Autumn Inspiration: Whoolio

Autumn Inspiration: Whoolio

Hi Friends!

Fall is my favorite time of year and I’m always so inspired to create!  Meet Whoolio!  He’s an adorable baby owl taking flight for the first time and was sketched by one of the Make Shoppe artists.  No one can resist the cuteness of a baby animal…maybe that’s why I’m hooked on watching “too cute,” or browsing that site called “zoo borns!”
Soon we’ll be expanding this card line with more cute faced creations.  We’re constantly looking for inspiration so give us some ideas of what you’d like to see next!

More Whoolio!

 

From me to you…

-Tutu

 

A DIY Wedding

A DIY Wedding

Hello All!

As we approach wedding season I’ve seen so many great craft ideas for a DIY Wedding, Bridal Shower or Engagement Party. Although professional wedding vendors are in high demand it seems that Doing it Yourself (DIY) has become a fascinating trend for saving a few dollars. Having an extravagant wedding is always welcome but not at an extravagant price! The heartfelt, warm and sentimental features are what your guests will remember and a lot of this can be done by you.

I was recently contacted by a friend and was asked to work on a design for a Bridal Shower Card. She expressed she has a tight budget but wants hand crafted cards made for her event. So, I pitched an idea to her that could save her some money. I would design a card template for her that she and some of her Bridal Party could assemble and put together themselves. She absolutely LOVED this idea!!! In addition to designing the card I also provided a materials list and where to buy them, step by step instructions and some assembly pictures to go along with it.

So, today I’ve finished the design and will be presenting this to her. Check out the gallery to see the making of the card!

// Materials

// Materials

// Card stock and cake top template. Vector Flourishes  printed on card stock.

// Card stock and cake top template. Vector Flourishes printed on card stock.

// Setting up the templates.

// Setting up the templates.

// Rounding the template corners.

// Rounding the template corners.

// Lace Punch for each cake tier bottom.

// Lace Punch for each cake tier bottom.

// Practice round.

// Practice round.

// Cake tier cut-outs cut, cornered and adorned.

// Cake tier cut-outs cut, cornered and adorned.

// Cake ribbons (cardstock strips) for design.

// Cake ribbons (cardstock strips) for design.

// Floral adornments punched.

// Floral adornments punched.

// Swarovski Elements to embellish flowers.

// Swarovski Elements to embellish flowers.

// Flowers and Stone Elements on cake. Snip the strips.

// Flowers and Stone Elements on cake. Snip the strips.

// Viola!

// Viola!

 

i’m a baby panda and i love you…

i’m a baby panda and i love you…

Meet Tinker and Sasha, the newest members of the Make Shoppe characters! These original illustrations were done by an extremely talented 3D artist,  Chris Weeks. Chris is also the creator of me, Tutu and all my Make Shoppe side kicks. Yes…even Goofy Maple who hasn’t managed to make a mess in months now. But just wait…it’s coming…
I encourage you visit Chris’s site filled with all other types of animated artistic developments!

www.chrisweeks3d.com

Tinker is a baby Panda and Sasha is a baby Fox. Together they will appear on cards, stationary or wherever their cute little faces can go!

Here is my first project with them:

You can also find these animal babes on Etsy!

Tutu

Happy Birthday to Whoooooo?

Happy Birthday to Whoooooo?

Hello from the Make Shoppe! I just received a few more card orders…this time for August Birthdays. At the Make Shoppe we waste no time getting started so here’s a fun idea for you card crafters!

From me to youuuuuuu!

Tutu

DIY Engagement Card

DIY Engagement Card

Hi Crafters! I don’t know about you but I’ve just been itchin’ to create some card designs for the wedding season. I suppose weddings can happen just about anytime but summer is usually quite popular for those wishing to have the best weather.
Today, I received a request from a customer that has just been invitied to an Engagement Party. So, I’d like to take you along to show you some of the steps I took to create my card. Ok, buckle up and let’s get started!

Helpful Materials:

Pencil
Tweezers
Card Creasing Tool
Paper Cutter
Scissors
Bazzill Colored Card Stock for base plus extra for card design
Scrap Paper
Double Sided Permanent Tape
Loctite (Gel Control) Super Glue
Small Heart Punch
Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch

Put it Together:

I’ll show you the different steps in the photo gallery!

From me to you…

Tutu

hello…thinking of you…bon voyage…?

hello…thinking of you…bon voyage…?

Hello from the Make Shoppe! Tutu needs your help! What type of occasion or event should this card be for? Hello, Get Well,  Bon Voyage, With Sympathy, House Warming, Thinking of you or maybe any of the above?  This card idea is so simple and can easily be used for any occasion. I always make more than one just to keep on hand. Let’s get started…

What you’ll need:
~ Tree Punches
~ Ink Colors
~Scrap Paper
~Card Stock as your card base
~Craft or Cosmetic Sponges

Let’s practice…

Materials

Using scrap paper, punch out the tree shapes

Use the punched page as your stencil

Use the sponge to absorb the ink and blot over the stencil

Repeat with differently colored inks

Experiment with stamp placement

 

Now that you’re comfortable try this on a real piece of card stock and create your card!

From me to you…

Tutu