Friday, May 2, 2014


It’s time to celebrate!  Tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day and i{heart} papers is celebrating with a sale.  Use the coupon code NSD2014DT to get 10% off your entire order of $40 or more (not valid on gift certificates).  Coupon is good through May 4, so get shopping!

I’m not much of a scrapbooker, so I’ll share a celebratory card for the occasion instead.  Here’s my card for this week’s Retro Sketches challenge. It’s kind of a loose interpretation of the sketch, but I think it still works!
Whoot card-designed by Lori Tecler/Inking Aloud-stamps from Paper Smooches
I used the sketch to make a fun scene featuring one of the smaller owls from the Paper Smooches Hooties stampset.  The tree trunk at the right side of the panel was made by die cutting a kraft panel with one of the Paper Smooches Trees 1 dies.  When I ran the die through my machine, I was careful to not fully cut the branch, leaving the straight end still attached to the rest of the kraft panel.  I used my paper cutter to cut above and below the branch, leaving the tree trunk shape you see here.  To add a little interest to the panel I used a mini ink blender tool to rub some brown distress inks on the cardstock.  These little ink applicators have been flying off the shelves, so get them while you can!

I adhered the cardstock to a cardfront covered with a piece of blue dotted patterned paper.  To ground the scene, I used a grass border punch along the top of a strip of green paper from the same paper collection and added that at the bottom of the panel.  Once the background was in place, I added the owl to the tree using a dimensional dot.  The “whoot” sentiment was stamped in black ink inside a speech bubble from the He Said She Said stamp set.

other:  Desert Storm cardstock (Neenah); Soft Sky cardstock (Stampin’ Up!); Vintage Photo, Tea Dye, and Antique Linen distress inks (Ranger); grass border punch (Fiskars)

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