Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Hedgehog Home Box Card

Good morning friends

I have a fun card to share today using a bunch of Karen Burniston dies, a new Prickley Pear stamp and the Scalloped Box Card by Lawn Fawn.

I chose the Gnome Home stamp set because I thought the mushroom homes would make cute houses for Karen Burniston's various cutie patootie animals. Here I used the Hedgehog from the Winter Animals set.

I have a goal with these box cards, and that is to make them simpler. I have made several and they can take quite a long time to put together. Once I have put that kind of effort into a card, I only want to send it to someone who would appreciate it.

However, they can be really cute without being stuffed full and they take a fraction of the time to create. Box Cards make an impression, and there is lots of room to embellish as much - or as little - as you want. I'm hoping to use my Box Card dies more now that I have wrapped my head around keeping them being simpler to create.

I added two sections (or shelves) to the inside, cut 4 strips of grass to fit, added the heart-holding-hedgehog, a stamped and coloured mushroom and the tree from the Tree Pop-Up. The card was finished in record time, too.

The back side has a stitched rectangle for a handwritten message.

I love how they fold completely flat for mailing! While the Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card was made to fit into an A2 envelope, on my card the tree stands above the scalloped edge of the card back. It will easily fit into a 5 x 7 envelope though and mail for a single stamp.

Scalloped box card die set - Lawn Fawn
Kraft, white, brown and green card stocks
Prismacolor pencils
Copic markers
Gnome Homes - Prickley Pear Stamps
Signo white gel pen
Patterned paper - Memory Box
Black glaze pen - Sakura

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Vintage Christmas Tree Pop-Up

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I wanted to try Karen Burniston's Christmas Tree Pop-Up and this package of vintage looking patterned paper was sitting on top of my Christmas papers pile.  The journal card was cut from one of the papers in the stack, I added a tree and snowflake from the Winter Charms die set and some white Nuvo Crystal Drops. That finished off the card front.

The blue ribbon has a lovely shimmer to it - lovely stuff.

As the card is opening, you can see the pretty dimensional Christmas tree ...

... and here is the card fully open. Just WOW!!!

Such a clever die set, and while it looks complicated it goes together easily. I followed the video Karen Burniston has right on the product page for this first one and it went together like a charm. I knew I wanted to use this blue/green patterned paper for the trees, so adhered two pieces back to back. That way the pattern is on both sides of the large trees - since you see both sides I'm glad I did this step.

The 'merry' was cut three times, once from red and twice from a pale patterned paper from the package and I offset the paler ones for a bit of shadow under the red 'merry'.

The cardinal comes with the Christmas tree set, and since I love the stitched & scalloped rectangle from the Twist Panel Pop-Up I used it here with a stitched oval die as a place for us to sign our name.

As soon as I finished this card I had to start another with the Christmas Tree Pop-Up die set, which I will share another day.  Into the holiday card stash!

Patterned paper and journal card - Fancy Pants
Stitched scallop border dies - MFT Stamps
Off white confetti, red card stocks
Shimmer ribbon - Stampin' Up
Glaze pen - Sakura
Signo white gel pen
Black Sharpie
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Merry die - Papertrey Ink
Stitched oval - MFT Stamps
Christmas stamp (partial) - Papertrey Ink
Blueprints #21 (stitched banner) - MFT Stamps

Card size - 5 x 6", which fits in a 5 x 7" envelope.

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Monday, 20 November 2017

Hanukkah Tag Book Pop-Up Card

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I have another Tag Book Pop-Up card to share today. This one I made for our middle daughter and family - she is going to love it!

While the embossing powder looks a little splotchy in the photos, those spots are actually blue glitter. I picked up the embossing powder at the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show last Spring - it's by JudiKins and called Hanukkah. Blue glitter and silver - so pretty!

There is SO much dimension with this new Pop-Up, I decided to keep the embellishments flat. The navy panels were die cut with the coordinating dies then stamped and embossed with the same embossing powder.

I'm loving these foil snowflakes by Stampin' Up. Both gold and silver came in the package, so I used a silver one here on the fold of the inside. I did have to do a little trimming at the rounded corners but that was easy peasy.

White, navy card stocks
Hanukkah Embossing Powder - Judi Kins
Stamps - CAS-UAL Friday's
Silver Washington tape - stash
Silver Glitter Paper - Stampin' Up
Silver foil snowflake - Stampin' Up
Bakers Twine
White ribbon

Card size - 6 x 3", not including ribbons

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Sunday, 19 November 2017

Happy Birthday Moose Pop-Up Tag Card

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This card was sort of a no-brainer for me. I had just received Karen Burniston's new Tag Book Pop-Up die set, I needed to make a First Birthday Card for our nephew's little guy, and his nickname is MOOSE. Seriously. Right away I knew I'd be using Riley the Moose for CJ's card.

Using the large tag die & hinge from the Tag Book Pop-Up, I created the outer card.

The stitched banner piece also comes with the Tag Book Pop-Up die set. Such a fun detail, that stitching line.

The card opens from the top to reveal Riley the Moose sporting a bow tie, party hat and holding onto balloons.

The party hat and balloons are from the Birthday Charms set, and the bow tie is from the new Tiny Accessories 1 set.

I used the pop-up platform die from the Tree Pop-Up to perch Riley on. Don't be afraid to mix and match your die sets!

I know CJ's parents are going to be super excited about this card, and that makes me happy.

Patterned paper - many many years old, from my stash
Green, white, orange and red card stocks
Basic Riley - Riley & Company
Derwent water colour crayons and water brush
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Bakers twine
Word Stamps - Stampin' Up
Fun foam
Crayola markers
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Glossy Accents

Card size - 3 x 6" which fits perfectly into a 4 x 6" envelope.

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Saturday, 18 November 2017

C4C412 Canadiana Pop-Up Birthday Card

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. I am the hostess this month, with my Design Team Sister Kelly Booth as our Guest Designer. Kelly's blog can be found HERE.

Since it's the third Saturday of the month, it's also a sketch challenge and this is the sketch I came up with:  

I rarely stay exactly to the sketch, even when it's my own! I like to think of sketches more as a guideline than a 'cast in stone'. That makes the sketches very versatile, as you can change them up to meet your needs. For instance, you don't need to use three vertical circles, those circles can actually represent embellishments like flowers or butterflies or candy canes. The horizontal patterned paper strip could actually be a ribbon and you easily add a bow on the side. I used the 'idea' of the horizontal strip and tied a twine bow around one of the circle openings.

The Blueprints #23 die set has a die that cuts 3 perfectly centred circles out of a panel and it's one I don't often use. So this time I pulled it out but decided to make the circle panel extend to the top and bottom edges, unlike the sketch. 

First I stamped various Canadiana images on the circle die cut kraft panel with watermark ink. Those woody images were stamped on a slightly smaller white card stock panel, then adhered behind the stamped kraft one with foam tape for dimension. 

Inside is a Pop-Up using the Cupcake Pop-Up, decorated with a Wild Whisper journal card and fox stamp. Other than the birthday word stamp. all the stamps are by Wild Whisper Designs.

The triangles were stamped along the base of the Pop-Up with watermark ink, then I wrapped twine around the bump. The word 'birthday' was die cut from a coordinating blue card stock and edged with ink for an ombre look. I cut a single tree from Karen Burniston's Tree Pop-Up, snipped it in half and adhered one half to each side of the Pop-Up.

The Wild Whisper patterned paper is heavyweight and has a sheen to it as you can see in the photo below. 

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 C4C 412.

Kraft, white, blue and brown card stocks
Blueprints #23 - MFT Stamps
Strong & Free stamp set - Wild Whisper Designs
Patterned paper - Wild Whisper Designs
Journal card - Wild Whisper Designs
Black sharpie
Birthday word - MFT Stamps
Arrow Dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Birthday stamp - Papertrey Ink
Copic markers

Card size - 4-1/2 x 5-1/2"

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Friday, 17 November 2017

'Chill Out' Pull Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog, and I have a wintery pull card to share today.

I used the (discontinued) Spiral Circle Pull Card for my card base, cutting the patterned paper 2" wider than I wanted my finished card. I scored 1" down either side then folded it to the back of the card and adhered the folded strips to the back. This gives the card additional stability when the patterned paper card base isn't quite as heavy as a card stock one.

The pretty snowflake dies come with the Spiral Circle Pull Card (SCPC) and these ones have pink Nuvo Crystal Drops added to the centres.

The notches hold the closed in the closed position until the recipient pulls the sides of the card to open it, which is my favourite part of this die set.

I added some additional fussy cut embellishments -- the large mitten label inside actually started as a 6 x 4" journal card for pocket scrapbooking.

I only had these few bits and pieces left in the package, so now I can say it's used up! There is still an almost untouched letter sticker sheet remaining, but I'm not counting that.

Spiral Circle Pull Card - Karen Burniston, Elizabeth Craft Designs (retired)
Patterned paper etc- Fancy Pants
Nuvo Crystal Crops

Card size - 5 x 6"

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Reindeer Tag Book Pop-Up Card

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I had another play with Karen Burniston's newest die set, the Tag Book Pop-Up. For today's card though, I used it a little differently and created a full sized backing card rather than using the tags & hinge as the die set was designed.

This patterned paper has several sheets of printed tags of various sizes so I used one here on the card front. I kept it over to the left side, as the Tag Book Pop-Up creates a lot of folds and they are all on the right when the card is closed. 

Here is a look at the card inside, with so many fun folds. My goal this year was to use some older stamps along with new products and I really had fun pulling out some images I haven't used in awhile. I am going to continue that goal next year as well! For this card I used a fun stamp set from Paper Smooches that I've had for a couple of years.

To change it up even more, I cut the scalloped tops off the end tags and the layering tags as well. Also, I decorated the folding panels before I adhered the inner tags together. I found it easier to decorate each of the panels when they could lay completely flat. While wiggly eyes would have been really cute to use, I was keeping the bulk down so I chose not to add them this time. In fact, the stamped and cut out images were all adhered directly to the patterned paper panels without even using foam tape!

When I finished adding the patterned paper and stitched scalloped edges on each side, the ends of the Tag Book Pop-Up were catching on the outer strip. So I added stitched circles but will remember to check for catch points next time.

I'm really happy with how this card turned out, and how it changes the look of the die set completely. It's always fun to come up with new ways to use our dies.

I just adore the little reindeer from this stamp set, called Santa Paws. I have several others stamped and cut out so now I just need some extra time to play with them!

Red and white cad stocks
Patterned paper - DCWV
Black Glaze pen - Sakura
Copic markers
Stamps - Paper Smooches
Clear glaze pen - Sakura
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Word stamp - Lawn Fawn

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Polar Bear & Sleigh Holiday Pop-Up Card

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I have a fun Pop-Up card to share today that I made using a bunch of Karen Burniston's dies and a paper package from Stampin' Up. The card front is simple because all the fun is on the inside. I added a pair of labels from the Katherine Label Pop-Up and the bear from the Winter Animals set. Cutting him out of white makes him a Polar Bear!

Inside I used the Floating Floor  & fence from the House & Fence Pop-Up along with the sleigh from the Sleigh Pop-Up.

The words from the Holiday Word Set are interchangeable & can be combined however you want, so I used both the Christmas & the Greetings for my sentiment. All of Karen Burniston's Word Set dies work together so with four sets now, you can combine a lot of different words for your greeting! The label at the top was made by putting one side of a paper strip at a time into the Katherine Label Pop-Up label die. That gave each side a stitched and shaped detail.

I love how perfectly the little fence fits on the floating floor.  I made a trio of Polar Bears for the inside and added one to the sleigh with a die cut gift. That sleigh! It's going to be so much fun.

Into my holiday card stash with this one. In fact, I'd better get started getting the cards organized and decide who gets which one.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
White card stock
Green star dream card stock
1015 House & Fence Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
1021 Sleigh Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
1016 Winter Animals - Karen Burniston
Black fine point marker
1011 Katherine Label (labels) - Karen Burniston
1022 Word Set 3 - Holiday - Karen Burniston

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Winter Birthday Pop-Up Card

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It's time for another Paper Pro's challenge and this month I'm the one who gave the challenge to create a Winter Birthday card.

Even though this leafy patterned paper isn't specifically winter, I like the frosty wintery colours. I tied some white seam binding around the strip at the top, and added a glittery snowflake charm from the Winter Charms set. The stamped oval was white embossed on a journal card from the coordinating Adventure Card Pack at Wild Whisper.

It's no surprise that the inside is a Pop-Up but that I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up might be a surprise. It can actually be a nice generic pop-up if you are creative covering the cupcake shape.

I added white glittered foliage to the back of the tree. In our part of the world, we often get at least one snowfall before the leaves have fallen from the trees so a leafy tree with snow is not unusual to see. I also added a smattering of snowflakes, some cut from glittered card stock and some from white.

The greeting was stamped on a stitched circle, and I added some small Wild Whisper leaf stamps using second generation stamping so they don't distract from the words. 

Finally, a side view so you can see the Pop-Up a little better.

The Paper Pro's challenge is a casual one with a varying number of participants each month. This month we have:

Karen Aicken - (that's ME!)

Blue textured card stock - Bazzill
White and brown card stocks
Patterned paper - Adventure, Wild Whisper
Glitter card stock - Stampin' Up
Word stamp - CC Designs
Stitched circle - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday words and stamp on front - Stampin' Up
Journal Card on front - Adventure, Wild Whisper
White embossing powder - Ranger
Leaf stamp - Adventure, Wild Whisper

Card size - 5 x 6"

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