Saturday, December 23, 2017

Pop-up Wedding Card

Lawnfawnatics Challenge #19 is all about using our favorite Lawn Fawn products.  Their Scalloped Box Pop-Up has got to be one of my all time favorite dies ever!  I paired it with another favorite: Bicycle Built for You.  I made a wedding card in the bride's colors of blue and orange, and using the couple's hair color.  It's for a May wedding.  We are friends with the bride and her family.  She is a fun-loving girl who would most likely hop in the basket rather than ride behind the groom!
Here's the front of the card:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Bicycle Built for You, Let's Play
Dies: Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up, Paper Smooches Clouds
Copics: 0, E000,00,11,23,25,27,29,31,33,35,37,39,51,53,55,57, R20, YR04,09,68, Y23,26, YG13,17,23, B000,00,02,14,16,18, C00,1,3,5,
Ink: Distress Ink Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Gathered Twigs
Paper: PTI Spring Rain, Spring Moss
Other: Orange Floss - Hobby Lobby, Plastic packaging for butterflies

I'm joining in on the fun over at Lawnfawnatics (I love that name, by the way) for their current challenge:
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful holiday!
Kara Lynne

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Great Big Exciting Announcement!

You probably already heard the news, but I just wanted to share it myself!  There's a new challenge in town created by the uber amazing Darnell of djkardkreations!  You can read all about it on Darnell's blog HERE.  The challenge will begin January 10th and I hope you will join in on all the fun!
My personal news to share:  I am so honored to be on the team of designers!
Thank you, Darnell, for including me in this fantastic endeavor!  

One other change I'd like to share:

 You may have noticed that I changed my blog title.  Everything else is still the same, I just wanted a title that conveyed an encouraging message.

Thanks for coming over to share in my news.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Cup of Cheer!

Playing along today with the MFT sketch challenge and the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.
The Santa with the list from the MFT Jingle All the Way stamp set was partially stamped and altered a bit so he could hold his Christmas mug.
Stamps:  Jingle All the Way, Hug in a Mug
Dies:  Peek-a-boo Wonky Window, Warm and Fuzzy (mug), Stitched Scalloped Basic Edges, Tag Builder Blueprint 4 (banner)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Paper: MFT Electric Red, Berrylicious, various scraps of unknown origin
Copics:  C00,0,1,2,6,8, 100, E000,00,11,13,15,21,25, Y13,26, G07,14, R02,27,29,39,59, multi-liner .05
Other: Zing white embossing powder, White Signo gel pen, Zig gold marker

The MFT sketch challenge #363 inspired my design, and the Winter Coffee Bloghop for the theme:
winter hop square with dates
Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!

Kara Lynne

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.

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.  

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:
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:

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