Thanks Card | Lawn Fawn 2017 Fall/Winter Release

Here’s another thank you card that I’ll be giving to a fellow co-worker. She did a solid favor, when she didn’t have to, and I wanted to make sure she knew it was much appreciated. I wanted to create this card asap because she made a comment last week that she never feels appreciated. I have been in that situation before and it hurts. I wanted to show her this small token of appreciation and I hope it brightens up her day this upcoming week!

I’m seriously loving the newest Lawn Fawn release! I hope if you’ve been on the fence, you’d consider it because of all the fun and versatile goodies! Check out some of my other posts talking about the 2017 fall and winter release here and here!

This card was really easy and inky to make! First I took some Neenah Solar White cardstock in 80lb and cut it down to A2 size. I ran it through my Sizzix Bigshot with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain background die. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Fire Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, and Wild Honey. I had hopes of trying to make it a fall-themed background, but my husband kindly pointed out in a compliment, “I like that tropical sunset look!”Ha!

I die cut the Scripty Thanks die using one of the brown papers from Knock On Wood 6×6 paperpad. I did some more diecutting from the Large Wreath die set for leaves, also using paper from Knock On Wood. This was a one layer card so I adhered everything down with Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue. I used some of my Doodlebugs Design assorted sequins as embellishments on the leaves. I used my Wink of Stella shimmer pen to add some shimmer to the leaves and Glossy Accents for the Thanks diecut.

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Wish the weekend wasn’t coming to a close, I still want to be in my craft room instead of doing household chores. How about you, any fun projects you’ve been working on?

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Thank You Cards | Combining Concord & 9th Stamp Sets

You may or may not know this about me, but in “real life”, I am a nurse educator at one of the Dallas hospitals. Part of my job is helping with the newly hired nurses (with many being fresh out of nursing school!) become oriented and acclimated to the hospital, the nursing practice, and their unit. This past week we welcomed 20+ new nurse residents. Thankfully, I’m not alone in doing this job and I wanted to recognize a couple co-workers who definitely stepped up (when they didn’t have to) to help me and the other nurse educators out with this group!

Originally, I was only going to use the Concord & 9th stamp set, Above Average. I wanted more decorative flair to the card, so I took a chance on combining another Concord & 9th stamp set to the cards, Kindhearted. To stamp a majority of the sentiment, I used Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink. For the end of the stamped sentiments, I used Lawn Fawn Lobster ink to make it stand out more. Using the smaller stamps in the sets, I used a combination of Lawn Fawn Peacock, Sugarplum, more Lobster, Carrot, and Plastic Flamingo to create the background. I am drawn to stamp sets with a lot of “filler” stamps because you can create a lot of different looks/backgrounds, helping me feel like my crafty purchase has been justified 😉

For one of the cards, you can see some splatters as part of the background. I used Studio Calico Color Theory mists in Lemon Zest, Well Red, and Clear Blue. For me to be able to get the fine and subtle splatters, I unscrewed the sprayer and tapped it lightly several inches above the card. With my experience of using the sprayer, it creates a fine but very broad/heavy mist… so your whole project will look like you took a spray can to it!

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Until next time, thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!

 

 

Messy Watercolor Thank You Cards | Honey Bee Stamps

My favorite cards to make are thank you cards. Practicing daily gratitude is something I strive to do but like most people, I can easily stray from this practice because of a hectic, stressful or unexpected event or week. However, I’ve had a couple really great days this week and then work was pretty rough. In the midst of the crappy work days I’ve experienced, I had to remind myself that I’ve had some pretty amazing days off and extraordinary people in my corner. To practice gratitude this week, I wanted to make a couple thank you cards!

For this post, I wanted to share a couple thank you cards that I’ve made with wonderful Honey Bee Stamps products and some messy watercoloring.

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I wanted to play with my Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers for this project, with a “messy watercolor” look in mind. Like many others, I get the best results when using Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock in combination with the stamped images and the Zig markers. Doing messy watercolor is a work in progress for me. I’m such a control freak in “real life” that imagining myself doing it in cardmaking is a little bit of a foreign concept to work around. I see tons of cardmakers that I follow have great luck with messy watercoloring and I’m comforted hearing them say that this technique is more forgiving in projects, haha.

I used a combination of the following Honeybee Stamp sets of Thanks & Giving, Country Blooms, and Country Wreath to create this card front. Since I’d be working with the water-based markers and a waterbrush, I needed to make sure that the ink I’d use to stamp would be water-proof. I stamped all these images in Hero Arts Intense Black ink, using my MISTI to help get the bold and clean impressions.

After stamping, I went to town on this card using a variety of colors from the marker set (there are a total of 80 colors as of today). I worked in sections because I found that if I waited too long to use my water brush, the marker ink would dry and it would become a little harder to add water and move the color around (in my experience).

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There are sections that were messier than others and there were times I thought, “Did I go too far?”. I liked that despite having two identical stamped card fronts, I’m glad I experimented with the colors and the varying degrees of “messiness”. I am okay that they aren’t perfect because I think the stamped images and the bold black ink are the main attention grabbing components of these cards. I mounted them to card bases with double sided adhesive tape and wrote a quick note on the inside of the cards!

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One of these cards will be going to a co-worker who is helping me out tremendously for a shift swap and the other card is going to a professional contact who took time out of her day to help me out with a professional interest.

What are your favorite cards to make? Do you like to do messy water coloring?

Supplies Used:

  • Honey Bee Stamps stamp sets: Thanks & Giving, Country Blooms, and Country Wreath
  • Hero Arts Intense Black Inkpad
  • Pentel Aquabrush
  • Scor-pal Double Sided Adhesive tape
  • Absorber shammy
  • Kuretake Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers in the following:

063 Ochre, 031 Cobalt Blue, 040 Green, 022 Carmine Red, 083 Lilac, 020 Red, 202 Peach Pink, 027 Dark Pink, 047 May Green, 062 Dark Brown, 066 Dark Oatmeal, 024 Wine Red, 037 Cornflower Blue, and 080 Violet

  • Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock

 

Kitschy Kitchen Card | My Favorite Things

In my previous post, I’ve shared that I’ve purchased MFT’s (My Favorite Things) November card kit, lovingly called “Kitschy Kitchen”. This was the first time I’ve used MFT products and I have to say… LOVE, LOVE, LOVE! This was particularly a very fun card-making session for me because I was taking my time using the products and mentally comparing the quality to my favorite and trusted crafty brands.

First I stamped the 2 different bowl stamps from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp sets in the mini ink cubes on MFT’s Smooth White card stock that was included in the card kit. The colors I’ve used were Blue Yonder, Ripe Raspberry, Orange Fizz, and Gumdrop Green. I used my die cutting machine to cut them out and set them aside to work on my panel.

The panel I’m working on is also on MFT’s Smooth White card stock. Also from the Kitschy Kitchen stamp set was that fun, dotted chevron pattern which I used the same ink cubes. From the You Bake Me Happy sentiment stamps, I chose the obviously appropriate and punny, “I’m bowled over by your generosity” sentiment. This was stamped using my MISTI and in the gorgeous Summer Splash ink. Lastly, I used some Zots Bling glue dots to place the bowls haphazardly.

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As I’ve read and heard from other MFT fans, the products are high quality and produce really great results. I was most impressed by the quality of the card stock (it didn’t mention in my kit what lb. of card stock this was) and the inks. The inks weren’t splotchy and are just as vivid in “real life” as they appear in photos. The colors I have are very welcomed into my ink collection  because I feel like they supplement and complement my existing ones. It gives me ideas of trying to create ombre-effect cards, shadowing, and rainbow cards in the future.

I’m definitely looking forward to adding more wonderful MFT products into my stash soon!

Supplies Used (No Specific Order)

  • MFT Smooth White Cardstock
  • MFT mini ink cubes in colors: Orange Fizz, Summer Splash, Ripe Raspberry, Blue Yonder, and Gumdrop Green
  • MFT You Bake Me Happy stamp set
  • MFT Kitschy Kitchen stamp set
  • MISTI (Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented) stamping tool
  • Sizzix Big Shot die cutting machine
  • Zots Bling Glue Dots

 

Speedy Recovery! | Get Well Card

One of my favorite work colleagues is our nursing director, Barbara. We got to know each other this past spring when I worked for close to 2 months in the Nursing Administration department when I was off the floor due to a work injury. We interact regularly due to the shared governance groups and projects I work on. I have deep admiration for her leadership style and her vision for our hospital. She has also become an informal mentor to me. Through our time together, she has inspired and encouraged me to do many things out of my comfort zone.

She had a health issue pop up late August and she will be undergoing a procedure this week. I made her a Get Well card to let her know she’s in my thoughts. It was also a way for me to “lecture” to her that she should take care of herself during her healing time and she SHOULD NOT try to sneak into work too early (which she did in August, haha).

I used the Pretty Pink Posh Rainy Days and Rainy Days addition stamp set to stamp out all the images for this panel. It was so fun to use some new Altenew inks! I love the look of these pastel and soft inks colors together.

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The nurse in me wants to tell you all to stay safe and healthy this winter! Perhaps I made this card look this way to capture some of the cheeriness of the spring inspired colors! 🙂

Supplies Used (No Specific Order)

  • Pretty Pink Posh Rainy Days and Rainy Days Addition stamp set
  • Altenew inks: Puffy Heart, Mountain Mist, Volcano Lake, Jet Black & Ruby Red
  • Doodlebug Sequins (Rainbow variety set)
  • Zots Bling Glue Dots
  • Scor-pal double sided adhesive tape

 

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

Love Teamwork| Appreciation Card

A couple weeks ago, I had a really tough week at work caring for a challenging group of patients. It was one of those periods of time that the majority of the patients on our unit were pretty sick, challenging, and would be “long-term”, meaning they would be with us for well over a week (or month!).

I made it through those hard 3 12s (if you’re not familiar with the term, it’s a 12 hour shift) with the help of two outstanding coworkers. One was my CNA and the other was my assistant head nurse. I’ve mentioned it before, but who you work with can make or break your day, especially if you have to rely on one another to be able to do your job well.

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First I used the Lawn Fawn “Let’s Bokeh” stamp set to create the bokeh effect using the Hero Arts and Altenew mini inks. I used the Simon Says Stamp “It’s no Secret” stamp set for the fun sentiments for the scratch-off piece. Lastly, I used the Inky Antics scratch offs and placed over my “secret” message. I thought the cards needed a little more “oomph” so I decided to adhere some Doodlebug sequins as the final embellishment.

It was a fun card to make and I loved coyly slipping these cards into my co-workers’ mailbox for them to find later when they would be working again. I don’t know about in your  work field, but it seems like in a high energy, busy work environment, people don’t take the time to positively recognize one another. I am always humbled and pleasantly surprised when someone takes the time to say thank you or to be appreciative of something I may have done for them (even if I don’t remember doing it for them!). It’s still something I am working on for my daily practice, but I try hard to recognize these wonderful actions and words of those around me who help me take care of my patients the best I can.

Supplies Used (No Specific Order):

  • Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh stamp set
  • Hero Arts Jayne’s Fall Colors mini ink cubes (Lemon Yellow, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine, Strawberry)
  • Altenew Shades of Purple mini ink cubes (Midnight Violet, Deep Iris, Lavender Fields, and Soft Lilac)
  • Simon Says Clear Stamps It’s No Secret stamp set
  • Doodlebug Assorted Sequins
  • Inky Antics 1″ scratch off stickers