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Friday, July 29, 2011

Hi there...

Hi there!  It's Friday!  Whoo-hoo!  Lots of exclamation points!

Sorry — I am just so excited for the day of crafting that lies ahead.  I haven't been able to block off time just to spend creating, and I'm getting that itchy feeling that can only be cured by a few hours of paper therapy. 

I kept this Friday's card pretty simple.  One thing that is so great about Lawn Fawn is that each set goes with another perfectly.   For example, all of the flowers in this card are from Blissful Botanicals and the little leaf on their stems is from Critters in the Forrest — a perfect combo!  A little Copic coloring, a little Diamond stickles and bingo bango — a sparkly summery card!

On a side note, I wanted to say thank you again to the sweet Kelly Marie over at Lawn Fawn for featuring a couple of my cards recently on her Fawny Flickr feature.  Today she linked to this weeks Make-It-Monday video on reverse stamping.  If you haven't had the chance to check it out, click here!  It may give you inspiration to try something new this weekend.  Have a happy Friday and a sunny weekend!

Stamps — Lawn Fawn Blissful Botanicals, Critters in the Forrest, Sophie's Sentiments
Inks — Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers — PTI  Kraft Cardstock
Other — Copics, Diamond Stickles

Thursday, July 28, 2011

You're sew nice

Another card with a Half and Half wannabe strip.  I think I'm obsessed!  I am expecting my Papertrey order tomorrow, so maybe a small haul video will be in order. 

I also love to cut out stamped images.  It's super relaxing for me — probably because my mind can go blank!  Keeping it short and simple today because I am feeling waaaaaay too busy.  
It's almost Friday!

Stamps — Hero Arts Sew Artsy
Inks — Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Papers — PTI Kraft Cardstock, October Afternoon 5 & Dime 8x8
Other — Pearls, red thread, PTI Limitless Layers Die

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Hey good lookin'? Whatcha got cookin'?

A little Unity goodness on this Tuesday morning.  I received my kit of the month in the mail a few days ago and could not wait to play.  Unity hosts an awesome sketch challenge using their kits every month, and I was finally able to participate!

I went with a muted color palate that I could see using a lot for masculine cards. A little sewing, a little paper piecing and bada bing bada boom!

Stamps — Unity Stamp Co. July Kit of the Month
Inks — Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar
Papers — PTI Cardstock, 6x6 Manilla Basics by Basic Grey
Other — Large Pearls

On an unrelated note, I just registered for SCRAPFEST 2011!  I am taking only a couple of classes (one with JENNIFER MCGUIRE and one with AMY TAN!), and am so so excited!  Please let me know if you are planning to attend, I would love to say hi and meet everyone in person. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, check it out here.  Have a great day!  
Oh man you guys, I've had to totally change my plans and will NOT be attending Scrapfest this year. I'm bummed, but everyone attending better take a million pictures and enjoy it twice as much for the both of us!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Reverse Stamping Tutorial — Make it Monday #6 (Video)

It's Monday already?! I told you on Friday another entry for Lawnscaping Challenge #14 would be on the way, and here it is!
I decided to create a romantic little scene between these foxes.  In the video this week I keep calling them LOVE FOXES, so apparently I think they love each other. ;-)

I decided to use a fun technique this week called reverse stamping.  I love anything that allows me to get more play out of stamps that I already own, and this technique  does just that!  

I also got to bust out the colored pencils and mineral spirits — another favorite technique.
Check out the video below to watch the whole process and  learn how to do some reverse stamping!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #14 — Just wavin' hello!

When I saw Lawnscaping Challenge #14, I knew this would be one where I would probably submit like 100 entries. (The max is 3, so actually it will be more like 3 entries.)  I love love love to stamp scenes on the front of a card. Half of the cards I make are little scenes!

So, here is entry number 1! I loved the idea of having some of the critters jumping (or swimming...) out of the polaroid, so I only adhered half of the dolphin and the little orange fish and let the rest of the critter float on out.

Here is a close-up of the little fish family.  Entry number 2 is a little more detailed and is also next week's Make-It-Monday #6 — so get excited for that one as well.

Stamps — Lawn Fawn Critters in the Sea, Lawn Fawn Say Cheese
Inks — Jenni Bowlin Soap Powder, Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Papers — Cosmo Cricket Salt Air 6x6, PTI Kraft Cardstock
Other — Hero Hues Gems

We will be camping this weekend -- so I will probably be pretty quiet on the blog front. Thanks for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

P.S.  Does anyone else have a massive cart going over at PTI for the 23rd?! I cannot narrow mine down.  Tell me I don't need All Booked Up or Mat Stack 3 or Half & Half....or a lot of other things....I think I've got a problem! ;-) Crossing my fingers the campground has wi-fi!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Summer time!

After the heat wave we've been having, 82° is a total treat. I was inspired by the slightly cooler  weather yesterday to create a summery card. 

I had never even inked up that Hero Arts Flower Bird Garden, but I'm now seeing that the possibilities are endless with that one! On the card above, I clear embossed it using a paper from Basic Grey 6x6 Manilla Basics Pack. I love how it almost adds another layer to the card. I also was able to watercolor with my distress inks — my favorite!  

Also, this was my desk when I left for work this morning! I never said I kept the place spotless!

Stamps — Hero Arts Flower Bird Garden, Hero Arts Sending Smiles
Inks — Versa Mark, Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Shabby Shutters, Dusty Concord, Mustard Seed, Fired Brick), Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers — Baisc Grey Manilla Basics 6x6
Other — Clear Embossing Powder, PTI Rustic Cream Twine

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Reach for the sky...

It is a cooker where I live.  Yesterday it got to 100° with a heat index of 107°! Yikes!  I am not made for the warm weather.  I need the cold! Or at the very least — not scorching. 

I was luckily able to spend some quality time in the comfort of the air conditioner creating a very summery card.

I've been a paper piecing fool lately.  It's one of my favorite ways to add a punch of color to an image, and it's so easy. Also, I can't resist a little stitching.  Another easy and fun touch.

Before I head out, I wanted to thank Kelly, over at Lawn Fawn, for featuring my card on her Fawny Flickr Friday.  She is the best!

Thanks for stopping by! 

Stamps — Unity Stamp's Perfect the Way you Are, Papertrey Ink Up Up and Away sentiments
Inks — Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)
Papers — Sassafrass Lass Line Up, PTI Melon Berry, Cream Cardstock, Kraft Cardstock
Other — Peach thread

Monday, July 18, 2011

Quick Haul + Make it Monday #5! (Video!)

"Monday good to me.....Monday morning....It was all I hoped it would be...."

10 points if you can name the band who sings that song!  I love it!

It was a fun weekend in the craft room. Lots of new stamps saw ink, which is super exciting. 
I was inspired to create this card by my little teardrop trailer that my husband built for us.  What a guy right?! So, when I saw this little camper stamp from Unity, I knew I had to snag it. 

How awesome is that quote?  So true.  

I was inspired to make that little pink panel by the wizards over at Papertrey Ink.  They introduced a new set this month called Half and Half (which is in my cart over there, along with a kajillion other things). Basically it's a set of stamps/dies that create panels to add to your cards. So smart. Until I placed my order, however, I had to improvise and make my own panel.  

Check out the video below to see what I did! Also in the video, I share a quick stamp haul from Unity.  Skip to the 2:09 minute mark if you just want to watch the card making action!

Stamps — Unity Stamp's Destination Happiness
Inks — Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Vintage Photo)
Papers — American Crafts + Dear Lizzy 12x12
Other — Copics, Hero Hues Blush

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday is the best day of all the days...

YAY!  The weekend is nearly upon us. Time to play in the sun, relax and most importantly CRAFT.  :o) Woo-hoo!

My Unity Stamps order came and I could not wait to bust them out — total high quality beauties. Because I have adhesive and stamps where my brain should be, I decided to cut out all THIRTY FIVE of those little circles on the tree stamp and paper piece it together.  OY.  I swear I am going to cut back on scored borders...I have an addiction.

Can you guess the paper pack I used?  It's one of my favs! 

I also decided to make a quick tag using the same stamp.  I need to make tags more often — super quick to put together and pretty satisfying!

 I  cut into one of my all time favorite Basic Grey packs.  Can you guess that one too?

I also wanted to add how thrilled I was to be chosen as the "Queen of Green" over at the Lawnscaping Challenge blog for this card I made. Everyone there is super sweet, and it is so fun to participate in those challenges.

Have a great weekend!

Stamps — Unity Stamp's Could I be Any Cuter?
Inks — Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers — Cosmo Cricket 6x6 Salt Air

Stamps — Unity Stamp's Could I be Any Cuter?, Hampton Art's Need is Love
Inks — Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers — Basic Grey Basics Manilla 6x6 
Other — Copics, PTI twine, thread, button

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Hello foxy!

As almost everyone in the stamping world, I am constantly inspired by the Papertrey Ink team. This week's Make It Monday #23 was no exception. Dawn showcased a new technique that I could not wait to try — creating little pockets with edger dies!  A little stamping, coloring and a lot of border punching later, I came up with a very foxy fallish card!

I love stamping over colored images, just to add a bit of texture. I colored in the little fox with Copics and then stamped the Grid Block pattern from Hero Arts with Versamark. 

It's Friday tomorrow....YAY!!!

Stamps — Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Forrest, Hero Arts Wood Grain, Hero Arts Grid Block
Inks — Jenni Bowlin Brown Sugar, Distress Ink Antique Linen
Papers — October Afternoon Campfire 8x8 Pad, PTI 
Other — PTI Vintage Cream twine, Copics, Border Punches, PTI Edger Die #1, PTI Love Lives Here Die set

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

You are so sweet to me...

Guess what came to my doorstep last week?!

Such a happy day when this arrives! (The Studio Calico kit -- not the cat!)

A card with no stamping?! Can it be?! Apparently.  This was such an easy card to throw together. The SC kits make it pretty hard to mess up.

I would normally never buy Thickers or these letters from Sassafras, but now that I own them, I'm thinking of countless ways to use them up.  I love to get products that push me to craft in new and different ways. 

Stamps — None!
Inks — None!
Papers — Studio Calico July Kit
Other — PTI Vintage Cream twine, Studio Calico July Kit

I have been keeping my kits in their box to store them, which is all well and good until someone tries to eat the June papers.

If only she wasn't so cute. :-)

Have a happy Wednesday! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #13 - Pop up fun!

I'm going to be totally honest here.  When I saw Lawnscaping Challenge #13 and the DT samples, I thought, "Well, I guess I will be skipping this week.  There is no way I can do anything like that."  But then I told negative nancy Jess to shut it and decided to CHALLENGE myself — that's the whole point of these right?!

I kept the outside fairly simple. If you know me at all, you know I heart a scored border.

Then BLAMMO!  Do you feel like you are at a carnival?!  Granted, it's a very small carnival with only two rides, but could ride those over and over!!!

I used distress inks for the grass, sky and sun and Copics to color the rest. 

Here is a close up of how I popped up my two rides.  I just used dimensional adhesives for the balloons.  No card could be complete without Sophie's Sentiments.  

On a side note, Kelly, the owner of Lawn Fawn, tweeted a few days ago that they would be coming out with EIGHT new sets in August.  WHAT THE WHAT?!  I am seriously excited.

Thanks for stopping by!
Stamps — Lawn Fawn Admit One, Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiment
Inks — Distress Ink (Shabby Shutters, Broken China, Mustard Seed, Antique Linen), Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black)
Papers — Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Other — PTI Vintage Cream Twine, Copics

Monday, July 11, 2011

Make it Monday #4 (Video!)

It's Monday already?! I think blogging makes the time go faster, because I could swear I just posted a Make it Monday! :-)

This card is a little more girly than my usual fare, but I kind of love it.  I busted out my sewing machine which, to be honest, hasn't seen a lot of love for like 3 months, minus sewing up hems and holes in jeans. 

I also busted out some Perfect Pearls. I have every color, and I do not utilize them enough.  I forgot what a shine and sparkle they add to a project.  It's that little something extra that really sets the whole card off. 

The pictures don't do this card justice — it's got a lot more oomph in real life. 

And as always, here is this Monday's video!  

Another video is on deck later this week, featuring a haul from Unity Stamp Co. How I have never owned a Unity Stamp before is beyond me, but I am officially in love. 

Stamps —   Hero Arts Happy Cling Messages, Hero Arts Large Fabric Background
Inks —Versamark Ink, Jenni Bowlin (Stick Candy)
Papers — Papertrey Ink Spring Moss Cardstock, Cream Cardstock
Other — Ranger Perfect Pearls, Sewing Machine

Friday, July 8, 2011

Studio Tour

One of my favorite things to do is check out where other crafters make their magic, so I thought it would only be fair to share where I craft as well.

My craft studio is located on our first floor, at the front of the house. Our house faces west, so I get to sweat bask in the afternoon sunshine at my desk. The picture above is the view from when you first walk in the door. We have neighbors pretty close to us on our north side, otherwise that window would be open as well.  Let's head in and get the full tour!

This is your view when you enter through the door and turn immediately to your right.  I have an old kitchen table with a metal top that holds my sewing machine and my Tonic paper trimmer. Beneath the table are boxes of fabric.

Continuing on, we see the back half of my "U" shaped work area. This half houses my Cricut and my Big Shot. If I have a niece or family member over to craft, this is where they would sit to work. All of the cubes are from Michaels and the tops are white laminate from Menard's. 

Pictured above is the corner of the main work area. My husband built a piece to stabilize the corner.

The three shelves on the wall hold embellishments, Martha Stewart Punches, a little glass birdie, coloring mediums, my favorite Papertrey twine and a print that reads "The time you enjoy wasting, is not wasted time - Bertrand Russell."  

The metal piece on the wall holds miscellaneous embellishments, pieces I'm not sure what to do with and some of my wafer thin dies. My iHome is below and is almost always on one of the million Pandora stations I listen to.
The wooden drawers were actually my mom's old jewelry box, but now store sewing paraphernalia. My Copics are on the top in the glass canister, next to a picture of my husband and a little lamp.

Here is my primary work area.  I love how that chair looks, but hate sitting in it.  It's uncomfortable and is super hard to turn around in.  I keep pushing back buying a new one because my money gets spent on supplies instead. :-)

All of my paper and lots of my favorite stamps are in the cubes to my right.  In the drawers to my left are all of my inks and some more stamps. 

My rarely used OttLite sits on top next to baby wipes and paper towels.  I also have a spinning tool caddy holding my frequently used items. 

Directly in front of my chair is my large shelving unit. The brown and pink baskets hold lots of different things, from vinyl, to chipboard, to jars of thread, acrylic paint and other miscellanea. 

My sharpies are sorted by color next to my printer. The small brown basket on the bottom shelf is empty because one of our cats likes to sleep there. :-)

The top of the shelf holds a small TV and DVD player, a lamp, a bin with gems in it, stamps, a box of cards I have made and a frame that lists the standard card sizes.

The cubes on the wall hold almost all of my woodblock stamps and some cards that I have made that are current favorites. 

In case you feel like you haven't had enough, I've made a short video walking through the room as well!

Thanks so much for stopping by this week!  Enjoy the weekend and make sure to spend sometime in your craft space creating something beautiful!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

3 times the fun!

Finally, the sweet week featuring the cupcake has come to an end!  It will probably be awhile before I decide to ink up that stamp again. ;-)

I decided to end the week with a simple heat embossed set.  I use the EK Success Powder Tool before I heat emboss every time.  This ensures that the embossing powder sticks only to the ink and not in random clumps all over the card. 

The sentiments on the cards are from my all time favorite sentiment set Lawn Fawn's Sophie's Sentiments. 

I  added pops of color with some Prismacolor Pencils. They are the best colored pencils and I love the look of colored pencils on kraft  — one of my favorite combos.  I also rounded the corners with my Corner Chomper.

Whew!  Did you guys enjoy this week of themed fun?  Leave a comment below and let me know.  I probably won't attempt this again for at least a while, but it did make think outside of my typical creative box.

Tomorrow I have put together a little tour of my craft studio!  I've taken about a million pictures and even put together a little video.  I really love peaking through everyone's craft room doors, so I thought I'd better share my space as well.  And tomorrow is FRIDAY — practically the weekend!  Woo-hoo!

Stamps —   Hero Arts Happy Birthday Cupcakes, Lawn Fawn Sophie's Sentiments
Inks —Versamark Ink
Papers — Papertrey Ink Kraft Cardstock
Other — White Embossing Powder, Prismacolor pencils
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