Bats in the Belfry

For reasons unbeknownst to me, the phrase “Bats in the belfry” popped into my head the other day while I was walking Ginger.  I decided it would be fun to see if I could create a card with the phrase.

According to The Phrasefinder, “‘Bats in the belfry’ refers to someone who acts as though he has bats careering around his topmost part, i.e. his head.”

Paper Smooches “FOLKal Points” has a cute looking church/school/tower building that I used for the belfry. I added bats from both “Halloweenies” and “Spookalicious.”

Bats in the Belfry

Supplies: Spellbinders circle dies; My Mind’s Eye patterned paper; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Sparks Picture Perfect Challenge

I was captivated by this week’s Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge image. It took awhile for me to get my creative juices flowing, however, because I just wasn’t sure where to start.

I was especially drawn to the colors and to the yellow birds, so I focused on those in my card. I added glossy accents to the birds (from the Paper Smooches “Hang Ups” set) for some shine.

Sparks Challenge

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (gray, yellow); Spellbinders circle die cuts

Pirate Owl

I recently read the Happiness Project and Happier at Home by Gretchen Rubin. (I highly recommend both titles.) Rubin mentions how she enjoys children’s literature aka kidlit, and I realized how much I do as well. As a result, I’ve recently been rediscovering children’s picture books.

This card, featuring the owl from the Paper Smooches “Spookalicous” stamp set, is inspired by such illustrations. As you can see I’ve added origami to the card, for which the Hero Arts newspaper background stamp works well to create a textured sail.

Pirate Owl

Supplies: Bazzill gray cardstock; Hero Arts pirate digital kit (pirate’s hat); Echo Park Letter stickers; origami paper

Cozy Winter

This is another “just because” card. I had the most fun picking the colors for the stockings. I really like all sorts of holiday decorating schemes – from traditional, to modern, to country/cozy (see Benita Larsson’s “Holiday Theme Poll” for examples of different styles). At the moment, I’m enjoying bright, non-traditional holiday colors like turquoise, lime green and dark pink!

Cozy Winter

The Owl and the Pussycat

This week’s Lawnscaping Challenge is to try a new technique.

I started a list of techniques I hadn’t tried and realized I’d never cut multiple die cut layers. My card’s inspiration is the “nonsense” poem “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear.

The Owl and the Pussycat

I cut the waves individually and glued them to the stamped black background. I then ran the panel through my Big Shot cutting out the scene with a large circle die. I finished the panel off with a thin die-cut circle. I made the boat using origami technique.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon. And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand. They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon, They danced by the light of the moon.

Supplies: Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies; Stampin’ Up cardstock, origami paper

Welcome Autumn – Retrosketches #32

I just can’t get enough of the Paper Smooches “Autumn Groves” set and decided to use it for this week’s fabulous Retro Sketches challenge. I can see myself using this sketch over and over.

I began by choosing the patterned paper strips using papers from Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye. The MME paper is some I’ve had for awhile from a collection that I really like. I’ll be sad when it gets all used up! I colored my scarecrow and pumpkin based on the colors in the papers with Copic markers. The sentiment, crow, and fence are stamped onto the background. Lining that crow up, and knowing I had just one “take” was no small feat (read previous post on battling perfectionism!). Although the sketch calls for a square card, once I’d built my scene, a rectangular format made more sense. I kept the background quiet with a neutral cardstock.

Welcome Autumn

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock; Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye patterned papers; May Arts twine

So Thankful

This is a card I made “just because”! I returned yesterday from a three-day visit to see my youngest son, who attends the University of Colorado in Boulder. I wanted to get back into my daily routine that includes cardmaking and a certain number of household responsibilities! I colored the pumpkins and mouse, and then found that there was just no way I’d be able to fussy-cut the mouse’s tail. I glued the pumpkins and a tail-less mouse to the blue background and then inked up just the tail with a black Memento marker. I gingerly stamped the tail onto the colored pumpkin. As a “recovering perfectionist” it was a huge step forward to be able to even try this. 😉

Lawn Fawn So Thankful

Supplies: Spellbinders circle dies

The CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson

I’m over in the CLASSroom at Ellen Hutson’s today for the Lawnscaping Fall Blog Hop.

Please head on over to see the card I created celebrating fall Pacific Northwest style. Not only that, but Ellen has put together a fabulous giveaway – you will have until midnight October 7, 2012 Pacific Daylight Time to share your thoughts in the CLASSroom and be included in a random drawing for some of the fun products I used to create the card! Happy Friday!

Paper Smooches Woodland Creatures

I haven’t entered the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge for awhile but this Trend Watch really caught my eye. Paper Smooches has so many cute sets from which to create a woodland scene.


My card imagines the bigger squirrel helping the smaller squirrel reach the acorn in a team effort.

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

Supplies: Simple Stories patterned paper, MME Halloween papers (2011)