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The stash challenge for Christmas-in-July at Disney Creative Co. was to use beads! I don’t know if I’ve ever used beads on a papercrafting project, so this was definitely a challenge for me. After a lot of brainstorming (and a deep dive through my rather large collection of beads… my great grandfather did loom beading, and I think I’ve inherited some of his beads… along with many, many more of all kinds…), I came up with this very simple way to include beads on my project.

I used the Mouse Castle die to cut about 6 layers from white cardstock (some of the middle layers are smooth cardstock scraps). I adhered them together to create a stiff embellishment– but before I added the top layer, I threaded red and green seed beads into a garland to drape across the castle towers. I used tape to secure the threads behind the die cut, then added it to the top of the stack.

I covered an extra piece of cardstock with Christmas-stripe washi tape to peek through the Mickey cut out and added a tiny Mickey wreath acrylic piece for a finishing touch.

This castle could be used as an embellishment on a scrapbook layout or in a shadowbox frame for some fun Christmas decor, but I decided to make it the focal point of a card by mounting it on patterned paper and then a white card base.

Scraps & Ink Crafts: Mouse Castle cutting die
; Mini Christmas Bits; Washi (Christmas)
patterned paper: BasicGrey Nordic Holiday
cardstock: American crafts white textured
card base: The Paper Studio
other: glass seed beads, thread, machine stitching, Scotch ATG adhesive, PPA Matte adhesive

Note: I was provided products from Scraps & Ink Crafts at no cost as a member of the Disney Creative Co. design team.

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A dear friend of mine recently celebrated a milestone birthday, and I wanted to make a special card for her. Since books and writing are special passions of hers, I thought this cut file from Paige Evans was perfect!

In my stash of embellishments, I have some really pretty dimensional birthday stickers. I love how dainty they are — and they have a bit of sparkle! I decided to use one on this card and base my color scheme around it.

I got out my watercolors and, carefully holding my cut file above my paper every so often, added dabs of color to abstractly correspond to the flowers and leaves.

After the larger areas of color were dry, I added some tiny splashes of blue and green watercolor to add some texture and mounted the watercolor paper panel to yellow cardstock for a border.

Happy birthday, my friend!

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I’ve had a difficult time being inspired to make cards recently,** but one day while I was searching my photo collection in Lightroom (for something completely different), I came across a photo of a card I made back in 2015. Isn’t it fun when you come across something you’ve made (and forgotten about), and you are impressed with yourself?! Haha!!

I’d been wanting to make a congratulatory card for a good friend who recently had a baby, and seeing that card from 2015 was the perfect hit of inspiration. I got out my Lawn Fawn stamps and made this one:

I decided to use the same masking technique to create a patterned strip: I stamped the adorable dinosaurs from “Rawrsome” in different colors of pigment ink. It didn’t look full enough with just the dinosaurs, so I found a small heart and a tiny star in two other Lawn Fawn sets to fill in the gaps.

I used the same circle+banner as a focal point, but I wanted to take it up another notch. So I colored a mama and baby dinosaur with coordinating Copic colors to embellish the sentiment.

**Perhaps not just recently– cards have always been really hard for me to make!!

stamps: Lawn Fawn “Rawrsome” with tiny star from “Upon a Star” and tiny heart from “Loveable Legends”
sentiment: Hero Arts (very old set)
inks: Stampabilities, Hampton Arts, Studio G, Ranger Inkssentials Big & Bossy
Copic markers
Zing white embossing powder
Fiskars 1.5″ circle punch
Colorbok white metal dots
craft foam, ATG adhesive

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Recently I was able to celebrate a birthday in-person with a friend (in person! outdoors! physically distanced!) and I wanted to give her a special card. I pulled out my Lawn Fawn “Mermaid for You” stamps and created this little scene! I stamped and colored everything with Copic markers, then hand-cut all of the images that are in the top layer.

I have very little experience coloring people (meaning skin and hair), so what I’ve done here is pretty basic. I was recalling a lesson from Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart as I tried to approximate what my friend and I look like! You know, if we had mermaid tails and long flowing hair. Haha!

I created the scene on two layers: the background has seaweed and coral stamped on it in colored ink, and a seahorse and a little school of fishes. I used a Copic marker to fill in the aqua water around them all. The top layer, which is popped up with foam, has a square window cut out of it, and I had my mermaids extend outside the border for a fun look.

I added some tiny shells and starfish to draw the eye to the sentiment (which is from my favorite tiny Hero Arts set from years and years ago) and pull it all together!

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B’s dino birthday card

My 6-year old son designed and constructed this birthday card for his good friend all by himself! I stamped several images for him with the Lawn Fawn “Rawrsome” set onto plain white cardstock (his friend loves dinosaurs!), and he colored and cut them out himself. He arranged them and adhered them to the card front before writing his message inside.

He has lately loved sunsets, so notice that there is a sunset in the sky, as well as a pterodactyl silhouetted against the setting sun!

We are entering his creation into the Simon Says Stamp Kids’ Summer Vacation Challenge for 2020!

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My son is one of the best people I know at leaving sweet notes for those he loves. And so, as his kindergarten year comes to a close, I asked him to make a card for his teacher. This spring, he has gotten really excited to make pop-up cards, and so it was his idea to make a pop-up card with a space theme for his teacher.

My only contributions to the project were to stamp a sheet of images from the Paper Smooches “Space Cadet” set and make the black card base. My son did the rest: he colored the images and cut them out himself, and he also punched yellow stars to sprinkle throughout the space background.

He positioned the images as a scene on the pop-up background, and there were some details that I especially loved:

In the top corner, he added one of the astronauts taking a spacewalk from the rocket ship. I love that he added “NASA” in tiny letters on the astronaut’s space suit– he has been saying all year that he wants to be a NASA engineer when he grows up.

At the bottom corner, he added two telescopes on the earth to peer out into the depths of space.

He hand-wrote his sentiment (that he made up himself) at the bottom in white pen.

I am really proud of the careful and love-filled work that he put into this card for his teacher. With his permission, I’m entering it into the Paper Smooches “Anything Goes” challenge for the latter half of June 2020!

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Sometimes I have a hard time knowing what words to send to a friend, and in those cases, I hope that the handmade card helps to express what I’m trying to say.


For these cards, I cut a Paige Evans flower bouquet from white textured cardstock and used it to inspire the loose watercolor.  After the paint had dried, I adhered the die cut over the watercolor with a sentiment strip.






These cards were made with heartfelt love and prayers.


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I am enrolled in Sandy Allnock’s (self-paced) Underwater Scenes Copic mini-course at art-classes.com, and back in the fall while I was off my feet recovering from ankle surgery, I completed the first lesson (the shallows):

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I LOVED it (and I was so impressed at what I’d made), but then I got busy with other things and didn’t come back to the class until just a few days ago.  I wanted to make a special birthday card for a dear friend, and I had an idea in mind, but I needed to do the second lesson!

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While my kids played outside, I sat at the dining room table where I could keep an eye on them, and I worked through lesson 2 (the surface).  I have to admit, at first I was pretty intimidated by the thought of creating realistic water surface and bubbles, but Sandy makes it so straightforward and approachable in the class! I made two small attempts– the second one in a more “tropical” set of colors…

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…and when I was finished, I just kinda sat there in shock for a bit after I saw what I’d made, haha!!

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As you can see in the photo above showing my in-progress work, I was making these with a card design in mind.  After I finished my water, I trimmed the two strips into vertical panels.  I colored one of the cute mermaids from Lawn Fawn’s “Mermaid for You” set (also with my Copics and white gel pen accents) and added her (with foam) to make it look like she was joyfully leaping above the wave.



On the inside, I added my sentiment.  I didn’t have the phrase I wanted in the set, so I hand-wrote “mermazing” in the style of Lawn Fawn’s script, and I used some other sentiment stamps to add “You’re” and “Happy Birthday” above and below!


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Goldfish card

My children took swim lessons for over a year at a local swim school, and during that time, we developed a deep appreciation for the teachers and staff at that location.  When we finished lessons earlier this summer, I wanted to make a special card to let them know how much of an impact they had on our lives.


I’ve had this layering stamp from Hero Arts (affiliate link) for quite a while, but I’d never gotten it out to use it before now.  I used my MISTI to line everything up, and I used yellow, orange, and brown ink to stamp several fish.  Using a long-ago tip from Jennifer McGuire, I added clear embossing powder to the orange layer of the fish to add a bit more texture and dimension.


For the background, I used the seaweed stamp with two shades of green, stretching the stamp and repositioning it to get a wider variety of shapes.


This card is bigger than the cards I normally make, but I wanted it to be nice and large so that I could include a photo collage inside, as well as my letter to the teachers and staff.

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This card is a bit more clean-and-simple; I am finding myself drawn to this style more and more lately.


I colored the little rocket from the Paper Smooches Space Cadet set with Copics, after I used a mask to stamp one of the aliens in the porthole.  I cut out the rocket, added some flames and then popped it all up on some foam.


The background is some simple ink blending with a couple colors of blue ink, and I used a white gel pen to add some stars.

I hope that this cute little card can be an encouragement to my friend!




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