Thursday, February 25, 2021

CCEE2108 Fairytale Madness

 Manal finishes up her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a fun challenge.  She reminded us that we all have been huge on fairytales in our childhood (and the inner child in us still adores them).  She asked us to create something featuring a favorite fairytale/carnival or a circus.  The choice was ours.  I decided to Google "fairytales" for inspiration.   From the huge list I found I chose a Scandinavian fairy tale --  The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson.  It was included in a book called Fairy Tales Told for Children.

Those cute little mermaids were constructed using the Karen Burniston Princess & Mermaid die set.  I used a white gel pen to highlight the waves behind them.

I'm looking forward to seeing what fairytales the rest of the CCEE Stampers team have used for inspiration for this challenge.  Check out the blog to see for yourself.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

CCEE2107 Love Your Pet Day

 Manal continues this week as hostess for the CCEE Stampers and tells us that it is Love Your Pet Day.    She asked us to create a project which showcases pets, feeling free to include children.  I don't have any pets, but I have a good friend who loves her cat.  So that was the direction in which I went with my card.  I've had that pawprint patterned paper in my stash for years and finally had the chance to use it.  The main image is from Paper Nest Dolls.

Inside the card is a Karen Burniston pop-up die (the Flip Frame Pop-Up) along with the sentiment that accompanies the PND cutie on the front.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more pets.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

CCEE2106 - Love is in the Air

 Manal continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers.  This week she said, "Since Valentine's Day is just around the corner, let's make a project featuring love!  You decide your own colors.  Maybe your valentine loves blue color, who knows."

I just purchased a cool Snow Globe/Gumball Machine die from Creek Bank Creations.  This seemed like the perfect time to use it for a gumball machine with conversation hearts in it.  I went with the traditional red/pink color combination for Valentine's Day.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more Love.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

CCEE2105 - Thank a Mailman Day

 Manal Habib starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by celebrating a "day" I had never heard of before -- Thank a Mailman Day.  From what I have witnessed, mailmen and women have been swamped with an over-abundance of letters and packages due to the pandemic.  This is a good time to let them know we appreciate them.  

I used one of my go-to Karen Burniston dies (the Fancy Label Accordion) to make my card, along with some Paper Nest Dolls images from their set Esssential Workers.  By the way, the Fancy Label Accordion has several different borders available to you.  I used one of the newer ones -- Fancy Winter Frames.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more thank-you cards for your mailman.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - "Hearts"

 Here it is -- the first Tuesday of February -- and time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.  As Valentine's Day is right around the corner, Karen challenged the team to make cards with the theme of "hearts."

One of my (many) favorites of Karen's dies is the Rockin' Rectangle.  I often make cards with acetate fronts using this die, but today's card wasn't one of them.  I found that cute glittery heart in Hobby Lobby a couple of weeks ago and thought it would look nice on the front of my card.  During that same trip to Hobby Lobby I bought a couple of sheets of Valentine's Day paper.  (I fell in love with the black one.)  So in keeping with the black & red theme, I decided to make a shadow to put behind the big Happy Valentine's Day phrase.  It was pretty simple to do.  I just laid the die onto some black paper, traced around it with a pencil, and fussy cut it out.  That really makes the sentiment stand out on the glittery red heart.  I cut two of the arrows from the Love Charms set and placed them "through" the heart.

To make the heart border across the top, I taped two of the Border Blends together to create the border.   That expands the choices you get with these two sets.

After sizing a Paper Nest Dolls digital image to fit the pop-out panel, I colored her with Copic markers.  There's that awesome black & red paper in the background.

I added some more of the heart border across the top and a couple of short panels of the striped paper at the bottom.  To leave a place to sign the card, I added an oval and one of the "conversation hearts" from the Love Charms.

Monday, February 1, 2021

More Than One Score -- Valentine's Day

 I decided to experiment a little bit for this month's Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge.  I was wondering how a slimline Joy Fold card would look.  My card is just short of the "standard" slimline card (8 1/2" x 3 1/2") at 8" x 3 1/2".  The reason for the shorter card is that I recently bought a couple of pretty Valentine's Day papers at Hobby Lobby,  After I made the card for which I purchased the paper, the remainder of the striped paper wasn't long enough for the full 8 1/2".  So I improvised a little.  The "anchor" holding the smaller panel down is one of Karen Burniston's Love Charms.

This is the inside of the card.  The sentiments on the front and inside are from an old Stampin' Up set.   I love Ogden Nash's sayings!  As it isn't "mushy," this card would be good for a gal-pal.

Be sure to check out the Scor-Pal blog for some more Valentine "More Than One Score" projects.