Where have I been?

Wow.

Has it been a full month since my last post? There’s been a few things keeping me away from posting, some of which are even craft related!

Here in Southern California it is time for Shop Hop. Forty one locally owned, independent craft stores get together and offer discounts to all participating people. I managed to get to all 41 stores in two weekends – whew! That was a lot of driving, but I picked up some awesome things.

The biggest thing I learned during my travels is that I love my “home store” that much more. I don’t think I realized how amazing Stamp Fever is until I saw a wide variety of other shops.

One of my favorite new finds was a series of stamps from The Greeting Farm. These kids are so adorable, and an absolute blast to color using Copic markers. Here are three quick cards I made using my new images.

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Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Lawn Fawn (sentiment)

Paper: Night of Navy (Stampin’ Up), Patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers

Ink: Memento Black, Versamark

Accessories: White embossing powder and heat tool, copic markers
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Stamps: The Greeting Farm

Paper: Blueberry (Amuse Studio), Patterned paper from Pebbles

Ink: Memento Black

Accessories: Copic markers, Adhesive Embellishments from Pebbles

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Stamps: The Greeting Farm, Lawn Fawn (sentiment)

Paper: Amuse Studio, Patterned paper from Bella Blvd

Ink: Memento Black, Versamark

Accessories: White embossing powder and heat tool, copic markers, purple Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen

Online Card Camp, Week 1 Day 2

I only have time for a quick post tonight. Between working late, trying to fit in a run (read that a walk with a bit of running thrown in), cooking dinner, etc I didn’t even get to sit down to watch today’s lessons until well past 9.

Today’s lessons were really great for pushing me to look at items I already had in different ways. I decided to use this opportunity to make a shaped card, using this week’s colors, and incorporating some selective inking of a sentiment. I’ll start with a photo of the finished card, then show a few of my steps along the way.

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Supplies –
Stamps: Lucky Stars (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Whisper White and Melon Mambo (SU), Pink Lemonade Collection (Lawn Fawn)
Ink: Memento Black, Pacific Point (SU)
Accessories: adhesive rhinestones, copics, masking paper, scoring board, Puffy Stars Lawn Cuts (Lawn Fawn)

When I saw this week’s challenge colors I immediately thought of the Pink Lemonade collection papers from Lawn Fawn. This particular paper contains the bright pink, yellow, and orange to fit I’m with the challenge colors. I used the Puffy Stars dies to cut my star shapes, then dabbed on some Tombo Mono Multi glue to hold the layers together. I then cut out two white stars – one for the back of the card and one for behind the frame I created with my colored stars.

For the card base, I placed the star straight on my scoring board and scored a line about 3/4″ down from the top point.

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I put that aside until the end so I could focus on my card base. I really wanted to use the “I thank my lucky stars for you” sentiment, but it wouldn’t fit in my frame as it comes. Never fear – selective coloring is here (I get super cheesy when exhausted).

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I held the “frame” over the base and traced the star shape on, then used a quilting ruler to draw three lines which I would use to center my sentiment.

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I placed masking paper over all of the words besides “lucky stars”, then used my Pacific Point pad to ink them up and stamp them on the middle line. I cleaned my stamp, then used the very edge of my memento pad to selectively ink up “I thank my” and “for you” to stamp on the top and bottom lines, respectively.

I finished off my card with three rhinestones, using copic markers to color them orange and turquoise to tie the colors all together. One of the basic principles of design is to work in triangular shaped groupings, and I tend to find things most pleasing to the eye when two of the three items are placed close together. I always keep that in mind when placing embellishments, and this is somewhere it works well.

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To finish off my card I erased my pencil lines (make sure your ink is dry! Ask me how I know this is an important step…), adhered my frame over my sentiment, then added adhesive at the top of the piece I scored earlier. Then I layer both pieces together. This gives me a star shaped card that opens at the top.

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It’s time for Summer Camp!

Well, Summer Card Camp at least. I signed up to take a three week online workshop all about card making. I love learning new techniques, being pushed outside my comfort zone, and interacting with all the other students. I couldn’t wait to finish work today so I could dive into the first day’s lesson.

This is the card I made for Day 1. Well, cardS I should say – I had to make a variation of my first one. This card is based on one of the Week 1 sketches.

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The difference between the two cards, other than the color, is the tone on tone hearts I added to the green banner. In an attempt to streamline the card while still retaining dimension, I utilized the negative space left by the die cut. The banner was placed on foam adhesive and the negative space of the word casts just enough of a shadow on the white below to really make the word pop. The three hearts below the word are also popped up on foam to add a bit more oomph to the design.

Tip: I like to use the cut out spots in the letters (like the center of the “o”) but those little pieces can be difficult to wrangle and position correctly. I like to leave those in place in the word, turn the whole thing over, then put the foam adhesive on the small parts. Then place the entire word inside the negative space on your banner, making sure those small pieces are adhered to the background well. Then just grab your tweezers and pull out the word. Easy peasy!

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And what did I do with the word that was cut out? I put it inside the card, right above where I’ll write my message. I love adding a bit of decoration to my cards.

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Supplies:
Stamps: Happy Everything (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie (SU)
Ink: Versamark
Accessories: Love Die (Paper Smooches), Heart Punch (EK Success)

Addicted to CAS #16

My obsession with challenges continues – I love being pushed out of my comfort zone! Well, or in this case, finding a way to make the challenge work for my style.

Today is a fun one. The Addicted to CAS (Clean And Simple) challenge #16 is based on the code phrase “Take Flight”. As soon as I saw it I knew what my card would look like.

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Supplies –
Stamps: Blue Skies (Lawn Fawn)
Paper: Daphne’s Closet (Lawn Fawn), Neenah Solar White
Ink: Memento Black, Versafine
Accessories: Blue Skies dies (Lawn Fawn), Copics

This card has three layers. I started with a piece of light blue patterned paper from Lawn Fawn’s Daphne’s Closet collection. I die cut the clouds out of the paper, then used foam adhesive to layer the piece over a white card base. This creates some dimension utilizing the negative space from the clouds. Next I stamped the balloon and banner onto white paper, did some Copic coloring, and used a die to cut out the balloon and banner. I then placed the balloon onto the card using additional foam adhesive. The balloon seems to be hovering over the sky and clouds. I finished it off with a few solid stars to reinforce the sky look.

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I’m very pleased with now this card came out. It looks exactly as I imagined it when I saw the “Take Flight” inspiration phrase.