Wednesday 28 February 2018

Bright Cutaway Birthday Card

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My card share today uses another new-to-me die. You may have noticed I've been shopping for some new paper crafting supplies - I got money for Christmas and am putting it to good use. :-) I chose this die for a couple of reasons.

1 - It's large - so easily fills a card front with one pass.

2 - It cuts the design out of the card front, and I can see several different variations for this design.

3 - It will work great for masculine cards, in fact it will work for birthdays for just about everyone!

I'm also a fan of the Soft Finish Card Stock at Elizabeth Craft Designs so that is what I used for my card today.

After die cutting the white panel, I backed each of the openings with horizontal strips of different colours of card stock, matted it with the bright green then adhered it to the front of a folded pink card.  I'm loving this colour of pink - it's another new-to-me supply, the Guava card stock from The Stamps Of Life. I am very happy with the quality of the card stock and this colour is just what I was looking for. The pale pink, orange, yellow and bright green are the Soft Finish Card Stock.

I added glitter glue in some of the openings for some birthday sparkle.

Finally, here is a peek at the inside using an older stamp.

Pink and white card stocks
Pink, yellow, bright green and orange Soft Finish Card Stocks - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Happy Birthday Cutaway die - MFT Stamps
Dashing Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Word stamps - FIVE FOR ALL - Stampin' Up
Blueprints #29 - MFT Stamps

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Tuesday 27 February 2018

Flower Fold-Its Card Duo

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There is just something about this Flower Fold-It's die set that really appealed to me. I purchased it last month and made this first card to send to my Mom to let her know I was thinking of her.

What is better than flowers, when it's cold and snowy and blowy? I am going to have fun sending flowers to my friends this winter. On this one, I added a couple of sequins (!!) to the centre, outlined the inner petals with glitter glue, and added a little sparkle to the leaves as well.

Here is a peek at the inside:

When I went to make my Mom another card the following week, I decided it might be fun to send her another flower card. These cards stand on their own, and I'm picturing sending her several more and she can have a whole bouquet of flower's standing on her sofa table! Below is my second Flower Fold-It's card, a die set by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix.

Both the dark pink and the green patterned paper have glittery embossed bits - the green is actually a tiny ladybug pattern!

I actually messed up the cutting on this one, so ended up with two pieces instead of one with a fold at the top. Rather than recut it, I simply added a horizontal score line about 3/4" down from the top edge  of the back piece. Adhesive above that line and then the two pieces are attached as one card and it will still stand on it's own for display.

Just a little bit of happy mail for my Mom.

Supplies for first flower card:
Flower Fold-its - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
White card stock
Patterned paper - Crate Paper
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
Sequins - Craftin' Desert Diva's
Heart Happy stamp - C.C. Designs
Marvy Le Plume II markers
Butterfly stamp - Hero Arts

Supplies for second flower card:
Flower Fold-its - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
White card stock
Patterned paper - DCWV
Happy stamp - Stampin' Up
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps

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Monday 26 February 2018

"King for a Day" Shark Shaker Birthday Card

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For Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, I have a shaker card made with some of Karen Burniston's new dies. To create the backgrounds, I dabbed a craft mat with Distress Oxide inks then spritzed the ink with water then dipped and dragged the pieces through the puddles. I like all the different variations you can get - these inks are really something.

The card front has two openings, and the top one has an acetate topper so I could turn it into a shaker. Before adhering it all together though, I added the shark (from the new Sea Animals) with foam tape. The crown was adhered afterwards, on top of the acetate. The new Word Set Royalty is fun and I like how well it works for masculine cards.

In the second opening, I added a stitched wave from the Tropical Scene die set.

This shark die. I love this shark. It's ridiculous how much I love this shark die.

Here is a peek at the inside, where I created a little scene using the Tropical Scene die set.

I plan on giving this to our Son-In-Law for his birthday in a few days. He loves the tropics, that one.

1037 Sea Animals - Karen Burniston
Grey, white, teal, blue, kraft and white card stocks
Frame die - MFT Stamps
Distress Oxide Inks
1038 Tropical Scene - Karen Burniston
1036 Princess & Mermaid (crown) - Karen Burniston
1034 Word Set 5 Royalty - Karen Burniston
Happy Birthday stamp - MFT Stamps
Sakura White Gel Pen - Karen Burniston
1045 Outdoor Scene (clouds) - Karen Burniston

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Sunday 25 February 2018

Three Pine Sprig Holiday Cards

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Today I'd like to share some Christmas cards as I plan on working on my holiday cards throughout the year.

These ones were inspired by the Cricut cut pinecone and sprig. I must have cut them at least 6 years ago and got them assembled with their shadow layer. Then they went into the Christmas 'embellishment' bin and for some reason I didn't get anything done with them until now. I have a few left for other cards another day.

Still loving red snowflakes!

This version happened because the pinecone sprigs were sitting on my stamping table while I was working on a different project and there was this strip of green holly foiled patterned paper on top of the scraps in the paper pad. The card practically made itself, ha ha.

All three of the pinecone sprigs have a copper metallic card stock shadow, which gives them some holiday shimmer.

Supplies for plaid cards:
White, green, brown, and copper metallic card stock
Patterned paper - Recollections
Pine Sprig - Cricut (Joys of the Season)
Sparkle gel pen - Sakura
Bakers Twine
Stitched Fishtail banner - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Be Merry die - Lawn Fawn
1012 Snowman Twist Circle Pop-Up (snowflakes)
Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangles - MFT Stamps
Stitched rectangle die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Words inside - Lawn Fawn

Supplies for Kraft card:
Pine Sprig - Cricut (Joys of the Season)
Patterned papers
Noel die - Lawn Fawn
Patterned paper - Recollections
Copper textured, green, brown, and red card stocks
Sakura glitter pens
Stitched rectangle die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Saturday 24 February 2018

C4CC423 Cake Pop-Up

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. I've been the hostess this month and I'd like to thank Kristine Reynolds for being our Guest Designer.  She has also agreed to help us out next month too! You can find her blog HERE.  

My challenge this week: This is my Birthday Month and I like cake. For your project this week, add a cake, cupcake or other yummy. It doesn’t have to be a birthday card - just show us something delicious.
I pulled out an older paper pack for my card today. I love the new bold, Happy Birthday die from Karen Burniston, and knew I wanted to use it on the front. It looks like it blends in with the background in the photo below but in real life it does not. Chalk it up to my iffy photography skills.

I also love the new stitched scalloped border die by Prickley Pear stamps. It has a stencil feature for the words HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATS but for this one I used a fine point marker and penned the word 'celebrate'.

It's amazing how this 3-d, dimensional cake folds completely flat for mailing!

I adhered a couple of printed embellishments to the cake top, and one of the candles that come with the Cake Pop-Up. While it's hard to see int he photo, I added the scalloped cake trim around the base of the cake as a cake plate. That tip came from Karen Burniston's assembly video!

A few more printed embellishments and pretty stitched and scalloped borders inside.

Even though the patterned paper was a lighter weight than I probably should have used for the cake, I'm really happy with how well it turned out. The Cake Pop-Up is such an amazing die set.

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 C4C423.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Marvy LePlume II markers
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Distress Oxide Inks

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Friday 23 February 2018

Cactus Thank You Card

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I really enjoyed making this card for a friend who lives in Arizona. I have been wanting these succulent dies by Lynda Kanase since I saw them last year at CHA and I finally have them! I had fun dipping and dragging the die cut pieces through spritzed Distress Oxide Inks. 

The pretty patterned paper is also by Lynda Kanase, part of her Succulent Serenity collection. I feel like I waited so long for this that I purchased two pads of the paper! It's double sided, which makes it fun.

The frame die is also a new purchase, and I simply turned the top patterned paper panel around to show the reverse pattern and after adding colour with the inks I inlaid it back into it's spot on the frame. For the lower piece, I cut it from the reverse of the pattern I used for the cactus.

The cactus has partial cuts for the spines, and I folded them forward slightly and touched each one with some glitter glue. Gotta have a little sparkle and shine these days!

I added stitched panels inside, and another succulent - this time it was die cut from some of Lynda's patterned paper and I inked the edges with Distress Oxide inks and a sponge.

While I'm looking forward to using these dies for some 3-D projects, I'm really happy with how well they worked on simple card, too.

Patterned paper - Succulent Serenity, Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Succulent dies - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Distress Oxide Inks
Marvy LePlume II Markers
Frame die - MFT Stamps
Brad - Recollections
Lavender and black card stocks
Blueprints #29 (stitched panel) - MFT Stamps

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Thursday 22 February 2018

Cactus Thank You Fold-a-Long Card

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Today's share is another Cactus Fold-a-Long card. For this one, I tied a loop of Bakers Twine to keep it closed  rather than the magnets I used on the previous one.

I'm always a fan of kraft, and when I saw this sheet with the gold foiled dots I had to buy it. I did well though and only purchased one sheet. I added some glitter dots to the flower area for more shine. The die set comes with the flower shapes to add to the base, but I didn't want to distract from the simple kraft and gold so left them off.

The 'Thanks' was die cut from gold foil card stock and adhered to a die cut rectangle. That was adhered to the left side of the card only.

Here is what the card looks like on the inside. So fun!

I have to replenish my supply of Thank You Cards, so this is a start.

Kraft & Gold patterned paper - Recollections
Cactus Fold-A-Long -  Jen Long (Sizzix)
Bakers Twine
Kraft, black and white card stocks
Gold foil card stock - scraps
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Wonky Stitched Rectangle die - MFT Stamps
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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Butterfly Pop-Up Thank You Card & Gift Card Holder

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When my Mom asked for a couple of Thank You cards to put with some gift cards, I made her three coordinating sets. The other two have already been shared, so thought it was time I got this one posted as well. 

I love the soft and pretty colours in this paper. The flowers are glittered, so I added more sparkle with glitter paste and a butterfly stencil. Then I added a layered die cut butterfly - the white layer is actually a frosted vellum.

For the inside, I used more older products from my stash ... Karen Burniston's Pop 'n Cut A2 base with the Sassy Label insert and coordinating framelit dies.

The layer below the die cut 'thanks' is also frosted vellum, and I added another layered butterfly and more stencilled & glittered butterflies.

I used a Sizzix BigZ XL die to cut the gift card holder. There is a little flap & notch to hold it closed, and the gift card fits inside right on the cardboard backing! I added some bling and a die cut flower.

I love making things coordinate, so these sets were very satisfying to make.

A2 Pop 'n Cut base with Sassy Label Insert, Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Green, cream, off white confetti and charcoal card stocks
Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Corner Rounder
Sassy Label with Stitched Frames dies - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Butterfly & Stars stencil - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stencil Paste - Bo Bunny
Butterfly Accessory dies - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Pearlized vellum
Wink of stella
Flourished Frame Accordion (thanks) - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Black and white card stocks
Sassy Label with Stitched Frames - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Flower dies - Stampin' Up
A2 Card with flap BigZ die - Sizzix

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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Gnome Pop-Up Card

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I had fun making this card. It is another one I made in the fall but didn't get posted because of holiday cards. I thought the Prickley Pear Gnomes would be fun to use peeking over a leafy 'hedge' on the card front. 

Inside, I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up to create the animation. By backing the opening with the same tree print paper, the cupcake shape 'disappears' into the background. Here I added another Gnome, this time peeking out from behind his fun mushroom house.

This card went together surprisingly fast, once I had the images coloured. 

Brown, white and cream card stocks
Patterned paper - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Gnome Homes stamp set & dies - Prickley Pear Stamps
Derwent Water Colour pencils
Fun foam
Word balloon stamp and die - Lawn Fawn
Leaf sprig stamp - Wild Whisper
Label dies - Stampin' Up
Copic markers

Card size - 5 x 5" square, fits in a square envelope or a 5 x 7" one.

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Monday 19 February 2018

Dinosaur Pop-Up Birthday Card

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Today's share is a funny card I made for my Mom to give hubby on his birthday. 

I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up and created a circle window for the dinosaur stamped image to show through. When the card is opened, that piece pops-up and lifts above the back of the card.

I added the punchline on the left side of the card rather than the right, which gave my Mom lots of room to write.

The dinosaur is wearing a tiny fussy cut party hat. In addition to the stamped confetti I added a bunch of raised 'enamel looking' dots with the Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Below the pop-up was space for her to write her message.

My hubby got a kick out of the funny saying inside the card.

Black, white and teal card stocks
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
White glossy card stock
Dino stamps - Stampin' Up
Crayola Markers
Words - Art Gone Wild
White embossing powder - Ranger
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Wonky stitched rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
HBD and banner stamps and die - Stamps of Life
Copic markers

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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