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

Tuesday 23 April 2024

Rainbows & Clouds Pop Up Card

Today I'm sharing the last card made with this rainbow paper and it's a pop up. As usual, my card started with the patterned paper which was in a 12x12" package. Going through the remaining sheets, I saw one with a large rainbow across the bottom half. It was too big to use on an A2 card, or a Slimline but I thought it might work on a 5x7" card. I cut the rainbow panel down to 6.75" keeping just the rainbow. So now my sheet was 12 x 6.75" and had a large rainbow across the centre.

I cut that sheet in half at 6", giving me two pieces with a half rainbow on each ... and I trimmed the outside side down so each panel measured 4.75 x 6.75. Since there was a second sheet of this large rainbow print in the package I repeated the cutting above and had four half-rainbow panels ready to add to card fronts! In the photo below you can see how they would have fit together if I hadn't cut the sheet in half. You can see the other three cards HERE, HERE and HERE if you are curious.

The Hello Sunshine piece was fussy cut from a sheet of cut apart in the package and the cloud punch is from Stampin' Up. For the one on the front I used Rainbow Holographic card stock for even more shimmer & shine.

Inside the card I used the Twist Circle Pop Up - one of my new favourite die sets by Karen Burniston. It works in a variety of card sizes and you can animate so many things! Here I have a cluster of punched clouds along with a fussy cut rainbow from the same piece as the sentiment on the front. 

Some of the punched clouds are from the Rainbow Holographic card stock and others were punched from white and inked with blending brushes. The Paper Hugs is a die I've had for about a year and I think this is the first time I've used it - yikes. 

Supplies used:
Patterned paper & Cut Aparts - One the Rainbow, Recollections
Cloud punch - Stampin' Up
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Twist Flower Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Rainbow holographic cardstock - Recollections
Blending Brushes
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Paper Hugs - Simon Says Stamp
Glitter Dots - Stamp On It
5 x 7" card blank and envelope

Monday 22 April 2024

Mini Gift Bag for a Bracelet

Earlier in the year, Karen Burniston released some cute gifting sets that I couldn't wait to get my hands on. While they were themed for Valentine's they work all year round - which is good because I didn't get them until March! I've already shared the little gift boxes in a post (and video) HERE if you are curious.

Both the gift box and this Mini Gift Bag can hold a gift card - which is why I wanted both sets. I love to make gift card holders!  In the photo below you can see the mini size a little better. The cute tag comes with the die set and I added it with a jump ring to the ribbon bow.

I made this Mini Gift Bag for a friend who had just had a birthday - and inside I added a little bracelet I made for her in her favourite colours. Since we are both dog people, she got a little paw print charm as well. 🥰

Here is one more look at the bracelet - it's always a little nerve wracking for me to make a bracelet for someone as our wrists are all different sizes. Thankfully this one fit her.  It fit perfectly inside the Mini Gift Bag.

Supplies used:
Mini Gift Bag dies - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - Flower Market, Carta Bella (6x6" pad)
Seam binding
Stickers - from the Flower Market 12 x 12" package, also by Carta Bella

Sunday 21 April 2024

Small Butterfly Tri-Shutter Card

Welcome to Fun Fold Friday here on my blog!

Today's card is petite when it comes out of the envelope, but it opens up nice and big. Years ago I ordered a Tri-Shutter die set because I couldn't believe the price point! Then I couldn't believe the size of it when it came - no wonder it was priced so well. Totally MY fault for not paying more attention to the size that was clearly listed when I ordered.  The set was intended for pocket scrapbooking, so folded the card is 3x4". 

I actually wanted to see if I could use a printed note card for the card base and the die fit perfectly! This copper foiled one is from my stash and it's just SO pretty with that foiling. I did adjust the center fold a little so I could mount the larger matted rectangle & butterfly on it. The ATC dies from Waffle Flower are the perfect size for this card as well so that made me happy.

The larger butterfly die was included in the Sri Shutter die set and I added a smaller butterfly as well. The copper metallic card stock was in my stash and I coloured gold glitter dots with a rust alcohol marker so they would match a little better.

While I don't get a ton of use out of it, I do make sure to pull it out now and again to make a card. I shake my head every time, at how foolish I was. 

Supplies used:
Tri-Shutter die set - Sizzix (old)
Foiled note card - the Paper Studio
ATC Layer dies - Waffle Flower
Subtle Dynamic Embossing Folder - Stampin' Up
Copper foil cardstock - Recollections
Fluttering By Stamps & dies - Waffle Flower
White pearl cardstock scraps
Little Etched Butterflies - Paper Rose
Glitter Dot stickers
Alcohol markers

Thursday 18 April 2024

Woodland Birthday Card

I love the Crafters Companion embossing folders that have coordinating dies. Such a clever idea! For this one I die cut the mushrooms/leaves - they cut as a single piece - then placed them in the embossing folder and ran that through to get the details. The colour was added with blending brushes and dye inks (Catherine Pooler) which was fairly quick to do.

Cutting a 4 x 6" white card stock panel, I embossed that with the same folder, then adhered the coloured piece over the white one. You still see some of the embossed leaves etc on the background. Then I just added some patterned paper and a 2nd white matt to the card base before adhering the embossed piece with thin foam tape.  The Happy Birthday was leftover from a card kit, and I added it with foam tape.

Inside, I added washi tape borders and a stamped sentiment. This card was sent to a friend who celebrates an April birthday.

Supplies used:
Embossing Folder & Die - Woodland Foliage, Crafters Companion
Blending Brushes
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Patterned paper - Stamperia
Happy Birthday - Bee Happy, Paper Rose
Washi tape - Amazon
Inside Out Birthday stamps - Catherine Pooler
Pops of Color, Snowflake - Scrapbook .com
5x7" card base and envelope

Wednesday 17 April 2024

Butterfly Sympathy Card Duo

I love these patterned papers from Divinity Designs, so decided to use two of the prints to make a pair of 5x7" sympathy cards for my stash. 

I stamped the sentiment onto die cut labels then used a different die in the label set to cut gold vellum for the mat. It's subtle but so pretty in real life.  Since I like butterflies on a sympathy card, I die cut the butterfly trio (also Divinity Designs) from gold card stock and added the full butterfly to one card front. The pair of 'sideways' butterflies were added to the other and I used thin foam tape for all. 

The insides were done the same, using another label die from the set (Stampin' Up) and stamped flowers. The words/florals are from a very old stamp set which I believe is by Hero Arts.

I also added some Glitter Dot stickers for a little shine without making the card too sparkly. 

Supplies used:
Patterned paper - Beautiful Blooms Slimline Sized (6 x 9") - Divinity Designs
Butterfly Trio - Divinity Designs
Gold foil cardstock 
Glitter Dots
Gold Shimmer Vellum - Stampin' Up
Tasteful Label Dies - Stampin' Up
Sympathy Stamps - Hero Arts (old)
5 x 7" card and envelope

Tuesday 16 April 2024

Mini Slimline Pop Up Anniversary Card

Today I'm sharing the shiny anniversary card I made for our eldest daughter & hubby. I started by die cutting the sunburst heart out of rainbow holographic card stock - I love that die and finding reasons to use it. 😂.  Last year I made a bunch of alcohol inked backgrounds on vellum and have managed to hoard every single one. Sheesh. So I pulled one out to put behind the die cut then mounted it to a Mini Slimline card base.

Wanting to keep the front nice and simple, I added a gold heart to the center of the sunburst and a gold Glitter Dot as well.

Inside I used the Twist Flower Pop Up die (Karen Burniston) to animate a crosshatch heart cut from the same rainbow holographic cardstock as I used on the front. I die cut more hearts, both from the alcohol inked scrap pieces, gold foil card stock and the rainbow holographic cardstock scraps.

The Happy Anniversary was done with Sharpie markers.

Supplies used:
Rainbow Holographic cardstock - Recollections
Mini Slim Heart Sunburst
Alcohol Inked vellum
Twist Flower Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Hearts Crosshatch - Karen Burniston
Gold foil card stock - Recollections
Wink of Stella
Sharpie markers

Monday 15 April 2024

Mini Slimline Butterfly Pop Up Card

I have a fairly new 8x8" paper pad that includes a sheet with panels & tags to fussy cut. Since the panels fit perfectly on a Mini Slimline card, that is what I used for the front of this card. I have both the printed papers and the coordinating solids and used both as it's nice not to have to try to match up random cardstock colours. I added a stamped and die cut circle over the open circular area on the panel and some glittery ephemera for a pop of colour. I also added a small gold foil butterfly and gold glitter dots for additional shimmer & shine.

I haven't used the Butterfly Pop up die set in awhile, so pulled it out again. I wasn't sure if it would work in a 3.5" width - but it fits easily!

The butterfly base was die cut from gold foil card stock and I ended up cutting the wings and body from scraps of patterned paper that were sitting on my stamping table. The colours worked out well and I was able to use them up. Finally, a stamped sentiment from Catherine Pooler and some glitter dots and my card was finished. I know just who this is going to 😊

Supplies used:
Patterned paper (and coordinating solids)- The Paper Boutique
Ephemera - Woodland Stories, Little Birdie
Double Stitched Circle dies - Divinity Designs
Hexagon Punch - Stampin' Up
Pop Up Butterfly die set - Spellbinders
Gold foil card stock
Little Etched Butterflies - Paper Rose
Happy Birthday Many Ways - Catherine Pooler
Inside Out Birthday - Catherine Pooler
Glitter Dots

Friday 12 April 2024

Mother's Day Easel Card

Welcome to Fun Fold Friday here on my blog!

I try really hard not to purchase any patterned paper, since I have a H*U*G*E stash of it. But every so often I see some that I just cannot pass up and this 6 x 8" pad by 49 & Market was one of them last year. Florals, a little grunge, beautiful colours ... yep - 'add to cart'. 😊.  I used it a lot for awhile, then put it away. Got it out again for this Mother's Day card for our eldest daughter - it's a 5 x 7" Easel Card.

Below you can see how the card front folds and rests on those two little butterfly bumpers to stand for display.

Below is a peek at the inside. Honestly, that printed border along the bottom of the page just makes me happy! 

Supplies used:
Nested Butterfly Shapes - Hero Arts
Patterned paper - Art Options Rouge, 49 Market
Rainbow Holographic cardstock -  Recollections
Stardream cardstock
Pink cardstock scrap
Happy Mother's Day - Karen Burniston
Water Brush
Bling - Queen & Co
Pops of Color, Snowflake - Scrapbook .com
Blue Skies Ahead - MFT stamps
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
 5 x 7" Card blank and envelope

Thursday 11 April 2024

Rainbow Dog Shaker Card

Today I'm sharing a birthday shaker card for my stash. I haven't made a square card in awhile, so that is what I went with today. This one is 4-1/4" square and will fit in an A2 envelope for mailing.

I started by cutting down one of those rainbow dog note cards to fit inside the die cut frame, then added some filler from my stash. (I have a YouTube video sharing about those note cards HERE.)  

Speaking of dogs - here is a photo of Willow who celebrated her 4th birthday this week! She got some new toys and the birthday treat was wet dog food topped with whipped cream. 😂

Supplies used:
Rainbow dog note card - Amazon .com
Essential Blanket Stitched Squares - Pinkfresh Studios
Various filler etc - my stash
Plaid washi - Doodlebug Deisgns
LJD Birthday Greetings - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday - Little Something Sentiments, Catherine Pooler

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Floral Half Shutter Birthday Card

I wanted to have another play with the Half Shutter die set (Divinity Designs) and this is what I came up with. Both the chipboard and patterned paper (Stamperia) I've had for several years but I've been working on using both up and I'm almost there!

Below you can see the card opened up - they stand so nicely for display! I rarely use chipboard ephemera because I find them too bulky for mailing but for these ones I peeled off several layers from the back and that worked out really well.

Below you see the folds a little better ...

I used a favourite stamp set (Penny Black) for the stamped sentiments along with a few more chipboard pieces and Pops of Color for the look of enamel dots.

Supplies used:
Patterned paper & Ephemera, Stamperia
Stitched Ovals - MFT Stamps
More Essential Sentiments - MFT Stamps
Special Sentiments - Penny Black
Pops of Color, snowflake - Scrapbook .com
Catherine Pooler coloured inks

Tuesday 9 April 2024

Rainbow Card for Happy Mail

Today I'm sharing another rainbow card to send out for Happy Mail.  As usual, my card started with the patterned paper which was in a 12x12" package. Going through the remaining sheets, I saw one with a large rainbow across the bottom half. It was too big to use on an A2 card, or a Slimline but I thought it might work on a 5x7" card. I cut the rainbow panel down to 6.75" keeping just the rainbow. So now my sheet was 12 x 6.75" and had a large rainbow across the centre.

I cut that sheet in half at 6", giving me two pieces with a half rainbow on each ... and I trimmed the outside down so each panel measured 4.75 x 6.75. Since there was a second sheet of this large rainbow print in the package I repeated the cutting above and had four half-rainbow panels ready to add to card fronts! In the photo below you can see how they would have fit together if I hadn't cut the sheet in half. (I will be sharing those cards another day),

There are a sheets of cut-aparts in the paper pad, so I trimmed out this one to add to the front. I also added a punched cloud and some super cute bee themed enamel dots.

Here is a peek at the inside ...

Such a true sentiment - and why I bought the stamp set last year!

Supplies used:
Patterned paper & Cut-aparts - One the Rainbow, Recollections
Catherine Pooler coloured inks
Cloud punch - Stampin' UP
Shape Sprinkles- Honey Bees, Doodlebug Designs
Sentiment - Good Feelings, Stampin' Up
5 x 7" card blank and envelope