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Monday, July 16, 2012

Paisley Cartridge Comes To The Rescue!

Today is catch up day. Nanny Donna has not had much time these days to do much other than come up with new card ideas for little ones. Anyone who does crafts know what I mean when I say that it is work being creative...it sometimes just falls together and other times it takes some head scratching...trials and errors.
At times we have so many ideas running through our head and yet when we are put on the spot...it goes blank.
I have a bad tendency to wait to the last minute to put something together and I keep promising myself that I will make special cards in advance so that I'm not in a panic to get something put together, but for some reason, that's just not happening.
Here is a card that I made for our grandson who just turned 4! Yes, the previous double slider card was for the same grandson, I made one for my mother to give and one from us....double trouble? lol
To make this card you will need:

Sizzix Embossing Boutique
Sizzix small dot embossing folder
Cricut personal cutter
Paisley cartridge
Country Life cartridge
Story Book cartridge for numbers or any cartridge numbers will do.
American Traditional Designs - Welcome Baby Boy paper
rounded tooth pick
ribbon
cardstock
Silver metallic marker
yellow 'eye' for center of wheels on car
double sided dimensional stickers
eyelet

Chose your cardstock for the main card and cut at 11 x 8 1/2 inches.
Score and fold a small 'flap' on one side of cardstock (this is used to glue your card together and leave space for your card to pull out.

Then score and fold in half.

Cut a slit on side with no flap, single layer on both front of cardstock and blue sky paper.

 Slot is at bottom of card, 3 6/18th inch and 4 inches, leaving enough space for car not to go over the edge of your card on both sides of your card.

Cut the cloud paper from American Design to fit front of card.

Before placing your lamb background, cut out a few banners from Country Life cartridge and using a marker, make them into trees to place under the lamb background. I used the light blue Mark-it marker to edge along the lambs background to give it a little depth.

Fold card in half, gluing fold to front of card.

Cute grey cardstock 2 3/8 inches x 8 1/2 inches, round four corners and fold in half. Glue to bottom of card.

Cut numbers 1 to 4 or however old the birthday recipient will be and glue to road...

Using Mark-It markers, make center lines on road.

Country Life cartride, cut out the number of banners you need for the child's name in the colors of your choice. I used Mark-It markers and wrote Liam's name.
Attach ribbon to front of card, then attach banner to ribbon. Using Mark-it markers, I just added two little black dots to top corners of the banners.

 While you are cutting out banners, cut out 4 for the flag to attach to the back of the car...write Happy Birthday and age on two of the banners. Layer Banners.

To make the car pull across the card:

Cut cardstock to fit in folded card, round edges and place one or two eyelets to attach ribbon...pull out tab.

Paisley cartridge, cut out the zebra/car at 2 inches.

Embellish car to your liking. I used a metallic marker for the steering wheel, wheels, headlights, taillights.

Assemble the zebra/car. Attach the banners with Happy Birthday and the number to a rounded toothpick...glue to the back of the car.

Using two double sided dimensional stickers, place the pull tab in the card. Attach double sided dimensional stickers to the back of the car and the pull tab, which is inside your card.

Make sure that slot is wide enough that it will pull smoothly across card.

Print sentiment.

Story Book cartridge, cut out scalloped edge to glue sentiment onto for pull tab inside the card.

I print up the sentiment, place double sided tape onto the scalloped edge cardstock, place the sentiment over the scalloped edge, flip and using an exacto knife, cut out the scalloped shape and then emboss with my Sizzix small dot folder.


Glue scalloped, embossed sentiment onto the pull tab, add two or more eyelets, attach ribbon and there you have it! Another one of Nanny Donna's ideas ;)

I hope that I did not confuse you more than I helped!



Happy card making ;)
Nanny Donna
                  


Princess and Castles


Since our grand-daughter is into princesses and castles, the Cricut Once Upon A Princess cartridge had everything I needed to make a pop-out card/book. This was the first time making one and I enjoyed playing with the design.
 Using the Once Upon a Princess cartridge, and setting at 3 inches, I cut out the body and then the dresses and embellished with Mark-It Markers and glitter, glue the layers together. I decided to finish both sides of the cut outs.
 Adding her name to the card/book and printed up sentiment and glued sections of the sentiment on each pop out.
 Using my scalloped punch, I made boarders to finish the edges.

To make this pop up card/book, these are the materials I used.

Crafters Companion & DVD instructions to make pop- out card, star book.
cardstock to make 5 pop up cards...10  81/2 x 7 inches. Five folded in half.
Cricut personal cutter
Cricut Once Upon a Princess cartridge
Colorbok - Best Friends - for princess' dresses and fronts of cards.
American Tradional Designs - Welcome Baby boy
Invisible thread
Mark-It Markers
Glitter glue
Scalloped Edge Punch
double sided tape
2 white eyelets
white ribbon

Cut cardstock 8 1/2 x 7 inches for five pop up cards...10 in all.
Using the Crafter's Companion, score at half fold U.S. letter and gatefold half U.S. letter, flip and score fatefold half U.S. letter.

If using double sided cardstock, then you don't need to cut the following pieces to insert as background in your pop out cards.

I used American Tradional Designs - Welcome Baby boy cloud paper as my background. Cut paper to fit between both gatefolds and glue to the back of pop out card.

To cut out the arches, I used the embossing arches on my Crafter's Companion, then cut out the arches. Make sure your edges are neat and to camouflage any edges that are not 'perfect', I used Mark-It markers to edge.

For Princesses and Castle, chose the Princess and clothing, embellish as you please, same for the Castle.

The Princess' was cut at 3 inches from the Cricut Cartridge Once Upon a Princess and the Castle was cut at 2 1/2 inches, the crown was cut at 2 1/2 inches. You can decide on the size of these to suit yourself.

Make one pop-out card at a time, embellish. Keep the trim to the last as sometimes your cards don't match up perfect and the trim will hide any little mistakes...and I do make mistakes....remember, perfection is not but an illusion...at least in my world.

To glue pop-out card together, fold the card on the scored lines to make the center of card pop-out! Place the edge of back and front of card together and glue/or use double sided tape and glue together. I then placed my cut out background to fit between the two gatefold creases.

Cut a piece of invisible thread 8 inches or 4 if you are not going to double it to attach your princess/castle/crown.

Attach invisible thread to the embellished princess/castle/crown and tape to the center of the center fold of the pop-out card. I tape mine in two places to make sure it stays put.

Decide which card you want as the first page of the star book. Glue the back of that pop-out card to the front of the next card and continue until you have all five cards attached...leaving the first and last page of the cards NOT GLUED together as they are the front cover and back cover of your book.

From white cardstock, I cut out the scalloped edge trim and glued it to the two sides of each card and a straight cut edge for the bottom of each card...again, to your own design or liking as far as what punch or size of strip you use.

If you did not use double sided cardstock, cut out a slightly larger cardstock/paper for your cover and back page. Embellish as desired.

Align two eyelets, one on the front of the book and one on the back cover of the book.

Attach a ribbon to tie the book closed, or opened.

For the spine of the book, I cut a strip of white cardstock and punched both sides, then glued to the book.

...and that's another one of Nanny Donna's little creations. Have fun creating...

Hugs,
       Nanny Donna




Sunday, July 15, 2012

Double Slider Card

How time flies when you are having fun. Celebrated two grand children's 4th birthday, so Nanny Donna has been busy ;)
Coming up with new ideas for birthday cards truly gets your imagination going.
Thinking like a four year old helps! Our grandson loves action figures so a regular card just would not do. It had to have some 'action' in it. Bright colors and something that would be totally different to a regular card...so I came up with an old standby, slider card with some 'action'.
Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of it when both slider parts are in! I watched a tutorial on you tube on how to make this card and used my own idea to embellish it. I had the super heroes from a package that I had purchased ages ago at Winners. Cupcake stamp came from Walmart. Used markers and glitter glue to add a little something-something. On the back of this card is a sentiment which I printed up. 

Here is the YouTube Video: Here is the instructions...easy to follow to make a double slider card. 

Hope you are having a scrap-happy day! Enjoy.