Lawn Fawn and May Arts: What a Hoot!

You're a Hoot Card

 

Hi all! I’m so happy to share this little card with you today. Lawn Fawn is once again collaborating with May Arts in an inspiration-packed week of fun! I used three different May Arts ribbon to create a little backdrop for my cute Lawn Fawn owl, with everything grounded by a hexagon pattern. I love how it turned out! I totally realize that the owl isn’t available for purchase, as it was a free gift offered over last Thanksgiving, but it has similar styling to Lawn Fawn’s Into the Woods set and a little fox would be adorable with this card design. Maybe, if we’re really, really good, Kelly will bring You’re a Hoot back!

Now, onto the ribbon! Really, it was the ribbon that inspired the entire look of this card. With three different colors and textures to work with… I couldn’t choose just one! I love that wide satin ribbon with the smooth and ribbed double texture. I could seriously use that in every color!  And the twine underneath it is the softest cotton… it makes me want to knit something. (Hee!) The multi-tone yellow grosgrain is fabulous for wrapping around a card multiple times. The thin width makes this a great go-to ribbon that you can use whenever you might use twine on a card; it’s so versatile and you can even thread a large button with it!

As a side note: the ink colors I used here are Stampin’ Up!’s Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, and Wisteria Wonder.

PS. Forgive the shadows in my photo—I took this in the late afternoon, and there was just no way to help it.

Be sure to watch the Lawn Fawn blog all week long for more ribbon-tastic projects!

Style Swap: CAS vs Shabby Chic

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I love playing around with different cardmaking and scrapbooking styles—the ability to take similar products, or even products from the same collection, and create completely different looks is one of the things I love best about this craft of ours. So today, I thought I’d share a little Style Swap… with myself. I created two completely different looks using Studio Calico products…. namely from the Lemon Lush collection, with a little help from the Sugar Rush kit and my favorite Lawn Fawn dies!

While I’m drawn to Clean-and-Simple style cards, like the one I did above… I find it much easier to create Shabby Chic cards, like the one below. The only thing missing (in my mind) from the one below is a bit of doily between the vellum and the purple frame. I didn’t have one, but I would have used one if I’d had one on hand.

Does that happen to you? The style you love most isn’t necessarily the one you find easiest to create? I’d love to know your thoughts on this….

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Lawn Fawn: March 2014

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Hi everyone! Just a quick look at my projects for this month’s Lawn Fawn release. Have you been following along with Inspiration Week on the LF blog? Oh my word! My fellow DT members are so talented, they leave me speechless. I can’t believe I’m part of such a creative group!

(“I’m not worthy!” she says, in her best Wayne’s World impression)

Anyway, here’s a round-up of the designs I created to showcase this month’s release. Enjoy! The first card was my contribution to our Starry Backdrops showcase. I just love putting Glossy Accents on tiny images, like I did with the stars on the moon piece. Just a hint of shine can make a huge difference to the overall effect, don’t you think?

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I just adore watercolored tags, don’t you? The cupcake was inked using my Calypso Coral and Pool Party Stampin’ Write markers, and then the color was pulled into the center using a blender pen to create the watercolored look.

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More fun with inlaid die cuts! The #awesome dies are fabulous for this technique!

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This last card came about entirely by accident. I had watercolored both the background and the boat… and then suddenly the boat was a pirate ship sailing through the stars. No… I don’t watch too much Once Upon a Time….

Have a wonderful rest of the week!

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Online Card Classes: Clean & Simple 3

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Hi there!

Today, I’m sharing two quick cards using an awesome technique I learned through Online Card Classes. Clean & Simple 3 is underway right now, and this is just a taste of the techniquey goodness in store for the students! The technique? Die cut inlay. Honestly, I made a ton of cards using this idea, and I can’t get over how much fun it is… and how much I love the clean, smooth results. It’s a “must-have” technique in the repertoire of any Clean & Simple cardmarker!

The cards shown here feature the same paper packs (Hello Sunshine and Let’s Polka) and die sets (Scripty Hello and Large Stitched Journaling Card) from Lawn Fawn, resulting in perfectly coordinated looks. Wouldn’t this be a fun card set to give to a friend? Hmmm. Ideas…. Notice: The “Hello” from the bottom card was actually die cut from the background of the top card! Using this idea, you can quickly create cool color and pattern combos for card sets with very little effort. Hooray!

There’s still time to join in the fun with Clean & Simple 3. Classes started on Monday, 3/10, but you can quickly catch up… and the class is structured so that you can easily go at your own pace. Love it!

And, for more Lawn Fawn fun, check out the Lawn Fawn blog this week! Starting on Thursday is our March Inspiration Week, packed with ideas for using the new Lawn Fawn products. It just doesn’t get much happier than that.

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Hello Card - Gray CAS Challenge

CAS-ual Fridays: Gray Challenge

Hello Card - Gray CAS Challenge

 

Hi everyone!

Just a quick card today to play along with CAS-ual Fridays “Shades of Gray” challenge. The challenge? Create a card with at least 2 shades of gray. Easy enough with Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Polka papers! Looking at this photo, I wish I’d shot at a slightly different angle; we’re looking a tad crooked here! Eeek!

Anyway, I love no stamp cards for Clean & Simple looks, don’t you? Here, we have two dies and three types of paper (in addition to White cardstock). The two purple shades are from Studio Calico’s Lemon Lush collection, which may be my favorite collection since BasicGrey’s Lauderdale. As my CK friends can attest: I love me some Lauderdale. Ha! I’m all about the wacky color combinations!

Hope you’re all having a fantastic day!

Arigato Card for Timeless Twine Collaboration

Lawn Fawn & Timeless Twine

Hello Card for Timeless Twine Collaboration

 

 

Hello everyone! Today, I’m popping in to share a few cards with you that I created for Lawn Fawn’s collaboration week with Timeless Twine. How gorgeous are those baker’s twine colors? I chose to work with Raspberry Lemonade and Key Lime Sorbet. (Delish!) I’m definitely in love!

For my first card, I created a garden scene. (Guess who’s got a serious case of Spring Fever?) The sunshine from the Spring Showers Lawn Cuts die set and some flowers from Penelope’s Blossoms work beautifully with the Scripty Hello die-cut greeting and the twine “leaves”. Yes, I know there are no stems; I was going for a stylistic look (Hee!). As a side note, because I always want to know, here are the ink colors I used for the flowers: Strawberry Slush and Costal Cabana.

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Next up? A little Let’s Roll action! The twine makes for a fun, stitched “bamboo” background, and I grounded the images further with a bit of Hello Sunshine paper slipped in between the twine blocks. The trick with this technique is to score a haphazard grid on your card first, then pierce holes at the intersections for stitching. Alternate the high and low horizontal slates, and there you go! Colors used: Crisp Cantaloupe for the shrimp roll, Baked Brown Sugar for the board, and Marina Mist for the sushi’s smiley face and the greeting.

Be sure to follow the Lawn Fawn blog all week for even more ways to use this fabulous twine!

Hello February 2014

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Hello everyone! How has your 2014 been treating you? It’s been a whirlwind for me: two business trips already and another one coming up. Whew! Anyway, I thought I’d take a little time to share some cards with you. For these cards, I used the “With Love and Thanks” stamp set from Inspiration Ave.

A side note: I worked with Amy, the smarty pants behind Inspiration Ave, at Stampin’ Up! Amy is one of the most creative people I know and one of the great designers from my Stampin’ Up! years that inspired me to start making cards and scrapbooking in the first place. I was thrilled when she started coming out with her own stamps! How elegant and fun is that font? BTW, she doesn’t know I’m posting this and I bought the stamp set with my own money. Ta da! Disclaimered! (Which is totally a word….)

For the above card, I stamped the “Hi” stamp over and over in Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green ink, then die cut the piece using Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die (available Feb 20, 2014). I love this die way, way too much! So, once it was cut, I stamped Hello on the top portion of the die cut in Tempting Turquoise ink. Adhered the bottom “Hi” piece flush with the bottom of a top-folding White card, then inset the top portion of the die cut into the bottom and popped it up with some dimensional adhesive. The result? That crisp double line around the bottom edge of the speech bubble and lots of dimension!

And now, more cards! Some of these you may have seen before, if you follow me on Instagram.

Thoughtful You Card

This color combo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry, is one of my favorites! A few die cut heart windows (Hearts-Lawn Cuts) finishes off this clean-and-simple design. Pretty happy with how this one turned out!

Hooray Card

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to combine stamp sets for birthday cards. Pairing the “Hooray” from “With Love and Thanks” with a Papertrey Ink candle made this simple card come together super quick! And the Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry color combo makes this card look fresh and modern. Another one I’m pretty happy with! Don’t you just love it when you have a good crafting night? (I credit the stamp set!)

Say Hello Card

This is my favorite card of the bunch. Clean, simple, and the color combo makes me so happy! It doesn’t stand up, so it was kind of hard to photograph. Ha! Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo go together beautifully, and create such a feminine vibe on a card. Love!

And now to show something on this card that doesn’t photograph super well:

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Look closely… yup, there’s a tiny, pressed heart! I used a technique I learned from Online Card Classes’ Stenciled class to use the positive die cut left over from my “Thoughtful You = Thankful Me” card and my die-cutting machine to basically letterpress the heart into this card. This technique is so much fun. Once you start, it’s kinda hard to stop…. Hee!

That’s it from me today. I’m off to watch Seattle kick some Bronco butt! I got my Master’s from the University of Washington, so I’m a Seahawks fan. Have a great Super Bowl Sunday everyone!

 

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Seasons Giving Blog Hop 2013

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Thank you all so much for joining us for the Seasons Giving Blog Hop this year! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, hasn’t it? Definitely filled with a lot of crafting and excitement. I haven’t posted as frequently as I would have liked this year, but we do the best we can, right? Even though I wasn’t able to share everything I created here, I was creating… always a win in my book! So, to celebrate the small victories, here are a few projects that I particularly liked creating this year… and how I hope to carry on what I learned from each project.

Joy Card

This elephant card was my favorite project from the whole year, and one that I felt really captured the style of cards that I love. Clean. Modern. Trendy.

For You Puppy Card

This puppy card was one that I did when I was really into watercoloring this summer. I love how the shading on the puppy turned out, and I would like to combine more watercolored images and backgrounds with clean lines. I learned this year that Copics aren’t my thing. I can do them, but I’m too critical of my results and never like how it turns out. But, oh, do I love watercolors.

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This scrapbook page was the one layout I did this year that felt truly unique to me. This was shortly before I decided I was burned out on scrapbooking and refocused my efforts on cardmaking. I love the multi-print background and summery colors.

Hello Circle Card

Finally, I love the combination of colors on this Hello card and the fun shape. More shapes, more color in 2014!

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that 2014 brings you happiness and love. To get things off on the right foot, how about a little giveaway! Leave a comment here by Wednesday, January 8th at 11:59 pm MT for a chance at a box of surprises. I’ll pick the winner by end of day Saturday, January 11th, and post her name here. Unfortunately, I cannot ship outside the US at this time, so US peeps only for this particular giveaway.

Remember: each stop on this blog hop will offer you a chance to win some goodies. Hooray! Give the girls and companies in the Hop list some love. {grin} There are a lot of familiar names participating and a lot of fantastic new talents that you’ll love adding to your must-read blogs in 2014.

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My Favorite Things Stamps

CAS-ual Friday Stamps

Fresh Squeezed Stamps

Julee Tillman: Verve Stamps

Avocado Arts Stamps

A Jillian Vance Design

Latisha Yoast

Amber Hight

Amber Kemp-Gerstel

Alice Wertz

Debbie Corbari

Vera Wirianta Yates

Lori McAree

Carolyn King

Sharon Harnist

Amy Tsuruta

Beth Pingry

Becky Oehlers

Angie Blom

Julia Stainton

Sharon Johnson

Michelle Woerner

Cindy Lawrence

Lori Tecler

Daniela Dobson

Savitri Wilder

Theresa Momber

Giovana Smith

Kimberly Crawford

Maria Levine

Colleen Schaan

Lydia Fiedler

Kelly Klapstein

Kim Kesti

Laura Williams

Shanna Vineyard

Jennifer Gallacher

Heather Pulvirenti

Stacey Schafer

Leigh Penner

AJ Otto

Teri Anderson

Julie Overby

Margie Higuchi

Jimmi Mayo

Tenia Nelson

Lee Ann Barrett

Iwona Palamountain

Linda Lucas

Sarah Gough

Dina Kowal

Elena Roussakis

Lisa Henke

Jodi Collins

Joanne Basile

Melanie Muenchinger

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Darsie Bruno

Libby Hickson

Dana Joy

Jody Morrow

Heather Campbell

Savannah O’Gwynn

Lee Murphy

Lisa Arana

Emily Leiphart

Jocelyn Olson

Isha Gupta

Piali Biswas

Ashley Harris

Bunny Vance

Anabelle O’Malley

Andrea Murdock

Stephanie Muzzulin

Alyssa Bennett

Christiana Reuling

Laurel Seabrook

Melody Rupple

Emily Branch

Megan Hoeppner

Hello Circle Card

Lawn Fawn + Core’dinations = Love

Hello Circle Card

I hope everyone’s having a great start to autumn! Definitely my favorite season. {Grins} And what better way to kick off the season than with a collaboration between Lawn Fawn and Core’dinations?

Now, I have to admit, I was a tad skeptical. I love Core’dinations. I love Lawn Fawn. But in my mind, they had very different aesthetics, and didn’t necessarily go together. Oh boy, was I wrong. Core’dinations Brights Core Essentials collection was simply made to pair with Lawn Fawn’s bright, whimsical look!

For our Lawn Fawn + Core’dinations inspiration week, I chose to focus on Lawn Fawn’s fab dies: creating a white circle card, distressed banners from Core’dinations Brights, and a simple Cole’s ABCs greeting from Into the Woods paper. The distressing adds texture to the plain white card and looks very cool with a single Lawn Fawn Fall Leaf sequin. Staple the banners and sequin in place, add the greeting, and stamp a few Woodgrain Backdrops hearts in Pumpkin Pie and Island Indigo Stampin’ Up! ink, and you have a playful 10-Minute Card! I just love 10-Minute Cards, don’t you?

Be sure to pop by the Lawn Fawn blog and check out more projects featuring Core’dinations! Have a fabulous day!