Friday 30 November 2018

Sparkly Black and White Thank You Lever Card

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It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog, and I'm sharing a Lever Card today. The patterned paper is glittered and very sparkly, which is hard to show in the photos.

Stampin' Up came out with black foil card stock in their holiday catalogue and I am really enjoying it. The 'thanks' was cut from it and I love how it catches the light.

The Lever Card die and the Lever Card Layering Die sets are by Our Daily Bread Designs.

I added some layered butterflies on the inside panels using a Stampin' Up punch and I wrote my note of thanks on the white rectangle.

White card stock
Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Lever Card and Lever Card Layering die sets - Our Daily Bread Designs
Fishtail Banner dies - MFT Stamps
Black glossy card stock - Stampin' Up
Butterfly punch - Stampin' Up
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1002 Word Set 1 (thanks) - Karen Burniston

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Thursday 29 November 2018

Hanukkah Cards for Ilai and Alma

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When I saw these adorable 'Darling Dreidels' in a recent release by Neat and Tangled, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I immediately made Hanukkah cards for Ilai and Alma - those two LOVE to get cards in the mail!

Ilai (4) is as blonde as they come, so I coloured the boy to resemble him. That will not be lost on him, either. He always examines the cards very carefully.  When you take the card out of the envelope, this is what it looks like:

The Hanukkah paper package by Photo Play also came with a sheet of themed stickers, so I added the 'spin the dreidel' sticker to a stitched fishtail banner then popped it up below the circle frame. The background was done by cutting two different patterned papers from the package with stitched rectangle dies.

When you start to open the card, you see that it is not a flat card but a Pop-Up with a window in the front!

I used the Katherine Label Pop-Up and circle dies instead of the included label shape and added two strips of patterned down the outer edges.

There is so much dimension to the Katherine Label Pop-Up!

For those that like to pin card fronts & insides together, here you go:

Now Alma (2) didn't get a Pop-Up card, as right now she is into shakers. She grabbed Ilai's shaker Birthday card and hung onto it (talking away to it) for pretty much the rest of his Birthday Party last month.

I used this Reverse Scallop die by Your Next Stamp for the window, backing it with two  different papers from the package and added colour coordinated sequins as the filler. I also added some of the stickers from the paper package and a strip of the striped patterned paper.

Inside I added one of the cut-parts from the package to a white rectangle and Alma's card was done!

Stamps - Neat & Tangled
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
White card stock
Alcohol markers
Sakura White gel pen
Patterned paper, Cut Apart and stickers  - Photo Play
Soft Finish Card Stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Vertical Stitched Strip dies - MFT Stamps
Stitched frame - MFT Stamps
Stitched Circles - MFT Stamps
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - MFT Stamps
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Reverse Scallop with Optional Stripes die - Your Next Stamp
Acetate - Hero Arts
Nuvo Glitter Pan

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Wednesday 28 November 2018

Double Z-Fold Card with a Pop-Up Surprise

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I am just SO pleased with this card. The 'Still Night Bundle' was another stamp & die set from the Stampin' Up Holiday catalogue that I just HAD to have. We have a pair of Great Horned Owls in our neighbourhood and can often hear them hooting in the evenings and early mornings. We've enjoyed watching them perch on our roof or the trees outside the family room and have loved seeing the owlet's too.

Since my brother also likes owls and I needed to make his Birthday Card, I chose this set and made a wide Double Z-Fold card with masculine coloured patterned paper from my stash.

It was close to bedtime when I started the card, but then this idea came to me and I had to stay in the craft room to see if it would work. And it did - I was SO excited! I added Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up to the inside panel so when the card is opened, this filigree owl pops up. How cool is that???

I was just thrilled that my idea worked - it really opens up a whole bunch of possibilities with these cards and is just another reason I like the Katherine Label Pop-Up so much.

Below you can see the layers that show the card is put together like a normal Double Z-Fold card, and then the arm for the Katherine Label is adhered inside the inner fold.

When I first saw this die in the set, I thought - meh. But I loved everything else in the bundle. Now I think this filigree owl is beautiful and I can't wait to use it again.

I know my brother is going to be just tickled with his card and that makes me happy.

Patterned paper - the Paper Studio
Kraft and white card stocks
Still Night stamp and die bundle - Stampin' Up
Copic markers and Stampin' Up Blends
Happy Birthday stamp, Perennial Birthday - Stampin' Up
Word stamp, Picture Perfect Birthday - Stampin' Up
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Stitched fishtail banner dies - MFT Stamps
Sakura white gel pen

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Tuesday 27 November 2018

Snowman Banner Shaped Card

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I stumbled upon a 'Flash Sale' at the Stamps of Life, and they had this Snowman Fold-It card on their site - which was a limited edition. Since I've been enjoying making shaped Fold-It cards I added it to my order and couldn't wait to have a play.

This is the first snowman I've made with the dies - I think I'd like the base (shadow) a different colour the next time. I also found out that the folded card doesn't stand on it's own because of the rounded bottom. I tried trimming off the inside bottom edge to make it straight but that didn't help. So I decided to perch my snowman on a large fishtail banner and make that be my card base.

The hat, mitts and mug are from the Lawn Fawn Critter Hugger Winter Add-On set and I was happy with how well they fit on this snowman. I bent the die cut arms to give him elbows - it's going to be fun making different snowman variations.

I think this Snowman Fold-It will make some really cute tags for the holidays too.

White, red, kraft, and black card stocks
Patterned paper - DCWV
Snowman Fold-It - Exclusive, Limited Edition - the Stamps of Life
Woodland Critter Huggers Winter Add On - Lawn Fawn
Stitched Fishtail Banner - MFT Stamps
Stamped words on banner - MFT Stamps
Nuvo Shimmer pen
Nested Banner dies - Umbrella Crafts
Stamp inside - Stampin' Up, Peaceful Poinsettias

Card size is 4-1/2 x 6-1/2", because of the Santa Hat height. But it will easily fit in a 5 x 7" envelope and mail for a single stamp.

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Monday 26 November 2018

Eagle Wobble Masculine Card

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and today's share is a card I donated to my Mom's nursing home. There are quite a few men in there and I think it's nice that they get a card specifically designed for them. I do include both masculine and feminine cards each month, as well as some generic ones that could work for either.

I have had these PSX stickers for many years, so I pulled them out and adhered them to white card stock. Then they got cut out and set aside to make masculine cards with. The eagle is mounted to the black strip in between the patterned paper pieces with an Action Wobble, so he bobs and wobbles around.

Finally, here is a peek at the inside.

Black, cream and white card stocks
Stickers - Personal Stamp Exchange
Action Wobble
Stamp inside - Stampin' Up
Deckle Edge die - Tim Holtz (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - scrap from my stash

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Sunday 25 November 2018

Alma's Birthday Explosion Card

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Today's share is the card I made for our Granddaughter's second birthday. It's hard to believe she is only two - seems like she is more like ten! She is a character, that one - full of spitfire & joy and is smart as a whip. I call her Sunshine and she truly does light up a room.

I kept the front fairly simple, as all the fun is on the inside! I used Karen Burniston's Explosion Pop-Up to create all the fun folds, and included a cupcake from the Cupcake Pop-Up as well as personalizing the card inside with the Alphabet dies.

Note, the cupcake does stick out of the card a little in the closed position. I'm fine with that - it will be displayed open and I like that it's a bit of a teaser that there is something cool inside the card. But you could move the icing down a little inside the cupcake liner if you wanted to.

There IS lots of bulk on this card, but it will be hand-delivered with her gift so that meant I could go to town with ribbons, bows and foam tape. This is probably the last time I will be able to get way with pink for Alma ... if you handed her a doll or a truck to play with she will choose the truck every single time. Show her a dress and she says NOOOOOOOOOOO. Ahahaha - she cracks us up, that one.

I know she will love her card because of the Pop-Up, the balloons and she recognizes her name when it's spelled out.

1069 Explosion Pop-Up  - Karen Burniston
Pink and white card stock
Heart stencil - Dylusions
1008 Cupcake Pop-Up  - Karen Burniston
Cupcake patterned paper - Michaels
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Ribbon - stash
Striped patterned paper - DCWV
Sakura white gel pen
Copic markers
1055 Ovals Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1038 Happy Birthday Day - Karen Burniston
1053 Alphabet - Karen Burniston
1034 Word Set 5 Royalty (banner) - Karen Burniston
Stamp - MFT Stamps

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Saturday 24 November 2018

Bear Diorama Card

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges Blog. Our November hostess is Joanne Grzelak and this is her challenge:  Last week, on the 17th, it was Take a Hike Day. Be inspired by a hiking theme. You could create a scenic card or have one with hiking boots. Use your imagination to create a card related to hiking.

I decided to use a new die set, the Diorama die by Our Daily Bread Designs. I included a bear because when you are hiking around where we live, you need to be prepared in case you see a bear. In fact, last year there was a little black bear roaming around our neighbourhood, climbing up on people's front steps and peering in their windows. There was a whole pile of foot and nose prints around to prove it, ha ha.

I added a panel on the back side as a place to write a note to a friend.

The card folds down completely flat for mailing in an A6 envelope. I do have an issue with this Diorama die set though. I have done Diorama cards before without dies, and they always fold flat in both directions. This one has the right side edge facing up and it folds flat. However if I try to fold it so the left side is facing up, it buckles. Forcing it pops off the interior tabs. I watched a couple of videos on YouTube of other people making Diorama cards using either Lawn Fawn dies or doing them on their own and theirs all folded both ways.

Hmmmm.  I got out my dies and measured them, and it would appear that the inner strip die that comes with the Diorama die set is a smidge shorter than it should be. While frustrating, I think I can work around it by added my own score line on one tab, over a little from the one that embosses when you die cut the panel.  Below you can see how the card folds flat for mailing.

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 C4C462.

Diorama and layers - Our Daily Bread Designs
Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Brown and white card stocks
Stickers - Echo Park (using them up!!)
Sakura black glaze pen
1052 Word Set 6 Summer - Karen Burniston
Stitched fishtail banners - MFT Stamps

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Friday 23 November 2018

Butterfly Katherine Label Pop-Up Thank You

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I've been sending out a lot of Thank You cards lately, so I'm sharing another one of them today.

I am getting a lot of use out of Karen Burniston's new Thank You die - I love that it cuts as a single piece and the bold font makes it easy peasy to adhere to your project. I also added some iridescent sequins and a l layered, punched butterfly to my card front.

Inside I used the Katherine Label Pop-Up to animate a larger butterfly!

You get so much dimension from the Katherine Label Pop-Up - it's always a fun surprise to open a card and watch the magic happen.

I've already heard from the recipient, who hadn't received a card with one of Karen Burniston's Pop-Up dies before. She really liked it!

Patterned paper - K & Company
1054 Rectangles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Green, white card stocks
1066 Thank You - Karen Burniston
Fine point black marker
Sakura white gel pen
Layered butterfly - Spellbinders
Butterfly punch - Stampin' Up

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Thursday 22 November 2018

Scalloped Anniversary Card

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Today's share is an Anniversary card I made for friends who live in Arizona. Of course I pulled out this lovely succulent patterned paper by Lynda Kanase and also my new Scalloped Card Drop-Ins die by Stephanie Barnard.

I think this is a die set I'm going to get a lot of use out of - I love a scalloped card base! I have already used it without the smaller card front for an A2 scalloped card and love that it comes with a couple of fun word sentiments like this 'Happy Anniversary'.

Since I was able to hand deliver this card, I wasn't worried about bulk. I added double sided tape to the back of a piece of white fun foam, and die the the Happy Anniversary from the foam. It was then adhered to the shadow layer and popped up on the card front with a stitched vellum heart under it. I also added some pearls, which I rarely do if the card is going through the mail.

Inside I used another piece of this lovely patterned paper and I like how it shows through to the front of the card in the closed position. I die cut a white rectangle, stamped it then adhered it right inside the card.

Scallop Card Drop Ins - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix and the Stamps of Life)
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - Succulent Serenity, Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Green and white card stocks
Sheer Ribbon - stash
Fun foam
Scrap fo vellum
Stitched heart die - Elizabeth Crafat Designs
Bling - Stampin' Up
Words inside - Petal Palette, Stampin- Up

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