Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Freestanding pop up jar of love card

If you know me or a regular follower then you know that I am a sucker for a card that folds flat but stands up somehow for display and that I love multitasking. Some would say that's because I am too cheap to pay non-standard postage and am always looking for a way to explain why I am crafting rather than doing what I should be doing! Whatever the reason it has worked out well today as I have a great card to show you that suits 2 challenges.

So...... first to the card.

It is a card fold that has been around for a long time (my original notes are from a class I taught in 2009!) called a Free Standing Pop Up card. I have combined the colour combination from Just Add Ink #JAI 317 and the sketch from Global Design Project #GDP042

This card is really easy to make and I think it is due for a revival!
  1. Start off with a piece of cardstock 28 x 10.5 cm.
  2. Score along the long side as shown on the below.

    3. On the centre line (14 cm score line), punch a hole with a 1/8" hole punch about 1.5 cm in from each edge. Using your paper trimmer cut either side of the score line between the 2 holes. Try not to make the gap too wide.

      4. Fold on each score line and flip over to the back. (I have used the Hardwood stamp with Versamark ink on the front of my Kraft cardstock for a table like effect). Fold the bottom section up and add Fast Fuse. To this affix the pull up mechanism. Normally you would have a tag that was about 7 x 13 cm but I have adapted it for this card. I added a strip of Whisper White 3 x 13 cm. The reason for this is because you don't want the jar to sit below the 'table'. This white strip will have the jar attached to it and will be trimmed. Poke the strip through the slit you cut earlier.

        5. Fold the top fold down and apply Fast Fuse to it. Fold the card in the middle and line up the 2 bottom folds. The pull up mechanism should be poking out the top.

        6. Pull the mechanism up and the bottom box/table will form. If you cut the slit too wide your pop up bit will keep falling through and your box won't stay put. Next time cut it a touch narrower. Then you just decorate. For mine I have added the jar with leaf sprays, then added the flowers. Take card to make sure that the card fits in an envelope and the pop up pieces still slide through the slit.

        7. The card front can be decorated as well. Make sure to only attach the embellishments to the front of the box so that your card can still stand up. You can see here how I have used the Global Design Project sketch. The coil of linen thread is the circle element.

        The Thoughtful Banner stamp set and coordinating Classic Label punch made for great sentiment banners. I love the little arrow details that helped accentuate the great colour scheme from the Just Add Ink challenge.

        I am really happy with how this turned out. I know that I will be making some more soon. Check back later in the week as I have another one in the pipeline for a challenge using the Birthday Fiesta stamp set. Can't keep a good llama down!

        And of course every card needs a message panel so I stamped and die cut and extra jar for this and also to cover the stems.

          Make sure you check all of the entries at both sites - maybe I'll see yours there!

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        Sunday, 26 June 2016

        Spreading the love for #GDP041

        Shaker cards have been on my mind this week. So seeing as I am yet to put my supplies away from the class that I taught about them this week I thought I it would be the perfect card design for the challenge this week over at Global Design Project. Why tidy up when you can stamp?????
        These colours look great together. When you look at the other entries here you'll be astounded at the many different ways people have put them together. So here is what I came up with.

        Originally I was going to put this elephant into one of the jars from the Jar of Love stamp set and make it into a snow (or heart) globe but ...... he wouldn't fit. So I used the Layering Square Framelits instead to create the shaker part. I have information about a tutorial that I have written with lots of tips and tricks here. You get it free if you order from me any of the products I have used in this or that post.


        I have given the elephant from the Love you Lots stamp set (which is a host set by the way) a watercolour look. Just stamp the image using Night of Navy ink on Whisper White cardstock and use your aqua painter to blur some of the lines. It is a bleak, cold (well cold for the Sunshine Coast) day here so the photos aren't as crisp as I would have liked sorry. The Everyday Jars Framelits has a strip of hearts that make perfect shaker pieces. The coordinating Jar of Love stamp set has a heart that I have used on the background and these great sentiments.

        The inside of the card is very simple but still cute I think.

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        Friday, 24 June 2016

        Shaker cards tutorial

        Have you tried making shaker cards yet? You really have to if you haven't already. They are fun to make and to receive. Stampin' Up! has some great new products that make it super easy to whip up shaker cards in no time. The new Foam Adhesive Strips are a must! Plus there are so many stamps sets with coordinating framelits that the possibilities are almost endless. Making the cards is really quite easy once you know a few tips and tricks.

        Want to learn how to make these cards?

        I have written a 7 page pdf tutorial explaining the 3 main ways to construct shaker cards that you will receive FREE if you purchase any of the products at the end of this post from me. Yes ..... even just 1 packet of Foam Adhesive Strips. Plus the first 3 people to leave a comment at the end of this post will also receive this tutorial for free. (A little thank you to some of my very loyal followers and of course new ones too). Of course you can also purchase the tutorial by itself for $2. You can find all of the information here to purchase. Please allow 48 hours for me to email the tutorial to you.

        So get cracking and start making some shaker cards. Word of warning - they are addictive and you will start looking at all of your stamp sets and framelits differently from now on! Also keep cats away from open microbead containers and foam strips with backing removed if you are trying to cut down on swearing!
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