Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Birthday Roses

Good morning friends!

I haven't participated in any of my favourite card challenges in a VERY long time, so for today's share I wanted to play along with 'Seize The Birthday'.  I made two CAS (clean and simple) cards that will go into my donation box for Seniors Secret Service.

I used Bazill textured card stock for the card base and the popped up panel, and die cut the images from the wonderful VELVET Adhesive sheets by Elizabeth Craft Designs. Lovely stuff ... and the fact that it's self-adhesive is a bonus!

It's hard to get a picture of the soft flocking in photos though ...

The 'Topping' option for the sketch was to go 'White on White'.  Since the rose dies were still on my table, I used the smaller rose from the set for my second card.

Both the rose and the words are a little sparkly from my Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. :-)

It feels like it's been a long time since I've done a simple card and even longer since I've done one that isn't a Pop-Up! I'm hoping I can participate in more challenges in the coming months, and I'm sure I'll manage to sneak in more than a couple of Pop it Up cards.

Supplies used:
Both cards are a standard A2 size.
White textured card stock - Bazzill
White card stock - Papertrey Ink
Rose die - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Happy Birthday die - Elizabeth Craft Designs 
Embossing Folder - Karen Burniston, Elizabeth Craft Designs 
Red Velvet Adhesive Sheet - Elizabeth Craft Designs 
Green Velvet Adhesive Sheet - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Sparkling Happy Bird-Day

Good morning friends!

I have a 2nd Pop it Ups card to share for Karen Burniston's Designer April Challenge with the theme Mama's and Babies using any of her Pop it Ups die collection.

I made a Birthday card for our middle daughter.

If you are wondering how I managed to get a Birthday card out of Mama's and Babies, let me explain.  Kelsey was born on Mother's Day.  Really! AND she is expecting, so soon SHE will be a mother.  See? It's not such a stretch.   ;-)

Because we will be hand delivering the card (probably on Mother's Day, ha!) I was free to make it any size. This one is 5-1/2 x 6".

Just look at those fun bird stamps. I've been stamping for 25 years, and have never been attracted to simple outline stamps before. Now? I LOVE them.  I especially love them all glittered up like I did here.  This was actually an experiment, as on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Team we have been adding Peel-Off's to double sided adhesive, glittering and colouring those.  We had talked about using stamped and digital images and Kelly Booth even did an adorable owl card to show it could be done with stamps.

I wanted to try it too ... so stamped my brand new Paper Smooches stamps onto white card stock with black ink. Then I attached the double sided adhesive and Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter. I polished it with my finger, then coloured the images with my Tombow markers. EASY peasy -- it's easier and faster to colour in the glittered images than it is regular ones.  However, since these pens are water based there is a drying time. As in an overnight drying time. (You wouldn't have to wait with Copics.)

Oh yeah, there was a happy dance.  And since they are so easy to do, I didn't think twice about using THREE of the glittered birds on this card.  The dogs have been set aside for another project.

Here is the front of the card...

Not only does the patterned paper have lots of sparkle, I made a glittered scroll.  To do this, attach a strip of double sided adhesive to white card stock. Remove the remaining liner and pour on the turquoise glitter. After the excess glitter has been returned to the jar, polish the glitter on the paper strip with your finger. This is actually a fun process, you can see the glitter turn all shiny once it's been polished, and the piece becomes quite soft and almost fabric-like.  Once it's polished, you can run the strip through with a die just the way you would with patterned paper or card stock!  I used the flourished scroll that comes with the Agatha Edges die.

I cut two little banners from scraps of the turquoise glittered piece and attached them to the bottom of the stamped journal card with foam tape. The banners come with the Lots of Pops die set.

The Lots of Pops pop up die gave me all the platforms I needed for the birds, and I was able to use some of the decorator dies that come with the Lots of Pops to decorate the card.  Love that flagpole - it's so versatile!   I decided to stamp/glitter/colour a party hat as well and add that to the optional bottom bump that cuts with the Lots of Pops.

The patterned paper had this cute banner strung across it at an angle, so I trimmed the top part off. Then I trimmed a 2nd banner from the remaining patterned paper sheet and popped it up with foam tape.

I used the Agatha Edges die not only for the pretty flourished scrolls but for the green patterned piece above the journal card, which is where we will add our message and signatures.

Supplies used:
Lots of Pops - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Agatha Edges - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Double sided adhesive - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Bird and Happy Bird-Day stamp - Paper Smooches
Party Hat stamp - Lawn Fawn
Patterned paper - DCWV
Tombow Dual Tip Pens (markers)
Tombow Blender Pen
Tombow Extreme Adhesive roller

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog tomorrow (Wednesday) to see Karen Burniston's post. She will have pics of all the Designer Challenge projects as well as a new project using the Pop it Ups collection.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Karen Burniston's April Designer Challenge

Good morning friends!

Today is the day that Karen Burniston's Designer Challenge team starts to post their April challenge projects ... this month the challenge is "Mamas and Babies".  It was our choice whether to do a project for Mothers or for Babies.

Since we are the proud Grandparents of a brand new baby boy, I decided to go with an Accordion baby card to welcome little Zachary into the world:

Here is a look at the card closed ...


I used Karen Burniston's Fancy Frame Accordion with the coordinating Fancy Frame Edges and cut three pages. I tend to make two-page Accordion cards, so it was fun adding that third page.  Because her entire Pop it Ups collection works together flawlessly ... I added dies from another set as well.

I seem to have accumulated a couple of baby boy 12 x 12" scrapbook kits and I used one of them for this card. I love scrapbook kits, as all the stickers and papers coordinate and easily store together.

On pages 1 and 3, I attached the frame pieces right to the card at each end, but put a piece of foam tape in the center. It's a subtle thing, but when you are handling the card the lifted frames catch the shadows and it's a nice effect. The center page had the frames glued right to the Accordion.

I added some details with a Tombow Marker (pen stitching and dots) and also used another favourite ... fun foam. I buy white sheets of adhesive backed fun foam at our local craft store and use it quite often when I'm wanting larger pieces popped up. This stuff cuts SO easily - even with the wafer thin dies.  I attached the train and letter stickers to the fun foam, then fussy cut them out. It's also nice and light, so even with all the popped up pieces the card isn't overly heavy.

I glued some of the patterned paper to the fun foam then die cut the front frame pieces. Way easier than trying to add bits of foam tape to keep the border uniformly popped up, and that front frame has lots of dimension.

I loved the banner sticker that reads "A Little Piece of Heaven Has Been Sent To Our Family".  I added a Bakers Twine bow to either end of that.  The patterned paper labels were cut with the decorator dies that come with the Fancy Label Accordion.

It's a little hard to see in the photos, but I trimmed a banner from a printed transparency and attached that on the third page. Also that adorable giraffe sticker. He was too cute not to use on Zachary's card. Wherever the stickers overhang the card, I brushed the back with baby powder. I did the same with the B A B Y blocks on the left edge of Page 1, as they were also stickers in the scrapbook kit.

I folded the 'Adorable' border sticker around the fold of Page 1 and 2, at the bottom edge.

Since I usually do two page Accordions, I am used to adding a little banner or something similar across the top right corner.  This time though, it interfered with the workings of Page 3 ... so I had to take it off and trim it down to fit right on the label. The banner die pieces are included with the Lots of Pops die set.

Here is the card from the back ... I left the one side blank to add our message and signature.

Finally, here is a view from the top ... 

Karen Burniston's Accordion dies are hugely popular - in addition to this Fancy Frame Accordion, there is also a Circle Accordion and an Oval Accordion which makes a taller card. You can make as many pages as you want, and the dies to decorate the layers are included. (The frame dies are an optional purchase, but with three different frames to a set - they are well worth it). These wafer thin dies ship world-wide, and are easy to store.

Be sure to check out my fellow Designer Challenge Teammates to see what they chose to create for the challenge, and Karen Burniston will be posting HERS on the Elizabeth Craft Design Blog on Wednesday April 16th.

Supplies used:
Fancy Label Accordion - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Fancy Frame Edges - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Lots of Pops (Banner) - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Patterned paper & stickers - Echo Park, Bundle of Joy
Adhesive backed fun foam
Tombow markers
Printed Transparency - American Crafts 

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

3 Panel Katie Label Pivot Card

Good morning friends!

I have an Easter card to share today using the Katie Label Pivot die.  Here is the front ...

Those chick stickers are SO cute; I just couldn't resist them.

The card opens up to reveal another chick ...

... and then you unfold it again to see the third and final chick!

I decided I wanted the card to open with the solid panel on the left because when I tried it the other way, I could feel the Katie Label Pivot openings with my fingers. That instinctively made me turn the card over to see what I was feeling. I felt it sort of ruined the surprise of the inside pivot.

I used a 12 x 5" wide piece of double sided card stock. Then, I scored the 12" side at 4" and 8".  The Katie Label Pivot goes on the 4" score line.  Depending on the paper you choose, you may end up trimming a scant 1/16" off the far left edge so it doesn't interfere with the folds when you close the card up.

I am going to do this again for sure - I like that extra panel for adding a message. For this card, I penned "Happy Easter to some wonderful peeps".

Supplies used:
Katie Label Pivot - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Scalloped circle, Circle Accordion - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Chick stickers - Jolee's Boutique
White card stock
Double sided patterned paper - Dear Lizzy, American Crafts

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Easter Crocus Embossed Card

Good morning friends!

I have another Easter card to share today, using those lovely 3-d floral stickers I used on an Easter card I posted earlier.

I used an embossing folder on the white panel, some older papers from my stash that  outlined with m Sakura Stardust pen. I used some punches from my stash as well as gems.

The card is a standard A2 size, but since I made it last year I didn't keep track of the supplies used.

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Friday, 11 April 2014

Katie Label Pivot with Easter Chick

Good morning friends!

I have an Easter card to share today, made using a couple of Pop it Up dies by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. The card itself is a standard A2 size. First I cut the front edge with one of the Agatha Edge dies, then I used the Katie Label Pivot to cut the animated feature.

I loved these adorable chick stickers and I think they make perfect Easter cards! I added some hand lettering and some pretty yellow seam binding. I have never (NEVER!) been a yellow person, yet I seem to be drawn more and more to yellow.

Finally, here is the view from the back and the front:

Supplies used:
Katie Label Pivot - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Agatha Edges - Pop it Ups, Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Chick & egg stickers - Jolee's Boutique
Yellow seam binding
Patterned paper - Prima

Thanks for stopping by today!