Sunday, July 31, 2016

Tonic Studios Garden Terrace Header Birthday Card


This is the second in a series of cards I am designing for an article in Scrap and Stamp Arts featuring the Garden Terrace header dies from Tonic Studios. I love how versatile these dies are! You can choose to cut each die with or without the edge die. For this card, I die cut the floral header twice on a piece of 5x5" white cardstock without the edge die and attached it on a square dark plum cardstock base. Check out how the little flowers pop up for added dimension and interest. I die cut the Miniature Moments Birthday Wishes die out of a scrap of the same dark plum cardstock and finished the card with some Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops. 

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tonic Studios Header and Sentiment Dies


I am working on a magazine article in which I am showing different ways to use the same die set. I have chosen Tonic Studio's Garden Terrace Header Set as the set I am featuring. My first card is showing a traditional way to use a header die- popping up from the top of a card. I had forgotten how much I love dark plum cardstock and used it on the first two cards I designed. But no matter what I tried, the pretty dark plum color looks more black than plum in my pictures. I started with a 5 1/4" square white card base. I cut a dark plum piece 5" x 6 3/4" and die cut the floral header and Tonic Studio's Mr. and Mrs. heart dies. I die cut the Miniature Moments "Congratulations" out of a white cardstock scrap and attached to the card. I added some pearls to complete the wedding congrats card.

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

Friday, July 29, 2016

White on White Thinking of You Card


I have been playing with some new toys and created this Thinking of You card with several of them. The embossing folder is called Inside Out by Tea Paper Crafts (sold in the states by Cheery Lynn Designs), and the Inside Out embossing plates allow you to choose which parts of an embossing folder you want to emboss. They are similar to the diffusers sold a while back, but much cheaper and with more oval options. I chose to emboss just the edges and largest oval of the embossing folder. Then I die cut and attached the Thinking of You die from Elizabeth Crafts. I added some pearls for a little dimension. 

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Snowy Acetate Stepper Christmas Card




I recently found this beautiful card on Pinterest and was inspired to try an acetate stepper card. I am always making Christmas cards to share in my in home classes and so that my cards are done well before the holidays, so I designed this snowy Merry Christmas card. 

I made my card 5 1/2" wide, but you can choose your desired width. There is a link to a tutorial on the above linked blog you can check out for more specifics. But the base of the card is cut 12 inches long and scored at 1, 2, 4, 6 and 9 inches, then folded mountain, valley, mountain, etc. I cut my acetate topper 4 1/2" by 12" and scored it in the center. I decorated my inside steps with two brand new dies from Memory Box (Merry Christmas Fancy Channel and Snowflake Breeze.) I added some punched snowflakes and glittery snow gems. I stamped the beautiful snowflake from IO with white pigment ink on the acetate topper and carefully heat set to dry.The acetate is attached to the front and back of the stepper card base with strong two sided tape. I covered the front tape with a lovely Die'sire Edgables Snowflake die which I cut and embossed. I covered the back strip with a punched snowman border (Martha Stewart punch.) My last step was to add some sparkly Nuvo Glitter Deops to the front snowflakes. Here are some more pictures showing the acetate stepper card from the side and back:



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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Pin-Sights Guest Artist Challenge



I subscribe to the CLASSroom and was recently notified that Ellen Hutson was holding a call for guest artists at their Pin-Sights Challenge. To apply, we need to use our favorite Essentials by Ellen product along with other products Ellen Hutson also sells to make and then blog a card. I own many Essentials by Ellen dies, but my favorite is this "Be-You-tiful" die by Julie Ebersole. I love the message it shares - Be You and You are Beautiful! Deciding what products to use with that die was a little harder. Ellen Hutson carries just about everything, so where do I start? I decided to feature a Memory Box bird, a Penny Black leafy flourish and a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder to start. 

I saw this card recently by Ruth of the UK Tonic design team and contacted her for details on how to make the fun fold on the bottom of her card. She referred me to the tutorial here on her blog. I played around with the measurements (as hers were in metric and for a much wider card than I wanted.) I cut a piece of navy cardstock 5 1/2' wide by 4 1/2" tall and scored the shorter side at the 1/2" line. Then I found the center of the rectangular piece and followed her directions for scoring the front fold. Here are some pictures that show this fun fold from the side: 



I cut the 5 1/2" square card base out of the same navy cardstock and embossed it with a We R Memory Keepers embossing folder. The card base is attached to the fun fold front on the 1/2" fold. I die cut Penny Black's Flower Frolic die out of green cardstock and attached it. I cut a piece of Be Creative Sookang two sided tape and attached it to a piece of cardstock. I die cut Memory Box's Airin Bird die out of black cardstock and attached it to the very sticky Sookang tape piece. I dumped on White Glitter Ritz super fine glitter and burnished it in. Then I colored the beautiful bird with Copic markers and cut her out. I attached her sitting on the Penny Black leafy branch. I die cut Essentials by Ellen's "Be-You-tiful" out of a navy scrap and attached it to a scalloped circle cut out with a Spellbinder's Nestabilities die. I added some dots in each scallop with a Copic marker.

I love trying new folds and combining fun dies with great products such as what is sold at Ellen Hutson. I am entering this card in the Pin-Sights Guest Artist Challenge

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Christmas Card with Tonic Dies and Paper


I am loving Tonic's Premium 8 x 8 Paper Packs and created this card with sheets from the Winter Wonderland Pack. I die cut the Rococo Santa's Sleigh die out of two sided tape paper and applied Nuvo Glitter Noir embossing powder to the top part of the sleigh and Nuvo Gold Enchantment embossing powder to the bottom. I heat set the entire sleigh with my heat gun and the result was a sparkly textured beautiful sleigh. I created a red A2 card base and die cut the sentiment and top opening with the Merry Christmas Strip Die Set out of a snowy kraft piece from the Winter Wonderland paper pack. I added some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops to the brown snowflakes. The Tonic paper packs include several sheets of perfect sentiments and I used one for the inside of this card:

I added a couple snowflakes I cut out with Tonic's Festive Flurry die set. 

I am entering this card in the "Emboss It" challenge at Scrapy Land.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Patchwork Perfection Butterfly Boxes


My favorite challenge is Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and their theme is "Things With Wings" this week. I created two boxes using Tonic Studios dies a while back, but never blogged them. This one features the Patchwork Perfection Everyday Squares die set and the gorgeous Juliet Butterfly. Here is another view of this box and the second Patchwork Perfection box:



I used the same lovely Tonic Studio's Juliet Butterfly Die and Patchwork Perfection dies on this box and added Birthday Wishes in the center. Here is a complete list of the supplies used for these boxes:

Patchwork Perfection Birthday Gift Box Supplies:
Dies: Vineyard Squares Die Set 186E, Everyday Squares Die Set 185E, Everyday Sentiments Two 601E, Juliet Butterfly Set 1042E   Tools: Tonic Tangerine Die-cutting Machine, Tonic Trimmer and Scissors, Scoring Board  Adhesives: Tonic Funky Glue Pen, Scor-Tape  Cardstock: black, gold and purple cardstock 

Patchwork Perfection Butterfly Box Supplies:

Dies: Everyday Squares Die Set 185E, Juliet Butterfly Set 1042E  Tools: Tonic Tangerine Die-cutting Machine, Tonic Trimmer and Scissors, Scoring Board  Adhesives: Tonic Funky Glue Pen, Scor-Tape   Cardstock: blue, wine, black, watercolor paper  Other: blue gem, Brushos Coloured Crystals 
 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Comes the Dawn Brusho Art Piece


I created this art piece recently and framed it for my daughter. I started with an old favorite sun rise stamp from The Angel Company that I heat embossed with black embossing powder. I created the sun rise with several colors of Brusho Coloured Crystals sprinkled in the top area of the large piece of watercolor paper. I spritzed with water and let that part dry. Then I sprinkled on blue and green Brusho crystals, spritzed with gold shimmer spray and applied crinkled up cling wrap to the bottom two thirds of the piece. I let that dry about 10 minutes and removed the cling wrap, then set the whole piece aside to dry completely. Here are some pictures of that process:



I printed a favorite poem of my daughter's on vellum, cut out with deckle scissors and attached with glue dots. I added some gems to cover up the glue dots. Here is a picture of the beautiful poem close up so you can read it:


I am entering this project in the Take It Make It Anything Goes challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Things with Wings Challenge Card


The challenge this week at my favorite challenge blog is "Things with Wings". I recently made this CAS butterfly card playing with several new toys and decided to post it for that challenge (at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.) I started with a new words background stencil from TCW and applied Fossilized Amber distress ink softly through the stencil with my new Clarity Stencil Brushes. I die the new and beautiful Bellini Butterfly from Poppy Stamps out of dp and attached with some new gems I found at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Soft Embossed Sympathy Card with Crackerbox Palace Stamps


It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a sympathy card I made with some Crackerbox Palace stamps and Clarity Stencil Brushes. I am loving the subtle soft look that is so easy to achieve with the Clarity brushes and ink. I heat embossed Crackerbox Palace’s beautiful rose bouquet with white embossing powder in the center of my card front. I applied a strip of temporary tape on all four sides for a mask and then used a Clarity Stencil Brush to bring in soft color in the rectangle opening around the roses. After I removed the temporary tape strips, I applied just a little pink around the edges of the card front to soften those as well. I stamped CBP’s “With Sympathy” to complete the front of the card. I also stamped one of my favorite Crackerbox Palace sentiments on the inside of the card:


The Clarity Stencil Brushes are available at Crackerbox Palace on line, but the website is in transition right now. You can find out more about them by calling the store at 608-755-4638 or emailing them at crackerbox@crackerboxstamps.com.

I am entering this card in the embossing challenge at Scrapy Land and the Anything Goes challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Warm Wishes with New Toys and Dies


I love it when I come across a new idea using supplies I already have. I have lots of "glitter tape" but rarely use it. I saw a card where someone had die cut a die out of several lines of glitter tape placed on cardstock. I found a fun black and silver patterned glitter tape (Recollections brand from Michaels) in my stash and die cut a new "warm wishes" border die from Memory Box for the bottom edge of this card. Here is another look at the glitter tape die cut border:

Then I looked at the glitter tape again with fresh eyes and cut a corner piece and some squares which I also used on this card. I brushed some Weathered Wood Distress Ink through a Stampers Anonymous stencil with my Clarity Stencil brush fading it out towards the end. I like how this experimental card turned out.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Die-Version's Iron Cross Sympathy Card


Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this sympathy card featuring Die-Version’s beautiful Iron Cross die found here on the Die-Version’s website. I die cut the Iron Cross out of a thick white cardstock which also embossed the diamond shape of the die. I applied Fossilized Amber Distress Ink to the cross lightly with my Clarity Stencil Brush and placed it back in the die cut cross negative space in the card front. I also used the same ink and Clarity Stencil Brush to add some soft color to the diagonal corners of the card front. I die cut and attached Die-Version’s “With Sympathy” from their “With Deepest Sympathy” Wordlets Die. I like how the words are separate so I can choose which words to use or not use.

**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.**

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Christmas in July 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: Christmas in July 4 Kids! Create and link any Christmas card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: The Cutting CafĂ© is giving their winner three sets of cutting or digital stamp files of their choosing! And the winner from Kitchen Sink Stamps gets a $25 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.

I made a cute holiday card for one of our kids with a digital file from The Cutting Cafe'. I printed the large snowflake on some colorful designer paper and cut it out. I printed the Ho Ho Ho on vellum, cut that out and placed it over the dp layer. I punched some circles and trees from dp scraps and added a candy cane I made with Tonic's Nuvo red and white Crystal Drops. 

Friday, July 15, 2016

New Heat Wave Tips and New Dies


I just finished the last video on the new Heat Wave embossing class at Online Card Classes and used a couple of the tips from Day Three in this card. I just purchased the new Poppy Stamps Leafy Breeze die and decided to make a card with it featuring the summer green leaves. It will be gorgeous with fall colors too, but right now I am enjoying all the beautiful lush green in Central Wisconsin. We have had just enough rain and not too much heat this year and the greens are just lovely. 

I never thought of mixing my embossing powders in a separate container but it was one of the tips shared on Day Three of the class and I sure had fun trying it out. I die cut Tonic Studio's Thinking of You Miniature Moments die out of thick white cardstock and rubbed Versamark all over it. I mixed Nuvo's new purple, pink and glitter pearl embossing powders together and heat set that on the TOY die cut. I die cut a small maple leaf by Darice out of thick white cardstock and applied Versamark to it. I mixed a dark green embossing powder with Nuvo's Cool Jade and Glitter Gold embossing powders and heat set that mix on the leaf. Here is a close up look at these fun mixtures:


Another very helpful tip was when heat embossing a small die cut or piece of paper and it wants to blow all over and holding it down with a pokey or holding it with a clip makes marks in the embossing, try putting a temporary two sided tape to the end of a strip of cardstock. Put the piece you want to emboss on the sticky tape end and hold the other end with your fingers. You won't burn your fingers and the piece will hold in place while you heat set it. 

I recommend this and the other classes at Online Card Classes, so check them out if you have not already done so.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

We're Having a Heat Wave


Not only are we having a heat wave of hot and humid weather in Wisconsin right now, I am currently participating in the Heat Wave class at Online Card Classes.  I always learn something new in these classes and while Day One was a refresher course,  in Day Two and Three's lessons, I learned a lot. The card above is going to be posted in the Pre-Class Gallery. I made the  card a while back but never blogged it. I heat embossed the words background and then sponged on the light blue ink before adding the wheat stamp which was also heat embossed. I framed it with a white frame die cut with Spellbinders dies and added a sticker sentiment.


On Day Two I was reminded to use different sizes of sticky tape strips on a card, adding different colors of embossing powder one at a time for a fun accent on a card. Tonic Studios has just added a bunch of gorgeous embossing powders to their Nuvo line and I used Serenity Blue, Purple Haze and Cool Jade for the strips. Guess what is holding the splots of Nuvo Soft Lilac embossing powder in place (before I heat set them)? Water drops! Following Jennifer McGuire's tip, I used a small brush to spatter on water droplets and sprinkled on lilac embossing powder, then heat set the splots. I also created a few candy dots in different sizes of Nuvo Crushed Grape and Caribbean Ocean Crystal Drops over small glue dots and let them dry, then attached to the card. The Birthday Wishes from Tonic Studios was die cut out of thick white cardstock and then I applied Versamark all over it. I added some Nuvo sparkly glitter embossing powders alternating Black Noir, Silver Midnight and Gold Enchantment, then heat set it. IRL the Birthday Wishes is very sparkly and textured and lovely with the three different colors.

I recommend this short three day class even if you are an experienced heat embosser as I learned many new ideas I will use. I am teaching a class on August 26th and 27th at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids using heat embossing in different ways (see this blog post and this one for samples) and have written two articles for Scrap and Stamp Arts on the heat embossing techniques and still learned from the video tutorials in this class. You can jump in now and take the class or take it anytime after it is done and still learn all the embossing tips.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Magicals Sympathy Card

I am sharing another card I made with Lindy's Magicals and new dies today. I sprinkled on several colors of Lindy's Magicals (which are powders that activate with water and have a sparkly sheen to them) onto watercolor paper and spritzed with water. After the piece was dry I cut it down and attached to a white A2 card base. I left the white of the card base showing on the left and top. I just got the new Windy Wheat die from Die-Namites and the With Sympathy from Dee's Distinctively is new too. I punched a couple birds to complete the CAS card.

I am entering this card in the Flora and Fauna challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge and the Create a Scene challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Amazing Cool New Products and Dies and a Nuvo Glitter Drop Tip


July is a less busy month for me with no classes to teach or cut for and no article deadlines to worry about, so I have been playing with some NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) that has been sitting out in my craft room. I just got some new colors of Lindy's Stamp Gang Magicals which are watercolor powders similar to others I have, but have a very pretty sparkle to them built in. I sprinkled teal, silver and dark green (which looks like black) onto watercolor paper and spritzed with water for this fun background. After it was dry, I attached it to an A2 card base and added a fantastic new die cut from Impression Obsession. I punched a butterfly out of a scrap of the Magicals background. 

I added a Nuvo glitter drop to the butterfly that I prepared in advance. I discovered a new way to use Nuvo's Glitter and Crystal Drops- you can squeeze either directly onto small glue dots and let dry, then pick up and place on your card with no worries of touching or messing it up while it dries. I knew you could make them in advance on release paper and attach with a wet glue, but this idea (shared by Paula on Create and Craft for Tonic Studios) is even more brilliant! 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Cut It Up and Scrapy Land.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Best Wishes for the Color Challenged Like Me


I admit I have a problem when it comes to designing cards deciding what colors to use. I tend to use the same colors and struggle with finding new color combos or even just which color to start with. I decided to use the colors from Repeat Impression's current color challenge for this card - Red, Turquoise and Black or White. I started with a red A2 card base and added a turquoise layer that had been cut and embossed with a pretty embossing folder by X Cuts. I added the beautiful "Best Wishes" sentiment cut with a Tonic Studios die. I finished the card with a couple floral sequins and Nuvo's Blue Lagoon Glitter Drops.

Besides the Repeat Impression's challenge, I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Cut It Up and Scrapy Land.