Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Snow layered card

This card was so easy and fun and I love how it turned out.  This is another card file from Cheryl over at creativekuts.com
The snowflake pattern paper and the swirled vellum are from a card kit I never used and I thought they would be perfect for this card.  The teal striped paper is from recollections I believe.  After Layering up all of the letters for the word snow with the swirl the vellum at the top, I decided to adhere the background paper to the back but you could certainly leave that open to show through to the inside  if you wanted.  For the snowman I used some of the same pattern paper for his hat, scarf and gloves.  I also used a peachy keen face stamp – winter faces.  I stamped twice and cut out the nose on with the second one to layer over his cap.  I added some pink chalk on his cheeks and white gel pen inside the eyes.  I also used my wink of Stella clear glitter pen to go over his cuffs, his hat brim and his fuzzy top notch on his cap.  I never can get it to show up on camera but it looks so much better in person.
For the inside I used some teal paper card stock to layer under some white paper.   I added a tag that matched the snowflake paper and stamped the cutest sentiment from peachy keen Snow Me a Man stamp set saying if Santa brings you coal..... Build a snowman!  I love that!!!   I also took one of my very small snowflake dies from HOTP/Paper Artist - Snow globe die set  and cut several in white and teal to accent the inside.  Once again you can't see it in the pictures but I took my wink of Stella clear glitter pen and went over all of the snowflakes.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday - Christmas
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #67
Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #254 Always Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper October 2018 challenge
Scrapy Land {Challenge #99}
DL.ART October 2018 Linky Challenge
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog to check out my project today

Merry Christmas Gingerbread Cards

So I had to make two more cards with the adorable cut that was left over in the pattern papers from the last 2 cards.  I changed up the whole layout and card style but used some of the same papers, dies and elements including the cute little ginger stamps.  This time I used the leftover Pattern paper cut, backed with a stitched green mat I cut down to create with Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax Banner die.

Green & Red Pattern Papers - OTC
Brown Pattern Paper - Snow Day Paper Pad - Crate Paper
Stitched Squares - Stitched Square Stack - Ali
Green Backer - Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax Banner die
Stitched white Topper - Die-Namics Stitched Scallop Basic Edges - MFT
Brown pattern Mat cut - Simon Says Stamp dies - Bundle of Stitched Shapes
Gingerbread Man Stamp - Echo Park Joy Stamp Set
Merry Christmas Stamp & Holly - HOTP Fancy Christmas Greetings Stamp Set
Stamped Green, Heat embossed Clear Acrylic
Sending you Sentiment Stamp -  Darcie's Clear stamps - Spicy Sweet Holiday
inside Stamping Ink - Stampabilities Pigment Brown
inside Sentiment Mat - Torn Rectangle Stack
inside Flag Banners - Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax Banner die
Red Accents on Gingers & Berries - Red Tulip Dimensional paint


I am entering into these fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday - Christmas
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #67
Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #254 Always Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper October 2018 challenge
DL.ART October 2018 Linky Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by my craft room, hope you come back real soon.
 
 

Gingerbread Swing Cards

I had so much fun creating these Christmas cards.  I started out with a swing card base from Creativekuts.com

These pattern papers are from a Paper pad I bought years ago from OTC, they screamed out Gingerbread men to me lol.  The red pattern paper squares are actually scraps though from a HOTP paper pack.  The stitched tag for the Merry Christmas Sentiment stamp I created with a larger tag from Simon Says Stamp dies - Bundle of Stitched Shapes that I cut down using same die.  I loved this fun card so much I made two.

Main Pattern Papers - OTC
Red Pattern Paper - HOTP
Stitched Squares - Stitched Square Stack
Stitched Tag for sentiment - Simon Says Stamp dies - Bundle of Stitched Shapes (Tag)
Inside Sentiment Banner - Stitched Fishtail Flag Stax Banner - MFT
Gingerbread Man Stamp - Echo Park Joy Stamp Set
Christmas Tree Stamp & Die - Snow Globe Stamp & Die Sets - Paper Artist / HOTP
Merry Christmas Stamp - My Craft Spot Tiny Tags Christmas Stamp Set
Sending you Sentiment Stamp - HOTP Fancy Christmas Greetings Stamp Set
Red Accents on Gingers & Tree - Red Tulip Dimensional paint
Stamping Ink - Stampabilities Pigment Brown

I am entering into these fun challenges:
Mod Squad Challenge - Inching along
Simon Says Wednesday - Christmas
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #68
Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #254 Always Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper October 2018 challenge
Scrapy Land {Challenge #99}

Thanks so much for stopping by, hope to have you visit again soon.

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Fall Happy Birthday Easel Card

Today I want to share a cute fall themed Birthday card I made for my hubby's Birthday today.  I got this cute center style easel card base from Cheryl over@ www.creativekuts.com
The striped pattern paper is from My Minds Eye and the basket weave Looking pattern paper... I'm not sure where that came from.  The big label mat is part of the card base file.  The leaves are from Cricut - Creative bug that I used my Cricut embossing stylus to emboss the veins… Love!  I went over them again on a foam mat after the Cricut machine to really make the veins stand out. I used scraps from my scrap bin for the different card stocks used on the leaves, the top one is a brown shimmer card stock.
That adorable squirrel and sentiment are from Nuts about you stamp set.  I modified by cutting off the acorn he was holding and put a pistachio nut in his hands because that is my husbands line of work.... Pistachios.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the squirrel - EB1 EB2 GB8,  nose IG4, Colorista - pistachio for the nut.  The sentiment I heat embossed with clear acrylic over the brown pigment ink I stamped.  I used stitched label dies for the sentiment stack and that is popped up on foam tape to hold the easel in place.  My friend Cheryl over@ creativekuts.com was kind enough to make me the pistachio SVG so I could make this card fit for my hubby, thank you so much Cheryl, YOU ROCK!  I tied a simple bow from a tan sheer ribbon to place on the leaf bunch and then decided to cut two more pistachio nuts in a larger size to place on the bunch as well.
For the inside I used a square stitched die cutting from Kraft card stock.  The sentiment is from a card maker set  that I stamped with the same brown pigment ink.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #335-Leaves
YNS - Fun Friday – Challenge #98
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #66
Jo's Scrap Shack - FFC #252 Always Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September 2018 challenge
DL.ART SEPTEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge
BBTB2 - Anything Goes with a Cricut Cut
 
Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I'm up to in my craft room today.  Have a wonderful and crafty week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Love Story Anniversary layout

I really enjoyed making this layout for my husband to commemorate our love for our 12th Anniversary.  I was putting into a shadowbox frame so I was able to layer things up nice and high.  I used several elements from paper wishes from the On Butterfly Wings collection.
I started off with the main background, a beautiful 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper from the On Butterfly Wings paper pack.  I really love this paper and it helped add a lot of details before I even got started.  I cut two large heart shapes with my Cricut - Hey Diddle Diddle Cartridge out of coordinating papers from the same pack.  
I took my craft knife and cut along the edges of the butterfly wings on either corner so that I could slip the hearts underneath just a little bit,  I love how this technique added even more dimension to my layout.  I used a spellbinders Nestabilities Fleur de Elegance Oval Die to mat our photo onto.  Using the On Butterfly Wings Paper Tole set, I went with the beautiful type writer label that is layered up with four layers of foam tape in the end.  Before adding any layers I used my Cricut Explore machine to write my own sentiment on the label.  "The best LOVE STORY is the one you write TOGETHER and I love ours the MOST"  I used Burtons nightmare font just because I really like the way that it looked, Cricut fine tip moccasin pen used to write.  This was a little bit tricky but now that I know this technique it will come in handy.  I measured the label and where exactly I wanted the writing to be.  In design space I used a rectangle shape to represent the label and placed my sentiment to write and attached together so the sentiment would write with a pen onto the designated rectangle to be cut.  I removed the cutting blade from my machine just so that I would not make an error.  I practiced on regular white card stock realizing that I needed the pen to write out the rectangle for the first pass so I would be able to line up my label over that rectangle.  Once I had the rectangle and sentiment written onto the card stock still on the mat I used repositionable tape and placed my typewriter label exactly in place over that rectangle and had my Cricut write the sentiment again.  I am very happy how this turned out and will be using this technique in the future when needed.  I don't think you can see the layering from this picture but there is the base label Layer that has the writing, then a typewriter with rose layer and then a single type writer and then finally the butterfly is on top of that with foam tape between each layer giving it such dimension. The little butterfly on top I have curled the wings and raise them up.  The love banner at the bottom and the tag that I tied the bow to are both from the On Butterfly Wings free download printable artwork at paper wishes.  For the love banner I used a stitched banner die to cut from the brown pattern paper to back that with for a shadow layer.  For the cute little tag I decided to add a bow but I didn't have the right color ribbon so I took some white crinkle ribbon and sprayed it with Perfect Pearls Mists - Interference Red and Glimmer Mist Vanilla Breeze.  I am so happy with the final color and it matches perfectly with my layout.  I added a flat back pearl to the center of the bow.  For the roses at the bottom of our picture I started with a dazzle from the On Butterfly Wings scrapbooking dazzle set.  I placed the dazzle on some coordinating pink pattern paper from the paper pack, I first tried coloring in the leaves with a green marker but I didn't like the contrast of colors so instead I found some light green rice paper in my stash and I lifted the leaf and bud section that I wanted green and placed that light green rice paper underneath and then continued to cut around the edges of the entire dazzle, this flower is also popped up on foam tape.  I decided to use some of my spellbinder dies from Moroccan Accents to make a dimensional embellishment using the same papers, a bottlecap, my 1 inch circle punch to fill the bottle cap with paper and then placed 2 heart dazzles in the bottle cap before adding a clear acrylic cap topper.  Pinching the tips of the pink diecut to form a dimensional space around the bottle cap.  I  then took two different sizes of black jewel dazzles and placed all around the elements on my page to bring it all together, making sure that I placed them on the body of every butterfly including the flat ones on my Beautiful background paper.   I really like how this also popped and added more dimension and really drew your eye to each and every element.

In the Frame
I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday: Pop It Up
Crafty Creations Challenge #374 - Anything Goes
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #64
FFC #251 Always Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September 2018 challenge
DL.ART SEPTEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge
BBTB2 - Anything Goes with a Cricut Cut
Thanks so much for stopping by to see what I'm up to and my craft room this week.
Crafty hugs, Eva


Love You Blocks pop-up card

Today I'm sharing my Anniversary card that I made for my hubby, we have been married for 12 years now.  Every year I try to make him a special card usually on the more masculine side but this year I went with pinks and reds and hearts and love!   My friend Cheryl over @ www.creativekuts.com made this sweet card base for me because she's just awesome like that!
The gorgeous foil accented pattern papers are from Recollections Valentine's Day paper pad.  I used a different Valentine's Day paper pack for the pink cardstock that I backed the pattern mats with.  In keeping with the gorgeous foil accents in the pattern papers I decided to try cutting my red dollar store foil in the Cricut.  For the love you letters I used a font from my computer called Monterey BT that I cut in a shadow rounded style using SCAL.  I also got the heart for the letter blocks from SCAL – basic shapes.
OK for that gorgeous fancy heart I found that on Cricut.  It is from monogram motifs and it was a free file.  I'm not sure if it is free all the time, I do not have the monthly access so I check what is Free and what I've purchased most of the time first and I just searched Heart.  And to my surprise the search came up with that fabulous heart ... wow can you believe how intricate that is?  Gorgeous!  The heart is three layers, the bottom layer I cut from a deep red card stock the second layer I cut from the same pink card stock backing the liners & used my Cricut Explore to write the sentiment with my Cricut .03 black marker using the Fontastic Font DJ Smooth.  Then for the final top layer, that I cut the red dollar store foil paper with my Cricut explore... WOW!  I was so impressed how well and intricate it cut.  It took me three tries before I got the Settings right but that's OK at least all that was wasted was a partial piece of dollar store foil.  I ended up using the setting paper and cutting it two times.  I used that same red foil paper to cut a stitched label using my stitched labels die Stack.  I then decided to heat emboss Happy Anniversary using fine detail white embossing powder.  I honestly wasn't sure if it would work but it did and I was so pleased as I had never heat embossed on foil paper before.  The Happy Anniversary stamp is from Hot Off The Press - Stamp and Punch stamp set.
I added a pink loopy ribbon from my stash down the right side of the card and tied a bow out of the same ribbon and one out of a sheer ribbon & stacked them together with glue dots and placed a red foil flat back pearl in the center.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday: Pop It Up
Crafty Creations Challenge #374 - Anything Goes
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #64
FFC #251 Always Anything Goes
Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper September 2018 challenge
DL.ART SEPTEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge
BBTB2 - Anything Goes with a Cricut Cut

I hope you enjoyed my card today and come back again soon to see what I'm up to in my craft room.
 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Happy Birthday Bee card

Hello Crafters, I have a Birthday Bee card to share with you today.  I used lots of dies including one for that cute Bee. 
I did alter it a bit..... I cut it twice in black and hand trimmed the head off of one of them because I didn't want to use the face of the die.  So I ran the head portion thru my ScanNCut after trimming off the antennas too.  After saving onto my machine I then cut it out in yellow and used a Peachy Keen -  Cute and Cuddly face stamp.  I colored in the eyes with my white jellyroll pen.  I colored in the nose with a pink gel pen and the mouth with a light red gel pen.  Then I adhered the yellow head directly on top of the black head.  I also cut the yellow portions to place in the open areas of the body.  I used vellum for the wings and colored those in a light blue with my Spectrum Noir marker AB2.  I used Simon says stamp bundle of stitched shapes for the light purple background mat.  I then took my stitched buzz trail dies from Lawn Fawn and ran stitched trails all over that mat.  I used another stitched rectangle die to cut the yellow mat.  Using a honeycomb die in a lighter yellow to place on top of that stitched yellow rectangle, making a cute backdrop for the Bee.  I used crafters companion hexagon dies to layer up in the 2 purples for the sentiment.  I used my Cricut to write "Buzzin by to say…"  with a black .03 Cricut pen in a fontastic fonts - DJ Smooth.  Finally I cut a Happy Birthday die out of the same dark purple as the card base.  Using up plenty of scraps for this one, which I love to do!
For the inside I used my Cricut to write the sentiment with the same font and pen "Have a Bee-utiful day filled with love & joy!"  I cut this mat out with my Simon says stamp bundle of stitched shapes - stitched rectangle die.  I used 2 Bee images to stamp from the crafters companion hexagon dies coordinating stamp set.

I will be entering into these fun challenges: 
Thank you for stopping by to see what I'm up to in my craft room today.   Have a wonderful and crafty day!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Boo! Ghost Dress-up Card

 Hi crafters, I made another Fall card this morning this time for Halloween.  Nothing spooky about this one!  This layout is based on the sketch over at Tuesday morning sketch challenge.
I used the Block stamping technique again this time for the purple background behind the ghost.  I found my watercolor paper and like the texture it added.  This time I used my brand new Spectrum Noir Aqua markers - purple bloom and petunia for the technique.  I also used the purple bloom marker to stamp BOO!  I used Spectrum Noir markers OR1 and Colorista Satsuma to color the pumpkin, RB2 to color the stem and Olive green for the little curly tendrils.  I also cut a small black circle to put behind the pumpkin.  For the ghost I colored black behind his eyes before putting him together and I used IG1 & the blender pen to do some shading on him.  The sign is written on with the Cricut using fontastic fonts – DJ fancy.  Cricut pens used are fine tip black for trick–treat and fine tip magenta for the word or.  I used fine tip Gemstone blue to hand dot the nail heads on the sign.
For the inside I used more of the same cardstocks and paper from the front using some of my Stitched Stax Rectangle Dies to cut them out.  Largest is from Simon says Stamp Bundle of Stitched Shapes.

A-2 card base -  Black Recollection's  card stock 
Pattern paper - DCWV
Ghost - Cricut paper doll dress up
Pumpkin -  Cricut paper doll dress up   (popped up on foam tape)
Sign - Cricut old west
Boo! Stamp - Frightfully Cute - Craftin Desert Diva's (purple bloom Aqua Marker)
Label -  wavy stitched frames - Ali
Drippy Goo Border - Martha Stewart punch 
Purple rhinestone gems - my Stash
Happy Halloween Stamp -Happy Celebrations -Craftin Desert Diva's (Memento Tuxedo Black ink)
Pumpkin Stamp - Pumpkin Day Witch Stamp (Wild Honey Distress ink)
Inking edges of elements - Walnut Stain Distress ink
 
I will be entering into these fun challenges: 
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #334-Autumn
Thanks for stopping by my blog to see what kind of crafty fall project I was up to today.
I hope you all have a fabulous and crafty day.
 

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fall Center Scene Stepper Card

Oh my goodness you guys I saw this incredible new to me card style on Pinterest and just had to try it.  I made the card base myself looking at other cards.  Next time I will widen the center area and make it more narrow on the left and right side to give a bigger area for the scene.  I kept this one pretty simple but I look forward to making many more with lots of layering.  I have lots of ideas swirling around now for this one.  LOL
I used a regular 65 pound Recollection's white cardstock for the base, in the future I will be sure to use my Neenah 110 pound.  I used brown Recollection's cardstock for the shadow layers and some very adorable Cricut pattern papers to decorate my mats and the inside also. They are both from Cricut Doodlecharms 6 x 12 mat stack.
The adorable little acorn with leaf on center stage is from Cricut - B is for boy cartridge.  I stamped his little face from peachy Keen stamps - Everyday Characters.  I chalked his cheeks with pink glitter chalk.  I cut a small slit on the platform below him and used a thin strip of acetate to slide into it to adhere him to & stand him up on, I just cut a piece from an old clam shell package.  I used a Die-Versions Whispers - Old Oak Leaves die to cut out the decorative leaves with acorns on either side.  I only wanted to use a small portion so I cut away what I wanted from each one.  I used a stitched flag banner die for my Happy Thanksgiving sentiment cut from kraft cardstock.  The stamp is from Lawn Fawn - Celebration Scripty Sayings.  I stamped first in brown pigment ink then again with clear VersaMark ink  and heat embossed with clear acrylic embossing powder.  The other green leaf is from the same Cricut cartridge – B is for boy, only this time I cut the solid leaf backing and used the negative space for the vein that was left over from the first leaf.  I added a few gold glitter gum drops down by the sentiment just to add a little bling.  Oops I almost forgot I also cut a Wavy Flag Fishtail Banner from Kraft cardstock to layer at the top.  I thought about adding the word FALL to the banner but I kind of just liked it like this so I left it alone.

I am entering into these fun challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge #334-Autumn 
Thank you so much for stopping by I hope you enjoyed my project.  I really enjoyed creating this new to me card style and look forward to making more in the future.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Ink Block Stamping Pumpkin card

Hello Crafters,  I couldn't find my watercolor paper so my background warped a little bit but I had so much fun creating it with the ink block smooshing technique I don't even care,  I like it anyway.  I also followed the latest sketch over at Tuesday morning sketches for this fun layout design.
I used a long skinny acrylic block and smooshed distress ink onto it, using 3 colors each time.  I used Wild Honey, Weathered Wood & Fossilized Amber.  I stamped 3 times alternating the block each time.  I also put something heavy on the block each time I stamped and let it set weighted down for about 3 minutes each time to achieve the dark rich colors.  I love how the blue mixed with the other two colors and gave me greens also. I all blended so perfectly with my pattern paper that I had already chose.  
That pattern paper is from DCWV Stack called Four Seasons.  The frame is from Cricut Lacy Labels & the scalloped border is Cricut Straight From the Nest.  The shadow for the frame and the scalloped border are both cut with brown recollection's card stock.  I lined the border up with the line in the stamping so that you could still see all three blocks of color and the breaks in between.  I used foam tape to pop up the Duo of pumpkins die cut that is topped with brown flocking.  I added a bow over to the left that I die cut with my bowknot flower die, choosing only to use the bow and not layer it into a flower.  I cut it out of Kraft card stock and really like the way it looks like I tied a bow with a string.  I wanted to add some bling to the center so I got out my translucent dew drops.  The closest color I had was an Amber-gold color and it didn't stand out enough so I grabbed my B02 Spectrum Noir marker and colored it a deep orange before attaching to the bow with glossy accents.  I used my NEW Cardz TV stamp set Thankful For You to stamp Harvest Blessings with a brown pigment ink.  I Love love love my new awesome Fall stamp set!  It will get used a lot in the upcoming month or so.
For the inside I kept it really simple and did a Single Block Stamping with the same colors and added a brown flocked Happy Thanksgiving label to match the front label design.  I added a small pumpkin to the bottom and it is ready to go in my Fall Cards to go out to loved ones this year.


I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut - Challenge #334-Autumn Lacy Labels & Straight from the Nest
Simon Says Monday - Stamp it On  Block stamping to create Background & Sentiment stamp
Tuesday Morning Sketches #469
Mod Squad Stamp Your Block Cardmaking Challenge
Simon Says Wednesday: Stamp It For STAMPtember Block stamping to create Background & Sentiment stamp
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #63
Jo's Scrap Shack FFC #249 Always Anything Goes
DL.ART SEPTEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed my project.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Happy Birthday Butterfly Center Step Card

Hi there Crafters.  So back in June of last year I ordered the paper wishes butterfly garden card kit from HSN.  apparently I hid it from myself.  I finally pulled it out to use it today to make a birthday card for my Sister.  Now I'm not really one for card kits so usually when I buy them I take out the elements and make something completely different with it than what their kit calls for.  That is of course exactly what I did here.
I started off by making a wide center step card base  that I created my own SVG file for several years ago.   I made this one nice and big to fit the elements from the kit @ 6 1/2" x 5"  I cut the liners using a light green pattern paper that came with the kit.  I used a large butterfly label for the center, lifting up the wings of the large butterfly to give the card extra dimension.  I also used my clear wink of Stella glitter brush to go over the patterns on the large butterfly wings.   I cut two more small butterflies and attached them to the label only adhering on one wing for each allowing for more dimension by lifting a wing on each small butterfly.  Towards the top of the label I added a coordinating happy birthday banner that I popped up on foam tape.  There was a matching paper ribbon in the kit that had cut outs down the center.  I cut that down to fit on both sides of the card.  I wanted to thread ribbon through  them but I had none in the color that matched my card elements,  so I took a spectrum noir marker - PL5 and colored a white sheer ribbon to match the purple elements.  I then threaded the now matching ribbons through each of the paper ribbons leaving a small bit bunched up on each weave to give the card even more texture and Dimension.
Here is a close-up view of some of the awesome texture & dimensions on this card.
At the bottom of the card I decided to add some small circles with flowers from the kit but it needed something a little more.  So I cut some pierced flowers out of some matching pink designer paper with my second to smallest pierced flower Stax die, attaching to either side at the bottom of the card.  Using my clear wink of Stella brush marker to accent the centers of the flowers.
For the inside I stamped the sentiment in Colorbox Pigment - Iris Ink.  Sentiment stamp is from HOTP - Lacy Things Stamp set.  I also stamped a butterfly in the corner with Violet ink and colored in with shimmer chalks.  That stamp is from HOTP Botanical Butterflies. I cut that entire pink mat out with my largest stitched rectangle stax die set.  I cut a strip of the same light green HOTP DSP and layered that with the leftover paper ribbon, this time leaving the pop-outs down the center in place.  I added that as a border for the sentiment mat.  I also stamped a larger butterfly on the envelope, HOTP - Botanical Butterflies but I did not take a picture of that.

I am entering into these fun challenges:
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #62
FFC #248 Always Anything Goes 
HIMCR #367 - Any Occasion!  Birthday
Mod Squad Challenge - Butterflies or Rainbows
DL.ART AUGUST 2018 LINKY CHALLENGE

Thanks so much for stopping by my crafty blog today to see what I have been working on.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Center Easel 3D Scallop Card

So for this card I actually have a couple of firsts.  This is my first center easel card, so easy to create.  This is also my first time creating with paper tole, this one happens to be a foil design.  How pretty!  I really love the way it looks with the depth of the layering.


Close up of 3D layering & Embossing below it
For the center Easel card it's really very simple.  I started with an A2 sized card.  I decided to use a white card base so I added the DSP on the entire front cover before scoring and cutting from DCWV – black currant Stack.  For the front cover on the 5 1/2" side - slice down vertically from the centerfold of the card front at 1 1/2" and at 4"  leaving you with two outer strip flaps and one center flap.  Score the center flap in the very center this time horizontal, giving you the easel element.  For the left and right strip flaps adhere those down evenly on your card base.  I then cut smaller DSP mats for the liners (2 @ 1 1/4" X 4" & 2 @ 2 1/4" x 1 7/8") from a HOTP - finished in a flash  - floral kit that would match well with the 3D paper tole that I wanted to use, which is also from HOTP.  This 3D paper tole set is called Unforgettable,  and wow is it pretty in person.  The beautiful colors and the foil in the layering… Love it!   OK so I used an HOTP scallop Circle die to do the white background layer.  Then I attached the bottom layer of my foil paper Tole with my ATG gun
I then adding foam between each of the layers as I built up this piece, wow just look at the depth it creates.  I know my BFF is going to love this pretty 3D card Birthday card.  

Only adhering the white scallop to the bottom portion  below the fold line of the center easel.  I decided to add a striped DSP from the same paper kit as I didn't care for it being plain white  underneath, I am not sure of measurements on this one.  I used my stitched scallop oval stack dies to create the sentiment/Easel stopper layers.  For the top white stitched scallop oval, I stamped Birthday Wishes with HOTP decorative card flaps stamp set.  stamping over to the left with colorbox boysenberry pigment ink leaving room for a flower and heat embossed the stamping.  Popping that white stitched scallop oval up onto foam tape I then added one of the extra flower art pieces from the paper tole set.  I added the flower directly onto the white scalloped oval with glue and added a small bit of foam tape to the outer edge that hung over.   I added a couple of matching elements that I recently picked up from HOTP called multi colored metal clips.  I just slipped them over opposite corners of the card.  I also took my wink of Stella clear glitter brush to brush over the centers of the flowers and the little purple dots just to bling up those strips of DSP on either side a bit.   What a fun simple birthday card, I really enjoyed making.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #62
FFC #248 Always Anything Goes 
HIMCR #367 - Any Occasion!  Birthday
Mod Squad Challenge - Butterflies or Rainbows
DL.ART AUGUST 2018 LINKY CHALLENGE

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Fairy Album Card

Oh my gosh what an awesome project I have to share with you today that I made for my Daughter's Birthday.  Thank you Cheryl from CreativeKuts for helping me with this design layout. 
(I had to use mini paper clips to hold closed for photos)
I decided to keep the front cover very rectangle so that this album could be displayed on the shelf and stand properly, but you could attach fancy shape covers if you'd like. I started off with my beautiful fairy with lantern die and accented her wings with a translucent glitter sheet (HOTP) I glued behind.  I did the same for the lantern but I colored it in first to give it a pink glow.  The background pattern paper is from Cricut - Animal Kingdom.  I also used the Cricut to write the sentiment "What a beautiful magical first…"  using font Cricut alphabet.  I used Cricut alphabet again but this time to cut out 30,  pattern paper used is Lawn Fawn - polka in the meadow.  Using DSP from authentique - classique pretty  I cut the frame at the top of my project with my die–versions whispers nesting frames 1.  I cut the happy birthday with my Cricut - creative everyday cards.  I added a metallic pink puffy heart gem that I also placed a heart die cut from the translucent glitter sheet over the top. I went around the die-versions frame and the numbers 30 with a black sharpie marker to define the edges.

 Now onto the inside…
Isn't that just gorgeous?   For the inside I used more of the same designer papers as the front, adding in the striped paper that is also from the authentique stack.  My original idea was to only add pictures of the four kids leaving the Lacy pattern paper spots open but I loved adding the black-and-white photos so much I decided to add pictures of her and her husband as well, I think she will really treasure this and either display it standing like this or she could actually flatten it and add it into a frame ... that's why I kept everything so squared off.  I used my stitched square stack dies to cut all of the squares for the inside.   The entire card is 9" x 12" wide.  For all of the pink pattern paper mats I used the 2 5/8"
stitched square to cut them all.  For the two smaller rectangle pieces I simply used the same size square die cutting one of each and cut them in half.  For all of the photos I sized them down in my Craftartist program cropping away everything I didn't want and sized them down to  2 1/2 inch squares,  leaving myself just enough of a bleed to get a perfect cut on every one.  So using my 2 3/8" stitched square die, they each cut out perfectly.
For the pretty heart Flourish on either side  I used spellbinders frosty forms border die and then trimmed it in half using one on each side.  I cut it from black card stock and went over both entirely with wink of Stella clear glitter brush.  I then used my two tiny heart dies from a Band-Aid die set.  I cut one from black cardstock & the other smaller one was cut from the Cricut animal kingdom pink paper  but first I layered on some of the translucent glitter sheet before cutting.  

Using the Cricut classic font I created the love and XOXO in Cricut design space.   The heart on love is also from that same cartridge.   For both of those I went over them with  glossy accents giving them this brilliant shine that actually makes them look acrylic.  I cut the heart from the lawn fawn matching DSP and popped that up with foam tape.  That is the only element on this that would prevent her from putting it into a flat frame with glass on it, but honestly if that's what she chooses to do we can remedy that very quickly.   I just really liked the look of it popped up.  I am so absolutely happy with this project I think I will be making the inside portion with the photos of the kids for myself to display in my craft room😊
I added a back cover where I could sign and add a couple more photos.  I decided to go with photos of the two of them when they were in high school,  back before they created this beautiful family of theirs.  The "handmade with love" sentiment came from Cricut – Wild card, which I used my Cricut to write with a Cricut fine tip black pen.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Scrapy Land {Challenge #96}  Die-Versions & Spellbinders
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #62
FFC #248 Always Anything Goes
Cut It Up Challenge - Challenge #155 - ABCs or 123s
HIMCR #367 - Any Occasion!  Birthday
Always Happy Birthday August Challenge: Birthday Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's - Silhouettes for August Fairy

Thanks so much for stopping by to see what labor of love I was busy creating in my craft room this week

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

It's Five o'clock somewhere

I had so much fun creating this card with my Cricut Explore Air.  Dreaming of sandy beaches and fruity drinks-es lol I know that's not a word.... just being silly to rhyme  😁

This card is based on a sketch over at Tuesday Morning Sketches.  I used a 6 1/2 x 5" card base folded at the top for this one.  The adorable water and sunray pattern papers are from Photo Play - Summer Daydreams.  I had the Cricut machine write the sentiment  with a Cricut black ink marker .03 tip using fontastic DJ Fiddlesticks for the top and bottom lines and fontastic DJ Smooth for the middle line.
I cut a sand dune border to go across the center from Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up.
I die-cut a stitched scallop rectangle frame in white,  then again out of the blue water paper to use for the background of the frame.  I used that same sand dune cut sized down to place three layers at the bottom of the frame placing the fruity drink in between layers two and three.  I cut the pineapple fruity drink from Cricut - Life's a Beach.  I scored lines at the bend of the straw.  I used Wink of Stella clear glitter pen for the inside of the lemon before attaching and went over the cutlines in the pineapple as well.  The adorable sand dollars are from Cricut - Life's a Beach cartridge.  I used Tim Holtz distress ink - old paper to tint the bottom layer of the Sand dollar's making the designs really pop.  Speaking of pop, I used foam squares under the bottom Sand dollar to pop it up.   What a super fun summery card to design! I hope you enjoyed the result.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches #467
Fantabulous Cricut  Challenge #333-Beach
DL.ART Thankful Thursday Challenge #234 "SUMMER"
Simon Says: Food and/or Drink

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Have a wonderful day!

Trick or treat pumpkin card

Today I have a scary looking Halloween card for you.  I wanted to create the pumpkin all in black to give it a Silhouette off in the distance look that's glowing from the inside.   This is another fun take on the sketch over at your next stamp sketch challenge.
The background pattern paper is from Elegant Witch Mat Pad - Martha Stewart
The rest of the pattern pieces are all Halloween Scraps
I used my stitched banner die for the bottom Grey layer.
I used a stitched rectangle die for the purple plaid layer.
I created a black stitched frame with two of my square stitch Stax dies, I then cut a pattern scrap with the smaller of the stitched dies to inset as a background for the pumpkin.
I then placed the spooky black pumpkin with the hat inside the box and decided to go ahead and add yellow insets for the eyes, nose and mouth.  At this time (last minute lol) I decided to incorporate a little more yellow to pull the card together so I got out my YNS scallop edge die, placing under the plaid layer at the top and bottom.
I stamped trick or treat and heat embossed with fine detail white powder, that sentiment is from Craftin Desert Divas - Frightfully Cute stamp set.

I will be entering into this fun challenges:
YNS - Sketch and Color Challenge #96
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #61
DL.ART AUGUST 2018 LINKY CHALLENGE
Die Cut Diva's - Silhouettes for August

Thanks for stopping by, I always enjoy sharing my projects.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Candy Cane Cutie

Hi Crafters, today I have a fun sketch card to share with you.  Not only did I base this card on the sketch over at Your Next Stamp sketch Challenge I also used the adorable sentiment stamp from their Christmas set - Holiday Sentiments.  Isn't that just the cutest sentiment in candy cane font?  Love it!
These adorable Christmas pattern papers are from HOTP - Christmas Sweets
I used a stitched banner die for the green pattern layer but decided I wanted it squared off so I ran the flag end back through the same die ... die cutting it with the flat End...  I hope that made sense.
I used my stitched postage stamp dies for the next two layers backing them with brown and Kraft card stock.  The cutie patootie elf is from HOTP - Elf Small Stamp.  I colored with my spectrum noir markers, plus I added Gold metallic marker to the bells on the hat and shoes.  That gold metallic marker is from Recollection's.  I cut the elf out with a small outline of white on my ScanNCut 2 machine.  I wasn't happy with the way the elf stamping looked because the shoes the hat and the larger stripes on the candy cane all stamped solid black. I tried to go over the hat with red paint but it didn't stand out so I tried red Stickles and Voila ... was very happy with the outcome.  So I of course went over the hat the shoes and the candy cane stripes with red stickles as you can see.  I used my framed fishtail banner die to cut for the sentiment.  I stamped Candy Cane Cutie as I said before from
YNS -  Holiday Sentiments
I stamped in VersaMagic red Chalk ink and then again with VersaMark clear embossing ink, then using clear acrylic embossing powder and heat set.  I absolutely love how it turned out, what a great sentiment stamp!

I am entering into these fun challenges:
YNS - Sketch and Color Challenge #96
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #61
HIMCR #366 - Use Die Cuts!
DL.ART AUGUST 2018 LINKY CHALLENGE

Thanks for stopping by to see my project.   Have a wonderful day.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Back To School Pencil card

Here is my 3rd and final Back to school card.  I decided to use my Cricut Explore to help me create this card for my 7th grader Grandson.
Base Pencil Card - Cricut Everyday Cards
I used a fine tip black marker for the pencil lead tips
Designer Paper - Colorbok Neutral Basics
Back to School Sentiment - Cricut Simply charmed
Skate Board - actually Scooter I cut the handle off - Cricut Just a Note
Backpack - Cricut Doodlecharms DSP - DCWV Scrap
I used a foam square to pop up top layer of bag 

For the Inside:
Rounded Corner Rectangle - Cricut Basic Shapes
Written Sentiment - Font Cricut Sans - Black fine tip pen
Owl - Cricut Stamping Designer Paper - Colorbok Neutral Basics
Colored in beak with Orange sharpie marker
 
I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday: Back To School
Modsquad Challenge - BACK TO SCHOOL
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #60
HIMCR #366 - Use Die Cuts!
DL.ART AUGUST 2018 LINKY CHALLENGE

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Star Blast Birthday Greetings Easel card

I needed a birthday card for our oldest Grandson who is now working and in college.  Oh my where has the time gone? Lol
For this card I carefully chose some fun colors to make it a cheerful one.  I started by making an Easel card base in white and covered the front in a recollections teal cardstock. After scoring the center for the Easel mechanism I then decided to run the whole card front thru my Darice Chevron embossing folder.  I then went over the score line once again and creased for the Easel base.
I took a piece of mirror cardstock and cut it the full size of the card front, I then took my star blast die and cut it twice, once at the top and then once at the bottom.  I layered a couple of colors of orange cardstock behind it and attached it to the card base only below the fold line.  I layered a lighter orange pattern paper over the center mirrored piece leaving a slight shiny border around the edges.  I then took an acetate oval sentiment from HOTP Cardmaker's Birthday Clear & Frosted overlays book and placed it over a scrap of the matching orange cardstock only adhering under the bottom blue colored section.  I then used a stitched rectangle die to cut through both pieces attaching the acetate even more with the stitching. I added that to the center of the card.  I took three of the small stars that were evacuated from the main die cutting and colored them orange with a sharpie marker, so cute.... they look like custom star brads.
For the inside I covered the entire inside with matching designer paper.  I used a sentiment block from HOTP Cardmaker's Instant Card Art Book, I backed it with another scrap of matching teal cardstock.  I popped up on foam squares to act as a stopper for the Easel mechanism.  I added a couple of evacuated stars to the sentiment block this time leaving them silver to match the front.
I made an envelope for this card on my WRMK 123 punchboard using designer paper from Recollection's Neon & Kraft Paper Pad.

It is very hard to get good photos of this card because of the reflections from the mirror card and the acetate sentiment.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas Ch #382 ~ Birthday Wishes
DiesRUs Challenge #103 - You are a STAR!
Always Happy Birthday August Challenge: Birthday Anything Goes
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #61
Jo  FFC #247 Always Anything Goes
HIMCR #366 - Use Die Cuts!

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Saturday, August 18, 2018

A Blast in Kindergarten Card

Here is the second of three back to school cards for my Grand kids this week.  This one is for my little man who just turned 5 and is so excited to finally get to go to school for the first time ever.  I decided to use my Cricut cuts for this one.  
I used a black base card and made it into an Easel card.  I covered the black with some cute green and yellow grid looking paper from Cricut Celebrations 6X12 Paper pad.
I cut the label in black from Cricut Essentials & layered it with some orange and yellow star paper from ATD Birthday wishes paper pad
The fun crayons, glue and scissors are from Cricut Simply Charmed.  I used up lots of scraps to cut all of the embellishments.  I stamped have a blast in Memento Black ink from Space Explorer Stamp Set.
For the inside I cut a fat crayon shape to add another sentiment onto.  I used my black fine tip Cricut pen to write "In Kindergarten" with Fontastic Fonts - DJ Terrific and popped it up on foam tape to hold the Easel open.

I will be entering into these fun challenges:
Fantabulous Cricut Challenge #332-Anything Goes
Simon Says Wednesday: Back To School
Modsquad Challenge - BACK TO SCHOOL
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #60
FFC #247 Always Anything Goes
Thanks again for stopping by to see what I am up to in my craft room.

Chalkboard Back to School shaped card

The kids went back to school this week so I had to get them all a special card made. This one is for my Grand daughter going into the 6th grade starting middle school this year.
This is another cute file from creativekuts.com
I used my Cricut Explore not only to cut everything for this card but also for the writing.
I cut the cute shaped card base from Kraft cardstock.  I just used plain black cardstock for the chalkboard.  I used a Recollection's metallic silver pen for the top letters and one of my new Promarx liquid chalk markers for the pink lettering.
I found a cheap way to use other markers in my Cricut Explore by removing my pen holder and buying some cheap dollar store foam pen grips and cutting them to fit around .... I will post photos below.

I used a Cricut fine tip pen for the math and science books and stamped the face on the apple with Peachy Keen Basic Paper Doll Faces stamp set using Memento Tuxedo black ink. I drew some black marks on the ruler by hand.  I used foam tape to pop up the chalk holder ledge.
For the inside I again used my Cricut Explore to write, this time in a Cricut fine tip blue pen.
I stamped the heart apple with a dollar store stamp from my stash.  I used spectrum Noir markers to color it in.
 
I hope that helps anyone.

I am entering into these fun challenges:
Simon Says Wednesday: Back To School
Modsquad Challenge - BACK TO SCHOOL
CARDZ TV ANYTHING GOES CHALLENGE #60
FFC #247 Always Anything Goes

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