Sunday, September 16, 2018

Mood Board Challenge


Here is my card for the latest Lawn Fawnatics challenge. The challenge this time was a mood board. There were luscious fall colours and themes. I decided to make a fun little fairy cafe scene. I'm just going to list all the sets I used first, since there ended up being a lot!

  • Fairies: Fairy Friends
  • House: Frosty Fairy Friends
  • Sign: Village Shops
  • Leaves: Critters from the Past
  • Cups: Holiday Helpers
  • Acorn: Forest Feast
  • Mushroom: Critters in the Forest
  • Sentiments: Sentiment Staples: Birthday
  • Dies: Stitched Windy Backdrop (Lawn Fawn), Stitched Rectangle Scallop Frames (MFT)
Alright, now that that's out of the way- here's the card! This one took a bit longer than normal. I started to get it together in stages.

First up, I decided on all my images. I coloured them in with various Copics and other alcohol markers. Next, was the background. I wanted something that felt like "fall", but still had a sky vibe. Thinking back to the mood board, I remembered one image in particular that had a softer aqua background with red/orange leaves. So that inspired me.

I pulled out 5 distress oxide inks- Wild Honey, Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apples, Peacock Feathers, Vintage Photo and blended them. Once I started to put the scene together, I knew I needed something to ground it all. I used that little leaf stamp from the Critters from the Past set and stamped them almost overlapping to mimic a leaf covered ground. I cut along that to make my ground layer. Once I had everything staged on the background, I decided it felt too plain. So I pulled out the Stitched Windy Backdrop die and used that to jazz it up. I have to say, that was a great decision- the swirly wind goes great with a fall themed card.

I wanted my scene to feel like a little window into their fall fairy life, so I completed it with the scalloped frame.

I was going to use a lawn fawn sentiment, but I wanted something birthday and small, so I decided on these Papertrey Ink sentiments instead. I curved them to match the swirls in the background.

Here's another close-up. You can really see the shimmer of the fairy wings, and the fun of the blended background with the swirly stitches.

Fall to Layout #89 Take Two

Happy Sunday!

Here's this week's sketch. I have been continuing with building up my batch of Christmas cards. I decided to put together a few "cookies" for today's card. I love how fun these dies look when assembled! 

Measurements are whatever you would like. Essentially, the main layer is just a proportionate step down from the card front you use. I went with 4.25 x 3.

I cut out the main cookies from Kraft cardstock and die cut the associated elements from white and coloured card stock. The only stamped element was on the candy cane- everything else is die cut.

Supplies (affiliate links used when available):
Stamps: Sweet Holiday Treats
Ink: Berry Sorbet
Dies: Sweet Holiday Treats, Ways to Say: Merry Christmas, Outside In Stitched Rectangles
Paper: Aqua Mist, Harvest Gold, Vintage Jadeite, Kraft, New Leaf, Berry Sorbet, Stamper's Select

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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Fall to Layout #88 Take Two

Happy Sunday!
What can I say, I have been getting into Christmas cards early this year! 

This sketch is a good one for using a strip of patterned paper, or as I've done here, stamp your own! It was a rainy morning and I apparently felt like doing some fussy colouring. I stamped several images from Holiday Helpers and Christmas Dreams and then got to colouring!

I used various markers here, but keeping a fairly traditional Christmas colour palette. Once that was done, I chose some Brilliant Blue cardstock (anyone remember that awesome Basic Bright from Stampin' Up WAY back when...) and embossed a greeting from Winter Scripty Sentiments. The final steps were adding some red stitched grosgrain ribbon and I also die-cut one of the little snowflakes and popped that up.

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Sunday, September 02, 2018

Fall to Layout #87- Take Two

Happy Sunday!
Here's this week's sketch.

Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Vertical Strip: 1-3/4 x 4-1/4
Circle: approximately 2 inches

Here's my card. I decided to make a happy little Halloween card! I just got the Pick of the Patch set by Lawn Fawn, and seriously, how cute are those pumpkins! I stamped my paper strip with the smallest pumpkin and one of the faces. I also used the small solid star to fill in some of the empty space.

Next, I stamped and cut the two larger pumpkins and cut those with copics. I placed those on a dashed white circle and adhered that to a dark grey scalloped circle panel.

Lastly, I remembered that I had some fun Halloween prints in my paper stash. Anyone recognize this awesome set from Stampin' Up! in 2006 ?!? I looked through all the prints from this paper pack, and seriously, Stampin' Up knocked it out of the park. The designs are so classic that they are still very easy to use today.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

All About Layering 1

Happy Friday!

I have another Altenew Academy card to share today. This card is for the All About Layering 1 class. This is a great (and free!) class that helps you learn how to best line up and use your Altenew layer stamps. There are loads of fun card ideas too!

The class features 
  • Golden Garden
  • Scribbled Flowers
  • Whimsical Flowers
  • Painted Flowers
  • Painted Poppy
  • Layered Lily
  • Vintage Flowers
  • Vintage Roses
  • Watercolor Wonders
  • Painted Butterflies
I decided to have some fun with the Painted Poppy set. I started off with the main line art image of the poppy. I did some careful inking to avoid the stem, since I only wanted the blossoms on here. Next, I decided on the rest of my colours and stamped the solid corresponding images, being sure to not have the same colour immediately next to each other. To add a bit more interest, I stamped the solid image of the leaf image in the remaining empty spaces. I really love how it turned out.

The final touch was to figure out a sentiment. My friend let me use her Many Thanks set. This set is really quite great for any sort of thank you card. I just loved using it! 

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Let it Shine!

Glitter, gems, foil-there's just something about bringing a little sparkle and shine into your cardmaking that can take it to the next level. As part of my Altenew Educator Certifications Program, I've been going through several classes. The latest one I completed was the super fun Let it Shine with the fun and talented Carissa Wiley Her blog is called Sprinkled with Glitter, so you know, she is sparkle cardmaking royalty!

There are lots of fun ideas in the class for using various sparkly and shiny products. What I loved about this class was the idea of using multiple products together. I tend to already use gems, embossing powder, and glitter separately on my projects, but what about all together? That's what is so fun about classes, you see techniques from a different prospective!

For my card, I thought it'd be fun (and a little crazy), to take the animals from Geometric Menagerie and glitter them up! I started by embossing the bear image in black embossing powder. Then I took a fine tipped bottle of glue and started filling in non-adjacent triangles. I started with the aqua/teal glitter. Then I filled in even more triangles, this time using the lime green glitter. And finally, I really liked how the white triangles looked, but I wanted an even sort of image, so I added more glue and used white glitter in that remaining triangles. Super fun hey? It wasn't even all that time consuming.

Next, I decided on a sentiment from Crafty Friends. I figure this is the sort of card that a fellow crafter would really appreciate! I adhered the cut out bear to the white layer and then brought in my third shine element, aqua, white, and lime green gems!

Thanks for dropping by!

I'll have my next batch of class projects for All About Layering and All About Layering 2 in the next few days.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Fall to Layout #86 Take Two

Hi everyone!
Sorry for the delay. I had a crafty get-away this weekend with my friend Chera. We both made the sketch, but were too busy crafting to actually take staged pics for a Sunday post!

The dimensions are pretty straightforward:
Card Base: 4-1/4 x 5-1/2
Main Layer: Any proportionately smaller rectangle. I think Chera used close to 3-1/4 x 4-1/2. I used 3-3/4 x 5.

Here's Chera's card. She used a few different products. The leaves (and dies) are from the Autumn Leaves set by WPlus9 Designs. The thanks die is called Thanks Twice is by Create a Smile. The rest of the greeting is from the Hero Arts Thanks Stamp and Die. I just love the mix of luscious colours she used for the leaves!

We were both apparently in the mood for fall themed cards. 

I got this fun ghost themed set Booyah by Lawn Fawn, just before heading out to her place, so it was definitely on the list to get used. I used the ghosts as the clustered circle elements. I stamped the ghosts and many of the hat/wig elements and coloured them with Copics. I fussy cut them and also made use of a stitched rectangle die for the main layer. I added a few gems for some added sparkle.

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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Fall to Layout #85

Happy Sunday!

I have a "sweet" card for you today. Once again, I decided to take a look at the images I used on the sketch and specifically choose something different from the sketch image.

  • Card Base: 3-1/2 x 6
  • Main Image Layer: 3-3/8 x 5-7/8
  • Patterned Paper Layer: 3-1/2 x 1-1/4
  • Ribbon: 3/8 inch wide
Here's my card. I grabbed a few different sweet treat images from a few different sets.I stamped them on the white layer using the sketch as a guide, leaving room for the sentiment. Next I decided on some patterned paper and colour matched my Copics to that piece of paper.  The ribbon is from a large roll of 3/8 inch grosgrain ribbon I have had for a long time. I decided to add a few white gems to add a bit of texture to the card.

Stamps: Baked with Love, Beam Me Up, Sweet Friends, Year 7
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: White, Really Rainbow 6x6 paper pack, Black
Accessories, etc.: Grosgrain ribbon, Copics, Gems

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