Picture Changer

I discovered the Lawn Fawn Picture Changer Die cut about a year ago. When I purchased the die set and add on I also picked up a few Lawn Fawn Stamps to use with it. One set is not for the set, but it was so cute I just could not pass it up!

This sweet little Fortune Teller Tabby set is actually made for the spinner set.

To create the glass on the ball I covered it with a thin layer of Glossy Accents.

I used Tri-Blend Spectrum Noir markers to color in the image on Solar White Cardstock.

For the following two cards I used the Picture Changer Thin Cut and Shake Your Tail Feather’s Stamp.

I love the Peacock stamp set! There are so many things that it can be used for in addition to this kind of interactive card.

I created a nont-traditional Christmas card with this little gingerbread man — Oh Snap. I did not get my placement correct on the card. This is one of those times that I say “Oops! Oh well”, shrug my shoulders and move on. I will mail it to someone who won’t mind!

Here is a video on how to use these thin cuts along with Easter Before and After Stamps:

Here is another one using a Candy Corn Stamp Set:

Last, but not least, here is a video for all you Lawn Fawn Fans! I took the class at Creativation 2020 in which I learned how to create several cards with their new dies and saw the new products. I share them here:

I have had the pleasure of taking a couple Make and Take’s from Kelly — the Founder of Lawn Fawn. It truly is a pleasure! She is very personable and friendly. I am a Lawn Fan because of her. I like to support small businesses that are made of up genuinely good people — she is a great person!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Fear Is A Liar

I drew a face. This is the very first time I actually drew a face. Once I had it drawn I thought it would be fun to go on Facebook and do a live coloring it in. That was the scariest thing I have done in a long time. First, I am not an illustrator. Second, my art is not painting. So why did I do it live? To show that just because you are a novice in an area does not mean you should not try it. It’s art. Art is subjective. Besides, if you mess up who cares? You can either toss it or gesso over it. With all of that being said I surprised myself with how well it turned out.

Everything I used to create this page is Dina Wakley Media except for the Stickles in the hair.

I did not come up with the title for this art page until the end. I did not even have a clue of what kind of words I would use on it. Then I realized that I almost did not do it because of fear, so “Fear is a Liar!” was it!

There are two things that I enjoy creating — landscapes and hair. I know completely opposite of each other, but true. I spent more time creating her hair than I did her face.

Here are the videos I used to learn how to draw this face.

I truly hope that this inspires you to venture out of your comfort zone and maybe face a few of your fears in art. You might just surprise yourself with what you can create!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

DCC Petal Paper Paper HOP!

Welcome to the DCC Blog hop featuring an awesome new paper stack from DCWV. Please make sure you check out the DCC blog for the complete list of designers participating in this hop as well as the next stop along the way at the end of this post. You can find Petal Paper at Joann’s. They also have an instragram account that you can check out too. You can find it here!

DCWV has a new paper created specifically for making flowers — Petal Paper. DCWV has been a long-time producer of the stack– a set of coordinated papers. Stacks have been made in so many themes and colors over the years. Happy members of the American Crafts family of products, they continue their pursuit of serving the consumer and their crafty needs with new paper stacks releasing several times a year in updated themes and colors. You can find them online and in a variety of craft stores. At first glance it looks like fragile crepe paper, but its not. It’s very cool and I can’t wait to share with you two home decor pieces with you.

Rolled Flowers

I experimented with a couple different kinds of flowers that I have made in the past with felt, card stock and foiled paper. My favorite small flower to make with Petal Paper is rolled flowers!

I placed each flower in a jar that once had a candle in it. I up-cycled a candle votive to finish of the decor piece. Here is the tutorial on how to create it:

HUGE Flower

Another one of my favorite kinds of flowers to make is made with hearts! I made a small one with the paper and thought it was cute, but then it dawned on me that similiar flowers were being sold on Etsy for $45-$60 for one big one. So, I created a HUGE flower that is so easy to make!

This flower is 22 inches! It would be perfect on a wall as a back drop or as a center piece for a table. You could easily make two flowers per paper stack! The best part is it comes together fast and only requires scissors and glue. Check out this tutorial on how to create one:

What’s Next?

Please leave a comment on my post telling me know which flower you like better — the rolled one or the huge one. I like them both and can’t pick a favorite. Would you consider subscribing to my blog? I switched platforms a year ago and have not gotten all of my subscribers over here. I would truly appreciate having you on my crafty journey! Your next stop is:


Designer Connection Crafts

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

A Bug Deal Magic Iris Card

You are not going to believe this, but this card was super easy to make because I cheated.

I used the Magic Iris Die to create the interactive element of the card. You can see how here:

And here is another more in depth tutorial on how to put these types of cards together:

How did I cheat? I stamped the leaves from A Bug Deal Stamp Set on different shades of green cardstock (36 leaves were used to fill the outside ring of the Iris) and ran it through my Scan-n- Cut. I do not have the coordinating die for this stamp set, so I used my electronic cutter. The only thing I colored were the cute little critters.

The entire card came together in about 30 minutes! I still use my thin cut dies, but I must confess that with the Scan-n-Cut they are no longer a need. It is the best addition to my craft room I have made this decade!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

Bun Intended ATC Set

I have always had a thing for creating hair in art. I like to shade it, color it, high light it and glitter it up. That probably is why I am obsessed with these Bun images from Ink Road Stamps. So far there are four available.

I created two different kinds of backgrounds for these four ATCs. The first two are created with Colorburst.

The last two I created using Colorburst and alcohol ink on Rinea Foiled Paper. I don’t know what have me the idea to try these two mediums together — much less on Rinea foiled paper. I am glad I did because it turned out amazing!

I have a video tutorial on how to color in these images here. The cute little bows are actually wee little resin pieces from The Ink Road Stamps. I thought they were perfect as embellishments for the buns.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

So Much COFFEE!!!!

I have had the sassiest coffee stamp set from Ink Road Stamps for about two years and never played with it until now. I like that it comes with sentiments and an option to swap out what each mug says. In addition there are quite a few options for coffee drinks. There is a mug, paper hot coffee cup and once for iced. These are the cards I created with this fun set!

The above cards were created with die cuts from Stamps of Life. Though I am not affiliated with them, they have some of my favorite die cuts for card making in the industry.

These two cards were created with one die cut set from Ink Road stamps on Rinea Foiled Paper that I used alcohol ink to create the background.

Please check out the video I created demonstrating how to color these sassy coffee drinks in here.

What’s your favorite coffee based drink? Tell me in the comments! I like straight up iced coffee with nothing in it. I am hardcore like that!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting

Pearls and White — A Cut Cardstock Hop!

I am super excited to be joining in the amazing Cut Cardstock Hop. I hope you find my creation inspiring and useful. Before I share with you my project let’s go over the amazing prize for this hop and how you can win it. Up for grabs is a $40 gift card to Cut Cardstock! All you have to do is stop at each creator’s blog, check out their project and leave a comment or upload a project that includes Cut Cardstock products. That’s it! How awesome is that?

I created a goodie bag and matching candle base for a reception table.

These table settings came together in under 45 minutes with the help of a Mandalay die from Brutus Monroe and similar bag die from Tonic Studios. I used Vellum and Shimmery Black Metallic cardstock on both pieces. To adhere the vellum to the cardstock I used adhesive sheets. These worked wonderfully with the vellum! All you need to do is lay the vellum on the adhesive sheet on one of the sticky sides and run it through your die cut machine. I ran my vellum through with each die three times to make sure it cut all the way. Simply peel the vellum off to reveal the adhesive and place on the cardstock.

Liquid adhesive is the best option when assembling the gift bags. Place the vellum piece first on the bag before it is put together. Once the vellum piece is in place, the bag can be put together.

For the candle I die cut the same image on both the cardstock and vellum. I simply layered them by offsetting the vellum on top so the gorgeous shiny black could be seen.

This tablescape would be perfect for an elegant evening reception (black and white is classic) or a bridal shower.

Now it is your turn to hop on through to Judy’s blog. Also, make sure you check out CutCardStock for more inspiration. Don’t forget to leave a comment on my blog before you leave. What is your favorite wedding color scheme? Please consider following my blog too! I switched platforms and have not gained back all my followers, so I feel like I am at ground zero again when really I have been doing this for twenty years.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Fix Your Card When You Put the Card Front on the Wrong Side

I like to create my card bases all at once, so it is easy to just grab one and create when I am in the mood. Sometimes this results in my Watermark accidently ending up on the inside of the card. Instead of tossing the card or tearing it apart trying to save it there is a simple solution. This recently happened to me. I made this card:

Cute and Sassy, right? You can imagine the groan and slew of curse words I said when I opened it to see that my watermark was on the inside where my sentiment was to go.

The solution to this is really simple. In fact, I am kinda scared to share it with you because it is like “duh!” easy. Just take another piece of cardstock and adhere it over the side that has your watermark on it. Stamp the sentiment and no one will ever know that you messed up. Well, unless it is you getting a card from me. The only time I ever mat the inside of a card is when I mess up like this OR the card base is a dark color and I want a dark sentiment.

Make sure you watermark the back of your card before sending it off!

Here is a video tutorial on how to shade in the cute little coffee mug from Ink Road Stamps.

Video

What is your best card hack? Tell me in the comments! I want to know!

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

How to Add a Transparency to A Waterfall Card

Waterfall cards are a lot of fun, but sometimes I like to use die cuts on the piece that slides. This can be tricky because they tend to get stuck. I recently learned a trick through a Lawn Fawn class on how to make them slide easy and smoothly with dies cuts. A layer of transparency is the solution. Here is a video on how to do it: Video

Here is what the card looks like:

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!

The Left Overs

As I previously stated in another post, I had the pleasure of being a guest educator for the Clique Kits this month. I created a mini album featuring my bout with depression. I taught how to use a gel press plate to create background pages as well as different ways to use gelatos and foam stamps. I was sent a ton of beautiful paper that did not make it’s way into the mini album I created. So I made the following layouts with the paper as well as the odds and ends of what I had left.

To create this page I fussy cut and tore a few of the collage pages I was sent. After I adhered them to the 12 by 12 page, I outlined them and added some dots along the edges. I used a rainbow foam stamp with some gelatos to create the corners of the page and topped it off with a sweet layering butterfly stamp.

A combination of mixed media techniques were used to create the above pages. I love to splat paint in layers. Starting with a blank 12 by 12 paper that will be the base of the layout splat one paint color. Adhere pattern paper on top of the base and splat another color of paint. Finally, add the mats for your images and splat with another paint color. By layering the paint splats you create great texture without a bunch of bulk which can make it challenging to store.

Until next time ~ Happy Crafting!