More CAS 2 Cards

Fabulous inspiration in the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2 course today! But first I’m sharing a card I made yesterday from Monday’s lesson. This is my take on Kristina Werner’s fabulous design.

Day One No 2


For today’s lesson I tried two versions of the cards shared by Jennifer McGuire.

Day Three No 1

Day Three No 2



The design uses gradient stamping. I experimented with a variety of shadow and chalk inks. As you can see, my chevron stamp needs a bit more seasoning! Jennifer’s cards included bows created with a new die set that I don’t own. For the time being, I’m trying to make each day’s cards with what I have on hand, and then make a shopping list towards the end of class with some of the goodies that have been shared each day.

Supplies: The Twinery; Simon Says Stamp banner die + sentiment; Spellbinders circle die; ColorBox pigment ink; Fresh pigment ink

Cozy Winter

This is another “just because” card. I had the most fun picking the colors for the stockings. I really like all sorts of holiday decorating schemes – from traditional, to modern, to country/cozy (see Benita Larsson’s “Holiday Theme Poll” for examples of different styles). At the moment, I’m enjoying bright, non-traditional holiday colors like turquoise, lime green and dark pink!

Cozy Winter

The Owl and the Pussycat

This week’s Lawnscaping Challenge is to try a new technique.

I started a list of techniques I hadn’t tried and realized I’d never cut multiple die cut layers. My card’s inspiration is the “nonsense” poem “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear.

The Owl and the Pussycat

I cut the waves individually and glued them to the stamped black background. I then ran the panel through my Big Shot cutting out the scene with a large circle die. I finished the panel off with a thin die-cut circle. I made the boat using origami technique.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon. And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand. They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon, They danced by the light of the moon.

Supplies: Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies; Stampin’ Up cardstock, origami paper

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. 😉

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!


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

Lawnscaping Challenge #41

The Lawnscaping Challenge this week is to create a card using the sketch below.

For my first card, I moved the cluster to the bottom-right corner of the card. I was in a mood to create something fall-themed, so I paired Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers with the newly-released Lawn Fawn “So Thankful” stamp set and an old favorite, “Critters in the Forest.” All of the images are embossed with Stampin’ Up espresso powder. I cut the sentiment in to two pieces so that I could stack it.


Supplies: Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers, Stampin’ Up cardstock, Stampin’ Up embossing powder, Fiskars scallop border punch

For my second card, I used the newly-released Lawn Fawn “Hoppy Halloween” with Echo Park’s “Chillingsworth Manor” papers. I wanted a little extra “zing” so I used Stickles on the circle, the moon, and the medallion of the vampire bunny.

Happy Halloween

Supplies: Lawn Fawn “Hats Off to You,” Stampin’ Up cardstock, Versafine ink, Fiskars circle punch

Lawnscaping Challenge #40

This week’s Lawnscaping Challenge is to make your own patterned paper with stamps.

I combined this challenge with the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge #66.


It took me several tries to combine colors and stamped images. I don’t think I’ve ever used yellow and red together on a card before. I tend to associate the color combination with sports teams. The kraft, black, and white helped to neutralize the two strong colors.

Salt and Pepper



This week, the CAS-ual Fridays challenge was to create a square card.

I stamped the Lawn Fawn “My Cup of Tea” steam stamp on a kraft tag with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear powder to create a bit of texture on the card. In order to get the tea bag into the cup, I had to create a mask for both the tea bag and the cup. It took several tries to get the masked image to work out!



Supplies: Lawn Fawn My Cup of Tea stamp set; Stampin’ Up + Neenah cardstock; Ranger Archival ink; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Ranger clear embossing powder; October Afternoon button; May Arts twine; Spellbinders circle die; MFT tag die

CAS-ual Fridays – On Cloud 9

This week the CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a Clean And Simple project featuring things you’d see in the sky.

My mind went wild imagining a variety of scenes from many different viewpoints. But alas, given that I needed to craft my image from stamps, there were some limitations! We had amazing weather this past weekend in the Pacific Northwest, and my husband and I took a long walk with our golden retriever on Whidbey Island. I snapped this photo of two evergreens against the clear sky as my inspiration for the challenge.


For my card, I white embossed the tree from the Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest set a couple of times and colored the trees with distress inks. I white embossed the set’s dragonfly, (there are dozens of dragonflies buzzing around when the sun shines), colored the sky with distress ink, and then used markers to color the dragonfly.


Supplies: Lawn Fawn Say Cheese stamp set; Lawn Fawn Critters in the Forest stamp set; Sizzix embossing folder; Versamark ink; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Distress inks; Memento markers