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Christmas Tags 2.2

July 30, 2016

I’m on a Christmas Tag kick all of a sudden. I love this gumball machine, but I haven’t really figured out what to do with it yet. I thought it would be fun to fill it with candies that have Christmas images on them. Be forewarned, there was a lot of masking involved. I ended up with 15 tags total.

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All 15 tags together.

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A close up of a tag

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Extra Details: I started by stamping the gumball machine as many times as I could on a full sheet of card stock. (15 times to be exact) Then using Post It tap, I stamped the little images on the gumballs. All 15 tags have the same images. I used colored ink when I had too.

Next was coloring, lots and lots of coloring.  I used colored pencils to color everything in. I mostly stuck to the traditional red and green colors. I added a little light blue just for interest. Then, I fussy cut each gumball machine out. Luckily, the shape was fairly simple so it didn’t take too long. I lined the edges with a black marker to help hide any cutting errors.

To make the gumball machines into tags, I added a glitter tag to the back of each. Some just got the top park of a tag and a few got a whole tag. I didn’t have enough glitter paper to give each gumball machine a whole tag. I was trying to use up some scraps.

I added some red and white twine to the top of the tags as a finishing touch.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Sweet Smiles, Booyah, Critters in Costume, Love You A Latte, and Ready Set Snow

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn Tag You’re It die

Ink: VersaFine

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

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Christmas Tags 2.1

July 27, 2016

I made more Christmas tags today. I love my Lawn Fawn Say Cheese die and wanted to use it to make some tags. I also had fun using as many stamp sets as possible on these tags.

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All nine tags together

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Extra Details:  I started by cutting the Say Cheese die as many times as I could from a sheet of water color paper. I stamped the images on the same squares and colored them with my kids Crayola markers. I layered both pieces on a slightly smaller piece of kraft card stock. I also sandwiched a small loop of kraft paper between the layers to hold the ribbon.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters in Costume, Deck the Halls, Happy Trails, Lovable Legends, Love You A Latte, Mermaid for You, Oh Snap, Ready Set Snow, Winter Gifts, and Year Two.

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Say Cheese

Ink: VersaFine

 

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

Christmas Tags 2.0

August 18, 2016 Update!!

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

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/08/spotted-and-hearted-august.html

 

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.

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The ombre set. I used these ink colors

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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.

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Details

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

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

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.

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Details

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

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=5799

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

Purple Cow

July 11, 2016

I just got a chance to play with Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm. One of my brother’s favorite poems when he was little was Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess. I couldn’t help myself but to color this cow purple at least once. His birthday is also coming up soon, so I made him a card featuring the purple cow.

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Details

Size: Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping the cow and water coloring it with Distress Inks. After the cow was painted and dry, it took me a few days to decide on the card layout. I decided I wanted to include the poem, so I looked at the alpha stamp sets I own and picked the one that had the most copies of the most letters. There are a lot of E’s in this poem. I stamped School House Backdrops on the card base first to give myself a guideline. Then I started stamping out the poem one line at time. I started a few line a little of the edge of the card and let a few words hang off the opposite edge, to give it more of a patterned paper feel. I used some masking to stretch one of the Flirty Frames stamps so the whole cow could fit. I used a think black Sharpie marked to connect line and fill in any missing areas. More masking and some ink blending created the simple background behind the cow. I adhered the cow the frame and popped the frame up on fun foam.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Clark’s ABCs, Critters on the Farm, Flirty Frames and School House Backdrops

Dies Used: Grassy Border Die to create a mask

Ink:  Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Tattered Rose, Tumbled Glass, and Twisted Citron.

Memento Dew Drop Dye Inks in Bahama Blue

Hope you enjoyed the card

Spinning Kraken

July 8, 2016

This card was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Flickr Friday. It was one of two of my cards featured.

The link: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2016/07/fawny-flickr-friday-7816.html

 

July 5, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so do her little sister and her little brother. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend, so I knew I needed to make something for the younger siblings as well. We made color your own birthday cards for each of the girls. Baby brother will only be one year old and will not enjoy a coloring book. So, I tried something new and made him a spinner card.

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The card all closed up. Don’t mind the binder clip, this card just would not stay closed.

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The front panel opened up.

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Size:   Vertical tri-fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I made a tri-fold card because I wanted room to write to the birthday boy and I wanted more space to use all the fun stamps I pulled out. I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I cut it down to one A2 sized card base one 4.25 x 5.5”band one 5.5 x 4.75” panel. I scored the card base as usual. I scored the panel at 5/8th of an inch to create a flap to attach it to my card base. Next, I die cut circles from the front of the card base and the 4.25 x 5.5” panel. At this, point I decided I wanted some sand at the bottom of my card, so using the left over strips of water color paper and the Speech Bubble die I made small hills.

After most of the die cutting was done I started stamping. I stamped the kraken on the leftover circles. I stamped the kraken twice to make the spinner part of the card. I used mirror stamping to get them to line up perfectly on the card. I stamped all the black line images in Versa Fine ink and added clear embossing powder. For the color images, I first tapped my stamp on my Versa Mark ink pad, and then in a colored ink pad. I added clear embossing powder to those as well. Then I heat set everything.

Now the fun part; water coloring! I used Distress Inks for my water colors today. I started by coloring all the images in. If I ever make this card again, I would start with the background. It would make fixing mistakes easier. After all the cute little critters were dry, I started on the backgrounds. The sand was just a simple wash of color. The ocean was another story. I started by adding a strip of four different blue Distress Inks. Then, I played with getting them to blend together a bit. After letting the ink dry a bit, I drew wavy lines in with a thin fairly dry brush. At this point, I thought the lines were too harsh, so using a wide brush I swiped clean water over the whole think to blend the lines out a bit. Lastly, I splattered some water drops on everything.

Finally, it was time to assemble the card. First, I die cut the kraken. One could be die cut in the usual manner. The reverse image had to be die cut from the back. I lined up the die with the image by holding it up to a window. It took me two tries but I got it right in the end. I cut a length of light blue thread and folded it over a few times. I sandwiched that between the two krakens using lots of Scor tape. I added Scor tape around both of the circle cut outs. I place the kraken in the circle and sandwiched the two pieces together. I added some score tape to the scored fold on the 4.75 x 5.5” panel and attached it to the right edge of the card.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Loveable Legends, Mermaid for You, and So Jelly

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die and Loveable Legends die

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Vintage Photo

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Pear Tart, Lady Bug and Dandelion

Hope you enjoyed the card

Super Alice’s Color Your Own Birthday Card

July 4, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so does her little sister. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend and I knew that I had to make one for the little sister also. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card like we did for her big sister. Alice (the little sister) loves all thing super heroes, so I made a comic book. I LOVE the way this turned out.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “It was a quiet day for Super Alice. She was hoping for a nice relaxing Birthday. But…HELP.”

“All bow to you new leader.”

“Oh, no you don’t”

Eek! It’s Super Alice, run! We will meet again.”

“AAhh”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “I am your new leader.”

“Get out of here!”

“Heheheh…. I’ll be back”

“Arrg”

“Leader”

“You again?!?!”

“Mwhahahah”

“HELP”

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Heheheh. Almost ready.”

“How could he lead us if water makes him rust?”

“What are those robots up to?”

“Do you think Alice knows the plan?”

“Nah”

“There those bad robots are”

“Is she following us?”

“Yup… This is gonna be great.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First I drew out my panels with a pencil and ruler. Then, I traced them with a thick black Sharpie Marker. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I also did some mirror stamping, because I didn’t plan my panels out as well as I thought. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the speech bubbles and the horizon lines. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Beep Boop Birthday, Critters from the Past, Critters in Costume, Critters on the Farm, Happy Summer, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Love You S’more, Mermaid for You, Sally’s ABCs, So Jelly, Starry Backdrop, Year Two, and You’re a Hoot

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Lucy’s Magical Birthday Book

July 3, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends is turning six this month. My daughter wanted to make something special for her. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card. It soon became a whole story that wouldn’t fit on just four panels, so it turned into a Color Your Own Birthday Book.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “Lucy the Fairy is turning 6 today. All of her friends are getting ready for her party. The mice are in charge of the cupcakes.”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “The mermaids are finding decorations for the party.”

 

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Bigfoot and the forest animals help put up the decorations.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First, I stamped the decorative stamps on the corners and between the panels. I used Lawn Fawn’s Frosties stamps. Using a thin black sharpie, I connected parts of the snowflakes to make them look more like flowers. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the apron on the mouse in the frame, the horizon lines, and the pile of decorations. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book. I did add some pink marker to the title to help it stand out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Dad + Me, Fairy Friends, Fintastic Friends, Flirty Frames, Frosties, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Mermaid for You, Merry Christmouse, Milk and Cookies, Mom + Me, Peace Joy Love, Sally’s ABCs, To a Fungi, and Year Two

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Farm Birthday

July 1, 2016

When it rains, it pours here. In the course of 5 days, we have three birthdays. This year all the birthday kiddos are celebrating their first or second birthdays. This card is for little boy who is turning two today.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color paper that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my scene in grey ink. I used post it notes to make masks for the birthday hats and balloons. I used Crayola colored pencils to color the scene. I tried layering a lot of colors for some dimension. I adhered the panel to a kraft card base and was done. I think this card turned out pretty cool.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm, Admit One and Year Two

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle

Ink: Simon Says Stamp ink in Smoke and Slate

Hope you enjoyed the card