Sunday, August 19, 2018

Hexagonal Base Pop Up Card, Revised!

Here's a birthday card I created for my dear friend Patti which is sort of a revised version of the Hexagonal Pop Up Card like the one in my previous post. I came up with this revised card when I recently noticed that the Hallmark Wonderfolds cards I love so much are actually very similar in construction to Mitosu Crafts'  Hexagonal Pop Up Cards.

The main difference in the two cards is that the Wonderfolds have a elevated floor panel inside the hexagonal box with slits cut into it. The design elements of the card (bridge, tree, girl) are attached to tabs which are threaded through these slits and anchored inside to the bottom of the box. After a little bit of fiddling and playing around, I added an extra panel to the original Hexagonal Pop Up Card template and to come up with this card.

I embellished the card in Patti's favorite color (red) and favorite Asian theme. The cute paper pieced China girl cutting file is SVG Cutting File's Chibi Chinese New Year Girl and the tree is a cutting file from Cricut's Pagoda cartridge. Metal die from Lala Land was used to cut the bridge and the Chinese Landscape background die is from Amy Design.

I've been leaving the backside on the Hexagon Pop Up cards I've made in the past rather plain, only adding my greeting or sentiment to the center panel, but this time I felt compelled to decorate the backside as well. I added a paper pieced bamboo and panda to try to give the card a 360 degree view, just like the Hallmark Wonderfold cards.

Ahhh! And for me the coolest thing about this card is how it easily folds flat when the two side corners of the box are gently squeezed. Yay! New fun card style to play with!

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Simple Hexagonal Base Pop Up and Panda Thank You

Earlier this summer I had the opportunity to get together with crafty friends to play and share ideas. For my share, I chose to do a Make and Take of the fun Hexagonal Base Pop Up card that I learned from Jay Soriano of Mitosu Crafts via his You Tube tutorial. Jay uses Stampin' Up's Sizzix Window Box Thinlits die to create the base of his card. For my version, I started with Jay's template here and used Make the Cut to create one similar, but with the front panel slightly shorter than the rest.

With unicorns becoming so wildly popular lately, I decided to go with this cute Unicorn freebie image found at Free Pretty Things For You. The rainbow and clouds image I used for the background was also part of this freebie set. Both were created into elements for my card using the print and cut function in Make the Cut design program.

Here's the view from the top of the card where you can see how the card is constructed on the inside with a main center panel. For my center panel I used a piece of glitter cardstock with the top cut to look like a puffy cloud. The unicorn was then adhered to a pop up style box which was glued to both the center panel and the floor of the the hexagon. I used foam tape to adhere the rainbow to the center cloud panel. Tiny glittery pink stars were also added with some foam tape.

Pushing down on the main center panel collapses the card and allows it to flatten so it can be slipped into an envelope. Definitely one of my new favorite cards to make!

Also want to share this super cute thank you card I received from my dear friend Dale. Awwww... isn't panda just too adorable? I think panda was paper pieced from a Frantic Stamper die and pretty bamboo background from a Cheery Lynn die. I love just about anything panda... gonna have to add this one to my collection too!

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Aloha and Welcome to Hawaii!

Decorated a dozen french fry boxes and filled them with cookies for a family luncheon we held while our granddaughter and her parents were here this summer. Since everything was unplanned and decided just in the spur of the moment, these cookie holders had to be super quick to put together.

The cutting file template for the fry boxes came from SVG Cutting Files. I wanted to do a Hawaiian theme so I chose a coloring book image of  Hello Kitty doing the hula to render into a cut file to decorate the boxes.  Hello Kitty is always cute and yet so easy to paper piece so she was a perfect choice.  The flowers for her lei were cut using a Punch Bunch mini flower punch. I  really had fun putting this together and am totally looking forward to crafting lots more fun cutesy things for our granddaughter as she grows up!