Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Let It Snow - Challenge Card

The challenge theme for the design team this month is Classic Christmas.  We are to create a card with things or traditions which always come to mind when we talk about Christmas, such as snowflakes, ornaments, Christmas Trees, etc.  You can view all the cards by the design team on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.


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

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Giveaway Blog Post, or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post, and tell us:  What Elizabeth Craft Designs die or stamp set would you select if making a  Christmas card.

Three lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing. 

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and Facebook page.

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I chose to create two cards for the challenge using Joset's new Snowflake die sets.  There is a second post for this challenge.

This card was designed using the new Snowflake Border and A Way With Words Sentiment.

1.  Begin with a 6-inch square card.

2.  Use a piece of white card stock cut 5 x 6 inches.  Use the Snowflake Border die and die cut the border on both the top (along the 6 inch width) and bottom, with the solid portion of the die along the cut edge. Run through the die cutting machine.  The inside side edge of the border will be cut around, leaving the straight edge along the outside edge.

3.  Cut a piece of white card stock 6 by 1 1/2 inches.  Score around the edges of this piece.  Attach to the center of the 5 x 6 inch piece, between the snowflake borders.  

4.  Use the A Way With Words 'Let It Snow' die cut for the sentiment.  Die cut it using silver metallic Shimmer Sheetz or cardstock.  Glue the sentiment to the middle of card.

Australian Opal Gemstone - 3 Pack - ElizabethCraftDesigns.com

5.  Use a piece of the Australian Opal Gemstone Shimmer Sheetz to attach behind the two die cut snowflake borders.  The shimmer sheets create beautiful pastel colors behind the snowflakes when moved side to side.  I did not glue the inside edge of the snow border down.  Attach the snowflake border panel to the front of the card.

  The products used can be purchased from the links below.




Winter Blessings - Challenge


The theme for the design team this month is Classic Christmas.  We are to create a card with things or traditions which always come to mind when we talk about Christmas such as snowflakes, ornaments, Christmas Trees, etc.  You can view all the cards in this challenge on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog at this LINK.


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

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Facebook Giveaway Blog Post, or the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post, and tell us:  What Elizabeth Craft Designs die or stamp set would you select if making a  Christmas card.

Three lucky winners will be selected in a random drawing. 

The winners will be announced on Friday, September 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and Facebook page.

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I chose to create two cards for the challenge using Joset's new Snowflake die sets.  There is a second post for this challenge.

1.  This is a 6-inch square card.

2.  Cut a piece of Gold or Silver Metallic card stock six inches square. 

3.  Use the largest snowflake die in the Snowflakes die set.  Center the die in the center of the metallic card stock and die cut. 

4.  Use a piece of white card stock 4 1/2 inch square with a piece of Clear Double Sided Adhesive attached to one side.  Remove the protective covering and sprinkle with Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter.  Polish the glitter with your fingers.  Attach to the back of the die cut snowflake.  Attach this piece to the front of the card.



To create the frame:

5.  Use Becky Sneddon's Garden Scene die set and the Fitted Frames Square die set, using largest Fitted Frame die and die cut a frame, using white card stock.  Place the Fitted Frame die inside the Garden Scene frame die and run through the die cutting machine.

6.  Use the frame die from the Garden Scene die set and die cut one solid piece of white card stock.  

7.  Use the Garden Scene piece die cut in step 6 and place the Fitted Frames 2-Lace die in the center and die cut.  This will cut an opening in the larger piece.  Use only the two largest frames in the Fitted Frames die cut.

8.  Cut a piece of white Fun Foam 5 1/4 inches square.    Use the Fitted Squares die set to die cut an opening in the  center of the Fun Foam.  Attach the frames to the Fun Foam using Clear Double Sided Adhesive.  The foam will add dimension to the card.  Attach the Frame over the Metallic die cut snowflake.    In the corner of the frame, add one of the metallic ovals from the die cut snowflake. 

9.  Use the Classic Christmas stamp set for the sentiment. Emboss the sentiment on white card stock, cut around it and attach to the bottom of the frame.

The products used are linked below. 






Monday, September 17, 2018

Happy Holidays


Today I have another Christmas card.  This is a 5x6 1/2 inch card.  

Cut a piece of white card stock slightly larger than the front of the card.  Score around the edges using a ScoreBoard.

Create a gold metallic frame using the Largest Dotted Scallop Oval die set and the Garden Notes Frame It-Stitched Oval die set (use the 3rd die down in this set).    Place the Stitched Oval inside the Dotted Scallop Oval and die cut.  Save the center for another project.  I love that by using the Frame It-Stitched Oval, you get the stitched design around the inside of the Dotted Scallop Oval.  It is a very finished look.  Attach to the front of the card.

Use the Words 5 - Winter Wishes die set and die cut the sentiment using gold metallic card stock.  Attach inside the frame as shown.

Use the Garden Notes Poinsettia die set and create one red Poinsettia. A combination of Copic Markers and PanPastels were used to color the poinsettia and green leaves.   Use the Flower Tool Kit to shape and the Kid Choice Glue to assemble. Attach the Poinsettia in the upper left corner over the edge of the gold frame.

Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pine Cone die set for the pine boughs and pinecone. Die cut 2 pine boughs and enough pieces for one pine cone. Attach the Pine bough and Pine Cone in the lower right side of the oval, as shown above.  Save one small pine bough to tuck under the bottom of the poinsettia.

Use the Garden Notes Berry Spray and create one berry branch. Use red Nuvo Crystal Drops for the berries.  Allow to dry.   Cut the branch into small pieces and tuck under the poinsettia.

Use the CountryScape Critters 1 die set and die cut 1 squirrel.  Color and attach as shown above the pine cone.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut the reindeer.  Color and attach with dimensional tape to the lower left corner.  My favorite way to color die cuts is to sponge on ink or PanPastels.

When I use the Festive Glow and Christmas Tree die sets, I save the small snowflakes for future use.  A few of these saved snowflakes were glued to the card, as shown.  

This dimensional card can be mailed in the Clear Acrylic Box that measures 6 3/8 x 6   
5/16.  

Links are provided below for the products used.  




Friday, September 14, 2018

Merry Christmas


Joset's new Christmas die set are so fun to work with to create Christmas cards.  For this card I used her new Santa Clause and Moose die sets.

This is a 6-inch card.  

The Becky Sneddon's Garden Scene frame die and the largest Fitted Square die set were used to die cut a frame using white card stock.  To create, tape the Fitted Square die inside the Garden Scene frame die and run through the die cutting machine.

The largest Fitted Square die was used to cut a square to fit inside the die cut frame.  The upper portion of this die cut square was sponged using blue ink.  

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut two snowbanks.  Attach at the bottom of the Fitted Frame Square, alternating  the snow banks for different levels of snow.  Attach this piece to the front of the card, inside the white frame.

Use the Reindeer die set and die cut one tree.  Attach as shown.
  
Use the Santa Clause die set for Santa.  Use Red Velvet card stock to die cut the hat, coat and pants of Santa.  Use White Velvet card stock to die cut the fur, beard and mustache.  Use black card stock for the gloves and boots.  Use gold metallic card stock for the bell.  Assemble Santa.  Attach to the lower left side of the card, using dimensional tape.

Use the Moose die set  for the moose.  Color and assemble.  Attach to the lower right corner.
  
Use the Classic Christmas stamp set for the sentiment.  Stamp the sentiment using VersaFine Black ink and clear emboss.




Thursday, September 13, 2018

Fishing Polar Bear


I have another cute Christmas card created using three of Joset's new Christmas die sets, from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

This is a 6-inch card.

Use a piece of the ModaScrap White Christmas design paper for the front of the card.

Use the Snowflake Border die set for the border along the top of the card.  

Cut two snowbanks, using scissors, to fit across the lower portion of the card.

Igloo

Use the Igloo die set for the fishing pond; use the ice die.  Color the center using light blue ink to represent water.  Use marker to create splashing water in the center.  Shade around the edges of the ice with light grey.

Use the Igloo die set for the sign.  Die cut using a piece of the ModaScrap Wood Effects design paper.  Use the Cute Winter Sentiments stamp sent for the words on the sign.  Attach the sign behind the snowbank.

Polar Bear

Use the Polar Bear die set for the bear and the fish.  Cut the head off one fish and place it in the splashing water.  Attach one fish so it looks like it is jumping out of the water.  Attach two more fish in the water and one on the polar bears arm.

It is fun to combine different die sets to create a scene.  

You can shop for the products used by clicking on the links below.




Friday, September 7, 2018

Hello Sunshine




Autumn is not far away and I have a card designed using Susan's Garden Notes Sunflowers and Joset's Pumpkin die sets.

Here are the instructions:

Step 1.  Use a 6-inch white square card.

Step 2.  Cut a piece of Chocolate Soft Finish Cardstock 5 3/4 inches square and distress the edges.  Attach to the front of the card. 

Step 3.  Use the Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Circle die set to create an opening on the upper left side of the brown square.  Use the 6th die down for this circle.


Step 4.  Use the 5th down Dashing Circle die and the 6th down Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Circle to die a narrow frame from Cafe-au-Late  Soft Finish card stock.  Attach the die cut frame over the opening in the brown card stock.

Step 5.  Use a 4-inch piece of watercolor paper to create a backing under the die cut circle.  Add Gathered Twigs, Pine Needles, and Wild Honey Distress Oxide Inks to your craft mat, spritz with water and dip the watercolor paper in to color the entire piece.  Dry with heat tool and attach on the back of the die cut opening.  Attach this square to the front of the card.


Step 6.  Use the Pumpkin die set and die cut two tall and one short pumpkins, and the stems, leaves and vines using white Soft Finish Cardstock.  To color the pumpkins sponge on Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, and Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide Inks.  Sponge on lightest color first ending by sponging on darkest color last around the edges.  Sponge Pine Needles Distress ink on leaves, stems and vines.  Glue green pieces to pumpkins.

Step 7.  Use the Garden Notes Berry Spray to die cut two berry sprays using brown card stock.  Use Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal drops for the berries.  Set aside to dry.

Step 8.  Use the Leafy Branch die set to die cut three green branches.  Lightly sponge rust ink over edges of leaves.  Use a light brown marker to color the center of each branch.

Step 9.  Use the Garden Notes Sunflower 2 die set to create three sunflowers.  Use yellow card stock to die cut the flower petals and color the center using the yellow orange PanPastels.  Shape the flowers using Susan's Flower Tool Kit.  Assemble the flowers using Kids Choice glue.  Add small dots of glue over the center of the flowers and sprinkle on Brown Pollen.

Step 10.  Use the CountryScapes Nantucket Arbor & Picket Fence die set and die cut one white fence.

Assemble the die cut pieces to the card front as shown.







Thursday, August 30, 2018

Amaryllis


This is a bouquet created using Susan's Garden Notes Amaryllis die set. 

Use a 6-inch card and cover the front with a piece of the ModaScrap Christmas Holidays design paper.

Use the Dotted Scallop Circle die set and die cut a circle and use approximately 1/3 of the circle to create a doily at the bottom of the card.    

Use the Beaded Circle Frame die set and die cut one circle that fits behind the flowers.  Add Glittered Red Dot Peel Off Stickers on both the Beaded Circle and the doily.

Use the Garden Notes Pottery Pitcher die set and die cut it using a piece of the ModaScrap Wood Effects design paper.  Attach to the bottom of the card.  


Use Susan's Amaryllis die set and die cut three flowers.  Color the base of the petals with yellow green PanPastels.  Edge each petal using a red marker.  Shape the flowers using Susan's Flower Tool Kit and assemble using Kids Choice Glue.  Add pollen to the end of the stamens.

Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Bough & Pinecone die set and die cut 10 boughs.  

Use the Garden Notes Berry Spray and die cut one spray.  Add Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops to create the berries.  This piece will be cut apart and used behind the flowers.

Use the Garden Notes Baby's Breath die set and die cut one branch.  Glue on the white flowers.  This piece will be cut apart and arranged behind the flowers.

Use the Garden Notes Holly die set and die cut four holly leaves.  Use VersaMark ink and clear embossing power on the top of the leaves to give them a waxy look.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.  

Arrange the Berry Spray, Whitepine Boughs, Baby's Breath and Amaryllis in the pitcher as shown. Attach the Holly leaves at the bottom of the arrangement, as shown.

This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes linked below. 




Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Winter Wishes


Today I have a  Winter Wishes card.  I love creating Susan's Poinsettias and finding different ways to display them on my cards.

Start with a 6-inch, bottom opening, card.  Cover the front with a piece of the ModaScrap Unconventional Christmas card stock.

Use the Words 5 - Winter Wishes die set and die cut the sentiment using black card stock.  Attach to the upper right side of the card.

Use Susan's Garden Poinsettia die set and die cut enough white pieces to create 2 poinsettias.  Color the leaves using the light pink PanPastels.  To help the color stay on, use a damp baby wipe and wipe across each leaf.  This helps seal the PanPastel so it doesn't come off on the molding pad.  Shape the poinsettia and leaves, using Susan's Flower  Tool Kit.  Assemble using the Kids Choice Glue.  Add Green and Yellow Prills to the center.

Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecones die set and die cut 7 pine branches.  

Use the Garden Notes Whitepine Boughs & Pinecones die set and create two pinecones.  To create an open pinecone, cup the petals using the flower tool kit.  When building the pinecone, attach each petal with the cup side up.  I like to pinch the base of each petal with my finger nails so the petal stands up a little.  Glue down the petals by starting at the tip and alternating petals all the way down to the base.  If you want a closed pine cone, glue the petals with the cup side down.  

Use the Garden Notes Bouquet Stems and Branches die set and die cut three dark brown branches.  

Use the Garden Notes Birds 1 die set and die cut the cardinal.  Color with markers.  Shape the bird using the large ball stylus in the Flower Tool Kit.  When attaching to the branch, add two layers of double sided foam tape to the center of the bird, so it will hold it's shape.

Use the Garden Notes Berry Spray and die cut one spray using light brown card stock.  Add Autumn Red Nuvo Crystal Drops for the Berries.  

Use the Garden Notes Holly Berry die set and die cut three holly leaves.  To get the shine on the leaves push the leaves on a VersaMark Pad and clear emboss.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.

Arrange all the die cut pieces to the left side of the card as shown.  

The small snowflakes were saved from the Christmas Tree and Festive Glow die sets.  They were randomly glued around the arrangement.


I love to create beautiful cards for my friends and family that they love to receive.    It is well worth the extra time to create amazing cards with Susan's Garden Notes die sets.  

This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

You can shop for the products used by clicking on the links below.



Monday, August 27, 2018

Southern Magnolia Wreath


Today I created a card with Susan's Garden Notes Grapevine Round Wreath and Southern Magnolia die sets

This is a 6-inch square card.

Cut a 5 3/4 inch piece of white card stock to go on the front. Score around the edges with a ScoreBoard.  Attach to the front of the card.  Use Gold Corner and Line Peel Off Stickers to decorate this piece, as shown.



Use Susan's Grapevine Wreath - Round to create the wreath.  Die cut three wreaths and attach them together to create a full wreath.  Only add glue dots in the center of each wreath, leaving the branches free to 'fluff' up to give it some dimension.



Use the Garden Notes Eucalyptus die set and die cut 8 branches, using white Soft finish Cardstock.  Sponge Bundled Sage ink on the leaves.  Use a green marker that is just a shade darker and darken the base of each leaf.  Use Nuvo gray Crystal Drops to create the berries.  Attach the Eucalyptus branches around the Grapevine wreath.

Use the Garden Notes Southern Magnolia die set and create three flowers.  For instructions on how to assemble the Magnolia, watch Susan's YouTube Video - Southern Magnolia at this LINK.  Attach the three magnolias on the wreath as shown in the photo and add the magnolia leaves.

Use Susan's Garden Notes Garden Birds 1 die set the die cut the bird.  Color with markers and add to the bottom of the wreath.

Use fine gold cording and create a bow.  Attach it under the feet of the bird.

This card can be mailed in one of the clear acrylic boxes, which are linked below.

Thank you for stopping by today.

All the Elizabeth Craft Designs products are linked below.







Hot Chocolate


Today I have a card designed using two new Joset Designs Christmas die sets -- the Polar Bear and Hot Chocolate.

This is a 6-inch square card.  A piece of the ModaScrap, Let It Snow, design paper was added to the front of the card.  

Use the Lake Scene and Garden Notes Frame It/Stitched Square die sets to die cut the frame for the front of the card.

Use the Fitted Ovals die set and die cut one white oval to go on the center of the card.  Cut the lower portion of the oval off and sponge the edge with light blue ink.  Attach inside the frame.  Use the snowflake stamps from the Cute Winter Sentiments stamp set to stamp the snowflakes, using blue ink, randomly on the oval.  


Polar Bear


Use the Polar Bear die set and die cut the pieces for the bear.  Assemble.

Hot Chocolate

Use the Hot Chocolate die set and die cut the pieces for the cup, the whipped cream,  the foamy drip, marshmallows, and the steam, using white card stock.  Sponge blue ink on the cup.  

Cute Winter Sentiments

Use the stamp from the Cute Winter Sentiments to stamp the design on the cup, using blue ink.  Use VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder and the sentiment from the Cute Winter Sentiments stamp set, to stamp the sentiment on the cup.
  
Attach the cup, and other pieces die cut for the cup, onto the oval.  Attach the bear in the lower left corner.

Links to the products used are shown below.
  



Sunday, August 26, 2018

Framed Autumn Arrangement


I had so much fun creating today's project.  It feels like Autumn these past few days with cooler temperatures and I was inspired to create an Autumn framed arrangement.  This piece took several days to create, but was well worth it.

For the frame for the project, use the Happy Frame XL die set and die cut the frame pieces using the ModaScrape Wood Effects card stock.  For the background, use a piece of the ModaScrap Manly Man Cardstock.  On the back, a heavy weight (100 lb) card stock was attached.

For the container for the arrangement, use the Garden Notes Wooden Fruit Crate.  Die cut it using a piece of the Through The Lens Wood Cardstock.  Back the crate with a piece of dark brown card stock.  Attach the crate to the bottom of the frame using dimensional tape.

Use the Festive Glow die set and die cut the solid candle, using white card stock and color with markers.  Die cut the flame using gold metallic card stock; attach it to the candle.  Attach the candle at the top of the Crate, using dimensional double sided tape.  Use a double layer of tape only on the bottom of the candle.  Leave the area unattached at the top so foliage can be added.

Use the CountryScapes Floral 1 die set and die cut all the cattails 3 times.  Color with markers.  Cut the larger group of cattails in half.  Arrange them from behind the candle.

Use the Garden Notes  Maidenhair Fern die set and die cut both sizes twice, using green card stock.  Shape the leaves with the Flower Tool Kit.  Arrange the ferns on the upper left corner,  and both sides of the crate.  I arranged ferns around the base of the candle, but they do not show very much after the flowers were added

Use the Garden Notes Lavender die set and die cut two Lavender pieces to create the yellow Goldenrod, which is on the left of the candle.  Die cut the little flowers using light yellow card stock and attach to the Lavender stems.  Cut apart and arrange on the left side of the candle.

Use the Garden Notes Leafy Berry Branch to create the Bittersweet berry branches.  On Susan's Garden Club Facebook Video entitled Colour and Composition, she shows how to create some of the items I have created for this project.  You can view that video at this LINK.  Susan has a lot of videos that are so helpful in learning how to create flowers with her dies and also has many other very helpful hints.   Add Orange Nuvo Crystal Drops on the Berry Branch to create the berries.  Once dry, use a red Copic marker to add a dot of red on each berry.  Cut the branch apart and attach some pieces on the upper left side and a few on the lower right side.  

Use the Garden Notes Chrysanthemum die set and create two deep red flowers.  Shape the flowers and leaves using the Flower Tool Kit.  Arrange the flowers beside the base of the candle.  Be sure to add the Chrysanthemum leaves.

Use the Garden Notes Lily 2 die set and create three Day Lilies.  

When creating the lilies, you want the petals to stand up and I found a perfect item to place them in while they dry.  I stopped by a garage sale one day and I saw the metal piece shown in the picture.  It was marked 50 cents.  I picked it up and the lady started explaining it was to bake stuffed jalapenos.  I told her she would laugh, but I didn't want it for that reason -- I wanted it to use in creating flowers out of card stock.  I was sure it would work great and it does!  Sometimes you can find something totally unrelated for what it is intended for our crafting needs!

Create three lilies.  Shape with the Flower Tool Kit.  Add red pollen to the end of the stamens.  Let dry and arrange around the base of the candle, as shown.

Use the Susan's Garden Woodland Leaves die set and create 7 or 8 small leaves to place around the edges of the arrangement.

Use a piece of natural twine for a bow.

I love that Elizabeth Craft Designs has the Happy Frame die sets - there are two different sets.  The Happy Frame XL was perfect for framing this Autumn Arrangement.

You can shop for the products used by clicking on the links below.





Let's Toast


What a fun die set to work with!  This card was designed using Joset's Toasted Marshmallows die set.  This set could be used for camping cards if you used the back of the marshmallows so you don't have the snowmen faces, but I love the marshmallows with the cute snowman faces!

This is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card.  A piece of 5 1/4 x 4 inch card stock was cut to create the background.  The edges were masked so the background could be sponged on.  Blue Distress Ink was sponged on the top, brown Distress Ink on the bottom to represent the ground, and yellow/orange sponged in the center to represent light from the fire.  When the mask is pulled off, there will be a nice edge around the sponged inked.  A Score Board was used to draw lines around the edge of this piece.

The Cute Winter Sentiments stamp set was used to stamp the sentiment at the top of the blue sponged area.

Toasted Marshmallows

The Toasted Marshmallow die set was used to die cut all the pieces, using white card stock.  Color was sponged on each piece.  A second die cut was made for each of the sticks.  Only the tops of the sticks were used to be glued in the center of the top of the marshmallows.  A fine point marker was used to add the eyes and mouth.  The nose was glued on.  

The fire and logs were colored and attached to the bottom of the brown sponged area.  The Sticks and marshmallows were attached.  

The products used are link below.




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