Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!



Today I am sharing the last Halloween card I made this year. This one was for my BFF and I created the front using the double embossing on aluminum foil technique I have shared so often recently here on my blog. I embossed with an old Cuttlebug spider web embossing folder and added black and gold embossing powder melted with my heat gun. I added a googly eye "boo" just for fun. But the best part of this card happens when it is opened:

I used the pop up circle die from Karen Burneston of Elizabeth Crafts and an awesome witch Halloween wish die from Cheery Lynn to create an interactive pop up center when the card is opened. The spiders on the front and inside are made with a die from Impression Obsession. I signed the card for my friend before taking the picture, so I covered up that part of the inside. 

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

Friday, October 28, 2016

Tonic Studios Wedding Card and Gift Box


It’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here and I am sharing several romantic projects I made with Nuvo’s fabulous new Glimmer Pastes and Tonic Studios Layering Die Sets.  I love playing with new products trying different surfaces and ways to use dies for card making and gift giving. The new Traditional Hearts Layering Basic Die Set has 7 sizes of hearts and I used them all at the same time to cut out the layered red and silver heart on my card. I die cut them on Tonic’s red and silver mirror card and used every other colored heart on my white wedding cardbase. I die cut the romantic couple from Tonic’s Silhouette Scenes First Dance and applied Black Diamond Glimmer Paste. When dry, I attached the couple and the love arrow to the card front.



Glimmer paste is also lovely on specialty cardstock like Tonic’s mirror card. I applied red and silver glimmer paste to two hearts I die cut on the front and the inside of my wedding card.


I created my heart gift box with the Traditional Hearts Layering Dies and Garnet Red and Golden Crystal Glimmer Pastes and a paper mache’ heart box. For the top of the heart box, I die cut red and gold mirror card hearts. I applied Nuvo Garnet Red Glimmer Paste through a scalloped stencil on the gold heart and set that aside to dry. I also applied the red glimmer paste to the side of the top of the box, and when it was dry, I layered the red mirror card heart, the gold glimmer paste heart and a love arrow cut with the Sent with Love Miniature Moments die.

 I discovered even more gorgeous color with the glimmer pastes by mixing two together!  I mixed the Garnet Red and the Golden Crystal Glimmer pastes on a craft sheet and then applied the lovely mix to the side of the paper mache’ heart box with an inexpensive craft brush. I love how pretty that mix is!

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:  Traditional Hearts Layering Basics Die Set, Sent with Love Miniature Moments die, Silhouette Scenes First Dance die, Nuvo Black Diamond, Garnet Red, Golden Crystal and Silver Gem Glimmer Pastes, red, gold and silver Tonic Mirror Card, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: stencil knife, wide paint brush, scalloped stencil, The Paper Studio paper mache’ heart box

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

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Tonic Studios Cockle Shell Layered Shaker Card


It’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here and I am sharing a shaker card I made with Nuvo’s fabulous new Glimmer Pastes and Tonic Studios Layering Die Sets.  I love creating shaker cards with unique shapes and the new layering dies and Glimmer Pastes over acetate are perfect for making inter-active shaker cards.


I die cut a fun white shaped cardbase with the largest of the set of 8 layering dies in the new Cockle Shell Layering Basics Die Set. I also die cut a navy layer using two of the medium sized Cockle Shell dies and an acetate layer. I applied Moonstone Glimmer Paste through a snowflake stencil on the acetate with a stencil knife. When that was dry, I glued the acetate to the navy blue frame and attached two layers of thin mounting tape all around the back of the frame. I dumped a mixed bunch of beads and sequins inside and sealed the back of the shaker element with a white Cockle Shell shaped back. I die cut a snowflake, applied Moonstone Glimmer Paste and a Midnight Blue Crystal Drop for the top of the shaker frame. Here is a look at the beads and sequins all shook up:



The Cockle Shell Layering dies were also used in the inside of the card for the navy blue base highlighted with a “Joy to the World” wish die cut with the Essentials die of that name.  

I also die cut a couple more snowflakes from the center of the Festive Flurry Christmas Strip die for the inside of the card. Glimmer Paste can be applied all over a die cut as I did on the snowflake on the front, or just to the tips as I did with these snowflakes on the inside of the card. I used Silver Gem Glimmer Paste and added a Silver Moondust Glitter Drop to the center. I used three different ways to apply the Glimmer Paste to the elements of this card – a stencil knife, an inexpensive wide brush (for complete coverage on a die) and a q-tip (for just highlighting the edges.) And our finger tools work just fine too. When using a stencil and stencil knife and your brushes, be sure to clean them right away with soap and water. 

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:  Cockle Shell Layering Basics Die Set, Joy to the World Essentials die and snowflakes from Festive Flurry Christmas Strip Die Set, Nuvo Moonstone and Silver Gem Glimmer Pastes, Nuvo Silver Moondust Glitter Drops, Nuvo Midnight Blue Crystal Drops, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: Acetate, stencil knife, wide paint brush and q-tips, Penny Black snowflake stencil, mounting tape, sequins and beads

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Loving the New Tonic Stencils and Glimmer Pastes


I love the new Tonic Studios stencils and when used with Nuvo Glimmer Paste, the results are stunning! This stencil called Falling Diamonds (1474E) is my favorite of the new 6 x 6 stencils. Here is a look at the card front after applying Sapphire Blue Glimmer Paste through the stencil with a stencil knife. 



The Glimmer Paste is full of sparkly texture and the diamonds start out thin like rain drops and get larger gradually. To make my congratulations card, I simply die cut Tonic Studio's Silhouette Scenes Groom and Miniature Moments "Congrats" out of black cardstock and attached. 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Joy to the World with Tonic Stencils and Glimmer Paste

I am loving the brand new Tonic Studio 6 x 6 stencils especially when used with Nuvo Glimmer Pastes. The stencil I used for this card is called Beautiful Bokeh (1475E) and it reminds me of snowflakes so I applied Moonstone Glimmer Paste through it onto navy cardstock. Here is a look at the card front after I did that:

So pretty and sparkly IRL! I die cut a star out of gold mirror card using Tonic's Rococo Mini Wreath Elements and added the Essentials "Joy to the World" for the perfect sentiment.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Heartfelt Sympathy Embossed Tonic Studios Card


It’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here and once again I am sharing a card I made with Nuvo Embossing Powders and Tonic Studios dies. I discovered and shared here on my blog a new technique using Nuvo embossing powders on sticky 2 sided sheets of tape attached to cardstock. When the embossing powder is melted with a heat tool on the sticky sheets, the result is a bumpy textured finish. You can choose to mix your embossing powders as I did on the tutorial I linked above, or just use one color of embossing powder as I did on the blue textured background of this sympathy card. I cut a piece of a sticky tape sheet attached to cardstock 3 ¾” by 5 ¼” and then die cut the outside only of the New Life Cross out of the center. I removed the top of the sticky sheet and applied Serenity Blue Embossing Powder all over the sheet, then heat set it with my heat gun.  I die cut the cross pieces again in white cardstock and popped that piece into the negative cross shaped hole before attaching it all to a navy blue card base. Here is a close-up of the blue textured background and lovely floral cross:


I added the Miniature Moments “Heartfelt Sympathy” die cut out of white to complete the front of the card. I decided to use the cross I had previously cut out of the center of the sticky two sided front piece in the inside of this sympathy card:


I embossed the cross with Tonic’s Simple Stripes Embossing Folder using my Tonic Tangerine, and then removed the top of the sticky paper. I dumped Nuvo Hot Chocolate Embossing Powder over the cross and heat set it with my heat gun. I love the gorgeous textured finish on this beautiful cross. I attached it to a white piece of cardstock and stamped “Sharing your Sorrow”.

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:  Verso New Life Cross and Miniature Moments Heartfelt Sympathy dies, Nuvo Serenity Blue and Hot Chocolate Embossing Powders, Tonic Simple Stripes Embossing Folder, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: heat tool, double sided sticky sheets, inside stamped sentiment from Sparkle and Sprinkle Sympathy Script Set  

Friday, October 21, 2016

Pine Needles Double Embossed Card with a Wrinkle


I know I have shown a bunch of cards with the double embossed technique I found recently on this blogpost, but today I am sharing another. My in home class loved the sample cards so much, they wanted to make all three cards this month with the technique. One of them decided to mix things up and crinkled her aluminum foil before adding the Staz-On and we all loved the results, so I tried it here. I crinkled up the aluminum foil, then flattened it somewhat around a piece of cardstock. I applied brown Staz-On on the wrinkles. I picked a Richard Garay pine needles embossing folder and applied Versamark to the flatter side, placed the aluminum foil wrapped piece face down on that side, and ran it through my Tangerine. Then I dumped some green, gold and kettle copper embossing powders on the embossed piece and melted them with my heat gun for a fun variation on this technique. I attached the completed piece to a gold A2 cardbase. I die cut the "Enjoy Today" sentiment from Tonic Studios out of gold and black, layered them just offset and added some black Nuvo Crystal Drops. This turned out to be such a fun variation on the technique, I am including it in the article I am writing for Scrap and Stamp Arts on this technique.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Pink Happy Birthday Tag Treat Box for SSS Challenges



Think Pink is the challenge theme at Simon Says Stamp on Wednesday and Treat Bag or Box is the theme at Simon Says Stamp on Monday, so I am sharing this pink treat box I created for an article on creative uses of outline stickers. Here are the dimensions of this tag treat box and also a side view: 



The tag treat box goes together very easily. I decorated it with a sticker sentiment and outline sticker flowers. I attached the flower outline stickers to double sided sticker paper and dumped on several colors of ultra-fine glitter to color the flowers. Here is a close-up of the glittery flowers: 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Happy Holidays Double Embossed Tonic Studios Card


It’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here and I am so happy to be sharing a project once again featuring the beautiful Nuvo embossing powders along with Tonic’s gorgeous Christmas dies.  One of my favorite techniques using embossing powders is Double Embossing on Aluminum Foil. This technique combines heated embossing with dry embossing using embossing folders and results in a gorgeous textured background like the one shown on this card. I started with a thick square of cardstock covered with super heavy duty aluminum foil and swiped some purple and brown Staz-On inks direct to the aluminum foil. Next I covered the inside of one side of Tonic’s Layered Leaves Embossing Folder with Versamark Watermark Ink. You can choose which side of the embossing folder to coat with the Versamark ink, but I like to ink the front or the flatter of the two sides. I placed the aluminum covered square inside the Tonic embossing folder with the foil facing the Versamarked side and ran it through my Tangerine using the embossing plates. Then I dumped Nuvo Purple Haze, Hot Chocolate and Classic Gold embossing powders randomly on the inked aluminum foil and heat set those powders. The last step is to sponge on some black ink around the edges and the raised embossed leaves. The result is a textured colored shiny background which I attached to a purple square cardbase. Here is a close-up of the Double Embossed background:


I die cut the Rococo Fern Garland out of white cardstock, attached it to the front and added some “berries” created with Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops. To finish the card, I die cut the Happy Holidays Essentials die out of purple cardstock and black craft foam, glued them together and then to the card.

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:  Rococo Fern Garland and Happy Holidays Essentials dies, Nuvo Purple Haze, Hot Chocolate and Classic Gold Embossing Powders, Nuvo Violet Galaxy Crystal Drops, Tonic Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other:  heat tool, heavy duty aluminum foil, purple, black and brown StazOn inks, Versamark ink, black craft foam

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Joyful Embossed Tonic Studios Z-Fold Christmas Card


It’s my turn to post a project on Blog Tonic USA and here and I am sharing a Z-fold card featuring three different ways to use Nuvo embossing powders on cards without any stamping. I started with a purple piece of cardstock cut to measure 5” by 11” and scored at 2 ¾” and 5 ½”. I also cut a pink piece 1” x 11” and scored it the same way, and a 4 ¾” x ¾” pink piece scored at the one inch line on both sides. After attaching the larger pink strip along the bottom of both sides of the z-fold card, I added the smaller pink strip inside for another decorative tab. I applied Nuvo Gold Enchantment Glitter Embossing Powder to ½” and ¼” strips of two sided tape and heat set them with my heat gun. When heated with a heat gun, the embossing powder on the glue strips becomes textured and sparkly. I applied the strips to the inside of the z-fold card and on the right side of the pink strip.

Here is a look at the z-fold card closed:


I die cut Tonic’s Rococo Decorated Candle out of 2 sided tape paper applied to a thin white cardstock piece. I created a mix of Nuvo embossing powders that included Ballerina Pink, Soft Lilac, Gold Enchantment and Shimmering Pearl.  I removed the tape from the diecut candle piece and dumped the pretty mixed embossing powders on the Decorated Candle. I put only the Gold Enchantment Glitter Embossing Powder on the flame, then heat set it all with my heat gun. Here is a close-up of the lovely mix of colors on the Decorated Candle:


A third way to use embossing powders is featured on the Rising Dove in the center of the card. I applied two sided tape paper on a very thick piece of white cardstock because I did not want the inside pieces of the dove’s wings and tail and the branch and eye to fall out. After die cutting the dove, I used my Tim Holtz Tonic pick to remove only the top tape on the wavy pieces in the wings and tail, then sprinkled on Ballerina Pink Embossing Powder. I next removed the top tape off the dove’s eye and peace branch and applied Serenity Blue Embossing Powder. Then I removed the rest of the top tape, sprinkled on Shimmering Pearl Glitter Embossing Powder and then heat set it all before attaching it to the center tab. Here is a close-up of the lovely Rising Dove:




I die cut the Peace rectangular center of the Mistletoe Wreath Frame and the “Joy to the World” Essentials word die out of a light purple cardstock and attached them to complete my Christmas wishes Z-Fold card.

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:  Rococo Decorated Candle and Rising Dove dies, Joy to the World Essentials and Mistletoe Wreath Frame dies, Nuvo Ballerina Pink, Serenity Blue, and Soft Lilac Embossing Powders, Nuvo Gold Enchantment and Shimmering Pearl Glitter Embossing Powders, Tonic Tim Holtz Pick, Tonic Tangerine Die Machine, Tonic Advantage V Blade Trimmer, Tonic Funky Glue Pen; Other: two sided sticky paper and strips, heat tool 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Celebrating with Die-Versions Jumping Dolphins


Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing this pretty card I created with a new favorite Die-Versions die and glitter. I die cut Die-Version’s Jumping Dolphins out of a piece of thick cardstock with a sheet of two sided tape paper on it. I removed the top of the tape from the flowers and dumped on ultra-fine purple glitter. I removed the top of the tape on the dolphins and added ultra-fine black glitter to them. Then I completed the glittery picture with ultra-fine green glitter. I die cut the Celebrate Edge Die and attached the Jumping Dolphins before adding the front piece to a teal blue 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, October 16, 2016

Club Challenge Thanksgiving Card


I had a few minutes this week and a turkey die from Die-namics I have never used, so I decided to make my local stamp club challenge card for next month. I liked the sketch and we were to use embossing- either kind- so I did my favorite double embossing on aluminum foil with a leaves embossing folder from Sizzix. I used some different embossing powders this time from Stampendous and Stampamania for an aged and fall colored look. I created the card front with a Memory Box stencil and the gorgeous red Glimmer Paste from Nuvo. I die cut the "Gobble Gobble" turkey in a fall colored dp and black and offset them just a bit when I attached them together. Here is a look from the side of the card to see some of the dimension of the glimmer paste and the layers:


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

Saturday, October 15, 2016

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

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: DRS Designs is giving their winner a $10 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 am featuring a sweet digi from DRS Designs called Skating Penguin on my CAS celebration card for a child today. I printed him, did a little coloring and paper piecing and cut him out. I created a red card base with an embossing folder and popped him up on mounting tape for dimension when attaching. I added a cheerful "Jingle Bells" cut with a die from Die-Versions.

Friday, October 14, 2016

CAS Guy's Birthday Card


So many of my cards are created with dies only and no stamps nowadays. I really love the look and reach for dies more than stamps for most of my cards. I wanted to design a CAS guy's card because it seems that is the type of card most of us do not have enough of. I die cut the background of this card with a die from Dee's Distinctively. The feather opening was created with a die from Die-Versions and the sentiment is from Sue Wilson and cut out with deckle scissors.