Hi there! As we get closer to a big week of love, today at CASEing the Catty, we’re being inspired by the “Sending Love” pages of the Occasions catalogue – pages 14-19.
When I say a big week of love, I’m not kidding in my house.
Next week sees Valentine’s Day, our wedding anniversary and Miss Papercraft’s 6th birthday.
There’s a few cards still to make on my to-do list! I should have multi-tasked, but there was a photo in the catalogue that I couldn’t go past.
I’m totally in love with the cute images from the Moon Baby stamp set, and love the catalogue sample.
But it was the ‘swirly’ type embellishment that caught my eye.
This and the cute bow die was the sole reason I bought the Balloon Pop Up Thinlits!!!
So, when I saw it in the catalogue, mixed with the Moon Baby stamp – I knew I had to CASE it!
I wanted a softer, more traditional colour pallette for my baby cards, so I created pink & mint versions.
The dotty background was a bolder version of the subtle splatter on the sample card. I made it by stamping the spotty stamp from the Perpetual Birthday stamp set in Blushing Bride or Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate & gold heat embossing.
I swapped the rectangle for the largest stitched circle – because so in love with those framelits. And it’s all about love this week!
And finished the card off with the sweet ‘twinkle twinkle’ sentiment from the stamp – gold embossed of course!
Thanks for sharing another blog hop with me! I hoping you’re enjoying all the weekly inspiration from my blog and my stamping friends.
Next up is the lovely Elizabeth Gross & her take on the same photo inspiration – you’ll love what she’s created!!!
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Since then I’ve made a few bendi cards, which I will share with you over the coming weeks.
The Zoo Babies bendi card was particularly special though as it celebrated one of the Team Papercrafters becoming a Mummy again! Congratulations Siobhan on the arrival of baby Samuel!
Bendi cards use tabs & slits to hold their shape when standing, but can be dismantled for storage or sending.
The Zoo Babies are so cute and I am going to miss them! But, wait til you see what baby sets we have to play with in June!!!
Want to make your own Bendi card? There are heaps of great tutorials available via a Google search. I have mapped out the measurements I used based on Nicole’s sketches (thanks Nic!) but with some tweaking so you could make 2 bendi cards from one piece of Australian sized A4 cardstock.
I’ve tried my best to explain the instructions below – I hope it helps you to be able to create your own bendi card! Kelly x
In writing, the basic instructions to make all your pieces are:
Cut a piece of A4 cardstock along the long edge to 5-1/2 (you’ll now have a 5-1/2″ x 8-1/4″ piece of cardstock)
Cut this again along the ‘new’ long edge at 4-1/4″, then again at 2-1/2″ (the final piece will be 1-1/2″)
On the biggest piece, measure in 1-1/2″ from the right edge and 3-4/” from the bottom edge and mark a 1-1/4″ line. Cut this with a craft knife (note: don’t do the “I” pattern as shown on the picture – this is just to show where the line starts & finishes).
On the next size piece, score 1/2″ from the left edge and 1/4″ from the right edge. Create a tab on the right by cutting out the top & bottom 3/4″ sections.
Then, measure 2-1/2″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Mark a 3/4″ line and cut with a craft knife.
On the smallest piece, score 1/4″ from the left edge and 1/2″ from the right edge. Create a tab on the left by cutting out the top & bottom 1/2″ sections.
To put your card together:
Sit your largest piece flat in the orientation shown on the measurement picture.
With your middle size piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere (with strong adhesive such as Tape & Tear) this to the left edge of your largest cardstock piece
With the smallest piece, fold the 1/2″ section under the cardstock and adhere this to the right side of the largest cardstock piece.
To make the card bendi, slot the tab from the middle size cardstock piece into the slit on the largest cardstock piece. Then slot the tab from the smallest cardstock piece into the slit on the middle sized cardstock piece.
When creating cards, I often make two at the same time. There is a number of reasons for this but the two mains ones are efficiency (I can make two cards in almost the same time as one and then I have an extra one to add to my stash) and one piece of cardstock gives two C6 card bases – so it just makes sense! Usually I make two of exactly the same card. But sometimes the finished products have subtle differences that result in two unique cards. And that’s what happened with my Zoo Babies cards.
My aim was to make a ‘congratulations’ card for a friend who just added baby Hector to her world. As the name suggest, Zoo Babies is perfect for baby cards! The first card I personalised with a “H” and the second card I added a few more animals to create height. Same same but different. My basic colour combination of Night of Navy, Old Olive & Daffodil Delight was inspired by the Colour Coach and I then added in Real Red to brighten it up a little. My ‘sweet baby’ banner is from Itty Bitty Banners, cut out using the matching Framelits.
Do you love the ‘stitching’ around the edge of the card mat? I do this quite a lot – I think it gives the cards a nice ‘finish’. Using a Stampin’ Write Marker (I used Basic Black), draw little dashes along the four sides of the cardstock. It doesn’t have to be even or neat, just somewhat straight to follow the edge. The more you do it, the better you get at it. I find the Stampin’ Write Markers result in the best finish. Gel pens can leave gaps in the middle of your dashes and look patchy.
I encourage you to start thinking about making two cards at a time. The hard part about making any card is the design, so once you’ve got that sorted, it would be a shame to just make one card! Plus, you’ve already got everything out… or if you craft like me, you’ve dug through the pile of products on the table to find everything! Hehe!!! Have a great day, Kelly x