Wednesday, August 16, 2017

ECD August Designer Challenge



Hi everyone,

It's time for our July ECD Design Team Designer challenge. Check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today to see what our talented designed created for the challenge.

This time around our challenge is Gift Giving - There are many times throughout the year when we need to give a gift to someone .... Birthdays, Christmas, Teacher Thank You's etc. Create something for today's challenge that could be given as a gift, either completely handmade, or something purchased and then decorated to give it that special touch.




For today's challenge Elizabeth Craft Designs are giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners


To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us "What are some homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?


We will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 


The winners will be announced on Friday, August 18 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

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I decided to create a calendar as my gift for our challenge this month. Calendars are something that the recipient can use all year round. There are so many fun ways to create calendars depending on how much time you want to put it to it, so either something really quick or something a little more complicated like the one I made here. 


This calendar uses a fair amount of dies and stamps because it is 13 pages. As I live in Australia and our seasons are the opposite to those who live in the Northern Hemisphere I was able to use many of the new released dies on my calendar. I have managed to use 10 of the new die sets, 3 of the new stamp/die sets and 3 new sentiment sets which were released by Elizabeth Craft Designs this week, plus there are a few other die sets also incorporated.  Of course you don't have to use so many. If you haven't seen Elizabeth Craft Designs latest release of stamps and dies, you can check them out here.

To create this calendar I needed:
  • 13 pieces of polka dot patterned paper 5 inches x 5 inches (1 piece for each month and one for the cover.) I used ModaScraps Thinking About Polinesia; Thinking About Grand Canyon and Thinking About Rio de Janeiro for my pages.
  • 2 Jump Rings to bind the calendar
  • Calendar (I used a ready made calendar I purchased earlier in the year, but you either make your own on your computer or download something online.
  • Stamps and dies as desired for each month.

The Cover - 

I kept the cover of my calendar very simple as it probably won't be seen again once it starts been used next year. 

I used the ModaScrap Romantic Corners on two of my corners and added one of the labels from the new Labels 1 die set and added the "2018" using the Numbers & More 1 die set.

January begins a brand new year and is also Australia Day for those of us 'down under' So I decided to celebrate this month.

For this page I have used the new Balloons die set, Banners die set and the Banner Sentiment Clear Stamp set. The patterned paper on this page is from Thinking About Polinesia.

February - This is the only page in my calendar where I didn't use anything from the new release, as I decided to go with a Valentine theme.

For this page I used the Love Sentiments; ModaScrap Lace Heart; Scallop Hearts and True Red Silk Microfine Glitter. I used paper from the Thinking About Rio de Janeiro paper pack.

March is my birthday month, so of course I had to put something on this page that I love .... which of course is OWLS!!!!!

Here I used the new Krista Schneider Give A Hoot Clear Stamp Set with coordinating dies, Woodland Pals Clear Stamp Set with coordinating dies,  If Animals Could Talk Clear Stamp set and Rio de Janeiro Paper Pack.

Of course the owls needed a branch to sit on, which I found in the Woodland Pals stamp set, as I needed it longer than what it was I stamped the image onto white cardstock, then placed the die over the image. When I placed the image into my die cutting machine, I placed the clear cutting pad onto my image so that it didn't cover the bottom of the tree image so it didn't cut that part out. I then removed the die, lengthened the tree by drawing in lines and coloring. 


April .... this was actually the last month I did and I was running out of ideas, but I still have lots of dies I could play with 😀. 

For this page I used the new Cake die set and also created a table cloth/table using the Fishtail Borders die set and ModaScrap Sweet Vintage Rose Patterned Paper pack. Base paper here is from Polinesia Paper Pack.

May - For this page I decided to use some of the Susan's Garden recent release dies to create this scene.

For this page I have used Susan's Garden CountryScapes English Cottage 2; CountryScapes Land & Sea; Behind the Scenes - Earth & Sky Stencil and Behind the Scenes Mountain & Split Rail Fence Stencil. I also used the new Home Sweet Home Clear Stamp set which was released this week. The paper used on this page is from the Polinesia Paper Pack.


June - for those of you living in the Northern Hemisphere it may seem strange seeing snow for June, but here in Australia winter officially starts on the 1st June. I doesn't really get cold enough here where I live to snow, but nothing says it is winter better than snow and besides I wanted to use the new Snowflakes die set from Elizabeth Craft Designs newest licensed designer - Becky Seddon. 

For this page I used the Snowflakes die set; White Soft Finish Cardstock; Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack and Transparent/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers.



July - is the middle of winter down here in Australia and again I have never seen snow where I live and I am more likely to see a Kangaroo then a deer if I went to a forest .... but I just had to use another of Becky Seddon's new die sets. 

For this page I used the Reindeer die set; Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack; Transparent/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers


August - Our last month of winter. Winters seem to be getting warm as I am getting older down here so it has been a long time since I have needed a fire, but a couple of our previous houses did have open fires and we did have a closed in one in this house before it got too old to be safe to use it anymore.

For this page I used another of Becky Seddon's new die sets ... Hanging The Christmas Stockings (off course I didn't add the stockings seeing it was only August). I also added the dog from the Krista Schneider Dreamers Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies. 


September means that Spring is here and all those beautiful flowers start to bloom. I added Nuvo drops to the berries.

For this page I used the new Krista Schneider Blossom Time Clear Stamp set & coordinating dies; Blooms & Leaves Clear Stamp set & coordinating dies as well as the A Way with Words - 4 Seasons die set. 

October of course is Halloween, and while Halloween isn't as big down here as it is in the USA we do occasionally get a  trick or treater or two knock on our door.

For this page I have used the new Ghosts die set; Halloween Scenery die set along with the Fitted Circles die set to create the moon. The paper on this page is from the ModaScrap Thinking About Polinesia Paper Pack.

November - the weather is starting to get hot ready for Summer next month, so everyone loves the beach and surfing.

For this page I have used the Krista Schneider Sun & Surf Clear Stamps & coordinating dies. Adventure Edges. The paper used here is from ModaScrap Thinking About Rio de Janeiro Paper Pack. 


December - the final month of the year and also the beginning of summer for those of us 'down under'. Of course it is also Christmas so a perfect time to play with another new Christmas die set.

This page uses Becky Seddon's Beautiful Baubles die set; Solar Gold & Cool Diamond Silk Microfine Glitters; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Red/Gold Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers. The paper used here is ModaScrap Thinking About Grand Canyon.



I hope you enjoyed my project today. Don't forget to check out the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog to see all the wonderful creations by our talented designers and for a change to win the giveaway.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs:

Banner Sentiments - COMING SOON

Other:
Cardstock - various colors
Distress Oxide Ink - Forest Moss; Broken China; Antique Linen; Fossilised Amber; Wild Honey; Spiced Marmalade; Vintage Photo; Candied Apple; Peeled Paint; Frayed Burlap 
Wink of Stella Glitter Pen
Nuvo Drops - White Blizzard; Ebony Black
Copic Markers






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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Girls Just Wanna Have Sun

Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am sharing a card I created using new stamps and dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs. First up I am excited that we now have a General Pop-Ups Die set which contains eight different generic pop up dies of various sizes (the largest being 2 inches wide),  which you can use to create fun pop up cards .... you know how much I love pop up cards. 


To create my beach themed pop up card I have used the larger pop up die with the step from the new Pop Ups die set. I used this die twice to die cut two pop ups so I could then attach my front sand which is from the new Adventure Edges die set. 

For the clouds I used the new cloud die (also from the Adventure Edges die set) and die cut a cloud from scrap cardstock and then used this as a template to add my clouds to the back of the card using Broken China Distress Oxide. I used the same ink for the base of the card spritzing it with water to give it a water look.

I added a second sand panel to the back of my card and then decorated my card using the new Krista Schneider Sun & Surf Clear Stamp set with coordinating dies. The waves are also from this stamp set, I stamped them three times and die cut them and added them to the bottom of the sand panel.

I added a sentiment from the new Summer Sentiments Clear Stamps and die cut that using the new Labels 1 die set.


Here is a side on view of my card so you can see the pop up portion of the card a little better.


For the front of my card I have kept it fairly simple seeing the focus is on the inside of the card. I have added more clouds, sand and waves to the card as well as a sentiment.



Stamps: Sun & Surf; Summer Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Paper: White Soft Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Blue
Dies: Sun & Surf; General Pop Ups; Labels 1; Adventure  Edges - Elizabeth Craft Designs
Other: Black Ink; Fossilised Amber Distress Oxide; Broken China Distress Oxide; Faded Jeans Distress Oxide; Foam Tape; Copics


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Meow, Beary Special Day


Hi Crafty Friends,

Today I am playing with a couple of new dies I received recently which are from Mama Elephant.  I thought these would be lots of fun to die cut and have the grandkids have fun creating various faces and animals the next time I have them over on their own. I know my grandson had lots of fun playing with the Paper Smooches Bear/Frog die set recently.


I decided to create side folding shaped cards using the dies, these will be fun to give to the kids. This card uses Mama Elephant's Favor Bag Accessory - Bear die set. Once I had added all the elements to the card I used Black Ebony Gloss Nuvo Drops on the nose and eyes to accent them.


On the inside of the card I added a "bear" sentiment.


For my second card today I used the Favor Bag Accessory - Cat die set. I accidentally pulled some of the card when I was removing the masking tape holding the cat face in place, so to hid that I had a dark grey "mark" on either side of the card. I again used black Nuvo Drops for the eyes, and clear for the nose.

For the crown, I added Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on both sides of the cardstock before die cutting and then added gold foil on either side of the crown. I added Pink/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers to finish off the crown.


For the inside of this card I added a couple of "cat" themed sentiments.


Stamps: I Knead You; Birthday Bear - MFT Stamps
Paper: Black; Red; Pink; Dark Pink; Brown; Grey; Dark Grey
Dies:  Favor Bag Accessory Cat; Favor Bag Accessory Bear - Mama Elephant
Other: Black Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape - ECD; Gold Foil; Pink/Silver Glitter Dots Peel Off Stickers; Ebony Black Gloss Nuvo Drops; Bubblegum Pink Gloss Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape






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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Happy Mother's Day


Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing a card I created using Concord & 9th's Flower Turnabout stamp set. I so love this stamp set. This time around I stamped the flowers using my Distress Oxide ink pads.

I wanted to use the Inlaid Diecut technique on this card, here is how I created it.
  • Stamp the background using the Flower Turnabout, Distress Oxide inks and MISTI
  • Use the Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles die to create a rectangle panel
  • Die Cut the word "Happy" directly into the flower background. (make sure you save all the little pieces that come from the centre of the die cut.
  • Die cut 4 to 5 additional "Happy" words and adhere together to form a stack. 
  • Adhere the floral "Happy" word to the top of the stack
  • Adhere the floral background to a piece of red card which has been die cut using the Dotted Scallop Rectangles.
  • Adhere the stacked "Happy" word into the negative space on the card
  • Adhere the little pieces you saved into the negative space.


Once I had finished my card all I had to do was decided what type of occasion I would make it for .... birthday or Mother's Day. As you can see in the end I opted for Mother's Day as I need to get a few made to give my kids for Christmas.


For the inside I added a few more flowers from the stamp set and added one of the sentiments. Before I added the sentiment I cut off the "and flowers" from the end of the sentiment as it didn't really suit for who will be receiving this card.


Stamps: Flower Turnabout - Concord & 9th; Happy Happy Happy - Lawn Fawn
Paper: White; Red; Black
Dies: Stitched Rectangles; Dotted Scallop Rectangles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Happy - MFT Stamps;  Everyday Sentiment Banner - Lawn Fawn
Distress Oxides: Picked Raspberry; Abandoned Coral; Wild Honey; Spiced Marmalade; Wilted Violet; Seedless Preserves; Candied Apple; Fired Brick; Twisted Citron
Other: Black Ink; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape;



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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Bee-utiful Day!


Hi everyone,

It’s challenge time with the “Crazies” over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog. Raquel Mason our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

Our challenge theme this week is .... Monochromatic - make a card that has different shades of one color. For example - different shades of blue or different shades of green. You may use white or black as an accent.

I had originally created my card I am using for today's challenge for Thursday's CCEE challenge which was an insect theme. But when I looked at my card saw that it would work for today's monochromatic challenge and it was easier to make another card for my CCEE challenge then think about monochromatic again this week.

To decorate my card I used a cute digital stamps called Mashi's Muffins Bumble Bee that I purchased some years ago. I created a Tri Shutter card using the Tattered Lace Shutter Card die set. 



Here is a look at my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.


Don't forget to check out the rest of the “Crazies” cards over on the Crazy 4 Challenges blog and also their individual blogs for more details.


Stamps: Mashi’s Muffins Bumble Bee Digi Stamp CC Designs; Bee Sentiments -  Elizabeth Craft Designs; Bzzzz - Limited Edition; Sentimental - Avery Elle
Paper: White; Black; Yellow; Front Yard DP - Pebbles Inc.
Dies: Shutter Card - Tattered; Fitted Circles; Stitched Circles & Dotted Scallop Circles - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Sentimental - Avery Elle; Flower Pot Pop Up - Karen Burniston
Other: Black Ink; White Blizzard Nuvo Drops; English Mustard Gloss Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics




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Friday, August 11, 2017

Hope Your Day is a Hoot!


Hi Crafty Friends,

It's my turn to post a tutorial today for the Coloring Design Team on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog. Anyone who knows me knows how much I love owls .... why else would my blog be names StampOwl's Studio! You can never have too many owls!!! So when Els showed me this stamp set that is being released next week by designer Krista Schneider of course I was excited and have been so wanting to play with it.


Here is how I created my card:


Step 1 -


  • Stamp and color the owls of your choice from the Give a Hoot Clear Stamp set. 
  • Die cut the images using coordinating dies.
Step 2 -
  • Use the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set to die cut a piece of designer paper from the ModaScrap Polinesia Patterned Paper Pack (6" x 6" pack used here) 
  • Using the largest rectangle from the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set, die cut a piece of black cardstock
  • Layer pieces together.

Step 3 -
  • Using the fifth smallest fishtail banner from the Stitched Fishtails die set, die cut one fishtail in White Soft Finish Cardstock.
  • Using the fifth smallest banner from the Fitted Fishtails die set, die cut one fishtail in black cardstock.
  • Layer the two fishtail panels together and add to the top left hand side of the card (refer to photo above for placement.
Step 4 - 
  • Using a coordinating designer paper from the ModaScrap Polinesia Patterned Paper Pack, cut a piece of paper 3/4 inches wide. (Optional - if you want to have dots on the edges to match the background layer, use the Stitched Rectangles die to cut the edges so they match the background).
  • Layer the designer paper onto a piece of black cardstock that measures 7/8 inches x 4 inches. 
  • Attach this panel across the top of the card so it covers the top of the fishtail banner. (Note as this panel will be attached to an uneven surface, you can either pack the top half of this panel which won't touch the fishtail banner with cardstock or add foam tape to this area).
  • Add Black/Silver Glitter Dot Peel Off Stickers across the panel.
Step 5 -
  • Using the "Hope your ay is a HOOT!" sentiment from the If Animals Could Talk Clear Stamp set, mask off all the sentiment except for the "Hoot!" and stamp this twice at the lower right hand corner of the card using black ink. 
Step 6 -


  • Adhere the owls and moon to the fishtail banner using foam tape.

Step 7 - Inside of Card:
  • Use the second largest rectangle from the Stitched Rectangles die set to die cut a piece of designer paper from the ModaScrap Polinesia Patterned Paper Pack (6" x 6" pack used here) 
  • Using the largest rectangle from the Dotted Scallop Rectangles die set, die cut a piece of black cardstock
  • Layer pieces together.
  • Using the "Hope your day is a Hoot!" sentiment from the If Animals Could Talk Clear Stamp set, stamp the sentiment towards the upper part of the panel using black ink.
  • Adhere another of the owls from the Give a Hoot! Clear Stamp set to the bottom right hand corner of the card.
Step 8 - 
  • Using the second smallest fishtail banner from the Stitched Fishtails die set, die cut two fishtail banners from the same designer paper you used for the background of the front of the card.
  • Using the second smallest banner from the Fitted Fishtails die set, die cut two fishtail banners from black cardstock.
  • Layer fishtail banners together, Trim to desired length and adhere to card using photo above as a guide.
Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed my tutorial.

Supplies:

Elizabeth Craft Designs: 




Other:
Cardstock - Black
Foam Tape
Copics

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

What's the Buzz?


Hi everyone,

It's challenge time with my friends over on the CCEE Stampers challenge blog. Anne Harmon our challenge hostess for the month continues to issue the challenges.

For our challenge this week, Anne has given us the theme .... Insects - make a card using bees, dragonflies, any kind of insect. Be sure to add stickles to their wings (if they have wings!)




I had originally made another card for this challenge, but then when I had finished the card I looked at it and decided that it would also work for a challenge I have on Saturday and as it was easier to make another card for this challenge I decided to create another card for this challenge. Both cards using the same main image as I had printed out some digital stamps I had saved from a few years ago and I had die cut one inside the circle (this one) and the other cut out around the body as I had intended to adhere one over the other until I discovered that they were different sizes ... oops. But as I had already colored this one, I figured I might as well make use of the image rather than waste it.



For my card today I created a Shutter Gatefold Card using the Nellie Snellen Magic Card Round die set. When you open the card the circle at the centre top opens up.



I created my own background papers for this card by sponging Fossilised Amber Distress Oxide ink over each of the white panels. I then die cut the Elizabeth Craft Designs Honeycomb die using release paper to create a stencil and layed the stencil over the panels and sponges Wild Honey Distress Ink over the top. I then added the black flight lines which is from The Stamps of Life Bee4Me stamp set.



Here you can see my card fully opened up. I added a beehive to the bottom centre of the card and also added a bee to the back of the fishtail flag on the lower right hand side of the card.

I added White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops to all of the wings.




One final photo showing the card when it is closed laying on  my desk.


Don't forget to check out the CCEE Stampers blog (goes live 12 AM EST) to see the rest of the creations the CCEE Stampers created this week. You can also see more details of their creations on their individual blogs:


Vicky Gould
Kelly McKown-Santi



Stamps: Mashi’s Muffins Bumble Bee Digi Stamp CC Designs; bee4me - The Stamps of Life; Bee Sentiments - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Beehive - Darcies Rubber Stamps
Paper: White Soft  Finish Cardstock - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Black; Yellow
Dies: Magic Card Die Round - Nellie Snellen; Stitched Circles; Fitted Circles; Honeycomb - Elizabeth Craft Designs; Everyday Sentiment Banners - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; Fossilised Amber Distress Oxide; Wild Honey Distress Ink; White Blizzard Glitter Nuvo Drops; Foam Tape; Copics



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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Yappy Birthday


Hi Crafty Friends,

Welcome to our Paper Pros challenge for August. This time around our challenge is hosted by Raquel Mason.

Our challenge this month is to create a monochromatic card - use different hues of the same color.

I create monochromatic cards a fair bit, the only time I have trouble with them is when I have to do them for a challenge LOL! I know dumb!!!!!

For my card I decided to try out Karen Burnistons "Staggered Charm Accordion" that she created for our challenge card last month. It is always good to be able to use the dies or stamps we own in ways other than what they were intended. Of course to I had to use Karen's new Charm Accordion die set to be able to make it.


To decorate my card I used MFT Stamps Playful Pups which I fell in love with when I first saw them.  


For the charms on my card I used one of Karen's old Pop It Ups die sets .... the Props 4 and die cut paws to hang on the charm window. I also added the birthday sentiment to my card using the Word Set 2 - Birthday die set.


Here is a look at the front of my card when it is closed ready to be placed in an envelope.

As you can see I added a birthday sentiment to a fishtail banner.


You can see what the other "Paper Pros" created for this challenge on their blogs:




Stamps: Puppy Pals; You're Rawsome  - MFT Stamps
Paper: White; Brown; Tan; Dark Brown; DP - DCWV; Borders DP - Bella Blvd
Dies: Charm  Accordion; Word Set 2 - Birthday  - Karen Burniston; Pop It Ups Props 4 - Elizabeth Craft Designs;  Everyday Sentiment Banners - Lawn Fawn
Other: Black Ink; VersaMark Ink; White Embossing Powder; Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape; Foam Tape; Copics



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