Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Twofer Card Challenge #1: Feathers

Welcome to my inaugural post for the Twofer Card Challenge!  We are excited to share our interpretations of the cue word "feathers", and even more excited to see your interpretations!

For my twofer, I chose a tiny bird from MFT's Happy Hippos stamp set.  I thought it would be fun to see how I could use this little image for two very different occasions.  A masculine birthday card, and a new baby card seemed to be a good stretch for me!
There are three little birds in the set.  I used the masking technique to group the three birds together and did some no-line coloring, hoping to give them a fluffy texture.
The sentiment was heat embossed on white and then ink blended to create the grass.  The chicks are all popped up with foam adhesive.  I drew in their little feet onto the grass with a colored pencil.
Next, I needed a 70th birthday card for my uncle.  Geometric patterned paper helped give this card a masculine feel.  The little bird stole the TH from birthday to make 70 into 70th.  I attached the thread to the back of the letters and his beak, then cut out a second beak and glued it over the thread.
The "birthday" was cut from both the gray and aqua paper to create an inlaid look and to emphasize that the TH came from there.  Did you know you can spell "happy" from "birthday"?  At least when they are all capitals like this.  I just cut the leg off the R to make the letter P.  The bird, numbers, and banner are popped up with fun foam.
Stamps:  MFT Happy Hippos (birds), MFT Welcome Baby (sentiment)
Dies: MFT Grassy Hills, Stitched Cloud Edges, Pierced Circle Frame, Blueprints 26, Big Numbers, SSS Congratulations (retired)
Copics:  0, Y00,08,11,13,15,19, YR04,65,68, R00,02, E44, BG11,70,72, Multi-liner .03
Paper: MFT Plaid Patterns, American Crafts Haunted Hallow, Basic Grey Hey Boy
Ink:  Memento Cantaloupe, VersaMark, Distress Ink Twisted Citron, Pumice Stone, Ground Espresso
Other:  SSS ultra fine white embossing powder, Crayola Mango colored pencil, brown thread, fun foam

I hope you will join us for this exciting new challenge!  Please head on over to the Twofer Card Challenge Blog to get all the details and to see the rest of the design team's creative interpretations.
Thanks so much for coming over to visit.  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fresh from the Bakery

Here's a box of cupcakes all packed up and ready for a birthday party:
The wise guy in the box found those comedy glasses over in the LF Dad + Me stamp set.
 I wanted the box and sentiments to resemble a bakery box and labels.
 These little cupcakes were so fun to "frost".
Stamps: Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends, Dad+Me, Happy Happy Happy, Let's Play, Bannertastic
Dies:  Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop-up, Tiny Gift Box, You're Sweet Line Border
Copics:  E30,31,33,35,70,74,79, Y00, 02,04,21,23,36, BG10,11,13, BV000,00,02, RV21,52,63,55, R27, 0
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark
Other: SSS Fine detailed embossing powder, PTI Shakers and Sprinkles (sprinkles), Wink of Stella, Glossy Accents

 They are all excited to play in the Lawnfawnatics #20 fun with food challenge.
Thanks for coming over to visit!  I hope you're having a wonderful day!  I also hope you will join me tomorrow for the first Twofer Card Challenge
Kara Lynne

Monday, January 8, 2018

You Make the World a Better Place

Over the weekend, I was inspired by many of my blogging friends' cards and the challenge blogs that inspired them.  I had a little time while the family was watching a movie last night to put this card together:
 Kobi the bear was colored with Copics last week while we were on break.  The rest of the card fell together based on the following challenges:

Fusion - 4th Anniversary Challenge                                 Inspired by All the Little Things #77
A wonderful sketch paired with those adorable woodland creatures - sigh!
Not only was I inspired by the bear, but the whole storybook feel of the photo.

Stamps:  Studio Katia - Kobi the Birthday Bear, SSS - You Matter
Dies:  SSS - You
Paper:  My Mind's Eye - Stella and Rose, Basic Grey - Hey Boy
Copics:  E21,23,25,27,31,33, 35,37,49,50,51,53,55, C2,6, 100 - Yikes!  That's a lot of colors for just one bear!
Ink:  VersaMark, DI - Evergreen Bough
Other:  Fiskars Paper Edgers - Deckle, Creative Memories Corner Punch

Thanks so much for coming over to visit!  I hope you have a wonderful day!
Kara Lynne

Friday, January 5, 2018

Tag, You're It! Challenge Highlights

Today, the Tag, You're It! designers are highlighting some of our favorite tag designs.  As I look back at the tags I have created, I am reminded of the many featured artists and how I was inspired.  Thank you to everyone who played along with us!

Here are some of my favorite personal designs from the challenge:


Thanks so much for coming over to visit, and for playing along with Tag, You're It!
Kara Lynne

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