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Crafty Today: Get Well Pop Up Card

Get Well Pop Up Card

Another pop card I made last year for two very special people.  Same steps as this tutorial and I selected all of the doodads from the All Occasion Box Cards Cricut cartridge.  A very cheery, get well card that was well received by the recipients.  I created the card using the original Cricut and now that I have the new Explore Air 2, I might have to try making it again.

I know I have been away from the blog for some time, but my life has had some changes.  Mostly for the good.  I will continue to share my creations and thoughts about crafted living with all of you.  The look and feel of the blog will be changing for the better and I look forward to interacting with you more.  If you are a lover of my photography, then please follow me at crafted.living on Instagram.  Spring has been quite inspirational here in California so please join me.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Vintage Curly Paper Wreath

Vintage curly paper wreath

I made this wreath for my mother’s birthday last year.  Since my parents live in a 1908 Craftsman Bungalow, I choose muted, vintage looking papers that were more in keeping with the aesthetic of the house.  I thought it would grace the front door, but my mother loved it so much that she hung it in the dining room so she could see it every day.  Thanks Mom!

Vintage curly paper wreath

Above is a detail of the wreath so you can see the mixture of colors and patterns.  The original tutorial can be found here.  I hope it inspires you to make one as they are a blast to create.  Each and every one is unique.  Happy crafting!

*Tina

P.S. You can follow me on Instagram @crafted.living.  See you there!

Crafty Today: Anniversary Pop Up Box Card

Happy Anniversary!

Happy Anniversary!

This first pop up box card I created was this one to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary.  Still can’t believe it!  I followed the same process outlined in this post. Unfortunately, this line from Jillibean Soup isn’t available anymore.  Too bad as it is adorable and lends itself well for Valentine Day cards also.  My husband was definitely wowed by this card.  This year we will be celebrating 22 years of marriage and no clue what I am going to create.  I better get on it.

*Tina

P.S. Please follow me on Instagram @crafted.living.  See you there!

Crafty Today: Birthday Pop Up Box Card

Make a wish!

Make a wish!

These pop up box cards are all over Pinterest and I have been obsessed with them for about two years.  I will share my cheater way of creating these fabulous cards without using rubber stamps.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Jillibean Soup paper
  • Jillibean Pea Pod Parts
  • cardstock
  • scoring board
  • adhesive
  • foam dots and tape

Follow this tutorial from Splitcoaststampers to create the box.  Add assorted pea pod parts to the flaps, straps and inside front of card using the foam tape and dots.  Add embellishment and sentiment to the back of the card.

You want to add the pod parts to the straps in ascending order so it doesn’t block the inside front of the card.  Also, having varying thicknesses of foam tape and dots gives you the flexibility to stack the pod parts and adds emphasis.  I used my favorite Cricut cartridge, Tiny Treasures, to create the 80 on the inside front of the card.  You also can make an envelope for this card using the Envelope Punch Board and choosing size 6×7.  This card has enormous wow factor so you should make it for that special person in your life that will truly appreciate it.  I created this card for my mother-in-law and she had it on view for weeks.  I hope you try it!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Butterfly Card

Butterfly card

I fell in love with this die cut so I had to have it.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Stampin’ Up butterfly die cut
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • cardstock, plain and glittered
  • pearl gem stickers
  • adhesive

Fold the white cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut the butterfly die cut.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss.  Adhere the butterfly to the embossed cardstock and add the pearl gem stickers to the butterfly.

I have used this card on several occasions for various recipients.  It is simple and beautiful and begs to be made over and over again.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Spring Curly Paper Wreath

Time for spring!

Springtime!

I really enjoyed making the Valentine Curly Paper Wreath so I made one for the spring.  It is a perfect complement to my spring door mat.  I followed the same steps as noted in this tutorial, but made the following changes:

  • Used 7 sheets of patterned paper instead of 6
  • Made all of the curls while watching tv (in my case, watching the Super Bowl)
  • Used a fingertip thimble by Dritz which gave me the control to accurately push the pins into the foam without damaging the other paper curls (it will save your fingertip from being too sore)

    Love those curls!

    Love those curls!

This wreath would make a great gift as my mother has already put in a request for one.  I urge you to try it and you won’t be disappointed.

*Tina

 

 

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #35

A special birthday gift for you!

A special birthday gift for you!

Birthday gift imagery can be interpreted many ways.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Stampin’ Up bow punch
  • Cuttlebug machine
  • embossing folder
  • patterned paper
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the watermelon cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Cut out patterned paper rectangles using these dimensions:  2.75″ x 1.5″, 2.25″ x 1.5″ and 1.5″ x 1.5″ .  Punch out the pieces for the bow and put together.  Cut a strip of .25″ cardstock for the ribbon.  Run the white cardstock through the Cuttlebug machine to emboss. Adhere the paper rectangles, ribbon, and bow to the embossed cardstock .

Another scrap buster using supplies you have on hand, which is my favorite type of card.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #34

You are a star!

You are a star!

I was inspired by this card on Pinterest.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • star punch
  • happy birthday die
  • cardstock
  • adhesive
  • glue pen
  • foam dots

Fold the raspberry cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ and cut the white cardstock to 5.25″x 4″. Punch 7 stars out of colored cardstock.  Cut out happy birthday using the die by running it through a Quickutz Revolution or Big Shot.  Adhere the stars using foam dots and happy birthday to the plain cardstock .

Another card with endless possibilities: switch out the stars for flowers or hearts, change the greeting, change the color way.  This card design will definitely go into my card gallery to be made again.

*Tina

Crafty Today: Valentine Curly Paper Wreath

Love it!

Love it!

I love Valentine’s Day because of the imagery, colors and what it represents, but not the commercialization of it.  Since the inception of this blog, I have created a few projects to decorate my home: punched heart garlands, LOVE garland and ornament-filled cloche.  I finally have a decoration to adorn my front porch and it is this curly paper wreath.  I love this project!  You need the following tools and supplies to create it:

  • 6-7 sheets of patterned paper
  • foam wreath
  • small stick pins
  • bone folder

Cut the paper into 1/2″ strips.  Curl all of the strips using the bone folder like curling ribbon with a pair of scissors. Attach the curly strips to the wreath with pins.

I pinned this tutorial video to my Pinterest board and it really is that simple.  A great way to use your favorite paper that you want to see every day instead of buried in a scrapbook.  It is a project that anyone can do and the supplies are readily available.  I am already planning more wreaths for the future.  Stay tuned!

*Tina

Crafty Today: Birthday Card #31

Love the geometry of this card!

Love the geometry in this card!

This card that I pinned provided inspiration for this birthday card for my brother.  You need the following tools and supplies to create this card:

  • Quickutz Revolution Tabletop die-cutting tool
  • Quickutz alphabet die
  • cardstock
  • adhesive

Fold the navy cardstock so it is a finished size of 4.25″x 5.5″ with the fold at the top of the card.  Cut HAPPY BIRTHDAY from the white cardstock using the Quickutz alphabet die.   Cut 6 triangles of the same size.  Adhere the triangles to the card and then adhere the letters.

This card would be easy to replicate with different color combinations and you can use paper scraps.  Love that!

*Tina

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