Sunday, September 24, 2017

Have A Claw-some Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing an Easel Card I created using Lawn Fawn's You're Claw-some and Mama Elephant's Cat's Meow stamp sets.


To create my card, I carefully did a little surgery on my Claw machine to remove the teddies, in the machine. This will make it easier for me to add whatever I want into the machine. I then masked the sides of the machine to stamp the cats inside. I stamped a single cat which I placed into the slot that the toys inside the machine come out of if you are lucky to get anything out haha.


For the base of the easel I added a sentiment, a few more cats and the "Happy" Balloons which is from Mama Elephant's Celebration Balloons stamp set.


Here is a look at the front of the card when it is folded ready to be placed in an envelope.



Stamps:  You're  Clawsome - Lawn Fawn; The Cat's Meow; Celebration Balloons - Mama Elephant
Paper: White; Red; Perfectly Plaid Fall Paper Pack - Lawn Fawn
Dies: Katie Label Pivot Card (retired) - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Scan N Cut; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Glossy Accents; Foam Tape; Copics


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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Happy Snappy Birthday


Hi everyone,

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

Let's make an interactive card. There are so many cool dies out there for slider,  shaker, pop-up, spinner, lift-a-flap and so many more. if you don't have dies, many of these cards can also be built by hand the way we did it before all the dies! These cards bring so much joy to the recipient! And they are tons of fun to make!

Of course the hardest part of this challenge for me was which type of interactive card would I make! Any one who knows me, knows how much I love interactive cards and I have so many different dies to make so many different types of cards ... these are my favorite dies ever!!!



In the end I decided to make a Twist Circle Pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Snowman Twist Circle Pop-up die set. I think I changed my mind three or four times, before I finally made a decision LOL! 

I did this card a little differently for a change, adding the circle to the upper section of the arm rather than the lower section, so that the card is view how a card would normally stand. I saw a card using this idea that fellow Karen Burniston Design Team member, Fran Sabad created a few weeks ago and had to give it a try and love it.

This time around I am playing with some new stamps from a brand new company .... Happy Sanppy Crocs from Heffy Doodle. I actually ended up using some sentiments and images from a couple of other stamp sets from this company to complete my card

I used the Nature Edges die set to create the grass panels along the bottom of the card.




For the front of the card, I added two more of the cute crocodiles. The banners the croc is holding is from the Elephant of Surprise stamp set also from Heffy Doodle. I also added a banner border along the top right hand corner.


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: Happy Snappy Crocs; Elephant of Surprise; Ad-Roar-Able Lions - Heffy Doodle; Sentimental ; Sentimental Too - Avery Elle
Paper: White; Green; Vintage Spring Basics -  Maja Design; Hello Sunshine Paper Pad - Kaisercraft
Dies: Snowman Twist  Circle; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Fishtail Stax; Banner Border - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Scan N Cut; Foam Tape; Copics









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Friday, September 22, 2017

You're the Pumpkin Spice in my Latte.


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing my second card I created for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which has been running since Friday 15th September to Friday 22nd September. 



Since I ordered the Lawn Fawn Pumpkin Spice stamp set recently and it was sitting here, I might as well make a card using that stamp set for the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. I have had in my head for a while to combine it with the awesome tree stump from the Forest Feast stamp set.

As you can see I have created a pop-up card. I used the small pop up die from the Karen Burniston Tree Pop-up die set  which I die cut three times across the back of the card for my stump. I added the pumpkin spice latte onto the stump and added a piece of acetate to the shaker so it appears like it is magically been shaken into the coffee. 

I added grass from the Natures Edges die set to hid any part of the pop up showing under the stump and also along the back  edge a the very front of the bottom panel. 

I added the sentiment sfrom the stamp sets in one long line and die cut it out using the Everyday Sentiments Banner die set.


Along the top of the card I added a banner and stamped the word "COFFEE" onto the flags.


At the beginning of the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, Craftin Desert Divas offered this cute owl free, which of course being an owl lover I had to grab! So I decided to make use of it on the front of the card seeing both images were pumpkin related. I did add the face to the cup which is from the Lawn Fawn stamp set and also added the shaker seeing I had already stamped and cut out another one.

I always need birthday cards, so decided to turn this into a birthday card by creating a sentiment "a latte birthday wishes" (a lot of birthday wishes). The label and 'a latte' sentiment are both from The Stamps of Life and for the 'birthday wishes' I combined stamps from Avery Elle's Sentimental and Sentiment Too stamp sets.

I added Black Nuvo Drops to the eyes on both cups.

Stamps:  Pumpkin Spice; Forest Feast - Lawn Fawn; Happy Fall Digital Stamp - Craftin Desert Divas; Coffee4Two - Stamps of Life; Sentimental; Sentimental Too - Avery Elle; Alphabet - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Green; Cedar DP - Kaisercraft; Green DP - DCWV
Dies: Tree Pop-up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston;  Banners - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Circle Stax - MFT Stamps; Coffee4Two Die Set - Stamps of Life
Other: Black Ink; Acetate; Nuvo Ebony Black Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Happy Birthday Matey

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Kelly McKown-Santi our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Tuesday was "Talk like a Pirate" day, so for our challenge this week we are to create a card using anything pirate related - brownie points for using maps!


For my card today I decided to pull our my Ahoy Matey stamp set from Lawn Fawn to create a pop-up card. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die set as well as the Ocean Hillside Pop-Up Add-On die set to create the pop up portion of the card. I have been wanting to play with the ocean add on for a while but hadn't gotten around to it until now.



For the front of the card I duplicate many of the images that I used on the inside of the card.


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: Ahoy, Matey; Duh-nuh - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White; Yellow; Watercolor Wishes Paper Pad - Lawn Fawn
Dies: Stitched Hillside Pop-Ups; Ocean Hillside Pop-Up Add-On; Stitched Hillside Borders; Everyday Sentiment Banners - Lawn Fawn; Rainbow Sky - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Antique Linen Distress Oxide; Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; White Gel Pen; Foam Tape; Copics`

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

ECD September Designer Challenge


Hi everyone,

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

Our challenge this month is ..... Spooktacular Creations - It's just over a month away until Halloween. Create a card or project with a Halloween theme.

I have created two cards for this month's challenge. To see my second card, scroll down to the blog post below this one.


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 some of your favorite products you choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?


We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 


The winners will be announced on Friday, September 22nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

For my card today I have created a "U Fold Card", I have discovered this style of card quite recently and have been having fun creating them. I have used a number of the new Halloween themed die sets which were released by Elizabeth Craft Designs in August to create my card. 

The background of my card uses the galaxy background technique which I have been having fun with this year. I used distress inks to create the background. It is a little to see the effect of this background totally on this card as a lot of the color is hidden by the die cuts, but it is there.

I apologise that my instructions are using metric rather than imperial measurements, I didn't think when I started my project to work in inches. It is pretty easy to convert if you wish to replicate this card. If I made this particular card again, I would probably make it slightly taller to allow for the tall haunted house, the chimney is about 1 inch over the top of the card, but as I have things hanging off the sides I don't think this matters. 


Here is how I created my card:

Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of white cardstock that measures 12.5cm x 20cm.
  • Randomly sponge on Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron and Salty Ocean Distress Inks over the card. Leave some areas white.
  • Sponge Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink around the edges of the card and blending over the previously applied colors.
  • Finally apply black ink around the edges and over the card, you don't want to to completely cover the colors you have laid down. You decide how much you want to show through for your finished project.
  • Finally add some picket fence distress paint to an acrylic block, thin with water and use a paint brush to splatter white all over the background to create stars.
Step 2 - 

  • Cut a piece of black cardstock that measures 22.5cm x 13cm.
  • Score along the long side at 3.5cm; 7cm; 15.5cm and 19cm.
  • The score lines closest to the edge will be mountain folds, and the centre lines valley folds.
Step 3 -
  • Take the Galaxy Sky Background panel and cut the panel into 5 panels .... four will be 3cm wide and the centre panel will be 8cm wide.
  • Adhere panels to black card as per photo above.

Step 4 - 
  • Create two bridges for the centre panel to which will hold the haunted house and fence. One bridge will be 2.5cm x 12.5cm and the other 2.5cm x 10.5cm.
  • Score the 12.5cm length bridge at 2cm either end and the 10.5cm one at 1 cm either end. 
  • Apply adhesive to the 1cm ends of the shortest bridge and adhere it to the edge of the 2cm bridge.
  • Attach both bridges to the bottom centre of card as per photo above.

Step 5 - Decorating the card.
  • Using the smallest circle from the Fitted Circles die set, die cut a circle from orange cardstock.
  • Sponge the edge of the circle with black ink.
  • Adhere circle to top right centre panel.
  • From the Haunted House die set, die cut the witch, house and cat from black cardstock.
  • Adhere the witch so that part of it is covering the moon.
  • Adhere yellow cardstock behind the windows of the haunted house. (Optional - sponge around the edge of the house with white ink). To attach the house to the back bridge, add a length of black cardstock that will to the back of the house which extends approximately 2cm from the bottom of the house (tab). Attach this tab behind the bridge closest to the centre panel so the house is flush with the top of the bridge.
  • From the Iron Fence die set, die cut the fence using light grey cardstock. Apply adhesive to the bottom part of the fence and adhere to the front of the other bridge.
  • From the Ghost die set, die cut the small and large ghosts from white and black cardstock. 
  • Assemble ghosts.
  • Adhere the small ghost to the left hand panel using foam tape, and the large ghost to the top of the right hand panel using adhesive. 

  • Using the Halloween Scenery die set, die cut the tree from black cardstock. Cut off the roots of the tree and adhere on an angle to the right hand panel.
  • Using the Halloween Scenery die set, die cut the graveyard scene on a piece of dark grey card that is 16cm long so that you have approximately 2.5cm edge at the bottom. Note - the graveyard scene will be shorter than your cardstock, so you will need to trim the top left and right edges so it is level with the bottom of the elements closest to the edge of the scene.
  • Apply black ink around the edges of the scene.
  • Use a white gel pen to write "R.I.P" on both gravestones.
  • Apply adhesive to the bottom of the right hand panel and adhere the right side of graveyard scene to this panel. 
  • Fold your card so that the two panels on the right hand side are open, but the two on the left are folded on top of each other onto centre panel. Apply adhesive to the bottom of the left hand panel and adhere final edge of graveyard scene. Trim off any excess cardstock.
  • Adhere the cat that you die cut earlier to the left hand side of the graveyard scene.
  • Die cut 3 bats (Halloween Scenery die set) using dark grey cardstock. Adhere one to the roof of the house and the other two on the side panels in the centre of the card.


Step 6 - 

  •  Stamp the "Trick or Treat" sentiment from the Halloween Sentiments Clear Stamp set onto white cardstock using black ink. Trim into a rectangle.
  • Adhere to left side of front of card as per photo above.

Here you can see how the card folds flat for easy mailing. This particular card may not fit into a standard size envelope due to the height of the card. But you can easily adapt this style of card so that it does.

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 - White; Black; Yellow; Orange; Grey; Dark Grey
Inks - Picked Raspberry; Twisted Citron; Salty Ocean; Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks; Black Ink
Picket Fence Distress Paint
Paintbrush
White Gel Pen
Foam Tape



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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Witch Way to the Candy?


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Halloween card I created using Elizabeth Craft Designs Halloween Clear Stamp set, I love the cute little Candy Corn witch included in this set!!! 

I stamped the image 3 times along the bottom and top of the card and added a sentiment to the orange layer which is from the Spooky Sentiments Clear Stamp set. 

I covered each of the candy corns with Glossy Accents and once that was dry I added detail to the eyes using Ebony Black Nuvo Drops.

To finish the card of, I added some Ebony Black Nuvo Drops randomly over the orange cardstock.


For the inside of the card I added another Halloween sentiment from the Spooky Sentiments Clear Stamp set and die cut it using the coordinating die in the Labels 1 die set.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:

Stamps: Halloween; Spooky Sentiments  - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Black; Orange; Yellow
Dies: Labels 1 - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Glossy Accents; Nuvo  Ebony Black Gloss Crystal Drops; Copics


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Monday, September 18, 2017

Congrats


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using Mama Elephant's The Cat's Meow & Celebration Balloons stamp sets.

For the background I die cut a piece of white cardstock using a stitched rectangle die. I then sponged Distress Oxides onto my card spritzing it with water. 

I added color to the balloons using the opposite colors to what was on the background (i.e. the green was at the top of the background so at the bottom on the balloons. I drew pencil lines from each of the balloons to where the cats would be.

To finish off the card I added some Nuvo White Gloss Crystal Drops randomly over the background.


For the inside of the card I added a sentiment, a couple more cats and a piece of the Distress Oxide background panel.

Stamps: The Cat's Meow; Celebration Balloons - Mama Elephant; Fairy Wishes - Practical Publishing
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dies: Stitched Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Twisted Citron Distress Oxide; Broken China Distress Oxide; Scan N Cut; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Glossy Accents; Nuvo White Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing along in the  Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is being held from Friday 15th September to Friday 22nd September.

For my card today I have used a digital image from Mo's Digital Pencil, I have been thinking about getting this stamp for a while now and hadn't gotten around to it, so I decided to get the digital version instead.

I have used the Pop it Ups Oval Pull Card for my card base, it has been a while since I have played with this die set, unfortunately it has now been discontinued. To decorate my card I used Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves which I colored using Distress Oxides. 


When you "pull" the card open it reveals the sentiment and coffee cup with is included in a new sentiment stamp set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:

Stamps: Coffee Digital Stamp - Mo's Digital Pencil; Home Sweet Home - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Orange; Brown; A Perfect Autumn Paper Pad - Carta Bella
Dies: Pop it Ups Oval Pull Card (discontinued); Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves
Distress Oxides: Wild Honey; Fossilized Amber; Spiced Marmalade; Fired Brick; Peeled Paint; Walnut Stain
Other: Black Ink; Clear Glitter Wink of Stella Pen; Nuvo Dark Walnut Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sending Lots of Color Your Way


Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Rebecca Ednie 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.





As I had recently received Simon Says Stamp's September card kit, I wanted to use some of the things included in the kit for my card for this challenge.

I stamped the rainbow and clouds and cut them out and stamped clouds on the blue square panel. I white embossed the sentiment onto black cardstock. I also added some of the shape sprinkles to the lower right hand corner.



For the inside of the card I used the pivot arm from Karen Burniston's  Katherine Label Pop Up die set. As I wanted to include the birthday sentiment I used some oval dies for layering. I also added another Shape Sprinkle under the sentiment.

I used the label from the Katherine Label Pop up for the other sentiment to which I also added the candle stamp included in the Best Ever stamp set.



Here is another photo of the inside of the card so you can see the pivot arm in action.

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: Best Ever - Simon Says Stamp
Paper: White; Audrey Blue & Doll Pink - Simon Says Stamp; Fairy Tale Collection Paper Pack - Doodlebug Design
Dies: Katherine Label Pop Up - Karen Burniston; Stitched Squares; Dotted Scallop Circles; Stitched Ovals; Dotted Scallop Ovals - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; VersaMark Ink; Shape Sprinkles - Doodlebug Designs; Foam Tape; Copics




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Candy Cane Wishes


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today. With Christmas just 103 days away, I thought I had better make a start of getting some Christmas cards made. Today I am playing with the Krista Schneider Candy Land Clear Stamp and coordinating die set.


Here's how I created my card:


Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock so that it measures 8 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Score and fold along the long sided to create a 4 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inch top fold card.


Step 2 - 
  •  Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a piece of tan paper from the ModaScrap Thinking About Grand Canyon 6 x 6 Paper Pack.


Step 3 -
  • Adhere a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape to the front of a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock that measures 4 inches x 5 1/4 inches. 
  • Use the snow edge from the Adventure Edges die set, to die cut this piece, so you get two pieces (one approximately 1 1/2 inches and the other 2 1/2 inches. 
  • Remove adhesive backing from the cardstock and cover adhesive with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Return excess glitter to the jar and polish the glitter into the adhesive using your finger.
  • Adhere the taller of the two snow borders to the Stitched Rectangle Designer Paper panel.  See top photo above (Note - There is a 1/4 inch gap from the bottom of the designer paper, the upper most part of the snow should be approximately 2 1/2 inches from the bottom of the designer paper.
  • Apply foam tape to the remaining snow border and adhere this to the panel so that the bottom of the snow is flush with the bottom of the designer paper panel.
  • Adhere designer paper panel onto the folded red card base.

Step 3 - 
  • Using the Candy Land Clear Stamp set, stamp the gingerbread house, gingerbread man, gingerbread girl and jellies (twice) onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using black ink.
  • Color images as desired
  • Die cut the images using coordinating die set.
  • Adhere the gingerbread house to the top left hand side of the card, so that is is sitting on the top snow bank.
  • Adhere the gingerbread boy, girl and jellies to the card using foam tape. (Note: for the boy and girl you will need to add one layer of foam tape to the body and two layers of foam tape to the heads to allow for the foam tape on the lower snow bank).
Step 4 - 
  • Using the "Candy Cane Wishes Mistletoe Kisses" sentiment from the Holiday Cheer Clear Stamp set,  stamp onto White Soft Finish Cardstock using red ink. 
  • Die cut sentiment using the Stitched Fishtail Banners die set.
  • Adhere the sentiment panel to the top right hand corner of card.
Step 5 - Inside of Card
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a piece of White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Using the "Christmas Greetings" from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set, stamp sentiments to centre of card using red ink.
  • Using the Candy Land Clear Stamp set, stamp the candy border and candy cane bunch onto card and color. (Note - I have stamped my images onto scrap white cardstock and die cut the images using the coordinating dies and then adhered the images to the card, but you could also stamp directly onto the card if you preferred.)
  • Adhere white panel to inside of card.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Other:

Cardstock - Red
Inks - Black; Red
Copics
Foam Tape


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