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!


Guest Designing at Lawnscaping Challenges

I’m delighted to be guest designing over at Lawnscaping Challenges today!

Lawnscaping Challenge Number 83 is all about using heat or dry embossing on your project. The prize for this challenge is a $25 gift certificate to Simon Says Stamp!

Here’s my card featuring heat embossing.


I stamped and heat embossed the Mason jar from Summertime Charm on white cardstock and on vellum. I stamped and heat embossed the lid out of gray cardstock. I used the Summertime Charm Lawn Cuts to cut out the pieces. I also stamped and heat embossed the strawberries, colored them with Copics, and then cut them with the Lawn Cuts.

I glued the vellum overlay onto the white cardstock, using the embossed line as a guide for where to put the glue. I had attached the strawberries to the white cardstock before adding the vellum, so they wouldn’t spill out! I topped off the jar with its lid and some twine. I die cut Scripty Hello from patterned paper and adhered it to my card base panel. Once I had attached the jar to the sentiment panel, I scattered a few more strawberries at the jar’s base.

Be sure to head on over to Lawnscaping Challenge to see what the Design Team has done for this challenge! Hope you’ll play along!


Life Is Good

This week’s challenge at Stamp Nation is HOME. There are so many different directions you can go with the theme. I decided to create a card based on a fantasy of mine to live in a lighthouse (I’d settle for living on the beach)!


I stamped and heat embossed the lighthouse and sand pail from Lawn Fawn’s “Life Is Good” set. I colored the images with Distress Markers scribbled onto an acrylic stamp block, from which I picked up the color with a wet brush. Once dry, I die cut the lighthouse and pail with their matching Lawn Cuts. The sand dunes were stamped, heat embossed and watercolored.  The sand color is a combination of Brushed Corduroy and Dried Marigold. Once dry, I fussy cut the dunes. The background was watercolored with Salty Ocean.

This scene makes me happy – the sun and the ocean beckons!


OCC Stenciled: Day Two

Today’s Online Card Classes Stenciled class lesson was about using the stencil as a template.  I created a card based on the one shown by Kristina Werner.


I colored in some of the stars on the Tim Holtz stencil with Inktense pencils. I didn’t color as many as Kristina had on her card, I added sequins for some more bling. The Inktense pencils do leave some shaving residue as you color, so it’s important that you shake/blow those off as you go along. While I like this technique, and it’s a quick and easy way to craft a card, I think I’ll use this same design on a card onto which I ink the stars.


Pinspired Challenge #23

The winner of this challenge will receive three digital stamps from Some Odd Girl.

For my card, I was inspired by the color scheme of bright blue, red and white in the inspiration image, as well as the holiday theme.


I stamped Penny Black’s Crystal Pattern [40-162] background stamp with Bahama Blue ink for my background, onto which I added the die cuts. Yes, this card does look a lot like the tags I shared last week! (I actually had this card made several weeks ago for this challenge.) I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of those birch die cuts.

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 will win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. The winner will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog, as well as the Some Odd Girl prize. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: Penny Black’s Crystal Pattern [40-162] background stamp

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 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!