All posts by Rebecca Straub

Monograms and Flowers

July 10, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133: Mood Board Inspired.

I saw all the monograms on this mood board and wanted to do something with a monogram. I ended up making two cards. I used the color combination from the mood board on one of the cards. The other is a first anniversary card, so I used the colors from the happy couple’s wedding instead.

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The color combo from the mood board

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The same design with a different color combo

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  Both cards are one layer cards, so I started by creating my card bases out of white card stock. I stamped the frame in a light grey ink in the middle of both card bases. I stamped the lines on the side also in light grey ink. Obviously, one set of lines worked out better than the other set. I added the monograms in the center of the frame. The T on the purple/green card is from the large THANKS in the A Good Apple stamp set. I added hearts to the purple/green card as this is the first anniversary card. Then I started added flowers and leaves all around the edge of the card front. One the blue/yellow card I used the same blue ink to water color the frame in for added interest.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple, Flirty Frames, Penelope’s Blossoms, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, and School House Backdrops

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Slate and Smoke inks

Distress inks in Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, and Squeezed Lemonade

Versa Magic Chalk inks in Purple Hydrangea, Spanish Olive, and Perfect Plumeria

Hope you enjoyed the card

Carnival Thanks

July 9, 2016

One of my favorite parts of making cards is personalizing the card for the recipient. My family spent the Fourth of July weekend at my in-laws. They took my kids to a small local carnival; where they ate pizza and fried dough rode a bunch of rides and won some balloons. We did not eat any cotton candy but the card looked funny without it.

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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. The fried dough is just the inside of the pizza. After the ink was dry, I used my Distress Inks to color everything in. After that was dry, I fussy cut everything thing out and painted the edges with a black marker. I added some cheese to the pizza by stamping with some of the same distress inks I water colored with. I tried to add powdered sugar to the fired dough by dabbing some white pigment ink on with a paper towel.

After figuring out a layout, I started adhering everything to the kraft card base. The tickets in the front on popped up on DIY foam squares. The card was still looking a little bare, so I added a frame with my gold gel pen. Then I highlighted it with dots in white pigment ink. I also added some gold gel pen dots to my fried dough.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Admit One, Deck the Halls, Pizza My Heart, and Wood grain Backdrops

Ink: Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment ink

Versa Fine

Distress inks in Abandoned Coral, Brushed Corduroy, Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade, Twisted Citron, Vintage Photo, and Walnut Stain.

Hope you enjoyed the card

Jar of Fireflies

July 6, 2016

I am entering this card in the Lawnscaping Challenge #133; Mood Board Inspired.

I needed a sympathy card and wanted to do something with lots of white space and soft colors. The Mood Board for this challenge has both of those things. Here is what I created.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by making my card base. I wanted a fairly simple card so I opted for a one layer card. I stamped the jar and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I then added the fireflies and their glows. I embossed these in gold. I also forgot to use my embossing powder tool so the gold embossing is a bit of a mess. But, they are glowing fireflies, so I didn’t mind too much.

After the embossing powder was cool, I added color with Distress Inks. I used a water brush to add the color in the spots I wanted. I did use a paper towel to blot some of the color off, once I applied it. I wanted very soft colors.

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card. I did some masking to get rid of the words “love and” in Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Saying. I wanted a shorter sentiment. Lastly, I blended some blue ink onto the edges of the card base. It is very light and may be hard to see in the pictures, but the card wouldn’t be complete without it.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Summertime Charm and Scripty Sayings  

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Versa Mark

Distress Ink in Hickory Smoke, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean, and Squeezed Lemonade.

Hope you enjoyed the card

Spinning Kraken

July 8, 2016

This card was featured on Lawn Fawn’s Fawny Flickr Friday. It was one of two of my cards featured.

The link: http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com/2016/07/fawny-flickr-friday-7816.html

 

July 5, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so do her little sister and her little brother. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend, so I knew I needed to make something for the younger siblings as well. We made color your own birthday cards for each of the girls. Baby brother will only be one year old and will not enjoy a coloring book. So, I tried something new and made him a spinner card.

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The card all closed up. Don’t mind the binder clip, this card just would not stay closed.

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The front panel opened up.

Details

Size:   Vertical tri-fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I made a tri-fold card because I wanted room to write to the birthday boy and I wanted more space to use all the fun stamps I pulled out. I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I cut it down to one A2 sized card base one 4.25 x 5.5”band one 5.5 x 4.75” panel. I scored the card base as usual. I scored the panel at 5/8th of an inch to create a flap to attach it to my card base. Next, I die cut circles from the front of the card base and the 4.25 x 5.5” panel. At this, point I decided I wanted some sand at the bottom of my card, so using the left over strips of water color paper and the Speech Bubble die I made small hills.

After most of the die cutting was done I started stamping. I stamped the kraken on the leftover circles. I stamped the kraken twice to make the spinner part of the card. I used mirror stamping to get them to line up perfectly on the card. I stamped all the black line images in Versa Fine ink and added clear embossing powder. For the color images, I first tapped my stamp on my Versa Mark ink pad, and then in a colored ink pad. I added clear embossing powder to those as well. Then I heat set everything.

Now the fun part; water coloring! I used Distress Inks for my water colors today. I started by coloring all the images in. If I ever make this card again, I would start with the background. It would make fixing mistakes easier. After all the cute little critters were dry, I started on the backgrounds. The sand was just a simple wash of color. The ocean was another story. I started by adding a strip of four different blue Distress Inks. Then, I played with getting them to blend together a bit. After letting the ink dry a bit, I drew wavy lines in with a thin fairly dry brush. At this point, I thought the lines were too harsh, so using a wide brush I swiped clean water over the whole think to blend the lines out a bit. Lastly, I splattered some water drops on everything.

Finally, it was time to assemble the card. First, I die cut the kraken. One could be die cut in the usual manner. The reverse image had to be die cut from the back. I lined up the die with the image by holding it up to a window. It took me two tries but I got it right in the end. I cut a length of light blue thread and folded it over a few times. I sandwiched that between the two krakens using lots of Scor tape. I added Scor tape around both of the circle cut outs. I place the kraken in the circle and sandwiched the two pieces together. I added some score tape to the scored fold on the 4.75 x 5.5” panel and attached it to the right edge of the card.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Loveable Legends, Mermaid for You, and So Jelly

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die and Loveable Legends die

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine and Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Blueprint Sketch, Brushed Corduroy, Chipped Sapphire, Cracked Pistachio, Dusty Concord, Hickory Smoke, Mermaid Lagoon, Peacock Feathers, Ripe Persimmon, Salty Ocean, Spiced Marmalade, Twisted Citron, and Vintage Photo

Memento Dew Drop Inks in Pear Tart, Lady Bug and Dandelion

Hope you enjoyed the card

Super Alice’s Color Your Own Birthday Card

July 4, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends has a birthday this month and so does her little sister. My daughter wanted to make something special for her friend and I knew that I had to make one for the little sister also. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card like we did for her big sister. Alice (the little sister) loves all thing super heroes, so I made a comic book. I LOVE the way this turned out.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “It was a quiet day for Super Alice. She was hoping for a nice relaxing Birthday. But…HELP.”

“All bow to you new leader.”

“Oh, no you don’t”

Eek! It’s Super Alice, run! We will meet again.”

“AAhh”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “I am your new leader.”

“Get out of here!”

“Heheheh…. I’ll be back”

“Arrg”

“Leader”

“You again?!?!”

“Mwhahahah”

“HELP”

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Heheheh. Almost ready.”

“How could he lead us if water makes him rust?”

“What are those robots up to?”

“Do you think Alice knows the plan?”

“Nah”

“There those bad robots are”

“Is she following us?”

“Yup… This is gonna be great.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First I drew out my panels with a pencil and ruler. Then, I traced them with a thick black Sharpie Marker. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I also did some mirror stamping, because I didn’t plan my panels out as well as I thought. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the speech bubbles and the horizon lines. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Beep Boop Birthday, Critters from the Past, Critters in Costume, Critters on the Farm, Happy Summer, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Love You S’more, Mermaid for You, Sally’s ABCs, So Jelly, Starry Backdrop, Year Two, and You’re a Hoot

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Lucy’s Magical Birthday Book

July 3, 2016

One of my daughter’s best friends is turning six this month. My daughter wanted to make something special for her. We decided to make her a Color Your Own Birthday Card. It soon became a whole story that wouldn’t fit on just four panels, so it turned into a Color Your Own Birthday Book.

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The front of the Color Your Own Birthday Book

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Pages 1 and 2. The text reads “Lucy the Fairy is turning 6 today. All of her friends are getting ready for her party. The mice are in charge of the cupcakes.”

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Pages 3 and 4. The text reads “The mermaids are finding decorations for the party.”

 

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Pages 5 and 6. The text reads “Bigfoot and the forest animals help put up the decorations.”

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The last page

Details

Size:  Horizontal side fold 4.5 x 6” card

Extra Details:  I started by cutting two sheets of water color paper in half. I scored each to create my book. I made a rough story board, so that I would know which stamps I would need for which pages. First, I stamped the decorative stamps on the corners and between the panels. I used Lawn Fawn’s Frosties stamps. Using a thin black sharpie, I connected parts of the snowflakes to make them look more like flowers. Working one page at a time, I created my scenes. There was a lot of masking involved. I wanted this to be a coloring book. So, for some of the solid images I used, I stamped them in Fog ink, and outlined them with the thin black Sharpie. I wrote most of the text in my own handwriting. I added a few extra details with the same thing black Sharpie; the apron on the mouse in the frame, the horizon lines, and the pile of decorations. Lastly, I had sewed the two layers together to create the book. I did add some pink marker to the title to help it stand out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love, Dad + Me, Fairy Friends, Fintastic Friends, Flirty Frames, Frosties, Into the Woods, Lovable Legends, Mermaid for You, Merry Christmouse, Milk and Cookies, Mom + Me, Peace Joy Love, Sally’s ABCs, To a Fungi, and Year Two

Paper: water color paper

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Fog ink

Hope you enjoyed the card

Mermaid Spinner Card

July 2, 2016

I know that everyone and their mother have made some sort of slider card with the mermaids from Mermaid For You. I tried to resist, I really did, but I couldn’t…. so here is my version.

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The front of the card

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The back of the card

Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from some water color paper. I also die cut two circles from the same rectangle to make my top layer. I stamped the coral, seaweed, and fish images in bright Distress Inks. Using VersaMark ink I stamped on top of the images again and heat embossed them all with clear embossing powder. I also stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and heat embossed that. Once all the embossing powder was cool, I began water coloring. I used the same ink color to fill in the shell and fish. I added three colors of blue to fill in the rest of the background. I tried to get an ombre effect. I was careful around the shell and the fish, but went right over the coral because that was protected by the clear embossing powder.

While the front panel was drying, I prepped my card base. I used water color paper to make my card base. I used the same blue Distress Inks to add a light wash on the front of the card that would show under the spinner track.

I also stamped the narwhale because he is so cute. I couldn’t fit him on the front of the card, so I put him on the back. I added layers of different colors to the mermaid tails to get the color I wanted.

Once everything was dry, I began assembly. I first adhered the big front panel to the card base with fun foam. I added DIY foam squares to three pennies and slide them in against the edge of the circle. I popped the center water color circle up on fun foam and adhered that in the center. I made sure the parts of the pennies were under both circles. Lastly I adhered the mermaids to the pennies.

I love the way this card tuned out.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Mermaid For You

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Rectangles

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Paper: water color paper

Ink: VersaMark ink

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Chipped Sapphire, Brushed Corduroy, Hickory Smoke, Iced Spruce, Mermaid Lagoon, Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Scattered Straw, Seedless Preserves, Shaded Lilac, Tattered Rose, Twisted Citron, and Walnut Stain

Hope you enjoyed the card

Farm Birthday

July 1, 2016

When it rains, it pours here. In the course of 5 days, we have three birthdays. This year all the birthday kiddos are celebrating their first or second birthdays. This card is for little boy who is turning two today.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color paper that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my scene in grey ink. I used post it notes to make masks for the birthday hats and balloons. I used Crayola colored pencils to color the scene. I tried layering a lot of colors for some dimension. I adhered the panel to a kraft card base and was done. I think this card turned out pretty cool.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm, Admit One and Year Two

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle

Ink: Simon Says Stamp ink in Smoke and Slate

Hope you enjoyed the card

Dino Birthday Card

June 30, 2016

When it rains, it pours here. In the course of 5 days, we have three birthdays. This year all the birthday kiddos are celebrating their first or second birthdays. This card is for little boy who is turning one today.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a panel of water color paper that I die cut with a stitched rectangle die. I stamped my scene in grey ink. I used post it notes to make masks for the birthday hats and balloons. I used Crayola markers to color the scene. I wanted brighter color than I can get with colored pencils. However, I am not good at creating shading with the markers I have. I adhered the panel to a kraft card base and was done.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters From the Past, Admit One and Year Two

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle

Ink: Simon Says Stamp ink in Smoke and Slate

Hope you enjoyed the card

Blue Tree Wedding Card

June 29, 2016

One of my husband’s cousins is getting married in a few weeks. Her wedding invitation was dark blue with a white tree on it. As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly how I wanted her wedding card to look.

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a dark blue panel. I trimmed it to 5.5 x 3.25 inches. I added some detail to the right edge with the Stitched Border dies. Then, I stamped and heat embossed the tree, leaves, and sentiment. I used white embossing powder. I wanted to give the card a little something extra, so I dry embossed the card front with a Darice embossing folder. I popped the blue panel up on fun foam and was done.

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happily Ever After

Fiskar’s Tree of Life

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Borders