Is tomorrow really May 1st?  We have a busy week in my household.  The boy has a field trip, a dance and a parents meeting for 5th graders entering Middle School in the fall (ay yi yi).  The girl has prom, and the pup has a Vet appt.  Somehow, I need to figure out dinner for Cinco de Mayo, and what kind of Margarita I will have lol.
Today, I am showing a card using the May stamp set from Avocado Arts.  I wanted to created a custom pattern paper with the stamps.  This card looks fairly simple, but for some reason it took hours to make.  The creative process isn't as easy as you would think sometimes.  Nothing was coming together right.  Inks were the wrong color, I wasn't putting enough pressure on the stamps to get a good impression, I smeared ink on one card...  It was a process for this baby lol.  In the end, I am really happy with the way it turned out.  I am not a card maker that enjoys mass production, but I could see myself making a few of these for a gift set.
Visit the other designers for more inspiration with this new set.

1.  Create a 4 1/4 square card base.
2.  Trim white panel to 4 inches square.
3.  Create a custom pattern with the stamps.
4.  Stamp sentiment.
5.  Add ribbon
6.  Add buttons
7.  Adhere panel to card front using foam squares

Materials Used:
Avocado Arts Stamps
Scrapbook adhesives by 3L white foam squares
pink buttons
ivory silk ribbon
white card stock
green card stock
Clearsnap ink (light green)
Tim Holtz ink (red)
Versafine ink (black)

Claire's ABC's

Lawn Fawn has released another alphabet stamp set, called Claire's ABC's.  It may be my favorite one so far.  I decided to make a miss you card to send to my husband.  We just got a miniature schnauzer, so I had to use the dog from Critters in the Burbs (so freaking cute!).  Since I stamped the doggy onto kraft paper, and did not want to paper piece him, I colored him in using some warm and cool Copic markers.  The collar as well as the dashes were created using a white gel pen.
For a chance to win this set, head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog.
materials: red cardstock, light green card stock, kraft card stock, red/white twine
Spellbinders Classic circle, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L white foam squares, Lawn Fawn Critters in the burbs, Lawn Fawn Claire's ABC's, black ink, Copic markers

Flutter By

The next few days the Lawn Fawn design team will be showing off some projects.  Today, I have a few different projects I made using the Flutter By stamp set.  Whether you like to color in your images, or paper piece them, or just plain ole stamp it, this set is very versatile in how you can use it.  
Make sure you visit the Lawn Fawn blog, for a chance to win this set.  Also take a peak at the other designers showing off some cute stuff with this set.

tag: aqua cardstock, kraft cardstock, teal bling, Lawn Fawn trimmings, pink ribbon, Spellbinder die, black ink, aqua ink, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L white foam squares, Lawn Fawn Flutter By

card: coral card stock, white card stock, American Crafts ribbon, Copic markers, black ink, Lawn Fawn Flutter By, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L white foam squares, corner rounder

card: black ink, yellow card stock, vellum, corner rounder, Lawn Fawn Flutter By, Lawn Fawn Chevron backdrops, Copic markers

One layered Mother's Day card

The Avocado Arts designers are showing sneak peaks of the May set, called Thoughts & Smiles.  Every once in a while, a card that I see in my head actually comes out the way I see it.  It doesn't happen often, so I was so happy with my results.
I knew I wanted to make a shaped card, so I used this wonderful die template, that is from the Spellbinders Jar & Labels set.  I cut/embossed two die cuts from white card stock, and trimmed the bottom point just a tad, so that it would be able to stand up alone.  I scored one of the die cuts about 1/2 inch from the top, and placed adhesive above the scored line, and then adhered the die cuts together.
While I was stamping, I left the die cut in the die, so I could have a nice embossed border.  It seemed a little too white, so I sponged along the edge going from the outer edge to the inside of the die.  That will give it a graduated natural feel, and warms the card up a bit.  I didn't feel like it needed any embellishments, so I left it as is.  A beautiful one layer card.
Make sure to visit the rest of the designers, and see more sneaks from the upcoming set.

Materials Used:
Avocado Arts Stamps
Spellbinders Jar & Labels die set
Clearsnap ink
Distress Ink
Versafine black ink
Scrapbook Adhesive by 3L adhesive
Spellbinders Grand Calibur machine

Lawn Fawn & OWH

Lawn Fawn is participating in the Operation Write Home blog hop today.  Most of the companies participating, are having some kind of give away.  So head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog for more information. 
If you have not heard of Operation Write Home, please go check out the website.  In short, they send cards to deployed service members, which allow them to send cards back home to loved ones.  If you have a stack of cards that you don't know what to do with, please consider sending them to OWH.

Here is my card for this weeks sketch (259) over at Card Positioning Systems.  It was a tough sketch for me, so I simplified some of the layers.  Instead of a square on the side, I just stamped the sentiment a few times to create a square space, and placed a twine bow, instead of an arrow.  For me sketches are a starting point for inspiration, so its okay if it doesn't look exactly the same. The stamps are Mint Motif sold through i{heart}papers.
Materials Used:
Mint Motif stamps
black ink
Lawn Fawn Bright Side Pattern Paper
white card stock

Thank You using Mint Motif

Here is a card that I posted over at CPS a few weeks ago, and forgot to share here.  I used the two latest Mint Motif stamp sets, sold through i{heart}papers.  So that the sentiment could fit in the circle die cut, I cut up the sentiment.  I created a background with the stamps to coordinate with the pattern paper.

Materials Used:
Mint Motif Simply Sentiments and Beyond Borders Too
Spellbinders Standard Circles sm
yellow ink
black ink
brown card stock
white card stock
pattern paper

Friendship Bookmark

Hey there, and happy Sunday!  Today, I am showing another peek of the April set from Avocado Arts.  I'm not going to lie, I am a little under the weather with the flu, and my project isn't to fantatical.  You win some you lose some, but I'm sharing anyhow lol.  It did have great promise when I started.  I think it would have looked nicer, if I didn't outline the flowers with a Copic marker.  I should have listened to my inner self with the "less is more" motto.  Oh, if you are wondering what this is, its a bookmark :)
I'm sure the other designers will dazzle your eyes with something much prettier lol.

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