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

Lawnscaping Challenge #41

The Lawnscaping Challenge this week is to create a card using the sketch below.

For my first card, I moved the cluster to the bottom-right corner of the card. I was in a mood to create something fall-themed, so I paired Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers with the newly-released Lawn Fawn “So Thankful” stamp set and an old favorite, “Critters in the Forest.” All of the images are embossed with Stampin’ Up espresso powder. I cut the sentiment in to two pieces so that I could stack it.


Supplies: Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers, Stampin’ Up cardstock, Stampin’ Up embossing powder, Fiskars scallop border punch

For my second card, I used the newly-released Lawn Fawn “Hoppy Halloween” with Echo Park’s “Chillingsworth Manor” papers. I wanted a little extra “zing” so I used Stickles on the circle, the moon, and the medallion of the vampire bunny.

Happy Halloween

Supplies: Lawn Fawn “Hats Off to You,” Stampin’ Up cardstock, Versafine ink, Fiskars circle punch

Go Boldly!

This week’s challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays – to create a Clean And Simple project featuring banners or flags – has been a particularly fun one. I created one card right away, but my mind wouldn’t stop thinking of possibilities.

The death of astronaut Neil Armstrong inspired me to create a card related to the landing on the moon. The late sixties and early seventies were such an exciting time in our country. My brother and I were obsessed with the space program. In fact, he went on to major in aerospace engineering. We ate space food sticks, in school we read Weekly Reader articles about the space program, and we were glued to the television any time something related to the space program aired.

My card for the challenge uses a banner for the sentiment and a US flag.

Go Boldly


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


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

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


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