Happy Monday everyone! Has your week started well? Mine has because I started crafting as soon as I got up! I usually clean the house on Mondays but as my mother in law is here and she likes to sleep in, I didn’t want to disturb her with the vacuum cleaner… good excuse no? 😉 Its also raining so I can’t do the gardening either, so all the conditions were perfect just to craft! Even better, when I finally finished my card and popped upstairs, my mil was cleaning the house! I’m really so lucky to have her here.
I know I say this each time, but I LOVE the Twofer challenge where you have to make two different kinds of card with the same stamp. Its a great way to use my new stamps twice at the same time. The theme this month is Pets and as I just bought a new stamp from My Favorite Things called “Furever Friends”, this was a good opportunity to use it. This time I followed the rules exactly, using the same stamp and not just using the same stamp set, AND I remembered to make two different theme cards too!
My first card was inspired by the color challenge at My Favorite Things. I first stencilled the background using MFT’s abstract stencil and sponged in Picked Raspberry and Mustard seed distress inks and then sprayed water on it. Once it was dry, I diecut it with the scallop rectangle die from MFT’s blueprint 20 set and in the middle I cut the scallop window also from MFT and cut it again in black and just used the black border on my card. I matted this scallop rectangle panel onto a white card base. The pet stamp was cut with my Brother scan and cut and coloured in with Zigs clean color real brushes. The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped with Versamark onto a small black rectangle card stock and heat embossed with white Wow embossing powder.
The second card just came about on its own. All I knew was that I wanted them to be in a field of flowers, almost hidden by it. I stamped the pet stamp directly onto Clairefontaine multi-technique 250gm paper and proceeded to colour it with my Zigs again. This time though, I tried to colour in the dog after my Jack Russell, Lola. You can see below if I came close…
The field of flowers was created using 2 block stamps I bought when I first started stamping, so 2 years ago, but theres no brand on it. I coloured the stamps with Zigs and distress inks and stamped them onto my card and coloured in with my zigs again. I then sponged in Twisted Citron distress oxide for the background of my prairie. The cloudy sky was created with cloud masks I created myself and Mermaid lagoon Distress oxides. I then added the sentiment from Winnie and Walter onto a tag and hand drew in the little plane pulling it.
And this is my little Lola who modelled for me. She looks really cute but in reality she a real terror! Even though she only arrived 5 years ago, she’s the alpha male and doesn’t let our Belgian Shepard, Paco, ever forget it!
Well thanks so much for stopping by, I do hope you liked my cards. Wishing you a wonderful week! Mine just gets better as I’m off to London on Friday for a long weekend and I’ll be stuffing myself with all my fav Asian dishes!
The Twofer challenge image this month
I’m sharing the first card over at:
Crafty Animals – Anything goes featuring an animal
2 Crafty Critter Crazies – Anything Goes
And the 2nd card at:
Love to Scrap challenge – April showers bring may Flowers