Friday, March 24, 2017

Pop & Twist Lift Me Up Birthday

Pop & Twist, or is it Twist & Pop....
What's in a name?
This card was made as a swap card in a technique swap.




A Pop & Twist card has a unique "twisting" mechanism that "pops" when the card is opened. It absolutely delights recipients when the unexpected elements are exposed.
As my son stated when I opened the card "Well that was unexpected, but absolutely delightful!"

The card base is Basic Gray card stock, which is 4 by 12", scored at 6" for make a 4 by 6" card.

This picture shows the card front and a belly band which keeps the card closed.






The card front is layered first with Whisper White, followed by the SAB Carried Away DSP.

The Art Piece is Whisper White matted with Night of Navy card stock.

On the background of sunshine and sea birds(from High Tide) I placed two hot air balloons around clouds.

The largest hot air balloon is die cut using Night of Navy card stock, with different die cut pieces of Carried Away DSP adhered behind it.

The smaller balloon is first stamped with Calypso Coral ink and then die cut with the Up & Away Thinlet dies.

All cardstock and die cut images are sponged with Basic Gray ink (except the smaller balloon)






Open the card, and this is what is revealed - 4 pop up decorated panels.

I decorated them using Layering Oval framelits, die cut images using Up & Away Thinlet dies, sentiments and bird images from "High Tide" on a Whisper White background and Carried Away DSP.













This is a close up of the inside upper panel of the card.



















The lower panel is similar to the upper panel.


















The two right panels of the pop mechanism.














The two left panels.













Close up of belly band showing die cut hot air balloon, a cloud, a punched balloon and the sentiment.

The belly band is closed at the back with Velcro



Supplies Used:
Stamps: Lift Me Up, High Tide, Balloon Celebration
Inks: Black Memento, Basic Gray, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry, Peek-a-boo Peach, Markers (Basic Black, Basic Gray)
Papers: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Night of Navy, Carried Away DSP, Mint Macaron Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Balloon Builder Punch, Up & Away Thinlet dies, Timeless Type Junior Alphabet dies, scoring tool, Velcro (non SU). Layering Oval Framelits.




My Geraniums Think it's Spring!



The weather outside is frightful....
Does that sound familiar?
Spring is here - according to the calendar- but someone forgot to tell the weather man (or Mother Nature) because its cold, raining (with a risk of freezing rain and snow pellets) and just miserable.
However, my geraniums think it's spring, and they are blooming, blooming, and blooming!!

I over -winter my geraniums (and my neighbour's) in my basement under growing lights.  In the fall, after pulling them out of the flower beds or planters, I repot them using fresh soil, and cut the plant down to the soil line. This part I find extremely painful because the plant is full of flowers and they look absolutely gorgeous!  To prevent transplant shock, I water them with a mixture of water and transplant fertilizer and put them in my basement under the lights.  A timer monitors the length of time for light/darkness.

Over the winter I water only once a month!  After March 1st I increase the frequency of the watering to every other week.

I can't believe how well they are doing!  They certainly know its spring and are as anxious as I am
to get out into the garden.

Aren't the colors gorgeous?

And the size of the blooms? I was quite astounded  to find, upon measuring, that the largest bloom is 5" in diameter.

The other geraniums (red, coral, white, etc) are blooming as well, but this plant is performing the best.

Believe it or not, some of my geraniums are 20 years old - and counting.




Thursday, March 23, 2017

Easter Card Class - Cupcake Throne & Topper

As part of my Easter class, I made each of the students a cupcake throne and a cupcake topper and filled it with goodies.  I commissioned another student to make some cupcakes, but initially I placed a chocolate Easter Egg in it, with the topper beside it.

The students worked independently as much as possible, as I was still sick with a cold (don't worry, I wore a mask).  This is the last week of Sale-a-bration so I wanted the students to miss out on anything.

Earlier I had made a PDF for each card/project which allowed them to work independently at their own pace.

There are many tutorials for this 3D project, but the easiest to follow is the one done by Janine Tinklenberg at http://jantink.com


The materials I used for the throne are as follows:

  • One piece 3 1/4 by 12" piece of  Island Indigo (back of cupcake throne)
  • One piece of 3 1/4 by 11" piece of Island Indigo (base of throne)
  • Two pieces of 1 1/2 by 4 1/2" of Island Indigo (sides of throne base)
  • One piece 3 by 4" Cupcakes & Carousel DSP
  • Other pieces of Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Calypso Coral for adding decoration and sentiment.
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Easter Message, Timeless Texture, Basket Bunch, Black Memento, Crumb Cake
Inks: Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Mint Macaron markers, Bermuda Bay ink pad
Accessories: Layering Oval Framelits, Basket Builder Framelits, Petite Flower punch, rhinestones, dimensionals, blender pen, gold metallic ribbon, 2 1/2" circle punch, scoring tool, double sided tape.

For putting the throne together, refer to the tutorial.

Preparing throne pieces:
1.  Score 3 1/4 by 12 at 6" and fold in half
2.  Score 3 1/4 by 11 at 1" at each end, and then at 5" at each end.
3.  Use a 2 1/2" circle punch to create hole for cupcake. Punch in one of the ends between the 1" and 5" score line.

Cupcake Topper:


Supplies:
Stamp: Basket Bunch
Ink: Black Memento, Watercolor Pencils
Papers:  Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories: Layering Oval Framelits, Basket Builder Framelits, Toothpick

Here are the other cards made:



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