C4C – 431 Sketch Week

Normally, I love a sketch challenge.  But I’ll admit, I struggled this week.  Because I had a tough time,  I can’t wait to see how everyone else interprets this sketch.

I don’t love what I came up with but I had to get something made because the deadline was quickly approaching.  So here’s what I did:

Step 1:  I had bought this die from Cheapo Dies.  It’s called “Butterfly Boarder”.  I had to trim off from both ends the last upwards turned flower stem to make it fit the sketch.

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I cut this once from white cardstock and colored it up with Copic Markers. 

Step 2:  I chose this cardstock from Kaiser Craft called “Hello Birdie”.  It’s a double sided paper that I used the print side (green) for the front and the other side for the triangle flap.

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ off white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7.25″.

Step 4:  Cut a rectangle mat (the green one) that measures 5.25 x 7″.  Cut a triangle that is 7″ on the longest side from the same, but opposite of the same cardstock.  Adhere to the green mat as shown.

Step 5:  Adhere the “butterfly boarder” as shown but only apply glue to the body of the butterfly and leaves, curled stem and flowers on the very outside ends.  Push towards the center just enough to make the wings lift a little.  It creates a bit of a 3D effect.

Step 6:  Cut the sentiment “Blessings” from this die out of brown cardstock.  Since the sketch looks like an envelope I chose this sentiment and the inside says “may your life be filled with many”.  Adhere to the lower right hand corner as shown:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking the time to take a look!  I would love to see you take the challenge this week and see what you come up with!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  10mm Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

A Coffee Themed Card

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Well, this week’s challenge is “Perfect blend”.  You can do this in the form of colors, stamps or dies.  It’s a coffee themed challenge!  It’s my favorite beverage.  So let’s make this card.

Step 1:  The image is from Kraftin Kimmie and is called “I heart coffee”.  Unfortunately,  it’s no longer available.  Had I realized that I probably would not have use it.  I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using the die set below from Elizabeth Craft Designs, cut out all the pcs. for one tea cup.  I cut them out with white cardstock and colored with Copic markers:

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Step 2:  Cut the pieces of one my favorite dies below from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I used polka dot cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called ”  Thinking about – Grand Canyon”.

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The frame for this card is a 7″ square.  So when you cut the die from above, you need to cut 4 for all the sides of the frame.  Then trim them to 7″.  Here’s a link to the assembly video:  https://youtu.be/elpZ5RvMUII.

Step 3:  Using the largest die from this dis set below, cut a mat in the darker blue from the same paper pack:

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Step 4:  Create the two sentiments with your computer then print and cut out with this die set below:

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Step 5:  Assemble the card as shown:

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The “coffee beans” and pink heart I added is from a die set that has been discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  Please leave a comment if you have the time so I can know you were here.  Besides, I just love reading them.  I hope you’ll join us this week.  We love to see what you do with the themes for our challenges.  YOU inspire us!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Amazon:  Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Butterfly Birthday Card

 

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The Elizabeth Craft Designs 1477 – Butterfly Aperture is one of my new toys and available at Dies R Us.  I just love this set.  The Butterfly measures 5″ across the top of the wings!  This card is going to my granddaughter.

Let’s Make This Card

Step 1:  Cut the die from the Happy Frame XL out of deep lavender cardstock 4 times.  Then assemble the frame:

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Happy Frame XL assembly video

Step 2:  Cut three 6″ squares out of white cardstock and one 6.25″ square also out of white cardstock.

Step 3:  On the one white 6.25″ sq., make a background for the main event Butterfly!  I applied 3 or 4 complementary inks to a non-stick surface (craft sheet) and sprayed lightly with water.  You can blend some of the colors too.  There are no mistakes in this step.  Then just dap your white sq. in the ink using light touches.  Layer this step turning the paper until you like what you have and then you can let it air dry or dry with any dryer.

On the other three squares deliberately apply ink in stripes blending colors as you go.  I used small sponge daubers.  This photo is of the technique not the actual one I used.  The photo on the right shows the colors I actually used.:

 Step 3:  Cut the silhouette pc. from one of the deliberately inked squares and cut two overlay pieces out of the other two deliberately inked squares.  I colored the little body die pcs. that fall out of the overlay pc. when you cut with a Copic marker and glued two together to make it a little more prominent.

Step 4:  Score the silhouette butterfly on the right side so the wings will slightly bend up.  Here’s a picture of the underside after I scored and bent it:

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Step 5:  Glue one of the overlays to the right side of the above piece.  Then glue the other cut overlay on top but only under the body.

Step 6:  Apply 10mm Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double sided adhesive to all four sides of the randomly inked 6.25 square.  Remove the protective back and carefully attach the frame.  Now glue the completed butterfly to the background but only the body so the wings will be 3D.

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Step 7:  Decorate the frame using the following die sets:

I added some jewel squares to the butterfly body and hanging hearts.

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you will follow me and the Dies R Us Blog

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

 

 

C4C – 429 Use your dies as stencils!

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Well, this was a fun challenge theme because I got to use what is clearly becoming my favorite 2 die sets:  Happy Frame and Happy Frame XL by Elizabeth Craft Designs .

For this project I used the Happy Frame XL

Let’s make this card:

Step 1:  Using the Happy Frame XL die cut 4 times with heavy weight white cardstock.

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Step 2:  Attach a pc. of scrap heavy weight cardstock that’s at least 2 x 4″ to Double sided adhesive.  Secure the longest die from the below die set, sharp edge down on the adhesive side and run through your cutting machine:

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The photo above shows the 730 – Curvy Leaves die set, the stencil I made and another piece of a double sided adhesive I tried this die first as a stencil (that’s why it has ink on it) and the practice piece of cardstock that’s 1″ wide like the Happy Frame is.

Step 3: Cut the frame pcs. to 6″ long on the longest side. With your handmade stencil and stamp pad inks, stencil the Happy Frame pcs. (I applied 2 greens and a brown ink pads:

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Next, using PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber, lightly with a small sponge dauber, distress the entire frame pcs. except the two outside folds as shown below in case it would affect the adhesive when you assemble the frame:

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Now assemble the frame

This is the assembly video link:   Happy Frame assembly video.

Step 4:  Size, print and color with Copic Markers this digital stamp from called “Sunflowers” Di’s Digi Stamps. 

Trim the colored print centered in a 6″ square.

I then went over the print with the same very light touch of Raw Umber PanPastel.

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Step 5:  Cut enough pcs. to make two Sunflowers from this die set (I cut the petal pcs. out 2 or 3 times for each flower just for extras, the seeds pc. twice per flower, and the leaves twice per flower) Cut the leaves from green cardstock and the petals from yellow cardstock and the seeds from dark brown cardstock:

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Sunflower Assembly video

Add color as in the assembly video and shape the parts too:

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Now as in the video build your two sunflowers right onto your assembled frame:

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Step 6:  Add 10mm (1/2″) Clear Double Sided adhesive to the edges of your 6″ colored image square on the colored side.  Now attach it to the back of the frame.

Step 7:  Create a base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half and scoring one of the halves at 6″.  Fold over.  My choice for base cards if I have the color on hand is Elizabeth Craft Design’s Soft finish cardstock.  I love it’s weight 100lb. and it’s colored on only one side.  When I want to stamp on the inside this is a great benefit:

If you are going to stamp a sentiment on the inside, do it now.

Step 8:  Add Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m to all four front edges of your card base.  Adhere the frame to the card.

That’s It!

Thanks so much again for having a look.  These frames are so fun.  And come back next week for another fun challenge!  Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12 Dove Gray and 8.5 x 11 white,  10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

A Country Diorama

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Hi Everyone,  Kathleen here with a country themed 3D project for my first project on the new  DiesRUs 2018 Inspiration Design Team  Yay!  What an honor, right?

This project could be a card, box top, or put into a shadow box frame.  Don’t worry it’s easier than it looks.

Let’s Make This Card

Step 1: Cut both of the dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs “Happy Frame” and “Happy Frame XL” 4 times from white heavy weight cardstock and assemble the two frames. The XL Frame when assembled measures 8 x 7″.  so you will need two 8″ sides. and two 7″ sides.  The regular “Happy Frame” on the right below when assembled will measure 7 x 6″, so you need two 7″ and two 6″ sides.  Assemble both frames.

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Step 2:  Cut two sheets of heavy white 8.5 x 11″ cardstock in half.  Using the below 3 dies, place the top of each die centered at the top of one of ea. of these 4 half sheets and run through your die cutting machine.

 

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Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 8 x 7″.

Step 4: Color all the pcs. from step 2 & 3.  I used PanPastels to create a “sunset” effect on the white rectangle upper 1/3.  I also used PanPastels to color the mountains and field areas of the pine trees, horses and farm house ones.  I colored the trees, farm house and horses with Copic Markers.

Step 5:  With the straight rope in the set below, cut 4 times with white cardstock.  With the same cut the curvy rope with the tousled ends twice and glue together.  Color this one with PanPastels.

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Step 6:  Cut the “fence”, “grass” pcs., “cowgirl hat and boot”, and “pail and tools” from these die sets:

Step7:  Glue a White “rope” pc. to all four sides of the XL frame.  The longer sides will need a small pc. to complete those two sides.  So start with shorter sides and save the pc. of those ropes you cut off.  They’re what you need to complete the two longer ones.

Step 8:  Build the scene now by 1st adhering the “mountain edge” pc. over the “sunset’ rectangle.  Then the “pine trees” layer next.  Next adhere the XL Frame over this stack.  Next adhere the “farm pc.” over the XL frame.  Next the smaller frame.  Then the “horse” layer.  The last step is to add the fence grass and bucket and tools, cowgirl hat & boot, and curvy rope as shown below in another look at the project:

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I added some corner brads to the corners of the larger frame from the Eyelet Outlet.

That’s it!  I hope you’ll come back for more inspiration.  DiesRUs carries a wide variety of all your favorite brands and always at a discount!  Thanks so much for taking a look!  Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  I love to read them!

C4C – 428 “Thank you for your help” theme

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I actually made this card for the team of nurses who took care of me when I was in the hospital.  They were very shorthanded and I was not the most patient, patient by the 4th day!

This one is easy!  Here’s the steps:

Step 1:  I love this digital image from Dr. Digi Digital Stamps called “Nurse Nina”.  I had recently bought a mug in Texas for a souvenir that had the sentiment that I used for this  card.  So size, print and color the image on paper that is suited for the medium you prefer to color on.  Then cut it out using the 3rd to the largest die from this set:

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Step 2:  Using the 2nd from the largest die from the set below, cut a pink scalloped mat:

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Step 3:  Using the largest die from the set shown in step one, cut a dark grey stitched mat.

Step 4: Make a base card by scoring a pc. light grey or taupe cardstock, folding on the score line and trim to 5 x 7″.

Step 5:  On your computer create both the sentiment for the front and inside of the card.  Cut it out with the smallest die from this set:

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Step 6:  Now just layer your mats together using Elizabeth Craft Designs Double Sided Adhesive.  I added Glitter Dots, also from ECD.  The “Band-Aids” are brads from “The Eyelet Outlet.

The inside is Silhouette files.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll come back next week for a new challenge!

C4C – 427 Cutie Patootie Challenge

C4C - 427 Little one

I decided to make an unconventional “baby card”.

I am absolutely crazy for Elizabeth Craft Designs release of their two Happy Frame die sets.  For this DT card I used this set:

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Let’s make this card:

Step 1:  I found this adorable digital stamp, at Di’s Digi Stamps. 

(You go straight to her online store by clicking on the blue link above)

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It’s called “Hello Bumblebee”.  Size, print and color the image.  I colored it with Copic Markers.  I added shading to the background with PanPastels.  Cut out your colored image with the 3rd. to the largest die in the below set on the left.  Then cut a brown mat with the 2nd to the largest die in the set on the right.  Adhere the stamped layer to the brown scalloped mat:

Step 2:  Cut out the die four times out of wood look cardstock. from the set called Happy Frame from Elizabeth Craft  Designs.  (pictured above with link to the store in blue.)  I chose a piece from this paper pack:

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Here is the assembly video: Happy Frame assembly video

Note: Cut your four frame pcs. to 6.25 x 6.25″.  Your finished frame will be a 6.25″ square.

Step 3:  Using the dies on the far right below cut two pink and two white layers for a small pink daisy and white daisy.  Repeat for a smaller daisy of each color.  Cut the circle center pc. for the daisies with the pc. shown below on the right side of the picture below:

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This set is from Docrafts and is called: Glorious Gerbera.  I added a little darker pink Copic marker from the middle out to the pink daisies.

Cut the leaves only (two of each) from this set: 1368 – Garden Notes – Dahlia:

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Cut two of the longer die from this set:

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Cut enough of the “bee parts” to make 3 bees from this set:

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Stamp the sentiment on white cardstock from this stamp set below:

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Cut out sentiment with the 2nd to the smallest die in this set from QuicKutz:

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I used PanPastels to add a little blue color to the edges.

Choose a designer paper and cut a square that measures 6.25″ x 6.25″.

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Step 4:  Adhere the designer square paper behind the wood frame.  Adhere the image stack to the center and then decorate the frame as shown.

Here’s a look at the inside of the card:

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It was made by creating a base card by scoring a pc. 12″ x 6″ pc. white cardstock at 6″.  Then fold over.  Attach two squares of the same designer paper.  Then I added charm dies, banners and the word Congratulations from these dies.

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know you’re time is valuable so I appreciate it.  I can’t wait to see what you make if you choose to take the challenge!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft finish Cardstock White 12 x 12″,  Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Joanne Fabric and Crafts:  Baker’s twine

Michaels:  Recollections: Pink Wood Planks

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 426 Sketch Challenge!

 

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I love sketches!  The Sketch and my interpretation of it:

 

This week I chose to use an older release die set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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This card is so easy and can be used for any occasion, even a “stay in touch” card.

Lets make this card:

Step 1: Cut all the pieces from the above die set with white cardstock (adhere the “fin” pc. to the Dolphin. 1a:  Color the beach ball with Copics B21, B23, B24.

Step 2: Choose a designer paper to cut the half circle in the sketch.  I chose this one from Hot off The Press called “Big Bubbles“.  Choose a solid color cardstock that coordinates with the designer paper (the second color from the left in the Recollections pack below matched the “bubbles paper”:

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock at 5.5″ along the 11″ side.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″ to make a book fold base card.  With solid blue above (2nd from the left) cut a rectangle that measures 5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Using the largest die from the set below, cut a circle from the “bubbles” paper.

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Adhere this bubble circle to the blue rectangle with the top of the circle at 3.5/8″ from the top of the blue rectangle.  Then trim off the rest of the bubble paper that hangs off the shape of your blue rectangle.  See card picture below.

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Step 5:  Adhere all the pieces from the “Dolphin” set to the card as shown above.

Step 6:  I tried to emboss a sentiment directly to the blue base card.  It turned out perfect when I tried it on a pc. of scrap paper but not on the card.  I’m posting a picture of the Disaster and then the fix for a friend on FB that posted such a sweet comment under my post that it really touched me.  You can fix almost all mistakes.  I usually step away and breath.  Then an idea comes to me and I initiate plan B!

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Plan B for step 6!  Using the stamp set below, stamp the sentiment on white cardstock and then cut out with the second to the smallest of this nested set below by QuicKutz..

2016-07-24-12-16-08.jpgDistress the edges of this little sentiment frame with PanPastel 520.5 Ultra Marine Blue.  Now adhere to the front of the blue rectangle as shown in the pic. in step 4.  Adhere this completed blue rectangle to the white base card leaving 1/4″ margin on all sides.

Step 7:  Using the straight rope from the set below cut 4 times with white cardstock.

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Glue these 4 rope pieces on all four edges of the blue rectangle but start with the two long sides.  Glue from the top down but stop about 1/2 from the bottom even though it’s not long enough. Next glue the ropes to the short sides.  Save the pcs, you cut off of the short sides because they will be the exact size you need to complete the rope on the long sides.  Now, start with the finished edge of one of the pieces you saved and glue to the end of one of the short edges and going up the long edge to fill in where it was short. When you get almost where this cut off piece will go under the long pc. that was to short, then cut at an angle off the very end of the long pc.  Glue the short pc. under the now cut at an angle long pc.  Glue the angled end down.  See close up below:

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That’s it!

Thanks for taking a look and come back next week for a real cutie pie image!

Other Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock White, Clear Double sided adhesive 10m

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – 425 National Poultry Day!

Hi card makers!  This weeks challenge is to make a card using something that has feathers.  I love this image from  Doctor Digi House of Stamps called “Quackers”.

Let’s make this card.  A fast and easy one!

The steps:

Step one:   I like to print out on copy paper first in two different sizes before I print onto cardstock.

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 Once you decide what size you like, print out on white cardstock.  This is my favorite cardstock for coloring with Markers.   I learned of this cardstock on the  Kit and Clowder website, where I take classes.  It can be purchased on Amazon.

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Step 2:  Color the printed image and fussy cut it out.

Step 3:  Score a pc. of 8.8 x 11″ white cardstock at 5.5″ along the long side.   So that you don’t cut two ovals, position the largest die from the die set below with the top of the die extending over the fold just under the cutting line.  The result will be an oval shape card but won’t interrupt the stitched edge.  Distress the edges with PanPastels 520.5 Utramarine Blue and sponge daubers.

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Step 4:  Using this die set with either below cut only the branch from Elizabeth Craft Designs :  You can cut it from wood grain cardstock or brown or white and color it.

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Step 5:  With your computer create a sentiment.  I’m sending this card to a friend who is angry with her husband who thinks “intimate” contact fixes every bad mood.  I’m hoping that she will get a chuckle out of it.  But it can be used for a lot of occasions.  I also used this same image for this card:

Barbara's Quackers

Step 5:  Cut out the sentiment with a “speech bubble” die from this set:

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Step 6:  The last step is to assemble the card.  First adhere the branch to the front of your oval card,  You may have to trim the branch on the bottom of the oval.  I trimmed the narrow bottom pc. under the duck on the left as it was about 1/4 in. over the edge.

Thank you so much for taking some of your time to take a look.  I’d love for you to leave a comment or follow me.  If you have any questions or need help on something you want to create please a comment and I will get right back with you.

Other products used:

Beacon’s kid choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus