2018 wrap up - Favorite cards, techniques, supplies

Hello crafty friends!

I have been quiet most of the month as far as my blog but I promise I have lots in store for you in 2019!  First of all I want to thank you sincerely for reading my posts and hope that you have been getting valuable tips along the way.  Today I'm doing a recap my favorite projects, techniques and supplies of all kinds for 2018.  I'll start with my top five techniques from my most popular video tutorials this year.

Winter Coffee Loving Papercrafters Blog Hop

Hello crafty (and coffee loving) friends,

Welcome to the Winter Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop!  I'm part of the design team with Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps, a super sponsor of this hop.  There you will find inspiration from the entire design team.  You have the opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate to the C&S store by visiting and commenting on the Crackerbox & Suzy blog.  To start at the beginning of the 2018 Fall Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop please click HERE.

Coffee Cup Shaker Card | Dare 2B Artzy

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing a really fun coffee shaker card.  It is Monday after all and I imagine many of us (me included) really need that caffeine to get going for the day.  I am sharing more details over on the Dare 2B Artzy blog (including a video tutorial) so please be sure to check that out!

Holly branch Christmas Card | Crackerbox & Suzy stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Christmas will be here before we know it and today's card features some new stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy stamps.  Products used are linked below at the end of post - please note affiliate links are used.

Dare 2B Artzy + The Paper Cut Blog Hop

Welcome to the team-up Blog Hop of Dare 2B Artzy and the Paper Cut!!
We are super excited to team up together and share some lovely inspiration!

Fun stamps and awesome pre-cut card bases, make for some awesome cards!!
You should have arrived here from Vicki's blog!  If you haven't and would like to hop along with us, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy Blog to start at the beginning!
Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way!  We will randomly choose 2 winners from one of the blogs, so the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!!
One winner will receive a stamp set picked by D2BA!!  And the other winner will win a card pack from the Paper Cut!!
Blog Hop will end Sunday, November 25th at 7:00pm Central. 
We will then post a winner!!
Here's the card I created using patterned paper (PP1030 Joyful Bloom) and a hello die from Dare 2 B Artzy combined with a Twist n Pop kit in Orange fizz from The Paper Cut.

I used this patterned paper (both sides).  The orange in the plaid pattern was a perfect match to the orange fizz twist n pop kit.  The reverse side has lots of large flowers, which i cut around for the focal point on the front of the card, then I fussy cut the flower heads on 4 other patterns from the reverse side to put on the pop up on the inside as shown below, fussy cut around an entire flower for the top inside and as a final touch, die cut the word hello out of the plaid pattern.

Thanks for stopping by! 
Your next stop in the hop is Michelle's blog! 
We hope you are inspired all along the way! 
Starting today D2BA is offering 20% off all products!  Use Code: ARTZY

Sale ends Monday night!
The Paper Cut is offering 25% off sitewide! Or 30% off on order over $130!!  Use code THANKS18

Check out all D2BA's products here and the Paper Cut products here! 
Happy Hopping!

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Black Friday and beyond crafty sales

Hello crafty friends,

That time of year is upon us.  So many great crafty sales are starting and I am sharing a few of them here.  Please note affiliate links are used.  You can shop these sales by clicking on the photos

Sizzix items are on a 2 day sale at Scrapbook.com starting today 11/21/2018 

Dare 2B Artzy has a Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale starting 11/23 through 11/26/18

Crackerbox & Suzy stamps with FREE worldwide shipping, 11/23 through 11/27/18

Here's a great gift guide for you to check out from Scrapbook.com (click picture).  There will be multiple sales offered starting today through a good portion of December.

Shop the Holiday Gift Guide!

Other places to shop for holiday deals


Thanks for stopping by!  Happy shopping.

Sparkly Mittens card - Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I am really excited to share this sparkly card featuring one of the newest stamps at Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps - the mittens are so adorable and I decided to make a patterned background and added some extra special details for some sparkle and shine!

Easy birthday cards using Dare 2B Artzy dies

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm up on the Dare 2B Artzy blog and YouTube channel with two easy birthday cards.  If you're like me you always have a need for birthday cards and it seems to be the type I'm always running out of.  When you don't have a lot of time to create, dies are wonderful for creating quick cards.

Fabulous Fall Release - Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for a new release at Crackerbox & Suzy stamps.  There is a wide variety of Harry Potter themed stamps, Christmas and a few snarky stamps in this one.  I created a fairly simple card to show the 4 houses crest stamp.  You have the chance to win a $25 gift certificate from C&S if you leave a comment at each stop on the hop.

Fall pumpkins card - Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Pumpkins are to me one of the biggest signs of fall.  So many pumpkin flavored items, such as pumpkin spiced latte and pumpkin pie are just a couple of things that signify the season and coming holidays.

Dare 2B Artzy Thanks Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

This month's challenge is with the theme "thankful".   I've created this card with the beautiful fall colors in the leaves as a patterned background.

Haunted Castle with Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Today I have a fun Halloween themed card to share with you.  I used a simple watercoloring technique to get this loose, ethereal feeling castle in the background and created a short video to share how I did it.  It makes coloring a little less stressful when you are not going for a precise look and can just enjoy the process.  I learned this technique from Bonnie Krebs with Art Impressions and knew it would be perfect to try out on this castle stamp.

Elegant stenciling - Collaboration with Imagine Crafts

Hello crafty friends,

Welcome to  day 2 of the blog hop from the teams of Crackerbox & Suzy and Imagine Crafts.  You should have arrived here from Kyriakos Pachadiroglov's blog.  I have two very colorful cards to share featuring stamps from C&S and several Imagine Crafts products.  Both Crackerbox & Suzy and Imagine are offering a $25 Gift Certificate each for ONE lucky winner.  To be entered you need to leave a comment on each blog (including the corporate blogs for Imagine and Crackerbox & Suzy on either the 18 or 19th.   Double your chances of winning by visiting and commenting all the stops on both days.  If you'd like to see day one of the hop please click here.

Autumn Bliss leafy framed card

Hello crafty friends,

Fall is finally arriving in Texas and I am feeing inspired to create cards in warm autumn colors like today's card.  This leafy framed card was created with just two stamps and a technique that is easy to replicate.   Psssst!  The sentiment is 50% off this month at the store - link to the stamp is at the bottom of this post.

Alice in Wonderland Card class is now live!

Hello crafty friends,

Just popping in to announce that the class is now live on Patreon and for this first one, it will be available to anyone to view.  It is done in 4 parts and will take a total of about 2 hours to watch.  I would love to hear your feedback if you do go watch whether here or on the Patreon platform.

Celebrating Snarktoberfest 2018!!

Hello crafty friends,

Today is an especially fun day because the design team at Crackerbox & Suzy is participating in Josefine Fourage's special event in October, which is dubbed "Snarktoberfest".  The whole purpose behind it is to have fun and make snarky stuff.  Crackerbox & Suzy has SOOOO many snarky stamps that you could spend hours looking at them all.  I thought this kitty stamp was just a perfect match for the sentiment (the snark is on the inside....wait for it).  Keep looking if you want to see what the punchline is.

Trick or Treat - chalkboard style

Hello crafty friends,

Halloween is just around the corner.  I love making cards for this occasion and lucky for me that Crackerbox & Suzy stamps released some really fun new Halloween stamps, including a witch's hat, a broom, potion bottles and the pumpkin just to name a few.  The ghost and sentiment I used are from a prior release.  This ghost is one of my favorites with that really funny expression - makes me think of Ghostbusters lol.

National Coffee Day + Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

It's that time of the year again when the cardmakers who love their caffeine in the form of coffee (and tea) celebrate the widely popular Coffee Loving Cardmakers Fall Blog Hop!  I created this card to celebrate the occasion and since Crackerbox & Suzy stamps is one of the many super sponsors involved I encourage you to leave a comment on this post to be in the running for the $25 gift card.

Announcement - first class offering on Patreon

Hello crafty friends,

Recently I set up an account on Patreon with the main purpose of providing more in depth tutorials/classes on cardmaking.  If you enjoy looking at my YouTube videos now, I think you will really like my first release showing how I created this collection of 7 bright and colorful Alice in Wonderland cards.  To find out more details on this class, please visit the class page here.

Live it in color

Hello crafty friends,

Today's card features both Crackerbox & Suzy stamps as well as Catherine Pooler inks, which are available for sale at the Crackerbox & Suzy store.  I used 4 shades in the coral/orange range to create this card with a combination of ink blending with white embossing and two layers of colored overlapping stamping.  Products used are linked at the end of this post.  UPDATE:  You can get 10% off the inks until midnight Central time Sunday, Sept 23, 2018!! 

Quick and easy cards with Scrapbooking.com kit

Hello crafty friends,

I recently received a scrapbook kit compliments of the Scrapbooking Store and decided it would be fun to create some quick and easy note cards with the papers, stickers and gold Thickers letters in this kit.  The papers are from Echo Park and all were double sided patterns in coordinating colors.  If you like what you see I even have a coupon code for you to get 10% off a purchase at the store (see towards end of the post).  Everything shown here is from the September 2018 kit.

2018 Card Design Superstar contest - My Favorite Things

Hello crafty friends,

Every year My Favorite Things has a contest seeking out superstar designs in different categories.  The 2018 contest has 3 - Coloring Virtuoso, Clean and Simple Genius and last but not least, Innovation Master.  I am entering this card into the Innovation Master (i.e. interactive card) class.  Interactive cards have always had a special place in my crafting heart so of course I had to participate :)

Interactive Mailbox Card for Dare2B Artzy

Hello crafty friends,

I'm on the Dare2BArtzy blog and YouTube channel with this fun interactive mailbox card.  This just takes minutes to make so if you are planning on sending out a few or a lot of gift cards for the holidays, you may want to consider this super quick project which also has the benefit of presenting a gift card in a fun and unique way.

Candy corn card

Hello crafty friends,

I don't know about you but I'm ready for some cooler weather!  Of course in Texas, our Fall season is a fairly short blip on the calendar before we are full on into Winter.  So much for that ha ha - I'll move on to my card.  Many different ideas were on my mind for today's post and I ended up pulling out a previously completed background on an A2 card base.  When I first got my Prismacolor pencils one of the first things I tried was coloring candy corn onto kraft cardstock.  I didn't turn it into a completed project then but when this sentiment (50% off during September at Crackerbox & Suzy stamps) I thought about this card base and had that "aha" moment.

Simple fall leaves card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I have a fall themed card I created for the current challenge at Dare 2B Artzy.  The theme is "favorite color".  The way I looked at this being Fall I'd pick my favorite color for the season.  Shades of yellow and orange are definitely my faves for the time of year and what a perfect compliment to these wonderful leaf stamps.

Halloween Card - Crackerbox & Suzy challenge

Hello crafty friends,

It's halfway time through the current challenge over at the So Suzy Stamps blog!  As you can see from my photo below the theme is Halloween.  This card was very simple to do - please keep reading below to learn more.

Floral layered stamped trio of cards + video tutorial

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm up on the Dare2BArtzy blog showing off this trio of layered stamping beauties!  I also have a video tutorial posted on the D2BA YouTube channel so if you have not subscribed to it yet I hope you will shortly.

Groot says.....I am Groot

Hello crafty friends,

I have been on a bit of a trend lately with creating backgrounds with stencils.  They are so handy to create a variety of looks and since I have this wood grain one in my stash I thought it would pair nicely with the new release Groot stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy stamps.

Dare 2B Artzy Blog Hop

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy's Blog Hop!!
We are excited to have a Blog Hop to share our new stamps, dies and paper!!

Blog Hop Collaboration

Hello crafty friends,

You should have arrived here from Lindsay's blog - if not no worries, the full lineup of designers is shown later in the post.  The Crackerbox & Suzy team has teamed up with My Sweet Petunia to bring you lots of great inspiration featuring products from both companies.   Keep on reading to find out more details on how to participate and potentially win one of two prizes - a $50 shopping spree at www.mysweetpetunia.com and a $50 shopping spree at http://www.sosuzystamps.com/  

Pet Sympathy Card - Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps new release

Hello crafty friends,

On August 11th the new release from Crackerbox & Suzy stamps came out with a nice variety of new stamps.  One of the most requested stamps is for sympathy cards for the loss of a pet.  While not a fun type of card to create, it is good to have some options for when you need such a card.  I created a background for my card using a new stencil to the store with lots of paw prints.  Since the background is pretty colorful and busy, I kept the stamped image simple by doing it in black ink on white cardstock and die cut around it with a circle die.

First post for Dare2BArtzy - Video Tutorial

Hello crafty friends,

Today is my debut over at the Dare2BArtzy blog.  These are the cards I created along with a video tutorial.  I'll be keeping this post really short and sweet - I would love it if you did stop by the D2BA YouTube channel and subscribe too!

Blog hop | Crackerbox & suzy + My Sweet Petunia

Hello crafty friends,

This is a very exciting day for all of us with the Crackerbox & Suzy stamps design team -  I love so many of the stamps in this release and I feel strongly you will find something too!  You should have arrived from Giada Rigamonti's blog - if not just keep reading and you will see the complete line up.

Coffee Bistro scene card - Crackerbox & Suzy stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I just recently purchased some fun stencils from Crackerbox & Suzy stamps and thought it would be really fun to see if I could use them to create a scene card.  I just love how it turned out and it wasn't very time consuming at all to make.  A little stamping, masking, stenciling and a little coloring and I had this put together in about half an hours.  There is a video tutorial on how to recreate this card in this post.

Design Team announcement

Hello crafty friends!

Hope you have had a great week and fun plans for this weekend!  I don't have any cards to share today however I am excited to announce that I am joining the Dare2BArtzy design team.  Beginning this month I will be doing two videos (plus blog post) on their new channel and mine.  If you are new to this brand you might want to check out their website and blog to see what I will be soon be showing off.

Cupcake Slider Surprise - Gift Card Holder

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm sharing something fun and interactive.  It's both a card and gift card holder which is pretty easy to replicate.   When I attended one of the Scrapbook  Expo events earlier this year I was mesmerized by the mechanism in this slider because it slides out on both sides.  I bought some of the blank white kits and have finally had a chance to use and capture it on video.  Combined with some fun stamps from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps it turned out so cute!!!  (pssst...one of these stamps is free with any purchase until July 31, 2018 at the store - might want to grab it while you can).  Food & drink themed stamps are 15% off during this month as well.

Alcohol ink Galaxy background with Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Do you like galaxy backgrounds?  I love how there are so many ways to create one - today I wanted to do something I've done before - this time around I did capture the process of how I did it on camera.  Scroll on down to see the video towards the end of this post.

Split background take two | So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I am using a technique I call split backgrounds using 3 different So Suzy floral outline stamp images and I love how they turned out.  I used the split background technique that I posted about here.  This time I wanted to see how it would work with outline images, whether or not every one was colored or simply left stamped with no additional coloring.  I have a video showing how these were put together.
This post is also part of my YouTube series where I will be giving away a MISTI at the conclusion (this is part 2).  See this post for more details.

Split Background Technique | Citrus Stamps + giveaway

tubHello crafty friends,

I am excited to share a card making technique to make simple backgrounds more versatile without adding a lot of time to the process.  Depending on what level you want to take it to, you could use this as a mass production technique with one stamp (set) and one color, or mix it up like I have - I did stick with one ink color per card.  This is part 1 of a 2 part series.  I'm using stamps from Altenew and WPlus9.  If you came here from YouTube looking for details on the giveaway you will find that information after the video on this post.