Sunday, 22 April 2018

Gingerbread Man & Snowbear Holiday Cards

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Today's share is a pair of Christmas cards that didn't get posted in December. 

I really like this Gingerbread Man die and haven't played with it nearly enough. This time I added tiny wiggly eyes for a fun element.

I had purchased this patterned paper from the Stampin' Up Clearance Rack and used it for a lot of my holiday cards last year. I even managed to use the entire package, something that doesn't happen often. Here you can see I pieced scraps together to create my background as I was bound and determined to use up that pad and not be left with a bunch of scraps. I knew I'd think to myself that they would work great for tags and I wanted to avoid holding onto them. This was the first time I'd done piecework like this and I was happy enough with the results.

White, kraft and red card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Bear graphic- Lettering Delights
Stamps - Papertrey Ink
Wonky stitched rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
Fun foam
White gel pen - Signo
Gingerbread man die set - Elizabeth Craft Desigs
Googly eyes 
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Word stamp inside first card - Verve

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Saturday, 21 April 2018

C4C-431 Mother's Day Pop-Up Card

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog..  Maryann Einam is our hostess for April and our Guest Designer is Kelly Santi, Sandcastle Stamper. Maryann has a fun sketch for us this week:

I stayed pretty close to the sketch with my card today - it's a fun sketch and one I will likely use again. I was trying to use up a paper stack that has been around for far too long, so used it again for this card. I love the sparkly bits in the papers. The pretty flower stamps are from Elizabeth Craft Designs, stamped then cut out with the coordinating dies - and I used Zig Clean Color Markers to paint them in vibrant colours.

Since this is a Mother's Day card, I added Karen Burniston's 'Queen for a Day' sentiment.

Below you can see the card as it opens ...

Once again I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-Up. I really like that one! Obviously when you have used it for over 20 cards it can be considered a favourite.

Below is a closer look at the dimension you get with the Katherine Label Pop-Up.

... and yes, there are sequins because I'm now addicted.

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 C4C431.

Patterned paper - DCWV
Dashing rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Red soft finish card stock - Elizabeth Craft designs
Flower stamps and dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Wink of Stella
Zig clean colour markers
Water brush
Fun foam
Green, teal and white are stocks
Black fine point marker
Marvy LePlume II markers

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Friday, 20 April 2018

Happy Spring Flower Flip-It Card

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It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog and for my Flip-It card today I'm using the new Drop-Ins Flip-Its Base by Stephanie Barnard. The flower portion comes with the base set, and is removable. There are additional shapes coming soon that will 'drop-in' to the base and since you only purchase the shaped centre & layers, the price point will be lower.

I used some older Doodlebug papers & stickers from my stash and this card went together in just minutes.

I was happy how well this flower sticker fit on the centre shape!

I left the inside blank, and that is where I wrote the message to the lady I made the card for.

Patterned paper and stickers - Doodlebug
Pink and white card stocks
Card, Drop-In Flip-Its Base - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Bakers Twine

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Thursday, 19 April 2018

Peachy Anniversary Card

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Today's share is the card I made for our middle daughter & hubby. While I've had the die set for a couple of years, I have never used the 'Drop-In' word feature before now. Don't ask me why as there are lots of different words that can be used and I will use it more now that it's on my radar. 

I added a charcoal fishtail banner under the cut away words so they stood out from the background a little better.

I'm having fun using up older papers etc from my stash this year, and this package of papers & stickers I've had for several years.

A little stamping and some fussy cut flowers on the inside and we wrote our message on the blank area of the white panel.

Card, Scallop with Flowers & Sentiments Drop-Ins - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Celebrate Drop-In Sentiments
Coral and pale pink card stocks
Patterned paper  & stickers- We R Memory Keepers
White glossy card stock
Stamps - SUMMER SILHOUETTES - Stampin' Up
Black fine point marker

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Cupcake Pop-Up Card for Olivia.

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Today's share is a special one. Amazingly special. It's the Birthday card I made for Olivia's SEVENTH Birthday. Considering her advanced Pulmonary Hypertension diagnosis came when she was three and the doctor's didn't expect her to see four - well you can see why Olivia's 7th birthday is a very special one indeed. I'll update you on her condition at the end of the post.

We were visiting them last month and I spied this pretty pink sparkly paper in their craft bin. Olivia said I could have it so of course I wanted to use it for her Birthday Card. It's super sparkly and very hard to photograph! 

The cute unicorn peeking stamp is one of my Mesa Rubber Stamp Show purchases from the Pink & Main booth. In fact, my friend Betty spied this set and grabbed it for me as I was making my way to the booth with my walker.

Why a unicorn? Never mind that most 7 year old girls love unicorns, Olivia's Cardiologist and PH Specialist call her a Unicorn because of the unexpected and impossible ways she reacts to the PH meds. Olivia never reacts as they think she will and the side effects are unfortunately far more severe than they hope. Even the way the disease progresses for her stumps the specialists and everyone agrees Olivia is a PH Unicorn.

It was fun to use the streamer Cover Plate for my background, and I added some coloured dots with markers to the white background so it wasn't so stark. The word SPARKLE was heat embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. And I added sequins for more girlie sparkle.

Inside I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up with a couple more of those cute Unicorn Peekers. The Number dies are very handy for personalizing a card so I used the #7 here on the base of the Pop-Up.

I call Olivia "Sweetness" - that has been my nickname for her since she was just a few hours old and I was rocking her at the hospital. Funny that I never really had nicknames for the grandsons - I think I called Ethan 'Boo' for the first few months, but it didn't really stick. Then when Alma was born, I said "hello Sunshine" and just like that, Sunshine became what I call her. Sweetness and Sunshine - my Granddaughters. I am such a lucky Gramma!!

Finally, here is a side view so you can see the Pop-Up a little better. Olivia loves Pop-Up cards so I know she will love this one.

Olivia's Pulmonary Hyptertension is progressing, but she is quite a fighter. She is able to attend school - in a wheelchair, with oxygen and an amazing Teachers Aid - half days. Heather home schools her in the afternoons. She loves school and her teachers and her aid. Miss F is truly an angel. Olivia gets to go to Birthday party's which she loves. Her friends parents make sure to arrange the parties so Olivia can join the other kids for cake and gift opening after the activities. Not a big thing for the birthday kids parents but a HUGE thing for Olivia. She gets so excited when she has a Birthday Party to attend!

The medication site 'goes bad' far more often than it should. Ideally they should get 6 weeks out of a site but she barely gets two weeks. When they have to move it to her stomach, they are in for days and days of terrible pain where Olivia can't get out of bed as she can't bend at the waist, or walk. Even morphine barely touches the pain. It's brutal - but by day 5 she has bounced back and is her happy cheerful self until the site goes bad again.

There is talk of putting in a direct line so they wouldn't have to deal with any of the site issues - but that comes with it's own problems. It's all still in the discussion stage. As a Grandma, I have no say and I don't give my opinion unless I'm asked for it. My job is to support my daughter and husband in how they choose to parent and that includes how they want to handle illness. I also choose not to get too involved in the details of the disease, symptoms and progression - as that affects how well I can be supportive.

Olivia is growing, happy and we continue to enjoy every minute we can with her. She has lost baby teeth and has enough adult teeth growing in that she can eat and talk again. :-) My Sweetness.

Curly Q (streamer)  Cover Plate - Taylored Expressions
Sparkly paper - Olivia's stash from Poland (other Grandma)
White and black card stocks
Unicorn Peeker stamp - Pink & Main
Spectrum Noir glitter pen
ArtStix markers
Stitched Fishtail banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rainbow stripes patterned paper - Lawn Fawn
Sparkle stamps - MFT Stamps
Sparkle embossing powder
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Glossy Accents

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Succulent Thank You Card

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I needed to replenish my Thank You card stash, so used some papers, stamps and dies by Lynda Kanase to make this card.

I like the trendy label shape in this stamp/die set, but I especially like that you can die cut just the succulents and layer them over the ones that stamp with the label using foam tape. Or they can be used on their own - they are so pretty! I just did quick colouring, but this stamp would be beautiful taking your time with the colouring too.

I used some of the Succulent Serenity patterned papers, and put a strip of the woodgrain paper print inside. There are so many nice prints in this paper pad!

White card stock
Patterned paper - Succulent Serenity, Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Succulent Sentiments (dies and stamps) - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Sparkle Shaker Birthday Card

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I had SO much fun making this card for a friends birthday. It started with the printed piece from a 12 x 12 sticker sheet that says 'Not all stars belong to the sky'. I had never heard that quote before and I loved the bright colours and starfish that were printed with the words.

I used coordinating patterned papers for the card, cutting Lynda Kanase's Photo Shaker Box from one of the prints and adhering the quote sticker at the bottom. I cut the word 'sparkle' from one side and backed it with black card stock so it would pop, then added a transparency behind it so I could add sequins inside. Then I remembered that Karen Burniston's new Tropical Scene had a little starfish die so I cut several of those from gold foil card stock and added them to the sequin filler.

The box was wrapped with jute and tied at the top to add to the nautical feel.

Inside I used the large Happy Birthday die paired with a sea turtle sporting a gold foil shell.

OK - here is the cool part of the card ... the shaker is removable! AND on a magnet so it can be used on a fridge, file cabinet or door! When you pull the shaker box off of the card, the white embossed words are revealed. It's a card and gift in one!

I used the same die meant for the transparency, and cut a self adhesive magnet sheet. That kept the edges nice and neat, and ensured a perfect fit. It also made the card a little heavy but I will be hand delivering it so weight is not an issue for postage.

The second magnet was sandwiched between the card front and the blue word panel so the shaker box can easily adhere and hold squarely. Below I have turned the shaker onto it's front to you can see how nicely the magnet fits on the back.

The Photo Shaker Box is fun, and so easily customizable for any occasion and not just for photos! Apparently our Granddaughter Alma (1 year) carried their Valentine Photo shaker around with her for days, until it fell apart - then she carried the Instax photo of her family with her, chattering away to it. How cool is that?

Photo Shaker Box, Seasonal - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Patterned paper and stickers, Mermaids Tale - Reminisce
Transparency - Hero Arts
White and black card stocks
Gold foil card stock - Stampin 'Up
White embossing powder
Stamp - Stampendous
Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle - MFT Stamps
Wonky Stitched rectangle dies - MFT Stams

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