Silhouettes and Distress Inks

April 16, 2017

Happy Easter! The bunny has arrived and delivered baskets full of goodies, so now I have a little time before all the visiting begins. I decided to spend it updating my blog.

I made this card set last night. I love bright colors with black silhouettes. Originally, I was just going to make one card with the cattails, but when I began looking through my stamps I found a bunch more images I wanted to use. In the end, I made 8 cards.

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Cattail Card 1: Chipped Sapphire, Fossilized Amber and Dusty Concord Distress Inks

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Cattail Card 2: Mermaid Lagoon and Peacock Feathers Distress Inks

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Pine Tree Card 1: Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers, and Wilted Violet Distress Inks

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Pine Tree Card 2: Blueprint Sketch and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks

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Corn Card 1: Fossilized Amber and Crushed Olive Distress Inks

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Corn Card 2: Carved Pumpkin and Fossilized Amber Distress Inks

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Flower Card 1: Picked Raspberry and Abandoned Coral Distress Inks

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Flower Card 2: Wilted Violet and Shaded Lilac Distress Inks

 

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping the sentiments on the card bases. I used four of the freebie stamps Lawn Fawn sends when you order from them. I also added a dotted line on either side of each sentiment. Using washi tape, I masked off the dotted lines and added the black images. I used clear embossing powder on all of the stamping. I wanted everything to have a shiny finish.

Once the embossing powder was cool, I masked off the bottom part of my card again and began ink blending. I had fun playing with different color combinations for each card.

I did use a second mask for Cattail Card 1. I liked the effect, but it was more work that the other cards.

Lastly, I added some flicks of water to add more interest to my backgrounds. I dried them with a paper towel and the cards were finished.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Mom + Me, Dad + Me, Love You S’More, Happy Harvest, Penelope’s Blossoms, and Wish You Were here

Also the mini freebies from Lawn Fawn

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Carved Pumpkin, Chipped Sapphire, Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord, Fossilized Amber, Mermaid Lagoon,  Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Shaded Lilac, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Wilted Violet

 

Hope you enjoyed the cards

Missing You Magnifying Glass

April 16, 2017

Spring Break means lots of crafty time for me. I was browsing through our local library the other day and found the mystery section; complete with Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys. This card is inspired by those books.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a white card base. I stamped the lined paper background in a blue ink first. I added the green trees next. I used second generation stamping to add some variety in the color. Then, I added the foot prints in brown ink. The paw print went next to the foot prints. I used gray ink on the paw prints. I added the compass rose to the bottom left corner using black and red inks.

I die cut five circle frames from black card stock. I adhered them together to create a thick circle frame. I adhered three thin kraft rectangles together. Once, these pieces were dry, I adhered them to my card base. I trimmed the kraft rectangle to fit next the circles. I carefully stamped my sentiment in magnifying glass.  Lastly, I added some silver gel pen to the handle of the magnifying glass.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Loveable Legends, Schoolhouse Backdrops, Love You S’More, and Wish You Were Here

Simon Says Stamps and Lawn Fawn’s Happy Howlidays

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy, Rich Cocoa, Lady Bug, and Bahama Blue

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

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

You’re the Gratest

April 12, 2017

One of my co-workers is leaving for a new job opportunity. He was also my children’s coach, so we made him this card.

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Card Front

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Card Inside

Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by creating a card base from water color paper. I ink smooshed a background using three shade of orange Distress Ink.

While that was drying, I stamped and water colored the grater, cheese and heart. I used Distress Ink for the water color. Once those were dry, I fussy cut them out. I painted the edges with a black marker to hide any flaws.

  Once the ink smooshed background was dry, I stamped some words onto it with a very light grey ink. I wanted the words to be subtle. I used masking to keep the words only in the inked area. I used black ink to stamp my main sentiment.

I added a resting spot for the cut images with some grey Distress Ink and adhered the images with glue dots.

I added the four sentiments to the inside of the card. These four sentiments pretty much cover how my kids feel about their coach’s new job.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Best Pun Ever, A Good Apple, Sophie’s Sentiments, and Wish You Were Here

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Carved Pumpkin, Fossilized Amber, Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, and Spiced Marmalade

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Tea and Cookies

April 11, 2017

This is just a card I had fun making today. I used many of the same ideas that I used on the Sympathy Dog cards.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I began by creating a kraft card base. I used white pigment ink to stamp a background pattern on the card base. I just eyeballed the pattern and didn’t worry too much about measuring anything.

I die cut a small rectangle from some white card stock for the focal panel. I used Distress Ink to blend on some color. I used Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender for the background.

I looked in my box of pre-cut and colored images. I found these images that I colored with colored pencil in a “no line” style. I added them to my focal panel and adhered the panel to my card base. I decided not to include a sentiment on the front of this card.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Love You A Latte

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

Simon Says Stamp Ink in Fog

Distress Ink in Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender

 

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!

 

Punny Veggie Box

April 10, 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.

I made three different card designs and envelopes for this card set. Now, I needed something to present all of these goodies in. I looked around my house and found the box from the Simon Says Stamp Card Kit, then inspiration hit. I had a lot of fun creating this box. I am sure I will be doing this again.

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Front of Box

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Side of Box

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Inside of Box with Cards and Envelopes

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Inside of Lid with pen pocket and a place for stamps

Details

Size:  9” x 12.5” box

Extra Details:  I started by creating the dividers for the inside of the box. I used 1.5” strips of blue card stock that I folded in to fourths. I used very strong double sided tape to adhere the bottom folds to the bottom of the box. I also folded the ends of each divider to adhere them to the sides of the box or the other divider.

I also cut blue card stock strips to cover the sides of the box. I cut a large blue rectangle to cover the top of the box. I adhered everything with strong double sided tape. I used a small rectangle of the same card stock to make the pen pocket.

Then I began the decorating process. I cut strips of white card stock to 1” and .75”. I stamped the leaves and stakes on the strips. I included the detail and work stamps also. I adhered these strips to the sides of the box and the lid (inside and out).

Next, I created the label for the top of the box. I used two of my alpha sets to stamp the title and the contents. I added the same veggie tops stamping to the bottom of the panel. I die cut the panel with a cross stitched rectangle and adhered it to the lid.

Lastly, I filled my box. I only included 10 of the 13 cards I made. I kept one of each design and matching envelopes. I wrapped each card set and the envelopes in a strip of clear page protector. I did this to keep them together and closed.  I put each design in its own area. I added the pen on the stamps to the inside lid of the box and closed it up.

I really really LOVE this box. I can’t wait to make more.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Rooting for You

Dies: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Ink in Smoke

Simon Says Stamp Hybrid ink in Key Lime

Memento Dew Drops in Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the box!