Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peaceful Heated and Dry Embossing Christmas Card

The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Powder Power- or to use embossing powder on our projects we link to the challenge. I am sharing a Christmas card using my favorite new embossing powder technique that I learned about on this blog post. The background is made with aluminum foil over a thicker cardstock piece and the first step is to apply Staz-On ink direct to the aluminum foil. I used black and green Staz-on on this piece. Then I applied Versamark ink to the front or flatter side of a Richard Garay pine needles embossing folder and put the aluminum foil piece face down on the Versamarked side and embossed it. I dumped green, copper and gold embossing powders randomly and heated them with my heat gun. The last step is to sponge the edges and highlight the embossing with black archival or Staz-on ink. I love this look! I attached the completed double embossed piece to a green card base. The red ornament was created using a piece of Tonic red mirror card attached to a thick cardstock with two sided tape paper. I did not want the inside pieces of the Memory Box ornament to fall out when the die was cut. I attached the ornament hanging on a thin washi tape and completed the card with a beautiful "peace" wish from Ellen Hutson. I am teaching this card in my in home classes this month and then it will be sent in to Scrap and Stamp Arts for an article on this technique.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Christmas Blessings Pull Charm Card

If you follow me, you know I love interactive and fun fold cards and I have been having so much fun playing with my new dies from Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Crafts! This is the card I designed for the classes I teach in my home. I used several designer cardstock weight papers as well as kraft and green cardstock and created the frame for the pull element. The little hanging tree is another Karen Burniston die which is part of the Holiday Charms collection. I stamped "Wishing You" (an old Printworks stamp) because when you pull the tab, this is what you see:

My Christmas wishes for you and all - Love, Hope and Peace. I punched a label in the green base and again in kraft, stamped the wishes (older stamp from CTMH) and then inlaid it so that it lays flat. I added another lovely Christmas die in the inside (from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions) and am sharing another view of the front as well: 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Wine Lovers Interactive Birthday Card

I am having so much fun with the new Hanging Charm Pull Tab die by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Crafts. For this wine lovers birthday card, I decided not to have a hanging element, but to attach a wine glass (cut with a die from My Creative Time) to the side of the pull up window frame. Here is a look at the card before the pull tab is pulled:

I cut the base and the frame of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab out of black cardstock with white script text on it. I cut the pull tab part out of red cardstock. All the wine stamps on this card are from a new set by Inspired by Stamping. The "Celebrate" was cut out with a die from Tonic Studios in red mirror card (also from Tonic.) I added some sequins on the front and the red pull tab. When the baker's twine is pulled, the top frame stands up like this: 

I stamped one more wine birthday wish from the same set by Inspired by Stamping that shows when the tab is pulled by it's recipient. I know many wine lovers who would love and display this card.

I am entering this card in the Happy Birthday challenge at Scrapy Land.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Little Tonic Studios Boxes Perfect for Giving

The theme of my favorite challenge to enter at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Gift It" and that is perfect for these little gift boxes I am sharing today using some new Tonic Studio Box dies I just received. I have created two special little gift boxes and my first one was made with the Crystal Carousel Box Die Set. I started with a pretty two sided cardstock weight green designer paper and die cut two of the Carousel box bases. I learned how to put the box together -especially the top part- from this Tonic Studios video. There are many options provided with this die set to decorate the sides and I used three of the side options die cut out of red and gold Tonic mirror card. I added some red and gold Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the pretty gift box. Here are a couple pictures of the other sides: 

I also played with the new Tonic Tent Gift Bag Set and made a bag for a men's gift. Here is a look at both sides of that one: 

I started with a nice striped cardstock weight paper from Tonic's Winter Wonderland 8x8 Premium Pack and die cut the gift bag base. I also cut the rectangular decorative piece and tucked the top of the bag inside it to hold it closed. I stamped "For You" (from IO Stamps) on the little tag in brown ink. On the front of the gift bag is a beautiful stamp from Northwoods I just bought at a used stamp sale for $1.00! I stamped it on specialty paper and sponged distress inks on after masking the duck for a pretty sunset scene. I think this little bag would be perfect for a hunter or lover of wildlife and a gift card or some cash would fit in it to make him or her smile.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sending Smiles Get Well Card on Crackerbox Palace Friday

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a fun get well card I made with some Crackerbox Palace stamps and a new die from Essentials by Ellen called Mini Windows by Julie. I love use humor in my cards and Crackerbox Palace has many lol stamps. I die cut the windows with the Ellen Hutson die and stamped the funny germ guys to show in the opened windows here: 

Then I used another humorous CBP stamp on the inside of the  card:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Playing with New Tonic Christmas Dies

I am so happy that Tonic Studios has listened to their American die lovers and started making more smaller dies that easily fit on A2 or smaller size card bases. I recently purchased several new Tonic Christmas header dies and wreath frame die sets and all of them would fit beautifully on A2 cards if desired. For my first card above I chose to use both the Merry Christmas Header Fold Die Set and the Mistletoe Wreath Frame Set and so I made a slightly larger card. These dies are so gorgeous, I really didn't have to do anything but cut them out and attach to a red card base. I love the peace dove in the center of the Mistletoe Wreath Frame and I cut it all out in a text Christmas designer paper and popped up the center. I decided to try cutting the Merry Christmas Header Die out of the center of a navy piece instead of on the fold and to attach it to an A2 white card base and loved this look too:

The extra snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry Christmas Strip Die Set and I finished this card with white and midnight blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Musical Color Burst and Clingwrap Card with Tonic Dies

Earlier this summer I was designing cards for my next class at Let's Create (October 21st and 22nd in Wisconsin Rapids) on Beautiful Backgrounds and this is one of the cards I came up with using Color Burst, cling wrap and Tonic musical dies. Franki and I chose a different card for the class with this technique (seen here on this blogpost), and I realized I had never blogged this card. The theme this week at one of my favorite challenges - Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - is "Inspired by Music" and this card was indeed "inspired by music." Tonic Studio's Jukebox Jive die makes me want to get up and dance:) I cut him out of black and white cardstock and offset the two layers just a bit when I glued them together. The background is easy and fun to create. Simply sprinkle several colors of Color Burst (or any watercolor powder) into a crinkled piece of cling wrap, spritz with water or glimmer spray, and put a piece of glossy paper into the glorious mess. Crinkle up the cling wrap as desired on the glossy side. Wrap the cling wrap around the glossy paper and wait maybe 10 minute. When you remove it, you will see the beautiful background and it will be totally different every time. Allow the piece to dry or heat set if desired. I added some random circles made with black Distress Ink spritzed with glimmer spray and various round objects and also used the same mixture and my Tim Holtz spatter brush to add random black dots and splots. The musical notes dies on the front and the inside are also from Tonic Studios.