Christmas in July!

Cardinal H2) (2)

Yep, this month’s host for the challenge blog is the talented Karen Ostergard,  the only member of the Design Team that I have met in person.  Somehow, thanks to FB, I feel like I know them all!  Karen has challenged the team, and you, should you take the challenge, to make a Christmas themed card this week over at: Crazy4Challenges

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5″ x 6.75″.  Then put this through an embossing folder that resembles snow.  I used one from Darice called Dot.  I like it because the dot’s are small and close together.  The folder is exactly 5 x 6.75″.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x  11″ of red cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold, and trim to 5″ x 7″.  Adhere the embossed layer to the front of the card.

Step 3:  I purchased this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Garden Notes – Birds 1

As of this writing 7/10/19 it was on sale for $4.95! Click on link above! You get both birds!  (the Cardinal I used this week and the little garden bird I used on the card on the right:

Birds die set

 

Color Challenge H20

Cut the Cardinal bird out of white cardstock and color with Copic Markers R35, R37 and R39.  The branch is Copic Markers E70, E71, and E74. Bird face – Copic 100 Black. Bird nose – E31.

Step 4:  Using these two die sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs:

765 – Sprig with Berries     and     1088 – Garden Notes – Holiday Holly & Berries

Sprig and Holly

I cut the “Sprig with Berries” twice from an Olive cardstock and then added some ink shading with a darker green ink and finger dauber.  I cut a few of the “Holly leaves” in each size and from the same Olive green cardstock. The “branch” pc. from white  card stock and colored it with Copic Markers E70, E71  The berries cut from red cardstock.

Step 5:  I used this discontinued die set from Karen Burniston called: “Iron Fence Pop-up” and cut the fence die pc, from black cardstock.

Fence Pop UP

Step 6:  Assemble the card by adhering the black fence to the front of the card lining up the bottom of the fence with the bottom of the embossed layer.  Now add the “Sprig with Berries” and “Holly and Berries” where you like them.  I started with gluing the “Sprigs” end to end, then the “Holly and Berries”, and last attached the Cardinal on with foam dots.

Cardinal H2) (2)

Step 7: The sentiment is this one from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1235 – Merry Christmas

Sue C Merry Christmas

I have to give a testimonial and review of a product that I had never heard of but decided to try.  It’s called StickySpecks.  It’s basically a sheet of clear double sided adhesive.  But, most of these kind of products are one solid sheet of adhesive poured over a sheet of non stick backing.  But StickySpecks are millions of tiny little “specks” of adhesive separate from each other, but hard to see the separation with the human eye.  I tried this product out with the Merry Christmas cut die sentiment.  I used Silver Mirror Stock and hoped this worked.  There are so many small negative pieces in die cuts like this.  When you lift intricut dies like this from adhesive sheets, a lot of the time in the small neg. holes the adhesive in those areas come up too.  It’s difficult to pull that excessive adhesive off without making a mess.  With StickySpecks, only what you want lift off the sheet easily and the negative pieces don’t.  Result:  No mess, easy, clean, precise sticker!

Here’s a YouTube video

Well, that’s it!  I have received no monetary compensation for this review.  In fact, I’m sure they don’t even know I exist…but I do and I highly endorse this product.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Put A Bird on it!

Pink House H2O (2)

It’s a new month with new challenges!  This week’s challenge is put a bird on it.  There’s 3 on this card!  I recently acquired Art Impression’s Holiday Mansion 4926 and HM Garden Set 5096: 4926 – Holiday Mansion   5096 – HM Garden Set

Ai Holiday House dies stamps

Both of these sets include the stamps and matching dies.  Ai also has a “Holiday” themed stamp and die set, as well as a Valentines Day set too, giving you so many different looks.

4927 – HM Accessory Set:   4927 – HM Accessory Set

4977 – HM – Valentine Set: 4977 – Valentine Set

I am nuts for this set because it looks different depending on however you color it or decorate it.  Here’s a picture of the same two sets but in a different color scheme:

Blue ai house H2O

Pink House H2O (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one I made right away and gave it to my best girlfriend.  The pink one I made for this challenge and went a little nuts with the decorating.  I do have some tips that will help you get better results with stamping and cutting these adorable stamp and die sets.

The Steps:

Step 1:  First stamp the “house” stamp on white cardstock.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut the house to be adhered to a hand made background.  Also, there is no die in the set that cuts out the outline of the house.  This is what the house dies do:

House white template

They cut out the windows and doors.  There are two shutter stamps and matching dies.  So here’s TIP #1:  If you look close at the stamped house on the right above, when I taped the dies to the stamped image and ran it through my cutting machine, I was off just a little bit.  In particular, the arch on the door.  You’ll see, at the top of the arch, I cut off part of the bottom of the stamped “porch cover”.  So the tip is to tape these dies to a strip of white cardstock in order to make a template.  This allows you to use this template to see exactly where to tape the dies.  It’s hard to see when the die is upside down on your projects because you know longer can see the blade

Tip #2:  You can stamp the house on white cardstock as well as the accessory stamps on this same layer and create a scene using only the stamps.  Or, a combination of both, like only cutting out the house dies but not the accessory stamps in the scene.  In this case you will REALLY want to use a template.

Step 2:  I stamped the “flower pot” accessory stamp a bunch of times on white cardstock.  This gives you lots of options for not only how many you’ll actually use, but what colors you like best with the rest of the scene.  Any you don’t use you save for another project!  I stamped colored and cut all the rest of the accessories once.

Step 3:  This step is optional but I think is what makes it so fun, is to have a little surprise behind the two doors that open, and also that you see through the windows.  For this I used Ai: 4745 – Talk Much Set

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I stamped this little tea scene and then cut the colored scene in pieces so I could place the table scene through the front door and the Chandelier through the top left window.

Close uo open doors

Then I put a couple of stamped, colored and cut flower pots in the other two.

Step 4: I used this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs:992 – CountryScapes – The Woods 1

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I only used the left side of the tree.  I cut the trunk from brown cardstock and the leaves from green.

The fence was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs 1134 – CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence.  As of this day they didn’t show it available now.  However, I cut two of the fences out of white cardstock.

Picket Fence die

The last thing is to cut two “grass edges” from this set that is also no longer available but is a set by Karen Burniston 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set

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From green cardstock, I cut one edge with the wavy one and one with the Grass edge.

The last step is to assemble your little scene as shown below:

Pink House H2O (2)

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I just think this set is adorable and I will be buying the other two decorator accessory sets because I can’t wait to use this set for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store: All cardstock

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

 

The Wine Theme Challenge

Wine glasses h2o (2)

Somewhere I read this sentiment:  “Wine is to women what duct tape is to men. It fixes everything!”.   I’m not much of a wine drinker but I say what ever works!  This week the theme is “Wine related”.  And this one is easy peasy.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I used one of Art Impression’s “Oldies”  stamps with sentiment.  I first stamped on white card stock and then colored it up with Copic Markers.  Then using Elizabeth Craft Designs die set, I cut the image out with the 4.25″ square: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Stitched Squares

Step 2:  Create a base card by cutting a 12 x 12′ piece of white card stock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over for a tent fold.  Cut a 5.75″ square of designer paper and adhere it to the front of the base card.  Now adhere the stamped square to the designer square.

Step 3:  I used Karen Burniston’s Wine Charms die set and added them to the front of the card as shown. Wine Charms

Wine Charms

Inside the card looks like this:

Wine glasses inside h20 (2)

That’s It!

Thanks so much for having a look.  Can’t wait to see what you make!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Side Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’ Kids Choice Glue

Copic Markers

For Unconditional Love…

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

It’s sketch week!

I usually like to show the sketch but for some reason I was unable to cut and paste.  However, here is the link to the blog:  Crazy4Challenges

My granddaughter runs a kitten rescue called “The Kitten Stage”, so I made this in honor of what she does.

The Steps:

Step 1:  To make the “two triangles” base, I used a double sided card stock from LawnFawn.

Step 2:  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1116 – Stitched Circles.

Stitched Circles

Using white card stock, cut two circles using the second to the smallest die in the set above.  I then created the front sentiment on my computer and cut it out with the third to the smallest in the same set.

Step 3:  I used these two die sets from Frantic Stamper for the little dog and cat.  I cut them from white card stock and colored them a bit with Copic Markers.  Then I adhered them to the two smallest circles.

Frantic Stamper dies

Step 4:  The card measures 5.5″ x 5.5″.  So score a 11″ x 8.5″ at 5.5″.  (First, create the inside sentiment on your computer and print out on white card stock for the base) Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.  This is the step that using a double sided card stock is great.  I just cut a 5.5″ square and cut it in half on the diagonal.  Then I just flipped one to the other side for a perfect two triangle base.  Adhere the two triangles to the white base card and add the 3 circles as shown.  I added a bakers twine bow.

That’s It! Here’s one more look:

May sketch h2o (2)

May sketch inside

Thanks so much for taking a look.  This is an easy sketch, so jump in there and show us what you got!  Here’s the link:  Crazy4Challenges

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For April Fools Day!

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The front of the card.

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The Opened card.

Because April Fools Day is right around the corner,  Francis Byrne, this month’s hostess gave us the challenge to make a card with some kind of trick like a pop up!  I love pop ups so that’s what I made.

The Steps:

I started by printing out the “Stacked Tea Cups” (not the name) from a digital stamp.  I’ve had this in my computer for a long time and don’t remember whose it is.  I think it is from CraftsUPrint.  If I’m wrong and someone recognizes it, I would love to be corrected.  I then colored the image with Copic Markers.  I cut the colored image out with Elizabeth Craft Designs:1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares

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I cut a tan mat using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares2017-07-23 16.40.23

I cut a brown sort of linen print mat with the same die set above.

Step 2:  Using a now discontinued Karen Burniston’s  103 – Cup Pop Stand – 6 die set.  I looked over at YouTube to see if the assembly video is still available just in case you could find this die set on EBay., but it has also been taken down.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of card stock at 5.5″ on 11″ side.  Trim to a 5.5″ square tent fold base card. This is when you start the Pop Up die cutting process.  If you have this die set from Karen, then you know how to die cut what will become the “Cup Pop up” inside the card.

Step 4:  I added two more teacups to imitate the front of the card.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1072 – Small Butterfly: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/small-butterfly-1072

Small Butterfly

For the inside sentiment,  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1161 – Happy Birthday 2 and 1154 – Calligraphic Elements 1 https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/dies

                A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1 A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2

The leaves inside are from Elizabeth Craft Designs 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2:  https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/garden-notes-lilac-2

 

Garden Notes - Lilac 2

 

The lower picture shows that both sides of the stacked cups are the right side of the designer card stock.  You can make this happen by cutting the cup once with the die taped to the right side of the card stock and cut a second cup with the same card stock but tape the die to the wrong side of the card stock.  Then you adhere them together which makes “no wrong side” cups!

Step 5:  Adhere the stamped image layer to the tan mat and then to the darker brown one.  Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of the same card stock used for the base card.  Adhere the image stack to this square and adhere to the front of the Pop UP card.  Also used Brown Pan Pastel and sponged on the edges of the insided yellow card stock to give it sort of an antique look like the front.  Add another  5.5″ square to the other side of the pop up for the back of the card.  This step covers up both Pop up holes.  Here’s another look:

 

That’s it!

                     I hope you’ll join us this week for this fun challenge this week over at:  http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Michaels: All the card stock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

New Month – New C4C Challenge

feb 2 c4c hedgehog front h2o

A new month and a new challenge over at:  Crazy4Challenges

This month I am the hostess all month!  Which just means it’s my turn to come up with some fun challenges for the month of February.  Today is Ground Hog Day so the challenge is to put a ground hog or any other ground critter on your card.

I don’t have a Ground Hog but I do have a Hedge Hog!  This card is easy!

The Steps:

Step1:   I cut the body of the hedge hog pc. and apple pc. from white card stock, the leaves from green card stock and the spiky pc. from brown card stock.  I colored the body pc. and the apple with Copic Markers.  I sponged a darker brown ink on the edges of the spiky pc.  Assemble the hedge hog and adhere the leaf to the apple.

Step 2:  Out of a strip of green card stock that measures 1 x 6″ I cut a grass strip edge die that is discontinued but here is one that would create the same effect. :1388 – Adventure Edges – 3 die set

The clouds are from a discontinued Karen Burniston die set called “The All Season Tree”.

The “Hello” sentiment is Lawn Fawn’s:  Skripty Hello

scripty hello

I use this die so often that I don’t even put it away.  I cut it 3 times and adhered the 3 together to make it dimensional.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold and trim to a 5 x 6.5″ with a tent fold.

Step 4:  Cut a mat that measures 4.75″ x 6.25″ from a print card stock you like.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: Thinking About Polinesia

Using the largest die from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles  Cut a mat from from a light blue card stock.

Step 5:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the printed mat to the front of the card base.  Next adhere the die cut light blue mat over the printed one.  Adhere the “grass edge” just above the stitch line of the blue mat.  Now add the rest of the elements as shown:

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I adhered the apple, hedge hog and clouds with foam dots and the “hello” sentiment with Beacons Kid’s Choice Glue.

That’s It

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I’d love to see your ground critter card!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Michaels:  Recollections Paper Packs

C4C – 455 World Card Making Day!

Yorkie H2O 2

Today is World Card Making Day!  Today is also my first time to Hostess the challenge and I will be your Hostess all month at the blog for Crazy4Challenges  

So this week’s challenge is to make a card!  It can be any shape or theme that you would like to make.  I’m hoping to see a lot of you this week because you know there’s something coming up in your life that calls for a greeting card.

I took this opportunity to do some coloring.  I like to color when I’m experiencing stress!  I find coloring to be very calming and takes you out of your “head” for a while.

I used to have a little Yorkie named “Radar”.  He was the love of my life!  When I saw this adorable digital stamp from The Paper Shelter  I just had to have it.  The stamp is called “Teacup Yorkie”.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Download the image (click the “paper shelter” link above to purchase). Then size and print the stamp on cardstock made for the coloring medium you use.  I used Copic Markers, so I printed the stamp on X-Press It Blending Card that is available at Amazon.

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles Cut out the colored image:

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Step 3:  Cut a mat for the die cut image with a coordinating color cardstock using the largest die from this set:  1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles  Adhere the “colored image” layer to this mat.

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Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1072 – Small Butterfly

Cut the Silhouette pc and overlay pc. from cardstock that matches the way you colored the butterfly in the digital stamp.  Assemble the butterfly.

Step 5:  From this set I’ve had for yrs. and don’t know who is the manufacture, I cut the sentiment “Hello” 3 times.  Once in light peach, one in coral and one in a medium teal.  I offset the stack with coral, then teal and last light peach.:

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Step 6:  Score a pc. of cardstock that is 8.5″ x 11″ or larger at the half way mark on the long side and fold for a side fold.  Trim for a base card that measures 5.25″ x 6.5″.

Step 7:  Assemble the card as shown:

Yorkie H2O 2

That’s it!

Thanks so much for dropping by and I can’t wait to see what you make since there are no rules this week!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Moda Scrap Paper 12 x 12″ “Thinking about Grand Canyon”, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Michaels:  Solid color cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

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:

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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

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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

 

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