CASology Wood – Smore Fun

Today, I’m sharing a card that I’m linking to the CASology Challenge. The theme is wood and the cute card by Megan inspired mine. When I think wood, I think camping, and when I think camping, I think of S’mores!


I stamped the S’mores in a stack using a post-it note to mask the layers. I colored the images with a variety of Copics in the E5X series. I’m really enjoying Copic coloring with the Gina K Pure Luxury cardstock. It makes a big difference in the blending. The woodgrain card panel was created with an Amuse Studio texture plate.

Supplies: Gina K cardstock, Stampin’ Up cardstock, Amuse Studio texture plate

You Drive Me Wild

Today, I’m sharing a “just for fun” card using the Lawn Fawn “Happy Trails” stamp set and matching die cut.


I haven’t Copic-colored for a long time and practiced my coloring on the cars. I used Gina K Design’s Pure Luxury cardstock, on the recommendation of some Stamp Nation members, and I definitely liked the results. I used color combinations from Sharon Harnist. Her Copic FAQ page is a fabulous resource!
Supplies: Spellbinders die (rectangle); Gina K Design’s Pure Luxury cardstock

Hello Sunshine

While I was crafting my card as a guest designer for Lawnscaping Challenge Number 83, I created another summer-themed card. 


Lawnscaping Challenge Number 83 is all about using heat or dry embossing on your project.  I heat embossed the watermelons and the ant. The watermelons are colored with Copic markers. I kept the background simple with bright-colored, solid cardstock.

Have you played along yet? There’s a prize of a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp! Head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge to enter! You have until  Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 to submit your entries!


Hollyhock Bouquet

In most cases, I create cards with the end in mind, or at least a vague idea. Such was not the case with this card, which grew to be quite tall!


My inspiration for this card comes from Dina Kowal. She’s both a designer for Impression Obsession, as well as a member of their design team. She shared a card recently combining the Hollyhock and Mason Jar dies.

I cut white cardstock with the Hollyhock die several times,  and colored the flowers with Copics. I’ve never colored die cuts with Copics before, but I have to say it’s certainly easy and you can get the colors you want! I used the Mason Jar die to cut a piece of patterned paper that I colored with a Copic to add shading along the sides. I added a shadow under the mason jar with an Amuse Studios set. The sentiment comes from the Hero Arts “All Occasion Messages” set. The sentiment says “Hello Friend.” I simply cut it in two, as I find myself frequently needing a little sentiment to fit onto tiny tags (this tag was cut with a punch). The background paper is Strathmore 140lb coldpress watercolor paper. For this card, I wanted something off-white with a little bit of texture. I buy the Strathmore paper in a big pad and cut it down to size.


Who Loves You?

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one of the new stamp sets (and its companion die cut set)  from Paper Smooches.


For the background, I applied Ferro acrylic paint through a Simon Says Stamp star stencil. The Ferro paint was demonstrated during the Online Card Classes Stenciled Class. It’s quite thick – as thick as embossing paste. Application was super easy and much easier than coloring embossing paste with a metallic (which I actually haven’t tried, although I have colored the embossing paste with acrylic paint). I also tried heat-embossing white paste (applied through the stencil) with silver powder; another technique demonstrated in the Stenciled class. It worked fine, but I prefer the look that the Ferro provides over the embossing powder technique, which tends to bubble the embossing powder during the heating process.

I colored the owls with Copics, cut them with the Owl Icons die, and attached them to the die cut branch with dimensional adhesive.


Penny Black Valentine’s Day Card

There’s been some wonderful inspiration over on the Penny Black Blog using the latest release Sending Hugs. In fact, Penny Black is holding a Sending Hugs challenge – read all about it here.

Today, I’m sharing a card using three stamp sets from the release – ooh la la [30-210], from the heart [30-207] and rose edging [30-206].


I stamped one of the images from  rose edging twice on the card base. On a rectangular panel, I stamped and Copic-colored an image from ooh la la, combining it with a die-cut heart which was heat embossed with a sentiment from the from the heart set. I finished the card off with a white ribbon bow.

So Proud of You

I couldn’t resist making another card with the new Hero Arts “Lil Hoot” stamp set, this time using the pair of bears.

LilHootBearAs with my card using the Lil Hoot owls, I relied on several Hero Arts background stamps for some pattern.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! One of my resolutions for 2014 is to color more with my Copics. Today I’m sharing a card created with the new Hero Arts “Lil Hoot” stamp set.

LilHootOwlI used several Hero Arts background stamps on this card as well – for the tree background and the starry sky. I fussy-cut the colored owls and attached them with dimensional adhesive to the star background.

Be Merry

Today, I’m sharing a card created with one Kristina Werner’s designs from the Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop. There are still plenty of cards from class that I’d like to make!


Kristina stamped lines with pigment ink on her card. I tried this idea, but wasn’t able to stamp lines that looked sharp, so I created strips from patterned paper instead. I heat embossed green and red cardstock with Lawn Fawn stamps. The patterned paper is from one of last year’s Echo Park collections. I stamped the owl with Memento black ink and colored him (her?) with Copics. Even though I didn’t mind fussy cutting stamped images too much, I really like the Lawn Cuts companion dies!


Holiday Card Camp Day 3

The focus of today’s Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop lesson was Clean and Simple Holiday Cards. For my first card, I followed one shown by Shari Carroll.


Shari used a repeating sentiment from Lawn Fawn, which was adorable. I looked through my stash and found a sentiment from a Technique Tuesday set that would work, although it wasn’t repeating. Because of the sentiment’s length, I ended up making the card 4 1/2″ wide, to provide white space on the side and bottom. I added some “snowflakes” with embossing paste in the sky.


For the second card, I made some modifications to an idea shown by Cristina Kowalczyk. I masked off a triangular area and colored in select parts of the Tim Holtz Dot Fade stencil with Copics to form a Christmas Tree. I wasn’t thrilled with the way the tree sides looked, they were raggedy, so I cut it out with the larger tree die cut from the Sizzix “Holiday Cheer” set. I silver heat emboosed a sentiment from the Hero Arts “Naughty or Nice” set – really like the fonts in this set!