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Ahoy, Matey! – Shaker Card

By on May 25, 2017
Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey Shaker Card
Lawn Fawn Ahoy Matey Shaker Card

Ahoy! You’re a Treasure!

Today’s card features Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy Matey stamp set! I made a shaker card using Pretty Pink Posh’s Stitched Pieces die. I wanted to make the middle window look like an exploding box of treasure so I kept the shaker bits in golds and silvers. I even threw in a few stamped images of the coins and diamonds from the stamp set. The other two windows has an island and a pirate ship on “water” of white sequins and glitter. I blended peacock feather Distress Ink on the top and faded it down. The sentiment is stamped with the same Distress Ink as the background. I had to utilize my Misti and stamp that a few times to get the word “Treasure” sharp and crisp. I used Lawn Fawn bannertastic for the sentiment as well. I love how versatile Bannertastic is. I definitely recommend this set for your collection.

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Everything is S’more Fun with You

By on May 14, 2017

 

lawn fawn love you s'more handmade card
Lawn Fawn Love You S’more Handmade Card

I Made S’more Cards!

Yup, here’s another card I made using Lawn Fawn stamps. I just love their stamp sets so much! This one isn’t any exception. I got this set from Markerpop.com a month ago. I was going on a camping trip with the kids for spring break and when I saw this, I know I had to have it (like every Lawn Fawn stamp set I come across, really, but who’s counting?)

I definitely knew that I was going to make a scene for this stamp set! I ended up coloring everything and was disappointed that I couldn’t arrange them to fit onto an A2 card. If I knew, I would have started out with a 5×7 card base!

But I am more than happy with how this came out. Do you love it as much as I do?

S’more About How I Put This Together

I started with some Bristol smooth paper and blended Distress Ink in Fossilized Amber in the middle in a circular motion to get a sunset/fire glow from the campfire. I think blended Spun Sugar from the bottom of the card and around the circle I just blended. From there, I blended Shaded Lilac and Stormy Sky up on top to make it darker. I love how it turned out! I heatset the entire thing and used Versamark ink to stamp starts and the cute sentiment into the sky. I covered it all in white embossing powder and melted it all with my heat gun.

lawn fawn love you s'more handmade card

I stamped everything in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. The twins and logs I stamped with Memento Dew Drops. The trees are stamped in New Sprout and the logs and sticks are stamped in Desert Sand.

I die cut a piece of light green cardstock to make a grassy hill side for all the critters to sit and toast their marshmallows on. I adhered everything with foam tape to give it a fun dimensional look.

S’more Surprises Inside

Inside the card, I decided to add one final surprise. I used my Mama Elephant pop-up die on a piece of 65 lb. white card stock. After the last card, I found if I tried to make it lighter on the inside, the card will close better and not appear too thick. I was a little worried it would be too flimsy but it turned out exactly like I wanted to. I put in an adorable s’mores image with a winky face inside and stamped the sentiment, “Let’s Toast” with a little red heart to finish off the card. I admit, it doesn’t exactly match the outside, but I got carried away by all the cuteness!

lawn fawn love you s'more handmade card

I hope you like this card as much as I do. If you do, come back for s’more!

Okay, done w/ the puns.

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Mother’s Day Card for my Pretty Momma

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Handmade Mother’s Day Card for my Pretty Momma

For the Number One Woman in My Life

Mother’s day is coming and I made this card for the most important woman in my life – my mom. Being a mother myself now, I understand firsthand all that sacrifices that she made for me. Like all the wonderful moms out there, she deserves to be recognized, not just today, but every day!

paper smooches - pretty momma handmade mother's day card
Close up of my Mother’s Day card for my own pretty momma.

I wanted to keep things simple but sweet for my mom. I got this set from Paper Smooches a month ago with every intention to use it for Mother’s Day!

I started by stamping the cameo image and the word, “mom” onto watercolor paper. Originally I intended to do some emboss resisting with water color but after I stamped and embossed the images in gold, I decided I liked it just the way it was and forego the watercoloring.

paper smooches - pretty momma handmade mother's day card

I used border die cuts to create the top and bottom scalloped edges to finish off the top panel.

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You Make My Life Magical

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MFT Stamps - BB Magical Dragons
Sweet card for my sweet little boy who loves dragons.

Cards for Boys

Because I mainly buy stamp sets that I like, I found I had an abundance amount of unicorns and mermaids. However when I sat down to craft with my children, my son, Aidan, told me, “Mom, how come you don’t have any boy stamps.” I guess the unicorns and mermaids weren’t for him. I sought after a few sets he would like and this dragon one was one of them. I decided to make him a card for his room (currently my daughter displays all the cards I make on her book shelf.)

DIY Cloud Stencil

MFT just came out with a cloud stencil. Since I’m trying to be good and not buy all the things, I decided to make use of the cloud die I already have and make my own! I die cut a piece of 110 lb card stock and used it as my stencil to make the background of my card and it worked out great! It’s still in great condition and can be used again.

I colored the dragons with Copic markers and mounted the entire card onto pretty pattern paper. I gold embossed the sentiment to have it match the patterned paper and voila! We have a card for Aidan!

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Work Less, Play More, Enjoy Life with Stamping Bella

By on May 11, 2017
Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Sandy and her Sombrero Handmade Card
Handmade Card using Stamping Bella Uptown Girl – Sandy and Her Sombrero

Work Less, Play More, Enjoy Life!

I love this sentiment and I love Stamping Bella Uptown Girls! They’re just so darn cute and I can’t think of any of my girlfriends who wouldn’t want to receive one of these images on a card! Today I used Stamping Bella Uptown Girl – Sandy and Her Sombrero to make a playful card for the workaholics in my life – which is almost everybody I know! We all work so hard, sometimes we need to be reminded to make some time to “play more” and most importantly, “enjoy life!”

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Sandy and her Sombrero Handmade Card
Close-up of Sandy and her sweet drink.

No Zigs, No Problem

I colored Sandy with Copic markers. I usually like to watercolor things but since I have not invested in Zig Clean Real Brush pens yet, and my Sai watercolor brush pens are very limited in color, I decided to use my Copics. I went with a fun purple look to contrast w/ the orange polka dot background I picked so I could create something for this week’s Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, “Go Dotty.”

This was an easy and quick card and I haven’t decided who will be receiving it yet! Hopefully whoever I decide on loves it as much as I do!

Stamping Bella Uptown Girl - Sandy and her Sombrero Handmade Card

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Mermaid For You Spinning Wheel Card

By on May 10, 2017
lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card
Spinning Wheel Card featuring Lawn Fawn Mermaid For You

First Spinning Wheel Card

I watched a YouTube video tutorial of how to make a spinning wheel card from Sandy Allnock’s YouTube channel and decided I really wanted to make one! It just looks so fun to do! Well let me tell you, she is a very skilled crafter because she makes it look SO much easier than it was. It wasn’t difficult as much as there was a lot more engineering and foresight needed. I had to cute the hole out twice because my first one was too close to the edge! But the end results was completely worth it!

The Process

This is a lengthy process so I recommend watching Sandy Allnock’s tutorial video on how to make a spinning wheel card. I will only be describing my specific design.

I created the background by blending Distress Ink in Salty Ocean and Peacock Feathers. I added some water droplets and lifted some of the ink to make it look like bubbles in water.

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

I colored and cute out a mermaid, merman (Who loves Zoolander like I do?!), a narwhal (my favorite sea creature), a rock, seaweed and coral. Everything was stamped in Memento ink – I used Memento dew drops for the coral and seaweed.

The mer-people, narwhal and rock were colored with Copic colors.

lawn fawn mermaid for you handmade card

I then assembled the card using the tutorial from Sandy Allnock and the rest is history! Please enjoy the video I made of the card in action below:

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Teacher Appreciation Week Card

By on May 4, 2017
Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers
Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

Teacher Appreciation Cards are Coming!

Next week is teacher appreciation week! Between 3 kids, 3 teachers, 3 aids, 2 administrators, I’m one busy momma! Luckily I have a little bit of stagger between the baby and the twins. The baby’s Montessori is honoring Teacher Appreciation this week, so his card came first.

His school actually had a project where they had to choose their favorite shape and we had to make a card for the teacher. I asked Cam what his favorite card is and he said, “SQUARE!”  Easy peasy, baby boy! (It’s too bad, I was looking forward to the challenge of a triangle card. Ha!)

I told myself, “Keep it simple. Don’t overdo it.” Well that plan failed once I whipped out the Distress Inks. And the die cutter. And the embossing gun…

How The Slippery Slope Begun

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

First, I stamped the teacher sentiment from Mama Elephant Words Defined with Versamark ink and covered it with white embossing powder. A quick zap with the embossing gun and it was perfectly melty and ready for some emboss resist action with the Distress Ink. I was inspired by a friend’s card and decided to go with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink for the floor. I didn’t plan accordingly and this is on 110 lb white card stock instead of the Bristol Smooth I usually use. You can tell the blend isn’t as clean. It took a little more elbow grease to get to something I was happy with but it would have been so much easier if I remembered the Bristol Smooth! I then blended a little Scattered Straw on top where my little mouse friend will stand just to help him stand out since he will be the focus of the card.

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

I stamped the mouse, pencil, apple and stack of books from Mama Elephant’s Page Hugger stamp set and colored them with Copic markers. My favorite feature of this stamp set is how you can tuck the small items into the hands of the critters…so of course, I had to get the coordinating dies which makes this super easy. The dies will cut a slit under the critters hands so you can tuck, in my card, the pencil in his hands. I absolutely adore this! It’s so cute!

I finished the card by adhering the apple and the stacks of books on the floor, then I put some foam tape behind the mouse holding the pencil in the middle of the card since he is my star. I adhere the entire thing on a 4×4 top folding black card base.  And there we have it! A “simple” and sweet card for a very sweet teacher we appreciate very much!

Handmade Teacher Appreciation Card featuring Mama Elephant Page Huggers

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Black, White & Bright | Lawnfawnatic Challenge 4

By on May 3, 2017
Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards
Black, White and Bright Lawnfawnatics Challenge

Lawn Fawn Lawnfawnatic Challenge Time!

I made a card for the fourth Lawnfawnatic Challenge! The theme is “Black, White & Bright”! I thought this was a fun idea and decided to participate since I love Lawn Fawn products!

I used Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs and used every stamp in the set. I always find this so gratifying.

Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards

I stamped the hedgehogs in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored the critters with Copic markers.

I used Distress Ink in Abandoned Coral, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers for the background. I utilized Distress Ink’s special property where it reacts with water to splatter some water and remove some of the ink to create awesome white blotches. I then finished off the background by stamping the heart that comes with the set in the same coordinating Distress Ink colors. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment “Sending Hedgehugs” on the background with Versafine Onyx Black to get a really crisp, and super dark black sentiment on the card.

Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards
Close up of the adorable hedgehugs. I just love them.

I adhered the black and white heart patterned paper onto a 110 lb black card stock card base. Then I mounted the background I created with foam tape and the hedgehogs were mounted on that with foam tape as well to give it dimension.

I don’t know how to walk away from a project, so I added Clear Wink of Stella and added some details with a white gel pen to finish it off. Voila! I hope you like it!

Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs Homemade cards
The background was just a piece of pattern paper.

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Penguins in Paradise Pop-up Card

By on May 2, 2017
Penguins in Paradise Handmade Card
My first pop-up card featuring MFT Penguins in Paradise

First Pop-up Card!

Hi friends! Today’s card is my first pop-up card. I got these cute little Mama Elephant dies from my crafty friend for my birthday last month. It’s tiny and looks like nothing but man, are they great dies! I love the satisfying feeling of a clean cut from dies. We decided to do a pop-up card challenge and this is my entry.

MFT Penguin in Paradise Handmade Card
The scene turned out super cute!

I used My Favorite Thing’s Penguins in Paradise stamp set to create the scene. I love these little penguins! They’re just adorable. I colored them with Copic markers, paper pierced the inner tube, swim shorts and beach towel with patterned paper. Paper piercing is so fun! I loved it at the end when it all came together. The beach towel is definitely my favorite.

handmade pop-up card
I love how paper piecing the beach towel turned out!

Next, I created two card bases out of Bristol Smooth paper. I knew I would be using Distressed Inks for the background and I am most successful with ink blending on Bristol paper. The reason I cut two is that one piece will be the card back the second will be used to create the pop-up piece. For that piece, I use my Cuttlebug to cute one edge to look like a hill. This is my sandy background for what will eventually become a beach scene. I blended Distressed Ink in Gathered Twigs to get the perfect sand color. (Oh! Before I did this, I stamped a sentiment in Versamark ink and added white embossing powder before I heat embossed it. I wanted the sentiment to show up after I blended in the Distressed Ink.) I then blended Broken China Distressed Ink on the other cardbase for a soft sky background.

handmade pop-up card
The front of the card – I kept it super simple since the inside was so involved.

Now the exciting part, assembly time! I used my Cuttlebug again but this time, I used the Mama Elephant Pop-up Trio Creative Cuts to cut out two pop-up tabs for two of the 4 penguins I colored. After I popped the tabs out, I glued the sand panel to the card base. I then glued the penguins to the tabs. I finished the scene by adhering the trees and the penguin laying down on the beach towel to the background.

For the front of the card, I kept things simple since it was already so involved in the inside. I used some pattern paper and adhere the last penguin holding the cocktail with the “Cheers” sentiment to the front of the card. I added some white dotted lines to frame the entire thing for a more finished look. Ta-da! It’s completed!

I hope you love this card as much as I do. This was definitely one of my favorites to create!

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Side view of how the pop-up mechanism looks.
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Hey Cutie Pie!

By on May 1, 2017

 

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Lawn Fawn Baked with Love Challenge

My crafty friend and I had another challenge this week. This time it was using the Lawn Fawn Baked with Love stamp set and combining it with another Lawn Fawn set. This was so much fun! I used three Lawn Fawns sets to create the scene for this card: Baked with Love, Milk and Cookies, and Cutie Pie.

The Process

I die cut patterned paper with Mama Elephant’s Peek A Frame Dies. Then I used another die from the same set for the white background that kind of looks like a big postage stamp with that edge. I then stamped out the cute stand mixer, butter, eggs, cake stand, rolling pin and flour from Baked with Love. I stamped the milk carton from Milk + Cookies then I stampled the pie from Cutie Pie. I stamped everything in Copic-friendly Memento Tuxedo Black since I knew I would be coloring these with Copic markers and wanted to make sure it did not blend during coloring.  I chose colors that would coordinate with the patterned paper I am using as the background.

I then cut a strip of blue vellum paper and embossed the sentiment, “hi cutie pie” onto it with white embossing powder. I then adhered everything to the card.

This card came out so sweet I didn’t want to give it to my friend! But I do find comfort knowing she will love it as much as I do!

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