Friday, December 18, 2015

Never Ending Season of Peace and Joy


Karen here and today I am sharing a Christmas card I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps, watercolor wash and embossing resist. In addition I used a pretty snowflake border die from Die’sire and some sparkly sugar glitter paste from BoBunny. I started by heat embossing the lovely snowflakes and the sentiment from Crackerbox Palace with white embossing powder. Then I mixed some distress ink and water on my craft sheet and brushed it across the snowflake piece and let it dry. I die cut the snowflake border from Die’sire out of the top fold of an A2 card and rubbed some sugar glitter paste from BoBunny on it to make it sparkle.

The wish on the card is our wish for you and yours – Peace and Joy!


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, November 20, 2015

Christmas Card with Pop Out Ornament


Karen here and today I am sharing a Christmas card and ornament I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps. I love this little kitty peaking out from under the Christmas holly and thought he would would look sweet as an ornament on a Christmas tree. I started with a square green card base and a slightly smaller square of red patterned cardstock. I cut a stitched circle in the center with a die from My Creative Time and attached that piece with pop dots. Here is a picture of the ornament that slips into the top of the card.


I stamped the sweet Christmas kitty on vellum and colored it from behind. I die cut another stitched circle and attached the vellum kitty. I added a paper bow and some gold cord to hang the ornament with. Then I added some Sugar Glitter Paste from BoBunny for sparkle on the red curved edge. I hate to waste any paper, so I used the round cut out from the front of the card to stamp a CBP holiday greeting on the inside.


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, November 13, 2015

Celebrate Little Black Dress Card


Karen here and today I am sharing a Celebration card I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps and BoBunny Glitter Paste. Vicky and I discovered this glitter paste last summer at the Papercrafts CHA in Illinois and Crackerbox Palace has been featuring it in their booths at shows since then. I have seven colors of this quick drying glitter paste and have been having so much fun playing with it. I applied the Frost blue glitter paste through a “celebrate” frame stencil from Memory Box, then trimmed the edges after the paste was dry. I embossed CBP’s little black dress with black detail embossing powder from Stampamania. They call their embossing powders “The World’s Greatest Embossing Powder” and both their sparkly embossing powder line and detail embossing powders live up to that name. Very clear and crisp images are easy to achieve with the detail powders. I attached the dress piece to an aqua card base and added some more Frost blue glitter paste to the flower on the dress for some more bling.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen



Friday, November 06, 2015

Get Well Cards That Make You Smile


Karen here and today I am sharing two get well cards I made with Crackerbox Palace stamps. I love using humorous stamps when making cards and CBP has a wonderful selection of lol stamps to choose from. I made the CAS get well card above with the aspirin, band aid and Nyquil Margarita stamps. And here is a card for someone who broke an arm or wrist:


I paper pieced the chick with dotted patterned paper and the sling with actual medical bandage material. I layered it on a green piece punched with a Martha Stewart border punch.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, October 30, 2015

Deep Impressions Happy Birthday Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a musical birthday card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a technique called Deep Impressions from the fabulous Fran Seiford of Stampendous. Vicky Briggs of CBP took me and a friend to the summer CHA in Chicago this year and it was there I first saw Fran demonstrate this technique. I was fascinated and immediately bought a bunch of awesome aged embossing enamels from Stampendous. Usually you start with a die cut out of chipboard, but one day it occurred to me that a simple stamped shape would work as well as a die cut shape. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s guitar on chipboard twice and cut them out. I placed thechipboard guitars on a piece of teflon hot sheet (like the craft sheet by Ranger) on an electric griddle heated to 300 degrees. I sprinkled ultra thick clear embossing powder (available from Ranger and Stampendous) and let that melt. Then I sprinkled on Aged Gold embossing enamel (from Stampendous) and while that was molten, removed the guitars from the heat and stamped with Crackerbox Palace’s guitar stamp. This technique works best with die cuts or stamps that are not super detailed. I stamped CBP’s musical “Happy Birthday to You” with several shades of blue ink, and attached the card front to a blue card base. The beautifully textured guitars were attached with strong scor-tape.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, October 16, 2015

Boooo-gie Nights Sponging Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a die from Die-Versions. I cut a mask out of acetate with Die-Version’s Patterned Pumpkin. I taped the mask down over a cream colored card piece and also masked a moon. Then I sponged red, orange and black distress inks, and yellow on the moon after removing that mask. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s trick or treating kids parade and my favorite Halloween sentiment, “Booo”gie Nights, and attached the completed piece to a black cardbase.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


Friday, October 09, 2015

What Kind of Car Does a Ghost Drive?


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a new embossing folder from Darice. If you follow me, you know I am always looking for great stamps to make cards for my kids at Send a Smile 4 Kids. Kids love jokes and riddles, so this “ghost car” and the funny CBP sentiment that goes with it are perfect for a child’s Halloween card. I started with a black card base that I embossed with the googly eyes embossing folder. Then I stamped the ghost car and cut it out. I folded a small piece of white cardstock in half and stamped the riddle question on the front. On the inside I stamped the punch line: 

Too cute! I added a few sets of colored googly eyes to complete the fun Halloween card.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, October 02, 2015

"Booo"gie Nights Stormy Halloween Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a Halloween card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps, Bister powders and some new dies. Black Bister powders sprinkled on watercolor paper and spritzed with water results in a background that looks like a cloudy stormy night. I just purchased the bats dies (Impression Obsession) and the bare trees die (Penny Black) and I thought they would be perfect on a Halloween card cut in black. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s “Booo”gie Nights and the trick or treating kids using my MISTI so I could easily stamp them several times in black ink on the stormy Bister background. I love how this card turned out!


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Hunka Hunka Elvis Shaker Card


Karen H. here and today I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and Color Burst brilliant colored crystals which are available from Crackerbox Palace. The minute I saw CBP’s Elvis stamp, I knew I wanted to make a card that said “Hunka Hunka Burning Love” and had some flames on it. I asked John to design those stamps for me and this card is the result. Customized stamps are a big part of what Crackerbox Palace can do for you. You can contact CBP via phone or email and chances are, they can make a customized stamp out of any idea you might have. If you like Elvis, this song and the flames, you can order any of them by contacting Crackerbox Palace directly.

I started this card with a piece of watercolor paper and sprinkled Merlot, Lemon Yellow and Orange Color Burst powders on, then spritzed with water. After it was dry, I cut the frame out with a Spellbinders die. I stamped the flames on the top of the open frame and applied gold and copper glitter paste from BoBunny. I stamped Elvis and cut him out. I also stamped the juke box and the “hunka hunka burning love” on the white card base. I created a shaker card with two layers of mounting tape and dumped in a bunch of sequins and beads. After attaching card front, the beads and sequins move around and shake, rattle and roll as this picture shows:

I am going to share this card in the workshops we have coming up on October 18th and 19th featuring Color Burst and Deep Impressions techniques. If you are local, we have openings yet in the Monday sessions. Email me via the contact feature on the side of my blog if you are interested in attending.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Take 5 Plus One CBP Card Ideas from Scrap and Stamp Arts



Vicky asked if I could post her pictures from a Take 5 article I just had published in the November/December issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts. The article and card samples share how we can stretch our stamping dollars by using the same stamps in 5 unique and different cards. I also had a reindeer card published on another page that features Crackerbox Palace stamps too. Here are the pictures of the cards:







Hope you have a great day!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Coffee Aged Background Friends Card


Happy Friday! Karen H. here and today I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and an aged background made with instant coffee. I learned how to do this aged look in a video here by the wonderful Fran of Stampendous. It is easy to do- just put hot water in a spray bottle and add several spoonfuls of instant coffee, then shake. Spray the mixture on your cardstock, then sprinkle on a few of the instant coffee grounds while still wet for even more color and interest.

On this card I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s “coffee stain” stamp first, then created the background as described above. After the piece was dry, I embossed with an embossing folder from Tim Holtz. I mixed brown distress ink with water on my craft mat, then spattered on brown dots with a small paintbrush and the distress ink/water mixture. The “friends” die is also by Tim Holtz for Sizzix. I stamped Crackerbox Palace’s coffee pot, divided the open area with a small black marker, and zentangled the inside of the stamped image.


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bee-cause You're Special!


Happy Friday! Karen H. here and today I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps. I used CBP’s sweet bees and a new sentiment to create this cheery card. I started with a yellow cardbase that I embossed with a new hexagon embossing folder from WeR Memory Keepers. I punched a bunch of black dp hexagons with a punch from Fiskars. I stamped the bees and sweet sentiment on a white square and did a little coloring. Then I layered it on a black square and attached everything to the cardbase.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


Monday, August 10, 2015

Quirky Gone Fishing

Vicky here today to tell you about the challenge over at Quirky Crafts.
I think the design team did a GREAT job with all of their cards!!!
We are sponsoring the challenge and have prizes for 3 winners.
Their challenge is Quirky's Gone Fishing. Doesn't that sound fun!
 I hope you hop over and take a look and share your ideas of fishing.
If you want to check out the designer's blog, the links are there.
Here is what Cazzy says:
Hi it's Cazzy here and I am challenging you to Go Fishing with us at Quirky Crafts.
  I would like to see anything with fish, swimming fish or cooked, or someone fishing. You may also use pet fish, in ponds or bowls or anything that swims in the sea or ponds, or boats. I think that is a lot of creative possibilities.
Crackerbox Palace is so pleased with our examples she has put all of the fishing stamps used by the team on sale at 20% off - so go grab a bargain now!
Prizes:
1st place:  3 digital images of choice
2nd place:  2 digital images of choice
3rd place:  1 digital images of choice
Emma 
Gabriela


Kemly


Lorriane
Monica


Myriam



Cazzy

Doris

 
 

 

Friday, August 07, 2015

Teacher Thank You Card



Happy Friday! Karen H. here and today I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a fun technique with word dies.  Can you believe it is almost time for school to start? I decided to make a thank you card for a special teacher. I started with a beautiful pine tree stamp from Crackerbox Palace and stamped it three times on a piece of white cardstock. I stamped the 2nd generation of the image in between the three darker trees so the lighter ones look like they are in the distance. Then I stamped the Thank You with black ink and attached a die cut bird silhouette from Impression Obsession.  I die cut “teacher” (die from Simon Says Stamp) from the trees, raised it on a die cut white fun foam piece and put it back on the card where it was originally cut out. Here is a close up of the pine tree word:


 **As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on these cards will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal!**

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

We are sponsors of a Fishy challenge

They are having a challenge over at Quirky Crafts.
We are giving away:
 1º place: 3 digital images of choice 
2º place: 2 digital images of choice
3º place: 1 digital image of choice

Challenge #16 Quirky's gone fishing! Go over and take a look and join the challenge!
Hi it's Cazzy here and I am challenging you to Go Fishing with us at Quirky Crafts.
  I would like to see anything with fish, swimming fish or cooked, or someone fishing. You may also use pet fish, in ponds or bowls or anything that swims in the sea or ponds, or boats. I think that is a lot of creative possibilities.
 
We are offering 20% OFF on the images the design team used until Aug. 17th! 
 http://crackerboxrubberstamps.com/


 
 

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at the great work they did over at Quirky Crafts!
Hugs, Vicky
 


 

Friday, July 31, 2015

Faux Leather Guy's Card


Happy Friday! Karen H. here and today I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a favorite new technique called Faux Leather. Here is a link to the video where I learned how to do it. Following Sheena’s instructions, I started with a thick piece of kraft cardstock, spritzed with glycerin and water mixed, wrinkled up and repeated several times. Then I did direct to paper with Ranger’s Vintage Photo Distress Ink and embossed with a Darice embossing folder while still wet. I dried it with a heat gun and sponged on Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink. Then I stamped with Crackerbox Palace’s beautiful horse, “dream” and Bear Paw. This technique and CBP’s stamps makes a great guy’s card.  

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on these cards will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal!**


Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, July 17, 2015

Zentangled Coffee Card


Happy Friday! Karen H. here and today I am sharing a card I made with Crackerbox Palace’s awesome stamps and a couple new ideas I wanted to try: flipping a stamp and Zentangling. I had read on line how to flip a stamp by using a clear stamp that was larger than the one you want to flip. Apply the larger stamp to an acrylic block with the image side down so the top is flat. Stamp your desired image on the clear stamp back with an ink like Stazon or an archival black ink, and then onto your paper. I tried this with the coffee pot from Crackerbox Palace, but was unable to get a clear image. The stamp I was trying to flip was a rubber stamp mounted on mounting cushion. So I tried stamping on an extra piece of mounting cushion and then onto paper, and I had a flipped coffee pot image. Here is a picture of what I am talking about:  


After stamping both coffee pots and the coffee cup, I drew lines dividing the open areas in the stamped images and doodled Zentangle patterns in each area with a fine line marker (I like .01 Micron.) Free Zentangle patterns are all over the internet and Pinterest land. It is easy and relaxing, although time consuming. I cut the pieces out, mounted onto a black card base. I completed the card with a perfect sentiment over a coffee stain stamp and some pearls.

**As a present to you from Crackerbox Palace, all the CBP stamps  on these cards will be 20% OFF for one week! What a deal!**

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen


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