Wednesday, October 1, 2014

missing you.

I'm so happy I had time to play with new stamps, just because.  The little critters in Avery Elle's More Stories are so whimsical and cute! They are hand-drawn to perfection by my friend Heather.

missing you


It may seem like a very simple card, but the die-cutting was a little tricky. I stamped the banner, masked in the bunny, and stamped a kite to go along with. And then I die-cut it to look like a single image. I watched the video Pamela made for Mama Elephant and I decided to try it out. I'm hooked. It looks so much cleaner than having the white outlines around every individual image, and so cute to be able to float this image inside a circle aperture.

missing you

I hope you like it!

♥.

Monday, September 29, 2014

you've got this.

Just for fun, I'm sharing an illustration I made for Sofia.  She isn't a runner, and with her knees still recovering from last year's surgeries she was so nervous to have to run 2K in her gym class. I tucked this little card into her lunch box and hoped it would put a smile on her face.

you've got this.


I hand-drew the girl and her huge apple, then scanned and turned it into an illustrated digital image for myself.

you've got this.

I thought she looked pretty cute in her little gym shorts and high socks. A little retro cool. But maybe not with black shoes. haha. Not sure why I colored those that color now that I look back.

you've got this.

I used my favorite Avery Elle sentiment, and stamped it twice for a heavier and crisper impression. I wanted to make sure the sentiment would stand out.  I used a stamp-a-ma-jig to make sure that I landed in the exact same place on the second stamping.  My hands aren't steady enough to wing it.

I also did some fancy die-cutting around the apple stem and leaf: I washi-taped my stitched rectangle die where I wanted it and sent it through the big shot 3 times: once to cut the lower half of the rectangle, and then on either side, making sure not to cut where I had the apple bleeding outside of its borders.  Finally, some scissor work to cut the top of the apple and make it look seamless.

I loaded the whole thing onto a walnut notecard (I need more and more of these, I can't stop using them!) and popped it into Sofia's bag.

When she came home, she had tears in her eyes because she was in the slower half of her class, but when she said: I didn't give up, mama. some of the girls quit, but I made it to the end -

we celebrated.

Here's to not giving up. You've got this, not matter what your "this" may be.

♥.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

a big bear hug.

With lawn fawn's inspiration week over, I'm at the end of my marathon blogging of 9 days in a row.  And even though this the last project I'm sharing with you, it was the very first one I created.

When I received the Mama Elephant dies, I was trying to make little cards and things for the kids to brighten up their first days at school.

I used the new Tags a Lot dies to create these little bear hug packages for lunchtime treats:

a great big bear hug

My kids are huge fans of the carnival cupcakes set that was released last month, so I knew they would love these tags.  I didn't anticipate my son coming home telling me how much he loved the treat, but that he got teased by his friends.

womp, womp.

I guess we're at that age now. He told me to keep making him stuff, but could I please just give him the tags separately at home? ha.

a great big bear hug

I combined the adorable bear image with a custom sentiment using sketchy letters.

And inside the packages? Had to be bear cookies, of course!

a great big bear hug


I hope you like it, and thanks for stopping by!

♥.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

milk and cookies.

We're hitting the tail end of Lawn Fawn's September inspiration week. What'd you think?

Today, we're showing off the adorable Milk and Cookies and its coordinating dies.

I spotted this print on pinterest:


and decided it had to be remade with my lawn fawn set.

milk and cookies.


I kind of love their poses!  I gave the milk a mustache (ha) and the lady-cookie has demurely turned in feet.

milk and cookies.

Where their hands meet it twirls into a heart. awwww.  I kept this card pretty scrappy by cutting 2 stitched rectangles (from the snow day paper collection) and angling them over a stamped background.

nom, nom, nom.

milk and cookies.

I hope you like it!

If you want to see what else I've done with this set, check out my milk & cookies party.

And don't forget to stop by the lawn fawn blog and see what the rest of the design team has cooked up.

♥.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

snow day.

Hi there! We're nearing the end of Lawn Fawn's September inspiration week - I hope you've enjoyed it so far.  Today we're showing off the most adorable set, Snow Day, and its coordinating dies.

snow day


I made a shaker card!  I pulled out my favorite snowman and paired him with his new bunny friends. When I first showed this card to Kelly Marie, she said it looked like the snowman had groupies. haha.

snow day

I colored and positioned them in front of the shaker window. I chose a paper from the snow day collection, and positioned it so it looked like there were more bunnies and birds playing in the snow behind them.

snow day

Tilt it back to see all of the glitter, ready to fall.

snow day

It's a blizzard, y'all.

I hope it! There's more from the rest of the design team on the Lawn Fawn blog today - click!

Monday, September 22, 2014

forest bordered goodie bags.

I have a lot to show you this morning, so without any of the usual chatter, lemme show you how to make these:

forest border goodie bags

I made treat bags to show off lawn fawn's new snow day collection.  It's the regular goodie bag, but I combined it with the forest border to give it an extra special look.

forest border goodie bags

You could just cut a forest border, and tuck it inside, but seamless is so much nicer...

forest border goodie bags


So let's get to the tutorial!

forest border goodie bags


In case you can't read the type on the pictures, I'll repeat it: cut 2 goodie bag pieces.

forest border goodie bags


On each piece, try to find the straightest portion of the forest border die, and cut just below the handle. We want that thing off!

forest border goodie bags

OFF.

forest border goodie bags

The trickiest part: don't assemble the bag yet! Hold the front of the bag, with the forest border and pinch it to the side. Make a pencil mark where you will want the edges to line up. Do this for each side!

forest border goodie bags


Once each side has a pencil marking, you can line it all up and send it through your machine.

forest border goodie bags

All ready to be assembled!

forest border goodie bags

Trim off whatever is extra when you fold in the sides and there you have a very pretty looking holiday box!

You can stop here and it looks fantastic. I added some strips of patterned paper to the inside for an extra pop:

forest border goodie bags

I hope you like it!

Check out the lawn fawn blog for more snow day collection inspiration - click!

♥.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

stay cozy.

It's getting colder here. Sweater weather, air-conditioning turned off, near freezing temperatures in the morning. Tall boots, too.

I even had a salted mocha latte at starbucks the other day.

Just keep all of that in as we continue to show wintery/christmasy things to promote lawn fawn's latest release. (a friend sent me an annoyed email telling me to knock it off since it was still officially summer... ha)

Today, I'm showing off stitched snowflakes.

stay cozy


I used Finley's abcs and the Snow Day heart layered over a stitched snowflake.

stay cozy

I gave the snowflake some chunkiness by layering 4 of them together. No need for foam tape now!

stay cozy

The wavy middle panel was created by die-cutting the same rectangle shape as my base layer, and then using the stitched hillside borders on either side. I love the finished look I got by keeping a stitched border all around.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the lawn fawn blog today - click!

♥.