Go Dogs Go

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Go Dogs Go, the classic P.D. Eastman book that so many American children in the 1960s and 70s learned to read with, was the inspiration for this card using Lia Griffith’s 2017 Party Time stamp set for Fiskars.

I had stamped, water colored and fussy cut the cars and dogs and set them aside until I figured out how to use them.  I had thought about making an interactive card with them, but in playing with layouts for a slider type card, I decided I liked the flat glued down look on the brilliant blue cardstock better.

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Cut two pieces of blue cardstock 9 inches x 4 inches (230 mm x100 mm) and a third piece 9 ½ inches x 4 inches (240 mmx 100 mm). Using a scoring board, I scored the longest piece down both short sides at ¼ inch (5 mm) from edge to form the flaps to glue to the other two pieces.

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Once the card was glued together, I laid out the position of the cars and pendants. I used the banner and sentiment from the stamp set for the “Go dogs Go” banner and then using a stamping platform, stamped my favorite Happy Birthday stamp on the last panel.

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When the Zoo Comes to You

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When the zoo comes to you it’s party time!  I was inspired by this adorable stamp and die set drawn by Bonnie Krebs for Art Impressions of a bus full of animals.

Zoo Bus -Front-CU-rightUsing Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the images on white cardstock, I colored them with using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. Once the colors were dry, I used a silver gel pen to color all the chrome trim on the bus and hubcaps. Using the matching dies, I cut the animals and bus out. I cut a second bus out to act as a backing for the bus. I had colored and cut a set of spare tires, so I cut away the tires on the colored bus so I could add dimension of the tires being beneath the bus.

Zoo Bus -Front-CU-leftNext I played with the placement of the animals in the bus and once satisfied with their placement, I glued them to the backside of the blue bus. For the cake rack and the monkey, I had to add small slips of cardstock for supports for the foam tape that adhered them to the bus frame. The koala bear was also foam taped to the back bus using the die cut door opening as my placement guides. The tires were glued flat to the backing bus’s wheels. (And while I toyed with the idea of making the wheels on the bus spin – mimicking the children’s song – I deciding against it.) Doubled sided foam bits from my stash were sandwiched between the two bus layers for dimension. Baker’s twine was taped to the back of the colored balloons and poked between the bus layers and glued.

Zoo Bus -Inside -WUsing Stampin’Up Dapper Denim blue ink I stamped both outside “For You on your birthday” sentiment on white cardstock and then the large “Happy Birthday” inside the card. The “For You” I heat embossed with sparkly snow embossing powder which added sparkle, but embossed clear.

Zoo Bus -Inside -CUOn the top inside panel I added another Art impression’s stamp of a tricycle riding elephant that I had colored and fussy cut out with its hat flying off.

Zoo Bus -Front-WThe completed card has the bus doors being able to be opened to shoe the koala bear.

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  • White light weight card stock from stash
  • DCWV – Strips Box of Cards – 40 A2 Printed Textured Cards & Envelops

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Vintage Fan Birthday Wish

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Vintage greeting cards are charming. Using royalty-free images from Dover Publication’s Electronic Clip Art is a great way to use vintage images and resize them to fit your needs on a computer. I printed both flowery birthday images from a book with a CD-ROM called Treasury of Greeting Card Designs. The front fan image I printed on printable glitter cardstock. I put two of the same size of the smaller calling card image on regular white cardstock.

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Fussy cutting all the images was necessary. Of the two smaller images, I cut one fully out and the second one I only cut-out the calling card portion. The calling card is placed on foam squares to form the rest for the “easel” fan front.

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I traced the fussy cut fan onto a piece of white cardstock and cut it out for the card base. I covered the side of the base that would show when open with double-sided tape and then laid the plaid paper from the Victoria & Albert collection of fabric and wallpapers on top and fussy cut it. Next, I adhered the smaller image to the plaid side of card base positioning it so it would act as the easel rest. From the same plaid paper, I cut a 3.5-inch-wide strip folded in long-wise in half and using double-sided tape inside made a 1.25-inch-wide strip that was plaid on both sides.

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This strip I adhered using strong red double-sided tape to the backside of the fan image and then aliening it up with the bottom image, I attached the strip to the backside of the card base. Using the same technique of taping the backside of the fan image and the card base, I covered up the adhered plaid strip. Inside using plaid paper and the card base back with flowered paper again from the V&A collection.

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Ride the Birthday Train

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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.)

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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.(I removed these dots and replaced with red circles of cardstock when I sent the card to a two year old because of the fear he would try to eat them.) Bears are from KB’s Winter Animals die set.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Postman’s Retirement Birthday

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

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

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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.

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

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

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Be Spontaneous!

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Spontaneous birthday parties are wonderful, especially pop-up ones. This card’s inspiration came from experimenting with cutting multiple square wave frames and playing with shadow boxes. Once I realized the square wave frames fit the Karen Burniston Frame Pull Pop-Up top square, I knew I had to create a mini pop-up version of Courtney Chilston’s Birthday Shadow Box card.

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Having made the Frame Pull Pop-up card before, I studied my practice card to make sure I remembered the assembly. (You can access the assembly video at here.) I remembered her advice to keep the top square flexible and not over decorated with stiff layers and used papers rather than cardstock to lay the background of colorful wave frames. I made sure the top edge did not have any overhanging edges of the frames that would catch when the card popped open.

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I had cut and assembled several sets of decorations from the Birthday Shadow Box card die set the last time I had made the card, so I only had to cut the cake and frosting and a circle for a plate from scrap cardstock in my stash. I found two shades of browns for the cake and used a white gel pen to added accents to the frosting. After gluing the cake together, I gently rounded the cake with my fingers to add depth to it as well as a Mini Dimensional foam dot to adhere it to the pop-up cube on the card. Double-sided red tape was used to attach the awning to the top of the pop-up.

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Decorations for the inside of the card all came from the Birthday Shadow Box set. The sentiment banner is a strip of thin cardstock stamped and embossed using Stampin’ Up Blow Out the Candles stamp set, VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad and Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder. The balloons stamped on the envelope flap are also from the Blow Out the Candles set. The die cut words on the pop-up come from Karen Burniston Word-Set-2-Birthday.

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Happy Mail

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Happy mail is when you get note from someone you haven’t heard from in a while. Happy mail is opening an envelope and getting good news.  Happy mail makes you smile.

I love getting interactive cards. Not only do they stand out as different, but they make me think that someone went to a lot of trouble to design and get the mechanics right on how it works. Concord & 9th’s new Mail Drop stamp and coordinating dies are happy mail for me.

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I made this test card from the set as a birthday card, but the other phrases in the set allow for creativity and customization.  Getting the slit in the correct spot on both the envelope and the backing panel took several tries.  I recommend watching this video to get it right the first time.

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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.