Penny Black CAS Halloween

Playing along with colourQ #264 challenge which is another perfect color combination for a Halloween card.


I combined die cuts from the Penny Blacks sets – 51-077 eeek! (the sentiment), 51-073 haunted hollow (the house) and 51-076 spider’s internet (the spider webs) for my CAS card.


Penny Black Inlaid Word Art

Today, I’m sharing a holiday card using the Penny Black 51-089 Tree of Joy word art die.


I cut the Tree of Joy out of a brushed silver cardstock and inlaid it into a square red cardstock panel. I secured the inlaid pieces on the back with tape. The panel was adhered to a white cardstock panel that I had misted with silver spray using the Penny Black  25-009 Snow Dance stencil. The card base, measuring 5 1/4″ is also brushed silver cardstock.

Coming Soon: Trendy Holiday 2.0

I am thrilled to be one of the contributors to A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 – the newest online card class with Catherine Pooler and 9 other amazing designers.


With this class you can get ready for your holidays. Here are a few details:

  • The doors to A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 open Wednesday, October 22nd to StampNation Members with a $10 off coupon code.  Not a member yet?  Click here to get started now.
  • AVTH 2.0 opens its doors wide on Thursday, October 23 at 1 pm EDT.

With FIFTEEN video tutorials, written tutorials and more than 50 samples to inspire you, this class will have you running to grab your ink and stamps and get started right now on this year’s holiday cards.

Thanks for visiting.

colourQ challenge #263

I’m playing along with colourQ challenge #263 this week with a Halloween-themed card.


The Taylored Expressions Neighborhood reminds me of a nearby neighborhood to which I like to walk. It’s not far away from a park in which there’s a “Fright Night” held each year, and tonight is their opening night.


After heat embossing the SU sentiment, I backed the windows with orange and yellow strips. I added a strip of polka-dot patterned paper at the bottom for a bit of visual contrast.

Supplies: Stampin’ Up Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight; Stampin’ Up Ghoulish Greetings

Happy Holidays

I’m playing along with Freshly Made Sketches again this week. I had fun combining several Penny Black stamp sets for the focal image, adding patterned paper, a strip of dry embossed cardstock and metallic twine to finish off the card.

Happy-HolidaysI heat-embossed stamped images from three Penny Black sets: the cute scene is from 30-266 Gleeful; the sentiment is from 30-257 Joy Filledand the snowflake is from the 30-255 Most Wonderful set.

FMS Final 158-001

Merry Monday: Silent Night

Today I’m sharing a card created for the Merry Monday Challenge. The theme this week is Silent Night.


I was drawn to the lovely scene of houses in the woods. I decided to make just one house red so as not to overpower the tranquility of the scene.


I really enjoy crafting to themes like this, especially during the holidays. There’s some great inspiration from the DT over at Merry Monday.

Supplies: Penny Black 30-257 Joy Filled (sentiment)

Hello Fall in the Pacific Northwest

Today, I’m sharing a just-for-fun card depicting a typical scene in my neck of the woods, with some artistic license, of course! We’re surrounded by beautiful pine/fir/cedar forest and a scene with a blue sky, evergreen background, and a picket fence isn’t uncommon.

I stylized this scene with a black cat and pumpkins!


I cut everything twice and attached the two layers with the 2-Way Glue Pen. I also used dimensional adhesive on the cat and a few of the pumpkins to create even more depth. Hope you’re having a wonderful fall (or perhaps spring?) day!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up sentiment; Stampin’ Up Baked Brown Sugar cardstock; Stampin’ Up dimensional adhesive

In Detail: Sequins and a Shaker Card

I’m over in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson this weekend with a review of sequins and a Shaker Card tutorial. I hope you’ll take a look!


Freshly Made Sketches #157 – Halloween

Playing along with the sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches with a Halloween card.
FMS Final 157-001

I used a Memory Box die set – Trick or Treaters – for the focal point, pairing it with a Stampin’ Up sentiment and patterned paper from We R Memory Keepers. I particularly like how this sketch uses pattern. (I have a lot of patterned paper and often look for ways to use it.) Hope you’re having a terrific weekend!

The Cutting Edge Challenge #12

It’s time for the another Cutting Edge Challenge! Our inspiration this week is an amazing card created by Design Team member Amy Kolling.


I was drawn to the theme and colors in Any’s inspiration, creating a similar card using an Impression Obsession die set.


I cut the Impression Obsession airplane several times to create more dimension. I sponged white pigment ink onto the card panel through the My Favorite Things stencil. I stamped the sentiment from Clearly Besotted onto the airplane banner, curving the stamp as best I could to match the curve of the banner. The banner was cut from vellum and white cardstock. Originally I planned to simply have the vellum banner, but it got lost on the cloud background. After putting the card together it seemed a bit plain (no pun intended!) so I sprinkled on some white and blue sequins.

We’d love to have you play along! Head on over to The Cutting Edge Challenge blog where you’ll find inspiration from other members of the team, the rules and regulations, and the InLinkz tool for you to link up your project!