Blue Truck Kinda Day

Ever have one of those blue truck kinda days when an old pick-up truck full of flowers (maybe sunflowers?) would really brighten your day? Here is a fun spinning and shaking little truck full of flowers to brighten your day!

For this spinning shaker truck, I cut 3 craft foam trucks, 2 sets of the blue truck, wheel cover, tires, hub caps and brown truck bed fencing. I also cut 2 pieces of acetate to cover the truck bed fencing. Before I cut the foam pieces, I covered enough foam on both sides with sheets of double-sided adhesive to cut two of the three foam trucks.

Blue truck -CU

Having made other spinning shaker elements for cards I found that having one sheet of foam that is not covered in adhesive will help stabilize the shape. Aligning one adhesive backed foam shape with the plain foam shape and then slowly pealing off the backing paper means that your truck shape will be properly aligned. Align and adhere the blue truck paper to the front of the truck by slowly peeling of backing paper. Repeat with other double-sided adhesive foam piece and blue truck piece.

Glue acetate to back side of the 2 truck bed fencing pieces. Glue one of these pieces to the truck. Fill the truck bed with shaker elements. Glue other acetate fencing piece to seal up shaker element. Finish adding tires, wheel covers and any other decorating of truck, such as a thin strip of blue paper to cover the exposed edges of foam.

Blue truck -front

Thread a long sewing needle with black thread and pull the center of truck.  Create card base with cut out rectangle on front.  Align truck and thread in the middle of the rectangular opening. Tape thread in place off card base and glue overnight to card base. Once glue is dry tape thread in place and trim excess thread off.  Decorate card base with frames of patterned paper.

Blue truck -inside

Using Versamark Watermark ink stamp sentiment on white card and heat emboss in black. Adhere white card to inside back of card.

I stamped a yellow flower on the back-envelope flap.

Supplies

Dies

Stamps

Paper

Ink/Embossing Powder

Shaker Elements

Miscellaneous

Watermelon Shaker Truck

Watermelon Truck -front-CU

Cold watermelon on a hot summer’s day – what could be better? How about a shaker card of a watermelon truck.

This card was the first I’ve made from Queen & Co. complete card kits. The kits come with dies, self-adhesive foam/acetate shakers, shaker fillers, stamps and 6×6 paper pads. The instructions are straightforward and easy to understand.

I have augmented the kits with some tiny watermelon slices I had on hand as well as the Lawn Fawn ants and watermelon stamp set.

The kits add to the possibilities of my Spellbinders Sunday Drive and Truck Large Die of the Month -OCT18 as the accessories are in a similar scale to all the vehicle sets.

The envelope was stamped with the Lawn Fawn stamps while the card sentiment is from the Special Delivery kit and was heat embossed in glossy black.

Watermelon Truck -card envelope

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Dies

Stamps

Paper

Inks

Miscellaneous

Back into the Swing of Things

Back in the Swing -Inside-CU

Coming home after a long stay in the hospital deserves a cheerful card. ome Sweet Home may have a different meaning for those of us who have been fortunate enough to stay healthy during this year of COVID-19, but to a survivor is truly can be sweet.

Back in the Swing -front

The mechanical base for this card come from Karen Burniston’s House and Fence Pop-Up die set, as does the house. The fence, flowers, grass, tree and swinging girl come from the Xcut “Make Me” die set included in the Homemaker Die Cuts & Digi Stamps All-in-one Die & Digi Stamp Kit.

This is about the eighth time I have made this pop-up platform which is easy to use. I spent time exploring how to get the best embossing impression on the house by using fun foam to act as a shim. I inked the house and decoration on the tree and swinging girl with distress inks. The bushes are a scrap decorated with pink dots from the flowers.

Back in the Swing -Inside-wide

The front sentiment is another Karen Burniston die set which makes it quick and easy to create a stylized sentiment. The strawberry comes from the Park Lane paper pad as does the gingham tag inside the card.

I created the inside sentiment on the computer and used distress ink to color the background. If I were to print the sentiment again, I would ink the paper first and then print the words to minimize the black ink blurring.

The folded size of the card is 5 ½ inches by 5 ¾ inches. For interest, the bottom front edge is fussy cut along the printed scalloped edge.

Video is at https://spark.adobe.com/video/Ah8pNrimuXg8u.

 

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Dies

Paper

Inks

Miscellaneous

The Circus is Coming!

Circus-inside

After seeing numerous circus theme cards being made because of Craft Consortium’s Circus collection and Sam Calcott’s Mixed Up Crafts tutorials on circus themed spinner cards. I decided to make my slimline version using some wooden block rubber stamps that I had played with as a child.

The funny thing about these stamps was I thought I had lost them in my last move, but a few days ago the battered box they were in caught my eye as I was looking for something else on my craft shelves. My great aunt who had been a schoolteacher from the 1920s-1960s had given the original of the stamps to my siblings and I. My father having a machine to make rubber stamps, was able to duplicate the stamps so that each of the children in my family could have our own set.

Circus-stamps

As I reacquainted myself with these stamps, I found the lady who I always made ride the prancing horse and the flying trapeze artist. There was my favorite stamp – the cage wagon in which I could stamp whatever animal I wanted to be in the cage. There were seals and bears balancing balls and a dog that would jump through a paper covered hoop. This was definitely a circus from another era with different notions of how to treat animals.

Because I could not find any suitable red and white striped paper in my stash, I used Adobe Illustrator to create the striped paper I needed and to create a number of versions and sizes of the circus sign.

Circus-front

Because the slimline card is 4 inches by 9 inches, it will fit into a #10 business size envelope. With this long and narrow card, I could make my 3-ring circus with two spinners and the flying trapeze artist using nesting circle dies to cut out the three circles and created decorative rings to frame the cut-out circles. I should have taped my two sheets of stripped cardstock together and cut all three holes on both sheets at the same time having them lined up. (I made the mistake of cutting first one and then having to tracing the holes on to the second sheet.)  (NOTE: Don’t glue your backing paper to your front until you attach the spinners.)

I highly recommend watching the spinner videos by Sam Calcott before making one. I used black sewing thread for this card using 2 to 4 strands for the spinners. (NOTE: Don’t glue your backing paper to your front until you attach the spinners.) I also stamped reverse images of the three stamps I wanted for spinners/swingers using a gellie plate. (Sam demonstrates in one of her other videos how to make the reverse image. Sorry I don’t remember which video, but it involves giraffes.) I used the printable glitter paper because it is glitzy, but also it hides bad stamping better.

Circus-inside-flat

Having learned a few tricks since I had last played with these stamps, I masked off parts of the cage wagon before I stamped the bull lion (We always called this stylized creature the bull lion because we didn’t really know which it was.)

I cut a white stitched rectangle from a Lawn Fawn die set to use as a place for a personal message.

To active the spinners, you must twist them before closing the card and placing in the envelope. They will spin when the card is open.

Supplies

Dies

Stamps

  • Rubber stamps designed circa 1920-1960 from my stash

Inks/Watercolors

Paper

Miscellaneous

The Rainy Season

Frogs and Splashes

Where I live it gets so hot and humid that in the summer, that it just has to rain for a few minutes to get it out of its system. Sometimes it even rains with the sun shining.

This card was made as a test of my new die called “Splashing Puddles” by Memory Box. It reminded me of the light rain and the tree frogs chanting.

I began with a stripe printed card as the base. I die cut the puddles and placed washi tape on the back of the raindrops and then sprinkled blue glitter on the front sticky side to make them sparkle. The frogs I had left over from another card, so added them hopping about in the rain. The “Hi” sentiment I picked because it was tiny and seemed to fit into the design best. I spotted it with the tips of markers just as I had colored the frogs but tried to match the raindrops in color. The final touch was some gold foiled washi tape I found in my stash.

Hope the card brings a smile to you.

 

Materials

Dies:

Papers:

  • DCWV – Strips Box of Cards – 40 A2 Printed Textured Cards & Envelops
  • Pale blue cardstock from my stash

Inks:

Miscellaneous:

  • PVA Glue – Cosmic Shimmer Acrylic Glue
  • Washi Tape from my stash
  • Non-toxic Sparkling Glitter by Advantus Corp – Blue Mix – SUL54634

A Veggie Thank You

Veggies-front

A very veggie tale of how this card developed. I had received some new stamps and had tested them out. The background stamp was begging to be used and I had a test strip of the garden stamps floating around on my desktop, and thought they were a good mix.

I fussy cut the garden stamps and glued all the pieces except the banner on to the background using glue dots. Next, I adhered the banner using foam squares. The card front still needed something, so I added Nuvo drops in black. I thought the top right corner needed a tad more black, but I ended-up smearing it a bit.

A day or so later I needed a thank you card and thought this card front would work well on a craft card base with matching envelope. So adhered front to card with double-sided tape. Then I stamped the ‘Thank You” sentiment inside and the peas on the envelope flap.

Veggies-inside-envelope

E-Z-peas-z. The card was finished.

I want to give a special shout-out to my Stampin’ Up demonstrator and friend, Donna Butler, for all her help in learning to how to stamp well.

Materials Used:

Stamps

Inks

Papers

  • A2 Brown craft paper card base and envelope purchased from Target
  • White cardstock

Miscellaneous

Soda Shaker

Soda Shaker - Front Close up

Who hasn’t watched the bubbles in a carbonated drink rise to the top of a bottle? I was inspired to create this soda shaker by some pink seed beads that I found in my stash.

I picked a chevron striped pink card base and some printed cherry paper. First, I cut the card base in half separating the front from the back. I next cut the cherry print to match the inside dimensions of the front of the card. Then, using removable tape, I secured the front of the card to the cherry print making sure the edges all met up. Using the Bottles and Bubbles Framelits dies from Stampin’ Up, I cut the bottles out of both the card front and cherry print.

Soda Shaker - inside

After separating the card front and cherry print, I cut two pieces of clear acetate smaller than the dimensions of the card front, but large enough to cover the bottle cut-outs. Using double-sided tape I adhered the acetate to the back side of the card front and cherry print.

I cut two of each straws from red and white chevron striped paper and snipped each straw below the bend. I glued the straight straw pieces to the back side of the acetate and the bend straw parts to the front of the card front and cherry print to make the straws look like they were inside the bottles.

soda shaker-front CU

Normally I would have used craft foam to cut out the negative of the shaker, but I didn’t have any on hand. So, I cut out eight of each of the bottles from white cardstock, rough cut a ¼ inch frame around each piece and glued them together. Next, I aligned the frames to the acetate covered back of the card front and glued in place. Using foam tape, I filled in the space between the edge of the card front and the bottle frames. Let the glue dry for a few hours so the glitter and beads won’t stick to the edges of the bottle.

Soda Shaker -spine

Before fill the bottles, I used an anti-static pad to wipe down the acetate inside the bottles  Using my fingers and tweezers to fill the bottles with pinches of glitter and the three colors of seed beads, I was careful not to fill them too full. Next, I peeled back the foam tape backing papers, applied tiny bits of glue to the bottle frames and matched the cherry print card up to the bottle frames. A shaker card was born.

Soda Shaker - outside spine

I had cut the card base apart because the thickness of the shaker front would not have allowed the card to close properly. I used clear tape on the inside to tape the shaker front to the card back. Next, I cut a polka-dotted print paper to cover the inside card back and add sturdiness to it.  It was adhered with double-sided tape. Polka-dotted washi tape was used both on the outside spine of the card and on the inside of the card to frame the inside back and to cover unsightly edges. The finished card has the feel of a school composition book.

soda shaker-front CU

Using scrapes of red paper from an old Christmas envelop, I first stamped the bottle label sentiments with Versa Mark ink and the white heat embossed them. Next using the label dies in the Bottles and Bubbles die set, the labels were cut out. Glue was used to adhere the labels.

Soda Shaker - inside CU

With plenty of space inside the card to write a personal message this card is ready to be Happy Mail.

Supplies used:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Inks and Embossing Powders

Miscellaneous

Bendi-Shadow Boxes

Swing Tree-front

Bendi-Shadow Boxes are quick to make when using a scene building die set. I built this tree swing example in under 2 hours from design, locating materials from scrap paper stash to die-cutting all the pieces to assembly, using the Xcut “Make Me” die set included in the Homemaker Die Cuts & Digi Stamps All-in-one Die & Digi Stamp Kit.

I cut two pieces of card stock 5 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches for the outside pieces and one piece 5 inches x 4 1/4 inches for the inside layer. Next I scored the two outer pieces at 1/4 inch, 3/8 inch, 5 3/8 inches and 5 1/4 inches on each piece. The score marks closest to the inside are mountain folds and the score marks closes to the outside are valley folds.

Swing Tree-Assembly 3

Next I laid-out my two rectangular nesting dies and decided on the size cuts I wanted for my shadow box openings on one of the 5 1/2 inch outer pieces and the 5 inch middle piece.  I used the largest die on the front outside layer. After cutting the front layer, I used it as a template to place the next size smaller die on the 5 inch middle layer.

I decorated my layers before I assembled the layers together. (I did use some foam tape for the grass in front of the fence for an extra layer of dimension.)

Swing Tree-Assembly 1

Using 1/8 inch red double-sided sticky tape, I ran strips down the inside edges of the outer two pieces.

Swing Tree-Assembly 2

Peeling only the left back layer red tape, I lined up the inside layer left edge to the back piece left edge and pressed together. I did the same for the back, right edge and the front edges – doing one edge at-a-time for the most control over alignment of edges.

Because the outer layers are longer than the inside layer, they bow out some which allows the card to stand-up.

Swing Tree-3 layers

Here is another example of a bendi-shadow card.

 

Swing Tree-front

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Bee Sweet

BEE SWEET Front extended

Summer holidays are wonderful for their lazy days to be creative.

I had picked up several BoBunny paper pads at my Tuesday Morning store which included the BEE_UTIFUL YOU 6 x 8 paper pad. The collection features bees. I also picked up at the same time Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection Little Things Cling Stamps set which has a bee about to land.  Needless to say, I felt the need to get BEE-zy and created something from all this inspiration.

BEE SWEET inside detail

This simple Oval Landscape Accordion fold card was created using the Elizabeth Craft Designs Karen Burniston Pop It Ups die set 1108. I cut six frames with the inner oval taped to cut a narrow frame around the pivot oval.

BEE SWEETBack extended

Once all six frames were cut, I mixed the inner ovals patterned paper and taped them into the oval frames on the back side using white paper backed double-sided tape.  I left the backing paper on the tape until I was ready to adhere two frames together.  Once I had decided on the fronts and back of the frames and the order of the patterned paper on the frames, I placed double-sided tape on the backside frames (only the three patterned paper for the backside of the card.) Starting with my last frame on the right, I peeled off the backing paper on the two oval sections and carefully matched them up. I did not press the ovals together as I wanted wiggle room to remove the backing paper from a side of the outer frame, one-at-a-time, matching the sides together as best I could.  I did not put tape on the two tabs that would attach to the next frame.  I snipped off the two tabs of the back frame. Next I folded back the backing paper off just on the tape on the back frame of the middle section where the two tabs would adhere. I lined up the tabs and pressed them onto the tape of the middle section and started the process again to adhere the ovals first and then the outer frames of the middle frame section. Finally, I cut off the tabs on the first section before adhering the middle section tabs to the first frame as described before.

BEE SWEET inside wide

The ovals tabs were inserted between the sticky sections, aligned and firmly pressed together to adhere.  (See Karen Burniston accordion assembly video which shows a different shape, but the principles for accordion assembly are similar.)

BEE SWEET Front extended above

I decorated the ovals after I had assembled the frames so that I would not over embellish them.  To mail this card, I needed it to lie flat, but I wanted some dimension to the panels. Using small flower shapes cut from colored food boxes, I assembled six small flowers and two large flowers (see Supplies Used list for specific dies). On the Thinking of You frame, the flower and bee come from a Burts Bee’s box I had saved in my stash.

The last oval has a lacy oval of cream colored card stock to write a personal note on.

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