Yay! Tara started a blog! Here's the link: http://madskilzoftara.blogspot.com/ I've added a link in the sidebar on the left, too. You should go check out her clever use of the pop-up Snowflake die! Mad skillz indeed!
Today's Blog Hop projects all feature the Scoreboard Notebook Pocket die, by Eileen Hull. I've created a Christmas-themed project to present a gift card. I love the Notebook Pocket because it's such a large pocket. I was able to fit a card large enough to hold the Pop-up Christmas Tree die inside. (The tree did have to be shortened to fit, though)
I'm presenting this project in both photos and a video so you can see the spring-loading in action!
Here are the photos of the project:
I thought this would be a fun idea for presenting a gift card for a special someone. Perhaps a Secret Santa exchange?
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Today's Blog Hop features projects made with Eileen Hull's fabulous Scoreboard Checkbook Cover die. I had so much fun with this die. The scalloped binding piece is separate on the die, so it is easy to just trim the length of the piece and use it on the short side instead, creating a long narrow card. Trim a few of the side branches and the Pop-up Tree die will fit inside the card.
Specific Products Used: Matboard; Crescent, Papers, Stickers and Brads; Basic Grey "Indian Summer", Real Wood; Creative Imaginations, Cardstock (for tree trunk); Core'dinations, Adhesive; Zip Dry Paper Glue
Generic Products Used: ribbon, brown acrylic paint, brown pen, elastic, eyelets, leaf charm, tacky tape
- Die cut the Checkbook Cover from any color mat board. Add patterned paper to one side of the two rectangular cover panels. Trim the scalloped binding piece to fit the short end of the cover pieces. Cover the scalloped binding piece with Cherry sheer wood veneer and paint the edges with brown paint. Re-punch the holes in the binding piece.
- Use the binding piece as a template to add holes to the ends of the two cover pieces. Bind the two pieces using brads. On the back of the card, punch two holes using the small punch on a Crop-a-Dile. String a leaf charm onto a piece of colored elastic and string the ends of the elastic through the two holes. Mash eyelets through the holes and set them, trapping the ends of the elastic and creating a closure that can be wrapped around the front panel to keep the card closed.
- Open the card and cover the interior card panels (and the brad prongs) with paper. Also add a narrow strip of paper over the center section of the binding, which is visible. Paint all the edges of the card with brown paint.
- Die cut the Pop-up Tree trunk twice from brown cardstock. Fold the two tree trunks flat and place them inside the card to judge how many of the side branches must be cut off to make the tree fit. Trim accordingly. Leave one of the trees full-sized, but trim the height of the second one. Fold new, smaller "feet" at the bottom of the shorter tree. Glue the shorter tree's trunks together, creating a single double-sided tree. Glue the feet inside the card's binding in the center, slightly angled.
- Peel up the leafy border sticker and stick it to a piece of orange cardstock. Cut out all the leaves individually. Use most of them to decorate both sides of the larger tree, but retain a few to use on the shorter tree, sprinkled on the "ground", and on the front of the card.
- Use tacky tape to completely cover the feet of the larger tree. Glue one foot to each of the card panels, starting at the inside edge. The large tree will go up and over the small tree and the feet start at the edges of the rectangular panels. (In other words, leave the gap in the binding)
- Cover the tree feet with a trimmed border sticker and add brown ribbon pieces. Glue a few leaves to the "ground". Add stickers to the right panel. Mat the "autumn" letter stickers with wood veneer and cut out the word as one piece. Trace around the letters with a brown pen. Glue the finished word inside the left panel and write "happy" above it.
- Die cut the Branch w/Leaves from wood veneer. Use the majority of the piece on the front of the card, trimming it to fit and decorating the leaves and berries with stickers.
- Stick the bird sticker on scraps of matboard and cut around it. Paint the edges with brown paint and draw an eye (or use a small black rhinestone). Glue the finished bird to the front of the card.
- Open the card and use the scraps of wood veneer Branch w/Leaves on the left panel, trimming to fit.
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Next Hop Spot: BONNIE BRUNS
Persistent nagging has paid off! Check out Bonnie Bruns' blog.