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.

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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


Make a Humorous Card!

snowman front h2o

snowman inside

I’ve had this digital stamp for years and have used it a few times.  It is called “Snow Fun” and is by Dr. Digi.  Snow Fun

snow fun (1)I love digital stamps because you can make them any size you want,  you can put backgrounds behind them, they print perfectly the first time, you can buy them pre-colored, and you don’t have to clean or store them!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color with the medium of your choice.  I colored mine with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  I used the 4th to the largest die to cut the colored image from this set by Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 – Stitched Circles

Garden Notes -  Frame It/ Stitched Circles

Step 3:  Use the 3rd to the largest die in the same set to cut a slightly larger circle for a mat for step 2.  Adhere the “image circle” to the blue circle.

Step 4:  Cut two each of the largest and smallest dies, out of wood look cardstock from: 1254 – Entwined Circles Glue the two of each together ending up with one of each but  thicker, which gives it more dimension.  Cut the little snowflake out 8 times.  Note:  The dies in this set will cut through two layers of cardstock at once.  You can always run it through your die cutting machine twice to make sure, as they are intricate.

Entwined Circles

Step 5:  Create the sentiment in word, “Just stopped by to say “Hay” and print on white cardstock.  Cut out with the 3rd die to the smallest in the same set as in step 2 and out of the same blue cardstock and the 4th to the smallest cut a blue mat.  Adhere the sentiment circle to the blue circle.

Step 6:  Make a base card by scoring an 11 x 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim to 5 x 7″ with a book fold.  Cut a rectangle from a designer paper that looks wintery and measures 4.75 x 6.75″.  Adhere this rectangle to the front of the base card.  Optional Note:  I created in word, the inside sentiment and printed it on white cardstock first.

Step 7:  Adhere the matted larger “image” circle to the top half of the front but make sure you leave room to layer on the “Entwined Circle” as shown:

snowman front h2o

Then adhere the Entwined circle over the top.  Repeat for the smaller “sentiment” circle in the lower left of the card.

Step 8:  I added clear Wink Of Stella to the snowflakes and a silver clear glitter dot to the center of each.  Glue the snowflakes as shown.

Here’s one more look:  snowman front h2o

Thanks so much for stopping by and we’d love to see your sense of humor this week!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

The first challenge of 2019!

The first challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges is an easy one:  “What’s you favorite type of card to make?  Make one!  My favorite is some kind of an interactive or pop-up card.  My granddaughter’s birthday is Jan. 5th so I made her a cake pop up birthday card.

The die set I used for this card is no longer available but it is 1102 – Cake Pop Up by Karen Burniston.  It’s one of my favorites for birthdays as well as weddings.

To make this card, the hardest part is to choose the designer paper and cardstock you want to use.  The rest is really what the die set does.  So because this die set is no longer available I am going to just give you a list of the other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1161 – Happy Birthday, 1034 – Flourishes & Branches (also unavailable,  Clear double sided Adhesive 10mm. and  silver peel off lines

A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2 -

Joanne Fabric and Crafts:  Designer cardstock

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Thanks for taking the time for a look and I hope you’ll join us in this weeks first challenge of the year!


C4C-464 The last post of the year.

For the last challenge every year each team member chooses a sketch challenge from the 12 months to make a card for this last of the year challenge.  AND, so do you!  I chose the August sketch.

Snowman H2O

I love this digital stamp from The Paper Shelter.  It is called “Most Adorable Snowman”.  I just love the expression on this snowman’s face.

The Steps:

Step !:  Download, size and print the digital stamp.  Now color it with the medium of your choice.  I colored mine with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1113 – Stitched Ovals

Cut your colored image out with the second largest oval in the set.

Step 2:  Nest the second largest oval inside the largest oval and tape to white cardstock in the nested position and run through your cutting machine to create an oval frame.  Do this step 3 times netting out 3 white oval frames.

Step 3:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5″ x 11″ sheet of white cardstock.  Trim to 5.5″ x 7″.  Adhere a rectangle pc. of designer paper to the front of the base card that measures 5.25″ x 6.75 ” leaving a .25″ margin on all sides.

Step 4:  Open the card and position the same second large Oval over the front of the card leaving enough room on the bottom edge for a sentiment.  Run through your cutting machine.  Now glue one of the white oval frames around the cut oval.  Open the card.

Step 5:  Center the cut stamped image on the inside of the card so that it exactly matching the position on the front of the card.  Adhere to the inside left of the card so that it shows through the front of the card.  Adhere a white oval over both the right and left ovals.

Step 6:   Add a sentiment.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs “Merry Christmas”.  I also added 3 snowflakes and some silver line peel off stickers to complete the sketch.

That’s it!

We hope you will choose one of the sketches and enter this last challenge of the year.  And don’t forget to come back on the first Saturday of January to start a new year of Challenges.  I think it’s fun to challenge our creativity and see what happens!  Here’s one last look at this adorable digital stamp which truly is “The Most Adorable Snowman”!

Snowman H2O

A Happy Holiday Christmas Card

baker front H2O

Baker inside H2O

To help me get over my turkey coma, I decided to make a Christmas Pop up’

For this card I used Karen Burniston’s : 1047 – Upsy Daisy Pop Up

Upsy Daisy Pop-Up

When you click on the product link above, there is also the assembly video.  You really need to watch the video before you attempt to assemble this die set.

I have been a fan of The Eyelet Outlet for about 5 or 6 yrs. now.  You have to check out this online store for the adorable holiday brads I used on the panels.  They have brads in almost any image you can imagine. Eyelet Outlet

I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs:1277 – Kitchen Tools 

and 1276 –  Apron

and 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays

and Merry Christmas inside: Susan Cannon 1235 – Merry Christmas

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The fish tail banner on the front is from Gina Marie’s Nested Fishtails.

That’s It!   I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving

C4C – 462 Hiking!

Stony paths front H2OStony paths inside h2o


First of all, if I ever hiked anywhere at anytime, I don’t remember it.  So I don’t have any stamps of boots and I only have cowgirl boots in a die.  But I did have this stamp that I have always loved.  It’s this little girl in high heels.  I don’t know who made this set of stamps, but if anyone does, I’d love to know.  She reminded me of my oldest daughter when she was a child.  She ran away from home one day with a peanut butter sandwich in a bag.  After about 15 or 20 min. I went outside and saw her sitting at the corner eating her sandwich.  So I went to the corner and sat down on the curb next to her and said “So is this as far as your going so you set up camp?”  “Yes,” she said, “because I’m not allowed to cross the street!”

Step 1:  I made this card by first stamping her with my Misti.  Then I colored her with Copic Markers, trying to make her clothes look as if they had been worn and washed many times as my little girl certainly had her favorites and was also a “girly” girl!  I stamped and colored on a pc. of white cardstock that measures 4.75″ x 6.5″.

Step 2:  Using the die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: 1084 – CountryScapes – New England Stone Wall & Gate


First cut a white pc. of cardstock in a 6 x 2″ strip and adhere it to a 2″ wide double sided adhesive.  Place the die from the above set that cuts the stones for the wall.  Punch out all the stone pcs. it cuts and use what’s left for a stencil to make the path.


2nd stone gate stencil

Be careful to mask the stamped image with little Post It’s as you are stenciling.

Next using Elizabeth Craft Designs: S016 – Earth & Sky Stencil

Earth & Sky - Stencil -

Stencil the ground and grass to cover the rest of the card as shown, using PanPastels.

I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with Sizzix Nested Rectangles.

Next cut a rectangle from cardstock that coordinates with how you colored the scene that measures 5 x 6.75″.  Adhere the stamped top layer to this mat and then adhere both to a base card that measures 5.25 x 7″ when folded.

That’s it!

I hope you will join this weeks challenge.  After the Holiday, sitting down in the craft room might be just what you need!



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