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Christmas Tags 2.0

August 18, 2016 Update!!

These tags were featured on Lawnscaping Challenges blog. I was  Spotted and Hearted!!


July 19, 2016

I am trying to get a head start on my Christmas tags this year. I started with this set of 12. Six were done with an ombre effect. The other six were an excuse for me to practice my ink blending.


The ombre set. I used these ink colors



The color blending set. I also added water droplets to this set. I used three colors on each tag. Here are the colors I used.



Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I stamped and white heat embossed snowflakes all over it. Once the embossing was cooled, I die cut the large piece of paper into twelve tags. I had a few small strips left over also; you may see them in some other tags later on. Then, I started ink blending. Lots and lots of ink blending. I added water drops to the multi colored tags. To finish the tags, I cut small strips and heat embossed a sentiment on them. I used gold or silver embossing powder. I tied the tags together with some silver raffia I had in my stash.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #134: Rainbow Inspired

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Frosties and Deck the Halls

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Tag You’re It

Ink: VersaMark

Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade, Mowed Lawn, Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Abandoned Coral

Hope you enjoyed the card

Mice Birthday

July 13, 2016

This card was inspired by a Leslie Oman card. I loved the card and have a friend who also loves anything to do with cheese, so I made her a birthday card.



Size: Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from water color paper. Then, I die cut stitched circles in three sizes. I used each of the sizes a few times. I saved the positive circles as well. Then I added some Distress ink. I used an ink blending tool to add a variety of yellows to the rectangles layer. I made the circles a darker shade of yellow.

As the inked panels dried, I stamped the mice and other images on a separate piece of water color paper. I used more Distress Inks to water color them in. Once they were dry, I fussy cut them out and painted the edges with a black marker.

Next, I started assembling the card. I used a light grey cardstock for the card base. I popped the rectangular inked panel up on fun foam. I glued the circles flat to the card base. Then, I started gluing down the mice. I added tails on with a thin black Sharpie marker. Lastly, I added a banner with the sentiment. I also added an extra mouse on the banner.

Challenges: I am entering this card in Lawnscaping Challenge #133 Mood Board.

I wasn’t planning on entering this card. Once i looked at the finished card, I noticed that the colors and shapes reminded me on this mood board.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Flora and Fauna

I just found this challenge blog and thought it would be fun to try.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Merry Christmouse,

Lawn Fawn’s Lovable Legends, To a Fungi

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangles

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Fossilized Amber, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Tattered Rose

Hope you enjoyed the card

Monograms and Flowers

July 10, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133: Mood Board Inspired.

I saw all the monograms on this mood board and wanted to do something with a monogram. I ended up making two cards. I used the color combination from the mood board on one of the cards. The other is a first anniversary card, so I used the colors from the happy couple’s wedding instead.


The color combo from the mood board


The same design with a different color combo


Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  Both cards are one layer cards, so I started by creating my card bases out of white card stock. I stamped the frame in a light grey ink in the middle of both card bases. I stamped the lines on the side also in light grey ink. Obviously, one set of lines worked out better than the other set. I added the monograms in the center of the frame. The T on the purple/green card is from the large THANKS in the A Good Apple stamp set. I added hearts to the purple/green card as this is the first anniversary card. Then I started added flowers and leaves all around the edge of the card front. One the blue/yellow card I used the same blue ink to water color the frame in for added interest.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple, Flirty Frames, Penelope’s Blossoms, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, and School House Backdrops

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Slate and Smoke inks

Distress inks in Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, and Squeezed Lemonade

Versa Magic Chalk inks in Purple Hydrangea, Spanish Olive, and Perfect Plumeria

Hope you enjoyed the card

Jar of Fireflies

July 6, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133; Mood Board Inspired.

I needed a sympathy card and wanted to do something with lots of white space and soft colors. The Mood Board for this challenge has both of those things. Here is what I created.



Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making my card base. I wanted a fairly simple card so I opted for a one layer card. I stamped the jar and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I then added the fireflies and their glows. I embossed these in gold. I also forgot to use my embossing powder tool so the gold embossing is a bit of a mess. But, they are glowing fireflies, so I didn’t mind too much.

After the embossing powder was cool, I added color with Distress Inks. I used a water brush to add the color in the spots I wanted. I did use a paper towel to blot some of the color off, once I applied it. I wanted very soft colors.

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card. I did some masking to get rid of the words “love and” in Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Saying. I wanted a shorter sentiment. Lastly, I blended some blue ink onto the edges of the card base. It is very light and may be hard to see in the pictures, but the card wouldn’t be complete without it.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm and Scripty Sayings  

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Versa Mark

Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Hope you enjoyed the card

So Jelly Jelly Jar

June 24, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #132 Distress Maniacs.

When I saw the So Jelly stamp set, I immediately wanted to make a jelly jar at a county fair to go with the sentiment. I was originally planning on going with strawberry jelly because I have a strawberry stamp. Then I saw this challenge and knew I would have to go with grape jelly, to match the Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I made two cards so that I could play with colors as I made the card.


Card one. I used black ink to stamp the jar and ribbon on this card. I also used Salty Ocean Distress Ink on the background.


Card two. I used second generation stamping to stamp the jar and ribbon to get a lighter of outline. I also used Abandoned Coral Distress Ink for the background.


Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and water coloring the jars and ribbons. I used Ready Set Snow and So Thankful stamp sets to make the grapes. I water colored everything with distress Inks. I watered down some white acrylic paint to give the jar the look of glass. After everything was dry, I fussy cut out the images and painted the edges with a black marker. I die cut a stitched rectangle for the main panel from water color paper. I ink blended some Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks for the background colors. I used the Vintage Photo ink to stamp the wood grain pattern. I added some banners with Salty Ocean and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks. I used the third generation stamping to help the banners blend better with the background. I added the sentiments in Versa Fine black ink. I used a steak knife to distress the edges of the panel. I adhered the jar down flat to the main panel. I popped the ribbon up on DIY foam squares.

For the card base, I used water color paper as well. I ink blended the edges of the front in either Abandoned Coral of Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I stamped some texture with the same ink color using School House Backdrops stamp set. I added some Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress Inks on top to tone the brighter colors down some. Lastly, I popped the main panel up on fun foam and adhered it to my card base.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Admit One, Best Pun Ever, Ready Set Snow, Summertime Charm, So Jelly, So Thankful, Wood grain Backdrops, School House Backdrops and Penelope’s Blossoms

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Antique Linen, Blueprint Sketch, Hickory Smoke, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Mustard Seed, Tumbled Glass, and Vintage Photo

Hope you enjoyed the card

Fairies with Diagonals

June 13, 2016

I made this card set to enter in the Lawnscaping Challenge #131 Off Kilter. My daughter needed some thank you cards so I used her favorite colors and stamps.


A close up of the front


All four finished cards


Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started this card by embossing the pink panels. I cut a standard 8 x 11” piece of paper into two 4.25 x 11” pieces. I used the Stitched Borders dies to create the diagonals on the pink panels. It took a lot of trips through my Cuttlebug machine to fill up all the paper, but I love the effect. Then, I die cut four Stitched Rectangles from the pink panels. I adhered these to the white card bases. I die cut Stitched Circles from water color paper. I stamped the fairy and the sentiment on the circles using VersaMark ink so I could add gold embossing powder. After I had heat set the embossing powder, I water colored the fairies in using Distress Inks. I also added some Distress Ink to the edges of the circles and card base with a mini ink blending tool. Lastly, I popped the stamped circle up on some fun foam and adhered each to a card base.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends

Dies: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Border Die, Small Stitched Rectangles

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Ink:  VersaMark

Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, Spun Sugar, Tattered Rose, and Tumbled Glass

Hope you enjoyed the card

You Blew Me Away

June 12, 2016

I made this card to enter in the Lawnscaping Challenge #131 Off Kilter. I was inspired by Lawn Fawn’s new Yay Kites stamp set. I do not own that set yet, so I made due with stamps I already own.

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Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started this card by cutting a panel of water color paper to 4.25” x 5.5”. I then cut that panel at an angle on my paper trimmer. I stamped all my images on the angled panel with grey ink.  I covered the images with masks and created my background. I stamped the clouds from Partly Cloudy on some Post It tape close together to make a DIY cloudy border stencil. I added some Tumbled Glass Distress ink with a mini inking tool. I stared on the DIY stencil and brushed the ink out slightly. I moved the DIY stencil down and repeated the process. When, I was done with the background on the angled panel, I water colored the mouse and kite with Distress Inks.

I prepared my card base next. I stamped the custom sentiment in Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and added the wind lines. It was looking a little bare, so I add some cloudy borders with my DIY stencil. I rubbed the Tumbled Glass ink pad on the edges of the card base and the angled panel. Lastly I attached the angled panel to the card base with fun foam.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Merry Christmouse, Critters in Costume, Partly Cloudy, Sally’s ABCs, Scripty Sayings, and Sunny Skies

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Hickory Smoke, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Tumbled Glass, Twisted Citron, and Vintage Photo

Hope you enjoyed the card

Glitter Graduation Card

May 23, 016

I have entered this in the #130 Lawnscaping Challenge: Sparkle It Up

My daughter graduates from Kindergarten this year. This is the very sparkly card I made just for her, as she loves anything that sparkles. Blue and gold are her schools colors and she wears pink glasses,



Size: Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I used gold embossing powder on the second circle. The sentiment is done in silver embossing powder. The pink glasses are coated in clear embossing powder. The hat and tassel are covered in glitter glue. I put a small gemstone on the hat and googly eyes on the card as finishing touches.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Hats Off to You, Clear to See and Penelope’s Blossoms

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Papers: Core’dinations Glitter Brights Cards

Inks: Versamark and Versafine inks

Hope you enjoyed the card