Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Wine Tags: A Photo Tutorial

Merry Christmas (Eve)!  I'm over at the Lawnscaping blog today sharing a photo tutorial for some no-sew felt wine tags.  These tags would make a great last minute hostess gift if anyone still has any holiday parties to attend!  For this project, I used the coordinating dies for A Birdy Told Me (the small circle speech bubble and the star).   

I actually came up with this idea last year and made several sets of wine tags using different dies.  You can check out that post here. 

I hope you'll go check it out!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  For those who are celebrating, Merry Christmas! 


Thursday, December 19, 2013

Hawaiian Christmas Card + VIDEO!

Mele Kalikimaka!  Today I'm sharing a quick (-ish) and simple Christmas card.  I wanted to include a card in some of the holiday packages that I'm sending to family and needed it to be simple enough to make multiples of.  So here's what I came up with: 

I used a super cute stamp set by Dandelion Designs called Hawaiian Christmas.  I stamped the palm tree and sentiment (translation: Merry Christmas {&} Happy New Year) and used my copic markers to color the images in.  I then used the Stitched Journaling Card die by Lawn Fawn to cut everything out and mounted it on some Neenah desert storm cardstock. A little red baker's twine finished off this simple card.

I also made a video for this card, so I hope you'll check it out: 

If you enjoyed it, I hope you'll subscribe to my Youtube channel!  There's a link over on the sidebar of my blog if you watched the video from here ----->

And since I added some sparkle (Wink of Stella clear glitter) to the details on the card, I'm going to link this up to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Bling it on

Thanks for stopping by!  


Stamps: (Hawaiian Christmas) Dandelion Designs
Dies: (Stitched Journaling Card) Lawn Fawn
Cardstock: (white) PTI, (desert storm) Neenah 
Copic Markers: YG03, YG25, YG95, R27, R46, RV69, Y21, YR21, Y28, E53, E55, E57, colorless blender
Embellishments: (red twine) Twinery, Wink of Stella clear glitter brush tip pen, Uni-ball Signo Broad white gel pen
Tools: (hole punch) Martha Stewart 

Monday, December 16, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #72: Color Inspiration

It's the last Lawnscaping Challenge of the year!  Can you believe it?  Our yearend challenge will be a color inspiration: 

I love those icy, wintery colors!  But, truth be told, I always struggle with color challenges.  I can never seem to find the right shade of color, but I did my best and here's what I came up with: 

I used Lawn Fawn's Cozy Christmas stamp set and the stitched journaling die for this card.  After I stamped the sentiment and stockings, I colored the stocking with copic markers and tied some silver sparkle lawn trimmings around the journaling card.  I then mounted it on some navy cardstock as a frame.  The card base is stamped with the Hero Art's envelop pattern for a little extra texture.  I also added some sequins and Wink of Stella glitter pen because it can't be a Christmas card without sparkle ;) 

And one last photo: 

I hope you'll join us for this in the fun!  Our sponsor is Lawn Fawn, who will be giving away a stamp set to the winner!  


Saturday, December 14, 2013

Lawnscaping Winter Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome!  

You should have come here by way of Rachel W K...

Today the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog is having their Winter Blog Hop!  We have lots of fabulous participants so there is sure to be a lot of inspiration along the way AND there are lots of wonderful prizes to be won!  Full details on the specific prizes can be found at the Lawnscaping blog.  Just leave a comment on each blog post on the hop for the best chances of winning!  You have until this Sunday, December 15 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Here is the card I created for the hop: 

I used Lawn Fawn's Making Frosty Friends + coordinating dies and some Twinkling H2O watercolor paints to create this card.  

And I made a video just for the occasion!  I just created my own YouTube channel where I'll be posting crafty videos, so I hope you'll subscribe on YouTube to see more! 

And here's one last photo of my card: 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  

You're next stop on the hop is Cheryl Hutcherson

And you can always go back to the Lawnscaping blog if you get lost along the way or want to start over! 


Stamps: (Making Frosty Friends) Lawn Fawn
Dies: (coordinating dies for Making Frosty Friends) Lawn Fawn, (woodland branch) Memory Box
Specialty cardstock: (distress watercolor cardstock) Tim Holtz/Ranger, (glitter paper) American Crafts
Cardstock: (white) Papertrey Ink, (beet) Paper Source, (early espresso) Stampin' Up!  
Paints: (mandarine citrine, orange peel, mediterranean, ginger peach, meridian, periwinkle Twinkling H2O) Luminarte

Elise's Baby Blog Hop!

Hi!  Welcome to Elise's Baby Blog Hop!  

You should be here by way of Tracy...

Today the Lawnscaping girls are celebrating Elise's little bundle of joy, Claire Rebekah!  Elise is one of the sweetest bloggers out there and we couldn't be more thrilled for this new mama! 

Here is the card I made: 

I started by finding some wallpaper looking patterned paper and adhering it to the card base.  I then made a little dresser using the wood grain patterned paper from the Into the Woods Paper Pack.  I did a little sponging with distress ink around the patterned paper to give the dresser a little more dimension.  After I finished that, I used the sweet images from Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum, colored them with copics, fussy cut them, and adhered them to the card.  I then made the little hanging picture with a scallop square punch and a square die.  The sentiment is from PTI. 

So there you have it!  

Your next stop on the hop is Sabine.  

And should you get lost along the way, you can always go back and start over at Laurel's blog. 

Congratulations Elise!! 


Monday, December 9, 2013

A Foxy Hello

Well, I thought I would make just one more card for Lawn Fawn's CHA 2014 Catalog Challenge.  There are just a few more hours to join in the fun...so I'll keep this post short! 

I used Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods stamp set (fox and sentiment), Critters in the Forest (log), and some Pink Lemonade Lawn Trimmings.  I started by making my background by watercoloring with Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade distress inks and then laying some vellum over to mute the color.  I then stamped and colored the images with copic markers and cut them out.  The sentiment is inked in two colors of ink using the rock and roll technique.  After wrapping some twine around the card, I adhered everything to the top panel and was done!  A pretty simple card for me!  

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Good luck to everyone who has entered-- there are so many awesome cards submitted that I'm sure it will be a tough decision! 


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Follow with Bloglovin

So I'm a little behind the proverbial eight ball in regards to transferring my blog reading list.  I originally had set up a Feedly account, and like it very much, but I also thought I'd set up a Bloglovin account.  So, now you can follow this blog with bloglovin should that be your reader of choice. 

There's also a little button on the sidebar of this blog. 



Monday, December 2, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #71: Tags or Treat Bags

**If you're looking for the post regarding my video tutorial over at the Lawn Fawn blog today, scroll down or click here** 

It's time for another Lawnscaping Challenge!  This week's theme is to make tags or treat bags. 

I decided to make a tag: 

I started by die cutting two of the largest Puffy Star Stackable stars (as a front and back).  I then used my distress inks to create a background on the front star (iced spruce and evergreen bough for the top and frayed burlap and vintage photo for the bottom).  To add a little texture to the background, I spritzed it with a little water and stamped the star from the Critters Ever After set.  I then stamped, colored, and fussy cut the dragon (also from Critters Ever After).  I also added a little Wink of Stella to all the yellow parts: 

To ground him (her?), I stamped the grass from Critters on the Savanna and used a brown copic marker to delineate the ground.  Finally, I stamped my sentiment and added some gold sparkle Lawn Trimmings as a tie to the tag. 

I hope you'll join in the fun!  Our sponsor is Simon Says Stamp, who will be giving away a $25 gift card to the lucky winner! 

Simon Says Stamp Store Blinkie photo SSS_09_2103_zpsc2c6b992.gif

Thanks for stopping by!  


Supplies: (Puffy Star Stackables, Critters Ever After, Critters on the Savanna) Lawn Fawn

Creating a Moonlit Background + a VIDEO!

I am so beyond thrilled to be sharing a video tutorial over on the Lawn Fawn blog today.  I'll be sharing how to make this card that was featured as part of Day 5 of Lawn Fawn's Very Fawny Holiday Week: 

You may notice that the moon is larger in this card than it was in the original card-- I'm a dumb-dumb and didn't realize I had die cut a larger circle until after this new card was complete!  Oh well-- I actually kind of like the larger moon anyways.

Here's a link to the Lawn Fawn channel where the video can be viewed: 

This is my first video and it's always a little strange to hear your own voice and see your own hands in a video.  I hope you enjoy it though.  I'd love to hear your thoughts on it and perhaps I will start making videos a regular thing here. 

Thank you for stopping by :) 


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sending Rainbows and Sunshine

Just a quick post today.  I had some fun with my shimmery Twinkling H2O watercolors and a few Lawn Fawn sets: 

I started by using my paints to create a rainbow on some watercolor cardstock.  I then used Milo's ABC's (love, love, love this set!) and embossed my sentiment in black.  I thought the card looked a little plain with just the sentiment (I'll admit it-- I have trouble just leaving things be!), so I thought it would be fun to add a sun peaking through the clouds.  The Sunny Skies set was just what I wanted, so I stamped, colored, cut out the images, and adhered them to the card.  I also added a little Wink of Stella to the shading on the clouds and around the sun.  

See how sparkly and shimmery the card is: 

So there you have it-- a bright and happy encouragement card :) 

I'll be linking this card up to this week's Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes and the Lawn Fawn CHA Catalog Contest

Thank you for stopping by!  I'm so very thankful to all of you who take the time to visit this little blog :) I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  


Supplies: (Milo's ABC's, Sunny Skies + coordinating dies) Lawn Fawn

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dashing Through the Snow

Today I have a fun little scene to share with you today.  I've had the idea in my head for a while and, with a little free time today, the card came together pretty quickly. 

Rudolph is dashing through the snow with Winter Bunny in tow...lol.  To make this card, I used Let It Snow and Home Sweet Home to set the scene.  After I stamped the background, I added some distress ink to make a night sky.  I then colored, fussy cut, and added the reindeer from Critters in the Snow and Winter Bunny to the scene.  The reindeer's harness is actually just the silver cord from the Silver Sparkle Lawn Trimmings-- I just unwrapped it from the white twine.  

Thanks for stopping by! 


Supplies: (Let It Snow, Home Sweet Home + coordinating dies, Critters in the Snow, Winter Bunny, Silver Sparkle Lawn Trimmings) Lawn Fawn 

Give Thanks

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! 

I'm over at the Lawnscaping blog today to share a quick, homespun Thanksgiving card. 

Go check it out :) 

For those celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Thanks for stopping by! 


Monday, November 25, 2013

Lawn Fawn CHA Catalog Contest

Today I have a very sparkly holiday card to share.  It's a small card, measuring just 4x3. 

This was a pretty simple card to make-- just required a little planning ahead.  I used some masking on scor-tape with different colors of microfine glitter.  See how sparkly it is: 

Once the whole panel was covered with glitter, I did some stamping and coloring.  I then matted the panel on some colored cardstock and that's it!  I like that it's a flat card and will be easy to place in the mail! 

I'll be entering this into Lawn Fawn's CHA Catalog Contest.  

Thanks for stopping by! 


Supplies: (Making Frosty Friends + coordinating dies, Good Fortune dies) Lawn Fawn

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Saimin Says...

I love me a good punny sentiment, which is why the Saimin stamp set from Dandelion Designs totally rocks:

Hehe-- totally fun!  I saw the stamp set at a local store here and immediately thought of two recipients who would appreciate the sentiment.  Both recipients are November babies, so I just sealed these cards up and hopefully they are safely on their way through the mail! 

First up, the girl version of the card: 

I used a bright color palette for this one.  Once I had chosen my paper, I colored the image with coordinating colors of copics. 

And the boy version:

Same design, just more masculine colors. 

That's all for me today.  Thanks for stopping by!! 


Monday, November 18, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #70: Polka Dots

I hope you're in the mood to use polka dots!  This week's Lawnscaping Challenge is about using this fun pattern. 

Here's my card: 

I thought it would be fun to use the polka dot pattern as "wallpaper" and as a background for my "framed art."  You can see it, right?  I used Our Friendship Grows by Lawn Fawn as the focal point of the card.  I started by black embossing the images so that I could do some watercoloring with my new favorite paints: twinkling H2Os.  Have you seen these awesome paints?  They come in beautiful, vibrant colors and add a subtle, iridescent shimmer to your project.  It's so hard to capture the shimmer with the camera, but here's a close up of the card: 

Notice the shimmer

Since I don't own any brown paints, I just used my copics to color in the center of the flower.  I then adhered the flower and vase to a little frame I made and "hung" the frame with some natural twine and a brad. 

Thank you for visiting me today!  I hope you'll join in the challenge-- Lawn Fawn is our sponsor and will be giving away a stamp set to the winner! 


Friday, November 15, 2013

A Fawny Holiday Week!

Hi Everyone! 

I'm thrilled to be taking part in Lawn Fawn's Fawny Holiday Week!  

This week Lawn Fawn has featured all of their holiday and winter stamp sets on their blog.  We've seen amazing samples from the Lawn Fawn Design Team, the Lawnscaping Design Team, and the Lawnscaping Facebook Inspiration Team-- I know I'm feeling inspired to start making holiday projects!  Here's my latest featuring on one of my personal favorites: Winter Bunny: 

Oh, this card was so fun to make!  There's nothing I like more than creating a scene!  I started by masking the moon and inking the background panel with distress inks.  I then spritzed it with some perfect pearls mist to give it that icy look.  To create my little scene, I used some trees from Sweet Christmas, colored them with copics, and used some liquid appliqué to create snow.  Winter bunny was colored with copics, fussy cut, and adhered to my hand-cut snow bank.  The sentiment is from Let It Snow and a little silver sparkle Lawn Trimmings finishes off this fun card! 

Thank you so much for stopping by!!  Make sure to head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to see more projects and videos and to win some great prizes! 


Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Kitty Thanks

I've been looking forward to sharing today's card.  It's another thank you card and the recipients were my sweet parents who had been babysitting my very mischievous kitties since May.  Due to a few bumps in the road, we had to delay bringing the cats to Hawaii.  But, I'll spare you the long story about our early trials and simply report that they have arrived safely!  So, a BIG thank you to my very patient parents! 

Hehe.  This stamp totally makes me giggle because it's so perfect.  It's called Krafty Kat-astrophe from Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps.  The best thing about this hobby is you can really make the perfect card for someone.  My kitty babies are into everything and watching them (for months, no less) is no easy feat!  Here's proof: 

"Helping" to organize distress paints. 
And I'm not sure who's happiest... my parents to have a Bear-and-Audie-free house, me to have my babies back, or Bear and Aud to be in sunny Hawaii.... 
Snoozing together

Keepin' an eye out together
Watching the birds together.
So enough about the kitties and back to the card:  I stamped and colored the image with copics.  I then cut some strips of patterned paper from Lawn Fawn's Into the Woods 6x6 paper pad to add a little extra color.  I then stamped the sentiment in black (again, so perfect) and mounted the cardstock panel on a teal card base.  

I'm going to link this up to this week's Simon Says Stamp challenge: Thanks/Thanksgiving

And if you want more pictures of my silly kitties and anything else going on around here, you can now follow me on Instagram :)  

Thank you for stopping by! 

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