Ride the Birthday Train

train ride- inside

Get on board the Birthday Train!  This was my first attempt at using Karen Burniston’s Train Pivot Panels and companion Train Elements.  Having made other of KB’s pivot panels I found it an easy assembly. (If you haven’t made a pivot panel card before, please look at her assembly videos.)

train ride- front

I used bright primary colors for the card using lots of scraps bits for the words and tiny decoration pieces. “Enjoy” and “ride” are double cut from red and blue papers and off-set to give a shadow effect.  The card base is from Karen Burniston’s Circle Tag Book Pop-up.  The red grosgrain ribbon hides the tiny portion of train’s “cow catcher” and tracks that show beyond the rounded edge.

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Two pearl-like domed dots were used for the railroad crossing sign. Bears are from KB’s Winter Animals die set.

Watch a Video of card

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  • Cardstock scraps from my stash including black glitter cardstock for wheels

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A Party Without Cake

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“A party with out cake is just a meeting” is the sentiment for this pop-up cake shop birthday card.  Made with Die-cutting Essentials Special Edition Issue 6 – Shop Front and Hunkydory Moonstone Shadow Box Frame – MSTONE076 die sets and papers from shop front kit, this scrumptious card is a fun little diorama style card.

cake shop front-medium

The shop front papers include interior scenes as well as signs and background papers.  I adhered the interior paper for the cake shop on to light weight cardstock and then fussy cut around the table shapes. Then I cut the shadow box outer frame and two inner frames. I played with spacing the three tables out on the frames looking through he window and door, before I adhered the tables to frames. I taped using double-sided tape the striped pink wallpaper to the back piece of cardstock for the shadowbox frame and then using foam tape placed the back table on the wallpapered panel. The front two tables were taped using transparent removable tape to the lower corners of the interior shadow box frames.

cake shop front-roof

Next, I worked on decorating the shop front cut from a textured red paper, and I cut a second shop front from cream colored cardstock and fussy cut the window frame and door out it.  The “sweet” sign on the door is a sticker. The mail flap is a piece of gold holographic card, and the doorknob is Nuvo Crystal Drops. The green bushes are cut from a food box and embossed with the embossing folder from the shop front kit and placed with foam tape. The doorstep is from paper kit. A clear piece of acetate was adhered to the back of the window after the shop front was adhered to shadow box frame with double-sided-tape. This helps with the folding of the card, so cakes don’t get caught in the window frame. Sign was cut from papers and then adhered to cream cardstock before being permanently on shop front.

cake shop front-full

The “Happy Birthday” top of the card was stamped, and heat embossed onto white card stock and the cut out with a tab on the bottom. Using makers to create polka dots and then adhered to shop roof. The same polka dot paper from the back was used to roof the shop. The back sentiment was also heat embossed and adhered to back with foam tape.

cake shop back

 

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Give Thanks

Pumkin-frontAutumn leaves are falling.  This simple shadow box card is made using Hunkydory -Moonstone Shadow Box Frame Die Set -MSTONE076, LDRS creative’s Happy Fall Sentiments stamp set, Fiskars Oak Leaf punch and Spellbinders Jack-O-Lantern die set. The finished size is 3 inches x 4 inches by 1 inch.Pumkin-side

Using only one panel in the shadow box with the pumpkin cut twice from heavy cardstock and adhered with a strip of foam tape between each pumpkin to create dimension, makes for a simple decoration. The top pumpkin was lightly rubbed with Ranger Distress Ink -Vintage Photo and a the stem and vine cut from brown paper. The tiny oak leaves create a wreath on the front of the card. A plaid paper from Authentique – Pioneer-Plaid THA005-355057 completes the front. The sentiments are stamped on white cardstock with Stampin’ Up Chocolate Chip Ink Pad. American Crafts’ Sticky Thumb Double-sided Super Sticky Red Tape – 1/8 inch was used to assemble the shadow box while Tombow Multi Mono Liquid Glue wasused to adhere leaves and sentiments.

Let It Snow Shadow Box

Shadowbox -frontShadow box cards can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them. Let It Snow is of medium difficultly. This die set, along with strong double-sided tape, makes it quick to cut and assemble a four-panel shadow box with depth and character.  You can choose to color or not.

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Step 1: Using the shadow box frame set, cut out one large box frame – your choice of oval or rectangle opening. See video on assembly of shadow boxes. (I used a shimmer pen on the blue panel as well as snow highlights on other panels.)

Step 2: Using both the smaller panel frame from shadow box die set and the four panels of winter scene diet set, cut one of each panel. (Because of the delicate detail of some of the dies and the score marks, you may have to use a precision metal cutting pad or make two passes through your die cutting machine.)

Step 3: Cut a piece of blue cardstock and a piece of white cardstock3 inches x 4 inches (76mm x 101mm). Using the snowy background die from the winter scene die set, die cut the snowy background onto the blue cardstock.

Step 4: Fold the tabs and sides of box and panels first one way and then the other way. Flatten to decorate.

Step 5: Flatten to decorate. Colored pencils, watercolors, or just some glitter pen gloss are some ways of decorating.

Step 6: Place double-sided strong tape on all panel flaps on the face-up side. Place double-sided tape on both front and back tab flaps of shadow box.

Shadowbox -snowy panel backStep 7: Assembly – start with blue background and peel off backing of one shadow box tab tape on inside of box. Line up long side of blue paper to folded edge of tab.

Shadowbox -back panelStep 8: Peel off tape on back panel same side as blue panel and line up with fold of shadowbox tab.  Shadowbox -all panelsRepeat with other three panels butting the edge of new panel up to folded edge of previous panel until all panels are adhered to inside of shadow box.

Shadowbox -front panelStep 9: Peel off tape on Front panel and line it up on opposite side of shadow box to be equal distance from front opening as other side of panel. Shadowbox -most panelsRepeat with remaining three panels.

Shadowbox -snowy backStep 10: Peel off tape on inside of shadow box tab and adhere blue panel.

Shadowbox -white backStep 11: Peel off tape on outside of shadow box tabs and adhere white card panel.

Shadowbox -frontStep 12: Decorate outside of shadow box as desired using sentiment die cuts from Winter Scene set.

 

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Miscellaneous

Ranger -Tim Holtz -Waterbrush-Detailer Tip

Postman’s Retirement Birthday

Happy Mail! What better way to celebrate one’s birthday, than by retiring.

Retirement Bday-Front letters down

That’s what a family friend did recently when he retired after 30 years delivering mail.

Retirement Bday-Front letters halfway

This card was created using Concord & 9th’s Mail Drop die and stamp set. My husband wrote the messages on the letters since I did not have any stamps that would provide the sentiments we wanted in the small space we had to work with on the letters.

Retirement Bday-Front letters up

Inside I used an older Stampin’ Up “Happy Birthday” stamp.

Retirement Bday-inside

I used the mailbox lid stamp from Concord & 9th’s Mail Drop stamp set on the envelope flap.

Retirement Bday-Front envelope

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Miscellaneous

Autumn Blessings

thanksgiving front

Autumn in much of North America is characterized by the browning, yellowing and sometimes reddening of leaves. The muted, earthy tones are part of the season.  Inspired by the “over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house we go” tune and by a Karen Burniston video on double pivot panel card, I made this Thanksgiving card.

To see video of this card, click here.

thanksgiving back

The card is designed to be displayed open. The personalized message can be written on the back cover.

thanksgiving inside

To see video of this card, click here.

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Butterfly Halloween

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Angela Poole’s Flutterings -Butterfly die set is the basis of this card. This was the first time I had made this die set.  I used a heavy black cardstock from my stash to cut the main pieces of the butterfly mechanism and lightweight orange cardstock scrap for the backing pieces. I watched Angela’s two videos on the assembly of the butterfly card, before attempting my assembly. I used red double-sided tape to adhere the main mechanism piece to the card base. (I cut out a rectangle in the glitter card so that the tape could stick to a smooth card base for a stronger hold.) The lacy wings kept getting caught-up in the movement, so I used tiny dots of glue to adhere them to the orange backing of the wings.

butterfly-open

The orange ribbon was added to make the pull tab easier to pull.  It opens the wings to reveal a Happy Halloween with tiny pumpkin, both stamped from an older planner stamp set in my stash.

All-in-all a relatively easy interactive mechanism to assemble, but possibly the placement of the body hinders the closing of the wings, a long with their catching on each other’s lacy edges. I’ll have to experiment some with the die set and assembly.

You can view a video of the wings in motion by clicking here.

Spooky Halloween

Spooky-front

Bats and potions and spiders, Eeeck! It must be the Halloween season.

Spooky-inside

This card was created using Karen Burniston’s Circle Tag Book Pop-Up die set and Halloween stamp sets by American Crafts, and papers by DCWV.

My inspiration for this card came when I found the three stamp sets at my local Tuesday Morning Store. I had been looking for a set of “potion bottle” stamps that wouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to own. At $2.99 a set, I got three sets which all had a copyright date of 2019, but I haven’t been able to find on Google yet.  Their packaging calls the three sets:  After Dark, Midnight Haunting, and Bootiful Night.

Spooky-back

On the back of the tag book card is a computer generated message. The spider ribbon is from Target, but it has been in my craft stash for some years.

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Paper

Miscellaneous

12 Days of Christmas Trees -in 1:18

White Christmas front

Thank you for being part of The 12 Days of Christmas Trees +1.

You can review all 13 trees in this short video.

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Click Here to learn about my earliest Christmas Cards.

Day 1 – Give Joy -Plaid

Day 2 – Home for the Holidays-Village

Day 3 – Holly Joy

Day 4 – Snowy Day

Day 5 – Give Joy – Holly

Day 6 – Gingerbread Joy

Day 7 – Home for the Holidays-Joy to the World

Day 8 – Nutcracker Greetings

Day 9 – Plaid Joy

Day 10 – Home for the Holidays-Let It Snow

Day 11 – White Christmas

Day 12 – Home for the Holidays-Peace and Joy

Bonus Day – Topical Christmas