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





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.

2016-11-26-17-11-25Step 3:  Adhere the white mat to this layer. Then, on top. the Designer layer.  The photo below is these 3 layers and the beginning of step 4:

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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



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A card for Jeanine

Over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week our theme is “Monochromatic” like shades of blue, green or in my case, shades of purple.  You can accent with white or black. This card was made for the other hairdresser in the salon we work at, Jeanine!  Last week, my premier week as a designer on the team over at the “Crazies”, I made a card for my sisters for their support.  This week, I need to thank my work partner Jeanine.  She has encouraged and supported me through a lot!  We’ve worked together going on 14yrs.!

The Steps:

  Believe it or not, I only used two die sets for this card by Elizabeth Craft Designs:      1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares and 1020 – Susan’s Garden – Hydrangea

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This week’s commercial:  I just love this Fitted Frames series.  It doesn’t show well in the picture above on the left, but all the frames pictured in the set are cut with one pass through the die cutter!  These sets of frames come in Squares, Rectangles, Circles and Ovals.  I admit when I first saw these I thought “Well that seems like a waste of card stock when you only want one frame”.  However, if you cut them with a piece of white cardstock then you have a supply of frames that you can color any color you need.  You can stencil or do a cool ink Oxide on paper and then cut them out. Or, color each one a different color to go with a designer print paper.  The ways you can use these are endless.  But you also get some cute little shapes with them.  I used the heart that comes out of each cut to decorate the inside of the card.

Step 1:  I cut the frames out of 3 colors of purple and just set them aside.

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Step 2:  Cut all the pieces from the “Hydrangea” die set.  I cut two bases (the weird oval shapes in the same color as the frame in the upper left of the above picture).  I also cut the square pc. in the set, which is what cuts all the petals, 3 times in this same pale lavender cardstock.  I cut the 3 leaf pieces 3 times from this pale lavender and 3 times from white cardstock.

Step 3:  Decide what will be the components of the card:

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I want to draw your attention to the assembled Hydrangea in the above photo.  I started out with just larger leaves on either side of the flower but hated it.  So I decided to just put leaves all around the flower which I think turned out better.  (Just thought it would help to see sometimes things go wrong.  Don’t panic, most mistakes can be fixed without starting over!)

Step 4:  There is an assembly video by Susan Tierney Cockburn on YouTube on the Elizabeth Craft Designs channel under Susan’s Garden.  I always highly recommend watching an assemble video if available whenever you get a new die set.  It can save you so much frustration.  Shape all the pieces of the hydrangea and assemble per Susan’s video. But first cut a dark purple square the same size as the only “stitched square”.  Glue the “stitched square” over this purple square.  This sandwich is what you will build the “hydrangea” on.  After I veined all the leaves I added PanPastel Violet to all the leaves both light lavender and white.  After the whole flower/leaves were all glued in place I squeezed a drop of glue here and there and added some “Express-o Yourself” Prills.  I then took a soft paint brush, just as in the video and lightly added a little of the “bright green” PanPastel she mentions, that is actually called “Bright Yellow Green” by the brand.

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Step 5: The last step!  Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ White 100 lb. ECD Soft Finish cardstock in half.  Create the base by taking one of the 6 x 12 and scoring at 6″ on the long side.  Cut a printed designer cardstock square mat that measures 5 3/8″ square.  Adhere to the front of the base card.  Cut a pale lavender sq. that measures 5 1/8″.  Adhere to the previous “designer print” mat.  Now add the 3 “Wavy Frames” starting with the largest to the smallest.  Then adhere the “Stitched Flower”  square pc. to the center as shown.  I added a little tag sentiment.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love comments and hope you’ll follow my blog.  I respond to all comments and any questions regarding crafting with paper, personally.

Other Products Used:

Cardstock from Michael’s:

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Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12 x12 White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm  and “General Sentiments” Clear Stamp set.

Spellbinders:  The little “For You” sentiment.

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Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix: Big Shot Plus



C4C394 Sketch Challenge

Bee-utiful day

My C4C394 Entry

I do love a challenge.  Sketch challenges are fun because you already know what the layout is.  All you need to do is choose what elements you will use that fit the layout sketch.  Most challenges make liberal allowances for interpretation of the sketch.  Go over to the “Crazy4Challenges” challenge blog and you’ll see what all the designers on their team did with this sketch.

I just adore making flowers with the Susan’s Garden die sets for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  For this card I used #999 – Garden Notes – Sunflower.

Step 1:

I cut two of all the pieces for each Sunflower except the big petal piece.

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The above shows some of the pieces with some PanPastel Orange added to the center of the big flower base piece and on the end of each of the petal pieces.  I colored the end that will be glued around the center of the big flower.  Using Susan’s Tool Kit I shaped all the flower pieces and veined the leaf and stem pieces.

Step 2:  I used the “1271 – Rustic Ladder” by Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs and scrap  designer cardstock.

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The gold piece measures 5.25 x 6.75″.  The wood pc. is 2.5 x 6″.  The green mat under the wood pc. is 2.75 x 6.25″.  The ladder was cut twice from scrap brown cardstock and glued together to give it more depth.  Next adhere the wood rectangle to the green mat and then glue on top as shown. Important:  do not adhere this stack to the gold piece yet!

Step 3.  Start assembling the sunflowers and leaves gluing the pieces directly onto the stack you just made.  One of the benefits of Susan’s flower dies is that you assemble them directly onto your project.

Step 4: I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 710 – Bees to make two bees and glued them as shown so that the sentiments I used on the fish tail banners made sense.


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Step 5:  The sentiments were first stamped on white cardstock using the below two stamp sets:

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I then cut them out with this die set:

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Next I used some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in brown on the edges.  I colored the stamped bee with a yellow pencil.

Step 6:  The last step is to assemble the card.  Cut a base card by scoring a piece of 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock and scoring at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold the card and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the gold mat to the front of the card.  Adhere the “flower stack” piece to the front as shown.  Adhere the fishtail banners as shown.  That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: 10mm Clear Double Sided Tape.  White Soft finish Cardstock 8.5 x 11″

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Staedtler:  Colored Pencils