Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Distress Mania Lawnscaping Challenge

Hi Everyone! Today I have a card that I am entering in Lawncaping's Challenge 82, Distress Mania!

There is still time to enter this challenge, until the end of today, May 28th!  For my card, I chose to be silly.  A few years ago, Kelly Marie at Lawn Fawn did a video which she called Oh my dear, my shutters are shabby!  You can see the video here.  I have always thought that was such a cute play on the shabby shutters distress ink.  When this challenge came out, I just had to make this card!
My daughter says the gnome looks much too happy to be distressed, and I suppose she is right! I tried to fit the deer from Into the Woods on my card, but I just couldn't make it work. So, you may be wondering what anyone would ever do with this card.  Well our shutters are, in fact, shabby, and I have someone coming to give us an estimate soon.  I plan to put the estimate in this card, and give it to my husband.  I know it's silly, but it was a fun card to make!
I used distress inks for the background in broken glass, broken china,  and salty ocean for the blue, and bundled sage, shabby shutters, and peeled paint for the green.  I also used a wood grain stamp and frayed burlap distress ink to distress the edges of the scene, the word bubbles,  and the edge of the card.  The gnome, bird and mushrooms were all colored with distress markers on watercolor paper, and then the colors were blended with water.  Hope you like my fun little card!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Inspired by Virginia

I was inspired to make this card by a card I saw on Virginia Lu's blog, Yes Virginia...

Virginia is so talented! I don't think my card even comes close to how great her card is, and I actually struggled with what looked like such a simple design.  After I created the banner flags, I realized they would not look good on a white background.  I tried a few different colors, and my daughter helped me to decide on the blue you see here.  I also forgot to sew my banner on before attaching it to the card front!  I was just about to throw the whole thing out, but then I decided to add the embroidery floss and sequins with glue.  I liked it better then, but it still needed something.  I added the sentiment and the gems. Finally, I was happy enough with the outcome.  By the way, if you'd like even more inspiration from Virginia Lu, check out her challenge blog, Virginia's View!  There is still time to enter this month's stitching challenge if you get your project submitted today!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Creating a Background with Stamps

Hi there!  I thought I'd post a card I'm entering in the Lawnscaping Challenge!  It is Challenge #81, and we are creating a background with stamps.

Here is my take on the challenge.  If you click on any of the images, you can see them in a larger format.

This card may seem a little strange at first, but I made it for my daughter, who is taking the AP World History test.  I didn't want to cover up all of my background, so I put a piece of blue vellum under my globe and banner, and I was pretty happy with the way it turned out!  I used a water brush to apply the inks to the globe, so that there would be a little variation in color.  Here is a peak at the inside:

I'll admit it's a bit corny, but I am from Iowa, so I get to be corny once in a while!  So, here are the details:  Stamps sets:  Lawn Fawn Wish You Were Here, and Home Sweet Home, plus dies of the same names, Hero Arts inks:  Pale Tomato, Lemon Yellow, Cup O' Joe, Tide Pool, Orange Soda, and Bubble Gum.  Vellum: Craft supplies, and Glitter Pen: Wink of Stella Clear.  Hope you enjoy all of the projects over at Lawnscaping, and I'd love to hear what you think of my card!

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Daily Title Page

I'm not actually doing a December Daily, but I am capturing 25 to 31 December memories, and I plan to share them with you here!  This is actually my title page, and I made quite the hot mess with the glitter, but I like the effect.  I will be sharing the first entry as soon as I have the photo developed!
I am using Studio Calico's December Daily kit, and cards and stickers from Simple stories, with a few extra embellishments and stamps thrown in.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Because we have tons of trees around us, I rarely see  a sunset in the summertime.  Winter is when I get to see them, and here is the first one of this season:

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Technique Tuesday Relatives Banners

Welcome back!  Despite my best intentions, I have done very poorly blogging this year.  However, I have a little project to share with you today.  I am a member of Studio AE, which is a monthly subscriptions to fantastic stamp sets designed by none other than Ali Edwards!  This month's stamps are all about family members, and it also includes that great banner that you see.  I made this Thanksgiving place card from the Relatives Banners set, still available at their website, and I also used 2 other sets designed by Ali, called Celebrate Fall (leaves) and Family is (So Grateful...).  There is also a steel die for cutting out that banner, that I am definitely going to need.  Thanks for stopping by, and if you have time, go check out Technique Tuesday!  They have an awesome sale going on now, too!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

A Birthday Card and Wrap, and a Giveaway!

Happy Sunday!  First, I have a card to share with you.  My daughter has a birthday party to go to today, and she provided me with a little sketch of what style of card she wanted me to make for her friend.  It was a little more challenging than that, though, as she also specified which colors I was to use!  So, here is what I came up with:
The background is a cover-the-card stamp from Impression Obsession, and it is stamped in "Mowed Lawn" from the Tim Holtz line of Distress Inks from Ranger.  The flowers are white paper pressed into into "Squeezed Lemonade" Distress Ink.  I stamped the centers with Soft Canteloupe from Hero Arts, but it was very bright over the yellow, so I toned it down and added some sparkle with some sequins from Ellen Hutson and Studio Calico.  The leaves are green neon ink from Hero Arts, and The white ink is from Color Box.  The white gel pen is Signo, the blue jewels are from Doodlebug Designs, the ribbon is from American Crafts, and the wood veneer is from Studio Calico.

On the inside of the card, I used a Stamp from Simon Says Stamp, and Neon Green ink from Hero Arts.  Because my technique was a little poor, and I waited too long to stamp the sentiment, it came out a  little blotchy, so I decided to make some of the words a little clearer using my ATYOU Spica glitter pens.  Then I had to add a little blue inside, too, so I put glitter dots around the word Birthday!  

I also created a little gift bag.  I love the look of the neon inks from Hero Arts on kraft.

My favorite part of this card is the sequins.  I never know what to do with them, and I finally used some!   In celebration, I am going to have a little give away.  Comment below, telling me your favorite thing to do with sequins by 10:00 pm EDS Tuesday, and I will choose 2 random commenters to receive a little bag of sequins from Studio Calico's Atlantic Line, and a few iridescent pink and vanilla sequins from Ellen Hutson.

I can't wait to hear your ideas!