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

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

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

It’s sketch week!

Since I am the hostess for October, I got to design the sketch.  I thought this layout would be suitable for any theme and if you hop on over to the challenge blog: Crazy4Challleges you will see the design team came up with all different takes on this sketch!

 

I chose some cute papers from American Crafts for this project:

Halloween papers

The die set I used is one by Karen Burniston a while ago when she was still with Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Halloween die set

I cut the bats, tree, spider and web from Black cardstock.  I also used Karen Burniston’s: 1053 – Alphabet for the word “BOO” and cut the letters from black cardstock.

KB Alphabet

The card measures 5.5 x 7″.  Score a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side and fold over for a side fold.

Next using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares  and the 3rd to the largest die cut a square of the White stitches paper then cut the square in half diagonally from corner to corner and adhere to the black base card as shown.

Next cut a 6″ x 4″ rectangle from the orange pumpkin and adhere it to card as shown and add the elements from Halloween Scene die also as shown and that’s it!  Here’s another look:

Boo 3 H20

I hope you’ll join us for this week’s challenge.  We would love to see your take on this sketch.

Other Products Used

Michael’s Craft Store:  Black cardstock

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Gold Lines Peel Off Stickers (around the orange rectangle, 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kid’s 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

 

 

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