Fintastic School Year

August 27, 2017

This week’s Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge has inspired me to get very puny.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card with a panel of water color paper. I stamped and clear embossed the sentiment and images on the panel. I created the sentiment using a few different stamp sets. I water colored everything with Crayola Fine Line Markers. I used the same markers to water color the background. Once everything was dry, I stamped the bubbles in Lawn Fawn’s Merman ink. Then I adhered the panel to a dark blue card base and the card was complete.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Back to School

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-back-school/               

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Duh-nuh, A Good Apple, Mermaid for You, Octopi My Heart, Clark’s ABCs, and So Jelly

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Merman Ink

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Beach ATC

August 27, 2017

This week’s Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is to make an Artist Trading Card. The only rules are the card must be 2.5 X 3.5.” Our stay at the lake this summer inspired me to make this mini scene.

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Details

Size:  2.5 x 3.5 inches

Extra Details:  I began with a 2.5 x 3.5 inch rectangle of water color paper.  I lightly drew a wiggly line in pencil. This would be where the beach and water would meet. Then I ink blended some Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink on the beach area. I used Cracked Pistachio and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for the water area.

I used the same inks and second generation stamping to add the heart, “stones”, and waves. I used some white pigment ink to add some waves. I used the same ink and a stiff paint brush to add the surf where the water and beach meet.

I LOVE this and will be making a larger card using the same design sometime soon.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Artist Trading Card

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=10008     

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy Matey, Woodgrain Background, and Snow Cool

Ink: Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Brushed Corduroy

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Happy Fall Trees

August 27, 2017

I decided it was time to clean out a few of my scraps of patterned papers again.  Now that fall is almost here, I’m in the mood to make fall themed cards. Today, I made 10 cards with the same basic design. I also used up quite a lot of my Lawn Fawn patterned paper scraps. I love how even though each card is the same design, they all look so different based on which paper collection I choose to use.

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Close up of Water Color trees: I had some left over water color paper from the Halloween Dog Card sets that I couldn’t let go to waste. So I pared it with plain card stock to create these cards.

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All four water color cards

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Close Up: Perfectly Plaid Trees

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Perfectly Plaid Trees

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Close Up of Let’s Polka Trees

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Let’s Polka Trees

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Close Up of Sweater Weather Trees

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Sweater Weather Trees

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began all of these cards by die cutting some large cross stitched rectangles. I chose blue papers for the sky. I did not have a blue from the Sweater Weather Collection, so I choose the leaf and acorn paper instead. I only had one sheet of the Sweater Weather paper and the Perfectly Plaid paper, so I cut them in half so I could have two cards. I used browns or greens to cut the trees. I made two tree hillsides form each cross stitched rectangle. Then I used a variety of papers to create the leafy parts of the trees. I also cut out some banners form the patterned papers.

Then, I began assembling the cards. I adhered the tree hillside to the sky pieces. Then, I added in the leafy parts with liquid glue. The Sweater Weather and Perfectly Plaid scenes ended up slightly smaller because I had cut the sky paper in half.

I used colored pencils to add some color to the hill in background. I am glad I did this; it helped to add some contrast between the hill layers.

I adhered the scenes to card bases using strong double sided tape. The Sweater Weather and Perfectly Plaid scenes were added to kraft card bases. I used white card bases for everything else.

I had some trouble with the sentiments. I wanted to use the tiny Hello Fall from Ready Set Shake. However, it got lost on the patterned papers. So I cut smaller banners from velum and gold embossed the sentiment on them. I layered the velum on the patterned banners and then adhered them to the cards.

At the very end, I added some white clouds to the water color cards. I felt the sky section on those cards were just too plain.

I love how these all turned out and I cannot wait to mail them out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Ready Set Shake and Into the Woods

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Stitched Tree Borders, and Everyday Sentiment Banners

Paper: Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka in the Dark, Let’s Bokeh in the Snow, Let’s Polka, Perfectly Plaid Rainbow, and Sweater Weather papers

Ink: Versa Mark

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Birdbath Hi

August 27, 2017

I was just having fun playing with the two colors of Distress Oxide ink that I own.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card with a panel of water color paper. I ink smooshed the Worn Lipstick and Cracked Pistachio Oxide inks on the panel. I let the ink and acrylic block sit for about five minutes before letting it completely air dry.

While the panel was air drying, I stamped colored and fussy cut the images from Gnome Sweet Gnome on a scrap of white card stock. I left a small white border around the images.

Once the panel was dry, I stamped the grass line in the same oxide ink and the sentiment in black ink. Then, I adhered the images to it with foam tape.

I created a card base from mint colored card stock. I added the grass and some clouds with a grey ink. Then, I adhered the panel and the card was finished.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Gnome Sweet Gnome and Bon Voyage

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

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink

Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Worn Lipstick

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Bee’s Knees

August 27, 2017

I had quite a few flowers left over from the Fib Hello card. So I used them to create this card. I also created my own sentiment based on the Simon Says Stamp Encouraging Animals Stamp set.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started this card with the stamped flowers and leaves that were left over from another project. I also found a grey frame from yet another project. I created a yellow card base. Add the frame and flowers. I decided on the sentiment and added that with an alpha stamp set. Lastly, I stamped and colored the bees on a scrap of white card stock. I fussy cut them out. I adhered those around the sentiment and added the dotted trail with a light grey ink.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers, Gnome Sweet Gnome, Best Pun Ever, and Clark’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Watermelon Hybrid Ink

Lawn Fawn Inks in Lobster, Plastic Flamingo, Freshly Cut Grass, Celery Stick and Wild Rose

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Fab Hello

August 27, 2017

I have been staring at this Illustrated Faith paper that was included in the April Simon Says Card Kit since it arrived in the mail. It was so pretty; I was having a hard time cutting into it. I finally used it today.

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Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card by stamping the flowers on scrap of white card stock. I tried to use ink colors that matched the patterned paper. I added some black stamping to the centers of the flowers to help it matched the patterned paper more. I fussy cut everything out, leaving a small white border.

I created a grey card base and adhered the patterned paper to the front. I wanted to leave an open space for my sentiment, so I trimmed the patterned paper in create a grey rectangle.  I added a small rectangle of velum next, to help my sentiment and flowers stand out.

I stamped the sentiment on the velum and then began layering my flowers. I used small glue dots and dimensional glue dots to adhere the flowers. I’m still not completely happy with my arrangement, but I do like the card overall.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fab Flowers

Technique Tuesday’s Perfect Picture

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Paper: Illustrated Faith’s Basic Collection

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn Inks in Lobster, Plastic Flamingo, Merman, Freshly Cut Grass, Sunflower, Peacock

Hero Arts Inks in Butter Bar

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks in Watermelon

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Water Color Thanks

August 31, 2017

This card was selected as a winner for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr #78 challenge!! This is this first time one of my cards has been chosen as a winner of a challenge.

August 27, 2017

While I was making Halloween and Fall card sets for the local basket raffle, I decided I should make a Thank You Set as well. I made five cards and envelopes for this card set.

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Close Up of one card

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All five cards

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began these cards with five card bases made from water color paper. I stamped the strips in black ink on the left side of the card bases. I stamped the sentiment in the center of the card bases. I wanted the sentiments to stand out a bit from the stripes so I clear embossed them.

Then, I added some water color splots to the card fronts. I used Distress Inks and acrylic blocks to add the color to each card. Once the slots were all dry, I added some flicks of the same color and a few black ones also.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #78: Dots and/or Stripes

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s You + Me

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Black Soot, Picked Raspberry, Mermaid Lagoon, and Mustard Seed

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards

Ghost Trick or Treat

August 27, 2017

After I finished the Halloween Dog Cards Set, I had four ink smooshed backgrounds left over. I didn’t want to waste them, so I created four more Halloween cards. This time the design is the pretty much the same for each card. One is different because I was running out of pieces.

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Close Up

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All Four Cards

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Inside Liner

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began this card with the four orange ink smooshed backgrounds, four black card bases and four white liners. I had done enough with the dogs so I moved on to another Halloween stamp set in my stash.

I stamped and white heat embossed some frames on black card stock. I fussy cut out the frames on bother the outside and inside. I stamped the same frames on white card stock. I stamped my images on the white frames and used colored pencils to color them in. I trimmed the colored frames to be smaller than the back frames. I adhered the white frames to the black frames.

The sentiment I wanted to use was too large from any of the frames, so I partial stamped a frame and made it large. I did this with both black and white frames. I layered the sentiment behind the black frame so it matched the others.

Next, I began playing with the layout of my card front. I adhered the frames to the orange ink smooshed pieces. I trimmed any pieces that hung over. For the fourth card, I used a few of the small pieces I cut off to finish the design.

I stamped a sentiment on the liner and added a treat bag and some candy corn. I used colored pencils to add color to the images on the liner. Then I adhered it to the card base.

I also made envelopes to go with these cards.

Challenges Entered:

Lawn Fawnatics #11: Cards for Kids

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 11 – Cards for Kids!

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Booyah, Flirty Frames, Trick or Treat and Critters in Costume

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Spiced Marmalade, and Ripe Persimmon

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards

Halloween Dog Card Set

August 27, 2017

I just bought Lawn Fawn’s Happy Howloween Stamp set and I couldn’t resist dressing those dogs up. I ended up with 16 cards by the time I was done. I used the same basic design for each card, but switched up sentiments, images, background stamps, and background dies to give some interest.

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Close up of 1 card

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Inside liner version 1

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Inside liner version 2

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began these cards by stamping and coloring all of the cute dogs and their costumes. I used Prismacolor Pencils to color everything in. I fussy cut everything out and painted the edges black with a marker. Then I began dressing the dogs. They turned out so cute.

I created my orange backgrounds, next. I smooshed some orange Distress Inks on four full sheets of water color paper. I let the ink air dry. Once dry, I used Ripe Persimmon Distress Ink to add some interest to these back grounds using background stamps.

Next, my die cut machine became my best friend. I cut the picture frames, grassy borders, little town borders, and stitched tree borders from a variety of colored card stock. I used a stitched rectangle die to doe cut the ink smooshed backgrounds. I created a piece of glow in the dark cardstock with some Versa Mark ink and Wow’s Glow in the Dark embossing powder. I die cut the lights behind the windows and doors for the little town die and the stars.

Then, I stamped the greetings on the frames. I used four different sentiments for some variety. I began constructing my cards next. I layered the scenes behind the frames. I used a purple pattern paper for the sky.  Once the scenes were created, I adhered the frames to the ink smooshed pieces. I adhered the dogs with some foam tape.

I created 16 black card bases and white liners. I adhered the ink smooshed pieces flat to the card fronts. I added a sentiment and some candy corn to the liners. I used colored pencils to add color to the candy corn. I added a note about glowing in the dark and then adhered the liner to the card.

I have donated a few of these to a local basket raffle so I also created matching envelopes. I stamped a trick or treat bag to the back flap and bottom left corner on the front. I used colored pencils to add some color.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #11: Cards for Kids

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 11 – Cards for Kids!

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Howloween, Critters in Costume, Woodgrain Backdrops, Starry Backdrops, Chevron Backdrops, and Sharp Backdrops

Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Say Cheese, Little Town Hillside Pop Up Add On, Stitched Trees Borders, Grassy Border, Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, and Scalloped Box Card Pop Up

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Ink in Rusty Hinge, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, and Spiced Marmalade

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards

Favorite Human

August 27, 2017

I just love the little monsters from Monster Mash as aliens. I used a number of stamp sets to create the sentiment.

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Card Front

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Inside of Card

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I began this card by stamping and clear heat embossing all of the images. I used Crayola Fine Line markers and a paint brush to water color each of the images in. Once dry, I fussy cut them out leaving a small white border.

I die cut a Stitched Hillside from some water color paper and used Distress Inks to create a moon type landscape for my monsters to stand on.

Next, I created a dark blue card base. I used a background stamp and some navy ink to add texture to the card front. I white heat embossed the sentiment in the center of the card. I added the monsters with foam tape and adhered the planets flat to the card base.

Because I used some a dark card base, I added a white liner to the inside of the card. I finished my custom sentiment and added a line of small stars.  

Challenges Entered:

Lawn Fawnatics #11: Cards For Kids

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 11 – Cards for Kids!

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Monster Mash, Out of This World, Sharp Backdrops, Clark’s ABCs and Starry Backdrops

Technique Tuesday’s Perfect Picture

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Simple Stitched Hillside Dies

Ink: Versa Fine

Hero Arts Navy

 

Hope you enjoyed the card