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.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Kindred Stamps New Release - Arabian Nights

Today I've got three cards made with another brand-new, soon-to-be-released stamp set from Kindred Stamps called Arabian Nights.  I'm sure there are lots of people who would like to have a genie grant them three wishes or who would love to ride on a magic flying carpet.  If you're one of those people, this is the set for you!

My three cards are representative of three different styles of card-making:  clean and simple; more involved; and, finally, interactive.  Whatever your style, this set would work for you.  My first card, while it has three layers, is still rather clean and simple.

I embossed the frame around the edge to give a bit more texture.  And I love the play on words in the sentiment -- I "sultan-ly" do!

My second card is a little more involved.

I cut the flying carpet from a scrap of old Basic Grey patterned paper (it pays to save those scraps) and backed it with the yellow.  The tassels are from a package of tasseled ribbon I found at Hobby Lobby -- all magic carpets have tassels on the corners.

And my third card is the interactive one -- made with a Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up die.

The front is pretty plain, although the cut-out window adds some interest; but all the action is on the inside.  There's that genie ready to grant your three wishes!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you enjoyed my cards.  The entire Kindred Stamps March release will be available Friday, March 22nd at 8am PST/11am EST.  Be sure to check out the Kindred Stamps blog on Friday for the full product release as well as the complete line up of all the Kindred Stamps Design Team projects from release week!  If you visit and comment on all of the designers' blogs this week, you could win $15 in Kindred Stamps shop credit!  So join the Fan Club and release event, show the design team some love, and get ready to empty those wallets this Friday!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge

I'm the hostess for the March "More Than One Score" challenge on the Scor-Pal blog.  This month's theme is Soft and Subtle -- think pastels/babies, etc.  I am part of a weekly challenge team (CCEE Stampers), and recently one of the challenges was a Lever Card.  I had never made one before; so I checked out the tutorial the hostess provided and, after one discarded effort, I made one.  How fun was this!  I had seen dies which make this type of card, but I had never tried it using a scoring board and stylus.  So today I'll show you how I made the card which appeared on the Scor-Pal blog on the first of March.

To start my card, I cut two pieces of blue cardstock 8 1/2" x 5 1/2".  One piece is scored at 4 1/4".  This will be the outside of the card.  On the side that would be the front, I cut a window 1" from each of the four sides.

Score the other piece of cardstock at 4 1/4" and 6 3/8".  Go in 2 1/8" from the left side and make a 1" scoreline down from the top and up from the bottom.

To make the lever on the inside panel that will go through the "window" on the front of the card, go in 1" from the left side and cut a slit that starts at the 1" mark and goes down to 1" from the bottom.  Then cut from the slit (top and bottom) over to the 1" score lines.

When folded, this is what that panel will look like.  Folds are valley/mountain/valley.

Apply adhesive to the back side of the inner panel and glue to the inside of the outer panel.  I have found that liquid glue works best for this.  It allows a little bit of time for you to line up the panels perfectly.  The "lever" should fit nicely in the window.  If it's a too-tight fit, you can trim just a bit off the top and bottom of the "lever."

You can now decorate the card as you like.  I cut a piece of patterned paper 4" x 5 1/4" and cut out the center 7/8" in on all four sides.

I then cut four pieces of patterned paper for the inside -- 3 strips 1 7/8" x 5 1/4" and one piece 3 1/8" x 5 1/4".

The two right-hand strips can be glued into the card at this point.  The other two pieces need to be fitted around the "window" and "lever," as follows:

On the remaining narrow strip, cut in 1" from the right side, 7/8" from the top and 7/8" from the bottom; then make a vertical cut between those two cuts.  Glue this to the left panel of the inside of the card.

On the fourth strip of patterned paper, cut in 1 1/8" from the left side, 7/8" from the top and bottom.  Cut down from the top and up from the bottom to cut off the excess.  This piece will cover the "lever" section of the card.

After adhering all four pieces of patterned paper, your card should look like this.

I then die-cut all the accessory pieces to be placed on my card, as well as some circles and a "congrats" for the front.

After completed, here again is my lever card.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

CCEE1911 National Shoe the World Day

Kelly continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  She tells us that tomorrow is National Shoe the World Day.  Many teens and children around the world do not have a pair of shoes to wear;  despite the climate or terrain, they walk barefoot.  She asked us to create a card using any type of shoe -- cowboy boots, heels, flip-flops -- to help the awareness to donate any shoes you may no longer need.

My doctor of 45+ years retired earlier this month.  I now have the daunting task of finding another doctor.  I'm not one to hold a grudge, so I made this card for him!  I used the Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle die for the card base, as well as a couple of accessory dies.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what kind of shoe cards were created by the rest of the team.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Memo Pad Holder

I'm continuing with my "anything but a card" blog posts for Kindred Stamps this month, using their Galactic Adventures set.  Today I've made a memo pad holder.

The holder itself is an acrylic photo frame, topped with a piece of The Paper Studio Stargazer patterned paper.  I cut another piece from the same paper pad into two smaller panels -- one is 2 1/2" X 3 1/2" and the other is 2 1/2" x 2".  The starfighter is stamped onto a piece of white cardstock 2 1/4" x 3 1/4" and colored with Copic markers.  His light sword was stamped onto a scrap of white, cut out, and glued into his hand.  I added a bit of Wink of Stella to give a glittery look.  I glued down a small pad of Post-It notes onto the smaller piece of cardstock.  The planetoid is stamped with StazOn Jet Black ink onto a small piece of silver paper and cut out.  All that was left was to wrap a length of bakers twine around the bottom of the stand and attach a pen at the other end.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

CCEE1910 - Your Name Day

Kelly starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a very interesting challenge.  She says, "Monday was Fun Facts about Your Name Day.  What does your name mean?  Briefly research the meaning of your name and create a card."  How fun was that!  After some research on several websites, I found this out about my name:

The different meanings of the name Lois are:
  • A name from the New Testament  [the grandmother of the apostle Timothy]
  • English meaning: Famous warrior
  • Greek meaning: Agreeable  [The name Lois shows up first in a Greek text and the only Greek verb that comes close to the name Lois is λωιων (loion), meaning more desirable, more agreeable, and (generally) better.]
  • Hebrew meaning: Good
Now, my job at this point was to figure out a card depicting some part of this explanation.  I focused on the English meaning of Lois (famous warrior) and pulled out my Kindred Stamps Justice Is Served stamp set and used the warrior woman (who was actually a digital extra to the set) and my Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up die.

Pop over to the CCEE Stampers blog to learn a little bit about the rest of the team.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Tiny Accessories

The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge this month is to create a card of any theme but use some of the dies from Tiny Accessories 1 and/or Tiny Accessories 2.  These are two fun die sets!

As Easter is right around the corner, I decided to have an Easter Parade, of sorts, on a Fancy Label Accordion card.  I chose some of Karen's adorable animals and dressed them up for Easter.  I actually took the turkey from Feathered Animals and made him look like a peacock to start the parade.

When you open the card, you will see three lovely couples all dressed up and ready to party.

Aren't they so very fashionable?