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Let’s Make Pop Up Cards!

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Let’s Make Pop Up Cards!  Wiper Card and Double Pop Up Card Tutorial for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends! Let’s Make Pop Up Cards!  It’s Make & Take Tuesday, and I thought it would be fun to teach you how to make not ONE but TWO types of Pop Up Cards using Photoplay Paper MVP Golf Collection.

Father’s Day is right around the corner.  So many of you have told me that you struggle when it comes to making masculine cards.  And it is does call for a totally different set of card making skills.  But I have good news: this paper collection plus a couple of kinetic card designs almost guarantees a hole in one when it comes to making a fabulous masculine card. So grab a cuppa and a snack, and let’s dig into today’s tutorial.

Golf Themed Wiper Card

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The first pop up card we’re going to make is this super cute wiper card.  What’s a wiper card?  Well, think about the windshield wiper mechanism on your car.  This card works in a very similar fashion.

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When the sides of this card are gently pulled, a wiper arm that’s hidden between the card front and back pops up with a fun message. In this case, it’s a golf ball that I fussy cut from the paper collection.  It’s seriously hilarious good fun!

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I took this fun pre-made card base to the  next level by adding a pocket to the front.  Now you can tuck in a gift card and write a note.  How fun is that?

Double Pop-Up Card Tutorial

The second quick and easy pop up card looks pretty normal, doesn’t it?

But open the card and you’ll find this fun double pop up feature on the inside.  It’s super easy to make, and so much fun to open.

YouTube Video Tutorial

Do you want to learn how to make both of these quick and easy pop up card styles?  Then please enjoy this YouTube tutorial.

  Of course, you can make both of these cards in a feminine style, too.  And they make wonderful cards for children.  Just follow the measurements and steps in the tutorial, but use your own theme and patterned papers.  

I hope you’ll have as much fun with these cards as I have!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2023 Blog Hop

Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2023 Blog Hop: Patriotic Ribbons

Hello, Friends!  Welcome to the Really Reasonable Ribbon May 2023 Blog Hop.  You should be coming here from Gloria’s lovely blog.  Our theme this month is “Patriotic Ribbon.”  So I pulled out my red, white and blue ribbons, a gorgeous new paper collection from Photoplay Paper and created a star-spangled creation to inspire you today.

All good blog hops have prizes, so there are some treats up for grabs, too!  Comment over on the RRR BLOG to be entered into the drawing for a $10 gift certificate and one free digital stamp set of your choice.  Now, Let’s get on with the hop!

Land That I Love

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I don’t know about you, but I am deeply grateful for all the American men and women who have served our country in the military.  This card celebrates that with the bold and beautiful colors of our country’s flag.

Photoplay Paper’s Land That I Love collection set the stage. Then beautiful mulberry flowers from RRR stepped into the spotlight.  Deep Red Cherry Blossoms, Blue Cottage Roses and White Lotus Blossoms blend beautifully with  Red Poppy Print Ribbon. 

Top off that beautiful bow cluster with a gold metallic string bow, vintage safety pin and enamel patriotic charm for a perfect finish.

A Peek Inside

The celebration continues inside the card!  Of course, I added a pocket!

On With the Hop!

Now hop on over and see what paper pretties my friend Cheryl has prepared for you.  Remember to finish up over on the RRR blog where you can answer Bonnie’s question of the month and enter the drawing for that gift certificate and digital stamp set!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Enjoy the hop!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Red White and Blue Country Road Wheelbarrow

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Red White and Blue Country Wheelbarrow

Hello, Friends!  This Red White and Blue Country Wheelbarrow reminds us that we are coming up on some of my favorite summer holidays.  Memorial Day, Flag Day and Independence Day will be here before we know it!  So I broke out my patriotic Really Reasonable Ribbon and Photoplay Paper Land That I Love collection to dress up this adorable Spellbinders Country Road Wheelbarrow.

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This 5 1/2″ square greeting card is all about the stars and stripes!  RRR Striped Satin Ribbon provides a beautiful border above and below the Country Wheelbarrow.  I’ve filled it with patriotic flowers and foliage die cut with the Country Roads Garden Builder set.  Airmail Baker’s Twine Bows add a soft country finish beneath Deep Red Cherry Blossoms and Blue Cottage Roses.

TIP: Fussy cut the floral cluster and flags from the Photoplay Uncle Sam hat 3×4 image.  Then tuck it behind the wheelbarrow to add another layer of depth and dimension to the card design.

A Peek Inside

Don’t you love these beautiful papers?  Red white and blue always looks phenomenal in a project!

TIP: Add ribbon on top of the pocket to create a festive border.  Secure the ribbon with 1/4″ Scor-Tape for a quick and easy finish.

I’m proud to be an American, so I  always look forward to creating festive patriotic projects at this time of year!  No matter what country you are from, you should be proud of your nation, display its colors and celebrate your heritage.

I hope I shared some tips and tricks you can use in your next crafty adventure!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Let’s Make Tunnel Cards

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Let’s Make Tunnel Cards with Photoplay Hello Lovely for Make & Take Tuesday

Hello, Friends!  Let’s make tunnel cards today, what do you say?  Have you ever made a tunnel card?  My friends at Photoplay Paper sent me a box of goodies with their new Hello Lovely collection, some fancy fold card kits, stencils stamps, cardstock, and all kinds of treats in it.  Ever the intrepid crafter, I set aside time for my very first date with a tunnel card.  We hit it off in a big way, as you can see from the photo above.  I DO like tunnel cards!  They are so much fun to make that I thought I’d share them with you on this Make & Take Tuesday.

What’s a Tunnel Card?

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From the outside, a tunnel card looks exactly like a normal greeting card.  But open it up and….

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Ta-da!  You’ll find this really adorable layered interior that functions sort of like a pop up element. This means you can build a 3-D scene inside a card…but it still folds flat!  How cool is that?

Hello Lovely Birthday Card

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I also love a good sentiment stamp, so I was tickled to find the Hello, Lovely cling stamps in my box.  The fonts are stylish and beautiful, and you can mix and match sentiments to create custom greetings.  That’s fun!

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Use the sticker sheet and ephemera pack to build your scene, or use dies from your stash.  I fussy cut the banner paper from the Hello Lovely collection and used it over and over again to embellish my cards.

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Here’s a closer look at the tunnel card window.

You Are So Fabulous Tunnel Card

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Who’s a fan of quick and easy card layers? If you watch the tutorial, you’ll see how you can layer the cut out window sections on the front of your card.  IT’s such a great time saver, and it also makes for a cohesive card design.

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Look at the cool dimension that the tunnel card design provides.

Tunnel Card Experiment: Shaker Card Interior…did it work?

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After playing around with the tunnel card base, a crazy idea popped into my head.  What if we could turn the interior into a shaker window?  Of course I had to try it!

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By adding foam tape and acetate sheets (clear cardstock) behind the window panes, I was able to fill the space between the first and second window with a shaker mix.  Doesn’t it look cool?

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However, because the side panel of the card moves, it allowed tiny beads to escape.  I managed to fix the issue on this card, but I want to keep working on this idea.  When I have it perfected, I’ll share the how to’s with you. But isn’t it fun?

Let’s Make Tunnel Cards Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to take a tour of the Hello, Lovely paper collection and learn how to build a tunnel card, I hope you’ll enjoy this tutorial over on my YouTube channel.

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas you can use in your next crafty adventure, my friends!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Easter Bonnet Shaker Easel Card

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Easter Bonnet Shaker Easel Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Today’s Easter Bonnet Shaker Easel Card is a trip down Memory Lane.  Remember when you had to wear an Easter Bonnet to church on Easter Sunday?  Mine always had an elastic string that went under the chin to keep it from falling off my head.  That string cut into your flesh, as did the stiff netting petticoat under the skirt of your Easter dress.  Oh, and remember the white patent leather shoes that pinched your toes?  About the only thing that didn’t pinch, itch or sting were the little cotton gloves we all wore on our hands. Only the promise of a chocolate Easter Bunny waiting for you at home kept you from squirming in the stiff wooden pews!  Can you relate?

Cardmaking Tips and Tricks

I’ve dressed this 6×6 card up with all the  colors of Easter!  It reminds me of a bag of jelly beans! Light Blue Chevron Stripe Ribbon ties everything together perfectly.

TIP #1: Use the colors in the plaid patterned paper as a guide for selecting ribbon, flowers and embellishments.  This way, you can use a lot of different colors, but everything works together as a whole.

TIP #2:  Repeat the color palette by adding Reneabouquets Small Evie’s Chicks Printed Beautiful Board to the card front.

TIP #3: Heat Emboss Medium Egg-Squisite Beautiful Board with a combination of Shabby Pink and Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel.  Place in the corners and on the stopper of the card.

TIP #4: Create the shaker frame by backing a heat embossed Medium Victorian Frame with acetate and foam tape.  Place your shaker mix on the Easter Egg Nest image from Photoplay’s Bunnies and Blooms, then press the frame in place.

Finish your decorating with a spray of Spring Parade Roses and Leaves and pretty Iridescent Metallic String Bows.  Now you’re ready for the Easter parade!

A Peek Inside

Create an inside pocket that doubles as the stopper for the easel mechanism.  You have just enough room to create a little tag pocket on the top, too.

Create an envelope, then fill it with a little spring note card and tea bag.  Tuck it into the pocket along with a honey stick, and now you’ve got a lovely gift that’s almost as much fun as an Easter basket!

I hope this sweet card prompted some memories of Easter celebrations from your past.  Did you have one of those elastic string  hats?  We’d all love to hear about it in the comment section below.

I’ve added a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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