Monday, June 19, 2017

You're Jawsome - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #7


Hey friends! It's time for our 7th Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This round we are all about the watercolor, which just happens to be one of my favorite techniques. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to use the adorable new Duh-Nuh mini set, which I paired with one of my all-time faves, Mermaid For You just to beef up my scene a bit.


I watercolored my images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and created a background with Distress inks. After I created my scene, I stamped my sentiment and bubble accents with Deep Sea ink. I adhered my panel to a Blue Jay card base, and as a finishing touch, added a few Pretty Pink Posh 4mm and 6mm Clear Droplets.

All supplies are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD. And please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!


Now please head on over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing design team samples! And don't forget to link up your watercolor projects to play along. I hope you have a great day! Thanks so much for stopping by!




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Monday, June 5, 2017

Dog Cone Get Well - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #6


Hey friends, Christy here with our sixth Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This time we're creating cards that we all need in our stash because these occasions tend to come up unexpectedly. It's a cheerful get well!

For my card, I had this idea to put a dog in a cone, so I pulled out Critters at the Dog Park and colored him in with Copics, then drew a little cone on vellum. Too cute! I used the new Say Cheese Again dies to frame my scene, and stamped a sentiment from Get Well Soon in Deep Sea ink.


All supplies are listed and liked in the description bar below the video on YouTube Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!



Please hop over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing design team samples and link up your own to play along. I hope you have an amazing day!

Friday, May 26, 2017

One of a Kind


Hey friends, happy Friday! I've just returned from my writer's conference and it was AMAZING! The best one yet. I will definitely have an update video for you soon, but in the meantime, today I'm being featured on the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog with another card using our beautiful Mood Board and the adorable new You're Claw-some stamp set. I'll include all the info over there, so be sure to check that out. I also have a process video that I hope you'll enjoy.


Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It means so much. If you're in the States, have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Felines & Flowers - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #5


Hey friends! It's time for another Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This time we've got a gorgeous Mood Board that is sure to get your creative juices flowing. For my card, I drew inspiration from both the beautiful, bright color palette and the kitty and floral images.

I thought it would be fun to create some felines frolicking in a field of flowers (say that five times fast! ;), so I pulled together images and sentiments from Meow You Doin'Bicycle Built For YouMom + Me, and Critters At The Dog Park. I colored them with Copic markers and die cut them with the matching dies.



I built my background using a focal panel die cut with the Stitched Rectangle Stackables and added a grassy bank with Simple Stitched Hillside Borders. Two clouds from Spring Showers completed my sky. Then I layered that over some Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 papers die cut with the Zig Zag Rectangle Stackables.

I also did some fun stamping on the inside but I'll save that for the video. Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!



Now please head on over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing design team samples. And link up your own Mood Board inspired projects to play along!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great day!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Little Nurse


Hey friends, happy Friday to you! With my writers conference just around the corner (next week!), I've been so busy with that creative side of me that I haven't felt much mojo for paper crafting. So I decided to get back to basics and indulge myself in what I love most about it -- coloring. 

I chose this Little Nurse image from Lili of the Valley for a couple of reasons. It's Nurse Appreciation week, and my hubby just happens to be one of the best! Also, a co-worker is having surgery soon, and I wanted to make a card for all of us to sign. And lastly, because it's just fun to color! Lots of little details to concentrate on while my stress just melts away. Coloring truly is my therapy!

There's lots of techniques in this video, from coloring hair, to achieving furry texture, to creating a soft glow around your images to help them pop off the page. I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. It means a lot! Have a great weekend, everybody!


Monday, May 1, 2017

Panda Paws - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #4



Happy Monday, friends! It's time for Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #4: Black & White & Bright. With that theme in mind, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to alter the sweet bears from Dad + Me and turn them into pandas!

I sketched out the lines in pencil, then went over them with my Memento Dual-Tipped Marker, which is a perfect match for the Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad. Then I colored them with Copics and cut them out with the matching dies.


I die cut a focal panel using Large Cross-Stitched Square Stackables and sponged on some Distress ink in Picked Raspberry, Squeezed Lemonade, and Peacock Feathers, then added my pandas with foam tape, and a speech bubble from Chit Chat tucked between them. 

I used Stitched Party Banners to add a little detail to the end of one of my  Pebbles Spring Fling 6x6 patterned paper and adhered them both to my Black Licorice card base with Tombow Mono Multi Glue. Then I added a stamped panel to the inside where you can write your message. I hope you like it!

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch the video there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!


Check out the other amazing Design Team samples at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog and don't forget to link up your own Black & White & Bright projects to play along!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Toucan of Friendship + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's time for my last Friday Feature as part of the Butterfly Reflections Ink design team. Our term is ending and on Monday a whole new crew will be introduced. It's a great group of talented ladies and I know you're going to love them!

For my last card I used the super sweet Reverse Confetti Toucan of Friendship and colored my images with Copic markers to match my Simple Stories Faith patterned papers. The rest of the details I'll have over at the BRI blog so I hope you'll head over and check out my post.

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch the video there in HD and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Epic Birthday - Friday Feature at Lawn Fawnatics


Hey friends, today I've got an epic birthday card featured over on the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog. I used Lovable Legends to create a party scene for a friend who is turning the big 6-0. I hope you'll hop over and check it out. 

You still have a couple of days left to enter our Outstanding Occasions Challenge! The winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. Now that's worth playing for! 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Hoppy Birthday + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends, it's Friday! Which means it's time for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink Blog. Today I'm featuring the super versatile Hoppy Holidays set from Memory Box combined with Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6. I hope you'll hop on over and check it out!

I've also got a process video to share. Click on the YouTube icon in the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Welcome Kanga Baby - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #3


Hey friends, happy Monday! It's time for our third Lawn Fawnatics Challenge: Outstanding Occasions. Create your finest for those milestone moments in life -- wedding, anniversary, baby, or graduation. 

For my card, I was actually inspired by one of my followers, who commented that a card I made on Friday would make a great baby card. So I pulled out one of my favorite "baby" Lawn Fawn images,  the kangaroo from Critters Down Under and created a little scene around her, coloring my images with Copic markers.

Then I took my leftover scraps from Friday's card to create a new one (love getting two different cards out of the same supplies!) and die cut them using Large Stitched Rectangle StackablesStitched Party BannersLarge Stitched Circle Stackables, and Scalloped Circle Stackables. I layered them all together, popped my focal panel up with foam tape, and added some sequins for a little extra elegance.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog to check out the rest of the amazing projects from the design team, and don't forget to link up your own for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate! I hope you all have an amazing day. Thanks for stopping by!




Friday, April 14, 2017

Bear Hugs + Friday Feature at BRI


Hi friends, happy Friday! Today I've got a super sweet card for my Friday Feature at Butterfly Reflections Ink. I'll give you just a sneak peek, but it combines the Reverse Confetti Bear Hugs with the gorgeous Kaisercraft Wildflower 6 1/2'' x 6 1/2'' paper pad. So lovely! I hope you'll hop over there and leave me some comment love. 

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch the video there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. It means so much! I hope you all have an amazing weekend!

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Nuts For You + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's FRIDAY!!! Which mean it's time for another Friday Feature over at Butterfly Reflections Ink. Today I'm playing with MFT Harvest Buddies and some gorgeous Hero Arts Woodgrain Texture Vellum, which I tinted with Distress Inks. My images were watercolored with Zigs. All other info is over on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog, and also listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube.

Click the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like and subscribe! It means so much. I hope you guys enjoy the video! Have an amazing weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Galaxy Spinner - Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #2


Hey friends! It's time for our second Lawn Fawnatics Challenge! This time we're calling for interactive cards, because they're just so super fun! I wanted to challenge myself to do something I've never done before, so I chose a spinner card, and to make things just a little bit more interesting, I decided to try a galaxy background for the first time as well!


I started out my coloring my images from Out of This World with Copic markers and die cutting them with the matching dies. Then I created my galaxy background using Distress Inks and also a moon using the Simple Stitched Hillside Borders. I cut my spinner track out with the Slide On Over Circles and gave everything a nice stitched edge with the Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables.

There are two different ways to build your penny slider mechanism and I show you both in the video. I mounted my panel with a double layer of foam tape onto a card base of Narwhal cardstock and did some additional stamping on the inside with Hippo ink. As a finishing touch, I added a sprinkling of stars using Starry Skies and some Pretty Pink Posh Mini Iridescent Star Confetti.

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I really appreciate all your feedback and support.

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Head on over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the other amazing design team samples and don't forget to play along! I can't wait to see what you all create!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Meow You Doin'? - Kitty Collab with Kari


Hey friends! Today I'm super excited to be doing a special collaboration with my dear friend Kari of KWCardDesign on YouTube! We're both making cards featuring the adorable Lawn Fawn Meow You Doin'? stamp set, as well as the Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 pad.


Ever since I saw the sneak peeks for Bicycle Built for You, I knew I wanted to take the small cat image and pair it with the kitties from Meow You Doin'? to make him look like a kitten. I think it totally works, don't you?

I colored my images with Copic markers and created a soft background using the MFT English Brick Stencil and some Distress Inks. All supplies are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube.

Click the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It really helps out, and I love reading your thoughts.



When you're done, you can check out Kari's video by clicking the link here or in the description bar over on YouTube. Her card is a surprise even to me, and I can't wait to see what she came up with!

Isn't it fun to see what unique designs people come up with using the same products? I always find it fascinating and I hope that you will too. Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ahoy Matey + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends, I'm back with my second post of the day! For my Lawn Fawnatics Feature click here. Today happens to be a Double Feature Friday, as I'm also up on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog with a fun pirate-themed card using the new Neat & Tangled Yo Ho Ho stamp set.

When I was a little girl, I was obsessed with the movie and TV series Treasure Island, so this set is full blown nostalgia for me. I ended up creating two cards, so I'm featuring the boy on my blog, and the girl version over at BRI.


These Pretty Pink Posh Clear Droplets ended up being the perfect accent for both cards. They look like little splashes of water, so they work great even for masculine cards. It's not easy to find embellishments that work well for both, but these definitely do.

I finished off the insides of the cards with some additional stamping and the leftover colored and die cut images.


For links to all the other supplies, please head over to the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog and check out my feature. Here's a sneak peek of how the other card turned out. I can't decide which is my favorite!


Do you struggle with using patterned paper on your cards? In today's video tutorial, I go over a few tips on how to pull in different prints and also how to use the colors to inspire your coloring. I hope you enjoy it!

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. I can't tell you how much your support means to me! Have a great weekend, everybody!


4th Friday Feature at Lawn Fawnatics



Happy Friday, friends! Today I've got a fun card to share over at the  new Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog for our very first challenge. I hope you'll head over and check it out, and don't forget to play along. Our first theme is Birthday, since Lawn Fawn is turning seven this month! You still have just over a week to create a new project and link it up. One winner will be randomly drawn to win a $25 gift certificate! Now that's worth playing for!



Thanks so much for stopping by!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Introducing Lawn Fawnatics!


Woohoo! Today is an exciting day! I finally get to let out this wonderful secret I've been teasing you all with on social media! Today I get to reveal that Lawn Fawn is starting their very own challenge blog, Lawn Fawnatics

I'm so thrilled and honored to be a part of the amazing design team, and today we're kicking off our first challenge! Since this month marks Lawn Fawn's 7th Birthday, we just had to go with a Happy Birthday theme.



I have hardly been able to contain myself with excitement, so I thought a Pop-Up Box Card would be the perfect project to make. It literally explodes with fun the second you open it. It's the card equivalent of a surprise party!


The best kind of party is one where all your friends are invited, new and old, so I combined as many stamp sets as I possibly could. I used Jump For JoyCheery ChristmasCritters In The ForestCritters In The 'BurbsParty AnimalYear Two, and Year Four. Whew!


Of course, I also used the Scalloped Box Card Pop-Up  die, the Grassy Border, and pulled in a sentiment from Elphie Selfie. The Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 paper pad added in an extra splash of color.


For the front and side panels, since I wanted that fun and festive color on there as well, I just cut the patterned paper to mat the die cut rectangles.


I've made these pop-up box cards before, and let me tell you, the die makes it so much easier! No more measuring! The die takes all the guess work out of the equation. It makes it so easy, in fact, that I made TWO cards! Since I didn't catch the first one on camera, I decided to create a second so I could walk you through the steps.


For my second card, I wanted a whole new scene, so I used Elphie SelfieHang In ThereParty Animal, and Year Four, along with the same dies and patterned paper. I wanted to show you how versatile this Pop-Up Box Card is, so this one is just a bit simpler but just as cute! You really can decorate it as much or as little as you like.


And now for the video. Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe!


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Please head over to the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and check out the rest of the AMAZING design team's projects. I think you'll be delighted to see some familiar faces. :) I can't wait to see what you all create for our first challenge! The winner gets a $25 Gift Certificate to Lawn Fawn! Woohoo! Have a great day!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Giraffes Gone Wild + Friday Feature at BRI



Hey friends! It's friday, which means it's time for another Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm featuring the sweet giraffes from Reverse Confetti's Lift Me Up and I hope you're going to love it! Feel free to leave me a comment here or there, or BOTH! Haha. Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 13, 2017

1 Set 4 Ways Episode 2: Sunday Stroll


Hey friends! Today I'm bringing you a brand-new series on my blog and YouTube channel. It's called 1 Set 4 Ways, and it's as simple as the name implies! I'll be taking images from just one stamp set and creating four cards, each unique, but cohesive enough to work as a set, by using similar supplies to tie them all together. I'm considering making this a monthly series, so I hope you guys are really going to like it! :)

I'm calling this one Episode 2, because I did this once before a few months back with the Avery Elle Woodland Wonders set. At the time, I was just trying to use up images I'd colored during The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, so I thought it was just going to be a one-time thing. But I found myself in the same position again with lots of colored images just sitting in a bowl on my desk, and I liked how the first video had forced me to use up a whole bunch of them at once. So the idea for a series was born!


This episode features Mama Elephant's Sunday Stroll, a set that's filled with an adorable family and whole bunch of pets and bugs and little scene setters, which makes it perfect for this challenge. The possibilities are endless! On my first card, I didn't even use any of the people, creating a family of ducks instead.



The only thing the Sunday Stroll set is missing is sentiments, so I pulled those in from three other Mama Elephant sets, Sunday SentimentsCross My Heart, and In My Heart to suit each scene I was creating.


I used one sentiment on the outside of each card, and an additional sentiment on the inside of each card, along with some cute little images. I've just started finishing off the insides of my cards this year, and I find it really adds something extra special!



All other supplies used are listed and linked in the description bar below the video on YouTube. To watch it there in HD, simply click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner of the video. Please let me know what you guys think of this new series! And if you have any suggestions for a stamp that I should feature next month, I'd love to hear your ideas! Thanks so much for stopping by. 
Have a great day!

Friday, March 10, 2017

Another Year Wiser + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's Friday, which means it's time for my next Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I've got a bright and cheery watercolor card using the adorable MFT's I'm Owl Yours stamp set, in combination with a few others. I hope you'll head over and check it out.

I've also got a process video for you that I hope you'll enjoy. Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right corner to watch in there in HD, and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It means a lot. Have a fantastic weekend!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Elphie Selfie with Friends


Who says animals can't take selfies? The minute I got saw this super clever Elphie Selfie set from Lawn Fawn I knew I had to have it. It just makes me smile so big, and isn't that the best kind of card to make and send out? The kind that you just KNOW is going to make someone's day?

Of course, the more friends that crowd in, the more fun the selfie is to take, am I right? I was actually inspired by the PBS show Spy In The Wild to add in a tortoise from Year Two and my attempt at an egret from A Birdie Told Me along with my elephants and mouse. I colored my images with Copic markers and cut them out with the matching dies.

To create my scene I started with a light blue panel die cut with the largest Small Stitched Rectangles and added two layers of tall grass cut with the Meadow Borders. I grouped my animals together and finished the scene with two clouds from the Spring Showers dies. I layered the scene over some pretty paper from the Perfectly Plaid 6x6  die cut with the Scalloped Rectangle Stackables. I also did some fun stamping on the inside with Merman ink, but I'll save that for the video.

Click on the YouTube icon to watch it there in HD, and don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe. It means so much! Have a great day, everybody!


Friday, March 3, 2017

Masculine Birthday Card + Friday Feature at BRI


Hey friends! It's Friday, which means it's time for my Friday Feature over at the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. Today I'm sharing a cute masculine kitty card for my little guy's birthday. He LOVES cats, so I just had to make him a card with Lawn Fawn's Meow You Doin'?. I hope you'll head over and check it out!

Click on the YouTube icon to watch the video in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! It means so much. :)
Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Cupcakes & Happiness


Hi friends! Today I'm here with a card so sweet you could almost eat it! ;) A cupcake bakery is opening up today right next to the pottery studio where I work, so I wanted to make a card for my co-workers to sign to welcome them to the neighborhood. I knew that Mama Elephant's Carnival Cupcakes and Carnival Toppers stamps and dies were going to be perfect for the look I was going for.

I colored my images with Copic markers to match the gorgeous Echo Park Party Time 6x6 papers, and stamped my sentiment with Lawn Fawn Merman ink. Then I die cut my focal panel with the Avery Elle Finished Frames. I layered everything up and popped my focal panel and cupcakes up with foam tape for added dimension, then dabbed a bit of Crystal Stickles glitter glue to make it sparkle like crystalized sugar. Yum!

Click on the YouTube icon at the bottom right to watch it there in HD and please don't forget to like, comment, and subscribe! I hope you all have an amazing day!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Crafty Christmas Collaboration with Jessica Frost-Ballas


Hey friends! Today I'm so excited to share a super fun collaboration with my friend Jessica Frost-Ballas. Last December, Jessica found herself with her Christmas card stash depleted. That last minute Christmas card hustle had her stressed and overwhelmed, feelings to which I can totally relate! She wanted to solve this problem by making cards all throughout the year, so come next December 1st, she'd be completely prepared, and could then relax and relish in the joys of the season.

Because it can be tough to stay inspired to make Christmas cards all year round, Jessica came up with the brilliant idea to make it fun by including her crafty friends in a monthly collaboration, and I'm thrilled to be her February guest!


Each of us put together a little packet of elements to create a card and sent it off to the other, then made an extra one for ourselves so we'd have the same supplies. Here's what I sent Jess. I noticed while poking around her blog that she didn't seem to have any Neat & Tangled Christmas sets, so I stamped and die cut several images from Elfs and their Shelf, since it was the one set on my list for my 2016 Christmas Card Series that I didn't end up getting to use. I also included a couple sentiments from that set, five double-sided patterned papers, since that's kind of my thing ;), and a few enamel dots.



And here's what Jess sent me. She realized I didn't have any Altenew (she was right!) and sent me some beautiful stamped and gold glitter embossed trees from their Sketched Evergreen set, and sentiments from Holiday Wishes. She also included a white card base, some black cardstock, and silky back and gold twine.



For the card I made with my own supplies, I colored my images with Copic markers, then incorporated all five patterned papers -- and actually added a sixth. A light sprinkling of enamel dots finished off the design.





I'll admit, the supplies Jessica sent had me a little stumped at first. The kit definitely lent itself to a more elegant style than I typically create, but I LOVE a good challenge! Since the trees were already embossed with that gorgeous gold sparkle detail, I thought adding even more sparkle couldn't hurt. The My Mind's Eye Comfort and Joy 6x6 was one of my favorites last Christmas because of the glitter detail on some of the patterns. I added this poinsettia strip, and found another pattern that worked perfectly for my sky background. I added a couple snowy hills, trimmed my sentiment to a flag end, and finished off the card with a black scalloped border and that gorgeous black and gold twine.



Please head over to Jess's blog to discover what she made with our supplies. Be sure to leave a comment at both our blogs for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Neat & Tangled, AND you can link up your own cards all year long at Jess's blog for a chance to win a big grand prize in December!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed our collab!



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