Thursday, July 19, 2018

Get Cracking on Christmas: Simply Watercolor Christmas


Hello! It's the third Thursday of the month, time for the next installment of Get Cracking on Christmas! The idea of creating one Christmas card a month all year long started with my friends Jenn and Cherion when we realized that we don't get to create many cards when the Holiday season rolls around. This month is super-sized as we are celebrating Christmas in July with a few bonus friends joining us!

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I created this simple watercolor card after watching the first day of lessons from Kristina Werner's Simply Watercolor class at Online Card Classes.  I drew a grid on a piece of watercolor paper and colored in the squares with various shades of green watercolor paint.  After dry, I white embossed this sentiment from Concord & 9th.  I trimmed the panel down and mounted it with foam adhesive on a white card base and added a few red sequins like holly berries scattered across the card.

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I hope you will join us this month by creating a holiday card and sharing on social media or your blog using the hashtag #getcrackingonchristmas. Below is the list of friends joining us for Get Cracking on Christmas in July.  Please check out their blogs as well for more holiday inspiration.

Jenn Shurkus
Susan Opel (posting on Jenn's site)
Chari Moss
Cheiron Brandon
Libby Hickson
Caryn Davies
Emily Midgett
Vera Yates
Tifany DeGough
Jana Millen
Lydia Fiedler
Lisa Cisneros
Susan Wymer
Jessie Banks
Jessica Frost-Ballas
Teri Anderson
Lisa Henke


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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Lawn Fawn + Xyron Week: Sublime Shaker


Hello Friends! This week the Lawn Fawn design team is featuring projects made with Xyron products.  Today I have a fun shaker card to share using some Xyron adhesives.

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I started by using the Xyron Mega adhesive runner to adhere my Really Rainbow die cut panel to a white card base.  I like to make sure that larger pieces of paper going on the card base are well adhered so this Mega runner is the perfect tool to get lots of adhesive on the back quickly.

To create the shaker part of my card I die cut the Stitched Rectangle frame from a rainbow of cardstock colors.  I used the Xyron Tape Runner with permanent adhesive dots to stack my frames together and create the sides of my shaker compartment.  I think this gives a unique detail to a shaker card over craft foam.  You can see the colors of cardstock when looking at the sides and I also like that it holds it's shape better than foam.

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Probably my most favorite Xyron product has to be the adhesive eraser.  This little tool has gotten me out of many sticky situations (hehe).  I used it along the sides of my stacked cardstock frame to remove any stray adhesive and clean up the sides.  I also used the Xyron Tape runner with dots to adhere down the submarine from You Are Sublime and speech bubble from Chit Chat once I enclosed my Dress My Craft crystal ice cube shaker pieces with acetate.  The "seaweed" is created with die cut pieces from the Large Wreath set.  I just trimmed them to the lengths I wanted and layered them on top.


Visit the Lawn Fawn blog all week for more projects from the Design Team using Xyron products! Also check out the Xyron Facebook page for projects from their design team using Lawn Fawn! 

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Crafting With Compassion



Hello!
Today I am sharing a project with some very special Neat & Tangled stamps and dies. My friend Danielle has created these products to raise money and awareness for a cause that is very important to her and her family, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).  Her Dad suffered from this terrible disease but was blessed enough to finally find a treatment that worked.  You can read about Danielle's Dad's journey and CRPS at the bottom of this post.  But first here is the card I made to help showcase the Celebrate You stamps & dies.  All profits from the sale of both products will go towards helping families in need receive financial assistance at The Neurologic Relief Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The donations will be made to The Burning Limb Foundation, who works with The Neurologic Relief Center directly. You can also just make a direct donation without needing to purchase the stamp or dies HERE.

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I paired the new die with the polygon cover plate cut from a rainbow watercolored panel.

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I used the other sentiment stamps in the set to fill the inside with a rainbow of encouragement reminding use to celebrate everything, even the bad days.

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Neat and Tangled owner Danielle Walls father, Dan, became unexpectedly ill after a routine knee surgery.  He had a series of complications following the procedure and then developed and was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) in March of 2017. CRPS is a complex, progressive disease of the nervous system. The pain is characterized as constant and extremely intense. The pain is often accompanied by swelling, skin changes, extreme sensitivity, and in most cases is debilitating. You can read much more about his journey HERE

It is difficult to put into words how much of a nightmare CRPS is, so please take a few minutes to watch this short video to get a better understanding of how life altering this disease can be.

After several failed attempts to heal through traditional medicine, at the end of their ropes, Danielle and her family discovered Dr. Katinka van der Merwe and The Neurologic Relief Center. Dr. Katinka specializes in revolutionary, non-invasive, non-pharmaceutical therapies to treat patients suffering from CRPS. THIS is a great article written by Dr. Katinka outlining what it is they do. Treatment at this center is costly, as insurance will not cover most of the therapies they provide. It is also 10-12 weeks of treatment and requires living in Arkansas near the clinic for the duration of the treatment. 

Because of the kindness and compassion of friends, family, and the crafting community, enough funds were raised so that Danielle's father was able to receive care at the Center. He arrived in Arkansas in August of 2017, and at the end of October 2017, with Danielle by his side, Dan was able to ring the bell at the completion of his treatment.  You can view the video of his bell ringing ceremony HERE, please keep in mind that when Dan had first arrived in Arkansas he had lost significant weight, was depressed and anxious, was unable to hold a conversation and was easily confused, and was almost completely immobile. To see him smiling, standing and speaking just 11 short weeks later is nothing short of a miracle. In December of 2017, he was able to return to work full time, and he is just enjoying life each day now! I  encourage you to take a look at the rest of The Neurologic Relief Center's Facebook page to see interviews with patients, and question and answer videos from Dr. K and her staff.

Most patients with CRPS have exhausted their funds trying any and all other treatments some causing more harm than good, most have put themselves into great debt seeking healing. Many are just unable to afford the cost of care at The Neurologic Relief Center, to begin with.  If it were not for the help of fundraising, Dan would have left the center in extreme debt which is such a burden to overcome. 

It has been on Danielle's heart ever since then to pay it forward to others who are in a similar situation.  The biggest help in Dan's fundraising was when Simon Says Stamp donated all the sales of Neat and Tangled's 2017 STAMPtember set to Dan's GoFundMe, you can see more about that HERE. So many of you bought that set, and had a hand in Dan's healing whether you knew it or not! Using the same idea, Danielle has started the Crafting With Compassion campaign and designed the Celebrate You stamp set and Celebrate You dies to help this cause.  All profits from the sales of these sets will go directly towards CRPS patients in financial need at The Neurologic Relief Center, and also those who are still waiting to get to the center due to financial limitations. If you wish, you can also just make a straight donation with no purchase necessary on the Neat and Tangled website. All funds raised will be donated to The Burning Limb Foundation, who in turn will work with Dr. Katinka to distribute the funds. The purpose of Crafting With Compassion is to remind us that not only should we feel empathy for those suffering, but we should also take action and do something about it. 

Celebrate You Stamp Set and Celebrate You dies will be available for purchase at 8am EST Thursday, July 5th at Neat & TangledAgain, all profits from the sale of both products will go towards helping families in need receive financial assistance at The Neurologic Relief Center in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The donations will be made to The Burning Limb Foundation, who works with The Neurologic Relief Center directly. You can also just make a direct donation without needing to purchase the stamp or dies HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get Cracking On Christmas: So Many Snowmen


Hello! It is the third Thursday of the month and that means is time for another Get Cracking on Christmas project!  Get Cracking on Christmas is a challenge started with my friends Jenn & Cherion to challenge ourselves to create holiday cards at least once a month all year long and show those holiday stamps some love. So many times I have purchased cute holiday stamps and not had the time to use them when the holidays come around.

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This month I made a super quick card by using the So Many Snomen stamp set from Mama Elephant.  This was perfect for a quick card because the image covers the whole bottom of the card and all I had to do was add the sentiment above.

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I kept my coloring very simple and added slight shading by a pale grey for shadows on the snowmen.  I used the blue diagonal Gotta Have Gingham paper for the background to add a little color but keep the snowmen as the focus.

Be sure to visit both Jenn & Cherion to see their holiday creations and please join us by making holiday cards and sharing them on your blog or social media using the hashtag #getcrackingonchristmas.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Monday, June 18, 2018

Lawn Fawn June Inspiration Week: How You Bean? Stars Add-on


Hello! I'm back today for another day of Lawn Fawn Inspiration week. Today we are featuring the newest add-on for How you Bean? I love the How You Bean? Stars Add-on set, but then again I have always been a fan of stars.

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I was inspired by one of my favorite Pixar shorts, La Luna.  If you have not seen this little film it is a short about a boy who goes with his father and grandfather on a night boat ride to go and sweep fallen stars from the moon's surface.  I made a big pile of stars by masking and white embossing the cluster of stars onto yellow Watercolor Wishes paper and cutting out the top edge.

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I created the background by water coloring layers of distress ink and then blending the edges once it was dry.  I also added flecks of gold metallic watercolor for stars.  The sentiment is white embossed on strips of black cardstock and I popped it and the little astronaut up with foam adhesive.

Be sure to stop by the Lawn Fawn blog for more projects.  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Lawn Fawn June Inspiration Week: Outside-In Stitched Cloud Stackables


Hello! Today Lawn Fawn inspiration week contiunes with the Outside-In Stitched Cloud Stackables and Stitched Cloud Frames.

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I used the largest of the Outside-In Stitched cloud Stackables to create a shaped card with a felt front. I cut two pieces of white cardstock and scored the top of the back one and glued it along the flap to create the card.  I cut some 100% wool felt with the same die and adhered it to the front of the card for a fun textured look.  I added the Bunding Border across the cloud with a rainbow of penants.  Using the Glue Tube I added a thin line of glue around the felt cloud and covered it in Chunky Glitter then finished it off with a few clear sequins.

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I wanted a simple sentiment inside to go along with the simple card front so I white embossed the "hello" from Yay, Kites! onto Peacock cardstock and cut it out with the coordinating die.

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for more cloud projects.  You can see just how I created my felt cloud card in the Outside-In Stitched Cloud Stackables intro video too.

Thanks for stopping by!

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