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. Are you guys sick of my Hawaii photos yet? I need to start traveling elsewhere!

That's gold ink, y'all! Love Tsukineko's Delicate 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.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Snail Trail

Hi, friends! Lawn Fawn is teamed up with Scrapbook Adhesives this week for a fun blog hop. Scrapbook Adhesives are the makers of my most favorite foam squares. I love the rounded corners, I love how easily they come off the backing sheet. I love the dimension it gives my projects, it's just the perfect height. I'm pretty much addicted to those things, and I have to have at least a few sheets at all times, otherwise I start to feel a bit stressed out. I realize that's a bit weird, but I'm keeping it real here (hee hee)!

Snail trail was created with Versamark, Ranger Perfect Medium pen, and clear embossing powder.

This card was made with the newly released Gleeful Gardens and its matching dies. I also used the new Grassy Cupcake Liner die (as the hill). The sun is a die from the Spring Showers set.

Sorry for the super grainy photos. Dark, light-less day in SoCal. They do exist.
Please go by the Lawn Fawn and Scrapbook Adhesives' blogs for more projects and to win prizes!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lawn Fawn: February Inspiration Week

Let's just ignore the fact that I haven't posted here since last September...

Jumping right into scrappy stuff: Lawn Fawn is having its monthly inspiration week right now. That means loads of eye candy and loads of giveaways.

Here are my contributions to this month's projects:

This layout features all new Winter CHA stuff: Scripty Sayings stamps, Happy Birthday border die, and Lawn Fawn Fundamentals dye ink. And it features my littlest wearing the birthday hat I knit for his first birthday. He wears it on his birthday every year. It barely fits him now, but as long as he lets me, I'm going to keep stretching it over his noggin on his special day.

So let's talk about the Lawn Fawn Fundamentals dye ink for a minute. So amazing. Sooo good! Check out this video about them:

And another layout from yours truly:

This one also uses new goodies: Flirty Frames stamps, and Let's Polka, Mon Amie papers.

Bad news: these new products won't be available until February 19. Great news: you can win them by entering the giveaways on the Lawn Fawn blog. So hop over there right now and leave a comment for a chance to win. Don't forget to scroll down to each day of the Inspiration Week.

Thanks for stopping by! Here's to more blogging in 2015.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn: September Inspiration Week

Hello again! Lawn Fawn is posting all the winners of their most recent giveaway. Don't forget to drop by the blog to see if it's you!

Here's another layout I created using some of the new goodies. The background paper is this year's version of my favorite bokeh paper ever (from last year's holiday collection, see it here.) The alpha is Milo's ABCs. And the snow flakes are the super cute Stitched Snowflakes.

I cut a bunch of Stitched Snowflakes, and then applied some watercolor randomly. I stuck to a yellow/orange/pink palette to bring some contrast to the teal-ish background. Even if my kids made comments about yellow snow… Boys. Sigh.

The layout came together pretty quickly. The photos and journal are printed together on matte photo paper. I stamped the titles directly onto the photos using Hero Arts dye ink. The snowflakes were adhered with some 3M Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive. And that's it. The bulk of the time was spent die-cutting and waiting for the watercolor to dry (I cheated and used a heat gun, which then curled the snowflakes. I'm loving that effect!)

Thanks so much for coming by. My kids have today and tomorrow off (Rosh Hashanah). I'm hoping to get some hiking time with them and some crafting time by myself. Hope you have a great week (and weekend).

Monday, September 22, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Snow Day Collection

It's time for another Lawn Fawn Inspiration Week! And this time, Lawn Fawn is featuring its holiday line, Snow Day. I know right? Christmas! Snow! Eeep! Not sure I'm entirely ready for this. Especially since the temps around Los Angeles have been in the 100s.

I created this layout about one of our Christmas trees. Back when we lived in Philly, one of our favorite traditions was to drive out into the country to find that perfect tree, cut it down ourselves, and haul it home. We've done it once here, and the experience was a bit surreal. There we were, cutting down a pine, surrounded by palm trees. PALM TREES! And we were all in shorts and T-shirts. SHORTS! But it's not going to stop us from doing it again this year.

To create this layout, I used the Hoodie paper, which is all journaling cards on one side and tiny polka dots on the other.

I printed photos in 3x4 and one in 4x6. Each photo has a little paper detail that I punched out (Fiskars punch) from the Snow Day petite paper pack. I sewed the scallops directly onto the photos. Then adhered them right on top of the journaling cards using pop-up dots (Scrapbook Adhesives). The alpha stamps are Riley's ABC. The tiny snowflakes stamped on the "Jolly Holly Days" card are from Deck The Halls set. I finished off with my printed journaling, and wooden snowflakes. Easy peasy.

Now, I can't wait for the weather to cool off a bit around these parts. I hear we'll be getting Fall-like weather soon. Los-Angeles-Fall, that is. (Meaning, we'll still be in shorts.)

Thanks for dropping by! Don't forget to visit Lawn Fawn's blog, and leave a comment to win. See you again tomorrow.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Fall/Winter Release Week

Hey there! Lawn Fawn is having it's Fall/Winter Release Week, and if you haven't visited their blog during a Release Week, you must. It's filled with great cards, layouts, ideas, and the best: giveaways!

Here are two of my projects for this week.

The first one featuring Monster Mash. It's so stinking cute. When I first saw it, I was reminded of my youngest in the Charlie Brown Halloween Ghost costume I made for my middlest. I love it when my kids want to "recycle" old costumes.

I made the title using Quinn's ABCs (which has matching dies) and Riley's ABCs ("not"). The ghosts/monsters also have coordinating dies.

This second layout features the new Sweater Weather paper and embellishment collection. It's browns, yellow, greens, reds, oranges, and blues. And those cute wood veneer leaves. They stamp really well with StazOn. The title is Cole's ABCs dies, and the numbers and words are Riley's ABCs.

Can you tell I miss a proper Autumn? I know I'm lucky to live in the land of eternal sunshine, but as crazy as it sounds, I sometimes wish for a brisk day. You know, the grass is always greener and all that.

Thanks for coming by, and don't forget to visit Lawn Fawn's blog and comment each day for a chance to win all the new goodies!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Back! And Where The Boys Are.

I'm back from my long trip through Taiwan and China. So much to share, but alas, photos need some editing first.


Today marks the debut of Where The Boys Are. I'm so honored to be a contributor to this amazing blog featuring stories about raising boys. Please go by and take a peek. Whether you are raising boys or girls or both or none, I think you'll like what you see.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Technique Tuesday: Flairs and Scraplifting

Every so often, I find a magazine page design so compelling, I get totally inspired and create something from it. This is the magazine:

I copied scraplifted it.

And I love how this page turned out. For more info, go here (Technique Tuesday's blog).

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Mini-Album

Hello hello! It's the end of the school year. That means, it's time for teachers' gifts! Two words that kind of scare me. I'm usually a "cash and card" person. But since I'm room parent this year, I had to step up my present giving!

Enter this mini-album I made using Lawn Fawn's Stitched Party Banners. Super duper easy! For step-by-step instructions, please visit the Lawn Fawn's blog. Thank for dropping by!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Guest Designer: Waffle Flower

I'm so excited to share these projects! Waffle Flower is a new company that  makes high quality polymer stamps. Love seeing a scrapbooking/stamping company find success. Yay for our industry! Plus the owner Nina is a really nice person! Win-win.

I got to play with the super popular Bowtiful and the brand new Bowtiful Additions. There are a ton of words in both sets to create cards for just about everyone.

The second I saw the bowties, I knew I'd be using them for this photo of my son wearing his tux. He was in his ringbearer stage a couple of years ago. Look at that faux smile — total cheese ball, right?

I stamped the solid bowtie from the Additions in three colors. On top, I stamped the stitched version (original stamp set) with a white ink. Then used the space between the "stitches" to punch holes for my sewing.

I did some hand-stitching, and finished off the layout with a sprinkling of the star stamp. Love that stamp!

For the card, I used the frame from the Additions set, and stamped a mod pattern using various ink colors. Finished the card off with the Hello from the original set. Clean and easy!

Thanks for coming by! Don't forget to stop by the Waffle Flower blog for lots of ideas and more info on their stamps.

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