Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Lawn Fawn September Guest Designer~You Color My World

Hello there!  I'm back with one last set of colorful cards that I created as a guest designer for the Lawn Fawn blog.  I think these images and bright colors are so perfect for the back to school season.  :)

My first card features the adorable "Color My World" set.  I can't fully express how excited I was to finally get my hands on this little set.  I decided to stamp them repeatedly (13 times to be exact) and to color them to my heart's content.  They were really fun to color and since I didn't happen to buy the matching die, I discovered they are also pretty easy to cut out as well.

I thought crayons would make a great thank you card for teachers so I borrowed a sentiment from the Thank You Tags set which I heat embossed with white powder.  For the little borders above each crayon I found matching colors of ink and used the fun wavy stitched border from the Gnome Sweet Gnome set.  Don't these little guys just make you happy?

I couldn't resist making a second card while I had the crayon image out so this time I paired it with the Schoolhouse Backdrops to add lines to both my yellow and white papers.  A little punched border along the top completed my theme.  And the black chalkboard background? It came from Lawn Fawn's first Christmas paper collection called Peace, Love, Joy on sale HERE.  I love when I can re-purpose Christmas papers like that.  ;)

My last card uses some more favorites of mine:  The new puffy cloud border dies and the Party Animal stamp set!  Aren't they both completely irresistible?

For my clouds I sponged on some pale blue pigment ink along the bottom of each 1.25" high border piece to make the clouds stand out when stacked.  I had originally planned to add a cardstock panel down the center to ground my little bear, but when I got done inking up the clouds, I hated to cover them up.  For my balloons I taped pieces of coordinating thread to the back of each of them before adhering them to my card.  I have tried to tie them onto the little balloon knot in the past, but this way is so much easier and I think just as cute.

I hope I've inspired you to pull out some bright colors and play along today.  I would like to thank Kelly Marie and the Lawn Fawn team for having me these past three months--It's been a dream come true having an excuse to work with my favorite stamps some more.  :)

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Pebbles Inc. Fun In The Sun Summer Beach Layout

This is a personal blog. All editorial content and projects are intellectual property of Snippets of Mendi. I receive financial compensation and material product from American Crafts to develop my craft posts, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

I have a quick and simple summer themed layout to share today using more of my favorite Pebbles Fun In The Sun collection!

I created my visual triangle groupings using the adorable die-cuts and layered stickers from the line.  I like to reduce the white outlines when possible around my cuts so I chose to fussy cut them  a bit with my scissors.

My title was made easy by one of the great titles provided in the Chips pack.  I paired it with some flip-flops from the layered sticker pack which I dressed up with some punched flowers and enamel dots.

For the third corner of my visual triangle I turned to We R Memory Keepers Banner Punch Board.  Not only does this fun tool create large banners, but it can make them as small as one inch wide for your cards and scrapbook pages!  Isn't that cool?  For mine I thought it would be fun to add a pair of die-cut sunglasses "hanging" from the line.  To add some more dimension to coated the lenses with Glossy Accents.  I love the detail this gives them in person.  Make sure to head over to the Pebbles Blog where I share how I created the mini banner using We R Memory Keepers newest banner punch board.  :)

I also have a simple little card I created with a few of my left over scraps where I stitched over the lines of the patterned paper in coordinating colors of thread.  :)

On a sad note this is my last official post for the Pebbles team (although I do hope to be back as a guest designer in the future).  In light of my recent announcement I decided something had to give in my schedule so I chose to step down at the end of our term.  They are seriously such a great company to work with and I will miss them like crazy!!!

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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Thursday, August 27, 2015

A Focus on Doodlebug Cardstock with Denim Floral Wreath

Hi there!  Today I have a really easy project being shared on the Doodlebug blog that focuses on all of Doodlebug's yummy textured cardstocks!  They come in so many gorgeous colors and are perfect for home decor projects like the wreath I am sharing today.

I really needed a wreath for my front door to fill in after the 4th of July holiday and carry me through September and I decided a floral fit the bill.  I started by covering a foam wreath form with wide denim "ribbon".  I picked some up for a steal at my local Michaels and I was amazed at how quickly and easily I was able to cover the entire form.  I only added some adhesive at my starting and stopping points and I had the entire thing covered in a mere 5 minutes.  When doing this make sure to buy a second roll. I ended up needing just shy of two rolls so I was really thankful I went ahead and picked up two just in case.

For my flowers I cut out several beautiful 3D varieties by Lori Whitlock (available HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE) which I cut out on my Silhouette machine.  The dimension is so perfect for home decor items and the cardstock was a breeze to cut out using Silhouette's textured cardstock setting.

I took it one step further, flipping designs when necessary and cut them out from the non-textured side of the cardstock.  This helps the blade run more smoothly without getting caught on any texture and when flipped over, the cuts look very clean.  In fact this trick works so well, I even try to do this with patterned paper to avoid those little white corners on the front of my cuts.

I must confess even though Lori has some wonderful video tutorials on how to assemble these (seen HERE), I was having trouble getting my flowers to look as pretty as her samples at the Silhouette store.  To cover up my handicap, I added Doodlebug buttons and pearls to the center of my flowers after spritzing on some ink in the centers.  I finished off my wreath with a matching bow. 

I hope I've inspired you to create a fun home decor project of your own!  :)

Interested in the products I used to create my projects today?  To make supplies easier for you to find, I have listed them below (affiliate links included). 

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