Thursday, September 20, 2018

CCEE1838 Baby Cards

Maryann continues again this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and asked us to create a card using "baby" as our inspiration; for example, new baby, baby shower, grandbaby, baby animals or even just a baby-sized card.  I made a card which does not reflect the gender of the baby, so it could be used for both a baby shower or a new baby.   I pulled out a fun Karen Burniston die (Tag Book Pop-Up Card) as well as a CottageCutz die (Stork w/Baby), a Memory Box alphabet set and some stickers.

To see some more baby-themed cards, check out the CCEE Stampers blog.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cream and Gold Christmas Tree

A few weeks ago someone on Facebook wondered how the Karen Burniston Christmas Trees Pop Stand would look in white and silver.  Never one to overlook a challenge, I made one, which I liked very much.

Pleased with how this card came out, I decided to make a similar one in cream and gold.  A couple of years ago, I had bought a 12" x 12" pad of gilded cardstock that had some really pretty designs.  I used a couple of them on my card, along with a gold Christmas sprig from Martha Stewart and the Karen Burniston Merry Christmas phrase die.

When you open the card, up pops the Christmas tree.

I decided that some gifts would look good under the tree.

I really like this die set and anticipate that I will be using it many times in the future.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Elfin Laundry

CottageCutz has some new dies in the store -- Christmas (Part 3) and some really cute Halloween ones, as well.  Both of these sets are on sale at 25% off.  Be sure to check them out.  I'm actually using a die from the Christmas (Part 2) release.  It doesn't necessarily have to be a Christmas card though.  You could use it for a thank-you note AFTER Christmas.

To start my card, I cut the tree portions from some green cardstock, the tree trunks and clothespins from some tan cardstock, and the rest from white cardstock.

Using the packaging as a guide, I colored all the pieces, -- sponging the tree parts with distress ink and coloring the rest with Copic markers.  I then constructed all the pieces, which took quite a bit of time -- those pieces are really small.  That's actually why I like CottageCutz dies, all the detail!

I then cut my card base:

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

I used some more distress ink and sponged in some color at the top and bottom of the small white panel, giving just a hint of sky and grass.

After layering the plaid and small white pieces onto the card base, I carefully adhered all the die-cut pieces.

I then stamped the sentiment at the top, and my card was complete.

The CottageCutz die used on this card is:

Thursday, September 13, 2018

CCEE1837 Fortune Cookie Day

Maryann continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  This week she told us that it is Fortune Cookie Day and asked us to use this to inspire an oriental-themed card.  I don't often make oriental cards, so this was a pleasant change to my stamping style.  I used a couple of old MFP Stamp Shop stamps as well as some patterned paper from a pad I bought many years ago.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more oriental-themed creations.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Wizard Houses

As a big Harry Potter fan, one of the first things to pop into my head when I saw the new Karen Burniston House Pivot Panel die was Hogwarts with its four wizard houses.  I thought it would be fun to cut out the houses in the colors of Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.  I didn't have these dies in time for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge last week, the theme of which was "HOUSE.," so this is actually my second card for the challenge.

I used the new House Pivot Panels die along with the Tag Book Pop-Up die to create my card.  The front of the tag book has character stamps from Students of Magic and Masters of Magic from Kindred Stamps, colored with Copic markers  The sentiment was printed on my computer and cut out with a Die-Namics word bubble die.  I cut a strip of woodgrain patterned paper with the tag die.

For the inside, I wanted to have a bit of scenery, so I adhered some lightweight sky and grass paper onto a white piece of cardstock and cut out the pop-up panel from the House Pivot Panels die.  In her video, Karen Burniston suggested putting additional background panels cut from the Twist Panel Pop-Up die on either side of the background panels; but, because I was putting trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels rather than houses on the outside two house panels, I chose not to do that.  I wanted as much of the background scenery to show as possible.

I cut the house die pieces from cardstock from the Harry Potter Cardstock Collection from Character World and added some House pennant stickers from Kindred Stamps.

Here's a close-up of the houses so that you can see them more clearly and also see the pennants.

By the way, I'm a Hufflepuff!

Monday, September 10, 2018

We Three Kings

I like to make Christmas cards all year long -- even when it's 90 degrees + outside.  And CottageCutz has made it very convenient.  Their Christmas release (parts 1 and 2) are both currently on sale at 25% off in the store.

One of my favorite Christmas carols is We Three Kings.  That's what inspired my card for today.

I found a website that provided free printable Christmas carol lyrics.   I printed the song sheet for We Three Kings that I wanted to use for the background of my card.

It printed out at 3 1/4" x 5 1/8"; so when I cut my cardstock, I cut the black piece 3 1/2" x 5 3/8" to give just a little frame around the song sheet.  The white base is 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4".

After cutting the song sheet down, I mounted it on the black piece of cardstock and set it aside.

I wanted to try the technique Inlaid Die-cuts for my ornament, so I cut the various sections of the ornament die in black, tan, blue, gray, and yellow.

I laid the black ornament piece onto some white scrap paper and drew around the edge.

After cutting out the shape just inside the line, I ran the paper through my Xyron sticker maker so that the adhesive would be on the front side.

After carefully placing the black ornament on the paper, I started to fill in the spaces with the colored pieces . . .

. . . until it was completely filled.

To attach the ornament to my card, I threaded a piece of black twine through the hole at the top and taped it at the top to the back of the sheet music panel, placing some foam pop dots behind the ornament -- and gluing the music panel to the white card base.

I then pulled the twine tight and adhered the ornament to the front of the card.  And my card was completed.

The CottageCutz die used on this card is:

Thursday, September 6, 2018

CCEE1836 Shadowbox Card

Maryann started off her month as hostess of the CCEE Stampers challenge blog with a fun technique challenge -- a shadowbox card.  This card has been around for a lot of years, but she said that she has noticed some modern twists lately and asked us to show our version of a shadow box card.  I watched a Jennifer McGuire video and created this fun card, using images from a fun Kindred Stamps set called Tea Friends.

The background for the inside of my shadowbox is from an old MFP Stamp Shop set called Tree Scene.  There are lots of trees in that background, but I only had to use a mask once.

Make sure you check out some more shadowbox cards over on the CCEE Stampers blog.