Sunday, August 31, 2014

Jolly Christmas Card




Playing with my new dies and starting to make my own Christmas cards so I am not rushed at the end to get them done. This is a CAS easel card with a new die from Memory Box  and a Jolly die from Lil' Inker. I filled in the ornament and berries with red and embossed the bottom half of the easel card with a snowflake embossing folder. The easel is held up with some large pearls and I added some to the front as well.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes Challenge at Brown Sugar and the Get Organized for Christmas challenge at Polkadoodles.



Friday, August 29, 2014

Are You Ready for Some Football?


Are you ready for some football? I sure am! The Packer season starts in just a week! It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a special Packer personalized card I made for my husband’s birthday with Crackerbox Palace’s football stamps, including a custom made G on the helmet. You can get the G or a W for Wisconsin, but they are custom made stamps you need to request on a special order from CBP. I created another longer card in a box out of gold paper. Then I stamped the footballs in white and cut out, and the helmet in green ink on gold paper and punched the circles. The football sentiments were stamped in black on green cardstock and attached. I personalized the card with letters die cut with the Parker lower case alphabet from Memory Box. I am going to teach this card in my classes and let them pick out the name of their favorite Packer backer. We all know at least one of those, right?

Here is a couple more pictures of the card from the front and back where you can write a personal message before mailing. 



Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at Crackerbox Palace.com with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more. You know you want toJ

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Love to Scrap, Through the Purple Hazeand Simon Says Stamp.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Merry Christmas NBUS Card



I have a new stencil and die from Memory Box I had never used before and finally had the time to play with them. I created a CAS card sponging the background with blue ink and the stencil and then adding two snowflakes cut out with the new die from Memory Box. I layered the piece on a blue card base and then finished the card with a jewel. Very simple but I like how it turned out.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Tuesday Throwdown and Simon Says Stamp.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Happy Birthday Designer's Choice Challenge at Repeat Impressions


It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Melissa’s turn this time and she is challenging our team and you to make a birthday card. After you make your birthday card, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I used Repeat Impression’s Wine Time set to create this birthday card for a wine lover. I saw this version of a double twisted easel somewhere on Pinterest, but I tried and tried and cannot find the original pin or a tutorial to share with you. To create it, you cut an A2 card, then cut the front piece in half up to the fold line. Fold the left half in half down as in a traditional easel card. I cut out two bottles of wine, paper pieced the labels and propped this half up on two wine bottle corks stamped on cork paper and cut out. The right half of the front is folded in a diagonal like a twisted easel card is and once again held up with some cork paper wine bottle corks. I stamped the fun birthday wine sentiment three times, stamped some wine glasses and paper pieced a couple different flavors of wine. I layered the white piece on a purple piece and attached that to the bottom only of the folded right half. Here is a picture of how the card folds flat to mail.


I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Through the Craft Room Door.

And don’t forget: For a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, just make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Paper Pieced Shaker Card


Not looking forward to winter, but I do like designing with snowflakes and cute winter stamps. My favorite method of "coloring" is to paper piece with different patterned papers and that is how I dressed this cute boy. He is a very old stamp from TAC, but I think I may never get rid of him- too cute! I created a shaker card with doubled up mounting tape on the back of the blue textured piece after cutting a snowflake with  a Memory Box snowflake. I attached some acetate and then added some sequins and beads that shake when you move the card. I am sharing this card in a class I am working on about paper piecing.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at 613 Avenue Create and the shaker challenge at Sentimental Sundays.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Holly Jolly Shaker Card

I have been having fun with new dies from Memory Box and a new obsession with shaker cards. I have never had much success with shaker cards, but I think I have it figured out now. I used two layers of thin cuts of mounting tape around the square frame cut with QuicKutz dies. The "holly jolly Christmas" die cut sentiment from Memory Box was attached to acetate with glue and the jewels. I added "Vintage Glass Glitter Shards" from Art Institute Glitter for sparkly shakers. Here is a closer look at the shaker glass shards:
I am entering this card in the Merry & Bright challenge at Craftyhazelnut's Christmas Challenge and the Holiday challenge at Hiding in My Craft Room.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

CAS Faux Chalk Hello Card

I am having so much fun with the faux chalk technique that Sandy Allnock came up with using open stencils, Copics and Copic blender fluid. I created a background on this card with Weathered Wood Distress Ink on a Hero Arts background stamp. Then I colored the outside edges of a butterfly stencil from Cutting Edge Stencils with various Copic markers. I doused a corner of a paper towel with Copic Blender Fluid and pulled the color into the opening in the butterfly stencil. I just love the soft look that creates! I cut a "hello" from Paper Smooches out and cut it again in black and popped that one into the hello opening. I layered the whole piece on an aqua blue card.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Sister Act,  Addicted to Stamps and More, and 613 Avenue Create. 

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Golden Wedding Anniversary Card


I made this 50th wedding anniversary card for an article I wrote this week on personalized cards in a box that will be published early next year in Scrap and Stamp Arts. I created the card base with a gold paper that I embossed with a hearts embossing folder by Darice. I rounded all the corners on the box and attached hearts punched with heart punches by Martha Stewart and ek success. The "love" and "Happy Anniversary" are older stamps from Stampin' Up which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I die cut the 50 with my new Parker numbers from Memory Box. The flowers (Hero Arts) were heat embossed with gold embossing powder on clear and gold vellum, then cut out and layered on strips of acetate. The small heart flower die is from Lea'bilities. Here are some more photos showing all sides including the back where a special message could be written for the golden couple. Of course, this card in a box folds flat to mail in an A6 sized envelope.


I am entering this card in the Anniversary/Wedding challenge at Charisma Cardz and the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Girls.


Friday, August 22, 2014

Autumn Goddess Fall Card on CBP Friday

It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a fall card featuring CBP’s Autumn Goddess. I really love the line of beautiful strong women stamps Crackerbox Palace carries. Autumn Goddess is just one of my favorites in this line you can find here.

I stamped her on a cream oval cut out with a Spellbinders die. I decorated her rust colored dress using a Dreamweaver stencil and a thin black marker using a technique known as Sten-tangle (easier version of Zentangle.) I also paper pieced her headband and did a little coloring with some Copics in fall colors. I attached the oval to the cream card base. I created some acetate stencils by die cutting Tim Holtz’s Tattered Leaves and then colored them using the Faux Chalk technique I learned how to do here on this blog.

Don’t forget you can save 15% off your order at Crackerbox Palace.com with my name (Karen) in the coupon code box. All I ask is that you sign up as a follower here and then go shop for all these great stamps and more. You know you want toJ

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Wonderful Wednesday and Creative Moments.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Uber Cool Teenage Birthday Card

The hardest cards for me to make are ones a teenager might like. I think that is an universal problem because they also are the ones we receive the least of at Send a Smile 4 Kids. When I saw the cell phone set from Clearly Besotted and the slang set from Paper Smooches, I just had to get them to make some fun cards for teens. I started with a white card base, and added the corner piece and the thin lines of ombre orange paper. I stamped all the fun sentiments from Paper Smooches (totes:), and then embossed the whole card with an embossing folder from Sizzix. I stamped the cell phone and BDay sentiment (from Clearly Besotted) on blue paper, cut it out and attached with pop dots to raise.

I am entering this card in Melissa's Birthday challenge at Tomboy, and the Embossing challenge at Creative Card Crew.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

What If? Wed. Sketch Challenge from Repeat Impressions

Happy Wednesday everyone! It's time for another fun sketch challenge at The House that Stamps Built and we are challenging you to make a card using the sketch below and link it up for a chance at some great Repeat Impressions rubber! For all the details on what you can win and to see the other Rock Stars cards using this sketch, please visit our blog.


I love to paper piece and this Dress Form from RI’s Pairings collection is perfect for paper piecing. I cut the dress form out with a Spellbinder’s die. The card base and three lines were created with an embossed peach cardstock. I raised the dress form piece with mounting tape. I stamped and cut out a spool of thread from the same set of stamps and added some buttons to complete the sketch card.

Here is the sketch for you to follow when you create a card for our challenge. You do not need to use Repeat Impressions stamps to enter our challenges, but you get an extra chance to win if you do!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Through the Craft Room Door.

**Don’t Forget: for a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!**

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Floral Inspiration Birthday Card


I am sharing a new card today that I received inspiration to make from two different sources. The theme picture at The Cutting Edge Challenge has beautiful flowers on it made with dies (see below), and the stamping up north blog featured a series of cards using these dies and alcohol inks. I cased a couple of her cards to make this one- in fact I had to search internetville to find the Memory Box Lucienne Tile die as Memory Box is no longer making it. But I knew I needed it after seeing her cards and I succeeded in finding it! The rose die is by Penny Black and the sentiment is by Stamplorations. I used my sadly neglected alcohol inks on three separate pieces of glossy paper to make the background under the border die, the rose petals and stems and leaves. Here is the pix of the inspiration card:
I am so happy this new fun challenge has extended the playing time to almost two weeks. I will be able to get inspired, design and blog some cards to play in their challenge now. I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Black and White Sten-tangle Card


I am sharing another Sten-tangle card I made for a sketch challenge at my last stamp club meeting. For this one I used thin black markers and a variety of brass and plastic stencils. The bear and the other brass stencils are from Dreamweaver. The stamp is from Repeat Impressions. When you Zentangle, you doodle free hand, but I am not a good doodler, nor do I have the patience for it. But when you Sten-tangle. you use stencils for atleast the start and I used them for the inside of all the pieces too. Easy and fun. The hardest part is finding enough small patterned stencils.

I am entering this card in the challenge at Allsorts to use stencils or masking, and the Anything Goes challenge at Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sten-tangled Birthday Card


I recently discovered a fun technique that is an easy version of zentangle. Instead of free hand doodling like in zentangle, sten-tangle used stencils for a similar but easier version. I tried it on this card with an open plastic butterfly stencil and then filled in the butterflies using different small pattern stencils. Some were brass stencils from Dreamweaver and some were inexpensive plastic stencils. For fun color, I used gel pens for the sten-tangle outline and doodling. I stamped a swoosh in three colors of ink and my favorite new "happy birthday". Both stamps are from a set by Avery Elle.

I am entering this card in the "Happy Birthday" challenge at Raisin Boat and the Anything Goes challenge at Brown Sugar Challenge.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Anything Goes 4 Kids Challenge at SAS4Kids!

(If you are looking for the Die Cut Crazy Blog Hop, please scroll down.)


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 for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have three very generous sponsors for this challenge: Dollar Graphics Depot is giving their winner a $15 gift certificate! Oak Pond Creations is giving their randomly picked winner 3 digis of their choice!  And Fred She Said’s winner gets a $10 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.

My first card for this challenge (above) features some fun digis called "What's Shakin' Snakes" by Oak Pond Creations. I colored the snakes and attached with some ssssss flags. The "What's Shakin'?" piece is raised on adhesive springs so it really does shake:) 

My second card features a sweet colored digi from Dollar Graphics Depot called Oliver Loves Summer. I printed him and framed him with an Awesome Polaroid frame cut with my Silhouette. I added the sentiment (from the same digi set), a punched sun and a sunglasses brad. 

I am entering these cards in the Summer challenge at Simon Says Stamps and the Anything Goes challenge at Crafty Girls.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop!


Welcome to the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop! The Die Cut Crazy Contributors have created some amazing birthday projects to inspire your own die cut creativity and make any birthday special.  If you just joined the Birthday Hop at my site, be sure and go back to the Die Cut Crazy for the hop kick off, then hop along the list to each of our designers. You won't want to miss any of the special birthday projects in this hop for sure. 

What can you win for hopping? Stephanie at Die Cut Crazy is giving a 3 month subscription to DCC magazine to one lucky winner!  To be entered to win, you need to leave a comment on each of our hop blog posts AND to LIKE the DCC Facebook page, then leave a comment on the DCC blog post once you have completed the hop. The hop will run from August 15 until Monday August 18th. Stephanie will draw the winner and announce it on the DCC blog and FB page on Tuesday August 19th. AND some of the blogs along the way will have surprise blog candy as well that you might win!



I am sharing two personalized birthday projects today. I love how easy it is to create special personalized cards and gifts with die cuts! For my projects today, I used my Silhouette Portrait cutting machine and Silhouette America cutting files. My first project is the birthday card in a box I made for my grandson Nate who just turned 8. I shared how to make a card in a box in the July issue of Die Cut Crazy and there are many tutorials available on line with different sizes of the card in a box concept. Nate loves Batman and super heroes so I printed and cut Batman on a motorcycle and the Batmobile from Silhouette America. I also cut some Batman logos and his name in a fun font and created this fun card that folds flat to send and then pops up for the special birthday boy.
My second personalized birthday project is the card I created recently for my son-in-law who loves soccer. The soccer cutting file from Silhouette America is designed for a wall decoration with the space cut out of the middle. I sized it for a card front and stamped the fun sentiment from Cas-ual Friday Stamps in the center. The top Happy Birthday was created with a punch by Martha Stewart.

Thanks for stopping by.  Next up in the Die Cut Crazy Birthday Blog Hop is Holly.

To make sure you don't miss any of the birthday projects, here is the list of all our blog hop designers: 

Die Cut Crazy  - http://diecutcrazy.com/   START OF THE BIRTHDAY BLOG HOP

I am entering these cards in the Masculine Birthday challenge at Mod Squad and the Anything Goes challenge at Wonderful Wednesday. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Blues for a Designer Choice Challenge


It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It’s Joyce’s turn this time and she is challenging my team and you to make a card with the Blues.  After you make your blue card, you can enter it for a chance to win some awesome Repeat Impressions rubber! Please visit the blog for all the details and to see the other Rock Star's cards for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

I started my card with a blue textured card base. Then I stamped Repeat Impression’s Metro Map 4 times, cut them in various sizes for the background on top of a dark blue piece. I stamped the Ship in a Bottle from the Wine Time set on a blue patterned paper and cut it out with a Nestabilities die. That piece was raised with mounting tape when attached.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Crafting from the Heart and Through the Craft Room Door.

And don’t forget: For a 10% discount on any size order at Repeat Impressions, just make a note of my discount code (rr10kh), click on the blog badge on the side of my blog and go to the website here to shop and save!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Personalized Birthday and Anniversary Cards


One thing I love about making my own cards for special occasions is how I can personalize them just for the special recipient. Yesterday was a dear on line friend's birthday and I made this card especially for her. I just got a new set of alphabet dies from Memory Box and the Happy Birthday and the flowers are also new dies from Memory Box. I hope Hilde received her card in time in Australia and that her year to come is happy and healthy.

Tomorrow is my 24th anniversary and this is the card I made for my husband. Not one of those 8766 days did I ever regret marrying this man:) Orange is his favorite color and I think he liked his card. We are celebrating with a fun getaway and dinner out at our favorite restaurant. Then we are picking up our favorite grandson and bringing him home for a fun week.

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenges at Sister Act and Crafts 4 Eternity.