Happy 4th of July!

Happy July! I’ve seen some fantastic cards created with the Lawn Fawn Happy 4th stamp set and wanted to join in the fun!

LawnFawnJuly4th-webThe two fireworks (bottle rockets?) were stamped, fussy-cut, and then added to the card with dimensional adhesive. I cut the sentiment into two pieces so that I could stack it.

To those of you in the US – have a safe and happy 4th of July celebration!

Happy Easter – Retrosketches #56

Time was running out for me to use the “Happy Easter” stamp set from Lawn Fawn! I created a springtime, Easter card to play along with this week’s Retrosketches sketch.

Easter webThere’s a hint of Copic coloring on the rabbit, although it didn’t photograph well. The bunny is popped up with some dimensional adhesive. I cut the sentiment strip in half so that I could stack the greeting.

Happy Easter and Happy Spring (Happy Fall to those of you in the Southern Hemisphere)!

Colorful Chevrons

As long as I had the Fiskars stamp press out to make my Inspired by…Color card, I decided I’d make another card using border stamps. As I was pondering color schemes, I came across an image in a catalog I received with coral, blue and khaki. (It happened to be an ensemble in an outdoor clothing catalog.) I knew I didn’t want to make another rainbow color scheme card, and the color combination felt fresh, but not in a traditional sense.


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!