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1  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gift Bags from Calendar Pages on: May 15, 2019 01:25:49 PM
I love making things from calendars, always hate to throw them out.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Taco Truck Box Card on: May 15, 2019 01:22:53 PM
What a fun idea and design!  I like your envelope too.  A food truck business could even use this for some kind of promotional mailing.
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Thrift Store Book = More Cardz for Kidz! on: May 07, 2019 10:37:36 AM
At the thrift store I found a small book of illustrated inspirational quotes, one per page, that I thought would be perfect for my Cardz for Kidz cards.  The book was only a dollar.  Here are some of the prettier/more fun images.  I embellished with stickers, sequins and paperpunched flowers. 







I used what I called my "graduation cap" popup card style, which I've made a couple times previously:
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4  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / (Discontinued) Mother's Day on: May 07, 2019 10:16:56 AM
Don't you hate it when you find a product and then it is discontinued?  It seems like companies buy up other companies just so they can get rid of the competition.  Anyway.....

Here are some Mother's Day cards using an apparently discontinued type of product, the die cut pads.  They are paper pads with multiple pages of die cut pieces that you can punch out, like flowers or small boxes you can assemble yourself.  I had a couple from K and Company, one from Marcella by K and one from Heidi Grace.  I also had some very old scrapbook pages with a few die cuts that I bought a long time ago from the dollar store.  I thought they were economical.  Now I guess the companies want you to buy cutting machines and stencils to make your own die cuts, probably more profit for them!

These three cards I made using my standup method (similar to a sandwich board) so that I can fold them flat and mail to mothers I know who don't live in my city.




For these below I used a pad that had die cut Christmas ornaments that were cone shaped.  I assembled the ornament and inverted them so that they could resemble a stem, or a vase, and glued some flowers at the top.  These were for my sisters and my sister in law.




And of course mom gets the biggest bloom!
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Popup Pochi on: May 07, 2019 09:37:52 AM
Inspiration comes from unexpected places! 



I saw the design of this card on an English language Japanese newspaper, in a video reporting on a gift trade show.  See the Popup Pochi here at minute 3:14: http://jbpress.ismedia.jp/articles/-/55531

It's meant to be a card that parents can insert their child's allowance in (those lucky Japanese kids!)  Instead of money, I inserting my greeting in the slot where the money would usually be inserted and glued it down so it wouldn't fall out.

Here is the card when flat, so you can mail it:


and side view:


From the demonstration on the video and investigation of the company that makes the Popup Pochi, it was easy to figure out how to make it myself.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Gung Hay Fat Choy! A Collection of Chinese New Year crafts on: February 03, 2019 08:03:14 PM
Here's the latest and greatest--Don't Be Boar'ed-Chinese New Year card-Pig
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7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Faux Galvanized Paper Mailbox on: February 03, 2019 07:59:22 PM
What a pretty pattern!  I agree some flowers might be nice.  Perhaps you can make the "mail" and the backplate a different color, maybe a rusty red/brown, to contrast to the steel colored mailbox?  How are you going to attach this to its final place?
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Can't Be Boar'ed--Chinese New Year Card-Pig on: February 03, 2019 06:45:19 PM
Endymion, a few years ago our library system started a Maker Lab with machines for 3-D printing, laser cutting, they even have an electronic knitting machine.  Although they have had craft type classes before, there has been much more interest in handcrafts since then (not using the machines).  So there have been many types of introductory classes--making terrariums, popup cards, embroidery, even sewing on sewing machines.  In the rubber stamp carving class, the topic was Holiday Printmaking and we carved soft rubber sheets.  Even though it was in December I planned ahead and found a papercut pig image to carve in anticipation of making my Chinese New Year card.  Here is the image I used:



I traced the image with pen and paper in a more simplified design, then rubbed it onto the rubber stamp with my fingernail as a guide for cutting.

The classes are often given by local artists or creative people.
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Dollar Store Stickers Make Fun Cards for Cardz For Kidz on: February 03, 2019 06:31:13 PM
Im still continuing to make cards for Cardz for Kidz https://cardzforkidz.org/, a Chicago not-for-profit that sends homemade cards all around the world to kids who have serious illnesses.  They have also sent cards to kids affected by recent mass gun violence or natural disaster events.  They also use their funds to purchase video game consoles to donate to hospitals that those kids can use during their time there.

For this batch, I used stickers bought from a dollar store.  Since we are not allowed to use glitter (they can get into medical equipment and wounds and cause problems), I thought some of these glittery looking holographic stickers would add some flash.

Here is a batch using sealife, I thought I would have them all say a greeting in a different language:




For these I used some cute owls and added trees:





Some dinosaur riddles (you can find the answers online):



And I think my most creative one using motor vehicles:

10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Can't Be Boar'ed--Chinese New Year Card-Pig on: February 02, 2019 09:24:22 AM
Gung Hay Fat Choy! Here is my latest card for Chinese New Year. This is the Year of the Boar/Pig.



I thought up this card back in December when I attended a rubber stampcarving class. Here is the stamp I carved, based on an image of a papercut pig I found online.



Here is a closeup of the stamped image:



I added a handmade tassel and a braided loop to hang it.

I used this card style previously for another occasion, a graduation, check it out here:

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