Author Archives: Yvonne

Let’s Go Nuts!

I couldn’t wait to make this birthday card for my son! He turned 22 on Friday, but he still likes cute animals! Plus he will forever be known as “Chipmunk” from his YMCA camp counselor days, so all things squirrely seem appropriate!

The fun thing about this card is the way that by using this die to cut the trees, you can hide surprises behind the flaps (in this case, more squirrels!), to make it interactive.

I used the Lawn Fawn Let’s Go Nuts stamp and die sets and the Lift the Flap Tree Backdrop die.

I did some simple ink blending with Distress inks for the background prior to adhering the trees. I used Broken China for the top of the sky and then blended Pine Needles, Brushed Corduroy and Broken China at the bottom. The sentiment is Squeezed Lemonade and Fired Brick.

I blended some Ground Espresso ink on the trees on the backdrop to make some subtle shadows. I colored the squirrels, wagon and acorn with Copic markers and created my scene by adhering everybody in the nooks and crannies and around the trees.

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Life’s A Picnic with You

  • Stamp and die sets –
    • Lawn Fawn “Crazy Antics” and “Dandy Day”
  • Dies –
    • Lawn Fawn “Large Slimline with Sliders,” “Slimline Stitched Hillside Borders,” and “Simple Puffy Cloud Frames”
  • Twine – Lawn Fawn Trimmings – Unicorn Tail
  • Cardstock

I had some fun with Lawn Fawn products today! All of the mice in their stamp designs are irresistible! I combined two different mouse-centric sets and three additional die sets as I put together this happy summer scene. And with a slimline card, you have lots of room to build! I colored all of the elements with Copic markers. Maybe today is a good day for a picnic, what do you think?

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Challenge: Shopping our Stash Challenge #427 – Pile It On


I’m So Glad We’re Friends

  • Stamps –
    • Gina K. Designs – Autumn Wreath Builder
    • Newton’s Nook – Newton’s Birdhouse (sentiment)
  • Template – Gina K. Designs – Mini Wreath Builder Template
  • Inks – Altenew
  • Twine
  • Cardstock

There is something therapeutic about using the wreath builder template and stamps to create a wreath. There is a lot of repetition and the wreath slowly grows as you stamp. I stamped each of the stamps in a different color of Alenew ink until it built up the final wreath.

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Relaxing on the beach card

This is my third card using the Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus. For more information on this versatile stamp set, see the photo and explanation below.

For this card, I created a little scene on the beach. The chairs, umbrella, footprints and sentiment are all from the Cape Code stamp set. I made the sand by adhering a tea bag to white card stock with gel medium to create a little texture and a pretty accurate sand color. I stamped the footprints ever so lightly on the sand since they should only indicate an impression. But they’re so light they are hard to detect in the photo! I had a scrap of the wave patterned paper left from a previous card that I though made a good ocean backdrop.

Supplies

  • Stamps – Cape Cod clear stamp set – Jenn Shurkus, Lawn Fawn – Wild for You (sentiment)
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn – Simple Puffy Cloud Frames and Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables; Simon Says Stamp – Stitched Rectangles
  • Tea bag
  • Dina Wakley Gel Medium
  • Copic markers
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay – Beach Huts

About the Cape Cod stamp set

Jenn Shurkus, who is a creative card maker and instructor, lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. For each set sold between June 15th- July 1st, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s website. She also has more samples of lovely cards she has made using this stamp set.

Love Live Local is an organization that has supported small businesses and artists on Cape Cod for a number of years now. They are the ones organizing the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. The Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer some relief from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read more about them and the fund here: https://lovelivelocal.com/resilience/.

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Snappy Lobsters

This is my second card using the Cape Cod stamp set created by Jenn Shurkus. For more information on these wonderful stamps, see the photo and explanation below.

I couldn’t resist the lobsters in this set and had fun making a little pattern with them (sort of like synchronized swimming lobsters!). Now, here in Oregon, we don’t have lobsters. We have the tastiest crabs of all: Dungeness. But someday I will go to Cape Cod so I can have a lobster roll! I designed the card front and then wanted to find a sentiment to match the card (sort of backwards, huh?). I did think the one I picked was pretty perfect even though the sentiment went with an entirely different stamp set.

Supplies

  • Stamps – Cape Cod clear stamp set – Jenn Shurkus, Lawn Fawn – Wild for You (sentiment)
  • Die – Lawn Fawn – Simple Wavy Banners
  • Hero Arts Enamel Dots – Aqua
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay – Beach Huts

About the Cape Cod stamp set

Jenn Shurkus, who is a creative card maker and instructor, lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. For each set sold between June 15th- July 1st, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s website. She also has more samples of lovely cards she has made using this stamp set.

Love Live Local is an organization that has supported small businesses and artists on Cape Cod for a number of years now. They are the ones organizing the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. The Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer some relief from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read more about them and the fund here: https://lovelivelocal.com/resilience/.

Thanks for visiting.


Cape Cod Shadow Box

Shadow box – front view

Today I’m sharing a little shadow box card I made using a brand new stamp set developed by Jenn Shurkus. I’m helping out Jenn as she works to help locally owned businesses in Cape Cod. For more details about this stamp set and the cause it supports, please read the explanation below.

Details about my card

I always enjoy using this shadow box die set and all of the add-ons for lots of different themes. They are easy to use and so much fun.

Looking at the inside right, decorated with a sailboat and anchor
Looking into the shadow box to the left, decorated with a lighthouse

I decorated all sides of the box, although you don’t have to. I liked repeating the waves motif on the outside panels and I cut little elements from the paper to decorate the sides on the inside. The fishing boat, lobster trap, and lobster are all from the Cape Cod stamp set. I will have another post coming up this week with a card using this same set.

The shadow box folds flat to make it easy for mailing.

Supplies

  • Stamps – Cape Cod clear stamp set – Jenn Shurkus
  • Dies – Lawn Fawn – Simple Puffy Cloud Frames, Shadow Box Card, Shadow Box Ocean Add-on
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay – Monterey Bay “Lighthouse”

About the Cape Cod stamp set

Jenn Shurkus, who is a creative card maker and instructor, lives on Cape Cod and is raising money for the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. This fund will help small businesses on Cape Cod who are experiencing financial difficulties due to Covid-19. This fund will be around for the long run, and continue to help small businesses out in the future. YOU can help by purchasing one of Jenn’s exclusive Cape Cod stamp sets. For each set sold between June 15th- July 1st, $10 will be donated to the CCRF. Another way you can help? Share this with your creative friends and help spread the word! More details can be found on Jenn’s website. She also has more samples of lovely cards she has made using this stamp set.

Love Live Local is an organization that has supported small businesses and artists on Cape Cod for a number of years now. They are the ones organizing the Cape Cod Resilience Fund. The Cape Cod Resilience Fund will provide direct grants to small business owners on Cape Cod to offer some relief from the economic damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. You can read more about them and the fund here: https://lovelivelocal.com/resilience/.

Thanks for stopping by.


You’re One in a Melon

Yesterday was my mom’s 90th birthday! Happy Birthday, Mom! Mom checks my blog every day, and luckily my Instagram feed shows up here so she generally sees something new! I have great intentions of updating my blog more often, it just doesn’t always seem to happen. But I digress.

So when trying to decide what I should do to make Mom’s birthday card special, I remembered an Art Impressions stamp and die set I bought several years ago that featured a raccoon that comes together in a cute tri-fold card. So I dug it out and the rest was history.

Card Front

I began by creating the card base from a 4-1/2″ X 11″ piece of white cardstock and folded it into thirds, which is 4-1/2″ tall by 3-5/8″ wide when all folded. I stamped the fruit stand on the front of the card with Memento black ink. I die-cut the window with the die provided.

Inside flap

I then lined up the smaller window box layer with the main fruit stand on the front and stamped and die cut that image.

Center and inside of tri-fold card

So then for the Pièce de résistance, the star of the card: the raccoon. I stamped him, again lining up the other windows so he can be seen peaking through. I colored all of the images with Copic markers and then decorated the card very simply with strips of patterned paper from Photoplay.

Side-view showing the awning and the nested images

Why a raccoon? Well, Mom has a soft spot for the little critters and every year at about this time, they visit her rural home to see if there might be little spare cat food left out on the porch. (For the record, her two cats eat inside!) She keeps her distance and they end up going away once their babies are able to take care of themselves. The babies are extremely cute! Anyway, she could have worse vices/hobbies and after all these years we still haven’t had to bail her out of jail or anything. So that’s why a raccoon.

Here are the supplies I used:

  • Stamp and die set – Art Impressions “Produce Stand”
  • Stamp set – Lawn Fawn – “Jump for Joy” for “It’s Your Birthday” sentiment
  • Patterned paper – Photoplay #ThinkToRemember – Garden
  • Copic markers

We had a lovely celebration. Not what it would have been pre-COVID, but it was still nice. There was cake! I made it myself! Thanks for visiting!


Pivot Pop-up Mice

Card front
  • Stamps and Dies:
    • Lawn Fawn: Dandy Lion, Wavy Sayings, Simple Wavy Banners, Super Star, Outside In Stitched Scalloped Square Stackables, and Pivot Pop-Up
  • Patterned papers: Lawn Fawn
  • Sequins
  • Cardstock
Looks like a surprise inside!

I had never made a card with this clever pivot pop-up mechanism that I cut out with the Lawn Fawn die so-named. Not only do the mice provide a major cuteness factor, the way the inside of the card pops-out is a really fun surprise! I colored all of the critters and dandelions with Copic markers.

The inside of this card, fully deployed!

It pops out with such dimension, but it folds very flat so it is easy to pop in an envelope and mail! And so I did. I made this for a card exchange and sent it off to an online friend in Ontario, Canada.

Wishing you a happy day, full of smiles and surprises! Thanks for visiting.

Challenge: The Mod Squad – Get Your Happy On Challenge


Wheeee!

These little mouse is so cute, trying to stay aloft among the balloons!

  • Stamps and Dies – Lawn Fawn – Really High Five
  • Patterned paper – Lawn Fawn – Yellow Brick Road
  • Enamel Dots – Hero Arts – Hero Hues Aquas
  • Copic markers

I created this card for a class I’m teaching at Runaway Art and Craft Studio in Salem, Oregon. This mouse is so cute and I loved making it the star of this card! It was fun to color the balloons to match the colors on the rainbow stripes of the paper. All of the balloons and the mouse are colored with Copic markers. I cut the rainbow paper in a narrow strip, halved it and adhered it to both sides of the card base. It gave it a really different look. I added the enamel dots by the sentiment, stamped at a jaunty angle, to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Always Fun Challenge #150 – Animals


Leafy Heart Valentine

  • Dies –
    • Memory Box – Scallop Pinpoint Loving Heart Cut Out and Leafy Heart
    • Lawn Fawn – Valentine Borders
  • Patterned paper – My Mind’s Eye – Collectible
  • Cardstock – Bazzill and Bazzill Bling

I have really enjoyed making Valentines this year. I sent this one to my mom. I had a good time mixing and matching different products together to make this card. The main attraction is such a pretty leafy heart die from Memory Box! I look forward to making some other non-Valentine cards with it as well.

Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge: Memory Box Challenge #58: Hearts