Watercolours and Butterflies

I did have a blog post scheduled for Wednesday but I wasn't quite happy with how it turned out...I can be really fussy sometimes! 

So here is another butterfly card today that uses Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers.  Can you tell it was sunny when I took these photos?
Using the butterfly stamp from Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers to make a birthday card
I used some distress inks to create the background and then die cut out the card front using WPlus9 Sunshine Layers.
I cut the word 'Happy' from Lawn Fawn Happy, Happy, Happy matching dies and then used some butterflies I had left over from the shaker card I made on Monday.  (Thank you to Jacqueline who told me to try dryer sheets on my acetate to stop the dust problem!).

Butterfly birthday card and watercoloured background
Again I used some Wow Clear Sparkle embossing glitter to make those butterflies shpaarkle!

Have a super weekend
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A Shaker Jar of Butterflies

The sun came out this weekend, the birds were singing and it made me feel Springy so I made this card for the Less is More Challenge which this week is ....

Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers and How You Bean Shaker cuts
I had a hard time taking a photo of this card because of the sun.  I struggle when the light isn't great and then just when I get my settings ok'ish, the sun comes out and messes them up! 
Anyway enough of my lack of photography skills,  I wanted to create a see through shaker style card using the butterfly that comes in the Fab Flowers stamps by Lawn Fawn.
I used the Shaker Add-on from the How You Bean dies to cut a hole in the card base and then to cut out the pieces of acetate and foam to create the shaker part.
I stamped the butterflies (or flutterbyes as I call them) using some Lawn Fawn ink and then stuck them back to back so that you can see them from outside and inside the card.
I then partially stuck them together so that they wouldn't all sink to the bottom and pieced the shaker bits together, trying very hard to get rid of any dust that immediately gets attracted to acetate!  I have got some anti-static cloths somewhere but can't remember where I have put them.
Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers and How You Bean dies used to make a shaker card
I stamped the sentiment and banner from some more Lawn Fawn sets (see below) and then added a scalloped frame.  I heat embossed the jar lid with silver embossing powder and popped that on top and then added some more flutterbyes.

I haven't seen any flutterbyes yet as it's probably still too cold for them despite the warmth of the sun today...I hope it's going to be a good Summer!

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:-

AAA Cards #86 - Die Cuts


 Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Things with Wings

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Fab Flowers & matching dies - Lawn Fawn
How You Bean stamps and matching dies (plus shaker add-on) - Lawn Fawn
Happy, happy happy - Lawn Fawn
Bannertastic - Lawn Fawn
Inks - Peachy Keen/Ballet Slippers, Plastic Flamingo/Lobster, Peacock/Merman & Manatee - Lawn Fawn
Sunshine Layers Die - WPlus9
Card - White Super Smooth - Papermilldirect

Tag You're It Challenge

The skies are blue, the sun is shining and it is warm enough to sit outside in the garden so what am I doing in my craft room?....well I saw this week's Tag You're It Challenge #68
Tag You're It Challenge

  and thought I would enter this tag that I have just made...
Tag entered into the Tag You're It Challenge No 68
I used a Tim Holtz stencil and some distress inks (Mustard Seed and Peeled Paint) to create the background and then copic coloured the giraffe which is from Lovie Friends by Lil' inker and popped him on top. 
The sentiment is also from the same stamp set and has been heat embossed onto some Mocha card by Papermilldirect.
Tag You're It Challenge #68

The leaves were also coloured using Copics and are from MFT Build-able Bouquet.
Here is the guest designer Gayatri Murali's tag that was used as my inspiration....
 Hop on over to the blog to see what the other talented designers have come up with this week.
Off to enjoy the sun in the garden now while it lasts!!
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Mother's Day Card

Hello I am back today with a Mother's Day card.  My mum died last year and as I have mentioned before it was her that gave me a love of card making and crafting so with my mum in mind I made this card for my lovely Mother-in-Law.
Mother's Day card made using Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers
This card layout was inspired by the very talented Lydia Evans.  I watched one of her You Tube videos where she made a similar card using stamps by Altenew and so I wanted to CASe her card using Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers.
My collection of Lawn Fawn inks is slowly growing so I used these today and I love how they have so many colours that you can use to layer up stamps.  I REALLY love these inks and you don't really need a MISTI tool as they stamp so well the first time.
Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers stamps used to make a mother's day card
I have to admit that I have changed this card.  I initially used the cut out part which had the missing part of the flowers stamped on it and put the sentiment over the top.  When I asked my husbean if he liked the card he said he couldn't really read the sentiment as it was drowned out by the flowers.  I don't usually listen to husbean when it comes to card design but on this occasion I agreed with him so I cut another piece of plain white card and stamped the sentiment again.
He's right - it looks much better!!
I stamped the butterflies in the same set - aren't they gorgeous?  I am going to make a butterfly card using just these when I get the time.  I used glittery sparkle embossing powder on one of the butterflies and popped it up on foam tape.
I hope my MIL likes it.

Simon Says Stamp

I am entering this card into the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which this week is 'Layering'. 

Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers & matching dies
Lawn Fawndamentals Premium Dye Ink Pads
Wow Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay cardstock
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Hola Sunshine!

I've been playing with those cheeky Alpacas/llamas again today and have made a Hola Sunshine card that I am entering into the Seven Hills Craft Tic Tac Toe challenge....

Bold Shades
Big Words/Letters
Patterned Paper
Pastel Shades
Die Cutting

I have chosen Animals, Big Words/Letters and Die Cutting.

Taylored Expressions Llama Love

I started off by using a Lil'inker Design Quilted Stitch Spirals Die to create a background and then used my Clarity Brushes and Distress ink to create a faded sky look.

I then coloured some Llamas from a set by Taylored Expressions 'Llama Love' using Copic markers and popped them behind a photo frame that I cut out using my Silhouette Cameo.  I again used distress inks to blend a pink background.

Llama Love by Taylored Expressions
 I stamped and die cut out the 'Sunshine' using one of my all time favourite sets by WPlus9 'Sunshine Layers' along with the sun and added them to the frame and then heat embossed some alphabet stamps onto black card to create the 'hola'.  I added some Glossy Accents to the sunshine sentiment to give it some dimension and some Wink of Stella to the sun to make it shhpaarkle!

Card made using Llama Love by Taylored Expressions with Lil'inker Quilted Stitched spirals die

Adios Sunshine and thank you for stopping by my blog.
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Washi Tape Challenge

Hello and I hope you have had a good weekend.  As the weather was awful, I disappeared into my craft room to make a card for the latest challenge over at Less is More which is:-
I don't have much washi tape - I tend to only use it to decorate envelopes but I added a strip to some white card cut out using a cross stitched die and this is what I came up with......
Washi used to make a card for the Less is More Challenge
I have used a mouse from The Greeting Farm 'Let's Mingle (again!) and coloured both him & the balloon with my Zig clean color brush markers and a little bit of water.  Actually make that mouse a 'her' as I can't see a man wearing a red spotted top like that one...well my husband definitely wouldn't anyway!) 
The Greeting Farm Let's Mingle
The balloon was die cut using an old Stampin' Up! framelits die.  After I had coloured the balloon I decided it needed a bit of shhpaarkle so I liberally covered it in Versamark ink and then heat embossed with some luscious sparkly embossing powder.
And here is a close up of the balloon....
Wow Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter
The Greeting Farm - Let's Mingle
Taylored Expressions - Wish Big (balloon string & birthday sentiment)
Lawn Fawn - Happy Happy Happy & matching dies
MFT - Cross Stitched Rectangle dies
Wow - Clear Sparkle Embossing Glitter
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card
Papermilldirect - White Smooth & Mustard card

Please hop on over to the challenge to see what the very talented LIM designers have come up with.
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Lawn Fawn - How You Bean?

Well I have been playing (not eating) with jelly beans today from a new stamp set by Lawn Fawn called How You Bean?

Lawn Fawn How You Bean stamps and matching dies
I loved these stamps as soon as I saw them and there are lots of different faces that you can stamp on the beans.  I bought the 2 matching die sets.  One of them cuts out the jar as a frame so you can turn it into a shaker jar and there are hearts, stars and beans that can be cut out to go inside.
After I had coloured in all the beans with Copic markers, I added the faces and then a huge blobbing of Glossy Accents.

How You Bean by Lawn Fawn

 I sponged the background sky with Salty Ocean Distress Inks and then added a rainbow and clouds so that it looks like the beans are being made in rainbow colours and raining down into the jar.
Wouldn't that be great if we got beans instead of rain?!!!
Taylored Expressions - Stitched Cloud Duo dies
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Happy Retirement...no not me!

I have used a stamp today by Taylored Expressions.  This is one of their Grumpling range of stamps which always make me laugh as they have such funny sentiments to go with them.
Taylored Expressions Clocked Out Grumplings
I coloured the grumpling in with Copics and used some Distress Ink and some Clarity brushes to create the background and then added some 'artistic splodges' with a watercolour brush.
Clocked Out Grumplings by Taylored Expressions used to make a retirement card
I also added some white spots to the chair with a uni ball pen and heat embossed the sentiment onto some black card.
Taylored Expressions - Clocked Out Grumplings
Crafter's Companion - Clarity Brushes
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry & Mustard Seed
White Uni-Ball Signo Pen
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card
Black card - Papermilldirect
Hope you like it and toodles for now noodles!
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One Layer Card

I know it's unusual for me to post on Sunday but I spent a couple of hours crafting yesterday before settling down to the England v Scotland Rugby game....one of my other passions!  It's a shame that when I went to school girls weren't allowed to play rugby as they are now, but I know I would have definitely taken up the game.  My bones are a bit too old and creaky now!
So today's card is one I am entering into the new LIM Challenge which is
I do struggle with one layer cards but this is what I came up with:-
Get well card made using Uniko Nature's Treasure stamps
I used a gorgeous stamp by Uniko, some of my new Lawn Fawn dye inks and a bit of watercolouring using a Zig clean color real brush marker.
The sentiment is also by Uniko.
One layer card using Nature's Treasure stamps by Uniko
The design team as usual over at the Less is More blog have come up with some beautiful designs so hop on over there to see what they have created.
I also want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who leaves comments on my blog, especially to those who do so regularly as it really encourages me to keep blogging.  So THANK YOU
Stamps - Uniko Nature's Treasures
Uniko Flower Power #6 (sentiment)
Lawn Fawndamentals Dye Ink (Celery Stick, Freshly Cut Grass, Jalapeno & Sunflower)
Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers
Strathmore Bristol Smooth Card
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Fab Flowers - Lawn Fawn

I have been playing with a beautiful new set of stamps by Lawn Fawn called Fab Flowers.  This is such a pretty set and as soon as they arrived in the post I wanted to get into my craft room to have a play with them.
Birthday card made using Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers, Happy, Happy, Happy and Bannertastic stamps & dies
The Happy sentiment is also from Lawn Fawn along with the banner (details listed below).  They were all cut out with the matching dies.
I can see me getting a LOT of use out of all these stamps.
Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers, Bannertastic and Happy Happy Happy stamps
I have been wanting to replace my ink pads for a while now and have researched to the nth degree which ones to buy.  I wanted dye inks and as soon as I tried the Lawn Fawndamentals Premium Dye Ink pads, I knew these were the ones I NEEDED!!. 
I have used some of the new colours on this card along with some of my old ink pads and intend to buy the whole set along with the re-inkers!  I know this will cost a fair bit but these inks are so rich and stamp beautifully.  They look splotchy at first but when they do dry, they dry with no patches at all, especially on solid stamps. 
On another note, I was chuffed to be a winner over at the Less is More 6th Birthday Challenges.  The card that I entered was for Week 3 'Alphabet'.  and you can see it HERE.
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CASology Challenge Week #239 Guest Designer

Hello there.  Today I am really chuffed to be the Guest Designer over at CASology after winning their challenge a couple of weeks ago with this card which you can see HERE.
So the theme for this week #239 is:-
Well I have to say I struggled with this theme.  I don't have any landmark stamps, I deliberated over whether a birthday or retirement could be a landmark event and then eventually after a few days of me asking my husband things like 'is a new baby a landmark event?' and him rolling his eyes each time, I made a 'landmark' decision and came up with this card which is meant to be Giza in Egypt!
Landmark card made using distress inks and hand cut pyramids
I have been to Egypt before and absolutely loved the history and architecture there so images of pyramids kept popping into my head.   As I didn't have any suitable stamps, I just hand cut 3 pyramids and a palm tree out of some black card and layered them onto a distress inked background. Simples-but I think it works! 

I cut out the front panel using a Rectangle Peek a Boo window die by My Favorite Things and the sentiment is by Papertrey Ink and is called Big and Bold Wishes. 
I did think about printing a sentiment that read 'Happy Birthday to a Diamond Giza'!!
Anyway, hop on over to the CASology Challenge to see what the talented Design Team have created and maybe have a go at entering this challenge - I think it's a tough one (especially as it doesn't involve any cute animals!).

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