Lawnscaping Challenge #40

This week’s Lawnscaping Challenge is to make your own patterned paper with stamps.

I combined this challenge with the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge #66.


It took me several tries to combine colors and stamped images. I don’t think I’ve ever used yellow and red together on a card before. I tend to associate the color combination with sports teams. The kraft, black, and white helped to neutralize the two strong colors.

Salt and Pepper


Chihuly Garden and Glass

Today, Will and I had the opportunity to visit the newly-opened Chihuly Garden and Glass, the largest display of Chihuly glass in the world, at the Seattle Center. We’ve been meaning to go all summer. The forecast called for sun and mild temperatures, so off we went! I’ve used Will’s photos, taken with a wider angle lens than mine, for this post.

I’m not exactly sure what I expected, but the exhibition exceeded our expectations and is a wonderful addition to the Seattle Center. It replaces the former Fun Forest amusement park.

The interior galleries, which visitors walk through first, illuminate major facets of Chihuly’s career. One of our favorites features glass forms of varied shapes and vibrant colors spilling over the edges of two large wooden boats.



A glass conservatory aka Glasshouse visually connects the nearby Pacific Science Center and Space Needle.



The Garden is anchored by four monumental sculptures. The largest, named Sun, sits atop a bed of black mondo grass. Somehow Will managed to get all of the people standing in front of this to vanish for a moment!




Unfortunately, I can’t find any information about the names of the other three major sculptures in the garden. This green tower looks almost tropical.



The garden, designed by Chihuly along with landscape designer Richard Hartlage, features Chihuly pieces sprouting in color groupings (orange, purple, black and blue) amid well-paired plantings.



We’ll definitely be returning for an evening tour of the gardens sometime this fall.

CAS-ual Fridays – Banners & Flags

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a Clean And Simple project that features banners or flags.

I’ve had a multitude of ideas swirling in my head ever since the challenge was announced last night. I’ve even been looking at nautical signal flags to see if I could piece together some on a card!

This card took on its own life and I kept it super-simple. I’m in love with the cottage in the Neat & Tangled “Sweet Home” stamp set. I wanted to create a scene of a summer home, someplace on a beach, late in the summer when it has become chilly enough to light a fire. The family living there is getting ready to head back to the city for the fall, but for one last week, they’ll hold onto summer!


Supplies: Neat & Tangled “Sweet Home” stamp set; Simple Stories patterned paper; Stampin’ Up + Neenah cardstock; Hero Arts dye ink; Sizzix embossing folder

Thanks Teacher

Today I’m sharing a card I made for the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #134, which is a new challenge for me.

With fall in the air and kids returning back to school, I wanted to create a school-themed card. I paired Copic-colored images from the Paper Smooches “Smarty Pants” stamp set with Basic Grey “Oxford” papers. I particularly love the colors in that collection, and the teacher in the stamp set reminds me of one of my college physics professors.

Thanks Teacher

I also linked my card up on the Simon Says Stamp Back to School Gallery.

Supplies: Paper Smooches “Smarty Pants” stamps; Basic Grey “Oxford” papers; Neenah + Stampin’ Up cardstock; MFT tag die; Spellbinders circle die; circle punch; May Arts twine; October Afternoon button; Copic markers

Neat & Tangled Stamps – Halloween Photo Tray

I’m over at Neat & Tangled today with a Halloween Photo Tray project.  I wanted a way to attractively display our family’s Halloween highlights through the years. I decorated a 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray with a combination of photos, journaling, and embellished cards, which I created with stamped pieces from the adorable Neat & Tangled Halloween Scene set. Head over for details and a little bit about my approach when working on projects of this type.

CAS-ual Fridays Take #2

Back with another CAS-ual Fridays Challenge card featuring something you might see in or at the ocean. I moved above the water for this card still using stamps from the Paper Smooches “Surf and Turf” set. I tied a square knot with nylon cord to hold the sentiment stamped on a punch-cut tag for a nautical touch.

CFC66 Pelican

Supplies: Paper Smooches Surf and Turf stamp set; Echo Park patterned paper; Hero Arts inks; Ranger dye ink; Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts Neenah solid cardstock; nylon rope; tag punch

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