Thursday 31 August 2017

Pop-Up Graveyard Halloween Card.

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I have to say how much I'm enjoying Karen Burniston's new release and I'm not saying that because I'm on the Design Team. I love these dies! The Halloween Scene is actually a re-release of a set she had licensed last year. I was happy to see it again and pared it here with the tree from the Tree Pop-Up set.

I made the background with a combination of Colorbursts and Magical Shakers on 90# Water Colour Paper. The tree was cut from the centre and backed with purple patterned paper, then the panel was adhered to a top fold black card and embellished.

Here is the Pop-Up inside - I made it using the Tree Pop-Up platform. I cut it two times along the inner card fold then adhered the die cut graveyard to the two platforms for stability.

I used a white gel pen on the graveyard and a glaze pen on the edges of the inner card. That catches the light when the card is turned.

The Trick or Treat was hand lettered with an orange gel pen.

I really enjoy making Halloween cards! 

90# Water Colour Paper
Color Burst - Ken Oliver
Magical Shakers - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Stitched square dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Black card stock
Patterned paper - Recollections
Sakura gel pens
Fun foam
Wink of Stella

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Wednesday 30 August 2017

Double Z Fold Teacher Thank You Card

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Today's share is the final card I made for our daughter to give to Ethan and Olivia's teachers at the end of the year. This one is a Double Z Fold card - I do enjoy making these!

Lots of room on the back for the kids to write a thank you and sign their name.

Finally, here are all four of the cards together.

Red, white, black and green card stocks
Patterned paper - s.e.i.
Apple die - the Stamps of Life
Scallop square die - Spellbinders
White Signo Gel Pen
Stitched fishtail banner die - Elizabeth Craft Deisgns
Thanks - Lawn Fawn
Felt apple stickers - stash
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Black Fine Point Marker

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Tuesday 29 August 2017

Haunted House Halloween Card

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Last year I bought an adorable paper stack by Doodlebug and had a lot of fun making Halloween cards. I made more than I needed to, so put a couple away to send out this year. For this card, the Haunted House was trimmed from a piece of patterned paper in the package, and I added a strip of coordinating paper and a popped up banner.

All of the eyes are shiny thanks to a Sakura Glaze pen.

I love these little eye embellishments - so fun!

This card will go to one of our kids.

Blueprints #12, MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - Doodlebug
White card stock
Little Town Border die - Lawn Fawn
Black card stock
Orange card stock
Embellishment - K & Company (eyes)
Fun foam

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Monday 28 August 2017

PLAY Pop-Up Card

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and today's share is the Birthday card I've made for our Grandson Ilai. He will be three next month - how time flies.

I found this in my 'In Progress Bin'. The card base had been die cut and the journal cards & patterned paper/stickers were with it. I remember starting this card while we were out at our cabin, but for some reason didn't complete it when we got back home. Instead the pieces went into the bin.

The 'P is for play' Journal Card was fussy cut from a piece of patterned paper in the stack, and I added a metal spinner with a yellow brad.

Inside is a Pop-Up using one of Karen Burniston's older dies - the Lucy Label Pop-Up. I added a die cut 'Celebrate' from Karen Burniston's Word Set 2 - Birthday, and used a Lawn Fawn alphabet die for his name. The hand lettering was done on label dies from the Katherine Label Pop-Up.

The pole and banners come from the Lots of Pops die set - I added a little foot to the pole and was able to slide it down through the slot (slot dies come with the Lucy Label) and anchor it to the floor of the card.

The dog was stamped onto one of my Colorburst/Magical shaker backgrounds then fussy cut. I used Zig markers on his ears, eyelids, tongue and collar. White gel pen on his eyes and black glaze pen for his nose so it's nice and shiny. I actually stamped several of these Crazy Dogs onto the water coloured sheet - they are so bright and cheerful!

Patterned paper and stickers - Echo Park
Lucy Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs) - discontinued
Fun foam
Lots of Pops (pole and banners) - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs) - discontinued
White card stock
Signo white gel pen
Black glaze pen - Sakura
Zig Clean Colour Markers (ears, eyes, collar and tongue)
Colorburst - Ken Oliver
Magical Shakers - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Crystal Nuvo Drops
Alpha dies - Lawn Fawn
Crazy Dog stamp - Stampers Anonymous 

Card size - 4-1/2 x 5-3/4"

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Sunday 27 August 2017

Dinner Party Thank You Chocolate Box

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Right before Christmas, we were invited to a neighbours for a holiday Dinner Party. On very short notice, I might add. Which was fine, we were more than happy to go and meet more of our neighbours. It was snowing like crazy and the roads were terrible so they had had some cancellations from people coming from the city.

Well no way I was going empty handed, so quickly put together this little tin as a hostess gift to go with a bottle of wine.

The tin is from my stash - they were in the Stampin' Up Clearance Rack a couple of years ago so I grabbed a couple. They are handy to have on hand! The patterned paper has embossed and sparkly bits, and I added a belly band to hold it closed.

Here is a peek at the inside, with some Swiss chocolates wrapped to match. But it seemed to need a little somethin' somethin'.

I quickly grabbed my punches and added some Santa's, snowmen and pine trees.

The party was so much fun, and it was an easy drive home down the hill - even though it was practically a blizzard.

Tin - Stampin' Up
Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Labels - MFT Stamps
Merry Christmas - Taylored Expressions
Poinsettia - Impression Obsession
Gold Pan Pastels
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
White card stock
Clear double sided adhesive, 1/8" width - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Fine point tweezers - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Saturday 26 August 2017

C4C400 Cheerful Squirrel Card

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It's Saturday so that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. Our August 2017 Hostess is Raquel Mason and Fran Sabad is our Guest Designer. You can find Fran's Blog HERE.  If you noticed this is the 400th challenge for the blog!!

Here is Raquel's challenge this week: Back to School – All the summer fun has come to an end for teachers and students. Let’s make a card to help cheer someone up, any cheerful theme or image will do.

I have a bright and cheery Pop-Up card to share today, using a bunch of dies by Karen Burniston. I had a leftover piece of this polka dot patterned paper that I did not want to find a spot for. It was with some pieces of green and turquoise card stock that had been used for a different card, so I combined them and added the cute squirrel from the Woodland Animals.

Inside I used the Katherine Label Pop-Up, which is quickly becoming a favourite of not just me but several of Karen Burniston's Design Team!

I was able to use up everything but about a 1" square of the patterned paper so that made me happy.

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 C4C400.

Green, blue, white, black and red card stocks
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
1006 Nature Edges- Karen Burniston
1009 Twist Panel Pop-Up (Banners and rectangles)- Karen Burniston
1001 - Woodland Animals- Karen Burniston
1002 - Word Set 1, Greetings- Karen Burniston
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Copic Markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Wink of Stella
Leftover patterned paper

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Friday 25 August 2017

Birdie Double Z Fold Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog, and I have a Double Z Fold Card to share today that I made for Seniors Secret Service.

I was flipping through this Songbird paper stack and saw this sheet with sparkling birdhouses. I decided to use it and fussy cut them and a few birds for embellishments.

I like how sturdily these stand up for display, so hopefully the senior who receives it will enjoy it on their nightstand.

Blue card stock
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Patterned paper - DCWV
Stamps - CC Designs
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Thursday 24 August 2017

Turkey Pop-Up Card

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I have to admit that I have never made a Floating Floor Pop-Up card before. I know Karen Burniston offered the template on her blog and I liked what others did with it. But templates and I don't often get along and I prefer to avoid them if I can. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to find out that her new House & Fence Pop-Up die set includes a Floating Floor die. Die!!

I wanted to try it out with a simple card. Here is the front - the embossed fishtail piece was already done - it was in the scrap bin so I pulled it out to use.

Here is the inside, with my first ever Floating Floor. I have to say the die makes these so easy peasy - I had no trouble making it at all and needn't have worried about keeping this first one simple.

I used some die cut graphics for the embellishments, stamping and Nuvo Crystal Drops as accents.

This was such a fun card to make and I immediately had to make one for the holidays which I will share another day. My only tip would be to keep the embellishments up a bit on the tabs that stand up in the floating floor. My cooked turkey element touched the floor when I adhered it, and I do find the card squeaks when it opens.

Patterned paper - DCWV
Brown, cream, white and rust card stocks
Glossy photo paper
Graphics - Lettering Delights
Stitched circle frame die - Lawn Fawn
Black Sakura Gel Pen
Happy Thanksgiving - Echo Park
Stitched scallop border - MFT Stamps
Nuro Crystal Drops
Embossing folder - Stampin' Up

Card size - 5 x 4-1/4"

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Wednesday 23 August 2017

Teacher Thank You Wobble Card

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Today's share is another one of the thank you cards I made for our daughter to give Olivia and Ethan's teachers at the end of the year.

The apple is adhered to an Action Wobble, so it bobs and wobbles around. Heather had the cards on her desk and when she came back in the room it was gone. She searched all over, and found Zachary with the card behind the couch, boinging the apple. Sheesh.

Lots of room inside for the kids to write a note to their teacher.

Patterned paper - s.e.i.
Apple die - the Stamps of Life
Red, black white and green card stocks
Action Wobble
Sakura Glaze Pen
Signo White gel pen
Felt apple sticker - Stash
Thanks - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Puppy Box Card

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Today's share is a card I sent to a friend. She is really good at sending out cards, but said she doesn't often receive hand made ones. I also felt like making a box card, so pulled out my Sizzix BigZ Extended die for the card base.

I purchased this sweet stamp set in the Spring - dogs and letters ... how could I not? The dogs have shiny eyes and noses thanks to a Glaze Pen. For the card base I decided to use one of my (many) water coloured backgrounds, done with Colorbursts and Magical Shakers. The stitched circle was done with Distress Oxide inks then sprinkled with water for the speckled effect.

I added Karen Burniston's tree die to the back wall, and the grass from her Nature Edges adds the filler inside. The flowers that are included with the Tree Pop-Up cut 6 at a time, so I had enough for my tree with one pass through the Big Shot. Gotta love that.

Often these cards are stuffed full and take AGES to make. I'm trying to simplify them so they don't take quite as long to make and I think it still looks cute with the different layers. The box folds flat for mailing in a standard A2 envelope.

On a side note, we had dinner guests last week from Israel. She is an artist who works in acrylics and I enjoyed seeing photos of her many paintings. She wanted to see my craft room and was in AWE of the cards I showed her, simply because they were interactive. Both her and her husband couldn't get over the precision of Karen Burniston's dies. Of course she immediately picked up on some of the water coloured backgrounds and asked about them.

I gave them both a quick demonstration and loved seeing their faces when I spritzed the powders with water. I'm sure I had the exact same face when I saw them for the first time. In face I still make that face when I use them, ha ha.  I gathered up nice selection of colours and an extra spray bottle and gave them to her to play with when she returns home. Looks like I'll have to order some replacement bottles!

90# Water colour paper
Colorburst - Ken Oliver
Magical Shakers - Lindy's Stamp Gang
Box die - Lori Whitlock (Sizzix)
Tan, purple, white card stocks
Zig clean colour markers
Black glaze pen
Dog stamps & dies - Mama Elephant
Nuvo Crystal drops
Distress oxide inks
Banner stamp & die - the Stamps of Life
Stitched heart dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
Copic markers
Wink of Stella

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Monday 21 August 2017

Lighthouse Card Duo

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and I have a pair of masculine lighthouse cards to share today. I made one into a birthday card to donate to Seniors Secret Service, and the other has an inspirational verse inside.

I don't have many colours of the Distress Oxide inks, but I sure do love the ones I do have! I used them for the background stippling and blending. There is no reason why this lighthouse stamp set appealed to me but it really really did. These are the first cards I've made with it and I'm looking forward to more playtime for sure.

The insides are pretty much the same, other than the words stamped inside.

Red and white card stocks
Stamps - High Tide, Stampin' Up
Stitched Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Word stamps - Stampin' Up
Bakers Twine

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Sunday 20 August 2017

Christmas Greetings Z Fold Card

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I have a Z Fold Christmas card to share today, using Karen Burniston's new Gift Card Label die set. I like the large size of this label shape and have used it here as the focal element instead of as a Gift Card Holder. I always enjoy finding more uses for my dies than what they were intended for.

The font is so sweet on all of the Word Sets so I was easily able to combine the Holiday and Birthday sets for my greeting. I added glossy accents to the little flourishes and red dots in the perforated dots that cut with the die, using a red fine point marker.

When the card is opened, the stamped greeting and matted labels come into view.

I used the Katherine Label label dies for the inside, as well as the stamped sentiment and holly embellishment.

I'm still plugging away with that Stampin' Up paper stack that I got from the Clearance Rack. I like the bright traditional colours paired with the graphic design. 

Red and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Staedtler fine point markers
Graphics - Lettering Delight
Glossy Accents

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