Happy Birthday Gnome

I’ve been wanting to play with this Paper Smooches “Forest Whimsy” stamp set for some time and had the opportunity to do so for a birthday card! We have a strong affection for all things “gnome” in our home. 🙂

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Kim Hughes does a fabulous job with the way she draws her designs making it so easy to fussy cut patterned papers, as I did on this card with the MME “Gnome Sweet Gnome” papers. This card is only 5″ tall. When I first crafted it, I had extra white space above and below that just didn’t look right, so I cut the card down a bit!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (solid red); Memory Box (gray); Copic markers: E0000, E000, E00, R11

Pinspired Challenge #7

Welcome! It’s time for another Pinspired Challenge. The photo is for you to interpret anyway you want. Be inspired by the colors, the style, the theme – it’s up to you!

This challenge is sponsored by Timeless Twine who are offering the winner a $10 gift certificate to their online store.

I was inspired by the image’s theme and design. I used two different cloud dies to achieve the cloud cover. I die cut vellum adhered to Be Creative tape so that I could easily adhere the clouds. Rather than use rain drops on my card, I die cut three colorful umbrellas.

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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 win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner, who will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads,” will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from Timeless Twine. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up and Memory Box cardstock; dimensional tape

Pattern Play: Day 1 Revisited

Today I’m sharing another card from the Online Card Class Pattern Play class. This card is inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s from the Day 1 lesson.

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My favorite aspect of the lesson was Jennifer’s explanation on how to choose coordinating patterns. Jennifer’s card combined a floral with three tone-on-tone patterns. As I recall her papers were from several different companies. Since I’m still taking “baby steps” with patterned paper, I combined papers from the Basic Grey “Paper Cottage” pad choosing just one paper with a multitude of colors (the second heart from the top). This technique makes paper paper combining so much easier! The hearts are popped up with dimensional adhesive to give some depth.

Supplies: Spellbinders banner die

April Simple Scrapper Blog Hop + Giveaway

Welcome! Today I’m sharing layouts I created with this month’s Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates, as well as this month’s Story Starters.

This month, I turned to memories from 2000 for my layouts using the templates. We didn’t own a digital camera in 2000, or if we did, we didn’t take many photos with it. At any rate, I have a box of film prints from that year. Periodically I’ll go through the film boxes and scan photos. The beauty of scanning is that I can then crop the photos as I see fit, which I did with these.

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I also scrapped a memory from a trip to DC, which we took in April 2000 just before we moved from Boston. I’ve never scrapped any of these photos, which are now 13 years old! I have dozens of photos from the trip, but I don’t have any current plans to scrap the trip as a whole. That being said, it was fun capturing a small piece of the trip.

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Finally, I used one of the Story Starters – “Reflect on a relationship today using a photo of the relationship from the past” –  to scrap my relationship with our Golden Retriever. I used colors for this layout that I don’t typically use – aqua and pink. Given that Ginger and I are the only two girls in the family, it was rewarding to create something more feminine for a change!

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Check out the fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Simple Scrapper Design Team:
Simple Scrapper (Jennifer Wilson)
Jeryn Carlisi
Lisa Corbin-Polak
Ronnie Crowley
Holly Humbert
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Aimee Maddern
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Celeste Smith
Sara Case Strickland

 

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The Premium Membership at Simple Scrapper provides skills and shortcuts to help you simplify and find more meaning in your memory keeping. Each month members receive a new collection of sketch templates and Story Starters, story-focused prompts for pages and projects.

Pattern Play: Day 2 Revisited

I’m going back through the Online Card Class Pattern Play class lessons to make cards which I didn’t make during the week of class. Today I’m sharing a card using the emboss resist technique inspired by one of Jennifer McGuire’s cards from the Day 2 lesson.

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The tricky part in crafting this card is choosing the background stamp. The Hero Arts “Leaf and Floral” pattern provides the right amount of negative space so that enough of the patterned paper still shows through. I ironed the embossing off, after I applied the distress ink, per Jennifer’s instructions in the lesson. I’ve never done this before; I really like the results! To ensure that the papers coordinated with one another, I chose all of the papers from the MME “Quilting Bee” pad.

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)!

Pinspired Challenge #6

Welcome! It’s time for another Pinspired Challenge. The inspirational photo is for you to interpret anyway you want. You can take from the colors, the style, the theme – it’s up to you!

This challenge is sponsored by Paper Sweeties. They’re generously offering $25 to their shop to the challenge winner.

 I sought to capture the shimmer and overall feminine theme of the inspiration image. (And honestly, I had NOT seen the Paper Sweeties graphic before I made this card!) The chipboard dress and hanger were given to me by Barb Ghigliotty, whom I met through flickr – aren’t they adorable! The dress is covered with American Crafts POW glitter paper. I created the sentiment on my computer and finished the card off with silver metallic paper and a little bling!

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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 win a “Pin Pal” badge for their blog. A winner, who will also be chosen by the “Pin Heads,” will win a “Pin Perfect” badge for their blog along with the prize from Paper Sweeties. We can’t wait to see your creations!