C4C -446 National Mountain Climbing Day!

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Yep, It’s National Mountain Climbing Day!  First, let me say you’ll will never get me to climb a mountain.  But I do ride a tricycle!  My dog rides in the back (pic. on right).

Here’s how I made this card:

Step 1:  Cut a pc. of white cardstock in a rectangle that measures .25 x 7″.  Using a stencil by Susan Tierney Cockburn called S016 – Earth and Sky  stencil clouds with PanPastels  520.5 Ultramarine Blue on the top half of this rectangle.

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Step 2: I used this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Western Edges which is no longer available.  It is a Karen Burniston die set.  Cut both the mountain one and the horse one from white cardstock.  The mountain one was cut by putting the die at the top of a 6 x 5.25″ white cardstock rectangle and colored with PanPastel’s 780.5 Raw Umber and 250.5 Diarylide Yellow.  The horse die was cut from a white cardstock rectangle measuring 5.25 x 4″.  I colored the horses with Copic Markers and the rest was colored with the same two PanPastels as the mountain layer but with less of the Raw Umber.  The 3 grass pcs. were also cut from scrap white cardstock and colored lightly with the Raw Umber also.  The barbed wire was cut from Silver Mirror cardstock.

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Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold over for a book fold card.  Now start layering your 3 western edges as shown on top the stenciled “clouds” layer.  Add the 3 grass pcs. and the barbed wire pc.

Step 4:  I created the sentiment by using stamps from this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: CS077 – Sentiments 2 – Just Because  I love both the size and font in this set.  Plus, it’s on SALE for 5.95!

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I love visitors and comments or questions.  I hope you’ll take the challenge this week and show us you version of the “Mountain” challenge.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Walmart:  Reflections 110lb. white cardstock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

 

 

Snow Globe Christmas Card

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Yep, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas Cards.  There is so much extra stuff you need to schedule in during the holidays that I like to get an early start on my Christmas cards.  My family and friends expect to get a handmade card since they know that’s what I do!  In fact sometimes I can see they’re disappointed if it’s not a pop up card!

I loved this 1410 – Snow Globe die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs when it premiered last year.  But unfortunately, it was not in my budget.  But this year I had to have it!

So let’s make this card!  Here’s the steps:

Step 1:  Cut out all the pieces in the die set from white cardstock and color as you like.  I used Copic Markers to color the house and church and then adhered them to yellow pc. of cardstock so they looked like the lights were on.  I also colored the bottom of the trees also with a green Copic.   On the background circle I colored the sky with Pan Pastels.  I added Wink of Stella in clear to give the tiny snowflakes a little glitter.

Step 2:  As you can see in the photo of the die set there are several circle dies where you can make the scene have more of a border but I wanted to put the house and church in my little scene so I didn’t use all of those.  I cut the main die pc. twice from white cardstock and used a circle die from another nested circles set by Sizzix that actually came with my Sizzix Big Shot during a promotion for the Big Shot Plus I purchased.  I used the fourth largest in this set inside the second white globe to created this border and cut off the stand part.  I used the 3rd largest to cut out a transparency circle to imitate glass but you could also just cut the transparency with the globe pc and cut off the stand.

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Step 3:  Cut another globe out of brown cardstock to make the stand look like it’s wood.  I decided to cut the “Noel” pc. from silver mirror cardstock.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 944 – Merry Christmas  cut out of silver mirror cardstock.

Step 5:  Assemble the globe by adhering the white globe that you colored a sky to the brown one.  Now, create your little scene by adding the white pc. that is the snowy hill.  Add the house, church and trees as you like.  Then glue the transparency pc. next and the white circle frame.  Add the silver “Noel” pc. to the stand.

Step 6:  Create a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock.  Fold over and trim to a 5.5″ square.

Step 7:  I used a designer paper by Moda Scrap for Elizabeth Craft Designs called Thinking about Polinesia.  Cut this pc. into a 5″ square and adhere to the base.

Step 8:  Adhere the finished Globe to the front of the card and add the “Merry Christmas” sentiment across the top.

That’s it!

Thank you so very much for taking the time to take a look.  I appreciate comments.  I love to here what you think and I read everyone of them!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Soft Finish cardstock in white,  Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

Sorry you caught a bug!

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Here’s a video of how the pop up mechanism works.

his is a die set from Karen Burniston and is fast becoming my favorite!  Why, because it can be any theme you can imagine!  Plus.  It’s an interactive card that has a surprise that pops up when the receiver opens it.

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There is an assembly video by Karen.  If you want to buy this set for yourself then I really recommend that you watch the video at least the first time you use it.  The mechanism that makes the card interactive can be tricky and you’ll never figure it out by yourself.  Here’s the link:  1042 – Spinner Square Pop Up

I adore the paper packs from Moda Scrap called “Thinking About Polinesia” for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I am also crazy  for polka dots!

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I used this adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn called On The Mend  .  I stamped the Band Aid, Soup bowl/spoon and Turtle on white cardstock.  I colored them and fussy cut.  The Tissue Box and little bug, and sentiment “sorry you caught a bug” and “feel better” was also from the same set.

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I used a die set from Frantic Stamper called Gardening Pots 

I cut the 2nd to the largest for the flower pot on the front and the largest for the pot inside.

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The Daisies are from a die set from DoCrafts called “Glorious Gerbera” I cut the daisy on the right middle which is the second to the smallest twice for each daisy and the yellow center of the daisy from the little circle once for each daisy.

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The leaves are from a die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called 901 – Daisy:

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Well, that’s it.  Now you have all the info about the products used in this project and I hope you’ll make you’re own version of this really fun interactive card.

Thank you so much for taking some time to take a look.  Please leave a comment as I just love to read them.

Other Products Used:

Walmart: 110 LB. white cardstock

Beacon’s Kid Choice Glue

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

Tag Greeting Cards part 2

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This is a smaller Tag die set with a smaller price! LOL  A great set to start out with and also includes décor die pcs. you can use with other sets or projects.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Create a base card scoring an 8.5 x 11″ at 5.5″ and fold over for a book fold card

Step 2:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 952 – Tags & More – Deco tape the die pc. onto the base card with the blade right up against the fold but not on it.  This is what will make the “Tag” and card.

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Once you’ve run this through your die cutting machine remove the die pc. and trim to the length you want as well as cut the right side.  My finished card is 5.5″ long.

Step 3:  Open the card base and on the front of the card tape the décor pc. as below:

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Step 4:  Using the die pc. you already used to make the base card and this little hexagon hole reinforcement die, cut three of the larger and four of little one from yellow cardstock.2018-06-30 15.47.56

   On one of the larger die pcs. you just cut, tape the decorator pc. to it matching up the holes.

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Step 5:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs 1537 -Stitched Hexagons

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Cut the smallest and 2nd smallest dies in the set from black, white, red and yellow.

Step 6: With these two die sets below, make both Ladybugs and both Bees.

710 – Bees                                           711 – Lady Bugs

                                  Elizabeth Craft Designs - Dies - Ladybug

With this this die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs :  730 – Curvy Leaves (currently out of stock) but is optional anyway, I cut two each of the two smaller dies :

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I cut  this die twice, once in red and once in yellow.  Adhere the yellow over the red slightly offset. Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1285 – Smile (also out of stock)

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You should now have a pile of elements that look like this.:

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step 6:  The Fun Step:  Start putting it all together.  First adhere the two yellow pcs. to the inside of the card:

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Next stamp the sentiment you choose on the inside.  I chose a couple of stamps from Elizabeth Craft Designs “Bee Sentiments”:

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Now add a yellow hexagon hole reinforcement lining up the holes.

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Step 7:   Assemble the “Hexagons and bee/lady bug combo that you like and start adhering to the front of the card as shown:

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Add a couple of gross grain red ribbon ties and that’s it!  I also sometimes like to decorate the back of my cards and I felt this one needed it.

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Thank you so much for taking a look today and I hope that it inspired you to look at some of your die collection for extra ways to use them.

Other supplies used:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

A Sunflower Tag Card

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I love to find either new or different ways to use my die sets.  Let’s face it, they’re an investment. So our intention is that we’ll use it often.  However, we live in the real world that often distracts us of our original intention.  This die set was one of those purchases for me.  I got them on sale or I probably wouldn’t have bought them.  That would have been my loss!  I just didn’t see how much I would actually use it.  I stopped making a big deal out of wrapping presents when the grands were little because they only care what’s inside at that age.  Now, they prefer gift cards or cash.  Who doesn’t?

Here’s a photo of the “Tag” die used last Christmas as tags.  I decorated an envelope and adhered it to the back for the $ or card.

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For this project I wanted to show you how to use this versatile die set to also create a book fold card.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 960 – Tags & More 7 – Vine

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the base card by scoring a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ at 4.25″ on the 8.5″.  Fold over for a book fold that is 4.25″ x 11″.  Using the die pc. that cuts the top and an inch down the sides and tape it to the closed base as below. Notice that I’ve positioned the die to hang over the fold so that it doesn’t cut on that side.:

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In the photo below, I flipped this step over so you can see the fold is taped right next to the blade but not over it.

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The next photo is the result of this run through the cutting machine:

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Step 2.  Using the die in the photo below from this set,  position the die on the front of the base card.  Line up the hole in the die with the one in the front of the base.  Run through a die cutting machine.  Using these same two die pieces, cut one of the top edge pc. and two of the leafy pc. with Olive green cardstock  but trim them where the die ends.  Now adhere the leafy one to the inside matching all the leaves (start w/the tag hole) and the plain edger one to the other side.  The second green leafy one I used on the back of the card.

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This set comes with sooo many little dies to decorate and make edge cuts, that can be used with a lot of other projects.  I love those corner dies:

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Step 3:  I used the “loopy or scallop” edger for both the front and inside of the card.  I also used all 3 of the corner dies.  I wanted to use as many of the dies in this set as I could so you could see how many projects you could use these little décor pcs:

Step 4:  I love Sunflowers and Susan Tierney Cockburn for Elizabeth Craft Designs created a die set that is my favorite 3D Sunflower to use on projects.  I’ve used it so many times and it’s called:  999 – Garden Notes – Sunflower

Cut enough pieces to make 2 sunflowers.  I recommend cut at least two of the petal die for a full flower,  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video: Sunflower Video

After watching the video, start to assemble the sunflower directly to the card as shown.

Step 5:  I used one of Susan Cannon’s dies for the sentiment: 1161 – Happy Birthday 2

 

Cut it out twice, once in yellow and once in green.  Glue the yellow on top of the green, offsetting it then adhere to the card as shown.  Tie some coordinating ribbon through both tag holes.

Step 6 is optional.  I sometimes like to decorate the backs of the cards I make.  This one needed it because I used a cardstock for the base that is only 65lb.  Didn’t realize I had until I was too far into it.  That weight would not have been a problem on a smaller card.  But this card is 8.5″ long!  So here’s a look at the back:

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That’s it!  I hope this project inspired you to re-think your tag dies.  This die set is a fantastic value!  I have another project tomorrow using a different tag die set.  I hope you come back tomarrow for Chapter 2: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Kathleen (1)

Other Products Used:

Inside sentiment: Fiskars “Make a Wish” Stamp set

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

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