Monday, December 18, 2017

Stretching Your Dies Series on YouTube- Exploring Positive and Negative Uses

In my latest Youtube video here, I show some ways to stretch your diecut dollars by using the same dies in different ways. I created this shaker card using the snowflake die several ways and used the pieces cut from Frantic Stamper's Modern Greetings on this card:

Here are a few more pictures of the card I make step by step in the video: 

To see how to use the negative from the Gina K Therm O Web Foil-mate for even more sparkle then shown here, as well as some great tips on easy ways to make a shaker card, come watch here.  

I have been having fun posting new videos every Monday since I started a few months ago. The only exception to that Monday posting will be when Monday is a holiday, so next week I will post a new video on Tuesday. Thanks for watching, commenting, sharing and subscribing and supporting me here and on my YouTube channel! And Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Friday, December 15, 2017

HB to You Ballerina Card


I had an opportunity to play recently with some NBUS (never before used schtuff) to make some birthday cards that kids would like and am happy with how this one turned out. I wanted the CAS-ual Fridays Tutu stamp set ever since it came out, but resisted until recently when they came out with matching dies and Christmas Tutu stamp set. I stamped the sweet tutu ballerina with black ink on some plaid dp. I die cut the piece out with a new Cut-plorations double stitched rectangle die from Stamplorations and then die cut the Happy HB sentiment from Simon Says Stamp. I added some pink gems to the ballerina to finish the CAS card. 

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

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Friends are the Sweetest Gift of All Tri-Shutter Card


I made this fun fold shutter Christmas card for a dear friend and she should have received it by now so I can share here. I started with a red pre-cut pre-scored tri-shutter or Funky Fold Accordion cardbase from The Paper Cut. Then I simply decorated with the Retro Merry Christmas die from Tim Holtz  Sizzix, several presents made with the Taylored Expressions All Wrapped Up Die, an old border punch from Martha Stewart, The Ton Holiday Bows stamp set and matching dies and Tim Holtz's Peppermint Layering Stencil. The perfect stamp sentiment is an older one from Great Impressions. Here are some more pictures: 




The card folds and fits into an A2 envelope for mailing. I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Christmas/Winter Holidays challenge at Simon Says Stamp MondayMerry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Siblings Christmas Card


The minute I saw a version of this z-fold card with a stairstep decorated for Christmas here, I knew I wanted to make them for my brothers and sisters and place Christmas stockings on the stairsteps just like my Mom did for all of us. There were 8 of us kids and then she added a stocking for each spouse and grandchild, so there was a lot of love and memories each Christmas there. Just seeing the scene puts a smile on my face and I am sure it will for each of my siblings too. Here are a few more pictures:






I had to choose several different patterned cardstocks since I didn't have enough for all six to be the same. I added the perfect "Family" die from Quietfire Designs and Elizabeth Crafts for the wall and added a window diecut with a Poppy Stamps die with a Clear Views Transparency picture behind it. The card lies flat to mail. 

I am entering this card in the Christmas/Winter Holidays challenge at Simon Says Stamp MondayWishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas season!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Pop Up Tree Cards for all Seasons in my Latest YouTube Video


Learn how to make this winter snowy tree pop up scene using dies from Karen Burniston in my latest YouTube video that is live here.  Here are some more views of the card I share step by step how to make: 





I started with a pretty two sided cardstock and on the front I show how to do a lovely shadow effect with ink, a stencil, Deco Foil and Therm O Web Deco Foil Transfer Gel. Karen Burniston's Tree Pop Up Die Set makes popping up anything super easy which I demo in the video. I also share a spring or summer card and a fall colored tree pop up card so you can see the versatility of this die set. 

If you would like to win the three cards I show in this class video, simply watch the video here, comment and be a subscriber and you will be entered in the drawing (if you live in the U.S.)

I am entering this card in the Anything Goes challenge at Scrapy Land and the Christmas/Winter Holidays challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday. Thanks for watching, commenting, sharing and supporting me on my blog and at my YouTube channel, and for helping me #share the joy of creativity.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Merry Christmas Eclipse Card



I think the one technique from this year that I am still fascinated with is the eclipse technique where the popped up letters are stamped with the background. Here is another look at this one: 


Is it easier to see the dimension of the "Christmas" from this view? I stamped Penny Black's Poinsettia Script Background Stamp with red ink on a white cardfront, then cut out the Christmas using a Christmas block word die from Die-Namics. I layered the stamped words on two layers of  fun foam Christmas letters and glued them back in place. I added "merry" with I die cut in white and dark green using a Tim Holtz Script Holidays die.

Thanks for helping me #share the joy of creativity!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

I Believe Christmas Card


I used some NBUS (never before used schtuff) on this Christmas card and am very happy with how it turned out. I started with the Blizzard Foil-Mate from Gina K and Therm O Web and foiled it with a Deep Blue Deco Foil, then cut it into the pieces and attached them onto a navy blue cardbase. I die cut the shadow Believe die from Simon Says Stamp out of the bottom piece, raised it with fun foam and attached that back in the negative die cut space. I die cut the word Believe from the same Simon Says Stamp set out of red and glued that on the blizzard shadow piece. Then I added some red pearls to finish the front. Here is a peak at the inside of the card: 

The Simon Says Stamp die set has a matching stamp set which I used on the inside along with a blizzard snowflake strip.