Saturday, February 22, 2020

Dog Gone It!


Hi Crafty Friends,

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

Apparently today is “Walk the Dog” day!  Put a dog or any kind of pet on your project.  It could even include a picture of your pet!


I have had this Simon Says Stamp Bone-A-Fide stamp set for a while sitting on my desk waiting to be used, so I thought this challenge was the perfect opportunity to use it. I make so many female themed card that I decided to create something that would be suitable for a male for today's challenge.


I created a Sliding Window Card using the die set from Sunny Studio Stamps. When you pull the tab at the top of the card, the centre portion of the card pops up revealing a message underneath. 

For the background of the panel on the base of the card I created an ombre background using Distress Inks in Weathered Wood, Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire. I then used a Newton's Nook Woof Stencil to add the stencilled background on this panel before die cutting the Sliding Window Card.


The two sentiments stamped in black are three of the stamps included in the Bone-A-Fide stamp set. I also added a sentiment using Taylored Expressions Simple Strips - Birthday stamp & die set to the bottom of the cake.

The pull tab at the top of the slider is from Lawn Fawn's Double Slider Surprise die set.


I kept this card as a flat card rather than adding it to a folded card. I created a stencilled background to the bottom of the panel, the same as the front of the card.

I added sentiments from Lawn Fawn's Critter Chatter stamp set and another of the sentiments from Simon Says Stamp Bone-A-Fide stamp set.

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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Friday, February 21, 2020

Embossed Hap-bee Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing another card using stamps, dies and an embossing folder from Divinity Designs February Release.

I used the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder from the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder/Die Duo set to create my black and yellow background. I used a brayer to add black pigment ink to the inside of the embossing folder before adding my yellow paper to the embossing folder. The yellow paper was from Divinity Designs Birthday Brights Paper Pad.

This panel was layered onto a top folding A2 landscape card using Divinity Designs Matting Rectangles and A2 Landscape Card Base with Layer die set.

I stamped the branch, beehive and bees from the Bee-lieve Stamp/Die Duos and used the coordinating dies to die cut each of the images. These images were added to my card using foam tape.

I added the Hap-bee Birthday sentiment also included in the stamp set which is layered onto an oval from the Ovals die set.


For the inside of the card I die cut the die included in the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder / Die Duo from black and yellow card. 

I stamped the sentiment onto white cardstock and then die cut this using a circle die from the Circles die set.

Supplies:
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Thursday, February 20, 2020

You're The Sweetest


Hi Crafty Friends,

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

For our challenge this week, Anne has requested that we make a card for a friend using paper piecing.

It's probably been a while since I have using the paper piecing technique on a card, but it is a fun technique and can be used on all sorts of images. Just before I made my card, Jennifer McGuire posted a video on how to do Stamped Paper Piecing using Patterned Paper. While paper piecing isn't new to me, this video inspired me to look at my stamps a little closer to see which image would work to be totally paper pieced.

For my paper piecing, I selected Colorado Craft Company's Big & Bold Sweetest Friend Stamp set, this cupcake is massive and is another of the stamps I got last year when a stamp shop was have a 40% off sale. I used papers from various companies to paper piece the cupcake line, cupcake, icing, strawberry and the calyx of the strawberry. I have included links to the papers where possible in my supply list below.


I had my card all made, photos taken and all blogged. Then I watched a video on how to create a Center Step Easel Card, which is only a matter of adding a piece of cardstock to the bottom of the back of the card and decorating however you wish. I hadn't planned on changing my card, but rather make a card using that technique in a few days, but then I looked at my card and thought .... why not! 

To create the Center Step portion of my card for my cupcake, I used Divinity Designs Center Step Card with Layers die set, this die makes easy work of creating this style of card. 

To turn it into an Center Step Easel Card, I just cut a piece of cardstock that measure 5 1/2 inches (the width of my card) x 6 inches (the height of my card at it's tallest point plus 1/2 inch. I then scored 1/2 inch in along the 6 inch side and adhered the tab to the back of my Centre Step card. 


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

Along the sides of the card, I added Crafter's Companion's Birthday Edge'ables die which I die cut from teal glitter cardstock. I die cut the sentiment about 3 times and layered them on top of each other for extra dimension.

I added the "You're The Sweetest" sentiment which is also included in the stamp set on top of the cupcake which I white embossed on black cardstock and then die cut using Honey Bee Stamps Banner Builder die set.


Another photo showing the back of the card when the card has been folded flat.

The two sentiments used on the Easel portion of the card are from Colorado Craft Company's Birthday Cake stamp set. 


I cut a white panel for inside my card and added the same paper I used on the front along the bottom of the card.

I added the "Happy Birthday" sentiment which is from Altenew's Birthday Builder stamp set and also the "Sweet Friend" which is from the Big & Bold Sweetest Friend 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:

Supplies:
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Mega Ovals Nested Dies - Spellbinders
Mega Scalloped Ovals Nested Dies - Spellbinders











Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Bee-lieve


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using stamps and dies from Divinity Designs February release.

For the base of my card I used the new A2 Portrait Card Base with Layer die set. This die makes it really easy to ensure your card is the right size and is scored exactly in the centre. I did cut my card using black cardstock.

I used the Quilted Honeycomb Background to die card gold mirror cardstock and black cardstock. One of the features of this die is that it can also be embossed, so after die cutting the die, I put it back into my die cutting machine with the embossing sandwich and ran it through the machine. I then paper pieced the black hexagons into the Quilted Honeycomb Background frame. I omitted some of the black hexagons and added the gold instead for a little extra interest.

I stamped, die cut and colored the hive, branch and bees from the Bee-lieve Stamp/Die Duos set and added them to my card using foam tape.

To finish off the front of the card I added the sentiment which is also included in the stamp set and was die cut using a rectangle from the Sentiment Strips die set.


For the inside of my card I die cut the rectangle layer included in the A2 Portrait Card Base with Layer die set. 

I die cut the Quilted Honeycomb Background again from gold and black cardstock and adhered it to the bottom of the white panel at a diagonal. I paper pieced the black and gold hexagons into the background.

This panel was then layered using the Matting Rectangle die set, die cut from gold mirror cardstock. 

I added a sentiment to the top section of the panel and then added some more bees.

Supplies:
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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Oh My Whiskers


Hi Crafty Friends,

In case you haven't heard yet, Karen Burniston is releasing 8 new dies which will be shipping sometime in mid March, pre orders of the dies will be available at the beginning of March. 

Three of the dies being released in March are Pattern Plates which can be used to decorate your backgrounds. So for my card today, I have a quick flat card I created using the new Tiles Pattern Plates. I die cut the plate from Guava cardstock and then adhered it to a top folding white card.

To decorate my card, I decided to pull out Honey Bee Stamps Oh My Whiskers stamp set .... I just love those cute little kitties. I also used their coordinating sentiment stamp set called Purrrfect Sentiments.


For the inside of my card, I used the Pattern Plate again to decorate the bottom of my card. I added another of the sentiments to the top portion of my card and added another of the cute kitties just above the sentiment.


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Tiles Pattern Plate Die - Karen Burniston/KB Riley LLC - available mid March









Monday, February 17, 2020

It's Time To Party


Hi Crafty Friends,

Slimline cards seem to be becoming more popular lately, especially since a couple of companies have released dies to help make this style of card. Of course I had to order some, I received the Whimsy Stamps Slimline Marquee die the other day, so I decided to pull it out to make my card for today.

I die cut the slimline die from white cardstock and then used Distress Oxide inks in Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry to color the frame. I sprayed Perfect Pearls mixed with water over the panel and then splattered some gold paint over the top.

For the background panel, I used Catherine Pooler Aquatini and then covered the panel with white ink using a cloud stencil.

I used Mama Elephant's Piñata Party stamp set for all the fun characters decorating the card.

The sentiment comes from MFT Stamps Bitty Birthday Sentiments and was die cut using Taylored Expressions Simple Strips die.


For the inside of the card, I added a few more of the images from the Mama Elephant Piñata Party stamp set. The sentiment is from Mama Elephant's Scripty Bday stamp set.

Supplies:
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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Hoppy Hello


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have a fun scene card to share with you today.

To create the background I stamped the fence from Sunny Studio Stamps Spring Scene stamp set on a piece of white cardstock. I masked the fence and used Catherine Pooler Garden Party ink and a blender brush to add the grass area. I then used Tumbled Glass Distress Oxide ink for the sky. To finish off the background I spritz the area using water. 

I had intended to leave the fence white, but in the end I went with brown instead.

I used Mama Elephant's Zodiac Rabbit stamp set to stamp the three rabbits and rabbit balloon along with a bunch of carrotsand used my Scan N Cut to cut all the images. I added the rabbits to my card using foam tape and the carrots directly to my card.

The sentiment is also from the Zodiac Rabbit stamp set, I also added the three birds to the sky which is from the Spring Scene stamp set.



For the inside of my card I added a birthday sentiment from Mama Elephant's Scripty Bday stamp set and added two more rabbits and carrots to the card.

Supplies:
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Saturday, February 15, 2020

I Smile Every Time You Come Around


Hi Crafty Friends,

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

Being the third Saturday of the month, it's time for another sketch challenge.



I used MFT Stamps Carousel Horses stamp set for the images on each of the square panels. I used gold glitter cardstock for the poles the horses are on and also the panel at the left side of the card.


As you can see I created a pop-up card on the inside of my card using Karen Burniston's Train Pivot Panels die set, I love how this creates an extended pop up scene by using the die cut on it's side rather than the way it was intended.

Normally when I make a card for a sketch challenge I start on the front (sketch) part first. But for this card I had to make sure the card was wide enough for the red & white carousel at the top of the pop-up. So I create the inside and then went back to the front, which I knew roughly what I wanted.

I added some bunting paper to the back panel of my card, I thought it looked suitable for a carousel and added white glitter card for the base. I also cut the Train Pivot Panels die from white glitter cardstock.

I stamped and die cut 4 carousel horses and added them to the pop-up portions of the card.


I used sentiments from MFT Stamps Carousel Horses and Bitty Birthday Wishes stamp sets to add the sentiments on my card. I used Honey Bee Stamps Banner Builder die set for the rectangle sentiments and an oval from Karen Burniston's Crosshatch - Ovals die set for sentiments.

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.



Supplies:
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Friday, February 14, 2020

Hello Quatrefoil Center Step Card


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today we are taking a look back at Divinity Designs February Release, here is the card I created using some of the new products. For more inspiration using the February Release and to see the other designers projects, be sure to visit the Divinity Designs Blog 

For my card today I created a Center Step Card using the A2 Center Step Card with Layers die set. For the layers of my card I used the embossing folder from the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder/Die Duo. I applied ink to the embossing folder using a brayer, prior to running the embossing folder/card through my die cutting machine to add color to the panel.


I used the coordinating die from the Quatrefoil Embossing Folder/Die Duo set to add the medallion at the top of the card.

I used the letters from the Long & Lean Letters die set to add the sentiment along the bottom of the card.


For the inside of the card I added another panel of Quatrefoil embossed cardstock along the bottom of the card. I die cut the solid shape from the set from white cardstock for the sentiment panel at the top of the card.

The "For You" sentiment is from the Festive Favors die set.

Supplies:
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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Hugs & Kisses


Hi Crafty Friends,

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

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day and apparently also Anne's husband's birthday. So for our challenge this week we are to make a masculine Valentine card using nontraditional colors (no red or pink)




Last year I finally got around to purchasing one of Spellbinder's past die of the month kits, Truckin Through the Seasons which I had been wanting for ages. I thought I might try and use this die set throughout the year creating scenes using the various scenes/occasions.  I am not sure I will use it every month, but I will try and use it as many times as I can. Last month I created a beach/summer card using the die set and today I decided to use it for a Valentine's Card. 

This time around I decided to create a Wiper Surprise Card using Mama Elephant's Wiper Surprise die set. You can see a video above of my card in action.


As the challenge was to not use red or pink to create a nontraditional Valentine's card, I decided to go with the colors blue and brown.

I die cut the truck from brown cardstock and shaded around the edges using brown ink. I used the "OXOX" number plate from Spellbinder's So Many Sentiments die set, this die set coordinates with the Truckin Through the Seasons die set.

I die cut the large hearts from Karen Burniston's Heart Pivot Panels die set from various shades of blue cardstock.

I used Lawn Fawn's Grassy Hillside Borders for the front panel, and added a thin strip of grey cardstock to represent a road.


When you pull the sides of the card it reveals  a large heart which has the sentiment "Sending You My Love" this sentiment is from Divinity Designs Fill My Heart stamp set which is included in their January 2020 Blessings Box kit.

I added the birch trees from Lawn Fawn's Birch Trees die set on either side of the card to complete the scene.

I needed something on the top centre portion of the card, so I added a few die cut birds which are from a couple of older Couture Creations die sets.

To finish off the card, I added the cute bear holding the sign, which is a Mama Elephant stamp set. I mixed portions of three sentiments included in the stamp set to create the sentiment on the sign.


I added a panel to the back of the card, for a place to add an additional sentiment which is from Karen Burniston's Word Set 9 - Love die set. This also gives a place to write a personal greeting.


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:

Supplies:
For your shopping convenience, all products are linked below. Compensated affiliate links are used where possible with no extra cost to you. This helps me to continue to share all the projects I include on my blog. For the benefit of my Australia readers, I have started to include some links to Australian stores when available. Please note I only use and share products I love.