Tuesday, May 24, 2016


Hi friends,
I'm back to share some graduation cards.
Here's the first:
I've created this type of card before because it comes together pretty quickly. The "congrats" die is from Taylored Expressions. It opens to reveal the white shirt inside which is where you'd write a message. (You can find a link to a tutorial on how to make this card at the end of this post.)

Here's card #2:
I used Blueprints 28 (My Favorite Things) to create a Peek-a-Boo Lift up flap Shaker card.

I also used By the Numbers Dienamics (MFT) and the Congrats die (Taylored Expressions).

Lift the flap to reveal the shaker:
 I added a strip of the Graduation Border (Taylored Expressions) and added some graduation confetti.

Card #3:
This uses my school colors. I used the Graduation Border again (TE) and only adhered the strip so that the graduates popped off the page a bit.

Here's another peek:
Here's the innie:
The congratulations die is from Simon Says Stamp.

Here are a few of the envelopes I decorated:
I used the Calli Letters stamp set (Mama Elephant) for the names. I really like how they look & it was quite easy to do! I added the Twine & Bows dies (Pretty Pink Posh) to add a finishing touch.

If you're interested in the tute for the first graduation card, you can find it ---> HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Have a great week!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Thank You, from your teacher

Hi there friends,
It's the last week of school for me so needless to say, I've been a busy little teacher! I have a few students who I wanted to give a little gift for all-around awesomeness *Ü*

I created 16 gift card holders in all--- 12 for In-N-Out and 4 for Starbucks. So, with so many to make (all in only a couple of days) I must have kept them CAS, right? Well... you decide...

Here's the Starbucks gift card design:
 I used the Cool Cup Dienamics and Stay Cool stamp set (My Favorite Things). I die cut the Frappuccino cup out of acetate and used my Adirondack Alcohol Inks to add the color. I love how that gives it translucency! I stamped the sentiment (which reads, "You Are Sweet") with Olive Green Staz-On ink. I used a Starbucks stamp I bought while in Las Vegas years ago, to create the custom pattern paper.

Here's the innie:
 and a pic of all four:
 I thought these came out pretty cool! *Ü*

Next are the ones I created for the In-N-Out gift cards:
I used the Fast Food Set Sizzlits (Sizzix) for the burger and fries. I thought it would take me too long to die cut each part from colored cardstock so to make life a bit easier, I used my Copics to do some quick coloring. I used Squeezed Lemonade and Scattered Straw Distress inks on the fries. I also added some Glossy Accents to the burger to give it the look of juiciness *Ü*

Here's a closer peek:
The gingham paper I created with the Gingham Backdrops stamp (Lawn Fawn). The "Thanks" die cut is from the Sentimental Ellements Dies (Avery Elle). I think you'll be delighted to know I used my MISTI a lot--- I mean A LOT to create these. I was sooooo glad to have it! Yes, you were all right...

 and the innie:
 Here's a bunch:

And the finishing touch on the back:
This is how I personalize all of my cards. I bought & created this custom stamp through, in case you wanted to create your own for your handcrafted creations *Ü*

I also had a few Graduation cards to make which I'll be sharing soon. I thought this was plenty for one post, lol.

Thanks for stopping by the blog today!
Until next time, friends...

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day!

Hi friends,
Happy Mother's Day to all! Just popping in to share the Mother's Day card I created for my Grammy from the boys and I.
Here it is:
I used the Mom + Me stamp set and coordinating dies (lawn Fawn). I colored the grandma owl and baby owl with Copics. I decided to take some of the sentiments and have them be reasons why Grandmas are the BEST! I went with this look because my Grammy is just heavenly! *Ü* especially her cooking!!! The background was ink blended with Distress Inks. The clouds are from the Clouds Dienamics (My Favorite Things). Last I scattered some holographic stars in the sky.

I am a couple of weeks away from closing out another year at Hogwarts so it's been a very busy time! I am going to be missing from the blog-o for a while, but I'm not teaching summer school, so I'll have extra crafty time on my hands *Ü*

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Until next time...

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Gift Card Packet Pockets

Hi ya friends,
I have a couple of gift card packets to share today. I think these are a super cute way (and a super quick way) to present a gift card or a bit of cash. You might be asking, "Karli, did you mean pockets?" well, I made them using the Seed Packet die (Papertrey Ink). I love that it cuts and scores in one pass- easy peasy, lemon drop squeezy.

Here's the first one:
 I used the Girl's Day In stamp set (My Favorite Things). This is a vintage MFT stamp from their old "Who's that Girl" stamp line that is no longer made. :(  I colored it with Copics, added a ribbon around the packet pocket and tied a bow.

Here's the insert where I will write my message:
Here they are together:
I'm giving this to my friend with some mani money, since I don't know what her fave nail studio is.

Here's the second gift packet pocket:
I know this one's a toughie to figure out, huh *Ü*
  I used the Perk Up stamp set (MFT) and the Coffee Cup Dienamics (MFT). I masked off part of the image so I could stamp "Happy Birthday" instead and resized the sleeve so that the greeting would fit. I will be tucking in a Starbucks gift card in this one.

Here's the insert:
 And both together:
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Have a great day!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Hi friends,
I have a birthday card to share with ya today. I was all ready to film the process of this card which focuses on the no-line Copic coloring technique. I was in about 5 minutes, when my battery died :(
*Rookie Rule #1: Make sure the battery is fully charged before recording the video...D'oh!

Here it is:
This cutie is Piñata Marci (La La Land Crafts) colored with the No-line copic coloring technique. After I was done coloring her, I masked her and the piñata & ink blended the background with Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn) Then I went over a few parts with my Prismacolor Pencils to add some details. Last, I added a few crystal sequins and crystal confetti. I added some Stickles to the center of the piñata, skirt, and falling candy.

Here's a peek of the innie:
The fun streamers are from the Hooray stamp set (Papertrey Ink.)

That's it for today.
Have a fun-filled week!

Sunday, April 10, 2016

With Sympathy

Hi friends,
Today I have a sympathy card I made for a friend who lost her grandmother.
Here it is:
 I stamped the flowers from the Delicate Pretty Poppies (My Favorite Things) and heat embossed them with white embossing powder so I could do some ink blending with Ripe Persimmon, Abandoned Coral, and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks. I die cut the Stitched Oval Frame (MFT) and popped it up with foam tape. I layered the poppies and the Fanciful Flourishes die (Cheery Lynn) and adhered them to the oval frame.

Here's another peek:
 I ink blended the background & spritzed it with water. I heat stamped the sentiment from the With Sympathy stamp set (Hero Arts.) Lastly, I tucked in few Sparkling Clear sequins (Pretty Pink Posh).

Here's the innie:
 Both images come from the With Sympathy stamp set (Hero Arts).

I used this week's MFT Color Challenge #42

Thanks so much for stopping by today.
Have a great week!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

From Tigress

Hello there friends,
Hope you're enjoying a lovely crafternoon *Ü*
I've got a couple of birthday cards from a certain furry someone in our family named Tigress.

Here's the first:
She is from the Cool Cat stamp set (My Favorite Things) colored with Copics. I used Distress Inks to ink blend the background. The grass comes from the Chirpy Chirp Chirp stamp set (Lawn Fawn). The sun diecut is from La-La-Land Crafts. I embossed the front panel with the Woodgrain embossing folder (Paper Studio). The strip of pattern paper is from the Subtle Plaids paper pack (MFT).

 You might have noticed that spot near her nose. No, that wasn't me dropping the marker *Ü*, Tigress has a marking like this on her fur. We call it her "Cindy Crawford mole!" so of course I had to add it *Ü*

Here's a peek of the innie:
I used the left over part of the sun I trimmed on the front and carried it over on the inside. The "translation" is also from Chirpy Chirp Chirp (LF) as is the grassy border along the bottom. The sentiment is from Cool Cat (MFT).

I used this week's MFT Sketch #275 for this card:
 The second card of Tigress uses the kitty from the I Knead You stamp set (MFT).
 I stamped the kitty & thought bubble & masked them with the Molotow masking pen then I used my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors to paint the background on watercolor paper. I water-colored the kitty with Distress Inks and then used my Prisma Color pencils to give it some detail. I used just the swirly part from the Scripty Sayings stamp set (Lawn Fawn) and heat embossed it in Liquid Platinum.

Here's the innie:
I carried over the string from the outside to create the sentiment. I stamped the ball of yarn & heat embossed it with Liquid Platinum embossing powder (I LUUUUV this powder!) I used Broken China DI around the edges & spritzed it with water.

Thanks so much for popping in. I'm off to deliver these cards.
Have a great weekend!
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