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

 

Hello Spring!

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I spent the weekend potting up some flowers for my backyard patio.  The birds were singing their hearts out! It reminded me of two adorable die sets from Joset for Elizabeth Craft Designs:  The first one is:  1250 – Birdhouse

This set is so cute and comes with a pc. that makes snow for on top of the roof.  I cut the roof and stand from brown cardstock, the house from blue, and the “lines” pc.,  and extra “heart” pc. twice, from white.  Color one of the white hearts yellow with Copic Y08.

The second one is the coordinated set:  1249 – Birds

                                                                         

I cut all the pcs. in this set from white cardstock and colored them with PanPastels Burnt Umber and colored the tiny eye circles with Black Copic Marker.  The birds feet were also colored with Copic Y08  Put a foam dot behind the birds head centered over the eye holes but don’t remove the protective paper back yet.  The birds bundled up for winter with the snow on the roof of the birdhouse makes an adorable winter card.

Next cut two ovals.  Cut one blue oval from the largest die in this set by Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Cut a white oval from the largest die in this set from:

                                        Elizabeth Craft Designs:   1113 – Stiched Ovals

                      

The next step is to color a back ground on the white oval.  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs stencil called “Clouds and Grass“, I stenciled Clouds using PanPastel’s  Ultra Marine Blue and Dairylide Yellow.  I placed the assembled birds where they would be glued down to know where to stop the clouds and stencil the grass.

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I made a stencil for the grass that matched the grass dies I used.  I adhered double sided adhesive to cardstock and cut out this die: Elizabeth Craft Designs 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set  This is a way to get more from your dies.  As you can see from the picture below, you use the negative pc. for the stencil.

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Assemble the birdhouse but don’t insert the yellow heart yet.  Put a little pc. of paper behind the heart space.  Put a drop of glue into the heart space and then the yellow heart.  Put a large foam dot behind the house.   Color the tiny eyes with Black Copic Marker.  Color the grass pcs. with green Copic Marker.

The picture above shows the bottom third of the white oval where I first stenciled the grass and then added PanPastel Burnt Umber here and there amongst the grass.  The two little grass pcs. are from a die set that has just recently been discontinued.  The DiesRUs Store carries a lot of little grass die choices for this step.

The blue corner pieces were cut from this die set from: Impression Obsession Brick House

The finished card measures 5.5 x 7″.  Make a base card by scoring a piece of 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold at the score line for a book fold card.  Cut a background mat from blue gingham cardstock that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the front of the white base card.

Assemble the Oval focal point.  Adhere the birdhouse to the stenciled white oval but leave the one slanted brace on the right side loose to slip a pc. of grass under it then glue down.  The house it’s self will be adhered by now removing the back of the foam dot.  Now adhere this completed oval to the blue scalloped one and adhere this stack to the front of the card as pictured.  Glue the little blue corner pcs. to the corners of the gingham mat.  I added a “Hello” sentiment I had in my stash but this project could be for almost any occasion.  The little hearts are from the birdhouse die set.

That’s It

Thanks for taking a look at the tutorial and don’t forget to stop by daily at the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog.  We love to see what YOU make for the challenge blog!

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Dies R Us Store: DiesRUs Store Home Page

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Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: White soft finish cardstock 8.5 x 11″, Clear Double Side Adhesive.  Retired Karen Burniston’s Garden Bench Pop Up (grass pcs.)

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

A Pretty Spring Bouquet of Tulips

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Good Morning Crafters!  For this project for the DiesRUsBlog I wanted to make a “almost any occasion” card.  I love the realistic look of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s GardenNotes dies.  Over at DiesRUs they carry a huge collection.

For this project I chose  Elizabeth Craft Designs 1269 Garden Notes Tulip 2 for the star of this card.

There is a YouTube video showing how to create these cute tulips: Tulip assembly video

I cut enough of the petal pcs. white cardstock to make six tulips.  Then with Copic Marker I “flick” colored from the bottom up to look like the real tulips that are sort of striped.  Cut the pcs. for the stem and leaves from green cardstock and inked the edges with a darker green.  I didn’t adhere them to the project as in the video but instead made each tulip and stuck them in a bud vase filled with toothpicks until I had all the other elements cut and colored’:

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 I also used: 1297 – Garden Notes Ivy Vine    I cut both of the pcs. in this die set with white cardstock and then with a Copic  Marker I colored green but left white areas to mimic variegated ivy.

To tuck into the bouquet, I used: ECD 1425 – Garden Notes – Maidenhair Fern

The Mats are as follows:  The white was cut out of white cardstock using the largest die from this set: ECD 1173 – Dotted Scallop Circles

The pink mat was cut with pink cardstock with the second largest die from this set:

ECD 1113 – Stitched Ovals

The next element you’ll need is to cut the Tea Cup out of white cardstock from ECD 1375 – Garden Notes – Victorian Tea Cup & Saucer

This die also embosses the cup to show the rim and the curved stripe on the bottom that I colored pink with a Copic Marker.  I stamped the pink flowers on the cup with a stick stamp.

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These stick stamps are fun and are from a company called: Stamps by Judith  Visit the site for all kinds of ideas and tutorials using these fun stamp sticks.

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The “Hugs” sentiment was cut with white cardstock from this set: 1269 – Love Sentiments

To assemble the card:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5 x 11″ pc. of white cardstock. Fold to make a book fold and trim to 5.5 x 7″.  Cut a rectangle from a designer paper that measures 5.25 x 6.75″ and adhere to the base card centered.

Adhere the pink oval to the white oval, then center this oval sandwich to the card.

Next, make a slightly barrel shape to the cup with your thumbs and put two foam dots down the center of the “tea cup” (top to bottom):

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Apply glue to the very bottom underside edge of the cup and place it 1/2″ above the lower edge of the pink oval as shown. Don’t remove the backing paper from the dots yet.  Next, play with the tulips and fern until you like it.  Then glue the stems in place.  Next, remove the backs off the foam dots and apply glue to the underside of the cup handle and all around the cup edges and the back lip of the cup.  As you lift the cup back into place, gently push the sides in so that it accommodates the lift in the middle.

Next, add the “ivy” pcs. where you like them and the word “Hugs” as shown.  Here’s one more look at the card in a shadow box frame:

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That’s it!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you will check in with the DiesRUs Inspiration Blog  to see what the rest of the team has made for daily inspiration!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish Cardstock, Clear Double sided Adhesive

Beacon’s 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 – 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

A Mother’s Day Card

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I just love the floral dies by Susan Tierney Cockburn For Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I’m not going to mislead you.  They all take some time to make but worth the effort!  Here’s the link to Susan’s assembly video.  I recommend you watch the videos before you attempt to make most of her floral die sets.  It’s not always obvious how to put them together and it will save so much frustration!

The Steps:

Step 1:  Die cut all the pieces out from the 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2 die set and assemble the lilac.

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I cut both petal pc. dies from a dark lavender cardstock about 6 or 7 times because I like a full lilac.  If I don’t use them all I put the leftovers into the die set envelope so I don’t have to cut as many times the next time I make it.  I cut the leaves from green cardstock and distressed the edges and the center vein with a little purple ink.

Step 2:  I used Susan’s 1375 Victorian Tea Cup and Saucer to put the lilac in:

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Cut the teacup and saucer pcs.  I had tried a technique I learned from one of Els Van de Burg’s Technique Friday videos to put several different colors of ink on a craft mat and then spray water on it.  You then take cardstock and start picking up color as you turn the cardstock.  I used pretty intense colors because I wanted to stamp over it with a large background stamp in white.  It didn’t work out for what I wanted to do but it made an interesting paper for this tea cup set.  I wish I had taken a pic of the paper before I cut it out but didn’t.  Here’s a pic of the rest of the paper after I cut it out.  I cut the saucer from another lavender cardstock.

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Step 3:  Using the 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 Curvy Squares, cut once with white cardstock and again with purple cardstock.  You will use the largest white frame and the second to the largest in purple.

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Step 4:  Cut a 4.75″ square from light lavender cardstock.  Cut a 5.75 square from color coordinated cardstock.  I chose a lavender polka dot cardstock from ModaScrap – “Thinking about Polinesia” also available at Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Step 5:  Make a card base by cutting an 12 x 12″ piece of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″ and fold over.

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Step 6:  Assemble the card.  Adhere the lavender ModaScrap square to the base card.  Adhere the 4.75″ lavender sq. centered next.  Then adhere the white curvy square over the lavender one. (it also measures 4.75″)  Next adhere the purple curvy sq. inside the white one matching up the curves.

Step 7:  Adhere the saucer, teacup, lilac and leaves as shown.

Step: 8:  Using this die from Die-Versions cut mom from purple cardstock.

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Cut a little tag from this set from white cardstock and ink the edges with lavender ink:

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Adhere the “Mom” to the little tag.  Cut a little pc. of Bakers Twine and attach the tag to the handle of the tea cup.

That’s It!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacons Kid Choice Glue

 

A ‘Summer” theme card

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I can’t wait to be able to count on warm weather!  So my card today is a nod to Summer!  What screams summer more that blue gingham and red Geraniums.  This card could be used for any occasion by just using a different sentiment.

Here’s the steps:

Step 1: Cut all the petal pcs. 3 times for each flower. (run these pcs. 3 times through your machine with two layers of red cardstock.  Cut the leaf pcs. 3 times with two layers of green cardstock.  Add a little of 340.5 Permanent Red PanPastel to the edges of the leaves.  Assemble the 3 Geraniums by shaping and gluing.

The die set:  1019 – Susan’s Garden Geranium

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Geranium Assembly Video

This video shows the geranium being assembled directly on your project which is great but not for this project.  Assemble each flower and you will slide them into and onto the Gathering basket.

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Step 2:   Cut one Gathering Basket from light brown cardstock and lightly add some 780.5 Raw Umber PanPastel to bring out the basket weave embossing that happens when you cut this die:  1483 – Garden Notes – Gathering Basket

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Step 3:  Cut two Oval mats.  One using the 2nd largest die from this die set and white cardstock:  1113 – Stitched Ovals :

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Cut one using the largest die in red cardstock from this die set:  1173 – Dotted Scallop Ovals

Step 4:  Create a base card by scoring a 12 x 12″ pc. of white cardstock at 6″.  Fold at score line and trim to 6 x 6.5″.  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.75″ x 6.25″ from blue gingham cardstock.  Adhere, centered, to white base card.  Now adhere the red scallop oval, centered onto the blue gingham layer.

Step 5:  Sort of shape the gathering basket by holding it with both thumbs on the underside of the pc. and your two pointer fingers together on the right side of the pc. and centered.  Now keeping your thumbs together on the wrong side, slide your pointer to curve the pc. over your thumbs.  Glue only the lower edge of the basket to white oval as shown in the photo below.  You will glue the sides down by adding glue to the undersides and  push the sides towards the center very slightly to keep it’s 3D shape:

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Next start auditioning your flowers, petals and little blooms into and onto the basket until you like what you see and glue in place.

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Create a sentiment on your computer and cut out with the smallest die from this set:

1116 – Stitched Circles

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Ink the edges with light blue ink and adhere to basket.  You could also use a small tag and bakers twine and attach to the handle.

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Thanks so much for taking a look!  I hope you’ve been inspired and will check in with the Inspiration Design Team daily: Dies R Us Inspiration Blog

Other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Stamp (sentiment inside) RS010 – All Things of Nature

Michael’s: Blue Gingham paper

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Humor with a message!

2018-04-22 C4C 432

 

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

 

 

A Coffee Themed Card

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Well, this week’s challenge is “Perfect blend”.  You can do this in the form of colors, stamps or dies.  It’s a coffee themed challenge!  It’s my favorite beverage.  So let’s make this card.

Step 1:  The image is from Kraftin Kimmie and is called “I heart coffee”.  Unfortunately,  it’s no longer available.  Had I realized that I probably would not have use it.  I stamped the image and colored it with Copic Markers.

Step 2:  Using the die set below from Elizabeth Craft Designs, cut out all the pcs. for one tea cup.  I cut them out with white cardstock and colored with Copic markers:

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Step 2:  Cut the pieces of one my favorite dies below from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I used polka dot cardstock from Elizabeth Craft Designs called ”  Thinking about – Grand Canyon”.

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The frame for this card is a 7″ square.  So when you cut the die from above, you need to cut 4 for all the sides of the frame.  Then trim them to 7″.  Here’s a link to the assembly video:  https://youtu.be/elpZ5RvMUII.

Step 3:  Using the largest die from this dis set below, cut a mat in the darker blue from the same paper pack:

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Step 4:  Create the two sentiments with your computer then print and cut out with this die set below:

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Step 5:  Assemble the card as shown:

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The “coffee beans” and pink heart I added is from a die set that has been discontinued.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for taking a look.  Please leave a comment if you have the time so I can know you were here.  Besides, I just love reading them.  I hope you’ll join us this week.  We love to see what you do with the themes for our challenges.  YOU inspire us!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft finish cardstock,  Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Amazon:  Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus