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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.


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.

Lawn Fawn

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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

Lawn Fawn Scallop Circles Layout

June 2013 Lawn Fawn Week: Scallop Circles

Lawn Fawn Scallop Circles Layout

Another quick layout for you today to celebrate Lawn Fawn’s June Inspiration Week! This time I used the new scallop circle dies to create a few box flowers—my favorite kind of handmade flower! I love using different patterned paper designs to create a single flower, and Lawn Fawn’s cheery designs make these flowers especially fun!

Be sure to pop by the Lawn Fawn blog for more die-cutting goodness. {grins} Plus, you know, a chance to win Lawn Fawn loot!

Lawn Fawn: May 2013 Releases


Just a quick post today to share my projects for Lawn Fawn‘s May 2013 release! Up first (above) uses a really fun technique I learned from Online Card Classes. Yay!


I’ve scrapbooked this photo before, but I really wanted to re-do this one with Lawn Fawn flair and Blue Skies! Nothing like being goofy in front of a camera with your best friend, right? My early twenties were filled with wonderful road trips, and I wanted to try to capture the fun we had.


Time for a trip in the way back machine, courtesy of Lawn Fawn’s A Good Apple stamp set!

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And finally, another Pink Lemonade layout to whet your whistle for summer adventures. I just love clustering stars cut using Lawn Fawn’s Puffy Star Stackables nesting dies.

Lawn Fawn March 2013: Sharp Backdrops


Welcome back for another day of fun with Lawn Fawn’s awesome-pants March release! Today, we’re featuring another favorite of mine: Sharp Backdrops. Seriously. This set has already gotten a ton of use, namely here. With arrows and cool triangle patterns, what’s not to love?

For my Sunshine & Smiles layout, I just wanted to go crazy with color! I ombre stamped a smooth white panel using a combination of Tempting Turquoise, Lucky Limeade, and Daffodil Delight, double-inking the background stamp to get the in-between shades. I just love how well Daphne’s Closet coordinates with Sharp Backdrops. The coordinating patterns make it easy to put together a positive-negative look by layering paper and stamped images, like I did here.

For the rest of the background, I stamped the diamond/triangle pattern in Daffodil Delight and then stamped Tempting Turquoise arrows over it. Layering these backdrops is a simple way to create a cool, pattern-filled background. An Amy Tangerine rub-on (watercolored in Tempting Turquoise) nicely rounds out the eclectic look.


Drop by the Lawn Fawn Blog to see what the other gals are doing with Sharp Backdrops! This is definitely a must-have set for trendy paper creations. {grins}.

Lawn Fawn March 2013: Daphne’s Closet


Happy St. Patty’s Day! While today’s post has nothing to do with the holiday, this Irish girl feels very lucky to be a part of the Lawn Fawn Design Team! The March release rules!

By now, I think it’s clear that I have some serious love for Daphne’s Closet! You can see previous projects using this collection here and here. The color scheme and the modern prints are just so much fun to use! Definitely my go-to collection this spring!

For this layout about my niece on a camping trip, I cut out flowers from Daphne’s Closet patterned paper and layered lots of paper strips and stickers to create a small collage right below the photo. A die-cut tag from my Silhouette and a glitter paper heart die cut (backed with Daphne’s Closet) complete the look. I love anchoring tags to layouts by looping multiple strands of twine through the hole in the tag and then adhering the ends to the back. My Lime Lawn Trimmings cord was perfect for this technique: strong and stable and the color is simply delicious.


Check out more Daphne’s Closet projects on the Lawn Fawn blog today! And don’t forget to leave some comment love for a chance to win!

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Lawn Fawn + Punky Sprouts: LOVE

Summer Love mini album cover

I love mini albums. For me they’re sort of a hybrid between cards and scrapbooking: I’m all about the smaller form factor. So, when Lawn Fawn teamed up with Punky Sprouts (whose mini albums I’ve ALWAYS loved), I was so on board. (Soooo on board!) I chose to work with the Soul Sprout album, and made just a few minor modifications: I went with a horizontal orientation and went from 4 o-rings down to three. As such, I eliminated the first small scalloped page and, well, you’ll see what I did with the canvas page a little later on in the post!

For this album, I went with a simple summer theme, lots of embossing, and lots of die cutting using Lawn Fawn’s new Lawn Cuts dies. Love! I primarily used Daphne’s Closet patterned paper with one itty bitty strip of Pink Lemonade on the last page. The Narrators stickers are from both Daphne’s Closet and Pink Lemonade. I totally dig the grapefruit and turquoise combo in one project!

For the cover, I heat embossed Lawn Fawn Chevron Backdrops in white, and then spray inked the whole page using Studio Calico Mr. Huey in Lemonade. The cardboard page soaked up the ink; the page is barely tinted yellow. But it adds a little extra warmth. I then die cut “love” using my Quinn’s ABCs Lawn Cuts and stuck the negative on the page with some Narrators and a little label. Then, I stamped a sunshine from Lawn Fawn’s Partly Cloudy and embossed that, too.

Hindsight: If I’d thought about the sun earlier in the process, I would have masked off a circle when stamping my chevrons to have a clean spot for the sun. Still, it looks cool.

Always tag mini album page

More Partly Cloudy on this page! I love the combo of the greeting from this set plus the alphabet stickers. I die cut the heart from the tag using my Hearts Lawn Cuts, and then added a few Daphne’s Closet die-cut hearts to the tag, too. (The spray ink looks like wet sand… don’t you think?)

Jack mini album page

I kept my nephew’s page super simple. Lots of embossed arrows from Sharp Backdrops for a background, some Daphne’s Closet and a die cut heart. I just love his expression in this photo. Yes, buddy, parades are kinda scary…

Walkin on Sunshine mini album page

Here’s where things get a little wild. The mini album came with a canvas page, but it got bent during shipping, so I was going to iron it. And then I thought: Hmmm…. wonder if Lawn Cuts will cut canvas…. The answer: Yes. Yes, they will! If the canvas is nice and lightweight. You may have to help out with your scissors on some stubborn threads, but for the most part, you’re golden!

More die cut hearts, heat embossing, and spray ink here. I just love the little sun from Partly Cloudy. I also love that you can see this sunshine peaking out when the album is closed.

Together mini album page

The last page… oh my heart! The kids were having the best time with the Slip ‘n’ Slide. The background for the layout turned out beautifully with some emboss resisting using October Afternoon Sprinklers spray ink and Lawn Fawn Interlocking Backdrops hexagons.

I used A Little Birdie Told Me Lawn Cuts to create some cute canvas speech bubbles and gave two of them a spritz with Mr. Huey’s. A few more hearts, and this baby was done!

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Have an amazing day!

Lawn Fawn: Introducing Pink Lemonade


Yesterday, we talked a bit about Lawn Fawn’s Pink Lemonade and how great it works with Summertime Charm. Today is all about the Pink Lemonade collection on its own! These papers are so beautiful and layer so well, they lend themselves beautifully to an eclectic style of scrapbooking. You get a fun mix of patterns and contrasting colors, but everything works seamlessly without any effort on your part. Win win!

For this layout about camping with my friends last September, I wanted to focus on the orange, yellow, and pink in the papers, and then use the dark green in the collection as an accent. The dark green stands out so well against the other papers, it’s perfect for this design approach. And the intensity of the dark green against all the orange and yellow shifts this summery collection into autumn mode. So versatile!

As a side note: The die-cut banners (and the title for yesterday’s layout) come from Studio Calico’s digital die-cutting files. These particular pieces coordinate with the February 2013 kit, so they’ll be going away at the end of the month.


I also combined the 12″ x 12″ papers in the collection with a few patterns from the 6″ x 6″ paper pad. Mixing the two from a single collection is a great way to blend large and small scale patterns on a page!

And now for the sneaky peek portion of today’s post: See the ombre-stamped arrow panel behind my photo? I created that using Lawn Fawn’s super trendy Sharp Backgrounds set!

Check out the Lawn Fawn Blog for more Pink Lemonade fun from the design team!

Lawn Fawn: Introducing Summertime Charm


I can’t even tell you how excited I was when Lawn Fawn announced this set to the design team. I’ve been wanting a cute mason jar stamp for ages, and with all the extras that Lawn Fawn packed into Summertime Charm, well, I’m tickled pink!

My first project is a simple card with a surprising pleated background using Lawn Fawn’s new Daphne’s Closet 6″ x 6″ paper pad (a little sneaky peek for you guys). Don’t you love that subtle aqua color? The plaid pattern from this paper collection makes a pretty label. And the “Hello” sticker from Lawn Fawn’s Pink Lemonade collection made for a quick and easy greeting.

A little about the paper pleating, because I bet some of you are going to want to know: I learned this technique from Online Card Classes’ Clean & Simple Card Making 2. Jennifer McGuire does a fantastic job demonstrating how this is done, in case you’re interested in learning.

And back to Summertime Charm:


Yes, this stamp set is fab for scrapbooking! I love how it coordinates with the cute printed jars on the Pink Lemonade paper. And the combo of Summertime Charm and Pink Lemonade is simply the sweetest thing ever! I just knew I had to scrapbook this picture of my niece enjoying her icy frappe at the 4th of July parade last year. She looks so grown up!

Another quick note about this layout: I double stamped some of the hearts, starting with the outline image, and then stamping inside the outline with the solid image. That created a solid image with a nicely defined edge, which made it easy to cover each of the solid images with Glossy Accents.


I hope you enjoy Summertime Charm and Pink Lemonade as much as I do! I’ll be back tomorrow with even more Pink Lemonade fun. Really, this release just had my name written all over it. Whoo hoo!

Oh, and be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog for a chance to get your hands on some super sweet goodies and take a peek at what else you can do with Summertime Charm.

Check This Out

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week: August 2012

It’s here! It’s here! Lawn Fawn’s Dewey Decimal is here! Oh, I can’t tell you how much I love this collection. It makes this librarian’s heart go pitter-patter. I went a little overboard with my projects for this inspiration week. But I told myself “no library themed projects”. I wanted to make something that would be applicable to more than just… well… me and my life. Something to inspire you guys, right?

I’ve gotten a couple of questions on this, so let me post it here:
Stampin’ Up! colors that coordinate with Dewey Decimal are Pool Party, Ridinghood Red, Island Indigo, and More Mustard. Hope that helps! I love coordinating my SU collection with Lawn Fawn. {Grins}

Now, on to the layouts!

A Part of History

For my travel layout, I created mock file folders for my “history” files as a backdrop for a layout about exploring the Freedom Trail in Boston. This collection was perfect for this: it’s full of classic, structured patterns that create a wonderful timeless feel…and fun, trendy colors for a modern twist!

Next up — an everyday, guy layout. Honestly, my fave part of this layout is the sideways, shrinking banner border. I had a lot of fun with that! Here, I combined Dewey Decimal with papers from the August Studio Calico kit. Oh my heart! And the library-inspired Check This Out stamp set really set the mood for this layout!

Check This Out

Be sure to check the Lawn Fawn blog this week for loads and loads of giveaway opportunities. You’ll love this month’s release (available tomorrow!!)

Mixed Media Scrapbooking

CK Mixed Media Scrapbooking

I love playing with scrapbooking supplies. Love. It. I love getting messy with ink and seeing how new materials look on my layouts. And that’s why this special issue from Creating Keepsakesis one of the coolest ever! Mixed Media Scrapbooking has so many crazy and amazing ideas that you wouldn’t necessarily think to ever try on a layout.

Mixed Media Scrapbooking

¬†For this issue, I got to make a mini album using metal and art mediums. What a blast! Seriously, stamping into candlewax on a page? Who knew? And really thin wire makes a cool accent–I used it to create a shadow for my album’s title.

You’ll have to pick up a copy of this amazing new issue to see the rest of the album. {Grins} It’s definitely worth having in your scrapbooking resource library. No matter your scrapbooking style, you’ll find a way to start working new materials into your scrapbooking. In fact, I was feeling inspired by the chapter on Fabric and Sewing, and I whipped up a Clean and Simple layout with a touch of fabric from my stash.

Self Portrait recipe: July 2012 Studio Calico kit; Fabric: Westminster Fibers.

Want to win a copy of Mixed Media Scrapbooking of your own? Just leave a comment here, telling me about a project in your scrapbooking queue that you’d want to try a new medium on. (You know, just to get you brainstorming!) On or around July 23rd, I’ll pick a winner at random, and post her name here on my blog as well as send her an e-mail. After that, you have one week to respond to claim your prize, or I’ll draw another name.

You’ll find more inspiration and more chances to win at the blogs of these CK friends!

Patty Cieri
Erika Hayes
Summer Fullerton
Stacy Cohen
Mou Saha
Laina Lamb
Joey Manwarren
Ashley Horton
Iris Uy
Paper Crafters Corner
Maggie Holmes
The Scrap Review
Piradee Talvanna
Adele Beck
Kim Watson

Good luck!