The Crafty Crab

Paper Crafting Projects: A Recap

A new opportunity has had me thinking that it’s time to reinvigorate my old blog.

What better way to do that than to recap some of my favorite projects from the last several months. Read on, and I hope you enjoy!

Shown first, below, is a greeting card I made initially for a craft fair (The Market at the Milleridge) right before Mother’s Day, but really — it could be given to anyone on any occasion. The image was originally posted to TheCountryCrab on Instagram, so I noted the main die cutting products to complete the card.


Next up is a custom topiary I made for my second cousin’s First Holy Communion.

Paper Punched Topiary
Paper Punched Topiary
Paper Punched Ornament
Paper Punched Ornament

Seen next, is a framed art piece I just recently sold at a fair. I created the die cut card stock pieces via my Silhouette Cameo using a combination of cut files, and mounted on a fabric backed board. The finishing touch is the beautiful recycled frame I scored at a thrift store in Florida. It was just the right hue of yellow and had such great distress markings on it, I couldn’t resist!

Die Cut Nursery Art

The following two cards were creating for family. My nephew, the most darling and handsome boy I know, is turning two this summer. For Valentine’s Day, I created and cut the sailboat layers with my Silhouette Cameo, using a variety of digital papers for the sails. I adhered the layers to a rectangle of white card stock, and then layered that to the yellow card base, with a bright blue polka dot ribbon peeking out from underneath. For the other, I used the Sizzix Tim Holtz Tick-Tock Bigz die and die cut the shapes in cobalt blue card stock and a Kraft/red plaid patterned papers. A little strip of twill ribbon was glued to the base.

Greeting Cards

This is the card I presented sis and brother-in-law for their anniversary this year….right before they enjoyed a brief “joyeux anniversaire” in romantic Paris. Ah, amour! That black and cream base is flocked and added such a soft, luxurious feel to the card. The oval frame was cut from a digital french dictionary page using Sizzix Oval Framelits. The Eiffel Tower image was created in Silhouette, by using the sketch pens on cream card stock, then adding an external offset around the image. Dimensional adhesive foam dots were used to adhere it and the Taylored Expressions sentiment (It’s a Banner Day 2), and black grosgrain ribbon with a tiny metal key finding was tied to the front.

Joyeux Anniversaire!

Lastly, this cute little framed piece was made using an SVG file in Silhouette. I sized the image to fit into a charming little wood frame I got at an antique shop, and cut from plain white card stock. The backing is a beautiful blue toile fabric paper. I hated cutting into it, but it had the perfect bucolic scene needed for these two gazing (and grazing?) bunnies!

Bunny Love


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