Sketch Week!

Nov Monkey H2O

It’s the third Saturday of the month so we have a sketch challenge: Crazy4Challenges

This card is fast and easy.   You could use this layout for so many themes and put any feature in the oval.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Step 2:  I first made a pattern of the wave in the sketch:

Wave sketch pattern

Then I used this to make a light pencil mark on two of three complimentary colors of cardstock.   I chose a rust, olive and dark yellow cardstock, in that order, from top to bottom.  Only the two lower colors need to be cut in that wave and then layered onto the top color.  Adhere them, as shown in the sketch, to the front of the base.

Step 3:  I chose one of Joset’s for Elizabeth Craft Designs die sets called “1618 Monkey” :https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/monkey

to put onto the oval in the sketch.  The banana die is also in this cute set. Cut and assemble the monkey and cut the banana 4 times.

Step 4:  The Oval is the second to the largest in Elizabeth Craft Designs” 1113 – Stitched Ovals”: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/stitched-ovals-1113

Step 5:  The sentiment stamped in the lower left corner is from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Safari Sayings”: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/joset-designs/products/safari-sayings

Here’s another quick look and thanks so much for stopping by:

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Put Candy on it Challenge

Santas list H2O

Yep, this week over at: Crazy4Challenges  According to the days of the week calendar, jit’s National Candy Day !  So this week is to put some candy on your project!  I am working on Christmas cards, so I made this card to look like a fireplace with “Naughty or Nice”  stockings hung up.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I began this project by cutting out the pieces of an, apparently, discontinued die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs that was called: 932 – Stocking Solid.  I used Green, red and white cardstock and assembled as shown.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 11″ x 8.5″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ along the longer side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5″ by 7″.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from designer paper that looks like brick and measures 5″ x 6.5″.  Adhere it to the base front.  Next, cut a strip from the same paper that measures 1″ x 7″.  Score 3 times at .25″, .50″ and .75″ all the way across this strip.  Now fold on the score lines to create what I hoped looks like a mantel to hang the stockings.

Step 4:  Cut a square that measures 3″ x 3″ from black cardstock.  Adhere it to the card centered as shown.  Now adhere the mantel from step 3 above the black square.

Step 5:  I used another discontinued Elizabeth Craft Designs die set called 932 – Holly Border.

Step 6:  The candy in the red stocking are Silhouette print and cut files.  I had cut from black cardstock, the “coal” for the green stocking.  Then I used a white Prismacolor pencil to write “Santa’s Making a List”.  Here’s another quick look:

Santas list H2O

 

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock and designer paper

Beacon’s kids choice glue

Sixxix Big Shot Plus

Peel Off Stickers Wreath

Fall wreath H2O

This weeks challenge over at:  Crazy4Challenges is to put a wreath on your card! I decided to make a large wreath from one of my favorite products.  Elizabeth Craft Designs has a product called: Peel Off Stickers The one I used for this card is called Elegant Leaves Sku 2525.

The Steps:

Step 1: Make all the leaves.  First make the glitter paper.  Cut a 6″x6″sq. piece of white cardstock.  Stick this square to a 6″x6″ square of clear double sided adhesive.  Carefully pull the white cardstock without touching the adhesive side.  (I use tweezers)  Now sprinkle with Elizabeth Craft Designs: Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond 

Next, polish the glitter into the cardstock by rubbing it all over with your finger.  This step is what assures that the glitter gets into all the tiny spaces and it really brings out the glow of the glitter.  Now, using tweezers, peel off the leaves and attach them to the glittery white square.  Color them with Copic Markers and fussy cut out:

Leaves on glitter

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1254 – Entwined Circles  Cut two of the largest die in this set. I used wood look cardstock.entwined.jpgAdhere them together but twist one around so the two layers don’t nest together.  As it turned out, not much of these circles show in the end, but it still gave me the perfect base for these leaves.

Step 3:  Make a base card by cutting a 12″ x 12″ green piece of cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Cut a piece of designer cardstock or paper that measures 5.75″ x 5.75″ Square. (I used piece that looks like bricks painted white.) Next Adhere the sandwiched entangled circles, centered onto the card.  Now start arranging the leaves to the circles as shown.

Step 4: I cut the boughs from green cardstock using a die set that I just saw has been discontinued.  However, any greenery die set you have would work or leave this out and just add a bow. I added a shinny green ribbon bow over the green boughs.

Step 5:  The sentiment “Fall” was cut from gold mirror cardstock using Karen Burniston’s: https://karenburniston.com/alphabet/

Alphabet

Here’s another look:

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll join us this week!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

 

Focus on the Sentiment!

Thanks H2O

This weeks challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to focus on the sentiment.  In other words, make the sentiment as large as you want.  This one is easy, so I hope you’ll join us.

The Steps:

Step 1:  This card measures 6.25″ x 5″.  So first make a base card from white cardstock by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5″ and fold over for a tent fold.  Trim to the finished size.

Step 2:  I used the largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs  to cut the stared background paper: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles  

Step 3:  Adhere it to the base using clear double sided adhesive 10mm.

Step 4:  I cut the sentiment 3 times to make it 3D.  The sentiment is from a set by DoCrafts.  I actually bought this on a HSN craft products show.  Then adhered it centered on the front.

That’s it!  I love quick and simple!

Thanks again for stopping by!  I really hope you will join us this week because you can make this card or one like it with a different sentiment of your choice.  It’s easy peasy!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Amazon:  Clear double sided adhesive 10 mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

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

Drinks inside H2O (2)

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

 

A lesson learned!

 Sept sketch H2O

It’s sketch week!

It’s also my birthday today!  I love sketch week because your card can be any theme.  So I made mine a birthday card.

I always will post projects I like, but also my “not so much” projects.  This one I really thought would end up cute.  I had some designer paper with all these pastries on it.  I thought it would be perfect to use with the dies I wanted for the four squares in this sketch.  However, once I saw it all together, I think it’s too busy and the paper competes with the feature “squares”.  So it just goes to show you, that even when you think you got this, it’s that one that will teach you a lesson!

The Steps:

Step 1:  The designer paper stripes measure 2″ x 7″.  The blue stripe is 1.5″ x 7″.

Step 2:  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares  for the four squares.  Using the second to smallest die, cut four times from white cardstock.  Then I used a little yellow Panpastel to match the yellow in the paper.  It doesn’t look yellow in the photo because it’s pretty pale yellow.

Step 3:  I used two Karen Burniston Charm die sets for the squares:

1050 – Sweet Treats Charms        and         1041 – Coffee Charms

Sweet Treats Charms                                  Coffee Charms

I cut all of the dies I used from white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.

The Yellow Happy Birthday sentiment is Elizabeth Craft Designs: 783 – Happy Birthday

Step 4:  The base card measures 5.5″ x 7″.  Score an 11″ x 8.5″ pc. of paper at 5.5 on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold.  Then add all the elements in steps 1, 2 and 3 to the front of the base as shown.  Here’s another look at the card:

Sept sketch H2O

That’s it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and we can’t wait to see what you do with this sketch!

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids choice glue

Michael’s Craft Store: White and blue cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

Sticky Specs

 

Color Blocking!

Color Blocking H2O

So I have to admit I wussed out this week!  I was going to use a different and way more ornate stamp set for this technique but the embossing was a mess.  So I chose instead a much simpler die set and the embossing worked well.  I also only made 4 color blocks!  The set I used is a stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Color My Easter Eggs stamp set

There are some great tutorial videos on this color blocking technique by Jennifer McGuire: Color Blocking by Jennifer McGuire

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a piece of white cardstock in a square that measures 5 x 5″.  Stamp the eggs with embossing ink and then use black embossing powder.

Step 2:  Cut the embossed square in half.  Then cut the two halves in half.  Now you should have four 2.5″ squares.  Color each square with a different color of ink and ink daubers.

Step 3:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent fold.  Trim to 5.5 x 5.5″.

Step 4:  Now I taped with removable tape the two top squares together and centered them leaving a .25″ border at the top and two sides.  Then I did the same with the two bottom squares.

Step 5:  I finished off the card with “Happy Easter” peel off sticker and black border lines peel off stickers.  Both are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

That’s it this first Sat. of September!

Here’s another quick look:

Color Blocking H2O

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you haven’t tried this technique before, this is a great time to give it a try.

Other Product Used:

Michael’s Craft Store: White cardstock

Sticky Specs

Memento Stamp Pads

CutterPillar Pro

Split Stamping!

Split stamping card H2O

Well this week is really a fun challenge!  As you can see in the design team inspiration cards,  it is simply stamping an image or more and then cutting it up and putting it back together with space in between.  Jennifer McGuire may not be who first created this technique, but certainly her video on demonstrating the technique has been viewed by many and I feel is the one that made this trendy!: Jennifer’s video  My card is going to my fabulous neighbor, Diane, who is my next door neighbor.  Therefore, I decided to split this image only once because the stamp set I used, to me. wouldn’t work well cutting it up in thirds or fourths.

The Steps:

  I used a new set I purchased on Amazon: Kwan Crafts

Spilt card stamp set

The stamp set measures 6.5″ x  4.5″ and retails for $6.99.  This is the same seller of the adorable 2 set package I featured last Saturday.  You’ll notice that the package has no brand name.  I’m sure they’re made in China to be that inexpensive, but they stamp as clear as the “way” more expensive ones.  That’s because they don’t pay for fancy packaging and for all I know, don’t have to tack on a third party “brand” commission.  However they can sell at this price point, they sure have a lot of sets with all types of themes and images. Plus, I received the set in 1 day!

Step 1:  I used the “hydrangea”, bee, butterfly, two flowers, and “Have a blooming…” sentiment in the left top corner, from this set.  Once I colored it with Copic Markers, I cut the image in half as shown, but basically right under the top flower.

Step 2:  Next, I created the sentiment between the two halves on my computer and printed it out first on regular printer paper and made sure the size and length of the sentiment went across the entire width of the stamped card.  Then I printed it about halfway down an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white card stock. Then I taped, with removable tape, the two halves in Step 1, to where it allows the sentiment to go in between the two. Leave these two halves tapes together and measure what the length and width is now. Next, cut the sentiment layer cardstock that exact size, with the two halves still taped in place.  Mine measured 6.5 x 5″.

Taping how 2 halfs should go

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of coordinating cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold.  Trim to 6.75″ x 5.25″.  Then attach the sentiment layer to the base card allowing 1/8″ border on all 4 sides.

Bottom layer split card

Step 4:  Apply foam squares as shown below.  I know, I used a lot. lol

Foam Squares

Now adhere the two halves over this layer as shown.  I find by taking off the backing of the 3 foam squares around one of the corners and line that corner right over the corner of the sentiment layer but don’t firmly press yet.  Then carefully pull all the rest of the backings off and carefully lay the rest of that half down.  Then do the same thing with the other half.

That’s it!

I really hope you will give this technique a try.  It’s really fun and we can’t wait to see what you cut up!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  Foam squares. all cardstock

CutterPillar Pro

 

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

2017-07-30 12.38.42

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

 

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