More Sweetness!

Lawn Fawn CHA 2014 Catalogue Challenge!

Here are my next two creations for the catalogue!

First up, Sweet Swinging Gingerbread Kids!

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I wanted to create something with the gingerbreads, house, and candies from the Sweet Christmas set, but setting a scene wasn’t really coming together.  I am not really sure how this card came about–it was one of those that seemed to make itself!

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I stamped eight gingerbread kids on Gina K. heavy weight kraft paper with Unicorn White ink, then embossed with fine white powder.  Next, I adhered them, back-to-back, running the baker’s twine through them.  I stamped the house and sweet embellishments with Versamark Dazzle, covered with sticky embossing powder and then Stampendous white glitter.  I really loved the CAS nature of the front!

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The inside came about as a complete surprise.  I had hand-cut a similar banner for another card, and wanted a bit of an interesting inside, since the front was so simple.  So I echoed the kraft color on the front, stamped and embossed the sentiment, and adhered with white, glittery brads.  What I didn’t realize, though, was that the Ghiridhelli chocolate would fit perfectly inside the banner!  Talk about sweet!!

To cover up the backs of the brads, I ran some washi tape over the middle of the card’s back.

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Last up, Critters in Holiday Squares!

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So, this was actually the first card I made for the challenge, and it took the longest.  I had been thinking about the concept for awhile, inspired by the Brady Bunch and Hollywood Squares!  I wanted to feature the little critters in their own frames, but have them looking at and talking to each other, using the sentiments from the Critters in the Snow set.

My initial visualization didn’t quite manifest for this card, as I was also trying to complete this for the CASE Study challenge, based on Keisha’s sketch:

I didn’t make it in time to play along with them at CASE Study, but this card finally came together!

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So how did it all happen?  Well, I first measured and die cut the circles on a 4.5 x 4.5″ card.  Then I stamped and Copic-colored the critters first, and fussy cut them.  You can see that I embellished Rudolph a bit, with a Glossy Accents nose and glittery-embossed antlers.

My original intention was to have them stamped right on the backing paper, with only the penguin popping out of his frame, but that version wasn’t satisfying me.  I had placed some fabulous turquoise snowflake paper behind the critters and loved the effect, but we couldn’t use any patterned paper!  What was I to do?

Well, I cut a square backing paper, sponged turquoise pigment ink from Cat’s Eye over it, and then stamped the snow flakes from the Critters set in Unicorn White and heat embossed with white powder.  Voila, problem solved!

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I embossed the polka dot paper and tag, assembled everything and then added the embellishments!

Here are some close-up shots of the critters!

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And the back of the card:
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Well, that is it for me!  These were all little labors of love, but now I need to get down to brass tacks as it is Monday and time to get ready to teach my little human critters!

Head over to the CHA Challenge for all sorts of fun!  And please contact me with questions or comments!  I love connecting with you!

A Sweet Christmas

Lawn Fawn CHA 2014 Catalogue Challenge!

I have been working hard over the last week on my entries for the challenge, and am finally able to reveal them, just in the nick of time!  I have two posts today to cover my four entries.

First up, Snow Bunny and the Gumdrop Candy Mountain!

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Everyone knows this little cutie, Winter Bunny!!  He’s back for a whole new sledding experience!  I colored him (many times over to get all the shading just right) with Copics and added a cottontail with white Flower Soft!

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Delicious and so sweet, isn’t it?  I stamped every gumdrop and orange slice from Sweet Christmas, masking as I went.  Then I colored each piece with Copics.

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I then covered the whole bunch with Versamark Dazzle, sticky embossing powder, and Stampendous glitter!  This technique I used for my Holiday Bags, which you can see here.

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For the sentiment, I combined two of the stamp sets, Critters in the Snow and Sweet Christmas.

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Next up, Peppermint Candy Mountain!

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I used the same technique for this card, stamping all the candies from the Sweet Christmas set, masking as I went.

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Then I colored with Copics, covered with Versamark Dazzle and clear embossing powder to get the nice sheen.

For the post, also from Sweet Christmas, I needed something a big longer, so I used stamped it once, then lined up another atop the first.  I colored it with Copics and Uniball gel white pen, then used the same technique as with the peppermints.  I fussy cut the mountain and the post.

The flags were die cut and stamped with sentiments from Sweet Christmas.

For the background, I covered a whole card with Versamark Dazzle, sticky embossing powder and Stampendous white glitter.

Every thing was adhered with foam dots, except the pole.  I wanted the flags to pop just a bit at the ends.

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I just love the effect of the background; it’s like a bed of freshly-fallen sparkling snow, which I used to love crunching through when I lived in New York!

Head over to see the sweet creations from all the Lawn Fawn challenge participants!

I hope you are having a dazzling holiday season, with mountains of  sweet memories, wherever you may be!