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Father’s Day Sails

Happy Father’s Day to my dear Dad!

Today I’m playing along with the current CAS Colours & Sketches challenge, which is a super sketch this week.

I pulled out an old wood-mounted stamp that I bought YEARS ago when I first started stamping. It’s called Yacht Race by an Australian company, Stamp-It.

After I stamped the image, I cut around it using a My Favorite Things die and then coloured it using my Twinking H2Os. I adhered it to my base and added a Hero Arts sentiment to finish off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Rad birthday roses

Hi everyone

Today I’m playing along with the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge…. and because I love the current combo over at the Color Throwdown challenge (raspberry, lavender, green and kraft), I’m also playing along with that challenge again!

I finally used the Paper Smooches Rad Roses die that I got a few months ago. I just love these Deco/Rennie Mackintoch roses so much, whenever I see them in dies/stamps, I almost always end up buying them!  Anyway, I cut the image three times – in white, green (blended mowed lawn distress ink) and lavender (blended Gina K lovely lavender ink) and then inlaid the roses and leaves.

I adhered a strip of Basic Grey paper to the left side of my card and then adhered a white panel to the right side of the card using funky foam. I embossed a sentiment on a strip kraft cardstock and adhered that, plus some more Basic Grey paper to the white panel. Finally I adhered the Rad Roses and finished off my card with a few gems.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Happiest of butterflies

 

Hi everyone!

There’s a wonderful sketch over at the Freshly Made Sketches challenge this week.. and here’s my take on it!

I used the beautiful Simon Says Stamp Circle of leaves which I positioned so that the leaves would come from the side of the circle, leaving a nice little area for the sentiment strip.

I created the background panel from distress inks and stamped the My Favorite Things sentiment using a distress oxide ink. The two butterflies are by Penny Black.

I’m also entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Flickr challenge – Anything goes.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Sparkler Butterfly

Hi friends!

I am back with my entry into the current CAS on Friday challenge which has the theme of butterfly.

I used the Birch Press Design Sparkler Butterfly Layer Set with coloured cardstock. The base layer is standard white card, but I wanted the bottom layer to sparkle so I die cut the second layer from white glitter card as well and inlaid the little centre pieces before adhering the final two coloured layers.

While the butterfly is stunning by itself, I wanted to add a little soft detail to the background, while keeping the card CAS. I softly applied some distress oxide ink through the fabulous Shrubbery stencil from Funky Fossil Designs.

I stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things to finish off my card.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

 

Peek-a-boo card

Hello!

I’m back with my second Crafts-U-Love DT post for the month.

As you may recall, I received the sweet My Favorite Things Spectacular Birthday* stamp set and a pack of Lawn Fawn ink cubes*. The first card I created with these is here.

While the stamp set could be used to create some amazing scenes, I decided to do something a bit different again… I rarely make interactive cards, but I love seeing Anita Chang’s cards on Instagram and a peek-a-boo card has been on my ‘to make’ list for quite a while. So I decided to leap in and attempt one.

Let me reassure you – it’s super simple!

There are some amazing video tutorials out there – Jennifer McGuire created one last year that you might want to check out. My video skills are still pretty basic, so I’ve written a rather photo-intensive tutorial for you instead! But, I have managed to upload a very quick video to You Tube showing how it turned out!

Steps 1 and 2 – prepare your card components

 

I created a UK A6 card (105mm x 148mm ) with some heavyweight cardstock.  First of all I created and scored three panels as follows:

Back of card – 105mm x 158 mm – score at 148mm, making a thin strip on the right side

Centre card – 105mm x 210mm – score at 105mm, making a square card

Front of card – 105mm x 220mm – score at 148mm, making a 70mm ‘flap’ (note the reverse of the panel is shown in the photo above)

Steps 3 and 4 – create the front

For this card, you need to die cut a shape in the right hand side of the card front (the crease should be on the left hand side).

After adhering some Lawn Fawn paper to the front of the panel, I found it helpful to place the sentiment I wanted to use on top of the panel (Creative Expressions Happy Birthday) to help position the die. Once cut, line up the square centre card to the right hand side of the front panel (the crease of the centre card should be on the left hand side).

Steps 5 and 6 – die cut the centre piece

Draw around the die cut to create a die placement guide on the square centre card. Keep the square centre card folded so that you can cut through both sections… although you might need to run this through your cutting machine a couple of times!

Then put the front panel to one side.

Steps 7 and 8 – begin assembling the card

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Taking the back of the card, add a piece of strong double-sided tape to the small creased strip (which should be on your right hand side).

Open up the centre square card and decorate as you wish – this will be what your recipient will see when they open the card. I simply stamped a sentiment from the set.

Make sure the crease of the centre square card is still on your left hand side and then adhere the right side of the centre square card to the back of the card.

Steps 9 and 10 – adhere the front of the card

Close the square centre card and cover the top of it generously with adhesive. Then adhere the card front, ensuring that the die cuts line up.

Step 11

 

 

Tuck the flap from the front panel behind the square centre card and close the card.

 

The base peek-a-boo card is complete and now we can think about how to decorate it!

 

 

Steps 12 and 13 – create the images

I stamped a couple of the stamps from the MFT set and coloured them using the Lawn Fawn inks diluted with some water. I actually re-stamped them on watercolour paper which worked much better for me as I found I had more control over the ink! Once I was happy with the colouring, I added a generous layer of Nuvo Aqua Shimmer.

Steps 14 and 15 – Slot the images into place

Select the image that you want the recipient to see when the card is closed and adhere it to the back of the card.

The other image (which will be seen when the card is open) needs to be adhered to the small flap (from the card front) that sits behind the square centre card.

Et voila! The card mechanism should be finished! See how it works in my very short You Tube debut here!

If you find that the card is getting caught on the images, add some Scotch tape to the edges of the image – fabulous tip courtesy of Jennifer McGuire.

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.

Products marked with a ‘*’ were sent to me by Crafts-U-Love for this DT assignment.

Birthday vase

Hello everyone!

There’s a super sketch for this week’s challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. When I saw it, I knew it would be perfect for die cuts and I was itching to pull out my dies again after my wood-mounted stamp challenge!

For my take, I used some old Basic Grey papers with dies from My Favorite Things (vase) and Simply Graphic. The sentiment is also by My Favorite Things.

Once I assembled the card, I felt it needed a little something extra towards the right side of the card so I added a few Nuvo Jewel Drops. They look clear by they are actually translucent grey!

Thanks for stopping by!

LucieG.