Monday, May 29, 2017

Congrats 2017 Graduate Card

My great niece (yes I am that old! My nephew's daughter is graduating from high school!) graduated this weekend and this is the card I made for her. The colors are gold and maroon as those are her school colors- at least they were many, many year ago when I graduated from the same high school:) I started with the negative of a piece of Gina K's Foil-Mates foiled with her gold sequins. I layered it on black and then onto a maroon cardbase. I die cut a celebrating female grad out of gold and out of the foil sheet and inlaid her back in the shape's hole. I die cut and attached "congrats" and the year 2017 (dies from Tonic Studios.) 

I just can't waste any of the gorgeous golden sparkly foil, so I put it inside the card where I wrote my message of graduation best wishes. 

I am entering this card in the Going in Circles challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Hello My Friend Pop Up Surprise with New Karen Burniston Dies

I was so excited recently to find out that my favorite pop up interactive die designer has started a new company and released a bunch of new designs. I visited Karen Burniston's new website here and placed a large order immediately. I just received my new dies yesterday and had to play right away. If you received this card, you would no doubt think the front was pretty. The grass and hills and clouds (from 1006 Nature Edges) and sentiment dies (1002 Word Set 1-Greetings) are all by Karen B. and are perfect for scenery and saying hello. I added a couple flowers to my card front die cut with a Wild Flowers 2 set by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. 

But when you open the card, the magic happens:

Right?? One of Karen Burniston's new dies is 1010-Flower Pot Pop-Up and it creates a pop up flower pot sure to put a huge smile on the recipient's face! I watched the video here and also printed the PDF with super helpful instructions (both available for every die on the website!) I made mine a little differently from the video in that I cut the pop up mechanism into the card base and added a piece in the front and the back to cover up that hole. I die cut and attached many of Karen's flowers and leaves from the same die set. Then I added some more Tim Holtz flowers, a few punched flowers and some punched butterflies. I attached some Stampendous gem stickers to the flowers and butterflies and die cut another sentiment from the Karen Burniston "Word Set 1 - Greetings" to let my friend know I am thinking of her.

Here is a look at the flower pot pop up from the top. There is a lattice inside the box that the flowers and greens are attached to. I "flew" my butterflies using strips of acetate and added a couple more punched butterflies to the inside of the card. 

I am entering this card into the Anything Goes challenge at Live Love Cards.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A School Color Graduation Card with Distress Oxides

 I needed a couple graduation cards this spring and in both cases, I chose to use the graduate's school colors on the card. I started this card by applying two shades of blue Distress Oxide inks to a thicker piece of cardstock with a Smoothies sponge and then spritzed it with water. I die cut Taylored Expression's celebrating grads die in blue and white and layered them together with a white shadow. I also die cut and attached Tonic Studio's Congratulations. 

On the inside, I created a diploma with the cash gift, tied it with a piece of blue baker's twine and attached it with a temporary glue dot. The inside sentiment is an old one from CTMH. 

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017

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

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Paper Nest Dolls is giving their winner 3 digis of their choice! And the winner from Tonic Studios will receive 8 bottles of Crystal Drops! 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 today features a sweet digi from Paper Nest Dolls called Birthday Owen. I paper pieced him in bright colors of patterned paper scraps. I foiled a Gina K Foil-Mates birthday message with rainbow colored Deco Foil for a bright Happy Birthday, and layered them both onto a bright polka-dotted cardstock base.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Altenew Layered Floral Dies Series - Day Six

I have been having a great time designing with my Altenew floral layering dies and I showed my in home classes the cards I had made. They asked that I teach three of them in an upcoming class and suggested that I design one for Christmas as we all like to make cards all year round for our Christmas card stash. 

I die cut Layer A out of a dark red and Layer B out of a medium red and glued them together. I then cut out the bottom two flowers and attached them with thin strips of mounting tape on a white A2 card base. I die cut and punched some greens and stuck them behind the Christmas flowers. I die cut and attached Creative Expression's Christmas Blessings, then added some gold Nuvo Crystal Drops to complete the pretty Christmas card.

If you would like to see the other cards in this Altenew Layered Floral Dies series, just click here. 

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More Nuvo Glimmer Paste Sparkle for Online Card Class Homework

I really liked the look achieved when I mixed Nuvo's Moonstone Glimmer Paste with shades of dye inks for a sparkly ombre' background on my cards and today I am sharing one more card with that technique I learned on Day 5 of the Sparkle and Shine Online Card Class I am taking. The live class is done this week, but you can take the class anytime and I highly recommend it. For my first card, I combined three shades of Distress Ink with my Nuvo Moonstone Glimmer Paste and applied them directly on an A2 piece of heavy white cardstock. When it was dry, I decided it looked like water, so I die cut and attached some fish from Penny Black. I wanted to say "keep on swimming" as an encouragement for someone going through a rough time. I had a strip of cardstock that was sponged with blue Distress Oxide inks and spattered with some water, so I pulled out my Sophisticated Script letters from Concord and 9th and started stamping each letter. I love these stamps because I can personalize any card with a calligraphy script- way better than my writing! But I ran out of room, so I had to say swimmin'. Let's pretend that is exactly what I wanted to do:) Here is a close up of the sparkle on this card:

For my last homework card, I spread on Nuvo's Blue Topaz, Tanzanite Lavender and Amethyst Glimmer Paste full strength combining the colors a little as I changed colors on the background piece. I created the heart with another technique I learned. I covered a heart cut with Tonic Studio's Traditional Hearts Layering Die Set with Versamark and Nuvo Ballerina Pink Embossing Powder and melted it with my heat gun. That process is repeated several times to get a thick layer of embossing powder. I found to get enough layers it is best to start with a super thick embossing powder like the Ultra Thick EP from Ranger. Once the embossing powder is thick enough, I swiped on some red, pink and purple dye inks and then melted it again with my heat gun. The inks will move around and run down for a faux marble look. I die cut and attached a favorite sentiment from Tonic Studios. Here is a close up of the heart and sparkly background:

I am entering the first card in the Bit of Sparkle challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Glimmer Paste Ideas from Day 5 of Online Card Class

I have learned something everyday of my Sparkle and Shine Online Card Class, but my favorite day was Day 5 where they featured Paste and Mousse. I love Tonic Studio's line of Embellishment Mousse and especially their Glimmer Pastes so it was fun to learn new ideas of ways to use these products. I loved the idea of making my own glitter paper in ombre shades using inks and glimmer paste so much I made four backgrounds and then 4 cards! I will show you two today and two tomorrow to sneak them into the galleries before they close. 

It never occurred to me to mix dye inks with Nuvo's clear Moonstone Glimmer Paste, but that was one brilliant idea shared on Day 5. The instructor suggested creating "wings" of scrap cardstock on each side of the thicker cardstock and taping those down with blue painter's tape. That way you can spread the glimmer paste over the entire card front, and then use the "wings" to move to the card to a drying spot. I adhered the card front piece to the side wings with a temporary glue dot runner. On the craft mat, mix 3 shades of a color family one at a time with the Moonstone glimmer paste, and use a palette knife to apply to the cardstock. I used Altenew's Shades of Purple (and pink) for the background of this card. Here is a close up showing a bit more of the lovely sparkle:

IRL it is super sparkly, but more subtle than the colored Glimmer Pastes applied without mixing it with inks (come back tomorrow for a card I used with three shades of Glimmer Paste without the dye ink.) I die cut a beautiful Kindness saying from Hero Arts and added a couple punched butterflies out of some Brutus Monroe paper. 

I made another ombre glittery background mixing three shades of Altenew's Green Fields and Nuvo's Moonstone Glimmer Paste. I had been wanting to try Jennifer McGuire's idea of using tulle to make a shaker card, so I combined that idea with the ombre handmade glitter paper for this card. I die cut an opening in the green glitter piece and in the front of a top folding green A2 card with a scalloped circle die from Tonic Studios. I applied the tulle to each following Jennifer's instructions (linked above.) I dumped some floral and other pastel sequins and attached the pieces together. Here is another look with the sequins spread out:

I stamped the roses from Tonic Studio's new Bunched Bouquet Traditional Spray Stamp Set Two and the leaf from the Stamp Set One of the same name using several shades of Altenew inks. I die cut "sweet" from Tonic's Awesome, Sweet and Cool set and attached with my favorite Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive. Then I finished the card by punching a butterfly out of the center scalloped circle piece and attached with a pink gem. I used a strong glue dot in the center of the butterfly and some small strips of mounting tape on the wings so they will stay up even when mailed.

I am entering the second card in the Bit of Sparkle challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. I am also entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Live Love Cards.