Sunday, August 20, 2017

It's Your Day

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created for a friend's birthday that she celebrated last week. I wanted to make something using one of the presents I was sending to her which was the Concord and 9th Flower Turnabout stamp set.

This time around I decided to go with various shades of pinks for the flowers.

For the card base I have used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop Up die set to create a window card. Here you can see the front of the card when it is partly open.

Here is another look at the front of the card when it is completely closed. I used various shades of pinks in Distress Oxide and Lawn Fawn inks to stamp the flowers. I also added two different colors of Nuvo Drops on the background and the sentiment panel.

Here is my card when it is opened. The sentiment panel is on a pivot arm which moves from in front of the window to up towards the top part of the card as it opens.

I also added the Happy Birthday Sentiment which is from the Word Set 2 - Birthday die set.

And finally one last photo of my card laying flat on the desk open.


Stamps: Flower Turnabout - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Pink; Green
Dies: Katherine Label Pop Up; Word 2 Set Birthday - Karen Burniston
Distress Oxide: Picked Raspberry; Abandoned Coral; Candied Apple;
Worn Lipstick; Peel Paint
Other: Black Ink; Lawn Fawn Pink Flamingo Ink; Lawn Fawn Wild Rose Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Carnation Pink Nuvo Drops; Bubblegum Pink Nuvo Drops.

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Saturday, August 19, 2017

Sweet Birthday Wishes

Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Raquel Mason 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 decided to flip the sketch onto it's side as I wanted to create a pop up on the inside of my card.

To decorate the front I have used the small cupcake from the Karen Burniston Cupcake Pop Up die set and also used the Celebrate Sentiment from the Word Set 2 - Birthday die set.

As mentioned above on the inside I wanted to create a pop up card so I have used the Cupcake Pop Up die set for this. I added Nuvo Drops to the chocolate icing of the cake. The flourishes used in the pop up rectangle and the top and bottom edges is also included in the die set.

I used a hot foil stamp for the sentiment and foiled it using green foil to match the dark green in the designer paper. I layered the sentiment using the labels from the Katherine Label Pop Up die set.

Here is a side on view of the inside of the 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.

Paper: Green; Rust; Day Dreamer Large Stripe DP - Heidi Grace; Little One DP - Crate Paper
Dies: Cupcake Pop Up; Katherine Label Pop Up; Word Set 2 Birthday - Karen Burniston
Other: Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide; Walnut Stain Distress Oxide; Sweet Birthday Wishes Hot Foil Stamp - Ultimate Crafts; Green Foil; Nuvo Copper Penny Crystal Drops; Nuvo Bottle Green Crystal Drops; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape - ECD; Foam Tape

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Merry Christmas

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am excited to share with you a Christmas card I created using Karen Burniston's new Christmas Tree Pop-Up die set. I love how easy this tree was to create and make. I love how Karen provides videos and PDF files on her website to help us with the construction of all her cards. 

To decorate my card I added gold glittered snowflakes from the Winter Charms die set along the right hand side of the card. On the top left hand corner of the card I added a Christmas sentiment using the Word Set 3 - Holiday die set which is layered onto the rectangle panels from the Twist Panel Pop-Up Card set. I cut both of the rectangles (scalloped and rounded corner in half so that I could create a narrower panel for my sentiment.

Here is an overhead shot of my card so you can see all the elements a little better.

Here is a close up of the Christmas Tree, I used the ornament die included in the die set, to die cut the ornaments from gold and burgundy cardstock and then covered the ornaments using Nuvo Drop before adding the ornaments to the tree.

Here is a look at my card as it is closing, you can see how the tree twists towards the back of the card. 

As the focal point of this card is the inside, I have kept the front of the card very simple, repeating part of the inside on the outside.

In case you missed it, last week Karen Burniston announced her new Design Team for 2017 on her blog. I am so excited to be asked to be on her team and love that I will be working will all these fabulous designers again.


Paper: Red; Green; Gold; Letters to Santa Paper Pack - Docrafts/Papermania
Other: Desert Gold Silk Microfine Glitter - ECD; Nuvo Bright Gold Crystal Drops; Nuvo Autumn Red Crystal Drops; Foam Tape

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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Ahoy Shaker Card

Hi everyone,

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.

This time around Anne has given us a Nautical Theme - As the summer draws to a close, make a card with a nautical theme.  This can include the beach if you so desire.

I decided to create a shaker card with a pirate theme for my card today ... there is beach and a ship on my card so I hope it fits the challenge haha!

For the base of the card I have used MFT Stamps Stitched Triple Peek-A-Boo Window & Edge which I decided to turn into a shaker card. I love how this turned out. I die cut this using White Soft Finish Cardstock which I then colored using Distress Oxides. 

To decorate my card I used the Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey stamp set.

Her is a close up look at the front of my card. You can see that I have placed some palm trees and treasure chest behind the shaker windows and added sequins in "jewel' colors.

For the inside of the card I decided to use the Lawn Fawn Lift a Flap die set to create a hidden panel for some extra fun for this card. I added some sentiments and images from the Ahoy Matey stamp set and also a message from the Press Here stamp set, so whoever receives this knows to "Lift the Flap"

Again the background was created using Distress Oxides. These are now my  favorite ink pads I think.

When you lift the flap it reveals a treasure chest and treasure and also a sentiment.

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:

Stamps: Ahoy Matey; Push Here - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Black; Red; Ahoy There Paper Pad - Carta Bella
Dies: Stitched Triple Peek-a-Boo Window & Edge - MFT Stamps; Lift A Flap - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; Vintage Photo Distress Oxide; Walnut Stain Distress Oxide; Gathered Twigs Distress Ink; Acetate; Foam Tape; Copics

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ECD August Designer Challenge

Hi everyone,

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

This time around our challenge is Gift Giving - There are many times throughout the year when we need to give a gift to someone .... Birthdays, Christmas, Teacher Thank You's etc. Create something for today's challenge that could be given as a gift, either completely handmade, or something purchased and then decorated to give it that special touch.

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 homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


I decided to create a calendar as my gift for our challenge this month. Calendars are something that the recipient can use all year round. There are so many fun ways to create calendars depending on how much time you want to put it to it, so either something really quick or something a little more complicated like the one I made here. 

This calendar uses a fair amount of dies and stamps because it is 13 pages. As I live in Australia and our seasons are the opposite to those who live in the Northern Hemisphere I was able to use many of the new released dies on my calendar. I have managed to use 10 of the new die sets, 3 of the new stamp/die sets and 3 new sentiment sets which were released by Elizabeth Craft Designs this week, plus there are a few other die sets also incorporated.  Of course you don't have to use so many. If you haven't seen Elizabeth Craft Designs latest release of stamps and dies, you can check them out here.

To create this calendar I needed:
  • 13 pieces of polka dot patterned paper 5 inches x 5 inches (1 piece for each month and one for the cover.) I used ModaScraps Thinking About Polinesia; Thinking About Grand Canyon and Thinking About Rio de Janeiro for my pages.
  • 2 Jump Rings to bind the calendar
  • Calendar (I used a ready made calendar I purchased earlier in the year, but you either make your own on your computer or download something online.
  • Stamps and dies as desired for each month.

The Cover - 

I kept the cover of my calendar very simple as it probably won't be seen again once it starts been used next year. 

I used the ModaScrap Romantic Corners on two of my corners and added one of the labels from the new Labels 1 die set and added the "2018" using the Numbers & More 1 die set.

January begins a brand new year and is also Australia Day for those of us 'down under' So I decided to celebrate this month.

For this page I have used the new Balloons die set, Banners die set and the Banner Sentiment Clear Stamp set. The patterned paper on this page is from Thinking About Polinesia.

February - This is the only page in my calendar where I didn't use anything from the new release, as I decided to go with a Valentine theme.

For this page I used the Love Sentiments; ModaScrap Lace Heart; Scallop Hearts and True Red Silk Microfine Glitter. I used paper from the Thinking About Rio de Janeiro paper pack.

March is my birthday month, so of course I had to put something on this page that I love .... which of course is OWLS!!!!!

Here I used the new Krista Schneider Give A Hoot Clear Stamp Set with coordinating dies, Woodland Pals Clear Stamp Set with coordinating dies,  If Animals Could Talk Clear Stamp set and Rio de Janeiro Paper Pack.

Of course the owls needed a branch to sit on, which I found in the Woodland Pals stamp set, as I needed it longer than what it was I stamped the image onto white cardstock, then placed the die over the image. When I placed the image into my die cutting machine, I placed the clear cutting pad onto my image so that it didn't cover the bottom of the tree image so it didn't cut that part out. I then removed the die, lengthened the tree by drawing in lines and coloring. 

April .... this was actually the last month I did and I was running out of ideas, but I still have lots of dies I could play with 😀. 

For this page I used the new Cake die set and also created a table cloth/table using the Fishtail Borders die set and ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose Patterned Paper pack. Base paper here is from Polinesia Paper Pack.

May - For this page I decided to use some of the Susan's Garden recent release dies to create this scene.

For this page I have used Susan's Garden CountryScapes English Cottage 2; CountryScapes Land & Sea; Behind the Scenes - Earth & Sky Stencil and Behind the Scenes Mountain & Split Rail Fence Stencil. I also used the new Home Sweet Home Clear Stamp set which was released this week. The paper used on this page is from the Polinesia Paper Pack.

June - for those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere it may seem strange seeing snow for June, but here in Australia winter officially starts on the 1st June. I doesn't really get cold enough here where I live to snow, but nothing says it is winter better than snow and besides I wanted to use the new Snowflakes die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs newest licensed designer - Becky Seddon. 

For this page I used the Snowflakes die set; White Soft Finish Cardstock; Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack and Transparent/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers.

July - is the middle of winter down here in Australia and again I have never seen snow where I live and I am more likely to see a Kangaroo then a deer if I went to a forest .... but I just had to use another of Becky Seddon's new die sets. 

For this page I used the Reindeer die set; Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack; Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers

August - Our last month of winter. Winters seem to be getting warm as I am getting older down here so it has been a long time since I have needed a fire, but a couple of our previous houses did have open fires and we did have a closed in one in this house before it got too old to be safe to use it anymore.

For this page I used another of Becky Seddon's new die sets ... Hanging The Christmas Stockings (off course I didn't add the stockings seeing it was only August). I also added the dog from the Krista Schneider Dreamers Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies. 

September means that Spring is here and all those beautiful flowers start to bloom. I added Nuvo drops to the berries.

For this page I used the new Krista Schneider Blossom Time Clear Stamp set & coordinating dies; Blooms & Leaves Clear Stamp set & coordinating dies as well as the A Way with Words - 4 Seasons die set. 

October of course is Halloween, and while Halloween isn't as big down here as it is in the USA we do occasionally get a  trick or treater or two knock on our door.

For this page I have used the new Ghosts die set; Halloween Scenery die set along with the Fitted Circles die set to create the moon. The paper on this page is from the ModaScrap Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack.

November - the weather is starting to get hot ready for Summer next month, so everyone loves the beach and surfing.

For this page I have used the Krista Schneider Sun & Surf Clear Stamps & coordinating dies. Adventure Edges. The paper used here is from ModaScrap Thinking About Rio de Janeiro Paper Pack. 

December - the final month of the year and also the beginning of summer for those of us 'down under'. Of course it is also Christmas so a perfect time to play with another new Christmas die set.

This page uses Becky Seddon's Beautiful Baubles die set; Solar Gold & Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitters; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Red/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers. The paper used here is ModaScrap Thinking About Grand Canyon.

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.


Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Banner Sentiments - COMING SOON

Cardstock - various colors
Distress Oxide Ink - Forest Moss; Broken China; Antique Linen; Fossilised Amber; Wild Honey; Spiced Marmalade; Vintage Photo; Candied Apple; Peeled Paint; Frayed Burlap 
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
Nuvo Drops - White Blizzard; Ebony Black
Copic Markers

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using new stamps and dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. First up I am excited that we now have a General Pop-Ups Die set which contains eight different generic pop up dies of various sizes (the largest being 2 inches wide),  which you can use to create fun pop up cards .... you know how much I love pop up cards. 

To create my beach themed pop up card I have used the larger pop up die with the step from the new Pop Ups die set. I used this die twice to die cut two pop ups so I could then attach my front sand which is from the new Adventure Edges die set. 

For the clouds I used the new cloud die (also from the Adventure Edges die set) and die cut a cloud from scrap cardstock and then used this as a template to add my clouds to the back of the card using Broken China Distress Oxide. I used the same ink for the base of the card spritzing it with water to give it a water look.

I added a second sand panel to the back of my card and then decorated my card using the new Krista Schneider Sun & Surf Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies. The waves are also from this stamp set, I stamped them three times and die cut them and added them to the bottom of the sand panel.

I added a sentiment from the new Summer Sentiments Clear Stamps and die cut that using the new Labels 1 die set.

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

For the front of my card I have kept it fairly simple seeing the focus is on the inside of the card. I have added more clouds, sand and waves to the card as well as a sentiment.

Stamps: Sun & Surf; Summer Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Blue
Dies: Sun & Surf; General Pop Ups; Labels 1; Adventure  Edges - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Fossilised Amber Distress Oxide; Broken China Distress Oxide; Faded Jeans Distress Oxide; Foam Tape; Copics

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