Friday, September 30, 2011

Fabulous Florals

The card I have to share today was inspired by a card I saw a long while back made by Ayana (you can see her's HERE).  She made a lovely card with kraft and black ink.  But the composition of the flowers in the corner is what drew me in.  I decided to do some paper piecing with mine and let my images overlap the frame of the mat for something different.

The background is stamped with the Happy Definition stamp from Hero Arts and I used the new Clementine Paper pad from Cosmo Cricket for all the flowers.  I just love those whimsical Lawn Fawn flowers.  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy World Card Making Day!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Manly Birthday Cake

A friend asked me to make a Birthday card for her father-in-law and I thought to myself, oh goodness a Masculine card!  I do not have much practice making those.  So I decided to keep it simple and let my pattern paper and color scheme do all the work.  Here is what I came up with.

I went with the birthday cake image because lets face it cake is for everyone! :) And since I was good and used up some of my hoarded pattern paper stash I think I will submit this for this weeks Wee Memories challenge.  Which is to use patterned paper of course!  Thanks for stopping by today.   I hope you are all having a good week, we have made it over the hump, it's all downhill from here to the weekend.


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Giddy Up!

Happy Sunday Everyone!
I hope you have all had a nice weekend, mine has been pretty laid back.  Which is nice for crafting and catching up on chores around the house.  Today I wanted to share a card I made earlier this week that uses some super cute Lawn Fawn of course! :)  I came up with this idea when I first got the new Pa-rum-pa-pum-pum stamp set.  I always like to look at my stamps and try to think of a creative way to use them that is a bit different, it is always a fun challenge.  So here is what I came up with.

What do you think?  I do not make boy cards very often so I'm happy with the way this one turned out. My husband did point out that he had no hooves so maybe next time I will draw some in.  :)

Thanks for all your nice comments about yesterdays post on my Inspiration Showcase canvas.  Sounds like there are some of you that want to take the class now too.  I can't wait to see your canvases!  I hope you all have a great day!

Copics: B21, R08, E13, E15, E25

Friday, September 23, 2011

Inspiration Showcase

Today is the last day of Jennifer McGuire's Inspiration Showcase class.  I must say I have learned many new techniques in this class so it was well worth it.  For those of you who missed it I would recommend taking the read-only version when it is offered.  I didn't make any cards during class using the techniques but focused on my canvas instead.  First off I went with circles on my canvas instead of hearts because #1 I have a circle punch which is easier to use than a die sometimes and #2 I like a geometric look so circles went along with the 5x5 grid perfectly.  I also went with purples in the top left corner rather than the browns Jennifer used.  I just wanted to keep my canvas colorful and I don't have a lot of brown ink pads in my supply.  So here is my finished canvas.

Because I don't want to bore you all by talking about each circle, I am going to answer some questions I have already received at the end of this post.  If you still have any questions that I haven't answered please feel free to leave a comment (if you have blogger set up so that I can reply to you by email) or email me directly (my email can be found on my profile).  

Although I enjoyed Summer Card Camp I think I enjoyed this class more, it was a nice time frame (12 days) and was packed full of info.  And now I have this beautiful canvas to refer to hanging on my wall.  Thank you Jennifer! :)

Thanks as always for stopping by today.  Hopefully my canvas has inspired you like it has inspired me!
Hugs, Chari

Answering some Questions:
I don't have many stamps with solid images so for the backgrounds where a more solid surface was needed (like circle #5, #12 & #14) I used the Hero Arts Four Leaf Grid Stamp.  It worked okay, but in some cases where kissing techniques were done it is hard to see the images I kissed.  For the flowers on circle #1 & #11 I used 4-5 of the stamps from Lawn Fawn's Petite Florals set.  The embossing folders I used were Cuttlebug D'vine Swirl folder on circle #6 and the Cuttlebug Dots & Spots folder on circle #10.  Since I went with circles instead of hearts for my main shape I decided to change up some of the embellishments as well, that's why I used clouds in place of some of the hearts, it also helped tie in with the solid stamp I used on circles #3 & #21.  I also added in the Moon & Stars on circle #15 because it kept with the sky idea and I thought the circle looked like a night sky when I finished it.  

Thanks for your questions. :)

Young Crafters Unite! Challenge #2

Hello Everyone!
Today is the next installment of Young Crafters Unite! Challenge #2 - Create an Envelope to Match!

I like this challenge because I typically always try and decorate my envelopes to go with my cards (although I tend do the envelopes later).  Decorating the envelope gives your card a lovely little home to live in don't you think?  Here is my project for this challenge.

I created the card using distress inks to make the fall inspired gradient, then I used the same gradient idea on the envelope but this time with stamping.  I usually keep my envelope designs simple by creating them using only stamped images and colors of ink.  It can be challenging but has a nice effect. Now, I can't wait to see how all of you create your envelopes to match!

Be sure you check out all the other amazing design team creations.

Check out all the challenge details at the Young Crafters Unite! blog including the amazing prize up for grabs.
A $25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp!


Thursday, September 22, 2011

I {heart} you

Hello Friends!  Stopping in today to share my creation for this weeks Lawnscaping Challenge "Getting Texty" I have been very much enjoying using my Quinn's ABCs so I decided to use them again and finally get my School House Backdrops inky too.  After tossing around many ideas in my head for the background and the sentiment (one which required a number '2', scrap that, no numbers in this set, whoops) I finally settled on a design and really like how it turned out. :)

I love the colors.  The Hawaiian Shores color from Papertrey Ink is just so lovely and bright! It may be my new favorite color.  :)  By the way, did you all see Kelly Marie's post on the Lawn Fawn blog yesterday?  I made myself a little glowing haunted house last night after watching her video.  I don't have a tea light yet and I have a couple more ideas to add to the house before I'm ready to share.  But you should all go check out her video.  A few more things before I go.

1.  Today is the last day Two Peas in a Bucket has all their Lawn Fawn 25% off, great time to stock up.
2.  Tomorrow is our second Challenge at Young Crafters Unite! and I hope you will join us. :)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Thursday is basically my Friday, so I'm looking forward to a weekend of crafting! 


Monday, September 19, 2011

Ghostly Glow

Ever since the new Halloween set Happy Haunting from Lawn Fawn showed up at my door I have been giddy with the idea of creating some glow-in-the-dark ghosts.  Unfortunately I don't know how to photography glow-in-the-dark ghosts so you are just going to have to use your imagination a little on this one.

These cute little ghosts are covered in Glow-in-the-Dark glitter that I picked up last year (I think) around Halloween.  So not only are they sparkly but they are super fun in the dark!  The giltter gives a cool glow effect because has more a of a speckled look than a solid glow.  I also wanted to use some pattern paper.  I love pattern paper in 6x6 pads but I have come to realize I seem to horde it and not use it.  So using it more is my new goal.

Thanks for stopping by today! I am going to try and photography my Inspiration Showcase canvas tonight, even though it is "under construction" and maybe share a few pics.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hello Mini

Sorry I have been absent from blogging after my Lawn Fawn Inspiration posts this past week.  I have been learning new techniques and working on my Inspiration Showcase Class Canvas as well as starting work on our Night of One Act plays at church.  Before any one asks, no I am not an actor, my husband is. I am a stage manager, and run the light board for productions.  The spotlight is not the place for me. :)

Anyway, I did make some cards this weekend.  Today I wanted to share the card I created for this weeks CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Mini Cards.

This little card measures 3" x 4.5" and I tried out my new linen impression plate from Papertrey Ink that just came yesterday.  I love it!  

Thanks for popping in today.  And thank you all for your sweet comments about my new place on the Lawn Fawn Design Team.  I feel like it is a perfect fit for me and it meant so, so much to me that you all expressed the same feelings.  Also, stay tuned next week, on the 23rd for the second Young Crafters Unite! Challenge.  Britta & Marie have something a little different up their sleeves that I think you will all enjoy. 



Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Making Frosty Friends

Hi Friends,
I'm back for the final day of Lawn Fawn's September Inspiration Week.  Today we are featuring the super fun Making Frosty Friends set.  I really love that this set is designed so you can dress up your snow people however you want. Some of my favorite stamps in this set are the little birds with scarves, how cute are they?

I wanted to keep my snowman simple so I only used the earmuffs but added some red flocking to them so they had that warm and cozy look.  In addition to the cute little birds I thought Winter Bunny would make another great "friend" as well.  I created the heart for the sentiment by stamping out the heart in Many Thanks on scrap paper and using it as a template to trace around for the stitching.  I added a couple twine scarves and stickles on the heart for some final touches.  I can't wait to play with this set more.  My mother (who loves snowmen by the way & bunnies) has already requested a card using this set. :) 

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my Frosty Friends card. Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see what the rest of the Design Team created with this super fun set!


Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Ornate Ornaments

Hi Everyone!
Welcome back for another day of Lawn Fawn Inspiration. Today's featured set is Ornate Ornaments. Decorating with ornaments has always been one of my most favorite things to do during the holidays. They are so lovely hanging on the tree reflecting all the beautiful lights or hanging in a window or anywhere really. I tried to capture some of those beautiful shiny qualities in my card.

I heat embossed the ornament images with silver embossing powder for some shine and added a little glitter to really make them sparkle.  I just love the swirls on the big ornaments. I kept the background simple and neutral so that the ornaments really are the stars of the show.  I also traced over the sentiment letters with a black Spica Giltter pen so they has some sparkle too.

Thanks for stopping by today. Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see the other amazing Design Team creations using this set!


Monday, September 12, 2011

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum

Hi everyone!
It's the first day of projects for Lawn Fawn's Inspiration Week (and my first post with the DT, yay!).  Today we are featuring the new Holiday set Pa-Rum-Pa-Pum-Pum.  I really wanted to use the cute train in this set so here is what I came up with.

I colored the train & bear with copics and adhered them to the embossed panel with foam adhesive.  I used some pattern paper from the new My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas paper pad for the borders and tag.  And I finished it off with some "recycled" string.   Does it look familiar?  (Recycled from some Lawn Fawn packaging as a matter of fact)

I love that the train can be made as long, or short as you want and maybe the other toys can ride the train too.  Although this is a holiday set, the images would be great for all types of cards for instance, I made a Baby card using the bear and rocking horse for my post yesterday!  (which you can check out HERE) And I already have some other Non-Christmas ideas floating around in my head which I can't wait to create & share!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my card today. Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see the other amazing creations of the Design Team and a for chance to win!

Thanks for stopping by!

P.S. Thank you ALL for your warm welcoming comments on yesterday's Lawn Fawn Blog post.  I have never felt more welcomed.  And so many people knew about Asheville, seems everywhere I go I find someone who has been here.  It's a popular little town! :)


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Embossing Baby!

It has been a very Lawn Fawny weekend for me.  But no complaining here.  First the amazing Lawnscapings Blog Hop and then today I finally get to share my happy news of joining the super talented fawny girls on the Lawn Fawn Design Team.  I'm so excited about that! And I also got around to making something to play along with the Lawnscapings Challenge #17 Embossing Extravaganza this weekend as well.  Whew! I have been busy!

Here is my card...

Inside Sentiment: "congrats on your bundle of joy"

Typically I don't combine challenges, probably because I don't really play along with too many, but this card was inspired by the Horizontal Sketch Challenge over at Moxie Fab World so it only seems fitting to include it as well.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I will be back with my very first post for Lawn Fawn's Inspiration week! Oh the pressure :) ha, kidding.  Also, there is only 4 more days to play along with the Young Crafter's Unite Challenge - Color a Stamped Image.  Please come join us if you have not already, there is a great prize of a $25 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate up for grabs!  Thanks as always for all your kind comments!!! 

Hugs! Chari


Super Big Exciting Fun Announcement!

I have been keeping a secret from you all.  And I am typically not very good at keeping secrets, at least not exciting ones like this.  But today is the day I can finally share!!!! Thank goodness!

A few weeks ago as we were all anticipating the next amazing Lawn Fawn stamp release I received an email from the lovely Kelly Marie inviting me to come be a part of the Lawn Fawn Design Team!  Oh my goodness!!! Little ole me???  So after I picked myself up off the floor from falling off my chair, I quickly wrote her back and accepted.  I am so glad I can finally tell you all that I'm part of the amazing Lawn Fawn Design Team! YAY!

And I want to thank you all for reading my blog and encouraging me and inspiring me.  You, my friends, are amazing and I am so blessed to have you!   I am both over the moon excited about this opportunity (and a little nervous). I hope I can inspire you as you inspire me!  YAY!  I'm a fawny girl!  Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for the official announcement and the September Inspiration Week Giveaway Post.  Be sure to leave comments for a chance to win some new stamp sets!!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Autumn Thanks

For my Lawnscapings Blog Hop Post Please scroll down or click HERE.

This week I managed to stick to the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge rules.  But it wasn't too hard since they have two super fun things going on with this weeks challenge.  Paper piecing which is always fun and a Fall theme, which is my most favorite of seasons.  Ah Fall, how I love you... So here is my card.

I pieced the Lawn Fawn pumpkin together using pattern paper from the new Jillibean Soup Apple Cheddar paper pad.  A couple accents & a simple sentiment and wha-la!  Hope you like it.  Thanks for stopping by today!  And thanks to everyone for all the lovely comments on my Lawnscapings Blog Hop project!


Friday, September 9, 2011

Lawnscapings Holiday Blog Hop

Welcome to the first ever Lawanscaping Blog Hop!  Yay! So glad you have come to hop along with us today!  You should be arriving here from the lovely Laurel's blog. If you are off track and need to start at the beginning, you can visit the Lawnscaping Blog for the complete list of designers. As always I'm sure Laurel has dished out a Fabulous dose of inspiration.  Big shout out to her and the amazing design team for starting the Lawnscaping Challenge blog, it is my favorite challenge out there!  This month's hop theme is Holiday projects!!  I decided to go with the Christmas holiday but wanted to focus on making something a little less traditional.

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I decided to make a card set with some alternative holiday colors using some PTI cardstock and coordinating Jenni Bowlin inks.  I added some sparkle and shine with Martha Stewart glitter and DMC silver metallic embroidery floss.

The hop runs from Friday, September 9th - Sunday, September 11th! Make sure to comment on all of the blogs because there are LOTS of prizes to be won, including Lawn Fawn stamps! All the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page (  

Your next stop on the hop is Ujjwal's blog.  Thanks for stopping by today. I can't wait to grab a cup of coffee and hop along with you to see the amazing holiday inspiration from all these talented ladies.


Monday, September 5, 2011

Terrific Terrific Terrific!

"Cut that down to one 'terrific' and it will do very nicely," said Charlotte.  
"I think 'terrific' might impress Zukerman."

Charlotte's Web has always been one of my very favorite books.  I still have the copy I purchased at the Bookfair when I was in elementary school.  It is well worn and loved.  My mother covered it in clear contact paper long ago to keep it from falling apart.  When I first saw this weeks theme for the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge I wasn't sure what book I would possibly base a card on, and then I remembered Charlotte & Wilber.  So I went about making my card today, not even thinking to re-read the challenge post.  And now I realize that the challenge was to base a card on a book and use only black, white & red as the colors as well.  Oh well, so much for following the rules!  But I liked my card so I am sharing it anyway.

I love that little pink pig.  I think maybe that is how Wilber looked after Mrs. Zukerman gave him a buttermilk bath before going to the fair.  He was the "cleanest, prettiest pig you ever saw" after all. :)

I doubt I will try to remake my Charlotte's Web card in the correct color scheme for the CAS-ual Friday Challenge because I like it just the way it is.  And I have a full week of projects to get done ahead of me as well.  I'm looking forward to the Lawnscapings Blog Hop this Friday (9/9) and there just might be something else fun and exciting coming this weekend as well, you will all just have to stay tuned and see! But I do hope you join in the fun for Friday's blog hop.


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