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Beary happy birthday card–Lawn Fawn

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I love my Love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set and wanted to use it again, so while I was brushing my teeth I came up with the idea of putting the bears, some trees, and sequins in a shaker card and use a play on words for “Beary”.

20140914_160728This card is pretty simple and didn’t really require much. I used my washi tape from We R Memory Keepers and Paper Studio Bakers Twine.

I used a computer font, and some white gel pen accents.

I was thinking I could also use the “Beary” theme and create a similar card for “Beary” excited for you or You are “beary” cool, or some other similar greeting.

It was a pretty quick card, but I love that set and wanted to find “S’more” uses for it!  Haha!  I Know. .. I Know…I just couldn’t resist.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear from you!

–Lisa

Birch tree birthday card–SSS Wednesday Challenge–Anything goes!

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I am finally back at my craft desk! School started this week and between getting three kiddos off to three different schools and teaching full-time my brain was fried. I need to get back into the swing of things and find a balance again with crafting and work and home.

Lucky for me Simon Says Stamp’s Wednesday Challenge is ANYTHING GOES!  Check it out here!

My hubby’s birthday is coming up and I wanted to create something elegant and masculine. I just received this My Craft Box birch tree stencil from Dick Blick and knew I wanted to use it.  I wanted to create a warm sunset feel to the card.  The inspiration came to me this morning while I was brushing my teeth.  Creative ideas always come to me at strange times.

20140830_133433I used these colors to create my background.

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I used painter’s tape to tape down my stencil on my craft sheet. I used a Tim Holtz sponge tool to dab on the color. It was just trial and error. I love distress inks because it gives me such versatility and the ability to play around with the inks. It is very rare that I have to scrap a piece when I used distress ink. I can ink it, add water, dab water off, and it always manages to work.
20140830_134507This is what it looked like when I was finished. I trimmed it down, and added it to a black 5X7 notecard.

20140830_143053I added a Computer font greeting (Nokie Brush MK) and gold embossed hearts (the heart is from the love you S’more Lawn Fawn Set). I knew I wanted that greeting and I thought it went nice with the background trees setting. It reminds me of happy memories of our vacations up north Wisconsin at sunset.  I also added some gold Wink of Stella marker lines (also new from Dick Blick) to the black card. They are a little hard to see in the picture, but they show up nicely in person. I punched out some hearts to break up the black notecard.

This card turned out exactly how I had hoped it would. Thanks for stopping by!

-Lisa

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Birthday fishes

7.2014fishesbdayI have been really inspired by the cute summer cards that I have seen on Instagram lately. Since my family just spent a week in the OBX, summer and beach is  definitely on my mind.

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge fit in perfectly with a summer theme.  I have this adorable stamp set from Recollections that features lots of sea creatures. I stamped a whole bunch of them on Strathmore Watercolor Paper, and got to coloring!  I used Derwent Inktense Pencils to create these vibrant fish. I practiced a lot of different color combinations and  finally settled on a rainbow scheme with charcoal grey. I liked the cohesiveness of the fish using that color combination.  I have a bunch of other fish that I colored in other combinations that I can use on other cards.

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QUICK TIP: To keep the fish looking neat and the color staying in the lines, I drew in the colored sections of the fish first, and then let them dry before I colored in the grey parts. Since this stamp is pretty small, I was finding that the color was bleeding into the other areas of the fish if I tried coloring the whole fish at one time. I know the point of watercolor is a soft flowing look, but I just found the effect too messy for this project.

After I colored in the fish, I added glossy accents to make them look wet and shiny. I forgot to add the Wink of Stella to the fish, and that bums me out since I think that would have looked really cute.

I made the background with Strathmore watercolor paper and all the Distress Ink blues that I own. I layered the color so that the lightest blue would be at the “top” of the ocean with progressively darker colors of blue as you would go deeper down.

I cut waves out of vellum, and attached them to the background with Multi Medium Matte. I put a navy piece of cardstock behind the water scene to give it a little more dimension. I added sequins for a bit more shine and sparkle. I stamped the bubbles and colored them in with a distress marker and added glossy accents to make them look like water.

For the sentiment,  I printed it out on my computer using the font Wacky Action BTN 22pt. I used grays, going from lighter to darker to mimic the gradually descent into the deep parts of the ocean. I used foam dots for the sentiment and the fish. I was inspired by Nichol Magouirk, who made up her own sentiments. Since I didn’t have any ocean related sentiment stamps, this was a good solution. Inside the card, I have another fish, and the sentiment says “…and hoping you have oceans of fun on your birthday!”

I love this card, and I am going to make a few more like this, since the little fish is so cute! This is a 5X7 notecard, but I think I will make a few A2 size.

Check out the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!  It is full of great inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by! I would love to hear any comments or questions you may have.

–Lisa

 

 

Love you to the moon and back…Inspired by card

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This card is inspired by the awesome Jennifer McGuire and is based on her post: http://www.jennifermcguireink.com/2014/05/video-ink-splatter-new-hero-arts-discount-code-giveaway.html

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I took some Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Peacock Feathers and a blending tool to layer on some color to the white cardstock I used.
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I think used my Derwent Inktense pencils to splatter on some more color. I love the Inktense pencils because they add a vibrant color to your project. I used a cheapy paint brush to splatter some of the color onto my card stock. I got the paint brush wet first and then rubbed the tip of the paintbrush to the tip of the pencils and then flicked the color onto the cardstock.

QUICK TIP:  Use a craft sheet or plastic placemat or some other surface that you can easily clean when you are done. This can definitely make a mess.  Also, I recommend doing a few trial runs to figure out the amount of water versus color you want to use. You can always use the trial pieces for other projects.

This is what it looked like when I finished. I used my heat tool to dry the color between applications so the color would not get muddy.

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I then used my punch bunch MegaGiant (around 3 inches) circle punch and my Fiskars circle punch (around 2 inches). I didn’t have the exact punches that Jennifer used so I adapted it to the ones I had. I had a star punch that I used but you could easily use any die cut stars you have on hand. I used glitter paper from Recollections ( a Michaels’ brand) but you could use any glitter paper you have on hand.

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I cut out the big circle and then cut into the big circle with the smaller one to make a moon shape. You could make the moon as full or crescent as you would like.

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For my sentiment I used my computer to print it out. I found fonts that I liked together.  I printed out a bunch so I could make multiples of this card.

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I simply adhered the elements to a standard size note card and added some yellow bling. I cut the sentiment into a banner shape and adhered the moon and sentiment with double sided adhesive so it popped off the page.
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You could have so many different color combinations for this card and it will be unique every time.  There are a lot of elements but this was a pretty simple card to put together.

–Lisa