Monthly Archives: September 2013

For Grayson



I hope you don’t mind, but I’ve taken some liberties here. I made this card for Grayson and one for his brother Aydan.  Grayson is 3 years old and has a brain tumor and I found out someone has organised a card drive for him and his family.  See this POST HERE for the details.  I don’t know the family, but I’m glad I have an opportunity to put a smile on someones face from doing something I love…

I was not going to post this to any challenges, but I thought it might be another way to get the word out and if someone who clicks on my blog to look at the card would like to participate and put on smile on these boys faces too, then that would be great!!cutie53_2cutie53_3cutie53_4

They are not asking for “get well” cards as such, but for fun, encouraging cards.  I thought these paper smooches stamps from the “Chubby Chums” set were perfect as they sure bring a smile to my face.  The letters are from the Hero Arts “Journal letters” stamp set.  I coloured the images with inktense pencils – so bright and fun.  I also put glossy accents on the letters and the animals eyes.

I am entering in the following challenges:

Cutie Pie #53 - which is one for the boys

Paper Smooches Sparks - which is cool colors – teal, grey, purple and lime – I haven’t really followed this, but I have used a couple of the colours in my cards.  I just wanted to get the word out about the card drive!!

Addicted to CAS - which is get well cards. This is a get well card, but not with a get well sentiment, as the card drive asked for funny, cute, happy, encouraging cards…

I hope you don’t mind my liberties, but if anyone else would like to send a card and found out about it from my blog, then thanks so much!!


Fall Colours…



I am entering this card in the CAS(E) # 46 and Cas-ual fridays #115 challenge.  The casual fridays challange was to use fall colours and include a leaf, so I have used craft card stock and inktense pencils in brown, red, orange and yellow.  I saw Jennifer McGuire use this technique a while back (here is her POST) and have been eager to try it out.  I loved the hero arts stamp she used, so I purchased the stamp and have used it a few times now!!  Here is the sketch for CAS(E):case46_4

I masked off my craft paper to get the box shape with large post it notes:

Masking my box with large post it notes

Here is a close up of my embossed flowers and colouring:case46_2

I had fun making this card and coloring with my inktense pencils and trying out the technique from Jennifer McGuire. I just love the beautiful bright colors the Inktense pencils give your project.



Two challenges in one post…

sparks9_15_1 sparks9_15_3I took my inspiration for these cards from the sketch over at Paper Smooches Sparks.


I followed the sketch fairly closely with the first card, just no sentiment as I didn’t think it needed one.   All the stamps in this post are from Paper Smooches.  I used the geo-graphic stamp set from Paper Smooches to get the yellow chevron background.  I loved how the pumpkin in the spookalicious set wasn’t a solid shape, so I could manipulate it and get a different pumpkin!!


I followed the sketch very loosely for the second card, I just wanted to use the bottom pattern of the sketch on my card, so I used grass for the pattern.



I am enjoying clean and simple cards.  This worm card was quick to make. I cut out the grass from a die cut I have from My favorite things.  I stamped and coloured the worm (from the birthday buddies stamp set).  I put glossy accents and glitter on his party hat, then stamped the sentiment and drew a word bubble around it.  Of course, I couldn’t resist the google eyes!!  I am entering this card in the challenge at Paulaholifieldcrafts which is clean and simple.

I hope you enjoy!!

Birds, birds, birds

case45_1I have combined a few challenges this week.  I took my sketch inspiration from CAS(E) this sketch, my colour inspiration from color Q challenge 206 and the Tiddly Inks “Saying Thanks” challenge.



I ended up using copic colours as I don’t have the exact colours.  So, these were the ones I used:



If you are familiar with the Tiddly Ink stamps, you may notice one of the birds on the top row is missing.  I cut my stamp down and added it to the bottom row of birds so I had the right amount of letters for each word.  I wrote the “THANK YOU” sentiment by hand and drew the branches in by hand.  I painted on tumbled glass distress ink for that touch of blue around the birds.  I stamped a couple of the little birds on the inside of my card as well…

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Paper Smooches Sparks

sparks_sept2The theme over at Paper Smooches Sparks is flowers – be inspired by this picture:Sept_2013_FLOWERS

So I picked out the yellow and pink colours and made a heart stencil with a post it note.  I then stamped the flowers from the Crystal Clear stamp set with hero arts shadow inks.  The sentiment is from the Many Thanks set.  I cut the sentiment up to remove the word heart and have used my stamped heart instead.


Here is a close up of my stamped heart.  sparks_sept3

My ink saturated through the post it note while I was doing the stamping and I had ink outside of the line of the heart, so I was really disappointed.  I was wondering what I could do to get rid of the ink.  I thought I would try my copic marker colorless blender and it worked like magic.  I had to do it slowly, but you can hardly tell.  I thought I would do a little demonstration for you…sparks_sept1

I was impressed that it worked with the shadow inks.  I’m not sure what others it will work with, but I’ll have to remember that and try it with some others!!

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Caught a bug?



I’ve been checking out the paper smooches stamps for quite a while now and finally “bit the bullet” and purchased some.  I’ve really been wanting to get some get well stamps and sentiments and I just loved the little ones in the Healthy Vibes set.  I also fell in love with the little jar from the Crystal Clear set and thought they would go perfectly together.

I stamped the jar and used the matching die cut to cut out the inside of the jar.  I stamped the bug on a piece of card stock, coloured it with copics and cut it out.  I was originally going to stamp the bug on the inside of the card, but changed my mind, as I thought it would be fun to put the bug in a little plastic pocket with some glitter.  I also couldn’t resist putting some google eyes on the little fella either!!   I used the thin plastic from the outside of the stamp sets to make my little pocket for the bug.


I cut out the paper smooches get well sentiment 3 times and stuck it together, so it was a little thicker, then coloured it with copics to match the bug.

I wasn’t sure what to do with the inside of the card to cover the plastic, so I ended up making a little frame with nestabilities, coloured it with the same color copics and then added the little tissue box…ps1_3In hind-site, I would have coloured in the back of the bug as well, but by the time I thought about it, the plastic was stuck.  Ooooops…  My bug is not stuck onto the plastic it is just sitting there and clinging to the thin plastic.  I think the little bug is adorable and I hope it makes someone smile when they are not well…  It makes me smile…

I thought I would put this in the guest designer search for Paper Smooches