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Monday, September 18, 2017

Nutcracker Pop Up


I have been playing in my Craft room again.  I am trying to figure out what I want to do for Christmas cards this year.  I know it's early but it takes me forever to make that decision.  I saw this great tutorial on Pinterest that used Stampin Up's Window box thinlits and I wanted to try it.   Well, I have a thing for Nutcrackers!  I do have a small collection of them and I love trying to recreate them using Punch art.  The tutorial is great- they use it to make a beautiful display of flowers.  I just wanted to try something different. 

 Here is the tutorial-


https://www.pinterest.com/pin/ATBiJfedOFruyAajiqRsLTXleUM2HCi-LpX0DCWH0okaXWpi4hpJJYE/


The first picture below shows the box empty.  I did add some interest in case I wanted to use it as a card - that is the next picture.   I used the Top note die for the head-  and lots of different punches to finish his face and body.   I added the arms but I am not sure you really need them.  It is still cute without them.





This picture shows that you can use it as a candy dish.  I lifted it up and it held the candy in place.  Now, if the candy was bigger - it might be too heavy for this box.  Don't you love their moustache?!  I have a punch for that!

You can see the back of the box holds more candy!  It is also where I would add my sentiment.



It does fold up so you could mail it if you wanted to send it to someone.


I must be feeling Christmas because once I had completed my Nutcracker - I had some left over paper and used it to make this Toy Soldier.  The plume on his hat is the arm of a snow flake die.  His hat is Stampin Up's tag punch.  I don't think the nutcracker or my toy soldier will be my Christmas card this year but they were fun to make!  Back to the drawing board!




Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Baby Explosion Boxes


I am going to another Gender Reveal party today for my niece!  I went to another such party for my nephew earlier this year.  That baby turned out to be a little girl!  I took both a Girl Explosion Box and a Boy Explosion Box.  I still have the same Boy box to use today.  I had to make another box for a Girl - it's a little different than the one I made before.


This box has a shaker card on the top!  I love making those things with all the pink sequins. The box doesn't open to lie flat on all sides.  I loved the idea of only have 2 sides fall.  I saw some of these boxes on Pinterest. 


I have had this little teddy bear for ages and wanted to use it.  I have wooden toy blocks but they seemed too big so I made my  own and spelled out BABY! I have a sentiment on the inside of the fold to the left of the box. 

Don't you like the pictures on the wall?  That's Mommy and Daddy!  I used a Stampin Up stamp set I have had for ages.  I have another sentiment on the fold over the little feet that when it is opened it lies flat as you can see below. 

There is a place where they can slide a picture of the little one once they are born with a little ribbon pull.   I got to use my die from Marianne Designs for the little pink feet!  A glue dot secures the pink pacifier to the box. 


The picture below shows the inside of the little boy box.  I posted this before when I went to the last Gender reveal party.  Hmm... can't wait to see what the Expectant parents are going to have!  Lately, it seems the girls outnumber the boys.  We shall see !



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Z Fold Birthday Card


I mailed Ezra's ( our Grandson) birthday card today!  He is turning 10!  He is growing up so fast!  I started this card with Stampin Up's bicycle stamp and die.  Ezra loves to ride his bike so I thought it would make a great card!  Well, the card ended up with a lot of flowers- when I added the fence it just seemed right to add the flowers. 



I am hoping he doesn't think the card is too "girly" with all the flowers.  I can't help it !! I love flowers.  They are from Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers set.  The butterflies are adorable too!


The back of the card does not  have one flower!  Hope that makes up for the front.  


I will end my post with some pictures of our Apple picking day on Labor Day!  It was really a beautiful day for apple picking at Ricker Hill Farm in Turner.




The trees were just full of apples!



We went with our Grandson, Everett and his mom, Emily.  Everett really got into picking those apples.  He loved sampling them too!  After picking, we went down to the cider store and had some Apple Cider donuts!  Yum!


All in all, it was a fun day.  I think Everett thought so too!