Monday, February 14, 2011

Yudu Cardshop Valentine's Card, Review and MORE!


Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  I hope you have lots of hugs, kisses and chocolate today and celebrate with family, friends, and loved ones!  My honey is out of town (WAH!) and so I'm planning a pity party for myself....not really (ok, maybe I was but I have to quit that foolishness!).  Actually, my parents and I are going to have a nice lunch together and then hopefully, I'll have some fun with my kids, after school.

Today's card was made using the new Yudu Cardshop, on sale at HSN exclusively.  Basically, the Yudu is a large screen printing machine and the Yudu Cardshop is a mini version of the regular sized Yudu.  Screen printing on the Yudu Cardshop can be done on a variety of materials, such as paper, fabric, canvas, etc.  

The first thing I did after opening up the Yudu Cardshop that Provocraft sent was to watch the enclosed DVD.  It was fantastic - clear, concise and that Jinger Adams is such a skilled teacher!  The screen printing was much easier than I thought it would be.  I used the birdcage screen and despite it's detailed image,  the ink went onto the card with no problems.  

Now, the mat you adhere the card to, during printing, is VERY sticky.  Had I realized how sticky it was, I would have pressed the mat up to a t-shirt or towel just to reduce the stickiness.  Why?  Because the card wanted to permanently bend when I removed it.  So, you'll see below that I cut it down and matted it to help with that problem.  One other tip is to wash those screens out PRONTO or the ink can dry and they will be ruined.  They warn of this on the DVD so just be careful.


I used some blue chalk ink to give it some depth. I also used My Creative Time's "p.s. I Love you" stamp from her "You had Me at Chocolate" stamp set.  I am in love with these stamps!  So darn cute!  The heart is actually cut from Plantin Schoolbook at 1/2".  I used an embossing folder (Sizzix) and ran it through the Cuttlebug for the card front (card is sized at 4-1/4" x 5-1/2").  Love that Cuttlebug - it's small footprint makes it easy to have right in reach on the desk! Satin ribbon is from Michaels.


As you can see, the satin ruffle does add some depth to the card so I would use a large envelope for this card.  The ruffle reminds me of a garter and so then I started thinking this could turn into a wedding card, with a different sentiment.  The birdcage inside is just one layer from the Serenade cartridge.  I cut it at 3-1/2".  I kept it unlayered to mirror the front images.

Now, onto a quick project I made tonight for my son's Valentine Party tomorrow.  My son wanted printed Valentines so we went with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  I just taped on a lollipop to each one and called it good (hence no photo...).  But, the school also wanted a bag or box.  I didn't want anything too girly and so thought this bag would be perfect (also nice and simple...).

I used the Street Sign cartridge and cut his name at 2-1/2" with regular and shadow feature keys.  The heart is from Plantin Schoolbook again.  A quick strip of ribbon from Stampin Up! and matting the background and I was done.  Zip, zip!  I am hoping he actually will attend the party.  As you may know, he has high functioning autism and sometimes these parties are a bit much for him so we'll see.



Have a great day, my sweet Valentines!  Thank you so much for reading my blogs and being so encouraging and wonderful!  HUGS!

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54 comments:

  1. Sometimes, TMNT are the only thing that will do. At least you got to make him a bag :D. Street Sign is one of my top 3 favorite font carts (Lyrical Letters and Mickey Font are the other two). But thank goodness I can have more than three :D.

    Love the Yudu card! I'm wrestling with getting one. Want one, but then I have to wait for PTI stamps and then have you SEEN the PTI stamps this month LOL. What's a crafty woman to do :D. Hope you have a great day with the kids and creating!

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  2. Love the card and the bag...hope he goes to the party and has a fab time!!!

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  3. What a beautiful card! I can't believe how clear and precise the images are.

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  4. WOW, that card is gorgeous, the bird cages are so elegant looking. The bag is simple but very cute. I love that idea.

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  5. I have been looking at the Yudu myself but wondered how easy they were to use. I did screen printing many many years ago in high school art classes and remember the huge (and I mean huge) mess the whole process was. I love the look, but not the mess. This does not seem as messy.

    I love the bird cages. I have always like cages and the many things you can do with them.

    Kimberly
    kimberly.pate@gmail.com

    http://scrappingrookie.blogspot.com/

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  6. Very pretty Joy! Love the bag as well!

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  7. Both projects are awesome. I hope you show us how to make your own screen's on the Yudu
    Thanks for sharing
    Susan

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  8. Thanks for the sample of the Yudo card. I have heard a little bit about it, but not seen anything done with it until now. I think your "mailbox" is perfect--easy in and out, and easy to transport! I hope Robbe was able to attend the party!
    Shellee

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  9. Love your card and the bag. They are both soooo great!!

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  10. I'm so excited to read your review! I actually am one of the lucky winners of this item from the card contest that Provo held.

    Your card turned out amazing, and I love the texture and dimension too!

    I can't wait to get mine!!!

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  11. Great card! I love those bird cages. The bag is terrific too. I hope your son is able to make it through the party, even for a bit. My son is also on the spectrum and these days can be as stressful for me as they are for him!

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  12. Beautiful card, thanks for the review! Hope he attends the party and has a great time, his bag is great!

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  13. Thanks for sharing all of your great Valentine's Day ideas and items you made.
    Bet hubby has something in mind when he gets home!
    Blessings, Donna
    grandma4five

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  14. Oh nice job! The card with a touch of red is perfect. I love your ribbon treatment on the bag. Why didn't I ever think of that? Sorry hubby is out of town though.

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  15. Very cute card!!! Happy Valentine's Day!!

    Carol

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  16. I know exactly what you mean. My son has a form of autism as well. I remember those parties from when he was little. Oh boy. What a overload. Today my husband and I are both celebrating our B-Day. I am sorry you are without your Valentine. I hope you have a fun day with your Mom and Dad. Take care. Thanks for the card. I love that little Yudu, but I have the big one and haven't even used that yet. I think the little one would be alot easier. Happy V-Day!!! Sandy C.

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  17. Great projects! Happy Valentines Day to you too. I had so much fun making stuff for V. Day.

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  18. Love that card!! Great idea using the ribbon under the stamped image!

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  19. That card is super cute. I love love the birdcages and how they are leveled across the page. JUST ADORABLE.

    I really like your son's V-Day bag too. So cute. I'm sure he'll be so happy and be so into trading cards and candy today.

    Thanks for sharing both with us!!!
    Hugs,
    Brook

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  20. I have seen the Yudu on HSN and have been so tempted to buy it. The black & white with splash of red is indeed spectacular. You could use the background for many different sentiments.
    Thank you again for your inspiration.

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  21. I have a blog award for you over on my blog www.stuckongluecrafts.com

    Gina

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  22. I love your card and I'm impressed with how well the detail of the cages came out. Do you think this is something people with the larger Yudu should consider buying? I mean is it any easier to use? I would love to see a comparison of the two. Thanks for the review and have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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  23. Love the card, and especially Robbie's bag. I hope that he was able to go to the party for a while. Each step is a big one for him, I'm sure. Happy Valentine to you, Joy, and thanks for all the creative inspiration that you provide. BethAnn M.

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  24. wow that Yudi card shop is awesome! The card is great and the Valentine bag too! Thanks!

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  25. I used to cut my own silk screens about 100 years ago...This looks so simple. I think I need to get a yudu cardshop set.... I know I'd have fun with it.

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  26. Beautiful card. And Robby's bag is cute too. Hopr he does attend his party and has fun.

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  27. Your YUDU card is really beautiful,TFS

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  28. Joy, Your card is so beautiful and elegant! I hope your son is able to go to his party for just a little while--the bag is so cute! Sorry you are without your hubby, but I am sure you enjoyed lunch with your parents. Take care...-nu2scrap-

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  29. Love the Card Joy! You really made it look fabulous! :o) And the bag is simple yet adorable! So it's perfect for what your son needs it for...Just collecting valentine's... Have a wonderful day! :o)

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  30. Joy your are always so amazing with what you come up with.. TFS!!!
    Nicole

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  31. Thanks for explaining the Yudu Card Shop. Your project turned out beautiful!

    kperlic@hotmail.com

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  32. I like what you did with the Yudu Card maker. I have seen it on HSN I wasn't sure if I would like one. But by looking what you have done. I think I will add it to my wish list. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a great day :)
    Delama

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  33. Love the ruffles and embossed card-front! Gorgeous card!

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  34. I have to tell you that I too have a son with high functioning autism and parties were always hard for him. His life started getting better in high scholl with a fantastic teacher, but I wanted you to know that as the years have gone by( he is 32), things have just gotten better and better for him. He has been able to do things socially and emotionally that I never thought possible. He just keeps growing and changing and life gets better and better. Really wonderful - just wanted to give you a little encouragement if you needed it!

    Love your projects!

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  35. WOW Joy!!! That card is AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL!!!! Ir ia SO PERFECT w/my stamp!;) You are TOTALLY making me want that machine!
    Big Gypsy Hugs,
    Emma;)

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  36. Thanks for the info on Yudo. And the idea of the bags . . . I may use a variation for my daughter's wedding hospitality bags. Hm-m-m-m-m . . . my mind is 'a racin' . . . (can you tell what part of the country I'm from?) lol

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  37. Love love love the card and the ribbon is great! I hope he had fun at the VD party!

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  38. Beautiful card Joy! I think the bird cages are so elegant. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!

    Lisa : )

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  39. Nice Bag and real nice card. The Yudu sounds kind of neat, It does a nice job. thank you for sharing again:)
    Cathy
    mexicopetshop@hotmail.com

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  40. The card is fabulous! I guess I need to do some homework on the YuDu. I'm patiently awaiting my gypsy!

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  41. I dont know if I would use this machine enough to get one. the card is adorable.

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  42. Beautiful card, & the bag is Perfect for a boy ;)

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  43. The card is adorable. I love the images.

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  44. luv'd the card...wow and it screen painted...looks fabulous..
    and Robbie's bag turned out great!
    (and did your pity part include chcolate..LOL :)

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  45. Thank you for the reviews and the great projects. I love bird cages!
    As always,
    Linda

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  46. Great card, not sure if Yudu is in my future, tho!

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  47. Fantastic job!!! I want a card maker but I have to wait... and I don't like waiting!lolol
    pennykitz@charter.net
    http://pennykitz.blogspot.com/

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  48. I always enjoy visiting your blog. You are very creative. I like the cards you make the most I guess.
    Karen

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  49. Thanks for all the cute ideas that you share with us!

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  50. Love the birdcages!!! It is a beautiful card! I just don't think I can buy the cardmaker just yet.

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  51. I have got to remember that I can decorate plain bags to really amp up the style. Thanks for sharing with us. Mindy1qc@msn.com

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  52. I Like your posts,your post is very nice,the way u have represented in your posts it's very helpful.

    Home Party Plan

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