Saturday, 24 February 2018

C4CC423 Cake Pop-Up

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. I've been the hostess this month and I'd like to thank Kristine Reynolds for being our Guest Designer.  She has also agreed to help us out next month too! You can find her blog HERE.  

My challenge this week: This is my Birthday Month and I like cake. For your project this week, add a cake, cupcake or other yummy. It doesn’t have to be a birthday card - just show us something delicious.
I pulled out an older paper pack for my card today. I love the new bold, Happy Birthday die from Karen Burniston, and knew I wanted to use it on the front. It looks like it blends in with the background in the photo below but in real life it does not. Chalk it up to my iffy photography skills.

I also love the new stitched scalloped border die by Prickley Pear stamps. It has a stencil feature for the words HAPPY BIRTHDAY and CONGRATS but for this one I used a fine point marker and penned the word 'celebrate'.

It's amazing how this 3-d, dimensional cake folds completely flat for mailing!

I adhered a couple of printed embellishments to the cake top, and one of the candles that come with the Cake Pop-Up. While it's hard to see int he photo, I added the scalloped cake trim around the base of the cake as a cake plate. That tip came from Karen Burniston's assembly video!

A few more printed embellishments and pretty stitched and scalloped borders inside.

Even though the patterned paper was a lighter weight than I probably should have used for the cake, I'm really happy with how well it turned out. The Cake Pop-Up is such an amazing die set.

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 C4C423.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Marvy LePlume II markers
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Distress Oxide Inks

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Friday, 23 February 2018

Cactus Thank You Card

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I really enjoyed making this card for a friend who lives in Arizona. I have been wanting these succulent dies by Lynda Kanase since I saw them last year at CHA and I finally have them! I had fun dipping and dragging the die cut pieces through spritzed Distress Oxide Inks. 

The pretty patterned paper is also by Lynda Kanase, part of her Succulent Serenity collection. I feel like I waited so long for this that I purchased two pads of the paper! It's double sided, which makes it fun.

The frame die is also a new purchase, and I simply turned the top patterned paper panel around to show the reverse pattern and after adding colour with the inks I inlaid it back into it's spot on the frame. For the lower piece, I cut it from the reverse of the pattern I used for the cactus.

The cactus has partial cuts for the spines, and I folded them forward slightly and touched each one with some glitter glue. Gotta have a little sparkle and shine these days!

I added stitched panels inside, and another succulent - this time it was die cut from some of Lynda's patterned paper and I inked the edges with Distress Oxide inks and a sponge.

While I'm looking forward to using these dies for some 3-D projects, I'm really happy with how well they worked on simple card, too.

Patterned paper - Succulent Serenity, Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Succulent dies - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Distress Oxide Inks
Marvy LePlume II Markers
Frame die - MFT Stamps
Brad - Recollections
Lavender and black card stocks
Blueprints #29 (stitched panel) - MFT Stamps

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

Cactus Thank You Fold-a-Long Card

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Today's share is another Cactus Fold-a-Long card. For this one, I tied a loop of Bakers Twine to keep it closed  rather than the magnets I used on the previous one.

I'm always a fan of kraft, and when I saw this sheet with the gold foiled dots I had to buy it. I did well though and only purchased one sheet. I added some glitter dots to the flower area for more shine. The die set comes with the flower shapes to add to the base, but I didn't want to distract from the simple kraft and gold so left them off.

The 'Thanks' was die cut from gold foil card stock and adhered to a die cut rectangle. That was adhered to the left side of the card only.

Here is what the card looks like on the inside. So fun!

I have to replenish my supply of Thank You Cards, so this is a start.

Kraft & Gold patterned paper - Recollections
Cactus Fold-A-Long -  Jen Long (Sizzix)
Bakers Twine
Kraft, black and white card stocks
Gold foil card stock - scraps
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Wonky Stitched Rectangle die - MFT Stamps
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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Butterfly Pop-Up Thank You Card & Gift Card Holder

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When my Mom asked for a couple of Thank You cards to put with some gift cards, I made her three coordinating sets. The other two have already been shared, so thought it was time I got this one posted as well. 

I love the soft and pretty colours in this paper. The flowers are glittered, so I added more sparkle with glitter paste and a butterfly stencil. Then I added a layered die cut butterfly - the white layer is actually a frosted vellum.

For the inside, I used more older products from my stash ... Karen Burniston's Pop 'n Cut A2 base with the Sassy Label insert and coordinating framelit dies.

The layer below the die cut 'thanks' is also frosted vellum, and I added another layered butterfly and more stencilled & glittered butterflies.

I used a Sizzix BigZ XL die to cut the gift card holder. There is a little flap & notch to hold it closed, and the gift card fits inside right on the cardboard backing! I added some bling and a die cut flower.

I love making things coordinate, so these sets were very satisfying to make.

A2 Pop 'n Cut base with Sassy Label Insert, Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Green, cream, off white confetti and charcoal card stocks
Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Stitched Fishtail Banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Corner Rounder
Sassy Label with Stitched Frames dies - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Butterfly & Stars stencil - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stencil Paste - Bo Bunny
Butterfly Accessory dies - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Pearlized vellum
Wink of stella
Flourished Frame Accordion (thanks) - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Black and white card stocks
Sassy Label with Stitched Frames - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Flower dies - Stampin' Up
A2 Card with flap BigZ die - Sizzix

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Gnome Pop-Up Card

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I had fun making this card. It is another one I made in the fall but didn't get posted because of holiday cards. I thought the Prickley Pear Gnomes would be fun to use peeking over a leafy 'hedge' on the card front. 

Inside, I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up to create the animation. By backing the opening with the same tree print paper, the cupcake shape 'disappears' into the background. Here I added another Gnome, this time peeking out from behind his fun mushroom house.

This card went together surprisingly fast, once I had the images coloured. 

Brown, white and cream card stocks
Patterned paper - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Gnome Homes stamp set & dies - Prickley Pear Stamps
Derwent Water Colour pencils
Fun foam
Word balloon stamp and die - Lawn Fawn
Leaf sprig stamp - Wild Whisper
Label dies - Stampin' Up
Copic markers

Card size - 5 x 5" square, fits in a square envelope or a 5 x 7" one.

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Dinosaur Pop-Up Birthday Card

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Today's share is a funny card I made for my Mom to give hubby on his birthday. 

I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up and created a circle window for the dinosaur stamped image to show through. When the card is opened, that piece pops-up and lifts above the back of the card.

I added the punchline on the left side of the card rather than the right, which gave my Mom lots of room to write.

The dinosaur is wearing a tiny fussy cut party hat. In addition to the stamped confetti I added a bunch of raised 'enamel looking' dots with the Nuvo Crystal Drops.

Below the pop-up was space for her to write her message.

My hubby got a kick out of the funny saying inside the card.

Black, white and teal card stocks
Stitched circle die - MFT Stamps
White glossy card stock
Dino stamps - Stampin' Up
Crayola Markers
Words - Art Gone Wild
White embossing powder - Ranger
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Wonky stitched rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
HBD and banner stamps and die - Stamps of Life
Copic markers

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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Sunday, 18 February 2018

Christmas Centre Step Card

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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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