Wait, Can This Be Used For A Birthday?

I cannot reasonably explain why I liked this Lawn Fawn set.  It’s cute, I can’t come up with a lot of variety in how to use it, and I wonder if it’s appropriate to send a birthday card with laundry on it!  However, it’s in my stash now, regardless.  :p

I need a birthday card for a friend.  I still haven’t decided if I like this card for this friend, I may make another one.  But I learned a new technique from Sandy Allnock about using a vanishing point.  I’d always wondered how to achieve this affect.  I find it so strange that I have learned so much more from watching card videos on YouTube than I ever learned in my college art class.  I made the wood floor using this technique.  I also cut out the center of the washer door and made it into a shaker.  I mean, really!?  How cute is a shaker of laundry with clear sequins for soap suds?  I think this is my favorite shaker, ever.

All in all, I’m very pleased with the card.  I’m just not sure if it’s the best card for the person.  I’ll decide later.  But, I am entering it in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge:  Anything Goes.

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn – stamp & dies
Copics
The Ton – sequin
white embossing powder, dimensional tape

Have an Unbelievable Birthday

I grew up in an area with many fables.  Fables about Big Foot.  He was real.  My dad always said so.  He said he saw him.  He also said he had proof.  You see, he had this cast of lead that was shaped exactly like a giant footprint.  My dad showed it to everyone whenever given the chance.  My dad was a believer in Big Foot.

Or, at least my dad always told everyone he was.  I think he was really just trying to “pull our legs” as he often said.  Big Foot was real, just as he is only resting his eyes.  Yes, sir.  Whatever you say, Dad.  😉 😉

Anyway, when I saw Lawn Fawn was releasing the Lovable Legends stamp set, I knew I had to have it.  And I’m not a cutesy kind of card artist.  However, it has arrived safely in my stash and I set to work using it to make a birthday card for my dad.  I thought it was appropriate to go with his lead footprint.  Which, being as how the footprint is made of lead, perhaps that explains the situation.

Being as how the card is for a guy, and it’s already cutesy, I added no embellishments.  No bling or sequins.

I’m entering this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Anything Goes challenge.

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn – stamp, stitched rectangle die, sloped hillside die, cloud dies
Copic
Neat & Tangled – Fawned of You
Bazzill – cardstock
Misc – cardstock, vellum

Amazing Grace

Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was to use a song as inspiration for a card.  Being as how I’m not musical, and I don’t really know the definition of favorite, I went with one of my many favorite songs.  And of course, my inspiration was in words themself.  I tend to be inspired by words more than symbols.

With some minor stamp surgery, I was able to use Amazing from a MFT stamp set, and the Grace from Neat and Tangled Bible Journaling stamp and come up with this card.  I even used patterned paper.  :$

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Supplies:
My Favorite Things
Neat & Tangled
The Ton – sequin
Lawn Fawn – scallop and stitched rectangle die
Distress ink
Wow embossing powder

Love You

I’ve challenged myself to put a dent in my 6×6 patterned paper stash.  (Ha – like that’s going to happen…)  I made a card for the Lawnscaping Challenge #123 Sending Love. I bought this Lawn Fawn set a couple months ago but hadn’t used it yet.  I adore it, but I struggle with “cutesy”.  Yet, somehow, Lawn Fawn has managed to take the lead as far as most stamps per manufacturer.  :Confused:  Oh, well, shey sure are cute little buggers.

And, um, can I just say I still don’t know why I didn’t like the Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers when I first bought them.  Super like them now.

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn – stamps & dies
Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers
Crate Paper – paper
Neat & Tangled – sequin

Thanks

Today, I created a card that is a little different than my normal.  Papertrey Ink issued a challenge to create a card with nine 1-1/2″ square.  Despite reading the directions to alter each square differently, that just isn’t in my style repertoire, so I had to modify it a bit.  Instead, I stamped a collage (of minimal sorts) and cut it into squares.  I was sure to trim off a bit on the edge of each cut so part of the image would just be missing rather than shifted.

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Supplies:
Papertrey Ink – lavender moon ink & paper, plum pudding ink, Graceful Greetings, Morning by Morning, vellum
Misc – cardstock, liquid glue, dimensional foam, embroidery floss

12 Quick & Easy Cards

I have a slight affection for 6×6 paper.  Really….too much… I also am much better at hoarding it than using it!  Not so much because I don’t want to use it, but just because I like white space (like, white-white space) too much.  I seriously need to use it.  But.I.can’t.

Then, this morning, I was doing a little catch up blog reading and saw my friend Heather make these super cute cards!  And I happened to have a stamp set from Unity that is very similar.  Sweet!


See?  Seriously cute, and seriously quick!

I set to work this morning and in about an hour had 12 cute cards.  I made a few modifications, primarily because I didn’t have the same die.  Secondly, I have a pretty good cut on my finger and didn’t think I could tie the bow knot with the bandage on my middle finger (typing is tricky!!).  Okay, honestly, I was just too lazy to tie them all….

Anyway, I used up the remaining parts of a Basic Grey paper pad.  Yes!!

And….I realized…..I now have a stack of cards to add to my stack {my already too many to use stack}…..My joy was slightly dampened when I realized that I just shifted my paper from “too much to use” to “too many cards to use”.  :sigh:  A girl just can’t win!

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Thanks, Heather, for helping me move my paper from one stash to another.  🙂

Supplies:
Basic Grey – paper
Unity – stamps
Misc – gold thread, glitter paper, cardstock
Lawn Fawn scalloped die

Hello – Grab & Craft Challenge

Today, Papertrey Ink issued a challenge to grab and craft.  We had five minutes to grab supplies and then create a card using all the supplies – no more, no less!  Eek….For some this may be very hard.  I tend to like minimalism, so I was totally okay with it.

In 2 min 31 seconds, I grabbed:

Sweet blush ink
Berry sorbet ink
Lovely lady ink
True black paper
three PTI heart dies
ink blending tool
Scotch glitter tape
a sheet of transparency (to die cut a mask)
black foam
Hello die from wet paint

My card turned out very simple, with which I’m totally okay.

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The card went together so quickly, I decided to make a set of five.  In hindsight, while the card was super simple, and I’m okay with that, a little bit of sequins added just a bit of pizzazz to make them better.  After photographing the initial card, I added sequin to them all.

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Supplies listed above

As part of their 9th birthday celebration, Papertrey Ink is hosting an assortment of challenges.  Today, I am playing along with the “Fashion” challenge, to create a card inspired by an article of clothing.  I decided to use this shirt that I bought in early summer.  I adore the soft pink contrasted by the black lace.

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I tried a couple techniques on this card, as I was curious in doing a comparison.  I’ll show you that below.  I stamped the lace pattern and copied it with my laser printer/copier, then used my Minc and black Thermoweb decofoil.  I’m addicted to foiling.  Sigh.

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I used the foil on the laced, but I wanted to know how it compares to heat embossed black.  I bought the black foil initially thinking I could use it to make some business cards for my husband.  Then I got to thinking that it was a frivilous waste.  So I embossed with versafine ink and clear embossing powder on the same project.  The Happy Birthday is from PTI Graceful Greetings.  As you can see (which was really hard to photograph), the foil is much smoother.  Having done both on the same project, I have decided that there is definitely a place for both the black foil and black ink/clear embossing in my stash.

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Supplies:
MFT – background lace stamp
PTI – Graceful Greetings stamp, True Black paper, Sweet Blush paper
Scotch – glitter tape
Misc – dimensional tape, clear embossing powder, embroidery floss
Thermoweb Deco Foil

Brewin’ Up

I’ve been trying to grow my skills but still remain close to my style.  I like consistency.  The skill I’ve been trying to grow recently is my coloring abilities.  I don’t have an artistic eye (I have a hard time distinguishing minute color variations), and I don’t have a still hand.  Add to that, that I’m a cheapskate and I’ve always set myself up for failure when it comes to coloring.  Lately, however, I’ve learned that having good tools can be very beneficial.  I’ve learned that for me, it’s better to have just a few of really good things than a lot of crummy things.  I have finally invested in some Copic markers and wow, they really are better!  I don’t have a still enough hand to color really detailed images (yet), so I’m trying to stick to larger/plainer images.  For today, I decided to use this sketch for Reverse Confetti.

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Using my MISTI, I stamped the four coffee cups on a piece of scrap paper and then colored them.  However, as I learned, scrap paper isn’t always the best thing to grab!  This paper wasn’t too copic friendsly and I had to do a lot of touch up with my white gel pen as it bled a lot.  It, however, was good practice anyway.

I kept the card fairly simple hoping I could use it as a masculine card if I wanted.  In the artificial light as I was making the card, it looked more red.  In daylight, it looks a bit more pink.

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Supplies:
Reverse Confetti – stamp
Lawn Fawn – paper
Copics
Simple Stories – enamel dots
Staz-On ink
Papertrey Ink – vellum

You’re In My Prayers

I really like white space.  I mean white space, white space.  And yet, I have managed to collect both a stash of background stamps and a ridiculous stash of patterned paper.  I’m trying really hard to use either by background stamps or patterned paper in such a way that still leaves white space, that’s just not white!  (Yes, I’m weird – I like having empty cabinets as well.  I like to know I have a place to rest my eyes when I look at something, or to rest an item when I need to put something down).

This card is for the My Favorite Things Card Challenge Sketch 266.

I rotated the orientation of the sketch because I didn’t feel like the prayers fit appropriately in the initial orientation.

I stamped the background with my MISTI using a My Favorite Things background stamp.  This lacey stamp – swoon.  I’ve been using it to do a lot of foiling lately.  ♥  I pulled a piece of paper from my scrap bin and embossed it with Wow! White Pearl.

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Supplies:
My Favorite Things – background stamp, rectangle border die (vertical)
Simon Says Stamp/Hero Arts – prayers stamp
Mama Elephant – heart dies
Simon Says Stamp – stitched background
Lawn Fawn – stitched background
Sunshine Studios – fishtail die
Misc – glitter paper, foam, cardstock, glitter tape
Staz-On black
Papertrey Ink – vellum
Wow! White Pearl Embossing Powder