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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Lawn Fawn Welcome Baby - Pay It Forward #2

Hey folks!

Today I'm sharing my second Pay It Forward card. My daughter and I delivered these (you can see the first one here) to their respective hospitals on Tuesday. I have to say peeps, this really was a fulfilling experience!

We have no idea what the reception from each of the patients were, but it's cool. The nurses we gave them to said they knew exactly who to give them to, so it was poifect! 

As usual, if you're interested in any of the products I have used I will have links at the bottom of the post! 

I'm seriously thinking I must make it my personal goal in life to own every Lawn Fawn Critter. Some people have Bucket Lists like going to Paris or visiting the Grand Canyon. Even eating an entire cheesecake in one sitting. Not me! I simply want Lawn Fawn Critters. I don't actually know anyone that has the Grand Canyon on their Bucket List, but you get the point.

I have agreed to a "spending freeze" with some of my peeps on the Stamping Enablers Facebook Page for the month of June, but Lawn Fawn is going to have oodles of new stuff launching next month! Stamps (more critters!), dies and inks? Yes please! You can check out the sneaks here. Yes, I'm aware the "spending freeze" and "enabler" do not belong in the same sentence...For those of you who have not agreed to such madness, I encourage you to go check it out and enjoy the launch!

These fabulous elements are from the Critters Down Under Stamp Set. Dar-ling. After I stamped them on Neenah White Cardstock with Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, I colored them in with Copic's. This is part of the fun for me. They are adorable in their own right, but I just LOVE to color them! It's like coloring for "adults"! 

I kept the rest of the card pretty simple. I used the smallest Lawn Fawn Stitched Scallop Border Die in the set on a piece of Neenah White Cardstock and mounted that on a card base of Simon Says Stamp Audrey Blue Cardstock as well as some Bazzill Dotted Swiss Cardstock in Butter. I also took my Wink of Stella Pen and colored around the edges of the Stitched Scallop Panel. This tied in to the Kangaroo's ears. Done! Easy Peasy.

The plan was not to write in these cards. We had two thoughts on this: A) this kept them truly anonymous and B) it tied into the Pay It Forward gig and this way, if they wanted, they could use these cards to Pay It Forward to someone else. So, I made notes for each of the cards and put them inside of the envelopes. I use clear envelopes and the recipient has to turn the card to the back to open it and when they do, this note is what they'll see.

My daughter needed proof these were delivered and the nurse in the Maternity Wing was all over this, but she didn't want her picture taken, so this was what we came up with. We took flowers in with both cards too! I didn't get permission from the nurse at the other hospital to post her pic on the internet so this is all I get to show you. Which is too bad because she was so stinkin cute!

Well that's it peeps! This was great and we shall do it again. 

Until next time! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Watercolor For The Grads

Hey folks!

Today I'm sharing set of graduation cards that I made using three different brands of watercolors.

I'm a big fan of watercolor and and even bigger fan of Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks, but I just recently purchased the Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush 36 Piece Set and the Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi 24 Color Set. I was really curious how these compared to each other. It's one thing to watch someone else use them in a video, but I'm a hands on, decide for myself kind of girl, so...

It's always fun to try new things! That and I'm a sucker for anything labeled Watercolor, but let's not talk about that, shall we? 

If you're interested in any of the products that I've used, I will have links for you at the end of the post!

I used Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock (it's my fave) for all three cards and I purposely kept my coloring loose. I was more interested in the flow and blending of each as apposed to detail.

I already knew how the Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Inks (right) would play out, but I was surprised how different the other 2 were to them. The Tambai's (middle) are thicker and creamier. They are definitely paints. Since they are thick they are more opaque. I used the "Sprinkles" stamp from the Balloon Stamp Set by Life. Love. Paper for Studio Calico and I noticed because of how thick Tambai's are my stamp would "slip" across the surface of the paper. Kinda of like trying to stamp on acetate. Also, even though I used the same colors as the Distress Inks, the opacity of these paints make them seem bolder. I really dig these, but I''m pretty sure these won't be a "go to" watercolor for me. I will definitely save these for certain projects.

As for the Zig Kuretake Clean Color Real Brush Set on the left? Wow! Love. Love on so many levels! When I got these in the mail and I opened them I said "Happy Mother's Day To Me!", but after using them, I had to say it again! They are super vibrant and really easy to use. The brush tip is the best for detail, but even doing a quick scribble and letting the water do the rest is really awesome! I've used these on 2 other cards that are more detailed watercoloring and I will share them soon, but I really enjoyed this. One other thing I liked about these is, they blend beautifully. In the set I have, I don't have any one color to match Distress Cracked Pistachio or the Tambai Pale Aqua, so I mixed Cobalt Blue and Pale Green and it was spot on.

To keep them all simple I used the same stamp sets, paper and embellishments on all three. As I said the "Sprinkles" stamp is from  Balloon Stamp Set by Life. Love. Paper for Studio Calico as well as the Dotted Lines on the Distress Card and the Triangles on the Zig Clean Color Card. Oh and if you need a really good all around stamp set, then I highly recommend the Winnie & Walter Big Bold You Set. Oodles of phrases can be made with this bad boy. It's groovy.

I mounted all three panels on Simon Says Stamp Doll Pink Paper. I'm building of my SSS paper stock, because the colors are so versatile and the weight is perfect for just about everything!

That's it! Easy Peasy. In my next post I will be sharing my second Pay It Forward Card and the details on how our donation went!

Until next time!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Congratulations On Your New Home!

Hey folks!

I have loads to share here the next week or so (including another Pay It Forward card), but I wanted to get this one up real quick. 

Easy cards seems to be the flavor of the month for me lately. So much to do and so little time, but I'm determined to get my craft on so, whaddya do? 

As a warning my friends, I'm so tired tonight, that I'm pretty sure that watching paint dry would be more entertaining, but I shall foregone anyhow.

If you're interested in any of the products I have used, I will have links for you at the end of the post!

The stamp set I used is Home Sweet Home by Avery Elle. What a fabulous set! If you haven't seen it, then you should and if you don't have it then you should do that too! I loosely took my inspiration from a picture I saw on Pinterest.

After I stamped the Teepee in Momento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored it in with my choice of Copic's, I used my MISTI Stamping Tool to heat emboss it with Versamark and Ranger Clear Embossing Powder to give the image a little bit of dimension and texture. For the Black and White Background, I used a couple of the lil images out of the stamp set and stamped them on Neenah White Cardstock with Lawn Fawndamental Black Licorice Ink. Following my inspiration pic, I then mounted that on a piece of Simon Says Black Cardstock. Easy peasy. I decided to keep the card base simple because I created a busy pattern. Aaaand done.

There are several really great sentiments with this set, but this is a "New Home" cards for some friends, so that's what I put on the inside.  

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy!

Until next time!