Monday, 22 January 2018

Dinosaur Pop-Up Birthday Card

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I had so much fun making this birthday card for our Grandson Ilai, who just turned three. I've had this dinosaur stamp set for quite a while - it's so perfect for boys! Especially boys here in Alberta, where dinosaur bones have been discovered. Shameless plug now for the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller. :-)

Once again I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up for the fun inside. When I went to make the card, I went through some boy themed papers and found this sheet of double sided paper with dinosaur's on the front and stripes on the back. It wasn't a full sheet - I had already used part of it for a different project but I was able to use most of it up on this card. 

Since the dinosaur patterned paper is double sided, I used the coordinating stripes on the reverse side for the Pop-Up arm and added an additional Pop-Up strip in the centre.

Turquoise, green and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Echo Park
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Dinosaur stamps - Stampin' Up
Leaf stamps & dies - Stampin' Up
Chalks - Stampin' Up
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Fine point black marker
Nuvo Crystal Drops

Card size - 5 x 6"

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Sunday, 21 January 2018

Floral Thank You Card with Gift Card Holder

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Today's share is another pair I made at my Mom's request ... a Pop-Up Thank You card with a coordinating Gift Card Holder.

I love the bright sunny colours on this patterned paper, paired with the pops of black.

Inside is an older Pop 'n Cut die - and some new flower/leaf dies. I also added some black Peel-Off border stickers.

The Gift Card Holder is perfect for those gift cards that come on a cardboard backing. The whole thing fits inside and there is a flap and notch to hold the card closed.

Since these were going to be hand delivered and I didn't need to worry about bulk,  I added some gems to the flower centres.

A2 Pop 'n Cut with Thanks insert- Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - Echo Park
Black, white, teal and green card stocks
Thanks Sizzlit - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Butterfly & Labels- Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Flower dies - Stampin' Up
1167 Peel Off Border - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rectangle Accordion (hello), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Flourished Frame (thanks) Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
A2 Card with flap Bigz die - Sizzix

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Saturday, 20 January 2018

C4C418 Twist Circle Pop-Up Card!

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Our hostess is Frances Byrne, and our Guest Designer is  Elena Anderson .  Since it's the third Saturday of the month, Frances has a sketch for us this week.

Once again this year I will be using older supplies from my stash along with newer ones. I really enjoyed pulling out some older images and dies last year and giving them some well deserved love. My card front uses a fairly new sentiment stamp, paired with an older Paper Smooches deer. I've had the patterned paper for a couple of years - I love it SO much, I tend to hoard it. Sheesh.

I used Karen Burniston's Snowman Twist Circle Pop-Up for the inside - see how the circle is on it's side as the card is opened?

When it's fully open, the circle twists and pop's up. While the set comes with a snowman, you can see that it makes a great generic Pop-Up that you can use for many different occasions.

I used a bunch more stamps from the same Paper Smooches stamp set on the inside to make a fun camping scene. My husband and I purchased an acreage last summer - and even though we hadn't been camping in about 10 years we hauled our old travel trailer out and camped on the land. It's WAY too cold and snowy to be camping now, but I do look forward to going out there for some winter fire pit fun!

Check out the C4C blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge. We'd  love to see your take on it, so be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up your creations. If you are uploading to an online gallery, please use the keyword C4C418.

White, off white confetti and brown card stocks
Patterned paper - We R Memory Keepers
Stamps - Paper Smooches
Zig markers
Water brush
Signo White gel pen
Stitched oval - MFT Stamps
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
Word stamp - Stampin' Up
Glossy Accents
Grass stamp - Stamps by Judith

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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Friday, 19 January 2018

Coffee Themed Charm Accordion

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Today's share is another sneak peek at Karen Burniston's (AMAZING) new release. The new dies will be available early next month - be sure to ask your local retailer to order them in for you!
For today's card I paired the new COFFEE CHARMS with the Charm Accordion. Below is the front of the card, in the closed position.

I used one of the hearts borders from the new CAKE TRIMS. The centre hearts fall away, so I cut the border from both red and brown adhesive backed card stock. Then I simply added the red hearts into the brown border on the front, and the brown hearts into the red border on the inside. These Cake Trims are going to come in handy for lots of things, not just decorating the new CAKE POP-UP.

Here is the card opened up. Normally I make a 2 page accordion, since the Charm Accordion cuts two at a time. But I wanted to use all of the new Coffee Charms, so made it a 4 page accordion by cutting it twice. The Charm Accordion comes with a die that cuts 4 jump rings, and usually I use that. But for this card I added actual jump rings from the jewelry department at our craft store.

I was trying to decide how to adhere the charm frame that joins the two accordion panels and helps them pivot. There is a hole for the jump ring, and the To Go cup charm didn't fit if the hole was at the top. I could have turned it around so the hole was at the bottom, and dangled the coffee cups from that but I liked the look of the cups all in a row. So I snipped off the bottom part of the charm frame so the To Go cups hang freely.

The two pieces were hinged with a strip of card stock to join the cards and again at the back to join the two accordion panels. The hinges are purely decorative. The Speech Bubble comes with the new TWIST SQUARE POP-UP, but as you can see all of Karen Burniston's dies work so well together!

I added foam tape at the top of the brown frame on the pivoting squares, so the charms would dangle  nicely.

Above you can see where I chose to add a folded strip of brown card stock to join the pivoting panels at the back, but you also have the option of joining them with another frame and you can hang another charm there as well.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Brown, white, teal, red and kraft card stocks
1007 Charm Accordion - Karen Burniston
Nuvo Crystal Drops
1023 Tag Book Pop-Up (square beaded frames) - Karen Burniston
1029 Cake Trims - Karen Burniston  coming soon
Copic marker
1041 Coffee Charms - Karen Burniston  coming soon
Jump Rings
Wink of Stella
Love you stamp - MERRY CAFE, Stampin' Up
1040 Coffee Cup Pop-Up (circle and beans) - Karen Burniston  coming soon
1042 Spinner Square Pop-Up (word bubble) - Karen Burniston  coming soon
Black fine point marker
Glossy accents
1034 Word Set 5 - Royalty,  Karen Burniston  coming soon
1043 Fancy Label Accordion (stitched square) - Karen Burniston  coming soon

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

"Sending Sunshine" Fold-a-Long Card

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Wow - this is an older card; I made it last Spring to send a friend some Arizona sunshine! For some reason the post just kept getting bumped so I'm finally sharing it today.

I had just purchased this Fold-a-Long die by Jen Long (how could I resist?) and had also just received my package of little magnets.  These Fold-a-Long dies take a little figuring to get the patterned paper where you want it - especially if you want the magnets to stay hidden. The magnets worked really well at keeping the card closed though, and that made me happy.

Here is a peek at the inside:

The smaller cactus inside pushes forward and out when the card is opened.

Cactus Fold-A-Long, Jen Long - Sizzix
White & coral card stocks
Patterned paper - Pink Paisley
Sunshine die - Stampin' Up
Pan Pastels - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched scalloped border die - MFT Stamps
Small magnet discs

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018

'Be Beautiful' Card, and Masculine Photo Frame

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Today's share is a card I made using a photo frame die by Lynda Kanase who is a Product Designer at Sizzix. I first saw Lynda at CHA last year where she was releasing her Succulent Serenity line. Since then, I have had a running wish list of her designs. The teal frame with flourishes is from her Picture This Collection - a series of frames with interchangeable words.

The die sets also come with a set of coordinating stamps! The 'BE" stamp and the die cut word 'beautiful' are from the "Photo Frame, I AM Phrases" while the flourished frame is from the "Photo Frame, Lovely" set. I didn't realize until my package came, that all the phrases could be used in all the different frames! Talk about being able to customize to whatever project you are working on - I loved this idea and you will be seeing a lot of them in future posts.

I inlaid the bronze pearlized card stock piece, then added a 3-d floral sticker from my stash. The bronze piece came from the little frame I did for my Dad's photo which is shown further down the post. It might be hard to see in the photo, but the card is nice and sparkly. The pink patterned paper has a glittered pattern on it, the 3-d sticker has an acetate panel which catches the light, as well as some bling. The BE was embossed with a glittered gold embossing powder and I added gold glitter Crystal Nuvo Drops.

Inside, I added a flourish stamp and words, as well as the on-trend diamond shape. The bow stamp & die are from Lynda's Seasonal Tag set. You can use it for more than just holiday projects!

Below I used the same Photo Frame on a photo of my Dad, who passed away last March. When I was looking at the Picture This Collection online, I noticed that they were actually made for the popular Instax Mini photos. I was intrigued as I have always loved photos. I had wanted the dies for card making, but now I also wanted to know more about these photos. Fuji makes the Instax Mini camera, and the photos are similar to a Polaroid. Cool! However, if I am going to actually haul a camera around, it is going to be my DSLR and not an Instax Mini - no matter how cute the camera is and how many great accessories it has.

Enter the Fujifilm Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer. When I was at the drugstore last week, I noticed a box above the cashier's head that said INSTAX. Hmmm ... I asked to see it. It was one of the printers so I bought it- for a screaming deal, I might add. Then I had to wait a day or two to pick up some film. And I printed a couple of photos. And I immediately GOT IT. I understand what all the fuss is about, and how much FUN these little (gift card sized) photos are! Never mind watching them develop like I remember doing with Polaroids when I was a kid. Yup - FUN!

I wanted a small photo of my Dad to stand on my desk, and this one was one of our favourites. It was taken before dementia stole his mind, and Parkinson's stole the use of his limbs. We had gone to visit him and brought a Tim Horton's Iced Cappuccino - thus the big smile. In fact, this photo is the one we used for his funeral - I used Photoshop to take the straw out of the photo for that one.

I printed the photo from my phone using the Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer and used the "Photo Frame, Lovely" - same frame as I used on my card above - to create the frame. I love that I got to choose the card stock & colours that matched the photo, which is another benefit to the Picture It Collection. It's so customizable!

I chose this bronze pearlized card stock and the word 'Memories' to cut out of the bottom area. There are lots of other words in the collection, but for this photo the 'Memories' was perfect. It actually moved me to tears - the frame portrayed the exact emotion I wanted for this photo while still being masculine.

I cut a 1/2" wide strip of black card stock to adhere behind the word, which made it pop and added to the masculine feel. Then I placed a triangle of black card stock behind the flourish at the top left and traced around the inside edge with a pencil. It was easy to trim then adhere behind the flourish. I then used foam tape around the outer edge of the frame and attached it to the little photo giving it a shadowbox look.

Because I wanted it to stand up, I cut a strip of the same bronze metallic card stock and scored it horizontally 3/4 of an inch from the top. I adhered it to the back of the photo above the scored line.

These photos are certainly noticeable and their small size makes people want to pick them up to look at - so I used a couple of the pretty heart dies included with the frame to decorate the back of the easel. When displayed, the Instax photos are quite a conversation piece!

So there you have it - two different projects using the same Photo Frame die. It's going to be so much fun to use this Picture It Collection for my cards, and now that I have the (palm sized) printer I'll be using them for Instax Mini photos too! Fun fun fun.

Tips & Tricks:
Because the bronze card stock is fairly lightweight, I adhered black card stock to the back side to create the easel.
For the 'BE' piece, I didn't have the correct colour of card stock so I used the backing chipboard from the sticker package. I always hang onto pretty pieces of paper - don't be afraid to think outside the box!

Photo Frame, Lovely - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Photo Frame, I AM Phrases - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Tag, Seasonal (bow stamp and die) - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Floral patterned paper/teal print (double sided) - Basic Grey
White, pink, pearlized bronze, black card stocks
Pink glittered card stock, and pale green scrap - stash
3-d sticker - K & Company
Stitched journal card die - Lawn Fawn
Blueprints # 24 (stitched panel) MFT Stamps
Instax SHARE Smartphone Printer and film - Fujifilm
Egyptian Gold embossing powder - the Artful Stamper
Water Brush
Wink of Stella
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Mermaid Spinner Card

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Prepare for gushing. I can't help it. Karen Burniston's newest release - EIGHTEEN new die sets - will be shipping early next month and the Design Team can now share sneak peeks. If you missed Karen's announcement yesterday, check it out on her blog HERE. Then you will see why I am going to gush.

This is one of the cards I made with the new release. Look at that shark - I mean, how FUN is that shark? I have lots of ideas spinning around in my head - so you will see this shark again and again. And again. The rest of the SEA ANIMALS are pretty cute too (sea turtle and crab) but this shark grabbed my heart right away.

I even happened to have the perfect patterned paper in my stash! The Mermaids Fun panel was fussy cut from one of the sheets in the stack, and because it had gold accents it I cut a seashell from the new TROPICAL SCENE out of gold metallic paper and adhered it to the card front.

Below is the card as it is opening - and there is another shark peeking out. And something else too!

Ta Da!  Really, how can you not get excited about a mermaid riding a shark?

This was the first card I made with the SPINNER SQUARE POP-UP, and when I saw the pop-up mechanism I thought it looked like an alien space ship. When the Design Team gets their sample dies, there isn't any packaging. But I watched Karen Burniston's video and it was actually easy peasy! Usually when I'm tackling a new Pop-Up, I make a prototype out of scrap card stock, but I was confident and went right into making a full card with this one. The mermaid and shark spin up behind the gold Ocean square as the card is closed, then back down into view when the card is opened. Very Very Cool.

OMGoodness, these MERMAIDS! There is a PRINCESS in the die set as well.  You can make them with two different hair styles (or more!)  in any colour you choose. You get to choose the skin & hair colour as well and the same for the princesses. They are just TOO MUCH FUN!

Can we just talk about the new HAPPY BIRTHDAY die for a minute? It's fabulous. Honestly, you are going to see this one used a lot. It's a great size, I love the font ... and the best part? It cuts as a single piece! Love love love this die.

The WAVES are cool too, and not just because they have a stitched edge ... the waves aren't just the same shape repeated over and over to make a border. There are two different shapes in there and it makes a difference on how the waves look - especially if you layer them.

I have managed to get several cards made with the new release, and will be sharing another one later this week. And I'm sure I'll still be gushing.

Tips and tricks:

The glitter paper I used was very lightweight, so I die cut additional shapes from white card stock and adhered the glittered ones on top. That made them nice and sturdy.

I added the mermaid-riding'shark piece to the rectangle with a paperclip until I could determine the position where the shark didn't peek out the top when the card was closed. This was a trick I learned in one of Karen Burniston's How To video's and it works anytime you are trying to place an image to determine where it will sit when the pop-up moves.

The Wish Big was stamped on white card stock, and cut out with a small stitched circle from the TROPICAL SCENE set. It is actually supposed to be the centre accent for the sun die.

Glitter paper - American Crafts
White, pink, rust, grey and brown card stocks
1036 Princess and Mermaid - Karen Burniston  (coming soon)
Signo white gel pen
Black fine point pen
Chalks - Stampin' Up
1037 Sea Animals - Karen Burniston (coming soon)
1042 Spinner Square Pop-Up - Karen Burniston (coming soon)
1038 Tropical Scene - Karen Burnisto(coming soon)
Metallic card stock - Stampin' Up
Sakura metallic gel pens
1030 Happy Birthday - Karen Burniston coming soon)
Wish big stamp - Papertrey Ink

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