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Happy Birthday Popup Card

This is Steve.

I wanted to make my dad a birthday card.  I didn’t want to use a normal card.  I thought of a popup card.  I looked at the box popup that we have used before.  So I went searching on the internet for something.

I found a pop up balloon card that looked simple. 

Instructions can be found here http://paperproud.blogspot.com/2011/03/tutorial-3d- pop-up-balloon-card.html

I love to have the Cricut cut and score so I put in the design into Cricut and found some paper.  My handwriting is bad, so I had Cricut Write the big message.

Now you need to fold on the score lines, so you will have a base for the popups to set in.

Top view

Side view, the base of the popups set here in the middle.

Then you can decorate the front

And make the popups.  Use plastic acetate strips so they are see through.  You can use plastic from trays you might get rolls or vegetables in.  Just trying to be frugal.

This is what it looks like from the top

The decoration ideas came from Lu.  She is the creative one.  I had a lot of emotion in making this one.  It is his 99th birthday.

Thanks

Steve

 

I love when Steve finds an idea he wants to do! This one was pretty simple for him! We all remember the ZigZag village from a few years back!!!

Lu

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Simple Gnome Card

Sometimes you just need a simple card.

I needed to make a card for Lu.  Something simple, yet handmade,  I discovered recently that she like gnomes.  Her favorite color is yellow.  On my quest to find some yellow paper to make her a card, I found the bright yellow paper, and then the design in her paper scraps.  I remembered we had downloaded a gnome picture from DesignBundles.net.

How to put this together?  I wanted to first cut out the gnome on the front cover with the Cricut machine, and put the print behind to show the gnome. Then I found that to be too complex for me!

I decided to cut out the card base and the front on the Cricut.  I used a double score line for the card base to fold in half.  Then I thought, maybe I would have the Cricut draw the gnome with a black pen.  That works.  I found a cute saying for gnomes.

At our house, we look on the back of the card for the date.  That helps to put it in a scrapbook later.  No, we don’t look for the Hallmark brand like some people do.

Lu noticed some yellow paper in the trash can before I gave her the card.  She knew I was up to something.  Hard to keep secrets from her.

Steve

I have the best husband! Thanks buddy!!

Lu

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Last Halloween Project

I’ve got just one more Halloween project to show you then we will move onto something else!

I actually did this project to clean up a part of my house.  We had a gap between our house and our foundation that needed sealed. Steve had this idea to use drywall tape mesh to help hold the spray foam in. So he asked me to cut him some lengths. I did too many and so we had some lengths left. So they have been sitting here waiting to have something done with them.  

I bought a couple of pans from the dollar store and got my glue gun out! I know you have all seen these a million times!

First you have to paint them.  

So here are my drywall  tape mummies!!!

We put the picture of the one (below) I did a few years back in also  so you could see the difference in the materials. I did that one with gauze.

So these are $12.00 each

Lu

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Lighted Hanger Star Outside Decoration

As you know making things from hangers is nothing new these days. But I haven’t really had a chance to put my spin on things, so we decided to try some of the ideas out this year!

 

We have taken pictures all through the process of putting it together, and I don’t know that a lot of explanation is necessary.

 

 

 

This makes a pretty large star, the pvc pipe is 4′ . I wanted it not to rest right on the ground.  I really like the idea of lighting it up. Laying those lights out and knowing how big of a string is the critical thing there. We used a 100 light set and it did a little more than we needed but I like it!

 

So these are $16.00 and the rebar is not included.

Lu

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Stationary Portfolio

A friend of mine wanted to make these stationary portfolios for some friends of hers. She saw a you tube video but then thought the measuring and math was too complicated. I said I would see what I could do to simplify it for her and come up with a design that would work for her. 

The first thing I noticed in the design was that the folds were just paper and I think that will wear out easily. So I tried with a single sheet of chipboard that I had. I scored where I wanted it to fold and turned out ok but not large enough to hold the things she wanted in it.

So I went back to the folds being just paper and cutting the chipboard for the pieces in between the folds. I still had a little trouble with the paper not folding correctly as the portfolio opens and closes. Gently scoring that line helps.

The other issue that you need to figure out before making one is how big the spine needs to be. The spines need to be a little bigger than the clearance you need to have for the pockets and writing pad stack on each other when it closes.

I didn’t put anything in it to hold it closed.  So I had to figure that out after. I will put something in it next time as I’m making it, like magnets or ribbon.

I made “pockets” the same way I make boxes and that seemed to work out well. Next time I might add a piece of chipboard on the sides to help them stay a little less “squishy”!

 

The adhesives for something like this can be pricy, so I suggest trying to find them on sale. Some places like the pockets and the pad need a very strong adhesive to stay in place with the wear and tear of use.

The decoration was hard for me this time because I used paper that I’ve had for over ten years and I didn’t have things to match it. But I like the way it turned out!

I also have had the ribbon and that clasp for over ten years and I think it worked perfect! Thanks Janah for sewing the ribbon together for me!!!!

 

I’m now in the process of designing one that can hold a coloring book and crayons for another friend! I’ll be sure to post those when I get them done! 

 

Lu

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Card Kits as a Gift

My friend Jackie has a birthday this week. She is in her 80’s and doesn’t need or want anything! So it is always a challenge what to get her!  She sends cards to everyone for every holiday! So several years I have sent her unique card bases and decorative paper cut to size for her gift!  And that is what I decided to do again this year.

This year’s card type was a twisted corner design. I saw it on fb or you tube or something and decided I could make her some of those. I did all the bases white and then the decorative papers I found in my scraps. I think she will enjoy them! I did 20 sets for her and I know she will go through those in a couple of days!

 

Here’s a couple of them!

We did some bright papers too but Steve didn’t get pictures of them all before we sent them off!

 

Then for her Birthday card I did a bay window card! I didn’t really have the paper to have it turn out like a window but I still think she will like it. I always do a Halloween theme because her birthday is this week!

 

Thanks for stopping by!!!!

 

Lu

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Halloween Tic Tac Toe

Halloween is a great time for parties and this is just the thing to make your party fun!

This classic game takes on a fun Halloween theme with its spooky skulls and bones playing pieces!

Adding some cute papers to the board and some fun colors makes this a perfect addition to your holiday fun! I had a fun time making this set but the possibilities are endless! I have papers that will go with all different color schemes, I even have some red and black Halloween themed!  It only takes a little while to put it together and or pick it up already done!

Take N Make         $6.00

Make N Take (class)     $8.00

Ready to Play        $12.00

 

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Lu

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More Halloween Books

We mentioned last week that we would have some more of the Halloween book/boxes! So here they are! Hope you like them!

 

 

Remember they are all for sale, $12.00/per stack and we can meet up to deliver!

lu@inspirlutions.com

 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Lu

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Halloween Book Boxes

Halloween has always been a big holiday in our family. We have almost as much Halloween decor as we do Christmas!

So when I came across these fun boxes that look like books I knew I had to do something fun with them! These are ones that I found last year. I found some this year too and will posting them as soon as I get them tied together!

You may not be aware that everything I post on here is for sale! I’m sorry we haven’t put pricing on but I will start. We are struggling a little with the store part of our website right now so if you are interested please feel free to contact me at lu@inspirlutions.com

$12.00 a stack pickup or meet up, close to Fulton or Mexico MO

Thanks for reading!

Lu

 

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Christmas Shaker Cards

I found a new shaker card kit and it was Christmas themed.

This time I decided to measure the shaker bits. I used a dash or two of the white pieces and a smidgen of the green. I don’t really think that the green goes with the color scheme so that is why I didn’t used it much. 

The other thing I did differently this time is that I took the backing off the sticky pat before I added the shaker bits, it made it so that none of the bits got stuck to the sticky when I took the backing off. This  made putting them together go a lot fast for me. Also with the sticky part, after I peeled the backing off I used a small piece of it under my finger to hold the card in place while I added the bits. 

Hope you like them!

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Lu