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Hello and welcome to my blog! You’ve likely arrived here from Sandy Allnock’s post where she introduced her Charity Blog Hop. When she asked me to join the fun I could not have replied “YES” any faster. I think it’s a great idea to spread the word that there are lots of good causes out there that need our help, and they often have wonderful gifts that you can purchase for your friends and loved ones.
The charity I chose is Farm Sanctuary. Their mission is “to protect farm animals from cruelty, inspire change in the way society views and treats farm animals, and promote compassionate vegan living.”
Now, Farm Sanctuary does sell many gifts and items that help support their cause. I wasn’t in need of a gift at the moment, so I chose to donate to them directly, which makes me a member. And that comes with the awesome benefit of being able to reserve accommodations at their various locations. That is definitely a gift to me and my husband, as we would love that. I wonder if any of the animals snuggle?
An additional gift to me was that knowing this blog hop was coming up allowed me to justify the ownership of this incredibly cute stamp set from My Favorite Things. Now, I’m not a pig person. Not anti-pig, was just never the person that thought they were cute or anything. I do happen to think they are insanely intelligent. Have you seen the Sow Much Cuteness stamps and dies from My Favorite Things? They seriously make me giddy with joy, and I do not know why. But I love them. And had to have them.
In my mind, this is what a day in the life of a pig at Farm Sanctuary is like. They get their own house, they have glittered ears and bellies, and butterflies and flowers flock to them. I hope reality is pretty close to this for them.
This card is pretty straight forward in design, but here are some highlights:
- I made the grass by applying some distress inks to a scrap of watercolor paper. Spritzed it with water and let that mix until I liked the color. Then I used the Lawn Fawn grassy border die to cut the lawn.
- I stamped the Hero Arts dog house stamp on some wood grained patterned paper. Cut that out with scissors and used a black marker along the edges to cover up any mistakes I made. I then cut a piece of the same patterned paper to use as the inside of the dog house. Applied some Vintage Photo distress ink to that to make it darker, since it was inside the house, and not as much light would get to it. Have to make the pig’s dog house as realistic as possible.
- Stamped and colored various images from the Sow Much Cuteness stamp set. I used copics for all of the coloring and then some colored pencils for some shading on the pig. I originally had him laying down, but decided I liked him “twinkle toes” style, so that’s why the relaxing pig is in standing position. Added some shimmer pen to his belly and ears, to all of the flowers, and to the butterfly’s wings.
- I assembled the card with some craft foam, foam tape, and liquid glue. It took me a bit to figure out what should be dimensional and what shouldn’t. And there are no rules, so do whatever makes you happy.
- Last but not least, I heat embossed the sentiment on some black card stock and adhered it to the dog house as if it was the pig’s name on the front of his house. And now that I think about it, I should have hung it askew. Oh! And I could have hand written that sign with a versamarker pen and made some letters backwards. That would have been darling. Next time!
Here’s a close up of the dimension behind this flower, and also the Nuvo Drops that I used as “nails” on the doghouse. So very cute, and clearly I need Nuvo drops in black. And look at that lovely discoloration on the wooden dog house! That’s the patterned paper, but it’s perfect for a reclaimed wood structure.
And this is the butterfly, where you can see a bit of his shimmer. Those Spectrum Noir overlay pens are my favorite. I’m glad they come in a three pack, no fear of running out.
Awesome companies are helping inspire you to hop along and leave comments on all the blogs – Altenew ($30), Lawn Fawn ($50), My Favorite Things ($25), and Ellen Hutson ($25)! Be sure to go say thanks to them on their social media for helping get the word out about giving, and leave comments by Wednesday March 22. Winners will be announced on Sandy’s blog on Thursday March 23.
Here’s the full list of blog hop participants. Be sure to head back to Sandy’s blog in case any of the links don’t work. She won’t let you get lost.
- Sandy Allnock
- Lisa Stein – that’s me!
- Caryn Davies
- Carly Tee Minner
- May Sukyong Park
- Lisa Spangler
- Aimes Gray
- Jessica Frost-Ballas
- Ellen Hutson Blog
- Julia Stainton
- Emily Midgett
- Taheerah Atchia
- Joanne Soukup
- Melissa Miller
- Libby Hickson
- May Flaum
- Cindy Lawrence
Thanks for hopping by. If you’ve got an animal, go hug it. If you want to help animals, go to Farm Sanctuary. They do good things. We all need good things.
Why, Hello Sunshine!
It’s gorgeous, right? I love the colors, and the cascading hearts. I didn’t have this stamp set, so I made do with some various floral elements, but I call them fireworks. Might be because I grew up in Philadelphia, and we take our fireworks very seriously in my hometown.
As you can see, I made a few versions of this card, in three color schemes. I wasn’t sure which one I would like, so I played around a bit, and ended up liking and finishing all of them. I really must play more often with Distress Inks, they’re so much fun and basically make you look like a crafting genius.
The first thing I did was blend three colors of distress inks onto a piece of watercolor paper. Then I found a coordinating ink color to stamp my fireworks. I did this stamping randomly, and just tried to have them fade down to the bottom. I may or may not have succeeded with that, but I am very happy with them. By the way, the green ink above is the new Fresh Lawn by Hero Arts, and I’m pretty sure everyone needs to have that in their stash. I think I’m going to just leave it on my desk, not even put it away. It’s that luscious.
I cut the Hello die three times for each card. Once I layered them all together I smooshed some versamark on top and then used the Ranger Gold Tinsel embossing powder. Which I love, and always forget I have. I like how it’s not perfectly smooth when melted, and in this case, I think it ends up looking like gold rope. As if I formed that hello freehand. I feel like I might spend some time making more of these hellos just to have on hand as an easy embellishment.
As a last step, I used the Spectrum Noir clear overlay marker to add some glitter to the stamped fireworks. It’s incredibly hard to capture with a camera, at least for me, so please imagine you can see it in this picture.
It’s time for you to join us in this challenge. You could win a $25 gift certificate to Concord & 9th or a Guest Designer spot on Where Creativity Meets C9, both fun prizes! Make sure to read the challenge rules by clicking on the graphic above. We can’t wait to see what you make!
Yes, I do make a lot of baby cards. Must be the season or something, but I’m a regular old factory here churning out baby blankets, and therefore I need baby cards. This one is made with some great new products from Concord & 9th. Click on the picture for all of the details.
I’ve got an adorable, if I do say so myself, set of tags over at A Blog Named Hero today. Go check it out, I bet you laugh.
I needed to make a Valentine’s Day card for my husband. We have a “tradition” for cards for Valentine’s and our anniversary, where I make a card, write it out to him, and then he writes back in it to me. I know, goofy, But I love it. So I like to keep them simple, and easy to write in on the inside. So nothing super dimensional on the front so the inside front isn’t lumpy.
I used my stash of bamboo felt and die cut two hearts each out of three colors. I figured out where they’d go on the front of the card and then stamped my sentiment beneath. Wow, that Perfectly Penned stamp set is very forgiving. I think I might be in love with it! I used versafine ink and then clear embossed over it; I figured this would help me cover up any mistakes I might have made.
Once the sentiment was finished I adhered the same color felt hearts to each other, on one side of the center, using a glue dot. Then I used another glue dot on the bottom, also to one side of the center, to adhere it to the kraft card stock. This was to keep them in place for sewing. Which is not my forte. Ahem. Let’s just say that there is a lot of muttering when it comes to me and sewing machines. And that’s just to get it threaded. Ahem ahem.
Sewed the hearts on, and removed the glue dots. I had planned to puff the hearts up with either some foam or a 3d glue dot, but after all the futzing I did with them, they were more than happy to just stick up on their own. I then used some foam tape to adhere the card front to a card base that I had stamped with the Barnwood background stamp.
And that’s my card. I love it. And it was simple enough where if you need to make multiples for kids or relatives, it would be very easy to do so.
I hope you have a month full of Love. Let’s just go big, a lifetime full of love. 🙂
I’ve got a pretty card over at Where Creativity Meets C9 today. I liked the front so much I didn’t even add a sentiment. Ha!