Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Winners for Laura's Shop and Hop

Good morning fellow craftys!  Today is the announcement of the winners for last week's Laura's Shop and Hop blog contest.
Please visit Laura at noon eastern time today to claim your prize.

1st prize winner is Sara Schumann.
2nd prize winner is Mary Borg.
Thank you.
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My card for the day is below:

The card was made with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I used Stampin' Up card stock. Hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Laura's Shop and Hop

Welcome to today's post in honor of Laura's Shop & Hop!

Today I am hopping with Laura over at Laura's Loft for the Grand Opening of her shop and First Blog Hop. We have some wonderful talent gathered today and I am sure you will love what they have created.

There will be prizes awarded and I will have that information below.

In honor of today's hop, I made a very simple card using the new Fuse Tool available at Laura's shop.  I created a background using some wonderful ColorBursts and let them dry.  I took a balloon die and die cut it from some printed card stock.  I then took a sheet protector (very inexpensive) and laid the balloon die on it. After ensuring the Fuse Tool was hot, I slowly moved the tool outside the die leaving the top uncompleted. I filled in a multitude of sequins and beads to match the card stock and background and then placed the die back on top and finished sealing the sheet protector.  I did a careful cut around the perimeter of the sheet and then using glue sealed it inside the front cardstock.  Then I sealed that to the background page and then placed that on an A2 card stock cut out of Neenah 110 lb. card stock.  The Fuse Tool is amazing and I look forward to creating many cards with it.  It is available at Laura's.

First Prize:  $30 Gift Certificate at Laura's Shop
To Enter
  1. Hoppers must Follow Laura's blog and/or subscribe to her mailing list
  2. Follow Laura on Instagram
  3. Comment on Laura's blog

Second and Smaller Prize
$10 Gift Certificate to Laura's shop
To Enter:
Follow the hop and comment on each stop.

To Choose the winner, Laura will be using and verify the winner has visited and commented on each of the blogs

Prizes will be drawn on Wednesday the 30th. 

Please visit our members below:
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Thank you for looking and have fun!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

LawnFawn Oh Snap!

It is that time of new stamps and even fresher ideas.  I received the awesome Lawn Fawn Oh Snap stamps and dies last week.  Last evening, while resting after a long day at work, a light bulb popped off in my head on how to use the stamp set.  Below is the result of that light bulb.

I used the Lawn Fawn Sweet Christmas stamp and die set.  I stamped out two houses and eight candy canes.  I colored the house with Spectrum Noir markers to match my own house on one set and only the rafters from the second set and die cut them.  I then fussy cut the second set that resemble lights. I attached the half of lights over the house and then let the second half hang as if dropped.  I then used the candy canes to create a ladder.  I then used the Lawn Fawn Oh Snap stamp and die set and stamped with Versamark on brown kraft paper and used Hero Arts white embossing powder.  I used the matching dies to cut out the pieces.  I used distress inks (Broken China and Mowed Lawn) on a piece of card stock to prepare for the background and then die cut it and the kraft brown card stock using Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies.  I die cut some grass and a rolling hill and assembled the card.   I stamped the sentiments using the Oh Snap stamp and the Get Well Soon stamp from the Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon stamp set,  I finished up with a few sequins to givee the allusion of snow flurries.  It may be wrong but I just had to do it.
Have a great day!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Lawn Fawn Day

Greetings to all.  While waiting for my special Stamptember Lawn Fawn stamps, I wanted to show a couple cards I made using stamps from previous collections.  Many will think they are cute but are for kids, like Trix, but in reality, that is not the case.  When I have a few Lawn Fawn stamp cards at work, they disappear out of my hand faster than you can say 'Jimmy crack corn'!  LOL

I hope you enjoy these two cards.  The first card was done with watercolors for the background and castle and Spectrum Noir pens for the rainbow and unicorn.

This second card was made for a hurt colleague.  It was kept very simple and clean and colored with Spectrum Noir pens.

That's it for today.  I want to wish you a great day.  I am going to work on some fall and Halloween cards and look forward to sharing with you.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Fall is in the air..somewhere

Greetings to you. We had a low of 74 yesterday so that is the signal that fall will soon be upon us in the Sunshine State.  In honor of the seasonal trigger, I have created some fall cards with new stamps from Penny Black and Whipper Snapper.   Here is the fall stamp from Penny Black.

I did a watercolor of the above stamp.  I then did a second stamping using Momento Tuxedo Black and used Spectrum Noir alcohol ink markers to color it.

The sentiments for both of these cards are from Virginia Turtle Stamps (Crafter's Essentials) and I really cannot say enough how cleanly they stamp.

I then stamped my new Whipper Snapper stamp in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Spectrum Noir markers.  Hope you like them.

Simon Says Stamp 2015 September Stamp Set

I hope you had a great Labor Day (Labour Day for those in the great white north!).  This weekend, I watched a video by Laurel Beard  and was inspired to try the alcohol ink method she discussed based on a video from Gina K.  I used the Simple Simon Says September stamp set for the first two cards.
 Above,  I did the angled vertical stripes.  On the card below, I tried to create a plaid using blue, red, and purple.

Next, I found a leaf stamp and did a card using purple, and orange.  The intersections created a really neat brown tone. I also did an inlaid die-cutting technique I learned from a Catherine Pooler video and used a very small acorn stamp for accents.

Then I wanted to use the SSS stamp set a bit more and created the two below birthday cards using the Balloon dies from SSS and the current stamp set.  The first one was done on water color paper.

This next card was created using Versamagic pigment inks (first time using them and I was pleasantly surprised at the coverage on the solid clear stamp).

I realize I need to work on my emblellishments but I had a lot of fun making these card.
Have a great day!