Sunday, February 28, 2010


I really love texture on paper crafts! This card has lots of it with the embossed craft foil, the cuttlebug embossing on the panel and then of course the pattern of the paper. Isn't it fun?

The apple is cut/embossed with the new Spellbinders Nested Apples dies from red craft foil and then embossed with their Cherries Impressabilities and sanded to show off all that texture. I airbrushed the stem with Copic marker. The Handsome Hunter (the color I don't reach for very often) panel is embossed with a Cuttlebug Swiss dots folder. The sentiment is stamped on Green Galore. I even used a patterned paper for just a bit more oomph! Of course you have to have red gingham ribbon with apples, right?

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Oooooo, organization!

I received my next organizational tool today - 100 clear DVD cases. I plan to put my cling stamps and my Spellbinders™ die templates in them! Woooo hoooo! I think it is going to be great! What do you think? I can hardly wait! I wonder how long it will take to get them all in the cases and organized (alphabetically, of course) on the shelves. It's gonna be purdy!

For those interested in where I got these cases, here is the link to Stamp-by-Step.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Easter Morn

These new dies from Spellbinders™ are going to be oh so popular. Everyone at CHA absolutely loved them.

I created an Easter sunrise card using Labels Thirteen and Cross Collection. The card base is Pumpkin Pie. The bg panel was airbrushed with several Copic markers. I added a bit of lace trim and a bow (which didn't match until I airbrushed it too). Labels Thirteen was cut/embossed and stenciled from Marigold Morning cs and airbrushed. The cross was cut/embossed/stenciled using SU's weathered paper. The sentiment is stamped with Chocolate Chip ink, cut/embossed with Spellbinders™ Ovals Nestabilities® and popped up.

Thanks for dropping by! I so appreciate your visits and I love your comments! Have a great day!

Blog Candy Winner!

I used to choose a winner of the Spellbinders™ Large Octagons Nestabilities®. The number was 5!

Da da da dahhhhhhhhh!!!!! The winner is Michele!!!!

Michele said...
Great tutorial for the ice cream cone! What a great giveaway ... thanks for the chance to win!

Congratulations Michele! I'll get the prize mailed out to you right away!

Thanks to everyone for playing along, leaving comments and especially for visiting my blog. I so appreciate it!


Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Great Crafter's Tool Hunt 2

New tools for crafters were revealed at CHA, the best being the new Spellbinders Presto Punch!!!!! Take a minute and visit and vote for Presto Punch! You do have to register before you can vote and do a simple math project to protect the site from spammers. After registering, on the right side is a spot to take you to the voting. Registered voters can only vote one time. They are giving away incredible prize packages for voting, so it is really worth your time.


I thought I would show you the Valentine I created for my husband. He is my number one supporter and cheerleader.

I used a beautiful glitter paper with the big X O on it for the base of my card, which I mounted onto white cardstock and then matted with black for the pop. The main panel is an embossed swiss dot paper also matted with black. The hearts are Spellbinders™ Classic Scalloped Hearts. To get that lacy look on the outside, first I cut the hearts from the embossed paper, then took them out of the die and colored that inside border of the die with a water based ink marker, replaced the heart into the die and embossed them. It isn't a solid color, and I really like that look. It works perfectly for this idea, don't you think? I added one black bow to the largest heart only.

Thanks for stopping by. If you haven't already left a comment to win the blog candy, be sure to scroll down to the Henry Rooster card and leave a comment. You only have until tomorrow at 5 PM.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Copic chuckle - blog candy

I was teaching a Copic class at a LSS today. In referring to some colors I would use, I said, G24, G26, G27 when one of the students calls out BINGO! I laughed and laughed. Is that funny to you, or did you have to be there?

If you haven't already posted a comment on the Henry card (a few posts below), you will want to do so before 5 PM on the 17th of Feb. so you have a chance to win some blog candy - a Spellbinders™ die template.

Thanks for stopping by! Please come back soon.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blog candy!

I have blog candy up for grabs. Scroll down to the post after the Rooster card for details. Don't miss out!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Triple Dip Ice Cream Hinge Card Tutorial - and blog candy!!!!

As promised, here is the tutorial to make my triple dip ice cream cone card.


I used:



Nested Ice Cream Cone


Assorted Fresh Fruit


Diamond and Stars Impressabilities™


Snowflake Impressabilities™

Copic Sketch Markers: E13, G19 and the Airbrush system.

Cardstock: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Garden Green

Dark pink brads (unknown)

Signo White Gel Pen

Print invitation information onto neutral cardstock, being sure to leave enough room between each paragraph for the dies. I print it on computer paper and align the dies to be sure it fits before printing onto my cardstock.

ice cream 1

Cut/emboss each scoop.

ice cream 2

Cut/emboss largest cone from Creamy Caramel cardstock. Leave in die and emboss using Diamond and Stars Impressabilities™ , then airbrush with Copic E13 marker.

ice cream 3

ice cream 4

Glue printed scoops onto cone.

ice cream 5

As an optional step, you may wish to trace the card onto another piece of cardstock and back the whole thing for more stability.

ice cream 6

Cut/emboss 2 of the largest scoops from neutral Ivory Cardstock. Attach several brads to the embossed scoop, saving the space for the one that will act as the hinge. (bottom left). Glue the other large scoop to the back of the embossed scoop to cover the backs of the brads.

Poke hole through all layers (the scoop with all the brads, the backing scoop and the printed one for the inside of the card) for the hinge brad and attach that brad. This creates the hinge. (The purple is an old mouse pad I use when using my paper piercer.)

ice cream 8

Cut/emboss chocolate scoop and strawberry scoop and emboss with Snowflakes Impressabilities™ the same way I used the Diamond and Stars Impressabilities™ on the cone. Carefully align these scoops with the back printed cone and scoops so that they line up perfectly.

ice cream 9

Cut/emboss cherry from red cardstock. Cut/emboss 2 cherry dies from green cardstock. Leave one in die and airbrush with Copic G19.

ice cream 10

Cut red cherries from their stems and glue over green cherries on airbrushed green stem. Glue other green cherries to the back of the first to provide more stability. Cut off the one cherry with the leaf on the stem. Attach to top of ice cream. Add highlights to cherry with white gel pen.

ice cream 11

ice cream 12

I hope you enjoyed this step by step tutorial and you can make a similar card. If you do, please leave a link if you post it. I would love it see it!

Whew! It is finally done and uploaded. Now I can move on and quit feeling so guilty! lol Thanks for your patience with me. Be sure to check out the post just below to see how you can win some Blog Candy! A Spellbinders die template. Woooo hooooo!



Henry, a promise and BLOG CANDY!

Isn't this rooster too cute? He is a Rubbernecker stamp called Henry. I stamped him with rich cocoa Memento ink then colored with Copic markers. I love that even I can do a pretty good job using these fantastic markers! They make me look good. I used E11, E44, YR02, YR09, YR61, BG13. To do the reverse embossed edge on the Spellbinders™ Deckled Rectangle, I inked up just the inside of the die with my SU! Chocolate Chip marker and then embossed the vanilla cardstock. I matted that with the chocolate chip cardstock. The card is Sage Shadow and 5-1/4 X 4. I stamped the chicken wire bg stamp with Memento Rich Cocoa ink and then sponged SU! chocolate chip ink around the edges before attaching to the Dusty Durango cardstock which is 5-1/2 X 4-1/4.

AND, I promise to get the tutorial for the ice cream cone hinge card posted here TODAY! It is next on my to do list.

AND for being so patient with me and my extreme lateness, I am going to give away a set of Spellbinders™ dies, Large Octagons S4-185. All you need to do is leave a comment. I will post the name of the winner next Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5 PM MST and tell you how to contact me with your address so I can mail it to you. Please let others know I am giving away blog candy!!!! Post it on FACEBOOK or on your BLOG!

Thanks for stopping by! Hugs, Karen

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Hinge card tutorial!

Seriously, I am working on it. Darn distractions!!!!!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010


Due to the overwhelming requests for my hinge ice cream card cone (2 I think) lol I am trying to get it done. You know the most challenging part of it? Clearing a space in my stamping room so I can show you how to do it. Isn't that pathetic? I think so. I may have to just move the whole show to my kitchen table. It's clear, as I don't cook! hee hee hee So, stay tuned. I'm trying to get 'er done!

In the meantime, I am sharing a fun card I created using one of the new Spellbinders™ dies that will be available soon. This one is the new S4-266 Assorted Fresh Fruits. Is that jar cute, or what? I love it. I think fruits are going to be big! These are all the dies I used on this card:
S4-130 Classic Rectangles SM; S4-202 Deckled Rectangles LG; S4-214 Eyelets Borderabilities® Petite; S4-266 Assorted Fresh Fruit

I cut/embossed the strawberry from red cardstock and then used the die as a stencil to color the seeds with white gel pen. Would you believe I cut the jar from packaging? Yes I did! I used the packaging the dies come in! Am I clever? Oh yeah!

I hope you have a great day! Keep on stamping and creating! It's good for you!