Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Anniversary Double Z-Fold Card

Good morning friends

Today's card share is the Anniversary card I made for hubby. We celebrated our 35th Anniversary this year!! Because I can't really travel with this RA a trip was out of the question so we decided to splurge on some comfy new patio furniture. It makes our back deck a place to 'Stay-cation' and we are enjoying sitting out in the evenings with the fire from the fire table.

Many paper stacks have a sheet or two of coordinating journal cards, and I decided to use the ones from this stack as decorative panels. There was a sheet of stickers in the stack which also got used on the card.

Below is the back of the card, where I wrote him a message. He's the BEST!! And he quite liked the card - seems he is also a fan of the Double Z-Fold card.

Patterned paper  & stickers- Chickaniddy Crafts
Wink of Stella

Card size - 6 x 5"

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Monday, 24 July 2017

Monster Birthday Wishes

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, and I have a Monster themed 'in a box' card that I made for our Grandson Ethan. I used Sandi MacIver's video (click HERE) for the box itself, and added these adorable stamped & die cut monsters.

The Lawn Fawn word bubbles are proving to come in handy and I'm getting lots of use out of them.

Here is the back of the card ...

... and the photo below shows that the card folds down completely flat. It would normally fit in an A2 envelope, but because I went outside the box perimeter with the word balloon I'll likely make one with my Envelope Punch Board. Otherwise a 4-1/2 x 6" envelope works perfectly.

Ethan is going to love this card!

Teal and white card stocks
Hip Hip Hooray die - Kaiser Craft
Monster stamps & dies - MFT Stamps
Dot stamp - Stamps by Judith
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Wink of Stalla
Stitched puffy cloud dies - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday word bubble stamp & die - Lawn Fawn
Banner die - Taylored Expressions
Outdoor edges, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Wreath & Noel Pop-Up Card

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I've been working on Christmas cards throughout the year, so today I have another one to share. I have a new paper stack from Stampin' Up that I vow to USE UP on my cards this year. The card front has a scalloped bottom and one of those Swirly Scribble dies made into a wreath. 

Inside, I used an older Karen Burniston Pop 'n Cut die  that cuts the NOEL right into the card for you.

There is a coordinating Sizzlit die that cuts the word NOEL which leaves a nice shadow from the original base cut.

Into my holiday card stash with this one.

White, red and green card stocks
Scallop card base - Sizzix
A2 Pop 'n Cut base with Noel Insert - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Noel Sizzlet - Karen Burniston (Sizzix)
Swirly Scribbles die - Stampin' Up
Bow stamp and die - Stampin' Up
Wink of Stella
Banner Punch - Stampin' Up
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Words - Lawn Fawn

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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Saturday, 22 July 2017

C4C395 Adirondack Birthday Pop-Up Card

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It's Saturday so that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. Our July 2017 Hostess is Maryann Einam with Kristine Reynolds joining us as our Guest Designer all month. You can see Kristine's blog HERE.

Here is Maryann's challenge: Today is Hammock Day on the Days of the year calendar, what a wonderful way to relax.....create a card with the theme of relaxation in mind.

I wanted to make a Birthday card for our eldest daughter, and have to admit this card took a long time. But it was raining outside and I wasn't feeling all that great. So a whole morning spent in my craft room was warranted. As usual, I didn't have a set plan for the card - I just start with something and keep building until I'm happy with it. Apparently I just felt like doing a lot of building with this one!

Of course I also wanted to play with some of my new goodies - namely the new dies by Karen Burniston and my Color Burst/Magical Shakers. In fact, the whole card started by sprinkling the powders on regular green card stock and spritzing with water just to see if it would blend enough to give me something I liked. Which it did! I used the largest piece inside the card, but also made sure there was enough to cut the tree foliage from the new Tree Pop-Up set. 

Having had good success with the green card stock, I tried a little of the water colour powders on a white card stock panel for the front of the card but wasn't as happy with the result. However, I used a grass stencil** and some dye ink in places and was much happier with it so continued on with the rest of the card front.
**Grass stencil was cut with an older Karen Burniston Outdoor Edges grass die from a scrap of card stock. It works great to drag colour over to create an inked grass border or clumps.

When I think of a relaxation card, I also think of Karen Burniston's older Adirondack Chair Pop-Up so used that inside. I had wanted to try using the pop-up arm mechanism from the new Katherine Label in a different way so placed that to the left of the chair. Then I added Virgil the pig wearing glasses and a party hat onto the pop-up arm - my daughter likes pigs!

Really, Virgil is pretty cute even without the party accessories. I was able to add a die cut Happy Birthday word balloon and added a die cut heart to that. There is a lot going on in this card!

I added some more of the water coloured foliage to the top back of the card. and a balloon from the Birthday Charm set onto the chair.

I added the included tiny heart over the charm hole on the balloon then wound 2 ply of Bakers Twine around the balloon stem and through a chair slat.

The fun thing about Color Burst/Magical Shaker water colour powder, is that you never know what you are going to get and it's impossible to duplicate something. Every piece is new and original, and my results are always unpredictable - which I love about them.

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 C4C395.

White, blue, green, red, brown, pink and yellow card stocks
Adirondack Chair Pop-Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
1005 Tree Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Terre Verte Color Burst 
Bratwurst Brown Magical Shaker
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Virgil the Pig, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Props 2 (party hat), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Props 5 (glasses), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Stitched ovals - MFT Stamps
1006 Nature Edges - Karen Burniston
Small Adirondack chair die - Impression Obsession
Stitched fishtail banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1003 Word Set 2 - Birthday - Karen Burniston
1004 Birthday Charms (balloon & tiny heart) - Karen Burniston
Twist Panel Pop-Up (medium heart) - Karen Burniston

Card size - 7 x 5"

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Friday, 21 July 2017

Birthday Flip-It Cards with Gold Flowers

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I have a large 'In Progress' bin, stuffed full with all kinds of odds & sods, half finished cards, almost done card embellishments etc. I am trying to pick away at this bin and FINISH some cards. Going through it a few weeks ago, I found 3 Flip-It base cards and patterned paper layers together in a clear envelope. Obviously I was interrupted from completing the cards so just stashed them into my 'In Progress' Bin until I could get back to them.  Well here they are, all finished and ready for me to post here for my blog's Flip-It Friday

I decorated the front squares pretty much identical, using gold foil for the flowers and green for the leaves and vine. I added some gems and bakers twine, since these cards are going into my donation box for Seniors Secret Service I don't have to worry about bulk. Volunteer's hand deliver the cards to the birthday recipients.

To keep things simple, the flip sides of all three cards are done the same as well - just different colours.

Done and done!

Fancy Edge Flip-It - the Stamps of Life
Pink, green, white card stocks
Gold foil card stock - Stampin' Up
Patterned papers - stash
Swirly Scribble dies - Stampin' Up
Botanical Builders stamps & dies - Stampin' Up
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Happy birthday stamps & dies - Lawn Fawn
Butterfly punch - Martha Stewart

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Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thinking of You Card Duo

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Today's share is a pair of Thinking of You cards. I had received this graphic patterned paper in a 'free with purchase' package so thought I pair it with some bright and happy flowers.

This type of card is always handy to have on hand, so into my stash with these.

Patterned paper - from my stash
Blueprints #24 dies (stitched rectangle) - MFT Stamps
White and coral card stocks
Wonky Stitched Rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
Thinking of You dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Nuvo Crystal Drops

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Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Sending Smiles Fold-A-Long Card

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I have a cheerful gatefold pop-up to share today - made using the Ticket Fold-A-Long die and goodies form my stash. Below is the card in the closed position. The fussy cut camera is adhered on the left side only, and the right corner tucks behind the stamped flower to hold the card closed.

I added the beautiful calligraphy die from Suzanne Cannon at ECD to the inside.

Here is another look at how the card looks when it's open.

This went to someone who was in need of  Happy Mail.

Ticket Fold-A-Long, Jen Long - Sizzix
White card stock
Patterned paper - American Crafts
Zig Clean Colour Markers
Camera - fussy cut from patterned paper
Stamped flowers/dies - Stampin' Up
Smiles die - A Way With Words, Suzanne Cannon at Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Ice Cream Pop-Up Card

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When my Mom was growing up, every mid-July there was a parade in their town and afterwards her Dad would take her for ice cream. She made sure that she took my brother and I for ice cream in July and I did it for my kids too. Now I make her an ice cream themed card every July and we either go out for ice cream or bring some to her.

This is the front of my ice cream card this year:

I used Karen Burniston's new Cupcake Pop-Up die set for the inside, and decided to turn the cupcake icing into my ice cream. The Cup from the Cup Pop Stand (an older licensed KB die set) fit perfectly so I trimmed off the cup handle to make it into a bowl. The spoon (LOVE that spoon) comes with the Cup Pop Stand and it was the perfect addition.

Not only do all the new Karen Burniston in Cahoots with Riley LLC dies work seamlessly together, you can see how well they work with others in your collection too!

I used labels from the new Katherine Label Pop-Up with a punched banner on either side. A stamped Happy and hand lettered 'July' and the card was finished.

Joset's teacup - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1008 Cupcake pop-Up (Icing and cherry) - Karen Burniston
Soft finish card stock, 100# - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - K & Company
1011 Katherine Label Pop-Up (labels) - Karen Burniston
Banner punch - Stampin' Up
Pink, white, green card stocks
Cup Pop-Stand (spoon), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Sweet die - Suzanne Cannon, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Seam binding
Stitched fishtail banners - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Happy stamp - Lawn Fawn
Staedtler fine point markers
Fun Foam
Wink of Stella

Card size - 5 x 5"

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Let's Eat Journal

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I'm back with another journal made with Eileen Hull's Journal die. Honestly, I am having so much fun with this die! It is part of Eileen's new Heartfelt Collection, and has been so popular Sizzix is having to play catch-up with their stock. If you are trying to get your hands on one they will be available again sometime next month.

Here is a photo of the journal opened out. I love these fun, happy colours. Since it is going to be used (by me!) multiple times a day I have kept the embellishments to a minimum so nothing catches or wears out. Once I had adhered the stamped journal card & banner, die cut spoon and row of houses - I gave the covers three coats of Mod Podge. I expect using it around food there is a chance of splatters and finger prints. The Mod Podge should help with that.

I made 3 inserts for the inside, utilizing some of the journal cards in the paper stack as labels. The first insert is going to be used to plan my meals & snacks for each day.

I made a pocket folder out of more coordinating paper in the stack ...

... and the second insert is for our weekly dinners.

Finally, the third insert is for things like Pressure Cooker successes. I love that appliance, and that I can cook 3 frozen chicken breasts in 15 minutes. But I don't always remember how long it takes and usually have to look up how long to cook Basmati Brown Rice (15 minutes with a natural release) and how much water to add. All of those things and anything new I try will go in here.

The dot grid pages were printed from HERE. Thank you to Ray Blake for making this file and others available for printing.

I am enjoying using this journal, and it will help me be more organized in the kitchen. I should be able to keep track of leftovers, and what's in our deep freeze as well as helping me plan to eat healthier.

As I've said with my other journals, these are completely customizable and you can use them however you want. They stand really well on my kitchen desk area where I can easily grab them. It's no wonder Eileen Hull's Journal Die is so very popular!

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Sunday, 16 July 2017

4 Panel Pop-Up Christmas Card

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I have a cute Pop-Up card to share today - I'm calling this style of Pop-Up a '4 Panel Pop-Up'. Love these adorable Doodlebug die cut embellishments, and paired them here with that Stampin' Up Christmas paper package I'm working with until it's gone. 

Hard to see in the photo, but there are shimmery highlights on the snowman from a Wink of Stella pen.

I die cut the 'be jolly' 3x, once from red, once from green and once from white. Then they were stacked together for a thicker embellishment.

Here is a peek at the inside ...

These cards are fun to make. Clicking HERE will take you to the original post for my first 4 Panel Pop-Up card and more details.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
White, red and green card stocks
Embellishments - Doodlebug
Wink of Stella
Embossed circle - stash
Be jolly die - Lawn Fawn

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