Wednesday 19 June 2024

Bright Birthday Card Trio

I have several older Paper Pumpkin kits sitting near my stamping table, so I pulled out this one (May 2016 Paper Pumpkin 'Many Manly Occasions') to see what was left in there to use up. There were three of these laser cut card bases, a number of the 'Happy' stickers and enamel accents and all of the orange corrugated panels. While I love orange, I was never a fan of it for these cards where the orange corrugated showed through the laser cut card fronts. 

I went looking through my papers and pulled out a 12x12" sheet by Doodlebug. I liked the cheerful rainbow stripes for the front, and when you open the card up you see the polka dot printed on the reverse of the paper. 

The large HAPPY stickers were in the kit - and I do have a couple of those leftover which I will have to remember to use up. But other than that - this Paper Pumpkin kit is now finished!

Inside the card I added  stamped sentiments and stars, as well as adding another enamel star element from the kit. The washi tape is from my stash. I added the orange corrugated panels into my orange scrap file, and hope I find a good use for it when making fall cards. 

Supplies used:
Laser cut card bases, 'Happy' stickers and star embellishments - May 2016 Paper Pumpkin 'Many Manly Occasions', Stampin' Up
Patterned paper - Doodlebug Designs
Birthday Builder - Altenew
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Birthday Cheer - Papertrey Ink

Tuesday 18 June 2024

June 2024 Sheetload of Cards

I have actually had these cards finished for about 10 days, but I didn't have time to edit the video or take the photos until now. But here is my take on the June Sheetload of Cards and I have a walkthrough on YouTube.  

As I said in the video, you can get four cards from each pair of 6x6" patterned papers so I grabbed a very old package of papers and came up with these 16 cards to donate to my Mom's old nursing home.

This is another fun Sheetload and a great way to use up these older papers.  I plan on making more cards using this sketch. I don't have a ton of 6x6" papers, but the ones I do have will work great with this Sheetload.

Supplies used:
6x6" random patterned papers, from a paper share by a previous Stampin' Up demonstrator
Daisy punches - Stampin' Up
Alcohol markers
Hip Hip - Good feelings, Stampin' Up
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Label punches - Stampin' Up
Happy Birthday - Happy Thoughts, Stampin' Up
Birthday - Darkroom Door
Gold foil bee stickers - Amazon .ca
Stickles glitter glue
Nuvo Drops - Tonic Studios

Sunday 16 June 2024

Ice Cream Shaker Card

Every July (on a certain day) my Grandpa would take my Mom to the Soda Shop in their little town for an Ice Cream Sundae. She continued the tradition with my brother and I even once we were living on our own!  When my Dad could no longer drive, we would make sure my Mom got her ice cream sundae on that day. Now that she is in heaven, we keep that tradition going with our children and grandchildren. It's a happy way to honour her memory!  I also send them an ice-cream themed card.

Today I'm sharing the first ice cream card that I'll be sending this year and I couldn't resist making this one a shaker card. Or Faux Shaker.  Or Edge to Edge Shaker.  Or one of the other names these go by 😂.  

I cut the patterned paper to 4 x 5.25" and cut a piece of transparency 5 x 6.25" (1" bigger all around). Scoring the transparency to fit around the decorated piece of patterned paper, I mitred the corners and attached it to the back of the patterned paper on 3 sides. After pouring in the sequins on the front side, I attached that one transparency edge on the back and my 'faux shaker was finished. The ice cream element, gem stickers & word die were added on top of the transparency and the whole piece was adhered to the front of my card.

Inside I added some scalloped circles, die cut phrase and gem stickers - which were attached with a folded paper spring.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Neapolitan, Dear Lizzy (old)
Peel Off gem stickers - Dazzles
Sequins - Stash
Scallop Stitched Nesting Circle dies - Tutti Designs
Blending Brushes - Taylored Expessions
Washi Tape - possibility Doodlebug Designs
Big Scripty Words - Lawn Fawn
Rainbow patterned paper - JJ's Rainbows, Waffle Flower
YAY die - the Stamps of Life
Mini Alpha & Numbers - Karen Burniston

Tuesday 11 June 2024

Slimline Father's Day Card

Well it looks like I completely missed Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, having had a busy day and not much time on the computer. I used to have so many card done ahead of time, I could sit and schedule several blog posts at a time. That meant I was always a day or two ahead. But since I haven't had much creative playtime, I am scrambling both to make cards and get them posted in a timely manner. Anyhow, this is the final Father's Day card I'm sharing this year and I made it for our son-in-law. 

Inside is a simple box pop-up to which I added die cut mountains and trees. I have done several tutorials on YouTube for making this type of pop up, and you can find one of them HERE.  

For this card I took a 4x4" piece of Kraft cardstock, and scored it at 1, 2 and 3". Then I folded it as I did in the video linked above. 

The treeline die is actually taller than this but it stuck out of the card when it was closed. Remember this is a Slimline card with only a 3.5" width. I just trimmed off the bottom and kept checking it against the pop up base until the trees remained inside the card edges when I closed the card. They were die cut from white card stock, then dipped and dragged through dye ink puddles on my glass mat. I did leave them to dry for about 1/2 hour before adhering them to the mountain die cut. 

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Adventure Awaits, Honey Bee Stamps
Treeline dies - Tim Holtz/Sizzix
Blending Brushes - Taylored Expressions
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Stamps - Tie-Rific, Reverse Confetti
Bear - Wildlife Wonder, Stampin' Up
Mountain die - Moonflower, Studio Light
Circle die - Hero Arts
Deer stamp - Nature's Beauty, Stampin' Up
Short Rectangle Crosshatch - Karen Burniston

Sunday 9 June 2024

Adventure Pop-Up Father's Day Card

Today I'm sharing a fairly simple pop-up card I made for our son-in-law for Father's Day. The patterned paper takes centre stage as he loves to travel and that winding road just spoke to me for him. The card base is 6.5 x 5", but I cut it down to 6.25" since the paper is 6x6" square. That left me with a smaller white border on each side which I liked better. (The paper was cut to 5x6")

Inside I used Karen Burniston's Little Twist Panel Pop Up die set, which I haven't had out for a while. The stamps are all older ones from my stash and listed below if you are curious.

I also added a panel on the inside bottom of the card before adding the mechanism, as it felt like it needed some balance and stability. That also helps the mechanism work smoother and it just feels better in my hand.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Watercoloured Landscapes 1.0, Paper Rose
5x6.5" card base and envelope
Adventure - Wild Whisper
Little Twist Panel Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Birds & tree stamps - Here's to you, March 21 Paper Pumpkin
Happy Father's Day - Tie-Riffic, Reverse Confetti
Short Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston

Thursday 6 June 2024

4-H Pop Up Card


We are SO proud of our grandkids! This was their first year in 4-H and they chose a Lamb project. Last week was the final show (sorry, not up on the lingo) and auction and all three kids took home ribbons, awards, and the youngest will have a trophy and belt buckle for all his efforts. They worked really hard with their lambs and it showed!

I wasn't able to attend the show - which went for almost 4 days - but hubby went on the final day and got to see the awards presented, & watch the auction etc etc. I made this card to send them 😊.

I haven't used the Rockin' Rectangle Pop Up (Karen Burniston) in awhile, so that is what I pulled out for the inside. The sweet lamb panels are from a large book of farm animal pages I got several years ago from R&R Scrapbooking in Edmonton. 

Supplies used:
Lamb panels - Little Book of Farm Animals, Hunkydory (old)
Rockin' Rectangle Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Word Set 8, XwlwveRW- Karen Burniston
Mini Alphabet & Numbers - Karen Burniston
5x7" Card base and envelope

Tuesday 4 June 2024

Desert Themed Father's Day Card

I meant to share this card yesterday for Masculine Card Monday on my blog .. but time completely got away from me. 

I knew I wanted to use this SW themed patterned paper pad for hubby's card and when I was looking through my fun fold die sets I spied this Zig Zag die set. This time I reversed the way the circles fold though, with the back circle sliding over the front one and I was really happy with that. I'll do it again for sure.  The die makes the score lines at the same time it cuts and I just folded the left circle to the back and the right circle to the front. That gave me the overlapping effect. 

The decorative elements were die cut from another sheet of paper in the pad, and I also pulled out an older stamp set with some desert flora & fauna to stamp on the plainer pieces.

Supplies used:
SL Circle ZigZag Cardshape Essentials - Studio Light
Patterned paper - Golden Desert, Prima
SW stamps - Bohemian, Michaels
Blending sponges
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Happy Father's Day - Karen Burniston
Tie-Riffic - Reverse Confetti
Alcohol markers

Friday 31 May 2024

Apple Thank You Card Duo

Last fall I was flipping through an older paper pad and when I saw this 12x12" sheet with the apples - I decided to pull it out and make a couple of teacher appreciation cards for my stash. These ones are a full 6" square - not a size I usually make because of the additional mailing costs for a square card. Since these ones will be hand delivered to our grandkids teachers though, I decided to go ahead with that card size!

I tried to do a pop up inside this first card, and added a window in the front. I can't remember what I did to mess it up (haha) but in the end I made that (sad) little shaker to try & salvage the card. The little Bookworm is from Karen Burniston and he is just too cute. I also added some rainbow holographic cardstock to brighten up the cards since the patterned & cranberry cardstock are very dark.  Below you can see the inside of the first card.

The second card has a large die cut apple, with a stamped sentiment. For some fun, I added the apple on with an Action Wobble spring so it bobs and wobbles. I think that was probably the last time I used an Action Wobble until recently when I've pulled them out again. I seem to go in phases with those things!

Below is the inside of the second card. These two cards were the first ones I pulled out of my card bin to give our daughters for the grandkids teachers, supplemented with the ones I've made recently.

Supplies used:
Apple patterned paper - K & Co (old, I've been hoarding it)
Double Stitched Circle dies - Divinity Designs
Rainbow Holographic cardstock - Recollections
Thanks die - Crafty Meraki
Stardust Glitter Pen
Various filler - my stash
Bookworm - Karen Burniston
Black Pen
Sakura white gel pen
Grey Topic marker
Educators Rule stamps - Altenew
Catherine Pooler Inks
Glitter Dots - Ecstasy Crafts
Peel off Border - Ecstasy Crafts
Wink of Stella
Action Wobble
Apple of My Eye stamps & dies - Trinity Stamps
Teacher sentiments - Penny Black

Thursday 30 May 2024

Four Winter Scene Cards

I hope to work on holiday cards all year long, so here are the ones I made in May.

Since I was so happy with how the die cut deer looked on the Mini Slimline cards I shared in April, I used the die again for these 5x7" holiday cards! (You can see the other cards HERE).  Of course the cards started with the pretty scenic patterned paper which I cut into 4x6" panels. They were matted with 4.25x6.25" blue cardstock and mounted to the card bases. 

I lightly placed the deer where I would want it on the card fronts, then stamped the sentiment on the front. I added the deer (which were cut from white pearl card stock) with foam tape then added a few silver snowflake stickers for some sparkle.

I stamped the same sentiment inside all four cards and added a single snowflake sticker inside. I'm so proud of myself for USING and not hoarding this pretty paper, which I bought back in early November. I just cut into four sheets (had to hold my breath, ha ha) and used it.

Supplies used:
5 x 7" card blanks and envelopes
Patterned paper - Winter Backgrounds (6 x 6"), Paper Rose
White pearl cardstock
Catherine Pooler inks
Sentiment - Christmas Classics, Stampin' Up
Snowflake Peel-Offs - Stamp On It
Inside - Wonderful Christmas, Waffle Flower

Wednesday 29 May 2024

School Themed Sheetload of Cards

I have a note in my planner to make the grandkids their 'Back To School' cards in May. While the end of August sounds like it's a long way off, past experience reminds me how busy things get in the summer and I don't want to be scrambling mid August trying to get those five cards made and mailed/delivered. I decided to pull out the May 2024 Sheetload of cards and some school themed papers and this is what I came up with! I do have a YouTube video as well, which you can find here:  

As I said in the video, once I got the card fronts all done and was deciding how to decorate them I chose to only make two of them into Back To School cards. I didn't want the grandkids to all get such similar cards, so the rest of them are Teacher (and teachers aid) appreciation cards.

I adhered apple stickers to white card stock & fussy cut them out so I could pop them up with foam tape. Since so many come in a package, I added one to each card front and the inside, and will probably add one to the envelopes as well. I liked the look of the stacked washi tape with the apple stickers so each card got the same thing. The kids cards are blank and the others all have a sentiment stamped inside.

Wanting them to be a little different from each other, I decorated the eight cards with four different stamps/dies/placement.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - School Days, Miss Kate Cutables
Yay die - the Stamps of Life
Thank you die w/ shadow - Simply Thank You, Simon Says Says
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Label punch - Stampin' Up
Thanks stamp - Biggest Wish, Stampin' Up
Teacher Sentiments - Penny Black
Brother Label Maker
Simply Sentimental Teacher - Trinity Stamps
Apple Stickers - Amazon .ca
Washi tape - Doodlebug