Monday, August 1, 2011

Lawnscaping challenge

Hi Friends,

I hope you had a great weekend.  I can’t believe it’s Monday already, and August!  Time flies. This summer has been so hot that we’ve not really been able to be outside to enjoy it. 

Speaking of time flying, it’s already time for another fun Lawnscaping Challenge!  This one is about distressing. The options are wide open for this one.  You can distress edges, images, or background colors.  I wanted to challenge myself on this one and decided to go with making a background color scheme.


I wanted to create the feel of a sunset.  It took a few trial and errors to get the effect I was going for.  In the end, I am satisfied with how the colors turned out. I used Tim Holtz’s Wild Honey and Fired Brick distress inks along with a some Stampin’ Up So Saffron (it’s lighter).  I started inking my white Neenah paper with the So Saffron ink, then added the Wild Honey, and then the Fired Brick. I went back with the Wild Honey to get some blending and smoothing out of the color. 

For the scene, I broke out Lawn Fawn’s “Critters in the Forest.” I’ll confess here that I had these images colored and filed away (I love to color and cut, so sometimes I will sit and do that while we watch television. Then I have a stash of colored images to create from.)  I used the sentiment from Lawn Fawn’s “On the Mend”.  I arranged them and wanted to leave some “white space” or “sunset space” in this case (wink).  I tell you it was tough for me not to put something in it. 

Our challenge sponsor this time is the fabulous Simon Says Stamp. They are offering up a $25 shopping spree to the winner.  I have to tell you, I just love them. They are so nice and quick to ship.  This is a great prize, I tell you.

Be sure to go to the Lawnscaping blog to check out the other design team members’ inspirational pieces. There are some super duper fabby creations to get your mojo flowing.

Thanks for stopping in.

Hugs and blessings



Yainea said...

Beautiful and stunning sunset! I have a little stash of colored Lawn Fawn's images too, haha.

Laurel Beard said...

Wowzers. I am in love with your background. Your sunset is amazing. And adding some adorable critters to the scene? Can't go wrong there. I love this!!!!

Chari Moss said...

Beautiful Sunset! I love the little red bird, I never think to color him red! :)

Christiana said...

Lynnette, this is GORGEOUS! I gasped when I saw that sunset. So beautiful! I'm so glad you resisted the urge to clutter up the background. Your card is perfectly balanced and lets that beautiful sunset take center stage.

And I love your idea of coloring and cutting an image and filing it away. I've recently started stamping an image twice when I need one. Then I color them both at once (differently) and save the extra for later. I think it will make putting together quick cards a lot easier for me, since I tend to put 3-4 hours into each one right now. I'm a slow crafter, what can I say?

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Lynette, this is so cute! Love the coloring.

Ashley Newell said...

This is gorgeous, Lynnette! I love the beautiful background you created and those adorable little critters! Super cute!