Hey Chickadee

July 22, 2016

When I had the Critters on the Farm set out for my last card, the idea for the card popped in my head. I knew I did not want to fussy cut all of those chicks out, so I created a strip of them with only a little fussy cutting around the hen.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making my row of chick on a strip of water color paper. I added some detail to the hen with a thin black marker. I used Distress Inks to add color to my images. I did a lot of color laying to achieve colors I didn’t have.

While the chicks were drying, I created my grass. I die cut a larger strip with the Grassy Border die and ink blended some Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn Distress inks on it. I also stamped the sentiment on the bottom right edge.

My white card base was looking a little plain, so I added some grey dots using Simon Says Stamp Smoke ink. Finally, I adhered the two strips together and then to the card base.

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 Critters on the Farm and Deck the Halls

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die

Ink: VersaFine

Simon Says Stamp Smoke ink

Distress Inks in Crushed Olive, Fired Brick, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, and Vintage Photo.

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

Red Fish Blue Fish

July 20, 2016

I was looking through my stamp collection and found a sentiment I want to play with.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a 4.25 x 5.5” panel of water color paper. I stamped and heat embossed all of the images. For the sentiment and focal fish, I used white embossing powder. For the colorful coral and seaweed, I used VersaMark ink over my Distress Inks and clear embossing powder. For the fish, I used VersaFine ink and clear embossing ink. After the embossing was cooled, I ink blended my background. I used four shades of blue Distress ink. I added some water spots to add texture. Then I ink blended again so the water spots wouldn’t stand out too much.

While ink blending I didn’t worry about my images, so I added some clean water on them and picked it up with a paper towel. The water pulled up enough of the ink, so I could add other colors. I used Distress Inks again to water color the images.

I die cut a small stitched circle around the sentiment and red fish. I adhered the small circle flat to the card base. I popped the rest of the panel up on fun foam and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #134: Rainbow Inspired.

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

 

SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge: Nautical/By the Sea

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=5801

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Clear to See, Fintastic Friends, and Mermaid for You

Dies Used: SimonSaysStamp Stitched Circles

Ink: VersaMark

VersaFine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Tumbled Glass, and Twisted Citron

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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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

Love in all Seasons

July 16, 2016

This is the anniversary card I made for my husband. Our anniversary may only come once a year, but I love him all year long and wanted to let him know.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making the top layer of this panel. Using a ruler, pencil and my paper trimmer, I cut four windows in a panel of water color paper. I silver embossing the sentiment on this panel.  I used the window panel to lightly trace the windows on the card base. Using the pencil lines as a guide, I stamped and white embossed various images in each window. I used Post-It tape to help mask areas that the stamps would have overlapped. Once the embossing was cooled, I began ink blending in each area. I also used Post-It tape to help contain the color to only one window area. I used two Distress Ink colors in each area. I flicked some water on the card base to add interest. Lastly, I popped the window panel up on fun foam and adhered it to the card base.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Bee Mine, Frosties, Happy Summer, Into the Woods, Lucky Stars, Penelope’s Blossoms, Ready Set Shake, Ready Set Snow, and So Thankful

Paper: water color paper

Ink:  Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Mowed Lawn, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, and Twisted Citron

Hope you enjoyed the card

Starry Thanks with VersaMark Ink

July 15, 2016

Jennifer McGuire just made a video on Monochromatic Ink Layering using VersaMark ink and Hero Arts Shadow inks. I really wanted to try this technique out, but I do not own any Hero Arts inks. In her video, she mentions that the technique would also work with Simone Says Stamp inks, which I do own a few of. I was pleased with the way this card turned out.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by covering a strip of Simon Says Stamp Smoke Card stock in Simon Says Stamp Slate ink. I rubbed the stamp pad directly on the paper to get it as covered in ink as I could. I used some stars from Lawn Fawn’s Lucky Stars stamp set and VersaMark in to stamp stars all over the inked piece. Using white pigment ink, I layered a few stars over one another for added dimension. I also added a few small stars with a silver pigment ink.

As the inked piece was drying, I prepped my card base. The card base is also made from Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock. I head embossed a sentiment and a few stars from Lucky Stars in silver embossing powder. I cut the inked piece into two and adhered them to the card base. I really love the way the VersaMark reacted with the Slate ink.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Lucky Stars

Paper: Simon Says Stamp Smoke cardstock

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Slate ink

VersaMark

Hope you enjoyed the card

Pirate Thanks

July 14, 2016

One of my favorite parts of making my own cards is how personalized you can make a card. My neighbors left a chalk board easel with a message from a pirate on our porch. My children can now thank them with a card feature a chalk board and pirates. I would not be able to find a card like this in a million years.

I used all Lawn Fawn stamps. I love how I can combine so many of their different sets to create just about anything I want to.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping all of the images on water color paper. I masked the pirate hats, so the mermaids could wear them. I added some striped shirts using a thin Sharpie marker. I used Distress Inks to water color most of the images. To make the chalk board black, I stamped it and fussy cut it from black card stock. I white heat embossed the sentiment and pirate ship. I did not get a great stamped impression but I think it adds to the chalk board look. After everything was dry I fussy cut everything out.

My card base is made of kraft card stock. I stamped a wood grain pattern in brown ink over the entire card front. I added lines with two shades of brown markers to create the look of planks. Then I started laying out my card. I adhered the mermaid “pirates” behind the chalk board and popped them up on fun foam. I adhered the black board flat to the frame and glued the easer and chalk down flat as well. I love the way this card turned out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple, Booyah, Loveable Legends, Mermaid for You, Riley’s ABCs and Woodgrain Backdrop

Ink: VersaFine

Memento Dew Drop ink in Rich Cocoa

Distress Inks in Antique Linen, Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Iced Spruce, Picked Raspberry, Scattered Straw, Tattered Rose, and Walnut Stain

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

Thank You Card using Left Overs

July 13, 2016

I made two thank you cards yesterday, and they got me thinking about other thank you card layouts. This card uses a lot of scrap pieces I had lying around. The Scripty Thanks die cut is left over from the Watercolor Thank You Card Set. The embossed panel was my practice piece from when I first bought the Stitched Borders Dies. The light blue card base is the second half of the sheet I used for the Purple Cow card.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by digging through my scrap collection. I pulled out a few pieces that I thought would work well together. I wanted to add some interest to my card base, so I stamped an Interlocking Backdrops pattern in Simon Says Stamp Fog ink on it. It did not stamp perfectly but I think that adds to the interest. At least that is what I am telling myself. After playing with the card layout a bit, I decided this card needed some sparkle, so I grab some silver glitter paper. I cut a strop slightly wider than my embossed strip. I also die cut the Scripty Thanks from the silver glitter paper to layer behind the water colored Thanks. It is hard to see but it is there. I also added some Distress ink to the corners of the embossed piece. Then I adhered everything together.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Interlocking Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Thanks and Stitched Borders dies

Ink: Simon Says Stamp’s Fog ink

Distress ink in Tumbled Glass

Hope you enjoyed the card

Thanks in Many Languages

July 12, 2016

I just got another order from Lawn Fawn. Yay!! The free mini stamp was Gracias. I love the free mini stamps and that they have so many ways to say thank you. I wanted to combine them all to make a thank you card. It turned out that I made two thank you cards. Love when that works out.

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Card One

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Card two: This panel is popped up on fun foam.

Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a 4.25 x 5.5” panel of white card stock. I stamped thanks in diagonal rows. I used all the thanks sentiments I could find in my Lawn Fawn Stamp sets, including the freebie stamps. I wanted to include some other languages as well, so I used my alpha stamps. I used Distress Inks to stamp because I have the most colors of those. After the panel was complete, I die cut it with a stitched rectangle and the Scripty Thanks die.

I used dark blue cardstock for both card bases. I added some interest my stamping chevrons in VersaMark ink on the card bases. Then I adhered everything together.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple, Chevron Backdrops, Clark’s ABCs, Good Fortune, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, Sophie’s Sentiments, and Summertime Charm

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles and Scripty Thanks

Ink: VersaMark

Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, and Tumbled Glass

Hope you enjoyed the card