Stamping with Princess – Cupcake Birthday Greeting Kit

Stamping with Princess – A Cupcake Birthday Card & Gift
Cupcake Greeting Card Kit

Cupcake Greeting Card Kit

Last year a girlfriend and I often got together to stamp birthday cards for family and friends. So this year, I made her not one birthday card, but 7! That’s 6 cards she can give away to family and friends and one big pocket card to hold them in.

Inside - two pockets for cards.

Inside - two pockets for cards.

The inspiration for my card/gift was this site: http://www.demotodemo.com/Class/CrazyforCupcakesCPS.htm. The front of my pocket card drew heavily from her design. However, the inside and the 6 3D/shadowbox cards were all my own.

If you’ve looked at my earlier posts you’ll recognize the green masculine card. For this project I decided to create a feminine version as well. For instructions and supply list for the mouse birthday card, see this post: https://stampingwithprincess.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/stamping-with-princess-masculine-mouse-birthday/

Samples of the masculine and feminine cards

Masculine and Feminine 3D mouse birthday cards/shadow boxes

Here’s another view that may better show how the shadow box effect was created.

Note the shape of the 3D shadowbox cards

Note the shape of the 3D shadowbox cards

I love how all the colors inside play off each other. The brown pockets showcase the green and pink tones of the masculine and feminine halves inside the pocket card.

Supplies for the Outside of the Cupcake Pocket Card:

  • Birthday Wishes Border stamp from Hero Arts E2943
  • 1 piece of dark pink cardstock
  • 1 piece of light pink cardstock
  • 1 piece brown cardstock
  • 1 piece of light blue cardstock
  • Cuttlebug swirl die cut
  • Cuttlebug die cut machine
  • 2 pieces brown ribbon
  • Red StazOn inkpad
  • Black inkpad
  • Stenciling brush
  • light and dark pink gems
  • Scor-Pal
  • scissors
  • puffy tape
  • double sided tape

Instructions for the Outside of the Cupcake Pocket Card:

  1. Trim blue cardstock to 9 1/2 x 6. With paper horizontally in front of you, score at 4 1/2 and 5.
  2. Adhere ribbon horizontally across one side of the card leaving extra on each end which will serve as a tie to tie the card closed.
  3. With brown cardstock, create cupcake base 3 1/2 tall by 4 wide cut narrower at the bottom. Score vertical lines with scor-pal to create texture and to help it look like a cupcake paper. Tie a piece of ribbon around it horizontally. Adhere to the bottom of the blue cardstock.
  4. Cut out a cupcake frosting shape out of the dark pink cardstock to measure approximately 3″ tall by 4″ wide. You may want to draw it out on scratch paper first then trace that pattern to the pink cardstock. I tried to think of clouds as I was drawing my shape.
  5. Emboss the frosting shape in the cuttlebug with the swirlly embossing plate. Add a bit of color by brushing on some red StazOn ink on the swirls. Embellish with gems.
  6. Adhere the frosting to the blue cardstock with puffy tape making sure to overlap the brown cupcake paper.
  7. Stamp the birthday wishes on light pink cardstock using black inkpad and trim. Trim dark pink cardstock to create border around the greeting approximately 1/8 border. Adhere on top of brown cupcake paper using puffy tape.

Supplies for the inside of the Cupcake Pocket Card:

  • Soph QuiKutz alphabet die cuts
  • Take it Easy Sizzix alphabet die cuts
  • Birthday Wishes Border stamp from Hero Arts E2943
  • dark brown cardstock
  • dark green cardstock
  • light green cardstock
  • dark pink cardstock
  • light pink cardstock
  • black inkpad
  • double sided tape
  • glue pen
  • ruler
  • stylus

Instructions for the Inside of the Cupcake Pocket Card:

  1. Make two of these:
    Cut brown cardstock to 7 x 3 1/4. With card held horizontally, score at 1 and 1 1/4 vertically on each side. Score the bottom horizontally from the bottom at 1 and 1 1/4. Cut off the bottom corners.
  2. Fold at score lines. Adhere to the bottom of the blue cardstock to the outer most edges. These are your pockets.
  3. Stamp the birthday wishes on the dark green and dark pink cardstocks. Trim. Adhere one on each pocket at an angle.
  4. Die cut the letters G U Y S from the light green cardstock with the Take It Easy alphabet. Adhere under the dark green birthday wishes using a glue pen.
  5. Die cut the letters G A L S from the light pink cardstock with the Soph alphabet. Adhere under the dark pink birthday wishes using glue pen.
  6. Make birthday cards following the instructions from this post: https://stampingwithprincess.wordpress.com/2009/02/15/stamping-with-princess-masculine-mouse-birthday/. Insert those cards into pockets.
  7. Fold the blue cupcake card closed and tie the ribbon in a bow.
Advertisements

Stamping with Princess – Sympathy Card

Stamping with Princess – A Sympathy Card

sympathy

Though not a fun card, a very necessary one. Here is the card I made for my brother-in-law because his grandmother just passed away. I think it has the right mood for the occassion and is not too masculine nor too feminine.

I actually made two sympathy cards but thought the other was a bit too cheerful. I’ll save it for an occassion when someone is having a “Celebration of Life”.

Two sympathy cards with different moods

Two sympathy cards with different moods

 

Supplies:

  • Large Rosebud stamp by DenamiDesign K41
  • Heartfelt Sympathy stamp by Paper Inspirations F10501
  • 1 piece dark brown cardstock
  • 1 piece light pink cardstock
  • 1 piece dark pink cardstock
  • 1 piece typing paper
  • black inkpad
  • embossing pad
  • silver embossing powder
  • 1 piece brown ribbon
  • hole punch
  • embossing gun
  • puffy tape
  • double sided tape

Instructions:

  1. Trim dark brown cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. Fold in the middle to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 with the fold at the top.
  2. Trim the typing paper to 5 x 3 3/4 and adhere inside dark brown cardstock with double stick tape creating a place to write a note. Set aside.
  3. Trim dark pink cardstock to 2 1/4 x 3 1/2. Trim light pink cardstock to 1 1/2 x 3 1/4.
  4. Stamp the large rosebud on the light pink cardstock with black inkpad. Adhere to the right side of the dark pink cardstock with double stick tape leaving 1/8 border around.
  5. Punch two holes on the left side of the dark pink paper approximately half way up. Tie ribbon around the holes.
  6. Heat emboss the sympathy stamp on the bottom right side of the dark brown cardstock using the embossing pad, silver embossing powder and heat gun. It should be 1/2 from the bottom and 1/4 from the right.
  7. Adhere the pink rose to the left side of the card using puffy tape.

Stamping with Princess – Masculine Mouse Birthday

Stamping with Princess – 3D Masculine Mouse Birthday

3D Masculine Mouse Birthday

3D Masculine Mouse Birthday

A young man is the next person on my list to receive a birthday card. My husband has been a great sounding board for whether something is masculine or not. Most of the time he says my masculine cards are metrosexual. Hmmm….so, let’s see if this passes the masculine test!

Folded flat, this card fits into a standard greeting card envelope. The finished size is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. The card feels like a shadow box because the image stamped inside is quite large and depicts another mouse. So the recipient must hold the card at several angles to see everything inside.

Supplies:

  • Stampa Rosa, Santa Rosa House Mouse Designs, Birthday cupcake 58
  • Hero Arts Little Greetings Birthday LL520
  • Stampin’ Up Candles (not sure what set it’s from – I think it’s retired)
  • Stampin’ Up Celebrate You (not sure what set it’s from – I think it’s retired)
  • 1 piece dark green cardstock
  • 1 piece light green cardstock
  • 1 piece striped paper
  • black StazOn Inkpad
  • VersaMark Inkpad
  • markers
  • Stampin’ Up Aqua Pen
  • 3D Crystal Lacquer
  • green ribbon
  • Circle Colluzle
  • double stick tape
  • puffy tape / mounting tape

Instructions:

  1. Trim dark green and light green cardstock to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4. Lay the card horizontally and score at 1/2″ and 1″ and both sides and fold at score lines.
  2. With VersaMark inkpad, stamp the candles randomly on the dark green cardstock.
  3. Stamp the mouse birthday stamp on the light green cardstock with black inkpad so that it’s roughly 1/2″ from the bottom of the paper. Image will appear on the fold lines. Color with markers and aqua pen.
  4. Cut a circle out of the dark green cardstock roughly above the mouse sitting on the cupcake. I used the 4th smallest circle in the coluzzle. When the circle hit the first score mark, I stopped cutting the circle but instead followed the fold line.
  5. Trim a piece of striped paper 2″ by 5 1/2. Place it over the dark green cardstock and trace the hollowed out circle with a pencil then trim out the circle with scissors.
  6. Adhere striped paper to cardstock.
  7. Adhere ribbon across the center of the card to create a border between the striped paper and the green cardstock.
  8. Stamp Happy Birthday on a piece of dark green cardstock using black inkpad. Trim to 2 3/4 x 3/4. Trim light green cardstock to 3 x 1 and tape to back of dark green birthday tag. Adhere to top of card at a slant.
  9. Stamp the celebrate you on light green cardstock using a dark green marker. Color the cupcake. Apply 3D Crystal Lacquer on the frosting. Allow to dry. Using puffy tape, adhere celebrate you cupcake below happy birthday.
  10. Tape the card together on both sides at the 1/2″ edges.

Stamping with Princess – Boy Valentine

Stamping with Princess – Boy with a Valentine

Boy Valentine

Boy Valentine

My husband first suggested it. I never really gave it much thought. But now that I’ve thought about it…I have to agree with him. When making a card for kids….make it interactive.

I’m only on my second interactive card. Not sure if I’ll be able to keep it up for all my kids cards. But in this card, Danny (that’s the name of the stamp) is holding a Valentine’s box. There’s something pink sticking out that says “pull”.

When you “pull” on the pink thing sticking out of the box, it’s a string of hearts that spell the word “love”.

String of hearts pull out of the package

String of hearts pull out of the package

A lot of thought went into the mechanics of this card. Since the hearts have so many edges they got stuck in the slit when pulling in or out. So, I created a sleeve for them to live in. Then I made sure that the sleeve was taped to the card in such a way that the strand of hearts would slide in and out of the opening effortlessly. Creating a bookmark or something would have been easier. But I really wanted a strand of hearts to come out of the box.

So, I hope my instructions are easy enough to follow! Let’s give it a try!

Insider View of the Boy's Valentine

Insider View of the Boy's Valentine

Supplies:

 

 

 

  • Hero Arts HeroKids Just Danny K1720 rubber stamp (retired)
  • Printworks Little Treasures G1153 rubber stamp
  • Cuttlebug heart die cuts
  • QuicKutz Moxie alphabet
  • Black StaZon inkpad
  • Heart punch
  • Pink Scrappers Floss
  • 1 piece black cardstock
  • 1 piece  sparkly red cardstock
  • 1 piece scrap purple
  • 1 piece scrap light pink
  • 1 piece scrap red paper
  • 1 piece scrap light pink paper
  • 1 piece scrap white paper
  • gems
  • markers
  • Stampin’ Up Aqua Pen
  • mini hole punch
  • puffy tape
  • glue pen
  • scotch tape
  • double sided tape
  • scissors
  • Craft knife / exacto knife

Instructions for Card Outside:

  1. Trim black cardstock to 8 1/2 x 5 1/2. Fold in half to create card with fold on the left that measures 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.
  2. Trim sparkly red paper to 5 1/2 x 3. With craft knife, cut a slit 1 1/4 inches long about 2″ from the top centered from left to right.
  3. With black marker, color only the words “Happy” and “Day” on the Little Treasures stamp. Huff on the stamp (as if to steam up a window) and stamp the image on the bottom of the red sparkly cardstock centered from left to right.
  4. Punch a mini heart in purple cardstock. Adhere between the stamped words “happy” and “day”. Attach a mini gem to the heart.
  5. Punch two mini holes approximately 1/2 inch above the “happy heart day” on the red sparkly cardstock. Weave pink scrappers floss around card and through holes to make a simple bow.
  6. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 2 1/2 x 3 1/2. Fold to 1 1/4 x 3 1/2 with the fold on the left side. With scotch tape, tape the folder closed on the right and left side. Only the top 1 1/4 should be open. Set aside.
  7. With Cuttlebug, die cut nested hearts in purple, red, light and dark pink cardstock until you have 5 hearts. Set aside the larger hearts. Glue togehter the tips of the smaller hearts with glue pen so that they are in a row.
  8. Die cut the letters L, O, V, E with the alphabet die cut. Using glue pen, adhere one letter to to each heart beginning with the second heart from the left. Set aside.
  9. Stamp “Just Danny” on white cardstock using black inkpad. Color with markers and aqua pen. Cut out with scissors. Cut Danny in half just under his armpits. Set aside.
  10. Cut purple cardstock to a square measuring 1 x 1 1/2. Die cut larger heart from red cardstock. Adhere red heart to purple box. Adhere gem to heart.
  11. Punch a hole on four sides near the heart. Wrap pink scrappers floss through holes and around box to make the box look like a gift wrapped package. Attach puffy tape to the backside of the left, right and bottom edge of the package. This will create a pocket. Set aside.
  12. Insert the white folder though the slit of the red cardstock so that 1/4 inch is sticking out. Adhere white folder to the red cardstock on the backside with scotch tape.
  13. Align the bottom portion of “Just Danny” to the top of the white cardstock sticking out of the slit in the red paper. Insert 1/2 a piece of scotch tape into the folder – sticky side up – then have that piece of tape wrap around and adhere to “Just Danny. Tape the remainder of “Just Danny”‘s legs flat to the cardstock.
  14. Adhere the top part of “Just Danny” to the red cardstock so that the torso is flush with the back part of the white folder using double sided tape. Insert 1/2 a piece of scotch tape – sticky side down – into the white folder then the other 1/2 onto “Just Danny’s” torso.
  15. The previous two steps create a smooth transition for the hearts to come in and out of the folder.
  16. Adhere purple package in front of “Just Danny”. Insert 1/2 a piece of scotch tape -sticky side up –  into the top part of the white folder and the other 1/2 to the back of the purple package.
  17. This will further create a smooth transition for the heart strand to go into the folder.
  18. Insert heart strand into the folder making sure a little peeks out. Write the word “pull” on the part peeking out.

Instructions for Inside the card:

  1. Trim a piece of red sparkly cardstock to 3 x 3 3/4.
  2. Trim a piece of white cardstock to 3 x 3 1/2. Rip the bottom part off the white cardstock to make a jagged edge. Cardstock should now measure 3 1/2 x 2 1/2ish. Center and adhere to red cardstock from previous step.
  3. Adhere three large hearts (from the nested die cut hearts made earlier) to the bottom of the right panel.
  4. Adhere the red cardstock from previous step above the hearts.

Stamping with Princess – Valentine

Stamping with Princess – A Valentine

Valentine

Valentine

This has got to be the most simple Valentine I have ever made….in my adult life, that is! =) I confess I got 99.9% of this card from Archiver’s newsletter. I wasn’t going to make ANY Valentines this year…but I saw this yesterday and just had to make it!

What was my 0.1% contribution to the design, you ask? I added a gem. I couldn’t help myself. I am a gem-aholic! Nearly every single card I make any more has at least one gem! =) Call my silly.

Enjoy!

Supplies:

  • 1 piece 12×12 sparkly red cardstock
  • 1 scrap of pink cardstock
  • 1 scrap of purple cardstock
  • Cuttlebug heart die cut
  • Sizzix Take It Easy alphabet die cut
  • 1 gem
  • puffy tape
  • double stick tape
  • glue pen

Instructions:

  1. Trim sparkly red cardstock to 11 x 5 1/2. Fold in half so card is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2.
  2. Trim second piece of sparkly red cardstock to 5 x 5. Adhere in the center of the folded card.
  3. Die cut the cuttlebug heart in the scrap of pink and scrap of puple. Adhere pink heart a little above and right of center with double stick tape. Adhere purple heart to left of pink heart with puffy tape.
  4. Add gem to purple heart where it overlaps the pink heart.
  5. Die cut the letters x and o from the alphabet set. Adhere below hearts with glue pen.

Stamping with Princess – The Wedding

After the Princess Bridal Shower – The Wedding!

Wedding invitation with a Chinese Flair

Wedding invitation with a Chinese Flair

It was an internationally themed wedding. The bride had lived in China for 5 years and Boliva for a year and a half. So, we set the theme in motion with wedding invitations that had a chinese flair.

The chinese symbol “double happiness” is often used in Chinese weddings, so we started with that. I couldn’t find a rubber stamp of “double happiness” at any of the local craft stores, so I had a stamp made. Later I found the symbol on the Hero Arts website ( http://heroarts.com/ ).

Much of the card is my own creation (at least the exterior is), but I was deeply  inspired by two websites for various bits and pieces. The chinese website (which I can’t find right now) gave me the inspiration for the red strip with the chinese symbol (in this case “love”) and bamboo. Both stamps of which I found at Hobby Lobby. The FREE Bridal Class and website at Archiver’s  ( http://www.archiversonline.com/categories/28 ) gave me lots of inspirtation for the typesetting and Save the Date Card.

Inside the Chinese Wedding Invitation

Inside the Chinese Wedding Invitation

Let me finish by saying that I don’t think we saved the bride and groom any money by making the 100+ invitations ourselves. We probably could have if I had designed a more traditional and simple card. But what’s the fun in that! Besides, the whole family got involved in stamping, cutting, taping, folding etc. Everyone except the bride, who was still in Bolivia until 10 days before the wedding! =)

Supplies:

  • Hero Arts Decorative Bamboo K4900 rubber stamp
  • Hero Arts Chinese Love Wish E1715 rubber stamp
  • Double Happiness Stamp (I made my own but Hero Arts has one)
  • 1 piece red cardstock with sparkles
  • 1 piece black cardstock
  • 1 piece silver cardstock
  • 2 pieces 8.5 x 11 white vellum
  • 1 piece of copy paper
  • silver embossing powder
  • embossing ink
  • VersaMark inkpad
  • QuicKutz Nesting Circles – I used the inside of the largest circle which makes your circle about 3 3/8 inches in diameter.
  • embossing gun
  • thin red jute
  • white ribbon with silver accents
  • mini single hole punch
  • double sided tape specifically designed for vellum

Instructions for the Invitation:

  1. Score and fold the 8 1/2 x 11 vellum at 3 6/8 and 9 1/4. This will become your cover. This is something like a C fold. When folded, the smaller side will be on the right.
  2. Trim a piece of silver cardstock 1/2 x 8 1/2. Adhere to right side of the left panel.
  3. Trim a piece of black cardstock to 3 3/8 x 8 1/2. Randomly stamp the love symbol on the black cardstock with VersaMark inkpad.
  4. Adhere black cardstock to the left side of the left panel. The silver cardstock should be peaking out the right side.
  5. Die cut a 3 3/8 circle on the sparkly red cardstock. Stamp the “double happiness” symbol in the center of the circle with the embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Heat set the symbol.
  6. Punch two holes in the bottom right of the circle about 1 inch apart. I punched mine so that when adhered to the card it appears that there is one hole over the black and one hole over the vellum. Tie a chinese bow with the jute in those circles.
  7. Attach white ribbon the back of the circle so the ribbon looks like a tab on the right side of the circle. It should stick out about 1/2 inch.
  8. Adhere the circle to the left panel so that it overlaps the right panel. Be careful to only put tape on the left panel of the card. If you want your card to lay flat and stay closed, you can use a very, very small amount of temporary tape to hold the right side of the circle to the right panel.
  9. In a word processing program, typeset the inside of your wedding invitation.  The left panel should measure 3 1/2  x 8 1/2. The right panel should measure 5 3/8 x 8 1/2.  Save room on the right side of the right panel for the red strip of cardstock which will take about 2 1/4 inches. Print on white vellum.
  10. Trim white vellum invitation to 8 15/16. Fold at 3 1/2. You’ll notice that this inside invitation is just a bit smaller than the outside cover.
  11. Trim a piece of sparkly red cardstock to 2 x 8 1/4. Stamp the “love” symbol on the top portion and the bamboo on the bottom portion using embossing pad and silver embossing powder. Heat set with embossing gun.
  12. Trim a piece of silver cardstock to 1/2 x 8 1/4. Adhere underneath the left side of the sparkly red cardstock so that 1/8 shows.
  13. Adhere red and silver cardstock to the right side of the right panel so that it is centered top to bottom.
  14. Place the interior invitation inside the cover piece. Put a small amount of tape on the left panel so the two pieces stay together.
  15. Wrap jute around the left fold two times and tie a chinese bow.
  16. Fold closed to form your chinese wedding invitation booklet.
Save the Date Card for Chinese Wedding

Save the Date Card for Chinese Wedding

Instructions for the Save the Date Card:

  1. Trim a piece of black cardstock to 2 1/2 x 3 7/8.
  2. Trim a piece of silver cardstock to 2 1/8 x 3 7/8. Adhere silver cardstock to black cardstock centering it top to bottom.
  3. Typeset the Save the Date information in a word processing program so that the final printout will be 3 1/2 x 2 1/8. Print on copy paper and trim. 
  4. Punch small two small holes (one above the other) on the left bottom part of the copy paper about 1/4 inches apart and approximately 1/4 inch from the left and bottom. Tie a piece of red jute through the holes.
  5. Adhere to silver cardstock so that it is centered left to right.
  6. Put the Save the Date card inside the invitation.

Note: there were no RSVP cards because all RSVPing was done via the website or phone calls. The bride and groom used the website: http://www.weddingwindow.com/ to set up their wedding website.

Stamping with Princess – Toolbox

Stamping with Princess – My New Toolbox!

Tools of the Trade Toolbox

Tools of the Trade Toolbox

I am thrilled to show you my new toolbox. Though not my first attempt at decorating a 3D item, this is the first time I’ve created a toolbox that will inspire me! Previously my pens were sitting in old mugs I had laying around the house (definitely NOT inspirational).

The toolbox is an old rootbeer box that just happened to fit all my markers, pens and miscellaneous tools perfectly. I started out by selecting various papers that intrigued me (black, white and red in various patterns), then added some pinks for more fun. I couldn’t resist adding tons of ribbon, gems and die cuts! I reinforced all the corners and paper edges with decorative elements to prevent the paper from peeling over time.

I’d love to hear what you think of it. And if you have a toolbox you’ve created, send me a link to it!

toolbox-front

toolbox-back

toolbox-right

toolbox-left

 

 

 

Supplies:

  • 1 rootbeer box
  • 5 pieces decorative paper (used mostly DCWV papers)
  • 7 pieces solid paper
  • 7 different ribbon types (EK Success Adornaments, S.E.I., Bazzill Basics, Offray, In The Loop, Jute)
  • 4″ QuicKutz daisy
  • 2″ QuicKutz heart
  • QuicKutz Moxie alphabet
  • QuicKutz Soph alphabet
  • Sizzix Take it Easy Alphabet
  • Cuttlebug  heart
  • Cuttlebug circle
  • gems (light pink, dark pink, red, clear, pearls)
  • pink grommets and grommet setter
  • needle
  • hole punch
  • double sided tape
  • puffy tape
  • ribbon glue
  • craft knife

Instructions:

  1. Adhere decorative paper to the front and back of the rootbeer box making sure they are a little long so they wrap around to the sides. Adhere the decorative papers to the sides of the rootbeer box. This will stop at the edges and overlap the front and back papers. Adhere paper to the handle of the box. Cut out handle portion with a craft knife.
  2. Adhere 1.5″ squares to all bottom corners and 1.5″ circles to all top corners of the box for added durability and to help protect the papers from peeling up at the corners. Using needle and thin jute, cross stitch an x in each square to add strength to the corner piece. Attach grommet in corner circles to add strength to the corner piece. Glue ribbon at paper transitions to help prevent them from peeling.
  3. Create all the die cut elements and attach with tape and/or puffy tape where desired. Die cut words such as “Tools of the Trade” and your name and adhere where deisred. Sew ribbon onto box where desires.
  4. Attach gems.
  5. Fill the toolbox with your favorite tools.

Camping Birthday Card

Camping Birthday Card for a 12 Year Old Friend

Camping Birthday Card

Camping Birthday Card

I’m taking a short break from the Princess Party stuff to show you a card that my husband and I actually came up with together! I do believe this is our first collaberative card. My husband requested that the card have movement…that it be an interactive card. Hmmmm….I was a bit stumped because we were creating a card for a friend who turned 12 who loves skateboarding and ninja stuff….of which I have no stamps. Fortunately, when I was at Archivers a few months ago I felt compelled to use their die cutting system to cut out some mountains, grass and a tent. Hmm…..divine leading? Anyway, I pulled them out and my husband and I proceeded to create this card. Which we felt would be appropriate for our friend since we had been camping with him and his family several times.

Boy in the Camping Birthday Card is unattached.

Boy in the Camping Birthday Card is unattached.

The boy on the card is not attached to the card. The tent is 3D’d using puffy tape which creates a pocket for the boy to stand behind the tent. Then when you pull the boy out from behind the tent he holding a sign that says happy birthday. Voila, our interactive card!

Supplies

  • 1 piece of 8.5×11 natural flecked cardstock
  • 1 piece of 4×3 natural flecked cardstock
  • 1 piece of red cardstock
  • 1 piece of dark blue cardstock
  • 1 piece of light green cardstock
  • 2 piece of brown cardstock (different shades)
  • 2 pieces of green cardstock (different shades)
  • 1 piece of yellow cardstock
  • black StazOn inkpad
  • white StazOn inkpad
  • markers
  • Stampin’ Up Aqua Painter pens
  • Stampin’ Up woodchuck stamp (retired)
  • Hero Arts K1720 Hero Kids Just Danny (retired)
  • Hero Arts LL520 Little Greetings Birthday (retired)
  • puffy tape (I used Pop-Strips I got at the $1 store)
  • Archivers die cuts – Mountain, grass & tent (the kind also used at elementary schools)
  • Cuttlebug die cuts – trees and fire
  • scissors
  • double sided tape
  • glue pen

Instructions:

  1. Fold 8.5×11 cardstock lengthwise to create a card thats 4.25×11 with the fold at the top.
  2. Die cut mountains from the dark brown cardstock. Die cut grass from the light green cardstock. Die cut tent from dark blue cardstock. These can be found at Archivers or maybe an elementary school.
  3. Die cut the trees from the two shades of green cardstock. Die cut the fire from the two shades of brown cardstock and the red and yellow cardstocks.
  4. Stamp the boy stamp (Just Danny) on natural cardstock with black StazOn ink. Color using markers and Aqua Painter. Cut out with scissors.
  5. Stamp Happy Birthday on red cardstock. Trim. Adhere to boys hands using double sided tape.
  6. Chalk the peaks of the mountains with white StazOn inkpad. Allow to dry.
  7. Adhere mountain and grass to card using double sided tape.
  8. Adhere pop-strips to bottom and sides of tent (allowing room for boy to come in and out behind tent). Adhere tent to card. Insert boy behind tent.
  9. Using markers, color woodchuck stamp and stamp to the right of the tent.
  10. Using glue pen, attach trees and campfire to card.

Princess Party – Guest Thank You Gift

Princess Party – A gift for the Guest Princesses: a Chinese Box?

Princess Party Thank You Gift - A Chinese Box

Princess Party Thank You Gift - A Chinese Box

It’s fairly common to give a little thank you gift to everyone who attends a shower. You may think it strange that my mother and I decided to to make thank you boxes in the shape of small chinese take out boxes. But since the Princess Bride-to-be was having an international wedding we decided chinese boxes would be the perfect gift. And since we were having a Princess Bridal Shower, we made all the boxes pink or red!

We decorated the chinese boxes with Jolee’s stickers. My first project using stickers (hey, we got 1,000+ stickers for $7 – I couldn’t help myself). I tend to be more of a purist and only use stamps…but am warming to the idea of incorporating computer generated materials and stickers etc.

Princess Party Thank You Gifts - Chinese Boxes

Princess Party Thank You Gifts - Chinese Boxes

The tag on each box says, “We shower the Bride with sweet gifts it’s true, but this sweet gift is just for you”. I’d love to take credit for this, but I got the poem from a website….which I can’t find right now. We filled the boxes with Hershey Kisses. Each box was decorated a bit differently based on patterned paper and Jolee stickers. We made 20 gift boxes total.

Supplies (for one box):

  • 1 piece pink or red cardstock (8.5×11 is fine)
  • 1 piece patterned paper
  • 1 piece white copy paper
  • Coluzzle tag template
  • Chinese take-out box (I used a small Panda Express Box – and I washed it, of course)
  • stickers
  • 12″ ribbon (I used sheer)
  • Blazing Red StazOn Inkpad
  • 1 red or pink brad
  • Stenciling Brush
  • Exacto / Utility Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Corner Rounder
  • hole punch
  • stylus
  • scissors
  • super sticky double sided tape
  • temporary double sided tape (optional)
  • puffy tape

Instructions:

  1. Trace the chinese box on a piece if red or pink cardstock using a stylus. (Use a small amount of temporary tape to hold the pattern to the cardstock to prevent the pattern from slipping) You can use a pen, but it won’t look as clean. Cut out using scissors. Cut slit for tab using exacto / utility knife.
  2. Fold into chinese box. Punch a hole on two sides for ribbon near the top of each side panel, but low enough to go through all layers. Unfold and put tape on sides then refold. Feed ribbon through holes and tie a knot on inside. Trim excess ribbon.
  3. Cut out a piece of patterned paper about 1″ wide to wrap around the box. Note: since the box is not square,  you may want to cut each side seperate or create a template for the wrap. Secure to chinese box.
  4. In a wordprocessor, type the poem, “We shower the Bride with sweet gifts it’s true, but this sweet gift is just for you.” to fit on a 1.5 x 1.25 piece of paper. I used Pristina font. Cut out and use corner rounder.
  5. Cut out small coluzzle tag on patterened paper and white copy paper. Using stenciling brush, paint the edges of the two tags and the poem. Tape all three together in layers. Punch hole in tag near top and attach red brad on the tag.
  6. Adhere tag to chinese box with puffy tape and decorate with stickers.
  7. Fill box with candy.