Pattern Play Day Five

Today’s Online Card Class Pattern Play class lesson was a bit of a challenge for me. The lesson focus was on manipulating paper, and I followed the technique shared by Kristina Werner in which four pattern strips were woven together. The difficulty was in choosing the right set of papers that would work together for the weaving. Kristina used some My Mind’s Eye papers in soft colors and harmonizing patterns that went together beautifully.

Day Five Web

Even though I had the stamp that Kristina used on her card, a bunny from Wplus9 Design Studio, I wanted to try something else. I chose the Paper Smooches bear and found some “camp-themed” (more masculine) papers for the woven paper weaving. Yes, my card is heavy on the polka dots! I hit another obstacle when I went to choose paper for the bear. I initially white embossed a dark brown, but it was just too much contrast for the other papers.

I’ve had a great time in this class and don’t want it to end! I always learn so much in the classes.

Supplies: Paper Smooches stamps; patterned papers by Bazzill, My Mind’s Eye, Simple Stories; Versafine ink; vellum; Amuse Studio embossing plate


Pattern Play Day Four

This may be my favorite day yet in the Online Card Class Pattern Play class. Today’s focus was on altering patterned paper. My card is based on one shown by Jennifer McGuire in which she used Picket Fence White Distress Stain on the papers to soften their look. I’m always wowed by how Jennifer adds details and polish to her designs.


Per Jennifer’s directions, I used Distress Ink on the edges of the clouds and sun to add a little color and definition.

Early on in my cardmaking, techniques intimidated me; now I have begun to really appreciate the fun in using the Distress Inks and Stains!

Supplies: patterned papers (Echo Park, Studio Calico, Lily Bee); Memory Box cloud dies; Spellbinders circle dies; Distress Inks; Distress Stain; Technique Tuesday/Ali Edwards stamp; Kaisercraft pearls; VersaMark; Hero Arts white embossing powder

Pattern Play Day Three

I’m sharing a CASE of one of the fabulous cards shown by Debby Hughes in today’s Online Card Class Pattern Play class.


The appearance of this card is deceptive – it may look simple and easy, but there are lots of details that go into making it look that way!

Supplies: Simple Stories Patterned Paper; Stampin’ Up cardstock; My Mind’s Eye enamel dots; My Favorite Things Say What Dies; Simon Says Stamp sentiments; Versamark; Hero Arts white embossing powder; Neenah white cardstock

Pattern Play Day Two

Today I was inspired by a card shared by Jennifer Rzasa, a guest instructor in Online Card Class Pattern Play.


The flowers are fussy cut and layered with some dimensional adhesive. Let me tell you, that “Thank you” sentiment on the side took me several tries to get straight! I used my Fiskars stamp press after several failed attempts using an acrylic block.

Supplies: Hero Arts “Hearts & Flowers,” Hero Arts Studio Calico “Oh Snap,” Lawn Fawn papers, Versafine ink

Colorful Chevrons

As long as I had the Fiskars stamp press out to make my Inspired by…Color card, I decided I’d make another card using border stamps. As I was pondering color schemes, I came across an image in a catalog I received with coral, blue and khaki. (It happened to be an ensemble in an outdoor clothing catalog.) I knew I didn’t want to make another rainbow color scheme card, and the color combination felt fresh, but not in a traditional sense.


Inspired by … Color!

Maybe it’s the rain, or maybe it’s because I’m ready for more color in my surroundings, whatever the reason, I’m gravitating towards cards with bright colors right now. I really liked the Pinspired Challenge #5 image. So I made another card with that colorful quilt in mind.


In fact, I bought the Mama Elephant “Trifecta” stamp originally for the challenge, but then went a different direction at the last minute. To season the triangle border stamp, I inked it with Versamark each time before inking with the various dye and chalk inks. I don’t know if this gave me better coverage or not, but my experience is that Versamark “gums up” the stamp and helps ink stick to it.

Supplies: Inkadinkado border stamp

Spring is in the Air

With hints of spring visible, I decided to “paint” a spring scene with distress paints. It will be a few months before I see this kind of color out of my windows!


The “Blooming Meadow” stamp easily lends itself to stamping with paint. After the image dried, I added tumbled glass to the sky and peeled paint towards the bottom.

I recognize that these birds aren’t particularly realistic, but I wanted to give the “Resting Birds” die a try!

Supplies: Stampin’ Up cardstock (blue for birds)

Pinspired Challenge #5

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 It’s Always Fabulous who are offering a $15 gift certificate to their store.

In my card, I sought to capture the colors and graphic pattern of the inspiration image with chevron die cuts and one of the sentiments from Hero Arts “Heydey,” a favorite of mine.


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 It’s Always Fabulous. We can’t wait to see your creations!