Wednesday, July 29, 2015

watermelon welcome home party!

Earlier this month, we sent our 2 older kids, Sofia and Thomas, to the same sleep-away summer camp that I attended every summer as a child. I loved the camp, looked forward to seeing my friends, being on that lake, eating candy from the tuck shop, and so many other things. I thrived so much as a camper, that I ended up spending a few summer working in the kitchen and being a counselor when I was old enough.

But sending your kids to camp for the first time is a whole different thing. I was so reluctant to send them that I didn't even sleep on that first night. I was convinced we'd get a phone call from a teary Thomas, or from a counselor, telling us one of them ended up in the hospital for something or other. Amar and I would ask ourselves, wonder what they're doing now, at least a dozen times every day. So, when Maia suggested we bake cupcakes, and maybe make some banners for when they come home, I was all over it.

Maia and I went shopping for hot pink and green poster boards, and ended up doing a lot of die-cutting and some baking to come up with this fun little watermelon welcome home:

watermelon party


When they first walked in, this is what they saw. I thought they might be too tired from the 2 hour drive home, but they lit up instantly and Thomas yelled to Sofia that there were cupcakes, and could they have one right away.

watermelon party


It's literally, a party for our little family. With just enough cupcakes and water bottles for us, to celebrate the fact that they had an amazing time away, and that we survived it. These cupcakes say: next year can happen without parental chest pains.

watermelon party


Maia and I found poster boards in hot pink and 2 different greens at our local Art store, and for 67 cents x3, we created all of the decorations.

watermelon party

I used a green copic marker to mimic the stripes on a watermelon. So easy! Let's please not talk about how melty the icing looks. I'm chalking it up to when kids *help* in the kitchen. If you're a mom with littles who like to frazzle bake with you, you're nodding right now.

watermelon party

The little banners were so fun to create! I used nesting circle dies, and cut them in half for the watermelons on each end.

watermelon party

Sometimes you just get lucky...

watermelon party


Like, when you realize that you have exactly 5 water bottles in your pantry and the bottles have a greenish tint to them. Watermelon perfect!

watermelon party


Watermelon gummy candies are my fave. I let the kids have a few each and then I slowly ate the rest of them at night, by myself, when the kids were asleep. They forgot we even had them. Bad mommy.

Also, a green copic marker can make a bowl full of limes look like teeny watermelons.

I hope you like our little watermelon welcome home!  Sofia said it cheered her up, because she was already camp-sick.

watermelon party


♥.

Friday, July 24, 2015

ghouls night out {lawn fawn}

Hi there! On Monday, Lawn Fawn unveiled the new set, Booyah, as part of their Fall/Winter release.

ghouls night out {lawn fawn}


I paired the ghost from Booyah with the pumpkin-in-a-wagon from the also upcoming Happy Harvest. I dressed up the pumpkin with some fun accessories. I love all of the dress-up images found in Booyah! I can't wait to add them onto critters from other sets too!

ghouls night out {lawn fawn}

Once the images were stamped out and colored, I did some night-sky-ink-blending, and added the stars to complete the look of a halloween night.

I hope you like it!

♥.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

friend indeed {mama elephant}

Hi there! I'm back with Mama Elephant, highlighting their new set, Friend Indeed.

friend indeed {mama elephant}

I no-line colored this little fox (from Charmed) awhile back, and he was the perfect fit for this card. This coloring technique makes the image look so soft and almost touchable!

I curved the "friend" sentiment before stamping it down, and nestled the sleepy fox in there.  The friend script was also stamped onto the fox, so that it overlaps.

The "oh hello" sentiment was curved above to cocoon the fox ever more.

I hope you like it, foxy friends!  Click over to the ME blog to see more!

♥.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

falala in july {new lawn fawn}

You may have caught this card on the Lawn Fawn blog yesterday, but I wanted to show it off here too.

falala in july {new lawn fawn}

The original party animals have got a new friend in the raccoon (from the upcoming Holiday Party Animal set) and he comes bearing gifts accessories.

I turned them into a caroling quartet, with winter hats (they need scarves, methinks) and sheet music and music notes galore.

The type is courtesy of my favorite Lawn Fawn alpha, Milo's ABCs.

I hope you like it! Visit the Lawn Fawn blog today to see what's new - click!

♥.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Tandem Extras {mama elephant}

Hi there! This is my second post of the day. If you're looking to see new Lawn Fawn, scroll down or click *here*

We're continuing the Mama Elephant July stamp highlights with Tandem Extras.

The balloon is just about the cutest thing ever.


tandem extras {mama elephant}


I love how quickly this card came together. I needed to create a birthday card in a hurry for a friend of Sofia's, and this one fit the bill. Just a little bit of stamping, coloring and die-cutting, and ready to go. The images are so cute, that's all it took!

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the ME blog this morning - click!

happy harvest sneak peek {lawn fawn}

hi there!

Lawn Fawn is doing a full unveiling of their fall/winter collection this week, and I have a few cards to share over the next few days.


I made a card using the new set, Happy Harvest, which features the most adorable scarecrow you've ever seen!

happy harvest sneak peek {lawn fawn}


I stamped the image with a light distress ink, and colored him in with copic markers. Once he was colored, I masked him to be able to stamp the husks in the background. I used oval dies to cut out the focal point and made a yellow gingham background to complete the card.

I hope you like it! Visit the Lawn Fawn blog for all of today's sneak peeks!

♥.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Tandem Ride {mama elephant stamp highlight} and belated Charmed winner.

Hi there!

The ME design team is kicking off this month's highlights with a closer look at the syrupy-cute set, Tandem Ride.

Most of the DT will show off the bigger critters, so I wanted to show you the tinier images!

These 2 mice are having a picnic in the park:

picnic in the park {mama elephant}


The picnic basket is exploding with yummy foods. I just love the tiny pretzel image!


picnic in the park {mama elephant}

And the mice! They are my fave. I used a polaroid die to make the cut-out for my scene, and frame it out with the clouds and rolling hills from *this* die set.

I hope you like it!

Before you go, let's take care of some business that is way overdue! I was so embarrassed when I got a message saying that I never picked a winner for last month's Charmed stamp set. How could I not? I can't wait to get that set into somebody's hands... and the lucky winner is:


Lindsey Bailey! Congratulations! Please email me your address (the link is in my profile) so we can send you some happy mail. 

Now, visit the ME blog this morning for more Tandem Ride inspiration!

♥.