Saturday, October 16, 2021

C4C606 - Sketch Challenge

This month's Crazy4Challenges Sketch Challenge was initially a little intimidating for me.


But after I studied it a little bit, it reminded me of a stage, with a curtain at the top; so that's how I approached it and came up with this card.  I used a stamp set from Kindred Stamps for the image and some masking paper so that I could sponge in the spotlight.


Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog to see how the rest of the team handled this sketch.

Thursday, October 14, 2021

CCEE2141 - Mini Slimline Card

Just like Slimline Cards, Mini Slimline Cards are also becoming very popular.  So Frances asked the CCEE Stampers to create a Mini Slimline Card.  Typically Mini Slimline Cards are either 3 1/2" x 6" or 3" x 6".  More information on Mini Slimline cards can be found in the files section of the Slimline Card Addicts Facebook Group.

For my card I pulled out an old Stampin' Up stamp set called Four Feathers and a new-to-me Gina Marie set called Tribal Stitched Mini Slimline dies.


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more mini slimline cards made by the team.


Saturday, October 9, 2021

C4C605 - White, Ivory, Gold

Today's Crazy4Challenges instructions were to create a project using only white, ivory, and gold.  Does that sound intimidating?  Use different textures and finishes of paper to make your layers stand out.  Rebecca said that she likes to use glitter and metallic papers with texture from stenciling with pastes and embossing folders.

I used papers from a 12 x 12 pack of white, gold and ivory papers to make a celebration card, which could be for anything -- a birthday, an anniversary etc.  I also used a couple of dies from Karen Burniston -- Wine Charms and Word Set 2 - Birthday.


Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more ideas.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

CCEE2140 - Balloons Around the World Day

Who doesn't love balloons?  Not Frances Byrne, who is this month's hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  For her first challenge this month she asked the team to include a balloon or balloons on our cards to celebrate Balloons Around the World Day, which was October 5th.

I recently purchased a grab bag from Taylored Expressions.  I had no idea what would be contained in the bag and was pleasantly surprised with this cute set, which contained a hot air balloon.   Riding in a hot air balloon was one of the items I have checked off my bucket list.



For the inside I used a couple of new dies from Karen Burniston, the Iron Fence Pop-Up and pieces from the Long Nature's Edges 2 set.  I pulled out a hot air balloon from a design by Karen Burniston when she was designing for Elizabeth Craft Designs and added it to the Katherine Label Pop-Up mechanism.


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team celebrated this fun special day.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - "Haunted"

The theme for this month's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge is "Haunted" -- very appropriate for the month of October.   My card is a pop-up with the Holiday House on the front and Jack Pumpkinhead on the inside, made with the Bitty Ball and Character Add-ons 1 - Halloween.


When you pull off that belly band, up pops Jack!   Karen Burniston has Exact Packs of 100 pound cardstock appropriate for each one of the Animal Add-on sets.  I used several sheets from Exact Pack 1, which in actuality is for Animal Add-ons 1, but the colors lend themselves very nicely to Halloween as well.



Hope you like my card this month.  It was lots of fun to create.

Saturday, October 2, 2021

C4C604 - Favorite Song

For this week's Crazy4Challenges challenge we were to be inspired by our favorite song to create our project.  Please be sure to list the song with your entry.  You can be inspired by the title, the lyrics, the overall theme or genre of the song.

One of my favorite singers these days is Ed Sheeran; and, when I first heard his song Castle on the Hill, I was really touched.   It brought back many memories of my youth -- not that we had a castle on the hill or anything, but the feeling of the song was very nostalgic.  So that's what inspired my card this week, with a little bit of Harry Potter thrown in for good measure.  The background paper is from a slimline paper pad by Whimsy Stamps.



If you've never heard this song, here's a link to a video


Friday, October 1, 2021

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge

 It's October, the month for jack-o-lanterns, ghosts, goblins -- Halloween!  My Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" card for today is a Z-fold Box Card, made just a little differently.  For the "box" I used the new Karen Burniston Iron Fence Pop-up die.  I had to do a little bit of "engineering," but I was able to get the fence to fold just at the right spot for the z-fold box.



I added a graveyard background and some ghosts, and we are all ready for a very Happy Halloween!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

CCEE2139 - Classical Music Month

I finished up my month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling them that September is also Classical Music Month.  I asked them to create a card with a musical theme.  It doesn't have to be classical music though; it could be Jazz, Country, Rock 'n Roll -- anything musical, even a musical instrument.

Back in June I attended a stamp show and was introduced to a new-to-me stamp company (which ironically is located not too far from where I live in Florida), Sugar Pea Designs.  I fell in love with this Juke Box set and knew it would go really well on a Karen Burniston Rockin' Rectangle card.



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

Sunday, September 26, 2021

Simon Says Stamp and Riley & Co. Collaboration for STAMPtember

 STAMPtember is a fun month of collaborations between Simon Says Stamp and various other stamp companies.  Today that company is Riley & Company, and they produced a cute stamp set called I Like You.


I've made two cards using this fun set.  The first one is a slimline birthday card.  I combined this stamp set with a few Karen Burniston dies -- Long Nature's Edges/Long Nature's Edges 2 and Happy Birthday sentiment die.  That sentiment on the front really speaks to me!

The inside is a simple "Happy Birthday."


My second card uses another one of those humorous sentiments, along with the Karen Burniston House & Fence die set.  The background paper is from Divinity Designs.


I want to thank Simon Says Stamp for giving me the opportunity to play with this cute new set.


Saturday, September 25, 2021

C4C603 - Monochrome

For her final September challenge for the Crazies, Karen Ostergard asked us to make a monochromatic card -- any color.  One of my favorite colors is purple, so that's the color I chose for my card.  There is a little bit of gold (the scribble) on this card as well.


Actually, this card is one of eight that I made.  I have a card ministry at my church, and I have found that Crazy Al's Sheetload of Cards each month is the perfect way for me to make a bunch of cards at one time.  August's Sheetload made eight cards -- all similar, but not quite exactly the same.


Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more monochromatic cards.

Thursday, September 23, 2021

CCEE2138 - Autumnal Equinox

Yesterday (9/22) was the Autumnal Equinox.  I asked the CCEE Stampers to create a fall-themed card.

I pulled out my old friend Riley and one of his dress-up sets to make my card.  I saw this layout done on a Stamp & Scrapbook Expo @ Home video by Tanya Doner-Kostynuk, the creator of Riley and liked the design -- so I basically copied it; but I used different stamps and papers.


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more fall-related cards.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

C4C602 - Sketch Challenge

The sketch for the Crazy4Challenges for this month is a standard A2 layout.



However, I took a bit of artistic license and made a slimline card, adjusting the circles just a tad.



Be sure to check out the Crazy4Challenges blog to see how the rest of the team handled this sketch.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

CCEE2137 National Mushroom Month

I'm continuing as hostess for the CCEE Stampers today.  I told them that September is also National Mushroom Month and gave them an easy challenge:  include a mushroom on your card.

Karen Burniston recently released some cute Tiny Gnomes dies, and they fit so well on slimline cards.  I made two of them and positioned them on some cute background paper from Whimsy Stamps.  The paper already has some mushrooms on it, but I added a few more for good measure.


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see what the rest of the team did with this easy-peasy challenge.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

C4C601 - Flowers

Karen Ostergard continues her month as hostess for the Crazy4Challenges team.  She has a simple challenge this week -- let's make or color flowers for today's challenge!

I colored ONE flower for my card, but the background paper has lots of them.  Paper Nest Dolls makes such sweet images, and this one is no exception!


Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more flowery inspiration.

Thursday, September 9, 2021

CCEE2136 Swap Ideas Day

Tomorrow (9/10) is Swap Ideas Day.  For today's CCEE Stampers challenge, I asked the team to find a card they had seen using a new technique to them, or a new color combination, or anything they've never done before and make a card.  I reminded them to credit the person whose ideas they have used.

I recently saw a video by Wendy VanArsdale on the BeauQCreations page on Facebook in which she made a Bay Window Card.  It was such a cool-looking card that I immediately had to make one.  (Actually I made two -- the second one is for a CCEE Stampers challenge next month!).  Here's the first one I made.



Be sure to check out some other "new" cards on the CCEE Stampers blog.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Sun or Snow

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.  Karen has a good one for us this month -- Sun or Snow.  As I live in Florida and rarely see it, I chose "snow."  

Several months ago I purchased some background paper packs for slimline cards from Whimsy Stamps.  For my card today, I used several of the papers from the Frozen pack.  On the front of my card I used the one with several icebergs on it -- the perfect thing for these cute penguins from the Karen Burniston Winter Animals die set.  I strategically placed two of them on the floating ice.  The sentiment is from the new Word Set 13 - Snow.  I love that two of the words in this set (Brrr! and Snow) have shadows.


Another one of the Whimsy Stamps background papers adorns the inside of my card, but the star of the show is the newly released Garden Bench Pop-Up.   As you can see, another penguin has jumped up on the bench.  In the background is the new Street Lantern Pop-Up peeking over the back of the bench.


I also used the snowflakes die from the new Long Nature's Edges 2 set, as well as one of the ones from the original Long Nature's Edges set.  All that was left was to add the small rectangle for a place to sign the card.

Be sure to check out all the cards made by the Design Team this month.  Karen will have her card tomorrow.


Saturday, September 4, 2021

C4C600 - Blue for September

Karen Ostergard starts her month as hostess for the Crazies by telling us that her birthday is in September (as is mine as well).  To start our birthday month celebration Karen asked us to make a birthday card with some dark blue -- as the birthstone for September is sapphire!

I recently purchased this Diagonal Gatefold Card die from Creek Bank Creations and have wanted to make a card using it.  Today is the day!


I used some old DSP from Stampin' Up and a couple of nautical images for my birthday card.



Be sure to check out the Crazy4Challenges blog for some more blue cards.

Thursday, September 2, 2021

CCEE2135 -- Honey Month

I'm the hostess for the CCEE Stampers this month, and for my first challenge I told the team that September is Honey Month.  I asked them to include something related to honey on their cards -- bees, honeycombs, beehives. . . .

One of my favorite stamp companies is Honey Bee Stamps.  They always put something extra in your order, and recently the insert was a little postcard to color with a honey pot on it.  So I used that on my card . . . not on the front, but on the inside.  The front of my card has a cute Honey Bee Stamps bee.


Inside the card, I used a Karen Burniston mini pop mechanism to make the honey pot stand out.


Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the team handled my challenge.

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Back to School

 I tried a new-to-me technique for my Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge card this month.  It's called a Pinwheel Tower Card.  I saw several of these on Facebook, and I just had to give it a try.  As you can see from the top, there is definite more than one score on this card.


So I pulled out some images that would work for "back to school" for the four panels.





Check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more cool projects.

Saturday, August 28, 2021

C4C599 - Farmer's Market

Rebecca concludes her month as hostess for the Crazy4Challenge team with another fun challenge.  What's in season to eat at your farmers' market?  Make a card inspired by yur local harvest.  Even if it's 6 months ago for the Southern Hemisphere.  You can but don't necessarily have to use the actual fruit or vegetable.  You can just use the colors or textures -- like pink and green or pink with black dots for watermelon, yellow plaid or use a square stencil for corn, etc.  Leave us a note with your inspiration.

Some time ago I used the Karen Burniston Tiny Trees Pop-Up die set to show off the fruit of my adopted home, Florida.  I had orange, lemon and lime trees on the card.  I am originally from Pennsylvania and thought I would give my birth state a shout-out as well.  We had apple trees on our property, and my neighbor had a pear tree and a cherry tree.  So I showed off those trees on my tri-fold card today.





Check out the various farmers' market produce on the Crazy4Challenges blog.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

CCEE2134 - Dog Day

For her final August challenge, Frances told the CCEE Stampers that today is Dog Day!  For our challenge today, we were to include an image of a dog on our cards.

I believe the 101 Dalmatians are back for a second movie, so I pulled out the Kindred Stamps set called A Little Spotted for my card.  I'm loving the Theater Fold die from Taylored Expressions, and it worked well for today's challenge.



Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more canine cards.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Crazy4Challenges Sketch Challenge 598

This week the Crazy4Challenges team is again working with a sketch.


I took this sketch and elongated it for my slimline card.


I used a cute digital image from Paper Nest Dolls for the focus of my card.

Check out the Crazy4Challenges blog to see how the rest of the team handled the sketch.

Thursday, August 19, 2021

CCEE2133 - Photography Day

Apparently today is Photography Day.  For our challenge this week, Frances asked the CCEE Stampers to include something on our cards that is photographic-related -- a photo/photos; images of photos, cameras, etc.

One of my favorite Karen Burniston dies is the Photo Collage, and it was the perfect choice for today's challenge.  I combined it with two separate stamp sets -- Paper Nest Dolls Essential Workers and LDRS' Today's Heroes.  The camera is from Hampton Arts.



Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more photographic fun.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

C4C597 - Encouragement

Rebecca continues as hostess for the Crazy4Challenges team, this week asking us to make an encouragement card for a kid going back to school.  Reading, writing, and arithmetic are important parts of a child's education; but it's also important for him to be creative.  My card encourages this part of a kid's education.  My little artist is a Paper Nest Dolls image; the sentiment was created on my computer.


Check out other encouraging cards on the Crazy4Challenges blog.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

CCEE2132 - Vinyl Record Day

Frances continues her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  Today is Vinyl Record Day.  For many people vinyl records are a thing of the past, but in recent years they have started to make a big comeback with even new albums being released.  For our challenge this week it's all about music -- bonus points if you included an image of a vinyl record on your card.

One of the very first sets of stamps that I bought from Honey Bee Stamps was a cute set of vintage vinyl record-related images and sentiments.  I pulled it out for today's challenge.  To make the record a little more realistic, I cut it from glossy black cardstock.


Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see how the rest of the team handled this challenge.