Thursday, November 30, 2017

Penguin Love Inner Stairstep Card

I received some pre-scored and cut stairstep cardbases from The Paper Cut and made this super simple and fun card for my grandson. I love to make interactive and pop up cards and these pre-scored and cut packages from The Paper Cut make that so easy! Once the inner stairstep card base was folded, all I needed to do was decorate it. I stamped the cute Baby Penguin Layering Stamp from Hero Arts with two shades of grey and black and dressed him with a red bowtie and hat. I used a Karen Burniston stitched die to make some snowbanks and added two Snowflake Ribbons from Poppy Stamps. The perfect sentiment stamps are from the same Hero Arts set. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp WednesdayThanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

More YouTube Collaboration Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Cards

I was having so much fun playing again with the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique for my YouTube collaboration with Melissa Kerman that went live yesterday here, that I made several more cards I am sharing today. Every card made with this technique is unique depending on which embossing folders, StazOn inks and embossing powders used. Here is a link to Melissa Kerman's tutorial YouTube video where she shows how to make the card on the left in this picture: 

The card I make in mine is on the right. For my "Giving Thanks" autumn card above, I started with a Darice Leaves embossing folder. I used green, orange and brown StazOn inks on the aluminum foil, and then added red, gold and green embossing powders. The technique is a combination of dry embossing with embossing folders and heated embossing with embossing powders and a heat gun.  The leaf was a happy salvaged mistake. I was trying to run a foiled leaf through the laminator and it got stuck and wrinkled. But I liked the look and layered it on this card and finished the card with a "Giving Thanks" die from Papertrey Ink. 

Here is another card I made while preparing for this video:

I used similar colors of StazOn and embossing powders and the same embossing folder as the card I show in the video tutorial. On this one, I added a snowman cut with Penny Black's Snowman Joy die, "joy" from Tim Holtz and a snowbank cut with a die from Karen Burniston.

I hope you will check out Melissa's YouTube video here and my YouTube video here and share your comments and consider subscribing to both channels. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, November 27, 2017

YouTube Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Collaboration with Melissa Kerman

I am excited to share that my YouTube video that went live today is part of a collaboration with Melissa Kerman and we are both showing cards made with versions of her Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique. Here is a link to my YouTube tutorial and here is a link to Melissa’s video tutorial.

Have you ever seen a card on Pinterest or Facebook and were so blown away by the look of it, you knew you had to find out how it was made and make your own? That happened the first time I saw a card Melissa Kerman made with her Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique over a year ago. Here is a link to a Pinterest board where both Melissa and I pin our cards with this technique and if you page down, it is the one with the owl and the tree background. Here is a link to Melissa's original blog tutorial of the Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique she created.

I have made many cards with this technique using different colors of StazOn, embossing powders and embossing folders. Melissa is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and uses their products to make many gorgeous cards with her Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique.  I am showing how to make this card in my video here:

Melissa’s video shows a version of her technique she is calling Impressions of Frosty Foil. This is the gorgeous card she is showing us how to make in her video here:

Here is a link to Melissa's blog post with this card and more details about our collaboration. I will share a couple more cards I made with this technique tomorrow on my blog. Check out this new card Melissa posted this weekend with her technique:

Be sure to watch both videos and thanks for commenting, sharing and becoming subscribers on both of our YouTube channels. And thanks for helping us #share the joy of creativity.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Guest DT Joy Clair Be-You-Tiful Designer Labels Card

Today I once again have the honor of being a guest design team member at Joy Clair. To find out more about how I created this "Be-You-tiful" card with one of Joy Clair's awesome stamp sets, click this link and visit their blog here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

CASING Karen Burniston's Gingerbread Tag Book Pop Up

If you follow me here and on my YouTube channel, you know I am a huge fan of Karen Burniston's pop up dies. I recently received all the new dies in her fall release and the 1023 Tag Book Pop-up was used to make this card. I CASED a card that Karen made in a video here where she created cookie sheets out of silver mirror card and made gingerbread cookies out of some of the Winter Charms in another set she designed. Brilliant, right? This die set is also brilliant! Here is a picture of the tag book card from the front:

 I decorated mine with mittens and snowflake punches and a small "Warm Wishes" tag cut out with a die from another KB set. The paper clip was cut with a die from the Tag Book Pop Up set. That blows me away- a paper clip created with a die! The tag book opens up and the inside pops up as show in the first picture. Here are some closeups of both sides of the pop up tag book inside:

It is hard to photo silver mirror card, but the gingerbread cookies are on "cookie sheets" created with dies from this set. I cut the cookies out with Karen's Winter Charms set out of kraft cardstock, decorated them with Nuvo products and sponged brown ink on them so they look baked. I also sponged brown ink on the tag I created with the "And Gingerbread Kisses" wish. I added another paper clip and some chains to the inside of the card, and I finished the tag book card with some red gingham ribbon. 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

More Embossed Quietfire Design Cards from My Newest YouTube Video

I admit I neglect my embossing folders, but still love the look when I remember to pull them out. I am sharing two more cards I made with embossing folders and the Love, Peace and Joy Ornament dies from Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Crafts. I show both of these cards in my new YouTube video that shares different ways to combine embossing folder techniques with dies for beautiful cards. 

The card above shows a simple faux inlaid technique. I simply glued the love and ornament down on a white card front and embossed the whole thing in a Cuttlebug holiday words embossing folder. Here is a peak at the inside of this card where I used Joy from the same Quietfire Design die set and another die from Memory Box:

On my second card I embossed both the front and the inside with a Darice snowflake embossing folder that leaves the middle of the card for decorating and writing a message. I hung an ornament cut out of red mirror card from Tonic Studios on a branch cut out with a Tim Holtz die. The "Joy" in the center was cut out of dark green and red and offset just a bit when glued. On the inside, I used the center of the front red mirror card ornament inside another dark green ornament and added "peace" in the center. 

The first time I saw this beautiful Love, Peace and Joy Ornament Die Set by Quietfire Design for Elizabeth Crafts, I knew I had to own it and design with it. The words are my favorite holiday words and Suzanne Cannon's calligraphy is just gorgeous. To see all three cards and watch me make one from start to finish, watch my newest YouTube video here. 

I am entering the first card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, November 20, 2017

Quietfire Design Peace, Joy and Love YouTube Video

I have to say I just love how this card turned out. I admit I usually use a traditional red, green, gold, silver and a little blue color palette when it comes to my Christmas cards. But I saw a card I liked with dark brown and aqua blue and decided to try those colors for a YouTube video I posted today. The theme of the video is using embossing folders along with beautiful dies from Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Crafts. I show how I made this card from start to finish in the new video here. Here is a close up showing the great dimension and coppery shine achieved with Nuvo Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse and an embossing folder from Sizzix: 

I am always using my dies but forget to use my embossing folders and the new video shows some lovely ways to use embossing folders on any of our cards. The beautiful ornament from Quietfire Design and Elizabeth Crafts was cut out of my favorite Sea Glass Mirri Sparkle cardstock from The Paper Cut along with white and dark brown cardstock. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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 time our challenge is: Anything Goes 4 Kids! Create and link any card that is appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: All Dressed Up Stamps is giving their winner 2 digis of their choice! And the winner from Die-Versions will receive a $15 gift certificate! 

I am featuring a super cute digi called Christmas Penguins from All Dressed Up Stamps, and the Christmas Penguins are playing in the snow in a box card created with a die from Lawn Fawn. The sentiment is from the same digi set. I did a little paper piecing and coloring and the completed box card folds flat to mail to a sweet child this Christmas. I am entering this card in the snow challenge at Dies R Us.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Joy to You and Yours Stamped Eclipse Card

My favorite technique from this year is combining stamping and die cuts where the stamped background continues through the popped up die cut word or letters. It is now being called the Eclipse technique and can be found all over Pinterest and blogs. I am fascinated by the look and used that technique to make this joyful holiday card. I stamped Hero Arts Cling snowy trees stamp on a white piece of cardstock using my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios stamp platform. That way if the first image was not perfect, I could re-ink and stamp again until I had a perfect image. I also stamped the words at the bottom which is from a Hero Arts Joy Stamp and Cuts set, and die cut the Joy from that same set out of the middle of the snowy trees image. I die cut "joy" twice out of fun foam and glued the three layers together. I die cut the white card front using a Gina Marie Designs stitched rectangle die and attached it to a navy card base. I glued the raised "joy" back into its negative space and added a few clear gems from Starlit Studio. Here is a view from the side showing the great dimension this stamping technique achieves:

I am entering this card in the November Anything Goes (with stamping) challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine and in the snow challenge at Dies R Us.

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Happy Winter Snowman Pop Up Card You can Win with the Karen Burniston Die Set!

Oh my - I just have to say this card makes me smile and I love it! I used several dies from Karen Burniston to make this super cute interactive card- which you can win along with the die that makes the pop up magic! Here are some more views of this card:

Using the Katherine Label Pop Up Die, the snowman pops up when the card is opened and fits into the opening in the front. Pure genius! This die set (which you can win) includes many label dies which can be used for the opening on the front and with the pop up mechanism. I chose to make the front opening a circle so the super cute layered snowman (from Karen's Snowman Twist Circle die set) pops through the front. I attached the snowman's head with an adhesive spring from CTMH so it jiggles as it pops:) Too cute! The label die is from the set you can win and the sentiment on the front is from Karen's Word Set 3-Holiday. 

How can you win this die set valued at $21.95 and this card and two other Karen Burniston pop up cards I made? Simply by visiting my YouTube channel and watching this video, then becoming a subscriber and leaving a comment (if you live in the USA.) If you are already a subscriber, simply state that in your comment. 

I am entering this card in the snow challenge at Dies R UsThanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

2nd Karen Burniston Pop Up Card You Can Win (plus more!)

Here is a peak at the second card I made in this week's YouTube CardMaking Techniques Class with Karen Burniston's Pop Up Dies. This one was made with her ingenious Charm Accordion Die Set. Jump rings and hanging charms out of cardstock - another amazing Karen Burniston design! To see the card made step by step as well as find out how you can win this card, two others made with KB pop up dies AND win one of her die sets valued at $21.95, watch the new video here:

Here are some more pictures of this cute pop up card my in home class made this month: 

You can learn how to make it for free and maybe even win it along with the other goodies I am offering for a lucky subscriber and commenter. Here is a link to the new video. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, November 13, 2017

New YouTube Video with Karen Burniston's Pop Up Dies and Chance to Win!

I am exited to share that I have a new Cardmaking Techniques Class video that posted today and you can win the cards I make, plus an extra Karen B. card plus one of Karen Burniston's pop up dies valued at $21.95! All you need to do to win is watch this new video, be a subscriber and leave a comment before I post the December class (if you live in the USA). Here are some pictures of the first card I share in the video:

If you follow me here on my blog, you know I am crazy about my dies and interactive cards. But this House and Fence Pop Up die set by Karen Burniston can be used for any season and any reason using the dies and stamps you already own. I show you step by step how to use the house and fence pop up die in my video and then decorate it for this festive Christmas scene. The last picture shows the front of the card and Karen's Gift Card Label which can be used to hold a gift card if you wish. Karen Burniston also just came out with a 2017 Fall Mini Collection with some new dies you will want to check out here. Of course, I am getting them all and will share here and on my YouTube channel when I make some new cards with them.

To see this pop up card made and another one, plus earn a chance at winning three pop up cards and the KB die set, watch the new YouTube video here: Thanks for helping me share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Guest DT Joy Clair Be a Pineapple Trio Card

Today I have the honor of being the guest design team member at the Joy Clair blog. I created this fun CAS card with one of the stamp sets they sent me. For all the details on how I made this card, please visit the Joy Clair blog here.

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Stamps Enabler Alert Card Samples

I tried real hard to use only stamps on some of the sample cards showing new products I could not resist in my most recent Enabler Alert You-Tube Video. I succeeded on one card anyway and only used one die on the card below. I loved the scene in Penny Black's Santa's Visit stamp set and featured it on the CAS card above. I used another new set of stamps on the inside of this card and on the card below too.

I knew there was no resisting at least one of Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Carved Christmas stamp sets and chose this one. I also used Tim's Stampers Anonymous Plaid Layering Stencil and a die from Memory Box for this CAS Holly Jolly Christmas card.

I am entering the first card in the "snow" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. 

I hope you enjoyed my week of new cards featuring new cardmaking products I could not resist. To see more detail on the cards and all the products used, be sure to watch my new Enabler Alert YouTube video here. I appreciate your support here on my blog and on my YouTube channel! Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!