Sunday, December 25, 2016

Rudolph's LED Nose

This card was a little more challenging but so much fun to make. I have recently discovered light-up cards using LEDs and I really wanted to create a card where Rudolph's nose shines red. The difficult part was hiding the copper tape and the battery. The card is mostly white so the few red elements including the red nose really pop. It has so many layers that give it a lot of dimension. I am super happy with how it turned out.

For the little bird I used the tree builder punch and cut a tiny triangle that I glued behind the head to make it look like a cardinal.

The shimmery effect from the Wink of Stella shows really well on the picture below. The battery switch is under the cardinal and watch what happens if you push on him:

Rudolph's nose starts glowing red!

O.K. now let's turn off the lights so we can really see it glow.

I wish you all Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year! Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Rudolph with Santa's Sleigh

Back in August Chloe Evans made a wonderful Z-fold card using the Santa's Sleigh Thinlits dies and stamps. I totally fell in love with that card and have wanted to case it ever since. See her original post here.

So I finally found the time to play around with it a little bit last week and here is the result. My take on this very creative card.

I have always loved coloring and with the coloring books becoming more and more popular lately I have practiced various coloring techniques over the last few month. For the reindeer on this card I used color pencils.

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Friday, September 30, 2016


I have recently started to play with LED light up cards and I am totally hooked. And the Jar of Love stamp set is perfect for that. I had so much fun lighting up those little fireflies! The card is battery powered and when you push on the "light" button the little LEDs light up the card. How cool is that?

They already glow pretty well without turning off the lights.

But of course it looks way cooler in the dark.

Stay tuned for more. Thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday, March 17, 2016

Meet Jelly Bean

One of my favorite books is "Jelly Bean and the Unbreakable Egg". Every time I look at that cute chicken from the "Honeycomb Happiness" stamp set I see Jelly Bean. So this book was the inspiration for my Easter pop-up card today.

To color Jelly Bean I wet the surface of watercolor paper pretty well. Then I applied Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Tango Tangerine and Cucumber Crush re-inker with my Aqua Painter and let the colors run on the wet paper. Set aside to let it dry. Once it was dry I stamped the chick with Basic Black and cut it out.

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Friday, March 4, 2016

Event Display Stamper Application 2016

I was so excited when Stampin' Up! offered demonstrators the opportunity to get involved and and stamp samples for the display boards for OnStage this year again. I was given the honor to make some samples in 2014 and 2013 and I had a blast designing and creating my projects. So here are my samples for this year's application.

Tissue Box Cover   3D item #1

I have been playing around with this idea for quite a while. When I first started to sketch the design for a tissue box cover that looks like a house I was more focused on Gingerbread Houses. I am glad I never really got around to do it because with the new "Brick Wall" TIEF and the "Hearth & Home" thinlit dies I could take it to a whole nother level and make a house that  can be displayed year round. And did you know that the window die can also be used to make a front door?

 Front View

Side View


The window sheet even shows the reflection from the light. It looks so real. The lace trim makes a perfect curtain and aren't the flower boxes just adorable?

And a house would not be complete without a little mailbox.

Treat Holder   3D item #2

It is always good to have a little give away on hand. This little fancy treat bag literally screams enjoy a break or as I like to call it "Have a 5 min. vacation". Using the pearls added a touch of elegance to the packaging and I really like how this soothing color combination goes with the theme.

You Rock   card #1

This card uses a lot of different techniques like emboss resist, masking, bokeh background and water coloring to name a few. It is a very versatile card that can be used for a birthday, and achievement or a thank you. And the best part? It also fits the category masculine cards.

I spritzed the whole card with the glitter from the new Wink of Stella Glitter Brush that was introduced in the 2016 Occasions catalog. It is hard to capture the glitter in a photo but I think the image below shows it pretty good.

Hello   card #2

Flowers never go out of style and just when you think you have them all there is a new stamp or die that is even more beautiful than all the other ones in your collection. For this card I used Pool Party re-inker diluted with water and a big brush to make the watercolor  lines for the background. The sequins are from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit.

Happy Birthday   card #3

The "World Map" is one of my favorite background stamps and it compliments the airplane from the "Sky is the Limit" stamp set in the Sale-A-Bration catalog so well. The perfect pair. I decided on a very subtle background to make the plane pop.

Explore Your World   scrapbook page 

The stamps from the "Balloon Celebration" stamp set are great to create some dandelion blow balls and all the seeds that get carried away in the wind. The perfect complement to the picture with all the wildflowers. It took a long time to explore all the different flowers on that meadow in the picture. I used the emboss resist technique to create the dandelions and sponged Soft Sky over it to create a subtle background. I really like how the silver metallic thread frames the picture on the page.

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Oh So Pretty

I was really disappointed when the "5th Avenue Floral" set retired a few years ago. But when SU retires something they usually replace it with something even better. So with the Occasions catalog 2016 we got the "Rose Garden Thinlits Dies" and they are sooooo pretty. 

For this card I cut out a window frame from Whisper White cardcstock. Then I cut the rose and the leaves and glued it to the back of my frame. To make it pop I used some Calypso Coral cardstock as the background and mounted the layers on a white card. Finish it off with some color coordinating ribbon and done! So stunning!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Too Cute!

Happy Valentine's day everybody! I just love this little bird.  For the card below I used watercolor paper and the SU! markers. To blend the ink I used a blender pen and an Aqua Painter.

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Less is More

This is another spin on the card I posted yesterday. It is simplified but that puts the balloon even more into focus and really makes it pop. Simple cards are sometimes a real challenge for me but I totally like how this one turned out.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Balloon

Balloons are always fun but the coordinating balloon punch makes them even more fun! It just makes creating and assembling cards so quick and easy. For those of you who still need an inspiration for Valentine's Day, here we go.

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

More tea?

I sure hope you are not getting tired of this bundle yet because I am not done playing with it any time soon. This is a perfect card for those make ahead cards to add to your stack for when you need one on the fly. With that sentiment the card can be used for many different occasions whether it's a birthday, a thank you or even Valentine's Day.

Happy stamping,

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Cup of Tea

I finally had time to play with the with the "A Nice Cuppa" stamp set and the coordinating dies from the occasions catalog. The new background set "Timeless Textures" is a perfect match for that bundle. I like to think a little out of the box when using my stamp sets  or dies and I challenged myself to use this one for Valentine's cards. I think it turned out really cute.

Did you discover the new  "Wink of Stella Glitter Brush" yet? So easy and clean to apply some sparkle to the cards with that pen. It's kind of hard to capture that in a picture but I applied it to all the little hearts and it look really pretty.

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Saturday, January 16, 2016

The Sky Is The Limit

The new Occasions catalog went life on January 5th. SU! never ceases  to amaze me with their beautiful new stamps and accessories. I already got a preview at OnStage and I could not wait to get my hands on the new product.

But not only did we get the new Occasions catalog, Sale-A-Bration (SAB) has started too. Between 01/05 and 03/31 you get one free product for every $50 you spend. It's my favorite time of the year to shop SU!. My fist pick from the SAB was the stamp set "Sky Is The Limit". Masculine cards are always very challenging, especially for Valentines day. But this stamp set makes it so easy to whip up some cards for every occasion.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration. Thanks for stopping by,

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