Lawn Fawn sneak, Critters in the Sea

Today I am showing a sneak from the Critters in the Sea stamp set from Lawn Fawn.
This is a really, really cute set, and cute never goes out of style, it is forever trendy.  There are lots of sea creatures in this set.  I started by stamping the whale with Memento ink, onto white card stock.  Using B00, B01, B02 & B04 Copic markers, I colored in the whale.  I started out wanting to leave the whale on the white card stock, but I saw the bubbles and really wanted them to pop, and that would not have worked on white.  So, I cut the whale out, and set it aside.  I cut an embossed the kraft card stock using the Spellbinders S4-138 Petite Ovals Large (die #4), then cut an embossed a Spellbinders S4-139 Petite Scalloped Ovals Large die #4, with black card stock.  Before adhering the ovals together, I stamped the water spout & bubbles. The bubbles were colored in using a White Souffle pen, then adhering the whale with foam tape.  
One of the really cool things you can do with clear stamps, is that you can bend them.  So, I curved my sentiment before inking it up, so that it would curve along the top of the oval panel.  
I love making cards for my children, and putting them in their back-packs, lunch boxes, or sending them off when they go off to camp.  I made an encouraging card for my son before his state testing this year (it was a surprise), and when I picked him up from school, he gave me a huge hug, started to cry, told me I was the best Mom, and that the card I made for him, really meant a lot.  So, as I was making this card, I was thinking it would be so cool to give it away to a boy.  Whether it is their first sleep over, going to camp, or a cool vacation, it is just a fun way to say "have a good time". 
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, I think she may have some blog candy going on!

The Lawn Fawn designers are oh so talented, so be sure to visit them as well!!

Mint Motif meets Operation Write Home

If you are here for the Card Creations 8 blog hop, scroll down to the next post

One of my most favorite things to do with my cards, is to send them off to Operation Write Home.
This charity, sends handmade cards to deployed Sailors, Marines, Soldiers & Airmen.
Then, they use these cards to send home to their loved ones.
Isn't that cool!!
They don't want glittery cards, or a card that is too bulky.
It needs to be mailed home with one stamp.
So, here is a card that I plan on sending, once my box gets filled up with simple cards.
The cloud stamp is from the Very Square set & the sentiment is from the Very Square Sentiments set, both are Mint Motif stamps sold exclusively from i{heart}papers.
If you have a lot of cards hanging around, collecting dust, please check out the Operation Write Home website, your cards will be going to a great cause!

materials used:
KaiserCraft pearls
Kraft card stock
foam tape
Ivory card stock
Memento ink
Palette ink

Card Creations 8 blog hop

Welcome to the top ten Card Creation 8 Blog Hop!
As soon as this issue hit the book shelves, I went to my nearest book store and bought a copy.  I bought a copy, knowing one would be arriving in the mail soon.  I could not wait for my mail, this baby needed to be mine.  Why you ask?  This is a special issue, the Card Creations 8 special issue.  This issue is divided up into sections, such as, Get Well, Thank You, Mother's Day, Christmas, Baby, Graduation, and Friendship, just to name a few (there are more).  All of your bases are covered, and it is all cards...all cards people!  273 cards to be exact.  Do you know my very first published card was just last year when Card Creations 7 came out?  I think I only submitted one, and they picked it up.  When that acceptance letter arrived in my inbox, I couldn't believe it.  So, a year later, to be in the Top Ten blog hop is very, very surreal.   To order your own copy of CC8, click here.

Make sure you visit each of these blogs, leave a comment, for your chance to win a most fabulous prize!!
Comments will close Midnight on May 30th.
The winner will be announced on the Moxie Fab blog on June 1st.

  • Now, lets talk about the Dear Lizzy line by American Crafts.
    It is girly.  It has a fantastic color scheme.  Is so very inventive, especially with the self adhesive fabric sheets and don't even get me started on all of the embellishments!  The Thickers, felt stickers, the flair buttons, trims, rubons, and stickers.  Did I mention Thickers?  Glittery Thickers?  They make glittery thickers!!  I digress, I got a little excited there for a second.  What I mean to say through all my mumbo jumbo, is that this line was well thought out, well executed, makes me smile and was oh so fun to play with!  The Dear Lizzy line was co-created by American Crafts and the talented Elizabeth Kartchner.  Her inspiration for this line, came from an outdoor tea party.

    Making your own embellishment is extremely popular right now.  So, using some of the fabric sheets, a few stickers and a flair button, I made some fun flower embellishments.  Do you see what is says on the flair button?  It says, "Thinking of you makes me smile." How cute is that!  

  • Materials used:
    American Crafts white & grey textured card stock
    Dear Lizzy Snapdragon Soiree fabric finish paper
    Dear Lizzy Tickled Tulip Fabric Finish
    Dear Lizzy Smiley Flair adhesive sticker
    Dear Lizzy Remarks sticker
    Dear Lizzy Clover Bliss Glitter Thickers
    Spellbinders S4-114 Standard Circles Large

    For this card, I really didn't have too much of a plan.
    I was drawn to the different heart embellishments, and wanted to make a lovey dovey card.  Plus, I was trying to figure out how to use the white glittery thickers, and really make them pop on a card.  I think using the kraft card stock, along with the darker pattern paper & embellishments helped that happen.  Even though, I think that super cute heart felty may have stolen the show on this card.
    Materials used:
    Kraft card stock
    Dear Lizzy White Bliss Glittery Thickers
    Dear Lizzy Coffee Bliss Mixed Accent Thickers
    Dear Lizzy Humble Honeybee pattern paper
    Dear Lizzy Swallowtail Social pattern paper
    corner rounder
    yellow sakura glaze pen

    I love a nice card made on white card stock.
    They look so clean, and everything just pops.
    For this card, I cut strips of some of the pattern paper, and created a rainbow/gradient of sorts. The framed sticker is so cool, and I wanted to try an emulate it a little bit.  If you have a lot of scraps hanging around, this is the perfect kind of card to make, it give you the ability to use them up.  

    Materials Used:
    American Crafts white textured card stock
    American Crafts foam adhesive
    Dear Lizzy Feather Dimensional Phrases
    Dear Lizzy Sweet Strawberry pattern paper
    Dear Lizzy Humble Honeybee pattern paper
    Dear Lizzy Friendly Fern pattern paper
    Dear Lizzy Golden Gleam pattern paper
    Dear Lizzy Swallowtail Social pattern paper
    Memento Rich Cocoa ink
    Waltzingmouse Stamps

    I will stop at three cards, although, I made a lot more than that :)
    Have a fun blog hop.
    Thank You for stopping by today!!


    I am loving the new Delovely line from Cosmo Cricket.  
    It is bright, fun and so perfect for spring & summer.
    Here is a fast thank you card.
    It is all Cosmo except for the kraft card stock.

    I had to take a few days off of blogging.
    I was tired, and needed to rest.
    Plus, I needed to finish up a few projects.
    I hope you are having a wonderful day!

    You are missed

    The ever talented Bev, is hosting this months DD/DD Alumni challenge.  
    The challenge is to not use anything black, and to use buttons.
    Of course, I used October Afternoon Thrift Shop paper.  I cannot help it I am a little obsessed right now. I paired it with some, burlap ribbon, red buttons, American Crafts ribbon & Waltzingmouse stamps.
    I didn't use any black, the ink I chose was a chocolate brown color.

    Thank You Kindly

    Do you ever feel you are being pulled in 20 different directions?
    I have been under the weather lately, and I am trying to get it all done, but it is hard.
    So, today after I dropped my children off at school, I crawled back into bed, and took a long nap.
    It was nice, I needed the rest, and the laundry can wait.
    I woke up feeling refreshed, and made this lovely card.

    Have you seen the October Afternoon Thrift Shop papers?
    I love them, and whoever the designer was that created them.
    So beautiful, so inspiring and oh so feminine. 
    Did you all see that Paper Crafts is having a contest?
    Gallery Idol 2010
    I think I may submit this.
    It is kind of like American Idol, but with cards.

    Waltzingmouse May Blog Waltz

    Hello there and happy Monday!
    It is raining, chance of thunderstorms, really a dreary day, however I am most excited for the rain.  My cup of tea will be extra tasty this morning.  Isn't it great how, a cup of coffee or tea can be so soothing, not to mention it will put a little pep in your step.  
    On to the is the Waltzingmouse Stamps Blog Waltz.  Anyone can participate.  The theme this month of May, is Birthdays.  For a complete list of participants click here.  
    Recently, I finally got my hands on some of the new October Afternoon lines of paper, and I have to say they really are beautiful.  The inspiration for this card came from the paper, and everything kind of just fell into place.  I love it when you don't have to fight with a card (and that happens a lot lol).  Isn't that tree gorgeous!?!  So beautiful!  The tree is from the Asian Gardens set, and the sentiment is from the Fancy Phrases set.  As a customer, what I love best about Claire's sets, is how packed full of images and sentiments are in each one.  
    I hope you have a wonderful day!!

    materials used:
    Waltzingmouse Stamps (Asian Gardens & Fancy Phrases)
    October Afternoon designer paper
    Kraft card stock
    foam tape
    Palette ink
    Memento ink
    Basic Gray pearl stickers

    Thanks to You

    Happy weekend folks.
    Saturday started out pretty rough.  Anything and everything that could have gone wrong, did.
    I started to write about the morning, but I will save you the read lol
    If you have children, a husband or pets, you know what I'm talking about
    However, the day ended on a happy note, so that is all that matters really
    Moral of the story, its all about finishing strong.

    Onto the card.  
    A little bit of October Afternoon, Jenni Bowlin & Waltzingmouse stamps, and you have a recipe for a cute card.
    With the end of the school year coming to a close, and baseball coming to an end soon too.  I have a lot of  thank you notes to hand out.  Just a quick note (or long one) thanking a coach, cub scout leader, librarian, math teacher, etc...for being a positive role model for one of my children, I feel is really important to do.  
    So if you start seeing a lot of thank you cards, that is why :)
    Have a great Sunday!!

    Mint Motif stamps are now available!

    Happy Friday!
    Today, the Mint Motif stamp sets, Very Square and Very Square Sentiments are available.
    Each set is 4 x 6 inches, and will only be $10 per set!
    Seriously, that is such an awesome deal!!
    Here are a few more cards that I made using both sets.
    I absolutely love, love, love the font Kimberly chose for the sentiments set.  They are graphic, clean and you can clearly read the sentiment.  There are so many possibilities with the Very Square set, everyday, I am thinking of new and different things to do with them, so fun!
    (the kitty is a sticker from the Max & Whiskers line from Basic Grey)

    Check out what the rest of the talented design team is showing today:

    Under the weather

    Hey there bloggers :)
    A few days ago, I received in the mail, a stamp set that I ordered from the Unity Stamp Co.
    It isn't my best or most favorite card I have ever made, but hey I am a little under the weather, and I am all for full discloser.  I'm going to show the good, the bad and the ugly.  This isn't good, and it isn't terribly or ugly, it is just lacking oomph or something, and it just doesn't flow right.
    This is a really cute set, so once I feel better, I need to do it justice lol.
    The hubby is off doing what he does...
    Unfortunately, you do not get sick days when you are a Mother.
    So tomorrow, when I really want to be in bed, I will smile when I take my children to school.
    I will smile when I pick them back up.
    And, I will smile when I take my youngest to baseball.
    Because, that is what Mom's do.
    I hope you have a wonderful day!

    Fun & Exciting News!!

    So, one of my very dear friends, Kimberly Crawford called me a long, long, time ago.  Maybe 6, or more months ago, I want to say (maybe longer).  Anyhow, she said she was going to be designing some stamps, and was wondering if I would join her design team.  I answered with a quick "yes."
    Her stamp line is called, Mint Motif, sold exclusively through i{heart}papers
    I am so happy, and proud of her!

    Today, I get to show you a sneak at her debut stamp sets.
    I did not use pattern paper, just ink, stamps, card stock & scissors to make the banner.
    The images and sentiments are perfectly perfect & so versatile.
    I think you are going to love them.

    Kimberly is going to give a stamp set away, from one of the comments left on a designers blog.
    Please visit the rest of the Design Team:

    materials used:
    American Crafts textured white card stock
    Mint Motif stamps (avail 5-14)
    3d tape

    Combo Card & Sets Available

    All of the new releases are now available at the Lawn Fawn store!!
    Here is a quick card using the Partly Cloudy & Just my Type stamp sets.

    Partly Cloudy sneak peek

    Today, I am showing a sneak of the super fun Partly Cloudy stamp set from LawnFawn.
    I was instantly drawn to this umbrella image.  I just love it when it is a rainy day and you see a bright umbrella.  It just stands out against all the black ones.  Anyhow, so I took out some of my favorite Palette inks, and started stamping away.  Lucky for me, they matched the pattern paper from WeR Memory Keepers.  At first, I had dry embossed the Labels One image around the sentiment, but it need a little bit more, so I made a frame with the pattern paper.  The frame is popped up using foam tape, and the little buttons on the side are from Basic Grey.  I have been asked before, but I use Zip Dry to adhere all of my buttons, once dry, it is a very strong adhesive.  To finish the card off, I rounded the corners, to soften it up a bit.
    Head on over to the LawnFawn Blog, for your chance to win this set.
    Visit the rest of the designers blog for more inspiration:

    Lawn Fawn, Just my type too sneak

    Today the design team for Lawn Fawn, are showing sneaks for the Just My Type Too stamp set.
    I used the "missed you" sentiment along with a heart, from this set.
    I know I used a soft color scheme, that could be feminine, especially with the blue trim.
    But, I think this would work perfectly for a man as well.
    Especially if your husband travels a lot like mine, and misses special dates, this sentiment just says it all.

    Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, to see all of the DT samples.
    I think Kelly may be doing a give away as well :)

    Check out the rest of the designers blogs:

    Materials used:
    kraft card stock
    Basic Grey 6x6 Cappella pattern paper
    Basic Grey 6x6 Manila basics pattern paper
    Basic Grey blue trim
    corner rounder

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