Two Fish, One Fish

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Two fish, one fish, is that a cat I see?

This is meant as a fun card. Ever since I saw the Die-cutting essentials magazine issue 36 Underwater Friends die set, I have been planning to make some sort of interactive card with it.

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Finding the Karen Burniston Pop It Ups’ Oval landscape Accordion -1108 die set by Elizabeth Craft Designs gave me the idea on how to proceed to tell a story through a card.

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First there are two fish. Then there is one fish. then there is a cat’s face watching intently.

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Did the cat do anything beyond watching? What do you think happened?

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The cat’s face has a slit at the top and bottom so that it can slip off the pivot points and be signed or a greeting added.  I used Grafix Dura-Lar .005 Clear Film, an archival polyester film to die cut 3 of the accordion sections. I then die cut 6 of the blue cardstock accordion sections and then all the fish and greenery pieces. I used a combination of Tombow Aqua Mono Liquid Glue for around the blue oval frames because I could easily clean-up any messes with a damp paper towel. I used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue for adhering the blue frames to the clear film because it needed to be a strong adherence for a sturdy frame.

 

 

 

Roses and Apple Blossoms for Mother

Flowers on Mother’s Day is a time-honored tradition. When combined with the new washi tape petals and leaves and craft papers from the Victoria & Albert Museum in London this Mother’s Day card is nostalgic.

The pop-up mechanism inside is made with Karen Burniston for Sizzix Platform, Circle & Ribbon 3-D Bigz die. The washi tape petals feel like real pressed flowers, so I decided to make it look like a pressed apple blossom complete with yellow sewing thread stamen.
I used a variety of double-sided tape to adhere the layers and Tombow aqua mono liquid glue to put the inside mechanism together. Foam tape was used to attach the sentiment doily which was cut out using the pop-up gatefold die from Papercraft inspirations issue 188.

 

Envelope Mothers Day card

I had been watching the PBS show Victoria and reading up on the show’s newsletter on-line and for once the pop-up ads had something, I might not have found otherwise – the V&A Collection of paper crafts. The V&A is the Victoria and Albert Museum in London which has one of the best textiles and graphics collections in the world for the 19thand early 20thcenturies. I purchased my supplies from Hobbycraft, but there are other UK suppliers of the collection.
Envelope was stamped with Hampton Arts ink pad and Inkadinkado 60-30380 Modern Flower Flourish stamp

Stampin’ Up Cards – Easter

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I went to a workshop this past week with Donna Butler, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I really enjoyed learning more about the proper way to stamp. I loved the feel of the cling stamps. They were soft and required a lighter touch than some of the stamps I have used before.

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Here is one of the cards we made using Donna’s designs. Each card is designed with an interior panel that can be removed if the card needs to be repurposed. Note the envelope is also stamped on the back flap.

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Donna’s list of supplies:

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Cat in the Window

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Cats pop-up everywhere and this card is no exception. The inspiration for this card comes from Juliet and Romeo the two cats who live with the recipient of this card.  The overstuffed chair is one that has been passed down in her family and a favorite of Romeo to curl up and sleep.

IMG_5621The chair is made from Karen Burniston’s 1071-Adirondack Chair with a custom fit slipcover cut from paper inside a large business envelop. The round blue pillow is cut from the front of the envelope and adhered to chair with foam tape. Romeo’s picture was supplied by his human companion and has a tab running thru the chair and attached to the floor. The afghan throw is from Echo Park’s A Perfect Summer by Lori Whitlock and is also attached to chair with foam tape. Wallpaper is from Colorbők’s Brights Photo Mats. The flooring is from Ms. Sparkle & Co. Paperie’s Woodgrain Neutral paper pad. The “Happy Birthday” was cut from black cardstock using Momenta Firefly’s Celebrate Happy Birthday die set 35516 R7. The floorboard molding on wallpaper was a scrap piece of white cardstock scored at the top and bottom edge.

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Front of card has Juliet looking out a window. The window, shutters, flowers and flowerbox are from Poppy Stamps Small Madison Window set no. 1137 and decorated with white gel pen. The window glass is cut from the glassine window of the large business envelope that was upcycled to slipcover chair.  The cat is cut from white cardstock using Karen Burniston’s 1024 – Cat die and then ink blended to get Juliet’s wolf-like grey fur. The “popping up to say” lettering comes from Karen Burniston’s 1027-Word Set 4- Just a Note. The letters were dotted with a black fine point felt tip pen.

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Stampin’ Up Cards – Get Well

I went to a workshop this past week with Donna Butler, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator. I really enjoyed learning more about the proper way to stamp. I loved the feel of the cling stamps. They were soft and required a lighter touch than some of the stamps I have used before.

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Here is one of the cards we made using Donna’s designs. Note that each card is designed with an interior panel that can be removed if the card needs to be repurposed, and each card’s envelope has a stamped envelope with coordinating images.

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Stamp sets:

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Stampin’ Up Cards – Sympathy

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I went to a workshop this past week with Donna Butler, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator.       I really enjoyed learning more about the proper way to stamp. And, I loved the feel of the cling stamps. They were soft and required a lighter touch than some of the clear polymer stamps I have been using.

Here is one of the cards we made using a design of Donna’s. Note that each of her cards are designed with an interior panel that can be removed if the card needs to be repurposed.

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Donna’s list of supplies:

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It’s Baseball Season

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I have a Coach K in my life who has coach hundreds of young men to excel in the game of baseball from Little League through high school teams.  His baseball hero is Roberto Clemente. So when I saw the Carta Bella Paper’s Baseball series I immediately thought of Coach K.IMG_4945

I made an A2 size card with a fold-out shadow box inside including a dangling baseball made from two plastic baseball embellishment stickers stuck together encasing the thread. The batter was cut out as a rectangle with strips add to the sides to adhere using double-sided tape.  A circle die was used to cut the hole for the shadow box.

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I used the scoreboard card for the background of the batter. The Home Run hotdogs sign became the ads you often see around the fences and walls of baseball stadiums. The happy birthday sign was computer generated to match the style of the cards.

The concept of the open center box card was inspired by a MayMay Made it you tube video.

 

 

Frustrating Glue

IMG_5645I was working on this card with intricate borders to glue down and used Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue. I had a little glue ooze out from the delicate edges. Usually glue dries and you can flake it off, but this glue is still tacky after two weeks.

It ended up that I remade the card using 6-inch sheets of double-sided adhesive instead of glue.  First, I cut cardstock to the width of the border dies and then adhered one side of the adhesive sheet to the cardstock.  Then I ran the adhered cardstock through my Sizzix Big Shot machine to cut the border frames.  I cut scrap paper with dies between cuts of adhered cardstock to help remove adhesive from die. This method worked much better as well as being faster as there was no drying time needed between steps.

I used the double-sided adhesive sheet to adhere the light blue label with fish. See how smooth it is and no shiny adhesive showing.

In the future I plan to use this method of adhering my accordion cards using double-sided sheets/tape for all aspects rather than glue.

Supplies Used:

Karen Burniston  in cahoots with Riley and Company dies:        karenburniston.com

  • 1043 – Fancy Label Accordion
  • 1044 Fancy Flourish Frames

Scrapbook.com:       https://www.scrapbook.com/store/uc-adh-1036.html

  • Clear Double-Sided Adhesive Sheets 6×6 inch sheets

Fish die was in my swap bundle. Don’t know manufacturer.

 

Scent of Lavender

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The goal of this card was to make the receiver of the card sense the scent of lavender.  The Lavender & Lilac papers were printed from Papercraft inspirations issue 177 and the window die cut is from Papercraft inspirations issue 185. I experimented with scenting the card using lavender and rose essential oils on a paper tissue placed inside the card and then placed the card inside a plastic zip-lock bag, pushing all the air out before closing.

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I made a second card with additional papers from Papercraft inspirations issue 180 and using the cat die from the window set.  Each card had interior panels as well.

I submitted these cards  to Paper inspirations magazine, and they were featured  the the “Your Inspirations” section of the this April’s issue 189.

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