Look What the Milk Man Brought Today!

Summer 15 Inspiration Week

Welcome to the next day of Inspiration Week over on the Lawn Fawn Blog! Today we are showcasing two of our new stand-alone dies that will change your die-cutting life!!

The Milk Carton Die is perfect for party favors, treats, or even as storage for beads and sequins! It is also amazingly easy to put together, just like our Goodie Bag Die!

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Here I used another new set from the release to make a cute treat box full of gumballs! How cute is the sneak of this stamp set?! A lot of people requested a set like this so I cannot wait to show you the whole thing!

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I do have a card using the Stitched Border Dies that are also being showcased today, but I am saving it for Monday’s post when the stamp set is revealed 😉

I hope you enjoyed this little treat box and I hope everyone checks out the Lawn Fawn Shop on the 4th to get their hands on it. I promise you will get SO MUCH use out of it!

Fawny Holiday Week Watercolor Video and Hanukkah Card

IT. IS. HERE….

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My first Lawn Fawn video has magically appeared this holiday season, and I really hope you love it! I’m not even going to describe it… just watch! Be amazed! Enjoy!

What did you think?!

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My second card featured on the Lawn Fawn Blog today is a simple Hanukkah card. I first used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks in various shades of blue to make the ombre background. I cut it with the largest die from the Small Stitched Rectangles Lawn Cuts and used the Happy Hanukkah Stamp Set to heat emboss the menorah and sentiment in Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder. I took a Neenah 110# Solar White card base and stamped the Star of David in Simon Says Stamp Soft Navy Ink around the edges. I popped up the rectangle card front with some 3M Foam Adhesive and that was that! Beautiful!

I really hope you’re enjoying the holiday inspiration, and let me know what you think of my first video!

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COPIC Markers for Card Makers: Card inspired by Debby Hughes

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If you have been following my Instagram, you are aware that I am completely obsessed with the COPIC Markers for Card Makers class from Online Card Classes. Today was the first day I really got to spend some time making a whole card, and I’m so excited to have tried something completely new, but right up my alley at the same time.

Debby Hughes was a guest today, and I was so inspired by her watercolor/mixed-media-like styled cards.

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For my card, I used one of the classes practice images that is actually from Lawn Fawn‘s Critters in the Burbs Stamp Set. I colored it using the technique Debby showed (I highly recommending signing up for the class – if you haven’t already – to access this technique video as well as MANY others), then I cut it out using some precision scissors, and fixed my edges with a black felt tip marker.

I used a piece of Neenah Solar White 110# Cardstock, the Tim Holtz THS024 Chevron Layering Stencil, and some Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste to make an imperfect strip of texture coming from the top left of my card. After allowing it to dry completely, I cut a 1” Strip of Studio Calico {Hex} Vellum, ripped the long end to my desired size, and adhered it with a little but of Studio Multi Medium Matte. I NEEDED to use this sentiment from the Feathered Friends STAMPtember collaboration of Lawn Fawn And Simon Says Stamp! It says “friends forever,” but with ‘selective-inking’ I made it say “friends furever.” I grabbed a strand of light green thread and crumbled it up – I added some foam squares to the back of my puppy image and adhered it down over the thread to hold it in place. Lastly, I embellished my card with some Lawn Fawn sequins from some past collections.

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I really LOVE how this card turned out, and I would encourage everyone to try something new whenever they need some inspiration!

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Snow-Globe Stampendous Penquins Card

It’s Holiday Time!!! To thank Die Cuts with a View (or DCWV as most of you know it) for featuring my card on their Instagram the other day, I wanted to do another card using another one of their 6×6 paper stacks.

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I promise this card will WOW any receiver! I wanted to allow the sequins inside the card to have the ability to move giving the illusion of a snow-globe and I think I accomplished just that.

I started out by stamping the Stampendous Penguin Pair Stamp that I just got from Michaels. (I’m really sorry to add that I could not find a store link ANYWHERE on the internet for this stamp. If I would have known this, I would have used a different stamp. Any Christmas character stamp would look fabulous with this type of card technique.)

After stamping them, I colored the pair with my COPIC Markers resulting in some really beautiful blends. I used C1 and C3 for the white portions of their bodies, C5, C7, and 100 Black for the black parts of their bodies, all of the YG group listed in my supplies at the bottom of this post for two different green looks for their accessories, and R22, R24, and R29 for the red portions of the accessories.

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They turned out absolutely adorable in my book.

I then used 4 sheets of the new Heavy-Weight Neenah Cardstock and cut circle windows with one of my Spellbinders Classic Circles Dies in each piece. I then made a sandwich starting with one piece of the cardstock, a sheet of acetate, two more sheets of the cardstock, sequins, the penguin piece, the last sheet of cardstock, and finally a beautiful gold foil sheet of paper from the DCWV Foil Solids 6×6 Stack.

I took some pictures during the assembly.

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The “sandwich style” allows the sequins enough room to move, but not enough to escape out of the card.

I then adhered this thick panel to a piece a Bazill Blueberry Sour Cardstock  which makes the gold foil really POP beautifully. Lastly, I stamped the sentiment from the same Kelly Purkey Cheers Stamp Set that I’ve used in a bunch of my cards lately.

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I just adore this card. It looks so complicated to create, but it is actually pretty easy and looks so clean and polished. Let me know what you think!

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Technicolored Tuesday – Tie Dye Background Technique

I am so excited to be sharing my first brand new technique card!  I am starting a series called “Technicolored Tuesday.” I am very aware that it is now Wednesday, but I was not prepared for how much work goes into creating a video! WOW! I have even more admiration for the ladies I watch all the time. Hopefully, from now on my Technicolored Tuesday blogs will be on time!

Here is the link to the video… FINALLY!

And here is the super cute end product card!

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Now let’s get into it…

I used Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and created this fabulous Tie-Dye background by using a rainbow of Tim Holtz Distress Markers (Barn Door, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, and Seedless Preserves). You need to create a swirled background, but there is no perfection in this technique. Sometimes the messier the better and more authentic it looks.

I then used a Digital Stamp from Jane’s Doodles called Santa Peace and colored him with some COPIC Markers. Looking back, I wish I would have made him a little bigger, but having the card vertical instead of horizontal made a big difference.

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I used E31 and E33 for his face and hands, C1 and C3 for his hair, beard, fur lining, and white undershirt, R22, R24, and R29 for his coat and pants, YG09 and YG67 for his mug and suspenders, and lastly 100 for his boots. I love the way he turned out and I think he just looks perfect.

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Elizabeth Craft Designs Ornament Card with Distress Markers

Hi everyone! I’m absolutely obsessed with this beautiful card I made using a sticker set from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

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I first created the ornament piece for the card-front. I started with a 3.75×5 piece of Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock because I knew I would be watercoloring inside of the stickers. I then chose three different ornaments from Elizabeth Craft Designs Christmas Ornaments Peel-Off Stickers in silver and aligned them along my panel.

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I used four different Distress Markers: Walnut Stain, Barn Door, Chipped Sapphire, and Salty Ocean to watercolor the three images. I love how this color combination turned out! To me, it looks very modern, but timeless – which is what I strive for in every card. The sticker pack also came with little silver lines, which I placed above the ornaments so they appeared to be hanging.

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I then pulled out my DCWV 6×6 Foiled Elegance Paper Stack, picked a gorgeous kraft paper with silver foil elements, and cut it down to a 4.5×5.25 panel. I used a sentiment from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Sentiments Clear Stamp Set on a scrap from the foil paper and heat embossed it with some Hero Arts White Embossing Powder.

Lastly, I put all the pieces together! I adhered the DCWV panel to a Neenah Solar White A2 card base with my Tombow Stamp Runner. Then I used 3M Foam Adhesive on both the ornament piece and sentiment piece.

Overall, I think this card is just so beautiful. It is so easy to color cards in this way. Elizabeth Craft Designs Peel-Off Stickers are perfectly made for this technique because going out of the lines is practically impossible!

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Making the Most Out of One Stamp

As my very first post, on my very first blog, I wanted to showcase something that all crafters appreciate: GETTING BANG OUT OF EVERY BUCK!

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In these cards I showcased the extremely cute Holiday Puppy Wood Stamp by Inkadinkado. You still have to love him even though he broke your ornament!!! It is important to use your stamps in multiple ways with multiple techniques to justify spending upwards of $10 on one single stamp.

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This stamp offers so many possibilities for holiday cards.  The first card is so easy to replicate too.  I stamped the puppy three times in different Hero Arts Shadow Inks – Red Royal, Gold, and Forever Green.  I have them in the Hero Arts Christmas Cube Ink Set which is the format I have most of my Hero Arts Shadow Inks.  You can re-ink them and I find them easier to handle when I am trying different techniques. It also does not hurt that they are much more cost effective for me in the cube form.  I was going to keep this card on the extremely simple and classic side, but while stamping I got a pretty big red ink mark in between the red and gold puppies so I decided to use some tiny cupped sequins to try and cover my mess. Obviously, it does not look perfect, but the sequins definitely helped while adding a little dimension and shine to the card.

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The next card is so fun to make because it uses a bunch of different techniques! For this card I stole my inspiration from a blogpost by Jennifer McGuire where she used this same Hero Arts Tiny Flags Background Stamp and “double-stamped” it in two different colors to get a different look to the background.  I’m absolutely obsessed with this technique and I know I’ll be using it with a bunch of my other background stamps.

I also used another background stamp to create the circle frame around the puppy’s face.  I stamped the Polka Dot Background Stamp by Inkadinkado in Memento Luxe Nautical Blue and heat embossed it with some Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder.  I then diecut the puppy’s face as well as the circle frame using some of Spellbinder’s Standard Circle Nestabilities dies and attached them to the flag background piece with some 3M Foam Adhesive to give a little dimension.  As a final touch, I accented some of the embossed blue dots with some Black Enamel Accents and the bells with Champagne Stickles.

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My final card uses products that I use on the daily! For this card I colored the puppy with Distress Markers on Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock and cut him out with a little bit of a border.  I then inked up my Darice Paw Print Embossing Folder with Barn Door and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink Pads and ran it through my Sizzix BIGkick Machine. I then took some Tea Die Distress Ink and blended it into the puppy and edges of the paw print background to give them both a more “Tim Holtzy” look. I cut my background into strips and then applied them to the card so you can see the white underneath.

For all of these cards I used sentiments from the Simon Says Stamp Christmas Clear Stamp Set and Neenah Solar White Cardstock.

I can still think of more and more ways to make use out of this one little puppy, but I really hope you enjoyed the three cards I shared.  I also hope you are a little more tempted to use those stamps you buy for more than one or two projects. Never forget: the possibilities are endless!!!

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