Friday, February 27, 2015

Balloon party! {for lawn fawn}

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}

I love paper balloons much more than real balloons. My kids always fight over real balloons and that's a bummer.

These new balloon die-cuts from Lawn Fawn are so much more fun. I wanted to show you how you can create fun party decor quickly and easily using the dies, some ink and a sponge:

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}


We had a casual "just come over for cake" party to combine my birthday and my niece's. My pregnant sister said she was too tired to bake anything, so I volunteered. But it's kind of weird to spend too much time on decor for your own birthday, isn't it...

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}


Instead of a banner, I opted for a big balloon, cut with my silhouette into a 12x12 lawn fawn polka dot paper.  I sponged the edges with the matching ink - I am LOVING that Lawn Fawn has matching inks now!

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}


Everything party needs a cake. I baked a lemon pound cake, and tried my hand at fancy rose icing with a lemon buttercream. It was all good. so good. The cake toppers are so simple to make! Some alphabet die-cuts, and more paper balloons.  You can easily create a personalized party cake if you wanted to.

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}

Because I baked my cake into 6" pans, I had enough leftover batter to make a half-dozen cupcakes. I love that, because it requires no extra effort to make the party cart look more festive and full.  More balloons here, and fun cupcake wrappers too. It makes such a difference to sponge the edges of the dies! It gives extra dimension and really shows off that they were created by hand.

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}


I can't eat cake without craving milk, and it was easy to dress up the milk bottles using the same balloon dies, backed with a simple kraft circle.  The straws help reinforce the party colors for a very cohesive look.

I hope you've enjoyed this simple party set-up, and that it inspires you to create your own party decor!

balloon party! {for lawn fawn}

♥.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Cherish the moment {mama elephant}

Good Monday morning! I'm here with a new Bear Hugs card for you:

cherish the moment {mama elephant}


I started out with a piece of white cardstock and a paintbrush. I painted on a blue sky with watercolors. It's imperfect and just the look I was going for.

Into the sky, I die-cut a moon (from the stitched sky die set) and backed it in vellum that I colored with a yellow marker.  I then added a spattering of stars, and dusted some glitter onto each one.

The bears just look like they are sitting together looking up at a night sky, don't they?

cherish the moment {mama elephant}

I colored the bears in a deep brown, to make sure that they stood out from everything else. They are too sweet for words.  I thought the sentiment, from Bloomsies, worked perfectly here. I stamped it on a banner , which I then cut so that it would appear longer.  I hid the cut edges behind the bears.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Friday, February 20, 2015

so sorry {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi there and welcome to the last day of Mama Elephant's February release stamp highlights. Even though we're showing off Zenith Borders, I had to sneak in another card using the kitty from Three Amigos.

so sorry {mama elephant stamp highlight}


hee hee. this just makes me giggle.

He wasted so much paper trying to come up with the right words to say how sorry he is.  I love the little tears falling onto his flushed cheeks.

I don't normally find sadness so cute... fyi.

I stamped the background with one of the Zenith Border strips, and before the Mama Elephant ink could dry, I took a finger (I'm just fancy like that) and smudged the design so it looked more tone-on-tone. Bonus: it helped the ink to dry faster so I could finish the card.

so sorry {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I love that it looks like wallpaper behind the sorry little dude.

Check out what the rest of the design team has cooked up - click!

♥.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Freestyle Florals {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I can't tell a lie. If you pass by my blog, you know I'm more of a cute-image-lover, rather than a classy-floral-stamp-kind-of-gal.

When I got my Mama Elephant box this month, I went gaga for Bear Hugs and Three Amigos, and nodded appreciatively at Zenith Borders. But Freestyle Florals? I think I rolled my eyes and thought: not another flower stamp set.

Don't be mad, Kryssi & Angela. hee hee.

When I started playing with it, I kind of fell in love. It's fresh and whimsical, because of the hand-drawn nature, and looks beautiful colored or not.

freestyle florals {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I decided to do some masking and have the florals frame out a sentiment (taken from Bear Hugs.)  I gave the flowers a subtle wash of blue and stamped the sentiment in colors that matched.

It all looks like a piece of stationery to me, something you'd buy at a paper shop.  I love it.

freestyle florals {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I hope you like it too! Click over to the ME blog to see what the rest of the girls came up with.

♥.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Stacked amigos {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi there! This is my second post today. Scroll down or click *here* to see my lawn fawn inspiration week card.

The Mama Elephant team is showing off the insanely hilarious new stamp set, Three Amigos.  I already made my stampede card using them (click!) and today I stacked them for a different look.

3 amigos {mama elephant stamp highlight}


It's just so easy to come up with an adorable card using these critters! I created stripes on the card base using my ruler and copic marker. I like that they look a little imperfect and a touch water-colored.

Then, I stacked 'em.

3 amigos {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Each critter is grounded by way of the stitching line die (found in the Sew Fancy die set.)

Side note: as I was coloring the raccoon, I added so much dark to his mask area that I couldn't see his eyes anymore! My solution? Dot a colorless copic marker to remove some of the color around his eyes. What do you think?

3 amigos {mama elephant stamp highlight}

On the left side of the card, I stacked 2 borders (from this die set), coloring one of them to match the stripes on the card-base.

I hope you like it! Check out the ME blog this morning to see what the rest of the design did with the amigos!

♥.

baked with love {lawn fawn inspiration week}

Hi there and welcome back to another day of Lawn Fawn inspiration. Today, we're showing off my favorite set of the entire new release:  baked with love.

Can you resist a smiley-faced bag of flour? Can you?


baked with love {lawn fawn inspiration week}


I did some masking to be able to cuddle them all in so close, and then added some blue shading around them. I used a dauber and lawn fawn's new Mermaid ink.

After the coloring was all done, I curved the sentiment above and added the little heart.

On the card base, I felt like it needed a little pop to frame out the images, so I grabbed a ruler and a red copic marker and drew in a stripe at the top and bottom.

I hope you like it!

I'll be back in a few hours with another Mama Elephant card!

♥.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Bear hugs! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi, and welcome to the first day of Mama Elephant's February release stamp highlights. We're showing off our best bear hugs today.

I have to be honest: when I saw the artwork for this set, I was beside myself. It has a lovely storybook feel to it, and I must have emailed Angela at least 3 times to tell her how much I loved them. They are the sweetest little bears I have ever seen!

bear hugs! {mama elephant stamp highlight}


I tried to bring out that storybook vibe I was getting from the images. I went with a muted palette, and added the banner and leafy sprigs to frame out the image. They add a touch of whimsy to the bears, don't you think?

bear hugs! {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I sponged yellow and soft brown inks on the background panel... just a touch of sun shining down on them...

The scallop borders framing the white panel on either side is actually the hearts border die... just tuck it in there for a completely different look!

I hope you like it! There's more of these cute bears on the ME blog this morning - click!

♥.