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      Wednesday, July 08, 2020

08:57 AM - 07/08/2020

The topic: One thing leads to another


I love Lawn Fawn products. I want them all. Every. Single. Last. One. I started "collecting" them last December. Except at the time, I didn't realize I was going to do this. It started with a dinosaur.

For my bestie's birthday, I made her a really cute card. It was one of the few that I have designed myself. I didn't use a kit from SVGCuts or 3DSvg this time. And it turned out really cute.

I figured I’d make a shaker card. With a volcano as the background, some red and orange glitter flakes and a little dinosaur on the front.
I found a free volcano photo on the interwebs, cartoonized it and used a Wink of Stella pen to outline some of the black outlines.
And a yellow pen around the lava flow.
It looked so good, I didn’t add any glitter, so the card turned out to be a shaker card with no shake. I used the Cameo to cut out the base, frame and acrylic piece.

Stamped and embossed the sentiment - used a stitched die for the card and the Happy Birthday in the center was made from this Bo Bunny set.

I had so much fun making that card, I started checking out other types of dies. I watched tons of videos. And I watched videos that had INTERACTIVE CARDS! Okay, sure, there was that one year I made the snow cards, that was fun. It looks like I never shared in the weblog. I've been remiss. I posted them on another forum and Facebook, but never here. WTH? Oh, yeah, I remember. I didn't want to post them before Christmas and in January 2019, I was in pain from that old hip, so didn't take the time. I also didn't post the second Heirloom Christmas Tree I made for the vet's office. Or the photos of the box and little balloons I made as ornament. Making these posts with photos involves a lot of sitting. lol I'll do that later. Social media is starting to either bore me or upset me. So, back to the old, personal weblog.

Anyway, about that rabbit hole.

The idea of interactive cards really grabbed my attention. I'll link to a couple of the videos that sucked me in - some of these are lists on youtube because there are so many fun things to do with Lawn Fawn products and these will show the add-ons. Rabbit hole. Deep, deep rabbit hole. 

Lawn Fawn's Magic IrisLawn Fawn Reveal Wheel. Magic Picture Changer. A light up card made with Chibi lights and Lawn Fawn stamps. Some of this work is pure sorcery. I dream of being this creative. And God knows at this point, I have the supplies I need, for sure.

I made a Reveal Wheel card for Little Bitty Dawg's old mom and I mailed it to her. It was fun to make. Here's a video of the card:

Now, here's where I am right now. If you've taken the time to watch any of the videos, you'll see some really neat inking and blending on the paper. And coloring the little critters and stamped images. Those are parts of the videos I'd rewind and rewatch. How on earth do they do it? I started my papercrafting using pre-printed pads. This actual coloring and shading and blending was above my paygrade. I told myself that I could do it, just practice, practice, practice. I have paper. I have markers. I can do this.

You can see in my little video, where I colored in the critters and the grass. The sentiment I made with my Minq laminator and the font "I love glitter". My first attempt with the glyphs at the beginning and end of the sentiment. Much learning has been done this year.

I noticed in the majority of the videos, the marker of choice is Copic. Holy spit! Those cost a bunch of money! I can get multiple dies and stamp sets for that much money! There has to be something that is close to as good for less money. I'd saved up for the new Cameo 4 pro, but it doesn't come out until this fall, so I got a Cameo 4 plus, it's cut area is five inches less that the pro, but I really don't need a twenty inch wide cut, my printer only does thirteen inches wide, so being realistic, why waste the money on something I have no use for? So, with what was left over, I figured I could get more markers than I have. Better markers.

And the search started. Looked up types of markers, costs, reviews...and I found that a brand by the name of Ohuhu! has real good reviews and I found a couple of side by side reviews on Youtube. This was one of them.

I was sold. So, I bought the 200 piece set from Amazon. It was a hundred dollars and there was a coupon for 5%. With tax, I paid a little over that. It got here on Sunday. And my first plan was to try to put the in some sort of order. Then what? I did some more research. And got some great ideas. The one I went with is here. And that's what I spent the day yesterday doing. I had a tub full of markers and separated them by maker. (I was just putting them all in the same place, with no thought of organization.) Once I had that done, the ones that didn't have color numbers (you know, the cheap ones) got put in plastic bags (I'll probably number them myself in the future). But I do have some Tombows that are numbered, some Sakura and Prismatic markers, as well. Then I got to work. I printed out a table that was 10 x 20 and got busy filling in the blanks.

The nice thing about this set up, is I can see the color. I won't have to be testing many markers to get the color I want. And I got a little binder, only a half inch thick. I can't imagine needing anything bigger than that.

And having done that?  Now, it's on to the stamps. And I found a perfect organization idea for those. It's gonna take time to implement, but I've got lots of that. The sweet thing about this way is I will be able to have the same stamp set in different categories. Say a stamp in the sentiment category could also be in the birthday category. The colored dot stickers are what will make this work. The supplies I'll need for this should be here by the end of the week and I can use my existing storage containers. All I need are binders, dividers and sticker dots.  I'm looking forward to having this done. The scanner is going to get a workout.

And there you have today's rabbit hole.

organization    ohuhu    markers    lawn fawn    craftstuff    cards    birthday card   

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