Saturday, January 31, 2015

All That Glitter!

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.  

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

Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes die-cut below

Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers see the Sun below - Rainy Day
Elizabeth Craft Designs Best Wishes Stand up Helper

This is also my card for Deborah's Card Chain Challenge at the Society of Stampaholics.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Maybe Just a Little Overboard

Hello there.  

I decided to use a larger card base to fit all the things I wanted to put on the inside.  The card front is simple with the suede hills, Shimmer Sheetz Eiffel Tower and a stamped "Hello."   Such a simple outside doesn't prepare you for the startling array of die-cuts on the inside.

Hero Arts Hello Flowers (CL774)  HELLO
Elizabeth Craft Designs Beach Edges - brand new
Elizabeth Craft Designs Eiffel Tower Pop Stand - brand new
Elizabeth Craft Designs Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz - Eiffel Tower

 The hat is sitting on the bench corner.  

Close-up of the Eiffel Tower

Elizabeth Craft Designs All Seasons Tree
 Elizabeth Craft Designs Garden Bench
 Elizabeth Craft DesignsEiffel Tower Pop Stand - brand new
  Elizabeth Craft Designs Bronze Metallic Shimmer Sheetz - Eiffel Tower & Hat
Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers Rainy Day (boots & flower)
Spellbinders Oval Circle
Hero Arts Hello Flowers (live thankfully)

I hope you enjoyed an Elizabeth Craft Design card and all the dies I used.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

I have a Thing for Lighthouses

I had a great time coloring the lighthouse, shell and nautical bell with my Copics right over the Silk Microfine Glitter.  I don't know why I chose the black and white checkered note card to be the background, except that when I was looking through my pre-cut note cards, I thought of checkered table clothes in little seaside restaurants and looking out at a blue sky and lighthouse.  I hope this appeals to some of you.  It grows on you, I hope.  :)

Close-up of circle - I could have used the clock and gears circle instead of cutting the circle from the Accordion Circle die.  I then embossed the circle with the clouds embossing folder.  It's quite unique. I arranged the circle and colored pieces on the card and adhered them.  The circle is glued with Mono Multi Liquid Glue and the colored items are held on by Glue Dots.  I didn't want the lighthouse glued closely to the embossed circle, so that's why it's glue-dotted.
I love coloring over the glitter.  Your colors change just a bit and I love it.

Inside of card has the negative of the glittered lighthouse on the front of the card.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off stickers (Lighthouses)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Embossing Folder - Clouds
Elizabeth Craft Designs Transparent Double-sided adhesive (6: X 6:)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Die - Love
Elizabeth Craft Designs Velvet Adhesive Sampler Pack - Love die-cut is cut out of the velvet.
Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter
Elizabeth Craft Designs Shimmer Sheetz from the Sampler pack (Iris)
Elizabeth Craft Designs Accordion Circle card die for the circle
Copic Markers colored on top of the glitter

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".