Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pebble Beach with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone,
Popping in to share two beach themed projects made with stamps from the Technique Junkies June Release.  I am still working full out on my landscaping project.  The beds are starting to look good.  The new sod looks really great. Have to water a lot right now though.  We have not had any rain in two weeks!

On to the cards:
I used the large background stamp on cream and pink CS.  I added a little color on the first card and fun beachy sentiments to both.

Materials List:
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento/ Blushing Bride (Stampin' Up) and Rhubarb Stalk Memento
CS: Cream, rose, and Cocoa/ White and Blushing Bride (Stampin' Up)
Wink of Stella Brush Pen
Shell Charm
Pink Twine

 Make It
  • Stamp Pebble Beach on cream CS with Rich Cocoa Ink
  • Add to a cocoa CS card base

  • Color a few of the shells with the Wink of Stella pen
  • On rose CS stamp the sentiment and add to the card
  • Tie pink ribbon in bow and add to card

 Make it:

  • Make a card base from Blushing Bride CS
  • Stamp Pebble Beach with Blushing Bride ink on white CS

  • Wrap the pink twine around card and tie
  • Tie a shell charm to the twine
  • Stamp the sentiment with Rhubarb Stalk ink on Blushing Bride CS 
  • Cut into shape of tag and add behind the shell charm
  • Add stamped piece to card with dimensional adhesive

Great new stamps from Technique Junkies!!  Friday is the July New Release Blog Hop!!  Lots of fab new stamps!!  Stop back Friday to check out my first project of the month.  Wow!  Can't believe we are half way through the year already!! Time sure flies when you are having fun.  I will also have some pics of the landscaping project.  So happy you stopped by today!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Keep Sailing Along with Technique Junkies

Hello Everyone!
I am still very busy working on my landscaping project.  But, I just had to take some time out to work with another of the Technique Junkies June New Releases!  I made a nautical themed card in white and shades of blue.

Make It: 

  • Make a card base from medium blue texture CS
  • Cut the white CS larger than the image and stamp Keep Sailing with navy ink
  • Layer with navy CS and add to card base

  • Wrap two blue ribbons around bottom of card
Super cute!!  I think this would be a sweet birthday or encouragement card.  And, what about a card for a baby boy??  Hmmm. I think so..... Darling!
Thanks for stopping by today.  I will have two more beach/ocean themed projects next week! So, stop by for that.  Hope your day is super nice.   Love ya

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Masculine Nostalgic Card with Lost Coast Design

Hello Everyone,
In honor of Father's Day this weekend, Lost Coast Design Team is showcasing masculine projects.  For all the info on this special event, check out the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog.  You can  see all the design team projects there.
For my masculine nostalgic project, I used two stamps and a gray/black color pallet.

Materials List:
Stamps: Milo and Raphael from Lost Coast Designs; Argyle Background from Carmen's Veranda
Ink: Black and Gray Flannel Memento
CS: white, white textured, gray, and black
Gray ribbon

Make It:

  • Make a card base from gray CS and add a layer of black CS
  • On white textured CS, stamp the Argyle Background with Gray Flannel ink and add to card
  • Wrap gray ribbon around card and tie in bow
  • On white CS, stamp Milo and Raphael with black ink
  • Add a layer of black CS and add to card with dimensional adhesive

Thanks for dropping in!  I am working away on my huge landscaping projects.  I will have pictures at some point.  So, pretty busy here!  Landscapers brought in dirt and laid sod this week.  Now, time for me to get the shrubs in.  Hope you are having a great weekend!!  Love ya

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Skellie Fest -Post #2

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to my second post for the Lost Coast Designs Skellie Fest and Skull Appreciation Event on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog-- check out the blog for all the details.
For today's project, I have stamped a winged skeleton from Carmen's Veranda Stamps and added some stenciled accents.

Materials List:
Stamp: Winged Skeleton from Carmen's Veranda
Ink:Blackberry Bliss Stampin Up; Milled Lavender and Seedless Preserves Distress
CS: Gray, rose, burgundy
Stencil: Mini Damask from Crafter's Workshop

Make It:

  • Make a card base from burgundy CS
  • Add a layer of rose CS
  • On gray CS, stamp the winged skeleton with Blackberry ink-let ink dry

  • Place stencil over stamped gray CS and add lavender ink with Tim Holtz application tool--move the stencil around as necessary to add the swirll elements
  • Remove the stencil
  • Distress edges with Seedless Preserves
  • Add to card base
Note: I  picked a stencil that mimicked the flourish design in the stamp.  

Be sure to check out the Portal to Creativity for the event info and link up a project (using skulls or skeletons-any stamp company allowed)  There is a gift certificate for one winner!!  Check out all the DT"s projects too.  Who knew you could do so much with a skull.  LOL

The Landscapers are finally coming next week!!!  The patio is in!!  I will get to start planting on Tuesday!!  Yea!!  I am so happy to get to the fun part!!  Well, have a super day!! Love ya

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Technique Junkies-Dreamy Mermaid

Hello Dreamers!
We are having lovely summer weather here in Michigan, USA.  Just the perfect weather for sending a beach/sea themed card to a special someone.  The Technique Junkies June Release  collection is full of  gorgeous beach themed stamps!! I used several of the new stamps and beachy colors to create my dreamy mermaid card.

Materials List:
Stamps: Batik Shell Swirls and By the Sea (Set of 6) from Technique Junkies
Ink: Cameo Coral (retired Stampin' Up); Brown; Tattered Rose Distress
CS: White Textured; Cameo Coral (Stampin' Up)

Make It:

  • Make a card base from Cameo Coral CS
  • On white textured CS, stamp the Batik Shell Swirls with Tattered Rose ink
  • Stamp the Mermaid (from By the Sea Set) with Cameo Coral ink
  • Stamp the sentiment (from By the Sea Set) with brown ink
  • Add to the card base

Stamping the Batik Shell Swirls stamp on the textured CS makes such a soft and romantic background.  So lovely! The By the Sea Set also has several other beach/sea sentiments!  A great set for card makers.  I am always looking for sets with nice sentiments for my all occasion cards.  So, really enjoying this set!

So glad you stopped by for a little beachy relaxation.  I will see you later in the week for more cards and projects. Lots going on in Dreamland this month.  So, have a super day and see you again soon.  Love ya

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Skellie Fest with Lost Coast Designs - Post #1

Hello Everyone,
Welcome to my first post for the Lost Coast Designs Skellie Fest and Skull Appreciation Event on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog-- check out the blog for all the details.

Here are two of my projects.

Materials List:
Stamps: Skull Flourish and Broken Letters Set from Lost Coast Designs  (on extra samples: Flying Skull from Carmen's Veranda)
Ink: Card #1--Poppy Parade and Old Olive from Stampin Up; Card #2--Old Olive (SU) and Onyx Black Versa Fine
CS: Old Olive, white, black, med green
Washi Tape

 Make It:

  • Make card bases from Old Olive  CS: one in a square and one in a torn rectangle
  • On White CS stamp the Broken Words in Old Olive ink stamping off once for card #1
  • Stamp the Skull Flourish in Poppy Parade and black ink -make one for each card base
  • Add a layer of black CS to each stamped piece
  • Add them to the card bases
  • Add Washi tape to card #1

  •  Add two torn strips of CS to base of card
  • Add ribbon tied in knot

Here are three additional ideas for stamping the skulls with the Broken Letters Set:

Stamping was done in brown inks and black for the Flying Skull

Inks: Caramel for Letters and brown for Skull Flourish

Inks:  Old Olive and brown

Lots of ideas for stamping with skulls!  Be sure to check out the Portal to creativity for the event info and link up a project (using skulls or skeletons-any stamp company allowed)  There is a gift certificate for one winner!!

See you Saturday for my next Skeleton project with stenciled accents. Hope you enjoy our scary event and come and play along.  Have a super day.

Monday, June 6, 2016

June Challenge with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone!
Time for a new challenge on the Lost Coast Portal to Creativity Blog.  The theme for the month of June is:

Use something see thru

You may use any company's stamps.  Stamping is required on any type of project.  There are prizes and lots of fun.  Would love to see you join the challenge and share your "see thru"project!!

My see thru item is velum.  I layered it and stamped on it using two Carmen's Veranda Stamps.  It appears like one is gazing into a mirror.  Take a peek.

Stamps: Cracked Mirror and Modigliani Face both from Carmen's Veranda stamps
Ink: Black Stazon, Black Versa Fine
CS: peach, rose textured
Copic Markers

Make It:

  • Make a card base from peach CS and add a layer of rose textured CS
  • On peach CS, stamp the Face with Versa Fine ink
  • On velum, stamp the Cracked Mirror with Stazon ink
  • When the ink is dry on the velum turn over and color in the corner scrolls with Copic Markers-------Note---do not color with Copics on the same side as the stamping.  The Copic with smear the ink---
  • Glue the velum to the peach stamped CS
  • Add tiny brads to each corner with in the scrolls

Don't you just love that face!!??  That is totally what I like about Carmen's Veranda stamps---they are so whimsical and different!  Really makes for unique projects!!  Play along with us for a chance to win some stamps!!  Hope to see you on the Portal to Creativity blog!!

This month we also are having a special event:

Check it out!!  Lots of scary fun and prizes!!

See you next time for a my skull themed projects!!  Love ya

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Sweet Photo Stamp with Lost Coast Designs

Hello Everyone,
Popping in between working in the yard to share this sweet card using a photo stamp from Lost Coast Designs.  I stamped several different stamps to create an interesting background.

Materials List:
Ink: Teal Zeal and Rich Cocoa Memento; Baja Breeze Stampin' Up
CS: White, brown, dark teal, and Baja Breeze
Seam Binding

Make It:

  • Make a card base from brown CS
  • Cut a layer of Baja Breeze CS and stamp the fern Background and Rustic Checkerboard with Baja Breeze ink; add a few more of the Checkerboards in Rich Cocoa ink
  • Add to card base

  •  Stamp the ATC border on white CS and again on scrap paper (use as a mask) with Teal Zeal ink
  • On the scrap paper Border, cut out the center of the ATC Border and place over the ATC border (as a mask) stamped on CS; stamp Rose Boy with Rich Cocoa ink
  • Layer on dark teal CS and add to card

  • Add two different laces and tie a knot in the seam binding
Super cute!!  Would be cute for any occasion or Father's Day too.  I like the look of layering the background stamps.  I really enjoying stamping in that manner.  I can create my own decorative paper.  
We have lots of fun things coming up this month from Lost Coast Designs.  Skellie Fest and Skull Appreciation Blog Hop starts June 4!  Lots of  There will be inspiration projects and prizes.  See you then!!

Hope you are having a great weekend!!  Love ya

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Technique Junkies June New Release Day Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!
You have arrived at Karen's Blog, the third stop on the Technique Junkies June New Release Day Blog Hop!!! The first stop is the TJ Design Team blog.  You may want to go back there and start from the beginning. Don't want you to miss any of the fabulous projects!!   You should have arrived here from Lanette's blog.

The Design Team will be showcasing the June New Releases!!  And, they are really awesome.  They are all beach and ocean themed!!  (Love it!!)

And extra bonus---The June new Releases are on sale at 15% off until 6/8/16.

For my project, I decided to alter a paper mache box.  I used the new release stamp called Bold Shells.  This was actually an easy project to make.  I had the box and shells in my stash.  I only had to stamp the large Bold Shells stamp 3 times to have enough to cover the top and sides of the box.

Materials List:
Stamps: Bold Shells from Technique Junkies
Ink: Rich Cocoa Memento
CS: White
Paper Mache Box 3 3/4" across the top
Copic Markers: pink, blue, peach, and tan
Gold Baker's Twine
Sea Shell Charm
Sea Shell

Make It: 

  • Stamp Bold Shells on white CS with Rich Cocoa ink 3 times
  • From the stamped CS, cut a circle the size of the box top ( I used the largest Spellbinder die in my circle set) and two long rectangles the height of the box ( I cut the rectangles the full length of the stamped image- the rectangles were 5.25" x 2")
  • Color the shells with Copic Markers--Not all the shells have to be colored and don't worry about shading-just add a bit of color

  • Glue the circle to the top of the box
  • Glue the rectangles to the side over lapping the end.  I was short 1/2 " of going all the way around.  I cut a 1/2" x 2" strip of stamped CS and covered the place where the two ends did not meet.  This not noticeable at all.

  • Glue a length of ribbon around the side edge of the box top
  • Tie a bow in the ribbon
  • Thread a sea shell charm onto gold Baker's Twine and tie around the bow's knot
  • Glue bow to box

  • Glue Sea Shell to top of box

So, quite easy to make and turned out so cute with that shell stamp (Awesome!!).  I think this would make a great gift box.  I could fill it with candy, trinkets, or even some stamps.  Check out all the New Releases and pick out your favs at 15% off !!  Wowhoo!!

Your next stop is Kathy's blog here.  Oh boy, you are going to love her project!!

So glad you stopped by today!  All month I will be posting Beach themed projects using the Technique Junkies June New Releases!!  So, stop back by for more summer/beachy/nautical fun!!  Hope you have a lovely day!!
Karen McAlpine