Oh Happy Day! | Simon Says Stamp

This card was a lot of fun to make for my mother-in-law’s birthday. I’ve been lucky to have had some wonderful weather here in the Dallas area but we haven’t done much fun things on the weekend because we’ve been catching up on unpacking and more mundane household tasks and errands. I do love scrolling through social media for inspiration (and jokingly to live vicariously through others!) and came across fabulous photos that Amy Tangerine took on a recent trip in Bermuda, specifically in front of the pink wall at the Princess Bermuda!

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First I took a 4×6 panel and used one of the Hero Arts Rectangular infinity dies to be able to have a frame and inner rectangle to use for my sentiment focal point. With the frame, I used the Simon Says Stamp stamp set called Oh Happy Day to stamp the leaves in three Simon Says Stamp hybrid ink cubes. With the inner rectangle, I used a pink hued hybrid ink to ink blend with a sponge dauber. I used a slightly darker pink hued ink to stamp the flowers, to create a bit of a tone on tone effect. Using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, I stamped the sentiment twice using my MISTI stamping tool. I wasn’t feeling too confident in my skills to outline this whole sentiment with the Heidi Swapp Minc toner pen, so I just settled to do the lines radiating out of the sentiment. I used rose gold foil and ran it through my Minc machine.

I used an adhesive tape runner to adhere the frame to the card base. I wanted some dimension for this card so I used foam tape to pop it up. Looking back, I would have loved to have put down a second layer of foam tape. I felt like the card needed a little bit more oomph so I decided to use Pretty Pink Posh sequins in the Sparkling Mix and Pink Blush. It was definitely a fun card to make. Hope you got to create this weekend!

Supplies Used:

  • Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock
  • Simon Says Stamp Oh Happy Day stamp set
  • Memento Tuxedo Black dye ink
  • Simon Says Stamp hybrid ink cubes in : Evergreen, Willow, Catkin, Rosie Cheeks, and Teeny Bikini
  • Pretty Pink Posh sequins in: Sparkling Clear mix and Pink Blush
  • 3M Foam Tape
  • Tombow Mono Adhesive Dot Tape Runner
  • Heidi Swapp Toner pen
  • Heidi Swapp Rose Gold Reactive Foil
  • Heidi Swapp Minc Machine
  • Imagine Crafts Sponge Dauber
  • Hero Arts Infinity Dies in rectangles

 

 

 

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Bokeh Don’t Whirry, Be Happy | Lawn Fawn

Yay! I’m happy to report this is my first card I have made since the moving process (read: since January!). I was actually really surprised and pleased with myself that I crafted during my work week. That may not be a huge deal to others, but I just finished up my second week of working a flex-40 hour schedule. If you didn’t know, I used to work as a bedside nurse who worked a scheduled 12-hour shift, only three days a week. So a lot of my crafting was done on days off. So I’ll be honest, it’s been surprisingly hard for me to adjust to working five days a week. I haven’t figured out my groove yet (meal prepping, working out, consistent chores, etc). I felt a little guilty crafting when there were more productive things I could have been doing, but you know what, I have no regrets!

I think I subconsciously made this card for myself as a bit of a bright and cheery pep talk to remember to look on the bright side. It was a beautiful and breezy day when I was crafting. Matt was barbecuing dinner, I was catching up on craft videos while crafting. Plus I was using my favorite brand, Lawn Fawn!

One of my favorite stamp sets is Lawn Fawn’s Let’s Bokeh. I used two of the solid circle stamps to create a bokeh-like background. To create the different gradients of the colors, I used first and second generation stamping. It was also my first time using Lawn Fawn ink and it didn’t disappoint! I used the inks Merman, Mermaid, Peacock, and Carrot. For the glasses and blender, I used Lawn Fawn’s So Smooth stamp set.  I stamped them in Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black ink (that is perfect for alcohol-based markers). With a combination of my Copic and Nuvo markers, I colored those images.

Lastly, I used the new Lawn Fawn Watercolor wishes paper for both the sentiment banner and orange background behind the images. I used foam tape to mount these pieces onto My Favorite Stamps (MFT) Orange Fizz cardstock, which was my top-folding card base.

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It’s Saturday and gorgeous out… I want to craft some more sometime this weekend, so hopefully you guys will do something crafty too! Take care until next time!

 

Supplies Used:

Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock

Lawn Fawn Let’s Bokeh stamp set

Lawn Fawn So Smooth stamp set

Lawn Fawn Sentiment Banner die set

Lawn Fawn inks in: Jet Black, Merman, Mermaid, Peacock, and Carrot

Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad

Nuvo Markers: 489,487,485,393

Copic Markers: BG13, GB15

My Favorite Things Orange Fizz cardstock

Crafty Buys and Supplies #2 | Lawn Fawn Spring 2017 Release

Lawn Fawn is one of my favorite brands in cardmaking. When I started cardmaking back in early 2016, I placed a couple Lawn Fawn products into my shopping cart at Craft Warehouse and never looked back. I love the quirky, whimsical, and versatility of Lawn Fawn products for all my cardmaking occasions.

I haven’t had a big crafty shopping spree or order since January because of the move. I caved and purchased a lot of fun new goodies from their Spring 2017 release! I am not affiliated with Lawn Fawn, but I just love their products so much I love sharing my enthusiasm for them with others!

If you haven’t checked out Lawn Fawn, you totally should and snag up some of their fun products. Like I said previously, the style is a little more quirky and whimsical (in my opinion), but I think with the wide range of products, I would imagine there is something for every crafter. When you specifically purchase from the Lawn Fawn website, it opens it up to a pretty nice and warm shopping experience! My orders have been processed fairly quickly (1-2 business days) and shipped out USPS priority, getting to me within the week of when I’ve purchased. The presentation of your order is also wonderful- usually bundled together with their colorful blue and green twine and a handwritten thank you note and bonus stamp! Sometimes I also receive some samplers of cardstock, which is always a pleasant surprise.

Click here  if you want to peruse the Spring 2017 release. Maybe you have more self-control, but be warned you may not click away empty handed 😉

New to Me Inks

I haven’t purchased nor tried Lawn Fawn inks so when I found out many of their existing inks would be available in cubes… you bet I would be snatching these packs up! They have released four packs of inks and I think it offers a good variety for those wanting to try out the inks. The sets are named: Tropical Island, Gazebo, Tea Party, and Candy Store cube packs.

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Anybody else seem to subconsciously collect paper pads? I bought the Watercolor Wishes and Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6×6 paper pad. That’s 72 sheets of gorgeous prints!

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It was a little agonizing picking out which Lawn Fawn items I felt I needed more than the others. I ended up purchasing the little stamp sets and their coordinating dies. I picked up the Year Seven (a cute piñata!), Bun in the Oven, and Hang in There (sloths make me chuckle so I had to pick this out).

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Not going to lie, my Sunday is a little busy with some mundane but NEED to do tasks. I’m really hoping I will be able to zip through my tasks so I can PLAY today! If not, I’ll have to postpone this until next weekend.

Hope you guys have a lovely and crafty week ahead!

Memory Keeping | March 6-12

Happy Sunday! Currently while I’m putting this post together, I am finishing up the animated film, Moana. Super cute and catchy music!

Below is this past week’s memory keeping in the Big Happy Planner utilizing MAMBI stickers from various sticker packs, MAMBI washi tape, and the Paper Mate flair pens. This week I was happier with the quality of the HP Sprocket pictures too and I’m assuming it’s probably because the HP Sprocket app was updated, I had better lighting for my pictures, and maybe I edited them enough to make them more vivid.

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Highs of the Week:

I started at my new “real” job. Last week was about general hospital and nursing personnel orientation, but it wasn’t specific job training. Monday was my first day stepping into my education specialist role (essentially a nurse educator for several med-surg nursing units). Thankfully, I’m not alone  and I got to start working and orienting with my teammate, LuLu. This week has been pretty fun working with her and I think we will get along well. We quickly found out that I have more Type-A tendencies but I think definitely play up to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. She has been so sweet and helpful in getting me acclimated to our role. It has been a great work week so far and I’m excited to become more comfortable in my role!

Lows of the Week

I guess I was naïve to think that I would be “over” the homesickness just a couple weeks into our Texas adventure. I have been a little stressed acclimating to the new environment and work requirements, and unfortunately I have been taking it on Matt. He told me that his perception is that I hate Texas and want to move back. I really had to tell him some of my deep feelings this weekend and it feels like a big weight has been lifted from my heart. Let me be clear, I DO NOT regret moving here on our new adventure. I do NOT hate Texas and I’m enjoying most of the experiences so far. I’m just still a little sad we’ve moved from my comfort zone (which I know will be a blessing later on) and I’m learning new routines, new things, and a whole new way of life. Driving in this frantic pace of lifestyle is nerve-wracking but I’m slowly learning ways to minimize how much I have to do on the crazy roads! I had to gently remind Matt too that I need an adjustment period and quite frankly, I’m just trying to survive and make each day count here. I know to be more conscientious of not taking it out on Matt though and to keep my head up… better days are ahead of me 🙂

 

 

Memory Keeping | Feb. 27 to Mar. 5

Just dropping by to share this past week’s memory keeping in this Big Happy Planner. I was able to wake up early this morning and fix up some iced coffee and breakfast so I could memory keep while catching up on some crafting videos. It did take me about an hour again this week to edit and print the photos, to do the layout and writing. I think it’s taking me so long because I don’t do prep work ahead of time and I take my time sorting through my stickers and washi to jazz up the layout. Perhaps this process will change if I am in a time crunch. One thing that was challenging was being able to recall the highs and lows of the week. I had to ask Matt “When did X happen this week, again?”. So perhaps for this upcoming week I could try making daily notes or editing pics as I go along… we shall see.

Nothing fancy in this week’s layout… again I’ve used the HP Sprocket to print out four photos from the past week. Side note, I need to keep playing with different photo editing apps and the HP Sprocket app to get the lighting of my photos just right. I’m not terribly bothered by the quality (can’t have too high of expectations for a portable photo printer!) but they are appearing darker and slightly off centered when printing.

To decorate, I’ve used the Penmate Flair felt tipped markers to write. For decoration, I’ve hopped around between all my MAMBI value pack books to pick out stickers and also utilized some MAMBI washi tape.

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Full spread for February 27 to March 5
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First half of the week
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Second half of the week

Highs and Lows of the week:

Highs: I started orientation at my new job and Matt was offered a new management job! We traveled up to NE Dallas to go to a park/dog park. Hank loved it in the small dog area and we loved walking around the park. We also checked out a new Hispanic supermarket called Terry’s where we got some yummy goodies and some wonderful carne asada! Thankfully, today was also super productive with more unpacking, cleaning, and organizing. This past week I’ve been experimenting with new routes to work (as you can imagine, I’m a bit traumatized from my experience earlier this week!) and SO glad there are options. I’m a little bit closer to semblance of a routine being here in Dallas! Matt and I also popped into our nearest Hobby Lobby (which we didn’t have in Vancouver) and I purchased a new paperpad and some brush tipped markers so anticipate more chatter or use in upcoming posts!

Lows: I got in a fender bender on my first day heading into work orientation! Luckily nobody was hurt and I made it to orientation in the nick of time! My car is scruffed, dinged, and a little dented in the bumper (two people behind me caused the accident). Still, super annoying to deal with all of this because I’ve been playing phone tag with the person’s auto insurance. Another low is feeling disorganized and out of sorts moving here. I think it’s a bout of homesickness, being out of my comfort zone, and also adjusting to all these new changes. However, trying to look on the bright side of things and trying to be present in the moment. So lucky to have Matt… he has been gently reminding me to be practice more patience, gratitude, and bravery.

Upcoming

I bought my first crafty haul which I will share probably this upcoming weekend! I purchased a ton of cute and fun goodies from the latest Lawn Fawn release.

Also, did I ever mention I’m interested in learning how to letter? I started perusing the internet to look up resources and supplies.

How about you guys? Any tips or tricks for memory keeping or learning lettering? I’d love to know!