Thursday, October 10, 2019

CCEE1941 World Rainforest Week

Kelli continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.    She tells us that this is World Rainforest Week (October 10-16).  Her challenge:  create a card showing the rainforest or any animal you'd find in a rainforest (and/or trees, rivers, rainforest animals, etc.).

One of the trendy images right now is the sloth -- definitely a rainforest inhabitant.


Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see what else from the rainforest we have today.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

CCEE1940 - National Techies Day

Kelli begins her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that it is National Techies Day.  She said she is so grateful for all the technology that we have.  She asked us to create a card with something "techy" on it (computers, cell phones, etc.) or simply a thank you card.

I recently purchased a really cute stamp set that looked like animals taking "selfies" and thought it would be perfect for today's challenge.  I made what I hope looks like a cell phone.


Check over on the CCEE Stampers blog to see what techy things the rest of the team has created.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Autumn

It's Designer Challenge day for the Karen Burniston team.  This month's theme is Autumn, which leaves a lot of room for interpretation.  For my card I chose Thanksgiving and used the Rockin' Rectangle and lots of fall colors.  All of the images are from Autumn Elements, and the sentiment is from Word Set 7 - Autumn.


I added a bit of whimsey on the inside, with Bennie the Cow on the Rockin' Rectangle, some stamped harvest images from KB Riley and more words from Word Set 7.


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you liked my card.

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge - Harvest/Fall or Halloween

We have a seasonal challenge on the Scor-Pal blog today -- Harvest/Fall or Halloween.  I recently was introduced to a marvelous card-making accessory -- EZ Lights by Pear Blossom Press.  They are a step (or two) up from the Chibi Lights/battery/copper tape route.  It's all of that (and more) in one little unit.  I made a Halloween Light-Up card for this month's challenge using one of them.  As the challenge also includes a "more than one score" requirement, I made a Z-Fold Box Card.



The fun part comes when you push that little message on the tombstone.  As you can see, the lighs come on inside the haunted house.



I made a little video so you can see how cool this looks.


Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more autumn fun.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

CCEE Stampers - World Dream Day

Frances ends her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that Sept. 25th was World Dream Day.  Our challenge this week is to create a card with someone/something sleeping/dreaming.  This was the perfect challenge for me to try a new technique using the Karen Burniston Family Room die with a floating floor.

The front of my card is rather simple . . .


. . . but it acts as an introduction to the inside.


The sleeping dad is a piece of clip art I found on-line.  Notice that the chair from the Family Room die has been changed into a table.  Karen Burniston showed this technique, and I just had to give it a try.  I thought the dog added a nice touch.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more Dream Day cards.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

CCEE1938 - Talk Like a Pirate Day

Frances told us that today (Sept. 19th) is Talk Like a Pirate Day.  She told the CCEE Stampers to grab those pirate stamps/dies to create our cards this week.  If we didn't have any pirate stamps, we could think beach, ocean, or treasure.

Quite a few years ago I bought a cute little Changito the Pirate set and haven't used it for a long time.  Today was the day to ink it up again!


This accordion frame die is one of the first Karen Burniston dies I ever purchased.  It is still one of my favorites.  And here are my pirates!


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more pirate fun.  Yo Ho!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

CCEE1937 - Honey

Frances continues her month of challenges to the CCEE Stampers.  Apparently, September is Honey Month.  Frances asked us to use this as our inspiration -- honey, bees, bears, even stamp companies that have honey in their names.

I have become slightly addicted to the new Karen Burniston Triple Flip die and used it on my card this week, along with some old bee stamps and a bee die.


The fun part of this die is when you pull that little tab with the arrow on it.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more bee-autiful cards from the rest of the team.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

CCEE1936 - Tall Cards

Frances Byrne started her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by giving us a tall order, sort of.  She told us that September 3rd was Skyscraper Day and challenged us to make a tall card this week.

I recently purchased a cute MFT stamp set called Picture Perfect.  I had seen several cards using this set and was compelled to purchase it.  I used three of the images on my tall card.  The hamsters were the ones I fell in love with, so they got top billing on my card.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more tall cards made by our team.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Enjoy the Ride!

This month the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge goes mobile -- "Enjoy the Ride!"  My late husband was a model railroad enthusiast, so naturally I chose the Train Pivot Panels die for my card.  And, as I like to get a head start on my Christmas cards, I chose a Christmas theme.


The background paper on both the front and inside of my card is from Heartfelt Creations, who make the most beautiful patterned papers.

I cut out two engines and six of the train cars, dressing them up a little bit with some sponging and a white gel pen before constructing my card. While I was out craft shopping one day, I found some tiny 3-D Christmas stickers at Hobby Lobby.  Santa fit perfectly in the window of the locomotive.  Isn't he cute?  The "smoke rings" on both the inside and the outside of the card were made with the wheel die.


The inside of the card is the whole train, chugging along.


Oh, look!  Someone left some packages up there by the railroad crossing sign.  Perhaps they thought Santa needed a little help!  Those are more of the 3-D Christmas stickers.


As you can see, I added a couple of red gemstones to the railroad crossing sign.  I thought they gave it a little more dimension.

I hope you like my card.  I'm really in love with this Train Pivot Panel die.  It was the first one I used when I got this latest release of dies.  And I've had a lot of fun using it.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Scor-Pal Challenge - Back to School

The theme of the Scor-Pal More Than One Score challenge for September is very timely -- Back to School.   I've made a little notepad folio, which was a fun, easy-to-do project.  I found that dreamcatcher paper at Joann a couple of weeks ago and thought it would make a good cover.   To complement the paper, I cut a Spellbinders dreamcatcher and a "Dream" sentiment.


I created a little section on the left-hand side of the inside of my folio to hold a pocket calendar and a pen.  The notepad side was decorated with some stamped/die-cut feathers.


Be sure to stop over at the Scor-Pal blog to see some more back-to-school projects.  If you'd like to join in on the fun, create a project of your own and post it on the blog post.  You could win a $25 gift certificate to the Scor-Pal store.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

CCEE1935 - Card of Encouragement

For her last challenge for August, Anne asked the CCEE Stampers to make a card of encouragement. That's a great reason to make a card -- to give someone a pat on the back or some support when they need it.

I pulled out an old stamp set from MFP Stamps (no longer in business) which conveyed this exact sentiment --  Black-Eyed Susans for Encouragement -- for my card.



The inside continues the theme.  I used the Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle for a bit of interest.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more cards of encouragement.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

CCEE1934 Fancy Fold Cards

Anne's challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week is one after my own heart.  She said that she loves fancy fold cards, as do I.  As I was looking through Pinterest for some inspiration, I found a card which looked pretty interesting -- a gatefold easel card.  Using the Karen Burniston Castle Pop-Up as well as her Knight and Dragon dies, I made this fun get-well card.


The fancy fold happens when you open the card.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more fancy fold cards.

Thursday, August 15, 2019

CCEE1933 Vacation Destination

Anne continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week and asked us to create a card using a vacation destination . . . one that we love or would like to visit . . . and to include a 3D element for fun.    You might consider my project a "cheat" because I made this some time ago, but I thought it was perfect for the challenge.  I had made a travelogue of places visited by Tim Holtz's Crazy Birds, and the 3D element is actually the album which holds all their photos.


While on vacation,  some of the places the Crazy Birds visited were Paris . . .


London . . .


Washington, DC . . . 


and Mt. Fuji . . .


Please forgive me if you consider this cheating, but I've often heard the saying, "It's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission."

If you want to see some "legal" travel destinations, be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers blog.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

CCEE1932 Embossing

Anne continues her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a relatively easy challenge.  She says, "Embossing adds so much to a card.  Use either wet or dry embossing, and add some bling."  I recently attended a stamp show in Orlando and visited a booth carrying some stamps and dies from a "new-to-me" company called Honey Bee Stamps.  I bought two stamp sets and a die set.  My card today uses images from both stamp sets, For the Record and Good Mix.  I thought they were the perfect ones to use with the music background embossing folder.  I didn't forget the bling -- there are two gems in the center of the speakers on the cassette player.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more embossing and bling.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Designer Challenge - Fun on the Farm

This month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge is "Fun on the Farm."  The re-release of Karen's Barn Pop-Stand die is exciting.  Along with the Barn, there are several other farm-related sets -- animals and scenery.

I used the Barn Pop-Stand for my card, but I didn't make a Pop-Up card, per se.  I like to make fancy fold cards, and one of my favorites is the Z-Box Pop-Up.   I cut out and assembled the barn and placed it on the back panel.  Then I added the animals to the front and the box.


I decided to show the various farm animals having fun -- playing dress-up.   We've got Mr. and Mrs. Pig all dressed up, looking like they're ready to go to dinner . . .


. . . Superhero Goat ready to save the world . . .


. . . and Mr. Turkey playing pirate.



The other animals are also in various garb -- cowboys, farmers, and more.


This challenge was named correctly -- it was definitely "fun on the farm."


Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you enjoyed my card for the Designer Challenge this month.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

CCEE1931 Die Cut and Ribbon

Anne starts her month off as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a good challenge -- create a card with a die cut and be sure to add a ribbon.

I've got a fun Christmas card made with several Karen Burniston dies -- mainly the Tag Book Pop-Up and the Train Pivot Panels.



And you'll notice that there are a couple of bows on the tag ends, so the "ribbon" part was covered as well.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more die cut/ribbon cards.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter

As you may or may not be aware, I am a big fan of Harry Potter and the magical world he inhabits.  Today is his birthday (as well as that of J. K. Rowling, the author of this VERY popular book series), and I have a card which I made in his honor.  It happens to be made with a brand-new die from Karen Burniston, the Triple Flip -- a very cool die.  The images are digis from Bugaboo Stamps.


Do you see that little arrow on the right-hand side of the card?   When you pull it, the three frames flip over -- thus the name, Triple Flip.


There are a couple of other Karen Burniston dies on this card as well -- the Border Blends dies and the one word Celebrate.

Here's a little video to show you how the flip mechanism works.


Isn't that fun?  By the way, this die is very addicting.  I've made a bunch of cards using it since I got it last month.


Thursday, July 25, 2019

CCEE1930 - National Moth Week

Vicky winds up her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that the week of July 20-28, 2019 is National Moth Week.  Who knew the moth would have a whole week dedicated to it?  Her challenge was to use a moth (or butterfly) on our cards.  Extra credit if you actually have a moth stamp/digital you can use.  Let the bugs fly!!!

After researching to see what the difference is between a butterfly and a moth (the antennae are a good example of the difference), I searched through my stamps and found some moths (images not real ones!).


The inside of my card has three moths on this Karen Burniston Upsy Daisy Pop-Up.


Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog and check out the cards the rest of the team has created.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Space Exploration Day

According to the website www.timeanddate.com/holidays/fun, today is Space Exploration Day.  To celebrate this momentous holiday, I have a card made with one of the new Karen Burniston dies, the Rocket Pop-Up.


Also on the front of my card is a second new die -- the sentiment Enjoy the Ride.


The rocket on the front of my card is actually inside.  I cut out the opening and inserted some clear acetate.  When you open the card, the rocket takes off into the sky.



Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope your day is stellar!!!

Friday, July 19, 2019

Florida in the Summer

The other day Frances Byrne had a card on her blog using the new Karen Burniston Family Room die along with a Christmas Tree pop-up.  As I live in Florida, I wondered how the Family Room die would work with a Palm Tree pop-up.

I used the same technique as Frances did -- a Gatefold card, which gives you two folds for the pop-ups.


When you take off the belly band, you can see the entire front of the card.  I used the grass border from Karen Burniston's Nature's Edges border dies and the smaller palm tree.


When you open the card, you get a look at someone's back yard, complete with lawn furniture and the palm tree -- along with their dog.


I want to thank Frances for her inspiration.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

CCEE1929 - Stencils

Vicky's challenge this week for the CCEE Stampers goes like this -- "If you're like me, you have lots of stencils.  I have a drawer full that I never think of.  Get one of those out that you haven't used (or haven't used in ages) and put it to good use."  I love this challenge.  I was recently at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo and saw a card in the Rubbernecker booth that I loved.  It used a Rubbernecker stamp/die set, another die, and a stencil.  Fortunately, I had the Rubbernecker stamp/die set but neither the other die nor the stencil used on the card.  I finally located the die on-line, but it was no longer available; and I never could find the stencil.  But I had a Memory Box die that I thought could work, and I had just ordered a stencil from Kindred Stamps that I knew would work.  So, as soon as the stencil arrived in my mail, I made this card.  I love it!!!


I'm anxious to see what the rest of the team has created; and, if you'd like to see them too, stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog and take a look.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Cow Appreciation Day

According to the Holiday Insights website, today is Cow Appreciation Day; and they suggested that you go out and give a cow a hug.   Not one to back off from a challenge, I decided to give some love to the cow community today by making this card -- and putting a spin on a couple of Karen Burniston dies, several of which are brand new.


The spin on the front of the card is that I stacked two of the fences from the Farm Edges die to make it a little taller to keep the cow inside.  The base of the inside of the card was made with the House & Fence die, but I added the barn from the Barn Pop-Stand instead of the house.


How now, brown cow?  I didn't want all of my cows to be facing in the same direction, so for the brown cow I turned him over before adding the highlights.  And again, I stacked the fence, only by one rail this time.


So, I invite you to go out and hug a cow today!  Or, at the very least, drink a glass of milk!