Saturday, 16 February 2019

C4C471 Sketch Birthday Card for Boys

Hello my crafty friends

It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges Blog. Our February hostess is Kathleen Adams. Kristine Reynolds joins us as our Guest Designer this month and you can find her blog at:  Stamping and Scrapping in California.  

Since this is the third Saturday of the month, Kathleen has a sketch for us:

For my card today, I turned the sketch on its side. I love that sketches are guidelines and can be changed up to suit your needs. They are such a great jumping off point!

I wanted to use a couple of new-to-me items from Your Next Stamp - the Porthole and Anchor die set and the fun fish stamps.

I added black glaze pen detailing to the fish eyes. They would be really cute with little wiggly eyes and I can't wait to try that next.

Here is a peek at the inside:

While I was working on the card, I decided to make a second identical card. It never takes twice as long to make a second card and that gives me two more cards to donate to my Mom's nursing home. I typically donate 25 birthday cards each month so I like to keep on top of it.

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 C4C471.

White, blue and black card stocks
Patterned paper - the Paper House
Stitched vertical strip dies - MFT Stamps
Porthole and Anchor die set - Your Next Stamp
Aquarium Antics stamp set - Your Next Stamp
Copic markers
Sakura black glaze pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Happy Days Mermaids (happy fishy wishes) - Your Next Stamp
Word stamp inside - Papertrey Ink

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Welcome Ringo Pop-Up Card

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It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog. Today I made a card for our daughter's family who welcomed a new pet into their home... Ringo the bunny. I used Karen Burniston's Frame Pull Pop-Up and I think the grand kids will have fun pulling the tab and watching the panel flip up.

I used the Alphabet dies to cut 'yay', and added 'congrats' at the bottom.

When you pull on the tab, the 'yay' panel flips up to reveal the bunny and the words 'welcome Ringo'. So fun!

The bunny die is from the new Spring Animals and I coloured him up to look like the new bunny, with the patches over his eyes etc. I also like how the Alphabet allows you to personalize a card.

I know that the 'o' sticks out of the side a little, but I was OK with that. It gives a little tease as to what is inside. Had I not been finishing this card when I was tired, I would have arranged all the letters before adhering them down. As I said, I'm ok with the little peek when the card is closed ... no mistakes in papercrafting, right? Speaking of things sticking out beyond the flap - I did trim the bunny's ear slightly so IT wouldn't stick out and interfere with the tab pull.

I like to make this type of card flat, post-card style but of course I also like to dress up the back a little. I just make sure to keep everything adhered flat with no foam tape so it lays flat nicely for display. I used a piece from one of the Border Blends Argyle to decorate the white rectangle, which is where I wrote my note.

This really was a sweet and simple card - not every pop-up card needs to take hours to complete. I'm adding another view so you can see the dimension you get with the Frame Pull Pop-Up. Such a fun die set!

1074 Spring Animals - Karen Burniston
Zig Clean Color Markers
Black, white, pink and blue card stocks
Sakura white gel pen
1070 Frame Pull Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - Sizzix
Stitched rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1077 Word Set 8 Celebrate - Karen Burniston
1053 Alphabet - Karen Burniston
Welcome stamp (used part of the whole stamp) - MFT Stamps
Fishtail banner die - MFT Stamps
1056 Squares Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1090 Border Blends Argyle - Karen Burniston

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Heart Pivot Panel Card for my Mom

Hello my crafty friends

Today I'm sharing a card I made to send my Mom to let her know I was thinking about her. Valentine's Day was my Mom and Dad's Wedding Anniversary, so she needs a little extra love on this day.

I kept the front nice and simple, with large lettering as she has Low Vision and I wanted her to be able to read it.

The hearts were cut from a pretty coral Shimmer Sheetz so they have lots of shimmer and shine.

Here is the inside!

I added the new Heart Pivot Panel to the centre, and lots of Shimmer Sheetz hearts. I also used the new Border Blends Party for the bottom edge and penned words across the bottom.

Here is a look at the card from the top so you can see all the dimension you get with the Pivot Panels.

And finally, for those that like to pin card fronts and insides together on their Pinterest boards - here you go!

Blueprints #1 - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - K & Company
Pink card stock
Shimmer Sheets & Double Sided Adhesive - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Black marker
1091 Border Blends Party - Karen Burniston
1088 Heart Pivot Panels - Karen Burniston
1081 Tag Book Pop-Up (scalloped circle) - Karen Burniston

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Valentine Treat Holders

Hello my crafty friends

I am a big fan of Your Next Stamp, and their new Fun Friday Challenge #107 is to use Die Cuts for your creation. I am entering these treat holders into that challenge. All the details for the Fun Friday Challenge #107 can be found HERE.

These sweet Treat Holders were made with the Treat Pouch die set by Lynda Kanase for Sizzix. The die set comes with pretty and elegant dies for decorating the Treat Pouch, but other than the shadow layer for one of the labels, I chose to use stamps for decorating instead.

These adorable stamps are by Your Next Stamp - and they were perfect for making Valentine Treat Holders for our grandkids. I used a different stamp for each of them, other than the cute heart-holding-dog. That stamp got used twice but  I coloured each one up differently. While there are dies available, I don't have them yet so I fussy cut the images out and popped them up on the white die cut label.

The balloon string on this heart balloon is much longer, so I shortened it with a scissor snip so it would fit on the treat holder better.

These Treat Pouches are filled with six Hershey's Kisses - you simply untie the bow and pour out the treats. I like that the grands will each get a few little goodies from Gramma, but not too much that their parents will be annoyed at all the sugar. Each of the critters has a shiny nose from a black glaze pen.

I had four of them made and decided I didn't want to cut into another 12 x 12" sheet to make the fifth. So I used one of the leftover pieces and decided that Alma at age one could have sideways hearts on her Treat Pouch. Hers is the one in the centre in the photo below, with the 'angel bunnies' holding the 'I Heart You' banner.

Don't they look so cute all together?

The Treat Pouch is so easy to change up to work for different occasions - I think they turned out so cute!

Pouch, Treat - Lynda Kanase, Sizzix
Patterned paper - Doodlebug
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Bristol smooth card stock
Love & Hugs stamps - Your Next Stamp
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Water Brush
Sakura black glaze pen
Sakura white gel pen
Bakers Twine

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Way To Go - Rockin' Rectangle Pop-Up Card

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Today I'm sharing a card I made to send to our daughter, who graduated her Herbal Immersion program. She put in over 1000 hours of study and a couple of years of hard work, all while raising our three young grandkids and dealing with Olivia's disease (PH) etc. She is nothing short of amazing.

I used several favourite items to make this card: The pretty patterned paper by Lynda Kanase, which is sadly discontinued. The Sprig Punch from Stampin' Up is so perfect for just a little somethin' somethin'. The stitched fishtail banners from MFT Stamps. All favourites and items I love to use. The Rockin' Rectangle die set is from Karen Burniston's newest release and it is a really fun pop-up and sure to become a favourite as well. And the hanging planter die is one of my new Sizzix purchases and I was SO excited about it!

I chose to add a window to my card front, so you get a peek at the hanging plant basket through the acetate. The words are from Karen Burniston's latest release as well. They work well for graduation cards but also for other accomplishments.

When you open the card, the hanging basket panel rocks up and out to reveal the 'you did it!' message.

I glued down a couple of sprig branches at the lower right of the inside corner, but they do catch the scalloped rectangle. They were glued down well though and there was no getting them off so I had to go with it. So be sure you check for catch points BEFORE glueing anything down!

I die cut the plant twice, once from green card stock and once from woodgrain paper. Then I added additional colour to the plant with Distress Oxide inks and a water brush. The plant hanger itself was cut from silver mirror matte card stock so it catches the light.

Purple, white, green and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Lynda Kanase
Stitched rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1089 Rockin' Rectangle Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Silver foil card stock - Tonic Studios
Distress Oxide Inks
Woodgrain patterned paper - Moda Scrap, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Hanging planter dies - Sizzix
1077 Word Set 8 Celebrate - Karen Burniston
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
Sprig punch - Stampin' Up
Fishtail Banner die - MFT Stamps

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Monday, 11 February 2019

Striped Heart Valentine Flip Card

Hello my crafty friends

I am a big fan of Your Next Stamp, and their new Fun Friday Challenge #107 is to use Die Cuts for your creation. All the details for the Fun Friday Challenge #107 can be found HERE and I am playing along with my card today.

I started with the Half Heart Flip die from Your Next Stamp for a quick and easy Valentine Card. If you follow my blog you know how much I like to make this type of card (Flip card, Flip-Fold card, Flip-its, Z-Fold are some other common names) but I didn't have any heart shaped Flip dies before now.

The Stipe-Tastic die set (also by Your Next Stamp) cuts these perfectly centred stripes into your project and they fit perfectly on the largest Half Heart Flip die! I like the peek-a-boo look this gives that centre heart.

I did the stamping on a smaller white heart and attached that inside. There is another white heart with a stamped greeting that is hidden until the card is opened.

While it's hard to see in the photos, the cat has a shiny back nose.

I added a couple of enamel heart shapes to the card as well.

Red and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Pebbles
Half Heart Flip die set - Your Next Stamp
Stripe-Tastic Heart die set - Your Next Stamp
Love and Hugs stamp set - Your Next Stamp
Enamel hearts - Recollections
Sakura Black glaze pen

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Gift Shaped Birthday Card

Hello my crafty friends

Today's share is a Birthday Card, made with one of the die sets I purchased on Black Friday. I have been enjoying the Fold-It Cards by Stephanie Barnard and I knew this one would get a lot of use between the cards I make for our Grandkids to take to birthday parties and the birthday cards I donate to my Mom's nursing home.

This is the first time I used the dies and I'm tickled with how cute this card is. It fits perfectly in an A2  envelope.

I used a small tag die from Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop-Up die set, tying it on with Bakers Twine.

Here is a peek at the inside ...

... and the view from the back ...

I think this die set will make some really cute holiday cards too, and I am looking forward to playing with it some more.

Gift Fold-Its - Stephanie Barnard, the Stamps of Life & Sizzix
Black, White and blue card stocks
Patterned paper - Crafts
Black fine point marker
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Stamp inside - Papertrey Ink
Bakers Twine
1009 Twist Panel Pop-Up (small tag) - Karen Burniston
Happy Birthday Stamp - MFT Stamps

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