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Lawnscaping Challenge #19: Dimension!

October 2, 2011

It’s time for another Lawnscaping challenge since it’s the first Monday of the month. I’m super excited about this one! You know I love my foam adhesive more than anything, so this one is right up my alley. Even if you’re not usually a dimensional card kind of gal, play along this week for a chance to play with height!

Here’s my take on the challenge today:

These large flower stamps from Lawn Fawn (Judy’s Blooms) are perfect for cutting apart and adding layers of dimensional adhesive between. To make the flower I stamped and embossed the image three times with versamark + black embossing powder on watercolor paper, pounced distress stains over the images and then finished it off with a pool of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Mist. I let it dry overnight and then cut them out the next day. I love experimenting with mediums like this.

You can’t forget that embellishments count, too. These buttons add a ton of dimension. Heck, even the stitching adds all sorts of texture and depth to the card. There are so many ways to add layers and dimension to your card. :)
















The very awesome Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring us this round, so make sure to go check out their phenomenal store and even make a purchase to support this wonderful company. I buy almost all of my papercrafting supplies from them, and I just got back from Ohio where I actually met Heidi (the owner) in person. Goodness, she’s so sweet she could give you a toothache! Not to mention that she’s also adorable. :) Thank you, Simon Says, for sponsoring us! Head over to the Lawnscaping blog to add your dimensional creation to our linky tool in the challenge post, and you’ll be entered to win this:

Here are your links for this challenge:

Thank you so much for stopping by today. I’m back safe and sound from Ohio, but I already miss the lovely ladies I spent the weekend with dearly. They are all so wonderful! I’ll be sharing more about them in the next coming days.

I hope you’ll bear with me as I get through these next couple of days – I have several projects and assignments due for class, so I might be a little MIA for a couple of days. I’m trying to make sure I stay on track with school this semester, and me being sick is going to take even more energy out of me. So I’m off to go make a cup of tea and work on some homework. See you soon with Video Tutorial Monday!



Swept Away by Cincinnati

October 1, 2011

I’m having a grand ‘ol time here in Cincinnati hanging out with some lovely crafty ladies. I even got some Graeter’s ice cream last night, and it was pure bliss. I came down with a really awful cold the morning I was set to fly out, but thankfully it seems to be getting a little better thanks to the 17 wonderful ladies here taking care of me. (I’ve lost track of how many cups of tea Kathy has made for me! Hehe.)

Here’s my messy table so far. It’s been a relatively productive weekend, but it’s so hard reminding myself that I have other computer work to do!

This is though room as a whole – we’re having so much fun borrowing supplies from one another and sharing inspiration. :)

Heidi (the amazing and fantastic owner of Simon Says Stamp) brought adorable Abby to share. We all can’t get enough of her! (Here’s Kathy playing with her.) I wish I wasn’t sick so I could go over and give baby lots of cuddles. I’m enjoying her gorgeous smiles from a distance, though.

This is a layout I made yesterday. It’s perfect to share today for World Cardmaking day, because it’s about how two of my roommates – Joe and Greg – made cards for their sister’s birthday. I love that they’re interested enough in what I do to join in the fun of making cards. They’re so awesome.

Here’s a close up of these star die cuts from My Favorite Things sprayed with Perfect Pearl Mist in bronze. Wow, I like this effect so much!

I’m also loving this stamp set from Ali Edwards called “This One” it’s the August limited edition stamp set from Technique Tuesday & Studio AE, and you can buy it at Simon Says Stamp, too.













I couldn’t let World Cardmaking day pass without sharing an actual card with you. This one is using one of the new Hero Arts + Sizzix stamp and die sets. Isn’t this little scene cute?! It was so ridiculously easy to do with the dies, too. No cutting with scissors involved. Awesome!

Here’s a close-up for ya. These dies are so wonderful popped up on some foam adhesive. Love.










I hope you’re enjoying your World Card Making Day! I’m currently working on a card for Lawnscaping’s WCMD challenge. Just make a card using some Lawn Fawn stamps and then link it up to the Lawnscaping blog over here. You’ll be entered to win Lawn Fawn’s Making Frosty Friends! Hop on over there to learn more.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Sorry I’ve been a little MIA for the last couple days, but I promise I’m making memories to share later. <3 Many hugs from Ohio!


DeNami Design Product Spotlight – E130 Small Jack O’ Lantern

September 28, 2011

**This is my second post for today. If you’re looking for my post for the current Simon Says Stamp challenge, click here or scroll down.**

This is one of my absolute favorite fall-themed stamps DeNami has to offer, so I am excited to share another card I’ve made with the E130 Small Jack O’ Lantern. Isn’t he cute?!

I colored the pumpkin with a few colors of distress inks (supplies in the linky gadget below), propped him up with a couple dots of foam adhesive and then offset everything with some orange stitching around the outside. I just love how this turned out! Simple, sweet and this would be really fun to give to a neighbor or friend to celebrate halloween.
















Thanks for stopping by to check out my card for this product spotlight! Make sure to head over to the DeNami blog to see the fabulous DeNami Design DT use this cute and slightly spooky (hehe!) stamp in a ton of ways. Hope you’re inspired to get out your halloween stamps today and give them a try. And don’t forget that this little guy is 10% off in the DeNami store this week!


Simon Says… Anything Goes!

September 28, 2011

It’s time for another another Simon Says Stamp Challenge! This week, the theme on the blog is Anything Goes, but the design team is featuring all different types of brads available from Simon Says Stamp. I chose to go with some ones that I’ve been eyeing for a while – the Mini Fasteners by Tim Holtz. I love them because they look like little screws on top! Simon Says also carries longer ones that can be used more fo attaching things from one to another – I’ll have to pick up those next. I also pulled out the gorgeous purple-y color from the Tim Holtz Limited Edition Fall Distress Inks and used it on the border of this card. No worries, Simon Says will be getting more in, but these have been very popular and the quantities are limited, so keep checking back! I’ll let you know when I find out if they’re available again. :) They’re really gorgeous colors!

I did a little emboss resist over a piece of paper from my new favorite Classic Calico paper pack from Studio Calico, and then I just embellished with some white cardstock and those awesome brads. I love the slightly grungy, hip look of this!
















I hope you enjoyed this little inspiration using dies and some of my newest favorite products. Don’t forget to add your creation over at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog (it’s anything goes this week, so you don’t have a reason not to enter!), and you’ll have a chance to win this prize given to us by the wonderful, amazing Heidi:

See you over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog for more fun! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Today I’m packing for my trip to Ohio this weekend. Life is crazy hectic right now, but it will be all worth it when I have that Graeter’s ice cream in my happy little tummy. Hehe.


Video Tutorial Monday 55 – I Love You with Sew Easy and Tissue Tape

September 26, 2011

Hello and happy Monday! Well, at least we can try for a happy Monday even if I feel like I need about 6 doses of caffeine to be productive today. Ha. The good news is that I got a lot of things done yesterday, so today is a little more bearable. On the to-do list for today: a three page paper, roughs for an identity design project and some intense sketching for a photo composite that I have to do based off of an article on the London Riots. Now I just need to make it through 4 hours of work and 7 hours of class, and I’ll be good to go.

On a side note, I’ve been wearing my glasses constantly since I got them on Saturday, and my head feels SO much better. I usually have annoying pressure point headaches by the end of every day (culminating into a really bad headache once every couple of weeks), and I can tell my new prescription is helping take a lot of the strain off of my eyes. Note to past self: get new glasses earlier! Duh. I thought I would share my experience with you; maybe you’re going through the same thing right now. I thought it was all stress-related, but it turns out my headaches were mostly brought on by my eyes. I love easy fixes like new glasses.

Oh, and my youtube channel is almost up to 1000 subscribers! As I’m writing this, I’m at 991, so I think I’ll get there in the next couple of days. Thats SO COOL! Thanks so much to everyone for being so supportive over the past year of videos. I’m so thankful for you. :)

Now for the video tutorial for this week. I was feeling really homesick yesterday (which is really unusual for me- I’ve been moved out of my parent’s house for three years now and have gotten homesick maybe twice in this entire time), so I wanted to make a card to send to my parents. I’m a big fan of copics + kraft cardstock, so I thought that’s what I’d do for this week.

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Here’s the finished card:

I love those cute elephants. They’re from the A Little Lovin’ set from Paper Smooches. And guess what? Simon Says Stamp now carries Paper Smooches Stamps! Check out the full selection here.
















Hope you enjoyed the card for this week! This isn’t the only video I have for you this week, either. I just filmed a haul video that I will post as soon as I get a spare moment to edit it. :) Oh, and I wanted to share one of the things I made yesterday – a reverse appliqué camera design that I’ve learned how to do from Amy Tan’s The Good Life class over at Big Picture Classes. I’m so happy to be taking this and using my sewing skills. :)

Here’s a look at the camera up close. The design is from Amy Tan herself. This was just my first try, so I think I’m going to have to try again and make the camera super big. I think that would be really fun!

The class registration ends on the 28th, so if you want to sign up, now is your chance! I’m really liking my first Big Picture class so far. I hope to have a lot more to share with you as the class goes on. :)

Happy Monday to you. Off to get some caffeine!


Behind the Scenes – Taking Over Jill’s Blog

September 26, 2011

For our fourth little stop on our tour around the web for this weekend, I have a fun post that I put together for Jill Foster’s blog that went live Friday. This is her second time doing this blog takeover week, and I was so thrilled when she asked if I would be part of it! Jill’s always inspiring me with her creations, so I was excited to choose one to make a card based off of. Here’s the card that I chose to be inspired by for the post:

Things I loved about the card: the amazing colors, the water-spot effect and the strong vertical sense of movement in the card. I took all of those things and did them my way to come up with this:

I pulled out 9 different colors of copics and got to work coloring in this awesome border image from Blissful Botanicals. I’ve seen this technique done on several cards before and loved it, so I knew this card would be the perfect place for that. The dots surrounding the sentiment are inspired as well. I learned that technique of punching the paper from the back and then inking over it from her, after all. :)










A big thanks goes to Jill for letting me take over her blog for a day. She’s so sweet, and I’m so honored to call her a friend! This wraps up my little weekend series here on the blog about my recent posts on other amazing blogs. Whew! It feels nice to be caught up. The video tutorial for tomorrow is being uploaded as I type this, so that should be up in no time. Now if only I can magically conjure up the time to sit down and write the post! Ha.

Mondays are always my worst days. I work from 10 to 2 and then have class from 3 to 9:30. Then I come home, eat, and try to get as much homework done as possible before crashing into bed. Let’s hope this week goes a little easier than the last two as I have a research paper to write. Blah! No fun. At least I had a ton of fun today getting lots done and creating a few cute things I can’t wait to share with you. Hope your weekend was magical and your week gets off to a great start!


P.S. I’ve added that iPad 2 cover template to this post if you were looking for it. I’m hoping to do a post soon about my favorite iPad things… I’m kind of obsessed now. :)

Behind the Scenes – May Arts + Tattered Angels

September 25, 2011

This is my third little behind-the-scenes post for you this weekend. This past week was the May Arts and Tattered Angels week over on the May Arts blog. I was lucky enough to get some time to play around with some Tattered Angels product and make a little video tutorial for the may arts blog! On the card, I use Glimmer Mist, Glimmer Glam and Glimmer Glaze in conjunction with May Arts ribbons for a really fun look. Ready, set, watch!

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Here’s a picture of the finished card:

I love the possibilities of this masking with lace technique. Thicker lace, more misting, different paper or maybe even trying the chalk mist would all make a difference in the results. I love this one this way, though!













As a side note, make sure you subscribe to the May Arts Channel on YouTube so you can see my videos as soon as they’re posted over there. There are also other fantastic videos from the other wonderful May Arts video tutorial designers. So much inspiration! I really enjoyed playing with this awesome Tattered Angels products and think they’re a wonderful addition to my stash. My favorite that I got to play with? The Glimmer Glaze. I just love that it has a brush included for easy application… I’m so much more likely to use a product if it has no extra clean up.

Today’s another *hopefully* productive day for me. I’m filming a video tutorial or two, doing some sewing for class (both for Packaging Design AND Amy Tan’s awesome class over at BPC) and trying to get ahead before the week starts. Wish me luck! I’ll be back a little later today for my last little post in this mini series for you. :)


P.S. Here’s a little Trixie picture for you, taken with my cell phone this afternoon. Trixie is truly the queen of this household… at least in her mind! I guess she likes my iPad as much as I do. :)