Feb 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. Click on the images for supplies used.

This month I scrapped photos from December and New Year’s Day. First up is a layout about the annual trip my husband and I take to a local nursery for our holiday greenery.


I can count on one hand the photos that we took of our two sons in 2012. So as 2013 was rung in, I insisted we celebrate with a photo! We headed up to Snoqualmie Pass for a quick, and cold, photo at the base of the ski area.


For this month’s Story Starters theme – “Hopes and Dreams” – I compared the hopes and dreams for my eldest son from two different time periods. What better time to “take note” than upon a life event such as graduation. The photo on the left was taken at his college graduation in December; the photo on the right was taken when he was about nine months old.


Want to win a one-month Simple Scrapper Premium Membership? Visit the team member blogs and look for the entry link. Entries will be pooled and one winner selected at 11:59pm CST on Wednesday, February 6. You may enter from multiple blogs. Use this link to enter  for a one-month trial membership: http://ow.ly/ctrlx.

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
Michele Holcomb
Holly Humbert
Margrethe Aas Johnsen
Amy Kingsford
Samantha Landay
Pam Lozano
Aimee Maddern
Lauren Hague Madsen
Van Nguyen
Melissa Priest
Mandy Ross
Sara Case Strickland

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.

CAS 2 Day Five Card

Today’s Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2 course lesson showed how to use the Hero Arts Tall Flowers stamp several different ways.  I don’t own that stamp (yet!) so had to improvise with the Blooming Meadow stamp. I followed the approach shown by the very talented Donna Mikasa.

Day Five

After heat embossing the flowers, I used Wild Honey and Crushed Olive distress inks for the background. There are a few water splatters on the distress ink background (that’s intentional!). Donna included some small punched butterflies on her card. I don’t own the punch she used, and the butterfly punch I own is too large for the card, so I just left those off!

CAS 2 Day Four Card

Today’s Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2 course lesson is about white space (blank space). Julie Ebersole shared two beautiful cards using the Hero Arts dogwood stamp. I don’t own that stamp, but own the Sizzix Hero Arts Antique Flowers stamp, which appears to be the same design, but slightly smaller. Since I only own the one, I’m not able to make a comparison. At any rate, I had to trim the card down to achieve the same look!

Day Four

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

Clean + Simple Card Making 2 Day Two

Today’s Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2 lesson is all about single-layer cards.  My card is a variation of one shared in class by Julie Ebersole. I didn’t have all of the supplies that she did, so simplified the card a bit! Now I’m going to go back and make another card from yesterday’s lesson! Love the inspiration from this class.

Clean + Simple 2 Day Two

Supplies: 5/8″ circle die; washi tape; Encore silver ink; Inkadinkado masking paper

Clean + Simple Card Making 2 Day One

Today is the first day of the Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 2. I took round one last winter and learned so much – CAS cardmaking is so challenging but so rewarding.

My card is a variation of one shared in class by Julie Ebersole. I’ve been wanting to give this Impression Obsession background stamp a try.


Supplies: Divine Twine; Creatology bells

Pinspired Challenge #2

It’s time for the second 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 Neat and Tangled Stamps; Danielle is generously offering the winner one stamp set of their choice.

Here’s my take on the challenge image. I couldn’t resist using the elf girl from “Elves at Work.” She got a new outfit for winter, now that’s it’s no longer the holidays ;-), and is ready to play in the snow! I wanted to capture the winter theme, the colors, and the mittens in the inspiration image.


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 Neat and Tangled Stamps. We can’t wait to see your creations!

Supplies: McGill punch (tag); Divine Twine