Friday, March 27, 2015

Cracked Egg Card for a Friend

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a fun card I made with some great stamps from Crackerbox Palace. I found this card on Pinterest, but there were no directions on how to make the egg open and close. I figured out how to use Stampin’ Up’s word window punch and a brad through the layers to open and close this cute egg card. I cut the outside yellow patterned egg with a large Nestabilities oval die and the smaller stitched ovals with dies from My Creative Time. I made an Easter card with this idea, but Crackerbox Palace’s “slightly cracked” stamps are perfect for this cracked egg card for a friend. This is what the card looks like closed:

I stamped and paper pieced the cheery bluebird, colored the flowers with gel pens and attached with pop dots to one side of the cracked egg.

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the  stamps  on this card will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal! **

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Crafty Gals.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Look what I discovered recently!

Do you ever get so excited about a crafting idea or technique you can't sleep at night because all these card ideas are swirling around in your head? Call me crazy, but that happens to me. I recently joined a Facebook group that shares ideas and encourages the use of Bisters, Brushos, and Color Burst powders. (If you are interested in joining, let me know via the contact feature at the side of the blog.) I have learned so much already and one of the videos shared showed how to use crumpled cling wrap and B/B or CB on glossy paper. I have had so much fun playing with several ways to do this technique and this is the first card I completed with Bister powders. I am finding the Bisters work better than the Brushos for the first way I tried to do this technique. I sprinkled black, red and yellow Bister powders onto a glossy piece, spritzed with Pearl Glimmer Mist, and applied a scrunched up piece of cling wrap. The hardest part of this technique is waiting until the piece dries. It takes a very long time. Even after leaving overnight, when the cling wrap is removed, the piece is still damp and has to be dried with a heat gun. But the marks from the cling wrap are very visible. When I tried this with Brusho Colour Crystals, the cling wrap marks are much more subtle, but still lovely. I will share more cards with both soon. I cut a sentiment die piece with a brand new die from Sizzix called Ornate Labels and stamped Thinking of You from Amuse. I cut a Memory Box flying goose originally in dark brown, but decided that was too dark for the background. So I cut another one in kraft, embossed it with an embossing folder from C Gull, and attached so the brown shadow shows. I added some brown pearls to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the "Make Your Own Background" at Love's Rubberstamps,  the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the NBUS challenge at djkardkreations (the die and the technique are never before used schtuff:)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sharing a Happy Class Card

I took an Online Card Class last week called Stretch Your Dies and one of my favorite cards from the class was by Laura Bassen. The deadline for entering our cards in the galleries is coming soon, and I wanted to try her overlapping shading ideas using curved border dies. I pulled out a curved border die from Pretty Pink Posh and created a mask with a piece of acetate. I masked off the edges of a white card front with temporary tape. Then I sponged on a series of pastel dye inks overlapping the colors. I am not sure I like the combo of orange and green at the bottom and I did get an extra line of purple, so if I try this again, I will try to correct those imperfections. I am loving a new set of stamps and matching dies I just got from My Creative Time. I die cut the Happy twice in white and glued on following the curved lines with part of the die off the colored section. I stamped the rest of the sentiment to complete the CAS happy card.

What If? Wed. Sketch Challenge at Repeat Impressions

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

I am in the mood for sunshine and warmth, so followed the sketch and created a “Life’s A Beach” monochromatic card. I stamped some conch shells in two shades of blue and cut them out. I stamped some palm trees and sponged on some blue skies. Life’s A Beach was cut out with an oval Nestabilities die and attached with a pop dot over a blue ribbon.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!
I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Craft Your Passion.

**Don’t Forget: for a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!**

I am entering my card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Love to Scrap!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Birthday to Wendy of Repeat Impressions!

When Wendy Wyman was just 4 years old, she announced that she was going to be an artist when she grew up.  Many years, and many sketchbooks later, she had earned a BFA in Graphic Design. For the next 11 years found Wendy worked in advertising, freelancing, and ran a printing company. And then it happened...Wendy's mom became a stamping addict, and the rest was history!  It was Wendy's mom's encouragement that led her to turn her illustrations into fine art rubber stamps.

Wendy's husband, Bill, was also looking for a career change, and jumped at the idea of learning a new skill. And 1996, Wendy Wyman, and her husband Bill Welsh established Repeat Impressions Stamps.  Each stamp is designed by Wendy, and manufactured by Bill in their home workshop!

Today, the Rock Stars design team for Repeat Impressions, have joined together for a special hop for Wendy's Birthday!

We are hoping Wendy loves ATCs, so we've changed things up - instead of cards, we all created ATCs for Wendy. They were mailed to Cheri, one of our Rock Stars, who has created a wonderful album for them, and sent them on to Wendy. (ATCs are Artist Trading Cards sized to 2.5 by 3.5 inches.)

Wendy, you are one of the sweetest, and most generous people we know. As a 'boss', rarely do we find ourselves on a team that is more professionally run, or more organized!  You are so understanding of our personal issues, and it's a joy to work with you and your products!

We want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!
We look up to, admire and respect you.
May your day today be filled with love and laughter!  
And remember....the more candles you have, the bigger the wish you are allowed! 

Here are my ATCs for Wendy:

Please hop along to see the fabulous projects my fellow Rock Stars have created for Wendy!

Thanks for hopping with us!  If you have a minute, please go to the RI blog, The House that Stamps Built, and leave Wendy a bit of Birthday love!!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NBUS Butterfly Cards

I have been playing with a brand new butterfly die from Pete Hughes for Sizzix, a new technique and some new ideas from an Online Card Class I am taking on getting more from our dies. The beautiful butterfly was cut out of a piece of glossy cardstock with blue, yellow and green Brusho Crystal Colours spritzed with glimmer mist. I tried a new technique after that on the piece, but it did not work. But I still liked the glossy piece and cut two butterflies out of it. I was going to place one on top of the inlaid butterfly on this card, but it was too pretty to cover up, so I ended up with two cards. I die cut the beautiful butterfly from the center of the aqua blue and lime green diagonal cut card front and inlaid the butterfly in the open butterfly space. I embossed soaring butterflies (Craft Concepts), added some mini butterflies punched out of the glossy colored cardstock with a brand new butterfly punch from Fiskars. I added the word Soar die cut with a new alphabet die from Die-Versions.
So after the first card was done I had the two diagonal pieces left, a half green and half aqua butterfly and a die cut butterfly out of the glossy Brusho piece to make another card with.  I attached the duo-colored butterfly along the diagonal color change center with the aqua blue over the lime green and the lime green over the blue. Then I attached the glossy butterfly with glue dots on the body only so the wings are raised and you can see the duo colored butterfly underneath. I added some punched butterflies and some blue and green gems to complete this card.

Darnell is having another NBUS challenge at her blog here and I do love playing with NBUS and am entering these cards in her challenge. I am also entering them in the Anything Goes challenge at ArtbyMiran and the no dp challenge at Crafty Catz.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Pastel Colors 4 Kids Challenge 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 Pastel Colors 4 Kids! Create and link any pastel colored card for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge: Milk Coffee Stamps is giving their winner 3 digis of their choice! The Cutting CafĂ© is giving their randomly picked winner 3 digi or cutting files!  And All Dressed Up Stamp’s winner gets 2 digis of their choice! 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 above features a very sweet girl from All Dressed Up Stamps. I printed her on a white cardbase and again on several dp pieces and cream cardstock, then paper pieced her completely. I attached two blue dp panels with pop dots to raise and the Happy Birthday (Memory Box) banner across the inside piece. I used large gems to cover up the glue dots used to attach the vellum banner.
My second pastel card features a sweet digi from MilkCoffee called Charlotte and the Bunny Love Balloon which I printed on the front of a white cardbase. Then I cut around the side of the printed digi and paper pieced her in pastel dps. I attached another pink dp in the inside of the card and attached a cheery "hello" from Paper Smooches.

I am entering these cards in the Spring challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Cute Card Thursday, the Anything Goes challenge at All Dressed Up and the Design Team Showcase.