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 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:
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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. Vincent 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.
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.
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!
Can anyone resist the cuteness of a puppy, man's best friend? In honor of National Puppy Week, I have asked the CCEE Stampers to find their cutest image a puppy and feature it on their cards this week! Heck, they could even throw in two or three! I love puppies!
Dog image by Stampendous!
Sentiment by Stampin' Up Check out the adorable pups featured in the work of the rest of the CCEE Stampers Design Team!
I spent this morning playing with my watercolors and my Unity girls. I used Wakely Girl to complete three challenges. This first card was created for the International Art & Soul Challenge #4 - Embossing. I dry embossed the background script panel with Cuttlebug Script Texture. I then skimmed the top of it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and brushed the background with Walnut Stain Distress ink. The sentiment is heat embossed.
This second card was created for Splitcoaststampers' Sketch Challenge #637 and the Unity Watercolor Challenge. The designer paper is Happy Day by My Mind's Eye .
Fun Fold Design #5 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is a stair-step fold card. This type fold has been around for a long time. It really is simple to do and makes for a dramatic display. If you haven't gotten around to giving it a try yet, do! I think you will be pleased with the results! My card was made with a 5.5 inch by 11 inch piece of cardstock cut and scored as shown in the photo below. The two cuts are 1.25 inch in from each long edge. The cuts begin 1 inch from the bottom and end at the 6.5 inch mark. The scores are at 1 inch, 2 inches, and 6.5 inches in from the edge to the cut. The final score is across the center panel at 5.5 inches. The finished card fits in a standard 5.5 x 5.5 envelope.
The subject matter of today's design was inspired by the beautiful work of Splitcoaststampers' Featured Stamper of the week, DJ Rants. Her design which inspired my card can be seen here. I created the card to place in her Featured Stamper Gallery this week.
Stamps by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Multi Step Birch Trees
3 Step Honey Bunny
Words of Comfort and Joy
Spellbinders Oval Nestabilities
Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps Grass Die
Impression Obsessions Deer and Cardinal Dies Find more Kitchen Sink Stamps inspiration here:
National Button Week is coming up, so the CCEE Stampers plan to be ready by adding buttons or faux buttons to our cards or projects today! I used my buttons to poke a little fun at this crazy weather our nation is experiencing these days! No stamping here. The sentiment is computer generated and the snowflakes are cut with Sizzix dies. The scarf and hat were cut from paper scraps.
Check out the ways in which the CCEE Stampers used their buttons:
I hope that you have come to visit today looking for the latest Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. This card was inspired by the highways I have traveled in the last couple of weeks in my part of Texas. Wildflowers of every color and hue are abloom along the roadsides from Indian paintbrushes to Drummond phlox, from Indian blankets to our beloved bluebonnets making Texas seem like heaven on earth.
The CCEE Stampers Challenge this week is to honor National Bubble Week. To celebrate bubbles, you might create a design using a technique like painting with bubbles or stamping with bubble wrap. You could also certainly use any stamps you have which incorporate bubbles in the image. Use your imagination and join us this week in celebrating bubbles!
Spa-Tastic Friendship by House-Mouse Designs, Inc.
Simple Sayings by Stampin' Up Check out the rest of the bubbly goodness created by the CCEE Stampers Design Team linked below:
I belong to a group on Splitcoaststampers know as the Crafters of Faith! My sister, Liz, was the hostesss for the March challenge and here is what she said: I've done a little studying last night and I have decided that for March I want to use this scripture from Psalm 40:3 NLT: "He has given me a new song to sing."
Feature a sunrise or sunset on your card and just as different as our cards will be, aren't you just amazed at every new day that God gives us? Be adventuresome with your faith to get out of the box that might seem most comfortable to you and don't let your comfort restrict God's plans for your new song He has for you to sing.
Here is the card I have created for this challenge!
Fun Fold #4 sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps is the design I am sharing with you on this first Monday of March! There are three simple pieces that create this fun and easy slider card. They include a 5.5 inches x 8.5 inches piece of cardstock scored at 4.25 inches with a 3 inch square die cut on the front panel. A stripe of white cardstock cut 4.25 x 7.5 and scored at 2.5 and 5 is needed for the inside of the card. The final piece is the 3 inch square that fits in the front of the card. The photos below demonstrate how the card is assembled. These are the three stamped pieces needed to create the card.
The inside panel is attached to the inside of the card with my tape runner used on the back of the third portion of the scored and folded panel.
With the card closed, red line tape is placed as shown below for attaching the boots in the front opening of the card.
Inside of Card
I used stamps from the following sets by Kitchen Sink Stamps for today's fun fold design:
Multi Step Cowboy Boots
Multi Step Cowboy Hat
Multi Step Lucky Horseshoes The Kitchen Sink Crew:
Hello, and welcome to a new month of CCEE Challenges. I will be hosting the March challenges for the CCEE Stampers. This week in honor of "Old Stuff" Day, make a card or project making use of some of the earliest stamps in your collection, or make use of old supplies in your stash. A fabulous vintage image would also be great for this challenge! So dig deep and pull out that "Old Stuff" to play along. If adding your challenge card to Splitcoaststampers or another gallery, add keyword CCEE1709. I am sharing with you the stamp set that got me started on my layered stamping journey with Kitchen Sink Stamps way back in 2007. When I purchased this set and started posting my creations on the web, I caught the eye of Maria Colosimo, owner and creator of Kitchen Sink Stamps. She contacted me and invited me to join her design team. It has been a joy and pleasure to work with her all these years! Now, 10 years later, it is exciting to see more and more people getting into layered stamping! I used the old SU deckle scissors to created the decorative edge of my card. Back then I didn't have many dies or punches!
3 Step Hearts & Roses
Multi Step Wedding Rings
by Kitchen Sink Stamps Check to links below to see what old stuff the rest of the CCEE Stampes pulled out to use.
Another 4th Monday has rolled around which means it's time for another Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. The theme this week is spring! It has arrived early this year in Texas and all the trees are putting on their new leaves blanketing the countryside in green. I am heading out this weekend for a little road trip and will be looking for signs of spring across the state. I will be keeping my eyes peeled to spot some Indian Paintbrushes, Texas Bluebonnets, and Dogwood blossoms! I'll let you know next week what I saw when I return.
Our CCEE February hostess, Liz Williams asked the CCEE Stampers to pick from the tic tac toe board below either vertically, horizionally, or diagonally for the elements of our cards this week.
Since the gatefold design with interlocking frame that I made for Monday's post was still on my desk and it was fun and easy to make, I went with the bottom row: Fancy Fold, A Wild Animal, and Wet Embossing. All the images I used for this card are from Stampin' Up. The chicken wire die is by Sizzix.
You can see in the picture below that the frame is glued to the top of the gatefold and the stamped image is glued to the bottom panel of the gatefold.
And this final photo shows how the closure works. Like I said, fun and easy.
See how the Tic-Tac-Toe Board played out in the rest of the CCEE Team's designs:
Third Monday brings with it another Fun Fold design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps. Here in our state, the first bluebonnets of the season are cropping up and in another week or two they will be in full bloom along highways throughout the Texas hill country. Many Texans will be grabbing their cameras, hopping in their cars, and taking to the roads looking for those magical photographic moments that happen each spring in Texas! Today's card was made from a 5.5 x 11 inch piece of card stock scored at 2.75 inches from both ends to create a basic gate fold with designer paper added on top. I made a die cut frame, cut an oval from its center, and cut a white oval on which to stamp. The top half of the frame was glued to the top of the gate fold. The bottom half of the stamped oval was glued to the bottom gate fold. They slide together and interlock to close the card.
Stamps: Multi Step Bluebonnets by Kitchen Sink Stamps
Designer Paper: Susan Winget Meadow by K & Company
This is how the card started:
I added a layer of designer paper and a white panel inside and the frame and stamped oval to the front:
And here is what it looks like when the stamped oval in inserted into the frame for closing:
It is a fun and easy card to make yet it still has the WOW factor for the person who receives it.
Thank you for checking out my latest Kitchen Sink Stamps design today! Find more fabulous designs on the blogs below: