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!

♥.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week) + Big Changes

Hi there!

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

I'm so excited to show off my new set with Neat and Tangled for this month, Barnyard Buddies. Before I do, though, I wanted to share some big changes coming to Neat and Tangled that have affected my role there. You can read the official announcement on the NT blog this morning (click.)

Danielle is reshaping how her company runs, and in doing so, there was no longer space enough for Miriam and I to continue on as product designers in the same capacity and with the same freedom of creativity as we were used to. It was a difficult decision, since I have loved working on this team, but I truly believe that a door closed is a window opened somewhere else.

I am so grateful to Danielle for bringing me on 3 years ago, and basically letting me design whatever I felt like drawing. I am so grateful for all of you Neat and Tangled fans who have been so supportive of my designs, and I am very excited to sit back with you and see what wonderful things are in store for Neat and Tangled!

I am still illustrating! I'm planning a few months break, just like Danielle, and hopefully you'll follow my journey and be there when I pop my head up with new designs!

Back to release week! Since it's my last week with Neat and Tangled, I decided to start things off with not 1 but 3 cards for you today:

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week)

I created a sunny sky background using our Radiating Star stencil, and layered the Barnyard Buddies on a little grassy hill.

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week)

That horse is my favorite one to color!

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week)


My next card brings in the barn, tractor and sun images from the set. I borrowed clouds from So Fly to give the sky some extra presence.

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week)

I used to think cows with brown spots would produce chocolate milk... mmmm....

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week)

My last card brings in an image from another new set - you'll meet him properly tomorrow. I did some ink blending and added a herd of farm animals to the simple design.

Barnyard Buddies (Neat and Tangled release week)

I hope you like what you see so far! Check out more of Barnyard Buddies on the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.

my guiding light (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's summer release and inspiration week! We are previewing the new products every day leading up to the May 16th release.

Today, I'm showing off the Outside In Stitched Speech Bubble to highlight a message in the sky:

my guiding light (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I used another new set, Smooth Sailing, for the images and the uplifting message.

The ink-blended sky was so fun to create! I used Lawn Fawn inks in Mermaid, Fish Tank, and Deep Sea for the blues and Butter for the yellow lighthouse light.

my guiding light (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

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

♥.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Say what? (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's summer release and inspiration week! We're showing you all of the new products every day until the official release day of May 16th.

Today, we're taking a first look at Say What? Pets!, Critter Chatter: Pets, and the Speech Bubble Backdrop.

Say what? (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I started out by colored the adorable kitty from Say What? Pets! and then placed her on a kitty bed from Meow You Doin.  

I really wanted her to stand out, so I kept the background very fresh and white.

Say what? (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I die-cut the Speech Bubble Backdrop, and then using Manatee Ink to stamp all of the cat-speak into the openings.

For added interest, I used little pieces of foam tape to elevate that Speech Bubble Backdrop.

To finish off, I stamped the main sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock and heat-embossed it. I love the graphic punch of the black against all of that white.

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

♥.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Keep on swimming (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's summer release and inspiration week. We're showing off the new collection all week long, and it will all be available for purchase as of May 16th!

Today, we're taking a first look at Keep On Swimming:

keep on swimming (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I used a gingham patterned paper like a wallpaper, put in a strip of white "baseboard" and placed a woodgrain paper floor under the kitties' feet.

I create a pair of nesting tables by stamping the table twice, and then cutting the top off the 2nd and glueing it lower onto the legs. That way, I could include the little bird and the fish food.

keep on swimming (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The foward-facing cat is from another new set, Say What? Pets! That little kitty is too cute!

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

♥.

Friday, May 10, 2019

I sea it's your birthday! (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's inspiration and release week - their summer collection is being peeked all week long and will be available for purchase as of May 16th.

Today, we're showing off the new Center Picture Window Card dies. It creates a fun pop-up detail that is as easy to put together as a shadow box card. (read: super easy.)

I sea it's your birthday (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I'll give you this. The outside is pretty boring. I decorated the inside for awhile and then when I got to the outside, I found some extra die-cuts and called it a day. But I think it works! Boring on the outside, but a party inside:

I sea it's your birthday (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

It's all happening in here! I did some ink-blending onto patterned paper and it looks like a spotlight shining right in the middle! I mixed in fish from a newer set, Keep On Swimming, with images from You Are Sublime, Duh-Nuh, and So Jelly.

I sea it's your birthday (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I really love this die. Everything folds into a flat card, but when you open it the entire scene comes to life. From above you can see the frame and the 2 extra flaps that are part of this new die set. I really can't wait to see what you all make with this one!

Be sure to check out all of the design team's inspiration on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

On the beach (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration and release week!The entire new summer collection will be shown off, and then you'll be able to shop the new products as of May 16th.

Today, we're kicking things off with a first look at On The Beach.


I love the beach so hard. What I don't love is how crowded the tourist areas can get. Like, you're towel to towel with strangers and they can count your leg rolls. Lovely. I recreated that sandy scene with the adorable critters from On The Beach.


I used Stitched Hillside Borders to create layers of sand, and give space to 3 sunbathers. To break up the sea of kraft-colored cardstock, I flecked some soft brown ink onto the sandy background, followed by some white ink. It adds a bit of interest to a very monotone background.

To finish things off, I gave the card a white frame, and heat-embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock.

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

♥.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Fairy best friends (with Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

I'm here and on the NT blog this morning, with a sweet friendship card using images from To The Stars, from our newest release.

fairy best friends (Neat and Tangled)

I did the softest ink blended sky using Lawn Fawn's Mermaid ink and an oval makeup brush. Honestly, those brushes make it too easy! It's foolproof.

Then, I flicked some white paint onto the sky, to give it a dreamier quality before laying in the clouds and fairies.

fairy best friends (Neat and Tangled)

I gave the girls matching hair colors and outfits, and finished off the card with a sentiment from So Many Sentiments.

I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Celestial (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

If you're looking for today's Lawn Fawn post, scroll down or click HERE. I'm pulling double shifts all week!

Welcome back to Neat and Tangled's release week! We've shown you all of the new goodies that will be for sale as of tomorrow morning. In the meantime, the design team has created bonus projects for you today!

celestial (Neat and Tangled release week)

I used To The Stars, and did some moodier ink blending. I used a yellow and a few shades of blue ink. While I was blending, my daughter exclaimed - huh! yellow and blue really do make green!

weirdo.

celestial (Neat and Tangled release week)

I purposefully left it really light around the moon, so that it looked like a glowing haze. I flecked on some white and also some black ink and added a few clouds and stars to the night sky. The sentiment was nestled in and heat-embossed.

I hope you like it! Check out the Neat and Tangled blog for more inspiration - click!

♥.

Layered butterflies (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's April inspiration week! We're taking a closer look at some of the spring collection, and hoping you'll be inspired to get creative yourself!

Today is our showcase of the Layered Butterflies dies. I snipped one in half for a different look:

Layered butterflies (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I cut a piece of white cardstock with a wavy Stitched Hillside Border die, and then cut into it again with a larger butterfly die. I then backed the negative space with a speckled pink paper, to set it apart from the scalloped pink paper to the right.

I borrowed a sentiment from Butterfly Kisses, and added a heat-embossed butterfly trail as well.

Layered butterflies (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I hope you like it! Check out the Lawn Fawn blog today to see this card being made from start to finish in Kelly's video - click!

♥.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Receding background (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

If you're looking for today's Lawn Fawn post, scroll down or click HERE. I'm pulling double posts all week!

Welcome back to day 3 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week! Today, we're showing off an AMAZING background stamp designed by Miriam.  Itis a 6x6 cling rubber stamp called Receding Background, and so perfect for both bold and subtle backgrounds.

I went pink (again) and subtle, and paired it with some images from To The Stars:

Receding background (Neat and Tangled release week)

I did some ink blending over the entire cardfront using Lawn Fawn's Ballet Slippers ink. Then, I stamped the Receding Background image on top using the same ink. I love the subtle look this gives!

Receding background (Neat and Tangled release week)

I stamped the stars cluster a few times in the center of the card, and also brought in some extra stars and a snowflake cluster from one of our Christmas sets (Elfs and Their Shelf.)

I then stamped a greeting from A-mazing and added the fairy, moon and clouds from To The Stars.

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

♥.

mother's day (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to Lawn Fawn's April inspiration week. Today is our showcase of the Mother's Day Line Border die.

Mother's day (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I create a scene of a mommy with her little ducklings, and got the line border to follow the same curve as the grassy hills.

Mother's day (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The ducks are from Rub-A-Dub-Dub, the clouds, butterfly and flowers are from Butterfly Kisses. I love mixing a little old and new together!

I hope you like it! Be sure to check out all the inspiration on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

hello beautiful (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

If you're looking for today's Lawn Fawn post, scroll down or click HERE. I'm pulling double postings all week!

Welcome to day 2 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week! Everything we show you this week will be available for purchase as of Friday morning (April 19th).

Today, we're showing off a 3x4 stamp set called Dream Big. It features a fairy riding a flying goose, and works so well with the previously shown To The Stars. It's right out of a fairy-tale, isn't it?

hello beautiful (Neat and Tangled release week)


I created as dreamy a backdrop as I could for the main image, by ink-blending the softest pink haze, and laying a trail of stars beneath the goose.

I layered a few of the puffy clouds from To The Stars, and used a white gel pen to add some white dotted accents to the background layer.

hello beautiful (Neat and Tangled release week)

I hope you like it! Don't forget to leave me a comment before you go! Danielle will choose a random comment from among all of the design team's posts this week - the winner will be awarded a $25 store gift card!

And be sure to check out what the rest of the design team did with this set - click!

♥.

upside-down raindrops (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome to another day of this month's inspiration week! Today, we're showing off the Rainy Backdrop. This is a card that I made way back for sneak peek week in January, but I'll show it off again:


I turned the raindrops upside down - i was thinking they looked more like underwater bubbles that way?

I did some ink blending on the raindrops layer, keeping it darker towards the bottom.


The whale is from Get Well Before 'n Afters, the sending hugs sign is from Open Me, and I finished the design with the Feel Better Line Border.

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

♥.


Monday, April 15, 2019

to the stars (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

If you're looking for today's Lawn Fawn post, scroll down or click HERE. I'm pulling double postings for the rest of the week!

Welcome to April's Neat and Tangled release week. We tease you with the new collection for a few days until it hits the store on Friday morning (April 19th.)

On day 1, we're showing off a set that I illustrated, called To The Stars. I've been wanting to do a fairy set for a long time, but I've seen enough cute garden fairy sets to steer clear of that kind and go a more celestial route.

This set features 3 fairies, a few puffy clouds, a constellation and the cutest moon.

To the stars (Neat and Tangled release week)

I perched the daintiest fairy atop the moon, and positioned a few clouds and constellations all around. Using the oval dies from the Card Front Designs die set, I created an aperture to house all of the focal images. I love that by nesting the oval dies together, I could create a thin frame. I love little finishing touches like that!

To color the clouds and the moon, I opted for light greys (Copic markers T0, T1) since I used a night-sky patterned paper. You guys, I think this is my last scrap of this paper. I have been hoarding it for so long! I wish I knew who made it and where I could get some more!

To get different sizes of constellations, I simply snipped off a star or 2. Easy peasy. In the stamp set, I also included a lone star and a tiny line image - you could create a whole backdrop of unique constellations! 

To the stars (Neat and Tangled release week)

I love the sentiment included in the set. Originally, I included the usual "love you to the stars" but my good friend Bethany suggested I go PAST the stars - so magical!

I hope you like this new set! Stayed tuned for a smaller, companion set that will debut tomorrow!  Be sure to check out the NT blog this morning (click!). 

GIVEAWAY: before you go, leave me a comment! Danielle will choose a lucky winner from among all of the design team's blogs this week. On Friday morning she will announce the winner of a $25 store gift card. Good luck!

♥.