Mood boards are full of inspiration—from icons to pattern and color, and today we have a special guest creating with our next challenge for our Summer Issue Challenge Week, Elise Constable! Elise’s cute card designs are perfect for the mood board that she’s sharing with you today. Let’s check it out and get inspired!


Hello! I’m so excited to be a guest designer for SCT’s Summer Issue Challenge Week! Doesn’t this inspiration board just scream summer? There’s so much inspiration in this image and for my cards today, I was inspired by the flamingos and leaves in the bottom left image:

I really liked that black background in the image on the left, but I was also drawn to the bright colors in the upper right, so I decided to create a card design that could have different backgrounds inspired by those two images.

Supplies | Stamps: Hello Bluebird; Dies: Hello Bluebird, Lawn Fawn; Ink: Lawn Fawn, Ranger; Embossing powder: Lawn Fawn; Cardstock: Neenah; Adhesive: Lawn Fawn, Scotch; Markers: Copics; Tools: Heat Gun, Big Shot die cut, foam blending daubers

I started by stamping the birds, leaves, and flowers from the More Jungle Littles and Silly Birds stamp sets from Hello Bluebird. The birds went perfectly with the inspiration board! The images are all stamped onto white cardstock with Lawn Fawn’s Jet Black ink since it is Copic marker friendly. I colored the images with Copic markers, and then die cut them using their coordinating dies. I made sure to stamp, color, and die cut two of each image that was used on the card since I planned to make two cards. Creating two or more cards with the same design is a great way to build up your card stash.

Once I created all of the images, I set them aside to start working on the backgrounds. To mimic the black and white design in the inspiration board, I used the Plaid Stencil from Lawn Fawn and distress oxide inks. I used Black Soot along the upper left and right edges and ink blended that with Hickory Smoke to give the background some more depth. After I ink blended the background, I used the Outside In Stitched Rectangle Stackables die to add stitching around the edge of the cardstock panel before adhering it to the card base.

I used the Plaid Stencil to ink blend the background for the second card, but I used brighter colors. For this card, I used Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, Twisted Citron, Shabby Shutters, Broken China, and Tumbled Glass distress oxide inks. I also die cut the stitching around the edge and attached the background to a white card base.

I always like to lay out my images on the card to help me decide how to arrange them, but once I settled on an arrangement, I adhered all of the images with foam tape. Afterward, I heat embossed a sentiment from the Hello Bluebird’s Cheery Greetings stamp set with white embossing powder onto black cardstock, trimmed around the sentiment, and attached it with foam tape. The grass, leaves, and sentiment along the bottom help to ground the birds so that they don’t look like they’re floating on the background.

Have you ever created two cards with the same design but different background colors? Give it a try and see how it changes the feel of your card. I can’t wait to see what you create and I can’t wait to see how the inspiration board inspires you!

Find more of Elise’s work here: Blog | Instagram | Facebook

Hi there! I’m Elise Constable and I’m from State College, Pennsylvania. I am a Christian, wife, mom, and homeschool teacher to my three young children. When I’m not cleaning, teaching, or playing games with the kids, I can be found stamping and creating greeting cards. I’m blessed to be able to design for two amazing stamp companies, Lawn Fawn and Mighty Hands. 


How great were Elise’s cards and tips? We love the idea of creating the same card twice, but changing the background to mix things up! Fun! What will inspire you from today’s mood board? Create with it and you could win a 3-month subscription to our SCT Sampler! 

Learn more about our SCT Sampler HERE

Brand new June 2021 SCT Sampler

The SCT Sampler is not a kit in the traditional sense, but a hand-picked selection of new products in mini quantities offering you an opportunity to make a beautiful new discovery. Sample the newest designer trends AND have a surprise delivered to your door every month! It’s a totally new experience designed with you, our favourite papercrafter, in mind. Every month we will surprise you with a dozen different, new, hand-selected 6×6 papers and a wonderful array of specially selected coordinating embellishments to enhance your papercrafting fun. Throughout the year you’ll be introduced to stamps, dies, adhesive and SO MUCH MORE! AND, we’re going to include a fun exclusive product each and every month that you won’t find anywhere else!

That’s worth creating for, right?! Here are your challenge guidelines:

Challenge Guidelines:

  1. Create any project using the mood board above;
  2. Submit an image of your creation to us (must be under 2mb!) at
  3. Put “Summer Issue Mood Board Challenge” in your reference line;
  4. Submit your entry by Wednesday, June 30th, at 11:59 pm ET. Winners will be announced here on the blog on Saturday, July 3rd.

Good luck and have fun with these summer vibes!