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!

Arctic Winter MFT & Lawn Fawn

Today I’d like to share with you a card that I made especially for winter time.  I’ve always been fascinated with the idea that it stays dar...