Thursday, March 23, 2017

Twist and Pop Kitty Card

We love cats in our home and so when I saw this beautiful Zen Kitty in the Seaside Stampin' Ink booth at the Rockford stamp show recently, I knew she had to come home with me. I dug out some old designer paper and die cut the edge with a Penny Black die. I stamped the Zen Kitty with my MISTI to make sure I got a good image and colored her eyes and nose with some markers. I own many kitty stamps and dies so I decided to use lots of them in the twist and pop center: 

The twist and pop card has many tutorials and pins all over internetland, but I saw one card where the pop up panels were turned to go vertical and I decided to turn mine that way. I have tried many tutorial instructions of how to make a twist and pop card and the easiest one I learned from this video tutorial by Jen Evers. I cut my four panel piece out of red cardstock and cut a couple white pieces to stamp the fun sentiment from Crackerbox Palace. I die cut the paw and "meow" with a new set of dies from Kat Scrappiness. The kitty on the bottom panel is a Fiskars punch and the two cats on the top panels were cut with dies from Tonic Studios. 

I am entering this card in the use more than one die or punch (I used six) at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tea Lover's Warm Wishes Pop Up Card

I am sharing another card I made with new dies especially my interactive dies from Karen Burniston. On the front of this card I created a "warm wishes" border with a new Memory Box die. The beautiful teapot with butterflies was cut with a new die from Tutti Designs and layered on a yellow cardstock window. As always with Karen Burniston's dies, the inside may be the best part of the card:

The teacup pops up on top of a lovely saucer created with the Cup Pop Stand die and matching stencil. I left the top of the saucer unattached in case I decide to give a gift card with the card. Here is a close up look at the teacup pop up:

The "Just for you" teabag was from a set of tea stamps and die I received with a magazine I bought at JoAnns from the UK. The silver spoon die is also part of Karen's Cup Pop Stand set. I cut off the words on the "warm wishes" border die for the bottom of the inside of the navy blue card so I can sign my name when I send the card to one of my favorite tea lovers.

I am entering this card in the "borders or edges" challenge at Dies R Us.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Guest Artist Gail Jaeger and Rose Mille Designer Papers

On March 8th here on my blog I shared the story of how I met Michelle of Rose Mille on the way to Creativation (CHA) this year and showed you a card I made with her fabulous vintage style papers, glitter and Dresden trims. I shared some of the subtle wallpaper styled designer papers with my dear friend, Gail Jaeger, who is an artist as well as a cardmaker, and today I am sharing two gorgeous cards she made with them. She used pens to highlight and enhance the vintage inspired papers on her cards. Here is a close up and Gail's description: 

"The soft, gentle color of the papers from Rose Mille suggested a bold design to make the card pop.  I started with cutting the base striped paper and adding the floral designed paper on top of it.  Note that the flowers have edges cut off and the leaves actually run off the top.  This all adds tension (interest) to the piece.   The various widths of the pens and the designs on the flowers make the card come together."

Here is another beautiful card Gail made using the same technique, her description and a close up of the card: 

"In keeping with the mild, supple look and feel of the Rose Mille papers, a sympathy card came to mind.  A soft grey was used as the base color, followed by the Stripes in Blue with the floral cut out and attached.  A Prismacolor pen was used to create the designs.  A vertical stripe in the flower copies the vertical stripes in the background.,  The word Sympathy in a monotone paper  adds a tender touch."

Thanks to Rose Mille for the gorgeous papers and to my talented friend, Gail Jaeger, for allowing me to share these lovely cards on my blog today.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Animal Cards 4 Kids 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: Animal Cards 4 Kids! Create and link any card with animals appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: All Dressed Up Stamps is giving their winner two digis of their choice! And the winner from Tonic Studios receives 8 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 am featuring a sweet Baseball Bear from All Dressed Up Stamps on my cute card for this challenge. I paper pieced him and layered him on a stitched oval die cut with a die from My Creative Time. I cut some swirly stars with a die cut from Memory Box and stamped the perfect sentiment from Lil' Inker. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tonic Studios New Life Cross Card

I am proud to share that this card I made featuring Tonic Studio's dies and Nuvo products is being featured today on the Tonic Studio USA Blog here. love the New Life Cross and green is my favorite color and a sign of new life this spring. Greenery is the Color of the Year as declared by Pantone: 

Hope to see you over at the Tonic USA blog and remember, comments are always appreciated. I am entering this card in the "Bit O' Green" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Feather Pop up Card

I am working my way - or should I say playing my way - through a pile of new stamps and dies and today's card features a beautiful new set of stamps from Visible Image on the front with a sponged background created with new Distress Oxide inks. Love the front, but love the inside even more: 

I was thinking about the feather in Forest Gump and continued the theme on the inside with a couple feathers die cut with a Sizzix die set. The pop up bench was created with a die from Karen Burniston called Garden Bench. I die cut it in the center of the fold and also out of dark brown to add a little contrast to the sides and top. The gorgeous Thinking of You was cut with a die from Quietfire Designs.

I am entering this card in the Take It Make It challenge at Craft Stamper Magazine.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Baby Bear Hugs Card with 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 sweet CAS card I made with the brand new monkey die from Die-Versions. I cut and embossed him and sponged with pink distress ink. I attached him with pop dots onto a hearts designer paper layered on a peach A2 sized card. I die cut Die-Version’s “hugs” and intertwined the two dies. I think my grandson will love this card!