Monday, June 25, 2018

Video - Peek A Boo Animated Cards with Motion Crafts Stamps and Dies

I love to share unique cards on my blog and in my YouTube videos and cards made with Motion Crafts by Uchi's Design are unique because their stamps move when pulled! I can't show that with still pictures, so you will want to watch my newest video here to see that motion. The bunny underneath the peek a boo window hops up and down with happiness. Here are a couple more pictures that give a hint as to that fun motion:

The layered Happy and stamps are by Gina Marie Designs. Here is another card I made with the same dies and stamps but with a black grid instead of the Motion Crafts grid die:

To really see the motion in these cards, you will want to hop over here and watch the video. I do so appreciate the time you spend here on my blog and watching my videos. Thanks for subscribing too and sharing and helping me #share the joy of creativity.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Guest Designer at Crop Stop To Finish Revisiting Embossing Folders Week

I am honored today to be the guest designer at the Crop Stop blog. I had so much fun designing with the embossing folders and specialty paper I purchased at Crop Stop that I made almost a dozen cards and featured them all in my newest video here. I find I neglect my embossing folders, but they are a great way to add unique texture to any card. The card above features the Tarnished Foil technique which I show how to do in the video.

This card features another pretty embossing folder and several kinds of paper I purchased at Crop Stop. For all the details and the links to the products used, hop over to the Crop Stop blog here.  

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blend Shakers Cards

The brand new Sweet Treats and Strawberry Fields Sparkle Blend mixes just released by Doodles Paper Playground are so sweet and luscious they inspired me to make this ice cream shaker card. I started with a die and layered stamp set from Sunny Studio that creates ice cream cones that look good enough to eat! I die cut the ice cream parts of two of them and created shakers with Strawberry Fields Sparkle Blend on the left and Sweet Treats Sparkle Blend on the right. Here is another look at the card "all shook up":

 All week long on my blog I have been featuring a neglected texture tool we all have - embossing folders - and I showed how to make this shaker card in my just released video:

I was totally inspired (and enabled to get the super cute set of dies and stamps from Lawn Fawn) by an awesome card posted earlier on the DPP blog by another dt member. I show how to make this card from start to finish in my latest video here. I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Diffuser, an embossing folder from WeR Memory Keepers and Crown Jewels Sparkle Blends to fill up the cute little shaker. 

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

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Embossing Folder Week Continues On My Blog With Three More Embossed Cards

I had so much fun playing with my embossing folders and techniques with them for my newest YouTube video and have three more easy embossed cards to share with you today. In the video I show how to use a diffuser from Sizzix to create an unembossed area to stamp on or highlight an element. I shared some homemade diffusers I made years ago, and I made this card with an oval diffuser. I embossed a copper background with a Tim Holtz embossing folder and the handmade diffuser and added a punched butterfly and "love you" layered die cuts from Honey Bee Stamps cut out of a Velvet Sampler from Elizabeth Crafts I found at Crop Stop. 

It is a little hard to see, but I used a sweet puppy embossing folder from Darice to make this pet sympathy card. I like to use embossing folders on the whole card so the inside is textured too. I stamped the front and inside with some older Raisin Boat and Stampin' up stamps. 

Another fun texture idea you can easily do with embossing folders is to create a quilt with different embossing folders and colors. I used a quilt embossing folder from Darice to emboss three colors of cardstock and cut the squares to 1 1/4 inches. I die cut white and black Lil" Inker "So Happy For You" squares and layered them slightly offset to complete the card. 

To see all these cards and more including many embossing techniques, watch my newest video here.  Thanks for watching, sharing and subscribing and for visiting my blog too.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

More Embossing Folder Cards from My Latest YouTube Video

It is so easy to make a gorgeous textured distressed card with embossing folders and I show how to create this card from start to finish in my newest YouTube video here. The technique is how to make leather like textured backgrounds with kraft cardstock, Distress Inks and an embossing folder. On the card above, I used a Sizzix embossing folder, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade Distressed Ink, Spellbinders Feather dies and a stamp from Laurel Burch for Stampendous.

I have always used brown Distress Inks with a touch of orange when doing this technique, but I tried Peacock Feathers, Abandoned Coral with Chipped Sapphire on the crinkles and love how this card turned out. The embossing folder is an older one from Cuttlebug. I finished the card with a pretty sentiment die by Penny Black. 

I have one more fast and easy card using embossing folders to share with you today. I love the look of embossing the whole card with an embossing folder so the insides are embossed too for added interest. I embossed this card with a butterfly swirl embossing folder from Darice which leaves room on the front for stamping and in the inside to write a message. I stamped "thinking of you" with some pretty stamps from Stampendous Big Word Thanks set, and added some stitched butterflies cut with a die from Lil' Inker. 

I am hoping the cards I blog this week and the new video posted here inspire you to pull out your embossing folders and have a play!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Video: Creating with a Neglected Texture Tool - Embossing Folders

I had so much fun designing cards for my newest YouTube video where I show many techniques and ideas for making cards with my sadly neglected embossing folders that I made nearly a dozen new cards! I will be sharing them all week on my blog and I am starting with one of the cards I make from start to finish in the video. I have collaborated with Melissa Kerman on a published article and videos showing her Tarnished Foil technique in the past, and I designed a couple more cards with that technique for this video. Here is another look at this card which would be perfect for a guy for Father's Day or a birthday or any special celebration:

I used a Tim Holtz Sizzix Mesh embossing folder and dies from Tonic Studios and Technique Tuesday. Watch the video here to find out how to get the colorful and textured background with StazOn inks, Nuvo embossing powders and aluminum foil. 

Here is another favorite embossing folder card I made for the video. I started with a card base and three dark brown pieces cut with the Spellbinders Card Creator rounded rectangle dies. I taped the three dark brown pieces together with temporary tape and embossed them with a Crafter's Companion 3D embossing folder. I applied Nuvo Indian Gold Embellishment Mousse to the embossed pieces, then attached them to the card base raising the middle layers with mounting tape and pop dots. I attached Mr. and Mrs. die cuts cut with a Honey Bee Stamps die set and the result is a wedding card I just love!

I will be blogging all week showing the cards I made with embossing folders. I hope these card and my video inspire you to pull out yours and show them some love!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Anything Goes 4 Kids OR Cards for Teens 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: Anything Goes 4 Kids OR Cards for Teens.

I created a card for a teen that started with an alcohol ink background highlighted with gold Deco Foil that I die cut with a Jaded Blossom Card Layers die. I used small pieces of that same alcohol ink and foil piece to add some color to headphones die cut with a die from My Favorite Things, then added a sentiment  also from MFT.

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