Easy (almost) One Layer Card

Birthday Cards, Cards

Welcome! It’s already time for another Colour Me! challenge. Before I jump in to the challenge, I just want to thank everyone for your lovely comments, e-mails, and support. As it is for most of us, crafting is my passion so when I hear from viewers and readers, it just means the world to me. To all of you, I want to extend a very warm and sincere THANK YOU!

Ok, so moving on, this week the Colour Me! challenge is to create a project using baby blue, green, and pink.CMCC80

I created an *almost* one-layer card. As usual, there’s a video to show you how I created my card. You can watch it below, or on YouTube.

This card was really easy to create. I think it would be fun to replicate and make a set of similar cards with matching envelopes to give as a gift.


Thanks so much for dropping by this week! If you need a little boost of inspiration, make sure to visit the other designers–


Until next time,



TGIF Star Wars Birthday Card and Envelope

Birthday Cards, Cards, Non traditional

Welcome! Today is Friday, so that means a TGIF post. I’ve been struggling with my crafty mojo recently but I feel like I’m finally getting my stride back. What do you do to help with your creative blocks?

So, for this week’s card, I created a Star Wars birthday card and matching envelope for a Star Wars obsessed eight year old. I couldn’t have made this card without the help of my Silhouette machine, some free clip art files, and a free Star Wars font.

As a bonus I also created a coordinating envelope. I create a coordinating envelope to go with almost every card I make, but I’ve never done a video showing how I do it. With the help of my We R Memory Keepers Envelope Punch Board it’s a cinch.

Star Wars Birthday Card

That’s no moon! It’s a space station!


If you’re curious about how to install a font to use with your Silhouette Portrait, I have a video showing how on my YouTube channel. You can watch it here.

That’s it for for today. Until next time…may the force be with you.




Disclaimer: I do not own any of the Star Wars images, nor am I affiliated with Disney or Star Wars.

CMCC#72 Lawn Fawn Birthday – Embossing Paste Alternative

Birthday Cards, Cards

Hi there! Thanks so much for dropping by for another Colour Me! challenge post. This week the challenge is to create a project using turquoise, yellow, and green.


A few weeks ago, Sue, from Sue’s Card Craft, posted this card to the challenge. I’ve had her whimsical scene in my head ever since so that’s what inspired this week’s project.


I used lots of different techniques on this card, but the one I want to mention in particular is using a homemade stencil and white acrylic caulking instead of embossing paste.

Acrylic caulking is available at any home improvement store and costs about $2/tube. So far in my use with it, it is a perfect substitution for harder to find embossing paste. Cool, eh?! To create my stencil, I used the free cloud shape that comes with the Silhouette Studio software and cut it from a piece of transparency. If you don’t have an electronic cutting machine, you can always create your own stencils with dies, or punches, or even scissors. I plan to re-use this stencil, but you can always use cardstock (white works best) for a single use stencil if you don’t have any transparency material to spare.

I hope that I’ve inspired you to play along with us at the Colour Me challenge this week. Make sure to visit the other designers to see their inspiration and get your mojo flowing–


Until next time,



Colour Me…! #55 – Lawn Fawn Year Two Birthday Card

Birthday Cards, Cards, Challenges, Masculine, Masculine Card

Welcome! Before I jump in, I want to take a sec to sincerely thank everyone who has been leaving me comments, subscribing to my YouTube channel, liking my Facebook page and just encouraging my efforts. I’m really new to the crafty scene and it just means so much to me when readers take the time to support my efforts. THANK YOU!!

Okay, so this week the Colour Me…! challenge stumped me! The colours are yellow, orange, and green. For some reason, the warm autumn colours just weren’t getting my juices flowing so I had to give this one a good think.


The idea for my card finally came to me while I was Googling hats for my little schnauzer, Zoë (one half of z²), whose delicate ears freeze when she goes outside during winter. The challenge colours are subtly incorporated into the clean and simple design. This card comes complete with it’s own video–


Slow and steady wins the race! I used the adorable Lawn Fawn Year Two set for all of the stamping. I’ve mentioned before that I am a novice colourer so I will use any excuse to practice. I stamped the turtles in VersaFine Onyx Black ink and then used my colour pencils and blending solution to colour them in.

I stamped the party hats onto the turtles after I finished colouring and then paper pieced the triangle hat part using orange and yellow paper.

To finish the card, I used Versamark ink to stamp the ‘Happy Birthday’ sentiment onto some slate cardstock and then heat embossed with Ranger Liquid Platinum powder.

I adhered the slate strip directly onto my 110# white A2 (4¼ x 5½”) cardbase using permanent tape runner and then used foam tape to adhere down the top panels.


I hope I’ve inspired you to play along with the challenge this week! Make sure to check out the other design team members and keep the inspiration flowing–

& January guest designer, Tenia Nelson 

Until next time!



Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#37

Birthday Cards, Cards, Challenges, Masculine Card

I hope my Dad isn’t reading this because this week I combined his birthday card into the Colour Me…! Challenge blog’s challenge and I don’t want to spoil the surprise. The CMCC#37 is to create a striking project that incorporates honey (yellow), and teal.

I’m sure it will be obvious when you see the card, but my Dad is BIG into fishing. The we did a family summer holiday this year and when we were there my dad and I were trying to come up with some terrible (read: great) fishing puns. I can’t even remember if we came up with this one or not, but here you have it, my CMCC#37 card, Fishing You a Happy Birthday.

My CMCC37 card

My CMCC37 card

This card is pretty straightforward and most of the time creating it was spent in Silhouette Studio. All the shapes were free (either they came with the machine or tracings of free clip art) or ones I created myself. I used a selection of patterned paper (including the wood grain background) from My Mind’s Eye 6×6 Reunion, paper pad. The one polka dot fish was cut from a scrap. Stitched borders are all the rage right now so I jumped on the bandwagon and used the Silhouette to cut perforated lines on my banner and round background piece. I just love how the stitching gives a subtle detail to the finished project.

After I cut out all my elements of the card using my Silhouette Portrait, I glued the two ‘happy birthday’ cuts together to create the dark grey shadow. Next, I tied grey string on each of the tails of the fish and assembled them in the order I wanted them to hang.

After assembling my card using a combination of foam tape and Tombow Mono liquid glue, I used Ranger Glossy Accents around the ‘fishing you a’ part of the sentiment to give the card a little shine and that was it.

Thanks so much for dropping by. I kind of skimmed over the Silhouette Studio part of the card so if you have any questions please leave me a comment or send an e-mail and give you the full scoop!