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Surprise Pop-Up Card

September 4, 2016 1 comment

I created this card for an aunt who recently received a cancer diagnosis. I wanted her to know that we are thinking of her. I learned about this type of card from Karen Hanson’s blog SCRaPPY CaNuCK STuDioS. This is a standard A2-sized card, but I think it packs a cute little surprise.

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It opens as a tent fold card, but there is a spot for a surprise sentiment or stamped image.

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And there is still room for a sentiment and a place to jot a note and/or sign the card inside.

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Supplies I used to create this card: cardstock from my stash, My Acrylix™ Create Kindness—Beautiful stamp (CC1147), My Acrylix™ Create Kindness—Hello stamp (CC1150), My Acrylix™ September 2016 SOTM: Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp Set (S1609) — the Create Kindness and Stamp Of The Month stamps are only available until September 30, 2016, My Acrylix™ So Many Smiles stamp set (C1619), My Acrylix™ So Many Smiles stamp set (C1619), My Acrylix™ Pen Pal stamp set (B1539) and Black Memento™ Ink Pad (Z899). I also used the “Insert Shapes” feature in Cricut® Design Space to create a basic card with squares for stamping and layering to cut with my Cricut® Explore. If you use CDS, you will find my file here.

I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. Most of the links above are to CTMH products. 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 hope my aunt loves the card and her spirits are boosted when she receives it. I hope you also like my card and are inspired to create a Surprise Pop-Up Card. If you are inspired and have moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today.

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Categories: cardmaking, stamping

Digistamps4Joy August 2016 Progressive – Patchwork Country 1

August 30, 2016 Comments off

I am sorry for the long stretch between posts. It has been busy here and I’m not sure where the time has gone.

Today I am here with a card for the August 2016 Facebook Progressive Challenge in Digistamps4Joy stamping Facebook Group. My card uses Patchwork Country 1.

Lapp DS4J August Progressive

In addition to Patchwork Country 1 from Digistamps4Joy, I used the following products to create my card: Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor Pencils, CTMH My Acrylix™ Blessed Beyond Measure Stamp Set (S1609) – the September 2016 Stamp Of The Month which is available from September 1 through September 30, 2016 and card stock and a card base from my stash.

I used these pencil colors: 07 – Lemon, 13 – Light Orange, 17 – Vermilion, 28 – Rose Madder Lake, 47 – Light Blue, 53 – Peacock Blue, 61 –Viridian, 63 –Emerald Green, 70 – Apple Green, 74 – Cedar Green, 80 – Raw Umber, 83 – Gold Ochre, 85 – Light Ochre, 89 – Cinnamon, 91 – Pompeian Red, 93 – Burnt Carmine, 96 – Cool Silver Grey and 97 – Medium Grey.

If Facebook Progressive Challenges are new to you, you still have a day or so to purchase Patchwork Country 1 for $1 and join us over at the Digistamps4Joy Stamping Facebook Group. It is fun to see the different ways folks use the same image.

FYI, the links above are not affiliate links; I have been able to keep up with the Progressive Challenge and receive the next month’s digi for free when I share a project created with the current month’s digi.

If you have a minute please leave a comment. I like to read what people think of my creations. Thanks for visiting today.

Categories: cardmaking, challenge, stamping

Gatefold Birthday Card

July 4, 2016 Comments off

A former neighbor and librarian I had in elementary school, who joined the staff of our district when my mother was in middle school, is celebrating her 91st birthday this week so I created a card for her. This is what the card will look like when she pulls it from the envelope.

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This gatefold card was created using Anna Griffin’s Amelie Brocade Card Embossing Folder from the 12” Lace Gatefold Embossing Folders collection. There is a coordinating Anna’s Embossing Companion Lace Gatefold Cards Cut File in Cricut® Design Space. I first cut my cardstock from the Bazzill Basics 180-piece “Olivia” Premium Cardstock Kit (purchased at HSN; when it comes back it sells out quickly) then I ran it through the Cuttlebug. The belly band is a 1″ strip of printed cardstock from The Dear Jane Stack (DCWV). The green center “button” is from the Anna Griffin Embossing Folder and the peach cardstock is from the “Olivia” collection and cut with Torn Edge Circle Die by Tattered Lace. The button covers where the belly band is joined and helps to hide the sentiment inside the card until the band is remove. The card inside looks like this:

Lapp 2016 Florence Birthday Card - open - watermarked

I used the same printed and peach cardstock inside the card. The printed cardstock was cut using my paper trimmer and the peach cardstock was cut using Spellbinders Nestabilities Large Labels (S4-168) and stamped with Black Memento™ Ink Pad (CTMH item #Z899) using a stamp from the Anna Griffin® Birthday Clear Stamp Set. I used Thin 3D Foam Tape (CTMH item #Z2060) to add the sentiment.

Lapp 2016 Florence Birthday Card - watermarked

While I am not an affiliate for any shopping sites, I am a Close To My Heart Independent Consultant. The links above to other companies/brands are for your convenience so you do not have to search and search to find something you might like. 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 I used you may go to my CTMH Online Business Address where, if you make a purchase, I will receive a commission.

I hope you and Florence, the recipient, find beauty in the card I created. Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

 

Balloon Birthday Card

July 2, 2016 Comments off

I am still very fond of the style of birthday card we sent to my niece Mollie (see Mollie’s Birthday Card) and the Father’s Day card for my brother, so I created this similar style card.

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Instead of stamping all over the card front, I used a cut from the Cricut® and stamped the word happy. Also, rather than a flame coming from the top of the card, a balloon is the surprise.

20160702 Confetti Wishes Balloon Birthday Card Open

I used the following products to create this card: Craftwork Cards Celebrations Stamps with Candle Cards, Birthday! (word) – #M3E80D from the Simply Sweet Cricut® cartridge, Jet Black Ranger Archival Dye Ink Pad and from Close To My Heart: Confetti Wishes Paper Pack – retired, Canary Cardstock (X5772), Paper Fundamentals – Adventure (Pacifica – balloon and pull tab back) – retired, My Acrylix™ Joyful Birthday stamp set (B1419) – retiring July 31, 2016, Marvy® Uchida® LePen™ Journaling Pen (Z1979) and Balloon – #M45A50 from the Cricut® Artiste Collection (Z3170) – retiring July 31, 2016. I used a 2″ scallop circle punch to create a notch. I also added a small piece of clear plastic packaging near the base of the balloon to make that narrow piece of cardstock a bit sturdier.

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. 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.

What do you think of this card in my series of “what can I think of next to slide out of the top of a card?” I hope you think it is pleasing to the eye. I do have other ideas that I will try as time allows. If you have a moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today.

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:

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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.

I love to read what people think of my crafty creations. If you have a moment, please leave a comment. Thank you for visiting today.

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“For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . .another completed project for the hop

As I mentioned on my June 30 post Kathy (clayton528 on CropChocolate.com) organized the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop . . . for those of use that were unable to attend Crop Chocolate’s retreat “Spring Fling”. Head over to Up in the Night with Kat to get all of the details and links to the other participating blogs.

As soon as I read the challenges and learned that we could combine three on one project I knew I would make a layout celebrating the Independence Day Holiday. The challenges I combined were from

  • Engineering Memories: “My challenge for you today, since it is also almost July 4th, is to create a project using the American Flag as your inspiration.  For example, use the colors (red, white and blue), use the 50 stars, use the 13 stripes, use a repeating patterned paper (or create your own with stamps), or any combination of these.  The project can be a card, a layout, home decor, altered art, anything you want.”
  • Nina’s Time Out: “I want to see you use a Pinwheel on your project! In order to win a prize FROM ME you need to leave me a link to your project (posted on your blog or online gallery or CropChocolate.com profile gallery) in the comments section by 9am (central time) July 5th! And you must also become a follower of my blog! I will draw a winner from those comments on July 6th, so please make sure you leave an email address to!”
  • Thrifty Sisters: “Create a card,layout or project of your choice celebrating either Canada Day or Independence Day. For those outside either of these countries, do a project celebrating your own countries colours and your own special celebrations.”

Of course since we are all friends from CropChocolate.com we committed to using at least 50% of products purchased from them.

Despite having a vast paper library I did not have any cardstock that screamed “use me” so I decided to make my own. I started with some white cardstock from a grab bag and used CTMH Exclusive Inks® Stamp Pads in Moonstruck (Z2134) and Holiday Red (Z2127) and My Acrylix® Stamp Set Stitched Together (C1459) to decorate my paper. I used the right and “wrong” side of the stamp and stamped in first and second generation to create some variety on my white cardstock. This is how my cardstock ended up:

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I was going to combine stuff by belle‘s challenge (“And now my challenge to you… …create a project of your choice; card, layout, home decor or altered item that has a handmade NON paper embellishment.  This embellishment can be metal, fabric, ribbon, twine, wood, plastic, etc…just not paper.”) on this layout (actually I did, but I did not think on this project it has a big enough bang (maybe if I made more or make this one thicker) and I have another idea for that challenge) so I incorporated a pinwheel. Unfortunately the only double-sided cardstock I could put my hands on with coordinating colors was fairly plain. I decided to dress it up with the same inks and stamp set used to decorate the white cardstock. Here is a close up of my pinwheel (and the non-paper element):

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And here is how my entire layout came together:

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Items used on this project: Echo Park Paper Co. Little Boy Strawberry/Sky (LB8108; used for the die cuts and pinwheel) and Denim/Lizard (LB8017; used for the die cuts) cardstock. Viper adhesive from SnakeTape. Cricut Expression and Stand and Salute cartridge (God Bless America cut at 2 3/4 inches; 4th of July cut at 2 1/4 inches; speed low, pressure high, blade depth 4 used for all cuts). Hot Off The Press star brad and twine rescued from a bakery box.

I hope you like the layout I created for these challenges on the “For Those Left Behind” Blog Hop.

By the way, in case you were wondering, this is how I created the star using twine and Glossy Accents:

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I used a scrap of cardboard, plastic wrap and push pins. I drew a star on the cardboard, laid down the plastic wrap and pushed in the pins (do not push into the cardboard all of the way). Wrap the twine around the pins using the pattern on the cardboard and use Glossy Accents to stiffen and hold the twine in the star shape.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

CTMH Project Inspiration: Front and Center

June 5, 2012 Comments off

Learn how you can use stamps that were designed for the back of your project – those that you stamp to show the project was handcrafted with love – on the front of your project. Create these beautiful cards and gifts with the My Acrylix® Crafted with Love Stamp Set.

Since June is Stampaganza Time! it is the perfect time to pick up this stamp set to make your own gifts and cards with the My Acrylix® Crafted with Love Stamp Set.

Featured items used:
My Acrylix® Crafted With Love Stamp Set (item B1399)

Recommended My Acrylix® Blocks:
1″ × 1″ (Y1000), 1″ × 3½” (Y1002), 2″ × 2″ (Y1003)

Also, don’t forget to check out my Sweet Surprises post where there are opportunities to win some blog candy.

If you would like to schedule a Home or Online Gathering, do not hesitate to contact me.

Categories: CTMH, My Acrylix®, stamping