Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Interactive Floral Card - My First Pop-up Card!

 Hello, Crafty Makers!

This is my first-ever pop-up card!  Well, at least the first one I have ever made using a die!  In full disclosure, this die was free to me.  I rarely, if ever, purchase Anna Griffin products.  They are just too rich for my blood!

Also, I don't really like the idea of always cutting from dies or using  Electronic cutters. Sometimes, I simply want to use my two hands to create a project from cradle to grave!

But, this product needed to be reviewed so, I took the plunge.  I made a process video, but it was too long and there was no way to shorten it.  So I ended up just creating a straightforward "review."

Anna Griffin Pop-up Bouquet Card Die
This is not the easiest product to work with and I think beginners would struggle.  I struggled a little.  I never really intended to create a card with this set, but I found it difficult to describe it without actually going through the process.  I used scraps to create this card because I never planned to post it.  My SIL loves it, so I thought, what the heck!  Next time I will use better papers and brighter colors!


Thanks, For Stopping By!

Stuff I Used:
Die:  Spellbinders : Nestabilities Label 2
DSP: Graphic 45 - Bird Song (retired)
Jute Ribbon, Butterfly: My Stash

Sunday, April 2, 2023

613 Avenue Create - April 2023 Challenge: Anything Goes w/Optional Twist: Stencils

 Hello, Crafty Mates!

The Optional Twist at 613 Avenue Create this month is "Stencils!"

The first technique I learned when I started cardmaking was stenciling.  Of course, back then, we used mostly brass stencils and they were more for embossing than creating backgrounds. 

Stencils remain one of my favorite crafting tools.


 I was flipping through my stencils, praying for inspiration, and I came across an old pinwheel stencil. I  figured I could use it to create a background for my pinwheel embellishment.
This pop-up pinwheel has been in my stash for years.  I added double-sided foam tape to the back to add depth.
I cut a wooden skewer in half before coloring it with Distress ink and dipping it into glitter glue!
The stencil pattern was repeated on the inside.

I loved playing with pinwheels when I was a child.  It is interesting to look back and reflect on how little it took to make me happy when I was a kid.  I guess pinwheels, yo-yos, bolo bats, and jackstones are just too analog for kids born into a digital world!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Challenges Entered: (ATG= Anything Goes)

Stuff I Used:
Stamp: - Delight: Heidi Swoop
Stamp: - Life is Good, Everyday: Technique Tuesday, Ordinary Days
Pinwheel Stencil - Diane Wakley: Bendy Pinwheels
Pinwheel Popup - Basic Grey
Rainbow - Simply Gilded
Distress Oxide Inks:  Squeezed Lemonade, Speckled Egg, Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke, Worn Lipstick, Salvaged Patina, Fossilized Amber, Wilted Violet