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Hello there everyone! It’s COLLABORATION WEEK! woohoo!! This week, me and the rest of the Chibitronics gang are joining the Studio Katia team for a fun collaboration! When you are done here, don’t forget to head on over to the Chibitronics blog, so you can link to the other fun projects made as part of this collab.

To be honest, Studio Katia is a new-to-me company, but as I was perusing their website, I found LOADS that I was simply drooling over! I couldn’t refuse this cute bear set called ‘Kobi the Birthday Bear’.

For this collab, I have made a surprise LIGHT UP birthday shaker card, for a friend who is turning 45 this summer. When you press down on little Kobi bear’s tummy, the 4 and 5 candles light up to reveal 45!

I paired up Kobi with the Dotted Patterns die set – which I am also in love with. I love versatile dies that can be used in many ways – and this label shape is definitely going to become one of my go-to craft supplies!

There is a video tutorial that you can watch, but lets have a run down – I know many viewers don’t speak English and it is useful to have the text to throw into google translate. 🙂

First I stamped the bear, the cake and hat onto some Claire Fontaine DCP paper, using my MISTI tool. This is a copic friendly paper that is so bright white – I have come to use it more than the Neenah card now. Next I used a piece of printed acetate to help me align the number candles in a somewhat straight line. This took a few minutes to get just right, but the printed acetate really helps a massive amount. I coloured everything in (rather subtly) with my copic markers.

Next I repeat stamped, and then heat embossed some words along the edge of some paper, and then cut into three strips which each said It’s your birthday, birthday girl and happy birthday. I used the emboss resist technique here to add colour to these strips using bright tones of distress inks – mustard seed, picked raspberry and peacock feathers. I knew i wanted to combine these strips with the candles, but it was really fiddly trying to hold them all in place- so i glued them all to a piece of vellum to make it more manageable. Next I used a plier punch to punch two tiny holes in the flames above the 4 and the 5. This helps the light shine through brightly.

Next I wanted to add some colour to the background, so I layered cardstock the pieces on a craft mat. I had an A2 stitched rectangle, the dotted rectangle cut from the Studio Katia die, and then the label shape that I cut into the dotted rectangle. I tapped the ink pad onto a acrylic block and used a wet paintbrush to add splatters to my card. I dried each colour before moving onto the next so i didn’t get any accidental muddy colour mixing.

The next bit of footage went a bit AWOL – sorry about that. I took a card base and laid down the frame section on top (which has the dotted rectangle on top of the A2 stitched rectangle, and the label shape has been die cut through both of them to create a frame). I glued the label shape onto the card front – using the frame to position it exactly. This then becomes the inside of my shaker window.
Next I laid the word strips at a diagonal, and adhered them to the frame sections. Then, whilst holding the frame in position, I used a mechanical pencil to mark where the holes of the candles will be. Then all i needed to do was to add some acetate to the back of the frame.

For my chibitronics circuit, I chose to do a simple parallel circuit – and don’t worry, it’s not complicated at all. I drew two dots where my LEDs needed to go, so I knew exactly where I needed to build the circuit. I also knew that the bear would be on the bottom right, so my battery should go there. In order to make the circuit, you need two lines of copper tape – one which connects the negative side of the lights to the negative side of the battery, and the other line of tape connects the positive side of the lights to the positive side of the battery. SIMPLES! For this project I used some vellum to build my circuit. I stuck a strip of vellum onto the card, (and i could still see the dots where the lights needed to go) and then I used a pencil to draw my circuit. Once I was happy, then I added the adhesive copper tape and the LEDs. You will see on the video that I cut a line in the vellum so that there was a flap to fold over the top of the battery to connect the circuit together.

I added foam tape around the card circumference, and also around the battery – i didn’t want any shaky bits getting into the switch mechanism as that might interrupt the circuit. Speaking of shaky bits -if you like sequins and other such wonderful embellishments you should definitely check out Studio Katia’s range. They have lots of gorgeous things- both the seed beads and the sequins are also from Studio Katia.

I used the corner of my MISTI to stick my top panel onto the card base – this makes sure that it is stuck on perfectly – no wonky angles allowed! 🙂 Next, some finishing touches. I die cut a few extra bear shapes and stacked these up with my stamped image on top – this reinforces the bear so he almost looks more like a chipboard piece now. It also make him more robust- especially since his belly will be pressed in order to light up the card!

I thought that the top of my card looked a little bare, so I added the balloon from the Kobi set, and finished this off with a layer of glossy accents.

Don’t forget to visit the Chibitronics blog which will link you to the other collaboration projects – I cannot wait to see what everyone has made. There will be projects shared all week long.

Happy Crafting,





Hey there kiddos,

It’s a Heffy Doodle day today! WOOHOO! And don’t forget to check out the Heffy Doodle blog for today’s update – especially if you are a Kickstarter supporter who is stalking the mailman waiting for your goodies to arrive!

I have been so inspired recently with all the wonderful rainbow themed cards in my Instafeed – it’s because of the Rainbow Maker online class that is over at Online Card Classes.

I grabbed some of the bold images from the Heffy Doodle Interactively Yours stamp set and laid them out in my MISTI so they were all in a line, but with a little gap for my sentiment stamping. Next I picked out some colourful colours of Distress Oxide inks, and first stamped my line of images. I just LOVE the way these distress oxides stamp so evenly. Next I slid my paper over by 3/4 inch, and used the next colour of ink. I repeated this process until I had stamped a rainbow of colours.

Next I used my Lawn Fawn large stitched rectangle die to cut out a panel. I like to stamp first and then die cut the rectangle – this way I can central my stamping easier.

I added the HUGS in a bold black ink, and then had the idea to add a zipper element to my card! You know me… I love an interactive card! I layered this front panel onto some zig zag rectangle of black card and added a white heat embossed greeting onto it (from the Elephant of Surprise stamp set).

To finish the card, I added a cute elephant and cake, and coloured these in with Copic markers, and layered it up on another layer of black die cut card so the images really pop against the colourful background. A few black pearls and we are DONE!

Happy Crafting!


Hello crafty friends,
The chibi gang are having fun this week with a collaboration celebration between Chibitronics and Newton’s Nook.

Don’t forget to jump over to the Chibitronics blog to see all the fab projects and get links to more fun creations!

What’s more – Chibitronics and Newton’s Nook are each giving away a $30 starter kit and a $30 gift certificate. To enter to win please leave a comment on all the blogs and winners will be randomly chosen at the end of the week.


As soon as I saw this airplane stamp – Newton Takes Flight – I knew that I wanted to make a fun sky scene and use the chibitronic lights to light up the wings. I thought it would also be a great excuse to use the Chibitronics Effect stickers as well. These are fun additions that make your light flash, flicker and more. For this project I chose the pulse option – it worked great.

So if you have seen my work before, you know that I love an interactive card, and I had so many ideas for this card…. and in the end I pretty much did them all. I wanted to have a surprise pop up situation where the front section of the card opens up in a surprising way. I also wanted to make the propeller blade in to a spinning element, and on top of that, I had a cool idea for creating a fun switch. It took some time to wrap my brain around the engineering… but I never let that stop me!

So here it is..

You will see in the video that I started this time with the circuit. I wanted to make sure that my idea would work. I actually built my circuit onto a piece of vellum (that I had stamped with my plane image), which came in really handy later on in the video. I think I will do that again, for sure! It was my first time using the effect stickers so I found a template on the chibitronics website and used that as a guide – he’s a look at my circuit.

I use the little chibitronics stencil to help me get the placement just right – what an awesome little tool!
So my idea was to build a fun, unusual kind of switch. I wanted to be able to slide a cloud panel upwards in order to turn on the lights, and then slide it down again to turn it off. I almost can’t believe that I did it! BRAINPOWER FOR THE WIN! You will have to watch the video to see how it is achieved… I found it hard enough to explain in the video WITH visual aids, i’m not sure i should even attempt to explain it with just words.

I added some stamping to the front using the ‘flyng by to say’ stamp, and then on the inside I added some more Newton’s Nook images from the ‘Newton Dreams of Paris’ set..y’know…for extra fun. I couldn’t help but use the sweet Eiffel Tower stamp -and the teeny weeny hot air balloons -so adorable! I also added the word BONJOUR! [Note to self – book a flight to France before too long! 🙂  heehee]

Here’s what it looks like when you stand it up!

I added a little ink blending with a brush for some soft blue tones under the clouds, and finished with a few black enamel accents.

Thanks for joining me for this fun Newton’s Nook and Chibitronics collaboration. Don’t forget to visit the Chibitronics blog where you can get links to the other projects! You will want to see them – they are FABULOUS!




Some Products Used (Includes affiliate links at no cost to you)

Chibitronoics copper tape- https://goo.gl/uV72ei

Chibitronics white LEDs – https://goo.gl/gnaiUe

Chibitronics Red, Yellow & Blue LEDs – https://goo.gl/Aqv27F

Chibitronics Effect stickers – https://goo.gl/ft9Csr

Chibitronics Pink, Orange & Green LEDs – https://goo.gl/cJtc1q