You’re One in a Melon

Yesterday was my mom’s 90th birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom! Mom checks my blog every day, and luckily my Instagram feed shows up here so she generally sees something new! I have great intentions of updating my blog more often, it just doesn’t always seem to happen. But I digress.

So when trying to decide what I should do to make Mom’s birthday card special, I remembered an Art Impressions stamp and die set I bought several years ago that featured a raccoon that comes together in a cute tri-fold card. So I dug it out and the rest was history.

Card Front

I began by creating the card base from a 4-1/2″ X 11″ piece of white cardstock and folded it into thirds, which is 4-1/2″ tall by 3-5/8″ wide when all folded. I stamped the fruit stand on the front of the card with Memento black ink. I die-cut the window with the die provided.

Inside flap

I then lined up the smaller window box layer with the main fruit stand on the front and stamped and die cut that image.

Center and inside of tri-fold card

So then for the Pièce de résistance, the star of the card: the raccoon. I stamped him, again lining up the other windows so he can be seen peaking through. I colored all of the images with Copic markers and then decorated the card very simply with strips of patterned paper from Photoplay.

Side-view showing the awning and the nested images

Why a raccoon? Well, Mom has a soft spot for the little critters and every year at about this time, they visit her rural home to see if there might be little spare cat food left out on the porch. (For the record, her two cats eat inside!) She keeps her distance and they end up going away once their babies are able to take care of themselves. The babies are extremely cute! Anyway, she could have worse vices/hobbies and after all these years we still haven’t had to bail her out of jail or anything. So that’s why a raccoon.

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Stamp and die set – Art Impressions “Produce Stand”
  • Stamp set – Lawn Fawn – “Jump for Joy” for “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay #ThinkToRemember – Garden
  • Copic markers

We had a lovely celebration. Not what it would have been pre-COVID, but it was still nice. There was cake! I made it myself! Thanks for visiting!


Pivot Pop-up Mice

Card front
  • Stamps and Dies:
    • Lawn Fawn: Dandy Lion, Wavy Sayings, Simple Wavy Banners, Super Star, Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables, and Pivot Pop-Up
  • Patterned papers: Lawn Fawn
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock
Looks like a surprise inside!

I had never made a card with this clever pivot pop-up mechanism that I cut out with the Lawn Fawn die so-named. Not only do the mice provide a major cuteness factor, the way the inside of the card pops-out is a really fun surprise! I colored all of the critters and dandelions with Copic markers.

The inside of this card, fully deployed!

It pops out with such dimension, but it folds very flat so it is easy to pop in an envelope and mail! And so I did. I made this for a card exchange and sent it off to an online friend in Ontario, Canada.

Wishing you a happy day, full of smiles and surprises! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: The Mod Squad – Get Your Happy On Challenge


Wheeee!

These little mouse is so cute, trying to stay aloft among the balloons!

  • Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn – Really High Five
  • Patterned paper – Lawn Fawn – Yellow Brick Road
  • Enamel Dots – Hero Arts – Hero Hues Aquas
  • Copic markers

I created this card for a class I’m teaching at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. This mouse is so cute and I loved making it the star of this card! It was fun to color the balloons to match the colors on the rainbow stripes of the paper. All of the balloons and the mouse are colored with Copic markers. I cut the rainbow paper in a narrow strip, halved it and adhered it to both sides of the card base. It gave it a really different look. I added the enamel dots by the sentiment, stamped at a jaunty angle, to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Always Fun Challenge #150 – Animals


Leafy Heart Valentine

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box – Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out and Leafy Heart
    • Lawn Fawn – Valentine Borders
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye – Collectible
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Bazzill Bling

I have really enjoyed making Valentines this year. I sent this one to my mom. I had a good time mixing and matching different products together to make this card. The main attraction is such a pretty leafy heart die from Memory Box! I look forward to making some other non-Valentine cards with it as well.

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Memory Box Challenge #58: Hearts


Stud Puffin Valentine

  • Stamps – Lawn Fawn – Stud Puffin
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn – Stud Puffin, Simple Wavy Banners, and Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
  • Patterned paper – Reminisce – Love Never Fails collection
  • Copic markers
  • Card stock – Bazzill

This card was really fun to make. I sent it off with a care package to my son, who is a college student in need of chocolate!

I created the little heart shaker tag first, using the Lawn Fawn die set, and filling it with sequins and beads. I cut out hearts using another Lawn Fawn die set, one to layer the tag onto and the other for the light blue heart-shaped window. I then stamped the puffin, fish and hearts, then die cut it, then colored them with Copic markers. I adhered the stamped images on top of the shaker window, then attached the tag to the deep pink heart with a brad that I’ve had in my stash for over a decade! The tag allows the tag to swing a little bit so the beads and sequins shift around when shaken.

I added the patterned paper inside the window and layered the rest on top, finishing it with the sentiment. Here’s a closer look at the details:

Thanks for visiting and have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Challenges:

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #70: Lots of Love Inspiration Board

Always Fun Challenge #149: Love/Valentine’s Day


Art Journal Spread – Cats Are Connoisseurs

  • Stamp – Darkroom Door “Sitting Cat”
  • Alphabet stamps – Hero Arts “ALPHABET: Letters and Numbers” and “alphabet”
  • Acrylic paints – Dina Wakley Media: Magenta and Tangerine
  • Scribble Sticks – Dina Wakley Media: Lapis, Cheddar, Tangerine
  • Collage tissue colored with Aladine Izink Pigment: Cactus and Topaz
  • Washi tape – Tim Holtz Ideaology

I created this art journal spread in my small Dylusions journal recently, inspired by Rachel Greig on Creative Jumpstart 2020. This is the third year I’ve done Nathalie Kalbach’s Creative Jumpstart and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants exposure to many mixed media styles without a huge time or financial investment.

I started by applying some strokes of acrylic paint to the pages. I layered the tissue paper (that had been in a shoe box!) that I’d colored with the Aladine Izink metallic inks over the top and then added a couple of strips of washi tape to the background. Once it dried, I journaled over the entire two-page spread with a silver Signo pen and then added the cat stamp and quote, which I’d stamped onto white cardstock. I stamped the Herriot quote with Hero Arts alphabet set that I’ve had for years. (The copyright on them is 2002!) I added touches of Cheddar and Tangerine Scribble Sticks and water on both and outlined around the stamped pieces and the perimeter of the pages with a Lapis Scribble Stick and water. A very fun spread to make!

Thanks for visiting.

 


Creativation 2020

I just returned from nearly a week in Phoenix. The reason for my trip was to attend Creativation with Christy from Runaway Art and Craft Studio. Creativation is a trade show and educational event for the creative business industry, which includes paper crafts, mixed media, baking, textiles, and more.My goal was to get lots of inspiration that will help me develop new classes this year. Many, many products are released at this show, so there wasn’t a shortage of inspiration! Christy ordered lots and lots of new stamps, stencils and supplies to share with customers in the coming months.

We went down a day early so we could go to the Phoenix Art Museum, which is becoming our tradition! There is a wonderful collection in the museum and it changes often, so there were a lot of new exhibits since were were there a year ago.

At Creativation I created 25 cards altogether. Most were in classes, but I also was able to visit some make and takes at vendor booths. I was able to take six card making workshops which were really outstanding. The companies who teach these classes do so with the full intention that we go back to our stores and teach these card designs and techniques in our own classes. Some details follow here.

Lawn Fawn

I had the opportunity to take two classes from Kelly Marie Alvarez and Jenn Shurkus with Lawn Fawn products. I made a total of nine cards in the two classes, and many of them were interactive.

Wendy Vecchi

I had never taken a class from Wendy Vecchi, who is a talented designer and has a product line with Ranger Industries. I’ve always liked her stamp designs, so I was happy to be able to fit her class into my schedule despite the fact that her class began at 8 a.m. 😉 We colored her images by blending her inks and we got to use her stencils and stamps and Liquid Pearls. Here are the cards I made:

Darkroom Door

Darkroom Door is one of my absolute favorite stamp and stencil companies. Rachel Grieg owns the company and creates many of her stamps by using photographs that she has taken in her travels and in her native Australia. She taught the class and we used Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Oxide Ink Sprays and texture paste. I took a class from her last year at the show and always enjoy her style and stamps. Here are my cards from this class:

I’ll continue with more photos in an upcoming post. Thanks for visiting!


Holiday Starlight Bear

  • Stamps –
    • Penny Black Starlight
    • Lawn Fawn Ho Ho Holidays (sentiment)
  • Die – Penny Black Chrystal Frames
  • Cardstock
  • White embossing powder
  • Zig Clean Color markers
  • Gold Sparkle Pop pen

I had a lot of fun coloring this adorable Penny Black image, watercoloring it with Zig Clean Color markers and a water brush. I highlighted the stars with a gold metallic Sparkle Pop pen. Once dry, I framed the image with the frame that fits it perfectly. I added the stamped and heat-embossed sentiment at the bottom of the card. Thanks for stopping by.

Challenge: Always Fun Challenges #140 – Snowflakes

 


Snow globe greetings

  • Stamp – Lawn Fawn Offset Sayings: Christmas
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn Snow Globe Gift Tag and Mini Snowflakes
  • Patterned papers – Lawn Fawn
    • Peace Joy Love collection: Rudolph
    • Snow Day collection: Chunky Scarf
  • Glitter paper – Lawn Fawn Pixie Dust and Gold Rush
  • Red cardstock – Bazzill
  • Ribbon
  • White embossing powder

I really like this snow globe die set from Lawn Fawn! You can make adorable gift tags with it, but I had fun using the globe as a focal point on this simple card front. For the layout of this card, I used a sketch featured in CAS(E) this Sketch #350 challenge. I combined two small prints on the patterned papers for a little spice and tied a ribbon through the tag to keep it authentic. Thanks for stopping by.

 


Cat in the Box!

  • Stamp and Die – Newton’s Nook “Purr-fect Present”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Diamond Dot Layering Stencil
  • Embossing Powder – Gina K – Champagne
  • Mini Action Wobbles – Art Impressions
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock

I created this following the sketch for this month’s Inky Paws Challenge 111 on the Newton’s Nook blog. I really liked the layout of this sketch so when I saw it I knew I had to make a card! I colored the kitty with Copic markers and heat embossed some green cardstock with gold embossing powder for some elegant pattern. The really fun thing about this is that I attached an Action Wobble to the cat–so he wiggles! See below for a wiggly video! The small things in life make me happy!

I’ll be teaching how to make this card in early December at Runaway Art and Craft Studio, along with two other Christmas cards. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!