Some days you gotta dance
Live it up when you get the chance
‘Cause when the world doesn’t make no sense
And you’re feeling just a little to tense
Gotta loosen up those chains and dance… Dixie Chicks
In the hustle and bustle of daily life we sometimes forget to actually LIVE! Life is so short and time passes us by faster than a mom hauling her kids to practice…not that I speed, mind you o:) But I’m just as guilty as the next person when it comes to slowing down and taking notice of the world around me and the people in it.
When was the last time you paid someone a compliment, even one as simple as ‘Good job!’? Its not that you don’t appreciate them or that they didn’t do a good job; its that we all suffer from what my mom calls ‘But First’ disease. Your start out your day with the best of intentions, you’re going to knock off a few items on that ‘To-do’ list…BUT FIRST, there’s that mail that I need to open…BUT FIRST I really should call my friend of mine that I’ve been meaning to call… BUT FIRST I really should put those dishes away. In the blink of an eye, you’ve been struck by ButFirst Disease.
Today, focus on telling one person in your life that they are appreciated and why. Compliments are hard to come by and enjoyed by everyone; but that doesn’t mean it has to be all formal-like! Kick off your shoes, get comfortable and let someone know that you appreciate them, even if its for something simple… You can even make it… *brace for it*
Yes its silly, but you smiled when you saw it…didn’t you? Wanna see some more? Too bad! I’m showing you anyways 🙂
For those of you that are new to card making, this is a Tri-Shutter card, sometimes referred to as a Tri-Fold card. Either way, they are fun…both to make AND receive!
What I used:
Mischief – my Pinc eCraft
DCWV ‘Collage Musings’ stack
Mr. Cricut Crazy ‘Friends, Friends’ stamp set
Lettering Delights ‘Paper Dolls’ and “Here Comes Treble’ svg sets
Glimmer Mist ‘Black Magic’ (Hobby Lobby)
Ranger Distress Ink ‘Vintage Photo’ (Hobby Lobby)
Martha Stewart Scoreboard (Michael’s)
Decorative Scissors (Michael’s)
Small Paint Brush (Michael’s)
Glue Glider (Michael’s)
Journal Embossing Folder or Journal Stamp (Hobby Lobby)
Small Square Foam Adhesive (I can never remember what those are called! lol)
Zig Glue Squeeze and Roll Fine Point Pen (Hobby Lobby)
How I did it:
I used the very musical and very cool card stock that came in DCWV’s Collage Musings stack and I cut the base of my card out using my eCraft (more on that later) — My base is always 12” wide and 5 1/2” tall, its a great size and provides lots of options when it comes to decorating. To make the base using a hand-trimmer; take your piece of 12×12 card stock, measure 5 1/2” up and cut across. Your end piece will match mine — 12”w by 5 1/2”h. Next place your cut piece on your scoreboard and score it at 2”, 4”, 8” and 10”. Take the base off the scoreboard and get out your handy, dandy ruler. Measure 1 1/2” from the top and again from the bottom.
Once you’ve marked (very lightly) 1 1/2” from the top and again from the bottom, take a craft blade or your trimmer and cut from the first score mark all the way across to the last score mark. Your base should resemble my very elementary diagram… From here you’re going to want to ‘Mountain Fold’ your score lines. 2” score folded away from you, 4” folded towards you, etc. Once your ‘mountain’ is done, you going to take that center ‘row’ and folded it opposite of the top and bottom rows – see above pictures to help visualize. My preference is to create a card ‘front’ so to speak, but many cards made like this don’t — its entirely up to you. I like having a full front panel to decorate and I feel that it adds stability to the card.
Now that the base is complete its time to DECORATE! woot woot *sings* Shake your grove thing, shake your grove think Baby! Show em how we do it now!
For the front — The audience is an svg file that I made, email me and I’ll send it to you; same goes for the stage curtain. To add a little depth to the curtains I used a white pencil to create fold lines and then painted on some of that drool-worthy Glimmer Mist. I also put Glimmer Mist on ALL of the music notes, the stars in the banner and even on the ‘You Rock!!’.
Speaking of ‘You Rock!!’ that niffy phrase came from Mr. Cricut Crazy — don’t you just love how it looks hand written?!?!?! I do! In fact, the entire card was based on that single stamp… The banner cut-out came from the MTC gallery, but there are plenty of banners out there to be had… The banner and my rocker-chick (my daughter’s idea) are adhered with those little foam squares. For the rockers, give yourself plenty of time for cutting and assembling; there are LOTS of pieces and its a lot of work, but the end result is SO worth it!
For the inner phrases, I nabbed those off of another sheet of card stock from *can you believe it* that same DCWV Collage Musings stack! There is some serious variety in that pack! I used decorative scissors to give them a funky edge and then glued them to a mini-panel that was cut to fit that section. The panels and pre-printed word pieces are the only items that were not cut on the eCraft. For the journal panel, I used an embossing folder since none of my journaling stamps would fit — darn it, guess I’ll have make another run to Hobby Lobby heeheehee I used my Ranger ink on the edges of the journal panel to give it a little border…
And there you have it! A fun way to show someone that they are appreciated!