Nestabilities, Pop Ups and Putting Things Together

Sometimes, when making a card, you have a great idea, but realize you don’t have what you need.  So, you figure out what you have to work with and come up with a modified idea.

Here’s a card I did at the end of December.

I started off using two “spring” colors that I thought went well together.  After making my base card, I knew I wanted to use my Spellbinders Nestibilities Labels 8 for the main focus.  I cut that out, then embossed the piece. 

As I wanted to make a pop-up card, I needed to make a “door”, so used Spellbinders Nestibilities Labels 1 for that.  These two label dies seem to go well together. 

To make the “door” I layered Cuttlebug Plate A, Plate B, my Labels 8 cut out paper, the Labels 1 die ridge side down, then Plate C.  Because I did not want to cut the entire Label 1, I pulled the Plate B – paper – die – Plate C slightly down so just the edge of the die was NOT over Plate A.  It took a bit of jockeying around to get everything lined up correctly.  When I was done, this is what I had (this piece is not embossed, but if you are going to emboss, it needs to be done before the partial cut is made). 

You can then fold back the door.  For my inside “pop out” piece, I used the Cuttlebug A2 Tag Team Butterfly die and embossing folders.  This is such a fun die and with the 4 different embossing folders it can be used in so many differing ways. 

Underneath the butterfly, I used small strips of the green paper and accordion folded them.  As I wanted the butterfly to look like it was flying out, the pieces on the top and left are a bit longer than the ones on the bottom and right.  To hold my door shut, I found a “latch” that I though went well with my design.

I made a couple of these cards: one with embossing, one without embossing, and held up different “latches” to see which I liked best.  I also tried the cards being wider rather than taller.  Taking a look at how things fit together with the pieces is quite helpful before putting it all together.

Thanks for taking the time to walk through this with me.  Please take the time to check out the “Beat the Blues” Card Crop that starts tomorrow morning 8am CST on the CardMaker Forum.  You do as many, or as few challenges as interest you, post a picture of your finished challenge and are entered into a drawing for that challenge.  Click on the link and check it out.  The crop runs Wednesday through Saturday and CardMaker Magazine is offering some fantastic prizes for each of the challenges, as well as a grand prize for one participant.  I hope to see you there!

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Easel and Movable Cards

Had a bit of fun with challenges this week.  The weekly challenge at CardMaker is to make an easel card, while the sketch challenge at StampTV was cute, too.  The question was, how to combine the two.  Had fun with this card I made for my husband’s grandmother.

I have since added 3 small rhinestones to the top of the butterfly strip to make sure grandma won’t have problems getting the card to stay open.  I’m hoping she will be able to figure out how it works.

Later this week, the sketch challenge from CardMaker and the color challenge from StampTV went together quite nicely.

The truck slides along the ribbon.  My idea was to have the hearts pop out as the truck slid along, but there wasn’t enough room on the card, so they are affixed to the background.  This one isn’t too fancy, as I didn’t put borders around the smaller background piece, but I wanted simple and fun.  That was definitely accomplished.  I have since added part of a paperclip to the back of the bed of the truck around the ribbon to keep it sliding evenly along.  Because the buttons used for the wheels are so large, this is not one I will be sending through the mail.  My husband should get a kick out of it, as my son and I both think it is fun.

There is still time to participate in any of the challenges, so please click on the links and check them out.  Enjoy your weekend!

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Quick Sketches

The weekly sketch challenge on CardMaker was to use one of the previous sketches.  The board with the sketches is here.  As we are celebrating my grandmother’s 83rd birthday tomorrow, I wanted to give her some cards and figured I would make a few of the sketches.  I only got 5 done, but that was pretty good with my time constraints.  Here’s what I came up with:

Check out the sketches and see what you come up with.  The last card was also used in the Stamp TV color challenge for this week.  You can also see that I did another pinwheel.  I like this one much better.  There is plenty of time to participate.

Spinning Thoughts

The weekly challenge on the CardMaker Magazine Forum this week is to make a pinwheel.  I came up with so many different ideas for how I wanted it to look.  What I wound up with didn’t turn out quite as I had hoped.  I will have to try this one again, soon.  The ribbon I used has glitter embedded in it, which means I have pink glitter all over, now.

Taking the time to try something new is usually worth it.  Even if it doesn’t turn out, I have ideas for ways I can do it differently so it might work better.  I like the idea of blue paper behind the pinwheel, but using a lighter blue would probably look better, maybe with some white ink sponged on to make it look like a sky.  I think even brighter papers for the pinwheel itself would look better.  Probably paper with a small pattern would look better, too.  I tried the corners by eyeballing it rather than measuring.  They aren’t too bad, but to make me feel more comfortable, I’ll measure next time.

What would you do differently?  Besides just telling me your ideas, try them out and then post your card in the challenge thread I have linked above.  Who knows, you might win a small prize!

Glitter, Glitter Everywhere

Okay, there isn’t glitter everywhere, but it does fly when being used.  I also rubbed my hands all over the dog when I was done to give her a bit of shine.

This card is a combination of two challenges.  The first one was a sketch challenge on the CardMaker Magazine Forum.  The second was a color challenge from StampTV.  I had fun figuring out what I wanted to do.  The card is for my uncle’s birthday, so it couldn’t have ribbon or flowers on it.

To make this card, I figured out what order I wanted to put the colors in, then cut out my pieces.  After I had all my brown and turquoise pieces cut, I tried something different and adhered the strips of brown to the strips of turquoise before running them through my Cuttlebug to emboss them.  It worked quite well as the embossing lines up perfectly without even trying.  It saved doing it twice, too.  I knew I wanted to layer my stamped image on turquoise, but wasn’t sure whether to stamp it in brown, or turquoise, so I did both and decided the brown looked much better.  I used a glue pen to cover the elephant in glue, then poured on the glitter and pressed down to make it stick.  After it dried for a few minutes, I flicked the back of the card to make sure all loose glitter was off, then blew on it to remove stray bits of glitter.  I had to use my finger to wipe away a few stubborn pieces.  I wound up with a fun, guy birthday card.

Thanks for sharing some of your time with me.  Please check out the challenges as anyone can enter, and they are quite fun.

Have Some Cake

I just wanted to share what I was working on this weekend.  This is one of the most simple baby shower cakes I have done, but it should taste good and was fun to do.

Here’s another one I did a while back for my nephew’s birthday.  He was very into bugs at the time.  It was a lot of fun, as I made the cake itself green and it had chocolate sprinkles in it for crunchy “bug guts”.  Most of the adults were a bit timid about eating it, but the kids and I had fun!

Fun Finds

One thing I like to do when I am making a card is see what I have that will work.

Following a sketch challenge this week, I decided to make a birthday card for my cousin.  Thinking about my cousin, I looked through my papers to find something that reminded me of him.  When I found a “travel” paper that had relax and adventure on it, I knew it was the start.  Then I looked for another paper that coordinated with it.  The hard part was trying to determine what embellishment to use.  I had some flowers that would have gone well with the papers, but I didn’t figure my cousin would appreciate that.  Looking through my brads, I found a really cute alien one that I got from a friend at the CardMaker Magazine Cardswap Forum.  What I wound up with was a card that reminded me of my laid back cousin and wasn’t girly at all.

I haven’t found the best way to take pictures, yet, so you get this one taken out in the afternoon sun.