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

Christmas in July!

Cardinal H2) (2)

Yep, this month’s host for the challenge blog is the talented Karen Ostergard,  the only member of the Design Team that I have met in person.  Somehow, thanks to FB, I feel like I know them all!  Karen has challenged the team, and you, should you take the challenge, to make a Christmas themed card this week over at: Crazy4Challenges

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5″ x 6.75″.  Then put this through an embossing folder that resembles snow.  I used one from Darice called Dot.  I like it because the dot’s are small and close together.  The folder is exactly 5 x 6.75″.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x  11″ of red cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold, and trim to 5″ x 7″.  Adhere the embossed layer to the front of the card.

Step 3:  I purchased this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Garden Notes – Birds 1

As of this writing 7/10/19 it was on sale for $4.95! Click on link above! You get both birds!  (the Cardinal I used this week and the little garden bird I used on the card on the right:

Birds die set

 

Color Challenge H20

Cut the Cardinal bird out of white cardstock and color with Copic Markers R35, R37 and R39.  The branch is Copic Markers E70, E71, and E74. Bird face – Copic 100 Black. Bird nose – E31.

Step 4:  Using these two die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

765 – Sprig with Berries     and     1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

Sprig and Holly

I cut the “Sprig with Berries” twice from an Olive cardstock and then added some ink shading with a darker green ink and finger dauber.  I cut a few of the “Holly leaves” in each size and from the same Olive green cardstock. The “branch” pc. from white  card stock and colored it with Copic Markers E70, E71  The berries cut from red cardstock.

Step 5:  I used this discontinued die set from Karen Burniston called: “Iron Fence Pop-up” and cut the fence die pc, from black cardstock.

Fence Pop UP

Step 6:  Assemble the card by adhering the black fence to the front of the card lining up the bottom of the fence with the bottom of the embossed layer.  Now add the “Sprig with Berries” and “Holly and Berries” where you like them.  I started with gluing the “Sprigs” end to end, then the “Holly and Berries”, and last attached the Cardinal on with foam dots.

Cardinal H2) (2)

Step 7: The sentiment is this one from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1235 – Merry Christmas

Sue C Merry Christmas

I have to give a testimonial and review of a product that I had never heard of but decided to try.  It’s called StickySpecks.  It’s basically a sheet of clear double sided adhesive.  But, most of these kind of products are one solid sheet of adhesive poured over a sheet of non stick backing.  But StickySpecks are millions of tiny little “specks” of adhesive separate from each other, but hard to see the separation with the human eye.  I tried this product out with the Merry Christmas cut die sentiment.  I used Silver Mirror Stock and hoped this worked.  There are so many small negative pieces in die cuts like this.  When you lift intricut dies like this from adhesive sheets, a lot of the time in the small neg. holes the adhesive in those areas come up too.  It’s difficult to pull that excessive adhesive off without making a mess.  With StickySpecks, only what you want lift off the sheet easily and the negative pieces don’t.  Result:  No mess, easy, clean, precise sticker!

Here’s a YouTube video

Well, that’s it!  I have received no monetary compensation for this review.  In fact, I’m sure they don’t even know I exist…but I do and I highly endorse this product.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

The Wine Theme Challenge

Wine glasses h2o (2)

Somewhere I read this sentiment:  “Wine is to women what duct tape is to men. It fixes everything!”.   I’m not much of a wine drinker but I say what ever works!  This week the theme is “Wine related”.  And this one is easy peasy.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I used one of Art Impression’s “Oldies”  stamps with sentiment.  I first stamped on white card stock and then colored it up with Copic Markers.  Then using Elizabeth Craft Designs die set, I cut the image out with the 4.25″ square: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Stitched Squares

Step 2:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12′ piece of white card stock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over for a tent fold.  Cut a 5.75″ square of designer paper and adhere it to the front of the base card.  Now adhere the stamped square to the designer square.

Step 3:  I used Karen Burniston’s Wine Charms die set and added them to the front of the card as shown. Wine Charms

Wine Charms

Inside the card looks like this:

Wine glasses inside h20 (2)

That’s It!

Thanks so much for having a look.  Can’t wait to see what you make!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’ Kids Choice Glue

Copic Markers

For April Fools Day!

Tea cups front h2o (2)

The front of the card.

Tea cups inside h2o (2)

The Opened card.

Because April Fools Day is right around the corner,  Francis Byrne, this month’s hostess gave us the challenge to make a card with some kind of trick like a pop up!  I love pop ups so that’s what I made.

The Steps:

I started by printing out the “Stacked Tea Cups” (not the name) from a digital stamp.  I’ve had this in my computer for a long time and don’t remember whose it is.  I think it is from CraftsUPrint.  If I’m wrong and someone recognizes it, I would love to be corrected.  I then colored the image with Copic Markers.  I cut the colored image out with Elizabeth Craft Designs:1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares

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I cut a tan mat using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares2017-07-23 16.40.23

I cut a brown sort of linen print mat with the same die set above.

Step 2:  Using a now discontinued Karen Burniston’s  103 – Cup Pop Stand – 6 die set.  I looked over at YouTube to see if the assembly video is still available just in case you could find this die set on EBay., but it has also been taken down.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of card stock at 5.5″ on 11″ side.  Trim to a 5.5″ square tent fold base card. This is when you start the Pop Up die cutting process.  If you have this die set from Karen, then you know how to die cut what will become the “Cup Pop up” inside the card.

Step 4:  I added two more teacups to imitate the front of the card.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1072 – Small Butterfly: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/small-butterfly-1072

Small Butterfly

For the inside sentiment,  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1161 – Happy Birthday 2 and 1154 – Calligraphic Elements 1 https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/dies

                A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1 A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2

The leaves inside are from Elizabeth Craft Designs 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2:  https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/garden-notes-lilac-2

 

Garden Notes - Lilac 2

 

The lower picture shows that both sides of the stacked cups are the right side of the designer card stock.  You can make this happen by cutting the cup once with the die taped to the right side of the card stock and cut a second cup with the same card stock but tape the die to the wrong side of the card stock.  Then you adhere them together which makes “no wrong side” cups!

Step 5:  Adhere the stamped image layer to the tan mat and then to the darker brown one.  Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of the same card stock used for the base card.  Adhere the image stack to this square and adhere to the front of the Pop UP card.  Also used Brown Pan Pastel and sponged on the edges of the insided yellow card stock to give it sort of an antique look like the front.  Add another  5.5″ square to the other side of the pop up for the back of the card.  This step covers up both Pop up holes.  Here’s another look:

 

That’s it!

                     I hope you’ll join us this week for this fun challenge this week over at:  http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Michaels: All the card stock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

It’s Hufflepuff Pride Day!

Harry Potter card H2O

According to the Days of the Year Calendar the 20th of March is Hufflepuff Pride Day.  So the challenge this Saturday is to create a card inspired by Harry Potter.  This could include using stamps of the characters,  using colors from any one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft or anything else that inspires you from this famous series.  I chose the house of Gryffindor.    This house’s colors are red and gold.  Here are the steps to make this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I started by cutting 1″ strips of red and gold card stock.  Next I put the strips together alternating the colors.  I used 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut on the short side to have strips that measure 1″ x 11′.  Note:  precision cutting is important.

Step 2:  Tape the strips together on both 8″ sides.  The picture below shows how you will cut the mat for the card.  Sorry I forgot to take a pic before I cut the mat.  But this sort of shows you why you need to cut all of both colors of card stock.  You will need a large rectangle of taped together strips to cut a rectangle die on the diagonal so the mat will have diagonal stripes.

Cuts

Step 3:  Make a base card from 8.5″ x11″ white card stock and score at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Trim to 5.5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Now you want to use a rectangle cutting die and tape it on the diagonal across your assembled, taped together strips, as shown above.  Note:  Once you have the die placed on diagonal, lay down a layer of clear tape on all four outsides of the die. That will at the same time serve to secure the results of the cut and hold the strips together when you run this through your cutting machine.  Before you remove the die, carefully turn the die, still attached, over and add Clear Double sided adhesive tape on all four insides of the die.  Add a couple more strips of the adhesive through the middle.  Now remove the die.

Step 5:  For the Owl I used Karen Burniston’s “Poppy the Owl”, a retired set but you might find it on EBay.  The same goes of Poppy’s hat and broom which is Karen Burniston’s  1204 – Props 9 – 6 die set.

Step 6:  The Happy Birthday sentiment is Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1161 – happy birthday – 2 .  I cut once each with black card stock and gold mirror card stock.  I also added a gold mirror card stock flourish at the end of Poppy”s broom to make it more magical looking using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1034 – Flourishes & Branches

Flourishes & Branches

Step 7:  To assemble the completed card.  Take your taped together, diagonal striped rectangle and on the underside (where you added clear double sided adhesive) add a little dot of glue to one short side of this piece on every stripe.  Now turn over, and center the rectangle on the base card.  Let the glue set up a bit.  Then carefully remove the backing of the double sided adhesive on that same side.  Doing this stabilizes the rectangle so you can finish removing the rest of the tape while adhering the rest of this mat.

Step 8:  Add the rest of the elements as shown below.  (Glue the black and gold Happy Birthday sentiment together, offset slightly).  Now add Poppy the owl and his flourished broom.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off stickers in gold to add to the edges and that’s it!

Harry Potter card H2O

Thanks so much for having a look!  I appreciate your time!  Please join the fun challenge this week as this week’s challenge would make a great card for any Harry Potter fan!  Use the link below:

Crazy4Challenges – 476

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Michaels Craft Store:  Red and Gold Card Stock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro paper cutter

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Dog Biscuit Day

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

Yep, it’s National Dog Biscuit Day in the United States!  As if America doesn’t look goofy enough these days to the rest of the world…..we have national dog biscuit day!  This is   my last week to hostess for a month over at:  Crazy4Challenges  

So the challenge for this week is to put a pet on your card.  It doesn’t have to be a dog.  So this is how I made my card.

The Steps:

Step 1: I used some discontinued: Karen Burniston  dies for this card, but the link in red will take you to her online shop where she has comparable products.  I like to cut all the elements I might use for the projects first so I can audition them on my project.

I used Karen’s “Buster the Dog” , “The All Seasons Tree, Props 4 set (dog bowl, ball & dog bones), “Props 2” (party hat)  and “Outdoor Edges” grass.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” is a Elizabeth Crafts Designs die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to a 5.5″ x 7″ card.  Stencil the front of the base card with PanPastels Aqua Marine blue and Elizabeth Craft Designs: S-016 Earth and Sky

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Step: 3  Arrange from all the elements you cut in Step 1, a little scene to the front of the now stenciled card, as you like.  Here’s one more look:

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week.

 

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!

 

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

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