Lawn Fawn: Octopi My Heart

You know how when you are shopping for gifts for a really good friend who also happens to be a card maker and you let a few things fall in your cart for yourself too? That’s how I ended up with the Octopi My Heart set from Lawn Fawn. So flippin’ cute.

Today I have a card I made with that set. It makes for an adorable and whimsical Valentine’s Day card, anniversary card, or even an “I don’t need a reason to make a card for you, ok?” card.

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I used my go-to stamped background technique. I mean, it’s octopi, right? You have to have multiples. I made two the stars of the card and colored them a bit darker (I used C0 and C1 on most, adding C3 to the two darker ones). I will probably give this one to my sweetie, so I stuck a bow-tie on one and a hair (?) bow on the other. We make darn cute octopi, my sweetie and I. After coloring, I mounted the panel with some craft foam onto my top-folding A2 card base and tied some twine along the top. So sweet.

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That’s it for today. Have a wonderful day!

Where Creativity Meets C9 #1: Celebration

Hi friends, today I have a card for the very first challenge for Where Creativity Meets C9. The theme is celebration! And it’s a great excuse (as if I needed one) to play with stamps from Concord & 9th.

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Here is my card:

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I have been obsessed lately with no-line Copic coloring, and I have been coloring several bears from the Hugs stamp set from C9. I even made a prototype Christmas bear complete with ugly Christmas sweater.

For this bear, and for most of my bears, I selectively stamped just the bear, leaving his sign uninked. I wanted him to be holding the balloon string instead. I colored him with Copics. Then I stamped the heart, which is actually the heart-shaped leaf from the Give Thanks set. The sentiment stamps are from the Sweet & Cool set.

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Then I die cut the panel with a pierced vertical die from Avery Elle and mounted it with craft foam onto a panel of black cardstock that I stamped with the big stripe stamp in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. That all went on a top-folding A2 card base.

That’s it for today! See you next time!

MFT Forest Friends

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Hi everyone and happy Crafturday!

Today I have a card using the Forest Friends set from My Favorite Things. I don’t own this set – it’s part of the “divide and conquer” strategy of purchasing I have with my CFF (craft friend forever). This tends to backfire more often than not. Sometimes when I see the previews during release countdowns, I think, oh that’s really cute, but is it too cute? Would I get enough use out of it? My CFF often gets those sets, and then I borrow them and promptly kick myself for not getting them too. This is one of those sets.

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For this card, I was inspired by my own “urban forest”. I live in an older neighborhood with a beautiful canopy of trees and lots of wildlife. Raccoons instead of foxes, and bunnies instead of deer, and lots of squirrels and owls. And sometimes they come up right to our windows and on to the porch, so I thought it would be cute to have the forest critters peeking out from behind the panel like they’re looking through the window. So I cut the center out using my new favorite go-to stitched dies and set it aside. Then I took the trees, acorns, and leaf stamps and created a black and white background. Then I stamped a group of critters and colored them with Copics. Using the stamped background panel as a guide, I adhered the middle panel to a piece of wood grain patterned paper and then mounted the background panel using foam tape. Then I stamped and cut the sentiment and adhered it, also with foam tape. And I’m just now noticing that it’s a different shade of white. Ha!

The squirrel in particular reminds me of the little squirrel friend that often appears on the other side of my craft room window and taunts my cats. Ollie tries to jump up there and smack the glass, comically falling down in the process. And the squirrel and I just laugh and laugh.

That’s it for now. Have a great weekend!

Clearing away the cobwebs

After, ahem, three and half months away (it’s been so long that WordPress has changed it’s interface again), I thought this card might be appropriate for a getting back in the saddle kind of post. It looks like you’re still stuck with me?

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Ok, humor me.

I am jumping on the succulents bandwagon, guys. I borrowed this Sweet Succulents set from my CFF (craft friend forever) Denise. Actually, I still have it. She has yet to be able to use it because it’s been sitting in my craft room for like the last month. I really want to get this set for myself, but I’m trying not to. See, we’re trying to coordinate our purchases from all those product releases so that we get different things and share so we can cover more ground. It doesn’t always work well, haha.

Anyway, this single-layer card was an exercise in masking and took more than one (three) tries to get right. Note to self: lay off the margaritas on craft night. I can still spot some of my boo-boos (and now I’m remembering why I still have this set on my desk – I was going to try to recreate this withOUT the boo-boos). I can even see Ollie Cat’s signature on the right edge of the card. Do your cats like to lick the edges of books and other paper products? He’s an odd one.

Paper is Neena Solar White, ink is MFT hybrid in black licorice, and coloring is with Copics.

I’m moving to a new desk in another building at work in a couple of weeks. I think I need a cute little succulent for my new digs. Maybe I will color one – a plant I can’t kill.

Let’s party with raccoons!

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Hi everyone! Today I have a(nother) birthday card, but this time I actually gave it to someone, haha! I made this card for my dear friend Rebecca, who just celebrated a birthday a few days ago. I also made her a fun gift, but that will be a different post.

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I made this card using patterned papers from a Dear Lizzy Lucky Charm 6×6 pad I got from Paper Source. I used the smaller balloon dies from this Simon Says Stamp set (which happen to be the very first dies I bought!).

I then stamped, colored, and die-cut the little adorable raccoon from Lawn Fawn’s Festive Friends set (or as I like to call it, the Party Animals expansion pack). Then I took my tiny craft knife and cut around the raccoon’s paw so that I could tuck in the black embroidery floss balloon strings.

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To finish it off, add a tag with an embossed sentiment and layered it all over some more patterned paper.

My favorite part is probably the balloon strings. It’s sort of an unexpected bit of texture, and now I’m looking for ways to add embroidery to my cards. Do you use supplies from your other hobbies in your card making?

Thanks for stopping by!

totally slothsome

Today I’m sharing another card made with a birthday gift! Very fitting then that it’s a birthday card. This little sloth comes to us from the In Slow Motion stamp set from Newton’s Nook.

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There are not enough sloth-themed stamps in my life. I need more. I love them and their super slow ways and those permanent grins. To make this card, I stamped, colored, and fussy cut two sloths with their branches. Wait, let’s back up. First, I watercolored a background to look a little jungly rain foresty. Then I made the two sloths. I decided I wanted a 3D effect, so I did some strategic cutting to send two limbs to the background.  

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I adhered the back layer directly to the watercolor paper and positioned inside the circle, and then used adhesive foam to mount the front layer. Thinking it still needed a little something, I created a single-flag bunting for the sentiment. In what is quickly becoming my trademark, I went one step too far and slathered some glossy accents all over that flag. I just can’t help myself.

And there you have it. I sloth this card, hahaha.

Sorry.

Sail Away

I’m finally getting around to posting the two cards I made with Simon Says Stamp’s July card kit. I have to admit that I’m not that big on nautical themes, but I do love the waves stamp and the patterned 6×6 papers that I get to add to my collection. I think I mentioned before that the waves, when stamped/embossed in white, especially on a dark blue background, sort of remind me of sashiko embroidery.

For the first card, I wanted to play up the potential for layering. I stamped a couple groupings of waves and colored them with Copics. I added a bit of Wink of Stella (which is totally not showing up in the photo) and (more than) a touch of a white gel pen. I cut them out and used foam dots to adhere. I think the bottom/front waves have two layers of foam dots for extra lift. I stamped and Copiced (sure, that’s a word) the sail boat, cut it out, and positioned it so that it was sort of between the waves. This is definitely a padded-envelope kind of card. Thankfully, I doubt I’ll be sending it anywhere.

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For the second card, I used that waves stamp again, this time heat embossing almost an entire panel’s worth. Then I got out the watercolors and painted a sort of ombre of blue. Can you spot the booboo I made? I got a little cocky thinking that I could paint and heat at the same time. Do you know what that does? It melts the embossing powder (as it should) and then the watercolor kind of ruins it. So I re-stamped and re-embossed that wave, which really only made it worse. What is one to do? Cover that #&%! up with a tag!

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More cards coming up! Thanks for stopping by 🙂