Friday, November 25, 2016

Tag, You're It! #61 With Loll Thompson

Today at Tag, You're It! our featured artist is Loll Thompson!  Have you seen her tag creations?  She even has a special Twelve Tags of Christmas event that is so amazing!  It was a joy to CASE Loll's tag for this TYI challenge:
Take a look at Loll's inspiration:

Oh, so much to love here!  Loll's background reminds me of the Northern Lights, and those white trees and glittered snow are so striking!  I was drawn to creating a scene and followed closely with white glittered trees.  My pop of inky color took the form of mountains.  My purple organza bow follows along with Loll's gorgeous full white one.

Brusho water color powder, PTI Scene It Mountain View die, Basic Backer die, and Everyday die, and O Holy Night stamp set.  Michael's glitter, ribbon from my stash.

Please check out the design team's inspiration and find out more about Loll over at Tag, You're It!  I hope you will join us for this super fun challenge!

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a great day!

Kara Lynne

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Virginia's View Challenge #25 Stripes and Plaids

I am excited to be the Guest Designer today over at Virginia's View Challenge
The theme this month is stripes and plaids - how fun is that?! 
There are so many ways you can go with this challenge, but I finally decided I wanted to create my own plaid using a stencil.  It was way easier than I thought!
I learned a lot along the way:
1)  There are many ways to create a stencil.  I used the straw die from MFT's Cool Cup Die-namics.  Even if you don't have a stripe stencil, you might find something with straight lines in your stash. 

2)  I needed a way to keep my lines straight.  I have used a 12x12 see-through quilt ruler since I started scrapbooking fifteen years ago (grid paper would also work well for this). 

I taped the panel on the diagonal and created the stripes using the vertical and horizontal ruler lines. 
I used a finger dauber and Distress Ink to create the stripes

I also used a ruler and a marker to make thinner lines.

3)  Since I just used regular weight cardstock to create my stencil, I learned that I needed to change out the stencil once it became too saturated with ink.  You can see on one of the red stripes below that it was time to change the stencil!  The line did not stay crisp (not a bad look, though, for another project).
This plaid design worked well as a backdrop for these adorable pups!  They were a Stamptember exclusive for Simon Says Stamp from Art Impressions called Terrier Stackers.  So adorable!!  I used the MISTI to stamp them on kraft cardstock using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I stamped them several times to get a nice, dark impression.  I colored them with Copics and used a white Gelly Roll pen to whiten their eyes.  I gave them a Christmas spin by adding a Santa hat to the top dog, and heat embossing a sentiment to reflect the scene.  The hat is from MFT's Jingle All the Way.  It is one of the Santas' hats with the brim trimmed down to fit the dog.  I drew a slit on the hat and cut and colored an extra ear for the dog so it could "poke" through the hat.  The sentiment is from MFT's Gift Tag Greetings.  The dogs were then partially fussy cut and the panel was popped up with fun foam overlapping the plaid panel.

I really hope this encourages you to try this technique.  There are so many ways to change it up with different widths, patterns, and color combinations!

Supplies Used:
Stamps - SSS/AI Stamptember Exclusive Terrier Stackers,  MFT Jingle All the Way (hat, altered), MFT Gift Tag Greeting (Sentiment)
Dies - MFT Die-namics LLD Cool Cup (straw used to make plaid stripes)
Ink - Distress Ink Fired Brick and Spun Sugar, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Markers - Sakura White Gelly Roll, Zig Writer Spring Green, Prisma Brush Tip, Copic Multiliner 0.3,
Copics - E30,31,33,35,37,39, R22,24,27,32,35, Y04, YG 06,09, C00,1, W00,1,3
Paper - Neenah Solar White 110lb. (card base), white panel and kraft cardstock are scraps of unknown origin
Tools and Extras - MISTI, Omnigrid rulers, SSS Fine Detail White embossing powder, brown fun foam

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you will stop over to see me at Virginia's View Challenge blog and play along in the challenge.  I would love to see what you create!  Have a wonderful day!

Addition:  Entering the SSS Flickr Challenge #58 - Thanks, Barb, for the head's up!

Kara Lynne

Friday, October 28, 2016

Tag, You're It! #59 with Rubeena Naz!

Today starts a new challenge over at Tag, You're It!  We are CASEing the very talented and gracious Rubeena Naz!  Here's my take on her gorgeous tag:
Rubeena created this beauty:
I love the way Rubeena stamped the image off the edge, so I chose an image that would have a similar appearance.  I got out my Zig Clean Color Markers and went to work coloring away to achieve a watercolor effect just like Rubeena.  What, you don't see gorgeous watercoloring?  No, you're right, I scrapped that monstrosity (and by scrapping, I mean in the bin, not the family scrapbook).  I then pulled out the Copics.  Ahh, peace in the craft room.  To continue with Rubeena's look, I added a simple, one-line sentiment, shimmery cardstock as a second tag and finished off with something textural for the tie.  

Here's a close-up of that sweet little ellie:
Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Wild Rose - Bella Sleeping, Lili of the Valley - Handwritten Phrases
Dies:  Poppystamps - Stitched Main Street Tags
Paper:  Scraps of unknown origin
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (full for sentiment, second generation for the image)
Markers:  Copics - 0, V000, V01, V12, V15, B60, BV000, BV00, BV11, BV13, Y00, Y11, Y21, C00, C1, C3, C5
Other:  Eyelash yarn of unknown origin

I hope you will join us in CASEing Rubeena's gorgeous tag!  I would love to see your take on it in the gallery.  Need more inspiration?  Head on over to Tag, You're It! to check out the team's interpretations. 
Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Hooray, It's Your Birthday!

I put together this box from Neat and Tangled and some kids from Mama Elephant jumped in.  All of the sudden W+9 stars and confetti sprang out, PTI banners dropped down, and we had a PARTY! 

I cut a channel down the back of the box die to create a slider. 

Supplies Used:
Dies:  Neat and Tangled Box die, PTI Text Block: You Did It, PTI Wonderful Words: Birthday
Ink: Distress Ink Barn Door, Peacock Feathers, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versa Mark
Paper: MME My Girl, PTI Hawaiian Shores, Pure Poppy, Paper Studios card base 
Stamps:  Mama Elephant In My Heart, W+9 A Pocketful, Paper Smooches Party Posse
Other: Zing white embossing powder, Copics, Scotch foam tape

I wanted to join in on some challenges this week.  Virginia's View has a challenge going on this month that is all about creating a focal point.  With a little masking, I heat embossed the stars stamp from W+9 A Pocketful many times in a semicircle around where I knew the box was going to sit.  That helped create a direction towards my focal point - the box.  I then used the resist technique, which is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge: Totally Resistible, to emphasize the white embossing.  I used the colors from Marker Pop's current color challenge for the papers, ink, and Copic colors.  I really love the combination! 

105colorSimon Wednesday Challenge Blog
Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day filled with happy surprises.
Kara Lynne

Friday, September 30, 2016

Tag, You're It! #57 with Richard Breaks

It's great to be back for another fantastic challenge over at Tag, You're It!  Our featured artist is Mister Cardmaker himself,  Richard Breaks!  Wow, and did he ever give us an amazing tag to CASE!
I wanted to start with a close-up of my tag.  I had a happy accident that may make you smile.  When I heat embossed the gold on the word, "welcome", the ink from the buildings was not fully dry and the powder stuck to them even after I used an anti-static pad.  I couldn't recreate those tiny lights of the city if I tried!  This cup reminds me of Chicago on the lake front.
I took Richard's lead with the coffee theme, layout, and color palette (of course, green and gold are a favorite in my neck of the woods).  I thought his tag had an urban feel, so I mimicked that on the cup.  The texture in the background reflects Richard's tag as well.  I cut the tag to a similar shape by chopping the corners off a rectangle, and used a letter i die for the ribbon opening.
Here's a look at the tag in its entirety:

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Mama Elephant - Cup of Wishes, Believe in Magic, Impression Obsession - Textural Dots
Dies:  Lawn Fawn - Cole's ABCs (letter i)
Ink:  Distress Ink - Ground Espresso, Fossilized Amber, Scattered Straw, Vintage Photo, Pine Needles, Forest Moss
Extras:  Ranger embossing powder - Princess Gold, and Clear.  Ribbon and floss origin unknown.

I hope you will CASE Richard's tag along with us.  If you go on over to the Tag, You're It! challenge blog, you will find out more about Richard and see amazing interpretations from our design team. 

This tag is going to join in on the final day of the Fall Coffee Lover's Bloghop.

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Thank You, My Favorite Things!

Today I just got a huge shock when I found out I was selected as one of the ten Card Design Superstars of 2016!  I have to say, I feel very funny posting solely about an award and not sharing a card, but I really want to thank everyone at My Favorite Things for this honor.  MFT is a huge supporter of our paper crafting community, and they are so generous to host a contest that brings out the best in all of us.  I saw so many amazing cards in that gallery - all winners in my book.  Each card submitted with much skill and enthusiasm.  I draw so much inspiration from a gallery like that, and it makes me excited to see so many talented card makers all coming together.  Thank you, My Favorite Things!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

You're Out of This World - MFT

I've been wanting to try a space background for some time and since I bought this great MFT stamp set, Out of This World, this summer, I thought I'd give it a go:
The images were stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored with Copics, and fussy cut.  They were super fun to color!  Copics used: G02,05,09, Y13,15,17, B12,14,16,18, YR14,68,18, R17,27,29, RV63, 66, YG21,23,25, C00,1,3,5,7,100

For the background, I used a watercolor technique with Distress Inks on the first card, and then I tried just ink blending on regular cs for the next card.  Very different, but I like both effects.  I started with Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Salty Ocean, layered them twice, and then finished off with Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot.  I felt like I had just made a big mess until I flicked white acrylic paint all over with a stiff paint brush - then it all came together.

The moon is a half cut Die-namics Circle STAX circle of white cs spritzed with water, crumpled, and smooched thru Black Soot DI pressed on a craft mat.  The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was white heat embossed onto a scrap of black cs and cut into a half fishtail banner. 

I wanted the rocket ship to soar through the sky, so I drew a curved line on the panel and cut around it to create a channel for the rocket ship to fly through.  I added a scrap of excess background behind it to make the flight path less noticeable.  The moon and aliens are popped up with foam adhesive, and the rocket also has foam adhesive as its base (looks like I need some MFT Slider elements).

Here's the ink blended background on plain white cs:

I'm sending the first card out to play in the following challenges:
MFT 2016 Card Design Superstar                                                Virginia's View Challenge #23


Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are enjoying the day!
Kara Lynne