A card challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges

 

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Challenge #C4C395

Crazy 4 Challenges launches a new challenge every Saturday.  Each designer on their team takes turns deciding what the “theme” of the week will be.  This last Sat. was “Hammock Day” according to The Days of the Year Calendar.  So this weeks challenge was to make a card that depicted “Relaxation”.

I’ve had this cute stamp set for a little while now but hadn’t used it.  It’s from Art Impressions:

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I decided that the 3 ladies on folding chairs certainly looked like they’re relaxing!  I decided to have them at the beach front retirement community.  I imagined in my head, they were watching younger men walk by.  LOL! 

The Steps:  Stamps and stencils layered!

Step 1:  I Stamped the 3 ladies on 6.75 x 4.75″ White Copic Marker Paper using a Misti and Black Archival Ink.  I colored them with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Again, I got to use Susan Tierney Cockburn’s stencils:

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It was very easy to use the stencils over my colored image step because you can see through them.  I taped them in place and taped on top of the stencils where my ladies were with temporary tape:

 

 

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The above photo shows after I put in the clouds and the sand mounds.  I colored with PanPastels using these two stencils then filled in the sand dunes with the same color but with a lighter touch.  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set. (details of products at end of this post).

Step 3: Die Cut the palm tree and coconuts out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs 987 – Palm Tree & Pail by Karen Burniston. 

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I colored all of the cut tree pieces with Copic Markers and shaped them with the medium ball tool out of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Tool Kit.  I adhered the assembled Palm Tree gluing only the bottom of the trunk to the card and putting 3 foam dots to the underside of the tree (under the coconuts area)  to give it more dimension.

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I cut the little star fish using a little die that was a “gift with purchase” from Gina Marie Designs using cream scrap cardstock and colored with PanPastels:

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Step 4:  Cut a black piece of cardstock 5 x 7″ and adhere your finished scene to this black mat.  Make a base card that measures 5.25 x 7.25″ when folded and adhere the matted scene to the front of the card base.  That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking the time to look.  I hope you’ll join this fun card challenge.  Again, they always have a new one on Saturdays.

I answer all questions from the comments section below past the products list personally.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Stencils:  Behind the Scene Stencils: Cloud & Grass and Snowstorm and Mounds.

PanPastels:  Raw Umber and Ultramarine Blue

Copic Sketch Markers

Misti

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

A new Freshly Made Sketches 297 challenge!

Bee fairy

I’m a huge fan of FaeryInk’s digital stamps and I was practicing my coloring lessons that I’ve been taking from Alyce at Kit and Clowder.  This adorable “Beeyoutiful” image  from FaeryInk is what I was coloring, because the hair doesn’t have a lot of lines.

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In the lesson I was practicing,  she taught how without lines the colorist must decide where all the highlights are and also teaches a “flick” stroke when coloring to create the illusion of hair.  She offers these classes for both Markers and Pencils.  As I’ve said before if you are new to coloring or want to up your skills, you cannot beat the value that the coloring lessons are at Kit and Clowder.  And the results you will get will make you more confident in your own projects.  AND, you see these improvements right away!  I am enrolled in her “Monthly Lesson” program now but you can also take single lessons too.  I started with the “Skin and Hair” class when I first found Kit and Clowder.  I don’t do a lot of “commercials” in my blog posts and I don’t receive commission of any kind.  But when I believe a product is truly superior I want to share that.

When I finished coloring I decided this Faery was the perfect image for this weeks challenge.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Buttercream Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″  Peel off Stickers “Glitter Lines” black and silver.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

 

A Background scene made entirely with stencils!

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I was so inspired by one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s own creations that I went right over to Elizabeth Craft Designs and bought all the stencils, (ones I didn’t have) that were on sale.  Which was a fab surprise!  The picture below is Susan’s card.

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Yes, I know mine is pitiful next to hers!  But, the point of this blog is the journey!  I loved hers so much but didn’t want to copy it exactly (like I could).  First that would be plagiarism if by some miracle I could pull that off, and second I wanted to try flipping the stencil (like Susan did for the tree reflection) but with the river.  Plus, I had new toys and wanted to try them all, of course.

Here are the stencils that I used:

The two on the left are: The Great Outdoors and Mountain and Split Rail Fence. The three on right are: Cloud and Grass,  Evergreen Grove and Shade Trees.

Here’s how I made this card:

As, I said, I had this idea to continue the “river” behind the covered bridge.

Step 1:  I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to a 5.75 x 5.75″ square.  Then I die cut Susan’s 1217 – Country Scapes – Olde Covered Bridge out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

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The covered bridge is the focal point so I needed it to even begin to start stenciling the background.

Step 2:  The above picture is the first thing I did.  Using the bridge die pc. as a guide, I used the Great Outdoors stencil  and PanPastels to stencil the water in front of the bridge and the stones.  Then I flipped the stencil over to stencil the water behind the bridge. Then, while I still had the bridge taped down with temporary tape,  I colored with PanPastels, the road “through the bridge”.

Step 3:  Above pictured, I added the  “Mountains” “Shade Tree”, head of the reindeer and one “evergreen tree” and the “grass” in the lower right corner.  Then I put the bridge over it to see where else I wanted trees.

2017-07-13 19.02.30Step 4:  In the above picture I just started filling in more “Evergreens” and the “Mountains”

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Step 5:  This photo is the finished scene.  I went over some of the images with more PanPastel color to darken up some of the images and added the “rail fence” and grass on the lower right side..

Step 6:  My original intention was to use one of Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies in the  1047 – Pop it Ups – Western Edges – 4 die set as part of my scene.  It is the one with the two horses. Pictured below:

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But the horses were to big to be at the foothills of the mountains.  But I had already cut and colored it.  By coincidently, it was laying by the bottom of the finished scene and I liked how it looked as if the horses had stopped to get a drink.  I really liked it lifted by dimension foam dots.

Step 7:  I cut a grass piece out of green cardstock using the 914 – Outdoor Edges -3 die set below and adhered it behind the “horse” piece.  I stenciled the horse pc. with the negative from the grass die pc. as a stencil.

Then I added some little grass dies from Obsession Impression on top of the horse layer on both ends, pictured below:

Step 8:  Attach the above “grass, horse, grass” stack with “Foam Dimension Dots” to the lower edge of your stenciled scene.

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Step 9:  To create the Easel base card, cut a piece of 12 x 12″ white cardstock in half.  Score one half on the 12″ side at 3″ and 6″.

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Next cut a pc. of cardstock 3 x 6″.  In my case, I used a scrap pc. of double sided designer paper that looks like old painted wood.  Then stamped a sentiment “The Best Things In Life” by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Next using the die set by ECD cut the two grass pieces using the same green cardstock your other grass was cut with.  Adhere these two grass helpers as shown below to the underside of your 3×6″ panel:

I added a rope die I cut with brown cardstock with ECD die set: 1125 – Ropes 1

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 and attached to the front of this panel as shown.

Now adhere this panel to the lower 3″ of your scored base card.  (the side that is 6″ sq. not scored.

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I colored a brown stripe with a Copic E71 because I didn’t like the white showing under the scene that I think was caused because of the additional pumped out layer.  Easy fix!

Now fold the scored half over the paneled half and adhere the scene pc. to the lower 3″ ONLY of the front of this card:

 That’s it!

A card that the recipient can display easily without an additional stand:

Thank so much for taking a look.  As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go before I’m stenciling like the great Susan but it sure is fun to keep trying.  Stencils are relatively inexpensive and their uses are nearly endless.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12×12″ 100lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

PH NEUTRAL PVA glue

Copic Markers

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Hampton Art brown ink pad

C4C394 Sketch Challenge

Bee-utiful day

My C4C394 Entry

I do love a challenge.  Sketch challenges are fun because you already know what the layout is.  All you need to do is choose what elements you will use that fit the layout sketch.  Most challenges make liberal allowances for interpretation of the sketch.  Go over to the “Crazy4Challenges” challenge blog and you’ll see what all the designers on their team did with this sketch.

I just adore making flowers with the Susan’s Garden die sets for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  For this card I used #999 – Garden Notes – Sunflower.

Step 1:

I cut two of all the pieces for each Sunflower except the big petal piece.

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The above shows some of the pieces with some PanPastel Orange added to the center of the big flower base piece and on the end of each of the petal pieces.  I colored the end that will be glued around the center of the big flower.  Using Susan’s Tool Kit I shaped all the flower pieces and veined the leaf and stem pieces.

Step 2:  I used the “1271 – Rustic Ladder” by Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs and scrap  designer cardstock.

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The gold piece measures 5.25 x 6.75″.  The wood pc. is 2.5 x 6″.  The green mat under the wood pc. is 2.75 x 6.25″.  The ladder was cut twice from scrap brown cardstock and glued together to give it more depth.  Next adhere the wood rectangle to the green mat and then glue on top as shown. Important:  do not adhere this stack to the gold piece yet!

Step 3.  Start assembling the sunflowers and leaves gluing the pieces directly onto the stack you just made.  One of the benefits of Susan’s flower dies is that you assemble them directly onto your project.

Step 4: I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 710 – Bees to make two bees and glued them as shown so that the sentiments I used on the fish tail banners made sense.

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Step 5:  The sentiments were first stamped on white cardstock using the below two stamp sets:

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I then cut them out with this die set:

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Next I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in brown on the edges.  I colored the stamped bee with a yellow pencil.

Step 6:  The last step is to assemble the card.  Cut a base card by scoring a piece of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock and scoring at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold the card and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the gold mat to the front of the card.  Adhere the “flower stack” piece to the front as shown.  Adhere the fishtail banners as shown.  That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape.  White Soft finish Cardstock 8.5 x 11″

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Staedtler:  Colored Pencils

 

C4C393 Card Challenge

This weeks card challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges was to make a card that depicts a popular travel destination, any place, town or country.  Like all of us, I had bought this paper pack a while ago but still hadn’t used it.  It’s a pack from JoAnn Fabric and Crafts by DCWV:

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A lot of the pages have glitter and it also has pages that you can cut into quarter page pieces that when cut measure 6 x 6″.  Below is one of those pages I cut for this project:

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I chose the one on the lower right hand corner.  I love pink and black together and I also loved that the flowers were glittered.  I chose a die set by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs called 1104 – Hanging Charm Pull Tab.

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As shown in the picture above, this set comes with 4 charms:  Eiffel Tower, Butterfly, Heart and Beverage Container.  There are several other Charm die sets that you can buy separately.  These charms can be used on so many different projects.  There are other die sets that these charms will work with also.  This particular die set is basically the pop up mechanism.  Once you’ve assembled it, you can place it anywhere on your base card.  I chose the lower left side of my base card because I didn’t want to cover up the glittered flowers. There is a great YouTube video on the assembly of this die set.   When you pull the tab (where I placed an arrow, it reveals another sentiment:

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Here’s a picture of another page in this paper stack that I used to cut one of the mechanism dies out of.  It’s a page that is distressed not dirty, but I thought it would make a “frame in a frame” sort of look before you pulled the tab.  Not sure it was successful.

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I cut the “Eiffel Tower” from black cardstock scraps twice to give it more weight.  I decorated the black cardstock “Eiffel Tower” with black/silver “Glitter Dots” and “Glitter Lines” from Elizabeth Crafts Designs.  The “Happy Birthday” is #783 – Happy Birthday from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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I hope you’ll think about this die set (I receive no commission of any kind).  I like die sets like this one because you can use it for so many occasions.  Below are two other cards I made with this same die set.  You don’t have to use charms.  I just glued the wheel barrow/flowers to the frame and the crab the same way!  Your imagination is the only thing that determines how many things you can do with this clever set!

So far I’ve only used this set this way.  However,  it could also be the front of a standard folded card base.  On all 3 of the cards I made I wrote to the recipient on the back of the card (it doesn’t open).

Thanks for taking a look!  I’d love it if you would follow my blog.  If you have a particular technique you would like to see here, you can leave me a comment and I’ll answer within 24 hrs.

Other products used for this project:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  “arrow” from 974 – Rectangle Pull Card, “diamond shapes in corners of the frame” 771 – Accordion Fancy Label,  Clear double sided adhesive 6mm and 10mm.

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

A Freshly Made Card Challenge 295

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So the above is the sketch for this week’s challenge.  I had just colored up this adorable digital stamp from Dr. Digi called “Snow Fun”.

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So I decided to cut out the image using a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs “1116 – Stitched Circles”.  I added a border around the circle’s edge stopping at the “stitching” with a red Wink of Stella.

For the strip of cardstock under the circle I used a piece from one of Martha Stewart’s holiday packs and cut this strip 6 x 1.75″.

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The “Merry Christmas” sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs 783 – Happy Birthday.  The snowflakes are decorator dies from 2 other Elizabeth Craft Designs die sets:  916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card and 781 – All Seasons Tree.

The inside sentiment is from a stamp set by Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Winter Sentiments”.

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Thanks so much for taking a look.

 

 

C4C 392 weekly card challenge

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This week on Crazy 4 Challenges the challenge was to make a card with something you would see in a park.  I had this adorable digital stamp from Miss Daisy Stamps for awhile.  So I colored her up for this project.  Below is the stamp colored.

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Step 1:  Print out the image and color her with Copic Markers.  Then I trimmed the colored image down to 4.75″ x 4.75″.

Step 2:  Using a stencil called “Cloud and Grass”  by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs I colored a background:

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Step 3:  To make her in a park,  I cut two tree trunks from Karen Burniston’s 781 – All Seasons Tree for Elizabeth Craft Designs out of white cardstock.  I cut two 1033 – Leafy Branch from Els van de Burgt for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Both the trees and leafy branches were cut from white cardstock then colored with Copic Markers.

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I gave the leaves dimension by making a vein using Susan Tierney Cockburns “Tool Kit”.

Step 4:  The iron fence was also cut from white cardstock using Estate Fence by Memory Box.  I colored it black with Copic Marker 100. 

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The two “grass pieces”  were cut from white cardstock using a decorator die pc. from Karen Burniston’s 780 – Garden Bench and also colored with Copics.

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Step 5:  Cut the base card from Elizabeth Craft Designs  white 12 x 12″ Soft Finish Cardstock.  Cut the cardstock in half  (12 x 6″)  and score at 6″ on the long side.  I stamped the inside with a stamp from Karen Burniston’s  Just A Note clear stamps I stamped the “HELLO” (on the front) and on the inside of the card, ENJOY your day.:

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I colored both with a Copic Marker.  I cut the “Hello” banner with the second smallest banner die from Gina Marie Designs Stitched Banners.

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Step 6:  From Blue cardstock I cut a square that measures 5 x 5.5″.  Adhere the stamped and colored image piece to the blue mat.  Now adhere all the rest of the die cut elements to the card as shown.  (I trimmed the trees here and there to make them fit).

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look at this project.  Please follow and comment.  I answer all questions personally.

Other products used not pictured or mentioned:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

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Encouragement Card with Faery Ink

I just love the digital art by the amazing Amanda of FaeryInk.  I have used a lot of her cute images for greeting cards.  I talked about the benefits of digital stamps in the post before this one.

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The below is the sentiment inside:

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I love this company so much not only because of Amanda’s talent drawing the most adorable images but her customer service is beyond reproach.  They have a Facebook page where you can see what all the fans are making and saying about her digital stamps.  If you are new to digital, I recommend going over to the FaeryInk website and browsing through the different categories.

Step 1:  is to print out the digital stamp on paper made for coloring with Copic Markers.  I used Gina K “Layering Weight” white cardstock.  It’s very smooth surface is great for blending and will hold a lot of ink without bleeding through.  Next, color her using Copic Markers.  A list of the colors I used are at the bottom under “Supplies used”.  It doesn’t look like a lot were used but I took a picture below:

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I have to insert another commercial here for anyone reading and wants to learn to color or step up your coloring.  You should take a class over at Kit and Clowder!  Alice, the owner and teacher is incredible.  Not only do you get the lessons in both print and video but she encourages you to upload your work to her, in a private format, for advice and/or praise.  You can take these lessons at your own speed and once purchased are always there for you.  There is no expiration to their availability.  The lessons are available in marker or colored pencils and a discount for both!  In my opinion Kit and Clowder is simply the best resource for everything “Coloring”!  And of course, they also have a FB page for posting and commenting.  Alice and her generous sponsors offer discounts on stamps every month including many freebies!  The cost is so affordable (cheap) for everything you get.  In fact it is unbeatable!

Step 2:  Trim the stamped and colored Faery to 3.5″ x 5″.  Make three mats for the image.  I cut the purple  mat 4″ x 5.5″, the green 4.25″  5.75″ and the black polka dot 5.25″ x 6.75″.  Adhere the four layers together.

Step 3:  Make the base card.  I chose Elizabeth Craft Designs 12″ x 12″ Soft Finish Cardstock in “Perfect Pink”.   I love this cardstock for the base card because it is white on one side which I find handy for stamping the sentiment on the inside.  I cut the 12 x 12 piece in half and scored at 6″ on the long side.  I trimmed the folded base to 5.75″ x 7.25″.  Now, stamp the sentiment inside the card using Elizabeth Craft Designs “General Sentiments” shown below:

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Now adhere the “Four layer stack you made in step two to the front of the card.

Step 4:  Cut the word “Believe” out of Tim Holtz Kraft Core Metallic Collection “silver”.  The “1049 – Believe” die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words.  I had to trim the swirls off to make it fit.  Below is what it looks like before trimmed.  Adhere to the card as shown.

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Step 5:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1005 – Susan’s Garden – Anemone die set, cut color and assemble 3 Anemone flowers with leaves.

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I cut 6 of all the petal pieces because I wanted two layers of 5 petals for each flower.  Below is a picture of the before and after coloring of the pieces for the flowers.

Susan has a video assembly tutorial on YouTube for this die set.  Adhere the assembled flowers and leaves to the card as shown.

That’s it.  Thank you for taking a look.  I hope you will try some of these great products on your next project.  I love comments and answer all questions personally.

Other products used not featured above:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s: Green, Purple and Black Polka Dot cardstock

Copic Markets:  V01, 05, 12, 15, 17,  RV10, 13  R20 E000, 00, 31, 33, 35, 70 71 YG00, 11, 13, YG17,  N0, 2, 4, 6 and Black 100

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Misti

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

 

 

Make your own Designer paper with stencils.

This week I wanted to use some die sets I bought back in November at the Scrapbook Expo and hadn’t used yet!  I know you’re thinking “For the love of God girl, it’s almost the 4th of July!”  Well, I’ve been busy with holiday, birthday and specific commissioned cards.  I must say, I’ve really developed a love for everything Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I’m crazy for her “Country Scapes” collection.   The die set I’ve been anxious to use is 1078 – CountryScapes – Backyard 3 – Apple Orchard pictured below:

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I also think it’s about time I sang the praises of stencils!  If I’m making a card with an outdoor scene for the front or inside of a card, I pull out two things first.  Susan’s Cloud and Grass stencil.  I use it so much I don’t why I even put it away.  And the other is my PanPastels.

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I used to look for designer paper of the sky and others for grass.  Sometimes you want the “cute” look rather than a realistic look and that’s what I think designer paper is great for.  But, if you’re trying to create a realistic look, this stencil is not only your best bet financially but you can get a pretty authentic look.  I haven’t used it yet for a sunset but I will soon or try to!  Susan has a tutorial on YouTube demonstrating this stencil.

The Steps:

  1.  Cut a piece of white cardstock to measure 5.5″ x 5.3/8″.  Using the above stencil create your sky and grass using PanPastels.

2.  Cut and prepare all the pieces that will create the components of your scene and glue to the stenciled cardstock.  I used these die sets for this scene.

From Elizabeth Craft Designs:

                              1078 – CountryScapes – Backyard 3 – Apple Orchard

1127 – CountryScapes Backyard 5 – Wash Day (quilt)

1131 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Daffodil

1133 – CountryScapes Garden Edges Tulip

1084 – CountryScapes – New England Stone Wall & Gate (little fence)

Additional die sets used:

From Frantic Stamper Inc.:

FRA-DIE-09921 Flying Gulls

FRA-DIE-09822 Gardening Pots (set of 4 dies)

3.  Cut a piece of blue cardstock 5.3/4″ x 5.5/8″.  Adhere the scene piece to this blue layer.

4.  Cut a piece of white cardstock 6″ x 12″ and score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold in half and adhere the completed step 3 to the front of you folded card.  My card’s fold is at the top but you could have a book open card as well.

That’s it.   Thank you so much for the taking a look.  I love comments and answer any questions personally.

 

It’s time for another Challenge C4C391

This week on Crazy4Challenges the task was to have water in any form on your card.  I have a friend that needs a little encouragement right now and loved this digital images from Angies Stamps on Etsy.  She’s called “Little Lila picking Flowers“.  She would also make an adorable Valentines Card.  Actually, she could be used for a lot of different occasions.  Below is the inside of this card.  I created the sentiment inside the card on my computer and printed it out on some rainbow paper.  Then I cut out the sentiment with Elizabeth Craft Designs 1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares. 

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If you have never tried digital stamps YOU SHOULD!  Some of the benefits are price, you can make it any size you want,  it is stored on your computer.  I bought 3 of Angies Stamps at a dollar a piece.  What?  I know.  You can even reverse the image.  For example if you find a tree branch digital stamp you like but it branches out from left to right and you need it from right to left, you can flip it.  Whoa!  Also, these digital stamps print out perfectly every time.  No light and dark spots!  With stamping helpers like the “Misti” you now can fix those problems.  But if your stamp is mounted on wood you have one chance at it.

The Steps:

  1.  I printed the resized image on Gina K “Layering Weight” white cardstock.  This is a great cardstock for coloring with Copics or other wet mediums.  There is very little bleed through if any at all.
  2. I colored the image with Copic Markers.  Then I added dots that I hoped looked like rain with a Stamps by Judith stick stamp.  These sticks are called “Stubby Stampers.  Pictured below

If you notice on the right picture these clever little sticks have a flat side so they don’t go rolling off your craft table.  They come with all kinds of images.  Flowers, bugs, bows, ornaments  and much, much more.  There are literally hundreds of choices. Below is a picture of my collection so far:

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I have used these stamps to decorate another Stamps by Judith called “S-13 Tree for all Seasons”.

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3.  I cut the image using the same ECD “Dotted Scallop squares” referenced above.

4.  I cut two mats for behind the featured image with Elizabeth Craft Designs 1118 – Stitched Squares.

5.  I mounted all the layers on a base card that measures folded 6×6″.   I cut a piece of ECD Soft finish white Cardsock 12 x 6″ and scored on the long side at 6″.

6.  I added the word “Hugs” using the ECD 1269 – Love Sentiments.

That’s all there is to it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I hope you’ll try some of the great products I’ve mentioned.  I get no compensation.  I just love them!