Seas the Day!

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Hello everyone,

I love puns and was able to incorporate a punny sentiment in my project for the latest Ellen Hutson Mix It Up Challenge. This particular challenge is all about pairing any Essentials by Ellen products with Lawn Fawn products. I was able to combine several stamp sets together to create a whimsical ocean scene. I thought the lines of the images and sentiments were all quite similar and went well together.

I took the sentiment from a stamp set from Ellen Hutson’s latest release named Mermaid’s Tail and some cute critter images and coordinating dies from Lawn Fawn to create this card. Other images from other Essentials by Ellen stamp sets were also added to complete the project.

I had fun constructing the layout and hope you find it fun as well. Seas the Day or should I say Carp-a-Diem? LOL!

How I made this project:

  • Using a 4”x 5.25” panel of watercolor cardstock, I blended 2 shades of blue Distress Oxide Inks to create the underwater background. I let the background dry. Once dry, I stamped the seaweed (using another shade of Distress Oxide Ink). I stamped the sentiment and the ocean waves in black ink.
  • Several critter images from Lawn Fawn’s Critters of the Sea stamp set were stamped onto some Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to do this because the sea critters were going to be colored using Copic markers and Memento Ink does not bleed or smear when you use them with Copics.
  • After coloring the critters, I die-cut them using the coordinating dies for the stamp set. The sea creatures were mounted onto the card front using foam tape.
  • I add some splash drops around the dolphin to emphasize the dolphin jumping up out of the water. I used Distress Oxide Ink for this as well.
  • The finished card front was adhered to an A2-sized mat in turquoise colored cardstock from my stash and then mounted onto a top-folding A2 card base.

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps and Dies:

  • Essentials by Ellen Mermaid’s Tail stamp set (sentiment)
  • Essentials by Ellen: Otter Ware stamp set (seaweed, waves, water splashes)
  • Lawn Fawn: Critters of the Sea stamp set and coordinating die set (sold separately).

Inks and Markers:

  • Distress Oxide Inks in: Salty Ocean, Broken China, Peeled Paint
  • Copic Makers: C1, C2, C3, R20, Y38
  • Versamark Ink in Onyx Black
  • Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black

Cardstock:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor cardstock
  • Neenah Solar White 80# cardstock (for sea critters)
  • Neenah Solar White 110# cardstock (card base)
  • Turquoise blue cardstock from my stash (mat for card front)

Halloween: Vampire Boo

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Do vampires say boo (maybe mwahahaha)? Or do only ghosts say boo? Anyway, this vampire says boo ( I didn’t have a stamp that said mwahahahha).

This is a whimsical card for Halloween. I created it using products from several of my favorite stamp companies. Please refer to the list below for all the supplies I used.

I think the results are fun! It only goes to show that you can make a funny card using a variety of products from different brands and they will all come together just fine. I made 15 of these puppies and gave them to family and friends for Halloween.

The silhouette of the tree is a die from Lawn Fawn, while Dracula is from My Favorite Things. The moon was cut using a 1.25” circle punch from EK Success. I was too tired to run a circle die through my die-cut machine, so I used my trusty punch. Sometimes the low-tech approach is the way to go, especially when you want to give your die-cutting machine a rest. The bats flying around were also cut from another EK Success punch that had 3 bats in different sizes.

Anyway, construction of this card was fairly easy. The time-consuming part was coloring 15 Draculas. I used Copic markers to color Dracula, using  various shades of cool grays for this. I know Dracula is usually dressed in black, but you lose detail when you color in black and I’m not that adept at coloring with Copics like Sandy Allnock.  She is a great teacher when it comes to showing you how to use Copics. I try to be a good student, but a good student does their homework, which I sadly must admit—don’t do enough of–but I’m getting there!

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween!

Supplies used in making this project:

Stamps: My Favorite Things: Frightful Friends (vampire); Hero Arts: Happy Halloween Greeting Stamp Set (CL353 – obsolete unfortunately).

Dies: MFT Die-names: Fright Friends (companion dies to Frightful Friends stamp set); Lawn Fawn: Leafy Tree Backdrop: Portrait.

Ink: Memento: Tuxedo Black (for image); Versafine Onyx Black (for sentiment).

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80# (for stamping vampire/Dracula); Papertrey Ink cardstock: True Black, Royal Velvet, Summer Sunrise.

Copic Markers:  C1, C5, C6, C7 all cool grays, YG25 (Celadon Green), Y08 (Acid Yellow) (, R89 (Dark Red Scarlet)

Other: EK Tools: Circle Punch 1.25” diameter; EK Tools Paper Punch: Bats.

Oh Happy Day: Ellen Hutson April Challenge

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Hello!

Spring is here and my thoughts turn to flowers.

Ellen Hutson’s April Challenge is to create a project combining any products from the Essentials by Ellen and Lawn Fawn product lines.

The card above was made using floral stamps from Essentials by Ellen’s Bold Blooms and Lawn Fawn’s Petite Florals stamp sets. I love the simple graphic flowers from these two sets and thought they might look good together.

I started off using the largest bloom from the EH set and then started adding additional flowers and leaves. I chose ink colors that I like for Spring and Easter which are usually light purples, bright pinks and a spring green.

By the time I finished the background for the front of the card, I realized that a mat for my sentiment would cover up the floral background. So, I die cut a frame from vellum using a Hero Arts frame die and embossed the sentiment in gold metallic embossing powder on it. I added some gold sequins around the sentiment to emphasize it. (Note the sentiment is also from the Essentials by Ellen Bold Blooms set.)

The card front was trimmed down to 4” x 5.25” and was mounted onto a 4.25” by 5.5” piece of purple card. The whole thing was then glued to a 4.25” by 5.5” top-folding card base.

Supplies used in making this card:

Stamps:  Essentials by Ellen: Bold Blooms, Lawn Fawn: Petite Florals.

Inks: Memento dye inks in: Sweet Plum, Lilac Posies and Pear Tart; Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow ink in Bubblegum; Versamark ink.

Cardstock: Neenah Solar White 80 lb. for card front; Bazzill cardstock in Pansy for the mat for card front; Neenah Solar White 110 lb. for the card base.

Dies: Hero Arts Classic & Ornate Frames die set.

Other: WOW Metallic Gold Rich Pale embossing powder; Pretty Pink Posh: Metallic Gold sequins.

Get Crafty with Kraft a SSS and Lawn Fawn Co-Challenge on Flickr

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There is a Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn Co-Challenge going on on Flickr.

For the challenge, I used the sentiment ‘I only have eyes for you’ from a SSS stamp set (Only Have Eyes for You) and a couple eyeglass images from a Lawn Fawn stamp set (Clear to See).  A requirement of the challenge is to incorporate a kraft product such as cardstock, or kraft-colored inks, embellishments into your project. I used Neenah Environment 80 lb. Desert Storm cardstock on the card front. To add additional interest and carry the theme of Kraft further, I embellished the card with small wood veneer hearts.

I added a bit of glimmer to the eyeglasses and the wood veneer hearts with my Wink of Stella pen in clear. I can’t live without this glimmer pen.

Summary of the supplies used in making this card:

Stamps: Simon Says Stamp: Only Have Eyes for You (sentiment); Lawn Fawn: Clear to See (eyeglasses).

Inks: Simon Says Stamp: Lipstick Red.

Cardstock: Neenah Environment Desert Storm 80lb (for card front); Papertrey Ink: Pure Poppy (used as mat); Neenah Solar White 110lb for card base

Other: Wood veneer Hearts (from my stash); Wink of Stella (clear)