Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Paper Pros Challenge - Spring!

Hi all! It's time again for the Paper Pros monthly challenge. This month's challenge is Spring and was chosen by the wonderfully talented Karen Aiken. We were to use spring blooms and butterflies and I managed to use both in this fun pop-up z fold card.

After making my first card in this style last month, I couldn't wait to make another one. I thought Easter was the perfect theme for this pretty fenced garden card. I used Karen Burniston's Iron Fence die, cut twice from gray cardstock, then swiped with a white dabber, to create the fence. I used clear acetate to create a strip for the girl and tree to attach to. It moves with the card as it opens and closes. The background paper and fussy cut pieces are all by Prima.

My friend Cyndi loaned me this adorable bunny die from Cheery Lynn, which was the inspiration for the whole card. I love Karen's little woven basket die fulled with eggs. So perfect! The swirly flowers are new dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I knew I wanted a little tree in the garden, but I wasn't sure what else to use. When I was searching for an Easter greeting, I came across these sweet stamps from Oxford Impressions and thought the little girl with the chicken was just perfect!! I just love that pretty stamp.

The dies I used are available from Elizabeth Craft Designs via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'm sharing this over at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Hip Hop. Be sure and check out all the wonderful entries! Oh, and speaking of spring and Easter and girls with chickens, check out one of our new babies! We just got them last night and they are all adorable. This one was sweet enough to pose for me while I snapped a quick glamour shot. :)

Have a great week and Happy Easter to my friends who celebrate!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Huge Eileen Hull Sale + Mini Book

Hi all! Today I'm sharing a project I made with one of my favorite dies from Eileen Hull - the Passport Book die. It's on sale this weekend at Sizzix for a great price! I love how easy this die makes it to create mini books.

I created a 24 page book by using the die to cut 6 double pages. I nested them in sets of two, then tied them to the binding using Tim Holtz's jute string. The die makes it so easy! I added lots of pockets and chipboard elements using the sets from G45. I added a couple of foldouts to make it more interesting. I could have worked on this for days - it's so much fun!

I kept the cover fairly simple, just added a matted botanical print with a couple elements popped out, and a word band from Tim Holtz.

For the binding, I covered a piece of chipboard with Tim's textile surfaces then cut the piece and adhered it to the front and back covers. I added a border along the front edge. The photos make this book look so big, but it only measures 3.5" x 5".

Click on the banner below to shop the sale - there are so many of my favorites included!

Eileen Hull Favorites Sale

You can find the supplies I used at Sizzix, Simon Says Stamp, and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pop it Ups Double Z Fold Card Tutorial

Hi all! Today I'm over on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog with a tutorial for this cool, double z fold card.

I have been wanting to make one of these for ages and thought the combination of Graphic 45's new Nature Sketchbook paper and Karen Burniston's Iron Fence die would be perfect for this card style.

The best thing is that it folds completely flat for mailing!

Pop on over to the ECD blog to see how to create one yourself!

The supplies I used can be found at ECD and Simon Says Stamp via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Happy Pi Day!

Hi all! This month the Paper Pros challenge falls on 3-14, which is Pi day. A quick Google search told me that "Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159." Whew! What is means for our challenge is that we were to make something that featured either a pie, or a circle. I decided to make an updated version of a card I did a few years ago, this time using Karen Burniston's Twist Circle Pop Up die set.

A few months ago, Karen posted a video featuring a window technique using this die set. I had been dying to try it and this was the perfect opportunity!

The Twist Circle die is just the coolest, isn't it? Amazing how the pop-up element spirals out when the card is opened. I combined it with Karen's Clock and Gears set, another one of my faves. The gears are all cut from Shimmer Sheetz that were lightly sanded, coated with black paint, and then wiped off. I love the rough, vintage look it gives them.

I think this will be the perfect card for my father or brother's birthday - they both have birthdays at the end of the month - I can't decide who will get it!

So fun!! Below is a list of the Paper Pros - have a peep and see what they came up with for the challenge.

You can find the supplies I used at Elizabeth Craft Designs and Amazon via the links below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Check back tomorrow for a fun card I made for the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog - you're going to love it!