Wednesday, March 25, 2015

My lucky charm {lawn fawn inspiration week}

Hi there! We're winding down this month's Lawn Fawn inspiration week with a little Lucky Charm.

lucky charm {lawn fawn inspiration week}


I was chatting with my hilarious friend Miriam, when she remarked that the cat looked like he was fist pumping. A card was born. She's so clever, that one.

I used alphabet stamps to spell out the first part of the sentiment, and a flirty frame to ground the rest.

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

♥.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

stuck on you {lawn fawn inspiration week}

Howdy! The lawn fawn team is showing off the cactus-themed set, Stuck on You.

I had so much fun playing around with this set that I made 3 cards. Sit tight.

stuck on you {lawn fawn inspiration week}


I have a problem. I can't just stamp a solid image and be done with it. It's like how I always have to distress the paper edges. It looks too flat to me without any shading! So I made my little cactus couple, literally stuck onto each other, and then added some shading. I cut them out as one piece. Now they're really stuck together, hee hee.

stuck on you {lawn fawn inspiration week}

THEN. I started to become antsy. Like, I'm so unused to working with solid stamps that I couldn't help myself but add a hand-drawn border around each image.  I worked with a fine-tipped copic multliner pen:

stuck on you {lawn fawn inspiration week}

A sweet, simple notecard. It looks quirky and whimsical because of the hand-drawn outline. This time, I used the sprigs to frame out my sentiment.

Ok. But I still missed their cute faces. Enter attempt no. 3:

stuck on you {lawn fawn inspiration week}


This one got the kid vote at our house. The kids were in stitches. Once I popped on the cowboy hat and outlined the cactus in the same, fine-tipped copic pen as I did for the previous card, I realized that it didn't work. I had to find a thicker pen, to match the thicker outline on the cowboy hat.

A little caveat: the thicker the tip, the more hand-drawn it all looks.

stuck on you {lawn fawn inspiration week}

I like this dessert cowboy cactus. He looks like he's about to reach up a prickly arm and tip his hat to the lady.

"m'lady."

Or, maybe she's a seƱorita. And he's a Spanish cowboy.

♥.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

layered grassy cupcake liners {lawn fawn inspiration week}

Hi there! Lawn Fawn inspiration week continues! I'm showing off an idea for the grassy cupcake liners: layer 'em!

layered grassy cupcake liners {lawn fawn inspiration week}

Double, or triple layered?

And, for Easter, or for a woodland party?

layered grassy cupcake liners {lawn fawn inspiration week}


I have had those sugar gnomes for YEARS. Now that this photoshoot is done, I finally used up my stash of them. I featured them 2 other times, just on my blog. ha. If you could find them, I'd give you a virtual high five.

Here's a quick look at how to layer the cupcake liners:

layered grassy cupcake liners {lawn fawn inspiration week}

The top 2 layers fit together with no explanation, but if you would like it tripled, you'll have to pencil in the curve of the cupcake liner and cut away the excess. Also, cut away a bit on each side, so that the slot and tongue are free to connect.

As you can see, it doesn't have to be perfectly cut out to look perfect around a cupcake.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2015

missing you {lawn fawn inspiration week}

It's time for Lawn Fawn's inspiration week! Today, we're showing off Let's Play, the cutie set that sees critters playing at the park.

I went a more morose route:

missing you {lawn fawn inspiration week}


I mean, the see-saw was practically begging for it. The squirrel is all alone with no one to play with!

I used Lawn Fawn patterned paper for the night sky, adding a few more brilliant stars with a white gel pen.

missing you {lawn fawn inspiration week}

I gave the squirrel some bangs. hope that's ok...

I used the partial die-cut technique to cut the squirrel and the see-saw out as one unit. It was a bit dicey there where his tail and the handle meet, but otherwise, it all worked out.

There's more to see on the lawn fawn blog today - click!


Friday, March 20, 2015

potted pretties {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi there! We're winding down the Mama Elephant March stamp highlights with Potted Pretties.

I've already posted a mini card set, and a cactus with a punny sentiment.

I have a few more things to show you:

potted pretties {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Whichever of my 2 sisters delivers a baby first gets this card. Ha. One is due in April and the other in June. I hope the order keeps.

I used a sunray stencil to sponge on the light brown ink, and then grounded my main image onto white circle die-cuts.

potted pretties {mama elephant stamp highlight}


I can't wait to see how other crafters will color the flowers. I was stuck on blue for the "dad" flower for awhile...

I also made a few tags:

potted pretties {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I took a more artsy approach with these.

potted pretties {mama elephant stamp highlight}


It was accidental on this tag. I had finished coloring the peeking flowers, and then just took a light copic (E000) to outline the image and give it some pop. I guess it was over-filled because it leaked a huge droplet right onto the tag! Oh well, I was ready to scrap it. But then I kind of liked the hazy quality it gave the image. I held the marker over the tag and let it drip where it wanted to and then gave a wash of color over the whole thing. It's a very fun look!

The banner sweeping across is from the Sweet Havana die set.

potted pretties {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Isn't this tag so soft and pretty? Amazing what stamping in a lighter color can do. I stamped it in a light greay memento ink and colored it in, adding some detail to the leaves at the end.

I hope you like Potted Pretties as much as I do! Visit the ME blog today to see more - click!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

hellooooo {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi there! The ME design team is showing off the new sentiment set, Magic Moments.

I thought Ella & friends could help hoist up the banner:

helloooo! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

This card was easy peasy. Just stamps, a black ink pad and a handful of copics. I could do this all day.

All of the die-cut panels were from my discard/extras pile. Do you do that? If I'm already cutting into a sheet of white cardstock, I cut a little more to finish off the sheet. Same with patterned paper. And then when you get told, "you forgot to make a card for today," you can pull one together in no time.

True story.

helloooo! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog this morning - click!

♥.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

photobomb! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

When I saw the new Mama Elephant set, Photobomb, for the first time, I giggled. Like, to myself and out loud. It's so cute and unique, and I've never seen any other stamp set like it.

I don't own the polaroid die that is meant to be used with the largest image, but I made do with the skinnier polaroid die from Instalove. It's a perfect fit height-wise, and it allowed me to use the same focal image and display two of them side by side.

photobomb! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I kept it pretty simple, to let their many faces take center stage. I borrowed the "love this!" strip from another new set, Magic Moments, and a sentiment from Good Times.

I love that sentiment so much, and I thought it worked so well here!

photobomb! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

After I put this card together, I was wishing I had used different skin tones with my coloring. I will work something out in the future, for sure! It's so much fun to sit and color all of the different faces.

♥.