Monday, October 15, 2018

Video - Alternative Holiday Card Ideas For the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder

 I recently received the Gina K Designs Wreath Builder Stencil and wondered what else I could do with it besides the standard circular wreath cards. I played and designed and came up with 4 cards I am featuring in my latest YouTube video here. I created this "spooky fun" Halloween cards with a set of stamps from Recollections and I show in the video how easy it is to get a uniform stamped pattern with the Wreath Builder Stencil. I also found the cute googly eyed spiders at Michaels. The "Spooktacular!" was cut with a die from Tonic Studios and I used another Tonic die and a ghost from Karen Burniston on the inside: 

My Happy Holidays card was made in the more traditional way using the stencil to stamp the small stamps 8 times each to create a wreath. The stamps are from the new Gina K Designs Holiday Wreath Builder Stamp Set. Instead of putting a sentiment in the middle of the wreath, I made a shaker card with a stitched circle die from Lil' Inker. I filled the shaker with a colorful mix from Studio Katia and the colors of ink I chose match the colors of the shaker mix. The 4 x 4 inch square fits perfectly on an A2 card with room for the perfect die cut sentiment from Tonic Studios. Here is another look at the shaker "all shook up" and the inside of the card: 

The sentiment "Christmas Blessings" was cut with a die from Sue Wilson. To see some more alternative ideas on how you can use the Wreath Builder stamps and stencils, click this link and watch the new video here. Thanks for watching, sharing and subscribing, and thanks, to for helping me share the joy of creativity!

Friday, October 12, 2018

Doodles Paper Playground October Release Blog Hop

I am happy to be participating in the October Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends blog hop featuring the new Sparkle Blends just released and available here at White Rose Crafts. Here is a link to the Doodles Paper Playground where the complete list of hoppers and all the details regarding the blog hop.

Of course there is are prizes to be won by hopping and commenting! For one of two chances to win a full set of all 6 sample packs from this release, please leave comments on each leg of the hop, including one idea of how you would use one of the Sparkle Blends used in that blog post.

My first card features the new Sparkle Blend called Frozen and here is a picture showing all the fun sequins in this mix:

I recently received the new Gina K Designs/Therm O Web "Baby It's Cold Outside" Stamps, Foil-Mates and Dies and created this snowy card with them. On the front, I die cut snowflake openings with the new dies and filled them with the Frozen Sparkle Blend mix. I foiled the front Blizzard GKD/Therm O Web Foil-mate with strips of Sparkling Silver and Brilliant Blue Fancy Foils and IRL it is very sparkly. I also added some stamped and foiled snowflakes and a sentiment to the inside using the Baby It's Cold Outside stamps and dies:

My second card features the new Candy Cane Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground and more sparkly Therm O Web foil. Here is a look at the card "all shook up":

I foiled a Pinstripes Clear Designer Toner Sheet from Therm O Web with Gina K Designs Sparkly Red Fancy Foil and layered it on a white cardfront. I die cut an oval out of both and replaced the clear striped acetate in the oval before filling the shaker piece with the Candy Cane Sparkle Blend mix. The striped Designer Toner Sheet is clear acetate with stripes of toner, so I covered up the shaker well with an oval frame cut with Lil' Inker stitched oval dies. I layered two shades of green together on the Merry Christmas sentiment from Tonic Studios, and added some red and green gems from Gina Marie Designs. Here is a look at the inside with oval die pieces from the front and a pretty Gina K. Designs stamped sentiment:

The next stop in the blog hop is: Kelli at

Thanks for stopping by and for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Two More Trick or Treat Holders for Halloween!

Continuing this week's theme of sharing different Trick or Treat holders, I have made two more easy and cute candy treats for neighborhood kids. 

The first was made with Tonic Studio's Delicate Gesture Box die set which is normally used for fancy wedding favor boxes. But I used the outside die only for a super quick and easy little treat box.

 I die cut and attached a bat, spider, spider web and "trick or treat" made with Tonic Studios dies and tied with a black and orange ribbon after adding the candy. 

 My second style of easy and quick treat holder was made with Taylored Expressions Under Wraps Vampire Die Set and an older Halloween stamp. I made a bunch of these for my grandson to hand out to friends for Halloween and it took me very little time to get them done.

I am entering the second treat holder in the Anything But a Card challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Two More Treat Holders for the Stampendous 31 Days of October!

Stampendous is celebrating 31 Days of Halloween on their blog and all month long there will be Halloween inspiration there as well as prizes to be won, so be sure to check it out! I love Stampendous stamps and had so much fun designing trick or treat candy boxes for my newest YouTube video here.

The two boxes I am sharing today both feature tags and are super simple to make as I show in the video. As you can see from both pictures, I attached a stitched square (Lil' Inker die) with a super cute monster and sentiment from the Stampendous Little Monster Stamp Set  on both sides of the tag box. Then I added some googly eyes to one of the monsters and filled up the tag box with candy.

This tag treat holder is even easier to make. I simply cut a Halloween two sided cardstock 10" x 3 1/2", scored at 3 1/2" and folded the bottom up. I secured the sides with strong scor-tape and tucked in a candy  bar. The front piece was cut with a My Favorite Things stitched square and decorated with a Stampendous Spider Web stencil, another cute monster from the Little Monsters stamp set and Stampendous sentiments from that set and the Spooky Wishes Stamp Set. I stapled on a cute Halloween ribbon from my stash.

I hope you enjoyed my treat boxes yesterday and today made with Stampendous products and will watch the video here to see how easy and fun they are to make and consider subscribing there. You can possibly win prizes from Stampendous just by commenting here, on the Stampendous blog and at the other stops on the month long blog hop! You can also possibly win by entering a family friendly Halloween project in the Linky at their blog! All winners on this blog and at Stampendous must have a USA mailing address. Good luck and thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, October 8, 2018

31 Days of Halloween with Stampendous and a New Trick or Treat Video!

I am so happy to be participating in the 31 Days of Halloween celebration at Stampendous! I love Stampendous stamps and I had so much fun designing with their cute Halloween stamps and stencils to make the four Trick or Treat boxes and bags for my newest video here. For more details on the 31 day blog hop and how you can win, be sure to visit the Stampendous blog here!

The first trick or treat bag I show in the video is this cute bag-a-lope made with an A2 kraft envelope, and I learned how to make it here on this blogpost. It is very easy to make and I show how I made this one in my video. I stamped a cute sentiment from the Stampendous Spooky Wishes stamp set and sponged a spider web using the Spider Web brass stencil from Stampendous and Dreamweaver. I stamped a cute bat from the Batty Cat stamp set and attached him with pop dots. Inside the bag-a-lope is room for a bunch of candy for your favorite trick or treater.

It is even easier to make this "fang-tastic" treat holder. I simply die cut a stitched square with rounded corners using a die from My Favorite Things and cut two 2" lines with a kraft knife for the candy bar to slide in. The batty cat and sentiment are from the same Stampendous sets I linked above. I did a little coloring on both animals with Nuvo Glitter Markers. 

If you live in the United States and link a Halloween project to the Stampendous blog, you can win some great prizes! There are also prizes to be won just for commenting here and on the Stampendous blog, as well as the other stops along this 31 day Halloween celebration! You must have a USA mailing address to be a winner here or at Stampendous. Thanks for visiting, commenting and watching my newest video!

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Celebrations 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! 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.

The theme for this challenge is: Celebrations 4 Kids OR Anything Goes 4 Kids. 

I created a celebration card using some super cute dies from Neat and Tangled. It was so easy to make this card but I love how it turned out! 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 Dies R Us and Scrapy Land.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Happy Birthday Explosion Pop-up Card from My Newest YouTube Video

My DH is turning the big 70 this year and I created this special card for his birthday celebration. All the dies I used on this colorful card front are from Karen Burniston. But the real fun is in the inside of the card:

The card explodes with color and celebration and is easy to make with the new Karen Burniston Explosion Pop-Up Die Set. I show this card and two others I created with this new die set in my latest video here. The shaped balloons on the front and inside of this card are also included in the Explosion Pop-Up Die Set. My DH loves the colors orange, red and yellow so I also attached some punched fall leaves and the layered "Love You" sentiment was cut with a die set from Honey Bee Stamps. 

I sure had fun playing with all the new die sets from the recent Karen Burniston release and hope you watch the video here to see how easy it is to create an explosion card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Dies R Us and Scrapy Land.