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Wild For You Birthday with Lawn Fawn

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Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

I absolutely love the animal critter sets from Lawn Fawn and when I saw Sandy Allnock’s video, I had to give something similar a try. I haven’t had time to sit down and work on my Copic colouring for a while so this gave me the perfect opportunity!

Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

I started out by stamping some of the animals from Lawn Fawn’s Elphie Selphie and Wild For You sets on some Clairefontaine DCP 210gsm paper. It’s a change for me paper wise as I usually use Neenah, but on Lesley Oman and Snow’s suggestion I am trying out this paper. I have to say that it is just as good and blends wonderfully, and it’s much cheaper than Neenah here in the UK. It makes your Copics squeak as you go along but it seems to use up the same amount of ink with no bleeding as the Neenah does. I was impressed with the red balloon – normally that would have bled, even on Neenah, but it stayed within the lines. I’ll do more experimenting but I think this will be my favourite paper from now on.

I started with the background, using all of my YG and darker green markers to make leaf like shapes. I then coloured the ground with some E markers, using the dotting technique to give some texture. Once dry, I used bold, bright colours to help distinguish the animals from the background. I found I had to go over the background leaves a couple of times to tone it down and help the animals stand out more. A couple of dots and lines with a white gel pen and some Glossy Accents for the balloon finished it off.

Wild For You Copic Scene (Lawn Fawn)

Thank you, Sandy, for the fabulous prompt, even if I didn’t include the city scene as you did. My animals obviously aren’t as crazy as yours!

Big Top Birthday with Neat & Tangled and MFT

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Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

It’s been a while since I’ve entered a card challenge. I saw the gorgeous colour prompts in the August 2017 colour challenge over at the Seven Hills Crafts blog and immediately went and made two cards using two out of the three prompts (the first and third). I need some more birthday cards so I brought out the Neat and Tangled Big Top Birthday and MFT Spotlight Sentiments stamp sets to create these two cards.

These are the colour prompts:

I started out with an A2 cardbase, arranging the Happy Birthday sentiment from the MFT Spotlight Sentiments stamp set on the lower third of the card. I used a MISTI as I had to stamp it multiple times using a gradient of Lawn Fawn inks in Sunflower, Wild Rose and Sugar Plum. I love that the yellow and pink, when combined, make that gorgeous orange colour. I let it dry for a couple of minutes before stamping again in VersaMark ink so I could clear heat emboss and give the shiny, raised effect.

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

Once the background was done, I stamped the cute little clown, her hat and the birthday cake onto some ClareFontaine 210gsm DCP paper with some Copic friendly MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink. I then used my copics (at least three of each shade) to colour them in. I’ve been trying to practice my Skin and Hair techniques from the Kit and Clowder Copic class and this was a great chance to try out some curly hair. I think I actually used five or six shades in the hair to get that dept of colour around the face. With just this project I ended up with Copics covering the desk! Once I’d coloured them all in, I die cut them with the coordinating dies.

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I adhered the birthday cake directly to the back of the card and then popped up the clown with some 3M foam tape. The hat I had to use a mixture of Multi-Medium Matte and foam tape. A covering of Wink of Stella, a few highlights in white gel pen and some Glossy Accents on the candles, buttons, nose and balloon finishes it off!

Though I love the bright, warm colours of this card, I had to try out the cooler colour combination. I followed the same process, though I used some Distress Oxide Inks in Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans to stamp the gradient background sentiment.

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

I can’t decide which one I like best. Which is your favourite? Definitely a design that I will try out again and again!

Big Top Birthday (Neat & Tangled)

 

 

 

Sunflower Sympathy with Lawn Fawn

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Sunflower Sympathy (Lawn Fawn)

Nobody likes to make sympathy cards but I hope that a handmade card will at least help to show the recipient is in your thoughts at the time. We lost my Great Uncle not so long ago and I made this card especially to send to his daughter. This card was made using the Lawn Fawn Our Friendship Grows set and coloured with Copics.

I stamped out a bunch of sunflowers and leaves from the set in some MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink on some Neenah Solar White cardstock. I used my Copics to colour in the flowers and leaves before cutting out with the coordinating dies.

On an A2 white card base I lightly blended some Broken China Distress Ink radiating from the centre and splattered some silver watercolour paint over the background. I clear heat embossed the sentiment from the MFT All Occasion Sentiments stamp set.

I adhered the leaves directly to the card base and used some foam tape to give some dimension to the flowers.

Sunflower Sympathy (Lawn Fawn)

Happy Birthday Roses

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Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

The end of last month marked my Grandad’s 93rd birthday. He’s not doing too well so I made him a special card to cheer him up and remember when he used to watercolour. I used the Amazing You stamp set from Altenew, watercoloured with my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi paints.

Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

I started out with some Daler Rowney Aquarelle coldpressed watercolour cardstock and stamped a flower arrangement using stamps from the Altenew Amazing You stamp set and some Versafine Onyx Black Ink. I had to do a bit of creative masking with some post it notes in places but it didn’t take too long. I made sure the ink was dry before bringing out the watercolours and painting in some vibrant colour.

Amazing You Birthday (Altenew)

When done, I gold heat embossed the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Ahoy, Matey stamp set. I felt it needed a little more so flicked some gold, green and blue paint flecks onto the background. Mounted on some Lawn Fawn Chilli Pepper cardstock, this card was a wonderful gift for my Grandad.

 

MFT I’m Owl Yours – One Stamp Set, Many Cards!

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MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

I saw the technique showcased in this next set of cards in one of Vicky Papaioannou’s videos. It was so simple and I’d just got my Distress Oxides, so I thought I’d have a bit of a play. I don’t have the stamp set she used but I do have the older MFT I’m Owl Yours set which worked perfectly. As it turns out it was a good chance to see what the differences are between Distress Inks and Distress Oxides. I also managed to add about 20 cards to my stash.

I started out by stamping out several sets of six owls in the MFT I’m Owl Yours stamp set in MFT Black Hybrid Ink on some Bristol Smooth Cardstock and Neenah Desert Storm. I then took some Glossy Accents, coloured in the open eyes of the owls and left to completely dry. I then took out my Distress Inks and Distress Oxides and, using at least two shades on every owl, inked in the owls. I have more Distress Inks and only 7 of the Distress Oxides so you will see more depth in the colours for these. After they were dry, I then used my distress sprayer to spritz some water and activate the inks.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

As you can see, the Distress Inks came out brighter and more vibrant.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

The Distress Oxides were duller but have that fabulous chalky oxide look. It’s a shame that the colour seeped underneath the Glossy Accents (I think I need to try this with watercolour paper next time to see if it makes a difference) but I love how they turned out.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

I then die cut all of the owls out with the coordinating dies. I managed to make about 20 cards, using up my cardstock scraps and some DIY black and white striped patterned paper.

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I can’t decide which ones I like best, though I really do love the vibrancy of the Distress Inks. Which ones do you like?

 

 

Father’s Day with Lawn Fawn

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Father's Day (Lawn Fawn)

My dad’s a joker so this cute little lion card with specs and a big nose was perfect for him for a father’s day card. Everything was stamped and die cut using Lawn Fawn products, coloured with Copics and Distress Oxide Inks.

I started out with an A2 Neenah Solar White side folding card base and stamped the Happy sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s Big Scripty Words set. Underneath I stamped ‘Father’s Day’ from the Dad and Me set in Versafine Onyx Black Ink, before blending on some Oxide Ink in Cracked Pistachio and Broken China.

On some more Neenah, I stamped out the Lion from the Wild For You set and some greenery from the Critters in the Jungle in some MFT Licorice Hybrid Ink. I die cut them with the coordinating dies and coloured them with my Copics. I also stamped the glasses and nose from the Dad and Me set.

Father's Day (Lawn Fawn)

I used a mix of tape adhesive and foam tape to adhere the pieces to the card base and give a little dimension.

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

Distress Oxides

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Distress Oxides

So this might have happened this morning. I totally blame Lesley Oman for being an enabler! 🙂 She kindly sent me the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink pad one after I won it in a Giveway this week, though so far I had resisted the craze but as soon as I tried them, bang! Had to have more. They really are wonderful inks and I had some fun exploring this morning.

I created this gorgeous background using a mix of Faded Jeans and Broken China, before stamping over the blended background with the MFT Mermaid Scales background stamp. Wonderful results and I’m sure it will make at least one gorgeous card in the future.

Distress Oxide Background

 

 

Happy Mail and A Big Heffy Thanks!

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Heffy Thanks (Lawn Fawn)

For the last couple of months Lesley Oman of Hungry Heffy Crafts has been holding a Friday night crafting session. I’ve not been able to attend all of them but I did manage to catch the episode on 9th June. Of course, it helped that she said she had a fantastic announcement! I’m really happy for her in that she and her husband are starting up their own stamp company! Woot! Heffy Doodle Stamps will be launching via Kickstarter on 3rd July 2017 and Lesley needs our help to promote it as far and wide as possible! Go check out her website for some sneak peaks of the really cute set she’s designed! I’m really excited about this as we definitely need more UK based high quality stamp companies!

During the session I was lucky enough to win a giveaway for an extra Distress Oxide Ink Pad and a week later I received these wonderful goodies in the post! She even kindly sent me some die cuts of the cute little elephants! Thank you, Lesley!

Heffy Thanks (Lawn Fawn)

Of course, I had to send a thank you card back to her so it’s in the post and hopefully will get to her in time for her Friday night crafting session. I stamped out a load of images from Lawn Fawn’s Fintastic Friends, Critters in the Sea and Mermaid For You and coloured them in with my Copic markers. Of course, the mermaid had to be coloured like Ariel, the crab like Sebastien and the fish like Flounder! I die cut a circle from some masking paper and inked on some of the Faded Jeans Distress Oxide Ink onto the background. A Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks and one of my most used sentiments from the Neat and Tangled Better Together set help to finish off the card. Hopefully she likes the card as I really do!

Heffy Thanks (Lawn Fawn)

Don’t forget to check out her Youtube channel and her new website when it launches!

Cat-Ful of Thanks with Mama Elephant

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Catful of Thanks (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant)

It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂

I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!

I started out with a top folding A6 kraft cardstock card base and inked on some Walnut Stain Distress Ink over the MFT English Brick stencil. I left the bottom quarter of the background free of stencilling so that I could blend in some Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ground my cats.

I die cut the speech bubble from some Neenah Solar White using the Lawn Fawn Speech Bubble die along with the Lawn Fawn Scripty Thanks from some black cardstock. I stamped the ‘JUST A LITTLE’ sentiment from the Neat and Tangled Better Together set in Versafine Onyx Black Ink into the middle of the speech bubble and adhered the black thanks die cut just underneath. I added a little bit of Tea Dye Distress Ink to the bottom for some emphasis and I covered the thanks sentiment with Glossy Accents before setting aside to dry.

Next comes the cats! I’m not really a cat person so I had to Google different fur colours of cats in preparation of this card. I stamped out the cat from the Page Hugger set six times and coloured them with a variety of Copic markers. My neighbour used to have a cat called Foster so I had to include the black and white combo somewhere! I added some black Enamel Accents for the eyes and noses and some white gel pen for some dotty cheeks before die cutting them with the coordinating dies.

Catful of Thanks (Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant)

To build the card, I adhered the speech bubble directly to the cardbase, centred at the top. For the cats I used a bit of foam tape to pop them up, arranging them as if they are standing on each others’ shoulders. I really love that the dies cut out their hands – it makes cards like this really easy!

Puuuurfect (haha) card for my neighbour of nearly four years!

Showcasing… Series: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland

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Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

This post will be the first in my Showcasing… Series where I will take one of the stamp sets I own, find some of the amazing cards other makers have created using the set and then create a set of cards of my own. The first set I would like to Showcase is the Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland set. Even if it is only April, I have to start early on my Christmas stash! I fell in love with this set after seeing some of the truly amazing cards created using the stamps, especially with the sillouette birch trees and deer. One of the first ever dies I purchased was the Memory Box Deer Trio and this set made me remember old times! This is an older set by Mama Elephant (SHC), released back in October 2013 I think, and has coordinating dies available (SHC).

The first card I found was this one from Nicole Spohr (blog post and video). I love the stark white embossing against the inked background – it gives a wonderful effect! I loved this one so much that I recreated this card with a few minor changes. I choose two colour variations, one using Faded Jeans and Chipped Sapphire, the other using Peacock Feathers, Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I mounted them on black card and used white heat embossing on black sentiment banners.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

Another card using this stamp set was created by Yaneia (blog post, video tutorial). I love how she wasn’t restricted by the traditional colours on her cards and got some gorgeous results with some pretty cheap watercolour paints.

To recreate this card in my own way I used three different colours from my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours after I had heat embossed and masked my background. It took me a couple of layers to get the colour intensity I was looking for. I then used two different Lawn Fawn inks to stamp and clear heat emboss my sentiment in the bottom corner.

Winter Wonderland (Mama Elephant)

A great start to my Christmas card stash, I think!