Sunday, June 28, 2020

Stay Safe!

As the grim reality of the pandemic loomed worldwide, several craft and stamp companies generously offered freebie digital images so we as crafters could use our time sheltering in place to keep busy creating projects to send our appreciation to essential workers or sentiments of hope and reassurance to our friends and loved ones. I personally thought Dandelion Designs came up with three of the cutest images which would be perfect for bringing smiles to kids of all ages.

As soon as I saw the Dandelion Designs medallion shaped images, I knew right away I wanted to use them to make an accordion style card for our granddaughter. She and her mom have been making and coloring a lot of rainbows lately... chalked sidewalk rainbows, watercolor window rainbows, and crayoned rainbow greeting cards... so I chose colorful Doodlebug butterfly papers and Bobunny Double Dot cardstocks for my card to stay with a rainbow colored theme.

I printed the images twice; once on white cardstock and again onto the Double Dot cardstock. Images on the white cardstock were colored in with Copic markers and fussy cut. Images on the Double Dot cardstock were cut using a Spellbinders Nested Circle die.

I then used foam tape to adhere each of the colored fussy cut images onto each of the printed die cut circles to add some fun dimension. The accordion card base was cut from an Elizabeth Craft Design die designed by Karen Burniston. As a final touch I added photo corners created in Make the Cut Design program and cut from pink glitter cardstock to each of the panels.

My heart goes out to parents of young children who are faced with the challenging task of trying to explain and make sense of Covid 19 and the pandemic to them. Reasons and reminders of keeping safe are not always easy to explain. I'm told our three year old granddaughter understands Covid 19 as "the big sick", but sometimes has to be reminded about how to keep safe. Hoping this little card will serve as a happy reminder for her to wash her hands and keep her mask on.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Happy Fathers Day

Just when I thought my brain absolutely could not, would not, come up with another golf themed card for hubby, I somehow managed to pull it off once more just in time for Fathers Day.

Thank you, Karen Burniston and her Rockin' Rectangle die for sparking the mojo! I kept the front of the card very simple, creating a golf course scene using hillside and cloud border dies to create stencils and distress oxide inks applied with cosmetic foundation brushes. I added a window just large enough for my paper pieced golf cart to show through.

When the card is opened, the panel with the golf cart on it pops up and "rocks" to the right, revealing a golfing Yoda. Sentiment reads, "May the COURSE be with you!" Just the card every golfing Star Wars fan would love, right?

Yoda was pieced together using a svg cutting file called Galaxy Cuties from Cuddly Cute Designs and golf cart was cut from Cricut's Everyday Paper Dolls cartridge. Hoping this card will bring a smile to hubby's morning as he and his friends head out to spend an enjoyable Fathers Day on the golf course.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Shiba Inu Double Wiper Card

Today is my sister in law's birthday, so I can safely share the card I made for her without worrying about being a spoiler. She owns the sweetest Shiba Inu furbaby that the whole family adores, and I have come to learn that she likes the Shiba Inu themed birthday cards I make for her the most. So of course, I had to go with yet another Shiba Inu themed card again this year...

Here's a short video clip of this fun wiper card in action...
The double wiper mechanism inside the card was cut using the i-Crafter Wiper Insert die. Currently there are, I think, 4 versions of this die; they all have the same double wiper mechanism with the main difference between them being the different elements that you can attach to the wiper arms. 

The cutting files for the paper pieced Shiba Inu dogs were created in Make the Cut design program from images purchased from Balloons with strings were die cut using Balloons Galore die set from Craft Emporium.

As the card is opened, the two wiper mechanisms on either side of  the small pop up insert panel swing up to bring the two bunches of balloons toward the center of the card. 

I added a paper pieced Shiba Inu and birthday cake from Miss Kate's Cuttables to the center pop up insert panel and used Stickles to add a bit of glittery bling to the birthday cake and candles.

Really having fun with this double wiper insert die from i-crafter. I like that it is very generic so you can can attach anything you please to the wipers to create a fun interactive card. And the best part of all is that it's super quick and easy to install! Looking forward to playing with this die a lot!

Sunday, June 7, 2020

Celebrate with Pochacco and Hello Kitty

I decided to make yet another Pochacco themed birthday card for my very special friend Kris who loves Pochacco. We both enjoy interactive cards so I thought I would try making a slider style card similar to the ones shared by the very talented Anita Chang on Instagram.

Happily, I was somehow able to convince hubby once again to help me do this very short video to show this slider card in action. Sometimes words and still photos just aren't enough!

As the tab on the right side of the card is pulled,

... little Pochacco and Hello Kitty appear from behind the cake with Happy Birthday wishes!

I followed  this video tutorial by Karolyn  Loncon of My Favorite Things for creating an interactive double slider card to make this card. The only difference being that I adhered my sliding elements (Pochacco and Hello Kitty) to the center of the slider at the start position so they would slide away from each other rather than toward each other as in Karolyn's card.
After everything for my card was assembled and was glued in place, I discovered that Pochacco and Hello Kitty weren't sliding out from behind the cake smoothly because they kept getting tangled when they slid back behind the cake. To remedy this I had to adhere a panel of clear acetate to the top of the sliding mechanism to separate Pochacco and Hello Kitty. Difficult to see from the still photos, but Hello Kitty is in front of the acetate panel and Pochacco is behind the acetate.

Pochacco, Hello Kitty and the tiered birthday cake are coloring book images which were rendered into cutting files using Make the Cut design program. Everything was cut from white and black cardstock and colored with Copic markers. "Celebrate" cut file was also created in Make the Cut using Ballerina true type font. I added Stickles glitter to the frosting and candles for a festive bling.

Here's the back of the card where I added the birthday sentiment. Putting this card together was quite a learning experience. I'm not entirely pleased that I had to add the panel of acetate between the two sliding elements, but unfortunately that was the only solution I could think of to get the card to work smoothly. Paper pieced images tend to have more catch points than stamped images so maybe next time around I'll experiment with stamped images instead.

Monday, May 25, 2020


Our granddaughter is at that age now where she's finally starting to understand what birthdays are all about. Earlier this year she began asking when hers was and promptly proceeded to inform her mommy and daddy that she wanted a dinosaur cake for her birthday. Based on her request, they began planning a "3-Rex" (T-Rex) themed party to celebrate her 3rd birthday and so of course gramma had to comply with a dinosaur themed birthday card as well.

Wiper style cards are a fun interactive card for toddlers because of its element of surprise. When the right and left sides of the card are pulled simultaneously, a pink Pterodactyl flies up from behind the hillside.

The pink Pterodactyl was attached to a strip of clear acetate which I glued onto the wiper arm mechanism cut from Mama Elephant's Wiper Surprise die. Cloud background and green grassy hills were inked with Tim Holtz distress oxide inks applied with foundation brushes.

The cute and colorful paper pieced dinosaurs were created from SVG files I purchased on Etsy from seller Jojo and Bella. Oh, and since this was for a "3-Rex" party, I made sure  T-Rex was holding the number 3! Palm tree was cut from Cricut Create a Critter cartridge and cutting file for volcano was created in Make the Cut design program from a coloring book image. All paper piecings were cut from white cardstock and colored with Copics.

The dinosaur clipart bundle from Jojo and Bella also included jpeg, png, pdf, and eps format files too, making it easy to create and print a fun dinosaur scene on the back of the card where I added our birthday sentiment. Although we had hoped to celebrate our granddaughter's 3rd birthday in person, we ended up cancelling our flight due to Covid 19, and the "3-Rex" party turned into a drive-by parade party instead. That's okay, we don't regret our decision to stay safe ...we still had fun watching our granddaughter open her gifts via video chat; and her drive-by party parade is something she and her parents will likely remember and talk about for years to come.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Sharing Smiles

Today I'm sharing some of the fun and crafty projects that I've recently received from my sweet, thoughtful and talented friends.

My dear friend Bev surprised me on Mothers Day with this beautiful U-fold or Bridgefold style card. View from the top shows how she adhered the jar filled with layered paper pieced flowers and foilage onto the center strut inside to give the appearance of a shadowbox. Love, love the bright and cheery colors she pretty!

This amazing Mothers Day surprise is from my multi talented friend, Lorna. Really love the sparkly  daisy dish scrubby she crocheted...almost too pretty to use! Lorna packaged her lovely scrubby together with a sweet treat in a cello bag sealed with some polka dot washi tape and a cute layered tag to match the scrubby.

Awww! Lorna also created this super kawaii Boys Day Totoro treat holder. I especially liked the intricate cuts on Totoro's brightly colored koinobori or flying carp...very festive!

Now this treat holder from Lorna is truly a sign of the times, right? She decorated this sleeve style treat holder with the most adorable peeking bunny wearing a face mask and filled it with a package of mini oreos; cuter than cute!

Here's a fun card that's a little unconventional, but sure to bring a smile from my sweet crafting buddy, Kris. For one thing, this definitely has to be the first toilet bowl card I've ever received!

Pulling down on the toilet paper of this Waterfall style card makes the toilet bowl lid flip open to show a mouse inside your toilet with a request... and pulling the toilet paper down further flips the toilet seat up! Hubby and I both got a good laugh from this fun card.
Special thanks to my thoughtful and caring friends who shared their crafty talents to lift my spirits and bring a little cheer during these unprecedented times of uncertainty. The good news is that we have significantly "flattened the curve" in our state and stay at home restrictions are slowly being eased. Please continue to stay safe, everyone!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Flowers for Mom

I was excited to finally use the Karen Burniston Flower Pot Pop Up die set that I purchased a while ago with the express intent of making our Mothers Day cards this year.

I had watched Karen Burniston's assembly tutorial video for this die more than half a dozen times so I felt pretty confident the pop up mechanism would come together fairly quickly. But as it turns out, I ended up spending way too much time going back and forth on the design elements of the card... what colors to use?...which patterned papers?...which flowers and leaves?....etc, etc... that I barely finished the cards in time.

I finally settled on my favorite pinks and decided to make cutting files to create my own version of a layered flower instead of using the daisy style layered flower dies that came included in the die set. Layered butterfly was cut from Cheery Lyn Designs Small Exotic Butterfly dies; and I used C.C. Designs Olive Branch, Stampin' Up Little Leaves Sizzlets, as well as the leaf branch included in the pop up die set to cut the leaves.

Here's the fun pop up flower pot inside the card.

 Difficult to see from the photos, but I layered a combination of glitter and pearlescent cardstocks on the flowers and butterfly for a touch of bling. Flatback pearls were used for the flower centers.

Although I suspect this pop up die mechanism was designed to be used in cards with a portrait orientation, I decided to change mine into a landscape oriented card at the last minute. I first assembled the flower pot and attached it to a doily I had cut on my Silhouette. I then made the mistake of  filling the pot with flowers and leaves before attaching the flower pot to the card base. Didn't realize until I finally secured the doily and pot to the card base that all my flowers were facing to the right of the card! So rather than removing the stems and recutting all the branches to rearrange the flowers, I decided to rotate the card to a landscape orientation.

 I tried to balance to awkward placement of flower pot by placing the sentiment boxes to the upper left and bottom right of the finished card.   

Here's a shot of the flower pot pop up from the top which show how the struts in the flower pot run perpendicular to each other. The funny thing is, although it was this feature that really attracted me into purchasing this pop up die, as you can see in the final card, I ended up using the only the struts that were parallel anyway. That's okay, I'm looking forward to spending more time playing with this die set and learning how to better use it to it to its full creative capacity.