Monday, April 20, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #104 - Sketch

Hi Lawnscaping Fans!
We are entering into a new challenge over at Lawnscaping, and we are testing your skills by working with a sketch.  I will tell you right up front.  I felt like I've never been good at sketches, but it is a good challenge, and really push my creativity.  Annnndd, we have an awesome sponsor - the one and only Lawn Fawn!! The winner of this challenge will get a $25 dollar gift certificate and a fun badge to display on their blog!!  WHOO HOO!

My card, I kept it pretty simple - I took the star from the sketch and ran with it....I wanted a star themed card to go with the sketch.  I used papers from the BeachSide 6x6 paper pad from Lawn Fawn, and I picked three colors with the star background.  LOVE this paper!  I also used my Stitched Rectangles dies to create the rectangle shapes on my card base.  I used a star background stamp also on my Fog card base, and stamped the background to create a tone on tone effect.  I used the stamp set Lucky Stars for my sentiment, and I heat embossed it in some Pewter embossing powder.  Love this stuff too!  SO pretty.

And, check out that sparkle on that star.  I took one of the wood veneer stars from Lawn Fawn and altered it by embossing it with some black sparkle embossing powder.  When it is embossed, it doesn't look black at all, but it gives such beautiful sparkle!!  I am glad my camera captured it!!

I hope you are able to play along with us!! Thanks for stopping by!!


Sunday, April 12, 2015

Distress Inking Technique

Hi all!  So I wanted to share another card/video with all of you.  Today, I am playing with some Distress Inks.  I love the unique properties that Distress Ink has when it reacts with water.  Recently I made a card that was for the Lawnscaping Challenge : Distress Addicts.  THIS is the card I made for that challenge.  So, I wanted to revisit that technique, and do a video tutorial on it.

I used the same distress ink colors Abandoned Coral and Cracked Pistachio, and the same background stamp from Argyle Backdrops from Lawn Fawn, but my I changed up the sentiment, and left off the twine.

If I do say so, I think the first go 'round of this card as far as the background goes I like better, but that is the fun thing about doing this technique - you will never have the same outcome twice.

For my sentiment - I used the stamp set that Lawn Fawn designed for Simon Says Stamp last September for their Stamptember event.  Unfortunately, this set is no longer available for purchase, but I hadn't used this set but once ( in the video I said mistakenly said that I'd never inked it up ) and so I wanted to ink it up today for this card.  

So - if you'd like to see how I made this one from start to finish - I have the video below!!!  Hope you all are having a great weekend!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015

One Layer Sentiment Stamping

Happy Saturday crafty friends!!  Today I am sharing a one layer card that features sentiment stamping for the background!  I purchased the Mama Elephant set Tiny Heros and hadn't inked it up yet - so I wanted to do something a little different this go 'round with my stamps.  So - I chose two of the sentiments to use as my background for the sentiment stamping, and two colors of Memento Ink -Lady Bug and Cantaloupe.  I created a 5 x 5 square card base, and I die cut an oval from a Stampin Up Ovals die set from some Inkadinkado Masking paper - and placed that as much in the upper center of my card base as possible.  Then, I just started inking up my sentiments, and starting stamping.

Once I was done with my stamping, I took some Salty Ocean Distress Ink and inked around the edges of my mask paper to really define the edge, so when I removed my masking paper, it would give it some fun dimension even though this was a one layer card.

I then stamped one of the kid images from the same stamp set with my MFT Hybrid Black Licorice ink, and colored in the mask part and star.  I really wanted to highlight those images to represent our "Super, awesome" this girl was!  It was hard to not color in the entire image.  I really wanted to do something different.  

I have the video tutorial below in case you wanted to see how I made this card from start to finish.

Enjoy your weekend, and I'll be back soon!! Thanks for taking the time to stop by!


Monday, April 6, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #103 Dimension

Hi all!!  Welcome to a new challenge over at Lawnscaping Challenges!  We are all about Dimension this go 'round!  Who doesn't love dimension.  It makes you cards or layouts just stand out!

I really wanted to capture that in my card for this challenge, and I hope you feel that I achieved just that!!

So - I kept the design pretty simple.  I wanted the dimension to speak for itself.  I inked up the cute fan image from Best Pun Ever from Lawn Fawn.  I think this is an adorable set!!  I first started stamping out my fan image three times and coloring one of the images in its entirety, and then color only parts of the other two images as I was only going to use parts of them.  I also wanted a "retro" feel with the color scheme.  I used my Copics to color in the fan(s) and then I fussy cut my images out except for the "full" fan that I colored.  Here I am showing you more of that dimension.  Loved how these photos really show it off!

To create the dimension, I used two different thicknesses of foam adhesive.  And, as you can see I wanted some texture too on my card, so I used an embossing folder that represents "wind swirling" and I used the de-bossed side.  

For my panels I used both the Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables and Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables.  And, of course to adhere all of my elements, I used more foam adhesive!  I also added a bit of shimmer to my fan's blades with Clear Wink of Stella brush pen.

I hope you are able to play along as there is a chance to win a $25 gift certificate with Ellen Hutson!!

Catch you back here soon!!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sending Love and Hugs( Personal Post )

Happy Sat!  I wanted to share with all of you a card that I made for Kristina Werner.  As most of you know, in the card making world, Kristina is at the top of the list of inspiring artists - not only is she an awesome card maker, blogger, youtuber, she is a phenomenal graphic designer, and recently she lost her beloved Mannie - her black and white kitty.  Mannie was her pal, and if you've watched any of her videos or follow her on any of her social media, you know or even heard Mannie :)

Personally, the loss of Mannie affected me more than it probably should for the simple fact that I don't personally know Kristina in "real" life, but trust me when I tell you that the Good Lord gave me a sensitive heart, especially when it comes to things I hold dear like furbabies, they tend to affect me in some form or fashion.  It affected me hard because I have two cats of my own that I hold precious and dear to my heart.  They are my "children" as I do not have any of my own.  The week that Mannie got sick, and then passed, I was dealing with the sickness of my cat Katie.  It wasn't nearly as a serious condition as Mannie, which I was thankful for, but I didn't know what do to for my girl outside of taking her to the vet, which I did. Now I know this blog post isn't centered around me or my fur babies, but I wanted you to know where I was coming from when I made this card.

I wanted Kristina to feel that she was loved by me and felt support of what she was going through, and the best way possible that I felt I could do that ( other than a donation in Mannie's honor which I did do) was to make her a card.  That is how Kristina came into my life as probably she did with most of us - crafting.

Now I am sure I am not the only one of her fans that will and have sent her a card, but I just felt compelled to share mine with you - my blog readers and followers. As you see, this card represents Mannie in a happier place( and not hurting) - the sun is shining, which means this kitty is in the ultimate place to "sunbathe" - over the rainbow bridge.  

I hope she has received it, and likes it.  And, I hope she feels that love that I so want her to have through her grieving period without her buddy, Mannie.  Kristina - on the off chance you are reading this - I send you much love, and wish for you one day that you will be able to be in a place in your heart that you can give love to another precious kitty like Mannie - because you were the best thing that happened to him, and I KNOW he knew that.  

Thanks for taking the time to read a more personal blog post from me today!  See you all soon!


Saturday, March 28, 2015

Hello, You

Hi all!  I just wanted to pop in quickly to share a new video tutorial that is now live over at my YouTube Channel!  I used some Distress Inks, and several products from Simon Says Stamp!  Hope you all are having a wonderful weekend!  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #102

Annnnddd, we are back for a new challenge for Lawnscaping!  Can you believe it, time is flyin' by so fast!!  So - do you like distressed projects - the look of them, the feel of them? This challenge is for you!  We invite you to pull out your Distress Inks and tools to make a project that has that distressed look.  Before I head into the details of my card - I also want to tell you that this challenge is sponsored by the one and only Lawn Fawn!  How awesome is that.  If you link up your project - you will have a change to win a $25 dollar gift certificate!  

OK - for my card I wanted to make a "pretty distressed" card - I don't make to many projects with a distressed look, but I like to have fun with it when I can.  So - I recently picked up the two newest Distress Ink colors - Cracked Pistachio and Abandoned Coral.  These are beautiful inks!  And, the best property about these inks is they react with water - so I inked up my water color paper with these two colors, and then I took the diamond pattern from Argyle Backdrops, and I mounted my stamp on my block and then spritzed my stamp with water and stamped directly down onto my background. The ink wicks away and leaves that pattern into the ink!  Cool huh?!  One of my favorite techniques! I wanted my background to be the star of the show, so I kept the rest of the card simple.  I stamped "hello" from Capital Quinn ABC's and die cut it out using one of the Stitched Rectangle Stackables dies.  I slightly colored in the hello with a BG 11 Copic Marker and then I inked up the background with Old Paper distress ink and on the edges, Walnut Stain.  I did the same for the edges of the background piece.  Then, I wrapped some Lawn Trimmings twine around the main panel, and then adhered all the pieces together with foam adhesive and adhered it to my Chocolate Malt card base.

I hope this has inspired you to get inky and distress something!!  See you over at the gallery!!



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