Polymer Clay

Nachos Anyone? The Polymer Clay Kind!

Today I wanted to share a polymer clay project with you.  I love playing with polymer clay.  One of my favorite things to make are little cute charms you can use on a corded necklace, or a key chain, or whatever you like!  In this post I’m going to share my process of making nacho chips!

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For the nachos I used FIMO clay in a light yellow shade.  I like to put a small amount of corn starch on my work surface to keep the clay from sticking.  You want to “condition” the clay first and by this I mean you want to knead it and work it with your fingers until it is very supple and shows no cracks.  (good hand exercise!) *when purchasing your clay be sure to pick FIMO Soft which will make this process easier.  You can also use Sculpy clay which is often not only less expensive but much softer.

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Form your piece of clay into a triangle shape, like above.

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It helps to use a blade like the one above to help shape your triangle.  You can find this and many other polymer clay tools at Walmart, or craft stores such as Michaels (or online).

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As you continue to shape your triangle, slowly start to “smoosh” it down to make it larger.  Keep using your blade to maintain the triangle shape.

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Once you’re finished shaping it should look something like this.

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Next you want to add some texture to your nacho!  For this you can just use an old toothbrush, it’s the perfect tool to add texture.  You don’t always need “Specialty” tools to work with polymer clay!  🙂

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Now we’re “cookin’!”  Looks almost good enough to eat, right????

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Next you get to add a face!  You don’t have to do this but I like to make my charms cute! For this you want to roll out a very thin bit of brown clay (or black if you prefer)  Using a blade (I used an exacto knife, some people like to use a straight razor blade but be careful!!!)  cut 2 even small pieces of clay.

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Roll the bits of clay into 2 small balls such as above.  (alternatively you can bake the piece then paint the eyes in using a dotting tool OR use small seed beads for the eyes instead).

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Using a dotting tool such as the one above (which is actually an old scoring tool I had in my stash!)  form 2 small eye “holes”.  You can make these as deep or as shallow as you like.  Place the balls of clay into the holes and press gently using the dotting tool.

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The mouth can be a bit tricky, it’s still something I really struggle with.  So don’t be discouraged if you have trouble with this at first.  Remember you can always bake first then paint the mouth in if you prefer.  For this piece I rolled the brown clay out in a very thin strip, then cut a very small piece from this.  Using a tool (I like to use a long embroidery needle) pick up the mouth and try to curve it into a U shape.  Mine usually ends up like a smarmy smirk, only because I’m still learning, LOL

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Next you want to add some pink cheeks!  For this I took 2 tiny balls of light pink clay and pressed them next to the eyes as shown.  Again, you can alternately paint these in.

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Once your piece is finished, if you are going to make it into a charm, you want to add an eye pin.  For this I just use the same eye pins I use for jewelry making and trim them down to fit the charm (using wire cutters).  To ensure a good hold I use Sculpy Bake and Bond, dipping the eye pin into the nozzle then inserting it into the top of the charm.

This type of polymer clay must be baked to finish.  For this I use a toaster oven but you can also use a standard oven.  Follow the directions on your polymer clay package for baking times and temperature.  In the pic above you can see some other pieces I made at the same time.  I like to make my items in batches!

Be sure to let your items cool completely once they are finished baking.  This will complete the “curing” process.  If you try to handle your items before they cool not only will you get burned you risk damaging your piece.

Once your piece is completely cooled you want to seal it using some varnish.  There are many types of varnish to use and you can find a list on line of the different ones to use.  I use Minwax Fast Drying Polyurethane Clear Gloss and that works great.  Be sure to use in a well ventilated area, though the odor is really not that strong.  I sometimes use a cheap paintbrush to apply the gloss and then just toss it away.  Or sometimes I dip the piece into the Minwax and then hang it up on a rack with a large paper clip to dry (this is my preferred method!)

Give your piece 24-48 hours to dry and you are done!  Here’s another pic of the finished charms:

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I hope you enjoyed this pictorial, they really are fun to make!!!

Thanks for stopping by!  Now I want to go grab some nachos!  😛

Hugs, Beth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Misc. Crafts

Ribbon Charm Book Marks

Hello everyone!  Today I have a super easy, fun project for you!  These are book marks made from lengths of ribbon and charms.

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To make these pretty books marks you will need:

ribbon of various lengths and sizes

ribbon crimps, also in various sizes and in either silver or gold or both

jump rings in silver, gold or both

misc. charms OR you can create your own beaded dangles or tassles if you desire

Scissors

pair of flat nosed pliers for jewelry making

super glue or jewelry glue (optional)

To begin cut a length of ribbon measuring 12 inches (this seems to be a good standard size but feel free to make it any length!)  Make sure your cuts are straight so the ribbon crimps will look neat and tidy!

Pick out the appropriate size ribbon crimp for your ribbon.  If you can’t find an exact fit just use the closest one.  This is also a good time to get your jump rings and charms ready.

Next, apply a thin strip of super glue, such as the one below.  I like this one because it’s a gel so it’s not as messy.  (you do not have to use adhesive but I feel it gives you added strength, plus it keeps the ribbon ends from fraying).

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Carefully place your ribbon crimp over the ribbon end, centering it.  Now you can use your flat nosed pliers to squeeze the crimp shut, make sure you do this on each side of the crimp.

This is one style of ribbon crimp that I purchased from Walmart.  Not sure which brand, but these are a bit harder to squeeze shut.

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I actually prefer this brand/type.  I got these at JoAnn’s and they are much easier to work with.  (sorry, again not sure which brand, but they have little dots on them!)

The next step is to add your jump rings.  There are many videos online about using jump rings if you are not sure how to do this.  Basically you want to use 2 pairs of round nose pliers, one to hold the jump ring steady and the other to open the jump ring.  Open it wide enough to slide on your charm, then attach to the ribbon crimp (make sure you have it the right way around!) and then close your jump ring.  Now you’re finished!

It’s so much fun to personalize your bookmarks with your charms.  Here are some more samples:

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I hope you enjoyed this simple, fun craft and will try it for yourself!  All of the materials came either from Walmart or JoAnn’s and are all very inexpensive and easy to use!

Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting my blog today!

Hugs to all!

Beth

LawnFawnatics Card Challenges

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 26 – Card Sets

Hello everyone!  Today I have a cute set of 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 cards I made as part of the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge which features card sets!   For these cards I used pattern papers from the Gotta Have Gingham petite paper pack.   I used my Copics to color the images which are from the Some Bunny Stamp Set by Lawn Fawn.   I really love how these turned out!

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If you’d like to take part in the challenge you can find all the info by visiting the Lawn Fawnatics site HERE

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Thank you for stopping by today!

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Entered into:  LawnFawnatics Challenge # 26 Card Sets

MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge

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Today I created a card to enter into the MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge – Sketch 378.  Here is the sketch for this weeks challenge:

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And here is the card I created for the challenge:

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I used the adorable Bubble Over With Joy stamp set by Birdie Brown and the coordinating dies

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I started with a card base of Neenah Solar White Smooth White 110 lb  cardstock cut to 5 1/2 by 8 1/2, scored and folded at 4 1/4.  I then cut a mat from MFT Bubblegum Cardstock measuring 5 1/4 x 4.

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I wanted to create my own textured background so using the large solid bubble image in the set and my Versa Mark Ink Pad I stamped the image all over and used white embossing powder and my heat tool to create a fun bubbly pattern.

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Next I cut some more white and Bubblegum cardstock down to use as mats for my focal image.  I ended up doing a LOT of trimming because I kept changing my mind about what I wanted.  The measurements I finally ended up with are:  White mat – 3 3/8 x 3 1/4, Bubblegum mat – 3 1/8 x 3 1/8, inked piece (white) – 3 x 3

I used Mermaid Lagoon Distress Oxide Ink and a sponge to create a soft yet bright sky.  I like how it turned out but I need to get the ink blenders because I think the effect would be much better with a blender rather than a sponge.  But I do like how it turned out!  I am really loving the Oxide inks now, at first I wasn’t sure but boy am I hooked now! 🙂

On a scrap of smooth white cardstock I laid my images out to get an idea of what I wanted to do.  I decided I wanted to add a little hill for the rabbits to be standing on.  I used a die to cut the hill from some MFT Spearmint Cardstock and I love the contrast between the bright sky and the muted grass.

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I then colored the images using Copics, choosing pastel colors in pink, blue, purple and aqua (for the bubbles).  Then I cut the images using the coordinating dies.  I love how cute they turned out!!

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For the sentiment piece I chose the “Best Wishes and Bubble Kisses” from the set, using the versamark and white embossing powders once again, plus some additional little bubbles to frame the sentiment.  The cardstock mats for the sentiment piece measure 1 x 3 1/8 for the Bubblegum piece, with the white piece trimmed very close to achieve a very thin border.

I then put it all together and added some pink pearls from my stash and glitter and glossy accents to the bubbles and bunnies outfits, and the hill.

Big thanks to MFT for the chance to play along!  If you’d like to play too just click the link for a chance to win a $50 gift voucher from MFT!!!

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I hope you all have an awesome, safe and wonderful Easter Holiday!

Hugs to all!

Beth 🙂

Entered into:  MFT Wednesday Sketch Challenge – Sketch 378

Misc. Crafts

Fun & Easy Glitter Glass Stone Craft

Today on my blog I wanted to share a really easy, fun craft that’s economical too!  Glass, Glitter stones!  These are perfect for all kinds of DIY projects, whether you use them as is, or make them into magnets, rings, wire wrapped jewelry, the possibilities are endless!

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So here’s what you need to make these:  glass, flat round stones.  I got mine from Joann’s but I believe you may be able to find these at your local Dollar Store.  I got a big bag for about $6 and have tons left over after making these.  So they go a long way for very little money!

Next you will need some nail polish in fun, interesting colors and if you can find some with glitter added that’s even better.  I got lucky because my 15 year old daughter has a HUGE nail polish collection and I had no trouble finding some good colors.  The dollar store is again a great place to get this stuff.

You will need some Mod Podge to seal your stones and also some glitter, fine detail glitter is better than the chunky kind for this project.

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The first step is to paint the flat sides of your stones with the nail polish.  Depending on the color you may want to add multiple layers.  A lot will depend on what you plan to use your stones for.  If you want to make them into magnet, you will want to have a solid color such as the stones above so that the magnet doesn’t show through the front of your stone.   Once you’ve painted your stones you can sprinkle them with some glitter or…..

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let the nail polish dry completely (I like to let mine dry overnight) and then add a layer of Mod Podge and a thick layer of glitter.  Let this stage dry overnight again, then add another layer of Mod Podge, letting THAT layer dry overnight as well.  Once dry the glitter will be smooth and hard and you can now add magnets or do whatever you wish!

If you decide to add magnets to the back of your stones be sure to use one strong enough to hold your stone.  I used a thin piece of magnet and it did NOT work.  The stones are a bit heavy!

You can also use pattern paper, or papers cut from a magazine on the back of your stones rather than nail polish.  Simply trace the picture you want using your stone as a reference then cut the image out.  Mod Podge the image to the flat side of the stone with the good side showing through the other side.  Allow to dry completely and you will have a beautiful creation!

I plan to use my stones in our garden this year, I think they will look so neat nestled among the flowers, almost like “fairy” stones!

Hope you enjoyed this easy craft and if you decide to try it yourself I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by today and have a wonderful Easter Holiday!

 

Simon Says Stamp, Simon Says Stamp Monthly Card Kit

Simon Says Stamp April 2018 Card of the Month Kit – Beautiful Day

Oh boy am I dragging this morning!  I think it’s the continuing dreary weather here in Michigan and also the news that it will apparently be a snowy Easter holiday here. 😦  Not unusual for this area really but still not something to look forward to!  Oh well, a good excuse to spend more time indoors crafting, right??

Today I have a card to share that I created using the contents of the fabulous Simon Says Stamp April 2018 monthly card making kit!  This kit is so cool!  Unfortunately at the moment it is sold out, but fingers crossed they will have more maybe???  Here is a link to the kit so you can find out if you will be able to get it:  Simon Says Stamp April 2018 Monthly Card Kit 

Here is the card I created:

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Love, love, love the butterflies in this kit!  The stamp set is so nice, a big 6 x 8 set with so many images that can be used a zillion ways!  You also get a butterfly stencil, twelve single sided sheets of the Lawn Fawn “Really Rainbow” 6 x 6 papers, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Squeezed Lemonade and Mermaid Lagoon, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Blending Brush, 1 sheet of foil, 2 SSS envelopes, and a bunch of SSS cardstock!

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I had never used the Oxide Distress inks, so I was anxious to try them out.  I will say they blend beautifully, though I am not a big fan of the distress brush included in the kit.  I found it difficult to use and prefer the ink blending tools or a sponge, but that’s just a personal preference.  I do like the retractable case it comes in which is convenient.  I used a sponge to ink a background with the two oxide inks.  I was trying to end up with a bright sunny sky, fading into blue then into green to represent grass.  I then added some water to give it more interest.  I do like how it turned out!  I can’t wait to get more of the oxide inks! (I did end up with one big “blotch” but that’s okay because we will soon cover that up!)

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I used the paper that came in the kit for my background, so this will work on regular paper as long as you don’t get it super wet.  I have heard that Bristol Smooth cardstock is the best to use with this though.

For my butterflies I stamped all the images in Lawn Fawn Jet Black Ink onto smooth white cardstock.

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I stamped some of the smaller butterflies in the set with the oxide inks, but didn’t end up using them on my card.  There are no dies with this kit so I had to fussy cut the butterflies out.

I used my Copics to color the images, I ended up not using the first largest butterfly because I didn’t like my coloring on that one.  Here are the colors I used:  BV00, BV02, YG03, YG11, BOO, BG01, C3, BG23, Y00, G00

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Originally I planed to use the striped paper from the Lawn Fawn Really Rainbow 6 x 6 Petite Paper Pack but changed my mind and used the lavender sheet instead.  But I did take my color inspirations from the first four stripes.  (these papers are in the kit but if you want the whole pack you can buy it separately!)

My card base is Neenah Solar White 110 lb Cardstock and measures 11 x 4 1/4, scored at 5 1/2.  The lavender piece is cut at 5 1/8 x 3 7/8, with the inked background piece trimmed to 5 x 3 3/4.  I wanted a bit of definition between the sponged piece and the inked background so I used one of my Copics along the edge to create a very thin “shadow” (sorry I cannot remember which marker it was, but a blue color)

I then realized I needed a “base” for my butterflies to sit on so I cut a 1 inch wide strip to fit across the lower portion of the card showing those 4 stripes whose colors I used on on the butterflies.  I adhered the butterflies across the strip, layering the leaf images beneath them.

For the sentiment I chose “Keep Smiling”  from the stamp set.  I stamped this with Versamark Clear Ink and embossed it using Lawn Fawn White Embossing Powder

I couldn’t resist adding some Glossy Accents to the butterflies and dotted here and there around the card.  Finally to finish I used my Corner Chomper to round the corners of the base of the card.

Here’s another look at the finished card:

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Thank you so much for joining me today and I hope you can keep smiling despite the weather!  Warmer, brighter days are coming!

Have a great day!

 

Recipes

Dinner is Served!

Good evening everyone!  This is a different kind of post, not a crafty one, but a favorite recipe I wanted to share! My family LOVES this dish, it’s an awesome “comfort food” meal that doesn’t last long in this house.  Even my fifteen year old loves this and she is the pickiest eater ever!

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So here is my recipe for Chicken and Dumplings!

First you need some chicken, you can use leftover rotisserie chicken, canned chicken, whatever.  What I like to do is to take a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts and poach them prior to preparing the recipe.  This is super easy to do and you can do this for other recipes as well.

Poaching chicken in the oven:Preheat your oven 375 degrees and place however many chicken breast you are using (for this recipe I do 2) into a glass casserole dish.  Sprinkle the chicken with chicken seasoning, or your favorite seasonings and cover tightly with foil.  Place the chicken in the oven for 30 minutes.   The chicken will poach in it’s own juices and be perfect!  Let the chicken cool then shred it to use in the recipe.

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Chicken and Dumpling Recipe:

Ingredients:

shredded chicken

2 cans Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

2 cans Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup

1 can Campbell’s Chicken broth (do not mix with water, use as is)

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray 9 x 13 glass baking dish with non stick cooking spray.  Open and unroll crescent rolls one at a time and place about 1 tablespoon of the shredded chicken on the widest part of the “triangle”.  Roll this up to form a little “biscuit” making sure to cover all the chicken with the dough.  Place seam side down in baking dish.  Continue with rest of chicken and rolls.

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In a large mixing bowl whisk together the 2 cans of soup and one can of broth.  Pour this mixture over the dumplings, making sure to cover them all.

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Place in oven and bake 30-40 minutes until done.  Serve with mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles.  Serves 4-6.

Your house will smell wonderful and your tummies will thank you!  Now if you’ll excuse me I’m going to dig in!!!

Have a great evening!

🙂

My Favorite Things

Sending You a Handmade Hug – MFT

On this very rainy day (blech!) I thought I’d bring you a cheery spring card!  I created this card from the adorable MFT stamp set Beautiful Day (please note I use links to wherever I purchased my sets from and I only purchase from where I can get the best deal.  In the case of MFT your best bet is to purchase from their online store!) I also used the Die-Namics Dies that coordinate with this set to cut out the images after coloring them with my copics.

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MFT has the cutest flower stamps, I really love the simple open designs for Copic coloring.  The card base is from Neenah Solar White 110 lb cardstock, measuring 4 1/4 x 11, scored and folded at 5 1/2.   The pattern papers are from Lawn Fawn, from the Perfectly Plaid Spring and the Really Rainbow 6 x 6 pads.

I also used some of the Spearmint Cardstock

also from MFT.  I love MFT’s cardstock, it is high quality and you get a great value with 25 sheets to a pack for only $6.99 and a zillion colors to choose from.  No one else can compete with that in my opinion (sorry Gina K and even Lawn Fawn!)  It is what is is 🙂

I cut a mat from the Spearmint cardstock measuring 4 x 5 1/8″.  I then cut a piece from the Really Rainbow paper pad with lavender stripes at 3 3/4 x 5″ and matted that to the Spearmint piece.  I cut a circle from the Spearmint cardstock using the 3rd down from the largest with the Sizzix Framelits Circle Dies and then I cut two more circles from papers from the Really Rainbox (the small rainbow stripes) and the Perfectly Plaid Spring (the plaid green) paper packs.  For these I used the 4th from the largest circles.  I wanted to create a little “hill” for my flowers so I used one of the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders

from Lawn Fawn on the plaid green piece.  I used the smallest “hill” but if I had to do it over again I would have used the middle hill instead.  I then cut that piece to fit onto the lower portion of the other pattern paper circle to create my little scene.  I adhered all 3 circles together to form the base for the focal image.

I laid everything out to see how I wanted my scene to look, this is a good way to see what works and what doesn’t!

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Now for the super fun part – stamping and coloring!  I stamped all the images onto some Neenah Solar White cardtstock using Jet Black Ink from Lawn Fawn (I love this ink!!!)  I then used my Copics to color in the images.  Here are the colors I used:  Butterfly:  B00, G00, BV00, BV02, BG23; Mushroom:  C3, BG23, Blender; Flowers:  BV00, BV02, V04, V12, Y06, Y00, YG03, YG11; and used here and there on the card and images:  BG01, RV10, B24.  My set of Ciao’s might have colors you don’t have if you have the Sketch markers, so just use whatever pastelly like colors you choose! I then cut all images out with the matching dies and set them aside to work on the sentiment.

For the sentiment I chose the “Sending You a Handmade Hug” image from the set.  I used my EK Success Powder Tool on the bottom of the lavender mat under where I knew I wanted my focal image.  I then stamped the image using Versa Mark Stamp Pad (clear) and sprinkled the stamped image with Lawn Fawn White Embossing Powder (which if you’re wondering is AWESOME!)  I then heat set it with my heat tool.  I love how crisp and clean it looks!

I then adhered all my die cut images to the card and focal image and added some white dash lines and little dot details using a white gel pen.

 

Finally to finish the card I popped up my focal image with fun foam that I cut into a rough circle.  I also added a little bit of Glossy accents here and there.

Here is another look at the finished card:

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I can’t wait to send this to someone who needs a warm springtime hug!  I hope you enjoyed today’s project, if you have any questions, comments, etc. I’d love to hear from you!

Enjoy your day!!!

Hugs, Beth 🙂

Lawn Fawn Cards

Toadally Awesome Lawn Fawn

It’s new release time at Lawn Fawn and the set I am featuring today is beyond adorable!  Here is the card I created with the Toadally Awesome Lawn Fawn stamp set:  (I get most of my supplies from Scrapbookpal.com they have the most amazing discounts and the best service I’ve found anywhere online! Check them out!)

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The card base measures 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, folded and scored at 4 1/4.  I used  Neenah Solar White 110 lb. Cardstock as my base.  (I get mine from Amazon in a bulk package, this is the best deal I’ve found)

 

There are so many cute images in this set, coordinating dies are available and I really wish I had ordered them.  But as it was I ended up fussy cutting out the images.  I used two new Lawn Fawn 6 x 6 paper packs from the new release as well.   Perfectly Plaid Spring and Really Rainbow I used the green piece and the green plaid.  

 

Since I am waiting for my new Copics to come in the mail I decided to do some water coloring on this card using some Lawn Fawn Inks.  I am slowly adding to my collection so my choices were limited, but the colors I do have fit this project perfectly!  I used CilantroDeep Sea , Forget Me Not ,   Fresh Lavender  , Minty Fresh,  Raspberry , Carrot inks to watercolor the images.  I also used Watercolor cardstock.  It doesn’t really matter what brand you use, I had this Strathmore that I got from Walmart so that’s what I used.  (be sure to use the NON textured side to get a better stamped image!)

Before water coloring the images, I first worked out a tentative layout for my card.  I knew I wanted to use the green pattern paper to make a rolling hill.  Since I don’t have the hillside border dies yet (they are coming!) I drew a freehand hill on the backside of the green pattern paper then cut it out.  I then laid the stamps out how I thought I might want them.  This is a good way to get an idea what you want to do.  You can (and probably should!) take a photo of your layout to refer to as you design your card.

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I stamped the images onto the smooth side of the water color cardstock using Jet Black ink from Lawn Fawn, which is an archival ink safe to use with alcohol markers and watercoloring.  I love this ink pad, the best archival pad I have run across, hands down! I had to get really kind of creative to mix the right colors for my images.  For instance, since I don’t have a brown ink pad yet I had to make my own shade of brown using Raspberry, Deep Sea and Cilanto ink.  It came out a little pink of course but I do like how it looks, it brightens up the “swamp” 🙂   I don’t have a water brush so I used some cheap paint brushes from Walmart – which I don’t recommend!  But I made it work in the end.  I let these air dry for nearly an hour before fussy cutting them out.  

 

The next thing I wanted to do was to create my own background, something I really love to do.  I wanted a very vibrant blue sky so I used Deep Sea, Forget Me Knot, Fresh Lavender and Minty Fresh, in that order to sponge the sky, using a very light touch and blending.  The Lawn Fawn inks, while not distress inks, blend beautifully!  I then cut a scrap out into “cloud” shapes and sponged more color on to simulate a cloudy sky.  To add texture and interest I went back over the clouds very lightly with Yeti white pigment ink.  Then I added the green hillside and matted this piece onto more of the green pattern paper, leaving a very thin border.  

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My lovely mess!  🙂  This is what my desk top usually looks like when I’m creating.  The only part I don’t enjoy is the cleaning up!  

 

Scene building cards are so much fun!  My favorite part is arranging the images on the card, moving them around, deciding what looks best.  I really like how the main elements are sort of in a flowing row.  I will say I wish I had the dies, but overall I am very pleased!  I stamped the “Have a Toadally Awesome” sentiment from the set on the grass hill using Jet Black Ink. 

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I finished the sentiment on the inside with “Hoppy Birthday” and another frog image and some fireflies, or are these butterflies, flies?  Bugs anyway, LOL  The only bit I didn’t like was the bug I stamped in Deep Sea.  It came out too dark.  But I like the rest.  I anchored everything with the plaid strip on the bottom.

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I cut the green plaid pattern paper to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and adhered that to the front of the white card base.  I then mounted the finished panel on top of that.  I felt like the card still needed something so I added some Lawn Fawn Lawn Trimmings twine in Lime .  (I am not sure if ScrapbookPal has this, I wasn’t able to find it in their shop so this link is for the shop at Lawn Fawn which is great too!)

And that’s it!  Here’s another photo of the card:

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I do love this set and I think it’s a must have for any Lawn Fawn fan, so be sure to pick it up if you can!  It’s bound to sell out quick so act fast!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

Boxes/3D Items, Cricut Projects, Product Reviews

Cricut Explore Air and First Project!

I was so thrilled to finally get the Cricut Explore Air!  I decided to go with this machine rather than the latest models because it really does everything I need for a much lower price.  I got an amazing deal at Cricut.com with over a $100 off AND FREE shipping!  I can’t guarantee that price will still be current but definitely check it out!  *be aware this deal I got does NOT include the scoring tool, so be sure to add that!  It does come with the blade already installed and a silver pen.

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Everything you need to get started is in the kit (aside from the scoring tool).  You get the power plug, the USB cord, one cutting mat, a silver pen, instructions and some cardstock and other samples.  I will tell you though, the cardstock was not big enough for the sample project you are given and it tore.  So I don’t personally recommend this cardstock which I believe is Cricut’s own brand.  Just my opinion!  

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It’s a beautiful machine, very sleek!  I especially love that you no longer have to deal with choosing the pressure and speed like in the older models.  It’s all figured out for you!  You simply choose your material, cardstock, vinyl, etc, and the machine sorts it all out for you.  There are 3 storage areas, the bit on the left is a well for your pens, tools, etc to go while you are working.  Then you can store everything in the bottom of the lid in 2 areas when not using the machine!  So cool!

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One of the reasons I chose this model was that there are separate bits for the blade and the pen/scoring tools.  So you don’t have to change things out for a project (except for pen and scoring tool).  You can see the bottom storage areas in the forefront of the picture.  This model does move slower than the Explore Air 2, BUT it is much quieter and I am really not bothered about the slower speed.  

Cricut Design Space is the free software that comes with the machine.  It’s pretty easy to set this up and they lead you through the process.  Cricut has lots of tutorial videos on this, so just do a search on youtube and you can see how easy it is to use.  

CricutHoneycombboxThis is the first real project I created with my Cricut Explore Air!  Isn’t it beautiful?  With your purchase you get 2 weeks free of “Access” which is a monthly subscription service for certain images through Cricut.  I am not planning on subscribing to Access but I am enjoying sampling the projects that are offered.  In addition to Access there are tons of free images and projects.

I will tell you that the directions for this box are easy – up to a point!  They give you the cutting directions but after that you are on your own.  It did take me a while to figure this out. I might try to do a video explaining the process because I can see that people who have not made boxes before would be really confused!

I used CTMH 12 x 12 cardstock for this box, it did work, but I think it would be better with a heavier cardstock if you can find it in the right size.  It’s a bit flimsy to be honest!

So my final opinion is that I love this machine!  It will take some more learning of course but I don’t feel totally overwhelmed by it which is good!  And you can’t beat the price. If you are not bothered about the slower cuts (only about 50 seconds slower than the Air 2) then go with this machine.  It is nearly $100 cheaper and is the same!  

Have a great day everyone!!!

Oh and Happy St. Patrick’s Day!!!!

Hugs, Beth