Thanks a Bushel | Lawn Fawn

Today I’m feeling a bit under the weather but I decided to push through and get crafty. This past week wasn’t particularly demanding per se, but I know the next few weeks will be super busy at work so I wanted to make sure I got in some self-care (creating is one of the many things I do!) to re-charge.

This card was fun and easy to do since I combined many of my Lawn Fawn products! When I got into cardmaking, Lawn Fawn was one of the first brands I fell in love with and in one year, I have collected many of their wonderful items!

I took some of my heavyweight cardstock and stamped images from the Thanks a Bushel stamp set, using the Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink. It’s alcohol marker safe and I chose this ink because I knew I’d be coloring the images in with my Tonic Studios Nuvo markers.

I was watching a movie on Netflix while I colored these images in. I did simple coloring but one day I’d like to improve my marker skills with Copics and other alcohol based markers. There are many crafters where I admire their fabulous blending skills!

After coloring, I ran the images through the Big Shot using the coordinating dies. To create the latticed background of the card, I used Lawn Fawn’s Stripey Background to die cut two brown panels. If you layer them on top of each other, it can create that lattice background if you flip one of the layers. I used double-sided adhesive tape to adhere them together. For the fun plaid background, I used Lawn Fawn’s Perfectly Plaid paperpad to select a pattern that would go with my image coloring.

I adhered the stamped images on the front. Lastly, I chose the sentiment, Thanks a Bushel and stamped it on some leftover cardstock. I used one of the brown markers to scribble a criss cross pattern on the sentiment piece, which I used a sentiment banner die to die cut it as a finishing touch to today’s card.

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One of the many reasons I love Lawn Fawn is the way I am able to use the products together seamlessly. It helps justify my purchases (let’s be real here… crafting can get expensive quick!) and helps me create a variety of projects with new and old supplies.

This card is also a part of a submission for a design team, for Papercraft Business. I’ve never been on a design team but it is a crafty goal of mine to expand my skills, share my love of creating with others, and be another crafter’s cheerleader! I can’t say I’m a cardmaking pro as I have a lot to learn, but I’m at where I am because of the kindness, support, and helpfulness of others in our wonderful cardmaking community!

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Ink Blending Fall card | Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions embossing folder

This is my first fall season in Dallas, Texas and it has been interesting adjusting to the southern version of the fall season. Back in Washington we primarily got cool, rainy weather with beautiful, crisp fall days sprinkled in before December. Here in Dallas, I’ve experienced warm days but some days that were even better (sunny, breezy and in the 70s!) than Washington!

This fall card was very simple and fun to create with some ink blending. Initially, I wasn’t feeling very creative but I persisted. First I took tw A2 sized card panels and did ink blending with some Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks. I wanted to create a bit of an abstract effect with the inks so my ink blending was a little more blotchy. I used two different color palettes but tried to make it fall themed- one that was more traditional (yellow, orange and brown) with the other one in darker colors (green, brown, and some red).

I placed the card panels into the Sizzix 3-D Textured Impressions by Lynda Kanase in Leaves. I ran the embossing folder through my Big Shot and I love the detailing and raised texture!

sizzix embossing

For the more traditional fall themed card I used the following inks: Spiced Marmalade, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Fossilized Amber, Vintage Photo, and Peeled Paint

For the second card I used the following inks: Lucky Clover, Peacock Feathers, Antique Linen, Candied Apple, Wild Honey, and Frayed Burlap

The wonderful thing with the distress inks is how forgiving they can be and how fun it is layering the inks to create such different looks, especially when you spritz some water!

What inks do you like to blend for fall themed cards? Let me know!

Happy Fall card | Lawn Fawn new and old

Today is September 1st, which feels like it’s the (unofficial) start of the fall season! Matt and I are interested in seeing what the fall is like in Texas and whether it’ll be like the crisp, autumn days that come to mind (and were so, so treasured in the Pacific Northwest instead of the alternative…rain).

About a week ago, Lawn Fawn released its highly anticipated 2017 fall and winter release with SO many fun and whimsical releases.

This card that I created combines some of the newly released products as well as 2016 fall releases! It’s definitely one of the reasons I splurge and am loyal to Lawn Fawn because most of the products complement one another to be able to create so many versatile cards.

I used the new Stitched Woodgrain die to create the background, using Distress Oxide inks in Antique Linen and Wild Honey to ink blend some color.

To make the wreath, I used the new Large Wreath die to cut out the wreath and leaves using Lawn Fawn paper pads. For the wreath base, I used one of the new brown Knock on Wood papers. For the leaves, I used the Perfectly Plaid Fall pack (released from 2016) to create many colored leaves to be able to assemble. I used a combination of Tombow Multi Mono glue and foam tape to create the dimensional aspect of the wreath.

I heat embossed the sentiment Happy Fall (taken from the new Forest Feast stamp set) onto a scrap of cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I used Wild Honey again to ink blend a bit of an ombre effect in the middle and used a banner die so I could foam mount it below the wreath.

I felt like the card was a bit plain so I used more scraps of the Perfectly Plaid paperpad to diecut some leaves from Leafy Tree Backdrop diecut (from Fall 2016) to be able to randomly glue on the background.

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I think you should definitely check out the Lawn Fawn release and pick up some great products! I am nowhere done playing with my new items and I hope to post my latest Lawn Fawn haul soon!

Until next time, happy crafting!

 

 

Nutty Over You Fall Inspired Card | Simon Says Stamp

When I was first brainstorming ideas for this card, I was thinking I would create a bit of a woodland scene with some woodgrain circles and using clean and simple techniques with this Simon Says Stamp Nutty Over You stamp set. However, the card took a different direction but you know, that’s one of the beautiful things about cardmaking is that no idea is “wrong”.

I won’t bore you with the minute details of how I did heat embossing and ink blending for the initial circles. The only component on the finished card that incorporated my earlier plans is that woodgrain circle border.

First I cut my card base and used a Sizzix circle (sorry, I got this set originally with my Sizzix machine so unsure of the exact dimensions) to cut a circle for a squirrel image later.

I took the stamps from the stamp set and used Lawn Fawn or My Favorite Things dye inks to stamp out the images. To create fall colors, for some of the images I would layer an additional color to create images that looked like they were “transitioning” from the greens to those gorgeous browns, reds, and yellows. The inks from Lawn Fawn that were used are Lobster, Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, Doe, and Walnut. From My Favorite Things, I used Daffodil and Orange Fizz dye inks.

Since this was the first time using this stamp set, I switched to my MISTI stamping tool for the squirrel as I wanted the cleanest and crispest stamping I could do. I used a stamp block when I was stamping the card panel images, but I lacked confidence in getting the squirrel, heart and sentiment right the first time using freehand, Ha!

I thought the card needed some embellishment and I thought to pull out some ribbon in red and yellow to tie at the top. I debated Nuvo drops or sequins, but ultimately decided against it.

I ended up cutting my woodgrain sheet that I created earlier into a circle border to place around the open circle on the front of the card, adhering it with a Zig 2 Way glue pen.

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I don’t know what it is about fall but I think it’s my favorite season. To me, it’s strongly associated with change, new beginnings and excitement because of school. I’m no longer in school but the fall inspired scents, colors, and décor make my heart pitter patter.

Is it too soon to be creating fall cards? Is fall a favorite season for you too?

Magnet Conference I go! | Thank You card

 

Last month, I was asked if I would like to participate in a work-related trip to the ANCC Magnet conference that’ll be hosted in Orlando, FL! For those not in nursing or from a healthcare background, the Magnet conference is a HUGE week-long event for a variety of healthcare professionals (primarily nurses of varying roles including management and leadership) to do continuing education sessions, networking, brainstorming, and recognizing individuals and prestigious organizations for nursing excellence (note: have you fallen asleep yet?). I’m really excited but probably because I live and breathe nursing, right?

The best part is, my hospital will pay for me to attend with 4 other people from work too- my associate manager, another bedside nurse from Maternity services, our nursing director, and our nursing chief executive!

This week has been so crazy trying to tie up loose ends and prep for working a long work weekend. One thing I thought about was giving thanks to my manager who gave our nursing director permission for me to attend in such short notice. FYI- in the hospital nursing setting, schedules are set very much in advance so if I tried doing this on my own time and expense, it realistically would have been rejected!

So I made my manager a thank you card that I’ll be giving to her after my trip.

 

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I used Lawn Fawn’s Jump for Joy stamp set and coordinating dies to create this card. As you probably know, quality products in card making can feel like they cost an arm and a leg (but they’re worth it for sure!) so I have yet to build up a substantial Copic marker collection. I did snag some Nuvo markers, which I used for the images. They are also alcohol-based, so these gave me a taste of learning how to color and experiment with blending and shading. I used Lawn Fawn’s Big Scripty Sayings stamp and coordinating die set to cut out that Thanks that I tried positioning so it looked like the critters were holding onto it like a banner. I placed the images against my card front and it needed a little something something. I used some Wild Honey distress ink to create a faint blend behind the falling leaves. Still, it felt like it needed a little more. I’m the type of person who likes to add too many things and realize it’s too late to subtract, haha. So I was deliberate in placing that small strip of Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid fall cardstock to the bottom part of the card. I was still tempted to add some more (I was instinctively going to reach for sequins) but I decided to just finish the card by rounding with my  We R Memory Keeper’s corner round punch.

Supplies Used (No Specific Order):

  • Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy stamp set and coordinating die
  • Lawn Fawn Big Scripty Says stamp set and coordinating die
  • Tim Holtz Distress ink Wild Honey
  • Tim Holtz Mini Round Ink Blending Tool
  • Nuvo alcohol-based markers
  • Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Fall collection paper pad
  • Zig 2-way glue pen
  • Score-pal double-sided adhesive tape
  • We R Memory Keeper’s Corner Round Punch
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock