Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Totally Fabulous Stamped Deep Impressions Mixed Media Card


The Deep Impressions technique I am featuring this week in my new YouTube video and here on my blog works perfectly for mixed media cards. The deeply embossed star on this card was created with Stampendous Aged Ivory and gold glitter and when that was molten, I stamped on it with a circular background stamp from Fun Stampers Journey. I created the background sponging through an inspirational stencil from Woodland Fox Creations and then stamped with a stars background stamp. I also sponged randomly with distress ink on the background. Then I applied Nuvo Glimmer Paste through a dotted stencil from Simon Says Stamp for even more texture. I finished the card with a "totally fabulous" die cut from Ellen Hutson. 

I am entering this card in the September Anything Goes challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Video - Deep Impressions Embossing Technique For All Occasions


One of my favorite techniques of all time is Deep Impressions embossing and I learned how to do it from Fran Seiford of Stampendous. The technique requires using a heat source from under the chipboard piece such as an electric griddle and I recently figured out how to do that so that you can see the process in a video. I had so much fun I made many cards for all occasions and share them in my newest video here and will show many this week on my blog. 


This is my favorite of the cards I made with this fun technique. Just look at the texture on that ornament! The ornament dies are from Spellbinders and I used Seth Apter and Stampendous embossing powders on the chipboard ornament before stamping with an old words background stamp from Stampin' Up. Here is a close up of the gorgeous deeply textured ornament and the inside of the card showing the partial die cut front:



I just love how this card turned out! Here is another of my favorite cards that I made with the Deep Impressions technique:


I love the sentiment on this card which is a die cut from Ellen Hutson and is so uplifting. I die cut an older feather die from Quik Cutz and placed a Clear Views transparency behind the opening. The chipboard feather was created with Stampendous Aged Ivory and Seasonings embossing powder and some brown glitter from Tonic Studios and was stamped with a postage stamp background from Fun Stampers Journey. 

Would you like to learn how to make these gorgeous deeply embossed embellishments for your cards and craft projects? Come watch my video here. It is a longer video but is full of many samples and then I show you how to make the Deep Impressions pieces. Thanks for watching, subscribing and sharing and thanks. too, for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Thankful or Fall Cards 4 Kids 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: Thankful or Fall Cards 4 Kids OR Anything Goes 4 Kids.


I created a thankful fall card using a beautiful window die from Tutti Designs and I sponged the sunset and pumpkins from behind with inks. The “thankful” die is from Gina K and the stitched card front was created with a die from Gina Marie Designs.  Be sure to check out the rest of the cards from TEAM SAS here and we would love it if you entered our challenge.

 

Friday, September 14, 2018

My Favorite Things Triple Layer Shaker Baby Card


What is better than a fun baby shaker card? How about a triple layer baby shaker card? I needed a baby card recently and played with some awesome stitched dies and stamp sets from My Favorite Things to make this triple layer shaker card. 


I do not know the sex of the baby to be, so I chose some pastel cardstock pieces to make the three layers of my shaker card and cut the rounded stitched layers with My Favorite Things Die-namics Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Square Dies. I love stitched dies that have the stitching on both the inside and outside like these do! I attached acetate to the back of the pink and blue shakers, created wells and dumped in cute hearts and stars from the Die-namics Baby Rattle Die Set along with some pastel colored beads. 


I die cut the mint green rattle with the Die-namics Baby Rattle die and created an easy shaker with the My Favorite Things Circle Shaker Pouches and some more die cut hearts and stars and beads.


The perfect sentiments on the front and inside are from a My Favorite Things stamp set called LLD Welcome Baby.

I am entering this card in the 2018 Card Design Superstar Contest at My Favorite Things in the Innovation Master Category.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Seasonal Pleated Cards with Favorite Dies


I am in the mood for Halloween and Christmas cards and had fun making these with easy pleated backgrounds like those I show in my latest YouTube video here. 


I love all the Halloween dies from Tonic Studios and each of the dies on the front and inside of this Halloween card can be found here on the Tonic Studios USA website. My favorites are Spooktacular and Booogie Nights!


I pleated a pretty snowflake dp and die cut the card front with a stitched rectangle die from Cutplorations for this Christmas card. Then I layered it on kraft and a blue cardbase and added a layered "merry" and embossed "Christmas" from Stampendous. 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

More Pleated Cards from My Latest You-Tube Video


Today I am sharing two more cards I made with the pleating technique I show in my newest YouTube video here. After pleating, you can choose to die cut shapes or the background such as in my second card below. I die cut several stitched butterflies using Lil' Inker dies and also punched one out with an older SU punch. I also die cut the shadow behind "happy" from the pleated floral dp using a new die set from Tonic Studios. On the inside I attached the second stitched and pleated butterfly and another pretty sentiment from Tonic Studios:

I was going for a vintage look on this card and after pleating the background, I embossed it with an embossing folder from Crafter's Companion and sponged with distress ink. The friends flower is a pretty die from Tutti Designs.

All week long I am sharing pleated cards and you can learn how to make them here in my latest YouTube video.

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

Monday, September 10, 2018

Video - Pleated Backgrounds and Die Cuts for Dimensional Cards


Do you have tons of lightweight patterned paper and wish you knew more ways to use it for easy and beautiful cards? We all do, right? In my newest video I share an easy way to add pleated dimension to your  backgrounds and diecuts. I had so much fun playing with with this fun technique, I will be sharing cards all week on my blog with pleated backgrounds and diecuts. 



I am starting with my favorite of the pleated cards I share in the new video. In the video, I show how to easily pleat lightweight patterned paper and on this card I chose a pretty holly dp. Note that each ornament (using a Spellbinders set) was cut out with the pleats going a different direction and I sponged the pleats for added dimension. The beautiful sentiments on the ornaments are from a Quietfire Design/Elizabeth Crafts die set called Love, Peace and Joy Christmas Ornament Die Set, and the "Wishing You" is from Memory Box. 


On this fall card is another sneak peak of next week's YouTube video technique with a beautiful pleated background of fall leaves. I like to cut out my pleated backgrounds with stitched dies (such as this one from Cutplorations) so the edges are perfectly straight and have stitching for extra interest. The "thankful" die is from Gina K Designs and the leaf die is by Stampendous. 

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

The new video showing how to pleat patterned paper is short and sweet, and if you watch you will see how easy it is to make pleated backgrounds and die cuts. I hope you will watch and give this technique a try.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sneak Peak of the Next Two Week's Videos and Techniques

I have been busy playing with various techniques and creating cards for my next several YouTube videos. I have had so much fun I have many more cards for each week than what I can blog. So today I am sharing a favorite card with both the pleated background from one week and seahorses created with the Deep Impressions technique from Fran Seiford of Stampendous featured in the next week's video. The embossing powders used are Seth Apter's Deep Sea Baked Texture and several Stampendous specialty embossing powders. The seahorse die is a Tim Holtz Sizzix Bigz die and "hello" is from Paper Smooches. 

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

I hope this sneak peak convinces you to watch for my next two videos and to subscribe to my YouTube channel if you have not already done so. Thanks for helping me share the #joy of creativity!

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Foiled and Fabulous Caped Sarcasti-Chick


Today I am sharing the second foiled and fabulous Taylored Expressions Sarcasti-Chick card I made for my newest YouTube video here. On the front are two starry foiling techniques made with Gina K Designs/Therm O Web Gold Sequins Fancy Foil. The little sparkly stars were created with Therm O Web's Transfer Gel through an Echo Park Stars stencil. The top stars were stamped with a Taylored Expressions stamp and die set called Cutting Edge - Stars and Versafine Ink, then embossed with a clear embossing powder. I die cut the top out with a matching die from that TE set and then I laid a piece of the gold sequin foil across the whole piece and ran it through my hot Minc. This shows that we can add the sparkle of foil to just about any stamp or stencil. 


But of course the best part of this card is the lol caped Sarcasti-Chick and her super funny sentiment. I used stitched die cuts from Lil' Inker and My Creative Things to cut out the stars and oval and speech bubble. The front stands up to create an easel card. 

For links to all the products used and to learn more about how to add foil accents to Sarcasti-Chick cards, watch the video here.

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

Monday, September 3, 2018

Video - Taylored Expressions Foiled and Fabulous Sarcasti-Chick


I am in love with the new Taylored Expressions Sarcasti-Chick stamp sets and am sharing two cards in my latest video featuring her and Deco Foil. Here is the card I make from start to finish in the video: 
The front is gorgeous with foiled snowflakes made with a Gina K large snowflake Foil-Mate and the new Tide Pool foil from Brutus Monroe and Therm O Web. A still photo cannot do justice to the beautiful sparkle of the foiled snowflakes. The sentiment is part of a set from Crackerbox Palace. Where is the snark of Sarcasti-Chick you ask? Take a look: 

Taylor from Taylored Expressions will be making more snarky and fun Sarcasti-Chick sets, but not in time for this Christmas. So I looked through my stamps and found the perfect sentiment for this boozy Santa chick. I created her Santa outfit using a hat from Tim Holtz's Crazy Bird Things set and added Taylored Expressions Sugar Coated Felt to an outfit from the TE Sarcasti-Chick Closet set of stamps. I popped her up with a couple dies from Karen Burniston. To see how that was done and how to make a Santa Sarcasti-Chick, please take a few minutes and watch the new video here.

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

Thanks for watching, visiting and subscribing and thanks, too, for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Cute Fall or Halloween Cards 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: Cute Fall or Halloween Cards 4 Kids OR Anything Goes 4 Kids.


I created a cute Halloween card for a child for this challenge using dies from Impression Obsession, Cheery Lynn Designs and Lil’ Inker. 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 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Stampendous! Week Continues with Gorgeous Poinsettias


Another gorgeous Christmas stamp from the latest Stampendous! release is the Ponsettia Collage I used on this card. I used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Travel Size Stamp Platform to stamp the Poinsettia Collage on three squares of white cardstock attached with temporary tape. With the stamp platform, I could stamp it several times to get the best image. Then I separated the three squares, layered them on dark red cardstock and attached back on the square card base. 


On the inside of the card I continued the poinsettia theme with a pretty patterned poinsettia from the Poinsettia Parts set of stamps and dies and another sentiment all from the new Stampendous! release. I added some gold Nuvo Crystal Drops to both poinsettias to complete the card. 

Thanks to Stampendous I have five more cards done for special friends and relatives at Christmas. I hope you check out the new stamps and dies in this release and also watch my video to learn how to make the cards I shared earlier in the week.

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

Thanks for your visit and for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Merry and Bright Stampendous! Impossible Card


This "merry and bright" snowman from Stampendous! is sure to bring a smile to the persons who receive this card! I created a 5 x 7 portrait landscape impossible card out of two sided Christmas cardstock. When I first started playing with the impossible fold, I found this blog post and video by MayMay that shared templates for all different sizes of the impossible fold card. I chose the last template she shows in her blog post, but increased the side smaller pieces to 1 1/4 inches wide. Making that change made the card sturdier and created a pop up that was the perfect size for the cute Smiling Snowman from Stampendous. I paper pieced his wardrobe and added an oval "Merry and Bright" from the Christmas Bright set of dies and stamps. 


On the back side of the 5 x 7 impossible card, I added a tag for my signature with another cute Stampendous snowman and some snowflakes.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Video - Stampendous! Stamps and Masking for Three Very Different Looks



I recently received many of the stamps in the Stampendous fall and Christmas release and had so much fun designing with them that I will be sharing Stampendous! cards all week on my blog. Today I am featuring the cards I show in my latest video all of which feature the new Buck Scene stamp, different masking looks and many new Christmas sentiment stamps. The first card above is my favorite and it combines the Black Ice technique with masking of the gorgeous Buck Scene on copper foil paper and I show how to make this card in the video. I did some layering and added a lovely "peace" die cut from Quietfire Design. On the inside of the card is a perfect sentiment from this set of stamps.



The card above is the 2nd card I show how to make in this video. I stamped and masked the Buck Scene and then I stamped the Silent Night background stamp using my Tim Holtz Travel Size Stamp Platform. I added some red pearls and some Nuvo Fresh Snowfall Glitter Accents for snow on the roof, fence and mountains. The beautiful Stampendous! sentiment on the inside of the card is from this set of stamps called Snowman Wishes.



My last Stampendous! masked card was very easy to make using an oval mask after stamping the Buck Scene, and then sponging with blue distress oxide ink. I  cut the oval mask and the "merry" with an oval die from this set of stamps and dies. The oval die I chose was stitched and after I removed the mask, it is was fun to see that the stitching from the mask transferred to the cardstock. The sentiment on the inside of this card is also from the Snowman Wishes stamp set.

We all need to stretch our crafting budgets and one great way to do that is to find different ways to use the same stamps and dies. I hope you will take a few minutes and watch this video, and then come back later this week when I post more cards using stamps and dies from the fall and Christmas Stampendous! release.