Put A Bird on it!

Pink House H2O (2)

It’s a new month with new challenges!  This week’s challenge is put a bird on it.  There’s 3 on this card!  I recently acquired Art Impression’s Holiday Mansion 4926 and HM Garden Set 5096: 4926 – Holiday Mansion   5096 – HM Garden Set

Ai Holiday House dies stamps

Both of these sets include the stamps and matching dies.  Ai also has a “Holiday” themed stamp and die set, as well as a Valentines Day set too, giving you so many different looks.

4927 – HM Accessory Set:   4927 – HM Accessory Set

4977 – HM – Valentine Set: 4977 – Valentine Set

I am nuts for this set because it looks different depending on however you color it or decorate it.  Here’s a picture of the same two sets but in a different color scheme:

Blue ai house H2O

Pink House H2O (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blue one I made right away and gave it to my best girlfriend.  The pink one I made for this challenge and went a little nuts with the decorating.  I do have some tips that will help you get better results with stamping and cutting these adorable stamp and die sets.

The Steps:

Step 1:  First stamp the “house” stamp on white cardstock.  I knew I wanted to fussy cut the house to be adhered to a hand made background.  Also, there is no die in the set that cuts out the outline of the house.  This is what the house dies do:

House white template

They cut out the windows and doors.  There are two shutter stamps and matching dies.  So here’s TIP #1:  If you look close at the stamped house on the right above, when I taped the dies to the stamped image and ran it through my cutting machine, I was off just a little bit.  In particular, the arch on the door.  You’ll see, at the top of the arch, I cut off part of the bottom of the stamped “porch cover”.  So the tip is to tape these dies to a strip of white cardstock in order to make a template.  This allows you to use this template to see exactly where to tape the dies.  It’s hard to see when the die is upside down on your projects because you know longer can see the blade

Tip #2:  You can stamp the house on white cardstock as well as the accessory stamps on this same layer and create a scene using only the stamps.  Or, a combination of both, like only cutting out the house dies but not the accessory stamps in the scene.  In this case you will REALLY want to use a template.

Step 2:  I stamped the “flower pot” accessory stamp a bunch of times on white cardstock.  This gives you lots of options for not only how many you’ll actually use, but what colors you like best with the rest of the scene.  Any you don’t use you save for another project!  I stamped colored and cut all the rest of the accessories once.

Step 3:  This step is optional but I think is what makes it so fun, is to have a little surprise behind the two doors that open, and also that you see through the windows.  For this I used Ai: 4745 – Talk Much Set

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I stamped this little tea scene and then cut the colored scene in pieces so I could place the table scene through the front door and the Chandelier through the top left window.

Close uo open doors

Then I put a couple of stamped, colored and cut flower pots in the other two.

Step 4: I used this set from Elizabeth Craft Designs:992 – CountryScapes – The Woods 1

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I only used the left side of the tree.  I cut the trunk from brown cardstock and the leaves from green.

The fence was cut with an Elizabeth Craft Designs 1134 – CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence.  As of this day they didn’t show it available now.  However, I cut two of the fences out of white cardstock.

Picket Fence die

The last thing is to cut two “grass edges” from this set that is also no longer available but is a set by Karen Burniston 914 – Outdoor Edges – 3 die set

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From green cardstock, I cut one edge with the wavy one and one with the Grass edge.

The last step is to assemble your little scene as shown below:

Pink House H2O (2)

Thanks so much for taking a look.  I just think this set is adorable and I will be buying the other two decorator accessory sets because I can’t wait to use this set for Christmas, Halloween, and Valentines Day!

Other Products Used:

Michael’s Craft Store: All cardstock

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

CutterPillar Pro

 

For April Fools Day!

Tea cups front h2o (2)

The front of the card.

Tea cups inside h2o (2)

The Opened card.

Because April Fools Day is right around the corner,  Francis Byrne, this month’s hostess gave us the challenge to make a card with some kind of trick like a pop up!  I love pop ups so that’s what I made.

The Steps:

I started by printing out the “Stacked Tea Cups” (not the name) from a digital stamp.  I’ve had this in my computer for a long time and don’t remember whose it is.  I think it is from CraftsUPrint.  If I’m wrong and someone recognizes it, I would love to be corrected.  I then colored the image with Copic Markers.  I cut the colored image out with Elizabeth Craft Designs:1175 – Dotted Scallop Squares

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I cut a tan mat using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares2017-07-23 16.40.23

I cut a brown sort of linen print mat with the same die set above.

Step 2:  Using a now discontinued Karen Burniston’s  103 – Cup Pop Stand – 6 die set.  I looked over at YouTube to see if the assembly video is still available just in case you could find this die set on EBay., but it has also been taken down.

Step 3:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of card stock at 5.5″ on 11″ side.  Trim to a 5.5″ square tent fold base card. This is when you start the Pop Up die cutting process.  If you have this die set from Karen, then you know how to die cut what will become the “Cup Pop up” inside the card.

Step 4:  I added two more teacups to imitate the front of the card.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1072 – Small Butterfly: https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/small-butterfly-1072

Small Butterfly

For the inside sentiment,  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs 1161 – Happy Birthday 2 and 1154 – Calligraphic Elements 1 https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/collections/dies

                A Way With Words, Calligraphic Elements 1 A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2

The leaves inside are from Elizabeth Craft Designs 1487 – Garden Notes – Lilac 2:  https://www.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/products/garden-notes-lilac-2

 

Garden Notes - Lilac 2

 

The lower picture shows that both sides of the stacked cups are the right side of the designer card stock.  You can make this happen by cutting the cup once with the die taped to the right side of the card stock and cut a second cup with the same card stock but tape the die to the wrong side of the card stock.  Then you adhere them together which makes “no wrong side” cups!

Step 5:  Adhere the stamped image layer to the tan mat and then to the darker brown one.  Cut a 5.5″ x 5.5″ square of the same card stock used for the base card.  Adhere the image stack to this square and adhere to the front of the Pop UP card.  Also used Brown Pan Pastel and sponged on the edges of the insided yellow card stock to give it sort of an antique look like the front.  Add another  5.5″ square to the other side of the pop up for the back of the card.  This step covers up both Pop up holes.  Here’s another look:

 

That’s it!

                     I hope you’ll join us this week for this fun challenge this week over at:  http://crazy4challenges.blogspot.com/

Other Products Used:

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Michaels: All the card stock

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

It’s Hufflepuff Pride Day!

Harry Potter card H2O

According to the Days of the Year Calendar the 20th of March is Hufflepuff Pride Day.  So the challenge this Saturday is to create a card inspired by Harry Potter.  This could include using stamps of the characters,  using colors from any one of the four houses of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft or anything else that inspires you from this famous series.  I chose the house of Gryffindor.    This house’s colors are red and gold.  Here are the steps to make this card.

The Steps:

Step 1:  I started by cutting 1″ strips of red and gold card stock.  Next I put the strips together alternating the colors.  I used 8.5″ x 11″ card stock and cut on the short side to have strips that measure 1″ x 11′.  Note:  precision cutting is important.

Step 2:  Tape the strips together on both 8″ sides.  The picture below shows how you will cut the mat for the card.  Sorry I forgot to take a pic before I cut the mat.  But this sort of shows you why you need to cut all of both colors of card stock.  You will need a large rectangle of taped together strips to cut a rectangle die on the diagonal so the mat will have diagonal stripes.

Cuts

Step 3:  Make a base card from 8.5″ x11″ white card stock and score at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a tent fold card.  Trim to 5.5″ x 6.5″.

Step 4:  Now you want to use a rectangle cutting die and tape it on the diagonal across your assembled, taped together strips, as shown above.  Note:  Once you have the die placed on diagonal, lay down a layer of clear tape on all four outsides of the die. That will at the same time serve to secure the results of the cut and hold the strips together when you run this through your cutting machine.  Before you remove the die, carefully turn the die, still attached, over and add Clear Double sided adhesive tape on all four insides of the die.  Add a couple more strips of the adhesive through the middle.  Now remove the die.

Step 5:  For the Owl I used Karen Burniston’s “Poppy the Owl”, a retired set but you might find it on EBay.  The same goes of Poppy’s hat and broom which is Karen Burniston’s  1204 – Props 9 – 6 die set.

Step 6:  The Happy Birthday sentiment is Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1161 – happy birthday – 2 .  I cut once each with black card stock and gold mirror card stock.  I also added a gold mirror card stock flourish at the end of Poppy”s broom to make it more magical looking using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1034 – Flourishes & Branches

Flourishes & Branches

Step 7:  To assemble the completed card.  Take your taped together, diagonal striped rectangle and on the underside (where you added clear double sided adhesive) add a little dot of glue to one short side of this piece on every stripe.  Now turn over, and center the rectangle on the base card.  Let the glue set up a bit.  Then carefully remove the backing of the double sided adhesive on that same side.  Doing this stabilizes the rectangle so you can finish removing the rest of the tape while adhering the rest of this mat.

Step 8:  Add the rest of the elements as shown below.  (Glue the black and gold Happy Birthday sentiment together, offset slightly).  Now add Poppy the owl and his flourished broom.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel Off stickers in gold to add to the edges and that’s it!

Harry Potter card H2O

Thanks so much for having a look!  I appreciate your time!  Please join the fun challenge this week as this week’s challenge would make a great card for any Harry Potter fan!  Use the link below:

Crazy4Challenges – 476

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double sided adhesive 10mm

Michaels Craft Store:  Red and Gold Card Stock

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

CutterPillar Pro paper cutter

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Dog Biscuit Day

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

Yep, it’s National Dog Biscuit Day in the United States!  As if America doesn’t look goofy enough these days to the rest of the world…..we have national dog biscuit day!  This is   my last week to hostess for a month over at:  Crazy4Challenges  

So the challenge for this week is to put a pet on your card.  It doesn’t have to be a dog.  So this is how I made my card.

The Steps:

Step 1: I used some discontinued: Karen Burniston  dies for this card, but the link in red will take you to her online shop where she has comparable products.  I like to cut all the elements I might use for the projects first so I can audition them on my project.

I used Karen’s “Buster the Dog” , “The All Seasons Tree, Props 4 set (dog bowl, ball & dog bones), “Props 2” (party hat)  and “Outdoor Edges” grass.  The sentiment “Happy Birthday” is a Elizabeth Crafts Designs die set.

Step 2:  Make a base card by scoring an 8.5″ x 11″ pc. of white card stock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Fold over for a book fold and trim to a 5.5″ x 7″ card.  Stencil the front of the base card with PanPastels Aqua Marine blue and Elizabeth Craft Designs: S-016 Earth and Sky

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Step: 3  Arrange from all the elements you cut in Step 1, a little scene to the front of the now stenciled card, as you like.  Here’s one more look:

Dog Biscuit party (2) logo

That’s It!

Thanks so much for taking a look and I hope you’ll join us in the challenge this week.

 

The first challenge of 2019!

The first challenge over at Crazy 4 Challenges is an easy one:  “What’s you favorite type of card to make?  Make one!  My favorite is some kind of an interactive or pop-up card.  My granddaughter’s birthday is Jan. 5th so I made her a cake pop up birthday card.

The die set I used for this card is no longer available but it is 1102 – Cake Pop Up by Karen Burniston.  It’s one of my favorites for birthdays as well as weddings.

To make this card, the hardest part is to choose the designer paper and cardstock you want to use.  The rest is really what the die set does.  So because this die set is no longer available I am going to just give you a list of the other products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  1161 – Happy Birthday, 1034 – Flourishes & Branches (also unavailable,  Clear double sided Adhesive 10mm. and  silver peel off lines

A Way With Words, Happy Birthday 2 - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

Joanne Fabric and Crafts:  Designer cardstock

Beacons Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Thanks for taking the time for a look and I hope you’ll join us in this weeks first challenge of the year!

 

A Happy Holiday Christmas Card

baker front H2O

Baker inside H2O

To help me get over my turkey coma, I decided to make a Christmas Pop up’

For this card I used Karen Burniston’s : 1047 – Upsy Daisy Pop Up

Upsy Daisy Pop-Up

When you click on the product link above, there is also the assembly video.  You really need to watch the video before you attempt to assemble this die set.

I have been a fan of The Eyelet Outlet for about 5 or 6 yrs. now.  You have to check out this online store for the adorable holiday brads I used on the panels.  They have brads in almost any image you can imagine. Eyelet Outlet

I also used Elizabeth Craft Designs:1277 – Kitchen Tools 

and 1276 –  Apron

and 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays

and Merry Christmas inside: Susan Cannon 1235 – Merry Christmas

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The fish tail banner on the front is from Gina Marie’s Nested Fishtails.

That’s It!   I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving

Sketch Week at C4C

C4C 461 front H2O

New inside fall

For this card I started with the base card.  Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish Cardstock for two reasons.  First, it’s a good medium weight cardstock and second when you want the front one color and you want to stamp on white for the inside.  Or, as I did, stencil a background for my fall inside. Their Soft Finish Cardstock is colored on one side and white on the other side.  The base card measures 5″ x 7″.  I used Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1116 – Stitched Circles

Stitched Circles

Cut the circle out of the front of the base card using the second largest die and then out of the same cardstock nest this die into the largest die.  Secure with tape on the non blade side of the nested 2 dies.  Cut both a circle frame from yellow and white cardstock.  Adhere the yellow over the front circle and the white frame over the inside of the circle.

The next step is to stencil the inside right of the card using my all time favorite stencil!  Elizabeth Craft Designs: Earth and Sky Stencil  I have used this stencil for the sky on any of my cards that were an outdoor scene. (At least 50 cards)  If you don’t have it GET IT!

Earth & Sky - Stencil - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

On the Elizabeth Craft Designs You Tube channel there is a tutorial of Susan Tierney Cockburn using this stencil.  I always use Pan Pastels but you could use ink too.

Next using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1467 – Words 3 – Happy Holidays 

Cut the “happy thanksgiving” sentiment from brown cardstock.

The two die sets I used for the tree and wheelbarrow for the inside unfortunately are retired but they are:  781 – All Seasons Tree by Karen Burniston  and 933 – Wheelbarrow by Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The leaves are 3 dies from the “all seasons tree” set.

The grass strip across the bottom of the circle on the front and back of the card is also a retired set from Karen Burniston 914 – Outdoor Edges.

That’s It!

I hope you’ll join the challenge this week because we love to see what you will do with this sketch! Crazy4Challenges

Other Products Used:

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

It’s sketch week!

Since I am the hostess for October, I got to design the sketch.  I thought this layout would be suitable for any theme and if you hop on over to the challenge blog: Crazy4Challleges you will see the design team came up with all different takes on this sketch!

 

I chose some cute papers from American Crafts for this project:

Halloween papers

The die set I used is one by Karen Burniston a while ago when she was still with Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Halloween die set

I cut the bats, tree, spider and web from Black cardstock.  I also used Karen Burniston’s: 1053 – Alphabet for the word “BOO” and cut the letters from black cardstock.

KB Alphabet

The card measures 5.5 x 7″.  Score a pc. of 8.5″ x 11″ at 5.5″ on the long side and fold over for a side fold.

Next using Elizabeth Craft Designs: 1118 – Stitched Squares  and the 3rd to the largest die cut a square of the White stitches paper then cut the square in half diagonally from corner to corner and adhere to the black base card as shown.

Next cut a 6″ x 4″ rectangle from the orange pumpkin and adhere it to card as shown and add the elements from Halloween Scene die also as shown and that’s it!  Here’s another look:

Boo 3 H20

I hope you’ll join us for this week’s challenge.  We would love to see your take on this sketch.

Other Products Used

Michael’s Craft Store:  Black cardstock

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Gold Lines Peel Off Stickers (around the orange rectangle, 10mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

Beacon’s Kid’s Choice Glue

 

 

One card, Two Heroes

Hero Susan front H2O

Hero Susan inside H2O

This week’s challenge is to make a card for someone who is fighting cancer or has won their battle with it.  Last week at the salon, one of our 90 something year old customers, who is fighting several health issues, talked about her daughter and how devoted she is to being there for her.  The mother our salon customer, was a nurse in the Navy during the Korean War.  And now her daughter is the nurse for this American Hero Mom. 

The Steps:

Step 1:  Choose the papers and cardstock you want to use.  I wanted a “chocolate” sweets theme.  I chose a brown and white polka dot paper from Elizabeth Craft Designs: ModaScrap Thinking About Grand Canyon

Thinking About - Grand Canyon

Step 2:  I recently received Karen Burniston’s: 1047 – Upsy Daisy Pop Up  and also her: 1050 – Sweet Treats Charms

Upsy Daisy die

                  Sweet treat Charms

 

 

 

 

I cut all the dies in the Sweet Treat Charms set from white cardstock and colored them with Copic Markers.  I cut off the little “hanging part” since I wasn’t using them to hang from anything.

Step 3:  Cut all the pieces in the Upsy Daisy Die set.  The best way to show you how to construct the “pop up” mechanism is to direct you to the designer, Karen Burniston’s assembly video which is on the product page: Product page with assembly video

I always recommend watching the designer’s assembly videos, if available or needed.  Besides eliminating a lot of frustration and complete and utter confusion, she shows all the cards made by her design team using this set.  WARNING!  You’ll want it!  As a matter of fact my design for this challenge is in no way an original design.  It was inspired by one you’ll see in this video!

Step 4:  My card measures 5.5 x 5.5″ so score an 11 x 8.5″ at 5.5″ pc. of white cardstock along the 11″ side and fold over for a top fold card.  Then I cut four mats using the brown polka dot designer paper that each measure 5.25 x 5.25″  I adhered two of these mats to the inside of the card and two to the outside.

Step 5:  After your base card is ready is when you install the “Pop UP Mechanism” in the set.  But again, you need to watch the video.  Then you will be assembling what you want to display on the squares that pop up when the card is open.  That’s pretty much all there is to it!  I decorated the front to match and be a preview to what’s inside. Here’s another look:

Thanks so much for spending the time to take a look!  I hope you’ll take the challenge and show us your take on this week’s theme.

Other Products Used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  Clear Double Sided Adhesive, Small Cupcake die set

Beacon’s Kids Choice Glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

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