Put A Drink On It!

Drinks H2O

Drinks inside H2O (2)

According to our Hostess, Frances Byrne, it’s Beer Drinking Day!  The challenge this week is to put some kind of a drink on your card.  I made this card for my best friend, Jeanine, who is also my boss at the beauty salon I’ve worked at for the last 16yrs.  Our birthdays are 2 days apart!  She is 10yrs. younger than me however!  I just love her and we often spend our lunch hour picking up fast food and spending the hour chatting and laughing.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I made the pop up inside the card first.  I used an older die set from Karen Burniston called 780 – Garden Bench.  I like to try to use currently available products but this bench worked so well with the Art Impression’s stamp of these two ladies.  4407 – Coffee BFF’s

Step 2:  The card is a 6″x6″ square. I cut two 5.75″ x 5.75″ squares from white cardstock.  I stamped one with the tree from this stamp set I bought from:Amazon link to stamp set

Tree stamp

I have purchased several sets from this seller on Amazon.  They all have not disappointed me.  The seller is GIMITSUI.  They don’t spend on fancy packaging and the buyer benefits.  This set is priced at $6.59  They are a Prime Member store and offer free shipping and free returns!  What!  I know!  You will not want to return them.  All of the stamp sets I have purchased from them stamp very well.  Here are two more sets that I adore and have already used.

You may remember the elephant set used on another C4C Sketch Challenge:

Aug sketch Elephant H2O (2)

Then I used PanPastels to stencil the clouds and hills behind the bench.  The other 6″ square I also used PanPastels and stencils for the grass and path: Snow storm and Clouds & Mountain and Split rail Fence

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Next I trimmed them to fit behind and around the bench.  Wait to adhere these two stenciled squares until later.

Step 3: I stamped the Art Impression BFF’s stamp.  I colored them with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out.  I glued them to the front of the bench just on the back side of their legs which makes them really look like they’re sitting on that bench!  I’ve had the AI stamp for awhile and have used them a lot.  But I really believe I saw Frances use this stamp exactly like this when the Garden Bench first came out.

Step 4: Cut two 6″ squares from a sky blue cardstock for the front and back of the pop up.  Now take a scrap of white cardstock that is about 2″ x 4″ and stencil this strip to continue the hills behind the bench.  Do the same thing for under the bench.   Adhere the strip that is for behind the bench to the bottom of a blue square. (Make sure it is positioned to fill in where the bench cut out is).  Do the same thing for the piece that is attached to the path/grass layer and adhere it to what will be the back of the card.

Step 5:  I used 3 die sets for the front of the card: 1434 Calligraphic Elements – 3

1161 – happy birthday  and Coffee Charms.  I cut the “Elements” from silver mirror cardstock.  I cut coffee cup with white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  I cut the top from Velum. The happy birthday is from dark blue cardstock.  Adhere them all to the front of the card as shown:

Drinks H2O

Adhere the other blue square to the back of the card and it’s done!  I can’t wait to see what you make this week!

Other Products use:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

 

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

 

C4C – A Birthday card with Numbers

C4C numbers front logo

C4C numbers open

Everyone who knows me, knows I love interactive cards.  For this card I chose Karen Burniston’s 1042 – 1042 – Spinner Square Pop Up

 Spinner Square Pop-up

This die set is so versatile.  It can be used for almost any theme you want.  I always recommend that you watch Karen’s: Spinner Square Pop Up assembly video  It will really help you make the “spinner mechanism” work properly the very first time.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I chose a digital designer paper from a shop on Etsy called “The Digi Rainbow” that’s called 100 Number Digital Papers.  Yes, there are 100 different colors of this same paper that’s included in the Sale price of $1.40 for all of the colors!  What?  I used this blue one for the front, the inside left, and the back of the card.

Step 2:  I stenciled some clouds on the right inside as well as some die cut clouds from a set that has been discontinued.

Step 3:  I stamped and colored with Copic Markers this stamp from Art Impressions:

Art Impressions

Once colored, I fussy cut the “couple flying in the plane” to spin up on the square when the card is opened.

Step 4:  On my computer I created the two sentiments that is a quote from Abraham Lincoln! (“It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years”)

Step 5:  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front is: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s it!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10 mm

Michael’s: Light Blue Cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C407 – It’s National Dessert Day!

Hey Friends, who knew we even had a national dessert day?  Well, we do!  So this weeks challenge is to make a card with Dessert of any kind on your project.  It’s a busy week for me this week so my card is a very simple one.

I love this Art Impressions stamp.  I’ve used it many times.  It was meant for Valentines but can actually be used for a lot of occasions.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  First stamp the image on white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs Nested Die set 1120 below cut out your stamped and colored layer with the third largest die.  Out of pink cardstock cut a layer with ECD 1174 the second largest die.  And cut another rectangle from lavender cardstock with the the largest die.

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Step 3:  Make the base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white cardstock on the long side at 5.5″.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Now adhere your layers as shown.

Step 4:  I created this sentiment on my computer then cut it out with this set:

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I have to admit this is not an original sentiment I created.  I just remember seeing it somewhere and thought it appropriate here.  I would love to know whom to give credit for it.  Ink the edges of this tag with purple ink.  Adhere this tag to the front.  I added an ECD Glitter dot to each purple corner and that’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I recommend that you hop on over to the other designers blogs to have a closer look at their project too!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs – Clear Double Sided Adhesive,  Glitter Dots Silver/clear, Soft Finish Cardstock white 12 x 12″.

Copic:  Markers and Paper

 

A card challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges

 

C4C395 lips 

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

 

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