Monday, 11 December 2017

Birthday Surprise | ft Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Bash"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

It was my sister's birthday yesterday, she's always been a fan of kitties, so when it came to making her a card, my choice was pretty obvious. I didn't want to just make a plain card so I thought I would jazz it up a bit with a "surprise" gift card door.


To begin, I cut down a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock to fit the whole front of my standard A2 sized card base. I then used 1/4" strips of Post-It tape to mask the edges and across the panel.

I sponged Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers and Mermaid Lagoon in the three little windows I made. Once that was completely dry, I used the largest die from Lawn Fawn's "Lift the Flap" die set to cut the flap for the gift card.

On a scrap of the same cardstock, I stamped this kitty image from Newton's Nook "Newton's Birthday Bash" along with the greeting in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured it with Copic markers.

I added clear Wink of Stella to the bag to make it shimmer. I then popped it up on foam tape and adhered it to the door.

I used super strong two-way tape to mount the panel to the front of my card base and then added some coordinating sequins for a bit more interest.


Under the flap and hidden by the gift card I stamped this additional greeting from the same set, also with Memento ink.

To ensure that the flap would stay closed, I added a drop of Tombow Mono Multi glue and allowed that to dry completely before closing the door. This glue is amazing as it can be permanent if it bonds when wet, but is repositionable if it bonds after it is dry. Perfect for cards with doors or flaps that you want to open and close.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Product Review Series | Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a Completed Card


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

This past week on my Facebook page, I ran a poll to see what you were interested in for this week's review. Well the votes are in and 65% of voters wanted to see the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

In April of last year, I did a post about these Zig markers and about the gauntlet I went through to get my hands on them. It didn't occur to me until just recently that I never actually did a review of them! Whoops!!

So here it is, as always this review will be long and full of pictures, so grab a coffee and enjoy! And don't forget there is a card at the end!!


My current storage system has them broken into three groups; neutrals, cools and warms. This isn't ideal, I'll be honest. I would love to find another way to store them but frankly I haven't gotten to it yet. I like the three mini mason jars as they just sit on my desk but when I come up with something new, I'll be sure to share it.

So a couple of things:

  • These are super vibrant. A little goes a long way - and that's good because they are pricey.
  • They blend super well. Don't feel like you need to buy the whole lot to get a good range of colour, any colours you may not have can very easily be created with a little practice.
  • Can be used with or without water (I'll have examples below)
  • They will reactivate after drying if new moisture is applied. Very handy for those times you may slip out of the lines.
  • They have an actual brush tip. It doesn't just look like a brush, it is a brush, so in a lot of ways it's like painting.
  • These come in open stock as well as packs of 12, 24, 36, 48, 60 and finally 80 (If you checked out my other post - linked above - you'll see why I got the 60 pack instead of the smaller one that I had originally wanted)


Here I just wanted to show you a close up of the brush tip. It is amazing. Like any other brush don't apply a lot of pressure - more pressure means a wider stroke and that's okay just be careful not to damage the tip.


There are about a million printable swatch cards online for these guys and that's fantastic. However my printer doesn't take watercolour paper, or Bristol paper or any paper that it doesn't like the look of depending on the day, so I made my own. This way I could keep them in basic colour groups, I could arrange them the way I wanted and I could omit any markers that I didn't actually own. 

Swatching is good for a couple of reasons (and I have a post coming up all about it), firstly it gives you a basic idea of what the marker feels like when you use it. How fast the pigment comes out and how much pressure to apply. It will also show you the true colour. I know they try and try to put the colour on the bottom of the marker or the pen but really they don't always match up - and that's frustrating to find out in the middle of a project.

There are two ways that I personally use the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.

The first is with Bristol Smooth paper. I use Strathmore 100lb Bristol Smooth - it's white but almost has a creamy colour to it. It's incredibly smooth and mostly useless for coloured pencil but it works like a dream with these markers.

In the picture above, I have stamped this floral image from Clearly Besotted with CTMH Archival ink. Using Archival ink is incredibly important as it is waterproof, and these are water-based markers, so you see where I'm going with this.

I work in small areas, adding the darkest colour where I want the deepest shadow to be, then add the lighter colour and blend the two together. The smooth surface of the Bristol paper keeps the marker from drying as quickly as it would on regular cardstock, allowing you to blend. Don't wait too long though as it will dry. 

I keep a paper towel handy to wipe clean my lighter colour. While the brush will pick up the darker colour it will not seep up into the brush nor will it ruin the tip so feel free to blend away.


For this second example I am still working on Bristol Smooth paper because I love the smooth texture, but this can be done on watercolour paper as well.

I prepped this piece with my powder tool and stamped the rose image from Clearly Besotted with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

For each petal I added a fine line of my blue and then pulled it out using the clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen. You can also do this with water, but I wanted my flower to sparkle. I repeated this process with each petal, wiping off the glitter pen whenever it was picking up too much colour.

I did the exact same process with a green for the leaves and stem. I wanted to show this close up as it is also the completed card for today. There are only two markers used for the colouring of this entire flower. One blue and one green. 

Overall I'm incredibly happy with these markers. You can use them the way I have described above, or you can scribble them on a palette and pick them up with a brush. These have all the best things about watercolours and all the best things about markers - rolled into one!


For this completed card, I coloured the flower from Clearly Besotted as I described above, I then masked it off and lay down a stencil and spritzed a light blue mist through it. Because this is Bristol Smooth paper, the areas where the liquid pools in the corners of the stencil will be more intense than if it were pulled into the paper.

Once that was dry I heat embossed the greeting in the same silver.

I hope you enjoyed today's review and card. If you have any questions about this product or a suggestion for a future review, please drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. 

*disclaimer: I am not sent products to review, nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I find interesting, that I use and that I have purchased. All reviews are based on my experience with them and are my opinions only. I am not given reward, incentive or payment to write a review.

This card is for:
Muse Challenge 

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Happy Holidays Series | Northern Lights ft. Lawn Fawn "For You, Deer"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

For today's Holiday card I wanted to try something I had seen on Pinterest. Northern Lights! I've never even attempted this before, and I'm not incredibly thrilled about how they turned out, but they certainly aren't bad for my very first attempt and I'll definitely be trying them again in the future. I loved how the rest of the card turned out so I thought I would share it anyway.


To begin, I stamped the back side of these reindeer from Lawn Fawn's "For You, Deer" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I coloured them with Copic markers and then cut them out with the coordinating dies. I popped them up on foam tape and set them aside.

I used Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Twisted Citron for the first layer of my galaxy sky. I then began to layer on the blues starting with Faded Jeans, Blueprint Sketch and then Chipped Sapphire. For the darkest edges I used Black Soot, then set the panel aside to dry completely.

I used the "Stitched Hillside" Border dies by Lawn Fawn, I didn't want the stitching on the hillside so I used the other side of the cut. I used some Nuvo Embellishment Mousse to add a bit of shimmer and colour to the top of the hills. Once that was dry, I prepped the bottom with my powder tool and heat embossed my greeting using Copper embossing powder by Recollections.

Before assembling my card, I splattered some Copic Opaque white over the sky to create the stars and bright gouache paints to make my Northern Lights. I wanted to capture the movement of the lights so I started lighted with light green and added darker green and bright blue in an upward flicking motion with a dry stiff brush.

Finally, I assembled my panel and mounted it to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Floral Thoughts Series | ft. Foiling and Lawn Fawn "Blissful Botanicals"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I wanted to share a card that involves a couple of techniques that I thought would be fun together. While this card has a bunch of dimension, there isn't a lot of bulk, so it will still fit in a standard envelope with no additional postage.


To begin, I cut a piece of 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock down to 2" x 5 1/2" and stamped images from Lawn Fawn's "Blissful Botanicals" randomly to create a strip of my own patterned paper. I coloured them with Copic markers and adhere it directly to the front of my standard A2 sized card base.

I then cut down a second panel to 3 1/4" x 5 1/2" and prepped that with my powder tool. I stamped a couple of the images from the same set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.

I let my heat gun get good and hot before bringing it to the paper to avoid warping. I also alternate applying the heat between the front and the back to further minimize the warping of the paper.

For the greeting, I die cut the word "love" using the Love die from Impression Obsession (Die 385-B) several times out of the 110lb cardstock and adhered them together. I cut an additional one from Heidi Swapp's "Minc Sheets" and used a piece of teal foil on top.

I don't have the Minc Foiling machine (yet), so I use my laminator to get the foil to stick. While this machine works for the most part; I have definitely had some struggles with it. I find that it doesn't get hot enough to make a solid transfer every time. There are dozens of projects in my book that I want to use foiling for but until I get an actual foiling machine, they will have to wait.

If you are using a laminator, like me - I recommend that you let it heat up for at least half an hour before attempting a foil transfer. They do get hot, so as with any other crafty tool, keep it away from children and pets.

I then adhered the foil die cut to the top of my stack and mounted that over the heat embossing on the white panel. I popped that panel up on foam tape and mounted it to the front of my card.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Happy Holidays Series | Merry Christmas ft Nuvo Gilding Flakes


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

As you may have noticed, I'm a huge fan of the cute cards. I love the happy little critters that make people smile, but sometimes there's that person on your list that prefers something a little more elegant, and it's always fun to have a bit of variety in the cards.

A couple of months ago, I reviewed the Nuvo Gilding Flakes and thought that they would be perfect for a large greeting.


To begin, I prepped a piece of 65lb kraft cardstock by Recollections with my powder tool. I then stamped the large "Merry Christmas" greeting with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with sticky embossing powder by Ranger. Once that was melted I added the silver gilding flakes, burnishing away the extras with a stiff brush.

I have found the trick to sticky embossing powder is to ensure that you don't overheat it. It has to just melt and then remove the heat. If it is overheated it won't be sticky and that defeats the purpose.

I used some extra boughs and a bow I had cut using Lawn Fawn's "Large Wreath" die set, but instead of forming a wreath I lay them out like the boughs that are put on mantle pieces.

To adhere the boughs and the bow I used Tombow Mono Multi glue to give myself a little time to position them perfectly before they set permanently.

Finally, I adhered my panel to the front of a standard A2 sized card base.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Floral Thoughts Series | ft. Clearly Besotted "Sunshine & Smiles"


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I have a clean and simple floral card for you. I really like designs such as this one, you can choose any colour palette and swap out the greeting to fit nearly any occasion that you need a card for.

The floral images by Clearly Besotted are my favourites, I love the fine lines the stamps give and the large blossoms are great for practicing colouring and shading in any medium you feel like working with!


To begin, I stamped this floral image and greeting from Clearly Besotted's "Sunshine & Smiles" set using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock. I coloured it with Copic markers, then masked it off.

I then used Shaded Lilac Distress ink with my large Damask stencil to create a soft background.

Any time I use a stencil, whether for sponging (like this card) or with embossing paste, I always clean the stencil right away with warm soapy water (I use baby soap) and a stiff brush. I know that I don't have to do this as promptly with ink, but I have found it best to be consistent, because sooner or later there will be a day where I'm using embossing paste and I forget. Then I would be very sad.

I removed the mask and adhered the panel to a slightly larger purple piece and then mounted the whole lot to a standard A2 sized card base. To finish off the card I added clear Wink of Stella to the very centre of the flowers just to give it a bit of shine.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

The poll product review poll closes tonight at 7pm (December 6 2017) so please click on over to Facebook and let me know what you would like to see reviewed!

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Happy Holidays Series | ft Alcohol Ink Accent Panel and Lawn Fawn


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I got my first bottles of alcohol ink years ago when I first started out. My mom and I went in together and bought a bunch of stuff a lady was getting rid of. We had no idea what we were doing, this was before I knew about the community and the bloggers and the tutorials. Those bottles sat untouched forever. I didn't know what to do with them, and I didn't even know where to start.

It's incredibly intimidating to try something new when you have no idea where to even begin. I'll be honest I still have those bottles of ink. So definite points for shelf-life. Every now and then I'll pull them out just to play around.


To begin, I used a couple blue alcohol inks on some Ranger Glossy paper, I just add drops to my felt blending tool and bounce them randomly on the paper. I then added the Silver Mixative and blending solution. For me, they always look like a hot mess until suddenly they don't.

I let the panel dry, I didn't even know until last week that there is something you can use to seal it, but I've never had a problem with it wearing or peeling or smudging so I've never used it.

Once the ink was completely dry I trimmed it down to fit the top third of my standard A2 sized card base. I stamped the front of the deer from "For You, Deer" by Lawn Fawn and coloured him in with Copics. I do happen to have the coordinating dies for this set (but only because it has the add-ons to make those super cute tags).

I adhered my ink panel down, then used a piece of shimmering tape to edge the border, and tucked the reindeer in behind the edge. I love the way he just hangs over the edge.

I stamped the greeting from Lawn Fawn's "Toboggan Together" in Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Monday, 4 December 2017

Baby on the Way Shadow Box Card | ft Lawn Fawn


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

I'm so excited to share my first attempt with the "Shadow Box Card" die set from Lawn Fawn. My wonderful friend is expecting a baby and I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to not only send her a card, but to try out the new (to me) die from Lawn Fawn.

We don't know what she is having yet, so I went with gender-neutral colours.


To begin, I cut the shadow box twice from the soft green in the "Watercolor Wishes" 6x6" paper pack. I used the large stitched rectangle window to cut out the front of the box. I stamped the teddy bear and the rocking horse from "Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum", the rattle from "Plus One" and the banner from "Bannertastic" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock.

I used the Brother 2 Scan N Cut to cut all the images out and coloured them with Copic markers. I used clear Wink of Stella on the band of the rattle then covered that with Glossy Accents by Ranger.

I used two layers from the Shadow Box Card set to create my dimension and adhered paper that I had cut down with the Stitched Cloud Border dies. I sponged Milled Lavender Distress ink on the edges of the clouds and the back and inside panels of the box so there wasn't any white showing.

Before closing up the box, I adhered the big puffy clouds to the back and sides of the inside of the box and adhered the teddy bear and rocking horse to the clouds in the middle.

I then closed up my box and added the rattle to the front and the banner to the top.


The shadow box is deeper than I thought it would be and I could probably have added a few more layers, but this was my first time and I didn't want to go all crazy. I love that this card can lay flat in the envelope and not cost additional postage to send!

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

I also have a poll running on my Facebook page right now for this week's Product Review. Click on over to vote for Lyra Rembrandt Pencils or Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers! The poll closes on the evening of December 6th 2017, don't miss it!

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Product Review Series | ft. Prismacolor Verithin Pencils


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Recently I was in my local Michael's store, and I'm not even really sure why because their selection has gone down hill in the paper crafting areas and I'm always so disappointed; but I had just dropped my son off at soccer practice and it was right across the street.... you know how these things are. 

Anyway, I'm wandering about and I see that all the Prismacolor sets are on sale, like crazy on sale and I already have the 132 set so I don't need those, but they do carry the Verithins in the 24/36 pack, but for whatever reason they are NOT included in the sale stuff. So I take the 36 ('cause if I'm going to get them, I'm going to get them all) to the counter and the lady says I can use a coupon; this worked out exceptionally well for me because the price after the coupon was better than the price would have been if they were included in the sale! YAY!!

As always, this is going to be a lengthy post with a bunch of pictures, so grab a coffee and tuck right in. 


Unlike the Premiers that come in snazzy little tins, the Verithins do not. They come in these cardboard boxes that you have to open and slide then bend backwards to create an easel and then they stand up but then you have to do everything backwards just to put them away and .... really? SERIOUSLY Prismacolor? 


Okay, so here we have it standing up and as you can see there are a few things we're going to notice right out of the gate.
  • Crappy cardboard box container - let's be honest, this isn't going to last.
  • Unsharpened pencils
  • 36 Vibrant colours - more on this later
  • Hexagonal Barrels
  • Contains a Silver and a Gold 


As you know I am a huge fan of the T'GAAL Multi-Sharpener, I was using a super inexpensive electric sharpener and that worked great but the amount of waste was killing me.... I was dying inside watching my beloved pencils be ground to dust  - well not really dying inside but it was getting very irksome. So after a few videos, I decided to give this a try and I am so beyond glad I did. It's ridiculously expensive and worth every cent.

These pencils sharpen very nicely, they have a harder core than Premiers so I was less worried about it snapping off (which has never even happened with this sharpener.... just sayin'). I also noticed that the core is much smaller than with Premiers. I tried to get a good shot to show you the ends, but that wasn't working out for me, so you'll just have to trust me, there's a difference and it's noticeable.


Here I wanted to compare the Verithins (bottoms) next to their corresponding colour in the Premiers (tops). As you can see here there is a big difference in both the size of the core and the size of the barrel. That being said, I have arthritis in my right hand from a sports injury back in school, I could tell immediately that holding these pencils for a long time would be a problem for me.

The name and number of the pencil is stamped into the barrel which is super handy, except while they use the same names for the pencils, they do not use the same numbers. I'm okay with that, I swatch by name - what I'm confused about is the half-numbers. As you can see in the picture above, the top pencil is Pumpkin Orange (one of my absolute favourites) it is numbered as 736 1/2. Not sure why. I don't see a reason for it at all. They clearly have enough numbers for all the pencils considering there is only 36 in the largest set and you cannot buy these open stock. So just a fun little quirk from the gang at Prismacolor.


For the purposes of this review, I have used 110lb white cardstock (my usual go-to for most projects), the image is from Lawn Fawn's "Our Friendship Grows" set stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. 

On the left I created a mini swatch using the same colours from each set. Pumpkin Orange, Goldenrod and Canary Yellow. 
  • Premiers lay down more pigment
  • Premiers are more vibrant
  • Verithins are like softer versions of the colour
  • Verithins hold true to the colour - it really just looks like I didn't press as hard with the same pencil
On the right I wanted to compare how they lay down individually then together (as they are meant to do); using the same three colours from each set as shown in the swatch on the left. The first flower is just Premiers, the second is just Verithins and the third is a mix of the two. 
  • After laying down the Premier for the third flower I went over with the Verithins and it really feels like nothing is happening.
  • You can feel a noticeable difference in the hardness of the cores, think spreading butter at room temperature then someone switching it out for frozen butter. 
  • Once the Verithin pencil has been applied over the Premier the intensity is amazing. Without even feeling like I was doing anything the results were incredible.
  • The Verithins seem to burnish the paper and flatten out the tooth, while blending the pigment from the Premiers underneath.
Overall, these pencils are nice to have; provided you aren't using them as your primary medium. I would never use these exclusively on a project, the hard lead doesn't allow for blending and there just aren't enough colours in the pack to do a project the way I like to work. And to be honest, if they didn't qualify for use with the coupon I would have put the right back on the shelf.

I could certainly live without them and unless you are doing crazy line work I wouldn't say that they are necessary in the craft room. But that's really the point of them. They say right on the back of the box they are for fine details and outline work. I think the "magic" of these pencils is to replace the blender pencil (which I never use anyway). 

The hard core lends itself well to blending the softer pigment already laid down as it helps in burnishing it down into the paper. Adding additional layers of colour over top of these is not an easy task, they have already pushed down the tooth of the paper and with nothing left for the softer core to grab on to, these are definitely best left to the very end of a project.

I probably wouldn't miss these if they were misplaced and I probably won't replace them when they wear down, especially since I'm not able to get them individually. I don't suspect that they will need to be replaced any time soon, as the hard core means the pencil will last longer so sharpening is infrequent. 

It is also important to note that there is a warning right on the box that the Gold VT754 contains copper and they don't recommend eating, drinking or smoking while using these. So keep that in mind if you are a pencil chewer. Metal poisoning is no joke. As with any art supply - keep out of reach of children and pets.

I hope you like today's review. If you have any questions about this product or a suggestion for a future review, please drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know. I love to hear from you. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts.

*disclaimer: I am not sent products for review, nor am I paid to review them. I review the products that I personally use, that I find interesting and that I have paid for with my own money. I get no incentive, reward or payment to write a review. All reviews are based off of my personal experience and are my opinions only.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Happy Holidays Series | Christmas Tag ft. Mama Elephant, Lawn Fawn and Close to my Heart


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

We're just over half way through this year's Happy Holidays Series, so today I thought I'd share a "not card". For each each series, I'm trying really hard to include a tag and a gift card holder or box, not because I don't have enough cards (believe me I do), but because I like to share things that are a bit different.

Today's "not card" is a spinner tag that features a mash up of my holiday stash. And if you decide you don't want to use it as a tag (or give it away.... because that happens), you can always hang it from the tree!


To begin, I stamped the both of the dancing reindeer from Mama Elephant's "Reindeer Games" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and cut them out using the Brother 2 Scan N Cut; then coloured them with Copic markers. I adhered them back to back, sandwiching a length of Unique Ultra Fine Invisible Thread between them.

I used the "Tag, You're It" die from Lawn Fawn to die cut the tag from a piece of "Perfectly Plaid - Chill" patterned paper and one from plain white cardstock (110lb). To get the window in my tag, I used a mini book-mark die as it was just the perfect size to fit and allow him to spin.

I prepped the lower portion of the blue tag with my powder tool and stamped my greeting from CTMH's "Just to Say..." stamp set with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with silver embossing powder.

I had bunch of these glittering snowflakes from Lawn Fawn's "Mini Snowflakes" die set from a previous project so I adhered them with Nuvo Deluxe Adhesive (review coming!) liquid glue, then set the tag aside to dry.


The back I kept super simple, just stamping the "To and From" from CTMH's "Card Word Puzzle" with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Once both halves of the tag were completed I used super strong two-way tape to completely cover one side. I then placed my spinner where I wanted him to go and pulled the ends of the thread tight so he wouldn't sag when standing upright. I pressed both sides of the tag together to make sure it was all good and stuck.

I pulled a piece of natural twine through the top and knotted it off for the loop. I used a piece of 1/8" red ribbon for the bow - I chose red just to pull together the little bit of colour from his nose.

Finally, to finish it off completely and because I just can't stop myself, I used a clear Wink of Stella glitter brush pen over his antlers and nose then added some Glossy Accents by Ranger over the noses as well.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Pirate Party | ft. Lawn Fawn "Ahoy, Matey" Stamps and Pop-Up Dies


Hi everyone, thank you for stopping by. I hope you're having a great day.

Today I wanted to share one of my very first attempts with the Lawn Fawn "Pop-Up" dies. And because it's me, and I can't do anything the easy way, I'll be showing the Stitched Hillside Pop-Up and the Hillside Ocean Waves Add-On.

I very quickly discovered that creating a pop-up card is a lot more "work" than I regular card. It's also like creating two cards in one. There's the outside, which still has to look attractive and make people want to pick it up and then there's the inside (the real star of the show) which has to completely blow their mind.

I assume that I will get faster over time, but this card took a bit of time. And by "bit", I mean "a whole friggin' lot".


For the front of the card, I wanted it to be appealing, but very subdued. I have never tried doing a whole card front in a vintage look and I thought a treasure map would be a great place to try it out.

To begin, I cut down a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth paper and stamped the palm trees, the X, the North Arrow (compass-looking thing) and the water waves using Antique Linen Distress ink. I then used my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers to add very dull colours to the map, but still give it depth.

For the torn edges, I used my fingers to rip all the way around the panel - I find this to be more organic than if I were to use a die. I sponged Antique Linen over the entire panel, then Scattered Straw towards where I wanted to start building my shadows. I then used Gathered Twigs, and finally Ground Espresso to create the finished dirty/burnt look around the edges.

Behind the map, I sponged Gathered Twigs on a piece of patterned paper and adhered that to the front of my standard A2 sized card base. I covered the back of the map with two-way tape and set that aside until I was ready to assemble the whole card.


I wanted the inside of the card to be very opposite of the front. I wanted this to be bright and cheery and really, really POP!

I stamped out all my images using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on 110lb Copic-friendly cardstock and coloured them with Copic markers, and used the Brother 2 Scan N Cut to cut them all out. This was especially helpful for the large palm trees (from Critters from the Past) as well as the treasure chest with coins and bird, as I used the masking technique to create my own flat images.

I used the Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die to create the base for my layers. I sponged Antique Linen, Scattered Straw and Tea Dye on the foremost hillside and down the base of my card to create the sandy beach.

I cut both sets of waves from the Stitched Hillside Ocean Waves Add-on die and used Distress Oxide ink (Broken China and Salty Ocean) then spritzed with clean water for the oxidized look. The smaller wave fits perfectly over the smaller hill and I adhered it there. The largest wave took a bit longer to dry, so while that was happening I used my cloud stencil and Tumbled Glass Distress ink to create a soft cloudy sky. I then adhered the back wave directly to the card base.

Once all my setting pieces were in place I was finally able to add all my little images and put together my scene. At the bottom of this post is a zoomed in picture of the inside of the card. Don't forget to check that out.

It was after everything was together that I decided I wanted the coins to sparkle - so I added clear Wink of Stella glitter over the coins, then covered them with Glossy Accents by Ranger.

I stamped the greeting using CTMH Chocolate Ink. Once the Glossy Accents were dry, I was able to put the map on the front of my card.

I hope you like today's card and are inspired to create something of your own. If you haven't already, please follow me on the right side bar or over on Facebook, so you don't miss any future posts. Drop me a line in the comments section below and let me know what you think.

I will definitely be making more pop-up cards, but maybe "for the art of it" or special occasions, definitely not as a replacement for my beloved single layer cards.