Thursday, July 30, 2015

Large Flower with Stamped background

Hello Dreamers!
Back with more floral cards today.  This is another one of those "hey, I never used this stamp" moments.  This flower and the background stamp had never been inked.  I stamped and  stamped in lots of different  ink colors.  I put all of the cards in my "to send" box.  Sent out one so far.  Just a nice cheerful card to send out to a friend or family member.


The flower and the background are stamped in the same ink to give a more unified look.



The other colors:









On the inside, a sweet sentiment:




 ***********Challenges:
Simon's Wed: anything goes
Love to Scrap: anything goes
Inspiration Destination: anything goes

Thanks of dropping by!  See you next week for new challenges from Vintage Stamping and Lost Coast Design!!
Karen

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Floral Cards in Five Colors

Hello All,
Still looking for a new home.  Very stressful!  I have had to put 90% of my supplies in storage!  I was really going thru withdrawal.  I had to go and get a few things out of storage.  LOL  Could not make it without a few stamps to work with.  I really wish I had not packed up all of my ribbon.  I only kept one shoe box full of ribbon out.  And, you know how much I love ribbon!!  Well, I hope we can find a new home soon.  In the mean time......
Today, I want to share some pretty floral cards I made for my "to send" box.  I always like to keep cards on hand to send out to friends and family.    I have already sent out a couple of cards from this set.




This Penny Black stamp is stamped in different ink colors on white and cream CS.  I added a little coloring with Distress markers.  I selected CS and DP that coordinates with the ink colors.  Just a little embellishing with ribbon and pearls.  (I made these before I packed up all my ribbon and embellishments...)









Stamp a fun and uplifting sentiment for the inside.  I think this one will bring a smile to the receiver.



Entering my cards in:
Love to Scrap: anything goes

Lots of fun coming up in August!!!  A new Lost Coast Designs Challenge, and Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog Hop!!!!  Check back for that!!  Thanks for stopping by to say hello!  Love ya.
Karen

Monday, July 20, 2015

Paper Girls Challenge - Guest Designing!

Hello Everyone,
Thanks for stopping by for my second post as Guest Designer on the Paper Girls Challenge Blog!  The Girls have a super fun challenge theme for us!!

Forever in Blue Jeans

I decided to use denim colored felt and denim ribbon for my GD project.  I put together some party favors with felt die cut flower embellishments.


Materials List:
"For you" stamp
Navy Dye Ink
2 Sided DP
Dies: Bag - Stampin' Up; French Fry Box - Amuse Studios; flower - Sizzix
Tag Punch -Stampin' Up
Felt
Large brads
Denim ribbon
Fabri-Tac glue
Tissue Paper
Lollipop Sticks (candy making aisle of craft store)



Instructions:

  • Die cut the bag and french fry boxes from 2 sided DP ( I used 2 sided so that the favors look pretty on the inside too)
  • Die Cut the flowers from felt and stack
  • Use a few drops of glue to hold each flower layer together
  • Add the brad to the center of the flowers



  • Tie denim ribbon in bow and glue to flowers
  • Attach to bag and boxes with glue


  • Stamp and punch the sentiment 
  • Glue sentiment to lollipop sticks
  • Fill the bag and boxes with treats wrapped in blue tissue paper
  • Place the sentiment sticks in each favor (you could also stamp names on the sentiment sticks)



Super cute little treat holders for any party or occasion.  I would fill these with candy, nuts or even a small gift.  The flowers could be reused too.  I may even glue a jewelry pin on the back so the flower could be a little gift in itself.

See you next time!!
Karen

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Simple Flower in Two Colors

Hi Everyone,
I was going through my stamps and saw this simple flower and realized I had never used it.  I stamped up a stack in different colors and colored in the petals.  Just added some layers and ribbon to make these pretty all occasion cards.








A few fun Challenges!

Sisterhood of Crafters: birthday
Crafting Musketeers: anything goes


See you soon!   Hope you are having a great day!
Karen

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Grunge Butterfly with Carmen's Veranda Stamps

Hello Dreamers!
Has been a crazy week for me! My Mom fell and broke her arm last Sunday.  We bought a new house and then backed out because the house inspection found lots of bad things.  So now we are back to square one!  Mom is doing pretty well and did not have to have surgery.
I squeezed in some time to create two projects using Carmen's Veranda Stamps.  I used the same stamps on each project and changed the ink colors.

Project #1


Materials List:
Stamps: Grunge Black Swirl and Butterfly Square from Carmen's Veranda
Dye Inks: Chocolate Chip and Blackberry Bliss - Stampin' Up
Chalk Ink: Pumpkin Spice and Jumbo Java (project #1); Pink Petunia and Red Magic (project #2) Versa Magic
Spray ink: Rouge Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist
Paper: Mixed Media - Strathmore
CS: Gold, Brown/Gray, Brown
Pearls
Watercolor Crayons
Paint Brush
Cotton Fabric Strips (torn)



 Instructions:

  • Make a base from Brown CS and add one layer gold/gray CS- tearing edges on project #2
  • Stamp the Grunge Black Swirl on Mixed Media paper with Chocolate Chip ink
  • Spray with Glimmer Mist and let dry
  • Tear the bottom edge of one of the pieces
  • Distress edges with Chalk inks and add to base



  • Stamped the Butterfly Square with Blackberry Bliss ink
  • Color the Butterfly Square with the watercolor crayons
  • Distress edges with Chalk inks 
  • Add one layer of CS and add to card



  • Add Pearls
  • Tear strips of cotton fabric and tie in bow; glue to card


Project #2

This version used chalk inks ink red tones and pink  fabric for a totally different look.  I tore the edges on this card.  And tore the sheet out of the mixed media pad and did not trim off the edge.

 Don't you just love this new CV background stamp??!!  There is lots of potential with this stamp.  Of course I got carried away and stamped about a zillion of them.  LOL  There is also a "White" version  called Grunge White Swirl. --- I will have projects using the White version coming up.






Thanks for popping by and see you next time.
Karen

Monday, July 6, 2015

Guest Designing - Paper Girls Challenge

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to Dreaming and Creating!  Today I am Guest Designing for The Paper Girls Challenge Blog!!  The Girls have a fun challenge theme!  The theme for the next two weeks is:

BABIES

For my project, I made a sweet welcome baby card.  I stamped on  mixed media paper and watercolored with dye inks.  I thought the nest stamp would look cute with a tree background of some kind.   I decided on a tree trunk embossing folder.



Materials List:
Stamps: Pink Cat Studios
Ink: Stazon Jet Black; dye inks for water coloring
Paper: Strathmore Mixed Media Pad
CS: Almost Amethyst and Certainly Celery from Stampin’ Up
Embossing Folder: Tim Holtz
Ribbon and Pearls

Paint brush



Instructions:

  • Make a card from Amethyst CS
  • Dry emboss celery CS and add to the card base
  • Stamp the birds on Mixed Media paper with Stazon ink
  • Water color with a brush and dye inks -  get the brush slightly wet in water and pick up the ink
  • Add to card front
  • Tie ribbon in bow and glue to card
  • Add Pearls



Isn't this sweet!  Love how the tree embossing looks in the background.  Stop over to the Paper Girls Challenge blog and check out the other Design Team projects and link up a card of your own!  So glad you stopped by!!
Karen

Vintage Stamping Challenge - Travel

Hello All,
Welcome to the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog post!  The theme for the month of July is:
Travel or Holidays (Vacations)
The details:
Please include some stamping and follow the theme.  Your project does not have to be vintage.  This challenge is sponsored by Flonz Craft Stamps.  One winner will receive a $20 gift certificate to Flonz Craft!!

I made a collage type project with stamping and lots of ephemera.  It is a card, but this could be used as a page or a small hanging piece.  




Materials List:
Stamps: Old Steam Locomotive (Flonz Craft); numbers, and travel word
Ink: Onyx Black Versa-Fine
Distress Ink: Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Tea Dye
CS: cream, dark brown, yellow and blue textured
Ticket Die Cut - AMuse Studios
Leather
Various Ephemera- map, stamps, stamp images 


Instructions:

  • Make a card from blue textured CS
  • Tear a large square form yellow CS
  • Tear the edges of a map to fit the  yellow CS -distress with the Distress inks
  • Add map to card base
  • Stamp the Locomotive on cream CS -distress edges and layer with dark brown CS
  • Add to card base





  • Distress the stamps and stamp ephemera and add to card
  • Die cut two tickets and stamp with numbers; tear in half and add to card
  • Stamp travel on cream CS and add to card
  • Tie a knot in a leather lace and glue to card


I love how the stamps look on this piece.  Some of them are real stamps from a package from New Zealand.  And, of course, love that vintage looking locomotive stamp!   Would love it if you made your own Travel themed project and link up on the Vintage Stamping Challenge Blog.  See you next time!!
Karen