Love Never Fails–Add Shimmer

Most of us like shimmer.  Sometimes glitter is too messy for me, but I find that using some shimmer is a fantastic option because it still allows me to have some shine but saves me the mess.  Yay! 

Today, I’m playing along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Add Some Shimmer.  I made this card this week, but felt like it was missing something.  Duh….a bit of shimmer!  I wanted to keep it controlled and subtle, so I used my Wink of Stella clear brush and just whacked it on my hand a few times to get some droplets.  Nice.

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Supplies:  Reverse Confetti stamp, Lawn Fawn Wildrose ink, Versamark, Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder, vellum, Avery Elle die, Wink of Stella clear, Hammermill Digital Color Cover

Wishing You A Happy Birthday

Shortly after 6×6 paper pads came to the market en masse, I began collecting them.  However, I tended to hoard them rather than use them.  After having had my collection for a substantial amount of time, I have made it my goal to use more patterned paper on my cards.  I really like white space (I mean white white space) so I find using patterned paper difficult.  I’ve been wanting to try a curved card, and knowing it would be a good way to use some patterned paper, I decided to use this design for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge – Make A Wish.

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Supplies:
Simon Says Stamp Wishing stamp
Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside dies
My Mind’s Eye
Misc – cardstock & glitter paper
Papertrey Ink ink
The Ton sequin

A Few Cards

Lately, I have only been blogging the cards that I make for challenges.  I don’t have a regular following on this here blog.  I’m okay with that.  Blogging takes a lot of work!  And I’d rather spend the energy creating cards than blogging about them.

But, these cards, are some of my favorite recent cards.  And they were just for me :).

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But seriously, isn’t Nessy so cute?  I didn’t want to color (I’m weird, I don’t like coloring), but I really like how the clean line simplicity of this turned out.  I originally masked Nessy off so the wave didn’t stamp across him/her, but both my daughter and I liked it better with the water being in front of Nessy.

Supplies:
Lawn Fawn Lovable Legends stamp
SSS ink (catkin, slate blue, and another blue that I can’t remember)
Misc cardstock

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

Stinkin’ Cute Critters

Slowly but surely.  I’m getting the hang of alcohol markers.  I have found that my skills improved immensely overnight when I purchased Copic markers (I think that’s more of a comment about the quality of Copics compared to other markers than my skills :p).  I have this silly little thing about always wanting to color the darkest parts (shadows) on top.  That would give the illusion of everything having light coming from the bottom.  Yeah, except for some exceptions, that’s not reality.  But today, I discovered if I rotated my image 180° so I was coloring upside down, it was much easier to color so the shadow appeared on the bottom.  I just have to figure out how to trick my brain.  ha!

Coloring doesn’t come naturally to me, but I find these Lawn Fawn images a great motivator.  They are, after all, so stinkin’ cute.  They somehow manage to continue to invade my stash even though “cutesy” isn’t really my style.  Since they manage to make a home in my stash, I have to use them.  Maybe, just maybe, in simple cards like this I’ll learn to happily color and use cutesy.

Until it comes naturally, external challenges are also helpful motivation.  This week, it came via the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Critter challenge!

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Supplies:
Lawn Fawn stamp

SSS ink

DCWV foil vellum

American Crafts gold glitter tape

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My Favorite Things hybrid ink

Copic N0, N2, N4, N6, N8, 0, R32

C’mon, Aren’t They Cute?

I admit it, I usually don’t do cutesy.  I can appreciate it, but I’m more classic in what I create.  So, I’m not sure if it’s that I live on a hobby farm and have goats and chickens (we’ve had cows and pigs as well) or what, but the stamp set from From the Herd stamp set from My Favorite Things had me at “from”.  Seriously!  Aren’t they just the cutest?!

We have had animals of many varieties for the last eight years.  Being as how I’m an indoorsy type of girl, the animals have always been my husband’s charge.  Recently, we moved our chickens to a new coop and area.  In doing so, I’m able to see and talk to the chickens while I tend to our garden.  They’re really growing on me.  I’m finding them to be delightful girls.  I’ll always remember years ago, my ten month old baby girl giggling endlessly at the first set of piglets we had.

These stamps just grabbed a piece of my heart, and my memories.

Typically, I’m a results oriented crafter.  I do cards that I can create quickly, or at least without much fuss.  However, these zig real brush clean color markers are pretty fun to use, so I’ve found a good way to create.  I know, I know, I didn’t like the markers at first.  I found the reason for my dislike; I was working too fast.  When I slowed down so more pigment came out of the brush tip, I found them to be a great tool!  I stamped several of the images and then colored them while watching a tv show with the family.  Well, they watched, I listened and colored.  That’s the way I like to watch tv.  🙂  And, because my fussy cutting skills make me fussy, I decided it would be wise to use my pixscan mat with my silhouette to cut all these bad boys out.

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As I’m looking at these cards, I can’t help but think how ironic it is that I have learned more about art by watching crafting youtube videos than I learned in my college art class.  Maybe it’s because it was a bit more abstract, and nothing I do is abstract.  I like clean and realistic.  Somehow, these cute little pudgy cows and giant hens (in perspective to the cow) just stole my heart!

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I mean, really?  Cow’s it going?

Okay, okay.  It’s just me.

Hello Friend

Lawn Fawn has the most adorable designs.  In the past, I’ve not used much lawn fawn because I have a hard time mixing cutesty with clean and simple.  And, most of their stamped images are designed to be colored.  I stink at coloring.  LOL.  But I found this little set on clearance sale, and this fox, so stinking cute, I couldn’t resist.

So I stamped this darling on watercolor paper and used my distress inks to watercolor it.  I prefer watercolor because it seems to be the most forgiving.  I do not have a still hand, and while I’m trying to train myself to do coloring, it’s not coming naturally to me.

All in all, I adore this card.  I know who I made it for, but, I’m having a hard time parting with it.  Maybe I’ll send her a picture of the card and keep the card myself.  No, I won’t do that.  But I’m tempted!

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