Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolor Powder Comparison- Lindy's Magicals and Color Burst

All week long here on my blog I am sharing the cards I made with all my watercolor powders for the Watercolor Comparison video with LOTs of sample cards (and a card from start to finish with Brushos and a touch of sparkle from embossing powder.) Please click on the link to watch the video- I appreciate your support there.

One of my favorites of the watercolor powders I own is the Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang because they have a beautiful sparkle built right into them. I used fall colors of reds, oranges and yellows of the Magicals to create this background, then embossed the dried piece with a Sizzix embossing folder called Bohemian Lace. Then I simply added the beautiful "Thinking of You" from Quietfire Designs for a CAS lovely card.

I was in the mood for fall colors so for this card I used Ken Oliver's Color Burst in reds and oranges with some silver embossing powder, then die cut the gorgeous Maple Vine Frame from Tutti Designs. I layered it on a dark brown cardbase and added a colorful Thankful (die from Penny Black.)

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and also from clicking on over to check out the new video, leave a comment, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you have not already done so. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolor Powder Comparison- Bister and Magenta Nuance Fall Cards

I posted a new YouTube video yesterday showing the differences between all the watercolor powders I owned with a bunch of card samples. Here is a link to that video:

Today I am sharing two of my favorites of the sample cards. The first watercolor powder I purchased back in 2014 was Bister powders which have a wood grain feel to them and are from the Netherlands. They are available for purchase in the USA here.  One of my favorite ways to use Bisters is to create a stormy sky background with the Black Bister powders only as I did above. When dry, I created a circle mask and used bleach on an on old waterbrush to pull some of the color out of the moon. I added a spooky tree, some bats and a ghost from Karen Burniston's Halloween dies, and "Spooky" from Tonic Studios.

I used Magenta Nuance powders and silver embossing powder to create the leaves on this card. For details on the technique, check out the YouTube video here. I die cut a leaf opening with a Fun Stampers Journey leaf die, and placed a gorgeous autumn scene Clear Views Transparency behind the opening. For details on how to order Clear Views, check out the description box on the YouTube video, or scroll down to yesterday's blogpost. The larger Magenta Nuance leaves were cut with Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die and the leaf punch is from The Paper Studio. The "blessed" was cut with a die from Simon Says Stamp. Here are a couple more photos of this card: 

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and also from clicking on over to check out the new video, leave a comment, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you have not already done so. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Watercolor Powder Comparison and Many Many Card Samples on YouTube Monday

It's YouTube Monday and today I posted a new video where I show all the different watercolor powders I own explaining how they are different, and showing card samples for each one. I have Brusho Crystal Colours, Bister Powders, Lindy's Magicals, Magenta Nuance and Color Burst and I had so much fun playing with each to create sample cards for this video. You are going to want to check out the new video here to see all the colorful sample cards and how to make this card from start to finish:

I used Brushos to make this "be-you-tiful" butterfly card. The lovely picture in the butterfly frame is a Clearviews Transparency from The Mark-It Place. (If you want to order any Clearviews, email the owner at with your phone number and she will contact you to finalize order.)

There is just a couple more weeks left in my Grand Opening Grand Prize contest and you can find out how to enter by clicking on the picture on the side of the blog. Or you can watch the new video here, and then click SHOW MORE to see all the videos I have posted including the Grand Opening Grand Prize video.

So come on over to my YouTube channel and thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

I am entering this card in the CAS challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land (butterfly is Penny Black die.)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fall Colors 4 Kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids

It’s Saturday and time for another fun challenge at Send a Smile 4 Kids! This time our challenge is: Fall Colors 4 Kids! Create and link any card with fall colors appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

Our sponsor prize for this challenge is a $10 gift certificate from Little Blue Button Stamps! TEAM S.A.S will also be choosing their favorite cards for our top three and the winners will receive a blog badge and an opportunity to be a guest design team member on a future challenge.

My card features the Pumpkin Scene and Spooktacular dies from Tonic Studios,  and the Happy Halloween Channel and “Wishing You A” dies from Memory Box. I just put them all together on a gold card front for a fun fall colored Halloween card perfect for a kid.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Pop Up Christmas Card with Karen Burniston Dies

The front of my card is very pretty with a beautiful die from Penny Black and a lovely dp with a deer. But if you follow me or know Karen Burniston's dies, you know the best is yet to come:

Right?? So cool to have a Christmas tree pop up when the card is opened and it was not hard to make at all. Of course, I always watch the videos Karen Burniston does on all her pop up dies and I followed the one for the 1020 Christmas Tree Pop-up step for step and the tree went together very easily. I made a "tree skirt" like she suggested using a scalloped circle die from Tonic Studios and added her "Merry Christmas" from the Word Set 3 - Holidays for the perfect greeting. I added some sticker gems for ornaments and glued the star on the top of the tree. Here is another look:

The dp was in my stash and I only had one of that kind. But I cut it into 4 equal parts and the last one went on the back of the card. When cutting the apparatus that holds the trunk of the tree up, there is a cut in the front and back of the red card base, so those need to be covered up and this pretty dp worked perfectly for that. Love how the card turned out!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happy Holidays with Karen Burniston Dies

I have been having so much fun playing with the new release from Karen Burniston for Halloween and Christmas and this is one of the cards I designed. The front features Karen's new Gift Card Label die and it could be left just as is with the "wishing you" (from Memory Box) for a beautiful and decorative card front. But if you wanted to use this card to give a gift card, you could slide it right in under the decorative green elements and it would stay in place until given. 

As usual with cards created with Karen Burniston's dies, the real fun is in the inside of the card:

Isn't this cool? The sleigh pops up and stands up for display in the home of the recipient who is going to love this! I used Karen's Sleigh Pop Up die for the sleigh and the presents and the cute penguin is from her Winter Animals set. The sentiment is from her Holiday Word Set and I admit I totally cased the idea of using the wreath for the "O" from a card that Karen made. Here is a closeup of the sleigh- note the gold mirror card front is embossed and the die does that:

Thanks for helping me share the joy of creativity! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Uchi's Designs on YouTube Monday!

I am so excited to share that I have posted a new video on my YouTube channel that shows how to use Uchi's Designs animated stamps and dies in three different ways! This is the third card that I teach in the new video here.  If you lived close to me, you could take a monthly class in my home and learn new techniques and try new products every month. But now you can see how I made the three cards for free and if you live in the USA, you could even possibly win the cards I made! Here is a peak at all three cards:

I have not blogged this beautiful "Let Your Dreams Take Flight" butterfly card before because it is the first I made with Uchi Designs new die that allows us to use color in the grid and the stamped images which is very exciting! Here is another look at the card:
To see the animated motion of the butterflies in this card as well as the ballerina, bird and sun above, check out my Cardmaking Techniques and Tips Session 102 - Uchi's Designs Animated Stamps and Dies in Three Different Ways video on my YouTube channel. And if you become a subscriber and leave a comment before the end of September you could also win my Grand Opening Grand Prize!

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!