Some Interactive Fun – Peek-A….

Last week, I had an amazing time out with my family in Banff, Alberta (If you have never been out to the Canadian end of the Rocky Mountains, you really are missing out)! My girls had a blast sleeping together in the same room (a “snumber” party, as my two year old likes to call it), and we just enjoyed some time away from the regular routine and responsibilities.

But this week, it is back to work and back to crafty time!  I have a bunch of projects on the go, and can’t wait to share the creations (and some new tutorials) with you.  In the meantime, I thought I would look back into my photos and try to find a project to share with you that might inspire some tips and tricks!  And I found it!

This was a layout I created last summer with the BasicGrey Lauderdale collection.  I had actually taken this photo of my youngest daughter and myself by holding the camera out in front of us, and it was actually the photo that inspired the design!  Although I wasn’t happy about the way we were cut off, I LOVED the bright and surprised expression in my daughter’s face.  It immediately reminded me of someone peeking, and the idea for the layout was born.

Although my favourite part of the layout was the picture, I also really love the interactive element that was added to the title to help tell the story.  If you pull up on the large white flower that the top, the missing part of the title “magically” appears!

Peek-a-BOO! I see you, and you and you and you!

The black paper hides the slide so well, and the layered flower that was fussy cut from the paper works perfectly as a pull!

Some dimensional flowers to add a little punch! Inked on the edges of course!

Speaking of fussy cutting, I did manage to get out my scissors and put them to good use for this layout.  Each of the larger flowers was actually fussy cut from the paper, and then layered on top of an identical bloom to create dimension and interest.  Glued down only in the middle, each petal actually pops off the page and was bent and creased to increase the “pop” factor! I know there are many of you who hate fussy cutting, but I love the dimension you can get, especially with flowers, when you get those scissors working.  If I still haven’t convinced you, make sure you pop back next month for some tips and tricks all about fussy cutting!

So what do you think?  Not too shabby for a picture I thought would be met with the delete button!  Thanks for stopping by!

Speaking of treats…

This was a birthday card I made for my dad's 70th birthday using recycled packaging from buttons! Can you guess which jelly bean my daughter added????

Easter is always celebrated around my house with treats – especially chocolate! So, while the example card today isn’t exactly Easter themed, I thought it wold be a fun project to share with you today since it is filled with treats!  And by the end of the post, you’ll know exactly how to create one that you could turn into an Easter treat design!  So let’s hop to it! ;)

The example that you see pictures was a card I actually made for my dad to help celebrate his 70th birthday in March (Happy Birthday Dad)!  I used Echo Park This and That Charming collection, and the 6X6 pack worked perfectly for this project!  The candies are Jelly Bellies, which are a great size for this project – you will need a candy that it not too big or bulky (and yummy, of course)!

Materials:

  • Clear packaging in any shape/size that suits your design – make sure it has a lip around the entire shape.  Make sure you thoroughly wash it out!
  • Adhesive (tape runners word better than a liquid adhesive)
  • Piercing tool (or straight pin)
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife

Instructions:

Note: If you a person who works best from tutorials that include specific measurements, this is probably not a tutorial for you!  Because recycled packaging is being used, each treat container will be a different size, so I cannot provide those specifics for you.  If you are comfortable “fudging” things as you go – keep reading!  It will be worth it!

Step 1

Choose packaging that is an appropriate size and shape for the card you have designed.  The paper for your card base should be at least 2 1/2 times this circumference (or widest edge for a square or rectangle), so you can fold it in half.

Step 2

Fold your card base in half, and then open it flat again.  Determine where you would like the treat cup to be on your card front.  Holding it in place with one hand, use your piercing tool (or needle) to punch holes around the base of the packaging on the inside edge of the lip.  This will allow you to get an accurate shape for your cutout so you will be able to hide the lip.

Step 3

Remove the packaging.  You will now see the shape you will need to cutout.

Step 4

Use a craft knife to cut out the shape created by your piercing.  Do not worry of the shape does not seem symmetrical – most of the packaging is not either! ;)

Step 5

Use a ruler to determine the widest parts of your cutout.  Add 3/4″ to each side and make a note of the size of paper you will need to create a backing (this is the piece of paper that will keep that candies from falling out. Using these measurements, cut out a piece of paper that will cover the back of the cutout with at least 3/4″ extra on each side.

Step 6

Place the backing card on the inside of the card and eyeball (or measure) to find the center.  Create a circle or other shape that will be big enough for your candies to fit though.  Do not make the opening too big! Cut or punch out the shape.

Step 7

Run adhesive along the top of the lip of your packaging.  Don’t be stingy here – you want that packaging securely in place.

Step 8

From the back of the front face of your card, pop your packing through the opening.  Press down around the lip to secure it in place.  Adhere your backing piece in place 1/4″ around 3 of the outside edges, leaving one edge open so you will be able to insert a tag that the recipient can pull out to release the candies (without having to destroy the whole card)

Step 9

Cut out another piece of paper that fits inside the pocket you have created (it should be 1″ wider than the opening of your shape). Slide the tag in between the front of the card and the backing piece you created with the small opening.  This tag will block the back hole so the candies stay inside until the recipient decides to dig in!  Decorate away!

This Echo Park This and That Charming paper was perfect for this project!

I know that it might look a little “vague” and complicated, but once you have created one, you will see how easy it really is!  There are companies that create these “treat cups” with card templates and pieces already cut, and while they are great, I think it is really fun to vary the shapes and use up that packaging you have kicking around.  I have to admit that I am hoarding card sized packaging now – I even went browsing the dollar store isles the other day for products that came in packaging that would work for these cute cards!  ;)

Are you ready to give it a try?

Supporting OWH (and a tutorial so you can too)!

Do you enjoy making cards?  Every Tuesday in April the teachers at Miss Art’s Papercrafting School will be teaming up to bring you a card tutorial, designed to spark your creativity, teach you new techniques, and meet the specifications for Operation Write Home cards.  Each Tuesday, visit the Miss Art’s blog to view the tutorial.  Then join designers Karen Hanson, Alyssa McGrew, Tina McDonald, and Jodi Baune in creating cards to donate to Operation Write Home.
Cards will be collected at the Miss Art’s office, then forwarded as a group to the Operation Write Home distribution center.
Every card we receive will become an entry to win the Esther’s Innovations kit from Miss Art’s!  You can send as many cards as you like, earning as many entries as you like, but only cards following the OWH guidelines will be eligible.  Cards must be received by May 25th, 2012 to be eligible for the drawing.  International entries and cards are welcome.  Cards created should be shipped to Miss Art’s Papercrafting School, Attn: Alyssa McGrew, 125 Sherry Ln, Attica, IN 47918.
For more information about the specific requirements for donated cards, please view the OWH requirements page.
We can’t wait to see what you create!
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It never ceases to amaze me how giving, caring and supportive the papercrafting community can be!  There always seem to be initiatives to support those in need – everything from supporting crafters through family tragedies to large scale support programs.

I recently heard about an organization called Operation Write Home (OWH) through the Miss Art’s Papercrafting School.  OWH’s mission is Supporting our nation’s armed forces by sending blank handmade greeting cards to write home on, as well as cards of gratitude to encourage them.”  Now, I know many of you are saying – hey Scrappy, the USA is not your nation.  While that might be true, I think this is a great program in support of people, so I was happy to see how I might be able to contribute!  And to be completely honest, I am always looking for a good excuse to craft! ;)

So, out came the paper and glue, and a new card creation was born:

This card utilizes a fun, and fairly simple interactive element called a surprise pop-up.  When the recipient pulls on the tab at the top, the stamped image slides up to reveal the sentiment,  For this design, I used a cute free digi from Paula over at Handmade by Paula and simply embellished the sheep with a little fussy cut flower. Paula actually created this cute sheep and sentiment specifically for a OWH blog hop back in 2010, so I thought this would be a great chance to give this adorable stamp the spotlight again!  And finally, all the paper used for the card is from the Echo Park Springtime collection – the perfect collection to bring a fresh and bright feeling to projects this time of year!

Here’s how you can create a standard A2 surprise pop-up card too:

Materials:

  • Paper Cut to: Piece 1 – 4 ¼” X 5 “, Piece 2 – 4 ¼” X 10”, Piece 3 – 3” X 4 ¾”
  • Adhesive
  • Craft Knife
  • Metal ruler
  • Scoring board
  • Optional – ribbon or other fiber

Instructions:

Step 1

Cut 3 pieces of cardstock to measurements

Step 2

  • Using Piece 1 – Place the paper down so the 4 ¼” edge is across the top.  Measure in ¾” from the left and right side.    
  • Use these marks to draw 2 vertical lines – one on the right and one on the left side starting and ending ¾” from the top and bottom edges.
  • Connect these two vertical lines across the bottom.
  • Use a craft knife and metal ruler to cut each line you have drawn.

 Step 3

You should now have a flap in the middle of your card that is till connected at the top edge.

 Step 4

Note - the 3rd score line should be at the 4 1/4" mark (to join the ends of the cut lines)! Thanks Centralnyscrapper for catching this!

  • Using Piece 1 – Rotate your paper 90º so the 5” edge is across the top and the “bottom” edge is lined up at the 0 mark.
  • Score at the 1 ¼”, 2 ¾” and 4 1/4” mark.

 Step 5

  • Using Piece 1 – Turn your paper over so the wrong side is facing up
  • Apply a strip of adhesive along the tab created by the bottom cut and first score line.

Step 6

Using Piece 3 – Line up and center one 3” edge with the bottom of edge of the flap (where you just applied the adhesive).  Press down.

 Step 7

  • Using Piece 2 – Fold in half
  • Using Piece 1/3 – Apply adhesive along the sides and bottom edges of piece 1/3

 Step 8

Using Piece 1/3 – Turn it over so the right side of your paper is facing up and the adhesive is facing down.  Line it up with Piece 2 and adhere the pieces together.

 Step 9

You now have your completed pop-up element.  Embellish the pull tab with ribbon and add your stamped images to the flap and the hidden compartment.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope this little card brings smile to your face! Oh, and I would love to know if you have ever made cards for OWH (or are now inspired to do just that) – leave me a comment below!

Trying something new!

So, in April, our family has one birthday to celebrate (and after March, that is a huge relief)!  It happens to be one of my brothers in law, and it is probably fair to say that our styles are a little bit different. ;)  I thought it might be fun to try something a little bit different for his card, so I did some searching online to see what I could come up with in terms of motorcycle stamps.  I have to say that it was a difficult search. Now, I really do not know anything about motorcycles except that there are two very different styles – so on top of having to find a motorcycle stamp, I had to make sure it looked nothing like a crotch rocket! I did finally find a digi through Stampin’ Up, so I gave it a go!  Here’s what I came up with:

It is a bit glossy, but i managed to steer clear of the glitter! ;)

Coloured a bit with Copics and topped off with Glossy Accents, I think this digi from Stampin' Up worked great for this theme!

I was actually inspired by a weekly sketch challenge over at Two Peas in  A Bucket, but also took the opportunity to get the card done for the weekly challenge at CropChocolate (a masculine themed project with a bit of clear, gloss or transparency).  I HAD to use this Echo Park Times and Season’s Paper simply for the mustache paper – BIL has one just like it – and it was easy to use it to create something that looked like it had been dragged through the dirt (which I think is a good thing ;)).  A bit of Glossy Accents makes the fussy cut stamped image pop, although I did have to fight the urge to cover the whole motorcycle – after all, those usually SHINE!

Well, what do you think?  Anyone know a rough and tumble guy who could help me figure out if it passes the biker test?