Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 33

The new challenge from  Lawn Fawnatics is all about creative folds in a card. This could be everything; a box, pop-up, a different kind of shape and so on.

Directly after reading the new challenge the idea of a fold up card came into my head. When you unfold it, a gigantic scene was shown. And again with my favorite stamp sets; the water themed ones. Let’s get started!

At first, I had to figure out how to make a foldable card. This is what I did;

  • Cut out a rectangle that is 13.5 cm x 27 cm.
    • Use a bone folder to fold it in the center.
  • Cut out a rectangle that is 13.5 cm x 28 cm.
    • Use a bone folder to fold it at 13.5 cm and at 27 cm.
  • Glue the 1 cm x 13.5 cm flap with a strong adhesive to the other paper.

Be aware of the fact that the thickness of your paper plays a role in how it all aligns in the end. I needed to adjust the flap you glue to the other card by fold it a little bit smaller.

I glued ocean like panels to the card. It’s a watercolor paper from ‘Action’. For the sand I blended (cheap) ink and flicked some watercolor paint on it and then cut everything out with hill die cuts.
I made sure every sand hill aligned to the next one. Be thoughtful with glueing on the sand pieces, because the card still needs to be foldable. Sometimes I cut of a sliver of paper to make sure it wasn’t on the fold.

I figured out a color scheme and stamped all my images, colored them in and cut them out using mySilhouette Curio. Because I wasn’t sure what I needed and I wanted to have a lot of choice while making the card, I had four sheets of stamped images… haha!

After several evenings of stamping, coloring and cutting it was time to make the scene and glue it on. I’m so happy how it turned out!

It really is one of my favorite cards I ever made! What do you think of it? What is your favorite part?

The Sims 4 – Legacy

Since The Sims House Party I’m playing the popular franchise. I was obsessed. When The Sims Hot Date was announced, I even made a calendar where I could tick off every day till the release. From classmates I got the question if I could shut up about it. So, yeah, I love the game.

With The Sims 2 it became possible to create generations and with that someone made the Legacy challenge.
There where different Legacy challenges with each their own rules. But for me it was with The Sims 2, The Sims 3 and now with The Sims 4 always like this;

  • No cheats. No money, no fulfilling needs, no skill upgrades, and so on.
  • If it is possible, the whole family stays in the same house with all the generations. But it isn’t a hard rule. Especially when it became possible in The Sims 3 that households you aren’t playing still can age, it’s not that super important anymore.
  • And ofcourse; get many generations!

The highest number of generations I achieved was with The Sims 2 and I got to generation 6. With The Sims 3, I had problems with my save file so I didn’t come that far (and I didn’t feel like starting a new family).

Because of my physical problems with being on a computer I didn’t play The Sims 4 much. But I try when I have a good day and play with yet another Legacy family!

I want to use my blog to record a little what happens with my Legacy family. I will try to support the stories with screenshots, but since I already played quite a bit before writing this blog I couldn’t do that for this blogpost.

This is what happend upon now!

Family Dawkins

Jay Dawkins, the founder of the family, was download from the gallery and I adjusted the clothes to my liking.

My intention was to explore the Jungle from ‘Jungle Adventures’ by sending him as much as possible. But in the end I enjoyed playing with him so much that he became my new Legacy Sim… and because he worked so hard to climb the ladder at his work as Astronaut, I didn’t find the time anymore to send him to the jungle.

His house was situated in Windenburg. A small but cozy home, that through time was rebuild and expanded. When he met his love Marcus and they got married, a shed in the garden followed where Marcus could do his woodwork.

The big garden also was a good place to build a rocket, so next to his work as an Astronaut, Jay worked on that in his spare time. He managed to finish and upgrade the rocket to the max and travel to Sixam with it.
Next to working on his rocket and gardening, Jay also wrote some books.

The two lovers wanted a child (otherwise the Legacy would be over way to soon) and adopted a son, Simon. The house was upgraded with another level so there would be a bedroom for Simon, but also a room to workout for Marcus.
Simon had ups and downs in his youth, but he was a well-behaved child in general and worked hard at school.
When he became a young adult, he choose to pursue a career as a scientist.

In the meantime, Jay and Marcus became both elders and Jay worked quite a bit before he finally retired. Marcus still worked in the sport career.
It became time to move to a bigger house, since the old house wasn’t sufficient anymore.

The old home from the Dawkins family. This is the ground floor, there where 2 more floors.

They moved to Brindleton Bay where they bought an empty lot and where I build a new home from scratch.
It isn’t my best build, but I wanted enough rooms, a good floorplan and enough space in the garden to build a greenhouse and place the rocket from Jay somewhere.
At the attic there is space for storage and there is a science lab for Simon. Everybody has his own bedroom, there is a study room, fitness room and there is an empty room on the groundfloor to fill in later.

Jay enjoyed the home and went on a camping trip with the family before he passed away of old age.
Marcus and Simon are mourning him, but with the thought that Jay had a good life they moved on with their life.
Simon reached the highest branch of the science career (and was abducted by aliens countless times, but till today he didn’t become pregnant). He decided to celebrate his promotion with… cloning himself?!

So, there was his ‘brother’; Maarten.
Maarten seemed all fun and games (because, well, he is a clone from Simon) but he has put his mind to a criminal career, is the founder of a club called ‘The thugs” (you figure out for yourself what the club activities would be…) and made several enemies (which one of them is Bella Goth as an arch enemy, while his ‘brother’ has put his mind to steal her away from Mortimer…). So he basicly became his ‘evil twin’…

Now you’re all caught up. In the next update there will hopefully be more screenshots, so you will get a better image with the story. 🙂

Summer bucket list

There are always things I like to do in a season. A few years ago I decided to draw the things I like to do in summer. Yes, that’s right. A few years ago. The drawing itself went fast. But the coloring… It just didn’t want to go as I imagined it to go. And then the summer past and my attention was lost. This went on a few summers. Till a few months ago (so way before it would become summer) I decided to just finish it already. I decided to not do it digitally (because that didn’t work out before) but do it by hand. And that went well, till I had to color the BBQ. It needed a few tries… But. I. Did. It. And it’s still summer! Yay!

What’s missing is making pavlova with strawberries (and eat if, of course) but that drawing didn’t turn out as I wanted it so I skipped that in the drawing, haha.

What do you like to do in summer? Let me know in the comments!

Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 32

I really wanted to participate in the Lawn Fawnatics challenges in the past. But I was to late every time to make anything for it. Mostly because other cards where needed first (for someones birthday for example). I participated in challenge 31 just a few hours before it closed and after that I got the taste of it… So I was eager to join the new challenge when it came online!

This time the challenge was something I did for myself in the previous challenge; make something based on a color scheme.There where six colors in the challenge, but Coolors only let you use five colors in a scheme and that are mostly the colors used. The sixth color was a turquoise color.

Color scheme

I decided to browse through my many paper pads first. Maybe there was something there for a good start of my card. And there was! One of the paper pads had exactly the colors that are in the scheme. Isn’t that a coincidence?

After I choose two papers, with one of them having ocean waves, my decision was easily made; I’ve got a lot of nautical themed Lawn Fawn stamps and those are my favorite! I saw the star shaped die and the star fish stamp…

What do you think? I’m very happy with the result. At first I felt sad I didn’t have the orange color in my Copic collection. But I happen to have the color in my basic paper stash. So I’m happy with the result after all!


Lawn Fawnatics – Challenge 31

Today I felt like casually stamping some backgrounds. I decided to use some stamps from the (Dutch) store ‘Action’ that I bought a while ago. I searched on for a colour scheme I liked to use with my background.

Colour scheme
Random colour scheme from Coolors

Because I don’t own a large Copic collection (yet), I choose the colours that matched the most and went with that.
After that I thought… I can use ‘Easter Party’ from Lawn Fawn to make a card out of it for the Lawn Fawnatics challenge!

Lawn Fawn bloemenkaart

At the challenge page I saw an example with three flower girls, so I made a variation based on that. I think it turned out very cute!