Friday, August 29, 2014

monster party! {created for lawn fawn}

I seem to have a thing for linking monsters and babies together. I created a new baby card using lawn fawn's new monster mash set (click!) and now I'm showing off a first birthday party with a preppy monster theme:

monster party!

This party was so fun to create. I imagine a little boy with unruly curls wearing an argyle bowtie to match the decorations. Sidebar: I don't usually create parties that have absolutely nothing to do with my kids, so this one had them entirely confused. Who's turning one? Is this for someone's birthday? Do we still get to eat the cupcakes?

monster party!

First off, the invite. It's for a wee little one, so why shouldn't the invite be tiny as well? It's only 3x5 inches and perfectly whimsical. I chose to handwrite all of the labels, but you could always design and print something on your computer.  All of the decorations feature the same focal design: the frame from sweater weather (where I hand-cut the inside oval, since the dies hadn't arrived at the time!) and the 3-eyed monster from monster mash, decked out in a party hat and bow-tie.

Wondering what to serve at a preppy monster party?

monster party!

Stinky feet sandwiches. Bonus points if you use a foot cookie cutter.  I folded a journaling card die in half for all of the food labels.

Tip: I stamped an entire sheet of white cardstock with the argyle pattern and then die-cut the best parts for all of my decorations. My shaky hands mean that lining up patterns isn't always the easiest thing for me to do!

For dessert, eyeball cupcakes.

monster party!

I stuck a few blue smarties for eyes on top of the frosting - nothing easier:

monster party!

A few drops of blue food coloring to jazz up the bottles of water help to add some pops of color to the party table.

monster party!

The label that goes with the water bottles reads monster slime. The kids loved that one!

For the favors, I slipped blue and yellow gumballs into plastic tubes and tied them together with a monster thanks tag.

monster party!

My favorite part of this whole party is the banner.  I didn't have the dies yet, so I had to resort to masking to create the look I wanted. (Did I say resort to masking? I think we all know this was my first choice all along, haha.)

monster party!

I'm on the lawn fawn blog today too, and if you click there you'll find a photo tutorial for how to create the banner panels, with the cute little monster peeking out from behind the frame.

I hope you like this month's party!  Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

sweater weather {lawn fawn's august inspiration week}

Another day of lawn fawn inspiration; this one features the sweater weather stamp set and matching dies.

Even though I especially love the frame (click! to see the lovely frame) I used all of the tiny folliage to make a gift ensemble:

sweater weather {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

The little chipmunk from "joy to the woods" works so well in a fall setting! I used the leaves and acorn from sweater weather to build a wreath around him in shades of mustard and burnt orange and navy.

sweater weather {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

Here's a secret: my only navy ink was way too light when I stamped the leaves, so I went over the stamped images with a copic marker to bring it to the richer shade I wanted. It matches the patterned paper much better this way.

sweater weather {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

I love the goodie bag die. It's a snap to put together and it looks so cute when assembled using double-sided patterned paper! It's like a bag with a snazzy liner.

That's all for me, but there's always way more to see on the lawn fawn blog!


Monday, August 25, 2014

purr-fect {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

Hi and welcome back to another day of lawn fawn's august inspiration week. Today, it's all about the papers, the flair, the woodgrain notecards, the sequins and wood veneer found in the sweater weather collection!

sweater weather paper collection {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

I tried to show off a few of the new patterns in my paper-pieced goodie bag. Aren't they cute?  I cut and assembled the new goodie bag die in white, but added a fun splash of the bright argyle to the front. That involved several steps: I first die-cut the argyle with a stitched rectangle die, then ran just the tip through the machine to get the same pinked-edge-top as the goodie bag. Finally, I die-cut a circle into the layer, so that I could arrange my scene inside.

sweater weather paper collection {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

The rest was much easier to put together: I die cut a few rolling hills for the kitty to rest on, paper-pieced her (giving her a bow from the new monster mash set) and made an original sentiment from 2 different stamps in the spooktacular set.

A bow in the new orchid twine finishes it all off. I hope you like it!

Check out the lawn fawn blog for more inspiration!


Sunday, August 24, 2014

little monster {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

Hi there, and welcome back to another day of lawn fawn's august inspiration week! Today we're showing off the adorable set "monster mash" and it's coordinating dies.

monster mash {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

I went for a baby card this time around, spelling hello with the new finley letter dies and popping in a smiling monster in place of the "o."

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the lawn fawn blog today - click!

In other news, we're back from vacation now! We drove straight through from VA beach back home to our little Montreal suburb in under 13 hours, with 3 kids in the backseat. whew!  Snacks, snacks, and so many movies to keep Maia happy. The house smelled stale when we first walked in, after more than 2 weeks gone. And I miss the beach:


Friday, August 22, 2014

it's spooktacular! {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

Before leaving for the beach, I crafted a marathon of projects - for MFT, Mama Elephant, and Lawn Fawn. I've been especially excited to show off my lawn fawn cards - and here we go!

Today, we're showing off the fun halloween set, spooktacular.

spooktacular {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

I lifted the joke from a print I spotted on pinterest somewhere, I thought it was so cute.  (I wish I had a link for you!)

spooktacular {lawn fawn august inspiration week}

The ghost is from spooktacular, the owl from critters in the arctic, and new sweater weather patterned paper in the background. Makes for a preppy sort of halloween card. ha.

I hope you like it! There's more to see on the lawn fawn blog today.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Hi there! the Mama Elephant team is showing off the carnival cupcakes companion set, carnival toppers.  You can't really have one without the other, they work so well together. And look! I'm finally featuring the cupcakes.

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

The bunny is having a party! I stamped the bigger bunny from carnival cupcakes, masked him and stamped the cupcake so it looks like it sits in behind him a bit.

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Then, I masked the cupcake and stamped the lolli stick from carnival toppers, and fit the smaller bunny into the scalloped topper. SO CUTE.

I used the tiny dot image as confetti, and stamped it in rainbow colors all around.

I stamped the balloon and then hand-drew the balloon string so it looks like the bigger bunny is holding on.

Aside: I took the pictures at different times, can you tell? After taking the full card picture, I decided I didn't like that I could still see the bunny's head outline under the party hat so I paper-pieced the image and took some close-ups. 

carnival toppers {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I love this sentiment.

I hope you like what I've created! There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog today!

Monday, August 18, 2014

carnival cupcakes {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I think you really liked this month's Mama Elephant release! I loved reading all of the comments on my post and on the ME instagram pictures - so fun!

Today, we're highlighting the new set, carnival cupcakes.

carnival cupcakes {mama elephant stamp highlight}

Once again, I've left out the cupcakes and used the lion image. If you could see me rolling my eyes right now... here's the thing: when you are trying to get ready for a 2 week vacation, and dreaming of dipping your toes in the sand and hearing the roar of waves breaking... you might just look at the lion image already clinging to the stamp block and think it would be a great idea to use him again.

I actually really love this card, and thought it would be cute to make a set like this, but with a different animal on each card.... too bad time ran out.  Wouldn't that be cute, though? A card full of bears or bunnies?  I still have plans to stamp those :)

carnival cupcakes {mama elephant stamp highlight}

I stamped the lion on a piece of cardstock, the same size as the card-base (I hate it when copic coloring shows through, so this is how I usually do things) and colored all of the lions identically.  I then used a smoky, light blue marker to color all of the area around and between lions.  It makes it look more like a print that way, which I love.  I sponged all of the edges in a soft brown ink and then popped up a hello greeting (from everyday greetings) to add a touch of interest and texture.  The hello bubble is covered in glossy accents.

I hope you like it!  There's more to see on the Mama Elephant blog today - click!

Also, there is a card coming tomorrow that really does feature the cupcakes! ha.