Thursday, August 25, 2016

Best Friends Embossed Card with Tonic Studios Dies

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and I am sharing a fun card I created for my BFF who loves teddy bears. Did you know that all of Tonic Studio’s dies can be embossed after you cut them for extra dimension and detail? I did that extra embossing step to the sweet Cuddly Bears best friends after I die cut them out of pink, light and dark brown cardstock.  I also embossed the white center and two corners of the card front with embossing folders. I decorated the other two corners with Tonic’s beautiful Tangled Trellis Mini Indulgence die. The Cuddly Bears die is part of a sweet line of Baby Rococo dies, but I decided they could be used for a friend’s card too. Here is a picture of the inside where I attached the Miniature Moments Best Friends die:

If you love die cuts and crafty project inspiration and chances to win great Tonic Studios prizes, you will want to join the new Tonic Fanatics Facebook group!  Here is a link to the group or search Tonic Fanatics USA on Facebook and join up today!

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Cuddly Bears Rococo, Best Friends Miniature Moments and Tangle Trellis Mini Indulgence Dies, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other:  We R Memory Keepers and Sizzix Embossing Folders       

I am entering this card in the "Hip to be Square" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Awesome, Sweet and Cool Shaker Card with Tonic Studios Dies

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and I am so happy to be sharing a shaker card I made recently for a teenage guitar lover. I love the whole Miniature Moments line of sentiment dies available on the Tonic Studios USA website here! These sentiment dies have such a great mix of fonts and sizes. I die cut “Awesome, Sweet and Cool” many times out of white cardstock and attached them around the negative space created by die cutting the Rococo Electric Guitar out of a white square card front. I sponged on four colors of Distress Ink and attached a piece of acetate to the back of the guitar opening. I attached two layers of skinny mounting tape all around the back of the guitar opening and dumped in a bunch of beads and sequins. Then I attached the completed card front to a square card base. Shaker cards are so fun because they are interactive! Here is a picture of the shaker elements all shook up:

On the inside of the card, I attached the die cut electric guitar and “You’re a Star” as shown here:

 If you love die cuts and crafty project inspiration and chances to win great Tonic Studios prizes, you will want to join the new Tonic Fanatics Facebook group!  Here is a link to the group or search Tonic Fanatics USA on Facebook and join up today!

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Miniature Moments “Awesome, Sweet & Cool”, Rococo Electric Guitar and “You’re A Star” from Everyday Sentiments Two Dies, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: sponges, Distress Inks, beads, sequins, mounting tape      

 I am entering this card in the "Hip to be Square" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.    

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beautiful Fall Day Card with New Dies and Nuvo Glimmer Pastes

I love making fall cards and when I saw the new Poppy Stamps Carved Diamond Pumpkin and Leafy Breeze border dies recently released, there was no resisting them! I die cut them both out of a square orange card front and created a shaker of punched leaves and fall colored sequins behind the pumpkin. I colored under the Leafy Breeze border die with red and gold Glimmer Paste from Nuvo (available soon from Tonic Studios). I also colored the Darice Maple Leaf with the sparkly red Glimmer Paste. It is just gorgeous IRL! Here is a close up of the sparkle and one of the shaker elements all shook up:

The "Have a Beautiful Day" sentiment is a Tonic Studios die from the Sew Pretty Frame Set of the same name. 

I am entering this card in the Make for the Border challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

**Also wanted to share some fun news. I have been given the honor of being chosen as this week's Crafter of the Week at Create and Craft. Here is a link to the blog post. I have never seen such a big picture of me and wish it was smaller... but I am thrilled nonetheless.**

Monday, August 22, 2016

Die-Versions Offset Butterfly Wedding Card

Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this pretty wedding card I made with Die-Version’s dies. I started this card by cutting the Whispers Big Butterfly die out of the side of a white card front and also out of another piece of white cardstock. I colored the beautiful butterfly piece with Nuvo’s blue, pink and green Embellishment Mousse and popped it back into the negative die shape on the side of the card. I put acetate behind the openings, but if I did again I would probably skip that step. I attached the die cut card front to a yellow card base after die cutting Die-Versions Mr. & Mrs. Sweet Wordlets out of the center. I die cut and attached two Whispers Oriental Fans to the corners and added some pastel sequins to complete the card.

**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.**

Sunday, August 21, 2016

I am in Love with the new Nuvo Glimmer Pastes!

Oh my gosh- I just received a surprise box from Tonic Studios and inside were 12 brand new colors of Glimmer Paste which will be available soon here in the states. It is a super sparkly version of Nuvo's Embellishment Paste, so it is similar to stencil paste. But these colors are so vibrant and glittery! It is a lighter consistency than traditional stencil paste so it dries faster. I will be showing you many cards using the different colors and ways you can use the Glimmer Pastes here on my blog. Today I am sharing a card I made with the Nuvo Silver Gem Glimmer Paste and Tonic's Christmas Angel. I die cut her and then used my finger tool to cover her with the silver Glimmer Paste. Here is a close up (but IRL she is even more gorgeous!)

I decided to make a sympathy card with her, but of course she would be beautiful on a Christmas card as well. I used the Top Note Trellis die set to cut a white card base and the navy card front. I popped up the middle and attached the silver angel and also Tonic's Heartfelt Sympathy Miniature Moments die cut out of Tonic's silver mirror paper. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Cracker Box Palace is giving their winner three digital stamps of their choosing from Crackerbox Palace’s website! And the winner from Dies R Us receives a $15 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.

If you follow my blog, you know one of my favorite stamp companies is Crackerbox Palace. I made this fun kid’s card with Crackerbox Palace’s Fish Splash and Birthday Splash stamps. I created a bubbly background with an embossing folder from Sizzix and two shades of blue cardstock. I popped the fish and sentiment squares up on mounting tape to raise them.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can you help my Son celebrate his Birthday?

Different post today. My son's birthday is coming up soon and this is what he is asking for: 

I am hoping for your help in a cause of mine. Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink -- even the water in our toilets is clean (though we encourage Ludo not to drink it)! (Ludo is their sweet puppy.)
But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation, sometimes water that they walked hours just to get. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.  That is where charity: water comes in.
I started this fundraising campaign to help charity: water build these types of projects around the world, and I'm looking for anyone who can help me.  I am donating my 36th birthday (coming up in a couple months so starting now!) to the cause because I already have anything I need and there are people that don't even have clean, safe water to drink. 
This is where you come in.  Please donate to my campaign -- anything you can give is a huge help.  I am hoping that you can donate $36 for my 36th birthday - if you can donate more that is amazing, but any amount will help.  The link to my campaign is provided below.
100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects (literally 100%, they have other donors that pay for all corporate cost and overhead - every dollar donated will go to a project), and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.  And you will of course receive a receipt for tax deduction purposes. 
I set up the campaign goal for $4,000, which would be 100 people donating $36 plus our initial funding. I would love to beat that.  $10,000 would be enough to fully fund a project and bring clean water to a community.  But every dollar helps.   We have 45 days for the campaign so hoping to act quick.  Please share this with anyone else that you think would be interested in bringing clean water to people around the world, post to social media with the links on the site, or anything else that can help raise awareness for the cause. 
Thank you for your generous contribution to our cause (or at least reading all the way down to this part of the email)!  Please read more on the charity: water website and watch videos of children drinking clean water for the first time.  Their lives are truly changed by something that we can help provide. 
This is the link to my campaign.  Even if you cannot contribute, I encourage you to visit the site and see the amazing work that charity: water is doing.  
 Can I say how proud I am of my son:) Here are some pictures from our recent weekend visit with Brian, his wife Kristy and my super cute grandson Evan:

It was my big grandson's birthday celebration and Brian took us all to the Museum of Science and Industry as Nate's gift. 

Can you help with this great cause? Any amount would be so appreciated and 100% will go to getting life saving water to those who need it. Thanks!