Author Archives: Yvonne

Cherry Blossom Birthday Card

Supplies:

  • Stamp and Die set – Spellbinders Many Birthdays (Happy Birthday sentiment)
  • Die set – Spellbinders Sakura Blossoms
  • Patterned papers – Basic Grey 6 X 6″ pads: Eva, Blush, and Infuse
  • Sequins – Little Things from Lucy’s Cards (lucys-shop.com) – Tiara
  • Foam – Spellbinders Pop-Up Die Cutting Foam Sheets
  • Cardstock – Bazzill
  • Gold embossing powder – Lawn Fawn

These cherry blossoms were perfect for a friend’s birthday card. I cut the flowers and leaves from some very old Basic Grey paper pads that I’ve had in my stash for years (I found dates of 2006 and 2008!). They’re kind of antique papers! Anyway, I save them for special projects because they were so lovely. I die cut foam and adhered the heat embossed sentiment onto the foam layer for some really nice dimension.

I layered the blossom die cuts in a variety of colors and patterns on top of the small cut-out panel. I used the “waste” for centers of the blossoms and added a gem on top to finish out the flowers. I then scattered sequins around the rest of the card to finish it up. Thanks for visiting.


Mousie: One of My Favorite Things

  • Stamp set – My Favorite Things Odd Couple
  • Die (love sentiment) – My Favorite Things Lots of Love
  • Die (cloud) – Lawn Fawn Stitched Rainbow
  • Die (stitched heart window) – Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Designs Love Notes
  • Copic markers
  • Cardstock

I am still having a good time making Valentines, and again I’m featuring a cute critter. Gotta do it! Critters are just meant to be on Valentines! This is a simple card with just a few stamped images and a few dies. I was guided as I designed it by the sketch in the current challenge on the My Favorite Things website (sketch is shown below). Thanks for visiting today.

Challenges:

My Favorite Things Wednesday Sketch Challenge #580 (using the sketch below)

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #463 – My Heart Beets for You: Cards with Hearts and/or Vegetables


Lawn Fawn Valentines for 2022

I made a little collection of critter Valentines this year featuring Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. I’m keeping them in the family since I’m giving them to my mom to share. Maybe if I’m good, I’ll get one back!

I colored all of the cute critters with Copic markers with very simple blending and I used some patterned papers I had on hand to add some festive backgrounds. I’ll provide my supply list below and then I’ll give you a look at each card individually.

Supplies

  • Lawn Fawn stamp and die sets:
    • Scent with Love stamps and dies
    • Scent with Love Add-on stamps and dies
    • Scootin’ By stamps and dies
    • Stud Puffin stamps (for Sending Love sentiment)
    • Stitched Hillside Borders die set
    • Valentine Hearts Border die set
    • Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames die set
    • Grassy Hillside Borders die set
  • Patterned papers:
    • Echo Park Hello Valentine Collection – Be Mine Bouquet and Special Delivery
    • American Crafts papers – 348946 and 359971
  • Translucent vellum
  • Cardstock
  • Copic markers

What better way to show you care than to share cupcakes?!

Of course, a skunk and fox would be playing together and celebrating Valentine’s Day!

We’ve got some skunk roping happening here.

Some critters are speed demons on their scooters; others prefer to rest on the sidelines!

We’ve got all kinds of happy here with a lovable skunk and fox.

Thanks for stopping by today. I really got into the card-making zone during the past few days. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little collection.

Challenges:

Lawn Fawnatics “Lots of Heart”

Festive Friday Challenge #FF0102 – Inspiration: Red, Pink, Hearts, Cute


My Skunky Valentine

I know it has been way too long since I’ve posted here. I spent December carving stamps for the #carvedecember challenge on Instagram. I’ll be creating a blog post about my hand-carved stamps soon. Today I’m back to share some cardmaking.

Supplies

Stamps and dies by Lawn Fawn:

  • Scent with Love stamps and die sets
  • Scent with Love Add-on stamps and die sets
  • Small Mini Slimline Stackables die set
  • Simple Puffy Cloud Frames die set
  • Grassy Hillside Borders die set

This card was so much fun to create! As soon as I saw the Small Mini Slimline Stackables die set, I saw so many possibilities! So for this card, I cut the smallest in the set in three colors and covered the card base for a fun background. The colors I chose were not necessarily traditional for a Valentine. From there I created a scene with the cute skunks in the Scent with Love and Scent with Love Add-on sets with clouds and grass from other die sets in my stash. There’s very little better than cute critter stamps, and Lawn Fawn always comes through for me!

I colored all of the stamped and die-cut elements with Copic markers. I blended the die-cut grass with Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink.

Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #117 – With Love


Hey there, Pumpkin!

  • Stamps – Newton’s Nook Designs “Newton’s Boo-tiful Night”
  • Patterned papers – Echo Park “Bewitched” and “Halloween Magic” collections
  • Die – Little B – Circles
  • Sequins – Hero Arts
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

I stamped several Newton’s Nook images out recently for Halloween cards. The images are so cute! I colored this one with Copic markers and fussy-cut it out. I have so many fun Halloween papers, I just got some out and started playing with ideas. I decided on the plaid background and then I wanted some dots for contrast. I like repeating the dots/circles, so I added a circle die-cut and round sequins for some more interest. I kind of like the design I ended up with, so I may need to remember it for future cards!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Challenges:

Inky Paws Challenge #160 – Cozy Plaid Theme

Shopping Our Stash Challenge #456 – Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice

Inspiration Station Challenge #16 – Pumpkin Patch


Autumn Leaf Inspiration

I love creating monotype prints with leaves on my gel plate! The leaves in all shapes and sizes are calling me during these Autumn months. These are vine maple leaves that are turning at this time of year. I was able to capture some lovely color on a recent trip and immediately printed with some of the leaves..

I used some Distress Oxide inks and acrylic paints to make some leaf prints right after I collected these maple leaves. We traveled to central Oregon recently, which is a fall tradition for us, and it is fun to print botanical immediately after I gather them! It was a little cool, so I didn’t set up my gel plate outside like I do sometimes, but it was still very pleasant. I decided to quickly make a card with one of the prints.

Often when I make cards from gel prints, it is hard for me to cover up the print with a lot of stuff. With this, the leaves (the right-hand leaf) are really the focal point and a simple die-cut sentiment really keeps the card simple and elegant. I added a little ribbon across the top to visually balance out the sentiment, repeated the black with a mat around the print and adhered it all to a navy card base. I added a smattering of epoxy dots I had in my stash and called it done!

Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Daisy Chain Challenges – Challenge #57 – Autumn and/or Halloween


Silhouettes on Ink Blended Quadrants

I attended a virtual card-making retreat recently and learned how to make this card. All of the classes were online and it gave me the opportunity to attend something that I would not have been able to do in person, so it was very nice.

The instructor for this card (and some others I haven’t made yet) was Gina Krupsky (aka Gina K) and we used Gina K Designs stamps, masking paper, inks and dies to create the card. Masking areas with their Masking Magic kept each ink color discrete, each quadrant clean and made the entire card come together seamlessly.

The stamps and dies we used have not been released yet, so I do not have the names of the sets.

Thanks for visiting today.


Birthday Wishes Gel Print Card

Supplies

  • Stencil – The Crafter’s Workshop TCW2300 Slimline Gentle Leaves
  • Stamp – Miss Ink Stamps – Everyday Sentiments
  • Posca pen – white
  • Acrylic paints, gel plate, archival ink
  • Sequins – Buttons Galore

I make lots and lots of gel prints! I like to participate in printing challenges, I teach gel printing classes and make many samples for classes, and I just love to grab a gel plate or two and experiment with inks, paint and textures. So each time I set out to make a few prints, it can end up to be many that I don’t have time to use at that very moment. So needless to say, I have a lot of potential card backgrounds available in my stash.

For this mixed media card, I grabbed a print that was already card base sized. It had interesting texture, but needed a focal point. I had this new stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop that I hadn’t used yet, so I didn’t hesitate to use it with some archival ink to add a design that worked very well with my gel print. I am always a fan of botanical designs. I wanted to make sure the stenciled design was clear on the print, so I added a bunch of dots with a white Posca paint pen. This added even more texture but added enough contrast that the leaves were better defined. Adding a stamped sentiment and some sequins made it an easy to complete the card.

Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: Happy Little Stampers – April Stencil Challenge (Anything Goes)


Sip – Yawn – Repeat

Supplies:

  • Newton’s Nook Designs – Newton Loves Coffee
  • Doodlebug Design Inc. – Party Time 6″ X 6″ paper pad
  • Ranger Distress Ink – Wild Honey (for edging)
  • Copic markers
  • Foam adhesive

A group of my online cardmaking friends had a challenge this weekend to make coffee cards. This was the stamp set I thought of and one of my favorite stamps. Newton the cat is just so cute in this stamp! Those who know me well, know that I enjoy a couple of cups of coffee in the morning. I’ve never been a morning person, but I can cope with caffeine!

For this card, I colored my image with Copic markers to pick up on the Inky Paws challenge color palette (yellow, orange, green and white) in the current Inky Paws challenge and then found some cute patterned papers in my stash to match. I cut “inchies” from the papers and arranged them and popped them up to create a simple design, which is what I’m drawn to. I inked the edges of every element with Wild Honey Distress Ink to bring it all together.

Below you can see the dimension I created with foam adhesive.

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenges:

Newton’s Nook Inky Paws Challenge #146 – Use orange, yellow, green and white

Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #139 – Include an animal


To Some Bunny Special

There’s nothing like an Easter card with bunnies! I always enjoy using Lawn Fawn images when I create critter cards.

Supplies used:

  • Lawn Fawn stamps and dies – Easter Before ‘n Afters and Simply Celebrate Spring
  • Lawn Fawn Lawn Cuts (frame die) – Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Frames
  • Patterned paper – Doodlebug Springtime Collection: 4128 Chickies
  • Cardstock
  • Copic markers
  • Lawn Fawn Glitter Pen

I colored the stamped images with Copic markers and added some glitter with the Lawn Fawndamentals glitter pen, which gave the eggs a nice sparkle. The jelly bean pattern on the paper picked up the colors I used in the scene. I liked how the scalloped edge on the frame repeated the same pattern as the edge of the Easter basket. It was fun to put together this scene for some Easter cheer. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenges: