Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fabulous CASED Stencil Card

Once in awhile I see a card on line and have to order the product the designer used immediately because I think the card is so fabulous! That happened when I saw this card and because of Cornelia, I also found iStencils, a new place to find unique stencils that are very reasonably priced. I used three colors of Distress Ink to sponge the stencil so it looks dimensional even though it is totally flat. I rounded the corners and layered on a navy blue cardbase. I die cut and attached "fabulous" which is a die from Essentials by Ellen.

I am entering this in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Think Spring Happy Easter Card

The weather this week in Wisconsin has been beautiful and Spring like, so I am definitely "thinking Spring!" Never mind the 10 inches of snow expected Thursday-Friday...I started this card with a sparkly blue glitter paper that is part of our March club challenge- I chose to use it as the background behind a piece of vellum. I die cut the gorgeous Daffodils Stained Glass window die from Frantic Stamper out of black and attached it to the vellum. Then I colored the flowers and window with pastel markers from the back. I stamped an older Easter greeting (from Stampin' Up) and attached the vellum piece with floral brads. 

I am entering this card in the "Think Spring" challenge at Dies R Us and the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Club Challenge Foil Card

Our challenge this month was to create a card with this sketch and to use scraps. I had been playing with my Gina K Foil-Mates and my Deco Foil so I had these pieces laying on my bed. Who doesn't love butterflies? I used my laminator and Therm-o-Web's Lapis Watercolor Foil on Gina K's beautiful butterfly Foil-Mate sheet for the bottom layer. Then I used the foil that was left and a toner sheet to get the negative image square in the center. I cut a butterfly off another scrap of the negative image and attached that to a gold mirror card strip on the side. I also foiled the Happy Birthday circle using another one of Gina K's Foil-Mates. Here is another view: 

It is so hard to photograph mirror card and shiny foil, but IRL it is really pretty. Some birthday girl who likes butterflies and sparkle- and who doesn't?-is going to love receiving this card.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Grandsons Nuvo Love Frame

This Grandma loves her adorable grandsons and I had so much fun creating this personalized picture frame with my Nuvo and Tonic Studio products. I am proud to share it is being featured today on the Tonic USA blog here. For all the details and all the Nuvo fun, please visit Blog Tonic USA.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Easter or Spring Cards 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: Easter or Spring Cards 4 Kids! Create and link any spring or Easter card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Bugaboo is giving their winner 4 digis of their choice! And the winner from Tonic Studios receives a collection of eight Nuvo Crystal Drops! 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 featured Bugaboo's colored digi "Hey Chickie" on my Easter card. I added some Easter egg brads and a Happy Easter stamp to complete my CAS square card.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Celebrate Your Birthday Pop Up Card

I am continuing on my quest to design with all the new dies, stencils and stamps on my craft room bed before putting them away. The front of this card was created with two part stencils from Die Cuts & More. I sponged Victorian Velvet Distress Ink through one layer and Fired Brick through the second giving the illusion of depth and squares. I rounded the edges and attached to two layers of red Core'dinations Shattered Kraft-Core cardstock. I attached a beautiful "Celebrate" die cut from Tonic Studios to complete the front.

Once again, the best part of the card is the inside where Happy Birthday pops up. It was so easy to make this fun pop up using Karen Burniston's Happy Birthday Pop Up Die. I love how the Happy Birthday has a perfect shadow behind it. I added a few stars and a white layer to write my Happy Birthday message on. Here is a close-up of the HB pop up:

I am entering this card in the "Favorite Tool" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I use my Tonic Studios Tangerine die cutting machine everyday and my plates are perfectly flat and cut beautifully.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Inspirational Pop Up Card

I have some new dies, stencils and stamps I have not used yet and I have resolved to design with each of them before moving them off my craft room bed to where I will store them. I bought the "Just Say It" background stamp from Wendy Vechi of Studio 490 last November at a stamp show and just now inked it for the first time. I love the inspirational messages I stamped in black on a kraft colored cardstock. I sponged Fossilized Amber Distress Ink through the sweet girl stencil I found here at iStencils.  The stencil is available only through the end of February and is a fund raiser for St. Jude's. I love the cute front of this card and am entering it into the "Cute" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, 

I like the front, but my favorite part of this card is the inside. Just look what pops up when this card is opened:

I recently received some new dies from Karen Burniston who is the designer of the best pop up dies around. I used her Lots of Pops die to make the center of this card. I attached stitched stars in different sizes (die cut using Lil' Inker dies out of gold mirror card) to all the pop up surfaces. Here is a side close up view of the pop up apparatus:

Mirror card is hard to photograph, but is shiny and pretty IRL. I added a few punched stars and the perfect inspirational sentiment cut with a die cut from Tonic Studios.

I am also entering this card in the "Favorite Tool" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. My favorite tool is my Tangerine Die-Cutting Machine and I use it almost every day.