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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


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


Creativation 2020

I just returned from nearly a week in Phoenix. The reason for my trip was to attend Creativation with Christy from Runaway Art and Craft Studio. Creativation is a trade show and educational event for the creative business industry, which includes paper crafts, mixed media, baking, textiles, and more.My goal was to get lots of inspiration that will help me develop new classes this year. Many, many products are released at this show, so there wasn’t a shortage of inspiration! Christy ordered lots and lots of new stamps, stencils and supplies to share with customers in the coming months.

We went down a day early so we could go to the Phoenix Art Museum, which is becoming our tradition! There is a wonderful collection in the museum and it changes often, so there were a lot of new exhibits since were were there a year ago.

At Creativation I created 25 cards altogether. Most were in classes, but I also was able to visit some make and takes at vendor booths. I was able to take six card making workshops which were really outstanding. The companies who teach these classes do so with the full intention that we go back to our stores and teach these card designs and techniques in our own classes. Some details follow here.

Lawn Fawn

I had the opportunity to take two classes from Kelly Marie Alvarez and Jenn Shurkus with Lawn Fawn products. I made a total of nine cards in the two classes, and many of them were interactive.

Wendy Vecchi

I had never taken a class from Wendy Vecchi, who is a talented designer and has a product line with Ranger Industries. I’ve always liked her stamp designs, so I was happy to be able to fit her class into my schedule despite the fact that her class began at 8 a.m. 😉 We colored her images by blending her inks and we got to use her stencils and stamps and Liquid Pearls. Here are the cards I made:

Darkroom Door

Darkroom Door is one of my absolute favorite stamp and stencil companies. Rachel Grieg owns the company and creates many of her stamps by using photographs that she has taken in her travels and in her native Australia. She taught the class and we used Distress Oxide Inks, Distress Oxide Ink Sprays and texture paste. I took a class from her last year at the show and always enjoy her style and stamps. Here are my cards from this class:

I’ll continue with more photos in an upcoming post. Thanks for visiting!


Cat in the Box!

  • Stamp and Die – Newton’s Nook “Purr-fect Present”
  • Stencil – Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Collection – Diamond Dot Layering Stencil
  • Embossing Powder – Gina K – Champagne
  • Mini Action Wobbles – Art Impressions
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter Cardstock – Paper Accents
  • Cardstock

I created this following the sketch for this month’s Inky Paws Challenge 111 on the Newton’s Nook blog. I really liked the layout of this sketch so when I saw it I knew I had to make a card! I colored the kitty with Copic markers and heat embossed some green cardstock with gold embossing powder for some elegant pattern. The really fun thing about this is that I attached an Action Wobble to the cat–so he wiggles! See below for a wiggly video! The small things in life make me happy!

I’ll be teaching how to make this card in early December at Runaway Art and Craft Studio, along with two other Christmas cards. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

 


Today is your Lucky Day

 

  • Patterned papers –
    • Authentique Shamrock Collection – Shamrock Five
    • Authentique Clover Collection – Clover Five (focal image)
  • Die – Art Impressions – Banner Double Stitched Dies
  • Doily – Doodlebug Designs
  • Twine – May Arts
  • Cardsotck –
    • Bazzill
    • Paper Accents Glitter Cardstock – Green

I really like the color green, so when I had a chance to use these Authentique papers to create a card for Runaway Art and Craft Studio, I was excited. This is a very simple card with small touches that make it special: glitter paper matting around the focal image, lovely patterned paper from Authentique, the doily and twine at the top, and that eye-catching banner die-cut I made with the new Art Impressions die. And everything is green! Thanks for visiting today.

Challenge – The Paper Players PP429 – Monochromatic Clean and Simple Challenge


Agapanthus Thank You

  • Stamps – Hero Arts – Beautiful Day Agapanthus
  • Cardstock –
    • BoBunny Periwinkle Double-Dot
    • Paper Accents White Glitter
  • Ribbon – May Arts
  • Ranger Distress Oxide Ink – Shaded Lilac
  • Ranger Stickles™ – Diamond
  • Copic markers

I began this card by stamping the lovely Hero Arts Agapanthus onto white cardstock and coloring it with Copic markers. I edged the white cardstock with Shaded Lilac Distress Oxide Ink to subtly repeat the flower color. I created a background using matching BoBunny dotted cardstock and “slats” of white sparkle cardstock, attaching the background to the card base. I popped up the focal image with dimensional adhesive and tied matching ribbon with a sheen at the top of the card. The final touch was adding some sparkle to the flowers with Diamond Stickles™ glitter glue. I like how the colors and sparkle all tie together to make a cohesive card. Thanks for stopping by today.

Challenge: A Blog Named Hero – Crafter’s Choice


Double-pleat fold birthday card

  • Dies – Spellbinders Swirl Happy Birthday Frame
  • Patterned paper – Graphic 45
  • Rhinestones
  • Cardstock – Bazzill Bling

I created this card using a folding technique I had never tried before. This is called a double-pleat fold. I belong to a cardmaking group online and periodically we propose challenges to the group. During our fifth anniversary celebration recently, someone had a challenge to create a card featuring a fancy fold. This is the fold I chose. At first I thought it would be really difficult, but once I read through the instructions, I was able to create it without problem. I adhered the frame die-cut down onto the card base and then added the pleated piece. Having double-sided paper for the pleated piece made it finished very nicely. Once that was all adhered, I topped it off with the sentiment die-cut, which is really striking. I love this die set from Spellbinders! I added a few rhinestones on points on the die-cuts to add a little sparkle. I really enjoyed this fold and will definitely make some more cards using it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Challenge: Always Happy Birthday – November Challenge