Friday, 17 November 2017

'Chill Out' Pull Card

Good morning friends

It's Flip-It Friday here on my blog, and I have a wintery pull card to share today.

I used the (discontinued) Spiral Circle Pull Card for my card base, cutting the patterned paper 2" wider than I wanted my finished card. I scored 1" down either side then folded it to the back of the card and adhered the folded strips to the back. This gives the card additional stability when the patterned paper card base isn't quite as heavy as a card stock one.

The pretty snowflake dies come with the Spiral Circle Pull Card (SCPC) and these ones have pink Nuvo Crystal Drops added to the centres.

The notches hold the closed in the closed position until the recipient pulls the sides of the card to open it, which is my favourite part of this die set.

I added some additional fussy cut embellishments -- the large mitten label inside actually started as a 6 x 4" journal card for pocket scrapbooking.

I only had these few bits and pieces left in the package, so now I can say it's used up! There is still an almost untouched letter sticker sheet remaining, but I'm not counting that.

Spiral Circle Pull Card - Karen Burniston, Elizabeth Craft Designs (retired)
Patterned paper etc- Fancy Pants
Nuvo Crystal Crops

Card size - 5 x 6"

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Reindeer Tag Book Pop-Up Card

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I had another play with Karen Burniston's newest die set, the Tag Book Pop-Up. For today's card though, I used it a little differently and created a full sized backing card rather than using the tags & hinge as the die set was designed.

This patterned paper has several sheets of printed tags of various sizes so I used one here on the card front. I kept it over to the left side, as the Tag Book Pop-Up creates a lot of folds and they are all on the right when the card is closed. 

Here is a look at the card inside, with so many fun folds. My goal this year was to use some older stamps along with new products and I really had fun pulling out some images I haven't used in awhile. I am going to continue that goal next year as well! For this card I used a fun stamp set from Paper Smooches that I've had for a couple of years.

To change it up even more, I cut the scalloped tops off the end tags and the layering tags as well. Also, I decorated the folding panels before I adhered the inner tags together. I found it easier to decorate each of the panels when they could lay completely flat. While wiggly eyes would have been really cute to use, I was keeping the bulk down so I chose not to add them this time. In fact, the stamped and cut out images were all adhered directly to the patterned paper panels without even using foam tape!

When I finished adding the patterned paper and stitched scalloped edges on each side, the ends of the Tag Book Pop-Up were catching on the outer strip. So I added stitched circles but will remember to check for catch points next time.

I'm really happy with how this card turned out, and how it changes the look of the die set completely. It's always fun to come up with new ways to use our dies.

I just adore the little reindeer from this stamp set, called Santa Paws. I have several others stamped and cut out so now I just need some extra time to play with them!

Red and white cad stocks
Patterned paper - DCWV
Black Glaze pen - Sakura
Copic markers
Stamps - Paper Smooches
Clear glaze pen - Sakura
Stitched circle dies - MFT Stamps
Word stamp - Lawn Fawn

Card size - 4-1/2 x 6"

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Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Polar Bear & Sleigh Holiday Pop-Up Card

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I have a fun Pop-Up card to share today that I made using a bunch of Karen Burniston's dies and a paper package from Stampin' Up. The card front is simple because all the fun is on the inside. I added a pair of labels from the Katherine Label Pop-Up and the bear from the Winter Animals set. Cutting him out of white makes him a Polar Bear!

Inside I used the Floating Floor  & fence from the House & Fence Pop-Up along with the sleigh from the Sleigh Pop-Up.

The words from the Holiday Word Set are interchangeable & can be combined however you want, so I used both the Christmas & the Greetings for my sentiment. All of Karen Burniston's Word Set dies work together so with four sets now, you can combine a lot of different words for your greeting! The label at the top was made by putting one side of a paper strip at a time into the Katherine Label Pop-Up label die. That gave each side a stitched and shaped detail.

I love how perfectly the little fence fits on the floating floor.  I made a trio of Polar Bears for the inside and added one to the sleigh with a die cut gift. That sleigh! It's going to be so much fun.

Into my holiday card stash with this one. In fact, I'd better get started getting the cards organized and decide who gets which one.

Patterned paper - Stampin' Up
White card stock
Green star dream card stock
1015 House & Fence Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
1021 Sleigh Pop-Up - Karen Burniston
1016 Winter Animals - Karen Burniston
Black fine point marker
1011 Katherine Label (labels) - Karen Burniston
1022 Word Set 3 - Holiday - Karen Burniston

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Winter Birthday Pop-Up Card

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It's time for another Paper Pro's challenge and this month I'm the one who gave the challenge to create a Winter Birthday card.

Even though this leafy patterned paper isn't specifically winter, I like the frosty wintery colours. I tied some white seam binding around the strip at the top, and added a glittery snowflake charm from the Winter Charms set. The stamped oval was white embossed on a journal card from the coordinating Adventure Card Pack at Wild Whisper.

It's no surprise that the inside is a Pop-Up but that I used Karen Burniston's Cupcake Pop-up might be a surprise. It can actually be a nice generic pop-up if you are creative covering the cupcake shape.

I added white glittered foliage to the back of the tree. In our part of the world, we often get at least one snowfall before the leaves have fallen from the trees so a leafy tree with snow is not unusual to see. I also added a smattering of snowflakes, some cut from glittered card stock and some from white.

The greeting was stamped on a stitched circle, and I added some small Wild Whisper leaf stamps using second generation stamping so they don't distract from the words. 

Finally, a side view so you can see the Pop-Up a little better.

The Paper Pro's challenge is a casual one with a varying number of participants each month. This month we have:

Karen Aicken - (that's ME!)

Blue textured card stock - Bazzill
White and brown card stocks
Patterned paper - Adventure, Wild Whisper
Glitter card stock - Stampin' Up
Word stamp - CC Designs
Stitched circle - MFT Stamps
Happy Birthday words and stamp on front - Stampin' Up
Journal Card on front - Adventure, Wild Whisper
White embossing powder - Ranger
Leaf stamp - Adventure, Wild Whisper

Card size - 5 x 6"

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Monday, 13 November 2017

Masculine Gift Card Holder

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It's Masculine Card Monday here on my blog and I have a gift card holder to share made using some awesome products from Wild Whisper Designs. I'm a relatively new Wild Whisper customer but a huge fan! Never mind that they are a Canadian company (woot!!) - they are also based out of Calgary which is my home town.

I have been making a number of these Gift Card holders, but rarely post things in the order I make them. This is actually the latest one I've done, the others are mostly Christmas. I first saw this pattern on YouTube, by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts and had to make one immediately. I don't put the same number of matted panels on mine, but the base pattern is easy peasy and works like a charm. You can see her video HERE.

I made this one specifically for our son, who loves the great outdoors. He camps off grid, he hikes, fishes and will soon be hunting as well. The papers, journal cards and stamps from Wild Whisper's ADVENTURE collection were just perfect for him, including the journal card with the lovely quote that I added inside. I added some stamped tree rings and coloured in the white part of the mountains with a Copic marker, then just adhered the journal card inside the Gift Card holder. Easy peasy!

Sage green textured card stock
Adventure patterned paper - Wild Whisper Designs
Adventure Stamps - Wild Whisper Designs
Adventure Journal Card - Wild Whisper Designs
Wonky stitched rectangle die - MFT Stamps
Copic marker

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Sunday, 12 November 2017

Feathers & Leaves Pop-Up Thanksgiving Card

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When I pulled out some fall themed papers, I found this package that had one full sheet, a few stickers left and lots of scraps in it. Well - time to use all that up!! I did make a couple of quick and easy cards that I'll post another day, then this one to use a bunch of the pretty leaf print scraps.

Because of the button, this will likely have to be one I hand deliver or add a bit of foam inside the envelope. But it just seemed to need the button! I went over the embossed feather lines with a glaze pen so they catch the light.

Inside I used an older (retired) Karen Burniston die - the Lorna Label. I made a Double Lorna, and managed to use several of the stickers from the sheet too!

Love those stitched leaves. Last fall I realized I didn't have any wafer thin leaf dies so purchased these stitched ones from Lawn Fawn. The blue ones here are cut from recycled packaging.

I love using things up from my stash - makes room for new goodies. :-)

Feather dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Button - Papertrey Ink
Brown, confetti, yellow, burgundy card stocks, and blue recycled packaging
Patterned paper & stickers - Echo Park
Sakura glaze pen
Lorna Label Pop-Up - Karen Burniston (Elizabeth Craft Designs - retired)
Stitched leaf dies - Lawn Fawn
Gift Thanks - Hero Arts
Brown fine point marker
Banner punch - Stampin' Up

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Saturday, 11 November 2017

C4C 411 Poppy Card

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It's Saturday and that means a new challenge at the Crazy 4 Challenges Blog. I am the hostess this month, with my Design Team Sister Kelly Booth as our Guest Designer. Kelly's blog can be found HERE.

I knew I wanted to do something for Remembrance Day, and Frances Byrne helped me come up with the wording for the challenge:

“Lest We Forget” In Canada and Australia, today is Remembrance Day. From Wikipedia: Remembrance Day (sometimes known informally as Poppy Day) is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty. Following a tradition inaugurated by King George V in 1919,[1] the day is also marked by war remembrances in many non-Commonwealth countries. Remembrance Day is observed on 11 November in most countries to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended "at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month", in accordance with the armistice signed by representatives of Germany and the Entente between 5:12 and 5:20 that morning. Include Poppies on your card today, or make a card of gratitude and/or respect. 

I love these lacy poppy dies so used them as the starting point of my card front. Then I decided to use these lovely script words and make it into a sympathy card. Unfortunately I am needing yet another sympathy card this week.

The large poppy centre was done with gold and black Nuvo Crystal Drops, letting them meld together into one solid raised area. I also added a black gem to the front butterfly and sprinkled some black Nuvo Crystal Drops around the words.

Inside the card I used the rest of this lovely water coloured poppy print paper. The other half was on THIS Crazy 4 Challenges card, posted last month.

Black gems were added to the inside butterflies as well.

I hope you all take time out of your day today at 11am to remember the fallen, the ones who gave their lives so we could have our freedom.

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 C4C 411.

Patterned paper - Alexandra Renke
Red, white and black card stocks
Lacy Poppy dies - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Words - Stampin' Up
Stitched oval dies - MFT Stamps
Distress Oxide Inks
Butterfly Punches - Stampin' Up
Nuvo Crystal Drops
Floral stem - Tim Holtz
Black gem - Stampin' Up

Card size - 5 x 6"

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