Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mooch's Fairy {Lavinia World #27}



Hey everyone, welcome to a new Lavinia World Challenges! The theme is anything goes using a stamped image.  The winner of each challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to Lavinia World.  We'd love to have you play along for a chance to win.

The following Lavinia stamps were used to create today's project:


To create the background for today's project, I started out with white cardstock and blended several colors of Distress Oxides together.  Once I was satisfied with the way that looked, I stamped the Background Script using VersaMark ink.  I then brushed on some Perfect Pearls (Blush) on top of the ink.  The Perfect Pearls gives the background a very subtle, shimmery look when held in the right light. The photo below shows you how subtle the Background Script stamped image is on this piece.



I began building my scene by stamping the Stones at the bottom of the cardstock with VersaFine Clair ink (Morning Mist).  Next I placed Mooch on top of the stones.  (He was stamped with VersaFine Clair (Twilight). )  Fairy Buttercups were added to either side of Mooch with Distress Oxide ink).  Finally, the Dragonfly Keeper was stamped with more VersaFine Clair ink (Fantasia).

I added Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker to the lantern and framed my scene using a Poppy Stamp die (Stitchwork Rectangle Frames).  This was die cut from white cardstock and then I used the direct to paper method to add more Fantasia ink to the frame.

Now it's your turn to join us.  You can either upload your current project to the Challenge Blog or you can join our Anything Lavinia Facebook group and upload your project there.  

If you upload into the Anything Lavinia album, your project must include something Lavinia (stamps, paper); if you upload to the Challenge Blog, anything goes as long as you have used a physical stamp on your project.  

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You have until Monday, June 1 to enter in either Lavinia World Challenges or Anything Lavinia.  Don't forget, the winner will receive a very generous $15 gift code to do some shopping at Lavinia World.



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Monday, May 11, 2020

Daisies For You {DRU Inspiration}


Hey everyone, today I'd like to share a card I created for the Dies R Us Inspiration team. 


Last week I shared a card that used the same stencil (AALL & CREATE stencil called Lushly Leafy) as this one, but the results were completely different.  You can see that card here.

For today's project, the following dies from Dies R Us were used:

Paper Rose: Stitched Square Frame (this would also work well)

As I mentioned, I used an AALL & CREATE stencil and although DRU doesn't have their stencils, they do carry some of their fun stamps. After securing the stencil onto the cardstock, I added Distress Inks (Ripe Persimmon, Wild Honey, and Rusty Hinge) using a blending brush. 

My piece of cardstock was larger than the stencil and my original plan was to cut the finished piece down somewhat.  But when I saw the white frame and the colors on the outside of that, I really liked it.  So my design plans changed just like that. In the photo below, I'm arranging some dies on the entire piece of cardstock to see how they might look.  I do a "dry run" lots of time.  This extra step usually saves me in the long run because I rarely have a plan in mind before I start putting things together.


Once I was happy with my die choices, I was ready to die cut everything out.  I decided I wanted my daisies to be white but didn't have a textured white piece of cardstock that I liked....so I created my own with an older Cherry Lynn Designs Textured Embossing Plate (Cheesecloth/Linen).  Each side has a different pattern.  Unfortunately, this company was sold to a larger company and I couldn't find this texture plate on the internet. (You could achieve this same results with an embossing folder.)  DRU does have some Cheery Lynn dies in stock though.


I die cut my Delicate Daisies from this newly created textured cardstock and then shaped them for a more realistic look.



I then die cut quite a bit of greenery using various shades of green cardstock. I die cut the Stitched Square from one of the same greens.


After assembling the flowers and adding a bit of Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers to the centers of the flowers (I used an old punch to create the centers), everything was ready to assemble.

Here's one final look at the project:



I hope you've enjoyed today's project.  Head back to the Dies R Us Blog tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration from the DRU Inspiration design team.


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Thursday, May 7, 2020

Celeste {Lavinia World #26}




Hey everyone, it's time for a new Lavinia World Challenges!  The theme is always anything goes using a stamped image and the winner of each challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to do some shopping at Lavinia World.  Today's project uses the following Lavinia stamps from Lavinia World:



I started this project by cutting a piece of white cardstock to a business letter size (tall and thin).  Then I stamped the Tree Root with VersaFine Clair toward the bottom left of the cardstock.  I began masking off the roots and continued stamping the tree trunk up the side of the paper to create a tall tree trunk with a large root base. After the tree was complete, I stamped the rest of my scene with various colors of VersaFine Clair. After stamping each image, I added clear embossing powder and heat set. (At this point I wasn't really sure how I was going to create the background, so this was a precautionary step. Once I decided to use Pan Pastels though, this step wasn't necessary...but it didn't hurt anything either 😊. )

I stamped the Three Dancing Fairies separately on scrap cardstock so that I could fussy cut them out and add pop dots to the back of each one.

Celeste's wings were colored with colored pencils and then give a glossy overcoat using Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. 

Pan Pastels were used to add color to the background sky, the insides of the Luna Lights, and the tree bark color.  I also added shadowing using Pan Pastels.

Now it's your turn to join us.  You can either upload your current project to the Challenge Blog or you can join our Anything Lavinia Facebook group and upload your project there.  

If you upload into the Anything Lavinia album, your project must include something Lavinia (stamps, paper); if you upload to the Challenge Blog, anything goes as long as you have used a physical stamp on your project.  

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You have until Monday, May 18 to enter in either Lavinia World Challenges or Anything Lavinia.  Don't forget, the winner will receive a very generous $15 gift code to do some shopping at Lavinia World.



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Monday, May 4, 2020

Sending Hugs {DRU Inspiration}



Today I'd like to share a card I created for the Dies R Us Inspiration team.  

The following dies from Dies R Us were used to create this:


Tonic Studios: Mixed Edge Rectangle Layering Basics 
(any of these would also work)

I wanted to play around with a stencil to see if I could create an interesting background.  I used the AALL & CREATE stencil called Lushly Leafy. Although DRU doesn't carry any of their stencils at the moment, they do carry some of their amazing stamps.  I ended up creating two completely different backgrounds using this stencil.


The one in the upper right was created on watercolor paper and I used Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers to color in the stencil area.  It took a little bit of time, but it was relaxing to me and I love the results.

The bottom left background was created using white cardstock and Distress Inks.  I'll have a card for you next week using this background.  It's hard to believe that both of these were created using the same stencil.

Back to today's card.  After the watercolor paper had completely dried, I used my layering rectangles to die cut the black larger layer and the next size down to die cut my watercolored piece.



I used the same black cardstock to die cut my rose frame and my sentiment using the Frantic Stamper die set.


I played around with the sentiment a bit before I adhered it, trying to decide if I liked it centered of off to the side.  As you can see, I decided to center it.

Here's one final look at the finished project. Once the background was completed, this was a really quick and easy card to assemble.  I even have some smaller pieces of the watercolor background to use on another card in the future.



I hope you've enjoyed today's project.  Head back to the Dies R Us Blog tomorrow for more fabulous inspiration from the DRU Inspiration design team.


Don't forget to come join in the fun at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  There's a new challenge theme offered on the 1st and 15th of each month and one lucky randomly drawn winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to the Dies R Us Store.  For your convenience, all the important Dies R Us links are provided below.


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Monday, April 27, 2020

Pitcher of Flowers


Hey everyone, I have a for-fun project to share with you today.  I used the Pitcher of Flowers svg from Simply Crafty SVGs.

I made several of these to send out to friends.  I changed the design just slightly by adding a handled pitcher to the back of the card to mirror the one on the front.

The file gives you the option of cutting a slightly smaller non-handled image so that you can write a message on it.  I decided not to do this and added a separate note to the envelope.  That way, this can be displayed without everyone seeing what I wrote 😀.

Graphic 45 cardstock was used for each of the pitchers and scraps for everything else.  I tried making different colored flowers (you can see a couple of these in the last photo) but I liked the white ones the best.



I added a bit of bling to the stems on this one using a Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.



For this one, not only did I use some of the colored flowers, I also added thick clear embossing powder to the pitcher before adhering it.  This gives it more of a true ceramic or porcelain look.  Of course, that didn't show up in the photos 😂.



This photo gives you an idea of how wide this is.



One of the great features is that this folds flat, so it can easily be mailed in an envelope without adding extra postage.



Until next time......


Thursday, April 23, 2020

Dreaming {Lavinia World #25}



Hey everyone, it's time for a new Lavinia World Challenges!  The theme is always anything goes using a stamped image and the winner of each challenge will receive a $15 gift certificate to do some shopping at Lavinia World.  Today's project uses the following Lavinia stamps from Lavinia World:


I started my project by die cutting a piece of white cardstock with an Elizabeth Craft Designs die (Tags and More 3 - Leaves).  I wanted to use a resist technique for the Orbs and Bubbles, so I stamped them with VersaMark and heat set with Clear embossing powder.  Next, I began adding color to the background using Distress Oxides and my blending brushes.  The inks resisted the embossing powder, leaving the orbs and bubbles with a white outline.

Once I was happy with the background, I began stamping the rest of my scene using VersaFine Clair inks. Nocturne was used for the animals and Morning Mist for the stones

I added a bits of color and shading with colored pencils to the Orbs and Bubbles. A white gel pen was used to add highlights to Pipin and Christopher.  Glossy Accents was added to all of the orbs and bubbles for added dimension and a glossy appearance.

The Dream sentiment was stamped onto vellum using Monarch VersaFine Clair ink and then heat set with Clear embossing powder. Next, I tore around the edges of my sentiment using my fingers. 

The leaves from the die cut are negative pieces.  I die cut these twice and adhered two on top of each other.  Then I inserted them back into the die cut for dimension.  Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers give them added sparkle.

The next layer was also created using various Distress Oxides.  This time, I stayed with the pinks and purples.   I added a spritz of water to distress it slightly. The final layer before the card base was die cut using a Tonic Studios die from pink cardstock.  Various sizes and colors of gems were randomly added for the finishing touch.

Now it's your turn to join us.  You can either upload your current project to the Challenge Blog or you can join our Anything Lavinia Facebook group and upload your project there.  

If you upload into the Anything Lavinia album, your project must include something Lavinia (stamps, paper); if you upload to the Challenge Blog, anything goes as long as you have used a physical stamp on your project.  

You can share your projects with us on the Challenge BlogFacebookInstagram, and our Anything Lavinia Facebook group:

Anything Lavinia


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Don't forget to include #laviniaworldstore on your projects and tag us at @laviniaworldstore so we can be sure to see and comment on your Lavinia projects!

You have until Monday, May 4 to enter in either Lavinia World Challenges or Anything Lavinia.  Don't forget, the winner will receive a very generous $15 gift code to do some shopping at Lavinia World.



Until next time.....




Monday, April 20, 2020

Hello {Jan's Digi Shop}



Hey everyone, I have a project to share with you today using a digi stamp set from Jan's Digi Stamp Shop called Church Sympathy 604J. Although this set has some beautiful sentiments perfect for a sympathy card, I decided to use this image for a "just because" type of card.  I think the image is beautiful and can be used for lots of different occasions.


To create today's card, I printed the digital image onto vellum and then fussy cut around it.  I added a touch of color to the back side of the vellum, but was very light handed as I wanted my background to show through.

The background was created using watercolor paper,  Nuvo Shimmer Powders, and water.  I spritzed the watercolor paper with water, squeezed powders here and there, and then used my finger tip to move the color around. I wanted to keep the colors pretty intense, so I added more of the shimmer powder until I was happy with the results.



Next I adhered the vellum image on top of the watercolor panel and then added this to my die cut from a John Next Door die set (Square Scene Box).  A bit of twine added the finishing touch before adhering the focal point to the card base.

I die cut the sentiment from black card stock using a Penny Black die (Doodles) and adhered it directly to the card base.

Jan's Digi Stamp Challenges is a monthly challenge which begins on the first Monday of each month and end on the Sunday prior to the first Monday.  There will be TWO Winners chosen randomly and will have two weeks to collect their prize.  One winner will be chosen from those that submit a project using one of Jan's images and the other winner will be chosen from all the other entries.  Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Jan's Digi Stamps.  So come join the fun!

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Sadly, this is my last posting for Jan's Digi Stamps team.  I have known Jan for a long time and wish her all the best with all of her endeavors.  I'll miss being a part of this team.



Until next time.....




Thursday, April 16, 2020

Best Wishes {Jan's Digi Shop}


Hey everyone, I have a quick get well card I created using the Pansies for Mom digi set from Jan's Digi Stamps.  I love her designs and the fact that you get both black and white images as well as colored images.  When I'm in a bit of a rush, I like to print out the pre-colored ones and then add a bit more color and vibrance with Copics and/ or pencils.  Also, glitter is a must. 😃




I designed my card front with my software and added digital paper for the background.  I also copied the flower portion so that I could fussy cut that out and use pop dots to add more dimension to the front of the card.

And of course, glitter was added to several of the petals.


I wanted a little something extra on the inside as well.  I created a rectangle and added another image from the set.  I added more color using some Copics and some glitter to the main flower.

Come join Jan's Digi Stamp Challenges, a monthly challenge which begins on the first Monday of each month and ends on the Sunday prior to the first Monday.  There will be TWO Winners chosen randomly and will have two weeks to collect their prize.  One winner will be chosen from those that submit a project using one of Jan's images and the other winner will be chosen from all the other entries.  Each winner will receive a $10 gift certificate to Jan's Digi Stamps.  So come join the fun!

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Until next time.....