Monday, September 12, 2016

Spooktacular Halloween Items

There are so many fun things to make for Halloween. As adults we get to decorate the house, buy the treats, dress up to answer the door and send cards to our friends and shut ins. It's time to find hilarious cards with lots of surprises. That's what I'm doing this month. Trying to make some of the most outrageous cards with a pop to them.

This list will continue to grow as I make new ones. My collection can be found at and then search for Halloween.

Halloween Monster T-Slider Card

This will be my last Halloween card this month. I now have the three made for Great grandma and one for me. I like the green Frankenstein monster. With the modified shutter on the T-slider he pops out towards you as the slide is pulled. 

This is another verse from the Perpetual Preschool website category Halloween. I saw the verse and got the card idea. But the slider mechanism can be used with other elements. I used Halloween Witch on a Broom below and the template to create another card.

Halloween Tonight

 Halloween TonightThis is a 4.25" x 5.5" card. the style resembles a flip phone with a small card verse inside. I selected a verse from the Perpetual Preschool website category Halloween. They have verses written to favorite children songs. I thought the kids might like that.

There are seven layers to this card. The small pieces are cut out of each layer so the color underneath shows through. I just hate fussy piecing. I love Halloween colors. It cuts nicely out of cardstock.

Halloween Scare Up Fun

Great Grandma asked me to design 3 cards for her great grand daughters. I've made two this season and now a 3rd. This topper is 5.25 square. There are some small pieces but most of them, such as the windows are created with a frame piece and color piece behind it showing through the small openings. 

Now I have a problem. I would like to send the same little girls a card from me. That means I'm half way there. Better get back to the drawing board.

Halloween Spider Slider Card 

I've made other slider cards but this one took some time to figure out. I wanted the spider to drop down from the web when the slider was pulled. The whole theme is just perfect. Flying bats and a ghost pop up while the spider drops down. It's new today and I think it's brilliant.

I even got out some heat embossing ink and powder to add shine to the spiders. It gave them an extra shine and dimension. The next time I make this one I'll look into adding some dimensional foam so the words on the card pop.

Added this very short video so you could see how it pops up.

Halloween Witch on a Broom

HAPPY HALLOWEEN - Let's see what you can craft from this little red headed witch. Will she show up on a popup or a swing card? The cutting file come in various formats including a PDF version for those wishing to print and cut or for machines with tracing capabilities.

Halloween Witches Popup Card

Please come in for a bite to eat. Just some fun for Halloween! Featuring floating bubbles, a witch in the pot and two friendly ghosts. This card is made from a combination of card stock and colored copy paper. Easy to make following my popup tutorial.

The ones below are from last year. Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

September Popup Cards

Halloween Witches Popup Card

Time for some more new Popup Cards. Now that labor day is over the next celebration is Halloween. So don't be surprised when you open this Popup card. It was so much fun trying to get all the pieces ready. I haven't been in PCS for a while so had to refresh my memory.

The idea was to have a hot cauldron with bubbles floating out of it. The easiest way to do that is using clear plastic. Will my Silhouette cut this median? Yep. I made the piece to stack the upside down witch, cauldron and bubbles on. I made sure that I used paper in the layers so the element would not get to bulky for the popup. I also added some clear gems.

The popup form is a standard layout and my tutorial on folding the mountain and valley fold should help with the basics. I also included some notes for cutting on the cutting files.

The hardest part was the font for words. This is a complete card with sentiment. The words were created with a stencil font that was modified so the openings would hang together. I made several versions cleaning up the tines so they will cut nicely. Enjoy!!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Lace Inspired Card Collection - Continued

Previous article - Lace Inspired Card Collection

Lace Edge Card #04

This fourth card was inspired by a rope like lace edging. It is far prettier then my design and after several attempts I was able to come up with a frame using something very similar.

Cutting lace patterns are not always easy on a cutting machine. It took several attempts with the blade setting, cutting speed, pressure, over cutting and card stock that would support the pattern.

I blamed my failure on the humidity which I'm sure was a contributing factor. My blade was old and my mat worn out. Yes, I changed all of those too. My machine was making noise so I looked for remedies to that. Oiled and move the cutting head to realign.

It must be a design flaw. Back to the drawing board. Using the KISS method (Keep It Simple, Stupid) I took what I thought was a simple pattern and reinvented it. Here was my thought process:

Lace Edge Card #04 available at CraftsUPrint

  1. My original pattern used too small of openings. I had designed it at 300% and then reduced down. The piece were too close together making it difficult for the blade to turn without tearing.
  2. The line down the center of each fan piece was too thin. Get rid of that piece.
  3. The outline of the lace was too close to the holes. Increase that distance.
  4. Too many loops to each side. Removing one loop allowed the pattern to grow.
So I learned there are some design considerations. The major machine setting to cut intricate designs is still the same. Slow down your machine, reduce the blade depth, reduce the pressure and double cut. I hope you enjoy this card and find new ways to use the frame. The embellishment really brought the card to life.

Lace Edge Card #05 - Invitation Set

This set almost did not get designed. It was actually my fourth design which I put away because of the paper cutting issue above. Luckily I kept it and when I made all the changes and design changes to Lace Edge Card #04 I revisited this lace pattern. 

This was a wide piece of lace and originally I had all three patterns in it. You can imagine how frustrating it was trying to get a clean cut.

Lace Edge Card #05 available at CraftsUPrint

Since I now had my machine back to where I was successfully cutting I looked to modify the pattern following the four steps in Lace Edge Card #04.

I had also had a customer ask about a wedding kits with place cards. That was a beginning of the kit which includes a 4.25" x.5" invitation, a 4.25" x 5" Thank You card and the name tag place card.

Notice the KISS method was again used to make this kit which is a variation on the original and uses layers to accent the cut openings.

But, I will worn you, this is a difficult pattern to cut at this size and would be better if you could cut it in a larger size.

In particular, I used pearl metallic card stock which has a slick coating on both sizes. The blade did a good job around the edges but had problems with some of the inside pieces. I'm hoping you will share your results with other machines. Mine is the Silhouette Cameo.

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What's with the name?

In 2012 I became a grandma. My daughter asked me what I wanted my granddaughter to call me. I never thought about this. I guess to keep things straight she could call me Grandma Henry. This might confuse her since she has a great grandma. I told my daughter that Gwen would name me. She did, I'm sure with the help of her mommy. I became Gammy and as she got older the "R" was added. Grammy, Grammy, Grammy.

When I retired I began making more cards. Many of them were with her in mind. My specialty is the popup form of cards. That has led me into a lot of research with the hopes of creating a popup book for my grand "children". This includes my nieces children.