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, 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!

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Embrace Your Geekness Day

I love to read the many lists of Wacky Holidays that you can find on-line.  As I was looking at, I found out that today is Embrace Your Geekness Day.  Let's celebrate!!!  

My card today is embracing all the geekiness in the world -- well at least the TV part of it.  I combined one of the new Karen Burniston dies -- the Triple Flip -- with a Kindred Stamps stamp set that I just love -- Science Geeks.

When you pull that little tab on the right, all those panels flip over  (thus the name, Triple Flip).

Even the inside of my card has a bit of geekiness.  I actually bought a whole set of Sizzix dies just for this one that I used here.

Like children, if you're on a design team, you shouldn't have a favorite -- but I've got to tell you, this one is right there at the top!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

CCEE1928 - Cheer up the Lonely Day

Vicky continues her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with this challenge.  "Most of us probably know an older person who may or may not live alone.  Let's make a Thinking of You card and actually send it out.  If you don't know anyone, send it to a local nursing home and address it to 'Someone Special' or any phrase you can think of.  Let's cheer up some people today!"  What a great idea!!!

Here's my card, using one of my favorite Karen Burniston die techniques -- the Rockin' Rectangle with an acetate sheet for the front cover.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more inspiration . . . and maybe you'd like to take us up on this challenge and cheer someone up!

Thursday, July 4, 2019

CCEE1927 - Freedom Week

Vicky starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a great challenge.  She says that, since both Australia and the USA have red, white and blue for their colors, we should use those colors to make a card.  It does not have to be for a holiday -- just red, white and blue.

I bought a pad of 6" x 6" patterned paper some time ago with those colors as the theme of the pad.  I chose one of my favorite patterns to make this patriotic card, inasmuch as today is the 4th of July.

The surprising part of this card is the inside.  Karen Burniston just released 20 new dies -- one of which is a Photo Collage Pop-Up.  Such a fun die!!!  I used it on the inside to display some 4th of July fireworks.

Here's how it works.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more cards made with this color combination.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

CCEE - In Memoriam Joanne Grzelak

Today the CCEE Stampers are dedicating our blog posts to our dear friend Joanne Grzelak, who departed this world in late May.  Joanne was known and loved throughout the stamping community, and she will be missed.  She was one of the first people I "met" on Splitcoaststampers, where she was known as Jojot.  Her beautiful cards had several on-going themes -- her love of the ocean, paper-piercing, and her distinctive red/white/black color combinations.  I chose two of these themes for my card, dedicated to her:

We have a special blog post today, on which we have all made cards in remembrance of Joanne; and we hope you will join us in remembering her today.  If you would like to see how Joanne's former teammates have honored her, please join in on our blog hop.

CCEE Stampers 
Frances Byrne
Lois Bak
Karen Ostergard
Liz Williams
Vicki Garrett
Rebecca Ednie
Kelly Santi
Karen Aicken
Vicky Gould
Maryann Einam
Anne Harmon
Nicky Foden
Lynn McAuley
Kathleen Adams
Crazy 4 Challenges 

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Picture This

The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge this month is "Picture This," the perfect choice for one of the brand-new dies being released this month -- the Photo Collage.

My daughter and several of her friends have annual passes to some of the local theme parks, one of which is Sea World.  They recently were at the opening of the Sesame Street-land section and posted many photos on Facebook.  I took the opportunity to grab some of her photos and put together my card, which I gave to her the other day.  (I may have created a monster because she said her friends my very well want one of them, too!)  The front of the card gives a little hint as to what is inside.  I used a couple of the dies from Word Set 6 - Summer, as well as one of the Crosshatch Squares.

When you open the card, BAM!

It just amazes me how the mechanism works and displays all those photos without binding up.  I made a quick video to show how this works.

These dies will be shipping mid-July, so get ready to have some fun!!!

Monday, July 1, 2019

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" - Anything Goes

This month's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is Anything Goes, but with the option of making a patriotic card.  Because it's almost the 4th of July, I DID opt for the patriotic card.  I had seen a really cool card (actually several cards) on Pinterest the other day and wanted to give that technique a try.  I'm not sure what it's called -- on one of them the crafter called it a W Fold.  The front is pretty simple.  As I was making this for the 4th of July, I couldn't resist putting some fireworks on it.  The ribbon is adhered to the card base prior to adding the panels.   I had bought this pack of red/white/blue patterned paper at Tuesday Morning some time ago.

On the inside is where the W Fold comes in.  Most of the cards I saw on Pinterest had either butterflies or flowers on those inside panels.  I opted for more Fireworks!

I had stamped the fireworks with a rainbow pad from ColorBox.  I clear embossed them and fussy cut the ones for the inside.

I hope you enjoyed my card.  If you'd like to play along with us, make a "more-than-one-score" card (patriotic or not) and post it on the Scor-Pal blog.  You might win a $25 gift certificate to the Scor-Pal website.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Family Room Die - Karen Burniston

Today I've got a card made with one more of the new Pop-Up dies from Karen Burniston, which will be shipping in mid-July.  It's called the Family Room Pop-Up and features a sofa, chair and lamp.

I thought this die would make a great "welcome to your new home" card.  On the front of the card I also included one of the new Memory Charms dies -- the TV set . . .

. . . as well as one of the words in Word Set 8 - Congrats, which I cut twice and layered.

On the inside, you get a little vignette of part of a new home.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the new dies being released by Karen Burniston.  I've certainly enjoyed showing them off!

Saturday, June 29, 2019

National Camera Day

Today is National Camera Day, and to celebrate it I made another card showcasing a soon-to-be-released die set from Karen Burniston called the Photo Collage Pop-Up.  The new dies will be shipping mid-July, but the Design Team has been busy creating for a few weeks.

My son, his wife and son recently went on a cruise with another couple and their son.  Like many people nowadays, they posted lots of photos on Facebook.  I took the opportunity to grab some of these photos and used them on my card -- which I will be giving to them soon.

The front of the card gives a little peek at what is to come.

But the inside is where all the action happens.    As you can see, it looks like they had a good time.  Oh, by the way, that little camera is part of another new die set, Memory Charms.

 And don't you just love the push pins and binder clips.  They're both part of the die set!

One of the dies in the Photo Collage set is a die to create a little pop-up mechanism that unfolds all the photos as you open the card.  Check out the video to see how it works.

I hope they like my card.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Another Karen Burniston Sneak Peek - Triple Flip

Today's sneak peek at one of the new Karen Burniston dies is another card made with the Triple Flip die.  How fun is this one!!!   My daughter loves anything nautical, so chances are she will wind up with this card.   The images are from a couple of Stampendous and Rubbernecker stamp sets.

Aptly named the Triple Flip because there are three panels on the front of the card . . .

. . . which, when you pull that little arrow/tab, flip over to reveal three more images.

I don't always finish the inside of a card when I initially make it, but this time I did -- carrying the nautical theme in there also.

I must warn you:  this die is very addicting.  I have made a bunch of cards using it.  I'm sure you'll be seeing more of them in the very near future.  These dies will be shipping in mid-July, so you've got some time to think of how you'd like to use them.