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.



Thinking of you card

Hello crafty friends,

In today's post I am sharing this card with a mixed media style that isn't complex or time consuming. Plus it only required a minimum of supplies.  I only used one color, yet it looks as though several shades were used.  This effect was achieved by using simple emboss resist combined with powder watercolor.  The fun part is that even though I had a plan in mind at the start, I ended up changing my mind as I worked on it and I think it turned out better than my original idea, which was going to be a one layer card.


Summer Challenge | Ice Cream Circle card

Hello crafty friends,

Are you ready to make some summer themed cards?  I definitely am.  Ice cream just "screams" summer so of course I had to pull out my favorite So Suzy ice cream stamp for this occasion :)

For the next month we invite you to create a summer themed card (Crackerbox & So Suzy stamps are encouraged but not necessary to play) and link it up to the challenge here:

Stairway.... or highway?

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a great week!  Sometimes a sentiment brings certain images to mind and this is one of those.  If you know American rock songs from the 70's, you will immediately recognize that this is a play on two different songs.  If not, you may be too young to know them or just don't listen to rock.  I kept thinking about "how" could I do something other than an "ordinary" background since I didn't have another image stamp that I wanted to pair with this.  Then, I had an "aha" moment.


BBQ themed card - DIY denim look technique

Hello crafty friends,

Now that it's June the countdown is on until Father's Day.  I purchased two specific Waffle Flower stamp sets just to create some cards for this occasion.  This is the first time I've used any stamps from this brand and think I am very likely to purchase more.  Not every man is necessarily into doing BBQ but many I've known that do like to be known as the master of BBQ he he.  Something about BBQ seems to be a natural domain for guys amiright?


Simple Birds on vellum for So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you all had a relaxing weekend!  It's been a busy May for me.  It's my birthday month, my mother's birthday month and my best friends birthday month, not to mention Mother's Day!  I have wanted to use this stamp for awhile and hope that you like what I did with it as much as I do.  I did not have a lot of time to spend, so I wanted to be smart about the time I did have.


2018 Spring | Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

Today we are celebrating all things coffee and tea with the current Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop.  So Suzy is a super sponsor for this highly anticipated event!  Be sure to check the So Suzy blog post to see what the entire design team put together for inspiration.




Rusty Truck Steampunk Style + So Suzy Card Challenge

Hello crafty friends,

For the first ever challenge at So Suzy - Crackerbox Palace stamps the entire design team created masculine themed cards to inspire you to play along with us.  The details on the challenge, prizes, etc. can be found on the So Suzy blog.  I chose this pick up truck stamp as my focal point and thought how fun it would be to pair it with some die cut gears and make the overall look steampunk style.

Interactive Ballerina card | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #47

Hello crafty friends,

Today is the first time I've tried out this type of interactive card using Uchi's Design by Motion Crafts products.  This ballerina set is just adorable - love the look of the spinning ballerina effect when the slider tab is moved back and forth.  I had a different project in mind for this week's challenge and as luck had it I received an order in time to make this one instead.


Pop Tart Instructions Card + My first stamp design!!

Hello crafty friends,

I am  on the So Suzy blog today to share this snarky (funny) handmade card.  This is as simple as it gets with stamping a couple of images and coloring with Copic markers.  I have a bonus card to share as well featuring this months' free stamp with any order at So Suzy Stamps.  I imagine this lady as possibly a grumpy teacher fed up with silly students or a grandmother exasperated at someone.  This is all in good fun in any event.


Double Interactive Space Theme Card + Video

Hello crafty friends!

I am super excited to share this card.  It features a fun galaxy style alcohol ink background, a slider countdown channel and two wobbler elements.  What could be more fun than that?  What a super fun card for a young child who loves this type of thing.  The My Favorite Things stamp set I used today has some flexibility to make something other than a birthday card should you choose with a different sentiment.


So Suzy Friends & Family Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for a special event with past and current design team members (and former owner) of So Suzy Stamps.  We have created a TON of inspiration for you and hope to inspire your creativity.   There are 4 prizes being offered (see details at end of post) to those who visit and leave a comment on each stop!

Bluebonnet Card - Tic Tac Toe Challenge #45

Hello crafty friends,

April is fast coming to a close and I could not pass up this opportunity (as a native Texan) to share the Texas state flower as the star of this card.  Admiring the bluebonnets in spring is one of my favorite things.  I have so many personal photos of family among these beautiful flowers.  I went on a weekend trip to spend with very special friends I've known since first grade and made it a point to stop by this lovely shop, Stamp Salado.  It's always an adventure to see a new shop and find new crafty toys!


Friendship Blog Hop + Giveaway!

Hello crafty friends,

Today marks a very special celebration.  Last April 21st, the members of the freshman class of So Suzy Session – How to be on a Design Team came together to have a blog hop. Our topic was “Mother’s Day”.  This year on the anniversary, we are celebrating the friendships and support we have built through the year. 
 for a chance to win a $35 certificate to the vendor of your choice please visit every stop on the hop and comment by April 30th.





I have been making lots of square cards lately - it was time for a little change from the usual card shape and size I make :) plus it's fun to mix in a variety of shapes and sizes.


If you wish to check out the sale at So Suzy Stamps you can click here.

Concord & 9th has several "flavors" of turnabout stamps, which are among my favorite stamp products.  They are made to be used with a stamp positioning tool - my tool of choice is the MISTI.  You create the stamped image by turning your paper one quarter turn in which you can stamp up to 4 times in different colors.  The key to making it work is to use a temporary adhesive to hold your cardstock to a 6" x 6" template and turn the entire template one quarter turn before stamping again.

Since it's not the easiest thing to describe in words, here's a video link (not mine) from C&9 showing the basics since I did not have enough time to make a video on this specific card.  I have the products used in this card listed at the very end of this post (Note:  affiliate links are used for some of the products - If you choose to purchase using one or more of them I may make a small commission, which has no impact on your price - if you have questions about these links, please see my disclosures page for more details)

Top layer:

  • Start with a 4.25" x 4.25" piece of white 80 lb cardstock 
  • I stamped a different color (progressively lightest to darkest color from the ink set) on 3 turns and used the optional die instead of stamping the 4th time. 
  • I used an ink blending tool to apply the darkest color from this Altenew Tea Party ink set onto a separate piece of white cardstock to go underneath the stamped panel.  
  • I popped up the white stamped panel to give some more dimension for the "peekaboo" effect.

Middle layer

  • Cut down a pice of copper metallic cardstock in my stash to 4.5" x 4.5", 

Card Base

  • 4.5" x 4.5" square top fold card base made from 110 lb white cardstock.

Sentiment (die cut & stamped)

  • die cut the word "friends" from a Winnie & Walter die set out of the copper cardstock and black cardstock, adhered the copper die over the black one, slightly offsetting to create a shadow.
  • cut off the "s" to go better with the rest of sentiment.  
  • stamped "missing you" sentiment from this Winnie & Walter stamp set with Versamark ink onto a small piece of black cardstock.  
  • added white detail embossing powder on top of the wet ink and heat set.
  • trimmed down the black cardstock and cut a v shaped tail on one end.

Before adhering the  die cut and sentiment I coiled up a bit of copper colored thread.  I put a small piece of double sided tape onto the stamped panel, then glued down both the die cut word

BLOG HOP LIST:
Mary Kay Werry (start here for the full lineup)
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Felicita
Marcia
Victoria


PRIZE INFORMATION:  Visit and comment on each blog by April 30, 2018 for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate to the vendor of your choice.  Winner will be announced approximately May 1st on Mary Kay's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!




Remake of Olesya's "Sweet Things" card

Hello crafty friends,

Today I am CASE'ing a card made by my So Suzy DT member Olesya Kharkova - I admired this sweet square card and hope I do it justice with my version.


Just Cards Video Hop | April + Flower Theme

Hello crafty friends,

Today I'm doing a video hop with the Just Cards group - we are a group of creatives who regularly post YouTube tutorials.  If you haven't seen it the best way to experience it is directly on YouTube.  The theme of the month is flowers and this is the card I created just for this hop.



Watercolor Art Impressions Way | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #43

Hello crafty friends,

It's time for another Tic Tac Toe challenge - this is the card I created using Art Impressions watercolor series stamps.  I made this in a class I recently took from Bonnie Krebs, the artist who makes all the wonderful images - she's been in business 23 years as of this writing.  Bonnie and her daughter do lots of YouTube videos on the same method used on this card.


CASE design challenge | So Suzy Stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I have some brand new So Suzy Stamps inspiration for you today!  If you love fairies I think I have just the card for you.  This time around I wanted to create a magical, dreamy and colorful cloud background for the fairy to float upon.  Always happy to share ideas for creating handmade cards.  I hope my tutorial is helpful to recreate this look.  And believe it or not one of my special tips on this post is how HAIRSPRAY was part of the process.


SSS Card kit play | Foil Technique with stamps

Hello crafty friends,

I recently received the April card kit from Simon Says Stamp and I spent quite a bit of time playing with the items in the kit.  This is a photo heavy post PLUS there's a video to show you a technique I used to create a couple of shaker cards with a few extra items that are not part of the kit.  Have you seen the new Thermoweb Clear toner designer sheets?



Simple Thank You Card

Hello crafty friends,

Here is a very easy card you can create in just minutes!  I used Gelatos and one Nuvo Mousse color to create my stripes and color on the sentiment die cut.  The sentiment is stamped and die cut from the Many Mandalas Concord & 9th set.  Before adhering the die cut I wrapped the base panel (Ranger watercolor cardstock) with some embroidery thread.  The final touch is some Nuvo Jewel drops in one of the new colors



Tropical Birthday Card | Tic Tac Toe Challenge #41

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you are having a great week so far!

One technique used on this week's inspiration card for this week's challenge is new to me.  I attended a Scrapbook Expo recently and learned about some techniques I had not tried before.  I created my own glittery paper to do "almost" a die cut inlay for the tropical leaves (well more like palm branches but I thought they still would fit the theme of the challenge).

Lava lamp interactive light up card | New medium discovery

Hello crafty friends,

I've been experimenting behind the scenes for a couple of months on creating this card.  I did not have any template, stamps, etc. to start from so this is a true "from the drawing board" type of project.  Even if you are not into interactive cards, I think there's still some takeaways for you as well.