Saturday, December 9, 2017

Five Cents Per Cup

Today, as part of the Winter Coffee Loving Cardmaker's Blog Hop, I'm sharing a project I made for my kitchen.  My husband and I made new curtains, and I wanted to extend the fabric into other elements in the room.  I reused a mat and frame that were already in the kitchen.  The kitchen walls are a creamy yellow, but that doesn't show up in the photos.
Did you catch the play on words?  Perk-Up = Per Cup.  I cut the cup and words using the Silhouette and inked them up a bit with Distress ink.  The mat layers had some dimension, so I took a thin layer of batting and put it behind the cup opening and placed the fabric over that.  The negative space of the handle was placed on top of the fabric with glue dots.

We found this shelf at Hobby Lobby, and it works perfectly for a coffee station!  I have some "real" coffee mugs on order.  You know, the kind that hold about twice as much as these little cups that go with my dishes.

Here are a couple of the curtains we made.  It's a bay with a sliding door and two windows, so there are four panels. 
If you have time to hang around...  Another project I made for the kitchen was this:
The photo is a little bleary on the wall with the lighting, so hopefully you can see it better in the next photo:
I designed it in Word using a bunch of text boxes, printed it out, and used a light box to transfer it onto watercolor paper using Copics.  It gave me a watercolored look, but I had much better control by using Copics.

Supplies:
Silhouette files:  Coffee Doesn't Ask Silly Questions Phrase, Warm Winter Wishes
Ink:  Distress Ink - Vintage Photo, Fossilized Amber, Evergreen Bough, Hickory Smoke
Fabric: Robert Allen @ Home - Luxury Floral Pool
Copics for word art:  I forgot to write the exact colors down but they were from the warm grays, BGs, and Ys (not really helpful, right).  Also a Copic multiliner for the black letters.

Have fun on the hop!
winter hop square with dates

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne


Friday, December 8, 2017

Tag You're It! #79 with Leigh Penner

Today begins our final challenge over at Tag, You're It!  You will find all of the details over at the Tag, You're It! challenge blog.  Thank you, everyone who joined in the fun.  It's been a blast seeing all your mini "canvases" in the gallery.  We're ending the show on a high note with a wonderful tag by the talented Leigh Penner.  Here is how I was inspired:
Here's Leigh's gorgeous tag:
Leigh's tag is a CAS work of art.  I love her gold tipped snowflake and the beautiful white on aqua paired with a bold banner sentiment across the front.  My bold sentiment also lies across the front of the tag.  I patterned Leigh's curved tag top with my curve on the bottom.  I kept with Leigh's snowflake theme, color scheme, and metallic edging.  

Supplies:
Dies: Studio Katia Dotted Shaker Tag 2, Papertrey Ink Christmas Cheer, Mama Elephant Snow Flurries
Paper:  BoBunny Altitude 6x6 pad
Other: fun foam, organza white ribbon, PPP clear sequins, SSS fine detail silver embossing powder, VersaMark pen, acetate packaging

I sure hope you will join us for this final fortnight of fun.  You can find much more inspiration over at Tag, You're It!

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

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Would You Like to Swing in a Jar?

Are you familiar with the song, Swinging on a Star?  "Would you like to swing on a star?  Carry moonbeams home in a jar..."  Well, our little mermaid has it a bit backwards, but I think Bing Crosby would understand.
Typically I try to stay with one or two stamping techniques on a card, but oddly enough, this one has solid line, no-line, solid image, and emboss resist all in one.  The card frame itself is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on three jar die cuts partially cut to form one vertical z-fold mini card.  I hope that will make sense with the following photos:

The first flap also has the lid attached, stamped in Archival Black and clear heat embossed on silver mirror cardstock.  The flap is backed with acetate and embellished with seaweed, coral, and a shell.  The seaweed and coral were solid images each stamped in two colors.  The shell was colored with Copics.  The second flap is open on the inside and the seaweed swing is sandwiched between two swing seats and tied at the top.  The trick to getting the string not to show on the front of the flap was to tie it to an additional die cut jar and glue that onto the back of the middle flap so she can freely swing back and forth.  Clear as mud, right?

Looking at the next photo, I think I'll go back and also put an extra jar die cut on the front flap to finish it off better.
The back flap image was masked, stamped, heat embossed, and ink blended:
Supplies:
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You, How You Bean?, Let's Play (swing seat)
Dies:  Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Shaker Add-on
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Archival Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen, Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Abandoned Coral, Tattered Rose
Copics: .05 multiliner, E000,00,42,43,44,53, YR00,02, Y21,23,26, YG0000,00,06,21,23,25,63, R20,22, RV55,63,66
Other: Neenah Solar White Cardstock 110# and 80#, Paper Studios Silver Mirror Cardstock, Ranger Clear Embossing Powder, Green Floss, Packaging Acetate

This whole idea came about from the latest Lawnfawnatics Challenge: Emboss Resist.  It started with the jar background.
 

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

Kara Lynne







Friday, December 1, 2017

Wine Tag Cheer

I have a couple of quick and CAS wine tags today using some fun watercolor techniques:




Supplies:
Dies:  MFT Merry Christmas Circle Frame, Wine Tag, Cheers, Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges
Paper:  Strathmore Bristol Smooth
Ink/Marker:  Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers 24,70,2,52,50,4,44,31,32,84 for the rainbow tag, 29,24,80,25,82,84 for the red/purple tag.

I'd like to thank the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge #361 for the design inspiration!
 

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

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sweet 16 Today!

Our oldest daughter, Elizabeth, turned sixteen today.  When did that happen?  I decided to make a little CAS note card to match the wrapping paper.
Although, they look yellow here, the leggings and cake bottom are a limey green.  For some reason, that color never photographs well for me.  Any suggestions?  The image was heat embossed in silver and colored with Inktense pencils.  The letters were cut using the Sihouette.

I used the MFT Gift Card Envelope die to make an envelope out of wrapping paper.  Here you can see the back and front:
and tucked in with the gift:

Supplies:
Stamps:  Penny Black  A Little Bird
Dies:  MFT Gift Card Envelope die-namic
Ink:  VersaMark
Other:  Derwent Inktense Pencils,  SSS ultra fine silver embossing powder, Paper Studio silver mirror paper, Silhouette Cameo.

This card is going over to play in the SSS Wednesday Challenge: Food and/or Drink.

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

Friday, November 17, 2017

A Wild Holiday!

I was inspired by Elena Roussakis' Lawn Fawn tag on day 12 of Tracey McNeeley's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Elena made a tag with a lift-the-flap feature and a sweet Lawn Fawn scene.  Here's my CASE:

I also wanted to play over at the latest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge.

The Hats Off to You is my oldest set, which was perfect for this tag!  I tailored down one of the hats to fit the croc, gave the lion some earmuffs, and donned the giraffe and little elephant in scarves that I drew with a Copic Multiliner.  Those scarves were kind of fun to put on - I cut off their heads (gruesome, I know), glued the scarf to the body, and glued the head on top of it.  All the elements including the banner were fussy cut.  The tag was cut the old fashioned way.  I just chopped two corners out of a rectangle of both white and patterned paper, and punched a whole through them.  The flap was die cut into the top layer and the gift card slots were die cut into the bottom layer.  I used the LF Road Border to create the snow hills.  The inside background and banner were ink blended.  I gave the little elephant a sign made with a black piece of cs heat embossed in white and glued to a brown paper "stick".  

Supplies:
Stamps:  LF Wild for You, LF Hats Off to You, LF Happy, Happy, Happy, LF Bannertastic
Dies:  LF Lift the Flap, LF Simple Gift Card Slots, LF Road Border
Ink:  DI Twisted Citron, DI Mowed Lawn, DI Peacock Feathers, VersaMark, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  LF Perfectly Plaid - Rainbow
Copics:  0, E11,13,31,49, YG 03,06,11,13, G05,14, Y11,13,15,26, YR14, R27,29,39,59, W1,3, C00,0,1,2,3,5, Multiliner 0.3
Other:  Sharpie - Silver Metallic, Scrap of ribbon

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

Kara Lynne


Thursday, November 16, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge - Joy

I had some fun with this week's MFT sketch.  Here's my take:
This is one talented bear.  The "Joy" sentiment was heat embossed in white and then extended with a VersaMark pen and more heat embossing to look like he wrote it on the ice with his skate.  The background was a scrap of Brusho water colored paper that I cut using MFT's Horizontal Snow Drifts to give the background a little movement.  I glitzed up the scarf and background with Wink of Stella and added Nuvo Crystal Drops to the skates and as drop accents on the card.  Do you see where I touched the skate before it was dry?  Every time, am I right?

 Here's the sketch from MFT Challenge 359:
 
Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Polar Bear Pals, Gift Tag Greetings
Dies: MFT Horizontal Snow Drifts Cover Up, Four Way Chevron Cover Up, Stitched Square Frames, Stylish Snowflakes, Let it Snowflake Too
Ink/Paint: Memento Tuxedo Black, Brusho Turquoise, Ultra Marine, Purple
Copics: 0, C00,0,1,3, 5,B000,00,02,05,16,V01,04,06,09
Other: Sharpie marker - silver,  Nuvo Crystal Drops - Morning Dew, Wink of Stella - Clear

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

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

25 Days of Christmas Tags CASE

My blog feed is exploding with Christmas tag inspiration, thanks to Tracey McNeely's 25 Days of Christmas Tags hop.  Usually the days around here are so full that I just get to look in awe.  Today, however, I got to play!  Here's my tag:


 It was inspired by designer Flora Monika Farkas on day 5.  I loved the look of her plaid on both the tag and the ribbon.  She also stamped her Christmas tree directly on her tag so I was challenged to stamp directly on the tag too.  The berry clusters in the front, however, were stamped separately and pieced.
Supplies:
Stamps:  PTI Spruce and Sprigs, PTI Christmas Cheer
Dies:  PTI Christmas Cheer, Poppy Stamps Stitched Main Street Tags, MFT Tag Builder Blueprint 4
Ink:  PTI Pure Poppy, Scarlet Jewel, Ripe Avocado, Simply Chartreuse, Prairie Grass
Paper:  Southfield Tartan Craft Papers
Other:  SSS Fine Detail Embossing Powder, Distress Marker Gathered Twigs, ribbon snippets of unknown origin
 
I hope you have the chance to join in on the fun over at Tracey's blog.  It's day 14, so there's still time!  I'm hoping to give it another go!

 

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

Friday, November 10, 2017

Tag, You're It! #77 With Hazel Kinvig-Paul

It's time for a new challenge over at Tag, You're It!  We're CASEing a dear blogging friend of mine, Hazel Kinvig-Paul of My Card Attic.  

When I CASE someone's work, I like to sketch out their card or tag first.  It helps me to look closer at the elements within the design.  Hazel has some remarkable details that I wanted to include on my tag:
Here's Hazel's tag:

There are several obvious similarities in our tags such as the baby theme, baby clothes, scripty sentiment and bow.  One less obvious element would be the connection between the clothing and the tag itself.  Hazel placed the neck of the onsie right on the hole of the tag, which was very clever.  I connected the clothing to the tag by hanging it on the sentiment.  Hazel also has hearts in the background to reflect the little heart on the onsie, so I used a star on the overalls and scattered some in the background as well.

Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Denim Background
Dies: MFT Creative Clips, MFT Tag Builder Blue Prints 4, Bundles of Baby Clothes, SSS Hand-lettered Greetings
Other: Tumbled Glass DI, Brusho - Scarlet, Brilliant Red, Orange, Yellow, Copic C0, Sharpie - Metallic Silver, Nuvo Crystal Drops - Silver Lining, Strathmore Cold Press 140lb Watercolor Paper

Please stop by the Tag, You're It! blog to see how other DT members were inspired.  I hope to see your inspiration in the gallery!

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

Kara Lynne

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Caring Hearts Card Drive Take 2

These Penny Black birds from Winter Wonderland seem to make their way onto my Christmas projects at least once a year.
This year they're stacking up for the Caring Hearts Card Drive!
A simple stitched snow hill embossed with snowflakes grounds the grouping of birds.  Patterned paper backgrounds determine the colors of Copics and card stock.  I produced ten cards of this design to send to the Caring Hearts Card Drive.  Please click on the link to read all about the drive and how you can get involved.
 
Supplies:
Stamps:  Penny Black Winter Wonderland, PTI O Holy Night
Dies:  PTI Make It Market Kit: Shakers and Sprinkles (rectangle frame), ME Landscape Trio
Paper:  BoBunny Altitude Collection, Paper Studio Holiday Cheer, DCWV the Winter Basics, MFT Pure Plum
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Copics: 0, C0,1,3, E11,13,15,18,50,51, R00, 27,29,56,59, RV63,66,69, B12,21,32
Other: Paper Studios snowflake embossing folder, SSS fine detail white embossing powder

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

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Caring Hearts Card Drive

I'm happy to participate in the Caring Hearts Card Drive this year.  There's still plenty of time to join in on the fun!  I made each of the cards below with a tag as the focal point.  I made 20 cards, 3-5 tags of each of the designs and added them to a simple dry embossed snowflake background.  Each of the cards has a message stamped inside.  I kept the inside message simple and bold so it would be easy to read.

The three designs above were cut using the Silhouette and embellished with some of my favorite Christmas images (supplies listed below).  The top two are shaker tags.

The two tags above feature PTI stamps and dies.
This little guy is a retired image from LOTV called Puppy Post.

The Caring Hearts Card Drive is a great way to reach out to our lonely elders living in nursing homes.  I hope to make more cards for this fantastic cause.  Click on the link to get all the details.

 

Supplies:

Stamps:  MFT Jingle All the Way, ME Reindeer Games, ME Believe in Magic, PTI Nativity Mini Stamp Set, PTI Oh Holy Night, LOTV Puppy Post

Dies:  PTI Scene It: Bethlehem, Scene It: Basic Backer Die, Petite Places Nativity Die, Silhouette Oh Come Let Us Adore Him, Silhouette Christmas tags

Other: Copics, Paper Studios Snowflake embossing folder, twine and ribbon scraps, Paper Studio Holiday Cheer paper pack,  Imagine Crafts Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle

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

Kara Lynne