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!
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.
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.
We have special friends who moved to Hawaii this year. I thought I would send them a card with a tropical theme.
I die-cut some Tim Holtz Watercolor cardstock with a Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die then used Distress inks to do some really quick watercolor. The colors I used are Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean and Vintage Photo. The palm tree is from the Lawn Fawn set Critters From the Past and it's colored with Copics, The stars from Lawn Fawn's Trim the Tree were stamped with Tsukineko Delicata Golden Glitz ink and die cut with the coordinating dies. The sentiment is from the Nativity set by Simon Says Stamp.
I love the theme of Christmas trees for making Christmas cards. I combined several Lawn Fawn sentiments from lots of different sets to create this simple card design. I think I like the one without the patterned paper layer best.
I lined up all the sentiments in a tree shape on my Fiskars stamp press and stamped with Versamark ink. Then I added the holly and star before I used Hero Arts White embossing powder and heat set. Some really simple Copic coloring finished this design.
Lawn Fawn products used: Deck the Halls, Winter Gifts, Bows and Holly, Joy to the Woods, Trim the Tree, Snow Day 6x6 paper, Stitched Rectangle Stackables
I've spent the last few months visiting a whole bunch of doctors trying to figure out why I've been feeling so lousy. I had just about given up on life for a while. The headaches, dizziness and blackouts were terrifying and debilitating. Add to that the horrendous pain in my neck and down my back with numbness in my arms and hands and doing anything just seemed so impossible.
There hasn't been one definitive answer other than to rule out really bad neurological stuff for which I am so grateful. Turns out I've been experiencing a storm of unrelated conditions! The neck and back pain is the acute result of way too much repetitive motion. I've been going to physical therapy for a few weeks and the pain relief is such a blessing. I'm also strengthening my weakened muscles so I don't find myself in the same state again.
As for the other distressing symptoms, the consensus is that the headaches and dizziness are partly the result of my allergies getting worse and partly from the mess in my neck. The blackouts appear to be unrelated to the other conditions and have not returned since I started to reduce my dosage of estrogen. Looks like I will be facing life without that little crutch because the very real risk of stroke. Yikes!
While I have been convalescing I decided to get out the art journal that hasn't seen any love for a couple years and just do some doodling. It was good to force my hand to hold a pen. Even though the result is pretty wobbly and imperfect I'm so happy to finally create something again.
Psalm 16:11 is a favorite Bible verse. I love how it makes our relationship with God clear. He will give us guidance and fill us with joy as we seek Him in our daily lives. And that prepares us to enjoy eternity living in the light of His love.
I did the initial doodling with a pencil then drew over that with Copic Multi Liner pens. I colored and shaded with Copic Sketch markers then added some color in the background with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using a Mini Ink Blending Tool. I left room on the bottom of the right page to add some journaling later.
My journal is the large Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Journal.
I want to thank everyone for your prayers and kind comments. ♥
My wonderful and talented daughter-in-love, Kellie has been super busy this past year writing and producing a full-length movie called The Curious Story of Spurious Falls. I couldn't be more proud of her! It was produced for the Beach Cities Community Church summer KidsGames.
The movie will have a premier on November 13 at the historic Lido Theater in Newport Beach. It's a benefit for the McKenna Claire Foundation supporting research for Pediatric Brain Cancer. If you are in the Southern California area I would encourage you attend the premier! Please visit the Spurious Falls website for all the details and to watch the trailer!
My grandson, Uriah and Kellie even appear as extras!
I hope you will check out the link and join us for the premier!
I recently made a card for a sweet friend who was recovering from surgery. I wanted to make something really cheery, something to put a smile a her face, so I reached for my Lawn Fawn stamps, dies and papers! I'm so happy to have it featured on the Lawn Fawn blog today!
Got some good news and not so good news to share. First the good - my grandson has booked his first job! He will be doing a 3 day shoot for a major retailer, yay! They booked him straight from his photos, no audition. He's such a cute little poser, how could they not. Also my DIL has written and produced a movie that will be shown at a local theater! I'll have more info on that soon.
I would appreciate your prayers for my health, I'm still dealing with some scary stuff and feeling like I'm the physician pass-around pack being referred to one after the other. Hoping for some answers soon. The good news so far is I don't need any more spine surgery; just PT and injections to control the pain.
The coffee cups are colored with Copic markers and the fun smile sentiment is stamped with Hero Arts Cup o' Joe ink (I thought that was appropriate!). The simple finishing detail is a length of Orchid Lawn Trimmings tied in a sweet bow.
There are a bunch of great companies sponsoring the Coffee Lovers Bloghop with great prizes so you might want to join the fun today at Cuts, Crops & Creativity!
Hope you are enjoying a lovely Fall day (or Spring day for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere) and a nice cup of coffee. Happy National Coffee Day and Happy Hopping!
Oh my goodness, it seems like just yesterday that Andy and Kellie were letting us know we would be grandparents and now our little boy is THREE! AND he started pre-school this week! Where does the time go? No really, where does it go?
Uriah is very much into monster trucks and Monsters, Inc so when Lawn Fawn came out with Monster Mash stamps and coordinating dies it was a no-brainer that I would use them for his birthday card. I colored those cute little monsters with colored pencils and Gamsol.
My little corner of the world gets very crowded around Labor Day Weekend! We have our annual International Street Fair and of course the jump in population with all the students moving into the dorms at Chapman University. It's also when I embrace FALL! The weather is pretty hot still but I'm looking forward to that wonderful subtle change in the air.
To celebrate the new Lawn Fawn Fall/Winter release I have a Sweater Weather card to share today!
I'm so excited to have a Lawn Fawn card featured on the Simon Says Stamp blog today! I used a brand new soon-to-be-released set called Sweater Weather to create a fun "changing of the seasons" panel design.
Here's a little peek at my card:
It's the last day of the Lawn Fawn + Add A Little Dazzle Blog Hop and I have something fun to share!
I'm not really a celebrator of halloween but Lawn Fawn's Critters in Costume and the new Spooktacular (coming soon) stamp sets are just too cute not to use somehow! I used another brand new product: the Goodie Bag Lawn Cuts die to make this cute little decoration for the Lawn Fawn + Add A Little Dazzle Blog Hop.
I stamped the paper airplane from Flying By with StaZon Jet Black ink on a Lovely Lavender metal sheet and die cut it with the coordinating die. The clouds were die cut from Wondrous White using Spring Showers. I just love how the stitching looks on the metal, so cool! It's easy to stamp on the metal too, you'll need to use a solvent ink like StaZon.
When I first laid eyes on the new Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather paper collection I knew that I would make this layout. Sweater Weather is part of the new Fall/Winter release that will be available August 28th. I have the privilege of designing and making retailer sample cards for Lawn Fawn so I get to play with the new products early. Yay!
My adorable grandson, Uriah. has sparked a new interest in scrapbooking! These photos were the ones that caught the notice of the talent agency. Uriah had his first audition yesterday for a commercial, fingers crossed!
I love that the background paper, "Chill" has the look of a knit sweater!
I used Argyle Backdrops to create the colorful diamond border. The tags were stamped with the new Thank You Tags and die cut with Tag, You're It.
To get the look of the long banner I die cut the large Stitched Party Banner, cut it in half then arranged each piece behind the Large Stitched Journaling Card.
New Lawn Fawn products for this layout (available August 28):