Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Open Banner Birthday Card

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Today's share is another quick Birthday card for my Mom. This time I didn't add any pen work or add any backing patterned paper - and I was very happy with the clean and simple look. Again, I made two identical cards but only photographed one of them.

The key to making a card like this is to use a nice, heavyweight card stock. It wouldn't have the same appeal if the card stock were 'flimsy'. I have heavy card stock from Papertrey Ink that I love. And I hoard it because the cost of shipping to Canada is outrageous. However, my friend "B" shared a sheet of 110 card stock that she picked up (with a coupon) at Michaels. OMGoodness - it's perfect!

Heavy White card stock - Recollections
Banner die - We R Memory Keepers
Happy Birthday - Stampin' Up
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Inside words - My Favorite Things
Easel Die - Elizabeth Craft Designs and patterned paper (K & Company)

Card size - both, A2

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Monday, 27 June 2016

Masculine Birthday Card

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Today is Masculine Card Monday here on my blog, and my card share is one of the cards I put in the card set for my dental hygienist Anne.

The photo card stock is from a stack I found on clearance and I only used a portion of the 12 x 12" sheet for this card. Anne really liked this card, so I think I will use this idea of splitting the patterned paper panel again.

Below, the chevron border is die cut from the beige Astroparche panel so the Kraft card background shows through.

Kraft Card stock
Patterned paper - DCWV
Chevron Die - We R Memory Keepers
Stamps - Papertrey Ink

Card size - A2

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Red & Blue Trees Christmas Card

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Today's share is another Christmas card for my stash. I'm really liking the Stampin' Up Peaceful Pines set, and that you can make them specifically to coordinate with the patterned paper you are using.

On a personal note, the insurance company finally approved the new medication. Well, 60% of it - which still leaves a $960 per month tab. Sheesh ... It's not like this is a new to the scene medication, how in the world can it cost that much money? It looks like the drug manufacturer has some financial assistance, which we are now applying for. The drug will be shipped to me in a little cooler sometime tomorrow, and a nurse will come to the house to help me administer that first dose (injection). Then I should be on my way to getting this Rheumatoid Arthritis into remission. Whew.

Patterned paper - My Minds Eye
Tree stamps and dies - Stampin' Up
Stitched Ovals - My Favorite Things
White card stock
Words inside - Papertrey Ink

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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Saturday, 25 June 2016

C4C 342 - Add a Butterfly

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. I am the hostess for June and our Guest Designer is fellow Designer Team Challenge-mate Caz Counsell from Stamping Caz.

My challenge this week is "Add a BUTTERFLY! I love butterflies, so have a butterfly be the main focus 
of your card this week. If that doesn’t work of you - just add a butterfly. :-)"

Once again, I was working ahead. I made this card back in the Spring as I knew I wouldn't have a lot of crafting time in May. There hasn't been much in June, either! We've been busy babysitting the Grandkids, Gregg's been doing yard work and helping the kids with theirs (can you say MULCH?),  recovering from my bottom molar abscess and subsequent extraction, and dealing with a lot of pain and lack of mobility while the insurance company and Rheumy figure out what drug I will get on next. Poof - time goes by in a flash.

I used the Butterfly Pivot  and Butterfly Accessory dies for my card, and a pretty photo patterned paper to make our daughter a Mother's Day card for my Mom to give her.

There is just something special about a square card, isn't there?

Check out the C4C 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 C4C342.

Black card stock
Cream card stock
Patterned paper - DCWV
Fitted Frames 5 - Lace Circles, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Fitted Circles, Elizabeth Craft Designs
Butterfly Pivot (Butterfly Body), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Butterfly Accessories (small butterfly with layers), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Fun foam
Happy Mother's Day stamps - Hero Arts
Butterfly punch - Stampin' Up
Seam binding

Card size - 5" square

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Friday, 24 June 2016

'Be Fierce' Pull Card

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Today's share is an Oval Pull Card I made using a new stamp set from Verve. I stamped the words in light grey, went over the printed letters with a marker and painted the brush lettering with water colours. My first time doing this and I will be doing it again for sure!

The notch at the top cuts with the die and keeps the card in the closed position until the recipient pulls the sides to reveal the inside. This card is larger, and will fit in a 5 x 7" envelope for mailing with a single stamp. I'm loving this larger card size, and the beauty of Pop it Ups dies is that YOU get to choose the size of your card, as well as where along the fold you place the design. Pretty darned versatile.

Here is the card opened. We will write our message on the solid white oval.

The boxing gloves were stamped on patterned paper then fussy cut. I made this as a Love Note for our daughter, who fights daily for our Granddaughter's survival with Pulmonary Hypertension.

Oval Pull Card, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
White card stock
Stamps - Verve
Staedtler Fineliners
Dr. PH Martins Hydrus Water Colours
Patterned paper - diana kappa

Card size 7 x 5"

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Thursday, 23 June 2016

Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up

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Today's share is a Love Note I made for our eldest daughter and husband. They deal with a lot for Olivia's Pulmonary Hypertension ... it's stress and juggling 24/7. I bought this awesome stamp set from Verve so used it for their card.

I stamped the words in light ink, then did the lettering with a water colour brush and Water colours.

Inside is a Pop-Up made using the Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I used her Partly Cloudy Stage-It Stencil with the same water colours for the cloud background.

I also added some water colour touches to the Hot Air Balloon.

Hot Air Balloon Pop-Up, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Patterned paper - We R MemoryKeepers
Soft Finish Card Stock, 85# - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Partly Cloudy Stage it Stencil - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Water colours
Stamps - Verve
Katie Label Pivot (labels), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Blueprints #12
Washi Tape
Scotch tape
Elizabeth Craft Designs Clear Double Sided Adhesive, 1/2" width

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Heart Pivot Anniversary Card

Today's share is the Anniversary card I made for hubby ... it was fun to pull out the Heart Pivot again!

The key was cut away from the patterned paper on the front corner, then a second  key was cut from white card stock and adhered inside the card. You can see it through the key shaped opening when the card is closed.

When it is opened, you see the negative space for the key on the left and the white key on the right.

I also added additional layered hearts to the two pivoting hearts.

The back of the closed card ...

... and finally the view from the top, because everyone likes to see how a Pivot Card looks from the top. Whenever I give someone a Pivot Card, they eventually turn it so they can see 'how it works' from a top view.

Patterned paper - diana kappa
Heart Pivot, Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Katie Pivot (labels), Pop it Ups - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs)
White card stock
Stamps - Verve
Glossy Accents

Card size - 5 x 6"

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