Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Birthday Balloons Card

I can't believe it's been a month since I made a card to share here. I did make a bunch of watercolor Easter cards but they were so last minute I didn't take any photos :(

I saw Jennifer McGuire demonstrate this Spotlight Die Cutting technique in a recent video and I wanted to try it with the Lawn Fawn Party Balloons and my favorite Hero Arts birthday stamp. I just love the Go Out and Play sentiment!

Birthday Balloons 1
I really had fun with this technique, I'm sure I will use it again!

Birthday Balloons 3
I think next time I will add some inking around the edges of the balloons to help them stand out.

Birthday Balloons 2
The green star balloon is popped up with foam tape.

Birthday Balloons 4
I clear embossed the black ink on the balloon die cuts,

Supply List:




Thanks so much for visiting!
blessings,
nancy

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lawn Fawn Stuck on You Birthday Card

I did something totally remarkable last week! I mailed my sister's birthday card on time! And she got it before her birthday; seriously patting myself on the back as I don't know if this will ever happen again.

I love Lawn Fawn's new Stuck on You set. After stamping more than 150 sample cards with it you'd think I would be so over it but I couldn't wait to ink up these cute images and make a birthday card for my sister.


The background is Lemon Polka from the Let's Polka, Mon Amie 6x6 Petite Paper pack. 
The pretty script greeting is from Scripty Sayings; I love how it fills the whole panel.


Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Stackables really give a card a finished look
 and help this hopelessly wonky crafter keep things squared up. 
I used the Stuck on You coordinating die set to pop up the tiny flowers.


I couldn't resist stamping the cute saguaro on the inside with a message from Year Three!

thanks so much!
blessings, 
nancy

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Happy Year Five Lawn Fawn!!

I'm joining my friend, Jenn Shurkus and a bunch of Lawn Fawn fanatics to wish my sweet friends at Lawn Fawn a very happy birthday as they celebrate five years of bringing smiles!



You should have arrived from the blog of my sweet and talented friend, Lenny. If you encounter a broken link or if you want to start at the beginning you can click HERE to go to Jenn's blog to see the complete list of participating blogs.

I decided to use all FIVE of the Birthday Mini sets on one over-sized card. Luckily I will be able to hand-deliver it next time I show up at the office.

My card measures 4¼ x 10 inches.

A bowl of happiness!
Lots of birthday images colored with Copics.

Year One and Year Two
Here's a fun fact: Year Two was released after Year Three; 
that's why it's our "belated" birthday set!

Year Three and Year Four


Year Five


I went through all my Lawn Fawn sets to find all the birthday greetings to use on the inside of the card! I stamped them all with the new Lawn Fawn Dye Ink pads in Cranberry, Mermaid, Fake Tan, Deep Sea, Wild Rose, Freshly Cut Grass, Sunflower and Hippo.

I have worked for Kelly Marie, Mike and Erica for most of their 5 years and you will not meet 3 more talented, kind-hearted and wonderful people. We have had some wonderful adventures together and I'm looking forward to many more! It's a joy to work with everyone at Lawn Fawn! Congrats on your successful first five years!

Here's a list of all the Lawn Fawn products I used on the front of this card:
Year One
Year Two + coordinating dies
Year Three
Year Four + coordinating dies
Year Five + coordinating dies
A Birdie Told Me Dies
Chit Chat Dies
Large and Small Stitched Square Stackables
Stitched Scalloped Borders
Wood Veneer- Hearts and Stars
Let's Polka, Mon Amie Vanilla Polka 12x12 paper
Sentiments Inside Card:
Bake Me A Cake
Sophie's Sentiments
Happy Everything
Hats Off to You
Check This Out
Critters Down Under
Grand Greetings
Good Fortune
#awesome
Critters on the Savanna
Beep Boop Birthday
So Much to Say
Birthday Tags
Baked with Love
Scripty Sayings

Thanks so much for your visit! Why not head over to the Lawn Fawn Facebook page and wish them a Happy 5th Birthday!

Your next stop on the hop is Lorraine's Loft! I'm sure Lols has a fabulous birthday card to share!

blessings,
nancy

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