Sunday, January 21, 2018

You Make Me Incredibly Happy Eclipse Cards

Hi Everyone,
I had so many people writing to me about my last Eclipse card that I decided to make another one. Below you will find two more examples of an Eclipse card. One with the entire background filled and the second one clean with bursts of color. The two examples are using the same stamps in the same position but different coloring for different effects. Neither are wrong.

Before we get started I have a Blog Giveaway going on. Click Follow my blog for a chance to win this awesome die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. The Lace Corner Die. The deadline is Friday January 26. The winner will be announced on Saturday January 27.

Lace Corner Die

Here are the two cards


  • Step 1 - For both cards Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half for a Horizontal Fold Card. Folded card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
  • Step 2 - For first card Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". On a kraft mat randomly apply Distress Oxide Inks in several colors. Spray with water to activate the inks. Dip the trimmed cardstock into the ink. Repeat several times until you achieve the desired effect. Let dry.
  • Step 3 - Diecut Stitched Rectangles for the Distress Oxide Background, for second card diecut a watercolor paper (I used Strathmore Bristol Smooth). 
  • Step 4 - For both backgrounds stamp images from Spring Blooms Clear Stamps. On the distress background use a Black Pigment Ink. Using a White Uniball Signo Pen randomly add white around the images. On the watercolor background use an Embossing Ink. Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder then heat set with a heat tool. Using a watercolor medium color in the images (I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers with a water brush). 
  • Step 5 - Diecut backgrounds with Alphabet dies in word of your choice. I used my ScanNCut to cut out the word HAPPY. The font is Swis721 BlkCn BT.
  • Step 6 - Adhere background to center front of card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape, including the center pieces of the letters. In this case for the word HAPPY it was the center for A and both P's. For the alphabet pieces adhere using foam tape to raise the letters for an Eclipse effect.
  • Step 7 - Optional - Stamp sentiment using Black Ink above the word HAPPY.








I hope you enjoyed how the same stamped images can have different effects using different techniques. I have listed the products I used for these cards below for your easy convenience. Thanks for stopping by.

Kat Scrappiness Alpha Dies
Elizabeth Craft Designs Products Used

Other Products Used
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Paper
Heat Tool
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Distress Oxide Inks
Uniball Signo Pen White
ScanNCut

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Love You Always And Forever Eclipse Card

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back to another Love Themed Card. Before we get started I would like to remind you that I have a Blog Giveaway. Follow my blog for a chance to win this awesome die from Elizabeth Craft Designs. Lace Corner Die. The deadline has been extended to Friday January 26. The winner will be announced on Saturday January 27.

Lace Corner Die

My card below was inspired by large alphabet dies to create an Eclipse Card. Unfortunately I don't have them but I do have a ScanNCut machine. Not only does this machine scan and cut but it takes the fonts you have on your computer and with a software such as Sure Cuts A Lot it is able to convert the fonts into cutable files. How awesome is that. Below you will find the easy steps to replicate this card. The products I used will be listed at the end of this post.


  • Step 1 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half for a Horizontal Fold Card. Folded card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".
  • Step 2 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4" x 5 1/2". Apply ink with an ink blending tool using Distress Oxide Inks starting from the bottom in the lightest color and working upward to the darkest color. I used Broken China, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet. Once the inking has been applied spray some water to create a droplet effect. Let dry.
  • Step 3 - Using a Pigment Ink stamp Blossom Time Clear Stamps all over the background. I used Versafine Onyx Black. Once you have fully covered the background take a White Uniball Signo Broad Pen and color inside the lines. See below photo for visual.


  • Step 4 - Diecut the background using Stitched Rectangles. 
  • Step 5 - If you have the Alphabet Dies you can diecut the word LOVE. I used the ScanNCut to cut out the word LOVE. Using Sure Cuts A Lot I centered the word LOVE using the font Swis721 BlkCn BT. I exported the file to fcm file format and transfered the file on a USB key. Before I did my final cut I tested it out on a scrap piece of cardstock to make sure my placement was correct. Luckily I only needed to do this one time. Using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape I adhered the background to the center front of the card. I adhered the center of the letter O directly to the background. For the rest of the pieces I used foam tape to adhere the Letters.
  • Step 6 - Stamp mini sentiment with an Embossing Ink on White Soft Finish Cardstock. Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder and heat set it with a heat tool. Trim the sentiment and adhere to the card using Multi Medium Glue.







This card is versatile and can be used for any occasion by simply changing the stamped images for your background, changing the colors and creating different words. For example you can use pink, red and orange for the inked background with balloon stamped images and the cut out word can be HAPPY with a mini sentiment Birthday.

Below you will find links and a list of all products used for your easy convenience. Thank you for stopping by.

Elizabeth Craft Designs Product Used


Other Products Used
ScanNCut (Font Swis721 BlkCn BT)
Heat Gun
White Uni-ball Signo Blend Pen
Distress Oxide Inks (Broken China, Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans & Wilted Violet)
Ink Blending Tool
VersaMark Embossing Ink
Ranger Black Embossing Powder
Multi Medium Matte

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy Valentines Day With Elizabeth Craft Designs

Hi Everyone,
Today I am sharing a Valentine's Card which is the first of several more to follow over the next few weeks. I also have a wonderful Blog Giveaway to start the New Year. I am giving away an Elizabeth Craft Designs ModaScrap Lace Corner Die. All you have to do is Follow my Blog to automatically be entered in a random drawing. On January 22 I will announce the winner. Good luck to everyone.

Here is the Prize

Now let's get started. The finished card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded. Below you will find the easy steps to replicate this card.

  • Step 1 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half for a horizontal card.
  • Step 2 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". Tear a scrap piece of cardstock and place it on the right side of the trimmed paper leaving a blank section, with an ink blending tool apply red ink. (I used Distress Inks). Move the torn cardstock and repeat Step 2 using a shade lighter. Each time you repeat you will ink a lighter shade. See below photo for reference. 

  • Step 3 - Emboss the inked cardstock with the Heart Background Die in a diecut machine. To do this you will need a diecut machine with the plates as if you were embossing with a folder. You will need to add an embossing pad for this. For instance if using a Cuttlebug you will use Plate A, B, Embossing Pad, Inked Cardstock, Heart Background Die, then Plate B. Instead of the die cutting through the cardstock it will leave an embossed impression. For all other machines you can go on youtube to find out the right "sandwich". Adhere the background to the center front of card using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  • Step 4 - Ink a scrap piece of white Soft Finish Cardstock using the same colors used for the background. Diecut Entwined Hearts (middle size die & smallest die). Adhere the entwined heart to the bottom left side of card using Multi Medium Glue. Add Crystal Nuvo Drops to the 3 small hearts and let dry throughly. Once dry adhere the small hearts using Multi Medium Glue and place around the entwined heart.
  • Step 5 - Diecut sentiment using the same inked Cardstock. Stamp directly on the diecut with Embossing Ink. Sprinkle clear Embossing Powder and heat set it with a Heat Gun. Repeat this 3 times for even smooth coverage. Adhere to the center of entwined heart using Multi Medium Glue.
  • Step 6 - Stamp small sentiment on the same inked Cardstock with Black Ink. Trim and adhere underneath the embossed sentiment using foam tape.




Below is a link for all Elizabeth Craft Designs Product Used for your easy convenience.


Other Products Used
Distress Inks
Crystal Nuvo Drops
Multi Medium Glue
Happy Happy Happy Sentiment Die (Fawn Lawn)
Stained Glass Love Sentiment Stamp (Simon Says Stamp)

Thank you for stopping by and see you soon.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Club Scrap Surprise Kit and Case This Sketch 253

Hi Everyone,
Today I am showing you a card I made with Club Scrap Surprise Digital Kit using Case This Sketch #253. I printed the Digital Kit designs on white cardstock and used it as a paper kit.

Here is the Sketch from Case This Sketch #253

Finished card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded

The base of the card is White Cardstock from my Paris Flea Market Kit. It is trimmed to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" and folded in half for a vertical card. I trimmed the design from the Surprise Kit to 4" x 2 1/4" and adhered to the top front of card. I diecut the sentiment using Stitched Fishtails Banner Die from ECD and adhered to the card using foam tape. Clean and Simple!





Thanks for stopping by. Be sure you come back Wednesday for an exciting Giveaway!


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Snowflake And Bauble Holiday Card

Hi Everyone,
Happy New Year! I wish you a wonderful year ahead and may 2018 bring you lots of creativity!

I can't seem to put away my holiday craft supplies. There is something special about the mystical feel of the holiday. Before I store them away I wanted to share 2 cards I made. Both are identical except for the colors. Below you will find the easy steps to replicate this card.




  • Step 1 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" and fold in half for a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded card.
  • Step 2 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4". Stamp snowflakes with Embossing Ink all over the top half. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder, remove excess and heat set with a heat gun. Spray Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Spritz. Let dry. See photo below for visual.
  • Step 3 - Using 3 different inks with the same color family begin to ink the lightest color about an inch from the bottom and working up to the darkest color.
  • Step 4 - Stamp sentiment on bottom left side with Embossing Ink. For the pink card I sprinkled Silver Embossing Powder and for the blue card I used Silver Metallic Sparkle Embossing Powder. Heat set it with a heat gun. Adhere the panel to the front card base using 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape.
  • Step 5 - Diecut Beautiful Baubles (top die with White Soft Finish Cardstock and bottom die with White Soft Finish Cardstock with a Clear Double Sided Adhesive on the top). For bottom diecut remove the release sheet from the adhesive and place the top diecut on top. Sprinkle Silk Microfine Glitter, remove excess with a brush and using your fingertip gently in a circular motion work the glitter into the adhesive. This will bring out the shine and set the glitter more securely. For the pink card I used Bright Cranberry and Vintage Pink. For the blue card I used Speckled Indigo and Faded Denim.
  • Step 6 - Diecut Beautiful Baubles with Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape on the backside. (the dies are the ornament string and holder). Assemble the string to the ornament and use a brad to hold together. Adhere center ornament with 3mm Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and a foam tape for the ornament on the right.








I hope you enjoyed this card tutorial. This card can be used for any occasion by changing the stamps to hearts or flowers and changing the ornaments to flowers or hearts as well as changing the sentiment. The possibilities are endless. Be sure to come back as I will be having a Giveaway.

Below are links to the Products Used for your easy convenience. Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, January 1, 2018

Holiday Wishes A Merry And Bright Card

Happy New Year's Everyone! Wishing you all a wonderful year ahead!

I have a last minute card to share with you. Before I get started I wanted to give a Shout Out for Gina K Designs. I wanted the Merry And Bright Stamp and Die Kit but it was sold out. I looked everywhere and couldn't find even some similar stamps for what I had in mind so I wrote to customer service and immediately they wrote back and informed me that they were ordering more and would put me on a list. Would you believe after a few days they actually wrote to me to let me know they had received the kit and asked me if I still wanted it. I was extremely happy and being in Canada I was impressed at how quickly I received it. Fabulous customer service Gina K!!!

Now let's get started. Below you will find the steps to replicate this card. Finished card measures 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" folded.


  • Step 1 - Base of card - Trim White Cardstock to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half.
  • Step 2 - Trim Black Cardstock to 4" x 5 1/4" and adhere to front base of card.
  • Step 3 - On White Cardstock trimmed to 3 3/4" x 5" Stamp Merry And Bright Ornament Stamp with red ink. (You will need a stamp position tool for this.) Once dry use a stamping powder pad over the stamped image. Stamp over same image using embossing ink. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder and use a heat gun to heat set it. Now stamp image randomly 3 times with embossing ink. Sprinkle Silver Embossing Powder and use a heat gun to set it. (See below photos for position of stamped images.)
  • Step 4 - Trim the stamped cardstock in 3 strips. (See below for visual).
  • Step 5 - Adhere top stamped strip and bottom stamped strip to the Black Cardstock. (Top strip to the top of Black Cardstock and Bottom strip to the bottom of Black Cardstock). Before adhering the Center strip matte it with Black cardstock. Adhere to center of card using foam tape. This will add dimension.
  • Step 6 - Diecut large sentiment on White Cardstock. (I used the Holiday sentiment from Merry And Bright.) With an Embossing Ink pad press directly on the diecut. Sprinkle Black Embossing Powder and with a heat gun heat set it. Repeat this step 3 times for even coverage and dimension. Adhere to the center piece using Multi Medium Glue.
  • Step 7 - Stamp small sentiment underneath the raised center with Black Ink. (You can do this step after Step 5 but will need to place the center piece to mark the place you will stamp it.






Thank you for stopping by. Be sure to come back soon for another card tutorial and a Giveaway to start the New Year.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Elizabeth Craft Designs December Challenge Creating Backgrounds

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back to the last Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge for 2017. Boy where did the time go. The challenge is Backgrounds - There are so many ways to create a background. You can use large background dies, smaller dies or stamps. Backgrounds can add so much interest to your card or home decor.



Before we get started did you know there is a chance for you to win a $20 gift card. Visit the Elizabeth Craft Designs Blog. Answer this question by leaving a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs BlogWhat Elizabeth Craft Designs dies or stamp sets would you use to create a background on something you were creating? 3 lucky winners will be chosen in a random drawing.


Below you will find the steps to replicate my card. 
  • Step 1 - Cut White Soft Finish Cardstock to 8 1/2" x 5 1/2". Score and fold in half to form a vertical side-fold card base. Finished size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (A2)
  • Step 2 - Diecut Kaleidoscope Background using a Scrap piece of cardstock to create a stencil. 

  • Step 3 - Trim White Soft Finish Cardstock to 4 1/4” x 5 1/2” and place the Kaleidoscope Stencil you created on top. Using a sponge dauber or ink applicator start to Color over the stencil. I used 4 colours in Distress Oxide Inks as they are easy to blend colours together. 
  • Step 4 - You can remove the stencil and use as below but I wanted less white showing. Using a strong glue on the back adhere the stencil to the background by offsetting it 1mm. See below for visual. Trim to 4” x 5 1/4” and adhere the whole background panel to the card using a sheet of fun Foam by using Clear Double Sided Adhesive sheets on both sides.  



  • Step 5 - Diecut Stitched Fishtail Banners using White Soft Finish Cardstock. Keep the die on top of the Diecut and ink inside. Again I used Distress Oxide Ink. 
  • Step 6 - Stamp Sentiments 1 - Celebration Clear Stamp in left side of Stitched Fishtail Banners Diecut with Black Ink. 
  • Step 7 - Stamp Sentiments 1 - Celebration Clear Stamp on White Soft Finish Cardstock with Black Ink.  Diecut the stamped image with matching Die. (Tip: Diecut a Scrap piece to use as a template. Use the negative piece to make sure the stamped area is inside the Diecut. Add a piece of masking tape to hold in place then pass through the Diecut machine.) Adhere to the right side of Stitched Fishtail Banner. Now adhere the whole banner to the card using Foam Tape. 




Thanks for stopping by. Below is a link of all Elizabeth Craft Designs Product Used for your easy convenience.