Welcome to the Everything but the Kitchen Sink Challenge!

The big surprise is here! Courtney Baker at One Day at a Time has started a new challenge called “Everything but the Kitchen Sink”. Why is it called that? Well, each month we will host a new challenge using every day things from your home. All the fun bloggers involved will take turns hosting! The idea is to get us all thinking out of the box and using everyday things to make fun embellishments and cards.
Courtney is hosting this first challenge, and the challenge is to use something from that day’s mail in your card. How fun is that?! Make sure to go to her blog to check out the official challenge, all the details, enter the challenge and possibly win a $25 gift certificate to Papertrey Ink.
The challenges runs from 9/30 – 10/9. Let’s move on to a card. I’ll give you more details at the end!
I had so much fun with this challenge. It was such a blast going through all the catalogs. I was so glad my beloved J Crew catalog came in time. I used this photo of these beautiful sweaters as my “rising sun”. Then I received a package from my Mom (thanks, Mom!) and used the box to create these hills. I ran some distress ink over it to give it more dimension.
These letters were from a Pottery Barn catalog. I cut them out and popped them up on foam adhesive.
Then I used bubble wrap from my Mom’s package. I popped all the bubbles first, then I inked that part with alcohol inks. Then on the other side I used StazOn ink for the butterfly. On my first try of this, impatience got the best of me, and I decided to heat set it. Bad idea, Kelly! It shrank like a shrinky dink and let off the worst fumes. I was loopy (well, more than usual!) for a while. So, definitely don’t heat set your bubble wrap. I made the butterfly again and let it dry naturally. Much better!

So to recap: Head on over to Courtney’s blog to get all the details and enter the challenge for a chance to win a gift certificate to Papertrey Ink! Woo!!

Then check out the other designers:

Ann Cox (Creative Antics) – http://creativeantics.blogspot.com/

Kelley Eubanks (My Front Porch)- http://myfrontporch-kelley.blogspot.com/

Lynette Kauffman (Netter’s Notables)- http://nettersnotables.blogspot.com/
Winter Sims (Winter Wonderland) – http://winterwonderlandcrafter.blogspot.com/

Thanks for playing along with all my clues! Some of you had some guesses of stuff I might have going on in the future ;). I know, I am so bad with the teasing!

I cannot wait to see what you guys create. Have fun and stay away from bubble wrap fumes! 🙂

Paper: Neenah Paper Classic Crest (solar white), J Crew Catalog, Pottery Barn Catalog, Mailing box cardboard, bubble wrap
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink (soft pool), StazOn (black), Ranger Alcohol Ink (cranberry, terra cotta, butterscotch, mountain rose), Ranger Distress Ink (shabby shutters)
Stamps: Hero Arts (heart winged butterfly, clouds)
Etc: bubble wrap, Ranger inking tool, foam, felt, Spellbinders scalloped circle nestabilities, Cuttlebug, Ranger alcohol ink solution
Thank you so much for visiting!
Have an amazing day,

Enjoy the ride

Another Raspberry Suite challenge! I love these! This card is quick and simple, but I think it says a lot. “Enjoy the ride” is a sentiment that I certainly need to hear right now. So this card is very therapeutic. I love using crafting as free therapy ;).Here’s my color breakdown: Red (bike), Aqua (sentiment), Cream (twine in buttons), Chocolate (buttons), Kraft (card base). I like that one element was each of the colors!

So, I need to tease you guys one last time before the big reveal tomorrow. So far, Kim J. has been the closest! 😉 Anyways, I highly suggest you check in tomorrow because it could lead you to … $25 atNow who wouldn’t love that?!

In other news, today I am getting a Janome Sew Mini. I have no idea how to sew. Seriously, no idea. This should be interesting! I have a feeling you are going to get sick of cards with my crooked stitching on them! haha!

Paper: Neenah Paper Environemnt (desert storm)
Ink: Stampin’ Up! (real red), Ranger Adirondack (pool)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (everyday button bits)
Etc: Papertrey Ink rustic wood buttons, Papertrey Ink rustic cream twine, Fiskars corner rounder
Thank you so much for visiting!
Have an amazing day,

birds and branches

This card is full of new stamps and goodies! The birds and branches part is a Hero Arts stamp that I got with my prize. I just love it! I colored it in with copics. I used one of the scrolls from PTI’s vintage labels to create the background.
The twine is PTI’s rustic twine. It is rustic indeed! I think I have a few twine splinters!

I hope you all had great weekends! I am getting ready to watch Dexter and Brothers and Sisters, but I thought I would give you another hint about my September 30th surprise!Hmmmmm … 😉

Edited to Add: It seems blogger is having comment problems, if you can’t leave a comment would you email me at lawnfawncards at gmail dot com? I want to email the blogger people with the problem, but I am not sure what type of commenter is being rejected. Thanks so much! Also, are any other blogger users having this problem?
You guys are THE best. Thanks for all the help!

Paper: Neenah Paper Environment (desert storm), Papertrey Ink (pure poppy, ocean tides)
Ink: Ranger Adirondack (espresso), Stampin’ Up! (real red)
Stamps: Papertrey Ink (vintage labels); Hero Arts (delicate branches, all occasion messages)
Etc: Papertrey Ink rustic twine, Copic Markers (R27, BG45, E27), Spellbinders labels one dies, Cuttlebug
Thank you so much for visiting!
Have an amazing day,