Monday, June 27, 2016

Tonic Studios Zipper Guy Card

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and  I am sharing a card for a guy on his special day featuring the Zip and Button Die and Deboss Set from the Sew Pretty range at Tonic Studios. I knew the minute I saw the zipper and button dies I wanted to try to create a guy’s sweater vest and button down shirt and had fun creating this card from that idea. I cut a top folding navy A2 size card base. I punched a V shaped collar in the vest and attached strips of light blue creating stripes on the sweater vest. I embossed the sweater vest card with an embossing folder from Sizzix. I die cut the zipper pull out of scrap of Tonic gold mirror card and debossed the light blue zipper. Here is a close up picture of the zipper and zipper pull and the white shirt which pulls out of the “sweater vest” card base as shown here:

I cut and folded the white collar and added some die cut white buttons to button down the collar. I attached the “On Your Day” sentiment which could be celebrating Father’s Day or a birthday or any special day.

I am entering this in the "One for the Boys" challenge at Win and Tonic.

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Zip and Button Die and Deboss Set, “On Your Day” Miniature Moments Die, Tonic Gold Mirror Card, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Funky Glue Pen, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer; Other: Sizzix embossing folder     

Friday, June 24, 2016

It's Almost the 4th of July!

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a 4th of July card I made for a very special person with Crackerbox Palace stamps. Hard to believe it is almost the 4th of July- I say it every year- where does the summer go so fast? I was playing with a new technique using toilet paper and designed this card with one of my favorite Crackerbox Palace silhouette stamps showing a patriotic parade of kids. We loved to be part of the parades in my small town where I grew up so this stamp just makes me smile. I explained this technique and shared the source where I learned it in this blog post on my blog. For this card I used an embossing folder from Darice for the top tp part and also punched some stars from the tp piece as well. I stamped CBP’s 4th of July Parade in black on the red card base for a fun partriotic card.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tonic Studios Acetate Cards

**Warning- the cards are lovely in real life I promise you, but it is very hard to photograph acetate cards to show them on a blog. If you have any advice on how to photograph acetate cards, please share!**

I was reminded recently by a dear friend how lovely embossed acetate cards can be and was determined to combine thick acetate with Tonic Studios dies to make some awesome cards. I succeeded in the designing part, but not in the photography to show them off well:( But I think I did a better job on this flower embossed acetate card, so am showing it first. I used a floral embossing folder from Couture Creations to emboss the front of the A2 acetate card cut out of 10 mm thick acetate. Using thicker acetate results in better embossing and a sturdier card. I die cut Tonic Studio's From Me to You Topper Set out of aqua blue cardstock and the outer piece three times out of white cardstock. I layered one of each for the front of the card and attached with just a little hanging off and trimmed. Here are a couple views from the inside and back showing the layering and the sentiment from the Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Die Set: 

All of the layers are lined up on the acetate and for the back, I traced the inside piece and cut it out so it was slightly smaller than the white floral shape.

I love this butterfly acetate card featuring Tonic Studio's new Elegant Columns and Admiral Arches Sew Pretty butterfly dies and so have others I have shown the card to IRL. However, again it is very difficult to photograph to show you, my readers, how pretty the acetate card is. Here are other views of the card: 

Can you see the lovely detailed embossing and pin pricks of these gorgeous Tonic Studios butterfly dies cut out of Tonic gold mirror card? You can see through the front of the acetate to the inside where I die cut another Admiral Arches corner and "Cherish the Moments" from the Rectangular Frame Set of the same name. 

I am entering the first card above in the "use a flower" challenge at Win and Tonic and the 2nd card in the butterflies challenge at Dies R Us.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Die-Versions Stenciled Hugs Card

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this CAS Hugs card designed with Die-Versions dies. I die cut a stencil with Die-Versions Funky Octagon Background and sponged several shades of blue ink through it to create my background. Then I die cut a scalloped circle out of that background using the largest of the Nesting Flowers dies. I raised that “flower” on pop dots and attached it back in the hole that was created. I die cut and attached Die-Versions Curly Word Hugs and added some navy Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the CAS card.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kitty Window Joy Fold Card

Animal Magic is the theme of my favorite challenge to enter at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I found another animal card I designed for a magazine article but have never blogged to share with you today. This kitty looking out a window is one of my favorite stamps from Repeat Impressions and I stamped him on a pretty blue dp pieced that is folded in half and attached to the inside kraft side of another folded two sided piece of cardstock. The card base was created with Tim Holtz's Kraft-core cardstock from Core'dinations. The two folds together are known as a "joy fold" card. CAS but the pretty stamp makes this card perfect for any cat lover.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Animal Magic at Simon Says Stamp

This week the theme of my favorite challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Animal Magic, so I went back in my photos of cards not blogged yet and found this beautiful tiger I created for a magazine article a while back on vellum techniques. I do not remember whose stamp the tiger scene is, but I do remember I stamped it with black ink on vellum and then colored from the other side with markers. The tiger itself was "colored" with a round styllus head to stretch the vellum and raise it as shown. I die cut an oval opening in the white card front and scored diagonally every inch both ways. I masked and did a little sponging in the bottom of the diamonds to create the cool background look. Now that I look at this card again, I wonder why I never blogged it before? I really like both the tiger scene and the background too.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Repeat Impressions' Frames - Rectangle and Marquee Release You Could Win!

Repeat Impressions is releasing another fabulous new set of stamps and I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to join in the fun!  Please join us at The House That Stamps Built this week as we celebrate the release of Repeat Impressions' NEW stamp series, Frames – Rectangle and Marquee Release. Today is the last day some of the RI Rock Stars are posting their fabulous creations to showcase this fun new series. If you missed any of the cards already posted, you will want to scroll down at the RI blog and see them all!

These stamp designs are all now available as wood mounts, cling mounts and as plain, unmounted rubber in the Repeat Impressions online store. This complete series is also available as a plain unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 4 stamps in this series at a huge savings.

I started my card by stamping the new dotted rectangle frame on a striped piece of designer paper from Graphic 45. I stamped the other three frames in this release on coordinating pieces of Graphic 45 designer paper and cut them out. I stamped “Celebrating You” on the top layer and popped up each layer on mounting tape. I stamped and cut out a couple small flowers from the last Flower Power Background and Borders release and added some Tonic Nuvo black Crystal Drops to complete the card.

To view the complete series and purchase any of the designs as individual stamps, please visit this page of Repeat's online store at

Visit The House That Stamps Built blog each day... Thursday, June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th... and leave your comments to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of RI's Frames – Rectangle and Marquee Release series. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm eastern time on Sunday, June 19th. On Monday, June 20th, Wendy will announce the winner on Repeat's Facebook page so be sure to "Like" and follow them there if you don't already.