Saturday, January 31, 2015

Butterfly Memories

I have one of my favorite cards right here. Even my oldest was like, "Mom, this is so pretty!!" So right there told me I had a great card. 

For my base, I took a sage green textured cardstock and made my card and set that aside. From there, I chose a light green and ivory patterned paper. I've always seen other crafters stamp an image onto patterned paper, so I needed to try it. And I LOVE it. 

I took the bunch of flowers from the Stamp-It Australia Imagine, Floral Fancies set and inked it up with Memento Luxe in Rich Cocoa. I stamped it randomly on the paper. I love how it looks like real printed patterned paper. I'm definitely doing this again. 

I cut out my large butterfly with the Die'Sire Decorative Dies, Butterflies, from Shimmering Cardstock in Pearl Ivory. I rubbed on Memento Luxe in Angel Pink to make it a nice, soft pink. 

Behind the butterfly, I wanted pops of color, so I chose two coordinating papers and used my Die'Sire Essentials, Scalloped Squares to cut out two squares and I glued them down and then adhered my butterfly with foam adhesive circles to give it dimension.

The sentiment block was stamped with Staz-On Midi in Spiced Chai onto a square of the Pearl Ivory cardstock to match. I glued that to the center of the butterfly. I used the sentiment from the Sentimentals, Vintage set.

I encourage you to check out all the beautiful sets you could use to create your own custom patterned paper at Crafter's Companion.

Saturday, January 24, 2015


I've got one of my favorite little guys today that I created a card with. I used my Bebunni, Sent With Love set. I inked him up with Memento in Tuxedo Black and stamped onto the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. I colored him in with my Spectrum Noir Markers (FS7, FS3, FS9, GG4, EB1, GB1, BG1, BG2, BG3, BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, PP3, and Blender) and cut him out. 

For the background, I used a dark grey textured cardstock and inked up the little envelope stamp from the Sent With Love set in Memento Luxe, Wedding Dress and stamped randomly to create the look of patterned paper. 

The tab on the left with hello... was diecut with the Die'Sire Essentials Just the Ticket dies. I inked it up with Memento Luxe in Grey Flannel and glued down to my newly created pattered paper. 

I used a cute little heart paper (which I now realized was upside down! Whoops!) diecut with a scalloped die that I have and I staggered the scallops and glued those down to my grey cardstock as well. 

I tacked down Mr. Bebunni with some foam adhesive and snuck in a fun embossed chipboard heart from my stash which I inked up with Memento in Rose Bud. I love this little card!!! 

Check out all the Bebunni sets (I need more of these!) at Crafter's Companion.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Let's Toast!

Hi everyone, check out my cute little card today over on the Lawnscaping blog!! All the details are there!! Thanks for looking!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #98 Sponsored by Lawn Fawn

Hi there! I'm here today with a card for our current Lawnscaping challenge. This is #98!! And it's a fun one - create your own background with stamps. I have to admit, this WAS a challenge but I'm so thrilled with the way mine came out. I hope you play along because there is a fab prize from the sponsor, Lawn Fawn, up for grabs.


Now, on to my project! 

For this card, I wanted to use the new set that I think is just too adorable, Lawn Fawn, Bugs & Kisses. For the background, I used the two hearts from the set and the swirl image and went to town creating a fun background. For the larger heart, I used Memento Luxe in Morocco. The smaller heart was stamped in Memento Luxe in Angel Pink, and the swirl is in Delicata, Golden Glitz. It's hard to capture the sparkle the gold gives to the paper, but it's really subtle and pretty!

I used a pink card base and cut my white panel a bit smaller to show that color on the left and right. For the top and bottom of the card, I chose the small hearts on pink from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Let's Polka Paper Pack. I rounded just the bottom corners.

I took the two bugs and stamped them with Memento, Tuxedo Black onto my Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Coloring Cardstock, colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers, cut them out, setting their little bodies aside. I then stamped the same onto the actual background paper I created. This allows you to see their little legs and antennae, give dimension and not worry about having to cut out so close around the legs and antennae. I then just used some foam adhesive to pop up the bugs.

I added in the smaller heart stamped in Tuxedo Black and colored in with a gold Sharpie and used some foam adhesive. I love the little "love" between the two bugs. 

The sentiment "bugs & kisses" fit this perfectly and I just simply stamped it onto the heart paper at the bottom, making it flush right with the edge of the white cardstock. 

I gave the little girl bug and the "i" in kisses a bit of bling. 

I hope you join us in the challenge!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

New Arrival

Good morning. I have a totally simple card today but perfect to give to someone who just had a baby, and it's perfect for either a boy or a girl. Love that aspect.

I used a simple cream cardstock base for my card. I then chose a light green textured cardstock and cut it so that a bit of the cream base peeks out at the bottom. For the brown borders, I used the Florabunda embossing folder and ran it through. This is a great layout to use up scraps in your stash! Just what I did.

For the center cream piece, I wanted some texture so I used a small piece of watercolor paper and grabbed the splatter stamp from the Stamp-It Australia Imagine, Ornate Accessories and inked it up with some Brilliance ink in Galaxy Gold and stamped two side by side splatters. I love the way it looks!

For the circle, I diecut a small circle that fits the "congratulations" circular text from the Sentimentals, Imagine set perfectly. I inked it up with Versamagic in Tea Leaves. You can choose a color close to the cardstock you're using for a subtle look. I took the "on your new arrival" sentiment and stamped that into the center with Memento Luxe in Rich Cocoa. I added four pearls to give it something fun.

I tied a twine bow (it has a bit of gold intertwined, so it's perfect with the gold splatters I stamped) around the splatter stamped piece and assembled it. Totally CAS and you could make this in a bunch of colors to have on hand for upcoming births of friends or family! I love having stashes of a variety of cards on hand. It's like shopping at my own store when I need a card. And they're handmade, even better!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Enjoy Yourself!

Good morning! Since it's been so wintery here near Chicago, I wanted to make a bright and spring-like card. I used the Moonbeam Meadow Everyday, Time Out set. This little guy just makes me happy seeing him relax propped up against the little mushroom fishing away...

I stamped him in Memento, Tuxedo Black onto the Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored him in with Spectrum Noir Markers (TN2, TN5, TN7, DR2, DR6, DR7, CR9, CR11, EB1, EB2, EB5, EB7, DG2, DG3, GB1, GB3, GB6, GB11, IB1, IB2, LY1, and Blender). Then I cut him out using the Die'Sire Essentials Circle dies. I wanted this to be the focal point, but I also wanted to give it a little more color and interest.

I chose a simple kraft card base and used a smaller piece of kraft and the Blooming Wonderful Vintage embossing folder and sponged on some Distress Ink in Scattered Straw. I then rounded the corners and used some foam adhesive to pop it up off the card base.

I chose a blue floral patterned paper from my stash and used the Die'Sire Decorative Dies, Circle Doilies die (the larger of the two) and cut that out. Using foam adhesive, I adhered that to the embossed panel. I then used some more foam adhesive to glue on my little image and that's it! This card was all about the coloring.

Check out all the Moonbeam Meadow sets...they are ALL adorable. I will definitely be adding more of these sets to my collection. Visit Crafter's Companion website today to see these and other wonderful sets that are so much fun to create with.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #97: Sponsored by Ellen Hutson

Happy 2015!! Here is my first project of the new year for you that's for the Lawnscaping Challenge #97. The theme for this challenge is winter Pinterest inspired images. I had a lot of fun with this challenge.

The wonderful new sponsor is Ellen Hutson. Check out the store because it is amazing! You have a chance to win a gift certificate to spend there.

On to my project for this challenge! 

I decided to use the bird and snow inspiration from the Pinterest photos in the badge for my card. The patterned paper, which looks like snow to me, is from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Snow Day Petite Paper Pack. I cut out a simple circle in the top center of the paper to create a little window for my snow scene. 

For my scene, I used the bench with Memento Luxe ink in Rich Cocoa from the Lawn Fawn Winter in the Park set. The snow on the back of the bench is also from that set. I used some Stickles to make the snow sparkle! For the little bird, I chose him from the Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends set and colored in with my Spectrum Noir Markers (TN3, TN5, TN7, OR2) and paper pieced his scarf from the Lawn Fawn 6x6 Sweater Weather Petite Paper Pack.

Under the bench, which is a little hard to see in the photo, I colored in a light shadow with my Spectrum Noir Marker in IG1 and blender pen. It creates a sense of dimension there! 

The snowflakes were from the Lawn Fawn Winter in the Park and I used Memento in Summer Sky to stamp them. It's a pretty soft blue color.  Love it! 

The sentiment was stamped from the Lawn Fawn Making Frosty Friends set in Memento Luxe ink in Rich Cocoa. I trimmed the right edge into a pennant shape and added a simple bow using the Lawn Trimmings Natural Hemp Cord. You must get some of that!!!

I hope you join us in the challenge! You have until Wednesday, January 14th to enter. You can view all the details at the Lawnscaping blog. Hope you enjoyed the project.

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #8: Summertime Fun

  It's challenge time over at Lawn Fawnatics! This is challenge #8 which is summertime fun.  I mean, we are in the thick of summe...