Lawnscaping Challenge #41

The Lawnscaping Challenge this week is to create a card using the sketch below.

For my first card, I moved the cluster to the bottom-right corner of the card. I was in a mood to create something fall-themed, so I paired Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers with the newly-released Lawn Fawn “So Thankful” stamp set and an old favorite, “Critters in the Forest.” All of the images are embossed with Stampin’ Up espresso powder. I cut the sentiment in to two pieces so that I could stack it.


Supplies: Simple Stories Harvest Lane papers, Stampin’ Up cardstock, Stampin’ Up embossing powder, Fiskars scallop border punch

For my second card, I used the newly-released Lawn Fawn “Hoppy Halloween” with Echo Park’s “Chillingsworth Manor” papers. I wanted a little extra “zing” so I used Stickles on the circle, the moon, and the medallion of the vampire bunny.

Happy Halloween

Supplies: Lawn Fawn “Hats Off to You,” Stampin’ Up cardstock, Versafine ink, Fiskars circle punch

Simple Scrapper September Premium Membership Blog Hop

This month, I scrapped two different seasons with the Simple Scrapper Premium Membership templates. I had one toe still dipped in summer even though we’re headed into fall!

I’d never scrapped these non-digital, underwater photos from our trip to Maui in 2003. I enjoyed pairing them with the brightly-colored Echo Park Paradise Beach Collection papers. It’s my third layout using the collection.

Hello There!

Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; Echo Park Paradise Beach papers; Fonts: Rockwell (title) + Futura (journaling)

Last fall, our first as “empty nesters,” I made a point of capturing the signs of Halloween in our neighborhood, as well as during our weekend day-trip travels. For me the holiday is a perfect transition point between the fall and winter. I’m looking forward to doing the same this year. This is one of the first layouts in a long time in which I’ve put my journaling directly onto the page background.

Signs of Halloween

Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; Echo Park Apothecary papers and element; Crystal Wilkerson crumpled paper used as a mask; Katie Pertiet paint splatter; Font: Georgia

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
Jess Forster
Michele Holcomb
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Valerie Mangan
Mandy Ross

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Back to School

This week the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge is to create a Clean And Simple Back to School project.

Back to School

Labor Day weekend has always signaled “Back to School” for me, even though there were years I had already started back to school, and my sons had started back, before Labor Day. Just one of those things fixed in my head!

I had my sons in mind while I created this card. I wanted something math and science-oriented, as well as “boy friendly.” This teacher may have caught the paper airplane from one of his students, or maybe he’s made it himself. At any rate, he’s passionate about the subject he teaches and isn’t ruffled by a little paper airplane building. He encourages his students to stretch themselves in the classroom.


Go Boldly!

This week’s challenge over at CAS-ual Fridays – to create a Clean And Simple project featuring banners or flags – has been a particularly fun one. I created one card right away, but my mind wouldn’t stop thinking of possibilities.

The death of astronaut Neil Armstrong inspired me to create a card related to the landing on the moon. The late sixties and early seventies were such an exciting time in our country. My brother and I were obsessed with the space program. In fact, he went on to major in aerospace engineering. We ate space food sticks, in school we read Weekly Reader articles about the space program, and we were glued to the television any time something related to the space program aired.

My card for the challenge uses a banner for the sentiment and a US flag.

Go Boldly


Lawnscaping Challenge #40

This week’s Lawnscaping Challenge is to make your own patterned paper with stamps.

I combined this challenge with the Deconstructed Sketch Challenge #66.


It took me several tries to combine colors and stamped images. I don’t think I’ve ever used yellow and red together on a card before. I tend to associate the color combination with sports teams. The kraft, black, and white helped to neutralize the two strong colors.

Salt and Pepper


Chihuly Garden and Glass

Today, Will and I had the opportunity to visit the newly-opened Chihuly Garden and Glass, the largest display of Chihuly glass in the world, at the Seattle Center. We’ve been meaning to go all summer. The forecast called for sun and mild temperatures, so off we went! I’ve used Will’s photos, taken with a wider angle lens than mine, for this post.

I’m not exactly sure what I expected, but the exhibition exceeded our expectations and is a wonderful addition to the Seattle Center. It replaces the former Fun Forest amusement park.

The interior galleries, which visitors walk through first, illuminate major facets of Chihuly’s career. One of our favorites features glass forms of varied shapes and vibrant colors spilling over the edges of two large wooden boats.



A glass conservatory aka Glasshouse visually connects the nearby Pacific Science Center and Space Needle.



The Garden is anchored by four monumental sculptures. The largest, named Sun, sits atop a bed of black mondo grass. Somehow Will managed to get all of the people standing in front of this to vanish for a moment!




Unfortunately, I can’t find any information about the names of the other three major sculptures in the garden. This green tower looks almost tropical.



The garden, designed by Chihuly along with landscape designer Richard Hartlage, features Chihuly pieces sprouting in color groupings (orange, purple, black and blue) amid well-paired plantings.



We’ll definitely be returning for an evening tour of the gardens sometime this fall.

CAS-ual Fridays – Banners & Flags

This week’s CAS-ual Fridays challenge is to create a Clean And Simple project that features banners or flags.

I’ve had a multitude of ideas swirling in my head ever since the challenge was announced last night. I’ve even been looking at nautical signal flags to see if I could piece together some on a card!

This card took on its own life and I kept it super-simple. I’m in love with the cottage in the Neat & Tangled “Sweet Home” stamp set. I wanted to create a scene of a summer home, someplace on a beach, late in the summer when it has become chilly enough to light a fire. The family living there is getting ready to head back to the city for the fall, but for one last week, they’ll hold onto summer!


Supplies: Neat & Tangled “Sweet Home” stamp set; Simple Stories patterned paper; Stampin’ Up + Neenah cardstock; Hero Arts dye ink; Sizzix embossing folder

Thanks Teacher

Today I’m sharing a card I made for the Operation Write Home Sketch Challenge #134, which is a new challenge for me.

With fall in the air and kids returning back to school, I wanted to create a school-themed card. I paired Copic-colored images from the Paper Smooches “Smarty Pants” stamp set with Basic Grey “Oxford” papers. I particularly love the colors in that collection, and the teacher in the stamp set reminds me of one of my college physics professors.

Thanks Teacher

I also linked my card up on the Simon Says Stamp Back to School Gallery.

Supplies: Paper Smooches “Smarty Pants” stamps; Basic Grey “Oxford” papers; Neenah + Stampin’ Up cardstock; MFT tag die; Spellbinders circle die; circle punch; May Arts twine; October Afternoon button; Copic markers

Neat & Tangled Stamps – Halloween Photo Tray

I’m over at Neat & Tangled today with a Halloween Photo Tray project.  I wanted a way to attractively display our family’s Halloween highlights through the years. I decorated a 7 Gypsies Artist Printers Tray with a combination of photos, journaling, and embellished cards, which I created with stamped pieces from the adorable Neat & Tangled Halloween Scene set. Head over for details and a little bit about my approach when working on projects of this type.

CAS-ual Fridays Take #2

Back with another CAS-ual Fridays Challenge card featuring something you might see in or at the ocean. I moved above the water for this card still using stamps from the Paper Smooches “Surf and Turf” set. I tied a square knot with nylon cord to hold the sentiment stamped on a punch-cut tag for a nautical touch.

CFC66 Pelican

Supplies: Paper Smooches Surf and Turf stamp set; Echo Park patterned paper; Hero Arts inks; Ranger dye ink; Stampin’ Up, Hero Arts Neenah solid cardstock; nylon rope; tag punch