Fall Watercolor card

This was my first card I made using the Art Impressions water color method. I took their two hour water color class at the Stamp and Scrapbook Expo in Schaumburg, Illinois. With this method, you use the Art Impressions stamps to stamp images using water color markers and then use a damp paint brush to draw the color out along the lines and also paint on water color inside the images. I wanted to try this since I love the look of watercolor, but I don’t have much skill at drawing things. I designed the card to enter Art Impressions “circle” challenge. You had to make something using circles. It could be a card, scrapbook page, or any other item.

I created a fall scene using a tractor, fox, and basket with pumpkins. I also utilized the masking technique for the first time on my own. I also tried masking in two of my classes at the Expo. In some of the Art Impressions videos, Bonnie (the artist and owner of Art Impressions) shows using cut out post it notes for masking. I tried that since I don’t have the “masking” paper that card makers often utilize (some of these can be very expensive). Since I used to teach, I have plenty of post it notes and they worked fine. I cut out card stock and the water color paper with Lawn Fawn Inside Out Stitched Circles and cut out decorative paper with Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangular die. Then I put decorative brads in the corners.

List of Supplies:

  • Photoplay Fall Breeze 6×6 paper pad
  • A2 size card base
  • Strathmore 140 lb water color paper
  • 2 pumpkin and 2 fox decorative brads
  • tape runner
  • Art Impressions Sets: Mini Critter Set, Flower Set – 4052, Foliage Set-4051, and WC Harvest Set 5059
  • Tombow Dual Brush Pen 933, N35, 757, 098,969,993, and 528
  • small paint brush

Glacier National Park – Many Glacier and Logan Pass

We got up very early the next morning and drove back to the Going to the Sun road to Logan Pass. We left extremely early since it would be a long drive to the pass and we wanted to get there early enough to get a parking spot. There wasn’t much traffic at all on our way there. We were happy to find that the trail was finally clear of snow.

Glacier National Park (continued)

On our fifth day, we got up early and packed up the car and drove to Logan Pass. We were going to move to the east side of the park and stay at the Many Glacier Hotel. I had prepared myself by watching videos of the road, studying the map, and of course we had already road the Red Bus and taken the hiking shuttle as far as Logan Pass.

Peanuts Crop Party

Crafting and Travel

This August, I went to my first Stamp and Scrapbook Expo. It was held in Schaumburg, Illinois. I was so excited when I discovered their website. I didn’t know anything like this existed. It combines two things I love: crafting and travel.

Glacier National Park: “Crown of the Continent” a hiking and foodie adventure

I had been dreaming of going to Glacier National Park for years. I had watched videos and read tour books. In the spring of 2016, I finally decided to be adventurous and plan the trip for the next year. (You have to book hotels in the park a year in advance.) It was only going to be my sister and I going on the trip. If you are single like me, don’t let that stop you from going on trips like this.

Cake Sprinkles Shaker Card

Completed Shaker Card

I created this card for a card swap at the Schaumburg, IL Scrapbook and Stamp Expo. This was the first time I attended the Expo or a card swap. My card won an honorable mention. It was a lot of fun and you get new ideas seeing what other people made. We had to create 31 of the same card. I decided to make a shaker card with cake sprinkles. Shaker cards are usually not very Eco-friendly, but I decided using cake sprinkles would not only be biodegradable but also edible. Of course I had to figure out a way to put them in the card and for the recipient to be able to get them out without tearing up the card. I achieved this by putting the sprinkles in a cellophane bag and taping it behind the cutout circle with washi tape. I layered papers on the front to give a little depth and eliminate the need to build up the window with foam tape. You can use a biodegradable cellophane bag to avoid plastic. Then I printed out a strawberry cake recipe on blue card stock. I put these behind the “window” by creating a pocket with coordinating paper. This allows the recipient to have a recipe and access the cake sprinkles. (I’ll be adding a You Tube video so you can see all the steps.)

I cut out the paper backgrounds, images, and banner with Lawn Fawn dies. The images were stamped with Lawn Fawn’s Baked with Love stamp and die set and colored with Copic markers. (You could color them with whatever you like.) If you use Copic markers, then you need to use white paper that works with alcohol ink. I used glue dots and pop dots (foam squares) to adhere the images. (I had to use both since I didn’t have enough of either one for 31 cards.) Let me know if you know of an Eco alternative to foam squares. I’m not sure if glue dots are any better for the environment than foam, so let me know if you have better options. The front sentiment was stamped with distress ink and then added clear embossing powder. If anyone knows of an Eco-friendly embossing powder, let me know. I believe embossing powder is made from plastic. I heard that there is some Eco-friendly glitter, so maybe some companies will start giving us more Eco friendly crafting supplies.

You Tube video with card instructions

Supplies Used:

  • Lawn Fawn Baked With Love Stamps and Dies
  • Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Circle Stackables
  • Lawn Fawn Fancy Wavy Banners
  • Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
  • Copic Markers
  • bliss blue, cranberry, and black card stock
  • picked raspberry distress ink
  • Versa Mark ink clear
  • clear and black embossing powder
  • Authentique Ingredient One and Six
  • Simple Stories Kissing Booth washi or Simple Stories Say Cheese washi
  • tape runner
  • large glue dots or foam squares
  • cellophane bag
  • red and white cake sprinkles

You’re a Treasure: Beautiful Beach Card

I created this card for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge #56: Beautiful Beaches. I tried to use the colors from the inspiration photo and created the card using Ahoy Matey stamp set. I decided to add a dolphin and make it for my younger Mexican Sponsor child since she told me dolphins were her favorite animal.

Grilled Pork Burger Dinner

Time to get the grill on now that I can get fresh tomatoes and corn at a local farmer’s market. I purchased two small cast iron frying pans from the Lodge outlet in Tennessee on a previous road trip. They work great for side items liked caramelized onions.

Baked with Love card

Baked with Love Card

I made this card to enter Lawnfawnatics challenge #48. You were supposed to design a card based upon a movie, TV show, or book. I chose to do the Great British Bake Off.