Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge - Paper Piecing - Thank You Family!

Time for a new Lawnscaping Challenge!

This time the challenge is called Paper Piecing, which is when you cut out a stamped image or parts of a stamped image from different colored payer and layer them. It's a fun effect and Lawn Fawn stamps work really well.

I created the card for the Johnson Family who just had us over to their house for dinner. It was a great time with great people - and Carolyn was so sweet to make a special low fat, low carb dinner since she knows I am on Weight Watchers. It was so sweet of her to go that extra mile to make sure I could eat with everyone and still feel like I am doing the diet. She's a great gal!

We took their son Calvin a cash box with play money, coins and a cash machine which he really seemed to enjoy. We also took the dog a rawhide and I brought a low fat version of Funfetti Cake Dip with animal crackers for dessert. It went over very well! I also introduced everyone to Pintrest, my new obsession and Chuck also installed the birthday light timer, which I know they will love having!

Overall, great time with great friends! And I hope they like this thank you card!

I used the Critters in the Forrest stamp set for the animals and the Jessie's ABCs for the alpha.

Let me know what you think!

PS - these pictures were taken with my new iPhone 4S camera. Love that thing!!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge - Layers and Dimension - It's A Boy!

I knew I wanted to make a card for my dear friend Paula who found out her first grandchild is going to be a boy! The news that she was going to be a grandparent at all was so shocking and upsetting to her that it gives me so much joy to see her finally embracing and celebrating it! And so I wanted to celebrate right along with her!

The card is being entered into the Layers and Dimension Lawnscaping Challenge, which I always love! I pulled out my LF sets to see what would work for a little boy and I was immediately drawn to the bug in "On the Mend". Bugs just seem like such little boy things! And it was fun to make a baby card and stay away from the obvious other stamps, like the stroller or onesie!

The sentiment is from "Harold's ABCs" and I also used Fiskar's punches for the grass and both sizes of clouds. I used tons of dimensional stickers - probably more than on any other project. But in the photo you can really see the shadow where the layers really pop!

Congrats Paula, and I can't wait to meet your new grandson!

Hope you like that card, and let me know what you think!

Friday, September 30, 2011

Honorable Gnome for the Text Challenge - Cool!

Yeah! I was named an "Honorable Gnome" (aka, Honorable Mention) at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog for their Text Challenge.

And here is the link to the card I submitted:

The card was made using Lunar Lights and On the Mend. I flipped the box lantern over to create a container and then used flipped tassels as flowers/plants. (I see using the box lantern as a paper bag at some point too.) The sentiment is from On The Mend and I made a background of it on some green Paper Tray Ink cardstock. The card is trimmed to be a little more square than a traditional card, but not a true square.

I've been entering their challenges for awhile, so an honorable mention feels great. Love the company, love the products, love the other crafters - happy to be a part of this community!


Thursday, May 19, 2011

No One Like You - featuring Dots!

Lawnscaping Challenge entry 3 - the max I am allowed. Love the dots!

Lawn Fawn stamps (Critters in the Woods, Say Cheese)
Hero Arts stamps (Woodland creatures)

Super Sweet - featuring Dots!

Another entry for the Lawnscaping Challenge re: DOTS!


Lawn Fawn Stamps (Harold's ABC)
Stamping Up stamps (Birthday Bakery, Four Frames)
Copic Coloring
Frame Punch

Fish Love - featuring Dots!

Here's an entry for the latest Lawnscaping Challenge! DOTS!! Love it, and I am actually submitting three - the max allowed - since I love dots so very much!

Lawn Fawn stamps (Say Cheese and Say Cheese Two)
Stampin' Up (fish and bag)
Copic coloring

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Doggie Birthday!

I created this doggie birthday card for the Lawnscaping Challenge #9 - Let's Party! I am still trying to figure out the best lighting options for taking pictures of cards so I am experimenting below. I will continue to do online searches for advice, but if you have any tips or tricks, please pass them along!

I have many dog lovers in my life, and I can think of a few people who would love this card for their birthday. I also thought it would be fun for a dog's birthday party, but I am not sure the next time I'll be invited to one of those!

Supplies List:
Lawn Fawn Stamps - Say Cheese, Say Cheese Too and Harold's ABCs
Inkadinkado - Dog
BasicGrey Paper - Max and Whiskers Paper Pad
Copic coloring in Strong Red

Let me know what you think!

Also check out Britta Swiderski's blog for her entry!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Best Vacation Ever!

I created this card for the Lawn Fawn Challenge over at Two Peas in a Bucket - two of my favorite sites and providers.

This is a smart little card that says "Best Vacation Ever!" made with supplies from Lawn Fawn and Two Peas (the polaroid photo stamp is a current favorite that I can't put down)!

Supplies list:
Patterned Paper: Sassafras Lass, Monstrosity collection
Plain green paper: DCWV, textured jewel colored cardstock stack
Stamps: Lawn Fawn, Say Cheese and Say Cheese Too
A Muse, Cityscape, Shopping girl
Copic markers: Strong Red, Lettuce Green, Tahitian Blue, Napoli Yellow

Let me know what you think!
Happy weekend,

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Robot Baby - a card!

I made a baby card for a friends "nerdy" baby shower. I thought I would use this robot stamp from Hero Arts and play with pink, grey and black. I used the spun sugar pink from Distress Inks in order to color the robot, the 1s and 0s, and actually the white ribbon as well. The 1s and 0s is actually binary code for...

Welcome Baby! I just found a website that translates words into binary code, and it was inspiration!

Hope they love it!

Let me know what you think!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Craft Space - today, without touch-ups!

Craft girl extraordinaire Kristina Werner had this post recently: "90% of Real Crafters Make Real Messes" and I decided to get out my camera, take a few snaps, and share my craft space. This is how the space looked as I took the pictures - I didn't tidy up, I didn't edit or cut anything out. This is my true space, and what it usually looks like. I tend to have a home for everything, but while working it becomes a pile of stuff that has been touched, used and loved. Then, about once a week, I put everything back into it's home. It helps me keep track of what I own - overbuying is a flaw of mine ;)

I am lucky enough to have my very own craft room. I use it for crafts (duh!) but it is also just my private space for my paper/bills/mail storage, computer stuff, wrapping paper and other bits that don't have another place in our house. (BTW, my fiancee has his own room too. He stores his computer stuff, his papers, videos and dvds, and his collection of childhood stuff.)

So here are the pictures I took!

This is my main craft table. It's a long fold-up white plastic table. I use it as a work surface as well as a table for storage units. I recently started playing around with watercolor painting, so the jars of brushes are rather new. I like the chance to spread out and have lots of things at my fingertips while working.

One side of the craft table. Those Copic markers are new too. I am trying them out for the first time! Sorry, should have turned on that Ott light for this picture! The color markers in the storage unit are a no-brand collection that I got from Michael'sl. I love them and have used them for everything. I am not sure about the transition to Copic's...but I thought I would try! What you see here is the beginnings of lots of things - stamping, coloring, punching, water coloring, doodling, paper space tends to look like this after a weekend where I had the time to just play!

The other side of the craft table. That wooden storage unit from IKEA houses some ink pads, adhesives, pens, and small tools. (The chart on the wall is something I started but have not kept up with. I would stamp the color of any new ink pads on this master sheet and then hang it on the wall so I could match up the color I want with the ink pad name. Best laid plans...) The blue/white storage envelope is for index cards. I've started using index cards of various sizes to practice techniques - that way I can save them and refer to them later. I use the mat (made of cork) for heat embossing since it can warp the plastic table.

Bookcase in between the craft table and the door. Holds some paper, finished projects, sticker collection, craft magazines, some ribbon and fibers, and some markers and pencils.

This is a kitchen island that I have repurposed in the middle of my craft room. I love the super hard granite surface for stamping on - makes a great impression! That's my Cuttlebug under there, and usually my Cricut is on this table (the long drawer holds the Cricut mats and tools). Also holds some paint tools and my heat gun.

Stamps! I used an old CD case to hold them. Wood are on display, acrylic are in the binders (a system that I am starting to hate) and then I leave the Stampin' Up in the boxes they come in. I also store Cricut cartridges here.

This was a project this past weekend - updating the firmware on my Cricut using my old PC desktop computer so that I use it with my new MacBook Pro laptop. Didn't work well, got annoyed and just left it. The beauty of having my own craft space!!

Ribbon storage under the cat shelf. And the white trolley is for 12 x 12 papers. This window looks out into the yard and provides great sunny light (the cats and I both love it).

Inside the closet. I keep embelishments in here, as well as chipboard, paint supplies, embossing powders, finished crafts and other tools.

Here is the storage for the emblishments up close. I hate this system too.

So there it is!! Let me know what you think!!