Category Archives: Challenges

Be Who You Are

July 28, 2017

The Simon Says Stamp August 2017 Card Kit has arrived. It’s like my birthday at the end of every month. I started by cutting the patterned paper in to 5.25” x 4” rectangles, 6” x 2” strips, and 4” by ¾” strips. I find if I don’t do this, I will hoard the patterned papers and never use them. This is the first card I made with the kit.

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Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I began by creating a grey card base. Then I pulled over all of the 4” x ¾” strips. After playing with the strips for a while, I settled on this design. I adhered the strips flat to the card base. Then, I added a few of the puffy stickers from the kit.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: You’ve Got the Edge

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=9730

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says: Anything Goes

Paper: Pink Fresh Studio’s Live More papers and puffy stickers

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Bikini Clothes Line

July 25, 2017

My die cut machine has been unpacked!!! I am so excited to be able to use my dies again. I made this card with the Simon Says Stamp July 2017 Card Kit

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began with a light blue card base. I stamped the clouds in white pigment ink all over the card front. I added the sentiment and lines with Versa Fine ink.

I die cut the bikinis from some of the pattern paper included in the card kit. I adhered the die cuts to the lines using foam tape and some liquid adhesive.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #76: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157684026240491/

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157684026240491/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s School House Borders

Simon Says Stamp’s Sea You Soon

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Bikini Die

Paper: Echo Park’s Summer Dreams

Ink: Versa Fine

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Water Color Starfish

July 23, 2017

This is just a fun little card I made to enter in a few challenges this week.

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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 the sentiment first and then covered the rest of the panel in starfish. I clear heat embossed everything.

I added some clean water to each starfish and dropped in some Distress Ink using a paint brush. I let the first layer of color dry before added a second layer for a deeper color. Once all the starfish were dried, I added alight wash of blue to the background.

While that dried, I worked on the card base. I choose a dark blue card base and stamped a wave pattern with white pigment ink. Once everything was dry, I adhered the water color panel to the card base with foam tape.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics #9: Color Inspiration Boards

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-9-color-inspiration-board

Simon Says Stamp’s Monday Challenge: Get In Shape

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=9727

Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge: We’re Seeing Stars

Simon Says: We’re Seeing Stars

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s So Jelly, and Lucky Stars

Simon Says Stamp’s Sea You Soon

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Picked Raspberry, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, and Salty Ocean

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Water Color Robots

July 23, 2017

I was using blue ink on my acrylic block one day. When I was done, rather than cleaning it up, I sprayed some water and smooshed it on to a panel of water color card stock. I had used the side of the block with the etched in grid lines, it gave the panel some interesting texture.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began with my water color panel; I trimmed it down and rounded the corners. Then I stamped, colored and cut some images on a scrap of water color card stock. I used Distress Inks to stamp with and as water colors. While cutting, I left a small white border on everything.

Then, I began assembling my scene. I found a scrap of green card stock that I used to ground my robots. I adhered the robots and gift with foam tape. I adhered the balloons flat to the panel, but did let a few hang off the panel for interest.

Lastly, I adhered the water color panel to a grey card base.

Challenges Entered:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #9: Color Inspiration Board

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-9-color-inspiration-board

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Beep Boop Birthday

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Iced Spruce, Picked Raspberry, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch, Salty Ocean and Mustard Seed

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid Inks in Key Lime and Lemon Zing

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Black and White and Orange

July 18, 2017

I made this card to enter in the Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #75; Black and White with a Splash of Color. The title of this challenge inspired me to so some ink blending for my splash of color.

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Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I began with a small square of water color paper. I ink smooshed some orange Distress Inks on an acrylic black and pressed it on the paper. I let the paper and ink sit over night because I forgot about it. Once I remembered to remove the block, I let the paper finish air drying.

I stamped a large floral image with black ink on the water color square. I also added a few flicks of grey ink to the panel as well. I added some foam tape to the back of this panel and set it aside.

Next, I created a black card base. I choose a panel of black and white striped patterned paper as a layer for my card. I added some flicks of orange ink to the patterned paper for added interest.  I adhered this panel to the black card base and adhered the water color panel on top of it.

I choose to skip a sentiment this time around. I like the versatility of not having a sentiment gives me.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #75: Black and White with a Splash of Color

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157685965078275/

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Floral Bliss

Paper: Echo Park’s Wedding Bliss

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Ink in Spiced Marmalade, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, and Ripe Persimmon

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Plaid Ellie

July 18, 2017

I made this card to enter in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Plaid. I have been hoarding the few sheets of Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Rainbow paper that I have, so this challenge was a great excuse to use some of it.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card by stamping the elephant image on some plaid paper and some white card stock. I carefully fussy cut out the elephants and layered them together. I used markers to color in the ears and feet.

I die cut a black circle frame using some stitched circle dies.  I cut a large white circle to layer under the black frame. I glued the two together and set them aside to dry. I also cut a banner from some white card stock. I stamped the small Hello across the banner.

I created a card base from some light blue card stock. I added a layer of blue plaid paper. I adhered the black frame towards the top of the plaid paper. I adhered the elephant with some foam tape and adhered the banner right underneath it.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Use Plaid

Simon Says: Use Plaid

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Wild Cuddly Critters, and Cuddly Critters Accessories

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Banners

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid Rainbow

Ink: Versa Fine

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Smiles and Coffee

July 16, 2017

I received a few sheets of Lawn Fawn’s Polka Mon Amie paper with my recent order. I love the soft colors of that collection. I used them to create a few cards using paper piecing.

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Front

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Inside

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Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card by stamping the to-go cups on four pieced of patterned paper. I fussy cut everything out, painted the edges black and glue the pieces together to create multi colored cups.

While the cups were drying, I created a tan card base. Using Barely Beige ink, I stamped a hexagon pattern on the card front. Then using a mini ink blending tool, I distressed the edges of the card front with the same ink.

I adhered the cups to the front using foam tape. I added a sentiment and the card front was finished.

I added a custom sentiment and another to-go cup to the inside of the card.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Distress It

Simon Says: Distress It

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Love You A Latte, Interlocking Backdrops, and Clark’s ABCs

Paper: Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka Mon Amie

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Barely Beige

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Ferris Wheel Sunset

July 16, 2017

A few weeks ago, I made a bunch of ink smooshed backgrounds. I made this card using one and will be entering it in the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge.

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Front

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began this card a few weeks ago by making the ink smooshed background. Using Distress Inks and an acrylic block, I applied color to some water color paper. I let the block sit on the paper for at least five minutes to get the intense color. I love the results of this technique. Once, I removed the block, I set the panel aside to air.

I love the Admit One stamp set from Lawn Fawn and colorful backgrounds. I stamped the Ferris Wheel and sentiment in black ink. I added the ground with a black Sharpie. I adhered this panel to an orange card base.

Because of the colored card base, I decided to add a liner to the inside. I added some tickets to the bottom of the liner for added interest.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #8: Summertime Fun

http://www.lawnfawnatics.com/challenges/lawn-fawnatics-challenge-8-summertime-fun

LOVE! Flickr Challenge # 19: Anything Goes for July

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157685728593895/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Admit One

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, and Spiced Marmalade

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Beach Bikinis

July 12, 2017

I have been enjoying the Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kits. I made this card using the July kit

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began with a panel of water color paper. I stamped the bikini images all over using black ink. I used the Crayola Fine Line Markers to add color. I used a water brush to move the color around. Once the panel was dry, I added clear Wink of Stella to the water area.

On a scrap piece of white card stock, I stamped the two sentiments and speech bubbles. I did some partial stamping to extend the speech bubbles so the sentiments would fit. I fussy cut them out. I adhered them to the water color panel with foam tape.

Lastly, the whole panel was adhered to a grey card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Blog: Summer Sunshine

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-summer-sunshine/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Love Letters

Simon Says Stamp Sea You Soon

Ink: Versa Fine

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Stand by You

May 14, 2017

I am running very late with this blog post! I am hoping to enter in Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #4; Black, White and Bright.

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Card One: using lawn Fawn Let’s Polka Papers

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Card Two: Using Illustrated Faith Papers from a Simon Says Stamp Card Kit

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I began by stamping the lake, tag, flamingo, and sentiment on water color paper. I used Crayola Fine Line markers and a water brush to add color to everything. Once the images were dry, I fussy cut everything out.

I prepped my card bases next. I used pink card stock for both card bases. I layered some patterned paper on each card base. Then, I added the tags with foam tape.

To finish the cards, I added some sequins to the black cards and twine to each bow.

Challenges Entered:

                Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #4; Black, White and Bright

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 4 – Black, White and Bright!

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Flamingo Together, Dad + Me, and Winter Gifts

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Paper: Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka

Illustrated Faith papers

Ink: Versa Fine

 

Hope you enjoyed the card