Popcorn!

Okay, this is actually about getting ideas across when you may, or may not, have the image you want.  I’m using popcorn as an example.

When you see wide red and white stripes, what do you think of?  Especially, if there is a scalloped edge.  Most people immediately think of popcorn boxes, even though most of us have never had one.

So, besides wide red and white stripes, what else makes you think of popcorn?  How about yellow splatters on a white background?  Does that remind you of the mouth watering buttery popcorn you can get?

Just 3 rounded white shapes overlapping generally reminds me of popcorn, too.

So, now that I am craving some wonderful popcorn, I want you to take the time to think of other ways you can get an idea across.

Speaking of popcorn, go check out my challenge in the WeCraftCards.com Little Known Holidays crop.  Take a guess what National Holiday is celebrated on January 19?

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Monkey’n Around

This is a challenge on the We Craft Cards forum.  This week we are having a card crop, with 2 challenges per day, Wednesday through Saturday, as well as a game.  Join in the fun and play along.  You do need to register for the site, but it’s free and is full of fun inspiration and soon-to-be-friends.

My challenge is to make a card with an animal not acting like an animal.  Here are some examples:

 

 

So, a pretty easy challenge, but fun.  Come check out all the fun.

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Triple Stamping with a Twist

Triple stamping is a simple technique, with beautiful results.  So, my challenge for the We Craft Cards Monday challenge this week was to make a Doubled Triple Stamping project.  Basically, I just wanted 2 sets of layers for the triple stamping on 1 project.  However, for this tutorial, I cascaded both sets.  Why?  Just for fun.

First, you need a base card (yes, mine has a hole in it, but I used it on the inside), a background panel (not necessary, unless you have a hole in the base card), the layers for the 2 sets of triple stamping and some background layers for those.

Layered Challenge 1

Instead of the typical rectangles, I decided to go with the octagons.  I used the 3 dies pictured to cut out the white pieces for stamping.  Then, as I just wanted a small border, I traced around the outside and cut those out for the backgrounds.  It wound up being a bit more than I wanted, but I went with it.

Next, I laid my stamping pieces on the background to figure out how I wanted to arrange my card (and choose what stamps to use).  When I figured it out, I used a bit of adhesive on the back of the pieces to hold them in place.  Now, as I didn’t have any removable adhesive, I just used a bit of tape adhesive, but put it on my arm a couple times to make sure I would be able to get the pieces apart, afterwards.  Then, I stamped.  Now, when stamping on layered pieces, you need to press a bit harder and rock the stamp a bit to get down on all the layers.  I missed a small section, but it works, anyway.

Layered Challenge 2

As you can see, I already started coloring one stack, but left the other so you can see.  For mine, I just used colored pencils.  When I was finished with all of my coloring, I carefully took the layered pieces apart and starting using some regular adhesive to hold them onto their layered pieces and put it all back together again.

Layered Challenge 3

My pieces moved a tiny bit while I was stamping, but I just aligned them with the layer below.  I do like the cascade look, but with all the layers of card stock, it’s a bit heavy.  I also need some foam mounting tape under the edge of the smallest layer to hold it in place.

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Tornado

This week is the “We’re Off To See the Wizard” crop on We Craft Cards.  For my challenge, people are asked to make a spinner card or project.

The basics on making a spinner card, is to create a hole through the front of the card, then a piece smaller than the hole, with a front and a back.  There is a string or cord that goes from top to bottom of the hole with the front and back on it.  When the card is opened, the piece spins.  Here are two options for doing this.

This first one is just a circle hole, with a smaller circle piece that twists in the center.  As long as you can cut circles, you can decorate this in any way you want.

Twister 1  These are the pieces used.  I do suggest you not layer two pieces of card, with a piece of paper on top and then try to cut through it.  It was a bit thick to cut easily.  The scalloped circle was just for decoration.

Twister 2  I laid the card base down, with the front of my spinner piece in the center, facing down, then tied knots in the string, at both the top and bottom, to help hold it in place.  I used score tape, as it is quite strong, though I’ve never had a problem using my regular adhesive.  As you can see, there is adhesive above and below the knot, over the string, including on the back of the spinner piece.  Before putting the second piece of card inside, to cover the string, I used regular adhesive around the edges, as well as around the edges of my aperture (opening).

Twister 4  I also placed the back of the spinner on, adding regular adhesive along the edges to hold it together well.  I did close my card and mark the edges of the spinning piece, to see where to put my inside sentiment, then erased those marks, after stamping.

Twister 5  The finished card.  The flower spins and has the birthday sentiment on the back.

The second example is done much the same, just using a shaped spinning piece.

Twister 2-1  Twister 2-2  Twister 2-3  Twister 2-4

These spinning cards are fairly quick to make and certainly fun for the recipient.

Go check out the crop and join in.  For each challenge you participate in, a small prize is offered to a random participant.

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Tags that Shake

There are a lot of instructions on how to make shaker boxes, or pieces for cards or tags, out there, so this is just another one to give you some ideas to try.

Here are the two tags that I made:

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Okay, these aren’t the greatest pictures, but the light has just been strange today (both sun and indoor).

Now, I saw some instructions that said to use adhesive craft foam for them.  I didn’t have any adhesive foam, but I did have some craft foam.  So, I used that for the tree.

To start, I cut 2 pieces of card stock and 1 of the foam in the large (2nd size down of the dies) tree size. (Sizzix Christmas Trees)  I cut the smallest tree size out of the center of one of the card stock trees and the foam.  I also cut the size in between out of plastic/acetate.  (I just save the plastic that seems pretty sturdy from boxes, box fronts, die holders, etc.)

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I saved the two cut out small trees for cards.  Now, like I said, I didn’t have adhesive foam, so I just used some craft glue.  First, I put a bit of glue around the edges of the hole on the back of the front piece and adhered the acetate on it, fairly centered.  Then, I adhered the foam piece to the bottom tree (one without the hole).  I put some confetti (this was actually saved from a card, or something that had a pouch as part of it, from years ago.  I have used this confetti for several projects and have quite a bit left.  Definitely recycle stuff you might use!)  in the center of the foam.

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Then, I smeared some glue around the foam piece and layered the top piece on that, lining up the edges.  For this one, I used a hole punch near the top and ran some ribbon through as a tie.

Now, for my second tag, I did it a little differently.  For this one, I did hearts (Sizzix heart dies).  I cut two of the scalloped hearts out of a dark pink (cranberry) card stock, the smooth edge heart that was almost the same size is what I used for the acetate, and a smaller smooth edge heart for the hole.  Instead of using foam on this one (I only had green foam), I used some foam mounting tape.  The glue was used to adhere the acetate to the back of the front piece.

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On this one, I cut little pieces of the foam mounting tape and outlined the hole as best I could, with no spaces large enough for the confetti to fall out.  It took longer and didn’t wind up as smooth as using the foam.  However, it did work.  The worst part of this tag was, after I put the little heart confetti in the middle, I took off the liner from the foam mounting adhesive.  Definitely not the way to go, as the confetti kept popping out and getting stuck on the adhesive.  Might have worked better to put that in after all the liner was off.  Oh well, live and learn.  I used some of the glue to attach the ribbon on the back piece of this one, moving it so it wouldn’t show.  Then I pressed that back piece on top of the front piece.  Because of the adhesive, you have to line this one up before you actually lay it down and press it together.  (The ability of the glue to slide for a few seconds helped on the first one.)

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Here are the two finished tags.  It really wasn’t too difficult, will make some really fun tags for presents and let me play with paper.  I suggest using a pretty heavy duty card stock for these, to hold it all together well.  The foam was easier, but layer the top card stock and the foam together when cutting the centers out.

I haven’t decorated these, yet, but I probably will add some little ornaments around the edges of the tree one.  You can also decorate the inside with a scene, but I like just being able to see the confetti moving around.  Also, if you get any glue on the acetate where it will show, use an alcohol wipe to clean it up easily.

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Wiggle Cards

I’ve heard them called shaker cards, but when I think of shaker cards, I think of the ones with the boxes that you shake.  So, for me, these are Wiggle Cards.  Well, one of them is a gift tag.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

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Part of each is popped up on a spring, so it wiggles when the card moves, or they are touched.  Now, you can use “Action Wobbles”, but for these, I made my own spring.

Here’s how:

Shake 1 Shake 2

I took some 26 gauge wire, which I found in the jewelry department at Michael’s, wrapped it around a pen a few times.  For the larger piece here on the tag, I used the cap to wrap around, but for the smaller pieces, like the fish, I used the smaller end.  The more times you wrap around, the taller your spring will be.  Try to get the ends pretty flat, so more will be adhered.

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I used some Beacons 3-in-1 glue and adhered the spring to the piece first, let that dry, then adhered to the main part (tag or card).  Let that dry and I had some fun action cards.

I’ve heard other people say that they tried 22 and 24 gauge wire, but those didn’t work nearly as well as the 26 gauge wire.

They do press down and pop back up, but I haven’t tried holding them pressed down for a long period of time, so not sure how they would work after that.  Personally, I’m hand delivering the ones I made, but you could make a pillow box envelope mailer for them.  It costs a bit more, but they are so fun, it’s probably worth it.

This is a challenge in the Baby It’s Cold Out Crop at We Craft Cards.  Go check it out.  Play along with this, and so many other fun challenges, too.  It’s free to join and a fun place to be inspired, as well as encouraged.

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Shutter Card x2

Actually, it is a double shutter card.

Fold Challenge Finished

To make this fun card, I started with a double sided 12×12 sheet of paper.  This was heavy-weight paper, but not quite card weight.

Pick which direction you want your paper to go and cut 1″ off the top, then cut 5-1/2″ down further.

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Set the 1 x 12″ piece to the side.  On the two 5-1/2″ pieces, score at 4″ 6″ 8″ and 10″.  If it matters which side is up, flip the 2nd piece before scoring.  (You’ll see why later in the instructions.)  Now, parallel to the long side, you want to cut at 1-3/4″ and 3-3/4″ between the 4″ and 10″ score lines.  (Yes, one of my cut lines went too far.  It still worked, as I covered the extended cut with another piece of patterned paper.)

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Adhere the 4″ x 5-1/2″ sections on top of one another.  Fold mountain and valley until you get it looking similar to this.  You can see the 1″ piece on the table behind the card.  It is not attached.

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Before adding your patterned paper pieces, determine which side of the paper you want showing.

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Decorate as desired.  The easiest way to do the belly band, which holds the card closed, is to fold your card, lay the center of the belly band across the center and fold at the sides.  You will probably have a piece to trim off.  Adhere one end on top of the other and slide off.  You can decorate your belly band, as well.

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After this was complete, it seemed a bit bare, so I added some embellishments.

Fold Challenge Finished

This really is pretty easy, once you fold and refold the strips to get them set up correctly.

Thanks for spending some time with me today!  Go check out the challenge on WeCraftCards.com that is this fold.  You have a week to participate and be entered in a random drawing for a prize.  It’s free to join the side and it is a lot of fun.  I hope to see you there.