Over time, I've collected several Hello Kitty coloring books, just so I can use the images to create cutting files for paper projects like this one. Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Hillside Borders" die was used to cut the grassy background; and all other cuts including the oval shape were cut on the Silhouette. "Happy Birthday" greeting is from Lawn Fawn's "Party Animal" stamp set.
Sunday, July 11, 2021
If you know how much I truly love my ice cream and teddy bears, you'll understand how excited I was to be able to see my idea come to life, lol! Yes, this Karen Burniston Parcel Pop Up die mechanism is fast becoming a favorite with me. Hope I can continue to dream up more fun ways to use it!
Sunday, July 4, 2021
I had just enough time to finish a second graduation card this year; this one for my cousin's son. Since I was happy with how the first graduation card for my niece turned out (previous post), I decided to use Karen Burniston's Rockin' Rectangle pop up die again to animate this card as well.
I added glittery gold cardstock on the inside of the card and the graduate silhouette and sentiment panels were attached to the Rockin' Rectangle mechanism.
As the card is opened, the graduate silhouette panel pops forward and moves to the right to reveal the sentiment panel underneath. I enjoyed putting these graduation cards together this year; my only regret is that I wish I had gotten started sooner so I could have finished more of these in time for all the graduates on our list. Will definitely consider doing a repeat of this card style for our graduates next year.
Sunday, June 27, 2021
Sunday, June 20, 2021
I had so much fun using Karen Burniston's Photo Collage Pop Up die to make my granddaughter's birthday card last month that I was itching to use it again, this time with real photos.
Then, using Print Shop publishing program I made a mock up layout for the front of my card so I could place and print my greeting in the correct position. Photos were ordered as collage prints from Walgreens as recommended by Karen Burniston in her video tutorial.
As the card is opened...
I really enjoyed putting this card together and especially like that it's almost like a mini interactive scrapbook page.
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Today I'm sharing a card I recently put together for the birthday of my dear friend and crafting buddy Kris. I chose to use the Karen Burniston Parcel Pop Up die to make her card, mostly because I struggled with the assembly of this mechanism on another card last month, and felt I needed more play time with it so I could better familiarize myself with the workings of this die.
I made a bottom fold card, using clear acetate for the top half of the card front and embellishing with cloud and star cuts. I also cut and adhered mirrored images of the clouds directly behind on the inside so no unsightly adhesive would be showing through from the cloud cuts on the front. To keep the card closed, I added a thin neodymium magnet sandwiched between star cuts to the top of the acetate panel and another on the inside under the blue panel.
As the card is opened, Little Twin Stars floats up from behind the clouds. I used Lawn Fawn's Puffy Cloud Border die to cut a panel the same width as the card and glued it to the front of the Parcel Pop Up mechanism so Little Twin Stars would seem to appear from behind it.
Cutting file for paper pieced Little Twin Stars was created in Make the Cut design program from a coloring book image. Sentiments on the clouds were done using Lauren Script font and the print and cut function. As it turned out, the completed Little Twin Stars image ended up being too wide to fit behind the pop up mechanism.
Monday, June 7, 2021
After binge watching cardmaking tutorials on YouTube, I was excited to give the "see through" or "floating" shaker card another try; this time on a tri-fold retirement card for my sister in law.
Scalloped frame for the shaker was die cut using Park Avenue Creative Cuts by Mama Elephant.
I used stamped images from Dandelion Designs "Sakura" and "Sakura Girls" sets, colored with Copics and fussy cut. Sakura Girls' kimonos were paper pieced with washi papers. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of using foam tape to adhere the stamped images onto the front of the shaker.
As you can see here, since this is a "see through" shaker card, when the card is opened, the back of the stamped images and the foam tape I used are visible...which isn't too pretty at all. Definitely need to rethink the placement of cutouts and embellies on my next attempt of a see through shaker card!
Here's the trifold card completely open. Background wave patterned papers are digital paper from Gradient Fox on Etsy.
Sunday, May 30, 2021
It's been awhile since I've used my Karen Burniston Parcel Pop Up die, so I thought I'd use it to make a fun pop up card. I used clear acetate for the front of my bottom fold card so the wrapped present in the card would be visible. I used a freebie cutting file from Bird's Cards to create a puffy bow for the front of the card to hold the magnet which keeps the card closed. The second magnet was glued under the flat bow on the giftbox inside the card.
As the card is opened, surprise! Another doggie pops up from inside the present...so fun!
Monday, May 24, 2021
Here's a view from the top of the card fully open which shows the slider on the top of the card where I attached the envelope for my gift card. It's a little hard to see since I die cut the envelope out of the same cloud patterned paper that I used for the background.
Sunday, May 16, 2021
Karen's You Tube video assembly tutorial.
Cutting files for all the paper pieced embellishments on this card, including the paper pieced Doc Mcstuffins on the front were created in Make the Cut design program from coloring book images or icon clip art. This is a fun pop up card to make and receive; the only drawback being that I rarely have enough photos to create a collage. I guess I need to start taking more photos of people instead of only paper projects!
This is what Doc Mcstuffins' doctor bag looks like. I was happy to find lots of freebie templates online to recreate this as a treat bag for birthday parties....
Since the bags needed to be at least 8 inches high to accommodate the clipboard, we decided to use ready made lavender colored gift bags, trim off the handles and attach a glittery handled topper. The back flap of the topper was glued onto the bag and I used strong neodymium magnets for the front closure.
Themed birthday parties are always so much fun and I'm so happy that I had the chance to help with the bags.