Interactive swinging fairy card

Hello crafty friends,

Anyone who has been following me for awhile knows how much I love interactive cards.  I have seen lots of cute cards lately with a swinging element and I thought how perfect that would be with this swinging fairy stamp from Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps.

full disclosure:  I am part of the design team so I receive free stamps in order to share them in my posts.  I only use products I like and would personally use.  There is a list of products used at the end of this post, so if there is something you are interested in looking at I appreciate if if you shop through my links.  In some, but not all cases I may earn a small commission if you do so.

Lotus blooming with reverse Copic coloring

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I am up on the Dare 2B Artzy blog today with this floral card.  I do like to color but sometimes I want to get a card done quickly without having to do a lot of thinking about color combos to use.  This is just the technique to use on a detailed flower image like this lovely Lotus stamp from Dare 2B Artzy.  Instead of coloring the flowers, color the background.  I did not use masking to make the process as simple as possible.

full disclosure:  I am part of the design team so I receive stamps in order to share them in my posts.  I only use products I like and would personally use.  There is a list of products used at the end of this post, so if there is something you are interested in looking at I appreciate if if you shop through my links.  In some, but not all cases I may earn a small commission if you do so.

Elegant Mother's Day card with Crackerbox & Suzy stamps

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If you are looking for a simple idea for a Mother's Day card, but easily adapted to many occasions by choice of sentiment, I have just the thing for you.  The beautiful and very detailed floral stamp makes it just about foolproof to quickly make an elegant card (especially if you have no time or inclination to do coloring)

Dare 2B Artzy floral challenge card

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It's time for another challenge at the Dare 2B Artzy blog.  Floral cards are the theme and I used the beautiful Christmas Rose stamp to make this card.  This is versatile enough to get different looks depending on what colors you choose.  I have not used watercolors in awhile so I figured it was time I did that again.

Spring Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends,
It's that time again!  Coffee lovers rejoice in all the crafty projects featuring our favorite beverages - coffee and tea.  Crackerbox & Suzy is a super sponsor for the hop and I'm so glad you dropped by.

Guest design post #2 for Hedgehog Hollow

Hello crafty friends,

Just popping in to let you know my second guest post with The Hedgehog Hollow is live.  Please be sure to hop on over to their blog to see more details and the video for this card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dare 2B Artzy + Gelli Arts Collaboration + GIVEAWAY!!!

Hello crafty friends,

Starting April 30th through May 3rd, the Dare 2B Artzy and Gelli Arts are collaborating and sharing all our projects with you.  Both companies are doing a giveway -  Gelli Arts will give away a prize pack including: 8 X 10 Gelli Plate - 4" Round - Mini Combs - Brayer and Dare 2B Artzy will give away 2 stamp sets, 2 stencils and an ink pad.  You can find each company's products at Mega Meet in Novi, Michigan in booth 522. May 9-11.   One prize will be awarded to two lucky people.  Leaving a comment on all the posts will ensure you get the maximum entries.  You can find the Gelli Arts blog here and D2BA here  Also you can save 20% off orders with this code at Dare 2B Artzy:  artzy20

Guest Design Post #1 for The Hedgehog Hollow - April 2019 card kit

hello crafty friends,

I'm excited about guest designing this month for The Hedgehog Hollow featuring the April card kit.  Please make sure to hop on over to their blog to read (and see a video tutorial).

Thanks for stopping by!

You're My Anchor - special distress oxide background

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend and Easter!  The theme for today's card is definitely nautical and an idea for creating a masculine card.  Dare 2B Artzy's Anchors Away coordinating stamp and die set is what I used here.  I have a video tutorial also which will show how I did the background and the entire process for this card.

April Video Collaboration with Justine Hovey

Hello crafty friends!

I am popping in real quick to let you know that I'm part of a video collaboration with 3 other fabulous card designers - Justine Hovey is the person behind this during the month of April and she has been collaborating and releasing videos nearly every day this month with different people on YouTube.

I would love it if you'd join us over at YouTube and check out the videos - I have a link to every other video in the description box there as well as the supplies used for all the cards.

Here are photos of my projects featuring different ways to use a background stamp to make cards in just a few minutes - all of it is easy to do!

Lovely tropical hibiscus card - video tutorial

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Just popping in to share that I'm up on the Dare 2B Artzy blog sharing this card and a video tutorial on their channel.  Interested in the supplies?  check out at the links above for more details and products used.

Thank you card with Minion Carl + Crackerbox & Suzy Stamps Anniversary Sale

Hello crafty friends,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend wherever you are.  Now that it's Spring I want to create bright and happy cards.  I considered all the ways I could have made a colorful background without too much fuss and decided that a quick watercolor background would do the trick.  I used my Clarity stencil brushes, water in a spray bottle, and a piece of watercolor cardstock.

Swinging Piñata Card with Rinea Foil and Hero Arts Dies

Hello crafty friends,

I've created a fun interactive card with a festive piñata theme and I've written a comprehensive step by step tutorial with photos.

Before I begin the tutorial, here are a couple of other views of my finished  project


Part 1:  Decorative elements

·      Cut Rinea foil 4” x 6” sheets in Starstruck (patterned) in emerald, violet and sapphire into small strips approximately 1 – 1¼” with a paper trimmer so you have at least 4 strips that are 1¼”H x 4", then add double sided adhesive (ATG) to back of foil covering completely and stick to paper as shown, slightly overlapping the colors and leaving no gaps

·      Trim the copy paper around the foil so it will fit into the die cutting machine.
·      Die cut the large donkey die out of the Hero Arts piñata set as shown above
·      Using the two candy dies (lollipop and wrapped candy) die cut several out of the remaining pieces of foil left after die cutting the donkey until you have several pieces.  I believe I had around 25 pieces to fill in the background. (not all shown in the photos below)
o   Tip:  to get more variation in the candy, take advantage of the places where two colors come together so one part of the die cut is a different color.  I did this on all of the lollipops

·      Before using up all the leftover foil, die cut the “eye” of the donkey from the purple and green foil, which cuts two separate pieces.  One part looks like a little moon (as you can see in the picture below).  You could discard the little moon shaped piece - I chose to use both. 

·      cut a small piece of copy paper and tape (ordinary scotch tape) on the back side of the donkey die cut so there is something to glue the eye die cut pieces on. 
·      Put some liquid adhesive onto the eye area (where you see the copy paper from the front) and place the eye die cut pieces.

Part 2:  Build card base

·      Trim the 8 ½” x 11 white cardstock in half lengthwise at 4 ¼” – this will leave you with two pieces measuring 4 ¼” x 11” (save 2nd piece for another card base)
·      Score one of the pieces at the halfway mark (5 ½”) so when folded you have a top folding card (standard A2 size card base) – do not fold yet
·      Before folding the base, a window will need to be cut out of the part that will become the card front – at this time also have the 4 ¼” x 5 ½” piece of black cardstock ready as it will form the frame around the window when card base is assembled
·      Prep the card base plus black cardstock as shown below – the black piece of cardstock is laying on top of the bottom half of the white, temporarily taped so that it stays aligned with the edges.  Place the smaller (3 ¼” x 4 ½ ”) rectangle die in the middle, leaving equal space around all sides.  Using a ruler is best to ensure the placement is correct unless you are very confident with eyeballing it.

·      Die cut the assembled piece – you may need to run through a few times or add an additional shim depending on your die cutting machine.  You will be left with a window in the center of the white card base.  Save the outer frame of the black cardstock for the next step.

·      Take the black cardstock frame and place the larger (4” x 5¼”) rectangle die on it so you will have a thinner frame after die cutting it.  Save for assembly of card.

Part 3: Acetate window & swinging piñata

·      The white card base created in prior section is needed for this step as well as the piece of acetate
·      Using double sided adhesive tape (1/8” Scor tape or similar), place the tape around the edges of the window (make sure you are adding tape to what will become the inside of the card)
·      Pull off part of the backing so only a small portion of the adhesive is exposed, which will help you align the acetate easier.  By placing the acetate first on the non-exposed adhesive, you can adjust the position then press down in the corners where the adhesive is exposed.  It’s easy to then pull away the backing from underneath the acetate and press down as it is removed.

·      Now it’s time to add the donkey to the top of the frame.  The twine should be taped to the center, allowing enough room for the donkey to be positioned in the center of the window when closed.  It may take a few adjustments to get this where you want it.
·      Cover the adhesive on the inside of the card die cut another piece of white cardstock (can be the same white cardstock or a lighter weight from your stash) starting at 4 ¼” x 5 ½” and die cutting out the same size window with the smaller rectangle die, then glue over top of the acetate with scor-tape, creating a sandwich that the acetate and twine is sitting between. You can then trim off any excess twine outside the frame.

The picture shows what this looks like from the inside of the card at this stage.  The “pretty” part of the piñata will be visible through the front of the card and swing freely when the card is opened.  this also shows what the inside looks like by the completion of Part 4.

Part 4: Decorating inside of card

·      Pre-arrange and glue all the candy die cuts on the inside panel of the card base so when you are looking at the card you will see them behind the donkey.  Note the picture below shows the arrangement before I had added the swinging pinata in the prior step.  You could do this in either order as it doesn’t make a difference. 
o   Tip:  tweezers or a tiny bit of low tack tape can be very helpful in picking up the tiny pieces and adding glue.
·      Fold card base and reinforce fold with bone folder.