Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Away in a Manger


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have another Christmas card using the same stamp set I used in the card I shared with you all yesterday which was a freebie set that came with a Stamping Magazine. These stamps were actually designed by Wild Rose Studio.


For the inside of the card I added the star that is included in the stamp set that I used for the front. The "Peace on Earth" sentiment from an Avery Elle stamp set.

Stamps:  Away in a Manger - Wild Rose Studio (Freebie Set from Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 48); Snowflakes - Avery Elle
Paper: White; Red; Blue; Blitzen Collection Paper Pad - Bo Bunny
Dies: Stitched Circles; Dotted Scallop Circles
Other: Black Ink; Nuvo Red Berry Gloss Crystal Drops;  Nuvo Midnight Blue Gloss Crystal Drops; Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops; Foam Tape; Copics


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Monday, October 23, 2017

We Wish You a Merry Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another Christmas card with you using some more freebie stamps I got from a Magazine,  I love this cute image of the boy looking gout the window waiting for Santa to come.

For this card I created a Centre Step Card. I added two Christmas trees also included in the stamp set to either side of the window. I also added a sentiment from the set.


Here is another photo of my card taken at a different angle so you can see the folds in the card.

I added Nuvo Drops to the ornaments on the Christmas tree and also the star. I also added Glossy Accents to the glass areas of the window.


For the inside of the card I added a die cut image of Santa in his sleigh. I also added another of the sentiments from the stamp set ... this time "Do you hear what I hear?" means something totally different to what it does in the Christmas Carol which is one of my favourites.

Stamps: Away in a Manger - Wild Rose Studio (Freebie Set from Creative Stamping Magazine Issue 48)
Paper: White; Red; Retro Three Paper - Authentique
Dies: Step Card #1 - Cheery Lynn Designs; Oval Dies - Spellbinders; Santa - Impression Obsession
Other: Black Ink; Red Ink; Nuvo Red Berry Gloss Crystal Drops;  Nuvo Woodland Green Gloss Crystal Drops; Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sending Christmas Greetings Across the Miles


Hi Crafty Friends,

This past few months, I have noticed some awesome stamp sets coming as freebies included with a Sstamping magazine. Most of these magazines come from the UK, and there have been a few I haven't been able to resist. These days I only buy magazines if I like the freebie included in the mag. I have purchased a couple recently which include Christmas stamps/dies so I figured I better start using one of two of the stamps because Christmas will be here before we know it.


I just adore this freebie set which came in Papercraft Essentials magazine recently. Not only did they include stamps, but you also got an embossing folder for the postbox and a few dies, to cut out the hole in the mail box, bird and letters.

I embossed the post box three times, one in red, one in black (for the base) and white (for the centre part). I cut out each postbox and paper pieced them together.

For the snow I used the snow die from the Nature Edges die set from Karen Burniston.


When you open the card up it reveals a bigger scene of that shown on the front.

I used the Katherine Label Pop-up die set from Karen Burniston to create the pivot arm and label the sentiment is on. I kept the sentiment as high as I could to allow room for the scene below. The sentiment is a mix of the freebie die set (Across the miles) and one from MFT Stamps. 

I added more snow to the bottom of the card and added a few birch trees which are Lawn Fawn dies. 


One final photo so you can see the pivot arm the sentiment panel is on.


Stamps:  Sending Christmas Wishes - Practical Publishing/Papercraft Essentials Issue 151; Ornament Banner Builder - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Red; Black; DP - Memory Box
Dies: Katherine Label Pop-up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Birch Trees - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; Red Ink;  Postbox Embossing Folder - Practical Publishing/Papercraft Essentials Issue 151; Foam Tape; Copics



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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Trolls Insanely Happy Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Bonnie Sharp our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for a sketch challenge.





For my card today I have again used the cute Troll characters from Your Next Stamp's Insanely Happy stamp set. I couldn't decide which card to use them for when I was deciding on what to do for both the CCEE challenge and C4C challenge I do every week that I decided to use it for both.



For the inside of the card I created a Twist Pull Card using the Twist Pull Card die set from Karen Burniston, I just love this fun die set.

I received some designer paper in a card kit I received a month or two ago which I loved but I only had one piece of each design, so I had to be creative on how to use it  to stretch it out. By piece it on the inside I was able to have enough for both the inside and the outside of this card. Don't worry, I loved the paper so much I had to order a whole paper pack hehe!

I used the grass from the Nature Edges die set on each of the white panels and stamped some clouds on each panel too.

Along the bottom edge of the card I added the birthday sentiment included in the stamp set and some Nuvo drops to match the papers.

Along the top panel I added the number border, highlighting the '5' and adding the 'today' tab. I will probably use this for my Granddaughter's birthday coming up next month as she will be 5!



Here is a look at my card as it is closing, you can see how the 4 panel fold in the centre folds up and starts to turn to the side.



And finally a look at my card when it is closed. My card is a little thick when closed because I like to use foam tape on some of the elements of the accordion panel on the inside of the card ... as it will be hand delivered this doesn't matter. However if you don't want a thick card eliminate the foam tape.


Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.




Stamps:  Insanely Happy - Your Next Stamp
Paper: White; Bright Pink; Green; Black Fairy Tale Paper Pack - Doodlebug Design Inc; Party Patterns Paper Pad - MFT Stamps
Dies: Twist Panel Pop-up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Blue Prints 11; LLD Border It Numbers - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Green Ink; Glossy Accents; Scan N Cut; Foam Tape; Copics



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Friday, October 20, 2017

Gingerbread House Gift Tags


Hi Crafty Friends, 

A couple of days ago I posted a pop-up card I created using the Gingerbread House die set and the General Pop-ups die set for my Elizabeth Craft Designs October Designer Challenge. While I had the Gingerbread House die set out I decided to make a set of gift tags too. 


Here is a close up of one of my finished gift tags.



  • To create a gift tag, cut a piece of brown cardstock approximately 3 1/2 inches wide x 8 1/2 inches.
  • Fold in half to create a 4 1/4 inch x 3 1/2 inch top folding card.
  • Place the die onto the folded cardstock so the roof part of the house is overhanging the fold.
  • Die cut.
  • Die cut a second house from a single piece of brown cardstock and adhere this to the folded house.
  • For the icing overlay pieces, the easiest way to cut these so you save on paper, adhesive and time is to place some masking tape on the back of the house die and then position the windows into the centre of the house so they are on the adhesive part of the masking tape. Make sure that none of the dies touch each other and then use this to die cut your white cardstock.
  • For my icing I added glitter so I die cut the icing overlay pieces so that the adhesive was on the front of the card and then used Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter.
  • Assemble the pieces and then punch a hole through the top hole in the icing roof and then through ribbon, Adhere a ribbon bow to the top of the roof.

Add a to/from sentiment to the inside of the gift tag and you are done.


Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs;



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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Insanely Happy Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being the challenge hostess for the month, I continue to issue the challenges.

Acetate - Create a card that includes acetate on/in it in some way. It could be a Shaker Card, Magic Color Slider Card, Window Card, Gap Card etc.


For my card I decided to create a Magic Color Slider card. These are always so much fun to make and even easier now I have the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die set, which makes creating this style of card a breeze!


When you pull the tab, it starts to reveal the magic ... which is the color appearing under the tab.



To decorate my card I used the troll characters from the Your Next Stamp Insanely Happy Birthday Stamp set. .... Trolls are back in fashion now!!!!

Along the bottom of my card I added some grass so that I could ground my little  troll people.


And finally the whole colorful scene is revealed. I added the "Pull Me" sentiment from the Heffy Doodle Interactively Yours Clear Stamp set.

I also added Nuvo Drops to match the designer paper on the base of the card all around the frame and grassy area.


On the inside of the card I added a strip of the remaining designer paper to the left hand side. I added a birthday sentiment to the white panel. Finally I added the last of the Trolls to the card and added a couple of music notes.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi


Stamps: Insanely Happy - Your Next Stamp; Birthday Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Interactively Yours - Heffy Doodle
Paper: White; Bright Pink; Bright Green; Fairy Tale Paper Pack - Doodlebug Design Inc.
Dies: Magic Color Slider - Lawn Fawn; Adventure Edges - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Nuvo Drops: Rhubard Crumble; Carnation Pink; Caribbean Ocean; English Mustard;  Apple Green; Crushed Grape
Other: Black Ink; Black Stazon Ink; Acetate; Foam Tape; Copics



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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

ECD October Designer Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for our October ECD Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designed created for the challenge.

This month the challenge is …. Christmas - Christmas is now just over two months away, for our challenge this month think Christmas! Christmas Cards, Advent Calendars, Decorated boxes, etc ….



For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What are your favorite projects to create during the holiday season?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, October 20th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


For my card today I decided to create a Christmas Pop-Up Card using Becky Seddon's Gingerbread House die set and the General Pop-Up Die set. I have also used one of the new patterned papers from ModaScrap, these patterned papers are amazing!!!!

Here's how I created my card:



Step 1 -  
  • Cut the red snowflake patterned paper from the ModaScrap It's Christmas Time 12 x 12 Pattern Paper Pack so that it measures 5 1/2 inches x 11 inches.
  • Score along the 11 inch side at 5 1/2 inches and fold to create a 5 1/2 inch square card.
  • Open up the patterned paper and position the pop up dies (shown on the right hand side of the photo above) so that the centre nubs of the die are positioned on the centre fold of the card. The wider pop-up die will go in the centre and the thinner one will be used twice to die cut the pop up tabs on either side of the card approximately 5/8 inch from each edge. Die cut and then train the folds so you have your pop up steps along the card.
Step 2 - 
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock so that it measures 5 1/2 inches x 11 inches.
  • Score along the 11 inch side at 5 1/2 inches and fold to create a top folding 5 1/2 inch square card.
  • Adhere the pop up inside panel into the folded red card.


Step 3 - 
  • Using the Gingerbread House die set die cut the following:
  • (1) Solid Gingerbread House from Brown Cardstock - (tip: save the door that is removed when you die cut the house)
  • (1) Solid Gingerbread Boy from Brown Cardstock
  • (1) Solid Gingerbread Girl from Brown Cardstock
  • (1) Gingerbread House Icing Overlay from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • (2) sets of Gingerbread House Window Icing Overlay from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • (1) Gingerbread Boy Icing Overlay from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • Gingerbread Girl Icing Overlay  from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • (2) sets of Eyes from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • (1) set of Buttons from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • (4) Solid Candy Canes from Red Cardstock
  • (4) Decorator Candy Cane Overlays from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back (Note - so that you can have some of the candy canes facing the opposite way, die cut two of the overlays with the adhesive on the back and the other two with the adhesive on the front).
TIP: 
  • To save on cardstock, adhesive and time, place so masking tape at the back of the Gingerbread House Icing Overlay die prior to die cutting. Next attach the windows onto the masking tape as shown on the photo above. Be careful not to let any parts of the dies touch one of the other dies. 
  • Now use this to die cut your icing and window pieces from white cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front. 
Step 4:
  • Remove the protective backing from the adhesive that is on the front of the icing overlay piece and cover with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Remove excess glitter and return to jar. Polish glitter into the adhesive with a finger.
  • Adhere icing overlays to all the gingerbread pieces.
  • Place the door we saved in step 3 back into the opening of the house, turn to the back and tape in place.
Step 5 - 
  • Adhere Gingerbread House, Boy and Girl to pop-up tabs on the inside of card (refer to photo above for placement).

Step 6 - 


  • Using the pine bough die from the Beautiful Baubles die set, die cut two pine pieces from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive. 
  • Remove protective backing from the adhesive and cover adhesive with Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter.
  • Remove excess glitter and return to jar. Polish glitter into the adhesive with a finger.
  • Join the two pine bough in the centre using adhesive and adhere to the top of card. Trim off any pieces overhanging from sides of card.
Step 7 -
  • Using the largest fishtail banner die in the Stitched Fishtail Banners die set, die cut a banner from Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Stamp the sentiment to the centre of the banner using VersaMark Ink and White Embossing Powder. Adhere to the centre of the base of the card so that the stitched lines on the left side and the fishtail part on the right are overhanging the card. Trim off excess card.
Step 8 -
  • Assemble Candy Canes that you die cut in step 3 so that you have two facing left and two facing right.
  • Adhere to of the candy canes to the side of the house so they can be seen behind the gingerbread boy and girl.
  • Adhere the remaining candy canes on either side of sentiment.
Step 9 - The Front of Card:
  • Cut a piece of the same patterned paper used for the inside of the card so it measures 5 1/2 inches x 4 inches.
  • Cut two thin strips of Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock and adhere to the back of the wide edges so that a small amount of the cardstock shows.
  • Adhere panel to the centre of the front of card.
Step 10 -
  • Die cut the A Way with Words - Merry Christmas from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the front. Cover adhesive with Forest Green Silk Microfine Glitter.
  • Layer sentiment to a piece of Cream cardstock that has been die cut using an oval from the Stitched Ovals die set 
  • Layer the cream oval to a red oval die cut using the Dotted Scallop Ovals.
  • Adhere to centre of front of card using foam tape.


I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.


Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Other:

Cardstock - Cream; Red
VersaMark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Heat Gun






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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Layered Rose Birthday Card


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have a birthday card I made recently using a couple of new stamp sets from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

For the background of this card I used the new ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose Clear Stamp set, this stamp set contains stamps to create two roses with the various layers so you can stamp in different colors to add the details to the image.

This is the first time I have used this style of stamp with so many layers, but using a Stamp Positioning Platform makes it really easy. Not sure mine is absolutely perfect, but I am happy for the first try.

After stamping the roses onto the white card I then watered down some pink ink and splattered that over the card.

I then stamps the birthday sentiment from the new A Way with Words - Happy Birthday Collection, this is such a beautiful set ... I love all the calligraphy sentiments and elements hand created by Suzanne Cannon.



For the inside of the card I added another sentiment from the A Way with Words - Happy Birthday Collection and two more roses. 

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Other:

Stamps: ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose;  A Way with Words Happy Birthday Collection - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Pink; Green
Dies: Stitched Rectangles; Dotted Scallop Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Distress Inks: Aged Mahogany; Fired Brick; Shabby Shutters; Peeled Paint; Forest Moss
Other: Black Ink; Lawn Fawn Wild Rose Ink;

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Yet or Not Here Comes Christmas



Hi Crafty Friends,

I recently just had to purchase this cute stamp set from Mama Elephant called Me & My Yeti... I am not sure why I needed a Yeti stamp set I just did haha. I had to order the Yeti image set and the sentiment set from two different stores as no one had both together and I just needed both.


As you can see I have created a Pop-Up card using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die set, I added some mountains to the background and then added one of the Yeti's, the children, trees and houses to the hills. 

I also added one of the "Yeti" sentiments to the base of the card. Once I had finished the scene I added White Blizzard Nuvo Drops to all the snowy areas on the mountain peaks and trees.


Here is another view of the inside of my card so you can see the pop up part of the card a little better.


For the front of my card, I added the designer paper, mountains, and the snow banks that I used on the inside of the card. I added the other Yeti giving it the "Merry" Banner to hold. I added a few more of the children and trees as well as another sentiment to go with the "Merry".

Stamps: Me & My Yeti; Sentiments From A Yeti! - Mama Elephant
Paper: White; Grey; DP - Memory Box
Dies: Stitched Hillside Pop-Up; Stitched Mountain Border - Lawn Fawn; Katie Label Pop Up (retired) - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops; Nuvo Ebony Black Gloss Crystal Drops; Nuvo Autumn Red Gloss Crystal Drops; Scan N Cut; Foam Tape; Copics



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