Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Designer Challenge - Spooktacular Creations

It's time for a new Designer Challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  This month is about Spooktacular Creations!  There's a $20 gift card available to win over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  All you have to do is answer the question (there) - What are some of your favorite products to choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?

For both of my cards today, I used the new Halloween stamps.  On this first card, I dug out a piece of G45 paper:



These fun images are die cut with the coordinating dies and colored with Copics:

Jack-O-Lantern:  YR24, YR27, Y16, Y19, G82, G85, B93
Franken-Boy:  E000, E01, E11, BV20, BG72, BG75, C1, B93, B95, G82, G85, C3, R4
Spiders:  C3, YR24
Edging on all:  E42

For my second card, I used the Thinking About...Rio de Janeiro paper:


The images here are colored with the Cool Greys, Warm Greys...and V25.  I used the Circle Background die, and cut the purple strip with a Stitched Fishtail Banners die (just cut off the ends).

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Monday, September 18, 2017

Little Christmas Reindeer

I'm excited to be guest designing for Gerda Steiner Designs today using the new Little Christmas Reindeer stamps.  This little sweetie is SO cute!

Here's what I did:


I wanted to do non-traditional colors, and I just LoVe him in the blues and purples.  The Copic colors I used were:

Reindeer:  E41, E42, E43, E44
Decor:  BV00, BV02, BG53, BG57, Y26, Y28 (and I added some gold dots and white flicks with Kirina Wink Markers)
Birdies:  B12, B14, YR14, C1, C3

The sentiment comes in three different sections.  I LoVe the versatility of being able to stamp them any which way I want!  Those little birdies are also part of the set.  I fussy cut them out. 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,



Karen

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I Melt for You

Christmas is just a little over three months away!  That's crazy, huh?!  I'm in the mood for it and have made this FuN holiday card using the Snowman & Gifts Clear Stamps along with the coordinating diesfrom Elizabeth Craft Designs:


I loved the idea of the snowflake swirling between the two snowmen.  They are one stamp and cut perfectly with the coordinating dies.  They are attached at the nose, so I just snipped them apart to put on either side of the slider.  Els does a great "how-to-video" on using the Sliders and Spinners dies. Here's a little video of the slider in action.




Sorry it's a little dark, but I think it does show the swirling snowflake well.  The images are colored with Copic Markers:  E33, R24, R27, G43, G46, Y26, Y28, C1 and C3.  The slider panel is die cut with the Stitched Circles Dies.  The paper is from the Thinking about - Rio De Janeiro 12 x 12 collection.  The white paper is the 100lb soft-finish cardstock.  I added some green Nuvo drops in the corner.

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Green Nuvo Drops, Black ink (Dare 2B Artzy) and Copic markers




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christmas Poinsettia

I'm posting a card today over at Dare 2B Artzy!  I love Christmas!  Love making Christmas Cards.  Using the Poinsettia Tangle Stamps and Poinsettia Dies make it easy and FuN!

Here's what I made:



That flower is so much fun to color.  I used Y15, Y18, B12, B14, B16, R81, R83, and R85!  I cut the sentiment with a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs called, Stitched Fishtail Banners.  I popped up the center portion.  Here's a close-up: 


Also, have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There's all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA's products here!
Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,
Karen

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Avery with Snowman

Ready for Christmas??!  Yeah, me either...but we've got just a few months to get those Christmas cards done.  Today, I've got a card over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog with a Christmas creation using the that shows this fun Christmas card using the Avery with Snowman Digital Stamp:



Isn't she pretty!  <3  I used the following Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11
Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Clothes and Snowman:  BG53, BG57, BG72, BG75, V22, V25, C1, C3, C5, YR16, Y26, Y28

The paper is from Heartfelt Creations, and I used Fitted and Stitched Circles Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, September 11, 2017

Birthday Butterflies

It's my birthday month.  Elizabeth Craft Designs has released some BRAND new stamps, I think, for my birthday!  They are absolutely fun, like the Bugs and Butterflies Clear Stamps I used to make this card:



They are just lovely, yes?  The butterlies are colored with BG72, BG75, BG78, R81, R83, R85. I got the sentiment from the General Sentiments set.  I use this set so much!  I cut it with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The paper is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs, called Butterfly Dream.  I used the 6x6 size.  To add some fancy, I splashed a little Tattered Lace Ink on the background after masking hte butterflies....and added a touch of lace :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Lace, Tattered Lace Ink, pink card stock, black ink (Dare 2B Artzy), Copic markers




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Christmas Cookies

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  This challenge is a great way to be inspired to always make sure you're not doing Christmas cards at the very last minute!  Here's the always optional challenge:



I used the Paper Nest Dolls Mrs Claus digital image to create this:



The paper is from Heartfelt Creations. I colored her with these Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11, BV00
Hair:  E31, E33, E35
Clothes:  BG72, BG75, BG53, BG57, V20, V22, W0, W2, W3, W5, YG61, YG63
Shoes, Cookies and Dishes:  E31, E35, C1, C3
 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Holiday Cheer

Elizabeth Craft Designs has some brand new stamps....like the ones I used to make this FuN holiday card.  



From the newer sets, I used Holiday Trees & Ornaments and Penguins.  I grabbed the deer from the Birch Forest set.  Aren't they "deer"??!  All of the instructions and Copics I used for this card are on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today!  Go see!

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen


Monday, September 4, 2017

Princess Rose

It's time for an ALL-NEW challenge over at Paper Nest Dolls Challenges.   For my inspiration card for the challenge, I used the digital stamp, Princess Rose.


The paper is from an old CTMH paper kit.  Loved the grays in the background with her pretty yellow dress.  The colors I chose to color her with are Copics:

Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Skin:  E000, E01, E11, R20, BV20
Dress:  Y000, Y00, Y02, Y13, Y15, Y18, Y19
Flower:  G12, G14, V20, V22, V25

I looooooved coloring her dress!  The "thanks" die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs; can be found here.  The scallop die is from Spellbinders.

Thanks for stopping by today!  And be sure to join the challenge for your chance at winning a fantastic prize!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CAS Birthday Cards

Back in July, Elizabeth Craft Designs had a "clean and simple" designer challenge.  I'd made the cards below, but it was before those totally adorable owls were released.  They are released now (YIPPEE), so I'm finally getting to post them!

Copic colors used:  YG61, YG63, B93, B95, R81, R83, E41, YR16
Copic colors used:  B12, B14, BG53, BG57, R81, R83, YR16, E41
Copic colors used:  V20, V22, B93, B95, E41, YR16, YG61, YG63





















The papers are all from the Thinking About - Polinesia line and are cut with the Fitted Rectanges.  I used 100 lb Soft-Finish Cardstock for the card bases.  The sentiment is from the General Sentiments set and are cut with the Stitched Fishtail Banners.  I attached the banners / ribbons on with a Tim Holtz Tiny Stapler.  These were so easy to make, and I love how they turned out!

Links to the supplies I used are below.  From my stash is the pearls, ribbons, and black ink.

Thank you for stopping by.

Craftily yours,

Karen



Friday, August 25, 2017

Flower blog hop

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy's Blog Hop!

Summer is such a beautiful time of the year.  It's always fun to see the beautiful flowers blooming.  In honor of summer, we have decided to have a fun blog hop with the theme of Dreaming of Flowers!  (Side note to my fellow Northern Californians, yes - I realize most of our flowers have dried up in the heat...but that makes "Dreaming of Flowers" even MORE appropriate!!)

A few of the design team members are using previously released floral stamps sets, and a few are using two of our newly released sets.  If you haven't had a chance to see the newest two floral stamp sets, be sure to check out "Wishing Happiness" and "Playful Posies"!  They are beautiful and so much fun to use.


You should have arrived here from the talented Pam's blog.  If you didn't and would like to hop along, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy blog to start at the beginning.  Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment - the more chances you have to win!!

The winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice.  The blog hop will end Sunday, Aug 27 at 7 p.m. Eastern.  We will then post a winner.

I did a very patriotic flower for my project using the Blissful Blooms Stamps and the Fields of Joy Collection Paper Pack.  


I colored it with the following Copic markers:  C1, R24, R27, R29, YR12, YR14, YR16, B12, B14, B16.  I'm sorry I didn't get a close-up of that beautiful bloom.  I'm in the process of moving and frankly forgot to take it before I packed up my belongings.

Thanks for stopping by.  Your next stop is the marvelous Tasha's blog.  I'm sure she has a treat posted for you to see.  We hope we have inspired you to dream of flowers :)

Check out all of D2BA's products - here.  Happy Hopping!!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The World is Your Runway

Eeeeek, Elizabeth Craft Designs has some brand new stamps....like the one I used to make this FuN card.  It's called "Fashion Set 2" and has fun coordinating dies to go with it.  (I didn't have them yet when I made this card, so I did me some fussy cutting.)  Way easier with the dies!  The background is done with the distress oxide inks, and the image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  The sentiment is also new - and coming soon!



The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours, Karen Supplies from my stash:  Twine, lace, Prismacolor pencils, pearls, distress oxide inks, colored cardstock, black ink

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Designer Challenge - Gift Giving

This month's Designer Challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs was to make something appropriate for gift giving!  To be entered to WIN a $20 GC to Elizabeth Craft Designs, all you have to do is answer the question, "What are some of the homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?" on the Elizabeth Craft Designs post!  Easy peezy!  They will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing and post the winners on their blog on Friday, August 18!

I've seen lots of people do coasters using ceramic tiles, so I decided to give it a whirl!


I used TWO of their ALL-NEW stamps - Blossom Time and Blooms & Leaves.  I stamped with black permanent ink and then colored them in with Copic markers.  The Copics have almost a watercolor effect on the ceramic tiles (that I bought at a local hardware store for 13c each).  Here's a close up!


Some helpful tips.
1. Stamp straight up, straight down.  These things are slick!  It's hard to get a good image, but fortunately, the ink takes a while to dry, so you can wipe it off easily and try again if you don't get a good image.
2. Use permanent black ink.  I used Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black.
3.  When coloring, dab, dab...instead of swipe.  Even dry, the copics were removing the black ink when coloring.
4.  Finish by spraying on a sealer - I used a spray Mod Podge.
5.  Add cork to the back.


Aren't they fun!  Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen



My stash supplies:  Ceramic tiles, black ink, cork backing, ink spray, Copic markers, Mod Podge spray

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Blue and White Snowflakes

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  There's about 4-1/2 months until Christmas.  Crazy, huh?  Time to get started on those Christmas creations!  Here's the always optional challenge:




I used the Paper Nest Dolls Emma with Snowflake Banner digital image to create this:



The paper is from Bo Bunny. I colored her with these Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11, R20, BV00
Hair:  E31, E33, E35
Hat and Boots:  B93, B95, B97
Rest of clothes, B12, B14, B16, W0, W2

The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, August 7, 2017

Flower Lace and Flower Power

My design team sisters from the die team have been using the amazing Flower Lace dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  I love it so much and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  Here's what I did using it and the Flower Power stamps and coordinating dies.


I first created a "background" page using Faded Jeans, Broken China and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks.  Then I stamps the flower on it and die cut it with the coordinating die.  I layered up a Stitched Rectangles die cut made from some white luster paper I had and cut the Flower Lace 1 from a piece of blue luster paper.  Then I took a piece of the scrap "background" to create the sentiment panel using the THANKS stamp from the General Sentiments set.  I adhered the card front to a card base made with 100lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  I added some lace and diamond dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Supplies from my stash:  Distress Oxide Inks, Lace, Diamond Dots, and Luster Cardstock

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Pastels Challenge

There's a new challenge at Dare 2B Artzy - Pastels. Show us your pinks, greens, blues, etc - all in soft pretty pastel colors!

I used a flower and leaf from the Totally Tracy Embrace stamp set and a sentiment from the Totally Tracy Hearts & Swirls stamp set.


The background is done by first embossing the "lines" from the Embrace set with embossing powder.  Then I made the background using TH Distress Oxides in Broken China and Worn Lipstick.  The leaf is stamped onto a background of Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio and fussy cut.  The flower is colored with Copics and fussy cut.

Thanks for stopping by....and do join our challenge!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Pretty Flower Thank You

So excited to be sharing today at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  Today, I'm using some stamps from one of their new stamp sets called, Blossom Time, creating a card for a co-worker to say "thanks" for doing a great job helping out my unit with an event.  Here's what I made:



I just LoVe these new stamps.  I colored with the following Copic makers:



It's FuN to take pics as I color and watch the image sort of come to life :)  The full instructions for my project can be found on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog post - here.

Thank you for stopping by today!  My full supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

SUPPLIES:
Elizabeth Craft Designs -
Blossom Time Clear Stamps
Blossom Time Coordinating Dies
Other –
Colored cardstock
Copic markers
Diamond Sticky Gems
Black ink

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Snow Family

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  Here's the always optional challenge:




I used the Paper Nest Dolls Snow Family digital image to create this:



Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, July 24, 2017

Purple Birdie

I really love the flower lace dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  I used it again today with this card!


The stamp is from the Feathered Friends collection.  Now, I'm not sure if there are really purple birdies, but I was in love with this gorgeous paper from the Thinking About - Polinesia collection, so I made a purple bird!  I colored it with Copic Markers: V20, V22, V25, V12, V15, V17, V91, V93, R81, R83, R85, YG00, YG03, YG06, YR14

I added the die cut Thanks sentiment (that I also colored with Copic markers.  I finished off the card with some lace and twine.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Craftily yours,

Karen


Supplies from my stash:  Black ink, twine, lace,

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Glitter Lace

It's Designer Challenge Day over at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  

For today's challenge, Elizabeth Craft Designs is giving away a $20 Gift Card to use on our website to 3 winners. 

To enter simply leave a comment on the Elizabeth Craft Designs Challenge post and tell us What your favorite technique learned from the Technique Friday With Els series". 

They will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing 


The winners will be announced on Friday, July 21 on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.

The challenge this month is to create a card inspired by one of the fabulous Technique Friday videos by Els.  Els has so many wonderful ideas; it was hard to choose!  I decided to use her glitter lace technique on this cute cat card:


Incredible, huh?  I couldn't believe that even the smallest detail on the lace came through!  Wow!  I used the Silk Microfine Glitter in Forest Green and Desert Gold. So sparkly and pretty!

I colored the sweet cat from the Purr stamps and die cut it with the coordinating dies.  The cat is colored with Copic:  Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, G43, and G46.  I added some gold polkadots onto the collar with a Kiriwina Wink pen.

The cat is framed with a white die cut using the Fitted Ovals and a Dotted Scallop oval with a dark green piece of cardstock.  I stamped a sentiment from the General Sentiments set and die cut it with one of the Stitched Fishtails dies.  (I just cut off the fishtail!).  I added a Beaded Strings Die 2 to the top along with some pearls.  I finished the card off with some lace.

And I created a second card using some of the NEW stamps:


I used Forest Green and Cool Diamond for the technique.

My supplies list is below.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Supplies from my stash:
Black ink, pop tape, pens, pearls, green and gold cardstock


Monday, July 17, 2017

Coffee Card with a Surprise

It's my day to be featured at  Love it.  I'm going to have to move very soon.  I seriously hate moving....but I'm excited to have a reason to craft some fun thank you cards to those who help me.  Like this one I created for my son:


I used the Thinking About - Rio de Janeiro papers and Row Houses Stamps and Coordinating Dies.  Love the vivid papers and cute stamps!  I used the Sliders and Spinners die to create a pull out on top with a fun surprise:



The stamp is colored with the following Copic markers:

Mat:  E41, E43, Y00
Trees & Pots:  G40, G43, G46, E17, E97, E13
House:  B12, B14, B16, B24, B26, C1, C3, E41, E17, E97, E13, E31, E33

To see the full instructions for this card, please check out my Elizabeth Craft Designs Post.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Love with Flowers

Hi Y'all!  It's my day to be on the blog over at Dare 2B Artzy.  Love coloring these images.  There's so much FuN detail.  This flower is from the Flowers for Mom stamp set.


LoVe love it!  The Copic markers used are R32, R35, R37, YR12, YR14, YR16, RV52, RV55, YG00, YG03, YG06, B12, B14, B16, C1 and C3!  The paper is from the Fields of Joy collection, and the die is from the Love You Layer Die - both from Dare 2B Artzy too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Reindeer Emma

I've got a card over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog today that shows some Christmas in July inspiration for YOU to join the Paper Nest Dolls Anything Goes Challenge!  You can do a Christmas project or anything at all!  Here's what I did with the all new Reindeer Emma with Ornament:



Isn't she sweet?  Love her!  I colored her with the following Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11
Hair:  E51, E53, E55
Clothes and Christmas Ball:  B32, B34, B93, B95, R32, R35, R37, R89, G43, G46, C1, C3
Kitty and Headwear:  E41, E43, E31, E33, R81

The paper is from Echo Park, and I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - Stitched Rectangles, Fitted Circles and Dotted Scallop Circles.  The sentiment is from Unity.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,



Karen

Monday, July 10, 2017

Fire Birthday Card

I'm showing a card today that is in a very unusual-to-me color palette.  I wasn't feeling particularly motivated, so I just started playing with the Fossilized Amber and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxides.  Add a flower from Elizabeth Craft Designs Flower Power Stamps....and some embellishments (of course), and this is what I got:




I like it.  The colors are like fire :)  The Copic markers in the flower are:  YR12, YR14, YR16, Y00, Y02.  I added some Vintage Photo ink to the edge.  I embellished with a leaf from ECD's Pair of Leaves 1 die that is covered in Desert Gold glitter and adhered a circles die cut behind it all.  I then added a sentiment from ECD's General Sentiment set. With some heart enamels, lace, ribbon and Starform dots, the card was done.  

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Distress Oxide Inks, Copics, Black Ink, Lace, Ribbon

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Birds are Happiness

The Feathered Friends stamps and dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs make me happy.  Like this one I colored and made into a CAS card:



Isn't that bird the sweetest!  It's colored with Y12, Y15, Y18, Y00, Y02, YG00, YG03, YG06, G12, G14, G16, RV63 and RV66.  The polka dot paper is beautiful.  It comes from the Thinking about - Rio de Janeiro 12x12 paper pack.  I adhered a strip of the green polka dot to white cardstock and then die cut it with a stitched rectangle die.  The purple color is cut with a fitted circle, and I layered a dotted scallop circle and then popped the image.  The sentiment is from the Dream Sentiments, and I added the flower from the Feathered Friends stamp to the corner.  With a few enamel dots, I'm done!

The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen




From my stash:  Enamel dots, Copic markers, black cardstock