Mama Carrie Makes

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?



Friday Craft, Happy Happy

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I took a new stamp set for a spin just in time for Mother’s Day. I believe this paper pad is from Die Cuts With a View, beautiful florals and a mixed media effect. I die cut tons of different sized flowers and petals, then mixed and matched them into flower combinations. I die cut several rectangles using a Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle set and die cut the sentiment using the Simon Says Stamp stitched banner set. The Happy Happy Happy stamp set matching dies cut out the Happy words. Once I had a good stash of components built up, I assembled 15 cards in a sitting.

Friday Craft, Time of Craft

Tutorial time!  Gather together your ingredients…

You will need:

recycled box of undetermined size (I am using a tiny tampon box)

scissors and/or paper cutter   |   adhesive   |   pencil   |   bone folder (optional)

scrapbook paper with a pattern you like   |   about 1 hour

Measure your paper against your box…

I liked the flower pattern, so I cut around it and then took out the middle and put them back together. Perfecto!

Then I measured the other papers against the box and cut to size. (I choose to use up some 8×8 paper on this project, and I had to use 3 pages to fully cover this size box.) And a quick note about cutting paper, I love love love my Fiskars paper cutter. I started with a little one (pictured here) which worked well but didn’t fit 12×12 paper. I’ve upgraded to a larger model, and it’s the best for cutting straight lines.

Once all the pieces were measured and the corners were folded I used double stick tape to attach it all to the box…

It’s the perfect size to hold all of my tiny stationary envelopes.



Friday Craft, Craft with a Vengance

Paper flowers made with 2″ circle punches. I picked up this technique from one of the many, many, many paper craft magazines I’ve collected over the years.

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Someday I’ll show you what I do with my magazines after I’ve enjoyed paging through them. If I kept all the magazines I’ve purchased, well, we’d need a bigger house.


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