Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Get Well Soon

Just a quick card share today! I combined my favorite Wide Stripes Background from Simon Says Stamp with Lawn Fawn new release sets to make a get well card.


Vellum panel die cut with Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables Lawn Cuts
Simon Says Stamp: Wide Stripes Background stamped with Unicorn White ink on kraft cardstock


After stamping and coloring the butterflies and leaves from Flutter By I spritzed the paper with Sheer Shimmer Spritz by Imagine Crafts. I let it dry before die cutting the images.
I cut out the center of the frame of Copic colored frame and layered it over a second frame die cut from Vanilla Let's Polka Mon Amie 6x6 paper stamped with the sentiment.

Thanks so much for visiting please leave a comment so I know you were here :)

blessings, 
nancy

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Color Inspiration from Happy Heart Studio

I found a great tutorial for creating a custom color palette in PicMonkey at Creative Cain Cabin and thought I'd give it a try. I love PicMonkey, it's what I use to edit all my photos and create my watermarks. I had so much fun playing with color palettes. I decided to create a custom palette for a couple of my recent cards.

I originally designed these cards as Lawn Fawn samples for display in the Notions booth at CHA. It's no secret I love coloring Lawn Fawn images and the Gleeful Gardens and Baked with Love sets just about made me giddy to color! I used Copics to color these but you could use anything you like. Hopefully you'll get some color ideas from these palettes.





Let me know what you think. I might make this a monthly feature here so I'd love to read your comments and suggestions. There's a few things that need to be tweaked and perfected with the layout of the palette to make them more uniform but for now this works.
Here's the link to the tutorial: How to Create a Custom Color Palette in PicMonkey

blessings,
nancy


Friday, February 20, 2015

Lawn Fawn and Simon Says Stamp Co-Challenge on Flickr

My sweet friend, Barb Engler and I have been cooking up a little fun over on Flickr and I'm so happy that today's the day to share it! Barb is the Admin for the Simon Says Stamp Flickr group and she runs a very popular challenge. Since I work for Lawn Fawn and am the moderator for our group we thought it might be fun to sponsor a challenge together. So there you have it, The Flickr Co-Challenge!


Barb and I met in a Flickr group many years ago, it's a great way to connect with other crafters, get inspired and share some encouragement. We hope you will find some wonderful crafty friends, and lasting friendships too.

Here's the link to the Lawn Fawn discussion thread to get you up to speed on this fun adventure:

The theme is "Get Crafty with Kraft" so get out your kraft cardstock and join us!

I created a card using a brand new Lawn Fawn sentiment set Scripty Sayings and our fabulous new Dye Ink Pads. The flower stamps are a fun Simon Says Stamp set called Favorite Flowers.

 I just love the look of white embossing on kraft cardstock. 

I die cut my kraft panel with Lawn Fawn Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables die. I used Lawn Fawn inks in Sunflower, Wild Rose, Freshly Cut Grass and Mermaid. I stamped the solid flowers and leaves and let the ink dry. When these inks dry the images are wonderfully smooth with nice crisp edges. Next I white embossed the swirls and fussy cut the flowers and leaves. To add a little more depth I sponged on more ink around edges of the flowers with an ink blending tool.




I hope you'll join in on the fun and oh, did I mention, there will be prizes for randomly chosen participants! Head on over to Flickr and get the whole scoop! 

Big thanks to Barb for doing all the work to make this happen. 

blessings,
nancy

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Hero Arts 2015 Spring Catalog Hostess Hop



I love all the wonderful new Hero Arts Spring products and I'm so happy to join my wonderfully talented Hero Hostess sisters for another Hostess Hop! If you haven't already, you'll want to start at the Hero Arts blog so you don't miss any of today's inspiring projects! If you've been following along, you've just arrived from Kathy's blog.

Hero Arts will be awarding prizes from randomly drawn comments. For a chance to win, simply comment on ANY of the stops along the hop on ANY day, including each day’s starting post at the Hero Club Blog. The more comments you leave, the better your chance of winning!

If you find a broken link, you’ll find a master list of the hop links at the Hero Arts blog. Also, please report broken links to blog@heroarts.com

Here are the brand new Hero Arts goodies I was lucky to play with:



I'm sure I'll need this card for one of my grandsons; they are always making me proud!

I had so much fun coloring this cute little pup!

This card uses emboss-resist with watercolor on the Triangle Background.

Okay, this guy is just too cute!

I colored and cut out an extra snout so I could pop it up with foam adhesive.

A quick card using the older Butterfly set along with the Congrats die. I left the inside blank so I can add the appropriate sentiment from the Congrats Stamp and Die set when I use it!
Since I'm not a sequins girl (I know, crazy huh?) I had fun stamping the cute little sequins from the set and adding some Silver Wink of Stella  to give them some sparkle!

And finally a fun little set of tags with those adorable Playful Animals paper-pieced with cute polka-dot patterned paper. I used up some ribbon scraps too!
(Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass Line Dance 12x12 paper and Let's Polka, Mon Amie 6x6 paper).

Thanks for the visit, I'd love for you to leave a comment.

Your next stop on the Hero Arts Hostess Blog Hop is Linda’s blog. Enjoy!

blessings,
nancy


Saturday, January 31, 2015

Uriah is in the news!

Apparently my grandson is the "face of measles" these days. My son and daughter-in-love were interviewed for a segment on NBC Nightly News January 30th and ABC news made some calls to them also. (Updated to include CBS Evening News, BBC Radio, KIIS-FM Radio Interview with Ryan Seacrest, People.com article)

Here's the link to the NBC video and article



During his isolation at Children's Hospital of Orange County he still managed some smiles.

Uriah was a pretty cool customer in front of the news cameras!

It's important for everyone to know that your child is not fully immune until they have the second shot. CDC Vaccine Info  Measles Information from CDC
With so many people choosing not to vaccinate their children we are seeing a resurgence of a killer disease that was once nearly eradicated. Measles spreads easily with infected people not showing symptoms until days after they are contagious. It first appears as a cold or flu until the painful rash shows up a few days later. Uriah was very sick and he had a fairly mild case of measles. There are no medicines for treating measles. I hope by sharing their story it will help others in making decisions for their children.

blessings,
nancy

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

CHA Moments

(I'm sorry this post is delayed a bit I meant to have it up before this but life intervened. I'll explain later in this post).

I had a wonderful time working in the Lawn Fawn booth at CHA this year. I enjoyed another 4 days of non-stop make-n-takes with some of my favorite crafty people. It's so nice to see the same smiling faces again each year and to meet new friends, too.


Here's a look at the make-n-take projects  this year:

I designed our Gleeful Gardens Make n Take for Saturday. 
This card also features the new Stitched Circle Stackables, Gingham Backdrops and paper from the Pint-sized Patterns - Beachside Collection.

On Sunday we made Candy Boxes! Lots and lots of Candy Boxes! 
We added a cute tag to the box made with Flirty Frames and Let's Play. 
I just love that sweet squirrel and designed him peeking out of the corner of the tag.


Our Monday Make n Take was this sweet Baked with Love card, designed by super talented Chari!

Kristin designed this Stuck on You card for our Tuesday Make n Take. It was a big hit! 
It also features Pint-sized Patterns Beachside Collection and the new Stitched Squares Lawn Cuts!
All the new Lawn Fawn products will be available in mid-February, yay!


Here's some highlights of the week-long extravaganza that starts with set up and ends with tear down:

The first Make-n-Takers of 2015!


One of the special highlights for me is when I get to play chauffeur to "visiting dignitaries"!
Recognize anyone in this fun group selfie? 


Even just a short visit with Sandy is special! Seeing friends each year is a definite highlight.

I enjoyed a quiet lunch chat with Shari Carroll one day. We compared grandma notes and shared photos of our sweet grand-loves! Alas, no photos taken together :( 


Booth tear-down crew: Nicole, Tiffany and Ivy 
All the Fawnies are hard workers and so much fun!
 I am so blessed to be a part of the Fawnie Team!


So back to life: I usually take a few days off after the show to totally rest so I can head off any Chronic Fatigue recurrences and I did great this time. While I was enjoying my second day of down-time I got a call from my son, he had just taken Uriah to the Children's Hospital ER with a high fever and rash. Yep, my little guy got a case of measles. Although he has gotten his first vaccinations, he was just getting over a nasty cold when he was exposed to the virus and full immunity isn't achieved until after the booster at 4 years. Uriah spent 3 days in isolation being studied by doctors who had never seen a case of measles before (that's how well we had eradicated this disease). I'm happy to report that he is fully recovered now and enjoying his awesome 3 year-old life. 

Grammy on the other hand has become very clumsy lately. I tripped while cleaning the bathroom and tumbled backward into the tub. The next morning I felt like I'd been hit by a truck. Hubby is having me fitted for a padded suit, ha! Then just last week I was carrying a box to the car when I bumped my knuckle on the door knob. No problem, right? Half hour later my knuckle had swelled to the size of a golf ball and hurt like the dickens. I spent the rest of the day in the ER to find out if it was broken, Luckily I just broke a blood vessel and the swelling eventually went down. That was Monday of last week and my hand is still swollen and very colorful. 
I'm thinking the padded suit might not be a bad idea!

I'm going to be spending the next week or so making Lawn Fawn sample cards to send to our retailers. Hopefully I will have something new I can post after that. Let's be careful out there!

blessings,
nancy

Monday, January 5, 2015

New Lawn Fawn, oh my goodness!

It's a new year and I've got new Lawn Fawn cuteness to share! Today is Day One of the CHA 2015 Sneak Week on the Lawn Fawn blog. I'm so happy to share 2 of my cards made with Baked with Love and Gleeful Gardens. These sets are so cute and the images are so fun to color!

Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog this week to see all the sneaks and to enter to win new product before you can order it, yippee!

Here are my cards, one of them uses a new set of dies too!

Gleeful Gardens:



Baked with Love:



I'm getting Make n Take kits put together and organizing samples for the Lawn Fawn booth; CHA starts Saturday!

blessings,
nancy