Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Dry Embossed Valentine

Hello Everyone!
Back today to share more Valentine Love.  Today's card is one of the designs I made for the Cards From the Heart Card Drive.  There were over 4000 cards sent in for the drive!  Winter Sims organized the drive and has the cards on the way to hospitalized children.  Yea Winter!
Okay, here we go with this cute dry embossed card.

I started with a red card base and dry embossed white CS with a Darice folder. The raised edges were highlighted with Distress inks.  The large sentiment is from the Valentines Spoon set by Simon Says Stamps and stamped with red ink.

On the inside, I added a cute sentiment from Stampin' Up.

********Challenges for my Dry Embossed Valentine:
Cards in Envy: cards from the heart
Crafting from the Heart: anything goes
The Paper Girls: love/Valentine
Little Red Wagon: Valentine's day

I will be back tomorrow with more Valentine Love.  I will post a Valentine card every day until the 14th.  That should make you feel loved??!!!   LOL   See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Valentine's Day Card with Framed Heart

Hi All!
Wow, we have some snow today!  The winter has been extremely mild here in Michigan.  And, haven't had hardly any snow.  I looked out this morning to see about an inch.  Seems to be melting already though.

More Valentine's Day Cards to share!!  The cards were made for the "Cards From the Heart" Card Drive.  As you can see, I made a stack of this design.

I started with a white folded card.  I die  cut the rectangle frame by laying to rectangle dies on the paper and cutting.  The heart is also die cut from decorative paper.

I cut a  narrow  banner from DP and punched a hole in the top.  Ribbon was tied trough the hole.  All these layers were then topped with the die cut heart stamped with a cute sentiment.

I think this design is nice and cheerful for the hospitalized children.

*****Challenges for My Valentine's day Cards;
Cards in Envy: hearts/Valentine
Crafty Card Makers: Love
Dream Valley: Valentine's Day
Stick around all this week.  I have Valentine's Day Cards each day until the 14th.  See you tomorrow!  Love ya

Monday, February 8, 2016

Queen of Everything with Lost Coast Designs

Hi Dreamers!
Happy Monday.  Hope you are having great Monday.  Please do not detect any sarcasm in my statement.   I am having a nice day blogging.  Lots going on this month in Dreamland.  This week starts the Valentine's Event with Carmen's Veranda and Lost Coast Designs stamp. Dates for the event are Feb 8 - 14, 2016.
The design team will be featuring projects with a Love, heart, or Valentine theme.  Viewers can write a review saying why they like the stamps for a chance to win a prize.  More Details later.

I will be posting my projects for the event on Feb 12.  

But, today, I have a fun project for you suitable for any day.  LOL  I call it "Queen of Everything"

Materials List:
Stamps: Misc. Words; Grunge Border 2 InchPrincess of Everything; Fern Background all from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Tuxedo Black and Gray Flannel Memento; Mushroom and Lake Mist Adirondack
CS: Glossy White; light sage green; pink; reddish wine

 Make It:

  • Make a card from very light sage green CS
  • With Mushroom ink stamp the Fern background onto red/wine CS; add to card front
  • With Lake Mist ink, stamp the Grunge Border on pink CS; add to card front

  • With Tuxedo Black ink stamp Princess  on glossy white CS.  Note: using a black dye ink and Glossy CS gives the best image when working with photo stamps
  • Fussy cut the image and add to the card
  • Stamp Queen on the sage green CS with Gray Flannel ink; cut out and add to card over the word princess (Princess is the sentiment on the stamp, but I thought she deserved to be Queen.)

Very Regal!!  Isn't she sweet?  This could be used for a Valentine too.  Okay, I will see you next time with more of the Valentine's I made; Lost Coast Design's Valentine Event and three projects for Technique Junkies.  See you soon.  Love ya

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine's Day Owl

Hello Everyone!
Are you making any Valentine's this year??  I made a few more for friends and family.  (Remember, I also made 55 for the Cards from the Heart card drive.)  I used a super cute digi from Michelle Perkett to create this fun card.

I made a card base from pink CS and added dry embossed layer of red CS.   I printed the digi on white CS and colored with Copics.

The digi was cut with a die and layered with a pink paper doily.   I added a red bow and a cute sentiment.  And, a tiny punched heart.

Isn't this a fun card??  I am sending this to a friend who loves birds.

Challenges for my Owl Valentine's Day card:
Simon's Wednesday: hearts
Pink Gem: love is in the air
Crafty Calendar:love is in the air
Fantasy Stampers:love is in the air
Suzy Bee's: anything goes with a twist: love
Sweet Stampin: Valentines

I will be sharing a few more Valentine's Day cards until the 14th.  And, Lost Coast Designs is having a Special event this month starting on the 8th.  So check back for that. Hope you are having a great day.  Hooray for the weekend.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Paris Dreams with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone,
How is your week going?  Doing well here.  Busy helping my Mom look for items for her new bathroom.  She is having a renovation done. Hopefully, it will be finished next week.  So, let's forget all the every day cares and dream....

My project for today is a pretty card made with a Technique Junkies New Release stamp.  See all the February Releases here.

Materials List:
Stamp: Paris Dreams from Technique Junkies
Ink: Blue Breeze Kaleidacolor pad
CS: White, and Brocade Blue (retired Stampin' Up color)
Embossing Folder: Picture Frame  from Darice
Die: Romantic Rectangles from Spellbinders

 Make It:

  • Make a card from Blue CS
  • Dry emboss a layer of white CS with the Picture Frame folder

  • Ink the stamp, Paris Dreams, with the Kaleidacolor pad and stamp on white CS
  • Die cut the image with Spellbinders die 

Isn't this image just dreamy?  It is perfect for using the Kaleidacolor pads too. The die cut and dry embossing add that little touch of elegance.  Thanks for stopping by.  See you next time.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Technique Junkies February New Release Blog Hop

Hello All,
Welcome to Karen's blog, Dreaming and Creating.  We are in the midst of the Technique Junkie February New Release Blog Hop.  You should have arrived here from Judy's blog.  

How did you like her fab project!!  Super, wasn't it??!!   If you are just popping in, you may wish to start at the beginning of the hop on the Technique Junkies blog.

 All the designers are highlighting the February New Release!  And to Celebrate, Pat is offering a 15% discount on the February New Releases Feb 1- Feb 8.  Awesome!!

Note: Extra Sale!!!!  All stamps in the Love Category are 15% off Feb 1 - Feb 8.   ---Just in time to make Valentine's Day Cards for those you love.

I am showcasing two new releases: Hang in There and Houndstooth Check.  I also added a sensational sentiment to tickle your funny bone.  And, used a background technique.

Materials List:
Stamps: Houndstooth Check, Hang in There, and Living on the Edge all from Technique Junkies Stamps
Ink: Onyx Black Versa fine
Distress Stains: Worn Lipstick ad Aged Mahogany
CS: White, Pretty in Pink and Strawberry Slush from Stampin' Up
Pink Ruffled Ribbon
Pink Rhinestones

Make It:

  • Make a card from Pretty in pink CS and add a layer of Strawberry Slush ( a reddish pink color)
  • Make the Houndstooth Background using the Blended Stains Technique from the Artistic Effects CD--using stain colors listed above
  • Trim background; wrap ribbon around and add to card

  • Stamp Hang In There Cat on Strawberry Slush CS with Onyx Black ink
  • Add to card with dimensional adhesive

  • Stamp sentiment on Pink CS and layer with black CS 
  • Add to card with dimensional adhesive
  • Add three rhinestones

Now head off to  Sally Lynn's blog to check out  her lovely project!!
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the hop!!

Design Team Blog
Judy Jackson
Karen McAlpine   ----You are Here
Sally Lynn
Marilyn Hughes
Kathy Stacy
Jane Bosi
Tonya Davidson
Beth Norman
Pat Huntoon

Check back later today for Lost Coast Designs February Challenge and Vintage Stamping February Challenge.  Have a super day!!!  Oh, and Happy February!!  Didn't January fly by??!!   Love ya!

Karen McAlpine

Lost Coast Designs Challenge - Pocket Letters!!

Hello Dreamers!
Welcome back for my third post  today.  Quite a busy day here!  Now, it is time for the Lost Coast Designs February Challenge.  And the theme for this month is the newest craze in paper crafts:

Pocket Letters!!

Quite frankly, I had not heard about these Pocket Letters.  So, good old You tube filled me in.   Basically, it is a collection of ATC's and embellishments placed into a plastic baseball card type sheet.  The sheet has nine pockets and each one gets filled with an ATC and a goodie of some kind goes in the pocket behind the card.  Then you write a letter and put it in one of the pockets; fold it all up and send it to someone.  How cool is that??!!!  I can see why people get addicted to making these.  They are so fun!!  I have a couple more in mind that I am going to make.
I selected a Alice in Wonderland theme for my Pocket Letter.
My ATC's were cut from background papers I made with stencils and spray inks.

This is how the Pocket letter would arrive to the recipient -- In the hand - made envelope and wrapped up with a belly band.  Now I will explain how I made this fun little item.  There are lots of pictures--so grab your cupper (coffee, tea, or hot cocoa) and relax.

Materials List:
Ink: Onyx Black Versa Fine; Mustard Seed and Broken China Distress Inks; Crushed curry dye from Stampin' Up
Spray inks
CS: White and yellow
Various Embellishments
A nine pocket trading card plastic page

Make It:

  • Cut nine ATC sized cards from White CS--- I used some background papers I made using stencils and spray inks
  • Stamp the Alice figures with Onyx Black ink
  • Add embellishments to each card and slip each card into one of the pockets

Row 1: Embellishments include lace, washi tape, tags and pearls

Also made a pull out tag with a Drink me tag.

Row 2: Stamp the numbers Border and add tulle and button.  Queen of hearts, of course, has a tiny felt heart and some washi tape.  I added a strip of fabric secured with a staple on the Twiddles.

Row 3: Twine was wrapped around the first card.  Washi tape, ribbon and a mini clothespin in the next. I just attached the ribbon, which hangs down behind the card, with a clothespin and some washi tape--the ribbon can be removed and reused.  Mad hatter has a border of Teardrops.

 I covered the edge of the Trading Card Sheet with more of the blue washi tape.  And added fabric, tulle, ribbon, twine and a tag.  I used Alphabet stickers to spell out Wonderland on the tag.

The back of the Pocket Letter--Now you can see the embellishments that are like the little gifts for your recipient.  I tucked in corresponding extra embellishments in the pockets.  They are the same items that I used to decorate the cards.
Row 1:Pearls, ticket tags, lace.  I secured things with washi tape to make it prettier.  And the washi tape can be reused
Row 2: Fabric strip, Felt hearts (die cut from felt), Tulle
Row 3: Three buttons and an extra card, mini clothespins, red bakers twine

 Make a belly band: make a tube to fit around folded up letter.  Decorate with a doily, tag and ribbon.

I made an envelope from CS.  Use a 12 x 12 sheet of CS.
Score at 3.5 and 8.5 inches
Turn the piece of CS and Score again at 1.5 and 10.5 inches
Trim out the pieces as shown below.  Glue the envelope together.

I hope you will try making your own Pocket Letter.  They really are fun.   And, you can join our challenge and win a prize.  

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Don't forget to check out my other posts for today:

Hope you are having a good day!!  Love ya