A Quick Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer Card

Today while I was packing up a big box of crafting supplies to send to a dear friend of mine I decided to make her a very quick card. I pulled out a die set that I haven't used in a few months (well, cause of being shut in for a while, I may not have used it since last summer but I really have lost all sense of time, LOL)! I still believe that this set is so amazing and very versatile. I've created cards with cutesy images, floral images, and even actual photographs — which the recipients have loved! But this card was just a quick one to show my friend how incredible the mechanics of this die set is so.

(I am telling you up front that my paper choices aren't that good; one or more are just screaming at me. But the glue had dried and so I stuck a fork in it & I'm calling her doneπŸ˜‚!)

I knew two things: I wanted to use the Magic Picture Changer die and I wanted to use the My Favorite Things I Miss Your Hugs stamp set. I bought this stamp set last year but never pulled it out until today. There are a lot of sentiments that can be used not just because of the pandemic but anytime you just haven't seen someone in a while. The world from the MFT stamp was stamped with Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Tumbled Glass and Peeled Paint. I found that the Distress Oxide Inks laid down much nicer, the colors were smooth and very even on the paper and they didn't bead up like some dye inks that I tried especially on the solid round blue world. The sentiment was stamped right over that in Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Ink. 

All of the patterned paper is from a 6x6 pad from Authentique. My intention was to cut one layer for the top of the base cardstock but I picked up a FRAME die by mistake & die cut my chosen favorite paper. After I realized that I grabbed the wrong die, I also realized that the patterned paper that I had picked out  was the last one in the pad - so there goes the only sheet that I had! My second pick was the dark blue swirls patterned paper but after I adhered it to the base I was not happy with it. In frustration I grabbed the frame die pieces that I had die cut by mistake and used the back of the inside piece (you know the part that we usually throw away😜) and put it on top the first layer of the card base. And you know what, it's not that bad! The blue swirl paper is die cut with Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables and the light blue piece is die cut from My Favorite Things Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames.

Now for the 'Magic': 

You see "Wish You Were Here" when the tab is pulled! I admit that once these types of cards are finished I can't help myself from pulling that tab in & out several times (almost like playing with a new toy!) just in awe of how cool it is and how easy it was to make it! They really are fun and addicting to make. 

The sentiment that I chose for the inside of this card is also from the MFT's stamps set and says, "When I Do Get To Hug You, Prepare For A Hell Of A Squeeze"! And I stamped "A Paper Hug For You" on the back of the envelope flap!
My friend will get a kick out of this and I hope that you, too, enjoyed my card today! 

So Until Next Time, Happy Crafting,

Foiled Butterfly Slimline Card

 Hey Crafters! Today I have a card that I created for the Beautiful Butterflies Mod Squad Challenge. This challenge gave me the chance to use a new (to me) product - Gina K Designs/Therm-O-Web Stamp N Foil Foil-Mates Detail Sheets. I recently purchased a laminator, toner sheets, and a lot of foils! These Foil-Mates are called Butterfly Kisses and also has a stamp set and die set that comes separately (but of course I had to have them all!)

I decided to make a slimline card so I could put more of those butterflies on my card. I ink blended four colors onto my card front - Gina K's Passionate Pink, Sweet Mango, Turquoise Sea and Wild Lilac. Part of the butterfly wings come ready to foil but I stamped them in the same inks that I used on the card front and then I ran them through my laminator with the same color of Gina K Fancy Foils. It is so hard to see the beautiful and shiny foil in photographs unfortunately.

I used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses (just a fun coincidence that both companies have the same name!) and heat embossed it with white embossing powder from Gina K. 

I die cut the sentiment and the postage stamp shape from Gina K Designs Master Layout #4. All of the elements are popped up on pop dots. 

I hope that you like my card for today! My new laminator has been getting a workout and I will post more cards that I've made using foiled elements and more info on the laminator itself. I will be adding this card to the Mod Squad Challenge! Thanks so much for visiting!

Until next time, Happy Crafting!

Cityscape Birthday Card

Hello crafty friends! It's been a few months since I last posted anything. There was Christmas, a Christmas card exchange (I made 30 cards for that plus even more for family and friends!), getting both vaccines (YEA!), and then 'Snowmageddon' here in North Texas πŸ˜– and we had to find warm accommodations since our home had no electricity and no heat for several days! But now I'm back in my craft room and crafting away!

These City Landscape dies from Impression Obsession has been in my stash for quite some time and I decided that it was time to use it! It reminds me of the year that I lived in NYC. For this card I needed something a little more masculine so I kept the colors muted and I also wanted to create a slimline card. These are so much fun to make and they have a lot more 'real estate' than the smaller A2 cards! I used Tim Holtz Distress Inks for the background and used the Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer to spritz some water droplets on it. The die was cut a few times in each color to stretch it out across the bottom of the card. I added strip sentiments from Simon Says Stamp (so quick and easy) and two enamel dots at the bottom. There are also Clear Droplets from Kat Scrappiness scattered through the sky.

I am entering this card in the following challenge: 

ModSquad Challenge - Fairytale Castle: The challenge is to incorporate a building or some type of architecture. 

Thanks for visiting and until next time, Happy Crafting!

So Grateful For You

Since it's Thanksgiving week I am continuing with a card that can be used for Thanksgiving or just to send to someone that you feel grateful for. 

I used Gina K's Wreath Builder Template again (Yes! I love this whole system!) with the Wreath Builder Stamp Set and Gina K inks. The wreath is on a 4 inch square white cardstock and after stamping the wreath I die cut a circle right in the middle of it. Then I stamped the sentiment onto green cardstock and placed it behind the wreath and popped up the wreath panel with pop dots. I punched the bottom of the green cardstock with a Martha Stewart border punch.

I finished embellishing my card by adding an older piece of Stampin' Up ribbon (It pays to hoard a little πŸ˜‚). 

And again I added some cardstock layers and a little stamping to the inside of the card.

I am so grateful for my husband, my daughter, my son & his wife and my three wonderful grandchildren. I am also grateful for my sister and brother (we are the only ones from our immediate family left 😒), and the rest of my extended family and friends! I'm grateful for my health and my home. Even with so much uncertainty and fear going on in the world this Thanksgiving I know that I am blessed and I am so thankful to God for all the blessings I have! 

God bless you all this Thanksgiving Day! Stay Safe  - Wear your mask - And Craft! 

Until Next time, Happy Crafting

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Hello Crafters! I have a Thanksgiving card to share today. I really enjoyed creating this one because I used some new (to me anyway) tools and techniques. Most of the supplies are from Gina K Designs - my new favorites! 

Gina has a Wreath Builder system that is so easy to use but the results are spectacular! 
Here is the link to the Wreath Builder Templates:

With these two templates you can create the most beautiful stamped wreaths for cards and so much more. Gina has several wreath builder stamp sets to go with the templates but you can really use any stamp set that has small to medium stamps included.

So here is the Thanksgiving card that I made with the Wreath Builder -

Along with the Wreath Builder Template I used the Wreath Builder Stamp Set, the Autumn Wreath Builder Stamp Set, the Take Care Stamp Set and Gina K inks to create the gorgeous wreath at the center of my card. I stamped the sentiment and the circle border - both from the Autumn Wreath Builder Stamp Set  - then cut it out with a circle die cut which I popped up with pop dots in the wreaths center. 
The lower background looks like patterned paper, doesn't it? Nope, its plain white cardstock that I used a stencil on. It's the Gina K Designs Sassy Stripes Stencil (love that name 😊)

I turned the stencil so that the stripes were vertical, taped the paper to it and, using a blending brush, blended the ink onto the cardstock. Always start blending with a very light hand and if you need more color just add a little more ink but use that light hand. Trust me, a lighter touch is key to blending!

Since I don't have some of those 'fancy' dies, I took a die that I do have and used it in a different way! The bottom scalloped on the top two layers was cut using a Lawn Fawn Scalloped Rectangle die. I put the corner of my two top layers into the corner of the die making sure that the rest of the card was on top of the die as it went into my Vagabond.
For a finishing touch, I added three coordinating buttons and some twine. 

Here is a peak inside my card. I love putting a little something on the inside to make it look just as nice as the front of the card. I used the same stamps that I used in the wreath on the front and stamped them on the bottom inside corner.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing this card as much as I enjoyed making it! So until next time, Happy Crafting! 

A Unicorn Card for Someone Special

I was gifted this unicorn stamp and die set from my friend Cindy whom I met in one of my favorite Facebook groups, Gina K Designs & StampTV Friends. I knew exactly what I was going to use it for - my grandnieces birthday. Fairy-Tale Friends Stamp and Die set is from My Favorite Things. After stamping the images I colored them with my Copies and added some glimmer with a clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle pen. For the background I used the cloud stencil from Lawn Fawn and Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Tumbled Glass and Shaded Lilac to create the rainbow-colored clouds & then added a few iridescent sequins. I stamped the sentiment onto a strip of clear vellum with Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink then embossed it with clear embossing powder. After embossing the sentiment I realized that it disappeared in front of the card so I used a blending brush to rub a little Shaded Lilac on the back of the vellum and that made the sentiment pop.  

Usually I have more trouble with the inside of a card but this one was fun to decorate and embellish. I just hope my grandniece loves glitter 😁

Until next time, Happy Crafting

Halloween Cards

Yes, I know, Halloween is over but I'd still like to share the cards that I made for my and my friends grandchildren this year. 

For this first card I used Gina K. Designs Haunts and Harvest stamp set for the trio of ghost and the sentiment and used the coordinating die set to die cut the ghosts. Gina's inks were used with her Fizzy stencil to create the orange and purple background and I then cut it out with the Master Layouts 1 Die Cut set along with a piece of black cardstock. I layered those two onto a tent fold 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" base. 

To add a demential element, I glued googly eyes to the ghosts with Gina K Connect Glue.

Did you really think that I could stop there? Of course not! I had to add an Action Wobble behind the three ghosts to make them even more interactive! My grandson loved it!

For the next two cards I used my beloved die set from Lawn Fawn - the Magic Picture Changer die set. I still love using this set and I can always find so many different ways to incorporate other stamp sets with it. Gina K's stamps from Haunts and Harvest were used again along with the fence die from Tim Holtz and the grass border die from Lawn Fawn.

The Magic Picture Changer is an interactive set so once you pull up the tabs at the top you get this:

The last card is created using a technique similar to partial die cutting. I created a side opening, landscape card base and after scoring and folding it I cut about 1/3 off of the top front. I then cut out the ghosts again from Haunts and Harvest in white cardstock then used the die to cut the bottom portion of the die from the front of the card base. I layered pieces of patterned paper to the front and inside. The sentiment is heated embossed in white.

I hope that you enjoyed seeing these late but cute Halloween cards! I'll be posting more of my cards and other crafty projects soon and more often. Until next time, Happy Crafting!