Happy Birthday Puzzle Card

Happy Birthday Puzzle Card

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This card features a piece of patterned paper (either store bought or hand-made) and a greeting stamp.  I saw a tutorial for this type of card HERE and realized that it was a great way to use patterned paper that is too pretty to cover up.  Random, non-repeating patterns or scenes work best for this technique. Basically, you start with a piece of the patterned paper that you cut apart into several pieces, mat each piece, and then arrange them so the pattern looks the way it did before it was cut.  One of the panels is left off so a greeting could be added in the open space.  (The remaining piece was attached to the inside of the card on the sample I saw.)

My card above was cut and arranged similarly to the sample in the tutorial.  After I finished that card, I decided to try a few different layouts with different colors, cuts and arrangements….

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The possibilities are endless!

All of these cards were made with a piece of The Paper Studio “Watercolor Floral” patterned paper (#230094 from Hobby Lobby) and a stamp from the “Made With Love” set by Gina K Designs.  Either Gina K Blue Lagoon or Lipstick card stock and ink was used.

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Pop-up Birthday Wishes

Pop-up Birthday Wishes

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I made 3 interactive birthday cards inspired by THIS card that Karen Hasheck posted on her blog and THIS video tutorial posted by Maymay that shows how to make the pop-up feature.  What’s fun about these cards is that when they are closed, the are flat and look like ordinary cards…

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…but when they open, the animals’ arms pop out.

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These cards were for my triplets who celebrated their birthday several weeks ago.  I know they are not babies anymore (this was their 18th birthday – YIKES!!), but they are good sports and humor me when they know I am trying out a new card design.  (And they actually seemed to get a kick out of them – opening and closing them repeatedly!)

Here are the other two designs…

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and

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and their fronts…

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The animal designs were adapted from files I purchased in the Silhouette Store.  I had the most trouble making the elephant work because the head, with the big ears, was either too big for the card (the trunk got in the way of the center folds and the ears extended too far over the sides) or too small for the rest of his body.  An elephant’s body is also pretty plain so I struggled with an idea to jazz him up a bit.  The overalls finally helped him come together.

I kept my card fronts super simple by just using the designer paper I used on the insides, but obviously, you can make them as elaborate as you want.

Over at the Die Cut Divas this month, the challenge theme is “for the love of animals/pets” where our projects must include an animal and must also include at least one die cut or embossing folder.  (Die cuts made from electronic die cutting machines are permitted.)

Here are the supplies used for each of the designs: Continue reading

Corner Flip Birthday Card

Corner Flip Birthday Card

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I saw this video for a “Corner Flip” card HERE and thought I’d give it a try!  I love the interesting angle created behind the simple stamped panel, and I also love how the inside panel is visible and offsets the stamped panel so nicely.  Here’s another angle of the corner.

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The stamps I used for this card are from the “Avant-Garden” stamp set by Stampin’ Up. It was a free set with a $50 purchase (and retired after March 31, 2017).  The inks I used are SU Crisp Cantaloupe and Tip Top Taupe and Gina K Kraft and Fresh Asparagus.  I did generation stamping (stamping off) to get the two shades of peach and did some masking to keep my layers clean.  Card stock used is Gina K Peach Bellini, Kraft, and white.

I made repeating diagonal score lines on my corner before flipping.  I’d like to say I came up with the idea as part of my design plan, but the truth is, I had made a mistake trying to score the corner before flipping it. I either had to keep scoring or get a new piece of card stock and start over.  I kind of like the way my mistake turned out!  (It’s not really even necessary to score before folding; it folds pretty easily without a score line.)

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Quilled Flowers in Vase

Quilled Flowers in Vase

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(inside:  May your birthday be filled with love, laughter and everything that makes you HAPPY)

I made this 5×7 card for a birthday, although with no greeting added to the front, this design could be used for a variety of occasions.

I thought I’d try the circle shaping tool from the Border Buddy set by Quilled Creations for this project.  I started with 4 inch strips for the petals.  The purple petals were made by wrapping the strips around the smallest step, and after the circle coils were removed from the tool, I pinched each one flat and then gently pushed on the ends to create the opening in the centers.  The white petals were made with the second step and were barely pushed in on the sides to create ovals.  The swirly stems and leaves were hand coiled with a basic slotted quilling tool.  The loose yellow coils were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).

The vase was made with the Spellbinders Shapeabilities Filigree Vase D-Lites Dies.  Because the quilled flowers are 3mm thick and needed to be tucked behind the vase, I made a few quilled coils using the same size strips to put behind the vase to raise it up to the level of the flowers.  It was like using foam squares but perfectly sized for this project.

The oval frame was cut with one of the Grand Ovals dies by Spellbinders and embossed with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dot embossing folder.

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the vase, card base and frame was Gina K Pure Pure White and Sweet Mango.  The sentiment on the inside was from the “Happy Birthday to You” set by Gina K Designs.

Over at Die Cut Divas, the challenge this month is to make your project sentiment free.  Dies and/or embossing folders must also be used.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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Quilled Flowers and Swirls

Quilled Flowers and Swirls

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(inside: May your birthday be filled with sunshine, smiles, laughter, love and cheer!  Happy Birthday)

I’ve tried some basic quilling in the past and thought I’d give it another try here.

I used a few new (to me) quilling tools and techniques for this project.  The purple petals (marquise/eye shape) and round accents (tight coils) were made with the Quill Ease motorized quilling tool (which I talked about HERE).  The swirly “stems” were too thick for my slotted quilling tool so I held the ends with tweezers and hand coiled them.  I tried out a quilling comb for the leaf.

This is the first time I attempted the large swirls, and I found it challenging to glue them down exactly as I wanted them (the basic shape and to get the strips evenly spaced).  The problem is that once the piece (with glue) touches the paper, you can’t really move it or you have blobs of glue everywhere.  I have a whole new appreciation for the amazing, intricate designs I see on Pinterest!  I definitely need more practice!!

The pre-cut paper strips were from a pack by Quilled Creations.  The card stock used for the card base and panels was Gina K Pure Ivory and Wild Lilac.  The sentiment on the inside was from the Birthday Duo stamp set by Gina K Designs.

The challenge over at The Paper Players is “Clean and Simple: flowers” where we are to use a flower on a CAS design.

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