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Mollie’s Birthday Card

My niece Mollie is having a birthday is later this week so I created a card for her. This is how the card will look when she pulls it from the envelope:

20160523 Mollie's Birthday Card Closed

And this is what it will look like when she pulls the green card at the notch on the bottom of the card:

20160523 Mollie's Birthday Card Open

I used the following products to create this card: Craftwork Cards Celebrations Stamps with Candle Cards, Jump Rope pattern (item #PG13012) from the Echo Park Paper Co. Playground collection and from Close To My Heart: Canary Exclusive Inks™ Stamp Pad (Z2643), Sponge Daubers (Z726) or Value Pack of 12 (Z1938), Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad (Z899), My Acrylix™ Tiny Typewriter Alphabet Stamp Set (D1222) – retired. I used a 2″ scallop circle punch to create a notch.

Here are close-ups of the flame and pull tab:

20160523 Mollie's Birthday Card - flame

20160523 Mollie's Birthday Card - pull out

There were four pieces to make the card that came in the Craftworks Card kit: the fold-over base, the pull tab (which I covered with the green dot from Echo Park and stamped), the candle (which I inked and stamped) and the “H” mechanism which makes the candle pop out when the green card is pulled. The instructions mention adding a strip of plastic (I used a poly bag that some Hunkydory Adorable Scorable came in) to make the sliding mechanism. I used a glass mat, kraft knife and ruler to cut the plastic.

The first time I assembled the card my plastic “sleeve” was not loose enough (even though it looked like it was loose enough) and I ended up ripping the “H’ mechanism. Fortunately I had not used adhesive to completely close the card yet, so I pulled up the “H” mechanism and used the “remains” left from popping out the “H” as a template and created a new “H”. I then slit the “sleeve” to fit it over the new “H” and added a small piece of plastic to make the “sleeve” longer and close the circle. If it would be helpful to you if I created a photo tutorial for how I assembled the card, please complete the “Contact Me” form to the right to let me know and I will try to post one in a few days.

A note about the stamps that came in the kit. They stamped beautifully. As a CTMH Independent Consultant I am often disappointed with the impressions created by other brands of clear stamps. This Craftwork Cards stamp set was an exception. I was extremely pleased with these stamps.

As I have mentioned before, I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only. I know how disappointing it can be to see a product that would be perfect for a project you have in mind and you cannot easily track it down (I once spent about three hours trying to help a friend find an embellishment she fell in love with). If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

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My Additions to the Diamond Press Zippered Case

May 17, 2016 Comments off

I found the magnetic pages in the Diamond Press Zippered Case For Die & Stamp Storage a little too strong for my preference. Even with the clear sheet between the magnetic pages sometimes the die from one page would try to stick to the adjacent page, that is until I moved the clear page and then dies would fall off. I was a little afraid that this would cause me to lose dies, so I came up with this solution.

Diamond Press Zippered Case Page Dividers 01

Diamond Press Zippered Case Page Dividers 02

Diamond Press Zippered Case Page Dividers 03

Not only does having the Page Dividers make it easier for me to turn the pages, it also helps me to keep track of the dies and embossing folders I have since I added die cuts and embossed pieces of cardstock from each set on the page dividers.

So far I am not storing the coordinating stamps or embossing folders in this Zippered Case. I am still trying to decide what to do with them. I am considering creating sleeves using the WRMK Fuse Tool to add to the case. Or I might stamp the images on a sheet of paper to refer to, keep that in this case and store the stamps in other organizers I use for stamps. I am also thinking I will store the embossing folders with my stamps). I am on the auto-ship option from HSN and there are three shipments remaining so I will have to adapt as my collection grows. I also have the Whimsical Letters and Numbers Die-Cuts that I have not added to the case yet and I would love to get the Block version so the stamps/embossing folders will definitely not fit unless I get another case. Oh the storage problems we crafters have.

I created my Page Dividers using my Cricut® Explore and Design Space. I started with the Tabbed Planner Page (#M413BE) from the
Close to my Heart Cricut® Artbooking Collection (Z3169). I re-sized it to be the same size as a magnetic page. Then I had to alter the holes to fit in the binder. For each Page Divider I cut two and stuck them together for strength. I used the Cricut® Alphabet to write information about the collection on the page dividers.

I hope this gives you ideas for adapting the Zippered Case to your liking. If you did something to adapt the Zippered Case more to your liking, I hope you will share online and post a link in the comments before (or contact me using the form to the right).

I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other stores/brands are for your convenience only. I know how disappointing it can be to see a product that would be perfect for a project you have in mind and you cannot easily track it down. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

Thank you for visiting today.

Categories: die cutting

Digistamps4Joy May 2016 Progressive Challenge – Tutu Tammy

May 15, 2016 Comments off

I created this card using Tutu Tammy, the image for the Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group‘s May 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge.

Lapp DS4J Tutu Tammy

In addition to Tutu Tammy from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils then I used a craft knife and glass mat to cut around the image, Hunkydory Adorable Scorable cardstock, which I embossed using a Tattered Lace Rose Stripe embossing folderPlain Rainbow Card that was cut using a Tattered Lace Spiral Rose Die and Tattered Lace Sentiment Strips 8 Piece Die Set, a card base and ribbon from my stash and a quilling tool.

A note about flowers. All of the 3D flowers were created with the Tattered Lace Spiral Rose Die.

Tattered Lace Spiral Rose Die - use the waste

The larger flowers were created with the die cut and the smaller flowers were created with the waste and a small circle of paper. I just ripped a small circle to glue the flower to (slightly smaller than the center of the die cut). The circle does not need to be perfect, but since I was using a paper with a white core I made sure the white edges were facing down. I used Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive to hold my flowers together.

I used the following pencil colors: 27 – Light Carmine, 29 – Pink Madder Lake, 31 – Medium Flesh, 32 – Light Flesh, 49 – Oriental Blue, 76 – Vany Dyke Brown, 80 – Raw Umber, 82 – Brown Ochre, 83 – Gold Ochre, 99 – Black Medium

I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience only as I know how disappointing it can be to see a product that would be perfect for a project you have in mind and you cannot easily track it down. If you are located in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or on U.S. military bases and are interested in purchasing Close To My Heart products you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

I love to read what people think of my creations; if you have a moment please let me know what you think of my card. Thanks for stopping by today.

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Happy Mother’s Day Card

May 11, 2016 Comments off

Mother’s Day was this past Sunday, but it was too dark when I finished this card on Saturday to take a photo. I created this card for my mother. She enjoys gardening so I thought the image was perfect for her.

Mother's Day Card 2016

The digital stamp, Happy, is from Tattered Lace. It was a download on the Create and Craft website. I printed it on white cardstock and colored it with Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils (color list below), then fussy cut the image using a craft knife with glass mat. I auditioned this image with several colors of cardstock before choosing the green from the Plain Rainbow Card I purchased at Create and Craft (unfortunately it is currently not available). I did not think the green of the dress would look good with a green background, but the colored image popped the best on the green cardstock. I stamped using the CTMH Say It All – Hostess Rewards stamp set (C1632) using a Black Memento™ Ink Pad (Z899) then used the Vine Embossing Folder from Close To My Heart to emboss the green cardstock. I used a card base from my stash.

The pencil colors I used:

01 – White, 29 – Pink Madder Lake, 32 – Light Flesh, 61 – Viridian, 67 – Sap Green, 70 – Apple Green, 71 – Light Green, 76 – Van Dyke Brown, 82 – Brown Ochre, 85 – Light Ochre, 89 – Cinnamon, 90 – Venetian Red, 92 – Indian Red, 95 – Cool Light Grey, 96 – Cool Silver Grey, 97 – Medium Grey, 98 – Cool Dark Grey, 99 – Black Medium

I am not an affiliate for shopping sites, but I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience, but the links to Close To My Heart products will take you to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission. If you would be interested how you would be able to acquire the Hostess Rewards stamp set Say It All –  (C1632), please contact me (there is a form on the right).

I hope you find my card pleasing to your eye. Fortunately my mom liked it.

Categories: cardmaking