BFF Trinkets – Especially For You!

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It’s preview week this week at Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, and I am so excited to be participating again this month.  Some of you might remember that I earned a guest spot last month for KKS after participating in a contest a few months back.  Well, after a bunch of groveling on my part, ;) Kim asked me to stay on as a permanent Krafty Girl!  So today, and all this week, I get to share previews of all the stamps being released this weekend!

Now, let’s get down to business!

BFF-Trinket-closeupIt is no secret that I love paper flowers (and I know you do too because some of my most popular blog posts are my tutorials for flowers)! It is also no secret that I love Kraftin’ Kimmie stamps, so I decided to team them up today for fun spring card! The center of the flower is a stamp from the new BFF Trinket set - a set that set that includes EIGHT trinkets. These circular sentiment stamps have been created and designed by the totally talented Krafty Girl, Nicole Aspinall!! They are made especially to fit in your 1 3/8ths and 1 ¾ inch punches, for quick and easy cutting!!!

The paper on this card is from the fun and cheerful Chickadee stack from DCWV. I did add a bit of Glossy Accents to the center of the flower for a bit of shine and emphasis.  I did a bit of doodling, added a bit of bling, and voila – a card for a special friend in your life!

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So that’s it from me today!  Don’t forget! You can WIN some of our new stamps by entering our Krafty Krop Challenges that are open all week long, and by checking out all the fun projects the Krafty Girls have created today with this set of stamps (see links below).

Thanks for stopping by today!


An invitation…

Yesterday was a bit of a surprising day!  At about 8:30 in the morning, there was a knock at the door.  On my doorstep, I found a package from Die Cuts With a View.  I quickly opened it up to find two Matstacks, and an invitation.  Take a look:

Can I just say what a fun way this was to break the news!!!

The invitation was to join DCWV’s first ever design team!

I have to admit that I wandered around in a bit of a daze for a while, and I think I read the invitation at least ten times…then I hit the computer to see if someone was just playing a nasty joke on me! ;)  But on the DCWV blog, there was a fun video showing off the the amazing Halloween themed DCWV booth, and the Design Team announcement.  And my picture was there – it was really there!

That’s me – bottom left corner!

So another journey begins…are you ready for a ride???

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!

Birthday month continues – a never ending card tutorial

This version, made for my nine year old nephew was created with Echo Park Dots and Stripes. This one was never ending, not just in design, but also in production - I thought I was never going to get all those "studs" glued on! :)

This time of year is filled with birthdays in my family – especially March!  So I have been making cards like crazy and thought I would share one of my favourite new interactive cards with you – the never ending card!  The neat thing about this card is that there are actually four faces, and each time you fold one backward, and new one emerges until you are right back where you began.

In the version that I made this weekend for my nine-year-old nephew, I tried to use the Dots and Stripes line from Echo Park to create the look of Lego Blocks (and yes, I did punch out all of the circled by hand with my trusty eyelet punch and glued each one on by hand…can you tell I like this kid!!??). I actually has a pretty funny experience as I was trying to sort out the design – I did a quick search online to try to find the dimensions of a Lego brick, and was surprised to see how seriously Lego fans take their measurements.  I actually has to call on the help of one of my scrappy friends (thanks Jasmine), to sort through the lingo and get me what I needed!  Was it worth it – you tell me????!!!

This was the first one I ever attempted - at 50th birthday card for my Brother-in-law.

It is incredibly easy to make, and so much fun to watch as the recipient tries to figure it out!  Although I have seen a few tutorials online for how to create a 6″x6″ card, I wanted one that would fit into a standard A2 envelope.  When finished, this little one measures 4 1/4″X 5 1/2″ – envelope friendly!!!!

You can create one too – here’s how:

Materials:

  • 2 pieces of cardstock cut to 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″.
  • Adhesive

Yup – that’s it, besides all the beautiful paper and embellishments you will add.  Just remember that each face folds back on the next, so bulky embellishments will not work very well on this type of card.

Step 1

Cut two pieces of cardstock to 4 1/4″ X 5 1/2″. It is important to be precise in your cutting as the card will not work properly if the pieces do not line up.

Step 2

Place one piece of your cardstock down on a scoring board with the 4 1/4″ side across the top. Score at 1 1/16″. Turn your paper 180 degrees and score 1 1/16″ from the opposite edge.

Step 3

The piece is cut in half through both score lines.

Turn your paper 90 degrees (now the 5 1/2″ side is along the top), and cut the piece of cardstock in half at the 2 3/4″ line. Put these two pieces aside.

Step 4

Using your second piece, place it on your scoring board with the 5 1/2″ side along the top.  Note – this is the opposite of what you did with the first piece in step 2.

Score at the 1 3/8″ line.  Turn the paper 180 degrees and score 1 3/8″ from the opposite edge.

Turn your paper 90 degrees (now the 4 1/4″ side is along the top), and cut the piece of cardstock in half.

Step 5

Fold all your score lines and then take the first two pieces you cut and line them back up.  You will notice that the 4 1/4″ side is along the top, the score lines run vertical and the cut line runs horizontal.

Apply adhesive to the bottom 1″ or so of each corner from the outer edge to the first score line.  Be generous – this is the only spot that you will use glue, so it will be the only thing holding the card together.

Step 6

Place the second two pieces over top of the bottom pieces and firmly press down on the adhesive.  It is very important to be precise when lining up the pieces.  Make sure your score lines line up.  For these pieces, you will note that the 4 1/4″ edge is still the top edge, but this time, the score lines run horizontal and the cut line runs vertical.

Step 7

Carefully open the card by pulling the middle cutline open and back on itself and the press down on all of your fold lines.  Continue this process with all faces until you return back to the beginning.  Embellish!

So, there you have a it – “This is the card that never ends.  Yes it goes on and on my friends…” (this song has been in my head all day)!

And now for a little giveaway!  Do remember the little “guess the number of jelly beans” jars you used to play as a child?  Well, I have one for you today too!  Except, instead of jellybeans, I want to see if you can figure out how many circles I punched and glued onto the Lego card to make the “studs” (I initially called them prongs, but my scrappy friend Jasmine informed me that the technical word is “stud” – who knew???).  What the price for the first person who guesses correctly, or the closest person to guess by March 30th? A custom made never ending Lego card for someone special in your life.  I will consult with you and we can figure out colours and sentiments together.  And then, I get to do all the punching and gluing again, and you will get to enjoy giving this one away!  Can’t wait to see who wins!  Stay tuned, and comment below!