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

 

C4C – Be Inspired by Windows

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This week’s challenge was a fun card to make.  This week was also a week that one of my customers at the beauty salon was moving to a memory care facility.  I’ve been doing her hair for probably 8 – 10 yrs.   She’s in her 90’s now and one of the sweetest blessings in my life.  .  I decided to make this card for her when I go visit at her new home.

The Steps:

I love the “Window Die Set” from Gina Marie Designs:

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Cut the pcs. in this die set the is the 4 pane widow, shutters, window topper and window planter from white cardstock.

Step 2:  Using this cute stamp from Art Impressions, stamp and color as you like.  I used Copic Markers:

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Step 3:  Using this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1196 – Garden Edges Rose Hedge

 Cut enough of the roses and leaves to make 3 rose bushes.  I cut the “rose spiral” pcs. from pink cardstock and the leaves from green cardstock.

Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5 x 11″ pc. of pink cardstock at 5.5″  fold over for a book fold card.  Trim to 4.5 x 5.75″.

Step 5:  Cut a white pc. of cardstock into a rectangle that measures 4.25 x 5.5″.  I then put this rectangle into this embossing fold by Darice:

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Adhere this to the base card centering it with an 1/8″ margin on all sides.

Step 6:  Cut the colored AI stamped and colored to measure 2 3/8 x 3 1/4″.

Step 7:  Assemble the window.  Cut a transparency film that also measure 2 3/8 x 3 1/4″.  Glue the transparency film to the underside of the window.  Add the 3 rose bushes as shown.  Put foam adhesive dots on the underside of the window around the window frame. Now adhere the window to the AI stamped and trimmed pc.

Step 8:  Add the sentiments “Miss You” and “XOXO”  as shown.  (See other products used)  The ivy, bird and tiny lady bug are optional but are also in other products.

That’s it!

Thank you so very much for taking a look.  I hope you will take the challenge and show us your window masterpiece!

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: Tiny Ivy from 1036 – CountryScapes Mini Botanicals Clematis, Ivy. The tiny bird from 1014 – CountryScapesv – Woods 2. The tiny lady bug from 1011 – Garden Notes – Bugs & Butterflies  XOXO 1269 – Love Sentiments

Die-Versions – Miss You

Beacon’s Kids 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

 

A Sea Themed Tag Pop Up

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Good Morning DiesRUs fans as well as Karen Burniston fans!  My sweet daughter gave me a gift certificate for Mother’s Day and Karen’s: 1023 – Tag Book was one of the new toys I chose with her gift!

This is my first “tag book” using Karen’s die set for this so fun and versatile set!  However, this is not the first time I made a “tag book”.  A couple of yrs. or more ago Karen came up with a way to make this very tag book but you needed several of her die sets and then also need to manually make a couple of other elements and then find other dies from other sets to decorate it!  Whew!  However, I soooo loved the results that all those steps made, so I gave it a try but I never made another one:

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When this publishes, I’m going to ask Karen if she remembers this.  I can tell you this set makes it a lot easier to make such a fun card to receive.  You can’t think of an occasion that this die set couldn’t be used for and it comes with 17 dies!   I made today’s project for my grand daughter’s birthday.

The Steps:

Step 1:  Once you decide what theme you want this card to have then I suggest that you watch the assembly video so you can choose which paper to use when you start cutting.  Remember, there are 17 dies!  And also, at the end of the video she will show what the designers made with this set.  Here’s the link:  Karen’s Tag Book Assembly

Step 2:  I cut everything accept the “Shells and other deco pcs.” twice because I wasn’t sure what I wanted in which of the coordinated designer cardstock.  I was working with a paper pack from Graphic 45 called “By the Sea” Collection.

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Step 3:  I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1125 – Ropes 1

                                                                          

I cut 3 of the wavy chain ones and sort of weaved them in and over the little frames on the tags:

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Step 4:  Using Elizabeth Craft Designs – 1147 Shells Small

The small shells are not available right now at DiesRUs but the “Large Shells” are and would also fit this die set.  1146 – Shells Large

                                                                The little Pail and Shovel was in my stash from an earlier Karen Burniston Pop Up set.

Step 5:  The front of my card was made by fussy cutting a couple of elements from the same Graphic 45 paper pack:

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Here’s another look at the front:

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Here’s a closer look at the inside:

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That’s it!

Thank you so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll try your own version of this adorable die set and will come back to the: DiesRUs Inspriration Blog every day for more fun inspiration from the team and join the challenge at: DiesRUs Challenge Blog

Kathleen (1)

Other Products Used:

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

C4C – 440 Ombre Technique

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Ok, first I just have to say I suck at water color paper.  I watched this video of this kid demonstrating how he makes ombre backgrounds and it looked so easy.  I had this paper that is water color paper so I tried this kids technique.  I obviously need to practice because my light to dark is not fluid.  I pulled too much color in areas and well you can see.  But, there are no “challenge police” at Crazy4Challenges and after it dried I liked how it looked.  I saw like clouds and sky going to water.  So I went with it.

The Steps:

Step !:  Create a background using one color of ink going from dark to light.  There are so many good videos on this technique on YouTube.  I just used a blue Hampton Art mini cube ink.  There is no color on the little mini as it is part of a pack of 9.  I cut the background to a 5″ square.

Step 2:  Stamp the grasses, pussy willows and birds from this stamp set:

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Step 3:  Stamp the sentiment with this little stamp set:

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Step 4:  Make a base card by scoring a pc. of 8.5 x 11″ White cardstock at 5.5″.  Fold as a book fold card and trim to a 5.5″ square.  Cut a 5.25″ sq. from Black cardstock and adhere it to the white base card.  Now adhere the stamped ombre card and That’s It!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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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