Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Two More Cards for Exceptional Embossing Techniques Class

I have finished the last two cards for the August 26th and 27th classes at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids . The one above features the Deep Impressions technique with some perfect stamps from Crackerbox Palace. The second card featuring my own Metallic Camo technique has some of my favorite stamps and dies from Tonic Studios:

The close ups of each of these cards show the wonderful texture each of these techniques result in. I hope if you are local you can join me for these classes late in August. Call 715-424-1343 to reserve your spot.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Celebrating Graduation with Die-Versions Dies

Hope you are having a great Memorial Day! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this school colors graduation card featuring the Grads Celebrations Whispers dies found here on the Die-Version’s New Release Page.  I love to use the school colors from the grad’s school when I make a graduation card. I die cut the celebrating grads out of purple and layered on a gold card front with the words Celebrate cut out with another Die-Versions die. Then I just attached that piece to a purple card base. CAS but perfect for a celebrating grad.

**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.**

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create and Crafty Gals Corner.  

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Masculine Hot Camo Card for Let's Create Classes

Today I am sharing another card I am teaching August 26th and 27th at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids. (Call 715-424-1343 to sign up for this class or to ask for a class kit.) This one is a masculine card featuring my Hot Camo technique with embossing powders. IRL the camouflage looking strip is shiny and textured with bumps for an unique look. I used Taylored Expressions and Sue Wilson dies and Tim Holtz's spatter brush.  Take a look at this fun effect created with three colors of Nuvo Crystal Drops:

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Aud Sentiments. 

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Exceptional Embossing Techniques Card for Let's Create Classes

I am busy designing cards for my next class at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids. Exceptional Embossing Techniques classes are scheduled for August 26th at 5:00 and August 27th at 10:30. This is one of the cards I am teaching in that class. If you can attend, you will make two cards with Fran Seiford's Deep Impressions technique and two with my own Hot Camo or Metallic Camo technique. Come back tomorrow to see one of the Hot Camo cards for the class.

June 17th and 18th I will be teaching the two cards and two boxes with Tonic Studios dies shown in this blogpost.  There are still some openings in the classes, so if you are local and want to attend, call 715-424-1343 to reserve your spot. If you are not local and want to receive a class kit with all the supplies to make all of the cards in any of the classes taught at Let's Create, just give them a call or send me an email.

I love how this card turned out! The gorgeous designer paper is from Ken Oliver. I used dies from Taylored Expressions, Memory Box and Poppy Stamps. Here is a close up look at the gorgeous texture in the bird when using the Deep Impressions technique:

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and Aud Sentiments. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

Happy Birthday Wine Lover's Card from Crackerbox Palace

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing the Happy Birthday card I made for a very special person with Crackerbox Palace stamps. The owner of CBP and my dear friend, Vicky Briggs, celebrated her birthday last weekend and I made her this card with CBP stamps and BoBunny glitter paste (which CBP also sells at stamp shows.) I pulled out a couple fun stencils and sponged the background of the white A2 card with the ink getting lighter towards the left side of the card. I stamped, cut out and sponged ink on the wine bottle and wine glass, then applied red glitter paste through two other stencils. I stamped a fun Crackerbox Palace sentiment and added some Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the wine lover’s card.

I am entering this card in the Make it Girly challenge at Crafting for All Seasons, and the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Fast and Easy Guy Card

I needed a fast card for a special man recently and pulled out a bunch of NBUS to make this card. I started with an aqua blue card base and attached the die cut Frantic Stamper Fishing Card Panel. I stamped Best Wishes from a new set by Dina Wakley for Ranger. I die cut an owl from Taylored Expressions twice out of a dark brown scrap and added Nuvo Cosmic Brown Embellishment Mousse on one of them, then offset the two owls. I die cut a kraft border with Lil' Inker rectangle stitched dies and raised that border up on mounting tape.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Playing with Tonic Studios Flip Dies

I recently received two of the Tonic Studios flip dies and experimented with them to see what size envelopes would work with the completed cards. I know many of the Tonic Studios dies are larger than we usually see here in the states, and when you look at samples from over the pond, their cards are also larger than what fits into our standard size envelopes. The two samples I am sharing here fit into our legal or business size envelope and into a 5 1/2" x 8" envelope. Of course if you have an envelope maker, you can make the flip fold cards any size you wish. When making the card above, I first cut a piece of white cardstock 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" and cut the Forever My Friend Flip card base in the center. Once folded, I cut the folded width to 4 inches. I embossed the whole card with an A4 sized embossing folder by Sue Wilson. I die cut the oval pieces (which are part of this die set) out of aqua blue and white. Here is a look at the card flipped open: 

I added a Happy Birthday sentiment die cut from Tonic Studio's Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Set and finished the card with Nuvo Blue Lagoon Glitter Drops in each embossed intersection. These die sets are so versatile! The oval inner pieces would make a gorgeous card on their own. I will have to try that soon!

For my second card, I die cut the "It's The Little Things" Flip die in the center of a 7 3/4" square piece of white cardstock. After folding the flip, this card will fit into  5 1/2 x 8" envelope. I die cut the sentiment and shaped inside die out of red mirror cardstock (from Tonic's Christmas Mirror Cardstock pack.) I die cut two black borders using Tonic's Moroccan Mosaic Simple Screens dies. I added some red pearls and red and black gems to the card front. Here is a look at the center of the card after flipping:

I left the center blank to write a personal message to the recipient. I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge,  Love to Scrap! and Craft Your Passion.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Birthday Card with Some Must Have NBUS

I saw the newest Tattered Lace magazine with this purse die and immediately had to order it! Then when I received it late last week, I immediately had to make a card with my NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff.) I started with a circular card base die cut with my Tonic Studios circle dies and on the front circle I die cut a Pinhole Circle border (also from Tonic Studios.) I die cut the gorgeous purse out of red mirror card and a few accents out of black mirror card. I raised a couple of the "leaves" for decoration. The sentiment is from another must have set I recently purchased from Gina K. I took two of the red mirror pieces that fall out from the top of the purse when die cut and added them to the top and bottom of the circular card to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the Happy Birthday with a die challenge at Dies R Us and the Create your Own challenge at 613 Avenue Create. (I chose shaped, birthday, metallic.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Repeat Impresssions' Flower Power Backgrounds and Borders Release!

Repeat Impressions is releasing another fabulous new set of flower stamps and I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to join in the fun!  Please join us at The House That Stamps Built this week as we celebrate the release of Repeat Impressions' NEW stamp series, Flower Power Backgrounds and Borders. Today is the last day some of the RI Rock Stars are posting their fabulous creations to showcase this fun new series. If you missed any of the cards already posted, you will want to scroll down at the RI blog and see them all! You can still leave comments on each blog post for a chance to win the whole set!

These stamp designs are all now available as wood mount stamps and as plain, unmounted rubber in the Repeat Impressions online store. Can't decide which designs you like best? No problem! This complete series is also available as a plain unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 7 stamps in this series at a huge savings.

I love the new Flower Power Background stamp and stamped it twice – once with blue ink on the blue background, then moved it slightly and stamped with white ink. I attached that easy and beautiful background piece on a white A2 card base. I stamped RI's “Knowing you makes my heart happy” with blue ink and added two pretty flowers from the Flower Power Backgrounds and Borders set. I attached the sides letting the center of the strip pop up and added some white Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the CAS card.

To view the complete series and purchase any of the designs as individual stamps please visit this page of Repeat's online store at http://www.repeatimpressions.com/flowerpowerbacknborders.html

Visit The House That Stamps Built blog each day... Thursday, May 19th thru Sunday, May 22nd... and leave your comments to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of RI's Flower Power Backgrounds and Borders series. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm eastern time on Sunday, May 22nd. On Monday, May 23rd Wendy will announce the winner on Repeat's Facebook page so be sure to "Like" and follow them there if you don't already.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bright Colors 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: Bright Colors 4 Kids! Create and link any brightly colored card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Repeat Impressions is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! And the winner from All Dressed Up Stamps gets two digis of their choice! 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 made a CAS and bright card for a little girl featuring a sweet digi from All Dressed Up Stamps. I printed her and cut out the card front with a stitched die from My Creative Time. I masked parts and sponged on green. yellow and blue inks. I paper pieced a bright red flower to complete the CAS card.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Playing with Tonic Studios Purse Dies

I love making purses with Tonic Studios purse die sets and am sharing three more I made recently with you today. I admit my favorite of the two purse sets I own is the Kensington, but I played with the Chelsea too and both are available at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids. We are making the Kensington purse shown in this blogpost at the next classes I am teaching at Let's Create (June 17th and 18th), and above is another example of a different way to use this versatile die. (If you are not local and want the class kit to make all the projects from any class I teach at Let's Create, just let me or Franki at the shop know.)

I started with a fun leather like paper and embossed one side with Spellbinders Fabric Weave embossing folder. I applied Nuvo Pure Platinum Embellishment Mousse to the lacy cover of the other side of the purse. I die cut the heart purse tops which fit together with slits and close the purse. I added a heart charm also die cut with parts of the Kensington purse set and finished the purse with three Ivory Seashell Crystal Drops on each handle. Here is another Kensington purse I made, this one for giving a Christmas gift card:

More embossing and Crystal Drops make this little purse a delightful way to give a holiday gift card. Here is a new Chelsea Handbag I made with some of the new Ken Oliver Color Burst colors:

I sprinkled Fuchsia, Orchid and Turquoise Color Burst crystals on watercolor paper and spritzed with Tattered Angels Iridescent Gold Glimmer Mist to activate the colors and give the paper a lovely shine. When dry, I die cut all the pieces of the Chelsea handbag and a flower from the Plush Peony die set (also from Tonic Studios.) I decided to keep the pieces of the lacy front inside their holes so I applied tape behind it before the pieces came out. I embossed the main purse piece with a Quilted embossing folder by We R Memory Keepers. I attached the lacy side panels, a Plush Peony flower and a gem after putting the purse together. These little purses are so fun to play with and would make perfect little gift holders or table favors for a bridal or baby shower or any gathering of female friends.

I am entering these purses in the Anything Goes challenges at Win and Tonic and Wonderful Wednesdays.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Die-Versions, Joy Clair and DL.ART CELEBRATION Blog Hop

As a member of the Die-Version's design team, I am thrilled to be part of an fantastic three day blog hop this week.  Die-Versions has collaborated with two awesome companies:  Joy Clair Stamps and DL.ARTto come up with a fun and festive Celebration Blog Hop. We want to showcase how well our three companies’ products work together.  Die-Versions makes very intricate and lovely dies; Joy Clair makes high quality clear stamps; and DL.ART makes gorgeous rayon hand dyed crinkle ribbon and also carries bakers twine and other hand crafted seasonal supplies.

The Celebration Blog Hop will take place on Wednesday, May 18th, Thursday, May 19th and Friday, May 20th.  Over the three days all Design Team Members will be sharing with you projects they have made for all the many upcoming Celebrations that come around this time of year, ie....Weddings, Baby Showers, Baby Births, Graduations, Father's Day, and of course Birthdays!  All Design Team Members will be using supplies from all three companies to make their projects so you can see for yourself how lovely these products work together and how dies, stamps and ribbons are the perfect combination!!

There will be prizes for those who comment on all the blogs over the three days and who become followers of all the blogs. Die-Versions is giving away a $50.00 Gift Certificate to the Die-Versions store. Joy Clair is giving away 3 $25.00 Gift Certificates to the Joy Clair store, one each day  and DL.ART is giving away a $10.00 Gift Code to the DL.ART store to one lucky winner!!  The prizes will be announced on all three of the companies  Die-VersionsJoy Clair and DL.ART blogs on Sunday, May 22nd.

DL.ART is running a 3 day Special during the Blog Hop for all of the Design Team Followers ~ 12% off your entire order at DL.ART by using code:  DJDHOPS this code will only be valid on the 3 days of the Celebration Blog Hop.

You should have come here from Jessica Pascarella's blog, if not, then please start at the beginning at Die-Versions Blog.   The entire list of Designers for the Celebration Blog Hop is listed on the Die-Versions Blog.

It is so easy to design lovely cards when you start with high quality dies, then add lovely sentiment stamps and gorgeous ribbon! I started my Celebrations wedding card by die cutting and attaching Die-Version’s Mr. and Mrs. Background to an A2 white card base. I stamped the lovely wedding wish from a set of stamps called “Wedding Sentiments” by Joy Clair and attached a beautiful crinkly bow from DL.ART. I added some black and white pearls to complete the card front. On the inside of the card, I stamped another wedding sentiment from Joy Clair and attached the heart cut out from the same Die-Versions Mr. and Mrs. Background die.

I was having way too much fun creating cards with the products from our blog sponsors to stop at one card to share today! I love shaker cards and used two new dies from Die-Versions on this baby girl card. I die cut Die-Version’s Onesie out of a pink polka-dotted cardstock as well as cut the larger square card front with that pink cardstock. I also die cut a bunch of the images from Die-Version’s Baby Confetti out of pastel cardstock scraps to use as shaker elements. I attached a piece of acetate under the square hole in the front of the card. Then I attached the pink onesie and stamped “It’s a Girl” and the baby footprints from a set of acrylic stamps called “Oh Baby” by Joy Clair. I turned the card front over and attached two layers of thin mounting tape all around the opening, then dumped in the Baby Confetti and pastel beads. I cut a white square card base and attached it to the card front. I added the perfect pink crinkled ribbon bow from DL.Art to complete the baby girl card. Here is the baby girl card all shook up: 

Your next stop on the blog hop is Cornelia Wenokor's blog. If you get lost along the way, or a link does not work, please check back at the Die-Versions blog here.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Lots of Layers at Scrapy Land Challenges

I am very happy to participate again this week as a Guest Designer at Scrapy Land Challenges which is one of my favorite challenge blogs. The theme of this challenge is Lots of Layers and use at least one of the die brands Scrapy Land sells. Here is a list of the over 40 different brands Scrapy Land carries.

I designed this floral layered shaker card for a dear friend’s birthday recently. I started with a white card base and attached a pretty flowered designer paper. Then I die cut and sponged a gorgeous Anna Griffin for Cuttlebug flowered layer. I also die cut the Memory Box Stitched Happy Birthday Rectangle and attached acetate behind it. I attached two layers of mounting tape around the edges and dumped in a bunch of colored beads, then sealed it again with acetate. Here is a close-up of the birthday shaker layers: 

Why don’t you pull out your favorite dies and create a card for this challenge? The prize is a $15 Scrapy Land gift certificate and you know you can find something great you want there!

I am entering this card in the birthday challenge at Dies R Us and the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Craft Your Passion.  

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Shaker Card

I have so much fun creating shaker cards using some of the awesome new dies available all over the place right now. I bought the new Happy Birthday card cover die from Poppy Stamps knowing my first card using it would be a shaker. I die cut it out of a larger blue card front and attached acetate on the back side. I added some fun birthday balloon brads in each corner, then flipped the piece. After attaching two layers of thin mounting tape all around the word openings, I dumped in a bunch of beads and birthday confetti, then removed the mounting tape covers. I find the easiest way to complete a shaker card is to place it in the upper right corner of a scoring board, then attach the card base (the same size as the shaker front) by lining both layers up in that upper right corner and pressing down. Here is another look with the shakers all shook up: 

I am entering this card in the birthday challenge at Dies R Us.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Beautiful Butterfly Card with Tonic Studios Dies

The challenge recently at my local stamp club was to create a card using a beautiful cut-out from K&Co. I incorporated some gorgeous new dies from Tonic Studios, a great sketch and my favorite Nuvo Crystal Drops and came up with this card. I die cut two of the Tonic Filigree Flourishes. The longer yellow flourish was attached to a flap on the left side of the card. Another blue flap was attached where the butterfly was popped up on pop dots. The smaller blue flourish was attached in the right corner of the yellow inside piece. I added blue and yellow Crystal Drops to the butterfly and flourishes. This is what the inside looks like with the front up:

I am in love with the new smaller word dies called Miniature Moments Tonic Studios just released! My favorite is "Sent with Love" used here in the inside of this card.

I am entering this card in the brand new Win & Tonic Challenge and the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create.