Congratulations tasty truck card with moving drive mechanism

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!!

Paper Pumpkin June 2018 Broadway Star birthday congrats cards alternatives using scraps and leftovers

How to make 19 cards from 1 Paper Pumpkin Kit (Broadway Star June 2018)

I like to get the most out of my craft supplies. I know a lot of crafters do! We save every scrap to “do something with it” and every embellishment for “just the right card.”

When I opened the Stampin Up paper pumpkin kit in June, I was so excited by the theme and the colors! This month they packed the kit with papers, stamps, ink, embellishments, and adhesives — everything I need — to make 8 cards and envelopes with the fun broadway theme of lights and celebration. Every month seems to include lots of extra pieces, but not enough for the intended creations. Not without thinking outside the box.

But you know me: I’ll stretch those pieces and extras farther and use pieces that weren’t even intended for the card! With a little creativity, these extras can be turned into bonus cards!! I wanted to share with you some extra cards I created and a few tips for part of the process I go through to expand the number of cards I create from a single kit.

June 2018 Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Alternative Card

My Kit Stretching Method:

  1. I sit down at my desk with supplies in front of me.
    1. What color combos work with your supplies?
    2. Create with this color scheme in mind.
  2. I often make a few cards exactly as the kit suggests.
    1. This can get the ideas flowing.
    2. The ideas are so gorgeous!!June2018PaperPumpkinKit
    3. Don’t throw out your scraps as you create these!!
  3. I bring out any related supplies I may have.
    1. In this case, I realized I have the matching Lemon-Lime Twist Ink as well as the Lovely Lipstick Cardstock.
    2. Black and white paper from my stash that of course matches the theme!
    3. The congrats sentiment would be perfect for a graduation party I have coming up, so I pulled out a few graduation embellishment stickers, including a cap, gown, and diploma.June 2018 Paper Pumpkin Broadway Star Alternative Congrats Graduation Card
  4. I look at my scraps and pieces I didn’t make into the suggested card.
    1. Can anything be used as a stencil, a template, or a background?Paper Pumpkin June 2018 Broadway Star birthday card alternative using scraps
    2. I used the Marquee outlines as a background and the Hooray sticker outlines as stencils using a Lovely Lipstick Marker!
    3. Are there any leftover pieces or edges from sticker sheets?
  5. Out of ideas?
    1. Fold a bright piece of matching cardstock into a card. Sometimes just seeing a card base can be enough to assist in figuring out designs and placements!
    2. The kits always arrive with a variety of stamps that may not be used with the suggested card, but are great for alternatives and extra cards!
    3. If you create a design you really like, make a few with the leftovers you have! I made multiples of a few of these cards!

Here’s what I STILL have leftover! But it’s getting late, and 19 cards is quite a stack! Who’s birthday is next?!LeftoverPieces

I’m submitting a card for Paru’s Card Making Challenges – Birthday and the Always Happy Birthday July Challenge.

This has been so much fun. Thanks for checking out my blog, and Happy Crafting!

If you are interested in getting your own monthly Paper Pumpkin kit delivered to your mailbox, click here! Every month I will showcase a few alternative cards and creations to create with the kit!

Would you like to get 50% off your first Stampin’ Up! Paper Pumpkin kit? Simply sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription before August 10, and use the Promo Code BLOOM0818, and please choose me, Laura Geffert, as your demonstrator!

Here are more details:

  • New month-to-month subscribers qualify for the 50% discount and must use the code BLOOM0818 at by August 10, 2018 at 11:50 PM (MT).
  • The discount cannot be applied to prepaid codes.
  • The 50% discount only applies to the new subscriber’s first kit shipped. After that, the price for each month’s kit will return to the regular price of $19.95 USD/$26.95 CAD.
  • Unless you cancel, your membership will continue at full price after your first kit.

This monthly kit from Stampin’ Up takes up very little space, and is all-inclusive, although you may need scissors. The projects are simple, come with instructions, and are fun (as you can see from my blog!). The kits are always a surprise, but you can cancel at any time or put your subscription on hold.


The other products I used to create all of these additional cards can be found here:

If you missed the kit this month, but love the theme, no worries! You can create this and much more with the Broadway Birthday Bundle, and the coordinating Broadway Bound Specialty Designer Series Paper!

Organization, paper

DIY Clipboards of Craftiness for Your Command Center

I love being organized. Love Love LOVE it.

But as a crafter, the chaos is inevitable. Heck, sometimes it helps! But when I started noticing more than a few unfinished projects, and I couldn’t find what I was looking for in my blogging notebook, I knew I needed to try a different organization system for my tasks.

Three Clipboards designed for different tasks in a command center.

I want to share one of my DIY projects helping to keep me on track,

You know those pretty clipboards in the office section of everyones favorite big box store? Yes! I want to put them all in my basket,  but I wanted to make a few that reflected MY style and MY needs. These can easily be customized with papers and embellishments that match YOUR craft area for a great command center.

To create the magnetic Succulent Clipboard with pockets:

Clipboard designed for a to-do list, including 3D Succulent garden cascading down the side pockets, a magnetic board, and post-it notes.


  1. Old Clipboard. Any style works. If you don’t have one stashed away in your basement, dollar stores sell them cheap, too.
  2. Modge Podge. I make my own using a 50/50 mix of school glue and water. Mix these up in a plastic bowl using a foam brush.
  3. 12″ X 12″ Designer Series Paper
  4. Coordinating Cardstock for the pockets. I was using scraps, but you will need less than 2 pieces of 8 1/2″ x 11″ cardstock.
  5. Magnet sheet. Or if you want to be super frugal, use a few of the unused flat magnets from neighborhood businesses.
  6. Stampin Up Oh So Succulent Stamps and Framelits.


  1. Glue magnets using modge podge to one side.
  2. Cut DSP to fit. For the difficult corners at the top, I recommend using a large piece of scrap paper (newspaper even!) to first cut that to size using a craft knife.
    1. Modge podge your beautiful paper down to your clipboard. Use a credit card to keep it smooth.
    2. Any excess around the edges can be glued around the corners.
  3. For each Pocket:
    1. Cut your cardstock to 3″ x 6 1/2″, score at 3 and 3 1/2″.
    2. Cut more cardstock to 2″ x 3 1/2″, score alongside every 1/2″
      1. Score on wide side at 1/2″, Cut out so only the center 1/2″ remains.
      2. Fold like an accordion and adhere to the larger piece.
    3. Adhere your pockets to the side of your clipboard. Ensure you have enough space between each pocket to access what you put in it.
  4. Did you want to make that giant 3D succulent for your pocket?
    1. Cut out 5 descending sizes using the framelits from Old Olive cardstock.
    2. Sponge Pear Pizazz Ink (or a brighter green than your cardstock) in the center and the inside of the petals.
    3. Sponge Berry Burst Ink to shade the tips.
    4. Slightly curl the petals with your fingers to give them dimension.
    5. Stack the petals with dimensionals between the largest, 2nd, and 3rd layers. Attach the other two layers using paper adhesive.
    6. Add a Berry Burst embellishment to the center.
    7. Experiment for your other succulents! Try combos with Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, and Rich Razzleberry. Succulents are each very unique, so it’s easy to make one that looks realistic.

I made one clipboard for each category of my most common notes (which normally just get written down on a scrap piece of paper, never to be seen again ugh!!).

  1. Inspiration
    • I adhered a piece of cork board to the bottom so I can easily pin small pieces of inspiration and quotes.
  2. Ideas
    • Using my favorite crafty paper (I’d Rather Be Crafting from Echo Park) and a small notebook I decorated next to a matching post-it note pad, I can write out my next idea while I’m finishing my current project.
  3. To-Do List
    • The succulent clipboard has a post-it note pad which I customized with a checklist stamp (Thanks to my stamping friend Michelle for sending these to me!) to help me write out my daily priority list! And I stamped that little pink succulent magnet to match!! Isn’t it cute?

Inspiration to make these came from these challenges:

Can you see these clipboards being super-functional for your command center? Let me know what you might use your clipboards for! I’d love to see what you decide works for your style! 🙂

Happy Crafting!

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