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

 

National Sandcastle Day

Front seaside H2O

Inside seaside H2O

It’s a new month and a new Hostess who is Nicky Foden.  Because today is Sandcastle Day, Nicky has challenged us to put a sandcastle, sand or any beach theme.  One of my favorite die sets is Karen Burniston’s Adirondack Chair Pop Up.  The one I own is one she designed when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs.   She has revisited this set at her new site:  https://karenburniston.com/adirondack-chair-pop-up/

The Steps:

Step 1:  Karen has an assembly video for this die set.  Click on the link above and you will find two videos.  One is for the original look of the Adirondack and a second one to make the chair look upholstered!  So the first thing I do for a pop up card, is to master the pop mechanism.  No worries, this one is easy!  I cut the “chair” pop up from white base weight cardstock or 80lb.  I use a heavy cardstock because I assume it’s going to be opened a closed a lot!

Step 2:  My base card is a 5.75″ square when folded.  This is the card that you will cut the chair into the fold.  Depending on what you will use for inside mats you may want to cut the two mats with the chair.  I chose for the bottom (under the chair” side) I measured  where I needed to out sort of a square under the chair.  And then to cover that hole when I attached the “sand” mat, I just adhered the same color cardstock under the chair and adhered the larger mat on top.  Both the “sky” layer or as I’m calling mats, measure 5.5″ square.

Step 3:  Cut two 5.5″ squares from white cardstock.  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: “Earth and Sky”   I stenciled clouds with Aqua Marine Blue PanPastel.  Adhere this sky background mat to the top inside of the base card. The second one you will use on the front of the card.

Step 4:  Using Karen Burniston’s1038 – Tropical Scene

Tropical Scene

I cut the “waves” in white and blue for both the bottom inside and the front of the card.  I also cut the “Palm tree/sand dunes and “sea shells” and “sun” from this same set above.  I cut the little sand mound pc. twice. Once with the light brown cardstock and once with white cardstock.  I colored the little palm trees with Copic Markers.  Then I cut them off and adhered them to the light brown one right over the light brown trees.

Note:  This is a personal endorsement.  I do not receive any income from this company in either currency or products.  I have always felt that Karen almost always,  includes little decorator dies that you can use for so many projects with or without the die set they come with.  I’ve used these little sea shells and sun a lot.  For this project I used them on the front, inside, and in the bucket on the inside.

Step 5:  The two “Palm Trees” and “Pail” on the inside is from a discontinued die set from Karen B. that is called:  Palm Tree & Pail”.  I love this palm tree.

Palm Tree and Pail

Step 6:  Now just adhere all your cut and/or colored as shown on the inside and the front.  (I also created a personal sentiment on my computer and printed out on white cardstock.  I cut it out with a nested die set set and adhered it to the bottom of the inside of the card centered on the lower inside over the “wave section”.  I took the pictures before I added it to the card because it has the “receiver’s name on it.”  I don’t have her permission to post it on the internet.  Here’s another quick look:

Inside seaside H2O

Side view seaside

Front seaside H2O

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I know you’re time is precious.   Here’s the link to the challenge blog to see the rest of the design team’s cards for inspiration.  We can’t wait to see yours!  Crazy 4 Challenges

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sometimes the paper talks to you!

July Sketch H2O (2)

It’s sketch week!  I love sketch week!  I was a little stumped at first.  I decided to go through my paper stash, hoping for an idea.  Then I stumbled on a paper pack that I bought a couple of years back at the Scrapbook Expo.

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This paper pack from Simple Stories contains 24 double sided 6 x 6″ papers.  I decided to use it because it’s already filled with color coordinated paper!  So this week the paper itself created the IDEA!  It also made it easy and fastMy two favorite things!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I chose the sort of Chevron stripe paper for the backing paper.  I trimmed 1/8″ off of all 4 sides so there would be a 1/8″ white border when this layer is adhered to the base card. I cut the smaller 3 squares with the red polka dot and the navy polka dot from this pack, and cut the blue from solid light blue cardstock so the sentiment would stand out.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squaress

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I used the 5th die from smallest or the largest.  It’s a 9 die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12 pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over for a “tent fold” card.  Then adhere the backing layer and 3 squares as shown:

July Sketch H2O (2)

Step 3:  I used this set of word dies from Diamond Press for the “Hello”:

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I cut it 4 times: navy, white, red and yellow cardstock.  I offset them all together just a little.  Then adhered the sentiment on top of the squares.  I KNOW!  3 STEPS AND YOUR DONE!

I love you all that took the time to stop by.  I hope you will give this months sketch a try!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s Craft Store:  All solid color cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

For Unconditional Love…

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

It’s sketch week!

I usually like to show the sketch but for some reason I was unable to cut and paste.  However, here is the link to the blog:  Crazy4Challenges

My granddaughter runs a kitten rescue called “The Kitten Stage”, so I made this in honor of what she does.

The Steps:

Step 1:  To make the “two triangles” base, I used a double sided card stock from LawnFawn.

Step 2:  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1116 – Stitched Circles.

Stitched Circles

Using white card stock, cut two circles using the second to the smallest die in the set above.  I then created the front sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the third to the smallest in the same set.

Step 3:  I used these two die sets from Frantic Stamper for the little dog and cat.  I cut them from white card stock and colored them a bit with Copic Markers.  Then I adhered them to the two smallest circles.

Frantic Stamper dies

Step 4:  The card measures 5.5″ x 5.5″.  So score a 11″ x 8.5″ at 5.5″.  (First, create the inside sentiment on your computer and print out on white card stock for the base) Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.  This is the step that using a double sided card stock is great.  I just cut a 5.5″ square and cut it in half on the diagonal.  Then I just flipped one to the other side for a perfect two triangle base.  Adhere the two triangles to the white base card and add the 3 circles as shown.  I added a bakers twine bow.

That’s It! Here’s one more look:

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

Thanks so much for taking a look.  This is an easy sketch, so jump in there and show us what you got!  Here’s the link:  Crazy4Challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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

 

Anything But A Card!

Ann's Cups h2o

This weeks challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges

The theme this week is to make an “ABC” or Anything But a Card!  I have to admit that I made this Spring Trio for my oldest daughter in February but I also thought it would be a good inspiration for a gift for someone for any occasion or to hang in your own kitchen or dining room.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I always like to cut out all the elements that will make up the card first.  Then I audition them to see if what I had in mind will actually work.  Here are the die sets I used to cut out all the elements:

A:  Cut 3 cups and saucers from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Garden Notes – Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer

Garden Notes - Victorian Tea Cup & Saucer

I used 3 different black and white prints from a card stock pack from Michael’s Craft Store.  I used black card stock for the saucers.Michaels paper

Step B:  Cut enough petals and leaf pieces from these 3 die sets to make the flowers: Garden Notes – 1089 – Pansy – 5 piece set

Garden Notes - Pansy 5 piece set

I made enough for 7 pansies.

Make enough petals and flowers for 3 Amarillas and 3 Daffodils: 1218 Garden Notes Amaryllis

Garden Notes - Amaryllis

1137 – Garden Notes – Daffodil

Daffodil die set

Step 2:  Cut an 3 white ovals with the largest die from this set: 1113 – Stitched Ovals

Stitched Ovals

Step 3:  Assemble the cups and saucers and adhere to each white oval  Glue the saucer in place and then put a large foam dot under the cups in the center of each.  When you like where it is on each saucer then add a line of glue  around the underside edges of the cup.  Press the bottom edge down on the saucer.  Next remove the “dot” backing and press the cup in place.  Now go around and press the rest of the edges of the cup down.

Step 4:  If you haven’t made paper flowers, here is the YouTube link to Susan Tierney Cockburn, the designer for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  This is where you will find the video tutorial for each of these flowers.  You will build your flowers right into the cups:

Susan Tierney Cockburn – videos

Step 5:  Cut a rectangle of black card stock that measures 5 x 7″.  Cut two strips of striped paper from the same pack or one you choose that measure 7 x 1.5″.  Cut one stripe from coordinating card stock that measures 7 x 2″.  Adhere these to the 5 x 7″ rectangle and adhere the floral ovals centered.  Here’s another look:

Ann's Cups h2o

Thanks so much for stopping over and I hope you’ll come back soon!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michaels:  Shadow Box Frames

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

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.

Cuts

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!

Ladybug scraps h2o

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

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

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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:

Ladybug scraps h2o

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

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