Monday, April 30, 2012

Stormy Weather

And now it's time for a bright and cheerful card!  Okay, no, that was my last post.  This one is, well, pensive, I guess.

  Unfortunately the weather outside reflects this card, so the picture is a little darker than I'd like.  I made a cloud mask by welding several clouds together on my silhouette.  I used Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot and Old Paper for the clouds.  The background paper is Bazzill.  I white embossed the "root" of the flower with two stamps from the Inkadinkado Dot Flourishes set, then added gems from Michaels.  I printed out the sentiment on Word and free cut the flower.
This card is entered in the following challenges:

Stampin' Sisters in Christ: Challenge #137 - Jeremiah 17:8 - Something planted or the color green

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a great day.

Kara Lynne

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Gerbera Daisy

I put together a card using my favorite flower, gerbera daisies.  I made this flower by cutting 3 - 3" flowers and 6 - 1 1/2" flowers on my Silhouette.  I bent each pedal in the middle.  I wet down some thinner green paper to cover a brad and cut two circles in green a little bigger than that brad and just snipped them up with a scissors.  Now I want to make more, gerbera daisies come in so many wonderful color combinations!
The wood grain paper is from Cloud 9 Design - weathered wood, soft ivory.  The green background is WeR Memory Keepers Anthologie collection.  I embossed the sentiment with Stampendous Pearlutre jade embossing powder.  The green and pink cardstock are from my stash.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Have a great day!
Kara Lynne


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We OWL look up to you!

I made a card today for the principal at our school.  She is retiring, and we will miss her!  I won this fun stamp set from Katie Koenig's blog and it's perfect for the occasion.  The stamp set is MoreOwls2Love from The Stamps of Life.  I was so pleased with the quality of the stamps.

I welded a label design with the scroll tree design on my Silhouette and cut it once in the pumpkin color, and once in white.  I flipped the white one.  I cut the inside of the label in white, stamped the owls, and then paper pieced them.  I paper pieced their eyes to look up at the principal owl.  I wrote out the sentiment with a brown Zig Writer marker.  The burgundy paper is from Sanylion, the Blue is from DCWV Pocket Full of Posies, the coral is from My Mind's Eye.  I had a mortar board with tassel on the large owl, but that really didn't look like our principal so I gave her some pearls - she's quite stylish!  The ribbon and pearls are from my stash.
This card is entered in the following challenges:

ColourQ challenge #134

Paper Play Challenges: '12 - Week 16 - Animal Antics

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog:  Anything Goes

Thanks for coming to look.  Hope you have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Sunday, April 22, 2012


Since I saw the "Virginia's View Challenge" at Lily Pad Cards the other day, I couldn't get this card idea out of my head!  Stayed up WAY too late putting it together.  Poppies always make me think of The Wizard of Oz!  Here's my "quirky" take on the challenge:

"Dorothy" is from a Close To My Heart set called "Uptown Girl".   I altered her, obviously, because typically she's upright and walking a dog!  The castle stamp came from a children's stamp set that my daughter got for her birthday one year (sorry, no info printed on it that I could find).  Dorothy and the castle are both sporting a bit of Copic coloring and Crayola Glitter Glue.  Dorothy's skirt is paper pieced from Making Memories Twine Plaid, Ice Blue, Watercolor Collection.  The rest of the card stock were from my stash.  I cut the hills and brick and shaded them and the background with Ranger Distress Ink.  The poppies were cut out with a TINY hole punch and sent through the Xyron Create-a-Sticker.  I printed the sentiment off Word onto the yellow first, and then cut that out.  The bricks I drew with a black Zig Writer marker.  The little bits of ribbon on her braids was cotton craft thread from my stash.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Lily Pad Cards: Virginia's View - April
365 Card Challenge:  Day 52 - Imagine This: The Cinema

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge #182 - Inspired by a Film Title (The Wizard of Oz)

Hope you have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Friday, April 20, 2012

A Bright Birthday

I worked on a second card for The Play Date Cafe today.  This one was really out of my comfort zone as it is a one layer card.  When I put all those pink and orange card making mediums in front of me (ink, flock, ribbon, glitter, paper, markers, etc.) it was difficult to know which way to go.  This isn't the path I thought I'd take, but it's where I ended up!  Hope you like it.

The stamps are Hot Off the Press "Magical Birthday" and Close to My Heart "It's Your Birthday".  I embossed the cake and sentiment in white and used the ever popular Ranger Distress Inks in ripe persimmon and worn lipstick.  The cake was "decorated" with crayola glitter glue and pink puff paint.  The ribbons are from my stash.

This card is entered in the following challenge:
The Play Date Cafe: PDCC 128
Hope you have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Be Transformed!

I made a card today for a friend who needs to hear the Truth!  So often we have little voices in our minds telling us everything we do is wrong.  Sometimes those voices aren't just in our head, but coming out of other's mouths!  The Truth is there is only One voice we need to listen to for approval and acceptance.  That voice is Jesus'!  Roman's 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."  We need to transform by renewing our minds with HIS truths about us - He created, loves, and knows us.  He has a plan for us and we don't have to be perfect.  Hope you like the card today:

I cut the butterfly with my Silhouette and cut the curvy strips with a Creative Memories cutting tool I've had for ten years now.  The gems are from Michaels and I colored them with Copics.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

The Play Date Cafe: PDCC 128

Stampin' Sisters in Christ Challenges: Transparent - (I'm hoping the holes in the butterfly wings are transparent enough)

Hope you all have a great day, and remember that you are worth SO MUCH to the One who created you!
Kara Lynne

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Thankful for great neighbors!

I made this card today for my neighbor, she baked us a pie!  No real reason, she thought we were working too hard in our yard (taking out all the stone to replace with mulch in the flower beds).  I am amazed by the thoughtfulness of others!  This image from LOTV: Dandelion Clock, is exactly the image I saw of my daughter as I dropped her off at school today.  She got out of the car and reached down for a dandelion and blew!  So that was my inspiration, along with the challenging use of both diamonds (okay, rhinestones) and pearls from Lili's Little Fairies Challenge Blog.  So here's the card:

I used LOTV Dandelion Clock image, and LOTV Mixed Circular Sentiments.  I colored with Copics and blended the edges with Ranger Distress Ink.  I white embossed the sentiment and blended it with Distress ink as well.  There is flock  on the dandelion, glitter glue on her outfit, and Glossy Accents on her white patent leather shoes.  The challenge for me was how to include diamonds and pearls together since I usually use one or the other.  I was happy with the little "bling" I created with placing the rhinestones around the pearl.  The papers, pearls, and rhinestones were all from my stash, wish I knew the name of that paper.

This card is entered in the following challenge:  Lili's Little Fairies - Diamonds and Pearls

Hope you have a great day, and thanks for visiting!
Kara Lynne

Monday, April 16, 2012

Happy Hugs

Hi, and happy Monday to all!  I am a happy girl today, I just won a The Stamps of Life stamp set randomly from Katie Koenig's blog during the Lily Pad Cards Birthday Blog Hop.  Thanks so much Katie!  Now, onto today's card:


I used Penny Black's Hugs transparent set for for the mice and the sentiment.  I love that set, there are so many sweet images and little extras.  The paper is My Mind's Eye "Tres Jolie".  The ribbon is from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby's Brand).  I used Ranger Distress Ink and Copics on the image.  I mounted the image and frame with foam adhesive.  The edging is a Martha Stewart punch.

Those are happy little mice, aren't they!?

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Hope everyone has a great day!
Kara Lynne

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Wedding Carriage

Here's a card for a wonderful couple getting married in August.  Phew, good to be early with a card!  Lili's Little Fairies Challenge this week is "Transport", and what an elegant image for the occasion.  It reminds me of the carriage ride we had at our wedding.  I'd show you a picture, but that was before digital, so...pretend this is us.

The background papers are from The Paper Company.  They are a sort-of shiny linen.  I don't know the pearl embossed panel, it is from my stash.  I wanted to keep the color subtle so I shaded the image, Wedding Carriage, with Copics and blended the edges with Ranger Distress Ink Old Paper and Black Soot.  I added Glossy Accents to the flowers and used Doodlebug pink flock.  I added a darker pink with Copics.  I added Crayola white pearl glue to the ribbons and glitter glue to the veil and gown.  I then spritzed  the image and paper lace with Tsukineko Sparkle Shimmer Spritz.  Too bad all the shimmer doesn't show up on camera.  My first time around I colored the leaves green, but I redid the whole thing because it wasn't subtle enough.  The digital die cuts are Elegant Double Posts, and Scroll Banner Layered from Silhouette.  The ribbons and gems are from my stash.  I shaded the banner with Copics.  The sentiment is from Hot Off the Press, Tiny Words/Images.  I curved it on the block to follow the shape of the banner and embossed it in black. 

This card is entered in the following challenges:
Lili's Little Fairies Challenge: Transport
Totally Gorjuss: Bling
Paper Sundaes: Anything Goes

Hope you all have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Time to Move!

Second card today.  A friend of mine is moving and I wanted to make her a special card.  Moving is never easy, especially in today's economy.  Every time we move we say, "Never again!"  So, here's the card:

See, there's her family up in the air!  Again, this card was inspired by Vicky Papaioannou.  She has a wonderful way of creating scenes on her cards.  I cut the birdhouse and birds using my Silhouette.  The felt clouds were traced from a template cut with my Silhouette as well.  I didn't have any trees, so I made my own template and cut them out of scraps.  I clear embossed the birds using VersaMark and a Stampin' Up corner stamp that's at least eight years old.  I used Ranger Distress ink for the background and on the birds and trees.  I paper pieced the birdhouse with various scraps I had on hand.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

PaperPlay Challenges:  Things With Wings

The Play Date Cafe:  Color Challenge
ABC DT Challenge Blog:  Anything Goes!

Cupcake Craft Challenge:  Spring is in the Air

Hope you are having a great day!
Kara Lynne

He Makes All Things New!

A CAS card today.  So many great challenges to play along with this week, I couldn't get this design out of my head last night.  Who has time for laundry?  Now that I've joined the blogging and card making world, I think I've finally got my priorities straight (hope Hubby isn't reading)!

The flowers and raindrops were Silhouette 5-petal flowers design (I cut the drops out of a flower).  I lightly rolled the little flowers with a McGill flower making tool.  The cloud is from Silhouette 6 clouds design.  I wrote out the sentiment on Word and printed it out on the green and then cut it with a circle cutter.  The gems are Recollections (Michael's brand).  I sent the raindrops through my Xyron create-a-sticker machine which makes it so easy to adhere.

This card is inspired by Revelation 21:5-6
 5 He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.

This card is entered in the following challenges:

Freshly Made Sketches : #30 (I rotated it)

Papertake Weekly Challenge : April Showers (or Water, Water Everywhere!!)

Stampin' Sisters in Christ  : Make a Joy-ful card; something celebratory!

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog : April Showers Bring Spring Flowers

Hope you have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring is in the air, and so is this bear!

Spring has arrived, even here in Wisconsin!  My favorite are the blossoms on the fruit trees.  Have you ever driven past an apple orchard in full bloom?  Gorgeous.  I love how God makes all things new. Here's my newest card creation:

This stamp is LOTV Birthday Bumps, I love it!  It's on sale just now at their online store.  The "hip-hip" is from Kaisercraft Birthday clear stamps.  I used VersaMark ink with Recollections Party Pink embossing powder.  The "HOORAY!"  I cut with my Silhouette.  The pink ribbon is from Studio His and Hers, and the buttons are from my stash.  The green background is Bo-Bunny lime swirl from their 2006 Shabby Princess Collection.  The floral paper is called "Glorious Garden", and the plaid and mulberry are so old, I remember using them in my daughter's first birthday and she's TEN now!  The pink, yellow, green, and white card stock are from my stash too.  I used Ranger Distress Inks Shabby Shutters, Mustard Seed, and Spun Sugar with ink blending tools.  I use so many tools, but one I've loved forever is my Xyron Create-a-sticker!  I've used it for those cut out letters for titles on scrapbook pages and can't remember how I did it before then.

I cut some slits and threaded the ribbon through the bears hands.  This was such a fun card to put together.  I am submitting it into the following challenges:

Lili's Little Fairies: Ribbons, Buttons, and Bows

Lily Pad Cards:  Kathy's Lily Pad Pallette

Sketch and Stash # 85

Cupcake Craft Challenges:  Spring is in the Air
ABC DT Challenge:  Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp:  Use Your Favorite Tool : Xyron Create-a-Sticker
365 Cards: Day 41 - Cute Critters

Friday, April 6, 2012

Ahh, coffee and a good friend!

Here's a card I made with a fun palate of colors on the Colour Create Challenge Blog.  I saw the colors and picture of those two gorgeous girls and had to play along!

I sure want to figure out how to take better pictures of these cards, everything looks so dull!  Please PRETEND you see the vibrant green, deep purple, and cream in this card.

I used LOTV Coffee Break stamp (a personal favorite), and LOTV Mixed Circular Sentiments, Copic markers on the girls with some Glossy Accents here and there, Ranger Distress ink, and Stampendous white embossing powder.  The ribbon, bling, and paper are from my scraps, but thankfully I can say that the striped paper is My Mind's Eye.  The scallop mat I cut with my Silhouette, it was actually feathers from a free turkey download I received around Thanksgiving time!  I cut the girls out and sat them on the ribbon with foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by today.  I would love any suggestions for brighter pictures if you have them, thanks!
Have a great day!
Kara Lynne

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Inspired by Vicky from Lily Pad Cards

Today I thought I'd share a card I made that was inspired by Vicky Papaioannou.  She has a clever way of giving dimension to almost anything!

I'm entering this card in two challenges this week:  Cupcake Craft Challenges, and Stampartic.

Cupcake Craft Challenges is: Sewing Box
Stampartic's challenge is a birthday card for a girl using elements on their Bingo board.  I decided to go diagonal with flowers (paper), stamp (sentiment), and ribbon (dress, etc.).

The dress form is a shape from my Silhouette cutting machine.  It was a free one. I downloaded it, but never knew what to do with it!  I used a Fiskars edge punch, and Ranger Distress Ink.  The tags and patterned paper are from my stash.  I wish I could tell you what they are.  I've been scrap-booking my children's lives for ten years now, so I have quite the array of scraps!  Maybe someone could identify these?  The ribbons and buttons were also in my scraps. 
Thanks for viewing.  I hope you have a great day!
Kara Lynne