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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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Christmas Thank you cards

Normally I don’t get coughs and colds, but I was REALLY ill between Boxing Day and my first day back at work so I didn’t make any Thank you cards for my Christmas presents, but now I’m feeling better I have remedied the situation.

Pinterest is awash with rainbow cards at the moment – the perfect antedote to the winter blues! I wanted to recreate some of those beautiful cards for my thank you cards this year. I also love Paisley (as you can probably tell from previous posts) and have the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns‘ and recently got the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps with matching dies so I wanted to do a sort of compare and contrast between the sets.

I’ve had some holographic embossing powder since I was at Uni, but I don’t use it often, so I felt it deserved an outing. I applied my embossing buddy all over the card, then stamped the Simon Says Stamp ‘Henna Patterns’ stamps in VersaMark ink and heat embossed the holographic embossing powder every few stamps so I could see where I had stamped previously.

Once I was happy with the coverage of the white card with stamped images, I picked up my applicator sponges and Distress ink to create my rainbow. I used ‘Candied Apple’, ‘Squeezed Lemonade’, ‘Mermaid Lagoon’, ‘Blueprint Sketch’ and ‘Wilted Violet’. Unfortunately the glittery bits in the embossing powder that give it the lovely hollographic look really grabbed to the applicator sponges and I now have loads of glitter on my applicator sponges and on my ink pads and the surface of the card was a bit scuffed with all the glitter acting a bit like sand paper. (note to self – if I want to repeat this technique again with this particular embossing powder I should use stencil brushes rather than sponges!)

The sentiment is by Waltzingmouse stamps from the ‘Hello Happy Thanks’ set. I stamped it on Neenah cardstock in VersaFine ink and die cut the banner with a Creative Expressions die. To coordinate with the hollographic embossing powder I die cut the Memory Box ‘Brea Ornament’ die from some more card, covered it with Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled Nuvo pure sheen glitter in ‘Ice White’. It’s really sparkly!!

Then I used the Stampin’UP! ‘Paisleys and Posies’ stamps to do exactly the same, but this time I embossed with clear embossing powder so the glitter wouldn’t wreck my applicator sponges again!

I wanted to have the same effect of the Brea Ornament die on this card, so I used the coordinating dies to cut out three of the ‘leaf’ shapes, covered them in my Nuvo glue pen and sprinkled more nuvo glitter on them. I covered the glittered shapes with my non-stick mat and rubbed over the top with my bone folder to really push the glitter into the glue so they wouldn’t shed when they dry.

For the sentiment I stamped the sentiment that came with theĀ  Paisleys and Posies set on Neenah classic crest with VersaFine black ink and die cut a banner with the Sue Wilson Creative Expressions banner dies. I adhered everyting down to the card base with Hi-Tack glue.

Do you prefer the SSS card or the Stampin’UP! card?

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Autumnal Thank you card

Last month I had a long weekend in Devon with my Fairy Godparents, it was so nice to get away from my PhD deadlines for a few days! My parents looked after the kittens whilst I was away so they were at home, not in a cattery. I wanted to give my Godparents a thank you card for taking such good care of me, and I didn’t get much of a chance to make Autumnal projects because of my experimetnal schedule. I have the Crafter’s Inspiration Magazine #11 Autumn edition and it came with lots of exciting freebies, so I thought I would give them an outing for this card.

I used the leaf and sentiment from the clear stamp set that came with the magazine and tried to recreate one of the suggested projects in the magazine with copper embossing powder. I don’t have copper embossing powder, but I have LOADS of Cosmic Shimmer Embossing Powders – the Autumn Lustre was the closest colour I had. I have recently purchased some Creative Expressions stitched banners that will complement my Spellbinders ‘Banners and Pennants’ dies, so I embossed the sentiment on this white stitched banner and attached it to the card base with foam squares for a little dimention.

I think I will have to put copper embossing powder on my Christmas list because this didn’t turn out quite as I was hoping – more orangy than copper… But at least I was able to find a card base that matched, and add some Hempatique twine that wasn’t too bad a match either.

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I hope this inspired you? What colours do you use for your Autumnal cards?

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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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Autumnal thank-you

I’m so blessed – I’ve been working really hard recently and I found it was affecting my mood – I went on Facebook and all my friends were sharing how wonderful their lives were and how they just couldn’t be happier. I had been working 11/12 and 13 hour days and been unable to fit in the usual cleaning and socialising and I would really have appreciated a text or an email from any of my friends to say they were thinking about me, but no one texted me, and they didn’t reply to any texts I sent them. With my mood the way it was it just felt like everyone else was living the perfect life and too busy being happy to spare a thought for me.

Whenever I tell people at work how my project is going they all say “Wow, that’s really bad luck, you poor thing. I hope things get better soon.” so I know things could be better at work, but to get home and see the pile of ironing, dishes to wash, food to cook, vaccuming to be done and no contact from my friends to say, “Hey, come round ours for dinner, just get out of the flat for a bit.” I was almost at rock bottom.

Then a bright orange parcel appeared and it lit up my life. My ‘Fairy’ Godmother (I was never Baptised, but my Mum chose Godparents just in case) had been told by my Mum how hard I was working and that I was struggling with keeping on top of chores. She decided that I would really benefit from a book she had found called ‘5 ingredients 10 minutes’ as I had so little time in the evenings to cook. It was so lovely to find that someone was thinking of me, and that they were thoughtful enough to think how they might improve my situation.

I wanted to make a thank you card to express my heartfelt thanks. I love all the Autumnal cards that are about at the moment, so I drew inspiration from a few on Pinterest and grabbed my Stampin’UP! ‘French Foliage’ stamp set.

I started with a white 6×6 card base and stamped leaves in the middle of the card using Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso and Hello Honey inks.

For the shaker element of the card I cut some kraft card to 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, then I used my Spellbinders Circles dies to cut a circle out. I cut some acetate smaller than the kraft panel and adhered it behind the window with HI-Tack glue. Using the same die I had used for the kraft card I cut some white adhesive foam. I attempted to stick the foam to the acetate so the circle of the foam and kraft were overlapping. I added a few 3mm foam adhesive squares around the edges of the kraft card so it would be the same height as the shaker element (because I had made the foam shaker circle quite small it didn’t go to the edges of the kraft panel and the edges of the kraft would have been flapping about with no adhesive). I also stuck double sided red tape all around the edge of the foam circle to adhere it to the card front after all the shaker bits were in.

From white card stock I die cut the Cheery Lynn ‘Thank’ and ‘You’ words and adhered them to the front of the kraft panel with Quicky Glue. I also stamped some of the French Foliage leaves onto some spare Kraft card and fussy cut them out.

Next came the good bit; I used a leaf punch I have and punched out loads of leaves in various colours and put them inside the foam circle on the back of the kraft card. I also poured in a few brown beads, bronze rocailles and gold sequins in to add some bling.

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The next step was rather tricky… I removed the backing from the double sided red tape, placed it on my self-healing mat that has lines and measurements on it, then lowered the card front onto the shaker element and pressed down. When I turned it the right way up I pressed around the edges of the window again just to make absolutely sure I had made the adhesive stick.

The last thing I wanted to do was attach the kraft leaves I had stamped earlier with a brown Hemptique twine bow with Hi-Tack glue.

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So here is the finished card:

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I just want to assure you all that I’m feeling much better now – I have some time off booked soon and several friends have arranged to go to the cinema with me or just meet up for a coffee. If you know someone who is feeling down – just text them, even if it’s just to say HI, sometimes that’s all they need to hear.

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With Birthdays comes birthday money to spend on new crafty things! (and lots of thank you cards to write) So with my Birthday money I had a little splurge on the Waltzingmouse Stamps website & bought the ‘Kaboom’ die, ‘Kaboom’, ‘Halftone Basics’, ‘Happy Hello Thanks’, ‘Old Country Roses’ and ‘Vintage Postcards’ stamp sets. I decided to use the ‘Happy Hello Thanks’ and ‘Old Country Roses’ for my thank you cards.

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The sentiment is stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, the roses are Crisp Cantaloop, Strawberry Slush and Primrose Petals inks. I die cut the Szzix ‘Sizzlits Little Leaves’ die from Pistachi Pudding card stock.

I stamped several roses onto white card stock and fussy cut them out, then attached them to the card bases with 3mm foam squares, I attached the leaves with 1mm foam pads so the leaves could fit behind the raised rose.DSC01360

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week!

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2014 Christmas Thank you

Wow! Time has galloped past me! I’ve made several similar Thank you cards in different colour schemes so I can thank all the lovely people who gaive me presents for Christmas.

I cut a square of coloured pearlescent card to 9cm x 9 cm, then put a strip of double-sided tape down the centre of it. I adhered some ribbon with the tape, then rotated the square through 90 degrees and put another strip of ribbon across the middle again so the square was divided into 4 quarters by ribbon.

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Using my brand new Embellishment Attic Bow Maker (thank you Mummy!!) I made bows for the ‘presents’ with the same ribbon I used for the presents, then adhered it to the top of the presents.

I die cut several small tags using the Waltzingmouse stitched tags dies, then stamped the sentiment from ‘Say It With Style’ in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I tried to find some bakers twin in my stash that matched the ribbons, but I wasn’t very successful, but I used some anyway to tie through the tags, then attached the loose ends of the bakers twine to the A6 white card base with Glossy Accents underneath where I wanted the present to be. The tag had some 1mm foam pads on it that I used to attach it to the card base.

Then I attached the present to the card base with 3mm foam pads.

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Thank you

It was my birthday this week, and with presents come thank you letters!

I made this card with a white base card and used the designer paper and decoupage set of Dovecrafts’s ‘Tea Party’ (using less glue than for my niece’s card!!).

To finish I stamped the sentiment with sepia ink and attached using foam pads.