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 two 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 4 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!


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!


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy 2015! Looking Forward to a Better (Healthier) Year Ahead

I've been busy with prep for CHA! I'm looking forward to seeing some special friends at the show that is quickly approaching. Lawn Fawn has some amazing new products coming out and I can't wait to share them with you here.

I had some favorite cards and projects from this past year:

I only managed one layout this year, I will have to do better next year considering I've added another grandson!

I'd like to wish everyone a very blessed and happy 2015!


Friday, December 26, 2014

Tags for my grandsons

A couple of tags.

Lawn Fawn - Winter Penguin + coordinating die, Forest Border, Winter Gifts, Stitched Journaling Card, Large Stitched Journaling Card, Snow Day 6x6 paper, Peppermint Lawn Trimmings

For this one I used a very old Stampouri wood block stamp for the message.
Lawn Fawn - Making Frosty Friends + coordinating dies, Forest Border, Winter Gifts, Stitched Hillside Borders, Stitched Journaling Card, Snow Day 6x6 paper, Peppermint Lawn Trimmings

I hope you all had a lovely holiday! I enjoyed spending time with our extended families, lots of joy!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

It's Christmas Eve!!

I am sliding in just under the wire with my Christmas cards this year. I finished up my gift tags and gift card holders this morning and the wrapping of gifts will commence shortly!

Here's some more Christmas card designs for 2014:

Lawn Fawn - Snow Day 6x6 paper, Smitty's ABCs, Scripty Joy

Lawn Fawn - Snow Day, Joy to the Woods, Stitched Circle Stackables, Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Peace Joy Love 6x6 paper, Peppermint Lawn Trimmings
original inspiration for this card from Emily HERE

Lawn Fawn - Snow Day, Joy to the Woods, Peace Joy Love 6x6 paper, 
Stitched Rectangle Stackables
original inspiration for this card from Tamara HERE

Essentials by Ellen - Home & Hearth by Julie
Lawn Fawn - Peace Joy Love 6x6 paper, Stitched Hillside Borders, Stitched Circle Stackables, Stitched Rectangle Stackables
Hero Arts - sentiment

These are the gift card holders I made with the handy Zipper Panel die from Ellen Hutson.

Simon Says Stamp Large Circle stencil 
Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls, Winter Gifts, Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Simon Says Stamp Wide Stripes Background Stamp
Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls, Winter Gifts, Stitched Rectangle Stackables

Simon Says Stamp Ugly Sweater; Sweater Words and Appliques

Simon Says Stamp Ugly Sweater; Sweater Words and Appliques

I will share some tags tomorrow!

Happy Christmas Eve! Jesus is the Reason for the Season!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Sweet Birthday Wishes

I had some fun coloring the cute images from Lawn Fawn's Milk and Cookies and got some inspiration for a birthday card. I love how it turned out and I can't wait to send it to one of my sweet friends!

I colored all the images with Copic markers 
and die cut them with the Milk and Cookies coordinating dies.

I created a custom sentiment by cutting the "sweet wishes" stamp so I could stack it with the birthday stamp from Happy Everything and then white emboss it on the Sweater Weather circle. I stamped the tiny hearts on the cookie jar with Hero Arts Raspberry Jam ink, it was a perfect match to the colors in the Sweater Weather paper ("cold snap" 12x12 paper and Petite Paper Pack). I used Circle Stackables Lawn Cuts and Scalloped Circle Lawn Cuts to create the pretty background for the yummy cookies and milk table scene. The base panel of Sweater Weather paper was die cut with the  Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables die; it fits an A2 size card base. These dies are so perfect for me since I can't seem to cut anything straight and the stitching adds a wonderful finish detail.

This card is featured on the Lawn Fawn blog today, yay!


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rustic Birthday Card

My son Andy recently celebrated a birthday, his 31st! I'm sure I'm not old enough to have a kid that old. He worked at Hume Lake Christian Camps in the Kings Canyon National Forest for a few years after high school. He had many, way too close, encounters with bears so I knew he would get a kick out of this card design. Bears, woodgrain, and trees; perfect elements for a guy card. By the way, I've had a number of bear encounters at Hume Lake too, luckily they were not too close.

Lawn Fawn - Love You S'more + coordinating die, Chit Chat + coordinating die, Forest Border, Stitched Hillside Borders, Small Stitched Circle Stackables, Walnut Notecard
Neenah Solar White Cardstock; Bazzill Cardstock; Copic Markers E31, 33, 35

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