Thursday, November 7, 2019

Creating Kindness: Fancy Fold

Hey friends! It is Creating Kindness time again. I love creative time with this group. The theme this month is Fancy Fold. I thought I would use my absolute favorite, I am calling it a Stand Up Tier card.

And there is a video! I am trying really hard to create lots of videos for you all. Have you subscribed to my channel yet? Don't forget!!

Here is the card. I used some My Favorite Things stamps and dies to create this.

Here is the basic how-to for this card.

  • Start with a 4¼"x7" piece of cardstock, score on the long side at 1½" and 5½".
  • Cut a piece of cardstock to 4½" wide and several inches long, and score at ¼" and 4¼". Crease well. Apply Scor-Tape on the ¼" flaps. Then you can trim each tier down to whatever size you need and it is all ready to be adhered to the inside of the card.
  • Figure out the placement of your images, and adhere to the tiers. 
  • Open the cardbase up, and start adhering your tiers, the furthest back and tallest tier first. Line the outer edge of the flap up with the side panel crease. Lay the next layer down, loning up with the flap crease of the tier behind it. Repeat for all tiers. Fold flap over onto the exposed adhesive. (the video shows this process very well to clear up any confusion) 
  • Line the flaps from the other side up even with the bottom of the card, remove the adhesive backing, and fold the other side of the cardbase down over the flaps to adhere them all at once. 
  • Open it up and marvel at the adorable card you just made!

Look how darn cute these critters are!! My Favorite Things has 2 sets of Sweater Weather critters, Safari and Woodland. I have them both. Why wouldn't I?! 😁

Copic colors
Tiger: Y38, YR68, W5, R01
Elephant: W1, W3, R01
Zebra: W0, W1, W6, R01
Giraffe: YR21, W1, E97, E99, R01, W4
Reds: R56, R39, R89
Greens: G94, G99

I struggled with colors for the giraffe, so please. Share your color combos for him especially!

I love that this folds flat and is not bulky at all, which makes it the perfect 3D card for mailing!

And it fits perfectly in an A2 envelope! You can easily write your personal message on the back of the card.

I hope you enjoyed this card. Be sure to leave me some love. I would love to hear if you have made this fold before, and if you have, are you trying it soon?

Be sure to check out the next stop on the hop, Marcy Denning! And a special welcome to this month's guest designer, and my stampy friend, Sue Plote!!
  1. Sue Plote – Guest Designer – USA
  2. Tanya Boser – USA (you are here!)
  3. Marcy Denning – Canada
  4. Paula Dobson – New Zealand
  5. Lou Kitzelman – Australia
  6. Jenny Hall – USA
  7. Jay Soriano – UK
  8. Cheryll Miller – Australia
  9. Danielle Bennenk – Netherlands
  10. Charlet Mallett – USA

Video hop participant list:
1. Tanya Boser –
2. Marcy Denning –
3. Jay Soriano –
4. Danielle Bennenk –

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

Crafty Friends: Essentials by Ellen

Welcome back, friends! Who is excited to see what we company we are going to feature this month?! I was excited to try a new to me company, Essentials by Ellen from Ellen! I was so excited I had to use to stamp sets! I used there Wasabi set with matching dies and the Otterly Awesome set with matching dies.

And we have a coupon code for you again!! We are really good friends, aren't we.

And yes, I made a video!

I managed to make 2 cards this time, and this is the first one. The background is heat embossed with White Satin Pearl embossing powder. There is a stitched rectangle die cut with a die from the Flippin Awesome Add-on dies, and the green was created using Mijello Mission Gold watercolor in Olive Green done as a wash with Hero Arts Gold Glimmer ink washed over the top.

Do you like the layers of sashimi and sushi? It's making me hungry!

And the finishing touches inside are the rest of the sentiment and an extra top facing sushi roll.

On to the next card. This time I use the Otterly Awesome set to create a fun hello card. The background is watercolor and I believe with a reactive ink from a past My Monthly Hero and then heat embossed using the Waves background stamp from Hero Arts. The sentiment panel is given a wash of iridescent watercolor ink.

You can probably see the glimmer a little better on this photo. The otters are colored with Copic markers and diecut with the coordinating dies. Everything is popped up on coaster blanks.

That's it for me this time. Be sure to head on down to the next blog top participant. The blog roll is just below.

  1. Tanya Boser
  2. Ilina Crouse
  3. Maria Willis
  4. Becky Roberts
  5. Sandi McIver
  6. Sue Plote
  7. Sara Sherlock
  8. Lydia Fiedler
  9. Jill Hilliard
  10. Jen Timko
  11. Amy Kolling
  12. Jenny Hall 

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    Thursday, October 3, 2019

    Creating Kindness: Coloring

    Hello Friends! It is time for another Creating Kindness blog hop. The theme this month is coloring. We are going to try using alcohol markers on colored cardstock to make embsllishments for some gable boxes. 

     I did whip up a video for this project, check it out!

    I was on a mission to use up all of this beautiful patterned paper, so treat boxes it is! I love the depth and richness you get when you color on colored cardstock with Copics.

    The vellum oval helps to separate the focal images from the busy patterned paper.

    How about the colors on the leaf? It was so fast and easy! The masking dies did a wonderful jub cutting these pieces out.

    I am loving that pumpkin!! It was so effortless to created this blended look on the colored cardstock.

    What do you think? Time to give it a try?!

    If you are interested in the supplies used in this project, scroll past the blog roll for the list. 

    We have a fabulous guest designer with us this month, Cathy Caines! I am so happy I get to play with her again!

    Next up, the lovely Lou Kitzelman!!

    Blog Roll:
    Cathy Caines- Canada-guest designer
    Charlett Mallett- USA
    Tanya Boser- USA-you are here!
    Lou Kitzelman- Australia
    Jenny Hall- USA
    Paula Dobson- New Zealand
    Marcy Denning- Canada
    Cheryll Miller- Australia
    Danielle Bennenk- Netherlands
    Jay Soriano- UK
    Sandi McIver- Canada

    Friday, September 20, 2019

    Crafty Friends: Hero Arts

    Hey friends!! We are back for the September hop. And this time we are featuring the amazing and wonderful, ever so supportive of the entire crafting industry, Hero Arts! They have been in business for 45 years, helping others to build their businesses along the way.

    Hero Arts has generously offered a 20% discount code to our viewers for a limited time. (There are some restrictions on the discount. But hey,  20% discount!!)

    I also created a process video for the card I created. Check it out!

    I have been making 5"x7" cards for work lately. I am finally getting my poop in a scoop enough to start making birthday cards for my coworkers, and I need to make them big enough for about 30 people to sign!

    So, what did I learn with this process? I learned how to make my 6"x6" background stamps cover a 6.5" long panel! It only works with linear repetitive designs, but there are lots of those! It involves a stamp positioner and some creative paper movement. Check out the video above for the whole process.

    I did use Hero Hues Reactive Inks to ink blend the background also.

    I colored the images with Copics. And forgot to write down the colors I used. I know, what was I thinking! The confetti was stamped using the Key Lime Fizz and Blue Hawaii inks, the same as the background was blended with.

    I used Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pens to add Clear, Black, and White details to all of the Copic colored images.

    I even added a cute die cut kitten in a box and a sentiment from the stamp set to the inside of the card.

    So, what do you think? Ready to try making bigger cards? And how about all the amazing products from Hero Arts? Time to go shopping, right?! Don't forget that coupon code, good for 2 days only.

    Crafty Friends Blog Roll:

    Jenny Hall
    Tanya Boser Ilina Crouse
    Maria Willis
    Becky Roberts
    Sandi MacIver
    Sue Plote
    Sara Finkey Sherlock
    Lydia Fiedler
    Jill Hilliard
    Jennifer Timko 
    Amy Kolling

    Some of the supplies listed below are affiliate links, some are not. If you use an affiliate link here to make a purchase, I may get a small compensation. I only use things that I love, and do not create paid posts.


    Thursday, September 12, 2019

    Stencil Techniques with Hero Hues Reactive Inks and Jenny Hall

    It was my turn this time to create a panel to send to Jenny for her to make a project with! I am going to share how I made the four panels I sent to Jenny, and link to her blog post and video also.

    These were all created with one inking of the Starry Night stencil from Hero Arts.

    Thursday, September 5, 2019

    Creating Kindness: Ink Refills

    Welcome back to another Creating Kindness blog hop! The theme this month is reinkers. There are a while lotta things you can do with them, and we are going to show you a bunch!

    I did a video showing how I create this card. Be sure to check it out. There will be several other videos in this hop also.

    There is ink blending, spritzing, and watercoloring here, some shimmer too!

    Three greens, 2 yellows, and 2 reds layered and mixed to create all the tones here.

    And a wet paint boo-boo fixed with some white paint.

    I couldn't let any of this image go to waste, so I adhered the trimmed off pieces to the inside.

    What do you think? Are you ready to go watercolor with your reinkers?

    Time to hop off to Paula Dobson. She has a stunner waiting for you!

    Blog Hop Participants

    Tami Hewlett - Guest Designer – USA
    Charlet Mallett – USA
    Tanya Boser – USA
    Paula Dobson – New Zealand
    Lou Kitzelman – Australia
    Marcy Denning – Canada
    Cheryll Miller – Australia
    Jay Soriano – UK

    Some of the supplies listed below are affiliate links, some are not. If you use an affiliate link here to make a purchase, I may get a small compensation. I only use things that I love, and do not create paid posts.

    Tuesday, August 20, 2019

    Crafty Friends featuring Concord and 9th

    Welcome to the first ever Crafty Friends blog hop. Who are the Crafty Friends? A group of talented crafters with a shared start in the crafting world, and we want to share our passion and creations with YOU. We are going to feature one stamp company/brand a month and make some goodness for you.

    This month, we are featuring Concord and 9th. This company has such fun, refreshing, and innovative designs. I have loved them from the start, and have built up quite a collection! I do love a good TurnAbout. Probably because I love to create my own backgrounds. But I am not actually doing any turns this time.

    We even have a coupon code to pass along to our customers. 
    Please use code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 at checkout for 20% off your order 
    from 8/20-8/22, 2019. 

    I did make a video for this card, be sure to check it out! There will be others making videos for this hop. It is a full service hop 😁

    I was feeling tropical, and had just gotten a couple of bundles from the July 2019 release. The Toucan Paradise bundle and the Tropical Vibes bundle. As a free gift, I got the 6x6 Aloha Filled In patterned paper pack. They go together very well, and I put that to work right away.

    The best way to stamp the toucan if you want to use the die is to die cut the toucan, then stamp it. That way the beak lines up correctly. 

    I used Versafine Onyx Black for his body, and Distress Oxides for the rest of the stamping.

    To create the leaves, I ink blended Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxides, then die cut them. 

    To create some separation between my toucan focal point and the busy patterned paper, I used a vellum circle. This is one of my standby tricks for adding impact without a lot of effort and without competing with the elements of the card. 

    The background needed a little push, so I added some Clear Wink of Stella to the flowers, and some Black Wink of Stella to the stamens. That was still not quite enough, so I used a Sakura Gelly Roll Glaze pen in black on the stamens. That seemed to do the trick. 

    Inside, I did some quick stamping of the monstera leaves in Twisted Citron and Mowed Lawn again. I like the slightly distressed look of these impressions.

    Now it is time to go check out the rest of the Crafty Friends!

    Crafty Friends Blog Roll:

    Jenny Hall
    Tanya Boser 
    Ilina Crouse
    Maria Willis
    Becky Roberts
    Sandi MacIver
    Sue Plote
    Sara Finkey Sherlock
    Lydia Fiedler
    Jill Hilliard
    Jennifer Timko 

    Some of the supplies listed are affiliate links, some are not. If you use an affiliate link here to make a purchase, I may get a small compensation. I only use things that I love, and do not create paid posts. 


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