Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sending Hedgehugs Gift Bag

It's so strange the way a family dynamic can change, when one of your children go away to college.  We went from a family of four, to a family of 3.  Plus with Jess being a pilot in the Navy, sometimes it's just a family of two, me and Jacob.
We had a really good weekend.  On Friday, we went & played laser tag, then went to this place that serves hot dogs outside of a bar.  I know that sounds crazy, but these hotdogs are super good.  All beef, cheese, relish, onions and a little bit of mustard & catchup.  Delicious!
Then yesterday, we took a drive to St. Augustine, went to a few galleries, a few antique shops, a used bookstore, a great stationery & stamp store...what else?  Oh we got fresh fudge & ice cream from this candy shop, and we had Starbucks.  It was really hot & sticky but nice.  The piece de resistance for my son, was that we got him a Key Blade (like from Kingdom Hearts).

So now it is Sunday, and I typically would be making sure clothes were clean, & all homework is complete.  I still do that, but with only have one child at home, its easier to manage.  With that comes a lot of extra time for me.  Sometimes that is good, because I have more time to get things done.  But, like today when I am feeling a little run down & sick.  I really miss my daughter, a lot!  Before when she was home, she would make me tea or just sit and talk with me...about meaningless things that mean so much.

I have a few busy months ahead of me, so while I had some extra time today.  I made this cute little treat bag.  I really didn't think I would be able to make anything today because around noon our power went out (car accident knocked out a transformer).  It was 90 degrees and there was no way I was going to stay in our house with no air conditioning lol.

So cute right?
I found these cute kraft bags, at the stationery store yesterday, so all I need to do was decorate it.  I used the Fancy Pants Designs True Friend 6x6 paper pad, along with the Ephemera Pack.  How cute is that Hedgehog?!?  I love it!!

I have a super cute Lawn Fawn stamp set called Hedgehugs, that coordinated perfectly!!

I just happened to add this fun creation to a bag, but this would be great to use as a tag on a bag or gift as well.

Materials Used:
Fancy Pants Designs True Friend 6x6 paper pad
Fancy Pants Designs True Friend Ephemera Pack
Lawn Fawn Hedgehugs stamp set
Lawn Fawn dies
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares (white, regular)
kraft glassine style bag
Spellbinders Artisan X-plorer die cutting machine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Thank You Tags

Today Lawn Fawn is showcasing a few stamp sets & dies today.  On my project, I am using the Thank You Tags stamp set, but I used the set in a different way.
Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog to see a ton of great projects, as well as a chance to win some new stuff!
I have needed so many thank you cards lately, and this stamp set along with the Woodgrain Notecards, are going to make my life so much easier!!  I think I need to send a set of thank you cards to my daughter as well.  Now that she is in college, friends and family are sending things direct to her, and she doesn't have a lot of extra time to go out and buy thank you cards.  I think it will be nice for her to have a little stash to pull from.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Sweater Weather

Lawn Fawn is showcasing the Sweater Weather stamps as well as the Woodgrain note cards on the Lawn Fawn Blog today.  So be sure to head on over there, for lots of eye candy as well as a lot of giveaways of new product!

I am sharing a tag I created using the Sweater Weather stamps.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Sweater Weather Collection

I have a few projects to share today, using the Sweater Weather Collection from Lawn Fawn.  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to see more wonderful projects using Sweater Weather, as well as a chance to win this entire collection!

First up, is a layout I created using some of Lawn Fawn's stitched dies.  These pictures, kind of look like we were in snow, but we were really at a local beach.  My Dad, had come out for a visit, and it was cold for Florida, so we took a scenic drive all around NE Florida.  Then stopped at the beach, so he could stare out into the Atlantic (he is from California) and take a few family pictures too.  I was born & raised in California, and guess what?  The Pacific Ocean is freezing!!  Imagine my shock, when we first moved to the east coast, to find the waters warm, it was the strangest thing!  I had no idea that an ocean could be so warm.

A quick card, easily made by utilizing dies.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Monster Mash

Today I have created a card using one of the newest stamp sets from Lawn Fawn called, Monster Mash.  Monster Mash is so flipping cute!  My children were totally completely obsessed with the movie Monsters Inc, I would have love to have this stamp set back then.  The really awesome part, is there is a coordinating die set too!  
One thing that I am obsessed with this week, are the new Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Notecards, in jewel tones...sigh!  So perfect for fall right?  Right now, I really, really, really miss my daughter.  She just went off to college, and it is so hard.  I literally miss her every second, so it is coming out in my card making.  Every card I make right now, I want to send to her lol.  But honestly, I think I will put this card in the Halloween Package I will send her next month, for her and her dorm roomie.  

Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to check out more great inspiration from the design team, as well as, have a chance to win some great product!!

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Monster Mash Stamp Set
Lawn Fawn Monster Mash dies
Lawn Fawn trimmings
Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Notecards
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle die
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
washi tape
black ink
pink ink
Copic Markers

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Argyle Backdrops, Forest Border & Stitched Hillside Border

The Lawn Fawn Designers are showcasing projects using the Argyle Backdrops Stamp Set, Forest Border die, and the Stitched Hillside Border dies.  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to see a ton of great projects, as well as a chance to win fun product!

My first card uses the Lawn Fawn Argyle Backdrops Stamp Set with the Forest Border die, on a Lawn Fawn Woodgrain Note Card.  The flair is from the Sweater Weather Collection.  The green ink was sponged onto the kraft card stock.  This took many, many layers of ink, since I wasn't working with white card stock.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Argyle Backdrops Stamp set
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather Flair
Lawn Fawn Forest Border Die
Lawn Fawn twine
Lawn Fawn Brown Woodgrain Note Card
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle Die set
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
green ink
black ink
sponge dauber

My second card, I used the Argyle Stamp Set again.  I did a few different stamp techniques along with sponging on this card as well. I wanted to create diecuts using the Stitched Leaves die set, but once I cut them out, and went to put them on my card, they seemed a little plain.  So I decided to stamp the argyle background onto the leaf diecuts as well.  After I stamped the leaves, I sponged the edges, to give a little more definition to the leaves.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stitched Party Banners Die (circle)
Lawn Fawn Argyle Backdrops Stamp set
Lawn Fawn Stitched Leaves dies
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangles dies
Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather pattern paper
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
red ink
yellow ink
black ink
kraft cardstock
white cardstock
yellow ribbon

Friday, August 22, 2014

You Make My Heart Happy

So, my daughter is off at college.  She is attending Florida State University, around 3 1/2 hours from home.  I just moved her in on Sunday (6 days ago), and I already miss her.  I wish I could just give her a hug, buy her a brownie and Starbucks, tell her how much I love her & how proud I am of her, but I cannot.  FaceTime, Skype, texting, phone calls help me get through each day, but it doesn't compare to seeing her face to face.
I am sending her this card, with a little note of encouragement.  I hope it makes her smile.

Materials Used:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies

Lawn Fawn: Spooktacular & Goodie Treat Bag

Hello and welcome to Lawn Fawn's big Fall/Winter release week! On August 28th all 15 of Lawn Fawn's new stamps, 26 new dies, and the new Sweater Weather and Snow Day paper collections will be for sale at your favorite store and! Woo hoo!

The next few days, I will be showcasing some of the latest Lawn Fawn products hitting store shelves.  Make sure you visit the Lawn Fawn Blog, each and every day.  As new products and projects will be shown, and lots of giveaways to be had.

Today, the designers are showcasing projects using the Goodie Treat Bag die, and the Spooktacular stamp set & coordinating dies.  I decided to combine them to create a fun, Happy Halloween treat bag.

1.  Die cut Sweater Weather pattern paper.  You will do this twice.
2.  I score along the already scored lines, so its easier to fold, then apply adhesive and adhere the two diecuts together, this forms the bag.
3.  Add washi tape to the bottom of the bag.
4.  Using the Stitched Rectangles, die cut white card stock.
5.  Stamp the "Happy Halloween" sentiment in black ink from the Spooktacular stamp set. Apply 3d foam squares on the back of the die cut, and adhere to the bag.
6.  Stamp the witches hat in black ink.  Die cut using the coordinating die.
7.  Color in the hat using Copic Markers.
8.  Adhere to the bag using 3D Foam Squares.
9.  Add twine to embellish.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather pattern paper, Lawn Fawn Goodie Treat Bag die, Lawn Fawn Spooktacular stamp set, Lawn Fawn Spooktacular dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Rectangle dies, Lawn Fawn Trimmings orange/black, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, Copic Markers, Washi Tape

Here is a card I made a while ago, using the Spooktacular stamp set.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Spellbinders 12 Days of Christmas, Day 1

Spellbinders Paper Arts is hosting the 12 Days of Christmas.  Today I am on the blog, featuring the new Happy Holidays die set.  I created a trio of cards, specifically for a holiday hostess gift in mind.  I absolutely love the traditional red and green color scheme, with a pop of an additional color.  I recently received the Lawn Fawn Snow Day paper collection and was totally inspired!  Head on over to the Spellbinders blog, to see all three of my projects, and have a chance to win some new product!!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DIY Chicken Wire Jewelry Holder

My daughter just finished up her summer semester at Florida State University.  During the summer she lived in the dorm, and brought her jewelry box with her.  When we moved her out of the dorm last week, Kendall mentioned that she didn't want to bring her jewelry box back in the fall because it took up too much space.
The other day, she was showing me wall jewelry organizers online.  A lot of them were a little pricey, some were not that cute and didn't match her decor.  So I started a little search myself, and found chicken wire filled frames that were altered to hold earrings/necklaces.
I have always wanted to make one of these for myself, to place over my desk and used for special photos (attached with a clothespin), but I honestly just have not gotten around to it.  Yesterday I decided I was going to make one, and headed to Home Depot.

Here is the finished project, below I will give step by step directions on how I made this chicken wire jewelry holder.  Sorry about the low quality photos, they were taken with my iphone, it was just easier than getting my Canon out.

Materials Used:
1 inch x 2 inch by 8 feet piece of wood
Chicken wire
miter box
hand saw
staple gun
3 knobs
spray paint
wire cutters
brad nails
locktite super glue
Gorilla wood glue
plastic bag or tarp

Items that I had to purchase & cost:

1 in by 2 in by 8 ft piece of wood:  $4.07
24 inches by 10 feet Chicken Wire:  $6.97
3 drawer knobs: $1.28 x 3 = $3.84
Spray Paint: $3.67
total:  $18.55

Step 1
Decide the size of the frame you want to make.  This frame is 24 inches by 16 inches.  Using a ruler, mark off where you need to cut.

Step 2
Miter the corners at 45 degrees.  As you can see, I don't have a fancy electric wood saw, I just used a plastic miter box and saw.  This miter box has the 45 degree angles marked, so it made it pretty easy.

Step 3
Sand the rough edges of the sawed pieces with a little piece of sand paper.  Using wood glue, apply glue to a corner and adhere to another corner, and repeat until the pieces complete the frame.

Step 4
Using a staple gun, put staples in each corner.  You want a part of each staple to be on either side of the pieces of wood.

Step 5
The staples when the enter the wood, are not going to be flush with the wood, so get a hammer, and hammer the staples into the wood.

Step 6
The frame is going to be a little wobbly, this is because it is only really secure from the back.  You want to get some brad nails (its kind of a finishing type of nail for projects like this), and place them on top and on the sides of the frame.  You want the nail to go into both pieces of wood, this will hold the frame together.

Step 7
Grab your spray paint and a large trash bag (or a tarp of sorts).  We live in a HOA, so our grass could not get affected by my project lol...the garbage bag is to protect the grass, and my bootie from my husband who obsesses over our grass.

Step 8
Make sure your can of spray paint is shaken well.  
Wood is a porous material, so the paint is going to get absorbed into the wood.  So, you will need to apply a few coats of paint.  Let the paint dry in between coats. Grab a book, this will take about 30 minutes.  It was windy, and i didn't feel like holding the corners after a while, so I used full cans of soda that no one drank from our last party, and places them on the corners of the bag.  You can use whatever means to spray your frame, this is just how I did it.

Step 9
I live in the south where it is really humid.  Once that I felt the frame was dry enough.  I carefully pealed it off the bag, and brought it inside to finish drying.  This is when you watch tv or take a shower or something.

Step 10
Open the chicken wire package, and decide which way you are going to roll the wire out.  My daughter wanted the longer pieces (24 inches) to be horizontal, so I made sure the flat pieces in the chicken wire went that way as well.

Step 11
Start stapling the chicken wire to the frame.  Stopping occasionally to pull the wire so it is a little tight.

Step 12
You will need wire cutters, to cut the roll of wire off of the stapled frame.  Also, once again use a hammer to hammer the staples into the frame.

Step 13
Using super glue, adhere the metal knobs to the frame.  The knobs are for necklaces.  Feel free to add as many or little as you want.  If you want your knobs more secure, they come with hardware.  I did not feel like I needed to screw in a knob to hold a few necklaces, so i decided against screwing the knobs into the wood.  My husband thinks I should have used the hardware, I feel comfortable with the super glue. :)

Step 14
Add ribbon or burlap, and you are finished.

Since this is going into my daughters dorm room, we have to use command strips to adhere it to the wall.  But you could always hang this up with a few nails, or nail in one of those cute frame hangers on the back of the frame.

***Added to mention***
When purchasing the wood.  Look at the price.  I bought my piece of wood and it was by the piece.  Some wood is priced by linear foot.  This can be tricky, so unless you want a better quality of wood and don't mind paying the higher price...find the wood that is by the piece.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Lawn Fawn & Add A Little Dazzle Blog Hop


Today is Day 4 of the Lawn Fawn & Add A Little Dazzle Blog hop.  I decided to play around with some Lawn Fawn dies, with the Add A Little Dazzle foil sheets, to create a tag.

1.   Die cut yellow foil sheet using the stitched journal card die.
2.   Emboss diecut.
3.   Die cut teal foil sheet using a banners die.
4.   Adhere to embossed diecut using 3D Foam squares.
5.   Die cut pink foil sheet using Louie's Alpha with the "h & i" letters.
6.   Adhere letters to the banner using 3D Foam Squares.
7.   Die cut pink foil sheet using the heart dies.
8.   Adhere heart diecuts to the tag using Dodz small.
9.   Punch hole at the top of the tag.
10. Add ribbon and twine.

Materials Used:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L Dodz small
Spellbinders Rosette Wall embossing folder
May Arts ribbon
hole punch

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Greetings: Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L & Graphic 45 Blog Hop

Blog Hop Badge 3L - Graphic 45

Welcome to Day 2 of the Scrapbook Adhesives and Graphic 45 hop.

*GIVEAWAY: Enter through the Rafflecopter app on each blog each day with a comment. Additional entries are available by commenting on our Instagram Page,  be sure to tell us your profile name on the Rafflecopter app. You can also enter a third time via Facebook. Either click through the Rafflecopter app to comment on our Facebook page, or click on the Giveaway tab on our Facebook page. Each day there will be 2-3 new blogs to visit, and you can enter each day!  Then visit Graphic 45 to enter their drawings too!*

Make sure to check out all the rest today as well:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Materials Used:
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D foam squares
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L E-Z Runner Permanent
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Collection
Graphic 45 Sweet Sentiments Collection diecuts
green cardstock
white lace doily

Friday, July 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn Sneak Week

All this week Lawn Fawn has been blogging and showcasing all of the latest products being rolled out. Make sure you go visit today, and be sure to leave a comment, because you can will some stuff!!  There are stamps, dies, paper lines, wood veneers, twine...a little something for everyone!

Here is a project that was shown yesterday on the Lawn Fawn blog.  I have to admit, besides "thank you" or "i miss you" cards, I make a ton of holiday projects.  There is something about the holidays that makes it seem so magical right?

Here is my card using the new stamp set called Deck the Halls, as you can see, it comes with a coordinating die set.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lawn Fawn Fall/Winter Sneak Week Day 2

I have more Lawn Fawn projects to share with you today!  I hope you all are following along over at the Lawn Fawn blog...because a lot of product is being given away!!

The fall paper line is called Sweater Weather, and below are a few projects using it!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Lawn Fawn Fall/Winters Sneak Week Day 1


Hello world wide web readers :)
This week Lawn Fawn is releasing a ton of new, never been seen before product, and when I mean a lot, I mean a lot!

Here is my card using a new stamp set, with coordinating die set called Spooktacular.

Head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, there are 6 stamp sets being showcased today, as well as some fun new twine.  

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps
Lawn Fawn dies
Lawn Fawn twine
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares
yellow card stock
orange card stock
orange ink
black ink
white card stock
Copic markers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Clark's ABCs

Today Lawn Fawn is showcasing a new alphabet stamp set called, Clark's ABCs.  I really love alphabet stamps for the single reason make custom sentiments.  For this card, I was feeling a little blue.  I made it right before my daughter went off to college, I was a total mess, and went through many tissues lol.  This was my subconscious coming out creatively for sure!

Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog for a chance to win this set, as well as to see all of the great samples!

1.  Cut/score cardstock.
2.  Stamp heart borders in red ink.
3.  Adhere red cardstock.
4.  Stamp tissue box with copic markers, cut out.
5.  Stamp sentiment inside the tissue box in black ink.
6.  Stamp sentiment above the red cardstock.
7.  Adhere tissue box to the card using 3D foam squares.
8.  Add twine to the card to embelish.
9.  Round bottom corners using a corner rounder.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Lawn Fawn: Get Well Soon

Today Lawn Fawn is showcasing a mini stamp set & coordinating dies called, Get Well Soon, and Get Well Soon - Lawn Cuts.  Head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog, to check out more projects, as well have a chance to win today's products!

For my project today, I decorated a glassine bag filled with one of my favorite teas from England.  Wrapping a gift with twine and a cute tag make me happy, and I hope this makes the recipient happy as well.

1.  Die cut white cardstock using the Tag You're It Lawn Cut Dies.
2.  Stamp images from the stamp set, and die cut out.
3.  Color in images using Copic Markers.
4.  Stamp sentiment onto tag using black ink.
5.  Stamp hearts in red ink under the sentiment.
6.  Place Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares on the back of the stamped images.
7.  Adhere to the tag.
8.  Fill glassine bag with tea bags.
9.  Wrap twine around the bag.
10. Attach tag, before tying the bow.

Materials Used:
Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon Stamp Set, Lawn Fawn Get Well Soon - Lawn Cuts, Lawn Fawn Tag You're It Lawn Cuts, Lawn Fawn peppermint twine, Copic Markers, Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 3D Foam Squares, white cardstock, black ink, red ink, glassine bag