Welcome Autumn – Retrosketches #32

I just can’t get enough of the Paper Smooches “Autumn Groves” set and decided to use it for this week’s fabulous¬†Retro Sketches challenge. I can see myself using this sketch over and over.

I began by choosing the patterned paper strips using papers from Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye. The MME paper is some I’ve had for awhile from a collection that I really like. I’ll be sad when it gets all used up! I colored my scarecrow and pumpkin based on the colors in the papers with Copic markers. The sentiment, crow, and fence are stamped onto the background. Lining that crow up, and knowing I had just one “take” was no small feat (read previous post on battling perfectionism!). Although the sketch calls for a square card, once I’d built my scene, a rectangular format made more sense. I kept the background quiet with a neutral cardstock.

Welcome Autumn

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock; Simple Stories and My Mind’s Eye patterned papers; May Arts twine

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. ūüėČ

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!

Paper Smooches Woodland Creatures

I haven’t entered the Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge for awhile but this Trend Watch really caught my eye. Paper Smooches has so many cute sets from which to create a woodland scene.

My card imagines the bigger squirrel helping the smaller squirrel reach the acorn in a team effort.

Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge

Supplies: Simple Stories patterned paper, MME Halloween papers (2011)

CFC 72 “Toot Your Own Horn”

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is to create a project inspired by one’s own blog header.

I used a Memory Box die for the umbrella and a slab-serif font¬†sentiment that gives a similar upbeat message as the phrase “Right as Rain” —¬†‚ÄúDefinitely correct; just the way it should be. It could just as well be ‚Äėright as clouds‚Äô or any number of other things, but ‚Äėrain‚Äô it is, doubtless because of the allure of alliteration‚ÄĚ from The Dictionary of Cliches¬†by James Rogers.

The color combination in my blog header is one that I’ve liked for most of my life. I like its graphic punch and it just “feels” happy to me!


Supplies: Spellbinder circle die; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Neat + Tangled October Release ‚Äď ‚ÄúElves at Work”

It’s Day Two of the October Release for¬†Neat & Tangled Stamps. I had so much fun coloring the elves in the “Elves at Work” set. For my first card, I imagined the two elves at work in their workshop. The boy elf believes he’s the “#1 Elf” but the girl elf knows better! ūüėČ ¬†Before I did any coloring I decided on my background papers choosing some from the My Mind’s Eye Winter Wonderland collection. I then looked through my Copic markers to select the best matches. The sentiment is from a set that will be released tomorrow.

Elves at Work Release Day

For my second card, I ventured “outside” to the North Pole, where Santa’s Workshop is located. The North Pole sign stamps and background snowflakes are also part of the set that will be released tomorrow. For the snow hill, I combined a circular piece of dry-embossed cardstock with a piece outlined with Ice Stickles.

Elves at Work Release Day

Supplies: American Crafts “Hollyday Assortment” button; Twinery “Ocean” twine

Head on over to the¬†Neat & Tangled Blog¬†for inspiration from more of the team and to enter today‚Äôs giveaway ‚Äď the winner will receive their choice of the stamp set! This week‚Äôs featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the¬†Neat & Tangled¬†store, Friday, October 5.

Neat + Tangled October Release – “Little Bear”

It’s Day One of the October Release for Neat & Tangled Stamps. Looking for the Simple Scrapper Blog Hop post? Scroll on down.

I just can’t get enough of the “Little Bear” set – so many cute images!¬†For my first card, I combined the bear in the set with a smaller bear from a set that will be shown tomorrow. I embossed the images and then colored them with Copic markers. The sentiment is one from a set that will be released later this week.

Little Bear Release

Supplies: Echo Park “Summer Days” patterned paper; Fiskars grass punch; Stampin’ Up cardstock

For my second card, I took the bears camping! The tree and camp fire in the set are perfect for camp-themed cards and scrapbooking projects.

Little Bear Release

Be sure to head over to the¬†Neat & Tangled Blog¬†for inspiration from more of the team and to enter today‚Äôs giveaway ‚Äď the winner will receive all five of this week’s sets! This week‚Äôs featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the¬†Neat & Tangled¬†store, Friday, October 5.

Simple Scrapper October Premium Membership Blog Hop

This month, I scrapped several memories from past autumns with the October¬†Simple Scrapper Premium Membership¬†templates. For more about how I’ve not only increased my scrapping productivity but also maintained my enthusiasm for scrapbooking, you can read Scrapping With the Seasons.

With the first template I scrapped a flight my family took in a small floating plane several Augusts ago. The tilted template in the collection was a perfect fit for my photos.


Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; Echo Park For the Record 2 Documented; Echo Park This and That Charming; Katie Pertiet Going Away; Bebas title font; Rockwell journaling font

A few weeks ago I kitted up some paper supplies from last fall that I used to document a fun day trip we took when we lived in Massachusetts. I don’t do a lot of paper scrapping, but once I’d gathered everything together, I realized how easy it would be to do something with the products.


Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; American Crafts Nightfall paper and embellishments; Amy Tangerine paper; American Crafts for Studio Calico Thickers; Century Gothic journaling font

With the third template from the collection I scrapped some “outtake” photos from our holiday photo session two years ago. At the time, these photos were mostly ignored because they didn’t fit the bill for the card. Now, they’re priceless! I love seeing the joy on my sons’ faces as they clown around.


Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; Echo Park This and That Charming

Check out the inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team using this month’s templates and be sure to enter this month’s giveaway for a one-month trial subscription to Simple Scrapper.

Julie Aldridge
Sue Althouse
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern

The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping.

CAS-ual Fridays #71

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge was to create a Clean And Simple project inspired by autumn. I was able to make two entries; I had many more ideas swimming in my head that I just didn’t have time to implement!

My first card, and the one best-fitting the theme, came together quickly.


Supplies: Technique Tuesday Give Thanks by Ali Edwards; May Arts twine; October Afternoon button; Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor + Amy Tangerine paper; Savvy Leaf Tree die; Stampin’ Up cardstock; Versamark; Stampin’ Up embossing powder; Spellbinder die; We R Memory Keepers corner chomper

For my second card, I made a Halloween card combining several Paper Smooches sets.

Happy Halloween

Supplies: Paper Smooches Halloweenies; Paper Smooches Spookalicious; Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor patterned paper; Bo Bunny patterned paper; Stampin’ Up + Neenah cardstock; Versafine ink; Ranger clear embossing powder

I’m beginning to realize how much I’ve used the Echo Park Chillingsworth Manor paper this fall – some Halloween, some not. It’s a great collection!

The Liebster Award

I was incredibly touched to recently receive a Liebster Award from Chari Moss of Mossy Made. I’ve gotten to know Chari as part of the Neat & Tangled Design Team. I’m wowed by her talent with every card she makes!

Liebster is a German word meaning “Beloved,” “Favorite,” or “Dearest.” This award is a peer to peer award in which fellow bloggers present the award to their favorite bloggers with less than 200 followers. The origins of this award is unclear, but is believed to have originated by a German blogger. This award was designed to be a blog award in the pay it forward fashion to share your dearest and most beloved blogs that have less than 200 followers.

Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to their blog. Post the award onto your blog. Give the award to five bloggers who you appreciate that have less than 200 followers. Leave a comment on their blog letting them know that you have given them this awesome award!

I’ve been amazed at the warm and welcoming cardmaking community that I’ve discovered during the past year (plus) I’ve been making cards. I’m bestowing the award on cardmakers I only know via the online communities of which I’m a part, although I would hope that someday I could meet some of you in person!

I discovered Kimberly in the Paper Smooches flickr group and was immediately drawn towards her style. Through her blog I learned of cardmaking challenges, such as CAS-ual Fridays, of which I had previously known nothing about.

Tracey¬†has been supportive with comments on my blog and flickr stream which have meant a lot to me. She’s a regular contributor to many of the same challenges I enter.

Jennie¬†has also been supportive with her comments. It’s been great seeing her work as a guest at Paper Smooches this month.

 is an unbelievably talented cardmaker whose Lawn Fawn cards consistently inspire me.

Elena has left some sweet comments on my cards, and I also turn to her blog for Lawn Fawn inspiration.