Sugartree Farmhouse Thankful Card

Howdy! Today is a new month and I am over at the a2z Scrapbbooking blog with my fall thankful card for the November Challenge. The details for the challenge Give Thanks and more card inspiration are on the blog. I decided some plaid and farm animals were the way to go.

a2z Sugartree Farmhouse digital set

The Sugartree Farmhouse digital kit worked really well for what I had in mind. You can get this digital kit at the a2z Scrapbooking Etsy shop. There are so many things you could use this for from Spring to Fall.


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To start out I brought the 3 animals into the Cameo Silhouette software to create cut files so I could cut them out using one of my favorite papers ever from the Lawn Fawn paper pad Perfectly Plaid Fall. I just saw them in plaid right when I started looking at this digital kit. After I cut them out I inked the edges using Quick Quotes ink. The cool thing about the Quick Quotes ink is they have points on the ink pad to make it much easier to get in the small areas.

Next I used a pierced die to cut out the rectangle from a darker kraft paper. The orange plaid rectangle is cut with a die also called Wonky Stitched Rectangles. And then an A2 size panel out of the same darker kraft paper. All of these were inked around the edges. The top most rectangle is popped up by using a slightly smaller piece of fun foam.

I printed the sentiment on a piece of Neenah cardstock changing the font color to a brown. I cut the sentiment out using a banner die. I used Quick Quotes ink again to ink over the banner.

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Easter Bunnies

Here we go with some Easter cards.. A few close ups and then the group of them.

White Bunny Easter

Brown Bunny Easter

Easter Cards 2018

I love this image, obviously. I made all of my Easter cards using this one stamp for the main image. I usually don’t make so many so similar but I really enjoyed coloring this image. I made one more card that I did not photograph and I am going to make my hubby and my son a tag thing with this image for their Easter treats.

The bunny stamp is by PSX (G-1946). I couldn’t remember where I got it but it made me very happy to see I found it at a thrift store recently and it is getting lot’s of use. It is in great condition. I keep notes on a spreadsheet for my stamps and many other crafting supplies. Mostly so I can keep track of what I have and look things up while writing up a description of how I made a card. I colored the image with Copics. I used a glaze pen on one of the cards for the center of the purple flowers but it didn’t show up that well. I also added a little sparkle to the eggs with a Gelly Roll pen which you probably cannot see in the photos. I cut all the images and the mats out with Spellbinders dies.

All the backgrounds are the fab Lawn Fawn plaids. Ok not all.. The upper two on the right in the group photo I used a piece of Authentique paper.

I rounded many of the corners but not all of them. On two of them I cut fun foam to pop up the image and it’s mat.

The sentiments – The bigger Happy Easter is a Hero Arts stamp from the Celebrate Everyday set (CL498). I stamped with Versafine Onyx Black ink which always leaves a nice sharp image. For the smaller Happy Easter greeting I used a wood mount stamp from savvystamps. The greeting is a bit crooked and not glued on tight so I had to keep adjusting it. I am tempted to just take it off the wood. I think the first time I stamped with black ink with the smaller greeting I used black ink and clear powder and heat embossed but then decided just straight stamping would work better.

Oxide Leaves Thanksgiving

Oxide Leaves Thanksgiving

I had these lovely leaves made for quite some time and finally got them on a card. They are cut with Hero Arts dies Autumn Icons Fancy Dies (DI431). After I cut them out I inked them with Oxide ink and love the look. The background right behind them is a piece of watercolor paper that I colored by putting down you guessed it Oxide ink on my craft mat. I spritzed it with water and put the paper down over it. I think I got the paper wet before putting it on the ink. In real life the colors on the leaves and background look really nice but I had to take the photos at night with my Ott light which is supposed to be true color but it doesn’t quite look the same. The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). I cut the banner with a die and heat embossed with brown powder. The plaid is the lovely Lawn Fawn paper. And then I added a few gems/bling/dots.

Christmas Cardinal

Christmas Cardinal

The image – Elizabeth Craft Designs Cardinal (RS021). I colored the image with Copics and went over the bells with a Wink of Stella pen.

The circles were cut with Spellbinders dies.

The background paper is from one of the most awesome paper pads by Lawn Fawn. They have several plaid pads called Perfectly Plaid. I have a couple different ones and this one is Perfectly Plaid Fall.

The sentiment – Finding It Trading die called Merry Christmas. I cut it out of black cardstock.

Glittery & Plaid Thank You’s

Plaid Thank You's

So this is kind of the start of making a whole bunch of thank you cards. I was trying things that I saw online, trying new things I had and trying to use up the bunches of stuff I have set aside. For these cards I got a Sizzix die recently called Thank You Drop-ins designed by Stephanie Barnard. The two pink cards were for my friends who walked with me to raise money for the fight against breast cancer. Most of my thank you’s are going to people who donated for the fundraiser.

Here is our outfits for the walk. The theme was Pearls of Wisdom so we decided to dress like Minnie Pearl. The deal with this walk is everyone wears a decorated bra on the outside of their clothes. The first year my friends and I felt weird doing that but quickly realized everyone does and we were the weird ones for not having one.

So back to the cards. With this die you cut out the back of the card and a front panel that folds all at once. You have to get two die pieces lined up really well so that you have a fold and things are looking ok. Hard to explain but it takes some lining up. The next layer you cut is the hearts and a panel that goes on top of the base. I liked the idea of having different colored components for the different parts of the card. On the right and left card I also glued a colored piece of paper on the back piece which is not part of the die but when I looked at cards online most did that and I liked that look. The purple base does not have that added piece.

Left card – I cut the heart panel out of some pink glitter paper. I cut some hearts from pink paper and inlaid those. A few hearts have glossy accents or clear Nuvo on them. The thank you is part of the die set and cut from a glittery pink plaid which is kind of hard to see in the photo.

Middle card – Pretty straight forward. No hearts inlaid. I used plaid paper from a Lawn Fawn pad to cut out that heart panel.

Right card – I made a plaid piece of paper by using Oxide ink and a stencil by Carta Bella. I then cut out that heart panel. I cut some hearts and the thank you from glitter paper. The hearts got inlaid as you can see. A funny thing happened though. I did not notice at first that the two glitter papers did not match. They were supposed to be the same paper but I didn’t pay close attention. Ooops! I just went with it anyway.


County Fair Entries & The Results

This is the results of the four cards I entered at this years Alameda County Fair. I did win some money but it is all really for the fun of doing it.











It is that time of year again for our county fair. It is the Alameda County Fair and it starts in just under a month. Kind of fun this year they are having a cattle drive down the main street of the town where the fairgrounds are. Let me just say I do not live in a rural area. This is the first time they are doing this and I want to go check this out.

So last year my son suggested that I enter some of my cards at the fair so I entered two last year. This year I got more ambitious and entered four. I picked 4th of July, Sympathy, Birthday, and a Thank You card. At the same time as I was creating the cards starting about 2 weeks ahead of time the OCC Sparkle and Shine class was going on so there was a tiny bit of overlap but also it took a lot of my time to come up with so many cards in a short period of time. And.. I only did 2 days of the 6 days of classes. You know when they are going to be on display at the fair you have to be more picky. So you know how that goes. Try something it doesn’t look right, sleep on it, try another combination of things and on it goes. Finally you get them done.

Here they are all together.

And here we go with the details on each card.

I created the watercolor background some time back and finally put it to use. I stamped the flowers using Hero Arts stamp Blooming Meadow (CG171). I die cut the scalloped oval with a Spellbinders die Big Scalloped Ovals (S4-251). The tree is cut with Memory Box die Small Alder Tree (98792). The greeting is from a somewhat new set to me by Altenew called Painted Greetings.

This one took several passes before I got the look I liked. Seems like a simple card but it took a bit to get there. The background is Neenah Desert Storm paper which I was waiting for from a recent order from Simon Says Stamp. I have not had any of it before. The fireworks are stamped and heat embossed with Hero Arts stamp Fireworks (D5999)(strange name ha). I used Ranger Red Tinsel embossing powder which has some glitter in it but it doesn’t show to much in the photo. The sentiment is heat embossed using a Hero Arts stamp from the set Celebrate Everyday (CL498). The stars is a die from Simon Says Stamp called Star Parade (S227). I cut it out three times from a paper pad by Authentique. The die cuts the outline and the stars/partial stars. So I laid them all out and put various patterns back in.

This was a fun one! I just got this die set that cuts the card back and front, the heart panel and hearts and the thank you. This is a card that worked for the OCC class Sparkle and Shine and for the fair. So you cut out the back and front at once from a long piece of paper. The die is by Sizzix/Stephanie Bardnard called Thank You Drop-in. Then I cut out the white panel with the hearts. I also used that panel part to cut out some colorful hearts from the Lawn Fawn plaid paper pad. I glued the hearts back in some of the open spots. The Thank You is where the OCC Sparkle and Shine came in.  The first day was all about glitter. I used some glitter paper with the ultra fine glitter on it already. It was white so I colored with Copics to match my card and cut the Thank You out with the die that comes with the set.

And here is the last but not least. As you can see it’s a floral birthday card which is one of my favorites to make. For the background I used an embossed white piece of paper from a DCWV paper pad I got on sale. I inked over it with some Quick Quotes ink. I love this ink for when you are looking for a more subtle chalky look. The panel behind the flowers is cut with a Lawn Fawn die Stitched Journaling Card.  The flowers and leaves are from a brand new set to me from WPlus9. Actually they are from 2 sets Modern Peonies and Modern Anemones. I heat embossed all the leaves and flowers on watercolor paper using brass embossing powder. I then painted them in with Oxide inks that I put down on my mat and watered down and also did some mixing them together. I used Spiced Marmalade, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Peeled Paint. I also did fussy cutting and the largest flower is raised using foam tape. The sentiment is from a somewhat new set to me also by Altenew called Painted Greetings using the same brass embossing powder and heat embossing.

This is a pretty lengthy post wouldn’t you say. If you read all the way to the bottom or skimmed to the bottom.. let me know which card you like best.

More Ms. Bunny Cards

More Ms. Bunny Cards

Here is a couple more bunny cards that I made. I had two bunnies already colored and I like the way my Scramble bunny card looked so here’s a few more. I was inspired by Hero Arts Scramble 151 that was hosted by Cindy to make my first bunny card. I really like the way the orange dress turned out on my Scramble card so that is why you see another orange dress here. You will notice each is a bit different. I get bored making many cards exactly the same. I like to make my life more complicated instead of easier sometimes.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • The long stem flowers on the purple plaid card are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the flowers.
  • The group of flowers on the other two cards is by Kolette Hall called Flower Garden.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored some of the bunnies with colored pencils and the others with Copics. There is a little bit of Nuvo glitter drops on the third card.
  • The sentiment on the first and second card is from a Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498).
  • The sentiment on the third card is a stamp from Peddler’s Pack Stampworks.


Hero Arts Scramble 151

Cindy hosted the Hero Arts Scramble today. Her theme was use an oval.

Hero Arts Scramble 151

I wanted to make an Easter card and I liked her large ovals that were part of her cards. I don’t use this oval die very much so it was an opportunity to use it.

Background Paper – Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid – Rainbow. I love their plaid paper pads. I have two different ones.

  • Tulips – Hero Arts Tulips (F895). I think these are from a thrift store also.
  • The other two flowers are from a Hero Arts set I found at a thrift store. I don’t have the name but they are from 2004. All of the flowers are colored with Copics except the purple one which is colored with a Violet Wink of Stella pen. I added Clear Wink of Stella over the yellow flower.
  • The grass is a stamp from Avocado Arts. I stamped it several times and then ink blended over it.
  • The bunny is a La-La Land Crafts – I colored the bunny with Copics. It is hard to see but there is Wink of Stella on the bottom part of the dress.
  • The sentiment is from Hero Arts set Celebrate Everyday (CL498)


My Sister’s Birthday Cow

My Sister's Birthday Card

This was a fun one to make! I have had this cow stamp for many years and don’t use it much but I love the image. My sister loves cows so this works great for her birthday.

Background – Lawn Fawn plaid paper from the Fall Perfectly Plaid paper pad. Love their plaids.

Die Cut panels – Spellbinders Labels Nine. These are raised up with foam tape.

The Cow – Banjo Maya by La-La Land Crafts. Colored with Copics.

The sentiment – Spellbinders die (S2-139)

Cosmo Birthday Card


This card I made for a friend who has the cutest yorkie named Cosmo. I colored the dog to look like her dog.

For the background I used some more of the fun Lawn Fawn plaid paper for fall. I love the colors. I actually colored the balloons before I even decided to use the plain paper. The colorful layer and the brown layer are both from that paper pad. So the dog and the balloon stamps are from Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz sets Crazy Things and Crazy Dogs. I stamped the dog and then did some masking to have the balloon strings come up kind of from the dogs tail. I also masked the balloons to have the big balloon be in the back. I usually don’t do masking to much. It was fun and had me planning carefully to get the right look. I colored the dog with Copics to look like my friends dog Cosmo. He is so cute. It was hard to blend the black and tan but it came out pretty good. The balloons are colored with Copics too. The sentiment is a random wood stamp I had. Then at the very end I decided to sprinkle some Color Shine ink sprays on the background and I happen to have colors that went with everything pretty well. So one more round of masking so that the speckles didn’t get all over everything. I was pleased with a different type look than I usually do. Fun for me.

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