Thursday, April 16, 2015

CCEE1516 - National Librarian Day

Frances advised the CCEE Stampers that today is National Librarian Day and challenged us to use a book as our inspiration.  In addition, today is my day to post a card to the CardMaker Blog, and as fate would have it, my theme was U Inspire Me.  I was to create a card inspired by a piece of art, fashion, home decor, photograph, etc.  So . . . I sort of combined my two tasks for today.  My inspiration for the CardMaker blog was a vase that my mom (who was a talented ceramicist, among other things) had made many years ago and now sits in my dining room.



So, for Frances' challenge, I had to come up with a book about sailing.  Aha!!! Moby Dick is definitely about sailing.

And here is my card:




If you'd like to see how I created this card, check out today's CardMaker Blog.  And if you'd like to play along with the CCEE Stampers, pick out a book and make a card.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CCEE1515 - Stencils

Frances asked the CCEE Stampers to use a stencil on our cards this week.  I love creating backgrounds with stencils, so I really enjoyed this challenge.  I made a sort of rainbow behind my tag.


There are a lot of stencils out there.  Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what stencils the rest of the team used on their cards.

Friday, April 3, 2015

MFP Blog Hop Day 4 - Mushroom Selections

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 

This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured March 31
Gardenia

Featured April 01
Pirates

Featured April 02
Pirates 2

Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the design team members' blogs (don't forget this one) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015,  on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice.) The deadline for commenting is Friday, April 03, 2015, at 10:00 PM EST.

Here it is, Friday already, and our Blog Hop is coming to an end.  My first card using today's set, Mushroom Selections, also has an interesting background techique, Partial Retiform, which is sort of a collage.


I used some other MFP Stamp Shop sets on this card also -- Fairies and Scenic Selections.  As you can see from several of my cards this week, you can mix and match MFP Stamp images and sentiments on your creations.

My second card also uses images from Fairies and Scenic Selections.  The "plaque" on my portrait has a sentiment from MFP Stamp Shop Birds and Trees.   I cut strips from a piece of patterned paper that looked like wood to create the frame.


Please visit the rest of the team members' blogs and comment for a chance to win a free stamp set. Here's the Design Team:

Lois  (that's me)
MFP Stamp Shop 

I hope you have enjoyed my creatioins this week -- maybe you'll even want to try one or two of those background techniques yourself.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

MFP Blog Hop Day 3 - Pirates 2

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured March 31
Gardenia

Featured April 01
Pirates

Featured April 02
Pirates 2

Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the design team members' blogs (don't forget this one) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015,  on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice.) The deadline for commenting is Friday, April 03, 2015, at 10:00 PM EST.


The background for my first card today is polished stone.  If you've never done this technique, click here for my tutorial on this fun background.  When I was in Joann last week, I picked up a package of nautical embellishments -- specifically for this sailing ship, which I thought would be appropriate for a "pirate" card.



For my second card I actually paper-pieced the bandanna for the skull and cross bones, using a similar scrap of patterned paper as the background.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is from another MFP Stamp Shop set, Island Life.


Please visit the rest of the team members' blogs and comment for a chance to win a free stamp set. Here's the Design Team:

Lois  (that's me)
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

CCEE1514 - April Fools Day

Frances is the CCEE Stampers hostess for April, and she's starting off the month by celebrating National Humor Month.  In honor of that and April Fools Day (which was yesterday) , she asked us to include some humor in our cards using either a funny sentiment, a humorous image or both.  I don't have too many humorous images, so I pulled out Sassy Suzie, who has a slightly biting sense of humor.



Check out the rest of the team's sense of humor at the CCEE Stampers blog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

MFP Blog Hop Day 2 - Pirates

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured March 31
Gardenia

Featured April 01
Pirates

Featured April 02
Pirates 2

Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the design team members' blogs (don't forget this one) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015,  on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice.) The deadline for commenting is Friday, April 03, 2015, at 10:00 PM EST.


Today's set will help you with some of those masculine cards, with which we all sometimes struggle. For the background I used a piece of patterned paper showing the Caribbean Ocean, where there were many pirates in days gone by.



My second card is a stand-up card made with a Sizzix die and some nautical looking patterned paper.


Please visit the rest of the team members' blogs and comment for a chance to win a free stamp set. Here's the Design Team:
Lois  (that's me)

Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

MFP Blog Hop Day 1 - Gardenia

Welcome to the MFP Stamp Shop
March Blog Hop

 We're a little late this month due to delivery of our new stamps. 
But we made it before the end of the month so let's get started!!!!
This month's new Stamp Set Releases are:

Featured March 31
Gardenia

Featured April 01
Pirates

Featured April 02
Pirates 2

Featured April 03
Mushroom Selections

Please Hop along with us!! You have a chance to win one of these new stamp sets! Just comment on the design team members' blogs (don't forget this one) each day for more chances to win! ( You do NOT need to comment on on all the blogs each day! The names are drawn randomly.) The winner will be announced on April 04, 2015,  on the MFP Stamp Shop Blog. You can go back and comment if you missed a day. (HINT: The more you comment the more chances you have to win. And comments on the MFP blog count twice.) The deadline for commenting is Friday, April 03, 2015, at 10:00 PM EST.

Let's get started !!


I'm going to show some different background techniques with several of my cards for this month's hop.  My first card using today's set, Gardenia, demonstrates a technique called Bokeh.  This is actually a photographic technique, using blurred lighting behind the focal image of a picture.  To achieve a similar look, I used sponge daubers in two different sizes and three different colors for the background.


My second card today uses scraps of coordinating patterned paper to create a background.  The sentiment is from another MFP Stamp Shop set, Lots of Words.



Please visit the rest of the team members' blogs and comment for a chance to win a free stamp set. Here's the Design Team:
Lois  (that's me)
Enjoy the Hop. Come on back tomorrow for more creative fun!!