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I have a quick little post today to share another card that I made from the simply adorable Space Cadet stamp set from Paper Smooches.


Even though it’s fun to make elaborate cards sometimes, most often I am drawn to the clean-and-simple style, and that’s what I did here.  I used colored pencils on the stamped image and added a bit of Glossy Accents on the spaceship window, stripes, and rivets.


I popped up the spaceship and its flame on a rectangle of star patterned paper above the sentiment.

It was so fun to make these cards that I made myself a set: I have some on hand right away to send a cheery message to someone who might need it.


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Near the end of April, my kids and I were watching crafting videos during lunch (as usual).  We came across a video from Jennifer McGuire (one of our favorites), in which she created rainbow backgrounds for cards using colored cardstock scraps.  My daughter (age 5.5 years) was intrigued, to say the least, and honestly, so was I!  She suggested that we make those cards, too–which is a frequent refrain, though not always possible.  But today, it was completely possible!


I sliced up some cardstock scraps into strips of varying widths and presented V with a bundle of them, along with two halves of an 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper, pre-coated with adhesive.


During her quiet time, she worked away at adding strips of cardstock to the under-layer of paper, and at the end, she had enough striped backgrounds to make four cards!



She used two of the backgrounds to make cards for her Bible study teachers.  She wanted to mimic some of Jennifer’s designs, and so I cut out some butterfly designs that she chose, using my Silhouette SD– the base layer is vellum, and the detail is plain white cardstock.  She decided on the arrangement and wrote her notes inside.

Vivian's finished paper strip cards

We have lots of paper strips left, and I am looking forward to making more– with V, and also making some myself!


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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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