Clean and Simple card | Lawn Fawn

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’ll be sharing a quick card with a card technique I personally struggle with… clean and simple, one layered card, ha!

To start, I cut my card base to 4.25” by 7” because I originally was planning to make this card a lot more ‘complicated’ with embellishments, paper layering, die cutting the works!

I took a hexagon stencil that I have received for free from Honey Bee Stamps, so the exact name or price I’m not entirely sure of. Using an ink blending tool and some Lawn Fawn Lemonade dye ink, I ink blended the stencil pattern in the middle of my card panel.

I am using images and the ‘Bugs and Kisses’ sentiment from an older Lawn Fawn set called Bugs and Kisses. This is actually one of the FIRST stamp sets I’ve ever purchased when I was starting out in cardmaking (in 2016) and can you believe this is my first time using it ?!

Using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink, I used my MISTI stamp positioning tool to help stamp these images onto my card panel. I used some Tonic Studio Nuvo alcohol-based markers in 451 and 453 for the cute bugs, and 379 for that large heart in between them. Looking back, I could have masked the bugs prior to ink blending, but honestly, I don’t own the coordinating dies and fussy cutting was too much for me today, ha! I think others would want to have stamped these images prior to ink blending because doing the coloring AFTER stamping them on the background slightly affected the hues on their bodies, but I truly didn’t mind this time around. But it’s something I could keep in mind for the next time.

Finally, I was sitting there debating if I should leave it this way or add the items I’ve originally planned for. I thought in this case, less was more, and so I let it be.


Do you enjoy making clean and simple cards? Does it come easy for you or do you have to restrain yourself too? Let me know in the comments below.

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Thanks for stopping by and until next time!




Whimsical Valentines feat. Lawn Fawn | Papercraft Business Challenge #3 Design Team Project

Hi crafty friends! Happy February 1st, can you believe we’re already completed one month in 2018?!

Today I’ll be sharing my February design team project for the Papercraft Business Challenge. The theme is ‘Anything Goes’ with an optional theme of ‘Love’.

Well, I LOOOOOVE Lawn Fawn and what better way for me to play along  with the ‘Love’ theme?!

The Lawn Fawn products I’ll be using will be a mix of new and old goodies from my stash. I’m using the stamp sets of Sealed With a Kiss, Duh Nuh, and Octopi my Heart. I took heavyweight 110lb. white cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot using the largest Outside In Stitched Heart stackables. I stamped the critters onto these heart pieces, coloring them with my Tonic Studio Nuvo markers, which are alcohol based. When coloring with alcohol-based markers, don’t forget to use ink that won’t smudge, such as Hero Arts Intense Black ink! I used Lawn Fawn dye inks in Plastic Flamingo, Storm Cloud, Sugarplum, and Lobster to stamp the rest of the heart images and sentiments. I mixed and matched sentiments from these stamp sets.

Next, I ran patterned paper cardstock through my Big Shot, using the largest Lacy Heart stackable. I glued the colored images onto them. To be able to write customized messages on the back of the hearts, I used a smaller heart from the Outside In Stitched Heart stackable set to die cut white cardstock. I adhered it to the back and added some Doodlebug colored twine to finish these cards.


Do you remember making Valentine’s when you were little? Loved it and loved having Valentine’s Day parties!

If you’d like to learn more about the challenge, please let me know or come visit the page with more detailed information!

You have until the end of February to submit any papercraft projects you have been working on. Check out the rest of the design team’s awesome work as well.

Can’t wait to see what you create!

Valentine’s Day Card | Lawn Fawn

Hello crafty friends!

Today I’ll be sharing a quick Valentine’s Day card, featuring a stamp and coordinating die set from Lawn Fawn’s latest Valentine’s Day release, called Rawr. Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because of the conversation hearts and the color schemes. While I purchased the release awhile ago, I haven’t had a chance to play with the products until now!

I’ll be starting with a 4.25” by 5.5” watercolor paper panel since I’ll be doing ink blending with my Tim Holtz distress oxide inks. For the sky, I decided to use Worn Lipstick as the first color I’ll be blending onto my panel. I blended Worn Lipstick until it reached where I wanted my ground to start. I took MFT’s Mini Cloud stencil and used Picked Raspberry to stencil on a cloud border. For my ground, I used Twisted Citron to signify grass and Vintage Photo as a patch of dirt.

I wanted to add a little interest to the background and so I spritzed my panel with a small amount of Ranger Perfect Pearls powder and water that I mixed in a Ranger Mini Mister. I wanted to get some distinct water droplets on my panel so I left the water mixture on my card panel for about 30 seconds before blotting with a paper towel to dab the excess away. I didn’t experience much warping with my watercolor panel so all I had to do was gently flex the card panel flat again. If it was very warped, I would have used my heat tool to completely dry the panel and ran it through my Big Shot to really flatten it.

I stamped the dinosaur from the Rawr set onto 110lb cardstock using Lawn Fawn Jet Black ink, which is safe for alcohol based markers. I’ll be coloring my dinosaur using Tonic Nuvo markers in 449, 451, and 453 for the pink hues of the dinosaur’s body and then 417 which are the green spots I dotted on her body to give her “freckles”. I ran the stamped image through my Big Shot, using the coordinating die.

To create a couple more layers for my card, I used the Stripey Background with another panel of 110lb cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot. I debated using patterned paper or bright cardstock but decided against it this time. I used one of my Tombow adhesive tape runners on the back of the ink blended panel and I adhered it to a white, 110lb. card base. I adhered the the Stripey background die cut piece as the top layer, using strong double-sided adhesive tape.

Using Lawn Fawn’s Scripty Word die in the sentiment, ‘XOXO’, I ended up die cutting a total of 3 with the intention of layering them. Using Tombow liquid glue, I carefully layered these sentiments, giving it dimension and a chipboard appearance. I used Glossy Accents over the entire sentiment and set aside to dry as I finished the card.

I took foam tape and cut it into squares to place behind ‘XOXO’ and my stamped dinosaur to mount onto the front of the card. Like always, this is where I was debating if the card needed more embellishments but I liked the relatively clean and simple look I had created so far.

Are you creating any Valentine’s Day cards this year? Let me know in the comments below so I can check out your work!

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Thanks for stopping by! If you’re looking for me on Instagram, you can find me @papertokens.

PS- I actually created my FIRST YouTube video that coordinates with this blog post and you can check it out HERE!

Fun With Food: Pizza Themed Card | Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 20

Hello all!

In this post, I am sharing my pizza themed card with you, that I’m also entering into the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog #20 Fun With Food.

I have a weakness for puns  so when Lawn Fawn came out with a stamp set of pizza (one of my favorite foods!) AND puns in winter 2016… I bought it ASAP! Recently I purchased a majority of their  Valentine’s release and couldn’t wait to start making valentines. One thing I love about Lawn Fawn is that their products are complementary and versatile, so my pizza card was primarily created using my existing Lawn Fawn goodies!

Recently, I purchased the Umbrella Crafts Jumbo Pendant dies from and glancing at them made me think of a pizza slice! I started off with an A2-sized base using Neenah Desert Storm cardstock. I angled the pendant die horizontally like a pizza slice and made sure the straight, vertical side (the base of the die?) slightly hung off the base so the die wouldn’t cut the crease of the card. I ran it through my Big Shot machine and whew, my vision worked so far!

To create the “cheese”, I used a smaller pendant die to diecut Lawn Fawn Sunflower cardstock. The gorgeous, lacy borders were created from Gauva and Chili Pepper cardstock, using the latest Lacy Borders die from the Valentine’s release!

I used a circular stamp from Let’s Bokeh to stamp the “pepperoni” using Chili Pepper dye ink and the solid heart stamp from Pizza My Heart using Gauva dye ink.

Using Jet Black ink, I stamped the “No Matter How You Slice It” sentiment on the front and then “You Have a Pizza My Heart” sentiment on the inside.




My next personal challenge is creating a donut shaped card. I can’t wait to test out my idea for that! Are you participating in the Lawn Fawnatics challenge?! Let me know below!

Craft Parcel First Impressions- LATE POST | Simon Says Stamp

I wasn’t planning on buying much for Black Friday (is this a lie we tell ourselves or is it just me???) but I found a couple crafty deals I couldn’t pass up. I took a gamble and purchased the Craft Parcel from Simon Says Stamp for $67.99. Simon Says Stamp marketed it as a ‘perfect parcel of crafty supplies’ that you could just add wrapping paper. It was advertised as having a retail value of at least $200, so I thought I’d try it out.

In previous Simon releases (literally minutes after the release), some items would sell out while it was in your cart or when you’re checking out. I played a little mental game thinking, “Eh, if the purchase goes through, then it was meant to be.” Lo and behold, I got one! I looked up YouTube videos from previous years of these Craft parcels just to get an idea of what type of products I’d get or how much product would be in this mystery box. More of my thoughts later in this post!

I’m not too familiar with some of these brands but I have listed what the actual products are that I’ve received in my parcel and I’ve grouped them into different categories for the photos (stamps, dies, embellishments, etc).

First Impressions

First and foremost, I received a large amount of products that I can believe at the full, suggested retail price, it did total $200 worth. For $67.99 PLUS the shipping cost of $6.99, I am not fully convinced this purchase is one I adore or believe it was worth splurging on.

Not going to lie, I feel like I’m betraying one of my favorite companies, but I also wanted to be honest in my initial impressions.

Maybe my opinion will change as I play and use the supplies, but at this point I was a little disappointed (or maybe perplexed?) on how I could put all these goodies to use!








I think there were a lot of random products and I guess I was under the impression it would be a bit of a curated box like a card kit where the elements coordinated with one another. I guess I didn’t take it literally that the products would vary this much.

When I was looking online at Simon Says Stamp to see if the products were available (especially ones that probably had coordinating elements such as additional paperpads or stamps) , many of the products were no longer available. My biggest annoyance, not going to lie, was receiving the Webster Pages’ A5 planner inserts that were dated for 2015/2016!!! The miscellaneous papers (taken from other paper pads) I’ve received weren’t labeled so not sure what brand these were (for future references).

Overall, I received some interesting products and this is a challenge for me to craft outside my crafty comfort zone. Do you have any experience with this particular release or from similar companies? Where did you get your inspiration for making cards with the supplies you’ve received? I’d love to hear!

Items in my Craft Parcel:

  • Webster’s Pages A5 15-month week view October 2015-December 2016
  • Prima Marketing 3D Wood Alphas 1.75” (56 pieces)
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint in Sunny Day
  • Crate Paper Cool Kid Wood Embellishments
  • 12 pieces of a paperpad
  • 4 pieces of colored cardstock
  • Sullivans Embroidery Floss
  • Mommy Lhey Phantom Mist Pen
  • Crate Paper Sequin Hearts
  • My Mind’s Eye My Story 24-cut Journal Cards
  • American Crafts Thickers Stickers Coastline
  • Bella Blvd Paper Secrets of the Sea Paper Pieces
  • Washi Tape
  • Heidi Swapp Art Screen Ink in Silver
  • Royal Posthumus Woodies Stamp Pad in Deep Dark
  • Cas-ual Fridays 3 In a Row stamp set
  • MFT Kitschy Kitchen stamps
  • Taylored Expressions Stitch by Stitch 2
  • Taylored Expressions Mane Event stamp and die
  • Echo Park Fall is in the Air die set
  • Simon Says Stamp Mum die
  • Simon Says Stamp Summer Fun die
  • Simon Says Stamp Ornate Leaves die


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.

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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?

Crafty Buys & Supplies | MFT Stamps Haul

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


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!


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!


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!


Free with $60

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


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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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.


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!