Saturday, 23 May 2015


It's Saturday, and that means it's time for a new challenge at the Crazy4Challenges blog. Our May hostess is Barbara Anders and this is her challenge this week:

May's birthstone is the emerald. Let your project strongly feature the color green this week. Any shade of green will do as long as it is the main color on your project.

Whenever my mojo is hiding, I turn to the Spiral Circle Pull Card (SCPC) die - a Pop it Ups die by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. It's truly my 'go to' die! Els included some of their newest Peel-Off's in an envelope that was coming my way so I immediately chose the new Branches With Leaves in gold. I love how nice and BIG this Peel-Off is, and how there are smaller pieces to use as accents.

I knew I wanted to use these pretty green patterned paper sheets, so once I had my die out and the Peel-Off's chosen - I was off and running with the rest of the card.

I punched the butterflies from gold mirror paper, then added a strip of the same paper to the ECD Double Sided Adhesive. Then when I die cut the 'hugs' it was easy to adhere to the shadow. I stamped the SENDING in dark green on the centre panel of the SCPC.

I haven't used the included spiral very often when I make a SCPC, and if I do I tend to hide the spiral so you don't see it from the front. It was fun to use the spiral this way and I will be doing it again for sure.

Check out the blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge.  We'd sure 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 C4C287.

Spiral Circle Pull Card, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Clock and Gears (Circle die), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
2598 'Branches with Leaves' Peel-Off's in gold
Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive-152mm (6")
Patterned paper - K and Company
Gold mirror card stock - Stampin' Up
Butterfly punch - Stampin' Up
Hugs dies - Technique Tuesday
Sending stamp - Technique Tuesday
Card size A2

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Friday, 22 May 2015

Hay There Chickie - Stand Up RPC

Good morning friends

Last month when I was making a Stand Up Rectangle Pull Card for my Crazy 4 Challenges post (click HERE to see that one) I decided to make second card. It never takes twice as long to make a second card with the same layout.

Here is the card from the front ...

When you open it up, Cheepers the Chicken spins up and into view.  Ha - Cheepers just cracks me up.

I added the fence from Susan Tierney Cockburn (also at Elizabeth Craft Designs) and the Hay There from the same new Pop it Ups collection as Cheepers. This Farm Collection by Karen Burniston  is proving to be VERY popular!

It was fun to create the little scene on the inside panel - and when you use the Rectangle Pull Card in this orientation, it becomes like an Easel or Stand-Up card!

I cut the letters for CHICKIE from white card stock that had been adhered to ECD Double Sided Adhesive so they were easy to adhere.

Just a fun little card for my stash. You just never know when you are going to need a cheerful chicken birthday card!

Rectangle Pull Card, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Cheepers the Chicken, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Accordion Rectangle (Rectangles), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Hey There Pop Stand, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
All Seasons Tree (Cloud), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
CountryScapes Country Fence 1 - Susan Tierney Cockburn (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
White, Kraft, Red and Yellow card stocks
Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Adhesive (6")
Alphabet Caps 1 - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Patterned paper - Crate Paper
Cloud paper - American Crafts
Bakers Twine - American Crafts

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Thursday, 21 May 2015

Party Hat Birthday Card

Good morning friends

It's Throwback Thursday here on my blog, and I have an older Birthday card to share ...

I'm pretty sure this was made for a sketch, but I never did get it posted.

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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Happy First Mother's Day

Good morning friends

I will have some more Mother's Day cards to share, as we finally celebrated Mother's Day this past weekend. We had the whole family here for brunch, and celebrated Mother's Day, Kelsey's Birthday, Olivia's Birthday, Zachary's First Birthday (because his was in March and we were in Arizona for it), Kelsey & Naor's new house and Gregg's retirement.  Whew.

This is the card I made for my parents to give Kelsey ... her First Mother's Day!

I was tickled with it until I see now that I repeated the Happy Mother's Day inside. I usually like to put something different inside. I did add "first" to the inside words at least.

I cut a rectangle from the scalloped panel to create a frame. Then I cut a second scalloped panel from white and popped up the striped frame. The stamped girl and sign were in my pile - I didn't get to use them last year - so she was glued to the back white panel.

I've used that scalloped panel a LOT - but this is the first time I created a frame with it. Fun!  Below is a peek at the inside ...

Image - Sugar Pea Designs
Pencil Crayons
Blending stump and Gamsol
White card stock
Blueprints #1 - MFT
Patterned paper - Basic Grey
Card and Envelope - the Paper Studio
Words inside - computer generated
Card size - 5 x 6.5"

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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Mother's Day Card for my Mom

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My friend "B" came to visit me in Arizona this Spring, and of course we had to go shopping for paper crafting goodies. One store had a particularly good selection of patterned papers at a particularly good prices. "B" was able to get to the lower shelf - with my knees I'd never have been able to view those packages - and pulled each one out for us to look at. I must admit to purchasing waaaaay more than I planned. Waaaaaay more than I needed, either. But hey - when there are prints that are this fabulous, I just can't turn them down.

This sheet has six different patterned blocks on it - designed as Journal Cards for Pocket Scrapbooking. The back side has the pretty yellow print. I knew immediately they would make the perfect Mother's Day card for my Mom!

I added some Stickles for shimmer and shine when the card was all assembled.

Inside I added a second Journal Card, adding heart patterned paper strips to the top and bottom edge.

Even though this is a flat card, I was SO happy with it. The colours are bright and cheerful and the whole card has a happy feel. Perfect for my Mom, who needs a little more happy in her life right now.

White card stock
Patterned paper (Journalling Cards) - Echo Park, A Simple Life
Heart patterned paper - Mambi
Large Hugs die on envelope - Simon Says Stamps
Washi Tape
Card size - 5 x 7"

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Monday, 18 May 2015

Feathered Masculine Birthday Cards

Good morning friends:

It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, and I have a pair of Birthday Cards to share today that I am donating to Seniors Secret Service.

I've had the feather dies for quite a while, and finally got to pull them out and use them.

The inside of both cards has the same stamp ...

I used my MISTI stamping tool on the words to get them such a nice, rich brown. I wish I'd used it for the first card as the impression is a little light on the top right.

I am going to have to play with these feather more - they are so cute!

Blueprints #12 - MFT
Feather dies - Paper Smooches
White card stock
Kraft card stock
Patterned paper - Ella & Viv
Words - MFT & Avery Elle
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia

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Sunday, 17 May 2015

Striped Birthday Card with Banner

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Today's card just sort of happened. The banner and 'smile' dies are new, and these were my test cuts. I was using the yellow print on the other side of this patterned paper for a different project but noticed there was one panel of these bright stripes on the back of it. Perfect for a Birthday Card for Seniors Secret Service!

The stitched edges on these dies are such a sweet, subtle detail. Love 'em.

White card stock
Striped patterned paper - Elle Studio
Blueprints #13
Banner die - La La Land Crafts
Smile die - Taylored Expressions
Words inside - Avery Elle
Card Size - Standard A2

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