Saturday, August 19, 2017

CAS (Clean and Simple) 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: CAS (Clean and Simple 4 Kids! Create and link any CAS card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: All Dressed Up Stamps is giving their winner two digis of their choice! And the winner from Dies R Us will receive 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.

My card is very CAS but super cute. I simply printed the Monsterific digi from All Dressed Up Stamps on a square yellow piece of cardstock and also on some dp scraps and paper pieced the adorable monsters. I added some googly eyes and attached the completed card front to a black square card. 

I am entering this card in the "Add a Sentiment" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another Rainbow "Part of the Dance" Card

I love rainbows and gorgeous stamps and playing with them when I have time. I am taking a class called Rainbow Maker at Online Card Classes and played with one of the ideas they shared creating a round rainbow of colors with Distress Oxide inks and a sponging tool. It is easier to blend the Distress Oxide inks than the traditional distress inks I think, but I am still not an expert. Even so, I do like the background especially with the water spots and I love the stamp from Technique Junkies that is the focal point. I stamped it several times using my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and black Versafine ink. I attached the finished card front to a white 5 1/2" square card base and added some Sparkling Clear Droplets from Kat Scrappiness to finish the card.

I will be entering this in the "Add a Sentiment" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Day One gallery at the Rainbow Maker Online Card Class. Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tonic Studios Cupcake and Treat Boxes for Teachers and Weddings

I am proud to share that the treat boxes I made with Tonic Studio's Cupcake and Treat Box are being featured at the Tonic Studio's USA Blog here today. I made a fall one for bringing a special teacher a treat on the first day of school and also made a quick one that could be used for a wedding or shower favor:

These treat boxes are so easy and fun to make! For detailed instructions and more pictures, head on over to the Tonic Studios USA blog and thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

I am entering my fall treat box in the Anything Goes challenge at Dies R Us and the Add a Sentiment challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rainbows and Gorgeous Stamps Make Me Happy

I have been taking the Rainbow Maker class at Online Card Classes but hadn't had the time to try any of the colorful rainbow ideas they shared until this weekend. The beautiful stamp from Technique Junkies featured in this card called "Part of the Dance" has been calling my name since I received it and I finally had time to play with that too. I started this card front with Bristol Smooth Surface cardstock and a stencil from Ranger and Dina Wakely called Mighty Waves. I taped the stencil down and used my Clarity Stencil Brushes to brush on a rainbow of colors using my Distress Oxide inks. Then I placed the stenciled card front in my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and stamped the gorgeous stamp from Technique Junkies several times with black Versafine ink. I love how this card came out and will be entering it in the Day One gallery at the Rainbow Maker Online Class.

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Monday, August 14, 2017

YouTube Monday- Stretching Your Dies

Many times on this blog I have received comments from followers and visitors who saw the cards I was teaching in my in home classes or stamp camps and wished they lived closer so they could take the class. Now everyone, no matter where they live, can take my monthly card making classes for free on my YouTube channel and if you live in the USA, you can even possibly win the cards I created! Once a month I am going to post a YouTube video showing how to make the cards I taught in my home that month. Today I posted the first in my series here on YouTube.  I am sharing three cards using some favorite dies from Karen Burniston and Altenew and how to stretch the dies we own in creative ways.

Please be understanding as I am still very much a newbie at YouTube especially the editing part. I need to figure out how to delete unwanted parts and how to speed up others, but can't on my present software. I am going to try a new editing program this week- wish me luck! This is hard for someone like me who is not very computer literate, but I am determined to figure it all out! The best way to learn is to simply try and try again! 

While you are at my YouTube channel, check out my Grand Opening video too and find out how you can win a prize valued at almost $200! I am planning on posting a new video every Monday, so if you want to be sure to not miss any, click the bell next to the subscribe button (after subscribing) and you will be notified every time I post a new video. You can go directly to my channel by clicking on the YouTube picture on the right side of my blog. The Grand Opening and Prize Giveaway is the featured video.

Here is a link to this month's class on YouTube:

Thanks for your support here on my blog and on my YouTube channel and for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Friday, August 11, 2017

You and Me Anniversary Card

Today is the 27th anniversary of the day I married my DH and if you take a look inside this card, you will see how I feel about that decision:

I have never regretted that decision in the 27 years we have been married, so I know I am blessed. 

I was inspired by this card by my friend Verna because I thought it was so pretty with the foil embossed with a wood embossing folder. To make mine, I put a piece of Amber Watercolor Deco Foil on a piece of Deco Foil Toner Sheet (both by Therm O Web) and ran it through a hot laminator. I embossed it with a new embossing folder from Stampin' Up called Pinewood Planks. IRL it is lovely and textured with the embossing, but very difficult to photograph. I used a heart die from Tonic Studios to emboss the heart shape in SU wood cardstock and sanded the heart to resemble a heart carved on a tree. I die cut "you & me" using a Little B die and attached it along with some gold sticker gems. I added a strip of black cardstock behind the Deco Foil piece to help it stand out. 

I think my husband will like it... Orange is his favorite color and the sentiment is so true:)

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Butterfly Encouragement Card

I haven't played with my Brusho Coloured Crystals in a very long time and finally had a chance recently to create this card with a Brusho background and a new set of butterfly stamps and dies from Hampton Arts. I sprinkled several colors of Brushos on a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed them with Tattered Angels gold spray to activate the colors and leave a touch of sparkle. When the piece was dry, I embossed it with a new 3D embossing folder from Stampin' Up. Then I cut it into inchies and attached them to a blue piece of cardstock. (This is the sketch we were challenged to use for my monthly card club.) I stamped the butterfly on a piece of watercolor dp and cut it out with the matching die. The beautiful sentiment is from the same set from Hampton Arts. I added some jewels and Nuvo Shocking Pink Glow Drops to the butterfly and popped her up on pop dots to attach.

The first piece of Brusho beauty I tried to emboss ended up de-bossed because I put it in the embossing folder wrong. But I decided it was still pretty and put it in the inside of this card along with a stitched sentiment piece cut with a die from Lil' Inker. 

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!