Thursday, January 26, 2012

Exciting Lawn Fawn news

Hi Friends

CHA is just around the corner… days away.  I wish I could go.  I love to see my crafty friends, and of course, there are the exciting new products coming out. 

I’ve a little insight to share about Lawn Fawn…Check out this video!

Lawn Fawn’s Bright Side paper, stickers and twine

Go to the Lawn Fawn Blog for the full scoop.

I’ve been super fortunate to be able to play with this yummy paper, and you’re going to love it.

Thanks for stopping in friends!

Hugs and blessings


Thursday, January 19, 2012

Continuing with rejects

Hi Friends

I have another card today that was a reject from the latest Paper Crafts Publications call.

It’s kind of fun to see these summery cards with the cold temperatures.


I used several Lawn Fawn stamps for this card, Cruising Through Life, Bon Voyage, Schoolhouse Backdrops, and Admit One.

I got the idea to make the road from Schoolhouse Backdrops from my super sweet friend, Laurel.

Thanks for stopping in friends

Hugs and blessings


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Reject time

Hi Friends,

Well, it’s never fun to submit for publication calls and not have them picked up. The upside is that I have some projects to share with you at the blog.

Anyway, here is a card that I made for the shaped cards category.


I used Lawn Fawn’s Hello Friend, and Blissful Botanicals. I cute the flower shape using my Nestabilities.

Thanks for stopping by

Hugs and blessings


Monday, January 16, 2012

Lawnscaping Winter Wonderland

Hi Friends

I don’t know about where you are, but winter arrived last Thursday in Indianapolis. We went from 50 degree temperatures to the teens and a few inches of snow. Normally, I’m okay with snow, but this storm prevented a friend from visiting. We were bummed but will reschedule.

The new Lawnscaping challenge celebrates winter. Create any winter themed project. The challenge is sponsored by Lawn Fawn, so get your creative juices flowing.

Here’s what I came up with.


I also incorporated a layout from the Online Clean and Simple card-making class. This is such a great class, there’s so much fun inspiration.

I’m going to be in Berlin for work, so I won’t be spending any time in the craft room until next weekend. I am scheduling blog posts, so there will be projects up at the blog.

Hope you decide to play in the new Lawnscaping challenge.

Hugs and blessings


Thursday, January 12, 2012

Online Card Class Sketch

Hi Friends

I’m participating in the Clean and Simple Online Card Class. This is the first time I’ve done a class like this, and I’m loving all the inspiration. I’m way behind on trying out some of the techniques, etc. But I did make something using the sketches they provided.  Here’s what I came up with:


I used some Paper Smooches stamps.  I just love this Promenade set. As you can see I let the colors of the patterned paper (My Mind’s Eye) dictate the color scheme. 

Thanks for stopping by today

Hugs and blessings


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sympathy cards

Hi Friends,

I know I keep apologizing for neglecting my blog, but I am here again to say sorry for the length between posts. Last week proved to be quite eventful. Be advised, I am long-winded for a few paragraphs, so if you want to skip ahead to the projects, I completely understand

My sweet chihuahua, Bella, had exploratory surgery and liver biopsy done on Monday in response to some abnormal blood tests (and exams following those results). We found out that she has a genetic liver condition where she doesn’t have full liver function, so she will be going on a special diet. Thankfully, her recovery from surgery is going well, and she’s acting much more like herself this week (although she’s supposed to be taking it easy until next Monday).

Then on Tuesday, a sweet friend of ours from church passed away. We love their entire family. He was only 56 and had just found out that cancer had returned. Although his cancer had returned, the death was unexpected as he had just completed radiation treatments and not yet started chemotherapy. He left behind a wife of 29 years, a son, and a daughter (and soon to be son-in-law).

I cannot tell you how much I love this family and him. He had such a special relationship with his daughter, Amber, who will be marrying Alex in May. (And I am blessed to be making her invitations). My heart breaks to know that he won’t be walking her down the aisle. They had a relationship the exemplified what a father-daughter relationship should be. He adored her (and his son too). As a woman who has no relationship with her father, and whose father didn’t attend her wedding, seeing their love for each other was always such an encouragement for me. It was a vision of the Heavenly Father’s love for me which I haven’t seen in my own life.

Lest, I continue to go on in a depressing way, I am so excited for Gordon to be in Heaven with his Savior, Jesus Christ, where there are no more tears, and no more pain. No cancer, and no chemo. Gordon was dreading enduring chemo again, and praise the Lord that God spared him of that. I look forward to seeing Gordon again.

Prior to Gordon’s passing, I had made some sympathy cards. We try to send them to families in the church when appropriate, so I like to have some on hand. As we all know, they aren’t the most fun to make, but seriously they are one of the best cards to send to people. I cannot tell you how many times people have expressed their appreciation for receiving a hand-made sympathy card. I would encourage you to make some and more importantly, send them.

I’m going to post a few that I made so that they’re all in one post.


I used some new Hero Arts stamps from their 2012 catalog. (Remember sentiments, Dot Flower Background). I embossed the background, I just think that adds a nice touch of dimension. I like to keep sympathy cards pretty simple, so I find embossing nice to include.

The black lace ribbon is from May Arts.

One note to consider if you are going to stamp your sentiment over the embossing, use Stazon ink. I’ve found that to work, but not die inks. I’ve not tried pigment or chalk inks, so those could work too.

Thanks for stopping in today. I will have a happier card to share tomorrow.

One last thing, there is still a little time left to enter the Lawnscaping challenge, featuring birthday projects.

Hugs and blessings


Monday, January 2, 2012

Lawnscaping—Happy Birthday

Birthday (2)Hi Friends,

Happy New Year! We’re kicking off 2012 with the first Lawnscaping challenge.  This is the one year anniversary of the challenge, so we’re having a sort of a birthday party. Our challenge this time is to create a birthday themed project, AND there’s a special gift for the followers of the Lawnscaping challenge blog

Our challenge this time is sponsored by the awesome online store, Simon Says Stamp.  They are giving away a $25 shopping certificate to the winner. 


Here is my project.


I thought this was a fun winter birthday card.  I used the following Lawn Fawn sets:  Making Frosty Friends, Bannerific, Sophie’s Sentiments, Pa-Rum-Pa-Pa-Pum, and Hats Off to You.  I made the pom-poms using some DMC floss.  (I’m thinking of doing some photo step out instructions for making these if there’s interest, so please let me know if you’d like to see how I made these—they are super easy).

Head on over to the Lawnscaping blog to check out the birthday present for you!  Everyone needs birthday cards, so I hope you’ll decide to play along!

Hugs and blessings