Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Spring Colors on Stamped Backgrounds

Hi Dreamers!
Well, we had Spring here in Michigan for a few days and then we had snow on Monday!!  Just can't believe that we had snow in the middle of April.   We are supposed to warm back up tomorrow.  Crazy weather.  And, that is why I haven't posted any pictures of the garden yet this year.  There is nothing to photograph except lots of dead stuff that I did not cut down in the Fall.  Well, enough of that---let's get to the cards!!

I picked up some new things from Stampin' Up this month.  The stamps I used to make the background are all in one set called Petal Parade.  This is a fun set -- once you get stamping you can't stop.  I couldn't anyway.   I made three cards with my stamped backgrounds.




Materials:
Stamps: Petal Parade and Banner Blast from Stampin' Up; Large Sentiment from A Muse Studios
Inks: Distress Inks - Aged Mahogany, Victorian Velvet, Tattered Roses
CS: cream, yellow, wine, light coral
Edge punch, Decorative Label Punch, and Banner Punch - Stampin' Up
Large Scallop edge die cut - My Favorite things
Ribbons
Dry Embossing Folders - Cuttlebug and Stampin' Up





  • I stamped the entire background on this card. 
  • Wrap the ribbon around the edge of the stamped background piece ( layer ribbon with a strip of wine CS) and then add Background to the card base








  • On this card, I added dry embossing, a punched edge and some banner flags.
  • Wrap the ribbon around flat and tie a separate bow.
  • Tuck the banner pieces up under the punched edge








  • On this card, I placed the banners in a shape that I thought resembled a flower. 





***********Challenges for my Spring Colors with Stamped Background cards:
My Craft Spot: banners and tags
Mod Squad: use at least three Spring Colors

I am still working on a large card order.  I am photographing the cards as I finish them.  I will be posting those through out the month.  ( Lots of cutesy cards!!)  I also have lots of the Operation Write Home cards to share.  I will post a few more of those in the next post.  There is a lot of them.  I sent out a total of 85 cards to OWH and Card Care Connection.  See you next time!  Love ya
Karen

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Pretty Little Doll Border -- Part 2

Hi Dreamers!

How is your weekend going?  Going great here.  We are finally having Spring weather here in Michigan.  I was able to open the windows for the first time on Thursday.  I sent off all my charity cards on Friday!  I am still working on a card order though.  But, today, I want to share two more of the Doll Border (Lost Coast Designs) cards.  Take a peek at the group photo.  (See the post of the other two here.)






Materials:
Stamp: Doll Border and Party Words both from Lost Coast Design
CS: Very Vanilla, Basic Black, and Blush Blossom --Stampin' Up
Decorative Paper: Ivory Prints - Canvas Corp ( card #1); Lost and Found Blush - My Mind's Eye (card #2)
Ink: Jet Black Archival
Ribbons


Card #1

Instructions:

  • Make a card from Very Vanilla CS
  • Stamp the Doll Border on Very Vanilla CS and trim to size
  • Layer stamped Dolls with Black CS
  • Cut strips of the Diamond pattern DP and add to card base
  • Add stamped piece
  • Tie ribbon around card

Love the 1930's feel of this stamp.  Doesn't it look cool in the cream/black color scheme??!  On to the next card.




Card #2




  • Make a card from Blush Blossom CS and layer with DP
  • Stamp the Dolls on Blush Blossom CS 
  • Fussy cut one doll
  • Layer a Black CS square with more DP and add the doll
  • Add to the card






  • Stamp the Sentiment on Blush Blossom CS and add to card
  • Tie ribbon in bow and add to card



***********A few fun challenges for my Pretty Little Doll Cards:
Avenue 613: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
Crafting by Design: anything goes
Creative Moments: anything goes + girly
Rhedd and Rosie: anything goes

More of the Operation Write Home and Card Care Connection cards later in the week!!  See you then!!  Love ya.
Karen

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Butterfly Cards for Operation Write Home

Hi Dreamers,
I am back today with a few more of the Charity cards.  The cards will go to Operation Write Home and Card Care Connections.    I also made a few for my friend--and one or two for my own "to send" box.
The theme for today is: butterflies.  I went a bit crazy making butterfly cards.  I made lots of color variations, but I am just showing one of each here.  On the first card, I was inspired by a card in a Stampin' Up catalog.
Card #1


Materials:
Stamps: all from Stampin' Up
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Punches: Postage stamp- Stampin Up
Dies: small label - Amuse Studios







Card #2



Materials:
Stamps: Scrolls - Basic Grey; Sentiment - Amuse Studios
Ink: Pumpkin Pie and Chocolate Chip - Stampin Up
CS: white
Orange jewels
Butterfly die cuts- Sizzix








**********A few fun challenges for my Butterfly Charity Cards:

Operation Write Home ODBD Challenge: insects
The Sisterhood of Crafters: white on white--2nd card
Through the craft room door: anything goes
Craft Your Passions: no DP---2nd card
4 Krafty Girlz: anything goes


Coming up in Dreamland:  More of the Doll Border cards and more of the Charity cards.  I have been making more cards all week!  I am going to finish up the 20 I have out on my work table and then that will be all for the charity cards.  I will get them packed up and sent off.  Still a bit of work to do with those.  But, all for a good cause.  I hope you are having a great week!  Love ya.
Karen

Monday, April 7, 2014

New Design Team!! Love to Scrap Challenge!!

Hello Dreamers!!
Guess what??!!  I am now a member of the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog Design Team!!  I have been entering the challenges since  Leslie started the challenge blog.  And, now I get to design with the team.  Soooo fun!!  Love to Scrap has great challenge themes and super sponsors.  A new challenge is posted every two weeks.
Today is the start of challenge # 27 and the theme is:


ANYTHING GOES


The sponsors for Challenge #27 are:

Sweet Stamps
Prize: $10 gift certificate



Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet
Prize: $10 gift certificate





For my first Design Team Project, I made a pretty card in Spring colors using Sweet Stamps.






Materials:
Stamps: Bowl and Pitcher (886) and  Sentiment both from Sweet Stamps
CS: White, Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, Elegant Eggplant all from Stampin' Up
Copic Markers: BV 02; BV20;BV04; Y02;Y13;Y26;(YG642  from Marvy)
Spellbinder's Grommet Tags
Ribbon- Certainly Celery (SU)
Decorative Tile Set Embossing Folder- Cuttlebug





The image was stamped on White CS and colored with Copic Markers.  I added lots of layers and a pretty ribbon the same color as one of the CS layers.





I die cut the two of the Grommet Labels one with stamped sentiment on White CS and one on a  piece of Amethyst CS.  I trimmed back the white layer to fit inside the Amethyst layer.  And then trimmed off the ends of the Amethyst layer.

I will be using the card as a Mother's day card for a friend.  I stamped a Mother's Day sentiment on the inside.
I would love it you made your own Anything Goes project and linked it up on the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog!!  Can't wait to see what you come up with!!




*******A few other Challenges for my Pitcher and Bowl in spring colors:
Sweet Stamps challenge: dies
Alphabet challenge: D is for Die cuts
Crafty Catz Weekly: springtime
Jo's  Scrap Shack: anything goes
Sister Act: anything goes
One Crazy stamper: anything goes
Avenue 613: anything goes
Pile It On: feminine


Hope you are having a great Monday!  Well, if not, how about getting crafty and make a card for the challenge!!  LOL.

Coming up in Dreamland:  More of the Operation Write Home cards, Two Doll Border Stamp cards, and who knows what else!!  See you soon.  Love ya.

Karen

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pretty little Doll Border Stamp

Note: The Lost Coast Design/Stencil Blog Hop winner is PK Sews!!  Congrats!!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit!! 


Hello Dreamers,

Cutesy is as cutesy does...... Today's cards are very cutesy.  I started stamping this Doll Border stamp from Lost Coast Designs and thought it was so cute I just kept stamping and stamping....like I usually do.  LOL  I thought it had a really 1930's vibe.  So, I paired it with decorative papers that looked 30ish to me.   I made a bunch of these cards (multiples of each design).  I will share two of them with you today and the other two later.  





Materials: 
Ink:Jet Black Archival
CS: Blush Blossom (Stampin' Up)
Decorative Paper:  Lovely and Grace, Cherish Pads from Authentique
Ribbons




Instructions:
  • Stamp the border stamp on Blush Blossom CS with Black ink.  This stamp is 8" inches long and 2 inches high.   Cut the stamping to the desired size
  • Cover the card with decorative papers
  • Add the Dolls-On card one, I cut narrow slivers of brown DP for a border to the Doll strip
  • On card two- cut the stamping into a square and layer with two papers.  
  • Add bows and sentiment







Detail



*******A few fun Challenges for my Doll Border Cards:
Crafty Hazelnuts Pattern Paper: use DP and anything goes
Crafty Hands: shabby chic
Stampin for the Weekend: spring colors
Totally Papercrafts: pastels
4 Krafty Girlz: anything goes

 This is such a fun stamp!  I really had fun with this one!   Check back for the other two Doll Border cards!  I hope you have a great weekend.  Tomorrow, I am going to an all day card making event!!  Doesn't that sound awful??  NOT!!  Should be lots of fun.  See you soon.  Love ya
Karen


Saturday, March 29, 2014

Die cut Leaves Variations-

Hi Dreamers!
I hope you checked out the Lost Coast Design/Stencil Girl Blog Hop!!  You still have time to leave comments for a chance at the prize (Until March 30) !!  See my post here for the Blog Hop.  Lots of awesome projects by all the team members.

Today I am changing things up a bit with some all occasion cards.  I have been mentioning how I am making all those charity cards...Well today I am going to share a few of those with you.  I kept  a couple for myself too.  It is pretty easy to just make one more card when you are making multiples.

I started out by die cutting and die cutting.....I kept cutting all these leaves in different colors.
Then, I cut lots of slices of decorative papers in these aqua green/blue colors

The four cards below are going to Operation Write Home and Card Care Connection. I made multiples of these that I did not photograph because they were very similar.



I layered the leaves onto decorative paper backgrounds.  I made lots of variations with different sentiments. I tailored the sentiments to the specific charity.





Detail




I got tired of making those, so I decided that a doily would look good with the die cut leaves.  I still had a big pile of the leaves and wanted to used them.  So, here is where the design went......





This sentiment is from My Sentiment Exactly (MSE! is back in business now with new owners.)  I am so glad they are back.  I love their sentiments!!



Detail


And, then the design changed into this card below.  I had some leftover die cut ovals too.  Don't throw those out.  They always come in handy.   I added a bird frame from Stampin' Up. 




A few fun Challenges for my Die Cut Leaves Cards
Allsorts: use those dies
Alphabet Challenge: D is for Diecuts
Crafty Catz Weekly: anything goes
Cut It Up: anything goes + die cuts
Sister Act: anything goes
Creative Moments: anything goes with optional --wings


I hope you are having a great weekend!!  I will be posting more of the Charity cards so come on back and take a look!  Love ya.
Karen

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blog Hop--Lost Coast Design Teams Up with Stencil Girl!!

April 2 update: The Blog Hop Winner is PK SEWS!  

Congrats, PK!!!!





Hello Everyone,
You have arrived at Karen's blog:

Welcome to the Lost Coast Design/Stencil Girl Blog Hop!!


The Design Teams of Lost Coast Design and Stencil Girl have joined forces to bring you lots of inspiration and project ideas!  
We have all made projects using Stamps from Lost Coast Designs and Stencils from Stencil Girl.
Visit all the blogs along the hop and leave a comment!  All commenters will be entered in a drawing and one lucky commenter will win: 


Two  9 x 12" Stencils from Stencil Girl And  $25 Gift Certificate from Lost Coast Designs



Hoppers will have one week to leave comments (Until Sunday, March 30).  The more comments--the better the chances of winning the prize package.  The winner will be announced April 2


*****For my project, I used a Stencil (Gigi D150) and a Gelli Plate to make backgrounds.  I then used the paper to make a cover for an accordion book which I decorated with lots of Lost Coast stamps.   I also made a tag incase I want to give this as a gift.  Take a look at the finished projects.




Materials List:
Stamps: All from Lost Coast Designs--
Stencil Girl Stencil --Gigi S150
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa, Rhubarb Stalk, Toffee Crunch, Espresso Truffle
Archival Jet Black and Coffee
Acrylic Paints
CS: Cream and white
Other Tools:
Score Pad
Gelli Plate
Brayer
Martha Stewart Edge Punch
Ribbons, lace, bakers twine, gold elastic cording

Instructions:
I will start by showing how I made the background papers with the Gig Stencil and Gelli Plate
  • Brayer acrylic paints onto the Gelli Plate--I used red, white, and brown







  • Press the Stencil into the paint








  • Press a full sheet of White CS onto the Gelli Plate.  Run your hand across the entire surface to pick up all the paint




  • Lift the paper from the Gelli Plate





Look at the gorgeous papers!!  I usually make a stack since I have a big  mess anyway.  Be sure to wash the paint off the stencils!!




Select your favorite piece of the paper.   I found this book pattern in the, "Mini Books".  I changed the size a bit.  Here are the measurements I used.

  • Cut the paper 5.5" x 10"
  • Score the piece at 3",   3.25",   6.75",  7"





  • Cut the corners off one end





  • On the opposite end, cut a slit in the paper about 1.5" from the edge and  .75" from the top and bottom




  •  Fold on the score lines and it will look like this




  • When closed the cut end will slip inside the slit






  • Make the pages from Cream CS: Cut Two at 5.25" x 9.75"
  • Score each at 3.25"  and   6.5"
  • Fold like an accordion



  • Over lap the ends and glue securely







  • Decorate the cover and pages with stamping: use the Archival ink on the paint surfaces. 
  • Stamp The Divas with dye ink on Cream CS and cut out the images
  • Use smaller pieces of the background papers to decorate the pages
  • Let you imagination go!!


Cover
  

  • To keep a unified look use stamps with the same theme--like the Divas here
  • I stamped the same Mums border in the same color ink on all the pages to tie everything together


Pages


  • Add bits of ribbon and lace, some bakers twine too

Page




Page


  • When pages are all decorated, glue to the center of the cover and fold in the pages
  • Add some colored paper to inside of the cover if desired--Make sure to cut the slit in the colored paper too.



  • Fold the cover closed tucking in the flap.  I added a piece of gold elastic cord.

Now, continue on the hop by visiting Leslie Tucker Jenison's Blog  and checking out her great project!!

Don't forget to leave a comment!



Blog Hop Roll




  • StencilGirl Talk
  • LeighSBDesigns
  • Mary Beth Shaw
  • Mary Nasser
  • Cherri Robb
  • Judy Shea
  • Bibiana Martinez-Ziegler
  • Linda Kittmer
  • Carolyn Dube
  • Leslie Turner
  • Janet Joehlin
  • Karen McAlpine ---YOU ARE HERE
  • Leslie Tucker Jenison
  • DominoARTblog
  • Lindsay Weirich
  • Maria McGuire



  • Thanks for visiting!!  Hope you have fun looking at all the other fab projects!!!
    Karen