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Happy Friday! Here we are into the second week in April, and for many of us in Canada, spring is finally starting to show itself. (Don’t worry, I see lots of pics from BC of cherry blossoms and lawns being mowed, but not all of us are quite so lucky. 😀 ) With spring in mind, I chose OUTDOOR for today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt.  Today my outdoors includes goats!



Story behind the card: my brother has a bit of a farm (or as we like to tease him, a petting zoo) and among his many animals are a number of goats. When I saw this new set from Lawn Fawn, I knew it would be perfect for a brotherly birthday card! Don’t worry though, with the assorted sentiments, this set has goat your back 😀  for a variety of occasions. I stamped, coloured and die cut the two goats and little bale of hay and arranged them on my card base to see how they would best look. I added a little grass under them using distress ink and a dry paint brush. Once I’d added and embossed the sentiments, It seemed like it still needed a little something, so I added a couple of clouds in glittery silver. (I cut mine from a decade+ old Memory Box set; this one would work equally well.) My simple outdoor scene is done!


Perhaps with the warmer weather you’re spending more time outdoors, but I hope you’ll be able to make something and join us on the Facebook challenge page. Or, as I like to do, maybe you’ll combine things and make a card while sitting outside! And if you’ve just goat to have this sweet set, or any other crafty supplies, don’t forget you can use 10Lindsey to save 10% off your regular-priced order.


Mandala Madness

Welcome back to the Scrap ‘n Stamp blog! Today’s Random Acts of Cardness prompt is MANDALA. I don’t use mandalas a lot on my cards, but I wanted to play with a layering die set from Birch Press Designs, Kaleidoscope. If you’re unfamiliar with this company, they make beautiful, intricate layering dies that can be used in a variety of different ways. For my design, I was inspired by the colours of our current Random Acts of Cardness board. Here’s my card:

I picked three colours of cardstock from Memory Box’s Sunny Orange 6×6 cardstock pack. This is heavyweight paper, but the dies cut it beautifully. I adhered my layers together and then cut the resulting mandala in half with my trimmer. For my white panel, I wanted a subtle ombré effect from the top, so brayered a little squeezed lemonade distress ink on a gel plate and pressed my cardstock onto it. (I could have also blended the ink, but it’s fun to play around sometimes.) I used the middle colour of cardstock for the card base and to die cut my sentiment.

Do you have mandala stamps or dies in your collection? Perhaps you draw your own! We would love to see your mandala cards on the Scrap ‘n Stamp challenge page – and entering puts you in the running for a $50 gift card! Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by.


The Heat is On!

It’s Friday, yay, and today’s word for Scrap ‘n Stamp’s Random Acts of Cardness challenge is… HEAT! When I picked the prompt, I certainly didn’t realize how extreme the heat would be in some parts of Canada this summer. Let’s hope things settle down soon.
I’m representing heat on my card in two ways… heat embossing and a warm colour palette:

This floral set by Concord & 9th makes everything easy! (stamp set, stencils and dies) I used the biggest stamp in the set, which as you can tell, is larger than an A2 card base! It’s stamped in Versafine onyx black ink and embossed in black sparkle embossing powder. Then comes the magically easy part! 😀  The stencil set includes ones to colour in just the leaves, just the flowers, both at the same time (say if you wanted a more monochromatic look); and also a mask to cover the flowers to colour in a background and a flower mask with background stripes, which is what I used. For easy blending, I used distress inks in squeezed lemonade, carved pumpkin and crackling campfire (heat!) for the flowers, and rustic wilderness for the leaves. I used squeezed lemonade to add the stripes along the edges, letting them fade toward the centre. For the sentiment, I added crackling campfire to white cardstock before embossing a birthday sentiment from My Favorite Things’ Birthday Bears.

If you have yet to try a stamp-and-stencil set, I highly recommend it! If shopping is on your agenda this weekend, don’t forget you can use the code 10Lindsey for 10% off your order! Have a good one!


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