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Lawn Fawn slider card

I’m still working hard on my long experiment – I can’t believe I’ve been doing it for a month!! My friend Holly only started card making this year, but she’s really got into it and wanted to enter some competitons. I’ve realised that I’ve been so taken up in my work that I haven’t entered a competition for years and Holly’s excitement about entering her first competition inspired me to join her. Holly has entered the new Lawn Fawnatics challenge (which replaces the Lawnscaping Challenge). The second Lawn Fawnatics challenge is ‘Interactive Cards‘.

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Now that Spring is here there are lots of dogs out playing on grass playing fields enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I wanted to create a slider card of a dog chasing after its ball. I stamped the dog and tennis ball from ‘Critters at the Dog Park’ several times with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with Spectrum Noir pens to make a few cards for people who have helped me with my experiment. The Spectrum Noir pens I used were FL3 for the tennis ball, EB8 for the dog’s nose and TN7, TN8 and TN9 for its body.

I used Stampin’UP! Soft Sky and Gumball Green card stock for my sky and grass. I used the Lawn Fawn Grass border die to make my grass playing field from a 3 1/2 inch panel, then cut the MFT ‘Surf and Turf’ die across the panel. To make sure the background is the same colour as my grass or sky I made two 7×5 Soft Sky panels, one that I stuck to the card base with Hi-Tack glue, the other I die cut the MFT ‘Hit the Slopes’ die from it and stuck a 3 inch Gumball Green panel to the bottom.

I stamped the sentiment on the top die cut panel and then started to add foam tape to the back of the slider panels. I die cut the dogs using the coordinating die and I die cut the balls with the MFT ‘Surf and Turf’ dies (its a perfect fit!!). I layered several of the little circular die cuts for the back of the sliders so they were more robust. I used Hi-Tack glue to stick the backs to MFT Replenishments Spin and Slide Disks. Once the glue was dry I put them underneath the slider channels and glued the disks to the dogs and balls.

Once the dogs and balls were dry and sliding in their channels I was happy to assemble the card.

To add a few ‘spring’ touches I added some tulips in the bottom left corner from ‘Penelope’s Blossoms’, the butterfly from ‘Critters in the Dog Park’ and some little die cut clouds from Memory Box and Joy! crafts. My Silhouette pick me up was invaluable for making this card with all the little bits to stick on the card.

So here are the finished cards with the balls and dogs moving along their slider tracks.

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I think they are so cute!! What do you think?

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Best friend’s birthday card

My best friend is having an afternoon tea for her birthday celebrations this year (so many friends are scattered about and some have small children so an afternoon thing means she can see as many friends as possible and they can all get wee people home in time for bed and no need for baby sitters), as she is having an afternoon tea party, I wanted to make her a tea themed card!

I bought the Sizzix ‘Tea Time‘ Bigz die and was going to use it for scrapbooking/art journalling, but it was so perfect for this project I just HAD to use it!! I was in need of a change from square and rectangular cards and wanted to create a rocker card for my base. I used the largest die from the Tonic studios ‘Celtic Dream‘ die set and cut some white Centura Pearl hint of silver card – because it is 300gsm it’s nice and sturdy to use as a base.

I cut the Tea Time from some patterened paper in my stash that had little coloured polka dots on it that made me think of Emma Bridgewater pottery, when I was working out the layout I wanted I realised that I would need two saucers, so I cut a second set of cups (I’m sure I’ll find another project to use them on!!) and used my bone folder to give the cups some gentle rounding and dimention. To add some extra shading to give even more feeling of dimention I added some shading with a Spectrum Noir pen where ther would be shadows. I decided to use the tags that had been cut out of the spotty paper and just use the reverse (unpatterned) side and inked the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and pierced a hole with my pokey tool to get some white string through the top.

To continue with the afternoon tea theme I thought about cake, but I don’t have a die that makes a cake the right proportions for the card, and I’m too much of a perfectionist to fussy cut something (I would spend FOREVER snipping and not being happy, then realising I’d ruined it and starting again and after about 5 trys get moody and not want to finish the card, so that was best avoided!!) so instead I decided on a doily. As luck would have it I fell in love with the Marianne Creatables ‘Doily Star‘cut out of vellum on a card I saw on Pinterest (which I now can’t find on my pin boards!! D’oh!) but I thought doilies are also synonymous with tea and cake, so I grabbed my doily star die and cut out some vellum to get a really dainty, different feel to the card base.

I originally wanted a little banner with ‘happy birthday’ stamped on it to be peeking out from behind one of the cups, but it drew too much emphasis to the cups and I wanted something to draw the eye from the doily towards the cups and saucers. I die cut my banner from cream card using the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions ‘Stitched flags‘ and stamped the sentiment from Lawn Fawn ‘Hats Off to You’ using Archival Ink in coffee.

As I was looking at what I had for the card so far it was all very monotone and pale and really needed a pop of colour, I thought about some flowers over the doily but as this is a rocker card I couldn’t put too much weight on that side or it wouldn’t stand correctly. I um’d and ah’d about what to do and eventually decided that as my Christmas dies were still out on my desk that I could just cut some holly leaves for a little colour, but not much weight.

I don’t know why, but after looking at the layout again I still wasn’t happy with it and still wanted to have something more. I was wandering about personalisation and remembered my Whimsy Stamps ‘Spell it Out’ stamps and matching die. I had seen some adhesive stickers that were wood effect Scrabble tiles and I wanted to create my own version of these, so I first stamped my woodgrain in Sahara Sand ink on cream card, then stamped the letters with coffee Archival Ink and used the matching die to cut them out.

I assembled my card using Hi-Tack glue and foam tape for the cups to maintain their dimention. It was only AFTER I had assembled the card that I thought ‘it would be really good if the cups and saucers were glossy…’ so I painstakingly added glossy accents to the cups and saucers when they were attached to the card base and left it to dry overnight.

The last thing left to do was to attach the tea tags to the cups, which was fiddly!

So… here is the finished card, which rocks very nicely, I’m quite proud of the engineering feat!!

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I hope you aren’t working over the festive period (or too ill) and are finding the time to get crafty! Let me know what projects you are working on!

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Feliz Navidad

And as per usual I ran out of time to send out my cards, so I had planned to make a massive batch of these cards, stamped hundreds of images and coloured them in, but the die cutting and embossing were a bottleneck and I only managed to assemble 2 of these cards in the end! Oh well, at least I’ve made a headstart on cards for next year!!

I used the Lawn Fawn ‘Baa Humbug’ stamp and dies set to get these cute little knitting sheep. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir markers: BGR3, 4 and 5 for the sheep, BGR2 for the knitting needles, DR5 and 6 for the hats and knitting ad BGR1 for the shadows on the sheep’s fleece, knitting wool and the banner.

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The banner is from Lawn Fawn ‘Penelope’s blossoms’ and the sentiment and holly leaves and berries are again from ‘Baa Humbug’. I wanted to have a little snow bank that the sheep could be standing on, so it’s not just floating in midair, so i used the die from the Tattered Lace Scene Dies and stamped the ball of wool and little trail of wool directly onto the card.

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I used my embossing folder to emboss the knitted pattern on to a Raspberry Ripple card panel, I really think it helps to tie in the knitting that the sheep is doing!!

To assemble the card I glued the embossed panel to a 5×7 card base, then adhered the snowbank to the embossed panel. The sheep and sentiment banner were raised up on foam tape for dimention.

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I’m going into London this evening to see a special screening of Home Alone to get into the Christmas spirit – what are you doing this evening to get into ‘holiday mode’?

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Cousin’s Christmas card

My Australian Cousin has dual citizenship and is living and working in the UK, but he does go home to see his family at Christmas. I wanted to make him a Christmas card with the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters Down Under’ stamps and matching die set.

Firstly I die cut the mountain range from the Tattered Lace ‘Scene Stepper Card’ set from platinum Centura Pearl card and I cut and folded some snow white hint of silver Centura Pearl for the card base.

For the sentiment I stamped the greeting and frame form Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ stamp set with black Archival Ink. I used the Lawn Fawn grass border to die cut some ‘snowy grass’ from some more white hint of silver card, and die cut the sentiment using Spellbinders Labels Four die and attached it to the card base with foam squares for some dimention.

Once I had my background sorted, I started on my critters. I used the ‘Critters Down Under’, ‘Hats off to you’ and the present from the ‘Year Five’ stamp set. I stamped all the images on Neenah Classic Crest card and coloured them in using my Spectrum Noir pens. Once all the images were coloured I cut them out with the co-ordinating dies. I kept moving them around until I was happy with the composition, then adhered them all in place with HI-Tack glue.

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I just love Lawn Fawn critters – they’re so cute! I hope you liked this card and it gave you some inspiration, come back soon to see what other Christmas cards I make.

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Cats in a box card

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had a good weekend? I’ve had a nice gentle weekend in preparation for my next big experiment that starts on Monday, so I won’t be cardmaking as much as I would like over the next two months, so I apologise for less frequent posts!

Today is my ‘Fairy Godmother’s birthday and I’d like to share the card I made for her with you this morning. She has two adorable cats, so I wanted to make a cat-themed card for her. My kittens just LOVE cardboard boxes (what cat doesn’t??) so I wanted to start with a ‘cardboard box’ for my card and have cats playing in it and around it. I created a card in a box using Neenah Desert Storm card.

I just bought the Clearly Besotted ‘You’re Purrfect‘ stamp set and coordinating dies – they are just adorable!!! So I stamped several of the cats with Memento London Fog ink on Neenah Classic Crest white cardstock and die cut them out. I coloured them using my Spectrum Noir pens.

I die cut several baloons using the Lawn Fawn baloons and streamers from the X cut Build a Scene ‘Garden Party’ from Stampin’UP! card in Rich Razzleberry and Island Indigo.

I attached the cats and baloons to the central strips either directly or with acetate strips. I also used enamel drops to add some dimention.

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For the sentiment panel at the back I stamped the Waltzingmouse ‘Say it With Style’ in Memento London Fog ink and attached som bits of streamers to it to tie it in with the rest of the card.

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I hope you like this card and found it inspiring!

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Umbrella card

My Step Mother lives in Hua Hin in Thailand, and so when I heard about the bombings on Friday I was fearful that she might have been injured or killed. Thankfully she was at home because the bombings were early in the morning so she wasn’t out and about at the time.

I wanted to make a card for my Step Mum as I haven’t made her one in ages and the fear of losing her made me realise that staying in touch is a good thing. It’s monsoon season in Thailand so it’s raining a lot at the moment so I thought my brand new My Favourite Things ‘Layered Umbrella’ die and Lawn Fawn ‘Puffy Clouds’ dies would be very fitting.

First, I used the 12×12 raindrops stencil and ‘Tumbled Glass’ Distress Ink and ink bblender to make a raining background, but I left a section where I didn’t ink through the stencil that will be where the umbrella will eventually go.

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I die cut the largest umbrella die from matt silver cardstock, then the layering part from white, red, yellow and orange cardstock in my stash (I wanted the umbrella to be a pop of colour in the otherwise sombre card) and the handle from my SSS Kraft woodgrain embossed card [this is no longer available, but they do still sell it in white]. I then used my Quicky Glue pen to stick all the bits together, and when it was dry stuck it to the card front.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn Puffy clouds dies from Stampin’UP! Whisper White and Smokey Slate cardstock and vellum, trimmed them to the card width, then used foam pads to attach them to the card base.

I bought the Stampin’UP! Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack last year for scrapbooking, but haven’t used any of the alphabet stickers. The black block stickers were just what I wanted for the sentiment for this card, so I adhered the stickers to the card front (I had to trim a few letters in ‘umbrella’ or it was going to go off the side of the card, but hopefully it isn’t that noticable).

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Thanks for dropping by my blog, I hope you found this card inspiring, and I hope you visit again soon!

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Moo-chas grass-ias!

I’ve made my Christmas thank-you cards, at last, so I’m going to share them with you. I’m always trying to look for novel thank you card ideas.

I learned Spanish for a year at school, but because I was struggling in other subjects I was forced to give it up. So my Spanish has never progressed past really basic phrases, but I love the language, so when I find the thime (ha ha ha!) I will try to start learning again. I got the Lawn Fawn ‘Critters on the Farm’ set a while back, but haven’t used it yet. So I decided to combine farm animals and Spanish sentiments to get: Moo-chas grass-ias!

I tried to make these cards in a conveyor belt fashion, so each step was performed in bulk, then I moved on to the next step.

First, I started with some white A6 card blanks. I cut some pale blue layers to go on the front of the cards and stuck them on with roll-on glue. Next I did all my stamping on Neenah Classic Crest Card by Crafters Companion with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. The cows were from ‘Critters on the Farm’ and the presents were from the ‘Baaah Humbug’ set. I coloured the cows and presents with Spectrum Noir pens.

I tried to do all my die-cutting in one session. The cows and presents were die cut using the corresponding Lawn Fawn dies. The speech bubble is from the Lawn Fawn ‘A Birdie Told Me’ die set, the grass is also a Lawn Fawn grass border die that I cut from textured green card and dark green patterned paper (I think it was from a Crate paper 6×6 pad). The cloud die is by Joy! Crafts.

I decided that instead of fiddling about with stamping the sentiment in the speech bubbles I would hand write it instead.

When I had all my pieces ready I started to construct the cards. The grass sections were glued to the blue panel with roll-on glue. The presents and clouds were attached with glue pen and the cows and speach bubbles were attached with foam squares.

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Enjoy your weekend before most of us have to go to work for the first time in the new year!

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Best Friend’s birthday card

Hi all! I just wanted to share the CAS birthday card I made for my best friend.

Having a December birthday sucks – everyone always gives her birthday/Christmas combined presents, so I wanted to make her a lovely birthday card to go with her birthday presents to make sure she feels special.

I die cut the Lawn Fawn balloon dies from Strawberry Slush, Crisp Cantaloupe and Coastal Cabana card. The sentiments are stamped in Baked Brown Sugar ink. You can probably tell I just LOVE this colour combo – it’s my favourite of all the Stampin’UP! ‘in colors’ sets!

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I hope you are enjoying the festive period?

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Super 30th Birthday card

A friend of mine loves to play computer games and when we were younger he would make little movies with friends where he played the hero against another of our friends as the ‘evil bad guy’. So because of the movies he made I’ve decided to make him a Superhero-themed card.

DSC01398I have lots of Kenny K rubber stamps that I got from Whimsy Stamps, but he’s now doing digi stamps. I purchase the Superhero digi from his website and printed it on Crafters Companion Neenah Classic Crest Card. I coloured it using my Spectrum Noir pens: GB5, CT2, CT3, CT4, OR1, OR2, FS2, FS3, CR11, DR4 and DR5. After colouring I fussy cut the Superhero and went around the edge with a black pen to give a bold outline. The Waltzingmouse ‘Kaboom‘ stamp set fits really well with the Superhero theme, I stamped the ‘explosion’ on Daffodil Delight card in VersaFine ‘Onyx Black’ ink several times. I fussy cut two of the explosions out, I cut one in half and arranged it behind the Superhero so it appeared bigger and used Hi-Tack very sticky glue to attach it behind the image.

Using the Memory Box ‘Varsity’ alphabet dies and Real Red card I cut out my friend’s name and 30. I attached the 30 to one of the ‘explosions’ with Quicky Glue (unfortunately the ink was still a bit wet & I ended up with a smudge of black on the yellow, and if I had unlimited time and card I would have made this element again).

I cut a 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch Tempting Turquoise square and stamped a long ‘shadow’ for the Superhero and a star in Tempting Turquoise ink so it’s only a subtle tone-on-tone image. The ‘shadow’ is from the Waltzingmouse ‘Halftone Backgrounds‘ stamp set. I had the Superhero in place over the turquoise panel so I could place the black lines and stars around the image. I maske the sentiment from the ‘Kaboom’ stamp set so it read “you’re super!” down in the bottom left corner. I tried to put the black line around the edge of the turquoise panel but ended up with a little I attached the turquoise panel to the white 8 x 8 inch card base with roll-on glue.

First I attached the Superhero with Hi-Tack very sticky glue so he was in the right place. I lined up the Varsity letters on a ruler and attached them with Quicky Glue pen. I went to attach the ‘explosion iwth the 30 on it and managed to get some glue on my finger and made a nasty smudge on the white base card, which really annoyed me, but it was one of the last things I did so it was too late to do anything about it šŸ˜¦ I wanted to have some confetti & streamers on the card for a ‘birthday feel’ so I used my Lawn Fawn ‘Party Balloons‘ dies to cut streamers from Rich Razzleberry card and two balloons from Island Indigo card and attached them with Quicky Glue pen.

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Last, but not least I made him a matching tag. I die cut the Waltzingmouse Folding Tag Die from some Tempting Turquoise card. I die cut the star reinforcer from the same die set in Daffodil Delight and stuck them on with Quicky Glue pen.Ā  I stamped the star from the Kaboom set in Tempting Turquoise on the tag and I added some more Lawn Fawn Rich Razzleberry streamers with Quicky Glue pen.

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I’m going to my friend’s birthday party now, where he has hired an inflatable bungee run! I’m going to have a great weekend – I hope you have a nice weekend too! Will you be watching Wimbledon or the British Grand Prix?

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Christmas Card Swap Card #3

Hmm… Somehow I’m only on card #3 and the postal deadline for the swap is 30th November!! I’m dreadful at getting things done before a deadline!!!

I went for a CAS card a) because I wanted to make it before the deadline and b) I found out what the postage was for Card #1 and it was an eye opener!! I bought ‘Penelope’s Blossoms‘ with matching dies back in the summer & just never got around to using the set, which is dreadful! I’ve seen so many gorgeous wreath cards on other people’s blogs and pinterest that I wanted to try to build my own from leaves I already had, so this stamp set really fits the bill!

Using Old Olive, Garden Green, Lucky Limeade and Gumball Green inks (Stampin’ UP!) I stamped the various elements from the set in a circle and gradually filled in the gaps until I was happy with the design.

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I inked the banner from the same set in Real Red, then I used the sentiment from the Waltzingmouse set ‘Gift Card It‘ and stampedĀ  in the banner. I used the matching die to cut out the banner and adhered it to the front of the card with clear dimentional pads.

I thought I had a die that looks like a bow, but I couldn’t think what set it was in, so I used some red gingham ribbon and attached it to the front of the card with Glossy Accents (Ranger).

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I’m going to a wedding this weekend, but I will post out all the cards I’ve made so far this weekend to be sure they get there before Christmas, but I have checked & the ABSOLUTE deadline for postage to the USA is December 12th so I should be able to post out all my swap card in plenty of time, even if I don’t post them all by the date we were told in the swap!

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