Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flower Box Pop-Up Card

This week my dear friend landed in the hospital. I wanted to make a card for her that included flowers to brighten her room. I didn’t want to bring her real flowers, because I was worried that the strong scent would make her already weak stomach feel even worse. The inside of the card uses a parallel open box pop-up mechanism. The outside of the card has a window that allows the recipient to peek at the flowers before opening. This card opens differently than a standard card, with the open end facing up.

Notes: This card is a 5-½” Square when closed. If you choose to make it in a smaller size, you will need to be more careful with how long you make the stems, so that the flowers don’t stick out when the card is closed.

1. Start with a 11 x 5-½” piece of Pear Pizzazz Cardstock. Decorate one side with the wheel and Old Olive Ink. Score the piece in half at the 5-½” mark.

2. On one of the halves of the Pear Pizzazz piece, cut a centered 2-½” square window.

Window Frame
3. Cut a 3-½” Square piece and two 3- ½” x 3/16” strips of Soft Suede. Stamp the 3-½ “ square window piece and the two strips with the Woodgrain Background stamp and Soft Suede Ink.

4. Cut a 2-½“ square window in the middle of the 3-½” Square piece. Use a trimmer or a hobby blade and a cutting mat. There will be a ½” frame on all sides when you are done.

5. Put adhesive along all four sides on the back of the Soft Suede window piece. Adhere the two strips to create a cross bar for the window.

6. Cut a 3-1/8” square window sheet piece. Adhere the window sheet to the back of the Soft Suede Window. There should be sufficient adhesive leftover from adhering the cross bars to hold the window sheet in place. Put adhesive along all four sides of the back of the completed Soft Suede Window. Adhere to the front of the card over top of the window on the card base.

Flower Box (Pop-Up Mechanism)
7 Start with a piece of 9-½” x 1-¾” piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock. On the short side, score at the ½” mark.

8. On the long side, score at 3-½”, 4”, 4-½”, 8”, 8-½”, 9”.

9. From the ½” scored side, cut away the two scored squares from the 3-½” to the 4-½” mark and the last three scored squares from the 8” mark all the way to then end at 9-½”.

10. Place double sided adhesive along the two 3-½” tabs and on the short end tab.

11. Remove the adhesive liner off the first 3-½” tab and place it along the score line on the inside of the card.

12. Remove the adhesive liner off the second 3-½” tab, bend it around so that you can place this tab along the score line, on the opposite side of the tab you adhered in the previous step.

13. Remove the adhesive liner off the end tab and bring it around to complete the open box.

Eyelet Border
14: Cut two 4-½” x 5/8” strips of Early Espresso Cardstock. On the long side, score at ½” and 4”.

15. Punch the long side of both strips of cardstock with the Eyelet Border Punch.

16. Adhere the Eyelet Border Punch pieces along the top edges of the pop-up box.

Flower Stems
17. Cut seven strips of 4-½” x ¼” Garden Green Cardstock. Place a small strip of double sided adhesive on each of the ends.

18. Remove the adhesive liner and adhere the flower stems to the inside of the box. Adhere four stems on the side next to the window and three on the opposite side. Note: The flower stems are all the same length now, but will be trimmed in a subsequent step.

Flower Heads
19. Prepare the flower heads. I used mono multi adhesive to glue the pieces together. Note: the extra punched shapes on the far right are to cover the stems on the back of the flower once you have the flower attached to the card.
  • Hyacinth (make 3 in different colors)
    two 1-3/8” x 5/8” Ovals, ten Itty Bitty Shape 4-petal flowers
  • Daffodils (make 2 in different colors)
    two 5-Flower Petals, one Boho Blossoms Scallop
  • Tulips (make 2 in different colors)
    four tear-drop shaped petals from Blossom Petals

    20. Test out how you want your flower heads placed with a little temporary adhesive first. Especially make sure that the two flowers that are most visible through the window are placed with a good view.

    21. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the flower head, adhere it with double-sided adhesive and trim the stem below the level of the top of the flower. Cover the back of the flower with an extra punched shape to hide the stem. Repeat this step for the rest of the flower heads.

    22. Cut fourteen strips of 4” x 3/8” Garden Green Cardstock. Hand cut the ends to a taper.

    23. Adhere the leaves next to each stem. You will need to cut the stems a little shorter according to the height of each flower.

    24. Decorate the rest of the card as desired.

    Here is the card half open.

    Supplies: Stamp Sets: Teeny Tiny Wishes, Sincere Salutations, Woodgrain; Paper: Pear Pizzazz , Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Peach Parfait, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Concord Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz DSP, Window Sheet; Ink: Early Espresso, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Poppy Parade, Regal Rose; Punches: Boho Blossoms, 5-Petal Flower, Blossom Petals, Itty Bitty Shapes Pack, 1-3/8” x 5/8” Oval, Modern Label, Word Window; Jumbo Wheel Handle; Ink Cartridge; 1- ¼” Striped Early Espresso Grosgrain; Poppy Parade Poly Ribbon.

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  • Tuesday, March 29, 2011

    Pop-ups Take Time

    No, I haven't suddenly disappeared off the face of the blogosphere. I have been busy with workshops and a new pop-up tutorial. If you've ever designed a pop-up card, you know how much time they take. It's like creating two cards in one. Not only that, but a well-designed pop-up card has a strong connection between the outside and the inside. I think you will like my new pop-up creation which will pop-up on my blog by the end of the week. Stay tuned!!!!!
    Tuesday, March 22, 2011

    Owl Birthday Cylindrical Pop-Up Card

    The idea for this fun pop-up card came from the oddest place. Can you guess what inspired me (find out below)? The owls on the front of this card are trying to hide, but they are so excited that they’re not really doing a good job. Then when the card is opened the owls spring out from the tree trunk to surprise the recipient. This pop up card uses an easy cylindrical pop-up mechanism. To find out how to make your own, see my tutorial below.

    Notes: It’s best to use textured or designer series paper for the pop-up piece, because it's lighter weight than standard cardstock and therefore bends into a cylinder better. Woodland Walk DSP would also make an excellent tree trunk. The Punch Bunch set makes these owls fast and easy, but they could also be made with just the owl punch.

    Card Base: Marina Mist Medium (5-½” x 4-¼”)
    Grass Inside: Pear Pizzazz DSP (8-½” x 1-½”)
    Grass Front: Pear Pizzazz DSP (4-¼” x 1-½”)
    Tree Trunk Inside: Chocolate Chip Textured (7” x 5- ½”)
    Tree Trunk Front: Chocolate Chip Textured (5-½” x 2-¼”)

    Additional Pieces:
    6 Owls: Punch Bunch Owl, Early Espresso Ink, Very Vanilla CS, Owl Punch
    6 Wings: Early Espresso CS, Bird Punch Wing
    6 Party Hats: Daffodil Delight CS, Poppy Parade CS, Concord Crush CS, points from Star Punch
    6 Pompoms: Daffodil Delight CS, Poppy Parade CS, Concord Crush CS, Itty Bitty Shapes Scallop Circle
    17 leaves: Pear Pizzazz CS, Old Olive Ink sponged, Blossom Petals Punch,
    Sign: “Let’s Celebrate”, Early Espresso Ink, Crumb Cake CS, Modern Label Punch
    Black Out Hole: 2-1/8” x 2-1/2” Basic Black CS

    1. Score your 8-½” x 1-½” Pear Pizzazz DSP, at the 4-¼” mark. Scallop Edge Punch along the entire 8-½” side. Adhere to the inside bottom of the Marina Mist card base, making sure that the score marks line up.

    Tree Trunk Pop-up Piece:
    2. Stamp your 7” x 5- ½” Chocolate Chip Textured cardstock with the Woodgrain background and Basic Black Ink. Make sure that your piece is oriented horizontally when you stamp it and aim for the center of the cardstock. The stamp will not cover the entire piece with ink, but the blank edges will not be visible after assembly.

    3. On the 7” side, score this piece at the 3-½” mark.

    4. Punch a hole with the 1-¾” circle punch near the top of the tree trunk. If you wish your hole to be lower than punching from the top will allow, fold the tree trunk piece in half along the score line. Punch your circle along the crease, making sure to punch just half the circle. This works best with textured cardstock or Designer Series Paper, because it is thinner and can punch through two layers at one time.

    5. Place 2 lines of sticky strip along both 5-½” edges on the side that will face outward.

    6. Remove the sticky strip liner from one of the edges. Adhere along the centerfold of the card base. Note: The trunk piece is being adhered to the right side of the card centerfold in the photo

    7. Fold the pop-up piece in half and remove the sticky strip liner from the remaining edge.

    8. Carefully close the card, so that the sticky edge adheres to the other side of the centerfold.

    Owl Placement
    9. When adhering the owl into the hole, test it out with a little temporary adhesive first, until you get the placement right. With the measurements of this particular card, your owl can stick out ¾” from the tree trunk when the card is closed.

    10. Decorate the rest of the card as desired.

    AND here is my inspiration...
    AND my sage advice to always go through your junk mail. LOL!!

    Stampin' Up! Supplies:
  • Stamp Sets: Punch Bunch, Family Phrases, Woodgrain (W 128763, C 127808);
  • Card Stock: Marina Mist (119862), Pear Pizzazz (131201), Early Espresso (119868), Crumb Cake (120953), Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight (119683), Concord Crush, Very Vanilla (101650), Chocolate Chip Textured, Pear Pizzazz DSP
  • Ink: Pear Pizzazz (131180), Black Staz On (101406), Early Espresso (126974), Versamark (102283);
  • Tools: Punches: Owl (118074), Bird (117191), Blossom Petals, 1-3/4” Circle (119850), Scallop Edge Border (119882), Modern Label (119849), Star, Itty Bitty Shapes (118309); Heat Tool (129053)
  • Accessories: Silver Brad; White Embossing Powder (109132); Peach Parfait Marker; Sponge Daubers (102892);
  • Adhesive:Sticky Strip (104294)
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  • Monday, March 21, 2011

    Fast & Furious Birthday Card

    I know what you're thinking. This card uses the Fast & Fabulous stamp set, not the Fast & Furious stamp set. However, March is such a busy month that I’m always scrambling to get all of my birthday cards stamped. So yesterday I was using the Fast & Fabulous stamp set to create a Fast & Furious card. I love this stamp set. I didn’t even use a stamp-a-ma-jig to align the flowers. It really makes great cards super fast. Mom, if you’re looking at my blog, please avert your eyes. This card is on its way to you.

    Supplies: Stamp Sets: Fast & Fabulous Level 2 Hostess, Create a Cupcake; Cardstock: Marina Mist, Night of Navy, Whisper White; Ink: Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Old Olive; Punches: Scallop Oval, 1-3/4” x 7/8” Oval, Eyelet Border; 1-1/4” Navy Striped Grosgrain.

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    Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Scallop Circle Die Easter Basket

    A couple of days ago I shared my Easter Nest tutorial with you. My Scallop Circle Die Easter Basket is based on the same concept, but with just a few changes. It is almost as easy to make as the Easter Nest, and has the perfect oval shape for an Easter Basket. If you would like to make your own, just watch my video tutorial below. If you click on the bottom right-hand corner of the video box, you can expand the video to full screen to see more of the details.

    Details: The petals-a-plenty embossing folder is optional, but it gives the Easter Basket such a springtime feel. The butterflies are so easy to make with the Beautiful Wings Embosslit and a little sponging with Marina Mist ink. The “Happy Easter” greeting gets cut off a little with the Oval Punch, but I think it looks fine this way and then it can be layered with a scallop oval. The Glimmer brads add just the perfect sparkle and hold the Blushing Bride ribbon handle in place.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Easter Blossoms Stamp Set; Card Stock: Blushing Bride, Regal Rose, So Saffron, Marina Mist, Whisper White; Ink: Marina Mist, Punches: 2” x 1-3/8” Oval, 1-3/4” x 7/8” Oval; Scallop Oval; Sponge Daubers; Big Shot; Scallop Circle Die; Petals-a-Plenty Embossing Folder; Beautiful Wings Embosslit; In-Color Glimmer Brads; Blushing Bride Poly Ribbon; Marina Mist 1/8” Taffeta; Tombow Multi Glue.
    Other Supplies: Cadbury Mini Eggs.

    If you have a question, please leave me a comment and I will update my blog with your answer. Thanks for visiting and I love to read your comments.

    Toni asked: "what size is the scaloped circle? i dont have the die but if i had an aproximent size i could make it with something else."
    The scallop circle die is approximately 4-1/2" in diameter. There are 30 scallops on this particular die. I hope that helps!!
    Monday, March 14, 2011

    Easter Nest

    It took me several days, but I finally managed to figure out how to turn the scallop circle die into a bowl. This bowl makes a perfect nest, don’t you think? If you would like to make your own nest or bowl-shaped dish, just watch my tutorial below. It’s actually quite easy to make.

    Details: The square lattice embossing folder gives the bowl a nest-like look and when you add little slivers of 5” card stock in Soft Suede and Wild Wasabi and line the bowl with them, it really looks like a nest. I embossed the swirl from the Easter Blossoms stamp set with white embossing powder on both birds. I also embossed the greeting, “sending Springtime smiles”, with white embossing powder on Wild Wasabi. A Crumb Cake Modern Label Punch piece serves as the stake for the greeting.

    Stampin’ Up! Supplies: Easter Blossoms Stamp Set; Card Stock: Soft Suede, Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake; Ink: Marina Mist, Pretty in Pink, Soft Suede, Versamark; Punches: 1-3/4” Circle, Bird Punch, Modern Label, 1-3/8” x 5/8” Oval; Basic Pearl Jewels; White Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; Sponge Daubers; Big Shot; Scallop Circle Die; Square Lattice Embossing Folder; Tombow Multi Glue.
    Other Supplies: Cadbury Mini Eggs.

    If you have a question, please post a comment and I will update my blog with your answer. Thanks for looking!! I love reading your comments!!