Thursday, April 27, 2023

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #147 - City vs Country

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card is for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #147 - City vs Country. I chose to make a card with a country feel for it. I love summer because that means the farmers markets are open and there is nothing like farm fresh produce! So for this card, I created a mice farmers market using Lawn Fawn's Berry Special and Apple-solutely Awesome stamp sets. 

I started with a slim line sized card base in Lawn Fawn's Ground Coffee cardstock. I then cut a piece of smooth white 110lb cardstock to fit just a little smaller then my slim line card base (8 3/8 x 3 3/8). From there I started planning out where I wanted everything to go. 

For this card, I used a lot of masking paper, like a LOT! I used Altenew masking paper, which is an ok product, but not what I was expecting. I find that this masking paper can sometimes tear up the cardstock and remove your stamped images or fray them. Also, it's a pain in the butt to get off! I have even tried to stick it to my clothes a few times to make it not as sticky but it still is almost impossible to remove! If you have any suggestions with how to get this product to work better, I'm all ears! Once I finished stamping all my images and spent a large amount of time peeling off the masking paper, rubbing off the sticky areas it left and repairing what it tore, I got to coloring! I colored the images using Copic markers. 

Before coloring though, I created my background. I used MFT Mini Clouds stencil and Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers to create the cloud background. I used a piece of scrap white cardstock to create the grass and dirt areas. I used Lawn Fawn's Crunchy Leaf ink and Distress Oxide ink in Mowed Lawn and Rustic Wilderness to create the grass and dirt. 

Once I had everything colored in, I used a size 10 white Gelly Pen to create shine lines on the apples and some other items. 

I stamped the sentiment using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink and the sentiments stamps from both the Berry Special and Apple-solutely Awesome sets. 

I love love love how this card turned out. I love using masking to create fun cards. Now to get that masking paper to peel off easily! As always, thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Sew Amazing Birthday Card

 Hello and Welcome! It's been a while and I apologize for being absent from my blog. Between Easter, my birthday and my kids being sick, it's been a crazy couple of weeks. But I'm finally (and most happily) back in my office working on cards. 

Today's card features Karen Burniston's Paper Frames Pop-Up. Along with this, I used Karen Burniston's Sewing Charms and Lawn Fawn's Sew Very Mice stamp set to create this super cute sewing themed birthday card. 

For this card, I started with a A2 side fold card, using smooth white 80lb cardstock as the base. I chose Lawn Fawn's What's Sewing On? patterned paper for my background, in the light green "stem stitch" paper. I also used a light yellow cardstock for the pop-up mechanism and added a splash of a darker green cardstock as well. 

I die cut the mechanism from the pale yellow cardstock, then cut the two middle pieces from white and a darker green cardstock. I glued the middle panels to the mechanism using Lineco Neutral PH glue

I then added my patterned paper to the inside of the card, which I die cut from Karen Burniston's Rectangles - Crosshatch die set. I decided to add two white cardstock pieces to the outer edges, and used Karen Burniston's Border Blends - Party to create a pretty separator between the white and patterned paper. 

I then stamped my mice images using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black Ink and colored them in using Copic markers. I die cut them out with the coordinating dies and set them aside. 

From there, I die cut out the Sewing Charms and put them together. Once I had everything done, I was ready to put my card together. 

I added the pieces from the Sewing Charms, the sewing machine, buttons and spools with bakers twine that I glued to them. I added the little mice and other details till I was happy with how the inside looked. I left one section empty on the pop-up so that the sender could sign their name or write a small note. 

For the front of the card, I created some layers using the Rectangles - Crosshatch and the same cardstock and patterned paper as the inside of the card. 

I die cut the word Sew from Karen Burniston's Mini Alphabet and Numbers dies. I stamped the "you are" and "amazing" from the Sew Very Mice stamp set, using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder on to black cardstock. Then I added it to the front of the card. 

I added the little mice and the buttons from the Sewing Charms. 

I just love how simple but adorable this card turned out. It's perfect for anyone who loves to sew or even cross stitch! Thank you so much for stopping by today and Happy Crafting!

Thursday, April 6, 2023

Toot Toot! Here Comes the Easter Train!

 Hello and Welcome! Today's card features Karen Burniston's Train Pivot Panels along with the Train Elements. I thought, since it's Easter, why not make an Easter train! I used Lawn Fawn's Eggstra Amazing Easter stamp set to coordinate with the pop-up train. 

For this card, I started with an A2 sized card using a light blue cardstock. I added two patterned paper panels, each 4x4 from Echo Park - It's Easter Time paper pack. I then cut two smaller panels (4x1.25) from the reverse side of the patterned paper. 

I die cut the pop-up mechanism from the same light blue cardstock as the card base and glued that into the card. 

I die cut the train and the box cars from various pastel scraps of cardstock I have saved. I also die cut the tops of the train cars and the front piece of the train from a white glitter cardstock. I added a piece of double sided tape/adhesive to the cardstock and then die cut the pieces out for easier assembly. I did the same with the wheels. 

Using various colors of Distress Oxide ink and a white size 10 Gelly Pen, I added some details to the train and cars. 

I die cut the track from a light grey cardstock and added it to the pop-up. I had to trim some pieces to make it fit the way I wanted, but the great part of the track die cut is, it allows to trim and adjust and still looks great!

I stamped the images from Lawn Fawn's Eggstra Amazing Easter using Lawn Fawn's Jet Black ink and colored them in with Copic markers. Then I used the coordinating die to cut them out. I added them to my train before installing the train pieces. I ended up having to trim part of the pop-up so you could see the little chick and chocolate bunny better. 

From Karen Burniston's Easter Charms die set, I die cut the Happy Easter from pink and purple cardstock, then cut it again from black cardstock and glued them together to make the sentiment stand out better. 

For the front of this card, I tried to keep it simple. I've been trying to use the little stickers that come with the paper packs more and this time I used the ones that came with the It's Easter Time paper pack. I'll be honest, I'm not entirely happy with the front, but the inside is where all the good stuff is. 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Leave a comment and let me know what you're thoughts are on this card. Happy Crafting!

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

Karen Burniston April 2023 Designer Challenge - Bunny!

 Hello and Welcome! It's Designer Challenge time again and our theme for April 2023 is Bunny! For my card, I used the Parcel Pop-Up along with the Spring Animals, Wide Woven Basket Card and Easter Charms

For this card I started with an A2 sized card using heavy weight smooth white cardstock. 

I recently purchased this beautiful patterned paper pack from Echo Park called It's Easter Time. I just loved the bunny paper with the pretty green background and used it for this card. 

I added the background pieces, then cut out the Parcel mechanism from smooth white cardstock. I also cut a mechanism piece out from the patterned paper so that the white didn't show too much behind the bunny. 

I used the Wide Woven Basket to create the front. The smaller woven basket just wasn't big enough. I trimmed the flap piece off the side of the basket. I used a piece of scrap blue gingham patterned paper to add to the basket. 

I added the bow from the Parcel Pop-Up and made the tag (also from the Parcel Pop-Up) from a cream colored cardstock. Then I stamped the "To Some Bunny Special" from Lawn Fawn's Eggstra Amazing Easter. 

I die cut two bunnies from the Spring Animals set and added whiskers and different colored ears and bellies. I also die cut some eggs and the chocolate bunny from the Easter Charms and added them to the basket. 

I die cut a rectangle from the Rectangles - Crosshatch to give the sender a place to sign. 

Lastly, I added the Happy Easter sentiment from the Easter Charms using black cardstock in the back and two different colors of cardstock on the front. 

For the front of this card, I kept it really simple. I used the largest Rectangle die and cut out a pink background. Then I used the next rectangle size down and cut a piece of patterned paper. 

I added the Hello using white and yellow cardstock with black cardstock in between the layers to give the word some dimension. 

Then with VersaMark ink and white embossing powder, I stamped the "May Your Basket Be Full of Joy" sentiment from the same Lawn Fawn Stamp set. 

I love how this card turned out. It really shows that all the dies from Karen Burniston can be used together or separate. The options are endless! Thank you so much for stopping by for Designer Challenge and Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 1, 2023

Lawn Fawn Challenge #145 - Inspired by Book, Movie or Song

 Hello and Welcome! I have really been enjoying taking part in the Lawn Fawn Challenges lately and this one at first stumped me. I kept going through my stamps and thinking nope, nope, nope. Then it hit me! Can you take a guess what movie this card is inspired by?

I have always loved The Nightmare Before Christmas. I can still remember seeing it in the theatre when it was released and being the only one of my friends that loved it! So when I seen my Christmas stamps and the little Trick or Treaters, it was a no brainer!

For this card, I started with a regular slimline using smooth heavy weight black cardstock. Then I cut a piece of smooth white cardstock to use as my background. I only had Michaels brand heavy weight cardstock and let me just say, it's good for card bases, not so much for coloring or using masking paper. It frays and tears at the paper. Unfortunately it was all I had as I am waiting for my Simon Says Stamp order to come with my Neenah Classic Crest cardstock. 

I came up with my design and started stamping and masking everything. For my images, I used Lawn Fawn's Holiday Helpers, Costume Party and Ready, Set, Snow. Once I had stamped and masked my design, I made the background. I used Distress Oxide ink in Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn and Black Soot. I used some black water color paint to make spots on the green. Then I used Black Soot to create the ground and added water flecks to give it some dimension. 

I removed the masking paper carefully and fixed any spots that need to be touched up with a pen. Then I colored all my images using Copic markers. Once that was done, I used a size 10 Gelly Pen to give some things some shine lines. 

I used Lawn Fawn's Oliver's Stitched ABC's and die cut the word "Scary" from black and purple cardstock, then glued the layers together. I stamped the sentiment "may your days be" from Merry Messages, using VersaMark ink and white embossing powder on black cardstock. I also stamped the sentiment "& Bright" from the same set. 

Once I had the sentiments glued down, I added some glitter gel to the word "Scary" and I added glossy accents to the snow globe to make it look like glass. 

How stinkin' adorable is this card! My sister-in-law loves Nightmare Before Christmas as well, so I will be saving this card for her for this Christmas. Thank you so much for stopping by and Happy Crafting!

Weekly Blind Challenge - Karen Burniston's Tiny Trees Pop-Up!

  Hello Crafty Friends and welcome! I'm back with another Weekly Blind Challenge and this week I picked two dies that couldn't be mo...