Thursday, March 13, 2008

House Woes and an Easel Card Variation

Well....I needed a break from cleaning and planting and watering and cleaning some more.....so I made time to create a quick card.

But first, I wanted to show you a small example of WHY it is so difficult for me to get my home in showplace condition...

Exhibit A:

For those of you familiar with my blog...you are not surprised at ANYTHING my kids do. For the past week or so I have been finding these little hexagon shapes everywhere. Yesterday, there were several lined up very nicely in our downstairs bathroom on the mirror. What are they? They are the little cushion stoppers from all of our kitchen cabinets (so they don't make a loud sound when you close them.)

Dumb mommy didn't figure out what they were until finding these.....(and she had already thrown out all the other ones that kept appearing out of nowhere!) Oopsie!

I am just hoping that no one opens our cabinets now...BANG!

Oh well....Here is a card I created using this adorable stamp from Stampendous called "Changito B-day." These guys are too cute. You can find this (and many other Changito stamps at Stamper's Dream.)

This card is designed a little different. I created an easel card a long time ago when I made a card front that was much bigger and I needed a way to attach the front panel to a back one. Sooo....I used my word window punch from Stampin' Up! to create the easel top that connected the front and back. I love the design and have used it for lots of cards (even ones that are standard size!)

So, I decided to use the same idea to make this. The card is actually the small matted image part. I used the easel design to make just that section open so that you can view the message.

Although you cannot tell in the first picture, I cut small little slits all around the chocolate mats (the outer one and the one for the opening.) It adds a fun whimsical touch (you cannot see the fringe on the image one very well in the first photo--check out the second photo for a better view of it!)

I used some small prima flowers and little mini brads from Queen & Co. to adorn the word window punch top.

From this picture, you cannot even tell that the inside panel is the one that opens:

Here is the card with the panel open. I covered the back of the front panel with the same designer paper that I used on the base of the card.

Materials used: Stamps-Changito B-day (Stampendous available at Stamper's dream); ink-brilliance black; cardstock-white, choc chip, SU designer paper; brads (SU!); primas; small choc brads (Queen & Co.); word window punch (SU!); scissors; Prismacolor pencils; odorless mineral spirits; Copics (olive, pea green); sewing machine.
Thanks for stopping by!

43 comments:

mrauchfuss said...

Just a thought - but the extra rubber from around Stampin' Up! stamps makes great door bumpers. Just cut a rectangle, remove the paper and stick it's great!!!

Christina Fischer said...

Okay, how awesome is this card?!? Love the easel, and those monkeys look great with that paper!

I don't know how you do it all -- you're amazing! :)

Stampmouse said...

ahhh life right? lol never a dull moment.

cute card

Judi said...

What a cute card. Love the idea. I remember finding a sock in the microwave one time. Go figure!

Amy said...

as usual, ADORABLE! I love those little monkeys!

Hugs,
Amy

Amy said...

I love these little monkeys and the fringe is fun! How funny (or maybe not) about the cabinet stops! Thanks for the chuckle!

Denise... said...

Very, very cute card. The idea of using leftover rubber is genius. I was going to suggest getting a set of geometric shapes for the kids to play with Ü I laughed about that one!

Anonymous said...

This card is way cute!!!!

Julie C.

Rae said...

What an amazingly unique card Carolyn ~ I love every little detail here... the fringe is incredible and I've always loved your 'easel' cards... awesome, awesome creation!!

Chris Scrappin and Stampin in Texas said...

OMG...cushions...lol
MMMM was Ben around, perhaps??? I just took of the child latches on my cabinets, and my kids are teens..LOL

Love the monkey card with the panel...I sure hope some of your creativity rubs off on me..LOL

Have a fantastic day...and don't clean too much!!

Glee said...

I had to chuckle when I read about the door bumpers! What a cute story! This card is cute, also....I just love it!

Lee said...

Oh wow!!! I've never seen an Easel Card before!! Another new thing for me try!!! It's absolutely fantastic!!! I love the fringe too!! Well, I love everything......the dp.....the adorable monkeys!!! Cuteness!!!

Had to laugh about your cabinets....at least life with kids is NEVER boring!!!!

Nancy said...

Hi Cammie! Great Changuitos I love Stampendous they have fun cute stamps. I sympathize with ya on the kiddos, yeaterday as I finished vacuum the floor my 2 year old cute boy came inside from his sandbox and emptied his full of sand rain boots on the floor, then looked at me and said: "here mami feed the vacuum cleaner".... and people wonder why I can be seen every night running 3-4 miles.

Jana Weaver said...

Very cool design on this card...I LOVE it!! Hang in there...it doesn't take THAT long to sell a house, right?! ;-)

Rita said...

That is too funny! Your kids make life interesting...don't ya think? I luv these stories, my kids are grown so no more adventures for me till I get grandkids! These are moments you will cherish when they get older!

Luv this card it's so different & wonderful!

Carla said...

The other day, as I was making a sandwhich, I was tickled by the fact that there was this horrible, ghastly pitchfork type weapon with a big, leering skull in the middle of it on the counter. I got tickled because, as the mother of three boys, there's something horrible almost everywhere I look, usually I don't even notice it!

Great card-clever design!

Deb said...

Wow this is an awesome card, love the easel style and the fringed edges!! Changito is adorable!!

jen del muro said...

how fun!!

Jessie/knightrone said...

So funny!! Kids, gotta love um!! Your card is so fabulous!!! Love it! I need to try one of these!!!

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Kira said...

I love the card! And the easel design is so cool!

Charmaine (CharmWarm on SCS) said...

Adorable card, Carolyn. Those monkeys are so cute! Sorry to hear about your cabinet cushions! Don't ya hate when things like that happen?

Julie Koerber said...

Had never heard of an easel card but you should have been here when I scrolled down. OOOOOooooOOOO! Ok, I admit, it's the little things that get me! Those monkeys are too cute for words! Loved your kiddo story. Don't they just keep ya hoppin'? At least mine do! :-)

Karen said...

That is TOO funny about the bumpers missing from the cabinets now! Reminds me of this wooden piece we found a few months ago...had no idea what it was so we threw it away. Of course, we later found a chunk of our table missing!! Oops! Love the monkeys and the fringe on the card is adorable!

Carolina said...

It's like your kids were leaving you little treats here and there - that's too funny! My nephew, who I watch during the week, is into removing the circle felt things we put on the feet of our furniture to protect our wood floors - he thinks they make the coolest stickers.

Anyway, love your card and those little monkeys are just too sweet!

Catherine said...

Cammie...this is too stinkin' cute and you so amazing but then again you know that already

Dawn Easton said...

Love this design Carolyn! Chocolate and Celery are some of my faves lately ;)

LOL at your little hexagons...I remember those days! Kids like to pick at the strangest things eh?! haha!

Corie said...

Oh my this is just adorable!!

Julie Masse said...

Very cute card! I LOVe the fringe and the design of the card, so cool Cammie!! :)

Juanita B said...

What a fabulous idea for the use of the word window punch, such genius! I love the card, those little guys are adorable, TFS.

Maria Levine said...

This image is great! And that easel card, amazing! I may have to give that a try.

Sorry to hear your cabinet door woos! I hope they don't BANG too loud! Good luck!

Joan and Amy said...

Oh I am glad I'm beyond the stage of parenting where you find interesting things around the house....my daughter once went around our entire basement drawing an X in permanent marker on all the things she knew she wasn't suppose to draw on. ARGGGGGHHH! Now, with teens, there are different sorts of surprises. Makes life intersting... and gives ya something to giggle at later...
Anyway, love these little monkeys. Joan

Sara (deipara) said...

Cammie, that's an adorable easel! SO smart!

Melanie said...

cute, cute! great design!

shel9999 said...

That is totally adorable and I love how the card opens!! I love that fringe around the border too! Fantastic!

Summerthyme Studio said...

That is Precious!!!!! Just love the colours and the little monkeys!!!

Pinky Roth said...

Cammie, I just purchased the Penquins at Play set from Stampers Dream because of the card you put on last week, now you are enabling me to want this cute monkey set! I love this idea of the extra layer or hinge card. You are an amazing stamper!

Pinky

Bethany Paull said...

Bwahahaha! I laugh so hard every time you share the goings on in your house. Love your card as well with that totally unique opening.

Joan B said...

Wow, you are good!

Good luck on the house!

Erin... said...

such a cute card! what a great fold!! Ahh the little cherubs...you could also use the pads they put on chair legs to prevent scratching the floor.

Bee said...

It's pretty clever, you can't even see that the card opens! :-) I love the little fringes, always a nice little detail on your card... ;-)
I have the same door stoppers so I recognized the weird caterpillar in the 1st pic... mine fall off all by themselves, or so I choose to believe!... :-D

Jennifer Buck said...

Ace is the place! ;) I feel for you! Sometimes I think we live the same life! Your card is super adorable! I absolutely love this! Keep you chin up!...this will pass before you know it and you will be relaxing in your new pad! Take care! ;)

Rose Ann said...

What a cool and fun card design!! I love that adorable image too!!

Sorry about your cabinet door stops. Oops!