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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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Get better card

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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It’s graduation season!  Husband works with the high school ministry at church, and so we know several graduates from there, and another friend’s son is graduating from high school.  When we started receiving graduation announcements and invitations, I volunteered to make some cards for him to send– another “excuse” to get to use my Copic markers!

For these four cards, I used the Paper Smooches Space Cadet stamp set and colored each image before cutting them out by hand right against the stamped outlines.  I used my Silhouette to cut the front panel of the card with a circular window.

I created a watercolor space background (I LOVE making them!) to insert behind the window, which I lifted with foam for some dimension.  I attached the planets flat to the starry background and lifted the rocket on foam, too.

On the inside of the card, I used an oldie-but-goodie Hero Arts sentiment stamp to simply say, “Congratulations.”

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Each card is a little bit different, even though the general design is the same.  I customized the rockets with colors of either the school the graduate will attend or the school from which they had just graduated!

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Even though the cards took a bit longer to create than I’d expected, I really did enjoy the whole process.  I love the results, and I hope that the recipients enjoy them, too!

 

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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