Never-ending card

Oh, my goodness, this is the longest I have ever gone without blogging. My husband and I having been laying a flagstone patio on the side and around the back of our house. It measures about 25 ft. x 50 ft. Whew!! what a job. So, needless to say, I’ve been a bit tired lately and my evenings have consisted of a shower, dinner, and falling asleep in my favourite chair or early to bed.

Anyway, here I am, this time with a puzzle card that I made for a friend’s birthday. The birthday boy, Altar (pronounced All-Tar), came to Canada from Turkey a few years ago. He started off as a friend of my son, but we soon “adopted” him and I now call him, “my favourite Turkish son.” He loves puzzles, so this was a perfect card for him.

There are great instructions on YouTube on how to make a never-ending card (also known as an endless card or a puzzle card), which I will include at the end of this post.

Here is the front of the card. I put a l ladybug on the left side with a message from myself. On the right side I put a funny bird with a noise-maker and a message from my husband, Peter.

 Open the two doors on the front of the card to reveal the next surprise. I’ve just used some colourful bits and pieces to decorate these panels. I also wrote, “Happy Birthday,” in white gel pen.

Next, open the top and bottom flaps to reveal yet another surprise. This one shows birthday candles and flowers. And, of course, I included my little Globug Ideas logo.:)

Now, open the top and bottom flap, again, to uncover a message from Cookie, our beautiful little Bichon Frise and a birthday cupcake.

Open the doors once, again, and you’re back to the beginning!

This card is as much fun to make as it is to receive. And, it’s so much fun to see the wonder and amazement on people’s face as they try to figure out the puzzle card.

I hope this funny card inspires you. This is my first one, but I’ll be back with another…hopefully much improved!

And now, as promised, here is a link to an excellent tutorial on how to make a never-ending card: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_PP5JY8ubo&feature=related

Have fun!!

Spring clean your stash!

I just put up my last post over at Just Some Lines, and thought I would post it here, too. So, here goes…

Welcome back to the “Spring Cleaning” challenge at Just Some Lines.

Yep, it’s time to go through your stash and use some of those forgotten bits and pieces to create your personal masterpiece. Try to use stuff that is at least six months old. It surprising how many “treasures” are hidden away in those scrap boxes.

Here’s my creation, using Jehanne’s hugable “Rudis – Oh yes, pleasee!” along with “Flowers-Frame 1”

I decided to make an easel card–my new favourite card format–because it  just seemed perfect for Rudis and Jehanne’s pretty flower frame. As you can see, Rudis appears to be perched on the edge of the frame. That’s because he’s a .png file–which means the image shows, but the background is transparent. This lets you layer images to create depth, or even a little scene.

This picture shows the easel card opened up…isn’t it cute the way it stands up?

I coloured Rudis with my Copics, because I LOVE my Copics. Next, I decided to add a shadow around him, but wasn’t happy with the effect. So I started just dabbing and dotting all over the background until it was completely covered. I liked the effect and decided to go with it. I’m going to try that technique, again, maybe to add texture or create depth.

Digging madly through embellishment stash, I found a little strip of fencing, made of real wood. It seemed to just jump onto my card! I wanted to be sure that it stayed on, so I used some kind of glue in a tube that was so stinky I had to open a window! I then added some tiny pink flowers that I got on sale last year at Michael’s.

So, there was Rudis, perched happily in his flower frame. What was he thinking? He was thinking…”Helloooo, Spring!” And isn’t that just what we’re all thinking?

This picture shows the easel card opened up even further, so you can see the little message inside. Personally, when it’s on display, I like to leave it open just to the fence.

Thanks, so much, for taking time to read my post. I hope you will drop by, again, soon!

Take care, crafters…and, remember, don’t run with scissors!