Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Ring in the New Year DCC at Repeat Impressions


It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It is Cheri’s turn and her challenge theme is “Ring in the New Year”. Why don’t you join us in this challenge and enter your New Year’s celebration card 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 projects for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

My New Year’s card features RI’s wine glasses filled with golden champagne, RI’s fireworks embossed in gold and RI’s Happy New Year stamp on a golden patterned paper from my stash. I sent the card to my brother to wish him a Happy New Year, and that is my wish for you too!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Scribble and Scrap.

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, December 30, 2014

5 Year Blogging Anniversary Celebration


Today I am celebrating 5 years of blogging with some huge giveaways and the last of my 2014 Christmas cards and tags. If you want to know anything about the cards, just leave me a comment or contact me via the contact feature on the side of the blog.

I am excited to say I am now up to 454 followers (between Blogger and Bloglovin') and am hoping to hit the magical 500 follower number soon!

I have 7 prizes to announce thanks to my favorite stamp companies' generosity. If you see your name here listed as a winner, jump up and down and yell "woo-hoo", then - VERY IMPORTANT- CONTACT ME VIA THE CONTACT FEATURE ON THE SIDE OF MY BLOG. I need to have your email address and to hear from you BY JANUARY 4TH to give you the code to collect your winnings. And if you are the grand prize winner, I need your snail mail address to mail out the prize.

If I do not hear from you, and am unable to contact you, I will have to redraw another name for your prize.

The winner of the $20 gift certificate to Repeat Impressions is...........................................................................   Cara Malrose!!


Joyful, Joyful! The winners of the first three $15 gift certificates from Crackerbox Palace are.............................................................................................................................................................................. .Joann (Sassy Raggedy), Gloria Shirr and Brenda Lawrence!!



Merry Christmas friends! The winners of the last two $15 gift certificates from Crackerbox Palace are ................................................................................................. KT Fit Kitty and Verna Angerhofer!!


These are some tags I made for my daughter and daughter-in-law. I know, you don't care about tags. You just want to see your name as the grand prize winner, right? Here is a reminder of what the Grand Prize Winner will win:

That's a lot of stamping and crafting goodies!! And the winner is......................................................................................................................................................................................................... Karen Schroeder!!  Please contact me, Karen, as I will need your snail mail address to mail out the big package of blog candy to you.

I am truly appreciate all my subscribers and followers and those who take a minute to leave lovely comments on my cards that I blog. I love sharing ideas here, in my classes and in my published articles and plan on continuing for a long long time!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Beautiful Bokeh Brusho Backgrounds


It is my turn to share a Project of the Week with everyone at the Repeat Impression’s blog and here on mine. Isn't this photo with Bokeh lights beautiful? I have seen some cards on Pinterest using this Bokeh effect and even tried making a few cards myself. But recently I found a tutorial here, and I tried her tips with a few adjustments and am really happy with the cards I was able to make.

First of all, what is Bokeh? I looked up the definition and it is "the visual quality of the out-of-focus areas of a photographic image." It is pronounced bōˈkā.  

To create a Bokeh background for cards, start with a piece of watercolor paper slightly larger than you want it on your card. Tape it down with low tack tape onto a craft sheet. Apply water to the watercolor paper with a water brush or paint brush. In the tutorial linked above, the instructor applied watercolor paints to her wet background. I do not have watercolor paints, so I decided to try my Brusho Crystal Colours. Here is a picture of what happened when I applied violet, orange and crimson Brushos to the wet watercolor paper. 


Then I spritzed the colors with more water to smooth them out and this is what it looked like:
 I soaked up the excess water and dried the piece with a heat gun. Next comes the Bokeh magic. I created a stencil out of a piece of acetate with various sizes of circle punches. Then I applied white pigment ink through the circle holes onto the Brusho colored piece. The key to success with this step is to make sure your white pigment ink pad is very moist with ink. The largest circles should be lighter and as the circles get smaller, they should be brighter. The circles should overlap in some areas. Let this piece dry completely or dry it with a heat gun. This is how my Bokeh Brusho piece looked after inking through the circle stencil:

Now it is time to make a card with the beautiful Bokeh Brusho background we have created. I layered the piece onto black and then onto a lavender card base. I stamped Repeat Impression’s hot air balloons onto black cardstock and cut them out. I stamped the perfect sentiment ribbon and applied it with mounting tape to raise it for dimension.
I made a second card with blue, yellow and green Brusho Crystal Colours and white pigment ink applied through my “holey” stencil. After it was dry, I attached the piece with pop dots to a blue top folding card base. I stamped Repeat Impression’s “hug and hold” sentiment on vellum and attached. I created side flags out of vellum and attached them under the top piece. I stamped the sweet baby boy on cream cardstock and paper pieced his polka-dotted pjs. He was also raised on pop dots when attached, and I added some sequins to complete the baby boy Bokeh Brusho background card. Try saying that three times fast. Or better yet, try this fun background technique and see if you love it as much as I do.

I am entering this into the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp, Loves Rubberstamps and Wonderful Wednesdays.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas Cards and Wishes

Wishing you Christmas Joy on this special day! Our Christmas celebrations are on the weekends before and after Christmas, so I am posting a few Christmas cards today I made with NBUS before I put it all away. Not going to go into great detail about each one, but if you have any questions, leave me a comment or contact me via the contact feature on the side of the blog.

And a couple using laser cut stickers:


I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Love's Rubberstamps and the Christmas all around challenge at Deep Ocean.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Sweet Surprises Sketch Card on Christmas Eve





Happy Christmas Eve 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 used the Sweet Surprises swing stamp set to make my Christmas sketch card. I started with two scalloped squares I cut out with Nestabilities dies. I stamped the presents and paper pieced both, then added the sentiments stamped in red. I added a bow and some washi tape following the sketch.


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 Christmas challenges at  Crafty Cardmakers and Ooh-la-la Creations.

**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, December 23, 2014

Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge


It’s Tuesday and time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge. As always the theme is my favorite, Anything Goes! There is a new challenge every Tuesday at TTCRD. I am on Team A and this week is our turn to post our cards. The sponsor this week is Just Inklined Digital Stamps and the prize is a $10 gift certificate! 

I think this Scrabble image from Just Inklined is perfect for a birthday card for kids or adults! I printed the image on white cardstock and again on yellow, and paper pieced the Happy Birthday tiles. I cut a window in an aqua blue square with a die cut from QuicKutz and embossed that piece and the card base with an embossing folder from Embossalicious. I attached the window piece over the Scrabble board with pop dots to raise it.

**Don’t Miss It! The November-December 2014 issue of Through The Craft Room Door magazine is available right now in the "Subscribers Only Area" of the TTCRD website.  It is loaded with paper craft tutorials, tons of inspirations and projects you can create. Plus free digis and even holiday recipes! Come check it out!  It’s almost time for the January issue to come out and I have an article and several cards in this issue! If you do not currently subscribe to the magazine you will need to go to the top of the page and click on the Subscription/Renewals tab. I highly recommend everyone get a subscription to this great on line magazine!** 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create, That Craft Place and Scribble and Scrap.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Vellum Shaker Peace and Joy Card


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a shaker card I made recently with Crackerbox Palace’s beautiful stamps. I am loving all the shaker cards I have been seeing lately and decided to try one with vellum. I heat embossed the snowflakes and sentiment with white embossing powder. I colored the snowflakes from behind with a marker. I stamped CBP’s lovely dove on white cardstock, cut out and attached so the wings are free to fly. I raised the vellum piece up with mounting tape, added some sequins and covered the sides with washi tape.

**As a holiday present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the  stamps on this card will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal! **

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes Holiday Blitz at Love’s Rubberstamps, the Winter Inspiration challenge at Simon Says Stamp, and the Christmas All Around challenge at Deep Ocean.

 As the card says, “Wishing you (and yours) a never ending season of peace and joy!”

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Distressed and Peaceful Holiday Card



The challenge this month at Virginia's View is "All Things Distressed" and I used two blue distress inks from Tim Holtz and Ranger to make this peaceful background on a last minute holiday card. I started by heat embossing a tree from Stampin' Up with green embossing powder. I sponged on two shades of  blue distress ink after heat embossing the beautiful "Peace on Earth" also from Tim Holtz. I sponged on some white stars with white pigment ink through a stencil from Heidi Swapp, added a gold punched star and layered onto a white card base.

I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes Holiday Blitz at Love's Rubberstamps.

Peace to you and yours this holiday season and into the new year!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Think Snow Designer's Choice Challenge


It’s another Designer’s Choice Challenge at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impression’s blog. It is Melissa’s turn and her challenge theme is “Think Snow”. Why don’t you join us in this challenge and enter your card with snow 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 projects for this DCC challenge. I have seen them and you do not want to miss them!

The Repeat Impression’s stamp I used on this snowy card is one of my favorites because it reminds me of my kitty looking out the window on a snowy day. I stamped the window snowy scene on navy paper and again on white. I paper pieced the white kitty and colored her bow with a gel pen. The card base was embossed with a snowy embossing folder from Sizzix.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes (Christmas) challenge at Incy Wincy and the Create a Scene challenge at Love to Create.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Hanukkah Bister Card


Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate this joyous time! I fell in love with this beautiful new set from Stampin' Up and will be designing again with it sometime soon. Today I decided to try my Bister powders on a silver non-water color paper after embossing the stamps in black detail embossing powder. The water did not soak in, but created this unique background. I tried cutting out the piece with a fancy Spellbinders rectangle, but the top and  bottom did not cut well at all. So I covered them up with some silver stars metal tape. Most "mistakes" are just opportunities to embellish or step outside our boxes and experiment.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Present Card with NBUS for Classes

I saw a present card on Pinterest recently and decided to try making one for the classes I teach in my home. Here is the blogpost with the measurements I used.  For the front of the present, I cut a beautiful snowflake using my new die from Simon Says Stamp out of the navy, then popped in a white snowflake into the negative space. I also put back in the small navy pieces for the inlaid die look. The top of the present has an embossed piece (Sizzix embossing folder), a white ribbon that I colored with blue dye ink and a sparkly bow I cut out with my new Clearly Besotted die. When the front was done, I sprayed it with silver Glitter Dust from thermoweb. This is the best glitter spray I have ever tried!

The top part of the present pulls up and this is what is attached in the inside. I just got a beautiful script Merry Christmas from Fun Stampers Journey and I embossed it with sparkly blue embossing powder from Stampamania (another recent discovery and the best sparkly embossing powder I have ever used.) Still working on my pile of NBUS (never before used schtuff) before I put them away, especially the holiday schtuff:) But since I make Christmas cards all year, if I don't get done, I will play into the new year.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Treasured Times and Vandicrafts Artistry (and the present is square.)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Another Sparkly Ornament Card


I cut a bunch of ornaments and bows (with my new dies from Clearly Besotted) out of sparkly paper and made this easy card with some of them. I usually stick to traditional Christmas colors, but decided to use some sparkly purple paper and am loving these bright ornaments. I started with a white top folding card base that I embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder. I "hung" the ornaments with thin gold washi tape. The gold bows were attached and then the ornaments were popped up with pop dots.

I am entering this card in the Happy Holidays challenge at Jo's Scrap Shack and the Last Minute Christmas at Crafty Catz.

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Saturday, December 13, 2014

Gold and Red Sparkly Peace

I just got a new die set from Clearly Besotted with fun bows and ornaments and the idea popped into my head to use half one color and half another for the bows and ornaments. I pulled out my sparkly red and gold cardstock and tried it out. I started with a white top folding card base and attached a strip of the red sparkly paper down the left side. Then I diecut the ornaments and bows in gold and red sparkly paper and cut them in half. I used thin red washi tape to "hang" the ornaments. I added a gold diecut "peace" by Julie for Essentials by Ellen which is my wish for the world and you.

 I am entering this card in the Bling it On challenge at Simon says Stamp and the Celebrations challenge at Southern Girls.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Goddess Birthday Card for my Daughter


It's Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing the card I made for my daughter’s birthday featuring one of Crackerbox Palace’s Goddess stamps. I created the background on this card with my new Brusho Crystal Colours. After it was dry, I rounded the corners and attached to a white card base with rounded corners too. I stamped the beautiful Water Goddess on the Brusho piece, on cream cardstock and on script patterned paper. I cut her out after coloring her hair. Then I paper pieced her dress and headband and attached her to the card front. I added some silver gel pen to the water drops. All the Goddesses are just beautiful and are available here on the Crackerbox Palace website.

**As a holiday present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the Goddess stamps will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal! **

In addition to that great deal, you can also qualify for a chance at some great blog candy. I am celebrating my 5 year blogaversary all this month, and you can win one of 7 prizes just by being a follower of my blog. Crackerbox Palace has generously offered 5 gift certificates worth $15 for 5 lucky winners to shop with at their website! I have two other great prizes too, so sign up as a follower and you might be one of the lucky winners! Just click on the picture on the side of my blog for all the details.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Party Time Tuesday and the Anything but Christmas challenge at Penny’s Paper-Crafty.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BFF Christmas Card



This is the card I created for my best friend and her husband for Christmas. The sentiment- which is perfect- is from a set by Close to My Heart. I heat embossed a Penny Black tree scene with some super sparkly blue embossing powder from Stampamania. I popped up a frame and acetate and created a shake card with sequins and glass beads. This is what the inside looks like:

I tried a new fold, and the diecuts are all from Paper Smooches. It is fun to try new looks on special cards for special people.

I am entering this card in the Winter or Christmas challenges at Love's Rubberstamps and at Crafty Sentiments Designs.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

What If? Wednesday Sketch Challenge at 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 started my sketch card by stamping Repeat Impression’s musical notes background in red ink on a kraft card base. I added a flag I cut out of some fun dp from The Paper Studio. I stamped Repeat Impression’s candy canes in red ink and attached to a red piece after rounding the corners on both pieces. I added some fun snowflake and candy cane eyelets to complete the 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 Scribble and Scrap.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge


It’s Tuesday and time for another Through the Craft Room Door challenge. As always the theme is my favorite, Anything Goes! There is a new challenge every Tuesday at TTCRD. I am on Team A and this week is our turn to post our cards. The sponsor this week is Oak Pond Creations and the prize is 3 digis!

I think the Christmas Owl from Oak Pond Creations is so cute with his sideways head. I printed him on kraft paper and paper pieced his hat, eyes and elf shoes. I mounted his head with an Action Wobble so it wobbles and wiggles. The designer paper I used for the background elements is all from The Paper Studio.

**Don’t Miss It! The November-December 2014 issue of Through The Craft Room Door magazine is available for your viewing pleasure in the "Subscribers Only Area" of the TTCRD website. It is loaded with paper craft tutorials, tons of inspirations and projects you can create. Plus free digis and even holiday recipes! Come check it out! If you do not currently subscribe to the magazine you will need to go to the top of the page and click on the Subscription/Renewals tab. I highly recommend everyone get a subscription to this great on line magazine!** 

I am entering this card in the Unusual Christmas challenge at Open Minded Crafting and the Anything Goes challenges at 613 Avenue Create and Scribble and Scrap.