Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Stuck On You

Hello, again!
If you're Facebook Friends with me,
you already know that my Monday did not 
exactly go as planned.
I had all these errands I "HAD" to get done,
but ended up being home with a very sick little boy.

I decided to make the best of it though,
and used the time he was resting
to get some crafting in.

I knew I had to use her card's layout as
inspiration for a card of my own.
Here's what I came up with:

I used Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Forest
for my stamped images and colored 
them in with Copic markers.
The cardstock is Papertrey Ink's 
Rustic Cream -- love those little fiber flecks,
and the paper is from My Mind's Eye.
Alphas are Cosmo Cricket's Tiny Type.

I hope you like it!
Have you played along in 
If not, head over there and see if you can
figure out which card is mine, and which cards
belong to the rest of the Design Team.
There's a great prize up for grabs!

Have a fantastic day today!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Lawnscaping Guess The Designer Game

Happy Monday, everybody!
Today myself and the rest of the Lawnscaping
Design Team have something really fun in store for you!
We're playing "Guess The Designer!"

Each of the design team members have made a card,
and if you are able to correctly guess whose is whose,
you will be eligible to win a fantastic prize --
a brand-new Lawn Fawn stamp set!

So please hop over to the 
if you can "Guess The Designer!"

Monday, August 22, 2011

You're So Tweet

Hey there, Peeps! ;o)
How are you this fine Monday morning?
Getting all ready for back-to-school?
My kids start back on Wednesday, 
and I'll tell you a little secret --
I can't wait!
But I'm sad too. I love my boys.
But I also love the feeling of sending them
off into the wide world of knowledge
and picking them back up and seeing
the new information shining in their eyes.
Love hearing about their days.
Love writing little notes for their lunchboxes.
Love the smell of paper and pencils 
when I clean out their backpacks.
Kinda makes me wish I could go back myself.

Ah, but enough reminiscing.
How about a card?
I made this sweet little number
using a stamp from My Favorite things.
The background was my attempt
at sundown -- not a great job, but it'll do.

Hope you like it!
Have a tweet day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

And The Winner Is...

It's time! It's time!
I'm so excited to announce the winner of my 
100 Follower Appreciation Giveaway!

But quickly, before I do, 
I want to take the opportunity to thank
each and every one of you who left a comment
and participated -- you were all so sweet, 
I wish I could give out a prize to every one of you.

Speaking of prizes, let's take one more look
at what the lucky winner will receive:

I used random.org to select the winner, 
which happened to be commenter #31,

Simone, please contact me at 
penciledwhimsies at gmail dot com
and let me know which Lawn Fawn
stamp set you would like to receive,
so I can place the order and get your prize
package sent out to you.


Have a great night, everybody!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Lawnscaping Challenge #16

Hi there!

And we have a brand-new sponsor for you this round:
Jenni has a wide range of amazing products.
I'm particularly fond of her inks -- they're my favorites!

I had a really difficult time brainstorming
for this challenge -- ONE layer?
No patterned paper? No ribbon? No buttons?
No foam dimesionals?

It took me completely out of my comfort zone.
But you know what? I'm glad it did.
Because it's good to challenge yourself in new ways.

Here's what I came up with:

I used Lawn Fawn's Critters in the Forest
and Bon Voyage, and LOTS of masking on this card.
I started with a 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 square, then cut out
a center square from the middle. 
I left the outer square mask on, and did my stamping
and distress inking and coloring in the middle,
using lots MORE masking for my scene
(Inkadinkado Stamp Masking Paper is my secret weapon).
When I had the focal image the way I wanted it,
I put the center square mask back on,
then took off the outer square and replaced it with
strips of masking paper, which I alternately pulled up
and either distressed with Ranger Vintage Photo distress ink,
or painted with a Jenni Bowlin paint dabber in Malted Milk.
The effect is kinda cool.
I hope you like it!

Please go visit the rest of the design team
and see their amazing samples of a one-layer card:
and our fabulous guest designer

And don't forget to check out the Lawnscaping blog
for all the details on how to enter this fun challenge.

Also, I want to remind you that today is the last day
so please do that if you haven't yet.
The comments will close at midnight
and the winner will be announced tomorrow.
Best of luck to all of you!

Have a great day!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Get Well Soon

Hello, again! Happy Friday! 
Are you ready for the weekend?

Today I have a card to share with you
that I made a few weeks ago for a friend
who was experiencing some health issues.
I wasn't able to post it earlier, since
she might have seen it here,
but now that she's received it, it's safe. ;o)

I used an adorable Lili of the Valley stamp, 
colored with Copic Markers
and some sweet October Afternoon papers.

I couldn't find a place to put the sentiment on 
the front, so I stamped it on the inside.
That way it lets the image really be the star.

Anyway, I hope you like it!
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Have Fun!

Hey, all!
How are you this fine Thursday?
Thursday is my favorite day of the week,
because it's the night my writer's group meets.
We always have such a good time.

It's been a while since I've played in any challenges,
so last night I decided to visit the 
Color Throwdown blog and saw that they had their
#153rd challenge posted.
I got inspired by these colors right away.

The colors spoke "masculine" to me,
which is great, because I need to challenge myself
 to make more boyish cards.
Here's what I came up with:

I inked up an Elzybells stamp that I'd been
wanting to use, and colored him in with Copic markers.
This was my first time doing a suntan,
and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.

iCopic is also having a skin tones challenge
(thanks for the head's up, Laurel!)
so I'll also be entering it over there.

These "Good Day Sunshine" papers from
My Mind's Eye just fit this image perfectly.

Hope you all have a wonderful evening!
I'm off to get some writing time in 
before the meeting tonight.
Have fun!

Monday, August 1, 2011

100 Follower Appreciation Giveaway!

Hey everyone!
I'm so excited to be writing this blog post tonight.
You guys have been so great to me this last year and
a half since I started blogging, and I want you to know
how very much I appreciate you all.

As I mentioned earlier, I recently hit 
100 followers here on my blog, 
a pretty big milestone, and one I'm so grateful for.
To show my thanks, I want to put up a big
blog candy giveaway of some of my most favorite things.

Here's a look at what's up for grabs:

I know there's a lot to see, so I thought I'd
break it down for you into a couple detail pics.

This blog candy includes:
Cosmo Cricket Glubers
Doodlebug Alpha Rub-ons
3 Cosmo Cricket Tiny Type Alphas
Glitz Stickers
Tombow Dot Runner Adhesive

My own Lawn Fawn's Critter's on the Farm 
is standing in here, but the winner will actually receive 
one Lawn Fawn stamp set of their choice
Basic Grey's Hello Luscious 6x6 pad
Tim Holtz for Sizzix embossing folder 2 pack
Prima Pearl Flourish
2 Queen & Co Adhesive Gem packs

And last but not least, a pack of
Pebbles Felt Flower Embellishments
American Crafts Glitter Buttons
Liquid Pearls in Pewter
Copic Multiliner Pen in 0.03
Sakura Stardust Clear Glitter Gel Pen
and 4 fabulous ribbon trims of 1 yard each.

To enter:
You MUST be a follower of this blog.
It's a follower appreciation giveaway, 
so no negotiations on that one.
If you are not already a follower, 
you may still become one to be eligible.

If you'd like to put the first blog candy picture
 up on the sidebar of your blog, 
I'd sure appreciate it, and for that
you may have an extra entry.

And last, if you want to pass on the word
by posting the link to my blog candy giveaway
on Facebook or Twitter, that'd be great.
When it comes to blogs, word of mouth is everything,
isn't it? I know I've found some of your wonderful blogs
by being linked up by others I admire.
So if you pass on the word of the giveaway,
you get a third entry.

Please leave one comment on this post
for each of these things you have done,
for a total of three possible entries per person.

The contest will run for two weeks.
It is open to anyone, anywhere in the world.
On August 15th, I will draw the winner
and make the announcement on August 16th.

Thank you all again, so much.
Love you girls! You make every day worthwhile.
Good luck to every one of you!

Lawnscaping Challenge #15

Hello, there! 

This challenge is all about distressing.
You can use inks, edge distressers, crackle paint,
whatever, as long as it gives your card that distressed look.

The winner of this round is going to get a pretty 
awesome prize -- a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!

On to my card. 
This round I wanted to go a little shabby fabby on y'all!
I found this great hot pink zebra print ribbon
on a recent craft store trip,
and I knew I had to use it somehow.
I brought out my Echo Park "Be Mine" collection,
and Lawn Fawn's How Delightful stamp set.
I also tossed in some cool gauzy ribbon
and some sparkly gems.

Something different for me, but I hope you like it!
Now please go and check out the other Design Team
members' amazing creations:
and our newest DT member,
the adorable Vera Yates!
We also have sweet and multi-talented
joining us for our August guest designer!

When you're all through with that, please 
don't forget to stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
for all the details on how to enter.

One last thing before I go:
I recently hit 100 followers here on my blog,
and to show my immense gratitude to all you lovely people,
I am doing a big blog candy giveaway, 
which I will announce later on today. 
It will be a follower-appreciation giveaway,
so you MUST be a follower of this blog to be
eligible to win. Just a head's up. ;o)
So please stop back for that.

Have a great day everybody!


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