Friday, December 8, 2017

Merry Christmas Eclipse Card



I think the one technique from this year that I am still fascinated with is the eclipse technique where the popped up letters are stamped with the background. Here is another look at this one: 


Is it easier to see the dimension of the "Christmas" from this view? I stamped Penny Black's Poinsettia Script Background Stamp with red ink on a white cardfront, then cut out the Christmas using a Christmas block word die from Die-Namics. I layered the stamped words on two layers of  fun foam Christmas letters and glued them back in place. I added "merry" with I die cut in white and dark green using a Tim Holtz Script Holidays die.

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Believe Christmas Card


I used some NBUS (never before used schtuff) on this Christmas card and am very happy with how it turned out. I started with the Blizzard Foil-Mate from Gina K and Therm O Web and foiled it with a Deep Blue Deco Foil, then cut it into the pieces and attached them onto a navy blue cardbase. I die cut the shadow Believe die from Simon Says Stamp out of the bottom piece, raised it with fun foam and attached that back in the negative die cut space. I die cut the word Believe from the same Simon Says Stamp set out of red and glued that on the blizzard shadow piece. Then I added some red pearls to finish the front. Here is a peak at the inside of the card: 

The Simon Says Stamp die set has a matching stamp set which I used on the inside along with a blizzard snowflake strip. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Double Display Christmas Card


If you follow me here on my blog or at my YouTube channel, you know I love pop up interactive fun fold cards, so when I saw this die set from Our Daily Bread, I just had to have it! One die set cuts and scores the Double Display card base, and the other cuts all the layers so they make this complicated looking card very easy to make! Here is another look so you can see all the folds and dimension:
I created the base out of a pretty two sided cardstock and cut the side layers out of the other side that looks like red gingham fabric. I cut the Christmas tree in the center out of the same two sided paper and followed the instructions on this video to make the folded  Christmas tree. I added some die cut sentiments from Memory Box and Penny Black to finish the card. Here is a look at the card folded up and ready to go into an A2 envelope:

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Make a Box Card Night Before Christmas Scene YouTube Video


I have seen some box cards with diorama scenes on Pinterest and decided to play with the idea to make this larger scene card that folds flat to mail. I show step by step how to make it in a new YouTube video I posted today on my channel here. Here are some more pictures:



I used some of my favorite dies from Lil' Inker, Memory Box, Die-Versions, Tim Holtz,  and Impression Obsession to make my Night Before Christmas scene, but of course you could use any stamps or dies you already own to decorate your own box card once you watch the video and learn how to make the box card that folds flat to mail. Here is a link to the new video. Thanks for watching, sharing,  commenting and subscribing.

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winter Fun 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: Winter Fun 4 Kids! Create and link any winter themed card that is appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Bugaboo is giving their winner 4 digis of their choice! And the winner from Kitchen Sink Stamps will receive a $25 gift certificate!

My card features the Winter Birds Friends digi from Bugaboo Stamps. I paper pieced the two winter friends and sponged the background. The “Hello there” is from Papertrey Ink.

 

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Penguin Love Inner Stairstep Card

I received some pre-scored and cut stairstep cardbases from The Paper Cut and made this super simple and fun card for my grandson. I love to make interactive and pop up cards and these pre-scored and cut packages from The Paper Cut make that so easy! Once the inner stairstep card base was folded, all I needed to do was decorate it. I stamped the cute Baby Penguin Layering Stamp from Hero Arts with two shades of grey and black and dressed him with a red bowtie and hat. I used a Karen Burniston stitched die to make some snowbanks and added two Snowflake Ribbons from Poppy Stamps. The perfect sentiment stamps are from the same Hero Arts set. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp WednesdayThanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

More YouTube Collaboration Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Cards


I was having so much fun playing again with the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique for my YouTube collaboration with Melissa Kerman that went live yesterday here, that I made several more cards I am sharing today. Every card made with this technique is unique depending on which embossing folders, StazOn inks and embossing powders used. Here is a link to Melissa Kerman's tutorial YouTube video where she shows how to make the card on the left in this picture: 


The card I make in mine is on the right. For my "Giving Thanks" autumn card above, I started with a Darice Leaves embossing folder. I used green, orange and brown StazOn inks on the aluminum foil, and then added red, gold and green embossing powders. The technique is a combination of dry embossing with embossing folders and heated embossing with embossing powders and a heat gun.  The leaf was a happy salvaged mistake. I was trying to run a foiled leaf through the laminator and it got stuck and wrinkled. But I liked the look and layered it on this card and finished the card with a "Giving Thanks" die from Papertrey Ink. 

Here is another card I made while preparing for this video:


I used similar colors of StazOn and embossing powders and the same embossing folder as the card I show in the video tutorial. On this one, I added a snowman cut with Penny Black's Snowman Joy die, "joy" from Tim Holtz and a snowbank cut with a die from Karen Burniston.

I hope you will check out Melissa's YouTube video here and my YouTube video here and share your comments and consider subscribing to both channels. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, November 27, 2017

YouTube Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Collaboration with Melissa Kerman


I am excited to share that my YouTube video that went live today is part of a collaboration with Melissa Kerman and we are both showing cards made with versions of her Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique. Here is a link to my YouTube tutorial and here is a link to Melissa’s video tutorial.

Have you ever seen a card on Pinterest or Facebook and were so blown away by the look of it, you knew you had to find out how it was made and make your own? That happened the first time I saw a card Melissa Kerman made with her Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique over a year ago. Here is a link to a Pinterest board where both Melissa and I pin our cards with this technique and if you page down, it is the one with the owl and the tree background. Here is a link to Melissa's original blog tutorial of the Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique she created.

I have made many cards with this technique using different colors of StazOn, embossing powders and embossing folders. Melissa is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and uses their products to make many gorgeous cards with her Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique.  I am showing how to make this card in my video here:

Melissa’s video shows a version of her technique she is calling Impressions of Frosty Foil. This is the gorgeous card she is showing us how to make in her video here:


Here is a link to Melissa's blog post with this card and more details about our collaboration. I will share a couple more cards I made with this technique tomorrow on my blog. Check out this new card Melissa posted this weekend with her technique:


Be sure to watch both videos and thanks for commenting, sharing and becoming subscribers on both of our YouTube channels. And thanks for helping us #share the joy of creativity.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Guest DT Joy Clair Be-You-Tiful Designer Labels Card


Today I once again have the honor of being a guest design team member at Joy Clair. To find out more about how I created this "Be-You-tiful" card with one of Joy Clair's awesome stamp sets, click this link and visit their blog here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

CASING Karen Burniston's Gingerbread Tag Book Pop Up


If you follow me here and on my YouTube channel, you know I am a huge fan of Karen Burniston's pop up dies. I recently received all the new dies in her fall release and the 1023 Tag Book Pop-up was used to make this card. I CASED a card that Karen made in a video here where she created cookie sheets out of silver mirror card and made gingerbread cookies out of some of the Winter Charms in another set she designed. Brilliant, right? This die set is also brilliant! Here is a picture of the tag book card from the front:

 I decorated mine with mittens and snowflake punches and a small "Warm Wishes" tag cut out with a die from another KB set. The paper clip was cut with a die from the Tag Book Pop Up set. That blows me away- a paper clip created with a die! The tag book opens up and the inside pops up as show in the first picture. Here are some closeups of both sides of the pop up tag book inside:



It is hard to photo silver mirror card, but the gingerbread cookies are on "cookie sheets" created with dies from this set. I cut the cookies out with Karen's Winter Charms set out of kraft cardstock, decorated them with Nuvo products and sponged brown ink on them so they look baked. I also sponged brown ink on the tag I created with the "And Gingerbread Kisses" wish. I added another paper clip and some chains to the inside of the card, and I finished the tag book card with some red gingham ribbon. 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Embossed Quietfire Design Cards from My Newest YouTube Video

I admit I neglect my embossing folders, but still love the look when I remember to pull them out. I am sharing two more cards I made with embossing folders and the Love, Peace and Joy Ornament dies from Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Crafts. I show both of these cards in my new YouTube video that shares different ways to combine embossing folder techniques with dies for beautiful cards. 

The card above shows a simple faux inlaid technique. I simply glued the love and ornament down on a white card front and embossed the whole thing in a Cuttlebug holiday words embossing folder. Here is a peak at the inside of this card where I used Joy from the same Quietfire Design die set and another die from Memory Box:



On my second card I embossed both the front and the inside with a Darice snowflake embossing folder that leaves the middle of the card for decorating and writing a message. I hung an ornament cut out of red mirror card from Tonic Studios on a branch cut out with a Tim Holtz die. The "Joy" in the center was cut out of dark green and red and offset just a bit when glued. On the inside, I used the center of the front red mirror card ornament inside another dark green ornament and added "peace" in the center. 

The first time I saw this beautiful Love, Peace and Joy Ornament Die Set by Quietfire Design for Elizabeth Crafts, I knew I had to own it and design with it. The words are my favorite holiday words and Suzanne Cannon's calligraphy is just gorgeous. To see all three cards and watch me make one from start to finish, watch my newest YouTube video here. 

I am entering the first card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Quietfire Design Peace, Joy and Love YouTube Video


I have to say I just love how this card turned out. I admit I usually use a traditional red, green, gold, silver and a little blue color palette when it comes to my Christmas cards. But I saw a card I liked with dark brown and aqua blue and decided to try those colors for a YouTube video I posted today. The theme of the video is using embossing folders along with beautiful dies from Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Crafts. I show how I made this card from start to finish in the new video here. Here is a close up showing the great dimension and coppery shine achieved with Nuvo Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse and an embossing folder from Sizzix: 



I am always using my dies but forget to use my embossing folders and the new video shows some lovely ways to use embossing folders on any of our cards. The beautiful ornament from Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Crafts was cut out of my favorite Sea Glass Mirri Sparkle cardstock from The Paper Cut along with white and dark brown cardstock. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Anything Goes 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: Anything Goes 4 Kids! Create and link any card that is 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 2 digis of their choice! And the winner from Die-Versions will receive a $15 gift certificate! 

I am featuring a super cute digi called Christmas Penguins from All Dressed Up Stamps, and the Christmas Penguins are playing in the snow in a box card created with a die from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from the same digi set. I did a little paper piecing and coloring and the completed box card folds flat to mail to a sweet child this Christmas. I am entering this card in the snow challenge at Dies R Us.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joy to You and Yours Stamped Eclipse Card

My favorite technique from this year is combining stamping and die cuts where the stamped background continues through the popped up die cut word or letters. It is now being called the Eclipse technique and can be found all over Pinterest and blogs. I am fascinated by the look and used that technique to make this joyful holiday card. I stamped Hero Arts Cling snowy trees stamp on a white piece of cardstock using my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios stamp platform. That way if the first image was not perfect, I could re-ink and stamp again until I had a perfect image. I also stamped the words at the bottom which is from a Hero Arts Joy Stamp and Cuts set, and die cut the Joy from that same set out of the middle of the snowy trees image. I die cut "joy" twice out of fun foam and glued the three layers together. I die cut the white card front using a Gina Marie Designs stitched rectangle die and attached it to a navy card base. I glued the raised "joy" back into its negative space and added a few clear gems from Starlit Studio. Here is a view from the side showing the great dimension this stamping technique achieves:



I am entering this card in the November Anything Goes (with stamping) challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine and in the snow challenge at Dies R Us.

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Happy Winter Snowman Pop Up Card You can Win with the Karen Burniston Die Set!


Oh my - I just have to say this card makes me smile and I love it! I used several dies from Karen Burniston to make this super cute interactive card- which you can win along with the die that makes the pop up magic! Here are some more views of this card:





Using the Katherine Label Pop Up Die, the snowman pops up when the card is opened and fits into the opening in the front. Pure genius! This die set (which you can win) includes many label dies which can be used for the opening on the front and with the pop up mechanism. I chose to make the front opening a circle so the super cute layered snowman (from Karen's Snowman Twist Circle die set) pops through the front. I attached the snowman's head with an adhesive spring from CTMH so it jiggles as it pops:) Too cute! The label die is from the set you can win and the sentiment on the front is from Karen's Word Set 3-Holiday. 

How can you win this die set valued at $21.95 and this card and two other Karen Burniston pop up cards I made? Simply by visiting my YouTube channel and watching this video, then becoming a subscriber and leaving a comment (if you live in the USA.) If you are already a subscriber, simply state that in your comment. 

I am entering this card in the snow challenge at Dies R UsThanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!