Thursday, January 26, 2012

Exciting News from Lawn Fawn!

Hi Everyone,
Today I'm super excited to share with you some news...Lawn Fawn is launching a new line of paper at CHA!  I know I got all bubbly with excitement when I heard the news that there was going to be Lawn Fawn pattern paper so I'm happy to help share the exciting announcement today.  Here is a little video introducing the new Bright Side collection.

I've been playing with this paper for a the past week and I just love it.  So in addition to 10 new stamp sets there will be 8 12x12 papers (two of which are a beautiful kraft that are beyond awesome!), a 6x6 paper pad, a 12x12 alphabet sticker sheet, a 12x12 collection kit and two different "Lawn Trimmings" hemp cord packs! Are you excited yet??? And of course Kelly is doing a giveaway of this new collection, so head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog and comment to win!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Winter Wonderland

Hi Friends,
Well it is winter but thankfully it has not been much of a winter wonderland in Western NC this year.  After the past two winters I am rather thankful because I needed snow & bitter cold break.  However winter is not over yet so who knows what the rest of the season has in store.  But I do like snow, when I can stay home and enjoy it!

Lawnscaping's challenge this week is Winter Wonderland and I create a quick little journal to give my Mom.  She just loves snowmen!  I found the journal in the dollar bin at Michael's around Christmas time.  I created my little snowman scene and just cut it out and glued it to the front of the journal.  The ribbon is left over from some packaging from a picture album.  I tacked the ribbon down along the spine of the book and then under the snowman's hat.

The images are colored with copics with some stickles added for sparkle.

Once again it is probably going to be a slow week or two on the blog.  I'm headed to California on Saturday to work in the Lawn Fawn booth during CHA.  If you are going to be there too come by and say hello and see all the new Lawn Fawn goodness! :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

Young Crafters Unite! Challenge #6

Hi Everyone,
Welcome back to the next challenge for Young Crafters Unite!  Challenge #6 is a sketch challenge!

Here is the sketch we are using as the basis for Challenge #6 designs.

I find sketches give me a nice path to travel for a design.  It's nice to have a bit of a starting point sometimes and a sketch I find can sometimes help if you are having a bit of design block.  For my card I used a whole bunch of Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn goodies.

I arranged all the stamps on an acrylic blog to basically create a custom background stamp.  The majority of the images are from the new Hero Arts XO set.  Then I found other stamps in various Lawn Fawn and Hero Arts sets to fill in where needed.  I then stamped the images with Versamark on cream cardstock and clear heat embossed.  I applied spun sugar and worn lipstick distress inks to reveal the background.

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

Jess Larsen
(has been under the weather, feel better soon Jess!)
(has been without power, hope it comes back on very soon Paulina!)

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!


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Sealed with a Kiss

Hello Friends,
I shared a card and a video last week on the Lawn Fawn Blog that featured mirror stamping the sweet little seals from Critters in the snow.  Today I want to share the card here and tell you a little more about it.

After stamping out the seals I colored them with Copics, one seal is colored using warm grey colors and the other using toner grey colors.  The snowy hills I sketched out with a pencil and cut them by hand.  I then covered them and the igloo completely with Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  You may have to zoom into the picture to see this detail better.  I also finally tried out my Calico White Mister Huey's mist by misting it onto my blue cardstock base.  I also flicked some bigger drops of it on the base in addition to the spray to give a snowy look.  I finished off my snowy sky with some stardust stickles, I filled in the faintly stamped white pigment ink hearts with it as well.

On another note.  Please go check out this post at Lawnscaping if you have not already.  Thanks for stopping by today!  I've been working on some new LF stuff, that I can not share with you all just yet, so I apologize in advance if my blog gets neglected for a few days.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Clean & Simple Card Class - Day 3 & 5

I'm back today with a couple more cards from Clean & Simple card class.  Today's cards are from lessons on day 3 and 5.  Yes I skipped day 4, but no worries I will go back and make something for that day soon.

Day 3:  So unfortunately I don't have any pretty die cuts like Jennifer used, so I decided to go with circles because I have a variety of different circle punches.  I stacked my circles with different colors underneath.  I think this gives is a nice fun feel that goes well with the idea of a bunch of dots sprinkled on the card. My card base got a little wonky after gluing everything down, I wish I had used ticker purple cardstock. In the end it isn't my favorite card I have made from class so far, but it is different that's for sure.

Day 5:  The idea of color blocking with distress inks and water was a fabulous lesson.  I tried a simple design to start with but I have a couple other ideas/colors I want to try so I'll probably be revisiting this technique soon. For this card I heat embossed one of the delicate blossoms stamps in white embossing powder on watercolor paper.  I then did the color blocking technique using 4 distress colors to create a warm color gradient.  I trimmed my watercolor paper down and distressed the edges before adhering it to a simple card base.

Thanks for stopping in today!


Monday, January 16, 2012

Clean & Simple Card Class - Day 1 & 2

Hi Friends,
Last week was kind of busy, so I didn't get to really make much from the Clean & Simple Card class until Saturday. I wanted to share two cards I made based on lessons from Day 1 & 2 today.

Day 1:   I decided to use one of the sketches and create a monochromatic card.  I used soft pool shadow ink to stamp the houndstooth background onto Aqua Mist cardstock.  The sentiment I stamped with Jenni Bowlin Speckled Egg so that it would pop a little more than the background.  The white lines are hand drawn with a white gel pen and seeing as I am lacking in fun punches and dies I decided on some simple buttons as my accents.

Day 2:   The second day of class focused on one layer cards, which by the way I made mine one layer but the centers of my flowers seemed rather bare so I turned to my button jar again.  The flowers are stamped with soft purple shadow ink and the leaves are soft leaf shadow ink.  I masked the flowers before stamping the leaf.  I just got these two inks and I really like the colors, they were my wedding colors which I why I bought them.  Maybe I will scrapbook a wedding layout one day. :)

Thanks for stopping by today I'll be back to share some more cards from class later this week.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Retro Diner

Hi Friends,
I've neglected my blog for a few days, so sorry, it's been a little hectic this week.  As many may know the most recent submission call for Paper Crafts Magazine wrapped up this past week.  I submitted two cards.  This is the first time I have ever submitted anything for a publication call.  I wasn't expecting much since it was my first time and I only submitted two projects.  But I got a nice surprise when an acceptance email popped up in my inbox! One of my two cards was chosen for the July/August issue and for a first time submission I have to say that's pretty awesome!  So I get to share my reject card (which was actually my favorite of the two) and you'll just have to wait to see the other. :) 

I've pretty much decided I'm incapable of making this little Lawn Fawn toaster any other color, I always picture it red! I used papers from Echo Park's Happy Days paper pad to create a the retro diner feel for this card which to me is perfect for a shiny red toaster and glossy white salt & pepper shakers.  


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tower of Cupcakes

Hi Friends,
This is my second post for today.  I wanted to pop in quick and share the card I made for the Birthday Lawnscaping Challenge #25.  By the way... Happy Birthday to Lawnscapings.  The first challenge I ever played and certainly one of my most favorites!!! :)  Just love the Lawnscaping girls!

I built some simple cupcakes with Lawn Fawn's Bake me a Cake set and stamped the sentiment using Sally's ABCs.  The stitched border was stamped with the dashed line in Bon Voyage and of course I accented everything with some stardust stickles (my absolute favorite).  :)

Thanks for stopping by again today!


I {heart} Moo

Hey Everyone!
Have you visited the Lawn Fawn blog today?  If not, It's Lawn Clippings Wednesday and I'm sharing a video about how to mirror stamp using your lawn fawn stamps.  Here is one of the cards I made using this mirror technique.

Those little kissing cows are just too cute!  To see my video and see another card using this technique hop on over the Lawn Fawn blog and check it out!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

It's Clear to See...

It's clear to see that I have finally used my distress stains!!!!  I had two problems with my stains.  First not knowing exactly what to do and second not having the right colors.  I was fortunate enough to win the original set of 12 stains from Simon Says Stamp, but I could just never get a combination of colors that made me happy.  I recently picked up 3 new colors that I think work well together and then used a technique that my friend Joy showed in a recent video on her blog.  You can see her video post HERE.  This card is a product of me playing with my stains and wanting to use a Lawn Fawn set that I had yet to get inky. :)

I clear embossed the background onto white cardstock, then used Joy's technique of dabbing the different colored distress inks on top of the embossed image.  In my card I used Scattered Straw, Bundled Sage & Dried Marigold.  Once dry I inked the edges slightly with Pumice Stone so it would stand out against the yellow card base.  The sentiment & image are from Lawn Fawn's Clear to See set.

Thanks for stopping by today, tomorrow I'll be back with a video!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Rainbow of Twine

Hi Friends,
After making my YCU! project I wanted to play with my twine some more, so I arranged almost all my colors in a rainbow on my desk.  I had a little fun with Instagram before actually making something...

Then I created this, my idea was to let the twine shine and keep the rest simple!

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Many Thanks set stamped in various Jenni Bowlin inks to mimic the rainbow of the twine.

Thanks for popping in!


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Young Crafters Unite! Challenge #5 - Clean & Simple

Hi Friends,
Today I'm back with the next installment of Young Crafters Unite! Challenges.  This month's challenge is to create a clean and simple card.  Here is what I created!

I was inspired my friend Linda who was working on a card for the Lawn Fawn CHA challenge, and made a big sea of twine for some sea critters.  So I took the same idea and created the twine stripe and used it to anchor my sentiment panel. (which by the way I cut out using the square framelits that my sweet friend Heather sent me! Thanks so much Heather!) I used Lawn Fawn's hello friend set for the sentiment, stamped in Spice Tin, and the Hero Arts envelope background, stamped in Weather Vane, for the mat panel.

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!


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Get Well Soon

Hi Friends,
I know many of you have been sick lately, including me right at Christmas! I don't remember asking Santa for a head cold! Luckily I managed to recover pretty quick, which is unusual for me. I hope the rest of you that are still sick shake it very, very soon! I made today's card to give to my Zumba Gold teacher who has been sick almost all of December.  I took it to class last week when we had a substitute and got some of my classmates to sign it.  I probably won't be able to get it to her until she is well enough to come back to class but hopefully she will still appreciate the sentiment.

The paper is from the Cosmo Cricket Togetherness Mini Deck that my sweet friend Laurel gave to me. And I finally used the On The Mend set for a get well card (rather than a Halloween one).  The images are colored with Copics. Sweet and simple.  I made this card while virtual crafting via Google+ hangouts with a few other crafty friends.  It was a lot of fun!  I don't have crafty friends that live near me, so it was pretty awesome to talk about things and show things to each other while we worked!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Cheers to a New Year

Happy 2012 Everyone!

I hope your new year has started off well.  I started mine out by attempting to get back on the my Weight Watchers/Exercise track.  It's not really a new years resolution just something I have been slacking on lately.  So I was good and logged my points, had Mutligrain Cheerios and a banana for breakfast then got out, even though the temp was in the 30's, and walked 3 miles around the neighborhood.  I got rid of almost 20 pounds last year, I would love to get rid of 20 more!  This afternoon I seriously cleaned up my craft area and reorganized things a little bit, that will probably last all of a day or so, but at least I tried!

Today I have a cute New Years card to share!

I actually had the idea of putting the toasting glasses from Happliy Ever After in the penguin's hand awhile back and thought this card would be the perfect opportunity to make that happen.  I think this card might actually hold my record for Lawn Fawn stamp sets used.  I used a grand total of eight different sets! Wow!

2011 brought about many exciting things and I hope 2012 has just as much in store! :)  Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you all have a wonderful New Years Day!


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