Monday, June 29, 2015

Lawnscaping Blog Hop: Lawnscaping + Caffeine = Happiness

Hello and happy Friday Friday!



**Edited to add: For those who stopped by my blog earlier today and questioned their sanity and eyesight, my deepest apologies-- I was up until 3 AM MST attempting to 'discipline' my computer into submission and I thought it finally did, so I then happily went to bed (dreaming of coffee, puppies and disciplined computers). Only to then return to my computer and find multiple comments as to the disappearance of my photos. Again, a million and one (x infinity, as my 4 year old would say), I believe I have indeed finally beaten my computer into submission. If you scroll down, there should be pictures there now! And in order to assuage my guilt, I decided I'll post far too  many pictures...call me an extremist? ;) And now, back to our regularly scheduled program (hehe):




Yes, THE day has finally arrived...the day where we paper- addicts crafters (and non-crafters welcome) share our love of 3 different heavenly "things", which on their own are absolutely awesome but once mixed...well magical! "What? What is it?!", you ask? Well,*drum roll please*: 
1) Paper-crafting,
2) Adorable and fantastic Lawn Fawn products, and
3) Coffee, in great amounts-- liberally applied to paper AND a rather large (literal) mug of coffee in hand...because as we know, "Given enough coffee (and cute and/or awesome crafty products), we could rule the world,". Right? :) 





And speaking of ruling and "cute and/or awesome crafty products-- the following are the generous sponsors that have graciously donated wonderful prizes and helped make this Lawnscaping + Caffeine = Happiness Bloghop happen!




Be sure to check out our sponsors' websites for fantastic shopping that will leave you drooling and incapable of resisting! ;-) 

Lawn Fawn
Ellen Hutson 
The Ink Road
Crafters Companion
Spectrum Noir
The Alley Way Stamps
Newtons Nook
Faber Castell
Right at Home

And, how can you be in the running for the giveaways? Well, all you have to do is leave comments on each of the blogs participating in the bloghop (listed below). You have until 11:59 PM EST on June 28th to leave your comments. ** But, please (please, with a cherry on top!) do not copy and paste your comments...original comments only! All information regarding sponsors, prizes, and how to win can be found on the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog. The winners will be announced sometime next week (also on the Lawnscaping Challenge Blog)


And now, here is the card that I made, while gulping down copious amounts of coffee... ;)





I started with 120 lb. white cardstock and ran it through my Big Shot with one of my very favorite (and oft used) dies, Lawn Fawn's Large Stitched Rectangle Stackables. Then, I pulled out my Tuxedo Black ink from Memento, as I knew I wanted to use my alcohol markers (Copics, Spectrum Noirs, Letraset Promarkers and discontinued Letraset Pantones). I stamped various images from the Lawn Fawn Love You a Latte stamp set on the entire panel, making sure to twist in different directions and also stamp off the edge in order to add depth and interest.



 I then pulled out my eclectic collection of alcohol markers (refer to supply list below) and colored them in with various cheerful and bright colors. Lawn Fawn, Coffee and these colors make me happy, so I thought it appropriate! Once done, I die cut the panel using my PTI Tag Sale #4.  Oh and I also die cut a saucer, mug and spoon and colored those in with the intent of using dimensional adhesive to super-impose them on the already stamped ones, to add interest and direct the eye to the focal point. . I  then stamped the super cute, girly happy face (using Lawn Fawn's Black Licorice dye ink) on the focal mug and then VERY liberally applied my beloved Zig Wink of Stella Clear on top.  This was my best attempt to capture the Wink of Stella sparkles, but alas this picture still does not quite capture it... if only you could see it in real life!

 I threaded through the top of the tag some hot pink, sheer organza ribbon and then to both secure and add detail tied that together with some Lawn Fawn Single Natural cord. Then, I added for more color and detail a button, which was included in PTI's recently released Make It Market Kit- Nostalgic Notions.


 So, I initially had simply planned to 'return' the tag to its original place but with dimensional adhesive for interest and depth. But when I went to do so, the card panel felt too busy and bright to me and I therefore feared the focal point would get "lost" in the sea of the other colored images. So, I remembered the technique that Lizzie Jones introduced a couple months back, where she used a vellum overlay to tone down a busy, vibrant background. So I cut two vellum panels, again using my Stitched Rectangles-- one was a beautiful sheer vellum that has tiny specks of glitter randomly scattered throughout it and another, which is from the PTI Sheer Basics Collection, Bitty Polka Dot. I cut them both in half and attached the sheer vellum to the top and the Polka dot to the bottom. Then, most likely because I have OCD tendencies, I had to add hot pink satin ribbon where the two vellum pieces meet, as it drives me nuts to not have a nice, finished edge! ;) I then cut from black cardstock a double ended banner, stamped and then heat embossed the sentiment and added some enamel dots to finish it off. I mounted all this on an  A2-sized top folding, white cardstock base and....I'm done!!! 



Thanks so much for spending a portion of your day with me!! And until next time...craft on!
-O

You may have arrived here from the super talented Lydia's blog. If by chance you have lost track of the bloghop order,  please don't fret because here is the complete list for your convenience! 

So, feel free to join me and grab a "cup o' joe", kick up your feet and enjoy all the inspiration coming your way! Hop along to :



Should you encounter any errors along the hop, please email Laurel directly at laurelbeard at me dot com. Please do not leave them in the comments. Thanks!


Submitting this card also into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the theme is "Anything Goes".

93 comments:

  1. Aw I'm so sorry I can't see your pics. I'll stop by again later...I definitely had fun seeing all your other lovely cards...great designing!

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    1. Thanks Niki for your sweet and kind comments! My deepest apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you, the pictures are no longer invisible...and my computer is deeply regretting it's rebellion. ;) I hope you'll return to check the pictures out!

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  2. Ohw I wish I could see your pictures!! I hope you can solve the problem soon!!

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    1. Thanks, Ellen! This is a perfect example of "It's not you, it's me". Soooo very sorry-- the problem seems to have finally be fixed and hopefully you'll return to my blog and check the pictures out! ;)

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  3. Unfortunately, I am unable to view your photos! :( I will have to stop by later to see if they are up.

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    1. Thanks for your patience Vicki and my apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you!!! My computer and I got into a fist fight and I lost the first few rounds...but thankfully in the end, I won the fight! ;) I hope you'll return to and see the (no longer invisble) pictures! :)

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  4. Unable to see the photos either! :(

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  5. I am sure you have a great project,
    but I do not see it.

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    1. My deepest apologies, Hetty! My computer was misbehaving but it's thankfully now whimpering in the corner. The pictures are now visible and I certainly hope you'll return to check them out!

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  6. Oh, cannot see any pictures:(
    Sunny regards from stempelfrida
    http://stempelfrida.blogspot.de

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  7. The card sounds great, I'll stop back by later! Have a great day!

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  8. I cant see your photos of your project. Im sure they are beautiful and I cant wait till I can see them! I'll hop back later!

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  9. I'm not able to see your cards right now, but will stop by and I certainly loved your well thought out post! Raising my hand as one of those coffee addicts, I mean, FAN!

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    1. Haha, nice to have another addict...oh right, FAN to hop along with! ;) Thanks for your kind comment and I'm so very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you. My computer, à la French Revolution style, decided to overthrow my multiple attempts to post pictures...but thankfully I had the last word. The pictures are now visible and I hope you'll return to check them out! :)

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  10. yes, i, too, have hopped over, but can not see any photos. you're such a tease! heehee. i'll try back later once the issue is fixed. :)

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    1. Hahaha, thanks Vanessa for the smile you put on my face...perhaps I should have 'rolled with that': It's not a computer rebellion, it was actually my 'marketing strategy' to build buzz and tease you girls (and guys)! In all seriousness though, my deepest apologies for the inconvenience this may have caused you-- the images are now visible and I certainly hope you'll return to check them out!

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  11. Okay, so it's not just me and my computer. Sadly, I can't see your cards either. I'm sure it's adorable, tho.

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    1. Nope, Irene, As I said to Mayra below, this is a perfect case of "It's not you, it's me!". My deepest apologies for the inconvenience this caused you...I have heretofore disciplined my computer and thus the pictures are now visible! I hope you'll return to check them out! Thanks for your sweet comment, by the way! :)

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  12. Can't see your projects sadly.Will have to pop back in later:)

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    1. Soooo very sorry, Shannon. My computer and I went to war... it seems that I lost the initial battle but thankfully won the war. ;) The pictures are up and more importantly VISIBLE now. Hopefully you shall return to check them out!

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  13. Hi, can't see your card but I bet you made something nice!

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    1. Thanks,Kim! My deepest apologies for the inconvenience this has caused you... the pictures are no longer invisible...and my computer is deeply regretting it's rebellion. ;) I hope you'll return to check the pictures out!

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  14. I can't see your card either, but I am sure it is awesome after seeing your others. I will check back later.

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    1. Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Libby! The pictures are indeed up (now) and my apologies if at any point you questioned your sanity and/or scheduled an appointment with an eye doctor. ;)

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  15. Not sure why I am not able to see your card , but I am sure it is a wonderful card !

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    1. Thanks Mayra! This is a perfect example of "It's not you, it's me". Well, my computer which decided to 'act up', actually. Soooo very sorry-- the problem seems to have finally be fixed and hopefully you'll return to my blog and check the pictures out! ;)

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  16. I cant see it either, which is unfortunate seeing as all your other cards are adorable..

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    1. The images are now up. My computer was behaving like a petulant, terrible 2-ish child. I'm so very sorry for the inconvenience this may have caused you!!!

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  17. Would love to see your cards😀

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    1. Soooo very sorry, Judy! They are no longer invisible...and I've finally beaten my computer into submission. ;)

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  18. Im sure your projects are fabulous however i cant see any images :(
    Kate x

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and my deepest apologies. I was having technical difficulties with my computer (which I'd like to throw out my craft room window, right about now) but,,,good news, the pictures are now up AND visible!!

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  19. I can't see the images but I read the description and it sounds like a great card. I email Laurel Beard and reported the problem.

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  20. I can now see the images. Awesome card. You are very talented. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much!! And I'm so very sorry for the inconvenience it may have caused you!!

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  21. This is Fabulous card...I just do not know what to say more..Coluring,color combo, everything is simply the best

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  22. beautiful card!! Love this pattern you created with all the stamps! And the vellum defines a perfect focal point!! :)

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  23. Your card is absolutely adorable! I love how you used the vellum to create your focal point. I definitely need to try that idea!

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  24. First off- I LOVED your running commentary and then your card came (pictures and all) and I LOVE it!!!!!! I love the colors and the stamped pattern all over and the tag- it is perfect!!!

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  25. OMGosh this is so fabulous, what a great design

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  26. What a fabulous creation with the vellum! Your card is absolutely perfect!

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  27. WOW!! You rocked with the coloring on this!! I LOVE the vellum overlay too. It makes the circle POP!!

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  28. Like all the multi-stamping. Like the use of the vellum.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  29. Your card is sensational and so very cute!!! I love the touch of vellum on here and all the fun colors.
    Lynn

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  30. I adore how you've used the vellum- genius!

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  31. It was well worth the wait! Your card is fabulous!!! Love the colors and the ribbon!!!!!

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  32. Such a sweet card
    Love the colors
    And the vellum overlay is super!!
    HUGS

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  33. It payed off to wait for your project for a little longer, Vanessa:) I'm so loving your card! Definitely my favorite one so far. I like the multi stamped background of yours, so bright and flawless. Perfect dimension and nice embellishments. Great job!

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  34. What a colorful swirl of images, almost looking down the middle of a funnel cloud - seeing all the coffees swirling - what FUN!!! You certainly do have knack for specially creative cards!!! ♥

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  35. Love the way you used the vellum to mute the colours in the background and the button and ribbon make a really striking embellishment - love it xxx

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  36. so festive!!! im in love! and i like the dimension. great job!!!

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  37. Hoooo that's the card I prefer so far !! So colorful and the velum is a great idea

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  38. Luckily, you won the war with your computer and we could see such an awasome card!!! I love to read about the proccess you followed to make it and your colouring!!!!

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  39. Awesome job!! I absolutely LOVE the subtle background and then the popped up part on the top. A+!

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  40. Wow you really jazzed this card up

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  41. Wow you really jazzed this card up

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  42. I just keep looking at this card it just gets better and better

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  43. So beatiful! I love your card! thanks for the chance to win

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  44. This is so sweet. I love the colors and the design. I swear my head is swimming with all of the wonderful cards created for this hop.

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  45. LOVE your card - I think it's my favorite! Great coloring and I just love the design.

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  46. Velum is a great addition to your card. good call!

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  47. Wow, one of my favourite cards from the blog hop so far! So colourful and full of fun details!

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  48. The vellum really focuses your eye to the middle stamping.
    the coloring is wonderful. Love this card.
    thanks for sharing.

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  49. What a fabulous card! Love the tag and ribbon and the way the vellum overlay tones all of the colors down.

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  50. I love this card! This is the best one so far on this blog hop! I love how you used velum to create focal point of the tag!! Love this technique! ^_^

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  51. This is so bright and cheerful....love the techniques you used too....beautiful!

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  52. love the dimension and the vellum!

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  53. This is SUPER AWESOME and so perfectly designed and styled!!! Love the coloring, the vellum, the embellishments and just the incredible-ness of the way this card is made!!! You NAILED this!!!

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  54. Love this card. It's just so cute. The colors are great.

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  55. WOW WOW WOW......What an awesome card!!! LOVE that you gave us a detailed description of your process because you put a LOT of work into it. I ADORE that vellum with the tiny dots of glitter!!! What pretty colors and sweet images you used. Fabulous card!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com
    HerPeacefulGarden.blogspot.com

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  56. Wowzers!!! Awesome card!! Love the bright colors and how you used the vellum!! Fab job!

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  57. Awesome card! Love how you used the vellum! Great idea! - Payel (Beau Monde Designs)

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  58. What a fabulous and fun card! I love the colorful background and how you added the vellum layer. It really makes the tag stand out! The pink ribbon is the perfect compliment to this sweet card. Great job ~ thanks for sharing msmith 38652 at gmail dot com

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  59. Perfect for coffee lovers...love the details on the card, the coloring, textures, and vellum :)

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  60. Wow what a gorgeous card...love the colouring, the raised focal panel and use of vellum!

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  61. This vellum overlay is AWESOME thanks for sharing!! Trying this soon!!

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  62. Amazing! So much detail and gorgeous coloring. Great technique too! Thank you!

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  63. The thumbnail of your card really arrested my attention! I had no Idea about this contest and blog hop, so I am happy to learn of it. Love your coloring!!

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  64. Very pretty and colorful and I like the special details.

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  65. Great card! I love how you softened the background with the vellum!

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  66. LOVE the fun, colorful background and your use of the vellum...fantastic idea!

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  67. Awesome card! Love the coloring and the vellum!

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  68. what great colors! Love the vellum - adds a special touch.
    Sandra ltb

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  69. This is a beautiful card! Great idea using the vellum!!

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  70. Love your colorful and
    cute card! Great use of
    the velum.
    Carla from Utah

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  71. Wow this is FABULOUS! Love the colors and the vellum layer.

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  72. Such a fun card! Love the design, colors and sweet images!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

    hugs...
    Melissa

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  73. Fabulous.. LOVE IT. All your layers and details are so super.
    Thank you so much for participating in The 30 Day Coloring Challenge and I hope you will be up for the next one. Thanks again,
    Kathy/The Daily Marker

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