Friday, May 26, 2017

An Out of this World 6th Birthday Card

My grandnephew James is turning 6 this weekend - and I always make special cards for the grands - so the pressure was on to create something fun.   I've been wanting to make a pop up box card for quite a while -  there is a great tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers that I printed out a year or so ago - and I finally got it out to try it for James' special card.
This is how it looks when you fold it flat for delivery.  Very unassuming and you'd never guess the surprise it holds inside!
and then you just push on the two sides and it opens into a box 
 (the purple base looks black in this photo for some reason?!)
and when you fold down the front and side panels you get your surprise!  
I used my brandy new Make it Market Mini  kit - Out of this World for all of the space decorations.  I used one of the patterned papers and the dies in the kit to cut out all the outer space pieces.
You start out with a 12"x12" piece of card stock, cut it and score it according to the tutorial, cut patterned papers to fit the sides inside and out and add tabbed pieces inside to adhere the pop ups to.  They also include instructions for a smaller card that will fit an A2 envelope. 
My pop up box measures 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" when folded up. (as in the first photo above) 
Here's a close up showing the dividing pieces inside the box where you attach your pop ups.  I put the planet and space ship on strips of acetate so they stand up and shake a bit when you move the box.  I adhered the lighter blue planet in the front directly to the dividing piece.
here are close ups of the side panels.  All the pieces on the panels are up on foam dots.
I used a PTI By the Numbers die for the 6. 
close up of the pop ups and the acetate strips



So, I'm glad I finally tried a Pop Up Box Card - it takes a little longer to cut, score and decorate, but isn't difficult at all to put together - and I think James will love his little outer space birthday card!

I'm linking James' birthday card to:
To use Kim's card as inspiration

Stamps:  Make it Market Mini Kit - Out of this World - Papertrey Ink, Happy Birthday from A Beary Good Year - The Cat's Pajamas.
Paper:  Purple cardstock from stash, black dot patterned paper from Modern Metallic paper pack - DCWV,  White, Acetate - Papertrey Ink, Space ship patterned paper From Mini Kit - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI, Versamark
Accessories:  dies from Make it Market Mini Kit - Out of this world and By the Numbers Die - Papertrey Ink, Word Window Punch - SU, Scortape, foam dots, white embossing powder, heat tool,  Pop Up Box Card Tutorial - Splitcoaststampers.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Papertrey Ink May Blog Hop

Today I'm participating in the May Papertrey Ink blog hop.  
This month Nicole has chosen this photo to inspire us.
 I was inspired by this sympathy card of Heather's for my technique and stamp set choice.
I inked various stamps from my much neglected  Brushed Blooms stamp set using Orange Zest, Blueberry Sky and Hibiscus Burst - then spritzed each stamp with water and stamped them on watercolor paper.  I spritzed water over each stamping I did on the watercolor paper, then dried with my heat tool before moving onto the next stamping.  I over stamped the larger blooms and the orange blooms with straight ink.   I die cut GOD out of black card and black embossed the psalm -  both from Inspired: God.  I layered the watercolor panel to a slightly larger panel of Blueberry Sky and adhered that to a Vintage Cream card base.

You have all day today to join in on this month's blog hop -  I'm off to check out the other hoppers!
Stamps:  Inspired - God, Brushed Blooms - PTI
Paper:  white, Blueberry Sky - PTI,  Arches Watercolor paper.
Ink:  Blueberry Sky, Hibiscus Burst, Orange Zest, True Black - PTI,  Versamark
Accessories: God die - Inspired-God - PTI, foam dots, black rhinestones - The Ton, black embossing powder, heat tool, water mister.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Mid Month - May CAS Mix Up Challenge Reminder!

Today I'd like to remind everyone that we're mid month through the May CAS Mix Up Challenge!  You have until May 24th to link up your card using the following instructions from this month's hostess Loll:
For this card I used stamping, splattering with watered down white acrylic paint, a die cut sentiment out of felt, black pearls and I personalized it with a name label.
First, I cut a panel out of Summer Sunrise cardstock.  I put some white acrylic paint on my craft mat, mixed it with a little bit of water, dipped an old toothbrush in the mixture and splattered it onto the panel by dragging my thumb over the brush until I had the coverage I wanted. 
I die cut the birthday out of Blueberry Sky felt using a word die from PTI.  The felt is easy to manipulate so I was able to adhere it in a curve. 
I like to personalize cards for friends - so I used my Brother Label Maker for Bob's name.
So we hope to see your 'splattering' card linked up over at the CAS Mix Up Challenge  by May 24th!  And please check out all of the 'reminder' inspiration by the Design Team over at the blog!  
Stamps:  Limited Edition Stamps - Studio Calico
Paper:  White, True Black, Summer Sunrise - PTI
Ink:  True Black - PTI
Accessories:  Wonderful Words - Birthday die - PTI, white acrylic paint, water, old toothbrush, black pearls - Kaiser Craft, blueberry sky felt - PTI, Brother Label Maker.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

A Heartfelt Purse and a matching 5th Birthday Card!

This month Eileen Hull's Creative Team will be posting their creations using Eileen's Heart Felt Dies and Kunin Felt.  They will be gathered over at Eileen's blog each week.

My little grandniece, Mila, is turning 5 in August - and she just LOVES all of her little purses where she keeps ALL of her special treasures - so I knew I wanted to make Mila a little shoulder bag!  I also made her a matching personalized card
Here's how I made them:
First the shoulder bag!
I die cut the house frame with the stitch holes out of pink Kunin Felt twice from Eileen's House Pocket Stitchlits set.  I cut off the roof part of one of the cuts to use as the front of the purse.
I used a blanket stitch all the way around the edges including the single layer of the top. (You tube has lots of videos on how to do the blanket stitch - here is one.
I wanted the closing to be strong since this is going to a 5 year old (!) so I hand sewed a snap on (rather than Velcro which can also be used)
Here it is unadorned and snapped closed!
After I put it together - I decided I should have put her name somewhere on the purse - it would have been easier to do this before I put it together - but it worked out ok.    I used Eileen's Word Stitchlits which just happen to have all the letters for Mila's name within the words of the dies.  So I die cut the words on a piece of white card.
and then cut out the MILA and laid them over the back of the purse - trying to space them evenly!
Then I marked the dots with a Sharpie pen.
And used a back stitch with the embroidery thread -  it was easy to reach inside the purse since the letters were located towards the middle of the back piece.
(Oops!  I didn't quite get the A spaced properly but that's ok - it's handmade!)
I had this funky twisted pink/blue/white yarn in my stash and thought it would make the perfect shoulder strap for this little purse -  I simply glued the ends inside the purse on each side.  I may try to put a little stitch on it - but it seems to be held quite firmly with the glue.  I put the clothespins on to hold it all together tightly while the glue dried.
I used more of the Kunin felt to cut the bird from Eileen's Birds and Butterflies Thinlits.
The hearts are part of the House Pocket die set.  I glued all the pieces onto the front of the purse, added a black pearl eye to the bird and pink rhinestones to the hearts.
I added three more hearts (without rhinestones) to the back around her name.
 And now onto Mila's personalized card.
I used Eileen's Mailable Frame die (on sale while supplies last!) for my card base so the card will stand up nicely on it's own!  I left the frame cut-out piece in the front (outline just seen on right side below) and covered it with paper on the outside to hold the piece in place.  (see photo below this one)
I used 2 pieces of patterned paper from Eileen's new Heartfelt Paper Pad to cover the front and back.  It looks like one sheet here -  but this is the front and back of the Frame card so each piece starts in the middle and each faces the opposite way!  
I cut another bird, a butterfly, and a branch using Birds and Butterflies and the flower from House Pocket from the Kunin Felt to decorate the front - see how the paper matches the die cuts??!!    I stamped the Happy Birthday, added a die cut 5 stamped with 'th' and printed her name with my Brother Label Maker.  I added black pearls to the butterfly, flower and bird.   I put foam dots under the wings of the butterfly to hold them out and glued along the center of the body.

I adhered a different page from the Heartfelt Paper Pad to the inside and printed this note with my Brother Label Maker.
Mila loves to color so she will enjoy the fact she can color on her own card!
And here's the back - with more images to color!
Now I just have to wait until August to see how Mila enjoys her gifts!
Be sure to check out Eileen's blog for more inspiration from the Creative Team using these fun new dies and Kunin felt!
Stamps:  happy birthday from Studio Calico Limited Edition,  th from Karen Foster Snap Stamps - retired.
Paper:  White Little Sizzles Matboard - Sizzix, Heartfelt Paperpad - Eileen Hull/Sizzix, Simply Chartreuse - Papertrey Ink.
Ink:  Archival Jet Black
Accessories:  House Pocket Stitchlets Die, Birds and Butterflies Die, Word Stitchlits, Mailable Frame Die - Eileen Hull/Sizzix,  Kunin Felt - Pink, Aqua, black and Olive, Snap Fasteners, Black Sharpie Marker, embroidery thread and needle, Rhinestones and Black Pearls - Kaiser Craft, yard from stash,  #5 die - Papertrey Ink, Brother Label Maker, foam dots, Tombow liquid glue.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Vintage Journey - May Challenge - Use a Quote

Hello everyone!  I'm here today with my project for the May - A Vintage Journey Challenge.  
Jenny is our hostess this week and her challenge is:  Use a Quote.
Here's Jenny's description of her challenge:  "Take a quote! Any quote! Whether it be on a stamp, a sticker, handwritten or sourced from the internet and make it the focal point of your vintage; shabby; mixed media; art journaling, industrial, timeworn or steampunk project."

Our Sponsor this month is That's Crafty and they will provide a £20 Voucher for one lucky randomly chosen winner!
All of the Creative Guides were able to choose one item from That's Crafty to use on this month's project and I chose this sweet Matchbox Art Shrine - Scallop Top  
(overall size with scallop front is 2 3/4" x 4")
I made my scene using Tim Holtz/Sizzix Snow Globe Thinlits that I bought after Christmas last year on sale - but have never used - so out they came for today's project!  I used one of the houses, one of the mountain peaks and two of the pine trees for my 'Adventure' scene cutting them out of Coredinations Kraft Core papers. I sanded them a little bit to reveal some of the kraft core.
I glued the pieces of the matchbox part of the Shrine together and cut pieces of paper from Paper Stash Correspondence to fit the back of the box and to cover the scallop top frame.  I sponged the edges with Ground Espresso Distress Ink.  I also sponged the edges of a Quote Chip.
Then I put my scene together inside the matchbox, layering the pieces onto the background using foam dots.  I used layers of thick foam to have the house brought forward to the front.  For the little pine tree, I simple put some glue on it's bottom edge and stood it on the base.  I also die cut stars (from the Snow Globe set) 3 out of blue Kraft Core Cordinations that I layered onto the frame and 3 from Kraft Stock Metallic Gold adhered inside on the scene.
I also adhered the star paper to the sides and top of the Shrine.

View from the back.
So I ended up using two quotes -  the Quote Chip - Adventure Awaits - and a Clippings Sticker  "Challenge the World".
So please join us in the May A Vintage Journey challenge "Use a Quote"!  I can't wait to see what you create.  
You'll find lots of inspiration from the other Creative Guides as well as the challenge 'rules' here at AVJ.
And remember -  Our Sponsor this month is That's Crafty and they will provide a £20 Voucher for one lucky randomly chosen winner!

Paper:  Kraft Core Core-dinations, Idea-ology Paper Stash/Correspondence, Kraft Stack Metallic Gold - Tim Holtz.
Ink:  Ranger Distress Ground Expresso
Accessories:  Matchbox Art Shrine/Scallop Top - That's Crafty, Thinlits Snow Globe - Sizzix/Alterations, Idea-ology Clippings Stickers and Quote Chips, TomBow Liquid Glue, Mini sander - Ranger.