Sunday, July 23, 2017

Shark Week!

In observance of one of my favorite summertime events - Shark Week! - I put together this cute pop-up box card to celebrate.  I am not certain how long Shark Week has been around but I was first introduced to it while vacationing with my sister and her family at the OBX in 2008.  One evening, after a glorious day of sun, sand and surf at the beach, we settled in for a little movie time.  When we switched on the TV, up popped the Discovery Channel's "SHARK WEEK!" ...and from that moment forward, a Shark Week fan was born :) Sharks are frightening and fascinating to this open-water phobe.   So watching hours of sharks sharks sharks - and sharks is the perfect way to reinforce all my irrational fears ;)  Thanks, Jaws - LOL! 

Here is the outside of the card:

when it pops open, here's what you see:

I used the Lawn Fawn Scallop Box Card Pop Up dies to create the card and then embellished it with Avery Elle Hello Chum, Lawn Fawn Duh Nuh (I love it just for the name - LOL!),  Neat and Tangled, and Hero Arts stamps.  The following elements came from Etsy shops:  sunny background paper digi paper from  Scrapbook Gems , the buoy and SHARK sentiment from  Emily Peterson Studio and the cute seagull digi is from Pattiescreations. The printed paper

I added dimension to the waves in the background as well as the splashes beneath the shark with Marvy Uchida snow pen.

Here's a look from the side.

Have a great week!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider Die Card

I'm going to post a video and hopefully it works.

I made a card using the Lawn Fawn Magic Color Slider die and it turned out so cute!  


Here are the supplies I used:

Lawn Fawn Magic Slider die
Lawn Fawn Push Here stamp set
Love Cynthia Mermaid Kisses stamp set (color slider colored with copics)
My Favorite Things Mermazing stamp set
craft plastic
Staz On ink
Memento ink
Papertrey ink cardstock
assorted sequins

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Some Bunny

Hello All,

Easter is just around the corner so I'm sharing a card I made using the Close to My Heart stamp set of the month (I think February 2017), called Easter Bunny:

I *love* this little bunny!  I stamped her with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored her with copics.  Her Sunday-best dress is paper-pieced :)  The sentiment is from the stamp set as well. It's stamped with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Ranger white super fine embossing powder. The *gorgeous* digital paper is from the Etsy shop, Grepic.  It's called, "antique flowers."  I am obsessed with it!  The blush flowers look amazing with the Stampin' Up blush cardstock.  It's die cut with a Mama Elephant dies, the scalloped circle and frame from the All prettied up set.

The inside holds another sentiment from the stamp set and I fussy cut a few flowers from the digi paper:

The paper peony is from the Giant Flowers Cricut cartridge.  I have been playing around with them and this is one of the practice ones as I *finally* discovered -- after making half of dozen of them - if I doubled up on all the petal pieces, including the center, they are fuller and are actually quite pretty! Peonies are my favorite so the plan is for a whole bouquet of doubled-petaled ones.  They are just a tad time-consuming so I am pacing myself.

I am in training again for work this week and next.  It's a whole lot of information to cram into 2 weeks so I'm really hoping for some quality craft room time this weekend!  If not, I'm pretty sure my brain will explode - LOL!  

Have a great week!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Lawn Fawn Birthday Challenge!

Hello All!

It's been awhile since I played along with any card challenges but I'm so excited for this:

I *love* Lawn Fawn and now they are hosting challenges - woo hoo!!

Their first challenge is to celebrate their 7th year and you are to create a birthday themed project featuring a Lawn Fawn product.  The prize is a $25 Lawn Fawn gift certificate and entries are due by April 2nd.  I'm cutting it closer than I would have liked but I made it!
Here is my card:

I used Big Scripty Words stamps and matching dies along with Baked with Love stamps and matching dies to create this scene of enchanted little birds working together to bake up some birthday cupcakes for someone special.

Each image is colored with copics.  Dimensional foam adhesive helped with the 3D effect :)

I'm linking up!

Lawn Fawnatics - Challenge #1

Have a great weekend :)

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Signs of Spring

Hello All!

Well, as disappointed as I am that winter was a farce this year, it's surprising to me how happy it made me to see the daffodils blooming under the tree in the front yard.  That little wink of bright yellow is so delightful!  Those little daffies were the inspiration I needed to shake off the last remnants of the winter that wasn't and breathe fresh air into the house.  My dining room is my homage to them.

The last time you saw my dining room it was done up in its Christmas finery and looked like this:

and now that Spring has sprung...

It started with planning what silk flowers I would use.  The first choice was to use silk daffodils but I just didn't like the way the looked.  Luckily, the faux forsythia branches saved the day!  I love how the mirror behind them reflects them back!  Generally, I wanted to lighten the feel in here with simplicity and bright colors.  For the winter months, I love using faux fur and chunky knit throws so for spring, the natural color linen feels breezy.

To bring the forsythia to the table, I used these gorgeous green vases to display them:

I layered different sizes and heights of clear glass candlesticks --my favorite!  It makes the table look bright and airy.

The tree slice centerpiece is a nod, even if it's just a small one, to my love of live edge dining tables (Arhaus has them and they are stunning!  Check them out HERE.  I enjoyed browsing their website for other inspiration too HERE.)  The yellow etched glass candlesticks are vintage and thrifted also.

I really like the look of the natural bark edge among all the pretty glass!

The place settings are a combination of thrifted vintage glassware (Imperial Glass Candlewick and Anchor Hocking Block Optic) along with new dinner plates I found at Pier 1 (Field Notes).  The stemware is Lenox Firelight.  I used vintage gold plate flatware (thrifted) and tiny glass bud vases/place card holders (also thrifted).

I had every intention of using the Williams Sonoma bunny plates I bought a few years ago.  However, these plates caught my eye because of the yellow-leafed branches.  They really are perfect!  With a sale and purchase incentives, the set of 6 cost around $40.

I layered it with my trusty candlewick:

...and tucked a wisp of forsythia into the glass bud vase.  I might end up hosting brunch this year so I wanted to add a coffee cup and salad plate (Anchor Hocking Block Optic).  It added even more yellow to the table.

Please ignore the fact the flatware isn't placed properly in this pic!

This forsythia wreath on the thrifted antique mirror brings in the eggs from the plates.  The little purple flowers keeps it from being too matchy/matchy

It really is lighter and brighter in here!

The sweet bunny pillow came from TJ Maxx.  I bought one for myself and another for my sister, Shelly.  I know she'll love it!

There is one more--well, two more--items I'm going to add to the decor.  I found these at Arhaus and they will be so great in here!  They will sit next to the forsythia branches on the buffet.

I wanted to share the antique mantel even though I have only just started with it.  I found that awesome silver plate eperne at Bthrifty ($3) and I cannot wait to use it to create a live flower arrangement.  I also found the giant basket ($4.50).  I'm considering putting some forsythia branches in it too but might just go with some silk hydrangea.   The adorable linen and gold flag banner was on the clearance rack at TJ Maxx.

Happy Spring!  Have a great week :)

Friday, March 3, 2017

Is it Easter yeti?

Hello All!

Isn't this the cutest un-abominable snowman you've ever seen!!  He's from the BB Beast Friends stamp set from My Favorite Things.  I colored him with copics and the egg he's holding is from the Mama Elephant Just Hatched stamp set (another favorite!).  The card was cut using a Sizzix flip card die.  The card stock is lemon tart from Papertrey Ink and the pattern paper from DCWV.

This is just a funny little card I made for my sister who is supposed to visit for Easter.  I'm ready for her to be here and thought this was a funny way to tell her!  I figured she would get a kick out of this furry little guy holding an Easter egg.  Once you flip open the card, you find the egg has hatched!

and the broken egg has fallen to the ground:

I'm looking so forward to the weekend!  I have been working an alternate work schedule which means I put in extra hours each week but then I get to have a day off every two weeks and today is my day off - woo hoo!  I'm already dreaming about what stamps I'm going to be coloring up!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Exploding Box

Hello All,

I made this little exploding box for a co-worker.  I will admit it was a bit self-serving because while it held a little gift for baby, it doubles as a brag she can fill it with pictures of the baby to share with with of us at work!

Here it is closed.  The nursery had a vintage sports theme so I tried to incorporate little sports nods throughout.

When you open it, the pages fall open revealing a sweet little pair of "sneaker" booties (Buy Buy Baby).

I used digital paper from Lilly Bimble,  Little Prints Party and Below Blink.  The image is Bella, from Whippersnappers.

With a little masking, and addition of a clip art baseball cap, little Bella became a little slugger :) He's colored with Copic markers.

This is one of my all-time favorite stamps because the image is perfect for plopping a pacifier in the baby's mouth.  I made the tiny pacifier using a brad and the plastic "C" clips used for making friendship bracelets.

The sentiment around the image is computer-generated.  The "it's a boy" sentiment is from a rubber stamp from Michael's back when they had those awesome $1 bins!  It's stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger white embossing powder.  I cut it out using a Spellbinders circle die.

I used Bazzil card stock for the box and the patterned paper was cut using Lawn Fawn stitched rectangle dies.

Have a great week!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Even A Unicorn

Hello All,

I just wanted to share a card I made using the adorable stamp set, Believe in Your Dreams, from Love Cynthia stamps.

I stamped and embossed the image on Bristol watercolor cardstock and used Zig Clean Color watercolor markers and a water brush to color the image.  There's also Wink of Stella clear glitter on the body of the unicorn.  The background is sponged with distress inks.  

The sentiment is embossed on vellum.  I took a close-up of the image:

It's a little dark but the image is just so precious I wanted to show the detail!

Have a great week!

Friday, February 17, 2017

Coffee and Donut Valentines

Hello All,

I wanted to bring some work-friendly Valentines for co-workers and when I saw the Simon Says Stamp February card kit, it inspired a coffee and donut treat!  The tiny coffee cup die started the whole thing.  Those little arms hugging the does me in!  I knew my vision would come together when I found the Lawn Fawn Donut Worry stamp and die set!

I used the We R Memory Keepers Treat Carrier die to make the holder and it came with the sweet little banner die that I used to cut out the computer-generated sentiment.  The banner is edged with Wink of Stella glitter--love those pens!  The coffee cup sleeve is a Spellbinders die from the Hipster 1 set.  I crimped the paper and then cut them out.

Since I was making 20 of these, I opted for digital paper so I could print as much as I wanted.  The paper for the coffee cup wrapper and treat carrier is from LaBoutiqueDeiColori Etsy shop.  I wanted to put something on the top of the coffee lid.  I also planned to put the carrier in a cellophane bag so I wanted to make sticker seals (using the Xyron).  I found sprinkles digital paper from Graphic Design by Mia Etsy shop and it was perfect!  I used a Spellbinders circle die to cut the seals and coffee lid toppers.

Each treat came with a K cup tucked inside the mini coffee cup (matching lids HERE) and two Hostess strawberry frosted mini donuts.  The whole thing was placed in a cellophane treat bag (Stampin' Up).

and sealed the sprinkles sticker and to/from tag:

The tag was a "print-then-cut" image available on Cricut Design Space.

Have a great weekend!