Better Days to come card

Spring showers new H2O

Hi Crazy4Challenges fans!  I hope everyone is staying healthy during this Covid 19 thing!  I don’t know about you, but being forced to stay home in my craft room….well,  I’ve had worse things happen.  But then again, none of my loved ones has been infected.  So my   prayers go out to those of you who have been more personally affected.  It’s interesting that today’s challenge is to put rain or a rainbow on your card this week.  We’ve had a good amount of rain in CA this week!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I stenciled the rain drops on a piece of white cardstock with blue ink.  Next I cut out a square from this stenciled white cardstock using a nested square die set.

Step 2:  Using a Pink and Main stamp called “Puddles”, I stamped the little girl out twice  Once on white card stock and again on yellow cardstock with a tiny white heart print on it.

Step 3:  I colored the stamped image on white cardstock with Copic Markers and added clear lacquer to the puddle area.  Then I “fussy cut” out the Umbrella and Hat out from the stamped yellow cardstock and glued it onto the Copic colored image.  Then I “fussy cut” out the entire image after the lacquer was dry.

Step 4:  I cut out two grass pieces. cloud and the little yellow flowers from an older couple of Karen Burniston die sets called “The All Season Tree” and “The Garden Bench”.

Step 5:  I cut a scalloped square mat for the finished scene piece from light blue cardstock from a nested set by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 6:  I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with a nest fishtail die set.

Step 7:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x11″ pc. of white cardstock and folding over for a tent fold card.  Trim down to 5″ x 5″.  Now adhere the finished little rain scene to the base card.

That’s It!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Here’s another look:

Spring showers new H2O

 

Autism Awareness Month

Autism front H2O

Inside of the card:

Autism inside final wo h2o

Well, hello fellow crafty friends.  With everyone, everywhere, dealing with the Pandemic crisis, when has there been a better time to knuckle down into the craft room!  Plus, this week’s challenge is for such a good cause.  Because April is Autism Awareness Month, the challenge is to use the Autism Logo as your inspiration.  Read the challenge and see the logo here: Crazy4Challenges

I decided to use the challenge literally and make a card for someone with Autism.  My youngest daughter has a friend who has a family member with Autism.

The Steps:

Step 1:  This is the painful step!  Using the four colors in the Logo, I cut strips that measure 1/2″ x 11″ from each color twice. Then cut the strips in half. Note: Precision cutting is important. If you look at the front of my card,  you’ll see what I couldn’t see, because it is so minimal. The white showing through the red and blue stripes under the “you are strong” tag.

Autism front H2O

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 6″.  Cut a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive the same size.  Lay the white cardstock rectangle over the adhesive by removing the protective layer and matching up corners.  You can also glue the strips in place.  In hind site, I think glue would have been easier.  But in either case, this is where you pain painstakingly lay the strips in place as seen above.

Step 3:  I created the 3 sentiments on my computer.  I printed them on white cardstock and cut them with a fishtail banner set from Gina Marie Designs:2016-07-24 12.13.19Step 4: Adhere the 3 fishtail sentiments as shown.

Step 5:  Create a base card by creating the sentiment inside on your computer and printing out onto white cardstock.  Then scoring the printed piece of cardstock at 5.5″ and fold over.  Trim to 5.5″ 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle from Black cardstock that measures 5.5′ x 6.5″.  Adhere to the base card.

Step 6:  Adhere the finished step 2 centered onto the black rectangle and then adhere this sandwhich onto the base care.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

 

Cute Easter Card

March 2020 sketch bunny H2O

The third week of every month is a sketch challenge!  It’s always a favorite challenge for me.  Here’s the link to the sketch and all twelve inspiration cards made by the design team:   Crazy4Challenges  

For some reason, I’ve been in a mood  to color and watch TV when I’m not working. So because Easter is right around the corner, I decided to start making a few Easter themed cards.  This adorable stamp by Pink & Main is called “Bunny Costume“.  Unfortunately it has been discontinued.  It’s too bad because it is one I pull out every year!

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Stamp something that will be the focus of the card.  Color and cut the image out.  I used Copic Markers.  I also stamped the Easter Eggs and the “chocolate Easter bunny” box.  After I colored them I fussy cut them out.  I applied clear Lacquer to the “bunny boxes”

Step 2:  I cut the image using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Nested Rectangles.

Step 3:  I cut the two yellow gingham 2″ squares using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Squares.  I hand cut the green and white polka dot rectangle.

Step 4:  My card is a 5.5″ square, so I made the base card by scoring an 11″ x 8.5″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to a 5.5″ square..

Step 5: Adhere the yellow squares to the top front as in the sketch.  Adhere the green rectangle under the squares, and then the featured stamped rectangle on top, centered.  I then added some of the “fussy cut” bunny boxes and eggs as shown.  The two grass pieces I tucked them into were left overs from another project. Here’s another look:

March 2020 sketch bunny H2O

Thanks so much and don’t forget to hop over to the challenge and join in this week!

 

 

White on White

White on white sm H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges  the challenge is to make a white on white card.  I was in the mood to make something floral so I decided to make white rose and one of my favorite embossing folders by Spellbinders:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  First cut a pc. of white cardstock into a rectangle that measures 5.25″ x 7″.  Put this rectangle into the embossing folder and run through your cutter/embossing machine.

Step 2:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″  Fold for a book fold,  Adhere step 1 to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  Make 3 roses and their leaves from white cardstock.  If you have never tried making paper realistic flowers by Susan Tierney Cockburn, here is the tutorial video for making these exact roses: Susan’s Rose 1 video tutorial

I constructed my roses directly onto the embossed folder layer on the front of the card making sure the finished arrangement would be centered into the oval.

Step 4:  I used a die for the sentiment that I honestly don’t know the manufacturer’s name, but use it often for sympathy cards. I bought on HSN yrs. ago and is a set of “word” dies. The butterfly is from Elizabeth Craft Designs, but is discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  I think white on white cards always look elegant no matter what the theme is, so go for it this week!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all white cardstock

Sizzix Cutterpillar Pro

PH Neutral Archival Glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive

 

Celebrate!

Wine front H2O

Believe it or not on The Calendar of Days, it is National “Open a bottle” day!  So to honor this day, as the last week of my “Hostess” month this year, I am challenging all the crazies to make a card of “Celebration”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I had Karen Burniston’s” Wine Charms so I decided to use this set for my card.  I cut all the pieces in this set from white cardstock then colored each piece with Copic Markers and assembled the bottles and glasses.  I didn’t use the grapes die.

Wine Charms

Step 2: I cut the pieces for the S’mores from Karen Burnistons: Camping Charms from white cardstock and colored them with copic Markers.

Camping Charms

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5″ x 7″.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1 I cut the straight rope 4 times from tan cardstock.

Step 5:  I created the sentiment in my computer, printed the two on tan cardstock. Then using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1537 Stitched Hexagons I used the 3rd smallest die to cut them out making sure I made room for the charms.  Next I adhered the wine and camping charms as shown.

Step 6:  Cut a mat for the base front that measures 4.5″ x 6.5″.  I had this cork board look alike cardstock that I used. Adhere the mat to the card front and the hexgons.

Step 7:  I finished off the edges with the ECD : 1125 – Ropes 1  Here’s another quick look.

Wine front H2O

Thanks so much for taking the time to hop over here and as always I’ll be looking out for your celebration card!

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store:  white and tan cardstock

A Lady Bug Hello

Feb. Sketch H2O

If you’re a follower, then you know I love a Sketch Challenge!

Over at: Crazy4Challenges   Every third Saturday is a sketch challenge!

I am the Hostess for February so this is the sketch I came up with.  I thought it would be pretty easy since you could make it any theme that you want.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the card base by choosing an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scoring it at  5.5″  along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to  the finished size of 5.5″ x 7″.

Step 2:  I cut a strip of brown cardstock that measures 7″ x 5/8″ and adhered it to the base front 1/2″ from the folded edge of the base card front.  I added the leaves from a discontinued die set from ECD called Curvy Leaves.

Step 3:  The 3 squares are from die cutting the smallest square from: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Step 4:  The lady bugs are an Elizabeth Craft Designs discontinued die set.

Step 5:  The “Hello” sentiment is from: Lawn Fawn

scripty hello

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!

 

Cute Wedding Card

Wedding towels H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to put a ribbon on it!  So first I want to say this is a challenge that everyone should take because you literally can make any kind, color, and type of card you want!  Just put a ribbon on it.  I decided to make a wedding card. First, because I’m still glowing from attending my first granddaughter’s wedding a few months ago and second because yrs. ago I saw a wedding card on Pinterest with Mr. and Mrs. towels with a bow above the towels.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 4.75″ x 6″ so score an 11″ x 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ and fold at the score line for a book fold card.

Step 2:  With white cardstock, cut a rectangle using: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

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Use the largest die in this set above that measures 4.5″ x 5.75″.

Step 3:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Entwined Hearts  emboss the “stitched rectangle”.  Here’s a close up over the sentiment that shows the embossing.

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Step 4:  The ribbon I chose looked like it was stitched on the edges to go along with the stitched rectangle.  I made a bow with about 10 inches of ribbon and then cut the ends leaving enough to tape them under the left side top and bottom edges.  Then adhered this layer to the front of the base card.

Step 5:  On a scrap piece of white cardstock about 4 x 4″,  I stamped the Mr. and Mrs. with clear embossing ink and then used silver metallic embossing powder to make the towels.  I separated the mr. and mrs. by an inch apart so I could cut the two towels using the smallest die in this set by Spellbinders: Card Creator

Step 6: Cut a strip of silver metallic mirror cardstock that measures 2″ x .25″.  Fold the top end of each of the towels but without creasing that fold. (you want the towels to thick and luxurious)

.Back of towels

As you see in the photo above I didn’t glue the towels over this strip so as the bottom edges were even. LOL  So I fixed that with adding shiny little white trim at the end of the towels from a really old set of border stickers from Martha Stewart.

Towels close up

Add a small silver self adhesive ball to each end of the silver strip as seen above.  Adhere the towel rack to the front of the card as shown using a large foam dot on both the top and bottom of both towels a half inch from the stitching as shown.

Step 7:  The sentiment is cut from silver mirror cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1050 – Best Wishes

Here’s another quick look:

Wedding towels H2O

That’s It!  I sure appreciate you stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CatterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store: Cardtock

Amazon:  Double Sided Clear Adhesive

Walmart:  White ribbon

 

 

 

 

Try Something New!

Little one H2O best (2)

I have had this one piece die since it first came out but just checked and it has been discontinued.  It was called 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares also from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Because of it’s name,  I always used the eight frames as frames!  But for this challenge, I cut the one piece out of white cardstock and then colored each frame and used them all on this card as a background die!  So this is a new technique for me even though I’ve had the die a long time.2018-05-01 16.57.43

After I colored each of the frames, I made a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ and folded over for a tent fold. Then I glued all the frames back together onto the front of the base card leaving an eighth of an inch border all around.

I added Glitter Dots in all the holes also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  As soon as I had it together it really looked like a “baby card” background.  So that’s what I made.

The “Bunny”  and “Onesy” are from a Karen Burniston’s Baby Charms.  The sentiment tag was first stamped with a Karen Burniston Stamp set and cut with a Sizzix Tag die.

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

Copic Markers

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Kid’s Choice Glue

To Honor My Granddaughter!

My Sierra H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges  is to choose a card that was sent to you and use it as your inspiration!

Sierra card

Sierra card inside cropped

I chose my sweet granddaughter’s card because when I went looking at cards I had saved, this one from Sierra was in the mix.  The little girl who sent me this card had paid for it with her own money and gave it to me with a bag of Starbucks coffee she had also paid for!  This little girl just graduated from the University of Oregon. and was just married to her high school sweetheart!  They both have begun great careers!

The Steps:

Step: 1:  I used an older Karen Burniston’s die set that was called “Whiskers the Cat”. I cut the silhouette piece and whiskers piece from black cardstock 3 times.  All the others were cut from white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  The Santa hat is from an old KB die set that was accessories for all her “critters” that she released that year.

Step 2: Make a base card by scoring a 5.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at the 5.5″ mark on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card and trim to 5.5″ x 7.75″.  (Although this is a huge card, it is the exact size of the one given to me!).

Step 3:  I cut a blue card stock that had little white glittered dots all over it into a rectangle that measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ to cover the entire front of the base card.

Step 4:  The Christmas lights and snow drift on the fence are Silhouette files.  The fence for the snow drift is a 1.5″ x 7.5″ strip of “wood look” paper that I though looked remarkably like the one in the inspiration card.

Step 5: Once I had all the components made, I assembled them as shown and that’s it!:

Me and Sierra cropped

Other Products Used:

CutterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

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