Thursday, March 15, 2018

CCEE1811 St. Patrick's Day/Green

This week Vicky asked the CCEE Stampers to celebrate St. Patrick's Day a bit early by making a card indicative of the holiday -- either a St. Patrick's Day card or one with green as the focal color.  My Irish ancestors would not forgive me if I didn't choose the first option.  I used a technique I haven't done in a while -- Retiform.  If you've never done this fun technique, here's a tutorial from Splitcoaststampers.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers blog for some more green.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Kindred Stamps Students of Magic

I was so excited when asked if I would guest design for this new set from Kindred Stamps -- Students of Magic.  It is a re-design of Wizard Friends, which I absolutely loved.  But I have to say, this new set blew my mind.

I went to work as soon as I received it in the mail.  I'm going to wear out those stamps if I'm not careful.  I have six cards to show you. 

The first card is a favorite technique of mine -- Triple Stamping.  I used two of the smaller images, stamped multiple times; but the focus of the card is the sentiment.  It could be a philosophy for all of us to follow!

My next card is relatively clean-and-simple.  I was so happy with all the additional characters included in this new stamp set.  I used one of the additional characters (as well as the bespectacled guy!) on this card.

I am sending this next card to my niece, who is a fan of the little lady with the big glasses.  I hope she enjoys my card.

I borrowed a sentiment from the Kindred Stamps Royal Throne set for my next card.  It worked perfectly with these two red-headed twin brothers.  I loved that the shoe prints were included in this stamp set.  Mmmm!  I may have to make a card with a map on it.

We have a little bonus this month.  Kindred Stamps has a digital image called Magic School, which coordinates with Students of Magic.  I wanted to make a card spotlighting this digital stamp.

My final card uses Spellbinders Labels 7 die set, which I use whenever I want to make a card with a "book" on it.  I thought I had some socks patterned paper; but, when I went to look for it, the paper I was thinking of was actually flip-flops.  So I had to Google "socks" to print out the background paper.

I hope you've enjoyed what I did with this super 6 x 8 Students of Magic set.  Now, you get to go visit my friends on the Kindred Stamps March Release Blog Hop! We have 7 stunning sets for you to enjoy this month and believe me, several are on MY wish list. I can't wait to hear which you love and must have. Make sure you leave a comment on each blog to be entered into the drawing for a $10 Kindred Stamps store credit! When you leave a comment, please also include your email address so we can find you easier, you can do so in an email (at) address dot com format if you prefer! The winner will be messaged and announced in our Facebook Fan Club!

Kindred Stamps

Perky Penny Paper Arts

Mad Crafter's Tea Party

Milene Tiberius

R Winn Creates 

Clownmom Creations (that's me)

Good Luck and ENJOY!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Easter Basket

Easter is just a few weeks away, so for today's CottageCutz blog I made an Easter card.  I had bought a pad of patterned paper a few weeks ago at Hobby Lobby that had several pieces that looked just like a woven basket, and I've been wanting to use it.  Today is the day!   My card, using one of the Spring dies (Spring Flower Eggs), is pretty simple.

To start, I cut the eggs three times -- from yellow, pale green, and purple cardstock.

Using a fine-tip glue applicator, I glued the cut-out eggs to the solid back pieces, alternating the colors.

Then I cut my cardstock:

Cream - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Patterned paper - 2" x 5 1/4"

The handle was cut from tan cardstock, using the largest CottageCutz Pierced Wide Oval Frame die.

Using a wide-angle corner punch, I rounded the bottom corners of the basket-weave patterned paper.

I wrapped some purple ribbon around the oval frame/basket handle, taping it in place.

I taped the handle to the back of the basket and added the eggs.  Then I adhered some foam tape strips around the basket and the frame.

Removing the protective paper from the tape, I adhered the basket to my card base.  I added a large foam pop dot behind each egg and a strip of ribbon and bow to the basket, and my card was finished.

By the way, CottageCutz has a new release of some cute breakfast items called Rise and Shine.  They are currently on sale at 25% off.  Be sure to check them out.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, March 8, 2018

CCEE1810 Die Cut Words

Vicky's second challenge for March is "Die Cut Words."  We were to use a technique involving die-cut words.  Not one to shy away from a challenge, I tried a technique I had never done before -- 3-D Word Dies.  I'm not completely satisfied with the results of my endeavor, but it is what it is.  I may try again some time to see if I can improve upon my attempt.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team answered Vicky's challenge.

Monday, March 5, 2018

High Flying Bunny

One of the things from my bucket list that I have been able to cross off is flying in a hot air balloon.  It was so quiet up there (except when they turn on the flame to get more hot air into the balloon).  So, when I saw this cute new die from CottageCutz, I knew I would have to make a card with it.

It was a pretty simple card to construct.  I cut the cardstock and paper as follows:

White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Navy - 4" x 5 1/4"
Cloud paper - 3 7/8" x 5 1/8"

Then I gathered some scraps of various colored cardstock and cut the bunny and balloon.

The clouds are cut from one of the new stitched dies from CottageCutz.  I stamped my Happy Easter sentiment on the larger cloud.

All that remained was to construct my card.  I used the illustration on the front of the Spring Hot Air Balloon package as my guide.  Easy Peasy!

Both the Spring and the Stitched series of dies are still 25% off, so be sure to check out the Scrapping Cottage/CottageCutz store for the entire line of dies.  CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge

The theme of this month's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is "all things bright and beautiful."  When I saw that, the first thing I thought of was bright, cheery flowers.  My card is a Z-fold with lots of pretty yellow and pink hibiscus flowers.

The dimensional flowers were made with stamps and dies from Tropical Hibiscus by Heartfelt Creations.  The layered ones on the inside are Hero Arts Layering Hibiscus stamps.

Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more inspiration.  If you'd like to play along with us, you might be the winner of a $20 gift certificate from Scor-Pal.

National Pigs Day

Vicky Gould is starting off her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers celebrating a holiday I had never heard of before -- "National Pigs Day."  This reminded me of a funny little story from when I was a kid.  My brother Bob (who is 2 1/2 years younger than me) was ill.  My uncle for some reason or other decided that Bob needed a pet to perk him up.  He bought him a pig!  BTW, we lived out in the country, so a pig might not be considered an unusual pet.  BUT, the pig ran away shortly afterwards, and we could never find him.  About a year later, someone said they saw a wild pig out in the woods.  We were certain it was Bob's pig!

Anyway, here's my card for today's challenge.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more porcine creations