Monday, May 21, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #34

Hello there!

Which is sponsored by the lovely Lawn Fawn

who has offered up this fabulous prize:

Embossing adds such a nice touch to your projects!
A little gloss, a little shine, bold, solid lines...
But it's not something I take the time to do very often.
So I was glad for this challenge, because it pushed me
to break out my embossing powder and heat tool
and try a new technique for me: watercoloring.

My husband bought me some Derwent Inktense pencils
for Valentine's Day because I'd been pining over them,
but after I got them, I just never seemed to have the 
opportunity to break them out and give them a whirl.
Embossing works great with watercoloring because it keeps
 the paint in little separate pools so they don't get muddied.

Derwent Inktense pencils are different from other colored pencils
in that they are actually ink in pencil form, rather than paint.
So though they work like regular colored pencils, they're different
in that the resulting pigmentation of the "paint" is much more intense.
Hence the name: Inktense. :o)

I did realize, after some trial and error, that the pencil pigment
needs a lot of space to break up and move around.
Because of the small areas of leaves and flowers in 
Lawn Fawn's Flutter By stamp set, I ended up scribbling
little squares of color on the unstamped area of my
watercolor paper and using it as a palette, wetting it and 
painting in the ink with a fine-tipped brush.

I hope you like it!

Please stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
and check out all the other amazing samples
the design team created, and say hello to our two
incredible guest designers, Jennifer and Karin.
We can't wait to see your projects!

Have a fabulous day!

cardstock: Bazzill
paper: Basic Grey Sweet Threads, Lawn Fawn
stamps: Lawn Fawn's Flutter By and Bows & Holly

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Writer's Card Set

It's here! It's the day!
In just about an hour I'll be leaving for the 
25th annual Pennwriters Conference in Lancaster, PA!
I am so freaking excited,  you guys!

I was asked to donate an item for the Chinese auction,
so I decided to make a little writer-themed notecard set.
I have to admit, I had a much more elaborate layout in mind,
but I ran out of time and in order to get it done,
I had to keep them pretty simple.

I think they turned out nice anyway.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

I'll be back on Monday for the next Lawnscaping Challenge.
Have a great weekend, everybody!
I know I will!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Love Helps Us Grow Canvas

Happy Mother's Day!

I know you're all very busy eating breakfast in bed
and being completely pampered, right? ;o)
I hope so!
So I'll keep this short.

I wanted to share the gift I made for my step-mom.

I've been obsessively watching mixed-media on canvas
videos on YouTube for a few weeks now, 
and finally decided to take the plunge and try it myself.

Click on the photo to see all the details.
There's lots!

For this project I used a 10''x10'' deep-edge canvas
and added layers of book paper, acrylic paint, stamps in StazOn ink, 
Faber Castel markers, and black gel pen.

I had each member of my family finger paint a blossom
which I then turned into a flower.
Then we each thought of at least one word to describe 
my step-mother, and wrote those on the front, 
and along all four edges of the canvas.

I really hope she loves it!
And I hope each of you have a wonderful Mother's Day!
Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lawnscaping Challenge #33

Welcome, welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #33!

Our challenge is sponsored by the amazing, Simon Says Stamp.
We appreciate them so much.

Simon Says Stamp

They have generously offered up the following prize:

I have to admit, this was probably one of the more difficult 
challenges for me. I'm a girl who loves texture and layers
and all sorts of embellishments. 

Though I absolutely love the clean, graphic feel of CAS,
I just find them nearly impossible to replicate myself.

Here's my attempt!

and Happily Ever After stamp sets.

You know, this is one of the main things I love about being 
on a stellar design team like Lawnscaping.
Aside from the obvious benefit of being able to work with
and continuously be inspired by an AMAZING group of women,
I also get to challenge myself in new and exciting ways
just about every other week.

I may not excel at every one of them every time,
but I learn and I grow and always strive to do better.

I hope that's one of the reasons you love our challenges, too. :o)

Be sure to stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
to see all the other DT CAS masterpieces and also
find all the details on how to enter the challenge yourself.

We love you ladies!
Thanks for coming back time after time!
You're the reason we do this.


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