Saturday, July 24, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
Continuing with my CCEE challenges, I informed the team that yesterday (7/21) was National Hot Dog Day. I asked them to include this national treasure on their cards; or, if they didn't have a hot dog image, they could use any kind of fast food item.
Fortunately, Karen Burniston has a set of charms which includes a hot dog; so I used it and the rest of the Fast Food Charms on my card.
Be sure to check out the rest of the team's creations over on the CCEE Stampers blog.
Saturday, July 17, 2021
This week's Crazy4Challenges sketch is a slimline card.
I recently bought some scenic slimline background papers from Whimsey Stamps. I used one of them (from the set called Frozen) on today's card. Even though it's 90 degrees outside, it's always a good time to make a Christmas card. These cute images are from Paper Nest Dolls.
Stop over at the Crazy4Challenges blog to see what the rest of the team did with this fun layout.
Thursday, July 15, 2021
Continuing as hostess for the CCEE Stampers, I told them that it's Cow Appreciation Day and asked that they put some kind of farm animal (cow or otherwise) on their cards.
I made a card that could welcome a new neighbor (with a bit of humor).
Be sure to stop over to the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team created for this challenge.
Saturday, July 10, 2021
This week the Crazies are celebrating "Don't Step on a Bee" Day -- good advice, don't you think. For our challenge this week, we were to create a card that includes at least one bee on it. My card has several! These particular ones are from Honey Bee Stamps, as are the flowers.
Visit the Crazy4Challenges blog to see some more sweetness.
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Today is my sister's birthday. So in her honor, I asked the CCEE Stampers to use something that begins with each letter of her name on their cards. Her name is DOTSY.
This is my card in Dotsy's honor. (BTW, Dotsy is also a stamper.)
D - Diamond-shaped die-cuts / Daisies
O - Orange (one of my very favorite colors)
T - Thinking about you sentiment
S - Slimline card
Y - Yellow
I carried the yellow daisies onto the inside of the card.
Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled my sister's name.
Tuesday, July 6, 2021
The Karen Burniston Designer Challenge for July is to use one of the KB Tag Books -- either as the card itself or as an element inside a standard-size card. I went the second route, using the Circle Tag Book inside my A2 card.
The front of my card lets you know that July is National Picnic Month. Using the Alphabet set, I spelled out JULY. Then I added a picnic blanket and some other picnic elements. "National Picnic Month" was done with a label maker.
After cutting the grass panels using one of the dies in the Nature's Edges set, I glued in the Circle Tag Book and added some more picnic items -- a watermelon slice, some fruit, a cupcake and a pie from various KB die sets.
I hope you like my tribute to National Picnic Month.
Saturday, July 3, 2021
Apparently July is Picnic Month and the 4th of July is Barbecue Day, so the challenge for the Crazy4Challenge team members is to create a card incorporating either a picnic or barbecue theme. I recently picked up some BBQ stickers at Hobby Lobby, and they were perfect for my challenge card. The sentiment, picnic blanket and cute little parade of ants are from Karen Burniston.
The Hobby Lobby stickers fill up the inside of my card, adhered strategically on the new Karen Burniston Flower Pivot Panels.
Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more picnic/BBQ fun.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
I'm the hostess this month for the CCEE Stampers. I'm starting off the month with a yummy challenge. According to that wacky holiday chart, July is National Ice Cream Month, and July 1st is Creative Ice Cream Flavors Month. My challenge to the team is to include some ice cream on your card.
I'm using my favorite new die from Karen Burniston on my card (the Waterfall Card) -- along with a "build-it" set of stamps I bought a long time ago at a stamp show. As you pull the tab on the side, you are "building" that banana split ice cream sundae.
Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more yummy treats!
The 4th of July is right around the corner, so I made a patriotic card for this month's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge.
I recently purchased some patriotic stamps & dies from Taylored Expressions. After making my inverted Center Step Card, I added the "God Bless the USA" and small strip sentiments. I thought the addition of the acetate and patriotic stickers took this card over the top.
Be sure to check the Scor-Pal blog to see what the rest of the team did for July.
Saturday, June 26, 2021
For the final Crazy4Challenges post this month, we were told that Thursday, June 24th was Fairy Day, so for our challenge this week, we were to create a card that includes a fairy/fairies.
I recently won a Hero Arts coverplate die of a fairy, and this is the first time I've used it. I did a bit of ink blending for the background, mounted the die-cut over it, and stamped an appropriate sentiment. It wasn't until I looked closer at the card that I realized that I had laid the die-cut on upside-down. Oops! But it was too pretty to throw away. Hopefully, the recipient won't notice.
Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more fairy magic.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
Kelly's final challenge for the CCEE Stampers this month is a patriotic one. She told us that June 20 is National Eagle Day in the USA, so let's celebrate our national symbol. It's a time set aside to raise awareness about the bald eagle and to preserve the bird's natural habitat. Please use an eagle (or bird) on your card/project to celebrate this winged treasure.
I have become addicted to the new Karen Burniston Waterfall Card die. I've made waterfall cards in the past, but they were pretty time-consuming. This die makes it SO much easier. Another "favorite" is the slimline card, so I combined both of these loves on my card for today. While the eagle on the first panel is stamped, I had some patriotic stickers in my stash that worked perfectly on the rest of the panels.
Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled Kelly's challenge.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
The Crazy4Challenges sketch this month is a tall slimline layout.
My Honey Bee Stamps For the Record stamp/die set was the perfect choice for these shapes. These were the first of many Honey Bee Stamps products in my arsenal. And I found some patterned paper in my stash which worked very well with the theme.
Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog to see how the rest of the team worked around this layout.
Thursday, June 17, 2021
Kelly continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and tells us that June is Great Outdoors Month. She asked us to create a card/project showcasing something fun outdoors -- camping, hiking, biking, picnics, etc.
I've had this Karen Burniston Tent Pop-Up die set for a while, but I don't think I've ever used it before. So today was the day to pull it out!
Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers blog for some more outdoor fun!
Saturday, June 12, 2021
The Crazy4Challenges team is celebrating Cupcake Day, which is Monday, June 14th. I tried my hand at a mini slimline card with the Karen Burniston Tag Book Pop-Up on the inside. I found an old cupcake-related stamp set in my stash which was perfect for this card.
Thursday, June 10, 2021
Kelly tells the CCEE Stampers that yesterday was Donald Duck Day, her husband's favorite Disney character. She asked us to feature a duck(s) on our card/project.
My inventory of stamps was pretty limited in the duck department, but I found a digital stamp from Paper Nest Dolls with a duck on it. And it gave me an opportunity to use my favorite "rainy day" die from Memory Box! I just love those puddles!
Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more ducks!
Saturday, June 5, 2021
The Crazies are starting a new month of challenges, and we start off by honoring both Great Outdoors Month and Camping Month. So we're creating cards inspired by the Great Outdoors.
My card uses a new die (the Karen Burniston Slip Flaps & Frames) and an old die (the Karen Burniston Camping Pop-Up. After seeing some cute Flamingo paper clips used by Kelly Booth, I scoured Amazon and found these Deer Head paper clips, which hold the flaps closed.
Be sure to check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more homage to the Great Outdoors.
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Kelly starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that today is Repeat Day! She asked us to use the repeat stamping technique on our card/project. I wanted to try a technique that I had never used before, so I googled "repeat stamping technique on cards" and came upon something new to me -- Stamp Shifting. There was a tutorial on Splitcoaststampers which looked pretty cool.
I'm anxious to see what the rest of the team comes up with for this challenge. I'm always in the market for new techniques. Check out the CCEE Stampers blog if you are too.
Tuesday, June 1, 2021
It's the first Tuesday of June, time for another Karen Burniston Designer Challenge. This month Karen challenged the team to "make a scene." One of the new dies from the recent release is the Tiny House Pop-Up. Such a cute little house! Along with the Mushroom House Add-On, I created this little Fairy Garden.
The front of the card is one of Riley & Company's Mushroom Lane houses. I stamped a little fairy coming up the steps, adding the welcoming "hello" from the new Slim Flaps & Frames.
Father's Day is this month, so my card for the Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge is quite masculine -- and is also an experiment. I took one of the tutorials on the Scor-Pal website, Pockets & More Pockets, and made a tool box for Father's Day. It didn't turn out exactly like I imagined it, but it works nonetheless. That photo in the right-hand bottom corner is the back of the card. That cool metallic-looking paper is part of a photo paper pad I've had for a very long time.
The tools in the "drawers" are from both Karen Burniston and Creek Bank Creations.
Saturday, May 29, 2021
This week's Crazy4Challenges challenge was to make a card with space for a gift card on the front! (So, not inside the card.) It can be a pocket, some type of interactive mechanism or even part of your main design. Alternatively, create a gift box or package.
I used one of My Favorite Things' gift card pouches on the front of my card and placed a Starbucks gift card in it, coordinating with the fun patterned paper that has been sitting in a drawer for a very long time.
And you can get to that gift card without ruining the front of the card. On the inside is a zip strip behind the gift card section. It's hard to see clearly, but here's a picture of it.
Visit the Crazy4Challenges blog to see some more creative ways to give a gift card.
Thursday, May 27, 2021
Liz's final CCEE Stampers challenge is really fun. She said: "Wow! It has finally arrived, and I have had all my vaccines, so maybe this year can mean a road trip. May 28th is National Road Trip Day. Your creation might include a map, a wonderful scene, an exhausting shopping spree to out-of-town spots you haven't ventured to in quite some time. You might want to include a car if you would like on your card. Have fun; and if a road trip is not on your agenda, take a virtual one in your imagination."
Liz was right -- we sure haven't been anywhere lately. A road trip sounds like fun. At her suggestion, I included a map on my card.
I had fun creating the inside of my card -- taking that truck on a virtual road trip.
Be sure to make a stop on your virtual road trip over at the CCEE Stampers blog to see where the rest of the team is going.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Today's Crazy4Challenges challenge is to use a tag as an embellishment or layer on your card. One thing I like about digital stamps is that you can size them to whatever size you need -- big or small. This cute little bee girl image from Paper Nest Dolls fits perfectly on my tag. I added a few bee brads from Eyelet Outlet as well.
Visit the Crazy4Challenges blog to see some more tag creations.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Liz continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that today is International Tiara Day and also the birthday of Queen Victoria. So she asked us to get out our crowns and gemstones and see what kind of creation we can create. It might be a card for your most favorite little princess in your life; maybe you would like to create a crown for someone you have had regard for; or maybe you love the look of Victorian styled art and decor. We could go wherever our imagination leads us.
I actually made this card for my daughter-in-law for Mother's Day. The stamp is an old one I found in my stash, but the background was made with a new (to me) stencil set from Taylored Expressions. There are three different stencils in the set to create that Bokeh background. The sentiment is a die-cut from Karen Burniston.
Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more bling!
Saturday, May 15, 2021
I'm pleased to say that Frances Byrne asked me to guest design for the Crazy4Challenges blog again for the summer. It was a fun gig last year so, of course, I said "yes." The first challenge I'm participating in is a sketch challenge. This is the layout for the challenge.
I decided that the large circle on the front was the perfect way to experiment with my recently purchased Wreath Builder template from Creek Bank Creations. I know I'm late to the wreath building party, but it was fun giving it a try. Here's my card in various shades of purple. The large sentiment is one of the new Honey Bee Stamps' Bitty Buzzwords.
Visit the Crazy4Challenges blog to see some more cards using this layout.