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

Tags and ornament holders

Here are a few projects that I created for Foundations and Decor. Some fun tags, and an ornament picture holder!

I am kind of obsessed with the fuzzy yarn that I used on the tags, it made them extra cozy!

I painted the wood parts of the ornament, and then decorated it with diecuts before adding a picture of my son when he was younger. 

Valentines Cards

I have been the worst blogger and I apologize. 2019 has been a very hard year for me and my family. But I still love sharing my projects with all of you! Here are a few projects using the Valentines release from Lawn Fawn.
For this first card, I diecut the stitched hearts that just made an impression onto the cardstock. Then very carefully adding ink to each heart and stamping a butterfly in the same ink. I diecut white cardstock with the "friends" die and finished by adding twine.

This was such a fun card to make. I gathered a bunch of pink/red inks and then stamped the heart in the different colors, leaving room for a sentiment, stamped in black. A true one layer card.

For me coloring is so relaxing, and on this card I was able to watercolor and use copic markers to create a vibrant puffer card.

Does white on white or in this case cream on cream ever go out of style? No, no it does not. 

Narwhals & Sugar cookies!

 Last month I was in Kansas with a bunch of crafty friends, and I was able to complete a few cards for this Lawn Fawn Inspiration week!  Up first is a row of Winter Narwhals.  They each were stamped using the River Rock ink, and then colored in with colored pencils and gamsol.  The panel was blended using Distress Oxide inks, and then splattered with gold Kuretake watercolors. Each narwhal was adhered using foam adhesive. A double knotted twine bow was added for embellishment.

Up next is the Sugar Cookie add-on stamp set. Each cookie was stamped in the new Sugar Cookie ink, then colored in using Daniel Smith Watercolors.  Glossy accents was placed on each cookie, then once dry hand cut. Glitter was added to the edges of the cookies to give them a vintage old timey feel.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to see more wonderful projects using these super cute sets!

Big Thanks When Hero Arts meets Lawn Fawn

Hello friends! Today I am sharing something special. Lawn Fawn has joined forces with Hero Arts, celebrating Hero's 45th Anniversary as a company, also to celebrate this wonderful industry.  

These two companies are bringing you this adorable stamp set called Big Thanks (and coordinating die set). To celebrate this fun collaboration, we are having a blog hop! If you just came from Jessica's blog you are in the right place! The next blog you will go to is the amazing Laura!

There are some fun prizes that you can win too!
* One winner will receive the stamps and dies
* One winner will receive a $25 shopping spree to Lawn Fawn
* One winner will receive a $25 shopping spree at Hero Arts

You have until Sunday September 29, 2019 to leave comments.
The winners will be posted to the Hero Arts blog the following week.

Lawn Fawn September in Review

Hello friends!!
My blog posts from September never went live, so here is a quick review of my projects!!  All products can be found at Lawn Fawn!!

Happy Fall

Outside In Stitched Pumpkins plus Fall Fling kind of equals magic. This paper collection inspires me to make pretty things!

I used both of the new pumpkin dies from Lawn Fawn to create this dimensional pumpkin as well as the leaf dies that are included. To get the depth in the leaves, each leaf is adhered using foam adhesive. 

This might be my favorite card that I have made from this release. It flows nicely, and the colors are just so beautiful.

Here is another card using the pumpkin dies in a different way!

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog to check out all of the wonderful projects being shown today. As well as getting a chance to win new product!

Fall Build a House

I am so excited to share this card today using the Build A House die from Lawn Fawn. I am sharing the house, how the house comes (minus a few extras) but there is also a Halloween add on die kit and Christmas add on die kit. 
This is a super versatile die, and it can pair with just about any Lawn Fawn stamp set!

I created a simple card, that would be perfect to send to someone who just bought a new house, moved, is adding to their family etc! Pair this die with the add ons and you can go next level with Halloween and Christmas cards. If you like to build scenes this would be great to have as a staple!
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, to see how all of the designers used this die in fun and different ways!

Thankful For You

Hello Friends!
I hope you all have had a wonderful summer so far! Today I am sharing a fun new die from Lawn Fawn called Flippin Awesome. It is the easiest interactive die that I have ever used! Some of those dies, make you feel like you need to me a mathematician who went back to school to be a magician. They are hard lol.
Anyhow, this new die, paired with the Fall Fling pattern paper, has me wishing for Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and I don't even really like fall! (not a fan of things dying lol) I live in Florida, I can't help it for loving perpetual summer weather, its not my fault hahaha. 

But back to this die, and these papers. They are absolute magic together. The Fall Fling paper might be my favorite new product of this fall/winter release. Its that amazing. 

I hope you all are following along with the August Inspiration Week on the Lawn Fawn Blog. I might be biased, but the designers are sooo good! Make sure you leave a comment on the LF blog if you want a chance to win the giveaways!

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