Inspired by a Book!

Woodland thanks H2O (2)

This week our Hostess, Francis Byrne, who  is also our team leader, has challenged us to make a card that is inspired by a book.  My card was inspired by Hansel and Gretel.  Why a child’s book you ask.  Well because I always have a book I’m reading, but I don’t read books that easily translate to a cute card.  I read military, or murder and detective mysteries.  Romance novels bore me out of my mind.  They’re too predictable.  For example I think Daniell Steel really only wrote one book.  All the others are the same story only the characters names and occupations are different.  I chose instead a book my mother read to me when I was young and sick.  It was both memorable and terrifying because at the end of our street was where the forest began in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  A lot of my elementary school pals played in that forest but not me!  So this is another easy, peasy card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 6 x 4.75″.  Score an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a top fold card.  Cut a mat using the larges die from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

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I used a piece of wood look cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store. 

Step 2:  I used a discontinued die set from Karen Burniston when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set to cut a trees in the background look.  I cut a 3″ x 5″ rectangle from dark Green Cardstock.  Then used Removable Scotch Tape from Staples to attach the tree edge in this set to the very top of this rectangle and cut the “tree edge”.  Adhere this to the wood look layer.  I attached it with the lower edge of the wood layer just above the “stitch” line.

Step 3:  Cut out all the pieces for all 3 of Karen Burniston’s: https://karenburniston.com/woodland-animals-die-set/

Step 4:  The 5 trees are from a discontinued Karen Burniston set called Evergreen Pivot Card.  However, she re-released this set when she went on her own.  Below is a photo of the new one and the link: https://karenburniston.com/evergreen-pivot-panels/

Evergreen Pivot Panels

Step 5: The sentiment “thanks” is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/thanks-1

I cut it once from yellow cardstock and once with green cardstock.  I glued the yellow over the green offset just a little.

Here’s a photo of all the elements of my card.  I like to get everything ready so I can try different layouts:

Once I like it then I start gluing things in place.  Here’s another quick look.  The sentiment “thanks” on this little forest scene is because I’m going to add it to the top of boxes of homemade brownies and cookies for my town’s Firehouses.  I live in California, 2 hrs. by car east of Yosemite.  Every year there is a fire in one of California’s beautiful forests.  And every year our boys and girls are sent in to relieve the ones up there that are completely exhausted.  Besides our hot dry summer days (it’s supposed to be 102 on Sunday) they carry 80lbs. of equipment on their backs.  One yr. that I delivered a similar package, I arrived just as one of the relief shifts were off their turn and returning back to the fire house.  You can’t imagine what they looked like.  Covered in black and grey ash, and could barely walk.  The shift going out to replace them, picked up their pace to each grab one of their returning house mates, and help them get into the fire house to shower, eat and sleep.  They will all do the same thing the next day…..for days! :

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I sooo appreciate my followers and remember you can ask any question and I will get right back to you!

Other Products Used:

Amazon:  Sookwang Clear double sided adhesive

CutterPillar Prp

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

 

In Her Honor

Black and White thanks H2O final (2)

This week, after hearing about Joanne Greslak’s passing,  we decided to do a blog hop in her honor.  I decided to make a black and white “Thank you” card for all of her years of posting her cards as inspiration for the rest of us crafters.  She will be missed by many.  This card is simple and goes together quickly.  Joanne was a master of “black and white”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to 5.5 x 6″.

Step 2:  Cut two rectangles from coordinating black and white print cardstock.  Cut one (my white and black cheveron)  2″ x 5.75″.  The small black and white polka dot measures 3.5″ x 5.75″.  Adhere the two together by laying the bigger layer over the lighter so that the result will be 5.25 x 5.75 and will leave an 1/8″ white border on all four edges.  Make a bow as shown, and leave enough length on the tails to glue to the back of this layer over where the two rectangles come together. Now adhere this layer to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  I used this set to cut the sentiment “Thanks” from this set that I have no idea who the manufacturer is.  I bought it on one of the shopping channels.  I cut it 4 times from heavy weight black cardstock.  I liked the heft of the stacked layers.  See a close up below:2018-07-23 14.20.55

BW close word

The two black dots on either side of the “thanks” is the negative pc, from the “a”.

Step 4:  Make 3 daisies with this die set from DoCrafts: I cut two of the larger of the two smallest daisies.  I cut one of the smaller of the two.  I used white cardstock for the daisy petal pcs. and black for the centers.  I made 3 daisies and adhered them to the card as shown.

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That’s It!

Here’s another quick look and thank you so much for stopping by my leg of the blog hop!

Thank you Joanne for inspiring so many of us paper crafters.  You will be missed!

Black and White thanks H2O final (2)

Crazy 4 Challenges -You are here

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Michael’s Craft Store.  Black and White printed cardstock,  ribbon.

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Vellum Butterflies and Flowers

Butterfly wood h20 (2)

This week’s challenge is to put some wood or wood look to your project over at: Crazy4Challenges

I fell in love with this pink wood look paper from Michael’s Craft Store.  I have used it on several projects.  Here’s a little “keepsake” baby card I made for a friend’s granddaughter with this same paper on the front and inside.

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Here’s the steps to how I made the card for this week’s challenge.

The Steps:

Step 1: The card measures 5.25″ x 7.25″.  So score an 11 x 8.5″ piece of white card stock at 5.5″.  Fold for a “book fold” and trim to the finished size.  Cut a pc. of designer paper that measures 5 x 7″ and adhere to the front of the card.  Using the largest die from the set below, cut an oval from pink card stock.  Adhere this oval to the front of the card (centered). 1113 – Stitched Ovals

Stitched Ovals

Step 2:  I love the look of using Vellum with dies that have a silhouette pc. and an overlay pc.  I think it gives them a sort of ethereal look.  Plus, vellum comes in several colors, like pink, yellow and pastel blue and lavender.  I used white  and these two die sets.  I cut 3 of the overlay (fancy one) and body pc. from white card stock.  I cut 3 of the silhouette with the vellum.  Then adhere the fancy winged layers to the vellum layers.

1072 – Small Butterfly

Small Butterfly

Step 3:  I used a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs that apparently has been retired.  But it was called 901 – Daisy.  I’m glad I got one because I love this set.  But it is an older one.  I cut 3 daisy silhouettes from vellum, 3 overlays and leaves from white card stock and the flower centers from pink card stock that I used for the oval.

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Step 4:  Using the die set below, I cut one bucket piece and 2 handle pieces from white card stock.  I colored the bucket piece and 1 handle piece with PanPastel Silver Metallic.  The other handle piece I colored only the beaded area with a Copic Marker and then cut the part away from the rest of the handle.  Then I glued this piece to the silver handle pc.

Garden Notes - Galvanized Bucket

Step 5:  The sentiment is this die cut once with dark brown card stock and once from a little darker pink card stock then the oval.  Glue the pink over the brown, slightly offset.

1288 – Thanks

Thanks

Step 6:  Now just arrange all the above elements how you like them.  Here’s another quick look at this card:

Butterfly wood h20 (2)

Thanks to YOU for stopping by for a look and here again is the link to the challenge.  This one is fun because you can really make anything, with any theme, as long as you throw a little wood on it!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  Card stock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Easter card inspired by a sketch!

April C4C sketch h2o (2)

Yep, my favorite challenge is Sketch Week!  But this time is also Easter week, so I made my card an Easter theme.  You know, “two birds/one stone”!  Plus, this one is fast and easy!  So let’s make this.

The Steps:

Step:  Pick a designer paper or card stock   I chose a paper sold by sheet from Michael”s Craft Store.  But the sketch is generic for what ever theme you want. so choose a print that goes with the object that will be featured in the circle.  Cut a rectangle from your choice that measures 5.25″ x 6.75″.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring a 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent card.  Trim to 5.5″ x 7″.  Adhere the rectangle from step 1 to the front of the base card.

Step 3:  Using the 5th largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1116 – Stitched Circles:  https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/stitched-circles-1116

Cut a circle with Blue Card Stock.

Stitched Circles

Using the middle die in Elizabeth Craft Designs 1254 – Entwined Circles: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/entwined-circles

Entwined Circles

Cut an entwined circle with white card stock.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1459 – Spring Basket and Die set Bunny:https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/die-set-spring-basket

Die set - Spring Basket Die set - Bunny

Cut 4 eggs, the bow and 4 grass pieces from the Spring basket die set.  Cut all the pieces for the bunny and assemble him.

Step 5:  From Elizabeth Craft Designs 1467 – Words 3 Happy Holidays: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/die-set-words-3-happy-holidays

Die set - Words 3 - Happy Holidays

Cut the words “Happy” and “Easter from blue card stock.

Step 6:  I cut two fishtail banners: one white and one blue by hand.  (The white one slightly smaller than the blue)  Adhere the white over the blue and then add the “Happy Easter” words to the banner.

Step 7:  Assemble the rest of the card as shown:

Thanks so much for stopping by.  We hope you’ll join us this week for the “Sketch Challenge”

Other products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

A Basket full of Hugs and Flowers

Flower Basket H2O

This weeks challenge is to put a flower on it.  I chose a die set from Docrafts.  This set has 5 daisy dies

The basket is from Elizabeth Craft Designs and is called: 1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

The background “wood look” cardstock is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs and is 6 x 6″ and has all different wood texures from photo’s taken by Els Van de Burg, the owner.  This collection of card stock packs came in wood, Metal and stone and is on sale right now for $1.95 per pack.

The white circle is the 3rd to the largest from this set: 1116 – Stitched Circles

Then I added the ECD: 1254 – Entwined Circles

The sentiment “Hugs” is an ECD dies set called: 1269 – Love Sentements.

That’s It!  Easy Peasy!

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C – 445 Make a sympathy card!

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This week we’re asking you to make a sympathy card.  As our hostess this month said, no one wants a reason to have to make one but we all will need one sooner or later.  The theme also includes as an alternate theme is a card of encouragement for someone going through a tough time.  So this is how I made this card.  It’s another easy one!   Yay!

The Steps:

Step !:  Cut out the 2 die pcs. from Elizabeth Craft Designs called 1477 – Butterfly Aperture from white cardstock.  Glue the overlay pc. to the silhouette pc. only at the body of the butterfly.  Add 4 pearls down the body as shown.

ECD-butterfly aper

Step 2:  Cut a 6″ square from white cardstock and emboss with Spellbinders Decorative Applause embossing folder.

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Step 3:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.

Step 4:  Adhere the embossed 6″ square to the front of the card.  Glue the butterfly onto the embossed layer again just at the body allowing the butterfly wings to lift off of the card.

Step 5:  I used a die set that I have no idea who the manufacture is.  I bought it yrs. ago from one of the shopping channels.  It was inexpensive and came with a lot of dies.  there is no manufactures name at all.  You think they might be contraband?  LOL

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The XOXO at the bottom of the card is from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1269 – Love Sentiments2017-02-20-17-17-24That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking the time to look and I hope you’ll join the challenge!

Other Products Used:

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

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Michaels: pearls

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 443 Any shape but square, round or rectangle!

2018-07-03 C4C 443Lady bug

 

I just recently acquired one of Elizabeth Craft Designs newer nested die sets as part of a Mother’s Day gift certificate!:  1537 – Stiched Hexagons

So that’s what I used for the base card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Score a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over. Next, using the largest die in the set above tape one of the edges of the die onto this folded pc. of cardstock with the fold below the cutting blade:

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Run this through your die cutting machine and you will get a hexagon shaped card that could be a book fold or a top fold like mine.

Step 2:  Using the 2nd largest in the same set cut a black mat.  With the 3rd to the largest cut a white mat.

Step 3:  I adore this older die set by Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1179 – Ladybug

ECD - Lg lady bug

Using black and red cardstock, cut the pcs. for both lady bugs and assemble them’

Step 4:  Cut two of the larger leaf pc. from this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 730- -Curvy Leaves

 

Step 5:  On the white hexagon you cut in step 2, stamp the sentiment from this stamp set from Stephanie Barnard of Stamps of Life:

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Since you have the assembled Ladybugs and leaf pcs., you can experiment with where to stamp.

Step 6:  To stamp a sentiment on the inside is optional and could be used for even a sympathy card for someone going through something.  Here’s the inside of mine, using more of the stamps in Stephanie’s set:

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Step 7:  Assemble the card as shown and that’s it!  Here’s one more look:

2018-07-03 C4C 443Lady bug

Thanks so much for taking the time to take a closer look.  I hope you will join in on this week’s fun challenge.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White & Black Soft Finish Cardstock

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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