Saturday, August 19, 2017

CAS (Clean and Simple) 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: CAS (Clean and Simple 4 Kids! Create and link any CAS card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: All Dressed Up Stamps is giving their winner two digis of their choice! And the winner from Dies R Us will receive 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.

My card is very CAS but super cute. I simply printed the Monsterific digi from All Dressed Up Stamps on a square yellow piece of cardstock and also on some dp scraps and paper pieced the adorable monsters. I added some googly eyes and attached the completed card front to a black square card. 

I am entering this card in the "Add a Sentiment" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Another Rainbow "Part of the Dance" Card

I love rainbows and gorgeous stamps and playing with them when I have time. I am taking a class called Rainbow Maker at Online Card Classes and played with one of the ideas they shared creating a round rainbow of colors with Distress Oxide inks and a sponging tool. It is easier to blend the Distress Oxide inks than the traditional distress inks I think, but I am still not an expert. Even so, I do like the background especially with the water spots and I love the stamp from Technique Junkies that is the focal point. I stamped it several times using my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and black Versafine ink. I attached the finished card front to a white 5 1/2" square card base and added some Sparkling Clear Droplets from Kat Scrappiness to finish the card.

I will be entering this in the "Add a Sentiment" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Day One gallery at the Rainbow Maker Online Card Class. Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Tonic Studios Cupcake and Treat Boxes for Teachers and Weddings

I am proud to share that the treat boxes I made with Tonic Studio's Cupcake and Treat Box are being featured at the Tonic Studio's USA Blog here today. I made a fall one for bringing a special teacher a treat on the first day of school and also made a quick one that could be used for a wedding or shower favor:

These treat boxes are so easy and fun to make! For detailed instructions and more pictures, head on over to the Tonic Studios USA blog and thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

I am entering my fall treat box in the Anything Goes challenge at Dies R Us and the Add a Sentiment challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Rainbows and Gorgeous Stamps Make Me Happy

I have been taking the Rainbow Maker class at Online Card Classes but hadn't had the time to try any of the colorful rainbow ideas they shared until this weekend. The beautiful stamp from Technique Junkies featured in this card called "Part of the Dance" has been calling my name since I received it and I finally had time to play with that too. I started this card front with Bristol Smooth Surface cardstock and a stencil from Ranger and Dina Wakely called Mighty Waves. I taped the stencil down and used my Clarity Stencil Brushes to brush on a rainbow of colors using my Distress Oxide inks. Then I placed the stenciled card front in my Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform and stamped the gorgeous stamp from Technique Junkies several times with black Versafine ink. I love how this card came out and will be entering it in the Day One gallery at the Rainbow Maker Online Class.

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Monday, August 14, 2017

YouTube Monday- Stretching Your Dies

Many times on this blog I have received comments from followers and visitors who saw the cards I was teaching in my in home classes or stamp camps and wished they lived closer so they could take the class. Now everyone, no matter where they live, can take my monthly card making classes for free on my YouTube channel and if you live in the USA, you can even possibly win the cards I created! Once a month I am going to post a YouTube video showing how to make the cards I taught in my home that month. Today I posted the first in my series here on YouTube.  I am sharing three cards using some favorite dies from Karen Burniston and Altenew and how to stretch the dies we own in creative ways.

Please be understanding as I am still very much a newbie at YouTube especially the editing part. I need to figure out how to delete unwanted parts and how to speed up others, but can't on my present software. I am going to try a new editing program this week- wish me luck! This is hard for someone like me who is not very computer literate, but I am determined to figure it all out! The best way to learn is to simply try and try again! 

While you are at my YouTube channel, check out my Grand Opening video too and find out how you can win a prize valued at almost $200! I am planning on posting a new video every Monday, so if you want to be sure to not miss any, click the bell next to the subscribe button (after subscribing) and you will be notified every time I post a new video. You can go directly to my channel by clicking on the YouTube picture on the right side of my blog. The Grand Opening and Prize Giveaway is the featured video.

Here is a link to this month's class on YouTube:

Thanks for your support here on my blog and on my YouTube channel and for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Friday, August 11, 2017

You and Me Anniversary Card

Today is the 27th anniversary of the day I married my DH and if you take a look inside this card, you will see how I feel about that decision:

I have never regretted that decision in the 27 years we have been married, so I know I am blessed. 

I was inspired by this card by my friend Verna because I thought it was so pretty with the foil embossed with a wood embossing folder. To make mine, I put a piece of Amber Watercolor Deco Foil on a piece of Deco Foil Toner Sheet (both by Therm O Web) and ran it through a hot laminator. I embossed it with a new embossing folder from Stampin' Up called Pinewood Planks. IRL it is lovely and textured with the embossing, but very difficult to photograph. I used a heart die from Tonic Studios to emboss the heart shape in SU wood cardstock and sanded the heart to resemble a heart carved on a tree. I die cut "you & me" using a Little B die and attached it along with some gold sticker gems. I added a strip of black cardstock behind the Deco Foil piece to help it stand out. 

I think my husband will like it... Orange is his favorite color and the sentiment is so true:)

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Butterfly Encouragement Card

I haven't played with my Brusho Coloured Crystals in a very long time and finally had a chance recently to create this card with a Brusho background and a new set of butterfly stamps and dies from Hampton Arts. I sprinkled several colors of Brushos on a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed them with Tattered Angels gold spray to activate the colors and leave a touch of sparkle. When the piece was dry, I embossed it with a new 3D embossing folder from Stampin' Up. Then I cut it into inchies and attached them to a blue piece of cardstock. (This is the sketch we were challenged to use for my monthly card club.) I stamped the butterfly on a piece of watercolor dp and cut it out with the matching die. The beautiful sentiment is from the same set from Hampton Arts. I added some jewels and Nuvo Shocking Pink Glow Drops to the butterfly and popped her up on pop dots to attach.

The first piece of Brusho beauty I tried to emboss ended up de-bossed because I put it in the embossing folder wrong. But I decided it was still pretty and put it in the inside of this card along with a stitched sentiment piece cut with a die from Lil' Inker. 

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

You Make Me a Happy Camper!

I really use that expression all the time- and right now I am truly a Happy Camper because I found time to play with some of the new dies I have sitting on my bed in my craft room and also because of my new adventure! I played with some new dies from Recollections (the Happy Camper set I couldn't resist) and the new chunky alphabet die set from Jaded Blossom to make this card. I received some summer flowers recently from my husband and they were wrapped in the cheerful striped paper I cut out for the front of this card. It was just too cute to discard and I loved the bright primary colors. I started with a round cardbase I cut out with layered circle dies from Tonic Studios. The striped wrap was die cut with a stitched circle die from Lil' Inker. I die cut and attached the camper and "happy camper" sentiment and attached with pop dots and my favorite glue- Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. Then I die cut "You Make Me A" using the new dies from Jaded Blossom. I like that I can say anything now with these dies and they are a nice size even for longer sentiments. 

I am also a "Happy Camper" right now because the grand opening of my YouTube channel is going well and I have received many encouraging comments and new subscribers. To check out the new YouTube channel and see how you can qualify to win a prize package of dies, stamps and Nuvo goodies valued at almost $200, click on the top picture on the right side of my blog or go here.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land. Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Announcing the Grand Opening of Karen's Kreative Kards on YouTube!

I am very excited to finally share what I have been working on so hard behind the scenes. I am now going to be sharing card making videos as well as product reviews and monthly classes on my brand new YouTube channel here! As you know, I have been blogging for over 7 years now and also sharing ideas in my classes and in articles I have written, so this new adventure on YouTube seems to be the perfect next step. I did a lot of research and now have the equipment and set up where I can start. I am a rookie yet and struggling a bit with the editing program I am using, so any constructive advice you can give me regarding what you use and what you have learned in your YouTube experience would be appreciated. On the first full length video I posted today on how to make the cute #Love Puppy Slider card I posted on my blog here, I was unable to edit at all so there are a few minor mistakes and silences. I will learn as I go, but the only way to get better is to keep trying. 

**You are going to want to go to my YouTube channel and become a subscriber, then leave a comment on one or more of the videos I have posted so far. If you do, you will have earned a chance at my grand prize valued at almost $200! Watch the Grand Opening Video here to see all the great stamps and dies in this package! If you do not have a YouTube account, you will need to establish one to be able to subscribe. Here is a helpful tutorial on how to get a YouTube account set up. **

I am planning on posting a new video on YouTube every Monday and will link from here when it is applicable. I truly appreciate all my loyal readers and subscribers here on my blog and hope you will jump over to my YouTube channel and become a subscriber there too. 

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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: Dollar Graphics Depot is giving their winner a $15 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 very cute set of colored digital stamps by Dollar Graphics Depot called Crayon Puppies. I printed the orange puppy and cut him out with an oval stitched die from My Creative Time. I attached him to a top opening blue patterned cardstock base and added the sentiment. The fun for the kids happens when this card is opened:

I used Karen Burniston's Twist Panel Pop Up Die and Nature's Edges to create a fun pop up center with puppies and their red, yellow, blue and green crayons also from Dollar Graphics Depot. Too cute for a small child just learning his or hers colors!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#Love Puppy Slider Card with Kat Scrappiness Dies and Stamps

I love to make interactive cards but sometimes the recipient does not know that he or she is to pull or push or slide to make the card move, so when I saw this set of interactive card instructions at Kat Scrappiness I just had to get it. I also fell in love with the Kat Scrappiness Pet Sentiments Brush Script Word and Sentiment Die Set adorable paw print words and featured them on this slider card I made. 

**Edited to add: I finished my first full length video for the Grand Opening of my YouTube Channel and it is how to make this card. So if you prefer a video for detailed instructions, head on over to my YouTube channel here. While you are there, you should check out how you can win a prize valued at almost $200 for my grand opening! Contest open until the end of September 2017.** 

I started with a red card front and cut a slider channel with a die from Lawn Fawn called "Slide on Over", then embossed with a Paw Print embossing folder from Darice. I stamped #For Real on the white cardbase where it would show when the slider is pulled. I designed this card for a special child who loves to use hash tags and couldn't resist a set of stamps from Butterfly Reflections Ink with all sorts of hashtag sentiments. I stamped "Pull Here" on the right side of a 5" x 1/2" piece of red cardstock and attached the bone die cut (from a set from Tonic Studios called Dinner's Up) to create the slider piece.

I die cut the puppy portion only of a die from Tonic Studios called Best Buddies out of black and grey and layered them together. I also die cut the cute Love pawprint die from Kat Scrappiness out of both black and grey and inlaid the grey paw pieces into the black love diecut.

On the back of the completed card front, I created a channel with scrap pieces of a thicker pop dots sheet and raised the sides of the card with pieces as well. When the paper is removed from the top of the sticky pop dots pieces, the sides of the channel is also sticky. Here is a tip to prevent the slider from sticking- apply powder using an EK Success Powder Tool to the insides of the channel pieces and the slider will move easily. This great tool also works well on the sides of shaker cards to prevent the shaker elements from sticking. I attached the completed card front with the slider and then attached the puppy with three small layered pop dots to the slider. When the recipient pulls on the slider where it says "pull here", the puppy slides over and the "For Real" is revealed declaring my love #for real!

On the inside of the card I stamped a hashtag and attached another cute die cut from the Kat Scrappiness set - #Woof -- Too cute! 

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land (I used Lawn Fawn and Tonic Studios dies.) Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Sunshine, Freedom & a Little Flower- Guest DT at Quietfire Creations

I have the great honor of returning to Quietfire Creations as a guest dt today and this is the fun fold card with Quietfire Design's beautiful stamps and dies that I am sharing. To see the complete instructions and more photos, please visit the Quietfire Creations blog here.

Comments are always greatly appreciated:) Over there, so click and visit there please.

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday. Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

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My order today shipped on the same day I ordered it and I am scheduled to receive it on Monday! What great service!

As an affiliate, I do make a little bit of commission when you click on some links in my blogposts or on my YouTube channel or the picture of either and Therm O Web on the side of my blog and then buy something. I will be re-investing what I earn into more new dies and stamps and cool products I can share with you here and in my new adventure opening soon. So Thank You!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Fidget Spinner Birthday Card for my Grandson

My grandson, like all kids nowadays, loves his fidget spinner, so I created a birthday card with one that moves and spins especially for him. I printed the image off the internet on cardstock and cut it out. I die cut a channel with a die from Lawn Fawn called Slide on Over and put the spinner on a penny with several small pop dots. The fidget spinner spins and moves along the track. I printed up the sentiment and cut it out with a circle die. Here is another view of the spinner and also of the surprise on the inside:

I love interactive cards and so do kids, so I die cut a pop up happy birthday greeting from Concord & 9th called Party Pop Ups and personalized it with an alphabet die set from Tonic Studios. Here is the birthday boy and I frosting his favorite cake- note he is 11 and as tall as me now!

I am still working very hard on a major creative project that means I will not be blogging as much as usual until I get done. But it won't be long now until I will reveal my new adventure here on my blog and on my other social media accounts. In the meantime, thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenges at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and Scrapy Land.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Watermelon Sweets Gift Boxes

Everyone loves watermelon and candy especially my grandkids! I made these candy boxes for them that look just like sweet pieces of watermelon, and am sharing how you can make them too using Tonic Studio’s Cake Slice Box Die and Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops.

Supplies used to make this card:

Other: Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks, Tim Holtz Blending Tools, black checked ribbon, small glue dots, 1/8” red liner tape, paper towel, candy 

Here are the steps to make these watermelon sweets gift boxes:

1. Die cut two main cake slice box pieces out of thick white cardstock. (As you can see from the die set picture above, there are 16 pieces in this cake slice die set with lovely floral layers, but I am using the main cake slice and the round tag pieces only for this project.) Fold all scored lines on both pieces and apply very thin red liner tape to the thin side folds. Remove the cover on one of the skinny tape pieces and attach the two cake slice pieces together as shown:

2. Create the watermelon seeds by shaping them with Nuvo Ebony Black Crystal Drops on release paper. These could be done directly on the finished boxes, but it is easier to make a bunch of the watermelon seeds on release paper, let them dry and then apply your favorites to the completed boxes with a glue dot. The crystal drops seeds are larger than a typical crystal drop embellishment and take at least an hour to dry.

3. Sponge green Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Ink along the top of the two attached box pieces and Fired Brick Distress Oxide Ink along the bottom of the box pieces. Fill in with Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink blending with the red and leaving a little white under the green.

4. Spray the sponged pieces with water in Nuvo’s Light Mist Spray Bottle and blot with a paper towel. The water creates spots on the Distress Oxide inks as shown here:

5. Remove the last thin line tape piece and fold together to form the watermelon slice box. Seal the bottom of the box with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive.

6. Attach the watermelon seeds with small glue dots.

7. Slide the tabs on the top of the box to close and tie a black checked ribbon bow through the holes after filling the box with candy.

8. The Dimensions Cake Slice Box Die Set includes a cute “Eat Me” tag that you can choose whether or not to include on your watermelon sweets gift box. I sponged a couple scraps of white cardstock with Fired Brick and Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide Inks and die cut the scalloped stitched circle, the regular circle and the “eat me” sentiment out of a black scrap in my Tonic Tangerine die cutting machine. My orange die cutting plate is worn with thousands of cuts but it never bends and still cuts beautifully every time.

9. Attach the black sentiment circle to the red circle and then to the green scalloped circle with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive, and then attach to one of the watermelon slice boxes. Fill the boxes with candy and the sweet watermelon treat boxes are done.

My grandchildren are going to love these sweet candy filled watermelon boxes. I hope they will think “they are the juice!” I was inspired to make them by the watermelon box shared on this blogpost using a different box die.