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4 Easy Slimline Cards for Mother’s Day + Video Tutorial

Hello crafty friends! Mother’s Day is right around the corner and today I have 4 easy slimline cards that you can mass produce and give them to the most important women in your life. I also have a video tutorial on my YouTube channel and you can take a look at it for all details on how I made these cards, click here.

So for these slimline cards I have used the Nested Rectangle Dies from Picket Fence Studios, the Slimline Floral set from Simon Says Stamp, Hey Mama dies and Mother’s Day Sentiment Strips also from Simon Says Stamp. The embossing powder used is WOW! Metallic Gold Super Fine, my favorite! And I colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

My first card has a choice of pink cardstock for my card base, along with iridescent sequins and the hey mama die cuts.

The sentiment strips from Simon Says Stamp are really helpful, they came in handy for me and saved me some time.

For the second card I have Neenah Desert Storm cardstock with two floral frames and I love how all the flowers leaves look on top of this color of cardstock. The pearls gave this card a very warm touch too.

Here’s a closer look.

On my third slimline card the floral frames literally jump up from the background with this dark pink cardstock.

The use of these embellishments on this card also helped to create a more dramatic contrast.

You could’ve also had your sentiment gold heat embossed on this panel and it would’ve have looked wonderful too.

On the last card I had this dark teal cardstock that also helped to create contrast on this panel.

This floral frame is not just beautiful but it helps to create a focal point on your card.

The contrast of colors here is also beautiful and strong.

Making these slimline cards were very easy and fast. Once you have all floral frames colored and your die cuts ready then you just need glue and start putting together all pieces.

I wish all moms to have a marvelous Mother’s Day, please feel blessed for being the most strong and courageous people in this world. Hugs and kisses to all of you!

Your friend, Karen


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AECP Family Instagram Hop

Welcome to an AECP Family Hop where we are sharing the Altenew Academy class which has inspired us the most.

We are all at various points in our AECP journey, but we are united in wanting to celebrate the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from the classes in Altenew Academy.

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Altenew is generously sponsoring this hop and to be in with a chance to win one of FOUR $25 gift certificates to their online store. You will find all details and the hop list of designers over my IG account.

To be honest, I loved many classes so I decided to put a lit bit of three of them on this card: “All About Layering”, “Creating Watercolor Media” and “Let It Shine”.

Let’s start!

To create my background I used Watercolor Brush markers and I made this organic look with lots of splatters but I didn’t covered the whole panel so the background would have some movement. The colors of watercolors I used on the panel are Rubellite, Midnight Violet and Emerald. These colors belong to the Spring Garden set.

Once my panel was dry, I placed it inside the Mod Squares 3D Embossing Folder and run it through my die cutting machine. Next, I added a white folded note card at the back using glue.

Then, I added some touches of Antique Gold Pigment over the embossed panel. Additionally, I gold heat embossed some flowers and leaves from the stamp set Nature Blossoms. I watercolored these flowers and leaves using more of the Watercolor Brush markers. The colors I used were Fresh Lemon, Sunkissed, Emerald and Desert Night. Using the matching die I die cut all these images.

I arranged all flowers and leaves on top of my panel using glue and foam tape. Also, I die cut the Waterbrush Hello Die out of golf foil paper and placed it on top of my arrangement. Finally, I watercolor a piece of watercolor paper using Emerald Watercolor Brush marker and once it was dry I gold heat embossed my sentiment and added it to my background along with some sequins and this card was finished.

I hope you like this card and get some inspiration. You will find all the products I used down below. Don’t forget to participate in the IG Hop and leave some love to the other designers. Thank you so much for stopping by and have wonderful weekend!

Your friend , Karen


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Just Peeking in on You! | Picket Fence Studios

Hi friends! Today I’m over Picket Fence Studios blog showing this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp and dies, Scallop Frame Slimline Dies and Slimline Details of a Wing Stencil. I really hope you like this card and if you want to know how I made this card please head over to Picket Fence Studios blog, click here.

Have a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by!

Your friend, Karen

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Picket Fence Studios April new release is here!

Hi crafty friends! And a new release from Picket Fence Studios is here! The April release is full of wonderful new products and to show case them I have made 5 cards and I will be telling you step by step how I made this Wild Daisy slimline card. Also, below you will find more pictures of the other cards I created for this release and the link to all products (Affiliated links at no cost to you!).

Let’s start! Using the new Scallop Frame Slimline Die I die cut a piece of watercolor paper. I created this organic and natural look for this background using yellow, orange and green watercolors. As you can see I used lots and lots of splatters all around the panel. Then, once my panel was dry, I adhered a folded slimline card at the back using glue.

Next, with the help of my MISTI I stamped the Wild Daisies Stamp onto piece of Neenah Classic Crest Solar White using Picket Fence Studios Black Hybrid ink and colored them using Copic Markers. When I finished coloring I fussy cut the whole image, added foam tape at the back and placed it at the bottom of my panel.

Finally, I die cut the Slimline Big Happy Hugs out of two different colors of green cardstock in order to create a shade underneath. I added this word dies to my panel using glue and this card was ready!

My next card features this small scallop circle and “hi” word die from the Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

For the following card I have created a shaker card and I’m show casing the new “celebrate” word die also part of the new Scallop Frame Slimline Dies.

This card features the Monarch Butterfly die cut out of gold glittery cardstock.

And finally I have created this slimline card featuring the new Cats are Family Stamp Set and Details of a Wing Slimline Stencil.

I really hope I can inspire you with all these cards that I have made for this April release. You can click here to find all new products at the Picket Fence Studios store. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Waffle Flower Challenge

Hello crafty friends! Did you hear the news? Waffle Flower just started a new weekly challenge program! Each Waffle Flower Challenge (Link: https://waffleflower.com/challenges/) starts on a Friday and runs for a week! This week’s challenge is hosted by their design team member Jeanne. Michelle and I are so excited to be co-hosting the challenge by sharing our creations on 3 platforms: Blog (Link Party), Instagram and Facebook! Check out all the details below!

This week, we challenge you to use watercolored florals in your projects!

There are three ways to enter the challenges:

And here is the direct link to the link party post!:
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/p/0ec860837cbe4fde98f4e3b8a86671a2

Hope you would join us in the challenge fun! There are awesome rewards!

And here is my take on the challenge:

For these cards I’m featuring the Bouquet Builder 3 and Sentiment Additions Stamps and dies from Waffle Flower

I stamped these bouquets using Gingerbread hybrid ink from Scrapbook and colored the flowers and leaves with Copic markers.

I die cut the bouquets and additional flowers and leaves using the coordinating dies.

Above you can take closer look of the flowers. And by the way, this stamp set is absolutely gorgeous!

My backgrounds were created using watercolors and for this card I used teals and aqua colors to make the flowers and leaves pop up from the background. I really love all that contrast of colors on this slimline watercolor card.

I added the bouquet to my background using foam and glue. Finally, I stamped the “love you” sentiment using black ink, die cut it using the matching die and placed it on top of the bouquet.

My second card was created following the same steps as I did with my first card.

But this time, the watercolor background was created using green and yellow colors. That organic look on both cards is exactly what I wanted to create when I first visualized these cards in my mind.

Again, here you can see all the contrast of colors between the flowers and the background.

I really hope you liked these cards that I created with tons of love for all of you. Also, I hope I can inspire you I want to encourage you to play with us in this awesome challenge all this coming week. On Instagram use hashtag #WFC2103W3.

I can’t wait to see all your wonderful floral creations using watercolor. Good luck and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Masking Unleashed | Altenew Academy

Hello crafty friends! Today I have this card part of the Masking Unleashed class from Altenew Academy. On this class I learned different techniques for masking and I chose this one where you can create beautiful backgrounds. Additionally and since mask stencils are very popular now, I used the negative parts of a stencil to mask my flowers and create a background. This technique is fantastic and a great way to create a quick and unique background. I haven’t tried this technique before but I’m already a fan of it.

For this card I used Wonderland Stamp Set, Wonderland Mask Stencil, Moroccan Mosaic Stamp Set, More than Words Stamp Set for the sentiment and Antique Gold Pigment ink for my background.

Let’s begin, I started by stamping my flowers on a piece of Neenah Crest Solar White 80 lbs. I used the corresponding negative parts of the mask stencil for the flowers at the bottom. I stamped with a copic-friendly black ink.

Next, I removed the mask stencils and I colored the flowers using Copic markers. Once I finished coloring I placed the corresponding negative parts of the mask stencil on all flowers. I needed all flowers to be masked so I can stamp on top of them.

To stamp the Moroccan background stamp I had to use my biggest MISTI so I can re stamp with no problems. I did have to re stamp at least 4 times using the Antique Gold Pigment Ink and I can say that even with those layers of the mask I had a pretty decent impression.

At the end I trimmed down the top and bottom part of this panel and adhered a white folded card note using foam tape. Then, I stamped the sentiment using More than Words Stamp Set with black ink, added a few embellishments, sequins and this card was ready.

I’m so grateful for this class where I have learned a lot of tips an techniques. Masking is a whole new world where you are going to have so much fun. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a marvelous day!

Your friend, Karen


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Color your Day | Altenew Academy

Hi everyone! Today I’m sharing this colorful card part of the Color your Day class from Altenew Academy. Just like its name this class is all about how to add and play with colors in your cards and feel confident about using them. I’m a fan of adding colors and on this card I was sure to play with colors and contrast. I love getting inspiration from my kids clothing but for this card my inspiration came from a picture that you will see below.

Inspired by this picture

The products I used for this card are Starry Flowers Stamp and dies, Flowing Drops Stencil and Fancy Hello die. Additionally, I used Watercolor Brush Markers and Daffodil Yellow paper glaze as a medium for my stencil.

Let’s start! I placed the Flowing Drops Stencil on top of an A2 watercolor paper and applied the Daffodil Yellow paper glaze across the stencil with the help of an spatula. Then, I removed the stencil and let this panel dry for about 30 minutes.

Once the panel was dry I trimmed down the edges a little bit and adhered a white folded note card at the back using glue. I used paper glaze on the background because I love how bright this shade of yellow is and that helped me to create the contrast with the flowers.

Next. on a piece of watercolor paper I stamped the two images from the Starry Flowers Stamp Set using black ink and then I heat embossed them with WOW! Clear Gloss Embossing Powder.

I started adding colors with the Watercolor Brush Markers that work beautifully and the pigment doesn’t fade away once it’s dry. Using the matching dies I die cut the flowers and added both of them to the background using foam tape.

Also, I die cut an oval shape out of vellum and adhered it on top of the flowers. Then, I die cut the Fancy Hello die twice out of white and light teal cardstocks. I placed the white die cut behind the teal Hello and added this stack to the vellum.

Finally, a few Nuvo clear drops were added along with some clear iridescent sequins around the panel and this card was finished.

This class was amazing! I have to admit that this was my first time watching how a color wheel works and it really helps. Remember that if you aren’t sure which colors go well together you can always use a color wheel chart. Thank you so much for stopping by and have a fabulous day!

Your friend. Karen

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Magical Marker Techniques | Altenew Academy

Hi crafty friends! Today I’m sharing this card part of the Magical Marker Techniques class from Altenew Academy and I must say that this class really teaches you how to think out of the box and give your Artist Markers a very unique and creative way to use in your cards. I would never imagine to use alcohol markers with a brayer and create a background, but I did it and I loved the technique because the final result is like an organic watercolor look that doesn’t need much since it looks really awesome.

For this card I used Artist Markers Cosmic Garden Set A, Virginia Rose 3D Die and Peruvian Lily Stamp Set for my sentiment.

I started by scribbling Frosty Pink and Coral Berry markers onto a piece of acetate and then I sprayed Isopropyl alcohol from a spritzer. Immediately, I picked up the ink with the brayer and rolled it across a piece of white cardstock. I repeated these steps but this time I added a bit of Ruby Red.

I didn’t want too much color in my background so this panel was ready to adhere a white folded note card at the back using glue. I love the natural flow of the ink on this background. It looks so organic, just like things are in real life.

Next, I decided to apply the ink directly to the flowers and leaves from the Virginia Rose 3D Die. I have seen this before but I never tried it so using Frayed Leaf and Forest Glades markers I colored a piece of white cardstock and then I die cut some leaves using the dies from the Virginia Rose 3D Dies.

I did the same using Coral Berry, Ruby Red and Grapevine markers to add color to the flower.

Then, I stamped my sentiment from Peruvian Lily Stamp Set using black ink. I added the leaves and the flower that I have put together using more glue. Finally, I added some clear iridescent sequins as the final touch to this card.

I tent to overwork my backgrounds and I spend lots of time making just one card and I have no complaints about it because that’s my style, however this lesson taught me how gorgeous a simple card looks. You don’t need to spend hours creating to make beautiful things. You need to love the simple creations because they are gorgeous in their own way and this card is so different from what I usually make but it looks perfect in my eyes.

I hope you like these techniques and thank you so much for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen

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Coffee Pillow Box | WOW! Embossing Powder

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing my last project as a Guest Designer over WOW! Embossing Powder blog. This project is extra cute and I made two coffee pillow boxes that you can give to your friends or your loved ones. You can add candies or chocolates inside, as well as cash.

You can have the full tutorial and all the pictures over WOW! Embossing Powder blog so please check out their blog for more details, click here. Have a wonderful day!

Your friend, Karen


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Polychromatic | Altenew Academy

Hi friends! Here I have this card for the Polychromatic class from Altenew Academy. This class was all about playing with colors and I chose to go with the watercoloring with similar colors lesson because I hardly ever make monochromatic looks. I think this was an stunning class that pushes you to go beyond your limits.

For this card I have used Wonderland Stamp set and dies, Pinstripe Stamp Set and Persian Motifs Stamp Set.

Let’s start! I stamped onto watercolor paper some flowers from Wonderland Stamp Set with VersaFine ink and heat embossed them using white embossing powder.

I added color to the flowers using Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and using a detailed watercolor brush I blended them out. The markers I used are Light Blue, Turquoise Green and Persian Green as my darkest color.

Once I finished watercoloring I die cut the flowers using the matching dies and set them aside for a while.

Next, to create my background I stamped and white heat embossed some leaves from the Persian Motifs Stamp Set on an A2 panel of Bristol Smooth paper. Then, using the same Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers that I colored the flowers with I scribbled the inks in different parts around the leaves. Immediately, I sprayed water and all the ink started moving and blending. I applied heat using a heat tool and then I added more ink and water. Some splatters of the same ink were added too.

Once my background was dry I adhered a folded note card at the back using glue. Next, I placed my flowers on top using foam tape. Some sequins and Nuvo drops were added too. Finally, I white heat embossed the HELLO sentiment from Pinstripe Stamp Set onto a teal cardstock to continue with this blue/teal colors, I placed it at the bottom of my background using foam tape and this card was finished.

I adored this class! It pushed me to go beyond my limits and I learned great tips and also I found out that when you go out of your comfort zone you can make beautiful things happen. Thank you so much for stopping by and I hope you like this card. Have a fabulous day!

Your friend, Karen