Thursday, February 14, 2019

flying by to say hi | Lawn Fawn

I'm back again with another interactive card.  This has been good for me.  I'm using product that has been literally sitting around waiting to be used. 

So I'm notorious for getting caught up in the excitement of new releases (who doesn't?).  The difference between me and about 1/2 the crafting population, maybe 1/4 of the populations, a ton of my new purchases don't get used right away (cough cough).  Anyone else have the Lawn Fawn Slide on Over lawn cuts and haven't used them?  I'm keeping things real.  I watched this video which has some great tips.  I just noticed that the release was in May 2016.  Oh well, better late than never, right?

In case you haven't been following me for a while.  We have an airplane.  D built it and is working away on a second one that is a 4-seater (yes!).   I do own Lawn Fawn's Flying By + Bon Voyage (looks like I need to add Plane and Simple).  

I managed to combine the following Distress Oxides on a bristol panel:

Worn Lipstick  |  Fired Brick  |  Aged Mahogany  |  Dusty Concord

You gotta try out the Trinity Stamps Blendability brushes.  It makes it so much easier to blend inks!

I sprinkled the panel with water and then followed up with a couple sprays of the (retired) Hero Arts Gold Metallic Shimmer.

I used the curvy Slider and kept the die cut piece to add to my card base to give the scenery a more finished look.

The clouds have a smidge of B0000 and a bunch of Wink of Stella.

Love the Lawn Fawn Stitched Mountain Borders.  They've been cut in Stampin' Up Sugar Plum cardstock.  I have so much SU cardstock that I'm trying to incorporate them more into my card designs.

The sentiment was embossed in Hero Arts Gold.

I really love this color palette don't you?  It was inspired by the Lawn Fawnatics Color Inspiration:

Such a fun Valentine's Day color palette!

In case you didn't notice in my photos, the airplane flew across the card:

I have to confess that I've always thought of myself as a lazy crafter.  Not in the sense that I wouldn't die cut a bazillion images to add to one card but I'm always slow on the interactive/3D etc techniques.  I am loving this new found fun in paper crafting.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

February 2019 Blog Hop | Paper Smooches

I'm so excited to be a part of the February 2019 Paper Smooches Blog Hop!  You should have arrived here from my friend Alice's blog.   

Paper Smooches is releasing one new stamp set and four new dies that will be available for purchase at 10 am central February 14th.  You will find the new products at their online store once they go live.

To add extra fun to our blog hop...there is a prize!  The prize - a $25. gift code to use at the PS online store.  

Here are the details:
  • Leave a comment on any of the blogs listed below (you do not need to comment on all blogs to qualify but it will increase your chances of winning) 
  • FOUR winners will be chosen at RANDOM from any of the design team blogs and the PS Blog to win the $25. prize.
  • Deadline: You have until midnight Central time on February 14th to leave a comment. 
  • Please check the Paper Smooches blog on February 15th to see if you are one of the FOUR lucky winners.

Amy Tsuruta 💚
Teri Anderson

I couldn't wait to ink up the super cute new set, So Fairy Cute.

Oh my, isn't she CUTE?!  I love her Princess Leia buns!  I teamed her up with some fun graphic paper from Fancy Pants Designs.  That also became my coloring palette.  

You might not readily be able to tell but she has a gold sparkly enamel dot on her crown too.

I used the largest scallop in the Flaunters Die set.  It's gorgeous in glittery gold, isn't it?  The very fun sentiment has been stamped and heat embossed on one of the Bannerific Dies.

I filled up the shaker with Iridescent Heart Confetti by Pretty Pink Posh.  

Ways to increase your chances of winning:
  • Tell us that you Facebooked about our blog hop.  If you don't already like the PS FB page, please pop over there now! 
  • Tell us that you Tweeted about our hop (follow PS on Twitter -
  • Share our blog hop on Instagram (Paper Smooches IG)
  • Tell us that you posted on your blog about our blog hop
(which means that you have up to four extra chances to win on each blog)

Did you know that Paper Smooches offers up a fun challenge each month?  Keep an eye on the Paper Smooches blog for details. 

Next up is the awesome Audrey!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Know that I care | Reverse Confetti - February Stock Your Stash

Have you seen the Reverse Confetti challenge, Stock Your Stash?!

This is a chance to create a card to keep in your stash.  (Of course, you could send it off right away!).  Each month will bring a new theme.  

There will be a new Stock Your Stash challenge posted on the Reverse Confetti blog on the 1st of each month.

The link list will be open from the 1st until noon CST on the 29th of the month. 

Reverse Confetti stamps and/or Confetti Cuts are required to win.  This is a way we get to thank our customers for using our stamps.  Anyone is welcome to play, though!

You may enter as many times as you wish.

Use #SYSChallenge when playing along with this challenge.
There will be a random winner selected each month and that person will receive a $20 gift certificate to the Reverse Confetti store. The winner of challenge will be posted on the Reverse Confetti blog at the end of the month.

Here's how I was inspired for this month's challenge:

Today I'm featuring the Cotton & Thistles set.  I love this for not only the gorgeous bouquet but for the added sentiments that are a part of the set.  

It's a super fun and easy image to color.  You can't readily tell but the cotton images all have Wink of Stella on them.  

The paper panel is From Cupid and the white frames are from All Framed Up.  I stamped the sentiment on strip of midnight cardstock.  The top two corners have been rounded.  The sentiment has been heat embossed with white.

Make sure you check the Reverse Confetti Blog for more inspiration!

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Filled with Lots of Treats | My Favorite Things

I've been trying to keep up with manufacturer challenges to use my stash of stamps.  I also find that some of my sets are retired, Top Dog + Peek-a-Boo Trio Die-namics.  I go through my stamps + dies on a regular basis so if I have it, I love it.

I know, I'm using that color trio again, Stampin' Up:

Blushing Bride   |   Calypso Coral   |   Coastal Cabana  

I was thoroughly inspired by Melania's card.  

I'm a total eye-baller....but, I did remember that I have the MFT Peek-a-boo Trio Die-Namics.  So I cut it with white, Blushing Bride and Calypso Coral.  I anchored the white strip (without the circles) onto my card front with washi tape and dropped in my colored circles.  When I figured out how I wanted them to be, I stamped them with the Distress Patterns in Hero Arts Unicorn pigment ink.  After the ink dried, I loaded them up with adhesive and dropped them into the white strip.  I peeled off the white strip from my base and trimmed the panel down.

The sentiment has been heat embossed with Lawn Fawn's Rose Gold.  It goes so perfectly with the color combo, doesn't it?

Here are the copics that I used:

R05 + R08
BG13 + BG15
E00 + E01

I was inspired by the MFT Sketch Challenge:

Friday, February 8, 2019

February Creative Hop | Reverse Confetti

Hello!  Today is the 8th of the month which means it's time for the Reverse Confetti Creative Hop!  You should have arrived here from my teamie, Heather Hoffman.  If not, you'll want to start at the beginning of the hop which is the Reverse Confetti blog!

I needed a couple more Valentine's Day cards to send out so I decided to make a card duo.

I'm really enjoying the latest release, how about you?  I've combined Big Bear with Heart Pals.  I added sentiments from earlier releases.  Let's chat about my first card, Happy Heart Day.

I've been really smitten with Grape Soda these days.  Both cards start with the Diagonal Stitches Cover Panel run through with Grape Soda cardstock.  They've been trimmed down to 4.25 x 4.25 inches.  The Premier Polar White panels are 3.75 x 3.75 inches.  I used the coordinating ink with the Heart Stencil.  It's out of stock right now but you can add your email address when it is restocked.

Each of the cards also have a smidge of Reverse Confetti packing paper.  Love to find ways to upcycle it.  The sentiment is from Heart Filled Sentiments.  Love the bold font.

My other card uses the same overall design and panels.

The background?  I inked up bubble wrap with Grape Soda.  The sentiment is from the Simply Sentiments set.

Next up is the fabulous Kathy Schweinfurth!  In case you get lost along the way, the full hop listing is available below!

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Hey Valentine | Reverse Confetti

I'm up on the Reverse Confetti blog with a new edition of Confetti Camera:

Two Versions. Make a new card or project, then make a different version of the card/project (switch from feminine to masculine etc.)

I had so much fun making 2 cards, can you guess what my theme is?  For all the details and full reveals, please hop over to the Reverse Confetti blog!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Your Sparkle | Spellbinders

My friends at Spellbinders sent me the February 2019 Small Dies of the Month - Spring Flutter!

Here's how I was inspired:

I adore this die!  It's so delicate!  I cut it twice and used the smaller separate dies too.  I've been a bit smitten with the pink and coral color combo lately.  The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson LLC and has been heat embossed with Lawn Fawn's Rose Gold.

I decided to do a smidge of stenciling in the background because the solid cardstock was just a bit too lonely.

All the coral blooms have been covered with Wink of Stella.

The possibilites are absolutely endless with this gorgeous Spellbinders Small Die of the Month kit!

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Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Interactive Birthday Cake | My Favorite Things

So evidently I've had this MFT Twice the Wishes Card Kit since July 2016 and this 'might' be the first time I've used the dies (good grief).  I'm super thankful for Jennifer McGuire's YouTube HERE.  I watched it several times.  The card on the left was my first card.  I have a second card but it's a custom card for my girl.  I decided to also try a larger card, the one on the right.

I squirreled away the MFT cardstock so I've used Stampin' Up:

Blushing Bride   |   Calypso Coral   |   Coastal Cabana  

I've used the following MFT Stamps:

BB Happy Hippos
More Essential Sentiments
Twice The Wishes 

The ink I used:

Catherine Pooler - Aquatini

Copic:  R20, BG13/BG15, Y08/Y17 +  E00/E02

I took Jennifer's words of wisdom of keeping the overall design clean + simple to let the pop up sentiment be the star of the show.  

I used Wink of Stella on all the Calypso Coral.  I also added a bunch of white gel pen details.

I'm generally not an interactive card designer but always love the end result.

I'm linking up to Seize the Birthday challenge:

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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Have a really, really great birthday | Lawn Fawn

When I saw THIS project by Megan on the Lawn Fawn blog I was thoroughly inspired.  It actually reminds me how little of the newer Lawn Fawn stamp sets that I have.  I do have the Reveal Wheel Lawn Cuts so I decided to challenge myself to design a co-worker's birthday card.  

Here's how I was inspired:

So my co-worker is a scientist, as most of my co-workers are.  Me?  Oh No, not a scientific bone in my body.  It all went to my oldest brother and my daughter.  seriously.  So she is known for her innovative Halloween costumes.  They are always so clever.  

I used the following stamp sets:

Frosty Fairy Friends
Gleeful Gardens
Party Panda
Reveal Wheel Sentiments

I thought she would get a kick out of the reveal wheel.  The sentiments are:

Really Great  |  Super Duper  |  Fun - Filled  |  Very Happy

I'm also linking up to the Color Throwdown:

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