The Upside to Playing


The upside to playing with new materials is you don’t have to perfect, just have fun with the materials and be creative.  This little pop-up box card has gotten embellished when I’ve gotten some new materials. First, the brown box was just to test out the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box die set. I had a jar full of tiny rubber stamps I gotten from one of the big craft store chains and used the “Hi!” “celebrate” and “smile” stamps to decorate the side flaps. A new box of neon colored pencils came into play around the stamps.

I set the box on my Inspiration Shelf and forgot about for several months until I got a new box of Prima watercolor pencils (the kind you color and then go over with a wet brush to blend the colors.) I needed something to color and found the Lawn Fawn Little Town Hillside die cut in my bits and pieces stash to color.

Again the box went back on the Inspiration Shelf until I got a tiny snow fall stamp which I tried out on the hillside. (Not sure of the brand or where it is on my crafting desk at this point.)


My Inspiration Shelf of cards people have sent me, purchased or test cards like the box.


Early Christmas Cards

I  grew in a family that sent out handmade Christmas cards each year.  My earliest memory of making cards is carrying the freshly printed card from my father at the silk screen to my mother to place on the drying rack.  The card was made up of leftover wallpaper folded into a card.  When I was seven, I was allowed to draw the design for that year’s card.  It was seven swans a-swimming.  By the time I was 10 years old we had a small printing press. We would use vintage cuts and type to make our cards.


It was when we started  to create our own cuts that we vastly expanded our mailing list. Above is the first pop-up Christmas card I designed circa 1979.  It was a postcard and required the recipient to cut on the thick black lines and fold on the dotted lines. Each card was hand-colored.

I took a fold-up house Christmas card (circa 1980) and adapted it to become a Halloween card. (See below)  Once again it was a postcard that the recipient had to cut out and assemble.



Fast forward to 2017 –  I had time on my hands and decided to try making some pop-up cards by printing digital papers and then cutting shapes from them. I popped them up using basic pop-up mechanisms.  Below is what I created.

xmas card 2017-inside

In 2019 I celebrated Christmas card making with the 12 Days of Christmas Trees.

Now in 2020 I am sharing A Week of Christmas Houses