Saturday, July 23, 2016

Things with Wings Challenge Card

The challenge this week at my favorite challenge blog is "Things with Wings". I recently made this CAS butterfly card playing with several new toys and decided to post it for that challenge (at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.) I started with a new words background stencil from TCW and applied Fossilized Amber distress ink softly through the stencil with my new Clarity Stencil Brushes. I die the new and beautiful Bellini Butterfly from Poppy Stamps out of dp and attached with some new gems I found at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Soft Embossed Sympathy Card with Crackerbox Palace Stamps

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a sympathy card I made with some Crackerbox Palace stamps and Clarity Stencil Brushes. I am loving the subtle soft look that is so easy to achieve with the Clarity brushes and ink. I heat embossed Crackerbox Palace’s beautiful rose bouquet with white embossing powder in the center of my card front. I applied a strip of temporary tape on all four sides for a mask and then used a Clarity Stencil Brush to bring in soft color in the rectangle opening around the roses. After I removed the temporary tape strips, I applied just a little pink around the edges of the card front to soften those as well. I stamped CBP’s “With Sympathy” to complete the front of the card. I also stamped one of my favorite Crackerbox Palace sentiments on the inside of the card:

The Clarity Stencil Brushes are available at Crackerbox Palace on line, but the website is in transition right now. You can find out more about them by calling the store at 608-755-4638 or emailing them at

I am entering this card in the embossing challenge at Scrapy Land and the Anything Goes challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Warm Wishes with New Toys and Dies

I love it when I come across a new idea using supplies I already have. I have lots of "glitter tape" but rarely use it. I saw a card where someone had die cut a die out of several lines of glitter tape placed on cardstock. I found a fun black and silver patterned glitter tape (Recollections brand from Michaels) in my stash and die cut a new "warm wishes" border die from Memory Box for the bottom edge of this card. Here is another look at the glitter tape die cut border:

Then I looked at the glitter tape again with fresh eyes and cut a corner piece and some squares which I also used on this card. I brushed some Weathered Wood Distress Ink through a Stampers Anonymous stencil with my Clarity Stencil brush fading it out towards the end. I like how this experimental card turned out.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Die-Version's Iron Cross Sympathy Card

Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this sympathy card featuring Die-Version’s beautiful Iron Cross die found here on the Die-Version’s website. I die cut the Iron Cross out of a thick white cardstock which also embossed the diamond shape of the die. I applied Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to the cross lightly with my Clarity Stencil Brush and placed it back in the die cut cross negative space in the card front. I also used the same ink and Clarity Stencil Brush to add some soft color to the diagonal corners of the card front. I die cut and attached Die-Version’s “With Sympathy” from their “With Deepest Sympathy” Wordlets Die. I like how the words are separate so I can choose which words to use or not use.

**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.**

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christmas in July 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: Christmas in July 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: The Cutting CafĂ© is giving their winner three sets of cutting or digital stamp files of their choosing! And the winner from Kitchen Sink Stamps gets a $25 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 made a cute holiday card for one of our kids with a digital file from The Cutting Cafe'. I printed the large snowflake on some colorful designer paper and cut it out. I printed the Ho Ho Ho on vellum, cut that out and placed it over the dp layer. I punched some circles and trees from dp scraps and added a candy cane I made with Tonic's Nuvo red and white Crystal Drops. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Heat Wave Tips and New Dies

I just finished the last video on the new Heat Wave embossing class at Online Card Classes and used a couple of the tips from Day Three in this card. I just purchased the new Poppy Stamps Leafy Breeze die and decided to make a card with it featuring the summer green leaves. It will be gorgeous with fall colors too, but right now I am enjoying all the beautiful lush green in Central Wisconsin. We have had just enough rain and not too much heat this year and the greens are just lovely. 

I never thought of mixing my embossing powders in a separate container but it was one of the tips shared on Day Three of the class and I sure had fun trying it out. I die cut Tonic Studio's Thinking of You Miniature Moments die out of thick white cardstock and rubbed Versamark all over it. I mixed Nuvo's new purple, pink and glitter pearl embossing powders together and heat set that on the TOY die cut. I die cut a small maple leaf by Darice out of thick white cardstock and applied Versamark to it. I mixed a dark green embossing powder with Nuvo's Cool Jade and Glitter Gold embossing powders and heat set that mix on the leaf. Here is a close up look at these fun mixtures:

Another very helpful tip was when heat embossing a small die cut or piece of paper and it wants to blow all over and holding it down with a pokey or holding it with a clip makes marks in the embossing, try putting a temporary two sided tape to the end of a strip of cardstock. Put the piece you want to emboss on the sticky tape end and hold the other end with your fingers. You won't burn your fingers and the piece will hold in place while you heat set it. 

I recommend this and the other classes at Online Card Classes, so check them out if you have not already done so.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

We're Having a Heat Wave

Not only are we having a heat wave of hot and humid weather in Wisconsin right now, I am currently participating in the Heat Wave class at Online Card Classes.  I always learn something new in these classes and while Day One was a refresher course,  in Day Two and Three's lessons, I learned a lot. The card above is going to be posted in the Pre-Class Gallery. I made the  card a while back but never blogged it. I heat embossed the words background and then sponged on the light blue ink before adding the wheat stamp which was also heat embossed. I framed it with a white frame die cut with Spellbinders dies and added a sticker sentiment.

On Day Two I was reminded to use different sizes of sticky tape strips on a card, adding different colors of embossing powder one at a time for a fun accent on a card. Tonic Studios has just added a bunch of gorgeous embossing powders to their Nuvo line and I used Serenity Blue, Purple Haze and Cool Jade for the strips. Guess what is holding the splots of Nuvo Soft Lilac embossing powder in place (before I heat set them)? Water drops! Following Jennifer McGuire's tip, I used a small brush to spatter on water droplets and sprinkled on lilac embossing powder, then heat set the splots. I also created a few candy dots in different sizes of Nuvo Crushed Grape and Caribbean Ocean Crystal Drops over small glue dots and let them dry, then attached to the card. The Birthday Wishes from Tonic Studios was die cut out of thick white cardstock and then I applied Versamark all over it. I added some Nuvo sparkly glitter embossing powders alternating Black Noir, Silver Midnight and Gold Enchantment, then heat set it. IRL the Birthday Wishes is very sparkly and textured and lovely with the three different colors.

I recommend this short three day class even if you are an experienced heat embosser as I learned many new ideas I will use. I am teaching a class on August 26th and 27th at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids using heat embossing in different ways (see this blog post and this one for samples) and have written two articles for Scrap and Stamp Arts on the heat embossing techniques and still learned from the video tutorials in this class. You can jump in now and take the class or take it anytime after it is done and still learn all the embossing tips.