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Wild For You Birthday with Lawn Fawn

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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

Handmade Cards
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

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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)

Father’s Day with Lawn Fawn

Handmade Cards
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!

Happy Mail and A Big Heffy Thanks!

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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

Handmade Cards
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!

Happy Easter with Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle

Handmade Cards
Happy Easter (Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn)

Happy Easter Sunday! I don’t make many Easter cards but I did manage one this year. I hope the recipient as already received this otherwise it will ruin the surprise. Using a combination of products from Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle, this bright Easter card will hopefully put a smile on my friend’s face when she opens the envelope.

Happy Easter (Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn)

I started with stamping out the background using the Fab Flowers stamp set from Lawn Fawn with some of the new ink cubes from the last release. I used Sunflower, Carrot and Celery Stick with the largest rose layering stamp, filling the background in a random pattern. I made several backgrounds that I will share in future cards in exactly the same way – so easy to mass produce!

I stamped out the bunny from the Mama Elephant Page Huggers set a couple of times (one with glasses and one without) along with a handful of carrots and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Wonders set with some MFT Black Hybrid ink. I coloured them in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I made up the sentiment from the Plan on It: Holidays stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I popped them up on some foam tape, attached them to the background panel and mounted it on a white A2 card base. I finished with a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle and some Glossy Accents for the glasses.

Happy Easter (Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn)

A cute, bright Easter card!

Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.


Birthday Hugs with Neat & Tangled

Handmade Cards
Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

This set of Birthday Hugs cards was inspired by a set Tara Sell made (see her blog post and video) and the colouring genious of Laura Bassen (see her blog post and video). I love the Neat & Tangled stamp sets and I had a lot of fund combining the Better Together set with a few Avery Elle products to create this set of three colourful cards. The characters are coloured with Copic markers and the background is a custom water coloured background. I made an extra background in pink but haven’t yet worked out exactly how I’m going to use it, given that pink is not really my colour!

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

I started out with four pieces of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock, washing the background with some clean water and then dropping on one of the four colours from the Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours: pink, green, purple and blue. I built up the layers, drying them in between with a heat tool to retain the colour. After leaving to dry completely, I splattered on some clean water with my Ranger Mister and then picked up some of the colour with a kitchen towel. I also splattered on some more of the colour I used in the background, along with some white and silver. I left this to dry and cut it out with the smaller of the Wonky Stitches dies from Avery Elle. I cut a coordinating black panel using the larger Wonky Stitches die and mounted them onto an A2 top folding card base in Neenah Desert Storm.

I stamped out the three characters from the set using MFT Hybrid ink on some Neenah Solar White cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers (colours listed below). I chose coordinating colours in brighter hues to match the background.

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

After cutting these out with the coordinating dies, I also cut two sets of black and white banners from the Neat and Tangled Scalloped dies and white heat embossed two birthday and one general hugs sentiments. For two of the cards I clear heat embossed some Versafine Onyx Black ink on the background using sentiments from the Avery Elle Skating By and Neat and Tangled Better Together. I adhered the banners directly onto the panel using some Ranger Multi Medium Matte and popped up the characters with a bit of Foam Tape to give some dimension.

For the purple card, I coloured a heart from the set and adhered it to a scrap of the banner I had previously cut off before covering it with some Glossy Accents. I added some clear sequins to the background of all the cards along with some Spectrum Noir clear sparkle over parts of the characters.

Birthday Hugs (Neat & Tangled)

I like them all but I think the purple one is my favourite because of the cute little owl. Definitely think I will make more with this set!

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!

Copic Markers

Skin: E04 E11 E21 E00 E000 R20
Hair: C3 C5 C7 100, Y21 Y17 E08, Y21 Y17 E59
Clothes: BV00 V04 V09 V15 V17, YG03 YG23 YG17 G28, B12 B24, E04 E15 E18
Animals: E08 E15 E18 E43 W5 W7

 

 

Space Birthday with Create a Smile

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Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

It is my Dad’s birthday today and I made this wonderful space birthday card for him. When I was about 8 years old I learnt a little song in school and I came across it again a couple of months ago. I think the real words are ‘My friend’s orange with a big bald head’, but of course I had to change to ‘My Dad’s orange with a big bald head’. It gave me a chance to bring out the numerous space themed sets I have from Gerda Steiner and Clearly Besotted, and make use of the wonderful stamps I won from Tara Sell and Christine at Create a Smile. I coloured these with a mixture of Copic markers and Distress Inks. Happy Birthday, Dad!

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

I started out with the background, using a handful of brightly coloured distress inks on some Tim Holtz water colour cardstock. I then worked in some Black Soot Distress Ink over the top of the colours and sprinkled some water over the top to get that distress look. I used the white and gold from the Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours to add some splatters to get that star galaxy effect. When it was dry, I heat embossed some gold stars on the background. I trimmed it down to just under A2 card size and mounted it on an A2 sized side folding base of Neenah Desert Storm.

I stamped the three alien guys from the Gerda Steiner designs stamp sets with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them with my Copic markers. I chose bright colours and used at least three colours in each group to get a good contrasting blend. I fussy cut them out and went around the edges with a black marker to hide my cutting imperfections. I stamped the ground from the Clearly Besotted Out of this Word set on some Neenah Desert Storm and added some shading with some warm grey Copics. I trimmed this out and mounted it on the card panel with some foam tape, along with the aliens, for a bit of dimension.

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

The sentiment comes from the Gerda Steiner Moody Unicorns Set, which I white heat embossed on some black card stock. I cut this out using a Lawn Fawn banner die and foam mounted it over the ground below the aliens. Some Glossy Accents, Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, white gel pen and clear sequins finished off the front of the card.

I had to include the song inside the card, decorated with some stamps from the sets and the remaining alien I coloured. I covered the eyeballs, alien and speech bubble with Glossy Accents, though in future I will have to make sure that the Glossy Accents pieces don’t fall in the same place. Even though I left it overnight to dry, the tail fell inline with one of the eyeballs and I ended up ripping the card slightly opening it later.

Space Birthday (Create a Smile)

Thanks for reading and happy crafting!