Category Archives: Challenges

Thinking of You, Flamingo

August 19, 2016

I just bought the Lawn Fawn Flamingo Together and Plan On It stamp sets. As soon as I opened my package, I knew I wanted to make a card with both the flamingo and the tiny island.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle of water color cardstock. I cut a stitched circle from the panel and used this to create my scene. I stamped everything in Antique Linen Distress Ink and tried no line coloring again. I used Distress Inks to add all of the colors.

I used a grey ink for the sentiment because I wanted to give the card a softer feel.

After the water colored circle was dry, I assembled my card. I adhered the circle flat to the kraft card base. I popped the rest of the stitched rectangle up on fun foam.

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Summer Fun

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6097

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Flamingo Together, Plan on It, Critters from the Past, and Sophie’s Sentiments

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink

Distress Ink in Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Brushed Corduroy, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, and Antique Linen.

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

I Moved Card Set

August 4, 2016

My grandmother recently moved and I wanted to give her some change of address cards as a house warming gift. I had just bought the Happy Trails stamp set and thought I could make the camper a moving trailer. I did some experimenting and found that my idea worked. I, originally, started by coloring the images in with markers, but that idea changed. The Lawnscaping blog posted their new challenge (#135: Patterned Palooza) and I wanted to play with paper piecing. I ended up with 30 finished cards; 24 with paper piecing and 6 with the original coloring.

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Version One with the trail of smoke

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Version Two with the wind lines

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The original design with coloring

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Some of the cards all lined up

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by carefully inking up the camper stamp.  I only inked the edges. Once stamped, any missing areas I filled in with a thin black Sharpie. I stamped the “camper” on two colors of patterned paper. Once, I had all the “campers”, cars, and trees stamped, I fussy cut them out. I painted all of the cut edges with a black marker to hide any cutting errors.

Once the cutting was complete, I created by card bases. Using a ruler, I drew a light pencil like as a guide. I stamped the car, camper and trees on each card base. I did not worry about the door or windows on the camper this time because I knew I would be covering them up. I also stamped all of the sentiments at this time.

I adhered the thing grey road down first. I started with half inch strips of grey card stock for the roads, but they were too wide and looked to straight. So using the largest scissors I own, I cut the strips roughly in half. The imperfect cutting looks more natural to me. I really like the way the roads looked on the finished cards.

Then I glued all of the paper pieces down to the card bases. Once the glue was dry, I added the wind or smoke puffs. This completed the cards.

I added some trees to the envelope flaps to added interest.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #135: Patterned Palooza

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/08/lawnscaping-challenge-135-patterned.html

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Trails, Clark’s ABCs and Critters in Costume

Ink: VersaFine

Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink

Memento Dew Drop Bahama Blue

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Waving Hello

August 3, 2016

I saw the new Lawnscaping Challenge, all about patterns, and this idea popped into my head. I wanted my main images to be part of the pattern but still stand out.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color paper. I stamped and white heat embossed all of the images on the panel. Once that was cool, I ink blended the blue background with Distress Inks. I didn’t worry about masking my main images. I did only cover them with the lightest color of distress ink.

Once the ink blending was done, I used water to bleach out my main images. It took two or three rounds of applying water and dabbing it off, before I was completely happy with how white my images where. Then using more Distress Inks, I water colored the images. I ended up really liking the light blue underneath all of the colors I added. I think it made my mermaids look like they are under the water.

Once everything was dry, I added the stitching detail to the bottom edge of the panel. I heat embossed the sentiment on the dark blue card base, adhered the inked panel and was done.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #135: Patterned Palooza

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/08/lawnscaping-challenge-135-patterned.html

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid for You

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders

Ink: VersaMark

Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw and Tattered Rose.

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Water Color Fairy Scene

August 2, 2016

I needed a birthday card for a sweet little girl who is just turning one. I had a lot of fun with card. I stamped the scene using Distress Inks to give it a no line coloring feel, but without all the really hard work.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a 4.25 x 5.5 panel of water color paper. Using Distress Inks, I stamped all of the images. I smooshed more Distress Ink on my acrylic block to finish the water coloring. After all the images where complete, I filled in the background with a light wash of Twisted Citron and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks.

Once the panel was dry, I adhered it to a light pink card base and was done.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Celebrate

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6093

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends, Mom + Me and To A Fungi

Ink: Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Blueprint Sketch, Ground Espresso, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Squeezed Lemonade, Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, and Twisted Citron

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Pink and Yellow Fairy Birthday Card

August 1, 2016

I needed a birthday card for a sweet little girl who is just turning one. I used a lot of heat embossing on this card I really like the way it turned out.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and white heat embossing the daisies on the background panel. I ink blended Picked Raspberry and Squeezed Lemonade on this panel. I tried to keep the ink blending soft and light.

I stamped and heat embossed the fairy, sentiment and balloon with gold embossing powder. I used Distress Inks to water color the fairy. Once dry, I fussy cut out the images and sentiment.

I adhered everything flat on a light pink card base.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping #135: Patterned Palooza

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/08/lawnscaping-challenge-135-patterned.html

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Celebrate

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6093

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Fabulous Florals

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-fabulous-florals/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends, Admit One, Sophie’s Sentiments and Best Pun Ever

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitch Rectangles

Ink: VersaMark

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, Squeezed Lemonade, and Tattered Rose

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Fishy Congrats

July 29, 2016

One of my cousins just bought her first house. So I started digging through my stamp collection and this is what I came up with.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by dry embossing the teal cardstock on the background. I used a dotted embossing folder from Darice. I dry embossed it three times, offsetting it each time to get a lot of different layers. I then blended some Distress Inks on top of the card stock to help the texture show.

Then, I created the focal strip. I used a bit of masking when stamping but it was pretty basic stamping. I colored everything in with colored pencils. I tried to make the small circle at the bottom of the tank look like a soccer ball. My cousin loves soccer and no home would be complete without at least one soccer ball. I added some ink blending to the edges for added interest.

Lastly, I adhered everything to a card base. I popped the focal strip up on fun foam.

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Add Some Texture

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=5803

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends and Riley’s ABCs

Ink: VersaFine

Distress Inks in Peacock Feathers and Blueprint Sketch

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Sugar Skull

July 28, 2016

When I bought Lawn Fawn’s Peace Joy Love stamp set, my kiddos took one look at it and loved the skeleton face they saw. It took me about two minutes to see what they saw, and now I can’t un-see it. So, I finally made a card with that idea in mind.

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Details

Size: Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making the skull. I die cut a stitched circle, then using a smaller stitch circle I notched the edges so it looked more skull shaped. I am not totally in love with the end result, but it gets the idea across. Next, I stamped all of the black images on the skull. I added the scallops to the eyes with a thin black Sharpie. The nose is an upside down heart. I added the colorful decorations next. I used colored ink for the solid images and traced around them in the same thin black Sharpie to keep things consistent. I colored everything in with colored pencils. I also went over the colored images with colored pencils.

I used black card stock for the card base. Using Versa Mark ink and silver embossing powder, I created the background. I also embossed the sentiment on the card base and messed it up. So I fixed it by stamping the sentiment on a separate strip of cardstock and popping it up on fun foam. I also popped the skull up on fun foam.

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes featuring Lawn Fawn

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-29/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Peace Joy Love, Fairy Friends, Flirty Frames, and Penelope’s Blossoms. The sentiment was a freebie form Lawn Fawn as well.

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Mark

Versa Fine

Memento Dew Drops in Lady Bug, Rose Bud, and Pear Tart

Hope you enjoyed the card

Hey Chickadee

July 22, 2016

When I had the Critters on the Farm set out for my last card, the idea for the card popped in my head. I knew I did not want to fussy cut all of those chicks out, so I created a strip of them with only a little fussy cutting around the hen.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making my row of chick on a strip of water color paper. I added some detail to the hen with a thin black marker. I used Distress Inks to add color to my images. I did a lot of color laying to achieve colors I didn’t have.

While the chicks were drying, I created my grass. I die cut a larger strip with the Grassy Border die and ink blended some Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn Distress inks on it. I also stamped the sentiment on the bottom right edge.

My white card base was looking a little plain, so I added some grey dots using Simon Says Stamp Smoke ink. Finally, I adhered the two strips together and then to the card base.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Things with Wings

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-thing-with-wings/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm and Deck the Halls

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die

Ink: VersaFine

Simon Says Stamp Smoke ink

Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, and Vintage Photo.

Hope you enjoyed the card

Chickadee Birthday

July 21, 2016

I was CASing a card a saw on the Lawn Fawn Flickr group today. In the end, the card also turned out to be a birthday card for a friend.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by creating my striped background. I used Seedless Preserves Distress Ink as water color. I wanted an ombre effect which I got through adding more water to my ink and adding extra layers on ink to the darker stripes. I didn’t measure anything, I just went with the flow. I added some ink splatters with the left over ink on my acrylic block.

As the background was drying, I made my focal image. I started with a stitched circle. I stamped all of the images and used more Distress Inks to add color. I used my friend’s favorite colors, which gave the image an unexpected twist. I even created a background with my distress inks.

Once everything was dry, I started to assemble the card. I added a small strip of paper that I colored with my Seedless Preserves Distress Ink to the left edge. I also added a stitched detail to that piece. Next, I added the same stitched detail to my striped panel and adhered that to the card base. I also die cut a larger stitched circle from some dotted velum. I adhered that to the back of my focal images. I popped the velum and focal images up on fun foam before adhering them to the card.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Things with Wings

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-thing-with-wings/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Beep Boop Birthday and Critters on the Farm

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders Die

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Ink: VersaFine

Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Ground Espresso, Ripe Persimmon, Seedless Preserves, Tumbled Glass, and Walnut Stain

Hope you enjoyed the card

Red Fish Blue Fish

July 20, 2016

I was looking through my stamp collection and found a sentiment I want to play with.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a 4.25 x 5.5” panel of water color paper. I stamped and heat embossed all of the images. For the sentiment and focal fish, I used white embossing powder. For the colorful coral and seaweed, I used VersaMark ink over my Distress Inks and clear embossing powder. For the fish, I used VersaFine ink and clear embossing ink. After the embossing was cooled, I ink blended my background. I used four shades of blue Distress ink. I added some water spots to add texture. Then I ink blended again so the water spots wouldn’t stand out too much.

While ink blending I didn’t worry about my images, so I added some clean water on them and picked it up with a paper towel. The water pulled up enough of the ink, so I could add other colors. I used Distress Inks again to water color the images.

I die cut a small stitched circle around the sentiment and red fish. I adhered the small circle flat to the card base. I popped the rest of the panel up on fun foam and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #134: Rainbow Inspired.

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/07/challenge-134-rainbow-inspired.html

 

SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge: Nautical/By the Sea

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=5801

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Clear to See, Fintastic Friends, and Mermaid for You

Dies Used: SimonSaysStamp Stitched Circles

Ink: VersaMark

VersaFine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, and Twisted Citron

Hope you enjoyed the card