Mini Gatefold Card for my 5K Giveaway!

Hello, hello! Been MIA due to some house renovations… but I’m settling back into crafting again now that my craft room is put back together (somewhat!)

Anyhow, let me jump right in and tell you about this amazing group I have. We can be found on Facebook, under the name Lawn Fawn Addicts! LF has & will always be my FIRST LOVE in this cute hobby of mine, hence the reason this group was started. Its been steadily growing and last week, we reached 5000 members!!! So in celebration, I am doing a giveaway, but, I’m making the members work for it! LOL. I could’ve been nice and just do a random drawing, but I really wanted to spark their creativity and also, gain inspiration for our growing albums. ♥ The task was to make a card using the GATEFOLD technique w/ a belly band or they could put their own spin on it and come up with a rendition of their own! The only hard rules were that it has to be posted in the 5K Giveaway album; with & w/o the band on, bright & happy colors, LF elements (duh) and it had to be a NEW project (which will turn into an inspiration album). They’ve been posting a way… and boy, do we have some amazing talent in this group! I’m so glad its going to be a random drawing because I would NOT be able to choose!

I was inspired to participate in making a card too… so I did! Two of them!

I made 2 mini, gift card holding, gatefold cards. Its hard to tell, but these cuties are 3×4, finished. I cut the base @ 6×4, scored @ 1 ½ & 4 ½. I cut out 2 mats for the front @1 ¼ x 3 ¾ . I cut out 2 bands; first one @ 6 ¼ x 1 and embossed that using the Sizzix coffee bean embossing folder. The other band I cut out at 6 ¼ x ¼ and stamped the little beans out using the Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set. Using the same stamp set, I stamped out 2 coffee cups and added some smiling faces to the cups. I pulled out the Mini Picture Frames by LF and lined them up to center those cups and ran it through my BigKick. (If you have these frame dies, you know that the frame and inside part comes apart, so I just taped them together on the backside so they would stay together!) I colored them using my Copic markers and colored the background as well to make the image pop.

Initially, these were going to just be mini cards… but then I thought about their size and decided they needed to be gift card holders instead. So I got out LF Stitched Gift Card Pocket die and die cut 2 of them out using some Doodlebugs Sugar & Cream cardstock! SO cute!!! It looked like it needed something else cause there was a lot of brown going on… so I stamped out those same cups w/ faces and colored them quickly and die cut them and added it to the pockets. I wanted to add a sentiment so I used the “for you” steamy stamp and added it above the pocket. This will be hidden behind the gift card.

To assemble, I adhered the mats on the front, the pocket on the inside… and WITH a gift card inside the pocket, I wrapped the band around the card and glued the ends together. I did this to give some room for the added dimension of the pocket & gift card, so the band can easily slide on and off. On the seam, I added the framed image.

Bada Bing! Bada Boom! Done! Well, I actually stamped out some tiny coffee beans and mounted it to the mug image because she was looking a little lonely. LOL.

BTW, I hunted and searched for a coffee gift card… and only found a Target one.. oh well.. you know what I was trying to do!!! LOL ♥

Thanks for stopping by!!  -Hugs, Kim!

Be Bold… (subtly)!

Hello, hello, hello!!!

Im back with a pretty simple card today. I love coffee and need to create more coffee themed projects… and so I will begin with this card. I also am using Prismacolor Premier Soft Core colored pencils for the first time! EEEEE.. wish me luck. I bought the 150 set on Amazon when they were having their crazy sale and that was back in October-ish? All I know is that they’ve been sitting here…waiting for me to use them! I didn’t know what to expect or know any techniques… so I just dived in!

First I started off by cutting some of the layers for the card front using Craftin’ Desert Divas Fancy Frame dies. I used Doodlebugs plaid cardstock from the Sugar & Cream stack for the scallop mat & 110pd white cardstock for the rectangle mat. I stamped out that cutie girl and the “be bold” sentiment using Jaded Blossom’s Java Time stamp set. She’s sooo cute! I then pulled out my pencils and cell phone (to google color combinations) and set out to work. The pencils definitely went on sooo nicely. Very soft, and blends well. I really like these pencils, but I know I need to practice more to improve on shading, texture, and will have to probably make a color chart to make life easier. After coloring her, I added the grassy knoll and finger daubed the clouds in using My Favorite Things Stencil Mini Cloud Edges. I added some Wink of Stella to her mug and to the center of her hair bow to give it some sparkles. I was verrrrry tempted to add something to give it dimension, but I restrained myself. Sometimes I have to tell myself its ok to not go overboard and make it all pop at once. Sometimes the subtleness of colors or textures can be all the POP it needs.

Oh but, I did add something on the back of the card using Elizabeth Craft Designs Coffee & Tea stamp set… couldn’t help it cause it’s so true for most of us, right?! 😂

Thank you for visiting!!! Hope you’re having a great day!

Hugs- Kim♥

Magical Unicorn

Hello there! Hope you’re having a great day!

I’m here to share this card I made after watching Jennifer McGuire’s YouTube video using PinkFresh’s Magical Unicorn stamp set and coordinating dies. I just thought it was so adorable and had to get it right away!

For this card, I stamped out the unicorn horn (aka alicorn) using some embossing ink and heat set the Lawn Fawn Rose Gold embossing powder. Soooo pretty! I die cut it out and set it aside. Then I die cut two ears using double sided foam scraps I found and peeled one side of the release paper away and dipped it into some super sparkly glitter. (I hate glitter, but LOVE the sparklines!!!) I set those aside and started on making the flowers and leaves. I just die cut some scraps of pink and green paper and stamped the centers using the coordinating flower centers and leaf veins. I arranged them on the white cardbase and chose to pop some up using foam tape and others got adhered to the card. After arranging all the elements, I glued everything down and laid out the eyes to stamp out.

After stamping them out, I wanted to try out that technique Jennifer McGuire was talking about, you know, the  Fill-In Stamping technique. I found the lightest shade of gray from my Altenew stamp cubes and found one called Morning Frost. I grabbed the star stamp from the set and proceeded to stamp out the stars framing the unicorns face. I made sure to leave a silhouette of where the unicorns face would be and just went around the entire card base. For finishing touches… I added Wink of Stella (duh!) and some gems to the centers of the flowers.  Thanks so much for stopping by!! Hugs- Kim

Kokeshi time!

Konichiwa!

I’m back with another different project. I’ve been trying different things lately and I kinda like it!

One thing I am not straying from is using the new Lawn Fawn stuff I got recently! I wanted to make a container, so I pulled out the Lawn Fawn Gift Box die set and was contemplating what happy, bright colors to use… and while sitting there… I saw my new Frantic Stamper Kokeshi Paper Doll die that I just got and thought I’d blend the two sets together.

I dug around until I found my stash of Origami stuff. I found a couple of sheets of traditional looking origami papers and cut out the box using that. Origami paper is not the thickest and I considered stacking the paper onto some denser cardstock but decided against it. I cut out all the necessary elements for the box and had to pull up the YouTube video because I was needing that visual support. LOL!!! I successfully assembled the box and started working on the little Kokeshi girls. I cut out their dress using the same colors of the box because I knew I wanted to add one to the bow. The other one I am going to make a little card with (which I did not do tonight… you will see why…).

After I was done… I was going to make the card to coordinate with the box, but decided against it because I wanted to fill this box with more Japanese elements… and I had my origami papers out. I made a lot of boats, stars, and a couple other miscellaneous elements… and filled the box. I made them using the bright, happy colors I am always drawn to. I figured the exterior looks a bit traditional and “quiet”.. and when you open the box up… its a PARTY of colors and cuteness!!! What do you think?

Hoppy Day!!!

Hey there!!! Thanks for hopping by to see my latest creation!  I used a combination of 2 of my favorite cutesy companies, Lawn Fawn & Mama Elephant!  While Lawn Fawn is my first love, Mama Elephant is right there with the cutesiness (in my opinion)! ♥

For this card, I started with a top folding card base. I die cut all the components of the bunny using Mama Elephant Inside Pop – Bunny & Cat out of white cardstock. I chose to do this because I wanted to use my Copics to color in any elements I wanted… like I added pink to the inside of the ears and the cheeks, some light gray to the body and face etc. After adding some light coloring, I set aside the bunny and set to work on the background of the card. I die cut a stencil using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border and used the negative piece to mask just past the fold, since this is a “3-d” kinda card…. And used my green distress inks to color in the grass and the bottom portion of the card. For the sky background, I used my trusty cloud stencil, my home made one. I also die cut a sun from Spring Showers, some clouds using Simply Puffy Cloud Frames, and a carrot from Stitched Garden Border (cause ya know, a bunny’s gotta have her carrot). After all that I assembled the inside of the card. It was pretty easy to put the bunny together and get it to pop up. Its soooo darn cute!

Now time to work on the outside of the card. I die cut a scalloped stitched mat, smaller than the card, using Gina Marie dies. I ran that through a cloud embossing folder and pondered what to do with it. After thinking about it, I die cut HOPPY DAY using Finely’s ABC’s and Lawn Fawns Really Rainbow cardstock, more specifically, Purple Posies. I laid out the sentiment on the mat and stamped some faces onto some of the surrounding raised clouds using Sweet Smiles (LF gumball set) to give it that extra touch!

That’s it for now… stay tuned for my next creation… thank you! Hugs- Kim

Stitched a bear… Part 2

Oh man! I’m happy to report that I am done stitching that bear. It was a tedious process, but the outcome was worth it. I am super happy with the finished product and it’s sooooo cute!

The quality of the PTI felt made this a quality project. If you haven’t tried their felt, it’s a must for anyone doing stitching projects! The main body parts (pink) & black eyes are cut from PTI. The white and dark pink nose pieces were cut from felt I got from a local craft store.. very “eh” quality up against the PTI. I definite will be making more!!!

I think the coordinating stamp set sends it over the top cute!!! So happy I have this set!! Thanks for checking in! Hugs -Kim

Stitching a bear … Part 1

I wanted to do a different kind of craft today… so I pulled out a set of dies that I lusted after for years and was finally able to get my hands on them from a destash group on FB. It is the elusive Papertrey Ink Quick Stitch Kit: Design-A-Softie

I cut out all the pieces from felt (there’s a lot of pieces!!) and gathered coordinating floss and a blunt needle and went to work.

*** 2 hours later ***

I thought I was making good progress and looked up at the clock to realize 2 hours had passed!! Time flies when ur doing a running stitch! 😂

I successfully stitched the ears, the eyes, nose, and the legs. I will have to continue this tomorrow… lol. I will keep you all posted! Oh, and because it was easy… I stamped the pocket insert and the little tag. Soooo cute!

💕 Stay tuned… Hugs -Kim