Dies & Punches for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  It’s time for a new Cute Card Thursday challenge!  This week we’d like to see those “Dies &/or Punches” on your creations this week!  These are some of my favorite tools to use in my craft room and we’re looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

Here’s what I’ve made for it:

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Nothing says “Fall” to me like those ripe apples ready to be picked and especially to make a yummy carmel apple with as well!  I had so much fun pulling out several of my Lawn Fawn stamps and dies to make this interactive card design!  I haven’t played with my Lawn Fawn stuff for quite a while, so it was time! 🙂

For the interactive pull tab mechanism, I’ve used the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider dies along with the Caramel Apple , Thanks a Bushel and Jump for Joy stamp sets to put together this card.  I’ve also used the Jump for Joy and Thanks a Bushel dies to cut out some of the images on my card.  For the pull tab at the top, I took a sentiment from the Push Here stamp set to stamp the “pull here”.

For part of the layers in the card, I took an older Scallop rectangle die no longer available from Lawn Fawn for the white layer.  I’ve also used some Woodgrain cardstock that I’ve sponged with Vintage Photo Distress ink along the edges of it and the plaid paper which is no longer available from LF.  For the layer behind the apple panel and the base of the card I’ve used the LF Sunflower cardstock.

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Here’s a closer look at the image that I’ve got colored up with Copic markers.  I just stamped them over some Copic blending card.  For the inside slider where the caramel apple is, I didn’t want to add any layers to it so that it would slide freely.

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Here’s what the card looks like with the slider hidden inside.  I just added some twine to the end of the pull tab at the top.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interative card design today using lots of fun dies!  Be sure to stop by the Cute Card Thursday blog and check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us this week!

Thanks so much for dropping in today and I’ll be seeing you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Lawn Fawnatics – Awesome Autumn61-autumn-lawn-fawnatics
  2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Interactive
  3. Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember Lawn Fawn Collaboration – LF products
  4. Double Trouble – Thing 1:  Mad for Plaid, Thing 2:  Use Your Stuff Challenge entry (see below), Thing 3:  Tag &/or Frame
  5. Use Your Stuff – Tag &/or Frame
  6. Sheepski Designs – Die Cuts &/or Punches
  7. Little Red Wagon – Fruit

Triangle Corner Pop Up Card for Brutus Monroe + video tutorial!

Today I’m sharing another version of the Triangle Corner Pop Up Card that I had previously made during my time as a guest for Brutus Monroe.  You can check out that blog post by CLICKING HERE.  After posting that card, I have actually received several messages and comments that people wanted to see a video tutorial on how to make one.  So I thought I would come up with another version of this same style of card, but using different Brutus Monroe products to show the many different variations that you can come up with and the fun you can have with it!

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This style is a much more elegant approach which is much different than my other one.  I love that you can change the look and have fun playing with different stamps and elements to fit inside the design!

For this one, I have taken the Brutus Monroe Happy Rose and Take Flight stamp sets to stamp (with Raven Detail ink), color (with Copics and Stylefile markers) and cut out for the images on my design.  All of the cardstock is from Brutus Monroe using Jurassic 100# and Alabaster White 100# cardstock.  The decorative paper is from the BM Rustic Florals paper pad.  I stenciled the bottom of the Jurassic panel with a past stencil from BM using some Unicorn Horn Glitter Glaze.  Both of the rose images along with the small heart circle on the easel card were popped up with some BM foam tape.

For the circle easel design, I’ve cut out a scallop circle with the Alabaster cardstock in the size that I thought would fit within the design.  Then cut the body of the card with other circle dies in the Jurassic cardstock and then the front with some more of that Rustic Florals paper that I’ve used in the background.  The sentiment below the butterfly and the hearts on the small circle came from the Brutus Monroe Super Sentimental stamp set.  All of the white panels (with the exception of the scallop circle) was ink foam blending with some grey distress ink.  To keep the card “locked” in this position, I’ve used the Brutus Monroe Mini Disc Magnets shown in the video below.

If you are interested in learning how to create one of these cards for yourself, then please be sure to check out my video below.  CLICK HERE to view on You Tube.

These cards can look really intimidating, but once you see the measurements of how to put one together, they’re really easy and fun to make!

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Here’s what the card looks like completely opened up.  You can see on the left bottom panel that I’ve taken that rose from the stamp set again and stamped it in the corner with some grey ink after ink foam blending around the edges of it.  This will be the area that I’m leaving for a personal message.

To fold it down to a 4″ square card that’s close you will start by folding down on the top and then fold it over from the right side to the left.  This will completely close it up.

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Here you can see that the card is completely closed to a 4″ square size minus the rose leaves sticking out which I don’t mind.

I took another panel of the Jurassic cardstock for the front of the card and sponged around the edges of it with the Alabaster Ink and then also stamped the rose again in the corner of it.  Because I had several dimensional and extra layers on this card, I had to use a ribbon to tie it together to help it stay closed up.  You might need an envelope that is slightly larger than an A2 envelope, but if you use less layers and dimension, it should fit in an A2 size envelope.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my interactive card and tutorial today!  Thanks so much for dropping in with me! 

Please be sure to check out the links below for more interactive fun for this Wednesday’s Brutus Monroe Inspirational design team hop:

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Cardz 4 Galz – #103 Wings
  2. Crafty Cardmakers – It’s a Bug’s Life
  3. Through the Craftroom Door – Anything Goes
  4. Try it On Tuesday – In my Garden there is….

 

Triangle Corner Pop-Up Card with Brutus Monroe GDT part 2!

Hello friends!!  I’m SO excited to share another project with you using some awesome products from Brutus Monroe!

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If you remember at the beginning of June with THIS POST I announced being a June guest designer and well…things fell apart health wise as you know and I was completely heart broke about giving up my time in my “happy craft space”.  Of course they are all awesome people over at Brutus Monroe and they were happy to pick me up where we left off so I could finish the second half of my guest design spot! 🙂  Yay!  I am completely honored as I adore their fun products!

After discovering this company just a little over a year now, I have enjoyed watching Christopher’s videos and crafting along with him in my stamp room!  Since he was someone that was inspirational to me (without knowing it), I dedicated this card to him and sent it his way!

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This is quite a unique card and one that is new to me, but it’s called a “Triangle Corner Pop-Up card” and I’m not quite sure as to exactly who to give credit to other than I know it came from a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator somewhere!  (If someone knows the individual to give credit to, please let me know!)  I also started this card back in June, so putting it together piece by tiny piece as I went along with being in pain was a feat in itself!  LOL!  So you could say this one took me a little over a month to complete! WOW!

**If you’d like for me to do a video on how to make this type of card, let me know as I’m sure I could duplicate it! (pain free and much quicker than a month! LOL!)

I’ve used this adorable Brutus & Friends stamp set for my design.  The dog next to the dog house is represented as “Brutus” which is the beloved pet (crossed rainbow bridge) that the company was named after.  The other pup in the background peeking out is his other fur family named “Benny”.  CUTE!!

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I’ve stamped them out with the BM Raven Detail ink and colored them with Copics and some of the Brutus Monroe StyleFile markers too. I then fussy cut them out with my BM Fussy Cutting Scissors and set them aside while I assembled the rest of the card.

As for the circle design in the center, it forms a little mini easel card inside the ‘box’ design.  I’ve made the easel card with the BM Lunch bag Cardstock and cut it from circle dies.  I’ve also heat embossed the sentiment with BM Alabaster embossing powder from the BM Super Sentimental stamp set and made a separate panel so that it holds the front of the circle easel flap in place.

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For the “grassy” looking area at the bottom and the “clouds” in the upper triangle sections of the card, I’ve used the BM Set the Scene Stencils with some Distress Inks and a Blending tool.

In order for the scene to come together and form this shape, there is a hidden aspect in the corners of the design to keep it together.  I have used the BM Mini Disc Magnets and glued them behind the layered panels so you can’t see them, but they come together to hold the card scene in place.  These are tiny, but they make for a nice sturdy closure!

I also wanted to mention that the “Brutus Monroe” in the cloudy area along with the woodgrain looking background came from a product packaging.  I thought it was the perfect way to create the “fence line” area of the scene.

When you want to close up the design for mailing, you will take it apart so that it looks like this.  See on the left side that there is even a spot so you can write a personal message or stamp something.  Then you will fold the top panel down and then close the right side over.

Here’s a quick 80 second video so that you can see how it works in action: CLICK HERE to watch on You Tube!

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I thought it was pretty cool that you can lay this design completely flat and put it in an A2 sized envelope!  I have taken a BM Lunch Bag envelope to mail mine in!

I hope you’ve enjoyed my interactive card today!  Please be sure to have a look at the Brutus Monroe products and let them know I sent you over!  Thanks so much for stopping in and I’ll see you soon!

Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Inkspirational – #192 Word Prompt:  FoldChallenge192
  2. Tuesday Throwdown – Furry Friends
  3. Crafty Animals – August Anything Goes + animal
  4. Sheepski Designs – Animal Madness
  5. Craft Rocket – August Anthing Goes
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes

Sending Smiles Mermaid Style

Hello friends!  Well it feels nice to get back into the swing of things here again!  I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the awesome welcome back I recieved from you guys!  Wish I could reach out through the screen and give you all a big hug!  🙂

Today is August 1st AND it’s on a Thursday too, so I wanted to share the card I made for the Whimsy Stamps August Digital new release as well as a brand new Cute Card Thursday Challenge too!!  Whimsy Stamps is our sponsor this week and it’s an easy “Anything Goes“, so please be sure to stop by the blog to see the wonderful inspiration from the rest of the design team and play along with us!!  We look forward to seeing what you’re working on!

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Oh aren’t these Sylvia Zet images just as cute as can be?!  I so enjoyed coloring her up!  (See the close up photo and details below.)  This is the DIGITAL version of  “Goldie” just released from Whimsy Stamps this month.  You can still also purchase the rubber cling stamp HERE, but now it’s nice to be able to have the option to choose either one!

Since her name is “Goldie“, I had to use the orangish color palette for her!  When looking at the image, I immediately saw “bubbles”, so I thought it would be fun to make a circle easel card design with her!  This actually turned out to be a “non-traditional” circle easel card with the circled image going askew from the main area…which makes it seem more like several bubbles underwater!

I have cut several different sizes of circles, one for the main circle card base and several others with some old SU! bokeh looking papers from my stash.  I used a stitched scallop circle die set to cut out the layers behind the circles.  I sponged all circles with some blue ink for more depth.  I’ve added a strip of blue glitter cardstock on the main card front layer as well as some ribbon to attach to the front.  I arranged the circles where I wanted them and added some foam tape here and there to pop up the layers.

To hold up the card front, the inside of the easel card has another strip of that blue glitter cardstock and I stamped an anchor image over one of the circle panels using an older Whimsy Stamps clear set.  I used some foam tape to pop that up so that the front card panel would prop up.

I’ve taken the Whimsy Stamps Everyday Mini Sentiments stamp set to stamp the sentiment under the image panel with black ink.  For the accents on the card, I’ve used some clear acrylic bubbles randomly and glued them in places.  For the fish, it was a wood veneer from my stash that I heat embossed with some cool orange metallic embossing powder.

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Here you can see the details from the side view of the easel design and how it’s propped up with that anchor circle holding the front card panel in place.  to mail this card, you just unfold it and lay it flat as shown in the last photo below.

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Here’s a closer look at this really sweet image.  Below are the list of Copics I’ve used to color her in with:

Click on the numbers to purchase from Whimsy Stamps.

  • Fins, flowers, Bubbles – Y38, Y35, Y32, BG000
  • Hair – C8, C5, C3, C1
  • Skin – E21, E11, E02, E00, E000, R20
  • Snail – W5, W3, W1, E33, E31, R20

Wink of Stella used for mermaid body, clear glitter and 2-way glue pen used for the bubbles.  I used a black gel pen to dot the center of flowers.

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Here’s what the folded and closed circle card looks like.  She will not quie fit into a regular A2 sized envelope because I arranged the circles differently, but a nice 5×5 size would work great.  I do have an envelope creator which is handy for those odd shaped designs that I can custom make.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Please be sure to check out the full August Digital Release over at Whimsy Stamps and don’t forget to play along with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday for your chance to win a nice prize from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps too!!

Here are the products and affiliate links to the products I’ve used today:

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Challenges I’d like to enter this card for:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Summer (digi and stamp used)
  2. QKR Stampede – #358 Anything Goes
  3. Addicted to Stamps & More – #352 Make Your Mark Make Your Mark badge
  4. Little Red Wagon – Digital Stamps
  5. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ layers

 

 

In Stitches for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Wow, this week has really been flying by!  I seem to think this almost every week, but I know when the weather starts getting warm, I seem to get more busy outside and perhaps that’s why with the weather being so nice, warm and sunny.  I am enjoying it!

Today starts a brand new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week and the theme is “Stitching (faux or real)“.  There are all types of ways to incorporate stitching into your papercrafting and I enjoy adding it to my creations.  So here’s how I’ve added it to my card for today:

Above is just a quick 20 second video to show the interactive details of the card.  I thought this would be such a cute idea for a get well card.

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To make the slider for my card design, I have used the Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer and the Magic Picture Changer Add-On dies.  It looks pretty intimidating, but it actually wasn’t that bad to put together as the measuring and cutting is done with the die.  I’ve used the adorable Get Well Before ‘n Afters stamp set to create this and I know I’ll be making another one with the whale to make another card as I’m in need of one.  The turtles were colored with Copic markers and I’ve used them to also create the grass and sky background behind the turtle as he needed something to “ground” him and not be up in the air.  I took a water-proof pen and added a scribble above his head as he’s not happy being up-side-down!

I’ve cut the “add-on” pieces and the background of the card with the Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes and Really Rainbow paper packs.  But before attaching the “add-on” papers to the turtle frame, I took a needle and some linen thread and added a few cross-stitch marks around the blue frame.  I’ve also cut a few clouds from a retired LF die set and added the die cut “bottle” that I colored from the same “Get Well” stamp set.

Before I attached the turtle mechanism onto the card, I also die cut a strip of grass with the Grassy Hillside Pop-Up Add-On die in some green cardstock.  I then took one of the sentiments from the same “Get Well” stamp set and white heat embossed it at the bottom of this piece.  The turtle mechanism was popped up over the card front base with some foam tape which was all mounted to an A2 sized top folding card base.

I thought it would be fun to decorate the envelope too, so I die cut a piece of the grass again and used it as a stencil to sponge in some grass along the bottom of the envelope and then I also stenciled some clouds over it.

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And here’s what the turtle looks like when you pull the tab out.  He is much happier now that he’s back on his feet again!  I think I played with this card and pulled that tab to watch that turtle get on his feet over and over! LOL!  I hope it will have the same effect on the person who receives it too!

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring that I’ve done.  It was a small image and so I’ve kept the coloring pretty simple.  For the “happy” turtle I’ve made a few clouds in the sky.  To make the slider part work, you don’t want to add anything other than the coloring so that it slides smoothly.

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Here you can sort of get a better look at the coordinating envelope that I’ve made to go with the card.  Although I have made some hand stitched marks on my card, the dies themselves already have lots of cool stitch details in them when you cut it out, so I think it just helped add to the design.  This card is going to a male, so I didn’t want to create anything that was too over done.  I think this might bring a smile, what do you think?

Please be sure to hop on over to the Cute Card Thursday challenge blog and take a look at the inspiration from the rest of the design team and be sure to enter YOUR “stitched (faux/real)” to the gallery this week!  Would love to see what you come up with!

P.S.  If you remembered my post the other day, I shared a photo of the Robin’s nest with one egg in it.  Well, since I’ve last checked, there are a couple more in there now:

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Every time we go out there, the mother watches for us to leave as she wants to sit on her eggs!  This is why we can’t get a photo of her actually sitting on it.  But we will see if anything happens in a few weeks! 🙂

Thanks so much for dropping by today!  I hope you are enjoying your week and I’ll see you soon!!

Challenges:

  1.  Sweet Stampers – Animals
  2. Pammies Inky Pinkies – PIP1919 Anything Goes
  3. Crafting From the Heart – Anything Goes
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft – Anything Goes
  5. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday – Stitches
  6. Watercooler Wednesday – masculine anything goes WWC221WWC221 - Tristan's Masculine Anything Goes Challenge

Under the Sea Shaker for Cute Card Thursday

Hello friends!  Welcome to another Thursday and a new challenge over at Cute Card Thursday this week!  The challenge for this week is Brads, Sequins/Gems.  So pull out your embellishments and have some fun creating!  Looking forward to seeing your creations using these items!

I decided that I was going to use all three items for my card today:

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I’ve used an “oldie but a goodie” Stampin’ Up! stamp set for my masculine shaker card here.  I’ve pulled out the “By the Tide” and “Hardwood” rubber stamp sets that I’ve had for a couple of years now.  (Not sure if they’re still available or not in the catalog as it’s been such a long time since I’ve bought any SU! products.)

I started by stamping the background “Hardwood” stamp with Basic Gray ink over a piece of Marina Mist cardstock and then blended some gray and black distress inks along the edges of it.  I mounted it with some Basic Gray cardstock.  I’ve taken some twine pieces and used it to fashion a “netting” accent from the side of the card onto the bottom front and then added some blue glitter around it for some fun texture and sparkle.

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For the shaker element of my card, I’ve used some circle dies to create the frames and that’s where I’ve attached the silver brads all around the edge.  I’ve used some more distress inks and stamp some more images from the stamp set for the inside of the shaker design.  I’ve added some sequins for the inside fo the shaker window and placed it over the front of the card over the netting accent.  I stamped the images with Gray and Cajun ink pads and then colored them in and randomly placed them over the card design.

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Lastly, I’ve taken some rhinestones and colored them with a Copic marker so that I could get the blue color for my design.

Hope you can join in the challenge with us this week over at Cute Card Thursday!  Please be sure to stop on over and see what the rest of the team has come up with for inspiration too!  See you soon!

challenges:

  1.  Simon Says Stamp Monday – Going Around in Circles
  2. Use Your Stuff – Yarn/String/Twine
  3. Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes
  4. Retro Rubber – Anything Goes #rrcb1096a01b8d066dc39970c0240a4a41cc2200b-320wi
  5. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes

 

Rainbow Shaker Birthday!

Hello friends!  Yay!  It’s Friday and I thought I’d share this happy shaker card that I made for my mom’s recent birthday she had.  (Yes, I kept this one a secret until I gave it to her!)

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I saw over at My Favorite Things “Birthday Project” Challenge was a “rainbow” theme and I thought this would make for a happy and fun birthday card design!  So I pulled out the MFT Transparent Triangles Background stamp (now retired) and heat embossed it with white EP over some Bristol Smooth Watercolor paper.  I went to work with my rainbow background and sponged several colors of Distress Oxide ink in rainbow form over the heat embossed background for a “resist technique”.  I spritzed some water over it and my sprayer went a tad bit “dropy” and I ended up with a weird large droplet pattern, but I decided I wanted to keep it anyway, I liked it.

So to make sure that my shaker balloon was going to line up with my bear, I needed to stamp, color and fussy cut out this bear from the Beary Special Birthday stamp set.  I needed to fussy cut it out because the coordinating die cut would also cut out the balloon from the image, and I didn’t want to include it as I was making my own!  I’ve also white heat embossed a senitment from the same stamp set and cut it out with the Essential Fishtail Sentiment Strips.  I also took the Mini Balloon Shaker Window & Frame Die-namics to cut out all of the pieces that I needed for the balloon.  (I used the fussy cut out bear for placement to see where I needed to die cut a hole in the background for the shaker area.)  Before attaching the bear down, I also took some green cardstock and cut out a border with the Grassy Fields Die-namics.  I sponged the edges with green ink and took a Copic marker to give a shadow around the bear.  So after I placed my “balloon hole” where I needed it on the background, I took the rainbow sequins to place inside the Mini Balloon Shaker Pouches and added a piece of black cardstock for the background, which was placed over an A2 sized white top folding card base.

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Here’s a closer look at the bear and how I’ve got him colored in.  I forgot that in addition to the rainbow sequins I had, I put some tiny star sequins in there as well.  At first I thought I had went a bit too dark for coloring the bear, but I like how he blended out and I think he really stands out on the rainbow background and doesn’t get lost with the black accents on the card.  I took a white gel pen to his cheeks and added some shimmer to his present with a glitter brush pen.  (My mom likes the color red, so I purposely made the present red).

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Here with the card laying flat, you can better see the shaker bits on the inside of the balloon and how they really stand out against the black balloon background.

I think I got a smile and it was passed around for the shaking.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today and I thank you so much for stopping in!  Wishing you a very happy and rainbow filled weekend too!  🙂

challenges:

  1.  MFT Birthday Project – Rainbow
  2. Creative with Stamps – BirthdayCWS#37Birthday
  3. Crafting By Designs – Anything Goes
  4. Little Red Wagon – “Shake It!”
  5. Always Fun – Birthday