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

An office makeover tutorial!

We recently tackled a home office makeover in my home!  Given that my hubby works from home, it was time that the space became something more than a dumping ground.  A new room in my house isn’t complete without a paper project (or two or three), so I decided to add a little paper and glue in here too!

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Essentially, I simply took some old wooden magazine holders that we had kicking around the house and gave them a facelift with some shiny embossed paper.  This paper is from DCWV and is currently available at Hobby Lobby.  Called Embossed Metallic, it is thick, shiny and perfect for decoupaging!

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Here’s how you can recreate the look:

Embossed Foil Magazine holders

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  1. Using your wooden or cardboard magazine holder as a template, trace one of the largest sides onto a sheet of 12×12 Embossed Foil paper. Make sure to center the holder in the middle of the paper so the edges will wrap around the front and back, and to line up the top of the holder with the top edge of the paper. Cut out.
  2. Repeat with the opposite side of the magazine holder. You should now have two pieces that cover the largest sides of your holder and warp around both the front and back of the holder.embossed foil 2
  3. On both pieces, use a scoring board to score a line at the front and back edges of the paper where the paper wraps around the holder.embossed foil 3
  4. Using decoupage paste, apply an even layer to your magazine holder and then to the wrong side of your paper. Place the paper onto the holder and smooth down gently with your hand. If you get some paste on the foil side of the paper, just take a slightly damp paper towel and wipe it off.embossed foil 5
  5. Once the sides have dried, use the front of the holder to trace a piece that will cover the small surface. Depending on the size of your magazine holder, you may be able to use scraps from step 1 for this piece. As you are cut, move in about 1/16” from the line you drew. This will ensure that the piece is about 1/8” smaller than the surface of the holder.
  6. Lining it up with the top edge of this side, decoupage the piece in place. Allow drying time before proceeding to the last side.
  7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 for the back side of the magazine holder.embossed foil final 2
  8. Although the texture and foil finish to the paper provides great detail, you may want to embellish further by taking a different color from the foil pack and creating a 3D flower or other shape. Adhere to the holder with an adhesive dot.

These have found a little home on the shelf for packing and shipping materials and I have to say that I am pretty fond on them.  I need to find some other products to cover with this paper – it is pretty awesome! let me know if you have some ideas!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

Holiday Celebrations

Hello everyone!  I am so excited to be participating on behalf of May Arts in Spellbinders Product Partner Holiday Blog hop today. Spellbinders has teamed up with a variety of companies to showcase great product for all your holiday crafting and I get to share some ribbon fun!

In my family, one of the things that kicks off the holiday season is actually a couple of late November birthdays, including my mom’s birthday (a special 65th this year). So I thought it would be fun to share a little card that was inspired by some warm holiday colours right from the Spellbinders inspiration tag, but all about birthdays!  After all, just because Christmas is around the corner, that doesn’t mean we can forget about all those special people who celebrate birthdays around this time, right (can you tell that I might be one of them)?

Spellbinders-blog-hop-full-M y main inspirations for this card were the awesome A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader from Spellbinders and some of the beautiful DH01 1″ Dot Ribbon and one of my favourite new products – the 3/8″ Velvet Adhesive Ric Rac (yes, you heard me – adhesive and velvet)!  Talk about perfect for the holiday season.  So here is how the shaker card came together:

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Using paper of your choice (I used DCWV’s The Weekend Neutrals stack)cut out the largest die in the A2 Fancy Ribbon Threader set. I trimmed off the bottom scalloped edge of my cut to give it a bit more of a rustic look.

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Trim the end of your ribbon into a point for easy threading.  Don’t be too worried if your ribbon is wider than the cuts for threading – it will pull through and pucker nicely leaving some added texture! 

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Continue weaving through seven of the cuts. Trim your ribbon and use a dry adhesive to hold in place on the back side.

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Starting from the other end of the die cut, weave the ribbon up through the remaining cut. Adhere in place with a dray adhesive on the back side.

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Using a metal ruler and craft knife, trim out the middle of the die cut above the ribbon line leaving a 1/2″ frame.

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Flip over the die cut and use a liquid adhesive to attach a rectangular piece of acetate.

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Using craft foam or a foam adhesive, create a border around the acetate.  be sure that you foam is placed in about 1/8″ from the edge of your cut so it remains hidden when the card is viewed from the front.

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Prepare your card base by matting a 4 1/4″x5 1/2″ card base with a 4″ X 5 1/4″ piece of patterned paper.

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One the foam is secured on the die cut, add adhesive to the top of the foam panels and then fill with glitter and other small/thin embellishments.  Make sure to seal up those corners or your glitter will escape!! 🙂

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Place your card base on top and then flip over to ensure it is centered.  Leave to dry.

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Embellish away! I have fun hand lettering a little sentiment and adding some of the  the 3/8″ Velvet Adhesive Ric Rac for texture. The best part is that these cards make a little sound when you shake them – just like the sound of the crystallized snow as it falls!

Now here’s the important part!  Spellbinders is hosting a great giveaway to celebrate the hop, so you need to make sure you visit their page to find out all the details.  You must visit all of the tutorials over the next three days to be able to win, and entries will be open for 48 hours.  You also want to pop on by the May Arts blog because a certain Ribbon Lady may have told me that she has goodies in store for you too!  And what better way to celebrate the holidays than with some free crafty goodies for you!

Have a great time hopping!  Thanks for stopping by!

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Using Sketches for card making

Today, it is my turn to share a little Krafty Tip/tutorial for Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamps, and given how much I know you card makers love to use sketches, I thought I would share a little tip for using sketches in different ways.

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Recently, Kraftin’ Kimmie used this sketch for one of our September challenges, and I thought it was really simple, but packed with possible variations.  One of the thing I love about sketches is that they can make the card making process really quick!  And the great news is that with a bit of “fidgiting”, you can make a whole collection of cards that look totally different using the same sketch.

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This was the first version I cam e up with, using one of my favourite stamps from the “Happy Haunting” set and some paper from Doodlebug. For this version, I followed the sketch layout pretty closely, just changing the position of the bow and the shape of oval to accommodate the image I chose.  I think it’s a super cute version!

Sketch-2But then I though I would have some fun and see what would happen if I turned the image 90 degrees to the right.  I actually tend to work in landscape a lot because I like the way that the card stands, so turning the image really worked!  All the pieces are exactly the same as they are in the first version – same size, same placement.  The only thing that changed was the direction of the image.  I love that this version shows off a bit more of the paper too!

Sketch-3The last version is simply a stretched out version of the orginal sketch.  Since I still wanted to try another landscape version, I simply took the sketch and extended it out on the sides and pinched it a bit top and bottom.  Again, all the pieces are in the same places, but now the dimensions of them are a bit different (wider than longer).  I really love the balance of shapes and sizes in this one, and it was the one that made the final cut!

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So there you have it – one sketch 3 different ways with minimal changes!  Image using this technique to crank out your Christmas cards this year – each one would be totally unique, but you would have them done in no time flat!

I hope this little tip has inspired you to get krafty! Thanks for stopping by!