C4C – 402 Make it with Glitter!


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This week over at Crazy4Challenges the theme is “Use lots of glitter”.  The very first time I went to the big Craft Expo I took a workshop that was called “Make your own Glitter Paper”.  I was fascinated with that title.  Actually, it turned out to be the class where I first heard about Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Below is what we made in this workshop.

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I didn’t love the finished project but I did love learning about ECD Peel off Stickers with this glitter technique.  The kit for the project included: the scalloped red oval, the white oval, the metallic red rose embossed but not yet sanded, a little packet of glitter, a coffee filter, a 3 x 3″ square of white cardstock and two rose stickers still attached to the backing paper.

The Steps

Step 1:  Adhere a piece of white cardstock large enough for 3 of the hat stickers to ECD Double Sided Adhesive.  Peel off the adhesive backing to half of this piece.  Sprinkle ECD  Silk Microfine Glitter Cool Diamond.  Now peel off the other half of the backing paper and sprinkle this half with the same glitter.  With a soft brush, brush the excess off and polish the glittered cardstock with your finger in circular motion.  This pushes this ULTRA fine glitter into the tiny little places you can’t see and it will amaze you how much shinier the glitter gets.

Step 2:  Peel off 3 of these stickers with a pair of reverse tweezers and lay them over the above prepared glitter paper.  Take something with a smooth surface and press over the stickers while moving in a slow circular motion to maker sure the stickers are well glued down.


Color with Copic Markers: N0, 2, 4 R22, 24, 27, G02, 05.  Fussy cut the hats out.

Step 3:  What looks like a red glitter mat is made by cutting a rectangle that          measures 5 x 6.5″ from white cardstock.  Next, apply ECD 10mm Double sided Adhesive to all four edges.  Over a coffee filter peel off backing paper one side at a time and sprinkle with ECD Microfine Glitter True Red.  Again as before, brush off the excess glitter and polish with your finger.  Repeat on all four sides.

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Step 4:  Make a base card by creating the sentiment on your computer in the “Landscape” layout centering all of the text.  Then print on 8.5 x 11″ white cardstock.  Score this at 5.5″ and fold over.  Trim this folded card to 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the step 3 pc. to the front of this base card.

Step 5:  Cut a rectangle out of Designer paper that measures 4.75 x 6.25″ and adhere to the red glittered pc.   I chose this dark gray and white pinstripe paper because it reminded me of a blazer I wore for a  “Head Shot” photo session when I was only 45 and had just been hired as a Marketing Manager.

Step 6:  Make another piece of white cardstock 1 x 4″and cover with  ECD Clear Double Sided Adhesive and leaved the backing on.  Using ECD 783 – Happy Birthday cut the front card sentiment by placing the cutting side of the die on the side of this pc. of without adhesive.  Now pull off the backing of this sentiment and sprinkle with the same Cool Diamond glitter as above.

Step 7:  Adhere the “hats” and “Happy Birthday” as shown to the front of the card.

That’s It!

Thanks for taking a look and I hope you’ll try one of your own.  I love to read your comments and/or questions.

Other products used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Tweezers from Susan Tierney Cockburn’s Flower Shaping Tool Kit


C4C 401 By the Sea

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This weeks challenge over at Crazy4Challenges was to use the ocean or the beach as our inspiration.  A while back I found a card that I loved and wanted to make one like it.  Here is Beverly Polen’s card:

Inspired by Beverly Polen from Pinterest

So this was the perfect time to give this a try.  I already had very similar dies and products so I had no more excuses.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I began with the background.  I used my favorite stencil for skies and clouds by Susan Tierney Cockburn named “Cloud and Grass”.  Susan has a YouTube video demonstrating how to effectively use this stencil.  I used this stencil and PanPastel UltraMarine Pastel to fill a little less than 1/3 of the top half of the cardstock rectangle that measures 5.5 x 7″

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Using the same color PanPastel I started coloring an ocean.  Before I got to far down I colored the beach with PanPastel’s Raw Umber and Diarylide Yellow.  Next I brought down the sky to meet up with the beach.  At the point that the sky and beach meet I used a product called Snow Writer by DecoArt to create what I thought looked like sea foam and also made some incoming waves.

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Step 2:  Make all the elements that will make up the ocean scene:

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I didn’t use everything but I wanted to have some options.  I used elements from these die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

I cut everything out of white cardstock.  I do this so I can cut a lot of dies in one run  through the die cutting machine and the assembled elements need to look realistic.

Step 3:  Start to create the scene by adhering the assembled elements to the background piece.  Here’s where I ran into trouble.  I wanted some of my elements to be on the frame like Beverly’s inspiration card but after I had glued things in place I realized I didn’t have nested dies large enough to make a rectangle frame.  I do own a Silhouette Cameo and could have made a frame but I went the old school way:

I cut half inch strips of 100lb white cardstock and cut the ends at a 45 degree angle.  I dug into my paper only trash and found the negative from the mat and used just the four corners to back the corners for my frame.  Also, I realized where I planned to put the “Light House” I didn’t have enough “beach” on the lower left side of my background piece.  I didn’t want the light house to look like it was in the middle of the ocean so I got out another die set:


The die pc. in this set above, in the lowest left hand corner creates the stones for this wall.  I used these pieces to make a stone sea wall for the light house.  Some of the stones I glued to the background and some to the frame around the Light house as shown.  The Sea Gull and the banded drift wood is glued to the background piece as well as the flying gulls.  I then added the “pussy willow” in the lower left corner on the frame.  The “chain is glued across the bottom of the frame and behind the “light house.  The “Anchor” is from the light house die set.  The “Corner” dies on the two upper corners are from this set:

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Step 4:  Once the frame was completed I attached it to the background on foam dimension dots and that completes this card.

Thank you so much for Beverly’s card I had pinned on Pinterest for inspiring my card.

Thanks to all that took the time to take a look and maybe try one of your own.

 Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear double sided Adhesive

Beacons Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Needed to make a special card for my sisters big birthday.

The front of my sister's birthday card
The front of my sister’s birthday card
Inside of my sisters birthday card
Inside of my sisters birthday card

This year my youngest sister is turning the big 60!  That’s a tough one, or at least it was for me.  So today I thought I would share this project.  I knew I wanted it to be a pop-up card.  I had an idea, but sometimes what’s in your head doesn’t always work out.  I usually start to make the inside first and when finished and happy with it, then I decide what I want to say on the front of the card and how I want it to look.

I like to start making the components first.  Once I know what images I want to use then I start pulling cardstock. I use a combination of my Silhouette Cameo cutting machine and steel dies. It took me a long time and a lot of money to find the products that are my favorites. As I said in the “Hello world” entry, my first cards were from a kit that included the pre-scored A2 card, insert with the sentiment printed, embellishments, beads and jewels, pre-tied satin ribbon bows etc.  Although they included a page of pictures of how you could put together the cards, this kit also allowed you to put them together any way you wanted to.

One day I was watching something on YouTube and the next video was a demonstration by a woman stamping an image and then creating a card.  I was so intrigued by her demo I started by stamps and boxes of cards and envelopes.  During her demo she mentioned that she always uses Gina K Designs white card on to stamp with.  I hopped over to the Gina K Designs website and discovered there is a whole world of card making that I never knew even existed.  I have used only Gina K Designs 80lb and 120lb paper for stamping ever since.  You can buy cheaper cardstock but nothing I’ve ever tried works as well.  In my experience with her cardstock, no matter what you’re using for medium to color with or even to color wash, this paper holds up.  It’s no savings if you have to redo your project because of bleeding or peeling.  If you’re new to making cards you should check her out.  She has kits with cardstock, ink, embellishments and everything you need to make beautiful cards to go with her featured stamp set.  You can also buy all those products separately, but what’s really great is the ink pads, cardstock, embellishments all match exactly.  Her stamps are beautiful and very classy.  She also has a YouTube station called “StampTV” for great inspiration and tutorials.

Back to my sister’s card.  I used the Elizabeth Craft Designs “Lots of Pops” pop-up die.  I find that I use this die more than any other pop-up die.  It does what it’s name suggests.  It has a lot of pop out opportunities to create a little scene.  The designer for the Pop-up product at this website are designed by Karen Burniston.  My first encounter with this amazing women was quite by accident.  I had commented on an Elizabeth Craft Die that I had recently bought on one of the social networks.  I was having trouble with it not cutting correctly.  At the time, I didn’t know Karen was the designer.  She commented back to me that my experience was very unusual and that I should contact Elizabeth Craft Designs http://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com and see what they think.  Long story short, you wouldn’t believe the level of customer service this company provides.  They really get it and are vested in their customers happiness.  A few years later I have to say that the talented Karen Burniston has been my all time guru for card making.  Well, at least with my love affair with pop-up cards.  Check her and Elizabeth Craft Designs on her blog “I’m not left handed”.  Of course, to see her genius, you can find ECD and Karen on Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and I’m sure others.

Products used in “My sister’s birthday card”

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Lots of Pop die, Bathtub Pop die

All other images were created with my Silhouette Cameo

Colored cardstock: Recollections

Printed cardstock: Core’dinations

Front card die: Spellbinders nestabilities “Beaded Squares”