A C4C Spring baby animal challenge

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This week I bought two new Elizabeth Craft Designs dies.  They are both “Fitted Frames”.  I received the first one I had ordered which is called “Fitted Frames 3 – Curvy Rectangles”.

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I can be really dense sometimes.  This was one of those times.  This die was not on my wish list.  I didn’t get it.  Because all the elements in this die are cut at the same time, I initially thought you had to cut it several times to get the frames you want in different colors.  Then I saw an Els van de Burgt  using this die set in a YouTube video.  Below is the link to the video.  I now think these frames have become my all time favorite frames ever!

Fitted Frames video


Now, of course, if you want the dies cut with printed paper, then you will need to cut it out several times or once for every change of paper.  But in my case I wanted colored frames so I cut one set in white cardstock and then used PanPastels to color them yellow.  You could also use markers, pencils or any other medium you like to color with. DUH!  When I got this set I had so much fun experimenting with it I ordered another in “Ovals”.   I just love these frames sooo much!  There are so many ways you can use them.  Look at all the extra little elements in the sets.  I also got my new “Strawberries” die set that I used in another challenge but wanted to use for this card too.

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I started by making the strawberries.  It was night by this time and I like to craft while I watch TV.  While I was coloring my strawberry elements we had a power outage.  Did I let that stop me?  Well, NO!  Nothing stops a crafting addict!  I just got out some candles and kept on going.

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But once my coffee got cold…….I had to go to bed.  The next day I finished all the elements for my card.  I still had to color my frames but I hadn’t decided yet which ones I would use.

2016-04-04 12.44.39Next I started auditioning paper and placement of the elements on the card base I had made by taking a piece of white base weight 8.5″ x  11″ Gina K card stock and scoring at 5.5″ on the long side to make the base card.  I trimmed it down to 7″ x 5″.    I print and cut the above little Silhouette file of a bear dressed as a lady bug and daisy.  (the little mounds of grass is also part of the file)  Once I decided which of the frames in the die set I was going to use then I colored them with PanPastels  Diarylide Yellow.  I decided that I wanted a background for my little bear/ladybug that looked like sky.  So I cut a piece of white cardstock to fit behind the rectangle frame and colored it with PanPastels  Ultramarine Blue.  I liked the green polka dot designer paper and cut a piece. 6.75″ x 4.75″.  The little white flowers pictured above is from the Elizabeth Craft Designs “Cupcake” die set.  The yellow center colored with the same yellow PanPastel as I used for the frames.

I knew I wanted to stamp the inside of the card before I assembled the front.  Below is the stamp set I used for the inside of my card.

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Once again I used my beloved Misti!

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This photo shows how I placed all the stamps that would make up the inside sentiment.  Once you close the lid it picks up your stamps onto the lid.  This allowed me to ink up only the stamps I wanted to ink in red (the hearts)

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These two above photos show why I love this Misti.  The pic on the right shows how the hearts needed another stamping because the ink is not solid red.  You could never restamp over the first without this Misti.  Since the stamps are still in place under the lid you can re-ink the hearts and close the lid again and it stamps exactly over the first stamping.

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Look how much better the hearts look now.  Then, once I was happy with the hearts, I removed them from the inside of the lid and inked up the other two stamps with black ink.

Then I filled in the ladybug with a Copic Marker R29.

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Now, the fun part…..putting together the front.  I adhered my green Polka dot designer paper to the front of the card.  I knew the 3rd largest die fit my little “daisy ladybug” Silhouette file perfectly so I colored that frame first in yellow, then put the “sky” colored piece behind the frame and placed the Silhouette cut file in the frame where I liked it.  I didn’t like the blue of the sky showing through corner holes but happily discovered an Elizabeth Craft Designs red glitter dot fit perfectly into those corner holes.  Yay!  I also really liked how the “Strawberries” looked placed over the frame which is the 5th one in from the largest.  I also colored it with the same yellow PanPastel.  I now wanted all those holes red so I did this:  I just glued red cardstock behind the frame and trimmed around the inside so the red would only show through the holes on the frame.

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I loved the smallest of the dies in the frame set that had that extra die in the center of “hearts on a string”.  Or, at least that’s what it looked like to me.  I colored that little frame with the same yellow but only made the outside of that frame as dark as the other two and left the inside nearer to the heart cut outs lighter to sort of resemble what I think looks like one of those old window shutters that I used to see on houses in the neighborhood I grew up in.  The little “hearts on a string” I colored only the hearts with a R29 Copic Marker and glued it to the largest frame that’s around the little scene.

The last step was to die cut the word “Hello” using a Lawn Fawn die called “Scripty Hello“.  After, I put all the elements where I liked them on my card front,  I decided I needed another daisy with a ladybug brad on it like the silhouette image and the little butterfly (also a Silhouette file).  I left the butterfly white but outlined around the edges with a Sakura gelly roll glitter pen.  The body of the butterfly was made using two negative pieces of another die glued together for the body and antennae.

Thank you for taking a look.  I appreciate the time you give to read my “wordy” posts.

Materials used for this Project not pictured:

  • White card stock for base card: Gena K “base weight”
  • PanPastel Flower Coloring Kit 1 “Susan’s Garden”
  • Green Polka dot designer paper: DCWV “The Floral Fair Stack”
  • Copic Sketch Marker R29
  • Lady bug Brad:  The Eyelet Outlet
  • White daisy flowers: Elizabeth Craft Designs “Cupcakes”
  • Red Glitter Dots:  Elizabeth Craft Designs
  • Ink for the Strawberries:

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Author: Kathleen Adams

I have been crafting with paper for several yrs. now. I am a single mother of four grown children (2 boys, 2 girls) and a grandmother of 6 (5 girls and 1 boy). I still work as a hairdresser part time at a beautiful retirement community in San Ramon, CA My passions are: gardening, sewing and crafting with paper while watching my favorite TV shows. I have an amazing dog named Shelby who I just can't imagine life without. I hope, with this blog, that I will inspire, teach, prevent costly mistakes in your journey and well, just have a lot of fun creating.

One thought on “A C4C Spring baby animal challenge”

  1. What a great tutorial…right on down to the link to Els’ video. Love the card and your humorous description of the play-by-play. I don’t think I’ve ever worked by candlelight!


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