Monday, March 30, 2020

You're the Sweetest

Bug and Bee seem to agree, You're the Sweetest!
The sentiment is white heat embossed with Distress inks blended over the top for an emboss resist.  The bushes were stamped twice and fussy cut to overlap at different heights.  The ladybug and bee were also fussy cut, with their antennae stamped on the bushes behind them.  I kept all of the layering in green so that the ladybug and bee would stand out.

Supplies:
Stamps:  Purple Onion Designs Garden Bugs, Garden Bushes, Kindness Sentiment Set
Dies:  Lawn Fawn Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, Papertrey Ink Cover Plate: Twist
Copics:  YG11,13,17,61,63,67, G20,21,24, BG0000,00, Y04,11,13,15, R24,27,39
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaMark, Distress Ink Mowed Lawn and Shabby Shutters
Other:  SSS fine detail white embossing powder, green scraps of vellum and paper

Thanks for coming over to visit!  
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Thursday, March 26, 2020

He Is Risen!

Here's a way to use landscape and portrait dies together:
Easter is still a couple of weeks away, so plenty of time if you want to make an Easter card.  I have a video over at Scrapbook Pal's YouTube channel and blog showing how I created this card.  All of the supplies are listed there.

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Sparkle and Shine and a Little Update

Funny crafting story to share:
A few years ago, when our two girls transitioned from young girls to teenagers, I redecorated their bathroom.  It's actually the hall bathroom which is the main one in the house.  I gave it a glitzy look with an aqua and silver color scheme, with jewels as an accent.  I needed some artwork and found some jewel framed mirrors that fit well.  Being all crafty, I designed and cut the words "Sparkle and Shine" out of silver glitter vinyl and adhered them to the mirrors.


Every Friday is game night at our house with my brother's family including my two college-aged nephews (now out of college).  The first Friday after the bathroom remake, one nephew came out of the bathroom a bit bewildered.  "Auntie Kara, you obviously didn't design that bathroom with guys in mind."  Hmm, I never really thought about anyone standing to do their business there in front of mirrors, let alone ones saying, "Sparkle and Shine"!  Ah well, the mirrors remain and it's become a good joke.  Maybe you had to be there, but I thought it was worth sharing with my crafty friends.


Now that the entire family is quarantined together, I find myself having to step up my duties as wife, mother, and daughter (my mother lives with us too).  I want to take advantage of this bad situation by making the most of my time with them.  It's leaving very little time for my own cyber social interaction and definitely putting a damper on my crafting time.  I know I am incredibly blessed to have them with me, but I feel it's important to let you know in case you haven't heard from me in a while.  I have many posts scheduled well into May, so the blog will continue to be up and running.
Stay safe, my dear friends!  You mean the world to me!
Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Saturday, March 21, 2020

No Line Coloring with Lawn Fawn | Video!

I've been interested in no line coloring for quite some time now and Lawn Fawn's Jellyfish ink makes it a lot easier to stamp out images.  It's light enough to be concealed, yet dark enough to see the lines while coloring.  No need for generation stamping, or finding the right color ink to use.  I have a video below where I talk about some of the ins and outs I've learned along the way.


You can watch the video here, on Lawn Fawn's YouTube channel or on my YouTube channel:
Thanks for watching!  I really appreciate all the support in "Likes" and subscriptions to my channel!

Supplies:
Stamps:  LF Dandy Day
Dies:  LF Outside/in Stitched Rectangles
Stencils:   LF Grassy Hillside,  Cloudy
Ink:  LF Jellyfish, DI Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn
Paper: LF Dandy Day 6x6 paper pad
Tools:  LF Acrylic block, Tombow Mono dot adhesive runner, PFS Life Changing Blending Brushes, Signo white gel pen, 3M full stick sticky notes
Copics: BV20,23,25, RV11,93, YG11,13, C0,1

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Opposites Attract

I'm over on the SugarPea blog today with a two for one card idea using the Envelope Liner SugarCut.  This die set comes with so many extras besides the envelope liner that are perfect for creating elegant wedding and anniversary cards.


To create these two cards, I cut a 4.25x5.5" panel, a stitched scalloped panel from the Card Front Element Builder SugarCut, and the "Love" and floral elements from the Envelope Liner SugarCut in both gold and white shimmer cardstock.  On both panels, I arranged the opposite colored flowers around the word, glued them down, and cut the panel where I thought it would look best.  I decided to add a strip of silver mirror cardstock as a transition between the two colors, so I waited to adhere the "L" until the silver piece was added.

SugarPea Designs Supplies:

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Monday, March 16, 2020

It's a Dandy Day!

Continuing with Lawn Fawn's inspiration week, I dressed up a Dandy Day Notebook:
Supplies:
Stamps: Dandy Day
Dies:  Dandy Day coordinating dies, A Little Note line border, Outside/In stitched scalloped squares, Magic Picture Changer (stitched square frame)
Paper: Dandy Day 6x6, Narwhal
Ink:  River Rock
Copics:  BV20,23,25, C00,0, RV10

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara
Other:

It's Still Winter Here

This is about the time of year that I wonder why my family chose to live in Wisconsin.  Of course, come summer, there's no place I'd rather be.  The best way I know to enjoy these cold months is to keep on coloring!  Julian Charlton's Happy Winter Forest Friends from Purple Onion Designs know how to brighten up the long winter:

These  happy little guys don't seem to mind the cold one bit!  Good thing they all know how to knit their own sweaters and hats!

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Spring Critters Say What?

These spring critters have a lot to say on this birthday card, in fact, just about every sentiment in the set! 

I grouped the sentiments around the coordinating animals to some degree.  There's only one sentiment from another set, it's "Ewe are the best" from Hay There.  I white heat embossed on Bristol smooth cardstock.  The panel was ink blended with regular distress inks and spritzed with water.  I used the Speech Bubble Backdrop to help position each stamp.  The to: and from: will be written in white gel pen once I know the recipient.
Supplies:
Stamps:  LF Say What? Spring Critters, Hay There
Dies: LF Speech Bubble Backdrop
Inks: LF clear, DI Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean, Wilted Violet, Picked Raspberry, Carved Pumpkin
Copics:  Y11,13,15, YR68, YG05,07, B00,01,02, V01,05, RV02,04
Other:  LF White embossing powder, PPP sequins

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Birthday Wishes with Lawn Fawn!

Offset Sayings: Birthday is Lawn Fawn's featured stamp set today! 

I smooshed some watercolor paper in Lindy's Magicals, letting it dry several times in between to build up layers of color.  I then spattered the panel with Lawn Fawn's Liquid Stardust.  The panel was framed twice with Lawn Fawn's Stitched Rectangle Frames.  The Offset Sayings: Birthday words were white heat embossed.  I changed up a couple of the words.  "Your" came from "You" with the addition of the "r" from "birthday", and "Way!" came from "Yay!" deleting the first "Y" and adding a "W" from "Wish".  The open letters were filled in with DI Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire with the addition of a little water and a small paint brush.  The die cut letters are Lawn Fawn's new Oliver's ABCs, cut twice for a shadow effect, and popped up with foam tape.  The shadow letters were cut from Sugar Plum cardstock and smooshed with the same DI colors as the inside of the embossed letters.  The little mouse  from Dandy Day was colored with Copic markers (BV01,02,31, V04, G12), cut out with the coordinating dies, and popped up with foam tape.  The little dandelion fluff is also from the same stamp set. 

This second photo shows a bit of the sparkle from the Liquid Stardust:


Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara


Thursday, March 12, 2020

Swooning Swans

Wedding bells are ringing for these two!  It's the start of a new Lawn Fawn inspiration week and today the Swan Soiree stamps/dies, and the Cattail border die are featured on the Lawn Fawn blog. 

The bride's veil and the water are both iridescent vellum cut with a simple stitched wavy border die (non-stitched side)


Supplies:
Stamps: Swan Soiree, Octopi My Heart (bow tie)
Dies: Swan Soiree, Octopi My Heart, Cattail Border, Lacy Heart Stackables, Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, Stitched Simple Wavy Borders, Magic Picture Changer (small banner, extended)
Paper: Dandy Day 6x6, Iridescent vellum, Narwhal, Ballet Slippers
Ink:  River Rock
Copics:  R81,83, RV00, N0,2,4,6

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord Bless you today!
Kara





Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge #25: Spring Animals

Happy Twofer Day!  It's the tenth of the month, the day we begin a new challenge at the Twofer Challenge blog. Spring animals is our theme and I chose a rubber stamp from Lili of the Valley called Easter Sweeties (retired).

My first card is a birthday card.  I partially used this stamp by cutting and separating the ducks to arrange them around the sentiment.

My second card is an Easter card.  I stamped the image in its entirety.

I hope you will join us for this fun challenge!  Please head on over to the Twofer Card Challenge blog to get some wonderful inspiration from our two sweet and talented guest designers Bobby, and Brenda, and the team!
Supplies:
Stamps:  LOTV Easter Sweeties, MFT Birthday Greetings, POD Sweet Occasions Sentiment Set
Dies:  MFT Peek a Boo Wonky Window
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, LF Clear
Other:  LF white embossing powder, Copic markers

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Mix It Up Challenge #65 - A Splash of Sprinkles

It's time to begin a new Mix It Up Challenge over at SugarPea Designs!  Check out that rainbow layered cake photo inspiration and the wonderful sketch below!  I was inspired by the colors of the cake, the sprinkles, and the pink glass cake stand:

SugarPea Designs Supplies:
Stamps: Mermaid Kisses
Dies:  Mermaid Kisses
Confetti is  Let’s Polka by Little Things from Lucy
How will you be inspired?  I hope you will join us during this month for March's Mix It Up Challenge!


Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Monday, March 2, 2020

Winter Birthdays are Snow Much Fun!

These friends are having a great time playing outside, and I had a great time coloring them!
I wanted to keep the color palette small, emphasizing the greens and browns against the snow.  The sentiment is white heat embossed on green vellum.

Purple Onion Designs Stamps:  Hope (bunny), Maggie (mouse), Aspen (owl), Winter Trail Background, Warming Winter Thoughts Sentiment Set

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Gnomebody's Home? - Lawn Fawn Video!

Yes!  This little gnome is home!  Just turn on the lights in his house with Lawn Fawn's Magic Iris, and you can see him at the door!
At first the house is dark as if there is gnomebody home:
Then, when you pull the handle, the light turns on inside the house:
Open the door to see the gnome, and lift the flap in the grass to see the little worm saying "hi" from underground:
I created a video to show how I put this card together.  You can watch it here, on Lawn Fawn's YouTube channel, or on my YouTube channel:

Thanks so much for watching!

Supplies:
Stamps:  Oh Gnome!, A Bug Deal
Dies:  Magic Iris, Magic Iris Add-on, Meadow Backdrop Portrait, Meadow Backdrop Landscape (tulips only), Lift the Flap Meadow, Mushroom House, Flippin Awesome (small banner only)
Paper:  Dandy Day 6x6, Hello Sunshine Remix 6x6, Guava, Fake Tan, Dolphin, Sunflower, Black Licorice, Woodgrain
Ink: Jet Black, Clear
Other:  White Embossing Powder, Glue Tube, Tombow Dot Runner, Cutterbee Scissors, Jewel Picker, 3M foam tape, 3/8" Glue Dots, Bone Folder, Stamp Shammy, Shammy Holder, 
Copics:  E00,21,23,40,41,44,47, BG02,05, YG01,03, Y13, YR00,14,15,16,18, RV11,21,23,25, W00,0,1,5, C1,8

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Friday, February 21, 2020

Creating a Scene Part Five with Purple Onion Design - The Finale!

The final video in the series, Creating a Scene, is up on my YouTube channel.  Today's video focuses on the final details, creating shadows with Copic markers and ink blending.
You can watch the video here or on my YouTube channel:

Purple Onion Designs stamps:  Sugar Plum, Stone Fireplace, Tree House, table from Cookies for Santa, rug from Fireplace and Rug, logs from Fall/Winter Door Decor, candle from Fireplace decor

Copics: 0, 100, C0,1,2,3,4,5, W0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7, E21,23,25,40,41,42,43,44, G20,21,24,28,46, BG70, R30,32,35, YR00,21,23, Y00,11,17

Thanks for coming over for a visit!  
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Pivoting Peas!

I can't get enough of these wonderful peas from Lawn Fawn!  This time the peas are grouping together on Lawn Fawn's Pivot Pop-up!  



The list of supplies can be found at Scrapbook Pal's blog and YouTube channel.

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

It's a Bug Deal!

Did these little guys sleep through the party?   Lawn Fawn's new A Bug Deal stamp set has so many cute little guys that can be used in so many ways.  Today I went with a magic picture changer:



Lawn Fawn Supplies:
Stamps:  A Bug Deal, Offset Sayings: Birthday
Dies: Magic Picture Changer, Magic Picture Changer Add-on, Banner from Flippin' Awesome
Other: Hello Sunshine Remix 6x6 paper, Guava cardstock, Fake Tan cardstock, Jet Black ink, Clear ink, White EP, Glue Tube, 1/8" and 1/4" double sided tape

Copics: YG01,03,05,17, G24, YR04,14, Y13,15, B000,05, RV06,11, R02, E04,31,33,34,35,37,41,43,44,70,71,74,77

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Wishing You a Snappy Birthday!

I'm over at the SugarPea Designs blog today with a birthday card featuring the new stamp set Later Gator!  There are lots of accessories for this gator which makes it so versatile for many occasions!
Ms. Ali Gator was stamped lightly with Copic friendly green ink and colored with Copic markers.  Her balloon was also lightly inked with pink ink and colored with Copics.  The front panel was blended with a variety of green inks through the Laurel Leaves stencil.  After stenciling, I ink blended over the stenciled area fading it out to white.  The sentiment from Later Gator was stamped with clear ink and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I then cut out a window using a Zig Zag Stitched Rectangle, and raised the panel with craft foam.  To complete the card, I attached silver thread behind the balloon with a glue dot and glued the other end to her wrist.  I tied a bow of silver thread and glued it over the end of the string.


Other Supplies:
Ink: Memento New Sprout and Angel Pink, VersaMark, Distress:  Forest Moss, Pine Needles, Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters
Silver EP, Silver twine
Copics:  W1,3, G12, YG01,03,11,13,21,23,25,91,93

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

A Box of Wishes

It's time for release week at Lawn Fawn, and I am so excited!  We're starting out this week with the sweetest stamp set called, Dandy Day.




I stamped the images partially in Jet Black ink, and partially in clear so I could ink blend around the white of the dandelions.  I used the new grassy hills and cloud stencils to ink blend in DI Mowed Lawn and Salty Ocean.  Copic used:  W00,0,1, E71, Y04,15,19, YG17, G29, R20

Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara


Saturday, February 15, 2020

A Fox Afloat

A little no line coloring for this happy day of Lawn Fawn's release week.  I used Lawn Fawn's new Jellyfish ink to stamp out these two from the new Really High Five stamp set and last year's Butterfly Kisses stamp set.  I am so excited about that ink - no need for generation stamping, and the color works in with everything!  I even stamped out the balloon strings with it and just drew over them with a Prismacolor pencil (along with their eyes and mouths).

Copics:W00,0,1,2,3,4, E11,13,15,43, R02,05, Y00,11,13,15, B0000,000
Prismacolor Pencil: 1056 70% Warm Grey

I hope you're enjoying release week!
Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Friday, February 14, 2020

Creating a Scene Part Four with Purple Onion Designs

Part four of my miniseries, Creating a Scene is up on my YouTube Channel.  The focus of today's video is coloring the focal images to help create the scene.
You can watch the video here or on my YouTube Channel:

Purple Onion Designs stamps:  Sugar Plum, Stone Fireplace, Tree House, table from Cookies for Santa, rug from Fireplace and Rug, logs from Fall/Winter Door Decor, candle from Fireplace decor

Copics: 0, 100, C0,1,2,3,4,5, W0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7, E21,23,25,40,41,42,43,44, G20,21,24,28,46, BG70, R30,32,35, YR00,21,23, Y00,11,17

Thanks for coming over for a visit!  
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Typewriter Tote Inspiration with Lawn Fawn

Lawn Fawn came out with the cutest tote bag.  Well, several of them.  I love the You're Just My Type of Tote so much that I wanted to create a card that was similar to it.  Lawn Fawn's Speckled Eggshell paper imitates the canvas fabric, and the stamp sets did the rest:



I have a video showing how I created this card.  You can watch it here, on my YouTube channel, or on the Lawn Fawn YouTube channel:

Supplies:

You’re Just My Type of Tote
Stamps: You’re Just My Type, Milo’s ABCs
Dies:  You’re Just My Type Lawn Cuts, Reveal Wheel, Reveal Wheel Square Add-on
Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackable
Stencils:  Reveal Wheel Square Stencils
Paper:  Speckled Eggshell cardstock, Rainforest cardstock
Ink:  Jet Black ink, Ballet Slippers
Tools:  Acrylic Block 1.75”, Glue Tube, 12" Ruler, Stamp shammy, shammy case, MISTI, 3M Foam Tape, Tombow dot adhesive tape runner, Cutter Bee Scissors
Copics:  BG45,49, RV10


Thanks for coming over to visit!
May the Lord bless you today!
Kara

Monday, February 10, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge #24: Fruits

It's time for another Twofer and this time we're featuring fruits!  My fruit of choice is a duo strawberry stamp from Lawn Fawn's So Smooth stamp set:
 I partially inked the strawberry image and stamped it on the little onsie:
 I used the strawberry duo stamp as intended on this flip card:
 The smoothie changes from whole fruits to liquid as the flaps move:

 The card opens to reveal a gift card holder and the final smoothie in a glass:

 
What sort of fruit will you use for this Twofer Card Challenge?  Head on over to the Twofer blog for much more inspiration from our guest, Sonja, and the team, and link up your fruity concoction!

Supplies:
Stamps: Lawn Fawn (LF) So Smooth, Little Bundle
Dies: LF Flippin' Awesome, Flippin' Awesome Add-on, So Smooth, Little Bundle, Mini Pop-up box, Fancy Scallop Rectangle Stackables, Quilted Backdrop
Ink: LF Jet Black, Clear, Deep Sea
Copics:  V000,12,15, B000,01,32,34,37, C00,0,1,2,4,6, Y00,11,13,15, YG01,05,06,11,13, R30,32,35,37
Other:  LF Really Rainbow 6x6 paper pad, LF white embossing powder

Thanks for coming over to visit!  May the Lord bless you today!
Kara