Awesome At Any Age – Photo Collage Pop-up Card

Awesome At Any Age – Photo Collage Pop-up Card


It seems like only yesterday…

My triplets turned 21 today.  Happy Birthday, Kelly, Kevin, and Keith!  These fun (A2 sized) cards were made with the Karen Burniston “Photo Collage Pop-up” die set and a bunch of (mini) photos of Kelly, Kevin, and Keith when they were younger.



This is what the front of the cards looked like.  Kelly’s is on the left, and the boys’ is on the right.

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Here are the insides of each of the cards:




Kelly (again)…



and Kevin…



The card fronts were made with digital paper from MelanieBrittDigitals that I purchased on Etsy.  The “21” was created with the harrington font and cut with my Silhouette.  The greeting is from the “Itty Bitty Birthdays” stamp set from Stampin’ Up and was stamped with Gina K Designs Peach Bellini or Ocean Mist mixed with Soft Stone ink.  The small happy birthday stamp on the inside is from “Newton’s Birthday Bash” by Newton’s Nook Designs.  I ordered the photos (as 4×4 collage sheets) from Walgreens.

HERE is Karen’s video tutorial on how to create the pop-up photo collage.

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Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital stamps)

Goodbye Sassy Cheryl’s – Snowman Wiper Card (and some other sites to find digital  stamps)


Happy New Year!

Digital stamps are images you download and print from your computer to use on your cards/projects.  You can color them (just like with traditional line art image stamps), but since they are digital, you can also size them to suit your needs.

The snowman on the wiper card above is a digital image from an online shop called Sassy Cheryl’s (that, sadly, just closed down).  What I loved about the images on that site (besides that I thought they were adorable) is that most were also available as pre-colored illustrations so if you didn’t want to color the images yourself, you could just print them in color and use them as is.  The image used on the card above is the pre-colored version of “Fa-la-la-la Snowman” and was “traced and cut” with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  And while this site is no longer operational, there are lots of other companies/shops that offer digital stamps (some pre-colored).

Etsy is a great place to begin looking.

Here are some other sites to check out:

Whimsy Stamps (This site actually has some of Sassy Chery’s designs)

Jan’s Digi Stamps

Graciellie Design

Bugaboo Stamps

Di’s Digital Stamps

Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps

Imagine That Digistamp

Power Poppy

Beccy’s Place


The Artsystamper Shop

… to name a few!  (Google Digital Stamps for more options.)

The digital paper I used is called “Snowflake Background – Snowy Paper” by SBdigitalDesigns from Etsy.  The “Festive Mini Expressions – Warmest Wishes” die from Creative Expressions was used for the pop-up greeting.

The following sample (previously posted here) shows how the wiper element works on my snowman card above and features another of Sassy Cheryl’s designs called Once Upon a Star Santa.


I colored this image myself and used a reindeer image from the “Reindeer” stamp and die cut set (#657780) from Hero Arts/Sizzix (retired) in place of the star in the original design.

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*I am not affiliated with any of the above sites, was not asked to promote these sites, and will not be compensated if purchases are made from these sites.  I was just looking for digital stamp sites for myself and thought I’d share my findings.

Practicing for the Big Night – Wiper Card

Practicing for the Big Night – Wiper Card


Here’s another holiday wiper card…

For this one, I used a digital image called “Once Upon a Star Santa” (no longer available) from Sassy Cheryl’s Illustrations (shop now closed).  A flying reindeer appears when the card is pulled opened.


The reindeer is from the “Reindeer” stamp and die cut set (#657780) from Hero Arts/Sizzix (retired).  He was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cut with the included die, and colored with Copic markers (T2, T4, E43, E44, and a colorless blender).

The Santa image is available as both a line art image and a colored image.  For this card, I used the line art image but CASED Chery’s colors.  I flipped him to be facing towards the left and colored him with Copic markers :  hat, pants, and fur – R46, R56, R59, G24, G29, E43, E44, 0; jacket – C3, C4, C5, C7, 0, E47: Boots – T2, T3, T4, C7; hair – T0, E42; Skin – E50, E21, E13; reins – E23, E25, E27, E29).  It has been a while since I did any coloring, and I really enjoyed it!  I used my Silhouette software to trace and cut him out.

The greeting die cut is the “Festive Mini Expressions – Ho Ho Ho” by Sue Wilson/Creative Expressions.

The patterned paper is from a digital file called “Snowy Paper” by SBDigitalDesigns that I purchased on Etsy.


This A2 size card has room on the back for a handwritten or stamped message and folds flat for mailing.


Here is a slight variation using the pre-colored version of the Santa image:


The “holiday cheer” die cut is from the Sizzix “Christmas Tree Flip and Fold” set (#662281), and the speech bubble is from the Spellbinders “Tag That!” set (SCD-022) (trimmed to fit).

If you care to see the instructions on how I made this wiper card, you can check out my previous post.

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Santa’s Ride – Wiper Card

Santa’s Ride – Wiper Card


I saw this sheet of patterned paper of a snowy night scene, and I immediately thought it needed Santa flying over head!  I added the moon with Santa in his sleigh to the pop-up mechanism tucked inside the 5″ x 7″ double z-fold card base to create a wiper card.  When the card is “opened” Santa appears with the moon.


This 12″ x 12″ paper was in the “Evergreen Cabin” Paper Pad by Craft Smart (at Michaels).


The greeting is the Festive Mini Expressions Stacked Merry Christmas (CEDME014) by Creative Expressions.  The Santa die cut was a portion of the “Ho Ho Ho Square” (#590-ZZ) from Impression Obsessions.  (I cut off the Santa and two reindeer from the rest of the die cut.)

Ho Ho Ho Square die

To make the 5″ x 7″ double z-fold card base, I started with an 8″ x 7″ panel (from the top of the patterned paper) and scored it at 5″ and 6 1/2″.  The shorter panel (from the bottom of the patterned paper) was 8″ x 3 3/4″ scored at 1 1/2″ and 3″.  I previously made an A2 size wiper card and included instructions on how to make it in that post.  This card is made the same way but with larger panels.  The wiper/pop-up panel started out as a rectangle (same as in my instructions), but I added the circle die cut to it and trimmed the part of the rectangle that was showing around the circle.

There is plenty of room on the back for a stamped or handwritten message.  This card folds flat for mailing.


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Beach Scene Shaker Card

Beach Scene Shaker Card


I wanted to make a thank you note for the generous couple who let us stay at their beach house last week and thought using sand and shells from “their beach” would be great in a shaker card for them.

I sponged the sand, sea, and sky with Gina K Tranquil Teal and Kraft inks on white card stock and then added the sand and water details with the same inks and stamps from the Stampin’ Up “Timeless Textures” set (retired?).  The sandpipers are from the Stampin’ Up “Wetlands” set (retired?), and the greeting is from the “Banners” set from Joy! Crafts.  Both were stamped with GKD Charcoal Brown ink.

I cut the beach scene panel with a stitched frame die (unbranded) and then backed the frame with a piece of acetate.  (I have to admit I was a bit nervous at first about cutting my “finished” sponged and stamped panel after spending all the time to create it, but I really like how the scene ended up being continuous across the raised frame and the inside portion of the shaker panel.)  I layered GKD Tranquil Teal and Recollections Kraft mats and cut a rectangle from the center (that was larger than the frame opening but smaller than the frame).  Those layers were then adhered behind the frame/acetate panel to create the raised portion of the shaker element and card front. (I added the mats in this way instead of directly to the card base because I wanted the card front to be flat instead of having the shaker panel sticking off the surface.)

To create the recessed, background piece of the shaker panel, a double layer of fun foam, cut with the same frame die, was glued to a scrap of card stock.  The portion of the sponged/stamped scene that was “left over” from the frame die cut was dropped into the opening of the stacked, foam frames.  The sand and shells were then added.

Before sealing up the shaker panel with the matted top layer, I gently wiped/patted the acetate with a dryer sheet to remove the static.  There was a lot, and the sand kept jumping up onto the acetate before it was “treated” – lol!  If you do this, just be careful not to scratch the acetate.  After the static was eliminated, the two panels were glued together trapping the sand and shells inside.

The finished shaker panel was adhered to a GKD Tranquil Teal base.  A white panel was added to the inside so I could write my message.

Over at the Modsquad Challenge Blog, the challenge this week is “A Time for Giving” where we are to “make a card to demonstrate GIVING such as kindness, thankfulness and friendship.”

Thanks for checking out my card project!