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I keep noticing these really cute cards around the internet… ones where people have cut a grid of little windows, and they pop cute critters inside them, peeking out.  I’ve been wanting to make one myself for a while, and I finally did!

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I made this card using Paper Smooches’ “Surf-n-Turf” set for a friend of mine, and I had so much fun making it that I immediately made another one for another friend!  As an extra added bonus, I got to use my new Copic markers that I bought with birthday money!

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I am so excited about this design, and I’m already plotting more cards with my other stamp sets!

 

P.S. I’m entering this into the Paper Smooches “Fun” challenge for May 2018, and also the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge to “use more than one stamp.”

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I have been trying to practice my Copic coloring whenever I can, and lately, I’ve spent a lot of time learning for other roles in my life from audio recordings of talks.  When it’s just audio, I like to have something to do with my hands so that I don’t get distracted, and coloring is an ideal occupation.

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I used some of the techniques for blending that I’ve been learning in Sandy Allnock’s Copic Jumpstart class to color these flower clusters stamped with a Paper Smooches stamp set.  I colored two of the clusters with reds, and I ventured into the blues for the third.  I don’t own a very light blue marker (yet! :)), so I used the colorless blender for my lightest areas.  I need practice, but I am happy with these attempts!

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These are flat notecards, and I added a simple banner with a white heat-embossed sentiment from a very old Hero Arts set (it is one of my all-time favorites!) to finish them off.

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P.S. I’m entering this trio of cards into the April 2 Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!

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Otter class Valentines

In my last post, I showed the first of two big Valentine projects that V did this year.  Of course, if we have a Valentine mailbox, that means that Valentines were exchanged– and V and I came up with a plan for her to make her own: all twenty-four! (enough for all of her classmates, her teacher, and a few extras)

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Otters are one of V’s favorite animals, and so for Christmas, she received a set of otter stamps by My Favorite Things.  I have loved watching her reach for them again and again to make cards for friends and family, and she used them again for this project.

We decided on a circular design, and I use the print-and-cut feature on my Silhouette to create a card front that had a sentiment inspired by the stamp set (and a little more kindergarten-classmate friendly :)) and left room for the otter stamp.

V did all of the stamping herself:

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She used a practice piece to work out the colors she’d use for each part of the otter.  All on her own, she realized that it would be most efficient to batch-process her coloring! She first colored the otter’s heart, then the pink cheeks, and finally the two colors for the otter’s fur.

On the back, V wrote each classmate’s name and her own on the print-and-cut scalloped circle.  She adhered the layers together, and we attached them to a little packet of candy hearts.

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This was also a really cool opportunity for us to see some of the power of prayer.  The day before, my Silhouette had simply not turned on.  On this day, it turned on and started to work, but it was still giving me trouble.  The machine even turned off in the middle of one of the cuts!  As I expressed my concern to my kids (we were all together working in the craft room), we stopped and prayed together that the machine would work long enough to finish the class cards!  And it did!  Finally, it got through the last sheet of card backs, and we all stopped again to thank God for the gift of a working machine!

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Here are the finished valentines!

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Floral baby card

I made this baby shower card for a friend of mine who just had her baby girl!

I went looking for inspiration on my “Scrap” board on Pinterest, and in browsing through my pins, I saw several that heavily influenced my design:

You can see that I took the ideas of floral clusters around the sentiment as my inspiration…

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I had a floral sticker sheet that had orange, yellow and pink blooms on it, so I chose a patterned paper that brought out the pinks in the flowers that were more predominantly orange.  I made a little cluster, adding foam behind some of the blossoms for extra dimension.

I added die-cut feathery leaves for more texture, and I put everything on top of a doily  that I stitched onto the white background in a spiral.  The sentiment is actually another sticker that I trimmed to be more narrow and then clipped into a banner shape.

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I really like how this one turned out, and based on the number of cards that I’ve pinned with a similar design, it seems to be something that my eye gravitates toward!  I will definitely be using this design idea in the future!

 

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I’ve been doing some more coloring with the Copic markers that Husband bought for me for Christmas, and this is the first completed card (aside from some lunch box notes for V!) that I’ve made.

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I used the Space Cadet set from Paper Smooches to make the cute little alien ship and the planet, and I white heat-embossed the starry background for inside the window.

That set doesn’t have a birthday greeting, so printed my own onto the card front, which I created with my Silhouette SD using the print-and-cut feature.  I used the fonts Hiragino Sans GB and Nightly Poem (the brush script).  I also added the detail of a thin black line around the circle window by using the offset tool and changing it to be a non-cut, printed line.

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I assembled the card using a lot of craft foam for dimension!  I like how it gives the look of the cute little alien flying right out of the opening!

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I’m linking this up to the Paper Smooches’ January 2018 “Anything Goes” challenge!

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

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For Christmas, I wanted to do something special for the teachers of our kids’ classes at church.  They give selflessly to teach our children, and in addition to a small gift card, I wanted to do something a little more hand-made.

The design of these cards was inspired by Laura Vegas’ project HERE.  Even though the design on my version is actually fairly simple, it took me a surprisingly long time to get it right, haha!

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The wreath was a cut file Kerri Bradford offered this year during her 12 Days of Christmas, and the “Joy” in the middle was another, much older cut file from Kerri Bradford, too!  I added some extra branches from an oldie-but-goodie fern-ish looking leaf file to which I seem to come back over and over again.

Because I wanted even more dimension and texture, I mounted the wreaths on a rectangle of textured white cardstock, which I sprinkled with gold Heidi Swapp Color Shine (I’ve been watching a lot of Inkie Quill!).  And then I added a little lift to the rectangle by adding a smaller cardboard piece underneath.  I didn’t want the cards to be too thick, but I definitely wanted some emphasis on that center piece.

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Did I mention that we have just over 20 teachers?  I made a lot of cards!  After I worked out the design, I really enjoyed putting these together.

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A dear friend of mine is embarking on a new career, and I wanted to send her a congratulatory note!

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I just can’t get enough of this Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds set, and so I decided to use it again on this card.  I stamped both of the large clusters onto cardstock with blaxk pigment ink and heat-embossed them with clear powder.  I borrowed my daughter’s markers and colored in the flowers (it was so fun!)

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After I cut out each of the clusters with a small white border, I layered them onto the card front with some foam behind the upper cluster.  I used a very old Hero Arts sentiment set to stamp the “Congratulations” greeting and used some foam to pop up that paper ribbon.

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It’s a very clean-and-simple card, and I really love how it turned out!

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P.S. (<–no pun intended!)  I’m linking this card up to the Paper Smooches October challenge to use pink, and also to the Simon Says Stamp “Anything Goes” challenge!

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Saturday was World Cardmaking Day!  For maybe the first time ever, I was able to participate in a hobby holiday: I had a quiet weekend at home, and I made it a priority to set aside some time to do some paper crafting.  Not only did I get to make a scrapbook page with V, but I worked on these cards, and she planned a card, too!

These cards are based on two specific challenges I saw: the October Paper Smooches challenge to use pink, and the Jillibean Soup sketch challenge for WCMD.

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They both are based on the first sketch at the Jillibean Soup challenge post…and this first one uses patterned paper from the older Jillibean Soup “Blossom Soup” collection 6″x6″ paper pad.

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The featured stamp is from Paper Smooches’ “Blossoming Buds” set, and the greeting is an older stamp from KaiserCraft.  I colored the flowers with colored pencils before mounting them on foam with a little yellow banner underneath.

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These are fairly plain-and-simple cards, but I hope that they will bring sunshine to their recipients!

 

http://papersmooches.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-challenge-anything-goes.html

 

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This idea has been marinating in my brain for a while… I’ve had this red-rubber cling background stamp (Hero Arts “Chinese Thank You”) for years! (It is actually the only large background stamp that I own. ) I got it as a free gift with an order I made at Two Peas in a Bucket way back when I was in graduate school.  I’ve used it a few times, and it is quite beautiful.  I remember asking one of my Chinese friends to translate it for me– she told me that it says things like “Thank you from the heart,” “Thanks,” and expresses a feeling of being honored and of gratitude.

Recently, I wanted to make a really special thank-you card, and I thought it would be the perfect time to try the finger-blending technique again.  This time, my main inspirations were a rainbow snowflake card by Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches and this gorgeous and gigantic set of cards in a post by Jennifer McGuire.

I simply white heat-embossed my background onto white cardstock.  I’m so grateful to Husband for getting me a Mini MISTI for Christmas!  It definitely helped me make sure that I had a good impression with the embossing ink for the powder to cling well.

Then I got out my colored pigment inks and went to town, using just my index finger to add and blend the colors.  Yes, I certainly could have used blending tools, but I don’t have enough for all of my colors, and my finger easily cleans off with a baby wipe to be ready for the next color!

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I had a lot of fun making color combinations, and in the end I had four backgrounds.  I heat embossed my sentiment onto colored cardstock strips to pop up on the background with foam, and then I added some iridescent sequins for a bit of sparkle.

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I mounted each card front onto a white cardstock base, lining up one edge flush with the card’s edge, and leaving a white border around the other three sides.  I love, love, love how these turned out!

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Colorful baby card

This card ended up being a very straightforward one, but I love how colorful it is.  I sometimes forget that I have a little stash of pre-made card embellishments (many of them generously handed down to me from other crafters).  When I went to work making this baby card, I had a little look through my box and found this gorgeous “Welcome Baby” embellishment.  It’s layered with tulle, stitched with green thread, and glitzed up just a teensy bit with tiny golden yellow rhinestones.  I knew it’d be perfect.

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I have no idea what company produced it, but I found some Jillibean Soup papers that complemented it perfectly.  I popped up the “Welcome Baby” card on some foam and layered it over strips of polka dot and floral papers.  And since this card was meant to welcome a sweet baby girl, I just had to add a pink grosgrain ribbon with a perky bow to top it all off.

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