Christmas Already? Oh Dear.

I was really kicking myself because I didn't post on Monday. But I was in Edmonton at the time and then I have been extremely busy since I got back and had no time to make a card. 
I did sneak some time in yesterday and made this one. The fact that I made a Christmas card worries me a little bit. But I just got Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends and a snowglobe die and I couldn't wait to use them!
I stamped and cut then snowman and his accessories on various patterned papers. I stamped the snowflakes in the background using a white pigment ink. I layered everything together and put a piece of acetate over top. I found that the American crafts solid tape runner was basically completely invisible underneath the acetate! So I used a little bit of it around the edges. I cut a few strips of patterned paper to layer underneath and tied some bakers twine around. 
 This stamp set has been on my wishlist forever and I'm so glad I finally got my  hands on it! Look how darn cute this snowman is! Lawn Fawn is my weakness. They get me everytime. Ugh. I just want all their stamp sets!

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Oh Heck. .

So, I know I'm not the only one who has trouble with masculine cards and when I make them they always tend to be very, very distressed and with trucks. haha. This card was a step out of that rut haha. I didn't have a fish stamp so I found some in a patterned paper from this paper pad. I used watercolour cardstock and a few distress inks to create my background. Then I cut a piece of patterned paper from a Simple Stories pad to get the sandy bottom. I then heat embossing the sentiment with gold embossing powder. (The sentiment is from a Studio G stamp which I unfortunately can't link)

 I added the fish next. One flat one popped up and my favourite part is how the bottom fish is tucked behind the sentiment. I took my craft knife and cut around the letter so I was able to tuck it behind. Then I popped up his head so it looks like he's coming from behind it. To finish it off, I matted it with a piece of patterned paper.

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Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Make It Sparkle

I had no idea where I was going with this card when I started. haha. I stamped the main image onto watercolor cardstock. I started colouring the image in with distress inks, but wasn't liking how it was looking, So I switched to just doing an entire wash of color over the entire thing. Then I went back and darkened up the image with more saturated colour.  Then I took a piece of black cardstock and inked around with white pigment ink and stamped two different sentiments repeatedly from the Fiskars Round of Applause stamp set in white pigment ink too. 
 I then adhered the water coloured piece to the black cardstock using pop dots and put a piece of washi tape on the top. Then I stamped and cut out the part hat. To finish it off I used various colours of stickles on the main image.

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Simon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge!

For this card I started out by pressing a piece of watercolour cardstock from Tim Holtz into Wild Honey, Iced Spruce and Tumbled Glass distress ink; repeatedly pouncing into the colour until I was happy with it. I inked around the edges with Iced Spruce and Vintage Photo. I stamped the man from the Paris Memoir stamp set and inked him up with various distress ink colours. I stamped a gear (which ended up being kinda hidden) with a hand made stamp using a gear die and craft foam. I adhered the piece of tissue tape with modpodge. 
 I tied around some twine and threaded a word  band through it. I stamped the sentiment in Timber Brown ink and popped up the little french man. haha.

This card has a lot more steps than I would usually put into a card. I would usually save something like this for an art journal or canvas, but I really think it all works well together! 

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Schedule + Shower Cards

So, I decided I am going to try and be more regular. I know I've said that before, but in order to try and actually achieve this, I'm going to set a schedule. I'm going to start off by trying to post every Monday. That way I have the whole weekend to make something I'm proud of and write up a blog post. If this goes well I might try and bump it up to twice a week. (But lets not get ahead of ourselves haha)

So for today I have a set of four shower cards. They could be very easily mass produced as I made these in a very short amount of time. No colouring or any fancy techniques, just very simple and cute. These are 3 1/2 inch square cards.

For the first two I used Memento Bahama Blue ink for the background and bows because the patterns were more bold and bright. On the card on the right I used this stamp set from Fiskars to get the word 'wedding.' I edged around the edges using the same Bahama Blue ink. 

 For these two I used Memento Summer Sky ink because the patterns I chose were more muted and soft. I did the same thing for these ones just switched out the sentiments.  To finish of the cards I stamped and cut out bows from Lawn Fawn's Winter in the Park set. I really think that finished it off. I was going to add glitter or sparkle but I really like the simplicity of these cards.

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For some reason Lawn Fawn's Hello Baby won't come up on InLinkz, does anyone know why?