Monday, November 12, 2018

Wooden Ornaments

Today's card went together relatively quickly.  I used one of the new CottageCutz Christmas dies, Wooden Ornaments, and some pine patterned paper, and the card sort of put itself together.   

To start my card, I cut the die pieces from scraps that I had on my scrap pile -- the three ornaments from some tan cardstock and the accessories pieces from a scrap of white.

I sponged some Vintage Photo distress ink onto the ornaments and colored the accessory pieces with Copic markers, then constructed the three ornaments.

I cut the cardstock as follows:

Cream - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Red - 5 1/4" x 4"
Patterned paper - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

I then cut the Christmas sentiment from scraps of both red and white cardstock and constructed my card base, forming a sort of shadow behind the sentiment.

Using the pine sprigs for reference, I added the ornaments -- cutting a small section out of the hangers to make it appear that the loops went behind the sprigs.  The loops are glued down flat, but the ornaments are popped up on foam dots.   As I said before, the card went together relatively quickly.  I love that!

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Thursday, November 8, 2018

CCEE1845 Tongue Twisters

Anne continues as hostess for the CCEE stampers again this week, and she tells us that today is Tongue Twister Day.  She says, " Most languages have their own versions of tongue twisters. In sign language, they are called 'finger fumbles'. Use a tongue twister to inspire your card."

My card is based on the old favorite, She Sells Sea Shells by the Sea Shore.  I used several Karen Burniston dies on my card.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see how many tongue twisters are represented in today's challenge.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Christmas Tree

It's time for the November Karen Burniston Designer's Challenge.  This month the DT is all about Christmas trees.  One of the hardest parts of this challenge was choosing which die I wanted to use.  My answer was to use LOTS OF THEM.  

The front of my card features the largest tree from the Christmas Trees Pop Stand die.  Because I was going to use it flat, I added a couple of strips of Scotch tape to the back of the tree before removing the cardstock from the die.  I decorated it with some of the smaller dies in the set -- the star and the garlands -- as well as a few small colored pearls.  The wreath on the wall is from the Sleigh Pop-Up.

But it's on the inside where the magic lies.  I have lots and lots of Christmas paper in my stash.  I thought this paper with the small Christmas lights would be perfect for the exploding sides of the Explosion Pop-Up.

What's a Christmas tree without presents under it?  I placed some under the tree using a die from the old, retired Holiday Charms set.  And on the wall I put three more wreaths and added the Merry Christmas phrase at the bottom.  My card was complete!

A nice feature of the Explosion Pop Up is that it gives you a couple of choices on how to place your popped-up element.  There are two "stages" from which to choose.  As you can see from the photo, I used the lower one because of the size of my card.  Had the card been taller, I might have chosen to place the tree on the smaller, upper one.

Thought I'd mention that this card was not my first choice for my entry into this month's challenge.  The card I originally made was a rather non-traditional one, which I am going to give to my daughter, who loves everything beach related.  We live in Florida -- with lots of palm trees!  I wasn't sure everyone would appreciate my humor, but I thought I would share the card with you today anyway!

I'm excited to see how the rest of the design team handled this month's challenge!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Cookies and Cocoa

Who doesn't love cookies and cocoa?  That's exactly what I've got for you today!  My card was made with several new Christmas dies from CottageCutz as well as an old one.

To start my card I cut the cookie images from some cream-colored cardstock using CottageCutz Homemade Cookies 1 and 2.

Using some Ranger Distress ink (Tea Dye and Vintage Photo) I colored the cookies and topped them with the icing pieces, which I did not color -- except for the two hearts. After they were all constructed, they looked just like gingerbread cookies!

To make the plate on which to serve the cookies, I cut two ovals (one in cream and one in green) using the 2nd largest Nested Stitched Scallop Oval . . .

. . . cutting the center out of the green oval and adhering it to the outside of the cream one.

I then placed the cookies onto the plate, gluing some of them down flat and popping some up with foam adhesive circles.

I cut the cup, cocoa, marshmallow and holly from the CottageCutz Sweet Christmas die . . .

. . . sponging the "cocoa" with Tea Dye distress ink and coloring the holly/berries with Copic markers.

I then cut my cardstock as follows:

Cream - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Red - 5 1/4" x 4"
Plaid patterned paper - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

It was then just a matter of constructing the card base, adding the cookie plate and cup of cocoa.  I then stamped an appropriate sentiment and punched it out, attaching it at the top -- and my card was complete.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Scor-Pal November Challenge -- Special Birthdays

The Scor-Pal team is celebrating those special birthdays in our lives.  I decided to look back at a special birthday in my life -- my 50th -- by creating an explosion box.    There are many tutorials on-line for this box.  Here is a simple one for those who have never made one before.

My box had several layers on the sides, as you can see on this photo.  One of the tutorials I saw used a 15" x 15" piece of cardstock for the first (outer) layer.  I didn't have any paper that size, so I cut my box down a few inches and used a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock for the first layer, reducing each layer by 1 1/2", so that the inner (third) layer was 9" x 9".

I used Our Daily Bread Designs large number dies for the 50.

You can see the opened gatefold "card" in this photo with its birthday wishes.

I hope you liked my Special Birthday project.  I will save it for someone I know who is having a 50th birthday soon.

CCEE1844 Turkey

This month's hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenges is Anne.  She says, "This is the month of Thanksgiving in the United States. My challenge to you is to use a turkey on your card. If you are in another place that does not celebrate, you may use a bird. It wouldn’t hurt if there was a RED feather or two!"

I used a new Karen Burniston Pull Frame Pop-Up for my turkey card.  The feathers in his tail are brownish-red -- I hope that works for you!

When you pull that little tab with the arrow, up pops the panel to reveal some Autumn leaves and a very red apple, in case the feathers aren't red enough!

You can see how the mechanism works in this photo.

And when you open the card, you get some Thanksgiving wishes.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for some more turkey talk!

Monday, October 29, 2018

Merry Christmas from Datoka!

The Scrapping Cottage (CottageCutz) has a die in its new Christmas release that is available ONLY on their website.  It will not be available from any other outlets.  Called Dakota the Husky, some of the design team members will be featuring him on our cards this week.  He is really cute!

I used the version of Dakota wearing his Santa hat on my card -- along with some new Christmas plaid paper I just bought last week.

I started my card by cutting out the die pieces from white cardstock.

I then colored him with Copic markers and put him together.

My cardstock measurements are as follows:

White - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Red - 5 1/4" x 4"
Plaid - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

I then cut three ovals using the Cross-Stitched Ovals set.  To save cardstock, the red oval was cut from the center of the 4" x 5 1/4" layering piece.  The plaid oval came from a scrap.

I constructed my card, layered the ovals together, and placed some adhesive foam circles on the back of the oval and Dakota . . .

. . . placing them on the front of the card.

Using a Merry Christmas phrase, I cut the sentiment from dark green cardstock.

After gluing the sentiment on the popped-up oval element, my card was complete.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are: