Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Thanks A Bunch Lilacs Card with August Dies...To Die For

I love lilacs, pussy willows and layered sentiment dies so this card made with the brand new August release at Dies...To Die For at just makes me very happy. All the dies you see are in the newest release at Dies...To Die For here and the gems are also new there too. The cardfront has an acetate center with a milk pitcher full of lilacs and pussy willows across the two pieces of purple dotted cardstock and the acetate center. I offset two colors of purple on the sentiment over the green shadow and raised it up. Here is another look at this card: 

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

More Distress Oxide Reinker Salad Spun Beauty

My favorite color combo of Distress Oxide reinkers that I spun in my salad spinner for this background is Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers. I chose those colors for both this card and the next one from my newest video here. The stamps on the card above are from a set at Stamplorations from Dee's Artsy Impressions called "Beautiful You." The card below features water droplet stamps from Designs by Ryn and an "awesome" die from Tonic Studios.

This is another stamped card I made with a salad spun background for the new video. I chose Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw and Orange Marmalade Distress Oxide reinkers, a sentiment die from Karen Burniston and a cool Baseball in Motion stamp from Technique Junkies. 

To see many more cards and how easy it is to create these awesome backgrounds, be sure to watch the new video here. I hope my cards inspire you to give this technique and the products shared a try!

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

Monday, August 2, 2021

Salad Spinner Series - Distress Oxide Reinker Spinning With Stamps and Dies

I am having so much fun with my salad spinner and in my newest video which is part of my salad spinner series I share many more gorgeous easy colorful backgrounds with distress oxide reinkers, water, watercolor paper and favorite stamps and dies. 

In the new video I share how I made three different colored backgrounds with 3 Distress Oxide reinkers each and this is one of the cards I made. The colors I chose for this background are Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry and Peacock Feathers. The "Color" die and stamp set is from Honey Bee Stamps and I raised the shadow die piece up from the background for the eclipse look. 

I made this background with Spiced Marmalade, Salty Ocean and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide reinkers in my salad spinner. I just received a new product from Tonic Studios called shaker pockets which they are selling in 3 sizes including A2 and slimline. I simply folded the adhesive side pieces onto the back of the card front and slipped some sequins in including butterfly sequins. The layered celebrate is from Dies...To Die For at Here is a look at this card all shook up:

I also show creating a masculine background with Black Soot, Fired Brick and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide reinkers and this is the card I made with a layered "hello" from Gina K Designs for the eclipse look again. 

As I explain in the video, I tried regular dye reinkers and distress ink reinkers, but was not happy with the results. Then I tried Distress Oxide reinkers (which I have many of and have not used before) and they worked great! The white space with "feelers" of inky color on the sides of the pieces look awesome and are the best of all the mediums I have tried. 

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

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Hero Arts Summer Stamp-Along Cards

I recently participated in the Hero Arts Summer Stamp-Along and now have had a chance to finish my cards and share them here. I am loving on line classes because they are preserved to refer to later or watch completely later if the day of the classes is too busy to watch all or finish the classes. In my case, I had some super special family plans with grandkids and kids but when those were done, I went back and finished watching and made all my cards. I think my favorite new product I learned about in the Hero Arts classes was the Looking Glass Dies. We made two cards with them and I went out and bought 3 sets now and will share more cards with them soon. They are all three layer square dies and we did a class with an inlaid version and one with a frame on the front and on the inside. The Hero Arts classes were only $25 for 8 classes and all of us could choose what Hero Arts products to buy for the classes and after they were done. I did not have many of the stamps the instructors featured but subbed mine out or used different papers. Here are a couple more looks at the Looking Glass Window Card Nicole Spohr taught:

The layered "Thinking Of You" die is a new one from Die For. I really liked Nicole's idea of combining dies from several Looking Glass sets and putting some on the front and some on a window on the inside that you see from the front when the card is closed. 

Another idea I learned and then made into a card with stamps and dies I already own was the Tri-Fold Stand Up card taught by Debi Adams. I had not seen this fun fold before but I adapted it to make a fun Christmas card with a Penny Black background stamp and a sentiment die from Stampendous. Here is a look at the fun fold from the side:

Daniel West taught a card with the spotlight technique and vellum and his card looked totally different from this one because I did not have the stamps he used and do not color like he did. However I did stamp the Stampendous butterfly stamps on the cardbase and on the card front which was cut smaller and raised over vellum like he did. I paper pieced my butterflies and added a couple punched butterflies and some gems and love how this card turned out. 

I did buy the Color Layering Orca stamp set and matching die from Hero Arts as well as the waves stencil so these cards are similar to what the instructors taught in the two Orca classes. I love how in each class I learn something new! I learned a great tip to color blend on a colored cardstock rather than white which allows us to achieve intense colors much quicker like on the top card. And I forget to use blender brushes and a stencil and to fade off leaving white space which is a great look. I had to add my favorite gems from Gina Marie Designs to each of these cards as I do to almost all of my cards. 

There is going to be another Hero Arts Stamp-Along in September with a Holiday theme and I highly recommend these reasonably priced classes and teachers.

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

More Gorgeous 3D Embossed Butterfly Cards From My Newest Video

I had so much fun designing with the new Sizzix 3D Butterfly Impresslits for my newest video here! In no time at all I created 5 unique cards for the video and my stash! I love the look of positives and negatives and Tonic Studios copper and light blue Pearlescent Paper embossed beautifully for this card. The background was embossed with a 3D embossing folder from Altenew and I added some of my favorite gems from Gina Marie Designs.

The 3D embossed butterflies are gorgeous when cut out of foil and holographic cardstocks and then layered over a rainbow glitter butterfly as I did on this card. I pleated the background and brushed on pastel inks before adding a clear sticker from Stamplorations to finish this slimline card. 

I am entering the 1st card in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. The new item is the Sizzix Butterfly Impresslits and the old item is the 3D embossing folder from Altenew.

I just love how all the cut and embossed butterfly cards turned out and hope you will watch the video here and try some of the ideas and products featured. 

Monday, July 26, 2021

Video - Cardmaking With Sizzix Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits Butterflies

Have you seen the new 3D Butterfly Impresslits Die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix? It is an embossing folder and die cut that creates gorgeous embossed butterflies as you can see in my newest video here.

This is the rainbow butterfly slimline bridge card I make in the new  video. I learned how to make this fold from the brilliant Jennifer McGuire here and I used Simon Says Stamps Holographic Rainbow Cardstock on the butterflies and on the back and sides of this slimline bridge card. Here is another view of this unique fun fold card that lays flat to mail and also a picture of the template I made for the video: 

Here is another favorite card I made with the new Sizzix 3D Butterflies Impresslits and a rainbow of colored vellum from Stampin' Up. The debossed background was created with Altenew's Dotted Starburst Debossing Die and I added a sentiment strip from Simon Says Stamp. 

I am entering the 2nd card in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. The new item is the Sizzix Butterfly Impresslits and the old item is the debossing background die which I have used many times.

To see how to make the rainbow butterfly bridge card and many more cards with this awesome new die, watch the new video here. I hope my cards encourage you to give some of these ideas and products a try!

Sunday, July 25, 2021

More Cards Made with New Dies and Designer Kits From Die For

The Saluting Soldier and sentiment as well as the gems on this card are from the huge July release at Dies...To Die For at I combined them with an awesome Flag Background die also from DTDF to make this patriotic cards perfect for a veteran like my twin brother. 

I love stitched shape dies and so was thrilled to see this set of stitched rectangle dies in Luisana Lowry's June Designer Kit which also includes red cardstock and the clear sequins. I also used Stamplorations Quick Card Fronts on both of these cards. Here is another look at the shaker card all shook up (the butterflies were also created with a die from DTDF):

You can check out all the dies and Designer Kits here on the DTDF website and note that you can buy the dies separate from the kit if you so choose.