Posts Tagged ‘Crafting Through the Chaos of Life’

Food for Thought

Monday, July 13th, 2020

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!

~Chala

5 Things We Love about Dad

Monday, June 8th, 2020

Happy Monday!  I am here to share a fun “Dad” themed card with you today.

I am going to be doing things a little bit different… I really want to show you an idea of a card and see what products you guys have at home that you can use to create something similar.

My inspiration for today’s card was a digital cut file that I saw in the Silhouette Design Store.  It is by Lori Whitlock and it is called “5 Things Pocket”.  While I know not everyone has an electronic die cutting machine, you can still look through the cut files and get some really great ideas.

I really liked this pocket idea and wanted to incorporate into my card.  I downloaded the file and was able to customize and alter the cut file to fit my needs.  You can easily recreate a pocket like this with metal die cuts like using rectangle dies to create the little files and small circular ones for the tabs.  There are also many free resources on the good ‘ol Inter web!

Since this card is for my husband, I really wanted to personalize it to suit him.  He LOVES math, I mean LOVES.  He can be found spending his leisurely time reading calculus books. and doing equations..for FUN!?  He even spent our holiday last summer in Vegas poolside reading a math and physics book.  People walked by and had a good laugh at him!  It’s funny how we even got together as I am not good at math at all!  None the less…he is MY nerd, so back off girls!  LOL.

I headed to the internet and found some really great math papers that I could download (and I just know he is going to try to solve the calculations on them). I found this set on Etsy from KecheliPapers.  They were perfect for my theme!  I also found another digital cut file from the Silhouette Design Store that looked very similar to an abacus, so I die cut that from some red paper.  Again, you can customize your papers and card to suit who you are making the card for and use background dies that you already have.

I cut one of the papers down to fit a 5 1/2″ square card base and adhered it to the card base with my tape runner and glued the abacus looking die cut closer to the top left hand side of the card.

I used another of the papers to create the envelope and used Gina K Connect Glue as the adhesive.  This is a very strong liquid adhesive and I know it will hold up to the pulling that will happen when the little files are removed and inserted back into it and it gives me wiggle room to ensure I have the edges lines up evenly.  As that has time to set up I can then move onto the little files that will be inserted inside the envelope.   My husband has a very small colour palette that he likes, red, black, blue white and gray, so those are the colours I chose.  You can easily create these and the tabs with dies in your stash.  The next thing to do is to stamp the numbers on the tabs.  I pulled out all the number stamps in my collection and found some that were the perfect size.  This is actually a stamp set that is used to create day-timers.  for the red, blue, gray and white I will stamp with Versamark ink and use clear embossing powder and for the white one I will use Versamark Claire Nocturne Black ink and clear embossing powder.  I suggest using a stamp platform like the stamp perfect so that you can stamp multiple times and get a good impression.  I also notice these stamps developed air bubbles underneath which hindered the stamping, so to overcome this I used the Versamark marker to fill in any gaps.  This is a useful tool to have around, especially because it has the bullet tip one end and the brush tip on the other.

I want to add some lined paper onto the file so that my kids can write what they love about their Dad.  I used another Silhouette file, but you can easily just use white paper or even use lined paper from a small note book.  I adhered this with my taper runner.

I need to work on my sentiment and used one of the big number 5 stamps I had and stamped that with Memento Black Tuxedo ink so I could Copic colour in complimentary blue colours (B24, B26 & B29).  To get the exact sentiment I wanted I created a cut file in my Silhouette Design Studio and sized it to fit on the envelope.  I changed the sentiment from saying “5 Things I Love About You” to “5 Things We Love About Dad”.  You can easily create your own sentiments with stamps, alphabet stamps, alphabet die cuts or even your own printer!  I die cut this twice once from red and once from white cardstock and then used the Gina K Connect Glue to adhere the two together just a little offset to help the sentiment pop off the black background.

It’s now time to finish adhering everything down to the card base.  I used Be-Creative Scor Tape to adhere the envelope to the base.  I chose this adhesive as it is a VERY strong adhesive and again, it will hold up to being pulled on.  Check out my YouTube video to see my special trick on how I use Scar-Tape.  I will then adhere the sentiment with the liquid adhesive to give myself time to wiggle it into the perfect position.

Of course, I could not resist adding a bit of sparkle to this card…even if it is for my husband!  So I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Shimmer Pen and sparkled that bad boy up!

You can watch the corresponding YouTube video here:                  https://youtu.be/toopBH8ki6s               

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog post and that you feel inspired to create your own interactive envelope card.  Make sure you head over to the Facebook Challenge Page and share your “Dad” inspired cards!

Enjoy the rest of your week!

~Chala

 

Starstruck

Sunday, May 24th, 2020

Hello Again!  Chala here and I have two quick and fun cards to share with you to give you some inspiration for today’s Facebook Challenge Word – Stars.

I have some nesting stitched star dies in my collection that I haven’t used in a while so I pulled them out along with the Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set.  I wanted a bright colourful card so I also pulled out a package of the Lawn Fawn Sherbert cardstock.  If you are looking from nice thick cardstock Lawn Fawn is absolutely perfect!  I love the quality of this paper and the colour selection is amazing!

I cut down four pieces of the cardstock into 6″ x 6″ squares to fit on a square card base in the colours Ballet Slippers, Cilantro, Moonstone and Raspberry and then die cut the different sizes of the stars in descending size. I will be using the negative space of these die cute.  I then cut a square piece of the colour Sticky Note just a bit larger than the smaller star die cut.

I want the yellow star to be where your eye is drawn to so and thought some sparkle would help achieve that.  I pulled out my Nuvo Aqua Flow Shimmer Pen and added a nice layer overtop.   If you like shimmer and sparkle this pen is for you!

I put a lot of shimmer on this piece so I wanted to make sure it was going to adhere it flat onto the back so I used some Scar-tape around the edges and adhered it to the backside of the smallest star.  I then just continue to layer the coloured pieces adhering them with a tape runner and then adhere all the layers onto the card base.

I thought the card needed a bit more interest to it so I pulled out the cluster of stars from the Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set and with my Stamp Perfect I stamp the stars with some Versamark sticky ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.  I think this adds just enough interest without being too distracting.

For the sentiment I used the same Concord and 9th Lucky stamp set.  I liked the “I thank my” and wanted it to say “stars”.  I didn’t like the layout so I performed some stamp surgery and cut the “my” off so that I could line it up with the “stars”.  I have a hard time cutting my stamps apart…but I know it will be fine and I can layer them back together like they originally were.  I stamped with Versamark ink onto Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I finished the sentiment by stamping “We’re Friends” on the inside with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Black Ink.

 

My next card I am making use of some of the stitched stars that were cut out of the 6″x 6″square pieces.  I can use the ones I don’t use on this card for another project.

Again, I wanted to add a bit more interest, this time I used the Sizzix Star Blanket embossing folder and I will emboss the Lawn Fawn Cilantro cardstock and trim it down to 2 1/8″ x 5 1/2″.  I adhere this to the lefthand side of an A2 size card.  I chose three of the stars to adhere onto.  I popped the red die cut star up with some foam squares to add some dimension.

The sentiment I chose is from the Concord & 9th – Shine On stamp set.  I again split the sentiment where I embossed the from sentiment on Lawn Fawn Black Liquorice cardstock and heat embossed with white embossing powder and stamped the rest of the sentiment on the inside with VersaFine Clair Nocturne Black Ink.

You can check out how I put these two cards together by watching the video here.

 

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out today’s blog!  I look forward to seeing your “Star” themed creations on the Scrap’n Stamp Facebook Challenge Page!

 

~Chala