June 21, 2017

Pop-up box card – without using a die

Pop up box card without using a die

You must have seen pop-up box cards popping up (pun intended!) all over the internet! They look so adorable that I wanted to try some out! The good thing about these is that they’re pretty flat – of course not as flat as a single or double layer card but still not bad. Plus they don’t need additional equipment. Yes there are dies in the market for these but you can make them just using your paper trimmer!

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Pop up box card without using a die

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Pop up box card without using a die

Here’s what you need to make these:

  • 1 - 4” X 10.5” cardstock
  • 3 – 0.5” X 3” cardstock strips (this is where the sand castle, crab and trees are attached to in the above card)

Instructions:

  1. Take the 4”X 10.5” cardstock.
  2. Score the short side at 0.5”, 2.5”, 4.5”, 6.5” and 8.5”.
  3. Score the long side at 2”.
  4. For the scoring that you did in Step 2, cut the score line from one end to the 2” score line (from step 3). For the 0.5 inch score, cut away the 2” X .5” strip.
  5. Glue the short sides together using the 0.5” scored tab.
  6. Now you have your box ready. You just need to add the strips. Before you attach the strips decorate the outside of the box if you want to. It’s much easier to do this now than after the strips are attached. Of course you can do it then as well if you change your mind.
  7. For the strips, score each at 0.5” and 2.5”.
  8. using the 0.5” inch tabs, attach the strips to the inside of the box as shown above. I just eyeballed the distance. However if you are not comfortable doing that then mark the box edge at 0.5” distances. The first strip is at 0.5”, the second at 1”, the third at 1.5”.
  9. Voila! Your pop-up box is ready!

Supplies: Lawn fawn Life is good stamp set, Copics, Papertrey Ink cardstock.

May 24, 2017

Amigurumi: Cutest little owl

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I’m always looking for some amigurumi patterns. When I found this one I knew I had to make one (I think I might make more than one Smile). Isn’t it the cutest owl?!?! Love he colors!

The pattern worked mostly. Couple of things I struggled with:

1. The head was not perfectly round. If you stare at it enough you’ll see that the top is pointed. I had to make sure that I didn’t fill it to the full or it would have looked very pointed at the top.

2. Like everything else in amigurumi, the white eye patched were worked in spirals as a result of it when you finish/end it, it’s not a complete circle. Maybe that is expected, just seemed weird to me.

Regardless of the issues, I still love how it turned out!

May 17, 2017

You’re out of this world

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Made this card for Mother’s day. I think the sentiment is so apt for my mom – you’re out of this world! Sponged the background on watercolor paper using distress inks.

Supplies: Technique Tuesday Out of this world stamps, Zig clean color brush markers.

May 10, 2017

Flamingo scene

Happy birthday greeting card featuring beach sunset with flamingo

Really loved how this turned out! I’d been searching for different ways to use a flamingo stamp and then I came across a card that built a scene. That made me search for flamingo photos… one thing led to another and I wanted to create a beach sunset scene.

The sky was sponged using distress inks, the sun was cut using dies. The beach was fuzzy cut.

Supplies: Lawn fawn Gnome Sweet Gnome stamps, Lawn fawn Life is good stamps, distress inks, nestabilities, Waltzingmouse stamps Say it loud, Zig Clean color brush markers.

April 25, 2017

More foiling and coloring

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This is so addictive! Trust me you should try it out. Stamp an image, make a copy it on laser printer, foil it and then color it!

Wanted to try a more “mature” color combination after the bohemian colors I chose in the last one. Loved these colors too!

Supplies: Mini mic, Zig clean color brush markers, hero arts large petal background stamp, MSE sentiment stamp, gold foil, gold embossing powder.

April 18, 2017

Foiling and coloring

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This is my favorite stamp! I keep searching for new ways to use it and looks like I found another one Smile. Stamp the image, get a photocopy of it using a laser printer and then foil it using your foiling machine. I used my mini minc here. Then color it with your favorite markers – for me that zig clean color brush markers right now! Of course, you should not be making photo copies of stamps on a commercial basis. For personal use it’s ok.

Supplies: Mini minc, gold foil, zig clean color stamps, hero arts large petal background stamp, MSE sentiment, versafine black ink, neenah solar white cardstock.

April 11, 2017

Still cozy…

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A cute anniversary card. Had so much fun coloring this! Check out the checks in the picnic mat Smile

Supplies: Zig clean color markers, Penny black stamp, My Sentiments Exactly sentiment, Versafine black ink, Papertrey ink cardstock, Smooth bristol board paper.