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!

C4C H2O (2)

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

ladybugs2love

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:

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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

It’s Dog Biscuit Day

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

Yep, it’s National Dog Biscuit Day in the United States!  As if America doesn’t look goofy enough these days to the rest of the world…..we have national dog biscuit day!  This is   my last week to hostess for a month over at:  Crazy4Challenges  

So the challenge for this week is to put a pet on your card.  It doesn’t have to be a dog.  So this is how I made my card.

The Steps:

Step 1: I used some discontinued: Karen Burniston  dies for this card, but the link in red will take you to her online shop where she has comparable products.  I like to cut all the elements I might use for the projects first so I can audition them on my project.

I used Karen’s “Buster the Dog” , “The All Seasons Tree, Props 4 set (dog bowl, ball & dog bones), “Props 2” (party hat)  and “Outdoor Edges” grass.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” is a Elizabeth Crafts Designs die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to a 5.5″ x 7″ card.  Stencil the front of the base card with PanPastels Aqua Marine blue and Elizabeth Craft Designs: S-016 Earth and Sky

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Step: 3  Arrange from all the elements you cut in Step 1, a little scene to the front of the now stenciled card, as you like.  Here’s one more look:

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week.

 

Valentine’s Day Card

 

This is the second week of my being the Hostess of the month over at: Crazy4Challenges

So my second challenge for all of you who like to play along is to make a Valentine’s Day card.  February 9th is actually National Tooth Ache Day!  I know!  Who makes up this National Calendar of Days?  But Thursday is Valentine’s Day!  So here’s the steps to my Design Team inspiration card.

Heart strings front h2o

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle from white card stock that measures 5..75 x 4.25″.  Emboss this rectangle using Elizabeth Craft Designs Embossing Folder: 112 – Heart Strings

I used a heavy 110 lb. card stock because I like the deep embossing that results from heavier paper.

Heart strings emboss

Step 2:  Create a frame for the embossed panel by taping together, the largest and second largest dies in Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

1120_Stitched Rectangles

Now adhere the taped two dies onto black cardstock and run through your die cutting machine.  The results will be a stitched black frame that fits perfectly over the embossed panel.  Don’t adhere them together yet.

Step 3:  Create a base card by scoring a pc. of  white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card.  Trim to 5.25 x 6.50″.   Cut a rectangle from red card stock (any weight} that measures 5 x 6.25″.  Adhere to the base card, centered, leaving a 1/8″ border on all sides.  Now adhere the white embossed panel onto the red panel, again centered.  Now adhere the black frame over the embossed panel.

Step 4:  I used a decorator “heart die” from a discontinued set from Karen Burniston, but any small heart die would work or even a sticker.  The “XOXO” sentiment is from Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1269 – Love Sentiments

1269 - Love Sentiments

Step 5:  This step is optional.  For the inside of the card:

Heart strings inside h2o final (2)

Cut a red card stock rectangle that measures 5 x 6.25″ and adhere to the inside right of the base card.  I printed the sentiment I created in word on white card stock and then cut out the large white heart with my Silhouette machine.  I cut the same red heart as on the front for the little red heart and used black and white baker’s twine to make it look like the red heart was hanging on a string!

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please join us over at: Crazy4Challenges this week!  We want to be inspired from your Valentines Card.

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

Make a Humorous Card!

snowman front h2o

snowman inside

I’ve had this digital stamp for years and have used it a few times.  It is called “Snow Fun” and is by Dr. Digi.  Snow Fun

snow fun (1)I love digital stamps because you can make them any size you want,  you can put backgrounds behind them, they print perfectly the first time, you can buy them pre-colored, and you don’t have to clean or store them!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color with the medium of your choice.  I colored mine with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  I used the 4th to the largest die to cut the colored image from this set by Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 – Stitched Circles

Garden Notes -  Frame It/ Stitched Circles

Step 3:  Use the 3rd to the largest die in the same set to cut a slightly larger circle for a mat for step 2.  Adhere the “image circle” to the blue circle.

Step 4:  Cut two each of the largest and smallest dies, out of wood look cardstock from: 1254 – Entwined Circles Glue the two of each together ending up with one of each but  thicker, which gives it more dimension.  Cut the little snowflake out 8 times.  Note:  The dies in this set will cut through two layers of cardstock at once.  You can always run it through your die cutting machine twice to make sure, as they are intricate.

Entwined Circles

Step 5:  Create the sentiment in word, “Just stopped by to say “Hay” and print on white cardstock.  Cut out with the 3rd die to the smallest in the same set as in step 2 and out of the same blue cardstock and the 4th to the smallest cut a blue mat.  Adhere the sentiment circle to the blue circle.

Step 6:  Make a base card by scoring an 11 x 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim to 5 x 7″ with a book fold.  Cut a rectangle from a designer paper that looks wintery and measures 4.75 x 6.75″.  Adhere this rectangle to the front of the base card.  Optional Note:  I created in word, the inside sentiment and printed it on white cardstock first.

Step 7:  Adhere the matted larger “image” circle to the top half of the front but make sure you leave room to layer on the “Entwined Circle” as shown:

snowman front h2o

Then adhere the Entwined circle over the top.  Repeat for the smaller “sentiment” circle in the lower left of the card.

Step 8:  I added clear Wink Of Stella to the snowflakes and a silver clear glitter dot to the center of each.  Glue the snowflakes as shown.

Here’s one more look:  snowman front h2o

Thanks so much for stopping by and we’d love to see your sense of humor this week!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

The first challenge of 2019!

The first challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges is an easy one:  “What’s you favorite type of card to make?  Make one!  My favorite is some kind of an interactive or pop-up card.  My granddaughter’s birthday is Jan. 5th so I made her a cake pop up birthday card.

The die set I used for this card is no longer available but it is 1102 – Cake Pop Up by Karen Burniston.  It’s one of my favorites for birthdays as well as weddings.

To make this card, the hardest part is to choose the designer paper and cardstock you want to use.  The rest is really what the die set does.  So because this die set is no longer available I am going to just give you a list of the other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1161 – Happy Birthday, 1034 – Flourishes & Branches (also unavailable,  Clear double sided Adhesive 10mm. and  silver peel off lines

A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2 - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Joanne Fabric and Crafts:  Designer cardstock

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Thanks for taking the time for a look and I hope you’ll join us in this weeks first challenge of the year!

 

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

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