Monday, June 25, 2018

Hello ... Relax

Hi Crafty Friends,

For my card today, I pulled out some of my Silk Microfine Glitters and Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tapes to create this fun background. For this card I used Sea Glass, Forest Green and Light Brown Silk Microfine Glitters.

To decorate my card I added a Palm Tree scene which I layered using the Stitched Hexagons and Fitted Hexagons die set. The sentiment is from Words 2 - Thinking of You die set.

For the inside of the card, I added an off cut from the glitter background I created for the front of the card. I added sentiments and the palm trees from the Beach Sentiments & General Sentiments Clear Stamp sets.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Hello, How Are You

Hi Crafty Friends,

How are you today? I hope you are all enjoying your weekend! 

I have been playing with some new stamps and dies to create the card I am sharing with you today. 

To start I used the Deco Diamond Background stamp from Simon Says Stamp to create the background on this card. I stamped the background onto white cardstock using VersaMark Ink and embossed using white embossing powder. I then created a rainbow look by sponging on Candied Apple, Wild Honey and Salty Ocean Distress Oxides inks. 

I used the Hello die and coordinating stamp set from Paper Rose (Australian Company) to create the sentiment for the card. 

To finish off the front of the card I added some clear crystals randomly over the background.

For the inside of the card, I added a strip of card to the left side of the card which was leftover from when I decorated the front of the card. I then added a sentiment from the same stamp set used for the front sentiment.

Deco Diamond Background - Simon Says Stamp
Hello Stamp and Coordinating Die Set - Paper Rose

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Wishing You a Fairy ....

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. As challenge hostess for the month, I continue to issue the challenges.

Our challenge this week is .....
Definition - a french word meaning "shaded". Ombre is the gradual blending of one color hue to another, usually moving tints and shades from light to dark.

The ombre technique has become very popular in stamping over the past few years. Use this technique in some way when creating your card this week.

Here are a few links to YouTube videos for inspiration:
Ombre Stamping- Jennifer McGuire 
Easy Ombre Backgrounds– Jennifer McGuire
Ombre Background Stamping– Yana Smakula

Original I started making this card for tomorrow, as apparently it is "Fairy Day", however half way through I discovered this would fit for today's challenge so decided to use it for today instead.

I used Karen Burniston's Circle Charm Pop-up die set. To create the ombre background, I sponged on Tattered Lace; Warm Lipstick and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide ink in ombre fashion. And spritz with water from a Distress Sprayer. On the top half of the background I added hearts using Honey Bee Stamps Fall Showers Stencil set.

After creating the backgrounds, I die cut the panels using the Rectangles Crosshatch die set.

The circle frames around the opening and the back panel of the card are die cut using the Circles Crosshatch die set.

The fairy is an old one from my stash from The Greeting Farm.

I used Simon Says Stamp Center Cut Flowers stamp for the flowers, cutting out the flowers and adding to the bottom of each panel.

The "fairy" birthday sentiment is from on older Paper Pretties stamp set, which is no longer available.

Here is one more photo of my card taken from over head.

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: Center Cut Flowers - Simon Says Stamp; Chloe - The Greeting Farm; Fairy Special - Paper Pretties

Friday, June 22, 2018

Happy 4th of July Shaker Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. With the 4th of July being less then 2 weeks away, I thought I would create a shaker card to celebrate the occasion. 

Now of course living in Australia I don't actually celebrate the day, but I had fun playing with a number of the new die sets which included the 4th of July & Frame It/Stitched Rectangle die sets.

Here is how I created my card:

Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of blue cardstock that measures 5 1/2 inches x 8 1/2 inches, score and fold along the 8 1/2 inch side at 4 1/4 inches to create a 4 1/4 inch x 5 1/2 inch top folding card.
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Fitted Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from White Soft Finish Cardstock. 
  • Adhere to the centre of the folded blue card.

Step 2 - 
  • Starting with blue cardstock, centre the third largest rectangle from the Garden Notes - Frame it Stitched Rectangles die set into the largest rectangle from the Fitted Rectangles die set. Die cut frame.
  • Remove the inner rectangle die from the two dies and replace with the next smaller rectangle from the die set and die cut a piece of white cardstock.
  • Repeat this process each time using a smaller rectangle and die cut a piece of red cardstock and then another piece of blue cardstock.

  • Layer all rectangles together, so you have the larger blue frame at the top and finishing with the smallest blue frame at the bottom.
  • Using the solid star from the Summer Fun Sentiment set, stamp around the large blue frame only using VersaMark Ink.
Step 3 -
  • Place the frame over the folded card and mark around the opening in the centre of the frame onto the white cardstock on the front of the folded card.
  • Remove the frame and stamp the sentiment "Happy 4th of July" to the centre of the white cardstock using black ink.
Step 4 - 
  • Add foam tape all around the front of the base card so that the foam tape is slightly in from the mark placed on the white card in step 3. 
  • Using the two star decorative pieces from the 4th of July die set, die cut stars from red, white and blue cardstock. (I die cut each color 4 times to get enough stars).
  • Place all the stars in the centre of the base card. Carefully remove protective backing from foam tape.
  • Add acetate to the back of the opening of the red, white and blue frame created in step 2 and adhere to the foam tape on the front of the card.
Step 5 - 
  • Die cut two large star bursts from the 4th of July die set from white cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • Remove protective backing and cover the adhesive with Silver Silk Microfine Glitter. Polish glitter with your finger to bring out the maximum shine of the glitter.
  • Die cut the hat and two fireworks from the 4th of July die set from red, white and blue cardstock. Assemble images.
  • Adhere silver starbursts, hat and fireworks to opposite corners of the card.

Step 6 - Inside of Card:
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Fitted Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from red cardstock.
  • Using the third largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from white cardstock.
  • Die cut the word "Celebrate" from the Words 1 - Celebration die set from red cardstock and adhere to the top centre of card as per photo above.
  • Using the Blackboard Alphabet die set, die cut the letters U S A from blue cardstock and adhere to the bottom left hand corner of card.
  • Die cut the American flag from the 4th of July die set, assemble and adhere to the bottom right hand corner of card.
  • Adhere panel to inside of card.

Thank you for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Have A Sublime Birthday

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Joanne Grzelak our challenge hostess for the month, continues to issue the challenges.

Joanne tells us that the ocean is her favorite place ... and her annual trip to Maine is sacred. So, in honour of that, our challenge this week is to create a card inspired by the ocean or beaches.

Here is a quick video showing my card in action
I finally received my Lawn Fawn order from the May release, so I wanted to use the other accessories that went with the Reveal Wheel card and as I also had ordered the You Are Sublime stamp set it was easy to decide what to use on my card.

For the background of my card I die cut the sand and waves on my background and then used used Distress Oxides to color the background.

For the inside of the card I added a sandy bottom to the base of my card and added another sentiment from the stamp set.

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:

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Elizabeth Craft Designs June Designer Challenge

Hi Crafty Friends,

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

Our challenge this month is ..... 
Hexagon Inspiration- There are so many fun ways to include Hexagons on our projects. Use either or both the new Fitted Hexagons or Stitched Hexagons die sets in some way when you create your card/scrapbook layout or 3D items.

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 Facebook Giveaway Blog Post or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us What is your favorite way to use Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Hexagons or Fitted Hexagons dies. 

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, June 22nd on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog and our Facebook page.

For my card today I used the Stitched Hexagons and Fitted Hexagons to create an Easel Card. 

I used the largest hexagon from the Stitched Hexagon die set to create the Easel Card base. The largest hexagon from the Fitted Hexagons was used to create the layers of this card.

To create the background on the main panel I sponged on Broken China and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks and then spritzed with water using a Distress Sprayer.

Along the bottom of the main panel I added "sand" by die cutting an oval from the Stitched Ovals die set from white cardstock, this was sponged using Shea Butter Catherine Pooler Ink. This was also used to sponge the panel on the base of the card.

To decorate my card I used the Flamingos and Tropical Florals die sets along with the Beach Sentiments Clear Stamp set.

Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

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.


Tuesday, June 19, 2018

For You ... I Really Like You

Hi Crafty Friends,

For my card today I have been playing with the new Concord & 9th Retro Petals Stencil set and coordinating stamp set.

This stencil is similar to their turnabout stamps, where you have to keep turning the stencil to apply a different color of ink to create your petals. There are three stencils in the set, one includes different options to add to the empty space between the petals.

I choice masculine colors for my card, as I had planned to make a masculine card, but then I added all the bling to the centre of the petals, so I guess now it can be either.

I added sentiments from the coordinating Retro Petals stamp set to add to the card.

For the inside of the card, I used the same die as I used on the front of the card and added the left over decorated card. I also added a couple more sentiments from the stamp set.


Monday, June 18, 2018

Dance Shadow Box

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Shadow Box I created using the Lawn Fawn Shadow Box die set and the new Shadow Box Theater Add-On I got recently. 

To decorate my card I used the cute Sunny Studio's Tiny Dancers stamp set. This card is lots of fun, but it is really a hard one to take photos off and do the card justice.

Here is a side on view of the shadow box, so you can see a few more of the cute tiny dancers.

One more side view of my card so you can see the little scene inside the shadow box.

And finally the back of the card where I have added a sentiment.


Sunday, June 17, 2018

Baby Girl Arrow Fold Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using a new style of fancy fold .... this one is called Arrow Fold Card. You can find how to create this style of card here

To decorate my card I used dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. All of the dies on this card except for the alphabet I used for the word "GIRL" are from the A Way With Words ranges of dies. I used baby from "Baby Love"; the onesie is from a new die set called "Little Ones".

Here is a side on view of the front of my card.

For the inside of the card I used the A Way With Words - Congrats die set and the star at the bottom of the sentiment is from the new A Way With Words Flourished Night Sky die set. I love how the flourish of the star works with the flourish of the Congrats sentiment.

The Alphabet is a new one which was released in May from Joset Designs called Blackboard Numbers.