Thursday, March 23, 2023

Ahoy Matey! Pirate Ship Birthday Card

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card was inspired by Karen Burniston's card in our March Designer Challenge which was Vacation themed. She made a cruise ship that popped up using her Flip Frame Pop-Up and some of her shape dies to create the cruise ship. To see her assembly video click here to view it. For my card, I wanted to make a pirate ship! I have this super cute stamp set from My Favorite Things called "Party Like a Pirate" and wanted to make a pop-up card using that stamp set to go along with it. 

For this card, I started with an A2 top fold card using a heavy weight smooth black cardstock. I used a piece of 65lb smooth white cardstock to create the inner panel and folded it in half. 

I used a removable tape to tape off the top panel to create the clouds in the sky background. I used Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and MFT's Mini Cloud Edges Stencil to create the sky. Then I die cut clouds from Karen Burniston's Outdoor Scene and added them as well. I stamped the birds that were part of the pirates stamp set. 

Then I taped off the sky from the bottom panel and created the ocean and sand on the bottom panel, using various colors of Distress Ink and Distress Oxide ink. 

Once I finished the background, I die cut the pop-up mechanism using the pop-up die from Karen Burniston's Tree Pop-Up. I cut the mechanism twice so it fit on both sides of the ship. 

To create the pirate ship, I followed Karen's instructions on her video, only instead of creating the cruise ship top, I made the sails like a pirate ship. To make these, I used a smaller hexagon die from her Hexagons - Crosshatch die set and trimmed the bottom off. Then I bent it slightly to give it the look of a sail. I stamped the skull and crossbones using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. I die cut the little flag from Karen Burniston's Little Twist Panel Pop-Up from black cardstock. 

Once I cut the base of the boat from a kraft cardstock, I used my E35 Chamois Copic marker to create wood texture. Then I went over it with Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. I used a circle punch and create the port holes then added glossy accents to them. 

I then cut the waves using Karen Burniston's Tropical Scene wave die and added the same colored Distress Oxide Ink. Then I glued them to the front of the ship and to the background. 

I die cut the "Happy Birthday" sentiment from Karen Burniston's Word Set 2: Birthday Die set twice, once from red cardstock and once from black and layered them together. Then I die cut a place to sign the card using Karen Burniston's Rectangles and Labels - Crosshatch and smooth white cardstock. 

For the front of the card, I die cut a rectangle panel from Neenah Class Crest Smooth white cardstock using Karen Burniston's Rectangles - Crosshatch in the largest die. 

I used masking paper along with my stamp set to create the pirate scene. Once I had all the masking paper on, I created the background scene. I did the same technique as in the inside of the card. 

Once I had the background the way I wanted it, I removed the masking paper and colored the images in using Copic markers. 

I added some shine lines using a white size 10 Gelly Pen. 

I absolutely love love love how this card turned out. Those pirates are adorable and that pirate ship came out fantastic! Thank you so so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Birthday Bear Hugs with My Favorite Things!

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card features MFT's Beary Special Birthday stamp set and my own custom made background!


For this card, I started with an A2 sized card base from Princess Pink MFT Cardstock. I then die cut a background rectangle in black cardstock using MFT's A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX set in the largest die. Then I cut another rectangle using Neenah Classic Crest smooth white cardstock and then next size down die from the A2 Stitched Rectangles. 

On the white rectangle I started stamping the Beary Special Birthday images on to the cardstock using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink. I masked the images as I went using Altenew masking paper. Once I had all the images stamped and masked, I created the background. I drew out the trees and ground line. Then colored in the background using Copic markers. 

Once I was finished coloring the background, I removed the masking and colored the bears in with my Copic markers. 

I used Glossy Accents and Glitter Gel on the balloons to give them some dimension. I also added Glossy Accents to the bears noses and the frosting on the cake. 

Once dry, I added the number 1 to the glossy balloons because this card is for a first birthday. I added shine lines using a number 10 Gelly Pen in white. 

I stamped the sentiment "Sending Birthday Bear Hugs" on to black cardstock using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, then glued my sentiment down on the front. 

I think I'll be trying to make my own backgrounds more often! I love how great using masking comes out. Although time consuming, worth it in the end. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, March 18, 2023

Make a Wish - Magic Picture Changer Birthday Card

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card was created for Lawn Fawn's Challenge #144 - All Things Birthday! For this card I used Lawn Fawn's Magic Picture Changer die set along with Lawn Fawn's Birthday Before 'n Afters and Party Animal stamp set. 

For this card, I started with a A2 top fold card base using a dark blue/green cardstock. I die cut two rectangles from smooth white cardstock and used Lawn Fawn's Balloons Stencil to create my background. 

I stamped out my images using Lawn Fawns Jet Black ink on to the magic picture windows. Then colored them in using my Copic markers. 

I used Lawn Fawn's Magic Picture Changer Add-On and a pink patterned paper to add on to the magic picture mechanism. I cut another piece from patterned paper to add to the pull tab. Then I added the "Pull" piece to the tab. I used the same pink patterned paper to add the word "Pull". 

Once I had everything put together, I stamped the images I wanted to use from the Party Animal stamp set using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink and colored them in using Copic markers. I added some shine lines using a Gelly Pen in size 10. 

I stamped the sentiment "make a wish" from the Party Animals stamp set using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder. 

This turned out to be such a bright and vibrant card and a fun birthday card to send to someone special. I really like how the balloon stencil worked out so well and how there were different balloons to choose from. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!


Friday, March 17, 2023

First Birthday Card with a Kitty Cat Pop-Up!

Hello and Welcome! Today's card was a Great Grandma special order card, created for a special little girls very first birthday! This cutie pie loves cats, so I made a pretty pink pop-up kitty. 

For this card, I started with a 5.5 wide card base. Then I followed Karen Burniston's card tutorial on making the front tuck flap card base for her pop-up gingerbread snowman. Click here to watch that video on YouTube. 

I used a light pink cardstock from MFT called Ballet Slipper for the card base and for the pop-up cat. I picked a fun kitty patterned birthday paper and added it to the inside and outside of my card base before adding the cat. 

I used Karen Burniston's Surprise Ball Pop-Up, Bitty Ball Pop-Up and Animal Add-Ons 1 to create the pop-up cat. 

I made each pop-up ball from the Ballet Slipper cardstock. Then I added a cream colored cardstock for the belly and face fur. With a pencil, I drew out fur marks and cut them with my scissors, then glued the pieces to the pop-up. 

For the collar, I used the ball die from the Surprise Ball Pop-Up and cut a piece from a teal blue cardstock. Then I trimmed off the edges I didn't need. I measured 1/4 in from the center of the ball down each flap and made marks with a pencil. I then drew a straight line across each flap and cut the part I didn't need off. Then I glued the entire piece to the top of my base pop-up ball (sorry if that doesn't make sense!). Before gluing it down though, I added my collar heart charm. 

For the cats face, I die cut the eyes out from the same cream colored cardstock and then using my Copic markers, created the cat eyes. I outlined them with a black marker and then I added Glossy Accents to the eyes. Once they were dry, I added white paint marker to add some shine spots. 

I die cut the nose from a shiny black cardstock and cut it in half to add to the face. I glued the whiskers on to the nose pieces and then added it to the cats face. 

I die cut the mouth from the same shiny black cardstock and cut that in half as well. Gluing to the face where I wanted the mouth to be. 

I die cut the ears, paws and tail out of the same cardstock as the body, adding a cream tip to the tail and cream paws to the arms. I added toe lines to the feet with a black pen. 

I die cut a circle using Karen Burniston's Circles - Crosshatch dies in the largest size from the same cardstock as the collar. 

Before I glued the pop-up cat into the card, I created the birthday greeting I wanted to put on the top part of the card. 

I die cut the word "birthday" using Lawn Fawn's Scripty Birthday die from a light blue Glitter Cardstock. I cut it twice more from black cardstock and glued all the layers together to give the word some dimension. 

I stamped the "happy" sentiment from MFT Essential Sentiments using VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder. 

I die cut the "1" from Lawn Fawn's Oliver's Stitched 123's using purple cardstock and added a couple of layers of black cardstock to that as well to give it some dimension. 

Then with a fine tip pen, I added the "st" beside the number 1. I die cut the banner using the banner dies from Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop-Up using different colored cardstock that I had in my stash, then added the Birthday girls name to the banner. I used a light pink and white bakers twine and glued it into the card. Once I had the wording added, I glued the cat down to the base of the card. 

For the front of the card, I used some coordinating stickers from the patterned paper I used and added them to the front. 

I also added some stickers to the inside of the card as well. 

I am absolutely thrilled with how this card turned out. I hope that the Birthday girl is as thrilled with the kitty card as I am. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!!




Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Loving Tulips Birthday Card using Karen Burniston and Power Poppy

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop Up along with the beautiful floral stamp set from Power Poppy called Loving Tulips.


For this card, I started with an A2 size, side fold card from a light pink cardstock. I used Lawn Fawn's new Satin Stitch patterned paper for the background and cut it out from Karen Burniston's Rectangle - Crosshatch dies in the largest size. 

From there, I used her assembly video to figure out where to put the window on the front of the card, then cut that out using the die from the Spinner Square Pop-Up die set. I added a piece of acetate in between the layers to create my window. 

I stamped the tulips using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink and colored them in using my Copic markers. I used the coordinating dies to cut the images out. 

I die cut the pop-up mechanism from the same cardstock as the card base, including the little pop out arm. I stamped the "with love" sentiment on the arm and attached it to the pop-up mechanism. Then I stamped the "hope your day absolutely blooms" to the inside of the card before attaching the large square. I die cut the large square from the same cardstock as the card base and then cut a smaller square using the patterned paper. From there I glued on the flowers and added it to my pop-up mechanism. 

I stamped the "Hello" sentiment on smooth black cardstock using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder and cut it out using the corresponding dies and added it to the front of the card. I also added the "I'm thinking about you" sentiment to the front as well. 

All the sentiments I used were from Power Poppy's Loving Tulips stamp set. I then die cut another rectangle same as the mechanism arm, using smooth white cardstock so that the sender has a place to write a little note or sign their name. I die cut borders to go around the window and glued them on as well. I really love how beautiful this card turned out. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!




Sunday, March 12, 2023

MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge 636: Sittin' Pretty

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card is for the MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge. For this card, I decided to use MFT's Sittin' Pretty stamp set. 

For this Sketch Challenge, I decided to use masking to create this scene. I started with where I wanted the little girl to sit on the steps. Then I masked her image off. 

From there I picked where to put the birds and potted plants, stamped the images in black ink and masked them off as well. Finally I stamped the door and lights and masked them off.

I used MFT's Small Brick Wall Stencil and Hero Arts ink in Wet Cement to create the brick wall. 

I removed the masking paper from all the images and colored everything in using Copic markers. 

I cut out a piece of blue patterned paper (3.25 x 3.5) that I had in my scraps stash and added it to my card. I went with an A2 sized card base using heavy weight smooth white cardstock. 

I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark ink onto black cardstock and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. 

I really like how this card turned out. It's not something I would normally do, which is really fun to try different style cards. I'm really enjoying participating in their weekly Sketch Challenge. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Friday, March 10, 2023

Easter Fun with Lawn Fawn's Eggstraordinary Easter

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card features Lawn Fawns new Eggstraordinary Easter stamp set along with their Shutter Card die to create this super cute and cheerful Easter card. 


For this card, I started with a 12 x 12 sheet of Lawn Fawn's Let it Shine Pink Sparkle patterned paper, which I die cut the main Shutter Card from. I die cut the shutter panels from some scrap patterned paper I had and I also cut the two front panels from the same paper. 

I die cut the main shutter card from the light green textured cardstock and trimmed it down to create the center panel. Using the little helper tool that comes with the Shutter Card die set, I cut the circle. I also cut a circle from smooth white cardstock. I stamped the Happy Easter sentiment on the white circle from Lawn Fawn's Magic Spring Messages and colored in the little eggs and flowers with Copic markers. 

I stamped the images from the Eggstraordinary Easter stamp set using Lawn Fawn's black ink and Neenah Classic Crest smooth white cardstock. Then I colored the images using Copic markers. I cut the images out using the coordinating dies. 

I stamped the sentiment have a colorful Easter using stamps from Eggstraordinary Easter and Easter Before n' After

Then I played with where I wanted the images. Once I found their placement, I glued them down using Lineco Neutral PH glue. 

For the front of the card, I cut the belly band from the same green cardstock as the inside. I used the Stitched Flower Frame to create a pretty spring flower on the front and added a couple of leaves. I added details using Copic markers, then glued the flower to the belly band. 

I stamped the Happy Easter sentiment using VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white embossing powder. 

The Shutter Card may look a little intimidating, but it's super easy to make a fun card! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!




Thursday, March 9, 2023

Oh Easter Tree, Oh Easter Tree How Lovely are thy Eggies!

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card is a fun Easter card using Karen Burniston's Christmas Trees Pop Stand, only as an Easter Tree! 

For this card, I started with an A2 sized top fold card using heavy weight smooth white cardstock. I die cut three rectangles of patterned paper I had in my stash, using Karen Burniston's Rectangle - Crosshatch dies in the largest size. 

From there I centered the patterned paper on my card base and taped down the die that holds the tree stand and die cut it the flaps out.

I die cut the tree out using pastel blue, purple and yellow cardstock. Then I used the tiny eggs from Karen Burniston's Spring Animals die set and cut them from blue, purple, yellow, pink and green pastel cardstock. I glued them onto the tree and added glitter gel and Glossy Accents to the eggs. I had some remaining eggs left so I added a few at the base of the tree, like they had fallen. 

I die cut two panels out using smooth white cardstock and cut the edges with MFT's Stitched Basic Edges 2 die to create a scalloped edge. 

From there, I die cut the "Happy Easter" sentiment from the Easter Charms die set twice. Once from glitter blue cardstock and once from black cardstock. I also die cut two eggs that come from the Easter Charms and the Spring Animals sets. I die cut the chocolate bunny from the Easter Charms as well. Then I glued them all together to create the top of the inside of the card. I colored the eggs with Copic markers. 

I die cut the bunny and chick from the Spring Animals as well as the baskets. Then I added the tiny eggs I had left over from the tree. 

I had a sticker sheet from a paper pack of Easter paper I bought and used them to decorate the inside of the card as well. 

I stamped the "may your basket be full of joy" sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Eggstra Amazing Easter stamp set. 

For the front of the card, I used the same patterned paper as the inside. I die cut a small rectangle using the purple cardstock and then a smaller one again from smooth white cardstock. 

Then I added more stickers from the sticker sheet to create a pretty front for my Easter card. 

I love how this card turned out and it shows you that even a Christmas die set can be used for other holidays/themes. 

As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!



Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Ready, Set, Christmas Challenge - Snow Buddies!

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card was made for the MFT Ready, Set, Christmas Challenge. This is a relatively new challenge and it's to help you get ready for the Christmas season by making a Christmas card every month! For this card, I used MFT BB Snow Buddies stamp set and corresponding dies. 


For this card, I started with a slimline sized card using a textured dark blue cardstock. Then I cut a panel (8.375 x 3.375) from smooth white cardstock and created the sky background using Distress Oxide ink in Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Chipped Sapphire. I set that aside to dry. I cut another panel using smooth white cardstock and then created a snowy hill using MFT Stitched Slimline Snow Drifts Die-namics. 

I stamped the images onto Neenah Class Crest smooth white cardstock using Lawn Fawn's Black ink. Then I colored the images in with Copic markers. 

Once my background was dry, I used Copic Opaque White and some water and splattered it on to my card to create falling snow. I've never used this product before and I recently seen someone use it for an MFT card video. It works AMAZING!! I highly recommend this product! I set my background aside to dry. 

Once dry, it was time to put my card together. I stamped my sentiment first using Lawn Fawn's Black Ink and then added my snow hill and fences. From there I added the rest of my images. Once adhered to the background, I added some glitter gel to the hat pom pom's and to the snowballs and snow on the fence. 

I just love how this card turned out and now, in March, I already have a card ready for Christmas! Win win!! Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Karen Burniston March 2023 Designer Challenge - Vacation

 Hello and Welcome! It's Designer Challenge time again and this months theme was Vacation! Who doesn't love a vacation? I live in Canada and there are so many beautiful Provincial Parks to camp in and so many cabins you can rent for a week and spend some amazing family time! So for my card, I made a cabin in the woods Vacation. 


I started with an A2 sized card in a dark brown cardstock. I cut two panels from smooth white cardstock and created my background using Distress Oxide ink. 

I used Karen Burniston's Tiny House Pop-Up to create the cabin. I cut the house part out from smooth white cardstock and with a pencil create the logs on the cabin. From there, I used my Copic markers to create the wooden logs. I added wooden window frames and door. 

I added some bushes using the tree leaves from Long Nature Edges 2 and grass using the grass add-on from the Tiny House Pop-Up. I used the stones from the Tiny House Pop-Up and created a path way to the dock. I added some detail using my Copic markers. I added some fish from Karen Burniston's Camping Charms and added detail to them using Copic markers and a white Gelly Pen. I used the Bam Box pop-up and green cardstock to create a place for the trees to pop-up. I used the Christmas Trees Pop Stand and the Evergreen Pivot Panels to create the trees in the background. Then I added details using Copic markers. For the fire pit, I used the fire pit dies that come with the Tent Pop-Up and created the fire beside the cabin. I added details again using Copic markers. I made a little folding pop-up piece for the fire pit. I tried to use a Bam Box Pop-Up but it was too big for the tiny fire. 
For the front of the card, I created a wood patterned paper background using the Rectangles - Crosshatch in the largest size. I then used the Ovals - Crosshatch to create a scene on the front. I used the Outdoor Scene dies to create the trees and created a cloud background using MFT Mini Clouds stencil and Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers. 

I used Word Set 6 - Summer to create the "Hello Summer" and "Enjoy" sentiments on the card. For the final touches to the inside of the card, I added some little flowers that I had in my stock of die cuts and I think that gave it the finishing touch of a great summer vacation cabin!

Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!







Monday, March 6, 2023

Happy Birthday to EWE! MFT Weekly Sketch Challenge

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card was created for the My Favorite Things Weekly Sketch Challenge. I dug through my stamps and decided to use one that I haven't used for a while and Ewe Are the Best was the winner!


For this card, I started with a top fold A2 sized card using smooth heavy weight cardstock. I die cut the largest rectangle from MFT A2 Double Stitched Rectangle STAX from MFT Homespun Gingham patterned paper. I die cut another piece using the same double stitched die and smooth white cardstock. Then I turned the die to create a point and die cut the piece again to create the shape needed in the Sketch Challenge. 

I dug out my masking paper and created some masks for my stamped images and created the scene shown. I used MFT Grass Edges stencil and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink to create the ground. Then I used MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink to create the sky. 

I removed the masks and colored the images in using various Copic markers. Then I added some white shine lines with a white Gelly Pen in size 10. 

I stamped the sentiment "Happy Birthday to EWE" using VersaMark Ink and white embossing powder on heavy weight smooth black cardstock. 

This is a very simple card, but so adorable! I just love the BB stamps from My Favorite Things. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Simply Celebrate Birthday Cards!

 Hello and Welcome! Lately I have been trying to use stamps and dies that I bought but haven't used yet (and there are a few). Today's card features Lawn Fawn's Simply Celebrate Critters along with their Dad Jokes stamp set. 

For this first card, I started with an A2 sized card base from smooth black heavyweight cardstock. I die cut a panel from smooth white cardstock using MFT A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX in the largest size. 

I placed a piece of removable tape across the panel, then I stamped the speech bubble on to the top part of the card background. I created a mask to cover the speech bubble and using my MFT Mini Cloud Edges stencil and Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers, created the cloud sky. I removed the tape and repositioned it on top of the line of clouds and used the MFT Small Brick Wall Stencil and Distress Oxide Ink in Candied Apple to create the brick wall. Then with my Copic markers in Neutral Grey, I created the grout between the bricks.

I stamped the cats using Lawn Fawn's Black Ink and colored them in using Copic markers. I used the corresponding dies to cut the cats out. Then I trimmed the white edge on the bottom of the cats. I glued to them the panel so they look like they are on the top of the wall. 

I removed the mask from the speech bubble and stamped the funny dad jokes and sentiments from the Simply Celebrate Critters and Dad Jokes stamp sets. 

I used Lawn Fawn's Scripty Birthday die and die cut the word twice, once from dark blue glitter cardstock and once from black cardstock. Then I glued the pieces together to give the word some dimension. I stamped the word "Wishes" from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy stamp set on black cardstock and used white embossing powder. Then glued the sentiment below.

For my second card, I started with the same A2 sized black cardstock base. Then cut a similar panel from smooth white cardstock, this time when I added the the tape, I just made the clouds. I created the wall the same as before only this time I didn't color in the grout between the bricks. 

I die cut a panel using MFT A2 Stitched Rectangles in the largest size using green cardstock, then I cut grass out using MFT Tucked and Turf - Horizontal die. I used Distress Oxide ink in Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness to give the grass some detail. 

I stamped the dogs and speech bubbles using Lawn Fawn's Black Ink and colored the dogs in using Copic Markers. I stamped the sentiments into the speech bubbles and glued them to card along with the dog, carefully trimming the white bottom edge like I did with the cats. 

I die cut the word Yappy using Lawn Fawn's Oliver's Stitched ABC's using light blue glitter cardstock. Then I die cut it again from black cardstock and glued the pieces all together. 

I stamped the sentiments "wishing you a" and "birthday" from Lawn Fawn's Happy Happy Happy stamp set on smooth black cardstock and embossed it with white embossing powder. I glued the sentiments and word Yappy onto the card. 

I just love how funny and adorable these two cards turned out. The dad jokes are hilariously silly and total Dad jokes! Perfect for a masculine card. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!



Sending Sunshine Birthday Card

Hello Crafty Friends and welcome!! My card for you today was created using Karen Burniston's Spinner Square Pop-Up. I made this card for...