My First Twist-and-Pop Card, for a Special Birthday

I try to continue to push myself to learn new things about cardmaking and papercrafting. This is the first card I attempted in the Twist-and-Pop style.

I’m happy to say that I’m branching out and learning new things about crafting all the time.

When I wanted to make a “wow” birthday card for a woman who has always been quite special to me, I decided to give this style a go, as something different. It’s called a Twist and Pop card (though I believe it has other names as well). This had been one of those kinds of cards that I viewed with some trepidation, thinking it looked impossibly hard to manage. I mean, the thing folds in on itself and somehow still fits in a normal envelope. 🤔🤷‍♀️

I confess that I had it easy this time, because in my May 2018 Papercraft Inspirations UK subscription magazine (a gift from my mom), there were two prescored and precut card bases and middle parts along with these flower cards and directions on where and how to put them all together.

I was glad there were two also, because I glued the wrong thing to the wrong side at first. 🤦‍♀️ So now that will be my template when I go to cut another card base and middle to use up the second (different) set of flower pieces they included.

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I inked around all of my flower cards with Sweet Pea quick-drying chalk ink from Ingvild Bolme and also used it atop a white “Happy Birthday” die-cut from one of my crafty peeps. The best part for me was adding Clear Wink of Stella to all the flowers so they would sparkle (which never picks up in photos very well).

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This is how it folds up on the inside of the card, where it sort of twists around and pops out when you open the card fully.

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And as usual, I forgot to take photos of my card before signing it.

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Anyway, my recipient seemed delighted, so I achieved my goal. (I’m sort of just happy it got to her on time, as I struggle with that.) And now I have little fear about making another Twist-and-Pop card! I actually made this card back in April and have done a few others in this style as well. I’m going to be blogging about one of them—a special 20th anniversary card—so stay tuned. 🙂

Stampin’ Up’s October 2019 “Winter Woods” Paper Pumpkin Kit

Details about Paper Pumpkin’s October 2019 “Winter Woods” kit, which I put together over the weekend.

Hello again… I had the chance to travel to Michigan this past weekend for Stampin’ Up’s November Onstage event and sit with one of my team members from Indiana. The upcoming Mini (formerly “Occasions”) catalog and Sale-a-bration catalogs are amazing, and I can’t wait to start using the free product I got at the conference. 🙂 I’ll share posts and cards made with them soon. I have some pictures posted from OnStage on my Facebook business page, Constantly Creating / The Little Whatnot Shop. Check them out and give me a follow there too!

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I enjoyed time with some in-law cousins after the conference, visiting Frankenmuth and playing card games at the house. During one of those evening games, I pulled a TV tray beside me and worked on my October Paper Pumpkin kit. (Always a multitasker when I can be!) And they were patient when I didn’t always immediately realize that it was my turn again, though I did try to watch…. (*insert facepalm, blush, and LOL faces here*)

Anyway, all that to say that the Paper Pumpkin kits truly are easy and fun to do in a short stint of time. For this kit, I first creased all the card bases with my bone folder and then used the included stamp set to stamp the “snowfall” stamp across the top border above the trees in Night of Navy ink. I also stamped the two sentiments (“Season’s Greetings” and “Winter Wishes”) onto the Pool Party banners. (I carried my one-inch Stampin’ Spots with me in SU’s old clamshell cases and they worked perfectly!) Once the snowfall and banners were finished for all ten cards and I cleaned my stamps, I punched out the birch trees, cut the included Mini Dimensionals in half, and attached them first to the back of each piece and then to the card base. The trees pop up so beautifully! Then I used the included full-sized Glue Dots to adhere the brown wood-grain rectangle to the bottom of the trees, added full-sized Mini Dimensionals to the backs of the sentiment banners, and stuck them on top of the wood grain.

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Halfway through I decided it would be easier to line up and stick the wood grain and sentiment banners to the trees before I attached all the cut Mini Dimensionals to the back of the birch papers—and it was, once I changed the order of doing things. 🙂 So do things in whichever order works best for you.

Then it was time to use the included Mini Glue Dots on the cardinals and tiny snowflake sequins that come with the kit. I just love these little details, and for me, this was the fun part. My snowflakes and birds are all in slightly different places, and that’s okay.

I decided to stamp the envelopes with the medium-sized snowflake stamp that comes with the sentiments, and I made two types of designs, to go with the two sentiments. The cards with the “Winter Wishes” sentiment have more snowflakes on the envelope than the “Season’s Greetings” ones. 🙂 The envelopes in the kit are edged with silver foil, which coordinates with the colors of the kit perfectly (Poppy Parade, Night of Navy, Pool Party, and Whisper White). I just tried to wipe off the ink from the foil edges in case any of it hadn’t dried by the time I got to that step.

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I still have to stamp the insides of the cards, as it just got too late to finish, but other than that, I now have two more boxed sets to put in my local gift shop stash for the December delivery. Easy-peasy and done.

Paper Pumpkin is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. They’ve really been stepping up on the designs lately, and the kits are fun to make when I have a little bit of time. Next month’s kit just came in the mail too, and I’m taking them to Saturday’s craft fair as part of a make-and-take for fairgoers. They are tags in four designs that coordinate with these cards perfectly. We’ve also been told that December’s Paper Pumpkin kit consists of 12 cards and a stamp set of 13 sentiments. You can get this kit by subscribing through December 10.

If you’d like a kit of your own, just contact me or click on my direct shopping link over in the sidebar! Subscriptions come in 1, 3, 6, or 12 months ($22 for month-by-month, $21 for one month only, $63 for 3 months, $114 for 6 months, or $220 for 12 months, with savings on the last two categories for bulk buy). You can even earn Stampin’ Rewards on the 6- or 12-month subscriptions, and you gain access to past kits with any plan. They’re great as a gift for a crafter of any level or for your own enjoyment.

Thanks for visiting today!

 

Online Extravaganza Sale from Stampin’ Up—Nov 20-22!

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Get ready for three days of savings with the Stampin’ Up! Online Extravaganza! From November 20-22 only, you can get these deals:

15% off Ink pads and Cardstock in:

Neutrals Collection (Merry Merlot, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy)

Regals Collection (Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry)

2018–2020 In Colors (Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick)

2019–2021 In Colors (except Purple Posy since it is now discontinued) (Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Terracotta Tile)

Take Additional 5% off the original 10% discount (15% total discount):

8 bundles: Parcels and Petals, Path of Petals, Free as a Bird, Dino Days, Memorable Mosaic, Band Together, Bloom & Grow, To a Wild Rose

Neutrals Classic Stampin’ Pads Assortment (Merry Merlot, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Mossy Meadow, Night of Navy)

Regals Classic Stampin’ Pads Assortment (Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Garden Green, Shaded Spruce, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry)

2018–2020 In Colors Classic Stampin’ Pads Assortment (Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick)

Clicking on the links below will take you right to the item in my online store, where you can order or read more details. If you’ve been making fall, Thanksgiving, or Christmas cards, this is a great time to replenish the stash or stock up for finishing them! Contact me if you have questions or need help in ordering. 🙂

Kids’ Crafts for Operation Christmas Child

I found a couple of these wallet/sunglasses kids’ crafts kits on clearance at Michael’s several weeks ago and have made one set so far. They’ll be going in our #operationchristmaschild2019 #occ shoeboxes with #samaritanspurse this weekend as we finish up our packing them this weekend. And I’m going to use the long case for pencils and pens since I didn’t buy sunglasses this year! #constantlycreating #makersgonnamake #thelittlewhatnotshop
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