Pinspired Challenge #15

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!

Kiwi Lane is offering the winner of this challenge a $25 gift certificate to their online store.


For my card, I was inspired by the theme and the colors! I created the birds’ nest out of cut pieces of the Grapevine Wreath die, which I glued together in layers. I’d love to take credit for such a clever idea, but I found the idea on the blog of Pam Sparks. If you haven’t visited her site or seen her work before, you’re in for a treat!

Now, it’s your turn. 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 Kiwi Lane. We can’t wait to see your creations!

SCC2: Shaker Card

As I mentioned earlier in the week, I’m still working through the material from the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2. This shaker card, shared by Kelly Marie Alvarez of Lawn Fawn during the second week of class, is one of the projects that I passed up during class.


The trickiest, and most time consuming, aspect of this card was cutting the foam rings and adhering them to one another and their front and back pieces. It was tricky mainly because you want to make sure the pieces are well adhered and in line with one another. Kelly Marie had Copic-colored the balloons and created custom shaker elements. I simplified this project by choosing patterned papers from the Studio Calico Atlantic pad and using their matching sequins for the shaker elements. 🙂

Star Card: Two Versions

I’m still working through material from the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2. The class provided a lot of fantastic inspiration that will keep me busy for weeks. I’m sharing two versions of the same design using one of the sketches from the third week.


On my first card, I followed the instructions from Kristina Werner’s class video for adding the twine. The baker’s twine is looped around the back, but the top and bottom sections were done separately. I consider this card to be the “hers” version (using some of the principles and ideas learned in the Online Card Classes His & Hers class).

Because this is a relatively easy card to make, I couldn’t resist making a “his” version. I tied the twine the way that Shari Carroll had done on the card she shared in the class. The twine is three separate pieces that are just taped onto the card back. So much easier than looping around! I added the dashed line, like Kristina had done on her card, as the natural twine on the kraft cardstock called for something extra on the card.

StarMasculinewebSupplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (red)

Penny Black In a Row – One More Card

I couldn’t resist crafting a Halloween-themed card with the new Penny Black In a Row die cut (51-001).


I used the same card design as the one I shared in yesterday’s post, stamping the sentiment from the Penny Black Hoot of a Time (40-152) stamp set on a slightly larger die-cut circle. The purple panel has been stamped with the Penny Black Indian Wheel (40-202) background stamp in dye ink.

Penny Black In a Row Creative Die

There are so many possibilities for creating with the new Penny Black In a Row die cut (51-001)!

InARowweb I added the die-cut birds to the top of a panel stamped with the Penny Black Indian Wheel (40-202) background stamp in dye ink. The card base is stamped in Versafine ink with the Penny Black Moment of Joy (4303F) sentiment stamp. I added a die cut circle for both design and color balance.

Penny Black Sunny Days

I absolutely adore the stamp images in the Penny Black Sunny Days set. I’m sharing a card in which I have paired the soccer-playing dog with a sentiment from the Friendship set.

DogSoccerwebAfter stamping with Versafine ink and heat embossing, I colored the dog and soccer ball with Derwent Inktense watercolor pencils (there’s just a bit of white pencil on the soccer ball). With advice from Elizabeth Allan, I used Ink Potion No. 9, rather than water, to blend the watercolor pencil. I stamped the image on cardstock, rather than watercolor paper, as I didn’t want my cardstock to pill. I’m happy to report that the Ink Potion did the trick. I also tried a version with my Prismacolor pencils, but I preferred the vividness that I achieved with the Inktense pencils.

I finished the card off with some clouds cut with Memory Box dies and adhered the blue panel to a woodgrain-cardstock card base.

SCC2: Week Three, Day Four

Today’s class in the Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 was all about trying something new. I CASEd the lovely shabby chic creation by guest artist Debby Hughes. Shabby chic is definitely not a style in which I normally craft my cards!


I even broke out my sewing machine to add the stitching, as without it, the cut patterned paper just didn’t look right for this style. I distressed the panel and card base with Antique Linen Distress Ink and the tag with Frayed Burlap. It’s subtle, but the effect does make a difference. To be honest, I ended up enjoying this process much more than I thought I would! The card is still not full-on Shabby Chic, but it’s definitely done in a style different than my usual.

Under the Sea: A Poppystamps Project

Today, I’m sharing a project created for Poppystamps. For my card, I envisioned the rich, aquatic underwater world. Although I live in the Pacific Northwest, I’m drawn to tropical themes and colors, especially at this time of year!


I layered four strips of Key Lime cardstock cut with the Poppystamps Grassland Border die to simulate seagrass. I then added fish, cut with the Memory Box School of Fish die, in a multitude of tropical colors. I finished the card with a sentiment stamped from the Memory Box Wishing You stamp set.


This project is also posted on the Poppystamps blog. You’ll want to head on over there to meet the newly announced Poppystamps Design Team.

Supplies: Memory Box Currant cardstock; Memory Box Ocean cardstock; Versafine ink

SSC2: Week Three, Day Three

There were some fabulous creations shared by the the guest artists in today’s Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 class. I chose to CASE Shari Carroll’s beautiful card.


I was intrigued by Shari’s use of the geometric shapes with the butterfly, which shows up better in real life. In this photo, it gets a bit lost with the white background. I eliminated a bow Shari had below the sentiment because I ran out of room at the bottom. I suspect that the entire circle was higher up on her card, but I wasn’t going to move it as it was adhered with dimensional tape! And ideally I’d have smaller sequins, or sequins in a couple of different sizes, but alas I don’t!

Supplies: A Muse Studio sequins; Spellbinders circle die; Penny Black Pointile stamp; ColorBox white pigment ink; Penny Black Penny Black Tagged die cut (small hexagon); Stampin’ Up cardstock (dark brown); twine

SCC2: Week Three, Day Two

Today’s class in Online Card Classes Summer Card Camp 2 was all about techniques. I chose to make a card like one of the ones Jennifer McGuire shared.


Again, I’ve made some product substitutions based on what I own. Jennifer used a different Memory Box die that had larger leaves. Her gold embossing was exquisite! I was surprised to hear her say she was “all thumbs,” because if that’s the case, I’m not sure what I am! Suffice it to say, getting coats of gold embossing powder on the vine was no easy feat. I added Stickles to the flowers, berries and butterflies, although I’m not sure they show up in the photo. Jennifer used some embossing powders that gave wonderful zing to those elements. I used the Stickles for an easy substitution.