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Friday Craft, Nostalgia

I grew up on Jim Henson creations.

Of course it began with Sesame Street. Elmo may have had an immensely popular few years, but I’ll always be a Grover girl. Sesame Street and The Muppet Show¬†and the Muppet Movies were staples of my childhood, and I attribute much of my silliness and sense of humor to this early influence.

I can’t even remember watching The Dark Crystal for the first time. It’s always a part of my memories. I just rewatched it with my daughter, and even though the puppetry is obviously dated, it still holds up as a fantastic universe. I hope the TV show that is in the works can live up to the original ideas.

And Labyrinth. I can’t count how many times I’ve watched this movie. Hundreds of times perhaps. I can recite sections from memory, I can imagine whole scenes in my mind.

Our family recently took a trip to Seattle and visited the Museum of Pop Culture. They’ve got a special Jim Henson exhibit going on and I highly recommend it if you can get to Seattle. So much history, so many items on display. I could have stayed there for hours.

They’ve also got a David Bowie exhibit going on, featuring photographs from the Ziggy Stardust era (1972-73).


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Friday Craft, Galaxy Box Pop-up Card

A few months ago I purchased the Lawn Fawn Pop-up Box Card die set and I’ve been having fun with it ever since.

This experiment is inspired by many upon many YouTube videos and Pinterest posts, using the Lawn Fawn Out of This World stamp set.

I started by creating a galaxy background using Tim Holtz Distress inks.

Step one: You can use any combination of colors for this ‘under-inking’ but bright colors are great to use as they will really shine through once you’ve covered them up with the space colors of the background. For this I used Worn Lipstick, Mustard Seed, Mermaid Lagoon, and Dusty Concord. Create big patches of the colors, using a heavy hand to get a really bright patch.

Step two: Using your dark blue, cover up what you just created. This part is painful, but the result is worth it.

Step three: Now use Black Soot to cover up even more of your lovely colors. This is where the galaxy really starts to take shape.

Step four: Now use gesso or white acrylic paint, thinned with water, to make star splashes.

I had stamped and colored my images using my alcohol markers before making my backgrounds, so assembling the card itself didn’t take very long. I used black cardstock to cut out the pop-up box card shapes, then adhered the galaxy background pieces to the inside flaps that would show.

I used acrylic strips (cut from used packaging that I saved for this purpose) to make the pieces float in space.


I find my biggest issue with the pop-up box cards is using too many images. I think this card would have been even better with some editing.

What do you think?