Monday, May 21, 2018

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #29 - Summer Mood Board

happy Monday!
let's start this week off with a NEW challenge over at the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge blog!


this time...we want to see you make something inspired by this amazing summer themed mood board!!


this was so fun for me! summer is the BEST thing to create projects for! ha!


i couldn't help but make a layout for this challenge - I'm sorry to all of you who are card fans!So fun! I love it!
I was inspired by those stripes, the colors and the water!


I used the Ocean Wave Border dies to create masks. I placed them on the white cardstock, and then used Distress Paints in Peacock Feathers, Mermaid Lagoon and Blueprint Sketch to add the paint!
once it was dry, I used the packaging techinique to fill in the color in the same, coordinating Distress Ink colors!
then I die cut out some white waves using the same dies, and added my journaling on top of those - which I also stitched on with my sewing machine!


I stamped and fussy cut out a few of the mer-menn from the Mermaid for You stamp set and used them as embellishments on my layout! I love the two hugging, like my little Menn! I added to the title (and for the date!) with Harold's ABCs and did heat embossing to add them to the layout! 

I really can't WAIT for you to play along! you could win a $25 gift certificate to Lawn Fawn!!!!
enjoy!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

To Bee Or Not To Bee 2018 Blog Hop

hello!
i'm so excited to be part of the To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop! you should have arrived here from Kathy Curry's blog! if not, no worries, you can always start at the beginning, by clicking here!



bees are SO important to our life, and we wanted to celebrate them!! you can read all about World Bee Day and the reasons bees are amazing, here!
and check out these AMAZING sponsors!!!]




Fantastic companies and artists are supporting the blog hop with incredible generosity. These are the prizes they have sponsored:
Crafty Sentiment Designs, 3 Digital Images of winner’s choice
Create a Smile, 25€ Gift Certificate to the Store
Gerda Steiner Designs, $15 Gift Certificate to the Store
Happy Little Stampers, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Jane’s Doodles, 3 Stamp Sets (in stock) of winner’s choice
Kitty Bee Designs, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
Lawn Fawn, $25 Gift Certificate to the Store
Little Miss Muffet Stamps, $10 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sasayaki Glitter, 1 Digital Image of winner’s choice
STAMPlorations, $20 Gift Certificate to the Store
Sue Hastead of Tanglemouse Cards, 6 x 6 paper pad

Uniko, Clear Stamp Set (in stock) of winner’s choice


Milka is also giving away a prize: Jane’s Doodles ‘Daisies’ stamp set.
14 prizes will be given away to 14 winners.
For your chance to win, all you have to do is hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop.
You can enter the giveaway until Saturday, May 27th (12 AM, CEST +2 UTC).

Milka will announce winners on her blog on Wednesday, May 31st. Winners have to confirm prizes in a week. Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn. 

so now, on to my card!



love that dressed up kitty!
I used the adorable Newton's Costume Party stamp set from Newton's Nook Designs and colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers!
I added some glitter to the wings, and the foam tape to pop him up!



I used Distress Inks in Blueprint Sketch, Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio to create the background! then I went over it all again with the Cloudy Sky Stencil and sprinkled water on top! 
the sentiment is from Winston's Honeybees stamp set, that I heat embossed onto a strip of black cardstock.

thank you SO much for hanging with me on World Bee Day!
next up on the hop is the INCREDIBLE Sonja Kerkhoffs

Friday, May 18, 2018

cutest little bottle of germs for a sickie!

hello!
this time I have a get well card up on the Create a Smile Stamps blog! (in honor of my husband being 'mann sick' this week! ha! poor guy...ha)


head on over to the Create a Smile Stamps blog to see it and read all about how it came together!
enjoy!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Newton's Nook Designs May Release - Newton Loves Boxes + coordinating Die and Newton’s Donut + coordinating Die

we made it!
today is the final reveal day for Newton's Nook Designs May release!


and oh my gosh you guys...this release is so completely amazing! I'm in LOVE with each new set, and I can't wait for you all to see it, too! it's so spring, and new beginnings and FUN!
today we're starting the week off with the new Newton Loves Boxes + coordinating Die and Newton’s Donut +coordinating Die
you can totally create a project life type spread, gift tags and, of course, cards! all of the new sets will be available for purchase on May 18th, right here!

I super LOVE newton, and these sets couldn't be any cuter!
my first card uses the Newton Loves Boxes set! (ha!!! hilarious!)


I colored in the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out! ha - LOVE that tilted little newton butt box, ha!


I did some Distress Ink blending in the background in Wilted Violet, Blueprint Sketch and Peacock Feathers to complete the 'rainbow' of this card! then I stamped the building images from Newton Dreams of New York to create the illusion of a city behind them! the effect is lighter than I originally anticipated, since I used the same ink colors, but I still like the subtle effect! 

my second card uses the new Newton's Donut set...WHICH I LOVE! lol!! 


I used more Distress Ink Blending (this time in Twisted Citron and Cracked Pistachio) for the background, and then popped up that adorable image with foam tape!



as few squins finished off the card! and I heat embossed that FUN sentiment!

Would you like to win the “Newton Loves Boxes" or "Newton’s Donut" Stamp Set?
This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday May 17th at 9pm EST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 18th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sweet Stamp Shop May 2018 Release!

**this is my 2nd post of the day! to see my Newton's Nook Day 3 release and giveaway post, scroll down or click here!**

hello and happy day!!

today Sweet Stamp Shop is releasing they're May bundle of stamps!!! and best news ever...it's all adorable!! ha ha!
(and don't worry, if you don't want every set in this release, the individuals will be released tomorrow!)
here's the sample of stamps being released!






amazing, right?! literally something for everyone! literally amazing! i love it all! and the Aloha set...swoon!! LOVE! and whimsical Floral Crowns...it's another large stamp set and it's INCREDIBLE!

my first card uses one of the workout sets!



I combined it with the Sticky Sweets - Be Fit sticker sheet, what a perfect match!!!
the stickers were colored with Distress Markers, and then I attached them to the card with foam tape! STICKERS ARE THE BOMB! no fussy cutting people! ha!
I also used the smaller images from the stamp set to stamp along the side of the card! love this!

my second card uses the Aloha stamp set, because it's so freaking cute! ha!



all of the images were colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then fussy cut out!
I heat embossed the sentiment onto a strip of black cardstock that I turned into a banner! the background was created by ink blending Distress Inks and then splattering water and colored ink on top! I love that little surfing kitty!

my final project features 2 cards with the Floral Crown stamp set, and these cards are so sweet and lovely!



...if I do say so myself! ha!
again, I colored the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and fussy cut them out. one of the cards uses the image cut with a white edge around everything, and the other image was cut against the black outline!
the soft kraft like paper has some white embossing paste stripes (made with a stencil) and drops of white acrylic ink! I heat embossed the sentiments from the Prince Charming stamp set in white onto vellum and attached it to the card!
to finish off the card, I used two different colors of the thin washi tape along the edges! sooooo sweet! love these cards!

be sure to check out the new release now
we can't wait to see what you make!
enjoy!

Papa Bear + coordinating Die - Papa Bear + coordinating Die

hi again!
we're smack in the middle of Newton's Nook Designs May release!


and oh my gosh you guys...this release is so completely amazing! I'm in LOVE with each new set, and I can't wait for you all to see it, too! it's so spring, and new beginnings and FUN!
today we're starting the week off with the new Papa Bear + coordinating Die
you can totally create a project life type spread, gift tags and, of course, cards! all of the new sets will be available for purchase on May 18th, right here!

this set is SO PERFECT for Father's Day cards, and that's just what I made!


I colored in the images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then used the coordinating dies to cut them out!
I LOVE these cute little wrestling bears!



I also used the Land Border Dies to help create the scene! the grass and sky were ink blended with Distress Inks and then splattered with water and color! 
and the sentiment was heat embossed onto a strip of black cardstock, that I trimmed to look like a banner!


the fun thing is...I put those guys on an action wobbler!!!! ha ha ha! love it!

for my second card, I combined the newly released Balloon Shaker Die, to add my sentiment! 


love the pop of rainbow!!! 
the images were again, colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, and then die cut out!
I tied the balloon with a string to the little bear's hand! so cute!


the background has a little bit of Peacock Feathers Distress Ink blending, and the Cloudy Sky Stencil with some white embossing paste! LOVE LOVE LOVE how this came out!

Would you like to win the “Papa Bear” Stamp Set?
This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal posts. Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning! You have until Thursday May 17th at 9pm EST to comment  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, May 18th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

CSI Challenge Case #254

hello!
I'm so excited to be a Guest Detective for the new CSI Challenge - Case #254!
below is the new case file to start off the month!



soooo happy and bright!

and I'll be sharing lots of Newton's Nook Designs goodies on my layout! 



the evidence:

- color scheme
- gold
- layers of paper
- tissue paper

the testimony:

- I was completely inspired but the color scheme and those puffy flowers in the photo!
- text papers in my butterfly clusters!



I actually used the coordinating dies to Beautiful Wings to create the layered butterflies! I die cut the small and large butterfly many, many times with various pieces of pink and vellum cardstock!

then I found a patterned paper with little butterflies on it, and fussy cut them out and stitched them all together to get that ruffly, layered look!



I painted some areas with black gesso and then splattered black and gold all over the layout! I also used a puffy sticker and other embellishments to add the texture! behind the photo and embellishments I used the Bubbly Stencil and some white embossing paste, as well!

in this photo, you can just see how my littlest Mann looks up to his big brother SO MUCH! he follows him around everywhere he goes, and I hope he never stops looking up him! so sweet! 

I sure hope you play along!

enjoy!