Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Gilding Flakes Joy Card

I was reminded recently by the brilliant Frankie of Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids of how fun and beautiful it is to design with gilding flakes. I had some years ago but it was no fun trying to apply them with glue or other adhesives. But now we have all the two sided sticky paper and our dies and it has become fun again to play with these beautiful golden flakes. Frankie had us apply an open die to a piece of the sticky paper and rub the flakes in with a piece of a stamp cleaner pad, then cut the die cut piece out by hand. I did that with the tree, but the cutting process took a long time. Then I thought- why not apply the gilding flakes to a piece of the sticky paper just larger than the die, rub it in and then die cut? I did that with the "joy" and it worked beautifully. The reindeer embossing folder is by Sizzix, the tree die is from Tim Holtz and the "joy" die is by W Plus 9. I love how this card turned out- even prettier IRL.

I am entering this card in the Anything Christmas challenge at Quirky Crafts and the Create your own Challenge at 613 Avenue Create.  I chose A2, Christmas and the colors gold and white.

Monday, November 23, 2015

CAS Monochromatic with Dimension

There are a couple challenges I wanted to be sure to enter this week and this card meets those challenges. Scrapy Land's theme is Monochromatic (using dies they sell) and Addicted to CAS's 3rd Birthday theme is CAS with dimension. This card is all shades of blue, and the dimension is provided by a lovely embossing folder by Spellbinders called Fabric Weave. I embossed the blue patterned paper and then sponged with blue ink to highlight the dimension. I die cut the "make a wish" sentiment from Tonic Studios and the sailboat from Die-Versions in navy blue and attached the card front to a navy blue card. It is so easy to make a CAS but lovely card with great dies and embossing folders.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Shiny Beauty from Tonic Studios

I got home late last night from a stamp show trip to find a box of Tonic Studios goodies waiting for me! I got up early today just to play with some of the Tonic products before the Packer game.  If you follow me, you know I love dies and this gorgeous Winter Snowflake from Tonic Studio's Rococo line is definitely going to be a favorite! I cut it out of white cardstock and also cut the negative shape out of a red shiny cardstock. I embossed the red card front with an embossing folder from We R Memory Keepers. Then I attached a piece of shiny gold cardstock behind the snowflake opening and slipped the white snowflake back in.

I was most intrigued by a new Tonic Studios product in the box called Nuvo Crystal Drops. I checked on line here and could see there are many colors available for $2.99 for a large 1 fluid ounce jar. It appeared to be a similar product to pearl pens and liquid pearls which I have, but have always been disappointed in. So many times I wanted to add them to a card and the "pearl" created had a point to it which does not look nice. I have to say honestly, the Nuvo Crystal Drops form beautiful circular "pearls" without the pointy top. It was easy to add consistent circular gold drops to each of the intersections of the embossed card front. I also added a larger circular embellishment in two steps to the center of the snowflake. The hardest part is waiting for them to dry without touching. Drying time is about the same as with the other "pearl" products.

I love how this card turned out and am entering it into the Christmas challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  and the Create Your Own Challenge at 613 Avenue Create. I  chose square, Christmas and the colors red, gold and white. I will also be sharing it with the classes I teach in my home.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Anything Goes 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids!

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is ANYTHING GOES 4 KIDS! Create and link any card appropriate for a child, and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge: Crackerbox Palace is giving their winner 3 digital images of any of their stamps!  All Dressed Up Stamps is giving their randomly picked winner 2 digis of their choice!  And Sassy Studio’s winner gets 4 digis! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My first card features a funny Santa stuck in a chimney from Crackerbox Palace. I stamped Santa, the snowflakes and the Merry Christmas wish on a white card base and paper pieced Santa and the chimney. I die cut a stitched rectangle in the center of a patterned card front and attached a piece of acetate over the hole. I dumped in a bunch of glass glitter "snow" and attached the front to make a shaker card.
My second card features a fun digital stamp from All Dressed Up Stamps called "Cool Dudes". I printed him on a blue cardstock and cut it out with a square stitched die. I layered that on a grey patterned cardstock square card. As usual, I paper pieced all the skateboarder's and his dog's parts with patterned and kraft pieces. 

I am entering the first card in the Christmas challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the second card at Jennifer McGuire's Share Handmade Kindness Week 3 For Kids. (These cards are going to be donated to Send a Smile 4 Kids to cheer a hospitalized child.)

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crackerbox Palace Ornament Card

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a Christmas card and ornament I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps. I love this little kitty peaking out from under the Christmas holly and thought he would would look sweet as an ornament on a Christmas tree. I started with a square green card base and a slightly smaller square of red patterned cardstock. I cut a stitched circle in the center with a die from My Creative Time and attached that piece with pop dots. Here is a picture of the ornament that slips into the top of the card.

I stamped the sweet Christmas kitty on vellum and colored it from behind. I die cut another stitched circle and attached the vellum kitty. I added a paper bow and some gold cord to hang the ornament with. Then I added some Sugar Glitter Paste from BoBunny for sparkle on the red curved edge. I hate to waste any paper, so I used the round cut out from the front of the card to stamp a CBP holiday greeting on the inside.

I am entering this card in the Christmas challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and at A Snowflake’s Promise.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Disco Make a Wish from Die-Versions

Happy Die-Versions Thursday! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine. Today I am sharing a bright circle card I created featuring the Retro Dancers die from the October release. I am old enough to remember the disco craze and these dancers just make me smile. I cut a circle card with a larger Spellbinders circle.  I sprinkled my favorite colors of Brusho Coloured Crystals on watercolor paper and spritzed them to activate the colors with an iridescent gold spray from Tattered Angels. After the Brusho piece was dry, I cut out the circle card front, and also the “Make A Wish” sentiment from Die-Versions. I attached the Retro Dancers die cut in black and added a few punched stars.

**Remember you can get a 15% discount on any of Die-Versions great dies by simply using my discount code karen15 when you check out at the Die-Versions website.**

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Craft Your Passion. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

What If? Wed. Photo Inspiration Challenge

On the third Wednesday of every month at Repeat Impression’s blog, The House that Stamps Built, the challenge is going to be an Inspiration Photo challenge. Here is the photo chosen to inspire us this month: 

Will you be inspired by the colors or the shapes in the photos? It is up to you to pick out what inspires you and make a card, then enter it for a chance to win some great Repeat Impressions rubber. Be sure to check out the RI blog for the inspiration based cards by the other Rock Stars. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I was inspired by the reflection image and colors of this beautiful photograph. I heat embossed Repeat Impression’s cattails stamp several times above and below the horizon line I created with a Versamark pen and some more black embossing powder. Then I sprinkled and spritzed the sunset colors with a watercolor powder. I layered that piece on an A2 card base. I stamped the inspirational sentiment on a white side piece and added a couple birds die cut out of a scrap of the same colored watercolor paper.

 I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart,  Craft Your Passion, and the Take a Stamp Anything Goes challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.