CMCC#61 – Orange Card with Lawn Fawn

Cards, Challenges, Design Team, Love note, Non traditional

Welcome! Orange you glad it’s another week over at the Colour Me…! challenge? This week the challenge is to create a project using orange.


I have to be honest and say that orange is not my favourite, or go-to, colour, but I’m happy with how my project turned out. I wanted to create a kind of loose sketchy look on my card so I combined a variety of different techniques and incorporated as much orange as I could.


After I freehand drew my boxes in pencil (I was going for a sketchy look), I started by stamping the pups and butterflies from the Lawn Fawn, Critters at the Dog Park, set and coloured them in with my inexpensive Bic Mark-It alcohol markers. To add a little texture and whimsy to the pups, I used my Copic colourless blender and lifted off some colour to add a few little speckles.

After I finished colouring, I used a fine-tip black marker to trace the boxes and then erased my pencil lines. When I started stamping, I learned the hard way that ink will lock in pencil marks, so make sure to erase those before you ink anything over top! Next, I masked off my stamping and used Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to blend the orange backgrounds.

To finish the card, I adhered a piece of orange striped paper to my A2 (4¼ x 5½) cardbase and then used foam tape to pop up my main focal panel.

Thank you so much for dropping by! Make sure to visit the other designers for some fresh inspiration–

& March’s marvelous guest designer, Joyce Mehrberg





Colour Me…! #59 – Simon Says Stamp and Lawn Fawn, You are Pawesome

Any occasion, Cards, Challenges, Thank You Cards

Welcome! I had so much fun creating my card for this week’s Colour Me…! challenge. The day I created the card, I woke up to -40º C temperatures (yikes!) so I was so ready to create a project using spring colours. This week the challenge is to create a project using teal, yellow, and red.


I grabbed some new stamp sets and incorporated a few different techniques for my card. I’m a novice colourer, so a few months ago I purchased a pack of Bic Mark-It alcohol markers to practice and learn how to colour and blend with markers. I don’t use them that often, but was pleasantly surprised with how well they blended together on this project.


Thank you so much for dropping by! Make sure to check out the other design team blogs for some awesome (or pawesome?!) inspiration–

& February’s fab guest designer, Cornelia W

 Hope to see you back here soon!



Twelve Days of Christmas: Day Nine, Season’s Tweetings

Cards, Holiday Card

Welcome to day nine of my Twelve days of Christmas feature. Today is a BIG post because it includes a YouTube video! I have worked through technical challenges, taught myself how to film, edit, and voice over, and finally, I did it!

So, without further ado….On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…

…a Season’s Tweetings card.

ZedSquared-Christmas2014-9Supplies I used:

If you liked the tutorial, I do have one other video posted for the Sparkle and Shine card I shared last week.

One last thing before I sign off, z² crafts officially joined Facebook this week. Feel free to check out the page.

Thanks so much for dropping by! Have a great week!


Colour Me…! Challenge Blog CMCC#40

Cards, Holiday Card

I’ve kind of been out of my crafting mojo recently. I feel back in the swing of things this weekend and my first crafty stop was to the Colour Me…! Challenge Blog for a kickstart. This week, The CMCC#40 is to create a project using only neutral colours and coral.

I kept my card very neutral with just a splash of coral. Here’s the card I created:


As I normally do, I started in Silhouette Studio and cut the grey stitched background and the vanilla banner (it has stitching as well but the camera couldn’t pick it up). Using three different snow flake stamps from the Lawn Fawn Deck the Halls set, I stamped the snowflakes with Versa Mark ink and then heat embossed with a white pearl powder.

I used a piece of heavy weight vanilla cardstock for the card base and then cut a piece of the same cardstock to stamp and colour my sparrows.

I am brand new to colouring with alcohol markers and purchased the Bic Mark-it markers to get my feet wet. These markers are inexpensive and come in 36 colours. Not all of them are very good at blending, but some do a pretty good job and they all have the cutest names! I don’t have a black ink that’s ideal for stamping the images I was going to colour, so I used a black pigment ink and embossed with Super Fine clear. The embossing really helped the ink stay put. The sparrows are stamped from Lawn Fawn Winter Sparrows set and coloured in with Peach Parfait, and Pink Flamingo markers. For the accessories, I used Cloud Nine Grey, and for the beaks I used Tiki Hut Tan.

To create the branches, I stamped first with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink and then again with SSS Khaki ink to add some shading and dimension. Both Lawn Fawn sets I’m using come with a branch stamp. To finish the branches I used Glossy Accents, spreading it irregularly to add some ‘branchy’ texture. While I had it out, I added some Glossy Accents to the beaks.

I stamped the sentiment from the Deck the Halls set onto my banner and then used some grey string and three tiny stitches to attach the banner to the grey background. I used a Micro Glue Dot to stick down the other end of the banner and curled the tips to create a little dimension.

To finish the card, I positioned my sparrows on the card base and adhered them down using my tape runner then used foam tape on the grey background and positioned it in place.

There you have it, my first ever attempt at colouring with alcohol markers! I look forward to playing around with these markers in many projects to come!

Thanks for dropping by!