Autism Awareness Month

Autism front H2O

Inside of the card:

Autism inside final wo h2o

Well, hello fellow crafty friends.  With everyone, everywhere, dealing with the Pandemic crisis, when has there been a better time to knuckle down into the craft room!  Plus, this week’s challenge is for such a good cause.  Because April is Autism Awareness Month, the challenge is to use the Autism Logo as your inspiration.  Read the challenge and see the logo here: Crazy4Challenges

I decided to use the challenge literally and make a card for someone with Autism.  My youngest daughter has a friend who has a family member with Autism.

The Steps:

Step 1:  This is the painful step!  Using the four colors in the Logo, I cut strips that measure 1/2″ x 11″ from each color twice. Then cut the strips in half. Note: Precision cutting is important. If you look at the front of my card,  you’ll see what I couldn’t see, because it is so minimal. The white showing through the red and blue stripes under the “you are strong” tag.

Autism front H2O

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 6″.  Cut a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive the same size.  Lay the white cardstock rectangle over the adhesive by removing the protective layer and matching up corners.  You can also glue the strips in place.  In hind site, I think glue would have been easier.  But in either case, this is where you pain painstakingly lay the strips in place as seen above.

Step 3:  I created the 3 sentiments on my computer.  I printed them on white cardstock and cut them with a fishtail banner set from Gina Marie Designs:2016-07-24 12.13.19Step 4: Adhere the 3 fishtail sentiments as shown.

Step 5:  Create a base card by creating the sentiment inside on your computer and printing out onto white cardstock.  Then scoring the printed piece of cardstock at 5.5″ and fold over.  Trim to 5.5″ 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle from Black cardstock that measures 5.5′ x 6.5″.  Adhere to the base card.

Step 6:  Adhere the finished step 2 centered onto the black rectangle and then adhere this sandwhich onto the base care.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look!

 

Cute Easter Card

March 2020 sketch bunny H2O

The third week of every month is a sketch challenge!  It’s always a favorite challenge for me.  Here’s the link to the sketch and all twelve inspiration cards made by the design team:   Crazy4Challenges  

For some reason, I’ve been in a mood  to color and watch TV when I’m not working. So because Easter is right around the corner, I decided to start making a few Easter themed cards.  This adorable stamp by Pink & Main is called “Bunny Costume“.  Unfortunately it has been discontinued.  It’s too bad because it is one I pull out every year!

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Stamp something that will be the focus of the card.  Color and cut the image out.  I used Copic Markers.  I also stamped the Easter Eggs and the “chocolate Easter bunny” box.  After I colored them I fussy cut them out.  I applied clear Lacquer to the “bunny boxes”

Step 2:  I cut the image using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Nested Rectangles.

Step 3:  I cut the two yellow gingham 2″ squares using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stitched Squares.  I hand cut the green and white polka dot rectangle.

Step 4:  My card is a 5.5″ square, so I made the base card by scoring an 11″ x 8.5″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent fold and trim to a 5.5″ square..

Step 5: Adhere the yellow squares to the top front as in the sketch.  Adhere the green rectangle under the squares, and then the featured stamped rectangle on top, centered.  I then added some of the “fussy cut” bunny boxes and eggs as shown.  The two grass pieces I tucked them into were left overs from another project. Here’s another look:

March 2020 sketch bunny H2O

Thanks so much and don’t forget to hop over to the challenge and join in this week!

 

 

A Lady Bug Hello

Feb. Sketch H2O

If you’re a follower, then you know I love a Sketch Challenge!

Over at: Crazy4Challenges   Every third Saturday is a sketch challenge!

I am the Hostess for February so this is the sketch I came up with.  I thought it would be pretty easy since you could make it any theme that you want.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the card base by choosing an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scoring it at  5.5″  along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to  the finished size of 5.5″ x 7″.

Step 2:  I cut a strip of brown cardstock that measures 7″ x 5/8″ and adhered it to the base front 1/2″ from the folded edge of the base card front.  I added the leaves from a discontinued die set from ECD called Curvy Leaves.

Step 3:  The 3 squares are from die cutting the smallest square from: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Step 4:  The lady bugs are an Elizabeth Craft Designs discontinued die set.

Step 5:  The “Hello” sentiment is from: Lawn Fawn

scripty hello

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!

 

Easy All Occasion Card!

Kite Front H2O

This week over at: Crazy4Challenges  I am the hostess, and found on the “Calendar of Days” that today is “Kite Flying” day!  So for this Saturday  Feb. 8th. the challenge is to put a kite on your card.  If you don’t have a kite then you can put anything else that flies on your card.  Or,….You can make a kite to put on your card like I did.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.5″ x 7″ from white cardstock.  Next I used a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Clouds and Grass” to stencil this background panel with PanPastels.

Step 2:  I made the kite by cutting a rectangle from Coral cardstock that measures 2″ x 3″.  Then I folded on the diagonal long side.  Then cut the shape of the kite.  Then fold across the kite.  Below shows the toothpicks I glued on the underside:

Kite under tooth

Step 3:  Cut out a 1″ x 6″  grass edge for the bottom of card with Elizabeth Craft Designs: Nature Edges.  The clouds are from an older Karen Burniston die set called: The All Season Tree.

Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of cardstock at 5..5″ and then folding for a book fold and trimming to 5″ x 7″.  Now adhere the cloud stenciled layer to the front of the base card.  Adhere the grass edge to the bottom of the card.  Then decide how you want the clouds and Kite.  I added a little foam dot under the clouds and top half of the kite.  Then I added a pc. of white bakers twine to make the kite tail.  Then just cut scraps of colored cardstock in tiny triangles and glued them on either side of the twine.

Kite close up

Step 5:  I chose the stamped sentiment from an older one from Karen Burniston “flying by to say” because I could make a few and stash them for almost any occasion by just adding the appropriate sentiment on the inside.  Thanks so much for taking a quick look:

Kite Front H2O

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

CutterPillarPro

Amazon:  PH Neutral PVA Glue

 

Cute Wedding Card

Wedding towels H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to put a ribbon on it!  So first I want to say this is a challenge that everyone should take because you literally can make any kind, color, and type of card you want!  Just put a ribbon on it.  I decided to make a wedding card. First, because I’m still glowing from attending my first granddaughter’s wedding a few months ago and second because yrs. ago I saw a wedding card on Pinterest with Mr. and Mrs. towels with a bow above the towels.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 4.75″ x 6″ so score an 11″ x 8.5″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″ and fold at the score line for a book fold card.

Step 2:  With white cardstock, cut a rectangle using: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

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Use the largest die in this set above that measures 4.5″ x 5.75″.

Step 3:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Entwined Hearts  emboss the “stitched rectangle”.  Here’s a close up over the sentiment that shows the embossing.

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Step 4:  The ribbon I chose looked like it was stitched on the edges to go along with the stitched rectangle.  I made a bow with about 10 inches of ribbon and then cut the ends leaving enough to tape them under the left side top and bottom edges.  Then adhered this layer to the front of the base card.

Step 5:  On a scrap piece of white cardstock about 4 x 4″,  I stamped the Mr. and Mrs. with clear embossing ink and then used silver metallic embossing powder to make the towels.  I separated the mr. and mrs. by an inch apart so I could cut the two towels using the smallest die in this set by Spellbinders: Card Creator

Step 6: Cut a strip of silver metallic mirror cardstock that measures 2″ x .25″.  Fold the top end of each of the towels but without creasing that fold. (you want the towels to thick and luxurious)

.Back of towels

As you see in the photo above I didn’t glue the towels over this strip so as the bottom edges were even. LOL  So I fixed that with adding shiny little white trim at the end of the towels from a really old set of border stickers from Martha Stewart.

Towels close up

Add a small silver self adhesive ball to each end of the silver strip as seen above.  Adhere the towel rack to the front of the card as shown using a large foam dot on both the top and bottom of both towels a half inch from the stitching as shown.

Step 7:  The sentiment is cut from silver mirror cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1050 – Best Wishes

Here’s another quick look:

Wedding towels H2O

That’s It!  I sure appreciate you stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CatterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store: Cardtock

Amazon:  Double Sided Clear Adhesive

Walmart:  White ribbon

 

 

 

 

Make Lemonade!

Lemonade H2O         

 

This week over at:  Crazy4Challenges  It’s Sketch Week!  I love to be inspired by a good sketch.  I bought this stamp set from It’s Cheaper Than Therapy several years ago. It’s called Lemonade2Drink

Lemonade Stamp set

The Steps:

Step 1:  Stamp the glass and Ice cubes on white cardstock any way you like.  Then cut to 3.5″ x 5″.  Color with Copic Markers.  Cut a rectangle from black cardstock that measures 3.75″ x 5.25″ and adhere the “lemonade glass” to this black mat.

Step 2:  Stamp the full circle “lemon slice” on white cardstock and also color with Copic Markers.  Next cut it out.

Step 3:  Make a base card from a green print cardstock by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ piece at 5.5″ and fold as a book fold.

Step 4: I created the two sentiments in Word on my computer.  Then cut them with my Cutterpillar Pro to 3/4″ wide and left the length at about 4″ until I assembled the card.  I did mark the center with a pencil dot and then manually cut the “fishtail ends”.  I also colored the edges of the sentiment tags with the same Copic marker (Y08)

Step 5:  Next assemble the components onto the front of your base card as shown and then cut the ends of the two “fishtail” sentiments even with the edge of the card.

That’s it!  Don’t you love an easy and quick card?

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I can’t wait to see what you do with this month’s sketch!  Here’s another quick look:

Lemonade H2O

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

PH Neutral PVA Glue

 

Try Something New!

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I have had this one piece die since it first came out but just checked and it has been discontinued.  It was called 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares also from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Because of it’s name,  I always used the eight frames as frames!  But for this challenge, I cut the one piece out of white cardstock and then colored each frame and used them all on this card as a background die!  So this is a new technique for me even though I’ve had the die a long time.2018-05-01 16.57.43

After I colored each of the frames, I made a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ and folded over for a tent fold. Then I glued all the frames back together onto the front of the base card leaving an eighth of an inch border all around.

I added Glitter Dots in all the holes also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  As soon as I had it together it really looked like a “baby card” background.  So that’s what I made.

The “Bunny”  and “Onesy” are from a Karen Burniston’s Baby Charms.  The sentiment tag was first stamped with a Karen Burniston Stamp set and cut with a Sizzix Tag die.

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

Copic Markers

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Kid’s Choice Glue

Sketch Week!

Nov Monkey H2O

It’s the third Saturday of the month so we have a sketch challenge: Crazy4Challenges

This card is fast and easy.   You could use this layout for so many themes and put any feature in the oval.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Step 2:  I first made a pattern of the wave in the sketch:

Wave sketch pattern

Then I used this to make a light pencil mark on two of three complimentary colors of cardstock.   I chose a rust, olive and dark yellow cardstock, in that order, from top to bottom.  Only the two lower colors need to be cut in that wave and then layered onto the top color.  Adhere them, as shown in the sketch, to the front of the base.

Step 3:  I chose one of Joset’s for Elizabeth Craft Designs die sets called “1618 Monkey” :https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/monkey

to put onto the oval in the sketch.  The banana die is also in this cute set. Cut and assemble the monkey and cut the banana 4 times.

Step 4:  The Oval is the second to the largest in Elizabeth Craft Designs” 1113 – Stitched Ovals”: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/stitched-ovals-1113

Step 5:  The sentiment stamped in the lower left corner is from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Safari Sayings”: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/joset-designs/products/safari-sayings

Here’s another quick look and thanks so much for stopping by:

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Focus on the Sentiment!

Thanks H2O

This weeks challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to focus on the sentiment.  In other words, make the sentiment as large as you want.  This one is easy, so I hope you’ll join us.

The Steps:

Step 1:  This card measures 6.25″ x 5″.  So first make a base card from white cardstock by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5″ and fold over for a tent fold.  Trim to the finished size.

Step 2:  I used the largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs  to cut the stared background paper: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles  

Step 3:  Adhere it to the base using clear double sided adhesive 10mm.

Step 4:  I cut the sentiment 3 times to make it 3D.  The sentiment is from a set by DoCrafts.  I actually bought this on a HSN craft products show.  Then adhered it centered on the front.

That’s it!  I love quick and simple!

Thanks again for stopping by!  I really hope you will join us this week because you can make this card or one like it with a different sentiment of your choice.  It’s easy peasy!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Amazon:  Clear double sided adhesive 10 mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

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