Thursday, April 15, 2021

CAS Altenew Antique Rose Card

 I just couldn't resist this gorgeous Antique Rose die set from Altenew and I had so much fun with it I made a bunch of cards for an upcoming video. I also took a free layering class from Altenew with this and other layering die sets and got many great ideas which I will also be sharing soon. "Thinking of You" cards are the ones I use the most so I combined the beautiful layered rose with a favorite sentiment die from Sue Wilson for a simple but lovely card. The top layer of the rose and leaves all have a hint of sparkle from the glitter cardstock I chose. 

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

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

More Pop Up Double Bitty Ball Animal Cards From My Newest Video

I received a request from a special friend to create a pop up frog card for his wife's birthday and had so much fun creating this card, of course I shared it in a new video with other bitty ball animal cards. I can share that it is very hard to grow a YouTube channel and get many views and minutes watched on each video, but my highest viewed videos are these also featuring pop up animals made with the ingenious dies from Karen Burniston. So I know others love these double bitty ball animal pop ups as much as I do! 

Of course the best part of these cards is when the recipient opens the card and a critter pops up! I belong to a Facebook group called Karen Burniston Pop Up Peeps and saw a frog card there I was able to get inspiration from and my friend loved how this card turned out. I hope his wife does too when she opens it on her birthday!

I also learned how to make this type of card and the monkey from Karen Burniston on her Facebook group and YouTube channel. I made this card for a little boy who will delight in the silly joke and how the monkey pops up when he opens the card. 

I hope you are inspired by my cards and new video to give these double bitty ball pop up animals a try!

I am entering the first card in the Birthday challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Video - Cookie Monster, Frog and Monkey Pop Up Double Bitty Ball Cards

One of my favorite all time dies is the Bitty Ball Pop Up Die from Karen Burniston when it is used doubled up to make animals and critters of all kinds. In my newest video here, I show new frog and monkey Bitty Ball cards and how to make a Cookie Monster card from scratch. Here is the card I make in the video:

I have shown this card on my blog before but now you can learn step by step how to make it in the new video.  Of course the best part is when you open the card and see who pops up:

Isn't he adorable? The stenciled sentiment was made with the Taylored Expressions Falling Happy stencil and an older birthday die from Penny Black. Of course the best way to see Cookie Monster pop up when the card is opened is to watch the new video here.

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

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Shakers and Slimline Cards with New Dies From Die For

I love to make shaker cards and slimline cards and I combined those loves on the two cards I am sharing today from my newest Die Cut Crazy video. I created the background with a new stencil from Pinkfresh Studio called Mirrored Triangles and I used the new Tulips, Flower Pot and "celebrate" die from the new release at Dies...To Die For at I also used the Slimline Torn Rectangles die. Here is a look at this card "all shook up": 

Here is another celebration Hello Peeps card from the new video and another view of it all shook up: 

I used the Bunny Peeps die set and added the word Peeps in the same color using Hannah's Alphabet raised on fun foam. The shaker frame was created with Dies...To Die For Slimline Plaid 2 die and the layered Hello is from Spring Words with Shadows. 

I love all the new dies in the newest release and hope these cards and my new video inspire you to give them a try! 

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

Monday, April 5, 2021

Video - Cardmaking for Celebrations With New Dies...To Die For April Dies

It is Spring and and I am celebrating the hopefulness of this spring with a new celebrations video featuring the brand new April release of dies at Die For at! Here is the screen fold card I show how to make in the video:

There are four folds on this card and each features new dies from the April release and one of the folds is a see through acetate where the sentiment and candles look like they are floating. Here are a few more views of this fun fold card:

The new dies I used to make this card are: Slimline Bow Border, Celebrate, Make A Wish, Streamers and Crepe Paper Border. I also used the Slimline Torn Rectangles and a fun stencil from Artplorations called Fan Fair. I also show how to make a slimline envelope with a little extra room for a thicker card like this one with the new Slimline Envelope die.

Here is another celebration card I share in the new video and it features the Teapot Cardmaker die and the new "celebrate" die. I created the front of the teapot with a new technique I am sharing in a video soon and a sentiment die from Cutplorations. 

I had great fun making these and the other cards in the new video and hope the cards and ideas inspire you to give them a try! 

Saturday, April 3, 2021

Cards For Moms (From the 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! Again this year, all challenges at SAS4Kids are Anything Goes 4 Kids! We will also have an alternative theme that you can choose to follow, but are not required to. The theme for this challenge is: Cards For Moms (From the Kids.) 

I made my card both an easel card and an eclipse card and the O in MOM is a mirror for her to see her beautiful face. I started with Gina K Designs Red Velvet Glitz Glitter Gel through an Artplorations stencil and when the gel was dry I die cut out two M's with Kat Scrappiness alphabet dies. I raised them on black fun foam and popped them back in for the eclipse look. The fun shoes on the bottom of the card were cut with dies from Die For and the sentiment die is from Spellbinders. Both the stitched and dotted oval and strip dies are from Gina Marie Designs.

Here is a look at the inside of this easel card:

On the inside of the card I added some more sparkly shoes and a layered perfect sentiment from Honey Bee 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.


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

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Happy Birthday Prize Package You Can Win!

Every year at the end of March I celebrate my twin brother's birthday by giving my followers a chance at winning the present! This year the present is this prize package of dies, stamps, paper and other goodies valued at over $65! It is hard to show you all the goodies in this prize package so I filmed a brief video to better show them:

As explained in the video, for a chance to win you need to comment on this blogpost or on my Instagram post from 3/31 showing the package before April 15, 2021 and in that comment please tell me where you live. Sorry, I can mail to USA residents only. You may comment once here and on my Instagram here so you have two chances at winning. 

I do so appreciate all my followers and subscribers here on my blog, on my YouTube channel and Instagram and thank you for your support through the years. 

Funny how my twin brother gets older every March 31st, but I do not:)

EDITED TO ADD: sorry for any confusion. No need to attach any photos- I just meant you could also comment on my Instagram post with this picture (so on the right Instagram post) for another chance to win.