Category Archives: Interactive Cards

Balloon Pop Ups

March 14, 2017

Snow Day means Crafty Day! My kids spent the morning painting and I spent the afternoon card making. Overall, a great way to deal with too much snow!

I made 3 cards with pop –up insides today. The following two are the same card design with different colors.


Pastel Heart Balloons Front


Pastel Heart Balloons Inside


Bright Balloons Front


Bright Balloons Inside



Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by die cutting the balloon shapes with a Simon Says Stamp die. After die cutting, I used my Mini Ink Blending tools to add color with Distress Inks.

Next, I created my card bases from some light blue cardstock. I made four card bases like this. I stamped a variety of clouds on the front and inside of the card bases using white pigment ink. For the solid cloud images, I used second generation stamping for a lighter impression.

I stamped and white heat embossed the Happy sentiments on some scraps of white card stock. Using some of the same Distress Inks, I added color to the Happy’s. I also stamped the Bigfoot images using two shades of grey ink. I water colored the Bigfoot images with Distress inks also.

Then, I pulled out my die cutting machine again. I die cut the Polaroid frame twice from white card stock and twice from some white fun foam. Then, I adhered the card stock to the fun foam. I also cut the Forest Border form darker green card stock and the Grassy Border from some lighter green card stock. I made four of each. I used the Everyday Pop Up dies from Lawn Fawn to on the darker green panel to create some pop up tabs.  I used the matching dies for the Happy sentiments and the Bigfoots.

I created the insides of my cards first. I started by adhering the darker green pop up panel to the card base. I used glue dots on the pop up tabs to adhere the grassy border piece. I repeated this on the other card bases. I only used two card bases for these cards. I saved the other two for future cards.

Next, I decorated the front of the cards. I adhered the balloons to the card bases with liquid glue.  I tried to make the balloons look natural by allowing some of them to hang off the edge of the card base. I used the smaller pieces to fill in empty areas on other edges. I stamped the smaller part of the sentiment on the frames and adhered the Happy die cut. Then I adhered the frame to the card front.

Lastly, I created a balloon bunch for each Bigfoot using glue dots. I adhere the balloons to the Bigfoot, and the Bigfoot to the grassy panel. I also added a few balloons behind the Bigfoot on the card base it’s self.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Partly Cloudy, Starry Backdrop, and Sunny Skies

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Pop Ups, Forest Border, Grassy Border, Lovable Legends Dies, and Say Cheese die

Simon Says Stamp Cuddly Critter Accessories dies

Ink: Versa Mark

Simon Says Stamp Smoke and Slate ink

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment ink

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade, Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, and Wilted Violet


Hope you enjoyed the cards

Driver’s Test Congrats Card

March 12, 2017

My co-work’s son is taking his drivers’ test later this month. I made her two cards; one congratulations card and one better luck next time card.


Card Front


Card Inside: I haven’t decided if the list should include things like; grocery store, practices, gas station, dry cleaners, and picking your sister up. Or if it should be: safely, with your seat belt on, at or under the speed limit, radio not too loud and not texting.


Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a die cut rectangle of white card stock as my base. I layered a Stitched Tree Border and a Stitched Hillside Border to the white card stock. I also adhered a strip of grey card stock to the white panel. I added some clouds to the sky using second generation stamping.

I created a slider panel using grey card stock, fun foam, Stitched Hillside Borders and my scissors. I also added a green hillside border to the slider panel. I stamped my sentiment on the small green hillside. I adhered the slider panel to the white panel using very strong double sided tape.

Then, I worked on my card base. I created a card base from white card stock. I stamped the sentiment and check boxes. I also added some little cars and a dotted line for added interest.

Lastly, I adhered the slider panel to the card base and the card was done.


Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Flamingo Together, Happily Ever After, Happy Trails, Plan On It, and Starry Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Hillside Borders, and Stitched Tree Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Memento Dew Drop in Bahama Blue

Simon Says Stamp Ink in Smoke


Hope you enjoyed the card

Peep Shaker Cards

March 10, 2017

My daughter just received a set of Crayola Fine Line markers as a gift. She very nicely let me use them to create this card set. I used a water brush to blend the color out and was very pleased with the results.


Two of the four cards


Two more cards


Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I white heat embossed the Peep outlines all over the sheet. I used the Crayola Fine Line Markers to add a single line of color around all around the inside edges of each Peep. I used my water brush to add a very small amount of water and pull the color into the middle of each Peep. Once the Peeps were dry, I used a light blue marker to add color to the background. I added a line of color around the outside of each Peep and used my water brush to pull the color out.

White this sheet was drying; I realized that I hadn’t added a sentiment…. So I got a half sheet of water color paper and stamped the sentiment and some more Peeps. I used the same markers and technique to create the sentiments and the Peeps for the inside of the shakers.

When everything was dry, I began die cutting. I used two Cross Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the outer frame and the inner piece for each card. I used the same dies to cut some frames from fun foam to use in the construction of the shakers. I used the coordinating Peep die to cut out each of the extra Peeps. I fussy cut out each sentiment.

Next, I began construction my shaker cards. I adhered the inner rectangle directly to each white card base. I added the fun foam frame around the inner rectangle with strong doubled sided tape. Then, I adhered the clear plastic to the cardstock frame. I adhered the sentiment to the outside of the clear plastic. I added small piece of fun foam behind the sentiment. I added the die cute Peeps, some clear and white sequins to the well created by the fun foam frame.  Then, I adhered the card stock frame to the fun foam frame. Lastly, I trimmed away any fun foam that was sticking out and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

Simon Says: Make Your Own background

LOVE! Flickr Challenge # 15 – Bringing Spring Smiles

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge # 66 – Coloring

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep Dies

Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Mark


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Wanna Hug?

February 26, 2017

I got some new stamps and dies in the mail today and had to try them out. Here is the card I created


Front of the card


The inside of the card


Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by creating a gray card base. I used Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink and a background stamp to add interest to my card base. Then I stamped and colored my images; 4 mice and 4 bows. I used colored pencils for the mice and gel pens for the bows. I used the matching dies to cut out the images.

While I had my die cut machine out, I also die cut a white circle, some green grass and puffy clouds. I used my new pop up die to make two pop up tabs in the large green grass piece. I adhered the grass and clouds with some tape runner. I added a sentiment to the white circle and the clouds.

Lastly, I used glue dots to adhere the mice to the front of the card and the pop up tabs on the inside.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #65: Anything Goes

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Clark’s ABC’s and Interlocking Backdrops

Simon Says Stamp Cuddly Critter Accessories

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Cuddly Critter Accessories Dies and Stitched Circles

Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Pop Ups, Grassy Border Die, and Puffy Cloud Borders

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Ink in Slate and Fog


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Pop Up Steak Birthday Card

February 25, 2017

My father’s birthday is in a few days. I made a pop-up box card for him. Lawn Fawn just released their new die for this type of card, which I do not own. So I figured out how to make one on my own. I love the way this card turned out.


The card folded flat


The card popped open


A close up of the images


Size:  Pop up box card, fits in an A2 envelope

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and coloring all of the images for this card. I used Distress Inks and water color pencils to add the color. Once the images were dry, I fussy cut them out.

Then, I began work on the card base. I started with an 11.5” by 4.25” strip of heavy card stock.  To create the box shape, I scored the strip at 2.5”, 5.5”, 8”, and 11”.  To make the pop open feature, I scored the strip the long way at 2.125”. Using my scissors, I cut each short score mark from the top edge of the card to the long score line. I cut the top piece off the small tab at the end of the strip. Using strong double sided tape, I adhered the box together.

I cut three small strips of the same card stock to the make the braces for the inside. They were 1” by 4”. I scored each brace ½” from each end. I used these tabs to adhered the braces to the inside of the box.

I die cut some green card stock with the Grassy Border Die, which I used to decorate the bottom of the card, each panel and the three braces. I added the images with glue dots. Lastly I added my stamping and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes


Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Let’s BBQ, Dad + Me, and Riley’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks


Hope you enjoyed the card