Halloween Heroine

This cute halloween card is made using a mix of Mama Elephant and Lawn Fawn stamps along with my hand drawn background and a lot of copic coloring!


Originally I stamped my little super heroine, her pup and sentiment from Mama Elephant on an A2 panel.  Taking a ruler and a copic friendly black pen I created my sunburst background.  After I colored everything in I decided that the card needed a bit more of a halloween feel.  In order to incorporate more halloween images I used a stitched border rectangle from Lil’ Inker Designs to cut down the panel.

Using 80lb Neenah solar white card stock I created a top folding card base.  I stamped several halloween images from an older Lawn Fawn set called ‘Critters in Costume’ and then colored them in, again using copics.  To finish the card I layered my super heroine panel on top of my card base, popping it up a bit with some scrap card stock.

Here is a close up of my heroine panel.  Thanks for stopping by!


Lawn Fawn Halloween

Hi!  I know Halloween is still a ways away but this cute Lawn Fawn stamp set and slider die were calling to me!  I made this card for my brother, who just turned 12, and even he will think my card is ‘cool’!  I am posting this card to a Lawnscaping Challenge which can be found here which challenges you to use texture!  I’ve added texture in several ways through the use of glitter, embossing powder, patterned paper, and even shiny card stock. 🙂img_1526

To make the background I used several pieces of patterned paper by American crafts and cut them down to an A2 size.  Using the ‘forest border’ and ‘stitched hillside borders’ dies by Lawn Fawn I cut two of my patterned papers to create my scene.  Taking one of the small slider dies I cut my largest panel so that my owl would appear to fly across the night sky.  Next I cut shiny gold card stock with a round 1″ punch and adhered it to my background.


I stamped the owl and bunny on Neenah solar white card stock and then colored them both in with copic markers before cutting them out.  After I cut out any image I go around the edge with a black Memento marker giving the impression that it is perfectly cut.  I stamped the owl again on double sided sticky paper and cut out his mask.  The sticky paper has release paper on both the top and bottom, so I removed one side to adhere it to the owl’s original mask.  I then removed the release paper from the top of the mask and then covered it in glitter.  The particular glitter I used is called Silk Microfine Glitter by Elizabeth Crafts – it is truly super fine and has a beautiful shine to it.

I adhered my bunny to the card and then using a penny and a small amount of foam adhesive attached my owl.  The entire panel was them adhered to an A2 card base with foam tape to allow the penny room to move behind the front panel.  To finish the card I embossed a sentiment from a new Avery Elle called ‘Merriest’ in Wow orange embossing powder.  Oh, and lessons learned…first heat emboss and then add foam tape to the back of the panel!  Otherwise your foam tape melts a wee bit!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


It’s never too early…

IMG_1475…to begin making your holiday cards!  I’ve been making all my holiday cards for the last several years.  After individualizing each one last year I thought I’d make it a little easier on myself this year by creating several cards of the same design.  Yeah…best intentions.  These next several cards you will note that the sweet little Neat & Tangled images from ‘Lumberjack Love’ are colored exactly the same but each card is different.  So, first up…


IMG_1478To color the boy and girl I used the following Copic markers:

  • Girl – hair: E43, E47, E49; skin: BV00, E000, E00
  • Boy – hair: E31, Y28, YR24; skin: V12, E11, E33
  • Trees – E39, E29, YG06, G05, G07, G29

After coloring in my images I traced the hillside in pencil and then cut it out.  I cut an A2 panel out of navy card stock and used masking tape to cover the edges.  I taped down the Simon Says Stamp ‘snow’ stencil and covered it in embossing paste.  After placing foam tape on my fussy cut winter scene I attached it to the snow covered panel. 
Finally I cut stars and my sentiment (from Lawn Fawn) out of gold card stock.  I added some Glaze pen to the eyes of my boy and girl to finish the card.  That’s it!

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Mount Whitney

I’ve been slowly taking time to do a mix of scrapbook and project life pages.  It was part of my New Year’s Resolution to be better about documenting my year – ‘better’ being the operative word. 🙂  Eventually I’ll get around to snapping photos of my other pages from *cough* January.

I have lots of photos from my husband and I hiking up Mount Whitney but I like the idea of an ‘introduction’ page sans photos.  (I also love paper and hate covering it all up, part of the reason I like Project Life layouts so much!)  There is a journaling card tucked into a flag in the upper right hand corner.  I purposely made the flag, using an Avery Elle die cut, out of vellum so you can see that something is written there but have to pull it out to read the story.


We hiked Whitney in September and the tree and papers I chose are meant to represent that time of year.  Whitney is the highest mountain in the contiguous 48 states and so my mountain scene stretches from the bottom to the top of my layout.  I used a mix of Lawn Fawn dies and patterned papers for my grass, tree lines and mountains.


Selecting paper is probably the most difficult part of this layout because I was trying to create a sense of depth while maintaining balance.  Let me explain.  The further an object is from you the lighter it appears and by using cooler colors you ‘push’ objects into the distance.  Additionally, the mountains are of a single color card stock, this not only makes the composition as a whole appear less busy but also creates a sense of distance because there is less detail to it.  Now to talk about pattern.  When a quilter chooses fabric they do so with an eye for the size of their pattern and color of the ground.  Paper works the same way.  There are 6 different patterned papers on this layout and to appease the eye I made some specific choices.  The acorns of the background paper are mid-sized.  No other patterned paper in the layout is the same size.  For my mountain scene the grass is a plaid paper dominated by green with very little white.  The paper immediately following has the largest scale and brighter colors as it composes my mid-ground.  The final patterned paper has the smallest pattern with the most white space.  All three of these papers also follow the rules for distance, getting cooler as I move back to create depth.  The mountains follow this same logic, the closest mountain cut from darker card stock and the further from lighter.


This scene would not be complete without some ‘life’ in it.  I personally prefer photos with people in them.  Sure, scenery shots are pretty, but my memories are about the people in the location, not the location itself.  This little guy is from The Greeting Farm.  I just adore their rubber stamps, not only do they stamp well but they are fun to color. 🙂

Hopefully that was insightful!  I’d love to hear from you and get feedback!  Have a wonderful day!

Father’s Day

I’m officially returned from vacationing and it is time to blog!  First up is my ‘prepared weeks in advance but still sent late’ father’s day card.  Luckily my dad falls into the ‘just happy I received something’ category and hasn’t disowned me. 🙂



Using the ‘Three amigos’ stamp set from Mama Elephant and ‘You’ve Got Mail’ from Lawn Fawn I stamped the images on card stock and colored them with copic markers.  I die cut the word ‘happy’, also from Mama Elephant, several times and layered them all together with glue.  Taking a gray copic marker I colored the ‘happy’ sentiment and then covered it in glossy accents.  Next, I prepped some black card stock for heat embossing and then stamped ‘Father’s Day’ in Versamark ink.  I covered the ink with white embossing powder from Ranger and heat set it.

To create the background I stamped the map by Studio Calico on an A2 panel and colored it in with copics.  I ran the panel through my Big Shot with a Lil’ Inker Design ‘Silly Stitched Die’ to get the wonky stitched border.  Finally I adhered all the elements to the panel and sent it off…eventually. 😉

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!



A Moose For You

My grandfather adores the ‘noble moose’.  In honor of that, I made him a birthday card using this cute Lawn Fawn moose as the focal point.  I stamped the moose and other images in Memento ink on Neenah card stock and colored them in with copic markers.  To create my ground I used 4 different colors of green for the grass, using a BG (blue-green) color to create shadows.  For the sky I used 4 different colors of blue and 2 different colors of yellow to create  a bokeh style sky.

IMG_1435I originally colored the ‘HB2U!’ banner in a rainbow but decided I didn’t like the overall effect.  I re-stamped the banner on patterned paper that reminds me of a picnic blanket, perfect for my little woodland theme!  I fussy cut the flags and adhered them over the original images – I like how this added a little bit of dimension and drew some attention to the banner.  The alphabet letters used on the banner are also from Lawn Fawn and the size works perfectly with the banner.  I stamped the letters in Versafine onyx black ink to make sure the letters stood out against the patterned paper.

Thank you for stopping by!

Fairy hello

These sweet fairies are from Lawn Fawn.  This card uses a number of techniques to make these fairies stand out on the otherwise busy background.  For starters, you’ll note that the fairies are placed using the rule of thirds.  Additionally, the fairies are in color and all the other stamped images are in grayscale.



To make this card I stamped my images on Neenah card stock in Memento ink and colored them with copic markers.  I stamped my sentiment, also from Lawn Fawn, on vellum in Versamark ink and heat set Zing embossing powder.  To finish the card I added both glossy accents and clear Glaze pen to various grayscale images.


I’ve submitted this card to the current lawnscaping challenge, ‘off kilter’, that you can get to here if you’re interested in participating!   Thanks for stopping by!


Aww!  So pleased when I saw I  received an ‘Honorable Gnome’ for this challenge!

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Bake me a cake

I originally made this card with the intent that the little mixers would be the focus of my card. Just.didn’t.happen. Sometimes, your project has to evolve for you to end up with something you like. I measured the mixers, a stamp from a Lawn Fawn set, and did math (yes, I actually calculated it 🙂 ) to figure out the distance between mixers horizontally and vertically.  I stamped everything in Memento ink on Neenah card stock and then colored the images in with copic markers.


I also stamped this cute little girl from The Greeting Farm, colored her in with copics, and then cut her out using my Brother Scan n’ Cut.  To maker the image look “finished” I took my memento pen and colored the edges of the cut image.  I trimmed down my mixer panel and trimmed a piece of rainbow stripe patterned paper.  To transition between these two panels I took a piece of gold glitter washi tape and adhered it to the rainbow paper and allowed it to peek from underneath the mixer panel.


To make the girl stand out from the brightly colored background I cut a circle die cut by Reverse Confetti out of white card stock and placed it behind her.  Lastly, for my sentiment I used a Reverse Confetti stamp set called ‘Bitty Banners’.  I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark and then heat embossed it in Zing ‘Glacier’.  I trimmed the banner out and placed it behind my main image.


I am submitting this card for a Lawnscaping Challenge.  To participate or find out more, click here.  Thanks for stopping by!

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At the beach

This poor kid has a squiggle face that always make me think he’s a natural red head standing in the sun without any sunblock on.   😳  I’ve been toying with backgrounds and this card is no exception.  It is a combination of ink blending, stencils, and copic coloring.




To begin I stamped the little boy from The Greeting Farm in Memento ink on the A2 panel. I stamped the image again on masking tape and trimmed it out, covering up my initial stamped image.  Next I stamped the small crab close to the little boy.  Covering the panel with my Simon Says Stamp stencil, I taped it in place and then masked off certain areas of the stencil.

Taking Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon, I covered the open areas of the stencil.  I then removed the stencil and blended ink on the white areas of the waves in Peacock Feathers and the sky in Mermaid Lagoon.  I colored the sand using copic markers and made fine dots with a black pen.


I removed the mask off the little boy and colored him and the crab using my copic markers.  To finish the card I added some white to the boy’s eyes and a mix of my clear Glaze pen and Glossy Accents to add shine to different areas of the card!

Thanks for stopping by!



Hey there!

I must say….I had an opportunity and passed it by.  My husband saw me stamping these Reverse Confetti pups for the umpteenth time and asked what happens when they no longer cling to the acrylic block.
Actually said:  You just clean them! 😉
Should have said:  That’s it….I have to buy new ones.  😔


Products used:

  • Stamps: ‘Puppy Love’ by Reverse Confetti
  • Die cuts: Fence, clouds, sun by Lawn Fawn; edge border by Lil’ Inker Design; hearts by Memory Box
  • Sentiment: ‘hey there’ by Lawn Fawn
  • Backgrounds: ‘Grid’ by My Favorite Things
  • Ink: Fresh Mint pigment ink by Mama Elephant

I stamped the pups and bowl on Neenah card stock in Memento ink before coloring them in with copic markers.  For the boy pup I used: Y28, E43, E47, R20, RV21 and G07.  For the girl pup I used: YG11, E31, E55, R20, and BG10.  The bowl uses YG21 and YG01; the bone uses E41; the sun uses Y11 and YG21.

I stamped the A2 panel with my background stamp in pigment ink and allowed it to dry.  I die cut all of my components (clouds, sun, fence, grass) and attached them to the A2 panel.  Using my Brother scan n’ cut I cut out the pups and bowl and attached them in the bottom-left corner of the card.

Lastly, I used my MISTI to place my sentiment, stamping it twice to ensure a solid image.  The hearts were added above the pups and near the sentiment and then covered in glossy accents.

That completes my card!  Have a great day!