Sunday, July 16, 2017

Soccer Boy Birthday Card by Crafter's Companion


This adorable little soccer boy is from Crafter's Companion. He has since retired but there are many other wonderful images still available. I colored him with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers also from Crafter's Companion. The card base itself is a kinetic card called Circle Center from the Create-A-Card series from Die'sire. These are also from Crafter's Companion.

With this Circle Center card set, you cut out the navy card with the base swing circle. (Follow instructions on package) Next, stamp your image on appropriate paper  and color it with your desired medium. Using a circle die, cut the image out to fit the center circle. Attach image with adhesive to the circle on your navy card stock base.

With the second set of dies, included in the Create-A-Card kit, cut out the green card stock. Using a bone folder and either your paper trimmer or scoring pad, score the paper every 1/4 inch creating a little bit of dimension. (You may also use an embossing folder of your choice.) If you have any ribbon you would like to add, attach to the right panel of the green card stock before you apply to the navy card base. This way you can attach the ribbon to the back of the green card so it won't show when the card is flipped over. Next, attach the green card stock panels to the navy blue base with adhesive.

Stamp a sentiment on card stock and cut with either hand punches, oval dies or hand cut around the wording. Add a navy mat around the stamped shape. I used a stitched oval die and my Gemini to cut mine out. Attach with adhesive and the card is complete!! (I added a few faux enamel dots to the center to pull al the colors together and also balance out the left side with the right side.)

This Create-A-Card die is perfect for making quick and easy cards that have a lot of WOW power!

Happy Crafting!!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Paper Smooches and Crafter's Companion with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

This adorable grad card is quick when you use Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to color the Paper Smooches, Smarty Pants image. Stamp the images with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. Color the images with markers. (EB5, EB3, JG3, JG6, True Black, GG4, JG2, CT4, CT1, GY5, TB1, IG3, FS3, FS5, TB2, TB5, OR1, OR2, DR1, DR5, and Blender) Cut around images leaving 1/16 inch of white around them. Set aside.

Cut out a frame border with either wood grain paper or stamp wood grain stamp onto brown paper and cut out. Add black cardstock inside the frame as the faux chalkboard. Stamp your sentiment with versa mark and add white embossing powder and heat. (I used an Embossing Buddy to keep the embossing powder from sticking to places other then my sentiments but kept the dust on the paper. It serves as old chalk dust to add more interest to the piece.) I also used a white Signo pen on the chalkboard and to the pointer in the professor's hand for the look of faux chalk. Tape to your card front.

Now add some foam squares to pop up the professor and the books then add it to your card. I added some shading under the professor and books to anchor them to the floor instead of having them floating in the card. You can be done at this time but to add a little more fun, use some Glossy Accents to the glasses to look more realistic.

I am sure your favorite Grad will love it!
Happy Crafting!

Crafter's Companion Illustrator Alcohol Markers

This card is a fun one to create and really fast. Take any image. I used a retired image from Crafter's Companion. Stamp it on your favorite cardstock and color it with your favorite medium. I used Crafter's Companion's Illustrator Alcohol Markers for my design. I cut the circle with my favorite stitched circle die and mounted it off set on my card. I cut off the part sticking off the paper for a different look. I mounted 2 different colored pattern papers for my base. I used scrap papers from my paper stash. Added a bow and I was done! It is a clean and simple card with a lot of POP!

Happy Crafting!!


Check out Addicted to CAS for some more Clean and Simple card ideas! I have entered this in the CAS code word "SUMMER" challenge.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Crafter's Companion and Art Impressions

This adorable stamp image is from Art Impressions. It is called "My Feet Set".  I made this as a fun Halloween card for a child. It isn't spooky at all but it is fun and interactive!

The card base is made by Crafter's Companion called "Circle Center". It is a flip card with a generous circle center base to add an image, sentiment or just decorative paper. I added an interactive stamped image from Art Impressions. His feet are on a Wobbler. It is a special piece added to make the item stuck on it "wobble".

Monday, June 12, 2017

Crafter's Companion Classic Floral Frame Die

One Die, Three Looks

This floral frame die is from Crafter's Companion. It can be used many ways. You can just die cut and use as is, with little or no embellishments, like the one above. I just added a few rhinestones and a bow with a die cut saying and this card is ready to go!

This card is using the same die but I added some ink to the details to bring out the floral part of the die. I added some more rhinestones and a lighter bow with die cut and this card is done.

This last card is so glittery it doesn't need any rhinestones. (I added a few because I love bling!) I used glitter card stock which I popped up on pop dots over some floral paper. Added a sentiment and bow and this card is DONE! So fancy and ready that special event like anniversary, wedding or just a special card for a loved one.

This die can also be cut apart for the frame to be used separately. Take a look at your dies and see other uses for them other then their intended purposes. Be creative! That is how you get your cards to be originals!

Happy Card Making!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Karen Burniston's New Charm Accordion Die and Woodland Animal Die

This is a new card die from Karen Burniston, Charm Accordion. It is a 4.25x 3.25 size card that includes decorative panels and 5 mini charms. The apple is one of the charms. The other fun fruit on my card is from Karen's other die sets: Jinks the Monkey and Lucky the Rabbit. I added a bit of shading with my Crafter's Companion Colorista Colored Pencils.

This adorable little fellow is one of Karen Burniston's new Woodland Animal Die. It is one of three critters in the die set. It includes this cute raccoon, a squirrel and a fox.

When the card is opened, it is an accordion style card. You can add more panels if you would like. I went with the original 2 panel card. The apple charm floats in the middle frame that connects the two panels. I used a dollar store stamp for my sentiment. I love this little card. This will go into a care package of food I will be sending to a friend. (I am Italian so I am always cooking and sending food to friends and family!)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Art Impressions and Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers

This cute stamped image is from Art Impressions. It is colored with Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I love all the colors they have and they are all refillable! Very affordable vs other alcohol markers.

I did very simple shading. It is easy with alcohol markers to get a smooth shade.

The bottom is decorated with Tim Holtz's Trick or Treat Shadow die. It has many Halloween elements on it, I only used a few. I also added some glitter pen from Spectrum Noir on the owl as well as google eyes on the owl and bats. I like that it adds a bit of whimsy to the card. It was a fun and easy card to put together. You don't have to have the same elements as I do, just use the card sketch and see what you can come up with!