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.

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.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Doodles Paper Playground Designer Diva Guest DT Sparkle Blend Card

Happy Thursday everyone!  I am honored to be back today as a Doodles Paper Playground Guest Designer Diva on their blog and mine! Sometimes the colors in a background of a card are perfectly complimented by mixing two colors of Doodles Paper Playground Sparkle Blends. I chose Lilac Luster and Peacock Pizzazz, two of the new sequin mixes released this month and available here at White Rose Crafts LLC.  Just look at how pretty these mixes are:

I created this card using the Glazed Distress Oxide Technique in my YouTube video you can watch here. I spritzed Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks with water and laid a piece of Ranger Alcohol Ink glossy cardstock in them, drying between each layer with a heat gun. When I was happy with the layered background, I applied Ranger Distress Micro Glaze to brighten and show each layer beautifully as I learned how to do from videos by Jennifer McGuire and Tim Holtz. I die cut the stitched square “So Very Kind” using a die from Lil’Inker and then created the shaker box with pretty sequins from the new Lilac Luster and Peacock Pizzazz Sparkle Blends. I added some stitched butterflies cut with a die set also from Lil’ Inker and added some pretty sequins to them to finish the card.

I am entering this card in the "Frame It" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Monochromatic Glazed Distress Oxide Cards with Favorite Dies

While having a play with the Glazed Distress Oxide Technique for my newest YouTube video here, I also played with many new dies. This wedding card features a pretty heart border die from Technique Tuesday and a Mr. & Mrs. die from Honey Bee Stamps. I used Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple and Fired Brick Distress Oxides for the monochromatic background. 

This monochromatic blue card features a pretty new "let your dreams soar" die from Impression Obsession as well as birds cut with another IO die.
My last card today was made with several green Distress Oxide inks as well as a touch of blue and yellow. The fish net die was from Tutti Designs, the fish were from IO and the sentiment made with a Little B die. To see how to make backgrounds like these with layers of Distress Oxide inks that are brightened with Distress Micro Glaze, watch the video here.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Glazed Distress Oxide Week with Foil and Favorite Colors

All week on my blog I am going to be sharing the cards I made for my most recent YouTube video with the Glazed Distress Oxide Technique. I completed the background on the back of this card using Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple and Fired Brick Distress Oxide and then brightened it with Distress Micro Glaze as is shown in the video. I applied Therm O Web Transfer Gel through a Memory Box butterfly stencil and after it was dry, I ran through my Minc Mini with Amethyst Watercolor Deco Foil. I die cut and layered my favorite new butterfly die from Birch Press Designs.
I created this Hello card with greens, blues and yellow Distress Oxide inks, gold Deco Foil over a hex collage stencil after the Transfer Gel was dry, and dies from Kaisercraft and Tutti Designs.

This card features my favorite color combo of Distress Oxide inks, dies from Gina Marie Designs and Frantic Stamper and a Hero Arts sentiment. To see the Glazed Distress Oxide technique used to make these backgrounds, come watch the video here. Thanks for watching, subscribing, sharing and commenting and for your visit here today.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Video: Glazed Distress Oxide Technique So Very Kind Cards

My newest YouTube video features many cards made with the Glazed Distress Oxide Technique and a comparison of glossy cardstocks that I was able to do because of the kindness of a sweet crafter who is a member of the Stamp Junkies Facebook group. I tried the technique on regular glossy cardstock and HP photo paper because I did not have the Ranger Alcohol Ink glossy cardstock that Tim and Jennifer recommended in their videos. After not seeing the same bright results on what I had, I asked in the FB group and a "so very kind" member offered to send me a couple sheets so I could compare before purchasing (as I am on a purging and NOT buying anything new hiatus right now. HA- wish me luck:) Then she sent me a whole package and did not want to receive any reimbursement! Needless to say, my favorite Glazed Distress Oxide card was sent to her to say Thank You for being So Very Kind! I also made a couple more thank you cards with the technique and a new stitched square "so very kind" die from Lil' Inker. The first sample above features my favorite Distress Oxide color combo - Peacock Feathers, Cracked Pistachio, Wilted Violet and Picked Raspberry. The distress oxide becomes bright and beautiful by adding Distress Micro Glaze as you can see in the video here. I also share that in my opinion, the best glossy paper for this technique is indeed the Ranger Alcohol glossy cardstock.

My second thank you card made with the Glazed Distress Oxide technique features Mermaid Lagoon, Lucky Clover, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey and Abandoned Coral Distress Oxide inks. As shown in the video, each layer is dried before adding any more color so the colors are not muddied. I added some clear gems to this card and a few punched butterflies and pearls to the first one to finish them off. 

Thanks for watching, sharing, commenting and subscribing to my YouTube channel and for visiting my blog today. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!