26 July 2011

Panda Bear Lantern

I have been waiting several days now to post this project!
It is going to be a photo-heavy post, just so ya know!

The DtsArt SVG Design Team is going to be taking a little break
and Dardi has decided to end our term earlier than expected!

While I'm pretty bummed about the term coming to an end,
I know that there is a lot involved in designing SVG's and I know 
that when she returns, I will be in line filling out my application
to be on the new team!

Since it is our last project as the first ever DtsArt Design Team,
I wanted to make a very special project!

that really inspired me! 
I hopped right over to Lindsay's Stamp Stuff and purchased
the lantern SVG files and got to work!

I imported her files into Inkscape and broke it apart to add two extra sides,
so I could have a 6-sided lantern!
I loved the shape of Lindsay's Lanterns
but wanted a little "extra" and by adding
two extra sides, the lantern is rounded out a bit.

Our DtsArt SVG file we're working with this week is called

There are two pandas, a boy and a girl!

Each of the six windows is covered in Cricut Stencil material-
a nice opaque layer of plastic that cuts pretty easily 
and has a self-adhesive backing.

I looked up the Chinese symbol for Happiness
and created an SVG for it with Inkscape.
Cut it out of black vinyl and placed it on the inside of two of the windows.
I have placed that SVG into my account
so if you would like to use it, 
click HERE

Cely, from Creating in Carolina 
provided a FREE SVG for a Bamboo Tree
a long time ago (June of last year!).
I cut that twice and put them
on opposing windows.

I still needed "something" so I used the 
Cherry Blossoms from
Cut two of those and wrapped them around the chimney.

The papers are all from Daisy Bucket Designs.
I got a bunch of pretty papers in a blog candy and these 
were in that package!

Using my flameless candle, I tried to get a few shots
of the lantern in the evening.

And here's one in complete darkness.

This little project might not look like much,
but I can honestly say it took me almost all day Saturday!

But it really was FUN to see it all come together!

It all started with a little inspiration from the
and took off from there!

When I saw the lantern and the pandas
all I could think of was a Chinese themed project
and I really think I pulled it off successfully!

I have really enjoyed my time on the DtsArt Design Team.
Here are links to the other projects I have made with her files:

It has truly been a blast working with all these files
and I'm looking forward to her return!

After browsing the Feline Playful site, I believe my project can be entered in the following challenges:
Happileigh Scrappin', Shaped Card (special folds, boxes, etc)
Make It Monday Linky Party #47, I hope someone is inspired to try something new and different!
Simon Says Stamp and Show, Anything Goes, altho I have not technically "stamped" anything for this project, I HAVE shared the SVG file for the Chinese Happiness Sign and in that shared file is a jpeg that can be used as a digi...
Hooked on Craft Challenge #4, Cute and Cuddly: both my pandas are so cute, I think so anyways!
Die Cut Dreams, Animal Antics: if you click this link, check out their DT creations: awesomeness!

This is the complete image in the shared file on
I didn't use the "Happiness" caption
but kept it in the file anyways!


Rhonda Miller said...

Wow, Stacie, this is amazing. I think it came together perfectly. Wow.

Sheryl said...

I LOVE IT!!!!! You are so very creative! I'm in Awww! I hope that you have a great day!
Hugs, Sheryl

Karin said...

Incredible! I can't believe that it only took you a day...I would still be working on it... LOL! Love all the details. I think with the bamboo, panda and cherry blossoms you have the asian theme covered! Thanks for the sweet comment at my blog, it made my day!

Cheryl said...

Oh wow! Let me pick my jaw up off the floor! Your project is totally fantastic. I love all the Asian inspired details on your beautiful lantern. Beautiful work!

anne said...

This is lovely.. I saw the Panda bear on Make It Monday and had to come take a closer look.. I love pandas.. this lantern is incredible..the little details make all the difference.. thanx for sharing..

marion82 said...

ok this Panda made my day!!! I love Pandas!!! when I saw the preview of your project at Make it Monday I came straight here!!! Keep up the good work!!


Marlene said...

Oh man, this is CA-UUUUUTE!!! I love pandas...and this is a fabulous project.

Thanks so much for your supportive comment on my blog. Hugs.

*CAFE said...

Oh, wow! SUPER CUTE! You knocked my socks off with this, girl! Great job!

Nancy said...

What a clever piece!!
Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge.

Kerrie said...

Beautiful lantern...

Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

Anonymous said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cutting category today [27 Jul 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

Georgia Ehrmann said...

Your lantern is beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Happileigh Scrappin' this week and good luck!

Trish said...

Very cute!

Fot said...

WOW your lantern is AMAZING!!...,Just FABULOUS my friend!Thank-you for sharing your creativity with us all,I'm peeking in from the" Make It Monday"blog :-)
Scrappingmamma ~

Carolina Girl (Cely) said...

This is totally totally AWESOME!!!!! OMG! My computer was down the entire Tuesday and part of today and I'm seeing this now for the first time.Piece of impressive!!!

DtsArt said...

this project is beyond adorable Stacie. You out did yourself on this one.

Debs said...

Awesome creation, I love it, all your fab details and super cute images--really great job,
thanks so much for sharing with us at Die Cut Dreams

Wendy said...

Oh Wow, this is fantastic, I'm so impressed. I saw this on Make it Monday x

Michelle said...


Wow, this is incredible!! You are so clever to be able to adabt this pattern. End result is must amazing.

Thank you for sharing with us at Make It Monday.

Michelle :o)

foxyenglishcrafter said...

I saw your card on create it monday and I thought I would pop by to say hi and to say Your lantern is stunning. You say it dont look much but i think it looks awesome. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing
hugs Julie

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

THis is totally adorable and oh my, what a major project it must have been - it's so detailed. Super, super job! So happy you shared it with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

Made by Mandy said...

OMG, this is absolutely stunning !!

Many thanks for joining in with our Shaped Cards challenge over at Happileigh Scrappin' Challenges

Mandy (DT member for Happileigh Scrappin')

Amy* said...

Awesome! Saw this on Make it Monday. Loved all the pics especially the ones that show it lit! Fantastic creation :)

Mandy said...

Stunning project,love the super cute pandas...Thanks for sharing with us at Hooked on crafts...
Mandy x

Kristina said...

Oh my gosh Ilove your pandabear lantern! Oh my it is just so fab! I want it!! lol jk But i do love it!!

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