Wednesday, January 30, 2019

CCEE1905 - Thank You Month

Here is Liz's last challenge for the month for the CCEE Stampers. Because January is National  Thank You Month, make and send an unexpected thank you today to someone whose small act of kindness has not gone unnoticed by you.

Stamp: from Nautical by Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous
Die: Thanks Corner by Poppy Stamps
Paper: Walking on Sunshine by Echo Park

Monday, January 28, 2019

Forever by Your Side - KSS - Let's Make a Scene 087

In honor of several of my friends who are currently buried knee-deep in snow, I have created another wintery Valentine. This Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps features the swans from Love Birds and this sweet, sweet sentiment from Love 4 Ducky & Teddy. It has been a while since I have stamped with the swans. I think this might be the last Let's Make a Scene design I made with a swan and it had an autumn theme.

Kitchen Sink Stamps Used:

Tree Friends Multi Step Clear Stamps
Cabin by the Lake Multi Step Clear Stamps

Color Recipes for

Birch Trees
Layer 2 Dark Chocolate by PTI
Layer 1 Baked Brown Sugar by SU

Layer 4 Gray Flannel by Memento
Layer 5 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 3 Gray Granite by SU stamped off
Layer 2 Soft Stone by PTI stamped off
Layer 1 was not stamped. I cut a mask of Layer 1 and covered the birds to preserve the white while sponging on the water with Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.

I added a little dry grass on the torn-paper snow banks.

I am entering today's card in the following challenges:

Don't miss the chance to see more beautiful Kitchen Sink creations. Visit the blogs of the Kitchen Sink Crew below!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

CCEE1904 - Gold

January CCEE hostess, Liz Williams, tell us that gold was discovered in California on Jan. 24, 1848. Therefore, she has asked the CCEE Stampers to feature gold on our creations this week. Glittery gold paper, gold chrome cardstock, gold embossing, or any other golden possibilities.

I have created this gold and purple birthday design for my mother who will be celebrating her birthday in a few weeks. The stamp set I have used is First Frost by Stampin' Up with its matching dies. The rose frame die and sentiment die are by Crafter's Companion.

Let's look in on the golden treasures created by the rest of the CCEE DT:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Envelope Art and Non-Traditional Valentine - KSS

Since I spent yesterday watching football instead of card-making (both my teams LOST by the way), I woke up this morning without my Kitchen Sink sponsored design ready for posting. When that happens on occasion, I head over to Splitcoaststampers to see what the challenges might be for the day.

I found one that was just to my liking - Technique Challenge 726 - Envelope Art. I don't usually take the time to create a matching envelope for my cards, but it sure is fun when I do.

For today's design I have crafted a non-traditional Valentine using the following stamp sets from Kitchen Sink Stamps. As you can see, I am keeping my wintery images busy during these cold winter days.

Color Recipe for the Skates

Layer 4 - Memento Gray Flannel
Layer 5 - Memento Tuxedo Black
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite on the blades and Going Gray on the shoe
Layer 1 - Stampin' Up Going Gray on the blade and PTI Soft Stone on the shoe

The sky is Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass.
The trees, sentiment, and skaters are Stampin' Up Soft Suede.
All layers of the icy pond are Stampin' Up Baja Breeze. Each time stamped off once from the pervious layer.

Today's card is entered in the following challenges:

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Hot Beverages - CCEE1903

Our January CCEE hostess, Liz Williams, has asked the CCEE Stampers to create a card which features their favorite hot beverage during this cold winter season.

As you a see, I am a coffee girl!! I start every morning with a least two big mugs of coffee and an hour of browsing on my computer!

The image is by Unity.

The sentiment and die are by Verve.

The embossing folder is by Sizzix.

I wonder what the rest of the CCEE Stampers chose as their favorite?

Let's check and see:

Link to CCEE Cards

Monday, January 14, 2019

Let's Make a Scene - Winter Birthday KSS

I'm getting a little bit of a late start in posting my Let's Make a Scene design sponsored by Kitchen Sink Stamps this morning, but today is a very amazing day for a dear friend and her family so I wanted to create something very special. My sweet friend is celebrating  her 107th birthday today! What a remarkable feat! She is not accepting gifts at her party this afternoon and actually had her family pass out 107 red roses to our church members yesterday. It is just like her to always think of others first!

With much of our nation blanketed in snow this week, I decided to make a winter theme. I can image that in her youth, Lucile may have had the pleasure of riding in a horse-drawn sleigh through the snow! I will ask her this afternoon at her party!

The frame is popped up over the stamped background and the snowman is popped up on the frame. I crocheted a scarf to add a little fun texture to the design! The sentiment is die cut and angled across the frame.

Kitchen Sink Stamps used include:

Tiny Norway Pine Multi Step Clear Stamps

Color Recipes

Layer 3 Distress Oxide Gathered Twigs
Layer 1 Distress Oxide Peeled Paint
Layer 2 Distress Oxide Pine Needles

Layer 3 Memento  Summer Sky
Layer 2 Memento Summer Sky stamped off
I did not stamp Layer 1 but traced around it with pencil and cut out the snowman.

Layer 3 Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 2 SU Gray Granite
Layer 1 Memento Summer Sky stamped 3 times

Coal - Versafine Onyx Black
Carrot - SU Only Orange

Sky - Distress Oxide Tumbled Glass

I am entering my card today in the following challenges:

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

CCEE1902 - Happy Birthday, Elvis!

It's challenge time again here at CCEE Stampers and Liz is back with another fun challenge for us all.

Happy Birthday, Elvis!! Liz is challenging us to make him come alive in some way on our cards this week.( Maybe a rock and roll theme, records, an Elvis or guitar stamp, or perhaps even “Blue Suede shoes.”) Anyway you can think to let the world know “the King” of rock and roll.

See how the rest of the CCEE Stampers honored the Kings birthday!!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Winter Treat Box

I bought this File Box die by QuicKutz before Christmas thinking it would be a great way to share holiday treats with friends and family. Well, time got away from me and that didn't happen. But now that I have extra time on my hands, I decided to get started on party favors for an upcoming February birthday party, and I love them!! I hope the birthday girl will as well!!

Kitchen Sink Stamps used include:

Color Recipe for the Figure Skates

Layer 5 - Versafine Onyx Black
Layer 4 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite stamped 3 time
Layer 3 - Stampin' Up Gray Granite
Layer 2 - Stampin' Up Going Gray
Layer 1 - PTI Soft Stone on blades only

I will stage the boxes on burlap and doilies with fake pine needles and real pinecones. Today I have filled the box with crinkle cookies that were coated with powder sugar before baking!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

CCEE 1901 - Black Ice Technique

Our January CCEE Hostess, Liz Williams, has the CCEE Stampers starting off with an icy challenge for the New Year. The technique is called Black Ice, and I followed the well- written and photographed tutorial at Splitcoaststampers found HERE.

Although this is a very simple technique, I had lots of trouble getting it to work. My main issue was the age and dry condition of the three StaZon inks I own. The white was dry as a bone. The black and brown were damp but not enough to do any streaking across the foil paper. Finally this morning, I was able to track down a reinker in my stash for the black pad. But somehow, I then inked the black StaZon in Memento Pistachio die ink! WHAT?? In the trash it went. My next attempt had me reinking the brown StaZon pad with black ink. You see the results below.

It looks better than the photo, but not enough that I will be doing the technique often.

The image is Wishes and Dreams by Unity. I stamped it on a pale blue foil paper.

Everybody else did a better job than me!!