Sunday, 28 May 2017

Oh Joy Poinsettia Card

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I haven't been working on Christmas cards through the year as much as I thought I would ... may have to get going on that so I'm not scrambling come November.

This one all came together quickly, as the 'Oh Joy' and Kraft scallop border were already sitting on my stamping table. The poinsettia was a new purchase last Spring but I didn't end up needing it for my cards last year. I like it - going to have to make a bunch to have on hand for my cards. The leaves were cut from card stock covered with this plaid Washi Tape.

I have so many embossing folders, and I always love how they look when I remember to use them. This snowflake one is so pretty!

Finally, here is a peek at the inside.

One more for the holiday card stash.

White card stock
Kraft card stock
Blueprints #24 (stitched rectangle) - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - Paper Studio
Poinsettia die - Impression Obsession
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Curvy Oval die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Oval die- Elizabeth Craft Designs
Snowflake embossing folder - Sizzix
Wink of Stella
fun foam
Washi tape
red card stock
Inside stamp - Verve

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Saturday, 27 May 2017

C4C-387 Summer Destination Birthday Card

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It's Saturday so that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. Our May 2017 Hostess is Barbara Anders, and our Guest Designer is Lori Tecler.

Here is Barbara's Challenge:  School will be letting out soon in the US and Summer vacations are being planned. Create a card using a Summer destination theme--could be the beach, the mountains, or simply your back yard in a hammock.

This year I vow to use older products more, so did that with this card as well as some newer ones. First of all the Distress Oxide inks are new. I saw them demoed by Mr. Tim himself at CHA and thought - cool. But I don't need more ink pads. These ink pads are flying off the shelves - and store owners can't keep them in stock. I had heard that also, but put it off to Tim Holtz fans just buying anything he puts out - he does have a massive following. But I still wasn't convinced enough to give up any valuable space in my craft room.

Then I saw a video by Jennifer McGuire and how BEAUTIFULLY these inks blend. I literally sat up and took notice. I do a lot of sponging and stippling and blending in my card making and these inks looked like they could be just the ticket. I ordered a couple of colours with my Birthday money from my brother but didn't really play with them until early May. I have to say, I GET IT!! They are sumptuous and just come to life when spritzed with water. WOW. I have ordered a couple more colours, which of course are on back-order because of the demand.

For my card panel, I stamped a white panel with the camping background stamp (an older product). On my craft sheet I smoothed a couple of the Distress Oxide Inks then spritzed them with water. I dipped and pressed and moved the stamped panel around in the watery ink until I was happy with the colour blending then used a heat tool to dry the panel. This was my first time trying that technique and ... LOVE IT!

The camper is an older stamp, paired with a new Lawn Fawn word bubble and the clouds from Karen Burniston's Hot Air Balloon. 

I repeated the process for the inside panel, using only one colour of the Distress Oxide Ink and not quite as much water.  This card is going into a box to donate to Seniors Secret Service. 

Check out the C4C blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge. We'd  love to see your take on it, so be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up your creations. If you are uploading to an online gallery, please use the keyword C4C387.

Camper stamp - Avery Elle
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Wink of Stella
Signo White Gel Pen
Distress Oxide Inks 
Background stamp - MFT Stamps
Off white confetti, and white card stocks
Wonky Stitched Rectangles - MFT Stamps
Outdoor Edges (mask), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Happy Birthday stamp & die - Lawn Fawn
Inside stamps - Avery Elle
Hot Air Balloon (clouds), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Glossy Accents
Stitched Fishtail Banner - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Friday, 26 May 2017

Poppy Flip-It Hugs Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog and I have a 5 x 7 Flip-It to share today. I like the size of these Flip-Its - they feel so substantial and there is so much more 'real estate' for decorating.

I had been playing with the Poppy dies from Elizabeth Craft designs and found this patterned paper in the stack. Decided to use it without the Poppy dies, fussy cutting poppies from the patterned paper instead.

The poppies on the circle were fussy cut and I added a leafy branch die in behind. I like how delicate this die is.

Inside, I added a die cut 'Hugs' which is hidden until the card is opened.

5 x 7 Circle Flip-Its - Sizzix
Stitched Circle dies - MFT Stamps
Leafy branch 5 - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - heidi grace
Love Sentiment dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Red and white card stocks

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Thursday, 25 May 2017

Pink and Green Double Z Card

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I was happy to play with this sweet bird stamp & die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs, and made a Double Z Fold card to perch it on.

I used my new Zig Clean Colour Markers and a water brush to add colour to the bird. Love how vibrant the colours are!

Here is the card opened. I get so much use out of those stitched Fishtail banners.

When my next ECD order arrived, I cut an Ivy and tucked it along the bottom left edge. I thought it balanced it better so I took another photo of the front.

Into my stash with this one.

White card stock
Patterned paper - Momenta
Bird stamp and die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Zig Clean Color Markers
Wink of Stella
Label - Paper Smooches
Feather die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Copic markers
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
General Sentiments Clear Stamps - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched frame Circle dies - Lawn Fawn
Stitched Fishtail Banners - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

6x 6" Square Birthday card for Olivia

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Today's share is the card I made for my Mom to give Olivia on her birthday. This card started as a CHA Make & Take but it was the end of the day and the people at the booth wanted to pack 'er up. So I said I'd take mine home and finish it so just gathered all the pieces and put them in the envelope.

Once I got home and settled, this is what I ended up doing with those pieces and a few extras. :-)

The little ballerina embellishment is so sweet, and perfect for Olivia. I added some die cut corners (and Glitter Dots) and Wink of Stella. Also added a doily, fishtail banners and some pink seam binding.

Here is the inside ...

The little word stickers were part of the Make & Take, so I added them to pink card stock and fussy cut them so they'd be a little larger. Lovely prints on this card, but there was no information on anything I took home so I can't give proper credit to the designer or company. The HIP HIP Hooray is  one of my new dies.

Make & Take supplies - unknown
Pink card stock
Stitched Fishtail Banner die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Corners - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Seam binding
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Wink of Stella
Hip Hip Hooray die - Kaiser Craft

Card size - 6 x 6"

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Lotsa Treat Holders

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I have several 'treat holder' dies and use them quite often. However, I don't always take a photo to share them here on my blog. I was making up a couple for Mother's Day and when I uploaded the photos I decided to share in a single post, all the ones I have taken photos of.

Our middle daughter's birthday and Mother's Day fall about the same time every year. In fact, she was born on Mother's Day and the call service had to locate our Dr. who was out to dinner with his family. She asked us (meaning hubby) to build her a raised planter box for her birthday and I wanted to give her some $$ for plants for Mother's Day.

Inside this adorable ECD Handled Pillow Box are some bills rolled and tied up with pink Bakers Twine. But it's so much cuter than just the bills tucked into a card.

The flower stamps and dies are by Krista Schneider at Elizabeth Craft Designs and I coloured them with my Zig Clean Colour Markers.

Up next are these little Bon Bon Boxes ... also at Elizabeth Craft Designs. SO cute - I love this die. It's so quick and easy ... no adhesive required. Each one takes a 6 x 6" piece of patterned paper or card stock. There are lots of variations you can do - but I kept these ones nice and simple. The punched butterflies are adhered to a small strip of transparency and inside are a couple of Swiss Chocolates. Just a little somethin' something' for my Mom and Daughters for Mother's Day.

A couple of years ago I purchased the 'Get A Handle On It' die from Papertrey Ink. I use it a LOT, but again - don't often take photos. Usually I am adhering it to a package of candy (or dog treats). I like it to dress up a gift that isn't really a gift, if that makes sense. It makes the item a little more special but not enough to make the receiver uncomfortable. We always bring our Arizona friends furry kids some kind of Alberta or Canadian dog treats when we go. So it's a gift, but it would feel silly to put it in a gift bag or wrap it as a gift. This way it's a little decorated - but understated.

This adorable dog was coloured to look like their Diego. :-) Which they noticed right away!

Same die, this time over a cello bag filled with chocolates. These photos have been hanging around for a long time, ha ha.

Another dog treat gift for our Arizona friends from awhile ago ...

This Spring I added this Handled Box from The Stamps of Life to my treat box die collection. It's so cute!  We were going to visit our Nephew and I wanted to bring their daughter a little something. So I quickly made up this Handled Box and added some fruit snacks.

It was fairly quick and definitely easy to decorate with items from my stash. She ran around and played with the box afterwards, which was fun to see.

The photo below gives you an idea of it's size. You can tuck a Gift Card inside as well, which is nice. I do wish the ECD Handled Pillow Box would have been just a smidge larger to I could add a Gift Card to that one too.

That's it for me today!

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Monday, 22 May 2017

Vintage Double Z-Fold Birthday Card

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, and I have a Birthday card that is going into the box for Seniors Secret Service.

I really like making this style of card ... and when our daughter opened her FOUR cards on Mother's Day (a Mother's day card from us and one from my Mom, and a Birthday card from us and one from my Mom) - she loved all of them but said that she really liked the Double Z fold.

I wrote the message on a die cut label, and added a smaller label for the SSS rep to sign.

Charcoal, cream confetti card stock
Patterned paper - stash
Label dies - Spellbinders
Vintage stamps - Stampin' Up
Embossing folder - Provo Craft
Chalks - Stampin' Up
Fun foam
Banner stamp and die - The Stamps of Life 

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