Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Z-Fold Spring Birthday Card

I was playing with z-fold cards recently and remembered an old Martha Stewart fence punch and thought it would be perfect for inserts in the z-fold card. The fence punch was designed for Halloween with bats on the fence but I cut them off and the card idea started to come to life. I was also playing with new stamps that had not been inked and created my card front with an Altenew layered flower stamp and three shades of Altenew ink.I created the z-fold banner across the bottom and attached a "happy birthday" greeting cut with a Memory Box die. Here is a look at the card when it is opened:

I die cut Cheery Lynn's leafy stem and Poppy Stamps Hampstead Butterfly Stem and attached them to acetate and then onto the layered fences. I die cut a flowery butterfly from Die-Namites and stamped a "beautiful day' sentiment. To finish the card I added a bunch of small punched butterflies with sticker gems. 

I am entering this card in Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge called Things with Wings and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge to use more than one die or punch. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

The Reading Tree Dreams Card

Happy Monday everyone! It's my turn to post a card on Die-Version's blog and mine, and I am sharing a card I made with the brand new “Reading Tree” die from Die-Versions. I love this die with the lovely tree and the sweet kids reading under its branches. I started with a background that I stamped with the Dream stamp from Local King Rubber Stamp. I die cut the reading tree out of the stamped card front, sponged it with brown ink and inlaid the tree back into the stamped card front on a navy blue cardbase. I die cut the little girl and boy readers out of black pieces and used pop dots to attach them so they are raised for dimension. I believe reading gives kids (and everyone) dreams and the passion to “reach for the stars to change the world.” 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Butterfly Celebrate Surprise Card

I am going to be teaching a class soon that will feature Karen Burniston Pop It Up dies and this is the third card I have designed for the class. I love butterflies- who doesn't? and am featuring them on this card. The beautiful stamped butterfly is from a set by Fun Stampers Journey and I stamped it once and then a second time without re-inking. I created a belly band out of a floral dp and attached "celebrate" which I cut out with a Tonic Studios die and sponged just the bottom half with a blue ink. The front was completed with a small butterfly punched out of the dp with a Martha Stewart punch. And as always with Karen's dies, the surprise inside is my favorite part: 

I die cut the pop up center of this card with a die from Karen Burniston called Anita Frame. There is a stamp set by Karen called "Occasions" with stamps that fit perfectly on pieces of this die set. I stamped and die cut the "Happy Birthday to you" label and attached it to the interactive right label of the diecut. The die set also included a die to decorate the top and bottom pop outs perfectly. I punched some more butterflies, adhered them and added some pearls to each. The Anita Frame die makes a gorgeous card very easy to make! 

I am entering this card in the challenge at Simon Says Stamp (Wednesday) to use more than one die and/or punch.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Concord & 9th Butterfly Fold Card

I am loving the dies and stamps from a new company I discovered at Creativation (CHA) this year called Concord and 9th. I showed you a card I made with their interlocking Hugs die here on my blog and the same videos linked on that blogpost on how to space and cut the Hugs die also work with this butterfly interlocking die. But I decided I wanted the opening with the interlocking butterfly a bit to the left of the center of the front, so I used the 12 x 12 instructions, but scored at 2 1/8", then folded the other side to meet there. I sponged the beautiful die cut butterfly with Broken China Distress Oxide Ink. I die cut the row of little butterflies into the right side of the card front with a Memory Box die called Butterfly Delights and attached a strip of sparkly blue glitter cardstock behind the butterfly openings. I sponged some of the die cut small butterflies with the same blue distress oxide ink and attached them with glue dots. 

When the interlocking butterfly wings are opened, this is what the recipient will see on the inside of the card. I die cut and attached the Happy Birthday Circle from Poppy Stamps and added some gems and more little butterflies.

I am entering this card in the "use more than one die or punch" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Twist and Pop Kitty Card

We love cats in our home and so when I saw this beautiful Zen Kitty in the Seaside Stampin' Ink booth at the Rockford stamp show recently, I knew she had to come home with me. I dug out some old designer paper and die cut the edge with a Penny Black die. I stamped the Zen Kitty with my MISTI to make sure I got a good image and colored her eyes and nose with some markers. I own many kitty stamps and dies so I decided to use lots of them in the twist and pop center: 

The twist and pop card has many tutorials and pins all over internetland, but I saw one card where the pop up panels were turned to go vertical and I decided to turn mine that way. I have tried many tutorial instructions of how to make a twist and pop card and the easiest one I learned from this video tutorial by Jen Evers. I cut my four panel piece out of red cardstock and cut a couple white pieces to stamp the fun sentiment from Crackerbox Palace. I die cut the paw and "meow" with a new set of dies from Kat Scrappiness. The kitty on the bottom panel is a Fiskars punch and the two cats on the top panels were cut with dies from Tonic Studios. 

I am entering this card in the use more than one die or punch (I used six) at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Tea Lover's Warm Wishes Pop Up Card

I am sharing another card I made with new dies especially my interactive dies from Karen Burniston. On the front of this card I created a "warm wishes" border with a new Memory Box die. The beautiful teapot with butterflies was cut with a new die from Tutti Designs and layered on a yellow cardstock window. As always with Karen Burniston's dies, the inside may be the best part of the card:

The teacup pops up on top of a lovely saucer created with the Cup Pop Stand die and matching stencil. I left the top of the saucer unattached in case I decide to give a gift card with the card. Here is a close up look at the teacup pop up:

The "Just for you" teabag was from a set of tea stamps and die I received with a magazine I bought at JoAnns from the UK. The silver spoon die is also part of Karen's Cup Pop Stand set. I cut off the words on the "warm wishes" border die for the bottom of the inside of the navy blue card so I can sign my name when I send the card to one of my favorite tea lovers.

I am entering this card in the "borders or edges" challenge at Dies R Us.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Guest Artist Gail Jaeger and Rose Mille Designer Papers

On March 8th here on my blog I shared the story of how I met Michelle of Rose Mille on the way to Creativation (CHA) this year and showed you a card I made with her fabulous vintage style papers, glitter and Dresden trims. I shared some of the subtle wallpaper styled designer papers with my dear friend, Gail Jaeger, who is an artist as well as a cardmaker, and today I am sharing two gorgeous cards she made with them. She used pens to highlight and enhance the vintage inspired papers on her cards. Here is a close up and Gail's description: 

"The soft, gentle color of the papers from Rose Mille suggested a bold design to make the card pop.  I started with cutting the base striped paper and adding the floral designed paper on top of it.  Note that the flowers have edges cut off and the leaves actually run off the top.  This all adds tension (interest) to the piece.   The various widths of the pens and the designs on the flowers make the card come together."

Here is another beautiful card Gail made using the same technique, her description and a close up of the card: 

"In keeping with the mild, supple look and feel of the Rose Mille papers, a sympathy card came to mind.  A soft grey was used as the base color, followed by the Stripes in Blue with the floral cut out and attached.  A Prismacolor pen was used to create the designs.  A vertical stripe in the flower copies the vertical stripes in the background.,  The word Sympathy in a monotone paper  adds a tender touch."

Thanks to Rose Mille for the gorgeous papers and to my talented friend, Gail Jaeger, for allowing me to share these lovely cards on my blog today.