Sunday, April 7, 2024

Lawn Fawn | Beaver Appreciation Day + Beaver Birthday Card

Hello, crafty friends! Did you know that it's International Beaver Day and Beaver Appreciation Day? My family and I have been making beaver cards for a long time and you can find all those HERE, including the Halloween costumes and Minecraft story that that started our obsession with beavers.

This was actually the card I made for my husband's birthday last year, 11 months ago, but I had made it right after my dad died and it was around that time that I stopped creating for six months. I had every intention to make a reel and post it because I think it's too cute not to share so I'm happy to be able to do it today, on this unusual holiday!

The two main Lawn Fawn bundles featured here are Wood You Be Mine? and Den Sweet Den. It took me forever to collect the latter but once the beavers were released, I just had to get it because they complement each other so well! Obviously, the Stitched Dens were a necessity, too, so I could create the perfect home.

I customized the framed sentiment for this birthday scene and included all the things that my husband loves. The smaller items not included in the above-mentioned sets are the soccer ball from Tiny Sports Friends, wine/cheese/baguette from Bicycle Built for You, and the birthday cake from Party Animal

All of the images were stamped and heat embossed on watercolour cardstock, then watercolored with mini distress ink pads, all of which are listed below. I also ink blended some greens and blues on the white woodgrain cardstock on the card base, before attaching everything on the card base with a mix of liquid glue and foam squares.

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Spellbinders Guest Post feat. Doodlebug

Hello, crafty friends! I'm on the Spellbinders Blog with three sweet cards featuring different ways to use the new Doodlebug Gingham-Linen Rainbow Petite Prints 12x12" Cardstock Paper Pack, one of many awesome paper packs now available in the Spellbinders store!

Affiliated product links are listed below at no extra cost to you. Details on how I made each card and more photos are on the Spellbinders Blog. Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Friday, April 5, 2024

Lawn Fawn | Miss You Travel Card

Hello, crafty friends! Today's card is essentially the twin of THIS CARD that I made for my son's friend. Last month, my husband was required to travel for three weeks on business and our family tradition is that we make him a card to take along with him to keep us close. This was that card!

As with the previous design, the star of this card is Lawn Fawn's Simply Celebrate Critters clear stamps and dies, with the Simply Celebrate Critters Add-On stamp set. The jokes and sentiments are from Dad Jokes, other small sentiments are from the Virtual Friends Add-On stamp set and the heart is from Meow You Doin'.

Since the Squishmallow Avery is my son's most cherished stuffie, and the Miniso bunnies are also a family favourite, I chose the row of little birds and added the adorable bunnies below. All of the Copic markers are listed below, as is the white gel pen I used to add highlight details.

To create the background, I cut three panels of Moonstone, Cornflower and Portobello cardstock using My Favorite Things' A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 1. Then I used Concord & 9th's Stitched Hearts Card Front Die on the Moonstone panel before cutting that panel and the Portobello panel with Spellbinders' Color Block Scenic Scape Dies.

I glued the three panel layers together before attaching them to a Noble Fir card base. Finally, I added foam tape to the back of all four die cuts and attached them to the tri-coloured panel.

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Monday, April 1, 2024

Lunar New Year Challenge + Giveaways | April 2024

The Lunar New Year Challenge is back and since we've partnered up with your favourite craft companies all year long, that means there are giveaways every month! This month, we're giving away ONE $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp, ONE $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn, ONE $25 gift certificate to My Favorite Things, and ONE $25 gift certificate to Angie Blom Digital Designs. That's a total of $100 in giveaways in April! 

Several of our design team members received product from Simon Says Stamp to create their inspiration projects. I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous Orange Blossoms Die and Stencil Bundle, as well as the Joyful Greetings Stamps and Dies.

Oranges or tangerines are commonly gifted at Chinese New Year because they're believed to bring good luck and happiness. The Chinese words for orange and tangerine closely resemble those of luck and wealth.

I couldn't wait to stencil these oranges and foliage with different colours. I chose distress inks in Saltwater Taffy, Ripe Persimmon and Crackling Campfire. The dimples on the oranges were blended with Aged Mahogany.

For the leaves, I chose distress inks in Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint and Forest Moss. The stems were blended with Walnut Stain.

The flowers were stencilled with Candied Apple, Lumberjack Plaid and Aged Mahogany, with Wild Honey in the centre. After die cutting all the stencilled pieces, I set them aside to stamp and emboss the sentiments.

The sentiments are from the Joyful Greetings Stamp and Die set. I love the bold 'joyful' sentiment and the secondary additions make the set extremely versatile for many occasions. Obviously, I was drawn to the 'new year' sentiment which I split in this design.

On the first card, I gold heat embossed the sentiment on Simon Says Stamp Black cardstock and on the second card, I gold heat embossed the sentiment on Neenah Ultra Thick White cardstock.

For the layouts, I cut three A2 panels from Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red (two), Lemon Chiffon and Green Apple cardstock. Next, I cut one of the Lipstick Red and Lemon Chiffon panels on an angle, measuring them at 2" on the left edge and 3-3/8" on the right.

Before glueing the top panel on to the Lipstick Red and Green Apple bases, I stamped the secondary sentiment for the first card with Nocturne ink and gold heat embossed the secondary sentiment for the second card.

After attaching the angled panels on the top of both cards, I glued the leaves and popped up the oranges with foam squares. I also popped up the 'joyful' die cuts with foam strips.

To finish, I die cut stars from the Joyful Greetings Die set, from both Gold Glitter cardstock and Matte Gold Foil cardstock, then embellished both cards with them.

The rules are simple. You must create a new Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year or a 2024 Dragon Birthday card and add the link to your post below. Multiple entries are allowed. Backlinking to an older project is strictly prohibited.

Our April Lunar New Year Challenge will run from 12:00am EST on April 1, 2024 through 12:00pm EST on April 30, 2024. We would love to see you using products from our four generous sponsors! The four lucky winners will be randomly selected from all eligible entries and announced at the start of the May Challenge. 

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Visit the April Link-Up Party post HERE to see all of the design team projects and be inspired to create your own! When sharing your challenge entries on social media, feel free to save this badge and post it along with your project. Please tag us @lunarnewyearchallenge on Instagram and use the hashtag #lunarnewyearchallenge so everyone can find and be inspired by all your amazing projects.

Thanks so much for stopping by and I'll see you again soon!


Thursday, March 28, 2024

Lunar New Year Challenge | MFT Sponsor Feature + Sale!

Today, several members of the Lunar New Year Challenge team are being featured on the My Favorite Things Blog! We've created cards using lots of awesome products that were gifted to us by My Favorite Things. My card features images from the YUZU Darling Dragons stamp set with a sentiment from Celebrate Everything.

I started by stamping all the images from YUZU Darling Dragons using VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink, then heat embossed them with clear embossing powder. Next, I selected distress inks for watercoloring.

I smooshed the following mini ink pads onto a stencil mat and used artist brushes to watercolour the images: Antique Linen, Wild Honey (belly and wings), Tattered Rose, Saltwater Taffy, Worn Lipstick, Festive Berries (body and heart), Shabby Shutters, Peeled Paint, Forest Moss (leaves), Speckled Egg (clouds), Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke (nostrils, finger/toenails and rocks).

After the images dried completely, I fussy cut and set them aside to create the background. The grassy panel was die cut from the retired Tucked-in Turf - Vertical Die-namics but Grassy Edges Die-namics could be used to create the top edge and partial die cutting could be used to create the grassy tufts.

I used the mini ink blending tool with domed blending foam and the following distress oxides to add colour to the grassy panel: Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Peacock Feathers. For the sky panel, I used the mini ink blending tool and domed blending foam with the following distress oxides: Milled LavenderShaded Lilac and Dusty Concord. Then I splattered it with Tsukineko shimmer spritz to create visual interest.

Once the panel dried, I stamped the sentiment from Celebrate Everything with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I cut a border using silver glitter cardstock and glued the two panels to the card base before popping the images on with foam tape.

My Favorite Things is an annual sponsor of the Lunar New Year Challenge and they are giving away one $25 gift certificate each month, all year long.

Visit the March Link-Up Party post HERE to read the rules, see all of the design team projects and be inspired to create your own! 

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024

Spellbinders | March 2024 Monthly Club Kits

Hello again, crafty friends! Today, I'm sharing projects featuring the March 2024 Monthly Club Kits from Spellbinders. My first card features the "Stitched Read & Sip" Stitching Die of the Month and the "Sketched Lines" Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month. Club Kits close on the 27th of each month so get them while you can!

I used similar colours on both cards, give or take, and I made one that was lighter and another that was more saturated with colour. The colour palette I used includes Ballet Slipper, Dragonfruit, Sprout, Midnight Green, Lilac, Lilac Blossom and Eggplant. Gold Glitter cardstock was also added as an accent on both cards.

For this first card featuring the "Stitched Read & Sip" Stitching Die of the Month, I cut the card base and panel from white linen cardstock. Then I cut the books from Ballet SlipperDragonfruitSprout, Eggplant and Gold Glitter cardstock.

After cutting the teacup and flowers from Ballet SlipperDragonfruitSproutMidnight GreenLilacLilac Blossom and Eggplant cardstock, I stitched both the teacup and large book using Light Gold DMC Diamant Grande Metallic Thread.

After using liquid glue and foam tape to assemble the layers of the teacup and books, I glued most of the pieces directly on to the base panel and popped ups few of the flowers with foam tape.

To create the sentiment, I used Gold Hot Foil to heat foil one of sentiments from the "Sketched Lines" Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month on white linen cardstock and popped that on to the smaller book using foam strips.

I made this card for a friend who is starting a new job in a complete different industry than what she has worked in all her life. We regularly meet up for coffee and we're both avid readers so I thought this was the perfect design and sentiment for her new endeavour!

For this second card featuring the "Sketched Lines" Glimmer Hot Foil Kit of the Month, I cut an A2 panel from Lilac Blossom cardstock and used Pastel Lavender Hot Foil in two directions on an angle to create the cool background for my coffee cups.

Next, I cut all the coffee cup layers and flowers from the "Stitched Read & Sip" Stitching Die of the Month using DragonfruitSproutMidnight GreenLilacEggplant and Gold Glitter cardstock. This time, I didn't add stitching to those dies.

After stacking the layers of coffee cups with foam tape, I glued the flowers and leaves on to each cup in a different mix of colours so each cup had each colour represented on it. I also alternated the Sprout and Midnight Green leaves for variation.

For the sentiment from All You Need Sentiments, I used Gold Hot Foil on white linen cardstock and popped it up with foam strips. Lastly, I added a few Gold Pearls to embellish the card and give it a little more gold.

I made this card for a friend who had a freak slip-and-fall accident last month which resulted in a nasty break in her left leg. She often joins me and the recipient of the first card for coffee and lunch so we'll be missing her for a couple of months while she recuperates. I hope this card brings her a smile and encourages her to heal quickly.

Here's a list of monthly club kits I share, as well as some of the value kits offered by Spellbinders:

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