Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stencils (not) in the spotlight

Hi, all!  I'm back agin, playing with Hero Arts' Rain Dance stencil for a couple of kids cards - I told you back in August that I was having a ball playing with this stencil, and I'm still in love!

This time, I wanted to use the stencil so that it was not the focus of attention - I wanted it either as a background element, or as part of a scene (but not the focal point).

We ladies at A Blog Named Hero are all playing with Lawn Fawn goodies this month - I've used both stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn on my cards today.
On this card, I started with the Rain Dance stencil, and I lightly blended in some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink into the background.  I then die cut the rainbow (from Paper Smooches) from white cardstock and coloured it with Copics.  I pulled out some vellum and die cut the clouds using Lawn Fawn's "Spring Showers" die set.  I finished with a sentiment from Stamp-It, stamped in Hero Arts shadow ink, in Mid Tone Pool. 

For my second card, I got out my Wendi Vecchi embossing paste and gelatos from Faber Castell Design Memory Craft, and used the Rain Dance stencil to create an ocean for the cute Lawn Fawn whale.
Confession time - this card was going to be a one-layer card, until I put a black fingerprint in the top left corner.  Thank goodness for die cuts to cover up life's little smudges.  
I put some glittery embossing powder on top of the embossing paste while it was still wet, so it has some glitter as well as colour and texture. 
Have you played along with our latest challenge yet?

There's a Simon Says Stamp Gift Voucher up for grabs!  Thanks so much, Simon Says!

Thanks also to the amazing Kelly-Marie at Lawn Fawn!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Lawn Fawn + Recycling = LOVE

Today's challenge is all about recycling. And with that in mind, I was able to make this card. Can you guess what's been recycled? It's pretty out the ordinary. 

I recently purchased some Copic markers from a private seller. They were not packaged well, and had to do some clean up with alcohol wipes. When I was finished cleaning, I noticed that the wipes were pretty cool looking. So I kept them. I knew I'd use them for something. Here's a picture of them in all their glory. Too pretty to throw away, right? 

Since we are collaborating with Lawn Fawn this month, I used the Lawn Fawn So Thankful stamp set and matching dies to stamp this open leaf repeatedly on the wipes. Then an easy run through my cuttlebug, and I have a ton of leaves to sort through. 

This shows the awesome tree from Sweater Weather. I cut it out eight times from Hero Arts snow layering paper. Colored the top layer with some distress markers, and then also swiped some of the watered down distress marker onto the sides of the die cut, to cover up the white, and just to look cool. I adore how much dimension this card has, I really enjoy that aspect of making my own cards. Nothing flat here!

Finished the card by using some more distress markers on a piece of white paper to make my own grass colored paper. Then I used the Grassy Cuts die to make some grass. And finally used the Stitched Journaling Card to make the background for the tree and leaves. Once that was adhered, I used some foam tape to pop the panel up onto one of the new cranberry woodgrain notecards. Which are divine. I must have all of the Lawn Fawn notecards.

Now, get working on your submission to this challenge. Up for grabs is a $25 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Where you can get all of these Lawn Fawn goodies for yourself!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Challenge #54: Recycle It!

Welcome to our 54th challenge! We'd like you to up-cycle or recycle something and use it to make a new card or project, and link directly to your blog post or gallery entry in the link thingy below. 

As always, our generous sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, will award one random entry with a $25 gift voucher.

We're collaborating with Lawn Fawn on all of our projects this month

 so you'll see Lawn Fawn images on our projects along with Hero Arts.

Our design team has some beautiful samples to share with you:

Thanks so much for participating, we couldn't do it without you!

Leslie's card:
Sarah's project:
(list coming soon)

Sindhura's card:
Linda's card:

Cristina's project:

Teresa's card: