Santa Delivers to the Tropics

How does Santa deliver presents to places where there is no snow for his sleigh? I think he goes in his trusted vintage white convertible with Rudolph to those tropical places. This is the sixth house card in my series of “A Week of Christmas Houses” using Poppy Stamps 2020 Winter House Pop-Up Easel die set.

This double easel card is designed as a slimline card to fit a #10 envelope. The car and Santa are part of the Spellbinders’ Sunday Drive collection.

I found both the Poppy Stamps and Spellbinders sets easy to use following the images on the packaging but recommend having a pair of tweezers handy to glue and place the tiny details. I also recommend having a small container or bag to put your die cut pieces into as you cut them out. They are quite easy to lose on your workspace or get dropped onto the floor.

To make sure the Fired Brick Distress ink I used under the Ho Ho Ho did not bleed onto the white car, I clear heat embossed the piece which adds some texture and shine to the license plate.

Because both die sets for this card are designed to represent snow and cold weather, I had to modify the die cut pieces. For Santa, I cut the sleeve off his shirt and used colored papers to have him wearing a more causal tropical shirt and created his arm by tracing around the outside of the skeleton’s arm in another add-on set for the Sunday Drive collection. On the house I trimmed off any of the snow on rooflines and used the poinsettia flowers from the Sunday Drive collection to plant in front of the house. To fit in a #10 envelope the tiny tips of the roof edge had to be trimmed off the card base.

Once again, I used peach organza ribbon to create some interest at the windows of the house. The door and roofs are inked dark with Walnut Stain Distress Ink. The door wreath is from the Tonic Studios set and the palm tree towering over the house is from a Karen Burniston pop-up die set. Nuvo drops were used for the doorknob and flower centers.

The welcome mat, which acts as the easel stop, was stamped and heat embossed using a stamp from a retired Stampin’ Up set. I used a blend of Ranger Black Sparkle and Recollections Ebony Detail Embossing powders that give the welcome mat a snowy sparkle. Once heat embossed, the mat was weathered using Antique Linen Distress Ink on a sponge dauber and cut out with the coordinating die. Foam squares where used to adhere the mat to card and make it tall enough to act as an easel stop.

The “Merry Christmas” is cut from heavy black cardstock glued down.  A personal message can be written behind the house.

Finished off the card by stamping its envelope with some hints as to what’s inside using a “Magical Christmas Wishes” sentiment in dark green ink.

See the more the series of “A Week of Christmas Houses”

Day 1 – From Our House to Your House

Day 2 – Santa is Coming

Day 3 – A Baby is Coming

Day 4 –Keeping the Home Fires Burning

Day 5 – Red Four-Square

Day 6 – Santa Delivers to the Tropics

Day 7 – House Luminary

2019 – 12 Days of Christmas Trees

Supplies:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Ink/Embossing Powder

Miscellaneous

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

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.

 

Supplies

Dies

Paper

Inks

Miscellaneous

Balloons and Flowers Pop-Up

Hot Air Balloon-side view

My challenge to make a sweet and up-lifting birthday card for someone who was not happy about celebrating her birthday alone. I had the “Flying High” Craftwork Cards paper collection which has muted neon colors along with pinks and turquoise blue. It is cheery with it has hot air balloons and loads of cute die-cuts and foiled sentiments.

I decided on a box pop-up and used the low and wide shape of the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box die set which fits into an A2 envelope. Th box was cut from the second darkest pink shade of lightweight cardstock in the Recollection’s Pink Buttons paper pack.

Hot Air Balloon-flat

I punched out the flower die-cuts and shaped them with my fingers and adhered pearls and dots embellishments to their centers. Next, I adhered the flowers to long strips of clear acetate from leftover packaging.

Hot Air Balloon-CU

I assembled the box following the video instructions by Kelly Marie, using strips of clear acetate for the crossbars adhering them in place with clear tape which bends well. All the decorative papers are from one sheet of paper from the “Flying High” collection as well as all the decorations.

The finished card folds flat. A small hot air balloon from the Tim Holtz Collection Little Things stamp set was stamped on the back flap of the envelope.

Hot Air Balloon-open

Materials Used:

Dies

Stamps

Inks

Papers

Miscellaneous

Stick-on pearls and dots from Dollar Tree and

May Flowers

Blue teacup-inside-sideCelebrating Mother with May flowers is a tradition. I was happy to see that Anna Griffin’s new teacup die set includes the ability to emboss flowers onto the edges and side of the cup and saucer.

This was my first try at using the new die set as well as some of Anna’s sentiment stamps. The teacup goes together easily following the enclosed instructions. I embossed the cup and saucer first using an embossing mat/plate and then die cut all the pieces.

Blue teacup-front

By using a preprinted card base from a card kit by Punch Studio that has been in my stash for a while, along with some of the butterfly toppers and pink flatback gems, the front of the card came together quickly. The inside paper is from Graphic 45. I cut two pieces so as not to cover the fold and used a green marker to color the inside edges of the card as a border to the floral paper.

Blue teacup-inside

I ended up heat embossing the decorative border on the gold metallic sentiment base with clear embossing powder. I learned that the metallic card I used is heat sensitive and had a minor curling effect happen.

To fill the cup I used flower embellishments from Anna Griffin as well. This vintage teacup card is perfect for celebrating Mother’s Day.

Wishing all mothers, a Happy Mother’s Day.

 

Materials:

Dies

Stamps

Papers

Miscellaneous

Sweet Sparkle

Shaker Moms Day-Front CU

I kept dreaming about making this card using a lacy ribbon die and some rose paper that I had in my stash. I had watched Jennifer McGuire’s See-Through Shaker Cards video and was inspired to use some new glitter I had acquired. And Mother’s Day in the UK was being talked about on Craftworld.com. This card comes from all these inputs (and probably a few subconscious ones too.)

I took a card base folded it on the score line and placed a sample of the Joanna Sheen scalloped lace and marked out where I wanted the shaker openings to be. I then trimmed out the interior of the paper lace where the shakers were to be. Next, I cut the circles into both layers of the card.  If I had to do it over again, I would have made a template to mark all my papers where the circle cuts are.  I also would have made my patterned cardstock the card base.

Shaker Moms Day-insideBecause the glitter is very clingy with static to the acetate, I decide to use this quality in my design and my shakers are only the thickness of some recycled cardboard box cut into a square and the circle die-cut out. I adhered a strip of acetate to the inside of the back panel of card base with double-sided tape. The cardboard squares were glued to back of card over the circle openings. With the card on a flat surface I put pinches of glitter into the cardboard circles and then added glue to edges of cardboard and dropped a square of acetate over each cardboard square to seal up the shaker. (If I had it to do over, I would have used the temple to mark out the cardboard and make it one long panel instead of squares.)

IMG_7866Next, I traced as best I could the shaker circles onto the back side of the two outer printed cardstock panels and the two inner patterned paper pieces. With printed sides place together and taped with removable tape, I cut both outer panels together. Repeated the same process with inner pattern paper. Using double-sided tape and a few drops of glue, I adhered the outer panels and the inner papers lining up all the shaker holes. To hide the small gaps, I die cut four strips of scalloped lace from thin white paper using an un-named die by Joanna Sheen in my stash. There are five circles in the lace, I cut out the top, middle and bottom inner circles to correspond with the shaker circles. I glued the four lace pieces over the inner and outer panels’ circles.

Shaker Moms Day-sentiment-CUThe front of the card has a die cut scalloped oval with “Happy Mother’s Day” die cut from a recycled chocolate’s box. A multi-looped button is from tiny grosgrain red ribbon from my stash.

Shaker Moms Day-Front CU-White (3)Materials:

Dies:

Paper:

Miscellaneous:

  • 1/4 inch clear double-sided tape

Under the Weather

13 side view of cardThis is a double Z-fold card turned sideways using Hunkydory’s Happy Days – Adorable Scorables set and an 8.5 inches x 11 inches (21 cm x 28 cm) piece of cream card stock.

1 folds1  Fold in half to make 5.5 x 4.25 inches (140 x 107 mm) card. Burnish fold. Fold front in half to make 2.75 x 5.5 inches (70 x 140 mm) panel. Burnish fold.

2 cutting2  Cut folded card at 2.5 inches (63 mm) from the side.

3 papers3  Pick your papers.

4 layers4  Cut from pattern paper two pieces – 5.75 x 5.25 inches (146 x 133 mm) and 2.5 x 5.25 inches (63 x 133 mm). Cut four pieces of white – 2.5 x 5.25 inches (63 x 133 mm), 2.25 x 5.25 inches (58 x 133 mm) and two at 2.25 x 2.5 inches (58 x 63 mm)

5 decorating5  Fussy cut out front umbrella. Create thin ribbon by sticking back-to-back holographic tape and cutting into thin strips.

6 ribbon placement6  Figure-out placement of ribbon and tape on backside. Place foam squares on back.

7 ribbon secured7  Adhere umbrella to white card (2.25 x 5.25 inches). Tape ends of ribbon to back of white card.

8 layers adhered8  Adhere patterned and white papers to appropriate spaces. There should be an 1/8 inch (3 mm) bit of cream card showing all around each of the top layered pieces. Adhere sentiment with foam squares above umbrella.

9 tape on doble z piece9  Add several rows of double-sided tape to the back edge section making sure the tape does not extend above fold marks.

10 front of card10  Peal off tape from behind umbrella section and adhere to front of car. Next pull off backing tape from back section and press card folded shut to adhere back of center layer to back layer of card.

11 card unfolded11  Add back sentiment and bird decoration.

12 back of card12  Adhere back paper to back of card as a place for a personal message.

Supplies:

  • Hunkydory Happy Days- Adorable Scorables set
  • Cream Cardstock
  • Holographic tape from Target
  • Double-sided tape
  • Foam squares
  • Scissors
  • Folding tool
  • Paper Cutter13 side view of card

Vintage Fan Birthday Wish

IMG_7687

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.

IMG_7683

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.

IMG_7691

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.

IMG_7690

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.

IMG_7689

SUPPLIES USED:

Images:

Paper:

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

SUPPLIES USED:

Dies

 

Paper:

 

 

Miscellaneous: