S'more The Merrier

Hello friends!
Welcome to the first Summer of Essentials stamp set and blog hop! A very special stamp and die set was made for Ellen Hutson Essentials by Lawn Fawn. This set is exclusive to Ellen Hutson and can only be found and sold there. They are hoping to spread a little crafty sunshine with a month of new releases and a whole lotta' fun. Each week there will be a new Essentials by Ellen release and bunches of cardmaking inspiration. 

This will only be sold as a stamp and die combination, not sold separately

We've got a super fun prize!!! One random and lucky commenter will win $25 to the EH shop!! To enter for a chance to win, make sure to leave comments at each stop along the hop! And don't forget to comment here for a bonus entry! Comment before Saturday July, 11th at 11:59 PDT. The winner will be notified by email. 


By die cutting a circle onto a card front, it made a homemade stencil. I placed the diecut over the card base and gently inked a few different hues of blue to create a night sky. 

The images were stamped onto Neenah paper with black ink, colored in with copic markers and then cut out with scissors. The sentiments were stamped in black ink and the music notes were stamped in coordinating blue ink.  The images were adhered to the card using foam adhesive for extra depth.  A double twine bow was added as an ambellishment. 

Lawn Fawn June Release Recap

Hello friends!
I feel like the worst blogger in the world right now. I was so sick in April and May. Around 6 weeks to be exact. I did not have Covid that I am aware of, just a lot of the same symptoms. Needless to say I didn't want to be on my computer so I just used social media to share my projects instead.
I hope you are all doing well in your neck of the woods. 
Now onto the Lawn Fawn Release. This is the summer release which means everything is brand, brand new! I hope you all followed along on social media and on the Lawn Fawn blog. Was this a fun release or what?!  All of the products will go live on the Lawn Fawn website at midnight tonight. 

Ocean Shell-fie is a super cut underwater stamp set. Its a great addition to your critters collection. This is a  slim line card and the background was created using a wave and cloud stencil so it looked like the critters were at the ocean. 

Crazy Antics stamp set has images and sentiments to create a cute picnic scene. For this card the cloud background was created using very light inks and the cloud stencil. The images were stamped in black ink and then colored in with copic markers. I decided to fussy cut the images instead of use the coordinating die set. 

All The Clouds stamp set might be one of my favorites so far. There are amazing sentiments, clouds and rainbows. Its basically perfect. It is another slim line card, again using the cloud stencil. Y'all, I really cannot help myself when it comes to that stencil. I just love it. So I created a rainbow ombre cloud background, stamped clouds in coordinating colors. Then stamped and colored in rainbows. The rainbows were adhered with 3D foam tape to give the card a little bit of dimension.

If you like unicorns, then Unicorn Picnic stamp set is for you! It really doesn't get more magical than unicorns. I created two cards with this set, to show that you can go all out and create something full of color, and then something muted and simple. Both equally beautiful.

Little Dragon is a mini stamp set. Some of my most favorite cards have been created using mini stamp sets. One truly only needs a great image and sentiment to create a nice card. I stamped the dragon a few times, colored them in with copic markers and then hand cut them out Again creating a cloud background using a light grey ink. Adding a coordinating twine color was the perfect embellishment. 

This camera die can be used alone or as an addition to the Magic Iris die. I created a simple card with the die using the sparkle backdrop die as well. 

I used multiple new products on this card. The main one being the build a castle die. It comes with many pieces to create a castle du jour. I want to try and make Hogwarts with it when I have some free time.

Craft Room

Did you see the blog post over on the SCT blog where my craft room was shown? If not you are in luck. Here are some images of my craft room and how I store my supplies. 

One of my counter height tables. This is also where I photograph my cards. 

This is how I store some of the ink pads that I use the most. 

My MISTI's are tools that never leave my desk.

How I store my twine.

Some paper storage

Where I sit and think about happy projects

Friends Forever

Hello friends!
Here is a card that I made just for fun to send in the mail.  Its healthy to create for no other reason than to make someone smile. It helps my mental health and clears my mind. All products used are Lawn Fawn

To start, I ink blended bright and colorful clouds using the cloud stencil. The sentiment was stamped in a blue ink in the center. The solid images were stamped randomly and then I decided it needed to have a little bit of design elements and so I created the long tail of flowers. 

Effortless Greetings by Laurie Willison & Spellbinders

Hello friends. For those who celebrate I hope you enjoy this Easter weekend. How are all of you doing? Quarantine is weird. Some days I am fine and some days I find myself really missing my friends. Missing a great meal at my favorite restaurants or even just the simple pleasure of grocery shopping. Everything seems so stressful. But, I am so thankful that I have a craft room where I can escape and make pretty cards to send out. 
Today my friend Laurie Willison has a new line of dies from Spellbinders called Effortless Greetings.  These are made to be use with the Glimmer Machine. The Glimmer Machine allows you to letterpress foil onto your projects. 
For this blue card. I used the Framed Details hot glimmer plate. It has this sweeping branch leaves plate as well as a double rectangle frame (that I will show on other projects below), that I foiled in gold. Then using the same blue cardstock and gold foil, I used the Effortless Sentiment Glimmer "thank you" plate and die. The press foil on your projects really take it to the next level when you are making a classically simple card. 

The glimmer plates do not have to be used alone by themselves. You can incorporate foiling along side stamping. 

The Sweeping Thanks foil plate is 5.5 inches long and around 1.5 inches tall. It can certainly be used alone, but stamping along side the large foiled sentiment added depth, interest and kind of grounded the card better. 

Experimenting with pattern paper and the glimmer plates was fun! I did find that using a larger pattern is better. I tried to make a card using a pattern with small flamingos, and the sentiment got lost and it was really hard to see. 

The Sweeping Grateful Glimmer plate paired with the double rectangle plate, made it look as though the pattern paper came like that, not that it was created by a person. I foiled the sentiment and double rectangle in gold, then using scissors cut it out before adhering it to the card with foam adhesive. 

This was the first time I got to play with the Spellbinders Glimmer Machine and I learned a lot! One tip I can share is that you can layer the foil. Which is awesome because you can mix and match your glimmer plates!

For this card I was able to foil 5 different plates on one project, with 2 foil colors. The sky is the limit with creativity. The Foiled Brushtrokes and Stripes glimmer plate is so versatile. It is what it says it is, you get multiple sized brush stroke and solid lined plates. This allows the user to create backgrounds, borders, trim etc on projects. 

Happy Birthday

Hello friends!
How are you all doing? The state of the world is definitely strange right now. This is a wonderful time to take a little time for yourself and be creative. For myself, papercrafting has always been therapy and I will continue to carve out a little bit of time each day to my craft room to escape. 
For this card I first blended a white die cut panel using red, orange, yellow, green and blue inks. Then using Offset Saying, Birthday, I stamped the sentiments using the same inks. 
The main sentiment and music notes were stamped onto the panel in black ink. The critters were stamped in black ink, colored in with copic markers, cut out with scissors and then adhered to the panel using foam adhesive onto a Kraft card base. 

Just looking at this card makes me happy, and I cannot wait to put it in the mail. 

I hope you are still following along with the Lawn Fawn March inspiration week, and check out all of the beautiful projects on the blog!

Happy Easter

This scalloped treat bag is one of my favorite stand alone dies from Lawn Fawn. It is the perfect die to pair with patterned paper. Today, I am sharing this bag created out of the Dandy Day patterned paper with some of the Say What Spring Critters. The critters were stamped in black ink, colored in with copic markers then cut out and adhered to the bag.  Twine was added to the top for an embellishment.  Cute little Easter bags are a great way to package small treats.

Super Star

March Inspiration week continues over at the Lawn Fawn blog! Today the stamp set called Super Star is being showcased. It has these cute mice, great sentiments and images to create out of this world projects. 

I created a night sky by blending a few different colors of Distress Oxide inks. Once happy with the blending results, I flicked some water onto the ink to activate it. Then also flicked gold sparkly watercolor ink over it as well. This is how the sky looks starry.

The mouse and telescope were stamped in black ink onto white, then colored in with copic markers. The images were cut out using scissors and then adhered onto the card using foam adhesive. 

I am also sharing a layout where I used the same stamp set. Using stamps on layouts is a way to stretch your supplies. 

Enamel Pin Board Display

I have a bright and happy letter board that I turned into a way to display my enamel pins over on the Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine blog.  All of the close ups and details are over there!

There is even a bonus project with some tags I created as well!

Welcome Little One

Hello friends!
I am in the process of figuring out where the last few months of blog posts went. But for now I have a  card welcoming a little one. This stamp set is called Swan Soiree from Lawn Fawn

To get the clouds look like a gradient. I masked off the edges of the white cardstock. Then ink blended the panel using very light blue inks. The bottom has more of a blue green hue. Using the Cloud stencil from Lawn Fawn, rotating it in a different direction and applying a darker blue hue. I like to use the ink blending brushes from Taylored Expressions, but you can use your favorite to achieve the same look. 

The swan and duck were stamped in black ink onto white cardstock and colored in with copic markers, and then set aside. 

The sentiment was stamped in black ink, the pond was stamped in a turquoise ink, and the plants were stamped in green ink. 
To finish the card, twine was tied around the front panel then adhered to the card front using foam adhesive, and the swans were added using foam adhesive as well. 

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to participate in the March Inspiration Week. Leave a comment over there for a chance to win some great prizes!

Thanks for joining me today!

Winners of Seasons Givings Hop

Hello friends!

Thank you so much in participating in another year for the Seasons Givings Blog Hop. I enjoyed reading all of your comments about your biggest lesson learned. The honesty of your comments make me feel brave. I wish I could give every single one of you a physical gift. As we enter a new year and decade, I pray that all of you are restored with a bounty of blessings. That your hearts are filled with kindness, forgiveness, and brought peace to heal from sadness. We are all more alike than different, especially with our ability to love. 

The biggest lesson I learned this year is that its okay to be vulnerable. To be my truest self, I cannot let people in, if I have walls up. So I brought that wall down brick by brick, and it was hard. Lots of tears were shed. With both of my children away at Universities, learning how to parent more positively in the way they need as young adults, made me a better mom. I learned who my true friends were after my husband had brain surgery, and who just wanted information to gossip. That stung, and made me bitter for a little while, but learned very quickly that bitterness is poison and to remove it, I had to forgive those who had wronged me. 2019 was the longest year of my life, and at times I felt so alone. But, it was also the year I grew the most and became a better person, and for that I am so thankful. 

Now for what you all are waiting for. 
Here are my winners of the Seasons Givings Blog hop

Carol HB
you have won the box of goodies from Susan

Natalie from Delightful Details
you have won the prize package from Grace

Kristina B.
you have won the prize package from me

Tracy M #6773
you have won the $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn

please email me 

so we can correspond and get your gifts to you

Seasons Givings Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the 8th annual Seasons Givings Blog hop!
Happy New Year!
Every single one of the blogs listed below are hosting a giveaway.

I don't post as often as I should on this blog, but I would love it if you would follow me on instagram!
My IG handle name and link is Latishayoast

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the blog readers, customers who support stamp companies and who champion the craft industry. Without you there would be nothing. This blog hop is for you. I hope to be more creative this coming year and be able to share more in 2020. I wish all of you nothing but blessings as well.

Also, for a chance to win these prizes, please answer this question.
What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2019?

Here we go!

This first prize package is from Susan Opel, the Editor in Chief of Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine.  This box will include a few magazines, new and gently used stamps, dies, stencils as well as other delightful surprises. 

This next prize package is from Grace (click on her name to go directly to her IG handle). She is a fellow designer for Lawn Fawn. She is generously sharing this package full of Lawn Fawn goodies. I see stamps, dies, paper and a glitter pen!

I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn for one prize, and then a package of goodies.

Please visit each of these blogs! Again, each one is hosting their very own giveaways!

Here are a few of my favorite projects that I made in 2019

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