Saturday, March 28, 2015

Well Done!

I told you I LOVE my some Bebunni! This image is perfect for so many different card occasions. This one I crafted into a well done card which could be used for many things, boy or girl. Love that aspect!

I used the Bebunni Celebration set with Versafine in Onyx Black with my Rock-A-Blocks on some standard watercolor paper. I used my trusty Spectrum Aqua Markers (Slate, Charcoal, Black, Kingfisher, Begonia, Jasmine, Lime, Peach, Sunset, Sunflower, Scarlet, Gold, Navy, Sea Green, Magenta, Purple, Bud Green, Aquamarine and Rose Pink) with my water brush pen. 

I had a lot of fun coloring this. I was able to use a lot of different colors to create the balloons. It was really easy to add the balloon highlight as well! 

The sentiment is also from this set, Well Done, and I diecut some little blue clouds out and stamped it with Memento Luxe in Grey Flannel on the largest cloud. 

I also added a little blue highlight on the tops of each cloud with my water brush pen and the Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua Marker. A great way to add just a little color is to color a spot onto an acrylic block and pick up the color with your water brush pen. It's a much more subtle color rather than coloring it on your paper and then adding the water. Just a little tip! 

I hope you enjoyed my project today! Check out Crafter's Companion today!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Heartfelt Wishes

Another one of my favorite series of stamps is up on the blog today. I used Moonbeam Meadow, Hugs & Kisses for this card. The mice are just too cute for words. I inked up my stamp with Versafine, Onyx Black using the Rock-A-Blocks and stamped it onto some standard watercolor paper. 

I then colored my image in with my Spectrum Aqua Markers (Slate, Sepia, Desert, Blossom, Bud Green, Magenta, Spice, Amber, Marine, Evergreen, Sunflower, Wildflower, Terra Cotta, Chestnut and Meadow). I cut it out using my Die'Sire Essentials, Circles dies. 

Now it's time to add some fun details! I used the Die'Sire Essentials, Scalloped Circles with a blue dotted paper and glued my colored image to that. I then pulled some coordinating papers out of my stash to build my card.

For the sentiment, I colored in the wood veneer shape with the Spectrum Aqua Markers to match the mice, and stamped the sentiment onto there from the same set.

Easy and totally sweet little card. This could be perfect for an anniversary, engagement, or wedding. Check out all the Moonbeam Meadow sets at Crafter's Companion!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #102: Distress Addicts

Welcome back to another challenge! This time, we have a really cool one, I think. And I have a non-card project I created. What?! That's right. 

Let's get on to the challenge:

DISTRESS! Who else is addicted?! I just love distress anything. For this project, you can use your distress inks, edge distressing, and anything else you can dream up. Have fun with it! Because up for a prize is a gift certificate to Lawn Fawn! They are an amazing sponsor and naturally, I love them so much. Every set is one I love and use over and over. 

This project is something different since I typically create cards for these challenges, but I found this little FAMILY linen/wood piece at Michael's. It was pretty inexpensive ($3). I had set it aside because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with it. So when the challenge came up, the lightbulb went on. I grabbed the Into the Woods and Woodgrain Backdrops sets and pulled the smaller heart and arrow images. I used my Staz-On Midi inks in Cloudy Sky, St. Valentine, Spiced Chai and Orange Zest. It's hard to see, but there are some that I stamped with Brilliance Ink in Cosmic Copper as well. 

After I had stamped them on (no particular pattern or anything!), I pulled out my Distress Inks in Scattered Straw, Tea Dye, Festive Berries and Pumice Stone and used a craft sponge to add them over the stamped images. 

I wanted something a little extra, so I grabbed the large heart from the Woodgrain Backdrops set and I used Festive Berries and Pumice Stone and stamped that onto some watercolor paper. I love the mottled look it gave the heart. I left a slight border around it and used some foam adhesive to stick it to the piece. I then tied a piece of the cord from the Lawn Trimmings Vivid Triple Pack Cord around the heart and between the A and M. 

I decided I'm going to prop this up above a frame I have with family photos. 

I hope you have a ton of fun with this challenge, just like I did! Do something out of the box this time. Distress away! Make sure you read all the rules and enter over at the Lawnscaping blog. 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Sew Inspired

Today I have a new set I just received. I know a few people that sew/knit/crochet, so I thought this is a perfect stamp set to have in my supplies. I love the cute little sentiments. 

For this card, I grabbed the Sentimentals, Knit & Stitch. I decided to ink up the four quilt squares with Memento Luxe in Love Letter, Sweet Plum, Dandelion and Morocco. I then cut them out around each of them and inked the edges with Distress Ink in Tea Dye. It softened them up a lot! I went for a more vintage look for this card. 

I used a kraft colored card base and chose a simple plaid paper in darker tones so the quilt squares would be noticeable on top of that. After I glued them all down, I started with my sentiment and other embellishments. 

The sentiment is also from the Knit & Stitch set. It says, "Knowing you is like having a blanket wrapped around my heart" which I love for this card! I stamped that onto the same kraft paper I used for the base using Rich Cocoa ink. I diecut the shape from the Die'Sire Essentials, Scalloped Squares. I made sure the sentiment was towards the top because I wanted the stitches that at the bottom. I used Morocco and stamped those. For the buttons, I inked them up with Memento Luxe, Wedding Dress and diecut those out. 

I knew I had some sewing embellishments in my stash, so I dug them out and created a little focal point in the center playing around with placement until I was pleased. 

I'll probably end up sending this to my mom as a just because, or for Mother's Day. :) So mom, I hope you don't see this! 

Check out everything at Crafter's Companion today for all the amazing things you can purchase to create beautiful cards and other projects!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Birthday, Lawn Fawn!


As a shout out to Lawn Fawn and to wish them a happy 5th birthday, a bunch of us joined together to create cards in their honor with a blog hop! You should have arrived from Suzanne's blog. If you have any trouble, or would like to see all the participants, please visit Jenn Shurkus' blog. :)

Here is my card that I created for the Happy Birthday blog hop for Lawn Fawn. I listed the supplies below. Since it's still fairly cold here (come on, spring!!), I wanted to create a cute little winter birthday card. I thought the snowman holding this little bright yellow balloon among the snowflakes was adorable. 

Your next stop on the blog hop is Lynn. Be sure to visit everyone's blog who participated and wish Lawn Fawn a very happy birthday!

Versafine, Onyx Black
Memento, Tuxedo Black and Summer Sky
Memento Luxe, Grey Flannel
Spectrum Noir Aqua Watercolor Markers

Monday, March 9, 2015

Thanks, You're Sweet as a Rose

I've got a pretty thank you card today I created with the Bebunni, Sweet as a Rose set. As you all know, I truly ADORE Bebunni!!! I had to get this set. I mean, how cute is she??? Yes, this little bunny today is a she. 

I inked her up with some Versafine in Onyx Black (you want an ink that will withstand water being used with it) using the Rock-A-Blocks. I just recently started using these for all my large images and it's made such an amazing difference in stamp quality. They are even from pressure to inking. I love them. I suggest grabbing some for yourself!

I stamped her on some watercolor paper. Mine happens to be from the kids' art section at Target! I believe it's cold-pressed that works the best. I have another pad that doesn't work as well and I think that's why. Anyway, I grabbed my Spectrum Aqua Markers and my water brush pen. I am telling you all right now, you will see a LOT of my projects using these markers. I cannot get over how amazing they are. They have helped me create some gorgeous images. You'll see in this month to come...

I used the Spectrum Aqua Markers in Yellow, Slate, Charcoal, Moss, Peach, Jasmine, Burgundy, Black, Blossom, Begonia, Leaf Green, Aquamarine, and Scarlet for this image. They're just so soft and pretty!

To assemble the card, I grabbed a heavyweight pearl cardstock I've had in my stash for quite a while for my cardbase. I then chose a pink patterned paper for the bottom portion of the card and a lighter pink strip for the top. I left a bit of the pearl stock sticking out because it's really pretty in person. I found a small piece of canvas in my stash and I glued that on an angle over the other papers, and then tacked down the Bebunni colored image on the top, slightly off kilter. I used some letter stickers I had bought in the dollar section at Target and stuck those on. They're cute - little, kraft and silver letters! 

I hope you enjoyed my card today. Check out the Spectrum Aqua Markers on the Crafter's Companion website. There is a video you can watch! 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #102: Dots & Stripes

Welcome back to another fun challenge from Lawnscaping! This challenge is #102 and is dots and stripes. Who doesn't love dots or stripes, or both?! This was a fun challenge, so I hope you'll play along. And of course there is a prize at stake - a gift certificate to shop at Ellen Hutson!!

Now, onto my project! I created a cute little card that is perfect for a little pick-me-up or just to say hello to a friend or family member. Everyone loves to get some real mail that makes them smile once in a while. Just for no reason :) 

Here are my simple steps for creating this card:

1. Cut, score and fold kraft cardstock for base card (folds to 4.25x5.5).

2. Cut and glue down the blue/white striped patterned paper to card base. (I always cut it about 1/4" shorter on all sides to let the base show). 

3. Diecut shaped label. Use Memento in Summer Sky and apply to the top of diecut label to mimic a sky. For the "grass", I used a piece of green polka dot paper from Lawn Fawn 6x6 Let's Polka Petite Paper Pack. I freehand cut out a hill shape and glued that down, trimming edges off. 

4. I stamped the jar from Lawn Fawn Bugs and Kisses with Memento in Tuxedo Black. I cut out around the jar. 

5. The lid is also from Bugs and Kisses and I stamped that onto the grey striped paper, also from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Let's Polka Petite Paper Pack  I used some Spectrum Noir Markers to add shading to the lid to give it dimension. 

6. Inside the jar, I stamped the twig in Memento Luxe in Rich Cocoa. I then stamped the worm in Tuxedo Black onto the twig along with the leaf. I then stamped both those images again onto some polka dotted paper from Lawn Fawn 6x6 Let's Polka Petite Paper Pack. I cut and adhered them over the stamped images with foam adhesive. 

7. I used the speech bubble with the heart in the center from Lawn Fawn, Into the Woods set and stamped it in Memento Luxe in Love Letter onto a pink patterned polka dot paper from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Let's Polka Petite Paper Pack  I fussy cut around that and used foam adhesive to glue down. 

8. I cut a piece of brown/kraft polka dotted paper to glue down behind the label "scene" I created. 

9. For the clouds, I stamped the cloud from Into the Woods set, with Radiant Neon in Electric Blue onto the striped paper from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Let's Polka Petite Paper Pack  I love how they came out! I used foam adhesive to layer them behind the jar. 

10. I stamped the Smile sentiment from Lawn Fawn, Love You a Latte in Memento Luxe in Rich Cocoa on the bottom right of the patterned paper and added a simple bright green enamel dot to the "i" for fun. 

I hope you play along. Please remember to read the rules and enter your project for this challenge over at the Lawnscaping blog!

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #8: Summertime Fun

  It's challenge time over at Lawn Fawnatics! This is challenge #8 which is summertime fun.  I mean, we are in the thick of summe...