Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sunny Monarch


I needed to make a bright card in recognition of the first sunny day we've had in over 30 days where the sun has been out from sunrise to sunset.  Here in Maryland, USA we've had so many continuous days of rain that people started saying we are having Seattle weather.

The black background is the Tufted Cushion Card Panel by Frantic Stamper.  This makes a great background die.  The frames on top of the background panel are cut from the Sue Wilson Californian Collection Decorative Frames (set B).  You get 5 frames in this set which layer on top of each other or could be used individually as labels.

I decided to use a butterfly in the center of the card instead of a flower.  I cut the Frantic Stamper Solid Butterfly on yellow paper then cut the Monarch Butterfly on black paper.  After the two were adhered on top of each other, I used a white gel pen to fill in some of the openings on the butterfly.

All of the products used to make this card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.  Be sure to check out their Memorial Day sale that is going on right now.


Monday, May 23, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts Memorial Day Sale and card


Want a quick and easy wedding card?  I used the Country Hearts die set with the Wedding Wishes clear stamp set and a hearts embossing folder for the background.


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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Masculine Deer Bust kraft card


You can't get any easier than this when making a card...........I just cut the Deer Bust die into the top white panel which is a leftover piece from the Elementals #1 (stitched rectangle).  Then I stamped the greeting at the bottom, which is from the clear stamp set called

Elementals #1

The Elementals #1 also cuts a perfect sized frame for an A2 card -- no messing with taping two rectangles together to get a frame.  It's all done for you.  At the same time the frame is cut, you get the stitched inside panel which I used on the above card.


This makes a great masculine card and can be used for a birthday, happy retirement, etc., just switch the greeting you stamp on it.

Three products to make the card and they are all available at Ecstasy Crafts.


Saturday, May 21, 2016

Ecstasy Crafts: Bob's Old Truck with Trendy Jean Marc



This would also make a cool Father's Day card for a guy with a pickup truck.

I used the following to make this card:





All of these products are available at Ecstasy Crafts.

You can also see all the cards I make for Ecstasy Crafts on my Pinterest board here:

Friday, May 20, 2016

Flamingo Miss You


I think I miss my family too much and seem to make "Missing You" cards a lot.

This card was made using the following products from Ecstasy Crafts:





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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Moose in the Woods


Another card that could be used for Father's Day or just a simple "I Moose You" card.

I used the following products from Ecstasy Crafts to make my card:






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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Deer Bust Father's Day card

I've been wanting to remake this card for a while now:


Below is the remake:


A fellow cardmaking friend commented on how their husband is a huge hunter which made me want to add more deer to the card and make it more of a scene card.

I used all Ecstasy Crafts products, except for the Dad word die.  






You could use this word die in place of the one I used:



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Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beverly Hills Floral card



What better way to show off a detailed die than using black and white paper.

For  my card, I used the Sue Wilson Shadow Box Collection -- Stitched Lattice Frames for the background.  Then I layered on the Sue Wilson California Collection -- Beverly Hills which I backed with white paper.  Next I cut just the center flower part once again but on yellow paper and adhered the pieces back into the black die cut.

I used the flower centers that come in the Sue Wilson Exquisite Poppy set for the center of the yellow daisy, cutting one in white and a larger one in black.  Then I cut one of the circular flower centers in black for the very middle.


Stitched Lattice Frames

Beverly Hills



Exquisite Poppy


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Memories of Camping with My Dad



I've been wanting to make a camp related Father's Day card for my Dad since he used to take the whole family on camping trips in a pull along RV every summer when we were little.  I'm glad I decided to buy the Impression Obsession Car & Camper die set as it fit perfectly for what I had in mind.


While looking through the dies at the Dies R Us online store, I also needed some tree dies and found these Memory Box Consenza Trees that come as both the Border Outlines and the Border Backgrounds.   I kept the backgrounds to my trees various shades of green but I can't wait to use these trees again with bright backgrounds such as pink, purple, orange and yellow.
  


To make the card, I started by diecutting a 5" circle then placing the stitched hills and Stitched Cloud Edger on the circle.  The sun that is peeking out under the cloud is one of the Sue Wilson Dandelion Clocks.  You could also use one of the dies in the Sue Wilson Exquisite Poppy set too.

 


After the Memory Box Consenza Trees were added, I worked on making the car and camper.  This took a bit of cutting over and over in various colors of paper to get the black for the tires, the silver door handles, etc. but my Dad is worth it and it was fun at the same time.  I wanted the windows to look like real windows so I adhered the entire car and camper to a piece of vellum then manually cut around  the outer edges of both of them.  


After the car and camper were cut out manually with the vellum backing, I placed each back into their dies so I could emboss the lines on the windows.  I used a tiny stylus, and since it was vellum, I could see right through to where the lines were:



The final steps were to add the word "Dad" and the tiny pine trees.

Here's a picture of my family camping out with Dad in the Adirondacks:



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Friday, May 13, 2016

Lattice Framed Peonies



I love the look of lattice on a card, so when I saw these two Sue Wilson die's I knew I had to get them.  The background is the Striplets - Lattice Window die and the oval is the Festive Collection - Lattice Snowflake.


The Lattice Window die is 6.1" high; that makes for a large card.  I wanted to keep my card as close to an A2 as possible, so I cut the Lattice Window die down to shorten it.  This simply meant cutting it and layering it back on top of itself:


I made a cut right on one of the "joints" along the sides where the 4 skinny rectangles are.  For demonstration purposes, I did not cut the lattice into these yet.  


The above shows how I layered the striplets back onto themselves to shorten them.  If your lattice doesn't line up perfectly, you could cut out an entire section of the striplet and shorten it that way also.  

For the oval, I cut the Lattice Snowflake oval and layered it on top of a black solid oval, using the other die that comes in the Lattice Snowflake set:


Covering the snowflakes on this die was easy.  I used the Sue Wilson Finishing Touches - Perfect Peony Complete Petals die set.

The word "hugs" is from the Frantic Stamper Valentine  Confetti set.  That tiny word die fits perfectly inside the oval and is my "go to" die for a lot of cards.


I can't wait to use this Lattice Snowflake die again come winter time, but not wishing colder weather on anyone.  We've had our share of that this year.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Blue Birds on a Branch


These Birds on a Branch cut out all as one piece -- the birds on the branch together so you don't have to try to figure out where to place the birds.  I cut it out of brown paper first then again in blue and cut just the birds out of the second die cut to place on top of the brown birds.  But if you like coloring things in, you could cut it out just once on white paper and color the birds in with markers or pencils.

The oval is from the Sue Wilson Austrian Collection - Salzburg.   Wouldn't life be easy if every fancy die had a matching background die to go with it?  This one does, and I love it.

The background is the Sue Wilson Canadian Collection - Background.  I cut it right into the card front then backed it on the inside with blue paper.  This has become one of my favorite background dies.  With all the tiny pinpricks around each square it's so dainty looking.

All of these products can be purchased at Ecstasy Crafts.



Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Camping with Dad


Scene cards are one of my favorite to make.   I had made a similar card to this one about 6 months ago but wanted to update it and add more to it.   Isn't it cool how the flash on the camera lights up the top of the RV, making it look like the sun is shining on it?

My memories of spending time with my father are all about camping.  He would take us on camping trips with the pull along RV right up until we were in high school.  My family  got too big and outgrew the RV.  Here's a picture of me and my sisters when we were younger, camping with Dad:
What was Dad thinking?  No lifejackets?  Dad had served in the Navy and wasn't afraid of the
water at all, but we sure were.  Don't we look it?

All the fish we caught.  The boy and one girl are neighbor campmates.

Started camping in a tent first.


Graduated to a pop-up trailer and sold the rowboat. 

Love this picture of my Mom.  I'm the one looking scared (with short hair) right up against my Dad.  Totally afraid of heights and we were on top of a mountain in Lake George.

When the two younger brothers were born, that made 7 kids.  Had to sell the pop-up and get a pull along RV.  So many memories camping in that RV.


For my card, I used all Frantic Stamper dies:  








The stamp is an old one I had but I can't wait to get my hands on the new set called All in The Family.  It has some great stamps on it.

All of the products used on my card are available at Ecstasy Crafts.




Monday, May 9, 2016

Brown and Blue with Lattice Too


I really needed to get out of my lavender and pink mode and start making cards with other colors, thus the result of today's card.

I used the Frantic Stamper Saharan Screen Card Panel for the white lattice type background and framed it with a blue frame from the Elementals #1 Basic Shapes.  I like this Elementals set for the simple reason that it contains a frame die that perfectly fits an A2 card.  I don't have to tape two rectangle dies together in order to get the frame.  Just cut it out and the frame is done on it's own.  How nice is that?  



The outside dimensions of the blue frame are 3 3/4 by 5" so it fits nicely on an A2 card, leaving a 1/4" frame all around it on the front of the 4  1/4 x 5 1/2 brown card.  I wish someone would come out with a  frame die that is the next size smaller, that is 3 1/4 x 4 1/2" and then one even smaller being 2 3/4" x 4".  That would make layering frames so easy and eliminate guesswork in cutting your frames.

The center of the card is made using the Sue Wilson Californian Collection - Beverly Hills which I backed with white paper and then cut out manually around it.  I layered this on a blue stitched oval and put a tiny blue Delicate Daisy Complete Petal flower in the center.  For the leaves I used the Dee's Distinctively Small Pair of Leaves.


Thanks for stopping by.  All of the products used to make my card are available at Ecstasy Crafts

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