Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Designer Challenge - Christmas

It's time for a new Designer Challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  This month is about Christmas!  There's a $20 gift card available to win over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  All you have to do is answer the question on their blog - What are your favorite projects to create during the Christmas season?

Here's what I did:



LLLLLLove the Unconventional Xmas paper that is (fairly) new at Elizabeth Craft Designs.  I embellished that Pillow Box with Handles (so easy to make!) with a simple Stitched circle stamped with the Holiday Trees & Ornaments stamps.  I finished off my box with a bow of crinkle seam binding ribbon.

The card is made with more of the Unconventional Xmas paper and embellished with "snow hills" made from the Adventure Edges dies.  Then I added a tree, again from the Holiday Trees & Ornaments set that I cut with the coordinating dies, and stamped with a sentiment from the Holiday Cheer set.

I only used a few Copics on my creations - YG61, C1, and E31 for the trees and the tiny owl, and Y15 for the birds.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Merry Christmas - Square Style

Today is my day at the Dare 2B Artzy blog!  I'm featuring a Christmas card today using stamps that normally would not say "Christmas" - but they did to me, so why not?!?  The set is from the Totally Tracy line at Dare 2B Artzy - called Be There or Be Square.


I used Copic markers YG61 and YG63 for the leaves, colored the flowers with R24, R27 and R29 and filled in the background with B00.  The flower square was stamped twice, and I fussy cut three of the flowers in one square to use as embellishments.  The sentiment is from the Penguin Fun stamps, and the paper is from the Holly Days Paper Collection.  

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen



Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Letters to the North Pole

I've got a card over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog today that shows this fun Christmas card using the Letters to North Pole Digital Stamp:



Seriously so much fun to color!  I used the following Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11, BV20
Hair:  E23, E25, E27
Clothes and Penguin:  R81, R83, R85, B12, B14, B16, C1, C3, C5, YR14
Birdy:  Y15, Y18,
Mailbox:  C1, C3, C5, E31, E33, R27, R29, Y15, Y18

The paper is from Dare 2B Artzy, and I used Elizabeth Craft Designs Dies - Stitched Rectangles.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, October 9, 2017

Christmas Apron

A couple weeks ago, Elizabeth Craft Designs did a Winter Sweater blog hop.  That got me to thinking about what other dies I could stamp on....so I gave the ECD apron a try:


Fun, huh?  Makes me wonder what other dies I can stamp on?!?  I'll be trying some things for sure. The paper is, I believe, from Echo Park.  The rest of my supplies are below.

Thank you for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Purple and Silver Ornaments

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  This challenge is a great way to be inspired to always make sure you're not doing Christmas cards at the very last minute!  Here's the always optional challenge:


I used Heartfelt Creations paper and the Elizabeth Craft Designs Winter Sweater Die to create this:



So FuN!  LoVe this die.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Now, get to making your Christmas cards and JOIN us!  :)

Craftily yours,

Karen

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Just Chillin

I'm excited that it's KAREN day over at Elizabeth Craft Designs  :)    I used the adorable Snowman & Gifts clear stamps along with the coordinating dies to make this:


Sweet!  The paper is from the Color of Puppies Boy line.  It's a great set for a lot of different projects including this winter-inspired card :)  My blog post at Elizabeth Craft Designs has a full tutorial and all of the Copic markers I used.  Check it out - here.

Thank you for stopping by!  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, October 2, 2017

Avery with Pumpkin

It's challenge time at Paper Nest Dolls Challenges.   For my inspiration card for the challenge, I used the digital stamp, Avery with Pumpkin.


I love her long wavy hair.  The paper and dies are all from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The colors I chose to color her with are Copics:

Hair:  E23, E25, E27
Skin:  E000, E01, E11
Clothes:  G12, G14, G16, W0, W2, C3, C5
Pumpkin:  YR12, YR14, YR16, G84


Thanks for stopping by today!  And be sure to join the challenge for your chance at winning a fantastic prize!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Artzy Fall Challenge

There's a new challenge at Dare 2B Artzy - Fall Colors. Show us your oranges, reds, browns, greens, etc!  Who's ready for Fall?!?  I AM!

I used a stamp from the Totally Tracy line in my creation - Shaken Not Stirred.  I also used an older stamp on Dare 2B Artzy, called Texture


The background is made with Distress Oxide inks in Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick and Fossilized Amber.  The corners were stamped with the Fired Brick.  I wet-embossed the "Cheers" sentiment with black on vellum.  The drinks are colored with C1, YG61 and YG63!  I finished off the card with some twine, lace and sequins.

Thanks for stopping by....and do join our challenge!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Flutter

It's the end of September, and Fall seems to finally be coming to Northern California, so I decided to make a Spring card.  Yes, I realize that this doesn't make sense....but I love Fall and also love Spring flowers so much :)  Like the beautiful new Elizabeth Craft Designs blooms I used to make this card.

Ooooooh!  I used distress ink in Wilted Violet and Worn Lipstick first and smooshed it on my craft mat with some water and then just swirled the Soft Finish cardstock around.  Then I used some Peeled Paint and added water, picked some up with a paint brush and splatted in a few places.  I used the Stitched Circles dies to cut a "hole" on one side of the background, and put the "hole" back in layered up on a Dotted Scallop die.  (Unfortunately, I forgot to write down my Copic colors before putting them away....sorry)

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have a lovely Fall day filled with Spring flowers :)

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Copic markers, distress oxide inks, Dare 2B Artzy black ink, Nuvo drops

Supplies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Smile!

I'm up on the Dare 2B Artzy blog today!  Whoop whoop.  Or shall say Hoot Hoot (stamps and dies)!?!  Here's what I did:



I used one of my favorite lines of paper called Artzy Doodles Variety Pack.  I colored this FuN owl with Copic markers:  E41, E42, E43, R27, R29, B93, B95, YR14, and YR16.  Keeping it clean, I used an Elizabeth Craft Designs Fishtail Banner to add a sentiment and layered the image and sentiment onto a circle of white paper that was embossed.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Monday, September 25, 2017

Sweater Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop in the Elizabeth Craft Designs Winter Sweater Blog Hop!  Today, we are featuring the Winter Sweater die set.  How FuN!

The hope started on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog, so if you just happened to stop at my blog, head back to the start.  There are so many wonderful creations; you don't want to miss one!  AND to celebrate the fun, Elizabeth Craft Designs is offering the Winter Sweater die at 15% off by using the code "BRRR" at the check-out.  Great deal!

I decided to go with the Ugly Christmas Sweater for my post....except it didn't turn out ugly.  I would definitely wear this sweater!


The sweet stamp is from the Candy Land clear stamp set.  I colored and fussy cut her and glued her to a piece of paper from the Unconventional Xmas Collection.  The background paper is also from that collection.  She is colored with Copic markers:  E41, E42, E43, BG000, BG01, BG02, R30, R32, R35, G40, G43, G46 and C1.  The sentiment is from the Holiday Cheer set.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today.  More fun is to be found on the wonderful Frances Byrne's blog.  Eeek.  Can't wait to see what she's been up to.  The full hop list is below in case you get lost.

Karen Nofziger  (You are here)
Frances Byrne   (Go here next)


Craftily yours,


Karen



Supplies from my stash:  Black ink, Copic markers, lace and twine

Another Little Christmas Reindeer

I'm excited to be again guest designing for Gerda Steiner Designs using the new Little Christmas Reindeer stamps.  This stamp is super adorable, and I'm happy to be showcasing another way to use it.  Here's what I did:

I used some new papers from Elizabeth Craft Designs, It's Christmas Time, and cut a Stitched Rectangle from patterned paper.  Using my TH Stamping Platform, I lined up the stamps on the patterned paper the way that I wanted them to be and then stamped them onto the patterned paper.  Then I stamped the reindeer again onto Copic Xpress It blending cardstock and colored him with the following markers:

Reindeer:  E41, E42, E43, E44
Decor:  YG61, YG6, R27, Y26, Y28 (and I added some white flicks with Kirina Wink Markers)

Then, I fussy cunt out the reindeer, the bulbs, the lights and the stars and glued them onto the pattern cardstock.  I layered it up and added some lace.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,


Karen

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Get Your Jingle On

Ready for Christmas?!  I know, I know - Halloween hasn't happened yet.  I love to make Christmas cards though - so I made another one.  This one uses the Holiday Trees and Ornaments Clear Stamps and coordinating dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs:


So simple!  I embossed the background using a Spellbinders embossing folder.  Colored the tree with Copic markers (G43, G46, Y26, Y28, C1 and C3) and then die cut it out.  I ripped a piece of Soft-Finish Card Stock and stamped the sentiment on from the Holiday Cheer Stamps.  I love that sentiment!

I added some diamond dots to finish it off.  I may make multiples of this one!

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Copic Markers, Black ink (Dare 2B Artzy), Diamond Dots, Spellbinders embossing folder




Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Designer Challenge - Spooktacular Creations

It's time for a new Designer Challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs!  This month is about Spooktacular Creations!  There's a $20 gift card available to win over at the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog.  All you have to do is answer the question (there) - What are some of your favorite products to choose when creating spooky scenes for Halloween?

For both of my cards today, I used the new Halloween stamps.  On this first card, I dug out a piece of G45 paper:



These fun images are die cut with the coordinating dies and colored with Copics:

Jack-O-Lantern:  YR24, YR27, Y16, Y19, G82, G85, B93
Franken-Boy:  E000, E01, E11, BV20, BG72, BG75, C1, B93, B95, G82, G85, C3, R4
Spiders:  C3, YR24
Edging on all:  E42

For my second card, I used the Thinking About...Rio de Janeiro paper:


The images here are colored with the Cool Greys, Warm Greys...and V25.  I used the Circle Background die, and cut the purple strip with a Stitched Fishtail Banners die (just cut off the ends).

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Monday, September 18, 2017

Little Christmas Reindeer

I'm excited to be guest designing for Gerda Steiner Designs today using the new Little Christmas Reindeer stamps.  This little sweetie is SO cute!

Here's what I did:


I wanted to do non-traditional colors, and I just LoVe him in the blues and purples.  The Copic colors I used were:

Reindeer:  E41, E42, E43, E44
Decor:  BV00, BV02, BG53, BG57, Y26, Y28 (and I added some gold dots and white flicks with Kirina Wink Markers)
Birdies:  B12, B14, YR14, C1, C3

The sentiment comes in three different sections.  I LoVe the versatility of being able to stamp them any which way I want!  Those little birdies are also part of the set.  I fussy cut them out.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,



Karen

Sunday, September 17, 2017

I Melt for You

Christmas is just a little over three months away!  That's crazy, huh?!  I'm in the mood for it and have made this FuN holiday card using the Snowman & Gifts Clear Stamps along with the coordinating diesfrom Elizabeth Craft Designs:


I loved the idea of the snowflake swirling between the two snowmen.  They are one stamp and cut perfectly with the coordinating dies.  They are attached at the nose, so I just snipped them apart to put on either side of the slider.  Els does a great "how-to-video" on using the Sliders and Spinners dies. Here's a little video of the slider in action.




Sorry it's a little dark, but I think it does show the swirling snowflake well.  The images are colored with Copic Markers:  E33, R24, R27, G43, G46, Y26, Y28, C1 and C3.  The slider panel is die cut with the Stitched Circles Dies.  The paper is from the Thinking about - Rio De Janeiro 12 x 12 collection.  The white paper is the 100lb soft-finish cardstock.  I added some green Nuvo drops in the corner.

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Green Nuvo Drops, Black ink (Dare 2B Artzy) and Copic markers




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Christmas Poinsettia

I'm posting a card today over at Dare 2B Artzy!  I love Christmas!  Love making Christmas Cards.  Using the Poinsettia Tangle Stamps and Poinsettia Dies make it easy and FuN!

Here's what I made:



That flower is so much fun to color.  I used Y15, Y18, B12, B14, B16, R81, R83, and R85!  I cut the sentiment with a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs called, Stitched Fishtail Banners.  I popped up the center portion.  Here's a close-up: 


Also, have you "liked" us on Facebook yet?!  You should!  There's all kinds of beautiful inspiration.  Be sure to also check out all D2BA's products here!
Thanks for stopping by!
Craftily yours,
Karen

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Avery with Snowman

Ready for Christmas??!  Yeah, me either...but we've got just a few months to get those Christmas cards done.  Today, I've got a card over at the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge blog with a Christmas creation using the that shows this fun Christmas card using the Avery with Snowman Digital Stamp:



Isn't she pretty!  <3  I used the following Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11
Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Clothes and Snowman:  BG53, BG57, BG72, BG75, V22, V25, C1, C3, C5, YR16, Y26, Y28

The paper is from Heartfelt Creations, and I used Fitted and Stitched Circles Dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, September 11, 2017

Birthday Butterflies

It's my birthday month.  Elizabeth Craft Designs has released some BRAND new stamps, I think, for my birthday!  They are absolutely fun, like the Bugs and Butterflies Clear Stamps I used to make this card:



They are just lovely, yes?  The butterlies are colored with BG72, BG75, BG78, R81, R83, R85. I got the sentiment from the General Sentiments set.  I use this set so much!  I cut it with the Stitched Rectangle Dies.  The paper is also from Elizabeth Craft Designs, called Butterfly Dream.  I used the 6x6 size.  To add some fancy, I splashed a little Tattered Lace Ink on the background after masking hte butterflies....and added a touch of lace :)

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen

Supplies from my stash:  Lace, Tattered Lace Ink, pink card stock, black ink (Dare 2B Artzy), Copic markers




Sunday, September 10, 2017

Christmas Cookies

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  This challenge is a great way to be inspired to always make sure you're not doing Christmas cards at the very last minute!  Here's the always optional challenge:



I used the Paper Nest Dolls Mrs Claus digital image to create this:



The paper is from Heartfelt Creations. I colored her with these Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11, BV00
Hair:  E31, E33, E35
Clothes:  BG72, BG75, BG53, BG57, V20, V22, W0, W2, W3, W5, YG61, YG63
Shoes, Cookies and Dishes:  E31, E35, C1, C3


Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Holiday Cheer

Elizabeth Craft Designs has some brand new stamps....like the ones I used to make this FuN holiday card.  



From the newer sets, I used Holiday Trees & Ornaments and Penguins.  I grabbed the deer from the Birch Forest set.  Aren't they "deer"??!  All of the instructions and Copics I used for this card are on the Elizabeth Craft Designs blog today!  Go see!

Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen


Monday, September 4, 2017

Princess Rose

It's time for an ALL-NEW challenge over at Paper Nest Dolls Challenges.   For my inspiration card for the challenge, I used the digital stamp, Princess Rose.


The paper is from an old CTMH paper kit.  Loved the grays in the background with her pretty yellow dress.  The colors I chose to color her with are Copics:

Hair:  E21, E23, E25
Skin:  E000, E01, E11, R20, BV20
Dress:  Y000, Y00, Y02, Y13, Y15, Y18, Y19
Flower:  G12, G14, V20, V22, V25

I looooooved coloring her dress!  The "thanks" die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs; can be found here.  The scallop die is from Spellbinders.

Thanks for stopping by today!  And be sure to join the challenge for your chance at winning a fantastic prize!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

CAS Birthday Cards

Back in July, Elizabeth Craft Designs had a "clean and simple" designer challenge.  I'd made the cards below, but it was before those totally adorable owls were released.  They are released now (YIPPEE), so I'm finally getting to post them!

Copic colors used:  YG61, YG63, B93, B95, R81, R83, E41, YR16
Copic colors used:  B12, B14, BG53, BG57, R81, R83, YR16, E41
Copic colors used:  V20, V22, B93, B95, E41, YR16, YG61, YG63





















The papers are all from the Thinking About - Polinesia line and are cut with the Fitted Rectanges.  I used 100 lb Soft-Finish Cardstock for the card bases.  The sentiment is from the General Sentiments set and are cut with the Stitched Fishtail Banners.  I attached the banners / ribbons on with a Tim Holtz Tiny Stapler.  These were so easy to make, and I love how they turned out!

Links to the supplies I used are below.  From my stash is the pearls, ribbons, and black ink.

Thank you for stopping by.

Craftily yours,

Karen



Friday, August 25, 2017

Flower blog hop

Welcome to Dare 2B Artzy's Blog Hop!

Summer is such a beautiful time of the year.  It's always fun to see the beautiful flowers blooming.  In honor of summer, we have decided to have a fun blog hop with the theme of Dreaming of Flowers!  (Side note to my fellow Northern Californians, yes - I realize most of our flowers have dried up in the heat...but that makes "Dreaming of Flowers" even MORE appropriate!!)

A few of the design team members are using previously released floral stamps sets, and a few are using two of our newly released sets.  If you haven't had a chance to see the newest two floral stamp sets, be sure to check out "Wishing Happiness" and "Playful Posies"!  They are beautiful and so much fun to use.


You should have arrived here from the talented Pam's blog.  If you didn't and would like to hop along, please go back to the Dare 2B Artzy blog to start at the beginning.  Be sure to follow each blog and leave comments along the way for your chance at winning!  We will randomly choose a winner from one of the blogs, so the more you comment - the more chances you have to win!!

The winner will receive a stamp set and ink pad of their choice.  The blog hop will end Sunday, Aug 27 at 7 p.m. Eastern.  We will then post a winner.

I did a very patriotic flower for my project using the Blissful Blooms Stamps and the Fields of Joy Collection Paper Pack.  


I colored it with the following Copic markers:  C1, R24, R27, R29, YR12, YR14, YR16, B12, B14, B16.  I'm sorry I didn't get a close-up of that beautiful bloom.  I'm in the process of moving and frankly forgot to take it before I packed up my belongings.

Thanks for stopping by.  Your next stop is the marvelous Tasha's blog.  I'm sure she has a treat posted for you to see.  We hope we have inspired you to dream of flowers :)

Check out all of D2BA's products - here.  Happy Hopping!!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Thursday, August 17, 2017

The World is Your Runway

Eeeeek, Elizabeth Craft Designs has some brand new stamps....like the one I used to make this FuN card.  It's called "Fashion Set 2" and has fun coordinating dies to go with it.  (I didn't have them yet when I made this card, so I did me some fussy cutting.)  Way easier with the dies!  The background is done with the distress oxide inks, and the image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  The sentiment is also new - and coming soon!



The full supplies list is below.  Thank you SO much for stopping by!

Craftily yours, Karen Supplies from my stash:  Twine, lace, Prismacolor pencils, pearls, distress oxide inks, colored cardstock, black ink

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Designer Challenge - Gift Giving

This month's Designer Challenge over at Elizabeth Craft Designs was to make something appropriate for gift giving!  To be entered to WIN a $20 GC to Elizabeth Craft Designs, all you have to do is answer the question, "What are some of the homemade and crafty gifts you have created over the years?" on the Elizabeth Craft Designs post!  Easy peezy!  They will select 3 lucky winners in a random drawing and post the winners on their blog on Friday, August 18!

I've seen lots of people do coasters using ceramic tiles, so I decided to give it a whirl!


I used TWO of their ALL-NEW stamps - Blossom Time and Blooms & Leaves.  I stamped with black permanent ink and then colored them in with Copic markers.  The Copics have almost a watercolor effect on the ceramic tiles (that I bought at a local hardware store for 13c each).  Here's a close up!


Some helpful tips.
1. Stamp straight up, straight down.  These things are slick!  It's hard to get a good image, but fortunately, the ink takes a while to dry, so you can wipe it off easily and try again if you don't get a good image.
2. Use permanent black ink.  I used Dare 2B Artzy Totally Black.
3.  When coloring, dab, dab...instead of swipe.  Even dry, the copics were removing the black ink when coloring.
4.  Finish by spraying on a sealer - I used a spray Mod Podge.
5.  Add cork to the back.


Aren't they fun!  Thanks for stopping by today.  My supplies list is below.

Craftily yours,

Karen



My stash supplies:  Ceramic tiles, black ink, cork backing, ink spray, Copic markers, Mod Podge spray

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Blue and White Snowflakes

It's time for a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges!  There's about 4-1/2 months until Christmas.  Crazy, huh?  Time to get started on those Christmas creations!  Here's the always optional challenge:




I used the Paper Nest Dolls Emma with Snowflake Banner digital image to create this:



The paper is from Bo Bunny. I colored her with these Copics:

Skin:  E000, E01, E11, R20, BV00
Hair:  E31, E33, E35
Hat and Boots:  B93, B95, B97
Rest of clothes, B12, B14, B16, W0, W2

The sentiment is from Unity Stamp Company.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Craftily yours,

Karen

Monday, August 7, 2017

Flower Lace and Flower Power

My design team sisters from the die team have been using the amazing Flower Lace dies from Elizabeth Craft Designs!  I love it so much and couldn't wait to get my hands on it.  Here's what I did using it and the Flower Power stamps and coordinating dies.


I first created a "background" page using Faded Jeans, Broken China and Wilted Violet Distress Oxide inks.  Then I stamps the flower on it and die cut it with the coordinating die.  I layered up a Stitched Rectangles die cut made from some white luster paper I had and cut the Flower Lace 1 from a piece of blue luster paper.  Then I took a piece of the scrap "background" to create the sentiment panel using the THANKS stamp from the General Sentiments set.  I adhered the card front to a card base made with 100lb Soft Finish Cardstock.  I added some lace and diamond dots.

Thanks for stopping by!

Craftily yours,

Karen


Supplies from my stash:  Distress Oxide Inks, Lace, Diamond Dots, and Luster Cardstock