Mother’s Day Animals

April 30, 2017

Today I made a trio of Mother’s Day Cards for some important ladies in my life. Luckily each one had a favorite animal and I have a stamp of each animal. The card design is the same for each card; I just changed the colors and animals.

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Elephant Card

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Puppy Card

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Lion Card

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began by die cutting a panel for the front of each card. I also die cut the word Happy from each panel. While my die machine was out, I die cut three banners from white card stock also.

Next, I stamped the images. I used grey ink so that the images would appear softer. I filled in some of the open spaces with the small hearts. I used colored pencils to color in the images.

Then, I adhered the panels to the card bases. I stamped the large Happy in the die cut on the panel, making sure to line it up carefully. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on the banner and adhered the banner to the card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-38/

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #70: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157681049082571/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Simon Says Stamp’s Wild Cuddly Critters

Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Happy Happy Happy dies, and Everyday Sentiment Banners

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Ink in Slate and Smoke

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Rainbow Rain

April 23, 2017

I had to sneak in one more card before Spring Break ended. I was inspired by Lori Bassen’s Happy Thoughts card on Simon Says Stamp’s Blog today. I loved her rainbow background and was itching to make one of my own.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began with a white card base. I stamped the rain drops in a variety of Distress Inks. I used second generation stamping to get a softer look.

I used the same Distress Inks to stamp the umbrella on a scrap of white card base. I also stamped the dogs on the same scrap. I used a black pen to outline the umbrella.  I added color to the dogs using two brown shades of Distress Inks and a Mini Distress Ink Blending Tool.

I die cut a cloud border and grassy border from some white card stock. I used Distress Inks and Mini Ink Blending Tools to add color to each border. I also stamped my sentiment on the cloud border. I also outlined the word COLOR as well.

I adhered everything to the card base using foam tape.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Splash It On

Simon Says: Splash It On

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers

Simon Says: Showers and/or Flowers

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Color My World, and Partly Cloudy

Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die and Puffy Cloudy Borders

Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays die

Ink: Versa Fine

Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Wilted Violet

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Mother’s Day Flowers

April 22, 2017

I have been watching way too many scrapbooking videos on YouTube lately. I love all of the beautiful patterned papers. The backgrounds on these cards were inspired by a beautiful patterned paper with chevrons and wood grain that was featured in one of those YouTube scrapbook videos.

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Card 1

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Card 2

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began these cards with panels of white card stock cut to 4.25” x 5.5.” I used the “stamp kissing” technique to combine the wood grain and chevrons. I placed both the wide solid chevron stamp and the wood grain stamp on separate blocks. Then, I inked the chevron stamp up with a colored hybrid ink. Very carefully, I stamped the chevron stamp on the wood grain stamp. Then, I stamped the chevron stamp on the cardstock, and viola, wood grain in my chevrons. I repeated this process until the white panel was full of chevrons.

Once I had “kissed” the chevron to the wood grain stamp, I could see the ink left behind on the wood grain stamp. I used this to create the background for card 2. The ink is much harder to see on the wood grain stamp, so everything is not aligned perfectly. But I like the effect.

When the panels were completed stamped, I began working on the rest of the card. I started with a half sheet of white card stock that I covered with 2 banners, leaves, and flowers. I fussy cut out all of the images. Then I divided the images into two piles. I also added “Mother’s Day” to the banners.

Next, I die cut the chevron panels with a stitched rectangle die. Then, I adhered a banner to each chevron panel using foam tape. I used liquid glue to adhere all of the leave images around the banner. Once, the leaves were dry, I added the flower images. I used foam dots for the flowers on card 1 and liquid glue for the flowers on card 2.

The “happy” part of my sentiment gave me some trouble. I die cut one from white glitter card stock and one from silver glitter card stock. I did not like either of those. Eventually, I settled on white heat embossing the word “happy” and ink blending over it. Once, all of that was complete, I die cut the word “happy” and adhered one to each card.

Lastly, I adhered the panels to card bases. I used a plain white card base for card 1. I decided on an orange card base for card 2. It looked a little plain to me, so I added a wood grain texture with white pigment ink and the wood grain stamp.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Showers and/or Flowers

Simon Says: Showers and/or Flowers

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Chevron Backdrops, Happy Happy Happy, Penelope’s Blossoms, and Wood grain Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy die and Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks in Watermelon, Orange Slush, Lemon Zing, and Key Lime

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Cookie Congrats

April 21, 2017

Yesterday, I made a graduation card for my daughter, even if she doesn’t know it yet. So today, I made one for my son. He will be “graduating” Kindergarten this year.

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Card Front

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Inside of Card

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View of the Sentiment

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and clear embossing all of the images for this card. I used Crayola Fine Line markers and a water brush to water color these images. Once they were dry, I fussy cut everything out.

Then I began working on the card base. I started with a dark blue card base. On the front, I partially stamped a frame in Versa Mark, and then white heat embossed it. I layered some of the images in the frame. I die cut “congrats” from silver glitter paper. I adhered this right under the images and the card front was done.

For the pop up feature on the inside of the card, I started with a white card base. I die cut a “wave” using the puffy cloud border die. Using the negative piece, I die cut another “wave” to pop up. I used the Everyday Pop Up Dies to create the pop up tabs on the white card base. I adhered the second “wave” to the pop up tabs. Next, I adhered the cookie images to the two “waves.” Before adhering the pop up element to the blue card base, I trimmed the straight edge to better fit in the blue card base. Lastly, I adhered the pop up panel and stamped the sentiment inside.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #3: Outstanding Occasions

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-3-outstanding-occasions

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Flirty Frames, Milk and Cookies and Smart Cookie

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Pop Ups and Puffy Cloud Borders

Essentials by Ellen’s Zipper Panel Die

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Mermaid and Flamingo

April 20, 2017

I had fun with the Lawn Fawn Box Card Pop Up Die again today. I love the idea of a surprise inside the card; which is why the outside looks like an underwater scene and the inside has a hidden island.

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Front of Card Folded Flat

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Back of Card Folded Flat

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Box Opened

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View of the Other Side

Details

Size:  Box Card that folds flat to an A2 size card

Extra Details:  I began by die cutting all of the basic pieces for the card base from water color paper. I did not cut any of the stitched rectangles as I planned on decorating the whole card base. I did die cut one stitched hillside and one puffy cloud border to use on the inside of the box. I also die cut “Congrats” from silver glitter paper.

Then I began stamping. Mostly, I used Versa Fine Ink for the stamping. I also used Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks for the colored inks. I used clear embossing powder on everything, so I could begin water coloring faster. Most of the images are stamped right on the card base. I stamped the images for the inside of the card on a scrap of water color paper. I did also re stamp one of the mermaids on the scrap of water color paper, after I messed up stamping her on the card base.

I used Crayola Fine Line Markers and a water brush to water color everything. Once everything was dry, I fussy cut out the images for the inside of the card and the mermaid.

Then I assembled the card. Because I decorate the card base itself, the assembly didn’t take that long. I LOVE this card and so does my daughter. She tried talking me into giving it to her now.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #3: Outstanding Occasions

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 3 – Outstanding Occasions

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Flamingo Together, Lovable Legends, Mermaid for You, Octopi My Heart, Partly Cloudy, Plan on It, Smart Cookies, So Jelly, and Starry Backdrop

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Box Card Pop Up, Puffy Cloud Borders, and Simple Stitched Hillsides

Essentials by Ellen’s Zipper Panel Die

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks in Water Melon, Lemon Zing, and Key Lime

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Carnival Anniversary

April 19, 2017

I have been thinking about this card design since the Pop Up Box Card Die arrived. I was finally able to get the idea out of my head today!

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Front of Card folded flat

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Back of Card folded

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Card opened

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Side flap while card is open

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Side flap of card

Details

Size:  Pop Up Box Card fold to A2 size card

Extra Details:  I began by die cutting; lots of die cutting. I cut the card base and braces from some black and white striped paper. I cut the stitched white rectangles from white card stock. The poles and banners were cut from two shades of gray card stock. The banners and one brace was die cut from some black and white text paper.

I find with this style of card that it is easiest to decorate everything before actually putting the box together. With this in mind, I began stamping next. I added grass to white rectangles that would be on the bottom and the three flaps that will fold down when the card is open. I added some clouds and a sun with colored inks. Using black ink, I added the sentiments, a balloon, and the Ferris wheel.

On a separate piece of white card stock, I stamped another Ferris wheel, a carousal, tickets, balloons, cotton candy, hot dog, burger, ketchup, and ribbon. I used colored pencils to color in all of the images on this sheet and on the pieces of the card base. Once, I was done coloring, I fussy cut everything out. I left a small white border around all of the images.

Then, I began assembling everything. I used strong double sided tape wherever possible and liquid adhesive on the smallest pieces, like the banner.

I love this card and it turned out way better than I imagined in my head.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #3: Outstanding Occasions

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 3 – Outstanding Occasions

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Admit One, Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Happy Happy Happy, Into the Woods, Let’s BBQ, and Partly Cloudy

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Box Card Pop UP

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Ink in Salty Ocean

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks in Key Lime and Lemon Zing

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Happy Mail Water Color

April 21, 2017

This card was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Blog today, as part of their Fawny Flickr Fridays.

http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2017/04/fawny-flickr-friday-42117.html

April 18, 2017

Another day of Spring Break equals more time to make cards for me. Here is the card I made today. I had a lot of fun with embossing and water color.

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Card Front

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Close Up of the dimension

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started this card with a panel of water color paper cut to 4.25” by 5.5.” I stamped the sentiment and images in Versa Mark ink. I used clear embossing powder. I meant to use white embossing powder but grabbed the wrong container, so I just went with it. I started with the envelope images, added the pens in some of the smaller spaces. Lastly, I added the ink splatters in remaining open spaces.

I used Crayola Fine Line Markers to add the color to these images. Right now I only have 12 markers, so I have to make do with the colors I have. The background is a mix of two blues. I started with the lighter shade, but the sentiment did not stand out enough, so I added the darker shade. I used a raspberry color for the hearts, stamps, and pen barrels. I used yellow for the pen nibs. I used a peachy color for the envelopes. Grey would have been my first choice but I don’t have a grey marker, so I went with the lightest shade I do have.

Once the panel was dry, I adhered it to some dark blue fun foam. Using some stitched rectangle dies, I die cut four rectangles from my panel. Then, I began adhering everything to my card base. I started with the largest rectangle.  It has one layer of fun foam behind it. The next rectangle has two layers of fun foam behind it. The third rectangle is adhered flat to the card base. The inner most rectangle had one layer of fun foam behind it.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge: Splash It on

Simon Says: Splash It On

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Love Letters, and Happy Happy Happy

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

Ink: Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Easter Thanks

April 18, 2017

Not only does Spring Break mean crafty time for me, it also means crafty time for the kiddos. My daughter was painting today and my son made this card. He made this card as a thank you for his aunt who made an egg hunt for us on Easter.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  This is a one layer card. We just stamped everything on right on the card base. My son colored the eggs with his crayons.

I really like the way the leaves turned out on this card. We stamped the leaves on the ends of the branches using two shade of green ink. We did some partial inking to create two toned leaves. Then, we used second and third generation stamping to fill in the areas behind the branches and eggs. I would ink the same leaf stamp with the light green ink, stamp it on my scrap paper once, and then stamp it two or three times on the card base. I think it gave the card a super cool dimensional look.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest, Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Baked with Love, and My Silly Valentine

Fiskers’ Tree of Life

Ink: Versa Fine

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Pear Tart, Tuxedo Black, Rich Cocoa, and Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Alicorn, Fairy, and Sparkles

April 17, 2017

Spring Break means lots of fun card making! I made two cards today. They have similar techniques and design details.

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Card One: Alicorn and Sparkles

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Card Two: Fairy and Sparkles

Details

Size:  A2 cards

Extra Details: I started by creating two card bases from water color paper. Next, I did some ink blending. I used a circle mask for the alicorn card and a triangle-ish mask for the fairy card. I used three colors of Distress Ink to make the rainbow on each card. I added some water flicks to add some distressing to my inked backgrounds

For the alicorn card, I die cut a stitched hillside from some more water color paper. I stamped the sentiment in black ink and clear heat embossed it. Using Mowed Lawn Distress Ink, I blended just a bit of green to the area where the alicorn would be standing. I adhered the hillside with two layers of fun foam in the middle and just double sided tape at the edges. I really like the dimension that created.

For the fairy card, I masked off the rainbow and used some cloud border die cuts as masks to create the rest of the background. I used Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  I added some stars with white embossing powder to the rainbow area. I made a mistake when stamping the sentiment on this card. Apparently, white embossing powder and black ink do not mix well. To cover my mistake, I stamped a cloud and re-stamped the sentiment and used clear embossing powder this time. I added a second cloud to help cover my mistake.

Next, I stamped the alicorn and fairy on a scrap of water color paper. I clear embossed these images also. I used Crayola Fine Line Markers and a water brush to water color these images. Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out leaving a small white border.

I adhered the alicorn and fairy to each card using dimensional glue dots. I also added some silver glitter stars and sequins to the rainbow areas. I love the way these cards turned out.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Flickr #69: Sparkle and Shine

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157680544805091/

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Splash it On

Simon Says: Splash It On

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends and Partly Cloudy

Simon Says Stamp and The Greeting Farm’s Mini Pony Party

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Lawn Fawn’s Simple Stitched Hill Side Border, Puffy Cloud Border, and Scalloped Box Card Pop Up

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Salty Ocean.

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards

Lion Easter Tag

April 16, 2017

I was short one Easter tag. I whipped this one up quick to give to an aunt who loves lions.

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Details

Size: Tag

Extra Details: I found most of these images in my box of pre colored and cut images. I only had to die cut a white tag and stamp the sentiment.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Woodgrain Backdrops, and Starry Backdrops

Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep and Wild Cuddly Critters

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Tag You’re It

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the tag.