Friday 17 May 2024

Birthday Wishes Pop Up Card Duo

Welcome to Fun Fold Friday here on my blog!

I wanted to use this paper pad, and since there are two sheets of each design I made two cards. While I didn't plan on making two identical cards, I know they will be going to different people so I just went with it.  This is another one of those paper pads that has some large prints that are hard to make work with A2 sized cards. These two are 5x7" and they turned out really well. I added a die cut Birthday Wishes (and the shadow) with foam tape then a few Glitter Dot stickers for some shine.

Inside I used the Paper Frames Pop Up and decorated with some fussy cut plants from a retired Stampin' Up paper package. 

Since those plants were fussy cut and in my embellishment binder, these cards didn't take very long to create which is always a bonus.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Farmhouse, Craftsmart (I think I got it at Michaels a few years ago)
5x7 Nesting dies - Waffle Flower
Birthday Wishes die - Simon Says Stamp
Paper Frames Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Plants - fussy cut from Stampin' Up papers (old)
Sentiment - Little Something Sentiments, Catherine Pooler
Glitter Dot stickers - Ecstasy Crafts
5x7 Card blank and envelopes

Thursday 16 May 2024

Four Metallic Birthday Cards

I really wanted to play with this embossing folder, so grabbed the first sheet of metallic printed card stock that was in the pile and these cards are the result. Two A2 sized cards and two 4x6" cards  - they will be donated to my Mom's old nursing home.

While the embossing folder is actually a set that includes words to stamp in the blank wavy area - I decided to use up some older Peel Off's instead.

Here is a peek at the inside - all the cards have the same sentiment stamped inside. It's part of a larger stamp that has 'hugs & kisess' above it but I snipped it off to make the stamp more useable for me. I showed the stamp in my Sheetload of Cards video this week, which you can find HERE if you are curious.

Supplies used:
Metallic cardstock - Hunkydory (old)
Embossing folder - Celebrate, Crafters Companion
Happy Birthday Peel Off's - Elizabeth Craft Designs (old)
Inside Sentiment - Here Comes Birthday Wishes, Picket Fence Studios

Wednesday 15 May 2024

Money Cards for the Grandkids

I haven't bought much in the way of new crafting supplies in months ... but I did place an order from MFT Stamps back February since this Money Card die was back in stock. I didn't grab it when it was first released, because I tend not to stalk the new releases. There are just too many! Anyhow, by the time I saw this one - it was sold out. I enjoy different ways to dress up a gift card - so the stamps that go with this die set (which had also been sold out) work great for Gift Card Holders too. In fact, the die set has a coordinating gift card pocket die set which I used for Mother's Day. Did I remember to take a photo of those though? No ... sheesh.

I already had the lip balm pouches (also MFT) so used them with the Money Card set to make some cash gifts for our grandkids. These were fun to make and a good opportunity to try out the stamps & dies.

I lined up some bills at their short ends, and taped them together with washi tape. Then I tightly rolled them up and tucked them into the lip balm pouches. After the first one - which immediately sprung open, I was sure to have the top layer and the backing place adhered together above the pouch. Then I simply had to hold the rolled bills in place and thread the end of the top bill through the slot in the back piece. A little more glue - I used wet glue) all the way around the remaining outer edge and the cards were all assembled. The kids can simply pull the first bill and they should all come out of the slot. In theory, at least - but if for some reason they get stuck, the cards are easy enough to tear into. Ha.

I packaged them in clear bags to prevent any accidental bill pulling until I give them to the grandkids.

I think the fact that I have already used the set 8 times (the five shown here and the three for Mother's Day that I forgot to photograph) shows that these items will get well used over the years!

Supplies used:
Money Card - MFT Stamps
Lip Balm pouches - MFT Stamps
Birthday Cash stamp set - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - Over the Rainbow, Recollections
Enamel Dots - stash

Tuesday 14 May 2024

May 2024 Sheetload of Cards

Today I'm sharing my cards using the May 2024 Sheetload of Cards. I have a walkthrough of my cards on YouTube, as well as five bonus cards using the leftover patterned paper pieces!  

I forgot to take photos of the bonus cards to share here on my blog though. Below is a photo of the inside and all the cards were done the same.

This was another fun Sheetload - I think it would be beautiful done with sparkly Christmas cards, with metallic border strips. 

You can find the May 2024 Sheetload of cards HERE.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Pebbles, All The Cake line
Inside Sentiment - Here Comes Birthday Wishes, Picket Fence Studios
Outside sentiment - Merry Messages, Lawn Fawn
Circle Punch - Stampin' Up
Dots embossing folder - Sizzix (old)
Rainbow Holographic cardstock
Front sentiment - Twice the Wishes, MFT Stamps
Inside sentiment - HBD4HSN - The Stamps of Life

Monday 13 May 2024

Basketball Coach Appreciation Card


Welcome to Masculine Card Monday here on my blog!

When I asked our daughters how many teacher appreciation cards they would like me to make this year, our middle daughter asked if I could also make one for our grandson's basketball coach. I had completely forgotten about this stamp set from Stampin' Up that I have had for years, so it was fun to pull it out again. I added Nuvo Glaze to the basketball so it's raised and shiny. 

Now my mojo has taken a nosedive, and if that wasn't enough - my craft room has become a dumping ground and it's hard to even move in there let alone get creative. However, I really wanted to get this card made and this is what I came up with.

The element on the front was attached with an Action Wobble. I go in phases with these things - it can be a year before I use one, then I want to use them on lots of cards for awhile. 

I used an alpha die set to cut the letters for COACH, stamped 'thanks' above that then added some dots using my favourite dot stamp.

I had better get cracking on cardmaking, as I don't have anything made to share next week and usually I'm running at least three weeks ahead. Yikes!

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Amber Moon, Prima
Simply Sports stamp set - Stampin' Up
Hexagon Crosshatch dies - Karen Burniston
Blending Sponge
Dot stamp - peg stamp, Stamps by Judith
Front sentiment - Simply Sentiments Teacher, Trinity Stamps
Action Wobble
Henry's ABC's - Lawn Fawn
Thanks - Biggest Wish - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Glaze

Friday 10 May 2024

Pop Up Mother's Day Card

Welcome to Fun Fold Friday here on my blog!

I'm VERY late posting today, but it's still Friday here so it still counts. Ha!  It was another busy day here - it feels like the last three weeks have just been a whirlwind. Should be a busy weekend as well, with Mother's Day, our granddaughter AND our daughter's birthdays. Next week has a few busy days but also one or two with nothing on the calendar so hopefully I can catch my breath. I haven't been able to get into my craft room in over a week and I'm getting cranky. 

Today's card is a 6x6" square card - not a common card size for me, only because they cost so much to mail. But this will be hand delivered so I was free to load it up. I was able to use up several things with this card as well - the patterned paper (only 1 full sheet left in the package and not many scraps!), the nice big sticker (which I was saving and finally got to use it) and some more fussy cut images from a sheet of Stamperia paper. The Love You is a die by Karen Burniston.

Inside I used more dies by Karen Burniston - the Happy Mother's Day with the shadow, the XOXO and of course the Twist Flower Pop Up for the mechanism. Lots of chipboard elements too, and on the centre ones I peeled off a few layers so there wasn't quite so much bulk.

Such cute ephemera - it made me happy to use so much of it on the card. Oh, and I used an alcohol marker to create the grass on the white stitched circle for the little girl to sort of ground her.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper (both 12x12" and 6x6") - Flower Market, Cartabella
Narrow gold tape - Amazon .ca
Chipboard ephemera - Stamperia
Double stitched circles - Divinity Designs
Pops of Color, Snowflake - Scrapbook .com
Word Set 9 - Love, Karen Burniston
Happy Mother's Day - Karen Burniston
Twist Flower Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Water brush
Other patterned paper/elements - Stamperia

Wednesday 8 May 2024

'On my Mind' Slimline Card

Well this is the last card I'll make with this patterned paper. Several of the patterns in the package are just too big for cardmaking. I've used most of them, including the ones I liked the best and I'm calling it done. The decorative elements I used on this card were actually fussy cut from one of the sheets!

I love that little girl holding the large bouquet.  It's hard to see in the photos, but I added clear glitter glue to the flower centres for some sparkle.

Below is a peek at the inside. I added more patterned paper, and a stamped sentiment onto a white panel that was inked with blending brushes, then ... a few more fussy cut elements.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Circle of Love, Stamperia
Slim Lacy Layers - Waffle Flower
Outside words - Essential Sentiments, MFT Stamps
Inside words - Good Feelings, Stampin' Up
Blending Brushes
Pops of Color, Snowflake - Scrapbook .com
Catherine Pooler coloured inks

Tuesday 7 May 2024

Wobbling Apple Teacher Card Duo

This pair of journal cards was in an old Project Life kit - I bought a couple of kits to use for cardmaking when they were on sale a few years ago. I thought these two would be good for 'end of school' or 'back to school' cards for the grandkids, but ended up making Teacher Appreciation cards with them instead!

I stamped 'thank you for all you do in between the pencils, matted the 4x6" journal card with black card stock and used a corner rounder punch on the corners of the black mat. Then I adhered those panels to white 5x7" top folding card blanks. 

The apples were die cut and adhered with Action Wobbles for some fun action. I stamped the sentiment directly inside the card then added washi tape to the envelopes. 

4 x 6" Journal Cards "This & That", Project Life
Corner Rounder punch - Creative Memories (old)
Simply Sentimental Teacher - Trinity Stamps
Teacher Apple dies - Frantic Stamper
Action Wobbles
Washi Tape - stash
5x7" card base & envelope

Monday 6 May 2024

Floral Cluster Birthday Card

I'm getting closer to using up this paper package! I bought it online a few years ago, but was surprised at how large the patterns were and struggled to use it on cards. I had also purchased the coordinating embellishments and obviously didn't read the description close enough because when they came they were chipboard. Beautiful, but ... chipboard. I find chipboard makes a card too heavy and bulky for mailing so I wasn't use them for the longest time. 

Finally I realized I could peel off some of the back layers and that did the trick. That is what I did for this pretty floral cluster element.  The layout was kind of fun - I haven't done this on a 5x7" card before. I cut the patterned paper into a 4.75" square, then cut it on the diagonal into two equal pieces. These were adhered to a piece of lightweight cardstock cut at 4.75 x 6.75" then I added narrow gold foil tape and wrapped the ends around to the back. That panel was then adhered to my card front.

The scalloped circles were die cut from white card stock (they all cut at the same time).  I inked the three pieces with blending brushes and re-assembled on the card front.  The little Happy Birthday was fussy cut from a leftover sheet in a card making kit.

Here is a peek at the inside, where I used a nice big piece of that patterned paper. 

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Stamperia
Narrow gold foil tape - Amazon .ca
Chipboard elements - Stamperia
Stitched Scallop Circle dies - Pinkfresh Studios
Happy Birthday - Bee Happy Cardmaking Kit, Paper Rose
Gold Glitter Dots - Ecstasy Crafty
Special Sentiments - Penny Black
Stickles Glitter Glue
5 x 7" card base & envelope

Friday 3 May 2024

Pop Up Anniversary Card

Welcome to Fun Fold Friday here on my blog!

This is one of those cards that are just better in real life. The gold just POPS! Since hubby and I both like to visit Arizona, I used Southwest papers, stamps and dies, and the pop up inside is Karen Burniston's Raising Platform Pop Up.  I have a walkthrough of my card on YouTube:  

I was happily surprised at how well I liked the cactus pieces cut from gold!

I added an extra fold inside the pop up heart, for even more hearts. 

The sentiment is just perfect for our Anniversary. 🥰

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Golden Desert, Prima
5 x 6.5" card & envelope - Michaels
Gold foil card stock - Recollections
Hearts Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Raising Platform Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Cactus Builder dies - Mama Elephand
Douple Stitched Circle dies - Divinity Designs
Sentiment inside - Green Thumb, Catherine Pooler
Stamps - Boho, Michaels

Thursday 2 May 2024

Windmill Sympathy Card

I just love the look of a black silhouette over pretty scenic patterned paper. For today's card I spritzed a windmill die cut with shimmer spray, then popped it up onto the 4x6" patterned paper panel. Using coloured dye inks and blending brushes, I added some colour to the card base and I was happy with how that looked.

After stamping the sentiment directly onto the patterned paper, I matted the panel with black cardstock and adhered it to the card front. I forgot to photograph the inside, but I stamped a sympathy sentiment and there is lots of room for a personal message.

Supplies used:
Patterned Paper - Meandering Meadows, Stampin' Up
Windmill die - Paper Rose
Blending brushes - Taylored Expressions
Dye inks - Catherine Pooler
Sentiment outside - Heartfelt Hexagon, Stampin' Up
Shimmer Spray
Sentiment inside- Sympathy to Stamp, the Stamps of Life
5 x 7" Card blank and envelope

Wednesday 1 May 2024

Pop-Up Mini Slim Birthday Card

While I have been having a lot of fun with the Pop Up Mechanism included in the Twist Flower Pop Up, I haven't really used the included flower dies before. So that is what I added inside today's card.

The front of the Mini Slimline card, as well as the banners inside are actually on a sheet designed to be cut apart. I was ready for some different floral paper, so picked up this paper package and the coordinating solids and look forward to playing with them some more. 

The sentiment was stamped on a lightly inked, punched out hexagon and I added some gold glitter dots for shimmer & shine.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper (and coordinating solids)- The Paper Boutique
Ephemera - Woodland Stories - Little Birdie
Hexagon Punch - Stampin' Up
Gold foil card stock
Little Etched Butterflies - Paper Rose
Happy Birthday Many Ways - Catherine Pooler
Glitter Dots
Inside Out Birthday - Catherine Pooler
Twist Flower Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Blending Brushes
Catherine Pooler coloured inks

Tuesday 30 April 2024

Mini Slimline Christmas Card Duo with Deer

I plan on working on holiday cards at least once a month - so I'm just squeaking in with April's cards. Last month I shared a 5x7" card duo made with a lovely winter scene patterned paper. I saved the leftover pieces for these two Mini Slimline cards. You can see the other two cards HERE:

I do love shimmer and shine on a holiday card, so for these ones I added Rainbow Holographic card stock to the entire front of these these cards. Normally I would have cut away the centre of the card stock to use on a different project, but the patterned papers are quite thin and the edges of the cut away area below would show through. So I left it as a full size panel.

I just adore this large deer die, and cut it from white pearl card stock then lightly inked the edges with a blending brush and dye ink. I positioned the deer where they would be adhered with foam tape and stamped the sentiment, then I added the deer. Glitter dot stickers were added to each flank and some Pops of Color in a clear sparkle colour for even more shine.

I kept the insides clean and simple, with a stamped sentiment and holly leaf. Oh, and the sentiment on the front? The paper has a bit of a coating on it so I had to set the panels aside to dry for about 15 - 20 minutes after stamping the sentiment on the front panel before continuing with the cards.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Frosted Forests & Falling Flakes, Hunkydory
White pearl cardstock
Blending brushes - Taylored Expressions
Catherine Pooler inks
Words on front - Christmas Classics - Stampin' Up
Pops of Color, Icicle - Scrapbook .com

Monday 29 April 2024

Dog Bone Shaped Sympathy Card

I decided to make a pet sympathy card to have on hand, so pulled out the Slimline Dog Bone die from Whimsy Stamps. I also made it into a shaped card! To do this I die cut the bone three times. Twice from white card stock and once from the rainbow slimline patterned paper. After doing the stamping on the rainbow piece and adding the die cut dog, I adhered it to one of the white bones. For the remaining white bone, I scored those top bumps about 1/4" down from the top. Adding adhesive ABOVE the score line I attached the two pieces together. Ta dah - a shaped top folding card!

Now if I'd been smart, I would have done the inside stamping before I adhered the back to the card front. Instead, I stamped on a fishtail banner and adhered it over a scrap of the rainbow paper inside.

One more look ...

Supplies used:
Patterned paper -  Rainbow Magic Slimline paper pad,  Whimsy Stamps
Slimline Dog Bone die set - Whimsy Stamps
Pawfect Sentiments - Waffle Flower
Get Grounded stamps - Ink Blot Shop
Critter Condolences - MFT Stamps
Wink of Stella

Friday 26 April 2024

'Celebration Mouse' Pop-Up Birthday Card

Welcome to Fun Fold Friday here on my blog!

I know I haven't posted much this week - it's been so busy and honestly, I'm only willing to spend so much time on the computer and then I'm done. So my blog posts had to be put on the wayside for a couple of days. I also haven't been in my craft room and unable to make anything new. 😩  Doesn't look like I'll get in there this weekend either, as we will be busy with family both Saturday and Sunday. 

Today's card is one I had envisioned when I bought the Mouse Edger die. I can't remember if it was just last year or if it was the year before - R&R Scrapbooking had a great sale on Crafters Companion dies and I picked up a number of these cute edgers. It's perfect for birthday cards and I figured I'd be able to use it for some nursing home donations cards as well. The mouse was cut from a 4.5 x 6" piece of Rainbow Holographic card stock and I wrapped narrow gold foil tape around the left edge before adhering it to a 4.75 x 5.75" sheet of patterned paper. NOTE:  I outlined the right side of the die cut with a grey alcohol marker for some definition, and lightly ink blended some orange ink around the mouse to give it more contrast from the patterned paper. The dye ink just wiped away from the holographic card stock so this was easy to do.

The Happy Birthday was cut from a different paper pad, matted with white card stock and added with thin foam tape.

Once again, inside I used Karen Burniston's Twist Flower Pop Up - I just love how versatile this pop-up is! This time I added a gold foil scalloped circle along with a white circle and the Birthday Wishes sentiment. Cutting two 4" square sof the orange marbled paper then cutting them on the diagonal gave me some colour inside the card and I stamped a sentiment on the right side. Some gold glitter dot stickers for additional sparkle and I was finished the card.

Here is a closer look at the pop-up ...

Supplies used:
Party Mouse Edges - Creative Expressions
Twist Flower Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Rainbow Holographic card stock - Recollections
Gold foil card stock - Recollections
Patterned paper - Gilded Ink, Recollections
Gold glitter dots
Grey alcohol marker
Nuvo Drops - Tonic Studios
Double Stitched circles - Divinity Designs
Scallop Circles - Divinity Designs
Birthday Wishes - Simon Says Stamp
Inside Birthday Wishes - Honey Bee
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Washi Tape - Doodlebug
Happy Birthday - Dancing Daisy's, Paper Boutique
Wink of Stella
5 x 7" card base & envelope