Friday, December 19, 2014

the angels said: peace.

I thought I was all done showing off Christmas cards, but I found a couple that I didn't share on the blog yet.

I illustrated a pair of angels, just for fun, and matched them up with a lawn fawn sentiment:

the angels said: peace.

I did some ink blending around the banner and angels, to make it look like an evening sky, and then printed the pair again so that I could give dimension to their wings:

the angels said: peace.


They said:

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men."

♥.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

woodsy holiday tags

Hi there!  I think we're all past the point of making holiday cards (if not, chop chop!) so I thought I'd share a set of tags you can whip up with lawn fawn stamps and dies.

woodsy holiday tags

It all started with a stroll through Target, where I spotted the plaid wrapping paper. I love a woodland-themed Christmas, and Lawn Fawn's Joy to the Woods is perfect for creating tags to compliment that theme.

woodsy holiday tags

These are the pieces you need to create these tags. I find it easier to work systematically: I stamped a sheet of cardstock with all of the birch trees and cardinals that I would need and colored them very quickly. Just a few swipes of a warm grey copic marker for the trees (W1) and 2 tones of red for the cardinals (R24 and R29.)

Then, I die-cut the circles and all of the snow-drifts, and stamped the greeting ("merry christmas" from this set, and the "to" from Birthday Tags.) I placed them all on the same block for easy mass-producing.  Some of the tags feature heat-embossing, but I got lazy halfway through the project and switched to a red ink. No fuss.


When the tags are assembled, add the falling snow with a white gel pen.  Then, you could just handwrite the recipient's name on the front, or you could die-cut letters if you're feeling fancy:

woodsy holiday tags


I die-cut the letters in black to compliment the black outlines of the stamped images, as well as the plaid wrapping.

woodsy holiday tags

I hope you like what I created!

♥.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

talk nerdy to me {new lawn fawn!}

I love anything bookworm-themed. As soon as I saw the cute little worm from Bugs and Kisses, I knew I would have him draped over the Science of Love textbook.

It's the last day of Lawn Fawn's December release reveals, and I bring you:

talk nerdy to me {new lawn fawn!}


The nerdiest valentine's day card ever. Maybe we've stepped away from the kiddie class valentines on this one, hee hee. Especially since every time my hubs walks by this card, he starts with the horn riff from that song.

talk nerdy to me {new lawn fawn!}

I love lawn fawn's new stitched circle dies! The come as a nested set, so it's not hard to fit the right size to frame your focal image.  I also used Riley's ABCs to create my custom sentiment, and the library card from Check This Out.

I hope you like it!

There's more to see on the Lawn Fawn blog today!


Tuesday, December 9, 2014

tear-away valentines {new lawn fawn}

Hi there, and welcome back to another day of Lawn Fawn's December release.

Today's we're showing off the mini-set, whale you be mine.

tear-away valentines {new lawn fawn!}

Again, I kept things simple to show how I would use the set for a class valentine.

tear-away valentines {new lawn fawn!}

I colored the whales separately (giving one a bow from Sweet Christmas!) and then die-cut them and set them aside.

I then die-cut 2 of the new stitched circles (from a thinner-weighted card stock) and a bunch of different Mermaid-colored papers with the scallop border (keeping the "negatives" because they look like waves.)

To assemble the treat bags, I sewed around the circles (the stitching lines are excellent guides!) and left an opening to stuff candy through before closing the whole thing up.

I like the idea of giving kids something that looks nice, but contains way less candy than they would think. ha.

tear-away valentines {new lawn fawn!}

I hope you like it!

Visit the lawn fawn blog today for more inspiration.

♥.

Monday, December 8, 2014

bugs and kisses {new lawn fawn!}

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's December release! It's a mini release, with 2 stamp sets and 6 dies, but so cute.

bugs and kisses {new lawn fawn!}

Today's feature is "bugs and kisses," a full-sized set that features different insects and bugs in lawn fawn's trademark style.

I decided to keep things simple today and tomorrow, and show how I would use the sets for my kids' class valentines.

bugs and kisses {new lawn fawn!}

I made myself a tiny little bag, just big enough for a small amount of treats. Separately, I stamped the jar and colored it with a few simple swipes of light blue and grey markers. I stamped the insect and the heart (from woodgrain backdrops) and then opted to stamp and cut out the critter again so that his tail-end could overlap the banner die-cut.

bugs and kisses {new lawn fawn!}

I just love this worm - he's my favorite! I custom-created the sentiment on my computer - it barely fits into the banner, haha!

I hope you like what I created! There's so much more inspiration on the lawn fawn blog today - click!

Friday, December 5, 2014

polar bear christmas.

Hi there! I think, by fluke, this turned into the week where I show off my digital illustrations. I hope you don't mind!

polar bear christmas

I illustrated a very simple bear wearing a striped party hat. I printed him out times four and cut him out with scissors.

polar bear christmas


I highlighted some areas in blue, gave him blushy cheeks and popped him up onto snowy/starry lawn fawn paper. A simple sentiment by Avery Elle right onto his belly, and a pom pom on his hat, and he was ready for gifting.

polar bear christmas


It feels good to make something quick and simple sometimes!

ps, If you missed the post where you could download my christmas-pyjama-clad-kids, click *here*

♥.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine special thanks! blog hop


Today's blog hop feels like a funeral. Tears will be shed, laughs will be shared, and memories will touch our hearts.

I don't know how to put into words how I feel about the closing of Paper Crafts & Scrapbooking magazine.

It is a sad thing. PC&S was the cornerstone of our card-making industry. There was validation for the artists who found themselves published within those pages, and so much inspiration for the rest of us. We also found a sense of community within those pages, cheering each other on, even though we were all competing to see our own artwork there.

I only submitted for publication a handful of times, but each time, when Susan sent out that email, I got chills. They picked me! The first time was for a card that was published in the November/December 2012 issue. I used lawn fawn's Cozy Christmas, so I thought that it was only fitting to say goodbye using products from Lawn Fawn, and my other favorite company, Mama Elephant.

I also have a special gift to offer up at the end, since PC&S always offered us free digis, I thought it would be fitting to offer up a few of my own here today.

our time together was sweet.

I illustrated the little girl holding a giant gingerbread cookie and paired her together with a custom sentiment of thanks.  I wanted the card to be season-appropriate. How's that for the mag in mind!

our time together was sweet.


I have 3 different Christmas kid-in-pyjama images to offer you today. You can see how I used the others *here* and *here.*

To download any of the images, click on the JPEG or PNG link - your choice! And right-click to save the image to your computer. I hope you enjoy them this holiday season - they are my special gift to you:

Boy in Christmas pjs: JPEG/PNG

Girl in Christmas pjs: JPEG/PNG

Girl holding gingerbread cookie: JPEG/PNG

Now. There are so many people expressing their own thanks and love to the PC&S team. The hop started with Jennifer McGuire's blog, and goes on 200 bloggers strong.

If you're following the hop order, you should have come from Lyndal's blog, and will now be heading over to my oh-so-talented friend's Kara's blog.

♥.