"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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

HAPPY BIRDDAY FRIEND!! Lawnscaping #32 Challenge

Hi there!! Hope everyone is doing good! I've been utterly uncrafty recently :(. Sad but true. I've been reading The Fifty Shades of Grey series and it's taken me hostage (HAHA). Its a really good series - a bit (AHEM!) risque, but also a very good story. Anyway, I can't craft and read at the same time, so I've mildly taken a break. I did complete a week of Project Life this weekend, but I'm not ready to share that yet. Today, I wanted to share with you my card for Lawnscaping's "Create a Scene" Challenge
Here I used a combo of Basic Grey's "Lauderdale" 6x6 paper pad and Lawn Fawn Stamps (Gnome Sweet Gnome, Admit One, Critters in the Forest, Partly Cloudy, and Sally's ABCs) to create a fun birthday card :)
"Happy Birdday" (!!!) I love me a good pun :). Anywho - thanks for peeking in on me today! Have a great week!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Lawn Fawn's Opperation Write Home *Make em Laugh* Contest!!

Hi there! Oh, how I've missed blogging! First, I was working on cards for the Papercrafts Mag's Christmas issue (*fingers crossed*), then my sister in law & niece came down from NY to visit for 2 weeks, AND I was working tirelessly on my booth for the Relay for Life! WHEW! It's been a very busy few weeks for me!

While we had tons of family fun - I have missed creating cards & my Project Life pages :(. Anyway, today I wanted to join Kelly Marie/Lawn Fawn in the Operation Write Home “Make em Laugh” contest :). I love this contest for SO many reasons, the most being that I have no greater respect than for those brave men and women who serve our country - and their amazing families!!!!! Both my mom and dad were in the Air Force, as were both of my uncles. My grandpa was in the Navy and 4 of my cousins continue to serve in both the Army and Air Force! Much love for our service men and women!

The card that I’m entering into this contest and will be sending to the peeps at Operation Write Home is actually a card that I submitted to the last Papercrafts Mag call. No, it didn’t get picked :( boo, but I think it’s really fun! I saw an image (doodled) on Pinterest and KNEW that I’d HAVE to make it into a card using my beloved Lawn Fawn Stamps!! The telephone from LF's Just My Type set is PERFECT, and I used (my fave alpha set from Lawn Fawn) Sally's ABCs for the sentiment. So, here it is: TeeHeeHee!

Cute huh? I think it’s especially a fun card to send to Operation Write Home. I hope it makes someone’s day! If you haven't already will you consider joining in this contest and making/sending a funny card in for Operation Write Home?!? If you do, I wanna see it, so let me know! That's it for me today. Thanks for peeking in on me - I hope you guys have a fabby Monday friends!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Lawnscaping SPRING Blog Hop!!!!

Hi hoppers!!!! Welcome to the Lawnscaping SPRING Blog Hop!!!!!!! I’m so happy you’ll be hopping with us today :). Sharing our mutual love of Lawn Fawn Stamps is my favorite thing about the Lawnscaping Blog!! They always have the best challenges - and I LOVE seeing what everyone creates!

You should have made it my way from the blog of the most talented Jeanette Marchand. Isn’t her blog background alone absolutely ADORABLE!?!?!?!?!?!

Ok friends, so our theme today is Spring!!! YAY :) The hop will run from today, Friday, April 6th to Sunday, April 8th - which happens to be both my son, Christian’s 7th Birthday and also EASTER!!!! Woo Hoo! Perfect weekend for a Spring themed blog hop dontcha think - say yes ;). So, you’ll have all weekend to hop along and be inspired - there are SO many talented ladies involved in the hop - I just can’t wait to see for myself what everyone’s created!!

Don’t forget: besides buckets full of inspiration, the 2nd best part about a blog hop is the fabulous prizes that the Lawnscaping gals have in store for us!!! We’re talking goodies from Sweet Stamp Shop, and LAWN FAWN themselves!!! You’ll want to comment on everyone’s blogs for the best chance to win. If you get lost along the way, remember, you can always head straight back to the Lawnscaping Blog. They’ve got ya covered.

My project for today is not a card, but a fun classroom snack project that I made for the kiddlets in my daughter, Alivia’s, preschool class. What preschooler DOESN’T like goldfish right?!? These were super fun and pretty easy to make. I just assembly lined ‘em up and finished in no time. Here is somewhat of a little picture tutorial I created so that you could see my process.

{Not Pictured - First, I used my Cuttlebug and a few Spellbinders Dies to cut out a scalloped circle in Easter themed paper - nothing fancy, since you really wouldn't see much of it. I just wanted a pretty pop of color for that scalloped background. Then I cut a white circle using the same process (with Neenah Solar White cardstock). Like I said, I did these assembly line style, so I did all the scallops, all the circles, then moved on to decorating the white circles, before attaching them to the scalloped circles}.

Here's where the fun starts - to decorate them, first and foremost, I stamped the grass from Lawn Fawn's newest set "Gnome Sweet Gnome" as a little hilly/grassy area (using Peeled paint Distress Ink). I lOVE love love how you can bend the grass and shape it however you like - big plus!!

Next I used a finger ink dauber to apply the other Distress Inks (Tumbled Glass for the sky and Shabby Shutters for the grass). Once those were all done, I stamped the ADORABLE bunny from Lawn Fawn's Silly Valentine Stamp Set and colored him in with Copics: Then I got to work on my sentiment "Hoppy Easter" using Lawn Fawn's Sally's ABCs (my favorite ABC set, by the way). This was really the only tedious part, as I wanted the sentiment at a slant - around the circle - so I had to stamp each letter one at a time - which I did assembly line style for convenience: After I attached the circle to the scallop, I flipped them all over and stamped "love, Alivia" on each one using Lawn Fawn's "Sophie's Sentiments" (for the word "love") and "Smitty's ABCs" to spell out my daughter's name: Next, I went onto my eyelet stash and fished out a bunch of different colored green mini eyelets and set them using my Crop-a-dile: And then I had this part (the fun part) of the project completed:

For the triangle baggies, I got those at Michaels in the seasonal section: I only used the bags from the kit (saving the other items it came with for some other use another time). I have to tell you, this was not very cost effective. I bought 2 of them at $2.99 each (and each kit included 8 bags). Last week, I found some on Etsy *here* - much cheaper - 25 bags for $3.95!! Just lookin' out for my peeps :). I actually found out about that shop from Chari. I scooped up a set and also a few of their amazing Washi tapes too - great shop - full of goodies and super quick processing/shipping.

That’s it for me :). I made 17 of these babies in just a few hours: Thanks for hopping my way. You next stop on this hop-a-roo is the wonderful blog of Jenny Stucky, I can not wait to see what she has up her sleeve!!! Don’t forget if you get lost somewhere along the way just head back to Lawnscaping’s Blog and they’ll get you back on track. Have a wonderful day friends, good luck, and have a blessed Easter!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Project Life - Week 4 (finally)!

Hi there! My Project Life is way lacking. Last weekend, I was so busy cleaning/organizing my house, that I didn't have any time to play. Plus, I'm working on a few Christmas(y) projects for the most recent Papercrafts Magazine call. Christmas - in April HA! I've completed a few projects I'm proud of, I hope to actually get published - a little personal goal for this year.

Anyway, it's Tuesday, Project Life share day. Today, I'm sharing Week 4 with you. I didn't have a lot of pictures for this particular week. Just one of myself - which is SO odd, I can not begin to tell you!!! I never take pictures of myself!! I just happen to one day (I'm trying to be in my kids' memories too). Other than that what I saved from week 4 (Feb 20-26) was mostly my kids' work. Art they'd made and a spelling test of my son's - who turns 7 on Easter!!

Here's a look at the full pages: I used Basic Grey's Hopscotch collection on these pages. This is the 1st page: And the 2nd: I don't even feel bad about not having pictures. Some weeks I have a gracious plenty; I like it that this week I focused on their art. It's a big part of our family. We love being creative together and we all support and encourage one another. I never really had that growing up and I think it's a nice thing to do for your children.

Here are a few closer-uppers ;)

Well, that's all for me today. I hope your day is great - thanks for popping in and checking out my projects!!