Tuesday, August 21, 2012

More Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week

Happy Tuesday! Our summer days are fleeting. The kids are going back to school next week, and I'm both excited and sad. So bittersweet. My youngest is going to first grade.


Speaking of the youngest, he "invented" this ridiculous face he calls "the buck-toothed puffer fish." WHY would the world need that? I don't know. But he does it. And his brothers think it's the funniest thing. Ever. He does it, they imitate it, all three laugh and laugh. During our recent trip to the East coast, I asked for a photo and that is what I got. Buck-toothed puffer fish. It obviously deserved a layout. But let me apologize ahead of time for the horror I'm exposing you to. I am sorry. I really am.

stamps: Lawn Fawn A Birdie Told Me (speech bubbles) + Check This Out (tiny numbers) / patterned paper: Lawn Fawn Words Per Minute + 6"x6" pad / ink: Clearsnap Colobox Classic Pigment / typewriter, sewing machine

Puffer fish aside, don't forget to go by Lawn Fawn's blog and leave lots of comments to win. There's a giveaway every single day of the Inspiration Week. Then there's the giant giveaway for humongous prizes. Go! Comment! Do it!

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week!

This is that happy week in which Lawn Fawn debuts its new stamps AND gives away huge amounts of stamps, papers, stickers!

My layout today uses the new Dewey Decimal paper line. If you like school/office/fall, you will love this one! The patterns are adorable, and the matching stamp set is one I'll be using for a long time.

patterned paper: Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal Checked Out + Bookworm / 6"x6" paper pack: Lawn Fawn Dewey Decimal / alpha stickers: Lawn Fawn Narrators Elf Green + Acorn Brown / punches: Stampin' Up,  Marvy / die cut system: Silhouette Cameo / font: Mission Script / typewriter

Fall is my favorite time of the year. A lot of it has to do with cooler weather, leaves changing colors, wearing sweaters and boots. But Los Angeles is actually at its warmest during Fall. Go figure, right? But that aside, nothing much is different. We still celebrate all the same holidays, cook the same traditional dishes everyone expects, and get dressed up for Halloween. So all is good. For leaf peeping, I'll have to stalk my Northeast friends on Instagram. You know who you are. So don't forget to share those photos!

Thanks for dropping by today. Don't forget to go by Lawn Fawn and leave a comment to win one of the many prizes! See you tomorrow for a closer look at my other Inspiration Week layout.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

CK Top Ten Giveaway Winner!

So sorry for spacing out and forgetting to post this yesterday. I asked Random.org for a winner...

and it picked Danielle In The Keys!

Woohoo! Danielle, I've emailed you for more info.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Creating Keepsakes Giveaway

Happy Monday! I'm just back from a long vacation to the East Coast. Two weeks away is amazing, but now I'm on major catchup mode. School supplies to buy, house to clean and organize, kids to get back into a "normal" sleep schedule, projects to create. That said, there's nothing like a new issue of Creating Keepsakes arriving in my mailbox. It means it's time to stop what I'm doing and flip through it! This is one of my favorites. It's the annual Top Ten issue. So full of ideas, tips, and inspiration.

I have a layout in there with ten different ways to add stitching/thread to your layout. You can see all ten here.

I also love this cover. So Fall, which by the way, I'm totally ready to embrace. Problem is that here in Los Angeles, Fall is the hottest time of the year. I might need another visit back East to wear my sweaters and boots...

This issue is available starting today. But you can win one by leaving me a comment telling me which is your favorite season. I'll randomly pick a winner and post it on Friday, August 17.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Jenni Bowlin Kit Guest

I'm sure you know who Jenni Bowlin is. And I'm pretty sure you know that she has a most amazing monthly kit. Well, they kindly asked me to guest design for them this month, and of course I said yes!

One of my favorite things in the kit was the Jenni Bowlin stamps. I know, I know, you aren't surprised, since I'm such a big stamp collector user. I paired it with my favorite photo taken during my holiday to Palm Spring, and the polka dot paper that came in my box. And as it turns out, Jenni's dot alpha was the perfect size to pair with the stamp.

In this layout, I used the stencil to sponge on the title. Then I stitched around each letter with some thread. The grid is also a Jenni stamp.

This last layout, the photo was the main attraction. We were driving from Palm Springs through Yucca Valley, on the way to Joshua Tree National Park. This ginormous arrow was in front of a boarded up store. I made my husband screech to a halt and turn around so I could photograph the sucker. Of course, what I really wanted to do was to throw that baby on top of my vehicle. The letter stickers are Jenni, and the little arrows are actually border stickers (Basic Grey, Crate Paper), folded in half and trimmed.

Last, but not least, I used the enclosed mini-envelopes to make this teeny valentine for my honey. Later this year, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary, and I thought this would be cute filled with photos of us from years past (like, when we were young, wrinkle-free, thinner, and without greying hair). It's super easy. I glued the envelopes back to back, that teeny envelope on top with the insert is a sticker, and I stitched on the insert. A bit of ribbon, word stickers, a flower, and it's done!

Thanks for dropping by today! I'm doing a giveaway tomorrow, so please join me then. Have a great day!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Technique Tuesday: Layout

Hello there! It's Wednesday! Always a good thing.

As I mentioned last week, Technique Tuesday launched a lot of new stamps. Quite a few of them are by Ali Edwards. I've said it before, and I will say it again, I love Ali stamps. Since she's a scrapbooker, her stamps are super easy to use with layouts, and also with Project Life. They are perfect for the celebration of the everyday moments.

stamps: Technique Tuesday Life Banners + Life Circles + So Very Thankful / ink: Clearsnap Colorbox Pigment Ink, Tsukineko Memento Dye Ink / cardstock: Bazzill / patterned paper: Jillibean Soup / tag: Elle's Studio / thread: DMC / pen: Sharpie Poster Paint / other: typewriter
I so love these photos of my son Luke spinning. I wrote about my experience trying my hand at panning photos before. The photos are not the best, but we ended up having so much fun. We laughed and laughed! I've been wanting to scrap about this: one of the few moments in life when I'm just living in the moment. Rare, but awesome!

The banner (from Life Banners) was simply stamped in bright yellow ink, cut out, adhered in the center. Then stitched on with some white thread.

His hair is not blue. Really. I'm just bad at this panning thing. I obviously did not get the exposure right. I am just glad to have captured that sweet, happy, smiling face.
For the circle, I used the "yes" stamp from the Life Circles set. I stamped it navy blue, then I stitched around the outer circle with white thread, and the word "yes" with yellow thread. The heart is from the So Very Thankful set. Just stamped, cut out, and glued on. I drew that white arrow on the photo with a Sharpie poster paint pen.

I adore that tag from Elle's Studio's Summer line! Actually, I love everything she makes.
Thanks for coming by!

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