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

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

C4C – 455 World Card Making Day!

Yorkie H2O 2

Today is World Card Making Day!  Today is also my first time to Hostess the challenge and I will be your Hostess all month at the blog for Crazy4Challenges  

So this week’s challenge is to make a card!  It can be any shape or theme that you would like to make.  I’m hoping to see a lot of you this week because you know there’s something coming up in your life that calls for a greeting card.

I took this opportunity to do some coloring.  I like to color when I’m experiencing stress!  I find coloring to be very calming and takes you out of your “head” for a while.

I used to have a little Yorkie named “Radar”.  He was the love of my life!  When I saw this adorable digital stamp from The Paper Shelter  I just had to have it.  The stamp is called “Teacup Yorkie”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Download the image (click the “paper shelter” link above to purchase). Then size and print the stamp on cardstock made for the coloring medium you use.  I used Copic Markers, so I printed the stamp on X-Press It Blending Card that is available at Amazon.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles Cut out the colored image:

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Step 3:  Cut a mat for the die cut image with a coordinating color cardstock using the largest die from this set:  1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles  Adhere the “colored image” layer to this mat.

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Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1072 – Small Butterfly

Cut the Silhouette pc and overlay pc. from cardstock that matches the way you colored the butterfly in the digital stamp.  Assemble the butterfly.

Step 5:  From this set I’ve had for yrs. and don’t know who is the manufacture, I cut the sentiment “Hello” 3 times.  Once in light peach, one in coral and one in a medium teal.  I offset the stack with coral, then teal and last light peach.:

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Step 6:  Score a pc. of cardstock that is 8.5″ x 11″ or larger at the half way mark on the long side and fold for a side fold.  Trim for a base card that measures 5.25″ x 6.5″.

Step 7:  Assemble the card as shown:

Yorkie H2O 2

That’s it!

Thanks so much for dropping by and I can’t wait to see what you make since there are no rules this week!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Moda Scrap Paper 12 x 12″ “Thinking about Grand Canyon”, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Michaels:  Solid color cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

An Eclipsed “Thanks”

Eclipse H2O

Eclipse close H2O

I’ve been wanting to make one these “Eclipse” cards since they started trending a while ago.  But didn’t have a word set that was bold enough for it.  But recently I bought Karen Burniston’s : 1053 – Alphabet

Alphabet

I like this set because each letter is an individual die.  Also, they are a nice size coming in  at just a tad under once inch.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Stamp an image on a piece of white cardstock.  I chose this one from Hero Arts:

Hero Arts stamp

I used 3 colors of ink.  First purple, then blended in the blue then a pinky lavender.  Then I placed the letters that spell “THANKS’, blade down where I wanted them to end up.  By the way, it looks as if I spaced the dies out, but actually all the 6 dies touched each other side by side.  Now run this through your cutting machine.  Save the letters that were cut out.

Step 2:   Adhere the remainder of the stamped piece to a same size rectangle of the pinky lavender cardstock.  This makes it more stable to add the letters back into it.  Now cut all the letters out of the same pinky lavender cardstock 4 times.  Glue all 4 of the layers together for each letter.  Then glue the letters you cut out of the stamped image on top of the 4 pink stacked layers letters, but offset this layer just a smidge.  Now glue each stacked letter back into the card.  I know, what?  But look at it again in the picture and the above makes sense!  Hopefully!

Eclipse close H2O

Step 3: THE LAST STEP!  Make two more matts that coordinate with the ink colors you chose.  Score an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock at 5.5″ on the 11″ side.  Fold over and trim to the size you need for your project.  Now assemble the card.

Thanks so very much for taking a look.  If you haven’t tried this technique before I hope you’ll give it a try!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

C4C – Fall Themed Challenge

Fall Liz fix logo

My youngest daughter’s birthday is in October.  I have never made her a card that represented her month of the year.  So this weeks challenge theme gave me an opportunity to do just that.

 The Steps:

First cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″  then using the stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: S016 – Earth and Sky  stencil clouds on the upper third of this rectangle.  The picture shows me using this stencil on a different project.  I forgot to take a picture of this one.

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

2018-05-23 13.26.28Next, using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1366 – CountryScapes – Land & Sea

2018-03-19 12.18.29and the edge die that has the barn and trees, tape it to the top of a 2nd piece of white cardstock that measures 6.75′ x 5.25″.  Color the barn and trees and the top edges with Copic Markers.  Then I used PanPastels to color the rest of this layer.  Adhere this layer to the stenciled clouds layer, matching up the two bottom corners.

Next, die cut all the elements from these die sets:

CountryScapes - Build a Scarecrow

Cut all the pcs. that make up the scarecrow, and the bale of hay pc.  I didn’t use the pumpkins from this set.

Instead, I used the pumpkins from this set that I just discovered may be no longer available.

Corn stock Flora 4I cut the stalks out twice, the pumpkins several times to have enough and 3 times for the  sunflower pcs.  I also cut the vine pc. twice.  All these pcs. were cut with white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

The last die set was also from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1084 – CountryScapes – New England Stone Wall & Gate

 CountryScapes - New England Stonewall & Gate 3 piece set

Cut the little fence piece twice.  The last element is the “happy birthday” sign.  I stamped the sentiment on another pc. of wood grain cardstock and glued it to a leftover pc. that looked like a stake to me.

Now adhere all the cute little elements to make your “October” fall scene and adhere to a side fold base that measures 5.5 ” x 7″ Here’s another look:

Fall Liz fix logo

Fall Liz close

That’s it!

Thanks again for spending some precious time over here!  I hope you’ll take this week’s challenge and I’ll see you in October when I will host the blog and have a special guest designer planned.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock Dove Gray 12′ x 12″ (base card), Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Holiday Front Door

Xmas door logo

Yes, I’m still making Christmas Cards!  If I don’t get started in September, I don’t have enough for what I like to send out.  Since my friends know I make greeting cards, they expect a handmade card.  Once the season is here there is too much to do to be in the craft room.  So here’s how I made this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the elements for your little holiday door scene.  Cut one door from a light brown cardstock using: 1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door

Step 2:  Cut all 5 pcs. from green cardstock with the: 755 – 5 Part Pine

Add glitter dots to all the points of the 5 parts of the tree: Red/gold Glitter Dots

 

The little gold star for the top of the tree was in my stash.

Step 3:  Cut the tiny wreath and tiny leaves from green cardstock and berries from red. : 1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

I used some dies from a few more die sets: 1010 – CountryScapes -Backyard 2  I die cut the mailbox from this set:

I cut the Holly Boarder out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers for  the top of the card from this set: 925 – Holly Border

I stamped the curtains from a tiny little green plaid cardstock and cut them out with this set: 4749 – Window Deco Die

I cut the little bow for the door wreath from: 1460 – Spring Basket

The little grass pc. below the mail box is from a discontinued die set.

The last die cut is the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from: 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays

Once you’ve cut, colored and assembled all the little elements for the door scene it’s time to assemble the card.  Score a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ red cardstock at 5.5 “, fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5 ‘ x 7”.

Cut a white rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″ and adhere to the red base.  Cut a pc. of “brick” designer paper that measures 5″ x 6.5″ and adhere to the white layer.

Now add all your assembled elements as shown.  Here’s another look:

Xmas door logo

That’s it!

Thank for taking the time to look at this project.  I love to get comments and read every one!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A beautiful, easy to make Christmas card!

DRU single pointsettia

This one is the one to try if you’re new to this whole paper crafting  addiction that has taken over many social media sites.  It’s hard for me to imagine that there are many families that don’t expect a handmade card these days!  LOL  Anyway,…..this one is easy, goes together quickly and packs all the “wow” factor for the receiver.  Here’s how I made it:

Step 1:  Using: 1067 – Poinsettia, cut one silhouette pc. from red cardstock and a second from red cardstock that you have adhered to double sided adhesive before cutting the pc. Note:  Tape the die to the adhesive side with blades down.  (Note: You may need to run through your machine twice, so don’t remove from the die until you’ve tested if it was a uniform cut.)  Cut one of the silhouette pc. from green cardstock.  I Cut the “swirly overlay pc. and the smaller petal pc. from red cardstock.  Cut the small “center pc.” from white cardstock and color the outline pattern yellow and the inside little circles green.

Using a flower shaping tool kit, vein the plain red large petal pc. and the green one, you will use for leaves.  Optional: lightly go over the leaves pc. after veining with a darker ink and the veins will be more visible.  Next, remove the protective layer from the “double sided adhesive red layer and sprinkle with: 614 – True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.  Shake off excess glitter and rub with finger to polish the glitter side.  Assemble the poinsettia by adhering the swirly red layer to the glittered petal layer.  Then adhere this to the plain but veined red petal layer offsetting the petals.  Then add the smaller red petal layer and last the pollen yellow/green layer.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 758 – Berry Branch Cut the die twice with white cardstock and color the branch brown and the berries red.  Add a drop of Crystal Lacquer to each of the berries.  Let dry.  It may take an hour or more.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from cream cardstock that measures 4.25 x 6″ and run through an embossing folder from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pinecones  I colored the raised pinecones with a eye shadow applicator and Burnt Umber PanPastel.  I love coloring embossed panels with PanPastels.  If you are not familiar with this medium, they are highly saturated compressed powder colors.  Every color can be blended and, as in this case, if some of the (brown) color I used, fell where I didn’t want it, you can erase it.  Once you’re happy, you spray very lightly once with cheap hair spray and it’s set.  Trim to 4 x 5.5″

Step 4:  Cut two rectangle mats: One light brown that measures 4.25 x 5.75″  the second one in red that measures 4.5 x 6″.  Adhere the light brown one over the red one centered with a 1/8″ border on all sides. Adhere the embossed layer to the red one.

Step 5:  Score a 8.5 x 11″ cream cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 4 sandwich to the front of this card base.

Step 6:  Using:  Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut from red cardstock that you use the same technique for the red glittered petal layer.  Remember when you use this technique, tape the die, blade side down on the protective double sided adhesive side.  Run through the die cutting machine twice to cut through all the layers.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Merry Christmas

Step 7:  Adhere the poinsettia and berry branches, as well as the glittered “Merry Christmas sentiment as shown.  Here’s another look:

DRU single pointsettia

That’s it!  Thanks for taking a closer look.

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more inspiration from the :Dies R Us Inspiration blog

 

 

 

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