Lions and Lambs, oh my!

I was thinking about the saying that March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb and it got me pondering the animal craft possibilities. From cute Lawn Fawn critters to animal print stamps, collaging images of your favorite animals to scrapbooking a photo of your pet – we can’t wait to see how animals inspire you this week.

Sandra just can’t wait till it’s Spring and nature starts to bloom

I was inspired by the Easter die from Simon Say Stamp Hop to it collection. Spring is my favorite season and I can’t wait until nature wakes up and shares the beautiful wonders it full with. I wanted to make a Spring spread in my art journal and as base I used Tissue Wrap and Tim’s Caged Bird, along with Broken China and Peeled Paint to color the background.

Suzz created a masculine card for a royal celebration.


The Stampendous Lion is a royal and beautiful etched image he was the focal point for a card that will be sent to someone who will receive wishes to celebrate royally on their birthday. I mixed in some beautiful Stampendous Copper Luxe in the background along with a Ranger Distress Stain Sprays Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint.

Michelle can’t go long without playing with glitter.


It’s true, I’ll look for any excuse to use the glitter. Remember the dioramas that were created inside eggs? I used the Hero Arts Bird and a touch of beautiful Fuchsia Glass Glitter to re-create this kitschy spring-time craft.

Andrea created some Post-It note holders with a party pup and a crime-fighting cat.


If you work in a gray cubicle day after day, you learn pretty quick to try and spiff up even the most mundane office supplies for your own entertainment. I decided to give my Post-It notes some oomph by making these covers for them. I love Waffle Flower’s On My Mark die set which feature these furry critters and I learned that Post-It’s fit perfectly inside Tim Holtz’s Matchbook dies.

Mona was inspired to create a layout featuring her two sweet dogs.


I love to run and my dogs little four legs can’t quite go the distance, so I take them for a ride in their stroller. One of my favorite photos of my sweet dogs positioned in a Cabinet Card Frame made for a great focal point on my layout. To compliment the vintage frame, I combined pretty patterned papers from the Wallflower Cardstock Pack then embellished with Rusty Hinge colored die cut Grungeboard Gadget Gears.

Emma is taking you on a trip to Wonderland.


Inspired by my love of Alice in Wonderland, I created a home decor panel featuring my favourite character from the book and the Disney film ~ the white rabbit. I had so much fun creating all the elements for this canvas, including the suspended 3D pocket watch, the stamped rabbit image and the surrounding foliage, all of which I layered onto a double canvas painted with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress Paints.

Meihsia was inspired to create a canvas with the photo of her first pet.

Ding Dong was my first pet and I still remember how excited I was when I first saw her. This photo was taken when she was 8 weeks old. I stenciled the background with Tim Holtz Layering Stencil and Prima Flowers White Sand Texture Paste, and colored it with Distress Paints. The die cut butterflies was covered with Prima Flowers Crackle Paste.

Ashli was inspired by a beloved pet…


We love dogs around here and Susie will always hold a special place in our lives, especially since she was the ring bearer in our wedding! Using a little doodle of mine as a template, I cut out some little doxie shapes out of some Studio Calico paper. With the addition of some watercolors, wood veneers, and sequins, I have a lovely little page to remember this special moment!

Anna-Karin had the perfect photos for this challenge theme.

As soon as I saw this theme, I knew I had to scrap these photos of meeting a lion cub. The mixed media background was done with paints, new fun dies by Tim Holtz, stencils and stamps. I wanted to create a rough, textured and wild background, fitting with the photos. To embellish the page, I used ticket and word stamps, and die cut words and labels from inky papers.

I (May) have some wild new stamps to play with.

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I always love any chance to play with distress colors and stamps! With these new Lawn Fawn critters and some black archival ink I had fun coloring in these critters. I used a combination of distress spray stains and watercolor pencils. Love how I tamed those critters for this card!


As always, Simon Says Stamp is giving away a $50 gift voucher that will go to a random entry chosen by random generator. To qualify all you need to do is create a new project that ties in (in any way!) with our theme and post it, along with a link back to this challenge, and add a link here. This challenge will end at 11:59pm on Sunday March 22nd Eastern time. We will also be choosing some of our entries to put in the spotlight – a special honor where we talk about why we loved that entry in particular and award a special badge too! For the full rules, read the “challenge rules” posted in the side-bar here on our blog.



  1. Very fine work, Ladies. I enjoy looking at all your work. Andrea, you crack me up and tickle my funny bone. :-)

  2. Lovely Inspiration from the team! Animal cards are among my favorite kind to make so thanks for the fun challenge and a chance to win some fun crafty goodies from Simon Says Stamp! I even have a ‘lamb’ in mine – WOO HOO! ;)

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