Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Prime Publishing Opportunity Sneak Peaks

I am excited to share that some of my favorite cards and technique articles are going to be published in The picture above is a sneak peak at the card and technique in my first full length article that just went live here. I also wrote this article about a card by Melissa Kerman with a different twist to the same technique (that I learned about on her blog.)

When I get excited about a new technique or unique fold or product, I always start thinking about writing an article about it and for years all my articles were published by Scrap and Stamp Arts. I had three full length articles written and accepted for publication in 2017 at SSA when they suddenly went out of business in January 2017. I started looking for other stamping magazines published in the USA and did approach CardMaker with several of my ideas. I am thrilled to share they are publishing two of my cards in the Winter issue. But I have so many more cards and ideas and it is hard to find a print outlet in the United States nowadays. At CHA, I wandered into the Prime Publishing Craft booth and talked to one of the editors. She thought my cards and articles could reach many cardmakers through their, which is an online crafting magazine that publishes frequently and is free to all subscribers. If you subscribe to the newsletters, you receive emails with some new brand content, along with some articles printed again in case you missed them, and some card ideas with link outs to tutorials on blogs. 

Sneak Peak - I shared some links to tutorials I have done both on my blog and on the Tonic Studios USA blog with the editor of and here is a link to a Tonic Studios tutorial and card they posted in the most recent issue. 

 I have two more never published or blogged cards that will be published in the near future in this on line magazine. If you are looking for great card and craft ideas- and who isn't- you will want to check out and possibly subscribe to

Monday, April 24, 2017

Floral Warm Thoughts Card

Guess what the background of this card is made with? Hand sanitizer and alcohol inks! A friend shared this idea she had found and we tried it on yupo paper. We mixed small amounts of hand sanitizer with several colors of alcohol ink and applied it to the yupo paper with acrylic blocks. You can see that layer on the top and bottom of the card front. After it dried just a bit, I decided to apply the pink mixture of hand sanitizer and alcohol ink through a Tim Holtz stencil and then for good measure, added some Nuvo clear glitter for some sparkle. Once it was dry, I attached the sparkly floral piece to a purple card base and added the beautiful "Warm Thoughts" from Quietfire Creations. Here is a close up look at the texture and sparkle:

I am entering this card in the Flowers challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Alcohol Inks Floral Birthday Card

Recently I played with some friends focusing on alcohol inks and this is one of the cards we made. The focal piece was made with various alcohol inks on acetate and when it was dry, I attached it to a white piece and stamped the sentiment with black Staz-On ink. The background was embossed- but we used two or three different embossing folders all at the same time which was an idea I had never thought of. You do need a larger die-cutting/embossing machine to use several embossing folders at once and we used Tonic Studio's Tangerine. We put the yellow card front inside the embossing folders and taped them together and in place on the embossing plate with temporary tape.  I added a ribbon, some flowers and a gem to complete this colorful card.

I am entering this card in the Flowers challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Best Fishes with Uchi's Design Animated Stamps and Die

I have been having so much fun playing with the brand new animated stamps and dies I received from Uchi's Design. Today I am sharing another card I created with the DC105 Slider Circle Die and the grid and stamp that comes with that die set. I watched this video from Uchi's Design before I started to design which explains how to make an animated card with this die set and how the fish moves using the slider on the bottom of the card. I started with a blue card base that I cut to 5" by 12" and folded according to the video's instructions. (The video by Uchi's Design recommends dimensions of 5 3/4" x 12" so the folded card fits into a 6" x 6" envelope. I made mine to fit into an envelope I had that was about 5" x 7".)

Here are the steps I used to make this card:

1. I die cut the circle in the front of the card with one of the circle dies in the DC105 set.

2. I die cut and embossed the frame with a bubbles embossing folder from Tim Holtz and added some heart bubbles punched with a Martha Stewart punch. 

3. I stamped the fish that is included in the DC105 Slider Circle Die Set on white cardstock and attached it to the inside of the cardbase so it shows through the framed circle.

4. I die cut the slider with a stitched die from My Creative Time and stamped it with a perfect sentiment stamp from Joy's Life. Then I punched a couple arrows and popped them up on the slider to encourage the recipient to slide it back and forth. The slider is attached with two layers of mounting tape as shown in Uchi's Design instructional video linked above. Here is a mini video I made showing the animation when the slider is moved:

The card is closed with mounting tape so the grid stays inside and is moved with the slider. I added a lighter blue piece to the back of the card with another perfect sentiment from the Joy's Life stamp set and a fun fish from Paper Smooches where I can sign the card.

I think any kid or kid at heart would love to receive this fun animated card! I hope you have a fintastic day!

I am entering this card in the "Splash it On" challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Four Fold Birthday Card with Tonic Studios and Nuvo

I am proud to share that my four fold birthday card with many new Tonic Studios stamps and dies and Nuvo products is being featured today on the Tonic Studios USA blog. For all the details on how this card was made, please visit here. Comments always welcome!

And if you want more Tonic Studios and Nuvo inspiration, please join our Tonic Fanatics USA Facebook group here.

I am entering this card in the Flowers challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Metallic Tissue Butterfly Love Card

I love the metallic tissue background I learned about on a Facebook group I belong to and have made many great cards with this technique. If you would like to try it, I shared a tutorial on the technique here on my blog. I think the background is so beautiful, all I need to do is mount it on a card and add a couple diecuts and the result is a gorgeous card every time. This time I chose a lovely new butterfly die from Concord & 9th and a sentiment die from Impression Obsession. I cut both out of white and purple scraps, glued them on offsetting them just a bit and added some pearls to the butterfly. Here is a close up of the gorgeous background and butterfly:

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Animated Stamps Card

As I mentioned in two blogposts last week, I am having so much fun playing with the new animated stamps and dies from Uchi's Design! I created this card for my grandson's 2nd birthday even though it is months away:) I think kids of all ages will get such a kick out of opening a card and seeing the images move. I used Uchi's Design DC101 die kit to make the card base. I personalized the card with script letter stamps from Concord & 9th and added a bunch of Happy Birthday song lyrics with dies. Here are some more looks at the card showing the present and happy birthday sentiment from the Happy Birthday set of animated stamps changing as it is opened:

Too fun! I am loving these animated stamps and think you will too!