Welcome Autumn

Today I’m sharing one of those cards I made just for fun. I wanted to make a card with the birch trees in the Paper Smooches “Autumn Groves” set. I guess the leaves are all gone from these trees! I heat-embossed the birch trunks on dry-embossed cardstock. The brown background is also dry-embossed.

I’m really enjoying making fall-themed cards. I love the colors and textures of the fall season.

Welcome Autumn

Supplies: A Muse Studio embossing plate, Stampin’ Up cardstock, Stampin’ Up embossing powder, May Arts twine, October Afternoon button

Simple Scrapper’s First Mini Book Kit

Jennifer Wilson of Simple Scrapper has just opened the Simple Mini Books shop. I had the honor of creating a mini book documenting my grandmother’s life with the Everyday Sweetness 6×6 Scrapbook Kit. Be sure to check out the inspiration in the trailer – the kit lends itself to a wide variety of themes and styles!


This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge, sponsored by Neat & Tangled,  is to create a Clean And Simple project that is black and white plus one color of your choice.

I’ve always liked the combination of red, black, and white, and the Lawn Fawn My Cup of Tea teapot looks so cheery stamped in red!


Supplies: Spellbinders label die, Divine Twine, Stampin’ Up black cardstock

Bittersweet Departure

Told the story of my eldest son’s return to college with a single-photo layout using a template from the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership September collection. I turned to Echo Park for some masculine-feeling papers and elements.

Bittersweet Departure

Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; Echo Park For the Record 2 Documented; Echo Park Note to Self; Sahlin Studio Typeset Alphas No. 1; One Little Bird Pedal Pusher button; Slab Tall X font

Let’s Hang Out

I created another card for this week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge to use embossing on a card.

Fall is in the air and I’m totally drawn to the colors, motifs, and textures of the season. I wanted to have a little fun with the squirrel from the Paper Smooches “Hang Ups” set. He’s sitting in the tree, in the light of a harvest moon, taunting our golden retriever who is going wild these days with the increased squirrel activity!

Let's Hang Out

Supplies: A Muse Studio embossing plate; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Stampin’ Up embossing powder; circle die; Basic Grey paper; October Afternoon button; May Arts twine

Just One Photo

I’m over at Simple Scrapper today talking about telling the story with a one-photo layout.

This morning my eldest son headed back to Bellingham for his final quarter of college. Since my youngest left last month, my husband and I are again empty nesters. Not only that, our summers with our eldest son are officially over. Goodbyes are hard! I snapped a few photos of him as he drove off with a future one-photo scrapbook layout in mind.



CAS-ual Fridays: Welcome Autumn

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a CAS project with embossing – either dry, heat, or a combination.

For my card, I paired dry and heat embossing. I dry-embossed brown cardstock with an A Muse Studio embossing woodgrain plate which I heat-embossed with white powder for the tree trunk from the Paper Smooches “Autumn Groves” stamp set. I also heat-embossed the squirrel, acorns and banner sentiment. I first tried this card on an all-white background, and then on an off-white, speckled cardstock, neither of which felt (or looked) quite right.  I have quite a few digital graph and ledger papers, so sized one from Splendid Fiins onto white cardstock, printed it, and stamped the leaves in a variety of Distress Ink colors.


Supplies: A Muse Studio woodgrain embossing plate; Stampin’ Up embossing powder; Splendid Fiins digital paper for graph paper; Stampin’ Up cardstock