Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #56, Inspiration, Entry 2

So I wasn't really loving my "hola" card as much as I would like so I surfed Pinterest for inspiration and I found it so I decided to enter the Lawnscaping Challenge again.

While you're at it, check out the challenge and why don't you join by clicking here? Or just check out the entire Lawnscaping Blog full of inspiration by clicking the link below.


Moving on however, here is my inspiration. I loved the idea that there was an envelope bursting with hearts. I don't have any kraft card stock and I didn't have any paper in a similar style so I thought I'd make my own version of this card but definitely have a similar theme.

My inspiration.
Click here to go to my inspiration pin. =)

 I am quite please with how this turned out as using Distress inks and distressing techniques are quite new to me. I was not planning the hearts outside the envelope but I had a mistake so I had to cover it up so that was my answer. I love going off the edges of cards I have found, I think that might be something I will have to reel in. I took multiple pictures to show two different possible views. I like that you can choose how it looks. Wasn't quite thrilled with the stamping I did on the bottom of the envelope but I wasn't about to start over. I guess it gives it more character, lol.

I used the the Lawn Fawn "You've Got Mail", "Riley's ABCs", and then used the "Hearts" lawn cuts.I really love this card and I think I'll put a small letter of love in the envelope when I actually use it and yet another message inside the actual card. It'll be really cute.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #56, Inspiration, Entry 1

I have decided to try and enter the newest Lawnscaping Challenge, Challenge #56 Inspiration.

Click here to check out the Lawnscaping blog and the challenge!

My inspiration image, from http://lawnfawn.blogspot.com by Melissa M.
I found this image inspiring as it was gorgeous. I loved the idea of stitching over letters so much! I just would not have come up with that on my own. The inspiration image and post can be found here, at the Lawn Fawn blog .

I technically didn't use any stamps however I didn't find that technically a requirement anywhere, however I could be mistaken. I used the Quinn's ABCs die cuts and after trying out the ink I have it didn't show up on the dark paper and I decided to go ahead with the design anyway. I like the simplicity of the sentiment and I have never done hand sewing on a paper project nor have i used the adhesive pearl things. After trying to add many things to it, I realized I preferred it simple. I think this card would be a great way to send a hello to a friend for whatever reason. The papers were made out of scraps I had left over from other projects.

Simon Say Stamp Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers

This is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers. Clearly I am choosing the Spring Flowers portion of it.
This is the picture I am choosing to put as the entry picture but I decided to take several to give you all a taste of what it looks like and to "date" it as much as I can. =)

This is my entry for the Simon Says Stamp Challenge: April Showers and/or Spring Flowers. They encouraged you to use Hero Arts and while I don't have a lot of Hero Arts stamps I do have one that is a huge beautiful flower, CL518. I decided to paper piece it and then use Bic Mark-its over it as it needed a little extra detail and depth. I then used a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's "Hello Friend" and it fit perfectly. I like that the flower is going off the edge of the paper and I love the subtlety yet depth of using patterned paper instead of just plain card stock. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink and I had to use a heat tool to dry the ink otherwise it takes way too long to dry as my climate is a little too humid -- I even have to do that with chalk ink or else it will smear. I was going to add some washi tape that coordinated but I decided that would be too busy.

Go check out the Simon Say Stamp Challenge blog by clicking the link below.

Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog

Supplies I used to make this card. Plus my Cricut Paper Trimmer, Martha Stewart Score Board, We R Memory Keeper's Stylus, and the Darice Heat Tool.

"Thanks" Card w/Hearts in the Jar

My first project using Stickles and heat embossing! XD
So here is a project I made a couple of days ago. I was inspired by the Lawn Fawn Design team and the Lawn Fawn blog. They are amazing and this was made using only Lawn Fawn stamps and dies. The jar is from "Summertime Charm". The hearts are from the "Hearts" Lawn Cut. The hearts with the smiley face is from "Critters Ever After". The thanks is made with "Quinn's ABCs" and the lines are from "Schoolhouse Backdrops". I'm not quite happy with my stamping abilities on this card as I pushed down too hard on some of the hearts in the background but overall I think it is cute and the embossing works well to hold the stickles in place and no go everywhere as it used to when I was a kid and used puffy paint.

My first real card that I made with stamps!

The supplies and stamps shown on my very basic workspace *drumroll* the floor!

So, I thought I would start this blog off by showing my very humble beginnings in paper crafting. I'm a bit new to it but I love papers and stamps and so I'm willing to learn. I got into paper crafting because of Pinterest actually. I saw smash/junk journals and I have always had a love of crafting and office supplies so it evolved into all sorts of paper crafts. I like how quickly a card can come together and I am embracing that currently.

The card above was made using a stamp set from Hero Arts CL235 Paris. I have already sent this thank you card off to a dear friend but I made and decorated the envelope with VersaMark as well and repeated the image of the Eiffel Tower but put Bonjour over it instead to the left of the mailing address and I put a fleur de lis on the flap on the envelope in Versamark as well. Simple but elegant was what I was going for in this card.
In this blog I will try to show my successes and my failures and everything in between in my journey through this craft. I hope to perhaps inspire you and I look forward to you inspiring me. Happy crafting!