Category Archives: Challenges

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

 

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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

Details

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

 

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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

Details

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

Details

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

Details

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

 

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Have a Purrrfect Birthday

January 30, 2017

My mother-in-law and her twin have a birthday coming up soon. My son wanted to make a card for each one of them.

This is the card for his great aunt. She has two cars and he wanted to include the cats on her card.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  We started by making our card base from some heavy weight water color paper. On an extra scrap I stamped the two cats. I used a brown and grey ink to match the colors of the real cats.

We stamped a custom sentiment on a strip of black paper using Versa Mark ink and silver embossing powder.

I die cut to scalloped circles from some green patterned paper. I die cut a window in one of the circles.  I created the shaker pocket with the Fuse tool and some page protectors. Using strong adhesive, I sandwiched the shaker pocket between the two green circles and adhered it to my card base.

I layered the cats and sentiments over the shaker pocket and the card was done.

 

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Pets Corner

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=7941

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn’s Fairy Friends and Sally’s ABCs

Clearly Besotted’s In Print

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Scalloped Circle Stackables

Simon Says Stamp’s Stitched Circles

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Simon Says Stamp’s Slate Ink

Memento Dew Drop Ink in Rich Cocoa

 

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Treat Yourself Birthday Card

January 30, 2017

My mother-in-law and her twin have a birthday coming up soon. My son wanted to make a card for each one of them.

This is the card for his grandmother. She has a dog and he wanted to include the dog on her card.

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Details

Size:  Horizontal top fold A2 card

Extra Details:  We started by making our card base from some heavy weight water color paper. Next, I die cut a cross stitched rectangle from some teal card stock. I used some stitched hillside borders to create the open area. Using Versa Mark ink, I added the bones and paw prints to the teal panels.

We used kraft paper to stamp the puppy face and sentiment. I used a white pigment ink for the fingerprint on the puppy face. The sentiment is stamped in Versa Mark ink and silver heat embossed. I then die cut it with a banner die. The puppy face is fussy cut.

Then, I worked on the shaker part of this card. I cut two rectangles from some clear page protectors. I used my Fuse tool to seal the two layers together on three sides. I added the sequins and snowflakes, and then sealed the fourth side.

Using some strong adhesive, I adhered the shaker panel to the card base. I layered the teal panels on top of the shaker panel. Lastly, I adhered the puppy face and the sentiment banner.

Challenges Entered:

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Pets Corner

http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/?p=7941

 

Stamps Used: Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamps Happy Holidays

Clearly Besotted’s In Print

Dies Used: Lawn Fawn’s Large Cross Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Everyday Sentiment Banners, Stitched Hillside Borders

Ink: Versa Fine

Versa Mark

Lawn Fawn’s Yeti White Pigment Ink

 

Hope you enjoyed the card