Thursday, October 30, 2014

Pink Winter card

This card was made using the Sizzix Winter Card Front die again, as used on the cards in the previous two posts.

Something makes me want to do pink on winter cards for some reason.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says  Stamp  Anything Goes 10/29/14 Challenge

Sizzix Winter Cardfront Die Set, card #2

The fill part of the trees was left over from the card on my other post.  See the other post for a link to instructions on how to make these cards if interested.

I'm entering this in the Simon Says Stamp Anything Goes Challenge of 10/29

Sizzix Winter Card Front Die Set cards

I used the new Sizzix Winter Card Front die set #659589 to make this card and the one on the next post.  They are just the opposite of each other; I cut the gold trimmed one first and put in the music sheet paper for the trees then used the leftover gold trees from the first card for the second one.

A complete tutorial on how to make these cards can be seen here:

I'm entering this is the Simon Says Stamp Anything  Goes 10/29 Challenge.

The die set comes with a lot of extra pieces that can be used on other cards as well:

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Ice Skate Cards

These ice skates were part of a Christmas tag set that I purchased on clearance at Walmart last year.  I cut them off the tags they were on and adhered them to an oval Spellbinders die with a vellum center.
On the inside of the card I used a stamp saying  "Skating By With a Winter Hi" from CCDesigns.  The stamp is part of a set called Winter Chuckles.

Friday, October 24, 2014

So Very Thankful

I'm entering this card in the Impression Obsession Shades of Fall Blog Challenge which can be found here:

I wanted to use the Wide Tree die by Impression Obsession #DIE219-P and the So VeryThankful stamp, also by Impression Obsession but didn't want to clutter the card with a bunch of fall leaves so I used pearls that are Fall colors:  red, green, yellow, maroon, orange, and goldish brown.

The Wide Tree die was adhered to a vellum oval which was then adhered to a gold oval ring.  The background paper is by Paper Studio from Hobby Lobby.  The stamp was heat embossed using antique gold embossing powder.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Making your own Embossing Plates

Have you ever wished you had an embossing folder of some design that didn't exist?  I saw this ghost die from the Frantic Stamper, which I really like to use in it's "die" form, but I also wished it was on an embossing folder as well.  No can make your own embossing plates with any die you have.  It's very easy, just follow these steps:

First off, here is a photo of the card I made using the ghost die to make my own embossing plate:
(the ghosts are not adhered to this card, they are embossed onto it)

The first thing you need is a lot of die cuts of the die you like.  In this case, I used the ghost die from the Frantic Stamper.  I glued two dies on top of each other to make the ghosts really thick so the embossing would really stand out.  Arrange and adhere the dies however you want on your cardstock.  I wanted the embossing plate to fit on an  A2 size card so I used a piece of cardstock that was 4" x 5.25".  Here's a picture of the black ghosts (2 layers thick) adhered to my cardstock:

This is cool enough really to be a card on it's own.  Once you have two layers of the ghosts adhered on top of each other and any excess that hangs off the card base cut off, you are ready to emboss.

I ran the above embossing "plate" through my Cuttlebug using the following sandwich, from the bottom up:

A Plate
B Plate
Embossing plate (paper) that has the ghosts on it, ghost side face up
A plain piece of cardstock cut to the same size as your embossing "plate" in the step above this
Light brown rubber mat that is normally used to emboss thin dies with
Two cardboard shims (thin cardboard, may vary depending on your machine)
B Plate

This is what it looks like when it comes out of the Cuttlebug:

And this is what the opposite side looks like:

The images are debossed on the back side.

I chose to use the embossed side rather than the debossed side for my card.

Using a fingertip ink dauber, I applied black ink in a brush stroke fashion, trying to keep the ink as light as possible but to emphasize the edges of the ghosts.  

I also wanted some purple on the card so I used Shaded Lilac Distress Ink and did the same thing with the fingertip dauber but this time trying to keep the ink on the card area around the ghosts, not on the ghosts:

Since I had a lot of areas that were darker than the others, I chose to blend the purple area with a wet paintbrush, blending the ink a little more evenly and lightening it up.

I also wanted a greeting on the card and some orange color, so I added the Frantic Stamper Happy Halloween stamp to the card:

You can do this process with any die that you have; the possibilities for making your own embossing plates are endless.  Just hold on to the "plate" you made so you can use it over and over again.

Burl Ives Christmas Card

The Christmas trees are from Spellbinders and the hat/mustache and bow are from Impression Obsession's Retro Masculine die set.  The cane is the handle from an Impression Obsession umbrella.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Retro Masculine Thank you cards

I used the Impression Obsession Retro Masculine die set for the glasses, stache, tie and hat and the Spellbinders scalloped rectangles for the frame.  The Thanks die is a Frantic Stamper precision die (FRA-DIE-09196).

A great masculine card that could easily be a birthday card or get well in addition to a thank you card.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Swirling Leaves card

The background stamp "Fluff" by Impression Obsession reminds me of the motion of swirling leaves.  I also like to use it as snow flurries on a winter card.   The leaves were cut from the Bare Branch die set by Impression Obsession.

I am entering this card in the Impression Obsession Shades of Fall Card Challenge which can be seen here:

Autumn Leaves

It was hard to capture the true colors on this card for some is more Fall looking than it appears online.

I used the Impression Obsession Tree Die #DIE006-V along with the leaves only from the Impression Obsession Bare Branch Set #DIE022-U.  The background is the Impression Obsession Cover-a-Card stamp called Scratches.

I am entering this card in the Impression Obsession Shades of Fall Challenge which can be found here:

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I won a blog challenge finally!

This blog challenge was not chosen with a random generator -- they actually liked my card the best.


Thank you to everyone who entered our Ghoulish Greetings Challenge, all of the projects were awesome! I think everyone was a winner, but alas I had to choose just one, so.....
The winner is...Ann Greenspan!
Please email Jeanne for your Gift Certificate info.
Here is Ann's fun card using Die231-O  Trick or Treaters &
Die029-P  Halloween Hill
I am so psyched cause now I can get more dies from this company.  

Heart Happy Holidays Card

I am entering this card in the Stick It Down Challenge which can be found here:
using this sketch:

The sentiment "Happy Holidays" is a die from Frantic Stamper (FRA-DIE-09293) which can be purchased here, along with their other line of precision dies:

Country Christmas Card

I am entering this card in the IBSIC87 Challenge using these colors:


You can see the challenge here:

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sizzix Exclusive Fancy Edge Flip-Its card

I am entering this card in the Sizzix Challenge Halloween which can be seen here:

The die used to make this card is the Sizzix Exclusive Fancy Edge Flip-Its Die which can be purchased here:

I used the card base part of the die on black cardstock which gave me the base of the card all in one piece; all I had to do was fold on the two crease lines.  Can't get any easier than that.

Then I used the second set of dies included in this package to cut out the green dsp which fits perfectly inside the black card base.  Again, it can't get any easier -- no measuring or anything.  Just cut the paper and adhere it, leaving a small framed edge.

The final step was to cut a square piece of cardstock to fit the center flip-it part.  This was just a matter of cutting a 2.25 square piece of cardstock.  I then cut out two small candy corns from the Spellbinders die Candy Corn and adhered them to the front of the square using foam dimensionals.

The back side of the square flip-it part of the card is a stamp by Frantic Stamper called "It's All About Candy".  This is a new stamp which will be added to their online store very soon.  You can get to their online store here:

This card will be set aside for next year and mailed to West Virginia University HealthCare for their Octoberfest 2015 to be given to one of the children in the pediatrics ICU.

Green and Gold Bokeh Effect Christmas Card

I am entering this card in the Inspired by Stamping Gold Challenge, IBSIC#86:


To make this card, I used several different colors of alcohol ink on a piece of glossy cardstock, letting the colors bleed together.  The colors I used were Sail Boat blue, Lettuce, Willow, and Citrus.

I then cut out the words Happy Holidays using the Frantic Stamper die (FRA-DIE-09293) on gold cardstock and adhered it to the glossy cardstock.  The card front is then adhered to a heavy gold piece of cardstock cut to an 8.5 x 5.5 size and folded in half for the card base.

When I get out my alcohol inks to make cards with, I feel like a little kid again.  You can use and mix any colors you want and the overall result will always be different.  It's fun to "play" with the inks, as long as you don't make too much of a mess.

The Frantic Stamper die is part of their new release which can be seen here, along with some new stamps as well:

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Christmas lights bokeh effect

I am entering this card in the 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown October Challenge which you can see here  Below are the colors for the challenge:

I am also entering this card in the Sparkle Creations challenge in which you have to use these colors:

When I saw these colors, I thought of the bokeh effect that is so popular these days.   This is my card:

 I took out my alcohol inks and randomly dripped these colors on to glossy paper, letting the colors blend as they wanted:

Pink Sherbet
Sailboat Blue

I then applied a small amount of gold mixative to a blending tool and saturated the pad of the blending tool immediately with an alcohol based blending solution.  I pounced the blending tool over the entire card until all the gold mixative was blended in.  It is hard to see the gold mixative but it is there.

Since this has to be a Christmas card for the challenge, I die cut Happy Holidays on gold paper using the Frantic Stamper die (FRA-DIE-09293).  The last step was to adhere some pink gems to the upper corner.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Impression Obsession Trick or Treaters card

This is my second card using the Impression Obsession Trick or Treaters die (Die231-O) but this time I put "costumes" on the trick or treaters instead of using their silhouettes.  It took a long time but I think it was worth it.  I also used the Impression Obsession die called Halloween Hill (Die029-P).  These two dies go great together.  Unfortunately I didn't have a fence die by Impression Obsession or I would have used it.  Instead I had to use my Martha Stewart iron fence punch.

I'm entering this in the Impression Obsession Challenge:  Ghoulish Greetings

Impression Obsession Die231-O  Trick or Treaters

Impression Obsession Die029-P  Halloween Hill

Peek a Boo Snowflakes

This is a card that I will be entering in the CAS(E) this Sketch card challenge #96 which can be seen here:

I used the EKSuccess Large circle scallop edge punch on the side of the card, then adhered silver snowflakes with rhinestones on the inside of the card so they would show through the circular holes.

The embossing is a Sizzix snowflake folder.  I heat embossed Winter Wonderland on a piece of clear vellum and attached it to the card with a very thin 1/8" wide strip of Scor-Tape.

      Wish me Luck!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall branch card

The leaves are falling off the trees here in Maryland; how about where you live?  Doesn't it always seem that most of the leaves that are in your yard are from a tree that isn't even in your yard?  Always happens that way.  Anyways, here is a card I am entering in the CAS Autumn's Bounty Challenge:

This is a very quick card to make............Memory Box branch, leaves from an old EK Success punch and the Stampin' Up Square Lattice EF.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Retro Pumpkin Heads card

I love this new die by Impression Obsession "Retro Masculine" DIE-224-O (see below).  I wanted to use the dies on a Halloween card and this is what I came up with.  They are supposed to be pumpkins but they kind of look like Mr. Potato Heads, don't they?  I can't wait to get started on making some much needed masculine cards using these dies.

Impression Obsession Halloween Trick or Treaters card

I wanted to be able to use both the IO Trick or Treaters die and the IO Halloween Die on one card yet be able for the viewer to see the Trick or Treaters and not have them be cut out of black paper or they would blend in with the hill. I used a charcoal colored cardstock for the Trick or Treaters and made their buckets look like they had lights in them.  I'm entering this card is the Impression Obsession Goulish Greetings Challenge:

Impression Obsession Die231-0 Trick or Treaters, IO Die029-P Halloween Hill Die

Read more:

I'm entering this in the Fab Friday Challenge:

Friday, October 3, 2014

Ice Cream Card

This card can be used for a birthday, Valentine's, or almost any occasion.

Clean and Simple Ornament card

I'm working on putting together some holiday cards for the hospital  to hand out to the patients who are unfortunate enough to be stuck there on Christmas Day.   I need to keep them without any words like "Merry Christmas" so they will be easier to hand out as there will be some patients who don't celebrate Christmas but still enjoy the holiday.

This card was made using all Frantic Stamper dies.  I cut the Pine Bough (FRA-Die-09281) out of silver mirror board and then cut out the ornament which can be purchased alone (Mix 'N Match - Christmas Ornaments set of 3 (FRA-Die-09067) or as a larger set (Mix 'N Match - Christmas,
Set of 7 (FRA-Die-09066).  I cut the ornament twice; once in baby blue and then again in silver mirror board so I could adhere the silver parts into the cutouts of the blue ornament.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spellbinders Heirloom Reflections 4 panel screen card

If you look on YouTube for 4 panel screen or divider cards, you will find all sorts of videos if you prefer to learn from a video, but I will list the steps below to show how easy this card really is.

I decided to use a Christmas die by Spellbinders called Heirloom Reflections.  It is an 8 piece set that gives you the base ornaments and their top filigree layer.  I cut the bases out of a shimmery red and blue cardstock that comes from Michaels, then cut the top layer using a silver glitter paper.

Here are the steps for this card:

  • Cut a piece of white cardstock 11" x 5 1/4" (you can really use any height; I chose 5 1/4 so it would fit into an A2 envelope but you can go taller.
  • Score the paper horizontally (landscape) on your scoring board at 2 3/4,  5 1/2,  and 8 1/4.
  • Fold along the score lines.
  • Use a paper punch of your choice (I used the Stampin' Up Decorative Label Punch) to punch just an edge out of each of the 4 panels at the bottom, trying to center your punch on each panel.
  • Cut four pieces of colored cardstock (blue and red for mine) measuring 2 3/8 x 4 inches.
  • Cut four pieces of white cardstock measuring 2 1/8 x 3 3/4 inches.  Emboss this white layer if desired.  I used the Darice Wire Fence embossing folder on mine.
  • Die cut two of the Spellbinders base ornaments in red and two in blue.
  • Die cut the filigree top layer for each in silver glitter paper.
  • Die cut four Memory Box Crisp Bows (98197) and cut the tail off each
  • Adhere the red and blue panels to your card base, then adhere the white embossed panels on top of each colored panel, centering them as best as you can.
  • Adhere the Spellbinder Heirloom Reflections ornaments with their appropriate filigree tops (I chose to start with a small ornament, then a big one, then small, and a big one for the last panel)
  • Adhere some kind of gem or embellishment to the centers of each ornament.  You could also use a brad if you put it through the ornament layers before adhering the ornament to the base.
  • Adhere the bow for the top
  • You can stamp the back with Merry  Christmas or stamp it along the bottom of the front.
This is what the entire card looks like when lying down: