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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Fun Lawn Fawn Cards


Well, lesson learned! I can't link 3 cards with one URL...so I'm making a different blog post for each of my 3 cards that I'm submitting to Lawn Fawn.

In case you landed here first, Lawn Fawn is receiving submissions of cards/projects for their winter catalog as well as for their CHA booth. I created 3 cards. For my full post with all 3 cards, go HERE.

This is my post for card #3.

I stamped the background using both the little hearts that come in the "Plus One" stamp set.

A bit of Worn Lipstick Distress Ink around the edges, a paper pieced bird and some bling!

Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Lawn Fawn Contest Part 2

Well, lesson learned! I can't link 3 cards with one URL...so I'm making a different blog post for each of my 3 cards that I'm submitting to Lawn Fawn.

In case you landed here first, Lawn Fawn is receiving submissions of cards/projects for their winter catalog as well as for their CHA booth. I created 3 cards. For my full post with all 3 cards, go HERE.

This post is for my second card.

A baby girl announcement card. I love the little carrier stamped on kraft. I colored the border with distress inks and added some glitter!


Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Lawn Fawn Contest

Hello and Happy New Year!

Lawn Fawn is having an "open call" of sorts. They are receiving submissions for their CHA booth as well as their winter catalog. There were guidelines and I've decided to do 2 posts. One with the "Plus One" set and another post with all my Critter sets.

So, here's 3 cards using "Plus One". We couldn't use patterned paper! EEK, it was fun though.

First card: a baby shower invitation.

Those rattles are too stinkin' cute!

Second card: a baby girl announcement. This is my favorite one of the group. Of course, same design but in blue for a boy.

Some glitter!

 Third card: a celebration announcement. For a boy, you could stamp the background with the stars from the set and then of course, use the "boy" stamp. Probably leave off the bling.

I paper pieced the bird and popped with foam adhesive. As I type, I might go back and add some glossy accents to his beak. 

Thanks for stopping by! Wish me luck!
Melissa

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Lily Pad Challenge & Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Hello!

Do you ever get in a rut about what sentiment you want to use on your card? I do. I make mostly "Happy Birthday" and "Thank You". I had this cute sticker that said "Monday" so decided to wish someone a "Happy Monday". Too cheesy?? Well, it will be hard to time if I mail the card so I'll have to give it someone who needs a smile on a Monday. We'll see how that goes!

I'm entering this card into the current challenge over at Lily Pad Cards. The challenge is to use buttons! Also, Simon Says Stamp current challenge is "Anything Goes!", how bad can that be?

I couldn't decide if I wanted a card with crazy-over-the-top button usage or just something natural that I would do anyway. I went with natural.


That bird paper is actually the back of one of Studio Calico's coupon's they give you in a kit. I have no idea what paper line it's from. I covered a tag I got in the October "Field Guide" kit. That's where the sticker, ABC's and butterfly come from too.


A close up of my button glitter butterfly.


Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas Eve!
Melissa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #24: Texture!

Hello! Thanks for coming by!

I'm entering this card into Lawnscaping Challenge #24: Texture!


Lots of texture! 99% of the supplies are from Studio Calico's October Kit, "Field Guide". The stamps are Lawn Fawn's "Sophie's Sentiment" and "Bannerific". The card base is from Papertrey "Enchanted Evening".

The light blue card stock is textured, the ribbon is just gorgeous, the butterfly and her little antlers are playful and the bling, of course the bling!

The scallop circle is from Nestablilites.


A close up of the texture! That's washi tape behind the ribbon. I love that stuff!


And a close up of the cute Lawn Fawn images!



Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Happy Birthday Clouds

Hello!

Happy almost-Christmas! We have SNOW here in Denver, a foot where I am and it's still coming down. I couldn't even get out of my cul-de-sac this morning! Totally stuck.

I'm sure you've seen these new Hero Arts stamp/embossing folder combos. I couldn't wait to get my hands on them. I'm horrible at aligning stamps properly so I decided that I would just use the embossing folder on this card until I get better as using the combo. I think it looks like clouds!

I know this sounds weird, but I can't find the name of this set on the packaging, just the item # 657771. I'm entering this into the current Hero Arts Challenge too.

I ran my background white card stock with the embossing folder then lightly added color with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink and the Ranger Ink Blending Tool.


Mounted background on Pure Poppy card stock from Papertrey Inc, added white dashed lines, stamped the sentiment with Paper Smooches Sentiment Sampler, cut the banner ends free hand and added the scallop circle. Mounted whole piece on white card stock from PTI Stamper's Select White.


Thanks for stopping by! Merry almost-Christmas!
Melissa

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas-Tag #11 & #12

Hola! 

I've finished my last 2 tags for the extremely fun 12 Tags of Christmas that Tim Holtz puts on every year. I didn't think it would be this challenging (doesn't everyone say that after completing something they've committed to??) but it was, & in a fun way.

Tag #11
Watercolor paper for background, play with 3 colors of Distress Ink until you like what you have, flick with water. Color regular pearls (I just used Sharpies). Water stamp some snowflakes.

Stamp Santa and Sentiment with archival ink, color with Distress Inks, cut out leaving a border.


Close up of this gorgeous flower! I just got this die from Sizzix, Flower Layers #2 (seriously, that's the most creative name they could come up with??) and I LOVE it! I die cut out of grungepaper, colored with Distress Inks, stamped text, misted with water, crinkled, added a brad and stickles.


 Tag #12:
I let the patterned paper do the talking on this one. This tag was the "easiest" and one of my fav's. 


Close up of this flower: I used a punch by EK Success, dimensional flower punch (again, so creative on the name!), I punches 3 strips, distress edges with ink, sprayed with Pearl Mist, added a brad. LOVE it!


I had my glue gun out and I wanted to play so I experimented by squeezing these little dots, I was hoping they would turn out cool and they did! I like the shape and color. Raindrops for Spring cards??


Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Sunday, December 11, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas-Tag #10

Hello!

Here's a tag inspired by Tim Holtz. I love his 12 Tags of Christmas so this year I'm playing along!

Tag #10:
Kraft card stock covered tag. Stamp collage background stamp from Hero Arts. Stamp leaves in Forest Moss and clear emboss. Distress edges with edge distresser. Ink around edges. Spray with gold glimmer mist. Dry.


Close up of the embossing detail. Stamp image with Forest Moss, emboss in clear.


Close up of the focal image. Stamp tree in archival ink, dry and cut out. Color with distress inks, add bling and stickles, adhere with 3D pop dots. Stamp banner & cut out. Stamp sentiment, white emboss, cut out, all stickles (I totally got that idea from Ms. Lawn Fawn, Kelly) and adhere to flag. I used Lawn Fawn sets "Bannerific" and "Quinn's ABC's".


Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Young Crafters Unite Challenge #4-Use Dies

Hello, hello!

The Young Crafters Unite (YCU) challenge this month is to use our die cutting machines on our project. My collection of dies is uber super small but I have some really functional staples so I can play along!

Here's my card:


 Close up of the sentiment: die cut letters, adhere to card stock, cut banner, mount on second card stock, cut banner, ink all edges, pop up on foam


Close up of heart focal image: die cut heart on grungepaper, cover with patterned paper, file edges, ink edges, spray with pearl mist, add twine and a button.


 Gotta have dimension!


Dies used:

  • Tim Holtz Alterations "Heart Wings" and "Vintage Market" 
  • Spellbinders Nestablilites Labels #17
Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa

Friday, December 9, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas-Tags #8 & 9

Hello there!

I've got two tags in this post. If you're not already aware, I'm following Tim Holtz in his 12 Tags of Christmas. It has been so much fun and a true exercise in creativity! Thanks for stopping by, I try to give a general idea about how I made the tags.

Tag # 8. 
This background was a blast to create! Keep in mind that all of my tags start out manila in color. Here's how I did it (for the this technique I followed Tim's instructions 90% of the way): Stamp images with white arcylic paint, dry. Color entire tag with 3 distress ink colors, dry. Stamp text in archival ink all over tag.

This part I added on my own: cover entire tag with a really light distress ink, not to darken, just to moisten so I could sparkle emboss!


Twine, pearl, patterned paper oh my!


 Chipboard, buttons and patterned paper are from Fancy Pants "Happy Holiday's". Cover in glossy accents, add twine.


Tag #9
Another extremely fun background. Again, I followed Tim's instructions 90% of the way, then I did my own thing. Stamp flourishes and clear emboss. Saturate entire tag with second distress ink color. Cover entire tag with clear embossing powder. Heat until glossy.

My own: I added die cut flourishes, stamped and cut out the sentiment and added bling. Black paint around the edges to define the tag.


 Up close


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!
Melissa

12 Tags of Christmas-Tag #7

Hello, hello!

I'm following the inspiration by Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of Christmas this year. For this tag, I 99% didn't go by Tim's #7 tag. Here's why...I just didn't :) I find myself using the same-ISH techniques for creating the background and then usually do my own thing from there. 

Tag #7 


Close up: background-put about 3 colors of Distress Ink on craft sheet and spray with lots of water. Drag the tag through the water and heat. Keep repeating until you like what you have. Spray heavily with Pearl Mist and dry some more. Stamp image. Dry. Distress edges, ink edges. Add some twine and glossy accents.


The star flourish stamp, chipboard tree and star and sentiment all come from Fancy Pants "Happy Holiday's" collection. The present stamp is stamped and paper pieced from Lawn Fawn "Pa rum pa pum pum" set.


Thanks for stopping by! Have a fantastic day!
Melissa

Thursday, December 8, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas-Tag #6 and Lawnscaping Challenge #23

Hello, thanks for coming by!

This is tag #5 for Tim Holtz-12 Tags of Christmas AND my second entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #23! This tag was a labor of love for sure! I didn't have many of the same supplies that Tim used on his amazing creations, so I made something I did have work! I actually really enjoyed hand painted the snowflakes!



The background: Emboss heavy duty aluminum foil with embossing folder. Paint entire surface with white acrylic paint, paint snowflakes with two different shades of blue. DRY completely. Lightly burnish the entire surface  Cover with distress ink, heat emboss with clear powder! Magic and shine! I always learn something new from Tim!


Up close: Snowman stamped with Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends on sticky back canvas. Stamp, color, cut, glitter the snoman's accessories. Add glitter to nose, distress edges. Stamped sentiment with Lawn Fawn's Frosties.


The adorable sparkly snowman!

Thanks for stopping by to see my creations! Have a fantastic day!
Melissa

12 Tags of Christmas-Tag #5 & Lawnscaping Challenge #23

Hello! Thanks for stopping by!

I'm following along with Tim Holtz and his 12 Tags of Christmas this year! It's a ton of fun but super challenging for me too because I don't have all the supplies he uses. Through this process I've discovered that I can make substitutions and still get a tag I'm proud of! I'm a follow-the-directions kind of girl so this has been an unanticipated learning experience for me as well!

And one of my favorite challenges, Lawnscaping, is having a challenge all about tags! What? I know, right? Too perfect! I can only enter 3 tags after the announcement of the challenge so I thought I would enter this tag and then my next two.



Tag #5
So Tim had an amazing technique that I would have LOVED to try but I simply didn't have ANY of the supplies. His technique was to used a thick transparency, alcohol ink and a worded background stamp to get this cool background. 

Here's what I did instead: start with white card stock, clear sparkle emboss this Hero Arts, Poinsettia & Birds,  background stamp, add Distress Inks in Festive Berries and Fired Brick. Wipe excess ink off of images. Distress edges with edge distresser and Black Soot ink.


 His technique called for a die to make a wreath. I used a Lawn Fawn stamp set, Bows & Holly, stamped on grungepaper, colored and cut out. Added glitter, stickles, ribbon and a button.


Tim didn't have anything else besides the wreath but my wreath was MUCH smaller and I wanted to have a sentiment on the tag so I used Lawn Fawn Bannerific and Cozy Christmas on grungepaper again, colored the banner with white acrylic paint, cut out the banner and birds, added some glitter and adhered with dimensional glue dots.


That's it! Thanks for stopping by!
Melissa