Growing in Unity – day 1


Hello and happy Monday! I’m super excited to be this week’s Growing in Unity girl. Unity stamps make up the vast majority of my stamp collection… my husband even got me new Unity for Christmas last year. Hey, what can I say? I have good taste AND my husband is a keeper! 🙂

Today I have two cards to share; I make a lot of cards for Operation Write Home – they send blank cards overseas for our troops to write home to family and friends – and with the delay in sending mail overseas in time for it to have time to travel back here to the US, we are already on to Valentine’s Day and love cards already. Crazy, huh? Anyhow, here’s two I made with a fun Jillibean Soup/Unity set. One of these will probably go to my husband… he saw them and liked them both. 🙂

My Mind’s Eye paper
Jillibean Soup/Unity set – hearty barley
Twinery twine
Papertrey ink smoky shadow card stock
My Mind’s Eye paper
Jillibean Soup/Unity set – hearty barley
Twinery twine
Papertrey ink smoky shadow card stock

We are actually headed to Puerto Rico next Saturday for a belated 10 year anniversary trip. I am excited! And very overwhelmed. We will come to home to our youngest’s birthday, then Thanksgiving, then our eldest’s birthday just after that. EEEK!

Unity is allowing me to do a giveaway of 2 Itty Bitty stamps this week, so be sure to come back each day and comment to win! Have you seen the new releases? Oh my gosh – cute!!

Jen
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Lone Wolf Design DT Showcase: Lawn Fawn, a little Pink Paislee, and Tattered Angels

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s me again with another Lone Wolf Designs product showcase… and yes, I just can’t get enough of Lawn Fawn! I was inspired at Scrapfest @ the Mall of America in September, so… I went home and placed an order for some more LF goodies (see the link at the bottom of the post for how you can order and save!!) and then I had fun making some stuff.

Did you know that Christmas is only 60 days away

I also picked up some Tattered Angels glimmer mist at Scrapfest. I thought it might be fun to add some mist to some of my projects… and holiday was the name of the game.

I had such fun playing with the newer Tag, You’re It Lawn Cuts and coordinating Winter Gifts stamp set!
 I stamped the background with some of the smaller stamps from Winter Gifts and colored in the leaves and berries. I stamped the banner tag on patterned paper and added one of the Winter Gifts sentiments, a little twine, and then assembled and misted!

This is the glimmer mist I chose:
It’s sugar maple, which is a lot less orange than it looks in the photo, thank goodness! It’s a really pretty copper tone. 🙂


The Lawn Fawn make & take I did last month used the jar from Summertime Charm (and coordinating Lawn Cut die) to make the bell jar into a snow globe. Adorable, right?? I added a little kraft envelope behind the green panel so you could add a gift card! The sentiment is from Let it Snow and I embossed it in gold to go with the pretty Pink Paislee snow village paper. 🙂 I added a little clear Stickles to the snowflakes as well.

Then I realized I had an abundance of Lawn Fawn winter sentiments, so I decided to make some subway art tags.
And then I just used the Winter Tags stamps and dies to find the best placement and cut out two tags!
 I sprayed them both with the Tattered Angels mist. SO pretty with the red ink! The top banner die is another cute little tag I made.  It would easily attach to a small gift bag, and doesn’t even need to be a holiday gift… win/win!
And one tag I put on a card. How fun is that? This paper is also by Lawn Fawn.

The Tattered Angels mist is shimmery and it does rub off a bit on your skin… just an FYI for those who do not care for glimmer/glittery products! The shimmer is subtle and though it takes a little practice to get your spritzing just right, it’s fun!

Here are two bonus tags… they kind of got sprayed by accident (yeah, I’m not at my best after 10 pm. I’m more of an early bird) but I actually loved the end result. These are Pink Paislee stamps and paper (cut using the Lawn Fawn largest tag die). I used the stamps from the Snow Village set and a little tag from the Snow Village paper pack for the bottom tag. The top tag was one of those “happy accident” tags… I stamped in a color that wasn’t quite what I wanted, so I shadow stamped over the top with a neutral color and then I kind of liked how it made it look more aged… and then a tiny bit of glimmer mist at the edges gave it even more of an antique look. Bonus!

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook group.  If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying TOO MUCH for your craft supplies!

Now, I know you are thinking “this would be so fun and easy to make a whole bunch of holiday tags at once. I should really call my sister/my mom/my best friends and plan a little coffee and crafting time to get started on holiday stuff.”  You are correct, you will also need something chocolate, and you’re welcome. 🙂

Have a GREAT weekend, friends!

Jen

OWH sketch 193

Time for another Operation Write Home sketch – did you hop yesterday for the World Cardmaking Day blog hop? I did, though I only made it about 2/3 of the way through the hop. I can finish off the rest today. There’s so many great cards! If you didn’t see my card, be sure to scroll down to the next post (there’s blog candy!). 

Today’s sketch is number 193. I really like this sketch! And since my eldest has been sick this weekend, no Mass for me today. :/ She went to bed still feeling really sick but woke up chipper and happy, which is wonderful, but I don’t want her to over-do. And heaven forbid we share germs… no other family wants what she had! 😦

These were my first efforts. The ribbon tab card was #2… my seven year old decimated my bling stash the other day, and I wasn’t liking what bling I had to add on the left side, so I added ribbon tabs.
My Mind’s Eye papers
Twinery twine
Gina K card stock

Then I decided to make a couple more changes, and I really really really liked the end result. See what you think. The left card was #3 and the right was the final card, which is my favorite of all of them.
My Mind’s Eye
Gina K card stock
Lawn Fawn sentiment

And I think this is my last Scrapfest photo: Jillibean Soup class cards


Thanks for visiting me today! Remember Sandy is asking for holiday cards to arrive by October 15 if possible. I already sent a bunch and I’ll be sending my final batch next week! Then on to Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Jen

Lone Wolf Designs Showcase: Lawn Fawn’s Lawn Cuts



Happy Friday, people! Am I excited for the weekend – we are going to the lake! Woohoo! It’s supposed to be all of 60 degrees today but hey, lake time is lake time is lake time. 🙂 

Today I am up on the Lone Wolf Designs blog – I was so excited to try out Lawn Fawn’s Lawn Cuts! These are 100% steel dies, made in the USA, and they coordinate perfectly with several of the Lawn Fawn stamp sets! If you’ve been to my blog before, you know I love Lawn Fawn. I met Kelly Marie at Scrapfest last year (at the Mall of America in Bloomington MN). She is the sweetest and her class was SUPER fun! Needless to say it didn’t take much to entice me to expand my Lawn Fawn ‘collection’… 🙂

Recently Kris asked for feedback and some posters suggested they’d like to see more altered items, so I decided to use my new Lawn Fawn stuff to decorate an old clipboard. 
St. Vincent de Paul, 80 cents. Yup, 80 cents. This is rural Wisconsin.
Then I chose some pretty Lawn Fawn papers. These are actually holiday papers. Go figure, right??
Lawn Fawn fa la la papers, perfect for more than just holidays!
 Once I cut the sizes, I rounded the edges with my trusty corner chomper. LOVE that tool.
We R Memories corner chomper
 Then I had to decide what to do with that ugly clip on top. I thought the gunked-up part would come off, but it was some sort of funky glued mess that I could NOT scrape off. So, paint to the rescue! 
Raided the kid’s craft drawer. Yes, yes I did. I bought it!
 I know, the first coat is never that pretty. You just have to keep going. 🙂
Holding on to the faith that it will look prettier in a couple of coats.
 While it dried, I thought of ideas to further camouflage the ick. Ribbon flower to the rescue! Confession: I haven’t bought glue dots. Like, EVER. I make my own using parchment paper and Aileen’s tack it over and over glue. I even made a little book for them that you can see here. 🙂
Don’t use waxed paper. Trust me. PARCHMENT.
 I didn’t have any large dots left, so I pulled out the large sheet from my glue dot book and poured the glue. The advantage of making your own is making them any size you desire! FYI, you want the glue evenly spread – no holes, but also not super thick unless you don’t mind a longer drying time.
lovely glue dots
 Since I had the glue out I checked my glue dots book and realized I needed a few more medium sized ones. It may be hard to tell in the photo, but there’s one dry glue dot on the page – top right hand corner. 🙂
make sure you put these to dry where kids and pets can’t get at them. Or else you will have delighted children and/or very irritated pets. 🙂
 Then while I was waiting for everything to dry, I found the stamps I wanted to use. Aren’t those hot air balloons adorable??? It’s too bad that I am terrible at allergic to coloring, but a few My Mind’s Eye scraps and I was in business.
Lawn Fawn Blue Skies stamp set
 Choosing how to align the patterns is the most fun!
 Pretty, no?
I think so. 🙂 This is the larger of the 2 balloon stamps.
 Then I got busy with the little banner stamp. I love that stamp!!
Washi tape is a prefect low-tack way to adhere your dies to your image to make sure it
doesn’t move. Just use the tapes that are not your favorites. 🙂
These are the coordinating Blue Skies Lawn Cuts. 
 The Lawn Cuts are super easy to use. Just stamp the image, line up the die along your stamped edge, tack it down so it doesn’t shift, and run it through your machine!
Super easy to line up!
 Meanwhile, the board was shaping up…
Pink twine for extra contrast.
 I went to town on the clouds. It never hurts to cut extra; I’m sure I will use them!
So many cute little lawn cuts…
And the next day….
The glue dots had dried. I checked them about 22 hours in and they were dry, so they may have been done sooner. Drying time depends on the weather as well; I’ve noticed high humidity means they will take longer to dry. You know when they are done because they turn clear. 

Ready for use!
 Time to start the ribbon flower! Knot the end of your ribbon and trim off most of the excess – not all of it. Leave a tiny tail.
You can knot the end as many times as you want. It depends on how thick you want your flower middle.
 Smoosh that tail right down in the middle of the glue dot. You don’t want to see it!
Just smoosh it. Trust me.
 Then start winding and twisting. Tack the ribbon down into the glue every little bit; you can twist as much or as little as you like. You can make a puffy flower if you leave it looser; mine generally turn out fairly flat because I like them twisted a lot.
Shaping up!

Once you have most of the glue dot covered, cut a tiny tail. Tuck it behind the glue dot and then run your fingers around the glue dot, smooshing it behind your ribbon.  It’s sticky, yes, but not crazy so.
See how pretty that is? And super duper easy! 3 minutes start to finish, seriously.
  Once you have your ribbon flower adhered, you can use your nail or a bone folder to poke ribbon over any exposed glue. 
Kind of a shabby chic vibe, no?
 I decided to outline the clipboard in twine. A) because it’s pretty and b) because I cut the one side slightly short and I didn’t like seeing the exposed edge. I’m one of those “fudge! I have to fix my mistakes and I’m not throwing this one out!” crafters. Sorry, people.
Taking shape!

Voila! I sparkled up the clouds and used adhesive tape on some of the clouds. I think this may end up as a gift for my oldest daughter with a cute little notepad (a shorter one) tucked under the clip. 🙂

What do you think? 

Altering item ideas:
  • Look anywhere and everywhere for items you can alter, not just in stores. Look around your home – I bet you could find a box, a pail, an old candy tin that you could alter. How about a notebook? 
  • If you’re new to altering items, go for easy and inexpensive to try first. Once you see how easy it is – and FUN – then go shopping for shadowboxes and frames. 
  • Consider non-traditional items, as well – how about empty containers? I’ve seen great things on pinterest with old jars, empty tea bottles, etc. Just remove the labels and get creative!
  • Dollar stores and the dollar section at Target are great places to browse for inexpensive ideas. Thrift stores are also good options; if you don’t thrift, odds are you know someone who does. Ask that person to keep an eye out for you – but a) be specific in what you are looking for, b) note your budget and c) only ask someone you trust NOT to buy you a whole bag of stuff or who might just keep ‘finding you things’ once you’ve said “uncle.” 🙂
  • Altered items can be a great mix of crafting tools – use whatever you have in your arsenal (stamps, inks, paper, ribbon/trims, beads, paint, sprays, 3D items, etc).
  • Don’t scrimp on quality adhesives – you don’t want to put something together only to have it fall apart! 
  • Altered items make fantastic gifts! Spread the love with a personalized frame or a trinket box. 

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Group Facebook group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you’re paying too much for your craft supplies!

Thanks for visiting me today – have an amazing weekend! I’m going to take my leftover cloud Lawn Cuts and go make some pretty cards while everyone else fishes. 🙂

Jen

Unity’s FWF 9/13



If you are here for my Lone Wolf Designs post, showcasing Lawn Cuts by Lawn Fawn, please scroll down or click here. 

Hey there friends, time for another Friends with Flair Friday over at the Unity Stamp Co blog. I have gotten out of the habit of participating (boo!) and so here I am again. 🙂 

I have been trying to use up some of my partial 6×6 pads… because sadly, I seem to accumulate them faster than I can use them. I’m sure I’m the only one with multiplying paper. 

Anyhow. I LOVED this MME happy go lucky pad and I am sad to see it gone, but it was so much fun to create with. I loved the patterns and the bright colors!

This was a random stamp I received and I ADORE it. 🙂
Random ribbon from stash, Quickkutz heart dies. At this point I was only
running on smaller scrap pieces, yet this is probably my favorite card of
all that I made using up this pad!

And here are a few more. I used up all of my leftover Jililbean Soup epoxy buttons on these cards… the colors coordinated perfectly! The left bottom card uses a gorgeous Unity flower stamp. SO pretty!
Stamps via Unity Stamp Co, Paper Smooches, Ali edwards for Technique Tuesday.

And a handful more for good measure:
Stamps via Paper Smooches, Ali Edwards for TT, Lizzie Anne Designs.

Thanks for visiting me today! have a wonderful weekend!

Jen

OWH Sketch 185 just be you

Hello! Sunday rolled around again and time for another great card sketch from the ladies at Operation Write Home. If you’d like to see what the girls and I wore today for Mass, you can look here. (We’re girly like that. I let them help organize my jewelry box this afternoon.. as in “mommy pulled out all the jewelry looking the right piece and needed to put it all back” and they were two very happy little girls!)

I am trying to use up this My Mind’s Eye happy go lucky paper, but it’s hard. I like this stuff.


MME Happy Go Lucky
kraft paper
Sizzix button die #5
MME sweetest thing sentiment
Twinery twine, Really Reasonable twill ribbon

One of these days, I will get a non-crooked card. Today is apparently not my day…

Jen

LWD design team showcase: Echo Park & Lawn Fawn

Hello! It’s Friday and my first official blog post as a design team member for Lone Wolf Designs. If you haven’t heard of Lone Wolf, be sure to hop over to the Facebook page and check out all of the great brands Kris carries – and you ALWAYS get 25% off MSRP. That’s the kind of deal I like. 🙂

Today I’m showcasing Echo Park and a little Lawn Fawn as well. I snatched up this great EP ‘beautiful life’ 6×6 pad recently, my stacks of other 6×6’s not withstanding. Pretty paper.. I cannot live without my pretty paper!! 
So pretty. And no, I’m not a manicure sort of girl. 
So. My first step after flipping through several times was to tear out the papers I most liked and see what combinations jumped out at me. For layering, I used kraft and navy. Hello, Mama was right – basics never go out of style…
So many choices!!
This is so crazy to type, but school starts the day after Labor Day. Each year I give some cards to the teachers as little gift sets – 2 or 3 cards with a tag or two, but I’m perpetually creating them at the 11th hour. No more. I figured a 3 card set and a couple of tags – with an extra to wrap up and tie on the gift – would be a great crafting night project. 

I started with the cards. This one had me wildly thinking for a bit; I didn’t know what to do with those doilies… and then Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABCs to the rescue! Oh my gosh, can I tell you how much I used to HATE alphabet sets? I sold every single set I had because I never used them. And then I went to Scrapfest last year (Mall of America, Bloomington MN, every September. Can you say “girls weekend?”) and saw Kelly Marie of Lawn Fawn in action (if she lived closer we’d have to be stamping buddies. she is the sweetest!), and how EASY these are to use. You just line up the bottom of the individual letters on your acrylic block, and they are perfectly aligned. Genius. It’s pure genius. So I dug ’em out and stamped the “love u”. 
Echo Park beautiful life
Nestabilities – labels 8
Lawn Fawn Jessie’s ABCs
Tim Holtz Fired brick ink
I don’t normally use ivory as a layer (or white), but I like it here!
A little tape kept the layers from sliding while I figured
out where all the pieces were going. 
I broke out my dies from my new ArtBin magnetic organizer for this card! Did you see my review? I LOVE THIS THING. Seriously. But not as much as I love my pretty paper, so to keep going…
Then I decided to go for a simpler card. Everyone always needs a card that could work for multiple occasions .. I love these tiny butterflies and they are the perfect backdrop for this Lawn Fawn sentiment. 🙂
Echo Park beautiful life
Lawn Fawn Flying By
Sizzix buttons 5 die
Twinery twine
Tim Holtz ink in crushed olive
What, you don’t stamp your sentiment in multiple colors to decide
which you like the best? I couldn’t decide!!!
Tim Holtz fired brick, victorian velvet, and crushed olive
This sweet floral print was the perfect backdrop to use a doily die – and some more Jessie’s ABCs. I had the ‘o’ upside down originally. One stamp and that was clear – and so I flipped it back around!
Echo Park beautiful life
lawn Fawn Jessie’s ABCs
Tim Holtz weathered wood ink
Nestabilities small circles dies
Quickutz doily die
ribbon from stash
Yeah, that o is upside down!!

Fixed!!

So pretty! LOVE this color scheme!

And I am my father’s daughter, right? I needed to create some coordinating tags to use up all of the scraps I while making cards. 🙂 For me, taking the smaller pieces and finding a fun design is such fun. This was the first one I made:
Echo Park Beautiful Life
Lawn Fawn Clear to See
We R corner chomper
Tim Holtz fired brick ink
And then I made this one! I took two different sentiments from the Lawn Fawn Stay Tuned set to create the sentiment. I LOVE how easy it is to do that with Lawn Fawn stamps.
Echo Park beautiful life
Lawn Fawn Stay Tuned
Jillibean Soup faux button, Twinery twine
Tim Holtz walnut stain ink
Walnut Stain…aside from Antique Linen, it’s my go-to ink color.
Please pardon the mess. It’s controlled chaos.
Trying to figure out where it all goes.
I love this tiny set. I love most of LF’s tiny sets. 🙂
I used the “tuning in to say” and the “you rock” together to
create my custom sentiment. 
This one was a total cleaning-up-putting-away-inspiration-strikes-get-it-all-back-out tag. Do you ever have moments like that?
Lawn Fawn Clear to see
Echo Park beautiful life
Marvy Uchida GB684
Tim Holtz walnut stain
Twinery twine

I can’t wait to use up the rest of this 6×6 pad! I hope I’ve inspired you today!

You can find these and many more products for your crafting projects at 25% off MSRP at Lone Wolf Designs, LLC. All you have to do is join the Lone Wolf Designs Discount Craft Supplies Facebook Group. If you haven’t joined us yet, you are paying too much for your craft supplies!

Jen

OWH MWT – any hero cards

Hey! It’s Wednesday – seriously? We had a longer weekend up north… thanks to the telephone company needing to make a service call on Monday, so it feels like Tuesday to me. Oh well, I guess the weekend will get here that much faster! 🙂

Today’s OWH challenge is to make Anyhero notes. I had part of one last sheet of this K & Co. Americana pack, so I sliced it up to make 12 of this design:

Cuttlebug stars embossing folder
Nestabilities labels 8
Paper Smooches sentiment
K&CO. paper, Gina K ivory cardstock
Twinery twine
 Just a few were blue, most were the red and white stripe.
My mom helped assemble! She’s better at bows than I am.

I embossed the kraft piece, used my white ink pad over the surface to make the stars pop a little more, and adhered the banners. I tied on the twine and added the die cut sentiment and done! 

Thanks for visiting me today!

Jen

OWH sketch 178 – for you

Hey! Happy Sunday; it was a good day here. My husband’s parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary today! Lots of family came from out of town and it was really wonderful to see people we don’t see very often. 🙂 My husband is the youngest of 7, and it was very funny as they all shared stories from growing up and the things they learned from their parents. My husband talked about perspective, and how he felt sorry for those poor souls who could only afford a half grocery cart of food – because for 9 people, they left with 2 or 3 carts! 🙂

Making a card was the perfect way to de-stress after a long day. Okay, I did get up early (we had guests overnight at our house) before everyone else to shower and then I checked out the sketch and chose my papers and stamps. And THEN I let it percolate for 13 hours until I could assemble it. 🙂 This is Operation Write Home sketch 178:

My Minds Eye everyday flair – only scraps left of this now
Hero Arts for OWH stamps
Twinery twine


Thanks for visiting me today! 

Jen

Drunken Stampers challenge #124: Twilight

DS124
Hello there! Time for another Drunken Stampers challenge – this time the movie is Twilight (creatures of the night). I’m really not into the vampire thing – I’ve never read the books or seen the movie. Creatures of the night, though… well, I can do that. 🙂

I created a fun owl card for this challenge.

Jillibean Soup – homemade 6 bean soup paper
PTI ripe avocado card stock
owl stamp set from Ebay
Twinery twine

Be sure to head over to the Drunken Stampers blog for the rest of the DT inspiration and to upload your owl creation! (Freudian slip; that’s what I actually typed instead of ‘own’… and I’m going to leave it because it amuses me. So there. :))

Jen