Thursday, February 23, 2017

Guest Designing for My Favorite Things - Day One

Hello, and thank you for joining me today.  I am over-the-moon excited to be guest designing for My Favorite Things! Thank you to everyone at MFT for this amazing opportunity!
My first card features those sweet little animals from Farm Friends.  They were all colored with Copics and fussy cut.  The background was created using the Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover-Up.  I ink blended each inside section with Distress Ink going from darker in the foreground, to lighter in the background.  I made a stencil using the Stitched Cloud Edges and blended Distress Ink with a finger dauber for the sky.  Each of the animals was popped up with foam tape for dimension.  At first I put the littlest chick on top of the tractor, but moved him onto the pig when I realized, in perspective, that would be one very giant chicken!  I stamped the sentiment from the same stamp set on white cardstock, and cut it into a banner coming out from the tree.

Stamps:  Farm Friends
Copics:  B00, E40s, YG10s, G02, 05, 07, Y15, 17, YR09, C00, C1, C3, C5, C7, 100, W00, W1, W3, W5, W7, 0, R000, R00, RV000, RV00, R20, RV21, E20s, E49,
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Tea Dye, Scattered Straw, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso, Tumbled Glass

This next card takes llama drama to a whole new level:
I wanted to try my hand at zentangling (is that a word?), and this llama was game.  I stamped him in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and drew in the lines with a Copic Multi-liner 0.3.  I looked at zentangle patterns online to get ideas.  He was pretty happy with the results, and his llama friends, though shaking their heads, showed their support. 

Here's a close-up of the details:
After he was colored, and given a little sand to stand on, he was framed with the new Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frame and popped up with fun foam.  His friends were also colored with Copics, fussy cut, and adhered partially with foam tape, and partially with just regular adhesive.  They were also given a little ground to stand on.  The sentiment is from the same stamp set, and the card base was cut out using a die from Blueprints 26.

Stamps:  Llama Love
Dies: Blueprints 26, Single Stitch Line Rounded Rectangle Frames
Copics:  W00,1,3,5, E50, E51, 0, YR68, V04, RV69, RV04, G05, Y17, BG02, BV08, Multi-liner .03
Inks:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Fun Foam

This little sweetheart in the Pure Innocence line asked for a paper pieced bright yellow gingham dress and I was happy to oblige:
This is actually her second dress.  My first attempt included using Copics to give the dress some depth, but it ended up dulling the entire dress, so she took that off, and I gave her a new one without shadows.  I colored and fussy cut her arm and adhered it on top of her dress.  Her shoes and hairclip have a Glossy Accents finish, and the centers of the flowers are dotted with Enamel Accents in Lemon Twist.  Everything besides the dress was colored with Copics.  The top tag and background were cut with the Stitched Scallop Basic Edges to coordinate with the look of the gingham.  The top of the white panel was ink blended with Fossilized Amber Distress Ink and a stencil brush from Clarity Stamps.  This was my first time using these stencil brushes, and I am in love!  It was so easy to control the amount of ink.
Stamps: PI Happy Together
Dies:  Tag Builder Blueprints 4, Stitched Scallop Basic Edges
Paper:  Tiny Check Brights
Copics:  E000, 00, 02, 11, 33, 35, 37, 39, 29, C1, Y11, 13, 15, YG09, 25, W00, 1
Inks:  Fossilized Amber Distress Ink
Other: Ranger Enamel Accents - Lemon Twist, Glossy Accents, Claritystamps Stencil Brush, Yellow Floss

Thanks for coming by to visit!  I hope that this helped spark your creativity in some new ways.  Have a wonderful day and I will see you here again next week.

Kara Lynne

Friday, February 10, 2017

Tag, You're It! #65 With Lisa Arana

I can't believe a month has passed since I last posted, yikes!  Where does the time go?  Well, Valentine's Day quickly approaches and our featured artist, Lisa Arana, created a wonderful tag that really got me in the mood.  Here's my Valentine tag:
 Here's the inspiration from Lisa:

I kept Lisa's red, black, and white colors, and added pink.  I loved Lisa's ribbon, so I kept pretty close to it.  I also added a banner for the sentiment.  Her sweet little critter has his arms up, which made me think of the little girl image from Mamma Elephant's Carried Away.  Her lower half is popped up on two layers of foam to give some dimension.  Her left hand was stamped again and altered to look like she's holding on.

Now I must confess that I forgot about her buttons before I took these photos.  She now has shiny, red buttons on her coat.  Whew, I know you were really agonizing over that, weren't you.  Ha! Okay, if you're like me, you didn't really notice.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: ME Carried Away, SSS Sending Happy Thoughts
Dies:  SSS Clipping Heart
Copics:  C1,3,5, R20,24,27,29,59, RV52,55,27, E000,00,11,33,37,29
Inks/Powder: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black, SSS super fine white embossing powder
Other:  Ribbon I received from JJ Bolton some years ago, Embroidery floss from Hobby Lobby

I hope you are inspired to come join us over at Tag, You're It!  Check out the TYI blog and you will find many wonderful ideas from my teammates. 

I just noticed that the SSS Flickr Group Challenge #64 is "Love is in the Air" so this card is going to join in over there!

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

Friday, January 13, 2017

Tag, You're It #63 with Karin Akesdotter

Today begins a new challenge over at Tag, You're It!  I've been a long time admirer of our Featured Artist, Karin Akesdotter.  She created a charming little tag to start the New Year off right:

I love that little owl with the night background framed by the clean white tag and details.  I followed along with the same tag shape, but changed the direction of the branch and bow details.  Here's my take:
I stamped,Copic colored, and fussy cut the LOTV image called Spring Swing.  The swing rope was replaced with real floss "rope" tied to the tree and glued to the swing seat.  Little bows hide the glue.  The front tag was popped up with fun foam and the base tag was ink blended with Tumbled Glass DI.
I hope you will play along with us over at Tag, You're It!  Please stop by to see the wonderful interpretations my teammates have created.

Stamp:  Lili of the Valley - Spring Swing
Dies:  MFT Tag Blueprints #4
Inks:  DI Tumbled Glass
Copics:  E30s, 40s, YG 10s, Cs
Other:  Fun Foam, Floss - Hobby Lobby

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

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very Merry Christmas from my family to yours!

We were so busy with all the activities of Christmas that all we ended up with this year was a family selfie!  That's my husband, Gene and me in the back, and Kate (13) and Elle (15) in front.

I snapped these photos at about 6:00 in the morning yesterday, Christmas Eve.  We had to leave early to visit with family for the day, but for Gene and Kate, the fresh snow was too perfect to pass up:

Thanks for coming over to visit!  May you be blessed this Christmas and throughout the New Year!
Kara Lynne

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Many Thanks

Blogland is lit up with beautiful cards of the season, and here I am, a month behind, bringing up the theme of Thanksgiving.  Ah well, thankfulness is always in season, right?  It's rare that I post more than one card at a time.  Frankly, it's rare that I get to post at all these days, but today I have several thank you cards to share, thanking specific fellow paper crafting blogging friends for their generosity:

This sweet pup is from a wonderful stamp set sent to me by my dear friend, Therese.  I was so blown away to find this gift in my mail box!  I love the expressions on each of their faces!

Supplies Used:
Dies: SSS You
Paper:  MME Stella and Rose, PTI Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate
Copics:  W00,1,3, C5,7, R20,32,35, E000,21,23,25,27,29,31,47,49, G00, BG10,11,45
Other:  Doodle Bug Sprinkles - Tangerine, Swimming Pool, SSS Fine Detail White Embossing Powder, fun foam

This floral card is full of SSS products, some of which I purchased with a gift card from Barb after winning it during her blogaversary celebration.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  SSS Spring Flowers, Paper Smooches Many Thanks
Dies:  SSS Bubble Breeze, SSS Sending, SSS Basic Banners (extended), SSS Stitched Frames
Ink: Distress Ink Worn Lipstick, Dried Marigold, Abandoned Coral, Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  YG 17,21,23,25, R12,32,35,37, YR000,00,20,61,65

Simon Says Stamp is celebrating DieCember (very clever), so the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #60 theme is "Cut It Out For DieCember".  Therefore, this card will be joining in on the fun over there. 

This card is made from products by Gina K.  They gave me a generous gift certificate to their store during the Fall Coffee Lover's Bloghop.  The Winter Coffee Lover's Bloghop is in full swing right now, so check that out.  Since this is a fall themed card, I'm going to leave it out, but I'm hoping to join with another card before it ends.

Supplies Used:
Stamps:  Gina K Coffee
Paper:  Gina K Grateful Heart
Ink:  Memento Bamboo, Distress Ink Ground Espresso
Copics:  E 07,23,51, R89, G20,21, YG91,93,95
Other:  Sakura White Gelly Roll pen, Stampendous Pearlustre Jade embossing powder

Thank you to these generous ladies once again!  Thank YOU, too, for stopping by for a visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne 

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