#cardmaking, Uncategorized

Waves of Birthday Wishes to Nicole Petersen

Today we are celebrating Nicole Petersen’s birthday, the owner of Picket Fence Studios. The Design Team is sending her gratitude and love around Social Media with birthday cards and you can find them at IG with the following hashtag #wavesofbirthdaywishes

Here’s the card I made with so much love to wish Nicole the best day ever, God’s protection y so many blessings. Nicole is not just someone I work with but a really good friend 💗.

I really hope you and Nicole like this card and if you want to know which products I used on this slimline, links are below.

Have a great day. Your friend, Karen


#cardmaking, #wowembossingpowder, Uncategorized

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


#altenew, #cardmaking, Uncategorized

In a Twist | Altenew Academy

Happy Friday! For today’s card I have this lovely technique called Faux Embossing with Die Cuts and it’s part of the With A Twist class from Altenew Academy. On this lesson I have learned how to take your products and think different ways to get the more out of them. I have used Cherished Memories Stamp and dies, Be Kind Stamp Set and Nesting Labels Die Set. To add color I used Zig Clean Colors Real Brush Markers.

Let’s begin! I started by stamping the flowers and leaves from Cherished Memories Stamp Set using black ink. I used Bristol Smooth watercolor paper. Next, I colored them with the Zig Clean Colors Real Brush Markers and a fine watercolor brush. I really love how this flowers turned out!

Once I finished coloring I die cut all flowers and leaves using the matching dies from the Cherished Memories Die set. Then, I arranged all elements on top of an A2 folded notecard until I was happy with the placement of each element. I made sure the leaves and flowers were peeking out of the panel and placed evenly around, then I secured each of them with liquid glue.

In addition, I stamped the sentiment from Be Kind Stamp Set onto a colored cardstock that matched the greens and flowers of my background. I used black ink and then I placed one of the dies from Nesting Labels Die Set on top and run this throughout my die cutting machine. Finally, I added to my background using glue and this card was finished. You can take a closer look of the faux embossing look in the last two pictures.

Remember that this technique works great when you have a tone on tone card so you can get that embossed look with the die cuts even if you color the die cuts. Also, you will need the coordinating dies because fussy cutting won’t look so good and definitely you won’t get this Faux Embossing look.

I really love this card and this technique is absolutely relaxing and fun, I hope you give this a try and thank you so much for stopping by.

Your friend, Karen

#misti, Cardmaking, Uncategorized

MISTI and Dare2BArtzy Blog Hop Collaboration

Hello crafty friends! Today MISTI has teamed up with Dare 2B Artzy for this fabulous Blog Hop Collaboration full of inspiration and a GIVEAWAY just for you.


Both companies are giving a $20 gift card to each store and a coupon code FALL10 for 10% off purchases from 10/29 – 11/8 (excludes sale items). So please leave a comment on each blog post to enter this awesome giveaway! And Good Luck!

Let’s start! I have created two cards for this blog hop, one slimline and one A2 panel. The stamps and dies are Honey Bear and Buzzy Beez. You can combine these two stamps because they match perfectly.

I placed all stamps inside the MISTI and stamped them using VersaFine Onyx Black ink and I colored them with Copic markers. Before die cutting, I placed my sheet inside the MISTI again to stamp one more time and get those black outlines more define. Next, I proceeded to die cut all images using the coordinating dies.

I die cut the slimline panel and additionally I die cut a circle right in the center of it. I applied Carved Pumpkin Distress Oxide ink in two ends of the panel using a Life Changing Blender Brush. Then I adhered a black slimline notecard at the back of this panel using foam tape.

The circle I die cut from the center of the slimline panel was colored with Speckled Egg and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks using Life Changing Blender Brushes. Then, I inserted this die cut in the center of the panel using glue.

I die cut the honeycomb out of orange cardstock four times and arranged them along with all the other images at the top, middle and bottom part of the panel using glue and foam tape.

I also, placed another piece of cardstock inside the MISTI and stamped all the sentiments, then I adhered them to the background with foam tape and this card is done.

For my second card, I used a stencil to applied color to this panel. I used Speckled Egg and Curved Pumpkin Distress Oxide inks.

Next, I arranged all images around the panel using glue and foam tape.

Finally, I stamped all the sentiments using VersaFine Black Onyx ink and to do this I simply placed this panel inside the MISTI and stamped both sentiments and this card is finished.














Sandi Maciver

D2BA Blog


#cardmaking, Shaker Card

New Sequins Mix from Picket Fence Studios + Youtube Video

Hello! Today I’m up at Picket Fence Studios Blog sharing these shaker cards using my the new Sequins Mix. This is a great idea to create simple but beautiful cards using your leftover die cuts from previous projects and put them to good use. You can also check out the how-to video at Picket Fence Studios YouTube channel here.

Let’s begin with the first shaker. I’m using Picking Flowers and Fabulously Perfect Stamp from Picket Fence Studios. I die cut a circle die out of a white cardstock. I adhered a piece of acetate at the back. Then, I added some foam strips around the circle window plus more foam tape along the panel.

Next, I added the Pink Lady Sequin Mix on top of a white note card and placed my panel with the acetate on top. This way my shaker is created!

I had these flowers already done from a previous project and I added them off to the side of the shaker window so this way most of the shaker could be exposed. Finally, I stamped the Fabulously Perfect stamp using Hybrid Black ink from Picket Fence Studios.

On my second shaker, I die cut another circle die out of a white cardstock and I also adhered a piece of acetate at the back. Then, I added some foam strips around the circle window and more foam tape.

I added the Berry Infusion Sequin Mix on top of a white note card and placed my panel with the acetate on top. I added this girl from BFF Ballerina Girl Stamp using foam tape and finally I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set.

On my following shaker, after die cutting the circle die I adhered the piece of acetate, plus the foam strips and foam tape at the back. Then, I added the Spiked Ocean Sequin Mix onto a white note card and closed the shaker window.

I used this fish from One Year Older Stamp Set and the sentiment stamped is from the same stamp.

As you can see all the shaker cards I created are very easy to make and have the same steps, this way you could definitely mass produce. My next example is perfect for a fall themed card. The sequin mix used here is Moscow Mule. It has these muted colors and a shiny orange.

The critter and sentiment are from A Little Nuts Stamp Set.

And here you have a Christmas Shaker Card, isn’t that beautiful? This deer and even the piece of red cardstock with the sentiment were leftovers from a previous card and I’m so glad I was able to use them on this shaker.

I used Holiday Hopper Sequin Mix on this card and the deer is from On A Christmas Walk Stamp Set and the sentiment is from The Season of Giving Stamp Set. my sentiment has been white heat-embossed using WOW! Embossing Powder.

My last shaker card was the easiest of all of them! I used here Christmas Punch Sequin Mix and this gorgeous Merry Christmas Foiled Impression Die.

The size was absolutely perfect as a focal point on this card and you still can see the shaker almost fully exposed.

I truly hope you enjoyed this post and some of the ideas to make easy, fast and beautiful shaker cards. Have a fabulous day!


Here is the video of how I made these 6 shaker cards. Enjoy!


#scrapbook, Uncategorized

Mini Books | Scrapbooking

Hello crafty friends! Today I’m sharing with you all the first part of these mini books that I made with lots of love for some crafty friends to show my appreciation for always thinking of me. These mini books can be personalized with pictures and I left plenty of room for that. I took out all dies I had on my stash. I won’t be able to link all of them because several were given as happy mails or won at giveaways, but you can use anything you have on hands. I have a video on my YouTube channel where you can see all the mini books, it’s not a tutorial but you will get a closer look.

Let’s begin! These mini books are very easy to make, I used greeting cards for the inside of the book. I glued the inside of each card then each end was glued to the cover. The greeting cards used were from Dear Lizzy “She’s Magic” and Amy Tangerine “Finder Keepers”. The covers were made out of boxes and any box can work, specially if they are thin. Also, I used different patterned papers for the covers also from Jen Hadfield and Amy Tangerine paper pads. Additionally, I added a piece of fabric to each book so you can close it. This was definitely a touch of cuteness.

This is the cover of my first mini book decorated with ephemeras from Jen Hadfield “Along The Way” gold foil accents and a hello die cut from Simon Says Stamp.

My intention was to make these mini books as flat as possible but as you can see I probably added too many things on the inside.

Like I mentioned, I glued the inside of each greeting card to create the pages. I used 5 cards on each mini book. Also, in this picture you can see all the pockets created on each page are perfect to store journaling, more pictures, embellishments, etc.

This page was decorated using letters from Illustrated Faith that I fussy cut and some chipboard alpha letters.

My second mini book states in the cover “Good Times” and it’s from Oh Happy Life paper pad from Amy Tangerine that I cropped with a corner punch.

This little girl on this tag looks so cute with this bow from Put A Bow On It Print & Pray Digital by Illustrated Faith. On the next page, I glued a hello friend that I die cut out of white cardstock to pop up from the background. I also added some stickers.

On this page, I created a pocket using Oh Happy Life paper pad from Amy Tangerine and I added on the inside some cards from Project Life where you can write notes or document something that happens to you.

Next, since I had a solid green page I placed this piece of patterned paper and some stickers from Jen Hadfield sticker book with foil accents. On the following page, I created a pocket using this butterfly ephemera and I really loved how it turned out. This butterfly is also part of the Jen Hadfield “Along The Way” collection.

Here are the last two pages, one of them was created by die cutting the Dodec Cover Die from Altenew where you can add a picture or more journaling. On the other page, you find a large THANKS.

This is the third mini book where this tag plays a cute role on this cover. This tag is from Jen Hadfield “Along The Way” paper pad and the flowers are from Wildflower Digital Ephemera from Illustrated Faith.

On the first page there’s a “Hello there gorgeous” message that I made using Simon Says Stamp dies and on the next page I die cut and stamped a second message that says “Congrats for being pretty amazing my crafty friend” because crafty friends are the best, right?

Another tag and pocket made by Oh Happy Life paper pad from Amy Tangerine. The brush you see at the bottom is from Less Hustle, More Jesus Highlight Print & Pray Digital by Illustrated Faith.

I simply adore this two pages and I added a frame to place a picture and a smile die cut that I got from a happy mail long time ago.

On the last pages, I placed a pocket where you can store clips, die cuts, pictures, stickers, etc. Then, on the next one I added a thanks die cut and I stamped “you’re friendship means the world to me” from Simon Says Stamp.

Fourth mini book and I love this chipboard sticker sun glasses that matches perfectly with the patterned paper in the cover.

This doily paper made this page even more beautiful. I added a piece of ribbon too.

Here you can see some of the stuff I inserted on the pockets. The heart die cut is so beautiful that I decided to add some natural twine and you can even hang this near your desk, inside your car or simply use it as a tag or bookmark.

More room for your own pictures! and almost every pocket have a little surprise!

These two last pages are very simple. I used die cuts and matching colors.

For the cover of this last mini book I used ephemeras, cardstock, a die cut and fabric. Just an adorable cover.

This is a small pocket created with a the Oh Happy Life pattered paper from Amy Tangerine. I inserted a clear card from Project Life and there’s one more card inside the pocket on this page.

If you want to make a flat mini book this is how the pages should look.

More pockets, tags and Project Life cards!

The “Seriously” die cut and shadow are from Picket Fence Studios. I made the awesome word using alpha stickers.

At the bottom part of this last page there’s a little pocket that I made and the inserted can be used as a tag or bookmark too.

I really hope you enjoyed this project made with tons of love! You can head over to my YouTube channel for a closer look at all the mini books. Have a phenomenal day!



#cardmaking, watercoloring

Irresistible Inking Techniques | Altenew Academy

Hi friends! Today I have this card made for Altenew Academy. On this class, Irresistible Inking Techniques I have learned how to stretch my ink pads. The Altenew inks work as watercolor too so they are an excellent source of coloring. So for my card I will be painting my stamped flowers with ink pads.

Let’s begin! The stamp used in today’s card is called Sweetest Peas Stamp Set and I stamped and heat embossed the flowers using a silver embossing powder, that way the raised edges will hold the watery inks and also will have a fabulous shiny look. I used a fine-tip paintbrush to apply color. The ink pads used in this card are the following: Rouge, Magenta, Forest Glades, Moss, Grape Agate and Sapphire.

I used a craft sheet as a palette for my ink pads, added a bit of water and started applying the colors. I never thought I could get such a gorgeous look by using ink pads. I’m absolutely in love with how this card turned out and I will be using more and more my ink pads from now on.

Finally, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment from the same stamp set using silver embossing powder over a black cardstock, added a few embellishments around and my card for this class was finished. I love the tricks and tips I learned on this class about stretching you ink pads. I will definitely be making more cards using this technique. Hope you like my card and have a phenomenal day!



#cardmaking, #wowembossingpowder

Beautiful Embossed Peonies

Hello friends! Today I’m sharing two cards over WOW! Embossing Powder Blog. I heat embossed these gorgeous peonies from Altenew Peony Dream 3D Die set using Lime Ricky, Sunflower and Jealous Guy WOW! Embossing Powders and also the WOW! Trio Cosmic inspired by Seth Apter.

#cardmaking, #watercolor, #wowembossingpowder, Uncategorized

Picket Fence Studios & WOW! Embossing Powder Blog Hop Collaboration + GIVEAWAYS

Hello shiny friends! Today I’m part of this wonderful blog hop for Day 1 with WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studios. We have a fabulous GIVEAWAY and lots of inspiration.


WOW! Embossing Powders is giving away a $25 gift certificate to either their UK or USA store.

Picket Fence Studios is giving away a $50 gift certificate to their store.

The Winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on THE POSTS.

To join this GIVEAWAY you must leave a comment on each blog post to have a chance at getting your hands on the prize. This hop is open internationally. Winners will be announced the week of the 11th May 2020 on both the WOW! Embossing Powder and Picket Fence Studio Blog.

For this hop I’m participating with Picket Fence Studios and I have created two cards featuring Poppy Blossoms Stamp and Dies, Hello Word Die, Floral Damask Stencil, Early Tulip Bouquet Stamp and Marigold Orange Paper Glaze. Also, I used WOW! Metallic Silver Embossing Power and WOW! White Twinkle Embossing Glitter.