Saturday, September 24, 2016

Lovely Sentiment from Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone,
Hope you are having a great weekend.  We are finally getting a cool day here in Michigan, USA.  Makes me think about making cards for Fall.   I have been making Halloween cards with the Sept New Releases from Technique Junkies. You can see them on my blog here and here.
Today, I have used a lovely stamp from the New Releases that has such a nice sentiment!  I love this stamp and think it is great for a card to cheer up a special someone on your card giving list.  Check it out.


Materials List:
Stamp: Don't Lose Faith from Technique Junkies
Ink: Brilliant Blue (Stampin' Up)
CS: white, tan, Kraft, and Brilliant Blue
Copic Markers
Darice Embossing Folder
Ribbon: Brocade Blue (SU); narrow blue



Make It:

  • Make a card base that is dry embossed with a frame type design
  • On White CS, stamp  "Don't Lose Faith" with blue ink 
  • Color with Copic markers


  • Add a layer of blue and tan CS to stamp image; add to card base
  • Tie both ribbons in knot and glue to card front



Don't you just love this stamp??!!  I also stamped it in green and black ink. Looks really good in those colors as well.  See you next week for a spooky invitation!!  Have a super day!
Karen

Monday, September 19, 2016

Christmas Kitty-New Stamp Early Preview with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone!
A little change up here today!  Pat, owner of Technique Junkies, decided to release the October stamp collection early!!  We will still be having the regular blog hop on the First of October.  But, we thought it would be nice to give you a jump start on your Holiday cards.
The new stamps will be on sale --15% off --  from Sept 19 - Oct 10!!
Check out the Design Junkies Blog for more projects with Early Release October stamps.

I will also continue to share the September Releases with you through out the month.  So, lots going on in Dreamland this month and next month.  Can't believe it is time for Holiday cards already!!

Now, for my project.  This is just the cutest stamp!!  I think you will agree.


Materials:
Stamps: Christmas Mug Shot from Technique Junkies
Ink: Real Red - Stampin' Up
CS: White, red, green
Christmas Ribbon


Make It:

  • Make a card from Red CS
  • On white CS, stamp the Christmas Mug Shot with Real Red ink
  • Tear a piece of red CS and add it to the stamped piece
  • Wrap ribbon around green CS; tie in bow and add to card base


Super quick card and so funny!!  Even dog lovers would think this was funny!  I  added white CS and stamped Merry Christmas on the inside.  Hope you have enjoyed the early preview.  And don't forget to take advantage of the sale price to pick up your favorites from the October collection.
I hope you are having a super day and get plenty of time to make cards!!  See you later in the week with more Holiday cards.  Halloween and Christmas.  Take care.
Karen

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Haunted Mansion with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone!
Back today with a scary Halloween treat! This project was made with stamps from the September new Release stamp from Technique Junkies.  I made two versions of my card. One is colored with Copics and the other is colored with Distress Inks. The first photo is the Copic version.


Materials List:
Ink: Black die 
CS: white and black
Copic Markers or Distress Inks for coloring


 Make It:

  • Make a card from black CS
  • On white CS, stamp the Halloween House with black ink
  • Color the image with Copic Markers and add to the card base



  • Stamp Trick or Treat Banner on white CS
  • Color with blue Copics and cut out
  • Add to card with dimensional adhesive


This is the second version that is colored with Distress inks.  I used the Ranger blending tool to add the ink.  The coloring is just a bit subtler.  But, still very effective.


Great Halloween card!  I would also use this for an invitation. Another great collection of New Stamps from Technique Junkies!!  Thanks for stopping by.  There will be lots of Halloween and scary projects coming up.  Hope you are having a great day.
Karen

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Whimsical Diva in Purple with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Dreamers!
Hope you week is going well.  I had a fun day celebrating my birthday with friends and family.  Had lunch with my bf and then shopping with mom and dinner.  Also had a party on Sunday given by the best bro in the world.  Super fun.
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Note: check out the Lost Coast Design Challenge for September!! 
The theme is Anything Goes.  You may use any stamps not just Lost Coast Designs. 
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Now, you are going to love the stamp I used on my project for today.  It is really outrageous.  That is one of the things I love about Lost Coast Designs; the stamps are so unique.  I paired this "Diva" with a bright border in contrasting colors. Awesome cool!


Materials:
Stamps: Feather Diva with Face, Geometric Border both from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Pale Lilac Marvy; Real Red Stampin' Up
Marker: Rhubarb Stalk Memento
CS: White, red, lavender, and purple
Red Baker's Twine
Purple narrow ribbon
Red Rhinestones


Make It:

  • Make a card from purple CS and add a layer of lavender CS
  • On white CS, stamp Feather Diva with Pale Lilac ink
  • Trace over the line in the center or each feather with the maker
  • Stamp the Geometric Border with red ink
  • Add a strip of red CS to the edge of the Diva 
  • Add all the stamped pieces to the card base


  • Cut a slit through the card front at the top and bottom edge of the stamped piece
  • Insert the twine and ribbon through the slits tying in a bow
  • Add the rhinestones to the Diva--What's a diva without some bling?

Pretty wild stamp, isn't it??  Love it.  

See you next time!!  Thanks for stopping in.
Karen

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Halloween Preview Blog Hop with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to the September New Release blog hop with Technique Junkies!!  I hope you are ready for some Halloween fun!!  The September new release stamps are all about Halloween! And, it is time for our blog hop!  You should have arrived here from  Lanette's blog.  Super project from Lanette!!

If not, or you would like to start at the beginning click over to the Design Junkies blog here
To help get you in the mood, the new release stamps are on sale--15% off until Sept. 8, 2016.  Be sure to check out all the stamps and pick out your favs.

Boy,  summer really flew by and now it is time to think about Fall Holidays. I did some stamping today and got a good start on my Halloween cards.  I send the cards to my family and friends. I will be sharing three version made with one stamp.


Materials List:
Stamps: Graveyard, Happy Halloween, and Be Scary all from Technique Junkies
Ink: Tangerine Tango Stampin' Up
CS: White, gray, and orange
Washi Tape
Orange Baker's Twine
Orange Rhinestones



Make It:

  • Make a card from orange CS and add a layer of gray CS
  • On white CS, stamp the Graveyard with Tangerine Tango ink
  • Add to card front


  • Stamp the Happy Halloween sentiment on gray CS and add a layer of orange CS
  • Add the sentiment to the card
  • Place washi tape on edges of sentiment and add rhinestones
  • Tie baker's twine around card


 The second version is stamped with same ink.  Distress inks were added to the background.  I changed out the sentiment - Be Scary is used here


On the third version, The graveyard is stamped with black ink.  The background is colored with distress inks.  I added washi tape and rhinestones  as well.



Ohh, scary fun!!  Now, it is time to head over to Kathy's blog and check out her fun projects!!  Thanks for stopping by for this Halloween preview!! See you next time for more spooky projects--A Haunted house--oohhh.
Have fun hopping.
Karen McAlpine

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Hip To Be Square Event with Lost Coast Design

Hello Everyone,
I am back after a summer break.  As you probably know, I had a huge landscaping project to take of.  I also had some family matters and health issues.  I will be sharing pics of the landscaping soon.

But today is my post for the Hip to be Square Event going on now.  The place: Lost Coast's Portal to Creativity blog.  Head over to check out more projects, details, and there is a prize.

For my project, I used one of the "square" stamps from Carmen's Veranda and added some architectural stamps to the background.


Materials:
Stamps: Clock Face Square and Cracked Column from Carmen's Veranda; Misc Word Set from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Northern Pine Memento, Bundled Sage Distress
CS:white, green
Black narrow ribbon


Make It:

  • Make a card from green CS
  • Decorate white CS using a mono printing plate, paint, and stencils
  • Cut a piece to size and distress with Bundled Sage ink
  • Stamp the columns with Northern Pine ink; add to card


  •  Stamp the Clock Face Square on white card and layer with green CS; add to card
  • Stamp Kindness and add to card
  • Tie ribbon in knot and add to card


Trying to get back in the swing of things.  I haven't made cards all summer.  I do have lots of projects planned for Fall.  And, lots of Halloween events coming up. Hope  your summer went well.  It is good to be back!!
Karen

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fine Art Stamp and Handmade Background with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone,
Super busy here with all those things were call, "Life".  Taking a few moments to post a card made with a art/collage type stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I made a background with spray inks and stamped with Distress inks.  Have a look.


Materials List:
Stamps: Patricia Collage from Lost Coast Designs
Ink: Peacock Feathers and Bundled Sage Distress ink
Spray inks
Stencil
CS: white, aqua, and dark aqua
Wide Satin Aqua Ribbon
Peacock Blue Tulle
Small Pearls


Make It:

  • Make a base card from Aqua CS
  • On white CS, use stencils and spray ink to create background paper--I spray the stencil and then turn it over and spray again to get the diffused look.  Cut a piece to size
  • Stamp Patricia Collage with Bundled Sage on the outside edges of the stamp and Peacock Feathers on the inside area
  • Stamp on White CS
  • Add a layer of dark CS and add to card
  • Wrap tulle around card
  • Tie ribbon in knot and wrap around card
  • Add small pearls


I just love these fine art inspired stamps.  They are so dramatic and make such a nice project. Of course, I love it paired with my favorite color - aqua.  Thanks for dropping in today.  I hope you have a super day.
Karen