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Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer

This week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog we are challenging you to create a one layer card. These are harder then you would think- but I was up for the challenge.

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.comPart of doing a one layer card means I can’t use foam tape- and those of you who take my classes know there is rarely a card that I create that doesn’t have foam tape. I was trying to think of a clever and unique way to do the one layer card- and I came up with this idea.

I created my own stencil using the scripty hello lawn cut die, then I used that to mask out the tiny leaves and flowers from the sweater weather stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.com

Again I am using my new mini distress inks- I just LOVE these if you can’t tell. I just can’t stop using them! I used a bunch of fall colors and stamped the different tiny leaves, flowers and heart. Layering the images until the whole “hello” was filled in.

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.com

Then using the new Violet’s ABC’s I stamped out “friend”.  Added a sprinkle of tiny hearts, and then this one layer card was done!

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.com

Simon Says Stamp Store Blinkie photo SSS_09_2103_zpsc2c6b992.gif
Hope you enjoy this creation and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this challenge. The lucky winner will win a gift certificate from our generous sponsors, Simon Says Stamp!


Simon Says Stamp Kid Challenge

Simon Says Stamp is hosting a Summer Vacation Kid’s Challenge where they host a special challenge dedicated to their young designers.

Cate, Chris’s younger daughter was featured as one of the guest designers for the challenge at the beginning of the month.

We had another rainy weekend when she was staying with us so she and I got crafty together. We had a lot of fun, I was doing distress ink techniques etc. So I was sharing with her tips and techniques as we created. All of these cards were her idea solely. I am in awe at the creativity and how quickly she has picked up on cardmaking! Shes still a bit too young to have her own flickr account etc, so I offered to post her cards so she could enter the challenge.

SImon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge, by Cate age 12

SImon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge, by Cate age 12

SImon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge, by Cate age 12

SImon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge, by Cate age 12

And for the inside of this card, she had seen something similar on pinterest, although it was a digital cut you could purchase and use on your silhouette. Cate, looking at the just photo and armed with a pencil, ruler, xacto and cutting mat created her own- HOW COOL!?!?

SImon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge, by Cate age 12

And last but not least, after all of her creating she and I agreed her paper towel was too pretty to throw away so she created this clever card

SImon Says Stamp Summer Vacation Kids Challenge, by Cate age 12

Something tells me that with winter approaching (ugh.) she and I will not be bored ;)

 

Be sure to head over the the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog to see the other creations from our young crafters. If you have any young artists in your life ages 2-16 years old- have them enter the challenge ( you have a few days left!) Simon Says is giving away THREE grab bags! You have until August 31st 7pm EST to join in and you can enter as many times as you like.

Simon Says Stamp Grab Bag

card using Snow Day by Lawn Fawn | shurkus.com

Note go here: For my last post for Sweet Stamp Shop and my Love of Type series

Today is the day that you can purchase all the new Lawn Fawn goodies!!!

For local peeps I know that Papercraft Clubhouse in CT, Bella Art in RI, and Right At Home in MA all have the new goodies. You can call them and they will set aside the ones you would like to purchase- and they will even ship to you!! Remember, shop local or we won’t have a fun place to shop, touch and feel the product or take awesome classes!

You can also place your order for all the new goodies here.

my messy studio table | shurkus.com

I recently got home from vacation, and in a flurry to get all the things created I needed before I left, my studio table was a DISASTER (see above). I have spent time last night cleaning it up- and tonight I plan on working on/ finalizing samples for my upcoming Holiday and Fall Lawn Fawn classes! The above card is a sneak peek of the cuteness that will be had!

I have updated my classes page with all the info I have confirmed so far for the fall- I will be updating this as more details unfold. I also send out email newsletters so be sure to sign up for those as well!

And one more thing before I go today- I just had to share a cute story :) I recently posted the moose card (below on the left). It also is going to featured in my upcoming Holiday Lawn Fawn card classes. My friend Luke, who is married to one of my bff’s Melyssa saw the card and asked if he could recreate it for their anniversary. They celebrated 9 years yesterday ( 9 years!?! where does the time go? ) He calls her “moose” and he loved the sentiment etc. I said OF COURSE! :) The card on the right is what he came up with. Now- he didn’t have any of the stamps, he didn’t have the new woodgrain note cards or patterned paper- he drew it all by hand!! How incredibly cute, sweet and creative is this!?! I just had to share with you guys!! :)

Critters in the Arctic images from Lawn Fawn | shurkus.com


For the Love of Type: Your Handwriting by Jenn Shurkus for Sweet Stamp Shop

Hello Everyone, I have my last post for my “For the Love of Type” series and my time with Sweet Stamp Shop is coming to an end. It is hard to believe it has already been three months since I joined the Sweet Stamp Shop team. I have had so much fun being part of the team and I truly hope I have inspired you to think about typography differently :)

I am continuing to share with you my love for type, and letters and fonts!

So far I have shared with you

And today I want to share with you a reminder that WE have the most special kind of type there is. Our own handwriting. I can hear the grumbling now, “I hate my handwriting.” But WAIT!

I used the Hedgehog Kiss, Beach Bum and Stinky Skunk sets from Sweet Stamp Shop.

Head on over to see all the cards I created with unique sentiments in my own handwriting

 

For the Love of Type: Your Handwriting by Jenn Shurkus for Sweet Stamp Shop

 

Hedgehog Kiss, Sweet Stamp Shop Beach Bum, Sweet Stamp ShopStinky Skunk, Sweet Stamp Shop


Time for a NEW Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I am back with a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge card! This week’s challenge is Anything Goes - These are always fun because you can just create whatever your little heart desires! The design team is featuring supplies from Memory Box this week. After going through my stash from them I realized I have a lot of their stencils and dies, but none of their stamps! I used the Memory Box Texture Brilliant Designer Stencil and Simon Says Stamp Bring on the Sunshine Stamp Set.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, Memory Box | shurkus.com

I held the Texture Brilliant stencil in place over a sheet of Distress Watercolor paper with painters tape. Using Distress Ink in Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw and the mini ink blending tool to blend a gradient through the stencil.

Memory Box Texture Brilliant Designer Stencil

On another piece of Distress Watercolor paper I prepped the paper with the EK Success Powder tool, and then white embossed the “You are my sunshine…” sentiment from the Bring on the Sunshine Stamp Set. I then inked over it in Weathered Wood Distress Ink, the white embossing powder acts as a resist.

Simon Says Stamp Bring on the Sunshine Stamp Set

I tore a bit of the bottom off for added texture. I also used two layers of foam tape behind the sentiment to have it pop off the card even higher.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, Memory Box | shurkus.com

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes, Memory Box | shurkus.com

 

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge.

Just by playing along (creating anything with any theme) and linking up your project to the SSS Wednesday Challenge post you can qualify to enter a $50 shopping voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random, it could be you!

Simon Says Stamp Prize

I really hope to see some of my blog readers join in on all the fun and play along with the challenge. I can’t wait to stop by some of your blogs and take a peek at what you have made. Have a wicked fun time creating!

Make sure to check back each Wednesday for another fun challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Time for a NEW Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I am back with a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge card! This week’s challenge is Back to School - I don’t have a huge need for Back to School cards- and because of that I don’t have a lot of stamps pertaining to that theme. The design team is featuring My Favorite Things stamps this week. After going through my stash from them I decided to think outside of the box a bit. I figured some classrooms have aquariums- so I created my own! I used the MFT Sea Life stamp set.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Back to School | shurkus.com

My Favorite Things, Sea Life

 

Since the images are solid, its a perfect set to use distress inks and mix your colors. So I took the coral stamp and inked it up all in Worn Lipstick  distress ink, then I dabbed on some Pickled Raspberry  Distress ink here and there. Mist it finely with water, and then stamped on the smooth side of Distress Watercolor Paper. I made a mask for the coral, and then worked with the seaweed stamp. I inked it all in Peeled paint, and then dabbed on Mowed Lawn. Spritz gently with water and stamp. I tend to work with light colors first then dab on the dark. (all distress colors I used are linked below)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Back to School | shurkus.com

For the blue fish I used Peacock Feathers and Broken China. For the Orange Fish I used Wild Honey and Ripe Persimmon. For the pebbles at the bottom I used Seedless Preserves and for the filtration System I used Broken China. I spread some Tumbled Glass Distress Ink out on my craft sheet, spritzed with water and then painted in the water in the aquarium. Trying to avoid touching the other images too much as I didn’t want the colors to run together.

My Favorite Things, Birthday Chalkboard Greetings

For the sentiment, I figured I would wish them the best in their new school year! I pieced together a few sentiments from the MFT Birthday Chalkboard Greetings set. I accented the word “best” with some Stickles dry glitter. I added some of the same glitter to the pebbles in the aquarium, just here and there.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Back to School | shurkus.com

I layered the fish, adhering one of them flat and then the other 2 popped up with foam tape. I used a heavy amount of glossy accents on their eyes. I used the We R Memory Keeper corner chomper and the 1/4″ side to round the corners of the Distress Watercolor Paper. I adhered this to some black Bazzill cardstock with foam tape, again trying to make it appear as an aquarium.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Back to School | shurkus.com

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge.

Just by playing along (creating something that has a summer theme) and linking up your project to the SSS Wednesday Challenge post you can qualify to enter a $50 shopping voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random, it could be you!

Simon Says Stamp Prize

I really hope to see some of my blog readers join in on all the fun and play along with the challenge. I can’t wait to stop by some of your blogs and take a peek at what you have made. Have a wicked fun time creating!

Make sure to check back each Wednesday for another fun challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Lawnscaping Challenge #88: Texture Anyone?

We are talking all about texture this week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog. There are so many ways you can add “texture” to a card. Be creative! We are challenging YOU to use texture!

For my card I decided to play with black embossing paste, colored Stickles Dry glitters, distress ink, glossy accents and an edge distresser all to add texture.

Lawnscaping Challenge #88, by Jenn Shurkus | shurkus.com

 

I couldn’t resist playing with some more of the new images from Lawn Fawn. Remember to put your requests in with your local stores OR pre-order the goodies you want.  The new Sweater Weather and Snowday Collection as well as all the new stamps and dies and notecards etc will be available Aug 28th!

Lawn Fawn, Monster Mash

The new Monster Mash set is SO fun and can be used for other themed cards, not just Halloween. I just love Halloween cards and feel the season comes and goes so quickly I never get to create all the things I want to.

Lawnscaping Challenge #88, by Jenn Shurkus | shurkus.com

I started by using the Tim Holtz Bubble layering stencil and smeared some black embossing paste. Set aside to dry. While that was drying I worked on all my other elements. I colored them with copic markers and then accented them with colored stickles dry glitter (colors listed below). This is an ultrafine glitter and I used  a quickie glue pen to adhere it. For the green monster I layered thick amounts of glossy accents on his eye- i just love how this turned out!

Lawnscaping Challenge #88, by Jenn Shurkus | shurkus.com

I used an edge distresser and distress inks in Pumice Stone and Seedless Preserves to ink the edges. I stamped the sentiment with Iris Hero Arts Chalk ink then using a quickie glue pen I traced the word “spooktacular” and covered it with purple Stickles dry glitter. I just love the detail you can get with a quickie glue pen and I love that it dries right away!

And one more pic for you showing you all the sparkle in the sunshine! (disregard my chipped nail polish ;) )

Lawnscaping Challenge #88, by Jenn Shurkus | shurkus.com

 

Lawn Fawn, small logo

For this Lawnscaping Challenge Lawn Fawn is hosting, so this is your chance to win a Gift Certificate from them! I hope you will play along and show us how you like to add texture!


Beachy Crab Arm | shurkus.com

 

 

Just a quick note to let my readers know I am on vacation until August 25th. I have a few scheduled posts that will appear but I will not be checking or answering email or blog comments until I return. Part of going away besides unplugging, unwinding, relaxing and getting some sun I will be planning out a very exciting fall for shurkus.com. I can’t wait to share it all with you!

Thank you! jenn shurkus

Distress Ink Techniques: You Keep Me Anchored | shurkus.com

I have recently fallen in love all over again with Distress Inks. I have been using these inks since they came out over 10 years ago, I went to Ranger U and learned so much about Distress Inks and all the fabulous products from Ranger. I just sort of got away from using them. I tend to craft with whatever is near me. Call it lazy, but I see it more as when I am in the midst of creating something.. I tend to grab what is near, or whatever is near is what is inspiring me. Hence why I can not create with a clean studio table. Also in the studio loft apartment I live in now I have to hide a lot of my studio organization so that it doesn’t look cluttered. I have a lot of organization on wheels so that I can pull it near me when I am working, but tuck it away when it is done. Here you can see the tour of my loft and here you can see a tour of my crafty space.

Distress Ink Techniques: You Keep Me Anchored | shurkus.com

Anyways, I recently splurged and purchased all the mini Distress Ink pads. I own all the full size pads and most of the reinkers, but since they were tucked away in my supply closet I wasn’t using them. So, having the mini’s has encouraged me to use them again- and I am having a TON of fun!!!

sailmates, Neat and Tangled

When Neat and Tangled recently came out with this new set called “Sailmates” I knew I needed it. I love all things nautical and ocean. I love how this set has so many fabulous elements to it that you will be able to create a lot of different cards from it.

Distress Ink Techniques: You Keep Me Anchored | shurkus.com

I created this card, and it was so fun and had so many different techniques in it I decided to recreate it and film a new technique video! I am still working out all the kinks in videoing. This time my phone stopped recording 1/2 way through, and I had to redo it… oops! I am trying to find which is better- adding voice over, or just making it clear in the video what I am doing. I also am trying to keep the length of them down. I don’t want to bore you!

I would love some feedback! Let me know what you like, or wish was different. Are you enjoying them? What things would you like me to film for you? You can leave a comment below, on my youtube video or email me- Thank you!

Distress Ink Techniques: You Keep Me Anchored | shurkus.com

Sit back and enjoy the video! Let me know if you have any questions. I have linked most supplies below and in the description of the youtube video.


 

Summer in New England | shurkus.com

Hello Everyone, I have a special post for you over on the Sweet Stamp Shop Blog today. I am quickly realizing how little of summer is left for those of us in New England, and after an amazing long weekend at the beach I am hoping to hold onto my favorite season for just a little longer.

Sweet Stamp Shop, Kitty Kat (detail) | shurkus.com For the Love of Type. Cards using Sweet Stamp Shop Stamps | shurkus.com

I am continuing to share with you my love for type, and letters and fonts!

So far I have shared with you

 

Today I want to share with you a fun way to use all those inspiring quotes you find on pinterest to create your very own wall art! These make perfect gifts for friends, They also work perfectly to create a piece of art that will match your home decor perfectly.

Outline Lower Alpha, Sweet Stamp ShopAhoy, Sweet Stamp ShopFishy, Sweet Stamp Shop

I used the Outline Lower Alpha set and the new Ahoy and Fishy sets from Sweet Stamp Shop.

Head on over to see this wall art in more detail.

For the Love of Type: Wall Art by Jenn Shurkus for Sweet Stamp Shop

 

Also, Did you send in your application for the SWEETEST design team around? What are you waiting for? There are only a few more days before this call closes! Click HERE for all the details and info on how to apply!

Sweet Stamp Shop Design Call

 


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I participate in an affiliate program through Simon Says Stamp. I receive a commission when products are purchased through links here at this blog. All products linked below the posts of my creations are the actual products I used in creating my projects. I do not and will not share or review products that I would not personally recommend or use.