Category Archives: Challenges

Watercolor Flowers

March 18, 2017

I made this card for the current Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. I don’t have a ton of flower stamps or dies, so I used an old card of my mine as inspiration.

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Size:  Vertical top fold A2 card

Extra Details: I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle from water color paper. I used Distress Inks to stamp the jar, flowers and leaves. I used damp paint brush to smooth out the ink. I didn’t worry about masking anything off; I just layered the colors on top of one another. I used Peacock Feather Distress Ink to add some color to the background of the water color panel.

As the panel dried, I worked on my card base. I used light grey card stock to create the card base. I felt the plain card stock was too plain, so I added some clouds and speech bubbles with a very light grey ink.

I stamped the sentiment on the water colored panel just before adhering it to the card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Handmade Flowers

Simon Says: Handmade Flowers

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods, Penelope’s Blossoms, Scripty Sayings, and Summertime Charm

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

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Inks in Fog and Smoke

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, Salty Ocean, Shaded Lilac, Tumbled Glass, and Wilted Violet

Hope you enjoyed the card

Pink Pinata

March 12, 2017

We have a friend who turns four at the end of the month. I couldn’t wait to use the new Year Seven stamp set for this card.

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Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:   Using a scrap of water color paper, I stamp the piñata and the candy. I used Distress Inks to water color the images. Once everything was dry, I cut the images out with the matching dies. I also cut a cross stitched rectangle form water color paper. I stamped the sentiment on the white panel. I also stamped the confetti on the panel using the same Distress Inks. I used a water brush to pull the color form the outline of the confetti pieces into the middle of the confetti pieces.

I created a pink card base and used a very light grey ink to stamp the candy and confetti images all over the card front. It is hard to see, but I love the added detail.

Then, I began to assemble the card. I adhered the piñata to the white panel with some foam tape. I used liquid glue to adhere the candy pieces. I also stamped a string in a grey ink at this point. I wanted to get the placement right, which is why I didn’t stamp the string before. Lastly, I adhered the panel to the card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For a Special Lady/Girl

Simon Says: For A Special Lady/Girl

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Year Seven and Toboggan Together

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Year Seven dies and Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Inks in Fog and Smoke

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Peacock Feathers, Picked Raspberry, and Wilted Violet

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Peep Flowers

March 11, 2017

While I was making my Peep Shaker Cards, I thought that the Peeps would make fun flowers. This was the result.

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Card 1

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Card 2

Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started with strip of water color paper that measured 4.25” by 12”. I used Distress Inks to stamp the Peeps, as I have the most of these types of inks. I didn’t really plan anything out, I just started stamping. I did layer two colors of ink on top of one another to give each “flower” more interest. I added some dots in Cracked Pistachio ink to fill in the open spaces. I used the outline and solid dot stamps.

I die cut two panels from the stamped piece using a stitched rectangle die. I stamped the sentiment in Versa Fine ink.

Lastly, I adhered each panel to a colored card base.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make your Own Background

Simon Says: Make Your Own background

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: For A Special Lady/Girl

Simon Says: For A Special Lady/Girl

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Distress Inks in Abandoned Coral, Candied Apple, Carved Pumpkin, Cracked Pistachio, Mustard Seed, Picked Raspberry, Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade,  and Spun Sugar

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Peep Shaker Cards

March 10, 2017

My daughter just received a set of Crayola Fine Line markers as a gift. She very nicely let me use them to create this card set. I used a water brush to blend the color out and was very pleased with the results.

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Two of the four cards

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Two more cards

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Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I white heat embossed the Peep outlines all over the sheet. I used the Crayola Fine Line Markers to add a single line of color around all around the inside edges of each Peep. I used my water brush to add a very small amount of water and pull the color into the middle of each Peep. Once the Peeps were dry, I used a light blue marker to add color to the background. I added a line of color around the outside of each Peep and used my water brush to pull the color out.

White this sheet was drying; I realized that I hadn’t added a sentiment…. So I got a half sheet of water color paper and stamped the sentiment and some more Peeps. I used the same markers and technique to create the sentiments and the Peeps for the inside of the shakers.

When everything was dry, I began die cutting. I used two Cross Stitched Rectangle dies to cut the outer frame and the inner piece for each card. I used the same dies to cut some frames from fun foam to use in the construction of the shakers. I used the coordinating Peep die to cut out each of the extra Peeps. I fussy cut out each sentiment.

Next, I began construction my shaker cards. I adhered the inner rectangle directly to each white card base. I added the fun foam frame around the inner rectangle with strong doubled sided tape. Then, I adhered the clear plastic to the cardstock frame. I adhered the sentiment to the outside of the clear plastic. I added small piece of fun foam behind the sentiment. I added the die cute Peeps, some clear and white sequins to the well created by the fun foam frame.  Then, I adhered the card stock frame to the fun foam frame. Lastly, I trimmed away any fun foam that was sticking out and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

Simon Says: Make Your Own background

LOVE! Flickr Challenge # 15 – Bringing Spring Smiles

https://www.flickr.com/groups/lovehandmadecards/discuss/72157680815680106/

Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge # 66 – Coloring

https://www.flickr.com/groups/simonsaysstamp/discuss/72157677538465903/

Stamps Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s My Kind of Peep Dies

Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Mark

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

St. Patrick’s Day Card Set

March 6, 2017

St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, so I have clovers on the brain. I made my own background paper on a 12 x 9 sheet of paper. I cut that paper down to create six cards.

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Details

Size:  Vertical side fold A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started with a full sheet of water color paper. I used various sizes of heart stamps to create clovers. I used my Distress Inks to stamp the hearts and a water brush to even the color out a bit. I added some outline hearts and the one clover stamp I own for variation. I also evened out the color with a water brush. I added some splatters of green and orange inks.  I added some orange ink to the back ground of half of the panel.

Once everything was dry, I cut the sheet into 6 panels that were 3 x 5.5 inches. I created six black card bases. I adhered the water color backgrounds to each of the card bases. I varied the placement of the panels for interest. I added orange glitter tape to the edges of the panels that didn’t have an orange background.

I stamped and water colored the tops hats with the same Distress Inks. I fussy cut out the hats once they were dry.

Next, I worked on the sentiments. I stamped and white heat embossed the three different styles of Happy on green glitter cardstock, orange glitter cardstock, and white water color paper. I used the matching dies to cut out the Happy’s. I added Distress ink to the white Happy’s. I white heat embossed the rest of the sentiments on black card stock and die cut it with a banner shaped die.

I adhered the sentiment pieces and top hats to the cards and the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Make Your Own Background

We’re Making Our Own Backgrounds On The Monday Challenge

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Hat’s Off to You, Happy Happy Happy, Woodgrain Backdrops, Love You S’More

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Happy Happy Happy die

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks in Cracked Pistachio, Crushed Olive, Evergreen Bough, Lucky Clover, Mowed Lawn, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron, and Spiced Marmalade

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Robot Tag Birthday Card

March 5, 2017

I think my kiddos know more people than I do. This is a card we made for a friend of my son.

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The front

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The inside

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Size:  Vertical side fold A2 card

Extra Details:  We began by die cutting all of the layers for the front of the card. We created a light blue card base, a stitched rectangle from black patterned paper, a stitched rectangle from grey paper, and a white cardstock tag. I dry embossed the card base and grey layer with a Darice gears embossing folder. I adhered the black layer and grey layer to the blue card base at wonky angles. We added some stamping to the tag. My son used colored pencils to add color. To finish the tag, we added a black re-enforcer and some twine. We used strong double sided tape to adhered the tag to the card front.

Once the front was done, we started work on the inside. We lined the inside of the card with some white card stock. Next we added the stamping using black and colored inks. My son finished the card by coloring the images.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Tag You’re It

Simon Says: Tag You’re It

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Beep Boop Birthday, Happy Howlidays, and Chirpy Chirp Chirp

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Small Stitched Rectangles

Ink: Versa Fine

Memento Dye Inks in Bahama Blue, Rose Bud, and Cottage Ivy

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Colorful Eggs

March 4, 2017

Spring is coming and I’ve got Easter, baby animals, bright colors, and eggs on the brain. Today, I played with an Easter egg stamp. I ended up with 105 eggs after I was done. I used some of the eggs on 7 cards today. I still have many left and you will see more egg cards in the future.

This week’s Simon Says Monday Challenge is “Based on a Book” and one of my children’s favorite spring books is Max and the Chocolate Chicken, by Rosemary Wells. So I created a few cards with that book in mind.

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Card 1

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Card 2

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Card 3

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Card 4

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Card 5

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Card 6

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Card 7

Details

Size:   A2 cards

Extra Details:  I started by creating my eggs. I stamped 35 eggs in black ink and decorated them with a variety of small stamps. I used my Distress Inks to water color in those eggs.

For the other set of eggs, I white heat embossed a variety of background patterns on some white water color paper. Then, I heat embossed the same egg outline over the background patterns. I used Distress Inks to add color to these eggs. I used a Mini Ink Blending Tool for this application.

After all the ink was dry, I fussy cut out each egg. Yes, that was a lot of fussy cutting.

Next, I looked in my paper stash for some green pattern papers. I found six 6 x 6 pieces of paper. I cut these pieces into strips and then used a grassy border die to give the strips a decorative edge.  Then I layered the strips on to some white card stock. I tried to vary the way I layered the different grass strips, so some pieces turned out to be larger than others.

I used some rectangle, circle, and scalloped circle dies to trim up the grass pieces. Using glue dots, I tucked some eggs into each grassy piece.  For the panels with black outlined eggs, I added the sentiment in black ink. For the panels with the white heat embossed eggs, I stamped the sentiments on white banners with a grey ink.

Lastly, I created the card bases. I used pink, light blue, grey, and kraft card bases. I felt that the bases were too plain, so I added some texture with a background stamp. I used white pigment ink to help everything look bright and springy. After I adhered the grassy panels on the card bases, the cards were done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Based on a Book

Simon Says: Based On A Book

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Chevron Backdrops, Chirpy Chirp Chirp, Interlocking Backdrops, Penelope’s Blossoms, School House Backdrops, Sharp Backdrops, Snow Cool, Starry Backdrop, Summertime Charm, and Woodgrain Backdrops

Simon Says Stamp’s Cuddly Critter Accessories and My Kind of Peep

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Grassy Border Die, Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Scalloped Circle Stackables

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Paper: Lawn Fawn’s free papers with order

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Distress Inks

Lawn Fawn’s White Yeti Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

Wish You Lived Closer

February 26, 2017

I saw this sentiment in a YouTube video a few days ago. I couldn’t wait to use it.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started with a stitched rectangle panel. I used part of an existing sentiment and some alpha stamps to create my own custom sentiment. I stamped the outline of the United States on the other edge of the panel. I used glitter gel pens, regular gel pens, and colored pencils to add color to the images.

After I completed the panel, I made a card base from gray cardstock. I added some dotted lines and little vehicles in a light gray ink for interest.

I adhered the white panel to the card base and the card was done.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Transport It

Simon Says: Transport It

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Plan on It, Riley’s ABCs, Sally’s ABCs, and Wish You Were Here

Dies Used: Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Ink: Versa Fine

Simon Says Stamp Ink in Slate

 

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Wanna Hug?

February 26, 2017

I got some new stamps and dies in the mail today and had to try them out. Here is the card I created

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Front of the card

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The inside of the card

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Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  I started by creating a gray card base. I used Simon Says Stamp Fog Ink and a background stamp to add interest to my card base. Then I stamped and colored my images; 4 mice and 4 bows. I used colored pencils for the mice and gel pens for the bows. I used the matching dies to cut out the images.

While I had my die cut machine out, I also die cut a white circle, some green grass and puffy clouds. I used my new pop up die to make two pop up tabs in the large green grass piece. I adhered the grass and clouds with some tape runner. I added a sentiment to the white circle and the clouds.

Lastly, I used glue dots to adhere the mice to the front of the card and the pop up tabs on the inside.

Challenges Entered:

                Simon Says Stamp Flickr Challenge #65: Anything Goes

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2480338@N20/discuss/72157680333830246/

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Clark’s ABC’s and Interlocking Backdrops

Simon Says Stamp Cuddly Critter Accessories

Dies Used: Simon Says Stamp’s Cuddly Critter Accessories Dies and Stitched Circles

Lawn Fawn’s Everyday Pop Ups, Grassy Border Die, and Puffy Cloud Borders

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Ink in Slate and Fog

 

Hope you enjoyed the card

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