Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Get Your Ice-Cream On!

Last Sunday, I shared an ice-cream cone on Instagram and I thought I would share a couple more pictures, and some info on how I made it on the blog today.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWoV5leAj0e/?taken-by=underacherrytree

The ice-cream cone is from the Get Your Float On cut project that LD released a couple of weeks ago. The original shape is that of a gift card holder but I modified and turned it into a shaped card with a sleeve.


After modifying the original shape, I reduced the resulting shaped card by 12% so that the card base can fit onto a letter-size sheet of cardstock. All the layers were cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.

Here is the finished card:





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File used:
Get Your Float On cut project (SVG included)




Tuesday, July 18, 2017

You Make Me Smile


For the first time in many years, we went into Summer break without any plans to travel. The past year have seen us traveling to several countries and so we thought we would stay home and relax a bit.

HA! HA!

It turns out that so far, Summer has been anything but relaxing. I didn't even sign the kids up for many activities but still, I find myself driving them around everywhere and being stuck in traffic all the time. Being away from my crafty toys has been rather depressing but thanks to Hubby, who offered to take the kids out, I managed to steal some time to play.


LD recently released the I Scream collection which comes with some scarily adorable ice-cream monsters. One look at the Cut Set and my heart melted at the sight of this blue fluff ball. Have you ever seen a sweeter monster? She is so cute!

Using Silhouette Studio DE, I came up with a quick shaped card.


I print-and-cut the card front that holds the sentiment, and cut out the other layers out of patterned and colored cardstock with my Silhouette Cameo.


Assembling the card took a while but I *heart* this monster so much, I'd totally make another.

Now, how to convince Hubby to take the kids out for ice-cream....



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File used:
I Scream cut set (SVG included)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Jar of Light - a Chibitronics light-up card


School's out and Summer is in! The kids' last day of school was this past Monday (It's super late compared to the rest of the country) and so far they haven't screamed "I'm bored!" yet.

Woohoo! lol.


After our crazy 63-day, tour-around-Asia vacation last year, Hubby and I decided to take it easy this Summer. We don't have a lot planned for the next two months but I know that I want to keep the kids semi-occupied so they are not glued to the television or DS all day. I am hoping to do some fun things with them and card-making is definitely on the agenda.

While I am happy that the kids enjoy crafting as much as I do, I want to make things a little bit more interesting for them. Chibitronics seem like a great way to start.

For those of you who have not heard of Chibitronics, they are the company who makes LED circuit stickers. They are exactly what I needed to make light-up cards.


My kids were really excited when they saw the box of Chibitronics that I had ordered. While one of them was busy looking through the Starter Kit, I got her twin to help me make the circuit for today's card.

Credit goes to Twin B for putting the circuit together!

I used Silhouette Studio DE with my Silhouette Cameo to cut out all the layers that I needed to make the card. The fireflies were cut out of vinyl while the card front was cut out of acetate.


I had wanted a little more dimension for the "glass" part of the jar and so I cut out two layers of acetate to contain the fireflies- two bugs on the second layer and one affixed under the top layer so that all the fireflies are contained inside the jar. After I finished the card, I realized that one layer would have sufficed as the second layer didn't add much to the project.


Our favorite part of the project was when everything came together and the card lights up at the touch of a finger. So fun!


I am not affiliated with the Chibitronics company but I do enjoy using their products a lot. I love that my kids get to use some of their S.T.E.M. knowledge while crafting with their mother. I cannot wait to make more light-up cards with them!


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Files and other Supplies:
All Bottled Up Cut Set
Long Summer Days Cut Set
Chibitronics Copper Tape
Chibitronics White LED Circuit Stickers
Sony CR2032 Lithium Coin Cell 3V
Lawn Fawn Push Here Stamps
Miscellaneous stamps by Mama Elephant
Mini tags metal die by Mama Elephant

Friday, June 23, 2017

Gallery Updated!

http://abunchofcherries.blogspot.com/


It took me a couple of days but I have just updated my gallery. Please CLICK HERE to see which of my projects or tutorials you may have missed.

Enjoy!


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Hello Friend! Just a note.


Back in the Spring, I started playing with the stamps that I have collected and never used. I actually made today's cards then but I didn't get around to sharing them. Today feels like a good day to finally put them up on the blog. ;)


These cards are similar in style and are super easy to make. I stamped the background, let dry, and stamped and heat-embossed the greeting over it. To finish the cards, I adhered the colored image onto the card front with foam tape.


If you follow me on Instagram, you may notice that I had actually posted the cat when I was playing with my Copic markers. I still have not used the "Pusheen/Unicorn frappuccino" and the Panda cutouts but I probably should, eh?


Anyway, hope you like today's cards. The sun is out and it is finally getting warm outside. I'm off to bask in the sun.

Talk to y'all later!  Muah!

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I am not affiliated with the stamp companies listed below but I do enjoy using their products a lot.

Stamps and dies used in today's cards are mostly by Mama Elephant
Brick background stamp by My Favorite Things
Dotted background stamps by Savvy Stamps. (bought from my local stamp store and I can't locate it online. Sorry!).



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Hinterland Summer CP - Summer Fox


It's Summer!

I'm so happy that Summer is finally here. It feels like it has taken a long time for the season to get here. The temperature is still in the 60s today but I am so looking forward to warmer days.


Hubby came home from a business trip to Asia recently and he brought me a lot of crafting goodies. My Copics collection is now complete!!! So excited!! I really want to go play with my new markers but I had to make card from the new Hinterland-Summer first. The card projects in the collection are so much easy to put together! Just cut and assemble with foam tape for lots of dimension. That's it!


I love the whimsical look of the graphics in this line and I'd love to make all the cards in the card projects. But first, I'm going to play with my new markers.

Talk to y'all later!

Muah!

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File used:
Hinterland-Summer CP




Friday, June 16, 2017

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Life is Beautiful


I've been playing with my stamps and markers so much lately, I thought my Cameo might have gone into deep hibernation. We are 8 days away from the first day of Summer and it is still wet and cold here in Seattle. Alexa says that rain and fog is in today's forecast and temperatures will only reach a high of 60 degrees. Seriously?!

Anyway, I was looking at LD's latest release and I was so excited with their Get Your Float On, I just had to wake my Cameo up. It's been a while since I made a shaped card and that toucan cut file was simply perfect for one.


Using Silhouette Studio (DE), and the method that I illustrated in one of my earlier video tutorials, I made the (shaped) card base. I cut out and assembled the layers for the bird, and printed out the sentiment. The card didn't take long to make although I did spend most of the time trying to find the right cardstock for it.


I'm quite happy with how the card turned out. Frankly, it's hard not to like shaped cards. Every shaped card is different and it's a refreshing change from the same old square or rectangle cards. If you have not made one with your electronic cutter before, I hope you'll give it a try. If you need help, just check out this video tutorial.


That's all for now. I'll talk to y'all later!

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File used:
Get Your Float On CS (SVG included)



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Big Balloon


We are into the last few weeks of the school year and I have trying to declutter and organize as much as I can before summer break begins. The decluttering process is taking a much longer time than I expected. I keep finding things that I have forgotten. FUN things. You know, like metal dies and stamps? Yeah, these kind of things always make me stop and play a while.


To make today's card, I cut out one edge of a 4.25" x 11" piece of cardstock with the balloon edge die by My Favorite Things. I masked the back of the card base and colored the front with distress ink.

Next, I adhered a 4.25" x 5.5" piece of patterned paper under the balloon to make the card front.

The sentiment is made up of a cutout and a stamped part. You probably can't see it from the photo but "BIRTHDAY" was heat-embossed with Versamark ink and black embossing powder. The panda bear is from a Mama Elephant stamp set.


I'm not affiliated with either Mama Elephant or My Favorite Things but I do enjoy using their products. For those who want to know, I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the following dies and stamps:

panda: Pandamonium stamp set
"happy": Happy Script creative cuts (metal die)
"birthday": Happy Everything stamp set
balloon: Die-namics Blueprints 26 (metal die)

Have a great day!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Jin's Pusheen cards


So while I was at my local stamp store the other day, I came across one of Mama Elephant's latest releases. The Favor Bag Accessory (- Cat ) is a set of metal dies that you can use with a die cutter, like the Sizzix Big Shot, to cut out the different layers to make a cat. I had actually gone inside the store hoping to find the Bear version of the set but they were all sold out. Seeing that the store only had 1 last set of the Cat dies left, I grabbed them.

Guide re-posted here with permission.

At first, I was a little confused. I wasn't really sure what all the little parts that came in the set were for. Luckily Mama Elephant has put up a guide on their site that explained everything. The guide even included some ideas of what you can make with the set. I was thrilled!

Oh lookie! Mama Elephant shared my photo! 

I was going to make some beige and orange cats with the dies when I noticed the Pusheen bluetooth speaker on my desk. OMG! Why didn't I think of it sooner? I can make Pusheen with these dies!


The first cards that I made with the set were these Pusheen shaped cards. Aren't they the cutest? I can use them as notecards and I'm going to slip one into my youngest daughter's lunch box.


Next, I made a simple Hello card. One can never have enough Hello cards. Especially one with a Pusheen on the front.


Actually, come to think of it, I seem to always run out of Birthday cards too. So I made a couple of those using the same idea as the Hello card. I just added a hat to the card and changed the greeting to "Happy Birthday". Easy peasy!


Although I enjoy using my Silhouette Cameo to make paper cutouts, these metal dies were very fun to use too. In fact, I enjoyed using these dies so much, I think I'm going to have to get the Bear and the Bunny versions. Hope I can make a panda out of one of them!

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Supplies:
Favor Bag Accessory - Cat by Mama Elephant
"Hello" stamp by Mama Elephant
"Happy Birthday" stamp by My Favorite Things.


Friday, May 26, 2017

Happy Bees



Happy Friday!

The long weekend is upon us and I am so excited! After many months of cold and dreary weather, the unofficial start of Summer is finally here and we are expecting 80 degrees this weekend. Woohoo!

So if you don't mind, I'm going to keep this post short. :)


Have you seen LD's Emoji Bees? I thought they were hilarious! Today's cards were made using the Happy Bee but I can certainly use the others for many different occasions. How about using the Sad Bee for a Get Well or a I'm Sorry card? Or the Shocked Bee for a belated birthday card? What fun!


Speaking of fun, I used an Action Wobble on one of the cards to make the bee, well, wobble. It's been so long since I last used one of these springs, I forgot that it makes a card so much cuter!


I used Silhouette Studio to design the shaped card and I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out the card base and the different layers. I used a metal die to cut out the "happy" and the "hello" greetings. The frame on the "hello" card was also cut out using a metal die.

Hope you like the cards. Now excuse me while I run out of the house, I have some sunshine to catch.

Have a GREAT weekend!

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LD file used:
What's the Buzz - Emo Bees Cut Set

"happy" and "hello" metal dies by Mama Elephant.


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Claw-some Day!


Remember when I said in my previous post that I have been decluttering and that I had found a lot of unused stamps? I probably should stop buying new crafty toys until I finish reorganizing my craft room but I can't seem to do it. How can I stop when stamp companies like Lawn Fawn keeps coming up with the cutest stamps?

Just look at their newest release. A stamp set featuring a claw machine? Are you kidding me? It is so cute! How not to buy?


After posting my piggy shaker card on Instagram, a couple of you suggested that I get the Fuse Tool to help simplify the shaker-card-making process. And so I did.


I got my new toy last Saturday and I couldn't wait to try it out! The new "Claw-Some" Lawn Fawn stamp set was perfect for a shaker card.


Isn't this card the cutest? I *heart* it! The shaker portion was made using the Fuse tool and I must say, the Fuse is so easy to use! Even though I don't make shaker cards very often, I kinda wished I had bought the Fuse tool sooner. Who knows, perhaps I would have made even more shaker cards if I had it before.


I had set my Silhouette Cameo aside, thinking that I would spend some time cleaning up my craft room. Well, it looks like the clean up has to wait. I have more shaker cards to make. ;)

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