Friday, June 9, 2017

Tag, You're It! #72 with Lindsey Larson

Tag, You're It! is in the second week of our month long challenge.  Lindsey made an elegant tag for us to CASE this month!  Here's how I was inspired:
Here's Lindsey's beautiful creation:
I got quite literal in my interpretation this time.  I loved Lindsey's white on blue die cutting but I mimicked it with patterned paper.  I did incorporate white lacey die cuts, but used them to imitate Lindsey's decorative corners.  I heat embossed the letters twice in gold and popped them onto fun foam.

Dies:  MFT Stitched Square Frames, MFT Four Corners, SSS Heart Smile
Paper:  MFT Roses All Over
Other:  Ranger Embossing Powder - Princess Gold, Fun foam, repurposed gold twine

I hope my teammates and I can encourage you to play along this month with Tag, You're It!  We'd love to see how you are inspired by Lindsey's tag!

Thanks for coming over for a visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tag, You're It! #71 Week 2

Each Tag, You're It! inspiration is now open for interpretation for an entire month.  I personally love this format because usually by the time I get to play in a challenge, it's already gone.  We are in the second week of our current challenge and our team has another batch of tags influenced by Lindsey.  Here's mine:

And here's Lindsey's beautiful tag:
I really wanted to practice my no-line coloring some more, so I chose these two gnomes, positioned them like the two tulips together, and gave them predominately red and green outfits.  I love the crisp red and white of Lindsey's tag, so I kept very close to her design.  I debated whether I should keep the background white, but once I committed to the blue, I kept it as smooth as possible to reflect Lindsey's solid (white) colored background.  In hindsight, I think it's too flat for these fellows, but there's always next time.

Here's a close-up of these two rascals:
Now looking at them I think, "why did they shave off their eyebrows?"  Next time I'll have to remember to give them some old man fluffy eyebrows!

Here's how they looked when I initially determined the position of these stamps, before stamping them with masks and in light ink:

Stamps:  MFT You Gnome Me
Dies:  MFT Thanks and Hello, MFT Tag Builder Blueprints 4 (the red circle)
Copics:  0, E000,00,11,40,41,42,43,44, W00,1,3,5, C00,1,2,3,5,6, R24,27,29,59, G20,21,24,28, BG000, B00,02
Ink:  Memento Desert Sand
Paper: PTI Pure Poppy, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Ribbon and twine from Michaels

I hope you will join us this month over at Tag, You're It!  If you go over to the TYI blog, you will see from the design team that there are many ways to interpret a tag!  Thanks for coming over for a visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne

Friday, May 5, 2017

Tag, You're It! #71 With Lindsey M-P

Just popping in to let you know that there is a new challenge starting over at Tag, You're It!  There is also a big announcement, so please go on over to Tag, You're It! and check it out!  I will be back next week with a tag inspired by Lindsey's beautiful tag below:

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thank You, Jane Allen, and MFT!

This piggy is expressing my joy and gratitude to Jane Allen and the MFT family.  Now, he understands that pineapples are a symbol for hospitality, but little does he know they also go great with a roasted ham (shh, don't tell).  I had the incredible opportunity to take Jane's no-line coloring class at the MFT Boutique in Eustis, Florida this past weekend.  Jane was so inspiring, and I practiced many of the techniques she taught us in class on this card:

I kept the card design simple, and stamped the sentiment, "I'm your piggest fan" from the Sow Much Cuteness stamp set on the inside.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Sow Much Cuteness (pig and inside sentiment), Polynesian Paradise (pineapples and sentiment), Ewe Are the Best (hill)
Dies: Largest Die-namics Stitched Square Frame
Paper: Kraft cardstock
Ink:  Memento Angel Pink, Pear Tart, Desert Sand, PTI Cocoa Bean
Copics:  0, C0,1,2,3, W1, R000,00,02, G20,40,46, YG0000,17,61,63,67, B000, YR23, Y00,21,23, E30,31,33,35

Thank you for stopping by to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Thanks again, MFT and Jane!  Your teaching and hospitality exceeded my expectations!

Kara Lynne

Friday, April 7, 2017

Tag, You're It #69 with Joyce Mehrberg

Today we start a new challenge over at Tag, You're It!  Joyce Mehrberg, my dear blogging pal, is our featured artist, and her tag is so much fun!  Here's how I was inspired:
Here is Joyce's tag:
I love Joyce's fluffy pompom and that wonderful cat!  Pompoms remind me of roller skating, so that's the direction I took with my tag.  I kept the rest one-layered like Joyce's tag.  I didn't have a roller skate stamp, so I printed an image on cardstock and die cut the tag around it.  I shaded it with Copics and stamped the sentiment.
Here's how I attached the pompom on the back:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Let's Play
Dies:  PTI Basic Bookmark 3
Copics: BG000, BG02
Ink:  SSS Intense Black
Other: 80s Roller Skating Clipart from Clipart Kid, Clover pompom maker - small (the larger of the two), Red Heart Soft Baby Steps - Aqua (yarn)

The team was inspired in many different directions by Joyce's tag, so go on over, take a look, and play along with Tag, You're It #69.

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Tag, You're It #68 with Gayatri Murali and a Blooper!

Have you seen the challenge going on over at Tag, You're It?  It's the midway point, so there is still plenty of time to play along.  Gayatri Murali gave us a fun tag, and I immediately wanted to CASE it!

Here is Gayatri's super fun tag:
It's pretty obvious that I was inspired by the brick background and the sweet dog.  I also took note of her sentiment banner, and the curly dog leash at the top.

Stamps:  Katzelkraft Les Chiens, SSS You Matter, Penny Black Brick Wall
Dies:  MFT Stiched Cloud Borders, PTI Tag Sale #10
Inks/Paint:  DI Tumbled Glass, Hickory Smoke, Fired Brick,  Making Memories acrylic paint - Steel, Chocolate
Copics: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7, 100, R24, 27, 29, 59, 20, 81, 83, RV000, Y
Other:  SSS Fine detail white embossing powder, coated wire of unknown origin

You also probably know that Darnell has a fun challenge going on at her blog which is a combination of an April Fools Hop and NBUS Challenge #11.

Coming April 1-11, 2017

This is the first time I've used this particular dog from the Les Chiens set, but I have used the set before, so let's move on to the Boo Boos, shall we?

Since I had some snippets left over from the tag, I planned on making my brother's 50th birthday card using the same materials.  I like the look of die cutting and layering a background, so I decided to do that with the brick wall.  As card designs usually take on a life of their own, the design went far away from the circle focal, and it ended looking like a glaring random element to the design.  Then I wanted to make some balloons out of the number 50, so I partial cut the numerals out of acetate, leaving space for balloon nubs on the bottom.  I tried to color them with Copics.  I hoped to find a method to smooth out the streaky lines, but nothing really worked.  I moved onto vellum, but that wasn't great either.  As you will see in the photo, I even lost the bottom border of grass that was cut with the stitched lines. 
I did salvage the card, as it is for my brother, and even though he cares about me, my card making skills will not be critically evaluated:
I just used the circle portion of the brick wall, and ink blended regular white cardstock for the balloons with Mowed Lawn and Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink.  I also used a smaller kraft card base to narrow the focus a bit.

Supplies not listed from the tag:
Dies:  MFT Pierced Circle Frames, Grassy Hills, By the Numbers, SSS Stitched Rectangles

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you get a chance to play along over at Tag, You're It! and maybe you'll even have cause to link up with the April Fools hop too!  Have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Party-In-the-Box!

These pop-up boxes from Lawn Fawn are so much fun!  This time I made a party scene with candy exploding from the piñata.  I kept the background very simple so it wouldn't compete with the foreground.  The scallop edge from the top of the box die was used to create the grass.  The piñata was layered and curled up a bit.  It was then glued onto clear plastic along with the candies.  This post is a bit photo heavy, but I wanted to keep them in if you are interested in any of the little details.

Stamps:  Bicycle Built for You, Elphie Selfie, Year Seven, Let's Play
Dies:  Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up
Copics: 0, R000,20,22,24, YR000,00,65,68, Y02,04,08,23,26, YG11,23,25, BG02, B000,00, BV00,02, V01,04,06 RV02,04, C00,0,1,3,5, E11,13,15,18, Multiliner for balloon strings.
Paper:  PTI New Leaf, Dark Chocolate
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Purple floss - Hobby Lobby, plastic packaging

This card is playing along with the all new Lawn Fawnatics Challenge where the first challenge is: Birthday, and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you're having a great day!
Kara Lynne