Monday, August 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Fall/Winter Release Week


Hey there! Lawn Fawn is having it's Fall/Winter Release Week, and if you haven't visited their blog during a Release Week, you must. It's filled with great cards, layouts, ideas, and the best: giveaways!

Here are two of my projects for this week.

The first one featuring Monster Mash. It's so stinking cute. When I first saw it, I was reminded of my youngest in the Charlie Brown Halloween Ghost costume I made for my middlest. I love it when my kids want to "recycle" old costumes.





I made the title using Quinn's ABCs (which has matching dies) and Riley's ABCs ("not"). The ghosts/monsters also have coordinating dies.

This second layout features the new Sweater Weather paper and embellishment collection. It's browns, yellow, greens, reds, oranges, and blues. And those cute wood veneer leaves. They stamp really well with StazOn. The title is Cole's ABCs dies, and the numbers and words are Riley's ABCs.




Can you tell I miss a proper Autumn? I know I'm lucky to live in the land of eternal sunshine, but as crazy as it sounds, I sometimes wish for a brisk day. You know, the grass is always greener and all that.

Thanks for coming by, and don't forget to visit Lawn Fawn's blog and comment each day for a chance to win all the new goodies!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back! And Where The Boys Are.


I'm back from my long trip through Taiwan and China. So much to share, but alas, photos need some editing first.

Meawhile…



Today marks the debut of Where The Boys Are. I'm so honored to be a contributor to this amazing blog featuring stories about raising boys. Please go by and take a peek. Whether you are raising boys or girls or both or none, I think you'll like what you see.


Friday, June 13, 2014

Technique Tuesday: Flairs and Scraplifting


Every so often, I find a magazine page design so compelling, I get totally inspired and create something from it. This is the magazine:


I copied scraplifted it.


And I love how this page turned out. For more info, go here (Technique Tuesday's blog).


Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Mini-Album


Hello hello! It's the end of the school year. That means, it's time for teachers' gifts! Two words that kind of scare me. I'm usually a "cash and card" person. But since I'm room parent this year, I had to step up my present giving!


Enter this mini-album I made using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners. Super duper easy! For step-by-step instructions, please visit the Lawn Fawn's blog. Thank for dropping by!


Friday, June 6, 2014

Guest Designer: Waffle Flower


I'm so excited to share these projects! Waffle Flower is a new company that  makes high quality polymer stamps. Love seeing a scrapbooking/stamping company find success. Yay for our industry! Plus the owner Nina is a really nice person! Win-win.

I got to play with the super popular Bowtiful and the brand new Bowtiful Additions. There are a ton of words in both sets to create cards for just about everyone.



The second I saw the bowties, I knew I'd be using them for this photo of my son wearing his tux. He was in his ringbearer stage a couple of years ago. Look at that faux smile — total cheese ball, right?


I stamped the solid bowtie from the Additions in three colors. On top, I stamped the stitched version (original stamp set) with a white ink. Then used the space between the "stitches" to punch holes for my sewing.


I did some hand-stitching, and finished off the layout with a sprinkling of the star stamp. Love that stamp!



For the card, I used the frame from the Additions set, and stamped a mod pattern using various ink colors. Finished the card off with the Hello from the original set. Clean and easy!


Thanks for coming by! Don't forget to stop by the Waffle Flower blog for lots of ideas and more info on their stamps.

Monday, June 2, 2014

The Phone Photography Class. Self-paced!


Uh, yeah. Blog. I have one.

Sorry about that big break. I'm getting ready to travel to Asia with my three kids, and getting that organized has taken most of my free time. That coupled with end of school year stuff. Why are so many things scheduled towards the end? Why am I such a procrastinator? Sigh.

Onto more fun stuff. You might remember that last summer, I was one of the teachers at Big Picture Classes' The Phone Photography class. It was such a fun project. But it was live, and there was an assigment every day. Which can get kind of crazy when all you want to do is chill.


This time, the class is self-paced! Which means more time to play and no stress. Woohoo to that!

What's this class all about? 31 challenges from 31 instructors, and 60 app reviews. We tell you what apps are worth your money, which are not. There are also downloadable handouts, tips, etc. And as with all Big Picture classes, you can get access to your class forever. Nice!

To find out more and sign up, click here. To follow my adventures in Asia, follow me on Instagram.

Be back soon with a few projects that I'm really excited to share! See you then!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lawn Fawn: April Inspiration Week


Hello, everyone! Lawn Fawn is having its monthly Inspiration Week right now. That means lots of ideas and lots of giveaways!

I created two projects for this week, both using the Dream stamp set. It's a small, sweet set that has so many uses! It also has an accompanying die set, because it's way easier than hand cutting! (Unless you are Erica Hernandez, but that's another blog post.)

First up, this layout that is all the things I love: simple, clean, white cardstock, bright colors, favorite photo. And rambling journaling.


To create this, the journaling is printed directly on the cardstock. Then, I stamped "dream" five times (with Versamark), and embossed it with white embossing powder (American Crafts Zing). By the way, if you are in the market for a heating gun, you must get the Milwaukee (mine is from Hero Arts). It's amazing. (No, it doesn't cook or clean.)


Once cooled off, I dripped some colored mists (Studio Calico) and held the card stock sideways. I love how it added pops of color, but still kept the layout clean and simple. To finish the project, I glued some matching sequins from Lawn Fawn. Super easy, right?

For the card, I only used the feather dies. I cut them out of white card stock, and colored them with markers. The "hello" is from the Hello Sunshine set, and hemp cord is Lawn Fawn's Cloudy Lawn Trimmings. Love the color and how easy it is to tie (vs. cotton twine.)


There you go. Two totally easy, and fast to create projects. Do go by Lawn Fawn's blog and leave your comments for many chances to win some seriously good loot. Thanks for coming by!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Lawn Fawn + May Arts


Good morning! It's almost Spring Break around these parts, and I'm super duper excited. So I made a spring-y, beach-y card for the Lawn Fawn + May Arts blog hop.



To make the "sea", I used May Arts' 1/5" Silky Crush ribbon in white, and Caran D'Ache Neocolor in Cobalt Blue (I got mine here).



I blended some of the watercolor crayons with water in a container and dipped only the bottom of each ribbon.



The water wicks upward and you'll end up with a nice mottled effect. I added a little more watercolor with each subsequent ribbon. To dry them quickly, I used a heat gun. Please be careful because the gun will melt the ribbon if you are not careful.



Once dry, the color is a lot more subdued. To add more color, re-dip after the ribbon is dry.



I ended up using only two of the ribbons, adhered to the card with a dot runner. The stamp set I used is called Float My Boat. It has a matching die set. The boat is stamped using Colorbox Pigment in Surf, which turned out to match the watercolor crayon quite perfectly. The sails are from my favorite Lawn Fawn paper line ever, Let's Polka. The sentiment, heart and seagulls are all from the boat set. The inks I used are Colorbox Pigment in Mango Tango, Razzberry, and Wild Hare.



Thanks for coming by! Don't forget to visit Lawn Fawn and May Arts blogs and enter to win goodies all week long.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Technique Tuesday: Layout


Hey there! Happy Thursday! I'm sharing a project for Technique Tuesday, which is also up on their blog. If you haven't been there lately, do go by! It's filled with so many projects and ideas and giveaways!


This layout is my ode to dim sum. Although I'm quite certain I've made at least another page about dim sum before. How can I not? If you have never experienced it, it's like Chinese tapas. Lots of little dishes shared between friends. The twist is that instead of ordering off the menu, there are ladies walking carts filled with hot, steaming food. You flag them down, they show you what they have, and you choose to take a dish or not. Very interactive. We eat dim sum at least once a month, and my kids love it.


Anyway. Layout. Clean and simple. The journaling is printed directly on the cardstock, and the sentiment (I Like You set) stamped directly below it. I adhered and hand stitched the photo right above that. The little flag is made using Weekly Review stamps. I stamped it, colored it a bit, cut off the edges, nipped it on one side, and finished the new edge off with black marker. It was then attached with a tiny stapler. Super easy!


Thanks so much for coming by! I hope you have a great weekend. I'm going to spend mine cleaning my work space and going to my kid's baseball games/practices/clinic. It's that season again!

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Lawn Fawn: March Inspiration Week


Hey there! We are in the middle of Lawn Fawn's March Inspiration Week. There's so much good stuff: tons of projects and a whole lot of giveaways!

Here are my two projects for this week. Two layouts featuring the new Let's Polka line. It's not all polka dots, but it's a mixture of dots (big and small), diagonal stripes and hearts. And the dots and hearts were hand-drawn for that whimsical Lawn Fawn touch.

The first one is about my middlest and youngest, who tend to fight the most. But I suspect they love each the most too. It's a very clean and simple layout that I created by using the Stitched Journaling Card die set from Lawn Fawn. The flair and flower sequins are from the same line. The title and journaling were created with a Silhouette Cameo. I did the Cameo die cutting first. And then I die cut that out with the journaling die. The heart is from Large Stitched Journaling Card set. Some quick machine stitching, and I was done!





The last one is even simpler with just one photo, some die cutting, a flair, and some gold thread stitching. Quick! But I love how it turned out. Lawn Fawn has this adorable raindrop die from the Spring Showers set. For this layout, I used this freebie. I modified it a bit using the Cameo. But you can easily use the Spring Shower die with a bigger die cut machine (something wider like a Spellbinder or a Big Shot Pro), or die cut a bunch of raindrops and glued them to your background paper.




Thanks for coming by today. Don't forget to go by the Lawn Fawn blog and enter the giveaways!

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