Friday, November 30, 2012

a long shot

well today i'm here with, what i'm calling, a real long shot! :) ha ha!

i have been wanting and wanting to get crafty for the lawn fawn winter 2013 challenge forever!!!! but this week has been a little rough. BUT i was finally struck with an idea, and it was just all i could think about for two days, so i had to make it real! :) instead of a card, i made a layout for the challenge - hence the long shot (among other reasons!!)!
this whole layout is created because of the title - the jackson 5 song. and yes, it's been stuck in my head ALL week now, so if it's now stuck in your head, my apologies!! :)

i created the background of the paper to look like a chalkboard with quinn's abc's. i think that's my favorite part! ha!
the title was made by stamping (more!) quinn's abc's and then i also used chevron backdrops to add a little subtle pattern to the letters. and then i stamped right on some washi with harold's abc's to complete the title! :)

i also used lots of my new tab dies (LOVE them!!) which i adhered to the layout with staples! i thought the tabs and the staples were really 'school-ish', and since this layout is all about preschool, that's what i was aiming for! :)

i actually did some journalling (a rarity for me!) on a tag i created, and that tag + tabs is another part i like about this layout! 
oh! forgot to mention, some of the tabs are covered in washi tape for some pattern and variety. i went with a subtle washi pattern - stripes! that's not too bad, right? :)

so that's my longshot entry! i hope to be back after i get crafty this weekend with a few more entries! :) and you should too! 
happy friday and enjoy! :)

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

happy new year

today was the first work day in a long time that i didn't feel like a chicken with my head cut off! ha ha! (it's the busiest season for commercials - black friday, cyber monday, christmas, etc).
and with that said, i was able to create a fun little card for the latest challenge for lawnscaping! :) it's all about tags - something i struggle with! but i really like what i made! he he!

i decided to go for a happy new years card! what?? i know - but i've been making christmas cards since early october and i'm christmas card-ed out! :) i needed a change of scenery, so to speak! :) 

and of course the colors are my just my bag baby! LOVE them. he he he!
i used a little birdie told me, harold's abcs and happy everything from lawn fawn! i layered some super fun washi on the base of the card. and the popped up the tag. the bird and the word bubble are also popped up. 

(this picture is dark and brooding. lol! it was late when i took the picture! i'm sorry!)

i tried to make the glasses look like those new years glasses with the year on them! lol! i stamped them out and then outlined them in my glitter pen! :) the lenses of the glasses were also enhanced with the glossy accents. i think it's totally fun! and i hope it made you smile! :)


Monday, November 26, 2012

a couple of warm wishes

i have a quick post today! it's for a card i made for the latest challenge over at the play date cafe! :)
the colors were muted and beautiful and soft! and i took that went the complete opposite! lol! 

i amped up everything for this card! the color pallete - TURNED UP. the soft feel - TURNED UP. ha ha! 
here it is:

i used paper smooches 'hot concoctions' stamp set for this card! the little heat mists are white heat embossed, and the coffee cups are popped up! i even mirrored the coffee cup so they could 'look' at each other! :) ha ha! they are mr and mrs you know! :)

along with bold, i was going for a sort of 'polaroid' look. i really like how this card turned out! i like that the coffee cups are warm and so are the 'wishes' - insert cheeky eyebrows here! ha ha! 

it's monday. it's after a break from work. let's hope we make it through the week! :) lol!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

the accidental christmas card

so today i set out to make a birthday card for my mom! (her birthday is tomorrow, whoops!)
instead, i accidentally made two christmas cards!!! ha ha!! does that ever happen to you?!

anyway, by the time i got to the 2nd card i made, i was definitely out of 'birthday' spirit! the christmas spirit was here to stay! lol! so i decided to dive right in and make it using the latest sketch from paper smooches sparks designer drafts!

fun, right?
so here's my card!

i used paper smooches stamps 'forest whimsy' and 'joyful greetings' to create this card! i paper pieced 'santa' and made the rim of his hat sparkly! ooo! ahh!

i just LOVE the paper i used for this card. since i knew i was going to make a santa man, i used this paper that is basically the 'twas the night before christmas' story. LOVE thaT!! and it gets better! you know how that story talks about his belly shaking like a bowlful of jelly...? well i made santa shake! i used an action wobble! ha ha! i crack myself up!

the ribbon is some puffy snowbally ribbon for the trib that  thought was just a perfect touch to this card. :)
back to your (crafty?) weekend!! i have to get back at it and figure out an actual birthday card! lol!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

baby come back!

and if you're not already thinking it, here's the song that was stuck in my head the ENTIRE time i made this card:

ha ha!! and now it's back in my head! lol! but that's ok - it's fun!
i made this card for the current challenge over at lawnscaping - using something in my stash that i haven't used in a while.


i bought the lawn fawn stamp set 'critters down under' the minute it was released! lol!! but i never got it inky! which is so weird, because i think the critters are too cute for words! so i finally got them all inky with this card! :)

ha ha!! isn't it perfect for a house guest that leaves and you want them to stay forever? lol!! 
everything is paper pieced. one of the trees, the koala, the boomerang and the heart are all popped up with dimension. 
i used the little dotted lines from the 'flying by' stamp set. and of course the custom sentiment is from 'harold's abcs'. 

so that's it! i had so much fun making this card! it almost made me forget that i have strep throat and pink eye - on (literally) the busiest week of the year at my job. sigh. you win some, you lose some! 

here's to hoping you're all winning some! :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

believe in the magic

today i have a fun little card to share that i made for the current challenge at CAS(E) this sketch! :)
as SOON as i saw the sketch, i knew i what i was going to do! :) 
(it helps to be on a christmas card kick!)

here's the sketch:

and here's my card!

i am in love with the birch tree background!! i think it's PERFECT for the holidays! :) i used some red fawn woodgrain washi tape along the top - which is the the best for stamping directly on, by the way! :)
i used paper smooches stamps - the stockings are from 'hang ups' and the sentiment is from 'joyful greetings'. i paper pieced the stockings, and then used my viva pearl pen to make the tops a little extra special.

the stockings were adhered with pop dots, for just a hint of dimension!
i love it! and i hope it made you smile! 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

a merry (punchy) christmas layout

today i have another layout (sorry! ha ha!) to share!
i made it for the current challenge over at a blog named hero - using a punch or die cut! and BOY...did i?!

the layout is christmas, and the pictures are from last year, but it really got me in the holiday spirit this year, already! so i'm really glad i finally got to scrap them up! :)

so, if you can't tell, i created a shaker layout, or what i'm calling, a snowglobe layout! :)
first of all, i sewed a clear sheet of acetate over the background patterned paper and then i literally used my ek success circle punch to cut create the 'snow'. i punched out an entire 12x12 sheet of white glitter paper!! it took some time, but i really like the effect it gives in the 'snow globe'! under the acetate, i put a picture and a few layers of punched out trees --> which i distressed with white ink to make it look snowy! :)

the pictures were also cut with my nestabilities dies for added interest. the trees are from hero arts 'snowman christmas', which i paper pieced (one is popped up with pop dots). i also used the snowflakes from that same set and stamped right onto the acetate with white. that was fun! 

the tab is also a die cut (from my favorite things). and i used the letters from 'fanciful alphabet' to create the 'nolan's first christmas' section. :) and lastly the 'merry' sentiment is from the hero arts set 'holiday sayings'. i stamped that right onto some freckled fawn washi tape, and it worked perfectly! :)

so that's it. sort of a lot going on. but i like it! it reflects what christmas day is all about - crazy, fun, family and snow! :)

Monday, November 5, 2012

little drummer

this morning i am sharing a card i made for the latest sketch at CAS(E) this sketch! super love this challenge site! who doesn't love sketches!? lol! so fun!

i'm also submitting this card for the CAS-ual friday's challenge - masculine! :)

i big, huge, puffy heart love this card! :) it's my favorite color combo, clean and simple, and fun! :) and  without too much struggle, i think i made a fairly masculine christmas card! which, is not easy for me to do!! lol!

i used lawn fawn stamps - (music note from 'and a partridge' and 'stay tuned' and the sentiment and drummer man(n!) is from 'pa-rum-pa-pum-pum') to make this CAS design! :)

the drummer fellow is paper pieced and popped up for dimension and the music notes are heat embossed in white - i really wanted them to pop! :)

so that's it! i hope you're all off to a wonderful week! i am LOVING all of the things people are thankful for on facebook! such a wonderful time of year! 

see later in the week! and i hope we can all get inky again! :)


Thursday, November 1, 2012

totally busted!

i LOVE the colors for the latest challenge at young crafters unite! warm and cozy and wonderful! :)

today i'm sharing a layout i created, inspired by those colors! it was so fun to scrap these pictures because in these pictures he is exactly the same age as the littlest mann is today!! 
and in true 15 month old form, it's all about T-R-O-U-B-L-E! :) ha ha!!

here's my layout!

i used lots of warm oranges and browns, and even threw some red in there here and there for fun! (i really like the accents of red!). the frames were actually plain wood that i covered in woodgrain washi tape! :) fun! 
i used lots of different paper smooches stamps sets here (giddy bugs, alphadots, fruitastic, perpetual bliss and sppokalicious)! this was my very first attempt at's a little clunky, but that's ok! 
i added a heart to the lens of the camera and added some glossy accents to make it shine! then i fussy cut out the letter 'i' from the smile word in patterned paper for a little fun! :)

i love that owl! i think he's making the exact same face as the little mann there!! a little deer in headlights action at being totally busted!

so that's really it! lots of layers, lots of washi and lots of love! 
totally warms my heart to remember my (now!) 4 year old this way! crazy!

enjoy! and hope everyone had a good halloween!! on to november!! :)