Friday, 22 September 2017

Sizzix Animal Portraits Part 2 - Rabbit Oval Flip-its Hello Card

This is the second card which I made in this set... I used the Flip-its Scallop Oval Card die set, along with the rabbit, this time, from Sizzix's 'Animal Portraits' Thinlits die set. I used loads of foam pads for dimension, hand cut the bunting flags, and used Reverse Confetti's 'Hello' die.

The background papers were old ones from my stash, and the stripey rabbit paper was from a My Favorite Things 6x6 pad.

I just enjoyed making these cards so much!!

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Karen Burniston Tree Pop-Up Thank You Card with Tim Holtz Memoranda Papers

For this card I used Karen Burniston's Tree Pop-Up Die Set, to create a soft coloured card with a really dimensional tree. I also used the Nature Edges Die Set for the clouds and grass.
I used all papers from Tim Holtz's Memoranda 12x12 pad.

For the tree, I used the leaf layer die behind the tree trunk, and cut smaller leaf portions to layer with foam pads, on top of the branches.

For the sentiment, I used the Thanks die from Word Set 1: Greetings Die Set, and a label from the Katherine Label Pop-Up Die Set. The tag and heart are from the Twist Panel Pop-Up Die Set.

The card front is quite simple, with more papers from Tim Holtz's Memoranda 12x12 pad.

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Thursday, 7 September 2017

Sizzix Animal Portraits Part 1 - Bear Oval Flip-its Hello Card

This was such a happy card to make, and is why I love Sizzix - fast, easy Flip-its card base, and big, bold, simple dies. This card literally took about 15 minutes to make, and it makes me smile!

I used the Flip-its Scallop Oval Card die set, along with the bear from Sizzix's 'Animal Portraits' Thinlits die set. I used loads of foam pads for dimension, hand cut the bunting flags, and used Reverse Confetti's 'Hello' die.

The patterned papers for the card panels were from Stampin' Up, and the stripey bear paper was from a My Favorite Things 6x6 pad.

I'll have a couple of future blog posts giving more details of the other two matching cards I made!

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Karen Burniston's New Design Team First Challenge - House & Fence New Home Card

So, if you hadn't already heard, Karen Burniston of Sizzix Pop 'n Cuts and Elizabeth Craft Designs Pop It Ups fame now has her own die company, KB Riley LLC! All of Karen's new die designs are as ingenious and fun to use as ever!!

I'm happy to say that I'm on the Design Team for Karen's new company, where we will be having a Design Team Challenge on the first Tuesday of every month.
The theme for our first ever challenge is 'Signature Style', so I decided to use a mixture of patterned papers, and create a little scene, incorporating bunting somewhere!


I used Karen's new House & Fence Pop-Up die set, which includes all the dies for creating this gorgeous little house. I used some paper backed hessian, and papers from Crate Paper's 'Oh Darling' 6x6 pad.
I created some greenery in the front garden using the Nature Edges die set, and added flowers from the Tree Pop-Up die set, with Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Crystal Drop centres.
I also used the Nature Edges dies for the hill and cloud layers in the background.

I also added a little path, made using another die that comes in the House & Fence set.
For the sentiment I used a 'Happy' die from Karen's Word Set 2: Birthday die set, some alphabet stamps, and a label from the Katherine Label Pop-Up die set.

The fence die also comes in the House & Fence set. I added two lengths to the front of the raised platform (more about that in a minute), folding one section back to make a gate. I added grass from the Nature Edges die set, and made a mini sign and length of bunting.

The House & Fence set comes with a die that creates a 'floating floor'. It's simple to make, and creates a pop-up section for the house (or anything else) to attach to, and two tabs which I attached the greenery to. Having the raised floor means that the tabs fold down flat when the card is closed.

The card front.

So anyway, I'm excited to be on Karen's new Design Team, and can't wait to be using more of her dies soon! You might like to take a look at all her new range, here!

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Monday, 4 September 2017

Karen Burniston Woodland Animals Charm Accordion Hello Card

Here's a card I made using die sets from Karen Burniston's new company - with the Charm Accordion die set used for the card base, and Woodland Animals die set.

The Charm Accordion die set cuts a double panel, of which I used two for this card. I used a folded over strip of card stock along the back of the central fold to join the two halves of the card.

For the first two panels, I used a 'Hello' die from the Word Set 1: Greetings Die Set.
I used the squirrel from the Woodland Animals set, and patterned papers from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane 6x6 pad.

For the second two panels, I cut a window with a die from the Charm Accordion set, a heart charm and jump ring also from the same die set, plus a fox from the Woodland Animal set.
The corner decoration die also comes with the Charm Accordion set.

For the card front I added a panel of patterned paper and some bunting. I used a Fineline glue applicator to stick Bakers Twine to little cardstock triangles I cut out by hand. I used more bunting inside the card to join the floating panels together.

This die set cuts a smaller sized panel than Karen's older Accordion dies - I just wanted to show you what a gorgeously cute size the card turns out!

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Sunday, 3 September 2017

Concord and 9th 'Happy Day' 60th Birthday Card

It seems to happen every year, that while I'm away over the summer and have no access to crafting stuff, I take to looking at craft products online and do a 'little bit' of online shopping!
One of my favourite new sets which I arrived home to, was the 'Happy Day' stamp set from Concord & 9th and matching die set. 
I stamped it out a couple of times in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, and coloured one in with Copic pens, and coloured just the larger flowers in on the other stamped image.
I cut out the larger flowers I'd coloured, by hand, and stuck them onto the other image with foam pads.
The stamp set gives you loads of sentiment options for putting in the banner, and I made this card for Scott's Aunt, who we went to a big party for at the weekend, to celebrate her 60th.

For the banner, I just chopped cocktail sticks to the right length, and glued them on, using a Fineline glue applicator (nice and precise glue application!), and added the banner on foam pads.
Lastly I added the bow.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Cupcake Pop Up Birthday Card

Arghhh!! I nearly forgot how to craft it's been so long! I was chatting to a fire fighter on the way back from a job yesterday, and talking about what we do besides fire fighting, and I said I made cards. I then realised I've not made one in months, which spurred me on to invite my friend Donna over today and do some card making!
I recently bought the Cupcake Pop Up die set from Karen Burniston's new company, so decided to make something with that.

I used all papers from Crate Paper's 6x6 'Bloom' paper pad, decorated with ribbon from Stampin' Up, and cupcake accessory dies that come in the die set.
The gloss on the cherry is Nuvo Crystal drops in Bubblegum Blush.

The 'Happy' is from Echo Park's 'Happy Easter Word' die set, and the 'Birthday' is from Marianne Designs.
It's always fun using Karen's well designed dies - I want to try out a similar card in different colours soon!

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Friday, 28 April 2017

Sizzix Circle Flip-its & The Stamps of Life Best Wishes Card

I wanted to use the new Best Wishes Die Set which Stephanie Barnard sent me recently, which fits perfectly with Sizzix Circle #4 Flip-its die.

 Some of the lovely new products by Stephanie Barnard for Sizzix and The Stamps of Life.

I used floral paper from We R Memory Keepers 'Chalkboard' 6x6 pad, flowers from Karen Burniston's Flower Pot Pop Stand die set, and leaves from My Favorite Things Wild Greenery die set.
I used a punch for the flower stamens, and some Bubble Gum Nuvo Crystal Drops in the flowers centres.

I used the Best Wishes die twice, snipped out the words from the glitter card die cut, and layered it on top.

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Saturday, 8 April 2017

Sizzix Scallop Oval Flip-its Tropical 'Paradise Crush' Cards

I got back yesterday from a last minute trip with my kids to the Norfolk coast. The weather was gorgeous and it felt summery for the first time this year! 
I got back home to a couple of new craft products which I'd bought online - the Sizzix Scallop Oval Flip-its Card die set and First Edition's 'Paradise Crush' 12x12 pad. My summery mood continued with these cards!

 Me enjoying the lovely beach at Wells-next-the-Sea, on Thursday.

For all my cards, I used the layer dies and ovals which come with the Sizzix Scallop Oval Flip-its set.
To my first card I added a butterfly from Sizzix by Craft Asylum, a stamp from Purple Onion Designs - Stephanie Ackerman's 'Homegrown Sentiments' set (stamped in black Staz-On ink, because the paper is pearlised), and Concord and 9th's 'Wonderful Words' Lovely die.

Look at the cute glitter flamingo paper!
I used an oval die from The Stamps of Life on the back of the central panel, with the scalloped oval die from the Flip-its set, to make a frame.


Here are the papers by First Edition which I used for all the cards. (I bought mine on eBay, though I think they are widely available in the UK, but I'm not so sure about the US or elsewhere.)

For my second card I used a Reverse Confetti 'Hello' die, flowers cut with Stampin' Up punches, and flower dies that come with the Flip-its set. I used an old stamen punch, and Nuvo Crystal drops for the flower centres.


For the last card, I used the Happy die from the Echo Park 'Happy Easter' word dies, and the birthday from the 'Brushstroke Birthday Greetings' by My Favorite Things Dienamics (which I cut twice from white card stock and doubled up.)
The leaves are also from My Favorite Things - the Wild Greenery die set.



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Sunday, 2 April 2017

Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks with Sizzix Circle & Star Flip-Its Cards

 You might have worked out by now that Sizzix Flip-its cards are a real favourite of mine! They are always so quick to make, and I love the dies which create the perfect layer shapes.
My Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks arrived yesterday, and I wanted to make some splatter effect patterned paper, to decorate a couple of Flip-its cards.

I used Worn Lipstick, Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brisk and Wilted Violet inks, which I dabbed onto a non-stick sheet, sprayed with water, then splattered onto card stock with a paintbrush. I made sure each colour dried before adding the next colour.

For my first card, I used My Favorite Things 'Jungle Friends' die set for the elephants, and a heart from the Accordion Oval die set.

Look at that cute tail shadow!!

For my second card, I used my new Star Flip-its, which I love, along with Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans and Peeled Paint inks.

For both of my cards, I made the splatter panels as described above (ink dabbed on non-stick sheet, water added, paintbrush splatted), and also made some solid-ish coloured panels from which to do smaller die cuts, by splooshing the card stock around in the ink.

Look at that yummy, chalky (yet non-transerable) colour!!
For the sentiment I stamped with VersaMark ink a stamp from Paper Smooch's 'Sentiment Sampler' onto navy card stock, and white heat embossed it.

Here's another card I made a while ago using the same die set, Stampin' Up papers and Reverse Confetti's 'Whole Lotta Happy' stamp set, white heat embossed.

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Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink Butterfly Pivot Card

Yesterday my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks finally arrived!
I had a quick play around with them - practiced smooshing and splatting, before getting on with this card idea I had in mind. I wanted to create all my own patterned card stock, for a card using Karen Burniston's Butterfly Pivot Card die set.

 I started by creating the patterned card stock in the colours I wanted to use - blues/turquoises for the base card, yellowy/oranges for the large butterflies, pinks/reds for the smaller butterfly layers, and a blacky colour for some butterfly bodies (which I didn't end up using).

I got the effect I wanted by rubbing the ink pads onto non-stick sheeting, spraying the ink with water, then 'smooshing' my white card stock in it. I dried it with a heat tool, and sprayed a bit more water on, while it dried. I repeated this a couple of times, and dried the card stock again. 
Then I put more ink on the non-stick sheet, sprayed it with water again, picked up some of the ink with a paint brush, and splattered on ink spots.

(I mainly used the Distress Oxide inks for all of this, but did add some bright pink Distress Ink to the yellowy sheet, some bright red Distress Ink to the redy/pink sheet, and black Distress Ink to the black sheet, at the 'paintbrush splat' stage.)


Before sticking all the butterflies onto the card base, I used some Minc foiling.
I've decanted some Heidi Swapp Minc Toner Mist into a Ranger Ink Mini Mister bottle, because I think it gives a better spray pattern.
I sprayed my butterflies with the Toner Mist, and the bottom right-hand corner of the card, let it completely dry, then ran them through my Minc machine, with different colour foils.
I used Mint foil on the card base, Rose Gold foil on the large butterfly layers, and Light Pink foil on the small butterflies.

It's a bit hard to photograph the overall effect, but the combination of Oxide Inks, and highly reflective coloured foils is just gorgeous! I had to keep just opening and closing the finished card, admiring all the colour and shine! I showed all the kids too, and they were very polite, but clearly were not as impressed as I was!!

I adhered another piece of cardstock to fill in the gap at the back of the card left by the pivoting butterflies, and also added butterfly bodies to the larger butterflies, cut with Memory Box's 'Darla Butterfly'.

Finally, I added a simple Reverse Confetti 'Hello' die cut.
So, I had immense fun getting inky with the new Distress Oxide inks! They are lovely to work with, I like how they can be layered up, and they come in beautiful colours.

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