Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Lawn Fawn: December New Stamp Launch

Hello there! It's been a while since I've blogged. Something about the holiday season that makes me forget I have a blog. Hah!

This week, Lawn Fawn is introducing a bunch of new stamps, which are, of course, super cute! You can see everything on the Fawny blog.

I made a couple of cards for this week.

The Yeti one is actually really quick to make. The flowers are from an older set called On The Mend. Lawn Fawn just launched the matching dies. So now it's super easy to stamp and cut those shapes out. The flowers I used are actually in a vase. I didn't stamp the vase part. But I did use the die to cut the whole thing out. I then drew the stems with a black marker, and cut around the stems. Added a little Lawn Trimming as a ribbon to "tie" the bouquet together.

This card is also easy to make. Just a little more time consuming due to the hand stitching. I used Kreinik's Metallic Blending Filament in silver. You can easily find those in Joann's or Michael's. In the embroidery section. So pretty and shiny! The sentiment is from the Peace Joy Love patterned paper line. It's a tag in a sheet full of tags. The sequins are a mix of Peace Joy Love and Into The Woods.

Thanks for dropping by! Don't forget to stop by Lawn Fawn's blog, and leave a comment for a chance to win the new goodies. Oh you know you want them!

Friday, November 22, 2013

Lawn Fawn: Therm-O-Web Week

Happy Friday, everyone! Lawn Fawn joined forces with Therm-O-Web this past week, and here's what I created for this event.

I think I've mentioned before that I'm not a glitter person. But I do like gold. And gold glitter is so appropriate for all things Christmas and New Year! Therm-O-Web has this super cool spray called Glitter Dust, which is basically glitter in a can. Use it in a very ventilated place, like the great outdoors. Or you'll be sorry. The smell is a bit strong and it lingers... But it dries really fast, and the glitter does not come loose! I initially sprayed it on white cardstock, but then I noticed that the shipping container I was using as a spray box looked even more amazing. Gold glittered kraft paper! Is there such thing on the market? If not, someone needs to make it. Stat!

Then I stamped the trees from the Sweet Christmas set, colored them in, and cut them out. The sentiment is from Let It Snow. And it's stamped on paper from the Peace Joy Love pad. All these pieces are popped up with some 3D Foam Squares.

Go by Lawn Fawn and Therm-O-Web's blogs and leave comments to win goodies from both companies!

Thanks for dropping by! Hope you have a fab weekend!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

A Very Fawny Holiday Week

Hello friends! Lawn Fawn is currently featuring holiday projects all week. And the awesome folks from Lawnscaping have joined us in the fun.

Here's my little project. I used two sets to create this, Winter Owl (one of my all time favorites!) and Trim The Tree. I also used the matching die to Winter Owl.

What I did:
Embossing ink works so beautifully on kraft paper. I used Versamark to stamp all those cute little hearts, gingerbread person, presents, and candy canes. I saved a few hearts to ink with Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink in Scarlet. The kraft paper, by the way, is from Joann's, and it's the real thing! Not a paper printed like kraft. This one is like a grocery store bag. Which I love!

The owl was stamped using Versafine and colored in with Letraset Promarker. The sentiment was stamped using Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink in Frost White. It really is the best white ink I've ever used. It stamps nice and opaque.

There you go. Quick and simple! Go by the Lawn Fawn blog and leave a comment and a chance to win prizes. Thanks for dropping by!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Technique Tuesday: Holiday Layout

Hi there! Happy Tuesday! Today I'm sharing one of my favorite layouts. I made this for Technique Tuesday using the  Peace & Joy stamps by Ali Edwards, and its matching die. I really love this set of stamps. It's like the Favorite Stories one that sold out and just got re-released. Love those too! (I made this layout using the Favorite Stories stamps.)

This is a clean and simple layout and it features one of my most favorite photo shoots with my kids.

My youngest was about 3 months old, and I was obsessed with having a Christmas card photo featuring the three of them in Santa hats. So I bought three hats, popped the kids against a dark background, and called my husband for help. You can see his hand on the lower left. Then I started shooting. I must have taken over 100 photos. Only one was "perfect" for a card. But my favorites were really the outtakes. So many adorable moments. When I was looking for holiday photos to scrap, I saw this one and it brought back so many memories! This was 8 years ago! It's been such a long time, and yet, it feels like it was just last month. Oh, how I wish I could bottle up these moments.

The awesome hearts patterned paper is from a company called Ruby Rock-It. I've been hoarding this sheet for years. I even looked online for more, but alas, I didn't find any. The gold paper is from DCWV. The red outlined sticker is from October Afternoon. And the Totally Love stamp is from Technique Tuesday's Just Awesome Tabs by Ali Edwards. Black ink is Versafine (my fave!), and the thread is DMC.

I'm not a huge fan of glitter. But glitter is so good with holiday pages and cards. And lately, I've been painting my nails glittery because I found out that it doesn't require a very steady hand. Glitter is super forgiving. You really can't see any dings or chips.

So it just happened that while I was working on this page, I noticed that my nails matched my layout! This is a first for me! Yup, I'm taking my scrapbooking to the next level. (I grammed it, of course!)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Lawn Fawn: Playing Catch Up

I have a few Lawn Fawn projects that I've been meaning to share.

This first layout uses Into The Woods line. This is quite possibly my most favorite Lawn Fawn line (so far.) The wood grain, the little speech bubbles, the colors! All so good!

I cut those speech bubbles out of the patterned paper, and the arrow on the upper left is embossed in gold (American Crafts Zing!). Gold embossing powder is the best! The arrow and the little hearts are from the stamp set that matches the papers. That set also has the cutest acorn ever!

That's my middle child wearing the Toad costume I made him 5 years ago, before Toad costumes were commercially available for purchase. I love that costume. I felt so accomplished. Everywhere we went, people would start to hum the Super Mario Bros tune. Totally hilarious.

This other layout also uses a little bit of Into The Woods paper and stamps (I *heart* Fall). The best part? The title was created with Cole's ABC dies! The leaf is also a die from a great Fall set called Stitched Leaves.

Oh, how I miss this pumpkin patch back in Pennsylvania. It was definitely The Most Sincere Pumpkin Patch in the world.

Thanks for visiting today. Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Elle's Studio: Summer CHA Projects

A few months ago (several months ago!) I created a few projects for Elle's Studio for their CHA-Summer 2013 lines. I've been meaning share, but alas, I'm not the best blogger... It's always a pleasure to work with Elle. She's one of the nicest people in the scrapbooking industry!

I created three layouts using their holiday line, Noel.

Noel is not only a Christmas line, but also a winter line. Perfect even for those not-very-cold SoCal Winter photos.

The other line I got to play with is Cameron. The colors are so fab! I love the bright yellow, with the shades of blue, green, grey, kraft, and orange. So good! I also used the Cameron Alphabet Stamp set for the journaling card. The arrows and stars are also from the set. I stamped some stars and used them as a guide for stitching, left some just stamped. Nothing like an alpha set. They are always my favorite!

Thanks for dropping by today! Hope you again tomorrow and have a safe Halloween tonight!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Technique Tuesday: Cards

Hello there! Happy Monday! I have a few cards to share with you today.

This first one featuring Technique Tuesday's I Give Thanks set designed by Teri Anderson. I stamped the oak leaf pattern on various patterned papers, fussy cut them out, and after they were adhered, I went back and added a little stitch around the stem area. The sentiment is also from the same set. By the way, I love-love that woodgrain cardstock. I picked a few sheets up from a store in New York called Paper Presentation, and now I'm wishing I had bought more.

This other card features Away We Go, designed by Ali Edwards. Clean and simple card using varying shades of blue, black, and pink inks and white cardstock. These stamps are so perfect for Project Life!

This last card uses Petal Power, a set that's been brought back due to popular demand. Since this is Technique Tuesday's 10th year anniversary, they've been bringing back various sets that have been their bestsellers. You can see the whole range here. The individual petals are perfect for creating a flower, but I'm thinking they could pass as surfboards too, right? The Thank You is from the appropriately named Simple Sentiments set.

Thanks for coming by today!

Monday, October 21, 2013

October Afternoon: Cards

Hello there! I guest blogged again at October Afternoon this past Friday, and here are the projects I shared. Easy to make cards. I really love the new Daily Flash lines they have. It's sized to go with a binder and page protectors, a bit like Project Life. The designs are so OA: whimsical, colorful, and fun.

I made this "encouragement" card using the Milk Money range. I thought it would be sweet to give to one of my kids the morning of a test.

For this other card, I used Travel Girl. As soon as I saw that "Let's Go" tag, I knew it would make a great invite. How fun would it be to give this to a friend and invite him/her along on an adventure?

For more details on how I put the cards together, please visit the October Afternoon blog! Thanks for coming by! See you tomorrow for some Lawn Fawn projects.

Monday, October 14, 2013

October Afternoon: Travel Girl

Happy Monday! This month, I'm the guest designer at October Afternoon. First up, this travel layout using Travel Girl. I love this line so much! For this layout, I've used some of my favorite photos from my recent trip to London.

I knew I wanted to use the Subway Token paper with its airmail stripes. The colors are just right for these photos, and the stripes add the right amount of color and pattern without being too busy. I knew I wanted the photos in a loose grid, in a general square-ish formation. Usually, I do a quick sketch using Photoshop, but this time, I just pushed the photos around until I was happy. 

Once I figured out the placement for the photos, I adhered them and set to work on adding the little details. The Doo-Dads, Miscellany, and Shape Stickers were perfect to add just the right amount of detail without overwhelming the photos. I got lucky with the "double decker bus" ticket (what else screams London more than the red bus?) and the American Airlines tag because that was the airline carrier I used!

I used two different Daily Flash Alphas for my title. I'm a huge fan of titles in photos. For a finishing touch, I added a little bit of stitching in yellow. I used a ruler to poke holes into the paper, and two strands of embroidery thread to stitch.

That's it for today, friends! I have two more projects for October Afternoon coming up. Thank you for stopping by today! 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Technique Tuesday: October Studio AE Blog Hop

Hello! Welcome to the Technique Tuesday's October Studio AE Blog Hop!

This month's stamp set is all about December. It's perfect for December Daily, cards and layouts about the Christmas. But not just that! I created this layout about my family's trip to Maui last December. Totally not holiday related, but the stamps were perfect for it.

I love using a grid for layouts. It keeps the layouts looking clean, and it takes the guesswork out of photo placement. This is specially good for photos that are sized the same. The photos for the layout were taken and edited with my phone. I posted them initially on Instagram, so it was very easy to pull them out of the phone, and create a quick grid in Photoshop. I then printed the grid on matte photo paper (#1). Because why cut and paste a bunch of little square photos one by one if you don't have to?

I stamped the banner stamps with colored ink (Colorbox Pigment Ink) on smooth white card stock, and the sentiments with Versafine Onyx Black (#2). I cut those out as strips, but later on I changed my mind, and ended up notching the ends. I used pop-up adhesive to attach them to the layout.

To create the title, I printed it on regular printer paper, and used it to pierce the holes onto the photo paper (#3).

I used a single strand of yellow embroidery thread to stitch the title (#4). When I was done, I thought it needed a bit more color. So I trimmed off a little off each side of the photo paper, and added the yellow cardstock to the background.

Do leave me a comment for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the Technique Tuesday store. The winner will be announced October 15th on the Technique Tuesday blog. And don't forget to visit the other blogs on the hop for more chances to win. Thanks for coming by!

you are here -- Linda -- you are here

Friday, October 4, 2013

Guesting at October Afternoon

Happy Friday, everyone! I love weekends. Love spending time with my family, watching my youngest play Fall Ball, eating dim sum, watching football (hubby), napping (me)...

Today, I'm super excited to share that I'm the October Guest Designer at October Afternoon! I've been a huge fan of their products since the very beginning. I love their combination of great color, classic design with a twist, and high quality paper.

My gig starts today and spans the month with posts on each Friday. I'll leave you with one of my favorite layouts of all times (featuring October Afternoon, of course). Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Lawn Fawn: Inspiration Week continues

Happy Tuesday! Today is  Lawn Fawn Peace Joy Love collection day. This Christmas collection is so NOT your typical line. It's not just the colors, but also the patterns that make these paper so easy to use. This collection makes me happy.

Loooove the background paper. So good! (Going to try and convince Kelly to do them in different colors.) The patterned papers on the right side are journaling cards from the 12" x 12" journaling card sheet. The trees are cut out from another patterned paper (the one with strips of patterns.) The flair is also from the collection. I added a hand-stitched border at the end.

For another layout using this collection, check out yesterday's post here.

Don't forget to go by Lawn Fawn's blog and leave comments to win awesome goodies. I'm saying commentS because there are prizes each day of this Inspiration Week! Go do it!

Thanks for coming by today!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Lawn Fawn: September Inspiration Week

Hello there! Lawn Fawn is hosting its September Inspiration Week, and that means a ton of inspiration/ideas/prizes.

Here's one my projects for this release:

I'm a huge fan of fall/winter, but since I've moved here to Los Angeles, I've gotten none of that. So it's time to adapt, right?

I so love this season's new products. The colors are fantastic, and the patterns are so easy to incorporate into layouts and cards (with or without snow.) See the "& everlasting summer"? Milo's ABC stamp set. Fantastic! The arrow strip below it are from the Stitched Journaling Card dies. The heart and arrow are from Woodgrain Backdrops (which is my have!) The patterned paper, Peace on Earth card, and the date banner are from the Peace Love Joy collection kit.

Run to the Lawn Fawn blog and leave your comments for each day of the week for a chance to win stamps, dies/ papers! Thanks for dropping by.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Technique Tuesday: September Studio AE Blog Hop

Oh look, I haven't posted in a while. Since the last Studio AE hop. And it's that time again. Another Studio AE launch. I'm pretty sure you guys are going to LOVE this set. Plus, we are celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Studio AE. That means, Technique Tuesday is giving away THREE gift certificates. Oh yeah.

This month's set is called Daily Photo, and super duper usable for scrapbooking and Project Life.

Here's a simple layout I created using this set. Totally my kind of scrapbooking: photo, journaling, a little color/detail, and white cardstock.

stamps: Technique Tuesday / ink: Tsukineko Versafine, Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink / cardstock: Neenah Classic Crest / adhesive: 3L / font: p22 Typewriter

How-to: I stamped "heart this photo" on white cardstock and punched it out with a 1.75" circle.  Then I used some pop up dots behind it, as well as behind the photo.The arrow is stamped directly onto the background cardstock. And the journaling is printed onto the background too. Super easy!

Please leave me a comment for a chance to win. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Don't forget to go by each of the stops in the blog hop and leave comments for three chances to win!

 you are here -- Linda  -- you are here

We are celebrating the third anniversary of Studio AE this month at Technique Tuesday! So guess what? We are going to give away three $25 gift certificates. To be eligible to win, all you need to do is comment during the hop!  The three lucky winners will be announced on the 15th on the Technique Tuesday blog

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Technique Tuesday: Studio AE August Blog Hop

Happy Saturday! I can't believe it's been almost two months since I last posted. I wish I could say I have been busy with fun stuff, but alas, I've been mostly driving around, moving kids from point A to point B. Boring, right? I did vacation a little, and I'll share those photos soon. Meanwhile...

Woohoo for the August Technique Tuesday Studio AE Blog Hop. If you don't know what Studio AE is, please go here to find out. Long story short, it's a monthly club with stamps designed by the awesome Ali Edwards. They are so very useful for cards, layouts, Project Life, everything!

This month's stamp set is called Leaving On A Jet Plane. This is right up my alley. I so love traveling. Like a lot! And these stamps are pretty much perfect. Check them out:

For my layout, I used the the Leaving On A Jet Plane set with Travel With Flair.

stamps: Technique Tuesday / ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink Cat's Eyes, Tsukineko Versafine / embossing powder: American Crafts Zing in White / patterned paper: Lawn Fawn / wood veneer: Studio Calico / 1" punch: EK Success

ETA: I've had a few questions about how the layout was put together.

The base of the layout is digital. I edited my photo (I use Photoshop), added a white layer to the right, adjusted transparency, and typed the journaling at the bottom. It was printed on matte photo paper at home (I use a Canon Pixma MG5220). The print is slightly smaller than 8.5"x11". Then I matted the photo onto the Lawn Fawn patterned paper, which is cut to letter size. The title is stamped directly onto the photo with Versafine (which is my go-to black ink for images I don't color.) The white heart swirls were stamped in white ink and then heat embossed with white powder. The circles were stamped onto white cardstock, punched out with an 1" punch, then added with pop up adhesive. Wood veneers were added last with Scotch Tacky Glue (my fave for adding not-too-heavy 3D embellies.) 

If you are not a digi person, I'd print the journaling onto some vellum and then add that to a large photo. Make sure you are using inkjet printer vellum or the ink will smear. And even so, give it a little time to dry before working with the vellum. You might want to hide the adhesive (Tombow makes a great vellum adhesive) by applying it sparingly in the corner or just use some staples (which would be my choice.)

Please leave me a comment and a $25 gift certificate will go to someone who comments during the hop. The winner will be announced on the 15th on the Technique Tuesday blog

Don't forget to stop by the other blogs on the hop and leave a comment on each.


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Thanks for coming by today! Hope you are having a great weekend.

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