MiC May CAS Challenge: Summer

Hi, everybody, and happy May! It’s time for a new Clean and Simple challenge at Make It Crafty!

Thanks to everyone who entered the April “Sketch” CAS challenge! Our challenge for this month is SUMMER! While it doesn’t exactly feel like summer in my part of the world (and that’s totally OK), we’re inspired by sunny skies, warm temperatures, and the beach for this challenge!

I chose the “Hula Girl” digi for my card, and made a little wiggle accent to add a little hula dancing to the card:

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I tried to capture the wiggle of the grass skirt in this picture:

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My accent was made with some floral wire that I curled around a pen. I secured both ends to the card front and the back of the skirt. Normally, I would have used one of the pre-made springs, but the piece that I wanted to add the motion to was much smaller than those, and I didn’t want to have to trim the spring all the way down to fit.

I still have a few things to work through on the process of making my own wiggle spring, and I plan to put together a tutorial so show you how I made it very soon!

I’ll have a new card to share with you on the Make it Crafty inspiration blog on May 9th, and I’d love it if you stopped by to say hello!

For more examples of the challenge theme and the details on this challenge, stop by the Make it Crafty blog and look for the challenge graphic on the right-hand side! Our challenge runs through the month of May, so there’s plenty of time to challenge yourself and play along with us! We can’t wait to see your entries!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Lawnscaping Challenge #129

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new Lawnscaping challenge! I hope you had fun with our last sketch challenge! We had so many amazing entries!

It’s Finals Week for me, and I’m wrapping up the semester with my last test tomorrow. I worked ahead in my other classes, and it made things so much easier!

This week, we’re “Calling All Critters” with our new challenge! I put together a barnyard bash with Lawn Fawn‘s “Critters on the Farm” and used party hats and a sentiment from the “Party Animal” set:

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I masked everything except for the party hats, which I fussy cut and layered on top of the critters’ heads. Before I stamped the scene, I laid out the uninked stamps and layered them to figure out which images needed a mask.

To make the red and white patterned paper, I used the “Gingham Backdrops” set. I used regular watermark ink when I stamped the pieces of confetti on plain kraft cardstock because I wanted to add something to the cardstock, but I didn’t want the background to overshadow the main scene.

One lucky person who plays along with us in this challenge will win a $25 gift certificate provided by our sponsor, Ellen Hutson! The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, May 11, so make sure you link your entry at the Lawnscaping blog!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start! Make sure you get all the details on this challenge and link up your entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #129 at the Lawnscaping blog!

 

Lawnscaping Challenge #128

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new Lawnscaping challenge (#128), and we’re changing things up a little with a sketch!

I love using sketches when I get stuck trying to decide the layout for my card. I’ve had several crafty friends tell me over the years that they hate sketches, or can’t figure them out. For me, a sketch is a great place to start. You don’t have to be “locked in” to use every element in the sketch, and you can rotate the sketch or flip it so that it works better for your card front.

For example, on today’s card, I chose images from Lawn Fawn‘s “Year Six“, “Party Animal“, “Summertime Charm”  and “So Jelly” sets and combined them to create a scene:

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I placed the scene-in-a-jar in the place of the rectangle on the sketch. Instead of using two strips of patterned paper, I created a set of triangles to stand in for the stripes on the sketch. Here’s a look at the original sketch:

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Lawnscaping Challenge #128 is sponsored by Lawn Fawn! One lucky winner will receive a stamp set of their choice from the Lawn Fawn store!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start! Make sure you get all the details on this challenge and link up your entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #128 at the Lawnscaping blog!

Lawnscaping Challenge 127

Hi! It’s time for a new Lawnscaping Challenge! Because it’s cherry blossom time here in Northern Virginia and the DC area, and the theme for our challenge is “Beautiful Florals“, I combined the two for my card:

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I found that I didn’t have a bunch of Lawn Fawn‘s flower stamps in my collection, so I used the little cherry blossoms from the “Let’s Roll” set and the branch from the “Winter Sparrows” set to make a cherry tree with blossoms. The skunk is from a retired, limited-edition Lawn Fawn set.

Instead of coloring the skunk with Copics, I stamped it in a dark grey ink and used black Memento ink with a water brush to create a watercolor look.

One lucky person who plays along with us in this challenge will win a $25 gift certificate provided by our sponsor, Ellen Hutson! The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, April 13, so make sure you link your entry at the Lawnscaping blog!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! For more flower-filled inspiration, stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog!

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Sweet Cherry Blossom Card
Lawn Fawn supplies used:
Let’s Roll clear stamp set
Winter Sparrows clear stamp set
Perfectly Plaid petite paper pack

Other supplies:
white card stock
Memento London Fog ink
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Memento Angel Pink ink
Impress Fresh Ink – Sugar

Make It Crafty April CAS Challenge

Hi, everybody, and happy April! It’s time for a new Clean and Simple challenge at Make It Crafty!

Thanks to everyone who entered the March “Masking” CAS challenge! Our challenge for this month is a sketch! I chose the new “Koi Fishes” digis for my main image, and the sentiment is a rub-on that I had in my stash.

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And here is the sketch for our challenge!

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I’ll have a new card to share with you on the Make it Crafty inspiration blog on April 9th, and I’d love it if you stopped by to say hello!

For more examples of the challenge theme and the details on this challenge, stop by the Make it Crafty blog and look for the challenge graphic on the right-hand side! Our challenge runs through the month of April, so there’s plenty of time to challenge yourself and play along with us! We can’t wait to see your entries!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Lawnscaping Challenge #126

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new Lawnscaping challenge, and we sure have a “sweet” one lined up for you today!

I don’t have as much time to craft as I used to now that I’m in school, so I tend to either color things in bunches or make simpler cards. I have one more month left in this semester, and it looks like I’ll get the summer off, so I’ll have lots of time over the summer break to relax and get re-organized!

I came up with the idea for this card on the way home from the grocery store. I recently bought Lawn Fawn‘s new “Lovable Legends” set and must have had cookies on my mind…

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I made an ocean of milk instead of water for the kraken to enjoy his cookies, which are from the “Milk and Cookies” set. The sentiment is from the “Treat Yourself” set.  (The waves are also from the Lovable Legends set.)

Lawnscaping Challenge #126 is sponsored by Lawn Fawn! One lucky winner will receive a stamp set of their choice from the Lawn Fawn store!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start! Make sure you get all the details on this challenge and link up your SWEET entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #126 at the Lawnscaping blog!

Lawnscaping Challenge 125

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new Lawnscaping challenge, and our theme for this one (#125) is “Color Splash” or, Black & White with a splash of color! I was inspired by the Academy Awards, and came up with a black/white/gold card:
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I made a star accent with the starfish from Lawn Fawn‘s “So Jelly” set. I used the fire hydrant from the “Critters at the Dog Park” set and trimmed the top and sides off to create a column for the star to stand on. The sentiment I used is also from the “So Jelly” set. I added my splashes of color with gold glitter paper and heat embossing gold powder.

One lucky person who plays along with us in this challenge will win a $25 gift certificate provided by our sponsor, Ellen Hutson!  The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, March 16, so make sure you link your entry at the Lawnscaping blog!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! For more color-splashed inspiration, stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog!

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You’re A Star Card
Lawn Fawn supplies used:
clear stamp set
clear stamp set
Let’s Polka petite paper pack
Let’s Polka In The Dark petite paper pack

Other supplies:
white card stock
black card stock
glitter paper
watermark ink
white embossing powder

Make It Crafty March CAS Challenge!

Hi, everybody, and happy March! It’s time for a new Clean and Simple challenge at Make It Crafty!

Thanks to everyone who entered the February “Splats” CAS challenge! Our challenge for this month is “Masking.” I chose the Frenchie Claudine digi for my main image, and the sentiment is one of the phrases from the “Outlined Words With Love” chipboard set!
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The Swiss Dot background is part of a rubber stamp set coming soon to the Make it Crafty Store!

I’ll have a new card to share with you on the Make it Crafty inspiration blog on March 9th, and I’d love it if you stopped by to say hello!

For more examples of the challenge theme and the details on this challenge, stop by the Make it Crafty blog and look for the challenge graphic on the right-hand side! Our challenge runs through the month of March, so there’s plenty of time to challenge yourself and play along with us! We can’t wait to see your entries!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Lawnscaping Challenge 124

Hi, everybody! Are you ready for a new Lawnscaping challenge? Get ready to party with us, because the theme of this challenge is “Celebration”!

I had a silly idea for this card. I was thinking of making a general congratulations card, but somehow the idea of toasting s’mores popped into my head. Not only would they be getting toasted over a campfire, but they’d be celebrating with a champagne toast!

I’m featuring some stamps from Lawn Fawn’s  “Love You S’more” set on today’s card:

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I chose a background panel of paper from the “Beachside” petite paper pack and made my own background by heat embossing some white stars on white card stock. Then, I used a sponge to apply a few shades of blue ink on top of the stars (and then wiped off the extra from the embossed areas).

I used one of the stick stamps from the “Love You S’more” set and used my Copics to draw little branches off of the stick and thicken it a little. (The champagne glasses can be found in the “So Much to Say” set.)

 

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Lawnscaping Challenge #122 is sponsored by Lawn Fawn! One lucky winner will receive a stamp set of their choice from the Lawn Fawn store!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Make sure you get all the details on this challenge and link up your entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #124 at the Lawnscaping blog!