Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lawn Fawn and Cardmaker Blog Hop

Hi Friends

Today, Lawn Fawn and CardMaker are joining together for a fun blog hop with prizes.

Here’s the project I made:


I just love the new Home Sweet Home set from Lawn Fawn. I think I may have mentioned that before. This card is super easy, just stamp and color.  You could easily kick it up a notch by adding some patterned paper or a border around the panel. For this one, I just wanted to keep it simple.

Here’s the list of blogs for you to continue on the hop:

CardMaker blog

AJ Otto

Elena Roussakis

Christine Okken

Lynnette Kauffman

Glenda J. Wyatt

Latisha Yoast

Ivanka Lentle

Tiffany Johnson

Jennie Harper

Chari Moss

Melanie Muenchinger

Yainea Nunez

Lawn Fawn blog


Have fun hopping!!!

Hugs and blessings


Friday, March 22, 2013

Taylored Expressions Cuppie fun

Hi Friends,

Happy Friday!!  I don’t know about you, but I am so glad the weekend is here. I’ve had a heck of a week and glad to see it come to a close.  AND I am going to visit a friend and help her celebrate her 40th birthday. It should be super fun, she’s having a roller-skating, 80s themed party.  SO, look out, we’ll be bringing out the neon, lace, and BIG HAIR!

Anyway, before I take off for the weekend, I wanted to share a couple of Taylored Expressions Cuppie cards.




Both of these cards use the Taylored Expressions, Cuppie set, Sweet Indulgence. It’s so cute with so many fun images and coordinating sentiments.  I put it with the gorgeous papers from Pebbles, Seen and Noted.

Hope you enjoy, and have a blessed weekend!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Lawn Fawn Sharp Backdrops

Hi Friends

I hope your week is going well and that you are having fun with the Lawn Fawn inspiration week. I know I love seeing what the rest of the design team creates.  I get so many great ideas.

Today, we are featuring projects where Sharp Backdrops is the star.  I came up with a couple of projects to share…



You can see that I coupled the projects with sentiments from the new “So Much to Say” set which is so versatile. Of course, I had to use some of that yummy new twine (Lemon Single Cord, and Pink Lemonade Single Cord).

These were both pretty quick cards to make and could be easily mass produced. The hardest part was cutting out the hats, but I enjoy cutting.

Thanks for stopping by today, please visit the Lawn Fawn blog to see the rest of the design team projects and for a chance to win some fun prizes.

Hugs and blessings


Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lawn Fawn—Home Sweet Home

Hi Friends

Lawn Fawn inspiration week resumes today.  And we are featuring projects from the super cute set, Home Sweet Home. I adore this set. I love birds and birdhouses, so this is right up my alley.

I have two projects to share with you:



These stamps are so super cute.  And there is the coordinating Home Sweet Home Lawn Cut set. 

I am looking forward to spending more time playing with this set. It is so much fun and so adorable.

Remember to head to the Lawn Fawn Blog to see all the design team creations.

Hugs and Blessings


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Taylored Expressions March Studio Challenge


It's time for the Baker's Dozen Studio Challenge.  This is a monthly opportunity for the Taylored Expressions team to share what makes our stamping studios hum.  Each month we  have a fun, crafty question so we can share our favorites, some tips and tricks, stamping advice and more.
The question for March is:
You oughta be in pictures!!
We all love to share our completed projects with others on our blogs and in on-line galleries.  So, when the stamping ends, the photography begins.  This is a fun step for some and a frustrating one for others.  How is it for you?
Tell us how you get those beautiful project photos.
Let me preface this post, I feel completely unqualified to do this post. I need some photography lessons myself.  But I am happy to share with you what I do. Here is what my set up looks like with the project inside…
I recently got a photobox that I now use. It was a Christmas present from my husband, and I believe he purchased it from Amazon since he only shops online. Prior to this, I had made a photobox out of the thick posterboard which can be purchased at Michaels.  
The photobox I have came with the two site lamps which really are of no use. I have them sitting there but do not use them. They create “hot spots” within the photobox and don’t light up my cards at all.  That is why I have the lamp in the front to try and get more light in there. It’s all about light isn’t it? 
I have some white paper taped up to add as a back drop for the Taylored Expressions projects. Because they fall down, I tape up the vertical piece so that it isn’t crashing in on my project while I photograph it. 
Most of the time, I photograph my projects with a Nikon D40 which is now a retired camera from Nikon, but it’s a great versatile camera.  Of course, today, I had problems with it (my battery is dead and the charger is MIA).  I had to break out the iPhone 5 camera, which thankfully is a good camera. 
I edit my photos in Photoshop elements, and I use only the most basic editing features it offers. I have yet to figure out all the nuances of PSE.  I do have a book that my husband bought me called, “How to Cheat in Photoshop Elements,” and I need to spend some time with it. (Wink)
So back to the project, here’s what I created:
014I broke out the Crate Paper, Acorn Avenue and die cut it with the Silhouette Stems 2, and 3. I covered the base and created a panel for the card with paper from the Crate Paper, Acorn Avenue Then I stamped the “You’re in my Thoughts sentiment from Posh Posies
I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to reading the tips from the rest of the Taylored Expressions Design team.  Be sure to visit their blogs.  Here are the links to help you get started:

Carole Burrage
Charmaine Ikach
Jen Shults
Kerri Mchaud
Lynnette Kauffman
Sankari Wegman
Shannon White
Shelly Mercado
Stephanie Kraft
Tammie Edgerton
Taylor VanBruggen
Wanda Guess
Hope you enjoy the posts! Thanks for stopping by.
Hugs and blessings

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #54

Hi Friends

Happy Monday, I hope you had a great weekend.  Ours was nice and relaxing but still not long enough.  That always seems to be my sentiments on Monday… Anyway, enough about that.  Today is the start of a new Lawnscaping challenge. This challenge features stitching (faux or real).


Because I am scared of my sewing machine, I opted for the faux route.  Here’s what I came up with:


I used the following Lawn Fawn goodies:  Happy Easter, Summertime Charm, Summertime Lawn Cuts, Daphne’s closet petit paper, and lime single cord

I also added a stamped and die cut jar out of velum over the top of the jar to make it look more like a filled jar. 

Lawn Fawn is sponsoring the challenge, so the winner will receive a stamp set of their choice!

Thanks for stopping by, please go to the Lawnscaping blog to see the rest of the design team projects.  I hope you decide to play along.

Lawn Fawn Inspiration week-Daphne’s Closet

Hi Friends
It’s going to be a busy week here at the blog.  Lawn Fawn has it’s  March inspiration week.  Today we are featuring projects using the new paper line, Daphne’s closet.
I just love these papers.  The colors and patterns are so pretty. 
Here is what I have come up with:
I just adore paper-piecing.  These papers are great for it.  I pulled out the Summertime Charm stamp set again, and paper pieced with different papers from the Daphne’s Closet petit paper pack

Here's another project using these fabulous papers....

I used some of the stamps from Home Sweet Home, and Plus One .  These papers are perfect for paper piecing

Be sure to head over the Lawn Fawn blog to see all the design team projects.
Thanks for stopping by. Hugs and blessings

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Lawn Fawn Inspiration week-So Much to Say

Hi Friends

It’s time for the March Lawn Fawn inspiration week.  The design team is featuring projects from the CHA Lawn Fawn release.

Today’s projects are to feature the “So Much to Say” stamp set. This set features so many big sentiments in unique fonts.

Here’s my project coupled with some paper from Daphne’s Closet and Sunny Skies stamps


Be sure to head over to the Lawn Fawn blog to see the rest of the design team projects and to sign up for a chance to win some Fawnie goodies.

Hugs and Blessings


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stamp Fever--Lawn Fawn 3rd Birthday party

Hi Friends
Today, I’m excited to be taking part of a Lawn Fawn 3rd birthday celebration being hosted by Stamp Fever. Be sure to visit the Stamp Fever Facebook site here.
LF birthday logo
Here’s a little more about Stamp Fever….
Stamp Fever is a charming little store in Orange, California. We carry all things related to the crafting hobbies of stamping, card-making and paper crafting.  We stock a variety of stamps, papers, inks and supplies. We can also provide special orders for items you find online. We offer weekly stamping classes along with demos and make ‘n takes throughout the month.
Stamp Fever participates in the Southern California Shop Hop! Our design team goes all out to deck our store in theme related finery and we always have a charming Photo Op to add to the memories of your Shop Hop experience.
Stamp Fever is hosting a Lawn Fawn 3rd Birthday celebration! The party is on Saturday March 16 from 1-4. If you are in the area, please stop in for a visit and to share some birthday cake with Kelly and Mike, owners of Lawn Fawn. Kelly will share a special Make ‘n Take featuring one of Lawn Fawn’s newest sets “Summertime Charm”.
There will be prize drawings at the party but we don’t want to exclude our blog readers. We will randomly choose one winner from those who comment at The Stamp Fever blog and one more random winner from comments on the Hop Participant blogs. To increase your chances of winning: Follow the Stamp Fever blog in a reader or by email subscription; sign up for our Newsletter; follow Stamp Fever on Facebook and leave us a comment there. Each winner will receive a Lawn Fawn Stamp set and coordinating Lawn Cuts Die set.
Comment to enter prize drawing until 10:00 pm PDT on Friday March 15. The random drawing will take place at the party. The two winners will be announced Sunday, March 17 on the Stamp Fever blog.
Here are the list of blog hop participants, please check out their projects!
Nicole- Unify Handmade
Chari- MossyMade
Britta- Britta Swiderski Creative
Vera- Ling's Design Studio
Lynnette- Netter's Notables
Barb- ...Enjoying Life
Lin- Sending Hugs
Marcy- En Papillote Arts
Kathy- Wading in Creativity
Katie- Katie's Quarks
Virginia- Yes, Virginia
Melissa- Love My Scraps
Deborah- Society of Stampaholics
Nancy- Happy Heart Studio
Lawn Fawn Blog
Stamp Fever Blog
Annette- My Clever Creations
Have fun hopping and hope you in the area can join in the party at Stamp Fever.
Hugs and Blessings

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Taylored Expressions Birthday ensemble

Hi Friends

I’m back from lots of business travel.  I’m happy to be home for a while.  It’s taken a bit to get crafting again. You know how you lose the mojo if you get away for a bit. 

Well, I have a friend who had a birthday, so I needed a little gift ensemble to make the package special. Here’s what I came up with:


I used a tin I purchased from Michaels as the box, and I covered it with Pebbles Seen and Noted patterned paper and embellished with die cuts using Elegant Butterfly Overlay, and Banner Stacklets.  I made the mini card using some paper from patterned paper. Sentiments on the tin and the card both come from the super cute You Take the Cake stamp set.

Incidentally, her present is a matching necklace and bracelet from Lia Sophia. Hoping she loves the whole package.

Have a great weekend!

Hugs and blessings