Monday, March 31, 2014

Two for One Project of the Week for Repeat Impressions

It's my turn to share a Project of the Week at Repeat Impression's blog, The House that Stamps Built. I decided to share two new ideas with you- a fun fold and a great product for stamping, sponging and distressing. The fold is the Reverse Gate Fold and here is a picture of how the fold looks from the top:
 Start with a base card that is 9 1/2" by 4 1/4". Score at 2 3/4" and 3 3/4" from both sides. Valley fold the first score lines on  both sides and mountain fold the two inside score lines on both sides. Cut a piece of cardstock 3 1/4' by 4 1/4"  for the front of your card and then decorate the card and front as you wish.

For the front of the cards I am sharing today, I chose to use a Specialty Stamping Paper by Ranger which is a matte coated surface for distressing and other techniques. I sponged on blue and green distress inks (also by Ranger) and then spritzed with water to create the spotted background. Then I stamped the Over the Hill swing stamp (part one) in black archival ink. The sides were embossed with a Tim Holtz Sizzix pine trees embossing folder and then sanded for a distressed look.
This is what the back of the reverse gate fold card looks like and it does fold flat to mail in an A2 envelope. I stamped the punch line of the Over the Hill swing stamp set on patterned paper and left the right pieces blank to write a happy birthday greeting to the over the hill recipient.

This fold and the specialty paper were way too fun to play with so I had to make a second card to share with you today. I created the reverse gate fold the same way described above out of a shiny pink card stock. I embossed the whole card with a flowery embossing folder by Cuttlebug. I sponged pink, green and blue distress inks onto a 3 1/4" x 4 1/4" piece of Ranger's Specialty matte paper and then spritzed with water. Then I stamped Repeat Impression's Ode to Spring with archival black ink and attached it to the front of the card. On the back I attached some pink patterned paper and stamped The Beauty of Springtime greeting.

I am entering the second card in the "Make your own backgrounds" challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow and the Animal Antics challenge at Open-Minded Crafting.

I hope you will try this fun fold and specialty paper and check out Repeat Impression's great stamps. Have a great day- I know I will, because I am celebrating the Wisconsin Badgers in the Final Four, the start of the baseball season and my birthday with a lobster dinner out at  favorite restaurant with a 60% discount:)

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Spring Card on Silhouette Sunday

I just had a few minutes to play today and needed a quick Spring/Easter card and this is what I came up with. One of the reasons I love my Silhouette and their cutting files is that it is so simple and inexpensive to make a fun card. This whole cutting file cost 50 cents on sale this week and I simply cut out the little girl silhouette in pink, the basket in yellow and the eggs in various papers and attached to a green card base that was embossed with a tulip embossing folder by Stampin' Up. Sweet and easy.

I am entering this card in the Spring challenge at the Silhouette Blog and the Spring is in the Air challenge at Polkadoodles.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Chalkboard Live Your Dream Card

I haven't made a chalkboard card for quite a while so I decided to play with the technique and a set of very cool stamps from Precious Remembrance. I embossed the main inspirational sentiments with white embossing powder and a heat gun on a black piece. Then I added the arrows, circles and the heart with white pigment ink. I sponged some of that white ink around for the chalkboard look. I used a new Chalk Marker from Close to my Heart and a ruler to draw a line around 3 sides. This is the best white marker I have ever used so am really happy I bought it from CTMH!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafty Catz and Craftitude.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Grand Re-opening of the Crackerbox Palace Website!

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and we are celebrating the Grand Re-opening of the Crackerbox Palace website!! Woo-hoo! If you follow my blog you know I am also celebrating a big birthday and spring and my own blog upgrade with a chance for you to win one of two prizes if you leave a comment and become a follower here before April 1st. Now we have another great reason to celebrate! One of the prizes you could win is a whole bunch of awesome Crackerbox Palace stamps! Vicky mentioned on Facebook that for a limited time there is free shipping on anything ordered from the new website, so head on over and check it out. You can get your stamps one of three ways- on wood, on cushion or plain rubber, so you can choose your favorite.

Today I am sharing a card I re-designed recently for a class I am teaching. I have shown the Vellum Dimension technique before, but with this card I added coloring the focal image after the dimension was added. This card is part of the Vellum Varieties class I taught last night, and my students just loved the soft pretty look of the completed card. We stamped CBP’s rose bouquet on vellum with Archival Black ink and let dry a few minutes. Using a stylus and a thick pad, we “colored” the roses from behind which stretches and whitens the vellum creating great dimension. Then we colored the roses with bright pink and green Copics again from the back. We framed the vellum image with a burgundy piece that was cut and embossed with a Cuttlebug folder. We rounded all the edges, layered on a black card and added some pearl pen accents to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please visit the Crackerbox Palace website for these and hundreds of other great CBP stamps.
I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Creative Moments and the No Designer Paper challenge at Crafting for all Seasons.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Red, Black and White Card in a Box for Classes

I made one more card in a box using one of my favorite color combos - red, black and white. This one will be taught in the individual class in my home where you could learn how to make this fun card that folds flat to mail. I used flowers, butterflies, leafy flourish and word dies and punches to create the card. Here are some additional photos showing it  from the front and also laying flat from the back:

I love using positives and negatives of dies and that is what I did on the side flaps. The dies and punches are from Memory Box, Martha Stewart, Cherry Lynn, Paper Smooches, Tim Holtz and Stampin' Up.

I am entering this card in a box in the Anything Goes challenges at Through the Craft Room Door and Party Time Tuesday.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Winged Things Designer's Choice Challenge at Repeat Impressions

It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Brenda’s turn and the theme of her challenge is “Winged Things”.  After you make your card with wings of some kind, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. 

I have been admiring the acetate cards several of my fellow Rock Stars have been making and decided to try one myself. I found this fun spotted acetate and created the card base with that. I die cut two white scalloped ovals (Spellbinders) for the front and inside of the acetate card. I stamped Repeat Impression’s beautiful large butterfly in blue ink on the white front piece and again on a dotted peach dp. I cut out the peach one and attached in the center with glue dots so the wings are raised above the flat image. I added some baker’s twine and sequins to complete the front of the card. Here is a picture of the inside of the card where I added one sequin, a sweet sentiment and another smaller butterfly both from Repeat Impressions, of course. 
I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at My Craft Spot and the punches and die-cuts challenge at Lexi’s Creations.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Nate and Grandma's Despicable Valentines

I was out of town this weekend stamping away with friends at the Madison Mingle and so missed posting a Silhouette project on Sunday like I normally do. The challenge this week at the Silhouette Blog is Anything Goes (using your Silhouette) and at Robyn's Fetish, they want to see anything but a card. I am sharing a scrapbook page I made showing my sweet grandson and me and the valentine we made together. He and I made 30 of these minion valentines and I was so grateful that I had my Silhouette to cut out all the circles and pieces rather than punch or die-cut them! I also cut out the interlocking hearts on my Silhouette using one of Silhouette's cutting files. Right now they have all their files 50% off! So for 50 cents a piece, you can really load up on them! Many other specials are going on right now too, including a free file everyday until March 27. It would be a great time to check them out.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Happy Birthday to Wendy of Repeat Impressions!

I am so grateful to the special companies who share their stamps with me so I can have fun designing and blogging with them! Repeat Impressions was the first company and challenge blog to choose me to be part of their design team and I still love designing with their high quality rubber stamps! Today is the birthday of the owner of Repeat Impressions, Wendy Wyman.  I created this card for her because she liked the other building block card I made recently for a challenge at their blog here.  The front is vellum over a dotted yellow cardstock. I colored the robin, leaves and branch with my copics from the back. The real fun happens when you open the card:

I decorated the steps of the center with Repeat Impression's Happy Bird-day Flip Set. I learned how to make a Building Block card from this tutorial on Splitcoast. It is the hardest of the new fun folds I have learned lately, but if you can measure all the specific 1/8th measurements, it creates a fun card. I sent it to Wendy and am wishing her a Happy Birthday and year to come!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What If? Wed. Sketch Challenge at Repeat Impressions

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.

I decided to make a guy’s card with Wendy’s sketch today. I started with a green card base and some manly dp that I distressed before attaching. I love using positives and negatives when stamping and I chose Repeat Impression’s Forest Positive and Negative for the circles in the corners. I sponged blue ink on a piece of Ranger Specialty paper and flicked water on it before stamping the tree and deer silhouettes. I finished the card with an RI sentiment cut out with deckle scissors.
Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at My Craft Creations and “It’s a Guy Thing” challenge at Raisin Boat.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Subway Art Inlaid Die-cut Card and Blog Candy Alert!

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I played with some of the techniques from the online CAS class I am taking this weekend, and this is one of the birthday cards I made:
The subway art look is very popular right now and I pulled out some of my favorite birthday and friend sentiments to make this card. The "friend" was cut with my Silhouette diagonally on a white piece and again in light blue. I attached the blue friend inside the negative space on the white card front so it laid flat and then stamped right over it with the various sentiments. I added some light dots by sponging with purple ink through a Heidi Swapp stencil.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Sister Act and 613 Avenue Create.

Monday, March 17, 2014

CAS Homework Card

On the first day of the CAS on line class I am taking, we learned about inlaid die-cuts and faux metal and so far those are my favorite techniques they have shared. I played with the faux metal technique on this card. Basically you heat emboss 4-5 layers of silver embossing powder and then stamp in the last layer while it is still hot to get this look. I liked it, but I always find embossing powder so messy to work with. I created a small circle mask for the faux metal circle and a larger circle mask for the center circle. I sponged with purple and blue ink through a Memory Box butterfly stencil and added dots all over the same way with a Heidi Swapp stencil.

I am entering this card in the thank you challenge at Totally Gorjuss and the Things with Wings challenge at Kitty Bee Designs.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Print and Cut on Silhouette Sunday

The challenge this week at the Silhouette Blog is to create a new project using their print and cut files. I made this fun frog card for a special young lady using a Silhouette America frog that I printed and cut three times. One of the frogs was flipped before printing and cutting. Those operations are so easy to do with the Silhouette software. I cut 3 holes in the center piece with a Spellbinders circle die and have the cute frogs peaking out from them. The sides were punched with an ek success border punch, and the "cool" sentiment is from Technique Tuesday.

I am also entering this card in the challenge at Cut it Up to use green and die-cuts.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Pastel 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 Pastel Colors 4 Kids. Create and link any card for a child using pastel colors and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge:  Crackerbox Palace is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! Kenny K. Downloads is giving their randomly picked winner 3 digis of their choice!  And Sassy Studio’s winner gets 4 images of their choice! 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 first card above features the beautiful Girl on a Swing by Crackerbox Palace. If you follow my blog, you know I love Crackerbox Palace stamps! I stamped her on vellum and colored from the backside with subtle pastels. I decided to feature her pretty hat and so I stamped it on yellow polka-dotted paper and paper pieced it to the front of the vellum image. I attached with little flower brads to an aqua card base and added the perfect sentiment (also from Crackerbox Palace.)
My second card features Dancer from Kenny K.  I printed her on white cardstock, did a little coloring with Copics and paper pieced the rest. I created a musical stencil with my Silhouette and their cutting files and sponged in various pastel colors to create the background. I hope one of our teen-age girls will like this card.

I am entering these cards in the Girls, Girls, Girls challenge at Cute Card Thursday, the For a Special Girl challenge at Simon Says Stamp and the Anything Goes challenge at Aud Sentiments. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Card Drive for Emma

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps and sent to a special little girl named Emma who has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. I learned about a card drive for Emma on this blog post. Here is a note from Emma’s family:

Tuesday, October 22, Emma went in for a quick check of a persistent cough as well as to address some concerns about her recent fatigue and pale coloring. A chest x-ray didn’t reveal any fluid in her lungs but her primary care physician detected an enlarged spleen. She suggested we take Emma for blood work to rule out mononucleosis. Within an hour of the blood work we had preliminary results of severe anemia. At this point, her primary care physician gently warned us of a possible diagnosis of leukemia. By 2pm that afternoon we were checking into the hematology/oncology clinic at Dayton Children’s and meeting the amazing staff who would travel this 2+ year journey with us.

I sent this card and a couple others, and am asking you to read the blog post and if you can, send one or more cards for Emma and her family to show the world is full of stampers who care.

Thanks for stopping by my blog. The CBP website is being upgraded currently, but you can always email or call them if you want any of the stamps I share.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Inlaid Die Cut Card for CAS Class

I am taking a CAS One Layer Cards on line class and learned so much already on the first two days of class. I was glad to see the instructors are being flexible with their definitions of one layer and CAS. I find it much easier to work with a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of cardstock for the front of my cards and then attach to an A2 card base. Then it doesn't matter what the back of your front piece looks like. This technique is called Faux Layered Die-cuts or Inlaid Die-Cuts. To get the look, you cut a hole with your die-cut and fill it with the pieces of paper cut with the same die so they lay flat at the same level as the front piece. I chose a quilt die from W Plus 9, cutting it several times with different patterned paper and then popping them back like a puzzle. A tip I learned from the class was to attach tape across the back of the framed piece and then the pieces you pop in will stick easily in place. I embossed a square frame with a Spellbinders square and my thick rubber mat, No More Shims. I added some hearts sponged through a Heidi Swapp stencil- I wish I had used a lighter touch with the ink sponging, but too late now. Next time:) The perfect sentiment is from Repeat Impressions.

Last time I took one of these classes, I had all sorts of time to play. That is not the case this time, but  am hoping to have time to make and share a few cards each week with you. I highly recommend these classes and you can take it any time even after the live ones are done.
I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Addicted to Stamps and More and at Through the Craft Room Door.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Flower Show Designer's Choice Challenge

It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Cheri’s turn and the theme of her challenge is “Flower Show”.  After you make your card with flowers, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. 

I have created a Building Block card featuring Repeat Impressions beautiful rose stamps. I learned how to make a Building Block card from this tutorial. The rose wreath on the front was stamped on vellum and colored from behind. I added the Love sentiment and attached to the patterned cardstock base with two flower brads.

I stamped and paper pieced the Rose Flip Stamp Set and placed the roses opening up on the steps in the inside of the card. I stamped the perfect sentiment on the right side of the card to complete it. Here is another picture from the top to show how the card opens after cutting, scoring and folding, then decorating.
I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at  Love to Create and Crafting from the Heart (with favorite colors pink and green because they remind me of spring.)

Monday, March 10, 2014

Personalized Card in a Box

My twin brother is turning 60 on March 31st which is also opening day for our Milwaukee Brewers. I decided to make him a special card celebrating both his birthday and opening day. I am totally infatuated with Hank, the stray puppy the Brewers have adopted at spring training. If you haven't seen him, or need something to make you smile, check out this link for more adorable pictures.  I printed one of the cutest pictures of Hank as well as an Opening Day emblem. I punched the Happy Birthday (Martha Stewart) and cut the 60 with my Silhouette. The sides were embossed with a Cuttlebug Happy Birthday embossing folder. Here are a couple more pictures for more detail:

I am having so much fun with different Cards in a Box that I will be offering a class in my home on how to make them.

I am entering this card in the Sports challenge at Allsorts and the Oldies BD challenge at Speedy Fox and Friends at Mark's Finest Papers.