Friday, January 30, 2015

Lawnscaping FIT January Blog Hop!

It's the last Friday of the month, so that means it's time for the Lawnscaping Challenge Facebook Inspiration Team's (FIT) Monthly Blog Hop! You've probably arrived from Marina's blog, but in case you're starting here, you'll find the full hop list at the bottom of my post!

Before I share my card for the hop, I want you to know that we're welcoming a NEW sponsor to our blog hop: The Ink Road! The Ink Road is an adorable shop run by the fabulous Lara Smith, and it's filled with all kinds of crafty goodies from stamps (including our beloved Lawn Fawn), to dies, journals and planners! If she doesn't have it in the store, she can get it! Lara also price matches AND ships internationally.

Be sure to visit The Ink Road and Lara's blog! We'll be picking a winner from all of the comments left on our hop to receive a gift certificate to The Ink Road!

This month, the FIT is inspired by light blues, so I made this sweet card featuring stamps from Lawn Fawn's "Whale You Be Mine" and made some waves with the "Woodgrain Backdrops" set. The papers are from Lawn Fawn's "Into the Woods" petite paper pack.

Here's our full blog hop order:
Suzanne - you're here!

Before you continue the hop at Yukari's blog, be sure to leave a comment for me so you can increase your chance of being the lucky winner of a gift certificate to The Ink Road!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're enjoying all of the inspiration in today's hop and are going to have some time to craft this weekend!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Two new digis at Some Odd Girl Stamps!

Hi, everybody! I have two cards to share with you today that feature the brand new digi stamps at Some Odd Girl!

My first card features the second winning digi from the recent "Digi Me" contest, "Wheelchair Kaylee", which was suggested by Ann Meyer. Ann is guest designing along with us for this release, so be sure and stop by the Some Odd Girl blog today to see the cards she made, and find out more about the inspiration behind her winning idea!

Here's my card with "Wheelchair Kaylee":

Our second new digi today is "Girlfriends Kaylee and Mae". Don't they look like they're having fun and sharing secrets?

Be sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog for more info and inspiration on today's digital stamp release! And, you can find the new digis in the recently re-designed Some Odd Girl Store!

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you're staying warm and that your week is off to a great start! We're expecting a bunch of snow today, so it's perfect weather for crafting!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's New Digi Tuesday at Some Odd Girl!

Hi, everybody! Now that Kristy and the Some Odd Girl staff are back from another successful Winter CHA show, New Digi Tuesday has returned! 

I wasn't able to attend the show this year, and I missed seeing my crafty friends and getting peeks at all of the new craft products! I'm hoping to make it to the 2016 show, though!

What makes this month's Some Odd Girl digi releases so special is that the winners of the recent "Digi Me" contest get to see their ideas come to life AND they're guest designing with us!

First up is contest winner Sara Schumann's "Fighter Gwen" digi. Here's my card with Sara's winning idea:

You can find all of the background on Sara's inspiration, and the cards she made with this digi, at the Some Odd Girl blog!

Our second new digi being released today isn't a contest winner, but it certainly fits in with Some Odd Girl Stamps' quirky style! Let's give a big "ROAR" to "Tiger Piper":

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Be sure to join us at the Some Odd Girl blog and our Facebook group as we celebrate Some Odd Girl's 5th birthday this week!

Next week's digi release will feature the second winner of Some Odd Girl's Digi Me won't want to miss out on all of the fun and inspiration! See you then!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #98: Make Your Own Background

Hi, everybody! It's time for a new Lawnscaping challenge, and our theme is to create a background with your stamps! I chose Lawn Fawn's "Woodgrain Backdrops" to create the background for my card, and paired it with stamps from the "Love You S'more" set:

OK, so that background was pretty easy to make because I used one of Lawn Fawn's backdrop stamps. You can also use the smaller stamps in a set to create a background pattern. Here's a card I made for a past Lawnscaping challenge using Lawn Fawn's "Let's Roll"clear stamp set. I used the flower stamps in the set with a watercolor technique to make my own background patterned paper. 

Whichever method inspires you, we want you to play along in the challenge! This week, we're sponsored by Lawn Fawn! For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, visit the Lawnscaping Challenge blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!


Lawn Fawn supplies used:
Love You S'more clear stamp set
Woodgrain Backdrops clear stamp set
Sweater Weather petite paper pack
Peppermint Lawn Trimmings

Other supplies:
Copic markers
Memento ink (color: Cocoa)
Spellbinders Classic Hearts die 
(Lawn Fawn also has a Hearts die set, which would be perfect for this project, but I don't have it yet.)
single hole punch
smooth brown card stock
smooth kraft card stock

Monday, January 12, 2015

Bugs and Kisses goodie bags!

Hi, everybody! I'm up on the Lawnscaping blog today for my regularly scheduled monthly post as part of the Facebook Inspiration Team. 

I'm sharing this sweet little treat bag project featuring Lawn Fawn's Bugs and Kisses stamp set and the Goodie Bag die!

Lawn Fawn supplies used:
Bugs and Kisses clear stamp set
Let's Polka petite paper pack
Peace Joy Love petite paper pack
Snow Day petite paper pack
Hello Sunshine petite paper pack
Goodie Bag Lawn Cuts die

Other supplies:
Copic markers
Memento ink (colors: Tuxedo Black, Lady Bug)
Spellbinders Classic Hearts die 
(Lawn Fawn also has a Hearts die set, which would be perfect for this project, but I don't have it yet.)
single hole punch
transparent film (re-purposed from craft packaging)

I hope you'll stop by the Lawnscaping blog to see how this project came together, and say hi while you're there!

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope your week is off to a great start!


Friday, January 9, 2015

YNS Challenge #5

Hi, everybody! Since it's January, my time as a guest designer for Your Next Stamp is over, but because the challenge for the last half of December was postponed, I'm playing along with the new challenge that's starting today at the YNS blog!

I used both the challenge colors and the sketch for today's card, but you can use either the colors or the sketch when you play along:

I chose one of the super-cute images from the "Holiday Kids" set, a sentiment from the "Little Darling January" set, and added some Sparkly Teal Gumdrops as an accent at the bottom.

For all of the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry for a chance to win a $15 gift certificate to the Your Next Stamp store, visit the YNS Blog.  (If YNS stamps or dies are the focal point then the winner receives an additional $5 gift certificate for a total of $20.) 

Here are the color palette and sketch for your reference:


BIG thanks to Karen and to Your Next Stamp for having me as a guest designer in December! I've had so much fun coloring up all the cute images, and I've had a blast!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your new year is off to a great start and you're getting more time to get crafty!


Monday, January 5, 2015

Lawnscaping Challenge #97: Winter

Hi, everybody! Since it's the first Monday of the month, it's time for a new Lawnscaping challenge

One of the many things I love about Lawn Fawn stamps is the ability to mix and match images from different sets, and it's something that you'll see me do often when I create with them!

Our challenge for the next two weeks is inspiration-photo based, so it was fun to put a wintery card together with "Critters in the Arctic", "Into the Woods", "Love You a Latte", and "Woodgrain Backdrops":

I was inspired by the colors in the photos, the logs, the critters and the snow. I stamped the woodgrain pattern on some smooth grey card stock to make a custom background, and picked papers from the "Sweater Weather", "Peace Joy Love" and the "Into the Woods" petite paper packs.

Here's the challenge graphic, and you should be able to click on the photo for a closer look at the images:

And, we have a new sponsor for our challenges in 2015: Ellen Hutson

One lucky winner from this challenge will receive a $25 store credit to, a one-stop shop with TONS of the latest paper craft supplies!

For more details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, visit the Lawnscaping challenge blog

I'll be back on the Lawnscaping blog next Monday with a sweet project featuring Lawn Fawn's "Bugs and Kisses" stamp set and the Goodie Bag Lawn Cuts metal die!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week (and year) is off to a great start! I'm recovering from a particularly nasty cold that I caught over Christmas, and it's so good to be able to breathe normally again!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Lawnscaping FIT December Blog Hop: Turquoise and Green!

Hi, everybody! It's my first official monthly blog hop as part of the Lawnscaping Challenge's Facebook Inspiration Team! This month's blog hop is sponsored by Spectrum Noir, and they're giving away a generous prize pack of two sets of alcohol-based markers in TURQUOISE and GREEN!

Make sure you leave comments on all of the blogs in today's hop, because ONE lucky person will be chosen from ALL of the comments left on the blogs to win the prize! (So, that means the more you comment, the more chances you have to win!)

And, since TURQUOISE and GREEN are inspiring our hop creations, I came up with this card:

I used papers from Lawn Fawn's "Let's Polka" and "Sweater Weather" petite paper packs, the walrus, the ice,  a sentiment and some snowflakes from "Critters in the Arctic". I also used snowflakes from a few different Lawn Fawn sets: "Winter Penguin", "Critters in the Arctic", and "Yeti, Set Go".

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas holiday yesterday and are having lots of holiday fun! 

Here's the full list of blogs in today's hop:

Suzanne--> you are here!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Don't forget to leave me a comment before you go for your chance to win the super cool prize from Spectrum Noir!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

You'll LOVE the new digi stamp bundles at Some Odd Girl!

Hi, there! Welcome to our second week of showcasing special themed digi stamp bundles in the Some Odd Girl Stamps Store!

There are four new digi bundles this week, each containing four digi stamps. My first card features Cupid Mae, one of the four digi stamps in the "Love" bundle

My second card features "Love Letter." (The "Love" bundle also includes "Sweet Kiss Kody" and "Hand Holding Mae and Kody." With the stamp bundles, you get all four digis together at a special discount price!): 

The layout on this card is inspired by the current sketch at retro sketches (#145):

Stop by the Some Odd Girl Store to purchase the "Love" digi set or any of the other special bundles! Here's a look at all four images in the "Love" digi bundle: Love Letter, Hand Holding Mae and Kody, Sweet Kiss Kody and Cupid Mae:

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge #96: Merry Christmas!

Hi, everybody! I hope you're ready for a new Lawnscaping challenge, because one starts today!

The theme for this challenge is "Merry Christmas," so I made a little scene with the yeti from Lawn Fawn's "Yeti, Set, Go", the string of lights from "Cozy Christmas" and the Santa hat from "Hats Off to You".

With a little creative masking, I made a custom sentiment with words from "Cozy Christmas" and "Yeti, Set, Go." The papers are from the "Snow Day" petite paper pad. 

I made the snow by stamping watermark ink on a strip of white card stock, then heat embossing some clear crystal embossing powder on top. I find that making the snow that way is easier than spreading on glitter glue and waiting for it to dry!

For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, visit the Lawnscaping blog! One lucky entry will win a gift certificate from Lawn Fawn!

Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by today!