Hi Artlets! It’s Suzanne here today with a sweet summer card guaranteed to cheer anyone up. What’s not to love about summer (if it’s not too hot for you)? Choose some happy paper that feels like the season and start creating!
Hello! It’s Suzanne here today with a fun summer card that will cheer anyone who receives it! Here on the westcoast of Canada it feels like we went straight from winter to summer as we are enjoying an amazing run of warm weather. I have the beach on my mind. And that’s how this card came about! (oh, wait, maybe that was the trip to Hawaii…..)
Here is how you can make it!
Shimmer Sheetz Summer Seashells
By Judi Kauffman
Hello, everyone. I’m glad to be back as today’s guest designer.
If it weren’t for seashells and how the sun looks over water at dawn and dusk, I’d probably never set foot on a beach! There. I’ve said it. I don’t venture onto the sand unless it’s my preferred time of day or a season other than summer. During the hours that others are baking themselves and cavorting in the water I’m happily indoors, listening to a book on tape and making cards.
Happy July, everyone. I’m back with a card that celebrates one of my favorite plants – the hydrangea bush. We planted our own two decades ago. It has survived Washington heat waves, summers with too much rain or two little and my not-so-expert annual pruning. The soil seems to be just right, enough of whatever minerals turn the flowers blue/purple with a tinge of pink, colors that are surprisingly easy to capture with markers or colored pencils.
Here’s to hydrangeas – on cards and in the garden!
Be selective and intentional when deciding which parts of the patterned paper you’re using. I began with 12 x 12 sheets from BoBunny called Soiree ‘Tranquil’ (left side of card front) and Beautiful Dreamer ‘Reverie’ (right side). Note that I chose the part of the Reverie sheet that includes what appear to be overlapping photos and a note with the words ‘Don’t Forget’ held by a paperclip. And I picked part of the Tranquil sheet that includes text at the left corner and polka dots toward the right.
*Reminder: You MUST use a metal adaptor plate or the Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate when die cutting Shimmer Sheetz. The cutting side of the die must face the metal plate with Shimmer Sheetz in between, and these go inside your machine’s usual cutting ‘sandwich’. Review Els van de Burgt’s video tutorial if you are new to this technique.
Bead Strings 2 (one strip across the top and one across the bottom)
The word Summer (yellow offset over green to provide a drop shadow)
Hydrangea heads and leaves (trim at the top edge)
Small individual florets (pop each one on a tiny piece of foam tape)
Elizabeth Craft Designs –
Els van de Burgt Studio ‘Dotted Scallop Ovals’ die set
A Way With Words collection ‘4 Seasons’ die set (‘Summer’)
Winsor & Newton ProMarkers (colors listed in step 1)
ColorMates Smooth & Silky Cardstock 90lb in White (WorldWin Papers)
Die cutting machine (Sizzix Big Shot with Precision Base Plate)
BoBunny 12 x 12 Beautiful Dreamer ‘Reverie’ and Soiree ‘Tranquil’
It’s Jacky here. For my project today I have created a Stand Up Card using the new Dotted Scallop Circles and Ovals and Bead Strings 2 dies from Els Van de Burgt Studio. I have also used the Strawberries die set and clear stamps from Joset Designs.
Here’s how I created my card:
Step 1: Cut a piece of Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock measuring 5″ x 11″. Score at 3″ and 5-1/2″. Fold along score lines. Lightly score at 8-1/4″ but do not fold.
Step 2: Cut a piece of Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock of 2 ½” x 5″. Adhere the piece to the bottom of the card base.
Step 3: Using one of the Bead Strings 2 cut 3 bead strips in Olive Twist Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive prior to cutting.
Step 4: Die cut one Dotted Scallop Circle from White Soft Finish cardstock using the smallest Dotted Scallop Circle in the set. Use black ink to stamp ‘Just Bee-cause” onto the circle.
Step 5: Die cut one Stitched Oval from White Soft Finish Cardstock using the third largest die in the set.
Step 6: Die cut one Dotted Scallop Oval from Celadon Green Soft Finish Cardstock using the second largest die in the set.
Step 7: To create the Strawberries: Die cut one large solid strawberry and one small solid strawberry from Sunflower Soft Finish Cardstock. Die cut one large and one small strawberry stamen and one large and one small strawberry overlay from White Soft Finish Cardstock backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive prior to cutting. Using a Mini Ink Blending Tool to apply the ink, color overlays with Barn Door; color stamens with Mowed Lawn Ink. (Clean the tool between colors.) When ink is dry, assemble strawberries and adhere to card front as shown.
Step 8: To create the leaves: Die cut two strawberry leaves from White Soft Finish Cardstock. Color the leaves with Mowed Lawn Ink applied with a Mini Ink Blending Tool. For best results, work on top of a non-stick craft mat (or the leftover backing of an adhesive sheet) and start making circular motions with the inked tool while it is on the mat, working toward the edge of the cardstock and then onto the shape (edge to center so the darkest ink is at the outer areas). Tip: Use light hand pressure. You can always add more ink as needed.
Step 9: To create the bees: Die cut two bee bodies from black and yellow Velvet Adhesive Sheets. Die cut wings from White Soft Finish Cardstock. The bee with the open wings will go on the bottom Celadon Green Color piece to create the Stand-up Helper card. Refer to the photo.
Step 10: Assemble card – Adhere the white Stitched Oval to the Green Dotted Scallop Oval. Adhere the strawberries, leaves and one bee to the white oval. Adhere the main Oval panel to the lower half of the front of the card. Use 3D tape to add dimension to the small strawberry. Add Bead Strings accents. Add the second bee as explained in step 9.
I hope you enjoy this project and have a wonderful Sunday!
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Inks: Black, Green, Red
Acrylic block for stamp
Die Cutting Machine
Happy first week of Summer to my Northern Hemisphere crafty friends! Summer is easily my favorite season and it always seems that the time flies by. This year I decided to create a little mini album to capture some of the happy summer memories. The album is the first album I have created and it was so much fun…I know I will make more! Perhaps some of my family and friends will see a mini album in their future. (big smile!)
The mini album was not designed by me (I found the instructions on Pinterest) so I will provide a link to the album instruction at the end of this post. However, I can share photos of my take on the album…and I have many to share…so let’s start!
The front of the album with Suzanne Cannon’s lovely Summer die and bright and cheerful Graphic 45 papers:
The back of the album has Celebrate (because I think every summer day is a celebration of season):
The mini album is accordion style…so neat!
The album contains panels for photos or journaling.
Following the cheerful theme I used the “happy” die on the front inside panel:
“Remember” definitely had to be used on this wee album…
…as did “Memories” (so pretty!!)
The heart is elegant and happy (had to be added!)…
…and “Dream” (one of my favorite dies!) will be used with a photo of my sweet puppy sleeping…
Here are the outside panels…
…and the inside panels…
Oh – I so look forward to adding all my photos, journaling and embellishments to this cheerful album! (Can you tell I enjoyed making it?)
Elizabeth Craft Designs products:
Other products used:
As promised, here is the link to the album instructions: http://embrace-serendipity.blogspot.ca/2016/04/baby-boy-girl-accordion-zig-zag-mini.html
Thank you for stopping by! I do hope you enjoyed the album.
Hi, it’s Candy Spiegel here for my last post (with the exception of the Designer’s Challenge at month end) for Elizabeth Craft Designs. I have loved working with this company and I will definitely miss it.
I decided to create a bit of summer fun in this adorable stand-up card. Here’s how …
1. Cut white cardstock and Transparent Double Sided Tape to 4″ x 5-3/8″. Adhere the cardstock to one side of the adhesive. Pull off the release sheet and place it upside down in front of you. Place peel off stickers sticky side up on the release sheet as shown above. Pick up the cardstock with the adhesive attached and place it sticky side down on top of the stickers. Turn over. Remove the release sheet again and coat the entire surface with Warm Diamond Silk Microfine Glitter. Shake off the excess and polish.
2. Do this again with a smaller piece of cardstock and Transparent Double Sided Tape for the flowers inside the glasses.
3. Color with alcohol markers.
4. Use the Outdoor Edges die to cut a wave pattern at the top and bottom of the glittered cardstock as shown. Add dashes around the edges with a black marker. Cut yellow cardstock 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″. Cut stripe paper 4-1/8″ x 5-3/8″. Adhere stripe paper to cardstock and glittered cardstock to striped paper.
5. Fussy cut small flowers. Adhere on flip flops with dimensional foam adhesive. Add Turquoise Glitter Dots to ball, glasses, flowers and the corners as shown below.
6. Cut yellow cardstock 4-1/4″ x 11″. Score at 2-3/4″, 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″. Place Stand Up Helper on the 2-3/4″ line and run through die-cutting machine. Color the Stand Up Helper orange. Fold the card on the 5-1/2″ and 8-1/4″ score lines. Place adhesive between the 8-1/4″ score line and the end of the cardstock and adhere cardstock with peel off stickers on it. Tuck it in the “sun” Stand Up Helper.
7. Cut pattern paper 4-1/8″ x 2-1/2″ and adhere to bottom of the card. Apply Transparent Double Sided Tape to the back of Orange Shimmer Sheetz and another piece to the back of black cardstock. Cut out the letters Fun in the Sun from both the cardstock and Shimmer Sheetz. Adhere the black letters to the card base. Then, adhere the Shimmer Sheetz letters slightly to the right to create a shadow effect.
8. Cut around the leftover pieces of the sun on the sheet of peel offs. Pull off the outside of the sticker and throw away. Cut a piece of Transfer Sheet slightly larger than the sun. Peel off the sheet and place it on top of the sticker. Rub with your finger or a bone folder and carefully lift off. Place on the paper and rub again. Put the Transfer Sheet back on the release sheet and save to use again.
Thank you for allowing me to be part of the Elizabeth Crafts Designs Design Team!
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Cardstock in white, black and yellow (Stampin’ Up)
Alcohol Markers (Copic)
Patterned Paper (Echo Park)
Dimensional Foam Adhesive