Yesterday was my mom’s 90th birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom! Mom checks my blog every day, and luckily my Instagram feed shows up here so she generally sees something new! I have great intentions of updating my blog more often, it just doesn’t always seem to happen. But I digress.
So when trying to decide what I should do to make Mom’s birthday card special, I remembered an Art Impressions stamp and die set I bought several years ago that featured a raccoon that comes together in a cute tri-fold card. So I dug it out and the rest was history.
I began by creating the card base from a 4-1/2″ X 11″ piece of white cardstock and folded it into thirds, which is 4-1/2″ tall by 3-5/8″ wide when all folded. I stamped the fruit stand on the front of the card with Memento black ink. I die-cut the window with the die provided.
I then lined up the smaller window box layer with the main fruit stand on the front and stamped and die cut that image.
So then for the Pièce de résistance, the star of the card: the raccoon. I stamped him, again lining up the other windows so he can be seen peaking through. I colored all of the images with Copic markers and then decorated the card very simply with strips of patterned paper from Photoplay.
Why a raccoon? Well, Mom has a soft spot for the little critters and every year at about this time, they visit her rural home to see if there might be little spare cat food left out on the porch. (For the record, her two cats eat inside!) She keeps her distance and they end up going away once their babies are able to take care of themselves. The babies are extremely cute! Anyway, she could have worse vices/hobbies and after all these years we still haven’t had to bail her out of jail or anything. So that’s why a raccoon.
Here are the supplies I used:
Stamp and die set – Art Impressions “Produce Stand”
Stamp set – Lawn Fawn – “Jump for Joy” for “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment
Patterned paper – Photoplay #ThinkToRemember – Garden
We had a lovely celebration. Not what it would have been pre-COVID, but it was still nice. There was cake! I made it myself! Thanks for visiting!
During the spring months this year, my son played tennis on his high school team. This was his final year and he was fortunate to play varsity all four years. But unlike any other year, rainy weather interfered with nearly every scheduled match! Tennis isn’t like soccer–when it rains you have to stop playing because the courts get very slick and could cause injuries. Matches were constantly rescheduled to the next dry day and you never really knew when that would be! So at the end of the season when I was trying to determine a card design to use for the coaches’ cards, I decided on an umbrella theme. I hadn’t done iris folding in a long time, so I looked for a desirable pattern and ended up making my own. I used the school colors (blue and red) with a touch of silver. I added the school logotype “S” (for South Salem Saxons) as an accent. I made two of these for the team to sign to show appreciation to their coaches.
Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Twenty Two”
Origami paper – Yasutomo Metallic Colors
Gears – Tim Holtz Ideaology “Mini Gears”
Patterned paper – KI Memories/Hampton Art “Metro Garden” 6X6″ paper pad
Cardstock – Bazzill
I wanted to create another iris fold card. For this one I cut a “window” from one of my dies. I used a square Iris Fold pattern from Judy Headrick at Cards and Crafts to fill in the frame with multiple metallic colors. I made this card for an older gentleman and added the gears for a masculine touch. Thanks for visiting today.
Patterned Papers – Hot off the Press Cardmaker’s Creative Pack Earth Tones
Squirrel pattern – Circle of Crafters
Stamp – Clearly Besotted “Nuts for You”
Die – Clearly Besotted “Nuts for You”
Cardstock – Bazzill
Kraft paper card base
It has been a long time since I’ve created an iris fold card! I volunteered to participate in an iris or tea bag fold card swap, so I jumped in. Now I want to make some more! The pattern is from Circle of Crafters, where you can find many different free designs to work with. I decided to accent the card with acorns from the Clearly Besotted stamp and die sets I’ve had for quite a while. Thanks for visiting today.
Today for Black Friday I hosted a Make and Take at Runaway Art Studio. It was a little treat box made from four paper circles–very simple! I got the idea from the Hero Arts blog. When you use double-sided paper, it makes a nicely finished little box. I’ve had this paper in my stash for a while and Runaway had some left so we featured it and some other holiday papers from previous years for folks to choose from when they came to create the box. I’d had the snowflake die for a couple of years as well, but there’s nothing like a nice, intricate snowflake!
I am entering this in the Shopping our Stash Challenge #229, which is to create a project with materials from your stash with no stamping. This is just die-cuts and paper!
This would be a perfect favor for place settings or a nice little teacher or co-worker gift. And once the cutting is finished, it is very quick to put together. Thanks for stopping by.
Stamps – The Cat’s Pajamas “Coffee, Tea or Meow” and “Simply Said”
Patterned Papers – Pebbles – Happy Day collection “Let’s Chat” and “Sunday Paper”
Cardstock – Bazzill
Die – Spellbinders Nestabilities – “Standard Circles Large”
This simple card is a tri-fold window card. I used the The Cat’s Pajamas Tuesday Sketch #294 for design inspiration. I colored the kitty image from The Cat’s Pajamas with Copic markers and popped it up with dimensional adhesive. I used a color blocking technique with the papers for some visual interest. Thanks for visiting today.
Patterned papers – Crate Paper “Paper Heart Collection: Define (both sides) and Cupid (both sides)
Twine – American Crafts
Bling – Queen and Co. “Twinkle Goosebumps”
Kraft cardstock – Paper Accents
This is a simple Valentine consisting of punched circles from patterned paper. I added some twine and some sparkly, dimensional “stones” in the centers of the folded circle embellishments. The Shopping Our Stash weekly challenge is to use something shiny, sparkly, glittery, etc. This card was a little understated without the bling, so I think the sparkle did it some good! Thanks for stopping by today.
Die cuts – made with Spellbinders Nestabilities “Lacey Ovals” and “Classic Ovals”
Pearls – KaiserCraft
Cardstock – Bazzill
This is a simple “flap” card that is a little bit unusual for me. The left-hand flap is short and fits under the stamped oval to hold the card closed. It is a nice way to show off the pretty Graphic 45 paper–and I made another “Mom” card for Operation Write Home (OWH). I made this card for the OWH Midweek Throwdown Challenge: Fun Folds. Thanks for checking-in today.
Stamp – from Penny Black “Delicate Florals” set and Judikins “Calligraphic Flourish”
Die cut – made from Spellbinders Nestabilities “Labels Four”
Rhinestones – Me & My Big Ideas
Patterned cardstock – Bo Bunny “Passion Fruit Flourish”
Cardstock – Bazzill
I like fancy fold cards, but seldom take the time to make them. I had made a card like this and held onto it as a “template” so I could remember how to do it again! So I’m not sure if this particular accordion fold has a special name, but I call this an offset accordion fold! There is really nothing fancy about the process, but having an unusual fold does make the card seem kind of fancy. I stamped the Judikins flourishes all over the flourish cardstock to tie in some of the orange from the floral image. I colored the Penny Black tulip with Copic markers and used the larges die in my set for the image, so I had to trim the orange cardstock around it to give it a little frame and a little more weight both visually and to stand up to the folds. This is a birthday card for one of my stamping buddies. Thank you for stopping by today!