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Easter Tags

April 15, 2017

Easter is just 1 day away and I still want to make cute cards with bunnies and chicks. I am also on my Spring Break finally, so I can give into feeling.

I made some Easter tags today. I have some scraps of Echo Park paper from the Simon Says Stamp March 2016 Card Kit that I have been hording. I decided to day was the day to use it.

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Details

Size:  Tags

Extra Details: I began by die cutting four tags from some white card stock. I did have a big enough scrap to cover the entire tag in the patterned paper, so I cut it down to slightly smaller than my tag. I rounded the top edges with my envelope punch board. I adhered the patterned paper to the tag bases. I added a small strip of green patterned paper to the bottom of each piece of tag.

Nice I stamped and colored all of the images. I used Distress Ink as water colors when coloring in my images. Once they were dry, I fussy cut them all out. I painted the edges with a black marker to hide any imperfections. I used glue dots to adhere the images to my tags.

I felt that my tags were missing something, so added the small heart tags. I found a few more scraps from the Echo Park papers and die cut the heart tags. I stamped Happy Easter on them. I used some Lawn Fawn Twine to string the two tags together.

 

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Hip Hop

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8718

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Chirpy Chirp Chirp,

Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn’s Happy Howlidays

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Tag You’re It and Tiny Tags

Ink: Versa Mark

Distress Inks – I forgot to make a note of which Distress Colors I used when water coloring my images.

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Dancing Kraken

April 14, 2017

I have one mini action spring from the April 2017 Simon Says Stamp Card Kit that I have been waiting to use. As soon as I received the Happy Happy Happy stamp set, I knew I wanted to make a card with this sentiment: You Make Me Happy Dance. So I combined the two.

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The Card Front

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Side View of Action Wobble

Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started this card by creating a card base from water color paper. I used Vera Mark ink and white embossing powder to add the sentiment and fish. I used my heat tool to melt the embossing powder. I stamped the fish all the way to the edge of the card.

Using Crayola Fine Tip Markers, I traced around a rectangle die.  I used this line to contain my coloring. I was going for a spotlight coloring look.  I used the same markers and a water brush to add color to the background.

While the card base was drying, I stamped, colored, and die cut the kraken. I used more Crayola markers to color the kraken. I also clear embossed the whole kraken image so it would be shiny and would look more like the other fish.

Lastly, I adhered the kraken to the card base with a mini Action Wobble.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #2: Interactive Cards

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-2-interactive-cards

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Happy Happy Happy, Lovable Legends, and Mermaid for You

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Lovable Legends and Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Somebunny Loves You

April 14, 2017

Easter is just 2 days away and I still want to make cute cards with bunnies and chicks. I am also on my Spring Break finally, so I can give into feeling.

This card is inspired by a card I saw on the Lawn Fawn Blog about a month ago. I loved all the white space with just a hint of color.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with some white cardstock. I cut two cross stitched rectangles from the card stock. I used one panel and my base and the other panel to die the layers from. I die cut two grassy borders and one cloud border.

I saved the negative pieces to use as masks. I lined the cloud border on the base panel and lined up the negative piece. I left a very small gap between the two. I removed the cloud border. Then, I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool to add some Salty Ocean Distress Ink to the base panel over the mask. Once I removed the mask, I adhered the cloud border over the top of the ink blending, leaving just a little bit of the blue ink showing.

I repeated the same process with Cracked Pistachio Distress ink and the larger grassy border piece. For the small grassy border, I ink on the larger grassy border piece to create dimension.

Once my background was built, I need a critter for my scene. I settled on a bunny. I stamped the bunny on a scrap of white card stock in very light gray ink. I added color to the heart on the bunny with a Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I fussy cut the bunny out and adhered him to the panel.

I stamped my sentiment in the same light grey ink. It is a little hard to see, but matched my card design so I went with it. I felt the scene was missing something, so I added a butterfly in the same light grey ink and Spun Sugar Distress Ink.

To create the card itself, I made a white card base and die cut a few more layers. One layer was cut from dotted velum and one was cut from light pink cardstock. I layered the velum over the pink card stock to soften it. I layered everything together and adhered them to my card base.

This is not my typical card style but I like the way it turned out anyway.

 

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Hip Hop

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8718

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Chirpy Chirp Chirp and My Silly Valentine

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

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Ink in Fog

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Salty Ocean, and Spun Sugar

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Radish Pop Up Box Card

April 13, 2017

I bought the new Lawn Fawn Scalloped Box Card Pop Up die a few weeks ago and haven’t really had time to play with it yet. L I finally got time today. I used my new favorite vegetable pun again also.

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The front and side of the folded card

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The back and side of the folded card

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The card open

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The open card from the side

 

Details

Size:  Box Card – folds to an A2 size card

Extra Details:  I began this card with a lot of die cutting. I had two sheets of the Lawn Fawn’s blue polka dot paper in my stash, so I used those for the card base and inside braces. I used the matching stitched rectangle dies and white card stock to create all of the rectangles. Using the same dies, I cut some brown rectangles as well. I found that one of the Small Stitched Rectangle Stackable dies from Lawn Fawn fill the back of the box card up nicely and give plenty of room for a message. I cut one of those from white card stock also. I used some stitched hillside border dies to create hills from the brown rectangles. I also made three hills for the inside braces with the same brown card stock. I used a scrap of green polka dotted paper to cut a grassy border for one of the white rectangles.

Although, this is the first card I have made with the box card die, this is not the first time I have used it. I made a practice card when the die first arrived. That process made me realize that it is a lot easier to decorate all of the pieces before adhering anything together. So the next step was to sort everything out, so I knew what was going where.

Then I began the stamping. I stamped the birds, phone, radish, and some leafy tops on scraps of white card stock. I fussy cut all of the images out. I used a black marker to paint the edges of the birds and phone.

I stamped the leafy tops, clouds, bees, sentiments, butterflies, and flowers directly onto their white rectangles.  Next, I adhered the brown hills and grassy border to the white rectangles. I added the ants to the dirt. I adhered a bird and the phone to the front rectangle with the grassy border.

I adhered the two long box die cuts together. I adhered all of the white rectangles in their proper places.

Then, I began work on the inside braces of the box. I adhered a brown hill to each brace. I adhered the hills to low on each brace, so I cut a small piece of the side tabs off before adhering them. I added the leafy tops, a bird, and the radish to the hills. I adhered one tab of each brace to one side panel of the box. Then I fold the box up and adhered the tabs to the opposite side and adhered the final tab to create the box card.

This was a fun card to make but it does take some planning.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #2: Interactive Cards

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-2-interactive-cards

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Spring Color Inspiration

Simon Says: Spring Color Inspiration

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Bee Mine, Love Letters, Best Pun Ever, Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Clark’s ABCs, Happy Summer, and Rooting for You

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Box Card Pop Up, Grassy Border, Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Simple Stitched Hillside Borders

Paper: One of Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka Collections

Ink: Versa Fine

Memento Dew Drops Lady Bug, Rose Bud, Bahama Blue, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, and Rich Cocoa

Simon Says Stamp’s Hybrid Ink in Key Lime

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Featured on Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

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Yay!! My entry for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge; Make a Rainbow was featured in the Designers Spotlight!

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Here is what was said:

#220 Rebecca Lynn’s Crafts – Andrea says: I really like the bright pop-art feel this card set has and it was a real treat to be able to see so many variations of color mixing and matching. And who knew that radishes could be so stylish? Excellent project!

 

Upbeet Day

April 8th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable pun that made me laugh.

This set used beets. I used the same design for each card but moved the focal point around and rotated the colors around the circle. I did this to make each card interesting and individual.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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All 4 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and two side fold cards

Extra Details:  I started by making the card bases. I had already made the radish cards with the variety of folds, so I did the same for this card set. I used many of the same Distress Inks that I used on the Radish cards to create the background for these cards.

I started by making a circle mask. I temporarily adhered the mask to each card base. I used Mini Distress Ink Blenders to blend eight colors of Distress Ink around the circle. Then, I moved the mask to a new card base. I rotated the mask, so the colors would be in a different position on each card.

Next, I decided to add some splatter to the card bases. I used pink, yellow, and blue Distress Inks to add the splatter. I replaced the mask and flicked some ink on to the card base. I tried to keep the splatter in its own area of the color wheel I had created.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the beets on a scrap of water color paper. I added the leaves, faces, and other details. Once the beets were all stamp, I fussy cut them out.

Because the sentiment stamp is a clear stamp, I was able to bend it to match the curve of my circle. I stamped the sentiment in black ink. Lastly, I adhered the beets and the cards were complete.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

LOVE! #16: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157682080285165/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Dusty Concord, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink in Key Lime

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Turnip the Fun

April 7th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable pun that made me laugh.

This set used turnips. I used the same design for each card but changed up the colors. I also put the turnips in different spots.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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All 4 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and two side fold cards

Extra Details:  I started by making the card bases. I had already made the radish cards with the variety of folds, so I did the same for this card set. I used many of the same Distress Inks that I used on the Radish cards to create the background for these cards.

I smooshed three colors of Distress Ink on to my acrylic block, making sure to cover most of the block. I sprayed water on to the block and then stamped the whole thing down onto my card base. I used a paper towel to sop up any large pools of water before letting the card bases dry. Once the card bases were dry, I flicked some more ink onto the card bases. I only used one color of ink when flicking the ink on each card base.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the turnips with Distress Inks, Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Ink, and Memento Dew Drop Inks. Then, I fussy cut out all of the turnips and adhered them to the dry card bases. To keep the cards interesting, I changed up the placement.

Lastly, I stamped the sentiment in black ink.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-happy-birthday-5/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You, and Clark’s ABC’s

Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Candied Apple, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet, Antique Linen

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink in Key Lime

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

You’re RADish

April 6th, 2017

The school my kids attend is having a basket auction fundraiser soon. I am donating a card set to the auction. I choose to do a set of punny vegetable cards. I choose this theme for a few reasons; a) they are fairly generic so the cards can be sent to anyone for almost any occasion, b) my kids school plants a garden every spring, and finally, c) I found a fun vegetable puns that made me laugh.

This first set I made used radishes. The layout for each card is the same, but the colors change in each card.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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Card 5

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All 5 cards together

Details

Size:  Vertical A2 cards; There are two top fold cards and three side fold cards

Extra Details:  I began by creating the card bases. I had some extra half sheets of water color paper laying around that I used to turn into card bases, which is why some are top fold and some are side fold. Then, I created the square grid using Mini Distress Ink Cubes. I used a water brush to even out each of the squares.

While the card bases were drying, I stamped the radishes in the same Distress Ink colors on a scrap of water color paper. I added the leaves using the same colors. I used a water brush to even out the ink on each of the radishes and leaves. Once the radishes were dry, I stamped the faces and leaf lines with black ink. I stamped the cheeks in white pigment ink and added some dots with a white gel pen.

Then, I spend a lot of time fussy cutting out each of the 45 radishes. I adhered the radishes to the card bases with liquid glue and glue dots. I was running out of everything as I made these cards, so I used whatever I could get my hands on.

Lastly, I added the custom sentiment. I LOVE these cards.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make a Rainbow

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8714

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Happy Birthday

Simon Says: Happy Birthday

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You, Sally’s ABC’s, Best Pun Ever, and Happy Happy Happy (for the “ish”)

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Wilted Violet

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards!

Wild Christmas Tags

April 5, 2017

The newest Simon Says Stamp products in my craft room are from the Simon Says Stamp April 2017 Card Kit. I love the stamp set and ink colors, but I wasn’t sure what to do with the kraft tags. I really only use tags at Christmas time; and usually I make my own white tags. In the end, I did have fun creating this tags and I already know which holiday gifts they will be going on.

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Details

Size:  tags

Extra Details: I started by stamping and coloring my animal and hat images. This was the first time I used the penguin from this stamp set.   I used colored pencils to color everything. After fussy cutting everything out, I painted the edges with a black marker.

For the tags, I started by ink blending some white pigment ink in the center area of each tag. Then I stamped the falling snow in the background with the same white pigment ink.

While the ink was drying, I created the snowy hills. I die cut a stitched hillside for and trimmed it down to the size of the tag. I adhered the hills to the tags and stamped the sentiments in black ink.

I adhered the hats to the critters with glue dots. I adhered the critters to the cards with double sided tape. To finish the tags, I added some red and white twines form my stash.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #68: Something New

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157678653537924/

 

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Wild Cuddly Critters

Lawn Fawn’s Hats Off to You, Snow Cool, and Happy Happy Happy

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the tags

Sympathy Dogs

April 2, 2017

This week, two different friends lost their dogs. I made these sympathy cards to send to them.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and die cutting the dog images. I also die cut two small stitched rectangles while I had the die cut machine out.

I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink to water color in the dogs. Using an ink blending tool and Distress Inks, I added some color to the white rectangles. I tried to keep the colors soft and airy.

While the dogs drying, I created my card bases. I used kraft card stock for each card base. I added some wood grain stamping for interest.

I added the sentiment with Versa Mark Ink and gold embossing powder. Then I adhered the white rectangles to each card base. Next, I adhered the dogs. I felt that something was missing, so I dug through my box of pre-stamped and pre-colored images. I found some tiny butterflies and a flower. I think these small images finished off the card nicely.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Things with Wings

Simon Says: Things With Wings

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Lawn Fawn’s Wood grain Backdrops, Sophie’s Sentiments, and Mom + Me

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp’s Happy Howlidays

Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Memento Dew Drops in Rich Cocoa

Distress Inks in Walnut Stain, Cracked Pistachio, and Salty Ocean

 

Hope you enjoyed the card