Friday, August 31, 2018

Reveal Wheel Lawn Fawn Feature

Today I'm so excited to be featured over on the Lawn Fawn blog along with my fellow Fawnatic Joyce in a fun double-feature. We'll both be using the same products to create a card -- I can't wait to see how hers came out! For all the details be sure to head on over.

This was my first attempt at a Reveal Wheel card and I have to say it was a lot of fun to make! Check out the video below to see how this card came together or click the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD. And don't forget to like and subscribe! Thanks so much for visiting!

Snappy Birthday

Hey friends! Hope you're having a happy, snappy Friday! Today I'm sharing a card featuring these adorable reptiles from Neat & Tangled Later Alligator. Aren't they just the cutest? I colored them in with Copics and trimmed them out with the matching dies.

To create my focal panel, I used MFT's Elegant Rectangle STAX to die cut some pale aqua cardstock and added Grassy Hills in light and dark green and two clouds from Cloud 9. I adhered my images with liquid glue and set that aside.

I trimmed down my Fun & Frolic patterned papers with the A2 Stitched Rectangle STAX Set 2 for the larger stripe, which leaves that nice border around the edge, and trimmed the orange print with my paper trimmer to 2 1/2'' tall by 3 3/4'' wide. I glued those both down and added my focal panel over top with some foam tape. To finish it off, I added a white heat-embossed sentiment cut out using one of the Blueprints 29 Die-namics.

I also did some fun stamping on the inside, which you can check out in the video below. Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like and subscribe! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Sweet Birthday - Lawn Fawnatics August Feature

Hey friends! Today I'm lucky enough to be  featured today over on the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog with another sweet card for our Coffee, Tea, and Treats Challenge. For this one I go over some tips on how to make your own custom patterned paper, incase you have a certain project in mind but don't have any in your stash to match.

And of course, a card like that needs a video to go with it, so I have a tutorial for this one as well. Speaking of coffee, tea, and treats, you might want to go get some and binge-watch some Lawn Fawn goodness! Thanks so much for watching!

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things - August

Welcome! Today I'm so excited to bring you the August edition of Christy Gets Crafty with My Favorite Things! I was so inspired by this month's releases to make a dance recital card featuring a bunny ballerina that actually leaps back and forth across the stage!

I started by stamping my bunny ballerina and two flower accents from Tutu Trio, coloring them with Copics, and trimming them out with the matching dies. Then I created a stage by masking off the bottom and sponging on some Mustard Seed Distress ink for the spotlight, and Gathered Twigs for the floor. The Take the Stage Die-namics are the perfect accent to add the drama and really make it look like a recital stage. I cut them out of Chili Powder cardstock and added yellow tie-backs to match the spotlight glow.

The bunny ballerina definitely needed to be able to leap to and fro, so I used one of the slider dies from Hit the Slopes to cut out a channel. For my slider mechanism I used two pennies with an oval Slider Element glued between. Then I adhered my bunny on top with some more liquid glue, ensuring that her feet would touch the ground on the left and right, and soar high above the stage when she reached the center. As a finishing touch I added some Crystal Stickles to the bunny's wings and tutu, and to the background and the flower by her ear.

If you'd like to see how this card came together, you can click below or find it on MFT's YouTube Channel. I hope you enjoy it! If you do, be sure to leave me a comment, and hit that thumb's up button while your at it, so the lovely folks over at MFT know I'm doing a good job. Your support means the world! Thanks so much for stopping by!

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!


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