Thursday, May 23, 2019

CCEE1921 Dies, Dies, Dies

Frances continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers again this week.  She tells us that she seldom creates a card these days that doesn't include at least one die in its creation.  She challenged us this week to make a card using at least one die.  

I, too, make many of my cards using dies; so this was not a challenge for me at all.  Mine today uses the Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer die and a fun stamp set from Kindred Stamps called Arabian Nights.


When you pull the tab, the magic happens.


I even made a video to show how the mechanism works.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see which dies the rest of the team used on their cards for this challenge.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

CCEE1920 Pizza Party Day

Frances continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  She tells us that tomorrow (May 17th) is Pizza Party Day, so for our challenge this week she asks us to create a card that features pizza or some other food item on it.

Unfortunately, I have not one pizza stamp in my craft room.  So I pulled out some CottageCutz breakfast dies to make a fun waterfall card, using the Karen Burniston Frame Pull Pop-Up die.





And on the back is the sentiment.


Check out some more food fun on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

CCEE1919 Mother's Day or Not

Frances continues this week with another challenge for the CCEE Stampers.  She reminds us that Mother's Day is this coming Sunday in many parts of the world, including the USA, Canada, and Australia.  She asks us to create a card suitable for a mother -- it doesn't, however, have to be a Mother's Day card.

While my card would be suitable for a mother, it is a birthday card rather than a Mother's Day card.


See how the rest of the team handled Frances' challenge by visiting the CCEE Stampers blog.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Congrats

The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge for May is CONGRATS!   It could be graduation or any other congratulations card.  I must admit that I'm rather fond of the Woven Basket Pop-Up die from the latest KB release.  I think it's my favorite; and when Karen did the video on how to make it a double-wide basket, I was hopelessly addicted.  My congrats card would be for a new baby girl, not that I know of anyone having a baby -- girl or otherwise.


I had so much fun making this card.  In addition to the Woven Basket Pop-Up, I also used dies from the Baby Charms, Spring Animals, Explosion Pop-Up, Word Set 8 - Congrats, and Ovals - Crosshatch.


Many of the charm dies were attached with strips of clear acetate.  That helped give some height to the card.


As you can see, I decided I didn't want a monochromatic look to my basket card, so I added a bit of yellow in the form of the balloons, some of the flowers and the little rubber ducky.

And I just had to tuck that cute bunny from the Spring Animals in there among the flowers.


Now I'll just have to wait until someone I know has a baby girl!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Awesome Kindred Stamps/Therm-O-Web Collaboration

Today's project was fun!  The Kindred Stamps Design Team has joined up with the Therm-O-Web Design Team to bring you lots of creativity this week.  For my project I used Gina K Designs Red Velvet Glitz Glitter Gel and Kindred Stamps Building Blocks to create two cards.

I used a very handy tool to spread the glitter gel on a 5" x 5" piece of white cardstock -- the Deco Foil Stencil Pal.  It makes spreading the gel quite easy.   The Kindred Stamps stencil I used was Skinny Plaid.  Not wanting to waste any of the marvelous stenciled glitter gel by covering it up,  I cut out a 3 1/4" square from the center.  I had prepared the stamped image panel by gluing it down onto a red square and a white square and mounted it into the center of the card using foam tape.


The cut-out center square was used as an accent piece in the center of the second card.    Using foam pop dots, I then added the two people to the stack of blocks.


This was the first time I had used the glitter gel, and I'm sure I need lots of practice with it.  But I was happy with the results on my two cards.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

CCEE1918 - International Space Day and Star Wars Day

The hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenge this month is Frances, and she's got a month full of great challenges in store for everyone.  This week she tells us the tomorrow (May 3rd) is International Space Day and tomorrow (May 4th) is Star Wars Day.  MAY THE FOURTH BE WITH YOU!!!  So our challenge this week is to create space cards.

I just bought this shooting star and thought it would be perfect for today's challenge.  I also used some marvelous patterned paper as my background.


Jet on over to the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled this spacey challenge.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge -- Floral Fantasy

The Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge for May is called "Floral Fantasy."    I have many flower stamps, so the hardest part of this challenge was to figure out which flowers to use.  I recently saw a You Tube video on how to make a Concertina Box Card and thought it would be perfect for this month's challenge.  About five years ago, I started a calendar using some Flowers of the Year stamps from Flourishes.  I never completed the calendar, and it's been sitting  for a long time unfinished -- until I realized that I could use parts of it in my Concertina Box Card.

Using the directions from the video, I created the box from heavyweight white cardstock.  Because flowers were many different colors, I used the gray/white patterned paper for the background layer.  


I removed the mounted flowers from the calendar and glued them to the folded panels.  When you open the box, the array of flowers appears.


Here are close-up photos of the interior panels.



If you'd like to play along with the design team and maybe win a $20 gift certificate from Scor-Pal, make a floral card and post it on the Scor-Pal blog.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Bloomin' Accordion

This is my final card for the Kindred Stamps design team.  Again, I made an interactive card using the KS set Bloom and a Karen Burniston die, this week the Fancy Label Accordion die.


After stamping and coloring the three panels, I cut them out using one of the smaller dies in the set.  To give a bit more depth to the panels, I sponged around each one so it almost looks like they're framed.







I hope you have enjoyed my cards this month using Bloom.  I'm sure I'll be showing you some more creations from Kindred Stamps in the future -- they are so much fun to play with!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

New Kindred Stamps Release - Forest Elves

I was so excited when I saw this new Kindred Stamps set -- Forest Elves, which is a companion set to one I already own -- Size Doesn't Matter.  It's a relatively small set (4" x 4"), but has three wonderful characters and several clever sentiments.  As a HUGE fan of these characters, I had a grand time creating.  In fact, I was creating in my mind before I even had the stamps in my hand!

My first card centers around the beautiful, ageless royal elf.  I used two different stencils on this card.  The gold stars on the navy background was done by using some gold embossing paste; the sunburst on the card base was achieved with sponging some Ranger Fossilized Amber distress ink.  Because I didn't want to run the navy cardstock through my die-cutting machine for fear of smashing the gold stars, I instead cut the circle from the card base and mounted the entire navy panel on the inside.  I then just cut the gold circle and glued it onto the front.

The royal elf is popped up on foam squares.  After I colored her with Copic markers, I added some clear Wink of Stella to her clothing.  Hopefully, you can see the shimmer.



My second card is an easel card -- with a little bit of a twist.  To go along with the sentiment "you have my bow and my heart," I made the easel from a heart.  I sponged the background trees using Ranger Mowed Lawn distress ink and the Kindred Stamps Forest Stencil, adding some grass patterned paper at the bottom.  I colored the two forest elves with Copic markers, cut them out, and placed them strategically on the heart.    I added a couple of die-cuts to the sentiment panel.


I had so much fun with my third card.  I recently purchased a Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer die and thought it would work well with the two forest elves.  When you pull the tab on the right-hand side of the card, the picture inside the frame changes.



I recently bought a camera with video capabilities, and I think I've figured out the process.  You can see how the picture changes in this short video.


The entire Kindred Stamps April release will be available Friday, April 26th at 8am PST/11am EST.  Be sure to subscribe to the Kindred Stamps blog to see a daily line up of sneak peeks from our amazing Design Team and see the full product release on Friday!  Come join the Fan Club and release event to be part of the release fun, and you may just win some Kindred Stamps credit!!

CCEE1917 Arbor Day

Lynn winds up her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that tomorrow is Arbor Day.  Her message to us:  "Let a tree or trees be the star of your CCEE design this week."  I chose the Karen Burniston Tree Pop-Up die for my center of attraction.  It doesn't pop-up on this card, but it definitely stands out!  And the tire swing reminds me of one we had on an apple tree in my back yard when I was a kid -- many years ago.


Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team is celebrating Arbor Day.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter Circle Charm

Today is Easter, and I have a happy little Easter card for you today.  I recently purchased the Karen Burniston Circle Charm Pop-Up die and used it, as well as several other KB die sets, to make this card.


Following the great video instructions Karen Burniston has on her website, I was able to construct this card with little or no trouble at all.  Yellow and purple always make a nice color combination for an Easter or spring card.   I cut the sentiment die with both colors and layered them.  Using several of the circle dies from the main die set, along with the Crosshatch Circles, I decorated the front.


The inside has the same purple gingham background, and the little chick rotated to the inside when the card is opened.  I used the butterfly which came with the Circle Charm Pop-Up, added the egg from the Easter charms along with the rabbit from the Spring Animals set.  The two rectangular panels were created with the Crosshatch Rectangle dies.   I've already sent this card to my sister (another Karen Burniston fan) and signed it on the right-hand rectangular panel.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

CCEE1916 National Month of Hope

Lynn continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week.  She told us that April is the National Month of Hope and asked us to create a card with a sentiment of encouragement and send it to a friend who is in need of a spark of love and hope in their lives.  Sometimes the smallest gesture can light that spark!  I belong to a group of women from my church called Sisters in Service (SIS).  Our main purpose is to provide assistance to any church project that needs many hands.  But, we also have a project of our own called Prayer Angels.  We each choose another member of the group (anonymously) and send messages of hope and prayer to them throughout the year.  I will be sending my challenge card to my partner in the next few weeks.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more messages of hope.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Continuing with my Kindred Stamps theme of interactive cards again this week, I made a card using the Karen Burniston Katherine Label Pop-Up die.  The children in this set, Bloom, are so sweet -- and I used the two little gardeners this week.

After creating the base with some sky patterned paper and "grass" on the lower portion, I cut a window in the front of the card.  The frame was created using a couple of the dies in that set.  I stamped and colored the two children with Copic markers and cut them out -- ignoring the leaves because I thought it would be too difficult cutting around them.  I then partially stamped the images onto the card, gluing down the fussy-cut figures on top.  I then colored the leaves with a darker green.



When you open the card, the sentiment that you had seen through the window now pops up.  I added the flowers (stamped twice) at the bottom.



As you may have guessed, I love making cards with moving parts!  I hope you liked this one.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

CCEE1915 Drop Everything and Read Day

Lynn chose a subject close to my heart as the CCEE Stampers challenge this week.  She told us that tomorrow is Drop Everything and Read Day.  That could be any day of the week for me.  I love to read!  She asked us to create a design which features a favorite book, favorite book character(s), or has a reading theme.  One of my favorite series of books is all about hobbits, elves, larger-than life characters, and perseverance.  I have read J. R. R. Tolkien's books several times each and have seen the movies which were made from several of them many, many times.  Whenever I have to make a card based on a book theme, I always pull out Spellbinders Label Seven dies.  They are the perfect shape!


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what books inspired the rest of the team this week.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Easter Picture Changer

I recently purchased a Lawn Fawn Magic Picture Changer die and have been having lots of fun with it.  Today's post is an experiment to see if I can post a video to my blog, having recently bought a new camera with video capabilities.

The fun of this die is that your card is interactive -- with two different pictures and/or sentiments  on it.


When you pull the tab, this is what happens.


And now for the experiment . . .


Yay!  It worked!

Monday, April 8, 2019

You're Bloomin' Wonderful!

This is my last month on the Kindred Stamps Design Team, and I wanted to let you all know that I've thoroughly enjoyed creating for you.  This month my non-release week set to use is Bloom, which is actually a pretty new stamp set -- it was released just last month.  If you recall, last month all my non-release week projects were "anything but a card."  This month has a theme also -- all three of my cards will be interactive, using three different Karen Burniston dies -- another of my loves!

My first card is made with the Rockin' Rectangle die and uses a sheet of heavyweight acetate for the front cover -- so you get a hint of what's inside.



When you open the front, the panel with that sweet little girl pops out at you -- revealing a little bit more.



A top view of the card gives you an idea of how much it pops out.



When I decided to make this card, I didn't have any sheets of heavyweight acetate, so I cut up the packaging I had saved from a die set.  Use what you have is my motto!  I hope you like my card.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

CCEE1914 - Read a Road Map Day

Lynn starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that tomorrow is Read a Road Map Day and asks us to create a card which incorporates a map or has a travel theme.  My card actually does both of those things.  I love using maps as background paper for a card.   I also used a cool off-road vehicle to travel the wide-open spaces of this country!


Be sure to travel over to the CCEE Stampers blog for some more inspiration.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Designer Challenge - Spring or Easter

This month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge is to make a card depicting spring or Easter, incorporating the Easter Charms, Spring Animals, or Happy Spring into it.  I decided on Easter and wanted to incorporate "He is Risen" into my card.  I chose the Woven Basket Pop-Up die, which is my current favorite, and a cross (that I stamped and fussy cut) with that sentiment on it, as well as one of the dies in the Easter Charms set.




I decided that the cross needed a bit of support, so I slipped a piece of clear acetate behind it.  And, as you can see, the card will fold flat for mailing.


I very much enjoyed this month's Designer Challenge and thank you for stopping by my blog to see my card.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

CCEE1913 National Pencil Day

Kelly winds up her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that tomorrow is National Pencil Day and asking us to create a card coloring our image with colored pencils (no markers, no watercolors, etc.) or featuring an image with a pencil.  Since I discovered Copic markers, it has been a long time since I pulled out my Prismacolor pencils.  It was nice to use them again.  I used the Gamsol Magic technique, and I like the result you get with it.  If you've never tried it, here is a link to a tutorial explaining how to do it.



Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more pencil work!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Out of this World Book Marks

I am an avid reader and have been all my life.  I prefer fiction over non-fiction, and my favorite genres are fantasy (such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) and mystery (anything by Lee Child, David Baldacci, or Louise Penny).   So you'll find my "anything but a card" Kindred Stamps project for this week as no surprise -- bookmarks, using three images from Galactic Adventures (one of my favorite KS sets).


These are so easy to create -- a bit of patterned paper (these are from The Paper Studio's Stargazer pad) and some scraps of white on which to stamp the images.  After coloring them with Copic markers and cutting them out, I glued them down to the bookmarks and ran them through my Xyron sticker maker in which I had placed a double-sided laminating cartridge.  I cut the lamination material off close to the bookmarks and added the tassels and brads at the top.  By the way, if you have trouble finding tassels in the craft department, try the fabric department.  That's where I found these in Hobby Lobby!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Crazy4Challenges - Inspired by Harry Potter

I was so happy last month when Frances asked me to be a guest designer for this week's Crazy4Challenges.  The challenge is close to my heart -- and she knew that!

According to the Days of the Year Calendar, the 20th of March was Hufflepuff Pride Day; the 21st was Slytherin Pride Day; the 22nd was Gryffindor Pride Day, and the 23rd is Ravenclaw Pride Day.  These are the four Houses of Hogwarts School of Witchraft and Wizardry from Harry Potter.  This is a challenge for all Harry Potter fans out there.  Create a card inspired by Harry Potter.  This could include using stamps of the characters, using colors on your card from any one of the four houses, or anything else that inspires you.

I pulled out a favorite set of Kindred Stamps (Students of Magic),  the Karen Burniston Spinner Square die, and some Witt & Sass digital sentiments to create my card.  I'm a Hufflepuff, but I chose Gryffindor for the theme of my card.  Those twins were always up to some mischief!



Note the red envelope being delivered by the owl on the inside of the card.  Nobody, but nobody wanted to receive one of those!!!


Thanks, Frances, for including me in your fun this week!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

CCEE1912 - Natl. Smoke and Mirrors Day

Kelly continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and tells us that next week is National Smoke and Mirrors Day!  Who knew???  Apparently, this celebration is based on magicians' illusions, where magicians make objects appear or disappear with retracting mirrors and confusing bursts of smoke.  She asked us to wave our magic wands and create a card with a surprise element.  Here's mine.  The front of the card is relatively simple, with it's sweet ice cream cone.


But when you open it up, there's a whole hot fudge sundae!  Yummmmm!!!!


See how the rest of the CCEE Stampers team surprises you on the blog.