Hello February 2014

Hello Hi Hi Card
Hello everyone! How has your 2014 been treating you? It’s been a whirlwind for me: two business trips already and another one coming up. Whew! Anyway, I thought I’d take a little time to share some cards with you. For these cards, I used the “With Love and Thanks” stamp set from Inspiration Ave.

A side note: I worked with Amy, the smarty pants behind Inspiration Ave, at Stampin’ Up! Amy is one of the most creative people I know and one of the great designers from my Stampin’ Up! years that inspired me to start making cards and scrapbooking in the first place. I was thrilled when she started coming out with her own stamps! How elegant and fun is that font? BTW, she doesn’t know I’m posting this and I bought the stamp set with my own money. Ta da! Disclaimered! (Which is totally a word….)

For the above card, I stamped the “Hi” stamp over and over in Stampin’ Up! Gumball Green ink, then die cut the piece using Lawn Fawn’s Speech Bubble Border die (available Feb 20, 2014). I love this die way, way too much! So, once it was cut, I stamped Hello on the top portion of the die cut in Tempting Turquoise ink. Adhered the bottom “Hi” piece flush with the bottom of a top-folding White card, then inset the top portion of the die cut into the bottom and popped it up with some dimensional adhesive. The result? That crisp double line around the bottom edge of the speech bubble and lots of dimension!

And now, more cards! Some of these you may have seen before, if you follow me on Instagram.

Thoughtful You Card

This color combo, Crushed Curry and Rich Razzleberry, is one of my favorites! A few die cut heart windows (Hearts-Lawn Cuts) finishes off this clean-and-simple design. Pretty happy with how this one turned out!

Hooray Card

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to combine stamp sets for birthday cards. Pairing the “Hooray” from “With Love and Thanks” with a Papertrey Ink candle made this simple card come together super quick! And the Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, and Crushed Curry color combo makes this card look fresh and modern. Another one I’m pretty happy with! Don’t you just love it when you have a good crafting night? (I credit the stamp set!)

Say Hello Card

This is my favorite card of the bunch. Clean, simple, and the color combo makes me so happy! It doesn’t stand up, so it was kind of hard to photograph. Ha! Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo go together beautifully, and create such a feminine vibe on a card. Love!

And now to show something on this card that doesn’t photograph super well:

Say Hello Card Marcro


Look closely… yup, there’s a tiny, pressed heart! I used a technique I learned from Online Card Classes’ Stenciled class to use the positive die cut left over from my “Thoughtful You = Thankful Me” card and my die-cutting machine to basically letterpress the heart into this card. This technique is so much fun. Once you start, it’s kinda hard to stop…. Hee!

That’s it from me today. I’m off to watch Seattle kick some Bronco butt! I got my Master’s from the University of Washington, so I’m a Seahawks fan. Have a great Super Bowl Sunday everyone!


another color craze challenge

I absolutely loved what Brit and Winter did with the first Color Craze board I put together! Those two gals are the best; their blogs are wonderful sources of inspiration, and you really feel like you know them when you read their posts.

Definitely the sign of a great blogger. Brit even started doing tutorial videos!

Anyway, here’s my second Color Craze board and challenge, based on a postcard I received last week from my friend Lara. She went to Italy with our friend Heidi and had a marvelous time! We had dinner last night at Christine’s house and chatted and looked at photos until midnight. Have you ever had goat cheese, lightly broiled and drizzled with honey? So. Amazing.

And, yes, Lara understands all about my love for the scooters. Hee hee! But, I firmly resisted using my scooter stamp on this card. Chris says he likes this card because it has nice clean lines. And rounded corners. I like it because I think the retro feeling of the dress works well to pull in not only the colors from the postcard, but the style and tone, too. Oh, how I’d love to wear that dress while riding a melon colored scooter. . . . While I’d like to be in the Italian countryside, the streets of Salt Lake would be more than okay!

Again, we’re going to do this very informally. If you want to make something using these colors, I’d love to see it! Just paste your link into a comment on this post. Easy enough!

a color craze challenge

Chris got me a Wacom Bamboo tablet for my birthday, and I’ve been having a ball using it in Pixelmator. There’s a bit of a learning curve getting used to using the pen instead of a mouse, but I’m getting there!

Last night, after reading Winter’s comment on my last post, I hopped over to the JCrew site to see what other color combinations they have right now. And here’s what I discovered. What fabulous summery colors! So, taking a leaf out of Kristina’s and Dawn’s books, I did a little merging and pulled together this Color Craze board based on one of the latest JCrew Collection ensembles. It’s a little challenge for myself — and to anyone else who wants to play.

If you want to make something based on this color combination, I’d love to see it! Just leave a comment here with a link to your project.

Note 7/25: Due to the switch over to WordPress, comments have been lost. Here are the reposted links to Brit’s and Winter’s cards.