Thursday, April 16, 2015

April Trickery Wacky Watercooler Hop

Hey crafters, it's time for another Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop.
 If you are following the hop line-up (or circle), you've just seen
Heidi's delightful projects.   She is so creative!
You can hop back to check her projects by clicking below

This Hop's Theme is April trickery, in tribute to April Fools.
This means something unexpected incorporated into the project.
"Out of the box" samples are to be expected!

 My first project is a "Happy Cake" that holds a surprise.
The components included 2 "boxes" decorated with 2013-15
Designer Series Paper  and the Lullaby DSP Packs, Petite Petals
and ribbon.  I used the Hello You Thinlits Dies for the sentiment.
This is a picture of the "pieces", that include the gray base,
the cover for the base (lower right), some cardboard layers
to elevate the second layer (upper right) and the top layer.
I don't have measurements because I did this totally
"seat of the pants".  I cut out the opening for the 2nd layer
by holding cake layer 2 to the first layer lid,
tracing it with a pencil and then cutting out the opening.

Here is the surprise/April trickery part of this project.
The 2nd layer can be lifted to reveal an attached mini scrapbook.
This enables this cake to be used as a centerpiece, 
that later can store photos of the event.

Sorry that these pictures are not the best.  I was trying to
open the box, while taking pictures with my iPad,
so could not really lift the lid clear of the first cake layer.
From this perspective, you can see that a number of inside
mini scrapbook pages, decorated with Washi Tape,
Going Gray c/s and Lullaby DSP.

My second project is a bow card with a special inside fold.
I used the Bow Builder Punch, on page 13 of the Occasions mini.
I cut and layered 2 bows and then added a Dazzling Diamonds
center flower punched with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack.
Colors include Pistachio Pudding, Pirouette Pink and the
2013-15 Designer Series Paper Pack.  I used the Big Shot
Embossing folders that coordinated with the patterns in the DSP.
 This is a view of the card opening, 
once the embedded magnets are separated. 

Finally, this photo shows the card opened, with the
Perfect Pennents (p 16) sentiment.
This interior fold concept comes from Jen Evers.
You can find her video tutorial here
I love this fold.  The hardest part is getting the 
magnet closure to work.  I always manage to reverse one
of the magnets and have to tear it apart and reassemble.  
It's a "challenging" part of my crafting skill set! 

Now please continue on through our little blog hop,
by moving on to Stefanie's site.  She is
incredibly talented, so don't miss her projects!                 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Quick Lovely Amazing You

This is a very quick Lovely Amazing You card.
I hope that you enjoy it.
Tomorrow evening...  
Look for a SPECTACULAR Watercooler Blog Hop!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

An Open Heart with Perfect Pennants

This was a challenge card that I discarded for another.
It's hard to see but the focal image has a watercolor background
produced by inking an embossing folder with
different colors and then squeezing the card stock inside.
Once it dries, you stamp whatever image you want over top. 
SU has a new video showing the technique

The rest was just quick stamping and using the same
Spring Flowers embossing folder for the Crisp Cantalope 
card base layer.