Saturday, January 30, 2016

Heart Party Favor Box

 Heart Party Favor Box
Heart Party Favor Box
Just made this Heart Party Favor Box for my granddaughter. Now to get it in the mail. It was tricky to figure out how to get the sides on. I ended up creating a heart with holes that tabs from the sides went through. They then were glued down and sealed with another heart on top. Pretty sturdy box. Posted it to today.

The secrets out! Just a little tricky but my glue pen worked really well. I also had to do some math to figure out how long to make the side piece. Well, I can't tell you all the secrets. You can get the cutting files at my shop

Also decided there should be different options, so created 6 new heart toppers that will fit the candy favors. They will be posted tonight and linked to the box kit.

Heart Party Favor Toppers

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Thinking of You Challenge - For all my East Coast Friends

The weather is crazy all over the States. 
Snow in the East. 
A Tornado in Florida. 
Flooding in the south. 
And just plan cold in the mid west. 

Today I created this card for Freshly Made Sketches #221, Sketch Saturday #396 and
Pink and Main #5 Challenges.
 Frashly made sketches challenge
Callenge#5  Sketch Saturday#396

The 4.25 x 5.5 inch  (A2) card was made from some of my scraps. The star filled sky paper is from Echo Park Paper Co. WT7008 Red Swirls. It is a double sided card stock. This is the opposite side. It can be found in the 2010 collection. Didn't know I had paper that old.

The"thinking of you" sentiment is my own creation. It was printed on the paper. I used Adobe Illustrator to create it using a water color brush for the shaded area and a wedge fading variable width for the dark blue.

The curve piece and snowflakes are cut from two differ colored glitter stock. (Twinkle Glints stack - DCWV). The Deer is from  Three Deer Elements and the snowflakes are from Ginger Bread House Gift Box.

Thanks for looking

Judith Henry

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

3D Framed Wall Art - Rose Heart

Yesterday I uploaded the Rose Heart Aperture Over the Edge card. This wall art is a derivative of that design with the rose petals partially cut into the card stock so the edges can be curled. Layers have been carefully cut so the color appears through the white layer's cut out. The aperture was left empty in the project to allow you to personalize it for any occasion. I have used a wedding love poem for a beautiful wedding gift. This is a very simple gift to make. The pieces are aligned for simple assembly. The openings are large enough for easy cutting. It can be scaled for smaller sizes. Consider using it for a birthday, anniversary, mother's day gift or frame a picture.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Rose Heart Aperture Over the Edge - SVG and Studio Ready

I redid this card template three times before getting a version that cut nicely on my Silhouette. It is sold at in the cutting files area (Home»Cutting Files»Card Templates»Card Templates Over The Edge Cards). Over the edge cards are very popular. This the right sided silhouetted by roses. With a third liner sheet you would see the rose heart edge. The aperture is ideal to display a photo or reveal the sentiment on the liner. It is very versatile. Think Valentines, Anniversaries, Weddings, Thinking of You... 

Most people think these are hard to cut. I've done a lot of reading and experimenting with my machine. If you are having problems check your Cutting Strip. I discovered a few weeks ago my Silhouette Cameo Cutting Strip was cracked. I had been having problems cutting delicate designs like this. I'm assuming this is used when you cut vinyl and just load the media. Since I do not do this it is a mystery why this strip was damaged.

I ordered one at the Silhouette America site for around $10 and replaced my old one. It wasn't too hard to do but I did have to use goo-gone to get the old adhesive off the machine after pulling the old one off. Now my machine is cutting so much better and I'm sure my blades will last longer.

The secret to cutting intricate designs like the Rose Heart Aperture Over the Edge template is setting up your machine to match the material, use a lower setting then normal and double cut. Less is best. Sure, it takes longer but there is less damage to the paper and your mat. I also use a cricket mat that has a low tack to it. I find cricket mat lasts longer and can be refurbished with removable spray adhesive.

I hope you enjoy making valentines with this template.

Monday, January 25, 2016

CYCI#104 - Sketch Challenge

Sketch challenges – You can turn the sketch in any direction or change shapes. My Entry to this challenge is Introducing my new little sister, Lillian. Gwen is 3 and Lillian is two weeks. I designed this card to send to Gwen so she can add an inside sentiment to go into Lillian's baby book.
 Introducing my new little sister, Lillian
Introducing my new little sister, Lillian.

Lily Frames - Studio Ready
1. From Silhouette Design store I used DOG BOX BABY GIRL  by Daniela Moscone . This was a print and cut element. I modified it so it was not a box using just the element. Fortunately it was made with objects so I was able to pull out objects to decoupage the element giving it a 3D look.2. I used the Lily Frames - Studio Ready for the circle object. The lily next to the sentiment was hand colored with jell pens to resemble Gwen adding her own touch of color. Think of it as her signature.3. The sentiment was added by printing it on card stock and cutting it using a label template.4. The baby photo is printed and inserted in another circle cut with stitch openings to match the stitches on the little girls outfit. I chose the yellow to accent the yellow lily in the photo.5. The card base is made from the Paper Studio pack Hoot Hoot. It adds that extra punch of color.

Head over to to see all the other entries to this challenge.

January - Frames and Elements

Scottish Thistle Doily
Oh what fun I've been having the past few weeks. I've been visiting my Grandchildren. So the rest of the month I focused on creating elements that can be used to create all kinds of projects. The links go to the Studio Ready version but there is also an SVG version that can be used with various other machines and software. 

The Scottish Thistle Doily was inspired by looking through an old type catalog. I came upon a boarder that had these strange looking flowers. I began experimenting and cam up with a design I liked. I showed it to my husband and he exclaimed, "Is that a thistle?" Well I was sadden to think this little weed from my garden was what I had created. So I did some research. The thistle may only be a humble weed, but it is the emblem of the Scottish nation. It is the most identifiable symbol of all things Scottish.

Roses, Lilies and Lattice Frames
 Rose Lattice Oval Frames
Rose Lattice Oval Frame
Lily Frames
The Rose Lattice and Lilly frames have become one of my most popular sets. I then created the Lattice elements to go with the frames so everyone can enjoy creating something very romantic for valentines. 

Lattice Elements 1
Rose Lattice Elements 2
There is a story behind the Lily frame. My granddaughter's name, Lillian, was selected because her big sister kept telling everyone that her baby sister's name was going to be Flower. Hmmm. So what do you name her? Mom and Dad then picked Lillian. I hope to make a card or scrapbook page using the frame with Lillian's sweet little face in it soon.

Valentine Lattice Hearts

No valentine would be right without a fancy heart. I just started playing around and cam up with these four. The top two are two hearts with one reflected. They create the lattice design. But on a practical side they also create great openings for a shaker card or perhaps a candy holder box. The two larger ones would make great toppers for a chocolaty treat. They cut very nicely.

Roses, hearts and Lattice
Rose Lattice Hearts
Put everything together and you have one lovely card. This card topper/frames/roses is several layers high. I also put adhesive foam between layers to give it a grand 3D look. The rose has two parts so it can be done with matching colors. I chose to use glitter paper. Notice the lattice frames are made from linking hearts.

Sunday, January 17, 2016

CYCI#103 - Black and White Challenge

I'm following the challenges at and now want to play. This is my entry for this weeks Black and White Color Challenge.

Yes, this was a challenge. I like to have a little punch in my designs and usually I do this with color. After putting this card together it seamed pretty flat. I went to my stash. I always have bits and pieces from designing. Since it is -40 degrees with the wind chill factor today the glitter snowflakes made this card sparkle.

You may recognize the element from my Art Deco Valentine design previously. I modified it a little for this card. Added another flourish and removed the hearts.

This element was mounted to a music score card stock with ribbon running through cut eyelets. The card base is a subtle white/off white card stock which is the back of the music score card stock. The card stock is from the Authentique paper collections.

Riesling type font is tricky to work with. It needs to be a large size and offset to make the lines thicker to be able to cut on the silhouette. I used the wallboard tape technique to transfer small pieces.

Hope you enjoy some of the other designs in this challenge. Head over to

Saturday, January 16, 2016

January - Getting ready for Valentines

I took a few days off to welcome a new granddaughter, Lillian, on January 7. It has gotten me in a very romantic mood thinking of Valentine's Day in just one month. I'm focusing on more delicate designs. I also thought I needed to develop some designs that would stimulate clients that like to design their own cards from elements.

I created a pop up elements using a lace heart as its base. It is hinged at the top with two foot pieces that folded towards the center fold of the card. The hing at the top is what makes it pop up as a 180 degree card. The word art "I Love You" was designed to hang from the top. I then decided it would be nice to have some other valentine word art to use on different cards.
I've always wanted to create a gate card that had a swinging middle piece. This card has so many element. What was fun was all the extra elements that were created with the negative pieces of the borders.
Over the edge cards are very popular. The interlacing hearts were designed from two compound hearts that were merged. In this format the outline of the hearts would not produce the inter-lapping affect. By breaking the outline into dashes the hearts are visible. The border was created with a patterned brush. This is a simple way to create edges and frames.
Creating the rose over the edge card required making both a positive and negative set of objects. The rose that hangs over the edge has an outlined object. The card base piece is aligned in the middle of that object. Merging the two objects will eliminate the petals. The positive pieces are aligned and then a compound object is created. Now the rose is complete. The rest of the roses and leaves are added in similar methods to create the delicate bouquet.

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What's with the name?

In 2012 I became a grandma. My daughter asked me what I wanted my granddaughter to call me. I never thought about this. I guess to keep things straight she could call me Grandma Henry. This might confuse her since she has a great grandma. I told my daughter that Gwen would name me. She did, I'm sure with the help of her mommy. I became Gammy and as she got older the "R" was added. Grammy, Grammy, Grammy.

When I retired I began making more cards. Many of them were with her in mind. My specialty is the popup form of cards. That has led me into a lot of research with the hopes of creating a popup book for my grand "children". This includes my nieces children.