Lawnscaping Challenge 127

Hi! It’s time for a new Lawnscaping Challenge! Because it’s cherry blossom time here in Northern Virginia and the DC area, and the theme for our challenge is “Beautiful Florals“, I combined the two for my card:


I found that I didn’t have a bunch of Lawn Fawn‘s flower stamps in my collection, so I used the little cherry blossoms from the “Let’s Roll” set and the branch from the “Winter Sparrows” set to make a cherry tree with blossoms. The skunk is from a retired, limited-edition Lawn Fawn set.

Instead of coloring the skunk with Copics, I stamped it in a dark grey ink and used black Memento ink with a water brush to create a watercolor look.

One lucky person who plays along with us in this challenge will win a $25 gift certificate provided by our sponsor, Ellen Hutson! The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, April 13, so make sure you link your entry at the Lawnscaping blog!

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a wonderful start! For more flower-filled inspiration, stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog!

Sweet Cherry Blossom Card
Lawn Fawn supplies used:
Let’s Roll clear stamp set
Winter Sparrows clear stamp set
Perfectly Plaid petite paper pack

Other supplies:
white card stock
Memento London Fog ink
Memento Rich Cocoa ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Memento Angel Pink ink
Impress Fresh Ink – Sugar

MiC CAS Team: Background Technique Challenge

Hi, everybody! Did you see the announcement about Make It Crafty’s new CAS (Clean and Simple) team? I’m super excited to be part of this team of talented ladies, and we’re going to have tons of inspiration for you!

We’re kicking this term off with our first monthly challenge! (You may have seen a smaller version of my card on the post with the team announcement.)

The theme of our challenge is to create your own background on your entry. For my card, I chose MiC’s fabulous “Felicity” digi stamp. I made the neon part of the background by applying ink over a stencil that I made with my die cut machine.


I used a strip of striped paper to break up the bright background pattern. My only other additions to the card front were the sentiment and the main image!

Want even more inspiration with Make It Crafty stamps? Then, you’re in luck! The other members of the MiC CAS Team have some gorgeous cards to share with you:

Suzanne – You’re here!

For all of the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, stop by the Make It Crafty blog! We can’t wait to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start!

Two challenges, one card!

Hi, everybody! I’m playing along with the current Lawnscaping challenge, which is to use patterned paper on your project.

I used papers from Lawn Fawn’s retired “Into the Woods” and “Bright Side” petite paper packs and the new “Love You a Latte” clear stamp set for my card.
For all of the details on this challenge, or to link up your entry before the deadline (Wednesday, October 15), stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
I’m also entering my card in the current challenge at retro sketches. This week’s challenge is to pick one of your favorite sketches from the retro sketch archives to inspire your entry. I chose retro sketch #86. Here’s a look at that sketch:
For information on either (or both) of these challenges, stop by the Lawnscaping and retro sketches blogs! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is going well so far!

Lawnscaping Challenge: Critters Galore!

Hi, everybody! Just popping in tonight to share my card for the current Lawnscaping challenge, which is themed “Critters Galore”! 
My take on this challenge was to mirror-stamp the new “Winter Penguin” and create a skating scene for him and a penguin pal!

The papers are from Lawn Fawn’s “Snow Day” and “Peace Joy Love” petite paper packs:
For all of the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry before the Wednesday, September 24 deadline, visit the Lawnscaping challenge blog!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’re having a wonderful week so far!

Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search – October

Hi, everybody! I’m stopping in today to share a card I made for the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. I’m also sharing other cards I’ve made with Paper Smooches stamps to try for a Guest Designer spot at Paper Smooches in October!
October is my favorite month, not only because it’s fall, but also because my birthday’s in October! (This year is also a “milestone” birthday, but I won’t say which one, because I certainly don’t feel that I’m that age!)
Today’s card features a rockin’ cat from the “Chubby Chums” set and some elements from the “Beboppin” set. I also made the leopard print paper with a stamp from the “Little Lady” set. To make the headphones, I punched and trimmed two circles from matching cardstock.

The layout is inspired by Deconstructed Sketch #167:

And here’s a peek at the inside of the card.

You can find all of the details on the current “Anything Goes” SPARKS challenge, and link up your entry, at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog! Details on the Deconstructed Sketch challenge can be found at deconstructing jen.
Here are the other cards I’m entering into the Paper Smooches guest designer contest! Each one was entered into a past Paper Smooches or SPARKS challenge, and are some of my all-time favorite PS cards. (You can click on each picture to make it larger.)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and a super fun weekend!

Lawnscaping Challenge: One Layer Card

Hi, everybody! Hope you are having a good week so far! I’m playing along with the current Lawnscaping challenge, which is to make a one-layer card.

My order with the new Lawn Fawn stamp sets came in yesterday, so I started playing with them! As you’ve probably noticed with other cards I make, one of my favorite techniques is creating a scene with masking, which is perfect for this challenge!

Except for the grass stamp, all of the stamps I used are from the brand-new “Spooktacular” set. You’ll find the grass stamp in “Critters at the Dog Park“.

I created the background by masking off all the stamped images and sponging on a few shades of purple ink. Then, I colored the images and heat-embossed the sentiment. 
I would have liked the embossing to be sharper, but that’s my fault…I didn’t let the background ink dry long enough. I think that I’ll stamp the sentiment before creating the background when I try this technique again. 
Here’s another look at the card so you can see it’s only one layer:
For all of the details on this challenge, or to link up your entry before the deadline (Wednesday, September 10th), stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog! And while you’re there, check out what the DT made for the challenge…there’s lots of fun, one-layer inspiration!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

A sweet color challenge at Sweet Stamp Shop!

Happy Tuesday, everybody!  I’ll have some projects up shortly with the first June release at Sweet Stamp Shop, but today, I’m helping out my fellow DT member Danni, with a card that I made for her new color challenge at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog!
I chose the “Cookie Sprinkles” set for today’s card:
I’m really working to improve my photo taking skills, and I have to tell you, I probably took 10 shots of this card in front of different backgrounds before I settled on the one to use on my blog! The weather wasn’t cooperating, so I had to shoot this picture inside on my craft room table. I added the matching sequins as a nod to the color combo and to the sprinkles theme of the card!
Here’s the color combo for the challenge:
and the stamp set that I used, “Cookie Sprinkles“:
You can find all of the details for this challenge at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog! And, once the challenge has 25 entries or more linked up to the Sweet Stamp Shop Flickr group, there’s a prize!
Tomorrow is the kick-off event for Sweet Stamp Shop‘s first June release on Facebook! Click HERE to go directly to the FB event page! We often have special bundles and discounts for those who order on release day, so make sure you pop over to the event page to let us know you’re coming!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! See you tomorrow for Sweet Stamp Shop‘s first June release!

Lawnscaping Challenge: Clean & Simple

Hi, everybody! Hope you’re having a great weekend so far! 
It’s finally starting to feel like Spring here, and I got out for a little while today and enjoyed the warmer weather!
One of my goals for this year is to play along with more online challenges and break out of my crafty comfort zones, so I made this card for the current Lawnscaping Challenge. “Clean and Simple” is not something I normally do, because I love adding layers, but I gave it a try!
I fell in love with Lawn Fawn’s “Let’s Roll” set at Winter CHA, and I thought it would be a great set to use for this challenge:
And it happens that Scott & I went out for sushi last night, so my timing couldn’t be better! 
There are a few days left for this challenge, so if you want to link up an entry, just stop by the Lawnscaping challenge blog and get all of the details!
Thanks for stopping by today!

Going for the GOLD at SOG!

Howdy, everybody! I can’t believe it’s March already! Are you ready for a new ODD challenge? This month, we’re going for the GOLD! ‘Cause you know that there’s a pot of gold at the end of every rainbow, although with all the winter weather we’ve been having, I haven’t seen that many rainbows lately!

So, grab your fave Some Odd Girl images and any gold accents (like glitter, foil, rhinestones or other embellishments), because we want to see your 24 karat creations! Here’s mine, featuring Peacock Kaylee (digi), a sentiment stamp from the Sunny Mae clear set, and one of the gold doilies from SOG’s Odds & Ends:

Some Odd Girl supplies: digital stamp “Peacock Kaylee“,  clear sentiment stamp from “Sunny Mae” set, and gold foil doily from Odds & Ends collection. Other supplies: paper (Basic Grey “Marrakech” mini pad – retired), gold lace washi tape (Little B), gold eyelets, gold sequin, assorted Copic markers, watermark ink, gold embossing powder, foam tape, Stickles glitter glue, gold pen, embossing folder (Sizzix). 

And, don’t forget about our Release Week festivities kicking off in our new Facebook groupWe’re going to have daily challenges, prizes, contests, giveaways, flash sales, games and more! You’ve got to be there! 

Hipster Mae, Hipster Kody and the Hipster Pets, will hit the shop at 9am EST on March 3 with Newsletter subscribers getting a little treat. If you are not subscribed you’ll miss out, so hurry and sign up!

You can find all the details on this month’s challenge at the Some Odd Girl blog, which is also the place to link up your gorgeous golden creations! Thanks so much for stopping by today!


SCRS Challenge #116: Step Card

Hi, everybody! It’s time for a new challenge at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps!
This week, we’re challenging you to create a center or side step card. I made a center step card featuring “Broomstick Lucy” based on this Splitcoast tutorial

To play along in our challenge, upload a photo of your project and provide a direct link in the linky widget at the bottom of this challenge’s post at the SCRS blog. To be eligible for the challenge prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations image on your entry. The deadline for challenge #116 is Sunday, November 3 @ 9 PM PST.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hope you’re having a great week!