A Lady Bug Hello

Feb. Sketch H2O

If you’re a follower, then you know I love a Sketch Challenge!

Over at: Crazy4Challenges   Every third Saturday is a sketch challenge!

I am the Hostess for February so this is the sketch I came up with.  I thought it would be pretty easy since you could make it any theme that you want.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Make the card base by choosing an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of cardstock and scoring it at  5.5″  along the long side.  Fold over for a book fold card and trim to  the finished size of 5.5″ x 7″.

Step 2:  I cut a strip of brown cardstock that measures 7″ x 5/8″ and adhered it to the base front 1/2″ from the folded edge of the base card front.  I added the leaves from a discontinued die set from ECD called Curvy Leaves.

Step 3:  The 3 squares are from die cutting the smallest square from: 1118 – Stitched Squares

Step 4:  The lady bugs are an Elizabeth Craft Designs discontinued die set.

Step 5:  The “Hello” sentiment is from: Lawn Fawn

scripty hello

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I know your time is valuable!

 

Easy All Occasion Card!

Kite Front H2O

This week over at: Crazy4Challenges  I am the hostess, and found on the “Calendar of Days” that today is “Kite Flying” day!  So for this Saturday  Feb. 8th. the challenge is to put a kite on your card.  If you don’t have a kite then you can put anything else that flies on your card.  Or,….You can make a kite to put on your card like I did.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Cut a rectangle that measures 5.5″ x 7″ from white cardstock.  Next I used a stencil from Elizabeth Craft Designs called “Clouds and Grass” to stencil this background panel with PanPastels.

Step 2:  I made the kite by cutting a rectangle from Coral cardstock that measures 2″ x 3″.  Then I folded on the diagonal long side.  Then cut the shape of the kite.  Then fold across the kite.  Below shows the toothpicks I glued on the underside:

Kite under tooth

Step 3:  Cut out a 1″ x 6″  grass edge for the bottom of card with Elizabeth Craft Designs: Nature Edges.  The clouds are from an older Karen Burniston die set called: The All Season Tree.

Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of cardstock at 5..5″ and then folding for a book fold and trimming to 5″ x 7″.  Now adhere the cloud stenciled layer to the front of the base card.  Adhere the grass edge to the bottom of the card.  Then decide how you want the clouds and Kite.  I added a little foam dot under the clouds and top half of the kite.  Then I added a pc. of white bakers twine to make the kite tail.  Then just cut scraps of colored cardstock in tiny triangles and glued them on either side of the twine.

Kite close up

Step 5:  I chose the stamped sentiment from an older one from Karen Burniston “flying by to say” because I could make a few and stash them for almost any occasion by just adding the appropriate sentiment on the inside.  Thanks so much for taking a quick look:

Kite Front H2O

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

CutterPillarPro

Amazon:  PH Neutral PVA Glue

 

Try Something New!

Little one H2O best (2)

I have had this one piece die since it first came out but just checked and it has been discontinued.  It was called 1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares also from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Because of it’s name,  I always used the eight frames as frames!  But for this challenge, I cut the one piece out of white cardstock and then colored each frame and used them all on this card as a background die!  So this is a new technique for me even though I’ve had the die a long time.2018-05-01 16.57.43

After I colored each of the frames, I made a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ piece of white cardstock at 5.5″ and folded over for a tent fold. Then I glued all the frames back together onto the front of the base card leaving an eighth of an inch border all around.

I added Glitter Dots in all the holes also from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  As soon as I had it together it really looked like a “baby card” background.  So that’s what I made.

The “Bunny”  and “Onesy” are from a Karen Burniston’s Baby Charms.  The sentiment tag was first stamped with a Karen Burniston Stamp set and cut with a Sizzix Tag die.

That’s It!

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Cutterpillar Pro

Copic Markers

Michael’s Craft Store:  All cardstock

Kid’s Choice Glue

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

 

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