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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Another Karen Burniston Pop Up Card Using Hoppy the Frog

I'm crazy in love with the new characters Karen Burniston has designed for her Pop It Ups cards.  Today, I'm sharing a card I made using the Hoppy the Frog.
The front of the card is the same as a previous card I shared. See the post from August 31, 2014 for Poppy the Owl.

I decided to hang the frog from a tree branch to match my saying.


Supplies List:

   1.  Lots of Pops Pop It Ups Die (778) Elizabeth Craft Designs by Karen Burniston
   2.  Hoppy the Frog (909) Elizabeth Craft Designs by Karen Burniston
   3.  Spellbinders Nestabilities Elegant Ovals, dies #1, #2, #3
   4.  Graphic 45 paper An Eerie Tale - Enchantment (4500931)
  • Striped side - inside of card for pop it up, 5.25" x 8.25"
  • Flower side - Hoppy the Frog detail layer
  • Flower side - bottom half of front
  • Flower side - butterflies
  • Flower side - Top oval on front of card (die #1)
   5. ColorMates Medium Peaches & Cream Cardstock (CPCM85U)
  • Top embossed panel on front of card
  • Middle oval on front of card (die #2)
   6. American Crafts Cardstock - Olive
  • Card base - 5.5" x 8.5"
  • Bottom oval on front of card (die #3)
  • Strip for front of card - 0.25" x 5.25"
  • Hoppy the Frog shadow layer
   7. Yellow Cardstock
  • Top label on pop up inside of card
  • Small label lower right corner of inside of card
  • Butterflies
   8. Eyes for Hoppy the Frog - Medium (7mm) - Crackerbox Palace
  • crackerboxrubberstamps.com 
  • I discovered these great eyes at the recent Rubber Stamp Event in Kansas City. They have many different sizes and about six different colors. They will be great with all of the characters Karen has designed!
   9. Tim Holtz Branch Tree - BigZ Die embossed with bark embossing folder. Distressed with Walnut Stain embossing ink.

  10. Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy Decorative Strip

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

I Won First Place in the "Beat the Heat Rubber Stamp Show" June 28, 2014

Hello Everyone.
You will notice my blog posts will not be in chronological order while I catch up on posting a few tidbits for which I've not had time to locate pictures and compose information.  Time continues to slip through my fingers!

This post is from the Annual Rubber Stamp Event that comes to the Kansas City area each summer.  You can find out more info about the calendar for these events and where they are held HERE

I won first place in the card contest for Saturday, June 28, 2014.  The competition was very stiff this year and I am very honored the judges liked my card.  I like entering this contest because afterwards the cards are sold at the various shows and the money is donated to The American Cancer Society.  I won $100 show bucks for my entry and my card in turn helped (in a small part) in the fundraising for the Show's chairity.  Win/Win!

I, of course, had no problems spending the money I won at the show!  There were serveral of my favorite vendors present more than willing to help me in my endeavor.

I met my friends, Joanne and Terri, at the show.  We visited vendors and had lunch and just generally had a "La La Loonies" day out together.  We have not done any of the Tim Holtz tags this summer, but have managed to exchange techniques, etc!  

 We are busy working on plans for Halloween!  Stay tuned.... 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Get Well Pop It Ups Card With Poppy the Owl Die Cuts by Karen Burniston Elizabeth Crafts Designs

Stamper's Ink, one of our LSS, sponsored demos and classes by Karen Burniston recently. It was a treat to finally be able to meet Karen and take one of her classes to learn techniques in how to do her Pop It Up dies. I've been a fan of her pop up cards for years and the class was amazing! Karen brought more sample cards than I've ever seen (they filled more than three long tables) and she had a lot of tips and tricks to show us.

My Sister-in-law's Mother suffered a stroke recently and I wanted to do a special get well card of encouragement for her. I was so inspired by Karen's class I decided to do one of her Pop It Up dies and one of her character dies.

The front of the card uses a Spellbinders Die Set. See the end of the post for details for this and details about paper used.
This shows the close up of the Owl die cut. I did not have any Elizabeth Craft Silk Microfine Glitter so I used Tim Holtz glitter on the glasses. It worked, but I think his glitter is too coarse for something with such delicate features. I'm looking forward to trying the Elizabeth Craft glitter next time.
One of the best features of the Karen Burniston Pop It Ups dies is the many additional dies you get in the die set. Both labels, including the stitching one, and the small banner held by the owl are included in the set. 


Supplies List:

   1.  Lorna Label PopUp Die (915) Elizabeth Craft Designs by Karen Burniston
   2.  Poppy the Owl (910) Elizabeth Craft Designs by Karen Burniston
   3.  Spellbinders Nestabilities Elegant Ovals, dies #1, #2, #3
   4.  Graphic 45 paper An Eerie Tale - Enchantment (4500931)
  • Striped side - inside of card for pop it up, 5.25" x 8.25"
  • Poppy the Owl detail layer
  • Flower side - bottom half of front
  • Top oval on front of card (die #1)
   5. ColorMates Medium Peaches & Cream Cardstock (CPCM85U)
  • Large label on pop it up label
  • Poppy the Owl shadow layer
  • Tiny heart
  • Top embossed panel on front of card
  • Middle oval on front of card (die #2)
   6. American Crafts Cardstock - Olive
  • Card base - 5.5" x 8.5"
  • Bottom oval on front of card (die #3)
  • Strip for front of card - 0.25" x 5.25"
   7. Yellow Cardstock
  • Strip for banner held by Poppy the owl
  • Top label on pop up inside of card
  • Small label lower right corner of inside of card
   8. Eyes for Poppy the Owl - Medium (7mm) - Crackerbox Palace
  • crackerboxrubberstamps.com 
  • I discovered these great eyes at the recent Rubber Stamp Event in Kansas City. They have many different sizes and about six different colors. They will be great with all of the characters Karen has designed!
   9. May Arts Ribbon -  Faux Linen 1.5" - Olive (368-15-16)



Thursday, June 26, 2014

Child's Birthday Card Using Eileen Hull Sizzix Box Die & Graphic 45 Le Cirque Paper

My friend, Marjorie, ordered a birthday card for a great nephew just turning two. I decided to use Graphic 45 Le Cirque paper; young Welsley now knows how to say "clown" and is all set for his first circus.

I cannot take credit for the design of the card--I got the idea from Shelly Hickox (Stamptramp).  She has done some amazing cards from a tutorial from Splitcoast Stampers.  See it HERE

Shelly inspired my card with a card you can view HERE
Another card of Shelly's I used for inspiration is located HERE and it even has a little video showing how the card collapses to fold flat for mailing.

You can use the Splitcoast Stampers tutorial to make the box, or you can use the Eileen Hull Sizzix die to cut and score the box parts for you.
Here is a view of the box folded.


A close up of the pop ups in the top of the box.
The back of the box.  A place is provided for a greeting or message.
I usually make envelopes to match my cards.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sympathy Card for a Close Friend - Double Meaning

I'm sharing a card today that has meaning on several levels.  I created this sympathy card for a very close friend when her Mother died recently. Her Mother was a close friend of mine as well.  All the while I worked on the card, and it took me a long time, I remembered the times I shared with my friend, Elaine.   I took comfort that her daughter, Nancy, and I were so close and would continue on in our own awesome friendship.
The paper I used is Fabscraps Lilac Delight. For the first layer I used Spellbinder's 5x7 Herloom Legacy Card Creator - Frame die.  The second layer used the Tag die from the same Spellbinder's set.  Pearl embellishments were used to accent the corners and areas of the Tag.
The inside embossing was done with the Sizzix Loving Thoughts Embossing Folders set (657667).  I used Tim Holtz Milled Lavender and Victorian Velvet distress ink to highlight the dry embossing.
The stamp is from Quietfire Designs.
I used the We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board to make the envelope to go with the card.

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Project Finished: Graphic 45 Steampunk Spells Altered Art Box & "e" for My Handyman

Hello Spring! 
I'm so pleased it is finally here!  I'm also pleased to announce, at long last, the completion of a project commissioned by one of my handymen, Randy. Randy and Kent built my craft room which has yet to be showcased here (because there is never enough time to blog about it if you are busy doing it)! 

Randy requested a mixed media embellishment of a wooden letter "e" and a wooden box to give as a gift to his girlfriend.  In this long post are the details of how I transformed the two pieces.  I used Graphic 45's Steampunk Spells paper for the box.  Then, I did a collage using La Blanche stamps and assorted stencils, etc. for the wooden letter.







Randy supplied the lower case "e" because I could not find any lower case ones in the craft stores. He found a wooden one at Woodland Manufacturing online HERE

He then built a 12"x12" wooden box for it. Great news for all of us crafters--Randy is selling these boxes.  Ink, Paper, Rubber will have one on display in the near future.


I started by distressing all of the edges of the box with black.  I used a combination of Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Stain and Baroque Art's Guilders Paste, Black.

I used Guilders Paste, Orange on the inside of the box because I wanted a different contrast for the paper I planned to use on the inside.  Guilders Paste comes in 28 different colors and I order from HERE


Next, I used Golden's Matte Medium to adhere the paper to the box. I cut the paper for each surface to allow an eighth inch edge all around on the box surface.  As I worked on each surface, I first coated the surface with the Matte Medium, lightly sprayed the back of the paper with a mister, laid the paper down and used a brayer to smooth the surface.
After waiting 15 minutes, I applied a coat of Matte Medium on top of the surface.
 A second coat of Matte Medium was applied the next day.
To start the paper for the wood letter, I made a template by tracing the "e." 
Then, I cut out copies of the template on La Blanche speciality paper.  I then stamped, stenciled and used Tim Holtz Distress Inks to produce the designs I desired.  One caution: remember to work on the right side of the cut out or you will have a problem as I've shown below.  When I got ready to mount the finished image on the block letter, it would not work because I'd put the images on the wrong side and they were upside down!  I had to make another entire image sheet! Oh well, we learn by life's lessons.
I made quite a few of the embellishments on the front of the box out of 1 and a half sheets of 12x12 Steampunk Spells - Clockworks (gears side).  I rubbed the sheets with Viva Decor Inka-Gold - Orange.  Then, I cut out the following:
I used La La Land Balloon die cut.
 I used Tim Holtz Gagets & Gears die cut.
 I used Tim Holtz Layered Wings die cut.
 Side view to show layers. I used Helmar Scrap Dots between the layers.  I also used it to adhere most of the embellishments to the box.  I prefer this adhesive because it is easy to position items and dries rock solid clear in 24 hours!
I used Spellbinders Shapeabilities Basic Lattice




 Graphic 45 Staples Door Pulls were used for handles.  I used Lindy's Stamp Gang Industrial Chic Embossing Powder and Starburst Sprays to distress the handles.


It was definitely a challenging project and I learned a lot!  I got the nicest phone call from Randy's girlfriend, Eva.  She was delighted with the gifts and it was nice to know she was pleased.