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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Birgitta Rings a Bell

I have another Christmas card using CC Designs products to share today.

This one is using Birgitta Rings a Bell.  She's such a sweetie isn't she?!



I cut her out using the Dotted rectangles die and the sentiment is from an old CC Designs set.

So I have 2 Christmas cards done now, I'm not too sure how many I'll get done this year though.
Maybe I should set myself a target?

Simon Says Stamp - Use patterned paper
Word Art Wednesday - anything goes


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy













Sunday, June 25, 2017

Up in the Air Dog


I’m back to share another MFT card for Anna's Craft Cupboard

I’ve used the Up In The Air set again but this time I have the dog in the balloon J
And I have used the same sunrays (AKA Sunburst or Starburst) technique as I used on my last card but with a few differences.






This time I chose a focal point that’s towards the centre of the card and the rays radiate all around it.

So I cut the paper into 4”x 1” rectangles this time and then cut them into triangles. So they are smaller, but I needed more of them.
There are 24 triangles on my card.

I inked around the edges of them with Antique Linen Distress Ink and glued the triangles onto a brown cardstock this time.  This was cut to 4 1/8” x 6” and I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.

All papers are from the Bloom and Grow collection by Simple Stories.  And they are SO beautiful!

I decided to put the balloon and dog on a tag in the centre of the rays.

I stamped onto white card and coloured just the basket and cut the entire image out.  Then I stamped the balloon part of the stamp again onto patterned paper and cut it out and glued it on top. 

Paper piecing the balloon like this made it much quicker and easier than colouring it.  I could have also cut out each balloon segment in a different colour but I just thought that might be a bit too much on this card. 

I glued it to the tag and then adhered the dog on top. And because I was putting this onto a white base, I didn’t have to bother with the trickier cutting of the balloon that I did on my previous card.

I lightly sponged around the tag with the distress ink and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment which is also from the Up In The Air set.

I hope you’ve liked seeing this technique and that you’ll give it a try too.

Kathy




Saturday, June 24, 2017

Santa's Helper


I decided to make a start on my Christmas cards this month.
And NO, it's not too early!

I've used an older CC Designs stamp called Santas Helper.
I've used her before and she's one of my absolute favourite Christmas stamps!  I love her :)





The sentiment is from a very old and no longer available CC designs set. I think it's gorgeous though and I cut it out using the Layering Tags die.

This is such an adorable Christmas stamp!
She makes me happy :)

Thanks for dropping by today
Kathy

Friday, June 23, 2017

Up in the air


I have another card and tutorial for Anna's Craft Cupboard today.
And I’m showcasing another fabulous stamp set from My Favorite Things (MFT) .

I got the chance to play with Up In The Air this month and it is so much fun to use.
There are just SO many possibilities with this set!  The sky is the limit! :) (ha ha)

I was also lucky enough to get the MFT Die-Namics Die - Spring Scene Builder to use and it is wonderful too :)

So I wanted to use these two together and create an interesting sky for the balloon to float around in.
I decided to create a sun ray background with patterned papers (AKA the Sunburst or Starburst technique).  
Here is how I created my card so that you can try it out for yourself :)




This technique can be wonderful for using up scraps of patterned paper you have in your stash.  You can use all different lengths, widths and designs and make them work.  But I actually cut mine from 2 new sheets of paper and cut them all the same size :)

When using this technique you need to firstly decide where you want the “rays” to radiate from.  I decided to put my sun in the top right hand corner of the card, so all the points of my rays start there.

I also decided to leave a space between my rays, but you can vary the look of the background by butting them together instead.

I used Spring-a-ling and Butterfly Net from the Spring Things  collection by Doodlebug Designs to make the rays.
·        I used a Kaisercraft C6 White Card for the base.

·        I cut a piece of white card 4”x 5 7/8”. This is the piece you will glue the rays to.

·        Then I cut 5 rectangles from patterned paper 1”x 6”.
(I cut 2 rectangles from one colour and 3 from another).
·        Then cut them in half diagonally.


·        I glued 1 ray along one edge, making sure the point of it was in the top corner of the card.



·        Then I glued a second ray along the other side.



·        I glued the other rays between these two, leaving a little space. They may overlap a little at the points or not be perfect but this is fine as it will be covered over.


·
·      Turn the card over and carefully trim away the excess paper.  I found this easier to do by hand, but you can use a paper trimmer.



You will notice some pieces are not quite long enough.  That is okay because I am putting some grass on the bottom of the card.




·        I cut the sun and clouds with the MFT Die-Namics Die - Spring Scene Builder.  I added some ink to the sun and glued it over the top of the sun rays at the right corner of the card.

                                       

·        I white embossed the cute sentiment from the Up In The Air set onto a piece of American Crafts – Key Lime Card. I used the hill piece from the die to cut it out and trimmed it down to fit.  Then I inked the edge of it and attached it to the bottom of the card.




·       There are trees with the die too, but I decided to colour the trees from the stamp set and cut them out and attached them to the hill.

I didn’t get the matching outline die with this stamp so I thought I would show you how I cut out the balloon too. (I guess this is just for people like me who don’t like to cut images out with a knife.)




Maybe you noticed something a bit wrong with this photo? Were you wondering why a dog has suddenly appeared?

Well I had my card all laid out just how I wanted it ready to be glued down when my daughter came in.  So I asked her what she thought of the card and she said “I really love it but there is one thing that would have made it perfect”. 
So I had to ask …. “What?”  And she said ……         
“The CAT”!
So I just had to colour up the cat and swap that puppy out of there so that my card would be perfect! :)

The dog is very cute too though and I will be back here on the blog later this week to show you how I used him on another card.  I hope you’ll come back to see. :) And in the meantime, please check out all the wonderful MFT goodies at Anna’s Craft Cupboard.

Kathy

Friday, June 2, 2017

Cutie Butterfly Fairy


I wanted to make a Birthday Card for a little girl who's turning 5 very soon.
And I thought a fairy card would be perfect.
I used this stamp and  I actually got a bit of shock when I read what it was called
because I assumed she was a fairy!
This is Roberto's Rascals Cutie Butterfly from CC Designs.
Anyway whatever she is, she is super cute :)



I stamped her twice.  On the first image, I put glue all over the wings and sprinkled fine glitter on them and left them to dry while I coloured the other image.

I used copics to colour the second image and cut her out, minus the wings, and then stuck her on top of the glittered wings.
I left her hand "free" so that I could put the twine under it as though she were holding the string.
Then I cut her out again so that she could fly on the cloudy background I created.
I used distress inks and splashed on a bit of water and a few drops of white paint too.

I cut a number 5 using the CC Designs Jumbo Numbers Die and covered it with glue and the same glitter to match her wings.

Copics used :

Y 11, 13, 15
E 000, 00, 21
YR 14, 18
R 20, 30
V 01, 04, 05, 06
BV 0000, 000, 00, 02, 04
W 00

I'd like to enter my card into the challenge at :

Simon Says Stamp : anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy

Friday, May 19, 2017

Bug Birgitta

I'm here to share another card using one of the newly released stamps from CC Designs.
This little cutie is called Bug Birgitta and she's a real sweetheart isn't she?!




I don't do paper piecing all that often, but I thought she would look very cute in this happy yellow outfit.
I coloured the rest of her with copics and used the Circles #1 die to cut her out.
All the papers are from one of my favouritest ever pads by Echo Park called Bundle of Joy.

The sentiment is from an old CC Designs set called HB2U Sentiments, which isn't available any more,so lucky you if you have it :)

Copics used :
R 00, 20, 22, 24, 30
BG 10, 11
B 0000
W 00, 1
Y 11, 15
YG 01, 03
E 000, 00, 13, 21

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Words 2 Craft By - Springtime = Party Time
Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog - anything goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy




Monday, May 8, 2017

Butterfly Cinnamon

I have another card to share using one of the new release stamps by CC Designs.
This cutie is a Rustic Sugar design called Butterfly Cinnamon.

I thought she might make a cute thank you card.






I coloured her with copics and then used the Dotted Rectangles Die to cut her out.

Copics used :

E 000, 00, 21, 43, 44, 47, 53
RV 23, 25
BG 0000, 01, 02, 05, 07
Y 13, 15
YG 01, 03
YR 16, 18
W 00, 1, 3


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy




Friday, May 5, 2017

Pixie Girl



Today is RELEASE DAY for the MAY Stamps at C.C. Designs. As you have seen from our Preview Days, these new stamps revolve around Spring! There are 5 new character stamps and a re-release of two older sentiments now as clear stamp sets.






I decided to use the super cute new stamp called Pixie Girl.
I think she's adorable and would make anyone feel a little happier :)

I coloured her with copics to coordinate with these gorgeous papers from the Bloom and Grow collection by Simple Stories.

I decided to put her on a little tag.
I used the Layering Tags Die ,
the grass from the Make a Card #13 Die
and the sun from the Make a Card #16 Die.

I also used the Scalloped Rectangles Die for a pretty little edging to the "wood" panel.

The sentiment is from the Roberto's Rascals Celebrate set.


Now check out the amazing creations from the Design Team!

And we can’t have a Blog Hop without a PRIZE!! Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment on each DT Member’s Blog, and then head back to the C.C. Designs Blog to let us know you completed the hop. The winner from the Blog Hop will receive FREE stamps!!

*This Blog Hop will end on Sunday, MAY 7th at NOON, 12pm EST. All winners will be announced the following week.

Don't forget we also have a give-away on the C.C. Designs Facebook Page. Head over, find the Preview Day Banner, and answer the question in the FACEBOOK comment section. You have until Sunday, MAY 7th to leave an answer for a chance at winning! 

All of these products are now available in the C.C. Designs Store!

Happy Hopping!!

Kathy 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Kitty with Butterfly

I truly can't believe it's May already, but it is! 
And that means it's time for a new stamp release at CC Designs too :)

I have a sneak peek of a new stamp for you.
This is Kitty With Butterfly, a Rustic Sugar design. 
They are very sweet aren't they?!



I decided to create a little scene.
I used the Circles #1 Die to make the sun and then used some distress inks on watercolour paper to make some colourful rays.  I splashed some water on them and added a few droplets of Glossy Accents too for a little added dimension.
Then I used the Make a card #11 Die to cut a grassy slope for them to play on.

The sentiment is from an older CC Designs set called Happy Day. It's not available any more, so count yourself  lucky if you have this one! :)  I just thought it went perfectly with this cute image and had to use it!

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Simon Says : The great outdoors
Word Art Wednesday : anything goes
Simon Says Stamp : anything goes

There are some more sneak peeks over on the blog and please come back again tomorrow for the new release blog hop.

Thanks for dropping by today :)
Kathy






Friday, April 28, 2017

3 Balloons Kitty

I have a card for CC Designs to share today.
This little cutie is 3 Balloons Kitty.
She is so sweet isn't she?!




I used the Make a Card #2 and #5  Dies to cut the ovals.
And I used the Pinky Rectangles Die for the the pinked edge.

The papers are from My Girl by My Minds Eye.
I even cut the sentiment out of one of the pieces.  I love this pad

Copics used :


W 00, 1, 3
Y 11, 13, 15
RV 21, 23, 25
BG 01, 02, 10
R 30
E 41, 43, 44

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

The Sketchy Challenge : Sketch
7 Kids Challenge : Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp : Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Strike 2


I have another card for Anna's Craft Cupboard to share using the MFT Strike Up The Band stamp set.
I do Love these bunnies!  They are just so cute aren’t they?!




This time I’ve teamed them with papers from the Doodlebug Designs Spring Things range.
I thought this stripe from the Frog Friends paper was gorgeous and so I coloured the bunnies to coordinate with it.

Then I cut them out using the Strike Up the Band Die-namics die and mounted on foam mounting squares for some added dimension.

There are so many wonderful sentiments that come with the bunnies but I decided to cut the Happy Birthday Sentiment from the Baby Blooms paper.  I attached this at a slight angle so that the bunnies are walking downhill and it gave the card a little extra “something”. 

I always adhere my card and papers with Mono Multi Liquid Glue.  It is very easy to use and stays put.  You also have some wriggle time if you need to change something.

I also used the coordinating Doodlebug matte sprinkles - dots.  I’ve never used matt dots before and I think they look fantastic!  I will definitely be getting more. Love them!

The green matt is American Crafts Key Lime card .
And I used the Kaisercraft C6 white card for the base and rounded the bottom corners.
I also cut another of the C6 cards to make the panel the bunnies are marching on.  Just so it would be the same colour white card.


Copics used :

E 41, 43, 44
BV 0000, 000, 00
Y 11, 13, 15
BG 11, 15
R 30
YG 11, 13, 17
W 00, 1

Colouring these adorable bunnies and making this card was lots of fun.

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy






Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Strike Up The Band

I have some exciting news to share!!!
I am now designing for Anna's Craft Cupboard! :)

I got to play with the adorable stamp set Strike Up The Band by My Favourite Things.  How lucky am I?!!!

I just LOVE this set SO much!!!  These bunnies are super cute and so fun to colour and play around with. The set comes with lots of fabulous sentiments and they can be used for so many different occasions.

I also used the MFT Strike Up The Band Die-namics Die which makes things so much quicker and easier when you have a lot of images to cut out.





I wanted to make giving a gift card a bit more special, so I made this Pop Up Gift Card Holder.

These are the instructions if you’d like to give it a try J




  • ·         Cut 2 pieces of paper 4 x 5.5” and score at 1,2 and 3” on the short side.
  • ·         Apply strong adhesive tape on the 1” sections on the correct side of the paper at the top and bottom of one piece.



  • ·         Attach this scored piece to inside of card aligning at centre score line. (Mine is attached to bottom of dark star piece)




  • ·         You are folding this over and around to make a little “step”.




  • ·        Align other end of scored piece at centre of card base and adhere to other half of card. (Mine is attached to top of white piece).

  • This is how it should look from the side.




·       
  •     On the second piece of paper, only attach approx. 2cm of tape at top and bottom of one edge. And then attach tape to top and bottom of other edge as in previous piece.




  • ·         Attach this scored paper (the edge with the 2cm tape on it) to the front of first attached piece aligning at base.



  • ·         Then fold over and align end of scored piece at base and adhere to card base. (Making a second “step” which is attached to the first).
       The gift card slots in between the 2 steps.



  
The pop up holder is now complete and ready to decorate J




I coloured the rabbits and used the dies to cut them out.
This is such a time saver and they look neater too!!!

And for the rabbits on the inside of the card I cut out an extra rabbit shape from white card and attached it to the back of the coloured bunnies.  It looks neater and gives them a little extra strength and support to stand up smartly.

The inside sentiment is a stamp from the Strike Up The Band set and so are the drum and trumpet.

The card does end up being a little bulky because of the gift card and all the fun stuff happening on the inside of it J.  So it is best to tie it closed somehow.  You could tie a nice bow with ribbon or use a belly band but I’ve just tied mine with some twine.


Copics used :

E 41. 43
W 00, 1, 5, 7
Y 11, 15, 28
R 27, 29, 30, 59


I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial J

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Pile it on : Interactive and/or Birthday
Word Art Wednesday : Anything Goes
Aud Sentiments Challenge : Use a stamp for your sentiment
Sweet stampers challenge : Animals


And you definitely must check out the My Favourite Things section at Anna’s.  There are just so many CUTE and FUN things to play with!



Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Balloon Lucy

I coloured up the gorgeous  Balloon Lucy by CC Designs and created a clean and simple card with her.

I decided to go bold and bright and I really like the way it turned out :)



I also stamped one of the sayings from the Birthday Wishes Sentiments next to her and I used the
Rectangles #1 Die to cut it out.
After I had done that though, I decided that I actually wanted a skinnier rectangle, so I cut off the sides.  I really like the look of the stitching just at the top and bottom anyway :)

Ingredients
Stamps : Balloon Lucy, Birthday wishes sentiments
Card : x-press it, slate, grey, bella Blvd stars
Ink : memento black
Other : rectangles #1 die, copics

Copics used :
RV 23, 25
YR 14, 16, 18
W 00, 1, 3, 5, 7
Y 15
R 30
E 000, 00, 21

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Ribbon Girl : Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes with a sentiment


Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy



Monday, April 10, 2017

Party Kitty

I have been making a lot of bold and bright cards lately
but I have a very soft and sweet card to share with you today.

This is Party Kitty  from the newest release at CC Designs.
I love this little cutie :)



I like to colour balloons with soft colours and make them appear translucent.
And I was happy how this bunch of balloons turned out.
I then spronged on a cloudy sky, cut the piece into a rectangle and sponged some linen distress ink around the edges.
Then I mounted it onto the Scalloped Rectangles Die.

Ingredients :

Stamps : Party Kitty
Card : x-press it, kraft card, blushing bride core-dinations
Ink : memento black, antique linen DI, pool party
Other : Scalloped rectangles die, sweet die (Whimsy), music ef. (Spellbinders)
copics

Copics used :
Y 11, 13
YR 14
YG 0000, 01
R 0000, 00, 30
BV 0000, 00
BG 0000, 000, 10
E 41, 43



I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges :

Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday
Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes

Thanks for dropping by today :)

Kathy



Friday, April 7, 2017

Candle Blowing



Today is RELEASE DAY for the new APRIL Stamps at C.C. Designs. As you have seen from our Preview Days, these new stamps revolve around birthday parties and celebrations!


Isn't this a fabulous release?!  I love them all!
But I've used Candle Blowing today and she is a real sweetie!




I coloured her with copics (which was lots of fun) and decided that she would look great with the phone from the  Make a Card #4 Die.

The sentiment and other embellishments (star, balloon, streamers, base layer) are from the Make a Card #14 Die.


Every release we will have a New Release Blog Hop to showcase our awesome Design Team. Check out their amazing creations! This month we have an awesome Guest Designer joining us! Please give a warm welcome to Mindy Baxter of My Creative Scoop!


And we can’t have a Blog Hop without a PRIZE!! Here's how to enter:

Leave a comment on each DT Member’s Blog, and then head back to the C.C. Designs Blog to let us know you completed the hop. The winner from the Blog Hop will receive FREE stamps!!

*This Blog Hop will end on Sunday, APRIL 9th at NOON, 12pm EST. All winners will be announced the following week.

Don't forget we also have a give-away on the C.C. Designs Facebook Page. Head over, find the Preview Day Banner, and answer the question in the FACEBOOK comment section. You have until Sunday, APRIL 9th to leave an answer for a chance at winning! 

All of these products are now available in the C.C. Designs Store!

Thanks for dropping by today and Happy Hopping!!

Kathy