Monday, 19 August 2019

Car Card Trio

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and today I'm sharing a trio of Birthday Cards for my Mom's old nursing home. There are almost as many male residents as there are female, so I like to include a few cards for both each month finishing off the rest with generic ones.

Once I finished the Rockin' Rectangle card for our son's birthday, I had some of this patterned paper leftover and the stamps and dies were still on my stamping table.

Here is a peek at the inside:

Stamps & dies - Geared Up Garage, Stampin' Up
Brown, Kraft and cream card stocks
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Sketch - SC314 (Split Coast Stampers)
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - Your Next Stamp
Patterned paper - Happy Campers, We R Memory Keepers
Sakura black glaze pen
Rectangle inside - Hero Arts
Fun foam
Happy Birthday -  Perennial Birthday, Stampin' Up

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Sunday, 18 August 2019

Four Pretty Foiled Cake Cards

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I purchased this lovely patterned paper from the Clearance Rack at Stampin' Up simply because of the silver foiled areas on the papers. I thought they would make really pretty birthday cards to donate to my Mom's Nursing Home. Ha, I did not need to purchase any paper for this - I have piles of older paper to use up - but there was just something about this paper that appealed to me and the price was certainly right.

There are two 12 x 12" sheets that feature these pretty foiled birthday cakes so I fussy cut a few cakes for my cards today. They were popped up onto stitched circles and I love how the colours match perfectly.

It is SOOO hard to capture the shimmer and shine on these cards. They are way prettier in real life. The stitched fishtail banner was cut from a coral foiled card stock that perfectly matches the coral in the paper. It is shiny and just beautiful stuff - another Sale-A-Bration item that had been available at Stampin' Up.

Inside the cards I added a small fishtail banner (cut from scraps) and stamped the greeting.

Pink and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Card, Rounded Circle Drop-Ins - Stephanie Barnard, Sizzix & the Stamps of Life
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
Foil card stock - Stampin' Up
Words inside - CC Designs
Stitched fishtail banner - MFT Stamps

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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Rocket Flip Card

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Today I'm sharing the Birthday Card I made for our nephew's little guy who lives in Arizona. I adore Karen Burniston's Rocket Pop Up and I used it here with my Triple Flip adaptation and a vertical orientation. I am so happy with how it turned out!

When I shared my first card using the Rocket Pop Up, people noticed the background and wondered how I did it. Well I had used wide washi tape and could take no credit for creating such a pretty background. Since the washi tape can be a bit slick and I had trouble getting adhesives to stick to it, I decided to make my own galaxy background panels using Pan Pastels on white card stock. There are  some 'in progress photos' below the finished card ones if you are interested.

They turned out SOOOO good! I rarely post things in the same order I create them, so the backgrounds were actually for the Designer Challenge card in September. I had one leftover panel which I used for this card. I used Stampin' Up's Shimmer Paint to spatter the background after I was finished with the Pan Pastels. On this one I also added some diluted white acrylic paint. For the DC card, I had spatters EVERYWHERE. I think I accidentally spattered a 2 foot radius - it was crazy. So for this one I spread out scrap letter sized paper, thinking that would give me enough room to keep the spatters contained. It didn't - so I think I am going to have to get a box to do any spattering in. I had a lot of cleaning up to do after I was done with these backgrounds! I also tried using a small dot stencil and my finger to rub a little shimmer paint onto the background panel.  NOTE: between the chalk from the Pan Pastels and the hairspray I used to seal these galaxy panels - they were even slicker than the Washi Tape! Ha.

When you pull the tab, the rocket flips to the left and reveals a sentiment and a stitched star. That star was strategically placed to hide the slot that cuts with the Triple Flip - remember it is designed to have three paddles to flip and I only used one here.

Here is a look at the inside. The cute astronaut is on a paper spring for some additional fun.

I have had several requests to do a full YouTube video tutorial but at this point it's beyond my skill level. Instead I took a few photos to show you how I did the Triple Flip adaptation.

Below you can see how I die cut the main Triple Flip die - lining up the far right edge of the die with the panel which was cut to 4-1/4" wide - same as the width of the navy card.

I also added extra foam tape bits above and below the flipper arm to keep it from sagging ...

The small rectangle comes with the Triple Flip die set, and I cut two from navy card stock and sandwiched the paddle in between them. Below is the flipper as it would be in the closed position. It was the perfect base to adhere the rocket too! I cut two identical rockets and sandwiched them with this rectangle in between so it looks good from the front and also when you flip it over.

This is what it looks like when you pull the arm. And you can see the slot that die cuts and needed to be hidden with the stitched star.

I have a little YouTube video to show you the card in action:

Pan Pastels
Hair spray
White, navy, red and off white card stocks
White pearl paint - Stampin' Up
1104 Twist Panel Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
White acrylic paint
1105 Rocket Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
W3 Copic, and W1 Copic
Paper Spring
Astronaut - Space Explorer, MFT Stamps
Clear embossing powder
Sakura white gel pen
Sakura black glaze pen
Nuvo Drops

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Bessie Spinner Square Pop-Up

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It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog and I have a humorous card to share today. I think the new cow 'Bennie/Bessie' from Riley & Company is so much fun! Here I dressed her up with the Sophie's Dress Up images and the colouring was for Day 27 of the 30 day colouring challenge I'd been participating in on Instagram. It was fun getting her onto a card, and I chose Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop-Up for my card base today.

Once again I used the make up brushes to add colour to the background panel and thought I'd tell you more about them in case you are unfamiliar with these cheap 'Life Changing Blending Brushes'. My friend Betty told me about them when she was visiting us in Arizona in March. I was skeptical but knew she would not steer me wrong. I had not paid any attention to all the buzz about these brushes, simply because of the price. Upwards of $40 for a set of brushes when I already have brushes and sponges for stencils? Not for me, no matter HOW wonderful they are. Or so I thought, ha ha.

We each picked up the cheap set from Amazon down there and I was immediately hooked. I am using them almost daily now! At the end of my post I will add a link from in case you are interested. If you are reading my blog from a different country than Canada you will know what to look for at least. All the US people have their own favourite shopping sites I'm sure.

When you open the card, the funny saying spins out from behind the cow panel.

I have a YouTube video so you can see the card in action: link:

This is not an affiliate link - I don't get a commission or any kind of compensation. But I am in love with the brushes and just wanted to share the information in case any of my Canadian peeps are interested. There are lots of tutorials online using the 'Life Changing Blending Brushes' where you can see why I like them so much.

Kraft, white card stocks
Patterned paper - Floral Graph Rainbow Petite Print, Doodlebug
1042 Spinner Square Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Bennie/Bessie - Basic Dress Up Cows, Riley & Company
Chameleon Color Tones and Color Tops
Wink of Stella
1006 Nature Edges (masks) - Karen Burniston
Makeup Brushes
Happy with a Twist - Funny Bones, Riley & Company
Clear embossing powder
Does Up Riley - Spring Showers (sun) - Riley & Company
Dress UP Riley - Sophies Accessories

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Thursday, 15 August 2019

Butterfly Thank You Pop Up Card

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Today I'm playing along with the latest Fun Friday Challenge at Your Next Stamp. Fun Friday Challenge #120 is to create a Thank You card and you can find all the details HERE. I love making thank you cards!

I haven't used Karen Burniston's Circle Charm Pop Up in awhile, and while stamp companies are promoting all their new fall and holiday product, I am NOT ready to give up summer. So I chose a butterfly theme for my thank you card.

I have had this patterned paper stack for several years and I like the pretty colours and patterns. I used YNS products for the stamped fishtail banner and added the sparkly Gumdrops as well.

Here is the inside - with the centre butterfly suspended inside the circle frame with Bakers Twine.

I added a stitched rectangle for a signing block and this one is ready for the stash.

Blue, white & black card stocks
Patterned paper - Pebbles
1046 Circle Charm Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - Your Next Stamp
Catherine Pooler Inks
Stitched Scalloped Rectangle dies - Your Next Stamp
Sakura white gel pen
Makeup brushes
Bakers Twine
Cool Tag Banner Sentiments - Your Next Stamp
Large circle die - Hero Arts
Stitched rectangle - Waffle Flower
Pixie Dust Gum Drops - Your Next Stamp

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Two Seashell Birthday Card

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It's been a rough go around here the past couple of weeks. I had to go off of my RA medication before a dentist appointment last month, to give my immune system a fighting chance to help me recover. The appointment ended up being worst case scenario and after a two hour battle with my tooth the dentist sent me home to rest up while they sent my file to an oral surgeon. Who would see me on August 15th. The stress from the trauma sent my RA into a tailspin and I've been in a lot of pain. With a lot less mobility. Got a call a few days later from our eldest who had fallen and badly injured her ankle. She needed help getting to the hospital for X-rays and I couldn't even drive to go help her. Talk about dark moments! My hubby is also my Hero, and he booked it out to the farm to get Heather some help and look after the grandkids until her hubby could get to them.

Every day I woke up worse than when I went to bed, and finally last Tuesday I called the Oral Surgeon to ask to be placed on a cancellation list. They had just had one for that afternoon, so once again hubby came home from meetings early so he could get me to my appointment. The surgeon and his team were really nice, and I was in and out of there within a 1/2 hour. He didn't give me antibiotics, since I had just finished the ones from the dentist and the Rheumy said if there is no infection and things are healing well I could go back on my meds the following week.

Which would have been yesterday. I had been quite feverish the week after the first appointment, but not as bad after the second. So ... once I had two nights fever free I went back on my RA medication three days early. I was trying really hard to avoid being confined to bed but with my mobility getting worse every day, that possibility was looming up at me. Which lead to many more dark moments.

Heather's hubby slipped and fell down their front steps while getting her to HER follow up appointment, and once again I was unable to help them. Those dark moments were getting bigger and more frequent - it's awful when you can't look after yourself, let alone be unable to help those you love.

I was able to spend some time in the craft room that week, which is always so good to help take my mind off of my pain. I made these two Birthday cards to donate to my Mom's nursing home, and doing something to 'give back' cheered me up a lot.

Also, instead of being worse every day now I am seeing small improvements as the RA meds get back to work. WHEW.

The seashell note cards are printed on the back and the front, which is always a nice touch. I used that Sandcastle embossing powder on the Happy Birthday To You. I had purchased it and previously used it on a beach themed card and was surprised that it was more of a pearlized gold than sand. So -- might as well use it instead of gold!

I have had the Seashell dies for a couple of years, and cut the base layer from kraft and the detail layer from white pearl card stock.

Inside I added a kraft panel and clear embossed the Make A Wish. I added one more die cut seashell to finish off the cards.

Seashell Note Cards - Recollections
Large Shell dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Kraft and white card stocks
White shimmer card stock - Gina K (old, from my stash)
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Sand Castle embossing powder - Brutus Monroe
Words on front - Honey Bee
Sakura white gel pen
Rounded rectangle dies - Hero Arts
Words inside - MFT Stamps (Probably Retired)
Clear embossing powder
Nuvo Vintage Drops

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019

Set of Four Pop-Up Gift Card Holders

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I want to give our son's girlfriend and a friend of ours each a set of Gift Card Holders and today' I'm sharing another set. I made two of each design and used the Pop-Up Gift Card Holder die set by Lynda Kanase.

The Apple gift card is only for photo purposes ...

For the second design, I added the ENJOY from Karen Burniston's new Enjoy the Ride. So fun that the words are separate and can be used for other things as well.

I used the envelope punch board and the measurement for a 3 x 4-1/2" envelope and created coordinating envelopes using patterned paper from my stash.

Note, I have slid the gift card holders out a little so they can be seen - they fit perfectly inside the envelopes!

Patterned paper (Double Sided) - Echo Park
Pop Up Gift Card Holder - Lynda Kanase
Navy and white card stocks
Stitched Nesting Labels - Stampin' Up
1103 Enjoy the Ride - Karen Burniston
Treat Yourself, and For You stamps - Gift Card Greetings, MFT
Crayola markers
Arrow dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Envelope Punch Board 

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