Friday, December 9, 2011

All About RED - A Lawnscaping Blog Hop

Welcome to the Second Lawnscaping Blog Hop!! So glad you're here!! You should have come to me by way of Tami. The theme is all about RED!!! The hop runs from Friday, December 9th to Sunday, December 11th. Make sure to comment on all of the blogs because there are LOTS of prizes to be won! All the details can be found on the Lawnscaping home page. The hop is being sponsored by some amayzing companies: Lawn Fawn, Mold Muse, and Whisker Graphics.

I am not going to lie...I love crafting with RED!! It's one of my go to colors for cards and scrapbooking!! For this project, I decided to make a card and ink up a stamp set that I've had for a while...but that hasn't seen ink yet...Lawn Fawn's Ornate Ornaments!! I LOVE this stamp set so much!! Great for those holiday cards if you still need to make any. I'm just about wrapped up with my holiday cards...I like to make each one unique and different from the last instead of mass producing a whole bunch. So this card will get sent to a lucky friend or family member very soon!! Here's what I came up with...

I started with Pure Poppy cardstock from Papertrey Ink as the base of my card. Then I trimmed a piece of Rustic White cardstock (also from Papertrey Ink) trimmed to leave a quarter in border all around. I then inked up the small ornaments from the set and stamped them at random to create my own pattern paper (LOVE doing this with my stamps). I adhered this to the card base and then added faux stitching lines with my white gel pen. I trimmed a strip of vellum cardstock (by Papertrey Ink of course) and stamped the Merry Christmas! sentiment from the same stamp set (got lots of use out of this set on this card) using Versamark ink and heat embossed with American Crafts Zing White embossing powder. I then wrapped the vellum around the back and adhered it (to the back of the card front). I punched a Martha Stewart snowflake from the red cardstock. I tied a piece of twine to the cream button and added it to the snowflake with a glue dot. This looks pretty detailed, but it was a super easy card to make (and if you wanted to, would be easy to reproduce...might even be fun to recreate this with a multi colored theme...may have to try that)!!

So happy you stopped by my little corner of the hop today! Hope you're having fun soaking up all the inspiration so far!! Next head on over to Tina. If you happen to get off track, don't worry!! Just head on back to Lawnscaping to see the complete list of designers and prize info!

Have a fabulous Friday and a fantastic weekend!! Thanks for stopping by!!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

hello december

I can't believe that it's December 1st already!! Wasn't it just Christmas?? The years are certainly going by faster and faster as I get older!! How can I make it slow down a little!!!

Last year was the first year that I did a December Daily. I combined it with Journal Your Christmas (the prompts from JYC helped me fill in any days I wasn't sure what to capture). I am taking the same approach this year, except I am not even going to try to keep up with it on a daily basis. There is just no way I can live life, enjoy the season, work full time, and keep up with this daily!! I am taking a no-stress/no-pressure approach this year!! I've got my holiday planner that I will be using to capture the memories of the days when I just don't have enough time to get crafty. Then I can finish and fill in sometime in January!! I have my cover and foundation pages done, though...finished these before Thanksgiving!! So if I do find crafty time this season, I am all ready to go with most of the prep work done!!

I wanted to share my cover today (am I am planning to share my complete December Daily 2010) sometime this month as well...will likely share it in chunks so no post is super long!! But on to the 2011 cover!!!

I was really inspired by Ali's cover (check it out here). I loved the creamy paint color she used and decided I wanted to use it as well, but go a different direction with everything else. I am using the Studio Calico December Daily Kit (from's sold out now). I painted the cover with 2 coats of gesso, then went over that with 2 coats of Martha Stewart's Summer Linen Satin paint. Love that color!! I stamped the spine with sentiments from the November Studio AE set and 2011 December Daily set (both by Technique Tuesday). I used Staz-on ink in Blazing Red.

I then decided to cover the entire front with Kerri Branford's Subway Art: Christmas. Love the look of it with all the insides missing!! I used Neenah Solar White for the die cut and had my silhouette cut it twice (I usually do this if there are lots of corners and I want to ensure nothing gets missed), however it took about 30 minutes to cut. I just set it up and went to do something else!! I mounted this onto Papertrey Ink's Pure Poppy cardstock, then I mounted it all onto the cover using mod podge. I sealed in the whole cover with 2 coats of mod podge (3 coats over the front only). Then I tied it up with a nice bow using striped ribbon from Hobby Lobby. The bow helps hold it all together since it already has some bulk just from the foundation pages alone (without them embellished at all)!! Love the cover this year.

Hopefully I can share some of this as we go through December, otherwise I may just plan a big post sometime in wrap things up from the season!! Hope you're having a great December 1st!! Thanks for stopping by!!