Saturday, 18 February 2017

Pop Up Hot Air Balloon Birthday Card & We R Memory Keepers Frame Punch Board

I've loads of family and friends whose birthdays are in March, so today I have another birthday card to share.
I used the Hot Air Balloon with Pop Up die set by Karen Burniston from Elizabeth Craft Designs, which creates the pop up mechanism, the balloon layers and two smaller clouds.
The two larger clouds are from Papertrey Ink.

The banner die is from an old Papertrey Ink set (Stitched Sentiments), and the stamp is also from Papertrey Ink (April Mini Stamp Set).

You can see the double pop-up mechanism better here.

I added a frame to the bottom of the card, to write a message in, which I cut using my new Frame Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers. I really like this new board! - it's easy to use, and you can pick your own size for the outer frame, with lots of variation to the thickness of the frame walls. It also allows for rounding the corners if you want.

Quite a few people ask me what I do to decorate the outside of my pop-up cards. I usually keep them really simple, as with this one. I just stick another layer of patterned paper on the outside of the card to cover up the hole made by the pop-up mechanism, and add a border.

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Monday, 13 February 2017

Karen Burniston Oval Accordion Card with Sizzix Brenda Walton Dies

Here's a card I made last week, using Karen Burniston's Accordion Oval Card die set for the card base, using papers from Crate Paper's 'Notes & things' 6x6 pad.

I used the Accordion Oval panel die to cut the patterned paper frames, from which I cut away the centre oval part, and stuck onto white card stock panels.
On the first panel, I used butterfly dies from Sizzix Brenda Walton's Floral Wreath Thinlits die set. I used some paper-backed burlap for one of the small butterflies, glued them on a patterned paper oval, and used my sewing machine to stitch along the centre. I decorated the frame with flowers cut with Stampin' Up punches, with White Nuvo Crysta Drop centres, covered in Mini Prills.
For the second panel, I used oval dies that come with the Accordion Oval Card die set, and a bird also from Sizzix Brenda Walton's Floral Wreath Thinlits die set.
The bird was cut from wood veneer paper.

On the third panel, I used some more paper-backed burlap, and a stamp from the Sweet Speech set by Papertrey Ink. I added some Bubblegum Blush Nuvo Crystal Drops, and more Stampin' Up flowers. The leaf die cuts are from the Floral Wreath die set.
The last panel has a cake from the Sizzix Brenda Walton's Lantern Thinlits die set, and bow from the Floral Wreath die set.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Sizzix Flip-its Tattered Flower Garland Birthday Card

Here's the third card I made yesterday, using the Sizzix Flip-its Circle 4 die set for the card base.
The papers are all from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane 6x6 pad, and I inked all the edges with black Distress Ink and a bending tool.

The flowers were made with Tim Holtz's Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland die, which I shaped with a ball tool on a foam pad. I used Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centres, along with some Lemon Chiffon Mini Prills.

I used Marianne Designs dies for the sentiment.

The three cards I made yesterday. (See my previous blog posts for details of the other two.)

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Hanging Charm Pull Tab Tattered Flower Hello Card

Here's the second card I made today, using the paper flowers I assembled yesterday.
This time I used the Hanging Charm Pull Tab die set by Karen Burniston for the card base.

The flowers were made with Tim Holtz's Sizzix Tattered Flower Garland die, which I shaped with a ball tool. I used papers from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane 6x6 pad, and Nuvo Crystal Drops for the centres, along with some Lemon Chiffon Mini Prills.

The cards I made using the flowers.

When the Hanging Charm Pull Tab mechanism is in its flat position, the card can be stood up like a normal card.

When the tab is pulled, the frame part stands up. I decorated the frame with the paper flowers, and used a Stampin' Up punch for the arrow on the tab.
Assembly of the mechanism is simple - Karen Burniston has a great video here, showing how to do it.

 Also when the tab is pulled, a space is revealed, where I added a 'Hello' die cut, by Reverse Confetti.
The rest of the papers are also from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane 6x6 pad.

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Pop It Ups/Sizzix Flower Pot & Tattered Floral Card

I made a load of paper flowers yesterday, with a flower pot card in mind, using Karen Burniston's Lucy Label Pop it Ups die set for the pop-up mechanism. I ended up making way too many flowers, so made three different cards instead.

I made the flowers using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Tattered Florals Decorative Strip, and papers from Pink Paislee's Cedar Lane 6x6 pad.

I edged each of the flowers with black Distress Ink, and used a ball tool to mould the flowers into a foam pad. For the flower centres, I used either a stamen punch with black Nuvo Crystal Drops, Bubblegum Blush Crystal Drops, or white Crystal Drops coated with Lemon Chiffon Mini Prills by US Artquest.

The three cards I made today... (I'll blog the other two cards later.)

For the plant pot, I used Eileen Hull's Sizzix 3-D Clay Pot. I used an old Sizzix Originals die for the mini tag, along with two heart punches.

I used a Tim Holtz's Handwritten Sentiments stamp.

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Monday, 30 January 2017

Cards I haven't blogged yet...

I was sorting out my photo files and found some of my cards I hadn't blogged yet:

On this card I used the My Favorite Things Birthday Wishes and Balloons stamp set, and a chipboard cat.  I used a black gloss pen over the stamp, and a sunburst background stamp.

This card for my Brother-in-law uses the Sizzix Framelits Flip-its Circle 4 die set, and a Sizzix/Stampin' Up alphabet die set.

I used Copic pens to colour Purple Onion Design stamps, with Stickles glitter glue accents.

This card is based on a card I saw on Pinterest by Mary Fish. I used the Sizzix Basic Step-ups card for the card base, Tim Holtz's diamond plate embossing folder, and Stampin' Up's Hardwood background stamp. I can't remember who the tool die set is made by.

For this card, I used the Sizzix Circle stand-ups card base for this card, flower punches from Stampin' Up, with Nuvo Apple Green Crystal Drops centres. I used a stamp and teaspoon die from Love and Icecream sets from Reverse Confetti, and an old Sizzix Cupcake die.

I used Diagonal Strip Pretty Panels and Love Note Confetti Cuts from Reverse Confetti, along with Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler for the stamp, for this card. The butterfly is from Sizzix by Craft Asylum.

My final card used the Evergreen Pivot Card die set for the tree mechanism and tree layers. The stamp is from Purple Onion Design, and the snowflakes are from Sizzix Tim Holtz Mini Paper Snowflakes.

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Minc Mini Foil Applicator Gold & Floral Cards

I bought a Minc Mini Foil Applicator a while ago, along with some Minc Reactive gold foil and Minc Toner Paint. I tried them out by sponging the toner paint over some stencils (Tim Holtz Flourish Stencil, and Stampin' Up stencils), letting the paint dry, then running the painted cardstock through the Minc Applicator with some gold foil. I like the beautiful, imperfect, vintagey look that was created (as well as the unbeatable shine!)

Today I got round to finally making some cards with the foiled cardstock backgrounds.

The first card has some layered up Maggie Holmes Open Book flowers, with some droplets of Heidi Swapp Gold Lame Color Shine Spritz. (I also painted some of the Color Shine onto the yellow rose, but it's a bit hard to tell in the pictures.)
I used My Favorite Things Brushstoke Birthday Greetings dies layered over green vellum, for the sentiment.

You can get a slightly better idea of the gorgeous shine here!

The second card uses papers from American Crafts Saturday Collection 6x6 pad, more Maggie Holmes flowers, more Color Shine Spritz, and Nuvo Bubblegum Blush Gloss Crystal Drops.
The larger balloon image I stamped with a Reverse Confetti stamp in black, then scanned it into my computer, resized it, and printed it with a laser toner printer, which the foil adhered to when run through the Minc Mini. I cut it out by hand. The other balloon was cut with a die from the Sizzix Balloons Step-ups die set.

My last card uses similar products. I printed the sentiment in black toner ink on black cardstock, then ran it through the Minc Mini with gold foil. I really love how well the Nuvo Crystal Drops turn out - like much more expensive Enamel Dots.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Sizzix Camper Van & Pop it Ups Birthday Card

I was on a roll today, and made three cards! This was the first. 
This new Sizzix Bigz camper van 'Travel Away' die is why I love Sizzix so much - clean, chunky, fun die cuts! Paired with Karen Burniston's Lucy Label Pop it Ups die set, I think it's the perfect combo!

The 'Make a Wish' banner was cut from the Fine and Dandy paper (see below), and I used Tim Holtz's Handwritten Celebrate die set for the 'Happy Birthday'.
The scalloped border was cut with the On the Edge Scallop die, and the sequin border is from Stampin' Up.

Here's my new haul!
I used American Crafts 'Fine and Dandy' 12x12 pad for all the patterned papers.
The cloud dies are from Papertrey Ink.
I like how the camper van layers up. I die cut two main body pieces, and just cut the bits I needed for behind the windows and the wheels.

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Lawn Fawn 'Happy Mail' Mail Box Flip-its Circle Birthday Card

 Another of my new stash items (see below!) is this 'Happy Mail' mail box die set from Lawn Fawn - I absolutely fell in love with it as soon as I saw it! It's actually quite a simple set because the main body of the box is all one piece.
 I used the Sizzix Circle Flip-its 4 for the card base - another all-time favourite die set.

The papers I used for the mail box and mini envelope are from my new 6x6 paper pad - 'Fabulous' from Authentique. The other papers are older American Crafts ones.
My new stash additions!

I just think this set is so cute!!

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