Card Kits, Cards, Christmas, Fall

Queen and Company’s North Pole Kit

I love most of their shaker kits, but this one by far, the North Pole Kit, is my favorite Queen and Company Card Kit. It pairs great with their Glitter Foam (I used some for the hat card). The kit Includes: 25 steel dies, 6×6 paper pad, 4×6 stamp set, 11 custom toppings and 21 foam and acetate shakers. Tons of goodies to make tons of cards and they sell refills for the paper pad, shaker foam, acetate and toppings!

I started these cards by cutting some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″. I cut three of those to create my card bases. For this first card, I diecut another piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ with the Catherine Pooler Designs Holly and Berries Coverplate and adhered it to the card. (Tip: Save the outer border that is cut with this die to use later under the pattern paper. It will even out the papers so there’s no drooping.) I cut a piece of pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad (included in the kit) to 2-3/16 x 4-1/4″ and a red strip from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to 2/16 x 4-1/4″ and adhered them to the card.

I assembled the tree shaker and added the toppings inside. I used the paper from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad for the tree and the trunk (saved the inside (solid) piece of the tree frame). I added some left over foam from the shakers to the tree trunk. I save all the extra foam from the shakers because they can be used on other cards.

I used the Queen and Company Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 and the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to diecut “Merry & Bright” and some Vellum for the shadow, adhered them together and to the card. I added the tree and trunk to the card and finished it off by adding some Nuvo – Crystal Drops in Autumn Red to the tree.

On the inside of the card, I added a red piece of North Pole Solids Paper Pad, measuring 1-1/8 x 4-1/4″and a piece of North Pole Paper Pad, measuring 1″x 4-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from the stampset included in the kit and Catherine Pooler Daydream Ink. I added the solid inside piece of the tree frame to the bottom of the card.

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For the second card, I cut a piece of pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad (included in the kit) to 2-7/8 x 4-1/4″ and a red strip from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to 2/16 x 4-1/4″ and adhered them to the card base. I also used the die for the santa hat’s pom pom and diecut 7 from some Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to create a cute border. I thought they looked like puffy clouds and just adds some more whimsy to the card.

I assembled the hat shaker and added the toppings inside. I used red and green glitter foam from Queen and Company’s Glitter Fun Foam – Rainbow Pack to turn this santa hat into an elf hat. I saw Kristie Marcotte do this last year and thought it was adorable so I created my own. I added some left over foam from the shakers to the pom pom and edges of the hat trim once I adhered them together. this ensures that all of the hat is the same height.

I used the Catherine Pooler Happy Holidays Die and the North Pole Solids Paper Pad to diecut a sentiment and adhered to the card. I added the cute hat to the card, and finished it by adding some shimmer to the sentiment with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pens. Look how sparkly that hat is!

On the inside of the card, I added a piece of North Pole Paper Pad, measuring 9/16″ x 4-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from the stampset included in the kit and Catherine Pooler Lime Rickey Ink.

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For the third card, I cut a piece of pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad (included in the kit) to 2-11/16 x 4-1/4″ and a red strip from the North Pole Solids Paper Pad using the scallop border die from the Honeybee Stamps Gingerbread House Add-on and adhered them to the card. This die is meant for the roof of the house but I though it made a great border!

I assembled the wreath shaker and added the toppings inside (saved the inside (solid) piece of the tree frame). I used green and red pattern paper from the North Pole Paper Pad for the wreath and bow.

I used the Queen and Company Sentiment Stacker Dies #1 and red glitter paper from Simon Says Stamp Cardstock Assortment Glitter 6×6 Pack to diecut a sentiment and Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ for the shadow, adhered them together and to the card. I added the wreath to the card, and finished it off by adding Christmas Red Ranger Stickles Glitter Glue for berries. I find this also balances the glitter in the sentiment.

On the inside of the card, I added a green piece of North Pole Solids Paper Pad, measuring 1 x 4-1/4″and a piece of North Pole Paper Pad, measuring 7/8″x 4-1/4″ and stamped a sentiment from the stampset included in the kit and Catherine Pooler Rockin Red Ink. I added the solid inside piece of the wreath frame to the top of the card.

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Thanks for reading this post. I hope you enjoyed and I’ve inspired you to try out these adorable House Builder dies and make some fun cards and gift boxes! Leave comments or questions below or feel free to email me.

Cards, Encouragement, Love & Friendship

Totally Awesome 80s Cards

Going back to the 80s for this post. Some of you may too young to have experienced the fun of the 80s, but these composition notebook stamps and dies from Catherine Pooler remind us all of our schooldays as youngsters. And while the fashion of the 80s was pretty horrible (in my opinion), there was nothing like a new composition notebook to start a new year of school.

These cards would be fun to make with kids who are currently stuck at home. You can make the notebooks any color and tons of different items in the shaker (maybe some glitter?).

I started this card by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock to 5/8 x 5-1/2″. I stamped the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Notebook Background Stamp using Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink onto the white panel. I diecut the shaker window using the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies. I adhered the black strip to the left side of the card panel.

Card 1 Front

I stamped the sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set as well as the label border onto a piece of Grafix Wet Media .004 Dura-Lar Film, 14-Inch by 17-Inch using Jet Black Staz-on Ink. I combined the “YOU’RE” from the “YOU’RE COOL” sentiment with the “AWESOME”. Next, I adhered the acetate to the back of the window using 1/4″ Scor-Pal Scor-Tape and cut away any access. I also added 3M Foam Tape to the back of the panel to create the shaker area.

For the shaker bits, I used the direct-to paper technique to add color to some pieces of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Inks in Party Dress, Rockin Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, Suede Shoes and Grape Crush. I diecut stars and hearts using the dies included in the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies and stamped the happy face from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set onto a few of the colored papers and used a circle punch to cut them out. I added all the shaker bits inside the window and adhered a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to the back of the window and adhered it to the card base. I finished it off by adding a few extra shaker bits (happy face and stars) around the sentiment window.

Card 1 Closeup

For the inside of the card, I stamped a Lined Notebook Background from My Favorite Things (unfortunately, I think this stamp is no longer available) using Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. Then I stamped another sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set in Fiesta Blue and added some of the leftover hearts that I had diecut previously.

Card 1 Inside

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For the second card, I started by cutting a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4-1/4″ and a piece of Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock to 5/8 x 5-1/2″. I stamped the happy face and small star from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set onto the panel. I used Catherine Pooler Designs Inks in Be Mine, Rockin Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, Something Borrowed and Grape Crush to create a rainbow colored background.

Card 2 Front

Next, I diecut the edge of the card panel using the Catherine Pooler Designs Spiral Notebook Border Die and added the strip of black card stock behind it.

I diecut 3 of the labels from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Label Dies. I cut the smallest one from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and two from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5 X 11″ and Simon Says Stamp 100# Black Card Stock. I stamped a sentiment and the lines from the label stamp from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set on the smallest label with Catherine Pooler Midnight Ink. To make the orange label piece I used the direct-to-paper technique with Orange Twist Ink. I adhered the top white label to the orange label and that to the black one, offsetting it a bit so it looks like a shadow. And then all that was adhered to the card using some 3M Foam Tape. Before adhering it to the card base, I added some Love From Lizi Lilac Mirror Peel-offs. I adhered it to the card base at an angle and snipped off the parts that hung over the edges. To finish it off, I added some of the stars I diecut for the previous card. I diecut a ton of them. As you can see I also used them for my picture background. 🙂

Card 2 Closeup

On the inside of the card I stamped a sentiment from the Catherine Pooler Designs Composition Sentiments Stamp Set with Grape Crush Ink. I also stamped the happy face with Be Mine, Rockin Red, Orange Twist, Tiara, Lime Rickey, Fiesta Blue, and Something Borrowed inks. And that completes this card. I had sooo much fun playing with these stamps and dies. Brought me back to my childhood. Oh to be young again….

Card 2 Inside

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Cards, Fall, Holidays 2019, Thanksgiving

3 Cards Using Happy Harvest Kit from Queen & Company

Hello friends. Well November is upon us and Thanksgiving fast approaches. I don’t know about you, but I like to send out cards to friends and family for all the fall and winter holidays during September through December. These cute shaker cards were made using the Queen & Company Happy Harvest Kit and are primarily Thanksgiving cards. Their shaker dies and kits make it super easy to create adorable shaker cards in a shorter amount of time than if you have to create them from scratch.

For this first card, I cut down a piece of Lawn Fawn 100lb Paper Bag Cardstock 8.5 x 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make a card base. Then cut a piece of the pattern paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ Happy Harvest Paper Pad (may be unavailable) from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit (may be unavailable) for the top panel.

Using two of the pattern papers and dies included in the kit, I diecut the acorns and created the shaker element with the acetate, self-adhesive foam shapes and pearl toppings in 3 colors. I diecut a stitched circle from Queen & Company Foundation Dies #1 with some more of the pattern papers, a scallop circle from Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock, and 3 banners with the Queen & Company Foundation Dies #2.

I adhered the circles on the bottom 2/3rds of the card over to the left side of the front panel and trimmed any excess. Then adhered the banners and stamped a sentiment from the stampset (not sold seperately) included in the kit using Catherine Pooler Orange Twist Ink.

I added some Ashland™ Natural Jute Twine from my stash to the bottom of the card panel and adhered the shaker element and extra acorn image. I adhered the card panel to the card base and embellished it with some Nuvo Crystal Drops in Dark Walnut.

On the inside I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and added a piece of Happy Harvest Paper Pad from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit, measuring 1-3/8 x 4” to the bottom. I stamped a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” sentiment from the kit with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

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For the second card, I cut down a piece of Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make a card base. Then cut a piece of the pattern paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ Happy Harvest Paper Pad (may be unavailable) from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit (may be unavailable) for the top panel.

I diecut the large banner from the Queen & Company Foundation Dies #2 set in a pattern paper from the kit and backed it with a piece of Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso 8-1/2″ X 11″ and trimmed around the banner leaving an 1/8″ border. I also diecut a smaller banner from the same die set, a stitched circle from the Queen & Company Foundation Dies #1 from Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ and a scallop circle from the same set with the green glitter paper included in the kit. I adhered the banners and the circles to the card panel and stamped a sentiment from the Happy Harvest stampset included in the kit onto the white circle with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

I created the turkey shaker using the dies and shaker elements included in the kit. I added some toppings in aqua light and dark browns. I finished off the card by adding some Love From Lizi Pin-stripe Peel-offs in Gold Mirror Moondust and Nuvo Crystal Drops in Ripened Pumpkin and Caribbean Ocean.

On the inside I cut a piece of Neenah 110lb Classic Crest Cardstock 8.5″X11″ to 4 x 5-1/4″ and added a piece of Happy Harvest Paper Pad from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit, measuring 1-1/4 x 4” to the bottom. I stamped a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” sentiment from the kit with Stampin’ Up! Early Espresso Ink.

Dimensions

For the third card, I cut down a piece of Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake 8-1/2″ X 11″ Cardstock to 5-1/2 x 8-1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to make a card base. Then cut a piece of the pattern paper to 4 x 5-1/4″ Happy Harvest Paper Pad (may be unavailable) from the Happy Harvest Fall Kit (may be unavailable) for the top panel and adhered it to the card base.

Next, I created a double shaker element using the sunflower dies and shaker pieces using some of the Happy harvest pattern paper in the kit. I added some of the toppings in brown to the center and yellow ones to the sunflower portion.

I diecut leaves from the Catherine Pooler Fallen Leaves Dies from some of the green glitter paper included. I adhered the sunflower shaker to the card panel and then I diecut several of the sunflower frame the same striped pattern paper as the background and placed them on the paper, matching the stripes so that it appears as it is embossed. I adhered the stem and leaves.

I stamped the “Harvest Blessings” onto a piece of a brown polka dot using Versamark Ink and Wow White Opaque Embossing Powder, making sure to prep the surface with anti-static powder beforehand. I popped it up onto the card with some 3M Foam Tape and finished off the card with some Nuvo Glitter Drops in Orange Soda.

On the inside I stamped a “HAPPY THANKSGIVING” sentiment from the kit with Stampin’ Up! Crumb Cake Ink. And that completes this card.

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