Thursday, June 13, 2019

CCEE1924 - National Sewing Machine Day

I'm continuing my month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  I discovered that today (June 13) is National Sewing Machine Day.  I asked the team to create a card with some stitching on it -- either real stitching, faux stitching or stitched-edged dies.

It just so happens that Kindred Stamps is also celebrating National Sewing Machine Day and released a stamp set depicting that Wacky Holiday.  I couldn't resist using that stamp today, as well as some double-stitched dies.  Isn't she cute?

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled my challenge.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

"More Than One Score" -- Think Summer

The Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge this month is Warmer Days (think Summer, warm colors, etc.) I made an additional card for this challenge.   I live in Florida, so lots of people go to the beach when it gets warm.  My card is a diorama, depicting a day at the beach.

The size of the card is 4 1/2" x 4 1/2", 1" inches deep.  It was pretty simple to construct, even with the three layers of "scenery."    To construct, I cut two pieces of light yellow 4 1/2" x 7 1/2", scoring at 1 1/2" and 6".  The ocean waves and beach line were made using a Karen Burniston die set called Tropical Scene.  I added some fun elements -- the turtle crawling out of the water, the flip flops sitting on the sand, and the bright sun in the sky.  I computer-generated the sentiment and cut it out with a Spellbinders banner die, sponging a bit of blue before I took the cardstock out of the die.

If you'd like a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Scor-Pal shop, make a "warm" card and post it on our blog.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

CCEE1923 - Favorite School Subject

This month I'm serving as hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenge.  This is the 60th anniversary of my graduation from high school (June 9, 1959) -- Neshaminy High School in Langhorne, Pennsylvania.   So the challenge for the team this week is to make a card depicting their favorite subject in school.  This one was an easy one for me -- I LOVED history and, in particular, ancient history.  I think that, if I had my life to live over again, I might have wound up being an archeologist.  That's most likely why all those Indiana Jones movies spoke to me.  Of course, Harrison Ford was probably a draw as well!  Anyway, I digress.

For my card I pulled out an old pyramid stamp I bought many years ago and the Kindred Stamps Treasure Hunter stamp set to create my card.   Inside it says, "Happy Birthday."

To see what the rest of the team enjoyed in school, pop over to the CCEE Stampers blog and check out their cards.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - Beach Day

It's time for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge once again -- this month it's all about the beach.   That's a great place to be when you live in Florida!  I pulled out the Circle Tag Book and some fun fishy stamps for this one.

Using several different pieces of patterned paper, I created this little beach scene -- stamping some sea gulls above the palm trees from the Tropical Scene set.

But inside is where the fun part lies.

I love those sweet little stamped fish, framed in the twisted frames from the Circle Tag Book, as well as a few small seashells from the Tropical Scene.  Here's a closer look at them.

Somewhere my brain stopped working, and I didn't remember that I had done this card; so I made a second card, which I will also share today -- this one using the Palm Tree Pop-Up, the Rockin' Rectangle, Tropical Scene, and Sea Animals.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you can plan a trip to the beach sometime soon!

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" - Warmer Days

It's June 1st, time for another Scor-Pal "More Than One Score challenge.  This month the theme is "Warmer Days.   Summer is already here in Florida . . . and much of the rest of the country.  It has been in the 90s for weeks here.

For my challenge card I made a Z-Box Fold Card.  Of course, I used my Scor-Pal to make the several score lines for the folds and Scor-Tape to hold down much of the background paper.

In addition, I used several dies from Karen Burniston to create my scene -- Tropical Landscape and Beach Charms.

If you'd like to join in on our summer fun and maybe win a $25 gift certificate to the Scor-Pal store, make a card and post it on the Scor-Pal blog.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

CCEE1922 Barbecue Month/Hamburger Day

Frances wound up her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenge with a yummy challenge.  She told us that May is apparently Barbecue Month and May 28th was Hamburger Day.  So she asked us to think BBQ and/or Hamburgers when creating our cards.  I pulled out an old stamp set from Gina K (King of the Grill) and a new die set from Karen Burniston (the Rockin' Rectangle) to create my card.  I used Karen's tutorial for making an acetate-front card with this die set.  I didn't have a big hamburger stamp, so the hamburgers stacked down the front were some free clip art.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog for some more barbecue fun!

Monday, May 27, 2019

Sesame Street and Karen Burniston

My daughter recently asked me to make a couple of birthday cards for her friend, who is celebrating his 50th birthday.  He recently became a big fan of Sesame Place at Sea World, Orlando.  I used two different Karen Burniston pop-up dies to create these fun cards.

The first one (Cookie Monster) is made with the Cake Pop-Up die, but using only the bottom layer.  Karen Burniston has a video showing how to make one of these.  I googled "Cookie Monster Free Clip Art" and found several images.  I used his face on the front, adding some googlie eyes for some whimsey.  The sentiment was made with Word Set 2 - Birthday.

Following Karen's directions for the one-layer stage, I made the inside -- scattering some cookies around.  I also used the Border Blends - Party, Numbers, and Word Set 8 - Congrats sets.

Here's a close-up of the main stage.

The second card featured Oscar the Grouch.

Again, I googled some free clip art for Oscar's image, and added the "50" to the front.

For the inside I used the Coffee Cup Pop-Up, cutting off the lid to make the garbage can.

Another piece of free clip art gave me this image of Oscar along with the garbage scattered on the ground.  I added another border, using Border Blends - Argyle, at the top, and just the word Celebrate.

Here's a close-up of Oscar in his garbage can.  The corrugated piece emulates the look of a real garbage can, don't you think?

The birthday party was this past weekend.  I hope the "birthday boy" enjoyed these cards!

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Scor-Pal Pinspired Calendar

Each month one of the members of the Scor-Pal design team looks back at Scor-Pal's Pinterest page and recreates a project, using their own design.  This month is my turn.  As I looked through the Pinterest page, I came across this fun project -- an Easel Calendar card, made by Virginia Nebel.

Many of my friends are avid Harry Potter fans (as am I), and I thought it might be fun to recreate Virginia's project with a Harry Potter-inspired one.

To start my card I scored an 11" x 8 1/2"  piece of red 110-pound cardstock at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4".

I then Z-folded at the score lines.

After adding strips of Scor-Tape to the last panel . . .

. . . I adhered a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" panel to the front.

I cut a yellow mat panel 5 1/4" x 8 1/4" and some Harry Potter-themed pattern paper slightly smaller . . .

. . . and adhered them to the card base.

Using images from Kindred Stamps' Students of Magic stamp set and patterned paper, I created a little scene -- adding a small calendar to a black banner.  The "Platform 9 3/4" was stamped with some Just Rite letters and numbers, and the sentiment was computer-generated.

I then adhered this completed scene to the easel front and added the owl "bumper," which holds the easel open.  I used large foam pop-dots to adhere the "bumper."

Here is a side view of the easel.

It's always fun to find a project you like and make it your own by changing the theme or the colors or the images.

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.