Monday, November 11, 2019

Video - Altenew Tapes & Stencils With Dies - A Triple Play For Easy Lovely Cards


I knew when I saw the newest release of wide washi tapes and stencils from Altenew, I was not going to able to resist any of them! I sure had fun designing cards with all the new Altenew washi tapes and die cut tapes and stencils for my newest video here.

 I think my favorite of the new washi tapes from Altenew is this Gilded Greenery wide washi tape. All you need with the washi tape to make a gorgeous card is a few die cuts such as the new Cardinal Layering Die from Taylored Expressions, a pretty sentiment from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions and a pine bough from Impression Obsession.

This is the card I show how to make in the new video here. The washi tape on the side is called Deco Lines and I also use a new layering stencil set from Altenew called Classic Pine. As I show in the video, I brushed on green distress ink on the pine needles and Deco Foil Transfer Gel on the pine cones. When that was dry, I ran the piece through my MINC with a gold foil from Brutus Monroe and Deco Foil. The pretty sentiment is by Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions. 

I love how these cards turned out, and they were so easy to make with the new washi tapes and stencils from Altenew! I hope you watch the video and are inspired to try some of these products and ideas yourself!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Sparkly Merry Christmas Card

I wish there was a way to capture the sparkle of the White Glitz Glitter Gel over the blue snowflake on this card in a photo, but I guess you are going to just have to take my word for it. IRL the snowflake created with a stencil from A Colorful Life Designs, two shades of blue ink and Gina K Designs White Glitz Glitter Gel sparkles with winter beauty! I also lightly brushed some snowflakes on the outside edges of the card front and then die cut "merry" and the Christmas strip with dies from Bright Rosa. The last step was to add 4 sparkly blue gems from Gina Marie Designs.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Easy Christmas Cards with Patterned Paper and Marianne Designs Anja's Folding Circle Die


I recently purchased a gorgeous pad of winter themed designer paper from Crafter's Companion and used it in these circle shaped cards for my newest video here. The die used to make these circle cards is called Anja's Folding Circle Die and is from Marianne Designs. Here is what the inside of this card looks like: 

  
All the circle and semi-circle dies in this set are stitched and make this shaped card so easy to create. The "peace" die is a favorite from Quietfire Designs. 


My second version of a circle card uses all the dies from the Anja's Folding Circle die set and on the inside a perfect sentiment die from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. To see all my easy to make holiday cards made with designer papers, click here and watch the new video.

I am entering the 1st card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Video - Designer Paper and Dies For Easy and Unique Holiday Cards


Christmas and holiday cards can be so easy to make when you combine pretty designer papers and dies! I admit I do not use my designer paper nearly enough but I was inspired to play with two sided designer papers after seeing a double rolled frame card on Anne Temple's blog. I learned how to do these double rolled frame cards from Anne and share in my newest video here how I made mine for this video. I also share many other easy to make holiday cards made with some new favorite dies in the video.

This unique double rolled frame card is easiest to make with two sided designer paper as in the next two samples. But what if you do not have two sided dp? Anne shared a tip I never thought of- take two pieces of one sided dp and color copy one onto the back of the other- brilliant, right? That is what I did on this sample that I show how to make in the video. Joy is a favorite Christmas sentiment die from Suzanne Cannon and Quietfire Designs.



Here are two more samples of the double rolled frame cards I made for this video and on both of these cards the sentiment dies are my favorites from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions.

I love this idea for Christmas and holiday cards as well as for any other season or reason! To see all the easy to make holiday cards I made with designer paper and favorite dies, watch the video here.

Thanks for your visit today and your support of my YouTube channel! 

I am entering the 3rd card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Happy Holidays 4 Kids OR 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! Again this year, all challenges at SAS4Kids are Anything Goes 4 Kids! We will often have an alternative theme that you can choose to follow, but are not required to. Create and link any card that is appropriate for a child and your card could be chosen as one of our top three cards and you could join us as a guest dt member on a future challenge. We are also changing to a monthly challenge so new challenges will be posted on the first Saturday of every month and you will have a whole month to make and link your cards.


The theme for this challenge is: Happy Holidays 4 Kids OR Anything Goes 4 Kids.  Christmas and winter cards are needed for our kids- but be sure to check “Current Needs” to see who has a need before sending your cards in.

I made this joyful holidays card with a cute Snowman Edge Die from Creative Expressions and the JOY cut out die from Bright Rosa. The pretty designer paper is from Crafter’s Companion.

Be sure to check out the rest of the cards from TEAM SAS here and we would love it if you entered our challenge.

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

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Playing with Stencils, Gilding Flakes and Tacky When Dry Gel Medium


I had the opportunity to play with a new (to me) gel medium from Crafter's Workshop called Tacky When Dry recently and now my very own jar is on it's way to me:) I loved how easy it was to apply through a stencil and then add gilding flakes or glitter when it was dry and clear as I did on the first card above. There are Cosmic Shimmer Gilding Flakes on the Crafter's Workshop fern and Nuvo fine detail glitter on the round leaf on the bottom (stencil from A Colorful Life. The stencil  background was created with several colors of distress ink through a Prima stencil and the sentiment die is from Karen Burniston. Here is a close-up to see the gilding flakes and glitter- although both are more gorgeous in real life:



I love how this card turned out too! I used my friend's gilding flakes and a peacock feather stencil from Stencil Girl. The background stencil is from Gina Marie Designs and "hello" is a die from Tonic Studios. The dragonflies were created with dies from Penny Black and the napkin technique I learned about in this video and from my friend. I am going to be playing and designing more with that very fun technique using napkins and will share in an upcoming video. 

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

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Three More IO Deer Frame Cards From My Newest Video


I am loving the five cards I made with Impression Obsession's Deer Frame Die for my newest video in my Stretch Your Supplies YouTube Series. I especially love the background on this card created with Altenew's Layered Classic Pine Stencils! I die cut the Deer Frame and brushed on a little light brown ink, layered it on the gorgeous stencil pine cones background and added a "thankful" die cut from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. 

I made this Christmas card with one of my favorite foil techniques. I die cut the IO Deer Frame out of a Deco Foil Toner Sheet, then totally crinkled up a piece of Amber Watercolor Deco Foil before covering the Deer Frame and running them through my MINC Mini Machine. That left creases where the foil was wrinkled so I laid a piece of  Brutus Monroe Sunset foil on it and ran it through again and that is how the red distress lines are created. I simply attached that piece to a seasonal designer paper card front and gave the deer a holly collar with  a die from Penny Black and some red gems from Gina Marie Designs.

On the 5th card I made for this video, I created a mask from the Deer Frame die and masking paper, then sponged the designer paper with words with brown ink. After removing the mask I added some yellow ink to the deer itself so it stands out. I added another of the beautiful words from a set from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions to this card and layered on green and gold. 

I hope this video and my cards encourage you to stretch your cardmaking supplies and dollars by trying out many different ways to use your dies.