For the last couple of months Lesley Oman of Hungry Heffy Crafts has been holding a Friday night crafting session. I’ve not been able to attend all of them but I did manage to catch the episode on 9th June. Of course, it helped that she said she had a fantastic announcement! I’m really happy for her in that she and her husband are starting up their own stamp company! Woot! Heffy Doodle Stamps will be launching via Kickstarter on 3rd July 2017 and Lesley needs our help to promote it as far and wide as possible! Go check out her website for some sneak peaks of the really cute set she’s designed! I’m really excited about this as we definitely need more UK based high quality stamp companies!
Company – Lawn Fawn
It’s been a while since my last update, during which I have moved house and job. I am currently fighting with my ISP to actually provide me with a decent internet connection so am having to make do with 4G on my phone. It’s really like being back in the dark ages! 🙂
I wanted to say thank you to my neighbour in the flat I’ve just moved out of. She loves cats so what better way to say this than with a Lawn Fawn scripty thanks and the Mama Elephant Page Hugger cats? I love how this turned out, despite it probably being one of the most dull cards I’ve made in terms of colour!
This card was a challenge for me as I don’t have a lot of anniversary related stamps. In fact, the only stamp I had that mentioned anniversary was the Lawn Fawn Happy Everything stamp set, but I couldn’t figure out a way to incorporate it after inking such a pretty background! I made this colourful card for my parents who have been married for 35 years – congrats to you! The card was also inspired a little by this card from Kristina Werner with her beautiful pastel inking as I’ve been looking for other ideas on how to use this background stamp.
I started out on a piece of Tim Holtz watercolour cardstock and blended several colours of Distress Inks in rainbow colours (Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Barn Door, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans and Mermaid Lagoon).
After heat setting, I then stamped the Barnyard Background by Concord & 9th in Versamark Ink and clear heat embossed. I then went over again with the inks, this time shifting the colour bands down slightly so the darker ink would highlight the lighter ink under the embossing powder. I buffed off the ink that had pooled over the embossing powder to get a really nice effect, I think! I will have to experiment with different colours with this technique.
I then stamped a load of the Fab Flowers from the Fawn Fawn set onto some black cardstock and white heat embossed. After die cutting with the cordinating dies, I arranged them on the bottom of the card and adhered with some Multi Medium Matte. This took a little bit of effort and some extra stamp blocks to press them down onto the embossed background.
I really struggled with the sentiment but finally decided to cut the Scripty Love from both black and white cardstock, adhering them slightly offset to give a shadowed look and layering over a simple black cardstock banner.
I adhered the card to an A2 white card base and finished off with some black and white sequins and some Glossy Accents on the love sentiment.
Entered into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
Happy Easter Sunday! I don’t make many Easter cards but I did manage one this year. I hope the recipient as already received this otherwise it will ruin the surprise. Using a combination of products from Lawn Fawn, Mama Elephant and Avery Elle, this bright Easter card will hopefully put a smile on my friend’s face when she opens the envelope.
I started with stamping out the background using the Fab Flowers stamp set from Lawn Fawn with some of the new ink cubes from the last release. I used Sunflower, Carrot and Celery Stick with the largest rose layering stamp, filling the background in a random pattern. I made several backgrounds that I will share in future cards in exactly the same way – so easy to mass produce!
I stamped out the bunny from the Mama Elephant Page Huggers set a couple of times (one with glasses and one without) along with a handful of carrots and the banner from the Avery Elle Woodland Wonders set with some MFT Black Hybrid ink. I coloured them in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies. I made up the sentiment from the Plan on It: Holidays stamp set from Lawn Fawn. I popped them up on some foam tape, attached them to the background panel and mounted it on a white A2 card base. I finished with a little Spectrum Noir Sparkle and some Glossy Accents for the glasses.
A cute, bright Easter card!
Entered in the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.
It’s Mother’s Day today here in the UK and this card is for my own mother. She loves owls so this set from My Favorite Things was perfect for her. Coloured with my Zig brush markers with a few additional stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn.
I started out by stamping two of the owls from the MFT I’m Owl Yours set in MFT Black Hybrid Ink onto some Bristol Smooth cardstock. I then coloured these in with my Zig Clean Colour Real Brush markers in shades of brown, green and purple with a little orange for their beaks. I cut them out with the coordinating dies. I die cut a stitched circle die from MFT from some white cardstock and scribbled on some blue and green ink, blending out with my water brush to create a background. I stamped the sentiment in black ink from the Lawn Fawn Mum + Me set and adhered the owls to the background with foam tape for a bit of dimension.
Using an A2 Neenah Desert Storm side folding card base, I used the Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Backdrops stamp set to add a subtle background with some Versamark ink. I adhered the panel to the card with some double sided tape and added a scattering of sequins from the Neat & Tangled Festive Fall mix.
Of course, I had to finish the inside of the card with one more owl from the set!
This has to be one of my favourite cards I have made this year. I love bright colours on a white background and I really love the cute space stamp sets that all the companies seem to be coming out with recently. This card features the new MFT Space Explorer set with a sentiment from the Out of this World set from Lawn Fawn. I have to give credit where it is due by stating that this birthday card is inspired by Ashley Marcu (see her design team blog post here). I loved how she had the spaceman rocketing up into space and had to try my own version of this.
I started out by masking a slice out with some post-it tape on some smooth white card stock. I blended Squeezed Lemonade with some Wild Honey Distress Inks to make the rocket blast. I then switched the masking so I could ink up the rest of the night sky using Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I used my Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (white, black and silver) to add some splatter to the background for a starry effect. Using an MFT die, I cut out a circle for the focal point background.
On some Neenah Solar White cardstock I stamped out the astronaut and three of the planets. I coloured them in with my Copic markers using some reds, blues, greens and cool greys. I added some pale yellow to the reflective parts of his suit to tie in the yellow of his rocket blast. I had originally intended to use the coordinating dies but felt that the white border would detract from the scene I had created in the background, so I fussy cut out the pieces and went around the edges with a black Memento marker. I added a layer of Spectrum Noir Sparkle to the pieces before adding some Glossy Accents to the astronaut’s visor and control panel.
On the front panel of the A2 smooth white card base I white heat embossed some stars to give some subtle interest to the background. From the same card, I white heat embossed the sentiment and ink blended some Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean Distress Inks for a matching birthday sentiment banner. I cut the ends on one side to make a banner and trimmed it to the width of my card.
To assemble, I used my tape runner to adhere the background sky to the base before using some foam tape to pop up the astronaut, planets and sentiment.
It’s been a while since I was able to bring out my Copics to experiment but I think I need to do it more often! I really like the reflection effect and it warms up the scene nicely. I am sure this template will be used to create many more birthday cards in the future!
I haven’t had a chance to use many digital stamps recently, sadly enough. I am a member of 2CuteInk‘s monthly stamp club and I knew that as soon as I saw this cutie included in this month’s goodies I had to colour him! This brightly coloured birthday card can be for a male or female recipient and will be going to my brother later on this month.
I’ve seen some wonderful cards made with the new sloth set Hang In There from Lawn Fawn and I knew it had to be the basis of my entry for this month’s Seven Hills Crafts Challenge. The tic-tac-toe prompt for this month was:
I chose the top line: Animals – Watercolour – Bold Shades.
Of all of them, I think this fits my style the most. Also, who doesn’t like Sid the Sloth from Ice Age? *dances the sloth dance*
I actually made two cards: one using Distress Inks (left) and the other with Kuretaki Gansai Tambi watercolours (right). I like them both equally and I managed to get two different effects out of them. I like the vibrant blue on the water colour version perhaps a little more and it is this version that I entered into the challenge.
This year I spent Christmas and New Year’s away from my family over the other side of the world, so I had to make my Christmas cards and tags a lot earlier than usual. I really love the Neat & Tangled Santa’s Wonderland and made up about 20 gift tags for my family and I to attach to our presents. I’m still fighting the jet lag so it is a perfect time to catch up on posting all the cards I missed!
These tags, and the coordinating cards I posted before Christmas were somewhat inspired by the bright and beautiful colourings of Laura Bassen when the stamps were released.