Saturday, September 20, 2014

Fall Colors 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 Fall Colors 4 Kids! Create and link any card with fall colors for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge: Jellypark is giving their winner 4 digis of their choice! Sassy Studios is giving their randomly picked winner 4 digis of their choice!  And DRS Design’s winner gets a $10 gift certificate! 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.

I used some fun stamps from DRS Designs for my first card above. I printed "Peculiar Pumpkin Patch" on white paper as well as several fall colored dps, and paper pieced each funny pumpkin. The Brilliant Fall sentiment is also from DRS and I printed it and attached it at an angle with a few punched leaves.

My second card is an autumn leaves shaker card created with punched colorful leaves and a cute digital image from Jellypark called "Jumping in Leaves". As usual, I paper pieced the clothing in fall colors. 

Wishing all of you a happy and brilliant fall!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Hello Gorgeous Bister Card on Crackerbox Palace Friday

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a “gorgeous” card I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps, an embossing folder and a new product I recently discovered called Bisters. If you follow my blog, you know Bisters are a water soluble powder that you sprinkle on your paper, spritz with water and amazing colors appear. If you scroll down on my blog, you will see more cards I have posted with this fun and inexpensive product. I have to admit- this card is one of my favorites so far. My favorite color currently is teal so I started with a beautiful teal cardstock, then embossed a border with a classic embossing folder from Darice. I heat embossed this gorgeous silhouette CBP stamp on watercolor paper with black embossing powder. Then I sprinkled various colors of the Bister powders and spritzed with water. After it dried, I cut out the stamped image along the border and attached to the card. The Hello Gorgeous stamp seemed perfect – I just love the font. As is often the case, I cut it apart since the Hello was above the Gorgeous, and now I can choose to use it either way. This is one of the great advantages of cushion mounted stamps vs. wood mounted.

Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at Crackerbox with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Kraftin’ Kimmie Wonderful Wednesday and the Embossing challenge at Penny’s Paper-Crafty.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

There are no mistakes, just opportunities..

The background on this card is totally different than what I set out to make with my bister powders, but when I finished it, I liked it enough to still make a card with it. So the title of this blog post came true- there are no mistakes in stamping and crafting, only opportunities to try something different. I wanted to make a background with just different shades of brown. I started with the natural bister powder on water color paper, and let that dry. Then I pulled out a Tim Holtz stencil, taped it down and was going to stencil just half the card in a darker brown. Except I grabbed the wrong bister container and it was green instead of brown. Plus I taped the stencil down wrong so the top part was not going to show the stencil pattern. I realized this after sprinkling on some bister powder, so when I moved the stencil, I no longer had the pattern I wanted. But I spritzed the water on anyway and this background is the result. Notice the little bit of blue? I only used green and brown, but sometimes another color shows up. I am finding these Bister powders fascinating and I am not done playing with them yet! Here is a link to I Brake for Stamps which is the only retailer in the U.S. that I know of who sells this product from the Netherlands. Check out the gallery and the video for more ideas and tips on how to create with this fun and very inexpensive product.

I die cut and attached three colors of my favorite new leafy die from Penny Black and added a die cut sentiment from IO Dies.

I am entering this card in the No DP challenge at Cardz 4 Guys and the Anything Goes challenge at Sweet Stamps.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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 decided to make a cute Halloween card for one of my kids at SAS4Kids with this sketch. I started with a lime green card base that I embossed with a Sizzix embossing folder. I cut some squares of fun Halloween paper and attached them according to the sketch. I stamped and paper pieced the cute kitty in a pumpkin and added the perfect Halloween sentiment layered on a black square to complete the card.

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 Through the Craft Room Door and My Craft Creations.

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Bisters and Stencils

So as you know I am having fun designing with Bisters (for links to source, tutorial etc., scroll down to slightly earlier blog posts). I decided to try them with a stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils. I taped the stencil down on watercolor paper, tapped the Bisters in various colors in the opening of the stencil and spritzed with water. This is how the background dried- some of the colors combined- each time you try it, you have a different result. So much fun! I die cut some flowers out of vellum with a Penny Black flower die, and added a die cut sentiment  from Penny Black and a couple butterflies also out of vellum.

I am entering this card in the Sentiments challenge at That Craft Place and the Anything Goes challenge at Suzy Bee's.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Repeat Impression's Project of the Week

Happy Monday everyone! It is my turn to share a Project of the Week with you here and at the Repeat Impressions blog. I will be showing you how to make a Double Easel Card and throwing in some tips on making paper piecing easier as well. I started with a 7 x 7 inch navy blue card, scored in half. The front half of the card is cut with a paper cutter at the 3 1/2 inch mark up to the score line (also 3 1/2 inch line horizontally.) Then fold the top sides down diagonally from the outside corner the the center. Here are a couple pictures of what that will look like:

The lower part of the triangles will be where the front squares are attached and what stands up to make the double easel. Now the fun part - decorating the card. I started with some old cloud designer paper from my stash, and stamped the hot air balloons from RI's Big Boy Toys Collection, then stamped them again on several colorful dp scraps. I love to paper piece and one tip I learned way back was to apply two sided tape BEFORE cutting out the element you are paper piecing. Once it is cut out, it sticks easily without having to add more adhesive at this point. This works especially well when the object has delicate or small parts, but I do this even on objects such as these hot air balloons.

I applied the hot air balloon pieces to 3 1/2 inch squares of navy blue and attached them to the bottom only of the folded triangles. I stamped "Soaring by to say Hi" twice on a 7 x 1 inch  cloud piece and attached that with pop dots to raise and hold up the two easels. I cut a 2 1/2 inch white square in half diagonally to create a triangle, and added a die cut "hi" (Paper Smooches) and a gem to complete this double easel hello card.

The card lays flat to mail as you  can see from this photo. I love trying new folds and hope this has inspired you to try something new too.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Scribble and Scrap.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Scenery Card with Bister Powders

This is the second of many cards I will be sharing with you using a new product I discovered called Bisters. For links to the website they can be purchased, a gallery and video and another card I made, just click on this link or scroll down on my blog to yesterday's post.

This card was so easy to make, but I love the sunset sky easily created with Bisters and water. I simply heat embossed the lighthouse scenery stamp (from I Brake for Stamps) on a water color piece of cardstock. Then I sprinkled brown Bister powder on the bottom and reds, yellows and blues on the top. I spritzed with water and these colors appear. I let it dry, cut out with deckle scissors and layered onto a white card base.

The stamp and the Bisters are "never before used schtuff" because I just received them and this is the first card I made with this stamp and these colored Bisters, so I am entering this card in the 2nd NBUS challenge here. I am also entering it in the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.