It’s Hufflepuff Pride Day!

Harry Potter card H2O

According to the Days of the Year Calendar the 20th of March is Hufflepuff Pride Day.  So the challenge this Saturday is to create a card inspired by Harry Potter.  This could include using stamps of the characters,  using colors from any one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft or anything else that inspires you from this famous series.  I chose the house of Gryffindor.    This house’s colors are red and gold.  Here are the steps to make this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I started by cutting 1″ strips of red and gold card stock.  Next I put the strips together alternating the colors.  I used 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut on the short side to have strips that measure 1″ x 11′.  Note:  precision cutting is important.

Step 2:  Tape the strips together on both 8″ sides.  The picture below shows how you will cut the mat for the card.  Sorry I forgot to take a pic before I cut the mat.  But this sort of shows you why you need to cut all of both colors of card stock.  You will need a large rectangle of taped together strips to cut a rectangle die on the diagonal so the mat will have diagonal stripes.

Cuts

Step 3:  Make a base card from 8.5″ x11″ white card stock and score at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Trim to 5.5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Now you want to use a rectangle cutting die and tape it on the diagonal across your assembled, taped together strips, as shown above.  Note:  Once you have the die placed on diagonal, lay down a layer of clear tape on all four outsides of the die. That will at the same time serve to secure the results of the cut and hold the strips together when you run this through your cutting machine.  Before you remove the die, carefully turn the die, still attached, over and add Clear Double sided adhesive tape on all four insides of the die.  Add a couple more strips of the adhesive through the middle.  Now remove the die.

Step 5:  For the Owl I used Karen Burniston’s “Poppy the Owl”, a retired set but you might find it on EBay.  The same goes of Poppy’s hat and broom which is Karen Burniston’s  1204 – Props 9 – 6 die set.

Step 6:  The Happy Birthday sentiment is Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1161 – happy birthday – 2 .  I cut once each with black card stock and gold mirror card stock.  I also added a gold mirror card stock flourish at the end of Poppy”s broom to make it more magical looking using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1034 – Flourishes & Branches

Flourishes & Branches

Step 7:  To assemble the completed card.  Take your taped together, diagonal striped rectangle and on the underside (where you added clear double sided adhesive) add a little dot of glue to one short side of this piece on every stripe.  Now turn over, and center the rectangle on the base card.  Let the glue set up a bit.  Then carefully remove the backing of the double sided adhesive on that same side.  Doing this stabilizes the rectangle so you can finish removing the rest of the tape while adhering the rest of this mat.

Step 8:  Add the rest of the elements as shown below.  (Glue the black and gold Happy Birthday sentiment together, offset slightly).  Now add Poppy the owl and his flourished broom.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off stickers in gold to add to the edges and that’s it!

Harry Potter card H2O

Thanks so much for having a look!  I appreciate your time!  Please join the fun challenge this week as this week’s challenge would make a great card for any Harry Potter fan!  Use the link below:

Crazy4Challenges – 476

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Michaels Craft Store:  Red and Gold Card Stock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro paper cutter

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Dog Biscuit Day

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

Yep, it’s National Dog Biscuit Day in the United States!  As if America doesn’t look goofy enough these days to the rest of the world…..we have national dog biscuit day!  This is   my last week to hostess for a month over at:  Crazy4Challenges  

So the challenge for this week is to put a pet on your card.  It doesn’t have to be a dog.  So this is how I made my card.

The Steps:

Step 1: I used some discontinued: Karen Burniston  dies for this card, but the link in red will take you to her online shop where she has comparable products.  I like to cut all the elements I might use for the projects first so I can audition them on my project.

I used Karen’s “Buster the Dog” , “The All Seasons Tree, Props 4 set (dog bowl, ball & dog bones), “Props 2” (party hat)  and “Outdoor Edges” grass.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” is a Elizabeth Crafts Designs die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to a 5.5″ x 7″ card.  Stencil the front of the base card with PanPastels Aqua Marine blue and Elizabeth Craft Designs: S-016 Earth and Sky

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Step: 3  Arrange from all the elements you cut in Step 1, a little scene to the front of the now stenciled card, as you like.  Here’s one more look:

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week.

 

The first challenge of 2019!

The first challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges is an easy one:  “What’s you favorite type of card to make?  Make one!  My favorite is some kind of an interactive or pop-up card.  My granddaughter’s birthday is Jan. 5th so I made her a cake pop up birthday card.

The die set I used for this card is no longer available but it is 1102 – Cake Pop Up by Karen Burniston.  It’s one of my favorites for birthdays as well as weddings.

To make this card, the hardest part is to choose the designer paper and cardstock you want to use.  The rest is really what the die set does.  So because this die set is no longer available I am going to just give you a list of the other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1161 – Happy Birthday, 1034 – Flourishes & Branches (also unavailable,  Clear double sided Adhesive 10mm. and  silver peel off lines

A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2 - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Joanne Fabric and Crafts:  Designer cardstock

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Thanks for taking the time for a look and I hope you’ll join us in this weeks first challenge of the year!

 

C4C – Make a CAS card

Elephant 1 H2OElephant 2 inside

In honor of “Use less day”, the challenge is to make a one layer card.  Yay!  Bring out the stamps!  I chose this oldie but goodie set from Inky Antics:

Inky Antics

The whole time I was making this card, I was thinking about my friend Carlene, that I met on a  crafting Facebook page the day they launched it.  We knew immediately we thought the same way about a lot of things.  We have been emailing each other for years now.  One of the things we had in common, is that we both loved and bought several of these stamp sets.  They all come with a stamp that you use on Honey Comb paper and then cut out for the inside of the card.  In this set, it’s the balloon on the inside.  They make a cute card with a little surprise inside and are quick and easy!

In fact, that’s it.  You stamp, color and install the surprise inside and you’re done!

Other products used:

Misti

Copic Markers

Beacons 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 – A Birthday card with Numbers

C4C numbers front logo

C4C numbers open

Everyone who knows me, knows I love interactive cards.  For this card I chose Karen Burniston’s 1042 – 1042 – Spinner Square Pop Up

 Spinner Square Pop-up

This die set is so versatile.  It can be used for almost any theme you want.  I always recommend that you watch Karen’s: Spinner Square Pop Up assembly video  It will really help you make the “spinner mechanism” work properly the very first time.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I chose a digital designer paper from a shop on Etsy called “The Digi Rainbow” that’s called 100 Number Digital Papers.  Yes, there are 100 different colors of this same paper that’s included in the Sale price of $1.40 for all of the colors!  What?  I used this blue one for the front, the inside left, and the back of the card.

Step 2:  I stenciled some clouds on the right inside as well as some die cut clouds from a set that has been discontinued.

Step 3:  I stamped and colored with Copic Markers this stamp from Art Impressions:

Art Impressions

Once colored, I fussy cut the “couple flying in the plane” to spin up on the square when the card is opened.

Step 4:  On my computer I created the two sentiments that is a quote from Abraham Lincoln! (“It’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years”)

Step 5:  The “Happy Birthday” sentiment on the front is: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s it!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10 mm

Michael’s: Light Blue Cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 452 Sketch Week!

Frog pull card front

C4C452Sketch

Frog pull card open logo

I have an adorable granddaughter who is a September girl like me!  She’s is in high school now and is too grown-up to want kiddie cards but still likes interactive cards.

Here’s how I made this card:

I used a now retired die set from Karen Burniston when she was still with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 916 – Spiral Circle Pull Card.  It comes with a die that creates a spiral that extends when the card is opened. As most of Karen’s interactive dies sets, this one could be for any theme.  This die set looked as if it was made for this month’s sketch to me:

Spiral Circle pull die

The basket and all the flowers were made with this set from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs called: 1460 – Spring Basket

Spring basket die

Let’s just say I cut a lot of flowers.  I used pink, yellow and white cardstock and cut each flower with two layers of petals.  The flower center circle was cut with an olive green cardstock.  The bow from this set was cut with the same cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called: Thinking About Grand Canyon that I used for the pull card.  I cut the basket from white cardstock and colored it with PanPastels.

The leafy branches was with Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1033 – Leafy Branch I cut about 6 branches and cut into pieces that worked for the basket of flowers.

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The frog was made with die set also expired from Karen Burniston called 909 – Hoppy the Frog:

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I cut two little circles out of white cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles  I cut them using the 3rd to the smallest die in this set for under the frog and for the sentiment when you open the card.  I stamped the sentiment “Enjoy your day” from a retired Karen Burniston little stamp set called Just a Note on one of the circles for the inside sentiment.

The outside sentiment “Happy Birthday” is from this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 783 – Happy Birthday

That’s It!

Thank you for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us this week and make your version of this sketch.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive tape 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C – 449 Make it Masculine!

C4C - 449

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:

C4C - 449

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

 

 

A Sea Themed Tag Pop Up

                                 2018-06-19 DRS Sea Tag closed

2018-06-19 DRU Sea Tag Book Open

Good Morning DiesRUs fans as well as Karen Burniston fans!  My sweet daughter gave me a gift certificate for Mother’s Day and Karen’s: 1023 – Tag Book was one of the new toys I chose with her gift!

This is my first “tag book” using Karen’s die set for this so fun and versatile set!  However, this is not the first time I made a “tag book”.  A couple of yrs. or more ago Karen came up with a way to make this very tag book but you needed several of her die sets and then also need to manually make a couple of other elements and then find other dies from other sets to decorate it!  Whew!  However, I soooo loved the results that all those steps made, so I gave it a try but I never made another one:

Cascading tag card Steampunk 2

When this publishes, I’m going to ask Karen if she remembers this.  I can tell you this set makes it a lot easier to make such a fun card to receive.  You can’t think of an occasion that this die set couldn’t be used for and it comes with 17 dies!   I made today’s project for my grand daughter’s birthday.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Once you decide what theme you want this card to have then I suggest that you watch the assembly video so you can choose which paper to use when you start cutting.  Remember, there are 17 dies!  And also, at the end of the video she will show what the designers made with this set.  Here’s the link:  Karen’s Tag Book Assembly

Step 2:  I cut everything accept the “Shells and other deco pcs.” twice because I wasn’t sure what I wanted in which of the coordinated designer cardstock.  I was working with a paper pack from Graphic 45 called “By the Sea” Collection.

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Step 3:  I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1

                                                                          

I cut 3 of the wavy chain ones and sort of weaved them in and over the little frames on the tags:

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Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1147 Shells Small

The small shells are not available right now at DiesRUs but the “Large Shells” are and would also fit this die set.  1146 – Shells Large

                                                                The little Pail and Shovel was in my stash from an earlier Karen Burniston Pop Up set.

Step 5:  The front of my card was made by fussy cutting a couple of elements from the same Graphic 45 paper pack:

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Here’s another look at the front:

2018-06-19 DRS Sea Tag closed

Here’s a closer look at the inside:

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That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll try your own version of this adorable die set and will come back to the: DiesRUs Inspriration Blog every day for more fun inspiration from the team and join the challenge at: DiesRUs Challenge Blog

Kathleen (1)

Other Products Used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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