CFC 72 “Toot Your Own Horn”

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is to create a project inspired by one’s own blog header.

I used a Memory Box die for the umbrella and a slab-serif font sentiment that gives a similar upbeat message as the phrase “Right as Rain” — “Definitely correct; just the way it should be. It could just as well be ‘right as clouds’ or any number of other things, but ‘rain’ it is, doubtless because of the allure of alliteration” from The Dictionary of Cliches by James Rogers.

The color combination in my blog header is one that I’ve liked for most of my life. I like its graphic punch and it just “feels” happy to me!


Supplies: Spellbinder circle die; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Neat + Tangled October Release – “Elves at Work”

It’s Day Two of the October Release for Neat & Tangled Stamps. I had so much fun coloring the elves in the “Elves at Work” set. For my first card, I imagined the two elves at work in their workshop. The boy elf believes he’s the “#1 Elf” but the girl elf knows better! 😉  Before I did any coloring I decided on my background papers choosing some from the My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland collection. I then looked through my Copic markers to select the best matches. The sentiment is from a set that will be released tomorrow.

Elves at Work Release Day

For my second card, I ventured “outside” to the North Pole, where Santa’s Workshop is located. The North Pole sign stamps and background snowflakes are also part of the set that will be released tomorrow. For the snow hill, I combined a circular piece of dry-embossed cardstock with a piece outlined with Ice Stickles.

Elves at Work Release Day

Supplies: American Crafts “Hollyday Assortment” button; Twinery “Ocean” twine

Head on over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive their choice of the stamp set! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, October 5.

Neat + Tangled October Release – “Little Bear”

It’s Day One of the October Release for Neat & Tangled Stamps. Looking for the Simple Scrapper Blog Hop post? Scroll on down.

I just can’t get enough of the “Little Bear” set – so many cute images! For my first card, I combined the bear in the set with a smaller bear from a set that will be shown tomorrow. I embossed the images and then colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is one from a set that will be released later this week.

Little Bear Release

Supplies: Echo Park “Summer Days” patterned paper; Fiskars grass punch; Stampin’ Up cardstock

For my second card, I took the bears camping! The tree and camp fire in the set are perfect for camp-themed cards and scrapbooking projects.

Little Bear Release

Be sure to head over to the Neat & Tangled Blog for inspiration from more of the team and to enter today’s giveaway – the winner will receive all five of this week’s sets! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, October 5.

CAS-ual Fridays #71

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge was to create a Clean And Simple project inspired by autumn. I was able to make two entries; I had many more ideas swimming in my head that I just didn’t have time to implement!

My first card, and the one best-fitting the theme, came together quickly.


Supplies: Technique Tuesday Give Thanks by Ali Edwards; May Arts twine; October Afternoon button; Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor + Amy Tangerine paper; Savvy Leaf Tree die; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Versamark; Stampin’ Up embossing powder; Spellbinder die; We R Memory Keepers corner chomper

For my second card, I made a Halloween card combining several Paper Smooches sets.

Happy Halloween

Supplies: Paper Smooches Halloweenies; Paper Smooches Spookalicious; Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor patterned paper; Bo Bunny patterned paper; Stampin’ Up + Neenah cardstock; Versafine ink; Ranger clear embossing powder

I’m beginning to realize how much I’ve used the Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor paper this fall – some Halloween, some not. It’s a great collection!

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


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

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

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