2019 Oregon State Fair Card Entries

So, a few weeks back I decided to do a thing and entered 14 of my recent cards into the Oregon State Fair Creative Living Competition. It was totally on a whim and I had zero expectations but thought it would be fun.

To my astonishment and surprise, I ribboned 10 out of the 14 cards.

Let’s start with the third place (white) ribbons.

From left, The Rabbit Hole Designs Caffeinated Narwhal was entered in the “card with movement” category, below that using Spellbinders dies went into “die cuts,” Inky from The Rabbit Hole Designs was entered in “coloring with alcohol inks” and the Avery Elle Christmas Magic card was entered in “Christmas.”

For the second place (red) ribbons we have…

The Lawn Fawn Costume Party card was entered into “Halloween,” and the Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in the “thank you/thinking of you” division.

And for the first place (blue) ribbons… Drum roll please…

Ta-da!!! The Lawn Fawn Fairy Friends were in “Halloween,” The Rabbit Hole Designs Pretty in Peony was in “thank you/thinking of you,” Newton’s Nook Scuba Newton was in the “birthday” division and finally The Rabbit Hole Designs Mermaid Hair was in the “coloring with alcohol inks” division.

I’m still flabbergasted and honored to have been recognized so many times over and in so many different categories. This was a really fun experience and plan to do it again next year.

Have you ever entered anything into your state fair? I think it would be fun to try my hand at other crafts and see how they do too.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Lawn Fawn Jump for Joy Card

I have been so inspired by the recent fall weather at home and I love every bit of it!!! Today I’m sharing a card with Lawn Fawn’s leafy tree backdrop die, mushroom house dies, largest scalloped frame and jump for joy stamps. This card took a lot of process but it was so worth it in the end!

Teal is my favorite color and it’s such a great non-traditional fall color! I love it!

Here’s how I made my card:

  • Ink blended a panel with scattered straw, cracked pistachio and peacock feathers and spritzed it with water. Then I took gold and silver watercolors and flicked that on there too.
  • Die cut the scalloped frame and leafy tree backdrop and inked it with tea dye distress ink.
  • Die cut the grass and mushroom borders from the mushroom house sets and inked them. Grass – scattered straw and shabby shutters. Mushroom border – antique linen. Mushroom caps – die cut from red cardstock and inked with walnut stain.
  • Stamped, colored and die cut my images.
  • Now for assembly. I assembled this in layers – background panel, mushroom border, leafy tree backdrop, scalloped frame, popped grass up with foam tape. Then I adhered the leaves directly down and the hedgehog and owl with foam squares.
  • Then I stamped my sentiment in a teal ink to match and inked the banner with scattered straw to tone down the bright white. Then I stamped the second part of the sentiment below the banner with a mustard colored ink.
  • For finishing touches I added black glaze pen to the eyes and noses, white gel pen accents to the images and a drop of antique gold Nuvo Crystal Drops on the dots of the sentiment banner.

Here’s a closer look at the sparkle in the background and the cute images! This card was kind of a process but it was so fun to just create!

I hope you enjoyed today’s card.

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Therm-o-Web Deco Foil with Heat Embossing

I recently purchased some Deco Foil by Therm-o-Web with no idea how I was going to use it. I intended to pick up transfer gel but that hasn’t happened yet and I was itching to get some shiny on my cards. So off to the land of Pinterest and YouTube I went. I found an older video by Jennifer McGuire (linked here) that showed how to use foil on heat embossing. So I decided to give it a go and here’s what we came up with! 😀

Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. The general idea I used here is distress ink blend the background, stamp and heat emboss a star background stamp. Then lay foil over my panel and run it through my laminator in a copy paper folder. Then I trimmed it down to 4×5.25 and added it to a card base with foam tape.

For my sentiments I used Honey Bee Stamps layered happy die cut. The top layer, in yellow, is die cut three times and then covered in glossy accents. This idea is another one from Jennifer McGuire in a more recent video. (linked here) Then I added birthday from Lawn Fawn Wild for You set and popped it up with foam tape.

Between the glossy words and that awesome Deco Foil background, this card is so eye catching and fun to move around in the light. I can’t wait to play around with more types of Deco Foil and with more techniques.

Have you used Deco Foil before? What techniques have you tried? Any favorites? Leave a comment below. I’d love to know!

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Lawn Fawn Stitched Cupcake Birthday Card

I’m super excited to share this cupcake card with you today. I made it for my mom’s recent birthday and wanted to wait to post it until she opened it.

As soon as I saw this Lawn Fawn Stitched Cupcake in the reveal I knew I wanted to make a card like this…it just took me this long to follow through with it. Ha! I love how it turned out! I think making a set with all of the hanging critters would be so fun!

The details:

  • I die cut the peekaboo frame from 3 pieces of patterned paper – one for the frame and two to fill in the windows. I glued these to a card front.
  • I die cut all the pieces to my cupcake and adhered them together.
  • Stamped and die cut my elephant from Slow Down and Enjoy and hooked him on the edge of the cupcake. I popped this whole thing up with foam squares.
  • Next I die cut my fancy wavy banner, stamped my sentiment on it and glued it down.
  • For finishing touches I added glossy accents to the candle flame, stickles to the edge of the cupcake and glued embellishments scattered all over.

Here’s a closer look at that cute elephant and the added embellishments. Can’t you picture this layout with the sloth, bear and deer hanging on the cupcake edge too! It would be so great.

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Lawn Fawn Pick of the Patch Pivot Pop-up Card

Oh man I’m so excited to share today’s card with you. I was at a truck show with my husband all day Saturday, which was really fun. But you know my fingers were itching to be crafty as soon as I got home. And this is what came of my brain percolating all day long.

Here’s the front. I used fabulous Lawn Fawn striped paper for the background, ink blended and water spritzed a night sky. Then popped up the Lawn Fawn spooky fence with foam tape. I glued the pumpkins and squirrels from Pick of the Patch directly down and heat embossed my sentiment. Isn’t this card front so sweet? But wait! There’s more!!!

Ta-da!!!! Here’s the inside of this fabulous card! I love it so much!

If you need instructions for the pivot pop-up mechanism head over to the Lawn Fawn YouTube channel. Their videos are fabulous! Here’s a quick rundown on how I put the inside together.

  • Ink blended the inside of the card to match the panel on the front and heat embossed my sentiment toward the top.
  • Ink blended the pop up pieces and cut an additional layer of stitched tree border for added spooky and assembled it all.
  • I stamped, colored and die cut all my critters and pumpkins and attached them.
  • Last, I decided to add a grassy border for the bottom and happened to have an extra pumpkin which gave a cute, rounded out look.
  • One extra thing I did that you can’t see was adding a piece of black cardstock to cover the back of the card. I’m a messy ink blender so this covered up that issue plus gave the card extra stability.

I love it! Don’t you??? I really do hope you enjoyed it! What creative things have you made lately?

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Lawn Fawn Costume Party Card

Who’s ready for fall??? Okay, if you know me, you know that my hand is raised the highest right now. Needless to say I’ve been having a blast with fall and Halloween cards lately. I’m super excited how this one turned out and couldn’t wait to share it.

So much cuteness and here’s how I did it:

  • Started by blending distress inks – I posted the background on Instagram last week after it turned out so well. I did spray it with water for distressing afterward.
  • Then I stamped, colored and die cut all my kiddos and accessories.
  • Next, I stamped and heat embossed my sentiments and cut them into thin strips.
  • Last I popped it all up with foam tape – kiddos and sentiments alike.
  • For finishing touches I added Wink of Stella glitter pen to the unicorn horn and band on the witch’s hat and scattered gems across the background for some shine.

I love it! I love it! I love it! Don’t you? It’s just so much fun and makes me want to start brainstorming costumes with my daughter.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Christmas in July with Lawn Fawn

I can’t even believe that we’re already half way to Christmas! This can’t be happening and someone needs to slow down the clocks big time! I thought it would be fun to celebrate this little occasion by making a Christmas card and sharing it with you today.

Lawn Fawn has historically been one of my favorite brands, especially for holiday cards so that it what I chose to use.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Stamped, colored and die cut all my images from Here We Go A-Waddling and set them aside.
  • Die cut the stitched hillside backdrop and inked the hills with distress ink to offset the white a little. I also inked the top of the card front so the sky stands out just a bit.
  • Using the images and hillside as a guide I stamped my sentiment and some music notes in the background.
  • Next I glued the hillside backdrop and light post to the card front and popped up all of the critters up with foam squares.
  • For finishing touches I added glossy accents to all the penguin beaks and bells, Stickles to the hillsides and light, and then Wink of Stella glitter brush to the hats, earmuffs and music books.

Up close you can see the shine and shimmer from all the little details. This is such a fun card and, dare I say, it got me in the mood to make more Christmas cards ahead of time.

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Lawn Fawn Puffy Stars Wands

Happy 4th of July to all of my American followers! I hope you have a happy and safe holiday!

I love making my own decorations for the 4th. I don’t know why but I’m drawn to them every year. This year I made some wands to display in a jar at the table with our snack food and thought they would be fun to share with you.

Here’s how I made them:

  • Die cut 2 of the largest puffy stars and one of the smallest from all 3 Doodlebug papers that I had.
  • Scored each large star from the point to the indent directly across on all 5 points. Then fold the score lines alternating hill and valley around all of the stars.
  • Hot glued the tips of the coordinating stars together and then hot glued a paper straw inside the bottom of each.
  • Next, I hot glued a contrasting small star to the front of each large star and topped that with a clear sequin and a red gem stone.
  • Last I found some random red, white and blue ribbons in my stash and tied them to the straw for a little extra interest.

Here’s a closer look at the stars where you can really see the layered embellishments.

As a family, we love the 4th and are super excited to bbq, play games outside and celebrate all day long. What are you doing this year? I’d love for you to share in the comments below.

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Rabbit Hole Designs Tea Conversation Card

Hello everyone! It feels like it’s been a while since I’ve been on here. Things have been so busy at home with the end of the school year, my daughter’s dance recital this weekend and then Father’s Day to top it all off. We’ve survived it and are ready for a relaxing summer!

Today I’m stopping by with a really simple but fun, no coloring involved card. Just die cutting and stamping. The dies are all Lawn Fawn and the stamps are from The Rabbit Hole Designs.

Here’s how I did it:

  • Start by choosing the color scheme for the speech bubbles.
  • Then I chose which sentiments from The Rabbit Hole Designs Perfectly Blended stamp set I wanted to put in which order and matched the right size speech bubble die to that sentiment. I kept these all tea themed but you could do coffee or a combo with this set.
  • I chose to die cut the speech bubbles before stamping but you could do it either way.
  • I trimmed my plaid cardstock down and adhered it to the front of the card base and then glued down the scalloped frame.
  • Last I popped the speech bubbles up with foam strips for a little added interest on this simple card and finished it off with a rainbow of crystal nuvo drops scattered all over.

I am quite a tea drinker myself and have lots of friend who do as well and I know they would all get a kick out of getting this card in the mail.

I appreciate you sharing your time with me. Have a fabulous day!

Lawn Fawn Upon a Star Magic Picture Changer Card

Well, it’s official. My (not so) little girl finished 6th grade today. I can’t believe how much she embraced the change to middle school and completely rocked this year! She kept a 4.0 all year along with many other accomplishments. We couldn’t be more proud of her and I wanted to make her a special card to let her know.

She loves watching me in the craft room and occasionally making her own cards as well. However, the interactive cards are always her favorite so I knew I wanted to make something along those lines for her. Ultimately I decided to use the Lawn Fawn Upon a Star set and the Magic Picture Changer dies. Above is a picture of the mechanism closed and below is what it looks like open.

Here’s how I did it:

  • I started by taking a full sheet of cardstock, cutting it in half longways so it gave me two 4.25×11 pieces. Then blended distress inks all over both pieces. I chose blueprint sketch, mermaid lagoon and worn lipstick. Once it was all blended, I lightly went over everything with black soot to dim it down like a night sky.
  • I chose the two constellations I wanted to use, stamped and heat embossed one on each sheet of cardstock with silver embossing powder.
  • Then I die cut the two main pieces to the magic picture changer, the pull tab stopper and the cover from the add-on set and put it all together to create my interactive mechanism. For instructions on this watch the Lawn Fawn You Tube video here.
  • Next I cut the largest of the stitched rectangles from the distress inked background so the night sky covered the whole card.
  • I stamped, copic colored and die cut my bunny.
  • For the grass, I used the stitched rectangle to cut a scrap and then the grassy border to cut it the correct height. I also used black soot distress ink on this to dim it down, since it is night time after all.
  • I adhered the magic picture changer mechanism with foam tape and then the grassy border the same way. The bunny is glued directly so the grass with tape runner.
  • I die cut a wavy banner, stamped a sentiment from Lucky Stars and glued that down as well.
  • I glued the whole thing to a card base and, voila, it’s ready to go!

Sorry for the lengthy how-to this time. It really wasn’t that complicated but there are definitely more steps to the interactive cards. They are so worth it though! I love how this turned out and hope my daughter will to!

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