Saturday, January 24, 2015

Batman Lego Heart Valentine for my Grandson

My grandson loves Legos and super heroes so when I saw this punch art card here, I knew I wanted to try to make the Lego Batman for his Valentine. I started with an embossed candy hearts background made with an embossing folder from Cuttlebug. I also cut out the UR GR8 heart for Batman. I used a variety of punches to make Batman. It took a long time to make, but for someone as special as my grandson, I don't mind.

I am entering this card in the Hearts challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Wags 'n Whiskers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

I Used to Jog? Maybe Clara, but not me!

Happy Crackerbox Palace Friday! Today I am sharing a lol card featuring Clara, one of my favorite Crackerbox Palace ladies. I stamped her on cream colored cardstock and paper pieced her suit and cap. I cut a square with pierced squares die from Spellbinder and attached it diagonally. I embossed and sponged some white squares to resemble ice cubes and added the funny sentiment at the bottom. Clara was attached with pop dots for dimension.

**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 Wonderful Wednesdays and Penny’s Paper-Crafty.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Two Versions Same Card

I love the mostly white on white look on cards and played with some favorite diecuts and Brusho Crystal Colours on white watercolor paper to make this card. I sprinkled on some blue shades of Brusho Crystal Colours on the center of a piece of watercolor paper, then spritzed it with water to get the background blue on this card. I layered Penny Black's fern and Joy Crafts "Heartfelt sympathy" in white and then raised that piece over a white card base. But I wasn't sure if the words stood out enough, so I tried it again this way:

I am not sure which one I like the best? What do you think? I am going to teach this card to my monthly class group and let them decide which they prefer.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Inky Chicks and My Craft Creations. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Repeat Impression's Inspiration Photo Challenge

On the third Wednesday of every month at Repeat Impression’s blog, The House that Stamps Built, the challenge is going to be an Inspiration Photo challenge. I find it fascinating to see each stamper’s take on a card based on the same inspiration photo. This is this month’s Inspiration Photo:

Will you be inspired by the colors or the objects or shapes in the photo? It is up to you to pick out what inspires you and make a card, then enter it for a chance to win some great Repeat Impressions rubber. Be sure to check out the RI blog for the inspiration based cards by the other Rock Stars. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I love this picture! I decided to use a sparkly snowflake embossed background for my card. I also used the red dressed lady as my inspiration and stamped Repeat Impression’s Rebecca on cream and red velvet paper and paper pieced her dress and hat. I added a raised row of snowflakes and pearls to complete my card.

I am entering my card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting From the Heart  and Craft Your Passion, and the challenge at Design Team Showcase. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge

It’s Tuesday and time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge. As always the theme is my favorite, Anything Goes! There is a new challenge every Tuesday at TTCRD. I am on Team A and this week is our turn to post our cards. The sponsor this week is Limited Runs and the prize is 3 digis of the winner’s choice! Plus there is a special for anyone who buys an image used by our design team, they get a second digi of their choice of equal or lesser value for FREE!

I had fun making a CAS card for one of my kids using Limited Run’s Jacob and the What’s Up sentiment on the blue background. I paper pieced Jacob’s clothes and shoes and did a bit of coloring before attaching him to the card. I created a square yellow card and rounded the bottom edges with a corner rounder. I think this card would be perfect for one of my boys at  SAS4Kids.

**Don’t Miss It! The January/February 2015 issue of Through The Craft Room Door magazine is available for your viewing pleasure in the "Subscribers Only Area" of the TTCRD website.  It is loaded with over 100 pages of paper craft tutorials, tons of inspirations and projects you can create. Plus free digis, an article by me on Bisters and 9 of my cards! Come check it out! If you do not currently subscribe to the magazine you will need to go to the top of the page and click on the Subscription/Renewals tab. I highly recommend everyone get a subscription to this great on line magazine!**

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Jo’s Scrap Shack, 613 Avenue Create, and the Design Team Showcase.

Monday, January 19, 2015

NBUS Sketch Heart Card

I love the term NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) and have a whole pile of NBUS on my bed that I have not had time to play with. First the holidays and meeting publication  and design team deadlines, then CHA left me with no time to play with my NBUS. Now I am catching up from being away a week. But I did manage to get one card designed with my NBUS die from Simon Says Stamp Sketch Heart. I am fascinated with the positive and negative versions of cool dies like this one. I die cut the sketch heart twice out of the red card front and again in white, layering the white heart over the top sketch heart opening. I added a die cut love and heart from W Plus 9 and ended up with a CAS Valentine or Love card. I think I will give this card to my husband for Valentine's Day.

I am entering this card in the NBUS challenge at, the Love is in the Air challenge at Raisin Boat and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

CHA 2015 Favorite Booths and Products

I have just returned from my first ever trip to CHA and I had a blast! I am going to share with you in this blogpost some pictures and my favorite products from the many many booths there. There were thousands of booths and I did not make it into every booth and probably even missed some wonderful stamping related booths. But here is what I did see and love:

I have to say the Sizzix booth was my favorite. I ooohhed and awwwed over most of their new products (especially dies) and wanted them all. And yes, I was this close to Tim Holtz demoing in the Ranger booth which was unbelievable too. I ordered many of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix dies you can see on this blog post at Tim's blog. 

I also was very impressed with and ordered the new Big Shot Plus from Sizzix which is big enough to cut or emboss 8 1/2" x 11" paper and larger embossing folders and dies. The rep told us they have changed the pressure on the plates to get rid of the bowing of plates issues many of us have after time. It will be shipping in April and I cannot wait to get it.

The product that won the CHA 2015 Hot New Product award in Papercrafts was also from Sizzix. It is Sizzix Inksheets and here is a video introducing the product. I did not personally see a demo on this product, but my friend took a class and made some great cards like the ones in the video. I am going to order the Inksheets and Transfer Pad and will share here the cards I make and my impressions.

My favorite surprise of the show was to find out Tonic Studios also sells dies. Gorgeous dies! Of course I knew they had great scissors, paper cutters and punches, but wait until you see the beautiful dies they also carry now. They were being sold mostly in England, but will be available soon in the U.S., and Notions will be carrying their whole line soon so your local stamp shop will be able to order them for you.

I went into many booths looking for magnetic die storage and the one I liked the best was in the Magnum Magnetics booth. We saw and tested a prototype of a super strong but lightweight two sided magnet sheet that will be perfect for my die storage needs and is made here in the United States. Their magnetic die storage product should be available soon and I am going to wait and order from them as I was that impressed with what I saw. I will share here on my blog when the time comes we can all order.

On the last day, many of the booths were selling their booth display products so they did not have to ship or bring them back with them. I found some real bargains that day and one of my favorites is this rolling Smart Cart from dbestproducts. 

It is so lightweight and folds flat to store, but holds several 12 x 12 containers for a stamp camp or a stamp show, or any other time you want easy rolling storage. I am thrilled I found this booth and this great product. My friend, Vicky from Crackerbox Palace who went to CHA with me, bought 4 different styles including a trolley dolly.
I just had to share this picture too from the CHA Facebook page. See the lady on the right in the black and white shirt staring adoringly at Tim? That's me:) I watched his demo for quite some time and enjoyed every minute of it!  I am a a huge fan of Tim and his products for Sizzix and Ranger and other companies.

To see all my pictures from CHA, feel free to visit my CHA 2015 Flickr board here. If you have any questions about the products you see here, just contact me via the contact feature on the side of the blog.