Thursday, September 29, 2016

Tonic Studio Presents Two Very Different Ways

Today it’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here on my blog. I love it when a die is so versatile it can be used for Christmas cards during the holidays and for birthday cards anytime of the year! I also love fun folds so I am sharing two fun folds and also two uses for the Christmas Present Rococo Die. My first card is a four way card I learned how to make here. I cut two sides out of holiday cardstock from Tonic’s Winter Wonderland 8x8 Premium Paper Pack and two sides out of dark green cardstock. I die cut a large circle in the center of all four sides with a die from the Circle Layering Die Set. I die cut the Christmas Present twice out of dark green cardstock and applied the new soon to be released Nuvo Garnet Red Glimmer Paste to both sides. I attached a piece of thread between the layers as I glued them together. When you put the four sides together, the sparkly ornament hangs down on the thread and swings freely. I added my holiday wishes for everyone – Peace, Joy and Love – cut out from the Christmas Wishes 8x8 Paper Pack as shown in this view:

My second card is a 21st birthday card with a fun pop up center that I learned how to make here from the brilliant Edna on our sister Blog Tonic in the UK.  For the front of the card, I die cut two Christmas Presents but colored them with Pink Opal and Sapphire Blue Glimmer Pastes for a sparkly pastel finish. I die cut and attached the Happy Birthday Pansy Topper and added some English Mustard Crystal Drops and pre-made Purple Rain Glitter Drops (made on mini glue dots for so easy attachment whenever you are ready to use them.) The real fun part of this card is on the inside. Take a look:

 I discovered in coloring the front birthday presents using my finger tool with the soon to be released Glimmer Pastes that the negative image left on the paper below the die cut is even prettier than the positive die cut! I just love the look left behind! Check it out on the close up picture below. I die cut Happy (from the same Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Set) and the 21 with numeral dies from the Advent Treat Squeeze Box Set.

 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: Christmas Present Die, Circle Layering Die, Happy Birthday Pansy Topper Die Set, Advent Treat Squeeze Box Die Set, Garnet Red, Pink Opal and Sapphire Blue Nuvo Glimmer Pastes, Tonic Winter Wonderland and Christmas Wishes 8x8 Premium Paper Packs, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: mini glue dots

I am entering these cards in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Peaceful Church Christmas Card

We received so many beautiful dies this month in our Tonic USA blog package I could not stop with only three cards designed (which is the number we blog each month on the team.) I still had some BARC wood paper from last month's collaboration with ARC Crafts so I cut the Ornate Church and the inside peace dove (from the Mistletoe Wreath Frame Set) out of the BARC wood paper. We are featuring Nuvo embossing powders this month (from Tonic of course) so I decided to add some aging to the Ornate Church. I swiped some Versamark over just parts of the church and dumped Hot Chocolate Embossing Powder, then melted with my heat gun. I also applied and heat set Nuvo Classic Gold Embossing Powder to the cross. Here is a close up of the Ornate Church:

The green card base was cut 5 1/2" x 11" and I marked the center of the card without folding it. Then I die cut the Mistletoe Bow Header in the center of the cardbase, folded the card and added Autumn Red Crystal Drops to make berries on the Mistletoe. I die cut the beautiful Rising Dove out of Tonic gold mirror card and attached it with its wings raised for flight. 

I am entering this card in the Powder Power challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Peaceful Heated and Dry Embossing Christmas Card

The challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Powder Power- or to use embossing powder on our projects we link to the challenge. I am sharing a Christmas card using my favorite new embossing powder technique that I learned about on this blog post. The background is made with aluminum foil over a thicker cardstock piece and the first step is to apply Staz-On ink direct to the aluminum foil. I used black and green Staz-on on this piece. Then I applied Versamark ink to the front or flatter side of a Richard Garay pine needles embossing folder and put the aluminum foil piece face down on the Versamarked side and embossed it. I dumped green, copper and gold embossing powders randomly and heated them with my heat gun. The last step is to sponge the edges and highlight the embossing with black archival or Staz-on ink. I love this look! I attached the completed double embossed piece to a green card base. The red ornament was created using a piece of Tonic red mirror card attached to a thick cardstock with two sided tape paper. I did not want the inside pieces of the Memory Box ornament to fall out when the die was cut. I attached the ornament hanging on a thin washi tape and completed the card with a beautiful "peace" wish from Ellen Hutson. I am teaching this card in my in home classes this month and then it will be sent in to Scrap and Stamp Arts for an article on this technique.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Christmas Blessings Pull Charm Card

If you follow me, you know I love interactive and fun fold cards and I have been having so much fun playing with my new dies from Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Crafts! This is the card I designed for the classes I teach in my home. I used several designer cardstock weight papers as well as kraft and green cardstock and created the frame for the pull element. The little hanging tree is another Karen Burniston die which is part of the Holiday Charms collection. I stamped "Wishing You" (an old Printworks stamp) because when you pull the tab, this is what you see:

My Christmas wishes for you and all - Love, Hope and Peace. I punched a label in the green base and again in kraft, stamped the wishes (older stamp from CTMH) and then inlaid it so that it lays flat. I added another lovely Christmas die in the inside (from Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions) and am sharing another view of the front as well: 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Wine Lovers Interactive Birthday Card

I am having so much fun with the new Hanging Charm Pull Tab die by Karen Burniston for Elizabeth Crafts. For this wine lovers birthday card, I decided not to have a hanging element, but to attach a wine glass (cut with a die from My Creative Time) to the side of the pull up window frame. Here is a look at the card before the pull tab is pulled:

I cut the base and the frame of the Hanging Charm Pull Tab out of black cardstock with white script text on it. I cut the pull tab part out of red cardstock. All the wine stamps on this card are from a new set by Inspired by Stamping. The "Celebrate" was cut out with a die from Tonic Studios in red mirror card (also from Tonic.) I added some sequins on the front and the red pull tab. When the baker's twine is pulled, the top frame stands up like this: 

I stamped one more wine birthday wish from the same set by Inspired by Stamping that shows when the tab is pulled by it's recipient. I know many wine lovers who would love and display this card.

I am entering this card in the Happy Birthday challenge at Scrapy Land.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Little Tonic Studios Boxes Perfect for Giving

The theme of my favorite challenge to enter at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge is "Gift It" and that is perfect for these little gift boxes I am sharing today using some new Tonic Studio Box dies I just received. I have created two special little gift boxes and my first one was made with the Crystal Carousel Box Die Set. I started with a pretty two sided cardstock weight green designer paper and die cut two of the Carousel box bases. I learned how to put the box together -especially the top part- from this Tonic Studios video. There are many options provided with this die set to decorate the sides and I used three of the side options die cut out of red and gold Tonic mirror card. I added some red and gold Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the pretty gift box. Here are a couple pictures of the other sides: 

I also played with the new Tonic Tent Gift Bag Set and made a bag for a men's gift. Here is a look at both sides of that one: 

I started with a nice striped cardstock weight paper from Tonic's Winter Wonderland 8x8 Premium Pack and die cut the gift bag base. I also cut the rectangular decorative piece and tucked the top of the bag inside it to hold it closed. I stamped "For You" (from IO Stamps) on the little tag in brown ink. On the front of the gift bag is a beautiful stamp from Northwoods I just bought at a used stamp sale for $1.00! I stamped it on specialty paper and sponged distress inks on after masking the duck for a pretty sunset scene. I think this little bag would be perfect for a hunter or lover of wildlife and a gift card or some cash would fit in it to make him or her smile.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Sending Smiles Get Well Card on Crackerbox Palace Friday

It’s Crackerbox Palace Friday and I am sharing a fun get well card I made with some Crackerbox Palace stamps and a new die from Essentials by Ellen called Mini Windows by Julie. I love use humor in my cards and Crackerbox Palace has many lol stamps. I die cut the windows with the Ellen Hutson die and stamped the funny germ guys to show in the opened windows here: 

Then I used another humorous CBP stamp on the inside of the  card:

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Playing with New Tonic Christmas Dies

I am so happy that Tonic Studios has listened to their American die lovers and started making more smaller dies that easily fit on A2 or smaller size card bases. I recently purchased several new Tonic Christmas header dies and wreath frame die sets and all of them would fit beautifully on A2 cards if desired. For my first card above I chose to use both the Merry Christmas Header Fold Die Set and the Mistletoe Wreath Frame Set and so I made a slightly larger card. These dies are so gorgeous, I really didn't have to do anything but cut them out and attach to a red card base. I love the peace dove in the center of the Mistletoe Wreath Frame and I cut it all out in a text Christmas designer paper and popped up the center. I decided to try cutting the Merry Christmas Header Die out of the center of a navy piece instead of on the fold and to attach it to an A2 white card base and loved this look too:

The extra snowflakes are from the Festive Flurry Christmas Strip Die Set and I finished this card with white and midnight blue Nuvo Crystal Drops. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Musical Color Burst and Clingwrap Card with Tonic Dies

Earlier this summer I was designing cards for my next class at Let's Create (October 21st and 22nd in Wisconsin Rapids) on Beautiful Backgrounds and this is one of the cards I came up with using Color Burst, cling wrap and Tonic musical dies. Franki and I chose a different card for the class with this technique (seen here on this blogpost), and I realized I had never blogged this card. The theme this week at one of my favorite challenges - Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - is "Inspired by Music" and this card was indeed "inspired by music." Tonic Studio's Jukebox Jive die makes me want to get up and dance:) I cut him out of black and white cardstock and offset the two layers just a bit when I glued them together. The background is easy and fun to create. Simply sprinkle several colors of Color Burst (or any watercolor powder) into a crinkled piece of cling wrap, spritz with water or glimmer spray, and put a piece of glossy paper into the glorious mess. Crinkle up the cling wrap as desired on the glossy side. Wrap the cling wrap around the glossy paper and wait maybe 10 minute. When you remove it, you will see the beautiful background and it will be totally different every time. Allow the piece to dry or heat set if desired. I added some random circles made with black Distress Ink spritzed with glimmer spray and various round objects and also used the same mixture and my Tim Holtz spatter brush to add random black dots and splots. The musical notes dies on the front and the inside are also from Tonic Studios.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Peaceful Christmas Card with Die-Versions and Sun Art Paper

Happy Tuesday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this peaceful Christmas card I made with Die-Versions dies and Tedco Sun Art Paper. I discovered this unique paper recently and made this card front using sunlight and Die-Version’s Snowflake Corner and Sweet Petites Dove. The Tedco Sun Art kit gives the instructions for a sandwich on the specialty paper and once it is set out in the sun, the images appear almost immediately. After they do, the last step is to rinse the paper with water and let it dry. I flipped the dove diecut and raised it opposite of the sun created dove. Then I attached the Snowflake Corner diecut alongside the sun created one and then layered the piece on a white A2 card base. I added some pearls 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.**

Monday, September 19, 2016

CAS Double Embossed Guy Card

Today I am sharing another card I made with the double embossed technique I learned about here. Scroll down to see more examples of this fun technique with aluminum foil, embossing folders and powders. I created a CAS guy card with the background I made using a map embossing folder from Cuttlebug and blue, kettle copper and gold embossing powders. I attached the piece at an angle on the black card base, added the Dad and Son die cut from Die-Versions and "you & me" from Little B.

I am entering this card in the CAS challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Easy, Fun and Fast Favor Boxes from Tonic Studios

It’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here and I am sharing some fun easy boxes made with Tonic Studio’s Diamond Favor Squeeze Box Dies that can be used for table favors or trick or treat. This die set is so versatile that you can make a treat box in just a couple minutes like my Halloween treat box or make it more ornate by adding a few of the decorative dies. I watched this short video on YouTube and the Halloween trick or treat box took less than 3 minutes to cut, decorate and put together. Here is a picture of the other side of this Halloween treat box:

I used Tonic’s Christmas Wishes 8x8 premium paper pack to make my second favor squeeze box. I added a die cut leafy triangle to each side and tied this one with a green ribbon. I made my last and fanciest favor box with a 50th anniversary celebration in mind. I cut the favor box out of Tonic’s gold mirror card and decorated it with die cut pieces of silver mirror card. The decorative dies with this set can be cut out separately or right into the favor box and I chose to do both of these options. I die cut the number 50 with dies from the Advent Treat Squeeze Box die set for this side of the favor box:

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: Diamond Favor Squeeze Box  and Advent Treat Squeeze Box Dies, Tonic Gold and Silver Mirror Card, Tonic Christmas Wishes 8x8 Premium Paper Pack, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: Martha Stewart Halloween paper and tag, ribbon and baker’s twine

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fall Colors 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: Fall Colors 4 Kids!  Create and link any fall colored card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Sami Stamps is giving their winner a $12 gift certificate! And the winner from Kitchen Sink Stamps receives a $25 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.

I featured a sweet digital stamp from Sami Stamps on the fall colored card I made for this challenge. I paper pieced the cute squirrel and his acorns on an orange card front. I die cut some fall leaves with dies from Darice and made them sparkle with Nuvo Golden Crystal and Garnet Red Glimmer Pastes. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Autumn Blessed Card with Double Embossing

You will be seeing many cards with this new favorite technique of mine which involves embossing folders and embossing powders and aluminum foil that I learned about here.  This card is even prettier IRL. I used a Darice swirly leaves embossing folder and red, gold and copper embossing powders for the lovely background. Scroll down on my blog for a more detailed description of the technique, or click on the link in the above linked blogpost for a tutorial as well. I am finding that it is even more effective using several colors of Stazon or Archival ink first and several colors of embossing powders as well. The "blessed" die is from Simon Says Stamp. 

I am entering this card in the CAS challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Heat and Dry Foil Embossing Technique

I am having so much fun playing with a new technique I discovered on Melissa Kerman's blog here! In her blogpost, she has a link to the tutorial she posted on combining dry embossing (embossing folders) and heat embossing on aluminum foil for this awesome looking background. I have made half a dozen or so cards with different colors and embossing folders and have already sold an article on it to the editor of Scrap and Stamp Arts. This was my first and my favorite of the cards I made so far. I streaked black Stazon on a piece of cardstock wrapped in aluminum foil. The first few cards I made I used standard aluminum foil, but some of them ripped when I did the last sponging step, so I bought some heavy duty aluminum foil and that solved that problem. I applied Versamark ink to the flatter side of the trees embossing folder from Stampin' Up (generally the side with the words on it, but if you like the debossed look, you can try the other side.) I layed the aluminum wrapped piece down on the versamarked side of the embossing folder and ran it through my machine. Then I dumped gold and brown embossing powder randomly and heated that to melt it. The last step is to sponge on black ink (Stazon or Archival black) around the edges and wherever you might want to tone down the silver or highlight the embossing. I attached the completed piece to a gold card base and added Memory Box's trio of deer and Tonic Studio's Thinking of You. 

I am entering this card in Scrapy Land's Anything Goes challenge.