Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Micey Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Saturday 25th January will be Chinese New Year, and this year apparently it is the Year of the Rat! To celebrate the occasion I decided to make a birthday card using Mama Elephant's Zodiac Mouse die set along with dies from Bright Rosa.

This card is a tall card measuring 7 3/4 inches in height x approx 4 1/4 inches in width.

For the background of my card I used Bright Rosa's Geometric Edge Builder die set die cutting the geometric background from red cardstock and the solid panel from gold glitter cardstock.

The sentiment uses Bright Rosa's Birthday Words die set.

I used the Mama Elephant Zodiac Mouse stamp set for all the mice on the card.


For the inside of the card I used the solid panel die from the Bright Rosa Geometric Edge Builder die set for the red panel and added a smaller white panel.

I added a birthday sentiment which is one I have had in my stash for a number of years as well as one of the mice from the Zodiac Mouse stamp set.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Cacti Sliding Window Card


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a fun Sliding Window Card using Sunny Studio Stamps Sliding Window die set.


The three cacti used on the circle pop-up panel are created using Spellbinder's Potted Cacti die set. I die cut the cacti's from three different shades of green cardstock. I used two different brown/terracotta colors for the pots which I also added white gel pen to create the design on two of the pots.


When you pull the tab at the top of the card the centre portion of the card pops up revealing a message underneath. 


The stamped sentiments used on this card are from Darcie's Stay Sharp stamp set. 

I also added a tab to the top pull out panel using the tab included in the Lawn Fawn Double Surprise Pop-up die set. Adding the tab makes it so much easier to pull the tab up and down so the cacti stand up.


I kept this card as a flat card rather than adding it to a folded card.  I added a rectangle panel to the back of the card, so I had a place to write a greeting to the recipient of the card.

I added another cacti to the lower right hand corner of the card and a die cut sentiment.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

I Love You With All My Heart


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another card using Divinity Designs Blessing Box which is their new quarterly subscription kit which is available to order now on the Divinity Designs website.

For my card today I used the Fill My Heart Clear Stamp set and the Shaker Heart Frame die set. These two sets coordinate together, but of course you can also use them on their own. Of course as the name suggests the Shaker Heart Frame is ideal to use to create Shaker cards, however as I was still waiting for the "shaker bits" included in the kit arrived to me down here in Australia, I used it in a different way for this card.

To create my card I started by die cutting a white rectangle panel using the second largest rectangle included in the Double Stitched Rectangles die set. I then used the "Valentine's" sentiment from the stamp set to stamp my background panel and then blended ink to the edges of the rectangle using the same colored ink.

I stamped the large patterned heart also from the Fill My Heart Clear Stamp set onto white cardstock and die cut it using the solid heart included in the Shaker Heart Frame die set. I then die cut the Heart frame from the same die set and adhered it over the die cut heart.

I layered the heart to the background panel and then onto the folded card. 

To finish off the card I stamped the sentiment from the Fill My Heart Clear stamp set onto black cardstock and embossed using white embossing powder. I then die cut the sentiment using the Sentiments Strips die set.


I kept the inside of the card fairly simple. I die cut the frame from the Shaker Heart Frame die set and adhered that to the centre of the card. I then used the inner heart left over from the frame I created for the front of the card and added it to the centre. I stamped another of the sentiments included in the Fill My Heart stamp set.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

Happy 8th Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have another birthday card to share with you, that I created recently.

For my card today, I have pulled out stamps and dies from both Taylored Expressions and La-La Land Crafts.

First up, to created the background I used Taylored Expressions Backstory - Birthday Background stamp which I stamped and white embossed onto white cardstock. I then used Catherine Pooler inks in Rockin' Red, Sauna and All That Jazz to create a rainbow background. I die cut the panel using Simon Says Stamps Wonky Rectangle die set and adhered it to a top folding white card base.

I added two balloons which were die cut using the balloon die set from La-La Land Crafts August Card kit. The balloons were die cut using dark pink and yellow cardstock. I then added the 8 using the Number Balloon die set also from the August Card kit. The "th" is from Karen Burniston Numbers die set.

I die cut the Happy Present from Aqua cardstock and then layered Orange cardstock behind the letters. This replicates all the colors used in the background panel.

I added the "Birthday Wishes" sentiment which is from MFT Stamps Bitty Birthday Sentiments and was die cut using Taylored Expressions Simple Strips die.


For the inside of the card, I added three balloons using the balloon die used on the front of the card. I stamped sentiments from the Birthday Present Marci and From All Of Us stamp sets which were both included in the La-La Land Crafts August Card kit.

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La-La Land Card August Card kit which included: Birthday Present Marci, From All Of Us, Happy Present, Balloon, Balloon Numbers.







 




Saturday, January 18, 2020

Another Birthday? Piece of Cake


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog.  Karen Ostergard 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 pulled out Neat and Tangled's Piece of Cake stamp set. I just love this fun image!!!

This card is pretty sentiment heavy, as I decided to include the sentiments that were included in the stamp set on the layers of the cake. I also added two sentiments to the fishtail flags on the top right hand corner of the card as per the sketch. The sentiments used on the fishtail flags were created using Taylored Expressions Birthday Sentiment Strips and coordinating die.

I adde a pink glittered circle to the top corner too, because I recently got some glittered cardstock and this seemed like as good a time as any to use it.


For the inside of the card I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Rockin' Rectangle Pop-up. I added the Happy Birthday sentiment which is die cut using the pink glitter cardstock.

The two stamped sentiments are from an older MFT Stamps stamp set, which I think has long been retired. I layered these sentiments using the Crosshatch - Squares and Crosshatch - Rectangles die sets.


Here is a side view of the inside of my card, so you can see the pop-up portion of the card a little better.

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.


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LLD Delicious Birthday - MFT Stamps (retired)














Friday, January 17, 2020

Blessings Box


Hi Crafty Friends,

Divinity Designs has some exciting news to share with you today about a new Quarterly Subscription Kit, which is called Blessings Box. This will be full of member only products and the first kit is available to order today from Divinity Designs.

The January Blessings Box has a Valentine's theme to it, but remember most of what is available in the kit can be used for anything love related throughout the year, not just February. Today I am sharing two Valentine cards I created using some of the products included in the kit.

This kit contains a stamp set, two die sets, a paper pad, sequins, glitter paper and metallic papers etc. You can see a video of the contents of the Blessing Box here





I was super excited when I saw that one of the dies included in the kit was a heart layering set called Heart Layering Combo die set. This set contains 4 heart dies, three of which layer together to create a beautiful layered heart. Divinity Designs has a Layering Hearts Combo Die instruction video here.

I decided to use the Heart Layering Combo with the special papers included in the kit which are pink and red sparkly paper and red metallic paper for all the layers. For the solid layer at the bottom of the heart, I used the pink paper included in the Sweet Hearts Collection Paper Pack which is also included in the kit. 

I layered the heart to rectangle panels, using the Double Stitched Rectangles and Rectangles die sets. I stamped the "Valentine's" sentiment along the bottom of the white rectangle, this sentiment is from the Fill My Heart stamp set also included in the kit.

The die cut hearts around the sentiment are some of the red metallic hearts which are the negative pieces when die cutting the layering heart dies.

Finally I added my panel to a rectangle of patterned paper and a folded red card base.


For the inside of my card I have used a piece of the leftover patterned paper I used on the front of the card. I also added another sentiment and the arrow also included in the Fill My Heart Stamp set. 

I also added a few more left over red metallic hearts to the top of the sentiment.


For my second card today I used the Shaker Heart Frame die set to create a shaker card. The heart frame is die cut using the red glitter paper included in the Blessings Box kit. For the shaker elements inside the heart, I used three different colors of sequins which are included in the kit. 

The sentiments are from the Fill My Heart stamp set, also in the kit. I used the dies from the Sentiment Strips die set to die cut the "Happy Valentine's Day" sentiment on the right hand side of the card.

The patterned paper is from the Sweet Hearts Collection Paper Pad, I added a border to the bottom edge which is from the Beautiful Borders die set.

Divinity Designs has a Shaker Card instructional video using the Shaker Heart Frame die set which you can view here


For the inside of my card I added the heart image from the Fill My Heart stamp set which was inked using 4 different colors of ink. I added the sentiment over the top which is from the same stamp set and die cut using the Sentiment Strips die set.


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Thursday, January 16, 2020

No One Is Too Old For Fairy Tales


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Lynn McAuley our challenge hostess for the month is continuing to issue the challenges.

Apparently today is Book Publishers Day  So for our challenge this week we are to create a card which features characters, a theme, or a quote from one of your favorite books!! Bonus points if it is on the current best sellers list!! 

Seeing it was a book theme, the first thing I decided was to use Divinity Designs' Book Fold Card with Layers die set to create a book fold card. This die was released in December and I was so happy that it did!


This was the perfect time to use the Clearly Besotted's Fairy Tale Maiden stamp set. I have had this stamp set for some time now and I was so happy when I found out that it would fit onto one side of the "book panels"

I stamped all the images and cut them out and then arranged them on the panel to create a scene.


I wanted to have a prince to rescue the princess who is stuck in the tower, so after going through my stash, settled on this one from Waffle Flower Crafts Level Up stamp set, it was the right size to go with the one of the other side of the book.

I again used the shrubs to create my scene. I also added a sentiment which is from Stamping Bella's Fairy Tale Squidgy stamp set.


For the front of the card I added a Castle using Karen Burniston's Castle Pop-up die set. I love that this can be used flat as well as on a pop-up card. I also added the Happily Ever After sentiment which I die cut from Teal Glitter Cardstock and layered onto white cardstock, offsetting one of the white layers.

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:

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Monkey Hello


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created recently using some of the Simon Says Stamp's Big Picture Book die sets. This card using the Big Picture Book Monkey, Big Picture Book Big Body and Big Picture Book Tails die sets. I die cut the pieces using either brown or white cardstock, coloring the white pieces as required using Copic Markers.

For the background I pulled out Taylored Expressions Mosaic Leaves Stencil, I love this stencil and have used it an number of times previously to create cards .... so I guess I would say it is a must have! This is the first time I have used a stencil with my Make Art Stay-tion which is a magnetic mat which also includes a magnetic ruler and magnets to help keep the cardstock etc in place. I also used Pixie Spray on the back of the stencil which was a big help too, it took me most of the year to find this product in Australia to purchase, but finally was able to get it a few months back. I used Catherine Pooler inks in Sage, Grass Skirt, Lime Rickey and Eucalypts along with Taylored Expression Blender Brushes to add the color through the stencil.

I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Dashing Squares to die cut the stencilled panel, which I then layered to black and a green top folding card.

I added a action wobble to the monkey's head so that the head will move when touched.

To finish off the front of the card I added the "Hello" sentiment which is from Spellbinders So Many Sentiments die set, I have a feeling I will be using this set a lot in the future.


For the inside of the card, I added a sentiment from Catherine Pooler's Awesome and Wonderful stamp set.

I also added a stamped monkey to the top left hand side of the card using one of the monkey's from Uchi's Designs Monkey Flipbook stamp set.

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Divinity Designs - January 2020 Release



Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing two projects I created using new stamps, dies and papers from Divinity Designs January Release.  For more inspiration using the January Release, and to see the other designers projects, be sure to visit the Divinity Designs Blog.

Valentine's Day is only about a month away, so this release does have a Valentine's Day/Love them but of course the stamps and dies can be used for many occasions throughout the year. I just love the adorable critters included in all the Stamp/Die Duo sets.


For my first card today I used the Triple Step Card with Layers die set, Hello Foxy Stamp Die Duos Clear Stamp set and the Sweet Hearts Collection Paper Pad from the new release.




To complete the scene on my card I used the trees from the Trees and Deer die set, the hearts from the USA Map die set and the Sentiment Strips die set to die cut the sentiments.


Of course I always like to finish the inside of my card with a sentiment. I used one of the ovals from the Scalloped Ovals die set and added the cute fox with the sign to the centre of the sign.


For my second project I have created a set of three note cards which can be used for Valentine's Day or just to tell someone you care. I used three of the Stamp/Die Duos sets that have been released this month.

Each card is 4 inches square and uses the Sweet Hearts Collection Paper Pad as well as the Circles and Scalloped Circles die set.


This card uses Somebunny Stamp / Die Duos set. Each of the sentiments on these card have been die cut using one of the dies from the Sentiment Strips die set.

I also added a heart tag from the Mini Tags die set to each of the cards.


This next card uses the Fur-Ever Friends Stamp / Die Duos set. 


For my final card in this card set I used the Hello Foxy Stamp / Die Duo set.


For the inside of the cards I added another sentiment from the stamp set I used on the front. The hearts on the two end cards are from the heart tag from the Mini Tags die set.



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