Thursday, February 21, 2019

CCEE1908 - Lever Card

Maryann continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers, and this week she asked us to make an interactive card -- specifically a LEVER CARD.  I had never made one of these before, so I looked at the Splitcoaststampers tutorial she referenced.

I used a fun Kindred Stamps set called Science Geeks and some "geeky" patterned paper for my card.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more lever cards; and, if you've never made one, I invite you to give it a try!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Bit Spotted -- Kindred Stamps New Release

I have another brand-new stamp set from Kindred Stamps to show you today -- A Bit Spotted.  It's a small set (4" x 4") but has quite a few images in it.  There is also a stencil which coordinates very nicely with the set.  I used it on two of my cards.

I have a soft spot in my heart for this set because, as a kid, I had a Dalmatian named Patches.  As you probably know, Dalmatians are sometimes called Firehouse dogs.  This was during the time when many people still smoked cigarettes.   I don't know if this trait was inbred or what; but, if someone threw a cigarette onto the ground, Patches would pounce on it, as if to put out the lit portion of the cigarette.  My father's friends would throw down cigarettes on purpose, just to see Patches do his little trick!

Anyway, I have three cards to show you today -- one is simple and the other two are more interactive.  This set lends itself very nicely to a Red/White/Black color combination, and all three cards use that color combination.  The first one is a tag book card made with the Karen Burniston Circle Tag Book Pop Up die.

I used the smaller set of coordinating stickers on the inside of this card -- and the stencil on both the inside and the outside.

My second card is the clean and simple one, although I did dress it up just a little.   I masked the center of the card front, sponged the "frame" around the outside using the stencil, and then embossed with a rectangular die.  After stamping and coloring the two dogs, I matted that piece and adhered it to the center.

My final card is a waterfall card, which I made using the Karen Burniston Frame Pull Pop-Up die.  

Notice on the inside panels, I pulled out some random words from the three sentiment stamps in this set and stamped them on the left-hand panels.

There is space on the back of the card to sign your name.

I hope you like what I did with this set.  It was lots of fun and brought back some memories from my childhood!

The entire Kindred Stamps February release will be available Friday, February 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, February 15, 2019

A Spot of Tea?

You don't usually build your card around a sentiment, but that's exactly what I did for my card today.  As I was looking at Kindred Stamps' The Next Space Explorers, the Earl Grey sentiment struck me.  As a tea-drinker, it was the perfect place to start.

I went on-line and found a tea cup template and printed it out.   After folding a piece of light blue cardstock, I laid the template along the fold and cut out my cup.  I had found some narrow sparkly washi tape in Hobby Lobby last week, and it looked like the perfect trim for my tea cup.  I then glued down my fussy-cut captain onto the cup and popped on some sequins.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

CCEE1907 Love One's Birthday

Maryann continues as the CCEE Stampers hostess for this Valentine's Day.  She told us that it is also her birthday and asked us to make a birthday card for someone we love.  I'm not sure who will ultimately get this birthday card, but I have to tell you that I loved making it!  I used the new Karen Burniston Woven Basket.

As you can see, it folds flat for mailing.

I invite you to hop over to the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more loving birthday cards.

Happy Valentine's Day

The Karen Burniston Woven Basket Pop-Up lends itself to so many different occasions.  As you can see, today it's looking like Valentine's Day!

The large heart in the background was created by a punch (as were the two small, layered ones on the front), but the smaller ones within the bouquet are from the Karen Burniston Heart Pivot Panels die.  They worked so well on this Valentine.  The two different sizes make layering very easy.

I have already given this card to my Stampin' Up demonstrator -- the sentiment on the large heart is an old Stampin' Up sentiment stamp.  She loved it!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Boldy Celebrate Your Birthday

It's always fun to be able to share a Kindred Stamps card with you.  I'm such a geek, and their stamps are right up my alley.  Today is no exception.  Today I have an easel card made with The Next Space Explorers set.  Easel card are so easy to make and yet make a great impression.

I had found a great pad of patterned paper called Stargazer in Hobby Lobby several months ago -- with lots of designs that lend themselves to several of the "outer space" sets that Kindred Stamps has released.   After creating the easel, I stamped, colored and cut out the character for the front and popped him up on foam dots.  The "Happy Birthday" sentiment die is from Karen Burniston.  I cut it out five times (four from gray cardstock and one from silver paper) and layered them together so that the sentiment would stand out from the background.  Then added a few sequins for good measure.

I used one of the coordinating stickers for the "bumper" on the inside to make the easel stand up.

Actually, what I did was put the sticker onto a scrap of heavyweight white cardstock and cut it out so that the bumper would be very sturdy.  There's a large foam adhesive pop-dot on the underside of the sticker.  As you can see, the easel stands up very nicely.

HINT:  To conserve on the more expensive silver paper, I cut the sentiment from one of the matting panels.  It was going to be covered up anyway!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

CCEE1906 Amethyst for February

Maryann is the CCEE Stampers hostess for the month of February.  She reminded us that the birthstone for February is the amethyst and asked us to make a card using a shade of purple and include gem stones or charms.   Purple is one of my favorite colors (along with orange), so this challenge was a delight!  I pulled out a new Karen Burniston die -- the Circle Tag Book Pop-Up -- and made an Easter card.

I added some gem stones to the front, and on the inside I used some of the new Karen Burniston Easter charms -- the chocolate bunny and the Easter eggs.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more purple creations.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Karen Burniston DT Challenge -- Love, Sweet Love!

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, and the Karen Burniston Design Team Challenge this month is all about love -- Love, Sweet Love.  Of course, there's a bit of a twist involved.  We had to include some chocolate on our cards.  Who doesn't love chocolate?

I must admit that I have a favorite die from January's release -- the Woven Basket Pop-Up.  I used it, as well as some of the dies from the new Ice Cream Sundae dies for my card.

Ice cream is one of my downfalls, which is why I don't buy it for my freezer very often.  But this ice cream has no calories whatsoever!  I used a couple of sweet sentiments from My Favorite Things to convey my message of Love, Sweet Love.  And there's lots of chocolate on this card as well -- mainly the fudge sauce, but there's also a scoop of chocolate ice cream back there in the sundae.

The "love you" on the front is from Word Set 9 - Love, and the heart at the back is a punch.  I used some small hearts from the Karen Burniston Heart Pivot Panel die and the balloon strings from the Explosion Pop-Up.

One thing I love about this Woven Basket is that it folds flat for mailing.

I hope you like this calorie-free ice cream delight!

Friday, February 1, 2019

A Good Day to Celebrate

Masculine cards are not always the easiest ones to create; but, if the man or boy has a particular interest, it's much easier to create something personal.  The card I have today is one that I'm sure would appeal to a sci-fi lover!  I used the Kindred Stamps set called The Next Space Explorers as well as one of their stencils.

As you can see the background was made by sponging several different distress inks onto light blue cardstock -- using the Swirl stencil.  After sponging on all the colors, I cut the panel down to 4" x 5 1/4" -- to layer onto an A2 card base.

I stamped the Next Space Explorers captain onto a piece of white cardstock and colored him with Copic markers.   The image itself did not have an emblem, so I improvised and drew a small emblem with a white gel pen.

After fussy-cutting out the captain, I adhered him to the center of the swirly background, stamped the sentiment, and added a die-cut "Happy Birthday" greeting at the top -- then glued the panel to the navy blue card base.  I think any space nerd would enjoy getting this card.

Scor-Pal February Challenge -- Anything Goes

The Scor-Pal Challenge team is back to work again after our little holiday in January.  The challenge for February is "Anything Goes."  I took the opportunity to use a brand-new stamp set from Kindred Stamps that I just love -- Size Doesn't Matter.  If you are familiar with the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, you will recognize my small characters.

I made a fun card using my Scor-Pal -- a Z Box Fold card.  If you've never made one, it's pretty easy.  Here is a link to a tutorial for you to reference if you give it a try.  The person who wrote the tutorial used a different type scoring tool, but I used my 12" x 12" Scor-Pal for the scoring.

The breakfast items for both first and second breakfast were made with several dies from CottageCutz.

Pop on over to the Scor-Pal blog and check out what the rest of the team made for this challenge.  And, by the way, the Scor-Pal team is having a Design Team Call.  If you think you'd like to be part of our team, make a card and post it on the blog.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

CCEE1905 - Thank You

Liz ended her month as CCEE Stampers hostess by telling us that January is National Thank You Month.  So, she asked us to make a thank-you card and send an unexpected thank you to someone whose small act of kindness has not gone unnoticed by us.  I am going to give this card to my son who installed a new light fixture for me.  When was the last time you sent a thank-you note to your kid?

My son is a big fan of the TV show which inspired the new Kindred Stamps set called Science Geeks.  If you are familiar with this TV show, you know that the male characters enjoy all kinds of comic books and frequently dress up as their favorites.  I used a very clever Lawn Fawn die set to create this Reveal Wheel card.

When you move the wheel, the sentiment changes.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more cards of gratitude.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Happy 70th Birthday

I have a friend celebrating her 70th birthday this week, and I wanted to make a special card to commemorate the occasion.  I thought the Karen Burniston Explosion Pop-Up would be perfect.  I pretty much copied the card Karen used in her video demonstrating this die, adding the 70 on the inside.  I used lots of bright colors and balloons.

The borders on both the inside and the outside are from one of the new Border Blends dies, and the circles are the Crosshatch Circles dies.

I hope she likes this card.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

CCEE1904 Gold

Liz continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a challenge this week to commemorate the discovery of gold in California on January 24, 1848.  She asked us to include some "gold" on our cards this week.  I am of an age where many of my friends have already or will soon celebrate their golden wedding anniversary.  So I'll be prepared!

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more golden creations.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Kindred Stamps New Release - Science Geeks

As a big fan of the TV series that influenced this brand-new stamp set from Kindred Stamps, I was so happy to be able to create some cards for Release Week!  Science Geeks has my kind of nerdy characters.  I have three cards to share with you today.

My first is an Explosion card.  How appropriate is this type of card for a sentiment that says "I hope your birthday goes off with a bang!"  The front looks pretty normal, but . . . 

. . . when you open the card, you get the explosion!  BANG!

My second card is dedicated to the astrophysicist in the group of friends.  The designer paper I used for this card is associated with another Kindred Stamps product -- the Space Heroes box, but it worked perfectly for this card!

For my third card, I used another brand-new toy in my arsenal -- a door die from Lawn Fawn.  I used the Kindred Stamps Brick Stencil for the wall.   This card was inspired by one of the many idiosyncrasies of this fandom.

I must admit I had lots of fun with this set, and you will probably see many more creations from me using it in the future.

The entire Kindred Stamps January release will be available Friday, January 25th 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!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

National Popcorn Day

Kindred Stamps has a series of fun Wacky Holiday stamps -- one is released each month to celebrate a holiday for the following month.  I'm using one of those stamps to celebrate National Popcorn Day, which is today.  In addition, I'm giving you a sneak peek at a fun new die set from Karen Burniston called the Rockin' Rectangle.  If you cut a window in the front of the card, you can see a bit of what's on the inside.  Talk about a sneak peek!

And when you open up the card, the panel pops up and rocks to the side!

Karen Burniston is accepting pre-orders for her new release starting on Monday, January 21st, and they should start shipping on the 31st.  Here's a look at all 18 of these new dies.  If you're like me, you'll have a hard time picking only a few!

Friday, January 18, 2019

You're Nifty!

Today's my day on the Kindred Stamps blog with one of my favorite KS sets, Catcher of Beasts.  To show off this set, I have used a fun Karen Burniston die -- the Spinner Square.

As you can see, I started by sponging the KS Distress Brick Stencil as the "floor" on which the "beast catcher" is standing.  I colored him with Copic markers and cut him out.  Then I cut out the window and constructed the mechanism on the inside for the spinner (you can see all of that on the inside).  The "beast catcher" is popped up on foam dots.

I added the other "beast" to the drop-down section of the spinner and stamped another sentiment on the inside.  I've got to say that these are the two cutest "beasts" I have ever seen!  Don't you agree?

Thursday, January 17, 2019

CCEE1903 Favorite Hot Beverage

Once again Liz has a fun challenge for the CCEE stampers.  This week she asked us to reach for our favorite hot beverage and make a card that lets others know what it is.  When I got married, I tried to learn to drink coffee -- my husband drank it morning, noon and night.  But I just couldn't develop a taste for it.  A cup of Earl Grey tea is my choice.   So hot tea at a mad tea party is the theme of my card.

Karen Burniston's Frame Pull Pop-Up makes a fun little card.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019

Kindred Stamps Color Challenge

This month's challenge on the Kindred Stamps Fan Club Facebook page is a color challenge.   This year's Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral.  As a design team member, I'm probably not eligible for a prize; but I thought I would make a card to entice others to enter.  I'm using a set from one of my favorite fandoms (Catcher of Beasts) and a fun technique (Z-Box Fold card).

In looking at the front of the card, you can barely see the coral on the card base; but when the card is open fully, you can see more.
As I was coloring the images for this card, I thought I could give both characters some coral -- the sweet witch's coat and the baker's tie.  I found a piece of patterned paper I used as the basis for my color combination, pulling out the turquoise for the other color.  If you like this style of card, here's a link to a tutorial which explains how to make one.

Why don't you join in on the fun and make a card for the Kindred Stamps color challenge?