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