Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism
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Truck Pull Card…with Moving Food Truck!

A neighbor friend is opening a bistro in the area this month, complete with food trucks! We all couldn’t be more excited, and I knew I wanted to make a congratulations card!

One of the best advantages of creating your own cards is the ability to personalize cards specifically for your recipient and the occassion. I couldn’t help myself but to personalize this card and create a scene behind the food truck with houses next to the new bistro, a mighty tree, and a gorgeous lake. Yes, it’s an amazing place!

Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism

When the tab is pulled, the muffin truck “drives” to the other end of the card, and backs up when the tab is returned.

Do you wanna know how this card works? Make it!

  1. Create your scene on a 5 1/4″ x 4″ piece of white cardstock.
  2. On the back of your scene, draw lines 1/2″ from your short edges and 3/4″ from the bottom as shown below. Cut ONLY on the red lines using a paper trimmer.          truckpull_dimensions
  3. Cut a 3/4″ strip of plastic packaging (mine was from my most recent die cut set…nothing goes to waste!), insert it through the holes and adhere the ends together on the back using glue dots. The plastic strip should be able to slide freely. Move the point of connection to the opposite end of where the truck will be “parked.”
  4. On a scrap piece of white cardstock, stamp and color your truck. Using dimensionals, adhere the truck to the plastic on the front of the card (ensure this is still the opposite end from where the plastic ends meet on the back).
  5. Cut a 3/4″ x 3 1/2″ piece of cardstock for your tab, and punch the end (or just write “pull” on it). Adhere the tab to the plastic on the back at just the far end, so it can be pulled out and stop at the end.
  6. Using foam adhesive strips, create a channel on the back of your card around the pull tab, as well as around the edges. Go ahead– pull the tab and make sure your mechanism works.
  7. Adhere to a 5 1/2″ x 4 1/4″ card base.

I used FIVE different Stampin Up sets on this card! That might be a new record for me. Some new, some retired, some only available for a short time, but all still fantastic! One of my favorite things about stamps is that you can use them over and over! If I like a set, I try not to worry about when I’ll have the “perfect” occassion to use it…I’ll have fun and use it!

In The City Photopolymer Stamp Set

In The City Photopolymer Stamp Set

Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

Big News Clear-Mount Stamp Set

If you are interested in making this or a similar card, other supplies you will need are listed below.

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I’m playing along with the following challenges:

 

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I do a happy dance for every comment, so please let me know how you would personalize this card for your recipient or if you tried making this card! Happy Crafting!!

Birthday Watercolor Card
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Watercoloring until the Rain Stops and the Rainbow Appears!

With all of the rain we were having here in Pennsylvania this weekend, I was inspired to bring out my paint brushes and play with some watercoloring techniques.

watercoloring in lauras craft closet

I don’t often do much watercoloring. I can be a bit messy in my small craft closet ha ha! So when my inks and brushes emerge and I fill my beaker with water, you can bet I’m going to play for awhile and create more than just a single card!

First I found a few colors that worked well together.

SU stamp pads used for watercolor cards
I love this combo! Berry Burst, More Mustard, Lemon-Lime Twist, Bermuda Bay

Then, after playing around and testing how much ink was necessary to make the colors as bright as I wanted, I made a background with these colors brushed across and another where they were splashed and dripping down.

Embossing an image will resist watercolors (check out this dandelion card tutorial on how to achieve this easy technique). I started pulling out a few fun stamp sets that would feature this effect well. Here’s what I came up with:

I’m playing along with a few challenges today:

There’s always a rainbow after a storm. Happy Crafting!

Are you interested in getting the right tools for your own watercolor cards? Check them out below!

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Colorful Bloomtangled card Thanks 3
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Bloomtangled and Grateful

A few weeks ago, I saw my name under a “winners” tab for the STAMPlorations May Blossoms card challenge which I had submitted one of my creations. I couldn’t believe it!

They generously gave me a choice of a floral stamp or die which a designer had used for a project. I love all kinds of stamps, but can be picky with my florals. I love trendy patterns that give me creative freedom (yet can still be foolproof!). After much debate, I chose the Bloomtangled Cover Plate Die, and it arrived in my craft closet soon after that! YAY happy mail!

Bloomtangled Plate Die
My new Bloomtangled die displayed on my magnetic frame for easy use.

Whoa! I may have been a bit intimidated and wasn’t quite sure where to start. When I was in the right mind-set (i.e. late at night, ha ha), I sat down with the die and ran it through with some scrap paper to get an idea of what I could create.

I first made a thank you card to send Shery, the owner/designer/illustrator of STAMPlorations. Next I realized I could use the negative of the “stencil” so I started making pairs of cards.

I’m so excited to continue using this die! Do you have a favorite? Which color scheme do you think I should create with next?

Happy Crafting!