Category Archives: Challenges

Otterly Merry Christmas

September 10, 2017

My Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn “Christmas Like No Otter” set arrived in the mail this weekend. I couldn’t wait to play with it. Here is the first card I made with this set.

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Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began by stamping all of the images on white card stock. I used Prismacolor pencils to color everything in. Then, I fussy cut everything out. I cut right on the stamped line for everything except the seaweed. I painted the edges of black to hide any cutting errors.

Next, I created a dark brown card base. I used white pigment ink to stamp a wood grain pattern on the card base. While that was drying, I die cut three stitched circles for three different shades of blue paper. I used the lightest blue shade as the sky. I used a scalloped border die to create waves on the other two blue circles. I layered all the circles together to create an ocean scene.

I adhered the seaweed around the circle like a wreath. I added the red bow at the bottom to complete the wreath look. I stamped the sentiment next. I used a mini action wobble spring to adhere the otters to the middle of the circle.

Lastly, I adhered the circles to the card base with foam tape. These otters are soooo cute; I can’t wait to make more cards with them.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Stamp It

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=10376

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Stamp It

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-2/

 

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #79: Just Stamp It

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157688433062305/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Christmas Like No Otter

Lawn Fawn’s Woodgrain Backdrop

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Scalloped Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Hello Friends

September 9, 2017

I had a scarecrow and a few crows left over from my Happy Harvest card. I didn’t want to waste them, so I created a fairly simple scene card with them.

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Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card with some pre-colored images. I used Prismacolor pencils to color all of the images. I fussy cut them out and painted the edges black.

I used water color paper to create a card base. I ink smooshed some green and blue Distress Inks onto an acrylic block. I sprayed the ink with water before smooshing the block onto the card base. I used a bit too much water; you can see where some of the color leak out around the edges of my acrylic block. I added two layers of color with the same technique.

Once the ink was dry, I used foam squares to adhere the scarecrow and crows to the card front. Lastly, I added the sentiment using black ink.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #12: Create a Scene

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 12 – Create a Scene!

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest

Lawn Fawn and Ellen Hudson’s Love Ya Bunches

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Salty Ocean, Tumbled Glass, Mowed Lawn and Crush Olive

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Happy Harvest

September 9, 2017

Fall is in the air. The temperature has dropped and I am in the mood for anything related to fall. This card is the result of that mood.

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Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card by stamping and coloring all of the images. I used Prismacolor pencils to color in everything but the corn stalks. I stamped the stalks in Lawn Fawn Sunflower ink and Hero Arts Pumpkin Pie Ink. Once everything was colored, I fussy cut them out. I cut right on the line for all of the images I colored with colored pencils. I painted the edges black to hide any cutting mistakes. I did leave a white border on the corn stalks.

I used my die cutting machine to create a brown frame, two grassy borders and a blue sky. I adhered the blue sky flat to the tan card base. I added the taller grassy border to the blue sky. I used foam tape on the frame and the second layer of grass. Then, I began placing all of my images. I used foam tape of a few of them to help create lots of dimension on this card.

I added a bushel of apples to the lower left corner of the card. I placed it outside the frame so the sizing of all of the images would make more sense. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on a strip of velum and adhered that under the apple basket.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #12: Create a Scene

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-12-create-a-scene

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest and Thanks a Bushel

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, and Grassy Border Die

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Sunflower

Hero Art’s Pumpkin Pie

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Ghost Hugs

September 3, 2017

I saw this sentiment on a My Favorite Things stamp set. It is soo cute and perfect for October.

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Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card by die cutting two stitched rectangles; one from black card stock and one from white card stock. I also die cut the letters for ghost hugs from water color paper. I used Distress Inks to water color the letters.

While the letters were drying, I stamped and white heat embossed the beginning of the sentiment on the black rectangle. I used glow in the dark embossing powder to add the ghosts. They are much more subtle in real life. I glued the letters down to the black panel. I used fun foam to adhere the panel to a black card base.

I used an alpha stamp set for the inside sentiment. I added some ghosts in a light grey ink and then adhered on the inside of the card base.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-41/

LOVE! Flickr Challenge #21: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157688413315245/

               

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Booyah, and Clark’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Large Cross Stitched Rectangles, Quinn’s Capital ABCs

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Lawn Fawn’s Hippo and Wild Rose

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the card!

Welcome Banner

September 3, 2017

I made this banner for my classroom this year.

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Size:  4 by 5.5 inch rectangles

Extra Details:  I began this banner by cutting 4 inch by 5.5 inch rectangles from some light blue and pale yellow card stock. I used the WE R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board to create the banner shapes and punch the holes.

I used some stitched circle dies to cut a circle in 7 of the blue rectangles. I also cut the letters for some red cardstock. I adhered the yellow and blue banners with double stick tape only at the top. I glued the letters in the middle of the die cut circles.

To decorate the banner pieces, I added some green hills cut with a stitched hillside banner. I also add some stitched tree borders cut from brown cardstock. The leaves were cut from green cardstock and I added some red dots for apples.

Next, I stamped and colored a number of images. I used my Prismacolor pencils to color everything in. Then I fussy cut them out and painted the edges black. I adhered them to the banner.

I strung the banners on white and blue ribbon and hung it in my classroom.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: School or Study Related

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=10010

               

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest and Thanks a Bushel

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Lawn Fawn’s Quinn’s Capital ABCs, Stitched Hillside Borders, and Stitched Tree Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

 

 

Hope you enjoyed the banner!

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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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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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!

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

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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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All Four Cards

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Inside Liner

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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

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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