Pop-Up Swing Card

Thanks so much for stopping in. Today I have a pop-up swing card to share with you.

I found directions to create this card on YouTube. There are many kinds of pop-up card videos from simple pop-ups to quite elaborate pop-ups.

To create my card, I used a label die from Spellbinders Paper Arts (S4-346). Any shaped label die would work here. I stamped the beautiful hummingbird with stamps from Inkadinkado (Mindscapes 99121). If you look closely, you will see the bird is made up of butterflies. Such a fun set of stamps! They have lots of different stamps using this technique. You could use any stamp from your own stash here.

The sentiment stamp is from TPC Studio (Card Crafting Hello 2011139).

DESIGNER TIP: I love finding new and fun ways to create my cards. I usually find my ideas on YouTube. In this case, I searched “pop up swing cards” and lots of options appear. One of my favorite card and scrapbook YouTubers is Tanu Creative. She has some really cool ideas and she clearly shows each step to recreate what she’s made. I don’t know her and don’t get any benefit from her – exccept tons of great ideas.

Hope you are having a great day!


Creating Mirrored Text

I’m always looking for new and different things to make my cards more fun. Check out this idea! Mirrored text in Word. (I provide step-by-step details below.) Here’s my example.

I usually print this on copy paper and trim it to fit inside my card as a liner. Sometimes, I print it out on cardstock and use it as a sentiment tag on the front of a card. My printer will print on cardstock by feeding one sheet at a time by hand. Here are my instructions. I tried to give very specific instructions. If I have not been clear enough, just leave a comment with your question, and I’ll see if I can help.

  • open a new, blank document in Word
  • click on ‘insert’
  • click on ‘text box’
  • click on ‘simple text box’
  • edit text to your chosen sentiment
  • make sure text box is highlighted
  • click ‘shape format’ on top menu
  • right-click on text box
  • click ‘format shape’ at bottom of drop-down menu
  • click on ‘shape options’ on menu that shows up on right
  • click on ‘effects’
  • click on ‘3D Rotations’
  • under ‘presets,’ change 0 to 180 on ‘X rotation’ line
  • save and print as desired

Enjoy! I can’t wait to see what you create. Thanks so much for stopping in today.

May the Lord be glorified by the work of my hands, Pamela

Anniversary Toast

I made this card for my DH (darling husband). We celebrated our 43rd wedding anniversary last month. I could not love him more! He is my best friend. We have had a fun, adventurous and unusual life together. Many years on a homestead in the Alaska wilderness. Now on a small ranch in Texas. Another adventure on the horizon that I will tell you about when I can. Happy anniversary again, my love. I’m looking forward to the rest of our lives together.

Now, back to my card. I heat-embossed the gold champagne flutes using a stamp from Cas-ual Fridays Stamps. I adhered shiny, gold cardstock to a white base. Next, I punched the dark blue cardstock (Gina K Designs) using an old punch by Creative Memories that I’ve had for many years to make the bubbly trim. I could have used several sizes of regular hole-punches too.

Thanks so much stopping by my blog today. It means so much to me. I’ll look forward to your comments. Have a wonderful day, Pamela

Published in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Angels

Coming out today. I’m excited to contribute a story to the newest Chicken Soup for the Soul. Do you believe there are angels among us? If you don’t, perhaps I can convince you. I share my personal story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Believe in Angels. Check it out! https://bit.ly/31fDAUE

Welcome to My New Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by my new blog. I’ll be posting my writing and cardmaking here soon. I’m working to get everything moved over from my other blog http://www.cottagebelow.com/. I’ve so much to learn about this new site I’m working through. I ask for patience and welcome any comments for improvements and things you like or don’t like. Here’s a copy of my Christmas card from this year to keep you busy while I continue to learn. Hope you have a wonderful day, Pamela