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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Birthday Tunnel Card

The weather here has been fabulous!  Hard to believe it is already Fall with the temperatures in the 80's.  Even so, I have been spending some time in my Craft room.  I made this Tunnel book for our daughter's birthday.  I love spreading the sentiment over these pages and then decorating each page. 

It gave me the opportunity to use a bunch of dies that I haven't used in a while.  I love Spellbinder's Fairy dies.  I borrowed the one I used above from my sister but I might have to look into getting one myself.  They are really quite whimsical. 

On the page above, I included Emily's birth date. 

I used mostly Graphic 45's paper.  I love the soft feel it give the card.  I also used Spellbinder's Oval Nestabilities dies for the tunnel opening.  But you can use any dies that are graduated to give it the tunnel look.  This card is 5 x 7 inches.

I did end up making a box to put the card in.   It was quite bulky and probably would cost a bunch to mail.  We had dinner with them to celebrate so I was able to give it to her in person!

I made a few cards and the box below to give to my niece who it expecting a little girl in January!  I thought she would be needing some Thank You cards so I made some up for her. 

I was inspired to make this onesie holder from some that I saw on Pinterest ( where else).  I thought it was cute and the cards fit in it perfectly!   The booties are made from Stampin Up's stocking punch.  I used pink card stock and embossed the stocking with white embossing powder.  You do have to cut the stocking down to make it shorter.  

My sister's and I are making the Baby Shower invitations for our niece's party in November.  We have already started the planning for these cards!  This Saturday we are getting together to make 30 of them!  I can't wait!  Enjoy the rest of the week!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Anniversary Twisted Panel Card

Just a quick post to share the card I made recently!   I purchased Karen Burniston's Twisted Panel dies and I just love using it!  It is so easy to use!  This card was to celebrate Connie and Russ's 12th Anniversary ( My sister and her hubby).  Doesn't seem possible that they have been married that long!  Seems like yesterday!

I used the sentiment to put on the panels.  I love how Karen has provided the dies for the hearts as well as the dies for layering the panels!  I think there are 14 dies in this set!  I didn't use the banner dies for this card but I know I will use it for the next one I make!

I kept the front of the card simple since the inside had so much going on.  

Here is an update to my post regarding my niece's Gender Reveal party!  It was such fun to learn the sex of the baby along with everyone!  I was right in  my guess!  They are having a girl!  Congrats to Emma and Dylan!

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-

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!