Thursday, February 15, 2018

CCEE1807 - Tic Tac Toe

Kelly gave the CCEE Stampers a choice this week -- a Tic Tac Toe challenge.  We could actually choose what we wanted to do -- based on one line or column of the Tic Tac Toe form.

I chose the first column -- Add a sentiment, Shaker Card, Sequins.   It may still be pretty cold where you live, but it's rather nice in Florida, so I made a spring-like card.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what direction the rest of the team went.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Let's Color Eggs!

As kids, I'm sure we all loved to color Easter eggs.  I know I did.  Using one of the new Easter/spring dies from CottageCutz, I made a card reminiscent of that fun experience.  The CottageCutz die I used on my card is Egg Painting Bunny.

I wanted to make my egg-painting bunny the star of the show, so I made a relatively monochromatic background for him, using various purple papers.

To start my card, I die-cut the pieces from white cardstock.

Leaving the pieces on my sticky foam mat, I colored them using my favorite coloring medium -- my Copic markers -- using the packaging as a guide.   After I colored the pieces, I constructed the bunny and his paint can.

I then cut my cardstock and patterned paper:

Purple card base - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pale violet patterned paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
Die cut purple cardstock with largest Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die
Die cut pale violet cardstock with largest Nested Stitched Scallop Rectangle Die, trimmed at the stitch lines

Constructing my card was simple.

I added some small foam pop dots to the back of the bunny and the eggs and adhered them to my card.

I then stamped the sentiment, and I was finished.

Be sure to check out the CottageCutz store because these Easter/spring dies (as well as some cute stitched dies) are currently 25% off.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, February 8, 2018

CCEE1806 - Valentine's Day

Kelly continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and this week she reminded us that Valentine's Day is next Wednesday.  So she asked us to create a card showing something that WE love.  I LOVE using dies when I'm creating.  And one of my favorite dies is this Tag Book Pop-Up die that Frances introduced me to last year.  

I must warn you though -- it is very addicting.  Once you make one of these fun cards, you're hooked!  I think I made three of them in one week when I first got it!

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team loves.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Easter Morning

I'm hoping that winter is over here in Florida.  I don't do well in the cold!  To keep my spirits up, I've been enjoying playing with the new release of Easter/Spring dies from CottageCutz.  Be sure to check them out over on the website while they're 25% off.  My card today uses the Spring Tree of Life die.

I wanted to try a bit of background sponging on my card to depict a sunrise, so I cut the image from white cardstock -- which would not take away from the background.

Using sponges, I made my background from Ranger Distress inks -- Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Milled Lavender, and Tumbled Glass.  I wanted the sun to be in the lower right-hand corner, so I slanted the colors.

I then laid my die-cut onto the sponged background and marked the edges.

I trimmed the panel slightly inside the pencil marks and glued down the diecut.

Then I cut my card base:

Purple - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Pale yellow patterned paper (a watercolor wash) - 4" x 5 1/4"

Lining up my yellow paper in my MISTI stamp positioner, I stamped my Easter greeting . . .

. . . and constructed my card, placing the die-cut piece at an angle.

I cut a frame from the same purple cardstock as the base and added strips of foam tape to the back.

I then mounted the frame on top of my die-cut -- and I was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Scor-Pal "Anything Goes" Challenge

The theme of February's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is Anything Goes.  I usually do fun fold cards for the Scor-Pal challenges, but I decided to do something a little different to start off this year of challenges.  I just scored the background of my birthday card with double scorelines to make a diamond-shaped backdrop for this cute mermaid.  My daughter loves anything beach- or nautical-related.  I'm sure she'll grab this card quickly.  BTW, the original sentiment was "Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes."  I masked off the end of that sentiment and added "Birthday Wishes" with another stamp.

Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog to see what the rest of the team did for this challenge.  Plus you can join in the fun and maybe win a prize!

CCEE1805 - Spunky Old Broad's Day

Kelly starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a fun challenge, celebrating Spunky Old Broad's Day!  She asked us to create a card/project featuring our favorite sassy ol' gal!   I don't have many stamps that would actually qualify as "old broads," but I did find one to use.  A friend of mine was moving and getting rid of LOTS of her stamping stuff.  She gave me this old broad -- shopping her heart out!

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more sassiness!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Bee Yourself

Hi, Lois here with some exciting news.  CottageCutz has two new sets of dies  -- In Stitches and Spring Designs, for a total of 33 dies.  PLUS, for a limited time both sets of dies are 25% off.  I'm using two dies from the In Stitches series (Stitched Alphabet and Stitched Honey Bees) for my card today.  I so enjoyed the card I made a couple of weeks ago using the Eclipse technique, I "sort-of" used it again today.

For the card base, the following pieces of cardstock are needed:

Black heavy cardstock - 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
White cardstock - 4" x 5 1/4"
Honeycomb patterned paper - 4" x 5 1/4"

Because all the letters of the Stitched Alphabet are on one die, I cut four sets of letters from yellow cardstock.  I had to cut four additional E's from scraps of cardstock.  I'll put the remaining, unused letters into a bag for future use.

I ran the letters through my Xyron sticker maker.

I then cut the images from the Stitched Honey Bees die . . . 

. . . and colored them with ink and markers, assembling the pieces to create my hive, bees, and honey pot.

After stacking the letters, I sponged them with a bit of Wild Honey ink and created the front of my card.  I did not use all the die-cut images on the front.

The remaining images I glued to the inside of the card and stamped an appropriate sentiment.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are: