Sunday, 18 February 2018

Christmas Centre Step Card

Good morning friends

I plan on working on our holiday cards throughout the year, so have one to share today. The cute panel was trimmed from a sheet of patterned paper, and the card base is a Centre Step card by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix.

I added a die cut border on each 'arm', red snowflakes and glitter dots, and some glitter glue for holiday sparkle.

Into the holiday card stash with this one!

Red and white card stocks
Kind Sentiments Step-Up - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - Doodlebug
Fancy Double Scalloped Edge - Your Next Stamp
Joyous Season stamp - MFT Stamps
Ribbon - Stampin' Up
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

C4C422 - Sketch Challenge

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It's the third Saturday of the month, so that means it's a sketch challenge on the Crazy4Challenges blog. I'm the hostess this month, and Kristine Reynolds is our Guest Designer. You can find Kristine's blog HERE. and below is the sketch.

I had a completely different idea when I sat down to make my card, but I had just received this fun patterned paper in my Stampin' Up order. It was free ... one of the Sale-A-Bration items and I couldn't resist using the happy colours for my sketch card.

Before Christmas my talented friend Kelly Booth was getting ready for Creatavation demo for Chameleon (colouring tools), and she had shown me the adorable Chameleon image she was working on. I fell in love with it - and it turns out that Your Next Stamp is a Canadian company! Of course I placed my order right away. But I was busy with Christmas cards so I've finally had a chance to play with the stamp set.

Inside, I added the new Happy Birthday die by Karen Burniston. I told you you'd be seeing a lot of this die - I really like it.

Then, I got on a roll. I was watching a show on Netflix and just started cutting bright colours of card stock and patterned paper from my stash, and ended up making eight birthday cards for boys. I want to give our daughters a set of birthday cards as part of their Mother's Day gifts, and since they have boys they go to a lot of boy birthday parties. 

I'm likely just going to share this group shot, rather than individual pictures of each card.

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 C4C422.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up SAB
Blueprints #21 - MFT Stamps
Red Soft Finish Card Stock
Happy Birthday stamp - Prickley Pear
Chameleon stamp - Your Next Stamp
Fun foam
Copic markers
Black Glaze Pen
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Friday, 16 February 2018

Owl Double Z Fold Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog today, and I have a Double Z fold card to share. I love photographs, always have. They tell a story, and it's a story you can remember every time you look at the photo.

Last Spring & Summer we had a pair of Great Horned Owls in the back yard and we really enjoyed watching them as well their little one. I can still hear them at night, but they are much harder to see when it gets dark so early and gets light so late.

A few days ago I went outside with the dogs, and there in the tree - right on the other side of the fence - was a little Great Horned Owl! He stayed in the tree for quite awhile, and I enjoyed watching him. I wasn't worried about him with our dogs, as he was too little to attempt to carry them off.

I printed the photo from my phone, using the Instax SHARE printer and then added one of Lynda Kanase's Photo Frames. I love that you get to choose the colour of frame and can customize it with any of the words from any of her Picture This sets.

After adding the card stock frame & label to the photo, I adhered them both to her Seasonal Tag die.

The patterned paper has glossy embossed dots, and of course the photo is glossy as well. I like how they compliment each other.

For this card, I used the words from the I AM Phrases (frame and stamp set) as they were perfect for this amazing owl.

The words are fun to cut away from other projects, not just the frames. I'm going to get lots of use out of them!

Patterned paper - DCWV
White, brown and blue card stocks
Photo Frame, I Am Phrases (word dies) - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Photo Frame, Seasonal Props (frame and label) - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Seasonal Tag - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Fun foam
Life Is stamp - Stampin' Up
Leaf dies - Stampin' Up
INSTAX Mini Share Printer
INSTAX Mini film
Silver Ribbon - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Thursday, 15 February 2018

Pair of Birthday Candle Cards

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There is a new release at Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps, and I was lucky enough to get my hands on this fun border stamp and the coordinating scallop border dies. I made two birthday cards with the candle border stamp - I really like the curve to the border stamp and the die matches that curve. There is also a cool stencil feature in the scalloped border dies that allow you to have the letters for CONGRATS or  HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the scallops if you wish.

The candles were heat embossed with white, then I used diluted Distress Oxide inks to paint them. I love that you can use these inks on darker card stocks. I added a cupcake from Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up, and highlighted the stitched line on the border die with a white gel pen. I also cut the border a second time from the bright green card stock and added it below the teal one. The decorated panel was popped up with fun foam onto the white card base.

Inside I added the bold Happy Birthday, a new die by Karen Burniston.

For my second card, I used the same candle row and my MISTI to stamp 4 rows of candles onto a blended and spritzed Distress Oxide inked background. The Happy Birthday stamp comes with the birthday candles, and there is also a row of balloons and a row of flowers.

Last Mother's Day I gave our middle daughter a set of handmade birthday cards as they seemed to be going to a lot of birthday parties for their friends children. They were a big hit, so I plan on doing it again this year for both daughters. These two will be included in the stack.

Tips & Tricks:

I used my MISTI to line up the candle row stamp. The MISTI makes it so easy to do this without having to move the stamp. I just moved the card base up 4 squares on the grid with each stamping. This was the first time using this technique with Versamark ink and I wondered if the first stamped images would remain moist enough to grab the embossing powder. No problem at all!

After a couple of years of making other (mostly larger) card sizes, it seems I'm embracing the A2 size card again. You can expect to see a lot more A2 cards on my blog this year.

Supplies for Cupcake card:
Teal and bright green Soft Finish Card Stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
White embossing powder
Scalloped Border dies - Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Scalloped Border stamps - Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
1030 Happy Birthday die - Karen Burniston
1008 Cupcake Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Dress Up Riley, Birthday stamps (Make A Wish) - Riley and Company
White card stock
Distress Oxide Inks
Sakura white gel pen

Supplies for White Candle Row card:
Blueprints #29 (stitched rectangle) - MFT Stamps
Scalloped Border stamps - Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps
Fun foam
White card stock
Distress oxide inks
Teal and bright green Soft Finish Card Stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Bakers Twine
Hooray stamp - MFT Stamps

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

'Love Bear' Centre Step Card

Good morning friends

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today I'm sharing my final Valentine for 2018. I decided I wanted to play with this cute bear stamp & die from Stampin' Up, so stamped it with black on Kraft card stock and clear embossed it. I added a Top Hat, Bow and Monocle from Karen Burniston's Tiny Accessories 1 die set, which makes him such a dapper fellow!

Here is a peek at the inside:

Today is a special day, as we will be welcoming out of town guests for a couple of days. Looking forward to visiting with them for sure. 

Bear stamp and dies - BEAR HUGS, Stampin' Up
Kraft, black, white and red card stocks
Clear embossing powder - Stampin' Up
Copic markers
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Water brush
Kind Sentiments Step-Up die set - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Paper Pro's February Challenge, Pop-Up Valentine

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It's time for the Paper Pro's monthly challenge, and for February Caz Counsell gave us the theme "Love".  So I made a Valentine!

The paper has metallic bits to it. :-)

Here is the card as it is opening ... you can see there is an adorable pig coming into view ...

But what is that? An owl? Something else is coming into view as the card continues to open.

When the card is fully open, the surprise is also fully revealed - a trio of Valentine critters! I have had this die & stamp set for over a year now, and these little critters just crack me up. I used Karen Burniston's new Spinner Square Pop-Up to create the animation.

I added a cut-part from the same paper stack. The stamped greeting image comes with the critters.

This is a casual challenge, with a varying number of participants each month. This month we have:

Karen Aicken (that's ME!)

1042 Spinner Square Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Pink and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Recollections
Quick Critter dies and stamps - Taylored Expressions
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up (hearts) - Karen Burniston
Blueprints #29 dies (tab) - MFT Stamps
Marvy LePlume II Markers

Card size - 5 x 5-1/2", fits in a 5 x 7 envelope

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Valentine Pig and Bird Scalloped Card Duo

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I'm back today with my second post of the day. I didn't want to hang onto the photos until next Valentine's, so am doing a couple of double posts to get them all shared. These two use that cute scalloped card base and stickers from stash.

The butterfly has a gold foil body & antenna, and the lip patterned paper has red foiled bits on it. So this card is nice and shiny!

This second card also uses stickers and patterned papers with foiled accents. For the front decorated panel, I cut a scalloped panel from black, and the open scalloped panel from the XOXO patterned paper. The black shows through the openings, which is a look I like.

I enjoy making Valentine cards (in case you hadn't noticed, ha ha) but will stop now until next year. I do have a couple more to share this week then I will move onto other themes.

Card, Scallop with Thanks Sentiments - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Black, pink and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Recollections
1042 Spinner Square Pop-Up (Square dies) - Karen Burniston
Stickers - Pebbles
Fun Foam
Resin heart sticker - Doodlebug

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