Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Speech bubbles (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hay there!

I have a farm-themed birthday card to share with you today, for the last day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week:

speech bubbles (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


We're showing off the Speech Bubbles dies today, and I've used it with images from Hay There.

Instead of laying the speech bubbles over the gingham sky, I opted to die cut into the gingham layer and reveal a punch of black underneath. I white-heat-embossed the greetings on the black layer and framed out my scene into 2 sections.

speech bubbles (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I don't know what happened to my sad little chick in the corner. Somewhere between making the card and photographing it, the adhesive loosened and he keeled over a bit. ha. I never noticed until I was editing the photos.

I hope you like my card, and check out the LF blog this morning for even more speech bubble inspiration - click!

♥.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Color challenge (for Ellen Hutson)

Hi there!

I have a pretty card to share today, made with goodies from the Ellen Hutson store.  I created a card using this color palette as my inspiration:


I just want to say, I am terrible with colors. I had to keep asking my daughter if the colors I was choosing were a match. At the end of it, she threw her hands up and said "good enough." ha.

You'll let me know what you think:

a floral hello (for Ellen Hutson)


I used Neat and Tangled's Friendly Florals set, and fit together not only the flower clusters but some of the extra blooms to create a fullness around the cut-out (especially at the top.)

I used the new Avery Elle watercolors to paint a background on the base layer, and then used Neat and Tangled's Hello Winter to heat-emboss the greeting in the middle.

a floral hello (for Ellen Hutson)

I flecked lighter and darker inks over the purple/blue watercolored background, and added white gel pen highlights to the flowers.

I hope you like my take on the color board inspiration! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Butterflies for mom (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 Mini Pop-Up Butterflies and the Happy Happy Happy Add-On: Family stamp set. I've used both on this card:

butterflies for mom (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I already gave this card to my mama for her birthday last week, but it would make a stunner of a mother's day card too!

I colored all of the butterflies in the same shades of purple, but altered the designs on each one just a bit. I love the dimension you get from the dies! I stamped the word "mom" into the opening of one of the butterflies and added a purple heart next to it.

butterflies for mom (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

For the background, I created a wash of color with copic markers. I used BG23, BG11 and BG10 to color around the butterflies, and then faded out the color with a colorless marker (0). I added some white enamel drops all around to fill the space and add more texture.

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

♥.

Monday, April 16, 2018

hoppy birthday (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of Lawn Fawn inspiration! Today, we're showing off the super happy Really Rainbow paper collection, and Happy Birthday Line Border die.

hoppy birthday (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I made a little birthday scene for the birthday frog to jump into! The frog from Toadally Awesome and his birthday cake are framed out in Really Rainbow paper. It almost looks like a giant polaroid! I used a Outside In Stitched Square Stackable die to cut out the area for my scene.

hoppy birthday (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I finished off the card by adding the Happy Birthday Line Border strip to the bottom.

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

♥.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Out of this world (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 Star Stackables, and the Stitched Star Frames. I've used both sets of dies on this card:

Out of this world (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The aliens from Beam Me Up met up in outer space with the Astronaut from Out Of This World from one crazy birthday party!

I used the star dies to cut star shapes out of my black cardstock layer. I then flecked white paint over the entire area and colored the area behind the stars in a light yellow.

Out of this world (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

All of the party peeps are standing on a kraft-colored sentiment strip that was white-heat-embossed.

To finish off, I added some small stars to fill in areas that I thought looked empty.

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

♥.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Slow down and enjoy (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to day 2 of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. Today, we're showing off Slow Down and Enjoy:

slow down & enjoy (lawn fawn inspiration week)


I paired the smaller sloth from Slow Down and Enjoy with the hanging one from Hang In There - I love them together!

I set them into a Mini Picture Frame and backed that with a blue gingham patterned paper.

The blue was echoed again in edges of the Bannertastic banner.

slow down & enjoy (lawn fawn inspiration week)

I kept the background neutral, with the woodgrain paper (I sponged its edges with a soft brown ink for more depth and interest) as well as the quilted base.

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

♥.

Friday, April 13, 2018

In the clouds (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's April inspiration week. Today, we're taking a closer look at the Cloudy Hillside Pop-up Add On dies. They are perfect for adding a fun element to the inside of a card, or for doing a little something like this:

in the clouds (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I started out with a piece of gingham patterned paper, and framed out the top and bottom with cloudy layers.

The images, from Plane and Simple, were a perfect match. I colored both the plane and the balloons in a buttery yellow.

in the clouds (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The one little smiley-faced cloud is the cutest!

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

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Party Pals (for Avery Elle)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Avery Elle blog this morning with a different take on those cute pandas from Party Pals:

Party Pals (for Avery Elle)


The lines around the eyes are meant to be colored in so that he looks like a panda, but I added some lines using a copic-friendly pen and voila! glasses. After everything was colored, I added glossy accents to those glasses, which is so fun in real life.

Since it was already going a quirky route, I also added a few extra lines to give the bears some sweaters. I know that some of you are experiencing springtime weather, but it just snowed the other day in Montreal. The bears looked cold.

Party Pals (for Avery Elle)

I gave them balloons to hold (from Toucan Party) and set them against a bright yellow background. To make that bright yellow really pop, but also not be super overwhelming, I confined it to the inside of the circle (from the Horizontal Stripes Ellements.) 

I opted to not stamp a greeting, but cut the word celebrate (from Sentimental Ellements) in a fun mint color. 

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Daddy and me (Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Neat and Tangled blog this morning, with a card featuring our new Mommy Daddy and Me stamp set:
daddy and me (neat and tangled)

I used the image with the big bear and cub. I think it's sweet, how the cub's face is smushed in there a bit.

I started out by sponging a sky background for the bears to sit in front on, and gave them a ground to lay on using our Stitched Slopes die.

Once the bears were colored and cut out, I placed them onto their background and adhered everything to a cream-colored card base. I stamped the greeting directly onto the cream base and added a tiny heart to finish things off.

daddy and me (neat and tangled)

I like the simplicity of this card, especially to gift to dad. If it was for mom, I would probably add more, but this seemed like just enough for a "guy card."

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Just Because (Pinkfresh Studio)

Hi there!

I have a one-layer floral number to share with you today:

Just because (Pinkfresh Studio)

I used images from Pinkfresh Studio to create the card: the flowers from Always Flowers, and the sentiment from Bird With Flowers in the middle.

I started out by stamping the corner floral cluster into each corner of my card-front. Then, I tediously created masks (tip: I cut layers of masking paper at once to speed up the process) and stamped in the straight-lined flower arrangement to fill in the gap at the top and bottom.

At first, I thought about stamping more flowers to the left and right to create a true frame, but I thought that would look too busy.

Just because (Pinkfresh Studio)

Once the flowers were colored, I used a light blue copic marker to trace around their outlines. I lightened and softened that blue line by coloring over it with a colorless copic marker (0).

To create more interest, I flecked one some light brown ink before stamping in my greeting.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Neat and Tangled release day!

Hi there!

All of the new Neat and Tangled products shown this week are now available for sale - click!

I illustrated 2 stamp sets this month.

Mommy Daddy and Me:




Making Magic:





Happy shopping! I can't wait to see what you create using these images!

♥.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

Making magic (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

On this last day of Neat and Tangled's April release week, I'm thrilled to introduce you to this magical couple:

Making magic (neat and tangled release week)


Making Magic is a 3x4 stamp set which features the magician (honestly, his hair kills me - he looks like a magician/used car salesman) and his gravity-defying volunteer. The little white rabbit is borrowed from Ride With Me..I love how he's checking out the magician.

The card design was inspired by *this card* from Kristina Werner. I loved all of the pops of color and thought it would be the perfect layout to show off this magical scene.

Making magic (neat and tangled release week)

The whole set was inspired by vintage magic illustrations. Guys, she is living her best life right now. That huge smile is my fave.

I hope you like it! The rest of the design team has samples with Making Magic on the NT blog this morning - click!

As always, don't forget to leave me a comment before you go! Tomorrow morning, Danielle will pick a winner from among from design team blog posts this week to win a $25 gift card to the NT store.

♥.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Happiness (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

We're onto day 3 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. Today, we're showing off a new set designed by Danielle, called Happiness. I paired it with the elephant and butterfly images from Mommy Daddy and Me to create this sweet card:

Happiness (Neat and Tangled release week)


I illustrated the elephants to be looking at something together - the butterflies, the bubbles, the stars - you can create a fun scene with this two!

Happiness comes with a die that cuts out the word - you can use the oval with the letters cut out, or you could just use the letters, which is what I opted to do. I didn't want the bulk of the big oval die-cut on my card.

Happiness (Neat and Tangled release week)

I love the butterflies fluttering all around the main sentiment!

There's more to see on the NT blog this morning - click! And don't forget to leave a comment before you go! At the end of the week, a winner is chosen from among all of the design team blog comments for a $25 gift certificate to the NT store.

♥.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

mommy daddy and me (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome to day 2 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. My first set of the month is being introduced today, and I am so excited for you to see it! Mommy Daddy And Me is a sweet collection of animals and their babies, and lends itself to creating Mother's and Father's day cards.

I decided to create a baby card for now, to show you a little something different:

mommy daddy and me (neat and tangled release week)


I used the image of the baby mouse in his walnut bed, being tucked in under a canopy of leaves. I doubled up the branch image so they could be layered and wrapped around the focal image.

mommy daddy and me (neat and tangled release week)

I placed the images onto a circle die-cut and layered that onto a sheet of baby blue gingham paper. I love that by just changing up the color of the baby mouse's blanket and the background paper, you could have a baby girl card instead.

The acorn mobile adds a sweet touch, hanging overhead, and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Welcoming Committee.

I hope you like what you see so far! The rest of the images are on display on the Neat and Tangled blog this morning - click!

And don't forget to leave a comment on every post this week - there's a $25 gift card to the NT store up for grabs, which is picked randomly from all design team posts this week.

♥.

Monday, April 2, 2018

you can do hard things - autism awareness blog hop

This is my 3rd post today. Looking for Pinkfresh Studio's 4th birthday bash blog hop? click HERE
Or for Neat and Tangled release week post, day 1? click HERE

My friend Veronica Zalis organized a fantastic hop for Autism Awareness day. The cause is near and dear to her heart, as it touches her family personally, and I am happy to be a part of this hop. To learn more about autism, I suggest you visit autismspeaks.org

There are prizes up for grabs from a ton of crafty sponsors, and you have the opportunity to link up a card to help increase autism awareness. For all of the details, be sure to check out Veroica's blog - click!

Autism Awareness blog hop

In honor of Veronica's son Cameron, I used the little boy from Neat and Tangled's Better Together and stamped an uplifting sentiment from So Many Sentiments.

I hope you like it! Here is a complete list of blog participants:


Joscelyne Cutchens (Instagram)
Jennifer Ingle (Instagram)





Have courage (Neat and Tangled release week)

*** if you're looking for my Pinkfresh Studio blog post, click HERE or scroll down ***

Hi there!

It's time for this month's Neat and Tangled release week. Today, we're showing off a beautiful set designed by Miriam, called Have Courage. The rest of the team has beautiful cards that feature the gorgeous ginko leaves, but I when I spotted this sentiment in the set I couldn't help but do something a little different:

Have Courage (Neat and Tangled release week)


I paired the sentiment from Have Courage with an image from a set you'll get to know on Thursday. I gave the magician his own spotlight and shaded the rest of the card with different grey tones.

Have Courage (Neat and Tangled release week)

The sentiment is a perfect match!

I hope you like it! Check out all of the beautiful ginko leaves on the NT blog today - click!

♥.

Pinkfresh Studio 4th Birthday Bash Blog hop

Hi there!

I'm thrilled to be celebrating Pinkfresh Studio's 4th birthday! Pinkfresh is such a great company, with a kind and generous owner, and I love being on this team!

There are so many prizes to be won! Each stop along the blog hop is hosting their own giveaway! Keep reading to find out more...

Pinkfresh Studio's 4th birthday bash blog hop

I created a birthday scene in honor of Pinkfresh Studio's 4th birthday. The sweet elephants from Don't Forget are having a party! I brought in the cake, balloon and party hat from Pause For Applause.

The elephant hiding behind the cake actually has no body. I kind of drew in a few missing lines to make it make sense, but he still has no legs. I think it's ok, lol.

Pinkfresh Studio's 4th birthday bash blog hop

I framed the scene on either side with my favorite pattern from the A Case Of The Blahs collection, and drew in a bit of a twirl to make the balloon look like it's wrapped around the elephant's trunk on the right. This scene looks like something out of a children's book to me!

GIVEAWAY:


the fun part! There is a 40$ gift certificate up for grabs to the Pinkfresh Studio store. All you have to do is leave me a comment before Monday, April 9th at 6AM PST. The winners will all be posted on the Pinkfresh blog on April 9th at 12:30PM PST.

Additionally, there is a 100$ gift card in the running, for leaving a comment on the Pinkfresh Studio birthday hop blog post.

Here is a list of blogs you'll want to visit today:




Saturday, March 31, 2018

Simple and sweet cards

Hi there!

Sometimes I like to spend hours on one card, but sometimes I like things to move a little faster. I've made 2 cards, using products from the Ellen Hutson store, that I made in 30 minutes or less.

The first card is an Easter card, because Maia wanted one to gift her teacher with before Easter weekend:

sweet and simple cards


I colored the bunny from Party Pals, and stuck him onto a banner that I hand-cut. I adhered the Happy Easter line border in lieu of a stamped greeting.

sweet and simple cards

I cut into my white cardstock using the Outside In Easter Egg Stackables die, and lined the back with some Avery Elle patterned paper. I added a little sprig, from Magical Day to balance out the images and add a soft touch.

My next card is for a last-minute birthday card that I forgot to make until the morning-of. ack!

sweet and simple cards


I used the sweet dogs from Dog Lady, and gave them party hats from Puppy's Favorite Things. I also used the sentiments from that set to complete the card.

sweet and simple cards

I hope you like them both! If you have to make cards quickly, and at the last minute, here is what works for me: don't worry about the layout. ha! The longest part of designing a card, for me, is figuring out an interesting layout. Here, I colored images and didn't think too much about anything.

Happy Easter weekend!

♥.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Easter bunnies (for Lawn Fawn)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the Lawn Fawn blog this morning with some sweet Easter bunny party decorations:

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)

I used the bunnies from Some Bunny to create all of the decor.

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)

I popped the bunnies into Mini Picture Frames for simple and sweet cupcake toppers.

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)


Kraft and blue gingham are a pretty match! I used our Stitched Scalloped Cupcake Wrapper for the cupcake bases. Just an aside: I've had to cut dairy from my diet this year, and to be honest, baking is the only place I really really miss it. I meannnnnnn.... butter! I can do the cakes with no butter, but the frosting is where I keep struggling. I hate the way shortening coats your tongue! It feels so gros. This peanut butter vegan frosting is delish. I should have thinned it out and whipped it more, but it was so tasty. In case you're in the same boat, I used this recipe for the frosting - click!

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)

Back to the party! I created little treat boxes using our Scalloped Treat Boxes.

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)


I not only cut a gingham roof (using the Scalloped Treat Box Spring House Add-On) but I also cut a second handle out of the gingham so that it continue to the top.

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)


The Happy Easter Line Border and little carrot die made for a cute table sign. I cut all of the pieces out of white cardstock and used copic markers to color the carrot. I find that much simpler than taking out all of my colored papers, and I love the soft look that it gives!

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)


These water-bottle wrappers were the last pieces I created for the party.

I hope this sparks your own creativity! Thanks for stopping by.

bunny party (for Lawn Fawn)

♥.