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Upbeet Day

April 8th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable pun that made me laugh.

This set used beets. I used the same design for each card but moved the focal point around and rotated the colors around the circle. I did this to make each card interesting and individual.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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All 4 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and two side fold cards

Extra Details:  I started by making the card bases. I had already made the radish cards with the variety of folds, so I did the same for this card set. I used many of the same Distress Inks that I used on the Radish cards to create the background for these cards.

I started by making a circle mask. I temporarily adhered the mask to each card base. I used Mini Distress Ink Blenders to blend eight colors of Distress Ink around the circle. Then, I moved the mask to a new card base. I rotated the mask, so the colors would be in a different position on each card.

Next, I decided to add some splatter to the card bases. I used pink, yellow, and blue Distress Inks to add the splatter. I replaced the mask and flicked some ink on to the card base. I tried to keep the splatter in its own area of the color wheel I had created.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the beets on a scrap of water color paper. I added the leaves, faces, and other details. Once the beets were all stamp, I fussy cut them out.

Because the sentiment stamp is a clear stamp, I was able to bend it to match the curve of my circle. I stamped the sentiment in black ink. Lastly, I adhered the beets and the cards were complete.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

LOVE! #16: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157682080285165/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink in Key Lime

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Anyway You Slice It

April 1, 2017

The owner of our favorite local pizza shop was sick this week. He also happens to be a family friend, so I made him this card. I will write a get well message on the inside of the card.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and coloring my pizza images. I used colored pencils to color the images. I added the topping with colored inks, once I was finished with the colored pencils. I used my Cutter Bee scissors to fussy cut out the images. I painted the edges of the images with a black marker to hide any cutting mistakes.

Next, I used my die cut machine to die cut a stitched circle and a white banner. I stamped my sentiment on the banner. I used Distress Inks and mini ink blending tools to add color to the circle.

I created a card base form kraft card stock. I stamped the toppings all over the card base using a brown ink. Once, I finished that, I adhered the circle die cut to the card base with a tape runner and some fun foam for dimension. To adhere the banner, I used dimensional glue dots and tape runner. I used small glue dots to adhere all of the other small images.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-37/

LOVE! Challenge #16: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157682080285165/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart and Best Pun Ever

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Sentiment Banners

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Memento Dew Drops in Lady Bug, Dandelion, Cottage Ivy, and Rich Cocoa

Distress Inks in Walnut Stain and Salty Ocean

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Peep Shaker Cards

March 10, 2017

My daughter just received a set of Crayola Fine Line markers as a gift. She very nicely let me use them to create this card set. I used a water brush to blend the color out and was very pleased with the results.

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Two of the four cards

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Two more cards

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I white heat embossed the Peep outlines all over the sheet. I used the Crayola Fine Line Markers to add a single line of color around all around the inside edges of each Peep. I used my water brush to add a very small amount of water and pull the color into the middle of each Peep. Once the Peeps were dry, I used a light blue marker to add color to the background. I added a line of color around the outside of each Peep and used my water brush to pull the color out.

White this sheet was drying; I realized that I hadn’t added a sentiment…. So I got a half sheet of water color paper and stamped the sentiment and some more Peeps. I used the same markers and technique to create the sentiments and the Peeps for the inside of the shakers.

When everything was dry, I began die cutting. I used two Cross Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the outer frame and the inner piece for each card. I used the same dies to cut some frames from fun foam to use in the construction of the shakers. I used the coordinating Peep die to cut out each of the extra Peeps. I fussy cut out each sentiment.

Next, I began construction my shaker cards. I adhered the inner rectangle directly to each white card base. I added the fun foam frame around the inner rectangle with strong doubled sided tape. Then, I adhered the clear plastic to the cardstock frame. I adhered the sentiment to the outside of the clear plastic. I added small piece of fun foam behind the sentiment. I added the die cute Peeps, some clear and white sequins to the well created by the fun foam frame.  Then, I adhered the card stock frame to the fun foam frame. Lastly, I trimmed away any fun foam that was sticking out and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

Simon Says: Make Your Own background

LOVE! Flickr Challenge # 15 – Bringing Spring Smiles

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157680815680106/

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge # 66 – Coloring

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157677538465903/

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep Dies

Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

A Bushel and A Peck

February 1, 2017

Valentine’s Day is approaching faster than I care to think about. My kiddos already have their valentine’s for their classmates planned, but weren’t sure what to do for their teachers. I found the Thanks a Bushel stamp set and was inspired.

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All three cards together

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by stamping and water coloring the apple baskets. I used Distress Inks as water colors for these images. Once the ink was dry, I fussy cut them out.

I die cut three cross stitched rectangles from water color paper. I used two shades of red Distress Ink to ink smoosh the backgrounds. I added some splatter with Black Soot Distress Ink for interest.

Once the backgrounds were dry, I stamped the small heart in red ink for added interest. Then, I added the sentiments in Versa Fine ink.

I made three card bases from gray card stock. Using a grey ink, I repeatedly stamped a sentiment on each card base. I changed the orientation on each card base just because I could.

I adhered the inked panels to the card bases and the cards were complete.

Challenges Entered:

LOVE! February Challenge Hearts and & Flowers

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157679741604126/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: The Color of Love

Simon Says: The Color Of Love

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Thanks a Bushel and A Good Apple

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Mark

Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Lady Bug

Distress Inks in Black Soot, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, Mowed Lawn, and Ripe Persimmon

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Flower Thanks

January 22, 2017

Lawn Fawn has just completed the sneak peeks of their new spring products. I feel in love with the new flower layering set. I know it will not be available for at least a month, but I wanted to play with stamp layering. While looking through my stash I found Penelope’s Blossoms set and decided to try to stamp layer those flowers.

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Close up of single card

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Both cards together

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started these cards by die cutting two cross stitched rectangles from some water color paper. While my CuttleBug was out, I also die cut the Scripty Thanks die from some black card stock and yellow fun foam. The fun foam has an adhesive backing to I attached it to the black card stock before die cutting.

Then, I began stamping. I picked some Distress Inks to stamp my flowers in. I made sure to have two shades for each color family.  For the lighter layer, I used the back of the stamp to get a solid image. Next, I flipped the stamp over and added the darker layer for the detailed image. Lastly, I added the green foliage to fill in the space.

I adhered the Scripty Thanks to the front of the panel with some liquid glue. While that was drying, I worked on my card bases. I decided on a light pink card base. I added some wood grain texture using a very light gray ink. After I attached the stamped panels, the cards were finished.

 

Challenges Entered:

LOVE! – January “Anything Goes” challenge

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157676702061612/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Penelope’s Blossoms and Woodgrain Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Thanks, Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Ink in Fog

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Wilted Violet, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Spiced Marmalade, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

 

Upbeet Birthday

January 21, 2017

My mother in law needed a birthday card for a close friend. Here is the card I came up with. I LOVE this card.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with some yellow card stock that I die cut with a large cross stitched rectangle. Then, I used a stitched line border to create rays on my panel. Using some Post It Tape, I masked off every other ray and stamped some stars. I used three different shades of yellow Distress Inks. Once all the rays were stamped, I added some ink blending to the center point.

Next, I die cut a small stitched circle from some water color paper. I ink smooshed some blue Distress Ink on the circle. While that was drying, I looked through my box of pre-colored and cut images. I found this beet image and couldn’t wait to use it. I glued it right on the inked circle.

For the sentiment, I die cut a small black banner and used white embossing powder. I adhered the banner flat to the yellow panel and then layered the circle on top with some fun foam. Lastly, I adhered the yellow panel to a card base.

Challenges Entered:

LOVE! January challenge “Anything Goes”

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157676702061612/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Starry Backdrop, Lucky Stars, and Rooting for You

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Borders, Everyday Sentiment Banners

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seeds, Scattered Straw

*The beet is stamped in Distress Inks also, but I, sadly, don’t remember which inks I used.

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

New Home for the Holidays

November 7, 2016

My mother in law is moving into a new house on December 1st. I made this special card for her. I’m hoping I can make her smile in the midst of all the packing/moving craziness.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top side A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color card stock that is 4.25” x 5.5”. I used a die to cut a rounded edge at the top of the panel. Next, I stamped my images and sentiment on the panel. I used a blue pigment ink for the tree. I used red, yellow and green pigment inks to fill in the ornaments and the star.

I used the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Snow Cool stamp set, but added a few words to fit the situation.

I added some ink blending the edges of the panel with Distress inks. I used a scrap of paper to create a mask so I could ink blend in a snow bank also. I, also, used Distress Inks to water color everything in.

While the panel was drying, I worked on the card base. I made the card base from dark blue card stock. I used Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment ink to stamp the falling snow on the card base.

Once the inks were all dry, I adhered the stamped panel to the card base and the card was complete.

Challenges Entered: LOVE Challenge #11

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157674543800212/72157676580326685/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Snow Cool and Riley’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

Distress Inks

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Bahama Blue, Lady Bug, Cottage Ivy, and Dandelion

Hope you enjoyed the card

Sweet Halloween

October 9, 2016

I found a new Flikr Group, LOVE! – Hand made Cards, ATCs, and other crafts. They have a monthly challenge and I thought I would give it a try this month. The theme for this month is Coloring the Season with non-traditional colors. This is the card I came up with.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting a panel of water color paper to 5.5 x 3”. Using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Borders I added the cross stitch detail to the edge of the panel. I used washi tape to mask off a strip. I used six colors of Distress Inks to create my rainbow. Some of the images inked in one color and then added a second color to help the transitions between colors.

Once I finished the rainbow stamping, I peeled up the washi tape. I added a sentiment in the masked area. I combined two stamp sets to create my sentiment. I also added two more tiny images near my sentiment. I used a silver gel pen to outline my sentiment area.

Lastly, I adhered the panel to a black card base and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

LOVE! – Hand made Cards, ATCs, and other crafts: Coloring the Season, October

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Booyah, Critters in Costume, Happy Harvest, and Baked with Love

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet

 

Hope you enjoyed the card