Sunday, May 27, 2018

Let's Have Coffee


Hi Crafty Friends,
Today I am playing along in the  Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is being held from Friday 25th May to Friday 1st June.


When I think of Spring and Summer, I think of bright and colourful. So when I found this bright colorful patterned paper in a paper pad I purchased recently I knew I needed to use it for this challenge.


To create my card I pulled out Karen Burniston's new Upsy Daisy die set ... I am having lots of fun with this die. This die will be available to purchase from Karen Burniston or local retailers from June.

To decorate my card I used dies and stamps from Honey Bee Stamps. The faces on the coffee cups are from a stamp set from Lawn Fawn.





Here is a quick video to see my card in action.


Here is an overhead view of my card so you can see the pop-up mechanism a little better.


Here is a side view shot of my card.


For the front of my card I die cut a few more cups and saucers for Honey Bee Stamps Coffee Break die set in colors to match the cups on the patterned paper and attached them to the white panel.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

#1 Teacher


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Amy Ottmers our challenge hostess for the month, finished off the month with one last challenge.

Since there are many graduations going on around the world at this time of the year, the theme for this week is to make a "Graduation" card.


I don't need graduation cards, but I always like to make a stash of teacher thank you cards which my grandchildren can give to their teachers at the end of the year. So that is what I decided to do for this challenge ... it is still school related!

A couple of months ago I received these cute school themed stamps from Waffle Flower and a die set called Apartment Builder for my birthday. I decided to use those to create my card, I thought the apartment builder die set would make a good class room.

I decided to go with a primary color theme (red; blue and yellow) for the base of my card and work up from there.

I stamped two blackboards and joined them behind the window join, so I could have a longer blackboard and added lots of the school kids hanging out of the windows etc.


For the inside of the card I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-up die set to create the pop-up part of the card so I could add the #1 Teacher.

I used a few more  elements from the Apartment Builder die set to decorate the edges of my card and also added a few more of the kids etc.


Here is a side view of my card so you can see the pop-up part of my 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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Cardstock - White; Red; Blue; Yellow

Friday, May 25, 2018

I Vike You Very Much


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created recently using the Crafter's Companion Timepiece Easel die set.

For the background of my card I die cut two of the shield shaped layering pieces which comes in the die set. One one I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain Background to cover the whole panel and on the other I only covered about 1/3 of the bottom of the card base. I colored these areas using Distress Oxide inks in Squeezed Lemonade; Frayed Burlap; Vintage Photo.

On the upper part of the second panel I used a giraffe stencil from MFT Stamps and sponged over with Hickory Smoke Distress Oxide ink. I thought the stencil could look like a rock wall rather than using a brick wall.


To decorate my card I stamped images from MFT Stamps Viking stamp set and Clearly Besotted Hip Hop Hooray stamp set. Both are viking stamp sets, so the images work well together.

I used the Viking from the Clearly Besotted stamp set to create a framed photo on the castle wall ... maybe one of the Vikings ancestors.


To finish off the card I added two sentiments, one of the main part of the card and the other on the base which is used to keep the card open when needed.

I also added Nuvo Drops to the circles on the hats/belt etc .

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Other: 
Stamps: Viking - MFT Stamps; Hip Hop Hooray - Clearly Besotted
Cardstock - White; Black; Blue



Thursday, May 24, 2018

Let Your Dreams Set Sail


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.

Anne tells us that she wakes up in the morning to the NEWS.  Make a card using each of these letters…..N, E, W, S.

When I was recently thinking about what to do for this challenge I was flipping through some products sitting on my desk and came across the Swirl Easel Card from Crafter's Companion. Once I saw this I knew that this die covered two of the letters I needed to do for this challenge ... E for Easel Card and S for Swirl. So this became the starting point of my card.


To Cover the challenge these are what I came up with for this challenge
N - Nuvo Drops (the color is Neptune, so another N); Nautical
E - Easel Card
W - White; Wheel (ships wheel on the patterned paper.
S - Swirls; Sentiment; Sail Boat; Sea Breeze

When I was looking through papers for another card I noticed this paper which I thought would make a great Easel Card and also worked with this challenge. 

I added the swirls from the die set to the bottom layer of my card and added a sentiment onto a white piece of cardstock.


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


And finally a look at 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: The Sea View Collection - Sheena Douglas/Practical Publishing
Paper: White; Green; Sea Breeze Paper Pad - Couture Creations
Dies: Swirl Easel Card - Crafter's Companion; Dotted Scallop Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Nuvo Neptune Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Bucketful of Flowers


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today the Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team are doing another Focus on New Release blog post on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. This time around we are focusing on Susan's Garden who has just released 14 brand new dies..... 10 new flower dies and 4 nested shapes dies.  Susan's Tierney-Cockburn designs flower dies that are realistic, just like those we find in nature.

For my card today I have used the new Garden Notes - Shasta Daisy; Garden Notes - Forget-Me-Not (Myosotis); Garden Notes - Frosty Fern and Garden Notes Galvanised Bucket.

I layered the bucket and flowers onto ModaScrap Patterned Papers which were die cut using the Dashing Rectangles die set, before adding to a side folding card.

To finish off the card I added the word "Hello" from the Words Set 2 - Thinking of You die set.


For the inside of the card I added a greeting using dies from the Word Set 2 - Thinking of You die set and added another of the Forget-Me-Not flowers.

Don't forget to visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see what the other Design Team have created using the Susan's Garden new release dies.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Hugs Hexagon Easel Card


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a Easel Card I created using the new Hexagon dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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

To create the background on both layers I sponged on Spiced Marmalade; Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade 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 the border die included in the Adventure Edges die set from white cardstock that had Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front. I then covered the adhesive with Sand Dunes Silk Microfine Glitter which is available in the new Beach Glitter Palette set.

To decorate my card I used the cacti and gecko from the Cacti Clear Stamp set.


To hold the Easel Card Up I die cut the letters "H U G S" five times from black card stock and once with white cardstock. I colored the white letters using three colors of green markers to match the cacti  in the card. I then added spikes to the letters so they would resemble cacti. Layer the letters on top of each other and adhere to the base of the card.

I also added another cactus to the card base.


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


And a look at the inside of the base of the card.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Hip Hip Hooray Easel Card


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing an Easel card that I created recently. For this card I used my new Swirl Easel Card die set from Crafter's Companion.

To decorate my card I used a stamp set from Uniquely Creative. I stamped the flower onto watercolor paper and then watercolored the flower using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.


The 'Happy Birthday' sentiment at the bottom of the card is from the Altenew Birthday Builder Clear Stamp set and the sentiment at the top of the card is one from Beccy's Place.

I added Nuvo Drops to the swirls on the top part of the Easel.


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


And a look at the inside of my card.

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Stamps: Spring Bouquet - Uniquely Creative; Celebrations - Beccy's Place; Birthday Builder - Altenew
Paper: White Watercolor Paper; White; Pale Purple; Purple; Mermaid Tale Paper Pad - Kaisercraft
Dies: Swirl Easel Card - Crafter's Companion;
Other: Black Ink; Clear Embossing Powder; Zig Clean Color Brush Markers; Nuvo Purple Rain Glitter Drops; Foam Tape

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Mum ... So Lucky To Have You


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card using a couple more of the new die sets which are being released by Karen Burniston in June. As you can see I have made a Mother's Day card. I know Mother's Day was last week, I actually did make this prior to Mother's Day but I had other cards I needed to share first ... by changing the sentiments on the card this could easily be used for a birthday card for mum too.



For my card I used the new Upsy Daisy Pop-up Card die set to create the pop-up element of the card. The two end squares are attached to the pop-up mechanism and the middle square is joined to the others using twine. 

 I added the word "Mum" to the square panels, die cutting the letters using the new Alphabet die set from white cardstock that has adhesive on the front and then covered using Peony Pink Silk Microfine Glitter.

To decorate the top and bottom edges of the card I stamped the large floral arrangement from the Altenew Dearest Friend Clear Stamp set. The sentiment on the base of the card also comes from this set.




Here is a quick video showing my card in action.


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



I also took an overhead view of my card to give you a better look at the pop-up mechanism again.



For the front of my card I used the same flower arrangement that I used on the inside of my card. This time  around I die cut the flowers using the new Oval die set. 

I wanted something other than just plain pale pink cardstock for the base of the card, so sponged some ink through a Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil using Catherine Pooler It's a Boy ink. 

For the Mother's Day sentiment I combined sentiments from two different stamp sets.

To finish off the card I added some pink Nuvo Drops to the berries in the flower arrangement and some clear crystals randomly around the card.


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Other:
Stamps - Happy 3 x 4 - Simon Says Stamp; One Big Hoppy Family - SugarPea Designs
Cardstock - White; Black; Pink
Simon Says Stamp Square Dance Stencil
Cupid's Kiss Crystals Mix - Studio Katia
Catherine Pooler It's A Boy Ink Pad
Foam Tape
Copics



Saturday, May 19, 2018

Pizza My Heart


Hi Crafty Friends,

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

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



For my card today I pulled out my Concord and 9th Plaid Background stamp set to create the background red plaid background panels. Stamping the main plaid stamp using Catherine Pooler Rocking Red ink and then the line stamp in black.

I die cut two slices of pizza using Spellbinders Party Food die set, I love pepperoni pizza!

I stamped part of the sentiment using a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Pizza My Heart Clear Stamp set.

As you can see I have created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-up die set. I again created the background panels using the Concord & 9th Plaid Background stamp set.

To decorate my card I used sentiments and images from the Lawn Fawn Pizza My Heart Clear Stamp set.


Here is another photo of the inside of my card taken at a different angle so you can see the pop-up piece 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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