Thursday, July 19, 2018

Holiday Helpers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

Hi there!


Lawn Fawn is showing off their Fall/Winter release all week long! Everything shown this week will be for sale at the end of August.

Today's I'm showing off the cute little elves that you've already been eyeing in the sneak peek banner. I love them so much! Holiday Helpers is an adorable set, with mirror imaged girl and boy elves and all kinds of toy-shop accessories.

Holiday helpers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

I used the Peekaboo Backdrop die to create little vignettes within each opening. The little boy elves are hanging out, playing in the boxes, drinking hot chocolate, while the girl elves are doing all the work. haha.

Holiday helpers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

I created all of the little scenes, and then set them against a blue gingham paper background.

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I love the little slit in the box, so that toys (or elves) can be tucked in! So fun!

I also used the Holiday Helpers elves along with the Say What? Christmas Critters and Say What? Gift Tags to make a fun set of Christmas tags.

Holiday helpers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

I love these tags! They are small (read, easy to put together,) but not too small, with room for images without crowding the recipient's name. I love that you can make shaker tags out of them! I kept it simple for my first time out.

Holiday helpers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

I love how the holiday colors really pop against the simple white tag. I hope you like what I've created for you today! Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog this morning for all of the sneak peeks - CLICK!

♥.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Woodland critter huggers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

Hi there!


Lawn Fawn is showing off their Fall/Winter release all week long! Everything shown this week will be for sale at the end of August.

Today, I'm showing off a set of add-on dies for the Woodland Critter Huggers. The Woodland Critter Huggers Winter Add-On set includes mittens, a scarf, a santa hat, and earmuffs!

I've used a good number of them on this card:

Woodland treat huggers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

I made a little reindeer treat hugger, and gave him a piece of dark chocolate to hold. I love a card and a treat all in one!

Woodland treat huggers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

I added a scarf, the santa hat and a pair of mittens to the reindeer. Little white gel pen accents help everything really pop!

Woodland treat huggers (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

At his feet, I placed extra die-cuts from the set: the present, the little mug filled with whipped cream and the candy cane. I love how these dies were designed! For the present, I die-cut the box in white and the little ribbon in red. They fit together perfectly. Likewise, the candy cane is 2 dies - one for the white and one for the red part. And the mug has a slit in the top, so that the whipped cream can slide in.

I hope you like what I've made today, and be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog for so many more new product reveals - CLICK!

♥.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Looking up at starry skies (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week)

Hi there!


Lawn Fawn is showing off their new Fall/Winter collection all week long! Everything shown this week will be for sale at the end of August. 

Today, I'm showing off new Woodgrain cardstock, and the Reverse Stitched Scalloped Circle Windows (as well as a pair of adorable bears you'll be later in the week!)


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For this card, I colored the bears from Winter Skies and used the scalloped circle window die to create an opening for the night sky. I love them wrapped in the same scarf, looking up at Santa and his reindeer!
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I added a tree for a fun pop of color, and set the images onto a sentiment banner flag. I hope you like it!

Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog this morning for all of the new sneak peeks - click!

♥.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Pick of the patch (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week!)

Hi there!


Lawn Fawn is showing off their Fall/Winter release on the blog all week long! New stamp sets, new paper collections, ink colors, and more amazing dies! All of the new products will be available for purchase at the end of August.

Today, we're showing off Pick Of The Patch:

pick of the patch (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week!)


All of those little squirrels! I had them playing in the pumpkin patches. Aren't they so cute? I love the pumpkins with the open lids - perfect for stashing little critters inside. I set the pumpkins onto rolling green hills and gave them shadows by way of a green copic marker. I also added little highlights to the pumpkins and the critters with a white gel pen.

pick of the patch (Lawn Fawn sneak peek week!)

Also new: the Spooky Fence Border - it was the perfect way to balance out the black at the top of the card, and create space for the sentiment.

I hope you like it! There's so much more to see on the Lawn Fawn blog today - click!

♥.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I see your true colors (Ellen Hutson Rainbow Slider)

Hi there!

I had so much fun working with the new Rainbow Slider dies from Ellen Hutson and am so excited to show you what I made!

your true colors (new EH release)

Isn't it so fun? I kept the card-front pretty simple. I colored all of the rainbow stripes with copic markers, and set it against a cloudy backdrop. The cloud cover plate is by Lawn Fawn. I colored the clouds with white paint and added an extra cloud, from the Rainbow Slider collection to the card.

your true colors (new EH release)

When the card was fully assembled, I asked my daughter to show you what it does. You pull on the tab, and voila! a rainbow appears.

your true colors (new EH release)

So fun! To finish off the card, I added a sentiment from Over It (another set in this new collection!) and a tiny heart.

your true colors (new EH release)

I hope you like what you see so far! Shop the new collection over at Ellen Hutson - click!

♥.

Monday, July 9, 2018

You're the best! (SSS guest post)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Simon Says Stamp blog this morning, with a fun card featuring some of my favorite Avery Elle critters:

you're the best! (SSS guest post)

I really wanted to let the cute critters, from Peek A Boo Pals, take center stage, so I started out by stamping and coloring the ones I wanted to use. I played around with mixing and matching critters. For example, I knew I would color the sloth and monkey in similar shades of brown, and I wanted to make sure they wouldn't be directly next to each other.  You know, to avoid a "who wore it best" scenario. ha. I also wanted to make sure the height of the critters would balance out the card. So, the pointy-eared bunny standing on the panda's back balances out the sentiment flag on the other side.

you're the best! (SSS guest post)


Once I had all of the critters colored, I knew I wanted them to be popping out of some kind of frame. With their paws hanging out, aren't they just the cutest? I cut into an A2-sized piece of white cardstock with an Avery Elle hexagon die. I then selected a blue and white polka dot paper for the background, and positioned the critters inside the frame.

you're the best! (SSS guest post)

To finish off, I stamped the first half of the greeting in versamark and heat-embossed it onto a sentiment flag (that die is also by Avery Elle!) and then stamped the other half directly onto the patterned paper.

As a little finishing touch, I added a bright red heart. I love the sweet elephant holding onto it.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by,

♥.


Friday, July 6, 2018

unicorns and rainbows (Ellen Hutson new release)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Ellen Hutson blog today, showing off some of what's hitting their store on Sunday!!


I'm showing off the new set, Unicorns and Rainbow. It is so super cute!

unicorns and rainbows (Ellen Hutson new release)

I wanted to give the card a dreamy quality, without resorting to too many pastel colors. I grabbed a few colors of blue distress inks: Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Faded jeans and blended them together. I left the top corners white, and did only enough blending so that it softened, but I still wanted to be able to see the different levels of blue. I then flicked on some water and white paint to add to the dreamy and whimsical feel.

unicorns and rainbows (Ellen Hutson new release)

I stamped, die-cut and colored all of the images with copic markers. I love the one unicorn with his frayed mane, jumping over the rainbow! (Side note, that's totally me doing any type of physical activity, while other girls look like the perfectly-coiffed uni on the side... gah.)

The streak of light behind the jumping unicorn is actually the image of the shooting star, but I cut off the star and gave him that extra element.

unicorns and rainbows (Ellen Hutson new release)

When I was happy with the scene, I cut off the bottom of my ink-blended cardstock piece, and adhered all of the images to it. I then die-cut another piece of white cardstock (using an A2-sized Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle die) and stamped my favorite sentiments from the set at the bottom. I love that sentiment! Totally makes me smile every time.

I hope you like what I've created! Sunday come quick!

♥.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Celebrate you (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Guess what? Unlike typical Neat and Tangled release weeks where the new product hits the store on the Friday morning, all of this month's goodies are up there right now - click HERE to check them out!

Today's post is a special one, and dear to Danielle's heart. You may remember that Danielle shared how her dad was diagnosed with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) following a routine knee surgery, and a Go-Fund-Me page was launched to help him get treatment. Danielle was so grateful for the outpouring of love and support from friends, family, and the crafting community that she designed today's set, Celebrate You, as a way to pay it forward. All proceeds from the sale of this stamp set and Celebrate You die set will go to the Neurological Relief Center, where Danielle's father was able to undergo treatment.

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I couldn't help but add the gators and their sassy banner to the card. All of the rainbow colors make for a celebration!  When I placed the large Celebrate You sentiment across the top, I decided to cut away the flourishes on either side and replace them with different ones, from the So Lucky stamp set.

Underneath the sentiment, the Later Alligator cuties are standing on rolling green hills, courtesy of the Stitched Slopes dies.

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I hope this card made you smile today! Be sure to read Danielle's heartfelt post and see what the rest of the team came up with. There are also guest designers joining in today, and you can find them all linked on the NT blog - click!

♥.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Later alligator! (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

We're onto day 3 of this month's Neat and Tangled new release reveals. Today is our showcase of Later Alligator, a 4x6 stamp set that I illustrated. I've seen other croc/alligator sets out there, but this one might be a little quirkier, with the fish balloon and the YASSS banner and the little stuffed animal frog. hee.

Later alligator! (Neat and Tangled release week)

I stamped, colored and die-cut the images that I wanted for my card. I love the one at the top, holding his hat and suitcase! His friend at the bottom is waving him goodbye.

Later alligator! (Neat and Tangled release week)

Once I figured out my layout, I grabbed a card-front-sized piece of white cardstock and did some soft ink blending with distress inks. I flicked droplets of water on top of the sponged ink for that soft, dreamy look.

As soon as the paper was dry, I stamped out the greeting (using my MISTI tool for perfect placement!) and then popped up the croc and alligator using foam tape.

Later alligator! (Neat and Tangled release week)

I love the little bird peering at the sentiment, and the little snail crawling across the his sentiment too.

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

Before you go, don't forget to leave me a comment! You'll be in the running for a $25 store gift card, chosen from among the design team blog posts at the end of the week.

♥.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

so foxy (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

For day 2 of July's Neat and Tangled release week, I get to introduce a 3x4 set I illustrated, called So Foxy. If you loved the simplicity of the previously released Koalifications set, I think you'll like this one too!


I have a few projects to show you:

so foxy (Neat and Tangled release week)


The image is all one stamp - the fox holding the banner. There are different sentiments you could put inside. I designed the image to work on a card front, but also for tags. Just a little note: the sentiments are all straight, but I bent the sentiment a bit to fit it over his little feet. It's so easy to do! But keeping the sentiment straight means that you could use them apart from this one image.

so foxy (Neat and Tangled release week)

I stamped and colored the fox, and set him onto a soft woodgrain background. I cut into the background with a circle die and slipped a pop of blue behind him. I colored a few butterflies included in the stamp set, and also the little snail from Later Alligator (which you'll see more of soon!)

I also have a simple tag idea to show you:

So foxy (Neat and Tangled release week)

I just think this is so sweet. The little bird from Later Alligator, perched on top of the banner. I simply adhered the images to a scalloped circle shape and added a folded flag topper to create a tag, ready for gifting.

I hope you think she's so foxy! Leave me a comment before you go - you could win a $25 NT gift card at the end of the week. And check out the Neat and Tangled blog for more of this sweet fox - click!

♥.

Monday, July 2, 2018

The game of life (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

It's time to kick off July's Neat and Tangled release with a first look at a fun set designed by Miriam, called Life's A Game.

The game of life (Neat and Tangled release week)

This one took me all the way back to my childhood! Hours of playing - how many kids will you have? Will you have a good job? haha. My sisters and I loved that board game so much!

I started by stamping out a bunch of board pieces. In the version we had at home, all of the regular squares were orange or yellow and then the "special squares" were a different color. I threw in blue and green squares to simulate those.

The game of life (Neat and Tangled release week)

I cut out the letters to spell out L-I-F-E in the same way it was on my old box front. So iconic!

On the card base, I ink-blended some blues and green to simulate the grass and water patches on the board game - I took some liberties with that one!

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

And remember to leave comments on all of the design team members blog posts this week - at the end of the week, Danielle will choose one comment at random to win a $25 store gift card. Good luck!

♥.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Plaid papa (Ellen Hutson)

Hi there!

If you're looking for my Lawn Fawn post, scroll down or click HERE.

I'm thrilled to be showing off a card I made for my daddy for Father's Day. I haven't given it to him yet, so thank goodness he's not a social media kind of guy! We're waiting for the family to get together this weekend, and I think he'll love it.

The card was made using colors from this inspiration board:


It's always amazing to me that I could use colors that match but come out with a card that has such a different feel than the storyboard.  This is what I came up with:

plaid for papa (Ellen Hutson)


I used the EBE Plaid Maker set to create the background plaid - I tried my best to keep it all straight but I don't mind the little imperfections - they make it all look more handmade and whimsical. Creating a background like this was an easy way to pull in all of the inspiration colors!

plaid for papa (Ellen Hutson)

For the sentiment, I stamped the first part onto a sentiment banner and then used the Block Words to spell out B-E-S-T and the Classic Block Alpha dies to cut out P-A-P-A.

I hope you like it! Check out the Ellen Hutson blog for more color board interpretations - click!

beautiful music (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

On the final day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week, I'm showing off the Happy Anniversary Border die:

beautiful music (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Ever since I laid eyes on the music-themed set, Critter Concert, I wished for this sentiment! I decided to make my own - ack! Because I was definitely using the Happy Anniversary border, I needed a smallish font, something that could fit into the banner flag that fit the die-cut-border's proportions.

I found Plan On It: Spring Cleaning in my stash and went to work, stamping the letters out one at a time. All the letters I needed were in that set, save the F in beautiful - but I don't think you can tell that I drew it in myself. And to clarify, yes, I did cut up the letters in the Plan On It set, and I do that often with sentiments in any set. ha. I have no problems surgically giving my sets new life!

beautiful music (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

To build my card, I cut a heart and did some watercoloring on it in shades of pink. Then, I colored my band critters, stamped out extra music notes and added them to the heart along with the 2-part sentiment.

beautiful music (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I layed those pieces onto a layer of Polka Dot coverplate (which I trimmed down using a rectangle die) and placed everything onto my white base.

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

♥.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

the dog house (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn's June inspiration week is winding down, with only a few days left to enjoy. Today, we're showing off the Scalloped Treat Box Dog House Add-On. I love Lawn Fawn's Scalloped Treat Box! It's so versatile, and the fact that you can turn it into an adorable dog house with the add-on dies is so much fun.

the dog house (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Wouldn't this box make the cutest favor for a dog-themed birthday party? I cut the treat box out of white cardstock, and then cut extra strips for the front. I used a tiny hole puncher to punch little "nail heads" so it could look like barnwood that was nailed down. Behind the holes, I colored the main box with a grey copic marker so that it could look like silver nail heads.

Then, I cut out the pieces that came with the die: a red roof and doggy bowl, the big bone tag and smaller bone treat, as well as the dog and tennis ball.

I stamped a sentiment from Happy Howloween onto the big tag and attached it with a red and white twine.

the dog house (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I wanted to make it look like the puppy was peeking out from inside the dog house, so I chopped a little and stuck him onto the black doorway. I used a brown marker to darken his ears and color around his one eye. Just those little touches take a flat die-cut from boring to super cute.

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

♥.

Monday, June 18, 2018

you're a star! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. Today, we're showing off the How You Bean? Star Add-On stamp set:

you're a star! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I used the original How You Bean? jar and the How You Bean? Shaker Add-On dies to create this jar full of stars!

I wanted to make it look like the stars were floating out of the jar, and creating a light in the night sky. I blended some blue inks, and kept it darkest around the edges to achieve the look.

you're a star! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I heat-embossed the sentiment onto a kraft banner and added little white Nuvo drops around the floating stars to add to the dreamy effect.

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

♥.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Cloud shaker (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week! Today, we're showing off the Outside In Stitched Cloud Stackables and the Stitched Cloud Frames.

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I combined both on this sweet card. I grabbed a white cardstock panel, and did some soft ink blending. I then flicked some water over it to add a dreamy quality to the sponged color.

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I then cut into the panel with the cloud dies, and created a little shaker in the negative space.

Down below, I created a little scene using the sweet ducklings from Rub-A-Dub-Dub.

cloud shaker (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)



They are holding up a banner from Bannertastic. I love the little duck looking up at the clouds!

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

♥.