For Someone Special

I picked up another Basic Grey Paper Cottage stamp set from Ellen Hutson’s this past week during their “Spring Cleaning” event- I already have several sets from the collection. I’ve got a lot of possibilities swirling around my head! For this card, I wanted to pair pink and green, a color combination that shouts spring to me.


After stamping the background stamp, I realized that the green could easily over power the other elements, so cut the background down and paired it with dry-embossed cardstock.

Hope your week is off to a terrific start!

Cute Stuff

For the past several days, I’ve been in the process of decluttering my scrapbooking supplies as part of Simple Scrapper’s “Stash Bash”. I bought the 12″ x 12″ Basic Grey “PB&J” collection, including papers, stickers and dimensional embellishments, to scrap a page last summer. I knew I still wanted to use the supplies, so I decided to use one of the patterned papers on a card. It’s been awhile since I’ve used scrap paper (rather than 6″ x 6″ papers) on a card, although that’s what I did all the time when I first started cardmaking because I didn’t know about 6″ x 6″ pads!


Initially I thought I’d use the backside of this print for the left-hand side, but I just wasn’t getting it to work. I “neutralized” the card with some dry embossed kraft cardstock.

Wish You Were Here

I had a lot of fun pairing the Mama Elephant “Geotagged” stamp set with some Pebbles “Seen & Noted” patterned paper in this card.


I stamped the polka dots in several different colors before finally getting a color that I though worked best with the “on trend” colors in the patterned paper. While my natural inclination is to save the Pebbles paper, I’m trying to embrace the concept of “spending out” that Gretchen Rubin, author of “Happiness Project” and “Happier at Home”, describes in her post here.

Happy Birthday Gnome

I’ve been wanting to play with this Paper Smooches “Forest Whimsy” stamp set for some time and had the opportunity to do so for a birthday card! We have a strong affection for all things “gnome” in our home. 🙂


Kim Hughes does a fabulous job with the way she draws her designs making it so easy to fussy cut patterned papers, as I did on this card with the MME “Gnome Sweet Gnome” papers. This card is only 5″ tall. When I first crafted it, I had extra white space above and below that just didn’t look right, so I cut the card down a bit!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (solid red); Memory Box (gray); Copic markers: E0000, E000, E00, R11

Pinspired Challenge #7

Welcome! It’s time for another Pinspired Challenge. The photo is for you to interpret anyway you want. Be inspired by the colors, the style, the theme – it’s up to you!

This challenge is sponsored by Timeless Twine who are offering the winner a $10 gift certificate to their online store.

I was inspired by the image’s theme and design. I used two different cloud dies to achieve the cloud cover. I die cut vellum adhered to Be Creative tape so that I could easily adhere the clouds. Rather than use rain drops on my card, I die cut three colorful umbrellas.


Head on over to the Pinspired Challenges blog to see the creations from the rest of the “Pin Heads” and find out the details for playing along. Three runner ups will be chosen and win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner, who will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads,” will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from Timeless Twine. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up and Memory Box cardstock; dimensional tape

Pattern Play: Day 1 Revisited

Today I’m sharing another card from the Online Card Class Pattern Play class. This card is inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s from the Day 1 lesson.


My favorite aspect of the lesson was Jennifer’s explanation on how to choose coordinating patterns. Jennifer’s card combined a floral with three tone-on-tone patterns. As I recall her papers were from several different companies. Since I’m still taking “baby steps” with patterned paper, I combined papers from the Basic Grey “Paper Cottage” pad choosing just one paper with a multitude of colors (the second heart from the top). This technique makes paper paper combining so much easier! The hearts are popped up with dimensional adhesive to give some depth.

Supplies: Spellbinders banner die

Pattern Play: Day 2 Revisited

I’m going back through the Online Card Class Pattern Play class lessons to make cards which I didn’t make during the week of class. Today I’m sharing a card using the emboss resist technique inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s cards from the Day 2 lesson.

Day 2 Resist Web

The tricky part in crafting this card is choosing the background stamp. The Hero Arts “Leaf and Floral” pattern provides the right amount of negative space so that enough of the patterned paper still shows through. I ironed the embossing off, after I applied the distress ink, per Jennifer’s instructions in the lesson. I’ve never done this before; I really like the results! To ensure that the papers coordinated with one another, I chose all of the papers from the MME “Quilting Bee” pad.