Thursday, February 28, 2019

Dear Winter - I'm Breaking Up With You!

I am sooo tired of this winter- it has been much worse than most in my entire life and I live in Wisconsin so should be used to bad winters! At least this funny Sarcasti-Chick and sentiment from Taylored Expressions makes me smile. "Dear Winter, I'm breaking up with you. Summer is much HOTTER than you!" I created this floating easel card and die cut snowflakes in the acetate using a Kat Scrappiness stitched snowflake background die. The beautiful layered Issa snowflakes on the front and inside are from Birch Press Designs. Here is a look at the card with the easel top down to mail:

Isn't that Sarcasti-Chick from Taylored Expressions cute all bundled up in her winter jacket and hat I paper pieced? I am packing now for a little vacation in a place where I should not need my winter jacket or mittens - can't wait!! 

This is the third card I shared in my newest Die Cut Crazy video which features cards for special females. I hope you will watch it here. Thanks for your visit here and for watching, subscribing, commenting and for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

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

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

More Die Cut Crazy - Card In a Box For a Wine Loving Female Friend

I love cards in a box and especially the larger ones like I made here for my newest video in my Die Cut Crazy series - Feminine Cards with Dies. 

I created this card in a box using a die from Crealies. I know there are templates available to make larger cards in a box without a die, but I love how easy this die makes it and the rounded scalloped edges of each side. The "cheers", large wine glass and perfect stamped sentiments are from My Favorite Things. The martini and smaller wine glass dies are from My Creative Time. Celebrate and the champagne glasses are by Tonic Studios, and the purple and pink mirror cardstock is also from Tonic.

The Happy Birthday die is by Memory Box and the purple woodgrain cardstock is from Park Lane at Joann Fabrics.

To see more fun fold feminine  cards made with dies, watch my newest video here.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

Video - Die Cut Crazy Series - Feminine Cards With Dies

We all know females who love flowers and butterflies, sarcasm or wine, right? Or maybe all of the above. In my newest video, I am sharing three cards for special females with dies from many of my favorite companies. Each of them have a special fun fold or pop up feature as well.

This is the card I make in the video and the front features gorgeous wide washi tape from Altenew die cut with a lovely edger die from Creative Expressions called Hollyhock Edger. I sponged blue distress ink on a butterfly from BoBunny and added a gem. But the real fun happens when the card is opened:

I used the Squash Fold die from Crealies and more washi tape covered cardstock to create this fun pop up center. I added a "happy birthday to you"  and a crosshatch oval for the signature from Karen Burniston.

This card is so easy to make as I show in the video along with two other fun feminine cards made with dies. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the No Stamps challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

More Amazing Cards with Concord & 9th Turnabout Stencils

I had so much fun playing with the turnabout stencils from Concord & 9th, I made two more cards with the floral stencil. It is soooo easy to create lovely colorful images with these stencils! I chose spring colors again for this flower and punched a butterfly out of the stenciled paper too. 

I am a huge fan of foiling so on my last card I applied Therm O Web's Transfer gel on the last floral stencil layer as well as on the words which are part of this stencil from Concord & 9th. After it was dry, I laid some sparkly gold foil from Gina K Designs and Therm O Web on it and ran it through my Minc for the amazing shine you see. As I almost always do, I didn't waste any of the glorious color and sparkle, and punched a butterfly to add to the card. 

Friday, February 22, 2019

Wish Big Birthday Card with Concord & 9th Turnabout Stencil

I have been playing with new turnabout stencils and stamps from Concord & 9th and am sharing one of the cards I made today. I am in the mood for springy colors so I sponged each turn of the stencil with green, blue, pink and orange. On the last color, I also sponged with Versamark and added some sparkly gold embossing powder from Stampendous. I layered the colorful card front on a black card and added "Wish Big" from Papertrey Ink.

The Happy Birthday greeting on the inside is my favorite from Karen Burniston and I punched some birthday candles out of the colorful stenciled paper. 

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Wedding Card with the Snowdrop Edger Die from Creative Expressions

I had so much fun designing with the beautiful Snowdrop Edger die from Creative Expressions that I made four very different cards with it for my newest video here. The video is part of my new series on YouTube showing how to stretch our cardmaking dollars by using our dies in four different ways. 

This wedding card was made by diecutting the Snowdrop Edger die out of the right side of a larger square cardbase made with blue marble cardstock from Park Lane at Joann's Fabric. The back of the cardstock is white, so I added a navy blue layer to the inside so the gorgeous diecut edge is highlighted. I added a punched heart and layered "Mr. and Mrs." from Honey Bee Stamps. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the No Stamps challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Two More Creative Expressions Snowdrop Edger Cards

I am loving the positives and negatives of the Creative Expressions Snowdrop Edger die and had fun making four very different cards with it for my latest YouTube video here. For this one I simply cut the die out of white cardstock and attached it to a cardbase made with Park Lane marble green cardstock from Joann's Fabric. I added a strip of the pretty marbled cardstock and some pearls to complete the front of this card. I made this card a sympathy card with a layered die from Gina Marie Designs as shown here: 

I die cut the Snowdrop Edger die from the front and back of this card and added a sentiment from Karen Burniston on the front and inside as shown here:

I am hoping the 4 different cards made with the same die in my video here inspire you to try some different ways to use the dies you own.

Monday, February 18, 2019

Video - Four Creative Expressions Cards with the Same Die

Dies and other cardmaking supplies can get expensive and most of us do not have unlimited budgets, so I have started a new YouTube series showing how to stretch your supplies by making four cards with the same die. Today's new video here features the Creative Expressions Snowdrop Edger die by Cathie Shuttleworth. I love the positives and negatives of this edger die and had fun designing 4 very different cards with this gorgeous die. 

This is the bridge card I show how to make in the video and I also share my template and measurements for making a larger bridge card. Here is another look from the side of this fun fold:

The "celebrate big" was cut with a die from Stamplorations and the "happy birthday" die is from Karen Burniston. The floral heavy weight cardstock is by Park Lane from Joann Fabrics. 

Thanks for your visit today. I will be posting the other three cards made with this same die this week on my blog, so be sure to stop back and check out the new video here. 

Friday, February 15, 2019

Creative Expressions Edger Dies Cards

I recently purchased two of the Creative Expressions edger dies and am loving the positive and negative sides of these pretty dies. I used the Hollyhock Edger die on both the cards I am sharing today. The first one I made in black and white for a lovely easy thinking of you card. I simply die cut the edger die out of a piece of white cardstock and attached it to a black A2 cardbase. The sentiments on each of these cards are from Karen Burniston.

It is so easy to make a gorgeous card with these edger dies from Creative Expressions! I made this one with a deep red cardstock over a gold glitter paper. I added some gems from Gina Marie Designs and a sentiment from Karen Burniston. 

Be sure to check back Monday and next week when I share a new video and cards with another gorgeous Creative Expressions edger die.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Happy Birthday Floral Woven Basket Card

In my new video that went live this week featuring Karen Burniston's new release of dies, I showed how easy it was to make this woven basket box card, but I didn't fill it in the video. The previous woven basket card I made into an Easter basket and here is a link to that card in case you missed it. I decided since I had the basket part already made, to go ahead and fill it with flowers for a Happy Birthday card for a dear friend.

In addition to the flowers in the Woven Basket Box Card die set, I used flowers from the Flower Pot Pop Up and a favorite Happy Birthday die all from Karen Burniston. Here is a look at the flowers close up:

I used polka-dotted and colored cardstock for the flowers and added a gem from Gina Marie Designs to each one. The taller elements were raised on strips of strong acetate. This card is so bright and cheerful it almost makes me forget how cold and snowy Wisconsin is right now. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

If I Keep Posting Spring Cards, Will Spring Come Sooner?

While it has been too cold and snowy to leave the house here in Wisconsin, I have been keeping myself warm by designing fun pop up cards with the dies from Karen Burniston's newest release. I made the front of this card bright and springy with some of the new dies as well as a couple older release dies. But as usual with Karen's dies, the best part is when the recipient opens the card and this pops out:

I created this fun pop out with the new Oval Frames Pop Up set and I show how I made it in my newest video here. Here is another view of the inside to show how I personalized the card for my grandson using alphabet dies from Jade Blossom.

I am loving the new Party Border Blends die set and used it to decorate the sides of the inside of the card and also wove two together on the top of the card front.

To really see how fun this pop out is and how to put it together, click this link and watch the new video here.

I am entering this card in the interactive challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. (The inside oval frames pop out and down when the card is opened.)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Video- Spring and Easter Pop Up Cards with New Karen Burniston Dies

I just received the new Spring release of dies from Karen Burniston and had so much fun designing pop up cards with them for my newest video here. 

I think my favorite of the new dies is the Woven Basket Box Card, and in the video I show how easy it is to make this cute Easter basket that folds flat to mail. I filled my Easter basket with jelly beans, Easter eggs, chocolate Easter bunnies and the Happy Easter sentiment all from the new Easter Charms die set. Here is another view and you can see someone took a bite out of that chocolate Easter bunny in the front.

Too cute! And so easy to make with this new die set from Karen Burniston! Be sure to check back here and watch the video here for more cute and easy pop up cards anyone would love to receive!

(Edited to add: if you watched the video before 8:30 p.m. Monday the 11th, I apologize for the upside down portion. It has been corrected and the new links in this blog post will take you to the upside right version. Blame it on too much snow here making me all mixed up.)

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Is It Spring Yet?


I am so ready for Spring! I am designing with spring colors and new spring dies and hoping for warmer days so I can send this "Happy Spring" card to someone! I just received the new Concord and 9th Faceted Turnabout Stencils and new dies from Karen Burniston and I played with them this week. The turnabout stencils are so easy to use. I sponged the first way with blue, then turned and did pink and purple inks. On the 4th turn, I applied Therm O Web Transfer Gel and after it dried, ran it through my Minc machine with Gina K/Therm O Web Glorious Green foil. Foil is so difficult to photogragh, but IRL it it sparkles with little stars. 

The layered "Happy Spring" on the front and this darling little chick are new Karen Burniston dies. I die cut the egg out of a stenciled and foiled scrap. The chick is from a Karen Burniston set called Spring Animals and Happy Spring is available here. 

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

Friday, February 8, 2019

Last Winter Card?

While housebound last week with the windchill around 50 degrees below zero, I played in my room with some dies and products I hadn't designed with before putting them away. This card was made with a new snowflake background die from Gina Marie Designs as well as some new wider washi tape from Alexandra Reinke. The background die has snowflake ribbons across the bottom too, but I cut them off to the pretty washi tape scene would show. I added some gems in different sizes also from Gina Marie Designs to complete the card. 

Now I am moving on to butterflies and flowers and spring images, and I hope our weather is headed that way too.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Fight Like a Girl Encouragement Card with New Favorite Dies

While housebound last week due to unbelievably frigid temperatures here in Wisconsin, I had fun playing with many of my new dies. This breast cancer encouragement card was made with a new set of scalloped squares dies from Crealies as well as the boxing gloves from Cheapo Dies. I layered 4 layers of the pretty scalloped squares raising each one on foam squares for dimension. The perfect stamp set is from Skipping Stone Designs and I used it in the inside of the card too:

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