Thursday, June 21, 2018

CCEE1825 - Ocean Challenge

Joanne continues this week with her month of CCEE Stampers challenges.  As many of you may know, the ocean is one of Joanne's favorite places.  She travels to Maine every year; so, in honor of that, she asked us to create a card inspired by the ocean or the beach.  I pulled out a set of nautical stamps I got with a magazine last year to create my card -- again using the same layout as I have used all month for my CCEE cards.  This lighthouse reminds me of summers I spent in South Jersey on Long Beach Island, where the Barnegat Lighthouse is a fixture.  Barnegat Lighthouse doesn't have stripes -- it is red at the top and white at the bottom -- but you get the idea!

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled Joanne's ocean challenge.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Vintage T-Bird

I've been having lots of fun with the new "Just for Guys" release from CottageCutz.  Making masculine cards is sometimes a challenge, but these dies make it so easy.  Again, I've gone back into the past for the layout of my card -- Sketch Challenge 80 from Splitcoaststampers.

For my purposes, I rotated the layout to horizontal rather than vertical.

To start my card, I cut the die pieces from white cardstock, using the Vintage T-Bird and Vintage Gas Pump dies.  I had to chuckle a bit by the names of these dies.  They may be "vintage" images, but they were "new" when I was a teen-ager!  I guess that makes me "vintage," too!!!

Normally the first time I color these CottageCutz die-cuts, I use the images on the packaging as my guide.

Aside from the card base, I was able to use scraps of cardstock and patterned paper for this layout.

White - 8 1/2" x 4 1/4", scored at 4 1/4"
Dark Blue - 4 1/4" x 3 1/4" and 5 1/2" x 2 1/4"
Light Blue - 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Patterned Paper - 5 3/8" x 2 1/8"

I didn't have a piece of the roadmap paper the correct size; but, because the middle of the strip would be behind the focal panel, I was able to cut two smaller pieces.

I stamped the sentiment on the light blue piece of cardstock, leaving plenty of space for the gas pump and car.

I then constructed my card.  I decided that I needed something to ground the images, so I glued a strip of gray cardstock along the bottom of the panel.   The gas pump is glued directly to the background, and the car is popped up on foam dots.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

Thursday, June 14, 2018

CCEE1824 - Blooming Flowers Challenge

Joanne continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week.  She tells us that spring came late where she lives and that she is still enjoying the blooming of flowers.  She asks us to create a card with multiple flowers.  I pulled out a couple of relatively new dies from CottageCutz and made this pitcher full of flowers.  I continued my personal challenge of using the same layout this week as the one I used last week.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more spring blossoms.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Have Fun -- On the Road

I'm so excited with the new "Just for Guys" release at CottageCutz.  Included in this set are 14 dies perfect for that masculine card you've been struggling with!  I used two of them on my card today.  Again I looked back at an old Sketch Challenge layout on Splitcoaststampers.

I used this layout for my card, but I rotated it 180 degrees so that the larger area is at the bottom rather than at the top.

When I saw the Automotive Icons die, I thought I could use the die-cut pieces to create a background -- so that's exactly what I did.  I put a two-sided adhesive sheet on the back of a 6" x 6" piece of black cardstock and cut out the images.

In order to get my top layer balanced, I made a template out of some copy paper . . .

. . . and then cut my cardstock, as follows:

White - 8 1/" x 5 1/2", 3 3/4" x 5"
Black - 4" x 5 1/4"

Using the copy paper template, I cut a lime green piece and a white piece, trimming the white piece slightly smaller.

I then attached most of the Automotive Icon pieces down the side of the smaller white panel, creating my "patterned paper" background.

Now it was time to cut my Build-a-Sign pieces.  After I decided which one of the cute designs I wanted to use for my card, I cut out the pieces using scraps of colored cardstock.

I then colored them with Copic markers to give them a bit more texture . . .

. . . and created my focal layer, adding the car silhouette from the Automotive Icons, and stamping the sentiment.

Here again is my finished card.

CottageCutz "Just for Guys" dies used on this card are:

Thursday, June 7, 2018

CCEE1823 - Virgin Stamp

Joanne starts off her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a great challenge.  She asked us to pull out those stamps we had to have but have yet to ink them up.   Back in April I was at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Orlando and bought several stamp sets.  One of them that hadn't seen ink is a cute set from The Stamps of Life.  Today is the day this cute little guy got inky!

I have set a personal challenge for myself this month.  I will be using the same layout for all four of my CCEE Stampers cards this month.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more no-longer-virgin stamps.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Tagged Orchids

While waiting for receipt of the "Just for Guys" release from CottageCutz, the design team is still spotlighting dies from the Mother's Day release.  My card today features the Orchids die and came together very quickly.

I started by cutting the orchid pieces from white cardstock.

I colored the pieces using Copic markers and constructed my orchid plant.

I then cut the card base as follows:  8 1/2" x 5 1/2" white cardstock, scored at 4 1/4"; 4" x 5 1/4" patterned paper; and the tag from white cardstock 2" x 4 1/2".

I cut the corners of the tag with a punch then punched a hole in the top center of the tag, threading some baker's twine through the hole.

I then stamped the "happy birthday" sentiment at the bottom of the tag and glued on the orchids.

I adhered the tag to the card at an angle, using large foam pop dots and finished off the card by adding a few enamel dot stickers.

Be sure to check out the CottageCutz/Scrapping Cottage website for the new "Just for Guys" dies, which are on sale at 25% off for a limited time.

The die used on my card is:

Friday, June 1, 2018

Scor-Pal "Pretty in Pink" Challenge

The Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge for June is "Pretty in Pink."  My project for this month is a tissue box cover, in which I used several different pink patterned papers.  You can find the tutorial for this tissue box cover here.

This is my sample project.  Wouldn't this look cute sitting on your vanity!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

CCEE1822 Embossing Folders

For her last week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers, Anne asked us to use embossing folders on our cards.   I used a folder that creates a frame around the main panel.  Every where you look these days, you see llamas.  Mine is going on vacation.

After I made my card, I had to chuckle.  The stacked up luggage on the llamas back looks like a face -- purely unintentional.

Check out all the embossing folders on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Flower Trio

It's my day on the CottageCutz blog, and I'm going back really far for my layout.  I love to look back at old layouts from the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge.  While I'm using the layout as a starting point, I have adjusted it a bit to accommodate my design.  This is Sketch Challenge 27 which was from June of 2005, long before I started doing the challenges.  So it's almost like I'm participating in the original challenge.

As I said previously, I adjusted the sketch by actually eliminating the three individual panels.  This is my card:

To start my card, I cut the pieces from the Stitched Tulip and Daisies die, all from white cardstock.

Using a variety of Copic markers, I colored each piece and assembled my three flowers/pots.

I then cut two shelves from brown cardstock, using the Shelf with Plants die.

I cut an 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock and a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of woodgrain patterned paper.

After cutting one of the shelves down to size, I glued the patterned paper onto the white card base and added the two shelves.

After placing small foam pop dots on the back of the three flowers and pots, I added them to the shelves,  . . .

. . . stamped the rustic sentiment, and my card was finished.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Be sure to check out The Scrapping Cottage store for the Memorial Day sales - up to 50% off on Select CottageCutz dies and 25% off the brand-new "Just for Guys" release.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

CCEE1821 - N.E.W.S.

Anne has a good challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week.  She tells us that she wakes up to the NEWS every morning -- so that's our challenge.  Make a card using elements that begin with N-E-W-S.

Here's my card, which meets all her criteria --

N -NAUTICAL theme, NAVY card base
E - heat EMBOSSING, matching ENVELOPE

Be sure to check out the rest of the cards made by the team on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Blue Vase/Pink Flowers

It seems that it has been raining the entire month of May.  Of course, that helps the garden flourish -- rain is so good for the flowers.  I'm not much of a gardener, so most of my flowers are on my cards.  Today's card is no exception.  Once again, I started with a layout from one of the Splitcoaststampers sketch challenges.

This layout lent itself to some coordinating patterned paper, as you can see on my card.  It was a pad of two-sided Stamps of Life designer paper I recently bought at a local stamp show.

To start my card, I cut the pieces for the vase and flowers, using two CottageCutz dies -- Vase Collection and Botanical Garden 2.

Using several Copic markers I colored the die-cut pieces . . .

. . . and constructed my vase of flowers.

I then cut my cardstock and patterned paper as follows:

Gray  - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored at 4 1/4"
Black - 3 3/4" x 5", 2 1/4" x 4 1/4", and 3" x 2 1/2"
Patterned paper - 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" and 2" x 4"
White - 2 3/4" x 2 1/4"

Using the sketch challenge layout, I constructed my card.

I then added my vase and flowers.

At this point I decided I wanted some kind of a sentiment on my card, so I stamped a small sentiment on a scrap of white cardstock, using navy blue ink.  I punched it out with a 1 1/4" circle punch and then punched a black 1 3/8" circle on which to mount it.

I added the sentiment using some foam pop dots and my card was complete.

CottageCutz dies used on this card are: