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May 132021

Here is a birthday card for my 12 year old granddaughter.  She loves cats, and she loves to read.

Her favorite books right now are the “Warriors” series written by Erin Hunter.  She loves them so much that I decided I would read them, too, so that we could talk about all the adventures of the many cats that the books are about.  Okay.  I didn’t realize that there were nearly 100 books (so far!).  My granddaughter has every one of them!  She reads them as quickly as they are released.  I am starting the 3rd or 4th series.  We have so much fun talking about all the quests and life’s lessons that the books present.

The card is a fancy fold card box.  My card is a total CASE of the one found HERE on the tutorial for the design.

The card closes to a standard 5-1/2″ x 4-1/4″ size perfect for mailing.

A sentiment was placed on the black card stock band which keeps the card closed until easily removed.

On a totally random note:

I love my Stamparatus, but the magnets are so strong that it can get really hard to pick them up and place them.  I saw this idea somewhere (wish I knew where now so that I could give credit).

Just wrap the magnets in some fun designer paper, and it makes a great flap.  It allows for a much easier and controlled pick up and placement of the magnet.  AND..  you get to have these super cute designer paper covered magnets.  Seriously, what could be better!

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers WT844 – Take the Scenic Route

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Spots & Stripes (The kitties have spots and stripes!)

Show Us Your Pussycats – Challenge #66 Furrything Goes

Allsorts Challenge – Week 623 Create a Landscape or Scene

Crafty Animals – Challenge #50

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – May 2021 (Love this blue mulberry paper with embossed silver stars!)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog – LTCCB #58 May Anything Goes

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Stamps: SU “Nine Lives”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White, True Black and Enchanted Evening; Stars Designer Mulberry Paper

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Gingham Ribbon; SU “Cat” Punch; Martha Stewart Tree Border Punch; Fiscars “Grass” Punch; Circle Punch

It’s time to start making those wonderfully fun and floral cards for all the special mothers in our lives.

For this card I let the patterned paper do most of the work!  Love these yellow and black blooms.  A Copic  was used to color the primas on the stamped flowers.  Pearls dot the centers.  All the stamped images are popped up on foam tape including the black stamped frame and sentiment strip.  What fun!

Happy Spring!   Happy Mother’s Day!   Happy Crafting!

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Challenges:

Love To Craft LTCCB#57 – April Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge – April 2021 Use Patterned Paper

613 Avenue Create April 2021 Challenge #4 – Anything Goes w/Twist: In the Garden

A Place To Start April 2021 Challenge #4 – Anything Goes / Make It Elegant

The Sisterhood of Crafters – Mellow Yellow

Modsquad Challenge Blog – Flowers: Spring has Sprung

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge – WWC314: All About Occasions

Inkspirational Challenges Challenge 237 – Taxi Picture

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Stamps: SU “Framed For You”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Mother”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; Authentique “Classique: Beauty” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU So Saffron; Copics: 

Accessories: Primas; Pearls; Washi; Linen Thread; Martha Stewart Border Punch; Unbranded Dies

Here is a quick and easy gift card holder design.  I’ve made these for Christmas giving, but a birthday or other occasion sentiment could just as easily be stamped and different patterned papers used.

Speaking of stamping, one of my most favorite stamping tools is my Stamparatus.  The sentiment on all of these cards had to be positioned only one time.  I could then stamp all the cards so fast and so easily with perfectly aligned/straight sentiments.  I’m not a Stampin’ Up demonstrator any more, but I still recommend this tool.  Love it!

A metal tab holds the card closed.  To open the card, just turn the tab.

Here’s a template if you want to give it try.

Oh and if you do decide to make this card holder design, be sure to attached the brad and tab before taping the sides of the card holder pocket.  (Believe me as I speak from experience, it’s much harder to put on the brad after the sides have been taped!)

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers FS740

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Love to Craft LTCCB #57: April Anything Goes

Merry Little Christmas MLCCB#33 – April Anything Christmas Goes

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #402 – Christmas

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Stamps: PTI “Tree Trimming Trio”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening; BoBunny “Powder Mountain” Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy

Accessories:  Metal Photo Corners and Brads

Apr 052021

Every once in awhile I just have to make a card with lots of layers and lots of patterned paper.  Today was such a day!

The butterfly and the popped up layers add some dimension.

It’s hard to see in the above pictures, but the black layer was embossed for even more texture.

So many layers + So much patterned paper = So much fun!! 

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CC838: Black/White/Gray + One Other Color

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Layer It

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper April Challenge: Use Patterned Paper

Little Red Wagon Challenge #595: Happy Birthday

Pearly Sparkles Challenge #61: Animals, Birds and/or Insects

Love to Craft LTCCB #57: April Anything Goes

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Stamps: PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday III”

Papers: PTI Select White, Harvest Gold and True Black; Authentique “Classique: Beauty” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Pearls; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and “Butterfly Beauty” Dies; Stitched Rectangle Frame Dies

Here’s a birthday card for one of my granddaughters.  She introduced me to the song “I Am the Blue Whale”.  We sang the song over and over and giggled and had such fun.  Thought this was the perfect image for her card.

This big big big blue whale was colored with Copics and is popped up on foam tape to lift him right out of the water!

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CAS631: Sea Creatures

Stamping Sensations: March – Monochromatic

We Love Chocolate Baroque: March – I Love …. (THE SEA!)

Addicted to CAS Challenge #194: Birthday

Happy Little Stampers: Anything Goes with Dies

Addicted to Stamps and More #401: Make Your Mark

Love to Craft Challenge Blog: LTCCB #56 – March Anything Goes

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Stamps: PTI “Keep Swimming” and “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Select White and Enchanted Evening

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Bordering Blue and Not Quite Navy; Copics:
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Accessories: PTI “Keep Swimming” Die; Sequins

Feb 012021

Patterned paper can make me so happy!  I remember when designer papers first started to be a real thing in the card making world.  I was so intimidated by them.  But now?  Oh my, I LOVE them!

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This card was so FAST!  Picked a cheery and bright patterned paper and a fun border punch to backdrop the stamped image.  Placed a prima and VOILA!

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Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CAS623:  Newsworthy

Crafyhazelnut’s February 2021 Patterned Paper Challenge:  Use Patterned Paper

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes

Love to Craft Challenge Blog:  LTCCB#55 February Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters:  Challenge #36 Anything Goes

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Stamps: SU “You’re My Type”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; Pebbles “Fun In the Sun” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories: Prima; Rhinestone; SU Punch “Spiral Border”

Jan 182021

One of the most challenging cards to make for me is the ever needed masculine card.  With 4 sons and many brother-in-laws and nephews and grandsons..  well you get the picture!  Here’s a quick and fun card to stock that stash.  It works for almost any age, too.

The chess pieces are popped up on foam tape onto the checkerboard background which in turn is popped up on the card base.  I love to give my card designs some depth.

With a black card base a necessary white panel for a note was added to the inside.  And why not pop up that panel, too?  Here the foam tape is on 3 sides to make a pocket..  you know just in case you want to add a little surprise for the nephew.

Happy Crafting!
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Challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CAS621 – Stock Your Stash

Country View Challenges January 2021 – “Squares”

Happy Little Stampers January Anything Goes with Dies Challenge

Love to Craft LTCCB #54 – January Anything Goes

The Creative Crafters Challenge #36 – Anything Goes

Craft Rocket Challenges Challenge #77 – For the Boys/Men

Addicted to Stamps and More Challenge #396 – Make Your Mark

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Stamps: SU “Game On”; PTI “Keep It Simple: Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and True Black; SU Going Gray

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Going Gray (Inside); Copics:

Accessories: Washi Tape; Baker’s Twine; Chess Die

Dec 312020

Grandma’s garden just grew a little bit more!  Haven’t been able to hold him yet, but did get to see him in person.

Of course, I had to make him a welcome card!

This was so fun, and I always love the little surprise that a shaped card delivers.  Here is a template:

Challenges:

Simon Says Monday Challenge: Celebrate!

The Card Concept #HOL20: Christmas Tree, Holiday Decor or Fav 2020 Card Challenge

Die Cut Divas Challenge Blog: Anything Goes (Use a Die or Embossing Folder)

Love to Craft Challenge Blog LTCCB #53: December Anything Goes

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC302: Marsha’s Special 3-Week Anything Goes Challenge

International Art & Soul Ch#98: Anything Goes with a Bow

The Creative Crafter Challenge #35: Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Something for Baby” and “Everything Baby”

Papers: PTI Select White, Aqua Mist, Lemon Tart and Limeade Ice

Inks: SU Taken with Teal, Old Olive, Summer Sun and Sage Shadow

Accessories: White Taffeta Ribbon; SU “Baby’s First” Framelits Dies

Woohoo!!  It’s that time of the year for the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoastampers!  Dare to Get Dirty is a week packed with challenges and prizes for our Fan Club members. The event runs from August 22 through 28, with 5 or more challenges each day. It makes for an amazing week!

Here is the card that I made as a sample for my challenge.

The zebra has been die cut and then popped up on dimensional tape.  It is slightly offset from the negative die cut which creates a shadow effect.

Since this will be a birthday card for one of my sweet grands, a pocket was created inside for a surprise.

So come on over to Splitcoaststampers and join the fun. (You must be a member of the Fan Club to play along.)  Hope to see you there!

Challenges:

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Oh So Cute

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper August Challenge

Aud Sentiments Challenge #258: Anything Goes + A Sentiment

Love to Craft: LTCCB #49 – August Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!


Stamps: SU “Zany Zebras”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Doodlebug Design “At the Zoo” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black and SU Pink Passion (Inside)

Accessories: Rhinestones; Grosgrain Ribbon; 1-3/8″ Circle Punch

Jul 242020

Loved all the challenges this month challenging everyone to get those Christmas cards started.

After making a list of several challenge requirements, I went in search of images, sentiments, embellishments, papers, etc. that could be used to fill those requirements.  I ended up finding this sweet angel from a 2016 set to create a couple of cards.

The first card uses a no lines coloring technique.

The second card uses the much more common technique of stamping the image in black so that the lines remain visible.

Both angels were colored with Copic markers.

Challenges:

International Art & Soul Ch#88: Christmas Card Based On a Carol

Simon Says: Reach For The Stars Wednesday Challenge


Just Us Girls Challenge #545: Color Week

Craftyhazelnut Christmas Challenge: CHNC#499

Craftyhazelnut Patterned Paper Challenge: July 2020

Aud Sentiments Challenge #256: Things With Wings + A Sentiment

Iinkspirational Challenge #217: Painting or Colouring

Retro Rubber Challenge #139: Buttons Galore!

Sweet Stampers #46: Christmas in July

Christmas 24 Challenge #014

Happy Crafting!
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Card1:

Stamps: SU “Wonder of Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Warmth & Cheer” Designer Series Paper

Inks: VersaMark; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Star Button; Washi

Card2:

Stamps: SU “Wonder of Christmas”

Papers: PTI Select White; Authentique “Peaceful” and “Tradition”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Stickles “Xmas Red”; Doily; SU “Ovals Collection” Framelits Die and “Occasions” Paper Piercing Pack; Paper Piercing Tool

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