Friday, April 29, 2016

Thank You for Bee-ing Such a Great Friend on CBP Friday


It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a thank you card I made for a friend with Crackerbox Palace stamps. This was a very easy card to make but I like how it turned out. I sponged through a stencil to make the background and then simply stamped the bees, beehive and perfect sentiment from Crackerbox Palace. I attached the card front to a black card base.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Die-Versions Bunny Hug Card


Hope you are having a great day! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing a bunny hugs card featuring Die-Version’s new Whispers Bunny and Curly Word Hugs found here on the Die-Version’s New Release Page.  I started this CAS (clean and simple) card by die cutting the Curly Word Hugs out of a white scrap and also out of the blue checked card front. I replaced all the pieces back in the blue checked piece (using a technique called inlaid die-cutting.) I die cut the cute bunny and decided to keep the pieces in the bunny. I attached him to the card with pop dots to raise.

**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.**

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,  Crafting from the Heart, and Craft Your Passion.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Feminine Card with NBUS


A while back when I had some free time I has playing with NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) I had laying on my bed to be used before putting away. I bought this fun stamp from Dare 2 B Artsy back in summer of 2015 at the summer CHA in Chicago- so you can see how behind I am in playing and posting NBUS... The Sizzix flower die was bought at a rummage sale last year too and the stencil is a fairly new one from Jenni Bowler. I sponged on Cosmic Cloud Blending Ink through floral holes in the stencil fading out towards the edge. I stamped the fun sentiment and popped up the die cut flower pieces, then added a gem to complete the feminine card.

I am entering this card in the Make it Girlie challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge and the Anything Goes (optional for a lady) challenge at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Wanted, good man with extensive wine collection....


I have quite an extensive napkin collection because of a re-discovered technique on how to attach napkins to cardstock with an iron and cling wrap. There are many videos on line that show how to do this. The main black and white and red image on this card is a lol cocktail napkin- love it! I embossed the white card  base and the red strips with a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. I cut the napkin piece on an angle and attached. I added a wine glass die cut from My Creative Time to complete the fun card for a wine-lover I know.

I am entering this card in the "Make it Girlie" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Black and White and One More Color challenge at Dies R Us. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Butterflies and Rainbows Thank You Card


I was playing with my Brushos and outline stickers for an article I was writing and came up with this butterfly rainbow card. (This card was published in the May/June 2016 issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts on stands now.)  I love butterflies and rainbows and this was a super easy card to make. I simply sprinkled on Brusho Coloured Crystals in ROY G BIV colors and spritzed with water. When the card front was dry, I applied the butterfly outline stickers and a flight line with the tiny black stickers. The finished card fits into a legal size envelope. The "thanks" die is from My Creative Time.

I am entering this card in the Butterfly Beauty challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Make it Girlie challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. (I think butterflies and rainbows are very girlie:)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Be-You-tiful Lacy Butterfly Card


I am back from my awesome vacation and almost ready to get back into a routine of blogging everyday and cutting for classes and designing. I designed this feminine card for last month's in home class. It features an old technique updated with better supplies. Years ago I learned how to attach lace to a piece of cardstock covered in carpet tape, then cover with colored glitter. Now we have two sided tape paper and much finer glitter, so it is even prettier. After dumping on and burnishing in the rose colored glitter, I removed the lace and added white glitter to where the lace had been. I made an extra piece and punched out a butterfly and added a lovely sentiment cut with a new die from Essentials by Ellen.

Here is another look showing the lacey glitter close up:


I am entering this card in the Butterfly Beauty challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and the Make it Girlie challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. (I think lace and glitter is very girlie:)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Oh Happy Spring at Scrapy Land


I am very happy to participate this week as a Guest Designer at Scrapy Land which is one of my favorite challenge blogs. The theme of this challenge is: “Oh Happy Spring” and use at least one of the die brands Scrapy Land sells. Here is a list of the over 40 different brands Scrapy Land carries.

I think flowers are a sure sign of Spring, so I used several Memory Box floral dies on my card. The sparkly glittery party of this card was made with the Kiss Cut Technique. I applied a 3” x 5” piece of sticky two sided tape on a thick piece of white cardstock. I cut the Memory Box Joyful Bouquet die only through the sticky tape top part. This “Kiss Cut” is accomplished by using a thinner plate when die cutting on your favorite machine than you typically use. On the Big Shot, I used the transfer plate instead of one of the usual cutting plates. Then I used a Tonic Studios Tim Holtz pick to pick out the pieces of the flower I wanted to be pink, and dumped pink glitter in the flowers. I repeated with purple for the center flower, light green for the leaves centers and dark green for the rest of the flowers. Then I removed the rest of the sticky tape cover and sprinkled on white glitter. I rounded the edges and then embossed the piece with a Sue Wilson Beaded Fan Fare embossing folder. Here is a closer look at the sparkly glitter piece: 

I cut a green A2 card base and rounded the corners. I die cut Memory Box Floral Breeze and applied some purple gems through the flowers on the white center piece.

Why don’t you pull out your favorite dies and create a card for this challenge? The prize is a $15 Scrapy Land gift certificate and you know you can find something great you want there!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Craft Your Passion.