Thanks Card | Lawn Fawn 2017 Fall/Winter Release

Here’s another thank you card that I’ll be giving to a fellow co-worker. She did a solid favor, when she didn’t have to, and I wanted to make sure she knew it was much appreciated. I wanted to create this card asap because she made a comment last week that she never feels appreciated. I have been in that situation before and it hurts. I wanted to show her this small token of appreciation and I hope it brightens up her day this upcoming week!

I’m seriously loving the newest Lawn Fawn release! I hope if you’ve been on the fence, you’d consider it because of all the fun and versatile goodies! Check out some of my other posts talking about the 2017 fall and winter release here and here!

This card was really easy and inky to make! First I took some Neenah Solar White cardstock in 80lb and cut it down to A2 size. I ran it through my Sizzix Bigshot with the Lawn Fawn Stitched Woodgrain background die. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks in Fire Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Candied Apple, and Wild Honey. I had hopes of trying to make it a fall-themed background, but my husband kindly pointed out in a compliment, “I like that tropical sunset look!”Ha!

I die cut the Scripty Thanks die using one of the brown papers from Knock On Wood 6×6 paperpad. I did some more diecutting from the Large Wreath die set for leaves, also using paper from Knock On Wood. This was a one layer card so I adhered everything down with Tombow Multi Mono liquid glue. I used some of my Doodlebugs Design assorted sequins as embellishments on the leaves. I used my Wink of Stella shimmer pen to add some shimmer to the leaves and Glossy Accents for the Thanks diecut.

thanks card

Wish the weekend wasn’t coming to a close, I still want to be in my craft room instead of doing household chores. How about you, any fun projects you’ve been working on?

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Crafty Buys & Supplies | MFT Stamps Haul

Just a quick blog post on a few things I picked up from MFT Stamps!

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6×6 Paperpads

How fun and colorful are these two paperpads? Party Patterns and Tiny Hearts Brights. The next paperpad I have to pick up is the Tiny Hearts Pastels… I am having regret that I took it out of my cart last minute!

paperpads

100lb. Heavyweight Card Stock Sampler

I thought this was a stellar deal of getting to sample 41 different sheets of cardstock for less than $15!

cardstock

Mix-Ables Stencil and Scor-Tape

This mini clouds stencil sells out often! I’m still trying to get the original one! I have this double-sided adhesive tape in two different sizes, this is perfect for those intricate and thinner die cuts or shaker cards!

stenciltape

Free with $60

So nice that MFT includes a surprise freebie if you spend more than $60 (so.easy.to.do!). I’m so happy I got numbers! Now if I can find an alphabet one, I’d be set!

freewith60

Xs and Os Cardkit

This is the main reason I went and grabbed items for this haul! As of writing this post, the card kit is still available!

If you aren’t able to snag it in the kit, the items found in the kit will be available to purchase, roughly 6 weeks after the card kit launches. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday and I love making cards for love and encouragement, so I thought this cardkit would be useful year round!

The cardkit is bundled together nicely in an easy, convenient zipped pouch. You get a wonderful 4×6 stamp set with coordinating dies, square shaker window and frame die-namics, Tic Tac Toe boards in white and black, heart embellishments, and 10 sheets of cardstock.

cardkit

Sometime next week I’ll post about my Simon Says Stamp haul. I have so many fabulous goodies to play with, I hope you are all getting your crafty fix too!

 

 

Have a Claw-some Birthday | Lawn Fawn Birthday Card

I hope you all have had a wonderful week so far! I made this card earlier in the week and I just drafted this blog post. But before I dive in, I just want to take a quick moment to send my love and prayers for those affected by Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and those on the West Coast who are affected by the wildfires.

For this card, I used Lawn Fawn’s You’re Claw-some stamp set and coordinating dies. I used Tonic Studios Nuvo alcohol markers to color these images in. It actually took me about 45 minutes to color all these images in. Am I slow? Was I spending too much concentrated time in staying in the lines? Ha, I’m sure it was a combination of both but it was quite relaxing!

I used foam tape to add a bit of dimension with some of the die cut stuffed animals, so it looks like the animals are stacked on each other. Side note, have you ever won anything from a claw machine? Not me!

For the background, I used Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid paper. Finally, I heat embossed the awesome sentiments (so retro looking!) on some Recollections Black 110lb. cardstock that I die cut as a banner.

clawsomebirthday

This is a birthday card for my father in law in South Caroline. I have been so bad this year, sending my cards only a couple days out. When I was living in Washington, I was able to get away with sending cards in a short time frame because my recipients didn’t live so far away! But now I have to remember I’m in Texas and I have loved ones on both sides of the coast!

This weekend I may not be able to make a new card because we’re going to unplug and get out into nature! We will be overnight camping tomorrow and the Texas weather is wonderful right now!

Have a wonderful day!

Lawn Fawn Haul | 2017 Fall and Winter release

Have you checked out Lawn Fawn’s latest release?!

When I saw a Lawn Fawn post back in July that the fall and winter products were coming out in August, I knew I had to penny pinch to save up for a fabulous release!

I didn’t get everything in the release (oh I wish!) but I’m so glad I snagged a great pre-order discount from Butterfly Reflections Ink back in July.

Here are my purchases but first, how sweet is it to shop from companies that write you personalized messages?! Return customer for sure!

BRI_haul

Guys, paper pads are a weakness of mine, so I definitely had to pick these three new ones : Knock on Wood (fun woodgrain details), Knit Picky (I love holiday themed sweaters) and Perfectly Plaid Chill (let me add this one to my other Perfectly Plaid paperpads).

Paper Pads

I love having mini ink cubes and I love buying sets because I can sample new-to-me colors and I love how most companies coordinate the ink pads so you can use them on one project. When the mini ink cubes first got released (maybe 1-2 releases ago?) I got to snag the releases and I LOVE the quality of the inks.

I got Ice Cream Parlor, Pumpkin Patch, Christmas Tree Lot, and Front Porch sets.

Ink Cubes

I don’t have too many (yet) of Lawn Fawn’s standalone dies but I was so drawn to these!

First is the Stitched Woodgrain die and it creates a textured and gorgeous accent to paper (patterned or create your own like I did in my previous post!). Next is the Large Wreath which I was drawn to not only for holiday wreaths, but fall wreaths in the gorgeous fall-themed colors. Last was Shut the Front Door die, which I think would be really fun for interactive cards and building scenes.

diecut

I have started budgeting for stamps and their coordinating dies because I find personally, I like adding (and having the option) of having diecuts on my cards.

I only got a few of the stamp and die combos: Forest Feast, Pumpkin Spice, Sealed With a Kiss, and Beary Happy Holidays.

stamps

Some other honorable mentions include the embossing powders and glitters that were also released… I’ll be picking those up after some budgeting!

What about you? Did you pick up any of the new releases?!

Next budgeting item… Simon Says Stamp STAMPtember!

Happy Fall card | Lawn Fawn new and old

Today is September 1st, which feels like it’s the (unofficial) start of the fall season! Matt and I are interested in seeing what the fall is like in Texas and whether it’ll be like the crisp, autumn days that come to mind (and were so, so treasured in the Pacific Northwest instead of the alternative…rain).

About a week ago, Lawn Fawn released its highly anticipated 2017 fall and winter release with SO many fun and whimsical releases.

This card that I created combines some of the newly released products as well as 2016 fall releases! It’s definitely one of the reasons I splurge and am loyal to Lawn Fawn because most of the products complement one another to be able to create so many versatile cards.

I used the new Stitched Woodgrain die to create the background, using Distress Oxide inks in Antique Linen and Wild Honey to ink blend some color.

To make the wreath, I used the new Large Wreath die to cut out the wreath and leaves using Lawn Fawn paper pads. For the wreath base, I used one of the new brown Knock on Wood papers. For the leaves, I used the Perfectly Plaid Fall pack (released from 2016) to create many colored leaves to be able to assemble. I used a combination of Tombow Multi Mono glue and foam tape to create the dimensional aspect of the wreath.

I heat embossed the sentiment Happy Fall (taken from the new Forest Feast stamp set) onto a scrap of cardstock with Simon Says Stamp Rose Gold embossing powder. I used Wild Honey again to ink blend a bit of an ombre effect in the middle and used a banner die so I could foam mount it below the wreath.

I felt like the card was a bit plain so I used more scraps of the Perfectly Plaid paperpad to diecut some leaves from Leafy Tree Backdrop diecut (from Fall 2016) to be able to randomly glue on the background.

happyfall

I think you should definitely check out the Lawn Fawn release and pick up some great products! I am nowhere done playing with my new items and I hope to post my latest Lawn Fawn haul soon!

Until next time, happy crafting!

 

 

Envelope Punch Board | We R Memory Keepers

As you’ve read in my previous post, I talked about my June challenge. This past weekend, I was still feeling unwell from the nasty head cold I had following Memorial Day weekend. I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired or energetic to be able to come up with new projects. However, I really wanted to do something related to my June challenge!

I dug out my never opened Envelope Punch Board by We R Memory Keepers (WRMK for short!) and some old patterned paper. I purchased this tool probably a few months into my cardmaking journey. I wanted this tool because of its ability to be able to create envelopes of numerous sizes! Sometimes a plain or solid colored envelope can be underwhelming when you have created an awesome card, so using specialty paper or patterned paper can “up” the cuteness factor. I now know I can stamp and embellish my envelopes but at least this is another alternative too!

WRMK Envelope Punch Board
The unboxing of the Envelope Punch Board: 1) The tool itself 2) A bone folder 3) 2 detailed instruction inserts 

As a disclaimer, the Envelope Punch Board has been in the crafting industry for awhile now and the patterned paper is at least a couple years old. This isn’t a review for the Envelope Punch Board because I only used it once and only for A2-sized envelopes. The Die Cuts with a View (DCWV) Seaside Yacht 12×12 paperpad was released in 2015 so I think it may be out of circulation when I try to Google it online.

The punch board normally retails for $24.99 and includes a scoring tool, instructions, measurement guide and scoring line etched on the tool. It also has a corner rounder that you could use for your envelopes or your cards.

WRMK Instruction
Measurements and dimensions of possible envelopes you can create. Not pictured is the back with step by step pictures on how to create the envelope

Click here  to see the product description for the tool!

Click here  to see the official WRMK’s YouTube video on how to use it.

2 Step Process
This is my interpretation of the steps. First you take your pre-cut paper and align it with the measurement indicated on the chart. Then you push down the punch and score at the etched score line (to the right of the paper). You rotate the paper (counter clockwise direction, so to your left) and align the score mark as indicated. Repeat the process for all sides. As I’ve mentioned, I got a little lost so I definitely had to use the video!

I took some of my favorite papers from the paperpad and followed the directions and insert from the packaging. Not going to lie, I was briefly confused by the directions as I went along but the video quickly cleared it up for me. In addition to this tool, you’ll need a paper trimmer to cut your paper to the measurements needed for your desired envelope and then a strong adhesive for the seams when constructing it. I used my Tombow adhesive runner but thin double-sided tape should work too!

I’m posting a link to a video  I found helpful to avoid making measurement mistakes! I found that one of the envelopes I made didn’t look quite right. I think there is a bit of a learning curve with this tool to make sure it all aligns correctly. As the linked video mentions, one wrong score or punch can cause the remainder of the card to be inaccurate and misshapen when you try to assemble it.

Envelope
What I love about using patterned paper (especially if it’s double sided!) is that when the recipient opens the envelope, there is a pop of color from inside!

Envelopes

Don’t these envelopes look nice and nautical? I suppose I need to start creating cards to go inside them 😉

 

 

 

Plane and Simple Stamp Set | Lawn Fawn

I finally got to play with some of my Lawn Fawn goodies!

As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I purchased and received my newest Lawn Fawn goodies on the 22nd but only got to play with them this weekend.

Not going to lie, I didn’t have a specific vision or idea for this card. I was winging it and I was only attached to the idea of ink blending and a sky background. First I cut some cloud masks with an older set called Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die (which has a matching stamp set too!).

Side bar: do any of you have the nifty My Favorite Things Cloud stencil? I passed on it first glance when it came out and I totally regret not snagging it when I had the chance! Many places have sold out and are back-ordered.

But back to this card…I placed the cloud masks randomly on my card front. I used an ink blending tool and used three Lawn Fawn inks : Minty Green, Merman, and Mermaid. It wasn’t the look I was envisioning in my mind, so I re-positioned those masks and did another layer of ink blending. I would recommend cutting out several cloud masks because if you are a bit heavy handed like myself, the masks get bent and come up from your card after prolonged blending.

LF Cloud Masking

I wanted to utilize the Lift the Flap dies to reveal the sentiment so I did my best (impatiently) to center the die and ran it through my Big Shot. One thing I’d advise is to use your bone folder to make the crease even, I was getting a bit of bulging originally when I was bending back the flap, so something to be aware of if you don’t use a bone folder tool.

I took another cardstock panel and did similar cloud mask ink blending. Using strong double-sided adhesive tape, I adhered the pieces together.

The flap die I used is the biggest one from the set and could be used to hide/reveal a traditional gift card. The Plane and Simple set is so cute and now I think I’ll add the coordinating dies to my wish list because I tried cutting out that heart smoke trail and I gave up!

I stamped one of the airplane stamps from the set and this is where I regret not getting the coordinating dies! I fussy cut and used a marker on the edges to sharpen the image a little bit. For some added interest, I used the same cloud dies and cut more clouds from vellum and Lawn Fawn’s Watercolor Wishes paper pad. I used foam dots to add some dimension to the clouds and plane.

LF Plane and Simple 1

LF Plane and Simple 2

On the inside, I chose that sentiment, “The sky’s the limit” and stamped some hearts in Manatee ink. To finish my card, I added some Doodlebugs sequins that matched the inks I’ve used.

LF Interior sentiment

Have you perfected the ink blending sky background? Any tips or suggestions?

Supplies Used

  • Lawn Fawn Plane and Simple stamp set
  • Lawn Fawn Watercolor Wishes 6×6 paper pad
  • Lawn Fawn mini ink cubes in: Mermaid, Manatee and Merman
  • Lawn Fawn Minty Fresh ink
  • Lawn Fawn Spring Showers die cut
  • Simon Says Stamp masking paper
  • Simon Says Stamp vellum
  • Doodlebugs sequins
  • Neenah Solar White 80lb. cardstock
  • Tim Holtz Mini Ink Blending tools
  • Foam dots

 

2017 Summer Lawn Fawn Release

You guys…. the newest Lawn Fawn Release came out and I have yet to play with them! The weather is a bit hot, muggy and volatile this Memorial Day weekend, so I am definitely carving out some crafty time!

I wanted to share a quick post of what I’ve purchased starting with the brand new items and then items that are new to me but have been out for quite some time.

I say this each time, but each Lawn Fawn release gets better and better! As a generalization, the crafting industry comes out with products constantly that set the bar higher and higher. Innovative products come out or highly anticipated products come out and we all scramble to purchase them… jokingly I think we all collect and hoard them too!

Anyway, this Lawn Fawn release was packed with such amazing and clever items but I had to narrow it down to the ones I knew would be cost effective for me in the long run. Also, please excuse my photos. When taking these photos, the weather was gray and gross and I just got new lights so still experimenting on how to best take my blog photos.

lawn fawn haul

Lawn Fawn Extra

PLANE AND SIMPLE

During the sneak peek week, I don’t recall this set being teased out so I was pleasantly surprised seeing it. I really love sky-centered cards and backgrounds so naturally, I was drawn to this set because I imagined the possibilities of ink blending a pretty sky and using those adorable heart-shaped clouds with the optional smiley faces.

Plane and Simple

UPON A STAR

I have been interested in astronomy since I was in 6th grade. I think that’s when I realized that our universe is so much bigger than myself and vast enough we may never know all the secrets. A beautiful starry sky is so calming and centering to me. Crafting wise… I love ink blending and I think using this stamp set would challenge me to perfect my galaxy background technique.

Upon a Star

YOU’RE CLAWSOME

How clever and unique is this set?! I also purchased the die set component for this set since this would be awesome for shaker cards and interactive cards! One of the most memorable inspirational projects from the sneak peek week was how one of the lovely Lawn Fawn Design Team members, Audrey, created a scene straight from Pizza Planet from Toy Story!

You're Clawsome

PUSH HERE

This cute smaller set takes the guesswork out of interactive cards. I had to pick this up for the elaborate cards I send out from time to time.

Push Here

DUN NUH

My favorite animal is the great white shark. I have been collecting shark knick knacks since I was a young teenager and my husband and I have had a sweet tradition of collecting shark-themed items on coastal trips we take. So my rationale for picking out this cute mini set and coordinating die set is a no-brainer.

Duh Nuh

LIFT THE FLAP

This is a die set that I think can be used often because of the interactive piece of hiding a secret message OR even hiding a gift card. I think it’d be fun to use on a shaker card.

Lift the Flap

SIMPLE GIFT CARD SLOTS

This is another die set that I can use often when I give cards and gift cards. I know a lot of people who dislike giving gift cards but I fall into the camp where I default to this for gifts (sorry not sorry). Instead of my card slipping and sliding around in the envelope, these can create a nifty notch to hold it in place!

Simple Gift Card Slot

NEW TO ME

MINTY FRESH INK PAD

This color is so pretty! Not going to lie, I didn’t have a clear cut reason of why I purchased this but it came out from the last release and I felt like this was one product that “got away” ha. It has been sold out multiple times from all the storefronts I frequent so I thought might as well!

Minty Fresh

CARDSTOCK

While Neenah is a tried and true high-quality cardstock, sometimes I feel I need a bit of a different card base for my cards. Real talk, sometimes I hate that my clumsy self can get ink smudges or gunk on my pristine Neenah bases by the end of my crafty session and I feel like darker cardstock could hide some imperfections, amiright?!

I purchased the Storm Cloud and Narwhal cardstock because I love grays and thought it would be a nice neutral.

I also purchased the Rainbow cardstock set, where it has a sample of the original Lawn Fawn colored cardstock. I thought about it the other day that I enjoy a lot of the Lawn Fawn products but never tried their cardstock. Easy fix!

Rainbow Pack

Any products from the release you’ve purchased?

 

Crafty Shout-Outs and Happy Mail

I wanted to write a short and sweet post of all the great HAPPY MAIL I got this week! Not going to lie, the past couple of weeks I was in a funk but the Happy Mail and things falling back into place (was there a full moon or some weird cosmic event the past couple of weeks?!) definitely made this week that much sweeter.

lawn fawn haul
Just a pile of my Lawn Fawn goodies. Will share more photos in my upcoming haul post! 
  • For those that know the famous Kristina Werner in the cardmaking industry, a lot of her fans (like myself) will research and snag a product she recommends. Recently she recommended a book called Calligraphy Made Easy by Ashley Gardner. What’s awesome is that it can be found on Barnes and Noble and I was able to snag it for less than $10! I’m no calligraphy or lettering expert, but I thought this would be a great book to add to my growing amount of lettering supplies! Click this link to check it out. Another personal fun fact about this book and the author… she lives in a town near Dallas!
calligraphy made easy
Isn’t the cover of this book so gorgeous?!
  • Giveway from Kari Webster! If you are on Instagram or YouTube, I’d highly recommend following and subscribing to Kari Webster, also known as KwcardDesign. She creates really cool cards and fun tutorials. I was fortunate enough to win some goodies from her during a random giveaway she hosted! I got a new Wink of Stella shimmer pen, Lawn Fawn 6×6 Polka in the Meadow paperpad, and a Technique Tuesday stamp set.

KWCardDesign giveaway

 

  • In relation to the Lawn Fawn release, I re-posted a promotional sale for @Doodlebugswa on Instagram. I wasn’t asked or pressured to do this; I did it because I always enjoy my shopping experience from them and there is free shipping after $20! I was given some goodies because of what I promoted. There wasn’t a list of the brands of the items I received but I am so in love with the patterned paper that was gifted to me and the ombre mini envelopes! Click this link to check out this small but mighty Washington state store!

doodlebugs wa freebies

It’s been a hectic week but my goal is to carve out some time to get a chance to play!

Hope you are having a wonderful week!

 

Crafty Buys and Supplies | Honey Bee Stamps

This past week, I received my happy mail from Honey Bee Stamps! Last week, Honey Bee Stamps celebrated their two year anniversary of officially being in the crafting marketplace. Last week was a bunch of fun going through the blog hop to see some fun inspirational projects and sneak peeks of the new Birthday Bash releases!

If you don’t know much about the history of Honey Bee Stamps, you should check out this page  to learn a little bit more about the company and about the owner, Melissa. I think Honey Bee Stamps will always hold a piece of my heart not only because of the fun products or stellar customer service, but also where they’re located. As you may know, my husband and I have moved from the Pacific Northwest to Dallas a couple months ago. Where we used to live in Washington state was only an hour or so away from the “hometown” of Honey Bee Stamps. It was just super cool to me that a well-known stamp company was close to where I’ve lived. It’s also nice to know I am helping support a small business in one of my favorite places, the PNW.

I just wanted to put out there that I have purchased from this company several times and each of the occurrences was wonderful! The ease of navigating the website, going through the ordering process, and especially the delivery! The packaging is secure and the handwritten note from Melissa or team is the perfect touch! The quality of the products are phenomenal too, so I’ve never had a problem with cleaning them or stamping them.

The new release was so hard to pick and choose from, because I wanted ALL.THE.THINGS. But, I have the summer release for Lawn Fawn to also save up for (May 18th!) , so I had to be intentional of what I would limit myself to for this release 😉

My round-up:

  • Yippee 2×4 stamp set
  • Yippee coordinating dies. There are 3 dies that can be used to create a layered look of the word ‘Yippee’
  • Stick With Me 4×8 stamp set of cacti, succulent, and pottery
  • Prickly Sentiments 4×6 stamp set
hbs haul packaging
How fun is the shiny gold shipping envelope? To keep your products organized, they come sealed in this beautiful brown patterned bag
hbs haul note
The one thing I’ve enjoyed about “shopping small” from various craft companies… the handwritten notes! 

hbs bday haul

Stick With Me
Stick With Me stamp set
Prickly Sentiments
Prickly Sentiments stamp set. The one sentiment I am SO excited to create with is this encouraging and inspiring “Bloom where you are planted” 

 

As part of this release, the company also gave free shipping for a purchase over $50, a free stencil and a ‘Free Bee’ stamp.

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The free honeycomb stencil and Free Bee stamp as part of this release

There are some other fantastic products from this release that I didn’t place in my cart but really wished I could have! Click here  to be taken to the featured page showing you the other products!