Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Turning 7 (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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Turning 7! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

It's a busy busy birthday season! I think everyone has babies in the spring - I can't make cards fast enough for the kids to take to their friends' parties.  This one went out the door a few weekends ago for a little boy in Maia's class.

I used Out Of This World for the images and combined it with words from Plan On It: Birthdays. I love that I was able to customize for Alexander's birthday using the number 7 from that set.

Turning 7! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Instead of inking up a galaxy background, I die-cut a Zig Zag Circle and then layered a black circle cut with the Snowy Backdrop die.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Embroidered Hello and Year Seven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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I totally flaked out on my post yesterday so you're getting double doses of Lawn Fawn this morning:

Embroidered hello and Year Seven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


First up, the design team is showing off Lawn Fawn's 7th birthday set! Wowza! I'm so thrilled to be a part of this company for the last few years, and to help celebrate 7 is so great.

Embroidered hello and Year Seven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I rubbed some blue ink into the center of my focal panel, and added all of the Year Seven images right in there.  For the sentiment, I reached for another set, Happy Happy Happy.  This is a quick and easy card, but so bright and cheery.

My next card took a little longer to put together:

Embroidered hello and Year Seven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I had a hard time photographing this card, but in real life it is so sweet and pretty. I did some ink rubbing again, in a soft pink and did the embroidering in the middle of that inked oval.

Embroidered hello and Year Seven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I mixed images from Fairy Friends, Hello Baby and Joy to the Woods.

I hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Bun in the oven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

For today's Bun In The Oven spotlight, I thought I'd do something a little different and make a card for when that bun is all the way cooked:

Bun in the oven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


Your bun. Is done.

I used Smitty's ABCs to spell out the custom sentiment, and kept the card design simple and more graphic.

Bun in the oven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I love the cheering, smiley faced bun.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Sew cute! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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sew cute! (lawn fawn inspiration week)

We're kicking off Lawn Fawn's April inspiration week with a closer look at Sewn With Love.

I have 2 cards up on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning. The first one has all of the smiley faces colored in a very vibrant teal, against a pink Watercolor Wishes background. I love the jar of buttons peeking out from behind the pin cushion.


The second is one that I showed off during CHA sneak peek week (you can see the original blog post by clicking HERE.) It's still my favorite, and I have to admit that I was sad to see it go. Sofia picked it for her friend's birthday and I had to stop myself from asking her to pick a different one.

I did a quick watercolor on the background and fixed a Bannertastic banner so it looked like it was being pushed out by the machine.

There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bekah's mermaid party

Last month, my niece Rebekah turned 5. Her little sister, 1 years old, her twin sisters, 3 months old, and my sister, tired. So I offered to bring the party to their house.

Bekah's mermaid party

I baked cupcakes, decorated toppers and water bottles, and made a banner.

Bekah's mermaid party


The birthday girl requested purple and blue for her color scheme, and mermaids.

Bekah's mermaid party

Purple-iced cupcakes were dressed up with fancy sprinkles from Sweetapolita (I splurged! they are so pretty!)

Bekah's mermaid party

The something blue was brought in with the cupcake toppers. I colored soooo many mermaids. If you are hand-making party decorations like I did, how do you work? I like to do everything in stages. First, batch stamp and die-cut all of the images (I used Mermaid For You images for the entire party.) Another day, I set to coloring. And Netflix binging. I watched a few seasons of Suits while making all of these decorations. Assembly is for another day.

Bekah's mermaid party

The waterbottles are my favorites. I used strips of the purple paper from the Watercolor Wishes pack, and made labels with each girl's name on the front (hand-stamped, of course.)

Bekah's mermaid party

To attach the straw, I wrapped a little strip of the same purple paper around the straw and then used a glue dot to secure it to the bottle. Easy peasy, but it looks super cute!

Bekah's mermaid party

The last thing I made was this banner with Bekah's name going across the panels.

Bekah's mermaid party

A special shout-out to my hubby for holding one end of the banner, while I juggled holding the other side and snapping a quick picture. I'm surprised it's at all in focus. ha.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Simon Says Stamp feature

Hi there!

I'm on the Simon Says Stamp store blog this morning, with this little number:

simon says stamp feature

Click on over to see more card photos and read the step-by-step!

♥.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ETC Papers + Neat and Tangled week

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Etc Papers + Neat and Tangled week


Neat and Tangled is partnering with Et Cetera Papers to bring you some fun inspiration this week! Et Cetera Papers has the coolest wood stationery and envelopes and I've used some of them in today's card.

Etc Papers + Neat and Tangled week

To ground my images, I used their Birch Wood paper, and added a tiny heart with the Cherry Wood paper to bring in the darker brown of the deer, and to match the envelope.

The little deer, from Into the Woods, was stamped in a lighter ink and colored with copic markers. I love how soft he looks! I used the Making Waves die to create an opening for a fun patterned paper sky. The curved banner is from Mermazing. I carefully (very carefully) snipped away the original greeting so that I could now use the banner more freely. You'll see it again in tomorrow's card! I love how it curves perfectly around the circle.

To ground the deer, I die-cut a strip from Tiny Cuts, and darkened the wood beneath his hooves with a copic marker.

Etc Papers + Neat and Tangled week

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to leave a comment on all participating blogs this week for a chance to win a prize package from Et Cetera Papers.


♥.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Springtime cards (with Neat and Tangled)

Hi there! I'm here and on the NT blog this morning, with 2 springtime cards for you. I should mention that it will be snowing in Montreal tonight. but still...

springtime cards (with Neat and Tangled)


My first card pairs the sweet bunny from Cottontail Cuties with the deer from Into the Woods as well as the Floral Heart frame. I used the wavy banner from Scalloped to prop up the bunny a bit, so that they could stare at each other properly. I love how the little animals work so well together!

I went straight-up Easter for the next card:

springtime cards (with Neat and Tangled)

Using the Parquet stencil, I sponged on different shades of pink to act as a backdrop for my images (from Cottontail Cuties.)

To add some ground beneath their feet, I stamped the little grass images from the same set, in a way that would stretch to width of my card and used scissors to cut that out by hand. 

The sentiment was stamped directly onto the card base.

I hope you've been inspired to make a few springtime or Easter cards of your own!

♥.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Lawn Fawn + Xyron week - wedding cats

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Lawn Fawn + Xyron week - wedding cats


Lawn Fawn and Xyron are collaborating this week to bring you fun inspiration using both companies' products.

I've used Xyron's Mega Runner to adhere everything on my card.

The Lawn Fawn supply list is a bit longer.

Lawn Fawn + Xyron week - wedding cats

I dressed up the Meow You Doin'? cats for their wedding. I love that my cousin will open the envelope on his wedding day in July and see this and be all WTF, but there you have it. Wedding cats. I'll distract him with a nice, hefty check. ha.

The wedding accessories come from the set called Bicycle Built for You, and who knew they would work perfectly on the kitties? I love that "furever" fit perfectly into the little flag.

I stamped "wedding day" into 2 Bannertastic banners and snipped them so they could fit snuggly on either side of the happy couple.

I'm still giggling, picturing the reaction to these cats. I don't even know if they prefer dogs.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Elephant party pop-up card (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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elephant party pop-up card (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


For the last day of Lawn Fawn inspiration week, we're showing off our best pop-up cards, using the new pop-up add-ons. I've used the Grassy Hillside Pop-up Add-on.

elephant party pop-up card (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Maia went to a birthday party and I colored the little girl to match the birthday girl. I love that the girl from Bicycle Built For You can ride the elephant from Elphie Selfie! I will definitely be looking for other critters she can sit on!

I hope you like it! It was so much fun to put together. Visit the Lawn Fawn blog for much more pop-up card inspiration - click!

♥.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mother's day flowers

This is my second post today - if you're looking for Lawn Fawn, scroll down or click HERE.

I'm here and on the Avery Elle blog today with this sweet little card for mama:

Mother's day flowers (Avery Elle)


Are you thinking: gah! more purple?

I can't make any promises that this will be the last. I think it's such a pretty color lately!

The flowers, from Mother's Day, were stamped twice in soft pinks and greens and used to frame the sentiment.

Mother's day flowers (Avery Elle)

I used the MISTI to double-stamp the sentiment, to make sure that it was good and saturated. I love how it pops.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by.

♥.




Bicycle built for you (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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Bicycle built for you (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


More purple. I really can't help myself. Lawn Fawn inspiration week continues with a closer look at Bicycle Built For You.  I love all of the little accessories that can take this sweet couple from a casual afternoon ride in the park, to a dressed up post-i-do-can-swinging adventure.

Bicycle built for you (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I layered all of my images over a sheet of Watercolor Wishes paper, onto which I flecked white ink for a more dreamy look. I then fit the greeting into a sweeping banner, from Bannertastic.

I hope you like it! Kelly Marie recreated my card in her video this morning, so visit the Lawn Fawn blog to check it out - click!

♥.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bun in the oven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there, and welcome back to another day of March's Lawn Fawn inspiration week.

Today, we're showing off the Watercolor Wishes paper collection. I continue my love affair with the purple Horseshoe paper:

Bun in the oven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

This is a bit of a quirky card, but a smiley-faced oven is already pretty silly so I ran with it. I used some matching ink to add some shading around the edges of the watercolor paper, and that provided the perfect backdrop for my images.

The images are from Bun In The Oven and Sprinkled With Joy.

Bun in the oven (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I love the surprise of opening the oven! The little bun looks so cute.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning - click!

♥.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hang in there (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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Hang in there (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


We're showing off this lazy sloth today, from Hang In There.  I've already put him on another card this week (click! if you missed it.)

I kept this one pretty simple, The black and white stripey backdrop provides the perfect pop for a more simple card.

Hang in there (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

One little tricky thing I did: I added a few more Os to the end of the HELLLOO - I needed it to look more full in the banner, and I really just thought it'd make him sound extra slothful. It wasn't even as tricky as I'm making it out to be. I inked up the last few vowels only and carefully stamped them on the end.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning - click!

♥.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Wedding flowers (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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wedding flowers (Lawn Fawn Inspiration week)

Here's the thing. My cousin is getting married in July, and I've been tasked with making the wedding cards. Allll of the wedding cards. Like, from me, my sisters' families, and my parents. Here's the first.

I used Lawn Fawn's Fab Flowers to make this simple (and I hope elegant) wedding card.

wedding flowers (Lawn Fawn Inspiration week)

I stamped the flowers in soft ink colors (stamping off onto a piece of scrap paper first so that the solid image would be even lighter.) Then, I added some loose shading with copic markers. The inks are water-based, so there was some bleeding, but that was part of the look.

I hope you like it! Kelly Marie recreated the card in her video this morning. If you'd like to see how it was made, head over to the Lawn Fawn blog and check it out - click!

♥.

Friday, March 17, 2017

sorry i'm so slow... (lawn fawn inspiration week)

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sorry i'm so slow... (lawn fawn inspiration week)


It's day 2 of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week, and we're showing off a few new sets. I've focused on Bannertastic, and built my card around the sweeping banner.

I've set up a birthday scene with the sloth from Hang in There, as well as the bird and mouse and other accessories from Elphie Selfie.

sorry i'm so slow... (lawn fawn inspiration week)

I backed everything in a sheet of purple watercolor paper, and frame it out with a Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Stackables die.

To note: I'm calling this week My Purple Period, because in editing my photos I realized that half of them feature this pretty purple watercolor paper. I've used it all up already. ack. It's so pretty though!

Be sure to visit the LF blog this morning to see what the rest of the design team has created - click!

♥.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Friends furever (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

We're kicking off Lawn Fawn's March inspiration week with a closer look at Meow You Doin'?



I shared this card back in January, but Kelly Marie recreated it in her video today. If you'd like to see step-by-step how to create this card, visit the Lawn Fawn blog this morning - click!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

My greatest treasure

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my greatest treasure

I'm on the Neat and Tangled blog this morning with this little number, featuring the pirates from Yo Ho Ho.

I hope you check it out for more details - click!

my greatest treasure

♥.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Arrrrr, me mateys (Neat and Tangled release week)

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arrr, me mateys (Neat and Tangled release week)

The Neat and Tangled new release is up in the shop - CLICK!

I thought I'd recap the many Yo Ho Ho pirate faces I've shown off this week. And don't worry, there will be more to come! I really love these little guys! Thanks for all the sweet comments throughout the week. I can't wait to see what you do with them!

♥.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Happy birthday, jolly sailor! (Neat and Tangled release week)

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happy birthday, jolly sailor! (neat and tangled release week)

I'm using a new die set designed by Miriam for Neat and Tangled: the Classic Tag 2 dies. The tag size is large, but not too large, perfect for getting creative with other dies, or for scene-building!

happy birthday, jolly sailor! (neat and tangled release week)

For my tag, I cut an opening into each one using the rectangle Ornate Frames die. It has a wavy, irregular look that reminded me of a vintage treasure map!

I colored my little boy and girl pirate (from the new Yo Ho Ho set) in darker skin tones (copic colors E11, E19 and E13.)

happy birthday, jolly sailor! (neat and tangled release week)

I couldn't help but make the tags into little shakers, and I heat-embossed the happy birthday sentiment onto black banner flags from Scalloped.

Everything new goes on sale tomorrow morning! Check out the Neat and Tangled blog this morning to see what the rest of the design team has made - click!

♥.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Medallion Flower Builder (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

This is my 2nd post today. If you're looking for Lawn Fawn kitties, click HERE or scroll down.

We're back with another day of Neat and Tangled new stuff. Today, we're showing off Miriam's new set, Medallion Flower Builder.

Medallion Flower Builder (Neat and Tangled release week)


I opted to use the dies only for the leaves, sponging ink onto the more detailed layer. I love how the dies can be used on their own!  I used the Scalloped dies to make a frame, and cut up the Hooray wreath to have sprigs sticking out, to soften the look of the graphic leaves.

Medallion Flower Builder (Neat and Tangled release week)

The sentiment is from Medallion Flower Builder, and white-heat-embossed onto a strip of grey cardstock.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.