Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Club Challenge Butterfly Card Using More NBUS

Our challenge this month for our local stamp club was to use butterflies and embossing and a suggested sketch. It was not a hard challenge for me at all because I love butterflies and use embossing folders often. My current favorite brand of embossing folders is We R Memory Keepers and this is a floral one I had not used before. I had some scraps of watercolor paper colored with Magenta Nuance pastels and used them to create some butterflies with my new Tim Holtz Sizzix butterfly die. I added a punched butterfly colored with the gorgeous Nuvo Amethyst Purple Glimmer Paste and added a lovely sentiment from the Tonic Studios Flip Set of the same name. My last step on the front was to add some Nuvo Crushed Grape Crystal Drops. I couldn't stop playing with this pretty purple Glimmer Paste so I added a sparkly Butterfly Sprig (from Tonic of course) to the inside of the card. Here are some pictures of all that sparkle- although it is so much better IRL): 

I am entering this in the NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog here and the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Beautiful Backgrounds Class Cards for Let's Create

I am loving this last card I designed for the Beautiful Backgrounds (With Dies) class I am teaching at Let's Create in Wisconsin Rapids on Friday October 21st at 5:00 and Saturday October 22nd at 10:30. I made a night sky with Color Burst and a masked then stamped moon with a new stamp set by Altenew. The fairy die and stencil are by Tonic Studios and I applied the gorgeous gold Glimmer Paste coming out soon from Nuvo through the stencil. Here is a close up look at the brilliant glimmer: 

We had lots of fun this last weekend at the Embossing Techniques class I taught at Let's Create. Here are some pictures from that class: 

If you are local, I hope you can join us October 20th or 21st at Let's Create for my last special class this year. You will learn how to make some unique backgrounds including Faux Leather, Faux Woodgrain, and Color Burst with Cling Wrap in addition to the card above with Color Burst and Glimmer Paste. Here is a peak at the other three cards you would make in the Beautiful Backgrounds (With Dies) Class: 

Monday, August 29, 2016

Triple Stencils and new Nuvo Glimmer Paste Star Card

I have been playing with my new Nuvo Glimmer Pastes for an article I am writing and wondered what would happen if I used two stencils together with the glittery paste? I created a stencil out of acetate with Tonic Studio's Moonglade Wish Semi-Die and then put my Memory Box Diamond stencil under it over a white cardstock piece. I spread the Blue Topaz Glimmer Paste evenly with a plastic craft knife and let it dry, then cut it out with the outside die from the same set. I love how it turned out! These beautiful Glimmer Pastes in 12 gorgeous colors will be available for purchase in the USA after September 15th. Here's a close up of the double stencil glimmer: 

I used my Clarity Stencil Brush to apply white pigment ink on the navy card base through a stars stencil by Memory Box and added the perfect sentiment from Tonic's die set of the same name to complete the card. 

I am entering this card in the NBUS challenge at Darnell's blog here. The Memory Box stencils and the Blue Topaz Glimmer Paste were NBUS.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Peaceful Christmas Card with Nuvo Glimmer Pastes

Did I mention I was in love with the new Nuvo Glimmer Pastes available soon from Tonic Studios? I tried the Moonstone white glimmer paste for a snowy look through a Hero Arts stencil for this peaceful Christmas card. Then I created a round mask and applied the Golden Crystal Glimmer Paste for a beautiful moon. I die cut and applied Tim Holtz's "peace on earth" for the perfect Christmas wish. 

I am entering this in the NBUS challenge here at Darnell's blog. The Hero Arts stencil and the Moonstone Glimmer Paste were NBUS.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Have a Kitty Cat Birthday with Crackerbox Palace Stamps

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a birthday card I made with some Crackerbox Palace stamps and Clarity Stencil Brushes. I am loving the subtle soft look that is so easy to achieve with the Clarity brushes and ink. I inked orange ink through a fern stencil onto the orange card base for a tone on tone look. Then I stamped and paper pieced the sleeping kitty and stamped the perfect sentiment from Crackerbox Palace. This is going to be my husband’s birthday card from me and our kitty Lucky.  He always says he wants to be reincarnated as a cat in a loving home like ours. What a life- eat, sleep, play, repeat.

I am entering this card in the birthday challenge at Live Love Cards.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Best Friends Embossed Card with Tonic Studios Dies

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and I am sharing a fun card I created for my BFF who loves teddy bears. Did you know that all of Tonic Studio’s dies can be embossed after you cut them for extra dimension and detail? I did that extra embossing step to the sweet Cuddly Bears best friends after I die cut them out of pink, light and dark brown cardstock.  I also embossed the white center and two corners of the card front with embossing folders. I decorated the other two corners with Tonic’s beautiful Tangled Trellis Mini Indulgence die. The Cuddly Bears die is part of a sweet line of Baby Rococo dies, but I decided they could be used for a friend’s card too. Here is a picture of the inside where I attached the Miniature Moments Best Friends die:

If you love die cuts and crafty project inspiration and chances to win great Tonic Studios prizes, you will want to join the new Tonic Fanatics Facebook group!  Here is a link to the group or search Tonic Fanatics USA on Facebook and join up today!

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Cuddly Bears Rococo, Best Friends Miniature Moments and Tangle Trellis Mini Indulgence Dies, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other:  We R Memory Keepers and Sizzix Embossing Folders       

I am entering this card in the "Hip to be Square" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Awesome, Sweet and Cool Shaker Card with Tonic Studios Dies

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and I am so happy to be sharing a shaker card I made recently for a teenage guitar lover. I love the whole Miniature Moments line of sentiment dies available on the Tonic Studios USA website here! These sentiment dies have such a great mix of fonts and sizes. I die cut “Awesome, Sweet and Cool” many times out of white cardstock and attached them around the negative space created by die cutting the Rococo Electric Guitar out of a white square card front. I sponged on four colors of Distress Ink and attached a piece of acetate to the back of the guitar opening. I attached two layers of skinny mounting tape all around the back of the guitar opening and dumped in a bunch of beads and sequins. Then I attached the completed card front to a square card base. Shaker cards are so fun because they are interactive! Here is a picture of the shaker elements all shook up:

On the inside of the card, I attached the die cut electric guitar and “You’re a Star” as shown here:

 If you love die cuts and crafty project inspiration and chances to win great Tonic Studios prizes, you will want to join the new Tonic Fanatics Facebook group!  Here is a link to the group or search Tonic Fanatics USA on Facebook and join up today!

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Miniature Moments “Awesome, Sweet & Cool”, Rococo Electric Guitar and “You’re A Star” from Everyday Sentiments Two Dies, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: sponges, Distress Inks, beads, sequins, mounting tape      

 I am entering this card in the "Hip to be Square" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.    

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Beautiful Fall Day Card with New Dies and Nuvo Glimmer Pastes

I love making fall cards and when I saw the new Poppy Stamps Carved Diamond Pumpkin and Leafy Breeze border dies recently released, there was no resisting them! I die cut them both out of a square orange card front and created a shaker of punched leaves and fall colored sequins behind the pumpkin. I colored under the Leafy Breeze border die with red and gold Glimmer Paste from Nuvo (available soon from Tonic Studios). I also colored the Darice Maple Leaf with the sparkly red Glimmer Paste. It is just gorgeous IRL! Here is a close up of the sparkle and one of the shaker elements all shook up:

The "Have a Beautiful Day" sentiment is a Tonic Studios die from the Sew Pretty Frame Set of the same name. 

I am entering this card in the Make for the Border challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

**Also wanted to share some fun news. I have been given the honor of being chosen as this week's Crafter of the Week at Create and Craft. Here is a link to the blog post. I have never seen such a big picture of me and wish it was smaller... but I am thrilled nonetheless.**

Monday, August 22, 2016

Die-Versions Offset Butterfly Wedding Card

Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this pretty wedding card I made with Die-Version’s dies. I started this card by cutting the Whispers Big Butterfly die out of the side of a white card front and also out of another piece of white cardstock. I colored the beautiful butterfly piece with Nuvo’s blue, pink and green Embellishment Mousse and popped it back into the negative die shape on the side of the card. I put acetate behind the openings, but if I did again I would probably skip that step. I attached the die cut card front to a yellow card base after die cutting Die-Versions Mr. & Mrs. Sweet Wordlets out of the center. I die cut and attached two Whispers Oriental Fans to the corners and added some pastel sequins to complete the card.

**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.**

Sunday, August 21, 2016

I am in Love with the new Nuvo Glimmer Pastes!

Oh my gosh- I just received a surprise box from Tonic Studios and inside were 12 brand new colors of Glimmer Paste which will be available soon here in the states. It is a super sparkly version of Nuvo's Embellishment Paste, so it is similar to stencil paste. But these colors are so vibrant and glittery! It is a lighter consistency than traditional stencil paste so it dries faster. I will be showing you many cards using the different colors and ways you can use the Glimmer Pastes here on my blog. Today I am sharing a card I made with the Nuvo Silver Gem Glimmer Paste and Tonic's Christmas Angel. I die cut her and then used my finger tool to cover her with the silver Glimmer Paste. Here is a close up (but IRL she is even more gorgeous!)

I decided to make a sympathy card with her, but of course she would be beautiful on a Christmas card as well. I used the Top Note Trellis die set to cut a white card base and the navy card front. I popped up the middle and attached the silver angel and also Tonic's Heartfelt Sympathy Miniature Moments die cut out of Tonic's silver mirror paper. 

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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: Cracker Box Palace is giving their winner three digital stamps of their choosing from Crackerbox Palace’s website! And the winner from Dies R Us receives 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.

If you follow my blog, you know one of my favorite stamp companies is Crackerbox Palace. I made this fun kid’s card with Crackerbox Palace’s Fish Splash and Birthday Splash stamps. I created a bubbly background with an embossing folder from Sizzix and two shades of blue cardstock. I popped the fish and sentiment squares up on mounting tape to raise them.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Can you help my Son celebrate his Birthday?

Different post today. My son's birthday is coming up soon and this is what he is asking for: 

I am hoping for your help in a cause of mine. Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty. We have plenty of water to drink -- even the water in our toilets is clean (though we encourage Ludo not to drink it)! (Ludo is their sweet puppy.)
But many people around the world don’t have that luxury. Every day, about 1,400 children die from diseases caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation, sometimes water that they walked hours just to get. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.  That is where charity: water comes in.
I started this fundraising campaign to help charity: water build these types of projects around the world, and I'm looking for anyone who can help me.  I am donating my 36th birthday (coming up in a couple months so starting now!) to the cause because I already have anything I need and there are people that don't even have clean, safe water to drink. 
This is where you come in.  Please donate to my campaign -- anything you can give is a huge help.  I am hoping that you can donate $36 for my 36th birthday - if you can donate more that is amazing, but any amount will help.  The link to my campaign is provided below.
100% of the money will be used to build clean water projects (literally 100%, they have other donors that pay for all corporate cost and overhead - every dollar donated will go to a project), and when they’re complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the exact community we helped.  And you will of course receive a receipt for tax deduction purposes. 
I set up the campaign goal for $4,000, which would be 100 people donating $36 plus our initial funding. I would love to beat that.  $10,000 would be enough to fully fund a project and bring clean water to a community.  But every dollar helps.   We have 45 days for the campaign so hoping to act quick.  Please share this with anyone else that you think would be interested in bringing clean water to people around the world, post to social media with the links on the site, or anything else that can help raise awareness for the cause. 
Thank you for your generous contribution to our cause (or at least reading all the way down to this part of the email)!  Please read more on the charity: water website and watch videos of children drinking clean water for the first time.  Their lives are truly changed by something that we can help provide. 
This is the link to my campaign.  Even if you cannot contribute, I encourage you to visit the site and see the amazing work that charity: water is doing.  
 Can I say how proud I am of my son:) Here are some pictures from our recent weekend visit with Brian, his wife Kristy and my super cute grandson Evan:

It was my big grandson's birthday celebration and Brian took us all to the Museum of Science and Industry as Nate's gift. 

Can you help with this great cause? Any amount would be so appreciated and 100% will go to getting life saving water to those who need it. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tonic Studios Kensington Purse and Display Box

I have a goal of posting a new card or project every day on my blog unless visiting family or on vacation. But lately, I have just been unable to meet that goal. I just have had no extra time to play and make extra cards to keep blogging that frequently. I am busy cutting for classes, designing and blogging for design teams and writing articles for Scrap and Stamp Arts. All fun stuff- but hopefully soon I will have time to play with all my NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff) and share with you here. 

And I just got back from visiting my two favorite grandsons and their parents. Take a look at my sweeties:

I am a huge fan of Tonic Studio's Kensington Purse Die Set and loved the presentation box out of acetate I learned how to make on this video. Carolyn Shellard from the UK makes and sells hundreds of these purses in their special boxes and I was so inspired to try one myself that I ordered the acetate in the weight and size she suggests. I will admit- I found it hard to even get one to fit together and stay together- but I also have not had time to really perfect the technique. I made this purse and decorated the top and bottom of the box with a lovely dp from Ken Oliver. The bow on the top of the box is also a Tonic Studios die and the chain "For You" is from Impression Obsession. Here is a look at the other side of the purse in and out of the presentation box:

The little bow is a die from Sue Wilson. I added some pretty blue gems to complete the project.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Summery Christmas Card Challenge

Recently I was introduced to Paperless Post, a card company who is running an interesting challenge. They were looking for designers to create Christmas cards with a summer theme. I checked out their new Christmas cards on line here and even though I only make my own cards for Christmas and other holidays, I decided to accept their challenge. If you are too busy to make your own holiday cards, you should check out the on line and other card options at Paperless Post here.

A friend and member of my Send a Smile 4 Kids design team lives in Australia and she says it is very hot there at Christmas time and her Santa wears shorts. I started picturing Santa on a warm beach and came up with this textured "Warm Wishes" card: 

I cut a blue A2 sized card base and applied Tonic Studio's Nuvo Lemon Sorbet Embellishment Mousse through a Memory Box stencil for the sunshine. I die cut Memory Box's "warm wishes" border out of two sided tape paper by Sookang and then dumped Summer Mudd Puddles sand over it for the sandy beach. I die cut a yellow beach chair and the red flip flops with a die from Impression Obsession. I stamped the Santa hat out of a red and white scrap with a Paper Smooches stamp and paper pieced them together. The floral Christmas trees were created with stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps.

I had fun challenging myself to try a different type of Christmas card. When it is cold and snowy this December in Wisconsin, I will pick a special friend to send these "Warm Wishes" to.

But it is still summer now, so I am entering this card in the Summer Fun challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sweet Baby Congrats Z-Fold Tonic Studios Card

It's my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here, and I am sharing a fun fold card featuring the Rococo Petites baby dies and Miniature Moments sentiment dies. I created a modified z-fold card with a piece of patterned cardstock cut 11 x 4 ¼” and a white piece 1” x 11”. Both pieces were scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½” and folded. The white one inch piece is attached to the left and right sides of the card base. I die cut “Congratulations”, “Sweet” and the Nursery Mobile out of blue cardstock and attached them to the top white strip. The mobile was attached with tape to the back of the strip and I added some fun duck brads to the strip as well. I die cut and embossed the sweet Rubber Ducky out of yellow, orange and blue cardstock scraps and inserted the orange and blue wing, eye etc. back into the die cut ducky.

The Baby Balloons die was used to die cut a piece of two sided tape sheet and then I applied Sapphire Blue Nuvo glitter to the words in the balloons. I removed the rest of the 2 sided tape and dumped Glitter Diamond White Nuvo glitter on the balloons and ties. I colored the glittered balloons and ties with Nuvo Creative alcohol pens from the Fragrant Orange and Sunshine Yellow collections. Did you know Tonic Studios is selling alcohol markers similar to Copic markers? They blend and color beautifully and they are sold in packs of 3 (light, medium and dark shades of each color) for only $5.99! That’s right- all the shades of each color you need for only $5.99 for three alcohol markers!

Here are a couple more views of this baby z-fold card:  

On the inside piece I added a die cut pacifier (or as our friends in the U.K. call it, a “dummy”) that I heat embossed with a mixture of Nuvo embossing powders. I cut out the pacifier in white cardstock and applied Versamark ink all over it. I mixed Nuvo’s pink, purple and gold glitter embossing powders together in a small container, then dumped the mix on the sticky pacifier piece. I used my heat gun to melt the embossing powder mix and I ended up with a sparkly purple and pink “dummy” or pacifier. This card folds down and fits into a standard A2 envelope for mailing.

Tonic Studios and Nuvo Products Used: Miniature Moments “Awesome, Sweet & Cool” and “Congratulations” dies, Rococo Petites Rubber Ducky, Baby Balloons, Nursery Mobile and Newborn Dummy dies, Nuvo Pure Sheen Glitter Diamond and Sapphire Blue glitters, Nuvo Creative Pen Collections Fragrant Orange and Sunshine Yellow, Nuvo Purple Haze, Ballerina Pink and Gold Enchantment Embossing Powders, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: duck brads, patterned cardstock, small hole punch, Versamark ink, heat gun

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