C4C 451 Thank You Challenge

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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:

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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!

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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.

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

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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

 

 

 

A Coffee Themed Tag Pop Up

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Good Morning Crafty friends! 

Today’s card is an appreciation card for my best friend.  She has been there for me through all the ups and downs of life’s challenges.  Recently, she brought me through one of the biggest challenges I’ve had.  And now that I see that things will go back to normal again and I’m feeling the “happy” again, it was time to acknowledge how much I value her friendship!  She’s also my boss, so a little kissing up never hurts either . LOL!  So let’s make this card.

The Steps:

I love this die set from Karen Burniston: 1023-Tag Book Pop-Up   

Tag Book Pop-up

There are a lot of die pcs. in this set which includes decorator pcs that you can use with other die sets and projects.

Cut all the pcs. from cardstock and or designer papers that fit your theme.  As referenced below,  I always like to watch Karen’s assembly video’s before I make one of her Pop – Up cards.  She breaks down what looks complicated into very easy, simple steps.  Plus at the end of the video you’ll get lots of inspiration for using this set from her Design Team.

This is really a great set to invest in because it can be used for any theme you can think of and is so fun for the receiver to open.

I chose Karen Burniston’s: Coffee Charms to make the Coffee and Tea theme.

 

Coffee Charms

I cut all of the pcs. twice in the “Coffee Charms” set from white cardstock. I cut the “heart” pc. an additional time from pink cardstock.  I colored the pcs. with Copic Markers.

My friend and I made a day trip to Grass Valley, Ca. to see her mother recently.  We stopped at a Deli in Grass Valley and had Ice Tea and Soda with our sandwiches.  On the way home that early evening, we stopped for fancy coffee drinks for the drive back.  I wanted this card to always remind her of this day.

Rather than write out all the steps for the assembly of this adorable set, I really recommend that you watch Karen’s video.  It’s very easy to follow her instructions and it helps you decide what die pcs. you’ll cut with which cardstock and designer papers!

Here’s the video: Assembly video  

I cut the large and small “tag” pop up mechanism die pcs. from Gray Polka dot cardstock. (see products used).  I cut most of all the little decorator die pcs. from white and pink cardstock so I would have lots of choices when I started to assemble the card. (see products used)  I cut a piece of white cardstock for a rectangle that measures 4″ x 4.75″.  Run this pc. through your machine and a polka dot embossing folder.  Cut the embossed pc. in half to end up with two pcs. that measure 2″ x 4.75″ for the front and back large tags.  There is a die pc. that cuts the same little circles straight edge.  I used this pc. to cut four times from pink and twice from white cardstock.

Using the 1052 – Friends Cut twice with Pink cardstock.  Adhere the two together.

 

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Next, I used a discontinued stamp set from Karen Burniston called “Coffee and Tea”.  I stamped the sentiment for the inside front tag and cut it out with a discontinued die set from Karen called “Labels and Circles”.  to cut it out.  The pink “paper clip” is one of the decorator dies that comes with the “tag book pop up” set. I cut it once from pink cardstock and once from silver mirror cardstock.

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I created the sentiment for the inside back tag on my computer and used the same die set used in the front.  I distressed the edges of both sentiment labels with pink PanPastel.

The set also includes a square and rectangle decorator dies.  I used the little “circles frame” square and rectangle pcs. with white, pink and light gray cardstock.  Then I was able to mix and match the centers with the frames.

I cut the decorator pcs. for the mountain fold part of the pop up mechanism all out of white cardstock.  I colored the little circles straight pc. with  a N02 Copic Marker.

Once you have all the die pcs. cut you can start decorating and assembling the Pop Up card.  I added pink polka dot gross grain ribbon to the large tags and pink/white Baker’s Twine to the small inside tags. This is the fun step!  Here’s another look at the inside.

Coffee Tag Book

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Gray Polka Dot cardstock “Thinking about Polinesia” by Moda Scrap. White Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5″ x 11″,  Perfect Pink Soft Finish Cardstock 12″ x 12″

Darice:  Dots Embossing Folder

Michaels: Gross grain ribbon and Bakers Twine

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Design Team Member on:

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C4C – 449 Make it Masculine!

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Good Morning Crafty Friends!  The challenge for this week is to make a card for a male.  It does not say it HAS to be an adult male.  The youngest male in my family is my one and only male grandchild and he is 14!  He thinks he is grown up!  He is, however, a really sweet young man who, believe it or not, still loves to spend a weekend with his Grammy!

THE STEPS:

(Products I used and links are listed below at the end)

Step 1:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card.  Trim to 5 x 7″.

Step 2:  Cut a pc. of designer cardstock that measures 4.75 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of the white base card, centering it for a 1/8″ border on all 4 sides.

Step 3:  Cut Suzanne Cannon “Happy Birthday” for Elizabeth Craft Designs. (Link at end) from silver mirror cardstock.

Step 4:  I used an older Karen Burniston’s die set (no longer available) called “Clock and Gears”.  I cut both gears from silver mirror cardstock.  I also used the little circles that are the negative pcs. that come out of the larger gear to add here and there.

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Step 5:  Adhere the “Birthday” sentiment, gears and little circles as shown.  Here’s one more look:

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That’s It!  Easy Peasy!

Products and Links: Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1161 – Happy Birthday

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock White “8.5 x 11” 85lb.

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

KaiserCraft: Basecoat IV Collection P2302 – Metal Panels

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

C4C – 448 A sketch challenge

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Yep, it’s sketch week!  Always the 3rd Saturday of the month over at: Crazy 4 Challenges

This card is really an easy one to make.  I chose to stamp and color one of my favorite rose stamps from a set by Forever In Time that I bought at the Scrapbook Expo.

2018-08-02-11-23-18.jpgSo that’s the first step:  I stamped the roses and colored with Copic Markers R81, R83,  R85, G2, G5 and G7 on white cardstock.

Step 2:  Cut the image with the 3rd to the largest die in this set from: 1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 3: Create a base by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to 5.5 x 7″.

Step 4:  Cut a pc. of designer paper 6.75 x 5.25″ and adhere to the front of the base card.  I chose a green polka dot paper from: Elizabeth Craft Designs  called “Thinking About Polinesia”.

Step 5:  Cut a strip  6.75 x 5.25″ from pink cardstock.  Adhere this pink strip 1.5″ from the top edge of the designer paper.

Step 6:  The pink butterflies are a Silhouette file called “Butterfly Set”.  I sized and cut them from pink cardstock and added Clear Wink of Stella.  Adhere them as shown.

Step 7:  The sentiment is this set from: Elizabeth Craft Designs called “783 – Happy Birthday.  I cut it with the same pink cardstock as the 1” strip.

That’s it!  Quick and Easy!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  This sketch is pretty darn easy, so I hope you’ll take the challenge.  We love to see what your take on this months sketch is.  I will be going to your blog if you have one to see how you made yours!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

An Oakland A’s Birthday Card

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This card was requisitioned by the sweetest 90 something young lady for her “Very Special Son in law”.  Here’s what she hand penciled as some ideas for the card she wanted.  I especially adore her drawing of the bat and the ball under the words: bat and ball.  She also said she really hoped I could get the A’s logo on the card if it didn’t get me in trouble which is also on her “ideas” note.  I said I would add a footnote promising that her card would not go into mass production.  I also said I would mention that you’re tucking SEASON TICKETS into the card and I was sure it wouldn’t be a problem.  LOL

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The die set used is one of Karen Burniston’s : 1042 – Spinner Square Pop-up

Rather then write out all the steps which can be confusing when it gets to the “spin mechanism”, I suggest that you watch this tutorial video from Karen:

Spinner Square Pop-up assembly video

This die set is really a great investment because it can be made with any theme.  And I mean ANY theme.  After you watch the video,  you will have every step to make this card.  I had the video up on my computer when I was making this card.  I have used this die set two more times already and made sure I had Karen’s video up on my computer.  I think now I could make it without the video.  I love it because of it’s versatility and it’s so much fun for the receiver.

 So because I’m not writing all the steps because it would take you less time to read War and Peace, I’m going to list the products instead.

Silhouette Library:  Peanut bags paper, baseballs and bat, Baseball field and field notes (for her to sign) Oakland A’s authorized store.

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Happy Birthday sentiment, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C -446 National Mountain Climbing Day!

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Yep, It’s National Mountain Climbing Day!  First, let me say you’ll will never get me to climb a mountain.  But I do ride a tricycle!  My dog rides in the back (pic. on right).

Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1:  Cut a pc. of white cardstock in a rectangle that measures .25 x 7″.  Using a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn called S016 – Earth and Sky  stencil clouds with PanPastels  520.5 Ultramarine Blue on the top half of this rectangle.

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Step 2: I used this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Western Edges which is no longer available.  It is a Karen Burniston die set.  Cut both the mountain one and the horse one from white cardstock.  The mountain one was cut by putting the die at the top of a 6 x 5.25″ white cardstock rectangle and colored with PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.  The horse die was cut from a white cardstock rectangle measuring 5.25 x 4″.  I colored the horses with Copic Markers and the rest was colored with the same two PanPastels as the mountain layer but with less of the Raw Umber.  The 3 grass pcs. were also cut from scrap white cardstock and colored lightly with the Raw Umber also.  The barbed wire was cut from Silver Mirror cardstock.

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold over for a book fold card.  Now start layering your 3 western edges as shown on top the stenciled “clouds” layer.  Add the 3 grass pcs. and the barbed wire pc.

Step 4:  I created the sentiment by using stamps from this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: CS077 – Sentiments 2 – Just Because  I love both the size and font in this set.  Plus, it’s on SALE for 5.95!

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love visitors and comments or questions.  I hope you’ll take the challenge this week and show us you version of the “Mountain” challenge.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Walmart:  Reflections 110lb. white cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

 

 

Snow Globe Christmas Card

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Yep, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas Cards.  There is so much extra stuff you need to schedule in during the holidays that I like to get an early start on my Christmas cards.  My family and friends expect to get a handmade card since they know that’s what I do!  In fact sometimes I can see they’re disappointed if it’s not a pop up card!

I loved this 1410 – Snow Globe die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs when it premiered last year.  But unfortunately, it was not in my budget.  But this year I had to have it!

So let’s make this card!  Here’s the steps:

Step 1:  Cut out all the pieces in the die set from white cardstock and color as you like.  I used Copic Markers to color the house and church and then adhered them to yellow pc. of cardstock so they looked like the lights were on.  I also colored the bottom of the trees also with a green Copic.   On the background circle I colored the sky with Pan Pastels.  I added Wink of Stella in clear to give the tiny snowflakes a little glitter.

Step 2:  As you can see in the photo of the die set there are several circle dies where you can make the scene have more of a border but I wanted to put the house and church in my little scene so I didn’t use all of those.  I cut the main die pc. twice from white cardstock and used a circle die from another nested circles set by Sizzix that actually came with my Sizzix Big Shot during a promotion for the Big Shot Plus I purchased.  I used the fourth largest in this set inside the second white globe to created this border and cut off the stand part.  I used the 3rd largest to cut out a transparency circle to imitate glass but you could also just cut the transparency with the globe pc and cut off the stand.

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Step 3:  Cut another globe out of brown cardstock to make the stand look like it’s wood.  I decided to cut the “Noel” pc. from silver mirror cardstock.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut out of silver mirror cardstock.

Step 5:  Assemble the globe by adhering the white globe that you colored a sky to the brown one.  Now, create your little scene by adding the white pc. that is the snowy hill.  Add the house, church and trees as you like.  Then glue the transparency pc. next and the white circle frame.  Add the silver “Noel” pc. to the stand.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock.  Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.

Step 7:  I used a designer paper by Moda Scrap for Elizabeth Craft Designs called Thinking about Polinesia.  Cut this pc. into a 5″ square and adhere to the base.

Step 8:  Adhere the finished Globe to the front of the card and add the “Merry Christmas” sentiment across the top.

That’s it!

Thank you so very much for taking the time to take a look.  I appreciate comments.  I love to here what you think and I read everyone of them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish cardstock in white,  Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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