Lawn Fawn Out of this World

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Hi friends, today I have a sweet card that I made for Father’s Day using Lawn Fawn’s Out of this World set. I was over the moon (hee hee) when I first saw this set – that little astronaut! the wee rocket! the adorable planets! I knew this would be a well loved and often used set in my collection.

Father’s Day gift lists are often filled with golf and BBQ, neither of which are high on my dad’s list. Give him tools and puns, and throw in some sci-fi for good measure. And maybe a cat or two. So I wanted to make him a card that was more suited to his personality.

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Starting with the background panel, I took a piece of watercolor paper and brushed it with lots of water. Lots of water. Then I used a variety of blue, purple, green and yellow watercolor paints (primarily from Sennelier, though the deepest blue is from my Gansai Tambi set) and randomly dropped them on the paper. All that water on the paper really helps the paint move around. I let it dry after the first layer and then started again to really get that depth in the color. I used my deepest blue to finish it off. Using a heat tool can create some neat effects with the paint as it moves around and concentrates with the heat. Once it was all dry, I loaded a small brush (maybe a 4 round) with wet white paint and splattered the paint across the paper.

While that was all drying, I worked on the rest of the scene. I stamped each image onto another piece of water paper using a light grey ink and painted them with watercolors. Then I die cut them, arranged them a few times until I settled on something I liked, and then adhered them to the dried and trimmed background panel. I also embossed a sentiment from the set onto a strip of midnight blue cardstock. I used some string to attach the astronaut to his rocket.

Dad loved it (he better) and texted me with some choice space puns. Dads, right?

Where Creativity Meets C9 – Challenge Guest

Hi friends, I’m super excited to be a guest designer for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9. If you’re joining me for the first time, welcome, I’m happy you’re here!

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This month’s challenge is all about layers, which I will admit is not my strength. But I love a challenge.
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For my card, I layered all sorts of things: textures, media, die-cuts, embellishments, and of course, paper.

First, I used the outer die from the Pretty Petals die set to cut out the large flower from watercolor paper. Then I stamped the flower details from the coordinating stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed with clear powder. I added a watercolor wash using my new favorite paints, Sennelier L’Aquarelle. I then used the detail die to get the individual petals and painted those green to stand in for leaves.

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I used the Friend Like You die to cut the sentiment into the flower, and then adhered the petals behind it. I then used a stitched rectangle die on a piece of kraft cardstock and also used the border from Friend Like You for a little extra detail. I stamped the large stripe from Stripe Builder in Versamark for a watermarked look. For embellishments, I added some string and Nuvo Crystal Drops in clear (water droplets!).

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed my card for the June challenge at Where Creativity Meets C9!

Hello!

Thank you all for your comments on my last post! I really appreciate all your kind words.

Today I have a card that has, ahem, been sitting around for awhile, waiting so patiently to be shared.

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For this card, I paired the Floral Fill-in stencil and paper with the Say Hello die, all from Concord & 9th. First I ink-blended over the stencil to add the floral details on the patterned paper. Then I die-cut the panel using a pierced frame from Avery Elle and die-cut the “hello”. I also die-cut the hello from three different shades of red cardstock (from Reverse Confetti), assembled them and then adhered the whole shebang onto a coordinating piece of red cardstock cut down to 4 1/4 x 5 1/2. I added a few enamel dots and called it done. One of my quicker cards, actually. That patterned paper is really fun to work with.

Speaking of which, I also made this card, using the Fill-in Phrases from the same bundle as the stencil and paper. After stamping and assembling the card, I used a white pigment pen to add a faux stitch border and highlights on the stamp.

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That’s all for today, thanks for stopping by! Happy crafting, friends!

Grateful

I really enjoy making thank you cards. It’s probably my favorite kind of card to make. And since I just celebrated a birthday last month, I had many opportunities to say thank you to my dear friends and family who celebrated with me.

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I made this card to say thank you to my CFF’s (Craft Friend Forever) mom, who made me the most wonderful birthday cake. Once again, I used the Grateful die (and stamp) from My Favorite Things, along with the Sketched Blooms set.

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For this one-layer card, I first die cut the grateful and then stamped the flowers around it. Then I traced the grateful in pencil through the die cut, like a stencil, to guide my stamp placement on the inside of the card.

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It was a bit tricky, and it’s not quite perfect, but probably as close as I’ll ever get! Then, also on the inside, I stamped the rest of the sentiment.

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I really liked how it turned out! And if it gets me more cake, I’ll gladly make many, many more of these!

 

Obsessed: C9’s You’re My Person

It’s Friday night and I’m writing this while my husband flips between the NHL draft and the Blue Jays game. It’s all sportsball to me, so let’s talk about cards.

I have been making cards with Concord & 9th’s You’re My Person set all week. I don’t think I’ve made so many cards with a single set before. But it’s been really fun to think of different ways to use that pretty bouquet of wildflowers.

I tried to use different techniques for each card, instead of defaulting to my beloved watercolor. For the first card, it’s all stamping. I filled the panel by stamping the bouquet four times. Then I filled each flower or leaf with the solid stamps, which I seriously can’t believe I managed to line those up properly each time. Took an entire morning! I used the companion Thinking of You die from the bundle for the sentiment, cutting it on both black and white cardstock and then layering them slightly offset to make it stand out.

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For the next card, I decided to emboss the bouquet with silver  powder onto black cardstock and color it with Prismacolor pencils. I love how they look on black paper, especially that turquoise. I love the sentiment on this one too.

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For the third card, I embossed with gold powder onto watercolor paper. At first, I thought I would paint a soft background and then fill in the flowers in a monochromatic fashion. But as I was painting, I decided to just paint the background, so I kept adding layers to make those flowers pop. I struggled with what to do next. I had cut the fishtail and immediately regretted that decision (all that work!). What to do, what to do, nothing looked right. And then I though, oh use the larger wildflowers to make a coordinating background! It’s not exactly what I envisioned, but I like it.

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For the last card I decided to just use the solid stamps to make a more CAS card. I layered it with a watercolor striped background I made earlier.

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I want to make, like, a million more cards with this set. I just love it.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Flourish / Friend Like You

Hi everyone! I have two cards to share with you today, using the Flourish stamp set and Friend Like You die, both from Concord & 9th.

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For the first card, I stamped the various elements of the Flourish set in light colors onto watercolor paper and then painted over them with gouache paints, building layers to add dimension. Then I die cut into the panel using the Friend Like You die. I mounted the panel on black cardstock and then to my card base. I like the look of adding the negative pieces of the “R”s, “O”s, and “D”s rather than letting the black show through.

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I really, really love the letterpress look of this layout. Every variation that I’ve seen so far is just awesome and makes me want to make a million more of these.

For the second card, I used the die again on a solid cardstock panel. Then I took all the letters and frame leftover from the first card and placed them inside the die-cut space. Then I lightly blended some white pigment ink over the panel. I trimmed the panel and mounted it on a piece of coordinating scalloped cardstock, and then onto the card base.

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That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by!

RC Seeing Stars

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Hi everyone, hope you’re having a good weekend. Yesterday I got to play with some of the things I ordered from Reverse Confetti’s latest release, including these Seeing Stars Confetti Cuts. I totally “borrowed” (read: shamelessly copied) the layout from this card I saw on RC’s Ingstagram,  and added a gouache rainbow (using this bright set from Holbein).

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The stars were die cut from scrap watercolor paper. I don’t have gold paper (or if I do, I have no idea where it is), so I used a VersaMark marker to coat a few stars and heat embossed them with gold powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment (from the MFT Totally Happy set) onto black cardstock.

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A totally fun and happy card to brighten up someone’s day! Thanks for stopping by!