Monday, August 20, 2018

Crow Picnic - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #35


Hi friends! Happy Monday and welcome to another Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This round is all about coffee, tea, and treats, and my favorite summertime treat is watermelon. I've been listening to an audiobook lately that was talking about crows, which I've always been kinda fascinated with, so I thought it would be fun to combine to two and create a little picnic for them.


I combined two seasonal sets, Happy Harvest and Happy Summer, colored my images with Copic markers, and trimmed them out with the matching dies. For my focal panel, I cut out a piece of light aqua cardstock with the Cross-Stitched Square Stackables, and layered a Grassy Border and Simple Stitched Hillside Border overtop. I added a small white cloud from Spring Showers to the top right corner to finish setting the background scene.


To my Noble Fir card base, I added a piece of red gingham patterned paper from the Doodlebug Down on the Farm 6x6 to resemble a picnic blanket. I cut that out with the Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables so the dark green edge would show to mimic the watermelon rind. Then I added a polaroid frame from Say Cheese, Again and popped my focal panel inside that. To anchor it down, I added a little strip of washi tape at the top and bottom. As a finishing touch I used Glossy Accents on the crow's beaks and on the red of the watermelon.


I also did some fun stamping on the inside with Noble Fir ink, which you can check out in the video. Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like and subscribe! It means the world!


And now it's time to head over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing design team projects. And don't forget to link up your coffee, tea, and treat themed projects for your chance to win!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Happy Bee-day


Hey friends! Today I'm buzzing with excitement to bring you this honey sweet card using Hello Bluebird Bee Happy. These adorable, industrious little honey bees just make me smile. I colored my images with Copic markers and trimmed them out with the matching dies.


All of my color choices were inspired by the Echo Park Have Faith 6x6 pad. I really love the mix of patterns and colors in this collection! I trimmed out my patterned papers with Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables, Lawn Fawn Scalloped Circle StackablesLawn Fawn Circle Stackables and Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Banner Duo 1. If you'd like some tips on how to choose and layer patterned papers, be sure to watch the video tutorial. To finish things off, I added some Crystal Stickles and a sprinkle of Studio Katia Iridescent Crystals


Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like and subscribe! Your support means everything! Thanks so much for watching! Have a great day!


Monday, August 6, 2018

Castles on the Hill - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge


Hey friends! Today I'm excited to bring you a fun, new Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This time we're recreating our favorite place. Have you ever done such a thing? I hadn't! 

When I first saw this one, I was stumped, but then when I thought about the place I love to go most, an idea started to form. Could I execute it though? I hurriedly flipped through all my Lawn Fawn stamps and realized that maybe, just maybe, I could bring my idea to life.


My favorite place I've ever been in the whole world is Die Burgen von Neckarsteinach. It's a nature park in Germany, near where I used to live, and my husband's family still lives. In English, the name is the Castles of Neckarsteinach, and the park is exactly that. You hike up thickly wooded cliffs with steep drops down to the Neckar River below. Then all of a sudden you turn a corner and BAM! There's a castle.





There are four castles on the cliff, and the legend goes that they were owned by four brothers who were "land pirates," demanding taxes and fees from any passing ships and plundering those that did not immediately pay up. Supposedly this is a myth, but it sure makes a good story!



The oldest castle first appeared on record in 1142. The second was built around 1200, and the third somewhere between 1220-1230. The newest castle was built in 1335. Can you imagine? That's 157 years BEFORE Columbus discovered America! Three hundred and fifty years for the first one. And they're still standing! Unbelievably, people still live in the two "middle aged" castles, so you can't go inside them.



But the youngest and oldest (third and fourth from where they sit on the cliff) are in ruins and free for the public to explore. Pictures do not do these towering, massive structures justice. They're almost impossible to capture within the frame of a photo because they're just that imposing, with high, dark towers and hundreds of steps that lead you up dizzying heights.





From the entrance gate of the third castle, you get a stunning view of the fourth in the distance, and that is what I tried to capture in my card today. 

I started by stamping out the sand castle from Life is Good, the fish tank castle from Fintastic Friends, and the pirate ship from Lovable Legends. I colored them all with Copics and trimmed them out with the matching dies.


Since the vista is so expansive, I thought a good way to showcase bits and pieces of it was with the Peekaboo Backdrop, which kind of pulled everything in a little bit closer, so you can get a broader view. I used the Puffy Cloud Borders and Stitched Hillside Borders to fill in all my greenery, and drew and cut out the river by hand, adhering everything using the Glue Tube.

I stamped my greeting from Reveal Wheel Sentiments in Chili Pepper ink and trimmed it out with one of the Everyday Sentiment Banners and adhered it to the center of the card. To finish it off, I added a German sentiment to the inside, along with the large castle image. How do you think I did?


If you'd like to see this card come together, watch below! Or click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD. And don't forget to like and subscribe! It means the world.


No matter how many times I visit the Castles of Neckarsteinach, or "the castles on the hill" as I used to call it before I could learn and remember the name, I never grow tired of them. Someday I'd like to go back and take a notebook with me and spend some time alone. Did I mention that one of them even has a little writing desk? At least, that's what I'd use it for. There, overlooking the Neckar River, surrounded by the same ancient forests where Grimm's Fairytales were born, I'd let my imagination (and my pen!) run wild.



I hope you've enjoyed this little journey to my favorite place. But now it's time to head over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing Design Team samples. Then you can get to work creating projects inspired by your favorite place! I can't wait to travel with you!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Swell Birthday


Hey friends, happy Friday! Today I'm excited to bring you a cute card using Avery Elle Sea-Prise! All three of my sons, plus my brother and nephew are super into sharks, so this set was a must have for me! I, personally, am terrified of sharks, but this one here is just about the friendliest one I've ever seen. I colored him and his puffer friend with Copics and trimmed them out with the matching dies.


I die cut the Avery Elle Oval Burst out of some white cardstock, and three shades of blue cardstock with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Wave Borders. I stamped the school of fish on each wave panel, plus a sentiment on the lightest one using Lawn Fawn MermaidMerman, and Deep Sea inks. 

I layered the darker two waves, plus a strip of pale blue for the sky behind the Oval Burst using foam tape for some added dimension, and adhered the lightest wave on top of the panel with Scor-tape. I added my images to complete the scene, then finished the card off with some Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Clear Droplets.


I included a clever sentiment and some more stamping on the inside of the card, which you can check out in the video. Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like and subscribe! I really appreciate it!


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Happy Birthday Moose


Happy Monday, friends! Today I'm excited to bring you a card using the cutest set I've seen in a while -- the new Hello Bluebird Moose and Friends! I absolutely adore these sweet woodland critters! I had such an enjoyable time coloring these guys up with Copic markers. I used neutral colors for my critters and then went bright and colorful with my accessories. When I was done, I trimmed them out with the matching dies.



For my background, I trimmed out some Bristol Smooth Surface cardstock with the Mama Elephant Femme Frames (now included in the Basic Set) and watercolored a dusk sky using Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens. Once it was dry, I adhered my images with liquid glue, then popped the focal panel up with foam tape over some Echo Park Happy Birthday Girl 6x6 patterned papers. And as a final touch, I added some Crystal Stickles to glitz things up a bit!


I continued the sentiment onto the inside and did some other stamping as well with Lawn Fawn Fresh Lavender ink, which you can check out in the video. Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like and subscribe! I so appreciate it!


Thanks so much for stopping! Have a great day!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Lift the Flap Camera Card - Lawn Fawnatics July Feature


Hey friends, today I'm thrilled to be featured over on the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog with a fun camera-shaped card with an interactive Lift the Flap feature! The lens opens to reveal some sweet Wild for You critters in the viewfinder.


I'll have more photos and all the details over there, so please head over and check it out. If you'd like to see how this card came together, I also filmed a video tutorial. Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like and subscribe!


You still have time to play along in our Fun Fold Challenge! I can't wait to see what you create!




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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things - July


 Howdy, pardners! Today I'm super excited to bring you the July edition of Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things! The minute I saw the new Birdie Brown Saddle Up & Celebrate stamp set, I knew I had to use it! When my boys were little, they were OBSESSED with the TV show The Dukes of Hazard, and used to run around with cowboy hats and boots shouting lines from their favorite characters. These cute images took me right back to that place.

I colored my images with Copics and trimmed them out with the matching dies. Then I wanted to create a desert landscape for my cowboy to roam around in, so I used the CloudDrifts & Hills, and Grassy Edges stencils along with some Distress inks for a sunset scene.


Then to break that up a little bit and add another fun element, I cut the Happy Birthday Block out of some Grout Gray Cardstock, popped all the letters out and popped it up over top with foam tape.

I trimmed out my sentiment with one of the Blueprints 29 Die-namics and adhered that across some of the letters in a way that enables you to still read the cutout saying.


I also did some fun stamping on the inside, which you can check out in the video. You can find it on MFT's YouTube channel, or click below! Please be sure to hit that thumb's up icon if you enjoy the video, and leave me a comment! I love to read your encouraging words.


Thanks so much for stopping by!

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