Llama Queen

Can you believe it’s already June? I think my neighbors will be shocked to realize it too. Their Christmas lights still come on every night. (Lol, I’m glad I’m not the only one who has lost track of time.) Well, you know what happens in June… Father’s Day, weddings, baby showers, and graduations. Lots of cards to make.

Luckily, the beginning of June also means a new release from i-crafter! And llama tell you, this one is awesome! There are fun new additions for the Mini Album, and some adorable new critters. In addition to the cats and dogs, you’ll find the new Llama Queen set. It’s designed as an add-on set for the Oval Box Pops, but you can use it as a stand alone die set too. I’ll show you both options today.

First, I’ve got a quick and easy flat card to share. It’s so cute, and I can’t wait to give it to my friend. The second card is an oval box card that I made for my oldest daughter’s graduation party. (Hooray, we finally get to celebrate!) Surprisingly enough, it didn’t take that much longer to put together than the first card. Let’s take a look…

Let’s talk about the flat card. The Llama Queen die set comes with the decorative layers for the llama, as well as the cactus and sentiment. I cut them all from cardstock scraps in my stash and glued them to a kraft panel that measures 3½” x 4¾”. For extra dimension, I stacked the sentiment three layers high, and popped the panel up with foam tape to mount it on the yellow A2 card base. A few dots and crosses with a white gel pen, and some iridescent gems finish the card. Easy peasy.

The oval box card might look complicated, but I promise it’s not. Simply cut a pair of the oval bases, fold each one on the score lines, and glue the tabs down. Before gluing the two halves together, slip in the llama, cacti, and banner. Then you can decorate the base with your sentiment. (I spelled out “congrats on your dipLLAMA.”) A few more white gel pen dots and your card is ready!

Note: the banner was created by sandwiching bakers twine between two pairs of flower stems (included in the Oval Box Pops set, branches trimmed off). The starbursts are flower centers in the same set. I used the Carly Alphabet to cut out the rest of my sentiment. (Google “llama puns” for loads of sentiment ideas!) The mortarboard is just a diamond shape with a little triangle under it. I cut two layers at the same time so they would be identical. (You can see that I decorated the front and back side of the llama and barrel cacti, so the back is just as cute as the front.) To create the tassel, I separated some of the orange threads in the bakers twine, tied it in a knot, and glued it to the hat. I left plenty of space on the back to write a personal message and sign the card. If you are unsure how to assemble the oval box card, you can watch it come together in this video.

Both of these cards fit into standard A2 envelopes. Aren’t they fun? I know my daughter will love the box card. She can pop it up and set it on her bookshelf like a trophy. Are you ready for more inspiration? Head on over to i-crafter to see all of the darling projects shared by the team, and be sure to check out Lynda’s new video on the i-crafter channel to see the whole release!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Since today is also the first Tuesday of the month, I’m sharing the new Heffy Doodlers challenge in a separate post. Be sure to check it out! I’ll be back later this week with another fun card to share. Oh, and a quick garage remodel update – we’re almost done!!! The walls are framed, new windows and a door have been installed. We insulated, drywalled, and painted. Stucco repair is finished. Electrical and water lines are in place. The cabinets are mostly assembled, and will be installed next weekend. Floors and countertops will go in a few days later. Then we can start moving things back in; I can’t wait! I’ll post a tour on YouTube when everything is done, but you can follow our progress in my Instagram stories.

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