Wednesday, August 30, 2023

More Sew Special Slimline Cards with The Greetery Dies and Stamps

I saw the new Notionable die set from The Greetery with the tomato pin cushion and had to buy it immediately because of the wonderful memories of my Mom at her sewing machine with the pin cushion always beside her. I loved the stitched SEW stamp too and this is the first card I designed with them. I created the textured background with Altenew's Rustic Linen stamp and added some other die cuts from the die set and the word "loved" cut with an old alphabet die set. This card is for my sister's upcoming birthday and I know she will smile with those same memories. Here is a look at the inside of this card with a stamp from the Altenew stamp set:

After I bought those sets and made this card, I saw a video from The Greetery with the Aida Cloth Texture Plate and the Stitched Sentiment Dies and I placed a second order for them. The Greetery's fantastic service meant both sets came within just a few days, and I created 5 cards that I share in my newest video here. All of the cards are slimline, and here is a mini-slimline thank you card I made:

The Stitched Sentiments Stamp Set has so many clever sewing related sentiments and this card says: "Thanks Doesn't Cut It" with a scissors that can open and close. The mini-slimline dies are from a set by Karen Burniston. Here is another slimline card I made and share in the video:

This thank you slimline card has an oval wooden frame that lifts up to share a handwritten message in. I love how all these cards turned out and know I will be spreading smiles and memories when I send them out to special people and sisters. 

I am entering the first card in the Anything Goes Challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

September Class Cards With Vellum

I  am having great fun teaching monthly  cardmaking classes at Harts N Scraps in Cedar Creek Mall in Rothschild WI. Once the classes are done, I post the cards here on my blog. The theme this month was cards made with vellum. The students made vellum overlay cards (over a gorgeous 4 layer floral stencil from Altenew), ink blending on thicker vellum, and the stretching technique. Here are the cards: 

If you are close to north-central Wisconsin, you can check out future classes at the Harts n Scraps Facebook page. My classes have been filling up so fast, we are starting a third class for the next few months. 

Monday, August 28, 2023

Sharing Sewing Memories on Special Slimline Cards

The memory of my mother at her sewing machine with her red tomato pin cushion brought a smile to my face when I saw the new Handiwork Collection release at The Greetery. I knew I wanted to share those memories with my sisters, and immediately bought that die set as well as several others in the release and am featuring them in my newest video here.

This is the slimline fun fold card that I show how to make step by step in the video. My favorite die from the collection is the tomato pin cushion as I can see it in my memory of my Mom at her sewing machine. I do not sew with a sewing machine, but did do counted cross stitch on Aida cloth, and the new Aida Cloth Texture Plate from The Greetery brought back those wonderful memories too. The scissors in the Notionable die set look so realistic and can be opened and closed if made with a brad as I show. Here is a look at this fun fold slimline card opened:

The scalloped stitched rectangle dies used are from Gina Marie Designs and Karen Burniston. Here is another slimline fun fold card I share in this video:

The tomato pin cushion, movable scissors, thimble, pins with colored heads in a pin holder, needle and thread as well as the spool of thread are all from the Notionable die set at the Greetery. This easel card also features the Aida Cloth Texture Plate which I easily extended for the slimline size, and the Stitched Sentiment die and stamp sets. I know my sister is going to love this birthday card! 

The new video also shows many other slimline cards I made with the wonderful dies and stamps in this release at The Greetery, and I hope my cards will encourage you to try some of the ideas and products for yourself!

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

To Sew or Not - We Can Choose with these Spellbinders Dies

I love dies where choices can be made to make very different cards like the new Stitched For Christmas dies from Spellbinders. This Stitched Christmas Sweater die makes adorable shaped cards like the Christmas card above but is also is perfect on an embossed A2 card base like the winter card below:

The sweater itself does not have large enough holes to stitch on it, but some have chosen to enlarge the holes with a needle and add stitched to it. In the same die set is the stitched snowflake die, the Ho Ho Ho circle which can be stitched or not and can  be made into an ornament, and the tree on the card below:

I share all of these cards in my new video as well as many others and how to sew the partial background using the new Stitched Starry Argyle background die in this new Spellbinders release. 

Here is one more Christmas card I made for my newest video here with new dies from Spellbinders (Stitched Poinsettia and Holly) as well as a Spellbinders embossing folder and tag die. 

Monday, August 21, 2023

Using Seasonal Spellbinders Dies to Make Christmas Cards Or Not (Video)

I love dies that can be used in many different ways to stretch my crafty dollars and if you do too, you will want to check out the many cards I share in my newest video here featuring Spellbinders Stitched For Christmas and Snow Garden collections. My favorite of the new dies from Spellbinders is the Stitched Starry Argyle background die and I show how to make this card step by step in the new video: 

I show how to create the beautiful partial sewn background with white and gold metallic threads and then how I made the American Holly leaves and berries, as well as easy inking of the chickadee all made with the new Snow Garden dies from Susan Tierney-Cockburn. I chose holly and Christmas colors on this card, but this card uses much of the same dies without stitching for a non-holiday version:

I watched Susan's video on the new Hemlock, Cones and Chickadee die set as she is an expert on coloring and tips for her flowers and other images. I am not an expert colorist or shaper, but am still happy with how my cards turned out. Here is another card I made with new gorgeous dies from Spellbinders:

This shows a THIRD way to create lovely backgrounds with the Stitched Starry Argyle die - this time I stitched the whole  background with gold metallic thread. It doesn't take long at all because all the stitched are long. The flowers were made with the new Glory Of Snow die set from Spellbinder's Snow Garden release. 

To see many more stitched and not stitched holiday and non-holiday cards, watch the new video here:  

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

Flower Fun Folds With Dies From My Favorite Companies

Sunflowers and blue bonnets are two of my favorite flowers, and they are so cheerful on this fence fun fold card made with a new die set from Karen Burniston and featured in my newest video here. Just look what happens when this card is opened:

It stands up with three rectangle accordion folds for a cheerful display in the recipient's home! The Fence Add-Ons die works with Karen Burniston's Landscape Rectangle Accordion die to easily create this fantastic card. The grass and crosshatch rectangle dies are also from Karen Burniston and the sunflower dies are from Penny Black. 

Another favorite company where I get very reasonably priced dies from is Hot off the Press at Paper Wishes and when I saw the video and cards they made with this die set, I didn't even try to resist it! It is called Paper Artist Inside/Out Flowers and here is another picture of this pop out flower card:

I am entering the first card in the Anything Goes challenge at the Karen Burniston Pop Up Peeps Facebook page. 

Monday, August 14, 2023

Got Flower Dies? Love Interactive Cards? New Video For You!

I love to make interactive fun fold cards and have recently purchased a bunch of new flower dies, so in my newest video here I am sharing many fantastic flower fun fold cards. One of my favorite dies in Karen Burniston's newest release was the Twist Flower Pop Up die set and here is the first card I made with it:

I love stitching dies and on the front and on the inside I used the Paper Rose Studio Stitching Flower 1 die set for gorgeous flowers stitched with metallic thread. Also on the front are dies from Crafter's Companion and Simon Says Stamp. The Twist Flower Pop Up die from Karen Burniston can be used to easily pop up anything, but in the video I am featuring flower dies and this is the card I made step by step in the new video:

The pretty card front was created with a Paper Rose sunflower border and a Frantic Stamper sentiment die and I popped up many cheerful daisies created with a Crafter's Companion die set called Delightful Daisies Blossoming Daisies. It is hard to see the deightful pop up motion of these two cards and it is best to watch it in the new video. But here is a mini video I created to show these two cards opening for a fun surprise:

(For some unknown reason, my subscription service does not work with videos in my blogposts, so if you are reading this in your email, click on the title and go to the actual blogpost to see the mini videos.)

I had great fun creating these pop up flower fun folds and hope the cards inspire you to try some of the ideas and products!

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Very Large Die Two Different Ways

I am a die cut addict and often buy dies on impulse without reading the small print or finding out the actual size. I loved the look of the Wave Crest Panel Die Set from TEXTures and Lou Collins that I found here on Paper Wishes. But when I received it, I tried cutting it and it is very large- too large even for a 5 x 7 card. I did glue it onto this 5 x 7 card base and trimmed off the sides before adding the whale die cut raised on pop dots. The whale and turtle below are also from the Deep Blue Collection from TEXTures by Lou Collins, and the sentiment is from A Colorful Life Designs. 

The size of cards I make the most is A2 (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 when folded) and that is the size of this card. I die cut the very large wave, glued it on and trimmed it down to fit the A2 cardbase. I popped up the sea turtle and stamped a perfect sentiment from poppystamps. 

I think my grandsons will love these cards and I will give to them to share with friends or family and spread joy and smiles. 

Monday, August 7, 2023

Crealies Twist and Pop Cards In Just Minutes!

Twist and Pop cards are so easy to make when Crealies creative dies do all the work as I show in my newest video here. I have tried to make twist and pop cards doing the scoring and cutting myself, but it is sooo much easier to make them with the new Twist and Pop dies from Crealies! Here is the card I made with the Four Panel Twist and Pop die set as well as many other new dies in this release:


Great news! Many of Crealies dies are now available in the USA at the Frantic Stamper website and more are being added often! Here is a link:

And here is a link to dies in this release used in this video:

Here is another card I made with many of those new trees, branches and thank you dies as well as the Six Panel Twist and Pop die set:


There are also several other new die sets with different shaped panels and I used several of them in this card I made in the new video:


I had great fun designing these twist and pop cards and I hope the cards encourage you to give some of the ideas and products a try!


Saturday, August 5, 2023

Birthday Cards 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s the first Saturday of a new month and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! The theme for this challenge is Birthday Cards 4 Kids, but you can choose to participate in our challenge with any card appropriate for a child.

I made this cake box card with a die from Paper Wishes for a child who loves dinosaurs. I added dino stickers from Pipstickers and a perfect sentiment die from Whimsy Stamps. 

Be sure to check out the rest of the cards from TEAM SAS here and we would love it if you entered our challenge.