Monday, 19 March 2018

Canadiana Card

Good morning friends

I really had fun making this card for our Son-in Law, who is a new Canadian Citizen. The stamps from Wild Whisper Designs were just perfect!

Here is a peek at the inside - with lots of stamping off the edge on the inside panel. The 'stay clever' stamp fits perfectly on the fox, and since Naor is very smart indeed - I thought it was fitting.

We are so proud of him - I popped this card in the mail to him as a surprise. We were travelling and unable to attend the Citizenship Ceremony, which was too bad as I really wanted to go.

Strong and Free stamp set - Wild Whisper Designs
Adventure stamp set - Wild Whisper Designs
White, red and black card stocks
Blueprints #29 - MFT Stamps
Patterned A2 card - Michaels
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

Paper Succulent Home Decor Project

Good morning friends

I have a fun  project to share with you today. Last year my friend Kelly gave me a sweet little glass ball with succulents, which I loved. Unfortunately they didn't make it through the summer, but I kept the pretty glass ball intending to add some more succulents to it.

When I got the 2-D and 3-D Succulent dies by Lynda Kanase (Sizzix), I got right to work and made some succulents using her printed paper pad. They fit perfectly in the glass planter, and I don't need to worry about over or under watering them!

Tips & Tricks:

  • Barrel Cactus - Cut 10 times from the Succulent Serenity paper pad and assembled as per directions on the die packaging.
  • Succulents - Edges inked with Distress Oxide inks then curled around a pencil before adhering the petals together.
  • Medium succulent - Cut 6 petals from the Succulent Serenity paper pad and assembled as per directions on the die packaging
  • Small succulent - Cut 2 medium and six small petals from the Succulent Serenity paper pad and assembled as per directions on the die packaging
  • I found it helpful to use a strong glue. I used the Lineco PH Neutral adhesive, which I've been using for the last year and I love it.
  • The 3-d pieces were then placed inside the container, which already had the soil, moss and gravel inside it. I did not secure them, as they are just nestled right down into the soil & moss.

I'm so happy with how this project turned out! I moved the glass bowl from my kitchen counter to a shelf in the family room that needed a little greenery but would be difficult to add water to real plants.

Green card stocks
Brusho - Color Craft
Succulents 2D & 3D - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - Succulent Serenity - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)

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Saturday, 17 March 2018

C4C 426 Sketch St. Patrick's Day Card

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It's Saturday, so that means a new challenge on the Crazy4Challenges blog. Bonnie Sharp was going to hostess this month, but had to leave the design team. She said to go ahead and use her challenges, which she had already prepared for us. Kristine Reynolds is our Guest Designer again this month - thanks Kristine!. You can find Kristine's blog HERE.

Bonnie's challenge is a sketch challenge:

I actually kept pretty close to the sketch for my card front today, and had fun using a bunch of Doodlebug supplies.

I dressed up the stickers with some glitter glue and the girl has raised and shiny eyes because of a black glaze pen.

Below is the card opening ...

I used Karen Burniston's new Spinner Square Pop-Up for the inside ... the rainbow spins into view when the card is opened.

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 C4C426.

White and green card stocks card stock
Stencil/mask - MFT Stamps
Patterned paper - MFT Stamps
Blueprints #21 dies - MFT Stamps
Stickers - Doodlebug
Enamel heart stickers - Doodlebug
Sakura black glaze pen
Marvy LePlume II markers
Black fine point marker

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Friday, 16 March 2018

Easter Chick Flip-It Card

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

I used the Fancy Edge Flip-It's from the Stamps of Life,  which unfortunately has now been discontinued. That being said, there is a brand new Flip-Its at The Stamps of Life which has the same fancy edge and it's a circle centre shape instead of a square!! All the papers and stamps came from the March 2017 Card Kit at Simon Says Stamp. I sure get my use out of that kit!

All the colouring was done with Zig Clean Colour Markers and a water brush.

I adore the colours on this card - perfect for Spring!

Patterned paper - Echo Park
Stamps - March 2017 Card Kit @ Simon Says Stamp
Fancy Edge Flip-Its, Stephanie Barnard - Stamps of Life
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Glaze pens - Sakura
Wink of Stella
Green, yellow and white card stocks
Banner die - Sizzix
Stitched Circle die - MFT Stamps

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Thursday, 15 March 2018

Palm Tree Birthday Pop-Up Card

Good morning friends

I love being able to make personalized cards for friends and family. This one was made for a friend who loves Maui. I used the new Tropical Scene for the card front, adding a palm tree from the Palm Tree Pop-Up and a cute flag from the Castle Pop-Up.

The ocean waves were cut from an empty tissue box - the pattern was too pretty for me to toss it into recycling.

Here is the top view of the card, opened. The new Palm Tree Pop-Up is so cool!

Even though it is 3-D, it folds completely flat for mailing.

I penned "Wishing you a MAUI special day". We had the chance to vacation in Maui with these friends a couple of years ago, and she bought a tee shirt that says "Maui is my Happy Place". So I knew she would appreciate this play on words.

I added a little die cut banner in the crabs claws, with a Prickley Pear Happy Birthday stamp.

Brown, green, kraft, black and white card stocks
Distress Oxide Inks
Marvy LePlume II markers
Wiggly eyes
Blueprints #29 (small banner) - MFT Stamps
Red Soft Finish Card Stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Kleenex box
Dot stamp - Stamps by Judith

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Easter Mini cards for the Grandkids

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I have LOTS of photos to share today. I wanted to make the Grandkids cards for Easter and had just been to the Mesa Rubber Stamp Show where I discovered how much I like Pink & Main images. I could have blown the whole budget in that booth alone! I did come home with this adorable Easter chick stamp set (among others), so that is what I used for three of the cards.

I stamped the images onto a die cut egg, then water coloured them with various water colour markers and inks. Olivia's card is up first ...

Olivia's has a bit of sparkle too, and all the eggs were adhered to the card fronts with an Action Wobble.

Because these are mini cards, the one sentiment was too long. I cut the stamp in two so it would fit better. It's easy enough to line it up if I want it to stamp as a single line down the road.

Ethan's card has this cute hatching chick on the front and is also on an Action Wobble.

Ethan really does crack me up. We recently got to spend a week with Ethan, Zachary and their Dad in Arizona  (while Heather took Olivia to a special Pulmonary Hypertension camp in LA). One morning we were getting ready to go for a walk and I came out with denim capri's and a bright green tee shirt. Ethan looked at me, took a step back, and said "Gramma! You look nice".  I mean really? At five? I gave him the biggest hug.

Zachary's card is so perfect for him, with the little peep peep. He talks with the cutest little accent - we have no idea what he says most of the time.

I also wanted to make cards for our other two grands, but they celebrate Passover and not Easter so my selection for them was more limited. I usually go with a 'Spring' theme for them.

I took the opportunity to use an OLDER Doodlebug paper and sticker package for Ilai's card ... embellished with puffy stickers and adhered with an Action Wobble. I know how much fun Ilai has with those.

He is a sweetie that one and his smile will melt your heart.

Alma's card is simpler as at one year old she still tries to eat everything.

Thanks for hanging in with all the cards today! They were simple enough to create and I know the Grands are going to love them. I can put each card in one of the envelopes from Stampin' Up that are made for the 3 x 3" mini cards so they still get to open an envelope with their name on it.

Supplies for all five cards:

White and yellow card stocks
Stamps - Pink & Main
Egg dies - Taylored Expressions
3x3" envelopes - Stampin' Up
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Black fine point marker
Action Wobbles

Patterned paper and stickers - Doodlebug
Glitter pen
Puffy stickers - Sticko

All cards are 3 x 3" square

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Paper Pro's Twist Panel Pop-Up Challenge Card

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It's time for the March Paper Pro-s challenge - 'GREEN'. Since I have an elderly Irish friend that I send a St. Patrick's Day card to every year, I made this for her.

I used these cute stickers by Doodlebug for the decorations, and lots of green for the challenge. Below is the card front:

Inside I used the Twist Panel Pop-Up, by Karen Burniston. This is a hugely popular die set, and it's easy to see why. What a dramatic pop-up when the card is opened!

It had been awhile since I made one, so I wanted to watch the assembly video again. Karen Burniston makes it easy - the video's are right on her website with the product ( so they are always quick to find. They can also be found on her YouTube Channel, which you can find HERE.

You have to watch out for 'catch points' when you make any kind of twist card, and using stickers keeps everything flat and also keeps the bulk down for postage. I'm also enjoying this stitched scalloped border die by Prickley Pear so used it again on this card.

I've had the stamp for several years, and use it every single year.  Last year I picked up this cute shamrock Washi Tape and I'm going to be using it for several years to come as well.

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

Bright green Soft Finish Card Stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - Elizabeth Craft Designs
White card stock
1009 Twist Panel Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Stickers - Doodlebug
Stitched Scalloped border die - Prickley Pear Stamps
Washi tape - Doodlebug
Dashing Rectangle die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched circle die - MFT Staamps
Happy St. Paddy's day stamp - the Stamps of Life
Marvy LePlume II markers
Sakura black glaze pen

Card size - 4- 1/2 x 6"

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Monday, 12 March 2018

Easter Fold-A-Long Card

Good morning friends

After making a few Easter Cards, I noticed a growing 'odds & sods' pile so I combined some of the bits to make this card.

The card base is the Ticket Fold-a Long and that fun plaid paper is by Lawn Fawn. I went through this colour plaid very quickly I liked it so much. I added a belly band to hold the card closed, made from a narrow strip of card stock layered with Washi Tape.

Below is the card without the belly band...

I'm not sure if you are supposed to do this or not - but I adhere the matted inside label to the top & bottom tabs so it doesn't slide around. If it moves out of place at all, then the card sides don't fold in again and that drives me nuts. :-)  A little glue saves my sanity, ha ha.

I think this is a nice cheerful card for Easter!

Patterned paper - Lawn Fawn
Ticket Fold-A-Long die, Jen Long (Sizzix)
Blue and white card stocks
Stickers - stash
Printed embellishments - Echo park
Stamps - Simon Says Stamp
Washi tape

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Basket of Flowers Pop-Up Birthday Card

Good morning friends

Today's card actually uses a bunch of new goodies! I had a friend join me for a few days of crafting and shopping for crafting and we had a lot of fun.

I have several background dies, and recently purchased a few more. With the MISTI, using large background dies no longer requires putting everything on the floor and stepping on the large stamp (wood mount) to get an even impression so I plan on using background dies more this year. The water colour looking stripes is one of my new purchases from Stampin' Up.

I added a panel of vellum cut with a stitched mini scalloped rectangle and added Wink of Stella shimmer to the stitched line. It's hard to see in the photos, but it does catch the light when you hold the card. There is more sparkle as well - from the sequins and the glitter glue on the flowers.

Inside I used another stamped panel and the Katherine Label Pop-Up to animate the die cut circle.

I really like all the dimension the Katherine Label Pop-Up gives.

White card stock
Striped background stamp - Stampin' Up
Basket die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Flower stamps - Recollections
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
Woodgrain patterned paper - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Birthday Wishes die - Stephanie Barnard (the Stamps of Life)

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