Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Lawn Fawn Love

Hi Everyone! 

I just wanted to stop in to share a card that I made using some new goodies from Lawn Fawn. 

I used the new heart dies and the new Daphne's Closet paper pack.  I L.O.V.E. that paper pack-- so many pretty patterns and colors *swoon*!  The sentiment is from Sophie's sentiments, which is a great basic set to have on hand.  It's an oldie, but goodie!  The white dots are flicks of Mister Huey's opaque white color mist and the whole thing is mounted on summer sunrise paper (PTI). 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you're having a good week! 


Monday, February 25, 2013

A Happy Hello

Hey Again! 

Since I already had all my Papertrey Ink things out for this card, I thought it would be fun to participate in this week's Make It Monday, which is all about adding glitter trim to your project.  ...A challenge with glitter...?  Uhh...yea, I'm in!

I may have gone a little overboard with the glitter trim idea because, omg, I totally underestimated the mess this little project would create.  I think I'll be finding glitter for days weeks.  Here's why: 

For this card, I used the wonderful words: hello stamp set, which is embossed with black.  I then cut strips of cardstock (scarlet jewel, autumn rose, canyon clay, summer sunrise, and simply chartreuse) and ran them through my xyron.  I added prisma glitter to the strips and proceeded to cover everything on my desk with sparkles (as a side note, swiffer cloths work great as glitter clean up cloths).  It didn't help that Audie was poised and ready to help... 

He's a creature of opportunity--those scraps are mighty shiny and the opposite of tasty (not that he knows that until he sinks his teeth into them).  He steals them like a stealth ninja and runs for the hills (bedsheets)!  With my fingers covered in glitter, he was definitely at an advantage--though that simply resulted in him being inadvertently bedazzled.  Which resulted in my room, carpet, and sheets ending up a little more fabulous than they were before this evening.  Alas.  

Okay, back to the card.  See how sparkly it is? 

Anyways, that's all for me today.  Thanks for visiting! 


PTI Monogram Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! 

Today is the Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop.  It's all about monograms. 

So I decided to get out my PTI letter dies and the new Irresistibly Ikat stamp set.  Here's what I came up with: 

I used Summer Sunrise, Aqua Mist, and a tiny bit of Raspberry Fizz cardstock for this project.  I really like that color combination.  Both the card and tag are embossed in white.  Here's the card by itself: 

And the tag (Tag Sale #5 die):

Thanks so much for stopping by!  


Sunday, February 24, 2013

Stamp-a-ma-jig Tutorial

Hey There! 

I hope you've enjoyed the weekend!  I was lucky enough to spend a bit of time at my craft desk today (...alas, no craft room, but a girl can dream!).  I was in the process of using a stamp set that I received for Christmas and needed to use my stamp-a-ma-jig to get everything placed correctly.  So, I thought it would be fun to do a little tutorial on how to use a stamp-a-ma-jig.  It's such a handy tool for stamping images precisely.  And, it's not just for wood block stamps-- it works perfectly for clear or cling stamps too! 

Here's the how-to: 

Start by placing the plastic sheet against the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  It has a smooth side for water-based ink and a textured side for pigment or dye ink.  Once the plastic sheet is placed, grab your mounted stamp and align it in the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig.

This is how the plastic sheet should look when stamped.  

Next place the sheet over your card and position the image. 

Once the image is positioned, align the Stamp-a-ma-jig with the plastic sheet.  This will serve as your stamping guide.  

Next, remove the plastic sheet without disturbing the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  Align the mounted stamp in the corner of the Stamp-a-ma-jig and stamp the image...

...for a perfectly placed image every time! 

This was just the right tool to use for this card.  The flowers and leaves included a solid image and an outline image.  Since they're cling stamps (Stippled Blossoms by SU), it's hard to place everything correctly without the Stamp-a-ma-jig.  

I finished the card by rounding the opposite corners and placing the panel on some orange patterned paper from the new Pink Lemonade paper collection by Lawn Fawn.  The sentiment is from PTI (Irresistibly Ikat). 

Hope you found this helpful.  Let me know if you have any questions (email up at the top right corner or in the comments below).  Thanks so much for stopping by! 


Friday, February 22, 2013

Hello Card


I wanted to share one more card for today.  I recently received a new "Hello" word die from PTI and wanted to try it out. 

Here it is: 

I used silver striped washi tape and die cut my Hello word.  I then cut some strips of paper and adhered everything together. 

After adhering the strips of paper and the sentiment, I adhered the black cardstock panel on some Hawaiin Shores cardstock (PTI) and offset the panel for a little extra interest. 

That's all for me today.  Thanks so much for visiting!  Hope to see you back soon! 


Camera Craze Challenge

Happy Friday! 

I just wanted to stop by to share a card for the current challenge at the Moxie Fab World Blog: The Camera Craze Challenge.

I don't seem to actually have any camera stamps or dies, but I did have some camera related paper!  I used a sheet from the Amy Tangerine Sketchbook by American Crafts.  Here's my card: 

I sentiment is from Mama Elephant (Smitten) and the smile is from Lawn Fawn (Sunny Skies).  I thought the smile made the picture look a bit like it was developing.  I also used my Papertrey Ink polaroid die and some silver washi tape to finish the card. 

Thanks for looking! 


Thursday, February 21, 2013

"Carp-e" Diem!

Hi Everyone! 

Hope everyone's week is going well!  It's been so cold recently that I've been thinking more than usual of the beach--thus the inspiration for today's card!  This week's Lawnscaping Challenge is to "Stamp a Scene," so I thought I'd channel those thoughts into my own little piece of paradise.

Here's my take: 

This card was a lot of fun to make!  I started by inking the background panel with distress inks to create a gradient of color.  I then stamped my "spatter" Impression Obsession cover-a-card stamp with water onto the inked panel.  Since the distress inks react with water, the stamp creates a neat pattern on the panel.  I thought it looked a bit like bubbles.  It's a little hard to tell in the picture, but do you see the little dots? 

After I finished the panel, I cut a sandy hill out of kraft cardstock and also inked that with the "spatter" stamp, although I used VersaMark this time to create a tone-on-tone look.  I then die cut the Twiggy Tree from Memory Box since I thought it could pass for some coral.  

I then stamped and colored many of the images from Lawn Fawn's Critter's in the Sea and positioned them in throughout the panel.  Lastly, I stamped my sentiment with Smitty's ABC's (Lawn Fawn).  While my scene may have taken a few artistic liberties (...carp may actually be freshwater fish...), I thought my sentiment was too good to pass up!  What a fun and encouraging way to tell someone to "sea-ize the day"! ....eh, eh? ...alright, alright... I'll stop ;) 

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Have a good rest of the week! 


Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Everything Card

Howdy Folks! 

Hope you're enjoying Valentine's Day!  I just wanted to pop in and share my entry into this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, which is a designer drafts challenge. 

Below is the sketch to inspire our cards:  

I found this sketch to be a little tough, but here's what I came up with: 

I used the new Paper Smooches stamp set "Leafy Greens" for the background panel.  It's such a pretty set!  I was so happy to have won it from the last design team blog hop :)  It even has a few matching dies, but those will have to be on my wish-list for now!  I stamped the images in wisteria wonder (SU), baja breeze (SU), and soft granite (HA) ink.  I then layered some acetate with a pretty white chevron pattern over the panel.  The sentiment (Simply Said- also from Paper Smooches) was stamped on vellum and embossed in black.  

I added a few rhinestones and some silver striped washi for fun.  Lastly, I mounted the panel on some kraft cardstock, which I thought looked nice with the soft color palette. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Hope to see you again soon! 


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day! 

Yes, I'm posting this a bit early for Valentine's Day, but I wanted to add my card to the Lawnscaping Challenge before the deadline at midnight.  

It's a smaller card (4x4), but it was a good size for the Lawn Fawn set, "Bee Mine", which is one of their mini's.  

I couldn't help think of this set when I was listening to one of my playlists.  The song "All I Want Is You" by Tristan Prettyman opens with this sweet sentiment.  I just typed it up and printed it out on some white cardstock.  The patterned paper is from Lawn Fawn's Dewey Decimal paper pad and it includes the perfect honeycomb pattern for a little bee :)  I die cut some circles out of the patterned paper and outlined them with vellum (therm-o-web vellum adhesive runner rocks, btw!).  After the circles were cut, I stamped and colored the flowers and bee with copics.  I then added some stickles to the flowers because, as usual, I couldn't help myself! 

Lastly, I adhered my sentiment by using scor-tape on the outside and a piece of foam tape in the middle to give it some extra dimension.  I saw JJ Bolton use this technique on her blog, and thought it was really neat! 

That's it for me tonight.  Hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day! 


You're Swell

Hi There! 

Today I'm sharing a new card.  There's a special challenge up on the Paper Smooches blog in honor of Valentine's Day.  The objective is to create a card with a heart in it. 

Here's my card: 

I started by masking off the cardstock panel and spraying it with several colors of dylusions ink spray (fresh lime, vibrant turquoise, and London blue) to create a gradient of color.  The fish and sentiment are both from the Surf and Turf stamp set by Paper Smooches.  I colored the fish with copics and cut them out.  For the hearts, I used some left over paper from this card, which was sprayed with pink and orange dylusions ink.  I thought it was a nice contrast to the blues and greens. 

Here's a close up:

And one more: 

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


Monday, February 11, 2013

You're a Nut Card

Happy Weekend! 

I wanted to stop by and share a new card today.  I'll have to keep it short though-- you see, Audie has an affinity for Apple cables and bit my computer charger so it no longer works...ugh.  I'm running on a low battery and Best Buy is closed-- double ugh!  

Today's card is for this week's Lawnscaping Challenge: Be My Valentine. 

Here's my take on a Lawn Fawn Valentine's: 

I have to say, I'm happy with how this card turned out, but it just about drove me nutty today!  I only had half an idea in my head when I started and nothing seemed to turn out right.  I pitched the original idea and this is what I came up with.  For this card, I used a few Lawn Fawn sets: Critters in the 'Burbs, Bee Mine, Smitty's ABC's, and Interlocking Backdrops.  The background is inked up with white pigment and stamped with one of the backdrop stamps.  It wasn't as bright as I wanted, so I added white embossing powder over and that seemed to do the trick.  I also flicked some Mister Huey's opaque white spray to add a little interest to the background.  I love that stuff!  After I die cut some hearts from white cardstock, I used squeezed orange and bubble gum pink dylusions ink spray to create a fun, vivid color for the hearts.  Here's a close up so you can see the color a bit better: 

I then die cut some arrows (Lifestyle crafts) from colored cardstock and embossed my sentiment in black and white.  

Lastly, I added the little squirrel, who is on the hunt for some nuts!  Who needs chocolate anyways? 

I'm also going to play along with the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: Have a Heart. 

Thanks so much for visiting today!  Hope to see you again soon! 


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