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.


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






It’s Sketch Week!

C4C H2O (2)

I love this set of Ladybugs from Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1179 – Ladybug


Step 1:  Cut two of the one on the right using black card stock on the body pc. and red card stock for the wing pc.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs:1116 – Stitched Circles  4th largest die cut one from white card stock.

Stitched Circles

Step 3:  Cut two of the branches from ECD: 1033 – Leafy Branch 

from green card stock.

Leafy Branch (1033)

Step 4:  Cut a strip from white card stock the measures 1′ X 5.5″.  Stamp 5 little ladybugs across the strip leaving room for little hash lines between them.  Color the “bugs” red.  I used this set from The Stamps of Life: Ladybugs2love


Step 5: Cut two rectangles from green polka dot card stock the measures 6.75″ x 2.5″.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a book fold.

Step 7:  Using all the elements you cut and colored in steps 1-5 as shown:

C4C H2O (2)

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I can’t wait to see your version of the sketch!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

A Basket full of Hugs and Flowers

Flower Basket H2O

This weeks challenge is to put a flower on it.  I chose a die set from Docrafts.  This set has 5 daisy dies

The basket is from Elizabeth Craft Designs and is called: 1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

The background “wood look” cardstock is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and is 6 x 6″ and has all different wood texures from photo’s taken by Els Van de Burg, the owner.  This collection of card stock packs came in wood, Metal and stone and is on sale right now for $1.95 per pack.

The white circle is the 3rd to the largest from this set: 1116 – Stitched Circles

Then I added the ECD: 1254 – Entwined Circles

The sentiment “Hugs” is an ECD dies set called: 1269 – Love Sentements.

That’s It!  Easy Peasy!

New month and New Challenge

Superman front h2o (2)

Superman inside h2o (2)

This month our hostess gave us the challenge to make a coffee theme card.  I just made a coffee theme card for the sketch last month!  So as I was trying to think of another coffee theme idea for a card, I remembered that my oldest daughter had given me a “coffee cup” wall art that I love and hangs in my craft room:

Coffee plaque

I needed a image of a “Good Man” however, and then I remembered Dr. Digi digital stamps had a Super Hero stamp and that became my “Good Man”.  This would also work for a one layer card challenge.  It’s fast and easy.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I created the front and inside sentiments on my computer and printed out the base card.  Before I scored the 8.5″ x 11″ now printed base card, I put I sized the digi stamp of a super hero and put the base card back into the printer and printed the digital stamp.  Then I scored the base at 5.5″ on the long side and folded over for a book fold and trimmed to 5.5″ x  7″.

Step 2:  I cut out a bunch of stars with Gold Mirror card stock and adhered them as shown.  Then I added a shadow under the super hero to ground him with a Copic marker.

That’s it!  Doesn’t get any easier than that!

Thanks for stopping by for a quick look.  Please join the challenge this week because we love looking at your creations!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

It’s Dog Biscuit Day

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

Yep, it’s National Dog Biscuit Day in the United States!  As if America doesn’t look goofy enough these days to the rest of the world…..we have national dog biscuit day!  This is   my last week to hostess for a month over at:  Crazy4Challenges  

So the challenge for this week is to put a pet on your card.  It doesn’t have to be a dog.  So this is how I made my card.

The Steps:

Step 1: I used some discontinued: Karen Burniston  dies for this card, but the link in red will take you to her online shop where she has comparable products.  I like to cut all the elements I might use for the projects first so I can audition them on my project.

I used Karen’s “Buster the Dog” , “The All Seasons Tree, Props 4 set (dog bowl, ball & dog bones), “Props 2” (party hat)  and “Outdoor Edges” grass.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” is a Elizabeth Crafts Designs die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to a 5.5″ x 7″ card.  Stencil the front of the base card with PanPastels Aqua Marine blue and Elizabeth Craft Designs: S-016 Earth and Sky

Earth & Sky - Stencil -

Step: 3  Arrange from all the elements you cut in Step 1, a little scene to the front of the now stenciled card, as you like.  Here’s one more look:

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week.


Valentine’s Day Card


This is the second week of my being the Hostess of the month over at: Crazy4Challenges

So my second challenge for all of you who like to play along is to make a Valentine’s Day card.  February 9th is actually National Tooth Ache Day!  I know!  Who makes up this National Calendar of Days?  But Thursday is Valentine’s Day!  So here’s the steps to my Design Team inspiration card.

Heart strings front h2o

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle from white card stock that measures 5..75 x 4.25″.  Emboss this rectangle using Elizabeth Craft Designs Embossing Folder: 112 – Heart Strings

I used a heavy 110 lb. card stock because I like the deep embossing that results from heavier paper.

Heart strings emboss

Step 2:  Create a frame for the embossed panel by taping together, the largest and second largest dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

1120_Stitched Rectangles

Now adhere the taped two dies onto black cardstock and run through your die cutting machine.  The results will be a stitched black frame that fits perfectly over the embossed panel.  Don’t adhere them together yet.

Step 3:  Create a base card by scoring a pc. of  white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card.  Trim to 5.25 x 6.50″.   Cut a rectangle from red card stock (any weight} that measures 5 x 6.25″.  Adhere to the base card, centered, leaving a 1/8″ border on all sides.  Now adhere the white embossed panel onto the red panel, again centered.  Now adhere the black frame over the embossed panel.

Step 4:  I used a decorator “heart die” from a discontinued set from Karen Burniston, but any small heart die would work or even a sticker.  The “XOXO” sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1269 – Love Sentiments

1269 - Love Sentiments

Step 5:  This step is optional.  For the inside of the card:

Heart strings inside h2o final (2)

Cut a red card stock rectangle that measures 5 x 6.25″ and adhere to the inside right of the base card.  I printed the sentiment I created in word on white card stock and then cut out the large white heart with my Silhouette machine.  I cut the same red heart as on the front for the little red heart and used black and white baker’s twine to make it look like the red heart was hanging on a string!

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please join us over at: Crazy4Challenges this week!  We want to be inspired from your Valentines Card.

New Month – New C4C Challenge

feb 2 c4c hedgehog front h2o

A new month and a new challenge over at:  Crazy4Challenges

This month I am the hostess all month!  Which just means it’s my turn to come up with some fun challenges for the month of February.  Today is Ground Hog Day so the challenge is to put a ground hog or any other ground critter on your card.

I don’t have a Ground Hog but I do have a Hedge Hog!  This card is easy!

The Steps:

Step1:   I cut the body of the hedge hog pc. and apple pc. from white card stock, the leaves from green card stock and the spiky pc. from brown card stock.  I colored the body pc. and the apple with Copic Markers.  I sponged a darker brown ink on the edges of the spiky pc.  Assemble the hedge hog and adhere the leaf to the apple.

Step 2:  Out of a strip of green card stock that measures 1 x 6″ I cut a grass strip edge die that is discontinued but here is one that would create the same effect. :1388 – Adventure Edges – 3 die set

The clouds are from a discontinued Karen Burniston die set called “The All Season Tree”.

The “Hello” sentiment is Lawn Fawn’s:  Skripty Hello

scripty hello

I use this die so often that I don’t even put it away.  I cut it 3 times and adhered the 3 together to make it dimensional.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim to a 5 x 6.5″ with a tent fold.

Step 4:  Cut a mat that measures 4.75″ x 6.25″ from a print card stock you like.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: Thinking About Polinesia

Using the largest die from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles  Cut a mat from from a light blue card stock.

Step 5:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the printed mat to the front of the card base.  Next adhere the die cut light blue mat over the printed one.  Adhere the “grass edge” just above the stitch line of the blue mat.  Now add the rest of the elements as shown:

feb 2 c4c hedgehog front h2o

I adhered the apple, hedge hog and clouds with foam dots and the “hello” sentiment with Beacons Kid’s Choice Glue.

That’s It

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’d love to see your ground critter card!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michaels:  Recollections Paper Packs


tent front h20

tent inside h20

I can’t believe it’s already the last Saturday of January.  The challenge this week at: Crazy4Challenges  is to create a card of celebration.  I made a birthday card for two reasons.  First, the die set used for this adorable camping scene is from Karen Burniston and is called: 1048 – Tent Pop Up.  When you click on the red product like you will also find Karen’s assembly video for this adorable die set.

Image 1

The second reason I chose a birthday card is because my daughter bought this set for me for Christmas and her birthday is in February!  She also bought the accessory die set called: 1049 – Camping Charms  I used several of the dies from this set for the front and the camping scene inside.

Camping Charms

The little “Ducks” are from Impression Obsession and is: Die398-F Duck Set

The little plant pot on the right “tree stump” is: FRA-Die-09822 Gardening Pots (set of 4 dies)

The little (rose tree) in the pot is one Rose bush from: 1196 -Garden Edges – Rose Hedge



The “flip flops” on both the front and inside right lower corner is a Silhouette File.

I hope you’ll join us this week and show us how you’re celebrating!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Double Sided Adhesive

It starts with a sketch!

jan sketch front h2o

jan sketch inside h2o

Probably half the time I begin a project I start with the papers I’m wanting to use.  I had purchased a pack of each of the 5 papers from Kaisercraft called “Hello Birdie”.  They are double sided and I got them on sale!  In this case the “little birdie” looks exactly like Joset Van der Burg’s “Birds” die set:   1249 -Birds

kaisercraft hello birdie paper


So here’s how I made this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ piece of cream cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim to 5.25 x 7″ with a book fold.  Cut a 5″ square from a designer paper and adhere it to the top of the card leaving a 1/8″ margin.

Step 2:  Using the 3rd and the 4th smallest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1116 – Stitched Circles :

Stitched Circles

 Place the 3rd to the smallest die in the set and nest it inside the larger one.  Tape the two together and a tape the nested dies on brown cardstock and cut with your machine.  The result should be a circle frame for the circle you will cut into the front of the base card.  Do this a second time for a frame for the inside front panel cut out circle.


Step 3:  The inside of the card is the other side of the striped paper in the picture of the paper collection. (the one in the middle.)



I cut a panel from the right side of the of the paper that measures 5 x 6.75″.  (measure from the bottom up to include the whole little tree scene.  Cut the same size panel from the leftover left side that also measures 5 x 6.75″.

Step 4:  Adhere the 3rd to the smallest die you used to cut the circle frames to the front of the opened base card exactly in the middle of the front.  (It won’t be in the middle of the 5″ square designer paper panel).  Leaving the card open run through your machine to cut the circle.  Cut a strip of cardstock that measures 5 x .75″  Hand cut the fish tail ends  Cut this strip into 2 pcs. and trim both straight edge of each strip  so that you can add one on either side of the front circle so that the fishtail ends reach each side.  Now adhere the brown circle frames around the circle cut out on both the front and inside.  The 1.25 x 5″ strip on the bottom is from the same Kaisercraft collection

Step 5:  From the die sets below, cut the pcs. for one small mushroom and 4 birds.  I cut all the bird pcs. from white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.  I cut the mushroom from colored cardstock


I used a die to cut out the “Hello” sentiment from a die set that I don’t know who the manufacture is.  The last step is to adhere the birds, mushroom and sentiment tag to the inside of the card as shown.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I doubt the KaiserCraft paper I used is still available but one of my New Year resolutions is to use more cardstock and paper I already own before I buy more.  Yeah, that resolution will last until February!

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus


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