Die Cut vs. Stencil – Compliment Cards

Today I am sharing some compliment cards and I thought it would be fun to have a die cut vs. stencil smack down!  Lol!

I recently purchased the Birch Press Design Viola Plate die set  and I have to tell you I am in LOVE!  So much so that I wanted to not only use it as the standard die cuts, but I also wanted to create a stencil out of it too!  This set comes with 3 separate steel plate dies that you can use all together like I did today on my first two cards or individually, like I did to create a stencil for my second set of cards.   Although this set has some price, it is well worth it for the versatility!  A great investment piece for any card theme!

Let’s get started with the first two cards.  I pulled out white, teal and navy blue cardstock and cut out two sets of each die plate.  I couldn’t decide if I wanted the navy blue on top or the white cardstock, so I decided to do both.  By using by Gemini Jr. die cutting machine the process went so quick and easy and I got a beautiful cut each time!

One the each layer was die cut I simply adhered them together with some liquid adhesive.  I chose liquid adhesive because of the intricate design of the die cut and to allow me wiggle room to get them into proper position.  I added some crystal gems to the centre of the flowers.  I wanted a simple greeting on the front so I chose a “hello” die sentiment and cut it twice, once from regular white cardstock and one from silver cardstock and layer them together to add dimension.  I then adhere that onto a piece of vellum cut with a stitched circle die and then ran this through my Xyron Creative Station Lite so that you can’t see any adhesive on the back and that with all the layers of cardstock I know that it won’t come off in the mail.

I wanted to send these cards to co-workers as random acts of compliments, so I used MFT’s Hello Beautiful and Anything But Basic – Encouragement stamp sets.

For the next cards I decided to use the B plate from the Birch Press Design Viola Plate die set  to create a stencil.  I simply die cut it from some thick 120lb Cardstock.

I began with some ink blending with Distress Oxide in Cracked PistachioLucky Clover and Peacock Feathersand created three equal blended parts.  I used my heat tool to speed up the drying process and with the stencil I created and dabbed on some Versamark Watermark ink.  I then used clear embossing powder to seal in the Oxide inks.  I then bring out Black Soot distress oxide and blended that over top.  I buffed off the extra ink from onto of the embossing with a microfibre cloth.  Although I liked the look of it, I wanted to deepen it with a bluer tone so I pulled out my Chipped Sapphire Distress ink and went overtop of the Black Soot to deepen the colour.  I liked this look a lot better.  For the next card I skipped the Black Soot and opted to just go overtop of the embossing with the Chipped Sapphire.  I completed the cards in the same way as I did with the first two adding some crystal gems and finishing with the same hello die cut vellum sentiment.  For the inside sentiments I again used a sentiment from the MFT Anything But Basic – Encouragement and a sentiment from the Picket Fence Here is Where I Work stamp set.  Here’s a look at the finished cards.

Thanks for spending your Sunday with me!  Leave a comment down below or over at the YouTube video with which one you think won the smack down Die cut or Stencil?

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Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

I hope everyone is doing well! It has been a beautiful weekend.   It was made better by all the snowfall we have recently gotten…almost 30cm!  The first thing that came to my mind when I saw all the snow was…..Do you wanna build a snowman?  So, that is exactly what we are going to do for today’s card!

I  want to make a car in which the snowman “came together” on the front like you were building it.  I didn’t think I had enough room on a standard A2 size card so I thought I would use a slimline style.  The base for this slimline card measure 7″ x 8 1/2″ and then is scored at 3 1/2″.  I made two bases and I will adhere them together with scor-tape to create a gatefold / trifold type of card.

To create a snowy background I ink blend the two flaps (gate folds) with some Distress Oxide Inks in Faded Jeans, Salty Ocean and I will bring in just a bit of Black Soot to deepen the Faded Jeans around the top.  I use two types of blending brushes.  The standard foam brushes and Picket Fence Blending Brushes.  I like how much ink the standard foam brushes lay down and I love the way the Picket Fence brushes blend the colours together so smoothly.

Once the ink blending is done I add some water droplets with a find mist sprayer and some sparkle with the Hero Arts White Iredescent Shimmer Spray.  This will give the look of snowfall in the background by the water pushing the pigment out.  You can create larger snowflakes by unscrewing the sprayer and tapping the water directly from the straw.

Make sure you let this dry or use a heat gun to speed up the process.  You want to make sure that the ink had dried and set before going on to the next step.

While I let the ink dry I die cut 3 circles in 3 different sizes to create the snowman’s body.  I also used my Silhouette machine and a cut file to create a hat, scarf and nose.  You can fussy cut your own accessories if you don’t have an electronic die cut machine.

Once my inked panels were dry I trim down each gate fold so that they measure 1 3/4″ and that they would close nicely against each other.  I then began to adhere the snowman parts to the card with some Gina K Connect liquid adhesive.  I encountered a bit of a snag in my plan and to find out what that is you will have to watch the video below!

The base and head of the snowman are adhere directly to the left panel of the card and the middle of the snowman is adhere down with foam squares to allow clearance for the snowman body to interlace into each other.

Now it’s time to decorate our snowman.  I adhere the hat and scarf with some more liquid adhesive and decided to use Nuvo Drops in Ebony Black for the eyes and buttons.

The card needed a bit of glitter so I used the Nuvo Glacier paste in Winter White to create puffy snow on the bottom and the Nuvo Glitter Gloss to add some magic to the top hat.  The only thing left to do is to write a message on the inside.

I hope you enjoyed today’s Snowman card!  Remember to post the snowmen you build on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Page.

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Slimsational Blog Hop with Scrap’N Stamp

I am so excited for today’s Blog Hop, it’s going to be Slimsational! The amazing Slimline Die Cut System from Picket Fence Studios made making these cards so easy that I was able to create 5 cards for you today!

We have a lot to get through so let’s get started!

All of today’s cards use the Slimline Die System from Picket Fence Studios with the slimline card bases measuring 8 1/2″ x 7 ” with the score line at 3 1/2″ and a bunch of copic coloured pieces that I had previously fussy cut and coloured ahead of time.

For my first two cards I will be using the Saddle Up & Celebrate stamp set from My Favorite Things. I used the smaller rectangle slimline die to create two panels that I will be ink blending one. The first panel I ink blended the Clouds Stencil from MFT with Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Squeezed Lemonade for a pop of brightness.

The second panel I was able to easily create a beautiful farm scene with the Picket Fence circle die, the square outside stitch die and the grassy circle die that came with the die cut system. I then ink blended the top portion in Broken China and the bottom in Lucky Clover. I did die cut a second picket fence piece and fussy cut it out and glued it on top to add dimension and to hide any of my ink blending that got on the fence portion.

I adhered the inked cloud panel onto the card base and then adhered the die cut scene onto of that with A LOT of foam squares so as not to get a saggy panel. I then adhered by characters onto the scene with some liquid adhesive. I recommend Gina K Connect glue or Hero Arts Precision glue as they are both strong adhesives.

For the sentiment I used the Lawn Fawn Bannertastic dies and heat embossed with Wow super fine white embossing powder.

I stepped up my card game by creating an ink blended cloud envelope to send the card in.

The second card uses the same techniques and stamp set but I oriented the card vertically and only used one of the die cut elements from the slimline die cutting system. Again, I stepped up my game with a matching envelope using the Xyron sticker maker and some of the pre-coloured elements to adhere to the envelope.

It was a magical moment for the third card as I used Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends and created a slimline window card with the birch tree square die to reveal the beautiful scene that I created for the inside of the card. I sometimes feel like I neglect the inside of my cards so I wanted not only to have my greeting, but fun images to go with it.

I used a yellow coloured pencil and some Clear Wink of Stella to add magic and sparkle to the lanterns as well as to the fairy wings.

My fourth card uses another favourite stamp set from MFT – Friends at First Sip. This time I only used the smaller rectangle die and some polka dot patterned paper. I then pulled out some of my own dies that I had on hand. I used an oval die and a stitched square die that I adhered onto the card base in the diamond position. For the sentiment inside I stamped the Picket Fence A Paper Hug stamp with Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink.

My fifth and last card I got even more crazy and decided to create an interactive card with the MFT Falling from the Clouds die set…but in my own way. I only used the notched die cut from the set as I have to extend the scene much taller and more narrow than the standard die frame allows.

I mask off the left side of my card base and ink blend the background with Faded Jeans Distress Oxide ink and my foam blending tool. I like to use the foam blending tool when I want to lay down a lot of ink and then I use my Picket Fence Blending Brushes when I want to blend two colours together (or for softer ink blending).

I pulled out a stitched cloud die from my stash and die cut a piece that would hide the upper notched element and I used the MFT Slimline Grassy Hills borders and Stitched Hillside Borders die cut from green cardstock to hide the lower element.

Before I start assembling and adhering things, I need to make sure I stamp my sentiment on the cloud panel. I used my stamp perfect and Versafine Clair Nocturne Ink. I also added some interest to the background by stamping a few raindrops with Versafine Watermark ink and clear heat embossed them. (You may also want to adhere any elements/characters at this point. I did it at the end but would recommend to do it at this point)

Our next step is to pull out some invisible thread and patience! Yikes are my eyes getting old! I also pulled out my long forgotten seed beads to thread on. It might be easier to watch the video to see how I adhered the thread and beads onto the notched pieces. It actually isn’t that hard. You just need to remember to inset them from the edges of your card a bit with some foam tape and ensure that you have the notches (or teeth) so that they face out. Also, keep your thread on the shorter side so as not to get it tangled when you are working!

After I strung the beads I added more foam tape onto of the notched element and adhered the covering elements (clouds and grass) over top. I then carefully added my little critters from the Lawn Fawn Butterfly Kisses stamp set underneath the thread (See above where I recommend to do it earlier!).

Again, I paired it with a matching envelope by creating some stickers with my Xyron sticker maker and some of the extra element pieces from the stamp set.

Whewf! That was a lot of cards – but it went by so quickly and easily! I could have kept going….and think once I get this post done I will go back to create some more as I still have some pre-coloured and cut elements left over!

I would like to know which one was your favourite! Vote here!

I want to thank you for hopping by! Remember to leave a comment on my blog and over at my YouTube video for your chance to WIN your very own Picket Fence Slimline Die Cutting System set!


To help celebrate the New Year, Scrap’N Stamp is also offering 21% off your order! All you have to do is enter this coupon code at checkout: “finally2021” Click HERE to start shopping!

I am looking forward to seeing your Slimsational Slimline creations! Share them over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page for even more chances to win!

Next up on the blog is SUSAN!

If you missed any of the previous Design Team posts you can click on the names below to check out their Slimsational Cards!

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Happy New Year and Stamp Safe!

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No Cha-Ching Bling Christmas Cards

Hey guys, I am back to share “No Cha-Ching Bling” Christmas cards with you.

What is that you ask? Well, I wanted to share a card that had bling without you having to spend any money or break the bank if you need to . Most of the supplies I am sharing you likely already have in your stash!

For my first card I KNOW that we all have sequins in our supplies. We have all taken that fateful trip to the dollar store and purchased sequins because we knew they would make great embellishments and you bought every colour and now they are sitting there all lonely wondering when it will be there turn to be used on a card! Here is your chance to use them. Oh – I should probably let you know that the inspiration for my cards today was brought on by two other crafts – cross-stitch and diamond painting. So if you don’t like either…..well, I hope this changes your mind! Let’s start with the first card!

Pull out your sequins, find yourself a fun cross-stitch pattern for inspiration, or free-hand a design you like. My inspiration today is a Christmas Tree cross-stitch pattern I found on Pinterest. I printed the picture out and will actually use it as reference for both my cards today.

I closed my eyes stuck my hand in my sequin drawer (yes, I have an entire drawer for sequins – don’t judge me) and pulled out the Spiked Ocean Water Sequins from Picket Fence Studios.

The next step is very difficult….find your favourite clear drying glue. I say it is difficult because I actually have a few….Glossy Accents and Gina K Connect Glue are my favourite. Gina K won this time as she was the closest at hand.

I then just added glue in the shape of the tree and began adhering the sequins keeping in mind which colours and sizes I was laying down to help it look pleasing to the eye. This is made a lot easier by using reverse tweezers, a Jewel Picker and the Tim Holtz Craft Pick. You could be even more particular and follow the cross-stitch patter and match up the colours with the sequins, but because of the ones I picked I didn’t have a large variation in colours…so mine is more monochromatic. Once I was done adhering them down I set that aside to dry very well.

When I was sure everything was dry, I used my Fiskars sure cut paper trimmer and trimmed down the image and backed it onto some coordinating cardstock and adhered to my card leaving enough room to stamp a sentiment underneath with Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink.

For the sentiment you can really use any one you like that you think works well with the style of card. I am sure we all have a ton of Christmas sentiments that we can choose from! And that finishes card number one! Pretty quick and simple except for the glue part – LET IT DRY!!!

Card two!! This one is more of a diamond dot painting type card…so, it took a bit more patience but was worth it! If you are a girl from the 80s/90s I know you have some hot fix crystals somewhere! lol! Or you can even use jewel embellishments.

I had some hot fix crystals that I pulled out and used my hot tool to adhere them to the cardstock. This time I followed the cross-stitch pattern a little more carefully…but not 100% Again, if you are using embellishment jewels you can just adhere them with your favourite clear drying glue.

I used a two of the Small Stitched Square Stackable dies from Lawn Fawn and used the smaller of the two to die cut the hot fix crystal tree. I ran it through my Gemini Jr. and was pleasantly surprised to see that all the crystals remained in tact. I adhered that onto the large stitched square that I die cut from some red cardstock and again adhered to a card base and stamped a simple sentiment with the Versafine Claire Nocturne Ink.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s simple yet beautiful bling cards! Leave me a comment to let me know which card you liked the best the Sequin card or the Crystal Card.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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Iconic Christmas

Happy start to the Holiday Season!

Thank you for joining us for inspiration based on the iconic symbols of Christmas by showcasing Concord & 9th’s new Iconic Christmas Die set. You’ll see some snowflakes, trees, stockings, stars & candy canes, ornaments, holly… and perhaps even more iconic Christmas symbols! We are giving away a $50 gift certificate to one person who comments on the blogs and/or social media posts (to be announced before Christmas). There is also an Iconic Christmas sale this weekend over at the Scrap’N Stamp online store where there is 25% off select items. Click HERE to shop the sale!

When I think of the holidays many images are conjured up in my mind….snowflakes, stockings, snowmen, Christmas Trees, Santa, etc. and that is what this month’s blog hop is all about – Iconic Christmas.

I got all nostalgic thinking about Christmas’ of long, long ago…..and well, it involves a lot of 70’s style decorations and the advent calendar!

I though I would combine the two by using a 70’s feel colour pallet with browns and a lot of patterns and shiny tinsel/like paper.

To start out I pulled out my Silhouette machine to make things a bit quicker and used a die cut file. However, you can use Lawn Fawn’s Small Slimline with Lift the Flaps die set to create a similar card. I used the Flap Square Card cut file by Loni Stevens. I then resized and altered the file to cut just a panel with the flaps that would fit a 6″ x 6″ card base and die cut from Lawn Fawn Kraft Cardstock.

To add a bit of interest to the background I wanted to use the coordinating Iconic Christmas Turnabout stamp. Unfortunately, it didn’t arrive in time for this hop. So, I used the Concord & 9th Deck the Halls Turnabout stamp and it turned out well. I used a tone on tone effect by stamping with Versamark Watermark Ink . Note: you will want to use a stamp platform of some type like a Misti.

I then used the Concord & 9th Iconic Christmas Dies and die cut several of the pieces from American Crafts 6 x 6 Holiday paper pack. I will adhere all of this little pieces together with Gina K Connect glue as it gives me time and wiggle room to get everything in place before becoming secure. I also die cut additional flaps pieces from the same paper pack.

I adhered the Kraft Cardstock panel to a sage green card base. I am not sure what brand it is, but it is not my most favourite. It was the only 12 x 12 paper pack I had on hand that would work for this card. I also die cut some additional circle pieces that I used to stamp numbers with Versafine Clair Nocturne ink and adhered those onto the flaps.

I adhered the 6×6 panel onto the front of the card base with some strong Scor-tape and then adhered all the little Iconic Christmas Die cuts underneath the flaps. There weren’t enough die images for the flaps so I sourced my stash and found these cute stickers that worked perfectly.

To finish the inside of the card off I die cut a stitched square die, stamped a Merry Christmas sentiment and adhered the holly die cut next to it.

I think this is a super fun card for kids young and old!

Next up on the hop is Kia!

Here is the full list if you want to start at the beginning or get lost along the way!

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Are you playing along with Scrap’N Stamp’s Monthly Random Acts of Cardness Challenge? This month

Are you playing along with Scrap’N Stamp’s Monthly Random Acts of Cardness Challenge on Facebook? This month they have assigned a new iconic Christmas word to everyday to inspire you. We love to see what you come up with! Then make sure to post a photo on our wall to get your name entered to win a $50 gift certificate to Scrap’n Stamp! You’ve got until Dec 31, 2020 to post. Make sure to hashtag it for another chance to win #SNSchallenge. Winner chosen by random draw. Post as often as you like we love it when you share all that creative goodness.

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Handmade Digital Greetings

Digital Greetings

Hey guys! It’s Chala here for today’s Random Acts of Cardness word “Greetings”!

It looks like we will all be celebrating Christmas a lot differently than we all wanted to. So, I decided to take today’s challenge word and bring my handmade card to life with a digital greeting. This is a unique way to send a special video greeting to my loved ones far away.

It is a really simple process actually. All you need is a smart phone and/or a computer. I incorporated my Silhouette die cut machine, but you don’t need one to create this type of card.

I started out by searching for a *free* program that could convert a video into a QR code link. The best one I could find was a site called Mevie. It allowed me to upload a video I took with my iPhone. All you need to do is register for free, which I recommend. As a registered user you can store your videos indefinitely. Otherwise, your videos would only be available for 30 days.

The process to upload and create the code was very quick and easy, even with my old and slow Mac! Watch the video below to see how I created it.

After the QR code is created and saved you can then print it out and add it either to the front, inside or back of your card. Just make sure you let the recipient know there is a little something extra for them by scanning the code with their phone camera.

I made my code the main event of my card and wanted to make it look like it was the wrapping paper of a present. To step it up a bit, I pulled out my We R Memory Keepers All in one Foil Quill. The best part is as of the date of this posting it is part of the Black Frid’eh 50% off Sale over at Scrap’N Stamp! I won’t go into all the details of how I did the foiling as I have shown how this product works before and you can check out that video by clicking HERE. Basically, I imported the image, traced it and then instead of “cutting” I sketched the image with the Foil Quill using some Gemini Paper Craft Berry Foil and the cross hatch sketch feature ensuring that I decrease the spacing between the hatching to create a more solid sketched image.

I was a little worried about whether the QR code would work with the foiling or if the shine of it would cause issues. Luckily, it worked perfectly!! I then trimmed out the QR Code into a square for my “present”. I adhered it onto a standard A2 size folding card with some foam squares and created a ribbon bow and secured it with a brad. One very important thing to remember is to adhere the QR code the correct way up! Surprising, I got it right the first time (trust me, no one was more shocked than me! lol!). I then trimmed out the code and layered it onto a piece of red foil cardstock from the American Crafts 6×6 Holiday paper pack.

I kept the sentiment super fun and simple using the My Favorite Things Sassy Pants Holiday Too sentiment “The Card is Your Present” with VersaFine Claire Nocturne Ink in Nocturne. I thought this one was perfect! I then left the inside blank so that I could write to the recipient as well as to let them know to scan the present for a special “gift”.

I know that this card may seem really simple to look at, but if you have loved ones who would enjoy receiving a video greeting, it will be an incredibly special keepsake and something they will want to show others!

Remember, you don’t have to make it into a present, you can create your regular cards and simply print, cut out the code and adhere it on the inside or back of your card.

Digital Greetings
Digital Greetings
Digital Greetings

I thank you for so much for stopping by today and I hope this has given you a way to send a special greeting to those you can’t be with.

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Spotlight Image Cards

Happy Saturday Crafters!

I am sharing my creations for the Scrap’N Stamp Random Acts of Cardness Challenge word “Spotlight”.  I absolutely love making spotlight cards as they are a simple, yet elegant way to create a lot of cards quickly.  

This technique is very easy and can be interpreted in many ways.  you can layer a spotlight image or do portion cut outs of images that are coloured, today I am keeping it simple with a one layer spotlight.

For my first card I am using the adorable Scribbly Small Birdies from Dina Wakley.  When I first saw these I thought they were just begging to be watercoloured!  It has been awhile since I have pulled my watercolours out and sometimes I feel intimidated about getting started again.  So, I said to myself “Self, why don’t you use your Zig Clear Colour Clear Brush markers? ”  And then I said, “Girl!  You are SO smart! What a great idea!”  and then I was lall like “I know!  Right!?” and then I realized I was having a full blown conversation with myself and my buddy Bob (our bearded dragon) was looking at me like I had completely lost it!

If you are like me (maybe not the talking to yourself crazy part) and doubt your skills, the Zig markers make it super easy as you really just colour with the marker and then add water to help bloom the colour out into the areas that you want.

I used the Canson XL watercolour paper cut down to standard A2 size.  I stamped the sweet scribbly bird images with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.  This ink is really great for watercoloring as it does not bleed due to it’s natural oil-based pigment.  I also love that it dries quickly too!  I like to use a stamp platform to do this as the texture of the watercolour paper will definitely make it so you need to stamp a couple of times to get a good image.

I have the set of 48 Zig markers, but you really don’t need that many.  The Zig 6 marker set is a great way to try them out if you are first getting started and you can always mix colours on an acrylic block or your work surface.  I use my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat.  Also, if you are a lefty….Tim Holtz even has a left handed media mat just for you!!

I decided I wanted my spotlight to be focussed on one image in particular and decided that it would be the centre one.  You don’t have to make it in the centre, in fact it is fun to choose an image that is off centred as it draws your eye to a different area of the card.

I stamped all the birds out and then began to colour the image with the markers and added the water.  I took my time to make sure I didn’t get two areas next to each other wet at the same time to avoid getting a “muddy” look.  I used my heat gun to speed up the drying process.  I also really gave myself permission to go slow and enjoy the process and built up the layers of the watercolour.  The more I walked away and came back to it, the more I like it. That is probably the best advice I can give someone is if you don’t like what you have done – walk away!  Take some time and come back as it looks so much better than you think!  I used grey colours to create shadows on the other birds and then used a “dirty wash” on the background so it wasn’t stark white.

Here is a list of the Zig markers I used: Carmine Red (22), Wine Red (24), Bright Yellow (52), Orange (70), Violet (80), Purple (82), Gray (90), Light Gray (91), Dark Gray (95), and Mid Gray (96).

If you follow my creations you know that my absolute favourite border die is the MFT Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die so of course I have used it for both of my cards today.

Here is the finished first card! The sentiments I used for today’s cards are from the Modern Layered Floral Stamp Set from PinkFresh Studio. I stamped in VersaMark Watermark and used Wow super fine bright white embossing powder. If you are embossing onto black cardstock like I did, I highly recommend using an embossing buddy / antistatic powder bag to get better results on your embossing.

For my second card I decided to use Copic markers and the Picket Fence Peony Bouquet with a bit of masking. I began by stamping the “non spotlight” images with Versafine Clair Morning Mist. It was a perfect tone to create a subtle image. I then coloured those images with the C9, C6, C3, C2, C0. I then moved onto the flower that I wanted to be the spotlight image. I stamped that image in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Using a darker ink for your focal image really helps it to stand out. I used a TON of “RV” family markers. I honestly can’t remember all of the ones used (I think I used 8 different ones!) – but I spent a lot of time with the shading and trying to add different layers of colours to help give the feel of more dimension. I layered the panel onto Lawn Fawn Black Licorice Cardstock and I really think that also helps make the coloured image stand out.

I hope that you enjoyed today’s cards and I look forward to seeing what you create! Remember to post your cards on the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge Page and tag it with #SNSchallenge for your chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

Take care and stay healthy!

Crafting Through the Chaos of Life

Sweater Weather – Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop

Hey guys! Thanks for hopping on over! Despite the record breaking warm weather we have had here in Calgary, it is Sweater Weather time for the Scrap’N Stamp Blog Hop.

As always we have some great prizes and inspiration for you! So remember to comment, like and share to increase your chances of winning! There is a $50 Gift Certificate for Scrap’N Stamp up for grabs! Scrap’N Stamp is also embracing the start of cooler weather by offering a great bundle up deal!


I had a lot of fun making this month’s hop card and video. I decided to do some scene scene building with masking paper and stepped it up a bit by combining a Silhouette cut file.

The stamp set I am using is MFT’s Cozy Companions set. Watch the video below as I step you through how I plan and execute my “one layer” scenes…although, keep in mind this card isn’t strictly one layer as I do add a pop up window element to it.

I hope you enjoyed the card process and were able to learn a few tips and tricks.

Cozy Companions – Sweater Weather
Cozy Companions – Sweater Weather

Next up on the blog is Tara! If you have jumped in half-way and want to start at the beginning you can find the list of blog participants in order below:

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Chala – You are Here!


Wondering about the materials used for today’s card? You can find the list below:

Stamp Set – MFT Cozy Companions Stamp Set, Concord & 9th Barnwood Background

Cardstock – Lawn Fawn 80lb White, Lawn Fawn Chocolate Bar

Ink – Memento Tuxedo Black, Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Markers – Copic Markers

Stamp Platform – Hero Arts Stamp Perfect/Mini Mist

Scissors – CutterBee

Adhesive – BeCreative Scor-Tape

SVG cut file – Lori Whitlock Shaw Box Card Bird Window

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Scene Card “Fun”damentals – A Beginner’s Guide to Scene Building

Snow Much Fun!

Good morning and Happy Sunday!  Today I am sharing my scene card “fun”damentals with you!

I want you to keep in mind that not all scene cards have to be detailed and chalked full of images.  You can create simple and fun scene cards as well.

When I first started out card making I really struggled with how to create scene cards.  Over the years I have realized that there are really only 5 (okay, maybe 6) things you really need to keep in mind when trying to create a great scene card.  Here they are: Who, What, When, Where, Why (and of course…How) Remind you have grade school story telling basics?  That’s exactly what a scene card is, telling a story through your images.  We will also talk a little bit about perspective by looking at our foreground and background.  

Let’s start with our 5 W’s and our H.

Who – Who is your card for and who will be your characters or images?

What – What is your theme of your card? What is your focal image or what are the characters doing?

When – Is your theme or story set in the day, night or is it a specific time of year? Where – Where is the scene taking place?  Is it inside a kitchen or house?  Is it outside in nature or a city?

Why – What’s the why or purpose of your card?  Is your theme clear?  Birthday, Christmas, etc.

How – How do you want to create the scene?  Will it be a one layer card with lots of copic colouring and stamping with masks?  Is there a specific technique you want to use like ink blending.  Will it be interactive?

Another thing we want to think about is perspective of the scene.  Are you looking down on the scene?  Is it from the point of view of of someone else?  Do you need images to appear closer or further away?  This is where you need to keep in mind the size of your images and what you want to appear in the foreground and background

Foreground – What is the focal in the front of your scene?  Is it certain characters or images?  Do you want your sentiment to appear in the foreground?  Is there a special technique that you will use to achieve this?  ie:  foam tape?

Background – What images do you want to appear further away?  ie:  Trees, your sentiment? Is there a special technique you want to use for the background ie:  ink blending?

Once you have all these areas figured out making your scene or having your scene tell a story will be easy.  I say tell a story because when I am creating a card with images or characters I really do make up a story in my head about it.

Let’s create a “simple” scene…. I say simple….but, it is also going to be interactive which will step it up a bit.  By simple I mean using a few images to start that will tell a story.

I chose Lawn Fawn’s – Snow Much Fun set as it is a great way to show the 5 W’s and our How.

Who – Who will our characters be:  Daddy Bear and Baby Bear  Who is the card for?  Anyone.

What – What are my characters doing?  Daddy Bear and Baby Bear are out playing in the newly fallen snow.  What is the card for?  Christmas, Winter, Just Because.

When – What time of year?  Winter   Time of day?  Daytime. Where – Where is the scene taking place?  Outside, likely in the bear’s backyard.

Why – Why are the characters doing what they are doing?  Baby Bear wanted to play in the new fallen snow.  Why are you creating the card?  I wanted to have a general Winter themed card to give to someone.

How – How are you going to put the theme/story together?  I want to make an interactive shaker card that has layers in it that make it appear that the bears are actually in the snow making the snow angels.  I am using the stamp set Snow Much Fun, and coordinating die set. I will make it interactive by using Lawn Fawn’s Pull Tab Wave Die set.

Now that we have all that figured out, we can start to build our scene!  It is much easier to watch how this is done then to try to explain it in the written word… So,  to see how I do that and to look at a couple of more “in depth” scene cards ,watch the video below.    

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After watching the video, you can see how the above technique came in handy in planning out our card!  By taking the time to answer these questions, we were also able to create a materials list of what we will need.


Stamp and Die Sets: Lawn Fawn Snow Much Fun Stamp Lawn Fawn Snow Much Fun Dies

Interactive element: Lawn Fawn Waving Pull Tab Dies

Shaker element:  Acetate to create windows. Glitter for the snow.

General materials & tools: Adhesive, Scissors, Cardstock, Copic Markers, Brad, Foam Tape, Stamp platform Distress Ink, die cutting machine.

Snow Much Fun!

I hope you enjoyed today’s video blog.  Stay tuned as over the next several weeks I will be creating a variety of scene cards, some simple and some very detailed. See if you are able to pick out my Who, What, When, Where, Why and find out How I did it!

I appreciate the time you spent with me today. Let me know in the comments if you found this helpful! Also, remember to share your scene cards that you create over at the Scrap’N Stamp Facebook Challenge page!

Happy Crafting!

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Happy Fall Y’all!

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Wow! The months are just flying by! Here we are into Fall already! This is my favourite time of year. I love the colours, crisp morning walks, sweaters and Hallowe’een!

My idea for today’s card came from one of my walks in the neighbourhood. The colours of the morning sunrise with the falling leaves brings a sense of nostalgia for me. I can’t really put my finger on why…perhaps it was fond memories of walking to school in the morning when I was a kid. Knowing that I would get to see my Grandmas at Thanksgiving. The amazing food, family and then you top the month off with so much candy it lasts you until Valentine’s Day! Lol! All of this could be tied together with one simple image…. a house!

I pulled out the Lawn Fawn Build a House die set. I love this die because it is so universal and has great add-ons for Halloween, Christmas and there is even an adorable Gingerbread add on! I die cut the pieces from several different types of cardstock. I went with a textured brick colour for that main portion of the house, a textured white cardstock for the trim and awning as well as a textured brown cardstock for the steps. The trim around the windows and yellow in the windows was a regular white cardstock. I chose a light brown for the door and the sweet tiny doorknob was cut from some gold foil cardstock. I adhered all of this together with some Gina K Connect glue to give me some wiggle room to get everything into the correct place before it dries.

I wanted to recreate that beautiful autumn sky with some Distress Inks for the background. For this I ink blended a standard A2 size panel with Stormy Sky, Scattered Straw and Crushed Olive. I also ink blended an additional piece with the Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn and die cut this with the Lawn Fawn Meadow Borders die as I wanted to create a bit more dimension for my scene.

I then die cut some leaves from the Tim Holtz Alterations thinlit Holiday Greens die set. You may recognize this set from our White Christmas Blog Hop from 2019. While particular die set is geared more towards the winter holiday season, it is still very versatile when creating cards with foliage! I also did a little bit of ink blending on some of these leaves with Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen and Gathered Twigs to give the leaves dimension and texture.

I found a tiny dollar store maple leaf punch that I had bought for my kids to use. While it wouldn’t cut through cardstock, it did cut through some of the textured papers I still had on my desk from my Apple of my Iris blog post for Scrap’N Stamp. These papers actually worked really well for the leaves – again, giving a look of texture to them.

I adhered these leaves down to make it look like they were falling and collecting infant of the house.

I couldn’t resist using my favourite MFT Wonky Stitch die to frame the whole scene out and then adhered the panel onto a white A2 size side folding card.

Happy Fall Y’all
Happy Fall Y’all

While this card is not full of any mind blowing techniques, I think it is still a really pretty card and pleased with how it turned out. Let me know what you think and what your favourite fall memory is.

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Happy Fall Y’all!

Crafting Through the Chaos of Life