Thursday, October 31, 2019

CCEE1944 Halloween

Kelli ends her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and reminds us that today is Halloween.  Her challenge:  Lets keep it simple and create a card with anything Halloween or Harvest . . . costumes, candies, spooky things or just orange and black.

I love Halloween and had to go beyond "simple."  My cows are definitely celebrating Halloween in a big way!

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog and check out some more Halloween or Harvest fun.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Bearing Gifts

I've been having so much fun with the Christmas Selfies stamps from My Favorite Things lately.  I have a quick post today showing another card made with this fun set and the Karen Burniston Spinner Square Pop-Up.  The selfie die is the perfect size for a window cut in the front of this versatile die set.  This card was made for today's Splitcoaststamper's Inspiration Challenge, using a cute Mini Giving Bear from One Coast as my inspiration.

When you open the card, a pile of gifts come tumbling down.

As you can see, I tried to make the packages coordinate with some of the packages on the patterned paper on the front of the card.  That sentiment is just too cute!  I made a short video showing the arm moving on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

CCEE1943 Fall Porch

Kelli has a timely challenge for the CCEE Stampers this week:  Thinking of a porch in the fall -- leaves, pumpkins, rocking chairs, wreaths on the door, d├ęcor.  Create a card with a Fall Porch in mind or use fall colors.

Here is my fall porch, created with a new toy I recently discovered -- a Sizzix Impresslit.  It embosses and cuts at the same time.  I saw a similar card on Facebook using this Impresslit and knew it would be perfect for this challenge.  The die actually cuts a window (with the stones embossed around it); but, with the addition of the steps on the front, it looks like a door opening onto a porch.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more fall colors.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Blog Hop

Thank you so much for hopping along with us on the Karen Burniston and Pear Blossom Press Collaboration Hop! Be sure to comment along the way to be entered to win one of two great prizes: Snowman Twist Circle Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights, or 
Cake Pop-Up Die Set with a 5-pack of EZ-Lights!  

I was so excited when I heard that the Karen Burniston design team would be collaborating with the Pear Blossom Press design team on this blog hop.  I have become somewhat addicted to those EZ Lights that Pear Blossom Press has just released.  And they work so well with the Karen Burniston Pop-Up dies.  You can just feed the wires up through the pop-up mechanisms on your card to create some pretty cool effects.

I have made a bunch of cards using them, two of which I am showing in today's hop.  The first one uses the House Pivot Panels die, along with the Twist Panel die.  The front of the card is pretty simple -- just the snowdrift and deer from the Outdoor Scene die set, along with Crosshatch Ovals and a sentiment from Word Set 3 - Holiday.

When you open the card, that's where all the action takes place.

In addition to the houses, I added some trees from the Evergreen Pivot Panels and another greeting.  Do you see that sign down at the bottom that says, "Push Here"?  When you push it, magic happens.

I made a short video showing my card in action.

My second card is also a Christmas card.  I started by using the Karen Burniston Christmas Pop Stand, but I couldn't get it to cooperate.  So I salvaged the light-wired trees and used the pop-out mechanism from the Tree Pop-Up.  This worked much better.

This video shows the trees lighting up.

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Thursday, October 17, 2019

CCEE1942 National Fossil Day

Kelli continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers, and she tells us that yesterday was National Fossil Day.  A fossil is a preserved impression of a once-living thing from a past geological age, including plants, animals, shells, and more.  Her challenge:  create a card including anything that has been found as a fossil -- dinosaurs, leaves, amber, footprints, etc.

My Spinner Square card includes a dinosaur and some leaves, all of which have been found as fossils.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more blasts from the past!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

3D Paper Sculptures

Scor-Pal has a new product on its website -- 3D Paper Sculptures by InArtCrafts.  I've had so much fun playing with them.  The concept is that you download a digital pattern, print it on cardstock and cut out the pieces.  You then score on the lines, add glue or Scor-tape to the tabs and match up numbers on each piece.  Each pattern has a skill level -- Easy, Medium, Hard.   So naturally, I chose Easy for my first project -- a flamingo.

To make it easier to mount on the wall, I attached him to a round cardboard cake board, adding the tropical leaves to create a "frame" around him.  My daughter has already claimed ownership of this project.

Once I had so much fun creating this flamingo, I was hooked.  My friend has a white/calico cat, and I thought it would be fun to try to recreate her.  There are three different Cat patterns on the Scor-Pal website -- a sitting Cat (Easy-Medium), a Cat on Rock (Easy-Medium), and a Kitten (Easy).   Here's a photo of my friend's cat . . .

. . . and here's the cat I created, using the sitting Cat pattern.

With the exception of the head and tail, which were made with black and orange cardstock, the rest of the cat was made with white cardstock.  After I completed construction, I carefully drew some lines indicating where I wanted additional color.  And then I used my Copic markers to add the black and orange.  I found the cat's eyes at Hobby Lobby and added the little "free-hand" pink nose.

I have a feeling that these two projects will not be the last I make.  As I said earlier, they are so much fun.  Scor-Pal has a "tips" page for these sculptures, and I would recommend that you check out the tips prior to constructing your sculpture.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

CCEE1941 World Rainforest Week

Kelli continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.    She tells us that this is World Rainforest Week (October 10-16).  Her challenge:  create a card showing the rainforest or any animal you'd find in a rainforest (and/or trees, rivers, rainforest animals, etc.).

One of the trendy images right now is the sloth -- definitely a rainforest inhabitant.

Stop over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see what else from the rainforest we have today.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

CCEE1940 - National Techies Day

Kelli begins her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that it is National Techies Day.  She said she is so grateful for all the technology that we have.  She asked us to create a card with something "techy" on it (computers, cell phones, etc.) or simply a thank you card.

I recently purchased a really cute stamp set that looked like animals taking "selfies" and thought it would be perfect for today's challenge.  I made what I hope looks like a cell phone.

Check over on the CCEE Stampers blog to see what techy things the rest of the team has created.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Autumn

It's Designer Challenge day for the Karen Burniston team.  This month's theme is Autumn, which leaves a lot of room for interpretation.  For my card I chose Thanksgiving and used the Rockin' Rectangle and lots of fall colors.  All of the images are from Autumn Elements, and the sentiment is from Word Set 7 - Autumn.

I added a bit of whimsey on the inside, with Bennie the Cow on the Rockin' Rectangle, some stamped harvest images from KB Riley and more words from Word Set 7.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  I hope you liked my card.

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge - Harvest/Fall or Halloween

We have a seasonal challenge on the Scor-Pal blog today -- Harvest/Fall or Halloween.  I recently was introduced to a marvelous card-making accessory -- EZ Lights by Pear Blossom Press.  They are a step (or two) up from the Chibi Lights/battery/copper tape route.  It's all of that (and more) in one little unit.  I made a Halloween Light-Up card for this month's challenge using one of them.  As the challenge also includes a "more than one score" requirement, I made a Z-Fold Box Card.

The fun part comes when you push that little message on the tombstone.  As you can see, the lighs come on inside the haunted house.

I made a little video so you can see how cool this looks.

Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more autumn fun.