This is Celene. She’s our third DT member that we would like you to meet.
1. How you would like to be announced: If you’d like your name or a nickname or a username.
You may call me Celene. 🙂
2. Brief 411 of YOU! Share a short background of who you are, what you do, etc….
Hi! I’m Celene from the beautiful city of Manila. I am happily married to my wonderful husband, who prides himself to be my number one supporter and fan. We have a handful of fun-loving dogs and we delight in playing and taking care of them everyday. I am a cake & sweets artist. When my hands are not busy playing with sugar and flour, they are busy with crafting and creative planning. It has always been my passion to create beautiful things to make people happy – from celebration cakes, cookies, cupcakes and sweets to pocket letters, shaker cards and decorated planners. I love inspiring people and being able to ignite a spark in them to start their own creative journey.
3. Do you have any Social Media Links?
Yes! I am on Instagram and my IG handle is @celenewrites.
4. What is your strength when it comes to creativity/crafting?
I am a lover of structure, balance and coordination. I have strong attention to detail and the ability to put things together in cohesive beauty. I like colors and I like playing with them. I study themes and familiarize myself with its elements and components. I am only limited by my limitless imagination.
5. What is your current planner/system that you are using?
I have been using my Foxy Fix Notebooks with Annie Plans Printables. I use the one with a Daily Grid for may daily planning. I also use Mini Maybooks for journaling.
6. What other craft do you enjoy doing aside from planning?
I love experimenting with different types of crafts but these are what I love making most: Pocket Letters, Cards, Accessories, Layered Floral Stamping & Shakers.
7. What is your favorite ML Product and what are you excited most to use?
I am in love with ML Stamps ever since and of course I am gushing over the ML Little Bits Kits as it gets better and better each month. I am excited to be working with more of them very soon! But if I have to choose one favorite ML Product and be specific about it, I can tell you in a heartbeat that I am in love with the ML Queen of the Night Ink Pad so much! It’s the blackest of all the black pigment ink pads I own. It’s a crisp & vivid kind of black. Your stamp would only need 1 coat of ink. And when your stamp meets the paper, you know you’ve met the queen of all black ink pads! Really, it’s befitting of it’s title. 🙂
8. What is your favorite crafting/planning tool/supplies?
I have a lot of favorites and I can go on about them forever. For stamping, I love my MISTI stamping tool, but not without my ink pads, scrubber pad, shammy & ink cleaners (yes I’m a neat freak when it comes to my stamps!). I love my fuse tool and punch boards because they take my mind to different creative places. I love wire pliers and its heavy feel on my hands when I make accessories. I love planner stickers, both functional and decorative. I have a collection of washi tapes, pretty pens and coloured pencils.
9. What should our ML Readers expect from you?
I will be sharing fun creative projects and exciting ways to use and maximize their favorite ML products. My posts will be easy to read and follow — in line with providing a fun and enjoyable crafting experience. I hope to keep ML readers entertained and inspired by my work so they may be able to inspire others with their own creations too.
Now that you know Celene a little better, here’s her creation. Enjoy!
Hi! It’s Celene! This is my first ever ML Girl blog post and I cannot begin to describe how wonderful it feels designing and creating for all of you! Today, I’m sharing a tutorial of the Pop-up Card I shared on my ML Girl Insta Hop Photo. Have you seen it? If you still haven’t, you may head over to Instagram to check it out. My IG handle is:@celenewrites. Better yet, here’s the link to that post: https://www.instagram.com/p/BShr7bnheGA/?taken-by=celenewrites
Some of you have kindly messaged me and asked how to make one or to come up with a tutorial for the Pop-up Card. I really regret not documenting it then as I would really love to be able to share a step by step process with you right away!
And so! When my new Mommy Lhey March Little Bits Box (Under the Sea!) arrived in the mail, I know instantly that I just have to make one with it too! I also made sure to take photos of the step by step procedures which I documented for all of you ML girls. Yaay! If there’s anything that you find confusing or if you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know, okay? I’ll be more than delighted to help you!
Alright, let’s start! We’ll be needing the following:
* Little Bits Cardstocks – I chose 2 designs from the March Little Bits digital downloads. The link to download is on the card that lists the contents of our box. I printed the designs back to back on 8”×11½” white matte cardstock. I chose the one with the scallop print and the one with pink florals on an ocean blue background.
* Little Bits Sequin Mix
* Little Bits Ephemeras – When I was picking out ephemeras from the pack, I was already creating an under the sea scenario in my head and picturing how the characters and elements would all go together on my card. You might just want to do that too! Hihi!
* Little Bits Mermaid Tail Washi
* Little Bits Stickers
* Crafting Tools and Other Decorating Supplies such as:
Crafting Scissors, Paper Trimmer, Ruler (if your paper trimmer has no measuring feature), Corner Puncher, Scallop Cutter, Pencil, Doilies and Roller Tape or Glue.
Making the Pop-up Card:
1. Cut your 8”×11½” cardstock paper down to 10 ¾”x7 ¾”.
2. After trimming, cut your cardstock to half crosswise at about 5 3/8”. When halfed, you should now have in your hands 2 pieces of cardstocks measuring 5 3/8”x7 ¾”.
At this point, you may already choose the front and back designs of your card. It is important to choose which designs you like best for both sides. The design in front is the design you’ll be seeing when your card is collapsed flat. While the design at the back is the design featured inside your card, so this will be your canvas. I have chosen the floral patterned paper to be my front design while the scallop patterned one goes inside. Remember how when I was choosing the ephemeras for my card I have already started creating a scenario of how my card will look like? I’ve chosen the scallop patterns because it mimics the color of the water under the sea and it would be a perfect complement to the kawaii sea characters who will be the stars of my card.
Now, let’s start forming our cardstocks into a square box.
3. Score each piece of 5 3/8”x7 ¾” inch paper at 3” lengthwise to form fold marks. Please do take note to score both of your papers with the front design facing up. Again, for this project, I used the one with the floral patterns.
4. Now turn your cardstock crosswise then score at ¼” from the right to form a tab. Then score again in the middle section at 3 ¾”. Place an adhesive on the ¼ ” tab. (I used a roller tape for this!) Do this for both pieces of cardstock.
5. Attach the left end of cardstock 1 to the right tabbed end of cardstock 2. Then attach the left end of cardstock 2 to the right tabbed end of cardtock 1. Fold on scored lines to form a square. Reinforce adhesive if necessary. It has to be attached very well so that the cardstocks can stand on its shape. Your cardstocks once attached, should look like this:
6. Let’s make the card flaps! Get your scissors and start cutting on the edges of the square and ending on the middle horizontal score line. Fold on scored lines to form flaps. Round the corners of your card’s flaps if preferred.
Tip: In case your card is not even in size or when you are in doubt, always remember that the
shorter rectangle/square is your card’s flap. That is the edge where you start cutting.
7. Get an extra cardstock. Any design would do, but one that matches the design of your card would be the best option. I chose to get the cardstock with the same print as that of my front design–the pretty floral patterns. Now cut 3 pieces of cardstock to form 4 ¾”x2” strips. Ensure the orientation of the strips are crosswise then score each strip at ½” on both sides.
8. Place adhesive on the two ½” tabs of each strip then arrange and adhere inside the card box in 3 equal partitions. This would give your card 4 dimensions to decorate: 1st strip, 2nd strip, 3rd strip and the back flap.
Decorating Your Pop –up Card
Now we are ready to decorate our cards! Weeee! Here’s how I did mine.
1st strip: Using a pencil, I lightly drew waves on blue vellum paper and cut this out using craft scissors. I placed an adhesive on the dolphin ephemera’s tail and adhered him to the wave so he looks like having fun swimming with it. I placed a pretty floral ephemera on the left part of the wave as a finishing touch to the 1st strip.
2nd strip: I’ve cut mint and teal vellum paper strips using my scallop cutter. But, instead of using the scalloped part, I used the reverse part because they perfectly look like small ocean waves. I then layered the mint and teal paper waves and adhered them to the 2nd strip. On the left part I stuck on a coral ephemera and on the right, I placed a mermaid ephemera prettily perched on a rock. Oh, she’s such a beauty!
3rd strip: On the 3rd strip I placed the bubbles ephemera. Underneath it, towards the right side I attached the yellow fish and on the top bubble, I stuck the tip of the head of the cute red fish.
On the back flap: The back flap serves as a pretty background that makes the look of our card more alive. On it I placed the pretty octopus ephemera (I love her lashes!), the LOVE die cut, the sea plant ephemera, a small yellow starfish and some pretty floral stickers from the sticker pack.
On the side flaps: I decorated both side flaps with the purple mermaid tail washi and soft lilac doilies cut into halves. On the doilies, I glued heart sequins from the Little Bits sequin mix for a little bit of glitz.
On the front flap: I used a box sticker from the kit which has a purple floral design. I placed a purple mermaid washi tail below and layered 3 colored doilies: 1 each of lilac, purple and fuschia. I placed the ‘Be The Magic’ ephemera on top and completed the look with pretty florals and a cute yellow jellyfish ephemera.
Tadah! Here’s my finished Pop-up Card!
This is how it looks like when collapsed flat.
You may also want to decorate the oustide of the card before placing it inside an envelope for mailing. Like what I did below:
Ready for mailing!
I hope you had fun making this project with me! Or I have inspired you to make one soon! If you have questions on the steps, feel free to let me know. I’d be glad to be of help! Don’t forget to tag me and Mommy Lhey on IG when you’ve tried this project using your Little Bits goodies. We would love to see them! I’m sure it will be awesome! Stay fabulously creative ML Girls!