Sunday, October 19, 2014

peace and joy wreath {lawn fawn october inspiration week}

Hi there! and welcome back to another day of lawn fawn inspiration. Today, we're showing off new alphabets! Finley's ABCs and Violet's ABCs.

Here's what I created:

peace and joy wreath {lawn fawn october inspiration week}


I put the Violet's letters into the frame from Sweater Weather. They fit perfectly! And I love the fancy "and" included in this alphabet set. So pretty.

peace and joy wreath {lawn fawn october inspiration week}

I stamped an entire wreath using Deck the Hall branches onto the card base. Then, I stamped out half a wreath onto a separate piece of cardstock and cut it out using the partial die-cut technique. That way, I got all of the nice die-cut edges without the bulk of layering individual branches.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

lawn fawn october inspiration week: a sweatered moose.

Hi there! It's time to kick off lawn fawn's october inspiration week! You can enter their big giveaway *here.*

Today, the design team is showing off critters in the arctic.

lawn fawn october inspiration week: a sweatered moose.

I couldn't help but draw him a little sweater, and doodle the same pattern onto his hat.

A little tip, when you are masking more than 1 thing, like I did here with both the hat and the cardinal. Think about your stamping order. Here, I stamped the hat onto a piece of white cardstock, masked it and then stamped the moose. I knew where I wanted the cardinal to rest, though, so I wiped off some of the ink from the moose's left antler before stamping down. The only thing that isn't seamless is the fact that you can see the moose's back through the cardinal's feet (feet? gah.)

I wanted this card to feel as warm as possible, so I used a falling snow stencil and some embossing paste around the focal image, and roughed up the edges of the patterned paper. The texture created lends that cozy feel I was after.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Friday, October 17, 2014

my husband, the caroler and the alpine giveaway winner.

I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but before I begin, I just want you all to know how much it means to me that you like alpine carolers!  I have been blushing for a few days straight now.

When I wrote up my stampede post, I mentioned that I would show you how to customize the kids. I have 3 kids, and wanted it to look like that. You'll see a few projects where I did just that in the coming week.  So anyways, I was reading through the comments when I got to one that made me go: oh crap.


Wait a minute, Karen. You thought I meant I would turn a caroler into Amar? whoops. I hadn't thought of doing that, but....

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

I must warn you that what follows is extreme ridiculousness.

my husband, the caroler and the alpine giveaway winner.


haha.  Who knew that it would be as easy as wiping the ink off the top of the head, and scribbling in a beard?

my husband, the caroler and the alpine giveaway winner.

I cleaned off the ink right above the ears, stamped in the glasses and carefully drew in the scalp and beard. No sweat, and it kept me giggling for an entire hour straight.

I added some mistletoe up top, from the new set Peace on Earth, and created my own greeting to fit within the Bloomsies banner.

my husband, the caroler and the alpine giveaway winner.

I kind of love it.

Now, onto the giveaway winner! Random.org picked this comment:


Yay, Yainea! I will send out your set very soon!

In case you don't know what my hubby looks like, here's who I want to be smooching under the mistletoe come Christmas:



♥.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Mama Elephant October Stampede!

I'm so excited to be kicking things off for the Mama Elephant October Stampede! To celebrate their 2nd birthday, Mama Elephant is stretching the stampede into a 3-day-long affair, with different designers ready to wow you each day. All of the October products are available in the store right now.



Let's get this thing going with more Alpine Carolers, yes? I designed this set in collaboration with Kryssi and Angela and I couldn't be more excited to see what others will do with my sweet carolers!

Until you get your order in, here's my take:

mama elephant october stampede!

All of the masking makes me a happy gal.  I bunched them together to look like a family: mom, dad, brother and sister. I know I'm missing an older sister in there (and a bald hubby, ha ha) for it to look like my family, but I'll show you what you can do for that next week.

mama elephant october stampede!

I love the ornament and stocking and other accessories that they can hold onto. The little kids are obviously flapping them around...

mama elephant october stampede!

I also added in the "happy" die-cut and sentiment from the featured promo set. You can see the full set - click here! It isn't in the store this month, but you can snag it for free. And you should. Skinny scripts and red embossing make it perfect for the holidays.

Mama Elephant is offering some special deals this month:

♥ there will be a 10% discount code active for the duration of the 3 day stampede blog hop (HAPPY2ME)
♥ purchases over $100 will receive the HAPPY EVERYTHING stamp set free
♥ purchases over $150 will receive the HAPPY EVERYTHING stamp set and HAPPY SCRIPT die free.

AND, as usual there are giveaways!  Mama Elephant is giving away THREE $25 gift certificates each day of the stampede blog hop, for a total of 9 winners. In addition, there will be exclusive prize giveaways on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  The winners will be chosen and announced on the ME blog on Monday, October 20th.

You know what to do! Comment on this post, comment on the ME blog, follow them on facebook and twitter and good luck!

For AN EXTRA chance to win a copy of Alpine Carolers, you can enter my personal giveaway *HERE* until October 17th at midnight (EST.)

There's more to see today on these blogs:

Pamela Ho ♥ Debby Hughes ♥ Elena Roussakis (you're here!) ♥ Geralyn Sy ♥ Emily Leiphart ♥ Karolyn Loncon ♥ Kristina Werner



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

thanksgiving place cards.

I just woke up and I think I'll skip breakfast this morning, I'm still so stuffed.  We enjoyed an epic thanksgiving yesterday, full of amazing food and beautiful family celebrations.

thanksgiving place cards

I always like to papercraft the place cards for the thanksgiving table. Given the fact that last year, my brother-in-law took a bite out of at least 3 cookie place cards (i'm still annoyed, can you tell? haha) I decided to dress up the kids table exclusively. It was a passive/aggressive play, I know...

I wanted to show off the place cards and my favorite new fall decorations before we headed over to my mom's for the real deal, so I staged a little something in my kitchen just for you.

thanksgiving place cards

My giant acorn found a new friend in the squirrel I picked up from Target this year.  And they both inspired the place-cards that I illustrated:

thanksgiving place cards

He's popping out of his own giant acorn - hee.

thanksgiving place cards

I colored the image and cut it out using a lawn fawn circle die, bending back a second circle that was adhered to the back so it could stand up.

As an aside: my kids all understand this whole paper-crafting thing I do, but my 9 year old cousin (who is now, since this summer, taller than I am!) was all: what is this? what do I do with it? it's so cute!

ha.

thanksgiving place cards

I hope you like them! I'm having so much fun learning Illustrator and trying to grow my skills.

Special props to my man, who didn't say anything when I asked if he would duck out at lunchtime to pick me some acorns and pinecones. He came back with a big bag of each. I love him.

♥.

Monday, October 13, 2014

thanksgiving postcards.

Happy thanksgiving, Canadians!  I know Americans still have more than a month before they can enjoy their big turkey dinner, but in the meantime I wanted to share something small that I crafted for the family.

thanksgiving postcards

Have you seen the new release from Simon Says Stamp? I love the new ugly sweater stamp sets that Kristina designed, but I wished for a bigger sweater; something to fit all of my fun lawn fawn stamps.

So I drew my own.

thanksgiving postcards

I illustrated a sweater, printed them 4 to a sheet and stamped them with the adorable acorn and fox from lawn fawn's into the woods set.

thanksgiving postcards


The sweaters are pretty big, and I didn't want to waste too much copic ink, so I sponged on the main sweater color. It's not perfect, since I didn't mask the edges, but it's not bothering me too much.

I made 4 of them: one for each of my kids, and my hubby too.  On the back, I wrote each one of them a little note.

thanksgiving postcards

Just a little way to celebrate the spirit of the thanksgiving holiday, and tell each one of them how blessed I am because of them.

I hope you like them, and the sweaters! I have a feeling you'll see them again sometime. hee.

♥.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Alpine Carolers: first look & giveaway

Hi there!

I am over the moon excited to give you a first look at Alpine Carolers, the set I designed in collaboration with Mama Elephant. They are showing it off on their blog today too - click!

alpine carolers: first look


I couldn't help but pair the littlest girl from the set (in her bear coat and tiny ugg boots) with a figgy pudding cupcake.

Here's how I transformed the Carnival Cupcakes treat:


I stamped the liner first, the one in the middle, and then did some selective inking on the cupcake top with the scalloped bottom (the one I circled.)  I inked it up and completely wiped off the ink from the bottom before stamping down.

With a copic multiliner, I drew a straighter line to fill in the bottom, and gave it the drippy line for the white glaze you'd see on a figgy pudding cake.


For the mistletoe topper, I inked up the floral cluster from Carnival Toppers (circled above) but wiped off the ink from the flower before stamping down. Three hand-drawn circles created the signature berries.  

Easy, right?

alpine carolers: first look

I love the whimsical fonts that Kryssi chose for the set (that is not my area of expertise at all!) I inked up part of the sentiment at a time, so that it would frame the image.

I hope you like it!

I created another card for the Mama Elephant blog today - click over to see it in full!

alpine carolers: first look

I'd love to know what you think of Alpine Carolers so far!

Leave me a comment on this post and I'll make it worth your while: I have an extra set to give away to one of you.  I'll leave it open until midnight on the 17th (EST) and announce the winner later that same day.

♥.