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. ūüėČ

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)

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” —¬†‚ÄúDefinitely correct; just the way it should be. It could just as well be ‚Äėright as clouds‚Äô or any number of other things, but ‚Äėrain‚Äô it is, doubtless because of the allure of alliteration‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äď ‚ÄúElves 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! ūüėČ ¬†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‚Äôs giveaway ‚Äď the winner will receive their choice of the stamp set! This week‚Äôs 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‚Äôs giveaway ‚Äď the winner will receive all five of this week’s sets! This week‚Äôs 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