Doodlebug Coffee Cup gift card slider

Hi everyone!  I have to share a secret – I am obsessed with interactive cards (okay, it is not really a secret and if you have spent any time here at SCS, you will know that this is the truth)!  I love adding little elements that “surprise” my recipient…

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…like a cute little coffee cup that has a lid that comes off to reveal a gift card.  Oh yeah!

When I found out that Doodlebug was releasing a set of cut files to coordinate with the adorable Cream & Sugar collection (available at LoriWhitlock.com for Cricut users and at the Silhouette Design store) I immediately knew what had to be done (well, after I stopped squealing anyway).  So I set out to find a way to make that lid come off…

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…and I am happy to share the secret with you too!  That’s right – a tutorial!  So go cut one or two (or 100) of these cute coffee cup cut files and follow along!  You’ll be amazed at how easy it is!

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Using your cutting machine, cut your file at at least 3.5″X 5″.  I used this size for two reasons –  to fit the gift card while also being able to adhere it onto an A2 card base for easy mailing.  You can definitely go larger, but a smaller size will not fit the gift card. I used a variety of papers from both the Cream & Sugar collection as well as the Petite Prints.  Have fun mixing and matching and playing with colour!

Note: I ended up creating an extra cut of the lip for the lid (see the grey piece above).  This isn’t really necessary, but because the lip ends up being raised, I liked having the matching print on the bottom as well.

tutorial-21.  Piece together all of the elements except for the bottom layer (which also forms your lid).  I played around with the placement of the heart and the arms on my coffee cup characters, and even embellished them with the This and That stickers from the Cream & Sugar collection.  Oh, and I couldn’t help but add a few Sprinkles onto the cheeks as well – the cut file has them, but I am a firm believer that every Doodlebug project deserves a Sprinkle or two! 

2.  Using a pair of scissors, cut the base piece into two, just below the lip of the “lid”.
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3. Run a small amount of low stick dry adhesive along the middle bottom edge of the “lid” (you want the recipient to be able to remove the card without ripping apart the lid).  Place the gift card on top of the adhesive.  tutorial-4

4. using some dimensional adhesive, add two pieces on either side of the gift card.
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5. Place the extra copy of the lid lip onto the adhesive.  The “slider” component is now complete.

tutorial-66. To create your pocket, run a small amount of liquid adhesive around the outside sides and bottom edge of the base for your cup (this is the piece that you cut away from the lid). You can run some dry adhesive instead, but make sure it is not wider than 1/8″. Be sure not to run any adhesive across the top!
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7. Take the  assembled part of your cut file and place it on top of the backing with the adhesive.  You have now created a pocket that the gift card can slide into!

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8. Test out your fit, and fun adding even more embellishments…

twine…like some adorable Doodle twine…

tea…or even some more Sprinkles (Bumblebee Glitter were a perfect fit here)!
stagedAnd then, find a way to part with these cuties if you can.  These are going to make their way onto the desks of my daughters’ two amazing teachers this Valentine’s day.  Who will you lucky recipients be?

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope this project and tutorial made you smile!

Hugs,
Karen

And we’re back!

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Good morning everyone!  I an so excited to share this post with you today!  Many of you know that I have been working with Tiddly Inks for a number of years now!  So you might have been wondering where all my happy Tiddly posts have gone to.  Well, the team was given a bit of a vacation – a break from challenges and posts so we could rejuvenate.  Well, we’ve done just that and we are back today with our first challenge post of 2017 – LOVE!  

Now, I know there are some of you who are not fans of the “holiday” coming up next week.  No worries, I totally get it!  However, remember that this themes isn;t about said holiday…it’s just about love!  So maybe you are going to use something you love as inspiration (chocolate comes to mind) or maybe a favourite Tiddly Inks digi that you love, of maybe a colour scheme that you love.  Whatever the case might be, this challenge is all about love so let it inspire your creation!

hearts-closeupI decided to use Wryn – Happy Heart for my card today!  Why?  Well, because I love her of course!  I coloured her up with my Copics to match some of my favourite Doodlebug paper (have I ever told you that I have my Copics organized to match my Doodlebug paper?) and then just used my trusty scissors for a bit of fussy cutting.  I topped the card of with a bit of doodling and a pretty bow and I was all set.
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Now, I have to admit that this does happen to be a Valentine for one of my little monkeys, but remember that your entry into the challenge does not have to be!  So get out your colouring tools and join us this month (oh, did I mention that we are going to give you longer to participate in the challenges now…visit the blog for more details)!

Thanks for stopping by – I sure LOVE it when you do! 🙂

Sooooo…I thought I was finished….

…but as I started filling in Christmas cards, I realized that while i had enough for all the cards I send, I forgot to take into account the ones I give away at work.  So, it was back to the crafty table this morning (life is tough)!

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I decided to work with some digi’s from Whimsie Doodles that I haven’t for a bit. If I remember correctly, I think I used this one for some hot chocolate gift tags a couple of years ago…I might just have to tuck a pouch inside this one too! I cloured the image up with my trusty Copics to match the cute Sugarplums collection from Doodlebug (I am down to my last scraps from this collection…sigh).

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And then I decided to add a little Christmas twist to a digi called Penelope.  This dig hold a special place in my heart… both of my daughters wear glasses and this was one of the first images I found that was a character with glasses that wasn’t “nerd” themed (and sadly still one of the few that I have).  I am thinking that I might hang on to this card for my oldest…although I guess that means I will have to make even more cards!

Anyway, I hope that you aren’t still Christmas card making!  But if you are – Whimsie Doodles does have a challenge on right now (and you don’t even have to use a Whimsie Doodles stamp – although, why wouldn’t you?!  They are cute, cute, cute)!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Christmas hop

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Good morning crafty friends!  It is definitely  Christmas “looking” around here at SCS! DCWV layouts, cards and now – pillow boxes!  I am in the Christmas spirit!

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DCWV has teamed up Eileen Hull this month to share some fun projects, and today I get to be part of the last round of projects to showcase!  When it comes to Christmas, I definitely love to give presents over gift cards, but sometimes, gift cards really do make sense.  So why not cover use a pillow box to house those little treasures (or other little treasures for that matter)?  These pillow boxes were a breeze to create.  I simply used a pattern I found online, traced, cut, scored and folded.  The paper is DCWV’s Christmas Plaid stack, and it’s a beauty (available at JoAnn – the cover image doesn’t do it justice!)!  I love the contrasting colours in this stack! I used a 2″ band of paper for contrast, and then cut some leaf shapes with my Cricut.pillow-box-closeup

And then I grabbed my new Eileen Hull Twist and Style tool and had some fun with some Christmas twine to add as an embellishment.  Okay, this is so cool – I think I have spent more time with the tool trying to figure out the physics of what is happening, but essentially it will create this twisted look not only with twine, string or ribbon, but also with wire!  On this project, it made sense to use something soft, but think of the cool effects you could get on a decor item or for stems of paper flowers.  Or, and my two girls love it too because they can make little friendship bracelets in a jiffy!

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I am looking forward to tucking these cuties in the tree!

Now, it might be the last day of the hop, but there is still pretty inspiration to be seen!  make sure you pop on over to the DCWV blog to check out the other projects and to leave a comment for your chance to win some goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!