Tuesday with Tara {take 256} Mug of Sunshine

by Tara

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Happy Tuesday!  Today I’m bringing you a big ol’ Mug of Sunshine, combining images & words from ‘Hello Sunshine Turnabout‘ by Concord & 9th with ‘I Like Big Ones‘ by Picket Fence Studios and a fab oldie, the ‘Rays‘ stencil by Tim Holtz.

For the card background, I inked the Rays with two shades of Distress Oxide ink, Fossilized Amber & Spiced Marmalade.  I blended them with a broad Life Changing Blender Brush.  I like to work from light to dark, so went from the outer edges of the stencil towards the center.  I heat embossed the ‘Big One’ mug in Letter It Navy Embossing Powder on deep yellow card stock, then blended some ink onto it for some shading.  I stamped the sunshine design in the same Marmalade ink over the image, then added the sentiment in navy ink over them.

I finished off the card base with some crinkle ribbon wrapped around a blue textured panel.  I added a few sequins for a bit of extra shimmer- these are from the Ocean Breeze set by Picket Fence Studios.

I hope my card brings some SUNSHINE to your day!  I know a lot of BC is getting a ton of rain right now… if I could, I’d gladly share some of my heat & southern sunshine with you!

Inky hugs,


Food for Thought

by Chala Frank

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Happy Monday!

Food for Thought

Today I am sharing my take (3 takes actually) on the Scrap’N Stamp Challenge word “Food”.

It was so hard to not make like 20 cards!  I blame Lawn Fawn for this because they have SO many cute stamp sets that incorporate food!  I am itching to get the Simply Celebrate Summer stamp set from their new Summer Release!

Today I am using 3 stamps sets from Lawn Fawn.  “Be Hap-pea“, “Oh Snap” and “Cutie Pie“.

The first card I used the Be Hap-pea stamp and stamped the cute little peas and the sentiment with Memento Tuxedo Black ink onto a stitched die cut circle.  I coloured the peas with Copic markers (YG07 YG09 & R81).  The hearts I stamped with Umbrella Crafts Ruby Red dye ink.  I then adhered the stitched circle with a taper runner on to the green patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow paper pack and then tied some green twine around and created a bow.  I secured this with some Glossy Accents and used some reversible tweezers to hold it in place until it dried.   The final step was to adhere the panel onto an A2 card turned to the landscape position and so that the card was top folding.  I added some hair to one of the little peas to make it look like a girl.  I am in love with these adorable peas!

Lawn Fawn - Be Hap-pea

Card number two features Lawn-Fawn’s “Oh Snap” stamp set.  I am starting to gear my mind to beginning some Christmas cards and this one was a good way to dip my toes into it!  I again stamped everything using Memento Tuxedo Black ink but this time onto a square stitched die cut.  I then Copic coloured the little gingerbread with a broken leg using E55, E57 and R29.  I used a red and white striped pattern paper which I cut from the next size up of a stitched square die cut. Then I adhered these onto an A2 side folding card and trimmed with silver twine and secured again with Glossy Accents.  I left the inside blank.  I like that even though it is a bit “Christmas themed”, I can still use it for other occasions Ie:  missed birthday, etc.

Lawn Fawn - Oh Snap


For my final card I stamped the pie from the “Cutie Pie” stamp onto a stitched.  Copic coloured with E31 and E35.  I found a gingham background stamp that I thought would look cute as a table cloth and stamped using Umbrella Ink’s Vanilla dye ink.    I die cut the background piece from a rectangle stitched die cut and adhered that to an A2 side folding card.  I then adhered the stitched circle with some foam tape to add dimension.  I wanted the sentiment to be a bit more bold on this one so I used Versamark Watermark ink and stamped the “Hi Cutie Pie” onto black cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  It trimmed that down into a rectangle with my Fiskar’s paper trimmer and mounted that onto the card base with foam tape.  I thought the card needed a little extra something so I added Wink of Stella Clear glitter on top of the pie.  It actually looks like granulated sugar!  I really like the colour combination on this one as it really differs from the colours that I usually gravitate towards!

Lawn Fawn - Cute Pie

I have a few more Lawn Fawn stamps sets sitting on my desk that I want to use which have ice cream, doughnuts, avocados, taco images, etc.   However, I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with!  Remember to share your “Food” cards on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!  And if you have not participated in this month’s hop celebrating Canada – you only have two more days to post your comments on the participating blog participants blogs for your chance to win this months’ prizes!

I hope you all have a creative week!



by Susan

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Hi Everyone! This is Susan and today I’m playing with a product I’ve never used before. I’ve seen other people use it and have always loved what they’ve made so I thought it was time to pull out the two jars that I own and have some fun.

I’m talking about mousse. No, not chocolate mousse although that would be good. I’m talking about Nuvo Expanding Mousse. I have Aquamarine and Mother of Pearl.

These are three of the cards I ended up making.

I started by taking a tiny amount of the aquamarine mousse, putting it into a small spray bottle and adding a small amount of water. I had planned to take pics along the way but honestly I was having so much fun I forgot. I do have a few but not many. Next time I’ll do a video.

Give the bottle a good shake to mix it all up and then spray it on some paper. I sprayed it on white, black and watercolor paper. The white paper is on the left. The black one doesn’t show up well in the pic so I didn’t bother.

Next I grabbed a stencil and a palette knife. I laid it over top of the sprayed panels once they were dry and then added the mousse over top in a small section. When you’re done be sure to remove the stencil by lifting it straight up so as not to mess up the mousse. And also clean your tools right away – they’re so much easier to clean before the product dries.

I die cut each one with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Dies and added it to a white card base with craft foam.  I didn’t want to cover up the flowers so I used the Cheers Die from My Favorite Things for the sentiment and called these cards done.

I thought it would be fun to try watercoloring with the mousse so I put a small amount on a large block, added some water and mixed it up. The small amount you see on the left was actually too much – a little goes a long way for this technique.


Next I grabbed a water brush and set about ‘painting’. I put it in quotations because all I really did was fill in the petals and did a little bit of shading. It wasn’t hard at all and it was fun so that’s a win in my books.

When the panel was dry I die cut it with a stitched rectangle die and added it to some black card stock with craft foam and adhered that directly to a white card base. I was going to use the word die again but decided against it so I placed the card in my stamp positioning tool to stamp a sentiment. I knew I was going to have to stamp it multiple times since I was using watercolor paper and a stamp positioning tool is perfect for this.

So that’s it. I had a ton of fun playing with the mousse. I tried three different ways today – spritzing, stenciling and painting. I’m sure there’s more ways to use this product and I plan on learning what they are.



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