Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flip and Lift

Did you know that My Favorite Things has a new contest going on? Remember IDOL, well now it's SO YOU THINK YOU CAN STAMP! Each week there is a new dance style to use for inspiration! There is a great prize at the end! You can find all the details HERE! I hope you will join the fun!

In week one the theme was West Coast Swing (week 2 is Disco, I am a little late getting this one on my blog!). I will be honest and admit these kinds of challenges are hard for me. Give me a sketch or a color challenge and I am ready to go! But starting from scratch, I really need to get that creativity flowing! So for West Coast Swing I ended up going with a "Flip and Lift" theme.

I started with the MFT set Merry Christmas? This set always makes me smile! Don't we all feel this way at some point in the holiday season? The PJ pants and chair are paper pieced in Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses. I colored with copics and added rhinestones to the tree and in the corners. Since I knew the inside of the card would have some bulk, I attached a pretty ribbon that would go around the card and tie at the bottom to keep the card closed.

Here is the inside of my card and where the flip and lift come in! When you open the card the panels pop up with the the Appletini's! On the upper panel I made a pocket for a gift card. I was thinking a gift card to a favorite restaurant would fit the theme.

I have had a number of emails and requests for instructions on the card. I have to be honest that I made this up as I went along. I will do my best to give some instructions but I sure its needs some fine detailing still. The base of the card in the green is 5 1/2 x 5 1/2. I cut a strip of red 5 1/4 wide and left it 11" long until I had built the panels.

Here is the view from the side. To made the panels that stand up, I started in the front, leaving 1/2" of paper in the front. I scored at 1/2", then 1" and 1"1/2 inch using my Score-Pal. At the 1" score line I folded the paper, bringing the other two score line in. I used adhesive to glue tht paper together to form the small panel. The I skipped an inch and repeated the process three more times.

I stamped the Appletini three times on a MFT white paper panel. This paper it nice and thick. I colored with my copics, gave each glass a coat of diamond glaze, and cut them out and added a rhinestone to the ornaments. I used a liquid glue to adhere the glasses to the panel to be sure they stayed in place. Then I just looked through my stash for something to dress the panels up with. I found a string of lights from a Jolee's set and went with that. I cut DP to fit between the panels, 1" by 5".

Then I made a pocket for the back panel to put a gift card in. I glued the pocket down leaving the top open.

Here is a side view of the card closed. Note that at the center of the card where I would usually score at 5 1/2, I scored at 5 3/8 and again at 5 5/8 to allow for the bulk in the inside of the card.

As I said, I made this up as I went. If you have any more questions, you can email me at

Thanks so much!

Paper: DP Basic Grey Eskimo Kisses, PTI Pure Poppy, New Leaf, MFT Paper Panels in White
Ink: Memento Black, SU Real Red
Stamps: MFT Merry Christmas
Other: Rhinestones, ribbon, copics, Jolee's, border punch


  1. Thanks for posting the directions - love the card!

  2. This has to be one of the cutest dang cards I've EVER seen!!!! LOVE IT!!!!

  3. Wowzer Melody!! Love all the paper piecing and your dp and bow!! The popouts on the inside is incredible!! Gorgeous!!

  4. This is AMAZING!!! (And what a lot of work! But SO worth it!)

  5. Melody, your card is a work of art! Your paper piecing is awesome and I love that gorgeous satin bow. Those martinis on the inside are sure tempting! ;)

  6. You need to bring this to TNT in Nov. as Chris will "flip" out over this card! I am bowing at your feet as I type! You should be on MFT DT - until the end of time. You are an amazing card maker. You put me to shame! WOW! Hugs and TTYS.

  7. Wow!!! Awesome card!! You do very nice work! I love how the insides are so pretty too!