Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Double Z-Fold Birthday Card Group

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I've been wanting to make this style of card for a long time. A really long time. But I just never got around to figuring out the measurements, or watching the YouTube videos showing them. Well, I did watch one but it required too many 3/8" type measurements, and I just left it for another day. So while it's not a new idea, the talented Jennifer McGuire's video last week was on making these cards - complete with all the measurements for this wide A2, a regular A2 and a square card. Waaa hooo - I headed straight into my craft room and got these 6 cards made.

I have had the patterned paper for years - so making these 6 cards made a good dent in finishing off the package. I love the yellow with the grey and teal. Karen Burniston's Happy Birthday die worked perfect on the fronts as well. This grey one has a white panel behind the Happy Birthday as there wasn't enough contrast without it.

You can see the teal patterned paper in the group photo at the top of this post, which you do notice when you open the card - so the stamped greeting on the middle panel actually coordinates really well. It just doesn't look like it does in the photo below.

Since I'm making so many birthday cards, I ordered this fun birthday stamp set by Stampin' Up. I love that I can coordinate the images with any patterned paper I'm using and they are easy to fussy cut.

I did add a stamped, stitched circle to the centre panel of each card to break up all the rectangle shapes.

Finally, for those that like to pin group shots to their Pinterest boards - here you go!

After making these cards, I cut all the pieces for several other (different) cards, so by the end of the week I will have used up this patterned paper package! And I LOVE to use things up!! All six of these cards are going into my Nursing Home donation bags but I think this design would make some cute birthday cards for kids too.

1030 Happy Birthday die- Karen Burniston
White and grey card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Bow and party horn stamps - Stampin' Up
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Hooray stamp - MFT Stamps

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Ten Panda Aperture Birthday Cards

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I made these cards last month, but am just getting them posted today. I love this panda die by Neat and Tangled, and I think this might be my favourite way to use it!

This is what the card looks like when you take it out of the envelope ...

... but as you can see, the face has been die cut from the front and there is a black panel inside the card that shows through the panda face/ear openings. Honestly, I think what makes this design work so well is that I used a nice heavyweight white card stock for my card base. It was not as effective with a regular weight card stock; with a CAS style card it's the small details that make or break a design.

The inside panels were die cut with stitched rectangles to give some interest, and of course I used my MISTI stamping tool so all the images were stamped perfectly and perfectly straight. Love that tool, especially when working on multiple cards. There is room below the stamped words for a handwritten message and signature too.

I actually made ten of this design, but gave four to our eldest daughter for her birthday last month as she was running low on kids birthday cards. She needed them before I was able to take the photos, ha ha. I think this design works for kids and adults, female AND male! These remaining six went into my donation bags for my Mom's nursing home.  I will make more of these in the summer, so they will go to a different group of residents. These cards just make me happy.

Heavyweight white card stock - Michaels
Black and white card stocks
Panda die - Neat and Tangled
Stitched rectangle die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Happy Birthday - Papertrey Ink
Inside words - MFT Stamps

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Monday, 15 October 2018

Four Masculine Birthday Cards

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, and I'm sharing four nearly identical cards that I made to donate to my Mom's nursing home. Since I want the residents to feel special when they get their Birthday card, I don't put too many of the same design in each month. I have sturdy paper bags that I use for my donation cards and I put one of these cards in each of the 4 bags I'm currently working on. That way I can still work assembly line style but each bag of 25 cards will have a good variety of designs inside.

Now this is not an original idea, there are similar cards all over the internet. And I've been wanting to try them out, since I adore both the woodgrain patterned paper and this stamp/die set from Stampin' Up. I will say I checked out the specific design by 'Kings on Paddington' for my card inspiration.

Of course, using the MISTI made the stamping so easy. Not a single mis-stamped or crooked image in the bunch.

White, black, kraft and brown card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Leaf stamps and dies - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Shimmer pen - gold
Happy Birthday stamp - Stampin' Up
Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
Twine - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Celebrate stamp - Ranger
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Card size - 4 x 6" (because I have lots of envelopes for this size)

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

Teapotters Challenge Card for 'Carol'.

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This Splitcoast Teapotters Challenge had several elements to it:  Use something recycled and have it be vintage, with Carol's favourite colours olive green & browns, no bling, and a shabby chic style. I was good with everything but the no bling! However, I refrained from adding any as this card was meant to make her happy not me.

The recycled part of the card is the brown layer behind the butterfly. That is from some Tim Holtz stencil packaging.

Inside I used the Katherine Label Pop-Up to animate the vintage die cut butterfly, adding a fishtail banner and the Hello from Word Set 6 Summer.

I hope Carol liked her card, and it helped bring her some happiness.

For those that like to pin group shots - here you go!

1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - K & Company
Vertical Stitched Strips dies - MFT Stamps
1054 Rectangles, Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Stacked deckle die - Tim Holtz, Sizzix
Butterfly dies - Stampin' Up
Recycled portion - Tim Holtz Packaging
1052 Word Set 6 Summer (hello) - Karen Burniston
Fishtail banner - MFT Stamps

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Saturday, 13 October 2018

C4C456 "Be Brave Card"

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges Blog. Our October Hostess is Kathleen Adams and here is Kathleen's challenge for this week:  "Today is CANCER AWARENESS DAY! You can make a support card for someone who is currently fighting cancer, or a card of cheer for someone who has won his or her battle!"

I have always liked these stamps by Verve so pulled them out again for my challenge card. I also stamped the background! I really liked Concord & 9th's "Lovely Blossoms Turnabout" stamp and can see me using it quite often. 

The sentiment was stamped on a large stitched fish tail banner by Pink and Main, and the gloves were water coloured with dye ink and a water brush then fussy cut.

Here is a peek at the inside:

Check out the C4C blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge. We'd  love to see your take on it, so be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up your creations. If you are uploading to an online gallery, please use the keyword C4C456.

Lovely Blossoms Turnabout stamp - Concord & 9th
White card stock, pinks
Stitched Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stamps - Verve
Large Fishtail Banner dies - Pink and Main
Aztec Gold Nuvo Glitter Pen
Sakura White Gel Pen
Dot stamp - Stamps by Judith

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Friday, 12 October 2018

Turkey Peek Thanksgiving Card

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Today's share is another card I made last year but didn't get posted. I have been going through the photo file, finding those older projects, and getting them posted. I had these printed embellishments out, and thought this turkey would be fun peeking through a window in the front of the card.

Inside I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up. When the card opens the entire turkey is revealed as he raises up. This card is quick and easy, and probably the one that made me realize how versatile the Katherine Label Pop-Up is!

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Thursday, 11 October 2018

Narwal Birthday Explosion Card

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Today's share is a fun card I made for our Great Niece. For the front I used Karen Burniston's alpha dies and this adorable Narwal stamp by Pink and Main.

Look at all the fun going on inside! I used the new Explosion card and a few more Narwals that are all dressed up for the party. :-)

I have had this patterned paper in my stash for a couple of years and I was happy with how well it worked for my card. I had coloured the stamped images last month, so I needed to find papers that matched them. That is opposite to how I usually work, usually it's the patterned paper that inspires my colouring choices.

Finally, for those that like to pin "Front and Inside' pics ... here you go!

Polka dot patterned paper (paper weight) - stash
1069 Explosion Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Bazzill polka dot card stock
1030 Happy Birthday - Karen Burniston
1038 Tropical Scene (scalloped border) - Karen Burniston
White card stock
1055 Ovals Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1053 Alphabet - Karen Burniston
Narwals - Pink and Main
Zig Clean Colour Brush Markers
Bristol Smooth card stock
Stitched Fishtail banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs

Card size - 5 x 5-1/2" as per Karen Burniston's assembly video

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