Thursday, March 22, 2018

CCEE1812 National Goof-Off Day

Vicky has a fun challenge for the CCEE Stampers today.  She's celebrating National Goof-Off Day.  She says it's one of her "favorite days evah!"  She asked us to make a funny card . . . any kind of card, just so that it's funny.  I hope my card is funny enough for her.

For some more humor, be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Miss Petunia Bunny

CottageCutz's Spring/Easter release has lots of cute dies.  I'm using three of them on my card today -- Happy Easter Phrase, Miss Petunia Bunny, and Spring Meadow.   Before I explain about my card, I first wanted to remind you that there is a 25% discount sale on the newest Rise and Shine in the CottageCutz store, with lots of cute breakfast and cooking dies.  Be sure to check them out while the sale continues.

And now for my card:

Before cutting out the dies, I put a sheet of two-sided adhesive on the back of a piece of white cardstock to make adhering the smaller die-cuts easier.  To tell the truth, I waver back-and-forth between using the adhesive sheets and not.  Either process will work well if you have a fine-tip applicator on your glue for when you don't use the adhesive sheet.

After cutting out the pieces, I colored them and constructed each element.  I used a black mini brad for Miss Petunia's eye.

Then I gathered the supplies for my card base:

White cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Sky patterned paper - 4" x 5 1/4"
Brick patterned paper - 4" x 1 1/2"
Green cardstock to cut the grass from the Spring Meadow die

I then constructed my card base, adding the "Happy Easter" phrase.  

After slipping Miss Petunia between the rows of grass, I placed the egg on the wall, and stuck the flowers (from the Happy Easter Phrase die) to the stems within the grass.  I tend to work "by the seat of my pants" and realized that the phrase didn't really stand out as much as I had envisioned, so I pulled out my Dark Green Wink of Stella brush and went over the lettering.  I was much happier with the result -- it now glitters!

CottageCutz dies used on this card are:

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

Some Bunny Loves You

CottageCutz has a whole series of spring/Easter dies and stitched dies.  I chose a die from each set for my card today.   Be sure to check out their store because both releases are currently 25% off.  And who doesn't love a bargain.  The two dies I used for my card are Some Bunny Loves You and Stitched Sun, Clouds and Umbrella.  This card went together pretty easily.

I started by cutting my cardstock:

Purple - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
White - 4" x 5 1/4"

Using Ranger Distress inks (Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass) I created my background, stamping the sprigs of grass with Memento Cottage Ivy.

I then cut my images . . .

. . . and built my little scene, coloring the bunny rabbits with some pale gray markers and popping up their cotton tails with small foam dots.

Here again is my completed card.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are:

Thursday, February 22, 2018

CCEE1808 - Polar Bear Day

As her last challenge for the month, Kelly informed the CCEE Stampers that next Tuesday (February 27th) is Polar Bear Day.  She asked us to create a card with a polar bear(s) or snow OR use white as our card's focal color.  I do have one polar bear stamp, so I used him on my card, along with a cute penguin.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team did with Kelly's challenge.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Eggs in a Basket/Wagon

Spring is making its way into Florida at last.  After a few cool/cold snaps, it's finally getting more like Florida weather around here.  CottageCutz has a new Spring release with some really cute flowery and Easter dies, which are on sale for a short while longer.   I've used several of them on my card for today.

I started my card by running a strip of white cardstock through my Xyron sticker maker and then cutting out the Spring Window w/ Vine.

By putting the adhesive on the back of the cardstock prior to cutting, I'll be able to construct my window more easily on the card. 

I cut my card base as follows:

Purple - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Gray - 4" x 5 1/4"

I wanted a brick background for my bunny, so I used a favorite technique of inking up my embossing folder with gray ink prior to running the cardstock through my Cuttlebug.  The ink is pressed onto the paper, creating the "mortar" between the bricks.

I then cut two sets of shapes from the Spring Meadow die.  I did this because I knew I would need more than just the single set of die-cuts for my little scene.

After coloring both the Spring Window and Spring Meadow die-cut pieces with Copic markers, I constructed my scene on the brick background.

As you can see, I saved the inner white pieces of the window to place into the window frame.  When I attached the front layer of grass, I put narrow strips of foam tape behind the die-cut pieces.  This would allow me to insert the bunny behind the grass.  I wanted to wait until after the bunny was on the card before placing the butterflies.

I then cut the bunny out . . .

. . . and colored him and his wagon and eggs with markers.

After constructing Mr. Peter Rabbit and his wagon full of eggs, I placed some small foam pop dots behind his head as well as the wagon and some glue behind his feet.  That way his feet would slip in behind the grass, but his head, body, and wagon would be popped up.

I then added the butterflies in the open space next to the window, and my card was completed.

CottageCutz dies used on my card are: