Wednesday, 20 February 2019

Eight 'Happy Birthday' Cards

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Today I'm sharing Birthday Cards that I made to donate to my Mom's Nursing Home. I picked up this die set last year so pulled it out again and worked on these cards off and on for several days. Since they are similar, I'm posting them all together.

The first group have a black card base, and the red checked paper is embossed and sparkly. I added a kraft panel in behind the words - I love kraft and red together.

The greeting was stamped on a crosshatch circle so it would pop from the background.

Then I pulled out an older 6 x 6" paper pad and made a good dent in it with these next five cards.

I added a stamped and fussy cut party hat to some of the card fronts, and outlined the letters with a black marker on some as well.

I usually have several large lunch bags on the go for my donation cards, so I added two of these into each of the bags. That way the residents don't open a bunch of similar cards at the same birthday party.

Black, Kraft, White and grey card stocks
Patterned paper - Recollections and My Minds Eye
Happy Birthday Drop-Ins - Stephanie Barnard, Sizzix and the Stamps of Life
1057 Circles Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Word stamps - unsure, lost my notes!
Party hat stamp - Lawn Fawn
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Flamingo Hello Card

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These MFT Flamingo dies were on my Wish List for a long time, and when I finally decided to go ahead and get them they were hard to find. I was so happy to finally find them!

Here I paired the flamingo with a tag and word die from Paper Smooches and flower & leaf dies from Stampin' Up.

Into the card stash with this one.

Pink, black, turquoise, burgundy, yellow and white card stocks
Quote tag die - Paper Smooches
Flamingo die set - MFT Stamps
Nuvo Glitter pen
Sakura gel pen
Rounded Rectangle Infinity dies - Hero Arts
Patterned paper - Prima
Flowers and leaves - Stampin' Up

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Monday, 18 February 2019

Four Llama Birthday Cards

Good morning friends

Today I'm sharing Llama cards I made to donate to my Mom's nursing home. These Llama's from The Stamps of Life are so fun to use!

Can we talk about the patterned paper for a minute? I loooooove patterned paper. And I have lots. LOTS. I have had this paper stack for a couple of years and just when I thought I was getting to the end of it, guess what? I found a second one in my stash. Then I remember getting it home and loving the prints so much I went out and picked up a second pad so I wouldn't run out of it. Craziness, right?  So you will still be seeing a lot of this paper stack over the next year as well.

I added the die cut 'happy', then wrote 'birthday' with a black glaze pen. The Llama was cut from white card stock but I added a little colour with copic markers. Then I adhered it to the black shadow layer for definition.

Some of the papers have sparkly bits to them so that always adds to a Birthday card.

Since it is still winter, I added the sparkly scarf but I have some different ideas to dress up his neck using some fringe type banner dies.

Word Tag - Paper Smooches
White, red and black card stock
Patterned paper - DCWV
1003 Word Set 2 Birthday - Karen Burniston
Llama dies - the Stamps of Life
Copic markers
Sakura black glaze pen
Thick bakers twine - Stampin' Up
Words inside - Papertrey Ink

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Sunday, 17 February 2019

Six Feminine Birthday Cards

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I'm having fun using items from my stash to make birthday cards for my Mom's nursing home, so when I was poking around in my patterned paper I found this sheet and decided to use it. I was able to get six card fronts from the 12 x 12" sheet!

I love embellishment packets, and hadn't been able to resist this cute love themed one from Pebbles. I pulled out six of the larger images and then I was off and running for the cards.

I used pretty much the same basic layout for each of the cards.

I added stickles to most of the images for some birthday sparkle and shine.

There are two of each of the critters in the package, so I used the feminine Llama but still have the masculine one for a different card.

The card insides are all identical.

Patterned paper - Pink Fresh Studio
Embellishments - Pebbles 
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched circle scallop frame dies - MFT Stamps
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Stitched Fishtail Banner die - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday stamp - MFT Stamps
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Pink and white card stocks
Mini Scalloped rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Stamps inside - MFT Stamps

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Saturday, 16 February 2019

Llama Lever Card

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EDITED: Apparently I mixed up the dates and this post got published today instead of tomorrow (Sunday). So this is my second post of the morning! I have a bad cold and the cold meds make me 'just a LITTLE' loopy. Ha.

I subscribe to the Taylored Expression e-newsletter, and when I saw some of the new release I was SO excited! I have mentioned that I'm crazy about Llama images these days so as soon as the release was available I placed my order. My card today uses several of the dies and stamps from that purchase.

I started with a Lever Card for the card base. If you follow my blog you know how much I like these Lever Card and Lever Card layering die sets. Then I added one of the cute new fringe dies across the top.  It was fun creating the scene with the new TE stamps and dies and I like how the Llama is peeking out of the window. I also plan on using these dies to decorate some of my larger Llama dies!

I added heart eye-glasses to the Llama,from Karen Burniston's new Tiny Accessories Two. When I was assembling the Llama I realized I had forgotten his 'muzzle' ... so I added it over the stamped face and just drew on the nose and mouth following the one on the included stamp.

Here is the card when it is open, and you can see the whole Llama and another little cactus scene.

The 'Let's Talk Edger' was a Free With Purchase item if you got the entire bundle - which I did. I cut it twice and offset the green one for a bit of a shadow effect. I fussy cut one of the SW motifs from a different sheet of paper and added an enamel dot to the centre.

Lever Card dies and Layering Dies - Divinity Designs
White, grey, green, black, teal, red and pink card stocks
Sakura black glaze pen
Sakura white gel pen
No Drama Llama stamps & dies - Taylored Expressions
1076 Tiny Accessories 2 (heart eye glasses) - Karen Burniston
Black marker
Patterned paper -
Double Pierces hills die - Your Next Stamp
Can't Touch This stamps & dies - Taylored Expressions
Skinny Mini Fiesta Border dies - Taylored Expressions
1045 Outdoor Scene (cloud) - Karen Burniston
Let's Talk Edger 1 - Taylored Expressions
Whole Llama Love stamps - Taylored Expressions
Stitched rectangle - Waffle Flower
Enamel Dot - Echo Park

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C4C471 Sketch Birthday Card for Boys

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges Blog. Our February hostess is Kathleen Adams. Kristine Reynolds joins us as our Guest Designer this month and you can find her blog at:  Stamping and Scrapping in California.  

Since this is the third Saturday of the month, Kathleen has a sketch for us:

For my card today, I turned the sketch on its side. I love that sketches are guidelines and can be changed up to suit your needs. They are such a great jumping off point!

I wanted to use a couple of new-to-me items from Your Next Stamp - the Porthole and Anchor die set and the fun fish stamps.

I added black glaze pen detailing to the fish eyes. They would be really cute with little wiggly eyes and I can't wait to try that next.

Here is a peek at the inside:

While I was working on the card, I decided to make a second identical card. It never takes twice as long to make a second card and that gives me two more cards to donate to my Mom's nursing home. I typically donate 25 birthday cards each month so I like to keep on top of it.

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 C4C471.

White, blue and black card stocks
Patterned paper - the Paper House
Stitched vertical strip dies - MFT Stamps
Porthole and Anchor die set - Your Next Stamp
Aquarium Antics stamp set - Your Next Stamp
Copic markers
Sakura black glaze pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Happy Days Mermaids (happy fishy wishes) - Your Next Stamp
Word stamp inside - Papertrey Ink

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Friday, 15 February 2019

Welcome Ringo Pop-Up Card

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It's Fun Fold Friday here on my blog. Today I made a card for our daughter's family who welcomed a new pet into their home... Ringo the bunny. I used Karen Burniston's Frame Pull Pop-Up and I think the grand kids will have fun pulling the tab and watching the panel flip up.

I used the Alphabet dies to cut 'yay', and added 'congrats' at the bottom.

When you pull on the tab, the 'yay' panel flips up to reveal the bunny and the words 'welcome Ringo'. So fun!

The bunny die is from the new Spring Animals and I coloured him up to look like the new bunny, with the patches over his eyes etc. I also like how the Alphabet allows you to personalize a card.

I know that the 'o' sticks out of the side a little, but I was OK with that. It gives a little tease as to what is inside. Had I not been finishing this card when I was tired, I would have arranged all the letters before adhering them down. As I said, I'm ok with the little peek when the card is closed ... no mistakes in papercrafting, right? Speaking of things sticking out beyond the flap - I did trim the bunny's ear slightly so IT wouldn't stick out and interfere with the tab pull.

I like to make this type of card flat, post-card style but of course I also like to dress up the back a little. I just make sure to keep everything adhered flat with no foam tape so it lays flat nicely for display. I used a piece from one of the Border Blends Argyle to decorate the white rectangle, which is where I wrote my note.

This really was a sweet and simple card - not every pop-up card needs to take hours to complete. I'm adding another view so you can see the dimension you get with the Frame Pull Pop-Up. Such a fun die set!

1074 Spring Animals - Karen Burniston
Zig Clean Color Markers
Black, white, pink and blue card stocks
Sakura white gel pen
1070 Frame Pull Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - Sizzix
Stitched rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1077 Word Set 8 Celebrate - Karen Burniston
1053 Alphabet - Karen Burniston
Welcome stamp (used part of the whole stamp) - MFT Stamps
Fishtail banner die - MFT Stamps
1056 Squares Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
1090 Border Blends Argyle - Karen Burniston

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Thursday, 14 February 2019

Heart Pivot Panel Card for my Mom

Hello my crafty friends

Today I'm sharing a card I made to send my Mom to let her know I was thinking about her. Valentine's Day was my Mom and Dad's Wedding Anniversary, so she needs a little extra love on this day.

I kept the front nice and simple, with large lettering as she has Low Vision and I wanted her to be able to read it.

The hearts were cut from a pretty coral Shimmer Sheetz so they have lots of shimmer and shine.

Here is the inside!

I added the new Heart Pivot Panel to the centre, and lots of Shimmer Sheetz hearts. I also used the new Border Blends Party for the bottom edge and penned words across the bottom.

Here is a look at the card from the top so you can see all the dimension you get with the Pivot Panels.

And finally, for those that like to pin card fronts and insides together on their Pinterest boards - here you go!

Blueprints #1 - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - K & Company
Pink card stock
Shimmer Sheets & Double Sided Adhesive - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Black marker
1091 Border Blends Party - Karen Burniston
1088 Heart Pivot Panels - Karen Burniston
1081 Tag Book Pop-Up (scalloped circle) - Karen Burniston

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Valentine Treat Holders

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I am a big fan of Your Next Stamp, and their new Fun Friday Challenge #107 is to use Die Cuts for your creation. I am entering these treat holders into that challenge. All the details for the Fun Friday Challenge #107 can be found HERE.

These sweet Treat Holders were made with the Treat Pouch die set by Lynda Kanase for Sizzix. The die set comes with pretty and elegant dies for decorating the Treat Pouch, but other than the shadow layer for one of the labels, I chose to use stamps for decorating instead.

These adorable stamps are by Your Next Stamp - and they were perfect for making Valentine Treat Holders for our grandkids. I used a different stamp for each of them, other than the cute heart-holding-dog. That stamp got used twice but  I coloured each one up differently. While there are dies available, I don't have them yet so I fussy cut the images out and popped them up on the white die cut label.

The balloon string on this heart balloon is much longer, so I shortened it with a scissor snip so it would fit on the treat holder better.

These Treat Pouches are filled with six Hershey's Kisses - you simply untie the bow and pour out the treats. I like that the grands will each get a few little goodies from Gramma, but not too much that their parents will be annoyed at all the sugar. Each of the critters has a shiny nose from a black glaze pen.

I had four of them made and decided I didn't want to cut into another 12 x 12" sheet to make the fifth. So I used one of the leftover pieces and decided that Alma at age one could have sideways hearts on her Treat Pouch. Hers is the one in the centre in the photo below, with the 'angel bunnies' holding the 'I Heart You' banner.

Don't they look so cute all together?

The Treat Pouch is so easy to change up to work for different occasions - I think they turned out so cute!

Pouch, Treat - Lynda Kanase, Sizzix
Patterned paper - Doodlebug
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Bristol smooth card stock
Love & Hugs stamps - Your Next Stamp
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Water Brush
Sakura black glaze pen
Sakura white gel pen
Bakers Twine

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