Cozy Winter

This is another “just because” card. I had the most fun picking the colors for the stockings. I really like all sorts of holiday decorating schemes – from traditional, to modern, to country/cozy (see Benita Larsson’s “Holiday Theme Poll” for examples of different styles). At the moment, I’m enjoying bright, non-traditional holiday colors like turquoise, lime green and dark pink!

Cozy Winter

The Owl and the Pussycat

This week’s Lawnscaping Challenge is to try a new technique.

I started a list of techniques I hadn’t tried and realized I’d never cut multiple die cut layers. My card’s inspiration is the “nonsense” poem “The Owl and the Pussycat” by Edward Lear.

The Owl and the Pussycat

I cut the waves individually and glued them to the stamped black background. I then ran the panel through my Big Shot cutting out the scene with a large circle die. I finished the panel off with a thin die-cut circle. I made the boat using origami technique.

They dined on mince, and slices of quince, Which they ate with a runcible spoon. And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand. They danced by the light of the moon, the moon, the moon, They danced by the light of the moon.

Supplies: Spellbinders Nestabilities circle dies; Stampin’ Up cardstock, origami paper

Scrapping My Favorites

Simple Scrapper has a fun challenge planned for December – to scrap about one’s favorites and to include a picture of oneself on the layout. I’m working on some assignments ahead of time so that the holiday season is a tad less hectic. I’m looking forward to embracing the activities of the season with energy and enthusiasm.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of visiting my youngest son in Boulder, where he is a sophomore at the University of Colorado. It was easy for me to come up with favorites from Boulder! And Paul insisted that he take a photo of me in front of the Flatirons, enshrouded in clouds. This layout is not in my usual clean and simple style – I wanted to create an outdoorsy, but still cozy/comfy, layout evoking the textures and colors of the fall season.

Boulder Favorites

Supplies: Simple Scrapper Premium Membership Template; Robyn Meierotto Designs papers + elements; Cinzia Designs paper + tag; Sahlin Studio button; Katie Pertiet paint splatters; Lauren Script; Traveling Typewriter

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. 😉

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” — “Definitely correct; just the way it should be. It could just as well be ‘right as clouds’ or any number of other things, but ‘rain’ it is, doubtless because of the allure of alliteration” 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!

CFC72

Supplies: Spellbinder circle die; Stampin’ Up cardstock

Neat + Tangled October Release – “Elves 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! 😉  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’s giveaway – the winner will receive their choice of the stamp set! This week’s featured stamp sets will be available for purchase at the Neat & Tangled store, Friday, October 5.