Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Lawn Fawn, mini pop up box card

Before I get started, I would like you to know I tried, I really really tried, to get video of this super cute pop up in action. My skills in that area appear to be non-existent. Sigh. Now that that's out of the way, though, here is the card, outside and in, with no action involved. My apologies.

But still, isn't it cute?! This is my newest Lawn Fawn acquisition. Such a fun die and the possibilities are truly endless for all occasions imaginable. I made a fall theme card for my first try at this. It's not at all difficult either. Have fun with it!

Super cute background paper is Lawn Fawn's new release, Knit Picky - Fall. Looks like a cozy sweater. Love!! The adorable images (including the crow on the inside of the card) are by My Favorite Things (linked below). 


Eeek! Baby beaver in the pop up box is so cute. The sentiments and inside images (except the crow) are by My Creative Time.

Product List:
Lawn Fawn, Mini Pop up Box Die
Lawn Fawn, Let's Polka 6x6 paper pack (not available)
Lawn Fawn, Knit Picky Fall 6x6 paper pack
My Favorite Things, Fall Friends stamps and dies (retired)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White and Summer Splash (not sure this is the correct color I used) cardstock
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1 (rectangle die) (this may be retired)
My Creative Time, Fall Friends stamp and die set
Copic markers, circle die

Here's a link to one of Lawn Fawn's youtube videos showing this die in use. Check it out to see how the card opens and the little box pops up. Maybe someday I'll get the hang of the video thing. LOL

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Paper Smooches, Anything Goes challenge

Feels so good to be back in the craft room. I swear the weather really changes things for me. I guess that's why they call it seasonal depression, aka Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). It really does have a profound affect on those who suffer, even if you don't realize it as it's happening. With the horrid smoke and unhealthy air quality we've had the past several weeks due to wildfires, I've been cooped up inside for so long I didn't realize how badly it was affecting me until now that I'm back to creating again. Yay! :) (See pics at the end of this post.)

So here it is, Anything Goes challenge for Paper Smooches. If you are having a little deja vu, there is a reason. I used a sketch from last week to create this one. I loved the sketch and it was an easy way to use some adorable PS images I had already colored for previous projects that I ended up not using them on. So cute, right?? From the Summer Lovin stamp set.

You may have seen these pics on my Facebook page sharing the comparison of the smoke from last week and then my lovely view of blue skies this morning. Can't tell you how wonderful it is to see the sky again. :) This is Beezley Hill with the public water storage tanks and the radio towers on top seen from my back porch. There is a hiking/biking trail that goes all the way up. (That is the corner of the roof of hubsy's shop on the bottom right of each photo.)

Product List:
Paper Smooches, Summer Lovin stamps and dies
Paper Smooches, Southwestern Charm stamps (rocks at the base of the palm tree)
Doodlebug Design, Sweet Summer 6x6 paper pad
Doodlebug Design, Paradise washi tape
My Favorite Things, Fishtail STAX dies (retired)
Copic markers, foam tape, enamel dots, circle die

Sunday, August 26, 2018

UPDATED: MFT Color Challenge #100

I'm so excited to share with you that this card was chosen by My Favorite Things card challenges as one of the "you've been spotted" features for August 28! How fun!!
This one is for the color challenge at My Favorite Things Card Challenges. I used this new Halloween set by Birdie Brown called Frightfully Sweet. The little animals in costume are the cutest ever. Unfortunately though, the sparkly Wink of Stella did not show up in any of my photos. Boo.

The sweet bunny's wings are sparkly in real life. ;)

And the fox's mask and cape are also sparkly.

The set has adorable sentiments included, but for this card I chose a sentiment from the Fab-BOO-lous Friends set from last year, also by Birdie Brown.

My Favorite Things Card Challenges

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Frightfully Sweet stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Fab-BOO-lous Friends stamps
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Lawn Fawn, Perfectly Plaid Winter 6x6 paper pad
Copic markers, foam tape, Wink of Stella glitter pen, circle die

MFT Sketch #399

Finally got to use the adorable new Birdie Brown stamp set, Saddle up and Celebrate. The western style images are so sweet!! I will be using more of this set soon, so keep an eye out for the cutest little Cowgirl and Cowboy you've ever seen. But I digress...these sweet little cacti are sporting their western attire posing with the wagon wheel and I can't get enough of them. Can you handle the cuteness.....

My Favorite Things Card Challenges

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Saddle up and Celebrate stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Fishtail Flags STAX (retired)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Distress Ink, Spun Sugar; washi tape, enamel dots, circle die
Crate Paper, Heart Day 6x6 paper pad (discontinued)
Copic markers:
RV13, RV14, R37, G12, G14, YG09, YG41, N2, N3, N5, W4, W5, W6, E74

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Summer School, Ombre

I always feel the ombre technique is prettier when someone else does it. Hmm. Maybe that means I should do it more often until I'm more comfortable with my finished results. LOL! Anyway, here is my card for MFT Summer School using this technique.

The SMILE word is a die by My Favorite Things, and the flowers, also MFT, are from the Mini Modern Blooms stamp set.

I also "eclipsed" the letters in smile to lift them off the card front using another technique I only recently learned. What do you think?

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Smile die
My Favorite Things, Mini Modern Blooms stamps (I believe this set is retired)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock 
My Favorite Things, Spearmint hybrid ink pad (for flowers)
Distress Inks, peeled paint, iced spruce, cracked pistachio
Foam tape, scrap piece of black cardstock

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Summer School, Visual Triangle

My card for visual triangle - can you see it? There are actually a couple of them on this card, it's just something that I do naturally and when I had to think about it, made it more difficult. LOL But, you probably do this too without even thinking as it is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and creates balance. 

I painted the moon with Tulip glow in the dark paint. It's not all that smooth, but you can still see the effect! Fun huh.

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Favorite Things, Witch Way is the Candy stamps and dies (pumpkins, cloud, moon)
My Favorite Things, Witch Way is the Candy stamps (sentiment)
My Favorite Things, Faboolous Friend stamps and dies (bats)
My Favorite Things, Jungle Gym stamps and dies (tiny leaves)
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #1
Jaded Blossom, Winter Panels (trees)
White embossing powder, Tulip glow in the dark fabric paint, scrap of striped pattern paper

Monday, August 20, 2018

Rainbow Colors, Summer School

I'm not a fan of rainbows in cardmaking (so shoot me! LOL) but today's lesson (MFT Summer School) is rainbow colors so okay. For my card I used washi tapes in ROYGBIV colors. Super simple, quick card that really is pretty after all. Hope you like!

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Smooth White Cardstock
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice Cardstock
My Favorite Things, Miss You word die
Many washi tapes

Friday, August 17, 2018

Summer School, Focal Point

Our second day of Summer School deals with focal point. I used an older My Favorite Things stamp set (poppies) for my card today. Sentiment is by Avery Elle.

Upon closer inspection, you can maybe see that I combined a few techniques for this unique look. Not only did I stamp, I also used a water brush for a slightly watercolor-ish look, then used Copic markers to add some shading, and finally a fine point copic pen for outlining by hand. 

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Poppies stamps (retired)
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Avery Elle, Loads of Wishes (sentiment)
My Mind's Eye, Meadowlark 6x6 paper pad (black dot pattern paper)
Distress Inks, Ripe Persimmon, Forest Moss, Gathered Twigs
Water brush, copic multi-liner, copic markers R5 and R8

Summer School with My Favorite Things, Monochromatic

This week is the second session of Summer School. Day 1 subject was Monochromatic. Who says you can't color a lion in shades of blue! Enjoy.

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Safari Friends stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Magical Unicorns stamps and dies (clouds)
My Favorite Things, Blueprints #20 (scallop frame)
My Favorite Things, True Blue Houndstooth paper pack
My Favorite Things, Blue Raspberry cardstock
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
Copic markers

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Popup Window Card

Today's inspiration comes from Jennifer McGuire. You can also find her videos on youtube. This is a new technique to me and I love it! It's so much fun to make and has endless possibilities, so I guess that means I'll have to make lots of them now. LOL  Jennifer's videos are always so easy to follow and her projects are so adorable. If you are a person who prefers to stay away from a lot of bulky embellishments or mainly sends fairly flat cards, this is a technique for you. There may seem to be a lot going on, but the card still folds flat and fits easily into a mailing envelope without a lot of fanfare.

For my version, I used the My Favorite Things Llama Love and Sweet Succulents stamp sets. (Links below to all the products I used for my card.)

Product List:
My Favorite Things, Llama Love stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Sweet Succulents stamps and dies
My Favorite Things, Meant to Bee stamps and dies (cloud)
My Favorite Things, Otterly Love You stamps and dies (rock)
My Favorite Things, Stitched Dome Stax dies
My Favorite Things, Black Licorice cardstock
My Favorite Things, Smooth White cardstock
My Creative Time, Stitched Rectangle Frames
Copic markers, Scor-tape, liquid adhesive