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More finger-coloring

Wow, these cards were SO FUN to make!


The inspiration came from the first card in THIS post (Kalyn Kepner for Paper Smooches).  I white heat-embossed the mehndi medallions around the center of the card, which I left open for the sentiment.  I stamped it with black ink and used clear heat embossing powder to help it to stand out a bit more.

After the embossing was complete, the “messy” fun started!  I used the finger-coloring technique I saw on Jennifer McGuire’s blog and added “halos” of pigment ink around the central sentiment.  I rubbed off with a dry cloth any extra ink that got onto the embossing. I really liked coming up with the color combinations, and I can definitely see myself doing this again in the future!


white cardstock
various pigment inks
stamps: Wplus9 “Mehndi Medallions,” Lawn Fawn “You’re a Fungi”

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Lots of babies being celebrated!  I made some more baby shoes and cards recently…

for Jeremy and Jena

for Jeremy and Jena

for Jeremy and Jena

for Candace and Keith

for Candace and Keith

for Candace and Keith

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A quick post to share a few more card creations and a pair of fabric baby shoes!

Die cut butterflies layered on silver thread clusters….and some rhinestones for extra sparkle!



I enjoyed adding lots of texture and layers to this baby girl card. I think I was inspired by watching Suse Fish layer on one of her gorgeous scrapbook pages…




I made the baby card to coordinate with these cloth baby shoes!

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How about some spring-like cards as we end September?  Haha!

I was playing with my “Fresh Air” stamp set from Kerri Bradford Studio and made two variations on a simple card theme.




On both cards, the “focal” rose is stamped in pieces with multiple colors of pigment ink. I sprinkled the images with clear embossing powder, and it stuck to the red, orange, and lime green sections, giving the rose some extra texture.  I fussy-cut the roses and added them to the cards with foam adhesive.

Sentiment stamps from Hero Arts and Lawn Fawn.  Adhesive pearls from Michaels.  Photo corners from Scrapbook Adhesives.  Zing! embossing powders.  

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I have really been enjoying the new stamps I’ve acquired recently. The images are fun to use for more elaborate cards, but the are so well-illustrated and wonderful for coloring that I couldn’t help but make some very clean-and-simple cards recently.  All of these cards are colored with my Xonex colored pencils.

First up, a set of “Thinking of You” cards.  I stamped with black pigment ink one of the floral clusters from the Paper Smooches “Blossoming Buds” set, then heat embossed it with clear powder before coloring.  The sentiment is from a very old Hero Arts set.



I made this next card for my dad’s birthday.  I love the cute pun in this Lawn Fawn “You’re a Fungi” set!  (Even funnier when my dad read it…)



Last but not least is this not-quite-one-layer card.  It started out that way in my mind, but then I couldn’t resist cutting out the adorable seagull+dock piles from the Paper Smooches “Surf and Turf” set and matting it on some patterned paper.  I popped the whole thing up with a layer of craft foam and added the little paper banner with the white heat-embossed sentiment (from the Lawn Fawn set).




I am linking up my cards using Paper Smooches images to the September “Anything Goes” challenge on their blog!


I’m also linking these cards to the Simon Says Stamp “Clean and Simple” Wednesday challenge.

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Recently, I made two quick, clean-and-simple notes to share with friends.  I used the adorable Paper Smooches “Space Cadet” stamp set.

I used the stamp set on this tag to make a little scene.  I colored it with my trusty Crayola markers!


I used a black pen to make a little modification to the astronaut on this notecard!  My friend is starting a new school year teaching dance, and I wanted to send her a little note of encouragement (she’s going to be awesome, as usual!).  I was in a silly mood and decided to make the astronaut’s boots into ballet slippers!


I can’t get enough of these cute stamps!


I am linking up these cards using Paper Smooches images to the September “Anything Goes” challenge on their blog!


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Cards: heart with strips

When I saw THESE cards, I was smitten.  They are so elegant– and yet they have the perfect amount of whimsy.  I saved a link on my Pinterest board, and when I went looking for card inspiration, I knew that I had to try to recreate the look.


Since I don’t have a stamp that has a large solid/textured shape, I decided to use patterned paper strips instead (perfect for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge!).  I pulled out scraps in different monochromatic (or close to monochromatic) groups and arranged them until I liked the order.




The large sentiment is from a Scrapbook and Cards Today birthday-themed freebie cutting file.  I layered three cardstock die cuts to achieve a thickness that allows it to stand out against the busier background.




I added a secondary sentiment by embossing a message from the Hero Arts Classic Messages 2″x3″ set (that is probably my most-used stamp set!  I love it) onto a strip of paper.  Some adhesive pearls finish the look.

The cards are heart-shaped, but I used a trick I learned from Jennifer McGuire to make them stand upright on their own:  I snipped off the pointy tip of the back heart to give it a stable “stand.”

I really, really love these cards!

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