You're Amazing - Layton's Legacy

I recently stumbled upon the Layton's Legacy and immediately knew I needed to make some cards for the cause. You can read more about Lea & Layton's story here. In short - this amazing mother is raising money to help families with babies in the NICU at The University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. She will be giving out gift cards for Starbucks (right across the street) and is asking for card donations. I've been making cards for years now and this will be my first organization donation. I hope to continue because the idea of spreading a little kindness feels good. Below is the card I created to donate.

For this I used mostly Lawn Fawn products - Critters in the Forest, A Birdie Told Me, and the Gingham Backdrops. The sentiment is from Stampin' Up from the Watercolor Wishes Card Kit. To get the mountain background I cut my own stencil and sponged the different elements. I would love to get a mountain die set but this will work for now...

I'm planning on creating more but I specifically designed this card to go along with the current Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #28. I'll post again if I get a couple more cards made for Layton's Legacy.

I hope this card brings a smile to the face of a family dealing with life in the NICU.


Tatooine Card Scene

What's new? I've finally branched into alcohol markers. I picked up some cheap ones (Ohuhu Brand - 80 ct.) off Amazon to see how much I like them before I make the leap to Copic. I've also came across Kindred Stamps from searching Etsy for Star Wars stamps and found 3 sets of Galactic Heros (I'm in love!) I've had a lot of fun experimenting with coloring the characters. There are a bunch of pop culture stamps I really want but will have to pace myself...

Tatooine scene - I tried to make it as accurate as possible with the double setting suns. I just sponged some yellow ink onto some light yellow paper for the small sun. I used some yellow and pink ink on cream paper for the large sun. I quickly used some varying sized circle punches. 
For the card base I used some cream paper and for the desert dunes I sponged some "Hello Honey" Stampin Up ink. I created a rolling hill template out of a clear plastic sheet I have for shaker cards (.007 thickness). This was the first time I did this and I made 6 cards bases at once. I should have paid close attention to the template and made sure there was no ink seeping under the the back side. I have some smudges that I could have prevented. 
I used the same template to mark and cut the curve for the bottom of the building. I used a speech bubble from a Lawn Fawn "A Birdie Told Me" set with the die and a Lawn Fawn "Lift the Flap Stitched Door" for the droids to hide behind.

I'm happy with the finished product. I plan on putting a birthday sentiment on the inside (that is mostly what I give out). I'll probably use the Lawn Fawn "Out of this World" set - Hope your birthday is out of this world, for the inside.

I hope you love it as much as I do :)


David of the Gnomes Halloween

I love dressing up for Halloween and my husband always grew a beard for deer hunting, until we struck a compromise. Now, every other year I have the challenge of coming up with costumes that work with a beard. I started searching online and Pinterest for bearded characters and stumbled upon David the Gnome!

I loved this show when I was in kindergarten :) I set to work planning out the important elements/how I was going to make them for the costumes and searching for the perfect shade of blues for each part.

I created the hats out of tag board and added a stretchy chin strap. I used a circle punch on a stickie note and used make up to create little cheek spots. I made the belt pouch out of felt. I made a simple beard out of chunky yarn. Otherwise, David's outfit was a purchased sweater and khaki pants. I picked up a skirt pattern for JoAnn's and I sewed the skirt (first time ever sewing with a pattern and it didn't turn out perfect but it worked). I borrowed my sister-in-law's wedding dress kremlin to puff out the skirt. I added felt decals to a white shirt with felt and found a purple hair hanky to complete the Lisa outfit. 

I think we turned out pretty darn good and we won best couples costume at the party! The effort was all worth it. :)


Star Wars Quiet Book

My latest obsession is quiet books! I'm looking at them thinking how great they are because it will help my son develop motor skills and keep him away from electronics. Electronics aren't currently an issue but I'd like to stay on top of that.

Of course I have to stay true to form and my first book is Star Wars themed! I found a bunch of pages through Pinterest or Etsy that I thought looked great or were a good idea, from there I ran with it and translated it into Star Wars characters. I haven't finished them yet but here is a little sneak peak at some pages that are pretty much done. It took quite a bit of planning and trial/error to figure out the layers of felt and how to piece things together. It was a challenge to take on this project with no prior knowledge or template of quiet books but I'm happy with the results!

Chewbacca taggie

Han Solo zipper vest - complete with chest hair!

Yoda belt tying

Luke Skywalker flight suit buckling

Princess Leia removable hair buns

I have more pages planned out and just need to find the time to work on some more. My goal is to get these ones grommeted so I can put them together for my son to start playing with. He's only one right now but I'm looking forward to creating more if he likes them!

More to come!


Corner Door Shelf

I found this fun corner shelf on Pinterest and had to create one for my house!

Below you'll see all the steps I took in order to create my own.
1. Find a door. I picked mine up an antique store for $40.

2. Sand it. (Caution the surfaces you sand may contain lead. Take precautions if you have small kids or a pregnant person.)

3. Wet wipe it to get rid of all the dust.

4. Cut the door in half. Note: compensate for the thickness of the door if you want it to be even.

5. Use corner brackets to hold your door at a 90 degree angle.

6. Attach the shelving. We picked up these corner shelves from Home Depot I think for about 12 bucks each. In order for us to get our shelves on level we marked out where level was when we had the door in place in our home.

7. Paint and decorate your shelf.

I give credit to my hubby for being a good sport and helping me! (He's the best. Hopefully he doesn't leave me because of too many unfinished Pinterest projects...)

Now run out there and make one for yourself!! If I can do it, you can do it.


Star Wars Nursery

Growing up with divorced parents my brothers and I spend a lot of weekends out in the country at our Dad's. He only had an antenna and 3 channels came in. Of course there was nothing good on over the weekends. We ended up putting in a lot of movies and since he had the 3 original Star Wars movies on VHS we usually watched one of them!
I decided I wanted a Star Wars room way before we ever decided to make a baby. So, I've been stocking up all kinds of fun ideas from Pinterest. Now I've finally put them to use!
Below are some images from "Jedi's" room. (That's what we called our baby while he is in the womb.)

I knew I wanted to put a quote on the wall but I couldn't find one out there that had the Star Wars font. I took matters into my own hands and did it myself. I typed up the quote in word and made the font as large as I wanted. Then, I printed and taped the words to the vinyl and cut out the letters individually. After that, I aligned them on one of those sewing mats and stuck them to the transfer paper. Warning! When you put your quote on the wall make sure you put them up in the right order!!

Here is a close up of our crib cockpit. I didn't finish the coverings on the mobile "arms". We hand painted the cockpit. We tried to do a trace job like we were able to with the Tatooine sunset. I couldn't get it to look right so we (my husband and I) pulled out rulers and did our best.

Here is an image of our Tatooine wanna be mural. I knew we were going to be moving sometime soon after having our baby so I decided I needed to do a mural that I could move with us. All the shading on the hut is my husband's handy-work. Silly us thought we could get this done while watching a football game... add 7 hours and we did get it done! 

Last but not least the R2D2 dresser/changing table - my husband's pride and joy. He said if our son ever decides he doesn't like it we cannot paint over it! He said we'd keep it in our room :) I purchased this dresser from an estate sale a couple years prior because I liked the detail on the bottom of it. We cut a dome and attached it to the back to make it look like Artoo.
Here is Artoo without the changing pad top.

There are quite a few items I've purchased. Most of them came from Some items are half homemade. The mobile characters were from Hallmark. The Death Star honeycomb ball is from Ikea and I added to it.

i hope you enjoyed and get inspired to do it yourself too!


3 Chairs for You!

Here is my card from the May card exchanged.  I took a few different design ideas off of some other pinspiration cards plus used some of my own flair.

I tried to create an interesting background with the embossed polkadot and chevron. I was testing out a few different characters and ended up deciding on the bird. (I almost did a gnome standing on a chair or a cat) I incorporated some ribbon and string to add some dimension.
I think it turned out pretty cute!

Here is the pinspiration I worked from: