Friday, December 21, 2012

eat drink and be merry

i'm so excited about this card for the latest lawnscaping challenge - make it shine!!
and boy, wooo! it's shiny!!

the lawn fawn stamp sets i used are cozy christmas, critters in the snow and harold's abc's. i paper pieced them all onto some velum (i didn't want to take away any of the shine! lol!)  they're also popped up for dimension.

i used some really lovely turquoise glitter paper for the background! i love it so much! it's like the perfect color, not to mention it's glittery!! :) ha ha!

so that's it, it's a fairly simple card, but i just love it! it makes me smile!
hope you caught the smiles too!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

merry merry merry

i LOVE the new stamp company on the block - mama elephant! the stamps are AMAZING and so unique!!
so when they announced their first challenge, this past week, i may have actually jumped for jpy! lol! 
the challenge is all about color! and what a great color combo it is! complete with glitter! :)

so i made a christmas card - because the colors screamed christmas to me! :)

i used their midnight letters stamp set to create the sentiment. LOVE those alphas!! they are so fun!! 
i stamped right onto some american crafts glitter tape! 

then i added some wooden star veneers that i made white with my white enamel. and a little glittery, to boot! 
so that's it! a nice, simple christmas card for someone special! :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

believing in magic

so i made a quick little christmas card today! my christmas cards have been done and sent for a few weeks now, but i wanted to send a second one to my grandpa! :) (my little ones call him grandpa-grandpa, which i think is hilarious since he's really their great grandpa! ha ha!)

anyway, so i wanted to send another card to my grandpa! hopefully making him smile and think of us! :) and the paper smooches sparks cool shades challenge was the PERFECT jumping off point for me! :)

the colors scream christmas - and that punch of yellow, is just perfect, i think! :) (especially when making a card full of happy!)
i used three paper smooches stamp sets: joyful greetings, chilly chums, and chubby chum pals. ok, are you ready for this? ha ha!!

isn't that the cutest seal ever?! ha ha!! he's totally in believing in the spirit of christmas! i used the antlers from the moose in chubby chum pals to make the reindeer ears. and for the nose, i used these super AWESOME 'adornments' from my favorite things which i colored the bottom of red!! rudolph has to have a red sparkly nose, right? the seal is popped up for some dimensional fun. 

and of course i had to hit it with some polka dot green washi! (it's the snow element in this funky christmas card!).

so i hope it made you smile! and i hope it sends lots of cheer and smiles to my grandpa!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

keen on neon

today i have a super fab, fun holiday card that i made for the fun challenge at the moxie fab world
keen on neon! 
who doesn't love neon?! and who wouldn't be totally stoked to receive a neon christmas card! lol!

i had fun making this card, and it was super fast too!

i used some sweet washi and wood veneers! i used my mister heuy spray to make the stars match the pink washi, and then stamped right onto the washi with my lawn fawn must have stamp set: harold's abc's. 

oh yeah! i first used that fun star mask you've seen everywhere to create the background! :)
and the heart i popped up and made glossy! :)

what's not to love! super fun! sure to make any day a little bit merry! i hope, anyway! :)

Monday, December 10, 2012

meowy christmas

i made this christmas card for a friend of mine at work (who helps me get through each day with pictures of kittens and funny stories! lol!)
i am entering it in the current challenge over at young crafters unite - which is all about creating holiday cards!

i used three lawn fawn sets: harold's abc's - critters in the burbs, and bows and holly. and i LOVE how it came out!! i wanted to keep it and just look at it, ha ha!!

i paper-pieced and colored the cats to look (as close as i could get them too!) her little cats! i even did a little tiny bit of coloring to one of them to add the right patches of color! the mistletoe i really DID color all of! and i think it made the card because it's so vibrant! i didn't use copics (i only have 5 of those bad boys! lol!) i also added some stickles to the little berries for some bling, and a teensy, tiny dab of glassy accents to the noses of the kitties!! lol! 

the custom sentiment i made is what really brings it all together! lol! i showed it to my husband, and he just rolled his eyes! lol! but it's going to be perfect for my friend!! 

hope you are starting out the work week on a good note! i can only hope that this week goes by fast! 

Saturday, December 8, 2012

ho ho ho!

i love paper smooches. and i love christmas. and i love cameras! so the latest challenge over at paper smooches sparks has been calling out my name!

i was all about the colors and the image! love it! 

i used four stamp sets from paper smooches - chubby chum pals, alphadot, perpetual bliss and chilly chums. i paper pieced and colored the images and the penguin and camera are popped up! i also added some glossy accents to the bow tie and the camera lens. for a little extra, added shine!

i also used some washi and wonky layered it all up at the bottom! then i used some twine to ground it all. i love it! 

i used the alphadots stamp set to create the sentiment of 'ho ho ho!', which i did because that little fella is pretending to be santa! ha ha! 

so that's it! 
everyone enjoy your weekend! i'm going to savor every last minute! :)

Friday, December 7, 2012

deck the halls

i sent out 95% of my christmas cards today! it felt good! but i still have a few more stragglers to write and send. and since i was in the spirit, i made another christmas card while i was at it! :)

i was inspired by the current challenge at runway inspired which has this as their inspiration picture:

wacky, right?! i love it! lol!

so i went with the colors, and came up with this completely non-traditional christmas card! and i'm in love with it!
i used two sweet stamp shop stamp sets: tree traditions (which i have been wanting FOREVER) and holiday sentiments! fun!

the car and tree are paper pieced and popped up with foam squares for dimension. and i added glossy accents to the windows and light. the snowflakes and sentiment are heat embossed and i used some fun 'street' washi for the road! i think this is so fun! ha ha! and even sort of masculine! if there is such a thing for a christmas card! :)

so that's it! it's finally friday! and i can't wait to start the weekend! read: sleep! i'm exhausted! lol!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

this little light switch of mine

the color challenge over at lawnscaping is super awesome! i really like it! but the DT inspiration is off the charts this week! so amazing!

you had me at teal and kraft and i stayed for the red! lol!!
i've been on a layout kick - so if that's not your bag, sorry!! :(  ha ha! i think making all of my christmas cards burned me out of cards for a while! ha ha! i just need to switch it up for a bit! :)

so anyway, here is my layout:

that little mann...sigh! he discovered he could reach the light switch from his crib when we stay at nana and papa's house! so we always know when he's awake because we can see the light go on and off under the door, and we can hear it 'click' on and 'click' off! lol! (fun fact - completely unrelated to craftiness! that crib is the same crib that my dad and my brother and i slept in as babies - and my grandpa built it! ha ha!)

so ok, the base is lawn fawn brightside paper, of course! :) and i used a mask and some spray mists for the first time! pretty fun! then i used 'say cheese' and colored/paper pieced the camera and polaroids. i also used 'a birdie told me' to layer up the wood veneer word bubble - which was TOO perfect not to use! lol!

and i LOVE that little light switch from 'how delightful', and i tried to show it as on and off! lol! oh, and yes, there's just a hint of layered washi...*whistle* i may have gone a bit overboard there. :)

so that's it! super fun!! and i laugh when i look at it and remember, so that's the best part of a layout in my opinion! :)
it's going to be almost 80 degrees here today!!!!!!!! i thought this was december! ha ha!! i'll never get used to the 'southern' winters! 

Saturday, December 1, 2012

same long shot, different stamps

i had some impromptu time to myself today - the little menn went to pick out our christmas tree and they decided it would be done better 'no girls allowed'. well alright then. ha!

so with my little surprise free time, i made a card i had been thinking about for a little bit, for the lawn fawn winter 2013 challenge! so, yep! another long shot! but i don't really do these challenges to win, i do them because i just LOVE getting crafty (and lawn fawn!)! lol! so it's win-win for me!

anyway, today i decided to use the 'sunny skies' stamp set. i knew i was going to use some acetate, so i just had to pick the plain cardstock and layout of the card. which was a bit of a challenge since i'm i love paper piecing, but with patterned paper, and at one point i had birds, clouds, kites, suns, just everything on the card! it was a tad busy! lol!

anyway, i pared it down, and this is the end result.

vwa-la! the kite and the small cloud are adhered to the inside of the card, and the sun, big cloud and cloud 'sky line' (?!) are all adhered to the acetate (with the big cloud also popped up for even more dimension - if that's possible!) ha ha!

so i still think it has a lot going on, but i did stop myself a little! i was going to add glitter to the sun, and shading to the clouds and kites...but no! i kept it crisp and clean! executive decision! 

so that's that! hopefully this isn't the last my ink has seen of me this weekend! :)