Friday, June 27, 2014

Pop Up Card Lullaby Baby

Any of you with kids know the summer can get away from you. Mine is going faster than a freight train. I started this post weeks ago. Oh well. I mean well. 

Have you tried or would you like to learn how to make one of these super cute, and quite easy cards? They are all over Pinterest. 

Cardstock and matching scraps
Coordinating stamps and punches
Sticky strip
And your regular papercrafting tools. 

Cut your card base in half (5/12 x 8 1/2) so you can have two from each sheet. 5 1/2 inches because that's a standard handmade card measurement. 

Score along short edge at 2, 4, 6, 8 inches. 

Score along length at either 2 3/4 or 3 inches. I like 3 inches so my flaps are just slightly shorter. 

Trim the half inch by 2.5 inch section. Cut along the score marks of what is now the top flaps. Do NOT fold down the first flap by the half inch strip. That will now be the back of the box, which stands up straight. 

Sticky strip the outside of the half inch strip. Adhere box together. 

Add (2) .5 by 3" strips which have been scored at 1/2" and 2.5" fold flaps like a Z. Sticky strip flaps to top part of box (not flaps) starting in a corner. Butt the two Z together. I will try to grab a picture of this step. 

Now decorate as desired. Size for flaps DSP is 1 3/4" x 2 1/4". I used the new Baby's First Framelits 133735 and coordinating Something for Baby stamps 134027 w 134030 c. Page 74 of catalog. There are many ways to decorate box with flowers. I see grad boxes with stars or fishing for the guys. Show me your idea. Will post on blog. 

Folds flat for mailing in a regular envelope if you don't add a lot of tall bulky embellishments. 

Here is the short instruction version:

1) cut paper
2) score at 2, 4, 6, 8 inches
3) adhere box together with sticky strip
4) cut and score 2 support braces 1/2 x 3, scored at 1/2 and 2 1/2"
5) adhere support braces with sticky strip
6) decorate your box
7) mail to someone you really like!

If you would like downloadable box instructions please post in comments below. 

Thank you for stopping by today. Happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Stampin' Diva Blog Hop June - The Measure By Which

Happy Fathers Day! I dedicate this card to my dad, whom I have been missing very much this last week. 

My husband is out of town for an indefintite period of time, dutifully taking care of his mother who just had a hip replacement. He is a joint replacement care giving pro, after seeing me through two knee replacements in the last 9 months. And true to our family history, and I am sure many other families, When a spouse is away, things break, in disproportion to the remaining spouse to deal with the situation. Call it Murphy's Law for absent spouses. (smile)

Last night was a mess for me. I went to run a few errands only to quickly discover the two back tires were under 20 pounds. Thank goodness my daughter was with me. I know how to fill and check tires, but it is still difficult for me to bend over and do stuff. She got a quick education on tire guages and and air pumps while we watched severe storms roll closer. I felt like a giant lightening rod with the metal in my knees. We came home in time for the storms to hit. I saw one lightening strike hit the backyard and I am pretty sure the entire house bounced. Power flickered for hours. I also learned that the severe electricity in the storms can cause my heart (I have atrial fibrillation issues) to pound like crazy. 

We woke to a few circuit breakers popped (one with the fridge on it!). We had replaced the big box a few years ago and I had no idea how to reset the circuits. Another call to the out of town husband. There have been a lot of calls to him over broken or just not working stuff this week. I am perfectly capable of handling the items but it seems to be snowballing the longer he is gone. Makes me appreciate all the big, and little things he does for us each day.

Back to my card, I dedicate this card to my dad, who died April 4, 2012, at 87 years old. He taught me so much about home repair, car repair, and what not. He would always remain calm, and remind me, when something doesn't work, check the simple and easy things first. Gosh, I cannot tell you how many times that has held true. He had wanted a son, but always appreciated having a girl. He taught me (grudgingly on my part) how to mix cement at age 8. He taught me how to clean and repair my roller skate wheels, how to maintain my bike. And when I bought my first home, by myself, at age 28, and only a $20,000 a year salary, how to maintain and repair my home. We spent many long weekends working on that very old house. In fact when my husband and I got married, I wore the tool belt. Chicks rule! Boys drool! is the saying in our house. 

So with the husband away, I guess it is time to dust off the tool belt and teach another daughter generation the rules of tools. Yesterday we visited Northern Tool and Hydraulic. She was in heaven! 

I chose the Snapshot stamp 133812 for my dad because he also taught me to always have a camera. He bought me my first 126 at age 6. When I was 13 he upgraded (LOL) me to a 110 camera. When I was 18 he bought me my first 35mm Oympus, and made sure I knew how to use it. He jumped on the digital camera bandwagon very early, way before I was able to give up my 35mm. Because I always had a camera, and usually carried it with me, I have some fond memories captured forever. 

Thank you dad for your patience, education and friendship. You are the measure by which all dads should be compared. I miss you!

Thank you for stopping by, happy stamping, Happy Fathers Day ~ Sandy

Blog hop links below!

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Coloring rediscovered - Blendabilities

Last night since I was feeling too crummy for much else, or more like, I was itching to play, I broke open my new blendabilities. My annual retired sale was to have been that day but I cancelled cuz my son and I have some kind of bug. Seems cruel when we finally have great weather!

This stamp is a carryover from the Spring Occasions catalog. So glad I had it. It just beds to be colored. 

Now as a youth you couldn't keep coloring books in the house. I would sit for hours on Saturday morning at the kitchen table watching cartoons on the little Black and white TV. Later they colored the cartoons (we got a small color TV). I had a Pink Panther book, peanuts, and so many others. My stack was over a foot tall. Then I stopped coloring all together. Any of you color much in adulthood? 

Now I am interested again. The three color system of Blendabiities makes coloring fun. Right now Stampin' Up! Is releasing just 12 colors with more to come. I have six of the colors

$11.95 per pack of three markers. Each marker pack comes with the original Stampin' Up! Color and a lighter and darker version. Skin tone pack of six colors is $22.95. At less than $4 per very good quality alcohol based marker it is a very good value. The memento ink pad $5.95 132708 is the recommended ink to use. It's black. The color lifter works like magic $4.95 129369. It lightens or removes the color. Magic indeed.

So as I rediscover coloring of the more modern and sophisticated type, I will be posting more ideas. 

Thank you for stopping by, Happy stamping, Sandy

Thank you for stopping by today!

Keep being creative, Sandy

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Garage Sale Thursday

Oh dear, I must cancel the garage Stampin' Up! /Miche sale set for Thursday. Two of the family members are sick, and one of them is moi. 

As soon as a new date is picked I will post it. 

Sorry about that ladies. 


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Keep being creative, Sandy