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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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Get better card

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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Congratulations card

A friend of mine was recently hired for a new position, and I am so happy for her.  I wanted to send her a congratulations/encouragement card, and so my mind went instantly to the “Space Cadet” set from Paper Smooches.


Inspired by the August challenge at the Paper Smooches blog, I decided to make my own background by stamping the sentiment stamp repeatedly and heat embossing it with white.  I blended several shades of blue pigment ink to look spacey, and I lightened them to create a bit of a spotlight for my little astronaut.


I colored the astronaut with a few Copics, and popped her up on some foam with some silver thread behind her, with an additional sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set.




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I wanted to hand-make a special wedding card for my cousin and his new wife, and believe it or not, this one was inspired by the ampersand card in this blog post.  I didn’t have the same cut file, but as I was looking through my collection of Paige Evans cut files, I came across this floral spray… and the wheels started turning in my brain.  The couple’s wedding invitation had a lovely floral design, and so I “inverted” the ampersand card a bit– I made the floral element the focal design and the ampersand into the accent piece.  I used watercolors to paint an abstract background for the cut file– using colors to match the invitation.

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The ampersand is four layers of white cardstock, and I painted the top layer with Heidi Swapp gold ColorShine since I didn’t have any metallic paper on hand.  I added some gold droplets and gold sequins as a finishing touch.


I adhered the cut file only in the center bits so that the edges would be free and show a bit of dimensionality.


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Recently, a friend from church gave me a big box of lovely wooden, red-rubber stamps that she was clearing out of her house.  In particular, there were two of these stained-glass style stamps that really caught my eye.

When a need came up this past week for an encouragement/get well card, I knew that I had to try this stamp out.


I stamped the image onto watercolor paper with a black pigment ink pad that wasn’t as juicy as I expected, so the lines came out a softer grey color. I heat-embossed them with clear powder to give the image the look of leaded glass.


After the heat-embossing was cool, I spent some relaxing time painting each space with watercolors.  I love how the transparency and varying intensity of the color gives a glass look!

I have done very little watercoloring (besides playing as a kid), so this might be a new medium for me to look into!


P.S. I’m linking this to the Simon Says Stamp “Play with Paint” Monday challenge and the Wednesday “Anything Goes” challenge!

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