Friday, December 15, 2017

HB to You Ballerina Card

I had an opportunity to play recently with some NBUS (never before used schtuff) to make some birthday cards that kids would like and am happy with how this one turned out. I wanted the CAS-ual Fridays Tutu stamp set ever since it came out, but resisted until recently when they came out with matching dies and Christmas Tutu stamp set. I stamped the sweet tutu ballerina with black ink on some plaid dp. I die cut the piece out with a new Cut-plorations double stitched rectangle die from Stamplorations and then die cut the Happy HB sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I added some pink gems to the ballerina to finish the CAS card. 

I am entering this card in the Stitch It challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friends are the Sweetest Gift of All Tri-Shutter Card

I made this fun fold shutter Christmas card for a dear friend and she should have received it by now so I can share here. I started with a red pre-cut pre-scored tri-shutter or Funky Fold Accordion cardbase from The Paper Cut. Then I simply decorated with the Retro Merry Christmas die from Tim Holtz  Sizzix, several presents made with the Taylored Expressions All Wrapped Up Die, an old border punch from Martha Stewart, The Ton Holiday Bows stamp set and matching dies and Tim Holtz's Peppermint Layering Stencil. The perfect stamp sentiment is an older one from Great Impressions. Here are some more pictures: 

The card folds and fits into an A2 envelope for mailing. I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Christmas/Winter Holidays challenge at Simon Says Stamp MondayMerry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Siblings Christmas Card

The minute I saw a version of this z-fold card with a stairstep decorated for Christmas here, I knew I wanted to make them for my brothers and sisters and place Christmas stockings on the stairsteps just like my Mom did for all of us. There were 8 of us kids and then she added a stocking for each spouse and grandchild, so there was a lot of love and memories each Christmas there. Just seeing the scene puts a smile on my face and I am sure it will for each of my siblings too. Here are a few more pictures:

I had to choose several different patterned cardstocks since I didn't have enough for all six to be the same. I added the perfect "Family" die from Quietfire Designs and Elizabeth Crafts for the wall and added a window diecut with a Poppy Stamps die with a Clear Views Transparency picture behind it. The card lies flat to mail. 

I am entering this card in the Christmas/Winter Holidays challenge at Simon Says Stamp MondayWishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pop Up Tree Cards for all Seasons in my Latest YouTube Video

Learn how to make this winter snowy tree pop up scene using dies from Karen Burniston in my latest YouTube video that is live here.  Here are some more views of the card I share step by step how to make: 

I started with a pretty two sided cardstock and on the front I show how to do a lovely shadow effect with ink, a stencil, Deco Foil and Therm O Web Deco Foil Transfer Gel. Karen Burniston's Tree Pop Up Die Set makes popping up anything super easy which I demo in the video. I also share a spring or summer card and a fall colored tree pop up card so you can see the versatility of this die set. 

If you would like to win the three cards I show in this class video, simply watch the video here, comment and be a subscriber and you will be entered in the drawing (if you live in the U.S.)

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Christmas/Winter Holidays challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday. Thanks for watching, commenting, sharing and supporting me on my blog and at my YouTube channel, and for helping me #share the joy of creativity.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Merry Christmas Eclipse Card

I think the one technique from this year that I am still fascinated with is the eclipse technique where the popped up letters are stamped with the background. Here is another look at this one: 

Is it easier to see the dimension of the "Christmas" from this view? I stamped Penny Black's Poinsettia Script Background Stamp with red ink on a white cardfront, then cut out the Christmas using a Christmas block word die from Die-Namics. I layered the stamped words on two layers of  fun foam Christmas letters and glued them back in place. I added "merry" with I die cut in white and dark green using a Tim Holtz Script Holidays die.

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Believe Christmas Card

I used some NBUS (never before used schtuff) on this Christmas card and am very happy with how it turned out. I started with the Blizzard Foil-Mate from Gina K and Therm O Web and foiled it with a Deep Blue Deco Foil, then cut it into the pieces and attached them onto a navy blue cardbase. I die cut the shadow Believe die from Simon Says Stamp out of the bottom piece, raised it with fun foam and attached that back in the negative die cut space. I die cut the word Believe from the same Simon Says Stamp set out of red and glued that on the blizzard shadow piece. Then I added some red pearls to finish the front. Here is a peak at the inside of the card: 

The Simon Says Stamp die set has a matching stamp set which I used on the inside along with a blizzard snowflake strip. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Double Display Christmas Card

If you follow me here on my blog or at my YouTube channel, you know I love pop up interactive fun fold cards, so when I saw this die set from Our Daily Bread, I just had to have it! One die set cuts and scores the Double Display card base, and the other cuts all the layers so they make this complicated looking card very easy to make! Here is another look so you can see all the folds and dimension:
I created the base out of a pretty two sided cardstock and cut the side layers out of the other side that looks like red gingham fabric. I cut the Christmas tree in the center out of the same two sided paper and followed the instructions on this video to make the folded  Christmas tree. I added some die cut sentiments from Memory Box and Penny Black to finish the card. Here is a look at the card folded up and ready to go into an A2 envelope:

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Make a Box Card Night Before Christmas Scene YouTube Video

I have seen some box cards with diorama scenes on Pinterest and decided to play with the idea to make this larger scene card that folds flat to mail. I show step by step how to make it in a new YouTube video I posted today on my channel here. Here are some more pictures:

I used some of my favorite dies from Lil' Inker, Memory Box, Die-Versions, Tim Holtz,  and Impression Obsession to make my Night Before Christmas scene, but of course you could use any stamps or dies you already own to decorate your own box card once you watch the video and learn how to make the box card that folds flat to mail. Here is a link to the new video. Thanks for watching, sharing,  commenting and subscribing.

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Winter Fun 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: Winter Fun 4 Kids! Create and link any winter themed card that is appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Bugaboo is giving their winner 4 digis of their choice! And the winner from Kitchen Sink Stamps will receive a $25 gift certificate!

My card features the Winter Birds Friends digi from Bugaboo Stamps. I paper pieced the two winter friends and sponged the background. The “Hello there” is from Papertrey Ink.


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Penguin Love Inner Stairstep Card

I received some pre-scored and cut stairstep cardbases from The Paper Cut and made this super simple and fun card for my grandson. I love to make interactive and pop up cards and these pre-scored and cut packages from The Paper Cut make that so easy! Once the inner stairstep card base was folded, all I needed to do was decorate it. I stamped the cute Baby Penguin Layering Stamp from Hero Arts with two shades of grey and black and dressed him with a red bowtie and hat. I used a Karen Burniston stitched die to make some snowbanks and added two Snowflake Ribbons from Poppy Stamps. The perfect sentiment stamps are from the same Hero Arts set. 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp WednesdayThanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

More YouTube Collaboration Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Cards

I was having so much fun playing again with the Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique for my YouTube collaboration with Melissa Kerman that went live yesterday here, that I made several more cards I am sharing today. Every card made with this technique is unique depending on which embossing folders, StazOn inks and embossing powders used. Here is a link to Melissa Kerman's tutorial YouTube video where she shows how to make the card on the left in this picture: 

The card I make in mine is on the right. For my "Giving Thanks" autumn card above, I started with a Darice Leaves embossing folder. I used green, orange and brown StazOn inks on the aluminum foil, and then added red, gold and green embossing powders. The technique is a combination of dry embossing with embossing folders and heated embossing with embossing powders and a heat gun.  The leaf was a happy salvaged mistake. I was trying to run a foiled leaf through the laminator and it got stuck and wrinkled. But I liked the look and layered it on this card and finished the card with a "Giving Thanks" die from Papertrey Ink. 

Here is another card I made while preparing for this video:

I used similar colors of StazOn and embossing powders and the same embossing folder as the card I show in the video tutorial. On this one, I added a snowman cut with Penny Black's Snowman Joy die, "joy" from Tim Holtz and a snowbank cut with a die from Karen Burniston.

I hope you will check out Melissa's YouTube video here and my YouTube video here and share your comments and consider subscribing to both channels. Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, November 27, 2017

YouTube Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique Collaboration with Melissa Kerman

I am excited to share that my YouTube video that went live today is part of a collaboration with Melissa Kerman and we are both showing cards made with versions of her Impressions of Tarnished Foil Technique. Here is a link to my YouTube tutorial and here is a link to Melissa’s video tutorial.

Have you ever seen a card on Pinterest or Facebook and were so blown away by the look of it, you knew you had to find out how it was made and make your own? That happened the first time I saw a card Melissa Kerman made with her Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique over a year ago. Here is a link to a Pinterest board where both Melissa and I pin our cards with this technique and if you page down, it is the one with the owl and the tree background. Here is a link to Melissa's original blog tutorial of the Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique she created.

I have made many cards with this technique using different colors of StazOn, embossing powders and embossing folders. Melissa is a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and uses their products to make many gorgeous cards with her Impressions of Tarnished Foil technique.  I am showing how to make this card in my video here:

Melissa’s video shows a version of her technique she is calling Impressions of Frosty Foil. This is the gorgeous card she is showing us how to make in her video here:

Here is a link to Melissa's blog post with this card and more details about our collaboration. I will share a couple more cards I made with this technique tomorrow on my blog. Check out this new card Melissa posted this weekend with her technique:

Be sure to watch both videos and thanks for commenting, sharing and becoming subscribers on both of our YouTube channels. And thanks for helping us #share the joy of creativity.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Guest DT Joy Clair Be-You-Tiful Designer Labels Card

Today I once again have the honor of being a guest design team member at Joy Clair. To find out more about how I created this "Be-You-tiful" card with one of Joy Clair's awesome stamp sets, click this link and visit their blog here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

CASING Karen Burniston's Gingerbread Tag Book Pop Up

If you follow me here and on my YouTube channel, you know I am a huge fan of Karen Burniston's pop up dies. I recently received all the new dies in her fall release and the 1023 Tag Book Pop-up was used to make this card. I CASED a card that Karen made in a video here where she created cookie sheets out of silver mirror card and made gingerbread cookies out of some of the Winter Charms in another set she designed. Brilliant, right? This die set is also brilliant! Here is a picture of the tag book card from the front:

 I decorated mine with mittens and snowflake punches and a small "Warm Wishes" tag cut out with a die from another KB set. The paper clip was cut with a die from the Tag Book Pop Up set. That blows me away- a paper clip created with a die! The tag book opens up and the inside pops up as show in the first picture. Here are some closeups of both sides of the pop up tag book inside:

It is hard to photo silver mirror card, but the gingerbread cookies are on "cookie sheets" created with dies from this set. I cut the cookies out with Karen's Winter Charms set out of kraft cardstock, decorated them with Nuvo products and sponged brown ink on them so they look baked. I also sponged brown ink on the tag I created with the "And Gingerbread Kisses" wish. I added another paper clip and some chains to the inside of the card, and I finished the tag book card with some red gingham ribbon. 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!