An Eclipsed “Thanks”

Eclipse H2O

Eclipse close H2O

I’ve been wanting to make one these “Eclipse” cards since they started trending a while ago.  But didn’t have a word set that was bold enough for it.  But recently I bought Karen Burniston’s : 1053 – Alphabet

Alphabet

I like this set because each letter is an individual die.  Also, they are a nice size coming in  at just a tad under once inch.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Stamp an image on a piece of white cardstock.  I chose this one from Hero Arts:

Hero Arts stamp

I used 3 colors of ink.  First purple, then blended in the blue then a pinky lavender.  Then I placed the letters that spell “THANKS’, blade down where I wanted them to end up.  By the way, it looks as if I spaced the dies out, but actually all the 6 dies touched each other side by side.  Now run this through your cutting machine.  Save the letters that were cut out.

Step 2:   Adhere the remainder of the stamped piece to a same size rectangle of the pinky lavender cardstock.  This makes it more stable to add the letters back into it.  Now cut all the letters out of the same pinky lavender cardstock 4 times.  Glue all 4 of the layers together for each letter.  Then glue the letters you cut out of the stamped image on top of the 4 pink stacked layers letters, but offset this layer just a smidge.  Now glue each stacked letter back into the card.  I know, what?  But look at it again in the picture and the above makes sense!  Hopefully!

Eclipse close H2O

Step 3: THE LAST STEP!  Make two more matts that coordinate with the ink colors you chose.  Score an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock at 5.5″ on the 11″ side.  Fold over and trim to the size you need for your project.  Now assemble the card.

Thanks so very much for taking a look.  If you haven’t tried this technique before I hope you’ll give it a try!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

C4C – Fall Themed Challenge

Fall Liz fix logo

My youngest daughter’s birthday is in October.  I have never made her a card that represented her month of the year.  So this weeks challenge theme gave me an opportunity to do just that.

 The Steps:

First cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″  then using the stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: S016 – Earth and Sky  stencil clouds on the upper third of this rectangle.  The picture shows me using this stencil on a different project.  I forgot to take a picture of this one.

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

2018-05-23 13.26.28Next, using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1366 – CountryScapes – Land & Sea

2018-03-19 12.18.29and the edge die that has the barn and trees, tape it to the top of a 2nd piece of white cardstock that measures 6.75′ x 5.25″.  Color the barn and trees and the top edges with Copic Markers.  Then I used PanPastels to color the rest of this layer.  Adhere this layer to the stenciled clouds layer, matching up the two bottom corners.

Next, die cut all the elements from these die sets:

CountryScapes - Build a Scarecrow

Cut all the pcs. that make up the scarecrow, and the bale of hay pc.  I didn’t use the pumpkins from this set.

Instead, I used the pumpkins from this set that I just discovered may be no longer available.

Corn stock Flora 4I cut the stalks out twice, the pumpkins several times to have enough and 3 times for the  sunflower pcs.  I also cut the vine pc. twice.  All these pcs. were cut with white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

The last die set was also from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1084 – CountryScapes – New England Stone Wall & Gate

 CountryScapes - New England Stonewall & Gate 3 piece set

Cut the little fence piece twice.  The last element is the “happy birthday” sign.  I stamped the sentiment on another pc. of wood grain cardstock and glued it to a leftover pc. that looked like a stake to me.

Now adhere all the cute little elements to make your “October” fall scene and adhere to a side fold base that measures 5.5 ” x 7″ Here’s another look:

Fall Liz fix logo

Fall Liz close

That’s it!

Thanks again for spending some precious time over here!  I hope you’ll take this week’s challenge and I’ll see you in October when I will host the blog and have a special guest designer planned.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock Dove Gray 12′ x 12″ (base card), Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Holiday Front Door

Xmas door logo

Yes, I’m still making Christmas Cards!  If I don’t get started in September, I don’t have enough for what I like to send out.  Since my friends know I make greeting cards, they expect a handmade card.  Once the season is here there is too much to do to be in the craft room.  So here’s how I made this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the elements for your little holiday door scene.  Cut one door from a light brown cardstock using: 1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door

Step 2:  Cut all 5 pcs. from green cardstock with the: 755 – 5 Part Pine

Add glitter dots to all the points of the 5 parts of the tree: Red/gold Glitter Dots

 

The little gold star for the top of the tree was in my stash.

Step 3:  Cut the tiny wreath and tiny leaves from green cardstock and berries from red. : 1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

I used some dies from a few more die sets: 1010 – CountryScapes -Backyard 2  I die cut the mailbox from this set:

I cut the Holly Boarder out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers for  the top of the card from this set: 925 – Holly Border

I stamped the curtains from a tiny little green plaid cardstock and cut them out with this set: 4749 – Window Deco Die

I cut the little bow for the door wreath from: 1460 – Spring Basket

The little grass pc. below the mail box is from a discontinued die set.

The last die cut is the “Happy Holidays” sentiment from: 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays

Once you’ve cut, colored and assembled all the little elements for the door scene it’s time to assemble the card.  Score a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ red cardstock at 5.5 “, fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5 ‘ x 7”.

Cut a white rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″ and adhere to the red base.  Cut a pc. of “brick” designer paper that measures 5″ x 6.5″ and adhere to the white layer.

Now add all your assembled elements as shown.  Here’s another look:

Xmas door logo

That’s it!

Thank for taking the time to look at this project.  I love to get comments and read every one!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – A Birthday card with Numbers

C4C numbers front logo

C4C numbers open

Everyone who knows me, knows I love interactive cards.  For this card I chose Karen Burniston’s 1042 – 1042 – Spinner Square Pop Up

 Spinner Square Pop-up

This die set is so versatile.  It can be used for almost any theme you want.  I always recommend that you watch Karen’s: Spinner Square Pop Up assembly video  It will really help you make the “spinner mechanism” work properly the very first time.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I chose a digital designer paper from a shop on Etsy called “The Digi Rainbow” that’s called 100 Number Digital Papers.  Yes, there are 100 different colors of this same paper that’s included in the Sale price of $1.40 for all of the colors!  What?  I used this blue one for the front, the inside left, and the back of the card.

Step 2:  I stenciled some clouds on the right inside as well as some die cut clouds from a set that has been discontinued.

Step 3:  I stamped and colored with Copic Markers this stamp from Art Impressions:

Art Impressions

Once colored, I fussy cut the “couple flying in the plane” to spin up on the square when the card is opened.

Step 4:  On my computer I created the two sentiments that is a quote from Abraham Lincoln! (“It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years”)

Step 5:  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front is: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s it!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10 mm

Michael’s: Light Blue Cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

Christmas Candles

DRU Candles LOGO

Good Morning my paper crafting friends.  I’m still working on my Christmas cards so here is one I made using these two die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

1226 – Garden Notes Small Poinsettia  

Poinsettia die

919 – Candle

Candle die

Cut the dies in the “small Poinsettia”  to make 3 flowers.  I cut the base pc. 3 times, and all the leaf pcs. 9 times from white cardstock and 4 times from green cardstock.  Here is Susan Tierney Cockburn’s :Poinsettia Assembly Video    I cut, shaped and assembled all 3 poinsettia on their base pc., to place into the end arrangement when I assembled the finished card.

Next cut two of the candle die from white cardstock but cut the “candle drip” pc. from white cardstock that has been adhered to Double Sided Adhesive.  Remove the protective back from the drip pcs.  and sprinkle 640 – Warm Diamond Microfine Glitter over the sticky side and polish in with your finger.  Remember to apply the double sided adhesive to the right side of the cardstock and the die pc. blade down over the adhesive.  Cut two flame pcs. from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.  Cut the pine 4 or 5 times from green cardstock.

I bought this Christmas cardstock pack yrs. ago from Joanne’s Craft Store and it’s probably no longer available,  but any holiday paper/cardstock would be great.  I loved this one because the ornaments all have subtle red glitter areas on them,  which made this glitter drip from the candles really work or make sense.

Candles close

The cardstock I chose for the base card is one from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Soft Finish Cardstock in “Dove Gray” because in the close up above, you can see it is pretty much an exact match to the gray in the designer paper, and, I love that is white on the other side which makes a blank slate for stamping a sentiment or anything on the inside.  It is 12 x 12″ 100lb. paper which makes a great base card weight.

The finished card measures 5.5 x 7″ so create a base card by scoring either a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side or as I did in this case, score a 12 x 12″ at 6″.  Either way, fold over for a book fold card and trim to the finished size.  Cut, from a holiday print cardstock, a mat that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of the base card.

Now with a nested oval set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1113 – Stitched Ovals take the second and the third largest die and tape them nested together.

Oval dies

 

Ovals taped

As in the photo above place the taped together ovals on a pc. of the same cardstock used for the base and run through your die cutting machine.  Now separate the ovals and using the smaller of the two, cut an oval from silver mirror cardstock.

Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays cut two of each word from the same cardstock you choose for the base card and adhere the two layers together.

Happy Holidays

Now the fun.  Assemble the card by first centering the oval frame you cut by using 2 dies and put the silver mirror stock oval inside the oval frame and place the candles as shown.  Once you like where it is, then place the 3 poinsettias as shown.  Glue everything down including the pine boughs, green leaves and the double layer sentiment.  Here’s another quick look at the card:

DRU Candles LOGO

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 452 Sketch Week!

Frog pull card front

C4C452Sketch

Frog pull card open logo

I have an adorable granddaughter who is a September girl like me!  She’s is in high school now and is too grown-up to want kiddie cards but still likes interactive cards.

Here’s how I made this card:

I used a now retired die set from Karen Burniston when she was still with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card.  It comes with a die that creates a spiral that extends when the card is opened. As most of Karen’s interactive dies sets, this one could be for any theme.  This die set looked as if it was made for this month’s sketch to me:

Spiral Circle pull die

The basket and all the flowers were made with this set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs called: 1460 – Spring Basket

Spring basket die

Let’s just say I cut a lot of flowers.  I used pink, yellow and white cardstock and cut each flower with two layers of petals.  The flower center circle was cut with an olive green cardstock.  The bow from this set was cut with the same cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: Thinking About Grand Canyon that I used for the pull card.  I cut the basket from white cardstock and colored it with PanPastels.

The leafy branches was with Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1033 – Leafy Branch I cut about 6 branches and cut into pieces that worked for the basket of flowers.

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The frog was made with die set also expired from Karen Burniston called 909 – Hoppy the Frog:

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I cut two little circles out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles  I cut them using the 3rd to the smallest die in this set for under the frog and for the sentiment when you open the card.  I stamped the sentiment “Enjoy your day” from a retired Karen Burniston little stamp set called Just a Note on one of the circles for the inside sentiment.

The outside sentiment “Happy Birthday” is from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s It!

Thank you for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us this week and make your version of this sketch.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive tape 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 451 Thank You Challenge

Thank you tag front logo

Thank you tag open logo desk

A very belated thank you card!

This week we are challenged to make a “thank you” card.  I made one a couple of weeks ago for my best friend, my partner, at the beauty salon from this same die set.  This one is for someone I have never met.  He is the son in law of one of my weekly 92yrs. young, salon customers.  HE LOVES TO BAKE!  Every week he brings a batch of something he has baked to his mother in law!  (mostly cookies)  Every week, she brings me and my partner at the salon, each, a zip baggie with 2 cookies in them.  We always assumed she was just sharing what he gave her.  When I thanked her this week for sharing what her son in law makes for her she said, “Did I give you the impression that I am sharing my cookies with you?  He sends these every week specifically packaged for the two of you for your 15 yrs. of making the women of the WW2 generation still feel beautiful!”  WOW!

There really are angels walking among us!  He’s been doing this for years and we never knew!  So this is the “THANK YOU!” card that this man should have gotten a long time ago, but finally will.

The Steps:

Step 1: Using Karen Burniston’s: 1023 – Tag Book Pop Up 

Tag Book Pop-upDepending upon the theme you’re going for with this set, choose the designer cardstock you will use for the large die pc.  I recommend a double sided cardstock.  The one I chose is black and white (for a man).  It had black and white stripes on one side and white hearts on a black background on the other.  I chose the stripes for the outside and the hearts for the inside.

Click on the product link and it will take you, not only to the product, but also the assembly video.  I recommend that you watch the video to not only know how to assemble this pop up, but also to help you choose papers/cardstock for your project.  This set has 17 dies in it!  All the little circle frames, and everything on this project except the “Baker” themed dies are from this set.

Step 2:  The cute little “baker” themed inside décor pcs. are from these two die sets:

1277 – Kitchen Tools

The other one is an older and discontinued Karen Burniston die set called:

1100 – Props 8-7 die set:

1100 props

All the pieces were cut out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers except for the oven mittens cut from the stripe side of the “double side”, the “whisk and the fork” cut from silver mirror cardstock, and the one red/white polka dot platter from scrap cardstock.

The 3 “Thank You”‘ sentiments on the front of the card is from this set:  I have no idea who makes or made these, but I bought them on “Craft Day” from one of the shopping networks years ago and cut them out with red cardstock.

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That’s it!

I also want to thank my sweet followers.  If there is anything you want to learn or ask, please leave it in the comments section and I will reply to your comment.  Even if it’s about my opinion of a product or technique.  If I can’t answer you question, then I’ll link you to the expert who can.  Other than that, I can’t wait to see your “Thank You” cards.

Here’s the link to the Challenge: Crazy 4 Challenges

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 1/4″

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s: red cardstock, white cardstock and black/white Bakers Twine

 

 

 

C4C – 450 Use a technique!

C4C 450 Technique

I think it’s important to share your “fails sometimes”.  This is one of mine.  So I got this new product from a friend of mine.  I’m sure I will love it once I practice more.  Lots more!

So the product is a Gel Printing Plate by Gelli Arts:

Gelli Plate

Craft Paint

I also got this pack of 24 colors of craft paint from Michaels for $11!

It comes in several sizes but mine is this 6″ x 6″ square.  There are several YouTube videos that I watched.  And, as the picture of the product shows, they can be very cool.  Here’s what I did.  I dropped craft paint onto the gelli plate:

dots on plate

Then, I took a brayer and rolled around the paint.  Next, I took a rubber swirl stamp and stamped into the paint.  It did pick up some paint but, I had too much paint on the plate, so my background ended up muddy.  The next step is to take a pc. of white cardstock and lay it over the plate and press evenly to pick up the design you created in the paint. You can either heat dry or let it dry naturally.  I did a little of both.

I have this great stamp from Hero Arts called “Leafy Vines”.

Hero Arts Leafy vines

I stamped with Black Ink onto the background piece.  What I found was ink doesn’t stamp well over acrylic paint.  The paint is too chalky or something.  So because the stamp was on my Misti, I was able to then try black acrylic paint by dapping it onto the stamp with a makeup sponge.  That worked better.

Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 998 – Garden Notes – Rose 2  cut two of the stem and leaf pcs. from Black cardstock.  Cut the rose petal pcs. three times from pink cardstock.

Here’s Susan Tierney Cockburn’s assembly video for her Rose 2: Assembly video  

Once you’ve cut and shaped all the pieces as Susan shows you, then you can assemble it right to the background.

My son loves to dumpster dive and or pick up stuff on curbs in the neighborhood “for free”.  He recently found these:

SissorsI chose one of these scissors, which is the orange pair in the lower front of the picture, called “Mountains” to cut all the edges of the project.

The last step is to score a piece of 8.5 x 11″ pink cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold.  Trim to 5.5″ x 6.75″.  Cut a black cardstock rectangle that measures 5.25 x 6.5″.  Adhere to the front of the pink card base.  Now adhere the “technique” panel, centered, on top of the black layer.  The sentiment “Love You” is from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1269 – Love Sentiments I used the same pink cardstock as the base card.

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Hopefully, I’ll be back sometime with a homemade background that will be more inspiring! LOL

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

A beautiful, easy to make Christmas card!

DRU single pointsettia

This one is the one to try if you’re new to this whole paper crafting  addiction that has taken over many social media sites.  It’s hard for me to imagine that there are many families that don’t expect a handmade card these days!  LOL  Anyway,…..this one is easy, goes together quickly and packs all the “wow” factor for the receiver.  Here’s how I made it:

Step 1:  Using: 1067 – Poinsettia, cut one silhouette pc. from red cardstock and a second from red cardstock that you have adhered to double sided adhesive before cutting the pc. Note:  Tape the die to the adhesive side with blades down.  (Note: You may need to run through your machine twice, so don’t remove from the die until you’ve tested if it was a uniform cut.)  Cut one of the silhouette pc. from green cardstock.  I Cut the “swirly overlay pc. and the smaller petal pc. from red cardstock.  Cut the small “center pc.” from white cardstock and color the outline pattern yellow and the inside little circles green.

Using a flower shaping tool kit, vein the plain red large petal pc. and the green one, you will use for leaves.  Optional: lightly go over the leaves pc. after veining with a darker ink and the veins will be more visible.  Next, remove the protective layer from the “double sided adhesive red layer and sprinkle with: 614 – True Red Silk Microfine Glitter.  Shake off excess glitter and rub with finger to polish the glitter side.  Assemble the poinsettia by adhering the swirly red layer to the glittered petal layer.  Then adhere this to the plain but veined red petal layer offsetting the petals.  Then add the smaller red petal layer and last the pollen yellow/green layer.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 758 – Berry Branch Cut the die twice with white cardstock and color the branch brown and the berries red.  Add a drop of Crystal Lacquer to each of the berries.  Let dry.  It may take an hour or more.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from cream cardstock that measures 4.25 x 6″ and run through an embossing folder from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Pinecones  I colored the raised pinecones with a eye shadow applicator and Burnt Umber PanPastel.  I love coloring embossed panels with PanPastels.  If you are not familiar with this medium, they are highly saturated compressed powder colors.  Every color can be blended and, as in this case, if some of the (brown) color I used, fell where I didn’t want it, you can erase it.  Once you’re happy, you spray very lightly once with cheap hair spray and it’s set.  Trim to 4 x 5.5″

Step 4:  Cut two rectangle mats: One light brown that measures 4.25 x 5.75″  the second one in red that measures 4.5 x 6″.  Adhere the light brown one over the red one centered with a 1/8″ border on all sides. Adhere the embossed layer to the red one.

Step 5:  Score a 8.5 x 11″ cream cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 4 sandwich to the front of this card base.

Step 6:  Using:  Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut from red cardstock that you use the same technique for the red glittered petal layer.  Remember when you use this technique, tape the die, blade side down on the protective double sided adhesive side.  Run through the die cutting machine twice to cut through all the layers.

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Merry Christmas

Step 7:  Adhere the poinsettia and berry branches, as well as the glittered “Merry Christmas sentiment as shown.  Here’s another look:

DRU single pointsettia

That’s it!  Thanks for taking a closer look.

I hope you’ll come back tomorrow for more inspiration from the :Dies R Us Inspiration blog

 

 

 

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