Cascading Pop Up Card

Cascading Snowflakes Card
Hi friends...sharing a special 3 D Interactive Pop Up Card....in a Cascading design! Cascading cards used to be very popular at one time and though they look very complicated they are actually wonderful cards to make when you want that to make an extra special card! The design is just a fusion between accordions and slots.
Cascading Snowflakes Card
         Here is the Tutorial link : Cascading Card Tutorial  . I made the base using my original Tutorial and  then used the border die from Crealies Snowglobe set to cut a wavy border on the top part to create a snowy landscape for the snowflakes.         
The die cut snowflakes are made to pop up and swing by mounting them on acetate sheets and attaching them to the card base Finished off the card with a trio of poinsettias!
This Winter/Christmas Celebration card opens out to display and can fold flat for mailing or storage.

Ink : Distress Inks  Tumbled Glass
Card stock - Ivory Sheets
Acetate Sheets- from Dress My Craft Crafters Corner

Linking to  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Pop It Up , Twisted Challenge MonochromaticPixie's Snippets Playground - used lots of snippets to create the snowflakes using all the  scraps of white cardstock I had!
Prika September Challenge Popped Up 


Triple Craft Punch Review and Project Ideas

Triple Craft Punch Projects

           Hi friends, when I first started crafting I fell in love with Craft Punches and so  I was especially  thrilled when Shalini  launched Craft Punches under her brand Dress My Craft 
In this post I will demo the Dress My Craft Triple Punches and show you how versatile they are with a couple of projects.
Special Features of the Triple Punches 
  • Size : They are pretty large and sturdy Punches and can punch  paper widths of upto 2.5 inches .No limit to the length of paper you can punch!
  • Mechanism :All 3 Triple Punches act by the  "Lever mechanism" which is personally my most favorite punch mechanism as not only is it easier to punch paper using lever punches but it also gives cleaner cuts
  • Can hold in hand and punch! Because of the levering mechanism you can hold the punch and punch with your hand instead of having to always set it on a surface to punch.This is an advantage when you want to use the negatives of the punch-outs as shown in my video.
  • Layering Punches- The base of the 3 punches have markings of 1.5, 2 and 2.5 inches on wedges to fit papers of these 3 widths-  this makes layering of your punched out tags and banners super easy. 
  • Wedged Paper feeder-The wedges on the paper feeder base are an especially useful feature as if you cut your paper to size and feed it into a wedge say 1.5 or 2 or 2.5 inches...you can easily align the edges of your paper so that you dont get a wonky or crooked tag/banner.

  • Another advantage of the  wedges is it allows you to easily align paper widths such as 1 ¾  or 2 ¼  to make layering quicker and easier.
  • Nonskid Base : The base has built in nonskid discs which is especially handy when you are working with big punches such as these.
Craft Punch Base
  • Heavy duty Punch : The punches can easily punch papers of 300g and it even smoothly punched ivory sheets!
  • Punches thin paper too- now you may be wondering why am I listing this as an advantage of these Dress My Craft punches...well surprisingly some heavy duty punches  give jagged edges with thin paper as they are meant to be used with card-stock! 
  • Cut pieces are useful too! I  am sure there are many of you who like  to waste as little paper as is practically possible when you craft. I love it when I can creatively use the negatives and little bits which are left  with the main punched design . When you scroll down you'll see how easy it is to create chevrons and beautiful patterns with the negative bits of the triple punch designs!
Ok now let me show you some project ideas to show the versatility of the Triple punch designs

Sharing some quick and easy to make Handmade Gift Ideas
  1. Layered Bookmarks
  2. Mini Album/Box Closure Mechanism
  3. Business/ID Card Holder Box
  4. Accordion Box
  5. Organiser/Gift Basket
When I got the triple punches a few days back I was frantically making notepad holders as Teacher's Day gifts and these layering punches were quite  handy to quickly make some gorgeous matching bookmarks for my daughter's teachers. 

I used the Rounded Tag Punch to create the layered bookmarks. It is very easy to create layers quickly using the wedges and markings.
Notepad Holder and Bookmark
Crafty Tip
If you are using the increments of 0.5 inches width strips....increase your paper strips by 1/4th inch only to get the perfect margin.I played around with the measurements of the strips to get borders of different widths.
Craft Punch Bookmarks

One big time saver with this tag punch is the hole which also punches perfectly with the rounded top shape. You just have to add an eyelet and a thread to finish the  bookmarks!
Love how the punches work beautifully with different papers.
 Box / Mini Album Closure

The shape of the Rounded Tag is just perfect to make a stylish closure mechanism!

I created a acetate window box from this project : Foamiran Flowers Hanging Decoration and made a secure closure using the Rounded Tag punch.

 You just have to add an eyelet and thread a ribbon/twine to create the closure.

ID Card/Business Card Holder

These cute Mini Flip top boxes are designed to hold ID/Business Cards. They are made from  10 ¼  x 4 inch pieces of card-stock using the rounded tag punch.

Accordion Boxes

  This box looks similar to the boxes shown above but is much easier to make and is quite roomier too.

 It is an accordion box which is ½  inch thick and measures 3 ¾ x 2 ½ inches  .You can make it in different lengths to hold tags, I love you notes, small photographs etc.

I designed them to hold Membership cards/ID cards/Visiting Cards.

Because of the magnetic closure it is not advisable to use it with Credit Cards.

 The base is made from a single strip of cardtock measuring 2 ½  x 10 ¼  inches

 And the accordions on the sides help it to expand. And they also help partition the inside of the holder to keep the cards separately for easy access.

Chevron Pattern
Here are the backsides of the boxes showing how you can use the negatives of the punch-outs to create chevron patterns. They would look beautiful in cards too.

Here is a short  video Tutorial to make the ID card holders

 Organizer Baskets/ Gift Basket

Because the Tag Punch can punch through really thick paper...it is fabulous to make Mini Organisers or Gift baskets. These cute Organisers  have wooden dowel sticks threaded through eyelets in the tags and you can carry them around by holding the rods.

 You can make them as long as you want. These are 4 inches long and 2 inches wide and are perfect to hold tiny bottles of nail polish [above]  or crafting supplies such as Alcohol Inks [below]!

I hope you liked the project ideas and before I bid adieu don't forget to check out this post on the  Use and Care of your CraftPunches 

Supplies from Crafters Corner
Papers : Dress My Craft Floral Symphony, Dress My Craft Hydrangea Lawns, Dress My Craft Pastel Pink Textured Cardstock, K and Company Tim Coffey Cottage Garden Specialty Paper, Acetate


3 D Snowglobe Card

3 D Snowglobe Card
 Hi friends...I love making 3 dimensional cards and  when I saw the  new Snowglobe die from Crealies I just had to experiment creating a new Pop Up Card design.
3 D Snowglobe Card
 It is a freestanding 3 D Pop Up Card  with deer on a snowy landscape and snowflakes galore. Acetate on each layer helps to make the snowflakes literally fall in free air!
3 D Snowglobe Card
 Added a pop of colour using the  poinsettia  coloured with Distress Inks  and jazzed up with Dress My Craft Sparkling dust.
3 D Snowglobe Card
 The snowglobe has 4 layers joined by tabs inside which allow it to be folded flat for mailing and storage.
3 D Snowglobe Card
 It is a rather special card which you can also use as a festive decoration!
3 D Snowglobe Card
I hope you liked this idea.
Supplies : Dies from Crealies - listed and linked below
Other : Acetate Sheets, Sparkling Dust, Distress Inks  - all from Crafters Corner
Crealies Stansen/Dies:
Cardzz No 08


Teachers Day Gifts

Teachers Day Gifts 
 Hi friends, in India we celebrate Teachers Day on September 5th and every year I make it a point to make Teachers' Day gifts for my daughter's teachers. This year my daughter and I  made shaker Notepad Holders and matching Bookmarks.

Shaker Notepad Holders
Teachers Day Gifts
The Notepad Holders  have shaker elements in the cup and in the dome too and when you open the magnetic flap of the cup  it is sheer fun to hear the shaker elements jingle around!
Teachers Day Gifts
We made an assorted variety including a Chocolate Milkshake, Strawberry Sundae,Cappuccino,Raspberry Shake, Lemonade and hehe some exotic floral flavours too!
Teachers Day Gifts
My daughter has 11 teachers this year so we made a total of 11 Shaker Notepad Holders!
Teachers Day Gifts
This project is a fusion between two projects  whose Tutorials I had shared earlier : DIY Notepad Holder Tutorial  and Magnetic Shaker Bookmark.

Tag Punch Bookmarks
Today I got some super cool new punches  which were recently launched by Shalini under her brand Dress My Craft and I just couldn't resist playing with them!
Tag Punch Bookmarks
One of the punches is a Triple Tag Puch.It is a pretty huge and sturdy Punch with a lever mechanism and is a Layering Punch!
Tag Punch
It has slots to hold paper widths of 2.5, 2 and 1.5 inches so this makes layering a breeze!
Tag Punch Bookmarks
For example if you punch a strip of pattern paper  measuring 2  x 6 inches and and strip of card stock of 2.5 x 6 and 1/4 inch you get a perfect 1/4inch border when you layer them!

The Tag punch made layering a breeze and as it even punched the holes , I just had to set in the eyelets and loop a thread through  it make the bookmarks!
Teachers Day Gifts 
Here is an open notepad holder with it's matching bookmark
Teachers Day Gifts
I played around with the borders  by  experimenting  with the measurements!
Teachers Day Gifts 
I have a couple of tag dies in my stash but  using the Tag Punch was liberating as there was no restriction on the length and  using a punch is in many ways faster than die cutting!
Teachers Day Gifts 
I was able to punch through ivory sheets and even 300g cardstock easily to create the bookmark bases!
Teachers Day Gifts 
The inside of the notepad holders is also decorated with matching papers. I recycled my daughter's old notebooks to create the little notepads.
Teachers Day Gifts 
It was fun creating matching stationary!
Teachers Day Gifts 
The set below created with Lemon Craft paper is one of my favourites!
Teachers Day Gifts 
What do you say friends...hope you like this handmade gift idea
This is also my DT post for the Cuttlebugmania  Challenge where the theme is "Anything But a Card" using your diecutting machine. It is a fum and easy Challenge ...I hope you will join in!

Supplies : Dies :  Crealies Cardzz No 05, Cardzz No 5A, Duo Dies 41, Set of 3 41, Magnolia Doohickeys Vintage Box Lacing Coffee [border of the bookmarks]
Papers : Dress My Craft Hydrangea Lawns, DCWV Snack Stack , Lemoncraft Fresh Summer
Shaker Elements : Sequins, Micro Pearls, Flower Pearls all from Dress My Craft 
Punch : Dress My Craft Tag Punch
from Crafters Corner

Linking to  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes , Pixie's Snippets Playground 334- I have used a lot of snippets of paper and foam to make these projects
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