Wednesday, October 18, 2017

you got this (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

For the last day of Lawn Fawn's inspiration week, we were challenged to use Plan On It: Fitness set on a card.

you got this (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


The set is full of tiny little images for your planner, but I used them on an encouragement card. I've gained and lost my share of weight over the years, and I would have loved to get this card in the mail!

I liked how the images were laid out in a grid in the actual set, so I used my MISTI tool to recreate the layout and stamped them to fill the rectangle piece of cardstock.

you got this (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I added some very simple coloring with copic markers, and used a soft brown ink to add some heavy shading all around. I used LF's new white embossing powder for the sentiment.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Best fishes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to another day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week. Today, we're showing off Sealed With a Kiss (it was last year's Black Friday freebie but is now released to all!) and the Outside In Stitched Scalloped Stackables.

best fishes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I tried my hand at an aqua and mustard holiday card combination. Does the little pop of red in the seal's santa hat make it more festive?

best fishes (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The negative space from the scalloped circle die allowed me to create a scene with some depth. I love the Santa seal coming to dole out fish to his seal friend. The bucket of fish, sentiment and extra fish are all from Beary Happy Holidays. I love that they work equally well with the bears from that set as they do with the seals.

I hope you like it! Check out the LF blog this morning for even more inspiration - click!

♥.

Monday, October 16, 2017

plaid for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

We're back with more Lawn Fawn inspiration today, showing off the Perfectly Plaid Chill paper collection.

plaid for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

As a side note, for those interested in card photography: this picture was taken at the exact same time as yesterday's card. The softer colors were harder for the camera to appreciate, I guess. This one looks so washed out compared to the rich vibrancy of yesterday's picture. My PSA for today is: if you're really wanting the card photo to impress, it'll be easier if the card itself is full of rich color, and contrasting colors too. This one is too soft, but you know I love a pastel pallette!

Back to it: I used bands of the plaid patterned paper to frame out my little scene. The fox and hedgehog are from Jump For Joy and Forest Feast. I love that they are fall sets but could be used throughout the year!

plaid for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


The Christmas accessories are from Christmas Dreams.

I hope you like it! Check out the LF blog this morning for more plaid inspiration - click!

♥.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

purple for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn inspiration week continues with a closer look at the Stitched Hillside Backdrops.

I tried to step outside of my red-aqua or red-brown holiday colors and do something a little more moody-in-eggplant:

purple for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I did some ink-blending for the base layer, flecked on some white paint, and layered the Stitched Hillside Backdrop over the top.

In one move, the entire layout for the card is taken care of - I love that!  All I had to do was to reach for some cute images and fit them into the hillsides.

purple for the holidays (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I reached for the little snowmen from Ready Set Snow and paired them with the tree from Christmas Dreams as well as a few tiny accessories. The little gingerbread man is my fave, from Holiday Party Animal.

The sentiment, from Snow Cool, seemed to fit with all of the outdoors and snowmen.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

winter tiny tags (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to day 2 of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week! I'm showing off the Winter Tiny Tags die set - I love a cute mitten tag!

winter tiny tags (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I cut a Fancy Box, and found a fun way to dress it up: a stitched rectangle frame fits the top of the box perfectly! I was so happy to find this out - I feel like it dresses up the box so nicely!

winter tiny tags (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I cut a white box and a white frame, and added a pop of black, using the Snowy Backdrop die. A grey mitten tag and big red ribbon make for a simple, but striking gift box.

winter tiny tags (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I cut the mitten out of Knit Picky paper, in the subtle and soft grey pattern, and then used a light grey copic marker to add some shading.

The sentiment is from Tiny Tag Sayings, and I finished off with a little white enamel heart.

Here is a look at the pieces used to create this box:

winter tiny tags (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


Be sure to check out the Lawn Fawn blog today for so much more inspiration - click!

♥.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Stitched ornaments (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

It's Lawn Fawn's October inspiration week, and we're kicking things off with a look at the Stitched Ornaments dies.

stitched ornaments (lawn fawn inspiration week)

I made a set of Christmas tags using the ornaments and the bear from Beary Happy Holidays.  A Bannertastic banner leaves room for the recipient's name.

stitched ornaments (lawn fawn inspiration week)

I love how subtle they are: the white ornaments with the pop of mint coming through the back and the warm brown bear in the center. I can't wait to put these on some brown paper packages in just a few months!

I hope you like them! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

yeti or not... winter! (Neat and Tangled)

Hi there!

I have a bonus yeti card to share with you today:

winter is coming (Neat and Tangled)

I used the new Get Yeti set, and combined it with a present from Wild Ones and the die-cut word from Hello Winter.

The patterned papers (watercolor pink and sweater pattern on the card base) are both from Lawn Fawn, as are the stitched dies.

winter is coming (Neat and Tangled)

I colored all of the images in sift blues, greys and pinks - the penguin is so cute in this softer grey!

To tuck the sign under the yeti's arm, I stamped and fussy-cut an extra arm, and stuck it on top. The sign works to hide any unsightly seams. I'm definitely inspired to see what else I could tuck under his arm! A candy cane? A penguin? haha.

I hope you like it, and thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fa la llama (neat and tangled release week)

Hi there and welcome back to the last day of new product reveals over at Neat and Tangled.

I designed a 2nd set this month, a 3x4 stamp set called Fa La Llama:



In my etsy shop, I currently have a sleeker, more retro looking llama, but I always wanted to make him a little chunkier, and more woolly.

Fa la llama (neat and tangled release week)

My first project for today shows off the llama with the scarf tails hanging down. I wanted to be able to tuck the scarf tails at the bottom, so that there would be room to put things onto the llama's back. But he's equally cute when you make the scarf tails stick out the back of his neck (scroll down to see the tag I created for that look!) To make the scarf attachment look seamless, I cut off the excess white die-cut border. You can't tell it was added it after the fact!

Fa la llama (neat and tangled release week)

The little birdie is from Get Yeti. They make a cute pair!

Fa la llama (neat and tangled release week)


Here, the llama's scarf ties to the back. I love this look too! I tried to make it as seamless as possible by drawing in the missing lines with a copic-friendly pen and coloring the appropriate parts. Again, I didn't want the white die-cut border to stick out like a sore thumb!

Fa la llama (neat and tangled release week)

I hope you like what you see so far! The design team has even more llama inspiration on the NT blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hello winter (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to day 3 of Neat and Tangled's October release week. Today, we're showing off a set designed by Danielle, called Hello Winter.

I couldn't help but pair the sentiment set with a few cute critters.

My first card features our new yeti on a calm winter day:

hello winter! (Neat and Tangled release week)


Since most of the card was kept white, I gave the yeti (from Get Yeti) some color. I used copic markers W00, W1, and W3 to color his fur.

I inlaid a peaceful nature scene in the distance: snow capped mountains and the little log cabin (also from Get Yeti.)

The sentiment from Hello Winter is my fave. I personally hate blizzards, but there is something so beautiful about a white, sunny winter day.

hello winter! (Neat and Tangled release week)

My next card uses the bigger sentiment block from the set:

hello winter! (Neat and Tangled release week)


I stamped it 3 times in a row, and trimmed out the strip. The fox (from Schoolhouse) holding the Santa mug (from Beary Merry) is as cozy as all of the winter words.

hello winter! (Neat and Tangled release week)

I softened the edges of the white strip by sponging on some soft brown ink and popped it up over a woodgrained card base.

I hope you like them! Visit the NT blog this morning to see more - CLICK!

♥.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Ellen Hutson winner

Hi there!

I am running late to announce the winner of the Ellen Hutson gift certificate! To those who wrote me messages to prod me to pick the winner - thank you! I need a kick to get me going sometimes.

Without further ado, the random winner of the 50$ EH store gift card is... Carol H:


Yay! Carol, can please give me your email address so that I could put you in touch with the generous people from Ellen Hutson!

If you missed the original blog post, you can check it out HERE, or on the Ellen Hutson blog HERE.

Thanks so much!

♥.

Special delivery (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

Welcome back to day 2 of this month's Neat and Tangled release week. Today, we're showing off an incredible treat packaging die designed by the always-innovative Miriam Prantner. This truck comes together so easily! The main part of the truck is all 1 piece, which is incredible. I hate finnicky box dies. There are a ton of little tiny pieces that you could use to decorate the truck, but if you're like me (with the fat fingers and the hand shakes) you could leave many of them out and still have a really cute finished box.

special delivery (Neat and Tangled release week)

I'm still in Christmas mode, so I decorated a little treat package to gift out to the kids for advent.

The snowman is from Beary Merry, and the figgy pudding and sentiment are from Holiday Baking. They fit so perfectly in the back window! It looks like a little food truck window!

special delivery (Neat and Tangled release week)

The top view gives you an idea of how the truck closes at the top - isn't that so perfect?

special delivery (Neat and Tangled release week)

I was able to fit 2 of these Lindor chocolates inside, in case you'd like to have an idea of how big the box is.

I hope you like it! There is so much more truck inspiration on the NT blog this morning - click! 

♥.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Get yeti! (Neat and Tangled release week)

Hi there!

We're kicking off this month's Neat and Tangled release week today - not a bad way to start a Monday morning! - and we're starting with a set that I illustrated, Get Yeti.

I know there are some adorable yeti stamps out there already, but I wanted one of my own! I gave him some winter friends and a few other images that could help for scene-building.


I have 2 cards to share with you today. For the first one, I couldn't help but look to an older set, Elfs and Their Shelf for that little Santa.

get yeti! (Neat and Tangled release week)


The yeti pulling Santa on a sled makes me giggle. I used Lawn Fawn's Stitched Hillside Backdrop die to create layers of snowy hills, and nestled the log cabin and mountains in the distance.

The sentiment was heat-embossed onto a piece of red cardstock, and is from a set you'll see later on this week.

get yeti! (Neat and Tangled release week)

My second card features a few more of the yeti's friends:

get yeti! (Neat and Tangled release week)


I used the new Falling Circles coverplate to set a snowy scene, and also borrowed some trees from Lumberjack Love and the gift box from Fa La Llama (you'll see more of that one on Thursday!)

get yeti! (Neat and Tangled release week)

Yeti or not, it's Christmas time again! (ack - I can't believe today is October 2nd already - Christmas is really coming quickly this year!)

The little dog with the reindeer antlers is one of my favorites. And I kind of like the funky hair swoop on the penguin. I hope you like them too!

Leave me a comment before you hop over to the NT blog this morning - there is a Get Yeti giveaway happening over there, but as always, there will be a comment chosen from all design team blogs this week for a gift certificate to the store.

♥.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sledding Critters (Avery Elle)

Hi there!

I have a fun card to share today, featuring Avery Elle's Sledding Critters.

Sledding critters (Avery Elle)

I loooved the critters found in the previously-released Birthday Bus, and this one features a few of the same characters. I was so excited to ink them up and start coloring! The bear with the snow goggles? I die.

I colored and die-cut the main image and stamped a greeting from Brring On The Joy directly onto the sled.

To back the critters, I grabbed a sheet of minty cardstock and ran it through the die-cutter using the Falling Snow die. I used it a ton last year and don't see myself putting it out of reach for this holiday season either. 

Sledding critters (Avery Elle)

To frame the snow and sledding animals, I layered a Horizontal Stripes die-cut over my white card base. The tone-on-tone isn't busy, but is so much more interesting than just layering onto a plain folded card.

Finally, I stamped a few strings of lights to go across the top, and in the center, a wreath (from Brring On The Joy.)

I hope you like it!

Thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Pinkfresh Studio Stamp release blog hop

Hi there!


Welcome to the Pinkfresh Studio September Stamp & Die Release blog hop! To celebrate there is a fun blog hop to inspire you and introduce you to some of the latest designs.

To make the hop even more fun Pinkfresh is hosting an amazing giveaway. One lucky winner will receive the entire September stamp & die release. To enter to win, please follow along with our blog hop and leave a comment on EACH post along the way! Comments will close at 11.59pm CST on Monday October 2nd 2017.

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on the Pinkfresh blog on Monday October 9th 2017.

I created a few cards to show off today.

First up, I couldn't wait to stamp and color the full-card-sized image from Happy Holidays.

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I used the MISTI tool to stamp the image, so that I could get a really good impression. I wanted the letters to be c-r-i-s-p.

I kept the color palette to light browns and reds and used a light copic marker to draw in some rolling hills to give some depth to the image.

Pinkfresh Studio stamp and die release blog hop

I couldn't help but color the girl a second time, cut her out and pop her out a bit. I just think she is the sweetest!

Even un-colored the image is so cute. I could see making a set of folded cards to give out as gifts.

The next card I made uses the fun set, Simple Joy.

Pinkfresh Studio stamp and die release blog hop


This Santa is in relaxation mode! I imagined him reading a few thank you notes or the paper on Christmas morning? I colored his sweater red, because you can't take that color away from Santa! and gave him a pair of jeans to wear (rolled up, hipster style! ha.) My favorite is the fading of his jeans on the butt! I used a colorless copic marker to remove some of the blog from that area.

Pinkfresh Studio stamp and die release blog hop

I thought the graphic background worked nicely with the fun Santa! I cut out a circle where Santa could rest on the card base and popped up the patterned paper. I used a warm grey copic marker to color around Santa, so that he would stand out even more.

Instead of stamping a sentiment, I used Pinkfresh stickers to highlight that this scene is happening on Christmas morning.

I hope you like my cards!

It's time to hop on over and see what the rest of the team dreamed up:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Scalloped holiday treat box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

It's the last day of this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week, and today I'm featuring the Scalloped Treat Box Winter House Add-On. Whew, that's a mouthful!

Scalloped holiday treat box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I love simplicity in my Christmas decor, so I decorated this box in colors that would fit my holiday look.

I cut the treat box out of the lighter woodgrain pattern paper, and adorned it with mostly white elements and a few pops of red.

Scalloped holiday treat box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

The red bows add the perfect little punch to the front of the house! I also added 2 layers of the roof die-cut, which I think adds a touch of softness.

Scalloped holiday treat box (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I added a little white chimney and a puff of "love" smoke rising from it. Having the chimney there allowed me to bring some height to the box, which I think makes it look even cuter.

I hope you like it! The box came together very easily and quickly but makes a huge impact. I can't wait to make a few more and hide little treats and gift cards in there for the kids' teachers.

Hop on over to the LF blog this morning to see more - click!

♥.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Christmas dreams (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn inspiration week is moving along! Today, we're taking a closer look at the cozy set, Christmas Dreams.

Christmas dreams (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I wanted to create a living room scene, and give some dimension to show that the fireplace is a little removed from the tree and the kitty, so I placed it within a cut-out to give that illusion of extra room space. I used a piece of subtle grey knit paper, from the Knit Picky paper collection to back the fireplace.

Christmas dreams (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

To ground all of the cute images, I used a strip of woodgrain paper for the "floor." I just love all of the elements included in this set! It was so much fun to color and put together.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A wreath for Christmas (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Hi there!

Lawn Fawn inspiration week is in full swing, and today I'm showing off the Large Wreath dies.

A wreath for Christmas (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I made the wreath even larger than intented by using it without the included circle frame. I cut a ton of sprigs in white, and layered them to make a snowy wreath. I then cut little red berries and added glossy accents to make them look more 3D.

A wreath for Christmas (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I layered the wreath onto a sheet of light blue paper that I embossed with the Stitched Woodgrain Backdrop - I love a red and blue color combo!

A red paper bow and little hanging mittens finish things off.

I hope you like it!

There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Winter Village (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

hi there!

It's Lawn Fawn inspiration week, and today we're showing off the super sweet Winter Village set.

Winter Village (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)


I love this card! You know when you have an idea in your head and it works out perfectly and comes together so easily? Yeah, this one.

I cut a layer of Snowy Backdrop out of black cardstock and layed it onto the white card-base.

Then, I used the new Stitched Hillside Backdrop: Portrait to cut the rolling hills for the houses to sit on. I cut it out two times, and layered the full backdrop die-cut over one where I cut off the frame above the hills.

Winter Village (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

Then, I stamped and colored a whole slew of houses. I wanted the card to have more of a graphic feel, so I colored them all the same: red roofs, yellow windows, beige doors and just a touch of shading.

The trees were highlighted with the help of a snow marker, and I added some chunky glitter to the hillsides

Winter Village (Lawn Fawn inspiration week)

I hope you like it!

There's more to see on the LF blog this morning - click!

♥.