Saturday, January 24, 2015

Some Crazy Birds

I've already given this card to my granddaughter, who is 15 years old.  She loved the owl with those tilted glasses.  Yes I did want them tilted.  I used a patterned paper on top of the black background for the owl.  I think he's a pretty goofy character, but then, I guess I am too!

Close-up of Elizabeth Craft Designs Owl & Prop 1
Owl & Prop 1 (glasses)
Washi Tape
Hero Arts sentiment from OWH LIL HOOT

Inside of Owl card (Birds & Trees from Elizabeth Craft Designs)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Lots of Pops 
Elizabeth Craft Designs Birdie
Elizabeth Craft Designs Evergreen Pivot Card - trees in the set
Elizabeth Craft Designs Happy Birthday
I gave this card to my granddaughter for her birthday and she loved the inside as well as that fun owl.The birds are on different levels of the Lots of Pops pop-ups.  The trees are stuck to the different pop-ups so the depth is fantastic.  Now that I'm looking at this, I realize I should have taken some photos from the side to show you the depth of this card (about an inch in depth).

Monday, January 5, 2015

A Bit of a Tutorial

When you think of lighthouses, you think of beaches, seashells, crabs, rain, but there are all kinds of environments on which sit lighthouses.

My lighthouse sits on a bit of a sandy green hill with a few drops of rain starting to come into shore.  I have got to say that I LOVE lighthouses and all along the coast of California stretch some marvelous lighthouses.  I painted mine the way I wanted it to look like, somewhat sea colored.  Hope you like it.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers (Lighthouses)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double-sided adhesive (6: X 6")
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers (Seashells)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies (Agatha Edges - shape of hill)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers (Rainy Day - the raindrops)
Elizabeth Craft Designs embossing folder (Spring Leaves)
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Copic Markers colored on top of the glitter

I'hope you can follow my step-by-step photos, but I will supply a link to a YouTube video by Els.   I think Els does a fantastic job of showing you how to use the double-sided adhesive, peel-offs and glitter here.

I only used the raindrops on the outside of this card, but I had already cut and colored the marvelous lighthouse, shell and crab.  I wanted to show you how easy this is to do.
I cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double-sided adhesive (6: X 6") down to a size I wanted to handle (below).  See how you can peel the adhesive easily.

 Choose the Peel Off you want to work with

1.  Peel off the sticky side and put out of the way so you don't get anything stuck to it.  The sticky white strip below is just to show you the two pieces taken apart.  I wouldn't leave it there at all.
2.  Pick up the outline of the piece(s) you want to use and place them on the non-stick side as seen below. You can use your fingers or a tweezer to pick them up.  It is easier to move the peel offs with a tweezer once on your non-stick sheet.  As you can see, the white spots in the black peel off sheet are where I picked up the outlines. 

3. Place the sticky sheet onto the non-stick sheet which is on the table.  Run your fingers over the top so everything is smooth and all transferred.  I couldn't hold my camera and put the sticky sheet on the non-stick sheet with the peel offs, so I'm showing you what it looks like after you have done that.
4.  Peel off the sticky sheet.

5. Hold the sticky sheet by the sides so your hand and fingers do not touch the sticky side.  I just turn the container onto the sticky side and let it run down half the sheet onto a coffee filter.
6.  Now you can clasp the other side which is glittered and pour the glitter onto the rest of the sticky surface.  See below.
7.  Tap any remaining glitter onto the filter which is easy to fold and pour back into the container.

8.  Burnish glittered panel with your finger..  (Rub the glitter into the adhesive, but not with a heavy hand).

9.  Take a brush and brush any glitter that may cling (which is not much) off onto the filter.

 10.  Cut the peel offs and use as is or color.  I used Copic markers, but any alcohol marker will do.  I used the angled tip, not the brush tip to paint.   These are all cut from the strip I used above.  The glitter really lasts a long time.

 I think Elizabeth does a fantastic job of showing you how to use the double-sided adhesive, peel-offs and glitter here.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Circles and Clocks

It's a NEW MONTH and a NEW YEAR!  It's TIME to start all over.

I love Elizabeth Craft Designs and have lots of dies and actually took classes from Els herself. Elizabeth is lots of fun and any time you can take a class from her, please jump wholeheartedly into enjoying yourself and learning so much.

I really like this clock because you can plug the numbers from another color card stock right into the the clock or you can use the border (black border on this one) to make a clock using Roman Numerals which come with this set.  And you have two great gears too.  This is one of the BEST clock and numbers die I've used.

Opening the card

 I sponged Vintage Photo Distress ink over the the inside and back panels of  the card  die cut panels on which I stamped the Hero Arts sentiments.

 Back of the card
Above is the Accordion Circle Card (769) with matching frames Square With Circle Frame Edges (770) and on the outside of this card, the fabulous clock from Elizabeth Craft Designs Clock and Gears (917).  I cut mostly black and gold card stock for the clock and then used manila folders to die-cut the card itself.

You can turn the clock hands to whatever time you like, maybe a time when someone was born, when someone proposed, or wherever you want to point them.

Remember to visit Die Cut Divas for the January challenge of  "Anything Goes".

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Do I have a Tree for You!

I used a sketch for this from Deborah Nolan's blog challenge at "Society of Stampaholics
All Seasons Tree - I'm in my glitter phase.  And I do mean glitter!
 Elizabeth Craft Designs All Seasons Tree with snow flakes
Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes die-cut above
Elizabeth Craft Designs adhesives here  I happened to have the 5" X 5" sheets
I just love the two leafy die-cuts.  They will be great for clouds too.
Elizabeth Craft Designs Silk Microfine Glitter - Warm Diamond

Close-up of tree, all glittery, even the trunk.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes die-cut below

Inside of Card
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers see the Sun below - Rainy Day
Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes Stand up Helper
You can use any alcohol marker; in this case, I used my Copic markers.  

One more December Project

One more item for December:
A small gift of perfume for my daughter-in-law
I chose some silver gift wrap and a stamp by Judi-Kins, Spiral Flower Dots, and stamped it with Hero Arts Unicorn Pigment Ink.  It does not dry fast or maybe much at all and I didn't want to take a heat tool to it as the box contains perfume.  (TIP - stamp before you wrap the present).  So I wiped some of the ink off.  I then die-cut the fabulous Elizabeth Craft Designs snowflakes and attached with Mono Multi Liquid Glue - just a few dots.  I love these snowflakes and this is the first time I've used them.  I cut the snowflakes out of  white glitter paper.  Simple, but a bit elegant too.

Close up of the snowflakes.   

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Friday, December 26, 2014

A Penguin Holly Jolly Tag

Gift card Tag made for one of my sons.  There's always something that needs a gift card, movies, restaurants, massage, department store, game store or hobby store.  This card will be for one of my sons, as I always get something that seems to require a gift card.

Final measurements are 6 1/4 inches Long and 3 1/2 inches wide.  I cut this about 10 1/2 inches long. I took the bottom piece and cut it with a one of the dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs Agatha Edges. I thought a landscape of trees should give some depth to the card and the penguin would look cute sitting in front of a rolling hill.  I chose a cute sentiment from Hero Arts Holly Jolly set.  I think it fits the feel of the card.  Hope you're not running to catch up on your card making.  I seem to be always making holiday cards.  Since they are so much fun to make, YAY for cards.

Close-up of Chilly the Penguin

Elizabeth Craft Designs Chilly The Penguin
Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - Tag 1
 Elizabeth Craft Designs Agatha Edges
Memory Box Evergreen Landscape

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Merry Christmas to All!

Die R Us is our December sponsor for Die Cut Divas - Die Cut Divas and Dies R Us... Could it get any better?  You don't have to be a kid to play house!

Visit Die Cut Divas for the challenge for December.

My sample below is for the Die Cut Divas.
There's not much decoration on the front, but the inside is the STAR!
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Season's Greetings Stand-Up Helper

What do we have here?  A Winter Scene.  I thought the patterned background was rather a fun paper for a forest scene. I also used a zig-zag pattern on some the the trees and I like how this turned out.

There are all kinds of fun pieces to the Holiday House and I embossed 3 of the main panels with a wood grain.  It felt too large for the house, but I rather like it now with distress ink Vintage Photo sponged on.  I would have picked out the windows, but kept them in for fun.  

A side view to see how I staggered the props (poles & trees behind the house).  

To give everyone an idea of the die-cuts I worked with:
Season's Greetsings Stand Up Helper 940 (front of card)
Evergreen Pivot Card (trees only) 912  (one on front of card &)
Holiday House 918
Lots of Pops Die (779),  (the part that actually holds the house, post and some trees up) see here and there are neat videos on Pinterest  I found this at for the Lots of Pops dies which I think is a die with LOTS of possibilities.   .
Katie Label Pivot Card 768 - used the largest label in that die set to cut the tan mat for writing on.

Hope you like the elements I grouped together.  I had fun playing house.