Thursday, December 8, 2016

CCEE1649 - Gingerbread Decorating Day

This month's CCEE Stampers hostess Maryann tells us that December 10th is Gingerbread Decorating Day and December 12th is Gingerbread House Day.  Do you see a trend here?  Anyway, the challenge Maryann gave us was to include something gingerbread-related on our cards.  As I'm still playing with the ornament dies from CottageCutz and the face stamps from Peachy Keen, I decided to "bake" gingerbread cookies and ice them with some cute faces.

Now it's time to sample some more gingerbread creations by visiting the CCEE Stampers blog.  We're taking the holidays off and will return in January.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Big Bulb Easel Card

Here it is the first week of December.  Christmas is right around the corner.  I'm sure we're all in the middle of making lots of Christmas cards; I know I am.  My card for today is another one using the CottageCutz Ornament dies and Peachy Keen face stamps.

Supplies used on my card:

White cardstock 4 1/4" x 11" and 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Patterned paper cut 4" x 5 1/4"
Coordinating patterned paper cut 4" x 5 1/4" and 4" x 1 1/2"
Scrap of yellow cardstock approximately 3 1/2" x 4"
Scrap of silver cardstock
Gold enamel dots
White and red gel pens
Distress ink - Scattered straw
Silver cord
CottageCutz Ornament die - Bulb
Peachy Keen face stamps - 1 5/8"
Adhesive (tape runner, tearable tape, foam dots)

Cut out the ornament from yellow cardstock and the cap from silver cardstock.

Sponge the yellow distress ink around the edges of the ornament to add some depth.

Cut the cardstock panels to create the card.  Because this is an easel card, you will need to score the 11" x 4 1/4" panel at 5 1/2" and 2 3/4".

Adhere the silver cap to the top of the ornament, then stamp and color the face, as shown.

Complete the front of the card with the patterned paper, ornament die-cut, twine, and enamel dots.

Because this is an easel card, you will need to place adhesive on the small bottom section of the card base.  I used tearable adhesive tape for ease of application.  Adhere the bottom of the card front to this bottom section of the card base.  Create the easel by folding on the score lines.  Then add a "bumper" by placing a large enamel dot onto a foam pop dot and place in the center of the underlying base at a point where you would like the card to stand.  Then add a few more enamel dots, as shown.

Used on this card:

Thursday, December 1, 2016

CCEE1648 - Eat a Red Apple Day

December brings us a new hostess for the CCEE Stamper challenges, Maryann.  She tells us that today is Eat a Red Apple Day, so in the spirit of Christmas, she asked us to create something that includes the color red.  This is a challenge definitely close to the heart of CCEE stamper Ann!  My card doesn't have an apple, but it definitely is RED!

Peachy Keen stamps and CottageCutz dies are partnering to show how well their products go together.  I just love this cute little peppermint-nosed guy!   The CottageCutz die sets used on this card are Nested Ornaments: Ball and Holly Berry Mini.

Be sure to check the CCEE Stampers blog for more RED cards.

Scor-Pal and CottageCutz - Pop-Up Box Card

The Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge for December is "anything goes."  I decided on a cute little pop-up box card that you could give someone "just because."    Just because you like them and want to brighten their day.

I've got a tutorial here on my blog showing how to make a similar box.  Check it out here.

The dies used for the contents of my box are:

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Celebrating Bunny Rabbit

I have to tell you that I have fallen in love with all those cute little critters in the October release from CottageCutz -- In the Forest.  Today I'm bringing you a card, which I was a bit unhappy with initially; but with the addition of a couple of elements, I am quite happy.

Supplies for this card:

Cream cardstock cut 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", folded in half
Chocolate cardstock cut 3 3/4" x 5"
Cream cardstock, kraft cardstock approx. 3 3/4" x 4 3/4" for cutting ovals
Patterned paper cut 3 5/8" x 4 7/8"
Scraps of cardstock red, green, white, black
Distress ink - Weathered Wood, Walnut Stain, Bundled Sage, Tumbled Glass
Markers - black, pink

I began by cutting out the pieces from the Deer and Rabbit Peekers, the Tree Stump and Log for Peekers, and Earmuffs and Mittens dies.

I then sponged some color on the rabbit and stump pieces to give them some depth. I colored the inside of the bunny ears and the nose with markers.

I cut out the layers and die cut the ovals . . .

. . . sponged some ink for the grass and sky on the cream-colored oval and constructed my card.  However, at this point I was not very happy with the card.  It definitely needed something.  The bunny didn't really look too happy peeking out from that stump.  I had an idea about how to cheer him up, so I die cut the balloon and the word "Celebrate."

Now, he looked better.  Here again is my completed card.

Dies used on this card are:

Thursday, November 24, 2016

CCEE1647 - Pins and Needles Day

Happy Thanksgiving to the American CCEE stampers! 

For her final challenge for November, Frances tells the CCEE Stampers that Sunday, November 27th, is Pins and Needles Day, which commemorates the opening of an historical Broadway play called Pins and Needles -- in 1937.  She asked us to create cards with a sewing theme.  I pulled out an old sewing set called I'm in Stitches and my Sizzix Circle Flip Card die to create my card.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more cards to commemorate that Broadway play.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pink and Gray Cockatoo

Here it is almost Thanksgiving, and the weather here in Florida is still quite warm -- which is fine by me.  I thought I would make a tropical-looking card to brighten the day, using one of the In the Forest dies from CottageCutz -- Forest Bird.

Supplies needed for this card:

Blue cardstock cut 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded in half, and 3 1/4" square
White cardstock cut 4" x 5 1/4" plus another piece approximately 3 1/2" square to be die cut
Scraps of cardstock - pink, gray, green, wood grain patterned paper
Wood grain patterned paper strip 1 1/8" x 3"
Cloud embossing folder
Pastel chalks - light blue
Distress inks - Worn Lipstick, Weathered wood
Dies - CottageCutz Forest Bird and Double-stitched Square

I Googled "cockatoo" and really liked the pink/gray one, which is called a Galah and can be found in open country in most parts of Australia.  There's your geography lesson for the day. 

Meanwhile, back in the craft room, to start your card you should cut your pieces out in the various colors.

Sponge with distress ink as desired.

Cut the card base and layering pieces.

Emboss the large white piece with the cloud embossing folder.

Using the pastels, color in the sky on the embossed piece.

Then construct your card as shown, adding the three sequins to the background.  Here again is my finished card.  I attached the small pieces in two ways.  The bird, wings & tail, and branch I ran through a Xyron X sticker maker.  The other small pieces are attached using Glue Dots micro dots, as are the sequins.

Dies used on this card is: