Saturday, September 3, 2016

aloha, labor day weekend!

yes, i'm still marveling at the fact that it's september already... time to say, "ALOHA" to another summer. in light of this year's mega-hot august temps and especially high humidity here in the northeast, i'm actually looking forward to autumn a bit more than usual. meanwhile, i'm still making cards, and here's one for the retro rubber challenge blog's "critter time" challenge:

whale and fish stamps: lawn fawn (critters of the sea set) from... 2010 or 12??; transparency and journal card set: basic grey; paper scraps for piecing critters and sunshine: basic grey, doodlebug, cosmo cricket, dcwv, mme; aloha sticker: ehco park; ink: ranger archival (for stamping) and colorbox cat's eye chalk ink (for the edging); sticky back black pearls: eyelet outlet 

one of the requirements at retro rubber is not only to use a stamp that's more than a year old, you also need to discuss the approximate age, so here's my whale and fish dudes, who are from a lawn fawn set called "critters in the sea" and are copyrighted 2010. i know i won this set in a challenge, and i'm positive it was before we moved into this house, so i've had these guys for AT LEAST 3.5 years and maybe more. they are suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper-duper cute, though, don't you think? 

i paper pieced them to use on top of this very elderly basic grey journal card + transparency overlay, for which i also made a bit of a sunshine from scraps of yellow patterned paper. btw, i think from now on ALL whales should be plaid. seriously. we're going to need some marine-grade, pet-safe, vegan paint and a few realllllly big paint rollers... ok, no, maybe just the whales on cards should be plaid, and whales irl can remain a solid color. yeah. that's probably a better idea, i really don't want greenpeace protesting out in my front yard, especially now that we've got a bit of rain and the lawn is looking nice!

i was pretty excited that my pink circle-y SOS card was the winner of retro rubber's recent sketch challenge (ta v much, ladies!) and i'm looking forward to guest designing with them later this month. 


wishing my friends in the usa a very happy labor day weekend, and a very happy ordinary weekend to everyone else. g'head and take monday off if you like... tell your boss lauren made you an honorary american, so it's ok! :) :) :)


  1. Love this fun card, so bright and cheery. Great use of the stamps (I like the whale better that colour, he looks more happy) love the whole layout.
    I'll take you up on Monday off cheers!

  2. This is so sweet! Love your scene. And, I'm all for getting some plaid whale out find a willing whale and I'll bring the paint roller. :-)

    P.S. Us Canadians get Monday off too. 'Cept we call it Labour Day. :-D

  3. So cute! Have an awesome weekend!

  4. Oh Lauren, I adore your critter whale, how sweet she looks all decked up in plaid.
    I agree, this set is super duper adorable and I'm so happy you chose it to create this beautiful and fun in the sun card to share with us at our RETRO RUBBER "Critter" challenge.
    Hope you join us next time.
    Maria Rodriguez.

  5. Super cute plaid whale and fishes, Fabulous card!!!

  6. Cute card, love lawn fawn stamps. I love how you stamped the whale on the plaid paper. Thanks for playing along with Retro Rubber.

  7. This card can't help but bring a smile! Love that adorable, paper-pieced plaid whale - definitely a critter!

  8. Darling plaid whale critter with his sea mates! This card definitely brought a smile to my face. Love the sun treatment! Thanks so much for playing along with Retro Rubber this week. Always love seeing you in our gallery!

  9. What a delightful card. You did a marvelous job. This is my first time visiting your blog, and I love the profile you wrote about yourself, it made me smile. Hope you can stop by my blog as well too. Have a great day.

  10. I love your whale "critter" - the thought of him being a critter just makes me laugh! Your card is a creative masterpiece! Love the choice of colors and patterns - all are wonderful together!! Thanks for playing along with our challenge at Retro Rubber and hope you will join us again soon.

  11. Hi Lauren! This is such an adorable card! I agree with Debbie - it is funny to think of a whale as a critter! Such bright colors and patterns! Beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!


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