Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lawn Fawn CHA Winter 2013 Challenge

Hi Everyone! 

Just popping in for a quick hello and to share my second entry for the Lawn Fawn CHA Winter 2013 Challenge.  ...I just love their stamps! :) 
This entry is for the critters/hats off to you category.  

I used the snowy stamp from Let It Snow to create the background.  The puppy is from Critters in the 'Burbs and the hats and sentiment are from Hats Off to You.  I white embossed the puppy, cut her out, and added enamel accents for the eyes, nose, and collar.  I then added some pink stickles to the tag on the collar.  The hats were colored with copics and I used a glue pen and applied prisma glitter on both hats.  For the larger hat, I added some coordinating stickles to the colored stripes.  See how sparkly it is? 

Lastly, I embossed the sentiment on vellum and cut a banner end to finish off the card.  The card ends up being standard size. 

Thanks for visiting my blog today!  Hope you're having a great day! 


Paper: Stampin' Up
Stamps: Lawn Fawn-- let it snow, critters in the 'burbs, hats off to you
Inks: Hero Arts-- soft leaf, bubble gum, soft granite, soft pool; memento-- tuxedo black, lilac posies, rose bud, dandelion
Other: prisma glitter, stickles, enamel accents, white & black embossing powder, assorted copic markers 

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Lawn Fawn CHA Winter 2013 Challenge

Hello again! 

It's been a busy card-making day!  Woo!  I was so excited when I saw that Lawn Fawn was having a challenge to feature cards in their upcoming catalog and trade show booth!  Yay! 
There are several categories to enter, and this card is for the ABCs set category.  

This card measures 4x4 and is made from Stampin' Up! very vanilla cardstock.  I started by using the chevron from Lawn Fawn's Belinda's borders and stamped the background of the card base with soft granite ink from Hero Arts.  I then used Quinn's ABCs to stamp the word "love" in black memento ink and colored it using copic markers.  I also used some glass effects gel to make the word stand out even more-- see how it's shiny?  Next, I used more letters from Quinn's ABCs to create a fun letter background.  For the empty space that was not covered by letters, I used the little heart stamp in the Making Frosty Friends stamp set.  

Next came the inside of the card: 

I thought it would be fun to continue the sentiment to the inside of the card.  I used Smitty's ABCs to spell out my sentiment and then used the "happy anniversary" sentiment from sophie's sentiments to finish the thought.  Lastly, I used the "xoxo" stamp from sophie's sentiments and the line from Belinda's borders to complete the card.  

I hope you like it!  Thanks for visiting today! 


Stamps: Lawn Fawn-- Quinn's ABCs, Smitty's ABCs, Making Frosty Friends, Belinda's borders, Sophie's Sentiments  
Paper: Stampin' Up! very vanilla 
Ink: Hero Arts-- soft granite; Memento-- tuxedo black; Distress Ink-- peacock feathers 
Other: copic markers, glass effects gel 

Lawnscaping Tags Challenge

Hi Everyone! 

Todays post is an entry for the Lawnscaping Challenge: Tags.  

I already entered my spiced pumpkin butter labels, but wanted to include 1 more entry before the challenge ended: 

This tag was so fun to make!  I started by using an impression obsessions cover-a-card stamp "ornate snowflakes" to create the pretty background on a mat stack die from PTI.  For the rest of the tag, I used a bunch of my Lawn Fawn sets (winter owl, making frosty friends, sophie's sentiments, & cozy christmas).  The owl, mittens, and earmuffs were colored with copic markers and I added silver (earmuffs) and diamond stickles (mittens) for a little wintery sparkle.  Here's a close up: 

I also thought it would be fun to stamp a snowflake pattern on the owl's scarf-- it's subtle, but I like that.  The snowflakes are from Making Frosty Friends.  I then created the sentiment, which is a combination of cozy christmas stamps (warm winter) and sophie's sentiments (wishes).  I also added a little antique linen distress ink around the sentiment banner for some extra dimension.  Lastly, I punched a hole and added some sparkly ribbon and bakers twine. 

Here's one last photo with a contrasting background to help the tag stand out a bit better. 

And there's the tag!  Thanks for stopping by today!  


Monday, November 26, 2012

1st Birthday


I hope everyone had a relaxing time last week!  It seems like I've been on hiatus-- I blame it on the turkey-- so I'm back today with a birthday card for Heidi's favorite cousin, Lily!  Lily, the aussie-doodle puppy, just celebrated her first birthday, so, naturally, Heidi insisted we send a birthday card... 

"Please, Mom, please...!"  "Ok, fine, but you're doing the fussy-cutting!" 

Somehow our deal didn't work out... I guess making cards doesn't have quite the same entertainment value as chasing a ball... 

Such is my life!  Anyways, here's our my creation: 

I used the Critters in the 'burbs set by Lawn Fawn for our Lily-inspired-puppy and the birthday banner is from Papertrey ink.  I then sponged some clouds with distress ink and cut a hill out of pattered paper.  The sentiment is also from Lawn Fawn (Sophie's sentiments) and the pretty pattered paper is from American Crafts.  I then fussy-cut the puppy and gave her a cute birthday hat with one of the flags from the PTI banner set.  Lastly, no birthday card could be complete without a little extra sparkle-- cue some stickles for the birthday hat :) 

And there you have it!  A happy birthday card for Heidi's favorite puppy cousin! 

Thanks for visiting today! 

-Lizzy (& Heidi) 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone! 

Just stopping in for a quick hello to share a birthday card I made.  It's for my brother, whose birthday is today.  Happy Birthday! 

I used the impression obsession "spatter" background and stamped it on some light blue paper from PaperSource.  The birthday balloons and sentiment are from Papertrey ink.  I then foam mounted the balloons and added some bakers twine for balloon strings.  Lastly, I added some washi tape and foam mounted the birthday sentiment on it.  

That's all for me today!  I have some pumpkin pie to make!  To all of you celebrating Thanksgiving, I hope you have a relaxing day tomorrow!  Happy Thanksgiving!! 


Monday, November 19, 2012

Spiced Pumpkin Butter


Todays post is a little unusual, as I have a project, instead of a card, to share with you!  You see, I've had 3 little pumpkins staring at me from my CSA (community sponsored agriculture) share.  So what's a girl to do?  Make butter, of course.  Pumpkin butter, that is.  Incidentally, there's no actual butter involved, but there is lots of sugar!  Yum :) 

So after slaving over a hot stove meticulously stirring my pumpkin/sugar concoction until it thickened, the butter was ready for jars!  And, what did the jars need?  Labels, of course!  

I cut some fall-themed fabric to fit under the jar lid and made a label/tag with a circle punch.  I then cut the border out of American Crafts paper with a circle cutter.  To secure the tag, I punched a hole on either side of the circle and tied the tag to the jar with baker's twine.  I used Smitty's ABCs (Lawn Fawn) for the lettering and the little hearts are from the winter owl set.  In case you're wondering, Nov. 17 is when the butter was made.  

It was pretty simple to do.  Here are my supplies (minus the circle cutter and paper): 

I plan on giving these little jars away to family at Thanksgiving.  Here's another photo of the jars straight on: 

I also thought I would enter this into the latest Lawnscaping Challenge: Tags.

And that's all for me today!  Bon appetit! 


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stamping with Water & Distress Inks

Happy Weekend! 

I've had a bit of free time today, so, naturally, I made a card :)  I know we haven't even made it through Thanksgiving, but I couldn't resist making another Christmas card.  Here it is: 

I used a hero arts snowflake background stamp and inked it up with several distress inks.  I then spritzed the stamp with water before stamping it on some very vanilla cardstock.  This technique creates a pretty watercolor effect.  It's super simple to do-- here's how I did it: 

All you need are some distress inks, a water mister, and a background stamp.  I used shaded lilac, milled lavender, seedless preserves, and dusty concord inks.  My water mister is an Inkssentials tool, but any mister will do.  I've never tried doing this with any other types of ink, but I do know it will work with water color markers.  After gathering the supplies, randomly ink up the stamp starting with the lightest color and working towards the darkest.  

After the stamp has been inked, lightly mist it with water.  You'll see the ink bead up: 

Then it's time for stamping! 

See how it looks water-color-ish?  You can keep misting the stamp with water without applying additional ink and it will create lighter gradients of color, which is nice for filling in the paper.  And that's it!  Easy as pie! 

I embossed a hero arts sentiment in black and then created a frame with scor tape and prisma glitter around the sentiment.  And because the more glitter you add, the better the card is (duh...!), I added more tape around the outside of the card.  ....And then I added diamond stickles to the center of the snowflakes...ha!  [aka. best card E.V.E.R. ;) ] 

I'm entering it in this months Hero Arts contest: Bring on the Bling

Here's a close up of all that sparkly glitter: 

And one more of the whole card: 

That's it for today!  Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #78


Todays card is for CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #78: so torn.  The objective is to make a clean and simple project that has something torn on it.  

Here's my take on it: 

Instead of having torn paper directly on the card, I decided to tear some paper to use as a mask.  I used a snowflake from Papertrey Ink's Snowflake Medley stamp set and embossed it with clear-glitter embossing powder, which made it quite sparkly :)

I then masked around the snowflake with torn paper and blended distress ink onto the card (tumbled glass, peacock feathers, & shaded lilac).  The embossing resists the ink, which creates a distinct stamped image!  I then cut around the snowflake/inked background and mounted it on foam tape onto a standard sized card.  Lastly, I stamped the sentiment (also from Papertrey Ink) in dusty concord distress ink. 

That's my card for today!  Thanks for visiting! 


Monday, November 12, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #45

Hello out there! 

It seems like such a long time since I've had the opportunity to sit down and make a card!  I think I'm going through withdrawal... ha!  I've been pretty busy with school work lately-- I'm currently in graduate school in a nurse practitioner program.  I love it, but it sure does make a dent in my card-making-time!  Anyways, enough about that boring stuff and on to the important stuff ;) 

 Todays card is for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge: Dust 'em off.

 The challenge objective is to use something in your stash that hasn't been used in a while...enter "Frosty Friends."  

I started with the background and inked up some white cardstock with distress inks.  I then used the Hero Arts "Snow dots" background stamp and spritzed it with water and stamped it onto the inked background.  I saw a tutorial a while back by Shari Caroll, I believe, using this same technique, but can't seem to find the link-- sorry!  After I used the background stamp, I used some snowflakes from the Frosty Friends set and stamped them in white to finish the snowy background.  Next came some fussy-cutting and paper-piecing so the snowmen could be properly dressed for winter.  I then cut out the hills, stamped the sentiment (let it snow stamp set), and added Perfect Pearls Mist to both for a little extra shine.  I also thought the hills could use some stickles so I added some along the edges.  I then assembled everything on the card and finished with some red baker's twine. 

And that's my card for the Lawnscaping Challenge!  Thanks for stopping by today! 


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

CAS-ual Fridays Challenge #77

Hi Everyone! 

It's been a pretty busy week, but I wanted to squeeze in a bit of time to make a card for this week's CAS-ual Fridays Challenge: create a clean and simple masculine project.  

This one was tough for me!  Masculine cards are always a challenge, and to add the "clean and simple" bit made it ever harder!  

Here's what I came up with: 

It's a boy birthday card!  I created the background with distress inks and used Stampin' Up! inks for the balloons.  The balloons are from Papertrey Ink (Heart-2-Heart #2).  The birthday sentiment is from the same set and is embossed in black.  Oh, and the balloons have some lime baker's twine. 

Hope your week is going well!  Thanks for stopping by! 


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