Cute cards using Lawn Fawn

Today, the sky is really grey, there is thunder and lightning.  So, as I was skyping with a few of my girlfriends I decided to stamp just for fun.  I don't get to do that enough, it seems like.  I pulled out my Say Cheese & Partly Cloudy stamp sets from Lawn Fawn and made a few cute cards in my favorite colors (red & yellow).



Material Used:
Say Cheese
Partly Cloudy
Yellow card stock
Red card stock
white card stock
copic marker
foam tape
corner rounder
Spellbinders Standard Circle lg die template

Fun Technique Tuesday Color Challenge (prizes involved!)

Hello!
Do any of you like Technique Tuesday stamps?
Did you know that every month, they host a challenge over at SCS?
They do! (and they give away free stamps!)
This month, the challenge is to color.  Make a card (or layout) and use crayons, markers, pencils, glimmer mist (anything really), then it is up to you on what you color.  It can be, the image, the background, maybe some ribbon or a brad.  Easy peasy right?

If you decide to play, you still have one more week.  The deadline to upload is April 30th.  Make sure when you upload your card to SCS, that you use the keyword TTSCS14, so we can check out your awesome-ness.  Plus did I mention you can win a free stamp set?  Sweetness!

I decided to make a card, and used Copic markers as my color medium.  I am by no means an expert at using Copic markers, but I did a short tutorial on how I colored in the bear.

Gather your supplies
(stamps, ink, card stock, dies)
I pick out my die template based on my stamped image.  I like my image to fit nicely in the die-cut.

Grab some Copic Markers
(Y23, Y35, YR04, R14, R24, R27, R29, R39, R59, W02, 0)
click picture to enlarge
I started out by laying down a base of R14, then realized I wanted it a little darker, and switched it up to R24.  The darker shades of red that I used were, R27, R29, R39 & R59.  I mostly used these along the edges of the arm of the bear, and the bottom of the legs.  When laying down color from different shades, a little trick is to blend them before moving on.  Blend, blend, blend, but don't forget to use a little bit of contrast too.  That will make your blending "pop" a little.  The tummy and face were easy to do, I really just used Y23 for most of it.  I just shaded using the same marker, and added the darker marker where the stamp made it obvious for me (don't you just love it when shadows are already built into the image!) I didn't want the bear to appear to be floating it in air, so I grounded him by creating a shadow around the bottom, kind of like he was sitting on the ground.  I "prepped" where I wanted to color by using my clear blending marker, I guess "primed" is a better word.  Then I went over the area with W02, and blended again with the clear blending pen, just to soften the edge a bit.

Once my coloring was finished, it was time to put it onto a card.  I really had my husband in mind while I was creating this card, so I didn't want to "frou frou" it up.  Meaning no embellishments.

I hope you decide to play along!  Let me know if you do, so I can see your beautiful work!


Materials Used:
Technique Tuesday Stamps:  Sweet Somethings set & Bear Necessities set
Cosmo Cricket pattern paper
Tsukineko Memento Tuxedo black ink
red card stock
white card stock
foam tape
Copic Markers
corner rounder

Quick Easter Card

Good Friday to you all.
Do you have an Easter plans or traditions you are doing this weekend?
My children and I are going to church on Sunday, then we are meeting one of my best friends for brunch, at a delicious restaurant called Taverna (here in Jacksonville).

Today, I have a quick and simple shaped Easter card, to share with you.  This sketch can actually be used for any occasion, but since Easter is in just a few days, that is the sentiment I decided to use.  
I created a shaped card base and nested layer with S4-161 Labels One, and then added S5-040 Floral Doily Accents.
The pattern paper is from Echo Park, the bling is from KaiserCraft, and the stamps are from Stamping Scrapping.
I wish all of you a blessed Easter.

Exciting News!! Avocado Arts Design Team

Are you ready for some exciting news??
I am joining the Design Team of Avocado Arts!
With these amazing women!


wowee wowee wow!
right?
SO. MUCH. TALENT!

Head on over to the Avocado Arts to check out the bio's of all of the ladies.
For those of you wondering what Avocado Arts is.  It is a new clear stamp company!
There will be a new kit every month, and the kits are designed to be built upon each other...love that!

Be sure to bookmark the Avocado Arts blog.
You can also follow them on twitter and facebook, to be up to date on all happenings.


Here is a sneaky peeky of the first months kit!


Guest Designing for Technique Tuesday


So this month I am so honored to be guest designing for Technique Tuesday.
Make sure you go to their website to check out their awesome products & stamps!

Did you know that they are a Member Company on SCS?
They are!
Check out the forum, they have fun tutorials and challenges, where you can win stuff (like free stamps)!

Here is a card I created using the Love Always Wins stamp set, and the little "love" sentiment is from the Talking in Circles stamp set.



What have I been up to? Personal talky post...

I took an unexpected blogging vacation, sorry about that.
A few hours after my post went live on Wednesday, I received a call from my friend Kelly.  Our husbands are both deployed together, and she was pregnant with her second child, and could deliver any day.  So, around 4:30 am, she calls to tell me "she thinks it's time to go to the hospital"  After 3 trips to the hospital, 3 attempts at an epidural, lots of pain, contractions and believe it or not, a lot of laughs...30 hours later little Zoe Marie was born via unplanned c-section.
Through technology and the stars aligned, our husbands were actually in port, and Kelly's husband was able to see baby Zoe seconds after she was born.  I have a Skype app on my iPhone, and the doctors let me  bring in my phone into the operating room, so that we could skype with him once the baby was born.
It really was an honor to be there for Kelly, and communicate to her husband, for her.  It was more special than I can even describe, to be there for such a dear friend.  Times like these, are when I can fully appreciate technology.  Can you imagine being 7500 miles away and being able to see your child being born live, from a cell phone?  Amazing!
I was able to stay with Zoe, while Kelly was still in the Operating Room.
Here is a picture of Zoe around 10 minutes old.  Isn't she beautiful?  She looks just like her older sister...Kelly and her husband know how to make pretty girls.

So that is what I was up to on Wednesday and Thursday.  Friday I went to my son's 3rd quarter awards ceremony at school.  He is such a little smarty pants, and loves to learn.  He makes me smile everyday with his 10 year old humor.  I really need to write all of his "Jacobisms" down because they are quite hilarious.
Here is my cutie pie, with his award.  He received the Patriotism award.  I had to do everything in me not to cry when they announced it.  I nor he, had any idea he was receiving this award.  To be nominated by his teachers and peers for this, makes my heart swell up with pride.


Yesterday, we went to the 1/2 way picnic.  A celebration with other woman/men from the squadron who's spouses are deployed together, to mark our half way point.  It was nice to get out of the house, talk with other amazing military spouses, who are just trying to make it through another day being super-woman.  Doing it all alone, with a smile on your face is harder than it looks sometimes.
At our next get together we are having a chili cook off, so that should be a lot of fun!
Here are a few pictures from the picnic.
Here is myself and my son.  For those of you wondering where my daughter is?  She is 15, and doesn't like her picture taken or blogged about lol.

The beginning of deployment was really rough.  This little boy was beyond heartbroken that his daddy was gone.  So many days, he came home crying.  So it is wonderful to see him happy and himself again.

I hope you all have a blessed Palm Sunday.

Year One sneak & an Easy Tuturial

Happy Anniversary Lawn Fawn!!
Can you believe they are one year old?  Amazing, how fast they have grown.  I for one, love being able to design for Lawn Fawn, the images always make me smile and are so easy to work with.  Congratulations Kelly, Mike & Erica!!  Cheers & here are to many more years to come!

Last week, I received several emails on how I got really great embossing on a card I had made.  So I thought I would recreate the card (and change it up a little) and give you step shots on how I made it.  Sound good to you?  Okay let's go.

Before I start, make sure to head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, for a chance to win this set.
Also visit the rest of the design team to see what they cooked up for you today!

up close view of the embossing
Isn't that such a cute cake stamp?
love!



1.  Cut/score card stock and place the #4 die onto the card, using the Spellbinders S5-027 Labels Twenty One set.
2.  Create your embossing sandwich:  (a.) base plate  (b.) die blade side up  (c.) embossing mat (d.) embossing plate.  Then run through your machine (I used a Grand Calibur).
3.  This is what your card looks like from the other side, once you take the mats off.
4.  Remove the card & die template.  You will have an embossed card front.


5.  Using the same die template, create a mask, by cutting out paper so you have a die cut.  Place it over the embossed area of the card.
6.  Place Teeny Tiny Backdrops onto a block, ink it up really good, and from the top create a background, making sure to re-ink your image before stamping again. (I used the music notes background)
7.  Continue stamping until the card front is covered with your background.
8.  Remove the mask to uncover your embossed area.


9.   Using the #3 die template from the Labels Twenty One set, cut/emboss card stock.  Then stamp the Year One birthday cake image onto the die cut in orange ink, then stamp the sentiment over the cake using a strong black ink.  (I used black Versafine ink)
10.  Round the corners with a corner rounder tool.
11.  Add foam squares to the backside of the die cut, and adhere to the card.
12.  Add black cording & bling. (I used Kaisercraft black Rhinestones)

Finished card.
I hope you learned something and will try this technique yourself now!
I promise it is easy to do.
You can click on the photos to enlarge them :)


Sneak of Smitty's ABC's from Lawn Fawn

Howdy folks!
Holy moly it was 94 degrees here today, not complaining, but I sorta wasn't expecting that kind of heat in April.  Plus I was out of town for a few days, and really didn't know what the temps were at home.  So, it was a little surprising lol.  
Don't you just love being able to use a stamp in a different way than it was intended for?  I do!  For example, this present image that is used on the card below, it is in the Bows & Holly stamp set.  However, you can stamp it alone and create any kind of present you want.  Love the versatility in the Lawn Fawn stamp sets.  So, after I colored in the present image, I created a fun sentiment using the new set called Smitty's ABC's.  I love how Kelly comes up with the names of her sets, they always put a huge smile on my face.
Make sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog, for your chance to win some fun stuff.
Also, visit the rest of the designers to see their awesome projects!

Fanciful Frames sneak from Lawn Fawn

I think I may have squealed out loud when I first saw this set.
There are really so many different ways to highlight this set, whether you are using it as a journaling spot on a layout, or framing a sentiment or image, the possibilities are really endless.

For this card I framed the cute little mobile from the Plus One set.  The frame and images were colored in with Copic markers.  I believe I used, R20, R24, R25 & R35...oh and R43, for the frame then a few yellows & blues for the star and moon.  I wanted it to look like a real frame haning, so I glued bakers twine onto the frame, then placed a pearl in the center to look like a nail.

Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, for a chance to win this set.  
Also, visit the rest of the designers, to check out how they used Fanciful Frames.

Happily Ever After sneak from Lawn Fawn

Today, I am showing you a super cute set called Happily Ever After from Lawn Fawn.
I just returned from Arizona, and really cannot think lol.
If you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, make sure to leave a comment for a chance to win this stamp set.
Also, take time to visit the design team, they have some amazing project to share with you.

350 Cards & Gifts Blog Hop

Have you seen this yummy issue?
Beautiful projects that will give you so much inspiration.
You can find a copy here.

I love making cards, absolutely love them.
However, it is fun to go beyond the card every once in a while...
You know, tags, bags, gift sets, and so much more.

I had so much fun creating projects for this issue.  I think after cards, tags are my favorite thing to make.  They just make everything cuter :)

Today twelve designers are going to show you never been seen before projects, that were inspired from this issue.  Make sure to visit their blogs.  I think each one is giving away a copy of 350 Cards & Gifts.  So make sure to leave a comment.

Make sure to visit the Paper Crafts Connection blog, I hear they are having a fun give away!! (super awesome prize!!)

Today, I made a card set, using the pattern from Janice Whiting's Damask card set (pg. 30)  The pattern can be found here.  This is a really easy template to use, very user friendly.  After I scored my card stock, I stamped a cute little cake stamp from Lawn Fawn called Year One (releasing in a few days), in Versamark ink.  Versamark ink, is a pigment ink that leaves a water mark look when stamped with it.  I then cut/embossed a Spellbinders Labels Twenty One, then stamped the birthday cake & sentiment onto to the die cut.  I added ribbon & adhered the die cut to the front of the memory keeper
I wanted to keep the cards fairly clean looking, so I embossed the #4 Labels Twenty One die template onto the card front.  Then cut/embossed the #3 Labels Twenty One die template, stamped the cake in an orange ink, and the sentiment in a black ink, I then adhered the die cut to the card front using foam adhesive.  To finish the cards, I added black cording & purple KaiserCraft purple rhinestones.  Oh, and I rounded the bottom corners.




**make sure to leave a comment**
I will pick a winner on the 11th

Having fun!

Wow, long time no blog!  Sorry about that.
I kind of just took a break without planning on taking a break.  My children had their spring break, so we took off to Walt Disney World for 5 days.  We all needed to get away and have some fun.  It is good to unplug every once in a while.  Especially the most magical place on earth right?
For the last few weeks, I have been battling horrible allergies.  I am dreaming of the days when we have daily thunderstorms, the rain seems to give me a little respite.  That also added to the not wanting to craft/create/blog.  Does that ever happen to you?  So my unplanned break was great :)
Today, I grabbed one of my favorite Lawn Fawn sets called, Swimsuit Season.   You see, I am jetting off to Arizona Wednesday morning to go to the 2011 Spellbinders Design Team retreat.  Holy moly, am I excited and we are going to have so much fun.  
This image is so stinking cute right?  Who didn't have a pool toy growing up?  Everyone right?  


Directions:
1.  Cut & score card stock
2.  Stamp image & sentiment
3.  Place Spellbinders die template over the image, and emboss (not cut)
4.  Color in image with Copics, highlight with a white gel pen.
5.  Die cut the center of your pattern paper, trim off excess and adhere to card front with foam tape
6.  Tie bakers twine around card front.

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