Thursday, July 3, 2014

Sending Smiles

Today I'm playing with the super talented girls over on the Lawn Fawn blog for the 4th Day of Xyron + Lawn Fawn Week! I took a break from working on the latest massive batch of sample cards to create something sweet with Hello Baby and Spring Showers. I have been using the Xyron Tape Runner lately and I love how silky smooth it lays down the sticky dots.

I've been wanting to use vellum on a project as I've been really inspired by Nichol's adorable cards. I used papers from the Let's Polka 6x6 petite paper pack. The Stitched Journaling Card die makes a perfect sized panel for creating a cute scene. My sentiment comes from the brand new Wish You Were Here, Too mini set.

Be sure to visit the Lawn Fawn blog today and check out the projects by the Xyron team too!

Here's the Lawn Fawn products I used:




blessings,
nancy

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Change is good...Congrats Card

So there have been some happy and exciting developments with my family lately. My hubby has a great new job working for a cabinet company. He is the Quality Control Manager and it's the perfect job for my perfectionist guy. I'm trying to get used to him not working from home any more. It's just me and the doodlebugs now!

My newest daughter-in-love, Mary, just got a full-time teaching position! She'll be teaching junior high starting in the fall. Ben will be going to school in the fall too, finally taking advantage of his veteran's benefits. Big changes for Ben's family.

Not to be outdone, my grandson Uriah has been signed by a top talent agency in Hollywood. They think he's got potential so we'll see what happens. Kellie and Andy will be keeping a close eye on things, so no worries.


I have been pretty low on creative mojo lately so I've been organizing, rearranging and de-cluttering my craft supplies. Found lots of stuff I didn't know I had, yay!

I got a little spark of inspiration today and made a congrats card for Mary.

Lawn Fawn - A Good Apple, Penelope's Blossoms + coordinating dies, Wish You Were + coordinating dies, Science of Love + coordinating dies, Woodgrain Backdrops, Into the Woods 6x6 paper.

Every day is an adventure, enjoy!

blessings,
nancy

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Mother's Day 2014

I had a great time on Mother's Day this year. We took in the Dinosaur exhibit at the Discovery Science Center with Andy, Kellie and our grandson, Uriah. They have season passes so Uriah was a very good little tour guide.
 

friendly brontosaurus

Uriah and "pop pop" reassembling a dino

"Let's go over here next"

I made a little coloring book using Lawn Fawn's Critters from the Past to commemorate our day

 I think he liked it, he had fun posing with it at least


We enjoyed a visit with Ben, Mary and Julian later in the day, too. 
Here's a lovely photo of Ben and his new family:


blessings,
nancy

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Beach-themed Anniversary Card

So 36 years ago today, the hubster and I said our I Do's (technically we said "I Will" but you get the idea). We spent many very happy days at the beach while we were dating so I decided a beach themed card would be perfect. Even more perfect is Lawn Fawn's brand new set Life is Good!


I just love that cute little crab!

Lawn Fawn: Life is Good stamps + coordinating dies, Bannerific, Sophie's Sentiments, Hello Sunshine 6x6 paper, Stitched Scalloped Border die (I used the negative to make the ocean waves).
Simon Says Stamp: color cardstock in Audrey Blue, Surf Blue and Mint
Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen
White and Black Sakura Gel Pens
Copics

On the inside I wrote: "There will be plenty of time in the summer". That was something Al would say a lot when we were dating. We were both working and going to school and there never seemed to be enough time. Things are plenty busy now, Al just started a new job (yay!!). I got very spoiled having him work at home the past few years but now he's commuting to his job with a cabinet company in Pomona. He's still spending Sundays with his dad and finishing up his cabinet jobs on Saturdays. I'm really hoping there will more time in the summer for walking the dogs at the beach and just relaxing in the sand listening to the surf!


thanks for stopping by!
blessings,
nancy

Monday, May 12, 2014

A Bit More Watercolor

I wanted to make a quick card and I found that the stamped-watercolor technique is a good option. Of course I had to throw my need for perfection out the window and just enjoy playing with color and arrangement. I do love the mini size I've been using for this water-coloring, it's so much less intimidating.

I've been taking the Watercolor for Cardmakers class at Online Card Classes (I've taken almost every class and I've never been disappointed). I'm finally getting to do some playing and practicing and I'm pretty happy with the results.






For this card I used the vase from Lawn Fawn's Our Friendship Grows and the flowers are from WPlus9 Fresh Cut Florals. Distress Ink pads provided all the vibrant color. The mini art piece was layered to a kraft square then mounted on a Lawn Fawn Sunflower Notecard.

blessings,
nancy

Saturday, May 10, 2014

A Tiny Bit of Watercolor

So I saw a post this morning with lovely water colored flowers by Dawn of WPlus9 and was inspired to play a bit. Here's a link to the post at Stamp Away With Me. Dawn has some excellent watercolor video tutorials, she is very talented!

My sister has a tiny framed piece of art done by a friend in France and I've always wanted to replicate it somehow. The original is a landscape but what really caught my imagination was the diminutive size. I worked on a piece of watercolor paper that I trimmed to a 2" square.


I used Lawn Fawn Penelope's Blossoms and the little teacup is from My Cup of Tea. I stamped with Distress Inks and softened the images with water and a detail brush.

I'm off to finish making mom's day cards for my daughters-in-love. You can be sure this is a technique that I will return to and hopefully refine.

blessings,
nancy

Thursday, May 1, 2014

I'm still here, I think! April 2014 Recap

So I managed to lose a whole month, April 2014 doesn't exist on my blog. Holey Moley!

It's been busy around here, just completed 225 sample cards for the Lawn Fawn Summer Release. I can't show you anything yet but you will LOVE the new stamps and dies, trust me on this one!

So here's some crafty stuff I can share:

Easter treat boxes made with the We R Memory Keepers Gift Box Punch Board and Lawn Fawn paper, stamps, dies and twine.

I joined Mike and Kelly for a Lawn Fawn event at Stamp Fever. I had fun with a Let's Roll make n take.

Mike and Daphne at the Stamp Fever event.



We are having some hot, super windy days in my neck of the suburban woods. And just like clockwork, I have a summer cold. Add some wicked seasonal allergies and some smokey skies from random fires due to the wind and you get a miserable excuse for a healthy human. 

I would love to promise that I will be better with posting this month but let's just see how it goes, shall we.

blessings,
nancy