Monday, July 15, 2019

Hello Bluebird

Hi there!

Recently, Ellen Hutson started carrying stamps and dies from Hello Bluebird! They have some of the sweetest images, and I loved playing with some of their newest release:

Hello Bluebird

The little pigs from Beach Babes are so fun! I made quick work of the card design by using the Gallery Frame #4 die.

Hello Bluebird


I did some soft ink-blending in the background and added little bokeh accents with a white gel pen.

Hello Bluebird

For this next card, I inked up Field Mice. I did some ink-blending to the card base, flecked on some white paint, and arranged the mice on top.

Hello Bluebird


To create symmetry, I started out by placing a mushroom on each end, and then found mice that could sit and stand on the 'shrooms. I love the dandelion fluff blowing in the wind, and the one seated on the left just enjoying the view.

Hello Bluebird

I hope you like them! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Friday, July 12, 2019

yellow submarine (new Essentials by Ellen!)

Hi there!

There is a new Essentials by Ellen release and we're celebrating with a blog hop! All of the new sets and dies are available in the store right now - click!


I created a card using the new set, Subbing In:

you are sublime


Obviously, if I'm gonna color a submarine, it's gonna be yellow. I created a whole underwater scene, adding layers of depth to the underwaters by way of ink blending and the Landscapes dies.

Don't you love the quirky characters? That jellyfish has so much personality!

you are sublime

I masked off a triangle when I began to ink-blend, so that I could blend it in at the end, but have it be much lighter than the rest. I wanted it to look like a light coming from the sub to see what is down there!

you are sublime

Before adhering all of the images, I splattered on both white and dark navy paints to add further interest to the background. I hope you like it!

PRIZES:

Now, a blog hop is always more fun with prizes! We've got super fun prizes! One random and lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop and another will win the whole July Essentials by Ellen release! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! Comment before Thursday, July 18th at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be notified by email.

Here are all the participating blogs today:


♥.




Wednesday, June 19, 2019

kitty favor boxes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

It's the last day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week! I hope you've enjoyed the whole week! Today, we're showing off the Tiny Gift Box Cat Add-On:

cat boxes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

They are so cute! I couldn't stop at just one. There are optional stripes, spots and decorative elements like a fish or a ball of yarn. And paws or no paws. I love all of the different options!

cat boxes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I played around with the spots, and carried them around their bodies...

cat boxes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I love the little dotted whiskers! I couldn't help but color in some pink cheeks with a copic marker.

cat boxes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I hope you like them! Check out the Lawn Fawn blog this morning for more inspiration - CLICK!

♥.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

hello summer! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's June inspiration week! We only have a few days left, but I hope you've been enjoying it so far! Today, we're showing off the Hello Border:

hello summer (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I did a lot of layering on this card! I did some ink blending on the card-base and on the Sunrise Backdrop, and then layered on some ocean waves in 2 different blues. Next, I brought in the palm trees and a sandy beach before adding the flamingos from Flamingo Together.

hello summer (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)



The Hello Border in white pops against the rest of the busy background.

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

♥.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Shadow box rainbow add-on (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

We're right in the middle of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week! Today is our showcase of the Shadow Box Card Rainbow Add-On die set.

Shadow box rainbow add-on (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The pastel-colored rainbow was screaming for a unicorn and tiny fairies! I stamped and colored images from A Little Sparkle, as well as the dotted flight lines from Butterfly Kisses.

Shadow box rainbow add-on (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I definitely overdid it with the cloud dividers, but it looks so dreamy that way.

Shadow box rainbow add-on (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

You can see things better from on top. I sandwiched the rainbow between cloud layers, and added some stars and fairies to strips of acetate so that they appear to be floating.

I hope you like it!

Check out the LF blog for more inspiration today - click!

♥.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Seahorsin' around (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

We're a few days into this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week! Today, we're showing off the fun little set, Seahorsin' Around. I combined it with a few other sets to create an underwater birthday scene:

Seahorsin' around (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I brought in images from Mermaid for youBicycle Built for YouParty Animal and Elphie Selfie! The little puffer fish is from Keep on Swimming!

Seahorsin' around (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

It looks like a small family of seahorses! I love that when Lawn Fawn builds new sets, they always keep things consistent so we could mix and match from other sets.

Seahorsin' around (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The ink-blended background is my favorite. I keep it darkest at the bottom, and lightened it up as I went up. I added all of those white dots with a white gel pen.

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

♥.

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Reveal wheel: friends and family sentiments (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of Lawn Fawn's June inspiration week. Today, we're showing off the Reveal Wheel: Friends & Family Sentiments stamp set. I created a little woodland magic:

Reveal wheel: friends and family sentiments (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I used images from Oh GnomeA Little SparkleForest Feast and Birthday Before ‘n Afters to create this birthday scene.

Reveal wheel: friends and family sentiments (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I love the tiny fairies flitting around the cake! I didn't photograph all of the sentiments, but the next segment reads MORE CAKE!

Reveal wheel: friends and family sentiments (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

If you'd like to see the step-by-step on how to make this card, Kelly recreates it in her video today - CLICK!

I hope you like it!

♥.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Birthday before 'n afters (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

It's time for Lawn Fawn's June inspiration week! We're showing off sets and dies from the current collection all week long, so come back every day!

Today we're taking a closer look at Birthday Before 'N Afters. For those of you who love an interactive card but don't always love making them, I left the mechanics behind and just had fun coloring the images:

Birthday before 'n afters (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I used the Peekaboo Backdrop die, and created little scenes within each one. The critters from Butterfly Kisses are here for the party! I love the fox racing in with an extra candle!

The little bit of confetti help to unify all of the story-book panels. I also did some very subtle ink blending using a light blue ink to tie everything together.

Birthday before 'n afters (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

That bear looks like he's had 5 slices, haha. He's just chillin' at the end of the party. I colored the slices in muted rainbow colors, for a fun surprise inside.

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

♥.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Pretty Pink Posh tropical blog hop!

Hi there!


Pretty Pink Posh has a new release out right now and it's all things summery and tropical. Check out the collection HERE. To celebrate, they are putting on a 2-day blog hop - starting this morning - with all kinds of invited guest designers. I'm thrilled to be one of them!

I have a couple of cards to show you, so let's get started!

Pretty Pink Posh tropical blog hop!


For my first card, I used the Beach Scene Die and the Tropical Background Stencil. I started out by ink blending the tropical background pattern onto 2 layers of white cardstock. I kept it light and subtle. I think die-cut the pieces for the beach scene and colored everything using copic markers.

Pretty Pink Posh tropical blog hop!

I added a punchy black hello (from the Hello Friend script die) to finish things off.

My next card is for the birds (groan, I'm turning into my dad):

Pretty Pink Posh tropical blog hop!

I used the Tropical Toucans stamp set - it's so fun! I love these adorably quirky birds! I used copic markers to color them in and layered them over a stenciled background.

Pretty Pink Posh tropical blog hop!

I blended pink inks over the Triangles stencil and then adhered the birdies in place. I framed everything out with a Scallop Frames die.

I hope you like them! Now, onto the fun stuff:

GIVEAWAY

There are 4 $25 gift certificates up for grabs (2 winners per day of the blog hop.) Winners will be picked randomly along the blog hop, so leave comments at each stop for a better chance at winning! Comments must be left by 11:59pm PST on June 17th, and the winners will be announced on the PPP blog.

Here's the full list of designers for today:

Gemma C.       
Alix Davis   
Melody Rupple     
Wanda Guess    

Happy hopping!

♥.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Avery Elle summer release blog hop!

Hi there!

Welcome to the Avery Elle summer release blog hop!

I'm showing off the new hilarious/adorable set, Legendary:


I mixed it in with images from Pool Party - the sun-bathing girl looks undisturbed by the kraken coming out of her wading pool! ha!

I stamped and die-cut all of the pieces, and just snipped off a bit of the bottom of the kraken image to make it fit better. The seams were covered by strategically-placed water droplets! Everything was colored using copic markers.


I framed out the images with a new die, the Dotted Frame - I love it too much! To finish up the card, I used a white gel pen to add accents to all of the images, and little white dots to the blue background. I like how that breaks up an otherwise plain layer. The sentiment was broken up into 2 parts, heat-embossed and added to either side of the card.

I hope you like it! Now, onto the fun stuff!

GIVEAWAY:

To celebrate the summer release blog hop, Avery Elle is giving away a stamp set of their choice to 3 winners. To enter, comment on this post! You can also increase your chances of winning by:

1. Commenting on the Avery Elle blog post
2. Following/tweeting Avery Elle on Twitter (@averyellestamps)
3. Follwing/sharing Avery Elle on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AveryElle)
4. Following/commenting on Avery Elle's instagram (www.instagram.com/averyellestamps)

You have until midnight on Sunday, May 26th to enter. The winner will be announced on the Avery Elle blog on Monday, May 27th. All products are available for purchase in the Avery Elle store right now! You can check them all out HERE.

Check out the full blog hop at these stops:

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Bloom (with Ellen Hutson)

Hi there!

I just love the Mondo flower series from Ellen Hutson's exclusive line, don't you? The newest Mondo Wildflowers bouquet is so sweet.

bloom (with Ellen Hutson)

I colored the bouquet using copic markers, and added a bank of grey and white striped patterned paper to the left to balance the sentiment stamped on the right.

bloom (with Ellen Hutson)

I flicked on some soft brown in for added interest before adhering the large flower image.  I just love that sentiment! Isn't it the sweetest? My eldest daughter got this card for her April birthday, and it perfectly celebrated her on her special day.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

 ♥.

Monday, May 20, 2019

thank ewe! (with Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

I have a simple and sweet card to share today, on my last day as part of the Neat and Tangled design team:

thank you (for Neat and Tangled)

I used images from Barnyard Buddies and G.O.A.T., from our newest release, and added a little sign to house the sentiment (from Beach Day.)

The sweet blue and white gingham on the card base set the tone for the soft card I wanted to create. I colored the images with copic markers, and filled in the gaps between images with tufts of green grass.

thank you (for Neat and Tangled)


A huge thank you to Danielle for allowing me to part of her Neat and Tangled team for the last 3 years, and to everyone who has brought my designs into their craft rooms - I am so grateful!

♥.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Piece of cake (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn's summer collection is available for right now at lawnfawn.com, and we have a bonus day of projects to show you while you wait for your happy mail.

piece of cake (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I'm so excited to have a little cake slice box! It petite, just like Lawn Fawn's other favor boxes, and very easy to put together. I fussed with the little flower on top for longer than it took me to assemble the box.

piece of cake (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I layered 4-5 flower die-cuts, shaping and scrunching them into a 3D flower. For the flower's center, I balled up a piece of white cardstock and played with it until it was soft and all of those paper fibers broke down.

piece of cake (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

With the lid off, you can see how the strawberry filling got in between those chocolate layers.

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

♥.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

foliage frame (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome to the last day of Neat and Tangled's May release week! Everything we've shown you will be available for sale as of tomorrow morning.

Today we're showing off a set designed by Miriam, called Foliage Frame. It is a beauty:

foliage frame (Neat and Tangled release week)


You can use it for very quick cards, without the dies, or you can die-cut the middle and die-cut sprigs like I've done here.

I "painted" my stamp with different green inks before stamping it down so there would be some subtle variation in color. It almost looks like the leaves are in motion, doesn't it? The different colors add to the effect. Wouldn't this look beautiful done in fall colors? Or with a monogram in the center?

foliage frame (Neat and Tangled release week)

I stamped one of the sentiments from the set and added a few extra sprigs to frame the opening. I also flicked some brown ink onto the card-front for added interest.

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

♥.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Quilted (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

If you are looking for today's Lawn Fawn project, scroll down or click HERE.

Welcome to day 3 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. All of the products shown this week will be available for purchase on Friday morning (May 17th).

Today, we're showing off a 6x6 rubber background stamp called Quilted Background.  I thought it looked a little like a red gingham, and very farm-y, so I brought in a few complementing images.

Quilted (Neat and Tangled release week)

The farmer and side-looking chicks are from G.O.A.T. and the front-facing chick is from Barnyard Buddies. I colored all of my images and set them inside of a die-cut scallop circle so they would pop against the quilted background.

Quilted (Neat and Tangled release week)

I love red and yellow together, don't you? It's just such a bright and happy color combo. I grounded the images on a black piece of cardstock. The heat-embossed sentiment adds a graphic element to the card.

I hope you like it! The design team did such a great job with the Quilted Background! Check it out HERE.

♥.

tropical father's day (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's summer release and inspiration week! We're a day away from the end - everything will be available for purchase tomorrow, May 16th!

Today, we're showing off the Tropical Backdrop and Sunrise Backdrop:

tropical father's day (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The papa bear, from On The Beach, is lounging in a hammock (don't you love that new hammock die?) amid the Tropical Backdrop palm trees, against a Sunrise Backdrop. I did some soft ink blending on the sun's rays, as well as the layer underneath using Butter ink.

It's all peaceful until the kids jump all over you! haha. The tiny bear from Smooth Sailing is the perfect size for a baby bear, and his positioning is perfect for this!

tropical father's day (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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

♥.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

you old goat (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

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

Welcome to Neat and Tangled's May release week! Before I show off today's set, I just wanted to say thank you for all of your kind words regarding yesterday's announcement. Change is never easy, but your encouragement made it less difficult.

Today we're showing off a 3x4 stamp set I designed as a companion to yesterday's Barnyard Buddies. The set is called G.O.A.T. and features a goat and his farmer. They are sized to work well with the other farm animals.

you old goat (Neat and Tangled release week)


I am totally saving this one for the hubby's birthday in August. ha. I tilted the farmer a little so it looks like he has his arm around the goat, but he can definitely stand alone. I love his yellow rainboots! I placed the goat and his farmer in the foreground, and created a dirt road in the distance for the tractor and barn.

you old goat (Neat and Tangled release week)

I added a little smile to the goat's face with a black copic-friendly pen. I used the same pen to add motion lines to the back of the tractor.

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

♥.

all a-boat you (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's summer release and inspiration week! We've been showing off the new collection every day, leading up to the May 16th release - only a few days left!

Today we're showing off Smooth Sailing, and new wavy border dies:

all a-boat you (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


Aren't they adorable? haha. The little critters hanging from the boats are so cute I had to include more boats and more critters.

I mixed the new Stitched Simple Wavy Borders with the older Wavy Borders that I already had. I like the mix of the 2 together! They look like moving, rolling waves!

all a-boat you (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I stamped the boats onto woodgrain patterned paper and paper-pieced just the main part of the boat. I colored the little portholes with a white gel pen and added some shading with a copic marker. I also added some darker blue dots to the waves for added texture, and used a sponge and some blue ink to add darker edges to the darker waves.

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

♥.