kids crafts: totally awesome and Fit-Story

Hey, its Gwen here! yes~we made a totally awesome card!! First, I stamped “totally awesome” on my card. I do like putting my stamps in the corner instead of the middle for some reason. I believe it makes a difference. Then, I cut out some flowers and vines. (you really can use any die-cut that you like!) You also might want a bigger die-cut in the background of the card. Like my polka-dots. After that, I grabbed some coordinating colors (Blue, pink and purple, which are my favorites), and just padded them on top of the cut-outs. Then you have to put it together on the card base. KAPOW!! now you have a card that says “totally awesome!!”


I also have been going through something at school called Fit-Story. We have learned throughout the year all about the city of Buffalo and now, we walk through all the historic places we’ve learned about.  Its not as easy as it seems… we walk 39 miles in one week!!! This has started on Monday and its not over yet!! I am barely surviving! At least, tomorrow we get to go inside some cool mansions. WITH AIR CONDITIONING!!! I know I got so of topic and I hope you enjoy the card!!

~later, Gwen

Birthday Month with Hero Arts Mermaids and Lil’ Inker Designs Owls

We’ve been crafting! June is a huge birthday month for us… me, my daughter, nieces, nephews, and friends. So many June babies! I welcome this, because growing up, it was just me and my grandmother in this special month. Now I can share it with lots of family!

Bring in a little inspiration from Jennifer McGuire, Lil’ Inker Designs, and Hero Arts… and this is what I came up with! (Gwen also crafted with some mermaids, so look for her post in the next few days).

I’ve done the technique of using a set of die-cuts to create layers in the past, but just saw it again on one of Jennifer McGuire’s latest posts. On the owl cards, I used the leftover circles and then embossed the larger circles to create added texture.


The owls are from Lil’ Inker Designs. Check out this one below, with ‘Birthdays are a hoot’ – so cute! They are having a sale right now, by the way. Check out their site – 20% off most items! Happy birthday to me!


Last, but certainly not least, the mermaids from Hero Arts. This was part of their monthly kit and I’ve had a lot of fun with it. Their kits are well priced and have tons of great tools and new things to try. I didn’t use much of what came in this kit since I was doing the die-cutting technique, but there will be more mermaids… hope you like them!


Happy birthday to all of those June friends and family!



Tween Crafty Fun with the Creative Girls Club

When you have a tween girl… what kinds of crafts are fun? Well, apparently, these kinds. Not too long ago, I signed us up for a kids crafting monthly kit – Creative Girls Club. I wasn’t sure how it would go, but every month, they LOVE it.

This month, Gwen created a felted pocket (that she proudly hangs in her room), and a spray and sponged inspiration canvas. I think they both turned out pretty cute. What we love even more is that she is able to do these completely on her own. She is so proud of them!

For the canvas, the words were pre-embossed. She mixed up some ink sprayers (that came with the kit) and sprayed 3 colors all over the canvas. If she had wanted to, she could have left the colors more separated, but she blended them all.

Here is a close up of the felt pouch project (and her cute little nose – oops!).


In previous months, we’ve had really cool sand projects, with sticker areas that help you create a design. We also had a very glittery project – and I STILL find glitter in places around the house. Life with girls… right?! 🙂



Bringing Back the Stampin’ Up Petals

Comfort and Healing - Both Stagg

Sometimes, we need cards for sad occasions. This week, I needed two. I didn’t want the cards to look sad, though… so I broke out the Stampin’ Up flowers that everyone probably recognizes. I bought them years ago, and they are still popular enough to be in the newest catalog!

I was inspired by Nina-Marie Trapani, who created a multi media decoration piece on the Altenew new release blog hop. For the background, I used a hologram heat embossing powder. In the end, it just looks like sparkly paper. I covered the whole piece! The leaves are from Catherine Pooler‘s Perfect Reason Stamp of Approval Collection. I used a sponge brayer with two green color inks (also from CP) before cutting out the leaves and adding lines.

Comfort and Healing - Pink Close Diag

This one shows that shimmery shine a little more. And, some close ups on the blue flowers, too.

Hopefully these will bring some comfort to those who receive them.


Fancy Folding by the Sea

Would you believe me when I say a 6-year old made this?

Reese Fancy Fold - Full

Well, she did! We needed a birthday card for her friend, and she saw this ‘fancy folding’ card. She was determined to make one (and we didn’t have much time!).

She watched a StampNation video, to learn some of the steps. She made all of the paper choices (her friend likes the beach and fish), she did all of the cuts (with some measuring help from me), and she did the scoring! She even cut out the little fish, to pop them up.

Reese Fancy Fold - Holding

The little pearls are the fish bubbles (of course).

Most of the supplies used on this card are from Stampin’ Up. How perfect are those papers with the water, the fish, and the seashells?! The ‘fancy fold’ idea is one I’ve done before, but was recently posted on Catherine Pooler’s StampNation site. I guess you could say we were inspired! Just wanted to share:)


Hey Wise Guy – Lil’ Inker Designs meets Altenew

I wonder who I should send this ‘wise guy’ card to…?

LilInkers Owls - Blue Plate - Wise Guy - Close

You might notice my fancy picture here… look at those pearls and that golden twine (and those pink nails!). Maybe this should say ‘wise gal’ instead! I was inspired by Yana Smakula (she’s amazing!), to grab items from around the house and use them to dress up my pictures. This is my first attempt. I went with some blues, but also tried some black, to see if that made the cards pop more. What do you think?



I used my new owls from Lil’ Inker Designs (still love!), along with distressed oxide inks and my Altenew layering stencils. I am practicing my copic coloring and enjoying it more and more. I finally purchased the correct kind of base inks to use with them. I have some more practicing to do.

LilInkers Owls - Blue Plate - Hootie and Get Well

LilInkers Owls - Black Placemat - Wise Guy

For the card base, I ran half of each card through with an embossing folder. Hope you enjoy!


One Last Peacock – Catherine Pooler Designs

One more card, from The Perfect Reason collection by Catherine Pooler. On this one, I masked off a circle and built the feathers all around it. I’m pretty sure I was inspired by posts within StampNation, for the circle mask. 🙂

circle masking - peacock

I used CP inks, bright and perfect saturation every time. This one has a mix of Aquatini, Lime Rickey, Party Dress, and I think that’s a little of Tiki Torch. She’s right – no matter which ones you choose, they all look great together. Love it!

More Perfect Reasons – Catherine Pooler Designs

I’m adding a few more cards from The Perfect Reason collection, by Catherine Pooler Designs. I made these and put them on my blog site as an image, but never posted about them. I used some of the bold stamp images and created backgrounds with them by masking off square and rectangle areas.


First, I blended CP inks in my masked off area, then I stamped on top, with the same color. Although, on the blue card, I think I used the darker ‘something borrowed’ color on top.

I love how this set turned out and just wanted to share.

Catherine Pooler’s The Perfect Reason Peacock

Doesn’t it feel like a Friday? I think so. 🙂

Today I’m excited to share more ideas using Catherine Pooler’s The Perfect Reason collection. This time, I focused on the peacock set.

I’ve been wanting to try out the idea of embossing, and then masking off a certain area to add the ink to. On this first card, I got halfway through and realized I forgot the mask part. Oops. So, I took the colors (Catherine Pooler inks) all the way off the page. These are Party Dress, Flirty Fuschia, and Tiara.

CP Reason - Get Well

Now on this second card, I did the masking! It’s a scallop circle masked off, around the feathers. With both of these cards, I wanted it to look like the features were really standing up behind the peacock.

CP Reason - Don't Need

I have more from The Perfect Reason… so you might see even more coming up soon. Happy Friday! hahaha.

It’s the Perfect Reason – Catherine Pooler Designs

There’s always a reason to stamp. And perfect reasons for sending cards. But, sometimes, we don’t need a reason. I love sending cards to just say hi.

CP Reason - Happy Everything

Catherine Pooler Designs’ last Stamp of Approval box was all about the perfect reasons. I played with the sets this past weekend and had some fun. This one is about ‘happy everything’ and I’m loving how it turned out.

Originally, I thought I’d curve the leaves around to make a full circle, but I liked how they came together on just one side. Maybe I’ll try the circle another time. So many ideas, so little time!

I used a hologram embossing powder and in real life, these shimmer and shine. I made a stencil out of this leaf design and used it to add some aquatini ink to the background. I did this after I embossed the background, and I like how it looks like it is growing behind a fence. 🙂

CP Reason - Happy Bday

I went with the blue, aqua, green color grouping here and I love it. Can’t go wrong with CP inks!

I’ll share more from Catherine Pooler Designs’ Perfect Reason collection later this week.