Saturday, 18 January 2020

Blog Hop for i-crafter - a Brand New Company!!!!

Hello crafty friends...

Today is the day I can finally share the news I've been sitting on for MONTHS.  Lynda Kanase is back, and her new company is called i-crafter ... a company by crafters for crafters. I am on the Inspiration (Design) Team with these other lovely ladies and today we are having a Blog Hop to share the January release. i-crafter was officially launched at CHA in Phoenix today - SO exciting!!! (If you are at the trade show, you can find i-crafter at booth 2357).

At the end of my post I have a list of the Inspiration Team Blogs so you can hop along with us and see all the creative goodness, as well as some information on i-crafter 
AND how you can win a prize!!

NOTE:  I am on the road and don't have access to internet or my laptop. 
If there are any glitches in the blog hop, please leave me a comment 
and I will get everything fixed in a day or two.

Let's start with the Heart Hands Wiper Insert - I used that to create my card. How cute is it, when the card is fully opened the hands join together to form a heart with their fingers. In addition to the YouTube video below,  showing the card in action, I have LOTS of photos for you. And yes - the dies are BLUE. Love that.

Remember you can always check out my YouTube Channel HERE and see the videos larger than they appear on Blogger.

These hands coming together to form a heart are just SO cool! I die cut the heart from black, then again from scraps of white, pink and red ... then inlay the coloured pieces into the black outline for some additional pops of colour.

For a signing block, I used the Zip Gift Tag and layered it with the For You that is included in the Zip Gift Tag set. It was cut into the white fishtail banner, and the words pop with the pink layer I added behind it.

Below is a side view so you can see the pop up a little better.

I made a second project for the Blog Hop, with the Zip Gift Tag ... you pull back the zipper and that reveals a gift card hidden inside. Note, the zipper is meant to go at the top of the tag, but as usual I used the die differently than intended.

There are several different shapes (and words) that you can cut into the tag and I chose the heart image for this one. The blue areas were done with a marker and I backed the opening with white card stock. You could also leave it with the gift card showing through the openings as sort of a teaser.

Here are both projects together ...

I have been having a lot of fun with this Wiper Insert, and you will be seeing me use it a lot. Without the hands, it becomes a generic wiper mechanism that you can add inside a card and animate all kinds of things. I have a notebook page full of ideas to use with it!

Here is some information about i-crafter: A fresh new company, truly inspired by crafters, for crafters:
"This is a company backed by years of experience in the crafting industry. Built from the ground up with a lot of blood, sweat and tears {of joy} by people who truly like working with each other.

We will be launching new product at the beginning of each month and together with that, we will feature an inspiring blog hop by our talented Inspiration Team. New ideas and new crafty goodies to start your month off as well as an entire 30ish days of inspiration by the Team."

Let’s make something together is the tagline. Love that!

For those US peeps only,  there is a chance to win a prize

"Please visit all of their blogs and leave a comment, plus leave a comment on the i-crafter post as well. Then on January 30, Lynda will select a winner who has posted a comment on every blog and send them a prize of some brand new i-crafter dies and stamps. If there are multiple winners, she will do a random selection to choose a winner. -Contest is open to U.S. residents only with the winner being announced at i-crafter on February 1, 2020."

Here are the Blog Hop links - hop along and be inspired!

Black, white and pink card stocks
Striped patterned paper - Doodlebug Designs (double sided)
Red sparkle card stock - stash
Fun foam
Glossy Accents
Nuvo Drops
Card size: Standard A2 (5.5 x 4.25")

Supplies for Tag:

222010 Zip Gift Tags - Lynda Kanase, iCrafter
Red, black and white card stocks
White shimmer card stock
Red glitter card stock - Stampin' Up
Striped patterned paper - Doodlebug Designs (double sided)
Seam binding
Bakers Twine
Nuvo Drops
Sakura glaze pen
Copic markers

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Friday, 17 January 2020

Kite Birthday Card Trio

Hello crafty friends ...

Before I get to my share today, I wanted to let you know that there is some BIG NEWS happening tomorrow as the CHA floor opens in Phoenix. Be sure to check back here, as there will also be a Blog Hop. YAY!

When I was rooting around for a different paper, I found a partial sheet of this cloud paper and decided I'd see if I could use it up and make some cheerful birthday cards to donate to my Mom's old nursing home.

I pulled out this older ECD die set and some paper scraps. The stitched cloud panels are raised up with fun foam - I love dimension on my cards! I stamped words on the lower right of each of the cards, and also stamped a greeting inside.

There is still about a 12 x 3" strip of the paper left, but the orientation didn't work for any more kite cards so ... back in the drawer it went. It has bugs on the reverse side, so I may end up using that side for some future cards.

See you tomorrow!

Patterned paper - Bug Discovery, Bella Boulevard
Stitched rectangle dies - Your Next Stamp
Kite dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Red, White card stocks
Yellow patterned paper - scrap
Word stamps - Stampendous
Fun Foam

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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Heart Pivot Panel Wedding Card

Hello my crafty friends

Today I'm sharing a card made for friends whose daughter was getting married. Burgundy and Blush were the colours, so that is what I chose for the card. Karen Burniston's Happily Every After is so perfect for a wedding card!

Inside I used the Heart Pivot Panel with lots of champagne foil details. The heart banners were carried over from the front to the inside as well. This is a larger, 5 x 7" card. I'd like to make more of this size in 2020 - they just feel so nice and substantial in your hands.

It's hard to see in the photos, but I did a lot of outlining the dies with a glitter pen for additional shimmer.

Finally, a top view of the card. the Pivot Panels are so cool and I really like that you can add them inside a card without needing a full card layer as you do with some pop-ups.

Blush, burgundy and white card stocks
Scalloped rectangles - Honey Bee
1088 Heart Pivot Panels - Karen Burniston
Champagne foil card stock - Stampin' Up
Skinny Mini Valentine Banner dies - Taylored Expressions
Large heart die - Hero Arts
1032 Happily Ever After - Karen Burniston
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Stamps inside - Petal Palette - Stampin 'Up
Glitter pen - Arteza
1077 Word Set 8 Celebrate - Karen Burniston
Glossy Accents
Nuvo Drops

Card size - 5 x 7", fits in a 5 x 7" envelope

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Two Vintage Folded Gift Card Holders

Hello crafty friends ...

I had two 12 x 5-1/2" pieces of patterned paper leftover from some other gift card envelopes I'd been making, so I decided to go ahead and fold them as per Dawn at Dawn's Stamping Thoughts to create a pair of Gift Card Holders. I will link Dawn's video at the end of my post.

I wanted to make our son's girlfriend a set of Gift Card Holders for her birthday, and while I was at it I made a second set for a friend. I had so much fun going through my embellishment bin, picking and choosing what elements to use on them.

Inside is a pocket, which is where they will add their gift cards.

This is the second Gift Card Holder:

The embellishments have been in the bin for several years so it was fun to USE some of them on these Gift Card Holders.

You can find Dawn's video with all the measurements etc HERE.

Patterned paper - K & Company
Oval dies - Hero Arts
Cream card stock
Chipboard tag - Studio 112
Embellishments/Ephemera - my stash

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Butterfly Sympathy Lever Card

Hello crafty friends ...

You know it's been a rough couple of weeks when you use up your entire supply of sympathy cards. I need to make more pronto, because when I need a sympathy card I certainly don't feel like being creative.

I pulled out some older patterned paper from K & Company and this pretty pearlized rose paper seemed perfect to use for a Lever Card.

It's so hard to pick up the shimmer from the paper in photos. I added this pretty metal butterfly embellishment in the centre. I've had them in my stash for years - and since I like butterflies on a sympathy card it was a good time to use one of them.

I like how sturdily these Lever Cards stand for display.

White and cream card stocks were just too harsh for the signing block, so I used this pretty pink polka dot paper instead and will just sign with a thick black pen.

I was going to add this to my stash and then found out I would need to send it off to friends of the family. Enough already.

Dark Green and white card stocks
Patterned paper - K & Company
Metal butterfly - Recollections
Lever Card Die set - Divinity Designs
Lever Card Layering Die set - Divinity Designs
Word stamp - Kindness and Compassion, Stampin' Up
Fish Tail Banner - MFT Stamps
Circle dies - Hero Arts
Stitched Rectangle dies - Your Next Stamp
Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart

Card size - Standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Monday, 13 January 2020

Rooster and Beer Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends

It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and today I'm sharing the card I made for hubby's Birthday last month.

The video's on Blogger are quite small so if you would like to see them larger, click HERE for my YouTube channel.

I white heat embossed the sentiment on a Kraft banner - it's something I say to him all the time, so of course I had to add it onto his card. The Beer Mug comes from the Happy Hour Charms by Karen Burniston.

Inside I used the Rockin' Rectangle and the fun Rooster stamp from Your Next Stamp. I knew I wanted to use this Funny Bones stamp with their word bubble, and since the word bubble was facing the wrong direction I used the back side of it.

Since you could see the back of the Beer Mug on the front of the card through the window, I added a second one inside in the same position.

I get such a kick out of this rooster image and look forward to using it on more cards coming up.

White, yellow, black and kraft card stocks
Clucking Cool stamp and die - Your Next Stamp
Copic markers
White pearl card stock
Makeup brushes
1110 Happy Hour Charms - Karen Burniston
Buffalo plaid paper - Carta Bella
1089 Rockin' Rectangle - Karen Burniston
Grass stencil - MFT Stamps
1057 Circle Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Twine - Stampin' Up
Cheers Beers - Funnybones, Riley & Company
Word Bubble - Riley & Company
White embossing powder
Fishtail banner - MFT Stamps
Cool Tag Banner Sentiments - Your Next Stamp

Card size - 5 x 6"

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Sunday, 12 January 2020

Plaid Frame Penguin Birthday Cards

Hello crafty friends ...

Today I'm sharing another pair of cards I made to donate to my Mom's old nursing home. If you are new to my blog, I've been donating 25 birthday cards a month since September 2018. Since I can't work or volunteer because of my RA, this is how I'm able to give back.

I chose a 6 x 6" paper pad from my stash and also this fun scalloped frame - both from Pink and Main.

This time for my penguin cards I added a stamped balloon, party hat and party horn. The ground was stamped then I added a white embossed greeting. I'm really enjoying using these penguins for birthday cards!

The card inside was done nearly identically, using up a scrap of the plaid paper and the stamping in coordinating colours.

Black and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Celebrate, Pink & Main
Cloudy Frames dies - Pink & Main
Sand/Snow stamp - Stampendous
Playful Penguin stamps - Stampin' Up
Happy Birthday To You - Cool Tag Banner Sentiments, Your Next Stamp
Fishtail banner die - MFT Stamps
White embossing powder
Stamps inside - Party Animal, Lawn Fawn
Copic markers
Sakura white gel pen

Card sizes - standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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