"When our eyes see our hands doing the works of out hearts, the circle of creation is completed inside us, the doors of our soul flies open and love steps forth to heal everything in signt"

-- Michael Bridge

Friday, September 9, 2011

First ever Lawnscaping Blog Hop!!!!

Hi hoppers!!! Welcome to my stop on the first ever Lawnscaping Blog Hop!!!

Thanks so much for joining in on the fun today!! I’m so very excited to be a part of this hop, and I’m SO happy you’re joining us today!! You should be coming to me from Barb’s fabulous blog.

Since the theme here is “Holidays” I decided to get a running start on my Christmas cards for this year!! This year, I decided to start WAY earlier than I did last year and to create a different design (can’t have the same Christmas cards every year, right?!?). Anywho, when I saw Lawn Fawn’s “Making Frosty Friends Stamp Set, I knew they were the ones! I mean - HOW CUTE?!?!?

The project I made for this hop is... my Christmas Cards for this year:

Cute huh? The picture of my kiddos is actually from last year, I’m thinking this year I’ll take pictures of them on the beach around sunset. We live in South Florida and have a lot of relatives in New York, and I love the idea of using snowmen. Hee hee. I wanted to give them suntans and go with a beachy snowmen theme - and I think I’ll be playing around more with that idea - but for now this is what I’ve come up with.

The patterned paper is a mix of Crate Paper’s Peppermint and Snow Day collections (this year & last year’s Christmas collections). I used quite a few Lawn Fawn Stamps here: Making Frosty Friends, Hats off to You, Bows and Holly, Smittys ABCs, and Critters in the Burbs. I colored in the hats and animals with Copics ;). No those are not rats, they are supposed to be our Guinea Pigs, Sunny and Krystal. Tee-hee-hee. I used the cute little squirrel from Critters in the Burbs and cut their tails off and colored them the colors of our piggies. I had to add them. My son said so “They’re part of our family too mom!”

Then I get all finished with it and he gets the BIGGEST smile on his face that I used his idea. Then he gets this LOOK and says “...wait, mom, what about the hermit crabs?!?” Sheesh. I may be adding 2 hermit crabs to this baby. Welcome to the funny farm friends.

I have to say, these new Lawn Fawn Stamps (just like ALL of Lawn Fawn’s stamps) are just SO much fun! I can see myself using the cute snowmen throughout all of the cooler months. Not just for Christmas cards, but to say “Hi”, “Thinking of You”, even “Happy Birthday”!... endless possibilities! I really love them!

Before I go, here is a look at my last year Christmas card:

I used Basic Grey’s Jovial collection and Lawn Fawn’s Cozy Christmas Stamps!! I made 70 of them, and didn’t start until mid-October. I love how they came out but they sure made me slightly insane ;). This year, I want to get started now, and maybe make around 50. I’ll do all of the stamping, coloring... get all of the cards ready, and add the pictures later (which I usually take my Christmas pics. in early November). I love photo cards, don’t you? They make me happy!


Well that’s it for me, next on the hop is Stephanie’s awesome blog, which I love so much!!! Go check her out! If you get lost along the hop, or want to start back at the beginning, you can head back over to the Lawnscaping Blog.

Remember, the hop runs from Friday, September 9th to Sunday, September 11th. During the hop you will want to visit everyone’s blogs and leave comments on each and every one. There are fabulous projects up for grabs - and you wont want to miss your chance to scoop one up!!! The more blogs you comment on, the better your chances are to win one of those fabby prizes :D. So hop your little hearts out friends - I know I will be!!! If you’d like more info on the hop, just head back to the Lawnscaping home page ;).

Isn’t the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog THE best?!?!? They have such an amazing Design Team full of fabulous designers. They are truly SUCH inspiring ladies!!! Plus, they all love Lawn Fawn - they’ve got to be cool!!! I just love their challenges and have participated in each and every one! I hope you come and play along too - if you don’t already that is ;). Have an amazing day!!!

86 comments:

  1. Great idea. Would be cool to do for christmas postcards to send to my family and friends. TFS :)

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  2. GREAT design! love that snowman family :D how cuuuuteee!!

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  3. Wow...what a cute scene your have created ! Love the idea.. !

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  4. They are lovely! The snowman family is soooo cute! Adorable!

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  5. That snowman family is really cute and adorable. Whoever will get your Christmas is sure going to love it. TFS

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  6. the snowman family is super cute! And thanks for sharing last year's card also - love it!

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  7. Wow Heather! I love the scene you have created- The snowman family and your cute little guinea pigs (and soon to be hermit crabs)- Absolutely adorable! Love that you made this into your Christmas card this year! Super cute. Love all the additions to the snowman (hat, hair, etc) to personalize them to each of your family members! This is just brilliant! Be sure to add this to our Flickr site if you haven't already! I love this Heather!

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  8. such a cute Christmas card for your family!

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  9. Such wonderful Christmas cards! TFS =)

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  10. I gotta say the hair on the the two snow girls is too cute! And the guinea pigs crack me up! At first glance I wasn't sure what they were supposed to be until I keep reading... adding the hermit crabs will be fun too, you might need a bigger card! HA! This is so cute, it's a good thing you are getting started early if you are making 50 of these! You have way more patience than I my friend. :)

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  11. Great cards! Its nice to see something outside of the box! I never would have thought of doing something like what you did...until now! Great use of the stamps and thanks for sharing! :)

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  12. Wow...this is fabulous,Heather! I love it so much!

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  13. How cute. I'm glad you explained why the squirrels didn't have tails,lol. Now it makes perfect sense.

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  14. Super cute. Thank you so much for sharing those.

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  15. I love your idea!! Great funny and cute! Love the guinea pig's addition :)

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  16. what a cute projects you've made :-) xx

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  17. I love to scrapbook with my stamps...great job!

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  18. What a great idea girl! It is too cute and I'm sure the recipients will love it!

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  19. I just love the snowman family! And it's even better that you're in FL! Hilarious and wonderful! :)

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  20. THese are both so cute! I love that you added photos to them..
    Off to the next stop on the hop :) HUGS
    familybubbles at hotmail dot com

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  21. I liked the idea of combining the photos to the card..and your Christmas cards are wonderful.TFS

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  22. Love your projects! I totally need this stamp set now. ;-)

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  23. Super adorable snow family, Heather! And I love your "piggies"! Too cute! Always love your work!

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  24. Such cute and fun layouts! And your children are so adorable! TFS! :)

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  25. These are the CUTEST!!!!!!!! I love them! I might have to CASE this idea from you! Adorable!

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  26. I have a dog and two guinea pigs as well!! What a fabulous idea to add them all into the card (because let's face it, they ARE family members) you have inspired me, thank you!

    -rachel w k
    rwkrafts.blogspot.com

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  27. oh my! 70 handstamped cards? you are amazing! love last year's design with the plaid paper and this year's is equally cute!

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  28. These are so cute! How creative to turn the squirrels into your guinea pigs :)

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  29. Your guinea pigs are way too cute, as is your scene and of course, your two kids. Love the photo card idea.

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  30. So cute! I especially love the long hair you did on the snow-girls. I always tuck my photo cards into my handmade cards, but this is such a better idea!

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  31. Great card. Very creative. I think the hermit crabs will go better with next years sunburned snowpeople. Love the card, love the ideas. Thank you

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  32. how cute, your children & your card, both! :-) Great design for this year & last year's cards! :-)

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  33. Cute card! But wait, are you saying you will make LOTS of these to send out to all your friends? That's a lot of snowmen!! :)

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  34. Great card, Heather! It's so awesome to be able to combine a photo with a handmade card. Your little snowman family is SO cute! Your kids are darling too! :)

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  35. so adorable...great job
    thanks for sharing.

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  36. What a wonderful way to embellish a personalised photo card...love the snowman family :)
    Jenny x

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  37. Love the tailless squirrels...ummm...piggies. What a fun Christmas card!

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  38. Terrific!! Love how you used those sweet snowmen. :)

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  39. sooo cute and how clever to use it for your photo cards!!!

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  40. I love the idea of building your own family out of the stamps!

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  41. Wow......this is sooo cute...I love the idea!!

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  42. I am just back to scrapbooking world and i guess this is a great example! :)

    HUGS
    Yenni Natalia
    http://www.scrapcollector.blogspot.com

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  43. Adorable projects! I love the colors and the design!

    Carol B
    ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

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  44. OMGosh! You had me smiling! From now on, be careful what pets you adopt! :) Love the suntan & beach idea too!

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  45. Wow! you have way too much time on your hands to make that many cards!LOL!! you want to do mine too?????

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  46. These photo cards are so cute, I might copy you!

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  47. How cute! I love the snowman family.

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  48. Adorable! Your snow family is looking fabulous. Cute Christmas cards!

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  49. love the snowman family u have created this is such a sweet card.

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  50. Love how you incorporated the photo with the stamps. Totally diggin' those snowmen!!!!!!!

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  51. WOW Heather this card is amazing! I love that snowman set! I'm so impressed that ALL of your christmas cards are so intricate! That's just fabulous! =D

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  52. Seriously adorable! Oh, and the kids too! J/K! Great cards.

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  53. Your snowman family is precious. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. Such a creative Christmas Card idea. TFS. Tenny.

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  55. Awww, SO cute Heather, I love popping by here! Look forward to seeing the hermits! ;o) I loved seeing your card from last year too

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  56. great cards, love them! What a treasure to receive!

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  57. Great cards--I really like the guinea pigs!

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  58. THESE-ARE-AWESOME! I LOVE them! I love how you used so many snowmen with the pup in the center and altered the squirrels to become your guinea pigs - SO clever! Your children look so happy, such WONDERFUL cards - you aren't going to be able to part with them, are you?

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  59. What a great snow family!! and using a photo of your kids is a neat way to show the years in a Christmas card that's unique.

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  60. oh wow !! this is fabulous ! I love the idea to include a photo of your family ,,, a very special christmas card , I love it :-)

    luv
    Lols x x x

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  61. Just love the scene you made! So cute!

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  62. Such a sweet Christmas card...I love it!

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  63. I love that you combine a picture card with stamping for your christmas cards. I wouldn't have thought to do that.

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  64. Heather, this is a fabulous card!! I really love those matching snowpeoples!! I'd love to see you give them suntans!! Fun! (Cute little people too!). xx

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  65. Wonderful idea. I will have to try and do this for this year's Christmas picture.

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  66. I love what you did with the snow people that is so cute.

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