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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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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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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

 

National Sandcastle Day

Front seaside H2O

Inside seaside H2O

It’s a new month and a new Hostess who is Nicky Foden.  Because today is Sandcastle Day, Nicky has challenged us to put a sandcastle, sand or any beach theme.  One of my favorite die sets is Karen Burniston’s Adirondack Chair Pop Up.  The one I own is one she designed when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs.   She has revisited this set at her new site:  https://karenburniston.com/adirondack-chair-pop-up/

The Steps:

Step 1:  Karen has an assembly video for this die set.  Click on the link above and you will find two videos.  One is for the original look of the Adirondack and a second one to make the chair look upholstered!  So the first thing I do for a pop up card, is to master the pop mechanism.  No worries, this one is easy!  I cut the “chair” pop up from white base weight cardstock or 80lb.  I use a heavy cardstock because I assume it’s going to be opened a closed a lot!

Step 2:  My base card is a 5.75″ square when folded.  This is the card that you will cut the chair into the fold.  Depending on what you will use for inside mats you may want to cut the two mats with the chair.  I chose for the bottom (under the chair” side) I measured  where I needed to out sort of a square under the chair.  And then to cover that hole when I attached the “sand” mat, I just adhered the same color cardstock under the chair and adhered the larger mat on top.  Both the “sky” layer or as I’m calling mats, measure 5.5″ square.

Step 3:  Cut two 5.5″ squares from white cardstock.  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: “Earth and Sky”   I stenciled clouds with Aqua Marine Blue PanPastel.  Adhere this sky background mat to the top inside of the base card. The second one you will use on the front of the card.

Step 4:  Using Karen Burniston’s1038 – Tropical Scene

Tropical Scene

I cut the “waves” in white and blue for both the bottom inside and the front of the card.  I also cut the “Palm tree/sand dunes and “sea shells” and “sun” from this same set above.  I cut the little sand mound pc. twice. Once with the light brown cardstock and once with white cardstock.  I colored the little palm trees with Copic Markers.  Then I cut them off and adhered them to the light brown one right over the light brown trees.

Note:  This is a personal endorsement.  I do not receive any income from this company in either currency or products.  I have always felt that Karen almost always,  includes little decorator dies that you can use for so many projects with or without the die set they come with.  I’ve used these little sea shells and sun a lot.  For this project I used them on the front, inside, and in the bucket on the inside.

Step 5:  The two “Palm Trees” and “Pail” on the inside is from a discontinued die set from Karen B. that is called:  Palm Tree & Pail”.  I love this palm tree.

Palm Tree and Pail

Step 6:  Now just adhere all your cut and/or colored as shown on the inside and the front.  (I also created a personal sentiment on my computer and printed out on white cardstock.  I cut it out with a nested die set set and adhered it to the bottom of the inside of the card centered on the lower inside over the “wave section”.  I took the pictures before I added it to the card because it has the “receiver’s name on it.”  I don’t have her permission to post it on the internet.  Here’s another quick look:

Inside seaside H2O

Side view seaside

Front seaside H2O

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I know you’re time is precious.   Here’s the link to the challenge blog to see the rest of the design team’s cards for inspiration.  We can’t wait to see yours!  Crazy 4 Challenges

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sometimes the paper talks to you!

July Sketch H2O (2)

It’s sketch week!  I love sketch week!  I was a little stumped at first.  I decided to go through my paper stash, hoping for an idea.  Then I stumbled on a paper pack that I bought a couple of years back at the Scrapbook Expo.

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This paper pack from Simple Stories contains 24 double sided 6 x 6″ papers.  I decided to use it because it’s already filled with color coordinated paper!  So this week the paper itself created the IDEA!  It also made it easy and fastMy two favorite things!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I chose the sort of Chevron stripe paper for the backing paper.  I trimmed 1/8″ off of all 4 sides so there would be a 1/8″ white border when this layer is adhered to the base card. I cut the smaller 3 squares with the red polka dot and the navy polka dot from this pack, and cut the blue from solid light blue cardstock so the sentiment would stand out.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squaress

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I used the 5th die from smallest or the largest.  It’s a 9 die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12 pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over for a “tent fold” card.  Then adhere the backing layer and 3 squares as shown:

July Sketch H2O (2)

Step 3:  I used this set of word dies from Diamond Press for the “Hello”:

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I cut it 4 times: navy, white, red and yellow cardstock.  I offset them all together just a little.  Then adhered the sentiment on top of the squares.  I KNOW!  3 STEPS AND YOUR DONE!

I love you all that took the time to stop by.  I hope you will give this months sketch a try!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s Craft Store:  All solid color cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

Fancy Fold Challenge

Neighberhood front H2O

Neighberhood open H2O

As this month’s hostess Rebecca Ednie said “fancy folds are both fun and all the rage now”.  So this week’s challenge is to make a card with at least 2 or 3 folds over at Crazy4Challenges

I got this set from Sizzix years ago, but just never used it and forgot about it.  Then while looking for something else I ran into this set.  So I decided to use it for this week’s challenge.

Sizzix houses and dies

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock down to measure 11″ x 5.5″.  Score this cut pc. at 5.5″.  Then turn it over and score one end at 2.5″.  Now it should look like this:

Folds

Flip this piece back over and stencil clouds on it with PanPastel and Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil called “Clouds and Grass”.  Leave 1.5″ on the lower edge white.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set (the plain wavy die in the middle) cut about a little more than a 1.5″ x 11″ strip out of green cardstock twice.

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Step 3:  Cut a strip of either the same green cardstock or white that measures 1.5″ x 11″.  Now score it the same way you did for step 1.

Step 4:  Using a green PanPastel, color the bottom white edge.  Now adhere the step 3 strip to the bottom of the card with the longer panel of the strip attached to the shorter panel.

Finished folds

Step 5:  Stamp all the images you want to decorate with and color them.  Now cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Step 6:  Add all your finished elements to create a little neighborhood.  I added sea gulls from a set by Frantic Stamper called Flying Gulls.

Here’s another quick look:

Neighberhood open H2O

Thanks for taking a look.  I answer all questions, so don’t hesitate to ask.

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

Sketch Week!

Sucker h20

It’s sketch week again, which is always the third Saturday of the month.  Here’s the link to the challenge blog:  Crazy4Challenges      You’ll also find the Linky if you would like to take the challenge.  So here’s how I made my sketch challenge card, sagging “sucker brads” and all.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I didn’t have any dies that would cut that wavy scallop edge in the sketch.  But I remembered a bucket of craft scissors he found in a dumpster behind where he works and was taking out the trash from his bus.  Yep, in that cute bucket was a pair of scissors that cuts a scallop edge!  I just hand cut the lower half from designer paper that reminded me of the colors of lollipops.  I started with a strip of this paper that measures 6.75″ x 3″ and just sort of eyeballed what would be about 1/3 of this 5 x 7″ card.

Step 2:  I generated the sentiment on my computer and printed it out on white card stock.  I used the smallest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs :1113 – Stitched Circles.

Step 3: I cut a lollipop from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1180 – Lollypop.  I used the same hot pink for the silhouette pc. that I chose for the background card stock.  Cut the spiral from white.

Step 4:  Score a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ card stock at 5.5″.  Fold over and trim to 5 x 7.

Step 5:  Cut a background that measures 4.75 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of the base.  Adhere the sentiment oval as shown.  Then the lollipop.  For the stripe and bow on top I just cut a 1/4″ x 6.75″ pc. of white card stock and used the same bow that comes in the “Lollipop” die set.

Step 6:  The four lollipops representing the x’s in the sketch are brads from The Eyelet Outlet.  They are sagging and not lined up because I cut the “brad” part off of them and adhered them with Beacon’s glue.  However.  I put the finished card on a card holder and went to bed.  When I got up the next day,  the last 2 had slid a bit!  LOL  I decided to share it anyway because we all have those unfortunate mishaps.  Here’s one more look and thanks for stopping by:

Sucker h20

Other Products used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  Card Stock and Designer Paper

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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