Thursday, 19 April 2018

Peachy Anniversary Card

Good morning friends

Today's share is the card I made for our middle daughter & hubby. While I've had the die set for a couple of years, I have never used the 'Drop-In' word feature before now. Don't ask me why as there are lots of different words that can be used and I will use it more now that it's on my radar. 


I added a charcoal fishtail banner under the cut away words so they stood out from the background a little better.


I'm having fun using up older papers etc from my stash this year, and this package of papers & stickers I've had for several years.


A little stamping and some fussy cut flowers on the inside and we wrote our message on the blank area of the white panel.

Supplies:
Card, Scallop with Flowers & Sentiments Drop-Ins - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Celebrate Drop-In Sentiments
Coral and pale pink card stocks
Patterned paper  & stickers- We R Memory Keepers
White glossy card stock
Stamps - SUMMER SILHOUETTES - Stampin' Up
Black fine point marker

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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Cupcake Pop-Up Card for Olivia.

Good morning friends

Today's share is a special one. Amazingly special. It's the Birthday card I made for Olivia's SEVENTH Birthday. Considering her advanced Pulmonary Hypertension diagnosis came when she was three and the doctor's didn't expect her to see four - well you can see why Olivia's 7th birthday is a very special one indeed. I'll update you on her condition at the end of the post.

We were visiting them last month and I spied this pretty pink sparkly paper in their craft bin. Olivia said I could have it so of course I wanted to use it for her Birthday Card. It's super sparkly and very hard to photograph! 


The cute unicorn peeking stamp is one of my Mesa Rubber Stamp Show purchases from the Pink & Main booth. In fact, my friend Betty spied this set and grabbed it for me as I was making my way to the booth with my walker.

Why a unicorn? Never mind that most 7 year old girls love unicorns, Olivia's Cardiologist and PH Specialist call her a Unicorn because of the unexpected and impossible ways she reacts to the PH meds. Olivia never reacts as they think she will and the side effects are unfortunately far more severe than they hope. Even the way the disease progresses for her stumps the specialists and everyone agrees Olivia is a PH Unicorn.


It was fun to use the streamer Cover Plate for my background, and I added some coloured dots with markers to the white background so it wasn't so stark. The word SPARKLE was heat embossed with clear sparkle embossing powder. And I added sequins for more girlie sparkle.


Inside I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-Up with a couple more of those cute Unicorn Peekers. The Number dies are very handy for personalizing a card so I used the #7 here on the base of the Pop-Up.



I call Olivia "Sweetness" - that has been my nickname for her since she was just a few hours old and I was rocking her at the hospital. Funny that I never really had nicknames for the grandsons - I think I called Ethan 'Boo' for the first few months, but it didn't really stick. Then when Alma was born, I said "hello Sunshine" and just like that, Sunshine became what I call her. Sweetness and Sunshine - my Granddaughters. I am such a lucky Gramma!!


Finally, here is a side view so you can see the Pop-Up a little better. Olivia loves Pop-Up cards so I know she will love this one.


Olivia's Pulmonary Hyptertension is progressing, but she is quite a fighter. She is able to attend school - in a wheelchair, with oxygen and an amazing Teachers Aid - half days. Heather home schools her in the afternoons. She loves school and her teachers and her aid. Miss F is truly an angel. Olivia gets to go to Birthday party's which she loves. Her friends parents make sure to arrange the parties so Olivia can join the other kids for cake and gift opening after the activities. Not a big thing for the birthday kids parents but a HUGE thing for Olivia. She gets so excited when she has a Birthday Party to attend!

The medication site 'goes bad' far more often than it should. Ideally they should get 6 weeks out of a site but she barely gets two weeks. When they have to move it to her stomach, they are in for days and days of terrible pain where Olivia can't get out of bed as she can't bend at the waist, or walk. Even morphine barely touches the pain. It's brutal - but by day 5 she has bounced back and is her happy cheerful self until the site goes bad again.

There is talk of putting in a direct line so they wouldn't have to deal with any of the site issues - but that comes with it's own problems. It's all still in the discussion stage. As a Grandma, I have no say and I don't give my opinion unless I'm asked for it. My job is to support my daughter and husband in how they choose to parent and that includes how they want to handle illness. I also choose not to get too involved in the details of the disease, symptoms and progression - as that affects how well I can be supportive.

Olivia is growing, happy and we continue to enjoy every minute we can with her. She has lost baby teeth and has enough adult teeth growing in that she can eat and talk again. :-) My Sweetness.





Supplies:
Curly Q (streamer)  Cover Plate - Taylored Expressions
Sparkly paper - Olivia's stash from Poland (other Grandma)
Xyron
White and black card stocks
Unicorn Peeker stamp - Pink & Main
Spectrum Noir glitter pen
ArtStix markers
Stickles
Stitched Fishtail banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Rainbow stripes patterned paper - Lawn Fawn
Sparkle stamps - MFT Stamps
Sparkle embossing powder
MISTI - My Sweet Petunia
Sequins
Glossy Accents

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Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Succulent Thank You Card

Good morning friends

I needed to replenish my Thank You card stash, so used some papers, stamps and dies by Lynda Kanase to make this card.


I like the trendy label shape in this stamp/die set, but I especially like that you can die cut just the succulents and layer them over the ones that stamp with the label using foam tape. Or they can be used on their own - they are so pretty! I just did quick colouring, but this stamp would be beautiful taking your time with the colouring too.


I used some of the Succulent Serenity patterned papers, and put a strip of the woodgrain paper print inside. There are so many nice prints in this paper pad!


Supplies:
White card stock
Patterned paper - Succulent Serenity, Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Succulent Sentiments (dies and stamps) - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Stickles
Sequins
Dashing Rectangle dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs

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Monday, 16 April 2018

Sparkle Shaker Birthday Card

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I had SO much fun making this card for a friends birthday. It started with the printed piece from a 12 x 12 sticker sheet that says 'Not all stars belong to the sky'. I had never heard that quote before and I loved the bright colours and starfish that were printed with the words.


I used coordinating patterned papers for the card, cutting Lynda Kanase's Photo Shaker Box from one of the prints and adhering the quote sticker at the bottom. I cut the word 'sparkle' from one side and backed it with black card stock so it would pop, then added a transparency behind it so I could add sequins inside. Then I remembered that Karen Burniston's new Tropical Scene had a little starfish die so I cut several of those from gold foil card stock and added them to the sequin filler.


The box was wrapped with jute and tied at the top to add to the nautical feel.


Inside I used the large Happy Birthday die paired with a sea turtle sporting a gold foil shell.


OK - here is the cool part of the card ... the shaker is removable! AND on a magnet so it can be used on a fridge, file cabinet or door! When you pull the shaker box off of the card, the white embossed words are revealed. It's a card and gift in one!


I used the same die meant for the transparency, and cut a self adhesive magnet sheet. That kept the edges nice and neat, and ensured a perfect fit. It also made the card a little heavy but I will be hand delivering it so weight is not an issue for postage.

The second magnet was sandwiched between the card front and the blue word panel so the shaker box can easily adhere and hold squarely. Below I have turned the shaker onto it's front to you can see how nicely the magnet fits on the back.


The Photo Shaker Box is fun, and so easily customizable for any occasion and not just for photos! Apparently our Granddaughter Alma (1 year) carried their Valentine Photo shaker around with her for days, until it fell apart - then she carried the Instax photo of her family with her, chattering away to it. How cool is that?

Supplies:
Photo Shaker Box, Seasonal - Lynda Kanase (Sizzix)
Patterned paper and stickers, Mermaids Tale - Reminisce
Transparency - Hero Arts
Sequins
White and black card stocks
Gold foil card stock - Stampin 'Up
White embossing powder
Stamp - Stampendous
Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle - MFT Stamps
Wonky Stitched rectangle dies - MFT Stams
Stickles

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Sunday, 15 April 2018

Stag Christmas Card Duo

Good morning friends

Since I plan on working on holiday cards throughout the year, I have a pair to share today.


The stag die on this card is a stamp/die set I picked up at Michaels. I'm not all that impressed at the quality of the stamping, but the die works great!


I used the same Papertrey Ink stamp inside of both cards.


The second card uses a printed graphic stag. and scraps of the patterned paper. I was able to use up the entire package of patterned paper, which made me really happy.



Two more cards for the holiday stash.

Supplies:
Red and white card stocks
Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
Small stag die - Hampton Arts
Stitched circle - MFT Stamps
Lacy border die - Papertrey Ink
Glitter Dots - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Large Stag graphic - Lettering delights
Fun foam
Xyron
Wonky stitched rectangle dies - MFT Stamps
Word stamps - Papertrey Ink

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

C4C 430 Perfect Blend

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges blog..  Maryann Einam is our hostess for April and our Guest Designer is Kelly Santi, Sandcastle Stamper

Maryann's challenge is: "
Perfect blend - Create a card with coffee for inspiration in the form of colours, stamps or dies".  

For my card front, I used strips of patterned paper from a paper stack I'm trying to use up and decorated it with cute coffee cup charms and this Funny Bones stamp.



The cups each have glossy accents on them for some shimmer and shine, and there are embossed and sparkling bits on the patterned paper as well.




I knew I wanted to use Karen Burniston's Coffee Cup Pop-Up for the challenge, but I also wanted to make it into a Mother's Day card. I didn't want to just put 'Happy Mother's Day' inside, without tying it to the coffee cup but I couldn't think of anything to put inside and didn't have any stamps that would work. So I asked on the Coffee Lovers FaceBook group and Lisa B came up with the cute saying for the inside. Thanks so much Lisa - it's perfect!!

Below you can see the card fully opened, and where I hand lettered the sentiments.



This Coffee Cup Pop-Up is one of my favourite dies from Karen Burniston. It is pretty slick the way it goes together and that it can also be used as a gift card holder gives it double duty. I chose not to add a gift card to this one and just made a pop-up. The adorable Doodlebug coffee cup and cookies made for cute embellishments and because they are enamel they also add some shine to the card. The tiny tag is looped around the stir stick - and the tag die comes from the Twist Panel Pop-Up die set.





The banners were outlined with glitter glue, and I filled in the heart on the flower (which was fussy cut and is all sparkly on it's own) with the same glitter glue.



Because I have trouble with this brand of patterned paper cracking, I actually reinforced all the folds with micropore tape (on the back side) to ensure that nothing falls apart when the card is being opened and closed. Pop-Up cards are so fun and everyone loves to receive them and they do get opened and closed a lot more than regular 'flat' cards.



Check out the C4C blog to see how the Crazies have been inspired by the challenge. We'd  love to see your take on it, so be sure to stop by the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and link up your creations. If you are uploading to an online gallery, please use the keyword C4C430.

Supplies:
1040 Coffee Cup Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
Patterned paper - DCWV
Teal soft finish card stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Stickers - Doodlebug
Folgers stamp - Funny Bones (Riley & Company)
1012 Snowman Twist Circle Pop-Up (circles) - Karen Burniston
Stickles
1009 Twist Panel Pop-Up (tiny tag) - Karen Burniston
Stitched fishtail banner dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Marvy LePlume II markers
1041 Coffee Charms - Karen Burniston
Glossy Accents
Bakers Twine
Wink of Stella


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Friday, 13 April 2018

Hooray Flip-It Card

Good morning friends:

It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog and I have a Birthday Flip-It card to share today. First of all, this is one of my new Flip-it die sets ... This Spring I managed to pick up a couple of new sets to play with.  I do love to make Flip-It cards! On this one, I did something a little different, and used the words from Sizzix Designer Lynda Kanase's Photo Frame, Celebrate to cut away the 'hooray' on two of the labels. Lynda's Photo Frames are great for Instax photos, but I'm finding all kinds of ways to use the die sets as shown with this card.


Since the patterned paper had a cool honeycomb print on one side and bees & bee trails on the other, I added a bee from Karen Burniston's Flower & Bee die set then lots of glitter.


The cute cupcake sticker was in my stash, and it worked perfectly on this card. Lynda's Photo Frame die sets also come with stamps, so I used her stamps on the card as well.


The images on the reverse side were heat embossed with white powder and I added a white label to the third one as a place to sign our name.


I thought this card turned out so cheery, and since my Mom's Birthday card stash has been depleted this one will likely go to her.

Supplies:
Triple Fancy Frame Flips-It's - Stephanie Barnard (Sizzix)
Patterned paper - Pebbles
Yellow soft finish card stock - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Photo Frame, Celebrate - Lynda Kanase (dies and stamps)
1026 Flower & Bee - Karen Burniston
White and kraft card stocks
Stickles
Cupcake sticker - stash

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