Your Favorite Christmas Stamp

Happy Bday Jesus H2O

This week’s challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to use your favorite Christmas stamp.  I don’t really have a favorite Christmas stamp but I chose this one because it always reminds me of when I was about 4 or 5 and in New Mexico I got to be the little angel in a live Nativity at the church we attended.  We had no lines, we just stood there.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Using a stamp set from InkadinkaClings called “Happy Birthday Jesus”.  It comes with 3 stamps.  I used all 3 (the sentiment, Mary, Joseph etc. Holly border).

Step 2:  I colored and cut the stamped imaged with a Die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Nested Stitched Squares”.

Step 3:  Using another nested squares from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Dotted Scalloped Squares”. I cut a red scalloped mat for the stamped layer and adhered them together.

Step 4:  Make a card base by scoring cardstock and folding over for a tent fold.  I then cut another mat from a Holly print paper to leave a 1/4″ border when you attach it to the base.  Then adhere the step 3 to the card.

Step 5:  The gold mirror cardstock “Merry Christmas” and stars are also from sets by Elizabeth Craft Designs.

That’s it!

Thanks so much for stopping by and I can’t wait to see your favorite Christmas stamp.

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Runner adhesive

Sketch Week!

Nov Monkey H2O

It’s the third Saturday of the month so we have a sketch challenge: Crazy4Challenges

This card is fast and easy.   You could use this layout for so many themes and put any feature in the oval.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Step 2:  I first made a pattern of the wave in the sketch:

Wave sketch pattern

Then I used this to make a light pencil mark on two of three complimentary colors of cardstock.   I chose a rust, olive and dark yellow cardstock, in that order, from top to bottom.  Only the two lower colors need to be cut in that wave and then layered onto the top color.  Adhere them, as shown in the sketch, to the front of the base.

Step 3:  I chose one of Joset’s for Elizabeth Craft Designs die sets called “1618 Monkey” :https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/monkey

to put onto the oval in the sketch.  The banana die is also in this cute set. Cut and assemble the monkey and cut the banana 4 times.

Step 4:  The Oval is the second to the largest in Elizabeth Craft Designs” 1113 – Stitched Ovals”: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/stitched-ovals-1113

Step 5:  The sentiment stamped in the lower left corner is from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Safari Sayings”: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/joset-designs/products/safari-sayings

Here’s another quick look and thanks so much for stopping by:

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Focus on the Sentiment!

Thanks H2O

This weeks challenge over at: Crazy4Challenges is to focus on the sentiment.  In other words, make the sentiment as large as you want.  This one is easy, so I hope you’ll join us.

The Steps:

Step 1:  This card measures 6.25″ x 5″.  So first make a base card from white cardstock by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5″ and fold over for a tent fold.  Trim to the finished size.

Step 2:  I used the largest die in Elizabeth Craft Designs  to cut the stared background paper: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles  

Step 3:  Adhere it to the base using clear double sided adhesive 10mm.

Step 4:  I cut the sentiment 3 times to make it 3D.  The sentiment is from a set by DoCrafts.  I actually bought this on a HSN craft products show.  Then adhered it centered on the front.

That’s it!  I love quick and simple!

Thanks again for stopping by!  I really hope you will join us this week because you can make this card or one like it with a different sentiment of your choice.  It’s easy peasy!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  all cardstock

Amazon:  Clear double sided adhesive 10 mm

Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

Put A Drink On It!

Drinks H2O

Drinks inside H2O (2)

According to our Hostess, Frances Byrne, it’s Beer Drinking Day!  The challenge this week is to put some kind of a drink on your card.  I made this card for my best friend, Jeanine, who is also my boss at the beauty salon I’ve worked at for the last 16yrs.  Our birthdays are 2 days apart!  She is 10yrs. younger than me however!  I just love her and we often spend our lunch hour picking up fast food and spending the hour chatting and laughing.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I made the pop up inside the card first.  I used an older die set from Karen Burniston called 780 – Garden Bench.  I like to try to use currently available products but this bench worked so well with the Art Impression’s stamp of these two ladies.  4407 – Coffee BFF’s

Step 2:  The card is a 6″x6″ square. I cut two 5.75″ x 5.75″ squares from white cardstock.  I stamped one with the tree from this stamp set I bought from:Amazon link to stamp set

Tree stamp

I have purchased several sets from this seller on Amazon.  They all have not disappointed me.  The seller is GIMITSUI.  They don’t spend on fancy packaging and the buyer benefits.  This set is priced at $6.59  They are a Prime Member store and offer free shipping and free returns!  What!  I know!  You will not want to return them.  All of the stamp sets I have purchased from them stamp very well.  Here are two more sets that I adore and have already used.

You may remember the elephant set used on another C4C Sketch Challenge:

Aug sketch Elephant H2O (2)

Then I used PanPastels to stencil the clouds and hills behind the bench.  The other 6″ square I also used PanPastels and stencils for the grass and path: Snow storm and Clouds & Mountain and Split rail Fence

Drinks inside H2O (2)

Next I trimmed them to fit behind and around the bench.  Wait to adhere these two stenciled squares until later.

Step 3: I stamped the Art Impression BFF’s stamp.  I colored them with Copic Markers and fussy cut them out.  I glued them to the front of the bench just on the back side of their legs which makes them really look like they’re sitting on that bench!  I’ve had the AI stamp for awhile and have used them a lot.  But I really believe I saw Frances use this stamp exactly like this when the Garden Bench first came out.

Step 4: Cut two 6″ squares from a sky blue cardstock for the front and back of the pop up.  Now take a scrap of white cardstock that is about 2″ x 4″ and stencil this strip to continue the hills behind the bench.  Do the same thing for under the bench.   Adhere the strip that is for behind the bench to the bottom of a blue square. (Make sure it is positioned to fill in where the bench cut out is).  Do the same thing for the piece that is attached to the path/grass layer and adhere it to what will be the back of the card.

Step 5:  I used 3 die sets for the front of the card: 1434 Calligraphic Elements – 3

1161 – happy birthday  and Coffee Charms.  I cut the “Elements” from silver mirror cardstock.  I cut coffee cup with white cardstock and colored with Copic Markers.  I cut the top from Velum. The happy birthday is from dark blue cardstock.  Adhere them all to the front of the card as shown:

Drinks H2O

Adhere the other blue square to the back of the card and it’s done!  I can’t wait to see what you make this week!

Other Products use:

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

 

Color Blocking!

Color Blocking H2O

So I have to admit I wussed out this week!  I was going to use a different and way more ornate stamp set for this technique but the embossing was a mess.  So I chose instead a much simpler die set and the embossing worked well.  I also only made 4 color blocks!  The set I used is a stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: Color My Easter Eggs stamp set

There are some great tutorial videos on this color blocking technique by Jennifer McGuire: Color Blocking by Jennifer McGuire

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a piece of white cardstock in a square that measures 5 x 5″.  Stamp the eggs with embossing ink and then use black embossing powder.

Step 2:  Cut the embossed square in half.  Then cut the two halves in half.  Now you should have four 2.5″ squares.  Color each square with a different color of ink and ink daubers.

Step 3:  Create a base card by scoring a 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a tent fold.  Trim to 5.5 x 5.5″.

Step 4:  Now I taped with removable tape the two top squares together and centered them leaving a .25″ border at the top and two sides.  Then I did the same with the two bottom squares.

Step 5:  I finished off the card with “Happy Easter” peel off sticker and black border lines peel off stickers.  Both are from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

That’s it this first Sat. of September!

Here’s another quick look:

Color Blocking H2O

Thanks so much for stopping by.  If you haven’t tried this technique before, this is a great time to give it a try.

Other Product Used:

Michael’s Craft Store: White cardstock

Sticky Specs

Memento Stamp Pads

CutterPillar Pro

Inspired by a Book!

Woodland thanks H2O (2)

This week our Hostess, Francis Byrne, who  is also our team leader, has challenged us to make a card that is inspired by a book.  My card was inspired by Hansel and Gretel.  Why a child’s book you ask.  Well because I always have a book I’m reading, but I don’t read books that easily translate to a cute card.  I read military, or murder and detective mysteries.  Romance novels bore me out of my mind.  They’re too predictable.  For example I think Daniell Steel really only wrote one book.  All the others are the same story only the characters names and occupations are different.  I chose instead a book my mother read to me when I was young and sick.  It was both memorable and terrifying because at the end of our street was where the forest began in Los Alamos, New Mexico.  A lot of my elementary school pals played in that forest but not me!  So this is another easy, peasy card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  The card measures 6 x 4.75″.  Score an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold over for a top fold card.  Cut a mat using the larges die from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1120 – Stitched Rectangles

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I used a piece of wood look cardstock from Michael’s Craft Store. 

Step 2:  I used a discontinued die set from Karen Burniston when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs called 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set to cut a trees in the background look.  I cut a 3″ x 5″ rectangle from dark Green Cardstock.  Then used Removable Scotch Tape from Staples to attach the tree edge in this set to the very top of this rectangle and cut the “tree edge”.  Adhere this to the wood look layer.  I attached it with the lower edge of the wood layer just above the “stitch” line.

Step 3:  Cut out all the pieces for all 3 of Karen Burniston’s: https://karenburniston.com/woodland-animals-die-set/

Step 4:  The 5 trees are from a discontinued Karen Burniston set called Evergreen Pivot Card.  However, she re-released this set when she went on her own.  Below is a photo of the new one and the link: https://karenburniston.com/evergreen-pivot-panels/

Evergreen Pivot Panels

Step 5: The sentiment “thanks” is an Elizabeth Craft Designs die: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/thanks-1

I cut it once from yellow cardstock and once with green cardstock.  I glued the yellow over the green offset just a little.

Here’s a photo of all the elements of my card.  I like to get everything ready so I can try different layouts:

Once I like it then I start gluing things in place.  Here’s another quick look.  The sentiment “thanks” on this little forest scene is because I’m going to add it to the top of boxes of homemade brownies and cookies for my town’s Firehouses.  I live in California, 2 hrs. by car east of Yosemite.  Every year there is a fire in one of California’s beautiful forests.  And every year our boys and girls are sent in to relieve the ones up there that are completely exhausted.  Besides our hot dry summer days (it’s supposed to be 102 on Sunday) they carry 80lbs. of equipment on their backs.  One yr. that I delivered a similar package, I arrived just as one of the relief shifts were off their turn and returning back to the fire house.  You can’t imagine what they looked like.  Covered in black and grey ash, and could barely walk.  The shift going out to replace them, picked up their pace to each grab one of their returning house mates, and help them get into the fire house to shower, eat and sleep.  They will all do the same thing the next day…..for days! :

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I sooo appreciate my followers and remember you can ask any question and I will get right back to you!

Other Products Used:

Amazon:  Sookwang Clear double sided adhesive

CutterPillar Prp

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Pro

 

National Sandcastle Day

Front seaside H2O

Inside seaside H2O

It’s a new month and a new Hostess who is Nicky Foden.  Because today is Sandcastle Day, Nicky has challenged us to put a sandcastle, sand or any beach theme.  One of my favorite die sets is Karen Burniston’s Adirondack Chair Pop Up.  The one I own is one she designed when she was with Elizabeth Craft Designs.   She has revisited this set at her new site:  https://karenburniston.com/adirondack-chair-pop-up/

The Steps:

Step 1:  Karen has an assembly video for this die set.  Click on the link above and you will find two videos.  One is for the original look of the Adirondack and a second one to make the chair look upholstered!  So the first thing I do for a pop up card, is to master the pop mechanism.  No worries, this one is easy!  I cut the “chair” pop up from white base weight cardstock or 80lb.  I use a heavy cardstock because I assume it’s going to be opened a closed a lot!

Step 2:  My base card is a 5.75″ square when folded.  This is the card that you will cut the chair into the fold.  Depending on what you will use for inside mats you may want to cut the two mats with the chair.  I chose for the bottom (under the chair” side) I measured  where I needed to out sort of a square under the chair.  And then to cover that hole when I attached the “sand” mat, I just adhered the same color cardstock under the chair and adhered the larger mat on top.  Both the “sky” layer or as I’m calling mats, measure 5.5″ square.

Step 3:  Cut two 5.5″ squares from white cardstock.  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: “Earth and Sky”   I stenciled clouds with Aqua Marine Blue PanPastel.  Adhere this sky background mat to the top inside of the base card. The second one you will use on the front of the card.

Step 4:  Using Karen Burniston’s1038 – Tropical Scene

Tropical Scene

I cut the “waves” in white and blue for both the bottom inside and the front of the card.  I also cut the “Palm tree/sand dunes and “sea shells” and “sun” from this same set above.  I cut the little sand mound pc. twice. Once with the light brown cardstock and once with white cardstock.  I colored the little palm trees with Copic Markers.  Then I cut them off and adhered them to the light brown one right over the light brown trees.

Note:  This is a personal endorsement.  I do not receive any income from this company in either currency or products.  I have always felt that Karen almost always,  includes little decorator dies that you can use for so many projects with or without the die set they come with.  I’ve used these little sea shells and sun a lot.  For this project I used them on the front, inside, and in the bucket on the inside.

Step 5:  The two “Palm Trees” and “Pail” on the inside is from a discontinued die set from Karen B. that is called:  Palm Tree & Pail”.  I love this palm tree.

Palm Tree and Pail

Step 6:  Now just adhere all your cut and/or colored as shown on the inside and the front.  (I also created a personal sentiment on my computer and printed out on white cardstock.  I cut it out with a nested die set set and adhered it to the bottom of the inside of the card centered on the lower inside over the “wave section”.  I took the pictures before I added it to the card because it has the “receiver’s name on it.”  I don’t have her permission to post it on the internet.  Here’s another quick look:

Inside seaside H2O

Side view seaside

Front seaside H2O

Thanks so much for taking a look!  I know you’re time is precious.   Here’s the link to the challenge blog to see the rest of the design team’s cards for inspiration.  We can’t wait to see yours!  Crazy 4 Challenges

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Make it Masculine!

Blue Classic Ford H2O

This last Saturday of July, our hostess Karen O. has challenged us to make a masculine card.  I purchased a digital stamp of this drawing of a Classic Ford, popular in the 40’s quite some time ago before I was blogging.  Therefore, I have no idea who the artist is.  I work 3 days a week in a beauty salon inside of an upscale senior community.  It is truly a blessing to work with my parents generation.  My parents both died young, so I appreciate their wisdom and humor so much.  This car would have been quite the car in the prime of their lives.  I thought this would be a card I could give to one of the “boys” that live there.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I sized and printed out the car on white cardstock.and colored with Copic markers B21, B23 and B24.

Step 2:  The finished card measures 5 x 7″, so score a piece of 8.5 x 11 at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card and trim to the finished size.  Cut a rectangle piece of wood look cardstock that measures 6.75″ x 4.75″.  Adhere it to the front of the white base card.

Step 3:  Cut a rectangle from black cardstock that measures 5.75″ x  3″.  Cut the colored printed car to a rectangle that measures 5.25 x 2 and 5 eights.  Adhere this to the black one centered.

Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: happy birthday, cut once with silver mirror cardstock.  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs: Corners cut 4 also from silver cardstock.

Step 5:  Adhere the “silver corners” to the corners of the wood look background.  Adhere the step 3 mounted “car” to the card at .5″ from the bottom and sides of the wood background.  Then add the “happy birthday” as shown.  Here’s another look:

Blue Classic Ford H2O

Thanks so much for stopping by for a look.This is an easy challenge, so I hope you will show us your masculine card!  Your cards inspire us!

Other Products Used:

Michael”s Craft Store:  All cardstock.

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear double sided Adhesive 10mm

Wink of Stella: silver for the metal on the car.

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes the paper talks to you!

July Sketch H2O (2)

It’s sketch week!  I love sketch week!  I was a little stumped at first.  I decided to go through my paper stash, hoping for an idea.  Then I stumbled on a paper pack that I bought a couple of years back at the Scrapbook Expo.

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This paper pack from Simple Stories contains 24 double sided 6 x 6″ papers.  I decided to use it because it’s already filled with color coordinated paper!  So this week the paper itself created the IDEA!  It also made it easy and fastMy two favorite things!

The Steps:

Step 1:  I chose the sort of Chevron stripe paper for the backing paper.  I trimmed 1/8″ off of all 4 sides so there would be a 1/8″ white border when this layer is adhered to the base card. I cut the smaller 3 squares with the red polka dot and the navy polka dot from this pack, and cut the blue from solid light blue cardstock so the sentiment would stand out.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squaress

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I used the 5th die from smallest or the largest.  It’s a 9 die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by cutting a 12 x 12 pc. of white cardstock in half.  Score one half at 6″.  Fold over for a “tent fold” card.  Then adhere the backing layer and 3 squares as shown:

July Sketch H2O (2)

Step 3:  I used this set of word dies from Diamond Press for the “Hello”:

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I cut it 4 times: navy, white, red and yellow cardstock.  I offset them all together just a little.  Then adhered the sentiment on top of the squares.  I KNOW!  3 STEPS AND YOUR DONE!

I love you all that took the time to stop by.  I hope you will give this months sketch a try!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Clear Double Sided Adhesive 10mm

Michael’s Craft Store:  All solid color cardstock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

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