Put A Bird on it!

Pink House H2O (2)

It’s a new month with new challenges!  This week’s challenge is put a bird on it.  There’s 3 on this card!  I recently acquired Art Impression’s Holiday Mansion 4926 and HM Garden Set 5096: 4926 – Holiday Mansion   5096 – HM Garden Set

Ai Holiday House dies stamps

Both of these sets include the stamps and matching dies.  Ai also has a “Holiday” themed stamp and die set, as well as a Valentines Day set too, giving you so many different looks.

4927 – HM Accessory Set:   4927 – HM Accessory Set

4977 – HM – Valentine Set: 4977 – Valentine Set

I am nuts for this set because it looks different depending on however you color it or decorate it.  Here’s a picture of the same two sets but in a different color scheme:

Blue ai house H2O

Pink House H2O (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one I made right away and gave it to my best girlfriend.  The pink one I made for this challenge and went a little nuts with the decorating.  I do have some tips that will help you get better results with stamping and cutting these adorable stamp and die sets.

The Steps:

Step 1:  First stamp the “house” stamp on white cardstock.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut the house to be adhered to a hand made background.  Also, there is no die in the set that cuts out the outline of the house.  This is what the house dies do:

House white template

They cut out the windows and doors.  There are two shutter stamps and matching dies.  So here’s TIP #1:  If you look close at the stamped house on the right above, when I taped the dies to the stamped image and ran it through my cutting machine, I was off just a little bit.  In particular, the arch on the door.  You’ll see, at the top of the arch, I cut off part of the bottom of the stamped “porch cover”.  So the tip is to tape these dies to a strip of white cardstock in order to make a template.  This allows you to use this template to see exactly where to tape the dies.  It’s hard to see when the die is upside down on your projects because you know longer can see the blade

Tip #2:  You can stamp the house on white cardstock as well as the accessory stamps on this same layer and create a scene using only the stamps.  Or, a combination of both, like only cutting out the house dies but not the accessory stamps in the scene.  In this case you will REALLY want to use a template.

Step 2:  I stamped the “flower pot” accessory stamp a bunch of times on white cardstock.  This gives you lots of options for not only how many you’ll actually use, but what colors you like best with the rest of the scene.  Any you don’t use you save for another project!  I stamped colored and cut all the rest of the accessories once.

Step 3:  This step is optional but I think is what makes it so fun, is to have a little surprise behind the two doors that open, and also that you see through the windows.  For this I used Ai: 4745 – Talk Much Set

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I stamped this little tea scene and then cut the colored scene in pieces so I could place the table scene through the front door and the Chandelier through the top left window.

Close uo open doors

Then I put a couple of stamped, colored and cut flower pots in the other two.

Step 4: I used this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs:992 – CountryScapes – The Woods 1

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I only used the left side of the tree.  I cut the trunk from brown cardstock and the leaves from green.

The fence was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs 1134 – CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence.  As of this day they didn’t show it available now.  However, I cut two of the fences out of white cardstock.

Picket Fence die

The last thing is to cut two “grass edges” from this set that is also no longer available but is a set by Karen Burniston 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set

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From green cardstock, I cut one edge with the wavy one and one with the Grass edge.

The last step is to assemble your little scene as shown below:

Pink House H2O (2)

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I just think this set is adorable and I will be buying the other two decorator accessory sets because I can’t wait to use this set for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store: All cardstock

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

 

In Her Honor

Black and White thanks H2O final (2)

This week, after hearing about Joanne Greslak’s passing,  we decided to do a blog hop in her honor.  I decided to make a black and white “Thank you” card for all of her years of posting her cards as inspiration for the rest of us crafters.  She will be missed by many.  This card is simple and goes together quickly.  Joanne was a master of “black and white”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 6″.

Step 2:  Cut two rectangles from coordinating black and white print cardstock.  Cut one (my white and black cheveron)  2″ x 5.75″.  The small black and white polka dot measures 3.5″ x 5.75″.  Adhere the two together by laying the bigger layer over the lighter so that the result will be 5.25 x 5.75 and will leave an 1/8″ white border on all four edges.  Make a bow as shown, and leave enough length on the tails to glue to the back of this layer over where the two rectangles come together. Now adhere this layer to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  I used this set to cut the sentiment “Thanks” from this set that I have no idea who the manufacturer is.  I bought it on one of the shopping channels.  I cut it 4 times from heavy weight black cardstock.  I liked the heft of the stacked layers.  See a close up below:2018-07-23 14.20.55

BW close word

The two black dots on either side of the “thanks” is the negative pc, from the “a”.

Step 4:  Make 3 daisies with this die set from DoCrafts: I cut two of the larger of the two smallest daisies.  I cut one of the smaller of the two.  I used white cardstock for the daisy petal pcs. and black for the centers.  I made 3 daisies and adhered them to the card as shown.

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That’s It!

Here’s another quick look and thank you so much for stopping by my leg of the blog hop!

Thank you Joanne for inspiring so many of us paper crafters.  You will be missed!

Black and White thanks H2O final (2)

Crazy 4 Challenges -You are here

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Michael’s Craft Store.  Black and White printed cardstock,  ribbon.

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

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

 

Put some sand on it!

Lighthouse h2o

The challenge this week over at Crazy4Challenges is to put sand on your project.  Click on the link for the details.  This card comes together quickly.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The base card measures 5 x 7″.  So first cut a rectangle from white card stock that measures 4.75″ x 6.75″  Using the die set below, place the “Lighthouse” die at the very top of the rectangle and run through your cutting machine.  1365 – CountryScapes – Land & Sea

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I colored the light house with Copic markers and the sand area with PanPastels.

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle from white card stock that measures 4.75″ x 6.75″.  Using Elizabeth Designs stencil called S016 – Clouds and Grass, stencil some clouds on the top half of this rectangle.  I over layed the lighthouse pc. from step 1 to let me know where to stop the stenciled clouds.  Then I used Copic markers to color the ocean area.

lighthouse el2

The photo above shows a white edge on the top of the area I colored as sand.  That’s a really cool embossed edge that the die creates.  I chose not to color that edge because I thought it looked like ocean foam. I left some white areas in the ocean I colored with Copics, to look like white caps in the distance.

lighthouse elements

Step 3:  The sentiment is a stamp from a set by Elizabeth Craft Designs: CS058 – Summer Sentiments

Step 4:  The little shells are from  die set by Karen Burniston: 1038 – Tropical Scene

I cut them from white card stock and colored with PanPastels

Tropical Scene

Step 5:  The birds are a die set by Frantic Stamper called FRA-die-09921 Flying Gulls.  I cut them with white card stock and added a little black Copic Marker to the wings.

Step 6:  Adhere the lighthouse pc. to the sky pc. with Clear double sided Adhesive.  Add the shells and Gulls, and you’re done!  Here’s another look.

Lighthouse h2o

Thanks so much for stopping by and please join us this week!

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

Vellum Butterflies and Flowers

Butterfly wood h20 (2)

This week’s challenge is to put some wood or wood look to your project over at: Crazy4Challenges

I fell in love with this pink wood look paper from Michael’s Craft Store.  I have used it on several projects.  Here’s a little “keepsake” baby card I made for a friend’s granddaughter with this same paper on the front and inside.

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Here’s the steps to how I made the card for this week’s challenge.

The Steps:

Step 1: The card measures 5.25″ x 7.25″.  So score an 11 x 8.5″ piece of white card stock at 5.5″.  Fold for a “book fold” and trim to the finished size.  Cut a pc. of designer paper that measures 5 x 7″ and adhere to the front of the card.  Using the largest die from the set below, cut an oval from pink card stock.  Adhere this oval to the front of the card (centered). 1113 – Stitched Ovals

Stitched Ovals

Step 2:  I love the look of using Vellum with dies that have a silhouette pc. and an overlay pc.  I think it gives them a sort of ethereal look.  Plus, vellum comes in several colors, like pink, yellow and pastel blue and lavender.  I used white  and these two die sets.  I cut 3 of the overlay (fancy one) and body pc. from white card stock.  I cut 3 of the silhouette with the vellum.  Then adhere the fancy winged layers to the vellum layers.

1072 – Small Butterfly

Small Butterfly

Step 3:  I used a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs that apparently has been retired.  But it was called 901 – Daisy.  I’m glad I got one because I love this set.  But it is an older one.  I cut 3 daisy silhouettes from vellum, 3 overlays and leaves from white card stock and the flower centers from pink card stock that I used for the oval.

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Step 4:  Using the die set below, I cut one bucket piece and 2 handle pieces from white card stock.  I colored the bucket piece and 1 handle piece with PanPastel Silver Metallic.  The other handle piece I colored only the beaded area with a Copic Marker and then cut the part away from the rest of the handle.  Then I glued this piece to the silver handle pc.

Garden Notes - Galvanized Bucket

Step 5:  The sentiment is this die cut once with dark brown card stock and once from a little darker pink card stock then the oval.  Glue the pink over the brown, slightly offset.

1288 – Thanks

Thanks

Step 6:  Now just arrange all the above elements how you like them.  Here’s another quick look at this card:

Butterfly wood h20 (2)

Thanks to YOU for stopping by for a look and here again is the link to the challenge.  This one is fun because you can really make anything, with any theme, as long as you throw a little wood on it!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  Card stock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

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:

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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 Unconditional Love…

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

It’s sketch week!

I usually like to show the sketch but for some reason I was unable to cut and paste.  However, here is the link to the blog:  Crazy4Challenges

My granddaughter runs a kitten rescue called “The Kitten Stage”, so I made this in honor of what she does.

The Steps:

Step 1:  To make the “two triangles” base, I used a double sided card stock from LawnFawn.

Step 2:  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1116 – Stitched Circles.

Stitched Circles

Using white card stock, cut two circles using the second to the smallest die in the set above.  I then created the front sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the third to the smallest in the same set.

Step 3:  I used these two die sets from Frantic Stamper for the little dog and cat.  I cut them from white card stock and colored them a bit with Copic Markers.  Then I adhered them to the two smallest circles.

Frantic Stamper dies

Step 4:  The card measures 5.5″ x 5.5″.  So score a 11″ x 8.5″ at 5.5″.  (First, create the inside sentiment on your computer and print out on white card stock for the base) Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.  This is the step that using a double sided card stock is great.  I just cut a 5.5″ square and cut it in half on the diagonal.  Then I just flipped one to the other side for a perfect two triangle base.  Adhere the two triangles to the white base card and add the 3 circles as shown.  I added a bakers twine bow.

That’s It! Here’s one more look:

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

Thanks so much for taking a look.  This is an easy sketch, so jump in there and show us what you got!  Here’s the link:  Crazy4Challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C Challenge….Put flowers on it!

Butterfly bunny h2o

This week, because Sunday is Mother’s Day, the challenge is to put flowers on it.  I make my design team cards ahead of time and was still making Easter cards.  So my card is an Easter theme.

A couple of weeks ago I used one of Spellbinders 3D embossing folders.  This one is called “Oval Accent”.  As I said before, these folders really deep emboss and there are areas that are embossed deeper then other areas.  Plus, they are huge, measuring 5″ x 7″.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I used AI Holiday Stamp 1-779 to stamp the bunny on white cardstock and used black Archival ink.  I colored her up with Copic Markers.

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Step 2:  I had one of those “angels should be singing” moments when I searched for an oval die to cut the now colored up bunny.  Spellbinders Nestabilities “Classic Ovals Large” was one of the first die sets I ever purchased.  The largest die in that set was exactly the same size as the oval in the embossing folder.  That changed what I thought I was going to do……adhere the oval cut bunny stamp to the embossing folder.  INSTEAD….. I cut the oval out of the embossing folder and the bunny with the same oval.  Here’s how:

First:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″.  Trim to 5 x 7″.  Cut a rectangle from white card stock that also measures 5 x 7″.  Put this rectangle into the embossing folder and run through your machine.

Second: Temporally tape the embossed rectangle to the opened front of the base card.  Using the largest die in step 2, use temporary tape or “post it’s” to secure the die over the oval in the embossed oval layer.  It’s a perfect fit!   Now remove the embossed layer.  I used brown PanPastel over the embossing to bring it out.

Step 3:  Using the same large oval die, cut out the stamped and colored bunny.  I also used Spellbinders Classic Scalloped Ovals Large to cut a large pink scalloped layer.  Adhere the stamped bunny layer to the pick scalloped layer (don’t attach to card yet).

Step 4:  Cut, color and shape all the pieces to create The Cherry Blossom from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1006 – Susan’s Garden – Cherry Blossom https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/susans-garden-cherry-blossom-1006

Susan's Garden - Cherry Blossom

Here is Susan Tierney Cockburn’s assembly video for this set:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3SMXOVcGN8Q&list=PLCP2iiaN5icAagDS5tBwmkcxr4Lnzq4AQ&i

As Susan suggests in the video, I assembled the “Cherry Blossom” branch right to the embossed front of the card.

Step 5:  Cut out the words “Happy Easter” from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Die Set Words 3 Happy Holidays

https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/die-set-words-3-happy-holidays

I cut them from a left over pc. of card stock that I had painted with water colors in vertical about 1/2″ stripes.  Adhere them as shown below after Step 6.

Step 6:  Place the oval stack inside the card and position it so that the stamped oval will be exactly where the cut oval is on the front of the card.  Here is a picture of the inside of this card:

After I got the oval stack adhered in place, I masked off the stack and used the grass stamp below from The Stamps of Life Stamps and Dies called Eggs4Easterhttps://www.thestampsoflife.com/shop/eggs4Easter.html

eggs4Easter

Step 7:  Using the die set below from Elizabeth Craft Designs, I cut 3 butterfly silhouette pieces from the same water colored paper I made that I used for the happy easter sentiment.  Then glued them to the front as shown starting with the one glued to cherry blossom branch.  I also added to all 4 sides of the embossed layer to finish the raw edges with Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Small Butterfly

I also added to all 4 sides of the embossed layer, ropes, also colored with brown PanPastel to finish the raw edges with Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1    I used the straight one and it took 6 of them.

https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/ropes-1-1125

Ropes 1

Here’s another quick look the card:

 

OK, yes, this one takes some time. but I think it’s worth it.  I hope you’ll join us this week!  You could even make a Mother’s Day card.  Just remember to add a few flowers.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

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