FaBOOlous!

This sweet little witch is perfect flying through a night sky. I knew I had to have her and the coordinating dies from Close to my Heart! The background was originally created on YouTube for a Northern Lights themed card. However, it works perfectly for Halloween!

How To Make It!

This card came together fast because I had the background done! You can see how to create your own sky or galaxy background here:

I wanted to replicate the moon and have a sentiment on the card, but knew there was not enough room. I combined the two on a yellow flat cardstock that I die cut into a circle. To keep it Halloween and sweet I opted for Purple Crush ink for the sentiment. I used pop dots on the witch and added a few Glitter Drops by Tonic in Purple rain o finish it off!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Happy Halloween Shaker Card!

I bought cute little shaker fillings from Queen and Co a few months back. If you have not checked out Queen and Co, you have just got to! The shaker bits are the best around. Anyways, I created a rather simple shaker card for Halloween with them and some other bits from my stash.

How It Came Together

To create the yellow card base I cut a piece of 8.5 by 11 card stock in half and scored it down the middle. This always makes an A2 card which is the standard. From there I ran the new circle die front card front from Close to My Heart through my Sizzix with orange card stock. I lined up the orange on the yellow and stamped a pumpkin several times in varying shades of yellow and orange. Using Art Glitter Glue, adhere a piece of acetate to the back of the card front.

How To Make It Shake

To assemble the card and not lose all your shaker bits is the most challenging part of the card making process. However, if you are a little careful it is no trouble. Take foam strips and adhere them around the area you want to contain your shaker pieces in. Make sure you have each piece of foam touch so the little pieces can’t slip out. I like to remove the backing before I pour my shaker bits into the center of the card because it does not move around once my loose shaker pieces are in it. Less chance of them getting lose all over my craft space!

Now, this is the tricky part…you have to carefully line your top piece on your bottom piece and attach. Carefully flatten all your shaker bits out so they can shake easily once it is adhered. Apply firm pressure to make sure it is adhered. Now give it a shake!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Thanks Card Made from a Fall Set

I am not quite ready for summer to be over, so when I saw the adorable new Fall Stamp set that is part of the bundle set (two stamp sets and a die) from Close to My Heart I created a colorful simple card.

The Little Things

Though this card is clean and simple I did add a few special touches to make it special. First, I stamped each flower in a different color Catherine Pooler ink. I like this ink for a project like this because I can stamp the same image in different colors several times and not have to worry about transferring the color. Simply stamp off on a scratch piece of paper and move on.

Second, I pop dotted my multiple circle card stock I die cut to add dimension. By choosing black it makes the colors of the flowers really pop!

To finish the card off, a gem was added to the center of each flower in different colors.

It is a little funny that I get my hands on a brand new Fall stamp set and I decided to make a summer card out of it. The next time you have an opportunity to play with a seasonal stamp set and want to make something completely out of the box with it go for it!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Creating Cards with Water Color Pencils and Die Cuts

Hello Friends! Recently I participated in a blog hop with Rita Barakat and Faber-Castell. One of the project kits Faber-Castell sent was to create cards with water color pencils. I have had this set of die cuts for awhile. I think I have been hoarding them just waiting for the right time to use them. The time has come!

The Cards

I wish I could tell you how to make these cards, but the technique box did a wonderful job of teaching! Basically each card was created with a stencil and water color pencils. I first traced the stencil, colored it in and ran a wet paint brush over the image. I added a few embellishments from a Queen and Co trunk I recently unboxed here:

Here are the close ups of each card:

Supplies:

In Conclusion

Normally I am not an advocate for hoarding craft supplies, but in this case it paid off! I could not think of a better way to use these sweet Rita Barakat die cuts. The moral of the post is: If it is pretty just buy it 😉

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Trifold Circle Card

Recently I got my hands on an amazing stamp set with a gorgeous cake as one of the images. I wanted to create a unique card instead of the Standard A2 size. So, I came up with this fun twist on a tri-fold card. I added a pop out type circle featuring the image.

I just love how when it is opened the image is shown, Such a fun card to give and make. Here is the video tutorial on how to create your own:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Stop Hounding Me Foxy!

Lawn Fawn has the best interactive dies on the market. Usually I can withstand the temptation to purchase them, but then the Magic Picture Changer came along and I just had to have it. The Magic Picture Changer allows the card holder to pull a tab and reveal a different image.

Cute little card, right? Then start pulling the tab…

To reveal another picture!

Tips and Tricks

There are a few things to keep in mind when creating a card with this die.

  1. Stamp the images after you die cut your pieces.
  2. Use a little powder on the pieces to ensure a smooth transition.
  3. The scored lines are to be folded and adhered to create a track for the card.
  4. Adhere the pieces by placing adhesive in the corners and not along the edges. This will allow everything to move freely while holding it together.
  5. Place the tab on last. This will not only serve as a cute way to tell the holder to pull it, but it also is a blocker. It will stop the inside piece from poking out of the bottom of the card.

Tutorial:

I created a tutorial on how to assemble these types of cards. It will provide clarity on the above tips.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Rainbow Bridge Cards

My first pet was a hamster named Cookie. I grew up in apartments and was limited on what kind of pet I could have. It was pretty much fish, small birds and rodents. I think Cookie escaped from his cage after a move and I never saw him again. As an adult I am a huge dog lover! In fact, I used to breed Golden Retrievers for service, mobility and pets. As a result I have two Golden Retrievers.

This past spring I had to put my first down. He was 14 years old when it was time to let him go. We have a local Children’s Hospital in which he served as a Gabriel’s Angel for just shy of a decade. I found this stamp set shortly after saying goodbye to him:

I know it is hard to see, so click through to see it on the Close to My Heart website!

Cards

I created four cards with this set:

The above are tri-fold cards. I did a LIVE tutorial on my channel in which I created the kitty.

The last two I created on Facebook under 20 minutes using the scraps from the tri-fold card. In conclusion, creating these cards helped me work through some of the grief I was struggling with the loss of my fur baby.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!