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

Peel Off Stickers Wreath

Fall wreath H2O

This weeks challenge over at:  Crazy4Challenges is to put a wreath on your card! I decided to make a large wreath from one of my favorite products.  Elizabeth Craft Designs has a product called: Peel Off Stickers The one I used for this card is called Elegant Leaves Sku 2525.

The Steps:

Step 1: Make all the leaves.  First make the glitter paper.  Cut a 6″x6″sq. piece of white cardstock.  Stick this square to a 6″x6″ square of clear double sided adhesive.  Carefully pull the white cardstock without touching the adhesive side.  (I use tweezers)  Now sprinkle with Elizabeth Craft Designs: Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond 

Next, polish the glitter into the cardstock by rubbing it all over with your finger.  This step is what assures that the glitter gets into all the tiny spaces and it really brings out the glow of the glitter.  Now, using tweezers, peel off the leaves and attach them to the glittery white square.  Color them with Copic Markers and fussy cut out:

Leaves on glitter

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1254 – Entwined Circles  Cut two of the largest die in this set. I used wood look cardstock.entwined.jpgAdhere them together but twist one around so the two layers don’t nest together.  As it turned out, not much of these circles show in the end, but it still gave me the perfect base for these leaves.

Step 3:  Make a base card by cutting a 12″ x 12″ green piece of cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Cut a piece of designer cardstock or paper that measures 5.75″ x 5.75″ Square. (I used piece that looks like bricks painted white.) Next Adhere the sandwiched entangled circles, centered onto the card.  Now start arranging the leaves to the circles as shown.

Step 4: I cut the boughs from green cardstock using a die set that I just saw has been discontinued.  However, any greenery die set you have would work or leave this out and just add a bow. I added a shinny green ribbon bow over the green boughs.

Step 5:  The sentiment “Fall” was cut from gold mirror cardstock using Karen Burniston’s: https://karenburniston.com/alphabet/

Alphabet

Here’s another look:

 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll join us this week!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

 

Put A Drink On It!

Drinks H2O

Drinks inside H2O (2)

According to our Hostess, Frances Byrne, it’s Beer Drinking Day!  The challenge this week is to put some kind of a drink on your card.  I made this card for my best friend, Jeanine, who is also my boss at the beauty salon I’ve worked at for the last 16yrs.  Our birthdays are 2 days apart!  She is 10yrs. younger than me however!  I just love her and we often spend our lunch hour picking up fast food and spending the hour chatting and laughing.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I made the pop up inside the card first.  I used an older die set from Karen Burniston called 780 – Garden Bench.  I like to try to use currently available products but this bench worked so well with the Art Impression’s stamp of these two ladies.  4407 – Coffee BFF’s

Step 2:  The card is a 6″x6″ square. I cut two 5.75″ x 5.75″ squares from white cardstock.  I stamped one with the tree from this stamp set I bought from:Amazon link to stamp set

Tree stamp

I have purchased several sets from this seller on Amazon.  They all have not disappointed me.  The seller is GIMITSUI.  They don’t spend on fancy packaging and the buyer benefits.  This set is priced at $6.59  They are a Prime Member store and offer free shipping and free returns!  What!  I know!  You will not want to return them.  All of the stamp sets I have purchased from them stamp very well.  Here are two more sets that I adore and have already used.

You may remember the elephant set used on another C4C Sketch Challenge:

Aug sketch Elephant H2O (2)

Then I used PanPastels to stencil the clouds and hills behind the bench.  The other 6″ square I also used PanPastels and stencils for the grass and path: Snow storm and Clouds & Mountain and Split rail Fence

Drinks inside H2O (2)

Next I trimmed them to fit behind and around the bench.  Wait to adhere these two stenciled squares until later.

Step 3: I stamped the Art Impression BFF’s stamp.  I colored them with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out.  I glued them to the front of the bench just on the back side of their legs which makes them really look like they’re sitting on that bench!  I’ve had the AI stamp for awhile and have used them a lot.  But I really believe I saw Frances use this stamp exactly like this when the Garden Bench first came out.

Step 4: Cut two 6″ squares from a sky blue cardstock for the front and back of the pop up.  Now take a scrap of white cardstock that is about 2″ x 4″ and stencil this strip to continue the hills behind the bench.  Do the same thing for under the bench.   Adhere the strip that is for behind the bench to the bottom of a blue square. (Make sure it is positioned to fill in where the bench cut out is).  Do the same thing for the piece that is attached to the path/grass layer and adhere it to what will be the back of the card.

Step 5:  I used 3 die sets for the front of the card: 1434 Calligraphic Elements – 3

1161 – happy birthday  and Coffee Charms.  I cut the “Elements” from silver mirror cardstock.  I cut coffee cup with white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  I cut the top from Velum. The happy birthday is from dark blue cardstock.  Adhere them all to the front of the card as shown:

Drinks H2O

Adhere the other blue square to the back of the card and it’s done!  I can’t wait to see what you make this week!

Other Products use:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

 

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

 

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

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