Sunday, March 22, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #102: Distress Addicts

Hello friends and Happy Sunday!  Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the current Lawnscaping Challenge.  

This challenge is all about adding distress products to your project to create texture.  I have been wanting to try the "bokeh effect" technique for a while and after being inspired by Mandy's card, I thought this effect would be fun for the challenge.  Here is my card:

For the background, I used my watercolor brush and added three distress inks (Pickled Raspberry, Spun Sugar, and Squeezed Lemonade) to watercolor paper.  After filling in most of the background, I splattered some water on the background.  Once completely dry, I used some circle stencils that I made from various sizes of round die cuts and randomly colored in areas with white pigment ink to create the "bokeh effect".

I used the same distess inks to color balloons from Lawn Fawn's Party Balloons die set.  I colored and die cut the critters from Lawn Fawn's Happy Easter set. I created an Easter-inspired birthday sentiment using the Quinn's ABCs and Happy Everything stamp sets.  Finishing off the card, I  scattered some sequins from the Pink Lemonade sequin mix by Neat and Tangled. 

I hope you enjoy my card!


Saturday, March 7, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #101: Dots and Stripes

Hey crafty friends!  Today I have a card that I made for the current Lawnscaping Challenge #101.  

I just got in my Let's Polka Mon Amie paper pack so I knew I had to play along.  Here is the card I made:

I thought paper piercing would be a fun technique for this challenge.  I used the large and small sunflower stamps from Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows stamp set.

I stamped and cut out the middle part of the flower in a different color.  I adhered the flowers and leaves to the card, and trimmed off the edges.

I finished the card off with a birthday sentiment from Lawn Fawn's Scripty Sayings.  

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Monday, February 16, 2015

Lawnscaping 100th Challenge Birthday Celebration!

Hello friends!  Today is a special day! It's Lawnscaping Challenge's 100th challenge if you can believe it!  I have been invited as a special party guest by Design Team Member Elise Constable. Be sure to head on over to the Lawnscaping Blog where you can see ALL of the Design Team projects as well as ALL of our special party guest projects.

I'm beyond excited to be participating in this fun party!  The challenge theme is birthday celebration!

Here is the card I created for the challenge:

I decided to make an underwater birthday scene using Lawn Fawn's "Critters in the Sea" and "Whale you be Mine" stamp sets.  I started by creating an ocean background with some Twinkling H20 watercolor paints.  I used Lawn Fawn's "Stitched Hillside Border" dies to to create a wave-like appearance and to add movement to the scene. 

There are a lot of fantastic crafters participating in this "friendly" celebration, so be sure to check them all out! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #98: Create a Background

Hello everybody!

I hope anyone up in the Northeast isn't getting hit too hard by the Snowmageddon!  We're just getting a lot of cold rain here in Virginia.  Today I decided to make a Valentine's card for the Lawnscaping Challenge #98

This challenge is all about creating a fun background for your cards using stamps.  I made my background by using the Lawn Fawn "Into the Woods" stamp set to create love-themed arrows that are cute enough for Cupid to use!  I stamped the two ends of the arrows slightly separated from each other and then added little pink hearts to the middle of each arrow.  

Then I used the adorable "Sending Hedgehugs" stamp set to create two darling little hedgehogs who are falling in love! I finished it off with the Lawn Fawn "Scripty Love" die cut and "Milo's ABCs" for a custom sentiment.   

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Have a Heart

Hello everyone!  Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the current Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  This challenge is all about love, which is fitting because I absolutely LOVE my new heart stencil that I used for the card.  

To create the background, I made pink embossing paste with distress inks (Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar).  I embossed the heart stencil starting with the darkest shade of pink embossing paste at the top and ending with the lightest shade to create an ombre effect.  

I stamped the postcard on vellum and embossed in white and stamped the sentiment.  I made two small holes on the side of the vellum and used twine to attach the vellum to the background.  After coloring the bunny and umbrella I adhered them to the card with glue.  I finished the card with clear glitter on the umbrella. 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a lovely day!


Lawn Fawn "You've Got Mail" stamp set
Lawn Fawn "Hello Baby" stamp set and dies
Mama Elephant "Up and Away" stamp set
Simon Says Stamp "Falling Hearts" Stencil
Distress Inks (Pickled Raspberry and Spun Sugar)
Wink of Stella (clear)

Friday, January 16, 2015

Happy Hello featuring Mama Elephant + Altenew

Hello friends!  Today is certainly a happy day for husband has the next two days completely off (which doesn't happen often).  Wahoo!

I have two happy-inspired cards to share with you that I made featuring the Happy Everything stamp set from Mama Elephant and the Painted Flowers stamp set from Altenew.

The flowers are stamped with three shades of pink ink (Bubblegum, Lollipop, and Plumberry by Mama Elephant).

 I embossed the "happy" script die cut with liquid platinum embossing powder by Ranger and added the coordinating sentiment.  

I really love the Happy Everything stamp set!  It is so versatile and I decided to make another card.

 I finished the card off with 6mm pink sequins from the Sweetheart sequins mix from Pretty Pink Posh.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Thanks Snow Much

Hi friends and Happy 2015!  Hope everyone had a great holiday!  I really enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but it is now time to get back to reality.  On a happier note, I have a card to share with you that I made for the current Lawnscaping Challenge #97.

The challenge is to design a winter-themed project using some beautiful Pinterest-inspired images.  I love this idea because I'm not ready to put away my holiday stamps yet.  I came up with a playful thank you card perfect for winter:

I started by making the snowy background with distress inks (Faded Jeans and Evergreen Bough).  After inking the background, I used white embossing paste with the Falling Snow stencil. 

I knew I wanted to partially die cut the snowman and bird.  This was my first attempt at partial die cutting (my friend Lizzy has a great video tutorial on this technique) and it was fun!  I can't wait to try it again!

After stamping and coloring the snowman and bird, I embossed the thanks sentiment and snowflakes with iridescent embossing powder to add some shimmer to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by and happy crafting!


Lawn Fawn "Making Frosty Friends" stamp set and dies
Lawn Fawn "Winter Sparrows" stamp set and dies
Lawn Fawn "Stitched Snowflakes" dies
Lawn Fawn "Milo's ABCs" stamp set
Lawn Fawn "Scripty Thanks" die
Simon Says Stamp "Falling Snow" stencil
Judikin's "Iridescent Sparkle" Emobssing Powder