Thursday, June 30, 2016

Tonic Double Detail Telescoping Card

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and I am sharing a telescoping card featuring the Double Details dies and stencils and some of the new colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse that just came out. Have you seen the nine gorgeous new colors of Nuvo Mousse available here on the website? Oh my- they are so pretty! I used the pastel colors of Cornflower Blue, Peony Pink and Lilac Lavender on my card, but I love the brown and copper and black as well. There are three circular layers to my telescoping card, with the smallest of the circles on top as shown here:

Each circle of the telescoping card is attached with a brad to the next layer, allowing it to open and close. I die cut the top purple layer with the scalloped circle die from the Have a Beautiful Day Sew Pretty Frame set. I also used the sentiment from that set. I die cut the flowers from the Daisy Burst Double Detail set and applied Cornflower Blue and Peony Pink Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to color them. For the middle circle, I applied blue, pink and lavender embellishment mousse with a spatula through the beautiful Daisy Burst Double Detail Stencil. Each set in this Double Detail range has a stencil that matches a die. The largest pink layer of my telescoping card features the Poppy Hideway Double Detail die cut and embossed in blue and framed with a pinhole circle die. Here is a picture of the lovely embossed die cut and the raised texture of the embellishment mousse:

I am entering this card in the challenge at Win & Tonic to use Tonic flower dies. I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and at The House that Stamps Built (Repeat Impressions.)

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Circle and Pinhole Circle Layering Dies, Scalloped Circle and sentiment from Have a Beautiful Day Circle Frame Set, 3 flowers from Daisy Burst Double Detail die set, Poppy Hideway Double Detail die, Daisy Burst Double Detail Stencil, Cornflower Blue, Peony Pink and Lilac Lavender Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: brads

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Christmas Acetate Card

I create holiday cards all year for my in home classes and also so I don't have to rush to get them done in December. I love making acetate cards even though they do not photograph well. I embossed the front of this acetate card with a snowflake embossing folder from Sizzix. I used a Lil' Inker stitched rectangle die that is A2 sized to die cut the center white piece and attached a beautiful Merry Christmas ornament die cut from Memory Box. Anything that gets glued or attached with tape to an acetate card has to be covered in the back to hide the adhesive. So I die cut another stitched rectangle from the same Lil' Inker set and embossed it with a Crafts Too embossing folder. Here are photos of the back and the side view: 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Glitter and TP - Great Combo

I have been experimenting with a new technique using toilet paper and embossing folders. If you are interested in the details on how to do it, you can check it out here in this blog post.  On this one, I put the ink on the other side of the embossing folder so the color shows up in the leaves, not the background. I tore the edges of the dried tp piece and attached it to a blue card base. I die cut Memory Box's new little floral bird out of black cardstock and attached it to sticky paper, then added white glitter. I colored the bird with markers and cut it out. I added a die cut sentiment to complete the card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Amusing Challenges.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Tonic Studios Zipper Guy Card

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and  I am sharing a card for a guy on his special day featuring the Zip and Button Die and Deboss Set from the Sew Pretty range at Tonic Studios. I knew the minute I saw the zipper and button dies I wanted to try to create a guy’s sweater vest and button down shirt and had fun creating this card from that idea. I cut a top folding navy A2 size card base. I punched a V shaped collar in the vest and attached strips of light blue creating stripes on the sweater vest. I embossed the sweater vest card with an embossing folder from Sizzix. I die cut the zipper pull out of scrap of Tonic gold mirror card and debossed the light blue zipper. Here is a close up picture of the zipper and zipper pull and the white shirt which pulls out of the “sweater vest” card base as shown here:

I cut and folded the white collar and added some die cut white buttons to button down the collar. I attached the “On Your Day” sentiment which could be celebrating Father’s Day or a birthday or any special day.

I am entering this in the "One for the Boys" challenge at Win and Tonic.

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Zip and Button Die and Deboss Set, “On Your Day” Miniature Moments Die, Tonic Gold Mirror Card, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Funky Glue Pen, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer; Other: Sizzix embossing folder     

Friday, June 24, 2016

It's Almost the 4th of July!

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and today I am sharing a 4th of July card I made for a very special person with Crackerbox Palace stamps. Hard to believe it is almost the 4th of July- I say it every year- where does the summer go so fast? I was playing with a new technique using toilet paper and designed this card with one of my favorite Crackerbox Palace silhouette stamps showing a patriotic parade of kids. We loved to be part of the parades in my small town where I grew up so this stamp just makes me smile. I explained this technique and shared the source where I learned it in this blog post on my blog. For this card I used an embossing folder from Darice for the top tp part and also punched some stars from the tp piece as well. I stamped CBP’s 4th of July Parade in black on the red card base for a fun partriotic card.  

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tonic Studios Acetate Cards

**Warning- the cards are lovely in real life I promise you, but it is very hard to photograph acetate cards to show them on a blog. If you have any advice on how to photograph acetate cards, please share!**

I was reminded recently by a dear friend how lovely embossed acetate cards can be and was determined to combine thick acetate with Tonic Studios dies to make some awesome cards. I succeeded in the designing part, but not in the photography to show them off well:( But I think I did a better job on this flower embossed acetate card, so am showing it first. I used a floral embossing folder from Couture Creations to emboss the front of the A2 acetate card cut out of 10 mm thick acetate. Using thicker acetate results in better embossing and a sturdier card. I die cut Tonic Studio's From Me to You Topper Set out of aqua blue cardstock and the outer piece three times out of white cardstock. I layered one of each for the front of the card and attached with just a little hanging off and trimmed. Here are a couple views from the inside and back showing the layering and the sentiment from the Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Die Set: 

All of the layers are lined up on the acetate and for the back, I traced the inside piece and cut it out so it was slightly smaller than the white floral shape.

I love this butterfly acetate card featuring Tonic Studio's new Elegant Columns and Admiral Arches Sew Pretty butterfly dies and so have others I have shown the card to IRL. However, again it is very difficult to photograph to show you, my readers, how pretty the acetate card is. Here are other views of the card: 

Can you see the lovely detailed embossing and pin pricks of these gorgeous Tonic Studios butterfly dies cut out of Tonic gold mirror card? You can see through the front of the acetate to the inside where I die cut another Admiral Arches corner and "Cherish the Moments" from the Rectangular Frame Set of the same name. 

I am entering the first card above in the "use a flower" challenge at Win and Tonic and the 2nd card in the butterflies challenge at Dies R Us.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Die-Versions Stenciled Hugs Card

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this CAS Hugs card designed with Die-Versions dies. I die cut a stencil with Die-Versions Funky Octagon Background and sponged several shades of blue ink through it to create my background. Then I die cut a scalloped circle out of that background using the largest of the Nesting Flowers dies. I raised that “flower” on pop dots and attached it back in the hole that was created. I die cut and attached Die-Versions Curly Word Hugs and added some navy Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the CAS card.

**Remember you can get a 15% discount on any of Die-Version’s great dies by simply using my discount code karen15 when you check out at the Die-Versions website.**

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Kitty Window Joy Fold Card

Animal Magic is the theme of my favorite challenge to enter at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and I found another animal card I designed for a magazine article but have never blogged to share with you today. This kitty looking out a window is one of my favorite stamps from Repeat Impressions and I stamped him on a pretty blue dp pieced that is folded in half and attached to the inside kraft side of another folded two sided piece of cardstock. The card base was created with Tim Holtz's Kraft-core cardstock from Core'dinations. The two folds together are known as a "joy fold" card. CAS but the pretty stamp makes this card perfect for any cat lover.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Animal Magic at Simon Says Stamp

This week the theme of my favorite challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is Animal Magic, so I went back in my photos of cards not blogged yet and found this beautiful tiger I created for a magazine article a while back on vellum techniques. I do not remember whose stamp the tiger scene is, but I do remember I stamped it with black ink on vellum and then colored from the other side with markers. The tiger itself was "colored" with a round styllus head to stretch the vellum and raise it as shown. I die cut an oval opening in the white card front and scored diagonally every inch both ways. I masked and did a little sponging in the bottom of the diamonds to create the cool background look. Now that I look at this card again, I wonder why I never blogged it before? I really like both the tiger scene and the background too.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Repeat Impressions' Frames - Rectangle and Marquee Release You Could Win!

Repeat Impressions is releasing another fabulous new set of stamps and I was thrilled when Wendy asked me to join in the fun!  Please join us at The House That Stamps Built this week as we celebrate the release of Repeat Impressions' NEW stamp series, Frames – Rectangle and Marquee Release. Today is the last day some of the RI Rock Stars are posting their fabulous creations to showcase this fun new series. If you missed any of the cards already posted, you will want to scroll down at the RI blog and see them all!

These stamp designs are all now available as wood mounts, cling mounts and as plain, unmounted rubber in the Repeat Impressions online store. This complete series is also available as a plain unmounted sheet of rubber so that you can get ALL 4 stamps in this series at a huge savings.

I started my card by stamping the new dotted rectangle frame on a striped piece of designer paper from Graphic 45. I stamped the other three frames in this release on coordinating pieces of Graphic 45 designer paper and cut them out. I stamped “Celebrating You” on the top layer and popped up each layer on mounting tape. I stamped and cut out a couple small flowers from the last Flower Power Background and Borders release and added some Tonic Nuvo black Crystal Drops to complete the card.

To view the complete series and purchase any of the designs as individual stamps, please visit this page of Repeat's online store at

Visit The House That Stamps Built blog each day... Thursday, June 16th thru Sunday, June 19th... and leave your comments to be entered into a drawing to win an unmounted sheet of RI's Frames – Rectangle and Marquee Release series. To qualify for this free giveaway your comments must be left no later than 5pm eastern time on Sunday, June 19th. On Monday, June 20th, Wendy will announce the winner on Repeat's Facebook page so be sure to "Like" and follow them there if you don't already. 

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Punches and/or Diecuts 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: Punches and/or Diecuts 4 Kids! Create and link any card appropriate for a child with punches and/or diecuts and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Dollar Graphics Depot is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! And the winner from Bugaboo gets 7 digis 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.

I made my card with a super sweet digi from Dollar Graphics Depot called Spots the Puppy. I cut him out and popped him up on the red A2 card base over a strip of "bow wow wows" from the same digi set. I stamped the "totally pawsome" sentiment from Tonic Studios and cut out the rectangle with a stitched die from Lawn Fawn. I also die cut and added a black dog bone from Tonic Studios. 

I am entering this card in the Animal Magic challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Masculine Faux Leather Card for Scrapy Land Guest DT

I am very happy to participate again this week as a Guest Designer at Scrapy Land Challenges which is one of my favorite challenge blogs. The theme of this challenge is Masculine and use at least one of the die brands Scrapy Land sells. Here is a list of the over 40 different brands Scrapy Land carries.

I created this masculine card using a “faux leather” technique I learned watching this video on line. I adapted the technique for card making and did my own tutorial here which you could refer to if you would like to learn how to create this “faux leather” look. The embossing folder I used is by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. The deer die cuts are by Memory Box and the sentiment is from Dee’s Distinctively.

Why don’t you pull out your favorite dies and create a guy card for this challenge? The prize is a $15 Scrapy Land gift certificate and you know you can find something great you want there!

This is my last blog post as a guest dt member at Scrapy Land, so I want to say thanks to the whole Scrapy Land team for this fun experience!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Craft Your Passion. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

#PRAY FOR PULSE - How can we help?

I found a video, a blog post and a Facebook group today which helped me feel a little better after the senseless tragedy in Florida this weekend. Here is a link to the blog post  on a way we card makers can help the families of the victims. In the blog post on Dana Joy's blog is a link to the Facebook page and a video she made. I am sending a bunch of cards with envelopes and stamps and thought perhaps you were wondering what you could do, so I am sharing. I called the local blood bank, but they said there has not been a nationwide call for blood to be sent. I am giving blood anyway-maybe help a baby or someone local who needs help. But I am primarily a card maker, so am happy to use my talents and passion to help in a small way. Here is a card I made recently with Tonic Studios dies and new colors of Nuvo Embellishment Mousse that will be in the bunch I send: 

Tonic Top Note Trellis Personalized Gift Box

I love my Kensington purse die from Tonic Studios, but it is small for giving gifts to special female friends. I was inspired by this lovely project with a tutorial by Ruth of the UK Tonic Studios design team to try a larger purse gift bag. I do not have the dies she used, but do have the Top Note Trellis die set and it worked beautifully for this personalized gift giving purse box. I die cut aqua blue and white alternating layers for the front and back on the gift box. I personalized the gift box with a monogram M from the A-N Duo Cap Initials Clarice die set. Here is a picture of the other side of this purse gift box: 

I cut off a butterfly from the Branwen Briar Butterfly die to decorate the center of this side. I also used that die on both sides of the inside box as shown here: 

The inside box dimensions are 5" x 11" with scoring at 3 1/2" and 7 1/2 and at 1" on both long sides. I folded all the lines and cut a small triangle out of the intersections along the sides. I applied strong two sided tape to hold the box together and attach the decorated sides to the box. I added two handles (cut 1/2" x 11) and some Nuvo White Blizzard Glitter Drops for the final touch.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Zombie Birthday Card for a Special Grandson

My grandson's birthday is coming up and I think he will get a kick out of the zombie card I made for him. I used new stamps from Art Gone Wild and paper pieced the zombie and his pet. The punch line is in the inside of the card: 

Ha-Ha-Happy Birthday:) 

Sunday, June 12, 2016

I Love You Card with Die-Versions Dies

Hope you are having a great weekend! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this  romantic card I created with Die-Version’s dies. I die cut the Oriental Screen die twice in a light and dark green and offset them slightly when attaching to a white A2 card base. I noticed that some of the pieces that fall out of the die cut background were the capital letter I, so I decided to say I Love You on my card. I used the dancing couple from Die-Version’s Trellis die for the love part. This card is for my husband and we love to dance together.

Remember you can get a 15% discount on any of Die-Version’s great dies by simply using my discount code karen15 when you check out at the Die-Versions website (unless the dies are already on sale.)

Friday, June 10, 2016


The auction for my project below (see this blog post) created for Blogs 4 Boobies to raise money for the fight against breast cancer is over and the winner of the purse and card below is Susan who left this winning bid: 

I will bid $32. 
Thanks so much Susan for your generous donation to the Susan G Komen Foundation! I will be in touch to get you your project after the pledge is paid.

I put the names of all the bidders besides Susan in a bowl and my husband drew the winning name for the prize package from Tonic Studios. He drew the name of Jane Luxem who left this bid and comment: 

Love your projects, Karen. I will bid $15.00. 
Jane Luxem

I will be in touch to get you your prize! Thanks to everyone who commented and bid and to Skipping Stone Designs for hosting this wonderful blog bounce for a great cause!