Thursday, July 9, 2020

Sending Hugs With Birch Press Designs String Art Corner Die

I am loving the look of Tonic Studio's Iridescent Mirror Card and a new embossing folder from Stampin' up and I combined those with Birch Press Design's String Art Corner Die for this fun hugs card. I am missing real hugs the most these days, but figure I will send some paper hugs until we can get the real thing. 

I CASED this rainbow corner idea from Desiree who is a member of the Birch Press Designs dt and here is a link to her cards that inspired me. I die cut the "sending hugs" on this card from Altenew Instant Rainbow Washi Tape and the sentiment strip is from Simon Says Stamp. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

More Stenciled Beauty with New A Colorful Life Designs Stencils


I had so much fun designing cards with embossing techniques for my newest video here using new stencils from A Colorful Life Designs! I love the look of Tonic Studio's bronze mirror card embossed with a new 3D embossing folder from Stampin' up called Old World Paper. Then I simply brushed on StazOn black ink through a stencil called Whirlpool and added a couple sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp. 

Another stenciling technique I share in the new video is to create a shadow with black ink and a stencil and then move the stencil over to add another contrasting layer. I applied Deco Foil's Transfer Gel Duo through A Colorful Life Designs Circle Tree stencil and let that dry. It drys tacky so (without heat) I could pour on Stampendous Aged Marine Embossing Powder and heat set that for this beautiful circle card front which I layered on a navy blue circle cardbase.
I also used the shadow technique on this card - first layer of the Whirlpool stencil in black ink, second layer with the Duo Gel and glitter embossing powder. The star was created the same way and I added another sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp to finish the card.

To see many more stenciled cards and techniques, watch the new video here.

I am entering the last card in the Bright and Cheerful challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Video - A Colorful Life Designs Stencils With Embossing Folder and Powder Techniques


I am a huge fan of A Colorful Life Designs stencils and I had great fun designing a bunch of cards for my newest video which features those stencils and techniques with embossing powders and folders. 


This is the card I show how to make in the new video. I started with a piece of Tonic Studios Iridescent Marina Mist Mirror Card that I embossed with a new embossing folder from Sizzix and Tim Holtz called Fallen Leaves. I added Nuvo Glacier Paste through a stencil from A Colorful Life Designs called Faded Petal and set that aside to dry. 

My favorite technique with embossing powder is to apply it to Scor-tape and then heat set it for great texture. But I tried that with a stencil and I ruined it trying to get it off the super stickly Scor-tape sheet. I asked around Facebook groups and someone suggested trying Versamark on the back of the stencil. I used my Versamark refill and a makeup sponge and that worked great as I show in the video. I was able to apply the Stampendous Aged Marine embossing powder through ACLD Suds Stream stencil, and after brushing off the excess pwoder, remove the stencil easily. I then covered the rest of the butterfly with glittery white Nuvo embossing powder and heat set that for the gorgeous butterfly you see on the card above. 



Another fun thing to do with stencils is to apply mousse or Glitz Glitter Gel through the stencil and then die cut elements out of those pieces for our cards. I started with a green square that was embossed with a new Stampin up 3D embossing folder and applied Nuvo Crackle Mousse through the new ACLD Dancing Sprigs stencil. While that was drying and cracking I also applied gold mousse through the new Sunflower Circle stencil and die cut the flowers. I also stenciled pastel inks through the ACLD Daisy Ring stencil and added Iridescent Glitz Glitter Gel (from Gina K and ThermOWeb) and when that was dry I die cut some dragonflies. The sentiment strips on all these cards are from Simon Says Stamp.



My favorite of the new stencils just released by A Colorful Life Designs is the Circle Tree and this card was so easy to make! I simply embossed the background with a new SU 3D embossing folder called Old World Paper and brushed on some brown distress ink. Then I brushed on blue ink through the stencil and added a sentiment strip. 

To see more stenciled cards and how I made the first card here, watch the new video here. Thanks for your visit here and your support of my YouTube channel and  blog.

I am entering the first card in the Bright and Cheerful challenge at Simon Says Stamp.

Saturday, July 4, 2020

Christmas In July 4 Kids OR Anything Goes 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids


It’s the first Saturday of a new month 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 continuing as 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: Christmas In July OR Anything Goes 4 Kids. It is never too early to start our Christmas cards for our kids or your loved ones. However, be sure to check the current needs page before sending any cards in and stay safe and healthy.

I made my card for Christmas in July with a fun slimline die that looks like a candy cane from Pinkfresh Studios. The Santa silhouette die is from Impression Obsession and the sentiments are dies from Stampendous.

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 Bright and Cheerful Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polishes and Stencils


In my newest video I show 4 colors of Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Pastes but I am now placing an order for the other three colors and for some of the Touch Tip Applicators that are available here. The fours colors shown here through a Andy Skinner stencil are Pink Blueberry, Teal Raspberry, Sunset Orange and Gilded Avocado and they are all gorgeous on black or dark cardstock. I also used the Teal Raspberry on the black sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp and added some gems from Gina Marie Designs.

I created this mixed media card with a new set of bokeh stencils from Simon Says Stamp and several colors of the Opal Blaze polishes. I also flicked some shimmer on with a spatter brush. The sentiment die is from Karen Burniston and the sentiment strips are from Simon Says Stamp. 

To see more cards and how easy it is to make your cards shimmer and sparkle with the Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polishes, watch the new video here. (Remember to use my code KARDS to get free shipping at Ecstasy Crafts when you get your Opal Blaze Polishes and to check out the new Touch Tip style too.)

I am entering the first card in the Bright and Cheerful challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

More Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polish Easy and Gorgeous Cards


It took me about 5 minutes to make this lovely card and believe me the shimmer in the background is even more gorgeous IRL and in my new video here. I simply used an old brush to swipe on Teal Raspberry Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polish on a black cardstock piece. Then I added some white die cuts from Gina Marie Designs and Crafter's Companion. 

This card started with a piece of Iridescent Marina Mist Mirror Card from Tonic Studios with brushed on Teal Raspberry Opal Blaze Polish. Then I brushed on the Sunset Orange Opal Blaze Polish on a Frantic Stamper Fishing Scene diecut. It was so easy to make and really sparkles IRL! 

To see more cards and how easy it is to make your cards shimmer and sparkle with the Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polishes, watch the new video here. (Remember to use my code KARDS to get free shipping at Ecstasy Crafts when you get your Opal Blaze Polishes and to check out the new Touch Tip style too.)

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

Monday, June 29, 2020

Video - Cardmaking with Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polish, Dies and Stencils


I love discovering new unique products for cardmaking and sharing them with you on YouTube and here on my blog! Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blaze Polishes are my newest discovery and in my new video I share eight cards I made in just one day with this shimmery polish. If you click the link to the Opal Blaze Polishes, you will go to Ecstasy Crafts where I was able to find all the colors of the polishes and now all the colors of the new Touch Tip Opal Blazes as well. For FREE SHIPPING on any purchase over $50, use my code KARDS.

I show how easy it is to make all three of the cards in this blog post in the video and then share many other cards as well. The gorgeous shimmer on the Simon Says Stamp leafy frame die cut was created by simply applying Gilded Avocado Opal Blaze Polish with an inexpensive makeup sponge. The layered sentiment was cut with a die from Sue Wilson and Creative Expressions. 

Isn't the sunset scene behind the Memory Box Enchanted Deer Collage gorgeous? I simply used old brushes to swipe on Teal Raspberry, Sunset Orange and Pink Blueberry Opal Blaze Polishes on a black cardstock to get that look. Still pictures do not do justice to the sparkle of these Opal Blaze Polishes, so be sure to watch the video here.


Adding Sunset Orange Opal Blaze on glossy black mirror card from Tonic Studios that was embossed with an embossing folder from Crafter's Companion is another lovely way to use the Cosmic Shimmer Opal Blazes. The heart die and sentiment strip on this card are from Simon Says Stamp.

To see more cards and how easy it is to add glorious shimmer and shine to your cards, watch the new video here.

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