I {heart} Trees…


Update… I totally forgot to mention which challenges I am entering this in.  I used both the Sweet Sunday #16 sketch and CPS Challenge sketch combined into one.  I was inspired by Lucy, England too. Here is the link to her card http://www.flickr.com/photos/30551735@N05/3460010064/ and submitted it to the Hero Arts Blog challenge as well.  This was a full combined effort for a card.  I love how it turned out though.  Amazing how so many different inspirations can go into just one little card.

I didn’t use an owl, shocker I know.  It was hard, but my owls are tired and I need to give them a little break.  So, I have moved on to trees.  I think this is one of my {favorite} cards.  There are a few reasons why… I just love this color combo.  Green, brown and orange are really some of my fav colors right now.  I’m also really loving grey and somehow they all seemed to go together.  I love the simplicity of it and yet is is full of texture and a little surprise.

I ran the white label die cut through the Cuttlebug Tiny Bubbles embossing folder and then inked it with some grey ink.  It helped to bring out the texture and mute the brightness of the white.  I then kinda free handed a tree and cut it out.  I ran the treetop through the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder and sanded it so the dots would really pop and also sanded the edge.  I wasn’t so sure how the texture on texture would look, but I think it turned out nice. I tied some orange floss around the label and called it done.

I was much smarter about my stamp embossing this time.  I wanted it white and made sure no matter what, it would be white!!! I had a bit of trouble with my last card (my white pearl powder was actually clear, not white).  I stamped the Hero Arts Birthday Message in white ink and then embossed with white embossing powder.  Thank goodness it was actually white!


Cardstock: Bazzill Basics Paper, Die Cuts with a View

Stamp: Hero Arts (Birthday Messages)

Ink: Close to my Heart, Joann Craft Essentials

Cuttlebug die cut machine: Swiss Dots folder, Tiny Bubbles folder

Other: Spellbinders Label One, Scrapper’s Floss, Joann Craft Essentials embossing powder



  1. Jeanne F.

    This one turned out so cute! You are very creative, and you’re back drop is so appripo~

  2. Piritta

    At the same time card is funny and gorgeous! Great work!

  3. Rochelle

    what a cute card! I love the texture as well!

  4. Elise

    Darling card! Thanks for sharing your “journey!” I loved it! Great job on the WHITE embossing: I feel your pain! What a wonderful touch to emboss the white label/background as well: super cute!

  5. Katie

    What a fun card – I love the retro feel and the beautiful colors!

  6. Karen

    Your tree is perfect! Love how your freehanded it, that is too cute! Love your card – you rocked the challenge this week!

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