C4C 436 Graduation theme!

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Here’s a pic of the inside:

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I have two grandchildren who are in college but the first to graduate won’t be until Dec. and the other is 2 yrs. away.   They are both doing very well but one loves to study and write essays and the other does not.  She’s more of a computer and gamer wizard!  So I made this card to send to the latter for encouragement.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The Grad Hat is a Silhouette file.  But there are many dies out there that would also work great.

Step 2:  Create the sentiment on your computer, print on white cardstock and cut out

with Elizabeth Craft Designs  1116 – Stitched Circles

 

Out of yellow cardstock cut a circle using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles– .

Adhere the white sentiment circle on top of the yellow one.

Step 3:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over to make a tent fold card.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1168 – Bead Strings !, cut the diamond shaped string twice with gold mirror cardstock. Note: I first adhered a 2″ x 6″ strip of the mirror cardstock to Clear Double Sided Adhesive before I die cut.  Also, cut the strip in half to end up with two strips that are 1 x 6″ strips.  Always cut away and mirror cardstock  that is more than you need to cut the die with.  If you don’t the rest of the cardstock will be embossed with all the scratches on the cutting plate and no longer useable.

Step 5:  Assemble the card by adhering the bead strings at 1″ from both the bottom and folded edge.  The add the cap and sentiment.

That’s it! 

As always, I really appreciate you hopping over here.  I’d love to have you comment and follow.  I love answering any questions you have about card making!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White 12 x 12″ Soft Finished Cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 2″, Suzanne Cannon “Believe” Die.

 

 

 

C4C – 435 Sketch Week!

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My DT card for this challenge is an homage to Romeo and Juliet!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make two of  Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Rose  There is an Assembly Video from the designer Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Step 2:  Make a base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″  black cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over and trim to 5.5x 7″.  Cut a pc. of designer paper 3.5 x 7″ and adhere to the black base card using double sided adhesive as shown.

Step 3:  On your computer create the two sentiments.  Print on cream card stock and cut to 1″ x 3″. Distress the edges with Black Pan Pastel. Then I hand cut the fishtail.  You could also use fishtail dies.

Step 4:  Add the assembled roses and sentiments as shown.

That’s It!

I really appreciate the time you took to take a look.

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose 1

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Black 12 x 12 Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Double Sided Adhesive,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s  Tool Kit (flower shaping tools)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

JoAnn Fabrics and Craft:  “I love you” designer paper

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C4C – 434 Train Day!

2018-05-07 C4C 434

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Yep, today is apparently Train Day!  So the challenge today is to put a train on it!  Now there probably is a die set of a train somewhere, but I haven’t seen it.  So I went for another digital stamp.  I found this cute circus train on Etsy from an artist’s shop called Pretty Grafik.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color up the image:

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Step 2:  Using a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Earth and Sky:

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Stencil clouds on the upper half with PanPastel’s 520.5 Ultramarine Blue.  Using a small sponge dauber and Panpastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and a little 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.

Step 3:  Using the die set below cut all  pcs. with white cardstock and color with Copic markers or cut with green cardstock.

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Step 4:  Cut the words Happy Birthday  with green cardstock.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over for a top fold card and trim to a 5.75″ square.  Adhere the finished scene pc. onto the card base.

Step 6:  The inside balloons were made with this die set Lollypop:

                                              

The strings for the balloons came from a set that has since been discontinued.  You could use a pc. of real string or yarn and glue in place.

The sentiment inside “Make it as fun as train full of circus animals!” was created on my computer and printed on yellow cardstock and cut with the 2nd largest die from this set:

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That’s it!

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

If your interested in purchasing some of the products used,  click on the blue words and it will take you right to the store.  I receive no commission of any kind.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″ white, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Mother’s Day Card

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I just love the floral dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn For Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I’m not going to mislead you.  They all take some time to make but worth the effort!  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video.  I recommend you watch the videos before you attempt to make most of her floral die sets.  It’s not always obvious how to put them together and it will save so much frustration!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces out from the 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2 die set and assemble the lilac.

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I cut both petal pc. dies from a dark lavender cardstock about 6 or 7 times because I like a full lilac.  If I don’t use them all I put the leftovers into the die set envelope so I don’t have to cut as many times the next time I make it.  I cut the leaves from green cardstock and distressed the edges and the center vein with a little purple ink.

Step 2:  I used Susan’s 1375 Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer to put the lilac in:

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Cut the teacup and saucer pcs.  I had tried a technique I learned from one of Els Van de Burg’s Technique Friday videos to put several different colors of ink on a craft mat and then spray water on it.  You then take cardstock and start picking up color as you turn the cardstock.  I used pretty intense colors because I wanted to stamp over it with a large background stamp in white.  It didn’t work out for what I wanted to do but it made an interesting paper for this tea cup set.  I wish I had taken a pic of the paper before I cut it out but didn’t.  Here’s a pic of the rest of the paper after I cut it out.  I cut the saucer from another lavender cardstock.

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Step 3:  Using the 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares, cut once with white cardstock and again with purple cardstock.  You will use the largest white frame and the second to the largest in purple.

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Step 4:  Cut a 4.75″ square from light lavender cardstock.  Cut a 5.75 square from color coordinated cardstock.  I chose a lavender polka dot cardstock from ModaScrap – “Thinking about Polinesia” also available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting an 12 x 12″ piece of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over.

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Step 6:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the lavender ModaScrap square to the base card.  Adhere the 4.75″ lavender sq. centered next.  Then adhere the white curvy square over the lavender one. (it also measures 4.75″)  Next adhere the purple curvy sq. inside the white one matching up the curves.

Step 7:  Adhere the saucer, teacup, lilac and leaves as shown.

Step: 8:  Using this die from Die-Versions cut mom from purple cardstock.

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Cut a little tag from this set from white cardstock and ink the edges with lavender ink:

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Adhere the “Mom” to the little tag.  Cut a little pc. of Bakers Twine and attach the tag to the handle of the tea cup.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kid Choice Glue

 

A ‘Summer” theme card

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I can’t wait to be able to count on warm weather!  So my card today is a nod to Summer!  What screams summer more that blue gingham and red Geraniums.  This card could be used for any occasion by just using a different sentiment.

Here’s the steps:

Step 1: Cut all the petal pcs. 3 times for each flower. (run these pcs. 3 times through your machine with two layers of red cardstock.  Cut the leaf pcs. 3 times with two layers of green cardstock.  Add a little of 340.5 Permanent Red PanPastel to the edges of the leaves.  Assemble the 3 Geraniums by shaping and gluing.

The die set:  1019 – Susan’s Garden Geranium

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Geranium Assembly Video

This video shows the geranium being assembled directly on your project which is great but not for this project.  Assemble each flower and you will slide them into and onto the Gathering basket.

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Step 2:   Cut one Gathering Basket from light brown cardstock and lightly add some 780.5 Raw Umber PanPastel to bring out the basket weave embossing that happens when you cut this die:  1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

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Step 3:  Cut two Oval mats.  One using the 2nd largest die from this die set and white cardstock:  1113 – Stitched Ovals :

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Cut one using the largest die in red cardstock from this die set:  1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock at 6″.  Fold at score line and trim to 6 x 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.75″ x 6.25″ from blue gingham cardstock.  Adhere, centered, to white base card.  Now adhere the red scallop oval, centered onto the blue gingham layer.

Step 5:  Sort of shape the gathering basket by holding it with both thumbs on the underside of the pc. and your two pointer fingers together on the right side of the pc. and centered.  Now keeping your thumbs together on the wrong side, slide your pointer to curve the pc. over your thumbs.  Glue only the lower edge of the basket to white oval as shown in the photo below.  You will glue the sides down by adding glue to the undersides and  push the sides towards the center very slightly to keep it’s 3D shape:

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Next start auditioning your flowers, petals and little blooms into and onto the basket until you like what you see and glue in place.

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Create a sentiment on your computer and cut out with the smallest die from this set:

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Ink the edges with light blue ink and adhere to basket.  You could also use a small tag and bakers twine and attach to the handle.

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Thanks so much for taking a look!  I hope you’ve been inspired and will check in with the Inspiration Design Team daily: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamp (sentiment inside) RS010 – All Things of Nature

Michael’s: Blue Gingham paper

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Humor with a message!

2018-04-22 C4C 432

 

This week’s challenge #432 over at Crazy4Challenges  is to use this phrase as inspiration:

“Skating on thin Ice”

I have a friend who is married to a man who refuses to take the advise from his doctor.  I’ll be sending her this card unsigned so she can give it to her hubby.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using Art Impressions UMI1238 stamp on paper suitable to the color medium of your choice:

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I colored her with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Cut one door from med. brown cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs  1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door:

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Step 3:  The urn with flowers and wreath on the door were cut from this set                  1010 – CountryScapes – Backyard 2 also from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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Cut one urn, the flowers for the urn and the pieces for the wreath.  I cut all the tiny flower pcs. for the urn and wreath from pink cardstock.  The wreath itself, bow, urn leaves I cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 4:  I love digital stamps because you can resize them.  For this card I chose “Caffeinated Craig” from Dr. Digi House of Stamps:

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Print and size “Craig” to 3.25″, color and fussy cut him out.

Step 5:  I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the smallest die from this set by Spellbinders “Card Creator”:

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I applied, a with a light touch, PanPastel’s “black” to distress the edges.

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You should now be ready to assemble the card:

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Step 6:  Cut the cross pcs. out of the door window and glue the Art Impression colored stamped image behind the door as shown above.

Make base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x12″ cardstock in half.  Score one of the halves at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over.  I chose Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dove Gray.  I love this cardstock because it’s colored on one side only.  This is a great choice when you want to stamp a sentiment on the inside.

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Step 7:  Cut a 5.75″ square of designer paper or cardstock that will look like the side of a house.  I chose this brick paper from Michaels because of the colors, but you could also use a “wood grain” look.

Adhere the door, with image behind it to the left lower side as pictured.  I curved “Craig” slightly with my thumbs.  Then I adhered him to the card as shown by gluing only his shoes to the card and putting a foam dot behind him about where the donut is.  Now add your floral pcs. and the sentiment and that’s it!

Thanks so much for having a look.  I love to make pretty cards but also find it really fun to make a funny card sometimes.  I’d love you to leave a message so I know who stopped by.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

A Coffee Themed Card

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Well, this week’s challenge is “Perfect blend”.  You can do this in the form of colors, stamps or dies.  It’s a coffee themed challenge!  It’s my favorite beverage.  So let’s make this card.

Step 1:  The image is from Kraftin Kimmie and is called “I heart coffee”.  Unfortunately,  it’s no longer available.  Had I realized that I probably would not have use it.  I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using the die set below from Elizabeth Craft Designs, cut out all the pcs. for one tea cup.  I cut them out with white cardstock and colored with Copic markers:

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Step 2:  Cut the pieces of one my favorite dies below from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I used polka dot cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called ”  Thinking about – Grand Canyon”.

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The frame for this card is a 7″ square.  So when you cut the die from above, you need to cut 4 for all the sides of the frame.  Then trim them to 7″.  Here’s a link to the assembly video:  https://youtu.be/elpZ5RvMUII.

Step 3:  Using the largest die from this dis set below, cut a mat in the darker blue from the same paper pack:

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Step 4:  Create the two sentiments with your computer then print and cut out with this die set below:

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Step 5:  Assemble the card as shown:

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The “coffee beans” and pink heart I added is from a die set that has been discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  Please leave a comment if you have the time so I can know you were here.  Besides, I just love reading them.  I hope you’ll join us this week.  We love to see what you do with the themes for our challenges.  YOU inspire us!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Amazon:  Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – 429 Use your dies as stencils!

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Well, this was a fun challenge theme because I got to use what is clearly becoming my favorite 2 die sets:  Happy Frame and Happy Frame XL by Elizabeth Craft Designs .

For this project I used the Happy Frame XL

Let’s make this card:

Step 1:  Using the Happy Frame XL die cut 4 times with heavy weight white cardstock.

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Step 2:  Attach a pc. of scrap heavy weight cardstock that’s at least 2 x 4″ to Double sided adhesive.  Secure the longest die from the below die set, sharp edge down on the adhesive side and run through your cutting machine:

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The photo above shows the 730 – Curvy Leaves die set, the stencil I made and another piece of a double sided adhesive I tried this die first as a stencil (that’s why it has ink on it) and the practice piece of cardstock that’s 1″ wide like the Happy Frame is.

Step 3: Cut the frame pcs. to 6″ long on the longest side. With your handmade stencil and stamp pad inks, stencil the Happy Frame pcs. (I applied 2 greens and a brown ink pads:

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Next, using PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber, lightly with a small sponge dauber, distress the entire frame pcs. except the two outside folds as shown below in case it would affect the adhesive when you assemble the frame:

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Now assemble the frame

This is the assembly video link:   Happy Frame assembly video.

Step 4:  Size, print and color with Copic Markers this digital stamp from called “Sunflowers” Di’s Digi Stamps. 

Trim the colored print centered in a 6″ square.

I then went over the print with the same very light touch of Raw Umber PanPastel.

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Step 5:  Cut enough pcs. to make two Sunflowers from this die set (I cut the petal pcs. out 2 or 3 times for each flower just for extras, the seeds pc. twice per flower, and the leaves twice per flower) Cut the leaves from green cardstock and the petals from yellow cardstock and the seeds from dark brown cardstock:

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Sunflower Assembly video

Add color as in the assembly video and shape the parts too:

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Now as in the video build your two sunflowers right onto your assembled frame:

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Step 6:  Add 10mm (1/2″) Clear Double Sided adhesive to the edges of your 6″ colored image square on the colored side.  Now attach it to the back of the frame.

Step 7:  Create a base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half and scoring one of the halves at 6″.  Fold over.  My choice for base cards if I have the color on hand is Elizabeth Craft Design’s Soft finish cardstock.  I love it’s weight 100lb. and it’s colored on only one side.  When I want to stamp on the inside this is a great benefit:

If you are going to stamp a sentiment on the inside, do it now.

Step 8:  Add Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m to all four front edges of your card base.  Adhere the frame to the card.

That’s It!

Thanks so much again for having a look.  These frames are so fun.  And come back next week for another fun challenge!  Please let me know you were here by leaving a comment.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12 Dove Gray and 8.5 x 11 white,  10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

C4C – 426 Sketch Challenge!

 

C4C -426 Sketch

 

I love sketches!  The Sketch and my interpretation of it:

 

This week I chose to use an older release die set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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This card is so easy and can be used for any occasion, even a “stay in touch” card.

Lets make this card:

Step 1: Cut all the pieces from the above die set with white cardstock (adhere the “fin” pc. to the Dolphin. 1a:  Color the beach ball with Copics B21, B23, B24.

Step 2: Choose a designer paper to cut the half circle in the sketch.  I chose this one from Hot off The Press called “Big Bubbles“.  Choose a solid color cardstock that coordinates with the designer paper (the second color from the left in the Recollections pack below matched the “bubbles paper”:

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock at 5.5″ along the 11″ side.  Fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″ to make a book fold base card.  With solid blue above (2nd from the left) cut a rectangle that measures 5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Using the largest die from the set below, cut a circle from the “bubbles” paper.

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Adhere this bubble circle to the blue rectangle with the top of the circle at 3.5/8″ from the top of the blue rectangle.  Then trim off the rest of the bubble paper that hangs off the shape of your blue rectangle.  See card picture below.

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Step 5:  Adhere all the pieces from the “Dolphin” set to the card as shown above.

Step 6:  I tried to emboss a sentiment directly to the blue base card.  It turned out perfect when I tried it on a pc. of scrap paper but not on the card.  I’m posting a picture of the Disaster and then the fix for a friend on FB that posted such a sweet comment under my post that it really touched me.  You can fix almost all mistakes.  I usually step away and breath.  Then an idea comes to me and I initiate plan B!

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Plan B for step 6!  Using the stamp set below, stamp the sentiment on white cardstock and then cut out with the second to the smallest of this nested set below by QuicKutz..

2016-07-24-12-16-08.jpgDistress the edges of this little sentiment frame with PanPastel 520.5 Ultra Marine Blue.  Now adhere to the front of the blue rectangle as shown in the pic. in step 4.  Adhere this completed blue rectangle to the white base card leaving 1/4″ margin on all sides.

Step 7:  Using the straight rope from the set below cut 4 times with white cardstock.

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Glue these 4 rope pieces on all four edges of the blue rectangle but start with the two long sides.  Glue from the top down but stop about 1/2 from the bottom even though it’s not long enough. Next glue the ropes to the short sides.  Save the pcs, you cut off of the short sides because they will be the exact size you need to complete the rope on the long sides.  Now, start with the finished edge of one of the pieces you saved and glue to the end of one of the short edges and going up the long edge to fill in where it was short. When you get almost where this cut off piece will go under the long pc. that was to short, then cut at an angle off the very end of the long pc.  Glue the short pc. under the now cut at an angle long pc.  Glue the angled end down.  See close up below:

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That’s it!

Thanks for taking a look and come back next week for a real cutie pie image!

Other Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Soft Finish Cardstock White, Clear Double sided adhesive 10m

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus