Thursday, September 21, 2017

Watercolor Powder Comparison- Lindy's Magicals and Color Burst


All week long here on my blog I am sharing the cards I made with all my watercolor powders for the Watercolor Comparison video with LOTs of sample cards (and a card from start to finish with Brushos and a touch of sparkle from embossing powder.) Please click on the link to watch the video- I appreciate your support there.

One of my favorites of the watercolor powders I own is the Magicals from Lindy's Stamp Gang because they have a beautiful sparkle built right into them. I used fall colors of reds, oranges and yellows of the Magicals to create this background, then embossed the dried piece with a Sizzix embossing folder called Bohemian Lace. Then I simply added the beautiful "Thinking of You" from Quietfire Designs for a CAS lovely card.


I was in the mood for fall colors so for this card I used Ken Oliver's Color Burst in reds and oranges with some silver embossing powder, then die cut the gorgeous Maple Vine Frame from Tutti Designs. I layered it on a dark brown cardbase and added a colorful Thankful (die from Penny Black.)

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

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and also from clicking on over to check out the new video, leave a comment, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you have not already done so. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watercolor Powder Comparison- Bister and Magenta Nuance Fall Cards


I posted a new YouTube video yesterday showing the differences between all the watercolor powders I owned with a bunch of card samples. Here is a link to that video:

Today I am sharing two of my favorites of the sample cards. The first watercolor powder I purchased back in 2014 was Bister powders which have a wood grain feel to them and are from the Netherlands. They are available for purchase in the USA here.  One of my favorite ways to use Bisters is to create a stormy sky background with the Black Bister powders only as I did above. When dry, I created a circle mask and used bleach on an on old waterbrush to pull some of the color out of the moon. I added a spooky tree, some bats and a ghost from Karen Burniston's Halloween dies, and "Spooky" from Tonic Studios.

I used Magenta Nuance powders and silver embossing powder to create the leaves on this card. For details on the technique, check out the YouTube video here. I die cut a leaf opening with a Fun Stampers Journey leaf die, and placed a gorgeous autumn scene Clear Views Transparency behind the opening. For details on how to order Clear Views, check out the description box on the YouTube video, or scroll down to yesterday's blogpost. The larger Magenta Nuance leaves were cut with Tim Holtz's Tattered Leaves die and the leaf punch is from The Paper Studio. The "blessed" was cut with a die from Simon Says Stamp. Here are a couple more photos of this card: 


Thanks for stopping by my blog today and also from clicking on over to check out the new video, leave a comment, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel if you have not already done so. And thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Watercolor Powder Comparison and Many Many Card Samples on YouTube Monday


It's YouTube Monday and today I posted a new video where I show all the different watercolor powders I own explaining how they are different, and showing card samples for each one. I have Brusho Crystal Colours, Bister Powders, Lindy's Magicals, Magenta Nuance and Color Burst and I had so much fun playing with each to create sample cards for this video. You are going to want to check out the new video here to see all the colorful sample cards and how to make this card from start to finish:



I used Brushos to make this "be-you-tiful" butterfly card. The lovely picture in the butterfly frame is a Clearviews Transparency from The Mark-It Place. (If you want to order any Clearviews, email the owner at jill@themark-itplace.com with your phone number and she will contact you to finalize order.)



There is just a couple more weeks left in my Grand Opening Grand Prize contest and you can find out how to enter by clicking on the picture on the side of the blog. Or you can watch the new video here, and then click SHOW MORE to see all the videos I have posted including the Grand Opening Grand Prize video.

So come on over to my YouTube channel and thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

I am entering this card in the CAS challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday and the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land (butterfly is Penny Black die.)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

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 card with fall colors appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes.

Our sponsor prize for this challenge is a $10 gift certificate from Little Blue Button Stamps! 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 features the Pumpkin Scene and Spooktacular dies from Tonic Studios,  and the Happy Halloween Channel and “Wishing You A” dies from Memory Box. I just put them all together on a gold card front for a fun fall colored Halloween card perfect for a kid.

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

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Another Pop Up Christmas Card with Karen Burniston Dies

The front of my card is very pretty with a beautiful die from Penny Black and a lovely dp with a deer. But if you follow me or know Karen Burniston's dies, you know the best is yet to come:



Right?? So cool to have a Christmas tree pop up when the card is opened and it was not hard to make at all. Of course, I always watch the videos Karen Burniston does on all her pop up dies and I followed the one for the 1020 Christmas Tree Pop-up step for step and the tree went together very easily. I made a "tree skirt" like she suggested using a scalloped circle die from Tonic Studios and added her "Merry Christmas" from the Word Set 3 - Holidays for the perfect greeting. I added some sticker gems for ornaments and glued the star on the top of the tree. Here is another look:


The dp was in my stash and I only had one of that kind. But I cut it into 4 equal parts and the last one went on the back of the card. When cutting the apparatus that holds the trunk of the tree up, there is a cut in the front and back of the red card base, so those need to be covered up and this pretty dp worked perfectly for that. Love how the card turned out!

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

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Happy Holidays with Karen Burniston Dies


I have been having so much fun playing with the new release from Karen Burniston for Halloween and Christmas and this is one of the cards I designed. The front features Karen's new Gift Card Label die and it could be left just as is with the "wishing you" (from Memory Box) for a beautiful and decorative card front. But if you wanted to use this card to give a gift card, you could slide it right in under the decorative green elements and it would stay in place until given. 

As usual with cards created with Karen Burniston's dies, the real fun is in the inside of the card:

Isn't this cool? The sleigh pops up and stands up for display in the home of the recipient who is going to love this! I used Karen's Sleigh Pop Up die for the sleigh and the presents and the cute penguin is from her Winter Animals set. The sentiment is from her Holiday Word Set and I admit I totally cased the idea of using the wreath for the "O" from a card that Karen made. Here is a closeup of the sleigh- note the gold mirror card front is embossed and the die does that:


Thanks for helping me share the joy of creativity! 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Uchi's Designs on YouTube Monday!

I am so excited to share that I have posted a new video on my YouTube channel that shows how to use Uchi's Designs animated stamps and dies in three different ways! This is the third card that I teach in the new video here.  If you lived close to me, you could take a monthly class in my home and learn new techniques and try new products every month. But now you can see how I made the three cards for free and if you live in the USA, you could even possibly win the cards I made! Here is a peak at all three cards:


I have not blogged this beautiful "Let Your Dreams Take Flight" butterfly card before because it is the first I made with Uchi Designs new die that allows us to use color in the grid and the stamped images which is very exciting! Here is another look at the card:
To see the animated motion of the butterflies in this card as well as the ballerina, bird and sun above, check out my Cardmaking Techniques and Tips Session 102 - Uchi's Designs Animated Stamps and Dies in Three Different Ways video on my YouTube channel. And if you become a subscriber and leave a comment before the end of September you could also win my Grand Opening Grand Prize!

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Friday, September 8, 2017

One Good Negative Deserves Another

So I was playing recently with Deco Foil and Therm O Web Transfer Gel and created the card I blogged on Tuesday. But I was left with a beautiful negative image so I created the card I blogged yesterday. I die cut out the Modern Greetings from Frantic Stamper and once again was left with a lovely negative of the "greetings", so kept going and created one more holiday card for my stash. I am loving the look of the Modern Greetings line from Frantic Stamper, and used a stencil of the die cut out to place the letters back pretty close to where they are in the original die (scroll down to yesterday's post to see what I mean.) The words here were created out of Amber Watercolor and Green Deco Foils as you will see if you scroll down. I also cut out Tim Holtz's "season's" and attached both to a green card base. I added Poppy Stamps Snowflake Ribbon and some gems to complete the CAS card. One more Christmas card done!

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

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Putting the Negative to Good Use- Season's Greetings



Did you see the lovely card I posted Tuesday on my blog? If not, you are going to want to scroll down on my blog and find it. When a piece of Deco Foil is used, there is always a beautiful negative of the image left and it is a shame to throw that piece away. All you need to create another lovely foiled image is a Deco Foil Toner Sheet and the hot laminator. I placed the leftover foiled sheet on a toner sheet and ran it through the laminator (in a folded piece of parchment paper.) The remaining Amber Watercolor Deco Foil transfers to the toner sheet. But the holly and pinecones at that point are black, and I did not want that. So I layed a piece of Green Verde Deco Foil on top of the image and ran it through the hot laminator again and the result is this pretty green and bronze colored background. I die cut the edge with a Spellbinders die and then die cut Frantic Stamper's Modern Greetings before attaching the piece to a top folding cream card. I wanted to say "Season's Greetings", so I found a "season's" in a Tim Holtz Christmas word die set I own which worked beautifully. 

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

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Peace, Love and Joy Foiled Beauty


I fell in love with this card on my friend Verna's blog and knew I would be casing it when I had time to play- and I finally did! I just loved the look of the Amber Watercolor Deco Foil on the green cardstock using Tim Holtz's Festive Stencil! How do you do that, you ask? Just use temporary tape to hold the stencil and cardstock in place and apply Therm O Web's Transfer Gel through the stencil with a palette knife. It goes on white and needs to dry until it is clear. Then lay a piece of Deco Foil over the dried piece and run it through a hot laminator. Isn't that background gorgeous? I attached it to a top folding cream colored card with a gold strip of sequin tape. 

I have a thing about adding a sentiment to the front of a card- I pretty much HAVE to in my world. But sometimes the background is too busy to stamp on or put a die cut sentiment on. So an easy solve to that problem is to use vellum. I die cut a stitched circle  of vellum (Lil' Inker die) and then attached the beautiful "Peace, Love & Joy" die cut from Penny Black so it stands out but does not totally cover up the lovely background.

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

Monday, September 4, 2017

YouTube Monday- Stamping with Tim Holtz Stamp Platform on Die-Cut Words and Backgrounds


I am starting to love Mondays way more than I used to, because I am so excited to share a new YouTube video each and every Monday! I hope that makes Mondays better for you too! In this video you can watch how these beautiful Prayers cards are made using the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform. The link to the new video is here:  https://youtu.be/w3IpcLHOpGs

Next week I am posting a new monthly stamp class (with three cards featuring Uchi's Design animated stamps and dies!), so you have one more week to become a subscriber AND leave a comment on this video to earn a chance at winning the three cards I made last month in the class video! Here is a picture to remind you what cards you can win: 


That comment and subscription will also qualify you for a chance at winning the grand opening grand prize! So what are you waiting for? 

I will be back tomorrow, Thursday and Friday with new cards to share. Until then, thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Cute Fall or Halloween 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: Cute Fall or Halloween 4 Kids! Create and link any cute Fall or Halloween card appropriate for a child and you could win one of our great prizes. 

We have two very generous sponsors for this challenge: Bugaboo is giving their winner four digis of their choice! And the winner from Die-Versions 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 features the Happy Halloween Cat digi stamp from Bugaboo. I printed it on a yellow square of cardstock, added a line of embossed boogie eyes (Darice embossing folder) and punched a jack-o-lantern smile with a Fiskars punch.

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

 

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rainbow Brushos Thinking of You Card


Recently I hosted a play date at my house where we played with my Brusho Coloured Crystals again. I hadn't pulled out any of my watercolor powders for awhile and it was fun to get messy with them again. I created a rainbow background with ROY G BIV colors of Brushos and it was sitting in a pile in my craft room when I decided to play with a new die from Tim Holtz and Sizzix called Paper Cut Bird. I simply cut it out of white cardstock, attached it to the rainbow background and the card was almost complete. I have been in need of "Thinking of You" cards recently so I added that sentiment from Tonic Studios on a strip of vellum so it stands out from the busy background.

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

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Spooktacular New Fun Fold


I love love love finding new fun folds! I saw a video and a blogpost explaining how to make this bridge card here and knew I had to try it right away. Sandi made hers with matching Christmas dies in the front and the back, but I wanted to include some new Halloween dies from Tonic Studios and Karen Burniston and this is what I came up with. Here are some more looks so you can see this fun fold: 


I started with an orange cardbase scored and folded following the directions on the video. I attached Tonic Studio's Haunted House in the back of the card. I cut four strips of some Halloween dp I had in my stash for the 4 side panels. I die cut a ghost, a bat and a spooky tree from Karen Burniston's Halloween Elements and Halloween Scene die sets and attached them on the sides as shown. I punched a Halloween fence using an old punch from Martha Stewart, leaving an inch along the bottom for the bridge. I attached a yellow Spooktacular die cut (from Tonic Studios) and another ghost to complete the card. If the die cuts do not stick out (and mine do), this card will fit into an A2 envelope and lay flat as shown here:



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

So fun to play with new fun folds! Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Monday, August 28, 2017

YouTube Monday - Special Holiday Edition of Enabler Alert!


It's Monday so it must be time for a new YouTube video over on my YouTube channel! On this new special edition of my Enabler Alert series, I am sharing all the new Christmas and Halloween dies in the latest release by Karen Burniston, all the Halloween dies in the latest release by Tonic Studios, and a look at the Tim Holtz Tonic Studios Stamp Platform. Be prepared to be amazed - so many awesome dies in these two releases and the Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform is awesome!

Here is a direct link to see the new products in this Enabler Alert video: https://youtu.be/1a0b8mahO84

Are you a subscriber yet? And have you left a comment on one or more of the videos I have made in the last three weeks? If so, you are qualified for the grand prize drawing to be held the end of September. You get one chance per comment (one per video) IF you are a subscriber. I appreciate comments and followers here on my blog, but really need the subscribers and comments on my YouTube channel if I am to succeed there. 

Thanks for helping me #spread the joy of creativity!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Handmade Hugs Card with NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff)


I finally got a chance to play with my pile of NBUS (never before used schtuff) on the bed in my craft room and this handmade hugs card is the result. I saw a few cards made with the marbled background stamp from Stampin' Up and knew I had to get it. The different tones of blue and white are created with the stamp and only one color of ink- so pretty! I die cut the top and bottom pieces out with Jaded Blossom's Card Layer Die Set Two and then cut the hugs die cut (from Lawn Fawn) out of the bottom one. I also die cut a "hugs" out of white fun foam, glued the two together and then attached it back in the spot I die cut it from. The sentiment and the hearts in the center strip are from a new set called Cuddles and Hugs from Concord and 9th. Here is a peak at the center of the card where I attached another strip of that lovely marbled paper:


I figure every time I send a card I made to someone, it is a handmade hug, so I love the sentiment on this card!

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Hello Gorgeous Flamingo Card with NBUS

I finally got a chance to play with some of my NBUS (never before used schtuff) that was piled on my bed and I made a couple cards I will be sharing this week on my blog. I featured the Card Layering Die sets from Jaded Blossom, Distress Oxide Inks and the Zen Waves background stamp from Technique Junkies in my 1st Enabler Alert video on YouTube and here is the first card I made with them. I stamped the Zen Waves stamp with two colors of blue distress oxide inks (Salty Ocean and Broken China) in my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform (in case I didn't get a perfect impression the first time- and I didn't, so this tool is a must especially for large background stamps.) I die cut the perfect stitched triangles with the Card Layers Die One from Jaded Blossom and sponged some blue distress ink around the edges. I also used my Tonic Studios Tim Holtz Stamp Platform to stamp the flamingo from Hero Arts in three shades of pink inks and then cut it out with the matching Hero Arts Flamingo Frame Cut die. I attached him with mounting tape to raise. The "hello gorgeous" stamp is from the same Hero Arts Color Layering Flamingo stamp set. I added some sticker gems to the front. Here is another look and a peak at the inside of the card:



I die cut a stitched tag with the Card Layer Dies One from Jaded Blossom out of the Technique Junkies Zen Waves background and stamped another fabulous sentiment from the Hero Arts flamingo set.