Sunday, October 1, 2017

Lawn Fawn: Give Thanks

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring Lawn Fawns Thankful Mice mini stamp set.  This set is super cute!  I must admit I had a bit of a hard time coming up with a layout for this card.  I've been wanting to use the stamp set since it came in last week, but I did not have a card idea for it.  Most times I purchase a stamp set because I have a few card ideas for them, but this set was so cute that I just had to get it.  Then I remembered I wanted to do a Distress Oxide/Distress Ink comparison so I figured this would be a good start to a card.  I wanted to make similar cards, but not identical cards one using the same colors of Distress Oxides the other using Distress inks (I ended up having to use and extra Distress Ink color, which I explained in the video below).

I started the card by stamping the images I wanted to use with Simon Says Intense black ink and Copic coloring them.  I did two sets of the images so that I could use the images in both cards.  I then used my circle stitched die to die cut two circles from kraft cardstock.  While I had my Big Shot out I decided to die cut Thanks using Gina Marie Designs die.  One of the Panels I layered two pieces of white cardstock below a black cardstock piece.  The other panel I used yellow fun foam and a black cardstock piece to cut the word.   I then used the circle piece as a guideline for how wide I wanted my ink blended area to be for both my cards.  I made one card 4.25x5.5in (Verticle Panel) and the other 5.5x4.25 (Horizontal Panel). I used some low tack tape to tape off the area with scraps on paper so that I would not ink up areas that should not be inked.  I used Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, and Vintage Photo in both Oxides and Inks.  I added Mustard Seed Distress Ink to the Distress Ink Panel. Once both inked panels were done I used hemp twine to wrap around the inked panels.  I tied a bow on the horizontal card where as the vertical card I looped around the card twice.  I used the "Give" in the "Giving Thanks" sentiment.  I stamped Spiced Marmalade in Distress Oxide for both panel and missed it with water.  By misting the sentiment the Oxidation allowed the sentiment to pop a bit more.  I wanted this to be the shadow for my sentiment.  I offset the sentiment and stamped with black ink.  I went over the sentiment with black gel pen.   I then popped up the stitched circle on top of the hemp twin.  I also popped the images on top of the circle.  I glued the die cut "Thanks" to the card.

I finished the cards by using my Spectrum Nior Shimmer Pen and added some sequins to the cards.  Both cards are similar, but a bit of a change in layout.  I did a Instagram story feed about my thoughts on the Distress formulation; I uploaded this to YouTube which is shown below.  Hope you like my cards.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 351

Hello everyone!
Today I will be featuring MFT's adorable Hippo Birthday stamp set for the sketch challenge.  Here is a mock up of the sketch for this week:

I began by die cutting a stitched rounded rectangle panel as well as the scallop border using the Basic Edges 2.  I then stamped the images I wanted to use on the white cardstock with Simon Says Intense Black Ink as I wanted to Copic color the images.  I wanted my hippos to have clothes so I sketched some with pencil then used my Copic Multi-liner to outline it.  I used Copic Multi-liner because I know the pen will be Copic friendly and not smear when I color it.  Once I colored the images I fussy cut them.  

I then started ink blending the the scallop panel with Twisted Citron Distress Oxide and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink.  I wanted to see how if the different formulas would play well with one another and they seemed to.  The Mowed Lawn was a bit brighter because it did not have that pigment property.  For the main stitch rounded rectangle panel I used Distress Oxide in Peacock Feather and Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass. When I laid down the first layer of Peacock Feather, I thought it was too dark because I was a bit heavy handed with it that was why I switch to Tumbled Glass to lighted it up a bit.  I then used Peacock Feather and the Cloud Border Stencil to create clouds; I made sure to tap off most of the Peacock Feathers on a paper before ink blending with the stencil.   

After I ink blended my panels I heat embossed a sentiment from the stamp set with Rangers White embossing powder on black cardstock.  I then used the smallest stitch rounded rectangle to die cut the sentiment.  I popped the scallop panel up onto the stitched rectangle panel.  I also popped the sentiment.  When I finished putting my images on the card, initially I only had the little hippo, cake w/balloons, and big hippo, it looked a bit empty, so I decided to stamp all the tiny birds from the set to Copic color.  I also added patches of grass to the scallop panel.  I then used my Specrtrum Nior Glitter pen to put some glitter on to the balloon, cake, party hats the hippos are wearing and the red strips on the papa hippo.  After, I used a white gel pen to decorate the cake, and put highlights on the balloons.  I like to use the glitter pen before using my white gel pen because I noticed that if I put the Glitter on after I put white accents it tends to muttle the white gel pen.   I hope you like the card I created.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Fall 2017 CLH feat. Lawn Fawn

Hello everyone!
I made a simple card today featuring Lawn Fawns Pumkin Spice mini stamp set.  I started by cutting some kraft cardstock to A2 size then I randomly stamped the coffee cup throughout my card and used  the shaker and sugar specs to fill in the gaps.  I used my Prismacolor colored Pencils to color in the image.  I love the way Prismas look on kraft; they colors seem to pop more in it.  I started by laying my lightest color lightly then shaded with my mid tone in areas I wanted to darken.  I used the darkest color last to add some depth and then went back in with the midtown and the lightest color to smooth everything out.  Once the panel was done I used MFT border dies to all stitching all around the panel.  I embossed the sentiment on a strip of vellum with clear ink and heat set it using Ranger white embossing powder.  I wrapped the sentiment strip around the card and taped it down so no adhesive could show through.  The panel was then adhered down onto heavy weight white cardstock.  Hope you like my card.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

My Favorite Things: A Halloween Hello

Hello everyone!
I hope the week has treated you well and that the beginning of the weekend brings you joy! I know the weekend brings me much joy.  Today I will be featuring MFT's Witch Way is the Candy? stamp set.  The set I have is the older stamp set that has been retired.  They recently re-release an updated version of the stamp set with more sentiments.  So, I am late on the Distress Oxide train.... I own all the Distress Inks in the mini form, thus did not think I would need to get them in the oxide version.  Boy was I wrong.  As I kept seeing them in use on cards on social media, it made me want to try them out.  I found an etsy shop that was selling both the first set and second set of inks.  The reason why I chose this shop is because all the proceeds from her sales go towards charities; isn't that awesome!  Here is a link to her store: Only One Life Creations.  I had a lot of fun playing with the Oxides and can't wait to experiment more with them.

I first started by using my Cricut to cut out the components to a haunted house SVG that I bought from Miss Kate Cuttables on heavy weight white cardstock. I cut them in white because I knew I wanted to use my Distress Oxide to ink blend them in with color.  I used Wilted Violet, Twisted Citron, and Black Soot in the Oxide as well as Ripe Persimmon and  Wild Honey in Distress Ink.    The reason why I did those two colors in the ink form is because I wanted it to be a bit more vibrant for the light effect in the windows.  I glued all the pieces together and spritzed it with some water to create the oxide effect.  I then die cut the curved scallop with MFT's Scallop Basic Edge 2 die and used Lawn Fawn Meadow Border for a grass panel on white cardstock as well.  I used Distress Oxide in Vintage Photo and Frayed Burlap for the Scallop piece and Peeled Paint and Cracked Pistachio for the grass piece. I spritzs some water onto the brown panel to distress it a bit.  For the night sky, I used masking paper to cut die cut a circle (the moon) and place it on my panel so I could Distress the rest of the sky.  I used Faded Jeans and Black Soot Oxide inks.  Once I distressed the sky I misted it with water and let it dry.  I then water down some white acrylic paint to splatter onto the background.  I also water down some Pearl acrylic paint to splatter; loved how this looked on the background. It made the splatter look like twinkling stars.  Once I finished splattering I took the mask off and went over the edges of the moon with a water pen so the edges did not look too harsh.  I put down my brown dirt panel then my grass. I put the haunted house on top of the scallop panel and popped up my girl image.  I double popped my sentiment which I white heat embossed on black cardstock.  I glued some of the bat images down and popped up two.  I finished the card by adding Spectrum Noir's Sparkling Clear Glitter on the dress and bats.  Hope you like my card.

Monday, September 4, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 348

Hello everyone!
Today, I will be featuring My Favorite Things Fall Friends stamp set for the MFT sketch challenge. Here is the layout for this sketch challenge.

I was in a kraft cardstock/Prismacolor Pencil mood, so that is what I went with.  As much as I love the outcome of coloring with colored pencils, I dislike having to re-outline my images with black because I am really bad at it.  I can not for the life of me trace; it usually ends up in mistakes.  However, I decided to use my MISTI to stamp my images on the kraft cardstock.  I outline the area I would be die cutting so that I knew my images would fit.  Then I used the three sides of the MISTI to place my stamps as I would be overlapping some images which is why I created some masks.  I left the stamps in my MISTI so that I could re-stamp them after I finished coloring them.

I also used the radiating rays stencil to distress some Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, and Squeezed Lemon Aid. I then die cut the image using the rounded rectangle die and back it with black cardstock so there would be a border.  I used my We R Crop-a-Dile to round the edges of the black cardstock.  for the bottom panel I used MFT's Fine Chevron Background stamp to create a pattern paper, which i cut down to fit the lower 1/4 of the card.  I then used a sentiment from the Fall Friends stamp set to heat emboss in white embossing powder on black cardstock and created fish tails on both ends.  I popped my main image panel up with foam tape and double up the foam tape for my sentiment.  To finish the card I used some orange and iridescent yellow sequins.  Hope you like my card. :)

Sunday, September 3, 2017

My Favorite Things & Honey Bee Stamps: Oceans of Love

Hello everyone!
Today I'm here to share a card using MFT's Mermazing Stamp set as well as Honey Bee Stamp's Ocean Builder Scene stencils.  I am in love with Honey Bee's stencil.  I love all the components to build a under the sea scene, which you can pick and choose from.  When I saw Nichol Magouirk using them in one of her videos I had to get it.  I created a similar under the sea theme for the bottom space of my card.

I first started by using Distress Ink in the colors Faded Jeans, Mermaid Lagoon, and Black Soot to create the ocean scene.  I masked the top 25% of the card with some paper so that I could create a moonlight night scene using Faded Jeans and Black Soot.  I die cut a circle from masking paper to create the moon; I kept the  negative to mask off the sky to distress the moon in Pumice Stone.  I used Mustard Seed and a scatter star stencil to create some starts.  I used Mermaid Lagoon with Honey Bee's Stencil to create some rays.  I tried using Simon Says white pigment ink to create some white shadow rays, but it wasn't working too well on the regular distress ink even when pouncing method.  I assume it does not layer too well with the dark colors.   Nichol Magouik used Distress Oxides in her video, but I do not have those yet (making me think hard about getting them).  I did my best to create some moon light shadow rays.  I used Black Soot to crate some coral with the stencils as well as some second generation stamping of fish from the stamp set.  I then used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black to stamp the images I wanted to use from the stamp set and Copic colored it.  The scene I create was inspired by Disney's, "The Little Mermaid" (picture below). I then stamped a sentiment from the stamp set with clear embossing ink on black cardstock and heat it with white embossing powder.  I hope you like the card I created.  :)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

My Favorite Things: Little Mermaid

Hello Everyone!
I am here with a card I created last week. I just realize I did not do a blog post for a card I made and posted on Instagram.  The card was inspired by the Disney movie, "The Little Mermaid".  I created a scene from the movie where Arial is on a rock looking out to Eric and his dog Max.  I used a few MFT stamp sets including, Our Story, Mermazing, and Lucky Dog.  I started by stamping my images onto white cardstock. I wanted the Mermaid to be in the opposite direction of what it stamped out so I mirror stamped the image by using my MISTI and a solid stamp.  The image was not as black as I wanted to be, but I would be outlining it again after I copic colored the image.  Once the images were colored I used the Beach Scene Dienamics to cut out an ocean piece in white cardstock.  I used distress ink in Mermaid Lagoon to ink blend the ocean piece.  I then used Scattered Straw for the sand and Vintage Photo for the cliff rocks.  I also used my Copic markers to draw in lines to emulate the rocks.  I then used a sentiment from Our Story to heat emboss on black cardstock with white embossing powder.  I popped the ocean panel up onto the card as well as the sentiment. I thought there was something missing from the sand, so I used my Copic maker to dot some areas of the sand to make it more textured.  I hope you like my finished card.  :)

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Mama Elephant & My Favorite Things: Bright and Sun Shining Day

Hello everyone!
Happy weekend.  :)  Today I will be featuring two stamp sets by two different stamp companies: Mama Elephant's Carried Away and My Favorite Thing's Up in the Air.  This card is another one layered wonder scene card.  I started out by laying/stamping out my idea on a scrap piece of printer paper so I could get an idea of what images I should stamp first.  As I do not have my boarder dies, I freehand sketch a hill boarder on my scrap paper so that I could it cut out later as a masking piece.

Once I was satisfied with where I wanted everything to be placed, I stamped my images on an A2 panel piece.  I created masks for images I did not have masks for.  My Up in the Air stamp set had plenty of masks to work with so I did not have to make many masks.  Once all my images were stamped out and masked I was ready to create the hill and sky.  I used the scrap sketch and cut the hill off to use as a mask for the hill section and sky section.  I used Distress Inks in the colors Mowed Lawn and Twisted Citron for my hill masking off the sky section.  Once my hill was complete I used the other side of the paper to mask off the hill so that I could work on the sky.  I used Distress Ink color Salty Ocean to create a light blend at the bottom of the sky then I used my cloud stencils to create a cloudy sky with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Once I was done with the clouds I used the Radiating Rays stencil to create a bright sun using Squeezed Lemon-aid and Mustard Seed Distress Inks.  I then unmasked all my images to Copic color them in.  The stark contrast between the distressed background and uncolored images always gets me.  I usually hesitate at this point on weather the card is looking okay to continue, but I almost always try to persevere and finish the card.  The final touches to the card once I Copic colored the images is to put some Sparkling Clear Spectrum Noir Glitter Pen on the son, hot air balloon, and trees. 

Saturday, August 5, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 344

Hello everyone!
I'm still away from my craft room but still wanting to create!   I can't believe I forgot my black cardstock :(.  I usually bring at least one piece of black cardstock for my sentiments.  Luckily I had a scrap of red cardstock in my folder.  I didn't bring many inks to make my own colored cardstock either but you work with you got, right?   I've been wanting to practice my watercoloring so I decided to dust off my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers for this card.   First, I went to MFT's blog to see what the Sketch is for the week.  Here is the mock up:

I will be featuring MFT's BB Happy Hedgehogs for today's card.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do heading into the project.  I stamped all the small hedghog images on Strathmore watercolor paper flipping and turning the images.  I wanted to create a pattern paper like panel utilizing the images.  After the hedgehogs were stamped I used the smaller leaf and nut images to fill in the gaps.  I then watercolored the panel with my ziggies.   I wanted there to be a variation in skin tone so the panel didn't look too boring.  :P It was looking really brown until I colored the leaves and background in.  I water down a light blue color for the background.  Once the panel was completed I used a bowl (yup a bowl) to trace a curve at the bottom of the panel sit that I could cut it out.  I then used some red cardstock to cover the bottom portion of my card base and to heat emboss a sentiment.  I used some velum to layer under the sentiment piece because I did not want to cover my pattern paper panel up too much.  I popped the panel up on the card base and then popped my sentiment piece up on the panel.  I hope you like my card :)

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

MFT Sketch Challenge 343

Hello everyone,
Today I will be featuring BB Space Explorer for MFT's sketch this week.  I am currently away from my craft room visiting my boyfriend in Northern California.  I brought some of my craft supplies, but very limited amount.  Don't you wish you could magically take all your craft supplies with you everywhere you go.  :P  While my boyfriend is at work I have some time to make a card! :)  I also wanted to create a card suing MFT's Sketch Challenge this week.  Here is a mock up of the sketch:

Since I do not have all my supplies, I took some creative liberties with the sketch today.  I brought some of my stencils and distress inks; thank goodness I did because I would have not been able to create much of anything since I do not have my die cutting machine here.  I started with cutting a 2.5x 5.5in  panel, which I will use as a substitute for the oval frame.  I used the cloud boarder stencil to create a multi-colored cloud background using distress inks in the colors Tumbled Glass, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, and Spice Marmalade.  I then stamped the image I wanted to use from the Space Explorer stamp set with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink so that I could Copic color the image.  I then stamped a sentiment from BB's Up in the Air stamp set on  a strip of white cardstock using black ink.  I used a strip of red cardstock to underlay it with the white cardstock sentiment.  I then heat embossed another sentiment from the Space Explorer stamp set with white embossing powder on red cardstock and cut fishtails on the ends.  I laid the cloud panel and white cardstock sentiment together onto the card base.  I popped my main image as well as the red cardstock sentiment.  For the final touches I added some sequins around the panel.  I hope you like my card.  :)