Saturday, December 31, 2016

My Favorite Cards 2016 Part Two

I have gone back through all the cards I blogged in 2016 and picked three per month to share with you. If you want to see details on any of the cards, simply click the date below the card to go directly to the blog post. Thanks for all your kind comments and encouragement in 2016, and I hope to see you all back here in 2017.











Friday, December 30, 2016

My Favorite Cards of 2016

I have gone back through all the cards I blogged in 2016 and picked three per month to share with you. If you want to see details on any of the cards, simply click the date below the card to go directly to the blog post. Thanks for all your kind comments and encouragement in 2016, and I hope to see you all back here in 2017.

(1 of 3 posted on January 14, 2016)

(1 of 2 Tonic music cards posted Jan. 19, 2016)













Thursday, December 29, 2016

Stencilled Ombre' Tonic Wishes Duo


Almost time to wish everyone a Happy New Year!  I made a couple cards using Tonic Studios dies and stencils and Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste and am happy to share how I achieved the glittery ombre' look. Here is a close up and some pictures of the process: 







I sponged on several colors of blue distress ink through the openings in Tonic's Splayed Feathers Stencil (1480e). After cleaning off the stencil, I applied Nuvo's Moonstone Glimmer Paste over the ombre' blues. The result is a beautiful sparkly textured accent for my New Year's card. I added some stars die cut out of silver mirror card with Tonic's Mini Wreath Decorations (1384e) and the year 2017 die cut from the Advent Treat Squeeze Box Die Set (621e). I also created a different kind of celebration card with the same technique:


I changed the alignment of my birthday card and added the Birthday Wishes Miniature Moments sentiment and some die cut and punched stars out of silver mirror card. 


I played around with some editing fun in PicMonkey which I just found and am loving for editing my pictures. What do you think? Does it look like a New Year's Eve celebration?

I am entering the first card in the Party Time challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday and the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Hope you have a healthy and happy 2017!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Wishes for All!


I finally gave this card to my bff yesterday and so I can share it here on Christmas Day. I used real Swarovski crystals and a layered stamp from Stamplistic to created the poinsettia which can be used as an ornament. Here is a close up look at the sparkle of the crystals and Nuvo glitter on the green leaves. I am entering this card in the Make it Sparkle challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Santa has come to our house and all the stockings and presents are ready for my kids and grandsons when they come tomorrow! Grandma can't wait! 

Wishing you all a blessed holiday season! I will be back after our Christmas visit with more cards and ideas to share.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Kings Cross Gift Card Suitcase from Tonic Studios



Merry Christmas everyone! I am excited to share this cute way to give a gift card using Tonic's Kings Cross Case Die Set. When I receive a new die from Tonic Studios, I always check the Tonic YouTube channel for tips from the pros on how to cut out and put the pieces together. I found a great video on the Kings Cross Case die set here. I created mine with green cardstock and the perfect patterned paper from Tonic's Christmas Wishes Premium Paper Pack. I decorated the gingerbread men, stars and ornaments with Nuvo crystal drops.
On the inside of the box, I added a few more cute gingerbread men and a gift card holder made from the sentiments in the back of the Christmas Wishes Paper Pack. Here is a look with a gift card I am giving to my husband- shhhh- don't tell him...
The Kings Cross Case die was so fun to play with and perfect for small gift giving. After watching the video, it was easy to die cut and put together and I am sure I will be making many more soon.


Friday, December 23, 2016

Make It Sparkle Celebration Card



Make it Sparkle is the theme at my favorite challenge this week - Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge. IRL this card is full of sparkle but it is hard to capture that with a photo. I die cut Tonic's beautiful snowflake and attached that with temporary tape to a white card front. I attached Tonic's Beveled Diamond stencil over it all and applied Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste over it all through the stencil. When it was dry, I popped up the snowflake and added a Celebrate sentiment and another snowflake die cut out of silver mirror card with Tonic dies. I added some Nuvo Glitter Accents in the center of the smaller snowflake. Here is a close up of the sparkle:

Hoping you are celebrating the holidays with family and friends!

Thursday, December 22, 2016

My Gingerbread Village Post on Blog Tonic USA

I am proud to share that my gingerbread houses have posted on the Tonic Studios USA Blog here. Here is a sneak peak at the Gumdrop Candy house which is my favorite. I am entering this in the Make it Sparkle challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. 

For all the details on how I made this gumdrop house and to see the other two gingerbread houses, please visit the Blog Tonic USA.