C4C – 444 Sketch Week

 

 

It’s the 3rd Saturday of the month.  So, we have a Sketch Challenge!

This sketch was pretty easy for me.  However, I didn’t want to make flowers.  I decided to use one of Karen Burniston’s older character dies 909 – Hoppy the Frog for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I’ve always loved this character die set because besides “Hoppy”, the set includes the Fly and the Water Lily dies.

The main elements for this card are these three products:

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  Besides “Hoppy” I also used an embossing folder by Darice and Elizabeth Craft Designs 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  So let’s make this card!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut out the pcs. of the frog twice and assemble both frogs.  Cut the water lily die 6 times for 3 water lilies out of white cardstock.  Color the lilies with Copic Markers.  Shape only the lily not the leaves of 3 of the lily pcs.  Glue the shaped lily over the flat one offsetting slightly.  Cut the pcs. for the fly 3 times for the fly out of white cardstock.  (the white wing inner pc. will stay white but color the rest black.  Be careful that you don’t loose those tiny white pcs. that you will need for the flies wings.

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle 4 x 5.5″ and emboss it with the Darice folder using a blue or aqua cardstock.  Using the largest die in the nested Dotted Scallop Rectangles set, cut with a darker shade of blue or aqua cardstock.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring a pc. of 5.5 x 11″ white cardstock at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.25 x 11″.

Step 4:  Adhere the embossed mat to the darker scalloped mat.  Adhere the this to the front of the base, tilted as shown.

Step 5:  Add the frogs, colored and assembled lilies, and flies as shown.

Step 6:  Create the sentiment on your computer and cut it out with a the smallest die in this set:

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Add this sentiment pc. as shown and that’s it!  Just 6 easy steps.  I hope you’ll join us this week in the sketch challenge.  We can’t wait to see your version of this sketch.    The inside is just the simple “miss you” die from Die -Versions:

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Here’s another look at the card and the inside:

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Thanks so very much for taking a look and I hope you’ll come back next week for more inspiration!

Other Products Used:

PH Neutral PVA Glue

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish Cardstock 8.5 x 11

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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

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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

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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:

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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

 

C4C – 440 Ombre Technique

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Ok, first I just have to say I suck at water color paper.  I watched this video of this kid demonstrating how he makes ombre backgrounds and it looked so easy.  I had this paper that is water color paper so I tried this kids technique.  I obviously need to practice because my light to dark is not fluid.  I pulled too much color in areas and well you can see.  But, there are no “challenge police” at Crazy4Challenges and after it dried I liked how it looked.  I saw like clouds and sky going to water.  So I went with it.

The Steps:

Step !:  Create a background using one color of ink going from dark to light.  There are so many good videos on this technique on YouTube.  I just used a blue Hampton Art mini cube ink.  There is no color on the little mini as it is part of a pack of 9.  I cut the background to a 5″ square.

Step 2:  Stamp the grasses, pussy willows and birds from this stamp set:

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Step 3:  Stamp the sentiment with this little stamp set:

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Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ White cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold as a book fold card and trim to a 5.5″ square.  Cut a 5.25″ sq. from Black cardstock and adhere it to the white base card.  Now adhere the stamped ombre card and That’s It!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C – 439 Sketch Week!

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A few years ago I bought a bunch of coordinated cardstock from KaiserCraft called “Hello Birdie”.  It is double sided 12 x 12″ paper.  You know the kind that has prints, strips and solids that are all in the same colors.  The sketch this week gave me the opportunity to use these papers.  I have a best friend that seeing prints and stripes together, literally makes her head hurt!  LOL  This is an easy one.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Choose some designer cardstocks that coordinate together.  One of your choices has to be a solid cardstock for the 3 squares unless the papers you choose aren’t as busy as mine.  I love to mix it up!  The card measures 5.5 x 7″.  What I always loved about the C4C Challenges is that there is no “Challenge Police”!  Even with the design team inspiration cards, although we all pretty much followed the sketch, our interpretations are all different!  My middle portion (the one with horizontal stripes and squares) is not in exact proportion as the sketch.  I wanted to use some elements that gave the card dimension (the flowers, bees and green ladybug), so I needed smaller squares.

Make a card base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ cardstock at 5.5″ on the 11″ side and fold for a tent fold card.  Trim to 5.5 x 7″.

Step 2:  Choose one cardstock and cut a background mat that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the base card.  I like to use Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 3:  With a different cardstock cut a panel that measures 2.5 x 6.75″.  Adhere it to the middle of the card as shown.

Step 4:  With a third cardstock cut 2 stripes that measure 1/2″ x 6.75″ and two stripes that measure 3/8″ x 6.75″.  Adhere the stripes as shown.

Step 5:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1118 – Stitched Squares   cut 2 of the smallest dies in this set and one of the second to the smallest in your solid cardstock.  Adhere them to the horizontal panel as shown.

Step 6:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs:  710 – Bees    cut the pcs. to make 3 bees and assemble them.

 

Step 7:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 711 – Lady Bugs  cut on fat lady bug body pc. with black cardstock and the open wings from green cardstock.  Glue the green wings over the body pc.

Step 8:  Using Docrafts “Glorious Gerbera” cut the smallest Daisy  6 times and it’s center 3 times to make 3 completed daisies.  Use 2 offset daisy petal pcs. per daisy.

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Step 9:  Stamp a sentiment on a pc. of cardstock and I hand cut the sentiment out as a “fish tail” banner.

Step 10:  Adhere the bees, sentiment banner and ladybug as shown.

That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join the challenge.  We love looking at your projects.  You inspire us!

 

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Perfect Pink Soft Finish Cardstock

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C 437 Go Barefoot Day!

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Actually, Go Barefoot Day was yesterday, so the challenge over at Crazy4Challenges this week is to put something on your card that is barefoot.  I am a big fan of Conie Fong’s Digital Stamps.  This cutie is called “Puppy Love“.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color this adorable image.  I colored her with Copic Markers.  Then cut out the colored image with the second to the largest die from this set Elizabeth Craft Designs 1118 Stitched Squares:

Step 2: Cut a scallop mat with the largest die from this set out of a coordinated color cardstock: Elizabeth Craft Designs 1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares

Adhere the image layer to this scallop layer with Clear Double Sided Adhesive.

Step 3:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ along the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Cut a background mat out of a coordinated print cardstock that is a 5.75″ square and adhere it centered over the base card.  Adhere the image sandwich, centered, to the card.

Step 4:  Add a sentiment and a few hearts and it”s done!  The 3 little hearts I used in the left lower corner were just leftovers from other projects.  The “Hugs” sentiment is from:

   Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1269 Love Sentiments

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us and take the challenge.  We love seeing what you make.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish Cardstock True Green 12 x 12″,  Clear double sided Adhesive

Beacons Kids choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C 436 Graduation theme!

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Here’s a pic of the inside:

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I have two grandchildren who are in college but the first to graduate won’t be until Dec. and the other is 2 yrs. away.   They are both doing very well but one loves to study and write essays and the other does not.  She’s more of a computer and gamer wizard!  So I made this card to send to the latter for encouragement.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The Grad Hat is a Silhouette file.  But there are many dies out there that would also work great.

Step 2:  Create the sentiment on your computer, print on white cardstock and cut out

with Elizabeth Craft Designs  1116 – Stitched Circles

 

Out of yellow cardstock cut a circle using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1172 – Dotted Scallop Circles– .

Adhere the white sentiment circle on top of the yellow one.

Step 3:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over to make a tent fold card.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1168 – Bead Strings !, cut the diamond shaped string twice with gold mirror cardstock. Note: I first adhered a 2″ x 6″ strip of the mirror cardstock to Clear Double Sided Adhesive before I die cut.  Also, cut the strip in half to end up with two strips that are 1 x 6″ strips.  Always cut away and mirror cardstock  that is more than you need to cut the die with.  If you don’t the rest of the cardstock will be embossed with all the scratches on the cutting plate and no longer useable.

Step 5:  Assemble the card by adhering the bead strings at 1″ from both the bottom and folded edge.  The add the cap and sentiment.

That’s it! 

As always, I really appreciate you hopping over here.  I’d love to have you comment and follow.  I love answering any questions you have about card making!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White 12 x 12″ Soft Finished Cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 2″, Suzanne Cannon “Believe” Die.

 

 

 

C4C – 435 Sketch Week!

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My DT card for this challenge is an homage to Romeo and Juliet!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make two of  Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Rose  There is an Assembly Video from the designer Susan Tierney Cockburn.

Step 2:  Make a base by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″  black cardstock at 5.5″. Fold over and trim to 5.5x 7″.  Cut a pc. of designer paper 3.5 x 7″ and adhere to the black base card using double sided adhesive as shown.

Step 3:  On your computer create the two sentiments.  Print on cream card stock and cut to 1″ x 3″. Distress the edges with Black Pan Pastel. Then I hand cut the fishtail.  You could also use fishtail dies.

Step 4:  Add the assembled roses and sentiments as shown.

That’s It!

I really appreciate the time you took to take a look.

Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs Rose 1

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Black 12 x 12 Soft Finish Cardstock, 10mm Double Sided Adhesive,  Susan Tierney Cockburn’s  Tool Kit (flower shaping tools)

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

JoAnn Fabrics and Craft:  “I love you” designer paper

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

C4C – 434 Train Day!

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Yep, today is apparently Train Day!  So the challenge today is to put a train on it!  Now there probably is a die set of a train somewhere, but I haven’t seen it.  So I went for another digital stamp.  I found this cute circus train on Etsy from an artist’s shop called Pretty Grafik.

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Size, print and color up the image:

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Step 2:  Using a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Earth and Sky:

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Stencil clouds on the upper half with PanPastel’s 520.5 Ultramarine Blue.  Using a small sponge dauber and Panpastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and a little 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.

Step 3:  Using the die set below cut all  pcs. with white cardstock and color with Copic markers or cut with green cardstock.

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Step 4:  Cut the words Happy Birthday  with green cardstock.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting a pc. of 12 x 12″ cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over for a top fold card and trim to a 5.75″ square.  Adhere the finished scene pc. onto the card base.

Step 6:  The inside balloons were made with this die set Lollypop:

                                              

The strings for the balloons came from a set that has since been discontinued.  You could use a pc. of real string or yarn and glue in place.

The sentiment inside “Make it as fun as train full of circus animals!” was created on my computer and printed on yellow cardstock and cut with the 2nd largest die from this set:

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That’s it!

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

If your interested in purchasing some of the products used,  click on the blue words and it will take you right to the store.  I receive no commission of any kind.

Other Products Used:

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

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Humor with a message!

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This week’s challenge #432 over at Crazy4Challenges  is to use this phrase as inspiration:

“Skating on thin Ice”

I have a friend who is married to a man who refuses to take the advise from his doctor.  I’ll be sending her this card unsigned so she can give it to her hubby.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using Art Impressions UMI1238 stamp on paper suitable to the color medium of your choice:

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I colored her with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Cut one door from med. brown cardstock using Elizabeth Craft Designs  1128 – CountryScapes Carolina Farmhouse Door:

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Step 3:  The urn with flowers and wreath on the door were cut from this set                  1010 – CountryScapes – Backyard 2 also from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

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Cut one urn, the flowers for the urn and the pieces for the wreath.  I cut all the tiny flower pcs. for the urn and wreath from pink cardstock.  The wreath itself, bow, urn leaves I cut from white cardstock and color with Copic Markers.

Step 4:  I love digital stamps because you can resize them.  For this card I chose “Caffeinated Craig” from Dr. Digi House of Stamps:

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Print and size “Craig” to 3.25″, color and fussy cut him out.

Step 5:  I created the sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the smallest die from this set by Spellbinders “Card Creator”:

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I applied, a with a light touch, PanPastel’s “black” to distress the edges.

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You should now be ready to assemble the card:

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Step 6:  Cut the cross pcs. out of the door window and glue the Art Impression colored stamped image behind the door as shown above.

Make base card by cutting a pc. of 12 x12″ cardstock in half.  Score one of the halves at 6″ on the long side.  Fold over.  I chose Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dove Gray.  I love this cardstock because it’s colored on one side only.  This is a great choice when you want to stamp a sentiment on the inside.

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Step 7:  Cut a 5.75″ square of designer paper or cardstock that will look like the side of a house.  I chose this brick paper from Michaels because of the colors, but you could also use a “wood grain” look.

Adhere the door, with image behind it to the left lower side as pictured.  I curved “Craig” slightly with my thumbs.  Then I adhered him to the card as shown by gluing only his shoes to the card and putting a foam dot behind him about where the donut is.  Now add your floral pcs. and the sentiment and that’s it!

Thanks so much for having a look.  I love to make pretty cards but also find it really fun to make a funny card sometimes.  I’d love you to leave a message so I know who stopped by.  I love to read them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus