Monday, April 30, 2012

Happy Chevrons

Hello everyone! I was gone last week on a nice little vacation, so I didn't have the opportunity to get crafty, but before I left I made some projects playing with some new goodies I got in the mail.  I recently ordered the Studio Calico/Hero Arts My Happy set and had to play with it immediately when it arrived!


I clear embossed the chevron design on white cardstock strips then applied my distress ink pad directly to the paper to get a vibrant color. These colors remind me of Spring, so the little bird is the perfect addition to a springy card. 

I hope you all are having a nice start to your week, I am trying to get back into the swing of things after being are never long enough. :)


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Stay Tuned

Welcome back for the last day of Lawn Fawn April Inspiration Week, today we are focusing on the great mini set Stay Tuned.  I really do love the images in this set and they are great for making those hard to create masculine cards.


For my card I cut circles out of shades of blue cardstock and stamped the images in Jenni Bowlin Spice Tin ink.  I arranged them and adhered them down with varying heights of adhesive.  I finished the card off with a curved sentiment & rounded corner.

Be sure you check out what the rest of the design team created on the Lawn Fawn Blog, and as always I hear there are inspiration week giveaways!


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Lawn Fawn Inspriation Week: Handmade With Love

Inspiration week continues with the mini set Handmade With Love.  This stamp is great for the back of your cards or tags attached to a special gift.

I die cut the tag out of Bazzill Whilpool cardstock and white embossed the sentiment.  You can check out the matching Bazzill cardstock colors HERE with the Bazzill Matchmaker program.  The flowers from Petite Florals are white embossed on bright side paper then cut out. I added stardust stickles to all the flowers for added sparkle!  I tied the tag onto the pot with some lawn trimmings twine.

Be sure to stop by the Lawn Fawn blog and see what the rest of the design team created!


Monday, April 23, 2012

Lawn Fawn Inspriation Week: Claire's ABCs + YCU!

Today's post is doing double duty.  The Lawn Fawn Fawnies are featuring Clarie's ABCs today and today is also the beginning of a new challenge over at Young Crafter's Unite! where the theme is No Coloring Allowed.

So here is my creation.


All the papers are from Lawn Fawn's Bright Side collection. I cut out some of the flower shapes in the patterns to create custom embellishments to match my card. Don't forget to visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see what the rest of the Fawnies created with this great alphabet set.  Did you know it matches the alphabet stickers in the Bright Side collection??? Oh and I'm sure there is a giveaway going on over there too!

Also be sure you check out all the other amazing YCU design team creations and all the challenge details at the Young Crafters Unite! blog including the fabulous prize up for grabs.

A $25 Gift Certificate to Simon Says Stamp!

Thanks for stopping by today!!!


Sunday, April 22, 2012

Happy Earth Day!

I know I have already posted once today (so if you are looking for my Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week Post please scroll down or go HERE) but I made this card today and just had to post it.  In case you didn't know today is Earth Day, and I thought up this idea yesterday and just knew I had to get it made today to share.  So Happy Earth Day Everyone!

I did some more drawing on this card...yes that's right I drew the WHOLE WORLD!!! hehe :) And colored it with distress inks.  The critters and everything around the earth are colored with copics on copic paper.  This was my first experience with copic paper, it's really smooth to color on and I really liked it.  The background I colored with dried marigold distress ink after I glued everything down (it just needed something).  So that's why the color stops short of the images, but it kind of gives them a cool glowing effect.

Hope you have all had a good weekend and a nice Earth Day! :)

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: Flutter By

It's Lawn Fawn April Inspiration Week! Yay! Today we are featuring Flutter By and I created a nice Thank you card using one of the flower images.


I stamped the flower in soft sand shadow ink to create the background, then colored one flower with copics, cut it out and popped it up on dimensional adhesive.  The sentiment is spelled out using Claire's ABCs.  I used the newsprint background stamp from Hero Arts to add some texture to the banner & leaves.

Be sure you visit the Lawn Fawn Blog and see the rest of the Design Teams fabulous creations, and there might even be a giveaway going on! :)


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Time to Relax...

Hello Friends, I hope you are having a nice weekend so far.  Today I want to share a card I made for my boss who is retiring at the end of this month.


This card also goes along with this weeks Lawnscaping Challenge, to stamp a scene.  I haven't played along with Lawnscaping in a couple weeks so I really wanted to break that streak! :)

I hand drew the chair and table for my dog to sit on.  To make the TV patterned rather than solid I clear embossed the image on the patterned paper then went over it with a black marker.  I cut it out so that it was outlined in black.  The martini glass is from a paper punch and I just drew in the black lines by hand to make it match the rest of the scene.  

Thanks for stopping by today! Lawn Fawn inspiration week starts today with the big giveaway post, comment on the blog to win 4 new sets (Claire's ABCs, Flutter by, Stay Tuned & Handmade with Love) and come back tomorrow for our first day of inspiration week projects!


Thursday, April 19, 2012


Happy Thursday! Only one more day until the weekend. That always makes me happy. :) Today I wanted to share a card that I made a while back that features shadow inks and frame cuts from Hero Arts. 


I was really drawn to the Four Hearts set when it came out, and the fact that it has a die cut to match was just fabulous.  I used some of the soft shadow inks on this card, blossom, sand & purple.  Seriously the newsprint background might be my new favorite Hero Arts background stamp!

Thanks for stopping by today!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Distress Watercoloring

Hi Friends, today I'm blogging over at A Blog Named Hero. If you have no idea what I'm talking about then that means you haven't checked out the newest challenge blog on the block, created by my good friends Linda & Mary Dawn!  If you love Hero Arts you will love A Blog Named Hero.  They asked me to do a little blogging this month while I am their guest so I got out my distress inks & markers to create a fun card inspired by this lovely flower I saw a the garden center. 

I also made a video tutorial as well!  Here is a little sneaky peek to entice you! :) Now go and check it out at A Blog Named Hero! :)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Patchwork Card

Happy Tuesday!
Today I have a little video tutorial over at the Lawn Fawn blog showing how to use pattern paper to make a patchwork panel. Here is the card I created and you can check out the video on the Lawn Fawn Blog HERE or on the Lawn Fawn YouTube channel as well.


This is a really easy card to make and a great way to use up some pattern paper scraps you might have floating around.  This would be a great idea for a colorful card set as well!

One more thing...if you haven't already, check out Lawn Fawn's Operation Write Home post and play along with us in the Operation Write Home Make 'em Laugh theme.  Link up your cards by April 20th for a chance to win $50 in Lawn Fawn goodies! 

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Newsprint Love

Hi Friends,

Hope you are having a happy Monday (if there is such a thing). I'm here to share a little newsprint love with you today.  I love newsprint, it adds a great texture to things, so the newer newsprint background and stamps from Hero Arts get two thumbs up in my book. 

The top panel is kraft misted with Mister Huey's white mist.  The heart is cut using Hero Arts frame cuts. The red heart is embossed with clear embossing on kraft then inked with Festive Berries distress ink.  I cut the red heart out by hand so that it would be slightly smaller than frame in the top panel. The twine is natural button twine colored with a red copic to match.

Thanks for stopping by today!


Sunday, April 15, 2012

A Blog Named Hero - Challenge #2 Card with a View

Hi Friends!
Today we start the next challenge at ABlog Named Hero! Before I share I just have to say WOW! What a response to the first challenge! I enjoyed seeing all your lovely creations! On to the next challenge...a Card with a View.

My card features one of my favorite color combos, chocolate brown & light aqua.  I stamped the houndstooth background in brown ink  Then cut out the window with sizzix framelits.  I used the dies to cute the frame out of Tide Layering paper.  The inside cream panel is stamped with the envelope pattern in soft pool ink for some more texture.  I stamped the sentiment without the scrolls that are part of the stamp so that it would fit inside my frame better.  The "YOU" is colored with BG13 Copic with stardust stickles over top.

The challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and there is a $25 gift certificate as a prize. Be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero for more inspiration and all the challenge details.


Saturday, April 14, 2012

Disco Cow + Operation Write Home

Today Lawn Fawn is participating in a blog hop for Operation Write Home.  You can find the blog hop post HERE at the Lawn Fawn Blog or you can hop along from the very beginning by visiting This post is not part of the hop but I did want to share the card I made for the Lawn Fawn post.  The theme of the hop is "Make 'em Laugh."  In the midst of soldiers being deployed and their families coping in their absence at home it's nice to be able to still send some happiness.

This card started out with the cow and the background, and when my husband said it had a retro disco feel well it just got silly from there. :)  I hope you like it, I had fun making it and coming up with a cow afro! The disco ball is punched out of American Crafts Pow Glitter paper.  This paper is amazing, it has all the shine and bling of glitter with none of the mess, which is very important for Operation Write Home.

Lawn Fawn is having a contest for cards for Operation Write Home in the "Make 'em Laugh" theme.  You could win $50 in Lawn Fawn goodies so come play along.  You can find the details HERE on the Lawn Fawn blog hop post. You can also find the guidelines for Operation Write Home cards HERE.

But wait there's more.... In addition to linking up your Operation Write Home creations Kelly is also having a giveaway, just comment on the hop post for a chance to win an ABC set, a Critter set & a 6x6 paper pad!

Thanks for stopping by! :)


Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

I hope you have all had a very blessed Easter Sunday.  I have a fun Easter card to share with you today.

I used bright side papers and the twiggy tree memory box die that I just got this week.  I was hoping to be able to get this fun egg tree idea made for Easter, I'm cutting it close!  Thanks for popping in today!


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Oh Me, Oh My!

Hi Friends,
Today I have two things to share!  I have a photo tutorial on the Lawn Fawn blog showing how to make a very simple card set.  I am actually house/dog sitting for my parents this week so I made this card set while away from my craft desk using only a few supplies and snapping pics with my phone. :) You can go check it out HERE!

And the second thing to share is this card I made over the weekend. I got a few new goodies and just had to make something with them finally. I have also decided to make it a new goal to use some stamp sets that I have had for awhile but not really put to good use yet.


I just got the Jenni Bowlin Jester Border punch from Fiskars & the My Mind's Eye Dilly Dally Paper pad from the Miss Carolina collection.  This paper pad reminds me of the Fair so I dug out an older stamp set that I haven't really used and created this fun card.  For the ribbon, I clear embossed the striped ribbon tails on yellow pattern paper, then went over it with distress ink to bring out the image more and give a subtle tone on tone look.  The circular part of the ribbon is embossed in opaque aqua zing embossing powder on the red paper then carefully cut out.  I cut the center out of a coordinating pattern and turned it so the plaid pattern was at an angle.  The edge is inked with pumice stone distress ink to give some definition then popped it up with foam.  I typically don't use brads in my projects but for this card I created my own coordinating embellishments by punching out some small circles from the paper and layering them behind the brads.


Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Don't Throw it Away, Handsome!

I recently picked up Practical Solutions for Paper Crafters and it is just full of great ideas!  One of my favorite things to do is keep things you would normally throw away, like packaging, and find a way to reuse it!  So I really liked the Don't Throw it Away section.  Inspired by the magazine and the challenge at Moxie Fab World I held on to the packaging for some Studio Calico wooden shapes and had a little fun.  I will eventually use the wood asterisks I bought but for this card I cut out the outlines that were on the back of the chipboard packaging.


I first laid them upside down in a pattern on a piece of kraft card stock and used them as masks with some Studio Calico White mist.  Then I flipped them over and misted them with Plum Thumb mist.  Once dry I arranged them on my misted background, then finished by stamping the sentiment. The slick finish on the packaging created a cool distressed look to the mist that I think adds some nice texture.


Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Blog Named Hero: First Challenge

Hi Everyone!
I hope you all enjoyed A Blog Named Hero's Celebration week as much as I did!  There were some fabulous cards from some amazing designers, what a great week of inspiration! Today the challenges begin so now everyone gets to join in the fun and I'm so honored to be guest designing for the inaugural challenge. We are still playing favorites for this first challenge so I hope you all bring out your favorite goodies and techniques and join us!

One of my favorite things to do is color, so I created a card featuring some yummy Copic colored apples!

The apple stamp is from a mini Hero Arts set called Designer Fruit.  I colored each one with Copics then gave them all a hefty coating of glossy accents to make them shiny.  The envelope pattern background is stamped using soft sand shadow ink (I think I just might be in love with this ink, oh and the background stamp too) and the sentiment is white embossed on black card stock for a chalkboard kind of look.

The challenge is sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and there is a $25 gift certificate as a prize. Be sure to visit A Blog Named Hero for more inspiration and all the challenge details.


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