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Thursday, November 14, 2019

This Little Light of Mine

My friend, Chelsea, from Inky Stamper has created another cute stamps set!   It's the Lightning Bug! I thought it would be fun to make a holiday light up card using this sweet whimsy image!

I used my Spectrum Noir TriBlend markers to color the lightning bug. I thought it would be fun to blend different color combos (like green, yellow and orange) make the light look as it was glowing. I used the matching die to die cut out the lighting bug. I added glaze to the eyes and the tail light and let it dry.

 A.   On a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock,  I masks off the bottom portion using masking magic by Gina K
B.   I stamped out some Christmas trees in a light green ink over the mask
C.   Using the edge of my clear embossing ink pad, I created a staggered line under the trees and at the bottom of the card stock
D.   Sprinkled on white embossing powder and used my heat gun to set it to look like snow.

A.   Using a piece of green card stock, I used my tree die to cut a small pine tree
B.    Using my stamp position or I stamped my image on the die cut pine tree
C.    I stamped out the holiday lights (from the lightning bug stamp set) on to blue foil metal paper with StazOn ink
D.    I cut out the three blue fool lights and glued them on the pine tree. I then punched small holes in the center of each light

Pear Blossom Press makes thes amazing EZ-Lights!  They are pre wired and all you need to do is lay them out and secure them with tape.  Add the battery and  secure the switch.

A.  After stamping the sentiment to the top left of the card front and "Press Me" in StazOn on the lightning bug's tail light, all the pieces ready to assemble. 
B.   I placed the holiday tree on the right side of the card and marked the three hole punch opening on the card front.  I then pushed one of the wired light through each of the holes
C.   I added foam squares to the back of the lights making sure the lit lights faced away from the foam square
D.  I attached each light on back of the tree making sure the light show though each hole in the front of the tree.  I added a few more foam squares to the back of the tree and secured it to the front of the card front

A.  I added foam tape around the outside edge of the back of the card front.   I taped down the excess wire. I placed the switch pack where I wanted the lightning bugs tail to be pressed to turn the lights on the tree.
B.   I double checked my switch location by turning the card front over and pressing the switch.  I marked the switch location on the front with a small foam square
C.    I added additional foam squares to the back of the lightning bug 
D.   I attached the lightning bug to the card front

After removing the foam tape backing frame from the back of the card front, I centered it onto a white card base to finish the card. I used a white gel pen to add the snowy look to the tree to compete the card.

I hope you enjoy this light up card.  It was a lot of fun to make and design and I hope it makes your holidays bright!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Oh So Grateful!

 The Colorado Craft Company offers of some of the most lovely stamps. This one is called Give Thanks and is part of their Lovely Legs series. 

How about this adorable Golden Retriever.  I wonder how he got that Turkey Leg?

I stamped out the image with Nuvo Black Shadow ink and colored it with my Spectrum Noir Triblend alcohol markers.

"Gather here with Grateful Hearts" is one of seven sentiments that are part of this stamp set. I stamped it in Nuvo Acorn Brown ink.

 Thank you for stopping by today's blog. If you get a chance stop by and look at the Colorado Craft Company's collection of stamps. I think you'll find them simply delightful!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Whimsy Cards featuring Rock Star Pets stamp set (Guest Designer for Brutus Monroe)

Have you seen the RockStar Pets stamp set from Brutus Monroe?  I absolutely love the  joyful bulldog and whimsy cat with attitude.  This is my second blog and projects as the October Guest Designer for Brutus Monroe.  I made two cards two share with you featuring each of these Rock Star Pets!

My first card features the jovial bulldog wearing headphones!  He make me laugh every time I look at him.  I paired Rock star Pets with the "Love Your Face" stamp from  the Super Sentiment stamps set and the background is made with the cassette stamp from the  Brutus Monroe's  Stamp of the Month (June19).

I used a 4" x 3" piece of Sweet Sentiment cardstock for the bulldog stamp. I stamped him in Raven Detail Ink  and colored him with my Spectrum Noir TriBlend alcohol markers.

I fussy cut the image and set it aside.  If you look closely at the picture above you will see there is a super fine sparkle to the Sweet Sentiment cardstock.  I love this effect as it really brings a striking effect to your coloring mediums you use.  

Using Raven Detail Ink, I stamped a random pattern of the cassette image from the Brutus Monroe June Stamp of the Month on a piece of  5 1/4" x 4' piece of white cardstock

I stamped the Love Your Face sentiment on to a piece of 5 1/2" x 1  5/8" blue printed card stock with Embossing Ink about 1" for the left.  I next used Alabaster Embossing Powder and my heat gun to set the powder.

Using double sided tape I attached the blue embossed cardstock strip to the front of the white cassette stamped background 1/2 inch above the bottom edge

I used adhesive Foam Tape on the back of the cassette background and centered it on top of a piece to a 5 3/8" x 4 1/4" piece of red cardstock.

Using double sided tape I attached this piece to the white A2 card base and finished the card by adding foam squares to the back of the dog image and paced him just left of the embossed sentiment.

My second card features the whimsy Rock Star Pet cat with glasses and attitude.  I had a cat named Bailey that would sit like this. I called it his sexy pose.  I added the cassette stamp from the Brutus Monroe Stamp of the month and Brutus Monroe's Mix Tap background stamp for this card. 

I stared by using my stamp positioner to stamp the Mix tape background in an FSJ Beach Breeze Ink.  I cut it down to 3 1/2"wide by 5 1/2' tall.

I stamped the Rock Star cat onto Sweet Sentiment cardstock and colored it with my TriBlend Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I used my Pentel Slicci gold pen to add an interesting touch by outlining his cool glasses. I fussy cut this image and set it aside.

A - Using Raven Detail Ink, I stamped the cassette on to post it tape
B - I cut out the inside area of the cassette to use as a mask.  I positioned it onto a piece of white cardstock and stamped the cassette in FSJ Summer Days Ink as shown
C - when you remove the post it mask, you expose a space for your sentiment
D - Using "Enjoy the Music" sentiment for Rock Star Pets stamp set, I stamped it in FSJ Beach Breeze ink  and then fussy cut it out and set it aside

A - I cut a piece of black twine to 22" and knotted each end three times, applied a touch of glue to hold the knot and cut of the excess twine to create the ear buds 
B - I folded the twine and added a knot 2 1/2' down from the earbuds securing the twine
C - I lightly sprayed the twine with water to slightly dampen it.  I started twisting the tread tightly from the knot to about 1 1/4" from the bottom loop  
D - Using water and drying it with the heat gun will help the twist keep its shape 

I added foam squares behind the cat to add dimension.  I glued the ear bud to the cats ears

Using Foam Tape, I attached the MixTape back ground centered on top of a piece of 4" wide  x 5 1/2" tall yellow cardstock.

I attached the front to a white A2 card base and finished the card by adhering the cat to the lower right side of the card and positioning the twine up to the top left of the card.  I added the cassette sentiment using foam tape and creating the look of tape coming out of the cassette.  Once i had the twine where I wanted it i glued it down in a couple of spots to hold it in place

Thank you for visiting my blog!  I hope these Rock Star Pets brought a smile to your day!  

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Booyah! A Halloween Kindred Stampt Release

Hello my crafty friends!  Happy Halloween!

The Spirits are out tonight and this new BOOYAH! Limited edition Box release from Kindred Stamps is too!  Boy is this packed full a 6" x 8" clears stamp set (16 stamps total) It is filled with printed papers, shaker pack, glow in the dark embossing powered, washi tape, stencil and a ghostly treat...  (and three digi stamps too!)

I created three projects to share with you today.  They were super fun to design and I hope you enjoy them and are inspired to share your creations on the Kindred Stamp Fan Club Page on Facebook.


My first project is an A2 card I call "Birthday Spirits".  I stamped out the images in Lawn Fawn Jet Black and colored them with my Spectrum Noir TriBlend alcohol Markers. The white fluffy guy in the back is one of the digi stamp you get with the kit.  I used one of the printed slime papers included in the kit for the background and glued the three top images directly to it.  Next I added foam squares to the back or out front two heroes and overlapped them to give the card a 3D look.  I added a few of the shaker sequins to the front of the card and stamped out the birthday sentiment and foam squared it in place.  This card is going to a special friend with a Birthday in November!   shhhhhh!


My second project is an A2 foldable box card "Call Me".  I stamped out the two images and colored them with my TriBlend markers and fussy cut them out

I used the A-2 Pop-Up Box Card die from The Paper Cut to die cut two box sides from 110# black cardstock.  I also die cut two inserts that fit into the box to hold the images for the same cardstock. 

A - I added double stick tape to the two flaps and connected one side of the box together. 
B - I folded the tab on the inserts ad added double sided tape to each of the tab ends.  I place the inserts on one side of the inside of the box. spacing them out. 
C - I folded the box and the tabs to attach them to the opposite side of the box.  This is where our heroine and slime will be placed later. I sealed the other end of the box making sure it folded flat

I used the slime stencil to trace the outline on the back of pne of the slime printed papers,  then I fussy cut it out

I attached slime to the top of the back of the box. I embossed the CALL ME sentiment  on a scrap of black paper using embossing ink and the Glow in the Dark Embossing Powder.  I glued our spirit chaser in place on the back insert strip and glues the slime in front of her on the closest insert strip.  Iused additional printed paper attaching it to the side box flaps.

For the bottom of the box I folded down the front box flap and added a piece of the brick wall printed paper.  I glued on our handsome assistant ( the second digi stamp) to the paper and created a desk fro him to stand behind.  I hope he calls back! 


My last project is and A2 interactive card using the Up & Down die form My Favorite Things.  These two gals have our green ghost surrounded and move up and down making sure he has no escape route.  You can find the purple plasma printed paper background and the caution washi tape included in the box

Thank you for joining my blog today.  I hope you had a Spooktackular time!   
Please a comment.  Tell me your favorite Halloween Movie!

The Limited Edition Booyah Box is a Kindred Stamp October release and will be available Thursday, October 31st at 11am PST/3am EST. Once it is gone...It is gone! Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

True Love Halloween Light-up Wobble Card

I am super excited to have the opportunity to guest design for Brutus Monroe this month!  Halloween is just around the corner, I found that to be a perfect inspiration for my project.

I love this whimsy stamp set. True love Halloween is a joyful ride on a young witches’ broom across the night sky.  I created an interactive card that features our sweethearts as a wobbler and the trail of stars they leave behind lights up!  You will find the tutorial below for this fun A2 size card so you can recreate it as your own.  Enjoy! ~  Jenn 

I stamping this fun True Love Halloween image with Detail Ink Raven and then colored the image with my Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers

I distressed a piece of 5 ¼” x 4” piece of cardstock with Pine Needles, Black Soot, and Chipped Sapphire Distress Oxide Inks and blender bushes to create the card front

I die cut the cluster of stars (Tim Holtz 663095) on the card front as shown

I thought this beautiful piece of lava paper would reflect the lights I will add to this card.
I added double stick tape to the back of the lava paper

The lava paper is slightly smaller than the card front.  I turned the card front over and traced the lava paper outline on the backside.  This will help with placement of the EZ-Lights and the foam tape

Brutus Monroe carries the EZ Lights by Pear Blossom Press.  They are pre-wired all in one lights and make it super easy to create your own light up cards.  The battery pack includes a simple switch.  The only thing you have to do is figure out where you want your lights to go and tape them in place.  I used one of the EZ-Light and one included battery for this card

I figured out where I wanted to place the switch and then where to put the lights.  If you find the wires to be longer than you need you can always loop or loosely knot the extra wires.

I placed the switch face down and in place with foam tape.  I find the Brutus Monroe Foam Tape Roll (1/4” wide 1/8” thick) to be the perfect thickness to use with the EZ-Lights.  I set the lights in place as shown using pieces of the foam tape to secure the lights

I added the battery and tested the lights and adjusted the light placement

I added more foam tape to frame the back of the card front

I peeled off the foam tape backing and added the lava paper (holographic side down and double stick tape facing up) to adhere the card front to the base

After fussy cutting out the True Love Halloween image, I added a wobbler to the back and attached it to the front right side of the star swish.  It looks was they are leaving a trail of stars as they race across the sky

I set switch button for the lights on the left lower side when I attached it to the card.  I stamped “Push Here” in black ink to provide a subtle prompt for the light switch.

I used Spooky stamp die set from Taylored Expressions to give the sky a bit of an eerie feeling.  I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock with Detail Ink Raven and created a larger eerie cloud framing the words “Witching you a Happy Halloween.”  

I hope you enjoy this fun tutorial. Check out Brutus Monroe website for the True Love Halloween stamp set, Detail Ink Raven, EZ-Lights, and the roll of  1/8" thick Foam Tape!

Happy Creating!
Jenn Gross

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Pear Blossom Press and Karen Burniston Blog Hop

Hello my crafty friends! Welcome to the Pear Blossom Press and Karen Burniston Blog Hop!

This is such a fun collaboration, bringing together Karen Burniston interactive dies with the EZ-Lights by Pear Blossom Press.  I created this fun light up holiday card and will share the steps to create this interactive card with the dies and show you how simple the  EZ-lights are to use. Please leave a comment to be entered it the product giveaway!

The Karen Burniston dies I chose to use for this holiday card include; 1015-House & Fence Pop-Up, 1018-Winter Charms, and 1022-Word Set 3 - Holiday

The card base I use is made with a 5" x 10 1/2" piece of 110lb printed card stock and scored in the middle at 5 1/4".   I cut a piece of Fallen Snow glitterstock to  4 7/8" x 5 1/4".  Using the small snowflake charm form the Winter Charm die set, I cut out three snowflakes

A - I glued blue snowflake sequins to cover the charm area of each die cut snowflakes and added more on the glitter paper.  
B & C - I cut three pieces of silver lava paper to glue behind each die cut snowflakes. 
D -  I use double sided adhesive tape to adhere it to the inside top of the card base 

I had some holiday scrap paper and use it to create a whimsy house using the House and Fence Pop-Up die.  I glued small pieces of vellum to cover the back of the windows.  This helps to diffuse the lights as they shines through the windows 

I also die cut four the large tree charm from printed card stock and the two of the fences from dark brown cardstock.  I glued two of the trees together to create a sturdy tree. Using a white jelly pen, I added snow accents to the trees, fence and the house.  On the roof of the house,  I used some of the fallen snow glitter paper to look

I die cut the floating floor piece (House & Fence Pop-Up dies) out of the Fallen Snow glitterstock.  I added double stick tape to the edges as shown and on the L supports.

 I removed the double side adhesive form the staggered side of the floating floor and attach to the back of the card as shown.  (Karen Burniston has helpul YouTube instructional video to assemble her cards and dies)

Pear Blossom Press has created EZ-Lights. They are pre-wired all in one lights and make it super easy to create your own light up cards.  The battery pack includes a simple switch.  The only thing you have to do is figure out where you want your lights to go and tape them in place.  I used one of the EZ-Light and one included battery for this card. (Note: You can also find EZ-Lights at Brutus Monroe or The Rabbit Hole Designs websites)

A - I adjusted the length of the wires by loosely knotting the wires together twice
B - I have placed two of the lights and wires through the middle opening on each side. I place the third light wire in the slot on the left side of the floating floor.
C - I fold the card so I can see where the front of the floating floor will attach.  I find my switch placement and mark it on the card base after I lift up the floating floor
D - I secure the switch base in place using double sided adhesive on the back. Push the switch to test the lights
E - I have secured the loose wires with duct tape
I added 1/8" thick foam under the windows of the house and cut scrap paper to cover the foam after I adjusted the lights  I positioned the lights to face the window and stuck them to the foam tape and covered the exposed tape to seal the lights in place.  I added double sided tape to the attached the back of the house to the  pop-up area to adhere the house in place and I tested the lights

I finished by attaching the bottom front of the floating floor to the card.

I added a thin piece of double sided tape to the back of one of the trees. This will help me position the light before securing the tree to the L support

I attached the L supports through the two slots on the floating floor.  I glued the extra tree to the L support on the right.  On the left support, I attached the last light to the top of the tree.  Using glue, I encased the light with two dimensional sequin stars.  I attached an extra piece of scrap paper over the exposed tape on the back of the tree and glued it to the L support.


I cut away one of the sections of the fence to create an opening where I glued down the stone path on the floating floor after gluing the fence in place on the front edge

I cut a 2"x5" piece of printed paper and the Season's Greeting Sentiment form the Word Set 3 Holiday dies out of white card stock  

I used double sided tape to attach the 2"x5' piece of printed card stock to the bottom front of the card.  I used the glitterstock snowflakes, die cut from earlier, on each side of the sentiment Gluing thit all into place

A - I cut three large charm trees form printed cardstock and two from green glitter stock.  I cut off the charm circles from the top.
B - I cut a large oval circle from a dark brown cardstock and glued a 3 3/8" X 3/4" glitterstock on the bottom and trimmed off the excess.  I glued the trees in an over lapping row.
C - I added foam squares to the back of the oval
D - I taped the trees into place on the front of the oval

To finish the card, I attache the tree cluster to the front of the card

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and are inspired to create a light up card of your own.

Happy Crafting! ~ Jenn

 ....and now for more fun stuff - GIVEAWAY TIME and  on to your next stop on the Hop!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes:
  • Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights, or 
  • Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights! 
Now don’t worry if you aren’t drawn as one of the winners; we’ve got a special gift for everyone!
Just enter the code POPANDLIGHT for 15% off your purchase at karenburniston.com or pearblossompress.com. One code works for both shops! (Coupon code valid until November 2, 2019.)

Jenn Paar Gross You are here!

Prizes & Official Contest Rules

Two prizes will be awarded to two separate winners, chosen at random, from comments left on participating blogs and videos. No purchase necessary. Comments must be posted by 11:59 pm PDT on October 26, 2019. Only one comment per blog or video will be counted, but you can comment on multiple blogs and videos in the hop for additional entries. (This is to prevent spam.) Contest open internationally to participants over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited by law. Any personal information collected will only be used for the purposes of contacting winners, your information will never be shared or sold. Comments left on YouTube videos must not violate community guidelines. This contest is not sponsored by YouTube. Winners will be announced on November 28, 2019 here and prizes must be claimed within thirty days of announcement, or new winners will be drawn.