Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter every one!  I hope you  have great friends and family to spend it with.  I'm with my family, but I wanted to take a minute to share this cute Easter card on the way to my cousin.  I just love Lawn Fawn's Happy Easter set.  The bunnies are so cute!  For this card, I used Peacock Feather and Broken China Distress Ink to create the background, then stamped on some clouds from Lawn Fawn's Sunny Skies set with some Hero Arts Unicorn White ink.  Then I added grass cut from some paper from my scraps using the Grassy Border die from Lawn Fawn.  The eggs and bunnies were colored with colored pencils blended out with Gamsol.  I'm really enjoying learning all these new coloring techniques. 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Easter Treats

Today was the birthday party for my youngest niece so I wanted to take both nieces a little Easter treat to the party.  I had seen some adorable things made with Lawn Fawn's Happy Easter set, so thought I would start there.  I used a couple of pages from the Echo Park Perfect Summer 6x6 pad from last year.  I used the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die with some scraps of green paper from the pad, plus cut the background from some blue paper from the pad with the dies from Winter Gifts set.  I stamped the bunny and eggs form the Happy Easter set.  I added their names with the Jessie's ABC's set just to finish them off.  The cute little pillow boxes were made from the Celebration stack from DCWV using design ID 1184 on my Cameo.  Super quick and fun.  Then I tied the tags on with some Lawn Fawn Silver Sparkle Lawn Cuts.  I'm sure the part they liked the best was the chocolate inside!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Get Well Soon Inspired by the Lawn Fawn Blog

I had a headache (darn weather change) and yet I needed a card for a co-worker who just had surgery.  So, I scoped out the Lawn Fawn blog where I fell in love with this cute turtle card.  It was the perfect opportunity to break out my On the Mend set (with a few extra stamps from Critters in the 'Burbs, Sunny Skies and Bon Voyage) plus my new Grassy Border die.  After stamping out my selections with the Momento Tuxedo Black ink and coloring with my Copics (love them), I cut out my grass with some green paper and the sky from some blue paper in my stash.  I added some clouds with Hero Arts Unicorn white ink and the cloud from the Bon Voyage set.  I added some Hemptique baker's twine and a button from my stash, but it still seemed to need something.  So I cut out a black mat to bring it all together and adhered it to my card base.  Simple, easy and quick to let me crawl off to bed and see if I can sleep off this headache.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Soy Happy for You Card

I needed a card to congratulate a friend on his new job.  I was flipped through my stamps and decided I had to use the Let's Roll set from Lawn Fawn.  I have loved this set since I first saw it in the preview pictures from CHA.  It's so cute and punny.  I broke out my Momento ink and new Copics (thanks again Mom) and colored up a storm.  Then it was just a matter of using the dies and finding some cute paper.  I had some paper left in the 6x6 Print Shop paper pad from Studio Calico that I received as part of a Citrus Twist project life kit.  I thought it would work well for the background and yet leave the card suitably masculine.  I decided that the puffy star stackables from Lawn Fawn would add a nice highlight, especially after I edged them in Wink of Stella, too bad it doesn't really show in the cards.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Art Impression Watercolor Sympathy Card

I really love these new Art Impression stamps for water coloring.  They are so much fun to play with using my Distress Markers even if it's a sympathy card.  For this one, I decided to just do a one layer card with a simple sentiment from the Sympathy4you set from the Stamps of Life. 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

My First Attempt with Art Impressions

This last weekend I attended CKC in Portland for the sixth year in a row.  It's changed a bit since I first started, but one thing that never changes is the inspiration I find there.  I happened upon a booth in the vendor fair for Art Impressions.  I remembered that I had watched Kristina Werner make the cutest cat card using their stamps, so I just had to check them out.  They had some of the cutest whimsical stamps, but then I saw the most amazing demonstration of their watercolor stamps.  I stood there for the longest time with another group of crafters watching the owner, Bonnie Krebs, create such beautiful scenes with just a handful of stamps, markers, a little water, a brush and some watercolor paper.  I knew immediately I was going to have to try it myself.

I picked out a few stamps that I thought would be basic enough to get started but also versatile enough to let me be creative.  As I was purchasing my new stamps, I struck up a conversation with the owner's husband and learned that they live not to far from me and my favorite local art store, Runaway Arts and Crafts carries their products - no wonder the name was so familiar.  I'm sure I've walked by their stamps in that store a ton of times and never gave them a thought because I simply didn't know how to use them. 

So tonight, I pulled them out because I thought they may do well for the sympathy card I need to make for a co-worker.  I was so surprised how fun, easy and FAST it was to make the potted plant on this card.  I watched their You Tube video and then just followed the easy steps to make my own version.  Then it was just add a background with Fancy Pants paper from the 6x6 pad called Park Bench and a little ribbon.