Fair Entry – Plane Awesome Card

Here is another pop-up box card.  These are so much fun to make!  The stamp set is “Plane Awesome” from taylored expressions and comes with coordinating dies to cut out the airplanes.  The clouds were made using a Lawn Fawn die.  The template for this shape of pop-up box card came from colour me happy.  It won overall grand champion in the entire card making category!  This card will be going to my husband for Valentine’s day!


Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card – Birthday

Here is another Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card that I made for my husband’s birthday this past November.  This set is so fun because you can get lots of different looks just by changing the colors.  I added another hill to the back of the card and stamped a cute squirrel on brown card stock.  He is from the company Memory Box.  The words came from Little B’s Handwritten die, which has become my go-to die set for text!


Here is the back of the card:


The acorn and nuts stamp came from Sweet Stamp Shop, and the word “go” is from Making Memories magnetic letter set.

Lawn Fawn Shadow Box Card – Valentines

This card was actually made in February for my husband, but it has a winter theme so it will work for this time of year!  It used Lawn Fawn’s Shadow Box Card die.  This is another card where I didn’t do any stamping and just used all dies.  I backed the birds’ eyes with black card stock and punched out a heart to stick on the tree.  The word was die cut using Little B’s Handwritten set, which is the perfect size for the bottom of the die.  It came out super cute!


Fair Entry – Pop Up Box Card

Here is on of my card entries at our county fair this past summer:


It is called a pop up box card, and I used the tutorial I found here.  It folds flat for mailing but opens up into a cute box.  I stamped the flowers onto colored card stock using Versa Mark ink and then cut them out by hand.  To add some sparkle, I glued some clear gemstones to the center of the flowers.  It won Reserve Champion in the card making category.  This card went to my step-mom-in-law for her birthday.

Pop up Birthday Card

My father-in law has a Christmas tree farm and his birthday was in December, so I had decided to make him a tree farm themed card.  Since I’ve been buying a lot of dies for my Cuttlebug die cut machine, I figured it was time to try some of them out.  Lawn Fawn makes a lot of really cute dies, and this particular card was made using their hillside pop-up die.  I combined dies from three other Lawn Fawn sets: the trees from the Shadow Box Card set, the sun and clouds from the Hello Sunshine set, and for the front of the card I used the Stitched Hillsides die.  The phrases are from Little B’s Handwritten die set.  To make the snow on the trees I used a five petal flower punch and trimmed it to fit the trees.  I also used a circle punch for the center of the sun.  It was fun to create this cute little landscape!

Fair Entry: Birds on a Wire

This card is called a Double Side Step Card, and the tutorial I used can be found here. It has a really neat 3D element to it, but I wasn’t able to capture it well.  The bird at the top is actually standing on the wire with a wish banner hanging from it, and the sentiment is behind and below it.  The stamp set is called Hello Sunshine by Lawn Fawn.  I stamped and embossed all the designs, and I used markers to color in the birds.  I cut out all of the birds and wires by hand, but I have since bought the coordinating die set!  Since this card didn’t fit in any of the envelopes I had, I made one using my Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers.  It’s almost too cute to give away, which is why I will give it to my husband for his birthday so I can still see it!


Fair Entry: Flower Card

Here is a card inspired by an idea on Pinterest that won Reserve Champion in its class:


To make the flower, I used a template I bought a long time ago by Hot Off the Press called Fold and Stack Flowers.  The flower shape is Bouquet, and the leaf shape is included in the template.  I used an open flower punch for the center and cut the shape in half for the bottom border which I covered with a ribbon.  The word celebrate was a die from the Handwritten set by Little B.



Wedding Card

One of my coworkers recently married, so I decided to try out one of the cute bride/groom heart card designs that are all over Pinterest.  This is what I came up with:

Wedding card by Ronda Cassens

I didn’t have any really large heart shapes, so I used a petal envelope punch and cut off two of the four half circles to make the hearts.  I used an embossing folder and my Cuttlebug die cut machine to make the swirls on the white heart and the stripes on the background.  I used a small heart punch for the little red hearts and a die to make the word “love”.  The bow tie on the groom heart is a small piece of ribbon that I tied in the middle with thread.  Here is the inside:

Wedding card by Ronda Cassens

I used a label die to make the area for the sentiment.  The stamp just barely fit!

County fair season has wrapped up in my area, so upcoming posts will be featuring my entries in the open class.  Stay tuned!

Punch-Art Cards

I’ve made a few paper-punch art cards lately.  It’s really fun to take some punch shapes and create something entirely different from them.  And it’s good to put my massive collection of paper punches to good use!  This baby card was inspired by this punch-art I found on Pinterest by Melissa:

Sheep card by Ronda Cassens

I used some slightly different punches for the face and ears, and since I wanted the background to be embossed, I decided not to do the sheep in dots since it would be a little too dotty!  I punched the word “baby” with alphabet punches and the banner shapes were from a die cut set.

The next card was a going away card for one of my coworkers who recently moved on to work at an airline:

Airplane Card by Ronda Cassens

This was another Pinterest inspired card that came from Splitcoast Stampers.  I happened to have the exact same background embossing plate, and I had some cloud dies that I used.  The actual layout with the punches used to make the airplane is here.

Lastly, here is a card I made for my husband for his birthday this past week:

Owl Card by Ronda Cassens

The inspiration for this card came from Pinterest as well, and it came from this site.  I didn’t have the owl punch that was used in the original design, so I used this idea instead.  It’s in another language, but you can use google to translate if you need to; it’s just basically a bunch of different sized circles.  Here is a look at the inside of the card:

Owl Card inside by Ronda Cassens

I used an oval die to cut out the hole in the tree, and I made the mistake of cutting the oval from the brown paper and then embossing it with the wood design.  The I realized that I needed a hole in the card as well, but I couldn’t put the embossed piece over the card and cut it because it would flatten the embossing.  So I had to trace the oval onto the card and then cut it with the die, but it still didn’t quite line up.  I ended up having to trim back the white that was showing, and in retrospect I should have cut the hole in the white with an oval one size larger so it wouldn’t show from the front.  Or you could temporarily secure the un-embossed piece over the card and cut the hole at the same time, then emboss the brown part.  Despite all that, it came out super cute!

Punch art is lots of fun, and there are tons of creative ideas on Pinterest to try using just a few simple shapes, so you don’t have to have a huge punch collection like me to make something neat!


Fair Entries – Graduation Card

My step-sister in law graduated with her master’s degree this weekend, so I decided in preparation for this that I would make a graduation card as one of my fair entries.  It won reserve champion.  Once again, my Cuttlebug and dies came to the rescue to make the letters and numbers.


Here is the inside:


If you look closely, there is a little pocket for a gift card on the left flap, so you can give the lucky grad a special treat!  If you would like to make a card like this for your graduate, click here to get Jill Hilliard’s directions.