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This little fox hung out on my craft table all week, so I’m playing along with the Moxie Fab World Foxy Foxes challenge again. Today’s card is a messy, watercolor birthday card that got really ugly before it got better. All because I was too impatient to test my materials and techniques first.

I started by trying to make a one-layer card: masking the little fox, adding the sentiment, then stamping the balloons over everything with dampened Distress inks. That part worked out, although a little messier than I originally hoped because I lost my mini mister and used a different spray bottle with much less consistent water application. I really ran into problems when I tried to watercolor the fox with a mix of Distress inks and the same red-brown Memento I stamped it with. The Memento lines separated, bled, and spread creating a big fuzzy mess. It went from cute to crud in less than a minute.

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I blamed wet paper, tossed it to the side, and left it for another day. When I came back to it, I tried to make it again, this time coloring the fox before anything else. Only to see more of the same. I did a few tests before I realized that the ink wouldn’t work for this project, threw my hands up, and grabbed the Copic markers. New fox, black background, and die cutting. That’s what it took to save this one from the round file.

Today’s moral: test first or risk wasting reams of paper and loads of time.

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Something about the Veronica Beard look for the current Runway Inspired Challenge had me dashing off to the craft room to play with the colors and patterns. I love the houndstooth-inspired geometric pattern on the suit, but the gorgeous floral pattern was what really had me swooning. I started with a giant chrysanthemum stamp and burgundy ink, which I colored with plum and tomato red Copic markers. Then I masked it to stamp a few rows of the triangle background. To finish, I added the sentiment in bold green and dropped it all on a black 4bar card base.

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89I’m back with another one-layer card for the current Lawnscaping One Layer challenge. This one features the adorable fox from Critters in the Woods and some natural elements from the new Hello Baby stamp set. There isn’t a lot to this little guy, except some careful masking, sponging, and coloring. I added a thin strip of washi tape under the grass line to add a little more visual weight to the scene and I think it worked.

I’m also entering this one in the Moxie Fab World Foxy Foxes challenge because it made me want to pull this cute little guy out to play this week.

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89There’s no use denying it, one layer cards are my favorite. So when I saw the current Lawnscaping One Layer challenge, I spent quite a bit of time in my craft room playing with Lawn Fawn stamps, Distress ink, watercolors, markers, and lots of Post-It notes. This  card uses the new Hello Baby stamp set and liberal masking.

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I stamped and masked the umbrella and clouds before blending Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky over everything, deliberately twisting the mini dauber to leave round, cloud-like shapes. I sprayed and dripped Perfect Pearls mist over everything, then removed the masks to add color with markers and a little extra shimmer with a Wink of Stella pen.