Thank You To Our Mail Carrier

For all the packages and envelopes that our mail carrier has so carefully placed in our mail box or placed by our front door, I wanted to say thank you to her. So, a mail truck thank you ornament was created.

I primarily used Spellbinder’s Food Truck and Sunday Drive collection dies to create this mail truck.

I cut two of the food truck die from an 8.5 x 11-inch sheet of white cardstock. I next cut panels that were 2.75 inches wide and scored at 3/8 inches on each side. (See downloadable PDF file of templates.)

The top of the windshield strip is .25 inches tall which is not on the template. The front panel is scored across at .875 inches and the side tabs are cut away. This forms the front slanted hood.

Glue all the panels to one of the truck pieces as shown in the photo making sure that all panels are parallel to each other and tabs are all on the inside of the truck.

Glue up a mail carrier using people dies from the Sunday Drive collection (I used the Sunday Sunset Drive for this and freehand cut the hat which our mail carrier wears.) Attach mail carrier to seat panel. (It is easier at this point to letters and packages to the seat panel at this point than to add them once the truck side is attached to the panels.)

Glue the panels to the second truck piece starting at the front and working towards the back.

The roof panels as shown on the template have tow holes punched into them for a string to tie them shut and form a loop to hang the truck from.  I had to notch my tabs to fit over the cab panel. You could avoid this by attaching the roof panels first and then the other panels.

The truck is designed to fold flat, so allow enough string to allow for it being flat.

I decorated the truck using the circle dies in the Food Truck set and the steering wheel from the Sunday Drive set. The strips were cut from some scrap strips of red and blue papers. The headlights and taillights use the smallest circle die from the Food truck set. (I used yellow glitter cardstock for the headlights.)

The “US MAIL” on the sides and the “THANK YOU” on the back were cut using Karen Burniston’s Mini Alphabet.  (I cut three “O”s glued together to make a slider on the string to help keep the roof shut.)

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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.





Ink/Embossing Powder

Shaker Elements


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