Hello Spring!

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I spent the weekend potting up some flowers for my backyard patio.  The birds were singing their hearts out! It reminded me of two adorable die sets from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs:  The first one is:  1250 – Birdhouse

This set is so cute and comes with a pc. that makes snow for on top of the roof.  I cut the roof and stand from brown cardstock, the house from blue, and the “lines” pc.,  and extra “heart” pc. twice, from white.  Color one of the white hearts yellow with Copic Y08.

The second one is the coordinated set:  1249 – Birds

                                                                         

I cut all the pcs. in this set from white cardstock and colored them with PanPastels Burnt Umber and colored the tiny eye circles with Black Copic Marker.  The birds feet were also colored with Copic Y08  Put a foam dot behind the birds head centered over the eye holes but don’t remove the protective paper back yet.  The birds bundled up for winter with the snow on the roof of the birdhouse makes an adorable winter card.

Next cut two ovals.  Cut one blue oval from the largest die in this set by Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Cut a white oval from the largest die in this set from:

                                        Elizabeth Craft Designs:   1113 – Stiched Ovals

                      

The next step is to color a back ground on the white oval.  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil called “Clouds and Grass“, I stenciled Clouds using PanPastel’s  Ultra Marine Blue and Dairylide Yellow.  I placed the assembled birds where they would be glued down to know where to stop the clouds and stencil the grass.

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I made a stencil for the grass that matched the grass dies I used.  I adhered double sided adhesive to cardstock and cut out this die: Elizabeth Craft Designs 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set  This is a way to get more from your dies.  As you can see from the picture below, you use the negative pc. for the stencil.

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Assemble the birdhouse but don’t insert the yellow heart yet.  Put a little pc. of paper behind the heart space.  Put a drop of glue into the heart space and then the yellow heart.  Put a large foam dot behind the house.   Color the tiny eyes with Black Copic Marker.  Color the grass pcs. with green Copic Marker.

The picture above shows the bottom third of the white oval where I first stenciled the grass and then added PanPastel Burnt Umber here and there amongst the grass.  The two little grass pcs. are from a die set that has just recently been discontinued.  The DiesRUs Store carries a lot of little grass die choices for this step.

The blue corner pieces were cut from this die set from: Impression Obsession Brick House

The finished card measures 5.5 x 7″.  Make a base card by scoring a piece of 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold at the score line for a book fold card.  Cut a background mat from blue gingham cardstock that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of the white base card.

Assemble the Oval focal point.  Adhere the birdhouse to the stenciled white oval but leave the one slanted brace on the right side loose to slip a pc. of grass under it then glue down.  The house it’s self will be adhered by now removing the back of the foam dot.  Now adhere this completed oval to the blue scalloped one and adhere this stack to the front of the card as pictured.  Glue the little blue corner pcs. to the corners of the gingham mat.  I added a “Hello” sentiment I had in my stash but this project could be for almost any occasion.  The little hearts are from the birdhouse die set.

That’s It

Thanks for taking a look at the tutorial and don’t forget to stop by daily at the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog.  We love to see what YOU make for the challenge blog!

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Dies R Us Store: DiesRUs Store Home Page

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Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White soft finish cardstock 8.5 x 11″, Clear Double Side Adhesive.  Retired Karen Burniston’s Garden Bench Pop Up (grass pcs.)

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Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

C4C 437 Go Barefoot Day!

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Actually, Go Barefoot Day was yesterday, so the challenge over at Crazy4Challenges this week is to put something on your card that is barefoot.  I am a big fan of Conie Fong’s Digital Stamps.  This cutie is called “Puppy Love“.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color this adorable image.  I colored her with Copic Markers.  Then cut out the colored image with the second to the largest die from this set Elizabeth Craft Designs 1118 Stitched Squares:

Step 2: Cut a scallop mat with the largest die from this set out of a coordinated color cardstock: Elizabeth Craft Designs 1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares

Adhere the image layer to this scallop layer with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 3:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ along the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Cut a background mat out of a coordinated print cardstock that is a 5.75″ square and adhere it centered over the base card.  Adhere the image sandwich, centered, to the card.

Step 4:  Add a sentiment and a few hearts and it”s done!  The 3 little hearts I used in the left lower corner were just leftovers from other projects.  The “Hugs” sentiment is from:

   Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1269 Love Sentiments

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us and take the challenge.  We love seeing what you make.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock True Green 12 x 12″,  Clear double sided Adhesive

Beacons Kids choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Pretty Spring Bouquet of Tulips

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Good Morning Crafters!  For this project for the DiesRUsBlog I wanted to make a “almost any occasion” card.  I love the realistic look of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s GardenNotes dies.  Over at DiesRUs they carry a huge collection.

For this project I chose  Elizabeth Craft Designs 1269 Garden Notes Tulip 2 for the star of this card.

There is a YouTube video showing how to create these cute tulips: Tulip assembly video

I cut enough of the petal pcs. white cardstock to make six tulips.  Then with Copic Marker I “flick” colored from the bottom up to look like the real tulips that are sort of striped.  Cut the pcs. for the stem and leaves from green cardstock and inked the edges with a darker green.  I didn’t adhere them to the project as in the video but instead made each tulip and stuck them in a bud vase filled with toothpicks until I had all the other elements cut and colored’:

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 I also used: 1297 – Garden Notes Ivy Vine    I cut both of the pcs. in this die set with white cardstock and then with a Copic  Marker I colored green but left white areas to mimic variegated ivy.

To tuck into the bouquet, I used: ECD 1425 – Garden Notes – Maidenhair Fern

The Mats are as follows:  The white was cut out of white cardstock using the largest die from this set: ECD 1173 – Dotted Scallop Circles

The pink mat was cut with pink cardstock with the second largest die from this set:

ECD 1113 – Stitched Ovals

The next element you’ll need is to cut the Tea Cup out of white cardstock from ECD 1375 – Garden Notes – Victorian Tea Cup & Saucer

This die also embosses the cup to show the rim and the curved stripe on the bottom that I colored pink with a Copic Marker.  I stamped the pink flowers on the cup with a stick stamp.

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These stick stamps are fun and are from a company called: Stamps by Judith  Visit the site for all kinds of ideas and tutorials using these fun stamp sticks.

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The “Hugs” sentiment was cut with white cardstock from this set: 1269 – Love Sentiments

To assemble the card:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock. Fold to make a book fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Cut a rectangle from a designer paper that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the base card centered.

Adhere the pink oval to the white oval, then center this oval sandwich to the card.

Next, make a slightly barrel shape to the cup with your thumbs and put two foam dots down the center of the “tea cup” (top to bottom):

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Apply glue to the very bottom underside edge of the cup and place it 1/2″ above the lower edge of the pink oval as shown. Don’t remove the backing paper from the dots yet.  Next, play with the tulips and fern until you like it.  Then glue the stems in place.  Next, remove the backs off the foam dots and apply glue to the underside of the cup handle and all around the cup edges and the back lip of the cup.  As you lift the cup back into place, gently push the sides in so that it accommodates the lift in the middle.

Next, add the “ivy” pcs. where you like them and the word “Hugs” as shown.  Here’s one more look at the card in a shadow box frame:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you will check in with the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog  to see what the rest of the team has made for daily inspiration!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C 436 Graduation theme!

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Here’s a pic of the inside:

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I have two grandchildren who are in college but the first to graduate won’t be until Dec. and the other is 2 yrs. away.   They are both doing very well but one loves to study and write essays and the other does not.  She’s more of a computer and gamer wizard!  So I made this card to send to the latter for encouragement.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The Grad Hat is a Silhouette file.  But there are many dies out there that would also work great.

Step 2:  Create the sentiment on your computer, print on white cardstock and cut out

with Elizabeth Craft Designs  1116 – Stitched Circles

 

Out of yellow cardstock cut a circle using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles– .

Adhere the white sentiment circle on top of the yellow one.

Step 3:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over to make a tent fold card.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1168 – Bead Strings !, cut the diamond shaped string twice with gold mirror cardstock. Note: I first adhered a 2″ x 6″ strip of the mirror cardstock to Clear Double Sided Adhesive before I die cut.  Also, cut the strip in half to end up with two strips that are 1 x 6″ strips.  Always cut away and mirror cardstock  that is more than you need to cut the die with.  If you don’t the rest of the cardstock will be embossed with all the scratches on the cutting plate and no longer useable.

Step 5:  Assemble the card by adhering the bead strings at 1″ from both the bottom and folded edge.  The add the cap and sentiment.

That’s it! 

As always, I really appreciate you hopping over here.  I’d love to have you comment and follow.  I love answering any questions you have about card making!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White 12 x 12″ Soft Finished Cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 2″, Suzanne Cannon “Believe” Die.

 

 

 

C4C – 435 Sketch Week!

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My DT card for this challenge is an homage to Romeo and Juliet!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make two of  Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Rose  There is an Assembly Video from the designer Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Step 2:  Make a base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″  black cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over and trim to 5.5x 7″.  Cut a pc. of designer paper 3.5 x 7″ and adhere to the black base card using double sided adhesive as shown.

Step 3:  On your computer create the two sentiments.  Print on cream card stock and cut to 1″ x 3″. Distress the edges with Black Pan Pastel. Then I hand cut the fishtail.  You could also use fishtail dies.

Step 4:  Add the assembled roses and sentiments as shown.

That’s It!

I really appreciate the time you took to take a look.

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose 1

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Black 12 x 12 Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Double Sided Adhesive,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s  Tool Kit (flower shaping tools)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

JoAnn Fabrics and Craft:  “I love you” designer paper

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C4C – 434 Train Day!

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Yep, today is apparently Train Day!  So the challenge today is to put a train on it!  Now there probably is a die set of a train somewhere, but I haven’t seen it.  So I went for another digital stamp.  I found this cute circus train on Etsy from an artist’s shop called Pretty Grafik.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color up the image:

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Step 2:  Using a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Earth and Sky:

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Stencil clouds on the upper half with PanPastel’s 520.5 Ultramarine Blue.  Using a small sponge dauber and Panpastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and a little 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.

Step 3:  Using the die set below cut all  pcs. with white cardstock and color with Copic markers or cut with green cardstock.

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Step 4:  Cut the words Happy Birthday  with green cardstock.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over for a top fold card and trim to a 5.75″ square.  Adhere the finished scene pc. onto the card base.

Step 6:  The inside balloons were made with this die set Lollypop:

                                              

The strings for the balloons came from a set that has since been discontinued.  You could use a pc. of real string or yarn and glue in place.

The sentiment inside “Make it as fun as train full of circus animals!” was created on my computer and printed on yellow cardstock and cut with the 2nd largest die from this set:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable and I appreciate it!

If your interested in purchasing some of the products used,  click on the blue words and it will take you right to the store.  I receive no commission of any kind.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″ white, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Mother’s Day Card

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I just love the floral dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn For Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I’m not going to mislead you.  They all take some time to make but worth the effort!  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video.  I recommend you watch the videos before you attempt to make most of her floral die sets.  It’s not always obvious how to put them together and it will save so much frustration!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces out from the 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2 die set and assemble the lilac.

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I cut both petal pc. dies from a dark lavender cardstock about 6 or 7 times because I like a full lilac.  If I don’t use them all I put the leftovers into the die set envelope so I don’t have to cut as many times the next time I make it.  I cut the leaves from green cardstock and distressed the edges and the center vein with a little purple ink.

Step 2:  I used Susan’s 1375 Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer to put the lilac in:

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Cut the teacup and saucer pcs.  I had tried a technique I learned from one of Els Van de Burg’s Technique Friday videos to put several different colors of ink on a craft mat and then spray water on it.  You then take cardstock and start picking up color as you turn the cardstock.  I used pretty intense colors because I wanted to stamp over it with a large background stamp in white.  It didn’t work out for what I wanted to do but it made an interesting paper for this tea cup set.  I wish I had taken a pic of the paper before I cut it out but didn’t.  Here’s a pic of the rest of the paper after I cut it out.  I cut the saucer from another lavender cardstock.

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Step 3:  Using the 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares, cut once with white cardstock and again with purple cardstock.  You will use the largest white frame and the second to the largest in purple.

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Step 4:  Cut a 4.75″ square from light lavender cardstock.  Cut a 5.75 square from color coordinated cardstock.  I chose a lavender polka dot cardstock from ModaScrap – “Thinking about Polinesia” also available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting an 12 x 12″ piece of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over.

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Step 6:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the lavender ModaScrap square to the base card.  Adhere the 4.75″ lavender sq. centered next.  Then adhere the white curvy square over the lavender one. (it also measures 4.75″)  Next adhere the purple curvy sq. inside the white one matching up the curves.

Step 7:  Adhere the saucer, teacup, lilac and leaves as shown.

Step: 8:  Using this die from Die-Versions cut mom from purple cardstock.

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Cut a little tag from this set from white cardstock and ink the edges with lavender ink:

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Adhere the “Mom” to the little tag.  Cut a little pc. of Bakers Twine and attach the tag to the handle of the tea cup.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

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Beacons Kid Choice Glue

 

You’re so sweet!

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Today I’m sharing a card over at the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog.  I created it for a thank you card.  So let’s make this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1063 – Fitted Frames 3 – Curvy Rectangles: 

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Cut this die once from white cardstock.  You will use the 3 largest frames.  Save the little circles from 3rd largest frame and color yellow with Copic Y08.  Color the second to the largest frame black.  I used Copic marker 100 Black.

Step 2:  Using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1149 – Strawberries  Cut the leaves from green cardstock.  Cut the silhouette piece from yellow cardstock.  Cut the overlay pc. from white cardstock and color with red ink and a foam dauber or cut from red cardstock.  I colored with Hampton Art red ink.

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Step 3:  Make a base card that measures 5 x 6.25″.  I used this paper pack from Joann’s Fabric and Crafts Store:

Score at 5.5″ on the long side and fold over.   This card is a top fold card.  Trim to 5.5 x 6″.

Step 4:  Cut a pc. of black cardstock in a rectangle that measures 4 x 5.25″.  Out of the same patterned cardstock cut a rectangle that measures 4.25 x 3″.

Step 5:  Adhere the black rectangle to the base card centering it.   You will have 1/2″ margin on all 4 sides.  Adhere the large white frame on top of the black rectangle.  Next adhere the black frame inside of the large white frame matching up the curves.

Step 6:  Adhere the last frame to the 4.25 x 3″ patterned rectangle.  Glue the yellow circles back into the white frame.

Step 7:  Assemble the strawberries and adhere to the center of the card.  I added the little white flowers from this die set 1181 – Pinwheel:

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 Step 8:  Create the sentiment on your computer and cut out with the second to the smallest die from this set and add to the card as shown:

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Here’s another look at the finished card:

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            That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I hope you’ll try this card.  It’s quick and easy and could be used for many occasions.  Just change the sentiment!  And please check out the Dies R Us blog here:  Dies R Us Blog

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

Super Hero Week!

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I had my 12 yr. old grandson with me Sunday.  His birthday is in June.  After watching him do tricks on his dirt bike and skateboard I thought I would make him a picture to hang on his wall that would encourage him to make the best of everyday!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I had purchased two digital stamps from Kenny K Stamps.  The background is called “City Scapes” and the other is called “Super Hero”  Unfortunately Kenny K. has since closed his on line store and moved to drawing images for the big leagues now.  I sized, printed and colored the two digital images.  Then I fussy cut the “super hero”.

Step 2.  Make a frame using the below die set using a star cardstock purchased at Joanne Crafts.  Any star cardstock would work:

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This die is called Happy Frame by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Cut the single pc. die from the Happy Frame four times for the 4 sides of the frame.

Step 3: Assemble the frame:  Assembly video

Step 4:  Adhere the assembled frame on top of the City Scape.

Step 5.  I added some clouds, a sun, and the sentiment.  Add the “Super Hero” as shown.

That’s it!

                  Thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’ll take the challenge.  We would love to see what you make!

 

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: “Sun” 1109 – Oval Pull Card,  Clouds: 781 – All Seasons Tree

Beacon’s Kid Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus