Colourful Birthday

If writers can have writer’s block, can crafters have crafter’s block? For the past weeks I have been struggling to get inspired and motivated to create new cards. I do not know if the heat wave is melting away my brain (this is the third or fourth heat wave this year) or if I am in need of a holiday. Admittedly, I had to force myself to sit at my desk and craft – I know this is not ideal, but I think it worked out well. I made this colourful birthday card:

I used my Distress Inks as watercolours and created a rainbow background with my paintbrush and acrylic block. The colours are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed and Peacock Feathers. I chose these particular colours because I had found this colour combination on Pinterest a while ago – and I really liked it. With the largest die from Lawn Fawn’s Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables set, I die-cut the rainbow background to measure 4.25 x 5.5 inches.

From white cardstock, I die-cut the Scripty Happy-die three times and adhered them on top of each other to give the word some dimension. I, then, took black cardstock and the smallest of the Everyday Sentiment Banners dies; on this die-cut, I stamped the “birthday”-sentiment from Let’s Bokeh with Lawn Fawn’s Yeti Ink. To finish, I adhered everything onto the rainbow background.

At first I was not sure if I would participate in the current Lawn Fawnatics challenge. Eventually, I decided to enter this card – the colours fit the criteria and maybe I can inspire others to create cool cards.

I know that this colourful birthday card is a very simple card but since I am trying to find my “spark” again, I am glad that I was able to make something nice… I thank you very much for stopping by! I hope that I will be back soon with more cards.

Supplies I used:

  • Ranger Distress Inks: Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmelade, Mustard Seed, Peacock Feathers
  • Lawn Fawn die sets: Scripty Happy, Everyday Sentiment Banners, Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Lawn Fawn stamp sets: Let’s Bokeh
  • Lawn Fawn inks: Yeti Ink
  • other: paintbrush, acrylic block, watercolour paper, white cardstock, black cardstock, liquid glue

Black & White & Bright

I was so excited for the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #4 “black & white & bright” that I made two cards. The first card is this “congrats” card that I intend to send to a good friend who is a musician.

For the black and white part, I used the stencil “Concerto” by Tim Holtz with Nuvo Glimmer Paste. The colour I used is Black Diamond. For the “bright” part of this card, I die-cut Lawn Fawns’ Scripty Congrats and some flowers from their set Fab Flowers from teal-coloured cardstock. I stamped the coordinating layering stamps in a darker shade than the cardstock. To make the sentiment stand out, I adhered it to a piece of vellum and added some Wink of Stella.

For my second entry for this challenge, I decided to take penguins as the black and white part and colour their accessories in a bright yellow:

The penguins are from the My Favourite Things stamp set Penguins in Paradise and the sentiment is from Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh. I coloured the penguins with Copic markers (the colours are listed below, in case you are interested) and then I die-cut them with the coordinating dies.

  • penguins: 100; cheeks: R20; beaks and feet: Y21
  • swimming accessories: Y15
  • cocktail: Y15, YR15, R24; flower: BG 45, BG 49
  • ice cream: E27 (or E25?) and E51

On black cardstock, I stamped the sentiment with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with white embossing powder. I put some foam adhesive on the back of the penguins and adhered them onto the card.

I originally posted these cards on my Flickr page and linked the images to the Lawn Fawnatics site.

I hope you enjoyed the cards! Thank you for stopping by!

“Holiday Style” homework

Almost exactly one year ago, I attended my very first interactive Online Card Class: Holiday Style. I had done three classes prior to this one but all of them were already in independent mode. You can probably imagine how excited I was to finally attend an interactive class!

I was determined to do “homework” on all days of class but, unfortunately, I was unable to do so because my crafting supplies were very limited back then. For instance, on Day 9 the theme was Soft & Subtle Cards but I had no vellum or watercolours to make such cards. I did, however, make the following four cards for this class.

For Day 1 Simple Cards I made this Penguin card:

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn Winter Penguin, Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border and the Lawn Fawn 6×6 paper pad Let’s Bokeh in the Snow.

For Day 3 Classic & Elegant Cards, I tried glitter for the first time :-).

From pattern paper, I die-cut a circle shape, covered it in Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. The sentiment is from the stamp set “Ornament Greetings” by Stampendous which I heat embossed with gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed the borders of the card base with gold embossing powder.

For Day 5 Cute & Whimsical Cards I made two cards. The first is the “Holiday Picture”-card:

For this card, I used Science of Love, Trim the Tree, Hats Off to You and the coordinating die for Say Cheese (all by Lawn Fawn). With some masking, I made the picture look as though two birds are in front of the Christmas tree. I used COPIC markers to colour the images; the gold was done with a gold gel pen. To make the photo look a bit withered I added some Antique Linen Distress Ink to the edges of the photo.

The second whimsical card is the “Holiday Elephants”-card:

For this, I used Lawn Fawn’s Winter Gifts, the coordinating die Tag You’re It and the mini stamp set Love You Tons. I made the card look as though it is a present with the gift tag as the focal point. To underline the gift-giving act, I wanted one of the elephants to carry a present.

I originally posted the photos on my old Pinterest page and linked it to the OCC Holiday Style site.

I hope you enjoyed this card! Have a nice day!