Go on and Celebrate

August 24, 2014By ShawnChallenges, Freshly Made Sketches 10 Comments

Here’s a bright card I made for my friend Nina’s birthday. The watercolor background carries on a watercolor theme that I’ve been hooked on this Summer. I squished some Distress Ink on a craft mat, misted it with water and dropped my watercolor paper onto the ink to create the background. After drying it with my … Read More

Back to Cool

August 8, 2014By ShawnChallenges, Online Card Classes 6 Comments

Today’s card focuses on alphabet stamps and making the letters part of the design. I made a “Back to Cool” card that would be great for a special student or a teacher in your life. Most of the elements come from Lawn Fawn except for the larger chalk board which I made with some careful … Read More

My Favorite

August 7, 2014By ShawnOnline Card Classes, Uncategorized 5 Comments

During the first two days of Online Card Classes Stretch Your Stamps 2, we have been experimenting with new ways to use our background stamps. Here, I created a background image using the technique Shari Carroll shared. Inking the background stamp with Distress Inks and misting it with water created an interesting background, but the Tiny … Read More

Big Hello

August 7, 2014By ShawnOnline Card Classes 1 Comment

This card uses the rest of the watercolored background I made in my previous post. I die cut the image using the Big Hello die from Simon Says stamp and stacked it on several cuts of black card from the same die. Glossy Accents coated the letters to create a unique embellishment that is also the focal point of the … Read More

Hello, Sunshine

August 7, 2014By ShawnOnline Card Classes 2 Comments

My post today comes from a card I made while stretching my stamps with Online Card Classes. If you didn’t know Stretch Your Stamps 2 has begun and it’s a great way to get ideas on how to use the stamps you already have in new ways. Day 1 & 2 focuses on background stamps. Here … Read More

Birthday Wishes

July 29, 2014By ShawnUncategorized 2 Comments

Here’s a multi-layered birthday card featuring several products from different places that I’ve just been meaning to use. The birthday sentiment was made by layering several die cuts from the Studio Calico Birthday Stamp & Craft Die Set. I cut the top layer from a scrap of cardstock that I completely embossed with Ranger Liquid … Read More

Hello, Love.

June 8, 2014By ShawnChallenges 5 Comments

My card today was inspired by the Studio Calico May Card Kit Camelot. This kit was a box full of ideas and although it included many colorful elements, I opted for some of the more muted tones so the gold embellishments would stand out. Don’t you just love that herringbone vellum? It is so unique. … Read More

Lovely Mums

April 14, 2014By ShawnChallenges 7 Comments

Watercolored mums from Mama Elephant’s Lovely Mums stamp set are the focal point of todays card. Freshly Made Sketches #131

You Brighten My Day

March 30, 2014By ShawnChallenges 6 Comments

This morning I cracked open the April Card Kit from Simon Says Stamp and decided it would be great to use for this week’s Freshly Made Sketches challenge #129 by Jen M. Oddly enough, the sentiment is very similar to my last post, but I went with it anyway. Freshly Made Sketches #129

Thanks for Brightening My Day

March 24, 2014By ShawnChallenges 13 Comments

For today’s card, I used a stamp, paper and embellishments from Studio Calico with dies from Mama Elephant to create a scene reminiscent of the sky opening up after a storm. I thought it worked well with the sentiment. Made with Freshly Made Sketches #128 by Rita. Freshly Made Sketches #128