodies.


I added an embellished note card which I placed on top of the contents.


I revised the top by adding the printing "GET WELL SOON" on some red card stock with a white gel pen.

I sent this to my mother (who had a really bad cold for several days). She enjoyed her "care package" immensely!




Thank you for visiting my blog 
and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.





Mother's Day Purse Card

Here is a cute purse card I made following a tutorial I found.



I used a punch to cut a pattern on the front flap.

You'll note that the sides are cut out and small accordian-folded pieces are inserted for a more dramatic effect.

As you can see, I used rhinestones to bling up the purse, front & back.

I put a small ribbon flower in the center of the front flap.

Here is my finished creation. I used some silver braided ribbon for the purse handle. I also took a plain pink notebook pad (as shown on the right), blinged it up and placed it inside the purse as an added surprise.


Here is the tutorial that inspired me to make this cute purse-card:


Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope it inspires you to create your own wonderful projects.

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