Embossed Thanks by Jenny Gropp

 Beautiful thank you card from Jenny Gropp!

I'm so ready for spring and sunshine and happy little colorful flowers popping up! I thought I'd finish off the hop with an easy design that you could change up in many different ways... using different dies and different embossing folders. I don't know that this technique really has a name... I call it paper quilting -layering papers together and then running them through embossing folder(s) to add texture and meld them all together.   Maybe you guys can suggest a better name or tell me if this does have a real name! On today's card I used the new Open Scroll Flower Die and new Thanks Die.
I did spend a little time die cutting all the pieces, but after that -this becomes a very easy card!
I cut all the flowers in white heavy weight card stock and adhered them to my white panel. I then cut the leaves and flowers using patterned paper and pieced them back in place. Anything that hung off the edge I just trimmed off. If you are using liquid glue for this you don't want to use too much -when you send it thought the embossing folder in wet glue can squish out when it's compressed.
 After I had all my pieces glued in place I sent the panel through two embossing folders. First I used a basket weave patterned folder by Darice. Next I used my old fave... the Swiss Dots folder from Sizzix, placing the paper so that the dots were depressed rather than raised. You can see both patterns in the pic above and how everything is really "quilted" together now.
 HA! I managed to capture a little of the Wink of Stella sparkle in this picture! I die cut the new Thanks Die 3 times and glued them in a stack to form an element that has more of a chipboard feel.
I added a few layers and popped up the panel with foam tape to give it a little more oomph!
On the inside I added a sentiment from the Warm Fuzzies clear set and used the Circle Cut Out Border along the side. Finished card size is an A2. 

Coffee Time by Laura Fulcher

Fun card from Laura Fulcher using H777 Coffee Time, B13250 Pour Sip Sigh, CC188 Calico, CC196 Lg. Speck background and E13235 Coffee Ring.


Hi guys!  Today I want to talk about layering Cover a Card stamps to build up a background.  For my card, I started with a kraft notecard and stamped the Calico background on top (CC188) with brown pigment ink.

I liked the Calico a lot, but it looked really regimented for the card I was designing.  I decided to add the Lg. Speck background (CC196) on top of it using the same brown ink.  You can really see the difference you get by adding a second pattern to the mix.  You could use two different inks for this technique for a completely different look.

Next, to tie in with my coffee theme, I stamped the Coffee Ring image (E13235) onto my background with Hero Arts Latte ink (perfect name, right?) 

For the finished card, I added the Coffee Time stamp (H777)) and the Pour Sip Sigh saying (B13250).
Have a great day!

Fall Leaves by Dina Kowal

Dina Kowal shares a stunning Fall card today.


I used dye and chalk inks to stamp various leaves across my card panel, then watered down dye ink from the lid of my inkpad to splatter with a brush. A wooden button tied with dark twine finishes off the panel.

Stamps I used:









Don't Look Back by Jenny Gropp

Jenny Gropp shares a fun guy card for our current challenge "Masculine Cards" using Rodeo Silhouette 2 #D13166, Ride Hard #C13164 and  Border Duo One Die Set #DIE017-V



I went cowboy for this masculine challenge. I stamped the Rodeo Silhouette 2 image and the Ride Hard sentiment using Versafine Onxy Black. After Stamping I cut it out with a rectangle die and added my piercing around the edge. I left it in the die and added a few layers of Copic Airbrushing using E07, E44 and E47. After airbrushing I used the Copic Fur Technique to add a little texture to the colored background. I also added a few dabs of smudged black ink.


 Simple layers on the inside.


I used my Perfect Layer Rulers to add lots of straight line layers. The main panel has some black jute string wrapped around it with the hardware brads for a little more of a manly touch. I refrained from adding a bow - it was difficult. I popped the main image panel up with foam tape for simension. The finished card is an A2 and opens tent style at the bottom. 


Have a great day!




Sweet Beautiful You by Daniela Dobson

We have a fun shaker card to share today from Daniela Dobson.

Daniela used G2202 Strawberry Trees, CL508 Basic Borders 2 , CC049 Screen, DIE123-P Banners & TailsCL492  Warm Fuzzies Sentiments, DIE001-Z Shaker Frame Circle Die, Impressions Obsession Shake It Pouches and shaker overlays.

Sweet beautiful you by Daniela Dobson

Shaker cards are popular again. Have you seen Impressions Obsession Shake It Pouches? If you haven’t you need to go and take a look. We have different sizes and shapes, ready to be filled. They are self-adhesive. Just stamp your image, place your inclusions on top, peel the backing off and stick them down. Not only that, we have shaker overlays, pre cut to whatever shape you need for your card. I filled mine with sequins and beads.

Sweet beautiful you close by Daniela Dobson
For the inside image I used an older stamp that I had called Strawberry Trees. I colored the strawberries with watercolor crayons. To cover the outside of my large shake it pouch, I used the Circle Shaker Frame Die. This die fits both sizes of circle pouches.I tied twine around the shaker.For the sentiment, I die cut the banner from Banners & Tails and stamped the sentiment from Warm Fuzzies Sentiments. I stamped some stripes at the bottom from Basic Borders 2 stamp set. It looks like washi tape.  I stamped the white background with CAC Screen.

Sweet beautiful you  close 2 by Daniela Dobson

Wedding Card by Jenny Gropp

We have a gorgeous wedding card to share today from Jenny Gropp.

Jenny used #CL316 A Good Marriage, #CL491 Life Stuff Sentiments, Tiny Flowers #DIE-140-D, Large Bow Die #DIE063-I, Banners and Tails #DIE123-P and  Flags #DIE015-F



Wedding season will be here soon, so I made a card to be ready! I used the new Tiny Flowers Die to create my open flower background. You can see in the below picture I used the Sizzix Magnetic Plate to line up the die to get multiple cuts and create a background of cut out flowers. I cut a few blue flowers to pop back in the cut outs. I added a black little flag in the corner with some pearl embellishments.


This was my first time using the magnetic platform for something like this. It works wonderfully. No tape or anything... just put your paper and die in place and the magnetic platform holds it perfectly. I used small plates . The small flowers just seemed to make it quick and easy! One tip----you need to use a pretty flat plate on the bottom, meaning not warped.



On the inside I created a little gift card pocket and topped it with the Large Bow Die to make it a little more "gift" looking. I added a sweet sentiment from the clear set A Good Marriage.


I stamped the sentiment from the clear set Life Stuff Sentiments and framed it with
the Banners and Tails Dies.
Have a great day!





On My Heart by Dina Kowal

We have a lovely card from Dina Kowal to share today.

Dina used Heart Flourish die, Banners and Tails die, Life Stuff Sentiments & Warm Fuzzy Sentiments for her pretty card.

 From Dina:

I used a watercolor card and ran the Heart Flourish die through my Big Shot on the embossing pad for a letterpressed look, then watercolored just the heart using reinkers. When the paint was dry, I added some shading with a watersoluble graphite pencil.

The Banners and Tails die and accompanying clear sets (Life Stuff Sentiments, Warm Fuzzy Sentiments) are some of my designs... there are 4 differently shaped banners, and the clear sentiments can be bent to fit the curves of the banners. So fun!

Have a great day!