For Unconditional Love…

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

It’s sketch week!

I usually like to show the sketch but for some reason I was unable to cut and paste.  However, here is the link to the blog:  Crazy4Challenges

My granddaughter runs a kitten rescue called “The Kitten Stage”, so I made this in honor of what she does.

The Steps:

Step 1:  To make the “two triangles” base, I used a double sided card stock from LawnFawn.

Step 2:  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1116 – Stitched Circles.

Stitched Circles

Using white card stock, cut two circles using the second to the smallest die in the set above.  I then created the front sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the third to the smallest in the same set.

Step 3:  I used these two die sets from Frantic Stamper for the little dog and cat.  I cut them from white card stock and colored them a bit with Copic Markers.  Then I adhered them to the two smallest circles.

Frantic Stamper dies

Step 4:  The card measures 5.5″ x 5.5″.  So score a 11″ x 8.5″ at 5.5″.  (First, create the inside sentiment on your computer and print out on white card stock for the base) Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.  This is the step that using a double sided card stock is great.  I just cut a 5.5″ square and cut it in half on the diagonal.  Then I just flipped one to the other side for a perfect two triangle base.  Adhere the two triangles to the white base card and add the 3 circles as shown.  I added a bakers twine bow.

That’s It! Here’s one more look:

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

Thanks so much for taking a look.  This is an easy sketch, so jump in there and show us what you got!  Here’s the link:  Crazy4Challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C Challenge….Put flowers on it!

Butterfly bunny h2o

This week, because Sunday is Mother’s Day, the challenge is to put flowers on it.  I make my design team cards ahead of time and was still making Easter cards.  So my card is an Easter theme.

A couple of weeks ago I used one of Spellbinders 3D embossing folders.  This one is called “Oval Accent”.  As I said before, these folders really deep emboss and there are areas that are embossed deeper then other areas.  Plus, they are huge, measuring 5″ x 7″.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I used AI Holiday Stamp 1-779 to stamp the bunny on white cardstock and used black Archival ink.  I colored her up with Copic Markers.

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Step 2:  I had one of those “angels should be singing” moments when I searched for an oval die to cut the now colored up bunny.  Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Ovals Large” was one of the first die sets I ever purchased.  The largest die in that set was exactly the same size as the oval in the embossing folder.  That changed what I thought I was going to do……adhere the oval cut bunny stamp to the embossing folder.  INSTEAD….. I cut the oval out of the embossing folder and the bunny with the same oval.  Here’s how:

First:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″.  Trim to 5 x 7″.  Cut a rectangle from white card stock that also measures 5 x 7″.  Put this rectangle into the embossing folder and run through your machine.

Second: Temporally tape the embossed rectangle to the opened front of the base card.  Using the largest die in step 2, use temporary tape or “post it’s” to secure the die over the oval in the embossed oval layer.  It’s a perfect fit!   Now remove the embossed layer.  I used brown PanPastel over the embossing to bring it out.

Step 3:  Using the same large oval die, cut out the stamped and colored bunny.  I also used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large to cut a large pink scalloped layer.  Adhere the stamped bunny layer to the pick scalloped layer (don’t attach to card yet).

Step 4:  Cut, color and shape all the pieces to create The Cherry Blossom from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1006 – Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/susans-garden-cherry-blossom-1006

Susan's Garden - Cherry Blossom

Here is Susan Tierney Cockburn’s assembly video for this set:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SMXOVcGN8Q&list=PLCP2iiaN5icAagDS5tBwmkcxr4Lnzq4AQ&i

As Susan suggests in the video, I assembled the “Cherry Blossom” branch right to the embossed front of the card.

Step 5:  Cut out the words “Happy Easter” from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Die Set Words 3 Happy Holidays

https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/die-set-words-3-happy-holidays

I cut them from a left over pc. of card stock that I had painted with water colors in vertical about 1/2″ stripes.  Adhere them as shown below after Step 6.

Step 6:  Place the oval stack inside the card and position it so that the stamped oval will be exactly where the cut oval is on the front of the card.  Here is a picture of the inside of this card:

After I got the oval stack adhered in place, I masked off the stack and used the grass stamp below from The Stamps of Life Stamps and Dies called Eggs4Easterhttps://www.thestampsoflife.com/shop/eggs4Easter.html

eggs4Easter

Step 7:  Using the die set below from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I cut 3 butterfly silhouette pieces from the same water colored paper I made that I used for the happy easter sentiment.  Then glued them to the front as shown starting with the one glued to cherry blossom branch.  I also added to all 4 sides of the embossed layer to finish the raw edges with Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Small Butterfly

I also added to all 4 sides of the embossed layer, ropes, also colored with brown PanPastel to finish the raw edges with Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1    I used the straight one and it took 6 of them.

https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/ropes-1-1125

Ropes 1

Here’s another quick look the card:

 

OK, yes, this one takes some time. but I think it’s worth it.  I hope you’ll join us this week!  You could even make a Mother’s Day card.  Just remember to add a few flowers.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Use your scraps Challenge

Ladybug scraps h2o

This week’s challenge is an opportunity to use your scraps!  I realized that this was just what I needed to remind me to do this more often.  I usually cut out more dies then the project calls for, or different colors since I’m not sure yet.  I store these “extras” in little self seal bags.

Scraps

I had 4 “ladybugs” in one of these bags.  I also was glad I saved these strips leftover from the “Harry Potter” challenge. I used two of the red ones and spaced them far enough  apart to accommodate the  Lady Bugs and Leafy branches.  I used two of the leafy branches to fill the space between them and put the ladybugs on foam dots.

Cuts

The only thing I cut new for this card is the “leafy branch” and “Hugs” from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

The sentiment and little hearts are from a stamp set from Stamps of Life.   The card measures 5.25″ x 7″.

That’s it!  Who knew you could put together a cute card in about 30 minutes!  Yay!

Ladybug scraps h2o

As always, thank you for taking a look and please try this challenge.  It was really fun and you will discover in your stash, things you forgot you saved!

 

Easter Blessings

Easter Cross h2o

This week’s challenge is “Back to Metallic or Foiling”

Since we usually work ahead on the challenges, I was still making Easter cards.  So when this publishes it will be the Sat. after Easter and so will next Saturday’s card be Easter themed!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I love Spellbinders 3D Embossing Folders.  As you can see, the embossing is lighter in the areas that look like the background for the Lily Arch.  The Arch is really emphasized embossing.  Plus they’re huge!  The embossed area measures 5 x 7″!  From white card stock, cut a rectangle that measures 5.25″ x 7.25″.  Insert into folder and run through your machine.  I then used Black PanPastel to emphasize the embossing.

Spellbinder folder

Step 2: Using the below die set cut two of the overlay die with white card stock adhere to two together so it is double layered.  I then used clear Wink of Stella over the butterfly to give it a little shine.  Next, adhere it only at the body as shown to the embossed layer.  Bend the wings up and add 3 self adhesive silver pearls down the body.   1072 – Small Butterfly

Small Butterfly

Step 3:  Using Spellbinders Crosses, cut a cross with silver mirror card stock.  I love this die because it also embosses at the same time!  Adhere the now silver embossed cross to the embossed layer as shown by putting a foam dot on all 4 ends of the cross.

Spellbinders Cross

 

Easter Cross h2o

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold over as a book fold.  Trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.25 x 7.25″ from black card stock.  Adhere to the base card leaving an 1/8″ on all sides.  Trim your finished embossed layer to 5″ x 7″ and adhere to the black layer.  That’s it!  Four easy steps!  Thanks so much for taking a look!

                          Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s Craft Store: Black and white card stock, silver pearls

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

Easter card inspired by a sketch!

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April C4C sketch h2o (2)Yep, my favorite challenge is Sketch Week!  But this time is also Easter week, so I made my card an Easter theme.  You know, “two birds/one stone”!  Plus, this one is fast and easy!  So let’s make this.

The Steps:

Step:  Pick a designer paper or card stock   I chose a paper sold by sheet from Michael”s Craft Store.  But the sketch is generic for what ever theme you want. so choose a print that goes with the object that will be featured in the circle.  Cut a rectangle from your choice that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent card.  Trim to 5.5″ x 7″.  Adhere the rectangle from step 1 to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  Using the 5th largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1116 – Stitched Circles:  https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/stitched-circles-1116

Cut a circle with Blue Card Stock.

Stitched Circles

Using the middle die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1254 – Entwined Circles: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/entwined-circles

Entwined Circles

Cut an entwined circle with white card stock.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1459 – Spring Basket and Die set Bunny:https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/die-set-spring-basket

Die set - Spring Basket Die set - Bunny

Cut 4 eggs, the bow and 4 grass pieces from the Spring basket die set.  Cut all the pieces for the bunny and assemble him.

Step 5:  From Elizabeth Craft Designs 1467 – Words 3 Happy Holidays: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/die-set-words-3-happy-holidays

Die set - Words 3 - Happy Holidays

Cut the words “Happy” and “Easter from blue card stock.

Step 6:  I cut two fishtail banners: one white and one blue by hand.  (The white one slightly smaller than the blue)  Adhere the white over the blue and then add the “Happy Easter” words to the banner.

Step 7:  Assemble the rest of the card as shown:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  We hope you’ll join us this week for the “Sketch Challenge”

Other products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Anything But A Card!

Ann's Cups h2o

This weeks challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges

The theme this week is to make an “ABC” or Anything But a Card!  I have to admit that I made this Spring Trio for my oldest daughter in February but I also thought it would be a good inspiration for a gift for someone for any occasion or to hang in your own kitchen or dining room.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I always like to cut out all the elements that will make up the card first.  Then I audition them to see if what I had in mind will actually work.  Here are the die sets I used to cut out all the elements:

A:  Cut 3 cups and saucers from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Garden Notes – Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer

Garden Notes - Victorian Tea Cup & Saucer

I used 3 different black and white prints from a card stock pack from Michael’s Craft Store.  I used black card stock for the saucers.Michaels paper

Step B:  Cut enough petals and leaf pieces from these 3 die sets to make the flowers: Garden Notes – 1089 – Pansy – 5 piece set

Garden Notes - Pansy 5 piece set

I made enough for 7 pansies.

Make enough petals and flowers for 3 Amarillas and 3 Daffodils: 1218 Garden Notes Amaryllis

Garden Notes - Amaryllis

1137 – Garden Notes – Daffodil

Daffodil die set

Step 2:  Cut an 3 white ovals with the largest die from this set: 1113 – Stitched Ovals

Stitched Ovals

Step 3:  Assemble the cups and saucers and adhere to each white oval  Glue the saucer in place and then put a large foam dot under the cups in the center of each.  When you like where it is on each saucer then add a line of glue  around the underside edges of the cup.  Press the bottom edge down on the saucer.  Next remove the “dot” backing and press the cup in place.  Now go around and press the rest of the edges of the cup down.

Step 4:  If you haven’t made paper flowers, here is the YouTube link to Susan Tierney Cockburn, the designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This is where you will find the video tutorial for each of these flowers.  You will build your flowers right into the cups:

Susan Tierney Cockburn – videos

Step 5:  Cut a rectangle of black card stock that measures 5 x 7″.  Cut two strips of striped paper from the same pack or one you choose that measure 7 x 1.5″.  Cut one stripe from coordinating card stock that measures 7 x 2″.  Adhere these to the 5 x 7″ rectangle and adhere the floral ovals centered.  Here’s another look:

Ann's Cups h2o

Thanks so much for stopping over and I hope you’ll come back soon!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michaels:  Shadow Box Frames

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Use Metallic Embellishments!

Butterfly sympathy h2o

It’s a new month and a new hostess over at:  Crazy4Challenges

This month we have Rebecca Ednie and her challenge for us this week is to use 3 metallic or metallic colored embellishments on your card.  My landlord, who is in his 90’s, says he needs more sympathy cards then B-day cards these days.  So this one is for a little set of that theme of cards for him.  It’s great for when you need to make a few of the same card because it’s quick and easy.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using the largest die from Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1120 – Stitched Rectangles

Stitched Rectangles

Cut a rectangle with white card stock.

Step 2:  I then embossed this rectangle with a tree embossing folder from Darice.

Step 3:  I went over the embossing with silver PanPastels.  It doesn’t turn out mirror metallic but does have some sheen that doesn’t show up in a photo.  Then I stamped the embossed layer with the “With Sympathy” sentiment in the lower right corner with a little acrylic stamp from JoAnn’s Fabric and crafts.

Step 4:  The little butterflies are a Silhouette file that I cut from Silver Mirror card stock.

Step 5:  Cut a 6 and an 1/8″ x 5″ rectangle from silver Mirror card stock.

Step 6: Cut a 6 and 3/8″ x 5 and 1/8″ black card stock rectangle’

Step 7:  Make a base card by scoring and 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white card stock at 5.5″.  Fold over and trim to 7″ x 5.5″.

Step 8:  Assemble the card as shown:

Butterfly sympathy h2o

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

For April Fools Day!

Tea cups front h2o (2)

The front of the card.

Tea cups inside h2o (2)

The Opened card.

Because April Fools Day is right around the corner,  Francis Byrne, this month’s hostess gave us the challenge to make a card with some kind of trick like a pop up!  I love pop ups so that’s what I made.

The Steps:

I started by printing out the “Stacked Tea Cups” (not the name) from a digital stamp.  I’ve had this in my computer for a long time and don’t remember whose it is.  I think it is from CraftsUPrint.  If I’m wrong and someone recognizes it, I would love to be corrected.  I then colored the image with Copic Markers.  I cut the colored image out with Elizabeth Craft Designs:1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares

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I cut a tan mat using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares2017-07-23 16.40.23

I cut a brown sort of linen print mat with the same die set above.

Step 2:  Using a now discontinued Karen Burniston’s  103 – Cup Pop Stand – 6 die set.  I looked over at YouTube to see if the assembly video is still available just in case you could find this die set on EBay., but it has also been taken down.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of card stock at 5.5″ on 11″ side.  Trim to a 5.5″ square tent fold base card. This is when you start the Pop Up die cutting process.  If you have this die set from Karen, then you know how to die cut what will become the “Cup Pop up” inside the card.

Step 4:  I added two more teacups to imitate the front of the card.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1072 – Small Butterfly: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/small-butterfly-1072

Small Butterfly

For the inside sentiment,  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1161 – Happy Birthday 2 and 1154 – Calligraphic Elements 1 https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/dies

                A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1 A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2

The leaves inside are from Elizabeth Craft Designs 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2:  https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/garden-notes-lilac-2

 

Garden Notes - Lilac 2

 

The lower picture shows that both sides of the stacked cups are the right side of the designer card stock.  You can make this happen by cutting the cup once with the die taped to the right side of the card stock and cut a second cup with the same card stock but tape the die to the wrong side of the card stock.  Then you adhere them together which makes “no wrong side” cups!

Step 5:  Adhere the stamped image layer to the tan mat and then to the darker brown one.  Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of the same card stock used for the base card.  Adhere the image stack to this square and adhere to the front of the Pop UP card.  Also used Brown Pan Pastel and sponged on the edges of the insided yellow card stock to give it sort of an antique look like the front.  Add another  5.5″ square to the other side of the pop up for the back of the card.  This step covers up both Pop up holes.  Here’s another look:

 

That’s it!

                     I hope you’ll join us this week for this fun challenge this week over at:  http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Michaels: All the card stock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

It’s Hufflepuff Pride Day!

Harry Potter card H2O

According to the Days of the Year Calendar the 20th of March is Hufflepuff Pride Day.  So the challenge this Saturday is to create a card inspired by Harry Potter.  This could include using stamps of the characters,  using colors from any one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft or anything else that inspires you from this famous series.  I chose the house of Gryffindor.    This house’s colors are red and gold.  Here are the steps to make this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I started by cutting 1″ strips of red and gold card stock.  Next I put the strips together alternating the colors.  I used 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut on the short side to have strips that measure 1″ x 11′.  Note:  precision cutting is important.

Step 2:  Tape the strips together on both 8″ sides.  The picture below shows how you will cut the mat for the card.  Sorry I forgot to take a pic before I cut the mat.  But this sort of shows you why you need to cut all of both colors of card stock.  You will need a large rectangle of taped together strips to cut a rectangle die on the diagonal so the mat will have diagonal stripes.

Cuts

Step 3:  Make a base card from 8.5″ x11″ white card stock and score at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Trim to 5.5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Now you want to use a rectangle cutting die and tape it on the diagonal across your assembled, taped together strips, as shown above.  Note:  Once you have the die placed on diagonal, lay down a layer of clear tape on all four outsides of the die. That will at the same time serve to secure the results of the cut and hold the strips together when you run this through your cutting machine.  Before you remove the die, carefully turn the die, still attached, over and add Clear Double sided adhesive tape on all four insides of the die.  Add a couple more strips of the adhesive through the middle.  Now remove the die.

Step 5:  For the Owl I used Karen Burniston’s “Poppy the Owl”, a retired set but you might find it on EBay.  The same goes of Poppy’s hat and broom which is Karen Burniston’s  1204 – Props 9 – 6 die set.

Step 6:  The Happy Birthday sentiment is Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1161 – happy birthday – 2 .  I cut once each with black card stock and gold mirror card stock.  I also added a gold mirror card stock flourish at the end of Poppy”s broom to make it more magical looking using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1034 – Flourishes & Branches

Flourishes & Branches

Step 7:  To assemble the completed card.  Take your taped together, diagonal striped rectangle and on the underside (where you added clear double sided adhesive) add a little dot of glue to one short side of this piece on every stripe.  Now turn over, and center the rectangle on the base card.  Let the glue set up a bit.  Then carefully remove the backing of the double sided adhesive on that same side.  Doing this stabilizes the rectangle so you can finish removing the rest of the tape while adhering the rest of this mat.

Step 8:  Add the rest of the elements as shown below.  (Glue the black and gold Happy Birthday sentiment together, offset slightly).  Now add Poppy the owl and his flourished broom.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off stickers in gold to add to the edges and that’s it!

Harry Potter card H2O

Thanks so much for having a look!  I appreciate your time!  Please join the fun challenge this week as this week’s challenge would make a great card for any Harry Potter fan!  Use the link below:

Crazy4Challenges – 476

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Michaels Craft Store:  Red and Gold Card Stock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro paper cutter

 

 

 

 

 

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