Saturday, December 3, 2016

Tag 1, Challenge 2

Hello!  The Classroom at Ellen Hutson is showcasing their annual 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist, and I decided to create a tag to enter their 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist 2016 Challenge for Day 2: Glitter!  It probably seems like I ruined a perfectly good tag with a coffee cup, but I had a good reason!  I plan to use this tag to give a gift card--you can probably guess from where!  Any way, I was inspired by Day 2 artist Julia Stainton, who created a gorgeous tag, complete with glittery leaping deer, and fabulous snowflake die cuts from My Favorite Things dies!  You can see her creation here.  Ok, so here is my tag:

I created a woodgrain background on Neenah Desert Storm Paper using Colorbox Ink in Frost White, and a Tim Holtz mini-stencil from set 10.  I made falling snow on the tag with Nuovo Crystal Drops from Tonic in Gloss White.  The cup is a Tim Holtz stamp, and I stamped it in Tree Branch Archival Ink from Ranger on Tim Holtz watercolor paper.  I then colored it with Zig Clean Color markers.  These are new to me, and I didn't quite understand how they work, so I sort of messed up the green circle, but I am all about embracing imperfection!  When it was dry, I spritzed the cup lightly with Studio Calico Mr. Huey spray in Gold.  I die cut the greenery with a Tim Holtz die, and colored it with Copic markers.  I then went over it a few times with my Wink of Stella Glitter brush marker in clear.  Next, I die cut the deer with a die from Memory Box, and glittered it up with Distress Glitter in Antique Linen.  If I make this tag again, I will use Vintage Photo Distress Glitter, to make the deer stand out better.  I also die cut a snowflake with an Impression Obsession die, and glittered it with Prisma Ultra-Fine glitter from Stampendous.  I finished the tag off with a sticker from Heidi Swapp, and some gold and off-white twine from my stash.  

Monday, October 3, 2016

Monster Love Wild Card Day 1

Hi!  I have a fun card to share with you today!  I'm participating in Online Card Classes' latest class, Wild Card, which focuses on interactive cards.  My card today features little monsters with a wobble action.  You can't see it here, but the bottom half of each monster is glittered, and they are so bright and bouncy!

All stamps and dies are from My Favorite Things, with the exception of the orange and white layer, which was die cut with a Lawn Fawn die.  The monsters were stamped with Distress Inks, and the Background was stamped with Close To My Heart ink.  The white embossing was stamped with Versamark Dazzle, then embossed with white embossing powder from Simon Says Stamp.  This card was inspired by a card by Anna Kossakovskaya.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Happy Easter!

Hi!  I just wanted to share an Easter card that I made using Lawn Fawn products.  I am so excited!  My card was included in the Fawny Flickr: Easter Edition, over on the Lawn Fawn Blog!  Check it out!  So much great inspiration for Easter!  Here is my card:

Hope you have a wonderful Easter, filled with fun and blessings!

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Little Stud-muffin!

Hello!  Today I am sharing a card I made to enter the  Lawnscaping Challenge: Lawnscaping Challenge: Color Splash sponsored by ELLEN HUTSON!
Here's my card:
I'm planning to give this to my husband.  We celebrate our 20th anniversary next month!  I used the Lawn Fawn sets Love 'n Breakfast, and Fly Away With Me.  I really hope you like my card, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Distress Mania Lawnscaping Challenge

Hi Everyone! Today I have a card that I am entering in Lawncaping's Challenge 82, Distress Mania!

There is still time to enter this challenge, until the end of today, May 28th!  For my card, I chose to be silly.  A few years ago, Kelly Marie at Lawn Fawn did a video which she called Oh my dear, my shutters are shabby!  You can see the video here.  I have always thought that was such a cute play on the shabby shutters distress ink.  When this challenge came out, I just had to make this card!
My daughter says the gnome looks much too happy to be distressed, and I suppose she is right! I tried to fit the deer from Into the Woods on my card, but I just couldn't make it work. So, you may be wondering what anyone would ever do with this card.  Well our shutters are, in fact, shabby, and I have someone coming to give us an estimate soon.  I plan to put the estimate in this card, and give it to my husband.  I know it's silly, but it was a fun card to make!
I used distress inks for the background in broken glass, broken china,  and salty ocean for the blue, and bundled sage, shabby shutters, and peeled paint for the green.  I also used a wood grain stamp and frayed burlap distress ink to distress the edges of the scene, the word bubbles,  and the edge of the card.  The gnome, bird and mushrooms were all colored with distress markers on watercolor paper, and then the colors were blended with water.  Hope you like my fun little card!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Inspired by Virginia

I was inspired to make this card by a card I saw on Virginia Lu's blog, Yes Virginia...

Virginia is so talented! I don't think my card even comes close to how great her card is, and I actually struggled with what looked like such a simple design.  After I created the banner flags, I realized they would not look good on a white background.  I tried a few different colors, and my daughter helped me to decide on the blue you see here.  I also forgot to sew my banner on before attaching it to the card front!  I was just about to throw the whole thing out, but then I decided to add the embroidery floss and sequins with glue.  I liked it better then, but it still needed something.  I added the sentiment and the gems. Finally, I was happy enough with the outcome.  By the way, if you'd like even more inspiration from Virginia Lu, check out her challenge blog, Virginia's View!  There is still time to enter this month's stitching challenge if you get your project submitted today!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Creating a Background with Stamps

Hi there!  I thought I'd post a card I'm entering in the Lawnscaping Challenge!  It is Challenge #81, and we are creating a background with stamps.

Here is my take on the challenge.  If you click on any of the images, you can see them in a larger format.

This card may seem a little strange at first, but I made it for my daughter, who is taking the AP World History test.  I didn't want to cover up all of my background, so I put a piece of blue vellum under my globe and banner, and I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!  I used a water brush to apply the inks to the globe, so that there would be a little variation in color.  Here is a peak at the inside:

I'll admit it's a bit corny, but I am from Iowa, so I get to be corny once in a while!  So, here are the details:  Stamps sets:  Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here, and Home Sweet Home, plus dies of the same names, Hero Arts inks:  Pale Tomato, Lemon Yellow, Cup O' Joe, Tide Pool, Orange Soda, and Bubble Gum.  Vellum: Craft supplies, and Glitter Pen: Wink of Stella Clear.  Hope you enjoy all of the projects over at Lawnscaping, and I'd love to hear what you think of my card!