Sunday, 20 October 2019

My First 'One Sheet Wonder' Birthday Cards

Hello my crafty friends

I really enjoy working assembly line style and creating multiple cards. I always have! I have also always wanted to try a 'One Sheet Wonder' template. Originally, a One Sheet Wonder was a sheet of card stock (often letter sized) that you stamped all over with the images of your choice then cut into sections to decorate multiple cards. With the arrival of patterned papers and the 12 x 12" size, OSW's became a way to make multiple cards from a single sheet of patterned paper. Especially since there are such gorgeous prints these days!

I chose a template by Seongsook Duncan (link in the supply list) because I liked that it required a double sided patterned paper. Since this was the first time working with a OSW, I chose not to do any matting but I can see how much that would add to the cards so the next ones (and there WILL be more) I will add the matting layers.

I got eight cards from the single sheet of double sided patterned paper and then had lots of fun choosing what elements to add to keep the cards different enough to all be included in the same bag for my Mom's old nursing home. I like the residents to feel special when they receive their cards, so rarely include more than two of a single design. These ones are bright and cheery even without the matting and I am very happy with how they turned out.

These two have a die cut balloon with a bakers twine bow, and while the balloon on both is the same, the layouts are different.

These ones have a die cut party hat - in different colours and each on a different layout.

I used a shooting star die that is intended for shaker cards, but it works great for embellishments too! These two are the only ones that are very similar in design.

The final two, with punched balloons on one and a fun dog sticker on the other.

The inside of all eight cards was done the same, using the MISTI for perfect placement and no 'oopses' on any of the cards. Each was stamped two times with the blue ink for a nice bold image.

I have to say how much I liked working with this template! And of course my head started reeling with all the other cards I can make with the gigantic stack of patterned papers I have here!

One Sheet Wonder Template:  Seongsook Duncan, click HERE
White, orange, red, green and yellow card stocks
Patterned paper - double sided, Birthday -
Balloon die - Lawn Fawn
Party Hat die - Stampin' Up
Yellow patterned paper - scrap from my stash
Balloon Punch - Stampin' Up
Shooting Star Die - Stampin' Up
Dog Sticker - Mrs. Grossmans (Old, from my stash)
Stitched Wavy Circle die - Your Next Stamp
Fitted Hexagon die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dot stamp - Stamps by Judith
Black pen
Stitched Fishtail Banner - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday, Birthday Basics - Papertrey Ink
Words inside - Stylish Sentiments Birthday, Papertrey Ink
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Card sizes - A2 (4 1/4" x 5-1/2")

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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Karen Burniston joins Pear Blossom Press for a BLOG HOP!!

Hello my crafty friends

You are in for a treat today, as we are collaborating with the Pear Blossom Press team for an amazing Blog Hop. Pear Blossom Press makes cool Chibi light packages that make creating cards with a light up feature much easier. Then Amanda & hubby came out with EZ Lights which are meant to work with interactive, pop up cards! Yes you heard that right. Pop Up cards that also light up.  I know, right?

There are prizes and discounts too, which I have listed below all the photos.

I have to say these things are SLICK and I am both impressed and excited to use the EZ Lights again.  You are going to want to settle in, because I actually made TWO cards for the Blog Hop today. Amanda and I are on Lynda Kanase's Design Team together and I wanted to show her some extra support with a second card.

So for my extra long post today,  I'm sharing the first card with a YouTube video followed by details, notes and still shots. After that will be the second card, again with a YouTube video followed by the still shots and the Blog Hop links so you don't miss any of the cool projects on the hop. A full supply list of my cards will be at the end of the post.

This was my first time using the Chibioni lights and of course we are stepping up the process by creating pop-ups that also light up. So there were some 'trials and tribulations' but that had nothing to do with the EZ Lights. It was more with the planning on where to place the wires and how to attach everything. I'm not usually a planner when it comes to card making, and tend to create as I go.

I die cut the rocket and readied the card base along with the other pop up pieces then figured out where to put all the elements. I wanted the rocket flames to light up which meant the wires needed to come from below. I cut a slit in the (unassembled) pop up flames piece and threaded the lights through that from the back side. Below you can see the little slit I cut into the flame arm.

When I knew that was going to work, I was able to adhere the moon piece inside my card as per Karen B's Rocket Pop Up assembly video. I wanted it to be really secure, so I also used a small stapler. The staples show on both the front and back but both were going to be covered with card stock panels so that wasn't a concern. Then I adhered the wired flame pop up arm to the moon base.

When I finished assembling the lighted rocket pop up, I realized I hadn't done enough planning and I now had the wires and Battery/Switch piece sitting on the inside of the card. Hmmmmm ...  While I wanted the switch to be on the inside, I could't figure out how to disguise all of the wires with just stars & planets etc. I fixed that with a craft knife, cutting a upside down U shaped flap large enough to pop theBattery/Switch through to the back of the card. I secured the flap and the wires on the back with a  piece of double sided tape leaving the rest of the wires and the Battery/Switch hanging free from the back of the card. There is lots of length to work with on the wires, which is great. With the double sided tape on the back, the flap is secure and you can barely see it from the inside! Note at each point I tested the lights to be sure they still worked.

The next thing was how to get the Battery/Switch back to the inside of the card.  I really wanted the push button on the inside. So out came the kraft knife again. I figured out where I wanted the switch to be and how I wanted to disguise it then cut another flap. I popped the Battery/Switch back to the inside and secured the excess wires in a curve on the back of the card using a large piece double sided tape.  Then I used red line tape to adhere the Battery/Switch where I wanted it inside the card and added the double layer of foam tape around it. Note - the Battery/Switch is the same thickness as a double layer of foam tape, which is what you would typically use for a shaker card.

I pressed the spot where the PUSH ME button will be ... and the rocket tail lit up ... and I honestly did a little happy dance. SO flippin' cool!! I cut a slightly smaller panel for the back of the card and used wet glue just around the edges to secure it to the card back. You'd never know there are flaps cut and excess wire lengths curved up in between the layers, and the extra panel helps balance out the card weight with the decorated panel on the card front.

Below is the front of my card. To create the clouds, I used a hand made mask. When Karen B first came out with the Nature Edges, I cut one of the clouds from scrap paper and I'm still using it! I had to add one of the aliens and space ship from the Space Charms - they are just SO cute! I penned the sentiment with Chameleon Fine Liners - see how the colour changes as you write? 

Here are the detail shots, and my second card follows them.

Whew! - still with me? I hope so ... and I don't mind at all if you are just looking at the pictures and not doing any reading. I only added the notes and tips for those that might want to recreate this card.

For my second card, I had an idea to create a camping card and this is what I came up with. There are detail shots below the video, as well as the BLOG HOP LINKS!!!  You won't want to miss any of the fun inspiration on this blog hop.

I have had this patterned paper package for several years and I was happy with how well it matched my theme. The fish come with the Camping Charms, and I strung them on a loop of twine after brushing their bellies with Wink of Stella.

By adding a circle to the Katherine Label arm, you get a completely different look!

How cute is this Camping Riley? He is so fun, and I coloured him with my Chameleon Color Tone and Color Top markers.

I had added some yellow vellum behind the campfire, but it didn't really show up so I coloured it red with a Copic marker. When you press the PRESS ME stamp on the right hand side of the card, two stars and the campfire light up on the left hand side of the card. 😀

The tree trunk was quickly snipped from a scrap of brown paper. I stamped the PRESS ME on the tree before adhering it to the card base, over the Battery/Switch. The Battery/Switch just fits under the tree, which is the fall away portion of the tree from the Christmas Tree Pop Stand.

Finally, I added a signing block on the back of the card. I didn't want to change up the inside, or distract from the lights and action.

Thank you so much for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes:
  • Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights, or 
  • Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights! 

Now don’t worry if you aren’t drawn as one of the winners; we’ve got a special gift for everyone! Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at or One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

Karen Aicken (you are here!!)

Prizes & Official Contest Rules
Two prizes will be awarded to two separate winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. No purchase necessary. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on October 26, 2019. Only one comment per blog or video will be counted, but you can comment on multiple blogs and videos in the hop for additional entries. (This is to prevent spam.) Contest open internationally to participants over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Any personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of contacting winners, your information will never be shared or sold. Comments left on YouTube videos must not violate community guidelines. This contest is not sponsored by YouTube. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 here and prizes must be claimed within thirty days of announcement, or new winners will be drawn. 

Supplies for Light Up Rocket Pop Up Card

EZ Light 5 Pack Set - Pear Blossom Press

Navy, white, yellow, green, teal and confetti card stocks
1105 Rocket Pop Up - Karen Burniston
1038 Tropical Scene (small stitched circle) - Karen Burniston
1047 Upsy Daisy Pop Up (small fishtail banner) - Karen Burniston
1053 Alpha - Karen Burniston
1104 Triple Flip (fishtail banner) - Karen Burniston
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1006 Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
1046 Circle Charm Pop Up (star) - Karen Burniston
1057 Circles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1109 Space Charms - Karen Burniston
Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz
Sakura white gel pen
W1 Copic marker
Makeup brushes
Black pen
Sunscape stencil - Newtons Nook
Chameleon Fineliners
Push Here stamp set - Lawn Fawn
Dot stamp - Stamps by Judith
Card Size - A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

Supplies for Camping Riley Pop Up Card

EZ Light 5 Pack Set - Pear Blossom Press

Gone Camping scrapbook kit, card stock and patterned paper - We R Memory Keepers (old)
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1102 Word Set 10 Thinking of You - Karen Burniston
1064 - Christmas Tree Pop Stand (large tree) - Karen Burniston
1097 Farm Edges (back hill on the right) - Karen Burniston
1049 Camping Charms - Karen Burniston
1011 Katherine Label Pop Up - Karen Burniston
1057 Circles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Neenah card stock (for Riley)
Camping Riley - Riley & Company
Camping stamp - Funny Bones, Riley & Company
Catherine Pooler Inks
Chameleon Color Tone and Color Top markers
Sakura Black glaze, white gel and sparkle pens
Chameleon Coloured pencils
1/8" Hole punch
Small scraps of yellow vellum
Teal, brown, off white and white card stocks
Push Here stamp set - Lawn Fawn
Mini Brad

Card size - wide A2 (5.5 x 4.25")

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Friday, 18 October 2019

Thanksgiving Waterfall Card

Hello my crafty friends

It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog and I'm sharing another Waterfall card created with Karen Burniston's adaptation of her Frame Pull Pop Up.

I used some older patterned papers from my stash, and lovely gold foil stickers to decorate. The stickers had lots of transparent areas, so I adhered them to cream card stock and fussy cut them out.

I have a short YouTube video so you can see the card in action, with more photos and a supply list below that.

For those of you who like to pin all the different flaps to their Pinterest boards ... here you go!

I would have liked to ink the edges of the pieces for this card, but the card stock has almost a glossy finish and it wouldn't take the ink!

I added a wider arm to the Frame Pull and I'm really liking this idea. I did it first with a Halloween Waterfall card that posted last week. This wider arm would even hold a gift card! Something else on my list to try. Note - the left edge of the gift card has to tuck under the right edge of the waterfall base in order to prevent catch points.

For this card I adhered another pretty sticker from the package and I like that it is fully revealed once the arm is extended all the way to the right.

Here is a peek at the inside;

This one is actually quite a heavy card because of all of the layers since the patterned paper is also heavyweight, but can be mailed with an extra stamp or hand delivered.

Kraft, brown, cream and rust card stocks
Patterned paper - Spiced Cider stack, DCWV
Tiny Attacher - Tim Holtz
1070 Frame Pull Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Stitched Scalloped Rectangle dies - Your Next Stamp
Stitched Rectangle dies - Your next stamp
Inside stamp - Thanksgiving Blessings, Taylored Expressions
Circle die - Hero Arts
Corner Rounder - We R Memory Keepers
Bling It On Sparkly Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Card size - standard A2 (5.5 x 4.25")

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Thursday, 17 October 2019

Penguins and Stars Birthday Card Duo

Hello my crafty friends

I'm back today sharing another card duo using my new Playful Penguin stamp set. This time I used a layout I haven't done in ages, and I'd forgotten how much I like it. Simply trimming a 3/4" strip from the right edge of the card front gives it a whole different look.

I used a stitched rectangle to die cut the star paper and adhered it inside on the right side so it shows when the card is closed. The star paper is old, from my stash and there was only a partial 12 x 12" sheet in the drawer.

The penguin and ground were stamped on a piece of confetti card stock then I added a teal stitched frame over it. I white embossed the 'Oh Happy Day' below the matted penguin layer and added a red stitched star.

Here is a peek at the inside, where I stamped the words and added a larger stitched red star to tie it all in together.

Both cards will be donated to my Mom's old nursing home.

Green, teal and confetti card stocks
Star patterned paper - leftover pieces from my stash
Vertical Stitched Strip die - MFT Stamps
Playful Penguins - Stampin' Up
Stitched frame - Lawn Fawn
Sakura black glaze pen
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
White embossing powder
Stamps - Inside and Out Birthday, Taylored Expressions (retired)
Stitched Rectangle die - Your Next Stamp
Stitched star dies - the Stamps of Life

Card Size: A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Tall Reindeer Christmas Card

Hello my crafty friends

Today I'm playing along with my second card for the Your Next Stamp Fun Friday Challenge #124 "Go Long", where we are to make a 4 x 9" card that fits in a business envelope. This is my second card for the challenge - it was fun to make a different sized card than I usually do.

I wanted to make another Christmas card, but looking through my YNS collection I realized that most of the holiday images I have of theirs are now retired or didn't work for this card. So thinking outside the box, I chose to use the sentiments from the Santa Express Train Carts   Now you don't have to use YNS products to enter the challenge, but since they are the ones hosting it I like to use their stuff!

When I went to grab a white envelope from my stash - they are actually inside a little cubby in my craft room - I was happy to see that I had a couple of these pearlized white ones. Perfect for a holiday card!

I have a big stack of patterned paper for Christmas, and have vowed not to buy any more this year. I chose three different packages ... this traditional one by My Minds Eye, a fun one by Doodlebug, and a super sparkly pink and blue one also by My Minds Eye. These three packages are what I will be using for my holiday projects until they are gone. Instead of hopping around from package to package, I'm hoping that by choosing just these ones it will help me whittle down my pile

So this card uses both the patterned paper and the printed embellishments that were in the package, which is where the holly, plaid banner and reindeer came from.

The Your Next Stamp Gumdrops are more than a little addicting - such a fun way to add a little somethin' somethin' to your project. I pulled out two different packages for my card, so I could add a red one to the reindeer's nose and gold ones to the YNS Stitched Fishtail Banner and the little plaid banner element.

Inside I used a few more printed elements along with a scrap of the music print paper. I stamped the greeting from the Santa Express Train Carts on the label and popped it up with some foam tape.

I added some detail with a gold gel pen on both the front and back and my card was finished. 

Stitched Fishtail Banner die - Your Next Stamp
Pixie Dust Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Winter Wonderland Sparkly Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Santa Express Train Carts (sentiment stamps) - Your Next Stamp
Red, white card stocks
Patterned paper and elements - Comfort & Joy, My Minds Eye
Sakura gold gel pen
White embossing powder
Pearlized white envelope - my stash

Card size 4 x 9", fits in a standard business envelope

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Doggie Sympathy Card

Hello my crafty friends

Today's card is for friends whose sweet young dog crossed the Rainbow Bridge last month. These friends have received numerous cards from me over the years, and I wanted to use a different die set so it would be special for them.

For the front of the card I used an idea I saw on Pinterest last year, where just a portion of a dog was punched out of the right side of a die cut heart. I cut two hearts, one from red and one from black. After punching out the dog from the red heart, I backed it with the black one for the silhouette effect. Zoey was a mostly black dog, so I liked that it made the card a little more personal.

The Paw Print Panel die is from Your Next Stamp, and I backed that with black card stock before mounting it to my card base. Then I went in and coloured all the little hearts with a black glaze pen so they catch the light.

Inside I used the 3D Pop Up Drop In, but I added two additional cuts and folds to give it a little something extra.

The black card stock is very lightweight so I punched four dogs and adhered them on top of each other to create a nice sturdy element.

3D Pop Up Drop Ins - the Stamps of Life
Patterned paper - A Dogs Tale, Echo Park
Kraft, black and red card stocks
Pawprint panel die - Your Next Stamp
Stitched hearts - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Happy Tails stamps and coordinating dog punch - Stampin' Up
1104 Triple Flip (small hearts) - Karen Burniston
Sakura black glaze pen
Nested stitched label dies - Stampin' Up
Punched heart design on the front inspired by stampin911hq on Pinterest.

Card size - standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Sunday, 13 October 2019

Owl & Pumpkin Halloween Card

Hello my crafty friends

I'm so happy to be Guest Designing at Your Next Stamp this month! They released two new stamp sets with the character and fun I love about their stamps.

For today's card, I used the owl and pumpkin from the new Spooky Fun stamp set. I really like the YNS Scrapworks Large Sunburst die set and used it again here with a bunch of scrap papers to create the vintage vibe background.

I love this owl! I coloured the image with my Chameleon markers and coloured pencils then fussy cut it out and added it to the YNS Cool Tag One die. You can see I also added some YNS Gumdrops as well.

Here is a peek at the inside, where I used some of the off cuts from the card background. Fun that the background was made from scraps and I used a scrap of those scraps for the inside. Ha.

There are gold sparkly Gumdrops on the banners for a little sparkle.

Cool Tag 1 die set - Your Next Stamp
Stitched rectangle dies - Your Next Stamp
Black Olive Ink - Your Next Stamp
Spooky Fun stamp set - Your Next Stamp
Pixie Dust Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp
Retro Gumdrops - Your Next Stamp

Chameleon Color Tone Markers
Chameleon Coloured pencils
Gold Shimmer Pen
Patterned paper - Prima
Circle die - Hero Arts
Peach, white card stocks

Card size - standard A2 (5x5 x 4.25)

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