Holiday Card Camp Day 4

The focus of today’s Online Card Classes Holiday Workshop lesson is “stretching your stamps,” as in using them in less obvious or unusual ways. It’s a drizzly, cold November Monday here in the Pacific Northwest, so I’m a bit on auto-pilot. 🙂 I followed one of the cards shown by Shari Carroll almost to a “T.”


I loved the colors Shari chose for the tree line – and they make me happy! I heat set the stamped trees before I heat embossed the sentiment in silver across them. I tried stamping the sentiment without heat setting the trees, and the trees picked up quite a bit of the embossing powder, even though I used an “embossing buddy.” I used papers from October Afternoon’s “Midway” collection.

There were more terrific cards shown using the Lawn Fawn “Peace, Love, Joy” stamp set in today’s lesson that I plan to craft in the upcoming weeks.


Olive, the Other Reindeer

I enjoy picture books, especially holiday ones! For whatever reason, when Olive, the Other Reindeer was published, it escaped my attention. But the title came up repeatedly on a recent search of “best holiday children’s books,” so I checked it out of the library to read it!

The book’s premise is that Olive hears “All of the other reindeer” and thinks they’re saying her name. I immediately thought of making a card when I saw the image of Olive hanging by a cord from Santa’s sleigh.


I decided that one of the dogs in the Lawn Fawn set would be Olive (taking some artistic license!). Naturally I turned to the Impression Obsession Santa die for Santa and the reindeer. I heat embossed the Lawn Fawn sentiment on the card base, masked it, and then stamped the Hero Arts background stamp in white pigment ink.

Supplies: ColorBox white pigment ink; Doodlebug twine

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. 🙂

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