Category Archives: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Pop Up Steak Birthday Card

February 25, 2017

My father’s birthday is in a few days. I made a pop-up box card for him. Lawn Fawn just released their new die for this type of card, which I do not own. So I figured out how to make one on my own. I love the way this card turned out.

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The card folded flat

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The card popped open

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A close up of the images

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Size:  Pop up box card, fits in an A2 envelope

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and coloring all of the images for this card. I used Distress Inks and water color pencils to add the color. Once the images were dry, I fussy cut them out.

Then, I began work on the card base. I started with an 11.5” by 4.25” strip of heavy card stock.  To create the box shape, I scored the strip at 2.5”, 5.5”, 8”, and 11”.  To make the pop open feature, I scored the strip the long way at 2.125”. Using my scissors, I cut each short score mark from the top edge of the card to the long score line. I cut the top piece off the small tab at the end of the strip. Using strong double sided tape, I adhered the box together.

I cut three small strips of the same card stock to the make the braces for the inside. They were 1” by 4”. I scored each brace ½” from each end. I used these tabs to adhered the braces to the inside of the box.

I die cut some green card stock with the Grassy Border Die, which I used to decorate the bottom of the card, each panel and the three braces. I added the images with glue dots. Lastly I added my stamping and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-36/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Let’s BBQ, Dad + Me, and Riley’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

You + Me = Love

February 13, 2017

This is the Valentine’s Card I made for my husband this year

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The front of the card

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The inside

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Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started with a card base made from water color paper. Using a mini round ink blending tool, I ink blending three Distress Inks on the card front. I used Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar. I started with the darkest color and the top and tried to fade out to white at the bottom. I let the ink dry overnight.

Using Versa Mark Ink, I stamped and clear embossed a heart pattern on the ink blended card front. I used the small heart stamps from Lawn Fawn’s Science of Love Stamp set. After I had melted the embossing powder, I place a damp paper towel over the whole card front. I love the effect that the damp paper towel created.

While the card base dried again, I die cut a puffy cloud border from a scrap of water color paper. I stamped the sentiment and bird images on the cloud. I used the same Distress Inks to water color the bird images.

I added the rest of the sentiment to the inside of the card. Lastly, I adhered the cloud border to the card front once everything was dry.

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Cute

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-cute/

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Use Your Favorite Tool

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=8173

My heat gun and water brushes J

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Science of Love

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Puffy Cloud Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Picked Raspberry, and Spun Sugar

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Octopi Zentangle

February 12, 2017

Sandy Allnock created a card using Lawn Fawn’s Octopi My Heart. She created a beautiful Zentangle type of background. Once I watched her video, I knew I had to try it. Here is my take on her idea.

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Card Front

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Inside of the card

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Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started with a panel of white card stock. I stamped as many octopi as I could fit on the panel. Then, I added the large heart in the spaces between the octopi. I filled in the remaining areas with the three bubbles, small heart and small bubble. I loved the way the background turned out, but I thought it needed a little color. I used some glitter pink gel pen to outline the large hearts. It was the perfect touch.

Next, I created a pink card base. I tried to match the cardstock to the glitter gel pen color. Using a stitched rectangle die, I cut my stamped panel at an angle. I also cut some black card stock using the same die. I layered the black card stock behind the stamped piece, offsetting them a bit. I adhered both to the card front. Then, I stamped the sentiment.

I couldn’t bear to waste the extra stamped background, so I added it to the inside of the card. I added a sentiment to the inside and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Cute

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-cute/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Octopi My Heart and My Silly Valentine

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

A Bushel and A Peck

February 1, 2017

Valentine’s Day is approaching faster than I care to think about. My kiddos already have their valentine’s for their classmates planned, but weren’t sure what to do for their teachers. I found the Thanks a Bushel stamp set and was inspired.

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All three cards together

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Details

Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by stamping and water coloring the apple baskets. I used Distress Inks as water colors for these images. Once the ink was dry, I fussy cut them out.

I die cut three cross stitched rectangles from water color paper. I used two shades of red Distress Ink to ink smoosh the backgrounds. I added some splatter with Black Soot Distress Ink for interest.

Once the backgrounds were dry, I stamped the small heart in red ink for added interest. Then, I added the sentiments in Versa Fine ink.

I made three card bases from gray card stock. Using a grey ink, I repeatedly stamped a sentiment on each card base. I changed the orientation on each card base just because I could.

I adhered the inked panels to the card bases and the cards were complete.

Challenges Entered:

LOVE! February Challenge Hearts and & Flowers

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157679741604126/

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: The Color of Love

Simon Says: The Color Of Love

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Thanks a Bushel and A Good Apple

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Mark

Simon Says Stamp Smoke Ink

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Lady Bug

Distress Inks in Black Soot, Candied Apple, Fired Brick, Hickory Smoke, Mowed Lawn, and Ripe Persimmon

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Pony Thank You Cards

January 29, 2017

My daughter’s birthday is over and that means THANK YOU CARDS! We spend most of the day creating cards. I, personally, think it was a great day.

I found ink smooshing to be a quick way to create a lot of interesting cards. We made nine Thank You cards, three teacher valentine cards, and one birthday card in one afternoon.

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We were short one pony, so we substituted some chickens

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Size:  Horizontal side fold A2 cards

Extra Details: We started by stamping the pony images on some watercolor paper. I used Distress Inks to water color all of the ponies. I only used two colors on each pony. Once the ink was dry, I fussy cut them out.  

We die cut some stitched panels from water color paper. Using the same Distress Inks, I ink smooshed two colors on each panel. I let the first color dry before adding the second color. Once the second color was dry, I added another layer of the first color. Once those colors were dry, I flicked some black ink on to create some very small drops of black ink. These didn’t turn exactly the way I had hoped, but the overall effect is nice.

While everything was drying for the last time, I die cut the Scripty Thanks from some black card stock. I adhered the matching pony and one Thanks to each panel. Then I added some details to the ponies with a white gel pen and some colored glitter gel pens. It was such a fun detail to add.

Lastly, I made my card bases and attached the water color panels and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

Simon Says: Anything Goes

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Critters on the Farm

Simon Says Stamp and the Greeting Farm’s Mini Pony Party

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

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Abandoned Coral, Black Soot, Blueprint Sketch, Chipped Sapphire, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, and Spiced Marmalade

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Fall Fairies

October 14, 2016

I have been loving all of the beautiful cards with fall colors I have been seeing lately. So I made two of my own.

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Both cards together

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Card one

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Card two

Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started these cards by die cutting two stitched rectangles from water color paper. Using white embossing powder and Versa Mark ink, I added some leaves to each panel. Once the heat embossing was cool, I started adding color. I used Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo. Using an ink blending tool, I just added areas of color, trying to blend the colors into one another a tiny bit.

I found the two fairies in my box of images that I colored and cut previously. Using my paper trimmer I cut two small banners. I stamped the sentiment on each banner and added a fish tail with my scissors. I adhered the banner down flat to the stamped panel. The fairies are popped up on dimensional glue dots.

Lastly, I added the stamped panels to some white card bases. I used water color paper for my card base because I love the texture it gives.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Totally Resistible

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-totally-resistible/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest, Fairy Friends, and Into the Woods

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed, Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo. The fairies were also colored in Distress Inks but I don’t remember what I used.

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Pumpkin Face

October 7, 2016

The idea for this card came to me while wandering around my local craft store and looking at all the Halloween Decorations. I kept it sentiment free so that I can send it any time and for any reason in October.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by clear embossing the chevron strips on a black card base. While those were cooling, I die cut a stitched rectangle from some water color paper. I stamped the images with Versa Fine black ink and used Ranger’s Holographic embossing powder. I used the back of the pizza slice from Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart set to make the triangle shapes. I used two shades of Distress Ink to add color to my pumpkin face.

Lastly, I adhered the inked panel to the card base and the card was finished.

Challenges Entered:

Lawnscaping Challenge #139: Pintrest Inspired

http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/2016/10/lawnscaping-challenge-pinterest.html

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Halloween

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6843

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Halloween Inspiration

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-halloween-inspiration/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Pizza My Heart and Chevron Backdrops

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Fab BOO lous

October 2, 2016

Halloween is coming and I’m getting in the spirit. I made this card for a friend who just started a new job. The current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge inspired me to use a lot of embossing powders.

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Close up of the embossing

Details

Size:  Vertical Top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by clear embossing the chevron strips on a black card base. I still struggle with lining up background stamps and getting a perfect impression every time.  I still love the way the background turned out, it feels very Halloween-ie to me.

Next, I die cut a smallish stitched rectangle from water color paper. I created my own custom sentiment. I saw this sentiment on a Halloween decoration at a local store and fell in love with it. I used black ink and clear embossing power on the black parts of the sentiment and the little spider. For the ghost and Boo, I used silver embossing powder. I felt that my ghost was a little lonely on the bottom of the panel, so I added some stars with white embossing powder.

Once all the embossing was dry, I added color to the panel. I used Distress Inks for everything. I carefully ink blended some purple and green inks on the background using a foam tool. I water colored the ghost with the same ink. I added some very light grey ink to the ghost for shadows.

For added texture, I flicked some water on the panel and soaked it up a clean paper towel. I added my panel to my black card base and was done.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Powder Power

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=6479

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-anything-goes-31/

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Booyah, Chevron Backdrops, Riley’s ABCs, and Sally’s ABCs

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Wilted Violet, Mowed Lawn, Twisted Citron, and Hickory Smoke

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Christmas Tags 2.11

September 24, 2016

More Christmas tags today! This time I made a cute pillow box also, so that the tags can be given as a gift. The current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge inspired this idea

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The pillow box

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The tags

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Extra Details: I started with half a sheet of water color paper and stamped the penguin images all over it. I added a few smaller images to fill in the black areas. I used water color pencils and a cheap water brush to add the color. I used mostly two shades of green, red, and black. I added some orange for the beaks and feet. I also used a very light blue and light pink for the snow cones, snow balls, and cheeks. Once the water color was dry, I die cut six tag shapes.

I cut the smaller tag from some light green card stock. I inked the edges with Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for interest. I embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder. I tied the two sizes of tags together with some silver raffia.

To make the pillow box, I used the We R Memory Keepers Pillow Box Board. I started with a strip of black card stock that measured 6” x 7.5” and created a pillow box. I die cut a stitched circle and decorated it with two penguins. I heat embossed the word “tags” in silver. I added a strip of green card stock and tied the box closed with some silver raffia. I adhered the stitched circle over the top of the green card stock and silver raffia to finish off the box.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Gift It

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-gift-it/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Toboggan Together, Snow Cool, Tiny Tag Sayings, Clark’s ABCs

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

Simon Says Stamp Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Ink in Mowed Lawn

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Sunflower Thanks

September 7, 2016

Recently, I bought Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest Stamp Set. I love how versatile this set is; so many images that work well together and on their own. For this card, I wanted to use just the sunflowers to create a more “grown up” looking card. In the end, I couldn’t resist adding a few cute critters also.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by stamping and water coloring all of my images. I used Distress Inks as water color. This is my new favorite way to color images. Once all the images were dry, I fussy cut them out, leaving a thing white border.

Then, I began playing with my layout. Starting with a stitched rectangle die cut, I added some Distress Ink to the lower left corner. Originally, I used Crushed Olive Distress Ink, but it was too yellow. So, I layered some Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on top and was happy with the color.

Next, I gold heat embossed the sentiment on the white panel.

Then, I added my images. I popped some of the sunflowers up on foam dots and adhered some flat to the panel.  I also let some of the flowers hang over the edge of the die cut panel. It was at this point, I felt my layout was missing something. So I added two crows from the same stamp set.

Lastly, I adhered the die cut panel to the kraft card base. I also trimmed any images that were protruding off the card base.

 

Challenges Entered: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: STAMPtember Stamp It

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/simon-says-stamp-it/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Harvest and A Good Apple

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Black Soot, Brushed Corduroy, Crushed Olive, Fossilized Amber, Mowed Lawn, Mustard Seed, and Walnut Stain

 

Hope you enjoyed the card