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

Use your scraps Challenge

Ladybug scraps h2o

This week’s challenge is an opportunity to use your scraps!  I realized that this was just what I needed to remind me to do this more often.  I usually cut out more dies then the project calls for, or different colors since I’m not sure yet.  I store these “extras” in little self seal bags.

Scraps

I had 4 “ladybugs” in one of these bags.  I also was glad I saved these strips leftover from the “Harry Potter” challenge. I used two of the red ones and spaced them far enough  apart to accommodate the  Lady Bugs and Leafy branches.  I used two of the leafy branches to fill the space between them and put the ladybugs on foam dots.

Cuts

The only thing I cut new for this card is the “leafy branch” and “Hugs” from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

The sentiment and little hearts are from a stamp set from Stamps of Life.   The card measures 5.25″ x 7″.

That’s it!  Who knew you could put together a cute card in about 30 minutes!  Yay!

Ladybug scraps h2o

As always, thank you for taking a look and please try this challenge.  It was really fun and you will discover in your stash, things you forgot you saved!

 

Easter Blessings

Easter Cross h2o

This week’s challenge is “Back to Metallic or Foiling”

Since we usually work ahead on the challenges, I was still making Easter cards.  So when this publishes it will be the Sat. after Easter and so will next Saturday’s card be Easter themed!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I love Spellbinders 3D Embossing Folders.  As you can see, the embossing is lighter in the areas that look like the background for the Lily Arch.  The Arch is really emphasized embossing.  Plus they’re huge!  The embossed area measures 5 x 7″!  From white card stock, cut a rectangle that measures 5.25″ x 7.25″.  Insert into folder and run through your machine.  I then used Black PanPastel to emphasize the embossing.

Spellbinder folder

Step 2: Using the below die set cut two of the overlay die with white card stock adhere to two together so it is double layered.  I then used clear Wink of Stella over the butterfly to give it a little shine.  Next, adhere it only at the body as shown to the embossed layer.  Bend the wings up and add 3 self adhesive silver pearls down the body.   1072 – Small Butterfly

Small Butterfly

Step 3:  Using Spellbinders Crosses, cut a cross with silver mirror card stock.  I love this die because it also embosses at the same time!  Adhere the now silver embossed cross to the embossed layer as shown by putting a foam dot on all 4 ends of the cross.

Spellbinders Cross

 

Easter Cross h2o

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold over as a book fold.  Trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.25 x 7.25″ from black card stock.  Adhere to the base card leaving an 1/8″ on all sides.  Trim your finished embossed layer to 5″ x 7″ and adhere to the black layer.  That’s it!  Four easy steps!  Thanks so much for taking a look!

                          Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s Craft Store: Black and white card stock, silver pearls

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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