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!

Lawnscaping Challenge #95: White on White (Monochromatic)

Hi, everybody! I can’t believe it’s December already. Where did the year go? 
One super thing about December is that my term on the Lawnscaping Facebook Inspiration Team starts today! 
Since it’s also the first Monday of the month, there’s a new challenge for you on the blog! The theme for this challenge is white on white (monochromatic). Instead of making a “polar bear in a blizzard”, I created a wedding-themed card:
To make the dress, I chose the “Sew Lovely” set, which is also one of my first Lawn Fawn stamp sets. The sentiment is from “Sophie’s Sentiments“. 
Now it’s your turn! For all of the details on this challenge, and some gorgeous DT inspiration, visit the Lawnscaping blog. And for further motivation, Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring this challenge…one lucky winner will receive:
I’ll be joining the Facebook Inspiration Team today on the Lawnscaping Challenge Facebook page with MORE challenge inspiration, so make sure you “like” the page so you won’t miss a thing!
Hope your week is off to a great start! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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!

SCRS Challenge: Double Embossing

Hi, everybody! There’s a new challenge at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps…and it’s all about double embossing!
I double embossed a strip of black cardstock to create the houndstooth accent on my card, which features “Backpack Oliver“:

Here’s how I double embossed the cardstock:

  1. I rubbed an anti-static pouch over the cardstock strip.
  2. I inked one side of an embossing folder with watermark ink. (Using a brayer makes this step much easier, because you get more even coverage of the ink on the folder.)
  3. I embossed the cardstock strip by placing it in the embossing folder and running it through my Big Shot machine.
  4. I removed the strip from the embossing folder and sprinkled embossing powder on the inked and embossed cardstock, then shook off the excess.
  5. I heat embossed the cardstock.
For all of the guidelines on this challenge, and to link up your entry, visit the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps blog
Our challenges run for two weeks, so you have until Sunday, September 22 at 9PM Pacific Time to enter this challenge! Don’t forget, to qualify for the prize, you must use a Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamp on your entry!
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger: I’m Craving Navy!

Hi, everybody! Today, I’m sharing a card that’s inspired by Moxie Fab World’s current Tuesday Trigger! Here’s what I came up with:
I drew from the metallic and warm grey elements in the picture and combined them with the navy for my card. It’s more of a clean and simple design than what I normally do, but I’m happy with how it came out!
 Here’s the inspiration photo:
For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, check out the Moxie Fab World blog!
This challenge runs until Sunday, August 18th at midnight EDT.
Thanks so much for stopping by!

SCRS Challenge #110 – Neon!

Hey everybody! The new challenge over at Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps is so bright, you’ll have to wear shades! We’re inspired by screaming shades of NEON!
Here’s my card, featuring the super cute “Watermelon Rin“!
For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, visit the Sparkle Creations Rubber Stamps blog!
Don’t forget, you still have time to shop the SCRS Anniversary Sale! All stamps (except for the new releases) are 30% off! And, you don’t need a code! The sale runs through tomorrow…and ends at midnight EST.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you’re having a great week!

Whimsy and Stars Studio – A new blog, challenge (and freebie images)!

Hi, crafty friends! Thanks so much for stopping by today! There are some new and exciting things happening at Whimsy and Stars Studio! 

First, Mabelle has started a new blog, and is offering some adorable digi images to everyone who follows it! If you sign up to follow the blog by e-mail, you’ll get this cute “Fairytale” digi:

And if you also sign up to follow the blog using the “Join this site” tool, you’ll receive a BONUS Digi Stamp, “Searching”! 

Here are the cards I made with the free images:

To celebrate the new blog, Mabelle is also hosting a contest! Here are the details:
  • Make a cute card or project featuring these two free digital stamps, then upload it to your blog or any online gallery for easy access.
  • Place a link to your card in the Inlinkz tool that is located at the bottom of this post on the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog.
  • Please include a link to the contest post in your blog post (or gallery description) so that your readers will know where you got the image you used.
  • One random winner will receive two digital stamps from the Whimsy and Stars Studio Etsy store. The winner will be announced on our Blog Hop & Digi Release Event on Tuesday, June 18th.
  • This challenge will close on Saturday, June 15 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time
  • You are welcome to enter as many cards or projects as you wish and, as many times as you want. That gives you the opportunity to have more chances to win!

For all of the details, and information on how you can get one (or both) of these adorable digis, please visit and join the Whimsy and Stars Studio blog! Don’t forget about our upcoming Blog Hop and Digi Release Event on Tuesday, June 18th! We’ll be featuring the latest release from Whimsy and Stars Studio and announcing our new Design Team members!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


TGF Double-Take Tuesday!

For my “Whimsy & Stars Studio” blog hop post, click HERE or scroll down to the next post! Thanks!

Hello, crafty friends! It’s our first “Double Take Tuesday” challenge of the year (and our first for this DT term) at The Greeting Farm! This week’s challenge is based on a sketch by the super-fabulous Jessica!

I used “Sitting Wonderful” for today’s card…isn’t she adorable?

AND, here’s the sketch that Jessica created for us to play with this week:

For all the details on this challenge, check out the post at the TGF blog…and please take the time to check out what my fellow Showcase Team members have created for this challenge (here’s a hint: they’re all totally awesome!): Anita, Annie Rose, Jo, Jodi, Joni, Rachel and Rosemary!

Wait, there’s more! When we have 20 or more players each week, the prize doubles to either two digis, or the winner can trade those two digis for a single rubber stamp of their choice! So, what are you waiting for? Get crafty!

We all can’t wait to see what you’ll create for this challenge! Thanks so very much for stopping by!