Saturday, November 25, 2017

Have a Holly and Oh So Jolly Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Karen Aicken our challenge hostess for the month finishes off the month with one last challenge.

"Christmas or Winter Card" - It's only 1 month until Christmas, so make a Christmas or Winter themed card today to get a jump on your stash.



As you can see, my card today covers either of the options of the challenge ... Christmas or Winter. I did add a few new stamps to my stash this year and I am determined to use them before it is too late.  This card uses the Mama Elephant A Beary Christmas and also Puffy Holiday Greetings. 

I created a winter scene using Karen Burniston's Nature Edges and Lawn Fawn's Birch Trees. 



For the inside of my card I expanded on the scene I created on the front of the card.

I used Karen Burniston's Katherine Label Pop-up die set to mount the sentiment to the upper portion of the card. I love how versatile this die set is, so many different options for using it.




Here is a close-up of the scene on the left hand side of the card. 

I used a black glaze pen for the bears eyes & noses, and white for the dots and stripes on the scarves.

I added Nuvo drops to all the ornaments and stars.



And a close up of the scene on the right hand side of the card. 

Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.




Stamps: A Beary Christmas; Puffy Holiday Greetings - Mama Elephant
Paper: White; Blue; The Night Before Christmas DP - Graphic 45
Dies: Katherine Label Pop Up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Birch Trees - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; Blue Ink; Red Ink; Autumn Red Nuvo Gloss Crystal Drops; White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops; White Gel Pen; Black Glaze Pen; Foam Tape; Copics


Friday, November 24, 2017

We Wish You A Merry Christmas


Hi Crafty Friends,

My card today is for a challenge I do with a couple of friends of mine. Normally we would have a monthly challenge, but this year it has been a while since our last challenge (April in fact). As one of my friends went overseas on holiday and when she came back she was busy catching up with so much that our challenges have been on the back burner. Now that she is caught up we are back to our challenges 😀

This year we have noticed some amazing stamps and / or die sets coming out with some of the Stamping/Die Cutting Magazine that we have all acquired a few. So this month our challenge is to use one of the freebie sets from one of the magazines we purchased.


I am still madly trying to use as many of the Christmas themed stamps/dies before I run out of time ... I had one magazine that contained a Christmas themed stamp set, so I used that one my card today. The stamp set is called Classic Christmas and is from the Cardmaking in Easy Steps Magazine Issue 21 which is a Practical Publishing publication.

I have been having so much fun this month playing with the new Karen Burniston Tag Book Pop-up that I decided to play with it again for the challenge.

I used the train from the freebie stamp set to decorate the front of the tag book adding presents and a tree into the carriages which is from an MFT Stamp set I have had for a while.

The papers used on this card are also from this magazine. 



On the inside of my tag book, I stamped two of the sentiments included in the stamp set on the two tags on either end of the card. For the middle portion of the card I added two more train carriages.

Stamps: Classic Christmas - Cardmaking in Easy Steps Issue 21  Magazine Practical Publishing International; Jingle All the Way - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Red; Blue; Green; Patterned Paper from Cardmaking In Easy Steps Issue 21 Magazine
Dies: Tag Book Pop-up; Nature Edges - Karen Burniston; Train Track Border - Taylored Expressions
Other: Black Ink; Blue Ribbon; Red and Blue Twine; Foam Tape; Copics



Thursday, November 23, 2017

Santa & Elves at the North Pole


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Joanne Grzelak our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

This week we are going to make a card for our holiday stash. You can make a Christmas card, a New Year’s card, or a winter card…..whichever you think you need the most for your stash. 


As you can see, I decided to make another Christmas card for our challenge this week. I used the Sleigh Pop-Up die set from Karen Burniston which gives you the option of making a normal style pop up card where you have the card at 90 degrees or a pop stand (flat) style where you have the card at 180 degrees. I went for the second option for this card.

To decorate my card I used Riley and Company's Dress Up Riley; Dress Up Riley Christmas Outfits and Tucker the Dog. 


On both edges of my card I added a snow border from the Nature Edges die set also from Karen Burniston. I covered the snow with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. I also added the North Pole Sign which is a stamp/die set from Hero Arts.

On the edge that is the front view of the card, I added the "Merry Christmas" from the Words Set 3 Holidays die set.



Here is another view of the inside of my card. "Santa" and the "Reindeer" are only seen from the front view of the card, not from the other side.



For the front of my card I added another border of snow from the Nature Edges die set. 

I added the Paper Layering Wooden Door to the left side of the card and another sign to the door using the North Pole Sign Stamp/die set.

On the right hand side of the card I added another of the Dress Up Riley images, this time dressed as an elf.

Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi



Stamps: Dress Up Riley Red Rubber Basic Stamps; Dress Up Riley Christmas Outfits; Tucker the Dog - Riley and Company; North Pole Sign Stamp & Cut Set - Hero Arts
Paper: White; Red; Gold; Green; Pink; Aqua; Endearing Sentiments DP - Graphic 45; Shabby Chic DP - Kaisercraft
Dies: Sleigh Pop-up; Nature Edges; Word Set 3 Holidays - Karen Burniston; North Pole Sign; Paper Layering Wooden Door - Hero Arts; Dress Up Riley Christmas Outfits dies; Tucker the Dog - Riley and Company
Other: Black Ink; Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Black Glaze Pen; Glossy Accents; Foam Tape; Copics






Wednesday, November 22, 2017

ECD November Designer Challenge


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's time for our November Elizabeth Craft Designs Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designers created for the challenge.

This month the challenge is …. Pop Up Cards using the General Pop-Ups die set. It is always fun to open up a card which reveals something popped up inside it and they are so easy to create when you have this die set which has so many different options for creating pop up cards, use just one die or combine multiple dies along the centre fold of your card to create fun Pop-Ups!

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use with the General Pop Ups die set if you were making a Pop Up Card?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, November 24th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.


For my card today I used Becky Seddon's Stylish Snowman & Christmas Tree die sets along with the General Pop-ups die set to create my pop-up card.

Here is how I created my card: 


Step 1 - 
  • Using the Stylish Snowman die set die cut the following:
  • (1) Snowman Body (large, medium and small circles) from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • (1) Snowman Hat from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • (1) Snowman Nose from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • (1) Pair of Snowman Arms from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • (1) Scarf (three pieces from White Soft Finish Cardstock
  • (1) Set Buttons from Black Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back
  • (1) Set Eyes from Black Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back
  • (1) Mouth from Black Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back
  • Sponge around all three circles lightly with blue ink
  • Color the hat, nose, scarf and arms
  • Assemble Snowman referring to photo above for placement. (Note the position of the arms so that a tree can be placed in them later).
Step 2 - 

  • Using the Solid dies from the Christmas Tree die set and Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock die cut enough branches to create three trees. Note: the large tree contains all 5 branches; the middle sized tree the 4 smaller branches and the small tree has 2 of the smallest branches.
  • Sponge around the top of the tree branches using Forest Moss Distress Ink.
  • Die cut three tree trunks (note you may need to hand cut a longer trunk for the longer tree.
  • Assemble trees
  • Apply glue to the bottom edges of the branches and cover with White Silk Microfine Glitter. (Note I did this after I had attached my trees to my pop up card, but it is easier to do this step first.
Step 3 - 

  • Cut a piece of patterned paper from the ModaScrap It's Christmas Time 12 x 12 Patterned Paper Pack so it measures 5 1/2 inches x 12 inches.
  • Score along the 12 inch side at 6 inches and fold.
  • Open up the patterned paper and position the pop up dies (see photo above) so that the centre nubs of the die are positioned on the centre fold of the card. Note: I assembled my snowman and trees before die cutting the pop up dies, so that I could use them to work out the positioning of each piece. 
  • Die cut the paper, remove the pop up dies and train the cut pieces to create pop up panels in the card.
  • Cut a piece of Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2 inches x 12 inches.
  • Score and fold along the 12 inch side at 6 inches.
  • Adhere the pop up patterned paper piece to the inside of the Olive Twist card, being careful not to place any adhesive near the pop up panels.
Step 4 -
  • Adhere the large tree to the centre pop up, the smaller tree to the pop up on the right and the snowman to the pop up on the left. Note: Make sure that when you are positioning the snowman that none of the parts are visible when the card is closed either along the left edge or the bottom of the card.
  • Trim any of the tree branches on the right pop up if they are hanging over the edge of the card.
  • Adhere the smallest tree to the snowman's arms using foam tape.
Step 5 -
  • Using one of the speech bubbles from the Speech Bubbles Edgy Options die set, die cut from aqua cardstock. 
  • Stamp the sentiment from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set to the speech bubble using black ink.
  • Using white ink stamp the snowflakes which are also from the Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp Set randomly around the speech bubble.
  • Adhere the speech bubble to the top edge of the card using foam  tape. Trim off an overhanging parts of the speech bubble.
Step 6 - 
  • Cut a piece of Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock so it measures 2 inches x 5 /12 inches. Place the scallop edge from the Valentine Edges die set to the top part of the card and die cut.
  • Adhere panel to bottom edge of card.
Step 7 - 

  • Using the small oval die from the Entwined Ovals die set die cut one from aqua cardstock and one from White Soft Finish Cardstock. 
  • Adhere the white centre panel to the centre of the base of the card and then add the aqua from from the other die cut.
  • Stamp sentiment from Winter Sentiments Clear Stamp set to centre of white panel using black ink.
  • Add Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to each of the circle parts of the Entwined Oval frame.

Step 8 - 
  •  Cut a piece of patterned paper so it measure 4 inches x 5 1/2 inches.
  • Die cut two borders using the scallop border from the Valentine Edges die set from Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Adhere the scallop borders to the top and bottom edge of the pattern paper.
  • Adhere panel to card so it is centred.
Step 9 -
  • Cut a piece of red cardstock so it measures 2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Edge this piece with a thin border using Brick Red Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Adhere panel to centre of card using foam tape.
  • Using A Way with Words - Merry Christmas die cut twice from dark green cardstock. Layer one onto the other to give a bit more depth to the sentiment.
  • Adhere sentiment to centre of red panel.
Step 10 -
  • Create two trees using the Christmas Tree die set (trees both use the two smallest solid branches and tree trunk dies).
  • Assemble trees. Apply glue to lower parts of branches and cover with White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Adhere trees to card referring to photo above for placement using foam tape.

I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.



Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:
Aqua Cardstock
Black Ink
White Pigment Ink
Forest Moss Distress Ink
Black Glaze Pen
White Gel Pen



Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Dashing Through the Snow


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have another Christmas card to share with you. All week I will be sharing something Christmas related ... this is day 2.




Today I am sharing a Christmas card I created using the Charm Accordion die set from Karen Burniston.

I used the Little Santa Agenda; Little Reindeer Agenda and Puffy Holiday Greetings stamp sets from Mama Elephant to decorate my card.

For the square panels, I cut these from white cardstock, sponged on Broken China Distress Oxide ink and spritzed with water. I then added a snow bank created by using the snow border from the Nature Edges die set. Once Santa and a reindeer was added I added some white Nuvo Drops.

The tree charm in the centre is from the Winter Charms die set and I added some red Nuvo Drops to the tree.


Here is a look at the front of the card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.



Stamps: Little Santa Agenda; Little Reindeer Agenda; Puffy Holiday Greetings - Mama Elephant
Paper: White; Red; DP - Close to My Heart
Dies: Charm Accordion; Nature Edges; Winter Charms - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Red Ink; Broken China Distress Oxide; Nuvo Drops (White; Red); Black Glaze Pen; Foam Tape; Copics




Monday, November 20, 2017

Dear Santa, I Can Explain


Hi Crafty Friends,

I have another Christmas card to share with you all today. This one uses one of the add on sets from the Hero Arts October My Monthly Hero kits ... just love these naughty elves!!!!! 

I decided to create a shaker card using the MFT Stamps Stitched Triple Peek-A-Boo Window and Edge die set. 

For the red diagonal stripes I used a large 6 x 6 background stamp from Simon Says Stamp, I just got this one recently and I need MORE!!! I had a thin stripe of the background left after cutting my panel so it would fit on the front and inside of the card, so decided to also add a bit to the left hand side of the card too.


For the inside of my card I added another stripe of diagonal stripes to the right hand side of the card and a few of the sentiments from the Naughty Elves stamp set. I also added another image from the set. I think at this time of year, elves are busy working hard not sleeping on the job haha!

Stamps:  Naughty Elves - Hero Arts; Diagonal Stripes Simon Says Stamp
Paper: White
Dies: Stitched Triple Peek-A-Boo Window & Edge - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Lawn Fawn Lobster Ink; Twisted Citron Distress Oxide; Acetate; Sequins; Seed Beads; Scan N Cut; Foam Tape; Copics



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ahoy Happy Birthday Matey


Ahoy there Crafty Friends!

Today I am sharing a few more new die sets released by Karen Burniston this month. Karen Burniston has released 5 new die sets and I am sharing three of the sets on this card.

First up I have created an accordion card using the Charm Accordion die set. I die cut the main accordion die 1 1/2 times so I could have 3 pages to my accordion card. I also die cut some patterned paper that had stripes two going up and down and the other going across to give the pages a slightly different look.

To decorate the card I used the new Cat & Dog die set which includes a dies for the cat and dog and also some accessories to go with it. Karen has also released a fun Tiny Accessories 1 die set which includes some accessories to dress up the characters as pirates, glasses, hats etc. I couldn't resist using the pirate accessories to dress up my cat and dog images for this card.

Of course I had to add a pirate themed sentiment to my card in the centre page.


For the charms on this card I converted the bone and fish from the Cat and Dog die set into a charm by using the hanging hole from the star which is included in the Charm Accordion Die set. I sandwiched two of each image between the hanger and then covered the images with gold glitter so they looked a little bit like treasure.

Along the bottom of the inside of the card I added the words HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU which is from the Word Set 2 - Birthday die set. I added this to a strip of white card and cut the ends in a slant.

To finish off the inside I added gold glittered stars on either side of the sentiments.



For the front of the card I added a sentiment from the new Word Set 4 - Just Because die set. 

As well as adding a couple of stars (from the Charm Accordion die set), I also added some Nuvo Drops in black and gold around the front of the card.


Here is another look at the front of my card when it is folded flat ready to be placed in an envelope.


Supplies:





Stamps:  Ahoy Matey - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White; Red; Fright Night DP - Graphic 45
Dies: Charm Accordion; Cat and Dog; Accessories 1; Word Set 2 Birthday; Word Set 4 Just Because - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Nuvo Drops - Ebony Black & Bright Gold; Desert Gold Silk Microfine Glitter; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Foam Tape; Copics





Saturday, November 18, 2017

Hip Hip Hooray Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Karen Aicken our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Being the third Saturday of the month it is time for a sketch challenge.





As soon as I saw this sketch the first thing I thought about was the Sizzix Triple Circle  Flip-its Card die. I haven't used mine in ages and have been wanting to pull it out to play, so I decide to make it work for the sketch today. It isn't an exact match, but I think it is close enough.

To decorate the front of the card I added presents from a Neat & Tangled stamp set. I also added a strip of card across the middle of the card so it would match the strip in the sketch ... I did add some Nuvo Drops to the ends of mine.




When you "flip" the card open it reveals three different sentiments. The card is probably closer to the sketch when it is pulled completely open as then you have that middle layer. I forgot to take a photo of the card completely open.


Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.



Stamps: Wild Ones - Neat & Tangled; Tiny Tag Sayings Birthday; Tiny Tag Sayings - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White; Bright Pink; Green; Party Patterns Paper Pad - MFT Stamps; Fairy Tales Paper Pad - Doodlebug Inc.
Dies: Sizzix Triple Circle Flip-its Card; Blue Prints 1 - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Nuvo Apple Green Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics


Friday, November 17, 2017

Celebrate 2018




Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog today. It's is just over 5 weeks until Christmas which means it is just over 6 weeks until the new year brings us 2018. Sometimes we need to send out New Years cards rather than Christmas cards to friends and family. So for my project  today I have a fairly simple New Years card using the new Stitched Stars die set and Silk Microfine Glitter.


Here's how I created my card:



Step 1 -
  • Cut a piece of black cardstock so it measures 4 1/4 inches x 11 inches. Score along the 11 inch side at 5 1/2 inches and fold to create a top folding card.
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from gold cardstock.
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Fitted Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from patterned paper.
  • Layer the patterned paper onto the gold cardstock and then add this panel to the folded card.
Step 2 -
  • Using the second smallest star from the Stitched Stars die set, die cut 4 stars from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • Remove the protective backing from the front of the stars and cover the adhesive with Desert Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Return excess glitter to the jar and polish the glitter into the adhesive with your finger.
  • Using the smallest star from the Stitched Stars die set, die cut 4 stars from black cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the back.
  • Adhere the small black stars to the centre of the glittered gold stars.

  • Adhere the stars to the front of the card using foam tape. (Refer to photo above.
  • Using the Numbers 1 & More die set, die cut the numbers 2018 from gold cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the back.
  • Adhere the numbers to the stars.
Step 3 -
  • Apply Black & Gold Nuvo Drops randomly over the background of the card. 

Step 4 - Inside of Card:

  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from gold cardstock.
  • Using the second largest rectangle from the Fitted Rectangles die set, die cut a rectangle from White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Layer the white cardstock onto the gold cardstock and then adhere this to the inside of card.
Step 5 -
  • Using the third largest star from the Stitched Stars die set, die cut a star from White Soft Finish Cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the front.
  • Remove the protective backing from the front of the stars and cover the adhesive with Desert Gold Silk Microfine Glitter. Return excess glitter to the jar and polish the glitter into the adhesive with your finger.
  • Using the third smallest star from the Stitched Stars die set, die cut the star from black cardstock that has Clear Double Sided Tape on the back.
  • Adhere the small black stars to the centre of the glittered gold stars.
  • Using the "Celebrate" from the A Way with Words - Happy Birthday Collection Clear Stamp set. Stamp the sentiment onto the centre of the black star using VersaMark ink, cover with gold embossing powder and heat emboss.
  • Adhere Star to the centre of the inside of card.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. 

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:



Other:

Cardstock - Black; Gold
Graphic 45 Fright Night/Happy Haunting Collection 12 x 12 Patterned Paper 
VersaMark Ink
Gold Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Nuvo Crystal Drops - Ebony Black Gloss; Bright Gold