Friday, December 27, 2013

Tri-Shutter Naughty Christmas Card from Crackerbox Palace

Karen H. here today and I am sharing one last Christmas card using Crackerbox Palace stamps and a fun fold called Tri-Shutter. I always thought this looked so hard to do, but it is very simple as I learned from the tutorial here. I started with my favorite paper by Core’dinations and Tim Holtz called Kraft-Core Shattered cut 12 x 5 ½”, then followed the directions on the tutorial for cutting and scoring. Then I just added some fun stamped images from Crackerbox Palace that make me smile, and did a little punching and paper piecing. Here is a picture of the card mostly closed so you can see that it folds to fit into an A2 envelope, and one showing it open so you can see all the folds.

Thanks for stopping by the Crackerbox Palace blog. The CBP website is being upgraded currently, but you can always email or call them if you want any of the stamps I share. Happy New Year everyone!
Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, December 20, 2013

Christmas Greetings from Crackerbox Palace

Karen H. here today and I am sharing a Christmas card using beautiful Crackerbox Palace stamps and a file folder card created with the Envelope Punch Board by WeRMemory Keepers. I stamped the beautiful pin bough and paper pieced the ornaments. I stamped the greeting in the folder tab and added a poinsettia I cut and embossed with Tim Holtz products.

Thanks for stopping by the Crackerbox Palace blog. The CBP website is being upgraded currently, but you can always email or call them if you want any of the stamps I share. Happy Holidays everyone!
Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, December 06, 2013

We Wish You Merry Christmas from Karen and Crackerbox Palace

"We wish you a Merry Christmas.. and a Happy New Year"! The top part of this card flips open to reveal that wish for everyone from Crackerbox Palace and from me too. Here is what the card looks like closed:

I stamped the carolers silhouette stamp on a piece of blue cardstock and cut the top with a scalloped scissors. The top darker blue piece is crinkled cardstock and is longer than you see in the picture, so you can attach the two pieces with a snowflake brad. When you attach the front to the white card base, you do not put any adhesive on the top part or around the brad, so the top can slide open to reveal the sentiment. I added a snowflake punched out with a Martha Stewart punch and a gem to complete the card.
The website at Crackerbox Palace is down temporarily while it is being updated. If you want any of the stamps you see here or on any of the cards we have blogged, just send them an email at or call 608-755-4638.
Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen 


Sunday, December 01, 2013

Karen is published in Scrap & Stamp

Have you seen the new Scrap & Stamp for January? It is so exciting that Karen has a article and cards published. This is not the first time she has been published, she has had many cards and articles published. I am so glad that this time she used exclusively our stamps for her positive and negative article. She posted on her blog that she is so thankful for so many things. I know I am thankful for getting to know her and having her friendship.
Here is the cover of the magazine her article is in:
On page 15 starts the article.
She has posted on her blog the first card in the article.
On Karen's blog she writes:
  Thankful for so many things.... Family and Friends are first on the long list of things I am grateful for this Thanksgiving, of course. I am very blessed in both of those! I am also very grateful for the joy I have experienced this year designing cards and blogging and getting articles accepted for publication in Scrap and Stamp Arts. The current issue (January 2014) is on the bookshelves right now- look for the cover shown to the right here on my blog. On page 15 you will see this card featured on the first page of an article I wrote about using the positives and negatives of die cuts. The feather die is from Lifestyle Crafts and the embossing folder is by Sizzix.
 All the stamps on all the cards I designed for this article are from Crackerbox Palace and I am also very grateful for the friendship and fun I have had this past year designing cards for Crackerbox Palace! Their website is being re-designed currently, but when it opens again, you will want to check out their awesome stamps. I especially love their sentiments stamps- check out the inside of this card:

I like how Karen embossed the feather to add texture.
Here are the other cards in the article.
I really like what she did with our feather stamp at the bottom of the card and how she embossed the feather again.
I think this is such a neat retirement card a perfect picture of retirement should look like.
Karen broke up the saying of the retired stamp, it is sold as one saying and she did a great job of making the saying an outside/inside saying.
Thank you SO SO much Karen for making such beautiful cards and using our stamps.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Fun cards from Suzy

I have some card to share with you.
Suzanne is a stamper I met when we were in Mesa, AZ. Since then she has shared some cards with me that she has made. It has been so much fun, Suzy has such a good sense of humor. I remember her smiling and laughing when she was at our booth and she likes to share the smiles by the cards that she makes.  Her line of cards are 'So Suzy' and she calls them 'snarky' which I think is a great description for them.
I wanted to share this one first since it is so bright. (I hope she doesn't mind I am sharing this) Suzy wrote to me:  I figured having some bright and cheeriness in December would be a good thing.
And isn't she right? This is just one card she will be doing in her class tomorrow.
To check out her fb page go here.
The stamps she used on the outside of her cards are not Crackerbox's stamps, but the saying she used on the inside is.
 Here are some more cards that she has made.
To check out how she made the background with Liquid Pears, check out her fb page.
The inside of the card. All of these images are Crackerbox Palace stamps.
Here is another great card. We have the fisherman, but the single fish are not ours. I think any guy would like getting this card.
I hope you have enjoyed the card Suzy made, I certainly  have.


Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Get Well Soup

Hi Stampers.  Here is Wisconsin the weather is getting cold pretty fast, not sure where Fall went. I guess I have to get out the fuzzy socks and soft blankets. I thought I would make an idea for someone who is under the weather, a little chicken soup and a smile.
I colored our chicken with Copic markers and then added clear lacquer. Where it looks white, it's just reflection.
 I cut a long strip and folded it. Measure your soup envelope and make it 1" bigger. Cut your printed card stock smaller to your taste. You only have to cut the printed card stock so it goes beyond the opening. I used 1/16 tape on the edge to close the pocket.
 I thought the package was perfect to give someone for a pick me up.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

CONTEST for FREE cards

I have some fun news about a fellow stamper Suzy, who has a contest going on until Nov. 19 so you have to hurry and visit her fb page. Some of the stamps she has in the contest are from Crackerbox.
This is what she writes: Vote for your favorite snarky comment! The top 10 sentiments will be made into So Suzy... Cards! We will be drawing our winner of the 10 So Suzy cards on November 20th! The winner will receive ALL 10 SO SUZY cards! Like as many as you want and comment when you can. For each like or comment, your name will be entered into the drawing. So "Like" away!!!! Be sure and share with your friends!
 Click HERE to go to her fb page.
She also has a blog that is a lot of fun and uplifting. She calls her funny cards 'Snarky' and it's a good name for them.  HERE is her blog link. I hope you hop on over and take a look :)

Thursday, November 14, 2013

New News

I have sad / happy news.
The sad news is that our web site is down right now.
The happy news is that we will have a new one soon!
We are doing the happy dance around here.
Eric at anARTIST unleashed is building it. Our blog will also be part of it. I will still post cards for ideas, you might have to make a wish list for our new site. If you have any questions you can contact me at:
Hope to tell you soon to come and take a look at our new web site.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Convention in Mesa, AZ

John and I decided to try a convention in Mesa. We were pretty excited, neither of us had ever been to AZ. And I have quite a few stampers from the store who are Snowbirds in AZ and have told us about how good the convention is that Rubber Stamp Events puts on. So, John and I pressed and packaged more stamps, packed the truck and hit the road for 30 hours.
I wanted to share with you a few pictures of AZ, setup and Della, who helped us with our make-n-take.
 I couldn't believe how long the trains were. I saw a 4 engine train and got pretty excited. The train in this pic, I missed the engines because they really fly by.
 The hills are very interesting to look at with all of the different layer exposed.
We are setting up for the convention, our store away from home.
All of the stampers were very nice and we had a really good time.

 Here is Della, who has agreed to help us with our make-n-take. She is going over the steps to get ready for the stampers.
 Here Della is helping the 2 stampers with their make-n-take. But before long...
she had to give up her chair for a third stamper! She was very busy and did a great job!
Thank you Della.
And a big thank you to all of you who stopped by to see us. See you next year!!
And thank you Barb, Jerry, Nancy and all of your helpers to give all of us a great convention weekend!

Friday, November 08, 2013

Christmas Joy with the Bokeh Effect

Karen H. here today and I am sharing a Christmas card using beautiful Crackerbox Palace stamps and a fun new technique called Bokeh Stamping. Perhaps you have seen photographs such as this one that shows the Bokeh Effect in photography:

I found some cards on Pinterest that show how to use that technique in stamping. I started with the beautiful holly and Joy to the World stamps from CBP. Then I added red ink using a finger dauber darker in the middle and then lighter with each generation of ink. I also added gold ink in smaller circles using a pencil eraser and again several generations of ink from dark in the center to lighter going out. The technique was easy and fun and makes a lovely background on your cards. I added some red sticker berries and layered the front piece onto my favorite paper: Kraft-Core Shattered by Tim Holtz for Core'dinations. 

Thanks for stopping by the Crackerbox Palace blog. Please visit the website to see these and many other awesome Crackerbox Palace stamps.
Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, November 01, 2013

Wild West Masculine Card

Karen H. here today and I am sharing a masculine card I made with stamps from Crackerbox Palace. I love using silhouette stamps and Crackerbox Palace has so many to choose from. I chose to stamp the cowboy silhouette on kraft paper and add the barb wire and “The Wild West” too. The wagon wheel is a cutting file from Silhouette America.

Thanks for stopping by the Crackerbox Palace blog. Please visit the website to see these and many other awesome Crackerbox Palace stamps.
Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Greener Grass

Hi, I hope you are having a great Sunday. Here is WI, fall has started, the leaves are changing colors and falling and it is getting cooler. So you are probably wondering why I am posting golf cards. Well, we are on our way to Mesa, AZ in a couple of days to do a show with Rubber Stamp Events. Barb posted this card on her fb page. You can see her fb page here.
If you want to find out about the convention it is here.
This is a half easel card. I just folded it like a normal card then folded the top in half. I put pop dots under the saying so it sticks up and catches the folded half. It lays flat to mail. Hope you are having good weather where ever you are.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Hello Kitty

This stamp reminds me of our cat. Our daughter lives with us until she closes on her house. Rachael has 3 dogs, with our 2 we have 5 that need to go out a number of times a day. It is impossible to keep our boy inside. Plus during the nice weather she had the windows open downstairs so he could come and go as he pleased. Now, it's 40 degrees here in WI so the windows are now all shut and he sits by the patio door and windows wanting to get out, I think he think summer is out there somewhere.
I used Copic markers to color the image.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Golf Miracle

We are on our way to Mesa AZ. this next weekend (Nov.2&3 2013) for a Rubber Stamp Events convention. WhoooHooo
We have some new stamps that are not on our web site but you see them at the convention. We have new golf, football, baseball and soccer stamps. If you are interested, we can email you the images but stay tune, I have some more cards from these new stamps to show you later.
I colored her with Copic markers and cut it out with Spellbinders then used a textured sponge to add the grass at the bottom. Hope you enjoyed the card.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Button, Button, Who's Got The Button from Karen Schroeder

Vicky here to share a birthday bucket that Karen Schroeder did for a Stickles Hop. I love using Stickles and have for years, it is just so easy to add glitter using Stickles.  If you want to join the Hop go to Karen's blog here and you may win.
This is what Karen writes:

Buttons are fabulous embellishments to all types of craft projects, and what better than to spruce them up with some Stickles?!
Hi All!  Come visit my blog!  I made a Happy Birthday Treat Bucket for the All That Stickles Button Bonanza Blog Hop!
To be safe, only place wrapped food items in mini paint buckets.  Okay, now to the fun stuff...the buttons!  I rubbed the Stickles into the buttons while the shank was still attached...easier to set down to dry.  In the outer circle I used Burgundy, True Blue, Glam Pink, Midnight Blue, Purple, Firefly, and Orange Peel.  For the other buttons, including the one on the mini card, I used Ice Stickles-Crystal Ice!  The lid with covered by some tie-dyed sticky back fabric.   Once the buttons were dry, I cut the shanks off and attached them with Glue Dots.
I just love the Happy Feet (large) and Feet Flower stamps from Crackerbox Palace!  They remind me of life in college.   The Happy Birthday 1 stamp is also from them.  If I could have found it, I would have used their Back on Your Feet stamp and made this a Get Well bucket!   The Happy Feet and Back on Your Feet stamps are perfect for Get Well cards!  Now I just have to find it...or buy one and of course, then find it!
Adding the ribbons took the longest time to do, but it is so worth it.  When I tie ribbons I do not cut pieces and then tie them.  What I do is tie the ribbon while having one side attached to the roll.  It saves ribbon and it is much easier to least it is for me.  I also tied the ribbons one at a time (rather than a few together) in double knots.  
I hope you enjoyed my project!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Karen Schroeder's Drunken Stamper Wood Challenge

Hi, Vicky here and want to share you with you a card that Karen Schroeder made and posted on her blog. What she wrote is below. You should check out the You Tube cowboy song, it's a gas!

Hi Everyone!
Yahoo...Are you ready for the challenge this week at Drunken Stampers!  Pull yourself up to the bar and have something cool to quench your's mighty dusty out there! 

This is Challenge 146-Thing: Wood (use wood or anything woodgrain)  The challenge runs until October 25th  Stop by to see the rest of the Design Team and enter to be chosen as The Life of the Party!

I have woodgrain in two places: The embossed/sanded Rusty Hinge Kraft Core'dinations and the Poster on Wood.  The Rootin' Tootin' Cowboy is Old Geezer.   You can listen to him yodel his song on YouTube.   The Best of the West stamp is made to fit into the Barbed Wire Frame.  All the stamps are from Crackerbox Palace Rubber Stamps.

I stamped the Poster on Wood twice and fussy cut the poster from the cream cardstock.  Then I distressed it with Vintage Photo Distress ink.  I also fussy cut and distressed the Barbed Wire Frame.  Three mini star brads were added to hold up the poster.  The frame was distressed with a distressing tool.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Become Who You Really Are

Hi Vicky here today. I have a card that I made for a friend who went through by-pass surgery. She loved it and wanted to share it with everyone so she gave it back for me to use it. I used Spellbinder to cut out the pic and saying then sponged color to on it. The rose is also a Spellbinder that I inked while the die was still on and who doesn't like to get flowers.
 This is close up of the lock and key. I thought of unlocking the inner you and let her out.
I have a background paper with numbers on it because numbers are important.
I also put on a measuring tape on the card.
Hope you enjoyed the card.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Spirit of Christmas Card from Crackerbox Palace

Karen H. here today and I am sharing a holiday card I made with stamps from Crackerbox Palace. I cut the front of the white card base in half and stamped the beautiful Christmas sentiment and a couple pretty snowflakes on the right side. I embossed a piece of Shimmer Sheetz (by Elizabeth Crafts) with a Cuttlebug embossing folder and then sanded it to bring out the embossed snowflakes.

Thanks for stopping by the Crackerbox Palace blog. Please visit the website to see these and many other awesome Crackerbox Palace stamps.
Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Friday, October 04, 2013

My Favorite Crackerbox Palace Sentiment Stamp

Karen H. here today and I am sharing a card I made with my favorite sentiment stamp from Crackerbox Palace. I just love what this stamp says- it is just perfect for a card maker like me (and you!) I stamped it on a white piece in my favorite aqua blue ink and sponged the edges with the same ink. I am loving the ombre look with different shades of a color, and I cut out triangles in different shades of aqua blue to fit in the hexagon space created with a Nestabilities die. I added a butterfly (punch by Martha Stewart) and a couple gems to complete the card.

Thanks for stopping by the Crackerbox Palace blog. Please visit the website to see these and many other awesome Crackerbox Palace stamps.

Crackerbox Palace smiles, Karen

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Buzzing Around

Vicky here today to share a get well card. I stamped the bee and cut it out. The bee hive stamp is a solid stamp. I inked it first with yellow then took a Dew Drop Memory ink pad and flicked the edge of the ink pad over the yellow ink.
I stamped the saying and cut it out with Spellbinder.
You can see the stamps on wood mount or cling mount here.


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