A Mother’s Day Card

2018-04-17 blog hop

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

 

Humor with a message!

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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

 

 

An Easy Easter Card

 

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It’s sketch week over at Crazy4Challenges C4C-422

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You all know how much I love a sketch but I must admit this sketch stumped me.  It looks so easy but I couldn’t come up with an idea!  I am currently working on Easter so I wanted to use my favorite bunny stamp.  It’s from Art Impressions and is called Holiday 1-779.

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This is how I made this card.

Step 1:  Stamp on white cardstock using the above stamp.  Color with Copic Markers or Pencils.  I chose to color with copics.  (When you position the stamp give yourself about 3″ below the top of your cardstock.

Step 2:  Cut the image with the largest die from this set.

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 This step is actually two steps because these nested fishtails are too short for what I needed to fit the sketch.  Position the die on your stamped and colored image where you want the “fish tail” (bottom) of the die to end below your stamped image. Run through your cutting machine but STOP before the top (straight edge) of the die cuts.  Now move the die up to where you want the top of the die to end.  In this case that was 2″ above the image.  Now run through your cutting machine again but stop before it cuts the fishtail again.  You should now have a longer fishtail then the die. Notice that I positioned the image closer to the left of the die to allow room for the half oval in the sketch.

Step 3:  Using the stamp set below from Pink and Main, stamp both the “egg” and the “Chocolate bunny box” 3 times.  Color how you want.  I added Crystal Lacquer to the bunny boxes like they were wrapped in cellophane. After the lacquer is dried, fussy cut all the bunny box and eggs.

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Step 4:  From the little die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs below cut the pieces for the basket, flower and grass.  I used  scrap cardstock.  Assemble the basket. Add the grass, chocolate bunny boxes and eggs as show below.  Add Prills to the little flowers. I used leftover little leaves from one of Susan Tierney Cockburn’s 1196 – Garden edge rose  flower dies as shown below:

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Step 5:  Using the same Pink and Main Stamp as in step 3, stamp Happy Easter on white cardstock.  Cut it with the long rectangle pictured below and distress the edges with Tim Holtz “peacock feathers” Distress Ink.

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Glue the grass Strip (which is a Silhouette file to the top of this sentiment strip.

Step 6: Cut the 3 bunnies from this die set below using 3 different brown colors.  I used scrap cardstock.  Add a glitter dot for eyes. Cut an oval with coordinating designer and the second to the largest die set pictured below.  Cut the oval in by first laying in place and making light pencil marks where one side should be cut off to make it line up with the mat’s edge as shown.

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Step7:  Assemble the card:

Score a pc. of 11 x 8.5″ white cardstock at 5.5″ on the long side.  Trim to 5  x 7″.  Cut two mats from designer cardstock that measures 4.75″ x 6.75″.  Adhere one to the card front and one to the back, centered leaving 1/8″ border all around.  Adhere the stamped fish tail to the front panel, centered with the top (Short straight edge) at the top of the designer paper mat.   Adhere, the now cut oval in place as shown.  Put 3 large foam dots under the sentiment tag by centering the one dot then adding one either side of the first.  Put the dots closer to the bottom then the top to make it possible to side the bunnies behind the grass.  Glue the two ends down.  Add a half dome pearl to cover the hole on the right and adhere the Easter basket as shown with the highest bunny box hiding the left side hole.

That’s It!

Thank you so much for your time to hop over for a look.  Please follow if you would like more tutorials.

Other Products used:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:  White Soft Finish cardstock 8.5 x 11″, Glitter Dots

Beacons Kid’s choice glue

Sizzix Big Shot Plus

 

 

 

C4C398

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A card for Jeanine

Over at Crazy 4 Challenges this week our theme is “Monochromatic” like shades of blue, green or in my case, shades of purple.  You can accent with white or black. This card was made for the other hairdresser in the salon we work at, Jeanine!  Last week, my premier week as a designer on the team over at the “Crazies”, I made a card for my sisters for their support.  This week, I need to thank my work partner Jeanine.  She has encouraged and supported me through a lot!  We’ve worked together going on 14yrs.!

The Steps:

  Believe it or not, I only used two die sets for this card by Elizabeth Craft Designs:      1064 – Fitted Frames 4 – Curvy Squares and 1020 – Susan’s Garden – Hydrangea

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This week’s commercial:  I just love this Fitted Frames series.  It doesn’t show well in the picture above on the left, but all the frames pictured in the set are cut with one pass through the die cutter!  These sets of frames come in Squares, Rectangles, Circles and Ovals.  I admit when I first saw these I thought “Well that seems like a waste of card stock when you only want one frame”.  However, if you cut them with a piece of white cardstock then you have a supply of frames that you can color any color you need.  You can stencil or do a cool ink Oxide on paper and then cut them out. Or, color each one a different color to go with a designer print paper.  The ways you can use these are endless.  But you also get some cute little shapes with them.  I used the heart that comes out of each cut to decorate the inside of the card.

Step 1:  I cut the frames out of 3 colors of purple and just set them aside.

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Step 2:  Cut all the pieces from the “Hydrangea” die set.  I cut two bases (the weird oval shapes in the same color as the frame in the upper left of the above picture).  I also cut the square pc. in the set, which is what cuts all the petals, 3 times in this same pale lavender cardstock.  I cut the 3 leaf pieces 3 times from this pale lavender and 3 times from white cardstock.

Step 3:  Decide what will be the components of the card:

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I want to draw your attention to the assembled Hydrangea in the above photo.  I started out with just larger leaves on either side of the flower but hated it.  So I decided to just put leaves all around the flower which I think turned out better.  (Just thought it would help to see sometimes things go wrong.  Don’t panic, most mistakes can be fixed without starting over!)

Step 4:  There is an assembly video by Susan Tierney Cockburn on YouTube on the Elizabeth Craft Designs channel under Susan’s Garden.  I always highly recommend watching an assemble video if available whenever you get a new die set.  It can save you so much frustration.  Shape all the pieces of the hydrangea and assemble per Susan’s video. But first cut a dark purple square the same size as the only “stitched square”.  Glue the “stitched square” over this purple square.  This sandwich is what you will build the “hydrangea” on.  After I veined all the leaves I added PanPastel Violet to all the leaves both light lavender and white.  After the whole flower/leaves were all glued in place I squeezed a drop of glue here and there and added some “Express-o Yourself” Prills.  I then took a soft paint brush, just as in the video and lightly added a little of the “bright green” PanPastel she mentions, that is actually called “Bright Yellow Green” by the brand.

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Step 5: The last step!  Cut a piece of 12 x 12″ White 100 lb. ECD Soft Finish cardstock in half.  Create the base by taking one of the 6 x 12 and scoring at 6″ on the long side.  Cut a printed designer cardstock square mat that measures 5 3/8″ square.  Adhere to the front of the base card.  Cut a pale lavender sq. that measures 5 1/8″.  Adhere to the previous “designer print” mat.  Now add the 3 “Wavy Frames” starting with the largest to the smallest.  Then adhere the “Stitched Flower”  square pc. to the center as shown.  I added a little tag sentiment.

Thank you so much for stopping by.  I love comments and hope you’ll follow my blog.  I respond to all comments and any questions regarding crafting with paper, personally.

Other Products Used:

Cardstock from Michael’s:

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Elizabeth Craft Designs:  12 x12 White Soft Finish Cardstock, Clear Double Sided Adhesive 6mm  and “General Sentiments” Clear Stamp set.

Spellbinders:  The little “For You” sentiment.

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Beacon’s Kids Choice glue

Sizzix: Big Shot Plus

 

 

This is my first entry on Art Impressions weekly challenge #175

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I’m branching out and trying to enter more challenges this year.  I have found that they are a great way to challenge yourself.  I work as a hairdresser for an upscale retirement community and have spent the last couple of weeks making birthday cards for the residents to give to one of their neighbors for their birthday.  I have collected a lot of Art Impression stamps especially in the groups they call “Golden Oldies” and “Girlfriends“.  This particular stamp is one I have had for many years.  I think it was the first one I bought.  It’s called “Fred and Millie Q1244“.  I just love this sweet scene of these two sitting on a bench.  We have a bench just like this one where I work and have often seen one or two of our residents sitting on it.  We’re in California, in the Bay Area, and we don’t see snow but it does get chilly.

This is how I made the card

Of course, I first stamped the image and then colored it with Copic Markers.  Since the couple are on a bench I knew I wanted the card to look as if the view was looking at them through a window.   The base of the card measures 5.5″ x 7″ and is white cardstock.  I made a double frame by using three Spellbinders Nested rectangles from their set called “Card Creater“.  It has eight dies in the set.  I use this set a lot.  I simply nested a smaller die inside of a larger die so that it created a frame when it was cut.  Then I repeated the same process for another frame.  I glued the smaller frame to the larger one so that it sort of looked like window molding.  I felt that my scene needed a winter tree so I used the “All Seasons Tree” by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs and didn’t add any leaves or flowers dies that come with this die set but I did use the die as a stencil to make the black lines on the tree.2016-01-18 17.33.272016-01-18 17.33.43

I used a gray cardstock to cut the tree.  I then positioned the tree inside the double frame where I liked it in my little scene and cut off some branches to fit.  Once I had my scene completed I felt it needed drapes to look more like a window instead of just a matted picture.  Luckily, I found a brown cardstock and a printed designer paper that worked together in my stash.  I cut a piece of the dotted designer paper 5″ x 12″ and then just scored it in quarter inch increments all across the 12″ piece of cut paper.  When you score the paper you need to flip the paper over at every other score so that you are able to pleat it easily.  I then cut two pieces of pleated paper the size I needed for my curtains.  My finished 2 pleated panels measure 5″ x 1″each.  The sentiment tag was made by first in Word on my computer and then cut with the smallest rectangle die in the same Spellbinder set.  Thanks for taking a look.

  • Materials List
  • White cardstock
  • Brown cardstock – Recollections Spice Market
  • Brown dotted designer paper – DCWV The Timeless Texure Stack
  • Spellbinders Cardmaker dies
  • All Seasons Tree – Elizabeth Craft Designs
  • Copic Markers:  B21, 23, 24  BG10,11,13,72 E00,30,71,74 RV10,25 Y8,13,15 N0
  • Art Impressions wood mounted stamp Fred and Millie