Friday, 22 June 2018

Teacher Thank You Flip-It Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog and today's share is a card I made for our daughter to give Ethan's teacher.

I used the Circle Fancy Edge Flip-Its die set, which is exclusive to The Stamps Of Life. Actually, the Thank You circle and the apple dies are all from The Stamps Of Life as well!


I used this apple die for most of the teacher thank you cards last year too - it's perfect.


Lots of room inside for Ethan to sign his name.


Supplies:
Red, white and green card stocks
Fancy Edge Circle Flip-Its - exclusive @ the Stamps of Life
Patterned paper - Paper Patch (many years old)
Thank You 3-D Drop-Ins - the Stamps of Life
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Apple dies - the Stamps of Life

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Thursday, 21 June 2018

Unicorn Shaker Birthday Card

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Today's card share is the birthday card I made for my Mom to give our Granddaughter for her birthday. I knew I wanted to make a shaker card and the Pink and Main Planner Peekers stamp set has this fun unicorn in it.

I was so worried about keeping the sequins contained as I adhered the stamped backing piece,  I didn't realize the backing piece wasn't straight. Grrrrr. I thought about tearing it all apart and starting again but realized that a 7 year old wouldn't notice or care if it was perfectly lined up. And I was right! I watched her carefully when my Mom gave her the card, and her eyes lit up when she saw it was a unicorn and sat there shaking the card with a big smile on her face.


I added some gold flakes with the sequins inside the shaker cup, and used gold glittered fun foam to cut the little fishtail banners and the letters for her name. To make the fun foam, I adhered gold glitter paper to self-adhesive fun foam then did my die cutting. I like all the dimension it gives a card - and this one was being delivered by hand so I didn't worry about bulk.



A peek at the inside ...




Supplies:
Blueprints #31 - MFT Stamps
Shaker pouch - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper and card stock - We R Memory Keepers
Unicorn Peeker stamp- Pink & Main
Sequins
Marvy LePlume Markers
Gold Glitter Flakes - Stampin' Up
White sakura gel pen
Gold glitter paper - the Stamps of Life
Alpha dies - Lawn Fawn
Corner chomper - We R Memory Keepers
Artline Stix markers
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Birdcage & Succulent Anniversary Card

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This lovely succulent birdcage stamp & die set by Lynda Kanase was one of my early Spring purchases. It had been on my wish list since I saw it at CHA in January 2017 so I was pretty happy to finally get my hands on it.

I used it here to make a rustic anniversary card that my Mom gave to our eldest daughter and hubby.


I die cut a small heart from the centre of the birdcage door, then added a pair of die cut birds and layered the succulents with foam tape. The stamp set has dies that cut just the succulents, so layering like this is easy peasy!




Supplies:
Succulent Birdcage stamps & dies - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
MISTI
Copic markers
Pink, white and black card stocks
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Fun foam
Woodgrain patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Stickles
Glossy Accents
Sequins

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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Awesome Dragon Accordion Card

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Unfortunately this is one of those cards that just looks better in real life. In the photos below, there isn't enough contrast to show off the adorable dragon. I used Karen Burniston's Charm Accordion for the card base and added a scalloped strip from the Cake Pop-Up down the left side. Then I added a stamped panel and that oh-so-cute dragon!


When the card opens, the images pivot to the centre from the front and back. I added the folding, pop-up heart from the Twist Panel Pop-Up for another interactive element. Remember you can click on the photos to enlarge them and show more detail.


Below is the back side of the card.


Supplies:
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Blue and white card stocks
Black fine point marker
Stickles
Marvy LePlume II markers
Waterbrush
Awesome stamp - The Stamps of Life
Fun foam
Wish big stamp - Paper Smooches

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Monday, 18 June 2018

Hello Card

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I went to wipe off the palette where I scribble my markers and instead decided to spritz it with water and drag a scrap piece of white card stock through the puddles. I liked the background it created, so trimmed it with a rectangle die and decided to go ahead and make a card for my Mom.

I stamped some cactus at the lower right, then added that big die cut 'hello' on an angle. The words 'a big' come with the Hello stamp set at Pink and Main. The panel was matted and adhered to a patterned A2 card.


Inside, I added another stamped cactus and some hand lettering.


Most people like to get happy mail, and this happy card was appreciated by my Mom.

Supplies:
White, green and black card stocks
Sharp Stuff stamps - Brutus Monroe
Black fine point marker
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Xyron
Hello die and stamp set - Pink & Main
A2 patterned card - Michaels

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Sunday, 17 June 2018

Home Sweet Home Pivot Card

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Today's card is one I sent to a friend who had been travelling for a few weeks. It's always fun to come home to Happy Mail, don't you think? I used Karen Burniston's brand new Circle Charm Accordion for the card base - it's SUCH a versatile die set and perfect to use with all those smaller images most of us have.


I've made a couple of these already, and each one has been made differently. This one started out to be used as intended, with a charm in the centre frame. But in the end I decided I liked it solid instead so backed the frame with a piece of coordinating green patterned paper and mounted my fussy cut, stamped house to it with foam tape.


The Crosshatch rectangles make yet another appearance here - the new nesting dies are a great addition to my dies, especially since they alternate in sizes and cuts between a straight edge with light embossed detail and a straight edge with the crosshatch design.


I have noticed people turning these cards over to view them from the top and bottom, so I've included a top view photo for you here.



Supplies:
Blue and white card stocks
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Marvy LePlume II markers
Water brush
House stamps - Wild Whisper Designs
fine point markers

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Saturday, 16 June 2018

C4C439 Sketch, a Pop-Up Birthday Card

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge on the Crazy4Challenges Blog.  Frances Byrne is our hostess for June, and our Guest Designer is Karen Nofziger of Craftily Yours.

France's challenge this week is a sketch challenge, and I changed things up by adding the sketch to the inside of my card instead of the outside.  Below is the front of my card, using a fun mix of patterned papers punched out with a Stampin' Up punch.


Here is the sketch:


Here is the inside of my card that follows the sketch:


I used the same punch inside the card, and the Slide Technique with the new Upsy Daisy Pop-Up. The butterflies are  from the new Circle Charm Pop-Up and I adore the shape of these, and that their body is a separate die. For the bold Happy Birthday, I cut it three times from black card stock and adhered the layers together for sturdiness. It almost floats in the centre of the card - love it!


The banners on the patterned paper work as the top stripe from the sketch. The patterned paper has shiny embossed bits in it, and I cut the Celebrate from a scrap and lightly curved it along the banner edge. I added a strip of patterned paper and more punched labels for the bottom stripe, then added an off-white for us to sign our name.


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 C4C439.

Supplies:
Label punch - Stampin' Up
Patterned paper - DCWV
Cream and black card stocks
Large butterfly - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Friday, 15 June 2018

'Party like a Flamingo' Flip-it Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog, and I have a fun birthday card to share today using the Gift Card Flip-Its by Stephanie Barnard. This is basically a rectangle Flip-It die set that comes with the optional die to cut slots in the centre portion to slide a gift card into. I love that the slot portion is optional!

I was drawn to the happy colours in a 12 x 12" sheet of Tag Cut Aparts, and used the ones that said 'thank you' to make a couple of thank you cards that will be posted next month.  Then I chose these two for my card today.

The pink palm tree was inspired by one of teammate Helen Cryer's cards - I wouldn't have thought to make a pink palm tree. Since then I have noticed lots of different coloured palm trees on cards - I guess since the silhouette is so recognizable that anything goes and it still looks like a palm tree! For my palm tree and flamingo, I used Karen Burniston's new Beach Charms and simply snipped off the hanging hole.


I added sequins for sparkle and shine, and added some Wink of Stella over the beaks and word flamingo. Man, I'm loving flamingoes these days.


Inside I added another one of the tags and a rectangle as an area to write a message and sign our names.



I still have several of the printed tags left and hope to get them onto cards and not hang onto them for months and month.

Supplies:
Tag cut aparts - American Crafts
Pink and white card stocks
Gift Card Flip-Its die set - the Stamps of Life
Patterned Paper - Dear Lizzy
Signo white gel pen
Copic marker
Crystal Nuvo Drops
Seam Binding
Sakura Stardust glitter pen
Sequins

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Thursday, 14 June 2018

Birthday Cards for Boys

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Since the Grandkids are older now and attending lots of birthday parties, I gave our daughters each a big set of kids birthday cards as part of their Mother's Day gift. Here are four more of the cards I included, perfect for little boys!


I bought these monster stamps a couple of years ago - having three grandsons I am always looking for fun images to use for BOYS. So many companies come out with cute girlie stuff but no boy images. These MFT monsters are too much fun - I really like using them.




Here is the second monster card ... I think it would be fun to add wiggly eyes to these as well, but I didn't have them on hand when I was making the cards. I had this paper stack I was working with for a lot of the cards, and I was hoping to use it up. I made a pretty good dent in the package when I discovered a second pad in my pile. Apparently I loved it so much that I purchased two of them. So ... it won't be used up anytime soon!


The robot stamps I've had for MANY years - I stamped a several of them last summer and took them camping to colour in.



And here is the 4th card ...



Both the robot cards have the same interior. I like this stamp for boys - short, simple, to the point but still a fun mix of fonts.



Supplies:
Monster stamps and dies - MFT Stamps
White, green, blue and black card stocks
Red soft finish card stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - DCWV
1006 Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
Sakura White gel pen - Karen Burniston
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Black fine point marker
Nuvo Crystal drops
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Robot stamps - unknown
Zig Clean colour markers
Fun foam
Happy Birthday stamp - MFT Stamps

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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Floral Spray Thank You Cards

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I have a pair of Thank You cards to share today. This first card was totally inspired by a stamp in the May 2018 release at Pink & Main, and that particular stamp set is now on my Pink and Main wish list. Meanwhile, I thought I'd try the idea with one of the P&M stamps I already own and was very happy with how well it worked out.

This is a fall stamp set, but if you colour it with bright colours it's easily swapped for Spring and Summer! I was drawn to the whimsical flowers and fall sentiments so I know this set will get a lot of use.


For my first card today I stamped, die cut and coloured the floral spray then sliced it in half horizontally. I adhered just the very edge above and below a white stitched fishtail banner with an MFT stamped sentiment. The piece was then adhered to a blue stitched fishtail banner and I continued on with making the rest of the card.


Inside, I stamped the same image in a coordinating colour and there is lots of room below the floral spray to write a note.


I used a heavyweight card stock for the card base, which always feels nice and substantial when you hold it.

Since I had the stamp set out anyhow, and it comes with two floral sprays - I decided to make a second thank you card in bright summery colours. I stamped the floral image twice, then fussy cut some of the centre flowers and popped them up with foam tape. The fun circle background die is by Your Next Stamp and the gratitude stamp comes in the Pink and Main bouquet set.


I backed the top half of the Circle Panel die with orange card stock, and the bottom half with green then added some white gel pen highlights to the openings and the stamped bouquet.


Below is a photo of both cards together.



Supplies:
Floral Bouquet stamps and dies - Pink and Main
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1056 Rectangles, Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Circle Panel die - Your Next Stamp
White, orange, green and blue card stocks
Derwent water colour pencils
Water brush
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Words on front - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Bakers Twine
White gel pen - Sakura


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Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Popping Up To Say ... Make A Wish

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Today is our Paper Pro's Challenge, and this time Caz's theme is 'Food and Drink'. Of course I just had to use the new Sweet Treats Charms for my card! I found some older paper in my stash and I have lots of circles and frames on my stamping table these days because of the new Circle Charm Pop-Up and Crosshatch Circles.  I grabbed some white circles & a frame, a pink frame, then cut the cute scalloped edge from the Nature Edges set in red.



I used the new Upsy Daisy Pop-Up for the fun inside, along with Karen Burniston's 'Slide Technique'. The centre layered circle is adhered to the one on the right, and SLIDES over the left circle as the card opens and closes. After I saw her Diamond Slide Technique card, I just had to try it with circles.


The fishtail banner die from the Upsy Daisy set is so handy for adding just a little something extra. I cut the popsicle from a scrap of the striped paper from the same paper pad.


I die cut the word SWEET three times, then adhered them on top of each other for a nice chipboard type embellishment, and layered a bunch more circles and frames onto my centre circles. Then I discovered that the centre circle was getting caught under the left one and I didn't like that catch point. To remedy that, I added the red fishtail banner on each side of both outer circles. The die cut wasn't long enough, but a quick snip through the centre let me adhere them to the back of the circles where I wanted them to hang over.


The centre circle still caught occasionally, but adding the fussy cut sunglasses remedied it completely and made for a smooth transition. Next time I do this, I will use slightly larger circles (or another shape) on the outer arms as the initial problem was that my circles were too small.

The other 'fix' is from Karen Burniston's assembly video for the Upsy Daisy die. She says to 'let your card determine which arm is going to slide under and which is over and that it could be different each time'. I bet it was the one on the left that wanted to go underneath but I didn't think to check for hat and just adhered the centre circle over the right one.

The Ice Cream Cone is adorable, and I added some glitter over the gel pen sprinkles, then added the same glitter glue over the Happy Birthday die. The script dies from all the Word Sets can be curved a little so here I had it follow the line of the red scalloped border.

I really like my Upsy Daisy cards displayed at 90 degrees - but for this one I did open it a little further  to show you the banners on the inside of the circle & little sunglasses


We will sign our name on the longer, white fishtail banner and I added a sweet donut to that as well.

I hope you will check out my fellow Paper Pro's, where we have a casual monthly challenge with a varying number of participants each month.

This month we have:
Karen Aicken (that's me!)

Supplies:
Patterned paper - Carta Bella
White, red and kraft card stocks
1047 Upsy Daisy Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Crayola markers
Water brush
Black fine point marker
Signo white gel pen
1050 Sweet treats Charms - Karen Burniston
1052 Word Set 6  Summer - Karen Burniston
1006 Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
1012 Snowman Twist Circle (circles. beaded frame) - Karen Burniston
1046 Circle Charm Pop-Up (circles) - Karen Burniston
1027 Word Set 4 Just a Note - Karen Burniston
1003 Word Set 2 Birthday - Karen Burniston
1034 Word Set 5 Royalty (longer fishtail banner) - Karen Burniston
Stickles

Card size - 5" square

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