Monday, July 16, 2018

Video: Circle Charm Pop Up Cards with Karen Burniston and Birch Press Design

Today I have posted my 2nd video in my series featuring the new release of dies from Karen Burniston on my YouTube channel. The cards I show in the video are made with Karen's new Circle Charm Pop Up Die and a new die set from Birch Press Designs called Kaleidoscope Layers A, B and C. The front is pretty with the Kaleidoscope flower and die cut words from Memory Box and Karen Burniston, but wait to you see the inside!

You can see the card better in the video as well as how easy it is to make this pop up floating circle and pivoting front circle with the dies in this set. I am loving the layered floral die set from Birch Press Designs and show how easy it is to layer the three colors of purple to make both of these floral circle images. Here is a closer look at the inside:

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Friday, July 13, 2018

"Blooming Good Day" Card with Tonic Studios Cardmaking Kit #5

Today I am sharing the 3rd card I made recently with the dies and stamps I received for free with Issue 5 of the Tonic Studios Craft Essentials Series Magazine from the Coupons, Sales and Bargains section at Unfortunately this issue is sold out, but I am keeping my eyes open for the next one. This issue cost only $19.99 and included two large die sets, an embossing folder, a floral stamp set and lots of papers in addition to the magazine full of great ideas! I die cut the Floral Cuff die out of pink and black and layered them on a white square cardbase. I die cut some flowers, embossed them with the floral embossing folder, sponged them pink and added some black gems. I stamped the vase and flowers and paper pieced the flowers in a pink dp and the vase in a silver dp. 

On the inside of the card I added a "With Love" die cut with another of the lovely dies from this kit.

All Tonic Studios and Nuvo products are on sale at right now so be sure to click the link and shop soon!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thanks a Bunch Tonic Studios Cardmaking Kit Issue 5 Card

Today I am sharing a second card I made with the dies and stamps in the Tonic Studios Cardmaking kit that I found in the Bargains and Coupons section at a while back. There are always great sales and promotions there but this kit is now sold out as I explained yesterday. I cut the Floral Cuff die set from the kit out of a white card front, rounded the corners and layered it on a blue cardbase. The flowers were die cut from a sheet of Alcohol Ink cardstock that I colored with several colors of Distress Oxide inks and then applied Distress Glaze to as I show how to do in this YouTube video. I stamped the sentiment(from the kit) and die cut another flower and added some pearls to complete the card.

All Tonic Studios and Nuvo products are on sale at right now so be sure to click the link and shop soon!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tonic Studios Cardmaking Collection Issue 5 Cards

I often shop at and when I am at their website looking at all the fantastic crafty goodies, I always check out their Coupons and Featured Deals and Sales page. They always have great sales and a while back I found an unbelievable bargain there. They had the Tonic Studios Cardmaking Collection magazine with over $70 worth of free dies, embossing folders and stamps included for only $19.99! Before you rush off to check it out, I am sorry to say these kits are limited edition and this one has sold out. I am going to keep my eyes open for the next one and recommend you do the same. One of the  dies included in this kit and magazine alone is worth the $19.99, and the kit contained two large die sets, an embossing folder, a set of stamps and a bunch of paper along with a magazine full of ideas! I created three cards with the dies and stamps from this bargain kit and will be sharing them this week here on my blog.

My first card above features the "With Love" die set from the kit cut in white and layered on a brown rose specialty cardstock also from Tonic Studios. I die cut some of the flowers in the kit out of peach Formiran, sponged on a darker peach ink and heated with my heat gun to create the dimension in the flowers. I added some pretty antique brads to the larger flowers and some Nuvo Copper Penny Crystal Drops to the smaller flowers.

All Tonic Studios and Nuvo products are on sale at right now so be sure to click the link and shop soon!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Video: Love You S'more Pop Up Surprise Card

In a new video I posted today, I am sharing how to make this "Love You S'more" card with a fun pop up surprise in the inside of the card using many dies from the Spring Release at Karen Burniston's website. I love interactive pop up cards and this card was so fun and easy to make using Karen's new dies. I also love s'mores and so does my grandson so I know he is going to love this card! The card front was created with kraft cardstock cut out with the largest of the new Rectangle Crosshatch dies. I added a s'more and marshmallow on a stick from several others of the new dies and "love you" layered using a new die set from Honey Bee Stamps. 

As usual when I make a card with Karen Burniston's dies, the best part is opening the card and seeing the surprise pop ups on the inside. I show how I created this tent and campfire pop up in the new video and you will see it is not hard to do at all. Here's another look at the tent and campfire close up:

I die cut the SMORE using the new Alphabet Die Set which is a perfect size - not too big or small and great for eclipse cards too. I added a crosshatch rectangle to sign the card and another marshmallow ready to roast on the fire. The card folds flat to mail easily and is sure to delight the recipient with its pop up camping scene.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

My new video is the first of a series of three featuring Karen's new dies so be sure to stop back the next two Mondays for more pop up fun. Thanks for watching my videos, subscribing, sharing and helping me share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge 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 with no alternative theme.

HEADS UP- MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Our next challenge on July 21st is our 175th and we are celebrating that milestone with a huge blog hop with many prizes to be won! The theme is Christmas in July 4 Kids, so you may want to get a Christmas or holiday card appropriate for a child ready to go as there will be EIGHT random winners chosen from the entrants in the challenge. And many prizes available both here and on each stop of the blog hop but if you are too busy to hop, you can win simply by commenting once on any of the blogs and the SAS4Kids blog!!

I created a sweet card for a child that features a Layered Chocolate Bar stamp set from Kat Scrappiness. All children of all ages love chocolate, right? I put the chocolate bar with its wrapper into a pocket created with rounded square stitched dies from My Favorite Things. I sponged the background and pocket with an aqua blue ink through a new stencil from Simon Says Stamp called Tap Dance.  Sweet (from Tonic Studios) was cut twice and layered slightly offset.

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 Scrapy Land challenge (used a Tonic Studios die.)

Thursday, July 5, 2018

CAS Thank You Card

I often need thank you cards and used a favorite older oval scenery stamp from Northwoods and my Distress Oxide inks to make this CAS card. I stamped it twice and after sponging, cut out the oval scene and attached it to the oval frame stamped on the card front. The perfect sentiment stamp is by My Favorite Things.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Celebrating 4th of July with Fireworks

I love fireworks and make it a point every year to go somewhere to see them. I just bought a new die from My Favorite Things called Fireworks Display and managed to get a card made with it before the holiday is past. I die cut two of the Fireworks Display die out of the cardfront and placed blue and red glitter paper behind the fireworks. I die cut "celebrate" using a die from Penny Black and punched some sparkly stars using a punch from Tonic Studios. It was an easy and fun card to make when I have the perfect dies. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday, the Red White or Blue challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday, and the Celebration challenge at The Paper Players.

Monday, July 2, 2018

Video - Double Interactive Baby Gender Reveal or Congrats Shaker Cards with DPP Sparkle Blends

Today I am sharing a new video on my YouTube channel and am also honored to be the guest designer diva at the Doodles Paper Playground blog. I created two cards with the new "Oh Baby" Sparkle Blend and show how to make them in the new video. I also used new Baby Onsie Shaker dies from Lil' Inker Designs to make the cards as well as new Crosshatch Squares dies from Karen Burniston and sentiment dies from Die-Versions and Tonic Studios. Here are a few pictures of both cards:

For more information and instructions on how to make these cute double interactive baby gender reveal or congrats cards, come watch the video here. Thanks for watching, subscribing, commenting and sharing and also for visiting my blog today.

I am entering the first card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Celebration challenge at The Paper Players.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Happy Birthday USA 4th of July Card with Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends

It's almost the 4th of July and I made this patriotic shaker card with a new Sparkle Blend from Doodles Paper Playground called Star Spangled. I started with a patriotic napkin and attached it to cardstock with cling wrap in my Minc machine. Then I cut a stitched star out of the center of the star on the napkin with a die set from Lil' Inker and created a shaker in that star with the Star Spangled sequin mix which is available here for purchase. I also cut some red and white stitched stars using the Lil' Inker set and attached them with Happy Birthday USA cut out with a Penny Black die and alphabet dies from Tonic Studios.The shaker napkin card front was attached to a red square card base. Here are a couple more pictures of the shaker "all shook up" and the inside of the card:

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

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.