Monday, September 1, 2014

Many Thanks - Lawnscaping Challenge #89


Hello, everyone! Happy Labor Day to my friends here in the States! I hope you're enjoying this last holiday of summer and picnicking with people you love. Today we bring you Lawnscaping Challenge #89 - One Layer.


If you are unsure what qualifies as "one-layer" I like to define it as nothing but the actual card base itself. I used to find these cards the most difficult of all to produce, but I'm happy with the way my card turned out this time. 

I needed a thank you card for our realtor, who has been doing such a great job helping us on our house hunt, so I stamped out the houses from Home Sweet Home in Versafine Onyx Black and watercolored them with my Distress Inks.

Special thanks to the lovely folks at Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring our challenge with a $25 gift certificate to their store. We appreciate them so much! 

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Please head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog to check out the other amazing design team samples and link up your projects to play along! See you there.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Boo Fun Oct 31


Happy Friday, everyone! Here in our house we are rounding out the first full week of school, and man am I exhausted! But I also feel like we're finally getting back into the swing of things, and I'm looking forward to my days off next week for a little crafty quiet time.

Until then, I did manage to eek out a few moments to myself this week to create a sneak peek for Crafter's Companion's upcoming, first-ever Halloween release. The minute I saw this Trick Or Treat image, I knew it was the one I wanted to use. These kiddos in costume are just too cute!

I paired it with some Doodlebug paper and colored it to match with my Spectrum Noir markers in shades: FS1, FS3, PP1, PP2, TN6, TN7, GB1, GB2, GB3, LV1, LV2, LV3, CG3, EB7, BG6, BG7, OR1, and OR2. I have another super fun idea using this set, so make sure to stop back to see it next week!

Have an awesome weekend!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Snow Much Fun


How is your weekend going so far? I hope you're enjoying it and finding a little time to yourself to get crafty. Tonight I'm sharing another sweet image from the new Party Paws Christmas line. This one is called Snow Much Fun and it was super fun to color with my Spectrum Noirs in shades BG1, BG2, BG6, BG8, DR3, DR5, DR6, LG3, LG5, JG1, BT1, and BT2. 

I'm hoping to get a little more crafting done tomorrow evening. Who else has got a busy week ahead?

Monday, August 18, 2014

You're A Hoot - Lawnscaping Challenge #88


Hiya! Welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #88! This round is all about texture, one of my most favorite things to add to a project! I can't wait to see how you guys run with this one! Our winner will receive a FREE stamp set of their choice, courtesy of the lovely folks at Lawn Fawn. And just in time for their new release!


For my project, I decided to do a sneak of some of those new goodies that will be releasing August 28th. I used the new Goodie Bag die, Sweater Weather paper (along with an older sheet of Into The Woods paper for the actual bag), and the You're A Hoot stamp set, which I was lucky enough to snatch up last Black Friday, but will now be available in their store to everyone. I also used some of the new wood veneer leaves and a leaf sequin from last year's fall release.

My texture is subtle, the pinked edge detail on the goodie bag, the embellishments and twine, the layered tags… also, that delicious dark chocolate Reece's Peanut Butter Cup, which I will confess I devoured while the photos were uploading. ;) But a goodie bag calls for some staging, don't you think?

Please head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog and check out the other amazing DT projects and link up your own to play along. I'll see you there!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Christmas Cuddles


Working on Christmas cards again. Do you have a pile started yet? I've got half a dozen or so so far, and if I keep up this rate, I should be in decent shape by the time December rolls around. :)

Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of the soon-to-be-released Party Paws Christmas by Crafter's Companion. This cute image is called "Christmas Cuddles" and is one of my favorites! I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers in shades: BG1, BG2, BG6, BG8, DR3, DR5, DR6, LG3, LG5, JG1, and JG3. I also used Die'sire Decorative Dies "Scalloped Tags" dies and I have to say I'm in love! Such a fun way to do a focal panel.

Stay tuned for the full release of Party Paws Christmas! Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Where The Anchor Drops - Guesting with Sweet Stamp Shop


Hey everyone! Today I am happy to reveal that I am one of the August guest designers for the Sweet Stamp Shop and I've got a fun watercolor card to share using my Distress Markers and two of the new August releases: Beach Bum and Sail Away Sayings.

And I've got a video tutorial as well, showing you how to get that lovely blend of surf and sky that leads the eye out past the horizon. Can't you almost hear the seagull's cry and the waves crash against the shore? 

Make sure to check out these stamps and more at the Sweet Stamp Shop! And stay tuned for more upcoming projects using later this month featuring the August release.

Have an awesome day! 


Friday, August 8, 2014

Pop Up Gift Card Holder


Alright! So yesterday I showed you guys the little pop up wallet-style gift card holder that I figured out by lots of trial and error. Today I'm bringing you the tried-and-tested version that I filmed on video for you all. This clever pop up mechanism that makes the gift card stand up when opened is really best showcased on video.



For this version, I stamped my focal image using SoufflĂ© the Duck from  Popcorn The Bear "Someone Special" and colored that in with my Spectrum Noirs in colors IB1, OR1, OR2, CT3, CT4, CG1, CG3, CG4, and BT1. Then I die cut that out with the Die'sire Essentials Ovals and Scalloped Ovals from Crafter's Companion.

I hope you enjoy the video! Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch there in HD, and please don't forget to thumbs-up, comment, and subscribe! All that you do means so much. Thanks so much for watching!



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