The schoolyear is coming to an end soon and it is time to make the teachers’ appreciation cards. I came up with a design which is relatively easy to mass produce and involves die cuts only. Let me show you.
I started with die cutting the Lawn Fawn Quilted Backdrop die from white cardstock. I used a pokey tool to help the small pieces fall out on the upper half diagonal, which will be visible. The lower part will be covered by patterned paper from the Lawn Fawn Gotta Have Gingham Rainbow paper pad.
On the back side of the quilted backdrop I adhered Lawn Fawn Sparkle Cardstock in matching colour.
I added a thin strip of coloured cardstock on top of the patterned paper to make it look more finished. Then I die cut a bunch of flowers with the Lawn Fawn Spring Flowers set in coordinating colour just a lighter tone. I added a bit of shading to the middle with a small blending brush and distress oxide inks.
I cut a few leaves too with the Lawn Fawn Strawberry Patch die set and assembled the card: adhered the leaves to the thin strip of cardstock and then paced 5 flowers on each card.
I embellished each of them with Moonstone pearls from Lucy’s Little Things.
The sentiment is a die cut Scripty Thank you which I die cut from coloured cardstock. If you have time, layer it up as it looks so great when 3D.
Here are the cards one by one. Let me know in the comments which one is your favourite!
This week Newton’s Nook Designs and Therm O Web are partnering for a fabulous inspiration week! All week long both design teams will be sharing ways to use Therm O Web products with Newton’s Nook Designs stamps! There are prizes too! Read all the way to the end of this post to find out how you can win!
I have got a Heidi Swap Minc Machine at the end of last year which I have not tried yet. I was itching to use the Rainbow Shattered Glass foil with some fun toner sheets from Brutus Monroe to try the machine. It makes wonders! So much better results than with my old, cheap laminator. Probably because I could choose the temperature. I have created 2 cards, both in rainbow colours. Let me show you one by one.
I started with foiling the Brutus Monroe Floral Fantasy toner sheet with Rainbow Shattered Glass Deco foil. It looked gorgeous on its own, but I had to do some ink blending in rainbow colours: Picked Raspberry, Candied Apple, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Mowed Lawn and Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide inks. I also added some water droplets which I dabbed with a paper towel to get some ink lifted and added black splatters.
Then I stamped and coloured the Dainty Daisies stamp with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours I used are: IG4, IG2, AG4, LG4, LG2, GY4, CT4, CT2 and a Blender pen to fade out the colours. I used the coordinating die to cut the flowers out.
While I was die cutting I cut a tag with the Fancy Edges Tag die set from vellum and also Fog cardstock. I layered them on top of each other, adhered the daisies and embellished the tag with ribbon a twine. I popped it up at an angle on the foiled background with 3D foam squares.
I did not want to drive the attention away from the foiling so I kept the finishing touches very simple:: a little bit of clear shimmer and a drop of glossy accents on the middle of the flower centers and letters and it was all done!
Then I stamped the Newton’s Cupcake stamp and coloured the kitty and the topping of the cupcake with Spectrum NOir Illustrator markers: BG6, BG4, BG2, BG05, FS7, FS6, GY4, CT4, CT2, PP6, PP5, PP4, PP3, PP2, DR4. I used the coordinating die to cut it out. I had a little leftover piece from the foiled and inked background so I stamped the cupcake on it and fussy cut it out to be able to paper piece the cupcake holder. So fun!
To carry my focal image I created the same tags as above, just this time I stamped the sentiment directly on the foiled cupcake using Versafine Onyx Black ink and clear embossing powder.
As a finishing touch I added some white gel pen dots and a drop of glossy accents to the nose of the cat.
There are more amazing projects today over on the Therm O Web blog so pop over there for more inspiration!
I wish you enjoyed my projects and got inspired. If you try these ideas, I would be grateful if you tag me on Instagram (@safsafdesign2016) so that I can see your beautiful work and leave some love on your post!
I was playing a bit with the new Spring Blossoms Background stencils from the new release of Lawn Fawn. I love layering stencils and this one is particularly gorgeous. I could have used simply inks for all the layers but I will show you some tricks how to level-up your stenciling. Are you ready?
I used Pine Needles Distress Oxide ink for the first layer, then Salvaged Patina for the flowers.
For the thirs layer I mixed Lawn Fawn Fairy Dust stencil paste with a few drops of Peacock Feathers Distress reinker. I mixed it well on my glass mat with a palette knife and spread it through the stencil.
After I removed the stencil I quickly washed it with warm water and a nail scrub. I had no residues on my stencil.
For this one I used Lucky Clover Distress Oxide ink for the leaves layer, and Kitch Flamingo for the floral layer.
For the flower centers I used Lawn Fawn Pearl stencil paste mixed with Picked Raspberry distress reinker drops. It looks gorgeous!
Here I went with Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide ink for the leaves and Mustard Seed for the flowers.
The accents I emphasized with Lawn Fawn Gold stencil paste, which is fantastic on the yellow flowers!
I let all the backgrounds dry and then die cut it with 2 of the Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangles. I matted the smaller rectangles with coloured cardstock and adhered on the bigger frame.
For the sentiment I used the Henry’s ABC which I cut from different cardstocks: I used blue glitter cardstock for the teal one, a pink metallic for the pink card and Lawn Fawn Green Canvas Textured Cardstock for the Hungarian sentiment (which means Happy). I layered each letter because I love dimension but you can totally skip this.
I felt that the glitter cardstock was losing the glitters a bit so I decided to cover each letter with Lawn Fawn Clear Glaze. It sealed the glitter an gave it a shiny look. So cool! On some of the cards I used a black shadow to make the sentiment pop.
The rest of the sentiment I heat embossed on coloured cardstock from the Lawn Fawn Simply sentiments stamp set, except for the Hungarian one where I stamp the word “birthday” (stamp from Pippi) in green.
I finished the cards with some Clear Glaze drops on the green dots, it adds dimension and shine.
I will upload this card to the Simon Says Stamp Monday (Use a stencil) and Wednesday (Add a die cut) Challenges.
I wish you like my cards for today and will join me again soon for more fun projects!
This is a very special post, dedicated to my sweet daughter who turned 11 years old a few days ago. I am honoured and blessed to be the mother of such a lovely, smart and cute girl, watching her grow each day, being witness of her delicate but strong-willed personality as she spreads her wings. She is my sunshine for sure. As we got her some kids’ jewelry for her big day, I made not only a card but also 2 little boxes which hold her gifts. All products used are from Lawn Fawn. Let me show you each, one by one.
For my card I stamped and coloured a bunch of images from Scootin’ By and Elphie Selfie. I used Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: BO4, BO3, BO2, FS4, FS7, MB4, MB2, MB1, MB05, BG4, BG2, BG05, CG2, CG1, CG05, TB4, TB3, TB1, EB5, EB3. I cut everything out with their coordinating dies.
While I was die cutting I cut all the elements for my scene: grass with the Grassy Hillside Border dies and the sun and frame with the Stitched Sun Frame and Outside In Stitched Sun dies. I used coloured cardstock and did some ink blending on all pieces with Fossilized Amber and Mowed Lawn Distress Oxide inks. I also added some diluted ink splatters and used Avery Elle Clear Shimmer Spritz on the frame of the sun for a subtle sparkle.
For the background I chose patterned paper from the Watercolour wishes paper pad, the setiment I stamped on the middle of the sun from the Magic Messages stamp set.
I was totally in a rush to finish this project so I forgot to add my usual finishing touches like glossy accents on the candles, ribbon and balloons, black glaze pen on the noses and eyes. I would have added some clear shimmer to the party hats too.
CLOUD WINDOW BOX
I had a necklace and ear clips which needed a bit bigger box, so I created on with the Fancy Box die set from Moonstone cardstock. The window I cut with the Outside In Stitched Though Bubble die set – of course on the wrong side so the whole box opens upside down. My daughter still loves it 🙂
The window is backed with clear acetate, and embellished with a sun and heat embossed sentiment from the Oh Gnome stamp set.
To hold the sun earrings and little ring I made a Tiny Gift Box from Moonstone cardstock. I stamped a sentiment from the Oh Gnome set and embellished the top with a sun, which I cut with the Outside In Stitched Sun die set. I used Fossilized Amber Distress Oxide ink to add some shading to it and popped it up with 3D foam squares.
I hope you enjoyed my project and will visit me again soon. I also share my projects on Instagram, if you need a gallery to look at as inspiration. It would make me super happy if you follow me there too.
I am back today with 2 floral cards using the same stamp set: Orchids from Newton’s Nook Designs. I am not successful with keeping plants alive unfortunately (only the strongest survive), but my mother has orchids in her kitchen window and they look so beautiful. This view was the inspiration for today’s clean and simple designs.
First I stamped and coloured the orchids with Spectrum Noir Triblend markers. Blue orchid:True Blue Shades, True Blue Blend, Jade Green Shades, Citrus Blend, Orange Blend and Aqua Blue Blend.
Purple Orchid:Purple Blend, Orange Blend, Jade Green Shades and Citrus Blend. I used the coordinating die to cut them out.
I wanted some subtle background for both so I used the new Petite Hearts stencil directly on the cardbases. Milled Lavender Distress Oxide for the purple orchid and Hickory Smoke for the blue one. I wasn’t very precise with inkblending, I just wanted some delicate pattern in the background. On the purple one I added some splatters after removing the stencil with my Fintec Pearlescent watercolours. It adds some texture which I love.
I used some oval dies from My Favourite Things to biuld up the focal panels. I wanted the two cards to be slightly different. For the blue one I created some scalloped frames, layered 3 on top of each other for dimension. I adhered it to a vellum panel which I cut with a die from Frames and flags. To adhere the vellum to the cardbase I used drops of liquid glue hidden behind the oval frame.
The sentiment I stamped on a light yellow banner (Frames and Flags), popped it up with 3D foam squares and added some crystals as embellishment.
For the purple card I die cut 3 nestig ovals: green, lavender and white, and layered them on top of each other. I popped up the orchid with 3D foam squares, stamped a sentiment from the Heartfelt Blooms stamp set on a skinny banner die cut with a die from A7 Frames and Banners. I used the same crystals to embellish the focal panel.
As a finishing touch I added a drop of glossy accent on the orange part of the orchids and used a white gel pen on the purple one to add some dot details to the petals.
I hope you enjoyed my card inspiration today and will pop in again soon for more.
For my cards today I started with stamping the kitties from the Knead kitten stamp set. I coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers: EB4, EB2, GB3, GB1, GB05, RB2, RB1, FS4, FS7. I used the coordinating dies to cut them all out.
I wanted to create a similar design just in two different sizes: A2 and A7. So I die cut the scalloped rectangle from the new A7 Frames and Banners set and from the Frames and flags die set from kraft cardstock. Then I cut patterned paper from the new paper pad to fit inside the stitching lines. I love the faux stitching so I did not want to cover it up.
I used 3D foam squares to pop up the sentiments on the cards and adhered the kittens with liquid glue. The card bases are 5*7 inches and 4,25*5,5 inches.
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CARD 1 and 2
I started with stamping the cat and dog from both Snow Angel sets and coloured them with Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. I used the following colours: CG3, CG2, CG1, IB3, IB2, IB1, TB5, TB3, TB2, TN4, TN2, TN1, FS7, FS6, EB7, EB6, EB5, EB3, EB1, RB1. I cut the images out with scissors this time and to hide the imperfections, I used a black Memento marker on the edges.
For the background I die cut the postage stamp rectangle die from Frameworks from white cardstock and a slightly smaller rectangle from light blue. I cut another white rectangle just a dash smaller than the blue one to get a layered look. From the latter I cut out the snowbanks using a Land border die.
I stamped the outline of the images with light blue ink on the snowbanks. I did not use any masking, just tried to avoid the cat and dog figures with the mini ink pad. It was easy. I stamped aroud it the little snowflakes.
I did some simple ink blending on the blue panels with Blueprint Sketch and Salty Ocean Distress Oxide inks.I white heat embossed the sentiments and assembled the cards. I used action wobblers to secure the cat and the dog, it makes the cards interactive and so playful! I used kraft card bases to make the focal panels stand out.
As a finishing touch I used Stickles on the edge of the snowbanks and the snow angels.I also covered the scarves and caps with clear shimmer and emphasized the noses with a drop of glossy accents.
On a white scalloped circle I stamped the Snowflakes Roundabout stamp set with All That Jazz Catherine Pooler ink and as it stays wet a little longer than other inks, I could easily heat emboss it with Altenew Translucent Pearl embossing powder.
I made an ink blended background using the same ink, spritzed it with water and dried it before applying White Glitz Glitter Gel on it through the Snowfall stencil.
When it was all dry I assembled the card: I chopped off part of the circle, adhered the banners and popped them up on the frosty background.
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It is Day 2 of the November Release reveals at Newton’s Nook Designs. After coffee the second best thing is a good book to ensure the ultimate relaxation. So we have cute stamp/die set called All booked up and also a fun Bookmark die set to showcase today.
All new products will be available on 18/11!
Giving a book as a present is always a good idea and now you can take gifting to another level with a handmade card. I chose a pretty patterned paper from the new Coffee House Stories paper pad and die cut it with the postage stamp die from Frameworks.
Then I heat embossed a sentiment on a teal ticket which I die cut with the Frames and Flags die set. While I was die cutting I also cut the banner, heart and pawprint from the Bookmark die set, all in coordinating colours. I assembled the banner and popped up the sentiment with 3D foam squares.
I am in love with the “I love books” sentiment die which is included in the Bookmark set. I cut it 3 times from yellow cardstock and adhered them on top of each other. To make it stand out on a busy background I adhered it to a thin strip of grey cardstock. As a finishing touch I used glossy accents on the heart and die cut sentiment.
For the bookmarks I stamped and coloured the images from the All booked up stamp set using Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The colours I used are the following: BG9, BG7, BG5, BG4, BG2, BG1, AP1, CT3, CT1, TN1, FS6, BT9, BT5, GY5, GY2, JG3, JG1, LY1, PV4, PV2, BT3, BT1, BO4, BO1. The colour inspiration was the patternd paper I used for the card. I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.
I die cut the base of the bookmarks from white heavy weight cardstock and also from patterned paper. I die cut the Paws here sentiment from white cardstock and the pawprint from blue. I assembled the bookmarks and stamped a sentiment on the front from the All booked up set.
As a finishing touch I added drops of glossy accents to the books, embellished them with ribbon and twine.
Would you like to win the “All Booked Up” Stamp Set? This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!
Here’s how to win: Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Wednesday November 17th at 9pm ET to comment — winners will be announced on the blog post on Thursday, November 18th.
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Welcome back to my Coffee Card Series! It is Day 2 and I brought you a card set made with the adorable Pumpkin Spice collection from Doodlebug Designs. I bought this set a year ago and I had to look at it for a full year to make up my mind and cut in the patterned paper pack and use up some stickers. Please tell me I am not the only crazy Doodlebug hoarder who would love to have 2 of everything to actually use up these cuties!
I used the Heart Frames die set from Newton’s Nook Designs to cut a scalloped heart from cream and a stitched heart from dark brown cardstock. For the background I chose a beautiful leaves pattern from the paper pad. I adhered the Pumpkin Spice Doodle Pops in the middle of the heart and popped up a banner sentiment from the Chit Chat collection using 3D foam squares.
I added another sentiment to the top which makes this card super sweet, like the mug is talking.
As embellishments I used a couple of stickers from the Mini Icon Stickers sheet.
I did not want to let the remaining leaves pattern paper go to waste so I made a second card. I used the Lawn Fawn Stitched Windy Backdrop on a piece of cream cardstock and added a strip of patterned paper to the bottom. I could not resist adding a thin strip of aqua glitter cardstock too, it adds the necessary bling.
I used the Beary Cute Doodle Pops and added a Pumpkin Spice Latte sticker from the sticker sheet to the bear’s hand. I chose 2 thought bubble sentiments and a banner one and popped them up with 3D foam squares.
This time I used the adorable bees which came with the bear as embellishments.
These cards came together so easily, the hardest part was to decide that I will use my beloved Pumpkin Spice collection. But it was all worth it, it makes me smile whenever I look at these cards.
It is such a wonderfully sunny and chilly day here in Budapest, that I could not resist sharing some sunshine with you in a form of cards. I have a set of 2 cards which I have created with some stamps, dies and patterned paper from Sunny Studio Stamps.
First I stamped and coloured the images from the oh-so-cute Fall kiddos stamp set. I used Copic markers to add colour, but as I had these coloured a while ago, I do not have the exact colours I used. All I remember is that I used the Preppy Prints paper pad as inspiration for my colour choices. I cut all the kids out with their coordinating dies.
Then I cut a 2 inches wide strip of patterned paper from the above mentioned set and also one from metallic brown cardstock. I used the Window Trio Square dies to cut windows.
I used light blue cardstock as background for the rainbow piece, and white for the brown one. I popped up the frames with 3D foam squares. I added the rainbow inserts to the brown frame panel and made a brown mat for the other one.
I used kraft card bases this time, adhered the window panels and stamped the sentiments from the Fall kiddos stamp set using brown ink. I popped up the images with 3D foam squares and added my finishing touches: white gel pen highlights, black glaze pen on the eyes and glossy accents to emphasize some details.
I hope I cheered you up with these cuties and you will pop in again for more soon. I am planning a Coffee Card Series starting tomorrow, so make sure to subscribe if you do not want to miss it!