Dies – My Favorite Things – Heart Air Balloon, Huge Love; Lawn Fawn – Grassy Hillsides Borders
Stamps – My Favorite Things – Mini Meows
Ink – Ranger Distress Ink – Broken China
Cardstock – Bazzill and BoBunny
Well, I’m very late in posting my Valentines. We had an ice storm here in the Willamette Valley on February 12th (freezing rain that accumulated to over an inch on everything) that caused lots of tree and power line damage. Our power was out for almost 8 days and I had very spotty internet access, so I didn’t even try to post anything during that time. I’m still catching up on things and adjusting to being able to turn on real lights! We were very fortunate here compared to many across the country who had much worse circumstances. But we did enjoy Valentine’s Day under different conditions with a grilled dinner!
So now on to the card. I have always loved hot air balloons and as soon as I saw this die set at our local store, I had to have it! I inked the background with Distress ink and inked some additional paper a little darker to use to die cut the LOVE sentiment. The little clouds were part of the Heart Air Balloon die set, so I cut some of those for the sky. Once I assembled the balloon and inserted cat 😉 I popped it up so it would look like it was floating. I colored the kitties with Copic markers in the colors of our two cats (Max in the balloon and Sissy on the ground). They are not exactly in love in real life, but we’ll just go for that effect for purposes of the Valentine! I really had fun making and giving this card (I made one for my husband and one for my son). Thanks for stopping by. Better late than never!
I usually procrastinate in making Christmas cards in a timely manner, but my friend Barb challenged an online group of us to make a card with a poinsettia and I thought I should join in! I was sort of surprised that with all of the stamps I own, this set is the only one I found that had poinsettias, and it had two different ones.
~ Stamps: Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Yuletide Gatherings CMS390 (poinsettia) and Modern Christmas CMS388 (sentiment)
~ Authentique Magical Collection – Magical Five
~ Karin Brushmarker Pro markers
~ Metallic gold watercolor and gold twine
I have been wanting to test out the Karin Brushmarkers direct to the rubber stamp and this one was a great candidate. These markers are great for watercolor and have a brush tip, so they are perfect for applying color to a rubber stamp. For this one, I didn’t spritz the stamp with water before or after, and the image came out very nice and crisp. I was able to get three more impressions after this by adding water to the stamp. Here is how they looked:
So depending on the look you’d like to achieve, you can get a lot of impressions from one ink application, which is potentially a big time saver. As a result of this experiment, I have several images to work with for more cards. Always a plus!
I couldn’t wait to make this birthday card for my son! He turned 22 on Friday, but he still likes cute animals! Plus he will forever be known as “Chipmunk” from his YMCA camp counselor days, so all things squirrely seem appropriate!
The fun thing about this card is the way that by using this die to cut the trees, you can hide surprises behind the flaps (in this case, more squirrels!), to make it interactive.
I used the Lawn Fawn Let’s Go Nuts stamp and die sets and the Lift the Flap Tree Backdrop die.
I did some simple ink blending with Distress inks for the background prior to adhering the trees. I used Broken China for the top of the sky and then blended Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy and Broken China at the bottom. The sentiment is Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick.
I blended some Ground Espresso ink on the trees on the backdrop to make some subtle shadows. I colored the squirrels, wagon and acorn with Copic markers and created my scene by adhering everybody in the nooks and crannies and around the trees.
Lawn Fawn “Large Slimline with Sliders,” “Slimline Stitched Hillside Borders,” and “Simple Puffy Cloud Frames”
Twine – Lawn Fawn Trimmings – Unicorn Tail
I had some fun with Lawn Fawn products today! All of the mice in their stamp designs are irresistible! I combined two different mouse-centric sets and three additional die sets as I put together this happy summer scene. And with a slimline card, you have lots of room to build! I colored all of the elements with Copic markers. Maybe today is a good day for a picnic, what do you think?
Template – Gina K. Designs – Mini Wreath Builder Template
Inks – Altenew
There is something therapeutic about using the wreath builder template and stamps to create a wreath. There is a lot of repetition and the wreath slowly grows as you stamp. I stamped each of the stamps in a different color of Alenew ink until it built up the final wreath.
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
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!
Dies – Lawn Fawn – Stud Puffin, Simple Wavy Banners, and Outside In Stitched Heart Stackables
Patterned paper – Reminisce – Love Never Fails collection
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!
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!
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.
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
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.