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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)

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

Handmade Cards, Paper Crafts
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.

MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks MFT Owls - Distress Oxides vs Distress Inks

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?

 

 

Distress Oxides

Crafting Supplies, Handmade Cards
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!

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!

Showcasing… Series: Mama Elephant Winter Wonderland

Handmade Cards
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!

Anniversary with Lawn Fawn and Concord & 9th

Handmade Cards
Anniversary (Lawn Fawn)

This card was a challenge for me as I don’t have a lot of anniversary related stamps. In fact, the only stamp I had that mentioned anniversary was the Lawn Fawn Happy Everything stamp set, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it after inking such a pretty background! I made this colourful card for my parents who have been married for 35 years – congrats to you! The card was also inspired a little by this card from Kristina Werner with her beautiful pastel inking as I’ve been looking for other ideas on how to use this background stamp.

Anniversary (Lawn Fawn)

I started out on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and blended several colours of Distress Inks in rainbow colours (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon).

After heat setting, I then stamped the Barnyard Background by Concord & 9th in Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. I then went over again with the inks, this time shifting the colour bands down slightly so the darker ink would highlight the lighter ink under the embossing powder. I buffed off the ink that had pooled over the embossing powder to get a really nice effect, I think! I will have to experiment with different colours with this technique.

I then stamped a load of the Fab Flowers from the Fawn Fawn set onto some black cardstock and white heat embossed. After die cutting with the coordinating dies, I arranged them on the bottom of the card and adhered with some Multi Medium Matte. This took a little bit of effort and some extra stamp blocks to press them down onto the embossed background.

I really struggled with the sentiment but finally decided to cut the Scripty Love from both black and white cardstock, adhering them slightly offset to give a shadowed look and layering over a simple black cardstock banner.

I adhered the card to an A2 white card base and finished off with some black and white sequins and some Glossy Accents on the love sentiment.

Entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Out of this World Birthday with MFT

Handmade Cards
Out of this World (MFT)

This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.

I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.

Out of this World (MFT)

On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.

On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.

Out of this World (MFT)

To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.

It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!

Out of This World Birthday with 2CuteInk

Handmade Cards
Out of this World (2CuteInk)

I haven’t had a chance to use many digital stamps recently, sadly enough. I am a member of 2CuteInk‘s monthly stamp club and I knew that as soon as I saw this cutie included in this month’s goodies I had to colour him! This brightly coloured birthday card can be for a male or female recipient and will be going to my brother later on this month.

Out of this World (2CuteInk)

I started by printing two copies of the digital stamp onto Neenah Solar White cardstock with my laserjet printer. I positioned the little guy slightly right of centre on an A2 card, leaving enough space for a sentiment below. On one of the copies, I used my Copic markers in shades of blue-green, red and cool grey to colour in the monster before fussy cutting out. I used a white gel pen to go over the eyes and teeth where my marker had bled and added some Glossy Accents to the eye on the balloon.

With the other copy, I blended some Squeezed Lemonade, Wild Honey and Spiced Marmalade Distress Inks radiating out from the monster. To ground him, I used some warm grey Copic markers and added some shadows underneath the monster.

Out of this World (2CuteInk)

I mounted the monster and balloon with some foam tape and adhered in the correct place on the inked background. I felt it needed some glitter so added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen over the top. The sentiment is from the new Lawn Fawn Out of This World set and is white heat embossed onto some black cardstock. Some red, white and clear sequins finish off this colourful birthday card that I am sure will put a smile on the recipient’s face!

I have been playing about with the settings on my camera and swapping different backgrounds for taking pictures of my cards. I am hoping that these showcase my cards much more clearly now!