Thursday, October 6, 2016

Direct to paper Water scene

Posted by Lena Nunn at 1:11 PM 3 comments
Hello lovelies! Today I have another direct to paper tutorial for you ( Inspired by Zindorf). Like the last tutorial this one uses Tim Holtz distress inks that you can find in the store at Firefly Crafts

Step 1:  
Rub your ink pad along the top of your paper. Reminder: I use smooth cardstock as it is easier to run ink over).  This one is Mustard seed but you can use any yellow. 

Step 2: 
I used broken China and ran along the bottom half of my paper . It is ok to leave some white areas and ideally you want some so it looks like waves. 

Step 3:
I used Mowed lawn green in a sweeping motion upward from bottom so it looks like grass

step 4: 
I used Vintage photo on the corner because I thought it would look like an island but it did not. Haha . You can either do this step or skip 

Step 5:
I used black soot to ink up my flowers and stamp on bottom. You can use whatever stamps you want for this or leave it as just the water. 

Step 6: 
I used both Candied Apple and Abandoned Coral and added some streaks to the sky. 

Step 7: 
Finish card as Desired
I added some birds with a black tip pen and added a sentiment from the Honey Bee Set Thankful. 

Get your Inks here: 

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Direct to paper Tutorials

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:00 AM 5 comments
Hi everyone! How are you liking this World Card Making Day celebration at Firefly Crafts? One thing I love about Firefly Crafts is Debbie our mama Firefly carries ALL the Tim Holtz distress ink pads. Every color!! How cool is that?

Today I am going to show you how to use some of these ink pads to create amazing backgrounds or..gasp..wood grain. In this tutorial I use the mini ink pads but you can use the large ones just the same. So lets get this party started shall we? 

This is the finished scene I did

Step one: 
I prefer to use a really smooth paper because it helps glide the ink pads across it. For this demo I used Marker paper. I started with the Mustard Seed Pad and just rubbed it directly on the paper where I wanted the Sun to be.

Step Two: 
Rub the Carved Pumpkin Ink pad above and below the first one

Step 3:
Use the Abandoned Coral ink around where you want some sunset looking pink

Step 4: 
Use the Candied Apple ink to give your sunset that deep red color

Step 5: 
Next take the Tumbled Glass ink pad and color in the rest of the sky. At any point while doing these colors you can use a finger or cotton ball to blend areas if you would like.

Step 6: 
Use the stormy sky to add more color to your sky

Step 7:
Stamp whatever image you would like on the scene. I used a Motorcycle and then colored it in to leave a silhouette. 

Step 8:
USe the black soot to color in from the bottom of your stamped image to edge of paper

Step 9: 

Finish Card as desired! This techqnique can be used for many things from skys to oceans or WOOD like I show you below. 

I always look in craft stores for wood grain paper. I am a bit obsessed with it. Maybe because I can hardly ever find it or when I do find it the print is too large for cards ( must be made for scrapbooks). So when I saw a tutorial awhile back on making your own I was so excited. Here is how you can make your own too!

Step 1: 
Draw lines on paper using glue. The lines should be going whichever way you want the grain to go. I again used smooth paper for this. Once you are done doing your lines let the glue dry. 

Step 2:
Once glue has dried flip paper over so glue is facing down and score lines however wide you want your "boards" to be . This paper is 4"x 5 1/4" and I scored it every half inch. 

Step 3:
Flip paper back over and rub the Antique Linen pad over entire piece

Step 4: 
Repeat with Rusty Hinge and Weathered wood pads

Step 5: 
Finish Card as desired.

I hope you have enjoyed these tutorials and will run over to Firefly Crafts to get some of these adorable ink pads. 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Day at the Beach

Posted by Lena Nunn at 7:56 AM 4 comments
Its time for a new Challenge at Firefly Crafts! This time the challenge is DAY AT THE BEACH. 
Our challenge is meant to inspire, not require, so there are very few rules.  Those rules are as follows:

1.  You MUST use a stamp or Die (or some other main component of your project) that can be found in our shop.
2. You MUST upload a photo of your creation to the proper album on our Facebook Page before Midnight EST.
3. Have Fun!!!!

The winner of each challenge will be announced when we announce our new challenge.  Each month we will have a different prize or gift card from our store. The winner will be chosen via Good luck to all of you Fireflies! 

*** Important update: There will be 2 challenges a month going forward: the 1st Wednesday of the month will be  an "Anything Goes" challenge, and the third Wednesday of each month will be a "Theme" or "Technique" type challenge. ***

So, without further adieu, here is the FireFly Crafts challenge:

This challenge is: A Day at the Beach!

Simply choose anything from any company we carry in the store at and make a card or project, then post it in our album located on our Facebook Group Page.  ( 

The Prize for this challenge is: 
A $10 store credit to Firefly Crafts Online Store!!!

Card Ingredients: 

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Growing In Unity Week Winners

Posted by Lena Nunn at 10:22 AM 1 comments
Sorry It has taken me so long to post this but the two winners drawn from comments on my blog during my growing in Unity week are :

 Aimee Phillips said...
Fun fun. I have not used shrinky dinks since I was a kid. Great idea.
And ..

sharon g said...
I love the bullet key chain! The patriotic woman is wonderful with it. Nice look!

Please send me your information  if you have not already so Unity can get out your goodie bag. You have two weeks to claim. 

Thank you so much everyone who took the time to comment and send love. This was so much fun and I appreciate every one of you. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

Good luck with that..

Posted by Lena Nunn at 3:17 AM 13 comments

I am sad. This is my final day of growing in Unity. For my final project I wanted to make a CAS card. I had use this cute pregnacy test before and loved it so I pulled it back out. I love this adorable stamp! I hope you had fun looking at my projects this week because I had so much fun making them. Don't forget to leave comments because two people are goung to win grab bags!!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Growing In Unity Day 4!

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:00 AM 15 comments
Welcome to day 4 of my Growing In Unity week. I know I know, Christmas stuff already? The truth is I have to start my Christmas cards in August if I want to have enough for family because I always end up selling the ones I make. I got this adorable Santa from Unity last year right before Christmas so he only made it on to a couple cards. I figured I might as well use him this year. Isn't he adorbs? You can get him here.   Don't forget to leave some comment love because I am choosing two people at the end to win some grab bags from Unity. Whoo Hoo! 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Growing in unity D3

Posted by Lena Nunn at 6:01 AM 16 comments

Today for my growing in unity post I am again using shrink plastic. I used a die to cut the plastic and then stamped Unity sentiment On it before shrinking. When it was done I made it into this charm bracelet. Unity stamps has a ton of great stamps that can be used for this purpose. Thank you for checking out today's project.

Take a lesson from your pets..and join the Firefly challenge too!

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:00 AM 3 comments
Hi everyone! its time for another challenge over at Firefly Crafts . The challenge this time is anything goes! I love this type of challenge because it lets you do anything you want. I chose to use my new Gina Marie Designs stamps and dies from the Firefly Store. These are so adorable. I love the sentiments that come with them. You can join the challenge over on the facebook page.

Card Ingredients:

Monday, August 1, 2016

Two peas in a pod

Posted by Lena Nunn at 11:29 PM 17 comments

    Hi!  welcome to day two of my growing in Unity week. Today I am showing you the bff necklaces I made along with a sassy necklace. I admit I had help with these from my friend Rochelle who decided to color them for me. The peas were stamped out on shrink plastic ( yes I love it) and then shrunk down. Adorable right? Perfect for two peas in a pod. Make sure to come and look every day this week because at the end I am picking to people to win a grab bag of 25 stamps from Unity!!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Growing in Unity Day 1

Posted by Lena Nunn at 10:37 PM 21 comments
Hi friends. Today is my first day of growing in unity. This week I want to use Unity stamps in a different way. My husband and I make bullet jewelry and I thought this Angie girl would make a really cute keychain to go with it. She is stamped out on Shrinky Dink paper and then shrank. I put the stamp next to it so you can see the size difference. Isn't this fun? Make sure to check back each day of this week and comment because at the end of the week I am choosing one person to win a prize from Unity stamps. Thank you for joining me.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What's Canoe with you?

Posted by Lena Nunn at 11:11 AM 3 comments
Oh my goodness I love this stamp set! Its called Happy Camper and its made by Avery Elle. You can get them from Firefly Crafts . Its the perfect set for creating little scenes like I did here. Isn't this little fox adorable?

Card Ingredients:

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tic Tac Toe challenge for Firefly Crafts

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:00 AM 1 comments
Its time for the second challenge over at Firefly Crafts and this time its a Tic Tac Toe challenge. These are super fun because you get to choose what you want to do . Just pic a line from the grid ( horizontal, vertical or diagonal ) and make a card using those three things.
I chose Buttons, Teal and shape. I used the Bears from The Greeting Farm  called Always a party from the store. They are so cute and great for any occasion.  Make sure you head over to Firefly to join in on this fun challenge and you might just win a prize! 

Card Ingredients that can be found in Firefly  store :  

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Born to Ride

Posted by Lena Nunn at 2:19 PM 0 comments

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a card I made using Gina Marie Designs stamps and dies that were purchased from Firefly Crafts.  This stamp set is perfect for the man or motorcycle mama in your life.  The oblong label die is also from Gina Marie Designs. Hope you like this creation!

Card ingredients:

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

My first Can You Case It challenge!

Posted by Lena Nunn at 3:45 PM 6 comments

Hi friends! Have you seen the challenge blog called Can You Case It? Its so fun! They do a new challenge every week. This is my first time I have got to play along so far and I am so excited. This week the challenge was this :

I got to use my Gina Marie dies that I got from Firefly Crafts  along with Snuggle Anya also found in the store. I adore these dies as they cut like butter and you can get two sets for about the same price as other brands.  

Card Ingredients: 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Skating by with a birthday Hi!

Posted by Lena Nunn at 3:39 PM 1 comments
Hello lovelies! I got a chance to play with some new products from Firefly Crafts last night and WOW. I am in love. I got to use this adorable stamp set from Avery Elle called Skating By. It also has the dies that coordinate. So stinkin cute! I colored her in using my Spectrum Noir markers and I paper pieced her dress. The sky was done using a sponge and some blue ink from the Tim Holtz collection. I adore how this turned out and I can not wait to send it off.

Card Ingredients:

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Firefly Crafts first Challenge!!

Posted by Lena Nunn at 2:37 PM 0 comments
Happy Wednesday friends! You guys have been reading me talking about Firefly Crafts for the last couple post and now its time for our first challenge!!! This is my card I made. 
Our challenge is meant to inspire, not require, so there are very few rules.  Those rules are as follows:

1.  You MUST use a stamp or Die (or some other main component of your project) that can be found    in our shop.
2. You MUST link to the direct post of the project you are entering into our challenge (not to your blog main page).
3. Have Fun!!!!

The winner will be announced on the 3rd Wednesday of each month when we announce our new challenge.  Each month we will have a different prize or gift card from our store. The winner will be chosen via Good luck to all of you Fireflies! 

So, without further adieu, here is the FireFly Crafts challenge for June:

This months' challenge is: Anything with wings!

This could mean a Firefly, a Bird, a Fairy, a Dragon, a Butterfly, an Airplane, basically anything that you can think of that flies! 

The Prize this month is: 

A Martha Stewart Score Board!!!

Card Ingrediants: 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Totes Anya

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:37 PM 0 comments
Hi Friends! Today I am sharing a card I made using Totes Anya which I got from Firefly Crafts. I used the no line coloring technique for the first time and it is so fun. Seriously has a learning curve but I am hoping to get better at it. I also used my new flourish die from Gina Marie Designs ( also from Firefly) . This is the perfect embellishment for card corners. I already popped this girl in the mail and hopefully it makes someones day!

Card Ingredients :

Monday, June 6, 2016

Fathers day Fishing

Posted by Lena Nunn at 3:29 PM 0 comments
Hi there! This is just a quick post to show this card I finished yesterday. Its for someone who ordered Fathers day cards from me. I love fishing so this was a fun project. I watercolored the sky and water and stamped the image over it. Hope she likes it.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Special Delivery

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:00 AM 0 comments
Hi , Lena here! Are you guys loving all the fun stuff so far in the Firefly store? I sure am. I got this awesome Paper Nest Dolls stamp called Special Delivery from the store and couldn't wait to make a card for an expectant mother I know. I just love his little bomber hat and that baby is adorable. I also used a Gina Marie Designs die because lets face it I love dies. They make things so easy and make your cards look amazing. You should go check it out and see what inspires you. I hope I did! Card Ingredients: Tony even made a card with this guy !

Monday, May 23, 2016

Frou Frou for Farm Fresh Friday

Posted by Lena Nunn at 2:36 PM 1 comments
Hello lovelies! I actually had some stamp time yesterday and my pal Jammie challenged me to use yellow and a stamp that she gave me. She just sent me this Frou Frou Birthday from The Greeting Farm so I figured I should ink her up for the Farm Fresh Challenge. I loovvvee paper piecing but do not do it nearly enough so I got out the scissors and went to work. Hope this meets her yellow colored challenge enough. Thanks for the stamp sweets, I love it!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:00 AM 0 comments
Hi, Lena here and  I am so excited to be part of the new Firefly Crafts Design team.  You are all going to love the products Debbie has at Firefly store. With many different stamps, embellishments and dies there is something for every project. I decided to use Little Birdie Avery from Paper Nest Dolls for my first card. I adore this little girl and her big hat. Go check her and the many other PND stamps there are at Firefly and check back here often for fun challenges and inspiration. Happy crafting! 

Card Ingredients:

Friday, April 29, 2016

Who ate the cup cake?

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:12 PM 1 comments
Arn't these adorable little mice the cutest?? I made this card for my moms birthday and she loved it . These mice are from House mouse and are so fun to color. I used spectrum noir markers and tried to do more shading which I am learning from Kit and Clowder Classes.

Bitch Peas

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:09 PM 0 comments
I have had to explain this card I made using Unity stamps to a few people. For those who get it ..hahah. I just love these adorable peas and you can get them in both the naughty or PG. I had this paper from DCWV in my stash forever and decided to bust it out when I did these little guys because the color was perfect.

My creative space

Posted by Lena Nunn at 12:03 PM 0 comments
Every once in awhile I like to take an updated pic of my craft space. This is because I change it pretty often by adding pieces or new ways to organize. I posted a pic of my new flat cabinets not to long ago but I wanted to show you the whole area now. The flat cabinet is used to store my wooden and uncased stamps. I love love love it!! I am in the process of labeling the drawers but seem to keep changing how I organize them so It might never get done haha.

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