Friday, April 20, 2018

Just for Fun Friday - Karen Burniston Inspiration

Hi Friends,

Today I'm sharing my version of a card that Karen Burniston showed on her blog Here.  I loved how the branches appeared to be suspended in air.  I decided to try the technique using butterflies
so here it is.

The inside of the Tag Book Pop Up was cut from clear acetate, attached to the base as usual and then the butterflies were added.

For my butterflies I used vellum that I colored with Distress Oxide Ink.  I rubbed the color on the vellum using a color blender.

I love a challenge and this was so much fun and not as difficult as you may think - give it a go!!
See you soon,

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Elizabeth Craft Designs - Monthly Chlllenge

Hi friends and welcome to this month's designer challenge for Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The team was challenged to make a project using  the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set.  If you are like me, when you first saw this, you didn't know what it was suppose to do.  Well - after I figured it out there was no end to the ways I thought about using it.  Here's just one.

For this card I used the Flying High die set and then cut the airplane away from the rest of the die and added the Scissor Spring Mechanism to make the plane appear to be flying off the page.

You can see how the mechanism looks in the photo below -

I have linked the Elizabeth Craft Designs products below if you care to shop.

For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our 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 dies or stamp sets would you use with the Scissor Spring Mechanism die set to create a card, scrapbook layout of home decor item?

We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 

The winners will be announced on Friday, April 20th on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog and our Facebook page.

If you are interested in how I made my card please Click here.

Have a crafty week,

Friday, April 13, 2018

Just For Fun Friday - YouTube Inspiration

I love watching YouTube videos because I feel there is always something to learn.  Lately I've been watching lots of card making videos with some different kinds of folds so thought I'd share my version of a great ideas.  Credit goes to Dawn Griffith for showing this fun fold.

I live in the beautiful Sonoran Desert which most people think of as brown - but the truth is - there is so much color to be found here.  The spring is especially beautiful when the cactus bloom, add in a gorgeous sunset, there's nothing better.   

I made my card to depict the beauty of the desert - Enjoy!
This is an A2 card which means 4.25" X 5.5".
The base is a kraft color that measures 11" X 4.25", scored in the center

The inside panel is 10.75" X 4", scored in the center and then scored in the center of each side panel.

 To make my desert scene, I tore a piece of 11" Eclipse Tape down the center.  Any paper can be used for this, the Eclipse Tape has a low tack sticky back similar to a post it note.

 The Eclipse paper was placed at the top of the card panel then the bottom portion was colored with a color blender and Vintage Photo and Antique Linin Distress Inks.

 Next the bottom, inked, portion, was covered with the other half of the paper and the sky was
colored in.  To make it look like a sunset I used orange, yellow, purple and blue.

  The colored panel was placed inside the base by adding adhesive to the two outside panels only -leaving a small boarder all around.

To finish off the inside of the card I used the Cacti Stamp Set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  All though the stamp set has a coordinating die set I wanted to fussy cut the cacti choosing not use the pots for the inside of the card.

After coloring and cutting out the cacti, I placed them along with the lizard on the card.
The puffy cloud shapes were made using a templet from the Adventure Edges.

I kept the front simple using the Dashing Rectangles and this time the potted cactus seemed perfect.  A couple small clouds were added using the Rainbow Sky die. 

All the products I used are linked below.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Paper Pros - Spring Flowers

Today is the Paper Pros monthly challenge and this month our challenge theme is Spring Flowers.  I made a card using an altered version of Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop Up Die.

This all started when my friend, Mary, showed me a card she purchased. When it was opened the butterflies popped out of the center as shown below.

 So of course I had to see if I could make one.  I think I was successful and I'm proud to show you the outcome.

I haven't finished the inside yet but wanted to play along with the challenge. I will be adding a verse.

I kept the front very simple and as you can see, it will be for my Mom.  

I started by using white on white and assembling the mechanism as shown in the assembly video HERE.  That is where the instructions changed.  I cut 1" off the end of each arms and added a horizontal strip across the arm on each end as shown above.

The next step is to add a couple of arms as shown in the photo above.  They are about 5/8" wide and cut to fit the card.  Sorry I don't have measurements for this but it was totally experimental

Using the Flowers and Bee die set I then added the flowers and leaves cut from white cardstock and then colored with Copics.

Try something different and have a crafty week,

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wishing You Well

Hi friends,
I have a fun project that is sure to brighten the day of a sick friend.  Hope to see you over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog.

Have a wonderful day,