Monday, June 30, 2014

Guy's Fishing Vest Card

I have seen fishing vest cards on Pinterest and even made a few years ago that has been one of my most pinned cards. I wanted to share this card in a "For the Guys" class in my home and no longer had a fishing vest card shape, so I made my own template. The easiest way to make one of these cards is to get the card and all the pieces all cut up for you in a package from Raisin Boat. But it was not too hard to draw and cut my own template. I traced it on kraft paper and white for the inside piece. I have three great fishing sets from Crackerbox Palace, Raisin Boat and Joy's Life, and I used them all. I sponged all the pockets and edges of the vest with brown distress ink. The vest closes with thread around two brads. This is what the inside looks like:
I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at time 4 scrap and Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Double Easel Music Card

Recently I was playing with some more fun folds for my Fun Folds II class and  I designed this Double Easel Music Card. If you take the class, you will be taught how to make this card, but if you can't, here is a tutorial explaining how this fold is created. The base can be any size you want, but I chose to make it 7 x 7 and folded it in half. The top part is cut at 3 1/2" down 3 1/2 inches. I used stamps from Raisin Boat and Skipping Stone Designs for all the musical elements and paper pieced the bird and butterfly. The bottom notes piece is raised on pop dots to hold up the easels. Here is what the card looks like closed:

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Sister Act and Crafty Catz.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Online Card Class Die Cut Card

Recently I won two classes at Online Card Classes and I finally had some time to pick out which ones I wanted and watch the videos and gather all the great ideas they shared. Every so often they have a new class that you can take live and participate in the forums and galleries and maybe win a prize. But all their classes are also available to take after the live session is done and you get all the great ideas in the videos and lessons and you can go as fast or slow as you wish. I chose Summer Card Camp 2 and A Cut Above. I am only half way through and already have picked up some great ideas and used several of them in this card. A while back I saw the Memory Box Mercer Rose Wreath die and thought it looked pretty and ordered it on line. When it came, I realized it is just a white blob and really needs the matching stamp from Memory Box and so of course, I had to get that too. Getting them to line up was very difficult and I put them in a box to try again later. In the die cut class, they demoed exactly how to cut and then line up the stamp using a Stamp-a-ma-jig and I was able to do it! Yeah! Then I actually pulled my Flower Soft box out- very sadly neglected- and used my red Flower Soft on the wreath. The card base is 8 x 8 1/2 and the white punched border (ek success) piece is on the inside of the card sticking out - another great idea from the classes. I die cut my favorite Memory Box butterfly out of a two sided tape sheet and applied two colors of glitter to the wings- another great idea from the class. I attached the butterfly with a glue dot and large gem. Then I cut the Lil' Inker "thanks" twice in white and red and glued them together with a little of the white layer showing.

I love all the elements of this card, but my favorite die is the Memory Box butterfly all sparkly in red and gold. The challenge at As You Like It is to use our favorite die and tell why- I just love butterflies and this one is perfect with or without the matching butterfly shape from Memory Box. I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Girls.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Baby Blessings Card from Crackerbox Palace

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a baby blessings card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s stamps. Crackerbox Palace has a whole line of beautiful women stamps here on their website, and this one is called Mother Goddess. I stamped her on a white cardstock piece, paper pieced her dress and colored the rest with markers. I created a form of an easel card by attaching a piece of yellow card stock to the back of a 4 1/4” x 5 ½” piece of yellow cardstock. I folded the strip in half down and attached the Mother Goddess to the bottom only of that piece. That easel piece is held open by a punched baby carriage circle attached with a large pop dot.  I stamped the beautiful baby sentiment from CBP on the side and added another punched circle to complete the baby card.

Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at 
Crackerbox with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more. You know you want toJ

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp and Addicted to Stamps and More.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Contain Yourself Blog Hop from Repeat Impressions!

Hello blog friends!!! I am so excited I can hardly contain myself!  Wendy and Bill of Repeat Impressions (The House That Stamps Built Blog) are releasing another fabulous new stamp set called Contain Yourself  and you could WIN the whole set by hopping with us!

If you visit each blog along the hop and leave a comment at each stop, you will have earned 9 chances at the grand prize. The more comments you make, the more chances you earn. But you are not required to leave a comment at each stop. For example, one comment on any of the stops along the way earns you one chance. Three comments, three chances; 9 comments, 9 chances and so on. Just be sure to finish your blog visits and commenting no later than 5 p.m. Eastern time on June 30th. The winner will be announced on Repeat Impression’s blog and Facebook page on Monday July 1st.

I love this new set of stamps from Repeat Impressions called Contain Yourself!  You can find the whole set here on Repeat Impressions website. I used the fish bowl and the gumball machine in my cards, but there are several really cute mason jars and all sorts of fun stuff to put in the containers in the set too. 

My fishbowl card is a gatefold card with a circle frame in the middle that shows the fishbowl and fish (raised with an adhesive spring) on the inside of the card. The gumball machine card is a shaker card with punched gumballs of all different colors. One thing I love about Repeat Impressions is that there are always clever and unique sentiments in every set of stamps they release. Be sure to follow the links in the blog hop to see the rest of the Rock Star’s fantastic cards.

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at Party Time Tuesday and Through The Craft Room Door. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

What If? Wed. Sketch Challenge at Repeat Impressions

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

Before I get to describing my card, just wanted to remind you: for a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save! 

I love a comfy chair and this chair from Repeat Impressions looks like one I could definitely fall asleep in. I paper pieced it with a fun plaid dp. The sketch is CAS and I like that. I continued the comfy theme with some flannel dp in the background with a lovely and oh so true sentiment from RI. I added some washi tape and a few gems to complete the card.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and My Craft Creations.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Seas The Day!

I recently received some new Kitchen Sink Stamp sets that I earned by being published with their stamps- they have wonderful sets of stamps and a very generous publication incentive! This sailboat is from a small set of stamps and is a series of blues and black to create this realistic looking sailboat. I stamped it on watercolor paper that I cut out with a Nestie circle die. Then I used a water brush and distress ink to create the sea and the sky. I layered it on several squares and diagonal squares and added the dp corners for a fun sketch.  I added the perfect sentiment from the same set of Kitchen Sink Stamps. Of course- as is the case with all my favorite cards- I am sharing this one with my monthly classes in my home.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Scribble and Scrap and 613 Avenue Create.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Acetate Christmas Card

I am a firm believer that it is never too early to start making our Christmas cards and this is one I made with acetate to share with the class who meets monthly in my home. I have been wanting to make a card with acetate but had to find the right weight of acetate before I had any success. I created an A2 card of the acetate, stamped the snowy swirls with Unicorn White Memories Pigment Ink and heat set them. I stamped the Christmas sentiment from Heartfelt Creations on green and cut it out with a Nestabilities scalloped circle die. The sentiment circle was attached in the center of the acetate card and framed on the front with a Memory Box snowflake wreath. The back of  the card has another Nesties circle where the personal message could be written. I added some red jewels and gold cord to complete the acetate card. here are a few more photos showing the card standing up and the back. The card is completely clear so the pictures show a grey background that. of course. is not part of the card. The card is much prettier IRL.

I am entering this card in the Completely Christmas challenge and Anything Goes at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Animal 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 Animal Cards 4 Kids! Create and link any card for a child with an animal on it and you could win one of our great prizes. Stop by the SAS4Kids blog to see the awesome cards created by our design team and for an opportunity to grow your blog's followers.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge:  The Cutting CafĂ© is giving their winner 3 digi or cutting files! Oak Pond Creations is giving their randomly picked winner 3 images of their choice!  And Inspired by Stamping’s winner gets 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 first card above was made with a fun elephant shaped cutting file from The Cutting Cafe'. So easy and cute! I just cut out the card in green polka dotted cardstock, sponged a little and added a googly eye, a bow for his tail and his ear.

My second card features a cute dachshund from Oak Pond Creations. I paper pieced him on an oval cut with my nesties and layered him on a background with some washi tape strips and two shades of blue.

I am entering the elephant card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafty Girls and Paper Crafting Journey.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Crackerbox Palace Cracked Egg Spinner Card

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a circle spinner card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s fun stamps. Spinner cards using two pennies with a pop dot in a channel created with die cuts are making a big come back and I have some circle dies from Quik Kutz that create a circle channel that is the perfect size. But if you do not have them, experiment with the circle dies you have as they will work. The key is to raise the circle on the inside and the outside cardstock up with higher pop dots and to attach your spinning piece to two pennies held together with another higher pop dot. I thought it would be really cute for the cracked egg from CBP to be spinning around the card. I stamped the funny “true friend’ sentiment and few decorative elements in the inside circle. I embossed the outer yellow piece with a Tim Holtz Sizzix embossing folder that looks like a smashed egg to me.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The stamps I have used today and many other awesome stamps are available on our new website here.
Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at Crackerbox with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more. You know you want toJ

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes with a Sentiment Challenge at Scrappers’ Delights, the Friends challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at Through the Craft Room Door.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

New and Improved Deer Stencil Card

I made a card similar to this one a few years back and it was a favorite of mine, so I revisited the idea for my Stencil Techniques class in my home. The deer is a brass stencil by Dreamweaver. I embossed the deer image on a old book page using my thick No More Shims embossing pad. While the book page was still in the stencil, I sponged the deer with brown distress ink. I removed it and sponged the edges. The kraft card base is 3 1/4 x 5 1/2" closed, so when the pennant is added, the card will still fit into an A2 envelope. I embossed the whole card with a favorite Cuttlebug embossing folder. I wrapped some baker's twine around the dark brown pennant and distressed the edges. Then I stamped an old but favorite TAC b-day greeting on a tiny tag and attached it with a small safety pin.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Rhedd and Rosie and the For the Boys challenge at Creative Moments.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Shaped or Fun Fold Cards for My Designer Choice Challenge

It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s my turn and I am challenging you to make a shaped card or a fun fold card.  After you make your shaped or fun fold card, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and they are awesome!

I was inspired by a card I found somewhere on Pinterest to cut a martini glass shaped card around Repeat Impression’s Martini Glass. I started with the martini glass stamped on light green cardstock and cut out. I laid it down on a red polka dotted dp cut to 4 x 5 ¼”, and cut around it. Then I attached that piece to an A2 white card with a top fold and cut the final shape out. I added some green paper pieced olives and the perfect RI sentiment to complete the fun shaped card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Through the Craft Room Door and Crafting From the Heart.

And don’t forget: For a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, just make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Guest DT Contest at The Cutting Edge

There is a new challenge called The Cutting Edge Challenge and they are celebrating their opening with a Guest Designer Contest. You know I love me my die cuts and I was intrigued by the window in the inspiration picture:
I wondered what I would like to see through my window, and I chose a beautiful peaceful Clear Views transparency from The Mark-It Place. I die cut the window (Poppy Stamps), branch and bird (Memory Box), and the "hello" from Paper Smooches.

But look- this card is a version of a tri-shutter with some slightly different folds to show the window scene. I embossed the whole card with a Sizzix embossing folder that looks like bricks so the front really looks like the front of a house. Here is what the inside looks like opened up:
I added a piece of dp with the sentiment from Repeat Impressions, CTMH and  another blue bird. The white piece at the bottom is to write a personal message and sign the card. I must give credit to this blogger and her card that inspired me to try this tri-shutter with a window.

I am entering this card in the Guest DT Challenge at The Cutting Edge and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.

Monday, June 16, 2014

NBUS Friendship Challenge Card

I discovered a new challenge and a new favorite stamping term - NBUS - never-before-used-schtuff! I have a pile of NBUS on my bed in my crafting room and refuse to put it away until it gets used at least once. Makes having company kinda difficult, but I am adamant about that rule. Problem is that the pile keeps growing and there is never enough time to play with it all:) The challenge can be found here, and you should see her list of prizes!! Here is my card:

The NBUS is the celebrate stencil (Memory Box), the Stampin' up sentiment and the glittery tape on the side. I cut out the Stampin' Up manequin , sponged it with a Memory Box floral stencil and placed it back in the hole the die created. Then I sponged the celebrate and frame in black ink. I added the new sentiment from SU and a thin line of glittery tape I could not resist at Michaels recently. I am giving this card to a friend, so that is where the friendship part of the challenge comes in.

I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Stampin' for the Weekend.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Embossed Stencil Summer Card

What says Summer more than flowers and butterflies? Lots of steps to my card today, but not a lot of time to explain it.I stamped an old TAC word background, then embossed and sponged a Memory Box butterfly stencil using my No More Shims embossing pad. The trellis was made with the Stampin' Up chevron punch. I learned how to make the floral cone in this month's issue of Die Cut Crazy (digital die cut magazine only 99 cents a month direct to your iPhone or iPad.) This card is part of my new stencil techniques class in my home.

I am entering this card in the Summer challenge at Brown Sugar and the Anything Goes challenge at QKR Stampede.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Butterfly Stencil and Inlaid Die Subway Art Card

I am having so much fun playing with stencils. There is so much you can do with them! In this case, I started with an open butterfly stencil from Heidi Swapp and sponged with light blue distress ink over another funky rectangle stencil from TCW. Then I removed the background stencil and sponged the edges of the butterfly with a darker distress ink.

I die cut the "thanks" (from Lil' Inker) twice- once in the front butterfly piece and once in a peach, then inserted the peach thanks in the negative from the card front. You also have to save and insert the little white pieces from the center of the a, k and s. Then to create the subway art look, I stamped various thank you sentiments over and around the inlaid die thanks. I added a few small butterflies (Memory Box die) to complete the square thank you card. If you would like to make one yourself and are local to Wausau, this is part of my newest class in my home. Contact me to arrange to set up a class for you and your friends anytime.

I am entering this card in the stencil challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Girls.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Have a Grilly Great Summer!

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a card in a box I made with a bunch of fun Crackerbox Palace Summer BBQ stamps. Grill Baby Grill! That stamp and the wish to have a Grilly Great Summer just make me smileJ If you have not tried a card in a box yet, I encourage you to check out a tutorial on line and then try one- so fun! They lay flat to mail and then pop open and stand to display all the elements you choose to decorate your card. I started with a red polka dotted cardstock and stamped all the fun BBQ sentiments for the sides, top and bottom. I stamped the grill, grill covers and Grill Baby Grill on red cardstock and cut them out. I used acetate strips to attach the grill and sentiment that pop up from the middle. Here are a few more pictures showing the card from the front, top and closed to mail with the back blank where you could write your message to the lucky recipient. 

Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at  Crackerbox with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more. You know you want toJ

I am entering this card in the Don’t be Square challenge at Crafting for all Seasons and the Anything Goes challenge at Penny’s Paper Crafty.