Monday, 18 November 2019

Anniversary Diagonal Trifold Card

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Today I'm sharing a Diagonal Trifold card I made for friends celebrating their wedding anniversary.

I added gold gel pen detailing, including outlining each of the layering panels with a gold pen for some subtle shimmer. 

The 'Cheers!' was die cut three times and then they were stacked and adhered together giving me a nice sturdy element that also got some gold gel pen details.

This 'Z Fold die set comes with the layering dies, and I chose some older patterned paper from my stash to cut them from. 

I still love those Glitter Dot Peel Off's so sprinkled them around the card . They make great bubbles over the champagne glasses!

Green and brown card stocks
Z Fold with Layers - Divinity Designs
Patterned paper - K & Company (old, from my stash)
Message in a Bottle - Creative Expressions
1111 Cheers - Karen Burniston
Sakura gold gel pen
Wine glass dies - the Stamps of Life
Happy Anniversary - Cool Tag Banner Sentiments, Your Next Stamp
Stitched Fishtail Banner die - MFT Stammps
Gold embossing powder
Words inside - Petal Palette, Stampin' Up
Stitched Scalloped rectangle - Your Next Stamp
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs

Card size - 4 x 5.5", fits in a standard A2 Envelope

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Sunday, 17 November 2019

Five Tag Birthday Cards

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Months ago I shared some cards I'd made with some tag cut aparts, and noted there were still a few tags leftover from the 12 x 12' sheet. I finally got those leftover tags onto cards!

I was also able to use a bunch of bits and pieces from my stash to decorate them, and you know how much I love to use things up! Two of the tags went onto kraft cards bases...

I have always loved the look you get with embossing folders, and while many people aren't using them now I have a bin of them and I still pull them out to use! This pink panel is pearlized card stock and it took the embossing beautifully.

The final two cards were done on white card bases, and all five of the cards got some Nuvo Drops for a little somethin' somethin'.

That's five more cards for the nursing home donation bag!

White & kraft card stocks
Tag cut aparts - American Crafts
Fun foam
Embossing folder - Cuttlebug
Pale pink stardream
Embellishments from my stash, some recycled
Seam binding
Nuvo Drops
Stamp inside - Birthday Blooms, Stampin' Up

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Saturday, 16 November 2019

Rainbow Penguins

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I'm playing with the Playful Penguin stamps again, which are in the Stampin' Up Holiday catalogue. I still haven't made a Christmas or Winter card with them, which I think is funny. But when I saw the stamps I knew I could use them all year long so that is why I purchased them. When the stamps arrived this is one of the first ideas that I had, so jotted it down in my notebook. 

As you can see, I ended up making four identical cards to donate to my Mom's old nursing home. I will put two in the bag for December, and save the other two for next year as I don't like to send more than two of a single design in a single month so the residents feel special when they get their cards. These would also work for the men at the nursing home.

There is just something about rainbow colours that just makes me HAPPY! Note, I used a matte glossy card stock, so I had to be very careful about smudging as dye inks take a long time to dry on coated papers. I very carefully stamped the penguins then left the panels to dry overnight. They wouldn't have needed that long but I was done for the evening anyways.
The next morning I stamped the words above the penguins and left them to dry while I ran errands. Then I was able to complete the cards without any smudging at all.

Inside I used the MISTI stamp positioning tool to ink up the greeting in the same colours as I used on the card front. While they look rather blotchy in the photos, the colours blend much smoother in real life.

Even without allowing for the drying time though, these Clean and Simple (CAS)  cards took me about as long as pop ups do. 

Matte Gloss card stock
Catherine Pooler and Stampin' Up Inks
Playful Penguins - Stampin' Up
Dot stamp - Stamps by Judith
Black and white card stocks
Fun foam
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Happy Birthday - Birthday Builder, Altenew
Inside stamp - Ombre Sentiments Birthday, Papertrey Ink

Card size - standard A2, 4.25 x 5.5" 

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Friday, 15 November 2019

Disney Park Gift Card Holder

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Today is Fun Fold Friday here on my blog and I'm sharing another sneak peek of Karen Burniston's new release. This card uses the new Parcel Pop Up as a Gift Card Holder!

First though, the front of the card. I chose some bright and cheerful papers from my stash, since the Disney Parks are full of fun and colour. The Howdy was cut three times; twice from kraft and once from patterned paper. When adhered together they give a nice chunky element, similar to chipboard.

Below the YouTube video, I have more still shots and a full supply list.

I used the coordinating dies to decorate my present, tying it off with bakers twine and a little tag & heart. 

The 'Enjoy the Ride' is so perfect for a Disney Park Gift Card!!!

It's fun that the gift card slides in and out of view as the card is opened. The new Parcel Pop Up is lots of fun and very versatile as you can see by the projects already created by the Design Team.

I placed the Gift Card inside the mechanism, then carefully closed & opened the card to be sure I didn't have any catch points and I would know how far down to attach it. Then I added a Glue Dot to the back of the gift card and lightly tapped it onto my sweater a couple of times. It's sticky enough to hold the Gift Card, but the Gift Card can easily be removed without ripping the mechanism. Karen B also suggested a 'belly band' to hold the Gift Card so it could just slide right out.

1116 - Parcel Pop Up - Karen Burniston (shipping mid November 2019)
Patterned paper - All About a Boy, 6 x 6" Echo Park
Blue, kraft and white card stocks
1054 Rectangle Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Bakers Twine
1103 Enjoy the Ride - Karen Burniston
1100 Howdy - Karen Burniston
Banner Punch - Stampin' Up
Sakura white gel pen
Nuvo Drops

Card size - standard A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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Thursday, 14 November 2019

Valentine Circle Charm Card

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Today I'm sharing another Sneak Peek of Karen Burniston's new release - this card features the new Happy Valentine's Day and the new Love Charms. It's a CAS (Clean and Simple) card, which is rare for me - but it is still interactive. I chose the Circle Charm Pop Up for my card base.

Below is a short YouTube video showing the card in action ...

I added some small adhesive gems for a little sparkle, and used bright and fun prints on the elements.

Since I have been using Kraft card stocks so much these past months, I purchased a package of  110#, which is what I used for this card base. It's nice and sturdy and just feels good in your hands. A good quality card stock is a must when making a CAS card.

We will sign our names with a white gel pen - I didn't want to add a signing block and change the fresh and clean look of the card. Below is a view from the top - people always turn over these cards to look at them from the top so that is why I'm including that view for you. 

Karen Burniston's new release includes a few Valentine themed dies since doing one in January or February doesn't leave enough time for you to make your Valentine projects.


Kraft, Pink and white card stocks
1046 Circle Charm Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Circle dies - Hero Arts
Patterned Paper - Playful Patterns Valentine's, Taylored Expressions
1114 Happy Valentine's Day - Karen Burniston
1083 Word Set 9 Love - Karen Burniston
1113 Love Charms - Karen Burniston
Sakura white gel pen
Bling - Q & Company

Card size - 4.25 x 6", fits in an A6 envelope

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Elegant Butterfly Surprise Ball Pop Up Card

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If you follow my blog, you know I rarely post my cards in the same order I make them. This one was made the same week the Design Team got their new release dies and since I had just done the bright and cheerful Surprise Ball I wanted something more elegant.

I have been working with kraft card stock a lot these days, so pulled that out as well as some retired kraft and metallic patterned paper. 

Since this die creates such a fun pop up element, I'm sharing the action in a short YouTube video with more photos below that.

I decorated the ball with the flowers from the Woven Basket Pop Up and the butterfly from the Circle Charms Pop Up die sets.

I didn't add foam tape to the elements, as with all the layers this card is bulky enough! It should still to through the mail with an additional stamp though. It's also perfect for a card that will be hand delivered, because then you will get to see the recipients face when they open it. 

1117 Surprise Ball Pop Up - Karen Burniston - shipping mid November 2019
1118 Flap and Closure - Karen Burniston - shipping mid November 2019
1046 Circle Charms Pop Up (butterfly) - Karen Burniston
1056 Squares Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1102 Word Set 10, Thinking of You - Karen Burniston
1080 Woven Basket Pop Up (flowers) - Karen Burniston
Silver pearl card stock - stash
Silver metallic card stock - stash
Brads - Stampin' Up
Holographic circle stickers - Stampendous
Kraft and coloured metallic patterned paper - Stampin' Up (retired)

Card size - 5 x 5" square. While it fits in a square envelope, in Canada square envelopes require additional postage. So I would put this one in a standard 5 x 7" envelope.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2019

Sssweet Sssnake Valentine Pop Up Card

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I have a long post for you today, sharing just one of my ideas for Karen Burniston's new Parcel Pop Up. Honestly, I have so many ideas for this die set I never know which one to start with! I started out thinking the card interior would be a dragon spitting fire, but as you can see I went in a different direction.

I have a quick YouTube video for you to see the card in action, and below the still shots I have a tutorial on how I created some of the pieces for this sssssnake card. First though, the card front. I used the new Happy Valentine's Day and added a 'snake tail' using a border die from the Tropical Scene set.

I think this card is lots of fun inside, with the snake tongue sliding in and out of his mouth and the 'love you' heart appearing when the card is fully open. That heart comes from the new Love Charms. It's like playing with a puppet, ha ha.

I added some extra S's for a snake's hiss on the ssssSweet part of the sentiment.

OK - for those that are interested, this is how I made the snake face. I would strongly recommend making a sample card with old card stock first, so you can see how everything goes together. Especially if you are new to the Parcel Pop Up!

First, I took the second largest square from the crosshatch rectangles and die cut it from the green pearl card stock. Then I ran it through with the Bubbles embossing folder, and cut it with a trimmer so I had a piece that was 2-1/4". That is the piece on the left, which will become the snout. The narrower piece will be what we use for the eyes in the next step.

I took the second smallest circle from the Crosshatch Circles and traced the top half onto the narrower green rectangle as shown.

Next, add a dot in between the eyes and connect that dot with the eye tracings using your pen or pencil.

Now, use scissors to trim the top portion away and discard ... and ... tada! You have your eye piece!

After your Parcel Pop Up mechanism is finished and adhered inside your card, lay this bottom rectangle piece on top of the mechanism. Don't adhere it yet. I centred it above the two supports (which will become the fangs for our snake) and made a small dot on the back side so it wouldn't overhang on the sides. Alternatively, you could just make a dot about 3/16" in from each bottom edge (top edge in the photo). I used scissors to trim from the bottom corner up to my dot, slicing off a long narrow triangle from each side.  I just noticed in the photo below that the snout piece is upside down - you want the wider part up under the eyes as you can see in the finished card photos.

There - this next photo shows that snout piece in the right direction - wider below the bottom of the eyes and the narrower end towards the open mouth of the snake.

For the snake forked tongue, I die cut the fish tail banner from the Triple Flip die set using red card stock. I trimmed it to 3" long and discarded the small fishtail end. Then I eyeballed how deep I wanted the forked tongue to be and added a dot on the back side.

Use scissors to trim from each corner up to the dot and discard the fallaway piece. 

The eyes were easy, - I cut the eyeballs with the smallest Crosshatch Circle because I liked the detail it gives around the edge. The pupils? They are the Footballs from Tiny Accessories 3!

I cut the fangs from white card stock (the horns from the Cow & Coat) and adhered them onto the two supports. Once they were trimmed flush with the platform I was able to adhere the snout to the top of the platform and then used foam tape to adhere the eye piece just above it.

Oh, and the nostrils were cut with the small stitched circle which would be the centre of the sun from the Tropical Scene. For the snake tail on the card front, I used the sand/hill from the same die set.

This card is quite bulky, because I couldn't resist adding so much foam tape. But it will still fit in an envelope for hand delivery or would require extra postage for mailing. While I made a snake, it could be a dragon or frog or other type of critter too ... you are only limited by your imagination! You can also use all different dies in your collection. I chose to only use dies by Karen Burniston, since this is a Sneak Peek of her new release. But in future cards I will be adding other dies/shapes to the Parcel Pop Up.

Green pearl card stock
1056 Squares Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Tiny Bubbles Embossing Folder - Cuttlebug
1057 Circles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Gold pearl card stock
Black, green, white, kraft and red card stocks
1095 Tiny Accessories 3 (football) - Karen Burniston
1104 Triple Flip (fishtail banner) - Karen Burniston
1116 Parcel Pop Up - Karen Burniston SHIPPING MID NOVEMBER 2019
Black Archival Ink
1038 Tropical Scene - Karen Burniston
1076 You're Sweet - Karen Burniston
1114 Happy Valentine's Day - Karen Burniston  SHIPPING MID NOVEMBER 2019
1093 Cow and Goat (horns) - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - All About A Boy, Echo Park 6 x 6" pad
1083 Word Set 9 Love (S's) - Karen Burniston
1113 Love Charms - Karen Burniston  SHIPPING MID NOVEMBER 2019
Sakura white gel pen

Card size - Standard Tall A2 (4.25 x 5.5")

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