Monday, October 24, 2016

Christmas cards

This past weekend, I took a class with Kelly Marie Alvarez, one of the owners of Lawn Fawn.  We made four Christmas cards.  It was so much fun!

Kelly Marie was one of the nicest and sweetest teachers I have had.  She had everything organized. including time!  We had enough time to work on each of our cards at our own pace but at the end of the class we could finish them all without any rush.

The cards are all interactive.  Oh so cute!

This was the first card we made and it is the inside of the card, where the star of the show is at.  The snowy hills form a three dimensional platform for the fairies, the branches and the house.  Imagine you see these elements when you open a card.  It's going to bring everyone a smile!

Kelly Marie shared a trick with us while using this die - down and in.  After adding the bottom of the mechanism to the card, push everything down, then in, fold up the card to let the glue stick, then when you open it, magic happens because the interactive portion is stuck on the card! :)

I've got this die and now that I've learned this trick, I'll make cards using it with confidence!

We made this slider card using Jump for Joy.  The hedgehog jumps onto the pile of leaves which scattered around.  I learned that if you use a circular foam dot, the hedgehog will spin.  And if you use a square one it will go straight along the track.  :)

This is a very cute card!  Love the mermaid color!  If you open the oven, you'll see the message that is currently covered by the oven handle.  Isn't that fun?  I love the cross stitched border dies.  Time to check my budget......

This last one is rather small and simple but still cute and fun!  It is also a pop up card where the reindeer is sitting on a pop-up element.  It is a great idea for mass production.

So happy to have taken this class and I truly enjoyed it.

Now I'm off to making more interactive Christmas cards!

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Z fold card/Swing open card

I'm continuing to make Halloween cards for my friend's kids.  Even though Wild card at Online Card Classes is over, the urge to make a fun/interactive card stays with me.

I realized that I'm quite behind on making all the Halloween cards so I summoned the help of my trusty helper - Cricut! :)

I flipped through the images and decided to create something simple.  This card came together at no time at all:

When the card is closed:

That's easy peasy.  I used the Artiste cartridge to create the card base, and also the two circles for the stamped images to go on the flip part.  The circle covers up the sentiment "Happy Halloween and the bat, but the web and spider are peeking out.

Love that it's fun and easy to make! :)

The card is entering to
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Halloween
Get Creative - Black and Orange
Crafty Boots - Halloween
Stamps & Fun - Halloween
The Paper Girls - Halloween

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pop up card

It's time to make Halloween cards for my lovely niece and nephew!

Although I make far fewer cards than before, I continue to purchase a lot of cute products in anticipation of making cards for them.

What's more fun than making an interactive Halloween card?

The card front is very simple but once you open it up:

The twist and pop mechanism makes it a surprise!  I had fun coloring the critters in various costumes and putting it together.  I have certainly had opened the card for 100+ times to see the fun but I never cease to smile once I see it. :)

I'm entering my card to:
Animal Friends - Autumn/Halloween
Crafty Awesomeness - coloring
Stampotique - Halloween
Unicorn - Halloween

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A shaker card

I'm continuing to share another assignment I made for the Wild Cards class at Online Card Classes.

It's a shaker card today.

And if you shake it up the glitter would go to the top of the snow globe:

Cute and super fun to make!

But let me share a story behind it - I was actually hoping to put water in it to make it look more realistic as a snow globe.  I went to several stores to buy the materials and made it successfully.  I set it aside while working on other "homework" from the class, then when I went back to this card to take pictures of it.  Some images are smearing.  Eek!  I can't explain if I've put in too much water, or the zip lock was not closed securely, or the zip lock was made of low quality materials that it would leak.  But at that time I couldn't care less!  I just want to salvage it to the extent possible!

I was able to save the top part of the card (everything above the acetate sheet) so I re-created the scene. I was disappointed but I didn't let it kill the joy of making a fun card.  I completed it without filling it with water.  It's still cute, isn't it?

My card is linking up to:
Craftyhazelnut's Christmas challenge - patterned paper
Sparkles Christmas - Snowman
12 months of Christmas - Anything Goes

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Four identical cards?

Can you tell the difference among the following four pictures?

Using the techniques I learned at Wild Card over at Online Card Classes, I have made this spinner card.  The interesting part is the balloon held by the bear.  As you turn the spinner, the color changes and so does the face, except for the orange balloon I've stamped 4.  Yes, my niece is turning 4 and I have no idea how she is growing so fast!

Last year I made a birthday card for her using the same stamp set, but there only 3 critters.  This year there are 4 critters and the card involves an interactive portion.  I sure did have a lot of fun making it and I hope she will have fun playing it.

I'm linking my card to:
Crafty Hazelnut - patterned paper
Scrap-Creations - Birthday

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Slider card

Hello everyone!

I'm sharing an interactive card that I learned at Wild Cards from Online Card Classes.  Oh boy, it is quite a time consuming process but it's definitely worth it.

The card looks like this when it's in the envelope (or just outside of the envelope).

Then when you pull the tab the colorful images from below will be revealed:

Finally when the tab is fully pulled out:

I love it!  The results are so beautiful and stunning!

Yes it took me a lot of time.  In fact, I was using the template given in class to create this.  No guess work and not much creativity involved.  But I tried to be meticulous on everything.  When in doubt, I went back to the class video and watched that session again and again.  So happy that I succeeded in making it on first try!

I am enjoying this class a lot.  If you want to know more about it, click here.

My card is linking up to:
A Bit More Time - Anything Goes
Just Keep on Creating - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sunshine Village

I have to make this post quick and simple because I'm trying to catch the deadline to link up to Shimelle's challenge.

She asked us to use her travel page as inspiration to create our own page.  I created a travel page based on her sketch, but mine is much simpler:

I do have another horizontal 4x6 photo but the lighting of these two photos do not match so instead of using two photos, I used a project life card from Kelly Purkey.  The middle and right tags are project life cards.  I cut them into a tag shape so my page can mimic Shimelle's.

To add some texture, I added twine and ribbon to the tags, cloud transparency and I've drawn some clouds using watercolor.

It's fun creating this page and I'll continue to tell the stories happened at Sunshine Village through other pages.

I'm linking the page to
Shimelle's - her page as inspiration
The Studio Challenge - watercolor

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