Oink. Oink. Cluck. Birthday Card.

Hi, friends! Good to see you again. I’m back again to share another handmade card with you. Today’s card is a birthday card.

The good thing about online card challenges is even when they end, they are still out there to take inspiration from. I like to do that a lot… and not worry about the stress of linking up a project. So I was totally inspired by a closed challenge today to put this card together. The challenge? Last week’s “humor” / fun challenge from the Simon Says Stamp! Wednesday challenge.

The challenge totally inspired me to dig into my tub of my Simon stamps, which is actually a lot of older stamps. In it was this silly little Birthday Farm Animals set from Simon that I used for this card. I am almost certain, well, positive, it’s retired, but it’s still a darn cute stamp set that deserves to be inked up on occasion. 🙂

I have dies that go with the stamp. I noticed a couple of the dies totally had some matching up problems that I never realized before. (Trust me, I’ve had this set for a long time! I’m slapping my head over not realizing it before.) Still, I still used them to cut the goat and chicken but used my scissors to even things up. Hopefully, it’s not too obvious. It was a pretty easy fix and all…. and a whole lot easier than fussy cutting the whole image.

Going for the fun part of this challenge, I added wiggle eyes to a couple of the critters. I just wanted them to look super goofy! And I think I was successful there. Ha!

I also played with the sentiment stamps a little to add to the fun. I even used a sentiment inside the card that says, “Got Cupcake?” It made me chuckle at least.

Ok. That’s it for me. I hope you liked today’s card! I’ll be back later with another card. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge No. 84

Hi, everyone! I’m back with another card. Yet again, I’m sharing a card inspired by the latest Lawn Fawnatics challenge (No. 84: Back to School).

So meet today’s card.

These Lawn Fawnatics challenges are addictive, particularly when you have a hefty stash of Lawn Fawn goods. Certainly a good reason to get into the stash and play!

I used a couple different stamp sets to make this card, So Owlsome and Holiday Party Animal. Kinda fun to just mix different critter stamps together and see what you end up with. That really what I did here.

I felt like the card was missing something so I added the little stars. I cut those with a die from the Stitched Journaling Card dies. Truly, I forgot I had the die set after not using it awhile. The challenge helped me rediscover it.

The paper is from the Really Rainbow paper pad. I love that pad so much that I bought it a few times. Just can’t go wrong with rainbows. Am I right or what?!

Alright, that’s it for me. Thanks for stopping by. And thanks to the Lawn Fawnatics crew for inspiring me to dig into my Lawn Fawn stash and play!

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 83


(If you are looking for my Hero Arts post, go here! It’s 2 posts below this one.)

Hi, friends!

I’m back again with another card. With that, meet today’s card… cha cha cha!

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Today’s card was inspired by the latest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge (No. 83: Make the Sentiment the Star). I actually made it a few days ago and just got around to posting it. Forgive me. 🙂

I enjoyed making this card as it was a step out of my comfort zone. I recently added the Rawrsome stamps and dies to my line-up so it was my first time out using them for a project. A little extra pressure there!

I paired the “party” sentiment with a second sentiment from the Lovable Legends set. It’s just seemed… kinda… sorta… like a fun combination.

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To add to the party scene of the little…. errr….. big… guys, I added a cupcake from Party Panda set. I can’t remember when Lawn Fawn released that little set, but it is one they offered during one’s birthday month with an order on their website. If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter, do. It’s a fun little offer to take advantage of. I buy most of my Lawn Fawn products from a local brick and mortar store, but it is sure fun to get a package once in awhile from Lawn Fawn HQ.

I also added the little swirly doohickey (how is that for description?!) and stars from the Toadally Awesome stamp set. Again, just trying to add to the party feel of this card.

Finally, I created the background with their Cloudy Stencil. I overinked a little but I didn’t think it was that bad and ran with it!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed checking out this card! Be sure to check out all the other cool cards linked up!

See you again, friends.

Paper Smooches Blog Hop Hug for Kim


(Looking of for my Hero Arts post? It’s the post right below this one, or click here to get to it quicker!)

Hi, guys!

Super happy to be joining some of my favorite stampers today in celebrating Paper Smooches. Kim, the smarty pants stamper behind Paper Smooches stamp line, recently retired her brand after 9 wonderful years.

With that, this card is for you, Kim!

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I hope you like it!

I had the best time being part of Kim’s design team these past 9 years. Time really does fly! I remember when she was about to launch Paper Smooches and asked me to be part of the team. We had been Go-to-Gals for Paper Crafts magazine. She left the team to launch her company. I was sad, only because she was my friend and I was going to miss her in that role. When she asked, there was no hesitation on my part! I was so happy to support her.

Going back to the card, I used Kim’s Vegtastic stamp set to make it. I think it is one of her early sets. The little happy faces on the fruit still crack me up.

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Nothing much more to say, other than THANK YOU to Kim! Thanks for letting me be part of your crafty journey.

For a complete list of folks taking part in this, be sure to check out the Paper Smooches blog.

Hero Arts Winter 2020 Catalog Blog Hop

Hi, all! Super happy to be joining some of my favorite crafters in celebrating the latest release from Hero Arts. The Winter release is amazing, and I’m just tickled to be sharing a few cards made with the new goods.

First, if you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from Nina-Marie’s blog. (The next stop after mine is the blog of the lovely Wanda Guess!) If you just happened to have stopped by, welcome! Please join the hop! Lots of inspiration to be found, plus the chance to win one of three Hero Arts gift cards by leaving comments during the hop. Enter by leaving a comment between now and Sunday, September 6th at 11:59pm Pacific on this post or any of the other hop posts, and the winner will be announced on the Hero Arts blog the following week.

So let’s get to it. I have four (!!!) projects to share with you, plus quite a lot to say! (Wink, wink!)

Each of my projects use the new Love Ornament Fancy Die. Hero Arts included several cool ornament dies in the new release. I picked one for today’s post and challenged myself to show several ways to use it. (Pressure. Is. On. Let’s do this.)

The Traditional Ornament Cards

Meet card no. 1.

For this card, I created a simple shaker with the die. I paired it with a circle die to cut a window from a transparency, as well as the white background of the shaker.

I was kinda fancy with the shaker’s beads, only putting green seed beads above the word and red ones below it.

And meet card no. 2.

I once again created a shaker card. This time, though, you can see the inside of the card. Say what? How...

Here’s what I did. I created the background with the Circle Pattern stamp and then I temporarily adhered it to my card. I opened the card up, set a circle die on it and then ran it through my die-cutting machine, which created a circle window. I removed the stamped panel. I placed vellum on the card and permanently adhered the circle panel to the card. Easy peasy, although looking back at what I just wrote, it sounds way more (way, way, way more) complicated than it was.

Then I built the ornament shaker, using the vellum window opening as the shaker base. Again, it’s really cool to see the inside of the card with this one.

Even though these cards were made different, they have a similar feel about them. They look pretty cool next to each other too.

A Stamped Card Made With the Die

Ok, so let’s just jump to card no. 3.

I really wanted to stamp something under the “love” word so that’s what I did here. I stamped the images with the new Cozy Town set (plus a few hearts and a “sending” word from the previously released Acts of Kindness set) on a circle of cardstock.

Now, let’s just slow down for a minute and be real, real as can be. I could have just used the circle as it was and stacked several love words on top. No, friends. Why do it the easy way, Teri? Get ready for this. I got all complicated and die-cut the image with the love word and then did some tedious inlaid die-cutting/assembly work. Learn from me. Maybe do it the easy way.

I felt like this card could easily be used as a holiday card or a “just thinking of you” kind of card so I purposely did not use the ornament hanger with the “love” ornament. I wanted to have the option to send this card whenever I felt like it…. late November, December or February or March… or whenever!

A Thinking of You Card

Moving on. We’ve made it to card no. 4. Hope you are still with me.

I wanted to simply make a card with the Love Ornament die that had no holiday or winter feel to it at all. None! So I made this quick “thinking of you” card.

I simply cut the ornament from cardstock and then used my markers to add color.

This design was really easy to pull off and would be easy to recreate. I could see changing up the coloring scheme and adding some hearts to the design to mass produce some Valentine’s Day cards.

Alright! So that is it for this stop on the blog hop! I hope you have enjoyed the cards. Don’t forget that the next stop on the hop is the blog of Wanda Guess. Plus you’ll find all the blog hoppers on the Hero Arts blog.

Hero Arts products used on my projects today:

(* = Brand new product)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Oh So Cute!

Hi, guys! Back with another card to share. I’m a little late in posting this to link it up to the challenge that inspired it, but I wanted to share it.

Ta-da! Meet today’s card.

I was inspired by last week’s Wednesday Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp! blog to make this little guy. The penguins, fish, hearts and words are from the new Penguin Pals set from Sunny Studio. It’s so cute and makes such sweet little scenes.

I added a few stamped and die-cut stars from another Sunny Studio set to round out the scene. I guess you could say my scene is Christmas-y, but I really think this card is pretty good to send anytime of the year to a lover of cute stuff, of course!

I created the background with an inking stencil I made for myself, simply by taking a piece of stencil and cutting five circles into it. You can find stencil material pretty easily online to make your own stencils. You can even find sheets at some craft stores. (Hint: If you have any dies you just love, this is a fun, fun way to use them. I did a tip a long time ago for Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking magazine, showing this. It works pretty good with stencils that are a little less intricate and a little more not-intricate, I’ve found… but it’s worth experimenting for the best results.)

Anyway, that’s kinda all I have for you when it comes to this card. I think it turned out fun and cute… and a little out of my crafty box.

Alrighty! I hope you like the card. I’ll be back again later, gators. Thanks for stopping by. I’ll be back tomorrow with some fun stuff. Here’s a hint: LOTS of cards. 🙂 I can’t wait. See you again soon!

Fusion – Fruit Challenge

Hi, everyone!

Just swinging by with another card inspired by a challenge. Today’s card was inspired by the latest Fusion Card Challenge, Fusion – Fruit!

A stamped card by Teri | terisplace.wordpress.com

This was a fun card to make! A good challenge too! The Fusion Card Challenge features a sketch and a photo. You can draw inspiration from the sketch or the photo… or both. It’s really up to you.

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For my card, I drew a little inspiration from both the sketch and the photo. I used the sketch as the basis for my design. I did rotate it, making it vertical rather than horizontal. The photo inspiration was there, although I guess one could argue was a bit weak, but I did purposely use critters with watermelon (from the Sealiously Sweet stamp set from Sunny Studio) because of the photo.

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To make the little fussy cut critters stand out, I sponged a little black ink underneath them. I also added a few stamped hearts (stamped with a heart from the Beach Babies set) and white dots.

The rest of the card features a dry embossed background (created with a folder from Sunny Studio), as well as a few patterned paper scraps and a sentiment strip (stamped with the Fabulous Flamingos set, which really is fabulous, in my personal opinion)!

So that’s what I have for you. A big thanks to the Fusion Card Challenge crew for the challenge. It was a really nice way to get to my creative juices flowing today. Thanks, guys!

Be back again later, gators.

 

Lawn Fawnatics Challenge 82

Hi, friends!

Just sliding in under the deadline for the latest Lawn Fawnatics Challenge (no. 82).

My friend, Ashley, and I vowed to each other to attempt the challenges way more often as we both dig Lawn Fawn and each have a hefty stash of LF goods. So, in full disclosure mode, let me confess that this card is not my best.

The good thing about challenges is trying something out of your creative comfort zone. The bad thing? Sometimes, you try too hard to make it work and find yourself just going with it. So, yeah, that’s the story of today’s card and this challenge card.

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Let’s start with what went wrong for me. It was the color combo. I found myself stressing way too much on the color scheme of the challenge and spent way too much time, trying to create the perfect background with Lawn Fawn’s Cloudy stencil.

And things kinda fell about from there as I messed up my inking (this is actually the third background I did, friends) and then got fixated on trying to cover it up. Way more  fixated on trying to cover it up than the  actual cute birthday scene with the Hay There critters.

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So rather than talk about it falling apart and not coming together perfectly, let’s just say I trudged on, trying to make the best of it and ended up with this card. Not the best for me, but not the worst. Just not what I really planned on. And that really is how it goes sometimes.

Onto the next challenge. 😉

Thanks for stopping by, friends. I’ll be back again later.

Toaster, Toast and Cute Barn Animals

Hi, friends!

Back with another card to share. Today’s card is a bit unusual but it was sure fun to put together.

There was a food-inspired card challenge over with Lawn Fawnatics recently. In ended a few weeks ago, but I still wanted to give it a go and make something with my Lawn Fawn food-themed stamp sets so I did. This is what I came up with.

It’s kind of a breakfast scene of sorts. I started out with the toast, butter and toaster from the Let’s Toast set.

Then I felt like it just needed some cute critters added to it. And I had a few critters left over from last time I played with the Hay There set so I pulled them out and added them to the scene.

It’s totally a goofy card but it’s kind of fun … and kinda made me giggle as I made it. Hope it does for you too!

The sentiment was actually created by pairing together words from both stamp sets. I thought it was pretty neat that they had words that worked so well together. That doesn’t always happen with stamps.

For the coloring everything on this card, I used markers. I borrowed a little inspiration too from Kathy Racoosin and pulled my pencils to do a little shading to the toast and toaster. I feel like it really made a difference. Thanks for the inspiration to play and try things, Kathy!

Alright! That’s it for me. I’ll be back again later with another card.

By the way, I’ve got a post over on the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L blog that you might want to check out. It’s a super easy tutorial on how to make tiny skinny cards. They are a great way to use up your patterned paper scraps, plus they are a ton of fun to make.

I hope you’ll check it out!

See you again soon, friends!

Farm Animal Cards

Hi, friends!

It’s hard to believe it but I’m back with a couple more cards. Today’s cards include a bunch of farm animals from Lawn Fawn’s Hay There stamp set.

So, with that, meet Card No. 1.

I picked up the stamp set not long after it came out, but only recently added the dies to my crafty arsenal. This kinda pushed me to pull out the stamp set and play some more with it.

All the animals (and barn) are form the set. I created the little scenic background by stenciling a cloud background on cardstock and then adding a strip of green cardstock at the bottom. It would have been easy to just create a card with that as the background, but I decided to get all fancy-like and die-cut the scalloped circle from it. It provided a cute little background for the card, and it left me a leftover piece you’ll see me use in a minute.

So meet Card No. 2.

Remember how that leftover background piece from the first card? Yeppers. You’ll see it right here. I covered up some of the circle by adhering the animals onto it.

I created the sentiment by pairing together some stamped words from the Hay There set with a “friend” die-cut word from Paper Smooches. (Speaking of which, it’s a great time to grab some Paper Smooches stamps and dies… and stencils… as they are retiring.)

Anyway, I think both cards turned out kinda fun. And it was cool to use the background to make 2 cards. Totally two-for-one!

I hope you enjoyed checking out these cards. I’ll be back again later with a few more cards to share with you. Thank you, as always, for stopping by!