Monday, May 18, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Look Out World


Hello there! Almost June! Can't believe it. My kids will be done with school in less than two weeks. I can't wait for the freedom to roam without a schedule. Alas, two of them want to take summer school, so that freedom will end soon. But I'm planning a full schedule of fun for when summer classes are over.

Next year, I'll have one in 11th grade, one in 9th, and one in 4th. Yikes!


My middlest is such a character. He's my one kid with curly hair. If you've seen photos of me (check out my Instagram) or know me, you know that I have straight hair. So I have no idea what's going on with his hair or what to do with his hair. He hates to have his hair cut. But instead of getting longer, it gets puffier, and puffier. And then it gets all lop sided because he hates to brush it. He pushes the brush around just so he can tell me he did his hair. I'm not buying it, but then again, I know to choose my fights. And hair combing, apparently, is not one of them. That's how he ended up leaving the house in a suit and tie to have his 8th grade graduation photos taken with that hair!

We joke that he's harboring little hamsters or baby birds in there, but truth is: girls love that hair. As in, girls looooooove that hair. Not sure that's a good thing for me. But apparently it is for him.


Hair aside, I used a piece of patterned paper that I've been hoarding for a few years now. I loved that Story Teller line from Crate Paper so much. It's time to put it to good use.


All the sentiments are from the Look Out World stamp set. That torn paper die is called Memo Pad Card. The little I *heart* U half-circle is from the The Best Things set and the matching die is from the Hexagon set. I've stamped them using Versafine (black), Colorbox Pigment Ink (red), and Zing embossing powder (gold).

Thanks for coming by! Hope you have a great Monday. xo

Monday, March 30, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Awesome Overload


Happy Monday! Nothing like a shiny, new week. Oh the possibilities... (Alas, all of my plans involve some sort of decluttering/reducing/scrubbing/laundering. Good times!)


I've been planning a layout using these photos for a while. That's my youngest when he was three years old. He chose that yellow bicycle (Spider Man pattern on it), the pink helmet (his favorite color), and teeny water bottle (tiny version of dad's). Since we had struggled teaching our older kids how to ride bikes, my husband decided that we shouldn't even attach the training wheels. Apparently, that was not a problem for the Littlest. Two weekends of riding down the side slope of our house, and boom, he was riding that two-wheeler on his own. I was seven when I learned. Whose kid is this?!?!


The stamp sets I used for this are: Hello Flair, Matter of Time, and Kinda Wonderful. I used a combo of dye and pigment inks. On the photo (matte paper), I used pigment ink. I find that pigment ink works better with matte photo papers.

And that is it! Thanks for coming by today. Hope you have a great week!


Thursday, March 26, 2015

YES: Quick and Simple Cards


Hey, y'all! I'm blogging at Your Everyday Stamps.


More info on the YES blog. Thanks for dropping by!


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Lawn Fawn: It's Magic


Hey, y'all! I'm back with another Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week project. This one uses the Pint-Sized Patterns: Beachside papers and Stuck On You dies (it has a matching stamp set).

I just love blue and orange together. Ah, complementary colors.


The heart and cactus are from Stuck On You. The alpha die set is called Finley's ABC. My fave!


The location is Joshua Tree National Park. If you've never been, add it to your bucket list. A total must! (Tip: go during winter and stay late for stargazing.) But for now, head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog and leave comments on this week's posts for chances to win the new stuff. Thanks for coming by!


Monday, March 23, 2015

Lawn Fawn: Lucky Me!


Lawn Fawn is hosting its monthly inspiration week right now. And here is one of my contributions to the week. A pint-sized layout (6x6) using the new Pint-Sized Patterns: Beachside papers. Love love love how scrapable they are! I know... that's not a word, but the papers are just so awesome for scrapbooking! And truly great for card making too. I have always loved the smaller patterns on the B-side of papers more, and this is a whole line filled with them. The colors are pretty fab too. For this layout, I used a combo of the 12x12 sheets and the petite paper pack.

Please ignore the bad grammar and possible typos. I forgot to proofread it before I printed it. Adds a certain level of charm? Uh... no.

I'm also using the new My Lucky Charm stamps and die set. The set includes the asian lucky cat! I've been wanting a big one for my workspace. If you ever see one, alert me! But anyway, back to the layout...


I printed the journaling directly onto matte photo paper. I used an Instagram photo of my youngest sporting a leprechaun hat. Well, more like I forced him to wear it. But he was a good sport about it. Kinda. And added the die cuts with pop up dots. The title is from the same stamp set and I used Lawn Fawn Freshly Cut Grass ink.

And that's my story. Don't forget to come by tomorrow for another project, and do go by Lawn Fawn's blog today and leave a comment to win new goodies!


Monday, March 16, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Puppy Love


Hey, y'all! My brother and his wife have this new puppy: a fluffy white 2.5 lbs Maltese named Luigi (first dog is Yoshi, I really thought this one should be Mario. My brother thought it should be Bowser, but it technically belongs to the SIL and she was not taking suggestions. Harumpf!) When I was visiting them around the holidays, I could not get enough of Lui. Like all babies, he wanted lots of attention, to play, and to nap. Oh, and to poop and pee. Did I mention that he wasn't house trained yet, and that we had him at my mom and dad's house? And that my mom is a clean freak? And that there were many accidents? He's not my mom's favorite right now.

But back to cuteness overload.

If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen this photo.


That's him. That's my Luigi. (Well, technically not mine. Bummer.) The 'gram ended up on this layout using Technique Tuesday's stamps and dies (All You Need Is Love, Williamsburg Alpha, Pockets of Love dies)



The "loves" on top and the arrow were from the die set, watercolored with these awesome crayons. The heart was stamped and cut out by hand. I all kinds of love the combo of light turquoise-y blue with pink. And I love that little fur face.

How about one last cute photo? Here he is being "forced" into a snowman suit. Poor creature. My husband wanted to get him a warm jacket, but they didn't have anything small enough for Lui. The one thing that would fit him was a snowman suit, which Lui hated. I mean, HATED! Can you tell?


Every time, he wore it, he'd try to shake it off so hard, he'd do a flip. Poor pup. By the way, Luigi is almost 3lbs now! Monster-size dog! Ha!


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Technique Tuesday: Happy Spring!


Hey, Crafty Friends! You know when your craft supply order comes in and you are itching to create? Last week, I got my new Technique Tuesday stamps on the same day as my order with Distress Inks. Best day of the week!

I had been waiting for the License Plate Alpha set to come back in stock. It was so popular, the set sold out when it was first released. These stamps do not disappoint. Such an awesome font and size. I wanted to create something quick with the alpha and the new-to-me Distress Inks. I'm so not a Distress Ink expert. But those adorable little minis, coupled with some serious enabling from my stamping friends proved too hard to resist (I'm looking at you Chari Moss!)


When you first stamp with Distress Inks, the look is blotchy and unlike dye inks, it stays blotchy. I love that splotchy look, but I ended up going over the stamped images with a water brush. The water makes the ink spread out a bit, and gives it a more watercolor-y look, which I love.


The other stamps I used are part of the  Smile Borders (triangles) and Love Bug Jar (butterfly) sets.


This card is fast and easy to make. I love the end result, it's so colorful and cheery!

Happy Almost Spring!


Monday, March 9, 2015

Your Everyday Stamps!


My dear friend Ashley Harris started a stamp company called Your Everyday Stamps or YES. Clever, right? YES stamps are exactly what their name implies: not just for special occasions, but for everyday use. And what's big right now? Planners! Everyone is really into planners, organizing and decorating them. YES has some seriously useful and cute planner sets.

Check this one out! So good!


And this one.


But what if you are not into planners? (I love planners, I have planners, I just don't use planners. I pretty much rely on my phone to remind me to do stuff. Oh, like pick up kids from school...)

Well, then use them for cards/layouts/pocket scrapbooking. Here's a card I made using the arrow from the above set and a small Thank You set.


Follow YES on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with what's new. And check out the blog for ideas and giveaways! Happy Monday!


Friday, March 6, 2015

Happy Birthday, Lawn Fawn!


Lawn Fawn is celebrating its 5th anniversary! The Fawnie team is honoring this birthday by posting some special projects.

The owners of Lawn Fawn (Kelly, Mike, and Erica) are some of the nicest people ever. They are hard working, generous, and they make the whole team feel like family.

Dear Kelly & Mike & Erica, 

and the entire Lawn Fawn team, 

HAPPY YEAR FIVE!

I used Years 2, 3, and 4 for this card. The animals, balloon, and present are colored in
with alcohol markers. The confetti is watercolor. Click for a bigger view.
(And just in case you didn't know, Lawn Fawn launches a new "Year" stamp set each, well, year. Here's this year's set. It's already sold out. So do sign up to be notified when it comes back in stock.)

A few of my fellow Fawnies are also sharing Happy Birthday projects today. Do go by and say hello!








Thanks so much for stopping by, and party on!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Catching up...


Hello hello! Since I've been a slacker-blogger, I have some projects that I haven't shared. These are some of the ones I created for Technique Tuesday's CHA 2015 release.

This layout uses Real Story and Here & There stamp sets, as well as the Hexagon die cut set.


I used a little vellum for the "this is everyday life" stamp. I got the best results using pigment ink, but I did heat set it afterwards.


That's gold ink, y'all! Love Tsukineko's Delicata gold ink. So good!


I twice tried getting into the whole pocket scrapbooking thing, but it never stuck. After doing this page, I think I might try again. I think my problem was that I was setting too many rules, and using too many products. Technique Tuesday has so many awesome pocket scrapbooking dies and stamps! For this project, I used Time Of Our Life and Hi There stamps sets, and the Just Sayin die.


If you are thinking, "Did I just see that boy in that hat?" Yup, you did. A few days ago, I created a different layout using a different photo of him in that hat from a different year. I love that birthday hat (and the boy too!)



Thanks for stopping by! See you again really soon.

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