Monday, March 28, 2011

Just Wavin' Hello and a Giveaway

Hi there, everybody!
Happy Monday!
Here's hoping that this week will be a little
slower of pace, eh?
I could really do with an uneventful couple of days.
Bring on the boring!

I've got a card to share with you today
that I made a few weeks ago,
using some new Die-namics I ordered through
my local scrapbooking store.
I got the Flat Bottomed Clouds and

Also, as most of you know I've been
planning on doing a blog candy giveaway,
since I passed my one year blogoversary in January.
I've been amassing all this stuff for one big giveaway,
but then I got to thinking that it didn't seem very fun
to give away one big package once and be done.
So, after a lot of thought, I've decided to divide it up
and do a whole bunch of smaller giveaways
every month or two until I run out of stuff. ;o)
This way you also have more chances to win!

So here's the first giveaway:

One random commenter will win:
Lawn Fawn Year One catalog
Lawn Fawn "Fly Free" stamp set
Adt Candy Blossoms 5x7" paper pad
Cosmo Cricket "Tiny Type" alpha sticker sheet
American Crafts Elements glitter buttons

How to play:

1. Be a follower of my blog.
 It's a follower appreciation giveaway!

2. Leave a comment on THIS post.

3. Post a link to this giveaway on your blog,
Facebook, and/or Twitter.

You may leave a comment for EACH of the above
three steps, if you like, for a total of three comments.

The deadline will be this Friday evening at 11:59 PM.
Over the weekend, I'll print out the comments,
cut them into strips, and let my kids draw one.
I'll announce the winner next Monday morning.
The winner will have 48 hours to claim her prize,
otherwise a new name will be drawn,
so make sure to check back next Monday!

Good luck! Hope you all have a great day!

cardstock: Bazzill kraft
paper: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose Collection "Mabel"
stamp: Lawn Fawn "Critters In The Sea"
ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress in Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, and Tumbled Glass
copics: C01, C03, C05
die-namics: Flat Bottomed Clouds, Catch A Wave
twine: Papertrey Ink

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Bloom Where You Are Planted

Hi there!
Has this been a crazy, stressful week or what?
I haven't had a second to craft anything,
but I do have a card that I made last weekend
I'd only made one Color Splash card before this,
and I didn't realize I'd used too many colors
when I created this one.

So I made a new one for the challenge
and saved this one for tonight. :o)

Let's hope the rest of this week goes easier!
Night, night.

cardstock: Bazzill kraft
paper: Crate Paper "Restoration"
stamps: Lawn Fawn "Critters in the Burbs," "Bannerific," and "Harold's ABCs"
ink: Momento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Vintage Photo
embossing folder and staples: Tim Holtz
twine and button: Papertrey Ink

Monday, March 21, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #6

Happy Monday!
And welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #6!

Sounds fun, right?
And we've got a brand-new sponsor for this round!

Simon Says Stamp has been generous enough
to donate a $25 gift certificate to the winner.
You can buy a lot of crafty goodies with that!

For my card, I decided to go with classic
black and white for my neutrals
and a splash of hot pink for my color.

Please head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
for the official post and all the design team samples
and don't forget to stop at our individual blogs
and leave some crafty love.
and our guest designer

Also, don't forget that we've still got our
going on. Click here for that post.

Have a great day, everybody!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Lawnscaping/Wee Memories Bonus Challenge!

Today is a very special day!
Lawnscaping and Wee Memories are teaming up
for a very special Bonus Challenge!

I'm so excited, because these are my two
most favorite challenge blogs!
The challenge theme is Cute and Cuddly
and it couldn't be easier to participate.
It will run on both blogs, and we'll share the same InLinkz,
so no matter which blog you upload your submission to,
it will show up and automatically be entered on both!

Which means double chances to win!
The folks over at Wee Memories will still pick their winner
and we'll pick ours. Prizes will be awarded at both blogs.

The sponser for this challenge is:

Lawn Fawn! Yay!
And the prize on the Lawnscapings blog will be
the cutest stamp set to ever hit the Lawn Fawn shop:

Critters In The Forest!
Let me tell ya, I've been waiting for this set
for a long, long time!

We've also got two incredible Guest Designers
lined up for this challenge.
The lovely and brilliant Kelly Marie Alvarez,
owner of Lawn Fawn and stamper extraordinaire,
and Kathy Racossin of The Daily Marker,
incredible card artist and master of the white gel pen.

Onto my card:

And a little tip for you:
I didn't have a button to match, so I simply
took a yellow button and ran myYR09 Copic marker
around the rim to make it two-toned.
Easy peasy!

Now, please hop on over to the
Lawnscaping Challenge Blog for the official post,
then stop by the design team members blogs
and leave them some cute and cuddly comments!
and guest designers

And don't forget to also stop by the Wee Memories blog
and see what all their design team members have created!
It's going to be one, big, week-long party!

And stay tuned for Monday
for our regular Lawnscaping Challenge #6!

Happy crafting!

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: My Mind's Eye
stamps: Lawn Fawn "Partly Cloudy" and "Harold's ABCs"
ink: Jenni Bowlin "Spice Tin," "Chicken Feed," and "Lemon Drops"
distress ink: Ranger "Tumbled Glass"
punches: XL and L clouds by Fiskars
ribbon: Papertrey Ink
button: Froo-fa-la
twine: Papertrey Ink

Thursday, March 17, 2011

If Friends Were Flowers

Top o' the marnin' to ya!
I just wanted to pop in and wish you all
a happy St. Patty's day!

Are you wearing green?
I am! And shamrock socks. :o)

Anyway, I have to run to work,
but I wanted to quickly share a card I made
last weekend when I was in a creative flow.
It's not a St. Patrick's day card,
but I hope you'll like it anyway.

I made my background panel with lots
of strips of patterned paper, inspired by 
and the little flower embellishments
by cutting them out of patterned paper
and adhering them with pop dots.

Have a great day!

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: My Mind's Eye Stella & Rose "Hattie" 6x6 pad
stamp: Lawn Fawn
ink: Jenni Bowlin "Spice Tin", Ranger Distress "Vintage Photo

Monday, March 14, 2011

Hello there

Happy Monday, everybody!
It's going to be a great week, don't you think?
I don't know, for some reason I'm just
feeling extra cheerful this morning.

Maybe it has to do with the latest Lawn Fawn releases.
Have you seen them?
Eeek! Such adorable sets!
I'm already getting inspired.
Can't wait to get them and play.
I've been saving my pennies in advance!

Or maybe it's because last week's smothering
 of snow is melting again.
I don't know if we've quite seen the last of it yet,
but I'm eager for spring, aren't you?

Or maybe it's because I made three,
count them, THREE cards this weekend!
Yay, me!

I'll share just one of them today:

Another card using an adorable stamp from
I only ordered these two, (here's the other)
to try them out, but I already know
I'll be ordering more soon.
They're so cute, and fun to color!

I hope you all have an extraordinary day!
Thank you so much for stopping by
my little corner of the blogosphere today.
You make me happy. :o)

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: My Mind's Eye Sophia & Rose "Mabel" collection
stamp: Eat Cake Graphics "kitty on rocks", Lawn Fawn "Sophie's Sentiments"
ink: Tsukineko Momento Tuxedo Black
copics: C3, C5, C7, YG00, YG03, BG000, BG10, BG13, BG15, Y32, Y35, Y38, G14, G17, V04, V06, B0000
button twine: Papertrey Ink

Thursday, March 10, 2011

You Make Days Brighter

Well, it's officially morning!
I'm excited to share, what can I say?
So I'm going to go ahead and post my second card
before I head off to bed.

I was really inspired by two color challenges.
The palette is just gorgeous on both!

And also the ColourQ Challenge #75

They're similar enough that I thought
I could encorporate them both into one card.
Take a look:

I'd just gotten this adorable stamp from
Eat Cake Graphics that I knew I had to use.
It's actually an illustration from a children's book!
As a writer, you know how much I love that.
I wish more children's book illustrators would
jump on that bandwagon and turn their images into stamps.

The sentiment is from The Birds and The Bees by WPlus9
an adorable set that I can't wait to play more with.
Wrinkle ribbon from Danielle Walls at Neat & Tangled.
Gorgeous! And so fun to work with.

Anyway, I hope you like it!
I'm off to bed!

cardstock: Georgia Pacific
paper: My Mind's Eye "Fine and Dandy" true blue 6x6 pad
ink: Tsukineko Tuxedo Black, Jenni Bowlin Chicken Feed
copics: lots in the YR and BG families
ribbon: Neat & Tangled
button: American Crafts

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Let's Chit Chat

Hello, there!
Yesterday was such a rough day for me.
Nothing seemed to be going right.
By the time 8PM rolled around and I got the kids to bed,
I was in such a grumpy mood.
The last thing I wanted to do was craft.
I sat down at my desk, and started stamping anyway.
And you know what?
About five minutes into it,
I had completely forgotten about my bad day.
And by the time I was all finished, I was in a great mood!
In fact, I made TWO cards!
I almost never do that. Really.
So, I'll share one tonight, and one tomorrow.

Tonight's was made specifically for the

And here's my card:

I hope you like it!
Have a great night, everybody!

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: October Afternoon "Campfire"
stamp: Lawn Fawn "Critters In The Burbs"
ink: Tsukineko Momento in Tuxedo Black
copics: E13, E15, E19, YR04
twine: Papertrey Ink
alpha stickers: Cosmo Cricket "Tiny Type"

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #5

Hi there!
I am REALLY excited about this one.
It's super-challenging, but I also think it's the most fun.
It forces you to really think outside the box and use
your stamps in ways you might not have ever imagined.
But once you do, it will open your eyes
to so many possibilities and new ideas!

The prize this go-round is fabulous.
Especially with all the adorable new Lawn Fawn
stamp sets releasing next week.
You just might pick one up for free!

So, I bet you're curious to see the card, right?
I decided to take the bear and the igloo from
Critters in the Snow and turn it into a Happy Spring card.

To get my textured cave and mountain,
I spritzed some Bazzill cardstock with water,
crumpled it up good and tight, and unfolded it.
I spritzed it again with just a light mist of perfect pearls
to give it just a hint of shimmer, like mineral deposits.
After it was dry, I ran it through my Cuttlebug to flatten it out.

I tore up the tan piece into a mountain-like shape,
then stamped the igloo on the back of the gray
and cut just above the outline to make it slightly larger.
I cut out a little opening and filled it with a scrap of black.

For my background, I drew some clouds onto
 Inkadinkado masking paper, cut them out and adhered,
then did some distressing to create my grass and sky.
Some punched flowers became my crocuses,
and all that was left was to wake up my bear from hibernation!

For even more inspiration, please visit the
Lawnscaping Challenge blog and see the rest of
the Design Team's creations, then visit their personal
blogs to get all the crafty details!
guest designer
and Lawnscaping Challenge #4 winner
and guest designer

Have a great day, everybody.
Go stare at your stamps with fresh eyes!
Be inspired and create!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Sending Smiles

Have you all been as busy as I have this week?
Woah, I hardly know which way is up anymore!
I haven't had any extra time to get crafty,
but I really wanted to participate in the
for Operation Write Home.
It's such a worthy cause.

Once again I'm down to the wire.
I think the challenge closes in a half hour
or something like that.
So I'm just going to jump straight into the card.
Here it is:

Since these cards are for soldiers
to send to their families back home,
I thought this card would be appropriate.
I hope it brings some joy
to one of our great men or women
defending our country and our freedom.

Because of them,
we sleep in peace tonight.

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: cosmo cricket
stamp: Lawn Fawn "Sending Smiles"
twine: PTI


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