Monday, October 14, 2019

Lawn Fawn & Prima - Lovely Fall Card

Hi Everyone. I've got a super simple, lovely Fall card tutorial for you today. It combines "cute" Lawn Fawn dies and beautiful Prima papers and embellishments. I'm not a "cute" crafter, but some of those Lawn Fawn dies are just so great, I can't pass them up. I'm here to show you that just because everyone else makes cute things with Lawn Fawn products, it doesn't mean we HAVE to. So here we go...

The Lawn Fawn dies I used are "Stitched Pumpkin Frame" and "Outside In Stitched Pumpkin." The added stitches in these dies are what make them extra special. To create the shaker, first die cut the Stitched Pumpkin Frame once from Prima paper ("Autumn Sunset" by Frank Garcia) and five more times from heavyweight ivory cardstock. Use the "Outside In Stitched Pumpkin" to die cut Prima paper and a piece of clear acetate.

Adhere together five ivory pumpkin pieces. Trim the acetate pumpkin to the solid line and adhere on top of the stack. Hold with clips until glue dries.

Ink the Prima paper pieces with a coordinating ink. I used Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge Disress Inks.

Once you shaker layers are dry, flip it face down with acetate on the bottom. Sprinkle in glitter, sequins, small beads, whatever you like. If you want to see that pretty Prima paper in the background, don't fill the shaker up too much.

Glue the Prima pumpkin piece to the back side of your shaker and let it dry. Meanwhile, you can plan out your embellishment pieces. I used Prima's coordinating flowers and crystals and some cut-aparts from the paper pad. I also die cut a pumpkin stem and two curly vines, both from the Stitched Pumpkin Frame set.

Once your shaker is dry, flip to the front and add the stem and vines.

Make a 5" x 7" card base from heavyweight ivory cardstock. Cut the checkered paper 4 3/4" x 6 3/4", then the pretty border paper to 4 1/4" x 6 1/4". I made sure to include the birds up in the right corner, but this particular sheet also has a really sweet fox and fawn in the lower left. Just pick what you like.

Fan out three cut-aparts in the upper left, fussy cut two butterflies and shape their wings, then add 3D foam to the back of your shaker.

Adhere the shaker first, then fill in your card with flowers, gems, fussy cuts, and twine. 
If you like, dress up the inside of your card as well. There's so many pretty images in the Prima collection, you'll want to make a bunch of these Fall cards.

Here are some links to products I've used:

Thanks for stopping in for this tutorial. Let me know if you try it!

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Field Notes Journal with Eco Printed Pages

Eileen Hull is having a BIG BIG release party, showcasing her newest Sizzix die, The Pocket Notebook, and I’m honored to be one of the many designers sharing a project with this great new die. You can view the new die and each of the designers’ creations on Eileen’s blog here.

Mine is a Field Notes Journal and I’ve created a video tutorial on both the making of the journal and a bonus tutorial sharing how to eco-print papers. Something my daughter Jamie and I did over the summer together.

The link to my video is:

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Holiday Workshop 2019 - 5 spots left!

**Only 5 spots left!**

13th Annual Holiday Workshop
Saturday, November 9th, 2019
11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Viera Community Center
2300 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Viera, Florida 32940
$125 (includes lunch and all supplies)

For registration and all other information, go to my full post.

(Check out my cute little video on Instagram to see everything we'll be making!)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

2020 Planner with ECD Planner Essentials

I'm a nut for making my own planner every year. I've done it for years. and this year is no exception, especially since I've discovered the "Planner Essentials" line from Elizabeth Craft Designs! You can check them all out here

As you'll see in my detailed video below, there are many beautiful planner cover options to choose from, as well as LOTS of dies and coordinating stamps.

I thoroughly enjoyed making this 2020 planner with Graphic 45's pretty Garden Goddess papers; a truly joyful collection I will surely enjoy throughout the year.

I use my planners not only for daily reminders and scheduling, but also for highlighting moments with photos throughout the year. I can't wait to fill this one up!

Here's a video walk-through of the entire planner, the supplies I used, and some tips about die storage too. Grab a snack or cup of your favorite beverage and enjoy!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

LAST CALL for Lost In Paradise Class!

We have just a few spots left for my Lost in Paradise Paper Bag, Tag and Envelope Album this Saturday, August 17th. You'll learn how to construct an album from scratch and incorporate bags, tags and envelopes to create fun pages with pockets and tuck-spots. Perfect for summer photos, vacation or travel. Sign up here with Cupcakes and Unicorns! Hope to see you there. Not able to attend? If there are any prepared kits left, I will list them in my Etsy shop Monday, August 19th, as well as tutorials for those of you who already have the materials for this project. (Etsy link in the righthand column of my blog page.)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Graphic 45's new "Dreamland" collection

Today is Day 3 of the new Graphic 45 Summer releases and it's all about "Dreamland." Talk about dreamy! This collection is filled with beautiful blues and golden yellows and the imagery is fabulous. Sweet little children in jammies, tiny fairies, winged unicorns, child mermaids and mystical sailboats make this a very versatile collection for Baby, Children, Fantasy, or Birthday themes just to name a few.

Graphic 45 fans will be reminded of Mother Goose, Once Upon a Springtime and Fairie Dust in this precious collection, but with a different mix of colors. I created this fun home decor piece with a mini album tucked inside. Wouldn't this be great displayed in a child's bedroom? I've taken the ATC Matchbook Box and transformed it into a base and housing for the ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album, then added a custom lid for the top. Ribbon and springy gold twine add to the dreamy feel.

Adding the Metal Ornate Corners and the Clawfeet to the base takes this piece to the next level as a home decor piece. You can even paint the metal pieces if you want a lighter feel.

I popped some sequins and little stars onto the front of my matchbook box to give it even more of a dreamy feel. And as you can see, the mini album fits inside and shows through the opening perfectly!

Just lift the custom lid and pull out the album.

I love the small size of this album. Perfect for popping in small photos and some journaling.

This collection releases this September, but you can win it before you can buy it by going to Graphic 45's blog and other social media and leave a comment to be entered for the random drawing.

I will be listing a tutorial in my Etsy shop in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can start gathering your materials you'll need. Here's a list to help you out:

Graphic 45:
Dreamland 12 x 12 collection (to come!)
ATC Rectangle Tag & Pocket Album - Ivory 4501813
ATC Matchbook Box - Ivory 4501814
Ornate Metal Corners 4501810
Large Tag, ATC Tag and Flower Dies 4501687
Antique Brass Metal Door Plates & Knobs 4501295
Antique Brass Claw Feet 4501027

Ribbon and trims, May Arts
Cardstock: ivory, yellow and blue
White Chipboard

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Graphic 45's Le Romantique Returns!

Day 2 of Graphic 45's Summer Releases is under way! Today is all about the return of the classic collection called "Le Romantique." You can view all the papers, chipboard and stickers in this Deluxe Collector's Edition on the Graphic 45 blog today. Be sure to check out Sandi Nagel's gorgeous Folio Secretary. It's stunning! And don't forget to leave a comment on the Graphic 45 website, as well as their Facebook and Instagram so you can be entered to WIN it before you buy it!

I've created a vintage style Book Frame (shown above) with Le Romantique and am sharing a tutorial on how you can make your own. Scroll past the photos to watch my video. I hope you enjoy!