C4C – 424 A Sweet Desert

Today is national Dessert Day!  Who knew?  My favorite dessert is ice cream.  So my Design Team card features an ice cream cone.  This card is intended to be a card to cheer someone up that needs it.

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Let’s make this card!

Step 1:  Using the die set below 1031 – Ice Cream Cone.  I cut out all the pcs. of the ice cream cone.  I cut them all out of white cardstock but you could also cut the pcs. from colored cardstock and omit the coloring step.  Either color the pcs. or assemble the ones you cut with colored cardstock:

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Step 2:  Using the largest die in set below cut out a pink cardstock oval 1173 – Dotted Scalloped Ovals:

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Step 3:  Cut out a white oval using the second largest die using this set above, 1113 – Stitched Ovals:

Step 4:  Create the sentiment for the inside on your computer and print it on 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  Make a base card from this printed white cardstock.  Score at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold over and trim to 5 x 7″.

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Step 5:  Cut a pc. of designer paper the measures 4.75 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of your base card.

Step 6:  Adhere the white oval to the pink oval and adhere them to the front of the card as shown.  Put a large foam circle under the “ice cream” and attach to the center of the ovals.  Glue down the bottom point end of the cone.

Step 7:  I used a Silhouette file for the sentiment but this could be a card for any occasion.

I also put the same plaid designer paper on the back of the card but it’s an optional step.

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That’s It!  Easy and Fast!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in this weeks challenge!

Other products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

Di’s Digis – Another resource for Adorable!

This week’s challenge over at  C4C – 423 Crazy 4 Challenges is to make a card with a yummy dessert on it!  My Design Team inspiration card this week is one of several images I bought from a digital stamp designer that is new for me.  On the Kit and Clowder Facebook Page I saw one of the Clowdies posted a card made with an image I just loved.  So much so I went over to Di’s Digi Stamps  and bought several digital stamps.  I chose this one for my card. It’s called “Ellies strawberry cupcake”

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I mean seriously, how cute is this!  Please, if you like digital stamps, and you love “cutsie” like me, do yourself a favor and look around this site.  I’ll be featuring the others in the next few week’s (again, I am not compensated in any way by my referrals.  I just love to pass on to you what I call a “SCORE”!  Here’s the link Di’s Digi Stamps

Let’s make this easy  card

The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color the image.  I colored with Copic Markers.  I also added “Chrystal Lacquer” to the elephant’s eyes and the dripping chocolate and cherry available at Amazon.  Now cut out the image using the third to the largest die in the set below  from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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Step 2:  Using the same die set pictured above, cut a lavender cardstock mat using the second to the largest die.

Step 3:  Cut a mat out of darker lavender or purple cardstock using the largest die from the set below:

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Step 4:  Using the die set below cut all the pieces to make the smallest strawberry and the small leaves.

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Step 5:  Cut the pieces of one of the cup cakes from this die set below:

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Step 6:  Cut the word Celebrate from the die set below:

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Step 7:  Make the base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc, of white cardstock at 8.5″ on the long side.  Fold over and trim to 7″ x 5.5″.  Now cut a rectangle from designer paper that measures 6.75″ x 5.25″.   Now assemble all the elements (pic. below) to the front of your base card.  Note: I added a little flower to the strawberries with a die referenced in the other products used.

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll make a card for this week’s challenge.

Other products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish Cardstock, 1181 Pinwheel (little white flower on strawberries), Clear double sided Adhesive

Beacons Kid Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

An Easy Easter Card

 

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It’s sketch week over at Crazy4Challenges C4C-422

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You all know how much I love a sketch but I must admit this sketch stumped me.  It looks so easy but I couldn’t come up with an idea!  I am currently working on Easter so I wanted to use my favorite bunny stamp.  It’s from Art Impressions and is called Holiday 1-779.

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This is how I made this card.

Step 1:  Stamp on white cardstock using the above stamp.  Color with Copic Markers or Pencils.  I chose to color with copics.  (When you position the stamp give yourself about 3″ below the top of your cardstock.

Step 2:  Cut the image with the largest die from this set.

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 This step is actually two steps because these nested fishtails are too short for what I needed to fit the sketch.  Position the die on your stamped and colored image where you want the “fish tail” (bottom) of the die to end below your stamped image. Run through your cutting machine but STOP before the top (straight edge) of the die cuts.  Now move the die up to where you want the top of the die to end.  In this case that was 2″ above the image.  Now run through your cutting machine again but stop before it cuts the fishtail again.  You should now have a longer fishtail then the die. Notice that I positioned the image closer to the left of the die to allow room for the half oval in the sketch.

Step 3:  Using the stamp set below from Pink and Main, stamp both the “egg” and the “Chocolate bunny box” 3 times.  Color how you want.  I added Crystal Lacquer to the bunny boxes like they were wrapped in cellophane. After the lacquer is dried, fussy cut all the bunny box and eggs.

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Step 4:  From the little die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs below cut the pieces for the basket, flower and grass.  I used  scrap cardstock.  Assemble the basket. Add the grass, chocolate bunny boxes and eggs as show below.  Add Prills to the little flowers. I used leftover little leaves from one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1196 – Garden edge rose  flower dies as shown below:

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Step 5:  Using the same Pink and Main Stamp as in step 3, stamp Happy Easter on white cardstock.  Cut it with the long rectangle pictured below and distress the edges with Tim Holtz “peacock feathers” Distress Ink.

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Glue the grass Strip (which is a Silhouette file to the top of this sentiment strip.

Step 6: Cut the 3 bunnies from this die set below using 3 different brown colors.  I used scrap cardstock.  Add a glitter dot for eyes. Cut an oval with coordinating designer and the second to the largest die set pictured below.  Cut the oval in by first laying in place and making light pencil marks where one side should be cut off to make it line up with the mat’s edge as shown.

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Step7:  Assemble the card:

Score a pc. of 11 x 8.5″ white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim to 5  x 7″.  Cut two mats from designer cardstock that measures 4.75″ x 6.75″.  Adhere one to the card front and one to the back, centered leaving 1/8″ border all around.  Adhere the stamped fish tail to the front panel, centered with the top (Short straight edge) at the top of the designer paper mat.   Adhere, the now cut oval in place as shown.  Put 3 large foam dots under the sentiment tag by centering the one dot then adding one either side of the first.  Put the dots closer to the bottom then the top to make it possible to side the bunnies behind the grass.  Glue the two ends down.  Add a half dome pearl to cover the hole on the right and adhere the Easter basket as shown with the highest bunny box hiding the left side hole.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for your time to hop over for a look.  Please follow if you would like more tutorials.

Other Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock 8.5 x 11″, Glitter Dots

Beacons Kid’s choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

C4C – 421 A Valentine or Appreciation

This weeks challenge is to make a Valentine or card of appreciation.  Well, another Valentines card it is!

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The Steps:

Step 1:  In Silhouette Studio, using the file “Nested Hearts”  resize to make a bunch of hearts in 3 sizes with both pink and red cardstock:

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Step 2:  Now cut two of the “Wheelbarrow” pc. from the below die set:

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Color one of the “Wheelbarrow” pcs. with Copic Markers.  On the second pc. color only the edges so that no white will show when you glue the pcs. together.  Don’t glue together yet!

Step 3:  Cut from this die set below once in white and once in red:

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Step 4:  Make the base card by scoring an 11 X 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Choose 2 coordinating desiger papers and cut a rectangle out of both papers that measure 3.25 x 5″.  Out of one of your papers cut a rectangle that measures 5 x 6.5 “.  Adhere all these designer paper rectangles to the base card as shown below.

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Step 5:  Make the featured raised panel.  Cut a pc. of coordinating solid color cardstock that measures 5.25 x 4″.  Adhere the largest white “Wavy frame to this rectangle.  Add the red negative pcs. from the same red frame as the white one into your white frame.

Glue the white with colored edges “wheelbarrow” pc. to your panel.  Then glue the fully colored wheelbarrow over the first one BUT don’t glue the top of the wheelbarrows so you can tuck some hearts inside the “wheelbarrow“.

Step 6:  From the set below cut “Love You” from red cardstock and the “xoxo”.

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Step 7:  Finish the panel by adding the hearts and sentiment as shown.  Add dimensional dots under some of the hearts and adhere some flat to the panel.  Start your first layer of hearts by putting a little dab of glue on the bottom pointy end of the right side of four largest hearts and tuck into the top layer of the Wheelbarrows and then stick a dimensional dot under the top of this layer.  Keep adding hearts, some lifted with dots and some flat as you like them.  Add the sentiments.

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Step 8:  The last step is to adhere the panel to the card also using foam dimensionals.  For this step I used large square foam dimentionals.

For the inside of the card I used another of the red Wavy frames, the little hearts pc. that comes from the very center and the “xoxo”.

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That’s it!

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you’ll try your own version of this card.

Other products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive, White Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5 x 11″

Michaels: Designer paper, Foam Dimension

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

C4C 420 Show us a heart

This week’s theme for the “Crazies” challenge is to show us a “heart”!  There are so many ways you could make a card with this theme.  I decided to make a Valentines Card.

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If you’ve been following me, and please do, then you know I am so crazy for digital images from The Paper Shelter.  This adorable image is literally called “How you doin?” and I couldn’t think of a better sentiment!

Let’s make the card:

Step 1:  Size, print and color the image on cardstock with Copic Markers.  My new absolute favorite paper is this one that I learned about on the Kit and Clowder website:

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                This paper alone will make your coloring better.  I got mine at Amazon.

Step 2:  Using this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs cut twice.  Once with white cardstock and once with hot pink (cut the hot pink second and leave in the die. (you’ll see why in step 4:

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When this die set first came out I wasn’t a fan because all the frames are cut at once.  But then when I saw their Design Team’s cards using these adorable nesting die I had to by a set and now I have all four sets!  The picture below shows the hot pink still in the die and 2 frames I colored from the white cardstock curvy frames.  It also shows the designer paper I thought I was going to use but ended up using something else.  I did however use the one in this photo for the back of the card

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Step 3:  Glue the green frame to the image printed and colored cardstock:

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Notice I haven’t taken the hot pink frames out of the die yet in the above photo?  It’s because as pictured below I knew I was going to use only the negative pcs. of the hot pink set as shown below:

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  Step 4:  Adhere the white frame and the hot pink negative pcs. out of the hot pink die set that matches it’s space.  It may look like they aren’t specific to the spaces but they are.  You would eventually figure it out but this tip saves a lot of time and mistakes.

Step 5:  Now cut with a paper cutter the assembled step 4.  With the die set below and the largest die , cut a white mat adhere your “image sandwich” to this mat as pictured above:

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Step 6:  Create the base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of White Soft Finish Cardstock to     7″ x 12″.   Score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over (tent fold) and trim to 7 x 5.75″.

Step 7:  Cut a pc. of Designer paper or cardstock that measures 6.75″ x 5.5″.  Adhere to the front of the base card leaving 1/8″ border all around.  I chose this double sided cardstock from Lawn Fawn.

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Step 8:  Adhere the image sandwich centered over the front of the card.

Step 9:  Cut four corners from the smaller roof embellishment with this die set from Impression Obsession below and add them to the corners as shown.  The little pink heart above the Hedge Hog or Porcupine (not sure which he is)  is one I had in my “extra parts” container.

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That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll take the challenge and “show us a heart!”  This is the back of this card with designer paper mat I thought I was going to use.

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Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12″,  Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Copic Markers

PanPastels

Michaels:  Designer paper I used on the back.

 

 

 

 

C4C – 419 Opposites

This week’s Challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges is to make a card with the theme “Opposites” such as black/white, mirror images etc.

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I chose to make my DT card black and white.  Obviously!

This is a really easy card to make.  The background is a Silhouette Studio file called “Fern Artisan”.  This file gives you two mat cutting files.  One is the mat that has the fern cutouts (in my card the top black mat).  The second one is a plain mat.  You can make these files any size.  However, if you don’t own a Silhouette Cutting machine you could use a set of nesting dies and cut out with black cardstock the third to the largest die.  Then put some “leaf or vine type” dies over the black mat and run through your machine to get this same effect.   Below is a picture of the negative from cutting the Silhouette file.  I’ll more than likely use that on another project!

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The Steps:

I needed enough room to add the daisies that I wanted to be the main feature because daisies make me “Smile”.

Step 1. Size the over daisy overlay file to measure 5.5″ square.  The plain mat file you will size to 6″ square and cut from white cardstock and another plain mat sized to 6.5″ in black cardstock.  Adhere the layers together as shown in pictures.

Step 2:  I used this die from Elizabeth Craft Designs to make these cute daisies:

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Cut the over lay piece 3 times from white cardstock.  Cut the daisy silhouette pc. from Velum 3 times.  Adhere the white over lay pcs. of the vellum silhouette pcs. Cut the pc. that is the daisy center from black and white polka dot paper or cardstock 3 times.  Cut the stem pc. 6 times from white cardstock (glue 2 together to end up with 3 stems).

Step 3:  Glue the daisies and their stems as pictured.  I put a foam dimensional dot underneath each daisy center and then glued down one edge of each flower.  I added a black and white polka dot organza bow.

Step 4: Cut the “Smile” sentiment out of white cardstock with this die set and adhere to card as shown:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!  Please comment and follow I love to read them.  Heck sometimes they’re the brightest spot in my day!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Recollections:  Foam Adhesive Circles

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michaels:  Ribbon

 

 

 

 

C4C – 418 Sketch

 

I love a sketch challenge.  With all the excitement this past year with Oxide Inks I’ve been wanting to do one of those backgrounds.  However, I don’t own them. I did just get some Yupo paper.  I first read about this paper in Cardmaker Magazine.  Basically, it’s a sort of plastic paper.  This is my first experience with it, so I’m not an expert but here’s my experience.

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Because of it’s “plastic like” surface it doesn’t absorb the ink.  So you have a lot of time to move the ink around.  There are many videos on making your own background or designer paper.  What I did was first choose several ink pads of colors I love together.  I dabbed some ink on a non porous mat of all the colors.  Then I squirted the mat with water from a spray bottle.  I took a large pc. of plastic wrap and wadded it up to wrinkle it and then opened it up and laid it on the ink.  Then I turned the plastic over and laid my Yupo paper over that plastic wrap.  But I needed it to have more color so I added more ink directly on the Yupo and sprayed with water.  I discovered that because the ink stays wet for some time I could take a straw and blow the ink where I liked it!  Then you have to wait for it to dry.  You could probably speed it up with a heating tool.  I didn’t.

Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1:  Make your background using the technique above with your choice of colors.  The picture below shows one of the ATC’s I made with this technique and Watercolor Paper.  It’s interesting to me how much more vivid the colors are but no moving around time:

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Step 2:  I bought this beautiful stamp from Hero Arts called Leafy Vines.  This is a rubber cling stamp.  I used teal ink and my Misti and stamped over my dry background.

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Step 3:  Cut two lamp posts from white cardstock with this die set:

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Cut a little pc. of pale yellow cardstock to put between the two lamp post pcs. to mimic light and glue all together.

Step 4:  From these two die sets cut the 3 little butterflies from 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs and Butterflies and the large butterfly from  out of white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.  On the large butterfly overlay pc. I went over the coloring with Glitter Pens.

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Step 5:  Cut four of the 2nd to the bottom bead dies from this die set 1168 – Bead Strings 1 out of purple cardstock:

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Step 6:  Stamp the sentiment on cream cardstock and cut out with the 2nd smallest from the set on the left.  Cut out of lavender cardstock the 3rd smallest die in the set on the right:

 

Step 7:  Create the base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of  Soft Sky cardstock in half.  On one half score at 6″ on the long side.  Fold into a book fold and trim to 6 x 7″.

Step 7:  Assemble the card.  In the below pictures are all the elements of the card.

Cut the Yupo background to 4.25″ x 5.5″.  Frame it with the purple “Bead Strings”.  Add two strips of the Peel Off silver stickers with the bottom one at 1″ from the bottom of the base card.  Next adhere the Yupo background to the base as shown putting the lavender circle under the upper right corner.  Adhere the largest butterfly on the top right corner of the background mat, then the sentiment circle.  Next adhere the “lamp post” to the lower left as shown.  The last step is to add the tiny butterflies as shown.

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That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you will try this fun technique!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock 12 x 12 Sky Blue,  Clear Double sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Dies R Us – Kids Cards!

I decided to enter the current challenge at Dies R Us which is “Kids Cards”.

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The image I chose for this challenge is one called “Peaceful Easter” from The Paper Shelter.  I fell in love with this sweet image of innocence:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Download, size and print the image.  If you’re new to digital stamps,  the greatest reference on many things about using digital images is from a website called Kit and Clowder.   This is a company that teaches coloring with Markers and Pencils.  They also have areas on their website that have an amazing amount of information on all things coloring!  The below photo shows how I always print out an image that I buy in both the black and white, and color version on one page that I keep in a binder.  It also has the image that I colored with PrismaColor Premium Pencils. 

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After I colored the stamped image I created the background with stencils and PanPastel’s then trimmed the finished image to 5 x 7″ with the stamped image centered:

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Step 2:  Cut 2 rectangle mats that measure 5 x 7″.  One from Designer cardstock and one from white cardstock.  From the Die set below on the right 1113 – Stitched Ovals, center the second to the largest on the Designer cardstock and run through your machine.  From the same die set, center the third to the largest on the white rectangle.  Save the Oval mats for another project because you will use the rectangle mats with the oval cut outs.

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Step 4:  Cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers, all the decorator items as follows:

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Cut the grass, eggs, bunnies and fence once.  Cut all the Holly Hock pcs. to assemble the holly hock on your card directly and build the plant from the stem up as the picture in step 3.

Step 5:  Assemble the Holly Hock on the left as shown then add the fence, bunnies and eggs on the bottom.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim down to 5.5 x 7.5″.  Adhere the assembled front to the base.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  Please follow and leave a comment.  I love to read them and answer any questions.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock White,  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sissix Big Shot Plus

 

Rubber Ducky Day!

Again, who knew there was a “Rubber Ducky Day”?  Well, it’s today!  The challenge this week over at Crazy4Challenges is to put a duck or some other feathered friend on your project.  If you’ve been following, then you know I’m crazy for “The Paper Shelter”.  All through the Holiday Season I was using digital stamps from this company on many of my cards for Christmas.  This “Duck” image is called “Most Adorable Duck“.  I’ve been taking classes from Alyce at Kit and Clowder and applying the great technique’s I’m learning.  Alyce’s  mantra is “Practice, practice, practice”  Note: Whenever I get a new digi stamp I print both the black and white and the colored version.  I then usually copy the artist’s coloring the first time I color an image.  It helps me see where the artist’s light source is coming from:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color the image.  I used Prismacolor Premium Pencils.

Step 2:  Cut out the colored image with Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 –  Stitched Circles:

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Apply 250.5 Diarylide Yellow PanPastel with a make up sponge to the edges and blending into the center.

Step 3:  With the largest die in the below set 1254 – Entwined Circles cut one pc. with light blue cardstock:

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Step 4:  From the die set below cut 1 of all 3 of the smaller pcs. from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers :

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Step 5:  Cut both small butterflies 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs and Butterflies from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 6:  The card assembly.

6A:  Make a base card by cutting a pc. of 12″ x 12″ White Soft Finish Cardstock by Elizabeth Craft Designs in half and scoring one half at 6″ along the 12″ side.

6B:  Cut a pc. of designer paper with the largest die from the below set:

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6C:  Adhere this pc. centered on the white card base.

6D:  Adhere the “Duck Image Circle” centered as shown, then the light blue “Entwined Circle”.

6E:  Add the “cattail die pcs. and butterflies” as shown.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us over at the “Crazies” challenge.  We can’t wait to see what you create.

Other Products Used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Michael’s:  Designer paper

Sizzix Big Shot Plus