C4C 436 Graduation theme!

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Here’s a pic of the inside:

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I have two grandchildren who are in college but the first to graduate won’t be until Dec. and the other is 2 yrs. away.   They are both doing very well but one loves to study and write essays and the other does not.  She’s more of a computer and gamer wizard!  So I made this card to send to the latter for encouragement.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The Grad Hat is a Silhouette file.  But there are many dies out there that would also work great.

Step 2:  Create the sentiment on your computer, print on white cardstock and cut out

with Elizabeth Craft Designs  1116 – Stitched Circles

 

Out of yellow cardstock cut a circle using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles– .

Adhere the white sentiment circle on top of the yellow one.

Step 3:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over to make a tent fold card.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1168 – Bead Strings !, cut the diamond shaped string twice with gold mirror cardstock. Note: I first adhered a 2″ x 6″ strip of the mirror cardstock to Clear Double Sided Adhesive before I die cut.  Also, cut the strip in half to end up with two strips that are 1 x 6″ strips.  Always cut away and mirror cardstock  that is more than you need to cut the die with.  If you don’t the rest of the cardstock will be embossed with all the scratches on the cutting plate and no longer useable.

Step 5:  Assemble the card by adhering the bead strings at 1″ from both the bottom and folded edge.  The add the cap and sentiment.

That’s it! 

As always, I really appreciate you hopping over here.  I’d love to have you comment and follow.  I love answering any questions you have about card making!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White 12 x 12″ Soft Finished Cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 2″, Suzanne Cannon “Believe” Die.

 

 

 

C4C – 435 Sketch Week!

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My DT card for this challenge is an homage to Romeo and Juliet!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make two of  Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Rose  There is an Assembly Video from the designer Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Step 2:  Make a base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″  black cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over and trim to 5.5x 7″.  Cut a pc. of designer paper 3.5 x 7″ and adhere to the black base card using double sided adhesive as shown.

Step 3:  On your computer create the two sentiments.  Print on cream card stock and cut to 1″ x 3″. Distress the edges with Black Pan Pastel. Then I hand cut the fishtail.  You could also use fishtail dies.

Step 4:  Add the assembled roses and sentiments as shown.

That’s It!

I really appreciate the time you took to take a look.

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose 1

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Black 12 x 12 Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Double Sided Adhesive,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s  Tool Kit (flower shaping tools)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

JoAnn Fabrics and Craft:  “I love you” designer paper

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – 434 Train Day!

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Yep, today is apparently Train Day!  So the challenge today is to put a train on it!  Now there probably is a die set of a train somewhere, but I haven’t seen it.  So I went for another digital stamp.  I found this cute circus train on Etsy from an artist’s shop called Pretty Grafik.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color up the image:

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Step 2:  Using a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Earth and Sky:

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Stencil clouds on the upper half with PanPastel’s 520.5 Ultramarine Blue.  Using a small sponge dauber and Panpastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and a little 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.

Step 3:  Using the die set below cut all  pcs. with white cardstock and color with Copic markers or cut with green cardstock.

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Step 4:  Cut the words Happy Birthday  with green cardstock.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over for a top fold card and trim to a 5.75″ square.  Adhere the finished scene pc. onto the card base.

Step 6:  The inside balloons were made with this die set Lollypop:

                                              

The strings for the balloons came from a set that has since been discontinued.  You could use a pc. of real string or yarn and glue in place.

The sentiment inside “Make it as fun as train full of circus animals!” was created on my computer and printed on yellow cardstock and cut with the 2nd largest die from this set:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable and I appreciate it!

If your interested in purchasing some of the products used,  click on the blue words and it will take you right to the store.  I receive no commission of any kind.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″ white, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Mother’s Day Card

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I just love the floral dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn For Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I’m not going to mislead you.  They all take some time to make but worth the effort!  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video.  I recommend you watch the videos before you attempt to make most of her floral die sets.  It’s not always obvious how to put them together and it will save so much frustration!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces out from the 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2 die set and assemble the lilac.

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I cut both petal pc. dies from a dark lavender cardstock about 6 or 7 times because I like a full lilac.  If I don’t use them all I put the leftovers into the die set envelope so I don’t have to cut as many times the next time I make it.  I cut the leaves from green cardstock and distressed the edges and the center vein with a little purple ink.

Step 2:  I used Susan’s 1375 Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer to put the lilac in:

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Cut the teacup and saucer pcs.  I had tried a technique I learned from one of Els Van de Burg’s Technique Friday videos to put several different colors of ink on a craft mat and then spray water on it.  You then take cardstock and start picking up color as you turn the cardstock.  I used pretty intense colors because I wanted to stamp over it with a large background stamp in white.  It didn’t work out for what I wanted to do but it made an interesting paper for this tea cup set.  I wish I had taken a pic of the paper before I cut it out but didn’t.  Here’s a pic of the rest of the paper after I cut it out.  I cut the saucer from another lavender cardstock.

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Step 3:  Using the 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares, cut once with white cardstock and again with purple cardstock.  You will use the largest white frame and the second to the largest in purple.

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Step 4:  Cut a 4.75″ square from light lavender cardstock.  Cut a 5.75 square from color coordinated cardstock.  I chose a lavender polka dot cardstock from ModaScrap – “Thinking about Polinesia” also available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting an 12 x 12″ piece of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over.

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Step 6:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the lavender ModaScrap square to the base card.  Adhere the 4.75″ lavender sq. centered next.  Then adhere the white curvy square over the lavender one. (it also measures 4.75″)  Next adhere the purple curvy sq. inside the white one matching up the curves.

Step 7:  Adhere the saucer, teacup, lilac and leaves as shown.

Step: 8:  Using this die from Die-Versions cut mom from purple cardstock.

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Cut a little tag from this set from white cardstock and ink the edges with lavender ink:

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Adhere the “Mom” to the little tag.  Cut a little pc. of Bakers Twine and attach the tag to the handle of the tea cup.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.

Other Products Used:

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

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kid Choice Glue

 

You’re so sweet!

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Today I’m sharing a card over at the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog.  I created it for a thank you card.  So let’s make this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1063 – Fitted Frames 3 – Curvy Rectangles: 

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Cut this die once from white cardstock.  You will use the 3 largest frames.  Save the little circles from 3rd largest frame and color yellow with Copic Y08.  Color the second to the largest frame black.  I used Copic marker 100 Black.

Step 2:  Using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1149 – Strawberries  Cut the leaves from green cardstock.  Cut the silhouette piece from yellow cardstock.  Cut the overlay pc. from white cardstock and color with red ink and a foam dauber or cut from red cardstock.  I colored with Hampton Art red ink.

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Step 3:  Make a base card that measures 5 x 6.25″.  I used this paper pack from Joann’s Fabric and Crafts Store:

Score at 5.5″ on the long side and fold over.   This card is a top fold card.  Trim to 5.5 x 6″.

Step 4:  Cut a pc. of black cardstock in a rectangle that measures 4 x 5.25″.  Out of the same patterned cardstock cut a rectangle that measures 4.25 x 3″.

Step 5:  Adhere the black rectangle to the base card centering it.   You will have 1/2″ margin on all 4 sides.  Adhere the large white frame on top of the black rectangle.  Next adhere the black frame inside of the large white frame matching up the curves.

Step 6:  Adhere the last frame to the 4.25 x 3″ patterned rectangle.  Glue the yellow circles back into the white frame.

Step 7:  Assemble the strawberries and adhere to the center of the card.  I added the little white flowers from this die set 1181 – Pinwheel:

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 Step 8:  Create the sentiment on your computer and cut out with the second to the smallest die from this set and add to the card as shown:

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Here’s another look at the finished card:

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            That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I hope you’ll try this card.  It’s quick and easy and could be used for many occasions.  Just change the sentiment!  And please check out the Dies R Us blog here:  Dies R Us Blog

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

Super Hero Week!

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I had my 12 yr. old grandson with me Sunday.  His birthday is in June.  After watching him do tricks on his dirt bike and skateboard I thought I would make him a picture to hang on his wall that would encourage him to make the best of everyday!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I had purchased two digital stamps from Kenny K Stamps.  The background is called “City Scapes” and the other is called “Super Hero”  Unfortunately Kenny K. has since closed his on line store and moved to drawing images for the big leagues now.  I sized, printed and colored the two digital images.  Then I fussy cut the “super hero”.

Step 2.  Make a frame using the below die set using a star cardstock purchased at Joanne Crafts.  Any star cardstock would work:

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This die is called Happy Frame by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Cut the single pc. die from the Happy Frame four times for the 4 sides of the frame.

Step 3: Assemble the frame:  Assembly video

Step 4:  Adhere the assembled frame on top of the City Scape.

Step 5.  I added some clouds, a sun, and the sentiment.  Add the “Super Hero” as shown.

That’s it!

                  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll take the challenge.  We would love to see what you make!

 

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: “Sun” 1109 – Oval Pull Card,  Clouds: 781 – All Seasons Tree

Beacon’s Kid Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A ‘Summer” theme card

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I can’t wait to be able to count on warm weather!  So my card today is a nod to Summer!  What screams summer more that blue gingham and red Geraniums.  This card could be used for any occasion by just using a different sentiment.

Here’s the steps:

Step 1: Cut all the petal pcs. 3 times for each flower. (run these pcs. 3 times through your machine with two layers of red cardstock.  Cut the leaf pcs. 3 times with two layers of green cardstock.  Add a little of 340.5 Permanent Red PanPastel to the edges of the leaves.  Assemble the 3 Geraniums by shaping and gluing.

The die set:  1019 – Susan’s Garden Geranium

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Geranium Assembly Video

This video shows the geranium being assembled directly on your project which is great but not for this project.  Assemble each flower and you will slide them into and onto the Gathering basket.

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Step 2:   Cut one Gathering Basket from light brown cardstock and lightly add some 780.5 Raw Umber PanPastel to bring out the basket weave embossing that happens when you cut this die:  1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

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Step 3:  Cut two Oval mats.  One using the 2nd largest die from this die set and white cardstock:  1113 – Stitched Ovals :

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Cut one using the largest die in red cardstock from this die set:  1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock at 6″.  Fold at score line and trim to 6 x 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.75″ x 6.25″ from blue gingham cardstock.  Adhere, centered, to white base card.  Now adhere the red scallop oval, centered onto the blue gingham layer.

Step 5:  Sort of shape the gathering basket by holding it with both thumbs on the underside of the pc. and your two pointer fingers together on the right side of the pc. and centered.  Now keeping your thumbs together on the wrong side, slide your pointer to curve the pc. over your thumbs.  Glue only the lower edge of the basket to white oval as shown in the photo below.  You will glue the sides down by adding glue to the undersides and  push the sides towards the center very slightly to keep it’s 3D shape:

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Next start auditioning your flowers, petals and little blooms into and onto the basket until you like what you see and glue in place.

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Create a sentiment on your computer and cut out with the smallest die from this set:

1116 – Stitched Circles

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Ink the edges with light blue ink and adhere to basket.  You could also use a small tag and bakers twine and attach to the handle.

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Thanks so much for taking a look!  I hope you’ve been inspired and will check in with the Inspiration Design Team daily: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamp (sentiment inside) RS010 – All Things of Nature

Michael’s: Blue Gingham paper

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Humor with a message!

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This week’s challenge #432 over at Crazy4Challenges  is to use this phrase as inspiration:

“Skating on thin Ice”

I have a friend who is married to a man who refuses to take the advise from his doctor.  I’ll be sending her this card unsigned so she can give it to her hubby.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using Art Impressions UMI1238 stamp on paper suitable to the color medium of your choice:

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I colored her with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Cut one door from med. brown cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs  1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door:

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Step 3:  The urn with flowers and wreath on the door were cut from this set                  1010 – CountryScapes – Backyard 2 also from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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Cut one urn, the flowers for the urn and the pieces for the wreath.  I cut all the tiny flower pcs. for the urn and wreath from pink cardstock.  The wreath itself, bow, urn leaves I cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 4:  I love digital stamps because you can resize them.  For this card I chose “Caffeinated Craig” from Dr. Digi House of Stamps:

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Print and size “Craig” to 3.25″, color and fussy cut him out.

Step 5:  I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the smallest die from this set by Spellbinders “Card Creator”:

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I applied, a with a light touch, PanPastel’s “black” to distress the edges.

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You should now be ready to assemble the card:

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Step 6:  Cut the cross pcs. out of the door window and glue the Art Impression colored stamped image behind the door as shown above.

Make base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x12″ cardstock in half.  Score one of the halves at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over.  I chose Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dove Gray.  I love this cardstock because it’s colored on one side only.  This is a great choice when you want to stamp a sentiment on the inside.

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Step 7:  Cut a 5.75″ square of designer paper or cardstock that will look like the side of a house.  I chose this brick paper from Michaels because of the colors, but you could also use a “wood grain” look.

Adhere the door, with image behind it to the left lower side as pictured.  I curved “Craig” slightly with my thumbs.  Then I adhered him to the card as shown by gluing only his shoes to the card and putting a foam dot behind him about where the donut is.  Now add your floral pcs. and the sentiment and that’s it!

Thanks so much for having a look.  I love to make pretty cards but also find it really fun to make a funny card sometimes.  I’d love you to leave a message so I know who stopped by.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

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