Thursday, March 25, 2021

CCEE2112 - Pencil Day

 Frances told the CCEE Stampers that March 30th is Pencil Day.  For our challenge this week, we were to feature pencils, colored pencils, crayons, etc., on our card creations.   Either use this medium to color our image, or feature an image of pencils, crayons, etc.

It's been a long time since I've used colored pencils on my cards.  So it was a treat to pull out my Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol and get to work.  I recently purchased these Pink and Main Tall Flowers and thought they would be the perfect image on which to use pencils.  I like the way they look on the Pink and Main slimline plaid die cut.

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog to see some more pencil work!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

CCEE2111 - International Day of Forests

 Frances continues as hostess for the CCEE Stampers challenges.  She told us that March 21st is International Day of Forests.  For our challenge this week, we were to include a tree or trees on your cards.  I made a slimline card, using several of Karen Burniston's slimline dies, one of which (the Long Nature's Edges) contains several trees.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for more trees.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

CCEE2110 - Learn About Butterflies Day

 This week Frances asked the CCEE Stampers a question:  "Did you know that the 14th of March is Learn About Butterflies Day?"  She asked us to include at least one butterfly on our cards this week.  

My card was an experiment to see if the Karen Burniston Circle Charm die could be used on a slimline card.  As it turns out, it can!

To see some more butterfly cards, check out the CCEE Stampers blog.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

St. Patrick's Day

 Next week is St. Patrick's Day, and my Irish ancestors would be disappointed if I hadn't made a fun card to celebrate.  Karen Burniston has several accordion-type die sets, and one of my favorites is the Circle Tag Book Pop-Up.  I used it for my card today, but it's inside a standard A2 size card rather than a tag.  Almost all of the fun images on my card are stickers I found at Hobby Lobby.  I love this patterned paper from Creek Bank Creations -- both on the front and on the inside.

I attached the Circle Tag Book Pop-Up element on the inside of my card.  

I cut holes in the two center circles so that you can see the stickers mounted behind the "accordion."

I added a few "puffy" shamrocks in there as well.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

CCEE2109 - Old Stuff Day

 Frances starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a good challenge.  She says:  "Apparently the 2nd of March was Old Stuff Day.  For our challenge this week, let's combine something older (stamps, dies, etc.) with something newish."  Whenever I have to use "something old," I always go back to the very first Stampin' Up stamp set I ever bought -- Fishy Friends.  My "something newish" is not a brand-new set (it's from 2018), but it's new to me and the first time it's seen ink.

This mermaid from Hero Arts is my newish item.  It is popped up on a CottageCutz rock attached to a Karen Burniston Mini Pop-Up die, surrounded by waves from KB Tropical Scene.

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- Black, White and a Pop of ?

 It's Karen Burniston Designer Challenge Day, and Karen had a cool challenge for us this month.    We were to make a card of any theme that is primarily black and white, with just a pop of color.  I had a cyberfriend (Joanne Gryzlak) who died several years ago.  Her favorite color combination for cards was black/white/red, so I made my card in her honor today.

Years ago, when the book series/movies of Twilight were very popular, I bought some patterned paper in red/white/black to make Twilight-related cards.  I still had some of it in my stash and thought it would be perfect for my card.  I pulled out several Karen Burniston dies:  Long Rectangles - Crosshatch; Circles Crosshatch; Cupcake Pop-Up, Word Set 2 - Birthday, Mini Pop-Ups and Happy Birthday.

I "met" Joanne Gryzlak on Splitcoaststampers many, many years ago and have been on several design teams with her over the years.  In fact, fellow Karen Burniston-DT member, Frances Byrne, was also on a team with us.  It's funny how someone you never met in real life can become your friend through the internet.  I miss her creativity.