Saturday, September 21, 2019

Photo Collage Pop Up die - using Karen Burinston dies

Teen Detectives Limited Edition Box mashed up with Photo Collage Pop Up dies from Karen Burinston 

Sharing a fun interactive pop up card I created this weekend.   

Friday, September 20, 2019

Caffeinated Spider - Hanging by a Thread

Hello my crafty friends thanks for joining my blog today.

 Isn't this a fun little spider! He looks a little grumpy because I don't think he had enough coffee this morning. This is one of The Rabbit Hole Designs Caffeinated series. The series features fun and whimsy coffee addicted animal themed stamps.

 I started by taking 4 pieces of string and knotted them to create a small web. I made sure to leave one of the string long enough  for the spider to hang from. I attached the web to the corner of the front of my card using double sided tape on the back of the cardstock. This allowed for me to adjust the web.

 I used a small piece of folded  cardstock (on an adhesive foam square) to create the glider guide.  This will loosely fold behind the edge of the card front allowing the bottom to be use as the track for the spider to slide freely back and forth.  I added a small round embellishment to create enough of a spacer to allow for the spider to glide easily and creat a lift so edges would not get caught as he glides.

You will also see the spider string is attached between the glider and the spider it the photo above.

 The card front has been raised up with double sided foam tape.  I place the foam tape a 1/2" in from the bottom  of the card front to allow enough room for the spider glider guide to work its magic.

 I hope you enjoyed this brief tutorial on my spider glider card. I had a lot of fun figuring this card out and look forward to trying this mechanism with other cards.

 Please feel free to leave a comment or ask questions!

 Be creative and stay inspired!

Sunday, September 15, 2019

NEW LIMITED EDITION BOX RELEASE - Teen Detective by Kindred Stamps

Hello my crafty friends!  Thank you for stopping by my blog today.  I am so excited to share with you two creations from the Limited Edition Box - Teen Detectives from Kindred Stamps! 

My first creation is this fun Pesky Kids Magnifying Glass box card that fits an A7 envelope.

For my second project I created a Groovy Lava Lamp Light Up birthday card featuring a this crime solving pup.


For the Lava Lamp Birthday Card, I started by coloring the pup with my  Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers and then fussy cut him out for later.

Next I used Pixie Spray to the back ot the Kindred Stamp Optical Illusion Stencil and used a few of my Fun Stamper Journey neon to create this fun design.

Next I uses some good old lined school paper to draw my lava lamp shaker.  It is 3 3/4" tall with the silver base and cap added.

I used my template to cut out my lava lamp from a piece of teal cardstock and  the top and base from mirror silver cardstock.  You can see I have cut out the lamp opening and added a a piece of acetate to create the window and glued it to the opening. 

I used the cardstock I stenciled with the Optical Illusion design and cut out a back for the lava lamp shaker.  I also cut a small hole that will be out of sight just below the silver base of the lava lamp.   

I took a piece of 3 3/4' x 5" white cardstock and use the Optical Illusion stencil with Catalina Splash ink  and faded out small area of the design in the lower right corner.  I positioned the  lamp template on my card front and traced where the opening would be and punched out a hole in that location. This allows me to lay out my light and Power Pack on my card base

I centered this card front over the card base and traced the opening for the light.  I placed my Power Pack down and mapped out the copper tape to create a link from positive to positive and negative to negative wings of both the light and the Power Pack

I tested out the connection to make sure all components lined up and the light lit up. I added double sided tape to the back of the Power Pack making sure not to cover the metal wings.  I added a small bit of the copper tape over  the top of the light and Power Pack wings to make sure the connection was solid (pres firmly, but do not burnish these area as it may cause a interruption in the connection) 

I added foam to the Lava lamp, making sure not to cover up the light hole, I added a few pieces of the Psychedelic Shaker Sequin Pack to the lava lamp and sealed it up.  I then lined up the opening on the card front to the lava lamp and glued it down.

I added Brutus Monroe thick foam tape to the card  base and card front as shown.  This will provide plenty of room to allow for the Power Pack switch and the light in between the base and card front.

I then added the curious pup to the front of the card with foam squares, the sentiment and neon paper circles to the front and positioned the pink Press Here circle over the power pack switch.  

And this finishes our Laval Light up Card featuring the Teen Detectives 

My second project is Those Pesky Kids  A7 Birthday Box.  I used circle dies and acetate to create the magnifying glass in front and added some sequins from the Psychedelic Shaker Sequins to to finish off the 3D card 

Below you will find the measurements needed to create the A7 Card box above


I hope you enjoyed this card and are inspired to create with the latest Kindred Stamps Limited Edition Box Teen Detectives.   I sure had a lot of fun creating them.
This box will be available to order Sunday, September 15 at 12 PM PST

We would love to have you join us on the Kindred Stamps Fan Page.  You can share your Kindred Stamps projects, get  some inspiration and invites to the monthly  Sneak Peek on the new releases, and participate in challenges and giveaways!  

Thank you for stopping by the blog today.  Please leave a message, I love hearing from you - your thoughts and ideas. Stay Curious!

Happy creating and be inspired,


Friday, September 6, 2019

Inky Stamper Blog Hop - Spread Some Color

Hello my crafty friends! Welcome to the Inky Stamper Blog Hop!

Today I get to share two fun cards I created with the Inky Stamper Peacock stamp set. This is a fun stamp set with adorable saying like: Sorry to ruffle your feathers!, It's Showtime...,  Strut Your Stuff, It's Your Birthday, and You make me Proud (in addition the the two  sentiments I used in my cards).   There are thee additional stamp props included in the set!

The first A2 card is Shake Your Tail Feathers.  This card is a wobbler card, so the peacock wiggles back and forth.

I started off by stamping the peacock image a few times with embossing ink and embossed one peacock in black embossing powder and the second in Night Blue Embossing Powder by Brutus Monroe. This embossing powder changes as the light hits it.  It is super cool.  I colored the peacocks with Brutus Monroe metallic Aqua Pigments.  I love the shimmer and rich colors you can get from this medium. They are so easy to use as water colors.

After die cutting the peacocks, I chose the Night Blue Embossed one for this card.  I added a small wobbler to the back of the Peacock and positioned it over a a matted panel I made with ColorBurst pigments. (there will be photos further down in the blog)

My second A2 card is Spread Some Color. You will see I added the paint brush stamp and created and extra wing for our peacock to hold it! 

I used Brutus Monroe Raven Detail Ink to stamp the full peacock once and just the wing and feet for the image of his second wing.  I also stamped out the paint bush.  I used my Spectrum Noir TriBlend Markers to color the peacock and paint brush.  

I die cut the peacock and fussy cut the second wing and paint brush.  I played around with the pieces until I had the wing and paintbrush positioned they way I wanted behind the peacocks body as shown below then glued them into place.

For the colorful artwork used in both cards, I used ColorBurst powdered pigments and a small spray bottle of water.  I made several different backgrounds using 130# cardstock.  I find this weight has less curling when the colors are drying.  I chose two of the backgrounds. to use as panels on the cards. I cut them to a size I liked for each card.  I stamped "Shake Your Tail Feathers" in black ink on top of the larger Color Burst panel.  I mounted both of them on black card stock.  

I added dimension with foam tape to both Color Burst panels and attached them each to a 4" x 5 1/4" card white front.  I stamped Spread Color Wherever You Go on the front of the white card front.

To complete the card, I attached the Peacock with the paint brush using foam tape.  I used a tape runner to adhere the card front to the white Card Base 

I hope you enjoyed my Inky Stamper Peacock cards and tutorial

Thank you for stopping by the Inky Stamper Blog Hop and don't forget the giveaway!

winners were chosen by the tiny Decision Maker app.
Numbers 19 and 2 were chosen.  
Commenter #2 is Justin Averill
Commenter #19 is Cathy
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Each blog hop designer will be drawing two lucky commenters to win 
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Giveaway ends on Sunday, August 8th at 11:59 PM EST
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On to the next stop on the blog hop

                     Chelsea Comer
                     Kim Hutchinson
                     Jenn Gross - you are HERE!
              Erica Thompson is your next Stop on the hop
                     Stephanie Rogers
                     Carrie Rhoades
                     Jen Carter