Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mission Control We Have A Birthday

Hi Crafty Friends,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Bonnie Sharp 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.

When I first saw this sketch I thought hmmm this one is going to be a tough one, but the more I looked at the sketch the half circle on the bottom of the sketch reminded me of either the moon or a grassy hillside. 

I wanted to play with doing the Galaxy Sky Technique using Distress Oxide inks, so a space theme card it became. I really liked how easy it was to create the background using Distress Oxide inks.

I used stamps from MFT Stamps and There She Goes Stamps to create the space themed card.

Most of you know I love making pop-up cards so that is what I did for the inside. I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up Card die set to die cut the cupcake pop up die from white cardstock and then masked each of the areas to create the moon surface and space scene.

I love how easy it is to disguise the fact that the pop up is a cupcake. 

I decorated the top part of the inside using spaceman, planets, stars and a space ship. On the bottom panel I added a birthday sentiment, the 8th from Karen's Numbers die set and an alien.

This is another card that my grandson will get for his 8th birthday later this year, probably from his auntie.

Here is another view of the inside of the card taken at an angle, so you can see the pop-up portion of the card a little easier.

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: Space Explorers - MFT Stamps; Out of this World - There She Goes
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock; Black
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up Card ; Numbers; Katherine Label Pop-up - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide; Wilted Violet Distress Oxide; Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide; Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide; Black Soot Distress Oxide; Black Glaze Pen; White Gel Pen; Foam Tape; Copics

Friday, March 16, 2018


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Our challenge hostess for the month, Vicky Gould continues to issue the challenges.

St. Patrick’s Day is this Saturday…. make a card featuring green – it can be a St. Patrick’s card, but you can also choose to just use the color green (not all of us are Irish, but we do need cards of various types!)

I used the Concord & 9th Stuck on You Clear Stamp set to stamp the cactus image and after coloring the image and die cutting with the Stitched Mod Rectangle die, I die cut the "Hugs" sentiment from the lower portion of the cactus. Not sure I would want to really hug a cactus ... but I figured it was a fun sentiment to use.

I used one of the smaller cactus images from the stamp set to create the background of my card.

As you can see I have used the Camouflaging Die Cuts or Eclipse Technique on my card again this week. I had originally made this for last week's challenge ... as another one I was making was giving me trouble. But I kept seeing green when I was making this card and I finally got the other to work as I wanted it, so kept this card for this week's challenge. I have a couple of 'green' cards to make this week so it made sense to use this one for one of them.

For the inside of my card, I used another stamp from the stamp set on the background and then used the Katherine Label Pop-up Card die set to create a double pop-up card.

Here is a close up look at the left hand side of the inside of my card. I added the "Stuck on You" sentiment from the stamp set and a small cactus.

For the right hand side of my card I added the larger cactus to the label from the Katherine Label Pop-up Card die set and then a smaller one to the lower right hand corner of the 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: Stuck on You - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Black; Green
Dies: Katherine Label Pop-up - Karen Burniston; Stitched Mod Rectangles Stax; Mod Rectangles Stax - MFT Stamps; Trio Window Cover - Mama Elephant
Other: Black Ink; Gina K Designs Jelly Bean Green Ink Cube; Foam Tape; Copics

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Surprise! Happy Birthday Els Blog Hop

Hi Crafty Friends,

It's Els van de Burgt's birthday and what better way to celebrate but with a surprise Birthday Blog Hop with the Elizabeth Crafts Design Team! Happy Birthday Els!

We hope you will join us in making Els birthday a wonderful day, by dropping by our Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group and wishing her a happy birthday.

The hop started at Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, so if you just happened to hop onto my blog you might like to head back to there first so you don't miss out on any of the fun!

Earlier in the year I created a couple of Star Effect Cards and I promised to create a tutorial on how to create them which I hadn't gotten around to do, So I decided to create another for today's blog hop so that I could finally do a tutorial for you all. You can see my previous two Star Effect Cards here.

Before I get onto the tutorial I will explain what I used to decorate my card today. First up I used Garden Notes - Dahlia 2 to create my Dahlia flower, Susan Tierney-Cockburn shows how to make these on her Facebook Live Video here (you will find it about 14 mins into the video). I added a couple of ferns using the Garden Notes - Ladder Fern and also a couple of sprays of berries using the Garden Notes - Leafy Berry Branch 1. 

The sentiment is from the A Way With Words - Happy Birthday Collection and is layered onto circles die cut using circles from both the Dashing Circles and Dotted Scallop Circles die sets.

Here is how to create the Star Effect Card:

Step 1 - 
  • Cut a piece of cardstock so it measures 6 inches x 5 inches in color of choice (brown used here)
  • Cut a piece of patterned paper so it measures 5 3/4 inches x 4 3/4 inches of your choice (ModaScrap Wood Effect Patterned Paper Pack used here.

Step 2 - 
  • Using the cardstock piece, score along the long side at 3 inches.

Step 3 -
  • Using a trimmer, line up the cardstock so that the point of the centre and the edge are lined up. Cut.
  • Repeat on other side. Refer to photo above ... dotted lines are score lines, solid lines cut lines.

  • You should now have three pieces of cardstock that looks like the photo above.  The centre piece will be the base of your card.

Step 4 - 
  • Take the patterned paper and cut in half at 2 7/8 inches.
  • On the first half of the patterned paper cut in half diagonally from the top right hand corner to the bottom left hand corner.
  • For the second half of the patterned paper cut in half diagonally from the top left hand corner to the bottom right hand corner. 
  • Your paper should look like that above.
  • Adhere the papers onto each of the triangle panels on the card and single triangle pieces.

Step 5 - 
  • Measure up the straight edge of the folded card base 2 inches on each side and mark with pencil.
  • Measure from this point down 3/4 inches and mark with pencil.
  • Cut from the 2 inch mark down to the 3/4 inch mark.
  • Cut a thin sliver out of each slit you just created.

Step 6 - 
  • Lay one of the single triangle pieces over the other, referring to photo above and adhere together.

Step 7 -
  • Place the attached cross triangle panel into the slits of the folded base card.
  • Decorate as desired.

Well now it is time to leave my blog as you continue along our birthday hop. Your next stop is to the talented Karen Nofziger Don’t forget to pop on over to our Elizabeth Craft Designs Family Facebook Group too to wish Els a happy birthday!

Here is the complete blog hop list if you need it.

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Brown Cardstock
Copic Markers

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Hey There

Hi Crafty Friends,

I have a cute doggy card to share with you today. I used the Mama Elephant Favor Accessory - Dog die set to create my dog.

For the background I stamps the Paw Background from Simon Says Stamp onto white cardstock using VersaMark ink and embossed this using white embossing powder. I then added Distress Oxide inks in Lucky Clover; Blueprint Sketch and Wilted Violet all over the card. This card was then die cut using the largest square from the Dashing Squares die set.

For the sentiment I used one of the sentiments from the Fabulous Phrases die set from Concord & 9th which I mounted onto a white circle which was created using Dashing Squares and Dashing Circles so I could get the dashed lines on the three sides of the card.

To finish off the card I used a bone from MFT Stamps Pet Accents die set, which is an older set I have had for some time.

For the inside of the card I added another dog to the lower left hand corner of the card, cutting it off square to the corners. 

I added a sentiment from Concord & 9th's Everyday Greetings Clear Stamp set and added two paw prints created using MFT Stamps Paw Charms Die-namics another older die set.


Stamps: Paws Background - Simon Says Stamp; Everyday Greetings - Concord & 9th
Paper: White; Brown; Blue
Dies: Favor Bag Accessory Dog - Mama Elephant; Fabulous Phrases - Concord & 9th; Pet Accents; Pet Charms - MFT Stamps; Dashing Rectangles; Dashing Circles; Fitted Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other:  Blueprint Sketch Distress Oxide; Lucky Clover Distress Oxide; Wilted Violet Distress Oxide; VersaMark Ink; White Embossing Powder; Black Glaze Pen; Foam Tape

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

A Green Birthday Card

Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our February Paper Pros challenge. This month our challenge is again hosted by Raquel Mason. As St Patricks Day is just a few days away, Raquel has given us the theme of .... Green 

I was going to do something different that what I finally came up with for this challenge, but decided what I was going to do probably didn't have enough green in it. So as you can see I ended up pulling out my Snowman Twist Circle Pop-up Card die set, which has been neglected this year while I have been playing will all Karen Burniston's new release dies to make a Twist Circle Pop-up Card.

I think you would agree that there is no denying that this is a green card!

To decorate my card I used the Outdoor Scene die set to create the cute deer and the trees on the pop-up circle part of this card.

I used the two larger labels from the Katherine Label Pop-up die set to stamp the "It's Your" and "birthday".

I used the Gift Card Label die set and the Happy Birthday die to decorate the front of my card, adding a bronze rhinestone to the centre of the fleur de lis.

Here is one final photo showing my card as it is closing, the circle part of the card "twists" to the opposite direction as it closes.

You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:


Karen Burniston:


Stamps - Couture Creations Fantastic Collection 
Cardstock - White; Green; Lime Green
Designer Paper - Various Green designs
Ink - Black
Foam Tape

Monday, March 12, 2018

Just a Note to Say

Hi Crafty Friends,

Lately I seem to be drawn more and more to floral image stamps for some reason. When I saw these fun stamps from The Ton a few months ago I knew I had to add them to my stash. These are layering stamps and it comes in a three stamp set bundle A; B & C. When I ordered mine there was an option to only order A & B which I did, however I wish I had ordered C as well as I have seen some amazing cards using the background that goes with this set. But as that isn't an option anymore ... I will have to make do with what I have.

I have been waiting impatiently for these to arrive as the postal system seems to be on go slow lately, so once they arrived I had to have a quick play! I pulled out my Altenew Warm and Cozy ink cube set which is a set of 4 shades of orange inks and takes the guess work out of choosing the right colors for layering flowers like these. I need to get a few more sets of these ink cubes in the near future 😀.

I added a sentiment and some white rhinestones to finish off the card.

Of course I always like to decorate the inside of my card too, so I stamped the larger peonies on the left hand side of the card. The inside actually looks better as I hadn't conditioned my stamps when I started to play. I added another sentiment from the stamp set.

Stamps: Peony Notes A & B - The Ton
Paper: White; Green; Orange
Dies: Stitched Rectangles - Simon Says Stamp
Other: Black Ink; Firebrick; Autumn Blaze; Orange Cream; Sunkissed Altenew Inks ; Jelly Bean Green; Grass Green - Gina K Inks; White Rhinestones; Multi Medium Matte; Foam Tape

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Let's Shellabrate

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I have another pop-up card I created recently using Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up Card die set. I have been using this die a lot lately as a generic die to pop up my stamped and die cut images. 

This card started by playing with the Hero Arts Deco Pattern Stencil which I used to sponge two colors of pink Distress Oxides onto. This pattern although not a shell almost looks like one so I decided to use it with this cute mermaid from The Greeting Farm. 

To hide the cupcake pop-up I used the shell from the Honey Bee Stamps Seashell Card die set which I colored again using Distress Oxides in various shades of pink and the decorative overlay was die cut in white and then embossed using Silver Pearl Embossing Powder.

I added a couple of sentiments from the Honey Bee Stamps Mermaid Song Stamp set.


The decorative trim between the pink cardstock and the stencil panel is from Karen Burniston's Cake Trims die set and then Nuvo Drops were added to the upswing portions of the trim.

I repeated many of the elements I used on the inside of the card on the outside. The sentiment is stamped using Distress Oxide ink and then embossed using Silver Pearl Embossing Powder.


Stamps:  Trishell - The Greeting Farm; Mermaid Song - Honey Bee Stamps
Paper: White; Pale Pink; Bright Pink
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up Card; Cake Trims - Karen Burniston;  Seashell Card - Honey Bee Stamps; Dashing Squares - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Tattered Rose Distress Oxide; Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide; Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide; Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide; VersaMark Ink;  Silver Pearl Embossing Powder; Hero Arts Deco Pattern Stencil; Nuvo Bubblegum Blush Gloss Crystal Drops; Nuvo Carnation Pink Gloss Crystal Drops; Foam Tape; Copics

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Getting Old is for the Birds!

Hi Crafty Friends,

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

It is National Poultry Day - a day that is close to my heart since we had egg layers for over 40 years!  My challenge is to create a chicken card - of course if you don’t have a chicken stamp, you can certainly use any type of fowl - cardinal, robin, flamingo - something with feathers!

I created a pop-up card using Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up Card die set ... I love how versatile this die is and how it can be used to pop up larger images.

To decorate my card I used some chicken themed stamps from Rubbernecker which I have had for years and never used. It always feels good when you finally get around to using some older stamps.

Here is a side on view of the inside of my card. To add to the "barn yard" scene I added clouds, a sun, a fence and grass using dies. 

For the front of the card I stamped the chicken feet prints all over the background and added another rooster. 

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: Chicken Coop; Henry; Chicken Feed; Chicken Prints; For the Birds - Rubbernecker Stamps; Distress Stamp - Print Blocks
Paper: White; Yellow; Red; Watercolor Wishes 6 x 6 Paper Pad - Lawn Fawn
Dies: Cupcake Pop-up Card -  Karen Burniston; Cloud Trio; Sun Moon & Stars; Grass; Label - MFT Stamps; Dashing Squares; Fitted Squares - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Fence - Marianne Design
Other: Black Ink; Gina K Kraft Ink Cube; Gina K Charcoal Brown Ink Cube; Lawn Fawn Moonstruck Ink Cube; Black Glaze Pen; White Gel Pen; Copics