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

Monday, March 27, 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers Bloghop

I'm excited to play along with the Spring Coffee Lover's Bloghop today!  This card is a combination of two Silhouette files and a lot of Distress Ink!  Have fun on the hop!

Silhouette Files:  Coffee Cup, Coffee Doesn't Ask Silly Questions Phrase
Distress Ink: Ground Espresso, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, Pine Needles

Thank you, Amy, Chaitali, and everyone over at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers Blog for all you do!!

Spring Hop 2017

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!  I hope you're having a great day!
Kara Lynne

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Smoothie Explosion!

I took a day off from all of the commotion and put together this explosion!  I love the new pop-up die from Lawn Fawn and I've been eyeing the So Smooth stamp set for a while.  Together they make a great pair!
I used an embossing folder and Glossy Accents to give the look of a kitchen backsplash.  I colored the images with Copics and added a couple of hand-drawn purple splatter drops.  The banana was cut in half and I just added an oval with a Copic Multiliner.  The flying blender contents are adhered to a piece of plastic that is glued to the back of the blender.  I set the blender down into the card so there was more height for the pieces above.

I kept the front of the card rather simple, with the focus on the perfectly put together smoothie (pay no attention to the kitchen fiasco inside).

Stamps: Lawn Fawn So Smooth, Bicycle Built for You (small sentiment)
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up
Copics: 0, E43, YG03,11,17,21, Y000,00,08,11,13, YR000,00,02,04,09,68, BG000, BV00,11,13, B32,60,66, C00,1,3,5,7, V01,12,15, RV00,21,13,15, R20,22,37,39 Multiliner 0.3
Ink: DI Gathered Twigs, SU White pigment
Paper: PTI Bright Buttercup, Fine Linen
Other: MFT stencil Radiant Rays, Glossy Accents, WeRMemory Keepers Basket Weave embossing folder, White GellyRoll pen

This card is going to go play over at the NEW Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog where the first challenge is BIRTHDAY, and at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Layer It Up

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Double Hip Replacement

It's been a wild ride with Mom and Kate in the hospital and the whole recovery process.  Thankfully, everyone is on the mend.  This is a card I made for my husband's aunt who had a double hip replacement.  I jointed the bear at the hips, giving him "new" hips, and his little legs move.  Just something fun for a fun loving aunt.

Supplies Used:
Stamps: MFT Friends Furever
Dies: MFT Spring Garden, Tall Grassy Edge, Grassy Hills, Stitched Cloud Edges
Copics: E30s, 29, R20, Y13, 15, 17, 35, 38, YR04
Inks:  Distress Ink Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Ground Espresso
Other: Paper Studio Wood Grain embossing folder, computer generated sentiment

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope to be back out there commenting soon.  I hope you are having a great day!

Kara Lynne

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tag You're It! #67 with Marion Vagg

Hello and happy Friday!  Such a crazy week around here, both my daughter and my mother were/are in the hospital.  Going between pediatrics to ortho/nuero has been quite the challenge, and the "chair-bed" leaves a lot to be desired!

This tag will probably go to my mom to brighten her day.  It was influenced by the very talented Marion Vagg for Tag, You're It challenge #67.

Here is Marion's beautiful tag!  I love the dimension of the flower and swirly leaves, and the background texture is amazing as it subtly wraps around her focal point.  Those are the two aspects of Marion's tag that I wanted to highlight on my tag.

Dies:  Birch Press Dazzle layers A and B, MFT Plentiful Petals, MFT Words for Friends, PTI Branching Out 
Inks/Paint:  Brusho Lemon, Orange, Yellow, Distress Ink Spiced Marmalade 
Other:  Nuvo Drops Ripened Pumpkin, Sugared Almond, Bright Gold, floss from Hobby Lobby

I hope you are inspired to join us for TYI challenge #67.  Please head on over to the TYI blog to find more creations inspired by Marion Vagg.

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

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Guest Designing for My Favorite Things Day Three

Welcome back to the third and final day of my big adventure as guest designer for My Favorite Things!  Today is all about the ever important gesture, the hug.  A card with a hug can be used for so many occasions and spans the gamut of recipients.  Here are a couple of cards that showcase some of the products from MFT's recent release:

This adorable little guy pops out perfectly out of his Peek-a-Boo Wonky Window, with the partial sentiment, "I Miss" just above the "U" missing from the Hugs word above.  The bear was colored with Copics.  I stamped and colored an extra right paw so he could look like he's holding the "U". The "Hugs" die word was cut three times, once in plaid, once in foam, and once in the blue cardstock.  The scene was then framed with a Single Stitch Line Rectangle Frame border in white and mounted on a white top folding notecard.  All of the supplies are listed below. 

Here's a bit of a close-up:

Stamps:  Friends Furever, Lots of Hugs
Papers:  Plaid Patterns
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink 
Copics:  E30, 31, 33, 35, 37, 29, 0, R00, Multi-liner 0.3

Moving in an entirely different direction, the next two cards feature the script Hugs Die-namics, and the Sketched Blooms 2 stamp set. 

Both cards were stamped with gold embossing powder onto watercolor paper.  The Hugs die cut was also heat embossed in the same gold.  Everything was painted with Twinkling Waters which gives it a shimmery finish.  The partial panel and Hugs die cut were foam mounted on the first card, and the Hugs die cut was inlaid into the panel of the second card.

Stamps:  Sketched Blooms 2
Dies: Hugs
Paints:  Twinkling Waters - Royal Orchid, Wine and Roses, Mediterranean Blue, Dreamsicle, Moss Agate, Lemongrass, Deep Coral, Blushing Rose
Other:  Ranger Princess Gold embossing powder, Fun Foam

Thanks so much for joining me today!  Thank you, MFT, for the honor of guest designing for you!  I had so much fun playing with the new stamps and dies and combining them with ones that I already had.

I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Guest Designing for My Favorite Things - Day Two

I thought I'd begin my second day as guest with a nod to this MFT card.  Birdie Brown's Space Explorer is one of those magical stamp sets that easily sets the stage for any outer space scene:

I began by creating a background similar to this card using Distress Inks, water, and white acrylic paint.  I then went to work coloring this little spaceman with Inktense Pencils, and covered over his suit in Silver watercolor.  His face is covered with Glossy Accents to finish off his helmet.  This is the image where he is holding three star balloons, so it was easy to change them out for the balloon diecut from Blueprints 26.  Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolors and watercolor paper were used to create the Earth balloon.    I Googled an image of the Earth so I could get a better idea of where to place the continents.  I cut a little slit in the astronaught's hand so the silver thread would slide through his grip.  The sentiment, from the same stamp set, was white heat embossed.  The boy and the Earth were popped up on fun foam and the whole scene was attached to a white card base.

Stamps:  Space Explorer
Dies:  Blueprints 26
Pencils/Watercolor:  Derwent Inktense Pencils, Kuretake Gansi Tambi Watercolors - 95, 53, 58, 62, 20
Ink: Distress Ink Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Chipped Sapphire, VersaMark
Other:  White acrylic paint, Silver thread, Glossy Accents, Fun Foam, SSS White Fine Detail Embossing Powder

This next card has a bit of a retro vibe in color and style:

Can cats and birds really get along?  Certainly these two fancy friends think so.  This set is super fun to color, especially in a non-traditional way!  I used Copics to color them, die cut them using the coordinating dies, and framed them using the new Stitched Rounded Square Frames.  The smaller square was also die cut from foam to give it some dimension.  The word "Friend" was die cut into the background and a sentiment from the Friends Furever stamp set was heat embossed below.  The entire panel sits inside the largest of the Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames.  I used Nuvo Crystal drops in three colors as a final touch.

Stamps:  Purr-Fect Friends, Friends Furever
Dies:  Purr-Fect Friends, Stitched Rounded Rectangle Frames, Stitched Rounded Square Frames, Friend
Copics:  YG0000, 00,21, 23, BG11, 13, YR 61, 65, 68, 09
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Other: Nuvo Crystal Drops - Caribbean Ocean, Apple Green, Ripened Pumpkin

I hope you were inspired today to step out of the box with your designs and colors.  Thanks so much for coming over to visit.  I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne

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