Thursday, April 9, 2015

Welcome Baby

Hello Dreamers!
I hope you are enjoying some Spring weather in your little corner of the world.  I think it is trying to be Spring here in Michigan, but it just doesn't know how.  We have had cold and rainy weather all week.  No flowers up yet!  Boring!  
So, let's go to Dreamland for a little simulated Spring with a Welcome Baby card.  I made this card for a friend.


I punched three layers for the main focal point.  The top square was dry embossed and distressed with Milled Lavender Distress ink.  CS is all from Stampin' Up.






This card goes together very quickly and would also be great for Baby Shower invitations and/or Thank you's.

I wish you a lovely day filled with plenty of time to craft!  See you soon.
Karen


Monday, April 6, 2015

Lost Coast Design Spring Challenge

Hello Everyone,
It is a busy day here in Dreamland!  Lost Coast Design's April Challenge starts today!  The theme for the month of April is:

Spring

Make a project using at least one Lost Coast Design or Carmen's Veranda stamp and link up on the Lost Coast Blog for a chance to win a gift certificate from Lost Coast Designs.

I used a new stamp from Carmen's Veranda to make a group of Spring cards.  I am sharing two of the cards today, and the rest a little later in the week.


Materials:
Stamp: Bird Square from Carmen's Veranda Stamps
Ink: Aged Mahogany Distress ink and black ink
CS: White; Gray; Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Up) 
DP: Cosmo Cricket
Small spray bottle with water





Instructions:

  • Make card from gray CS 
  • On white CS, spray a very small amount of water
  • Note: Actually, the mixed media paper works better than regular CS and I used that on the other cards
  • Ink the stamp with Aged Mahogany distress ink and stamp into the water
  • Heat dry the card stock--make sure it is very dry before proceeding--I had to blot a little with a rag
  • Ink the stamp again with black ink and stamp directly over the fist stamping
  • Layer with Cherry CS and add to decorative paper
  • Tie ribbon and add to card base


The Second Card--

Materials:
Stamp: Bird Square from Carmen's Veranda Stamps
Ink: Aged Mahogany and Spun Sugar Distress ink
Paper: Mixed Media pad from Strathmore
CS: Kraft, tan, Cherry Cobbler
Bakers Twine


Instructions:

  • Make a card from tan CS and layer with Cherry Cobbler and Kraft
  • Stamp the Bird Square with Aged Mahogany ink--NO Water this time
  • Distress edges with Spun Sugar Distress ink
  • Wrap twine around and add to card base





Two fairly different looks with one pretty Stamp.  Check out all the "squares" from Carmen's Veranda here.  They are sooo cool.  Lots of wish list items!!
Can't wait to see your project!!
Hope you had a great weekend and check back for the other two Bird Square cards later in the week.  See you soon!  Love ya.
Karen

Handmade Flowers- Vintage Stamping Challenge

Hello Friends,
Time for the new Vintage Stamping Challenge blog  challenge for the month of April
This month's theme is:
Add a handmade flower to your project.  Your project also needs to have  some stamping.
The challenge is sponsored by Flonzcraft Stamps!

I made a crocheted flower for a fun spring inspired card.  I added a super cute little chicken stamp from Flonzcraft.



Materials:
Stamps: Cute Chicken from Flonzcraft Stamps; Alpha Dots from My Sentiments Exactly!
Ink: Jet Black Stazon; Old Olive dye - Stampin' Up
CS: Barely Banana, Pea Pizzazz, and Strawberry Slush - Stampin' Up
DP: Stampin' Up
Leaves Die Cut - Sizzix
Pearls
Dimensional Adhesive
Pearls
Markers
White Crochet thread and crochet hook



Instructions:

  • Make a card from Strawberry Slush CS
  • Add a layer of Pear Pizzazz CS and DP
  • Die cut Leaves from DP and add to card


  •  Crochet flower using white crochet thread size 10 with a size 1 hook  ( I used a pattern from the book "Flower Bouquet" by Suzann Thompson; Lark Books
  • Glue the flower to the card 
  • Add a pearl to the center of flower

  • Stamp Cute Chicken with Stazon ink on Barely Banana CS and fussy cut
  • Color Chicken with markers
  • Add Chicken to  card with dimensional adhesive
  • Stamp letters and cut or punch out
  • Add letters using dimensional adhesive
  • Add pearls around letters



Totally cute Chicken!  This card would be great for a baby, Spring, even to just to say hello to a friend.  Let's see what you can come up with for the Handmade flower Challenge!  Hope you have fun with the theme!  

See you soon!
Karen

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Easter Lamb

Hello Everyone,
I thought I would share the Easter cards I made.  I sent them all out to friends and family.  I used a pretty lamb from Our Daily Bread.  I stamped the image  for each card on either white or cream CS with brown ink.  I varied the layout and papers a little bit.

















I would like to enter my Easter lambs in:
Our Daily Bread: anything goes with ODB


See you soon!
Karen

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washi Tape Background with Lost Coast Design

Hello Everyone!
Today I would like to share a card I made with Lost Coast Design stamps and washi tape.  I used the washi tape to create a colorful and dynamic background.



Materials:
Stamp: Los Tres Caballeros from Lost Coast Design
Ink: Black dye
CS: Glossy White; Gray; and Black
Copic Markers
Washi Tape in three different designs
Bakers Twine




Instructions:

  • Make a card from black CS 
  • Cut a layer from gray CS
  • Cover the card base with washi tape placing the tape at an angle to the edge of the card---I used eleven strips on this 5.5 x 5.75 inch card
  • Wrap the ends of the washi tape to the back of the gray CS piece
  • Add the washi cover Gray CS layer to the card base



  •  Stamp the Los Tres Caballeros on glossy CS with black die ink twice
  • Color the background with Copic markers on one of the stamped images and tear the bottom edge
  • Layer with black CS




  • Fussy cut the Los Tres Caballeros from the second stamped image
  • Add the fussy cut images to the first image using dimensional adhesive under the faces and hats; glue the bottom edge flat
  • Wrap bakers twine around piece
  • Add to the card base with dimensional adhesive


This would make a fun birthday card.  I think that is what I will do with it.  Or, it would be a cute any occasion card too.

My card has a bit of red in it---for the March Lost Coast Design Challenge--there is still time to enter a card with Lost Coast Designs stamps and some red for the challenge.  See the details here.  The challenge ends March 26.


The  Shades of Green Blog hop is still open as well.   See the details for the blog hop here.   The blog hops ends March 30.



See you soon with more crafty fun!!  Hope you are having a great day!!  Love ya.
Karen

Friday, March 20, 2015

Feeling Springy- Bright Colored Floral Cards

Hello Everyone,
I Thought some cheerful bright colors would be  nice for today's post.  Spring is trying to make an appearance here in Michigan, USA.  We can still get more really cold weather yet.....  No flowers up here yet.  So, lets have some paper flowers!


All stamps are from A Muse Studios.  I made the cards for an order and some for Operation Write Home.






See you soon for a cute welcome baby card.  Love ya.
Karen

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Humorous Card--Just for Fun!

Hello Dreamers,

Check out the Lost Coast Design Blog Hop here.

Today, I wanted something to make me laugh.  I made these fun cards for Operation Write Home.



Stamp is from Stampin' Up
Polka Dot CS from A Muse Studios




See you soon!  Love ya.
Karen