Friday, March 6, 2015

Ladybug Birthday


Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a card I created using the new Sizzix Friends Forever Step-Ups Card Framelits. I posted another card using this die set a couple of weeks ago which you can see here

For my card today I decided to fold the card the opposite way and instead of making it a Step-Ups card, I have turned it into a Pop Up Card. 

I used the new Sizzix Bugs Framelits w/stamps to decorate my card.



Here is another view of my card at an angle, so that you can see the folds in the card.



And finally the front of the card, I added another ladybug and a sentiment.

Paper: White; Red; Black; Homespun DP - Simple Stories
Dies: Sizzix Framelits Die Set 23PK - Card, Friends Forever Step-Ups; Sizzix Framelits Die Set 8PK w/Stamps - Bugs
Other: Black Ink; Red Ink; Ribbon; Foam Tape



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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Go Wild!


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Being a brand new month it's time to introduce our new challenge hostess for March which is Anne Harmon.

Anne tells us that .... "March comes in like a Lion" So our challenge this week is to create a card with a wild animal theme. 

I have never heard this saying before, but I guess that is because I live down here in Australia, so our weather would be different to yours especially as March for us is the beginning of Autumn whereas you are in Winter/Spring.




For my card this week I decided to create a Pivot card using the Katie Label Pivot Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I decorated my card using stamps & dies from MFT Stamps which I received for Christmas.



This is the front of my card, as the Anne referred to Lions in this challenge, of course I put my lion on the front :)



As you can see, I have gone a little over board with this challenge even decorated the back of my card. I had an animal left over which I had already die cut /stamped and colored ... so I had to use it hehe. Of course that meant I had to die cut, stamp and color another tree!

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:


Stamps: Wild Things - MFT Stamps; It's Your Birthday - DRS Designs
Paper: White; Black; Green; Rust; Natural; Shutter DP - Kaisercraft
Dies: Katie Label Pivot Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; MFT Die-namics Wild Things
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Grateful


Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing an Accordion card I created using the Rectangle Accordion Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs.

To decorate the card I have used the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Flower Vases 1 Peel Off Stickers, which I have covered with Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter and colored with copics.

The sentiment on the right hand panel is one of the new Susan's Garden Rubber Stamps available from Elizabeth Craft Designs. 



 I seldom decorate the back of the accordion cards I make, unless it is for something special..... but I did end up decorating this one .... I used the negative peel - off sticker panel on the right hand side and the speech bubble & hello from the Rectangle Accordion Card die set on the left hand side.



Here is my card closed ready to be placed in an envelope.


Stamps: Let Us Be Grateful - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White; Bright Pink; Purple
Dies: Rectangle Accordion Card; Katie Flourish Frame Edges - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Flower Vases Peel Off Stickers; Transparent Double Sided Tape  6mm;  Transparent Double Sided Tape  66mm; Transparent Double Sided Tape 152mm; Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter; Transfer Sheet
Other: Black Ink; Foam Tape; Copics


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Friend



Hi everyone,

It's challenge time again over on the Riley and Company blog. This time round our challenge is hosted by Sandye.

For our challenge this week, Sandye has asked us to create a card for a friend.

I have used Riley and Company's Happy Homemaker to create my card for today's challenge. I used a stencil and my copic airbrush to create the design on the background of my card and also die cut the word "Friend" to the lower portion of the card.


For the inside of my card I used one of Riley and Company's funny bone sentiments ..... Old and Senile


Want to Play Along?

If you would like to play along with us of course we would love to have you!

To play create a card using Riley and Company images.

Once you have created your card/project, come back here and place a comment with a link to your card so we can see what you have created. If you upload your card/project to Splitcoast Stampers please use the keyword Riley0515. We can't wait to see what you create!

Don't forget to check out the Riley and Company Design Team's cards on their blogs:




Stamps: Happy Homemaker; Old & Senile - Riley and Company
Paper: White; Bright Pink
Dies: MFT Die-namics Friend
Other: Black Ink; White Hemp Cord; Button; Foam Tape; Copic Airbrush; Copics


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Monday, March 2, 2015


Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing yet another Pop Stand card using the Eiffel Tower Pop Stand Card die designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs

This card was inspired by a couple of cards Karen has created recently. I have also posted a couple of cards similar to this on my blog in the past week or two. My card today is one I created to use as a make and take during Craft Giraffe's recently Silly Sunday weekend which was  held over 3 days! 


I kept this one fairly simple, so that the card could be made fairly quickly, so people still had a chance to make the other make and takes and of course to shop!!!!


For the front of the card I die cut the small Eiffel Tower edge from the Paris Edges die set and added some designer paper and some black Peel-Off Stickers along the edge. I also stamped the sentiment using the speech bubble from the Rectangle Accordion Card die set.

Paper: White; Red; Black;  Fleur Classic - Fab Scraps
Dies: Eiffel Tower Pop Stand Card; Rectangle Accordion Card; Paris Edges - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Ribbon; Foam Tape




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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Bicycle 2 Stamp


Hi everyone,

Being the beginning of the month it is time for the March Club Stamp set to be released from The Stamps of Life. This time round the stamp set being released is called Bicycle2stamp. If you are a member of the "Die Hard Club" you will also receive the coordinating die set, otherwise you will have to wait until the 20th of this month before you can order the Bicycle dies.



 For my first card today, I have used the Bicycle from the set to create a scene using the Sizzix Playful Stand-Ups Card Framelits. The designer paper used here is one of the new Paper Pads from TSOL. I also added the basket to my bicycle and added some flowers in it.


Here is my card when it  is closed ready to be popped into an envelope.



For my second card today I have created a Flip-its card using the Sizzix Elegant Flip-its Card Framelits. The bicycle extends a little on the right hand panel ... but I think it still works. Love the sentiments that go with this set.


Here is the 'flip' side of my card.


For my final card today I have created a CAS card using the bicycle.

Stamps: Bicycle2Stamp - The Stamps Of Life
Paper: White; Rust; Happy Collection DP; Celebrate DP - TSOL; Charm DP - My Minds Eye
Dies: Bicycle Dies - TSOL; Sizzix Playful Stand-Ups Card Framelits; Sizzix Elegant Flip-its Card Framelits; Sizzix Elegant Label Framelits
Other: Black Ink; Hemp Twine; Foam Tape; Copics


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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Elizabeth Craft Designs February Designer Challenge


Hi everyone,

It's time for our February Elizabeth Craft Designs Designer Challenge. For our first challenge for 2015 we were challenged to Mix and Match Tags (Create a project using a combination of the various tag dies. Small with large, mix overlays, mix corners, let your creativity flow!).

After a little bit of thought on what I would create for this month's challenge, I decided to create a Waterfall Tag book. I made a few of these some years back, so it was fun to revisit a fun technique.

Here is a quick video so you can see how the waterfall works on my book.



For the front of my book, I have used the Tags and More 8 - Lattice for the main tag, the overlay and the zigzag border at the bottom. I used the Star from Star Accordion Card die to which I added "Baby Boy" using the Alphabet 1 - Caps. The corners are from the Tags and More 2 - Deco



Once you open up the book on the left hand side I have used the Tags & More 6 - Daisy and It's A Boy/Girl .

The baby bottle was created using the Tags and More 8 - Lattice,  I explained how to make the baby bottle on my recent Baby Girl Stand Up Card which you can find here



To create the tags on the right hand side of my book I used the Tags and More 2 - Deco for the basic tag  and also the reinforcement holes. I used the Tags and More 1 - Lace for the overlay at the top. The zig zag border at the bottom is from the Tags and More 8 - Lattice .



I decorated each of the tags using the Star Buddies Peel-Off Stickers ... I love love love these little cuties!!!!!!

This blog post would be amazing long if I gave you a step by step of everything I did to create my book. So I will just give you the basics of how to create this style of book, as I think you can figure out how I decorated it yourself.

1. To create my Waterfall Tag Book I started with a folded 6 1/2 inches tall by 11 inches, score along the 11 inches edge at 5 1/2 inches so you have a folded card 6 1/2 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Decorate as desired. 


2. Cut a piece of card 12 inches x 4 3/4 inches the same color as the book cover. Score along the 12 inch side at 6 inches; 6 3/4 inches; 7 1/2 inches and 8 1/4 inches as per diagram above. Fold and unfold along each score line (I like to score in both directions)

Add a piece of Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double Sided Tape 10mm so it is on the right side of the 6 inch score line; the 6 3/4 inch score line and 7 1/2 inch score line.

3. Create your 3 tags using the Tags and More 2 - Deco for the basic tag  and also the reinforcement holes. I used the Tags and More 1 - Lace for the overlay at the top. The zig zag border at the bottom is from the Tags and More 8 - Lattice . Cut your tags so they are 5 3/4 inches long.

4. Attach the left side of each tag to the adhesive tape applied in step 2, starting with the tag along the 7 1/2 inch score line and moving left.



5. Cut a piece of card which is 2 inches x 6 1/2 inches. Score at 3/4 inch at each end. Place a piece of adhesive double sided tape, along the right edge of the 12 inch x 4 3/4 inch panel waterfall panel, the tape will be at the top side of the card. Adhere the waterfall panel underneath the skinny panel above so it is centred between the score lines and both edges are flush with the right side.

6. Fold back the 6 inch fold line on the waterfall panel so it goes behind the right side of the panel with the tag and the left hand side when opened is now underneath the right side edge. Fold  the score lines on the skinny panel above so they are now under both edges of the waterfall panel. Place adhesive double sided tape to the underside of both 3/4 inch scored lines. 

7. Open the folded card we created in step 1 and adhere the folded skinny panel to the edge of the right side of your card  so that tags are centred.

8. Decorate as desired...... I hope that makes sense!


Paper: White; Green; Orange; Blue; Baby Mine Boy - Carta Bella
Dies: Tags & More 1 - Lace; Tags & More 2 - Deco; Tags & More  4 - Flourish; Tags & More 6 - Daisy; Tags & More 8 - Lattice; Alphabet 1 Caps - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Star Accordion Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other ECD Products: Star Buddies Peel-Off Stickers; Transparent Double Sided Tape 152mm; Transparent Double Sided Tape 10mm; Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Other: Ribbon; Foam Tape; Copics


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Smelling the Salt of the Ocean


Hi everyone,

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

Today we will celebrate the two Zodiac signs of February... Aquarius and Pisces.  They have something in common... both are water signs!  So our challenge this week is to make a card with a water scene!!!


For my card today I decided to create a pop up card using the Beach Chair Pop Up Card die and Rocky the Crab designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I thought it might get a little lonely for Rocky being on the beach on his own so I die cut the Beach Chair Pop Up twice on my card side by side and gave Rocky a girlfriend .... Rockene!



Along the bottom edge of the card I added some waves using the Beach Edges die set. Along the back part of the card I added three palm trees and also some sand.

I thought Rocky needed to say something nice to his girlfriend, so I used the speech bubble from the Rectangle Accordion card set and computer generated the sentiment.


I kept the front of the card fairly simple, as the inside in the focal point of this card. I added another crab, sand & waves and a sentiment.


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: Free Spirit - Lucy's Stamps
Paper: White; Red; Black; Green; Kraft; Brown; Aqua; Yellow; DP
Dies: Beach Chair Pop Up Card; Palm Tree & Pail; Beach Edges; Rocky the Crab; - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Fishtail Flags - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Kraft Ink; Brown Ink; Transparent Double Sided Tape; White Iridescent Shimmer Sheetz; Foam Tape


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Friday, February 27, 2015

Rebus - Names Starting with 'D'



Hi everyone,

It is time for another Rebus swap to share with you all. This time round our theme is "Names starting with the letter 'D" ".  

If you would like to solve my rebus puzzle, why not post a comment on my blog post with your answers. I will let you know what the correct answers are next time I post a rebus card here.

How did you go working out my January Rebus which was Herbs .... here are the correct answers for you to check how you did.

  1. Mustard
  2. Mint
  3. Garlic
  4. Taro
  5. Chives
  6. Caraway
  7. Dill
  8. Catnip
  9. Aniseed
  10. Motherwort
  11. Cilantro


You can find all my past rebus cards here




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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Baby Boy




Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. This week Sabrina finishes off her February challenges with one last fun challenge. 

Sabrina tells us that It wouldn’t be a month of challenges from me without a technique challenge, grins, and the various ones for “the month of the pearl” were all optional, so here’s a technique challenge pure and simple...or not so simple; it’s up to you.

Inlaid die-cuts

Here are a few links which might help you create something using this technique.

More Complex:




As you can see I have created a baby card for my card this week. I started my card by die cutting the Simon Says Stamp Full Glass Hourglass die from white and teal card. I covered the back of the white panel with thin white card that had Transparent Double Sided Tape adhered to the front and then I filled in the empty panels with the teal triangles. 

I then lay the baby die directly onto my card and die cut the word from the panel. I also die cut another baby word from a darker teal card and inlaid the darker word where the white baby word had been on my card. I layered this all onto a folded dark teal card. I stamped the word "Boy" to the lower bottom corner of my card.

The two rattles aren't inlaid (I guess I could have) but I added those after the card was assembled and I thought it was nice to have something with a bit of depth on the front of the card.


For the inside of my card I created a Pop Up Card using the Lorna Label Pop Up Card designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs

On the lower bottom edge I die cut the SSS Full Glass Hourglass die again from teal and white and this time just used the triangle pieces which fall out of the die to create the border. I added some thin stripes of white card above the triangle panel and also on the edge of the top portion of the card.

I used a sentiment and the rattles from a MFT Stamps Beautiful Baby stamp set to finish off the inside of my card.


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:


Stamps: LJD Beautiful Baby - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Teal; Aqua
Dies: Lorna Label Pop Up - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Wonderful Words Baby - PTI; Full Card Hourglass - Simon Says Stamps; Beautiful Baby - MFT Stamps
Other: Black Ink; Teal Ink; ECD Transparent Double Sided Tape; Hemp Twine; Foam Tape




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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

London Here I Come!



Hi everyone,

Well yesterday my youngest daughter left Australia to live in London for the rest of the year. She has moved over there as part of a Teacher Exchange. I am going to miss her big time and the house is going to feel pretty strange without her!

Of course I had to make her a card to celebrate the occasion. When I went looking at what to use to create my card, I had found a few cute stamps I planned on buying, but alas they weren't in stock anywhere in Australia and by the time I had thought about buying anything there was no time left to order from overseas. So I had to rethink and see if I could find any in digital stamps. Fortunately I found just what I was looking for from Digital Delights by Louby Loo and Pretty Grafik.



As you can see I have created a Pull Card using the Rectangle Pull Card die set designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. As she is going over there to teach I wanted to include some school related images as well as London themed images.


Here is a closer look at the left hand side of the card. The union jack (flag) is attached to a spiral so it moves as the card is opened. I used the new Elizabeth Craft Designs Alphabet 1 - Caps for the word "London". 


Here is a close up of the right side of my card. I computer generated the "Here I Come!"

Digital Stamps: Guardsman Scott; School Accessory Set; School Girl - Digital Delights by Louby Loo; London Stamps (Phone Box; Big Ben; Bus) - Pretty Grafik
Paper: White; Red; Grey; British Stripe - Fab Scraps
Dies: Rectangle Pull Card - designed by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs; Alphabet 1 Caps - Elizabeth Craft Designs; MFT Die-namics Fishtail Flags Stax
Other: Foam Tape; Copics


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