Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Sparkly Bee Pivot Card

Good morning friends!

I can't believe it's September - that means we move THIS MONTH! The time is just flying by, but we have a good supply of boxes now and that will make the packing easier. I can stop thinking about finding boxes all the time!  We are doing great with the purging too - hubby has done TWO runs to the dump and there will be one or two more before we are done. I have given bags and bags and bags away to the charity, and have at least a dozen boxes ready to go for this next round.

The new backsplash is on in the kitchen, but we are holding off on the grout until the new cabinets are installed next week. So now I can move things back into my kitchen AGAIN, although I'm getting good at tossing or packing items every time I have to move all these things.

I have friends coming over this week to help me start in the studio - probably the room in this house with the most stuff.  I have 9 boxes now and have barely made a dent. Yikes!

Today's share is a Katie Label Pivot card that was just plain fun to make. This was also for my Paper Pastimes demo in June and Carole had requested I do cards with no stamps. (The reason is that sometimes my cards use stamps that she doesn't have in stock, and customers usually want the exact stamps they see on demo cards.)  Easy peasy to make a card like these using Peel-Off's!

I used white card stock for the base, and sponged clouds on the front and inside with a hand made stencil, a sponge and dye ink. Then I added 1/2" strips of teal card stock to the inside edges for a pop of colour.

The bee's were done by attaching the Peel-Off's to double sided adhesive. When I open my package of double sided adhesive, I usually pick a couple of sheets and attach light weight white card stock to the back of them. That way it's ready for trimming and adding Peel-Offs to for glittering!  I poured on the Silk Microfine Glitter then burnished it in with my fingers after I poured off the excess. The burnishing really brings up the sparkle in this glitter, and is an easy step that should not be missed.  I added some colour with Tombow markers and let the pieces dry overnight.

When the bee's were dry, I fussy cut them out and attached them to the labels with foam tape. The flight trails were added with a fine point marker, as was the hand lettering.

Finally, here is the card from above and from the back:

Size - 5 x 4-1/4  (I like to play around with my A2 cards, trimming off 1/4 to 1/2" off one of the edges. It changes up the look of the card, but they still fit perfectly in a standard A2 envelope!)

768 Katie Label Pivot, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
2341 Lady Bugs Peel-Offs (Bees) - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Double Sided Adhesive - Elizabeth Craft Designs
641 Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter - Elizabeth Craft Designs
White Card stock
Tombow markers
Teal card stock scrap
Black Pigma Micro Pen

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Monday, 1 September 2014

Buster Birthday Card

Good morning friends!

It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and today's share is a birthday card. I have a huge pile of 'odds and sods', so have decided to use them for cards to donate to Seniors Secret Service. This coloured dog piece was in the pile ... if you've been stamping a long time you will recognize 'Buster', a Mostly Animals stamp.

Sorry the pictures are so dark ...

I adhered wide brown ribbon and a narrow black ribbon below the image, to keep it feeling masculine.

Ahhh Buster ... I"m going to have to play with you more.

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Elizabeth Craft Designs August 2014 Designer Challenge

Good morning friends!

It's time for the Elizabeth Craft Designs DESIGNER CHALLENGE, and this month the challenge is "Asian".  There was a lot to choose from in the Elizabeth Craft Designs line, and it took me a few days to narrow down what I wanted to do.

For my first project, I finally decided on a Stand Up card …

For complete directions on how to make this type of Stand-Up card, see my posts HERE and HERE.

I started with the pretty Ginger Jar Peel-Off in gold, and attached it to a piece of vellum...

Then, I flipped it over and added colour with Copic markers on the back side. I love the soft look this gives the vase.

When I get a new package of double sided adhesive sheets, I usually take all but one and attach a sheet of lightweight white card stock to one side of the rest of them. I like having that step finished when I want to glitter Peel-Off's! I cut a piece from one of those card stock-backed double sided adhesive sheets, peeled off the liner and adhered the vellum to it. Then I simply fussy cut the vase and it was ready for mounting.

All the gold layers you see on my card are from a gold Shimmer Sheetz. The patterned card stock panel was attached to the slightly larger gold Shimmer Sheetz panel with strong adhesive, then I ran both layers through with an embossing folder. This gives a nice deep impression.

Here is the card in the closed position, and ready to pop into an A2 envelope!

I'm loving the new Word Stand-Up Helper dies, and chose Best Wishes for this card.

I don't usually back the word Stand-Up Helpers, but I wanted the gold to show through so I added a scrap of gold Shimmer Sheetz behind the word cut out.

Then, to make the back of the card nice and neat - I attached a panel of patterned paper to the back.

I was finished and heading back upstairs - I had already turned out the lights in my studio when I caught sight of a strip of Asian printed paper on my stamping area. Ha - I turned those lights back on and made a bookmark. No way I was going to let that mojo get away from me.

The patterned paper measured 10-1/2 x 2", so I scored it at 5-1/4, added adhesive to one side and folded it in half. Then I added the pretty Kimono Peel-Off adding colour with Copic Markers. This was fairly quick to put together, and will be a fun little gift to tuck in with a card.

While the carpet installers were at our house last week, I had some time in my studio. I decided to go ahead and make a second card for the challenge! I was inspired by a couple of things for this card. Karen Burniston did an AMAZING card using white images outlined with a black pen, so I outlined inside the gold peel-off with a black fine point pen.

One of the other ECD Design Team members shared their challenge card and they had used dragonflies, which I thought was brilliant. I didn't want to just copy the idea, so instead perched a butterfly on top of the vase.

The pretty metallic card stock was from a small stack I made a couple of years ago. I'm finding all kinds of things as I start to pack up my studio!

Inside, the Happy Birthday is cut from the same metallic card stock and I will use a gel pen to sign out names on the black card stock.

I added the floral border sticker to the last scrap of the metallic card stock, fussy cut it out and adhered it to the bottom edge of the panel. The panels were outlined with a Stardust pen for lots more sparkle and shine, and I added gold to the butterfly and flowers with a marker.

Supplies for first card and bookmark:
Card size - Standard A2
934 Best Wishes Stand-Up Helper - Elizabeth Craft Designs
2516 Asian Vases - Elizabeth Craft Designs
2517 Kimono - Elizabeth Craft Designs
SS 0212Gold Shimmer Sheetz - Elizabeth Craft Designs
E-106 Dancing Leaves embossing folder - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - DCWV
Vellum - stash
Score Tape
Tassel - stash

Supplies for second card:
Card size:  4-1/4 x 5"
2516 Asian Vases Peel-Off's - Elizabeth Craft Designs
1262 Ribbon Flowers Peel-Off's - Elizabeth Craft Designs
2342 Butterflies Small Peel-Off's - Elizabeth Craft Designs
738 Lg Happy Birthday - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Black card stock
Hand-made metallic card stock
Gold marker - Pilot
Pink Gel Pen
Sakura Stardust Gel Pen
Black fine point pen - Zig Millennium 

Be sure to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today to see Joset's post and all the Designer's Challenge cards!

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Saturday, 30 August 2014

C4C 251 Photo Inspired

Good morning friends!

It's Saturday, and that means a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges blog!  Helen Cryer is our hostess for August, and she has a photo challenge for us this week.  Here is a look at the photo:

And here is the card I made using the photo as inspiration. The colours on my card are softer in real life. 

This is a birthday card for my parents to give our daughter, as she loves roses.

You KNOW I had to make a pop up card, ha ha.  I used the same stamps, dies and colours as on the front of the card and the Lorna Label Pop Up by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. Yes, I know I use the Lorna Label Pop Up a lot. A LOT. But it's such a great base die and you can use that large pop up bump in so many ways.

I hope you will stop by the C4C Challenge Blog and see what the Crazies came up with for this challenge. There's sure to be lots of inspiration. This is Helen's last challenge, as she is stepping down from the Design Team to spend more time with her family. Her amazing colour choices and eye for design will be missed by all the Crazies.

Donna Wright has been Guest Designing all month and she has agreed to join the Design Team so we will be seeing her fun projects each week now. You can find her blog HERE.

Supplies used:
Card size - 4-1/2 x 5-1/2:
Lorna Label Pop Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Kraft card stock
Patterned paper - Recollections
Fabric Washi
Stamps - Rosie Posie and Rosie Posie Step 2, PTI
Pale pink card stock - Stampin' Up
738 Happy Birthday - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Enjoy every moment stamp - The Stamps of Life

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Birthday Flip-It card - Sideways

Good morning friends!

It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog, and you can see I'm still having fun with the Fancy Edge Flip-it Framelit die.  This time I made it open from the top, only because I had a small piece of the sparkly cupcake paper leftover and the cupcakes were running horizontally.

It works sort of like a Stand-Up card though, when it is opened and placed on the table.

This card went into my donation box for Seniors Secret Service.

Supplies used:
Card Size - Standard A2 (5-1/2 x 4-1/4_
Fancy Edge Flip-It Framelit - Stephanie Barnard, Stamps of Life
Confetti patterned paper - scraps from my stash
Cupcake patterned paper - from my stash
Red Bazill card stock
White card stock
Words - MFT
Party Hat 3-D sticker -  Forever in Time

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Flowers and Butterflies Sympathy Card

Good morning friends ...

Holy Smokes, did the carpet installers work FAST yesterday. They got the whole house done - even moving the furniture out of the last room so they could get it done in one day. A LONG day, but they don't have to come back today and that makes me happy. A whole day here with no workers - woot! The carpet is amazing - I'm so happy with it. All of these renos were set in place before we decided to move, so I'm glad I will have a month to enjoy it before we move to our new home.

I have a sympathy card to share today, that I sent to a friend. I used Karen Burniston's new Lorna Label pop up die - I can't help but turn to it when I want to make a Pop-Up card these days.  I also used some of that pretty floral paper I bought in the Spring - when I ordered 30 sheets instead of 3.  Still plugging away at the stack, ha ha.

The white lace is a border sticker I've had in my stash for years. It just seemed perfect for this card.

I added a lacy butterfly onto the Lorna Label Pop up, and the words 'With Sympathy' on the little banner. That long bump that cuts below the Lorna Label has so many possibilities for decorating.

I'm feeling pretty blue today, as someone I used to be friends with is really upset with me for not choosing her as our realtor. I don't hurt people's feeling intentionally, and I don't like to make people unhappy period. This was one of those no-win situations, and I just have to get over it. But today I can't help but feel badly that she feels badly.  Sigh.

Card size: 4-1/2 x 6"
915 Lorna Label Pop Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
767 Butterfly Pivot (Butterflies), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
773 Butterfly Accessory dies, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Light Blue Self Adhesive Velvet Sheet (Butterfly Bodies) - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Scalloped Border - MFT
Texture stamp - Magenta
Lace Border sticker - Little Yellow Bicycle
Patterned paper - Basic Grey
With Sympathy stamp - Cornish Heritage Farms
Sympathy words - Hero Arts (?)

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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Crocus Pivot Card

Good morning friends!

The new counters are in and they look fabulous. The company was able to locate 3 bathroom fixtures in the proper colour - not the design we wanted or ordered, but since we are selling the house anyhow we thought we would just accept the difference and move on. They look quite nice!

There was a minor 'flood' when a shut-off valve blew in the upstairs bathroom … it sure didn't take long for the bathroom to 'fill' with water. The worker grabbed our BATH TOWELS to help mop up. Goodie! The water ran down through the laundry room light fixture and dripped for a couple of hours so that had to be replaced today as well. Thankfully by then the workers accepted my offer of 'old towels', but I will have to do a big load of laundry today.

This morning new carpets will be installed in the first half of the house, tonight we will move the beds and furniture back into those rooms and move the furniture out of the remaining. It will be SO good to get this week behind us!

I have a  PIVOT CARD to share today, using the Katie Label Pivot die by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I love Pivot cards - they make up really quickly, but carry a lot of OOMPH.  Oomph is always good, right?

The card I'm sharing today was made for my last Demo at Paper Pastimes in Calgary.  I used colours that are completely out of my comfort zone, but everyone really liked it. Els has designed Peel-Off's to work with the Katie Label Pivot (and there are new ones coming for more of the Pop it Ups dies!!!) and I attached these ones to 90# water colour paper. Then I painted the images with Tombow Markers scribbled on a plastic palette and a water brush. After embossing the purple card base with the feather's embossing folder, the Peel-Off's were fussy cut and popped up with foam tape.

I added a border Peel-Off as well, as the Peel-Offs are made from vinyl and they have a bit of shine to them. The border adds that little bit of shine to the edge, as well as gives it some visual weight.

I cut a strip of yellow dotted paper, 5-1/2" tall and 3-1/2" wide. It was scored at 1-3/4" (the centre) and attached it inside the card at the spine. This brings some colour to the inside as well as stabilizes the spine of the card. The card stock is what I would consider light weight, so it needed the extra strength.

To create the label, I cut a strip of card stock just under 1-1/2" wide, and used the Katie Label Pivot die to cut the left edge.  Then I eyeballed how long I wanted it, trimmed it down and attached it to the card as an area to sign our name. Another water coloured peel-off decorates the straight cut edge of the label.

Size: standard A2
768 Katie Label Pivot Card, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
903 Katie Label Accordion (Label), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
1167 Border Peel-Off - Elizabeth Craft Designs
2568 Flower Labels 1 Peel-Off (Crocus) - Elizabeth Craft Designs
E108 Feathers Embossing Folder - Elizabeth Craft Designs
WP903 Water colour paper - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Tombow Markers
Water Brush
Purple card stock - Recollections
White card stock

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