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

Sketch Week at C4C

C4C 461 front H2O

New inside fall

For this card I started with the base card.  Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock for two reasons.  First, it’s a good medium weight cardstock and second when you want the front one color and you want to stamp on white for the inside.  Or, as I did, stencil a background for my fall inside. Their Soft Finish Cardstock is colored on one side and white on the other side.  The base card measures 5″ x 7″.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 – Stitched Circles

Stitched Circles

Cut the circle out of the front of the base card using the second largest die and then out of the same cardstock nest this die into the largest die.  Secure with tape on the non blade side of the nested 2 dies.  Cut both a circle frame from yellow and white cardstock.  Adhere the yellow over the front circle and the white frame over the inside of the circle.

The next step is to stencil the inside right of the card using my all time favorite stencil!  Elizabeth Craft Designs: Earth and Sky Stencil  I have used this stencil for the sky on any of my cards that were an outdoor scene. (At least 50 cards)  If you don’t have it GET IT!

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

On the Elizabeth Craft Designs You Tube channel there is a tutorial of Susan Tierney Cockburn using this stencil.  I always use Pan Pastels but you could use ink too.

Next using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays 

Cut the “happy thanksgiving” sentiment from brown cardstock.

The two die sets I used for the tree and wheelbarrow for the inside unfortunately are retired but they are:  781 – All Seasons Tree by Karen Burniston  and 933 – Wheelbarrow by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The leaves are 3 dies from the “all seasons tree” set.

The grass strip across the bottom of the circle on the front and back of the card is also a retired set from Karen Burniston 914 – Outdoor Edges.

That’s It!

I hope you’ll join the challenge this week because we love to see what you will do with this sketch! Crazy4Challenges

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – Make a CAS card

Elephant 1 H2OElephant 2 inside

In honor of “Use less day”, the challenge is to make a one layer card.  Yay!  Bring out the stamps!  I chose this oldie but goodie set from Inky Antics:

Inky Antics

The whole time I was making this card, I was thinking about my friend Carlene, that I met on a  crafting Facebook page the day they launched it.  We knew immediately we thought the same way about a lot of things.  We have been emailing each other for years now.  One of the things we had in common, is that we both loved and bought several of these stamp sets.  They all come with a stamp that you use on Honey Comb paper and then cut out for the inside of the card.  In this set, it’s the balloon on the inside.  They make a cute card with a little surprise inside and are quick and easy!

In fact, that’s it.  You stamp, color and install the surprise inside and you’re done!

Other products used:

Misti

Copic Markers

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

One card, Two Heroes

Hero Susan front H2O

Hero Susan inside H2O

This week’s challenge is to make a card for someone who is fighting cancer or has won their battle with it.  Last week at the salon, one of our 90 something year old customers, who is fighting several health issues, talked about her daughter and how devoted she is to being there for her.  The mother our salon customer, was a nurse in the Navy during the Korean War.  And now her daughter is the nurse for this American Hero Mom. 

The Steps:

Step 1:  Choose the papers and cardstock you want to use.  I wanted a “chocolate” sweets theme.  I chose a brown and white polka dot paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs: ModaScrap Thinking About Grand Canyon

Thinking About - Grand Canyon

Step 2:  I recently received Karen Burniston’s: 1047 – Upsy Daisy Pop Up  and also her: 1050 – Sweet Treats Charms

Upsy Daisy die

                  Sweet treat Charms

 

 

 

 

I cut all the dies in the Sweet Treat Charms set from white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.  I cut off the little “hanging part” since I wasn’t using them to hang from anything.

Step 3:  Cut all the pieces in the Upsy Daisy Die set.  The best way to show you how to construct the “pop up” mechanism is to direct you to the designer, Karen Burniston’s assembly video which is on the product page: Product page with assembly video

I always recommend watching the designer’s assembly videos, if available or needed.  Besides eliminating a lot of frustration and complete and utter confusion, she shows all the cards made by her design team using this set.  WARNING!  You’ll want it!  As a matter of fact my design for this challenge is in no way an original design.  It was inspired by one you’ll see in this video!

Step 4:  My card measures 5.5 x 5.5″ so score an 11 x 8.5″ at 5.5″ pc. of white cardstock along the 11″ side and fold over for a top fold card.  Then I cut four mats using the brown polka dot designer paper that each measure 5.25 x 5.25″  I adhered two of these mats to the inside of the card and two to the outside.

Step 5:  After your base card is ready is when you install the “Pop UP Mechanism” in the set.  But again, you need to watch the video.  Then you will be assembling what you want to display on the squares that pop up when the card is open.  That’s pretty much all there is to it!  I decorated the front to match and be a preview to what’s inside. Here’s another look:

Thanks so much for spending the time to take a look!  I hope you’ll take the challenge and show us your take on this week’s theme.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive, Small Cupcake die set

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

C4C – 452 Sketch Week!

Frog pull card front

C4C452Sketch

Frog pull card open logo

I have an adorable granddaughter who is a September girl like me!  She’s is in high school now and is too grown-up to want kiddie cards but still likes interactive cards.

Here’s how I made this card:

I used a now retired die set from Karen Burniston when she was still with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card.  It comes with a die that creates a spiral that extends when the card is opened. As most of Karen’s interactive dies sets, this one could be for any theme.  This die set looked as if it was made for this month’s sketch to me:

Spiral Circle pull die

The basket and all the flowers were made with this set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs called: 1460 – Spring Basket

Spring basket die

Let’s just say I cut a lot of flowers.  I used pink, yellow and white cardstock and cut each flower with two layers of petals.  The flower center circle was cut with an olive green cardstock.  The bow from this set was cut with the same cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: Thinking About Grand Canyon that I used for the pull card.  I cut the basket from white cardstock and colored it with PanPastels.

The leafy branches was with Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1033 – Leafy Branch I cut about 6 branches and cut into pieces that worked for the basket of flowers.

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The frog was made with die set also expired from Karen Burniston called 909 – Hoppy the Frog:

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I cut two little circles out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles  I cut them using the 3rd to the smallest die in this set for under the frog and for the sentiment when you open the card.  I stamped the sentiment “Enjoy your day” from a retired Karen Burniston little stamp set called Just a Note on one of the circles for the inside sentiment.

The outside sentiment “Happy Birthday” is from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s It!

Thank you for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us this week and make your version of this sketch.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive tape 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 451 Thank You Challenge

Thank you tag front logo

Thank you tag open logo desk

A very belated thank you card!

This week we are challenged to make a “thank you” card.  I made one a couple of weeks ago for my best friend, my partner, at the beauty salon from this same die set.  This one is for someone I have never met.  He is the son in law of one of my weekly 92yrs. young, salon customers.  HE LOVES TO BAKE!  Every week he brings a batch of something he has baked to his mother in law!  (mostly cookies)  Every week, she brings me and my partner at the salon, each, a zip baggie with 2 cookies in them.  We always assumed she was just sharing what he gave her.  When I thanked her this week for sharing what her son in law makes for her she said, “Did I give you the impression that I am sharing my cookies with you?  He sends these every week specifically packaged for the two of you for your 15 yrs. of making the women of the WW2 generation still feel beautiful!”  WOW!

There really are angels walking among us!  He’s been doing this for years and we never knew!  So this is the “THANK YOU!” card that this man should have gotten a long time ago, but finally will.

The Steps:

Step 1: Using Karen Burniston’s: 1023 – Tag Book Pop Up 

Tag Book Pop-upDepending upon the theme you’re going for with this set, choose the designer cardstock you will use for the large die pc.  I recommend a double sided cardstock.  The one I chose is black and white (for a man).  It had black and white stripes on one side and white hearts on a black background on the other.  I chose the stripes for the outside and the hearts for the inside.

Click on the product link and it will take you, not only to the product, but also the assembly video.  I recommend that you watch the video to not only know how to assemble this pop up, but also to help you choose papers/cardstock for your project.  This set has 17 dies in it!  All the little circle frames, and everything on this project except the “Baker” themed dies are from this set.

Step 2:  The cute little “baker” themed inside décor pcs. are from these two die sets:

1277 – Kitchen Tools

The other one is an older and discontinued Karen Burniston die set called:

1100 – Props 8-7 die set:

1100 props

All the pieces were cut out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers except for the oven mittens cut from the stripe side of the “double side”, the “whisk and the fork” cut from silver mirror cardstock, and the one red/white polka dot platter from scrap cardstock.

The 3 “Thank You”‘ sentiments on the front of the card is from this set:  I have no idea who makes or made these, but I bought them on “Craft Day” from one of the shopping networks years ago and cut them out with red cardstock.

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That’s it!

I also want to thank my sweet followers.  If there is anything you want to learn or ask, please leave it in the comments section and I will reply to your comment.  Even if it’s about my opinion of a product or technique.  If I can’t answer you question, then I’ll link you to the expert who can.  Other than that, I can’t wait to see your “Thank You” cards.

Here’s the link to the Challenge: Crazy 4 Challenges

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 1/4″

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s: red cardstock, white cardstock and black/white Bakers Twine

 

 

 

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