Monday, April 24, 2017

Stamped Embossed Resist | Concord and 9th

Hi Friends!  Today, I wanted to share with you a technique I am calling Stamp Embossed Resist.  I recently purchased some new products from Concord and 9th, and I thought it would be fun to use the solid heart image from Heart Smile, and combine it with the sentiment heart image, from Cuddles and Hugs.

I made three cards using this technique, and I wanted to share how all three came together.  As always I do have a video tutorial to share, and any of the products I've used are listed/linked below!

First, I have the more "complex" card of the three.  With all of these hearts that you see, I started out by embossing the sentiment heart - two in gold embossing powder, and this one is WOW Red Apple.  I love the look of this red powder! And, it embosses wonderfully!  I didn't line up my stamp as well as I should have as you will see in the video, so I die cut this heart using the Heart Strings Die from Concord and 9th.  For the white card base, I wanted a bit of something extra, so I took my scoring board, and created three scored lines about 1/8" each apart on the top and bottom framing in the heart.

The die cut pieces were left in the die intentionally, and it helped me adhere these small pieces onto my card base.  I added two more complimentary sentiments from Cuddles and Hugs and I stamped and embossed these sentiments giving a nice contrast with the heart design, and white card base.

For the next two cards, I went a bit more simple, and I die cut this heart panel with a Right At Home Stitched Rectangle Frame ( one of my favorites), and this created a nice panel to adhere to some patten papers from Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow.  I also added an additional sentiment to finish off this card design.

For the third and final card, I used some pattern papers from Concord and 9th, and I die cut that using a scallop rectangle from Lawn Fawn, and stamped the large HUGS greetings from Cuddles and Hugs - using my MISTI stamping tool.  I added some foam adhesive to the die cut heart, and added this to my black card base.  

I have the video below for more depth into how these cards came together!  Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Sunflower Shaker - Lawn Fawnatics Interactive Card

Hi friends!
I am back to share with you my entry for the next Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Interactive Cards.

I will be quite honest, I am not very confident when it comes to coming with innovative ideas for interactive cards, but I thought this card turned out pretty good!

One of my all time favorite sets is Our Friendship Grows.  So, I thought it would be fun to create the centers of the sunflowers as little shaker elements.

I knew going into my design that I was going to have enough bulk with this card because of the foam tape on the card for it to be popped up enough for the shaker elements to move freely, so I decided to stamp my sunflowers directly onto a piece of the blue Watercolor Wishes pattern paper.  From there, I colored in my images with my Copics, and then I backed my pattern paper with a piece of white card stock for it to have enough stability.  I took my craft knife and carefully cut out the centers of my flowers.

I added my piece of acetate, and my foam tape and then added my brown seeds beads.  What is fun, is that it really looks like the inside texture of the sunflower. I then placed a piece of card stock to enclose my beads and shook a few times for my own pleasure :)

I wanted to add some highlights, so I just took my white gel pen and added right onto the acetate window a few white highlight dots.  For my sentiment I die cut the Scripty Hugs three times from yellow, light blue and brown card stocks and it really brings out the sentiment.  I added my shaker panel to a die cut scalloped frame, and then onto my A2 white card base.  

For final embellishment, I added some Wink of Stella shimmer to my flower pedals.   

I am happy to enter this one into the challenge :)

Thanks for stopping in!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday!! - Lawnfawnatics Challenge Blog!

Hi Friends!!

Today I am sharing with you my entry for the first challenge of the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog!
When creating my card, it brought back such a familiar and fun feeling of why I started making cards!  For the joy of just CREATING!  I have been a die hard fan of Lawn Fawn's since the very beginning, and I've entered into many challenges of the old Lawnscaping Challenge Blog and was even apart of the FB team for that Challenge blog!

So - it is SO FUN to see that they've breathed new life into this new challenge blog and for all of us that have a love affair with Lawn Fawn products, this is the perfect place to show off our how much we love them!

For my card - I wanted to make a bold statement!  I wanted to show how much I am happy they are celebrating another birthday, and what better way to do that than to combine a bunch of Lawn Fawn sets!

I used a total of 7 sets for this card!!!  YES - 7!!  I think one is discontinued, but I couldn't help to use all of these to create my little scene!

Lawn Fawn is known for their critter sets, but they have a lot of birdie images, and I thought it would be fun to create a row of birdies holding little flags to spell out 'Birthday'  using Harold's ABC's. The small bird images are from Elphie Selfie, and the bigger birds are from Love Letters.  I colored my birds various ways with Copic Markers.  I also stamped, colored and die cut a banner from Bannerific ( one of their very first sets) and spelled out 'HAPPY' with Sally's ABC's.  I wanted to fly my banner high so I thought the plane from Bon Voyage was perfect!  It is one of my very favorites!

For the inside, I wanted it to be as fun as it was on the outside, so I stamped, colored and die cut the adorable elephant from Elphie Selfie, and he is holding up a sweet birthday cake!

I love how this card came together!!  Happy Birthday to Lawn Fawn!!

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

Soft Ink Blended Backgrounds using a $2.00 Make-Up Brush!!

Hi crafty friends!  Today I wanted to share a great idea ( which is not my own ) as an alternative to the stencil brushes out on the market.  If you'd thought about purchasing the new Clarity Stencil Brushes or the Inky Duster brushes and I know there are others as well, then you know they can be a bit pricey!  And, I am sure they are worth the money.  

Most of us have more than one use for one brush as we use several inks at a time in our projects.  So, today, my friend Laurie showed on your YouTube channel and Instagram about this $2.00 Make-up brush that can be picked up in several different places such as Wal-Mart, Target, online at Amazon, the ELF website, etc.

I've always loved the look of those soft backgrounds, but I am guilty of having a heavy hand most of the time with my ink blending tools.  So, when I saw this idea from Laurie, I had to give it a try for myself!!  
It works beautifully, and the brush is super easy to clean to move to different colors in one sitting! 

I can achieve these soft backgrounds really easy, and if I wanted heavier concentrated color, I could achieve that too, but it would take a bit longer.  I would use my normal ink blending tool at that point!

I wanted to show you this wonderful idea, and I also wanted to share the full card making process.  I die cut a piece of black card stock from the Simon Says Stamp Clustered Leaves die ( one of my current favorites) and my sentiments come from the Celebrate set from Neat and Tangled

I have the video tutorial as well as the supply list below if you were wondering what I used!  Thank you all for stopping by today!!  See you soon!