C4C 414 Color something!

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Below is the inside of this card:

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This week’s challenge over at Crazy4Challenges is to color!  I just recently bought some digital stamps from The Paper Shelter.  This little stamp is called “Snow Angel”and I fell in love with her!

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This is also a 3D scene card but only 2 layers:

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The Steps:

Step 1:  Digital stamps can be printed out in any size.  I knew I wanted to make a multi layered card so that it would look like this little Snow Angel was out in the woods under a blanket of fresh falling snow.  Print out the image in the size that will be in ratio to the other elements (trees).

Cut 8 trees from this die set:

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You can cut two layers of cardstock at a time with these dies.  Glue two trees together to end up with four trees.  I need them early in the project so I can audition other things in relationship to this die set!

Step 2:  Color the Snow Angel with Copic Markers:

Step 3:  Create a background for the scene.  First, cut the printed and colored cardstock down to 5.5″ x 7″.  I used a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Cloud and Grass” to create the sky using PanPastels 520.5 Ultramarine Blue:

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Then using a white gel pen, I made little circles to look like snow:

Next using Copic N0, color the snow mounds in, accenting the artist’s lines and making the illusion of snow mounds in the forest:

Next using a product called Snow Writer add this dimension to the colored snow mounds and on the circles and some lines that the artist drew.  Immediately shake Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over all of this product:

 

Step 4:  The “trees” in the above die set have a built in embossing effect that suggests the dark lines on a birch tree.  With Copic liner pen .3,  I went over these embossed lines.

Step 5: Adhere two of the trees to both sides as shown below but leave some of the small branches not glued.  This gives you some options of tucking other items under them:

Step 6:  Stick a piece of white cardstock to Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive that measures 4″ x 2″.  Take the backing off of the adhesive and shake Silk Microfine Glitter Cool over this entire adhesive pc.  Shake off the excess and polish with your fingers.  Using the “Snow Flake”  from this die set, cut twice placing the die cutting side down on the glitter side of this pc. Tip: Cut off the excess glittered cardstock for each run through of the “snow flake” and the other dies you’ll run through your die cutting machine using this glittered cardstock.   I added ECD Glitter Dots Transparent/silver to the center of each snowflake.

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Cut two of the smallest snowflakes from this set: 757 -Snowflakes by Elizabeth Craft Designs using the same technique as above (I cut off the circles)

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Cut (out of white cardstock) and color the two birds from this set with Copic Markers:

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Step 7:  Make the second layer, the frame.  Cut a rectangle from heavy white cardstock that measures 5.5″ x 7″.  I had to improvise this step so I placed the third largest of this die set with the shortest side placed on one side of the rectangle eyeballing an even margin from the edge on those three sides.  Run it through your cutting machine.  Keep the mat that it cuts for the inside sentiment as I did.  Next, slide the die to the opposite side and run through the machine again.

Step 8:  Make the base card by scoring a 12″ x 12″ pc. of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock Dusky Sky at 6″.   Fold over and trim to 6″ x 7.5″.   Cut a rectangle from white cardstock that measures 5.75″ x 7.25″.  Adhere this rectangle to the “Dusky Sky” base card centering as shown with ECD double sided adhesive 10mm.  Next adhere the stamped first layer to this white rectangle also centering it.

Step 9:  Lay the “frame” layer from step 7 and lay it on top of this stack. Cut the last to trees in half dividing the two trunks. Adhere the  two tree halves that were the left trunks to both sides as shown with Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue.  Now that you have both layers almost finished you know where you want the “snow flakes and birds”:

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Step 10:   On the underside of the frame layer add foam dimensionals like this:

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Pull the backs off the foam and carefully place exactly over the stamped Snow Angel layer.  They should be exactly the same size.

Step 11:  You can either stamp a sentiment or do what I did for the inside sentiment.  I used the white mat that was cut from step 7 and  these two die sets:

Brush the outer edge only of the white mat with Wink of Stella Clear.  Cut “Merry Christmas” from silver mirror cardstock.  Cut two flourishes from the same ECD Dusky Sky cardstock as the base card.

That’s it!

I hope you’ll give making a 3D card yourself.  They are so fun to create.  But it’s not necessary for the challenge.  We hope you will show us what you do for this weeks challenge.  You inspire us!  Add 3 Blue/Silver Glitter Dots to both of the Flourishes.

Other products used:

Beacon’s Kids choice glue

Michaels:  Dimensional foam adhesives

Joanne Crafts: Silver Mirror cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

A 3D Christmas Scene Card – C4C 413

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Diorama cards are becoming very popular.  They’re fun to make and only your imagination holds the limits to how many themes there are!  I’m sure there are many ways to create the layers but this tutorial is how I do it.

First decide on your theme.  I’m working on Christmas cards now and that’s what this week’s challenge is over at Crazy4Challenges.  The finished card measures 5.5″ x 7.5″ so all the elements have to work within that space.  I find when your goal is to create a scene, sometimes it’s easier to stay within one manufacturer because typically they are the correct ratio to each other.  Especially, what I call “scene builder” die sets.  Because I own more  Elizabeth Craft Designs products that are in this category, this entire card is from this company’s products with the exception of the sentiment tag on the top.  It can be the outside of a greeting card or frame it in a “shadow box” frame.

This finished card measures 5.5″ x 7.5″.

 I always have a theme in mind before I do anything.  In this case I wanted to make a country home all decorated up for the holidays.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Out of heavy weight 85lb – 100lb white cardstock 11″ x 8.5″ score at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.  This is the base card.  I stamp the sentiment for the inside at this point because I use the Misti Stamping tool.

Step 2:  Cut a rectangle out Designer paper that will be the background that measures 5″ x7″.  Adhere this to the front of the base card with a 1/4″ border on all four sides.  I had a designer pc. from JoAnne Fabric and Crafts that is blue with white glittery snow dots.

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Step 3:  Also from heavy weight white cardstock cut two rectangles that measure 6.5″ x 7.5″.  Using the die set below center the largest die on one rectangle and the second largest on the other.

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Run these two rectangles with dies through your cutting machine.   Make two score lines the length of the 7.5″ sides at 1/4″ and 1/2″.  Fold inward to create the two frames.  The frame with the largest window will go on top.

Step 4:  Cover two strips of white cardstock 6″ x 2″ with double sided adhesive.  Cut one of these strips with the tree edge of this set and the other with the middle wavy one:

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Pull the backing pc. off of the double sided adhesive and cover both pcs. with Silk Microfine Glitter in Warm Diamond from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Cut two more of the same size white cardstock and cut both with the wavy edge from the same set.

 

Step 5:  Cut out all of the pieces from the below die set from white cardstock and color with Copic markers and PanPastels.  Cut 3 little pcs. of yellow cardstock to glue behind the windows and heart in the door.

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Step 6:  From the set below cut out of both green and white cardstock the 3 smallest pcs. from the set below:

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Step 7:  Cut out of white cardstock 4 of both the tree pcs. in this set (there’s a die that is an additional branch)  I didn’t use the leaves:

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Step 8:  Start the fun assembly part!  On your base card with the attached background paper attach the white plain and glitter borders to the background.  Assemble the “house” and add to the card as shown.  Alternate the “pine tree” white and green layers and add to this layer with dimensional foam dots. I forgot to take a pic of just the first layer by itself.  This picture below is the second layer, laying on top of the base card:

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Step 9: Lay the smaller window layer over the above layer and glue one of the Birch trees to both sides as shown above.  Don’t attach this layer to the card yet.

Step 10:  For the last layer I used these three die sets:

Cut and color the fence and snow décor for the fence and do the same with the snowman.  (Assemble them.

I added another 2″ white cardstock strip that I glittered the same way as above.  Then I glued the last two trees, the fence and the snowman.

The little snowflakes are a decorator die pc. from another ECD set but at this posting I don’t remember which one.  I already had them from another project. (TIP:  when ever I’m making a project that requires some little pc. like this snowflake I make a bunch of them so that they’re ready for another project and I store them in little containers like these below:)

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The last step is to create the sentiment.  I used a set I bought from one of the shopping networks last year on their Craft Bonanza by Diamond Press:

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I stamped the “Warmest Wishes” with clear embossing ink and used Gold Metallic embossing powder.  I cut the embossed sentiment out with it’s matching die.

I added Gold/clear glitter dots peel off stickers from ECD to the snowflakes and one on the sentiment.  I also added two tiny ones to the stamped snowflakes on the inside of the card.

The last thing you do is adhere the layers together.  I used Clear Double sided adhesive on the backs of layer 2 and 3.  I added dimensional dots also.

-I realize it seems like a lot of steps but it goes fast and it’s so fun to create these little scenes.

 

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Let me know if you have any questions in the comment section below.  And we would love to see a Christmas card that you’ve created!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C4C 403 Sketch Challenge

It’s the 3rd week of September which means it’s time for a sketch over at Crazy4Challenges!

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As soon as I saw this month’s sketch I thought of something with a window.  But, it had to be a small window to fit within the sketch.  I chose this one from Spellbinders:

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The Steps

Step 1:  I cut one first out of a pc. of scrap yellow paper see how it would look and where I could cut it to make it a square.  Then I used it to determine where I needed to cut the window hole in the card.

Step 2:  I cut a rectangle the measures 4.25 x 5.75.  After determining where the square hole should be using the yellow scrap window pc. as a guide I taped the 2nd smallest die in ECD 1118 – Stitched Squares to cut a square hole.

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Step 3:  Run the step 2 piece through your cutting machine sandwiched into this Brick Embossing folder by Darice:

2017-08-29 12.00.15Step 4:  Cut the window from the same blue cardstock as the base card.  Trim the top off.  Now glue the “window pc.”  over the square hole as shown.

Step 5:  I just love this little happy Kitten from Frantic Stamper Inc.  Cut and color one of these Kittens.

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Step 6:  Choose a scrap pc. of floral paper similar to the one pictured below that I used and cut a 2 x2″ square from this paper.  Cut a piece of Transparency Film (2 x 2″ sq.).  Glue the transparency film square behind the window and then glue the finished “Kitten” behind the transparency, then the 2×2″ square floral paper behind the kitten.

Step 7:  With the 5th largest or 4th smallest die depending on how you count, cut a yellow circle with 1116 – Stitched Circles.  Glue this circle as the last pc. behind the Floral pc.  Glue the window stack so that the upper two corners meet the upper edge of the circle!  This leaves a little more room at the bottom for the branch of birds. (The stack from top to bottom:  window, film, kitten, floral, yellow circle.)

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Step 8:  Glue the window sandwich onto the left side of the Brick embossed pc. as shown. You want the left window edge to be even with the left side of the Brick embossed pc.  Trim off the excess yellow circle.

Step 9:  With white cardstock, cut just the branch pc. from the below die set by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  Color with Copic markers then trim off the two top branches and glue under the window.  Trim off where needed.

2017-03-15 14.27.24Step 10:  Using white cardstock, cut 3 of both of the birds from this die set By Susan and color with Copic markers:

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Step 11:  Cut the tiny ivy from another set by Susan below out of green cardstock.  I veined the ivy with Susan’s Flower shaping tool kit.  Now glue the 6 finished birds and some ivy leaves onto the branch as shown.

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The Ivy Leaves were cut from this ECD die set by Susan:

2017-08-29 13.43.23Step 12:  Make a base card by scoring a piece of blue cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold at the score and trim to a finished size of 5.5 x 7″.  Adhere the Brick and window piece to the base card.

Step 13:  Cut 4 of the straight ropes from this die set out of white cardstock:

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The ropes are almost the same size as the long sides of the “Brick” wall pc. so start with the top and bottom and glue a rope to the edges.  Trim as needed.  Now glue “ropes” to the two sides.  Because I chose to use the branch for the banner and the “birds” for the 6 x’s, I didn’t really have a place for a sentiment, but this card needed one badly.  So I used this die from Lawn Fawn:

hello-by-lawn-fawnI cut it once from white cardstock and once from blue cardstock.  This gave it dimension as well as a shadow so you could see it better but it wasn’t in your face so to spea k.  Glue the two together with the white on top but slightly offset as shown.  Then glue the pc. to the front of the card.

The inside was made by creating a sentiment on my computer, printing it out and cutting it out of ECD’s 1174 – Dotted Scallop Rectangles.  Then I added a sun and the little bird that were honestly left overs from another project.

That’s It!

I know this seems like a lot of steps but they’re all easy, quick steps.  Thanks so much for taking a look.

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided adhesive 10m

Beacon Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

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.

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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:

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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

A Background scene made entirely with stencils!

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I was so inspired by one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s own creations that I went right over to Elizabeth Craft Designs and bought all the stencils, (ones I didn’t have) that were on sale.  Which was a fab surprise!  The picture below is Susan’s card.

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Yes, I know mine is pitiful next to hers!  But, the point of this blog is the journey!  I loved hers so much but didn’t want to copy it exactly (like I could).  First that would be plagiarism if by some miracle I could pull that off, and second I wanted to try flipping the stencil (like Susan did for the tree reflection) but with the river.  Plus, I had new toys and wanted to try them all, of course.

Here are the stencils that I used:

The two on the left are: The Great Outdoors and Mountain and Split Rail Fence. The three on right are: Cloud and Grass,  Evergreen Grove and Shade Trees.

Here’s how I made this card:

As, I said, I had this idea to continue the “river” behind the covered bridge.

Step 1:  I trimmed a piece of white cardstock to a 5.75 x 5.75″ square.  Then I die cut Susan’s 1217 – Country Scapes – Olde Covered Bridge out of white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.

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The covered bridge is the focal point so I needed it to even begin to start stenciling the background.

Step 2:  The above picture is the first thing I did.  Using the bridge die pc. as a guide, I used the Great Outdoors stencil  and PanPastels to stencil the water in front of the bridge and the stones.  Then I flipped the stencil over to stencil the water behind the bridge. Then, while I still had the bridge taped down with temporary tape,  I colored with PanPastels, the road “through the bridge”.

Step 3:  Above pictured, I added the  “Mountains” “Shade Tree”, head of the reindeer and one “evergreen tree” and the “grass” in the lower right corner.  Then I put the bridge over it to see where else I wanted trees.

2017-07-13 19.02.30Step 4:  In the above picture I just started filling in more “Evergreens” and the “Mountains”

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Step 5:  This photo is the finished scene.  I went over some of the images with more PanPastel color to darken up some of the images and added the “rail fence” and grass on the lower right side..

Step 6:  My original intention was to use one of Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies in the  1047 – Pop it Ups – Western Edges – 4 die set as part of my scene.  It is the one with the two horses. Pictured below:

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But the horses were to big to be at the foothills of the mountains.  But I had already cut and colored it.  By coincidently, it was laying by the bottom of the finished scene and I liked how it looked as if the horses had stopped to get a drink.  I really liked it lifted by dimension foam dots.

Step 7:  I cut a grass piece out of green cardstock using the 914 – Outdoor Edges -3 die set below and adhered it behind the “horse” piece.  I stenciled the horse pc. with the negative from the grass die pc. as a stencil.

Then I added some little grass dies from Obsession Impression on top of the horse layer on both ends, pictured below:

Step 8:  Attach the above “grass, horse, grass” stack with “Foam Dimension Dots” to the lower edge of your stenciled scene.

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Step 9:  To create the Easel base card, cut a piece of 12 x 12″ white cardstock in half.  Score one half on the 12″ side at 3″ and 6″.

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Next cut a pc. of cardstock 3 x 6″.  In my case, I used a scrap pc. of double sided designer paper that looks like old painted wood.  Then stamped a sentiment “The Best Things In Life” by Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Next using the die set by ECD cut the two grass pieces using the same green cardstock your other grass was cut with.  Adhere these two grass helpers as shown below to the underside of your 3×6″ panel:

I added a rope die I cut with brown cardstock with ECD die set: 1125 – Ropes 1

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 and attached to the front of this panel as shown.

Now adhere this panel to the lower 3″ of your scored base card.  (the side that is 6″ sq. not scored.

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I colored a brown stripe with a Copic E71 because I didn’t like the white showing under the scene that I think was caused because of the additional pumped out layer.  Easy fix!

Now fold the scored half over the paneled half and adhere the scene pc. to the lower 3″ ONLY of the front of this card:

 That’s it!

A card that the recipient can display easily without an additional stand:

Thank so much for taking a look.  As you can see, I’ve got a ways to go before I’m stenciling like the great Susan but it sure is fun to keep trying.  Stencils are relatively inexpensive and their uses are nearly endless.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12×12″ 100lb. White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

PH NEUTRAL PVA glue

Copic Markers

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Hampton Art brown ink pad

This is my first entry on Art Impressions weekly challenge #175

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I’m branching out and trying to enter more challenges this year.  I have found that they are a great way to challenge yourself.  I work as a hairdresser for an upscale retirement community and have spent the last couple of weeks making birthday cards for the residents to give to one of their neighbors for their birthday.  I have collected a lot of Art Impression stamps especially in the groups they call “Golden Oldies” and “Girlfriends“.  This particular stamp is one I have had for many years.  I think it was the first one I bought.  It’s called “Fred and Millie Q1244“.  I just love this sweet scene of these two sitting on a bench.  We have a bench just like this one where I work and have often seen one or two of our residents sitting on it.  We’re in California, in the Bay Area, and we don’t see snow but it does get chilly.

This is how I made the card

Of course, I first stamped the image and then colored it with Copic Markers.  Since the couple are on a bench I knew I wanted the card to look as if the view was looking at them through a window.   The base of the card measures 5.5″ x 7″ and is white cardstock.  I made a double frame by using three Spellbinders Nested rectangles from their set called “Card Creater“.  It has eight dies in the set.  I use this set a lot.  I simply nested a smaller die inside of a larger die so that it created a frame when it was cut.  Then I repeated the same process for another frame.  I glued the smaller frame to the larger one so that it sort of looked like window molding.  I felt that my scene needed a winter tree so I used the “All Seasons Tree” by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs and didn’t add any leaves or flowers dies that come with this die set but I did use the die as a stencil to make the black lines on the tree.2016-01-18 17.33.272016-01-18 17.33.43

I used a gray cardstock to cut the tree.  I then positioned the tree inside the double frame where I liked it in my little scene and cut off some branches to fit.  Once I had my scene completed I felt it needed drapes to look more like a window instead of just a matted picture.  Luckily, I found a brown cardstock and a printed designer paper that worked together in my stash.  I cut a piece of the dotted designer paper 5″ x 12″ and then just scored it in quarter inch increments all across the 12″ piece of cut paper.  When you score the paper you need to flip the paper over at every other score so that you are able to pleat it easily.  I then cut two pieces of pleated paper the size I needed for my curtains.  My finished 2 pleated panels measure 5″ x 1″each.  The sentiment tag was made by first in Word on my computer and then cut with the smallest rectangle die in the same Spellbinder set.  Thanks for taking a look.

  • Materials List
  • White cardstock
  • Brown cardstock – Recollections Spice Market
  • Brown dotted designer paper – DCWV The Timeless Texure Stack
  • Spellbinders Cardmaker dies
  • All Seasons Tree – Elizabeth Craft Designs
  • Copic Markers:  B21, 23, 24  BG10,11,13,72 E00,30,71,74 RV10,25 Y8,13,15 N0
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp Fred and Millie

 

 

 

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”

Yes, it’s another crafting blog!

This blog was started by me to help people that are new to the “crafting with paper” hobby.  First a little background to what started my love for crafting with paper.  My first experience was when my daughter showed me her photo albums.  They were so cute and nothing like the albums that I had put pictures in when she and her brothers and sister were growing up.  I am of the generation that took pictures with a camera that you first had to buy film for and then take the film to be developed somewhere.  You then waited days for the film to be developed and with great anticipation, a week or so later would go to pick up your developed pictures and pay for the process.  I would be so excited to open the package and view the pictures I had taken that would document my children’s life and the activities I spent with them.  I usually couldn’t wait to get home to view them.  I would open the envelope the developer had put them in as soon as I got into the car.  I would consider it a great day if I loved all the pictures I had paid for to be developed.  This however was a rare occurrence.

For anyone who is less then half a century in age probably don’t understand what I’m even talking about.  You see because we didn’t have any way to preview the pictures we had taken on our beloved camera, we couldn’t pick and choose which shots to have developed.  So if we had taken 20 shots that’s what we paid the developer to print.  Many times some of the pictures were so bad (overexposed, underexposed) and many other disasters.  I would quite often end up with maybe only a few pictures that I could put in an album for posterity.

Getting back to my daughters albums.  Hers were so adorably decorated with stickers and stuff which told a whole story.  Mine simply had maybe a comment describing the event or where the picture was taken or their age in the picture.  You get the point.  I went to a class that taught her “scrapbooking method”.  It took 3 hrs. to complete 1 page in the album. It was the one and only page I ever completed!

You see, I had recently become a single mother of 4 when my husband went on a business trip and never came back. I knew right away, although I enjoyed her “scrapbooking pages” that I not only would never have the free time to do this, but in those days the hobby was just too expensive.

I loved to sew.  That was my hobby at the time.  And, as most sewing enthusiasts would testify, I had quite a stash of fabric that I needed to use!  So, all my handmade gifts were things I made from fabric.

Jump to the age of the internet and the shopping channels on TV.  I was watching one of those shopping channels one day and it happened to be national crafting month.  I was watching a presentation of a craft kit that contained everything that you would need to make quilled greeting cards for all occasions.  I had never seen or heard of quilling before but I was definitely intrigued.  So I bought it.  I was hooked.  I made several cards with quilled images on the front of the card and it was so much fun.  It was something I could do while watching TV (one of my addictions).  That was the beginning of my love affair with paper!

I have been crafting with paper for a few years now and have learned so much since that first purchase.  My intention for this blog is to attempt to prevent newcomers from making the expensive mistakes that I made along the way to where I am now.  Of course, there is so many websites and blogs now that feature card making and quilling and all things “paper” that you might not think there is a need for another one.  But, oh how I wish there had been one that would have helped me choose which products were the best or where to find out how to do some technique that I wanted to try and what were the best products to achieve it!  I intend to post my creations with instructions to copy but also will review what I feel are the products that are the best at achieving what they claim to do.  If I could get back back the money I spent on mistakes or disappointing products I would be able to retire from my job.  This blog will not be trying to sell you anything. So the products I personally recommend will not have any hidden agenda but will only be based on my experience with them. I will attempt to also have a link as to where to buy those products.  I do not receive any compensation from those referrals or your purchases you might make.

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