Thursday, June 22, 2017

Foiled Layered Floral Birthday Wishes Trio #2

Today I am sharing the second of three cards I made for a challenge to make three very different cards using the same supplies. Here is a list of the supplies I used for all three cards:


Altenew Layered Floral Cover Dies
Therm O Web Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil
My Creative Time Stitched Oval Dies
Laminator (I use Royal Sovereign, but any will do)
Gina K Designs Birthday Essentials Foil-Mates
Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die-cutting Machine
Misc. cardstock pieces

I die cut Altenew's Layered Floral Cover Die A out of navy cardstock, and Cover Die B out of a lighter blue. I adhered them together with Nuvo Fine Tip Deluxe Adhesive, then cut the top and bottom flowers off with their edges. I attached the top two to the front of a cream A2 cardbase. I foiled Gina K's Birthday Essentials Foil-Mate greeting with Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil, cut it out with an oval stitched die, and then layered it onto a navy stitched oval. 


I attached another beautiful layered flower on the inside of the card. Be sure to stop back tomorrow for the 3rd of the foiled layered birthday wishes trio.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Foiled Layered Floral Birthday Wishes Trio #1

I recently accepted a challenge to create three different cards using the same supplies and today I am posting the first of the three cards. Here is the list of supplies I used on all three cards:

Altenew Layered Floral Cover Dies
Therm O Web Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil
My Creative Time Stitched Oval Dies
Laminator (I use Royal Sovereign, but any will do)
Gina K Designs Birthday Essentials Foil-Mates
Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive
Tonic Studios Tangerine Die-cutting Machine
Misc. cardstock pieces
Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Tim Holtz Blending Tool

On this card I also used Therm O Web's Toner Sheets. I started with a cream colored A2 cardbase and die cut the Altenew Layered Floral Cover Die A out of navy cardstock. I die cut the Layered Floral Cover Die B out of a Therm O Web toner sheet, covered it with a piece of Lapis Watercolor Deco Foil and ran it through my heated laminator. The gorgeous color you see is the result- although IRL the bottom flower is more blue and silver than the picture shows. I adhered the two layers to the cream card base with my favorite glue - Nuvo Deluxe Fine Tip Adhesive.



Gina K's Foil-Mates make adding a pretty sentiment to a card so easy. I foiled this sentiment, cut it out with a stitched oval die and sponged some distress ink on it to complete this card.

I will share the 2nd and 3rd cards using the same supplies in the next couple days, so be sure to stop back.


I am entering this card in Virginia's Summer Blog Party here.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Eight


Today is the last day of my series of cards featuring Karen Burniston's new pop up dies. I have had so much fun designing these interactive cards, and a little birdie told me Karen is working on another release, so I am sure I will be playing and sharing cards with those as soon as I can. I made a spring card with the Tree Pop Up Die Set , but I can't share it with you yet as I am waiting to hear if it has been accepted in a recent design call at a national magazine. (Edited to add: Woo Hoo! Just heard from CardMaker and they have accepted my KB spring pop up tree card for the Spring 2018 Issue!!!) But I love fall cards too and designed this one to share with my classes in a couple months. I started with an A2 top folding card and die cut a leafy border (from Tutti's Designs) and a lovely pumpkin from Die Versions. I colored the leaf and stem on the pumpkin with Nuvo's green glitter marker and grounded the pumpkin with a wavy hill cut with the KB Nature's Edges die set. As always, the best part of these card is in the inside:


Here is another look that shows the simple pop up where the tree is attached:
I die cut the pop up apparatus in a piece of dark green with the Nature's Edges grass and hill dies on the top and bottom. I die cut a tree in brown and the larger foliage piece in gold. Then I die cut and added a bunch of orange, red and gold leaves for a lovely fall tree. I added a "warm thoughts" sentiment cut with a die from Quietfire Design and some birds cut with IO dies. 

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Joyful Foiled Celebration Card


I make Christmas cards year round so I am under no pressure to get them done in November or December. I had my laminator hot and was playing with Deco Foil Transfer Gel and some stencils and this card is the result. I applied Deco Foil Transfer Gel through an i stencils Christmas stencil. After the gel was dry and clear, I ran the navy piece through my laminator with a piece of pearl Deco Foil. Here is a close up from another angle to help see the lovely shimmer in the foil: 

IRL it is very pretty. I layered the piece on a white square card base and simply added a "joy" die cut from a Hero Arts set to complete the card. One more for my stash:)

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Celebrations challenge at Dies R Us.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

For the Boys Challenge 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: For the Boys. Create and link any card appropriate for a boy or a teenage boy 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 Tonic Studios USA is giving their winner 8 Crystal Drops! 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 boy's card features a cool boy and sentiment from Dollar Graphics Depot. I started with an A2 blue card that I embossed with an embossing folder from WeR Memory Keepers. Then I printed and cut out the boy and cool sentiment and attached them for a fast CAS but fun boy's card.

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

Friday, June 16, 2017

Proud to share...


All Free Paper Crafts.com has published another of my cards and you can check it out here: https://www.allfreepapercrafts.com/Card-Making/Charming-Thanks-Teacher-Pop-Up-Card.

It is a sweet teacher thank you card featuring Karen Burniston's Charm Accordion Die Set. The picture shown is a sneak peak. For complete instructions and more pictures, please click the link above and check it out. Comments on the linked page would be greatly appreciated.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Seven


As I tend to do when creating a card with Karen Burniston's amazing new pop up dies, I kept the front of this birthday card clean and simple. I die cut the "wishing you a" sentiment out of a navy blue scrap using a die from Memory Box. I hung a little cupcake charm from Karen's 1004 Birthday Charms set with some baker's twine. The sprinkles on the frosting and the dots on the i's were created with Nuvo Caribbean Ocean and Midnight Blue Crystal Drops. 

Are you ready for the fun inside pop up surprise?


A big sweet cupcake pops up and stands up for a fun surprise. Here are some close ups to show you more: 




Karen Burniston's 1008 Cupcake Pop Up Die Set is another ingenious set of dies that includes the pop up mechanism and all the pieces to make large and medium sizes of cupcakes. If you watch the video on the page linked above, she shares all her tips that make it so easy to create a fun pop up card. I wished the birthday recipient a "Sweet & Happy Birthday" using dies from Tonic Studios and Memory Box. I created both cupcakes with green mirror card cupcake liners and the larger one was folded and attached per Karen's instructions for great dimension. I chose lemon frosting for these cupcakes and added more Nuvo crystal drop sprinkles. 

Everyone loves cupcakes, right? So I think anyone would love receiving a sweet cupcake birthday card like this one.

I am  entering this card in the Celebrations challenge at Dies R Us.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nuvo Glitter Markers Hello Card


I am proud to share that this card I created with Nuvo glitter markers, and stamps, stencils and dies from Tonic Studios has posted to the Tonic Studios USA blog here. For step by step instructions, please visit the USA blog. Comments there are greatly appreciated.

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Six

I am loving all the new dies recently released at Karen Burniston.com, but admit my favorite is the Charm Accordion Die Set.  I posted another card I made with that die set here on day four of my series. But I decided to try making a card this time with two of the panels attached together. My theme for this card was "happy birthday cupcake." I stamped "hello cupcake" on the front using stamps from two Tonic Studio stamp sets. On the front twisting panel, I attached a cupcake made with dies from the KB 1008 Cupcake Pop Up Die Set. I die cut the cupcake liner out of gold mirror card, the frosting out of pink cardstock, and the cherry out of a scrap of red cardstock. I colored the stem with a black marker and added some sprinkles on the frosting using Rhubarb Crumble, Carnation Pink and Gloss White Crystal Drops by Nuvo. To hold the card flat until the recipient opens it, I tied it shut with a piece of pink baker's twine. Look at the magic and fun when the twine is removed and the card pops open:



Isn't this clever card design amazing? I just love how the charms hang down from the charm frame on paper jump rings and how the windows swing as the card is opened and closed! I cut two bases out of red cardstock and attached them together with white hinges. I die cut 4 white stitched frames. Here is a picture of the left side pieces close up: 



My pink frosting cupcake from the front swings to show on the inside when the card is opened. I created three different flavors of cupcake charms all with gold mirror card cupcake liners and Nuvo crystal drops sprinkles. This one has chocolate frosting- my favorite:) And isn't the racoon from the KB Woodland Animals Die Set so cute with his cupcake treat with vanilla frosting? 



The third and fourth panels say Happy Birthday to You in abbreviated form using Concord & 9th script letter stamps and a numeral 2 die from Tonic Studios. This cupcake charm has cherry frosting and more Nuvo Crystal Drops sprinkles. 



I hope you come back again later this week to see a few more cards I made with the new dies from Karen Burniston. 

Monday, June 12, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Five


Today I am sharing a sunshine summer card featuring the new 1011 Katherine Label Pop Up Die Set from Karen Burniston. If you click on the link, you will see all the pieces in this die set as well as a die assembly video and handy pdf. You will also see that the die set does include label dies to create the pop up label and the label frame. I used them on another card that is going to be blogged July 1st for a Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. But for this card, I knew I wanted to feature the summer sunglasses die (from Alina Crafts) which were too big for the label dies in the set. I was able to easily switch out the pop up label and frames to some larger ones from the Cockle Shell Layering Set by Tonic Studios. I started with a 5 1/2" x 11" side folding yellow card base. Before I cut out the pop up label and frame, I sponged Fossilized Amber Distress Ink through a TCW stencil that looks like sun rays and stamped "You are my Sunshine" (from Crackerbox Palace) with black ink.



The label with the sunglasses pops up on the inside as shown, and when the card is closed, pops into the opening on the front. Such an ingenious design from Karen Burniston! I added a die cut Adirondack chair (die cut from Die-Versions) and a summer sentiment from Joy's Life Stamps. Here is a peak at the apparatus that pops up the sunglasses label:



 I admit I tried to make a card with this pop up into an opening on the front following a tutorial video in the past and struggled mightily. With this new Katherine Label Pop Up Set from KB, it was so easy to make this fun pop up card and I am teaching this card in my next classes in my home. 



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Four


I think if I had to pick a favorite of Karen Burniston's new dies, it would be the Charm Accordion Die Set I used to make this card. It is so easy to make sweet pop up cards with this ingenious die cut set! When the recipient opens the envelope, this is what they see:


Cute, right? But then the card pops open to show the hanging charm and pivoting swinging squares shown here:


If I wanted, I could add a second set of pivoting frames and charms to the card and the next one I make I am going to do that. But I was charmed (pun intended) with this sweet birthday card just the way it was. I die cut the base, the jump ring and the charm frame out of thick black cardstock and followed the easy directions on Karen's video and PDF here to create the cardbase. I also cut two extra card bases out of polka dotted patterned designer paper and cut them in half at the center scored line. I used a trimmer to cut off 1/8" on each side, rounded the corners and adhered them to the front and two inside pieces. I punched a pretty butterfly out of the same dp using a The Paper Studios punch, added some sticker gems from Stampendous and adhered it to the stitched square frame in the first pivoting square. To finish the front, I die cut and adhered Happy Birthday from Karen Burniston's Word Set 2 - Birthday.


The charm frame has tabs on each side to attach to the swinging pivoting squares. I chose a butterfly charm for this card and after die cutting it and adding some more sticker gems, I hung it on the paper jump ring. I am amazed at how clever this design is and that it includes paper jump rings that hang charms on them! I diecut and attached "celebrate" from the Birthday Word Set and added a little punched butterfly (from Tonic Studios) onto the stitched white frame on the 2nd pivoting square. I die cut a stitched oval label from the 1011 Katherine Label Pop up set to sign the card on before sending it out. The finished size of this Charm Accordion Card when folded is a petite 4 1/4" by 3 1/4" so it will fit easily into an A2 envelope even when it is expanded to 4 swinging pivoting charming frames. 

I am proud to share that the very first one of the cards I created with the Karen Burniston Charm Accordion Die Set was immediately snatched up for publication at AllFreePaperCrafts.com. It is a sweet teacher thank you and I will share a sneak peak and a link here when it is published. I did have another new card go live yesterday and here is a link to check it out: https://www.allfreepapercrafts.com/Card-Making/U-R-Awesome-Handmade-Card/

I am on vacation for the rest of the week, but will be blogging more cards in this series featuring the Karen Burniston new pop up dies next week, so be sure to stop back.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Three


I teach a Christmas card every month to my in home classes and so we all have a nice stash ready to go when it is time to mail our our holiday cards. Today is day three of my series of cards featuring the new release of pop up dies from Karen Burniston and I will share this card with my classes soon. I am keeping the fronts of my cards fairly simple because the inside of the card is where all the fun is. I created a side folding A2 navy card base and simply adhered the gorgeous Merry Christmas Ornament die cut from Simon Says Stamp. Ready for the surprise inside the card?



I love the snowman in Karen's new 1012 Snowman Twist Circle Die Set!  The twist circle pop up is so easy to make with this die set and can be adapted to make any kind of fun card any time of the year. But I am in love with the sweet and simple snowman made with the pieces in this die set. Here is a close up:


I added a Joy die cut and sentiment from a Hero Arts set to the inside of my card. The washi tape on the center fold covered up a small boo boo and I added that same washi tape to his hat. Each layer of the snowman is popped up on pop dots. I know the recipient of this card will open and close this card many times with great joy.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017

Karen Burniston New Pop up Dies Series - Day Two


If you follow my blog at all, you know I love playing with interactive and unique card folds and one of the most popular in the last year or so has been the twist panel pop up fold. I watched countless tutorials on different ways to score and cut the twist and pop panels and tried many to find one that worked easily. I found a relatively easy version, but even then the panels most often ended up being crooked when the card was complete. I am so thrilled that one of the new dies that Karen Burniston recently released is her 1009 Twist Panel Pop Up Die Set. If you visit her website, for each die she has a video tutorial that walks you through exactly how to use her dies with great tips and a PDF version you can print as well. 

Today is day two of my series of cards featuring Karen Burniston's new dies. If you missed my first post, here is a link. I recently purchased a super cute new baby set of stamps from My Favorite Things and a couple cute baby dies. On the front of this new baby card, I die cut pink and blue Nursery Mobiles from Tonic Studios, layered them slightly offset and attached. I created a belly band and stamped the Welcome Baby sentiment (from My Favorite Things) and added some Blue Crush Nuvo Glow Drops. As is the case with most of Karen's dies, the real magic happens when the belly band is slid off and the inside of the card is revealed:


Here the twist panel is starting to open and you can see the arms that are created so easily using Karen's Twist Panel Pop Up die pieces. 

I recently purchased a super cute baby laundry die from Glitz Dies and die cut it out of a yellow checked dp. I added some baker's twine and hung it across the four panels created with the dies in this set. I thought the dotted scalloped panel pieces were perfect for a baby card. I cut the yellow inside piece out with the wavy edge die piece and cut the arms in the center following Karen's video tutorial. (You can make your card any size you want of course. I made my top folding green cardbase an A2 or 11" x 4 1/4". I cut the yellow inside piece 9" by 4" and then cut the top and bottom with the wavy dotted die in the set.) I stamped more sweet baby sentiments on the top and bottom of the inside piece. Here is a close up of the baby laundry and the twist panel pop up inside:


I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge. Come back all this week for new cards featuring the spring release at Karen Burniston.com.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Anything Goes 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: Anything Goes 4 Kids! Create and link any card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: So Suzy Stamps is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! And the winner from Dies R Us will also receive a $15 gift certificate! 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 this "awesome" kids card with a couple cute stamps from So Suzy Stamps that I cut out of brightly colored patterned papers. My background was made with several colors of Distress Oxide inks, spattered water and a bubbles embossing folder. I finished the cute CAS kid's card with a sentiment diecut from Penny Black.

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