Monday, February 20, 2017

Grandsons Nuvo Love Frame


This Grandma loves her adorable grandsons and I had so much fun creating this personalized picture frame with my Nuvo and Tonic Studio products. I am proud to share it is being featured today on the Tonic USA blog here. For all the details and all the Nuvo fun, please visit Blog Tonic USA today.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Easter or Spring Cards 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: Easter or Spring Cards 4 Kids! Create and link any spring or Easter card 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 Tonic Studios receives a collection of eight Nuvo 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.

I featured Bugaboo's colored digi "Hey Chickie" on my Easter card. I added some Easter egg brads and a Happy Easter stamp to complete my CAS square card.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Celebrate Your Birthday Pop Up Card

I am continuing on my quest to design with all the new dies, stencils and stamps on my craft room bed before putting them away. The front of this card was created with two part stencils from Die Cuts & More. I sponged Victorian Velvet Distress Ink through one layer and Fired Brick through the second giving the illusion of depth and squares. I rounded the edges and attached to two layers of red Core'dinations Shattered Kraft-Core cardstock. I attached a beautiful "Celebrate" die cut from Tonic Studios to complete the front.

Once again, the best part of the card is the inside where Happy Birthday pops up. It was so easy to make this fun pop up using Karen Burniston's Happy Birthday Pop Up Die. I love how the Happy Birthday has a perfect shadow behind it. I added a few stars and a white layer to write my Happy Birthday message on. Here is a close-up of the HB pop up:


I am entering this card in the "Favorite Tool" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I use my Tonic Studios Tangerine die cutting machine everyday and my plates are perfectly flat and cut beautifully.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Inspirational Pop Up Card

I have some new dies, stencils and stamps I have not used yet and I have resolved to design with each of them before moving them off my craft room bed to where I will store them. I bought the "Just Say It" background stamp from Wendy Vechi of Studio 490 last November at a stamp show and just now inked it for the first time. I love the inspirational messages I stamped in black on a kraft colored cardstock. I sponged Fossilized Amber Distress Ink through the sweet girl stencil I found here at iStencils.  The stencil is available only through the end of February and is a fund raiser for St. Jude's. I love the cute front of this card and am entering it into the "Cute" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, 

I like the front, but my favorite part of this card is the inside. Just look what pops up when this card is opened:


I recently received some new dies from Karen Burniston who is the designer of the best pop up dies around. I used her Lots of Pops die to make the center of this card. I attached stitched stars in different sizes (die cut using Lil' Inker dies out of gold mirror card) to all the pop up surfaces. Here is a side close up view of the pop up apparatus:


Mirror card is hard to photograph, but is shiny and pretty IRL. I added a few punched stars and the perfect inspirational sentiment cut with a die cut from Tonic Studios.

I am also entering this card in the "Favorite Tool" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. My favorite tool is my Tangerine Die-Cutting Machine and I use it almost every day.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Park Bench with Metallic Tissue Background and Die-Version's Dies



Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing a card I made with the brand new Bench die from Die-Versions and a beautiful background technique I learned recently. To make the background, I sprinkled blue and green Brusho Coloured Crystals on tissue paper and spritzed them with water. The tissue paper has to dry completely which takes several hours. Then I crumbled it up several times so it was very wrinkled and applied Versamark to the top of the wrinkles. I applied silver embossing powder to the Versamark and heat set it. The result is this beautiful background. I die cut Die-Version’s bench out of black cardstock and white fun foam, glued them together and then on the card for a CAS card that can be used for any purpose. Here is a close up of the pretty background:


**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.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Best Friend's Valentine

Valentines don't have to be romantic and today I am sharing one I made for a dear friend. I love Core'dinations Kraft-Core Shattered cardstock and I used the deep red as the cardbase of this card. I die cut Simon Says Stamp Heart Flowers die out of the kraft card front. I created a hearts stencil by die cutting Spellbinder's little hearts background out of a piece of cardstock and sponging the little red hearts. I die cut and attached "Best Friends" from Tonic Studios and added Autumn Red Crystal Drops by Nuvo to the scallops in that diecut and the inside of the flowers.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Ninja Valentine with Easy Twist and Pop Directions

It is time to get my grandson's Valentines in the mail and this one is going to my 10 year old who loves karate and ninjas. I made the front with a digital stamp from Bugaboo. The best part of this card is in the inside:

The center of the card twists and pops and his name is on the four panels. I used Tonic Studio dies for the letters. Here is a template and some instructions in case you want to try this way of making the twist and pop center:


The top template is the four fold panel piece. It is cut to 10 inches by 3 Inches and scored at 2 ½”, 5” and 7 ½”. The twist and pop mechanism is cut toe 8 ½ inches by 3 inches and scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ¾”. The middle box is scored diagonally corner to corner both ways.

After folding all scored lines on the apparatus piece, the diagonal lines in the center are popped up and the piece folds together like shown.  Adhesive is then applied to the triangle only on both sides and it is attached to the center of the top folding card base.




Next that piece is opened up and adhesive is applied to the upper right and lower left only and the four panel piece is attached forming the twist and pop piece. The outside pieces of the four panel piece are folded in to the center and the center of that piece is lined up with the center of the apparatus piece. The outer two panels are then folded out and attached to the upper right and lower left of the apparatus where the adhesive was placed. The whole piece will fold down flat and open as the card is opened. Here is a close up of the apparatus on this card:

I love interactive cards and I think kids do too. If you have any questions after trying to make one of these twist and pop cards, l would be happy to try and help.