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Moodboard Desert by Davina

Hello hot stuff! Today I have a bold sizzling slimline to share using all Lawn Fawn Products and inspired by the July Moodboard. 

This Moodboard was very difficult for me to work with. I must admit that reds and deep oranges are the colors that I use the least. And although these colors are gorgeous, I’m just super intimidated by them. This spicy July Moodboard brings to mind candy and Starbursts, and delightful food & delicacies. But I don’t make food cards very often, I like to create stories and scenes. So I really had to brainstorm to come up with a perfect scene. Because, I like the challenge, and I didn’t want to give up and take the easy way out haha 😂

While flipping through my unused stamps, I came across the Lawn Fawn Crazy Antics. And it hit me, red fire ants. Living my entire life in the deserts of the South West part of the country, I’ve seen plenty of red fire ants. Then, my brain starting thinking about red deserts... red rocks, Sedona etc... If only I had a dog stamp that could have worked for a coyote. 

So here we have it, my version of some of the wildlife, in the orange/red desert of Sedona, Arizona. 

I started my cutting the largest die from the Lawn Fawn Large Slimline Dies from white Bristol Smooth Cardstock, and from a piece of orange cardstock. I trimmed a 2 inch section off of the top of orange card using the sloped Stitched Hillside Borders to make my landscape layers. I used the new Slide on Over Maze On the very bottom of the orange cardstock to create the ant tunnels. I inked the edges of all of the orange card with Spiced Marmalade, Rusty Hinge, and Vintage Photo Distress Oxide Ink. Then using the same inks, I blended the lower half of the white card, to show through the maze cut out. I splattered both with watered brown vintage photo ink, and glittery perfect pearls. Then I inked the upper half of the white card with Spun Sugar, Picked Raspberry, and Ripe Persimmon Oxide Inks. And splattered with watery Picked Raspberry and glittery perfect pearls. 

While that dried, I stamped my images from multiple sets onto bright white Neenah. The sets and coordinating dies that I used are Crazy AnticsBig Thanks, Year 10 (saguaro cactus), Critters in the Jungle, Happy HarvestSimply Celebrate SummerSnow Day, and Get Well Before n Afters. I copic colored all of these images taking a little liberty with the shades of color to help the, fit into the color board a little better. Then I added white dot highlights to my images. 

I layered my maze layer over the inkblended layer using foam tape. Then using more foam tape I created a top orange layer for my desert hill. I cut apart the cacti from the boarder stamp and tucked some behind the tall layer. Then popped the largest cactus between the two hills. I scattered my animals and tiny rocks & grasses to fill the scene, before mounting my crows, clouds and butterfly.  Last I attached my busy ants around the maze and finished it off with a sprinkling of sequins and jewels. 

I’m so very pleased with the final results and I’m so happy that I didn’t take the easy way out and make a candy jar of red treats. There’s still a few days for you to create a project using the Moodboard to link into my personal blog for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to the Butterflyreflections Ink shop. 
Thank you, Davina 

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