Sunday, February 15, 2015

Life is Sweeter With You, Card

Howdy!  WOW, I didn't realize so much time had passed since my last post.  My apologies.  I have had some health issues, work has been crumb-y, and various other life happenings.  {grimace}
But, have no fear, I will continue to carve out time to craft!  It's in my blood!  I dream of pattern paper {smile}.  
I am getting my crafting focused.  I have a craft fair in 2 months.  I also am hosting Bunco a few weeks following that.  So, I am trying to keep my crafting prioritized, so I can make the most of the time I have.  And trying not to get tunnel vision.  {fingers crossed}  I will post projects completed for Bunco when I get them done, so stay tuned. 

card flattened, so it will fit in an A-2 envelope

But, before I get started on some of the Bunco stuff, let me start with a new item I will be selling at this year's Spring Craft Fair on May 2nd, 2015.  I call them 'cards with movement'.  I have a board on Pinterest with the same name HERE.  I will have several of this type of greeting card (card-in-a-box), with a few different occasions.  But, I will also have a few of the 'explosion box' cards, too.  (stay tuned for a post on those, this week.)
So, without further ado, my version of the 'Card-In-A-Box' Card:

an angled view:

I used some pattern paper I already had on-hand, Signature Homespun.  I figure I should use the stuff I already have, instead of just spending more money on new stuff.  Right!  (One of this years New Years Resolutions.)
Recipe:  The card base is Cherry Cobbler card stock.  I used a numeric pattern paper and matted with Early Espresso card stock.  I also used a rustic red blossom, aqua polka dot pattern paper and matted that onto Cabana card stock.  (I am a fan of red and aqua.  Love the contrast.)  
For the center piece, I stamped the 'tag' in Chocolate Chip classic ink, onto very vanilla card stock.  I stamped the 'label' piece in cherry cobbler classic ink, onto very vanilla card stock.  I sponged the edges with soft suede classic ink*.  I used foam tape to life the label off the surface of the tag.
For the side panels, I cut 1 1/4" circles from the back side of the numeric pattern paper.  I cut a 1 3/8" circle with early espresso card stock.  Adhered them together.  I stamped the bow in versa mark ink, onto very vanilla card stock.  I added pool party embossing powder, and heat embossed.  I fussy cut each bow out, and used foam tape to adhere them to the center of the matted circles.
I stamped each blossom twice.  I used a hand held punch for the larger blossoms, and fussy cut the smaller blossoms.  I adhered two the same blossoms together, back to back.  So that the blossom would be seen from any view.
I added gold embossing to the center of the larger blossoms, and rhinestones to the center of the smaller blossoms.  
The bird is stamped in versa mark ink, onto whisper white card stock.  I added gold embossing powder, and heat embossed the bird.  The bird is adhered to the back of the card with foam tape.  
The sentiment is stamped in Chocolate Chip classic ink, onto cabana card stock.  The large scallop circle is punched from cherry cobbler card stock.
I added leaves here and there, to give the illusion of a flower garden.  The back panel is left blank, so a hand-written note can be added.  These cards will be packaged with this 'note' panel un-attached, (so the piece can be laid flat when writing).
Thank You for looking.  This card is my 'sample' for the Spring Craft Fair.  I am heading back into my craft room, to make a few shabby chic 'card-in-a-box' cards.  {smile}.  Tuesday, I will be working on my sample 'explosion' box card.  I will try my best to get it photographed, and posted.  It will most likely be baby-girl themed box card.  I say that, because I already have a paper collection in mind.
If you have any suggestions, as to what you would like to see, let me know!  I'd love to know what folks could potentially be shopping for.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

*the edges of all solid, and pattern paper, as well as all stamped items were sponged with soft suede classic ink.

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