Friday, October 13, 2017

Tag, You're It! #75 with Marcia Hill

Today we kick off a new challenge over at Tag, You're It! with a wonderful fall scene by my dear blogging friend, Marcia Hill!  Marcia is my special guest for this challenge.  Marcia is a beautiful, talented, and encouraging card maker and blogger.  She has a "clean and layered" style which I LOVE, and she's not afraid to try new techniques.

Here's how I was inspired by Marcia:

Here's Marcia's delightful tag:

When I saw Marcia's tag, I was so excited to recreate the fall theme, but as you can see, my tag decided to take another route.
I received a gift certificate in a release blog hop from Studio Katia.  Thank you, Studio Katia!  I chose this adorable stamp set and tag die.  Although it's fall, and this bear is getting ready to go into hibernation, just now he's ready for a party!  The tag shape is similar to Marcia's and her fall sky turned into a blue glittery background for my bear.  The floating orange balloon is reflective of Maria's little orange leaf.

Supplies:
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Copics:  E23,25,27,30,31,35,37,50,51,53, YR00,61,65,68
Other:  glitter paper by Recollections, floss - Hobby Lobby brand

I hope you will join us over at Tag, You're It! for this new challenge.  Take a look there and see the many ways our design team was inspired by Marcia.

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

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

A Bookworm Birthday

I'm sharing a card today that I made for a voracious reader (I just liked using the word voracious).  Anyway, I haven't inked up the Our Story MFT stamp set yet, and I was inspired by the many great cards that used it in the MFT Superstar challenge.  This is the inside of the card and the chair and table are popped up.
This is how I imagine my dear aunt enjoying her birthday - curled up with her yellow lab and kitty.  A banner in the back says it's her birthday, but she enjoys quiet time alone.  You may recognize the images in the picture on the wall behind the girl.  They are from the MFT stamp set Up in the Air.

 Here's the front of the card:

Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Our Story, Up in the Air, Happy Hippos (balloons)
Dies:  MFT Celebrate, Fringed Scalloped Borders, Stitched Scallop Basic Edge, Inside and Out Stitched Rounded Rectangle Stax, Pop Up Elements Narrow
Copics:  E000, 00, 11,31,33,35,37,39,50, C00,0,2,7,8, BG70,72,75,78, YG00, 03,06, Y21,23,26, R00, 12,14, YR00,20 BV00
Patterned Paper:  MFT Dots and Stripes Confection, Plaid Patterns
Other:  Woodgrain embossing folder, DI Tea Dye, Memento Tuxedo Black Ink

This card is going over to play in the following challenges:

Yay!  It's Darnell's 12th NBUS Challenge!  All three stamp sets I mentioned are NBUS!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

There's A Mermaid in the Lake




Imagine this surprise whist taking a walk through the woods one crisp autumn day!  I think the mermaid looks a bit more surprised than the curious little girl.
The card is a vertical tri-fold which splits where the water and land meet.  As a tri-fold, the card opens twice.  Here's the middle when the bottom flap is opened:
A close-up of this little lady in the lake:
Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Jingle All the Way, Mermazing, Magical Unicorns (sentiment)
Copics: Y13,15,17, B000,00,12,14,21,91, RV000,00,21,23,29, R20,YR00, 14,15,18,65, YG000,00,03,11,61,63,67, G13,17,40,43 E000,00,11,13,15,30,31,33,35,37,39,40,49,50,51
Ink:  Memento Desert Sand, Archival Coffee (sentiment)
Other:  Signo white gel pen

This card is for the coloring virtuoso category in MFT's Card Design Supertar Contest.  I sure have enjoyed seeing all the entries linked up.  I hope you are having a chance to play along too!
Thanks for coming by to visit!  I hope you're having a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Let's Do the Conga with MFT Princesses!

I have a pop-up card to share today that I made with the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest in mind.  This is the inside of the card, and these princesses are on their way to the castle via conga line!
Here's a close-up of the princesses.  They are a nod to Sandy Allnock and her human rainbow.  It is the same stamp image used for each girl, and I give details about the Copic colors I used on each girl below.


Here is a little more detail on the bridge dimension:
The card, of course, closes flat, and here is the front design:
It was so much fun playing with different skin color and hair styles!  Here's a close up of each girl:

   

If you're interested in the process, I took several photos along the way:
First, the pop-up elements were die cut and the water, sky, and bridge support were inked.
Second, I added the cobble walkway (Copic free form rock shapes), the back of the bridge, and the clouds.
Next came the back towers and the front wall.  The arches were die cut using the castle door die.
Finally, I attached the front towers, and voila!  We have a bridge!  The girls were adhered together to form their conga line, and attached with a scored piece of cardstock to the bridge.  Sort of like a long L bracket.

I felt like a civil engineer designing my little paper pop-up!  It was so much fun, and a great way to display that rainbow of princesses.  I will enter the card into the Innovation Master category of the MFT Card Design Superstar Contest.

Supplies:
Stamps:  MFT Once Upon A Time, Polar Bear Pals (sentiment)
Dies:  MFT Celebrate, Friend, Castle, Pop-up Elements Narrow, Stitched Cloud Edges
Stencils:  MFT English Brick, Radiating Rays, Mini Cloud Edges
Ink:  DI Iced Spruce, Weathered Wood, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Archival Jet Black, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  MFT Berrylicious, Neenah Solar White
Other:  Wink of Stella Clear, Clarity Stencil Brush, ink blenders, MISTI
Copics:  C0, 1,2,3, W00, 1, G12, RV66, Y19 (cobblestones and outer castle)

Copic List for Princesses:
Girl in Yellow Dress - skin: E000,53, BV000, R00, hair: E30,31,33,35,37, dress: Y11,13,15,19
Girl in Red Dress - skin: E13,57,49, hair: 100, E18,23,27,79, dress: R00, 32,35,37
Girl in Green Dress - skin: E000,00,93, V12, R20, hair: E13,15,18,97 dress:  YG0000,21, 23, 25
Girl in Aqua Dress - skin: E50,51,53, B91, hair: 100, C3,7,BV04,13,23, dress: BG10,11,13,15
Girl in Blue Dress - skin: E23,25,27 hair: 100, C6, B21,24 dress: B000, 00, 12,14,16
Girl in Orange Dress - skin: E000,00,11, R20, hair: E51,53,Y23,26,32, dress: YR61,65,68
Girl in Purple Dress - skin: E11,33, V15, hair: E35,37,39,49,79, dress: V01,04,09,15

Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you are having a wonderful day.  If not, maybe try the conga!
Kara Lynne



Friday, September 15, 2017

Back from a Summer Break and TYI Challenge #73

Hello!  It's so good to be back to blogging.  I hope you had a great summer (or winter, depending on your hemisphere).  The time seemed to whiz by, but it was a much needed break with my family and all the activities of summer.  Our girls are turning 14 and 16, and will be out the door before I realize what's happening!

I'm starting out fall with a thank you tag for Tag, You're It! inspired by my talented friend, Tracey:

Here's Tracey's beautiful tag:
Who can resist the resist!  That was the first thing that caught me eye with Tracey's beautiful medallion and water droplets.  Secondly, I wanted to reflect the tag's bottom edge with the picket fence.  Fall, apples, and picket fences - so much for which to be thankful!

Supplies:
Stamps:  PTI What the Doodle Apple
Dies:  Lawn Fawn Little Picket Fence Border
Ink:  DI Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Other:  SSS White Fine Detail embossing powder, spray bottle, water, thread from Hobby Lobby, finger daubers, Making Memories eyelet tool (to make the hole on the top of the tag).

Check out how others were inspired and join us in CASEing Tracey's tag over at Tag, You're It!  Thanks so much for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day, and I will be around to catch up in blogland soon!

Kara Lynne

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.

Supplies:
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:

Supplies:
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:
Supplies:
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.

Supplies:
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