Friday, September 9, 2011

Lawnscaping Blog Hop & My Philosophy on 'Happy Accidents'


Welcome everyone to the next stop on the Lawnscaping blog hop! You just finished enjoying Paulina's blog and now it's my turn to share a couple of cards I whipped up with my favorite Lawn Fawn stamps! This was a fun challenge and I am so grateful to the Lawnscaping crew for letting me share what I made with you. Stay with me to the end of this post for your chance to win some great prizes!

{True confession time} I had planned to make two very different cards. You see, I am mildly obsessed with this stamp set, and I planned two Valentines themed cards using the hearts and a few of these critters. I had the whole layout in my head and I was just going to whip it up, and all would work out as planned. AHEM. Someone forgot that they lent this stamp set out to a friend and someone waited until last night to actually make the cards and so that someone had to come up with a couple of other brilliant ideas. I also have to admit that I don't have any of the specifically holiday themed stamps (like this one or this one) so I didn't have Kelly marie's cute stamps to make my job easy.

I did a little thinkin' about off the beaten path holidays I could use as inspiration for my cards. One was an obvious one, the other came to me after a little internet search. Check it out:

{HAPPY DERBY}











supplies: Bannerific stamps (Lawn Fawn), letter stamps-so old, no idea who makes them, ink (Papertrey Ink), colored pencils, glitter (Doodlebug), machine stitching



Some of you may be unaware, but the Kentucky Derby is certified holiday here in Louisville. Like, people take off work, kids are out of school, and businesses are closed kind of holiday. I think that qualifies it for it's own greeting card, don't you? (And for those of you who don't live in Kentucky, I think you should start a petition to get the day off as well. I would totally back you up on that). I have sent out Derby cards to my family in the past, with a little bottle of mint julep mix, just to help them celebrate the occassion properly.



I used my favorite Lawn Fawn stamp-Bannerific to get the ball rolling. It was the perfect way to frame my sentiment. I tried to give this simple card a little dimension by reverse appliqueing the white cardstock behind the green base and then layering the banner on top of that. I used Fresh Snow ink to stamp a bunch of small flowers from Blissful Botanicals as a subtle background. Flowers are pretty much everywhere Derbytime, especially red roses. I used one of the flowers from Blissful Botanicals to mimic a bouquet of roses. A little sprinkling of glitter finished it all off.


{TALK LIKE A PIRATE DAY}






supplies: stamps (Lawn Fawn, Hero Arts), Ink (Papertrey Ink), colored pencils, paints (Studio Calico, Tattered Angels), patterned paper (Teresa Collins)
Did you know that September 19th is International Talk Like a Pirate Day? Arrrr Matey! haha, I love it and you can bet I am going to celebrate it right! I mean, really, the possibilities are endless-drinking like a pirate, wearing an eye patch, searching for booty......awesome.

I know a couple of little pirates that are going to get this card and a few related gifts. I consider this a happy accident, I would never have thought of this had I not forgotten my other stamp set. And, really, isn't a Pirate hliday WAY more interesting than a muchy romantic one?

To make this card, I used alot of paperpiercing and masking. It took a little planning to make sure I did things in the proper order. Follow me --> 1. I stamped a few little friends from Critters In The Sea 2. I masked them off by stamping the same images onto Post-It notes, then I dripped blue Glimmer Mist and green Mr. Huey to give the background a little interest. 3.Color in my little fishy friends 4. I stamped and cut out the pirates' hat from a little guy in this stamp set from Hero Arts 5.I used that banner stamp again to create a place for my o-so-original pirate humor. I hope that made sense, I know what it's like to look at a project and try to figure out how it went together. I wanted to make it as clear as I could so you could do the same thing!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope I inspired you to create cards for something other than your regular holidays! Need some ideas? This calendar has a great listing of holidays and this one has more outrageous if not slightly inappropriate reasons to send out some happy mail.

I know what you're thinking....come on already-I want prizes!! haha.....well, leave a comment here for one chance to win. The generous folks at lawn Fawn are giving 4 lucky hoppers a chance to win the set of their choice (when I win, I am going to get this one ; ) ). I also heard a rumor of some MYSTERY prizes along the way.

Hop along to Kim's blog for more cards and more chances to win! If you get lost, just hop back to the Lawnscaping site to start over.

Thanks again for stopping by and hope to see you here again soon!!

Michelle













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110 comments:

Ashley Nguyen Newell said...

Awwwww! These are super cute! I love both projects!

Tamara said...

super cute cards! xx Tamara

Cris said...

Cute cards! Love the idea of the holidays!

Manasa said...

Awww...soooo cute !

Tracy said...

Cute cards

Isha said...

Cute cards!!! Like them both:)

Samantha Mann said...

Ha ha ha! Awesome! It's so fun that you did unique holidays! Imthink the derby card is fantastic!

Elena said...

very creative! I needed to know about talk like a pirate day - tfs!! my son will be over the moon when I tell him, lol!

Jenny said...

Great projects, TFS :)
Jenny x

Laurel said...

I really enjoyed reading your post. Your personality just shined thru! Your cards are adorable. Both of them. Loving the Derby Day one. The simplicity of it, the paper pieced frame...... The colors. It's fabulous. And the second had me giggling! So cute all those pirate critters! Speaking of Kentucky Derby, I remember doing a book report on it in maybe the 5th grade. I wrote it about it and hand drew (traced really) horses.... My mom still has it is my baby book! :) Great cards!

Hussena said...

both your cards are so fab but have to admit the second one just stole the limelite for me its so adorable:)

Marie / Legojenta said...

Your cards are so fun! TFS =)

Kelly said...

I am just north of you and know all about the KY derby! Cute cards!

Chari M. said...

Way to think outside the box! Nice job, I really like your pirate card, very unique and cute!

CraftyDee said...

Sweet cards!

Shelly said...

Great cards! I like your banner you did for the derby! :)

Heather Innusa said...

What a cute idea - and fun card!!!

Danielle said...

Love how creative you got :o) Great holidays and great cards!

Tami B. said...

The little pirate animals are adorable. arggg

P@tricia said...

So cute cards! Great job! I love the pirate delphin! It´s faboulous!

Vera Rhuhay said...

Both are so cute!

PisforPaper said...

Great choice for a holiday, I'm in KY too ;)

~amy~ said...

I love them! Super fun!

Yainea said...

Great and very original projects, so inpiring! I love that you made cards from other than traditional holidays :)

Ruza's Craft Corner said...

Super cute cards!! Loving your pirates!! TFS! ;o)

Corey Marie said...

I love your Derby Day card...we lived in Kentucky for four years...definitely a holiday there!

Divine said...

Cute cards. TFS :)

Katie said...

arrrg.. thar be a good idea matey.

*Alison* said...

Hehehe.. so funny! I love that it is a holiday! :) these are both so cute!
Off to the next stop on the hop :) HUGS
familybubbles at hotmail dot com

Priya Mohan said...

Cute cards

gscrapbooks said...

Super cute projects!

Nona said...

Cute cards! Love the CAS design of the first and the adorable pirate scene in the second :)

Christiana said...

Fun cards! Sometimes happy accidents are just meant to be!

ivy said...

nice job on all the cards! i love how you found all the other holidays to make cards for!

Rachel W K said...

love to see a card for national talk like a pirate day! Always a big day around this house lol, thanks for sharing!

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Nickery said...

I love the "holidays" you picked, lol! Both very cute!

Karen B. said...

Two perfect cards! Love the uniqueness in them. Your Derby must be like the opening of Deer Hunting Season here in WI-all the schools close.

glowegal said...

How cute! I love them both and I love that you used nontraditional holidays for your cards. So much fun!

Gregsgirl's crafty corner said...

very nice cards!

Eve said...

lol, something new i learned today, cuz of you! kentucky Derby! Both are Cute cards!:-)

Donna Bowman said...

Very cute cards!!

Anonymous said...

The Derby, with roses. Very clever! Arrgh.

Deanna said...

I grew up in Arizona where we get TWO days off for Rodeo. Think of the cute Rodeo cards I could make!
Love your creativity :)

Misty said...

Super cute projects!

Mlightner said...

Way to think outside of the box! Awesome. I'm so gonna celebrate the "talk like a pirate" day. I LOVE those movies! Oh, and your card was inspiring too. Maybe my pirate princess will get a little something...

Stephanie @ A Steph-Made Life said...

Love these cards! How creative!!

Kristy Smith said...

Cute cards -- way to think outside the box! It's great! =D

Annette said...

so adorable...Love it...
thanks for sharing..

Karen Freiberg said...

Every day can be a holiday, don't you think?! Very cute. Karen

BishopsMommie said...

both cards are cute and fun!!

Niki M said...

Love the Derby 1!! How cute! Horse people don't get enough cresit !! LOL !!

Peggy Jean said...

I think they are great holidays. Every day is a holiday and we should spread a little luv every day. The cards are darling and I adore them both. Thank you

NIKI M. said...

I LOVE THE DERBY 1 !! HORSE PEOPLE NEVER GET ENOUGH CREDIT !! LOL

Mary said...

Love the pirate card! Very fun holidays! =)

Indy said...

Happy Derby Day! Kentucky is such a beautiful state with all those very fine horses! I miss going there to visit my sister. As for Pirate's Day--my favorite store in Utah is called Pirate O's. Tomorrow they are hosting a dress like a pirate day! Your off-beat holiday cards are just great!

Brenda said...

You definitely did some out of the box thinking and it worked perfectly! Love both your cards, your Pirate Dolphins are too cute!

Emily Keaton said...

Totally cute! Love your cards. :)

Lauren said...

You win for having a card that I have never seen before! Happy Derby is awesome!

melania deasy said...

Both cards so adorable n cute :)

Carol said...

What cute and fun cards. My favorite is the pirate card. Came out real good. I might have to use your idea for a card if you don't mind. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win some great LF prizes plus .... :)

Maya said...

So cute! Love the banner!

Yenni Natalia said...

Love the pirate card :)

HUGS
Yenni Natalia
http://www.scrapcollector.blogspot.com

Anya L said...

lovely cards!!! loved that you picked holidays that are not the obvious ones!

Terri (blindstamper) said...

Those are great...wouldn't know they were last minute. Hope you create and share those Valentine's day cards eventually!

Carol said...

Adorable projects! I love the colors and the design!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Meadie said...

Really sweet cards x x

Sue D said...

Great holiday cards!!

Ujjwal said...

such cute cards!

Vera W. Yates (Ling) said...

Super cute! Love the pirate one and your banners also so fun!

osirisandloki said...

what cute cards i love them!

Kellann said...

Holy cow those are cute cards!!!

michsmith1973 said...

Cute cards!!

Anonymous said...

Nicely done.

lydiawalker said...

love the little hats on the animals xx

Helen said...

Great cards. So cute.

Heidi said...

Love your cards!! And the holidays you chose really made me smile :). Very creative!

mcever4 said...

Super cute! Thanks for sharing!

Robin
mcever4 at bellsouth dot net

Carol said...

Darling cards. Really like the pirate one.

Anonymous said...

nice spin on the challenge! and what kind of socks DOES a pirate wear anyway? My guess: ARRRgyle!

Valerie Gee, the Scrappin' V said...

So what is the answer??? AAAAAAARgyle????? Totally cute! I always say there are no mistakes in scrapbooking (or card making), only opportunities for further embellishment. Well, this time, I'd say it was a fortuitous mistake that you forgot you'd loaned out your stamp set. The Pirate card is WAY better! TFS!

Sonia said...

Talk like a pirate day should be a national holiday! Great stuff!

Kathy B said...

Can so relate to your last minute scramble! If it weren't for deadlines, nothing would get done! Cute cards!

Lora Oliver said...

What cute cards! Love how unique they are.

Barb said...

Thanks for sharing these fun cards for your very creative holidays.

Ragnhild S. said...

I love those holidays thats just a day and that you don't realize you have until a couple of days before! :)

Tenny Kusuma said...

Both cards simply ADORABLE and cute. TFS. Tenny.

Ruby said...

Love your happy accidents!!! Both really fun! Great idea to check the calendar for other holidays too :)

Melinda said...

super cute cards ; )

mtscrapgal said...

Did not know Derby day was an offcial holiday but I think it's a good idea.We southerners do love to celcbrate.(I live in Ga. Shall I start a Peach Day? Thanks

Jennifer Rzasa said...

I love your unconventional holidays!

Katie Ann Brooks said...

happy accidents are always good!

Jenny said...

Great cards!

Barb said...

Michelle, I know firsthand about mishaps and accidents! LOL I'm happy yours ended so well :) Your cards are great! I love your cool take on Derby Day. Your cards are so cute and happy - my favorite kind. Next year, I'm celebrating 'talk like a pirate day'! :D

Christine said...

Those are cute, like the unique holidays!

arlsmom aka Lynda said...

What fun cards...love them both!!!

Crafty Math Chick said...

I like your adorable cards for these unique holidays - and know, I didn't know Derby day was a holiday in Kentucky. Thanks for the opportunity to learn something new! LOL!

Froggietalks said...

I LOVE the Talk Like a Pirate day card!! Too adorable!

Riette said...

I LOVE Talk Like A Pirate Day!! When I used to work there were a bunch of guys at the office who used to dress up each year and it was just Yar-Yar all day :D Thanks for the memory

Lorraine A said...

Very cute cards :-) Both of them are just gorgeous :-)

luv
Lols x x x

marjon said...

Both cards are beautiful!

Angie said...

Cute cards. I love that you chose something different than the standard holidays - I love Talk Like A Pirate Day

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Very cute!

Kelly Braund said...

Love em!

Angela said...

Very cute and creative best of all original ;-)

MicheyMoo said...

How unique and inspirational are you, my fellow Michelle! Such cute cards and I'm almost sure I won't see any other Derby Day and Pirate Day card along the hop. Great job!!

JodieC said...

I like the different holidays you created you cards for

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JoAnn Heinbuch said...

Fabulous...love the originality

Patricia H said...

Arrrrrrgh-yle socks! Bwaaa ha ha ha! Too funny!

Both your cards are great!

Linda said...

cute! I've had the same thing happen to me (Plan and then realise the stamp isn't where you thought it was!)
Glad to be on this hop with yoU!