Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mother's Day Gate Fold Surprise - KSS

For Fun Fold #8 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have used the classic gate fold to hide a bouquet of beautiful roses inside my Mother's Day card! I hope my mom likes her surprise!

I used images from Kitchen Sink Stamps' 3 Step Heart & Roses and words from Whole Family.

The designer paper is from PB&J by Basicgray.

Front of Card

Inside Card

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

CCEE1717 - National Garden Month

Spring is here and flowers are blooming.  That is probably why April is National Garden Month.    

For her final challenge as the CCEE April hostess, Joanne as asked that we make a    card that includes floral or garden images.

The scripture is a gift from Word Art Wednesday.
Hello, Doily by Stampin' Up
Wildflowers Dies by Tim Holtz for Sizzix
Butterfly Punch by Martha Stewart

Take a look at the garden beauties created by the rest of the CCEE Stampers!

Monday, April 24, 2017

KSS - Let's Make a Scene - Hummingbird

The fourth and final Monday of April brings with it a new Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Today's card was inspired by the hummingbirds that have returned to my part of Texas in recent weeks. I can sit for hours watching them flit from flower to flower in the backyard!

Images from the following Kitchen Sink Stamps' sets were used to create this scene:

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

CCEE1716 - Global Astronomy Month

Hostess Joanne Grzelak has invited the CCEE Stampers to have some fun with this third April Challenge!

April is Global Astronomy Month.  Create a card having to do with astronomy, such as moons and stars, but not limited to that. You could also fantasize about alien creatures and space    travel. Use your imagination….Dazzle us!!!

Images:  Altenew - To the Moon
Papers Recollections White and Black
Inks: Black Soot Distress Ink by Ranger
Stampin' Up Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight, and Barely Banana
Versafine Onyx Black

Embellishment: Rhinestones

Head on over and check out the "Out-of-this-World" designs
by the members of the CCEE Stampers' Design Team:

Frances Byrne

Monday, April 17, 2017

Fun Fold 07 with KSS

Fun Fold #7 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is a simple window box frame folded from a 5 x 5 inch piece of designer paper. I marked dots at  2.5 inches on each side and then scored the paper as shown in the first photo.

Here the paper has been scored and folded:


For the first sample, I added a 3.5 white panel inside for stamping. On the last two I stamped directly on the designer paper.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Images Used:
3 Step Butterflies
3 Step Big Leaves
Words of Comfort & Joy

Kitchen Sink Stamps Images Used:
Multi Step Carnation
Multi Step Giant Sunflower
Make a Big Statement

Kitchen Sink Stamps Images Used
Multi Step Pears
3 Step Big Leaves
Make a Big Statement

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

CCEE1715 - Humor

For our second April challenge our hostess, Joanne, informed the CCEE Stampers that April is National Humor Month. She reminds us that there are many occasions when a funny image or sentiment can make the day of someone facing some type of challenge (or an "aged" birthday). So this week she has asked the CCEE Stampers to make cards showcasing humor.

For me and my friends, every birthday is a challenge these days. Here is the card that I have made for a friend celebrating an unnamed birthday this month!

Stamps: Crazy Dogs by Tim Holtz
Sentiment by Unity
Designer Paper - BasicGray

Be sure to visit the rest of the CCEE Team if you want to start your day with a smile!


Monday, April 10, 2017

Let's Make an Easter Scene - KSS

I am here today with Kitchen Sink Stamps' Let's Make an Easter Scene design to wish you and all those you love and happy and much blessed Easter.

For my family and friends holy week is filled with worship, thanksgiving, and praise as we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, our risen Lord.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used in this design:

Thank you for visiting today!! It always brings me joy to know you have been here!

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

CCEE1714 - Read a Road Map Week

A new month has arrived and the CCEE Stampers are welcoming Joanne Grzelak into the driver's seat as hostess for our April Challenges.
The first week of April is called Read a Road Map Week. Joanne has invited us to take a scenic road trip on our cards in some way.

Stamps - Smile by Impression Obsession
Bicycle Die by Spellbinders
DP by BasicGray (sure do miss them)
Cardstock by Recollections

Check out the CCEE Stampers DT creations and then join in on the fun!

Maryann Einam    

Monday, April 3, 2017

KSS Fun Fold #6 - Open Book Fold

For the today's Fun Fold design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps, I have chosen to make an "open book" fold sympathy card featuring the Multi Step Iris.

My completed card is 4.75 inches by 6.5 inches. The insert was cut from a 6 inch by 10 inch panel of card stock. The red lines are cut and the blue lines are scored.

Cut 1 inch down from the top and one inch up from the bottom from inch 1 to inch 9 on your trimmer. The score lines are at inch 1,2, 8, and 9 from cut to cut. At 5 inches score all the way across the card. At 4 and 6 score from the cut to the outside edge at the top and bottom.

After the pop up is cut and scored, fold and burnish all the folds and place score tape on the three sections shown below to secure to inside of the card. Repeat of the other half of the pop up.

I then attached the stamped images to the front and inside of the card.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used for this design:
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

CCEE 1713 - Happy Birthday, Vincent!

The end of March brings my last week as hostess of the CCEE Stampers' March Challenges. Are you ready for something a little different? My final challenge for you is an inspiration challenge. March 30 is the birthday of Vincent Van Gogh. Today he would be 164 years old! Let the lyrics of Don McLean's time-honored classic, "Vincent," inspire your design today. Don McLean wrote this song in 1971 after reading a book about the artist's life.


by Don McLean

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer's day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand
What you tried to say to me
How you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free
They did not listen,
They did not know how
Perhaps they'll listen now

Starry, starry night
Flaming flowers that brightly blaze
Swirling clouds in violet haze
Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue
Colors changing hue
Morning fields of amber grain
Weathered faces lined in pain
Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand

I hope you choose to be inspired by Mr. McLean's beautiful words to create a card to honor Vincent Van Gogh and his contributions to the world.

If you post to Splitcoaststampers or any other on-line gallery, please include keyword 1713

My card has no stamping this week, only embossing and die cuts. The embossing folder is by the Paper Studio while the Shine Bright die is by Momenta. The star dies are by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. I rubbed the embossed background with Pure Platinum Nuvo Embossing Mousse.

Linked below are the cards inspired by this wonderful song by Don McLean and the amazing artistic talents of Vincent Van Gogh.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

KSS - Let's Make a Scene - Kittens and Carnations

It's time again for another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Today I decided to have a little fun with these cute kittens and place them in a grassy lawn with a basket of carnations in front of a lattice wall.

To create this scene, I stamped the kittens first and then masked them to add the basket. I then masked the basket as well and laid the lattice stencil over the card front and brushed in the green grass and blue sky with my Clarity brushes using distress ink. Once I removed the lattice stencil but not the masks, I added the carnations and the grassy foreground. After removing the kitten and basket masks, I added a few more blades of grass to create a smooth transition. The sentiment was stamped last of all.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used to create this scene:

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Music Heals the Soul

Ghosting is my new FAVORITE background. Who needs designer paper when you can create your own?

Today's card was created with Katie Girl by Unity. I stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink and then colored her with watercolors. I then masked her and brushed the background with Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral Distress ink. I placed a Faber Castell stencil over this and spritzed it generously with water. I immediately removed the stencil and let they water react with the ink for 20 seconds. I then blotted off the water with a paper towel and these were the results. The sentiment is computer generated.

This card has special meaning for me so I am keeping it for myself!