White on White

White on white sm H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges  the challenge is to make a white on white card.  I was in the mood to make something floral so I decided to make white rose and one of my favorite embossing folders by Spellbinders:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  First cut a pc. of white cardstock into a rectangle that measures 5.25″ x 7″.  Put this rectangle into the embossing folder and run through your cutter/embossing machine.

Step 2:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″  Fold for a book fold,  Adhere step 1 to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  Make 3 roses and their leaves from white cardstock.  If you have never tried making paper realistic flowers by Susan Tierney Cockburn, here is the tutorial video for making these exact roses: Susan’s Rose 1 video tutorial

I constructed my roses directly onto the embossed folder layer on the front of the card making sure the finished arrangement would be centered into the oval.

Step 4:  I used a die for the sentiment that I honestly don’t know the manufacturer’s name, but use it often for sympathy cards. I bought on HSN yrs. ago and is a set of “word” dies. The butterfly is from Elizabeth Craft Designs, but is discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  I think white on white cards always look elegant no matter what the theme is, so go for it this week!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all white cardstock

Sizzix Cutterpillar Pro

PH Neutral Archival Glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

 

A Lady Bug Hello

Feb. Sketch H2O

If you’re a follower, then you know I love a Sketch Challenge!

Over at: Crazy4Challenges   Every third Saturday is a sketch challenge!

I am the Hostess for February so this is the sketch I came up with.  I thought it would be pretty easy since you could make it any theme that you want.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the card base by choosing an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scoring it at  5.5″  along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to  the finished size of 5.5″ x 7″.

Step 2:  I cut a strip of brown cardstock that measures 7″ x 5/8″ and adhered it to the base front 1/2″ from the folded edge of the base card front.  I added the leaves from a discontinued die set from ECD called Curvy Leaves.

Step 3:  The 3 squares are from die cutting the smallest square from: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Step 4:  The lady bugs are an Elizabeth Craft Designs discontinued die set.

Step 5:  The “Hello” sentiment is from: Lawn Fawn

scripty hello

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!

 

Easy All Occasion Card!

Kite Front H2O

This week over at: Crazy4Challenges  I am the hostess, and found on the “Calendar of Days” that today is “Kite Flying” day!  So for this Saturday  Feb. 8th. the challenge is to put a kite on your card.  If you don’t have a kite then you can put anything else that flies on your card.  Or,….You can make a kite to put on your card like I did.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.5″ x 7″ from white cardstock.  Next I used a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Clouds and Grass” to stencil this background panel with PanPastels.

Step 2:  I made the kite by cutting a rectangle from Coral cardstock that measures 2″ x 3″.  Then I folded on the diagonal long side.  Then cut the shape of the kite.  Then fold across the kite.  Below shows the toothpicks I glued on the underside:

Kite under tooth

Step 3:  Cut out a 1″ x 6″  grass edge for the bottom of card with Elizabeth Craft Designs: Nature Edges.  The clouds are from an older Karen Burniston die set called: The All Season Tree.

Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of cardstock at 5..5″ and then folding for a book fold and trimming to 5″ x 7″.  Now adhere the cloud stenciled layer to the front of the base card.  Adhere the grass edge to the bottom of the card.  Then decide how you want the clouds and Kite.  I added a little foam dot under the clouds and top half of the kite.  Then I added a pc. of white bakers twine to make the kite tail.  Then just cut scraps of colored cardstock in tiny triangles and glued them on either side of the twine.

Kite close up

Step 5:  I chose the stamped sentiment from an older one from Karen Burniston “flying by to say” because I could make a few and stash them for almost any occasion by just adding the appropriate sentiment on the inside.  Thanks so much for taking a quick look:

Kite Front H2O

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

CutterPillarPro

Amazon:  PH Neutral PVA Glue

 

Cute Wedding Card

Wedding towels H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to put a ribbon on it!  So first I want to say this is a challenge that everyone should take because you literally can make any kind, color, and type of card you want!  Just put a ribbon on it.  I decided to make a wedding card. First, because I’m still glowing from attending my first granddaughter’s wedding a few months ago and second because yrs. ago I saw a wedding card on Pinterest with Mr. and Mrs. towels with a bow above the towels.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 4.75″ x 6″ so score an 11″ x 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ and fold at the score line for a book fold card.

Step 2:  With white cardstock, cut a rectangle using: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

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Use the largest die in this set above that measures 4.5″ x 5.75″.

Step 3:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Entwined Hearts  emboss the “stitched rectangle”.  Here’s a close up over the sentiment that shows the embossing.

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Step 4:  The ribbon I chose looked like it was stitched on the edges to go along with the stitched rectangle.  I made a bow with about 10 inches of ribbon and then cut the ends leaving enough to tape them under the left side top and bottom edges.  Then adhered this layer to the front of the base card.

Step 5:  On a scrap piece of white cardstock about 4 x 4″,  I stamped the Mr. and Mrs. with clear embossing ink and then used silver metallic embossing powder to make the towels.  I separated the mr. and mrs. by an inch apart so I could cut the two towels using the smallest die in this set by Spellbinders: Card Creator

Step 6: Cut a strip of silver metallic mirror cardstock that measures 2″ x .25″.  Fold the top end of each of the towels but without creasing that fold. (you want the towels to thick and luxurious)

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As you see in the photo above I didn’t glue the towels over this strip so as the bottom edges were even. LOL  So I fixed that with adding shiny little white trim at the end of the towels from a really old set of border stickers from Martha Stewart.

Towels close up

Add a small silver self adhesive ball to each end of the silver strip as seen above.  Adhere the towel rack to the front of the card as shown using a large foam dot on both the top and bottom of both towels a half inch from the stitching as shown.

Step 7:  The sentiment is cut from silver mirror cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1050 – Best Wishes

Here’s another quick look:

Wedding towels H2O

That’s It!  I sure appreciate you stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CatterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store: Cardtock

Amazon:  Double Sided Clear Adhesive

Walmart:  White ribbon

 

 

 

 

Put Candy on it Challenge

Santas list H2O

Yep, this week over at: Crazy4Challenges  According to the days of the week calendar, jit’s National Candy Day !  So this week is to put some candy on your project!  I am working on Christmas cards, so I made this card to look like a fireplace with “Naughty or Nice”  stockings hung up.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I began this project by cutting out the pieces of an, apparently, discontinued die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs that was called: 932 – Stocking Solid.  I used Green, red and white cardstock and assembled as shown.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 11″ x 8.5″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ along the longer side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5″ by 7″.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from designer paper that looks like brick and measures 5″ x 6.5″.  Adhere it to the base front.  Next, cut a strip from the same paper that measures 1″ x 7″.  Score 3 times at .25″, .50″ and .75″ all the way across this strip.  Now fold on the score lines to create what I hoped looks like a mantel to hang the stockings.

Step 4:  Cut a square that measures 3″ x 3″ from black cardstock.  Adhere it to the card centered as shown.  Now adhere the mantel from step 3 above the black square.

Step 5:  I used another discontinued Elizabeth Craft Designs die set called 932 – Holly Border.

Step 6:  The candy in the red stocking are Silhouette print and cut files.  I had cut from black cardstock, the “coal” for the green stocking.  Then I used a white Prismacolor pencil to write “Santa’s Making a List”.  Here’s another quick look:

Santas list H2O

 

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock and designer paper

Beacon’s kids choice glue

Sixxix Big Shot Plus

Inspired by a Book!

Woodland thanks H2O (2)

This week our Hostess, Francis Byrne, who  is also our team leader, has challenged us to make a card that is inspired by a book.  My card was inspired by Hansel and Gretel.  Why a child’s book you ask.  Well because I always have a book I’m reading, but I don’t read books that easily translate to a cute card.  I read military, or murder and detective mysteries.  Romance novels bore me out of my mind.  They’re too predictable.  For example I think Daniell Steel really only wrote one book.  All the others are the same story only the characters names and occupations are different.  I chose instead a book my mother read to me when I was young and sick.  It was both memorable and terrifying because at the end of our street was where the forest began in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  A lot of my elementary school pals played in that forest but not me!  So this is another easy, peasy card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 6 x 4.75″.  Score an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a top fold card.  Cut a mat using the larges die from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

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I used a piece of wood look cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store. 

Step 2:  I used a discontinued die set from Karen Burniston when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set to cut a trees in the background look.  I cut a 3″ x 5″ rectangle from dark Green Cardstock.  Then used Removable Scotch Tape from Staples to attach the tree edge in this set to the very top of this rectangle and cut the “tree edge”.  Adhere this to the wood look layer.  I attached it with the lower edge of the wood layer just above the “stitch” line.

Step 3:  Cut out all the pieces for all 3 of Karen Burniston’s: https://karenburniston.com/woodland-animals-die-set/

Step 4:  The 5 trees are from a discontinued Karen Burniston set called Evergreen Pivot Card.  However, she re-released this set when she went on her own.  Below is a photo of the new one and the link: https://karenburniston.com/evergreen-pivot-panels/

Evergreen Pivot Panels

Step 5: The sentiment “thanks” is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/thanks-1

I cut it once from yellow cardstock and once with green cardstock.  I glued the yellow over the green offset just a little.

Here’s a photo of all the elements of my card.  I like to get everything ready so I can try different layouts:

Once I like it then I start gluing things in place.  Here’s another quick look.  The sentiment “thanks” on this little forest scene is because I’m going to add it to the top of boxes of homemade brownies and cookies for my town’s Firehouses.  I live in California, 2 hrs. by car east of Yosemite.  Every year there is a fire in one of California’s beautiful forests.  And every year our boys and girls are sent in to relieve the ones up there that are completely exhausted.  Besides our hot dry summer days (it’s supposed to be 102 on Sunday) they carry 80lbs. of equipment on their backs.  One yr. that I delivered a similar package, I arrived just as one of the relief shifts were off their turn and returning back to the fire house.  You can’t imagine what they looked like.  Covered in black and grey ash, and could barely walk.  The shift going out to replace them, picked up their pace to each grab one of their returning house mates, and help them get into the fire house to shower, eat and sleep.  They will all do the same thing the next day…..for days! :

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I sooo appreciate my followers and remember you can ask any question and I will get right back to you!

Other Products Used:

Amazon:  Sookwang Clear double sided adhesive

CutterPillar Prp

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

 

Christmas in July!

Cardinal H2) (2)

Yep, this month’s host for the challenge blog is the talented Karen Ostergard,  the only member of the Design Team that I have met in person.  Somehow, thanks to FB, I feel like I know them all!  Karen has challenged the team, and you, should you take the challenge, to make a Christmas themed card this week over at: Crazy4Challenges

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5″ x 6.75″.  Then put this through an embossing folder that resembles snow.  I used one from Darice called Dot.  I like it because the dot’s are small and close together.  The folder is exactly 5 x 6.75″.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x  11″ of red cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold, and trim to 5″ x 7″.  Adhere the embossed layer to the front of the card.

Step 3:  I purchased this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Garden Notes – Birds 1

As of this writing 7/10/19 it was on sale for $4.95! Click on link above! You get both birds!  (the Cardinal I used this week and the little garden bird I used on the card on the right:

Birds die set

 

Color Challenge H20

Cut the Cardinal bird out of white cardstock and color with Copic Markers R35, R37 and R39.  The branch is Copic Markers E70, E71, and E74. Bird face – Copic 100 Black. Bird nose – E31.

Step 4:  Using these two die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

765 – Sprig with Berries     and     1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

Sprig and Holly

I cut the “Sprig with Berries” twice from an Olive cardstock and then added some ink shading with a darker green ink and finger dauber.  I cut a few of the “Holly leaves” in each size and from the same Olive green cardstock. The “branch” pc. from white  card stock and colored it with Copic Markers E70, E71  The berries cut from red cardstock.

Step 5:  I used this discontinued die set from Karen Burniston called: “Iron Fence Pop-up” and cut the fence die pc, from black cardstock.

Fence Pop UP

Step 6:  Assemble the card by adhering the black fence to the front of the card lining up the bottom of the fence with the bottom of the embossed layer.  Now add the “Sprig with Berries” and “Holly and Berries” where you like them.  I started with gluing the “Sprigs” end to end, then the “Holly and Berries”, and last attached the Cardinal on with foam dots.

Cardinal H2) (2)

Step 7: The sentiment is this one from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1235 – Merry Christmas

Sue C Merry Christmas

I have to give a testimonial and review of a product that I had never heard of but decided to try.  It’s called StickySpecks.  It’s basically a sheet of clear double sided adhesive.  But, most of these kind of products are one solid sheet of adhesive poured over a sheet of non stick backing.  But StickySpecks are millions of tiny little “specks” of adhesive separate from each other, but hard to see the separation with the human eye.  I tried this product out with the Merry Christmas cut die sentiment.  I used Silver Mirror Stock and hoped this worked.  There are so many small negative pieces in die cuts like this.  When you lift intricut dies like this from adhesive sheets, a lot of the time in the small neg. holes the adhesive in those areas come up too.  It’s difficult to pull that excessive adhesive off without making a mess.  With StickySpecks, only what you want lift off the sheet easily and the negative pieces don’t.  Result:  No mess, easy, clean, precise sticker!

Here’s a YouTube video

Well, that’s it!  I have received no monetary compensation for this review.  In fact, I’m sure they don’t even know I exist…but I do and I highly endorse this product.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Put A Bird on it!

Pink House H2O (2)

It’s a new month with new challenges!  This week’s challenge is put a bird on it.  There’s 3 on this card!  I recently acquired Art Impression’s Holiday Mansion 4926 and HM Garden Set 5096: 4926 – Holiday Mansion   5096 – HM Garden Set

Ai Holiday House dies stamps

Both of these sets include the stamps and matching dies.  Ai also has a “Holiday” themed stamp and die set, as well as a Valentines Day set too, giving you so many different looks.

4927 – HM Accessory Set:   4927 – HM Accessory Set

4977 – HM – Valentine Set: 4977 – Valentine Set

I am nuts for this set because it looks different depending on however you color it or decorate it.  Here’s a picture of the same two sets but in a different color scheme:

Blue ai house H2O

Pink House H2O (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one I made right away and gave it to my best girlfriend.  The pink one I made for this challenge and went a little nuts with the decorating.  I do have some tips that will help you get better results with stamping and cutting these adorable stamp and die sets.

The Steps:

Step 1:  First stamp the “house” stamp on white cardstock.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut the house to be adhered to a hand made background.  Also, there is no die in the set that cuts out the outline of the house.  This is what the house dies do:

House white template

They cut out the windows and doors.  There are two shutter stamps and matching dies.  So here’s TIP #1:  If you look close at the stamped house on the right above, when I taped the dies to the stamped image and ran it through my cutting machine, I was off just a little bit.  In particular, the arch on the door.  You’ll see, at the top of the arch, I cut off part of the bottom of the stamped “porch cover”.  So the tip is to tape these dies to a strip of white cardstock in order to make a template.  This allows you to use this template to see exactly where to tape the dies.  It’s hard to see when the die is upside down on your projects because you know longer can see the blade

Tip #2:  You can stamp the house on white cardstock as well as the accessory stamps on this same layer and create a scene using only the stamps.  Or, a combination of both, like only cutting out the house dies but not the accessory stamps in the scene.  In this case you will REALLY want to use a template.

Step 2:  I stamped the “flower pot” accessory stamp a bunch of times on white cardstock.  This gives you lots of options for not only how many you’ll actually use, but what colors you like best with the rest of the scene.  Any you don’t use you save for another project!  I stamped colored and cut all the rest of the accessories once.

Step 3:  This step is optional but I think is what makes it so fun, is to have a little surprise behind the two doors that open, and also that you see through the windows.  For this I used Ai: 4745 – Talk Much Set

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I stamped this little tea scene and then cut the colored scene in pieces so I could place the table scene through the front door and the Chandelier through the top left window.

Close uo open doors

Then I put a couple of stamped, colored and cut flower pots in the other two.

Step 4: I used this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs:992 – CountryScapes – The Woods 1

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I only used the left side of the tree.  I cut the trunk from brown cardstock and the leaves from green.

The fence was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs 1134 – CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence.  As of this day they didn’t show it available now.  However, I cut two of the fences out of white cardstock.

Picket Fence die

The last thing is to cut two “grass edges” from this set that is also no longer available but is a set by Karen Burniston 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set

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From green cardstock, I cut one edge with the wavy one and one with the Grass edge.

The last step is to assemble your little scene as shown below:

Pink House H2O (2)

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I just think this set is adorable and I will be buying the other two decorator accessory sets because I can’t wait to use this set for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store: All cardstock

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

 

In Her Honor

Black and White thanks H2O final (2)

This week, after hearing about Joanne Greslak’s passing,  we decided to do a blog hop in her honor.  I decided to make a black and white “Thank you” card for all of her years of posting her cards as inspiration for the rest of us crafters.  She will be missed by many.  This card is simple and goes together quickly.  Joanne was a master of “black and white”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 6″.

Step 2:  Cut two rectangles from coordinating black and white print cardstock.  Cut one (my white and black cheveron)  2″ x 5.75″.  The small black and white polka dot measures 3.5″ x 5.75″.  Adhere the two together by laying the bigger layer over the lighter so that the result will be 5.25 x 5.75 and will leave an 1/8″ white border on all four edges.  Make a bow as shown, and leave enough length on the tails to glue to the back of this layer over where the two rectangles come together. Now adhere this layer to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  I used this set to cut the sentiment “Thanks” from this set that I have no idea who the manufacturer is.  I bought it on one of the shopping channels.  I cut it 4 times from heavy weight black cardstock.  I liked the heft of the stacked layers.  See a close up below:2018-07-23 14.20.55

BW close word

The two black dots on either side of the “thanks” is the negative pc, from the “a”.

Step 4:  Make 3 daisies with this die set from DoCrafts: I cut two of the larger of the two smallest daisies.  I cut one of the smaller of the two.  I used white cardstock for the daisy petal pcs. and black for the centers.  I made 3 daisies and adhered them to the card as shown.

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That’s It!

Here’s another quick look and thank you so much for stopping by my leg of the blog hop!

Thank you Joanne for inspiring so many of us paper crafters.  You will be missed!

Black and White thanks H2O final (2)

Crazy 4 Challenges -You are here

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Michael’s Craft Store.  Black and White printed cardstock,  ribbon.

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

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