Thursday, June 4, 2020

CCEE2023 - The Rose

Vicky starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that the Rose is June's birth flower.  She said:  Symbolically, the rose has more meanings than one can count!

*  A pink rose means perfect happiness, while a red rose means "I love you."
*  A white rose signifies innocence, purity, and new beginnings.
*  A yellow rose conveys jealousy.

A bouquet of roses means sincere gratitude, whereas a single rose amplifies the meaning of the color (a single red rose means "I REALLY love you").  She asked us to make a card with a single rose or a bouquet of roses . . . or however many roses you want!  Happy Rose Day!

I've been playing around with the current trend of slimline cards.  The one I made for today's challenge has three single roses (not sure just what that signifies!).  I tried my hand at no-line coloring by stamping the flowers in gray and then coloring them with Copics.  They turned out pretty well.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more beautiful roses.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June Designer Challenge -- Pattern Plates

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge, and this month's theme is "Pattern Plates."  These are the new A2 cover plate dies in the latest release.  There are three of them  -- Flowers, Swirls, and Tiles.
Usually, I have one card for the Designer Challenge; but I had made three different cards (one with each die) and couldn't decide which one to use.  So I'm going to show you all three of them!  Each one will include one of the Pattern Plates, as well as at least one other Karen Burniston die set.

The first one I made was using the Swirls Pattern Plate.  I decided to challenge myself to make a card without using pattern paper, which is normally a staple for my cards.  I achieved some depth on this card by inking around the edges of the card.  After cutting out the Swirl Pattern Plate, I carefully cut it in half and mounted one half on the front of my card.  The mermaids are from the Princess and Mermaid set and mounted in front of a sentiment panel cut from the Katherine Label die set.  The little tropical fish swimming in the waves are from the Camping Charms.


I placed the other half of the Swirls Pattern Plate on the inside of the card and attached another Katherine Label to the inside.  I added some more tropical fish and an anchor from the Cruise Charms.  Sentiments on both of the label panels are from Stampendous.


My second card uses the Flowers Pattern Plate.  As this card is for a 25th anniversary, I cut two panels -- one in white, and one in silver.  Reversing the panels, you can see both of them.  I cut two panels from the Rectangles - Crosshatch and mounted Celebrate and 25 on it.


On the inside, I glued some patterned paper to each side and mounted the Heart Pivot Panels.  I cut some silver hearts and placed them appropriately across the pivots.  To have a place to sign the card, I placed a small Oval Crosshatch and another small heart.  I added the sentiment using a label maker and clear tape.   Across the bottom I added one of the Border Blends combination die-cuts.  This was made by attaching two of the Argyle borders together to create the hearts.  As an afterthought, I added two more hearts to the front of the card.


As Father's Day is right around the corner, my third card is a Father's Day card, using the Tiles Pattern Plate.  The front is decorated with the crown from Tiny Accessories 1 and the Word Set 5 - Royalty.

For the inside I added another section of the Tiles Pattern Plate.   I used the Rockin' Rectangle and the knight from the Knight and Dragon set.  I added another crown from the Tiny Accessories 1 set to the cross-piece.  The sentiment was made using a label maker with clear tape.


I hope you enjoyed looking at my cards.

Monday, June 1, 2020

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" - Masculine/Father's Day

The theme for June's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is Masculine or Father's Day.    My late husband was a model railroad enthusiast, so I've got a train card for you today.  It's a bridge card, which is rather similar to a gatefold card in that it folds from both sides.  The difference is the "bridge," which spans the space between the two sides.

Following a tutorial I found on Splitcoaststampers, I made my card and used a thin strip of clear acetate and glued down my train tracks on it before I attached it to either side of the card.   The train and tracks are part of the Karen Burniston Train Pivot Panels die set; however, I did not use the pop-up mechanism.  The sun and clouds are from Karen Burniston's Tropical Scene set.  The Father's Day sentiment is from Cottage Cutz.




When closed, this card will fit into a standard A2 envelope.


Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more masculine cards.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

C4C537 - Gnomes

I want to thank Frances Byrne for asking me to guest design for the Crazy4Challenges blog during the month of May.  I thoroughly enjoyed joining in on the fun.  The challenge for my final week is gnomes.  Gnomes seem to have become very popular over the past 6 to 12 months, with so many fun stamps, dies, and papers being released.  We were to create a card today that features a gnome.

Paper Nest Dolls has a cute set of gnomes, and I used one of them on my card today.


Be sure to check out all the cards on the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more gnomes.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

CCEE2022 - World Creativity Day

Kelly's final May challenge for the CCEE Stampers is to celebrate World Creativity Day (Saturday, May 30th), a day to embrace your own creativity and support each other in the crafting community.  She said:  "Let's make a card using YOUR favorite technique ~ the sky is the limit!  Just have fun and get creative!"  I don't know if you'd call interactive cards a "technique" or not, but it's my favorite kind of card to create.  So I'm saying it IS a technique.

I used the Karen Burniston Triple Flip die and some cute Paper Nest Dolls gnomes to make my card.





See what the favorite technique each of our team likes by popping over to the CCEE Stampers blog.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Back to Space!

Hopefully, today is the day that astronauts will again be blasted into space from U.S. soil!  If the weather is cooperative, two astronauts will leave Cape Kennedy in a Space X rocket on the way to the International Space Station.  In honor of this event, I made a card using the Karen Burniston Rocket Pop-Up die and Honey Bee Stamps' Far Out Friends stamp set.

I've been bitten by the slimline card bug and experimenting with some of Karen Burniston's dies.  I'm rather pleased with this one!


When you open the card, the rocket ship pops up out of the card.  Pretty cool, no?



Here's a short video showing the action.


Good luck to Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

C4C36 - Photo Month

Apparently, May is Photo month, and the Crazy4Challenge challenge this week is to include something that relates to photos this week . . . a card including a real photo, faux photos, selfie style stamps, cameras, etc.

One of my favorite Karen Burniston dies is the Photo Collage Pop-Up, and one of my favorite book/movie franchises is Lord of the Rings.  I combined these two loves on my card this week.  Kindred Stamps has a few stamp sets that were perfect for my card.





See some more photo-related cards over on the Crazy4Challenges blog.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

CCEE2021 - Mother, May I?

For this week's CCEE Stampers challenge, Kelly asked us to create a card based on a popular children's game or to create a card for a child.  I initially struggled with trying to find an idea for a card based on a children's game, but I finally came up with the card game "Go Fish."  And I just happened to have an old stamp set with that phrase in it.  The rest of my card comes from the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel set, Just Keep Swimming.




You can see the fish puff himself up in this little video.



Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for some more fun and games.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

C4C535 Sketch Challenge

I'm continuing this week as guest designer for the Crazy4Challenges blog -- this week's challenge is a sketch challenge.


I love these Honey Bee Stamps Build-a-Bee stamps and dies, and I thought they would look cute for this challenge.


The Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle is actually the perfect pop-up for this card as well.  It brings the large panel from the sketch into the inside of the card.



Stop over at the Crazy4Challenge blog to see some more cards based on this sketch.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

CCEE2020 Asthma Awareness Month

Kelly continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and told us that May is Asthma Awareness Month.  She said, "Let's bring the awareness to 339.4 million people worldwide affected by asthma by creating a card where you need to use your lungs!  Think blowing up a balloon blowing out birthday candles, a dandelion, a whistle."  I chose the dandelion.

A favorite stamping technique of mine is Triple Stamping.  I have just one dandelion stamp set, which fortunately has two different images on it.


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled this challenge.

Saturday, May 9, 2020

C4C514 - Slimline Cards

I'm continuing as guest designer for the Crazy4Challenges blog this week.  Slimline Cards seem to be very popular at present, especially with a few companies releasing dies especially for the use of creating this style of card.  For our challenge this week, create a Slimline card.  A Slimline card measures 8 1/2" x 3 1/2" and should fit into a standard business-sized envelope.  Fortunately, I had just ordered some slimline dies from Trinity Stamps and used two of the sets on my card.   I had purchased those cute prehistoric critters from Lawn Fawn last year, and this is the first time I've used them.


Check out some more slimline cards on the Crazy4Challenges blog.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

CCEE2019 - Fiesta!

Kelly is the hostess for the CCEE Stampers in May.  She started off the month by telling us that Tuesday was Cinco de Mayo.   She said, "Let's continue the celebration with anything fiesta!  The word fiesta, the colors (red, green, yellow), pinatas, sombreros, etc.  Feel free to simply create a celebration card."

I pulled out the Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle die and the llama die from Cottage Cutz to make my card.  I like the look of this type of card using a piece of heavyweight acetate for the front.  You get a peek at what's on the inside.


And you can see the festive banner across the top, starting on the outside and continuing onto the inside.  This was made using another Karen Burniston die -- one of the Border Blends. What's a fiesta without a sombrero?  So I added one to the cross piece.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more festive cards.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Designer Challenge for May -- TREASURE

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- and this month the design team was able to play with some new dies.  The theme of this month's challenge is TREASURE, and there are two sets which are perfect for this theme -- Treasure Chest and Treasure Charms.  I used both of these sets for my card, along with the Circle Tag Book Pop-Up.  As you can see, the Treasure Chest set includes a lock to ensure that your treasure will be safe.  I cut the lock from both silver paper and stiff acetate.  The acetate was to keep the piece from tearing when locking and unlocking the treasure chest.


When you open the chest, you can see all the treasure inside -- gold coins, gemstones, a string of pearls, and even a ruby-encrusted gold crown.


On the inside of the card are many of the treasure charms included in that set -- a tiara, a trophy, an emerald ring, and a ruby pendant.



I couldn't have a treasure chest without a pirate, now could I?   If you look closely at both sides, you might be able to see Changito the Pirate wielding his sword and holding his parrot.  I haven't used those Stampendous images in a long time, and it was time to bring them out again.


This was such a fun project for the challenge.  Thanks for stopping by to look.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

C4C533 - Free Comic Book Day

I'm so happy Frances Byrne asked me to be a guest designer for the Crazy4Challenges blog during the month of May.  I'm always up for a challenge!  According to the Days of the Year web site, today is Free Comic Book Day.  Frances said,  "Maybe create a comic book layout with any theme or create something that might be included in a comic book, e.g., super heroes."

Kindred Stamps has some great comic book images, and I used four of them on my card.  I'm sure you recognize some of those super heroes!


For more comic book fun, stop over at the Crazy4Challenges blog.

Friday, May 1, 2020

"More Than One Score" challenge -- Mother's Day/Feminine

The theme of this month's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is "Feminine/Mother's Day."  I recently got a floral stamp set from Dare2BArtzy called "BEE-utiful," and I decided it would be perfect for the challenge.  I made a center-step card to show off this pretty set.   Because it has a coordinating die set, I die cut both the floral image and the bee and popped them up on foam dots for a little more texture.


I also used some Karen Burniston Border Blends to decorate the slim panels of the card.

Check out the Scor-Pal Blog for some more floral creations by the design team.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

CCEE2018 - World Penguin Day

Frances ends her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that April 25 was World Penguin Day, and asking us to feature penguins on our cards.  If we didn't have any penguins, we could just create a black and white card.

I have a couple of penguin stamp sets and pulled out the largest penguin image for my card.  I decided that I wanted a pop-out card, so I used the Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle for my card base.





The Stampendous penguin that I used has a matching die, so I cut out the front of my card and lined it with an acetate sheet.  The pop-out penguin can be seen through the acetate and says "hi" when you open the card.

For some more penguin fun, check out the CCEE Stampers blog.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Scor-Pal Pinspired Project - Exploding Box

I've got a project on my blog today that was inspired by another project from the Scor-Pal Pinterest Board -- an Exploding Box from 2006.

When I started my box, I decided that my theme would be a favorite of mine -- a certain boy wizard and his friends.  My box differs from the original in that there are only two layers of explosion rather than three, and also there is a 3-D object on the inside.



To start my project, I scored a piece of 12" x 12" cardstock at 4" and 8" on both sides . . .


. . . and a piece of 10 1/2" x 10 1/2" cardstock at 3 1/2" and 7" on both sides.


I then cut the four corners out of each piece.


I chose some wizard-related patterned paper and cut eight pieces 3 3/4" square and eight pieces 3 1/4" square.  As you can see, the patterns represent all four houses at the magic school.


Scor-tape is attached to the bottom of the center square of the smaller panel, the pieces are glued together, and the patterned paper applied appropriately.




The next step was to make the lids for the two layers.  The larger lid is made from a piece of matching yellow cardstock 6 5/8" square.  The smaller lid is made from a piece of matching dark gray cardstock 6 1/8" square.  I then scored each piece 1 1/4" in from all four sides.


After cutting tabs on all four corners, I added some Scor-tape.


This was done to both the yellow lid and the dark gray lid.

I then stamped and colored the images (4 teachers and 4 students).  I cut them out with a Spellbinders Labels One die with a slightly larger Labels One die for the matting.



Following the video instructions for the Karen Burniston Castle Pop-up, which you can find on her website here, adding the additional trimwork.


After the castle was completed, I attached it to a 3 3/4" square of patterned paper, using the tabs created with one of the dies in the Castle Pop-Up die set.  I then cut a hexagonal piece of the same patterned paper, inserted the free-standing turret, and glue it inside the castle.


As you can see from the photos, the teachers are glued to the first layer of explosion. . .


. . . and the students are glued to the inside layer.





I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will try to make an Explosion Box yourself.  It was a really fun project.