Splish Splash

The CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week is to create a project featuring something you might see in or at the ocean. What a perfect challenge for the month of August. I love almost anything associated with the ocean – the colors, the animal and plant life, the sound of the waves crashing on the beach, … I could probably craft cards with this theme for weeks!

For this card, I paired Paper Smooches adorable “Surf and Turf” stamps with the newly released Avery Elle “Picture It!” stamp set.

CFC66 - Splish Splash

Supplies: Paper Smooches “Surf and Turf” stamps; Avery Elle “Picture It!”; My Mind’s Eye, Echo Park, Little Yellow Bicycle, Basic Grey patterned papers; Hero Arts dye ink; Avery Elle kraft cardstock; Neenah white cardstock

Retro Sketches #25

With early fall in the air (and a few fallen leaves already on the ground), I was in the mood to play with the Neat & Tangled Halloween Scene stamp set for this week’s Retrosketches challenge.

I’ve had the My Mind’s Eye Halloween paper for at least a year, and I believe it was actually introduced two years ago. I like the neighborhood depicted with the costumed trick-or-treaters. I paired the paper with a stamped haunted house onto which I paper-pieced a door and windows. I also curved my sentiment, which I’ve never done before. It was much easier to do than I ever imagined!

Happy Halloween

Supplies: Neat & Tangled Halloween Scene stamp set; My Mind’s Eye & Echo Park patterned papers; Basic Grey button; May Arts twine; Hero Arts dye ink; Bo Bunny ribbon; Avery Elle kraft & off-white cardstock; Spellbinders circle die

Bayview Farmers Market

This past weekend, my husband, Ginger (our golden retriever) and I headed to Whidbey Island. While on the island, we frequently visit the Bayview Farmers Market whose vendors just keep getting better and better. Initially we visited the market to buy pies from the the “Pie Lady”. While we do still go to see her, we’ve branched out a bit as well.


This time we bought locally-made goat cheese, red carrots (aka “Purple Haze”) and a strawberry-rhubarb pie.


While we didn’t buy any sunflowers, I still snapped photos of the floral displays. The sunflower symbolizes late summer to me. After several beautiful weather days earlier in the week, on this day, the marine layer only started to wear off as we disembarked the ferry in Mukilteo. Fall is definitely in the air!



This week, the CAS-ual Fridays challenge was to create a square card.

I stamped the Lawn Fawn “My Cup of Tea” steam stamp on a kraft tag with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear powder to create a bit of texture on the card. In order to get the tea bag into the cup, I had to create a mask for both the tea bag and the cup. It took several tries to get the masked image to work out!



Supplies: Lawn Fawn My Cup of Tea stamp set; Stampin’ Up + Neenah cardstock; Ranger Archival ink; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Ranger clear embossing powder; October Afternoon button; May Arts twine; Spellbinders circle die; MFT tag die

Bear Hugs

Our youngest son left to go back to college at the beginning of this week. Our oldest leaves in September (his school is on the quarter system, so they start later and get out later than schools on the semester system) – we’re not in full “empty nest” mode yet.

I had my youngest son in mind when I created a card for the Retrosketches #24 sketch challenge.

I set out to create a masculine-looking card in fall colors. I paired camping-themed papers from American Crafts with dry-embossed brown cardstock. It was my first time using the A Muse Studio impression plate. In fact, it was the first time I’ve ever used an impression plate. (I have several embossing folders that I use on a regular basis). I tried several Big Shot sandwich formulas before finding one that worked. I sanded the paper after embossing it to bring out the woodgrain.


Supplies: Paper Smooches Happy Camper stamp set; A Muse Studio impression plate; Papers: Echo Park; Stampin’ Up; Neenah; American Crafts; Fiskars punch; Spellbinders circle dies; Versamark ink; Stampin Up’ embossing powder

Neat and Tangled “Fresh Blooms”

This past weekend I had a chance to play with the Neat & Tangled “Fresh Blooms” stamp set. With the hint of fall in the air, I find myself turning more and more towards autumn colors in my paper crafting. I used a combination of Distress Inks – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade and a touch of Barn Door – to color the heat-embossed flowers. I’m already looking forward to using these blooms for some holiday-themed cards and projects.

Fresh Blooms

Supplies: Neat & Tangled Fresh Blooms stamps; Distress inks – Wild Honey, Spiced Marmalade, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters; Neenah cardstock; Stampin’ Up embossing powder

August in the PNW

While you may hear a lot about the rainy, Seattle weather, August is historically the “best” month weather-wise. For the most part, August brings warm and sunny days; it’s our only real “summer” month.

This past week we had family in town and took the opportunity to get out and about in Seattle and its environs.

Our first destination was a ferry trip to Bainbridge Island. Before the ferry departed, I took a photo of the new Seattle ferris wheel, technically called Seattle Great Wheel, which I mockingly call the Seattle Eye.


On Bainbridge, we toured The Bloedel Reserve, a 150-acre forest garden created by the son of a prominent lumber company owner. He and his wife lived in a French Chateau-style home, which had been built by the property’s previous owner. Unfortunately, I didn’t snap any interesting photos of the beautiful, immaculately-maintained gardens.


Our final stop was Kerry Park on the south slope of Queen Anne Hill. The park affords views of  Seattle, Elliott Bay, West Seattle, and Mount Rainier.


Neat & Tangled Release Week – Just Hello

The Just Hello stamp set is extremely versatile. For my first card, I took a chalk-on-chalkboard approach by white embossing the stamp set’s graphics and sentiments (in Danielle Walls’ adorable handwriting) onto black cardstock.
Supplies: Neat & Tangled Just Hello stamp set; black cardstock; Fancy Pants patterned paper; Bo Bunny paper (teal); Versamark ink; Hero Arts embossing powder; Basic Grey button; Divine twine

For my second Just Hello card, I created a square card with a similar set of colors. I happen to really like the turquoise, black and white color combination.


Supplies: Neat & Tangled Just Hello stamp set; Neenah cardstock (white); Hero Arts cardstock (turquoise); black cardstock; Versamark ink; Hero Arts embossing powder; MFT conversation die; Basic Grey button; Divine twine

Don’t forget to head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive a Neat & Tangled stamp set of their choice. This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store tomorrow, Friday, August 10.

CAS-ual Fridays – On Cloud 9

This week the CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a Clean And Simple project featuring things you’d see in the sky.

My mind went wild imagining a variety of scenes from many different viewpoints. But alas, given that I needed to craft my image from stamps, there were some limitations! We had amazing weather this past weekend in the Pacific Northwest, and my husband and I took a long walk with our golden retriever on Whidbey Island. I snapped this photo of two evergreens against the clear sky as my inspiration for the challenge.


For my card, I white embossed the tree from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest set a couple of times and colored the trees with distress inks. I white embossed the set’s dragonfly, (there are dozens of dragonflies buzzing around when the sun shines), colored the sky with distress ink, and then used markers to color the dragonfly.


Supplies: Lawn Fawn Say Cheese stamp set; Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest stamp set; Sizzix embossing folder; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Distress inks; Memento markers

Neat & Tangled Release Week

I’m so excited to be part of the design team for Neat & Tangled Stamps, featuring hand-drawn, heart-warming images and sentiments by Danielle Walls. The stamps are made from high-quality, clear photopolymer.

I had a lot of fun working with the Hey Cookie and Sweet Home stamp sets. I didn’t actually bake gingerbread as I prepared my cards, but I did buy gingerbread cookies to get into a holiday frame of mind!

For my first card, I envisioned a cup of hot cocoa and a peppermint stick with my color choices of cocoa brown, red and white. The white embossed images stand out crisply on the cardstock. I put a grommet through the top of the stamped house and added silver cord.


Supplies: Neat & Tangled Hey Cookie and Sweet Home stamp sets; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Making Memories grommet; silver cord

I enjoy paper piecing, and for my second card using the Sweet Home set, I created a scene primarily using Echo Park patterned papers. I love this house so much I want to move in!


Supplies: Neat & Tangled Sweet Home stamp set; Echo Park patterned paper; Stampin’ Up and Neenah cardstock; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Hero Arts midtone ink; Distress ink; machine stitching

The Hey Cookie people are simply adorable. I stamped and embossed the pair onto cocoa cardstock and added them to a die cut tag. Those are Pepperidge Farm gingerbread people inside the box, wink.


Supplies: Neat & Tangled Hey Cookie stamp set; Echo Park patterned paper; MFT tag die; Stampin’ Up and Neenah cardstock; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Hero Arts midtone ink; Doodlebug twine; Michaels treat box

Head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive a Neat & Tangled stamp set of their choice. And be sure to visit there all week to see the rest of the releases, enter additional giveaways, as well as check out the inspiration from the design team and guest artists. This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store on Friday, August 10.