Monday, November 29, 2010

Hero Arts Winking Reindeer & Autumn Cheesecake

Happy Cyber Monday, everybody!
Did you survive the Thanksgiving/Black Friday weekend?
I did, but just barely! I worked more hours in the last four days
than I normally do in an entire week.
I'm beat.

But, I had the day off today, so I'm feeling a little more rested now.
Friday evening I had a lovely (but too short)
visit with my cousin Ashley and her husband Jason
and she and I got to talk crafty stuff, which was so nice.
I need more crafty friends!

Anyway, how about a card?

I wish I could take credit for this nifty technique,
but I scraplifted it from Lisa Spangler's blog,
with only a slight modification.
I thought the yarn scarf might not stay put through the mail,
so on mine, I paper pierced two holes on either side of
the reindeer's neck and threaded some baker's twine through.
The deer has a really great shimmer in real life thanks to the
perfect pearls, but it doesn't showup in the photo, unfortunately.

I also wanted to share a quick pic of the
Autumn Cheesecake I made for Thanksgiving.
It's covered with apple slices tossed in cinnamon
and sugar plus finely chopped pecans.

cardstock: Bazzill
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye Wonderful Winter collection
stamp: Hero Arts Winking Reindeer, snowflakes, sentiment
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Spun Sugar Distress Ink
watercolor pencils: Reeves 24 piece set
embellishments: Martha Stewart baker's twine, perfect pearls mixed with water

Monday, November 22, 2010

Lawn Fawn Reindeer Happy Winter

Hello there!
Happy Monday, everyone.
I love Mondays. I really do.
It's probably the first time in my entire life
that that's the case, but there you have it.
It's because Mondays are my day off!
And day off translates to day to craft
if I can help it!

I made three more Christmas cards today,
but I didn't get a chance to photograph them
before the sun went down, so I'll
have to save those for later this week.
In the meantime, here's the third of the
Critters in the Snow series I started last week.

It's using Francois the deer from Lawn Fawn.
Love him so much!

You'll notice I'm using more of the same papers
from this card series.
Normally, I have a tendency to want to use
as many different designs and supplies
as I can. I end up with way too many
half sheets and quarter sheets of patterned paper
which clutters up my desk.
In effort to quell some of that, I'm forcing myself
to reuse what's already out as much as possible
rather than cut into a fresh sheet of paper.
So far, it's going pretty good.
See you soon!

cardstock: Bazzill
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters In The Snow, Frosties
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tumbled Glass distress ink by Ranger
copics: E27, E25, E55, E53, E51
embellishments: Martha Stewart baker's twine, jingle bell, ribbon from stash, Sakura Galaxy gel pen

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Amazing Lawn Fawn card and a giveaway

Me again!
I came across another giveaway while
visiting my favorites list of blogs tonight --
this one by a blogger that I just discovered
recently. Danielle of Neat & Tangled posted this
totally BRILLIANT Lawn Fawn card on her blog
that caught the attention of Kelly Marie Alvarez
who thank goodness posted it on Facebook
so that we all could marvel at it.

Crazily enough, Danielle is brand-new to
papercrafting, and this is one of the first cards
she ever made! It's unbelievable, isn't it?
I mean, this girl has got some rockin' talent.
I took one look at that card, and had to send her a pm
to find out if she has a blog. She does, and it's hilarious.
Do yourself a favor, and stick around for a while when
you go check out the amazing card.

While you're there, don't forget to stop by this
post and enter to win the great giveaway she's hosting.
You can come back and thank me later. ;o)

Blog Giveaway at I Heart Art

Hey everyone!
I just wanted to stop in real quick and let you
all know about an amazing giveaway by Tiffany
over at the I Heart Art blog.

You may know Tiffany as one of the
members of the Lawn Fawn design team.
As she moves cross country, she's having
a bevy of guest hosts and all kinds of fun
stuff happening every day.
Be sure to pop over there and have a look-see!

I'll be back tomorrow with another Christmas card!
See you then!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Lawn Fawn Penguins Merry Christmas

Hi again!
I'm back today with more Lawn Fawn cuteness.
I absolutely adore this Critters In the Snow
stamp set -- I can't seem to get enough of it!
It's a good thing this set is so versatile
for creating wintery scenes.
You definitely haven't seen the last of it from me!
Take a look.

Aren't these penguins so sweet?
And I love that little igloo!
Makes these critters seem right at home,
doesn't it? I can't wait to use it with
the polar bear! I lined it with a Sakura
galaxy silver gel pen for some shimmer.
Hope you like it!

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: Basic Grey "Jovial" collection, My Mind's Eye "Winter Wonderland" collection
stamps: Lawn Fawn "Critters in the Snow," The Paper Company
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
copics: C3. C5, C7, YR04, YR09
embellishments: Sakura Galaxy gel pen, Martha Stewart baker's twine

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Lawn Fawn Let it Snow

Trying something new today.
I've noticed a lot of blogs simply show the
card with a list of supplies underneath.
Wondering if that makes it easier for people
to navigate without the usual play-by-play.
Let me know which way you prefer, okay?

So, brief description: today's card features
Lawn Fawn's adorable seal from
Critters in the Snow. I thought it might be
fun and whimsical to draw him in a little
tongue for catching snowflakes. :o)
I did the resist background using clear
embossing powder and distress inks.
The sentiment shows up clearer in person.
Hope you like!

Supply list:
cardstock: bazzill, georgia pacific
patterned paper: My Mind's Eye
stamps: Lawn Fawn Critters in the Snow, Frosties
ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Tumbled Glass
copics: C01, C03, C05, R24, colorless blender, muti-liner .05
embellishments: stickles, clear embossing powder, holiday twine

Monday, November 15, 2010

Elzybells Reindeer Peace On Earth

Hi there!
Long time no see, huh? Sorry about that.
Life has been so crazy busy, and I've had zero
time to craft -- that is, until today!
I had today off, so I decided to start my
Christmas cards. I put on some Christmas tunes,
parked my butt in the chair and set to work.

Aren't those the sweetest little reindeer ever?
They're from Elzybells. I'm so sad that I didn't
discover this wonderful company sooner -- as they
closed their doors at the end of September.

I colored them in with Copics, then added a little
glossy accents to the pudding frosting and their noses
and hoofs. Hooves? Whichever. Then I masked them
off with Inkadinkado masking paper, added another strip
to cover the bottom area for snow, then distressed the
sky with Tumbled Glass distress ink by Ranger.

I stamped my sentiment by The Paper Studio,
then used stickles to make my snow line and
snowflakes in the sky. I rounded the corners using
the We R Memory Keepers 1/4" corner chomper.

To assemble my card, I used green Bazzill
cardstock topped with two prints from the
Basic Grey Jovial 6x6 pad. So pretty!
I covered the seam with a bit of yarn from
the packaging of my last Lawn Fawn order
and popped my focal piece off with dimensionals.

I'll be entering this in the Wee Memories Challenge #31.
Go here to check out the other talented artists
and enter a card of your own!

I hope you enjoyed my first Christmas card!
I plan to be back tomorrow with some
Lawn Fawn Critters In The Snow cuteness.

Have a great night!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

In the Spotlight

Hey everybody!
So sorry I've been MIA lately.
I've got this whole nasty broncial thing going on,
plus I've been picking up a bunch of extra hours at work.
In other words, I'm completely exhausted, sick,
and drained of every possible smidgen of creativity.

Luckily, I have the day off tomorrow,
so I'm hoping to just rest and recouperate in the
morning, and then maybe test the crafty waters
in the early afternoon, before I head out to pick up
the boys from school.

In the meantime, I've been making the rounds
of all the blogs I follow, and I've found some
wonderful inspiration that I'd love to share with you.
Take a look at this handiwork:

As a writer, I love all things writing-related,
especially vintage typewriters. So this adorable
card from Jen Cuthbertson at I'm Crafty Blog grabs
right ahold of my heart strings and tugs hard!

How about this little cutie from the adorable
Ruby 2 Shoes. She brilliantly combined
the Lawn Fawn pup with Basic Grey's
Max & Whiskers paper. Such a fun blog.
Check her out if you get a chance!

Love what you're seeing so far? Me too.
How about this adorably sweet baby bloom card
from Krista at  Crafty Little Pigtails.
Love that blurred coloring around the image!
Such a great effect.

Wanna see more?
How about some Christmas cards.
It's just six weeks away, you know!
Ack! I haven't even started mine yet.

Well if you're still floundering around for some
holiday inspiration, take a gander at this piece
of lovliness, featuring Lili of the Valley stamps,
by Niki Estes of My Paper Creations.

And last, but definitely not least,
can you imagine anything more fun than this
card by Kadie at In My Mind's Eye?
So pretty and sweet. Love it.

I hope you'll bookmark all of these
fabulously talented ladies blogs and visit them
in the near future.

As for me, I'm about to hack up a lung.
Better run.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Be back soon with a card or two.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Mr. Kitty and the Blustery Day

Hello, ladies!
I want to start off by saying that I had every intention
of starting off this first week of November
with a Christmas card.
But try as I did, for some reason I just wasn't feeling it.

We're stocking Christmas merchandise at work,
they even started playing Christmas music yesterday,
but I just haven't quite caught the Christmas spirit.
Maybe it's because it hasn't snowed yet?
It's not unusual around here for the first snowfall to take
place in October. But we've been lucky this year, I guess.
Once it comes, it's usually here to stay through April.

Anyway, since it's been cold and windy
and there's a lot of leaf-shedding going on
this is the card I felt inspired to make.

I had planned on using my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp,
Mr. Winter Bunny, but sensing my mood and the chilly weather,
 he graciously lent his scarf to Mr. Kitty instead. ;o)
In fact, I used three different Lawn Fawn sets for this card.
Critters in the 'Burbs, Winter Bunny, and Harold's ABCs.
If I had Harvest Season as well, I would have used that
to stamp the leaves. but since I didn't, I decided to fussy cut
them out of a sheet of Bella Blvd patterned paper.

I also used the same sheet to paper piece the top of my tree.
I colored the trunk, Mr. Kitty, and the scarf with Copics.

To assemble the card, I started with a cream Bazzill cardbase,
and layered over that a sheet of paper that came in a pack
from the dollar bins at target. I just loved the fall
argyle pattern. I used to have a sock obsession, and
argyle socks were my favorite. :o)

For my scene, I used a scrap of cloud paper from
American crafts, and a little strip of green tapestry
print from Cosmo Cricket's Travelin' Man collection.
I cut it into fringe for grass, then popped it up with
dimensional adhesive to give me room to slip my tree
and Mr. Kitty behind. I stamped my sentiment in
Colorbox Fluid Chalk ink in Chestnut Roan.

I wanted my leaves to look as realistic as possible,
so I bent up their edges a little. To give them just the
right amount of height and motion, I rolled a mini glue dot
between my fingers and attached each one to the card with
that, arranging some of them under the tree, some
caught in the grass, and a few floating on the
blustery breeze alongside Mr. Kitty's scarf.

As a final touch, I did a little dash and dot doodling
across the top and bottom of the card.

I'm really happy with how this one turned out!
It took a little longer than usual to make, but I
feel like it was worth it.

I hope you like it, too!

Monday, November 1, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!

Hey, Ladies!
I just wanted to pop in real quick and
announce the winner of my
"I Still Do" Blog Candy Giveaway!

I did the whole Random Number Generator thing
but I couldn't figure out how to copy
the result over here (if anyone knows,
please let me know for future use)
but anyway, the winning number was
lucky #11
Heather Innusa!

Congratulations Heather!
Please contact me at
within 7 days to claim your prize.

Thank you so much to all of you who
played along! I wish I could give out
something to each one of you
just for being so sweet.

Hopefully I'll be able to do another
giveaway before too long.

Have a great night, everybody!


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