Sunday, December 21, 2014

Merry Christmas Shaker Card

Hello crafty friends!  Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend!  Yesterday we had our annual cookie baking day and we had so much fun making Christmas cookies for our friends and family.  This has been a tradition for years and it is so nice that we continue the tradition even with everyone's crazy schedules.  

And our finished product:

 Do you have any fun Christmas traditions?  

Today I have a Christmas shaker card to share with you that I made featuring Lawn Fawn's Winter Sparrows stamp set. 

I started by masking a moon and distressing the background with several different blue distress inks.  I wanted to have a snowy scene, so I used the Falling Snow stencil from Simon Says Stamp with white embossing paste. Sorry the picture is blurry, I had a difficult time getting a clear picture. 

I used the Stitched Rectangle die from Simon Says Stamp as the border for the shaker card.  These dies are perfect for shaker cards.  I just love how the stitched border adds a polished look to the card.  Here's a closer look: 

I'm going to play along with the Christmas challenge going on at the Lawnscaping Blog

I'm also entering this card in the Winter Inspiration challenge at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

Thanks for coming by and have a great week!



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Merry Christmas Card Featuring Lawn Fawn

Happy weekend everyone!  I cannot believe it is the last weekend before Christmas, crazy!  More unbelievable is that I have finished my shopping and wrapping, and have sent out all of my Christmas cards.  Now it's time to relax and enjoy the holidays!  Today is our annual cookie day with my family and I cannot wait to eat bake Christmas cookies!

I have a card to share that features the bunnies from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day stamp set. 

I started this project by stamping trees from the Let it Snow stamp set (Lawn Fawn) in teal and silver.  I used the Christmas Banner stamp from the White Christmas set (Stampin' Up) as my sentiment for the card. 

I used the Stitched Journaling Card die cut (Lawn Fawn) on a piece of patterned paper from Snow Day Collection to frame the card.  

I added clear Wink of Stella to the trees and red twine to finish the card.  

I'm going to enter this card into the Lawnscaping Challenge #96.  The theme of the challenge is Christmas. 

I'm also going to play along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  The challenge this week is "Winter Inspiration".  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Christmas Wreath Card

Good morning and happy Sunday!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far.  Today I'm going to try to finish up my Christmas shopping.  I'm usually a last minute shopper and I'm hoping to have everything done today so I can enjoy more holiday festivities this year :)

I have a Christmas card to share with you that I made using the Tiny Dots stencil from Simon Says Stamp.

 After inking up the stencil with silver ink, I created a Christmas wreath with the Laurels stamp set from Avery Elle.  

One of my favorite sentiments this year is the Merry Christmas die from Simon Says Stamp.  The script is so gorgeous!

I finished the card off with a silver bow and added clear glitter to the sentiment and berries.  Well I hope you enjoyed this post and thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Two Cards Featuring Simon Says Stamp Stitched Square Dies

Hello friends!  Happy December!  I can't believe it is already December and so close to Christmas! Where has the year gone?  Today I have two cards to share with you that I made from the new Simon Says Stamp Stitched Squares Dies from the "In Stitches" release.  One of the many things that makes these dies so awesome and unique is that the dies have stitches on both sides of the cut line.  How fun!

I love making Christmas cards and think these dies would make a great shaker card, but decided I needed more non-holiday cards.  Here are the two cards I created using these dies:

I started by making a background using  Lawn Fawn's Interlocking Background stamp.  I embossed the pattern in gold and then colored random areas with different shades of pink copics.  I then used the stitched square die on the patterned paper and white cardstock for the two cards.

For the first card, I embossed the sentiment from Mama Elephant's Make A Wish stamp set in gold.  I kept it simple and added a few gold stars.  


I just love how the stitched edges line up!

For the second card, I used the super adorable stamps and coordinating dies from You Are Pawesome by SSS.  I added touches of gold embossing on the balloons and sentiment to match the background.  

I used vellum with the same stitched die cut to soften the background for this card. 

Hope you enjoyed this post and have a great weekend!


Monday, November 24, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #94

Hello everyone!  Today's project is for the current Lawnscaping Challenge, Count Me In.  

I made a tag to go along with a Christmas present for a special friend.  I really enjoy making my own packaging for gifts to add a personalized touch.  

My friend loves animals so I thought this penguin would be perfect for the tag.  

Thank you so much for stopping by!


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sending Hedgehugs

Hello everyone!  I have a quick and simple card to share with you today.  This card features Lawn Fawn's Hedgehugs stamp set.  

These hedgehogs are super adorable...I just had to get my hands on this set! 

Well I'm off to spend time with my family!  Hope you have a great weekend :)


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Snowflake Window Card

Hello everyone!  In celebration of the recent cold weather, I have a fun snowflake window card to share with you today.  

This card features the Winter Sparrows stamp set and coordinating dies by Lawn Fawn.  To begin the card, I used several dies from Snowflake Medley (by Papertrey Ink) to create windows for the scene.  I distressed the background with peacock feathers and used the Falling Snow stencil by Simon Says Stamp to create the snowy background with embossing paste.  I just LOVE this stencil!  It is definitely a must have for winter scenes!  I colored the sparrows with copics (W0, W2, W5).  Here's a closer look:

For the sentiment, I white embossed "Merry Christmas" from the Let it Snow stamp set onto a tag from Winter Gifts (Lawn Fawn).  

One more photo:

Hope you enjoyed and thanks for stopping by :)


Monday, October 13, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hello!  Today I have a special post to share with you.  I was asked by my sweet friend Lizzy from This Haus of Cards to participate in the Creative Blog Hop.

Lizzy is not only a dear friend of mine but also one of my crafting mentors :)   She is very talented and her work is always beautiful and unique. If you haven't seen her Lawn Fawn videos you should check them out!  I love watching her create and always get so inspired to try new techniques!  

So a little bit about my world...

I'm married to a wonderful husband of five years and we currently live in Charlottesville Virginia.  We love living in Virginia, especially spending time exploring different trails and vineyards in the area.   I'm in nurse practitioner school and work as a nurse, which equals a lot of time in the hospital!  When I'm not at work or studying, I'm in my craft room :)  

What am I working on?  For the past few years, my mother and I get together during the fall and make our christmas cards together.  We usually spend a few days coming with up with several different card designs.  We are starting the process today and I'm so excited because I'm a little obsessed with Christmas (I know it is still early) and I love crafting with my mom.  We always play off of each other's ideas and have so much fun creating together!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?  I feel like with most crafters, I get excited when I learn a new technique.  So for me, I do not feel like my style falls into a particularly genre, I just like playing around with different ideas and materials.  I will say that you can often find furry animals in my designs ;)

Why do I create what I do? Because it is so so much fun!  Ever since I walked in to a local craft store (with Lizzy) and saw a Tim Holtz distressed background made in less than a minute, I was hooked.  But really, crafting allows me to use my creative side and connect with people.  I'm from the South and my mom always taught me the importance of staying connected with friends and family.  There is nothing like sending a sick friend a meal with a personalized tag.  I also really enjoy following other crafters to learn new styles and get inspired, and I hope that my work will inspire others as well.

How does your creating process work?  Usually starts with Pinterest.  Yes I can admit it...I spend hours upon hours on Pinterest...everything is just so cute!  I usually have a color combination or scene in mind and go from there.

Alight, now to the next blogger.  

I'm tagging the very inspiring and adorable Elise, from Whimsipost 

Elise was one of the first bloggers I followed when I started crafting.  Her creations are so whimsical and fun!  She always comes up with the most witty puns!  I know you will love her cards as much as I do!  Be sure to check out her blog on Monday, October 20th to learn more about her creative process!  

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting! 


Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #91

Hello friends!  I hope everyone is having a good week so far!  I have a card to share with you that I made for the current Lawnscaping Challenge.  This challenge is all about using patterned paper in the design.

I live in Virginia and we had a cold front come in over the weekend which made me want to pull out my winter stamps.  Here is my card:

I made two owls from Lawn Fawn's Winter Owl stamp set.  I thought these owls would be so cute cuddling next to a campfire (Love You S'more - Lawn Fawn).  I wanted to add some color and movement to the scene, so I used patterned paper from Snow Day (Lawn Fawn) for the background, scarves, and sentiment tag.  

The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn's Snow Day set (which I absolutely LOVE).  I thought the sentiment would go perfectly with the scene and embossed it in white.  I added a few hearts, twine, and glitter to finish the card. 

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!


Friday, June 27, 2014

Hello Sweet Girl!

Hi friends and Happy Friday!  I hope everyone has something fun planned for this weekend.  I'm off all weekend and plan to spend time in my craft room :)

I made a card with the super adorable Hello Baby stamp set.  

I started by making the background for this card using an embossing folder and gold embossing powder.  I inked up the embossing fold with versamark and ran it through my machine with watercolor paper.  After embossing in gold, I inked the textured areas with Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar distress ink and spritzed water for a watercolor effect.

And another view:

I used the same distress inks and gold embossing powder to create the sentiment.  I adhered several of the hello dies together to give more dimension.  Here's a closer look:

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting!!


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

You make me happy...

Hello there!  I have another card that I made for the current stars and stripes Lawnscaping Challenge.  

I'm excited to share this card with you because it was inspired by one of my favorite songs and made for my husband.  

This was truly a labor of love :)  I used Milo's ABCs, Quinn's ABCs, Lucky Stars, and Blue Skies (Lawn Fawn) to create the greeting.  I thought different fonts would be fun and playful for this sentiment.  I die cut happy out of the rainbow striped paper from the Hello Sunshine paper pack.  

I added clouds from Bon Voyage stamp set and raindrops from the Hello Baby stamp set (Lawn Fawn) and embossed the images in white.  Hello baby is becoming my all time favorite stamp set...the stamps are so cute and versatile!  To finish it off, I die cut stars and hearts around the sentiment and used clear Wink of Stella to add sparkle.  

Thank you for stopping by and happy crafting!


Friday, June 20, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #84

Hello strangers!  It has been far too long since I've shared a card with you!  I really love Tracy's beautiful and vibrant card she shared for the current Lawnscaping Challenge and used this for inspiration for the card I created.  I combined two different sets, love you s'more and lucky stars (Lawn Fawn) to make a project with stars in the design.  I'm going to play along with the Lawnscaping Challenge this week.

Here is my card:

 I used shaded lilac, milled lavender, and spun sugar distress stains to create the night sky.  Stains are really fun because they are easy to get creative with and they are very forgiving :)  I also used peeled paint stain for the grass.  I stamped the starry backdrop in silver (hero arts) and then added individual stars around the sentiment.  Here is another look:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great weekend!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Hippo Birdie to You!

Hello there and happy weekend!  

I hope everyone is enjoying the weekend so far!  I'm just dropping by to share with you a card I made for a birthday party I am going to today.

I'm having so much fun playing with the Hello Sunshine and Let's Polka patterned paper from Lawn Fawn!  It is perfect for summer! 

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!


Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter!

Just popping by to wish everyone a very Happy Easter!  I have a card to share with you that I made for today:

I thought an Easter basket would be the perfect space for those cute bunnies.  I made the basket out of circle and rectangle die cuts:

Hope your day is filled with love, laughter, and of course chocolate!  Happy Easter!


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Happy Spring!

Hope everyone is having a fabulous first day of spring!  I know I am - the sun is shining and the high today will be in the 70s!  I want to share with you a CAS card I made for today:

I just can't get over those sweet bunnies!  Here is another look:

I am going to play along with this week's Lawnscaping Challenge.  The challenge is about making a clean and simple card.

Thanks for coming by and Happy Spring!


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Anchors Away!

Happy March everyone!  I don't know about you, but I feel like this year is flying by!  Hopefully that means warmer weather will be coming (and staying) soon.  I have a quick card to share with you today that I made for my sister's birthday.  I wanted a simple card with a nautical theme and here is what I came up with:

Can you tell I'm dreaming about warmer weather :)  Here's a look inside:

Thanks for visiting and happy crafting!