Thursday, February 24, 2022

CCEE2207 - National Wedding Month

Liz winds up her month-long stint as hostess for the CCEE Stampers by telling us that February is also National Wedding Month.  She asked us to make a wedding card to send to a couple who might be tying the knot during this month of love.

I don't know anyone getting married any time soon, but at least now I've got a card -- just in case!  This card is a mix of something old and something new, nothing borrowed but something blue.  The stamps are old, as is the Karen Burniston Katherine Label die inside.  The "new" is the Karen Burniston Crosshatch - Heart die on the front.  And the blue is quite apparent!

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more wedding inspiration.

Thursday, February 17, 2022

CCEE2206 - National Embroidery Month

Liz informed the CCEE Stampers that February is National Embroidery Month.  Her appropriate challenge was to make use of stitching, faux stitching, cross-stitching, or any other embroidery stitching you might want to feature on your card.   For many years, my hobby-of-choice was doing counted cross-stitch.  I haven't done it in a while, but I still have lots of embroidery thread in a container in my closet.  And I'm sure I've got some unfinished projects in there as well.   

Cottage Cutz has a set of cross-stitch bordered dies, so I pulled out the oval ones to use on my card today.  After cutting out the oval, I used a blue pen to emphasize the stitching around the edge.  I didn't have a stamp specific to embroidery, but at least she's sewing!  And I've even included an example of one of my counted cross-stitch pieces in the photo.  I think I did that one about 25 years ago.

The inside of my card adds a bit of a surprise -- a pop-up element using the Karen Burniston Oval Frames Pop-up, decorated with some appropriate "sewing" images.  The scissors are one of the dies from Karen Burniston's Office Charms, and the other three items are stamped images from a stamp set from my old days on the MFP Stamp Shop design team.

Be sure to visit the CCEE Stampers blog for some more examples of embroidery-related cards.

Thursday, February 10, 2022

CCEE2205 - Valentine's Day

Liz continues her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers this week.  Valentine's Day is a big card-sending holiday so Liz asked us to make a special Valentine's card or a friendship card using a style you love and mail it to someone you love.

Two types of cards I love to make are pop-up cards and slimline/mini slimline cards.  Today's card is both!

I used some brand-new Karen Burniston dies on this card -- the Heart Collage Pop-Up and the Crosshatch - Hearts.  

Check out the CCEE Stampers blog for some more Valentine's Day love.

Thursday, February 3, 2022

CCEE2204 - Winter Olympics

Liz Williams starts her month as hostess for the CCEE Stampers with a great challenge.  During the month of February, the world's biggest winter sporting event that happens every four years will be held in Bejing, China, for the Winter Olympics.  Liz asked us to make a card representing one of those winter sports being featured.  For embellishment, we were to add a little gold or silver.

I enjoy the figure skating competition.  The skaters always look so elegant gliding across the ice.  One of my favorite stamp companies is Paper Nest Dolls.  Those kids are just too cute.  Ice Skating Avery was perfect for this challenge, and I even added the Olympic Rings across the top.

Be sure to check out the CCEE Stampers blog for a virtual visit to the Olympics.

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge -- MOD Valentine

It's time again for the Karen Burniston Designer Challenge.  This month's theme is "MOD Valentine."  We were to make a Valentine card in colors other than red or pink.  As purple is one of my most favorite colors, that's the color I chose.

Using several new dies from the January release, I created this slimline Valentine card.  The front has two cute little monkeys swinging on the branches across the top, sending you some love.

On the inside I used the new Heart Collage pop-up.  As you can see, there are several different sizes of hearts in this cute set.   The previously released Photo Collage is one of my favorites; and, when Karen designed this smaller version, I was so happy.  Now I can combine it with a slimline card.  Also new is that large heart from the Crosshatch - Heart die.  It's the perfect place to add a little message of love.

We'd love for you to play along with the team and create a non-tradiitonal Valentine card for our #missionpoppable challenge.

Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" Challenge

For the first Scor-Pal "More Than One Score" challenge of the year, I made a Valentine Treat Box with a bonus --  it's also a gift card holder.  I found this tutorial on-line some time ago and made several of them for Christmas.  But I thought it would be cute for Valentine's Day as well.

The image on the front is a cute little gal from Paper Nest Dolls.  I thought that heart-shaped lollipop would be good for Valentine's Day.

When you open the card, you find the gift card.

And going a little further, when you pull out the drawer -- CANDY!  Who doesn't love Hershey Nuggets?

If you'd like to try to make one of these, they're pretty easy.

Dimensions are:

Drawer - card stock 5" x 7 1/4", scored on all four sides at 1/2" and 1 1/8"

Wrap - cardstock 5 1/8" x 7 5/8", scored at 5/8", 3 1/2", 4 1/8" and 7"

Card on top - cardstock 4 3/4" x 7", scored at 2 2/8" and 4 3/4" -- cut down the 2 1/4" panel to 2 1/2" for the gift card and tape across the bottom.

Mat piece on front 2 5/8" x 5"

Nugget covers 1" x 3"